Eight More Christmas Cards!

It’s getting close to Christmas, and I’m not sure I have enough days to share my cards, so here are eight cards in one blog post.  Hold onto your hats, folks!

This was my 2009 holiday card, but the rest of the cards I am sharing were made this Fall.  I used DCWV paper and cardstock and cut the 12″ x 12″ sheets into three 4″ x 6″ cards.  This is a matchbook style card and the top panel tucks into the flap at the bottom.  I made the snowflake with my Cricut Expressions machine and added fine glitter to it with glue.

Blue, White & Silver Snowflake Matchbook Card

Blue, White & Silver Snowflake Matchbook Card

I used my Stampin’ Up! medallion stamp on shimmer paper and embossed the image in silver.  I used Stickles glitter glue and accidentally smudged it when I was stacking my cards, whoops!

 

Happy Holidays Card with Silver Medallion

Happy Holidays Card with Silver Medallion

I finally got to use these two stamps I bought a year or more ago at Impress Rubber Stamps!  I love how the swirls look like octopus legs.  :)

 

Happy Holidays with Tree and Flair

Happy Holidays Card with Tree and Flair

Here’s another similar card.  I love rub-ons, so this beautiful “Merry Christmas” you see at the top is just a rub-on sentiment.

 

Merry Christmas Card with Tree and Flair

Merry Christmas Card with Tree and Flair

This is another snowflake card from when I was in the mood to emboss everything.  The decorative edge was created using my favorite edge punch from Stampin’ Up!

 

Tis The Season - Snowflake Card

Tis The Season - Snowflake Card

This card is mainly made with CTMH products: the paper, stamp, ribbon and embellishment.  I found the holly paper tape at Hobby Lobby and was pleased that it seemed to go well with the CTMH products.

 

CTMH Snow Days Card

CTMH Snow Days Card

This shimmery green card was made with three kinds of Christmas paper tape, a rub-on sentiment, stick-on pearls & a poinsettia from CTMH, and a Fiskars edge punch.

 

Peace - Joy - Hope Card

Peace - Joy - Hope Card

This card was designed by the lovely and talented Christine David from Create with Christine!  She showed a small class how to make this lovely card using Close to My Heart (CTMH) products.  I love the cool blue colors!

 

Warm Winter Wishes

Warm Winter Wishes

I hope to post more blogs between now and Sunday (12/26), but if I miss a post – have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy this time with your loved ones.  Thank you for reading my blog.

Three Cards Made With One Punch

I bought a Christmas ornament-shaped paper punch last May so that I could make more floral corsages out of paper.  I was only going to use it for that purpose, but then I thought I might punch out shapes from Christmas paper to make use on cards.  Well, I gave in and bought an ornament stamp set that fits the ornament-shaped punch perfectly!  The stamp set and punch came from Stampin’ Up! and I wanted to share you three cards I made with the set and the punch.

I was on an embossing kick, so I inked up all my stamps in gold and embossed them with gold powder for a raised, dimensional effect.  To make things easy, I used paper and card bases from DCWV, plus some snowflake stamps from Close to My Heart.

 

Ornaments and Bells

Ornaments and Bells

 

 

Light Green & Red Ornament Card

Light Green & Red Ornament Card

 

 

Red and Dark Green Ornament Card

Red and Dark Green Ornament Card

 

These were fun, easy cards to make.  What took the longest was the embossing and tying of the stretchy gold cord.  Have a merry Christmas, and keep in mind that you can make beautiful cards very easily with a few embellishments.  Thanks for reading my blog!

By the way, I am really enjoying the Mike & Ike Holiday Medley candy I bought at Target last week.  I love fruity candy and these three flavors are delicious together or altogether in one bite.  YUM!

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 169

Yesterday my friend Jayma Malme and I were talking via Twitter about card-making.  She saw my recent blog post about Christmas cards and was inspired to create a card based on two of the designs.  I loved the card she came up with and I suggested we trade card ideas and put our own twists on cards the other person has made.

She asked me if I had heard of Mojo Monday and their weekly card challenges.  I didn’t think I had, so I looked at the website and saw a card sketch.  It was Monday night so I thought, “Why not?” and immediately sat down and made a card to enter!  It was fun being challenged and given a suggestion for a fresh new card layout.

So, I’m taking a momentary break from sharing Christmas cards to show you the card I made for this card challenge. Here is the sketch my card was patterned after:

Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge 169

Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge 169

This is the card I designed.  I’m showing two pictures because I like the artsy angle of the first image, but figured I should include a picture of the card head-on, as well.  Be sure and check out the beautiful cards the other crafters have entered by visiting the Mojo Monday blog post associated with this challenge.

Mojo Monday Challenge Card - Anniversary 12-13-10

Mojo Monday Challenge Card - Anniversary 12-13-10

I used regular 8.5″ x 11″ red and black craft cardstock and the beautiful background paper is from Stampin’ Up! The stamp is something I found at Hobby Lobby in Fort Collins, CO and it’s made by Stampabilities.  The double layer of flowers are from Close to My Heart and the satin button-like brad is from K & Company.

Mojo Monday Challenge - Anniversary Card 12-13-10

Mojo Monday Challenge - Anniversary Card 12-13-10

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you’re a fellow paper-crafter, you should enter a card for the weekly challenge!  :)

Stampin’ Up! Christmas Cards

In early November, I attended a Stamp Camp at my friend Terry Bolender‘s house.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that Terry is my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and she has monthly stamp camps where we stop by and make 6 to 7 cards for $10.  She shows us how they should look and provides all of the card-making materials.  It’s fun and it’s a great way to learn new techniques and sample some great products.

I didn’t want to post Christmas cards in my November blog posts because I’m a firm believer in celebrating holidays in the proper month.  You may be finished with your Christmas cards, so maybe this post will come in handy for next year’s cards.  ;)  I am so behind on Christmas cards this year, that I think this will be the first year I have ever not sent out any cards.  So if you were hoping to get one from me, I am sorry if I let you down.  Instead, please enjoy pictures of cards you may receive in the future!

This is the group photo of the cards made at the Stamp Camp:

Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards

Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards

Here are close-ups of each card.  Remember, you may click any photo on my blog to see an enlarged image.

Happy Holidays Card

Happy Holidays Card

It’s hard to see, but the tree image and words were stamped with gold ink and embossed in gold, so they are raised up and glossy.  The gold and cream card stock is slightly shimmery, too.

Peace - Love - Joy

Peace - Love - Joy

This vintage Christmas card was created with a large background stamp, old-fashioned glass glitter, and pleated ribbon.  Everything you see on each card was created with Stampin’ Up! products.

Vintage Christmas Card

Vintage Christmas Card

The color of this card reminds me of something from the era of A Christmas Story with it’s browns and burgundy colors.  This was made using the new fabric Stampin’ Up! sells for crafting.  It cut very nicely in the Big Shot machine!

Old Fashioned Christmas

Old Fashioned Christmas

I am crazy about dry embossing because I love the crisp results.  Look at these gorgeous snowflakes!  This card was SO easy to make.

Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright

For this card, I ran some vellum through the Big Shot and placed it over the stamped trees.  I love how it looks like snow!  Then I stamped a third tree and cut it out.  Look at all these layers!  It was fun to make these beautiful cards Terry designed.

 

Holly Jolly Christmas

Holly Jolly Christmas

Thank you for reading my blog and enjoy the holiday season!

“Happy Thanksgiving!” Cards

I’m not always in the mood to make holiday cards several months before the actual holiday, so it’s pretty typical for me to make only a handful of Thanksgiving cards a few days before the holiday.  Yesterday I finished making six new cards to send, and I pulled out a special card I made at one of Terry Bolender‘s Stamp Camps last year.  These are the seven cards I mailed today and nearly everything I used was a Stampin’ Up! product.  Click any image on my blog for a larger picture.

2010 Thanksgiving Cards

2010 Thanksgiving Cards

I tore the paper around the sentiment on several of the cards and dabbed chalk on the edges of the torn pieces.  I used markers to color the rubber stamp so I could get two colors on my floral and acorn stamps.  I used a marker to draw fine stitches down the sides of this card.

Thanksgiving Card One

Thanksgiving Card One

I used a Fiskars scallop border punch on this card, along with some decorative green and white polka dot tape.

Thanksgiving Card Two

Thanksgiving Card Two

This card took FOREVER!  That giant flower-type image on the right is the result of a very large rubber stamp.  I colored the detailed rubber stamp with markers for ten or fifteen minutes and breathed on it to re-moisten the ink before stamping it.  It did not stamp as evenly and dark as I had planned and I didn’t like it at first… but then I decided it was vintage looking and I liked it a lot more once I added a fun button brad to the center.

Thanksgiving Card Three

Thanksgiving Card Three

I gave up and just inked up the large stamp with one ink pad for this card!  I colored part of the stamped image with markers and added brads and faux-stitching to the sides.

Thanksgiving Card Four

Thanksgiving Card Four

Oh look!  I snuck in something from Close to My Heart!  The little metal green daisy brad is from CTMH.  I used the Fiskars scallop punch again and distressed the edges of the card with my CTMH Cocoa stamp pad.

Thanksgiving Card Five

Thanksgiving Card Five

This turned out to be the easiest and my favorite card.  I added faux stitching and some felt “ribbon” across the bottom.  I had to use 64-cent stamps to mail all of these because I tend to go a little nuts with my foam tape.  I love “popping” cut out stamped images with that foam tape but it makes the card to bumpy for machine cancellation at the post office.

Thanksgiving Card Six

Thanksgiving Card Six

Finally, here is the seventh card.  I made this last year and was saving it for someone special.

Thanksgiving Card Seven

Thanksgiving Card Seven

Thank you for reading my blog post and have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING TOMORROW!!!!

A Thanksgiving Treat Bag

It’s a snow day and I am stuck at home, so why not post a fun crafty blog?  We have 2″ of snow and are expecting get a total of 7″ today, so I am grounded at home.

Not too long ago, my friend Terry had me over to her house to make this  Thanksgiving project.  I think it would make a great hostess gift; a Thanksgiving favor or treat bag; or a nice “pop-by” gift to bring clients.  I can’t remember what exactly we put inside this bag: an instant apple cider packet and perhaps some chocolate or caramels?  The recipient of this will have to let me know.  ;)

These adorable mini lunch sacks are from Stampin’ Up!, along with everything but the cinnamon stick.  The specialty printer printed paper, lunch sacks and stamps can be found in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog (good through 1/3/11) on pages 12-13: Day of Gratitude (clear mount or wood mount rubber stamps).

 

Thanksgiving Treat Bag
Stampin’ Up! Thanksgiving Treat Bag

Here is a close-up of the paper-crafted part and the water smudge (arggggh) on my stamped sentiment:

 

"Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings"

"Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings"

Thank you for reading my blog, and have a very happy Thanksgiving this coming Thursday!  We have SO MUCH to be thankful for, so count your many blessings.  :)

Using Chalk with Stamps for a Soft Effect

I have been on vacation for a few weeks and have missed blogging!  I thought I may have time to write a few blog posts from the road, but after driving 5 – 8 hours almost every day, I was pretty exhausted and did not have any blogging opportunities.

Before I left, I made this birthday card for a special friend of mine.  I wanted to experiment with my Pebbles I Kan’Dee pastel chalk, so I used the “Happy Birthday” stamps from Stampin’ Up! and the “Sonoma Print” stamp from Memory Box with my VersaMark watermark stamp pad.  Then, I used the chalk and the applicator (an alligator jaw on a stick that grabs tiny pom-poms used to dab at the chalk) to add layers of soft color onto my ordinary cream card stock paper.  I dabbed color at the edges of the torn paper and used foamy double-stick tape to make the main image stand out.  I added brad buttons from The Paper Studio (I can only find them at Hobby Lobby stores, which are everywhere but where I live) and smudged chalk ink on the edges of the green card.  My birthday sentiment was off-center, so I drew a heart with glue and dropped some Flower Soft onto it.

Feminine Birthday Card with Chalk

Feminine Birthday Card with Chalk

If you have craft chalk and are considering experimenting with them, go for it!  I was pleased with the soft effect that the chalk added to this feminine birthday card.  Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

I am so happy to have “The More, the Merrier” stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I wanted it for over a year and when it retired, Terry Bolender sold it to me.  :)  This was the first time I used one of the stamps from this new-used stamp. The card I made was for a fellow card-maker, which always makes me nervous because I figure the recipient could make a better card than I could.

Here it is – I used a DCWV card, some ribbon and buttons.  The cupcakes were colored with my very glittery Copic Spica AtYou markers but I don’t think the picture captures how sparkly they are.  If you like cupcakes, you might enjoy this blog post about some cupcakes I made.

Cupcake Birthday Card

Cupcake Birthday Card

Thanks for reading my blog post! :)

A Simple and Elegant Card

As I flipped through my new edition of PaperCrafts magazine, I was inspired by the “Stunning Celebration Card” on page 55.  It was a striking red and white paisley card with a bright red flower.  I just love paisley patterned stamps and paper, so I thought it was high time I use some pretty blue paisley paper from Stampin’ Up!  The closest blue I had to the paper was “Ballet Blue” from Stampin’ Up!, so I used it for the card base and accent.  I also used a fun argyle punch from EK Success.  I bought it months ago and never quite had the right card to use it with.

As I made the card, I thought it would be a nice card for a friend of mine who is a Stampin Up! Demonstrator in Guam.  She flew out to Washington State, where she’s from, and we went to a Mariners game together.  We met on Twitter with a common love of card-making, and it was fun to see her in person!  So this is her “thanks – it was so nice to meet you” card.  I really hope it arrived before I shared this post!

Blue Paisley "Hello" Card

Blue Paisley "Hello" Card

Thank you for reading my blog.  :)

Cards I Made at the August Stampin’ Up Stamp Camp

Over the weekend, I made 16 cards in four hours!  It really helps when the class instructor / card designer cuts all or most of the paper for the cards.  I do the stamping, embellishing, embossing, assembling, folding, etc.  Last Friday I attended Stamp Camp at Terry Bolender‘s house.  She is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Kent, WA with so many incredible ideas for cute cards and paper crafts.  If you are visiting this blog post for some Stampin’ Up! card ideas, please view the CATEGORIES button on the left side of my blog.  Select the Stampin’ Up! category to see every blog post using SU! products.

Here are all of the cards I made for $10 that night with Stampin’ Up! supplies.  Click any photo to see it larger:

Stampin' Up! Cards from the August Stamp Camp

Stampin' Up! Cards from the August Stamp Camp

I love what this card says – it’s so funny when you read it carefully and look at the owl’s surprised expression.  This was a fun card made with the new owl punch:

Stampin' Up! Owl Card

Stampin' Up! Owl Card

The chocolate sprinkles on this card are shiny like the real thing!  We used brown ink and clear embossing powder to make the sprinkles look more realistic.

Stampin' Up! "Sweet Celebration" Ice Cream Card

Stampin' Up! "Sweet Celebration" Ice Cream Card

I thought SU!’s chalk was like the Pebbles brand chalk or Stencil Collection pastels I use.  I quickly learned that SU!’s stuff is different, so my tree got a little smudgy looking.  Ooh, wouldn’t “Smudge” be a cute kitty name? :)

Stampin' Up! Oak Tree Card

Stampin' Up! Oak Tree Card

I don’t know what to use this card for, but I love the way it looks.  It was so simple to make and I think I will make more cards with this simple, classic layout:

Stampin' Up! Yellow and White Floral Card

Stampin' Up! Yellow and White Floral Card

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”  This was a fun card for when someone is feeling icky.

Stampin' Up! S{ick} Card with Apple

Stampin' Up! S{ick} Card with Apple

I took the liberty of adding an owl to the outside of the cage, taunting the birds.  I should have masked him so he could be standing in front of the rope, rather than behind it.

Stampin' Up! Bird "I Like You" Card

Stampin' Up! Bird "I Like You" Card

Thanks for reading my blog, and enjoy your day!

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