Friday, January 6, 2012

Our Little Angel, Tilda

Hi Sweet Readers,

How has your first week of 2012 been? Are you enjoying this very mild weather? It's like Spring here. We never had Winter. I hope that sometime between now and March (when we really start to feel Spring), it'll rain or do something drippy from the sky! I think the plants are confused!

I've been working on a special project for Hooked on Craft. I can reveal it on Sunday evening. If you wish to see it, come on back! I'll put the water on for hot chocolate (or iced chocolate, LOL).

Today, I have two cards to share with you. Both are examples of the Christmas cards I sent out this year. With my eyes as bad as they are, it took me forever to do the painting on the second one. Good thing I started in the early Fall otherwise, I would never had gotten the finished in time for Christmas. I'm finding that I can only color for about an hour and a half a day before I feel like I'm missing things.

I want to thank Cheryl Rowley for being my inspiration on the second card. Cheryl had used this stamped image on a card she posted in the Fall. My wheels immediately started turning and the finished result is below.

For the first card, I used our little Angel Tilda. Isn't she adorable. I did a lot of embossing on the exterior and interior. I added some rhinestones to add some sparkle. Here she is:



Here is the interior shot:



Next, is the holly card. I loved this one so much! I got so much positive feedback from the recipients, too! I was so surprised that so many took the time to contact me to tell me how much they loved this card. Isn't that sweet? It made all that work and frustration worth it! What do you think?



I painted each image with Distress Inks. I love the new colors and put them to good use! Here is the inside:



I used a ton of white cardstock, but it was so worth it! By doing the dry embossing on the inside, I made up for all the time I spent on the front side.

The last card I want to share is the card I made for my husband for Christmas. I won't share the interior as it has private thoughts just for him, but I thought you might like to see the front. Again, I colored the images with Distress Inks. I pieced the male bear's shirt so that it looked like a patterned sweater. On the girl bear's dress, I added some teeny tiny snowflakes. It turned out so well. He loved, loved, loved it. DH keeps all our cards tucked away in a file cabinet - every card, every occasion since we met 36 years ago! He's such a romantic.



Thank you so very, very much for stopping by! I love that you take the time to visit. Now that I've got so many projects done, I can work on my Magnolias! I'll try to be back tomorrow with more to share that I didn't have time to post!

XO,
Chris

21 comments:

Barb Hardeman said...

Chris! What can I say? Where can I start? These cards are just stunning! In spite or the fits your eyes are giving you, these cards are gorgeous! I love how you did the halo on Angel Tilda - beautiful! The holly bunch is JUST SO PRETTY. Your coloring on all three of the cards is perfect and beautifully blended! Hubby's card is adorable! I'm sure he enjoyed the private note inside too (wink, wink).
You did an enormous amount of work on all the embossing, but it's worth it because the cards are stunning! Way to go dear heart!
Hugs, Barb

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Chris,
Your cards are so beautiful. You are so good with those embossing folders.
I love the one to your hubby. My Doug saves his cards too. I will be making one for his birthday soon.
Hugs Maz

Karen's Fun Blog said...

omg....these are gorgeous!!! You did a fabulous job! : )

Candy said...

Hi Chris!
WOW - what BEAUTIFUL cards.
I don't know which one I like better LOL.
LOVE the work you have done with the embossing folders - beautiful!
Hugs, Candy

Cathy said...

These are really beautiful cards. I love the colors and the embossing. I would love to have a tutorial on how you did these. Lovely!

EnblogSail said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful design!
Caryl

Paper Tails said...

Beautiful cards! The embossing on the inside is awesome.

Karen

Cami said...

These cards are all so beautiful, Chris! Love the embossing folders you've used on these! Elegant.
Happy New Year!
Hugs, Cami

Regina said...

Oh Chris!!! All your friends had the same comment I would like to write you!!!I agree with all them!! You did an amazing job!!!
Have a marvellous weekend.

Heidi koontz said...

What an amazing job you did on all three cards. I just love how you used the embossing folders. Beautiful!!
Heidi

LINDA W. said...

OMGoodness Chris!! What beautiful cards I love them.Great distress coloring something that I would like to try. I love your embossing on your cards great work
hugs Linda

Jackie Thomas said...

Hello my beautiful friend. Your cards are all just gorgeous. I hope you've been well.
Hugs xo

Christina C. said...

OMG, Chris, your cards are STUNNING, girl!!!! Your coloring is amazing on all of them. The card you made for your hubby is my favorite....love,love it!!!!

Elle said...

These are breathtaking. I LOVE the embossing!

Sharon said...

Oh Chris, I think these Christmas cards are your best ever. I just love those embossing folders... wow. They really make your cards look so elegant and the colouring on both, especially the holly, is just perfect. Well done there and don't worry about thanking us individually each time we leave a comment... a visit every now and again from you will be fine with me. You need to look after yourself and those eyes of yours. Hugs and blessings, Sharon xx

cathylynn said...

Gosh Chris all are FANTASTIC!!! Beautiful coloring on eacn and everyone of them. I too am a fan of thsoe embossing folders!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Linda Palmer said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! I love the embossing folders you used, so beautiful and the bright colors. Your DH Christmas card is so cute. Beautiful job on all.

Kathy Gerace said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! OMGoodness Chris! You did a masterful job on every one on your cards. I just love the embossing folders you used. What a fantastic job on all the cards.
Huggeroonies,
Kathy

Kelly Neis said...

I love love the embossing folder and all white cards. Wow, they are gorgeous and well put together.

cabio's craft corner said...

Wow your cards are so gorgeous Chris. I adorable the elegant embossing of the cards. Looks so sweet and pretty. Thanks for sharing :o)
Hugs,
Cabio

Linda said...

Wow you really did a beautiful job on these cards Chris!!!!! Love the dry embossing!!!!! Smashing!!!!