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9/29/2013

Christmas

Edit: This is the post that should have showed up Sunday. Once I got the other blogger problem (ie, operator error) sorted, I could get to this one to publish it. Hope you will enjoy the card!
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Good morning, and welcome. By the time you are reading this, DH & I will be on the way to Tampa to help our DD celebrate her birthday. Sorry I didn't get this card posted yesterday, but I was busy getting some necessary house chores done, packing, and thinking about what - if any - cardmaking supplies I wanted to drag along on the trip. Usually my copics go with me, along with some stamped images. I had thought perhaps to make up some card bases, take some paper, adhesive, etc, and maybe do some cards. Time got short, so I'll just be coloring, reading my kindle, watching the dolphins and hopefully enjoying some time with our daughter. We don't get to see her as often as we'd like.

My Friday night class was great! Lots of my Thursday stamping group buddies were there, so we had a good time playing catch up. We were in a shopping mode at the recent stamp show, so didn't really stop for much conversation. (Who wanted to miss out on a good buy? Not I!) Someone mentioned Brit sitcoms, and I piped up with "Anybody watch Doc Martin?". Well, some of them are almost as hooked on the show as am I, so we sat and talked about some of the funniest episodes. None of us can wait until the Season 6 gets to the USA (well, we'll have to wait, won't we?). I'll share the class cards here when I return.

In the meantime, here's my card to share today

 
 
- Cheery Lyn Santa Sleigh die, cut from the American Crafts glitter paper pack, which is very lightweight. I remembered to use the metal shim under this one as I cut, and it did much better than the angel die. I only had to slightly poke the bits, and they fell right out. I could have rubbed along, but the paper is thin and I didn't want to tear any of the places, so I poked carefully. It was pretty easy to get it all cleaned. (Note to self: label this die and the angel one to use the metal shim and wax paper!) Thanks Miss Pixie for reminding me of the wax paper and extra shimming.

- Adhered Sleigh to another silver piece from the same paper pack, and the Elizabeth Craft sentiment was cut from a snippet of the same red paper used for the sleigh and the scalloped trim.

- Poinsettia is from a 6x6 pack, which I don't have the name handy just at the moment, but if you are interested, I can provide it if you'll leave me a comment. I'll edit this post to name the paper pack.

- the card base is cut on the long length of an 8.5 x 11 piece of Recollection paper. Scored midway, folded. Then the top flap was scored and folded at the halfway point of the top piece.  (I'm trying to learn some different card folds to alleviate the same old fold I always use. Cause I'm comfortable with that one!)

Here's the opened card:
- White piece is an MS pre-punched card tag, and I covered the hole used for attaching to a package by diecutting the Elizabeth Craft tiny holly die from a very small green glitter snippet. Used a stylus from the back side of the leaves to shape for a bit of dimension, adhered the leaves with some Alene's Easy Flow Glue. Added Red Rhinestones for the holly.

- glitter swirls are just pieces from the Sleigh cutout (I was channeling Mrs. A who always sees the most amazing things with the punched out bits that most of us just toss in the trash!)  Thanks, Valery!

I didn't get around to photographing this until late afternoon. Took it out on the deck in the sunshine but had too many shadows. Tried to Photoshop out the shadows, and I just ran out of time to fiddle with it. Brought it inside, put it on the kitchen table on top of a piece of white cardboard, with the ceiling light on, and here's what resulted! I hope you can get an idea of how it looks. I liked it, just didn't do a very good photography effort. I can't rush things. I have 2 speeds: Slow & Slower!

As I was scurrying around to get things sorted, I remembered a family anniversary that will occur while we are away, so hadda get that ready, and unfortunately we have a Sympathy card to send out, so had to finish that one for mailing as well. Didn't make yesterday's post, but my neighbor will mail them for me.

Have a wonderful Sunday. Hope to get back to chat here, even if I don't have cards to post. And I'm going to try to use the quiet time to get round to some of the challenge entries - a treat for sure, and to visit some blogs! Hugs




8 comments:

Brenda said...

Wow Momma Mary, this card is spectacular!! I love the shimmery sliver and red paper, the poinsettia paper is just beautiful too! I love that sleigh die, how pretty it is!!! Love the way this card opens too, pretty, pretty, pretty!!! Hugs, from PA!!

JoAnn said...

Very pretty. I love the red glitter paper sleigh on top of the silver glitter paper. The poinsettia paper is pretty also. I love how you did the new fold. I prefer using the standard folds also, but occasionally try a different one. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

The Crafty Laydee said...

Hi Mary :)
I like this mix of Poinsettia paper and the glittery red-and your lovely lace border finishes your card off perfectly :)
Have a good day,Nessa xx

Benzi said...

Glad you got this post to work...I know that was aggravating when it didn't come up. Your card is soooo pretty with all the glitter and that wonderful sleigh. Oh, I have my wax paper in the craft room and forget to use it most times. But, with those very intricate dies, it is really the best thing.

I'm glad you're getting to celebrate your daughter's birthday with her. I know what you mean about not seeing her as much as you want. One of my sons lives 9 hours away and it is so hard not to see him as much as I would like.

Bonnie said...

What a pretty sleigh! Thanks for the tips on die cutting! The more openwork, the harder to get a good cut!

Rose said...

this is sooooooo pretty :) love the glitter paper!!!

Loll Thompson said...

Very pretty Christmas card Mary - lots of shimmer and shine with this beauty. Love the tri-fold ... so much fun! Loll xx

Hettie said...

Ahh This is gorgeous. Love that sleigh. The colours on this card are gorgeous.
I know about the wax paper, but do you have an ATG gun? If so the paper that comes inside to keep the rolls apart are useful for die cutting and free!!
Hugs
xx