Monday, December 31, 2012

*Happy New Year*

Do you remember when we were all concerned about what Y2K would bring us?  Would the world computers shut down?  Would we lose power?  Was it just another New Years Eve?

Can you believe that was THIRTEEN years ago!  WOW how time flies!

As I have done for the last few years, I am back with a post of some of my favourite cards from this year...  a card a month that I posted on my blog.

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

Friday, December 28, 2012

*Joy*


And this is the last of the Christmas cards I created in 2012....  I took some patterned paper with the chevron design on it and cut it out along the lines of the chevron.  I used some glittered Thickers for the J and Y and added a punched snowflake (shimmer cardstock) for the O.  I outlined the letters in black marker to help make them pop out.
I will be back in the new year with some more cards and creations.... when I find some time to play again.... and find my non-Christmas mojo!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

*Holiday Sparkle*


Just a quickie from me tonight... another one layer card, two colours of blue ink, Blue Pearl embossing powder and a big satin ribbon...

I hope you're enjoying time with family and friends!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

*Another Christmas, Come and Gone*


Just like I predicted...  all the hype and build up and running around and Christmas is done for another year.  The recycling has already been picked up.  Life goes on.

The best part of my day is to come later this afternoon after a trip to the airport to pick up my sister and niece.  We have a few more presents to open with them tonight.... and toasted turkey sandwiches are on the menu for dinner.  YUM!

I saw this folded Christmas tree a few weeks ago and had to try it... it's made from a circle of double sided patterned paper.  Quick and easy!  I added some more of that lovely washi tape and a gem for the top of the tree.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

*Merry Christmas*


We don't have little ones in the house these days so we weren't up at the butt-crack of dawn to open presents....  but the teenagers were still excited to get up and open presents.

Following the tradition, the kids joined us in our room to open their stockings on our bed.  I'm not sure how this tradition started, but I love that we still do it.  Maybe some day in the future we'll do it with our sons, their wives and our grandchildren too!

Just a quick post from me as honestly, I have better things to do today....

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

*Snowflakes and Washi Tape*

And here it is... the day before Christmas!  It's truly amazing to me how fast time flies by....

With starting the new job in November, I really wasn't sure when I'd find the time and energy to get Christmas done...  In our house, a lot of the baking and decorating and shopping and wrapping is done by me.  Bruce helps where he can, but it's always kind of fallen on me.  It bugs me and it doesn't.  I'd love more help, but I like the sense of accomplishment when everyone is together, full from a delicious dinner I have created, happy with what they found under the tree.

It's all worth it to me....

I am looking forward to tomorrow... hoping the kids are pleased with what Santa brings them (yup, they are 15 and 17 and Santa still comes!)... looking forward to the celebration.... but of course, missing my parents...  I miss Christmas with my family.... my parents and sisters....  I miss them, period.

At least some of my family will be here on the 26th... maybe next year I can convince everyone to come here for the holidays....

Anyway... a quick card from me this Christmas Eve...  Spellbinders snowflakes cut out of patterned paper and some Washi Tape along the bottom.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

*Christmas Snowflakes*

'Twas two days before Christmas and here in this house, I'm being busy like one little mouse...

Tee hee...

I am *this* close to being ready for the big day....

I worked yesterday.... we were BUSY!  It happens with a drop in clinic when it's the last day we're open for almost a week!  I got home just after 4 and I had a hot bath, put on my jammies, had some pizza and sat in front of the TV with my sweetie.  We were in bed by 10pm!  Party animals around here!

This morning I slept in, tidied the kitchen, started the laundry (3 loads today... about to move the last load in to the dryer), went and got my Christmas groceries and am now taking a break from wrapping the stocking stuffers.  I am about half way through that job.

And then, I can relax as everything is done for Christmas (except making the turkey of course).

I have a weeks worth of Christmas cards still to share with you.... this one is a one layer card with different shades of blue, all embossed in Blue Pearl embossing powder.  I wonder if it needed a ribbon along the top fold?

Friday, December 21, 2012

*Sparkle Snowflakes*


Just a few more days left.... I can't even imagine going to the mall this weekend!  I do need to get groceries for Christmas dinner at some point though.... wish me luck!

I used some Sookwang tape on thin cardstock and then ran it all through my Big Shot with some Spellbinders dies to get the snowflakes. I then peeled the backing off the tape and covered them in glitter.  I then burnished the glitter using the Sookwang backing and my bone folder to make the glitter really sparkle.
I wish you luck if you're still shopping this weekend!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

*Patterned Snowflakes*


I really like how these patterned paper snowflakes turned out....  a little more fun than just plain blue or white!
A quick and easy card, once again.... as you know, they are my favourites!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

*Bling!*

I really love this card....  the stripes are Washi tape (I had hoped to do more of a chevron idea with the two strips of tape but it didn't work out).  The line of bling is this awesome stuff I got when I was in Ontario... it's a mesh with bling on it... you can cut the mesh to any shape or length or size you want.  Very cool!
Enjoy your Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

*Rounded Squares*


This is my take on another card I saw on Pinterest... I love the squares with the two rounded corners.  A very quick and easy card to throw together... perhaps I should have added a little bling?
I have a busy day ahead of me... but all of it good... a fill for my gel nails and a pedicure this morning and lunch with some former coworkers this afternoon.  Tonight we are doing a family Christmas with Bruce's brothers and sister in law.

One week from today and presents will be opened, Christmas music will be playing, turkey will be eaten.... just one week!

Monday, December 17, 2012

*May You and Yours...*

A week from today the mall will be packed with last minute shoppers....  a week from today we will be waiting for the big guy in the red suit...  a week from today, little ones will be giddy with anticipation....  I truly do love Christmas!

I love the colours in this card...  once again that great Gumball Green from Stampin' Up! paired with some Raspberry Ripple and some patterned paper from my stash.
I'm off to the mall and then Costco this morning... wish me luck!

Friday, December 14, 2012

*Magic of the Season*

The idea of this card looked so much better than how it turned out....  it looks a bit like a butterfly.... or maybe a Rorsach Test.... sigh....

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

*Thickers JOY*

I love these red glittered Thickers... wish I had bought more.....

This time I paired the letters with a swirl image from PTI and some Stickles and twine...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

*Embossed Tree*

I really love it when I see cards done with red, white and kraft.... just wish I loved how this card turned out.....

Monday, December 10, 2012

*Very Merry Christmas*

The big day is getting closer and closer and I am getting closer and closer to being ready.  I did a little baking on the weekend and I got my cards in the mail.  My plan for today is a little more baking and probably some shopping before I have to take a kid to the orthodontist after school.
Another very easy card to put together...  some Washi Tape and my Perfect Layers Tools!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

*Colourful Merry Christmas*

I love the colours in this card... bright and cheery....  not to mention that wonderful swirled patterned paper.  Sure wish I had more of it!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

*FTL220*

Today is my "Friday"... it's amazing how much less exciting a regular Friday is when you have to work on Saturday morning LOL  But let me tell you... I really like Mondays these days!

I had fun playing around to create a card for this weeks Fall to Layout at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog....  Once I saw the strips on the sketch I knew I wanted to use my Washi tape....
And I love the elements of the snowflake die I bought from Stampin' Up!

Friday, December 07, 2012

*Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas*


I told you I loved this paper.... this is card #3 this week, all using this same patterned paper.  I think there's still a full 12X12 sheet of it in my stash... at least I hope that there is!
I thought about using the Perfect Layers Tools on the white sentiment panel but I think I like this one without... besides, I didn't know what colour to use.  I have that sentiment panel flush against the right edge of the card base which I think adds an interesting look.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

*Pinterest Holiday Greetings*


This is another card that I created after seeing one on Pinterest....  I love the white space and the clean lines. If I made it again, I might try using my perfect layers tools on the red panels to make them pop out just a little more.  And I think I'd add a little sparkle too!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

*Red and White Seasons Greetings*


I really love the scroll frame Cuttlebug embossing folder....  perhaps my layers should have been a little smaller so that more of the embossing could be seen.
I'm not sure if I messed up the stamping of the image or if it's the way the stamp actually is.... I haven't used the stamp since so who knows :-)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

*Ornaments*


I really love this ornament stamp....  I think it's the flourishes... and obviously I love this patterned paper as you've seen it two days in a row.  It's from an old stack (DCWV I think) from Michaels.  I will be sad when it is all gone...
A quick and easy card to put together, with lots of sparkle!

Monday, December 03, 2012

*Jingle*


I wish I had an unlimited source for these wonderful red sparkle letters... if only I hadn't sold my Cricut a few years ago!  I absolutely, positively LOVE this card and wish I could make more... but alas there are only so many j's in the package of letters.
This is a long and skinny card that will fit in a regular business sized envelope.  I love the simplicity of this card with the pops of colour.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

*Patterned Squares*


It's a chilly Sunday here in Calgary....  and I think that, other than going to our bowling league tonight, I am staying home.  I've been on the go all week with shopping and work and concerts and craft fairs and a Christmas party...  I'm enjoying some down time!

We went to my work Christmas party last night.... and I had a great time.  The people I work with are a lot of fun and we ended up laughing the night away!  We were a small group (16 in total with staff and significant others) and everyone got along well.  I feel so lucky to have the job I have!
The card was created using up some scraps in my Christmas paper bin.  I added Stickles to the button but I'm not sure I love that part.....

Saturday, December 01, 2012

*The Countdown is On!*

Happy December everyone!!!  We are so close to Christmas, the winter solstice, the New Year.... time sure flies!

I have been happy having Mondays and Tuesdays off from work... it's given me a chance to get some Christmas shopping done while the malls aren't quite as busy.  I am hoping to do some Christmas baking in the coming days.... I am toning it down this year because it just doesn't get eaten.

And over the next serveral evenings I plan on writing my Christmas cards and getting them in the mail.  I love making Christmas cards and I love having that little contact with friends and family over the holidays.... I just wish my hand didn't cramp LOL!

The card for today is following the latest sketch from the Clean and Simple Stamping blog.  I wish I would have outlined my trees in black before I put them down on the card... but otherwise I like this one!
I hope you are able to play along with us this week!