Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Simplify.....yeah, right!

I'm supposed to be simplifying for the process of making cards for my friends for Xmas. I won't even share with you how long this card took me.


LOVE LOVE LOVE the image!!!! It's from last year's Christmas release from High Hopes & it's called Penguin Family Fun. I had mentioned to Crissy last year that I love penguins, & that I bet she could make some uber cute ones. Well just lookie what she came up with!!! This one, & Package Packin' Penguin....BOTH are adorable!! I didn't get a chance to use either of them last year, because well, I took a bit of a sabbatical from the design team during the holidays last year. It was only a month or two, but by the time I returned Christmas was over. Lucky for me Tina is generous, & just sent this cute little family to me a few weeks ago!!

So back to the problematic card. I won't bore you with the details, let's just say it took wayyyyy longer than it should have!! I finally ended up stamping the image onto watercolor paper & embossing it with Iridescent Ice. Colored it with my SU markers & waterbrush (yes, I used my waterbrush!!). Added some Liquid Applique & Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the bottom for some snow. I've been DYING to use my new Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet paper.......I was just having a hard time incorporating it into a Christmas card. I had to tell myself that it's ok to use something other than red & green......something other than my Basic Grey Wassail or Figgy.....so I settled on a piece from my Two Scoops pad. A little obsessed with Basic Grey? Nah!! I embossed a piece of the PTI Berry with my Cuttlebug snowflakes folder, added some corners & some rhinestones & called it done. Here we have my 3rd Christmas card!! I'm on a roll now!! And NO I'm not making another one like this one!! LOL!!


I tried to get a photo of the inside, but all my pictures were blurry. Turns out my camera also doesn't like Berry Sorbet. My camera has bad taste. I really had to futz with the above photo, I hope it looks ok. I never know if I'm going to be home during daylight hours so I've been trying to experiment with taking pictures using my Ott Lite. Have I mentioned I would love a photo box?? Maybe Santa will bring me one.......

*****EDITED****** I was able to take more pictures today in the daylight, so I replaced the one of the entire card, plus added a close up of the adorable penguin image!

5 comments:

Annie said...

cute card with those penguins - which reminds me I have a cute penguin stamp from last year that I've neglected! we are always so intent on using the latest ones we forget the ones we loved a year ago! hugs, annie x

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Gorgeous card Michelle and just love teh colour scheme and such an adorable image, Hugs, Nikki x

Bev said...

Oh I agree wit you Michelle, what a darling image!! FAbulous card too - so rich and vibrant!

hugs Bev x

Ila said...

Super Cute and Gorgeous Michelle!! I just colored up some of these fellas too...(great idea you had!!).
The snowflake on my last Magnolia card is a Magnolia snowflake stamp...I cut it out...(don't ask me how long it took..lol)...Have a Great Weekend!!..Hugs, Ila

Valerie said...

WAY TO CUTE! you have some cute penguin stamps!

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