Sunday, December 02, 2012

A productive weekend

Well, I've have a fairly productive weekend. On Saturday, I went out for coffee with my friend, Val, and then we did a little shopping. I found a sweater for me, and got a Christmas present for my mom (I'd actually already finished my shopping for my mom, but I liked this better than the scarf I'd bought her, so I'm going to return that.)

In the afternoon, Sage & I decorated the living room and dining room for Christmas. Here are a few photos:

At three, I went to a crocheting class at our local quilting store (they had demos all day long, but it was the class for making a ruffled scarf that interested me the most!) I was the only one there who didn't have grey hair! LOL! But the women were all so nice and knowledgeable and the instructor was super sweet and patient with me. The atmosphere was just so lovely and looking at all of the gorgeous quilts made me wish I could quit my job and craft full time. ;)

In the evening, Cameron & I attended our Christmas banquet. He got an award for ten years of service and we had fun visiting with friends.

This morning, I wasn't needed in Sunday School, so I came home early from church and set up our tree and lights (yes, we are probably the only people left who don't have a pre-lit tree!) Then, after the kids got home and ate lunch, Sage & I decorated it. (She just gets better & better at it each year!)

AND, I managed to get a nice photo of the kids in front of it. Score!

Then, once that was all tidied up, I went down to my craft area, where I got four Christmas cards made. They're all for this week's Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink: Splitting diecuts.

For all of my cards, I used Papertrey Ink cardstock (rustic white, true black, pure poppy, scarlet jewel and stamps (stylish sentiments: holiday) and dies (edgers #3). It's the edgers #3 that I trimmed down on each side for the MIM technique.

For my first card, I layered my diecut on some My Mind's Eye patterned paper and stamped on it with Love Lives Here: Holiday. I added some stitching as a finishing touch.

My second card is very similar, but I stamped on this one with Bells & Boughs. I did a little masking with this one for my flowers.

Looking at these sentiments on the two previous cards mad me think that they would work really well with Betsy Veldman's Chalkboard Art meets Stamping technique, so I decided to try it out.

For this card, I layered the trimmed down diecut over a piece of My Mind's Eye patterned paper. The star is from Stylish Sentiments: Holiday and the flourishes are from PTI's Fancy Flourishes.

And for my last card, I used some Bells & Boughs stamps along the bottom and then added a PTI button with some PTI twine. The patterned paper here is Fancy Pants.

Did you get a lot done this weekend?

Thanks for looking!


Elena said...

Pretty cards!

Tracy said...

omigosh Leigh - they are all gorgeous! and the cards too ;-)
love the pic of the kids - sooo cute. and your cards are stunning - particularly in love with the first and last cards - those stylish sentiments - gee i wish i'd seen those sooner - love how you used them. and that chalkboard card - i'm always a big fan of red and black. wonderful stuff miss

Anonymous said...

Great cards, lovely photo and tree! Busy.
Thanks for visiting me the other day too!

Kara said...

pretty cards and love your photos!

Ingrid Danvers said...

Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jennifer K said...

Lovely cards and your stitching is impeccable, as usual. One of these days I'm going to find out your secret. :)

Nancy Penir said...

Wow! Feel like I need a vitamin pill! Cards are gorgeous, portrait of kids should be framed, and need to go get Christmas up right now!

craftmates said...

What gorgeous cards and lovely photo of the kids.-Irma

Kelly Griglione said...

Wow, you did get a ton done this weekend, way to go! Love them all!

Tara Elias said...

Hoping to get mine done this weekend. Your cards are lovely!

Aunt Min said...

I am enchanted by the Bells and Boughs card--there was an HGTV show on about decorating celebrity homes--one was done in a Tropical Hawaiian theme. This card would have been PERFECT in that home!