Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm ba-a-a-ck! :-)

I took an unplanned hiatus from blogging for the past several weeks. Life got busy and unfortunately crafting and blogging tend to be the first to head to the bottom of the to-do list. Thanks to those who have written to ask how things are going or to mention that they've haven't seen any new posts lately. It's nice to be missed. :-) I did a lot of catching up this past week and made time to do some card-making today. Felt good to get all crafty! :-)

Here are some of the cards that I made....

This first card was made using a couple of the large QuicKutz border embossing folders. The sentiment was added using the Joy border punch by Martha Stewart. The cardinal was also made using a punch by Martha Stewart then set off with dimensional adhesive. I also added a score line at the top so that the ornaments wouldn't just be floating on the card front.

I got on a roll using the border punches by Martha. Here's another card using the Frosty Village punch. I scored and folded a small "card" to attach to that A2 size blue cardstock that I'd embossed using the QuicKutz snowflakes folder. I punched out the border (both layers at once, actually) then added the stamped snowflakes and sentiment by Inkadinkado before attaching it to the blue layer.

Here's a card that I made in similar fashion to the one I just described. For this one I used some Cuttlebug embossing folder designs instead of stamping. The background is Winter Trees and the other Season's Greetings. (These were RAK'd to me, btw.)

For this last card I decided to add a bit of a twist. Okay. To be honest, I was going to follow the same design as with the other cards but use the evergreen trees edge punch in the background instead. Well, the frosty village ended up looking backward to me because of the way I'd punched it. Looked good when I folded it the other way. Hm. So, I decided that I'd try to go with that. I think it worked out. I added the stamped sentiment by Studio G to the bottom corner and attached it to the front of a card that I'd embossed using a Sizzix textured impressions folder. It was a nice change from the typical A2 card and a fun departure from the other two cards that I'd designed earlier. I love it when "mistakes" like that work out. :-)

That's it for now. Again, thanks to those of you who've written, and thanks to those of you who are still visiting and reading here despite my absence. I'm hoping that the holidays won't become so busy that I won't have at least some time for crafting and for blogging. :-)


  1. Glad to see you blogging again. I have not been blogging for just a few days and it feels so "empty" but mine is for other techinical reasons. Good to see some fun stuff from you to inspire us all through this hectic holiday season. Love all the textures from the embossing folders and the MS punches - ya gotta love that MS gal and her Design Team to have such a gallery of punches for us to paly with. I will be looking forward to your updates again - welcome back!!!! hugs from the West Coast (San Francisco)

  2. Happy to see a post from you. Always love to see your tutorials/experiments. Missed you here and on GW. sandie994

  3. Priorities are a necessity; glad to know you've got yours in the right order, imho. But it is wonderful to know you're still 'with us.' Who else would explain all these alternatives for using our tools! Thanks for sharing your talents and time.

  4. Hi jay,
    Glad to see you posting again!
    i am SOOO hooked on Martha and EK Success border punches!
    Sandi (from Cape Cod)

  5. So happy you are back. Though I don't even know you, I was worried that something happened. Thanks for continuing to inspire and share. Happy Thanksgiving!! : )

  6. Love, love, love the little cityscape!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute! :D

    You were missed every day, Jay. But I knew you were busy.

    Love everything!



  7. Glad you are back. Love your cards and ideas.

  8. So glad to see you back posting. I love using punches also with my stamped images. It just adds the right touch.

    thanks much

  9. Glad to have you back! We missed you. Hope all is well now and we get to keep you for a while. Velda

  10. Jay, I just discovered your amazing blog while you were on hiatus, but I subscribed in hopes you would be back posting one day. Thanks so much for all your wonderful tips, tutorials and generous sharing of ideas and tried-and-true processes. Even though you were away, I had plenty to read just trying to catch up with you!

  11. I just LOVE your happy accident card! So much that I'm going to try to track down those punches myself, after I SWORE I didn't need them!


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