Thursday, May 1, 2008

Christmas for Heroes and a RAK

I know, I know....did I say Christmas? May? Believe me, I'm totally in Spring and Summer card making mode, just like you. However, Cards for Heroes is in need of Christmas Cards for the troops. So, I got myself motivated and made 20 cards today!

I was a little stumped on what to do....but then I found this GREAT 10-minute card that Sharon (notimetostamp) posted on her blog yesterday....and it happens to be a Christmas card!! She's such a great inspiration. All her cards are so clean and simple, yet they have such great impact. I thought her layout would be perfect for mass production.

The card on the left is Sharon's layout. I just tied my ribbon differently, used a different stamp, and made my main panel a square instead of a rectangle. I got the cute High Hopes Meowy Christmas images from my friend Lori on the PIF thread (thanks Lori!). Oh, and speaking of the PIF thread, my friend Alison (Hi Alison!) is running a blog candy contest for people who send in Christmas Cards for Heroes. Here's the link to her blog candy contest if you want to check it out.

Recipe for the Cat Card ~
Stamps: High Hopes Meowy Christmas, SU Short and Sweet
Paper: Textured Red from Mike's, Basic Black, White
Ink: Versamark Black, Warm Grey #1 Copic
Accessories: Black Velvet Ribbon, Pop Dots, Prisma Pencils
Technique: Baby Oil (same as Gamsol Magic Technique)

Recipe for the Tree Card ~
Stamps: SU Lovely as a Tree, SU Short and Sweet
Paper: White, Textured Red from Mike's, Basic Black, White, SU Wintergreen DP
Ink: Versamark Black
Accessories: Red Velvet Ribbon, Red and Blue Stickles (on tree), Frosted Lace Stickles (on ground), 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch

Finally....guess who I got a RAK from today??....Stephanie (SmilynStef)!! You know...she's the one who runs the Inspiration Challenges on SCS on Saturdays! How cool is that?! Check out her card. I love the two rows of ribbon and her cuttlebuggin'. It's a card to say hello and to have a marvelous week. Thanks Stephanie!! You made my day today. I hope you have a marvelous week too.

That's it for today. Hope you had a really great Thursday. One day closer to the weekend!


silke said...

Denise - your christmas cards are simply gorgeous!!! I know I'm gonna do x-mas in July again and I'll have to case your idea!!!~TFS~
Wonderful cause...I'm gona have to go back and check it out some more!!!

Stephanies card is beautiful too!!! How sweet!!!

Jen said...

Gorgeous cards Denise. So elegent and clean. I love the "lovely as a tree" image. What a wonderful cause to take part in.

Sandy said...

Awesome to get started on Christmas cards so early, Denise!! These look fabulous!!!! The troops are going to appreciate them!! :)

Anonymous said...

Your cards are so awesome, Denise! They are for a wonderful cause, too! TFS I love them both!

And your RAK card was so cute as well! What a great way to make someone's day!

Happy Friday!

LeAnne said...

Wow Denise, I am lovin' this layout from Steph....I will have to "borrow" that in the future. Plus your Christmas cards are just my style, nicely simple! Is that a style? I am going to try to get some cards for the troops also, gotta check my stash!

Kim said...

Great cards Denise, you call them simple but wow they are beautiful. Nice RAK card too. Have a great day. Kim stampinscrapnewbie

My lifes inky escape and more said...

These cards are darling! I love the tree!