Monday, December 14, 2015

Diva Blog Hop December Gets Punchy

Or from Denise (there were technical problems)

Yes I am still in the Christmas card spirit. This December we are blog hopping about punches. 

Stampin' Up! offers many types of punches: edge, basic shape, flowers (of course), tags and labels, and fun stuff (cupcakes, bow builders, trees and more). 

I love punches almost (almost) as much as I love ribbon. I will include Thinlits and Framelits in this, as they cut paper in a shape. If you know Sandy, I do not do well with fussy cutting - as in hand cutting ornate shapes. This is why there are punches people! 

Punches used in this card: ornate tag topper 137416, oops, spiral punch is retired (sorry, missed that on the retirement list), note tag punch 135860
DSP: Home for Christmas 139593 Holiday Catalog and Merry Everything Stamp set 135068/135071
Accent: Real Red Pom Pom Trim 139617 Holiday Catalog

Next card that gets punch work:

Punches used in this card: Banner Triple Punch 138292, Bow Builder 137414
DSP: Also Home for Christmas
Accent: Pom Pom (single), Very Vanilaa 1 1/4" stripe satin ribbon 139616 Holiday Catalog and the stapler 139083

There are many ways to put together the bow builder punch. Glue Dots. Glue. I love the stapler because it is quick and accurate. But it is wider than the strip that gets punched out that is to wrap around the middle of the bow. Pom Pom coverage to the rescue. 

We are deep in decorating and purchasing and wrapping right now at home. I am still trying to take time each day to craft something. That is my reward if I unpack and/or organize something, as part of settling in more in the house. So far it has been working. Not a day goes by (seriously) that a box or closet or shelf doesn't get worked on. This process has been dragging on far too long and we are all growing weary of it. Hence, my reward system. Which means I have a lot to post in the next few days! 

Thank you for joining the Diva Blog hop this December. We all do lovely work. 

Happy Stamping and Merry Christmas, Sandy

Next to hop - Autumn 

Divas in December Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Countdown to Christmas

Thanksgiving is done and leftovers gone. 25 days until Christmas, hon. 

Stamps: none yet (greeting to be added later)
Inks: again none
Papers: Blushing Bride 131198, Very Vanilla 101650, Basic Black 121045, Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP 139588
Accessories: Blushing Bride 1/4" cotton ribbon 134558, gold metallic thread 138401, 2 1/2" circle punch 120906, tree  punch 135859, Softly Falling embossing folder 139672, Dimensionals 104430

This card is from our recent Diva Day swap where the theme was punches/punch art. Love to look at punch art, but not make it. So I went in a different direction. 

The trees were from a previous project where I used the negative space. They have been run thru the same embossing folder as the top layer. 

How is everyone doing getting ready for the holidays? I know some of you are likely to be fully decked by now. And shopped. And wrapped. We are just starting the shopping. We have nothing decked. It is our first full Christmas in the house and there are still boxes and furniture if my parents sitting about. Which may mean no room for a tree. And between what we had and my parents had there are at least 7 trees of varying sizes. What decorations worked for the other house will not likely work here. We will figure something out. 

We had a chimney sweep out last week. What I wanted most of all this holiday was a fire. He condemned the fireplace. Still waiting on an estimate. The mantel should be fun to decorate, though. 

This card evokes a feeling of Christmas morning in a French Chateau. Soft colors with a hint of black and gold. C'est magnifique!

Thank you for stopping by. 
Happy stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy