Thursday, December 13, 2007

More Christmas Cards...

I am STILL working on Christmas cards -- or at least I was until a few hours ago! As of last weekend, I had made 55 -- I thought I had more than enough. Then I started to address the envelopes... I realized that I missed quite a few people, then the mail came all week and I realized I missed more than I thought! The final total is around 75 - so to the studio I went, determined to finally finish the adventure. And finish I did! I made two more cards, 12 of each, to top off the stash of cards. If more names come up, I will have to scrounge up some others from my swap and premade boxes...I am done making Christmas Cards!

Here is the first card I made today. It used the tree, star and snowflake from Hanna Stamps. I love the playful whimsy of these stamps, don't you? I paired these with a vertical verse stamp I bought yesterday for $1.00 (Studio G) when I bought my $45.00 Brilliance Pad (that story is below).

The tree was colored using the Gamsol Pearls technique from the June 2006 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The snow is texture paste with a dash of glitter, and the snowflakes behind the verse are glittered, too. The designer paper and the ribbon is from Stampin' Up!

Want to hear something funny? My DH really loves this card. It's funny because this is the paper that he HATES -- he doesn't like the color combination. Hmmm...he never noticed that it is the same designer paper!

The second card didn't scan well -- put it is very cheery! This 4" x 8" card is on shimmery card stock (the blue, purple and white are all shimmery). The snowmen stamp is from Stamps Happen (they were also found in my bag during the $45.00 Brilliance pad shopping trip). The fun shimmer behind the snowmen is the Oh-So-Fru-Fru technique from the August 2007 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. "Rejoice" is a retired Stampin' Up! stamp.

So this is the count:
  • 15 Peace on Earth cards
  • 20 Snowman/Joy cards (I changed it from what is shown below)
  • 20 Sandy Claws cards (these took me FOREVER)
  • 12 Merry-Merry-Merry cards
  • 11 Rejoice cards
Okay, so why did I buy a $45.00 Brilliance Pad?
Well, I didn't, exactly : ) One of the TJ subscribers submitted a technique to me for consideration and I was trying it out on Monday. The recipe called for a Gold Brilliance Pad. My pad was REALLY dry, so I put it aside and tried the technique with a Copper Brilliance pad. The copper worked okay, but I could tell that the Technique would just POP with a gold pad. So Tuesday, I went to Michael's to get a re-inker or a pad. I have a bad history there...I always spend more than I intend. Luckily I don't ever have much time to shop!
To combat the spending issue, I decided to go to Michael's between other things I had to do on Tuesday, leaving myself a short window of time so that I couldn't browse too much... I mean, we are talking SHORT. I had about 10 minutes in the store to get what I needed and check out.
Well...the Brilliance Pad cost me $45.00. Dang, man, I just can't help myself! Lotsa dollar stamps, some storage (I am always running out of storage space, I wonder why???), and, of course, the accursed Brilliance Pad. All in 10 minutes. Holy cow, it is a good thing I didn't have more time!!! At least, I am certain that I am in good company -- chances are this happens to YOU too!
The technique was worth it, though...and I was right, gold was better than copper!


Anonymous said...

Happens to me all the time, and it's even worse on-line when I don't have to signa slip....
Thanks for the ideas though LOL.
LisaJake, in MD

Heather said...

That first card is really cute - I love the "merry merry" $1 stamp!

Juliann said...

Yep this happens to me all the time too! Love the snowman card!

Yvette said...

Whew, I am glad they did not come out with a real $45 pad we need for a technique. I have to try that Frou Frou thing....

Beth said...

Great cards Pat and I see my fru fru again.
You should see me when I get a chance to go to a Michaels or AC Moore all I can say is I am glad hubby waits in the car.(heehee)

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Great cards. I can sooo relate to the shopping trip - any store (like the $100 gallon of milk).

Terri said...

Glad you got all your holiday cards done and your hubby is happy with them too. I have that same problem when I go into one of those stores. I have solved that problem by sending someone else to pick up what I need though.

JeanM said...

Love the snowman card.

leenda said...

I feel your pain!! LOL Normally it happens more at Hobby Lobby instead of Michaels. Wonderful cards by the way! If I had to make 75 cards you might as well just shoot me!


Anonymous said...

I think that Michael's emits an undetectable spray when you walk in. It causes you to spend way more than you planned to spend. A well meaning visit to buy one item always turns into 5 or 10 items. It's the spray, I tell you. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!
Cathy Green

Donalda's Blog said...

I love all the cards you have been showing on your blog !!!!! Gorgeous.
Also glad to know I am not the only one that goes in for just one item and comes out a lot poorer lol