Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A blizzard of Blitzen

Remember Blitzen papers from Basic Grey? I loved those. I used a bunch to scrap Christmas a year or so ago (or was it two?) but I still had paper left. So, I decided to use them to make my Christmas cards this year. I originally thought I would get through all my paper this weekend, but I am not even close. I little patterned paper goes a long way!

The first card was made for the Mojo Monday Sketch on Poetic Artistry.
I have such a hard time using sketches, but Julee's seem more natural to me. I decided I had to use the Merry and Bright SU set - I just love snowmen and this one was so cute! The set is in the mini catalog, so you only have until the 30th if you want one...

Stamp: SU Merry and Bright
Ink: SU Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive and Only Orange (coloring was done with the markers)
Paper: Basic Grey Blitzen, SU Real Red and Old Olive
Punches: SU 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circles, SU scallop

Pretty simple, isn't it?

The next little batch of cards (on the right) were all the same supplies as above. I actually made 4 of each style. That way I can mass produce some easy cards but not get too bored. Somehow, 8 cards is my limit. I wanted to play with the glitter my friend Stacey gifted me, so the red on the snowman and the tree is colored with Red Real for a base, and then I used the 2 way pen to attach Making Memories glitter. This stuff is solid coverage. I kept coloring just in case, but I am not sure you can see any of it under the glitter.

Then I started making the little vignette cards (see left). They take longer, so no real multiples here. But this little set is so cute together, I had to put all the images on at least some of the cards.

I think the bottom card was inspired by a sketch on www.splitcoaststampers.com, but I did not keep track of which one. I just kind of made the card as I had the sketch in mind. I am not sure whether or not it is true to the sketch or even close for that matter. Of course, I had to glitter these trees too.

Speaking of SplitCoast, the Chrismas card frenzy started because I wanted to try this star tag punch tutorial. I made the red star last Friday (card on right again) and then really wanted to make a card to put with it. The star was really not hard, though I think it would have been cuter with patterned paper on the inside. The Blitzen papers were a natural with the colors I happened to use for the star. Since I never do anything with them, I wanted to use the tags that come with the kits, which explains the background...

(Sorry, I cannot remember who makes the metal flower - it was just in my Scrap Rack and I wanted to use something in the middle).

Okay, last one...
The stamp on here is actually from 2 years ago. I bought it when it was on sale after Christmas last year from my friend Eva - who, incidentally, just started selling her supplies on line. She has some fun stuff, so check out her store. I buy a lot of my Adirondack/Ranger and non SU stamps from her. This just uses more leftover Blitzen and a prime flower I have been saving forever. Kind of hoping it works for Christmas due to the color. I am so addicted to those Primas...

Well, I have some more card basis cut, but I need work to slow down a bit before I can finish them. Maybe this weekend will work.

Thanks for checking out what I have so far.


Anonymous said...

Your cards are wonderful. I laughed at your comment about how a little bit of patterned paper goes a long way in card making. I found the same thing. Two years ago I watched a scrapbooker (a teenager) make an adorable set of cards from leftover, coordinating scraps of solids and patterned papers from her scrapbook pages. I loved them, and started making my own. Then I started buying paper just to make cards, and that's when I discovered that I'll never be able to make enough cards to use of the amount of paper I went overboard in buying! Oh well. It's fun, so who's counting?


Deborah said...

Beautiful cards, Yvette....Thanks for posting these. And, also for linking that tutorial. Cause I for-sure want to try that project.

Again, wonderful cards. I've always liked your style.

hugs from hawaii,

scrapper al said...

Great cards Yvette! You're so creative!

Cheryl said...

Great cards! I have much of that paper left also that I need to use up. TFS

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

Beautiful cards. I love that tag punch star. I've been wanting to try that for a while.