Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This n' That and a Doodle...

White On White With a Splash of Color
Just a few Christmas cards I worked on that I wanted to post for inspiration.
Hello to you!
I was tinkering at my desk yesterday and felt inspired to challenge myself to white on white cards with a splash of color.
Trying to stay 'elegant' with a CAS canvas, I created this NOEL card.

Acetate NOEL
I stamped N-O-E-L with white craft ink onto a sheet of acetate and then applied SU! Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  Heat dried the powder, cut the letter out, adhered them to cranberry red cardstock, trimmed the edges and mounted adhesive foam squares to the back and applied to the ribbon on the card.
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.
I'm hoping it's elegant and simple...

Suspended Snowflakes
Going for another CAS white on white, I punched out several snowflakes with my Martha Stewart punch and pressed them onto Versamark.  Applied the Iridescent Ice embossing powder again and heat dried.  
Using my BigShot, I cut a circle in the center of the card and then made a scalloped circle frame to go around.  
Applied dental floss strips to the inside front of the card, adhered snowflakes to the front and back of floss.  
Measured another piece of cardstock with a circle window to apply over the dental floss so it wouldn't show and then cut out a soft blue cardstock for the inside background and added another snowflake on the inside for more decoration.

 Snowflake Bow Topper
Last years Gingerbread Men
Ran across this card that I made last year and thought I would share it as well.  
Thought the 'Warm Wishes' went really cute with fresh out of the oven gingerbread men.
Well, that's it on the card front for me this morning, but before I go, I do have another little story and a doodle.

(Contains Mild Adult Humor and May Not Be Suitable For Children or Possibly, Some Adults)
Here we go into my brain again,
brace yourself...
The past several days I've been mulling over ideas in my head for  holiday doodles that I hope people find humor in.  I began thinking about life in the country. Since I do live in the 'sticks' and the wonderful feeling of snow covered trees, deer in the yard, warm fireplaces, beautifully decorated trees and the happy warm feeling of family and love.  I do count myself very fortunate for what I am blessed with.  
The country has so much peace and serenity to offer, but there is ONE thing that I must admit, drives me nuts (for lack of a better word) and makes me a little embarrassed at the same time.
If you're from the country, you'll know what I'm talking about...(or maybe it's just my neck of the woods)
It's the oddest craze, and has been going on for some time, but never ceases to amaze me and nearly drives me off the road into an embankment, due to the 'large' distraction.
It's called...
Truck Nutz!
These are articles that you can purchase and hang from the back of your vehicle. 
You can find them in all kinds of metals, neons, pastels,  and flesh colors.
I'll be honest, I've had my giggle at them, but when I think of all the things I am proud to say about country life....I can't quite bring myself to add this one.
further into the cerebellum we travel,
Now I have gathered images of holiday, country, truck nutz and then I watch the news.
It saddens me deeply to think of so many people who are currently unemployed and have families to feed and provide for.  Who's Christmas will probably not be as blessed as others and I find great sadness in this.  It is truly the time to remember other's at this time of year and do for them what they are having a difficult time doing for themselves.
Offer a helping hand, Volunteer to donate food and clothing, give a hug and always a smile!
Life can change so fast and you never know when you might be wishing for a helping hand.

This brings me to my doodle....
Taking a serious issue with a twist of humor, 
I hope I offer a smile.

Country Humor Meets Real Concerns 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hugs, Smiles and Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx


Lisa Jane said...

oh wow love the cards .. that snowflake one s amazing and the little gingerbread men so much fun.. your story and cartoon made me chuckle
Lisa x

Mitralee said...

You do realize that now I have to clean chicken and rice off my monitor. I should know better to eat lunch and read your blog at the same time!! Poor Rudolf. Well, I can't say you didn't warn us!

Love those white on white cards. I really love the red behind it too. Very lovely.

So, the other day in the sticks, the geese decided the field across the street from my house was where they were hanging. There were thousands and looked menacing. I am pretty sure you can some up with something funny about that. They scare me like clowns.

Dr Sonia S V said...

How elegant!!

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous cards the snowflake can clean your teeth while reading the card, how's really beaitiful.
Loved the story and the picture at the end..and it did give me a


Sandy said...

You bring so much humor to my life you cute thing!! Love your work especially the suspended snowflakes. I made you ink - RIGHT!!!

Maria said...

I love your cards - seriously elegant, but the last one is seriously cute! Poor Rudolph, needs must :-) Maria x

Unknown said...

Oh how I love your blog and for the comedic relief it gives. Rudolph doodle is too funny and got another chuckle from Chrissy's comment about the dental floss, LOL!
As for your cards--they are GORGEOUS Lisa. I can't decide which I like more and I'm totally going to CASE them. :-)
Lisa S.

Lisa S.

Maire Gamber said...

these cards are just breathtaking! Wow! Absolutely love your drawing! LOL You are such a stitch!

Margaret said...

Gorgeous!! The acetate Noel is so pretty with the red background (thanks for the 411 on making this!) and your snowflakes are fabulous! Who would have thought that you could make things so pretty with dental floss... And I LOVE the gingerbread card with the gingham ribbon!!
As far as poor Rudolph...let's hope his drastic measures are not in vain! Love your humor!!

cathy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your acetate cards are very elegant.

Alyna said...

Hi Lisa
thanx for leaving love at my blog :).
your cards are wonderful and so are the images that u provide. i loved ur snow flakes card and the one with the snow mans family. fab colors and great layout.
and u asked me that how i raised my images without foaming tape. i cut out a thin card stock strip and folded it over with glue. Used 5 to 6 six strips underneath the scalop in different places. u can used them as thick as u want. will show u a picture when i do it next time.

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful cards all of them but the snowflake one really stands out. Lovely. Enjoyed the cartoon.

Kate Yetter said...

Your snowflake card is awesome! What a great technique and I love the noel card as well. I so wish I could make such beautiful cards!
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment. I bought the pinecone die because I saw some awesome inspiration on another blog. It is a great die and I wanted something fun for the holidays. Happy crafting!

Kelley said...

I must not be rural enough as I haven't seen the truck nutz. However, I will now start looking, sick mind that I have.

I used to work for a trucking company. Some of the drivers would probably see a need for them.

Anonymous said...

beautiful cards the snowflake one is so pretty! love all of them though xx

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Hi Lisa, your cards are beautiful! I enjoyed your country story too (: