Thursday, December 16, 2010

Marieke's December Results

So, I feel like celebrating. I am finished with every kit this year. It feels like an accomplishment, I must say.

The last half of this year has been hard for me because I feel so constrained by the no tools rule - it sort of took the fun out of it for me. Don't get me wrong, that rule served it's purpose when we first started out and didn't all have the same kinds of tools, but it feels like it has outlasted it's usefulness. Maybe it's just me.

So, with that said, it should come as no surprise that I am very much looking forward to the freedom we will have in the new year. I think Claudia's challenges sound great and I already have an idea for January. It's time to ring in the new year.

This month, I made a few cards. Nothing fancy.

I think my favorite is the little guy. I used a strip of glittered flourish I cut off the larger patterned paper and added the bird that came with the angel embellishment. The "Peace" sticker seemed to go with it since the script was cursive-looking and since the bird was a dove it seemed to fit right into the theme.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rachel's December Results

Christmas cards seemed like the obvious choice this month, what with all of the adorable embellishments and coordinating papers. But I had my heart set on scrapping last year's Christmas photos, so that is what I did. With a card thrown in for good measure, of course.

I kept the layouts very simple, in order to keep the focus on the photos. I decided to cut the "Joy" 12x12 paper into two 6x6 strips to use as side borders for my photo block. This was a good exercise for me, too in my quest to get more comfortable with white space. I added the felt holly embellishment to disguise my shoddy cropping work. I'm starting to remember why I like to crop my photos in Picasa before I have them developed, but this month I played it old school.

In the second layout, I wanted to record the way the house is decorated for Christmas. For the title, I violated the "Season's greetings" embellishment to get the "Season" I needed for my title. Note to self: don't take the picture until after the gel pen has had time to dry. Oh, well. You get the idea.

I had a lot of fun with this card. The blue and white really jumped out at me as this is one of my favorite color schemes for Christmas. Maybe it's the whole winter wonderland thing, or the fact that it's a new take on the standard red and green. I just think it's a beautiful combination, and I was thrilled that Marieke included these pieces in the kit. I had fun using the leftover strips from trimming the cardstock to create a faux-snowflake. Or star or what have you. Anyway, I like it.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Kit

1. Paper

2 - 12 x 12 plain - lime green and kelly green
2 - 12 x 12 patterned - joy and ornaments

Miscellaneous Paper

white glitter cardstock
plain red
red plaid
dark green holly
light green holly
plain blue
lime green
snowflake embossed white

2. Ribbon, Brads and Bling

thin white
thin green
red polka dot

red rhinestones
green rhinestones

4 silver
4 red

3. Embellishments

Holly Stickers
3D Snowflake Stickers
3D Angel
3D Sleigh
Felt Holly and Berries (cut using a sizzix die)

4. Titles and Sentiments