Monday, December 16, 2013

WOW! It's Been a While! - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

WOW! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted!  For the past two or three months I have been totally occupied with my granddaughter's wedding preparations.  I made the invitations, the RSVP cards, the wedding programs, made her veil, attended several showers, rehearsal dinner, tied garland for decorations, decorated the reception hall, altered her dress slightly...WHEW!  The wedding was on the 14th, so now I can relax a bit.

During the mist of all of the wedding preparations, I was also making Christmas presents for all my children and grandchildren. I dusted off my sewing machine and made some aprons for my daughters and daughter-in-laws, and made big blankets for each of the grandchildren.  I've also made a few scrapbook albums for several of the children.  Time has flown by...each day gets a little easier...but the holidays are bringing back lots of memories of Christmas' past.  I've shed a lot of tears, but also had some smiles as I remember the good times.

I've made a few cards in the mist of all this activity too that I thought I'd share with you.  I think I might have actually made them for a challenge but didn't have time to get them posted.

I figured I can always use a thank you card at Christmas.  I cut the letters out with the Cameo.  The leaves are cut with a die from Quikutz (very old die).  I colored the area behind the letters with some green and red Copics, then topped it with a bit of glitter using a glitter pen.  I pop dotted the letter panel over the colored area and added some red berries with red stickles.

This card was fun to make.  We rarely get snow in Florida, so I enjoy making snow cards.  I used a Memory Box window die and backed it with a piece of acetate.  I used the Memory Box country landscape die for the scene behind the window.  The top layer of the scene is pop dotted.  I sponged the sky (masking out the moon) with DI - tumbled glass - then added some small white dots for stars.  As a finishing touch, I added some stickles to the window panes on the outside of the window to give it a frosty look.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver EP.  I believe the sentiment is from PTI.

This last card was made for one of the Less is More challenges, but didn't get posted.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Versamark, then heat embossed it with gold EP. For the topper on the ornament, I stamped the image in Versamark on gold foil paper.  I trimmed all the images and pop dotted them on a solid blue background (I also stamped the bauble on a piece of the blue).  I pop dotted the ornament on a piece of the blue card stock cut to 4 x 5.25 and added a string and bow.  I used a gold leafing pen to added just a tiny gold edge to the 4 x 5.25 layer, then pop dotted that layer onto a blue base.  I love how this one turned out.  Them images are from a free set that came in a magazine (I believe they might be Spellbinder stamps?)

Now, I must get busy and get all these Christmas gifts lots to do and now much time to do it.  We have lots of birthday celebrations this week.  My grandson, Jacob has a birthday tomorrow, my daughter in law on Wednesday, another grandson on Saturday, and then my birthday on Monday.  Busy, busy!

I do appreciate your faithfulness in visiting my blog.  I'm trying hard to get myself together and move on...your continued prayers are appreciated!

Hugs to each and every one of you...and may you have a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

(Hopefully, I will get it together enough to get my post done for my blogiversary.  I have a little prize that I would love to give to someone!  Stay tuned....)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments and your visits are always appreciated!! Until next time...


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