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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Christmas Memories

Can you believe Christmas is over? This year is going fast and I am so glad we were able to get off to a great start in getting our activities and traditions going early in December.  But between the rain and our colds we did have some fun leading up to Christmas day.  Then on Christmas day, Ron and I exchanged our gifts and watched that crazy Los Angeles Laker game.  We lost big time but we tried not to let it spoil our mood.

We spent time with my mom later that day. I couldn't wait to see what she thought of my Christmas card. She loved it! It did my heart good to see her anticipation and excitment over my work. Usually I mail my cards to the many family and friends so it was a special treat to see a response.  So exciting!

Then on Sunday, we visited my in-laws and had a wonderful time. They spoiled us with lots of love and gifts. My special card was a winner, too. They loved it. Feels good. Thanks mom and dad!

Well, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Enjoy the rest of the week and I will post pictures of my Christmas mini albums the family all enjoyed. Ciao!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ornament Cards

My husband was having a youth career event yesterday at his parents church.  He wanted me to make some special thank you holiday cards for the special participants. I was excited to do this for him. Then I instantly thought of these new tree ornaments my mom took me to get.  Yes, can you believe Walgreens? They had a package of 10 of the prettiest glittery ornaments in various holiday shapes.  Plus, two packages for $5.00 you can't beat that!   So, I got the red trees and the silver stars. 

So here are a few I made.  I taped the ornament on the back of the card so they can take it off and use the tree or star on their tree.  Neat!

Friday, December 17, 2010

2010 Christmas Cards

I am so pleased with how these Christmas cards turned out. I was struggling some weeks ago trying to decide on a color scheme and theme. But this year, ended up being a mixture of colors and styles. I like that they aren't so uniformed like past years.  They all had their own look and feel.

I used My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Prima flowers, Maya Road envelop, K & Co. rub-ons and stickers and lots of leaves and berries from Michael's.  I love all those little sprigs of glittery leaves and branches Michael's has. I just cut small pieces off and there you have it.  Great for the holidays!

So here are some of the cards.

I got the star ornament from Walgreens.  So the person can remove it from the card and hang the star on their tree. COOL!

Here are a few of the mini album cards I made. My minis are  two cards stapled together which is fun because I have more surfaces to decorate, front and back.  Also, I still need to fill these with pictures and written expressions. I will post when I finish those. Stay tuned!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Almost Ready For the Holidays

Well, it is December 13 and we are getting ready for the holidays. We have our tree up, Ron is listening to his Christmas music, we have seen several holiday movies and I am finishing up my cards. Here are some pictures of our tree. We had lots of fun putting it up the week after Thanksgiving.

Our finished little tree!

I love the long hanging glass ornaments. My late Uncle George blow glass as one of his hobbies. He made these beautiful ornaments years ago and I am glad I still have them from my childhood.

Here is Ron helping with the tree.

Such a beautiful tree!

Here I am with our tree and it has added the holiday spirit to our place.

So now I have to get a few gifts and decide what to cook for Christmas.  Our family tradition is to have gumbo on Christmas. So maybe I will do that or something else. Let's just say it will be a surprise!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Landscape Paintings

Hi friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. I had a tough time but I am hanging in there. Something that helps is being creative. A few weeks ago I was watching Donna Dewberry, the one stroke artist, on t.v.  She was doing landscape paintings. I have never done landscapes and couldn't wait to try.

She used acrylic paints but I used watercolor and oil pastels.  I do want to try acrylic paints next. So here are my first attempts. I am proud of them. If you want to learn more about Donna Dewberry go here: DONNA DEWBERRY BLOG

My very first one!

I really like the sky on this one. But the tree out of the water makes me laugh!

Love this one overall. I used white oil pastel to make the moon and stars.

This is my best effort. Love the overall look and the moon is oil pastel.

Tried something new on this. Not bad. I added land and whole trees.