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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Making christmas holly berries/ Puppies/ and a JOB!!

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Hi all, First i want to thank you all so very much for your thoughts and prayers, Dave has a job!! we are all really excited for him and thank God for answering so many prayers. He is working with the traffic control and is really enjoying the fact he gets to do something different each day, is out in the fresh air and sunshine and so far has met some really great blokes who just want to work. He just finished all the courses you need for this kind of work a week or so ago and this means he will get half the money back for the 4 courses and his shoes and pants paid for. We also had a generous offer form the school principal to pay our fees if Dave hadn't found work, God is so good. We have been reading the book "It's your time" by Joel Osteen and have found this so encouraging when pushing through doubtful thoughts. He really felt God had something for him this week and he had 3 phone calls from employees on the one day wanting him to work. God works in amazing ways and at a time that He knows is best. This whole experience has shown me also that we are not in control, God is. So thank you all again for all your support you have sent our way in emails prayers and thoughts i can really say they were felt and appreciated! :)
So now to the card. My aim was to make a Christmas card using the least Christmas type supplies eg stamps, punches and colours. Lets face it we only use those Christmas supplies once a year! so for that very reason I try not to buy too many Christmas supplies. So the colours for my card (from Stampin up) are Peach Parfait for the base with So Saffron and Old Olive borders. Inks used were Peach Parfait, Old Olive and Black. Stamps were the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral and sincere salutations punched with the scallop oval. The flower was made by Chat, from "Me my stamps and I" you can pop over to her blog and check out how she did these gorgeous flowers with the Fancy Flower punch. Ok so whats left is to show you is how i made the Holly berries .... and Christmas accents.

Using the 2 step bird punch from Stampin up I punch just the branch and trimmed away parts of the leaves so I was left with a bare branch look. Using a regular hole punch, punch 5 circles and glue to the branches. Cover the berries with a small amount of crystal effects and dip in some red glitter. last squirt a large blob of the crystal effects on each berry and let stand to dry. You can then use these in your flower sprays along with the holly leaf punch from Martha Stuart.


This is the glitter I used to create my fury tinsel border. Please don't ask where I got it ...it was ages ago but i would appreciate if anyone knows where i could get some more and maybe in different colours and shapes (small circles). I ran a generous line of tombo glue along the border and covered it with the glitter.... cute hey! :)


So i hope you have enjoyed this idea and can use it in your Christmas card making. For now Ive added some pics of those gorgeous puppies at 4 weeks old then sit back and enjoy the video.
Blessings to you
and a last thought

You are controlled by your
new nature if you have the
spirit of God living in you.
Romans 8:9



see more pics of the puppies here



17 comments:

Ingrid Vogels said...

thank you for the explenation on this card.
and those puppies are so cute!!!!

Georgei said...

thank for showing your card like always it is very pretty

the little puppy are so cute
and glad that hubby go a new job

Sheila - Ginger said...

Hi Valita...first let me congratulate your hubby for getting a job, that's wonderful news for both of you. Secondly your card is gorgeous and thank you for the tutorial and thirdly thank you so much for sharing your dlightfully cute puppies with us. Can't wait to show my daughter them when she comes home....she will be thrilled to bits as she has asked every day if you have put any more photos of them up.
God Bless.
Love Sheila - UK xx

Barbara said...

Thanks for the video. I visit you often and love all your projects.

Whimcees said...

Hello!

God is good! :<) I am so happy for you and your family Valita! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers as your life comes back to normal.

I love your card and another great video!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your hubby on his new job.
Lorna
x

LadyPenelope said...

i agree the puppies are gorgeous !!! Martha Stewart does a whole box ( maybe 15 or so pots ) of glitter like your tinselly one. From memory a bright-neony type colour range and a more normal colour one . They are yummy !!!

Linda w said...

Beautiful card. and I am so glad your dh got a new job. The glitter shards are used in paper making as an additive to the paper pulp. Here is a link to them. The fist link is from Dick Blick, a large supplier of art supplies. The second link is from Arnold Grummer, the absolute king of making paper.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/arnold-grummers-metallic-dusts-and-sprinkles/

http://www.arnoldgrummer.com/product/paperMaking/listing.cfm?prod_cat_id=2&prod_sc_id=12

stamp on...

Linda w said...

Beautiful. I am also thrilled that your dh found a new job.

Here are 2 links to the shards of glitter you are looking for. These shards are used as an additive in making handmade paper. The first link is Dick Blick, a very large art supplier. the second link to Arnold Grummer, the absolute king of making paper.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/arnold-grummers-metallic-dusts-and-sprinkles/

http://www.arnoldgrummer.com/product/paperMaking/listing.cfm?prod_cat_id=2&prod_sc_id=12

stamp on...

Rosie said...

Gorgeous card! I love the idea for making the berries! I'll have to give it a try. I bought a whole set of Tinsel Glitter made by Martha Stewart in various colors from Micheals. Hope that helps! Hugs, Rosemary

valita said...

thank you LadyPenelope I ordered some today :)

Monica-FC said...

love how yuou showed how to do and make the berries and how easy it is to glitter them up. I will have to try this out on my christmas cvards. thank you. congrats on your hubby getting a job and love seeing the puppies.

Cherie said...

Valita, Congrats on your hubby getting a job! God is great! Your card is gorgeous and I love how you made the berries. Thanks so much for sharing that technique!

MariLynn said...

Praise God for you husband's job. I am so thankful! I love how your holly berries look. Thanks for sharing how you made them.

Bev said...

your card is stunning as always Valita...I am so glad things are on the up and up for you guys, I know exactly the type of stress you must have been under..looking towards 2011!

Kim Score said...

another great idea! you must have been storing them up for a while....

Jane Starr said...

I'm not sure which is cuter...the card or the puppies!