Wow the last week just flew by so fast with Christmas training camp, get togethers, an infinite amount of stamping to do and preparations to run all over the place for Christmas.
We spent Christmas Eve with my family up in Duncan and enjoyed our annual Chinese buffet, some euker, and an excellent orange-chocolate port before driving all the way back to Victoria late that night at which point I realized I was going to be pulling an all nighter to get the gifts completed for my neice and nephew which I'll be sharing soon.
We left at 5am for the ferry to Vancouver, opened our stockings to each other since we didn't do gifts this year (lets face it, a baby and a month-long trip to Japan to meet him/her is gift enough!) and then drove to Richmond to spend Christmas morning at Brian's brother's place with their kids which was so much fun!
We finally got a nap in around 2 in the afternoon and we were back up and running out the door just after 4 to head to North Van for a big Christmas dinner at his cousin's house and boy was that a feast! We had a great time catching up with his mom's side of the family and all of the kids were bouncing off the walls all night long.
We spent a quiet Boxing Day at his dad's house, we only left the house to take the dog for a long walk along the Dyke and try to find a protective case for our awesome new IPad 2, but the lines just weren't worth it. It was somewhere around there that I started to feel awful... I survived family dinner that night and our ferry ride home and have been in horrible shape with the worst flu I've had in a long time ever since :(
So long overdue, here's a fun project with a stamp set that my husband told me I had to get as soon as he saw it, it's totally his sense of humour, it's called Snow Much Fun.
I made this fun little snowball fight set for my niece and nephew:
They are both different versions of the side-step card, similar to my Canucks card from a couple of weeks ago: http://www.littlebigtowndesigns.blogspot.com/formyfavouritecanucklehead
The first one is 4 1/4"x11" long and has been scored from the bottom 1" in from both sides at 1", 2" and 6 1/2". It has also been scored 2 1/4" inches across the middle at 5 1/2". I cut on both sides from the 1" score lines at the bottom all the way to the 6 1/2" score lines before folding.
Here are some closeup shots:
This guy is a little more challenging so I recommend trying the other style first. For this one I started with a piece of 5 1/2"x8 1/2" CS. I scored 2 1/4" in from the right side at 1", again at 2" then again at 3 1/8", at 4 1/4" (this score line and only this score line goes straight across the card) and finally at 6 3/8". I cut all the way along from the 1" score line to the 6 3/8" score line 2 1/4" in from the right side to seperate the folding side from the non-folding side and simply allow the score lines to bend as shown. There are tons of tutorials out there if you just google side-step card.
The idea is that when they are displayed side by side they appear to be in a snowball fight with each other.
The Mica Flakes are adhered to layers of Whisper White CS with Crystal Effects to give them a bit of volume and keeps them fluffy like snow. On each card I have created a taller layer of the Mica Flakes and CS, then adhered down my snowman and then over top of him placed the other layer of Mica Flakes on CS. This gives the whole project more dimension as if the snowman is standing in the snow.
The snowmen were handcut, it can be very tedious to take the time to cut carefully around some of the delicate lines but worth it in the end. They have been hand coloured with blender pens and I have pulled some of the other colours from the card into the snow for two reasons: the first is that it leaves more colour for the Dazzling Details (spread over top of the shadowy areas after colouring) to pick up and reflect, and the second is that it helps pull the colours of the cards together while mimicking the Mica Flakes and giving a more natural look to the snowman.
The background is stamped with one of the tiny snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes using first Versa Mark, then I layered a few on in Baja Breeze, then one more layer where I coloured the stamp with Baja Breeze and daubed on Whisper White Craft Ink (yes very tedious given the number of times it's repeated, but again, worth it!) before stamping each time.
There are lots more of my Christmas projects to come so stay tuned!