Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Joy of Christmas

I made up my mind I was going to work on Christmas cards today, even if I wasn't in the mood. I don't know why I'm not in the mood. I usually love making Christmas cards. This year--not so much. Probably has something to do with caring for aging parents, watching too much news, and balancing my checkbook. Yep, that'll do it every time. But once again, I digress. Sigh.

OK, back to making Christmas cards. So anyway,  I thought I'd see if I could come up with something fast. I bought this snowflake embossing folder at the end of the season last year, so it didn't see much action. I really like it, though, and who doesn't love embossed backgrounds? I mean, really!  So, OK, I can emboss a background with the snowflakes, but then what?

Well, if you were here for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop, I made a Christmas card that was white-on-white, and had a frame cut out with dies. (What? You missed it?  OK, check here, then come right back.  You don't want to hold up the rest of the group, do you? LOL)  I thought about doing something similar, but simpler. I was mindlessly thumbing through my label dies from Spellbinder, when this little guy jumped out--actually it did, it fell right out so, what the heck, I decided to use it!  I layered the label die with a small plain square die on white card stock, ran it through my trusty Big Shot and in seconds, had a neat-o frame.  After patting myself on the back, I realized I didn't have anything small enough to use as a focal point within the frame. Ack! What to do?

I don't know about you, but when I'm stuck, I just start thumbing through my goodies. This time, I stumbled upon this small holly leaf and sentiment. Eureka, just what I needed! So I stamped the leaf in green, added red Stickles for the berries, and stamped the "joy" in Versafine Onyx Black. (Love that ink for anything I want to have a clear, crisp image.) Then I just layered it to the snowflake embossed background, and layered again to a white card base!   Yeah, another Christmas card for the ol' stash!

Thanks for stopping by today. Now go thumb through some of your goodies and see what little treasurers you come up with. It's fun!Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

  1. Love the white on white cards! And I didn't know Spellbinders work with the Big Shot. That is wonderful, yet terrible news!