Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mo Manning's "Boughs for Wreaths" Christmas Cards

These were three special Christmas cards I made for my Dad and two brothers. I didn't send them to anyone else. They sort of got a "limited edition". This was my first year coloring images for Christmas cards...lots of fun.

I used a Mo Manning digital stamp "Boughs for Wreath".

Mo is now offering a line of rubber stamps through Stampavie, so I'll be on the look-out for those coming out soon. I love digital images, except that you can't share them with friends to practice coloring.

I love the realistic nature of this stamp...less cartoony than many. The image resembles my husband with our wee ones. He loves to be outside with them! I really enjoyed working with this image because it felt so personal. Mo is quite the artist! She is actually an illustrator for children's books! I LOVE that!

I used copics mainly, and a pearlescent eye shadow for the background that shimmered in the light. (I had to tell my brothers and dad that the images were colored! They didn't realize it when they got them. LOL).

Check out a superb interpretation of the stamp here by talented card makers Linda Heavens. I have to case her work. LOVE the ground and blues she used, and the little chunks of grass. PERFECT.

My tree paper was from Martha Stewart, others were from random Christmas paper packages I've picked up over the years.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cricut SCAL Christmas Cards

These Christmas Tree svgs are from

Comet's Candy Land SVG Collection

They had some specials over Christmas (and continue to have them) where if you bought a couple sets, you got one free! I LOVE how they are already organized by season and theme for me, even though I download a ton of free files as well from around the net--just type in free svg and you'll find more than you know what to do with). I just love how these are nice and tidy, tested and easy to view and use, much like having your own "Cricut carts".

I used a friend's cuttlebug embossing folder for the background of the first one...loved it! I hope to find it somewhere. The mat is a Nestabilities Label die.

The stamp is from a Martha Stewart on the first card. I made the red mat under it with SCAL for my Cricut.

For the second card, I made a digital sentiment (stamping was taking TOO LONG!)

The papers are from Making Memories "Holiday" set which I loved using...from Mighty Dollar. Although the paper was not thick enough to emboss (sadness).

I added a big satin bow on the last card and sent it to a special cousin. However, postage was so high that I won't be doing that again anytime soon! I machine stitched the edges of
that card.

Pure Innocence Christmas Cards 2009

This is a pink Pure Innocence Christmas card I made to send to my little niece. Most of my cards used this digital stamp available online. I used the artists original digital renderings rather than a digital stamp file. They turned out nicely.

I love the hanging Mistletoe!

My boys had to ask what it was!

I used Making Memories Holiday paper (packs were on sale at Mighty Dollar for $1 a pack! Can't beat that with a stick!)

The felt tree was a Hobby Lobby special after Christmas the year before. Ribbon was also from Mighty Dollar, I can't remember the brand name.

This next card was my standard to send out to everyone. I made the red cut file for the mat with slots with SCAL and the digital sentiment! That made things go a LOT faster than stamping them all by hand and cutting the mats with my Cuttlebug!