What started me off was a play date I had with my pals Pat and Teri.
Good thing we are all able to create in chaos. So many supplies, so little room. We weren't making cards for ourselves, but Cards for the Troops. Even with plenty of gabbing, coffee breaks and lunch out, we managed to get close to 30 cards done.
I was so inspired, I continued my card making over the next few days. When I want to produce a quantity of cards that are not quite identical, what I'll do is cut a bunch of embellishments and other card elements (mats, borders, etc), lay them out in front of me and then do a mix and match thing. Here are some cards from my "reindeer series" and all feature die cuts from Tim's Reindeer Flight Sizzix die.
I discovered that I didn't have any Christmas paper left, but I'm going to show you that doesn't really matter. I took some scrapbook paper with colors that work for the season and stamped and embossed right over the patterns. I then used a Stampin' Up ornament punch to create these cards. I have a bag full of the ornaments, and tried different color embossing powders, so I'm ready to make at least a dozen or more of this style of card.
I only did one with Tim's snowman folder, but I'm sure I'll do more.
This week's challenge at Simon Says is to "show us a house." Still in the holiday mind set, but wanting to do more than a card, I created this little decor item using Tim's Artful Dwellings Sizzix die, and a whole bunch of embossing folders to give each house a different look. It stands up nicely by itself because I attached Tim's small easel die cut to the back. By the way, the easel is way taller than my little village, but just so you know, you can really trim it a lot (I did!) and it still works perfectly.
First a photo of it lying on my table (so you can actually see the houses), then a darker photo of it standing up, and then a side shot so you can see the easel.
The snow is a combination of Liquid Pearls and glitter glass. The smoke from the chimney is some twisted wire. And I think I know someone who is going to receive it as a gift.
Now, back to card making......