Sparkle is the New Black!

IMG_1047-wmIt’s the very last day of 2014, and all week long, I’ve been hearing about how absolutely AWESOME 2014 was for everyone! While I am truly happy for the people that have been sprinkled with blessings this past year, I know that 2014 was a difficult year for me. Maybe it was for you too. It was a year that brought us a lot of snow – -not the wonderful happy snow that makes you want to catch it with your tongue, but the kind of snow that feels like a big, wet, sloppy snowball right in the face. Yuck!

But 2015 is right around the corner, and with it, the promise of a fresh new beginning! Maybe you’ve had to shovel a lot of snow in 2014, the big, slushy heavy stuff that never wants to melt, but 2015 is going to be something wonderful for all of us! It will be a brand new snowflake, fresh and shiny, and sparkly. It will float down from the sky like a little glimmer of light and land right in the palm of your hand.

Make that sparkle your own. Make every day shiny and sparkly and fresh. That is my wish for you, me, and each one of us, that 2015 will be our year to sparkle.

Live your life in color.

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Holiday Thanks!

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Hi friends! I’m over on the Poppystamps Blog today with this easy inlay Holiday Thanks card! See how it turned out over at http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps

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Happy Holidays!

IMG_1073-wmHappy Holidays! Have a wonderful Christmas season and a New Year filled with love and glitter!

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Merry Christmas!

IMG_1075-wmFrom our family here at Crimson owl Creations to yours, Merry Christmas!

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Tree Farm

Remember those days when you would get in the car with your family and drive to the tree farm or tree lot on the edge of town and pick up your Christmas tree? We always chose a pretty blue spruce, and the man at the tree farm would bundle it with a long piece of twine. I wanted to capture a little community getting ready for Christmas, and heading off to the tree farm!

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It seems Christmas arrives earlier and earlier every year, which means everyone is ready to pack up the ornaments and turn the tree to mulch as quickly as possible. But this year, we’re going to try to enjoy the spirit of Christmas as long as we can! I wish you and your family will have that chance too!

Live your life in color!

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Winter Ornament

IMG_0986-wmChristmas week is here! What an exciting time! Today’s card looks very similar to yesterday’s card, and I did that for a reason. I wanted to share with you all a tip that every busy holiday cardmaker knows: creating an entire new card and look can be as easy as simply changing one or two elements. Take another look at Winter Weekend.IMG_0985-wm

 

The backgrounds are the same: Luxe Background from Poppystamps, one in blue and one in teal. The trees are slightly different: Crafty Tree Background and Twirly Whirly Tree in one, and Winterland Tree and Background in the other. Both have a cute holly and berries embellishment in the corner. But then we have the adorable Woodland Fawn and the Giovanna Snowflake in one, and the Viviro Ornament and Pine Sprigs in the other. We have two very different cards with two different looks.

When I create cards, I sometimes do as many as five or six all at the same time! That’s becoming a lot harder now since we have a new feline kitty addition to our home! I’ll make all the bases at the same time, then cut backgrounds, then start cutting main elements. Sometimes, I’ll pull out all the dies I’m going to use and make a big pile, then just go right down the stack until all my cuts are made. But honestly, you have to be pretty organized to keep them all straight! However, with all six laid out in front of me, it’s easy to see what I’m missing – -until a kitty comes up to supervise or assist! Every single one of them LOVES to lay right on top of my projects!

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More often than not, though, I have complicated cards with many tiny inlays or pieces that I have to assemble with a craft tweezers. Then I work with scrap paper envelopes or small cardboard box trays that I use to collect all the pieces in. Sometimes, I may not even know what the final design will beĀ  — only a background or a main idea, so I might start a project, and then return to it later, sometimes thinking about the components for days, trying to get the best color combination or perspective. Sometimes I scrap the entire project and start over!

No matter how and why and where and when you design cards, a fresh new crafting year is right around the corner! It’s a wonderful time to try new techniques, new color combinations, and new challenges! Crimson Owl Creations will be trying new things for 2015 too! Join us for blog candy giveaways, featured guest designers, designer “tips” and “secrets,” and more guest appearances from my feline assistants!

Have a wonderful 2014 wrap up, and live your life in color!

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Winter Weekend

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It’s our last weekend before Christmas, when all the wonders of winter seem fresh and magical! It’s a weekend filled with walks in the snow, ice skating, looking at the Christmas lights around town, maybe a winter snowman if fresh flakes are on the way! Last minute shopping and wrapping, the smell of gingerbread and cookies in the air, the sound of a husband watching the first college bowl games. It is a special time, before the gifts must be exchanged, the messes must be cleaned up, the snows get too deep, and the winter gets too cold. Enjoy this weekend while you can!

Live your life in color!

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