24 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

OK—I’m back! Has the last month been incredibly hectic for everyone else, too? In addition to the normal holiday tasks of shopping, wrapping gifts, making cards, sending cards, attending holiday parties, my dad was in the hospital for a few days last week and that really threw things off! He’s home and doing OK now. Thanks for all your prayers!

I don’t know about you, but I am SO over Christmas!!! There just wasn’t enough time to get it all done this year! I do have a New Year’s resolution—I’m going to make 5 Christmas cards a month starting in January. That way, I should have all that I need by about October. Waiting until November to make cards is just crazy!!!! So—here’s a question for everyone—do you want me to share the Christmas cards throughout the year as I make them, or save them all to share at once next Christmas? Let me know!

Well, it’s a nice, laid back Christmas Eve this year. I got my sister this morning, so you know what we’re doing right now—that’s right, watching the Game Show Network. There was a Family Feud marathon on all afternoon. Whoopee!! So, I took the opportunity to sit here and do a Gingersnap challenge!!! A couple of weeks ago, there was a color challenge posted—the colors are green, purple, and gold. I immediately thought Mardi Gras, since those are official Mardi Gras colors. I didn’t want to go too over the top with a Mardi Gras theme, so this is what I came up with:


I love the fleur-de-lis and it is the official symbol of New Orleans, so I used it in a couple of places on the card. I had initially stamped it in green on the kraft cardstock and then sprayed the whole thing with gold iridescent Glimmer Mist, but the stamped image got so soft looking that it didn’t show up very well. So, I stamped it again and embossed it with clear embossing powder before cutting it out. After I cut it out, I sprayed it with the Glimmer Mist and then hit it with the heat gun to dry. It gave it a very interesting texture as the embossing powder melted and the Glimmer Mist dried—it’s really textured. The purple paper was also sprayed with Glimmer Mist and then embossed with a fleur-de-lis embossing folder. I picked up the beaded trim at JoAnn’s in the clearance aisle awhile ago. It’s kind of a white iridescent color—the kind you would see on bridal veils. I hit it with a gold metallic Adirondack paint dabber to change the color and added to the card. What would New Orleans and Mardi Gras be without beads???

OK—I need to fix supper for Lisa Bug. She loves dips and anything you spread on a cracker, so we’re having cheese ball and a hot onion dip for supper. No diet food here!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Thank you for your support as I continue blogging in 2010!!!!!