Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Splash of Paint

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope all is well with you. I hope you have enjoyed the wonderful holidays. It's hard to believe 2012 is coming to an end. Time continues to fly by. I looked at my last post and I began to count the number of days that have past. December has always been a busy month and this December hasn't differed any. In my family there are birthdays to celebrate; parties to attend; to plan for that matter too. I have managed to get just about all of my holiday cards in the mail with the exception of the last 15. Those recipients will receive new years cards [just as soon as I finish making them].

Today's post is all about the latest challenge over at the Christmas Card Challenge blog. This week we are asking all those that plan to participate in the challenge to incorporate a little paint into your card this week. I've come up with something fun that I hope you will like or perhaps it may inspire you. Take a look and feel free to leave me a comment.

For this week's challenge I went with a combination Christmas/wintry theme. 
I pulled out lots of goodies including DP from Yellow Bicycle; Spellbinder
dies; Stampin' Up stamps; my special glitter mixture; ribbon; and of course paint.

I intentionally used a minimal amount of paint around
 the base of the inscribed tree and around just before
 I added the glitter snow to outline the window.

Lastly, I topped the tree off with a bow.

Now, that you have my take on this week's challenge, what's yours? Please take an opportunity to visit my team members blogs to see their take on this week's challenge.

As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It's All About the Doilies

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I'm so glad you decided to stop by. Today's posting is all about this week challenge of at the Christmas Card Challenge. That's right, it's all about the doilies.....

Week #3

Just below is what I created. Take a look...

Now, that you have my take on this week's challenge, what's yours? Please take an opportunity to visit my team members blogs to see their take on this week's challenge.

As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Greetings From Maryland

Happy Hellos Everyone!

I don't know about you, but I have a litany of things to accomplish over the next two days. I need to get my 'Pay it Forward' mailed off; my personal holiday greeting cards made and mailed off; a Christmas party to prepare for; and a holiday order to complete. Those are just the task to begin with. As a result, this post will probably be pretty brief.Typically, I make one style card and send it to everyone. However, I decided today's will [more than likely] be sent to all of my out-of-town recipients--with the exception of a few. Today's card has been CASed from the folks over at Clear & Simple Stamps and as soon as I saw their card, I wanted to created a few of my own. Take a look...

I thought this was a terrific clean and simple card to send 
to family & friends living outside of Maryland.

This was yet, another opportunity to use my Silhouette
I cut both the shape of the state of Maryland and the holly leaf.

I covered the shape of the state of Maryland up with Martha Stewart
glitter to make it standout from the white background as well as the 
red bulb. I attempted to place the red part of the holly leaf where
 Baltimore is located on the map.

I think this card would work of any type of greetings from afar.

Well, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back to visit real soon.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ultra Mod Christmas Tree

Happy Hellos Everyone!!!

With just 10 days remaining before the first big day--my son's birthday and 12 days remaining before Christmas, I couldn't let another week whiz by with just one post. I miss all of you. I truly miss not communicating with my fellow bloggers. Although, I haven't been posting as much as I would like to, I have been creating and having lots of fun too. Take a look...

This set of personalized holiday greeting cards I made for
 my sister and her family was so much fun to created.

Once again, I had an opportunity to pull out my Silhouette. Only this time to
create lots of circles in various sizes--quickly. I used a variety of DP's in
additional to personal photos of my sister and her family.

 Checkout that silver backdrop. Initially, I thought about embossing it to give
 it some texture, but then I thought it was perfect just the way it was. I
discovered this terrific paper by chance at AC Moore. It's not something I've
 seen before and I haven't seen it since I purchased all that was left on the shelf.
Don't despair, perhaps you may come across it at your local AC Moore.

The several members of family are big Ravens fans; however,
this wasn't meant to be a Ravens' theme Christmas card. I hope
I achieved that.  In keeping with the ultra mod look, I used
lots of patterns,  clean lines, and kept it as simple as possible.
I finished the card off  with a small Spellbinder die tag, a little
ribbon, and off course a little bling.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today's. As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Celebrate the Holidays

Happy Hellos Everyone!

I suppose at this point of the year, I should be greeting all of you with a 'Season's Greetings or perhaps a Happy Holidays'. Tell you what, I work on it.

So, like today's card centers around my sister, Susan and her family. This year she had the bright idea to incorporate a family photo [including the dog, Kema] as a part of her holiday greeting card. No problem. Right? She had a family member to take the picture. Well, several photos were taken. It appeared as though there was something wrong with each photo [i.e. in focus, out of focus, the wrong facial expression, etc.] you name it. Then there was that one photo that was doable. Everyone was looking in the right direction. The camera was in focus. The lighting was right, but then there was Kema. It appeared as though when everyone else was ready, Kema wasn't. She decided to have a grooming moment. I'm not sure exactly what happened. Perhaps something landed on her nose or something may have went up her nose. Whatever the reason, she had to clean her nose. Well, my sister did not care for the photo; however, she was out numbered. Hence, I was able to use it. So, I put a holiday spin on it and this is what I came up with. Take a look....

I used one of Authentique Christmas papers as a background.

I pulled out my Spellbinders to create a hole for my wreath/bulb and lined
 it with red and green buttons and finished off with a coordinating bow. My
 sentiment was computer generated.

I thought it was a nice surprise to discover a family on the inside.

Full View

Here's a close-up of the sentiment and of course Kema grooming herself..

Well, I hope you may have found a little inspiration here. Thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Santa's Back

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope your Sunday has kick-off to a sensational start. It's hard to believe a week has gone by since my last post. It's even harder to believe almost half of this month has gone by. All I can say is I have been busy, busy, busy. I have participated in several holiday events over this past week and I have a few more scheduled before the big [25th] day.

undefinedWell, you know what today is? Right? Today marks a new challenge over at the Christmas Card Challenge Blog. I hope you took an opportunity to play along with us this past week. If you enjoyed last week's challenge, I'm almost certain you will enjoy this week's challenge just as much, if not, even more--more that is, especially if you love working with dies. I have to admit, I am a little obsessed with dies as of late. I'm not sure what it is, but lately I seem to incorporated them in several of my projects. Are you experiencing the same thing? You'll see what I mean when you take a look at today's card, but before you scroll down, I have to tell you a little something about the today's card. I was seventeen when I sent the my first Christmas card to family and friends. I didn't want anything too deep, like I mentioned, I was only seventeen. I came across this card that only featured the back of Santa Claus. On the inside of the card it simply read, 'Santa's Back'. From that point forward, I became a giver of greeting cards. Well, this is were today's inspiration came from. Take a look and feel free to tell me what you think about my clean and simple approach to this week's challenge.

I have to say, my son thought this card was rather plain, 
but if you ask me, there's something to be said about simplicity. 

So, not only did I pull out my Martha Stewart glitters, but I took 
the opportunity to use my Silhouette. I have to tell you, I LOVE IT!!!!

No sure whether you're able to determine, but I used three separate greetings
on the front of each card, "Santa's Back,  He's Back, and I'm Back" all of which 
were computer generated. How I wish you were able to see the cards in person.

Now, that you have my take on this week's challenge, what's yours? If time permits, please take
an opportunity to visit my team members blogs to see their take on this week's challenge.

As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Introducing the Christmas Card Challenge

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope all is well with you this sensational Sunday. What a terrific time to stop by The Peddler's Gallery. Aside from this being my first post of December 2012, and that there are only 23 days remaining before Christmas, today's post is my first post as a new Design Team Member with the Christmas Card Challenge. I hope over the next year you will consider playing along with the weekly challenges. There's lots of benefits doing so, including having enough Christmas cards to send to family and friends this time next year--not to mention not having that rush feeling to create Christmas cards in a short period of time. Besides you know how the saying goes, 'There's no time like the present.' Each week will present something new. This week's challenge is centered around this sketch....

If you make two cards per challenge, you'll have at
 least 100 Christmas cards by this time next year.

This was a fun card to created. I got to pull out so many wonderful
goodies from Authentique, Waltzing Mouse Stamps, Recollections and more.

The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. It say just enough for this
 wintry greeting card and works well as an embellishment.

Instead of stamping an image, I elected to use an image of 
one of the birds from my DP. I highlighted the birds with
 distress ink form Ranger Ink.

For me, a little bling softens the look of a card as well as scallop edges
 [I achieved with a Stampin Up punch].

I think the black and lime-green netting was
 just enough of a ribbon treatment for this card.

Now, that you have my take on this week's sketch, what's yours? If time permits, please take an opportunity to visit my team members blogs to see their take on this week's sketch challenge.

If today, was your first visit to the gallery and you like what you've seen consider becoming a follower. As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Friday, November 30, 2012

All About PRESENTation

Happy Hellos Everyone:

Aren't you glad it Friday? It hard to believe the final day of November 2012 has arrive, which could only mean the big ol' guy will arrive sooner rather than later with all sorts of wonderful presents in hand. That leads me right to today's project. It's not always about the gift, rather the presentation of the gift. I am really big on presentation whether it's my paper creations, or decorations, or that awesome dinner party. The way we present ourselves or an items will definitely open ones perception to the invitation of attending an event; having a good time at an event; trying that new dish; or receiving a gift without in intrepidation. Well, there are times when I love to present my cards as gifts [to those I know who will appreciate them and actually use them]. Initially, I would provide a few cards. Later, I would bound a few small sets with beautiful ribbons. More recently, I have been putting my cards in plastic see through boxes. With using the plastic boxes, I have the ability to present my gift with just the box and a bow or covering my box with paper. Over the next couple of months, I have decided to create my own boxes. Take a look...

I used some of my favorite designer papers of the season to adorn my box
and stamped a Waltzing Mouse sentiment for all to see.

Here BoBunny DP meets Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I just love this color
 combination. I only wished I had taken photos of the inside. There are two
 pockets on the inside--one for the envelopes and another one [a little wider]
for the cards.

A box for an all occasion collection.

...and of course I couldn't make a box without having a purple related theme.
The neat thing about these boxes is having the ability to dress them up or down.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Candy

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope all is well in your part of the world. I promise this post will be brief. Today's card represents all the sweet things about the Christmas season. It may even appear familiar to you. That's because a couple of months ago I posted a similar card. I also made several of this style card for Halloween. The disappeared instantly. So, I decided to make a few more for a couple of craft shows I am planning to attend. I think this card would work for just about any occasion we celebrate that incorporates candy (i.e.Valentines, Easter, Halloween, etc.)

I used an assortment of DPs. Distress both  papers and
 the wooden handle with Ranger Ink Inks.

Stamped a WMS image and sentiment in the center; painted the edge of the
 card with white acrylic paint to create a frosted effect; topped it of with
Ranger Ink Stickle.

Since the card is pre-wrapped and already adorned with a ribbon treatment,
 a sentiment is provided and I inform the sender he or she should sign the
 wooden [faux] lollipop stick. There's ample room.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Peaceful Christmas

Happy Hellos Everyone:

Can you  believe it? It's Hump Day and I am already longing for the weekend. Okay maybe not long; however, anticipating. That's because The Peddler's Gallery will be participating in three holiday events over the next seven days. Today's card is one of the card I planned to bring to one, if not all of the events. Take a look....

I thought this card was one of those simple eleoquent stype
 of card and there are times when that's all that's required.

I painted some dove chipboard I discovered at Micheal's white and coated
 them in my off-white glitter mixture. I punched out some greenery and attached
 a red wired ribbon to it. I scored the card stock to create a frame and stamped
 a sentiment from Penny Black.

Full View

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