House-Shaped Replica Ornaments!

This will be my last Christmas blog post of the year!  You may recall the birdhouses and the house replica ornament I made for a friend or one of the many house-shaped cards or house-iversary baskets I have made for friends and clients, all from paper.  Well, today’s post is about that theme – house-shaped ornaments!

Last week I had fun delivering these house-shaped replicas of homes some of my favorite clients bought this year.  I have smudged the last name written above the door on the cream-colored house for privacy.  Inside of each little house is a photo of the family, attached in the center of the floor – kind of 3-D.

 

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

My House Ornaments in the Christmas Tree

I used the Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Big Shot BIGZ L Mini Milk Carton die-cut template in my Cuttlebug machine to make these ornaments and added flowers and little shrubs I free-form cut.  Each door and house looks as close as possible to the house I sold these clients.

 

 

House Ornament One

House Ornament One

House Ornament Two

House Ornament Two

 

Every buyer gets a house-shaped card that looks like their house (made using my Cricut Expression machine and the Wild Cards cartridge).  Because  this was delivered at the same time, I photographed them together.  Sometime I should showcase all of the paper house things I have made for my beloved clients!

 

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

House Ornament Three + Matching Card

 

Finally, here is one last picture of the three ornaments:

 

Three House Ornaments

Three House Ornaments

 

Thank you for reading my blog, and if you’re in the Greater Seattle area looking to buy or sell real estate from a real estate broker who goes above and beyond expectations, please contact me through my website.  😉

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Christmas Cards and Tags from the December Stamp Camp

Here are the Christmas cards and gift tags I made at the December Stamp Camp at Terry Bolender‘s house earlier this month.  All of the items were made with Stampin’ Up! supplies, and you may click any picture on my blog for a larger image.  I know Christmas is over, but I have just one more holiday blog post after this and then I’ll go back to my random them of whatever-I-feel-like.  🙂

Here are some festive Christmas tags we made with punches, Big Shot die cuts and stamps:

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

I love this card!  At the class, we folded different sized squares to make this tree.  A paper punch was used to make the red star.

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

This vintage-looking Christmas card reminds me of A Christmas Story because of its subdued colors.

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

This is a fun die-cut card that wished the recipient tidings of comfort and joy!

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

I *love* swirly-cues like you see in the reindeer’s antlers, so it was fun to use this stamp.  The “thread” in the button is an itsy-bitsy piece of cardstock – it’s not thread!

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

This is a clean Christmas card made with wheel stamps.  Snow was accented with a glue pen and fine glitter.

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog post, and enjoy your day!

A Christmas Centerpiece… and My New Light Box!

Here is a Christmas centerpiece, place holder or favor for guests made from vellum and cardstock!  Terry Bolender showed me how to make this with Stampin’ Up! Products last month.  I used her Big Shot tool to cut out the gold scalloped square shape (for the base of the tree) and the box; then I used her circle punch to cut out a hole for the battery operated candle.  I traced a pyramid box pattern onto vellum cardstock (a really cool heavy-duty vellum!) and cut it out and scored it after stamping and clear embossing the green image.  I used the large star punch to cut out the top part of the tree and attached it with a pretty brad.

I wasn’t sure which picture to use because Jake made me a photo light tent/box for Christmas and I was testing the photography.  Thank you, Jayma Malme, for telling me about how to make a light box for photography!  I was using my new Ott light but the lighting is so blue!  I am shining the light directly at the image because it doesn’t get through the cardstock sides of the light box very well.  Here’s what I am talking about.

This is how my blog pictures normally look.  Can you tell the star is gold cardstock?  Uh, me, neither!

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

 

Now here is the same object in my new light box, with the light coming from the left through the cardstock walls.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

 

Here it is again with the light shining head on the object.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

 

This will need tweaking – I think the light box needs thinner wall covers, and after look at this post I realized I am supposed to put the cardstock base all the way at the top of the light box so there’s no ugly seam behind my object.  Anyway, I am happy I have this light box and I hope to have some better quality photos for my blog now!  This is the light box contraption:

 

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

Which photo do you think looks best: 1, 2, or 3?  Happy holidays, and thanks for reading my blog!

Have a Very Snowy Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!   Here are some cards (mainly snowflake cards) I made one weekend with my Cuttlebug and Cricut.

I bought the beautiful Trim the Tree Cricut cartridge with plans to make some beautiful cards.  It tended to be rather frustrating because the intricate details turn out more successfully with a larger sized project.  I tried a few different shapes and when I cut them at a small 2.75″ or 3″ size in height, the blade tore up my paper.  This bell is so large that I can’t mail the card in the matching A-2 envelope.  I’ll have to use a larger size.  Unless I get into scrapbooking or decorating the house with paper shapes, I do not see myself using this cartridge.  What a shame.

I added Stickles glitter glue to highlight parts of the elegant bell.

Green Bell Cricut Card

Green Bell Cricut Card

I dry-embossed red DCWV paper with my Cuttlebug and sanded / distressed the raised image to expose the white paper core.  I used my new Sizzix Sizzlits Basic Grey snowflake die in my Cuttlebug to cut some cardstock snowflakes and enhanced them with a crystal rhinestone and Stickles glitter glue.

Dry Embossed Snowlake Card

Dry Embossed Snowflake Card

Here’s another interpretation of the card.

Red and Green Snowflake Card

Red and Green Snowflake Card

I finally used my delicate snowflake stickers!  I had been intimidated by them because they are difficult to peel away without stretching.  Now that I have some special adhesive paper designed to transfer these stickers, I can move them onto my project without tearing or warping the image.  You can’t see it, but I outlined the teal DCWV brand paper with Stickles glitter glue.

White and Teal Snowflake Card
White and Teal Snowflake Card

I finally used a snowflake eyelet I’d had for over a year.  I used another detailed snowflake sticker and embossed an image I stamped with a CTMH clear acrylic stamp.

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

I love this color combo!

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

I got bold and used a large silver foil snowflake sticker to make this simple card.  I added a crystal rhinestone to the center for some added “bling.”

 

Silver Snowflake Card

Silver Snowflake Card

Here’s a difficult-to-photograph navy blue card with a metallic foil sticker and some freehand wisps of Stickles glitter glue.  This card looks terrible in this photo!!

 

Falling Snowflake Card

Falling Snowflake Card

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog!

Eight More Christmas Cards!

It’s getting close to Christmas, and I’m not sure I have enough days to share my cards, so here are eight cards in one blog post.  Hold onto your hats, folks!

This was my 2009 holiday card, but the rest of the cards I am sharing were made this Fall.  I used DCWV paper and cardstock and cut the 12″ x 12″ sheets into three 4″ x 6″ cards.  This is a matchbook style card and the top panel tucks into the flap at the bottom.  I made the snowflake with my Cricut Expressions machine and added fine glitter to it with glue.

Blue, White & Silver Snowflake Matchbook Card

Blue, White & Silver Snowflake Matchbook Card

I used my Stampin’ Up! medallion stamp on shimmer paper and embossed the image in silver.  I used Stickles glitter glue and accidentally smudged it when I was stacking my cards, whoops!

 

Happy Holidays Card with Silver Medallion

Happy Holidays Card with Silver Medallion

I finally got to use these two stamps I bought a year or more ago at Impress Rubber Stamps!  I love how the swirls look like octopus legs.  🙂

 

Happy Holidays with Tree and Flair

Happy Holidays Card with Tree and Flair

Here’s another similar card.  I love rub-ons, so this beautiful “Merry Christmas” you see at the top is just a rub-on sentiment.

 

Merry Christmas Card with Tree and Flair

Merry Christmas Card with Tree and Flair

This is another snowflake card from when I was in the mood to emboss everything.  The decorative edge was created using my favorite edge punch from Stampin’ Up!

 

Tis The Season - Snowflake Card

Tis The Season - Snowflake Card

This card is mainly made with CTMH products: the paper, stamp, ribbon and embellishment.  I found the holly paper tape at Hobby Lobby and was pleased that it seemed to go well with the CTMH products.

 

CTMH Snow Days Card

CTMH Snow Days Card

This shimmery green card was made with three kinds of Christmas paper tape, a rub-on sentiment, stick-on pearls & a poinsettia from CTMH, and a Fiskars edge punch.

 

Peace - Joy - Hope Card

Peace - Joy - Hope Card

This card was designed by the lovely and talented Christine David from Create with Christine!  She showed a small class how to make this lovely card using Close to My Heart (CTMH) products.  I love the cool blue colors!

 

Warm Winter Wishes

Warm Winter Wishes

I hope to post more blogs between now and Sunday (12/26), but if I miss a post – have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy this time with your loved ones.  Thank you for reading my blog.

Five Silver and Red Snowflake Cards

The other day I shared my silver and blue snowflake cards and today I’d like to share my red and blue snowflake cards with you.  I don’t think much of an explanation is needed, but please post a comment if you have any questions about the materials used in any one of the cards.

 

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Decorative Accents

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Decorative Accents

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Silver Accent

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Silver Accent

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Ribbon

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Ribbon

Simple Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card

Simple Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card on White

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card on White

Thanks for reading my blog – I am so thankful for all my blog-readers! 🙂

 

Seven Silver and Blue Snowflake Cards

I think every crafter goes through phases, and I am no different.  When I first bought my heat embossing tool years ago, I embossed everything!  But then the thought of messing with powder and using the heat tool seemed exhausting, and I forgot about it.  Fortunately, during a crafty girls weekend with my good friend Rebecca, I became inspired to use the heat emboss technique and that set me off on a kick of embossing everything!

Here are some silver snowflake cards.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll share the red and silver ones but for now, please enjoy these silver and blue embossed cards.

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 1 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 1 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 2 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 2 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 3

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 3

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 4

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 4

I may add something to this card above. It’s almost too simple for me to handle!

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 5

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 5

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 6

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 6 with Shimmery Paper

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 7
Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 7
Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 8
Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 8

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for reading my blog.  🙂

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