Saturday, October 27, 2012

My very first....

Christmas card of the season.  Yea, yea I know....I am quite a bit behind but I always have a pretty difficult time making Christmas cards in the warmer months...But yesterday was quite cold and I had some time before my walk.  And this little card came together actually really quickly.  I used a Northwoods Rubber Stamp company stamp and then colored it with TomBow markers.  I stamped on watercolor paper, embossed and then used the Tombow Blending pen to blend and shade the colors.  It goes really fast and lately I haven't been able to find the time to really sit and copic to my my heart's content so the Tombow's and the Faber Castell big brush markers are a great coloring alternative for me.  I love this patterned paper and I broke habit and first picked out the paper and then colored the image to match. I know that is the sensible way to make a card but I usually do lot of coloring of images ahead of time and so I tend to retro fit to paper!  Anyways, I really enjoyed getting out some Christmas colors and images and putting them together.
Today my husband and I are heading over to a town in our state to watch my friend's daughter run in the state meet for x-country.  It is about a 2 1/2 hour drive one way but the way will be scenic and we hope to still catch some of the Fall colors on the route.  There is also a MASSIVE scrapping store in this town and that will be fun to go through too!  Tomorrow my hubs leaves for France and India and I plan to be at the crafting table about 5 mins after he leaves!  Barb over at the Hero Arts flickr site has an interesting challenge going on and I hope to take some time and participate!  Check it out!
So....here is my card.  I found these adorable gingham ribbons at JoAnn's fabric.  They come in several different colors and widths and I scooped up a few as I always love the look of gingham with Autumn and Christmas images.  I have been using my little "Bow Easy" for making my bows and I seriously love that little tool....I think it was all of $2 or $3 but I use it almost for every card!  I think it is so much easier especially when trying to double bow ribbons.  And, of course, you can see that I stickled....I love to touch up the images with a bit of glitter....


Thank you for stopping by today....I hope that you have a GREAT weekend.....I know I plan too :-D

Be well,
Sheila

9 comments:

Brenda said...

Ooh! I like those papers, I have the same pack! I always admire your coloring, so realistic! I hope you enjoyed your drive today. Hey Sheila, where did you get your Bow Easy from? And when you say "small" does that mean that you can get them in different sizes? I really love that bow!

Barb said...

Such pretty, non-traditional colors for Christmas, Sheila! LOVE this! Gorgeous card!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Love your beautiful coloring! Have a wonderful trip!

Jenni's Jems said...

This a really gorgeous Christmas card and well done for at least starting your cards I have done one also just another 49 to go... :-)x

Greta said...

So pretty, Sheila! I think I should have that bow maker--what a great deal! I've only seen them much more expensive. Enjoy your crafting time with hubby gone.

Judy1223 said...

Sheila, this is such a pretty card...so many wonderful elements! I love the gingham bow, the Stickles, the colors that coordinate with the patterned papers. Just beautiful! I hope you had fun at the cross country meet...my brothers (and my husband) all ran x-c in high school and I loved going to their meets with all the glorious fall foliage around...such nice memories! Enjoy your time to craft while your husband is away.

Dawn said...

what a delightful card Sheila. Your colouring is beautiful. the Bow Ezy is awesome for making perfect bows. I seem to have misplaced mine (think I need to tidy up!) Love all your colours of PP and the little frame too

joy said...

Gorgeous Christmas card, Sheila! Love those pp's and the gingham bow is adorable.

Virginia L. said...

Gorgeous Christmas card, Sheila! You sure are rocking with these Northwood stamps! Love the added gingham bow and layers! I have a BIG Bow Ezy lying somewhere in the basement....I think I need to get it out? Enjoy your quiet craft time!