Saturday, December 6, 2008

Spellbound!



All I'm doing these days is making more Christmas cards! It's about the time of year when I tell dh we're just going to send out the photo cards and call it done. Honestly, this might be the year I break down and do it :)

For now, though, here are two more. This first one is my sample for Jen's awesome Sketch for You To Try this week. I love this non-traditional color combo! The patterned papers are all from the K&Co Christmas Cheer mat pack. I also got to play with some new Spellbinders products that came this week. I used the Labels 2 Nestabilities for the olive panel, and I used the Victorian Border Piercabilities for the decorative edge on the blue patterned vertical strip. The fun trim is something I found at Hancock Fabrics yesterday. The ornament is chipboard that's been covered with dp and embellished. I used a ton of "pearl" dew drops for accents.

Check out the sketch, Jen's sample, and a sample from the NEW guest designer at i{heart}2stamp. The rest of the crew has put together some awesome samples, too:

Amy
Carole
Shannan
Susan


Next up is my sample for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Julee Tilman is our host this month, and she's starting us out with a fun sketch challenge. Here's my take:




For this one, I again used the Labels 2 Nestabilities on the sentiment panel. The poinsettia is a combination of Making Memories, Prima, and the Martha Stewart branch punch. The edges of most of the panels as well as the card base have been edged with a thin band of gold. I just dragged my Encore gold metallic pad across the edges. The white poinsettia has been painted with Angel Wings Shimmerz. Along the bottom, you can see some dry embossing and piercing that I did with the Victorian Border Piercabilities.

Be sure to check out the sketch at Our Creative Corner. You'll also find all the details on this week's PRIZE, generously provided by Alma de la Rosa of The Cat's Pajamas. Thank you for joining us, Alma! She also made the most beautiful sketch sample! As usual, you'll find samples from the OCC regulars there, too, and guess what, Laurie Schmidlin is back playing this week. We've missed you Laurie! For more chitchat about their projects, visit their blogs:

Cindy Haffner
Dawn Easton
Denise Marzec
Jennifer Meyer
Julee Tilman
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynda Benden

I received some questions yesterday about where to get the Shimmerz. I bought my Angel Wings a month or two ago at Jacksonbelle Embellishments. Now there is a Shimmerz blog, where you can find a list of online stores that carry them, including My Favorite Things and soon Our Daily Bread Designs, as well as tons of how-to and inspiration. They are great!!

Also, my friend Angel suggested I show my decorated insides. These are both very simple. I'll add an inside sentiment when I'm ready to send these:





Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!



Stamps: Ornamental Christmas (first card, Verve Stamps); All Year Cheer (second card, Stampin' Up)
Paper: Christmas Cheer mat pack (K&Co); SU Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Garden Green, Encore Gold Metallic
Accessories: Labels 2 Nestabilities and Victorian Border Piercabilities (Spellbinders); gold and pearl dew drops, SU ivory taffeta ribbon, Offray wide satin ribbon, Making Memories Christmas Blossoms, Prima leaves, Martha Stewart branch and snowflake punches, gold stickles, SU gold metallic grosgrain, foam adhesive, Angel Wings Shimmerz, chipboard ornament (source unknown), gold cord, Wright's trim, paper piercer
Sizes: SYFTT card is 5 1/2" square; OCC card is standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)

40 comments:

manicstamper said...

Absolutely stunning cards.

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Amy these are both so charming!!
--Becca

Jackie Pedro said...

Both beautiful and I LOVE the colors!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Both cards are very pretty Amy. I do love the colors you used as well.

Danielle said...

I get wowed every time I look at your cards Amy - simply stunning!
Danielle

Carolyn Mustopa said...

OMG, these are gorgeous! Love all the details, inside and out!

2stampis2b said...

You make such beautiful cards!

wendy Groszkiewicz said...

Stunning cards, Amy! You never disappoint! :)

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful Amy.

Jessie/knightrone said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Gorgeous Gorgeous GORGEOUS!!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Hi Amy :) LOVE the beautiful layout and detail on both cards! The colors are so pretty and I LOVE how you showed us the inside of your designs!

Have a fun weekend,
Jennifer :)

Steph K said...

Both cards are beautiful! I broke down this week and ordered photo cards and I'm only going to send the handmade cards in my stash.. I feel SO relieved!

Judy Miller said...

All of your cards are beautiful but the Peace Love & Joy card looks like it could be a centerpiece on a table. You are an inspiration.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Fabulous cards, Amy! I love that trim - it's the perfect accent. And everything is embellished so beautifully. All your cards look like they should come with a frame to display them! :)

Cindy Lawrence said...

Outstanding, Amy! The colors are just fabulous together, and your amazing eye for detail shines through again! You are a true artist, girl!

Tammi said...

All I can do is oohhh and ahhh, simply gorgeous!! Love how you did the snowflakes in the first and love the flower arrangement in the second, stunning!

Janine said...

Wow - came over from the OCC site to take a closer look. Stunningly beautiful cards.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Oh Amy...these are drop dead gorgeous!! These colors really speak to me. And I had not seen anything done with the piercabilities....now I have more things to add to my ever growing wish list!!
hugs, Jami

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Amy! I love the papers and your awesome embellishing.

Shannan Teubner said...

These are just gorgeous, Amy!

texasjodylynn said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!

Lynda Benden said...

Can I just SAY, you ROCK Amy! Your cards are truly amazing!!! When I grow up, I want to be YOU! LOL!!!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness Amy, these cards are FABULOUS girl...wowzers...just stunning! Loving the use of the nesties!!

leenda said...

STUNNING inside & out!

jen del muro (iheart2stamp.com) said...

YOU ROCK GIRL!!! I love all of these!

Amy said...

Amy, I tell you what--you are in a league of your own, girlie! These cards are mouth watering, eye candy, deliciousness, and perfectly sponged, layered, stamped, you-name-it, on top of it! You rock--'nuf said!

Amy

Jill W. said...

You're just too amazing! These are beauties!

Anonymous said...

Wish I was on your Christmas list!! Your ornament card is stunning. I love the colors, the layout,all of the bling, and the trim is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful eye candy. Ann Lind

KathyJ said...

OH WOW!!!! Amy these are both stunning!!! I love the colours and layouts and all your beautiful embellishment touches! I didn't think I wanted that shape nestabilites....but I'm fast changing my mind!!! :)

Niki Estes said...

These are absolutely stunning, Amy! I love the colors, sponging, and all the texture!

Desire Fourie said...

Just gorgeous Amy. You may be tiring creating these, but we will never get tired of feasting our eyes on them. Hugs from Desire

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Both of your cards are beautiful Amy!! Love your ornmanet and trim on your first card! Beautiful flowers on your second card!!

Marisa said...

LOVE the card you did for Jen's sketch!!!! Wow!! OCCC sketch card is great and yesterday's Card with the snowflakes is stunning. Fantastic work, Amy!!!

As for the family photo card, go for it! You can save the hand made ones for those special people in your life and/or the crafters who will keep them and display them (like me - hint, hint LOL!!)

Conniecrafter said...

Both are just beautiful, love the color combinations and the embellishments are so pretty!

Laurie Schmidlin said...

Holy cow, GIRL!!! You know that you have MAD talent, right?!!!!? Seriously, every little detail is absolute perfection!!

Learn to Stamp and Scrap with Lynn said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! It doesn't help that you used some of my favorite colors. I love the new spellbinders dies too. Just fabulous!!

TFS, Lynn

Hannah (girlzclubstampers) said...

Oh, Amy - these cards are gorgeous!!! WOW! Do I ever wish I was on your Christmas card list?! :-)

Janette said...

these are both gorgeous and the insides are beautiful too! BTW- I bought the piercabilities yesterday but have not had a chance to try it yet. Thanks for your help.

Nancy said...

Love the colors on both of these! Beautiful cards. Those Labels Nesties are wonderful.

Beedubya said...

Your attention to detail is amazing, Amy! I love the insides of your cards. This one in particular is just gorgeous!

TFS!
Brandi

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