Julie Moenck

Card making, home decorating and an occasional random musing.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gingerbread Cheer

I'm planning my Christmas baking. Well, mostly I'm imagining it in my mind. I've taken one concrete step: I ordered these gel food colors and meringue powder, two important ingredients for decorating beautiful sugar cookie cut-outs. Actually, in that picture, I didn't use the gel colors, so here's to hoping the photos I post in a couple weeks have even better looking frosting!

Well, since the cut-outs aren't cut out yet, I thought this cute card would make an acceptable substitute.

The stamp set "Scentsational Season" includes this image of the gingerbread man (obviously, I stamped two images here), as well as a cup of hot cocoa, a Christmas tree, and a candy cane...all the stamps you'd need to make a pile of holiday (paper) treats!

This card also uses Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Soft Suede classic ink, Designer Series Paper from the Festival of Prints paper stack in the Holiday Catalog, Basic Jewels - pearls (color them with a Sharpie!), and Adorning Accents Edgelits.

That's what I've got for tonight...oh, and in case you're wondering, tonight my husband is watching UFC Ultimate Fighter. Are you sensing a theme for when I retire to the craft studio to create or blog? ;)

Thanks for stopping!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Evergreen + Shimmer Paint

Every Tuesday, even though we now have DVR (hey, it just took us about ten years to join the party), my husband and I sit down to watch Sons of Anarchy. I love this show, I really do. The characters are deep and conflicted and interesting - just what any English lit major would want, right? But I can't watch most of it. It gets violent. I watched seasons of The Sopranos just fine, but Sons? I end up leaving the room to write a blog post, going back out to find out what happened at a commercial break (nevermind the DVR), and getting an eye roll from the hubs because I "should just stay and watch the show!"

Well, since I had to retire early from the viewing party, I thought I'd showcase this card I shared last month at our Stampin' Up! team gathering. I used the Evergreen stamp set from the Holiday Catalog; Certainly Celery, Almost Artichoke and Crumb Cake card stock; Almost Artichoke classic ink; a glimmer brad from the basics collection; the Woodgrain embossing folder; platinum shimmer paint and a sponge dauber.

The Evergreen set is a Two-Step Stampin' (c) set, which means it has base images and outline/overlay images. See in the photo below how the platinum shimmer paint, when daubed on the outline stamp, creates a subtle shimmer and dimension for the card? I love a little sparkle for the holidays!

I think Sons is over now, so I'm going to return the living room, get the update and eye roll, and try to steel my nerves for next week so maybe I can watch the entire hour.

Thanks for stopping by!