Saturday, December 25, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Card.

Merry Christmas!!!  I hope that Santa brought you lots of good things!!!  My son, 8, got me 3 crafting magazines, and I was soo excited!   

Anyway, here's my newest card project for SVGCuts. 

For more info, see SVGCuts blog - click here.

Who's eating turkey tonight? 
Who's going Boxing Day shopping tomorrow? (I guess that's only in Canada?) 
What did everyone get? 
Tell me about your Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!!!!

Just a quick post to show you the inside of my Christmas card.

Our letter was made into a "mad lib" style where the readers can fill in the blanks.  These pages all fold up into a nice 4X4 card and I had a ribbon around it to hold it together.  This is what my husband wrote about me summing up my year: (the blanks on the card are bold brackets here)

"Despite my lackluster efforts, Thienly will still not join PA (paper-craftaholics anonymous).  She has collected an arsenal of equipment, started her “mod paperie” blog, and there are even (scary creatures)who pay her to do crafting by giving her stuff to support her habit. Admittedly, the (same scary creatures) are very nice.  And I can't complain about having more time to do whatever I want - it keeps her very busy.  She took a break from her crafting the other day to tell me that her braces should be out before Christmas, then she went back to her craft-seeking behaviour."


I made some with "extra love" and sent out these to my close family and friends.

Another quick card that I made from the Christmas Village SVG Collection from SVGCuts:

Anyway, Merry Christmas!!!! 

Will defnitely be posting up more things again in the New Year!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas cards 2010 - the first batch is out!

I've been working on our Christmas cards like mad in the recent weeks and I've neglected my blog in the meantime.  I will be posting up more pics, but here's what the first batch looks like.

The inside of the card will be posted up later. 

I also made some foam gingerbread houses with the kids yesterday and here's the completed project.  Considering it was me with 3 kids, 8,3, and 1, I think that it turned out darn cute!

In the meantime, don't forget about SVGCuts live show tonight at 8PM Central time.  They are giving away Cricut Expression, SCAL and gift certificates!  And - Mary is going to be showing us her Christmas crafting with us!  So excited.  Hope that you can all join us!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's day 4 of the giveaway - 7 winners!!!

Just a reminder...  make sure that you enter for this giveaway.  It's day 4 of the 12 days and the prizes keep on getting better and better...

It's not just giveaway - they are doing a video showing projects made from SVGCuts files, so go check it out and get inspired!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Elegant Holiday Ornaments.

I've created some cute ornaments for my tree from SVGCuts files and wanted to share with you all. 

Ribbon Strip Ornaments

The strips that I used are from Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection

and used strips 3 and 6.  I cut 4 strips in bronze and 4 strips in silver at 9.89" wide.  Then, one at a time, I glued the ribbon strips at the middle to another strip in the middle. Start by 4 of the same colors, and glue them together to look like an 8-sided star. Then, take the other color strips and glue them again at the middle on top of the original star so that it fills the gaps. In the end, it should be a 16-sided star.

With the inside of the ornament facing you, take the very bottom strip, bring both sides up and glue them at the top. Keep gluing the layers from the bottom until all joined at the top. You MUST glue in the this order - otherwise, your ornament will have bulges on some of the strips. Attach a ribbon at the top.

Suspended Star Ornaments


This file is from Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection

and used only one file - the orn_sil.svg (cut 3), orn_sm_star.svg (cut 2), orn_lg_star.svg (cut 2) and orn_frame.svg (cut 3) was all cut at 3" wide. After cutting all the pieces, attach a string on one of the frames at the top and bottom, in such way that the string is suspended between the frame. Attach the stars (back to back) on the string. Also glue another ribbon at the top of the ornament for hanging. Apply glue to the edge of the ornament frame (same idea like my tree) and attach to other 2 frames, and lastly, glue the 2 open frame end together - this creates dimension.
The bigger ornament was cut at 3.5" wide.

Design Tips

* Before you start, think about what style you are trying to achieve. Is your house modern? Contemporary? Country? Traditional? Victorian?
* Once you have determined the style - pick out colors that would fit your tree/house decor, and patterned paper to match the look.
* The ribbon strips - as long as the strips are narrow, there's quite the variety in Mary's collections. Get creative - each ribbon strips/borders give different look.
* In the Suspended Ornament, don't limit to using a star - it could be a snowflake, a holly, a heart... anything goes!
* If you are going after the traditional/country/Victorian style - inking the edges will add to the effect.
* I used Scotch 3M Quick-Dry Adhesive to glue the layers, used heat glue gun to attach ribbon to the ornaments.

The simplicity of this makes it very achievable to make many for your tree. You can also hang these from the ceiling, the windows or use them to decorate the table. The best thing about this is that if you decide to change the color or the style next year, it's easily accomplished by making them again!

While you are here, make sure that you haven't forgot to enter for the awesome giveaway on the SVGCuts blog.  This is what they are giving away today:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

How are all my friends doing???

It's been a little while - I've been immersed in my own world of my annual Christmas card making...  If you've seen my Christmas in July series, you'll know what I mean...  This year, I think that I'm making about 130 cards (half of them goes to my husband's employees).  There was no way that I was going to be doing anything elaborate like the years before - I'm still unpacking from my move, and somehow, with my 3 year going to school, there seems to be more days booked up than ever before.  Then, there's my girl - who I think is the most boyish out of my kids (other two are boys) and I constantly have to watch what she's doing - she's fearless, and if she decides that it is what she wants, she'll go for it - whether to climb up on the high chair to get to the kitchen counter, or she'll bring a chair, climb on it, and flop herself into her crib.  (and she's only one)  I will post them when they are done, but I depended quite a bit on my computer printer to do most of my job.  However, it still takes a long time when you are making that many...

We decorated our Christmas tree last weekend, and if you have seen my Very Merry Miniature Christmas tree, the color theme is the same - silver, bronze, pink and aqua blue.  I love how it looks and brightens me up every morning.

My exciting news of the day was that I finally got my braces out.  After a year and a half of them being in my mouth, after it was taken off, I seriously felt like my mouth was missing something.  It felt naked.  It felt so smooth.  Every part of my lips were touching my teeth.  Strange sensation I just wasn't used to.  Anyway, I am excited, and it couldn't have come at a better time - all the delicious holiday dinners I'll be having in the next few weeks! 

In my down time, I decided to explore what papers I have lying around, and came across Imaginisce Sweet Cheri line and created two cards with it. It's not really the style that I normally do, but I tried to keep it consistent with the paper look.


Anyway, hope you're all doing well!

Oh, one more thing - SVGCuts is having 12 days of Christmas giveaway!  It's the second day and amazing prizes are to be won.  All you have to do is to follow what it says in the requirements section (like subscribing to a newsletter, or becoming a fan on Facebook, etc) and leave a comment on their blog.  For more details, click here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

You've got to take a look. My excitement for today! Great news for SCAL users!

I'm sure in the past, you've heard me talking about The Lettering Delights.  (Now, before I go on, I must again apologize to Leo and Mary for my post, but in the long run, the more SCAL users there are, that's a good thing, right?)  This site made the cutest graphics and dingbats for digital scrapbooking and crafts.  AND NOW, just TODAY, they announced that they are going to be making SVG files!  If you go to their site and go to SVGs, you can get two free collection for the limited time!

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How cute are these files! and they're FREE!!!  They have some other collections and they range between $3 to $6. 

If you don't have SCAL, that is one more reason that you should really be investing in this amazing software.  You can get SCAL at Pumpkin Cart Crafts the cheapest at $20 off regular price.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My 2 simple cards and a nice surprise!

Just some more quick cards I did - with my favorite stamps :)

I'm busy plugging away at our annual Azim household Christmas cards at this moment, so no fun projects to share right now...

Now, my nice surprise for today came from a good friend, Bee (Bee's Hive O'Drama), who I "met" through blogging and SVGCuts.  She's a lot of fun, her posts are hilarious and she is one of the nicest person you'll meet, ever!  She's encouraged me through the past few months with her comments and laughs, and I'm so grateful that I know her.  This stocking card she made is a file she made herself through Inkscape!  WOW!  What a fun little stocking!  What's more - she also sent me a gift card to use at Pumpkin Cart Crafts. This is the store owned by Leo and Mary from SVGCuts, and you can buy beautiful American Crafts cardstock and pretty DCWV cardstock that Mary uses for her projects!  Oh, I'm so excited!  Thank you!!!  Now, isn't she just thoughtful?  Go check out her site if you haven't yet!


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