Thursday, December 10, 2009

♫ ♪ ♫ It's Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas ♪ ♫ ♪

Stamps: Santa's little Helper from Magnolia-licious
Paper: from the Magnolia So Jolly Collection

5/8" organdy ribbon; unknown teeny tiny buttons; Craft Boa; Polar White Flower

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today!!

I hope that you don't mind that I decorated for the holidays around here! I usually try to keep the ol' blog fairly simple and uncluttered...but it just doesn't seem right not decorating it up for Christmas! :)

I have 2 cards to share with you today. Above is my card for this month's Magnolia-licious DT December DT sketch. Although, we have started to stray away from strictly sketches! This months hostess with the mostess is the oh so unbelievably talented Cheryl! Cheryl has challenge us to make a card in a shape other than squares or rectangles. You can read all the deets at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog about how you can participate.
Shaped cards are always a challenge for me. I never know what to do. As I mentioned last week, my inspiration at any given moment usually comes from me wanting to use a specific product or image and working the rest of the card around that. This is no different. I cleaned up my craft room a little over the weekend and found a few things that I forgot I had. One was this white fluffy boa. I know I bought this several years ago for a purpose...but forget what that purpose was! LOL! Anyhoooo, I was determined to use this. Finally I settled on a mitten. The great thing is that a mitten is such an easy shape that I could even draw the template freehand. Hahaha...I always say that if I could draw I wouldn't need to stamp! I would just draw up my own images. Unfortunately even my stick people leave a lot to be desired. HAHAHA. So I chose this ADORABLE Tilda to perch herself upon my mitten. Have I mentioned how much I {HEART} this Christmas line from Magnolia?! Each image is cuter than the last!

I am going to move right along to my next card. Because as usual it is after 3 am when I am typing this post up! And I rescheduled yesterday's appointment to today! (I know! I said I wouldn't...but it was snowing so heavy!)

Stamps: Retired SU! Snowflakes
Sugar Coated
White from Doodlebug; Navy; Brushed Silver
Navy Organdy; Martha Stewart Snowflake punch; blue and clear rhinestones; Silver pigment ink; Iridescent Ice embossing powder from SU!

Card Measures 5.5" sq

Today's 3CTC was a little hard for me. Most of the stamps I use these days are "line art". Meaning that they need to be colored in. ANd I was having a difficult time finding one that would be suitable using only the colors White, Blue and Silver. What was I thinking when I came up with this challenge?! LOL! I must have seen a card that I thought was pretty elsewhere that used these colors. :)

I thought about a card that I had made several years ago. And decided to "CASE" myself. But to somewhat improve on the original card. Jeesh! I hope that improved on a card that I made 5 years ago! The thing is: I thought I totally rocked that card back then!! LOL! Didn't we all?! LOL! You can see my original HERE.

As I mentioned in the recipe above, I used silver embossing ink...but Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. (um, yeah, Christmas is about the only time I ever do any embossing...I am just too lazy the rest of the year to pull out that heat gun and all those little powders!) Iridescent Ice EP is a clear EP with sparkle to it. But because I used the silver ink, it maintains a silver color. In the close up picture I am trying to show that sparkle.

I hope that you enjoyed these cards today. I have to go to bed!

Have a Joyful Thursday!


Cheryl said...

Hee, hee I'm your first comment this morning! You just went to bed and I just got up!
Love the Santa Tilda (I've jotted THOSE colors down!) and your mitten is terrific!
I'm due to clean up-I think I bought some of the snow flower soft! MMmmmmm, wonder where it is?
Have a great day!

Monique said...

I love your card Kerry !!!! Beautifull colours !!

Hugs Monique

Elena said...

Love both of your gorgeous project! Very cute mitten shape card! Love the pretty snowflake on the second!
Layout of the blog looks great! Christmas is almost here!

Angelwood said...

Your cards are beautiful! Tilda looks so sweet on your mitten - love the trim at the base, so cute. Love the elegance of your snowflake card. The navy color is perfect with the silver snowflake. hugs, Angela

tamara davis said...

I love that you choose a mitten for your shaped card! It's so cute and fits well with the winter season! I absolutely love the elegance of your snowflake card!

angel4031 said...

Kerry your cards are always STUNNING & this one is aswell!!! x x

Myrna said...

Love your mitten Tilda she's adorable. Your coloring is awesome. Your cuff reminds me of my winter coats as a kid. :-) I can't wait to get my winter stamps. Hopefully next week.

Tracey said...

Tilda looks so fabulous on that mitten and your second card is gorgeous Kerry!!

Oh, and I love the new look to the blog too!! xx

Pam S. said...

she is SOOOO sweet! love her on the mitten!
Pam Going Postal

Ann said...

oh totally totally gorgeous.

ann xxx

charlene aka scrappygma said...

Kerry I love you little mitten card and the colors are great I am going to make note of that combination. Cute Cute Cute ! Your snowflake card is really pretty and yes I think you improved in the contrast of the colors...the frist one was really nice I think.

Sharon Caudle said...

Both cards are fabulous Kerry! Love Tilda on the mitten and the boa is perfect for the cuff!! And your snowflakes are gorgeous! Hope your weather is getting better. We're supposed to have a high of 20 deg today! YAY! LOL! hugs!

resmith said...

I just love both cards!! They are beautiful. That mitten is so adorable.

Krista said...

OMG, the little Tilda is just zo cute!! I love the way you colored her, just perfect!! Your Merry Christmas-card is also very beautyfull!

Candy said...

Hi Kerry,
So smart of you to make a mitten card! Tilda is gorgeous!!!
I saw your snowflake card from 5 years ago and it was very pretty. But today's card is ELEGANT! Just lovely!!
Hope you got some sleep in before the kids got you up!
Hugs, Candy

Cami said...

Oooh Kerry, this mitten idea is just wonderful! I love that Tilda sitting there, all beautifully colored, and those lovely boa feathers just makes it fab! Your snowflake card is also beautiful and I get so much inspiration from you! Happy Holidays! Hugs, Cami

Danni said...

Oh my word! These are both stunning creations! Wow!! Lovin' the mitten! Fun!

cabio's craft corner said...

Wow, Kerry, these are beautiful creations. They both are very classy and fabulous!

Suzanne J Dean said...

So cute Kerry---that mitten is fabulous & I love the boa on the ends! Hmm...think I might have some zebra ones that look similar, LMBO! She's a super cutie & you did a fab job with the challenge of course! The second card is just lovely & so elegant!



Absolutely stunning.
Sylvia x

scrappinlil said...

Wow...these cards are absolutely the santa's helper on the mitten....TFS

Jacque said...

Oh Kerry, what a darling little Tilda card...the idea of a mitten is so clever and you have done such a cute and sweet job with that precious image...The second card is absolutely gorgeous...I can't even comprehend how to make a card like that...Have a marvelous weekend...Hugs..Jacque

Ila said...

Well...Both of these cards are Gorgeous!!...Mitten Tilda is totally Amazing...and what a Fabulous idea!!...The snowflake card is just Beautiful!!...Hugs, Ila

Jodie from Oz said...

Wow, Kerry, love both these beautiful creations. Mitten Tilda is totally amazing, I love love love the white feather boa and the colours are perfect. The Snowflake card is gorgeous with all the glitter & glamour and the colours are wonderful.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. Hugs Jodie from Oz

Mary Lou said...

My oh my Kerry~~these cards are magnificent!!!
Thanks and blessings
Mary Lou

Christi said...

That mitten is fantastic! I also love that snowflake card! Gorgeous creations!!!

TexasGrammy said...

Kerry, this was my long-time favorite winter stamp set. I can't believe that I gave in & sold it. Look at the beautiful image!! Silver & blue ... fabulous!


Emily Leiphart said...

Beautiful cards, Kerry! I saw the snow falling down your blog and thought my retinas were detaching. LOL Well, that wouldn't have been so funny if it were true but thank goodness it's just lovely snow!

Ida P. Krause said...

What great cards. The mitten card is so cute and sweet. Loved your snowflake card and how funny that you challenged yourself with this challenge!

Sarita said...

Really beautiful, both of them,
Sarita xx

Wendy G. said...

I love all your cards, but WOW, that is GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful card, love it! :)

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