Saturday, December 11, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy!!

I'd like to share what I've been busy with this past week in trying to get my Christmas cards done as well as making a few gift orders.  As usual, I'm way behind on finishing up with holiday preparations.  I wonder if I'll be more organized and on top of things once I retire, which will be later this month (only 18 calendar days to go!)

I came across this beautiful Christmas card Kathy, aka CAKath, made and knew instantly that I wanted to case her idea for several of my Christmas cards.  I wanted to make about 30 of these, but after I made 15 of these wreaths, I realized they were going to take more time than I had.  I also didn't have the wood grain stamp that Kathy used, so I improvised with my embossing folders.  I used two Spellbinder circle dies to make a base to adhere the fern leaves to.

My next card was inspired by the website Stef chose  for this Saturday's inspiration challenge called Shabby Apple.  When I saw this black and silver bracelet on the Shabby Apple website, I was inspired to use silver embossing on black cardstock for my Christmas card.  The poinsettia and sentiment are both by Rubbnecker.   I stamped the image and sentiment in versamark and heat embossed with silver.  I attached the two red gemstones, and I was done!  I believe this is the quickest card I've ever made, and I love it's elegance.

I was asked to make a "simple but elegant" monogram gift card set that would be mailable and free of embellishments. I chose to do them in burgundy and not quite navy.  I used JustRite stamps for the monogram and a few Stampin' Up sets (Heartfelt Thanks, Peaceful Wishes).  I also used a variety of Spellbinder dies, border punches, embossing folders, as well as heat embossing and emboss resist techniques.

Well, I hope you're having a terrific weekend and are in better shape for the holidays than I am!!


Joanne (jojot) said...

wow....I am so envious of your inspiration and motivation....gift sets and fab cards...wow....they are all fabulous, but that poinsettia card SANG to me and I saved it to my 'inspiration' folder for ideads for next year's holiday cards....it is CAS at its absolute BEST......rich, elegant, and simply beautiful....

and as to your question about retirement.....well, somehow one stays just as busy as ever, but it is a busy YOU are in control of....well, mostly....lol!!!

I am so excited for you to have more time for the things and people you love.....that is what is the BEST in retirement

gorgeous work, inspiring to me and I am sure to others as well.....


Traci M said...

Whoa, Charlene, you have been busy for sure!! I am amazed at all you get done!! Your first card is gorgeous, love that embossing folder! And the second is full of elegance and shimmer!
You put me to shame, I still have not used very many of my stamps to do cards.
Love your monogrammed cards, those are very fortunate customers to have you to make such personal gifts!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Charlene, what gorgeous cards. Love the elegant Christmas cards... they are beauties with fabulous designs. Love the embossing

And your monogram cards are beauties -- what a fabulous gift to give someone.