Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cowboy Christmas

Hello friends

It's time to start making Christmas Cards for this year. What! I hear you cry, LOL. I am going to try and keep up with Tracy's challenges ( again this year to avoid the last minute rush. So far I am on track with that but then again it is only January.

This months challenge was to make 5 easel cards. They could be all the same or different. I stuck with making them all the same. It was easier. I finally got around to using my cowboy snowman from High Hopes. You can't live in Texas and not want this cute fella in your collection.

I used blue bayou and close to cocoa cardstock and Heidi Grace designer papers.The stars on the close to cocoa are from Starstruck and Delightful Decorations. I heat embossed them to standout and shine with clear embossing powder. An SU brad on the inside of the card makes the perfect stopper for the top to lean against. I was pretty chuffed with it once it was finished. Not bad for a first attempt at this style. I may just have to try this again.

An optional extra to the challenges this year is to make a 3D item (Christmas themed) also. I like to make handmade gifts for certain friends and found last year I had no time to make them so I hope to try this part of the challenge also. This month I kind of cheated as I had these glass coasters hanging around just gathering dust. Well Tracy sent me some lovely poinsettia images when I won one of her challenges last year and I have been holding on to them every since because they were so nice I didn't want to use them. Well I gave in and trimmed a few of them down and put them in the coasters. They look real pretty now and will make an awesome gift for someone this year.
Thanks for looking


Tracy.H said...

The cards turned out great!! And I love the coasters too...what a great gift that will make. Thanks for playin' along this month and hope you get the chance to join in again in February! :0)

Sonya said...

WOW!!!! The coasters are so pretty! and the card..well that is just the cutest! I've never made an easel card..but clearly I need to!