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December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!




Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 
From Our Home To Yours!



Praying that this Holiday Season finds you celebrating with love ones, making many wonderful memories, and finding happiness in all you find to do!

Hugs
Dana & Family


December 22, 2011

Just In Case Your Wondering!



Hi There:
Just wanted to pop in to say that I haven't forgotten you or my 4 Days of Christmas Creations, but life seems to have thrown a monkey wrench into things. Things that are more important like my son. He has been ill the past two days and this morning I awoke with a major headache and fever. So I am sad to say that I must have some down time before posting again. I hope to post more things next week. I have a few more Christmas projects to share and a video that is in progress. I am truly sorry, but I am starting to become a little stressed. So until next week I need to take some time for my family and just to feel better. I don' t mean to complain or sound sappy, but just wanted to pop in to explain to those who faithfully follow my blog. I trust you understand! Wishing you the best this holiday season. Until next time Merry Christmas and happy memory making.

Blessings
Dana

December 16, 2011

Christmas Creations - Day 2 - Handmade Cards

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to share this card with you that I made for this little blog series called "Christmas Creations".  Today I am sharing a card that was made using a warm palette of colors. I so love earth tone colors and mixing it up with shades of  teal blue, has such a great effect. Today's card was created based on the Hero Arts monthly contest using this sketch.
The card was created with the left hand corner sketch in mind. I used ribbon to cover the lower portion of my card and added sentiment to the right.


And once again I am submitting it to the Hero Arts Contest at 2 Peas. 


Submitting this also for the Wee Memories Challenge

Such An Easy Challenge! Why not Play Along!

Well first of all I had to sit down and really think about what colors I really love. The colour brown always seems to call my name. So after looking at my distress inks and STAEDTLER pencils/markers, I decided on  brown, pale yellow, beige, and teal blue. I so love how it turned out, though I wished that I had outlined my bulbs in a dark brown instead of black. Oh well, life must go on! Lol. 


Sorry for the glare on the bow! 

Close up of shading and coloring.

Christmas bulbs were stamped in various areas onto a piece of watercolor paper that is just a little smaller than 5 1/2 x 7.  Once again, these bulbs were stamped on scratch paper and cut out to use for masking.  Once the mask were temporarily placed over-top of those images which were previously stamped, distress inks were applied randomly. To blend the inks, water was spritzed over the entire surface. 



The Old Letter Writing was then stamped over the entire surface in dark chocolate chip brown. The masks were then removed and the bulb images then colored with Hero Arts chalk ink, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils and outlined with black permanent ink. The corner of this panel was then torn and distressed with ink. This was then adhered to a choc. brown panel and wrapped with a teal blue bow. Once ribbon was added, the panel was adhered to a kraft card base. To add an extra touch of elegance Magic Pearls was used to had centers to the snowflakes on each bulb. Voila! Another handmade Christmas card.

I love Christmas so much and all the possibilities it provides to make some really special projects. Check back tomorrow for  a fun project on how to spruce up a plain gift bag and make it into something bold, bright & beautiful. 

I trust that your enjoying all the fun that comes with preparing for Christmas, but most important the time you spend with family & friends.  For my family & I, we love to celebrate the Birth of Christ and always try to make room for Him, the real reason for the season. But it can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of it all and forget the real meaning of Christmas. That is Love- love of God, of family & of friends!  May your Christmas be blessed and filled with many wonderful memories. 

Love & Blessings
Dana



December 14, 2011

Christmas Creations - Day 1 - Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone:
I guess your all getting ready or maybe completely ready, for the Christmas Season. Well my package for my parents & in-laws was sent yesterday and is now on route.  Our family cards are sent and now I am making some for our friends here and my friends on-line. Decorations are up outside and now we just need to do the inside. Then I have some shopping to finish. Hopefully I will get it all completed before that magical night. 


Why Not Play Along For Your Chance To Win!

Today I want to share this Gift Card Holder that I made for the Hero Arts contest over at 2Peas. I love this place for great challenges and the inspiration in their gallery is amazing. I recently won some new stamps over there and was so excited to get them in the mail late last week. I had to get them inked up right away! 


So I made this card to submit to their Hero Arts contest and I am also adding it to the Monthly Hero Arts company contest. Yes, I know! I am ga ga over Hero Arts stamps it seems! Lol. Be sure to order your Hero Arts stamps at 2 Peas because right now you can purchase most of the new stamps just released. I am praying to get some of these under my tree.

Check It Out & Join In The Fun!
Over at the Hero Arts blog the challenge was to use pockets and this sketch below. I based my card on the on the very first sketch at the top. Now I was suppose to take a picture of the inside of the card showing the pocket with the gift card, but forgot! Sorry! So to see what I am referring too, you can see  Shari Carroll’s pocket cards right here! She also shares the measurements for the card base. They are gorgeous by the way and so easy to make!

Get Your Sketches Here!

Okay, enough chatter! Here is my card that I made, and to be honest Jennifer Mcquire's card was my inspiration. She used a very cute Lawn Fawn stamp set for her card. 




This card was made using the latest Christmas stamps from Hero Arts. I used the backside of a sheet of Imaginisce patterned paper to create a snowy background. I took white cardstock and tore it into smaller pieces, then layered it for snow mounds. To add some depth and dimension, I added some glitter to the top of the snow with Stickles. I also added shading with STAEDTLER watercolor pencils and distress inks. The snowman was colored with the watercolor pencils and fineliner markers. Snowman was added to card using foam dots. To give it that little something extra, blue bling embellishments were added  to the snowy sky. 

Thanks for dropping bye today. Hopefully I have inspired you to make a gift card holder. There are more Christmas post to share, so be sure to come back again soon. 

Hugs
Dana







December 9, 2011

Hero Arts Blog Hop - Join The Fun!



Just wanted to share with you all about Hero Arts Blog hop today and about their new release party starting December 10, 2011. There is a line up of amazing card artist and there are loads of gifts to be won. Why not check out the fun and be inspired for a new year of cardmaking.

Hugs
Dana

Kennedy's Birthday Give-Away!

Hi Folks:
Just a quick post to share with you about a give-away at my friend Kim's blog. Her sweet daughter Kennedy is celebrating her birthday the same day as me - December 16th. She will be 9 and I will be turning ??????? Lol.
So in honor of her birthday her Mom is giving away some wonderful prizes. Yes, I am having a give-away that day as well. You will have to check back. This is what Kim is giving away at her blog.


So hope that your day will be wonderful Kennedy sweetie! Please check it out for your chance to win, and why not become a follower too. I am sure that Kim would love you visiting her each day.

Hope that you are all having a great day. Still filling out cards and sending packages away. Hopefully today will be my last day to do that. Tomorrow we are decorating outside and maybe inside depending on how I am feeling.  Time will tell! Take care everyone.

Hugs
Dana

December 8, 2011

Virginia's Virtual 50th Birthday Party!



Hi Everyone:
I guess some of you are wondering what happened to me after announcing my Big News! I know that I haven't shared anything on my blog since then but the reason was because I had pulled a muscle in my neck. Not sure what happened, all I know is that I had severe neck pain and had to be taken to the ER. I was concerned that it was heart related due to the fact that heart problems are in my family. Praise God that it wasn't that, and that it was indeed a pulled muscle. So I have been taking meds for the pain and doing some exercises. I am feeling much better these past few days, but trying not to over do it! Not sure how long I can keep that going though because I have nothing ready for Christmas. I am working on some Christmas gifts today and sending out my cards to family & friends. That should be easy because my son can help me with that!

Okay enough about that! Lol! Today's card is for my sweet Hero Arts Flickr friend Virginia. I remember when I first started hanging out in this group, she was the one who kept me in line! Lol. Always such a friendly and helpful person, a real sweetheart. Will her 50th birthday is tomorrow! Yes, really she is, but she sure doesn't look it! She is having a virtual party and everyone who wanted to make & send her a card could attend. So this is the card that I made for her. I sure hope that she likes it.  Make sure you check it out because her blog is loaded with fun and informative things. 


This card is being submitted to the following challenges:

This card was so fun to make. I love shopping at the 2Peas store for my digital kits and of course they have to be Hero Arts Digital Kits. One of my first ones was the Flutterbies Digital Kit. I so love how I can make my images any size. And there are so many digi stamps in these kits that you have lots of variety.

So after printing this butterfly on watercolor paper, I colored it with STAEDTLER Karat Watercolor Crayons. I received a package in the mail along with some Christmas Greetings from our STAEDTLER managers. What a surprise! It was wonderful to open the box and see these watercolor crayons, along with other things.  I didn't even know there was such a thing. Can I just say that I love my watercolor pencils, but I think I am madly in love with this new coloring medium. The blending is amazing. No, I didn't get paid to say that, just being honest. I always color stamped images with light colors first and then build my shading with several darker colors. Well with these, I just added color over color and blended it all at once. So much easier than what I was doing before and mush faster. Thanks Gail and Kathy for the lovely Christmas Package. Wishing you both a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Well that is it for now! I have several Christmas projects to share along with a video. I also have a card to share that I made for a challenge at my friend Barb's blog. It was for Movember Canada! I am sure that most of us know what that was all about, and such a great cause. I tried uploading a card at the last minute and had trouble. So then I felt defeated and never shared it after all. I was disappointed that I didn't get to play along and support her. So sorry Barb sweetie! Please forgive me. I promise to be better at joining in the next time.

Okay folks! I am off to the post, then launch, and then sitting down to make some more Christmas gifts. Hope your all doing well and enjoying time with family & friends.

Big Hugs.
Dana



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All the contents of this blog including but not limited to designs, concepts, and photographs are COPYRIGHT 2009-2014 Dana Colbourne. I have put a lot of work in these creations and would appreciate that you use them for inspiration and enjoyment. They are for personal use only and they are not to be copied or used for publications or contest. Thanks for stopping by and supporting me on this fun journey!