Anyway, back to the good stuff ;) Cindy is offering up a recipe challenge, to use a : Flower, Ribbon & Tag on our creations.
I used Flourishes "Christmas Wreath" set colored in with Copics, and cut out with a craft knife, then popped up on popdots. I added some Diamond Glaze to the larger berries, oranges and ribbon, to give it that color depth and interest. I used a Lacy Square Spellbinder and a Spellbinder Impression (I don't remember the name) to create an embossed background on my Neenah Solar White paper. I used a red remnant ribbon and resin flower I colored with a red Copic marker from my stash, then placed it in the middle of the bow. I kept my ribbon long so I can use it to tie around a gift and use it as a tag card (it's flips open to a card).
I am pretty happy with how the wreath turned out. I colored it all in with the few Copics I have. I don't have too many Copics, and I used just over half of what I own on my wreath. I think I did pretty good with what I have to make it work. I am not happy with the oranges, though. I must have colored and re-colored over those poor things atleast 50 times, trying to get a nice deep orange or something close to an orange. I used the "Skin Tone" Copics and that can be hard to achieve if that's the only "oranges" you have access to! Then I decided to add Diamond Glaze, figuring, it couldn't hurt. I think it actually helped deepen it all a little.
A little different subject, here. Did you do any Black Friday shopping? I placed only two online orders, one to Flourishes and one to Our Daily Bread Stamps. I had been saving for Black Friday for a while, but admittedly every sale was lack luster to me, so I kept with the companies I loved.
While here on Thanksgiving and staying the night, Mom (MIL) kept talking about us (her & I) shopping at 2 AM! I have never been BF shopping before so I said I would go (I was secretly worried about how crazy it could get). We hit Target at 3 AM, which was deserted, and found two pairs of shoes for each of us for dirt cheap. Then we hit up JCPenny, and surprisingly it wasn't as crazy as I have heard it could be, the only stress was the long lines. I ended up finding jeans and a sweater for me and some clothes for our girls. I didn't spend hardly anything (YAY!) and I promised Mom we'd do it again next year. She's the shopper, I'd rather be scrapbooking then go clothes shopping - I don't find clothes that important as a new stamp set ;) But it makes Mom happy and that makes me happy that she's happy :)