Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry & Bright

It's hard for me to belive we have 1 week until Christmas.  I am clearly not prepared.  Anyone that says they are incredulous on how fast the year is going is probably playing the catch up game... and that, my friends, is me. :-)

I have been creating holiday cards for months, but I don't think this is something I've shared with you before.

Merry & Bright

I used the December Stamp of the Month again, but this time I tried something different.  I thought I'd go for a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  I would have made this a bit bent over, but it wouldn't have worked quite so well for the Spellbinder die.  With all that bling, it looks like it'll topple over, though...  LOL!  I think that's one of my favorite holiday specials.  There's nothing sweeter than Linus sharing the real meaning of Christmas.

I hope your holiday preparations are going well.  Be sure to sit back and enjoy the moment at some point.

Thanks for stopping by,

-Fir Branch (SOTM) by CHF
-Christmas Expressions (mona lisa moments) by CHF

-Meadow Adirondack ink by Ranger

-Simply Smooth by Prism

Patterned Paper:
-Mistletoe and Pear by Basic Grey

-Say It In Crystals by Prima Marketing
-Rhinestones by K & Company
-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Sewing machine and thread

Finished size: 5.5" square

Saturday, December 13, 2008

NSR - In Loving Memory

For the most part, I spend time on my blog sharing artwork and my love for papercrafting.  This post is completely personal, but I felt it important to journal here.

Today, my grandma passed away, just after dinner, with her family around her in the manner in which she would have loved.  She waited for her youngest son to arrive and then declined.  We all gathered around for her final moments for a moment of prayer, solace and comfort.

She is gone and we are missing her.

Audrey Miriam Aubuchon Zankl
November 29, 1928 - December 13, 2008

So, with all that said, I thought I'd share a poem that hospice has printed in the family education booklet.

Thanks for letting me share about a wonderful woman,

Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"
Gone where?
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Beautiful - and a personal note

I have a quick card I'd like to share with you today.

The Rummage Bin release last week was a fantastic set sized for inchie artwork.  I just love working with a 1" area.  Small, yes.  But packs a mighty punch!

Inchie Style (The Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms


This is truly a simply inchie style card at it's best.  The sentiment and the image are both from the set and work perfectly together to make a fast project.  I think this took about 10 minutes in total to create.  Nothing better than a fast card!

Thanks for stopping by,
-Inchie Style (The Rummage Bin) by CHF

-London Fog Memento by Tsukineko

-Simply Smooth by Prism
-chipboard inchie by inchie arts, llc

Patterned Paper:
-Eva by Basic Grey

-1-1/4" square punch by EK Success
-flower by Prima Marketing
-jewel brads by Making Memories
-threading water punch by EK Success
-Copic markers
-Krylon pen in Silver
-lace trim

Finished size: 4" square card

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

CHF Challenge - Backgrounders

So, we normally do a weekly challenge and post on Mondays...  I'm late.  I know... 40 lashes with a wet noodle.  :-)

It's an easy challenge, though.  Cornish Heritage Farms has a wonderful selection of backgrounders!

Tiled Scallops Jewelry Set:

I created polymer pieces and added them with jump rings to a purchased necklace and earring set. The polymer clay pieces are very light when baked and will add negligible weight to the overall project. I had made this project for a sweet friend about 2 weeks ago and is perfect for this challenge!

Thanks for looking!

-Tiled Scallops Backgrounder by CHF

-Necklace and earring set from Target
-Shimmery pastel pink polymer clay by Sculpey
-paper piercing tool to create holes prior to baking
-jump rings
-toaster oven and tray
-oval and circle cutters (I pinched the tops of the earring to shape a tear drop pendant).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

December's Stamp of the Month

First of all, when did it get to be December?  I swear we were just smack in the middle of summer last week.  Sheesh.  Time flies!

The Stamp of the Month at Cornish Heritage Farms is always a fabulous deal ($6.99 unmounted / $10.99 woodmounted).  And the image this month is very elegant.  Definitely a favorite of mine.

Fir Branch and Sentiment:

Snowy Fir Branch:

I created this card to showcase both the branch and the sentiment.  I found the Basic Grey patterned paper at Michaels... there really isn't a patterned paper I don't love.  :-)

With a bit of glitter and a few snowflakes, this was a fairly quick card.  Here's a better picture of all the glitter.  I used a chunkier glitter for the image to give a crystalline appearance to the branch.  I really love the effect.

Also... if you catch this yet tonight (Tuesday- December 2nd)... for every 3 Scrapblocks you purchase today, CHF will include a FREE pack of Scrapblock Layer 8"x8" Paper Pack with your order.  Sorry I'm posting late... sale ends at midnight (MST).

OK... so I'm off to bed.  Hugs,

-Firch Branch and Kindness (SOTM) by CHF
-Meadow and Pitch Black Adirondack ink by Ranger

-Simply Smooth by Prism

Patterned Paper:
-Mistletoe and Pear by Basic Grey

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Crystal Glitter, Glue, and Die-cut felt ribbon by Martha Stewart
-Silver brad by Making Memories
-Sugarplum snowflake by Me & My Big Ideas