Sunday, October 7, 2012

Beginning To Look Like Christmas

Recently I visited my sister and while visiting we spent three days crafting. It was fun for me to use her supplies and her to use some of mine. We had decided ahead of time to make Holiday cards so I printed and cut some things out ahead of time and made sure that I had my holiday stamps packed along with holiday colored ink. Here are three of the cards I made. They were quick to put together and actually took me longer to play with elements and decide what I wanted to do than the actual time to put them together.(click to enlarge)
 For this card I used the same snowflake frame as I did for a previous card. I don't know where I got the snowman image from but thought it would be fun instead of cutting him totally out to have some of the blue showing. I also at the time cutting out a bunch of snowmen was not sure how I was going to use them. The broom and carrot are colored with glitter gel pens. The trees are from a free Studio file. Just made a bunch of different sizes. Although I filled in with green in Studio I went ahead and colored the trunk with brown ink. Then took a qtip and forest green ink to add more texture to the trees.
 Before leaving to see my sister I had cut out several  rounded squares in both white and gray in two different sizes. The larger square I used Stazon teal ink and a natural sea sponge in a circular motion. I did the same thing on the sentiment but for some reason it ended up with more of a greenish caste.  The reindeer is stamped with rusty brown and the tree with forest green. Both inks also Stazon inks I bought at a craft yard sale. The stamps are Karen Foster Design. I was pleased at how well they stamped. Thank you once again Alice for this fabulous stamp set. I'm not sure who makes the Peace stamp it was in a holiday set I bought on clearance last year. This was a simple and quick card to do.
I had also cut out some rectangle scallops to use. I love how in Studio you can re-size. This is the free Studio scallop label. The Merry Christmas is from the same set as the Peace. It is stamped with Red Pepper ink. I colored the stars in with a metallic colored pencil. I did not think to write down who made the snowman stamp. My sister has enough snow people stamps to open up her own store. I stamped him with Memento Black Tuxedo ink as I wasn't sure whether I wanted to use markers or colored pencils. I decided to go with color pencils. I used a white gel pen for the string attaching the mittens and a red glitter gel pen for the holly on the hat. I think my youngest granddaughter will love this happy snowman. Now I wish I had made more stamped images to make cards at home using him.

There you have it my quick and easy cards. You don't have to spend a lot of time making holiday cards unless you want to. For interest you can use one square and then another smaller square as a diamond for the focal point. A scallop rectangle and a simple image can make a charming card. 

Thank you for stopping by and do come back. I have more cards that I started while visiting my sister but have not finished as the things I wanted to use with them I have here at home. LOL! I hope to work on them this week. In between perhaps doing some other cards. As well as playing with a stencil or two.

By the way it is not too early to start adding to your holiday card stash. Of course I know for me that I'm going to have someone who is going to be looking for last minute hand made cards. LOL!

Now I'm off to try to catch up with my blog reading. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.


  1. Good start, Christmas cards are one of m favs, hugs

  2. Myoriah, I am jealous. You are way ahead schedule making Christmas cards and had fun with your sis too. :)

  3. I am so behind with my Christmas cards. Well done at getting 3 made.


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