Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gearing Up For The Holidays

Last year I dawdled around for so long, my holiday cards mostly said Happy New Year.  I've got a decent head start this year, and feel like I'm on a roll.

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......


Kathy Eddy said...

Your houses are so cool and I am loving all of your Christmas cards! Gotta get started on mine also.

Diann said...

Love the ART with Tim's house design! Wonderful Christmas cards too...I always enjoy seeing what you and your friends are up too and Cards for our Troops is a wonderful adventure! Diann

Candy C said...

Eileen...looks like you and your girlfriends were having a fun play date. :) You are so smart to get going on your Christmas cards NOW! They are really turning out cute. Your snowy little houses are darling. I love your design! Thanks for sharing them with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! <3 Candy

teri said...

I was looking at all our cards again the other day, and they really are so well done. I had a fun day with you two -- and the cards are on their way!!

I love your snowy house scene. You've given me an idea for a trifold paper mache piece I've been wanting to make. Thank you!!

Elena said...

As always your work is beautiful! What I would have given to be there with you guys!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Great job with the snow on the Home Sweet Home piece!!! Also, A+ on all of those those cards!!! I am loving how you used the same image in so many different styles!! Brilliant! : )

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Dawn said...

What a wonderful start to Christmas this is and your houses are just delish ;0)

Patzee said...

What a great time I had crafting with 2 of the most fun gals I know! With piles of supplies, I admire your ability to focus on a few items and work them like crazy. Your cards are lovely and with enough variety to give a few of them as gifts to a card-challenged friend.

Lynne Forsythe said...

Girl....you are SOOOO ROCKIN' THE CARDS!!! I must say I'm VERY proud of you!! and your "little housing community" IS JUST AMAZING!!!

THANKS BUNCHES for joining the teamies with this weeks challenge "A HOUSE" and Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow, you've been super productive! Great use of the reindeer die. Love your houses, especially that cool smoke coming out of the chimney.

Sujay said...

Well done carry on.