Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday Home Gingerbread-Day 2 of the Holiday Card Series

For Day 2 of my Holiday Card Series, I create a card for you that I have never created before now.  This idea came to me in the middle of the night last weekend and it's one that I had to get out of my brain!  I love how it turned out!  Such a lovely color palette for a non-traditional Christmas card. I mentioned in my last post that when I saw the Holiday Home Bundle, I immediately thought gingerbread.  This card really showcases the small house and the white heat embossing looks like icing to me.

Now, who wants a gingerbread house?  Me too!

You can watch this video here or over on youtube.  Make sure you check out all the supplies.  They will be below the photos.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you soon!


Who knew that Strawberry Slush, Costal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar would make such a lovely card?  

Supplies Used!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Home Partial Die Cutting

Ever find yourself watching some crafty inspiration on Youtube and know that you want to try to create your own project with a technique you watched?  Ever find that you do it wrong, over and over again?  You do?  Good. Me too.  

I have watched many videos about partial die cutting and knew that I wanted to try to create a card using this stamp and coordinating die from the Holiday Home stamp set that's available in the Holiday Catalog.  

Let's just say that I went through about 5 card bases before I finally realized my problem.  This die isn't symmetrical.  Poot. I did manage to finally figure out how to make it work.  Just cut off the left side :)

I don't have a video to accompany this card, but if you would like to see the technique, just let me know and I will be glad to film it for you!

As for now, thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card using this image as well as the Endless Wishes stamp set.  Have a great weekend :)

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Friday, November 7, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ok, ok. I know we are just finishing the first week of November, but I am in the holiday mood already. It doesn't help that Christmas has been all over the place for a few months. Let's face it, it's also a job hazard. I've been working on a lot of great ornaments and cards that I will show you soon. However, today I wanted to talk to you about my favorite part of Christmas.......the tree :) If you have read any of my other posts, you know that I have the most awesome husband on the planet. He supports my love of the color purple and is really open to using it throughout our house. It's no surprise that when I first talked to him about us having a purple and silver Christmas tree that he was all for it. Here's our cute little Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I call it that because it was literally 5ft tall and we had 21 ft ceilings. Such a cute little thing. This was in 2009 before purple was an "in" color and I had to resort to glass balls found at Garden Ridge. It was my first time making a bow and I think the topper turned out super cute!

We decided that at the end of Christmas we would purchase a tree that would fit the space better.  We found a gorgeous 9ft pre lit tree on clearance at a Christmas Store here in the DFW area.  You should have seen the struggle to get that box to fit in the back of my 2006 VW did btw :)

We really thought that the tree would look great in our living room and then life happened and we had to sell our house.  No more 21 ft. ceilings and no more house.  We ended up in an apartment for a year and we didn't have the space or the money to really celebrate or decorate. Unfortunately, 2010 was a Christmas flop, but all that changed in late summer of 2011.

Is it weird to house shop with the height of your Christmas tree in mind?  We did.  Luckily, we found our house in June of 2011 and the ceilings are at least 11, possibly 12 ft throughout most of the house.  We knew our tree would fit and that we had found our forever home.

The first Christmas was so exciting.  We had slowly been collecting ornaments for our tree and when we finally got it up and decorated I cried.  It was absolutely beautiful.  *My photography, not so much*

I hate the background of this picture, but I did warn you that when we moved in everything was beige.  Here's the real proof!  Even the blinds were a horrible color, but look at the tree.  Granted, the topper needed some love, but the rest of it just really took my breath away.  It was everything I had ever imagined and we loved it!

We had a great Christmas that year in our new house.  In 2012, I broke my foot and hurt my ankle.  I was on strict no standing or walking orders during the holiday season and we didn't decorate a tree.  It sucked and bummed me out because Christmas really is my favorite time of year.

Finally, in 2013, things were back on track and we were able to decorate more for the holidays.  The tree turned out amazing, as did the mantle.  I absolutely loved it and can't wait to see what we can pull off for this holiday season.  

I'll leave you with some pictures of our tree from last year.  I would love to see yours!  Leave me a comment with a link to your tree and I will check it out :)  

The 2014 tree will go up in the next 2 weeks.  I promise better photography this time around :)

Thanks for stopping by!