Thursday, September 11, 2008


I've seen so many Christmas cards posted already so I thought I'd join right in! These are for swaps I'm participating in at The Stamp Shack. The first one is for a swap using moose stamps. Okay, I already had several so I joined that one. I call it Morris' First Christmas.

The red paper is actually crushed velvet by Dooblebug. I stamped the image using Versafine Black ink and added Stickles for the lights entwined around his antlers. A little bit of colouring on the hooves and beard and it was done. The backside has The Shack template for ATCs which I was able to fill in by computer with all the details. I printed it onto DP also by Doodlebug.

Next up is a swap named Black and White ATCs. I named it Silent Night. I actually had to do this one twice, but I learned a very valuable lesson. DO NOT STAMP WITH CRAFT INK ONTO GLOSSY CARDSTOCK UNLESS YOU INTEND TO EMBOSS THE IMAGE. IT JUST DOESN'T DRY!

The image I used for this ATC is Lovely As A Tree by SU with some snowflakes by TAC. On the second go round, I used plain black cardstock, stamped with SU's White Craft ink. It dried fabulously! The flip side of the ATC is DP from DCWV Glitter Stack. Because I had no room for the details of the swap, I used some pre-made tags and added my name, date and number of the ATC, put on a little ribbon and adhered it with a glue-dot. Voila, it was done, too!

The last of my current swaps is for a Gift Card Holder. It was actually very simple to make and I hope the other swappers like them.

Merrybella is the star of this swap. I just love her for Christmas cards, she's absolutely perfect. I used PTI Select White for the card holder, DP by American Crafts and some of the new SU in-colours, Riding Hood Red. It's great for that perfect Christmas red we're always looking for. Merrybella was stamped with Palette Hybrid Black ink and coloured with Copics. I added a little Stickles for the ornaments, used one of the older punches from SU, added some gold thread and popped it on the front. The sentiments on the inside are by PTI. The gift card gets placed in the centre portion and I used the slit punch on the top and bottom to hold the gift card in place.

There you have it. Those are three of the five Christmas swaps I've joined. There may be more in my future, but I don't like to overload myself at any one time. Another lesson learned a while back. Next I'm on to Halloween. I just received my stamps from Jessica Lynn Original stamps and will be posting some cards within the next day or two. Please come back and check them out.


Tami Bayer said...

You have been a busy elf already. Love the gift card holders. such a great way to hold them in place iwth the slit punch. Your little tags on the back of the ATC is genius. I have some black atc's I just finished and didn't want to cover the whole back with the info. So clever!

Renu said...

Oh my, that black/white ATC is so fabulous. Fantastic job on it. And bella, well...she's bella. How could you not love her! lol

Ethel Amutan said...

Wow! You have been busy, busy, busy! i'm glad you're finding time to craft, after the move and unpacking and everything. Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations, Barb!

mudmaven said...

I love the black and white! So classy! ~chris

shuggy said...

i just got the moose atc!! so cute!!!