Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Christmas Cards Galore - WOYWW 10-28-15

Another Wednesday is upon us - time to check out our workdesks! With the holidays fast approaching, I have been working on more Christmas cards. 

This week's selections have a more secular theme, with the word Joy on the cover. I used my very low tech Fiskars Scrap Boss to emboss the snowflakes and also stencil the word Joy and the holly. 

However, since I was having trouble deciding on the color of the base, I decided to make two!

As you can see from the top photo, they are stamped inside with Have A Holly Jolly Christmas (which song is now stuck in my head!). So, what do you think? Personally, I like warm colors better, so I think I have to go with the brown. But I wanted to try the grey too, after seeing a particularly lovely card that was grey and white on Facebook. After taking the pictures last night, I decided they both look a little plain, so I'm going to add some bling on the corners or sides of the fronts.

Now I should go. We have a sick baby in the house (granddaughter) and I'm not sure if I or the father is taking her and her mom to the doctor. I'm going to try to squeeze in a little more sleep until the decision is made. 

Happy WOYWW! Be sure to check out to see some very talented crafters!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WOYWW 10-21-15

It's Wednesday again!! Yay!! I'm trying to get a little more organized for our blog hop by taking pictures late on Tuesday, so all I have to do in the morning is edit them and write my post. I hope that's not cheating!

Here is my workdesk this week:

I've been working on Christmas cards. I went to a crop on Saturday (my first one ever!) and stamped some dark blue cardstock with a snowflake stamp using white ink. I love the effect! Here is the final version:

How does it look? I have to say, I'm quite proud of this one! I've been trying to make cards with a religious emphasis. I see so many lovely, creative, handmade Christmas cards that have a secular theme, that it's hard to stand out in the crowd!

Thank you to everybody for your suggestions last week, especially Julia! I tried rubbing an emery board over the stamps first before using them and the results are much better. Here is a closeup example of the problem I was talking about:  

I rubbed this particular stamp and tried again and the difference was amazing! I'm so happy to have a solution! (I also learned a few techniques for applying more even pressure at the crop, which has also helped). 

Well, that's it for today. Head on over to to take a gander at some other wonderfully talented crafters!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WOYWW 10-14-15

Here in Chicago, it has finally started to cool down for fall. I love autumn, and everything about it. This year October makes me think of Christmas, since I am trying my hand at Christmas cards for the first time.

After making my first Christmas card last week, I realized I had cut the card the wrong way, at least wrong for a typical A2 card. So yesterday I tried out some more cards, along with some new gold ink I bought on Monday. Unfortunately I had quite a bit of trouble with my stamping. The images are coming out with broken lines. I don't know what the problem is, whether it's the stamp, my technique, or something else. I'm going to have to do some investigating. So I now have a couple of panels that I might use personally, but nothing more for my Etsy shop! Oh, well, back to the drawing board!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WOYWW 10-7-15

Here we are at another WOYWW! My, how time does fly, especially at this time of year, when we are all gearing up for the holidays.

Today on my desk I have my very first Christmas card, and also my first A2 card! Most of the time my cards are approximately 5x7, to give me more room to work. What do you think of the card? Comments are welcome. I wanted to come up with an original design with a Christian theme.

Enjoy your Wednesday! While you're at it, head on over to http://stamping-ground to see some great work by other crafters.