Monday, October 19, 2009

It's Freaky Time Again!

Another month has rolled around and it's time to peruse what the "Freaks" have been up to!! Our theme this month was to do some fabulicious Christmas cards . . . I kinda went overboard and did a couple of non-card Christmas-y things as well . . . hope ya don't mind!!

First things first - to make one of "those" kind of Christmas cards . . . you know the ones I mean? The ones that you are only EVER gonna make ONE of??? Well, this is what I came up with. I knew when I first saw this lattice die that I could layer two of them, turning the top one a little, and make a snowflake! Just KNEW it would work!! But, since I am NOT the only amazingly-cool person on the planet, many others figured that out as well. So this is what I came up to try and be a little different . . . kind of a "kaleidoscope" snowflake, if you will. I just kept layerin' and layerin' and layerin' . . . kinda ran a little crazy! And see that little snowflake under the sentiment? I don't even OWN that stamp!! Seriously!! That snowflake was given to me by the ever-incomparable JanTink when she was here during SU Convention. She had a few leftover snowflakes from some swaps she was makin' and gave me this one (which promptly urged me to order the dang snowflake punch ... still don't have that snowflake stamp ... YET!). That little snowflake has been livin' on my corkboard since August ... glad it now has a happy home!

Stamps: Short & Sweet, Simple Snowflake
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue
Accessories: Lattice Bigz Die, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Petals a Plenty embossing folder, silver cord, dimensionals (the little white circles are actually from one of the Snowflakes Sizzlet dies ... I started out with it before I chose to use Jan's snowflake)

I knew after my over-the-top card that I was gonna have to make something much more reasonable, so that is how this came about. STILL lovin' my Movers & Shapers die!! And it's hard to see from the photo, but there is a little 1/2" circle of vanilla cardstock in the middle of the large snowflake (with the snowflake image stamped on it, of course). Sometimes little extra layers like that get lost in photography ...

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Woodgrain background, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Baroque Burgundy, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Baroque Burgundy, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Movers & Shapers Bigz die, Movers & Shapers Holiday Windows, white embossing powder, white taffeta ribbon, word window punch, clear ice rhinestone brad, paper distressing tool

Okay, here is where I started to deviate from the "card" thing ... "LOOK MA!! NO STAMPS!!" I made this little ornament with the Pop-Up Ball die. I realize that it looks kinda goofy havin' a Christmas ornament hanging out amongst the fall leaves, but it DOES kinda get you in the mood, doesn't it?? (I frayed the grosgrain ribbon and added a couple of strands of silver cord to make the "tassel" hanging out of the bottom of the ornament ...)

Stamps: NONE
Paper: Bride Designer Series Paper, Brushed Silver
Accessories: Pop-Up Ball die, Petals a Plenty embossing folder, white grosgrain ribbon, silver cord, clear ice rhinestone brads

And last, but certainly not LEAST ... I just HAD to throw in a Christmas-y MDS layout. I can almost hear the Christmas carols now ... "Chestnuts roasting on an open fiiiiirrree ..." Smiley from

Now hop on over to Robin Spinner's blog and see what fabulicious things SHE has created for you!!


Connie said...

Wendy, your talent always blows me away! LOVE the ornament/ball and ALL your projects!

Robin said...

What a fun ornament!!! Love the cards too, Wendy!

Cindy Major said...

Hey, you did GREAT with your projects! I LOVE the pop-up ball ornament - how clever! Love your use of the Lattice die as well - gosh, this little die looks awesome layered numerous times like that!

And that page with the MDS... I'm just green with envy!


Jennifer said...

Love, love, love that top card! I don't think I'd be able to part with it. You should frame it and rotate it into your holiday decorating collection. :)

Lisa said...

I just got the lattice die! I REALLY want to try to make a card like that. Love all your cards!

zainy3018 said...

I absolutely love the second card with the woodgrain and the snowflakes. I will have to add the snowflake punch AND stamp to my next order list. Everything is so nicely done and beautiful! I'm itching to make my christmas cards now.

procrastistamper said...

Wow, I love the geometry and colors on that lattice card, and now I have to have the Woodgrain stamp, and that Bride specialty paper is perfect for snowflakes and winter...who'da thunk it?

Anonymous said...

You were only supposed to make ONE super fabulous card/project, not FOUR!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration...very clever to fill in the open spots on the lattice die with the other colors!! I think I'm going to have to break down & get the lattice die!! When will it ever end?? (tee-hee!) Erin

Dawn Olchefske said...

Love the ornament ball - very clever. Great job on the MDS page.

Shona said...

So, so cool!! I think everyone used the Bride's paper! Amazing projects!

gbarron56 said...

Hey Wendy -- great projects -- love them all but especially love that ornament. Can you believe that I have that die and have NEVER used it! Now I have a project to break it in with! Fabulous job, as always! Blessings, Gretchen

Beedubya said...

You know already how much I love the kaleidescope card but I thought I'd stop by and tell you how much I love everything else too!
hugs, B

Mary said...

FANTASTIC projects! I just LOVE how you made an ornament out of the pop-up ball die!