Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I ♥ ♥ ♥ Stay-cation!

On a two week break from work for the holidays and I must say this is a GREAT Stay-cation for me... First road trip last week to IKEA in Charlotte to pick up my Alex units for my craft room that DH bought me for Christmas . . .  then yesterday was our second road trip. . .

In the past I took classes from a card maker Daphne. She taught at a store I shopped at. I took two of her classes and learned so much in each one. Daphne taught classes for cards/projects that used more than one technique or products. She never limited her classes to one theme or maybe one colour combination -- when you left class you not only left with all different cards but how-to knowledge with tips and how-to's and a detailed instruction sheet for that card/project. Many of the techniques I learned from Daphne I have used on other cards/projects of mine with success.

Daphne decided she was moving away so no more classes for me. . . until.... I was told after she had moved away that she had moved to Matthews, NC and was opening her own stamping/scrapbooking store. It took me awhile to find her but find her I did and yesterday I went to her new store --- so happy me!

Daphne's store is:  Paper Crafters Muse and it is located at: 1905 Rice Road Ext Matthews, NC

DH was more than happy to make another road trip so off we went yesterday --- We had planned this trip on Monday and after doing some checking I found that Paper Crafters Muse was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I was just happy to come across Daphne and her new store. I found her email and emailed her that I knew she was closed these two days but if she had a class list could she email it to me? Much to my surprise Daphne emailed me and said she was holding a class for kids yesterday so she would be at the store anyways so I was welcome to stop in if I wanted. YAY! Trip planned and off we went. . .

Daphne's store is all I thought it would be -- well organized, her displays are wonderful, product variety is great. She has shadow boxes she has done hanging up and the details and mixed media she has used on those! Plus she also has cards, projects, scrapbook pages hung near the products she has used. It is great inspiration when you want to buy a new product to actually see a card or project this new product was used on. She also has boards with upcoming card/project classes with the cards on them so you can see what you will be learning and making in each class.

Here is a photo of the items I bought yesterday at her store:

Lucky me -- Daphne had her holiday products on sale --- from Halloween to Thanksgiving and now Christmas -- I am showing this photo to show some of the MANY products she carries -- MFT, Lawn Fawn, Tim Holtz, Sizzix, Impression Obsessions, Elizabeth Craft, Penny Black, Jillian, Carta Bella embossing folders, etc. She carries inks, ribbons, bling, washi tapes, markers, Copics, stencils, dies, stamps, and the list goes on and on.

The one thing I appreciate as a card maker is how her products are laid out. Daphne has taken the time to keep you inspired -- IE -- all her embossing folders are not just in one location -- she has them scattered around the store with dies and stamps with cards/projects hanging so you can see how you would use an embossing folder with a die or a stamp or such. Same with manufacturers or themes -- she has snowmen dies or stamps with Christmas but also with winter themes, etc.. Well planned throughout the store. But Daphne also carries non seasonal stamps and card stocks so you can get whatever you are looking for at her shop, anytime of the year. She carries whimsical stamps, floral stamps, and many other kinds you may be looking for. GREAT find for us card makers, journal keepers, (esp the new planners out there to fill in), as well as scrapbookers.

With smaller stores tho always comes larger prices -- but at Daphne's store that is not the case. Her prices are great, her variety of manufacturers is wonderful, and her inspiration is even better!! Happy me to find Daphne and her store --- great news too?? She is 15 miles from IKEA!!!  WOO HOO!!!

I left her store with not only great items at great prices but print outs for me and my friend for her upcoming classes so we can plan our trips for her classes. WELL worth the trip to her store to shop and for her great classes -- looking forward to continued classes with Daphne and her staff.

A BIG thank you to Daphne for allowing us to shop yesterday as well. Am SOOOO happy I was able to visit her store and look forward to many trips for classes and shopping.... Already told DH I would like a gift certificate from Daphne's store  for my birthday -- haha.... If you are in the area or maybe making a trip to IKEA drive the extra 15 miles to Daphne's store -- IT WON'T DISAPPOINT!! :0)


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sideway Slipper Shuffle . . .

Well Alex has arrived but is empty --- DH gave me two Alex units from IKEA for Christmas and he put them together and today I moved them into the craft room. . . Of course now I am having to do the Sideway Slipper Shuffle until I can load Alex up but for now ---

Parked the new Alex units next to the one I had bought last year. . . have organized them in my head only about 20 times but love all the drawers and that I can put more stuff on the top of them -- :0)

Hoping to be able to walk anywhere in the craft room tomorrow but for tonight it is the Sideway Slipper Shuffle for me. . . .  TFL and YOLO

(Keeping the people of Texas and others in the path of the winter storm in thoughts and prayers -- if you should be traveling be safe).

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Misc stuffs

Had to wait to post this until my friend opened her gift -- the new craft mat by Ken Oliver -- I made the Snowman Nuggets for that card making friend. Used a glove from the dollar store for the snowman hat and used a glue dot to add a pom pom to the hat. The snowman face stamp is from -- Pam M sells a small face (which is what I used on this) and a larger snowman face stamp. I bought both sizes and have used both of these stamps quite often. For the second photo you will see sparkly ribbon that is wrapped around the last nugget piece. I wanted to use something that would be sparkly like snow and I found this ribbon at Mikes on sale. Then I also made her two other nugget treat holders:

The nugget holder on the left has nugget with nuts candies and the Santa buckle nugget holder on the right has solid chocolate nuggets in that.

This photo:

Used the pattern from "dawn5377" on Youtube for this holder. Really quick to put together and great use of scrap prints or small pieces of printed card stock. For this holder I wanted to use the Bow Builder punch and make a bow from glittered card stock. Have seen people use the Bow Builder punch and glue dots to put their bows together. But you have to be careful not to have your glue dots in the same location on each bow piece or your center will be quite thick.

Since the gold glittered card stock is already thick I decided to use red stick tape to keep my bow pieces together. I cut off a small strip of the red sticky tape and snipped off little pieces from that as I put all the pieces together. This tape works well with the glittered card stock and it also kept the thickness to a minimum where the adhesive is -- here is a closer photo of that:

The red tape keeps the center bow piece flatter than the glue dots so it is not so bulky. Since I have used the red sticky tape on this bow I will probably use it on my other bows as well.

Not enough rushing around for me.... then DH, at the LAST minute, wanted a small holder for a key chain he bought his daughter for Christmas. Using this same treat holder pattern I made this holder:

Just altered my pattern so the treat holder is 2 inches longer than the nugget holder. Used double sided card stock for the dots and then the other side of that I made the bow with. Added a red crystal to the center and that was done.

Then onto baking and cooking for me -- Eggnog Pound Cake, Pecan pie, Sticky buns using dinner biscuts --- busy, busy.... but things are settling down and now the Elf season is over... now to clean up all the red and green in the craft room...  if only I could walk in there.......  haha   TFL and YOLO

Holiday Cards Mailman

Hoping all had a nice holiday and enjoyed their friends and family. Here are photos of cards I received this holiday season from other card makers --- always nice to get these cards:

This card is from Lynda P and her blog is: The card is a white card base that has been embossing with a glitter pen added to that. Then gold foil ornaments and "believe" phrase. White pearls were added to the card front. Hard to photograph the gold foil but very shiny IRL.

This next card:

This card is from Dawn Olchefske -- the gal I order my Stampin Up products from. Embossed white front with printed velum in a light blue cut out for the card front. The silver on the vellum and the silver snowflake have sparkle and shimmer IRL.

This next card is from Mary H:

Mary works her magic with her Copics on all her cards and her use of dies is always a nice touch. Here is her blog:

Another card that the photograph did not capture the sparkle and shine of the gold tape across the card front. This is from Donna S and her Close To My Heart page is: For this card she used a cream card base and the banner greeting is from the Close To My Heart stamp set "Believe in Christmas". Nice layering on the card front.

This last card is from Brenda Cook ---

Brenda taught a card making class I took with her and her friend, Jane, back in October. They are both excellent teachers and both have great ideas. Love the colours on this card -- a kraft colour card stock with the red. Snowflake was punched out on the kraft coloured card stock with the red dotted piece behind it. Really like the frame stamp she used on that piece as well. Her blog is: Brenda has had serious health issues of late and I was so happy to receive a holiday card from her. Sending best wishes to her healthwise.

All cards are great--special each one since they all are made from card makers that love their craft. Also nice to receive these handmade cards as a piece of each card maker is delivered with their cards. Happy me to be on all their mailing lists for holiday cards. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

3 Nugget Holders

*** These Nugget Holders were chosen as Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast Stampers and I emailed Dawn to let her know her project was chosen and to thank her for the pattern and video for these holders ***

Had watched a video on Youtube from "dawn5377" for these nugget treat holders. Go to Youtube and in the search bar type in:   dawn5377 candy holder   and this video will come up --  Candy Holder Featuring Scallop Tag Topper Punch. This holder also uses a bow made with the Bow Builder Punch. Here is a photo to show this holder does hold 3 chocolate nugget candies by Hersheys:

For my green holder I positioned the bow above the printed card stock. For the cream holder I positioned the bow even with the top of the printed card stock. Thinking I like the bow higher on the holder.

This holder not only is super easy to put together but it uses up small pieces of printed card stocks as well as scraps of solid card stocks for the bows. Just added a red crystal to the center of the bow and these holders are done. Thanks to Dawn for sharing her pattern for another nugget candy holder just in time for Christmas.  TFL and YOLO

Road Trip . . .

First day of holiday break from work and DH wanted to head out on a road trip... stopping here and there for his auto parts and such and ending our trip at IKEA in Charlotte. Happy me that DH bought me two Alex units for my craft room for Christmas. YAY!

On our way we made a few stops for him and while in the area we stopped at Enchanted Cottage in Lewisville, NC. Don't often go there as it is a long drive but since we were in the area. . . This is a rubber stamp store and they had a sales special that started yesterday -- all their wood mounted stamps -- not just holiday but all wood mounted stamps -- buy one get one free. Happy me to pick up a few of the Northwoods Rubber stamps that I wanted and get a few free was a bonus. I also picked up a holiday die by Elizabeth Craft.

I had received an email from Enchanted Cottage over the weekend about their stamp sale but they also had in this email that they had just replenished their supply of the Ken Oliver craft mats so I picked up one up of those. I have the brown craft mat and with that mat comes the complaints -- it is slippery, slides around on the work table, wrinkles and creases do not go away, it is not heat resistant, and the list goes on and on. . .  but the craft mat by Ken Oliver is heat resistant, (you can emboss ON it), it is wrinkle resistant, does not move on your work surface, and items -- like beads or sequins -- that you put on the mat stay in place. It also cleans up quickly and is far superior to the brown mat. The gal said some people buy two -- one for their crafts and one to put their BigShot or Cuttlebug machines on so the machines do not move. It is reasonably priced and sells out quickly so if you should find one it is a good purchase that you will be glad you bought. YouTube has a few videos on this craft mat and well worth the time to watch them. Glad I was able to pick that up.

Then off to Greensboro and was able to stop at all my favorite stops/stores. We had a late lunch and off to IKEA in Charlotte. I picked up two more sets of the magazine holders for the craft room and matching boxes with lids for craft room storage and DH picked up the Alex units. Happy me that I will have to reorganize the craft room AGAIN --- hahaha -- but I love the Alex units. They are very sturdy and have a nice finish not to mention lots of storage with the drawers. Just wished IKEA was closer to home -- :0)    TFL and YOLO

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Glittered Ornament Card

Card stock base is Pear Pizzazz, red is Real Red, and cream card front is Very Vanilla. For the stamped holly side of the card front I used the Woodcut Holly stamp wheel, that I had unmounted from the wheel, and I used my MISTI to stamp that. Used Pear Pizzazz ink for that. Nice thing about the MISTI is if you should unmount your wheel stamps you do not need to cut your image down to the size of your largest acrylic block. My holly wheel stamp is a bit longer than my longest acrylic block but using the MISTI I was able to stamp my whole image and then trim my stamped piece to the size I needed for the card front.

For the greeting "Merriest Wishes" I used a stamp set from Hero Arts and the Pear Pizzazz ink. Used the MISTI to stamp that next to the holly image. Once that was stamped I used the ATG and put the stamped cream piece onto the red piece and then put those onto the green card stock base.

Used green glittered card stock for the ornament. For the ornament top and the hanger I used gold foil card stock from Hobby Lobby. Put the gold piece onto the ornament top using red sticky tape. For the ornament holder I used the Silverdale Snowflake Duet die set from Memory Box. Put that strip onto the card front using a glue pen:

Added a gold twine bow to the ornament top. Put the ornament onto the card front using pop dots for dimension. For the red berries I added red Stickles for more sparkle and shine to the card front:

Another Christmas card finished! TFL and YOLO

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Another Merry Christmas Presents Card

This is the second card I made using the Presents die from Impression Obsession. I cut it out from red foil card stock from Hobby Lobby and cut it out a second time from their gold foil card stock. This way I could use the small pieces for the ribbon on the presents. The actual die is wider than the card stock piece I used for my card front so I used scissors and snipped off presents from each end to make the die cut piece the size I needed. Then I used scissors and cut off two presents from the gold die cut piece and put them on the red presents die cut piece.

My card stock base is 110# weight white card stock from Mikes, the red foil is Hobby Lobby, and the white card front piece is GP. For the "Merry Christmas" I used a Die-Versions die and put those words on my card front using a glue pen.

Since it is hard to photograph foil card stock here is another photo of this card:

Here is the first card I had made using this presents die without stacking gold presents on it:

For the small bows on the top of the presents I used a small bow punch from Hobby Lobby and put those on the present tops using mini glue dots. TFL and YOLO

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Elf Season Treats

Put together some holiday treat bags for the gals at work and here are some of the items I made for each of their treat bags:

This first photo is a picture of the bags I made up for the Candy Cane Seeds --- just circle peppermint candies. Used a dollar bin candy cane stamp for the front with a bow punch for my green bow. Added a red crystal to the center of the bow. These peppermint candies are inside a bag from the candy making aisle at AC Moore.

This next photo is another popular holiday treat holder -- the snowman:

To begin with these are the Hershey chocolate nugget candies. I used white/GP card stock to wrap each candy -- then a small circle punch and scrap black card stock for the buttons. For the snowman face -- I own both her small and large snowman face stamps -- on this treat holder I used the small snowman face. These are stamps from  Her stamps are reasonably priced and stamp very well. I can not even think of the many times and projects I have used both sizes of her snowman face stamps -- from these treat holders to tags to the center of die cut snowflakes and more. GREAT stamps to add to your "go to" stamp collection. The hats for my snowmen are the finger parts of the gloves found at the dollar store -- I have seen them in the bath section as well as the make up sections of the store. Just used scissors and cut off the finger part of the glove--added it to my stamped snowman face nugget using a glue dot. Add a mini white pom pom to the hat top using a glue dot. These nuggets are in a pretzel bag from the candy making aisle at AC Moore.

Another holiday nugget holder:

Red card stock from Mikes, black card stock is scraps, silver glittered card stock for the belt buckle. Using black card stock I made a tray for the nuggets to be on and tied the pretzel bag they are in with silver twine and added small bells for the season.

The last nugget holder I made used card stocks from Hobby Lobby:

This nugget holder has both the solid chocolate nuggets as well as the nuggets with almonds in it. Used a small holly stamp from the stash and made a decorative tag for the top of the holder. Used gold twine to tie this closed.

Also have other small holders in their treat bags of dark chocolate, peppermint bark, etc treat bags. Hoping they enjoy them today when I give them to them. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Snowy Butterfly Wreath Card

*** This card was chosen as one of the Favorites of the Week on ***

Making Christmas cards and have to make at least one with a wreath -- for this card I used this butterfly punch and for my wreath it took 13 of these butterflies:

To make the wreath I used snowflake card stock from my stash and punched out 13 butterflies --- but this photo only shows 12:

Once the butterflies were punched out I folded them in half and then attached them to each other using a small glue dot -- they naturally make a circle shape. Here is my wreath after I put the butterflies together:

Then on the inside of the butterflies I used Scotch double sided tape to keep the folded butterflies closed and flat.

For my card I used white #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Blue is Hobby Lobby and the snowflake embossed white card front is GP:

"Let It Snow" was cut out using the Cuttlebug and it is a die by Die-Version. Once that was cut out I used the ATG and put the snowflake embossed card front on the blue card stock. Then put these on the card stock base using the ATG.

The "Let It Snow" was put on the bottom of the card using a glue pen and I used the M Stewart snow flake punch for the snowflakes. They are on the card and wreath using glue dots.

Once I had the wreath on the card front (used large glue dots for that) I used the sprig punch from M Stewart and punched out sprigs from silver glittered card stock and also from the solid blue card stock. Put those on the wreath with glue dots. Used a Marvy bow punch and added a silver glittered bow to the center of the sprigs. Used the snowflake punch on white glittered card stock and put those on the bow and the wreath with mini glue dots:

Easy card to put together and you would never know the wreath is butterflies --- TFL and YOLO

Christmas Presents Card

This is another card made with foil card stocks so it is hard to get a good picture. Card stock base is 110# weight white card stock from Mikes. Cut and scored that for the card base. Cut a piece of gold foil card stock from Hobby Lobby for the card front. For the card front I used white/GP.

Used the ATG and put the gold card stock onto the white card stock base. Trimmed my white/GP piece to the size I needed for the card front. For the die cut presents I used a presents die from Impression Obsession. Cut that out in the Cuttlebug from red foil card stock from Hobby Lobby. Then I cut out a second set of presents from gold foil card stock.

For the red presents piece the die is wider than what I needed for my card front so using scissors I cut off two presents so that the die cut piece would fit on my card front. To put this onto the white card stock I used double sided tape from Scotch and used scissors to trim the tape to fit behind my presents. Once all the tape pieces were on the back of the die cut presents I put this onto the white card stock. Used the die cut strips from the gold die cut piece I had cut to look like ribbon on my presents. Wanted to add gold foil at top of my presents so I used the small bow punch from Hobby Lobby and punched out bows from scrap gold foil card stock:

For the "Merry Christmas" I used the Die-Versions die and the Cuttlebug and cut that out of red foil card stock. Used a glue pen to put that on the card front. Using the ATG I put this presents piece onto the card base. Easy card to put together and once again the camera does not do the foil pieces just as this is a very shiny card in person. TFL and YOLO

Christmas Sparkle Card

This post is for a card that was hard to photograph due to the foil card stock I used but hoping the photos I took will show the sparkle and shine this card has in person --- the camera certainly did not capture that:

The card stock base is white #110 weight card stock from Mikes. I used silver foil card stock from Hobby Lobby for the front of the card. The stamped white card stock is GP.

To make this card I cut and scored the white card stock base. Then cut the silver foil piece for the card front and put that onto the card base. For the stamped piece I stamped a scalloped stamp upside down using silver Encore ink across the white/GP card front piece. Then used a small ornament punch and punched out different foil card stocks for those -- this photo shows the foil colours I used:

Once the ornaments were punched out I cut small pieces of Scotch double sided tape to put the ornaments on the card. I did not want to use glue dots as sometimes foil card stocks show the glue dot shapes. Once all the ornaments were beneath the stamped scallop I then used this very small punch from Hobby Lobby:

I used silver glittered card stock for my bows and I put the bows on the ornament tops using mini glue dots. For the greeting "Merry Christmas" I used a Die-Versions die in the Cuttlebug and cut that out using silver foiled card stock. Here is another photo of this card:

Very easy card to do and had seen cards made using scalloped stamps for ornament hangers before so thanks to whoever thought up this idea as it is a cute way to use a scalloped stamp. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holly Christmas Card

Cut and scored the Crumb Cake card stock base. Cut the red card front to the size needed. Put the red card front onto the card stock base using the ATG. Set these aside.

For the front of the card I used beige card stock from Mike's. Cut that slightly larger than what I needed. Using Crumb Cake ink I inked up the Fine Lace background stamp. Put the beige card stock on top of the background stamp and ran a brayer over that to transfer the ink from the stamp to the card stock. Once that was done I trimmed this stamped piece to the size I needed for the card front. Using Crumb Cake ink I sponged the edges of my stamped piece. Using the ATG I put this stamped piece onto the card stock base. Set it aside.

For the Holly/berry piece I used the Holly Branch with bow die and cut out scrap green and scrap red card stocks. Sponged all the edges and then layered my pieces together using a glue pen to adhere the layers. Once that was done I then spritzed this piece with gold shimmer mist to give it some dimension. Here is a photo to show the shimmer:

The "Merry Christmas" greeting is a die from Die-Versions. Their word dies always cut cleanly and all the cut pieces fall away from your die cut piece without having to "poke" pieces out. Also this die is one piece but the two words are not connected so you can put them above each other or next to each other or anyway you would like. Again I used red card stock to cut that out.

Once the shimmer mist was dried I put the holly/berries piece onto the card front and then using a glue pen I put the "Merry Christmas" at an angle at the bottom front of the card. Easy card to put together. Just be sure if you should use a background stamp on your card fronts to check for a pattern direction as some of the background stamps do have right side up/upside down patterns. TFL and YOLO.

Snow Friends Card

 ***   This card was chosen as a Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast Stampers ***

Black card stock base is Mikes 110# weight card stock. The solid blue and the snowflake printed card stocks are from Hobby Lobby.

Cut and scored the black card stock base. Cut the solid blue and snowflake card stocks for the card front. Put these all together using the ATG.

Used a snowman stamp by Stampendous. Stamped him with black Memento ink. Used coloured pencils to colour him. Used an oval die set to cut out the snowman and the blue oval behind him. Used a glue pen and added glitter for snow on the ground and his mitten tops. Used M Stewart snowflake punches for the glittered snowflakes. Added red Stickles to the holly berry on his hat:

Tag punch used for the greeting "My friends are all flakes" and that is a stamp from:  -- she has great stamps and great prices so give her a visit.

Used the ATG and put the ovals on my card front. Added a black checked bow to finish off this card. TFL and YOLO

Silver Shimmer Card

Will say here this year I am making all different holiday cards and no duplicates. This not only has me using all different supplies and such but I can personalize cards to the recipient. This card is about
as far "out of the box" for a Christmas card but it works for one of my recipients who is young and artistic -- here is the card:

Light blue card stock base, beige from Mikes, white is GP. Washi tape across the front is Mikes on sale this week for 50% -- :0)

Cut and scored the light blue card stock base. Cut the beige card stock to the size needed for the card front. Using my MISTI I stamped grunge stamps on the white/GP using Encore silver metallic ink. Cut a piece of washi tape ripping it on the on end. Put the tape across the stamped white/GP piece. Stamped the greeting in the lover left corner, again using the silver ink.

Punched out a foil treat and a second tree from silver glittered card stock. Put pop dots behind the glittered tree. Used the ATG and put the beige card stock onto the blue card base. Then put the stamped piece on the card front. Put the trees onto the card front. Used a snowflake border punch from M Stewart I added a couple of small snowflakes to the card front using a glue pen:

The above photo shows the shimmer on the tree and the shimmer from the silver metallic ink. TFL and YOLO

Grand Merry Card

White card stock base is Mikes 110# weight white card stock. Used a flower embossing folder for the bottom half of the red piece for the card front. Used the Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas die for this card. Poinsettia, white sprigs, and green holly leaves are all punches from M Stewart.

Once I had the poinsettia, sprig, and holly leaves put together using glue dots I spritzed it with Pearls shimmer mist:

The shimmer mist adds a little sparkle to this very quick and easy card for the holiday. TFL and YOLO

Snowflake Family Card

Card stock base is aqua. Cut and scored that and set it aside. Cut a piece of white/GP card stock and embossed it in the Cuttlebug using a snowflake embossing folder. (As usual I emboss two pieces of card stock at a time for a softer embossed piece and this also keeps the card stock from having tears on it from an embossing folder that embosses too deeply.)

Once the white/GP was embossed I trimmed that piece to the size I wanted for the card front. Then used the ATG and put that onto the card stock base. Using the Stitched Rectangle Stax dies from MFT I cut out a piece of aqua card stock. Using a stamp from Great Impressions I stamped the snowmen stamp onto white/GP card stock using Memento black ink. Cut that out using another rectangle die from the MFT set. Used markers to colour the snowflake family. Used the ATG and put this piece onto the aqua rectangle. Using pop dots I put these onto the card front.

Using a glue pen I added M Stewart glitter to the hats and snow on the ground. Used white glittered card stock and M Stewart snowflake punches for the snowflakes. Put those onto the card front using glue dots.

"A Merry Little Wish" was stamped with black ink and cut out with a banner die. Added crystals to the banner piece and put that on the card front using glue dots. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Greetings Card

Card on brown card stock base, print is American Crafts (AC Moore), red is Mikes. The greeting stamp is from Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Christmas which arrived at my house yesterday via Santa Mailman. . . .

Cut and scored the brown card stock base. Cut the front print piece. Set these aside. Stamped the greetings stamp onto white/GP card stock and used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut that out and the red piece behind it.

Used the ATG and put the printed card stock on the card front. Then put the greeting piece onto the red piece. Used the ATG and put these onto the card front at a slight angle. Used a M Stewart snowflake punch and punched out snowflakes from white glittered card stock. Used a glue dot and put the snowflakes on the card front and one in the center of "Joy" on the stamped greeting piece.

For Rudolph -- here is the die this little guy is from;

Holiday Cocoa from Cottage Cutz. Cut Rudolph out of scraps and put him at the bottom of the greeting piece using a glue dot -- here is a closer photo of him:

Added a small red bow at the top of the greeting piece and this card is done. TFL and YOLO

Triangle Patchwork Tree Card

Here is another of the Christmas cards I have been working on. This year I am not making any duplicate cards so this is another card that was inspired by another crafter --- Sandy at Thanks to Sandy for sharing her tree idea.

To begin with card stock base is green, red from Mikes for the card front. Cut and scored the green base and then cut the red piece to the size I needed. For the front of the card I used cream card stock and I began with a piece that was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

To make the triangles I used my triangle punch:

I punched out three green triangles and six printed card stock triangles. For the base of the tree I used a scrap piece of brown card stock. To assemble this patchwork pieced tree I started at the bottom -- but to be sure my tree was straight I used a ruler and made a light pencil line across the cream card front piece:

The above photo shows the bottom middle printed triangle and the green triangle next to it. You might be able to see the pencil line in the photo as well. I used the ATG to put adhesive on my triangles as I assembled the "tree". Since the tree piece will be embossed, after it is assembled, I was
careful to be sure my triangle edges were butted up against each other so there would be no space between them.

Once the tree was assembled I was ready to emboss this -- I did not want the embossing folder to emboss this piece too deeply and pull my triangles apart so I embossed this cream piece of card stock with the tree on it and another plain piece of cream card stock in the folder together. By embossing two pieces of card stock at the same time you will have a softer embossed piece and the extra embossed piece I put with that embossing folder for later use if I should need to make a card up quickly.

With the embossing done now I took this piece to the trimmer and trimmed it to the size I needed for the card front.

Put the embossed tree piece on to the red card front piece using the ATG and then put these onto the green card stock base. For the greeting "Merry Christmas" I used a stamp from Paper Sweeties for that and cut that out using a banner die set. Did not have small enough 'bling' crystals so I used a very small circle punch and punched out two circles from red foil card stock and used a glue pen to put these on the greeting piece.

Used a Marvy star punch and punched a star from gold foil card stock for the tree top. Good use of scraps on this card and the triangles are good if you have a card stock you are not fond of or if the pattern is too large for other projects. TFL and YOLO