The holidays are just around the corner and you’re either having thoughts of Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas decorations, parties, twinkling lights, wonderful music, or you’re dreading all the extra things that are going to be added to your list of things to do!
I’ve decided to remember all that I’m thankful for, to contemplate the true gift of the season, to think of Christ’s loving sacrifice for my soul, and to attempt to be a light in someone else's life, day, or moment.
I’ve also decided to make the Christmas cards I can make without worrying about if it is 10, 20 or 100. To have fun decorating our tree and the house with my family is a gift in itself, not a chore.
Above all, I want to do all of these things with a sense of wonder and anticipation of God’s boundless gifts. If it should start becoming “things to get done” on a checklist, well, that’s when I’ll quit and just enjoy the moment.
Well, enough Deep Thoughts by Lisa Vale! :0)
Below is the card we made at November clubs. You can’t really see the technique, but take my word for it, it looks wonderful! I don’t know if the technique has a name, but we’ll call it “Painting with Crystal Effects”. The ornament on the right is stamped with Old Olive craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The ornament on the left is stamped in Basic Black craft ink and clear embossed also. You could use black embossing powder, but I find that I end up with specks of black everywhere, even when I use my Embossing Buddy! The red part of the ornament is our technique. Take your Real Red re-inker and place an amount about the size of a dime on top of a stamp box or other plastic surface (something that you can wipe off or the ink won’t soak into). Add another dime size amount of Crystal Effects. Mix with a paint brush and paint in your image. This mixture won’t dry right away so you have some time to play with it. If you clean your brush right after you’re done, you’ll have a brush for next time. Just wash it with warm water and soap. However, it will stain your brush, so I wouldn’t use one near and dear to your heart, but at least you won’t have to throw it away when you’re done.
This project will take some time to dry so plan on letting it sit over night to insure it’s completely dry. When it dries it’ll remain shiny and looks almost like stained glass. It’s a really pretty effect. I’m going to try it on vellum and see how that turns out.
Stamp Sets: Tree Trimmings (116722), A Cardinal Christmas (111760)
Paper: Old Olive, Basic Black, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Black Stazon, Old Olive & Basic Black craft ink, versamark pad
Accessories: 3/4 Polka-Dot grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig.
LEAFY NAPKIN HOLDER
I saw this made at a Stampin’ Up! regional in Chattanooga this year. It looks much harder to make than it is! I used the Scallop Envelope bigz die to make this. You gotta love the BigShot. It made this project so easy. I’m already thinking about a Christmas one, oooh, and Easter, and birthdays….Uh oh, I’d better get crackin’!
All you need to do is cut 8 scallop envelopes and glue them together by their flaps, in one straight line. Adhere either end together to form the box. Place a 6 3/8 square piece of cardstock down in the middle. This makes it really easy to square the box. Adhere to bottom flaps and decorate. This makes the perfect size holder for regular sized napkins.
Stamp Set: Falling Leaves
Ink: Soft Suede classic ink, versamark pad
Paper: Really Rust, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, & Summer Sun card stock
Accessories: 1/2 Polka-Dot Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon, Hemp Twine, Mini glue dots (lots), Ticket & Horizontal Slot punches, Dies: Scallop Envelope, Lots of Tags, & Leaves #2, Dimensionals
Remember – No pressure this season. What gets done, gets done. What doesn’t, didn’t really matter! Love on someone this season, it’ll be a blessing to them and to you. What’s more important, reaching into someone else's life and giving of yourself or making sure all the lists in your life are done?
“And that’s all I have to say about that.” -Forrest Gump
As always, thanks for looking. :0)