Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Holidays to you and yours

I’ve been spending all my spare time the last week going back through the blog files and moving all the photos over here to Blogger from Typepad and fixing formatting issues.  Geez, it takes a long time to go through almost 4 years worth of blog posts!  (And that was even after I deleted a LOT of posts over on Typepad when I was getting ready to move!)  Remind me of that if I ever get a crazy idea to move again! lol  Seriously, though, I am so happy I moved and won’t have to pay for my blog anymore.  I loved Typepad, but  I needed to move my blog to a free service.  I’ve used Live Writer in the past to type my posts on other Blogger blogs for companies I’ve worked for so I’m using that to type my posts up.  (Another great free service.) 
Anyway, I actually have a card to share!  I created this card last month, but never got it posted on my old blog.  (Hence, the watermark, but I didn’t have another copy of the photos.)
This adorable image, called Holly, released from Whimsy Stamps during the October release.  That was the month my son got hurt so I didn’t get this card finished during the release.  It sat on my desk for a couple weeks before I had the chance to take some photos of it.  I just love Sylvia’s Zet’s illustration style so her images are always some of my favorites.
I stamped the image on copic x-press it cardstock with tuxedo black memento ink and colored it with copic markers (colors listed below).  I die cut the image with a circle nestability die.  Then, I masked the image and sprayed it with a copic marker using my air compressor while the image was still in the die (to create the white border).  I added some stickles to the snow and let it dry before assembling my card.
I used an assortment of patterned papers (which I didn’t write down – Sorry!).  I added some white paint to the edges of my cardstocks and patterned papers before stitching them together.  Then, I added a white doily, an assortment of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, some baker’s twine, a button, and snowflake charm.  The sentiment is from the Holiday Mini Postage Stamps set.
I decorated the inside of the card with more of the same patterned papers and cardstocks.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Sayings stamp set.
I’ve decided that I want to do a few small blog candies instead of one large blog candy to celebrate moving my blog.  I figure that way more people will have a chance to win.  Stay tuned for the first blog candy soon!
Have a great weekend!
happy holiday card supplies:
Holly, Holiday Mini Postage Stamps, Christmas Sayings (Whimsy Stamps)
X-Press It (Copic), kraft, blue
Patterned Paper: assortment
Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)
Embellishments: flowers (
Wild Orchid Crafts), baker’s twine, button, snowflake charm, doilies
Dies: circle nestability (Spellbinders,
mini postage stamp die (Whimsy Stamps)Copic Markers
wings: R00, R20, R21, R22, R24
other pinks: R11, R12, R32, R35
socks: W00, W1, W2, W3, R27, R46, R89
pants: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
shirt: BG10, BG11, BG13
bells: C0, C1, C3, C5
skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R00, R20
branch/leaves: E33, E35, E37, YG61, YG63, YG67
scarf: R11, R12, R32, R35, YG61, YG63, YG67
hair: E07, E08, E09, E18
berries: R27, R46, R89


Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is so beautiful, love the great image and the fabulous card design

Denise said...

What a gorgeous card, love the Holly Image and really everything about Christmas Hugs Denise xx

Evette K. said...

Gosh do I love those two of art. Great job. You and I sound so alike. I too married my high school sweetheart...married 40 years now...and had three children and was a stay at home mom. close can we get except our ages huh? Terrific work Niki. evette

Beate said...

Gorgeous card inside and out. I LOVE how you colored her and decorated the front.
Hugs and smiles

Gabby said...

Sweet image, beautiful coloring! Nice outside and in. I have not read the inside sentiment before and I love it. TFS and so glad you are happy w/your move and getting everything moved over. Free is good. Hee! :)

Elise said...

Wow Niki! This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love your colouring of this darling image too!!! SOooO STUNNING!!!

ps .. I hope your son is okay now?

Big Hugs,

perelka111 said...

lovely cards:)))

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow what a stunning card...the sentiment inside is really lovely.

Chrissy said...

Oh my word, this is beautiful Niki, gorgeous image and wonderful colouring, love the twine and flowers and all the layers...fabulous card..


Helen said...

love your blog! really fab ideas
crafty wishes