Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

Merry Christmas

It’s finally Christmas Day and for the first time in twenty-two years we didn’t spend Christmas Eve celebrating and/or share the unwrapping of Christmas presents under a Christmas tree on Christmas morning with our daughter, Kristin. We did see her and her boyfriend, John, later in the afternoon, however, when we picked them up to take them to San Francisco for Xmas dinner. Having dinner with the two of them made up for the oh so boooooorrrrring morning! -Next year there will definitely be more than the red bows on Ceaytie’s ears for decorations!

(Kristin & John at the Carnelian Room in S.F.)

Yesterday I received my final (I think) handmade holiday card.  Helen Boz, a lovely, talented lady in Modesto sent it to me, and I had to study it to see how it was done.   It looks like she took a sheer, organza type of material, with a glittered pinecone design printed on it, sprayed adhesive to a piece of ivory Stardreams cardstock (for extra shimmer) and wrapped the material around it. Then she layered that to a piece of cardstock to which she sprayed more adhesive (or used some sort of sticky-dot adhesive) and covered it in glitter. She layered the completed panel to a gold Stardreams card. I had to describe it, because photos never do justice to cards with glitter and sparkle. Trust me, the card is full of shimmer, shine and glitter!

More Christmas Cards - 12/22/08

Wonderful and beautiful Christmas cards are continuing to arrive in our mailbox, and I want to share them with you in small bunches rather than all at once when it’s a chore. At Christmas time, the last thing we stampers want to do is create cards that take more than ten minutes each to make, as none of us has that kind of time (unless you only have to make one card!). But when we can make ones that are far superiour to a store bought card, and we can put our own personal touches and unique embellishmetnts on them in less time than it takes to drive to the mall, fight the crowds and select a box, I think that’s what we all want. Below are cards that accomplish all of that.

This first card is from Ce-Ann McNamara and I love that its simple, but has lots of sparkle.

The next is from Phyllis Nelson and I love the sparkle she added to all the trees’ ornaments, in addition to the border she made using sparkle paper for that extra pizzaz.


Lady Mary Cromak from England sent in another great card using a tag as a focal point, then added glitter for sparkle. It’s also interesting because she used strips of coordinating paper with decorative edges to add interest. (Note that I add her very special title. That’s because I expect her to address me as The Queen.)

The next card was sent to me by Shari Secreto and, as usual, she’s done a beautiful job. Everything she does is extraordinary. It’s hard to see on the photo image, but the cardstock and papers she used have a beautiful sheen to them, then within her Nestibility frame she’s placed the most exquisite reflective paper. Finally on the snowman that she so expertly colored, she added pink rhinestones to his buttons.

This last card is from my very favorite Stampin’ Up rep, Danelle Henry. Actually, it’s really not a Christmas card, but I got it at Christmas time, so it’s getting added to the site! Danelle seldom embosses, but all of her cards are cute and/or pretty because she adds things like pearls, brads and ribbons to give her cards depth and interest. -And you all know how I am. Anything that adds glitz and sparkle, I’m there!

And, finally this last photo is not of a card but of The King (my hubby) and our Princess, Ceaytie. She’s the only thing decorated for Christmas this year!

More Cute Holiday Card Samples

I received two more cute, handmade cards from friends that I want to share with you. The first is from Yvonne Collins. I like the way she personalized the card with my name tag. -A very cute idea.

The second card is from Jaye Green in Castle Rock, Colorado, who said she made hers from a Christmas card kit she found in the new Stampin’ Up catalog. I didn’t even know about that kit, even though I thought I had scoured every page of their new holiday catalog.

Having everything pre-cut and ready for assembly is a great way to make Christmas cards in a hurry! For those of you waiting for a handmade Christmas card from me this year, please don’t hold your breath. I had intended to make them but, as I’ve already mentioned, those plans were bypassed with others. Instead, my previous post shows Christmas cards I taught earlier this month, so pretend you got a card!

Christmas Cards

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season. As promised, I’m uploading the four Christmas Cards I taught to Debbie Reid and Sandra Aquilar earlier this month. They also wanted to do the cute Christmas card I uploaded earlier.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures and I can’t blame it on the camera. Still no word from my new best friend, Kris Watanabe, who is diligently working on the website to get all the cards uploaded. The last time I spoke with her, she was going to contact me when all were uploaded. When I know something, I’ll post it here.

Cute Card Samples

Just this week I received four new card samples that I’m anxious to post. The first two are from Danelle Henry, the best Stampin’ Up rep out there, the fall wreath card is from my 86 year old mother-in-law, Elizabeth Harrison (hope I’m stilll stamping in my 80s!), and the last is a darling birthday card from Jaye Green, who knows I’m the queen.

And while I’m uploading photos of cards, I might as well upload a couple photos taken on Thanksgiving Day when Kristin and I went into San Francisco for our dinner at the Sheraton Palace. What a day!! What a meal!