Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ornament Christmas card

Hi everyone!  I have an elegant Christmas card to share today.  I think this will be my last post until after the holidays, I'll be taking some time off for family and some behind the scenes CHA booth work.

My card combines the Heirloom Reflections Ornament dies with my favorite Layered Poinsettia.  The gold strip on the left is washi tape that I folded in half over the side of my cardstock.
After I die cut the ornament openings, I trimmed and adhered the pattern paper behind the openings.  Next, I adhered the panel to the card front using foam squares which allowed me room to slip the poinsettia flowers underneath.  The sentiment is embossed with gold powder for some extra sparkle and I fussy cut it out.

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas everyone!  Here's a close up picture.
Card Deets:
Spellbinders Dies: S5-223 Heirloom Reflections and S5-055 Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities® 
Stamps: JustRite Stampers, Extra Grand Holiday Sentiments stamp set  
Other Supplies: Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock in Marshmallow and Peppermint;
My Minds Eye Joyous 6x6 paper pad; My Mind's Eye Necessities Metallic decorative tape; Gold sequins; Gold embossing powder; Gold metallic string;
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

4 steps to transform Dollar Store bulk Christmas cards

Hi everyone!  So I was at the Dollar Store and to my surprise I saw they sell boxed Christmas cards.  15 cards with envelopes for $1!  AND they were cute!  I thought they'd be perfect as the foundation for some mass production cards I needed for my neighbors, mail lady and my boys' teachers.

So in 4 easy steps they went from cheap and ordinary to super fun and cute!  I know they aren't my fancy elegant (read: time consuming) cards, but I save those for my family and close friends.  I needed 7 cards ASAP and these turned out pretty darn cute!

Here is how they started out.  Not too bad, I like the generic "Seasons Greetings" with traditional Christmas colors and images.
  Step 1:
- Trim the front of the card to 4 3/4" x 3 3/4", set aside the inside sentiment to be die cut later

Step 2:
- Cut white cardstock into A2 size card bases (I needed 7)

Step 3:
- Die cuts
I wanted to add interest to my card base, so I used my Gold Rectangles One die set and embossed a mini checkered border pattern.
I chose Holiday Trees and Layered Poinsettia for embellishments and a variety of label shapes to cut the inside sentiment.  With my Grand sized cutting plates, I can just about complete 2 cards in one pass!
Step 4:
- Glue down the card front and embellishments
I made each card a little different because I am NOT wired to make them exactly the same.  I tried.

Here are the other basic supplies I used to spruce up the cards.  I kept this REALLY simple so I could get things done quickly!  Some stickles, baker's twine, scrap gold mirror cardstock and gold embellishments.
Here is how they turned out.  I will note that at first I was doing my embossing wrong -duh! As you can see in the step 3 picture, I placed the gold embossing rectangle onto a cutting plate instead of embossing mat.  It took me two times, each wondering why it was cutting the cardstock before I figured it out, lol!  You can see the cards below with cut parts instead of embossed borders.  Oh well, adds interest I guess!
 Here's the inside, isn't it COOL how the embossing goes all the way through to the inside?  It frames things perfectly!! (Sorry for the shadows, I turned off one of my lights for this pic so you could see the embossing better.)
Thanks for stopping by and here's a close up pic.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies:
S4-402 2013 Holiday Trees, S5-055 Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities®, S4-411 Gold Rectangles One Nestabilities®
Cardstock: White cardstock; glitter cardstock scraps; gold mirror cardstock scraps
Other Supplies: Green Stickles, Green/white baker's twine; Gold Candi embellishments
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares    
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A winner and Tudor Rose congratulations card

Hi everyone!  I want to thank everyone for the lovely comments on my Holiday Coffee Lovers challenge blog hop post!  I read and appreciate each and every one.
Random.org helped me chose the winner for my blog candy, #52:
 WINNER
Oh this is spectacular! Love the snowflake on the mug and those colors are lovely! Thanks for the chance for some blog candy! I have some too if you would like to stop on over!
Happy Holidays!
Hugs, Debbie!

**Congrats Indy!!  I will leave you a message letting you know you won!**

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Also today I have another card to share using the soon to be released Tudor Rose die that I peeked last week and will be released in January at the Winter CHA trade show.  What an amazing die set and the Tudor Rose has such rich history.  You can see my first 2 cards and read a little about its history on this blog post.

Today's card uses the classic Tudor Rose colors in a more clean graphic way.  I paired it with some elegant washi tape and classic heart shape.  Easy and pretty!
Just a few embellishments keeps this simple and easy to mail.
Thanks for stopping by!  Here's a close up picture.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S5-232 Tudor Rose Shapeabilities®,
S4-136 Classic Heart Nestabilities®
Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts sentiment

Cardstock: White, red, yellow and green cardstock

Other Supplies: Gold metallic string; Prima Washi Tape in Rosarian; Yellow rhinestones; Little B Washi tape in Gold Foil Harlequin
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares   
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers challenge, part 2

Hi everyone!  I have another coffee themed holiday card to share for the Holiday Coffee Lovers challenge!
***To see my first card and enter my blog candy giveaway, click to this blog post.***
I have so many coffee themed stamp sets, I just had to spread the love.  This one is by Reverse Confetti called Be A Barista!
 
I used my favorite Layered Poinsettia dies and created a Polaroid frame die cutting a square inside a rectangle (say that 3 times fast!).  My paper had horizontal stripes and I wanted them slanted, so I cut them on an angle.  It kinda uses most of the paper, but it was worth it!  Below is a visual.
I die cut the "merry" and adhered a piece of silver mirrored cardstock behind it.  I used the pierced rectangles die for the border on the white panel and added some scored lines along the inside.
**The main link list for other participants (and where you can link your OWN project if you want to join) can be found on the blog of the fabulous event hostess:
 Amy Tsuruta!
A big shout out to Amy for all her hard work organizing this event! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy hopping around!  Here's a close up pic.
Card Deets:
Spellbinders Dies: S2-118 Holiday Sentiments, S5-055 Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities®; SCD-012 Pierced Rectangles, S4-128 Classic Squares SM, S4-130 Classic Rectangles SM Nestabilities®  
Stamps: Reverse Confetti, Be a Barista stamp set  
Other Supplies: Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock in Marshmallow and Red Hot; My Mind's Eye Red Necessities 6x6 pad; Bazzill silver mirror cardstock; My Mind's Eye enamel dots 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop

 Hi everyone!  I'm having some coffee fun today and participating in the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop challenge.  This is a challenge for all the coffee lovers out there to make a Holiday coffee-themed project and it's sponsored by 27 (yes, 27!) amazing companies each offering a prize!  Everyone is invited to play along and link up their new project to be eligible to win.
Here's my holiday coffee card:
My card features the adorable coffee cup (and steam) from Verve Stamps.  I decorated the cup with a snowflake from the stunning Snowflake Bliss set and the sentiment is from the must have Holiday Sentiments set!
Speaking of a chance to win...  
how about a little blog candy of my own?  Yep, I am also giving away a prize!

Up for grabs is the brand new
Spellbinders Fun Tags stamp set 
and It's a Hoot card front die
*******how to enter for my blog candy******
************************This Blog Candy is closed************************* 
Please comment on this blog post and you have until Friday the 12th.  I will announce one lucky winner on Saturday.
You don't have to be a follower of my blog to enter, but if you are not please include your email in your comment so I can contact you, especially if you have a "no-reply" blogger account.
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Be sure to hop around to the other participants.  Like me, several are offering blog candy of their own!
I'm number 94 on the list, here are a few other designers that I know are offering blog candy: Darsie Bruno, Lisa Henke, Sharon Johnson, Angel, Karolyn Loncon and Wanda Cullen.

**The main link list for other participants (and where you can link your OWN project if you want to join) can be found on the blog of the fabulous event hostess:
 Amy Tsuruta!
A big shout out to Amy for all her hard work organizing this event!
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy hopping around!  Here's a close up pic.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S2-118 Holiday Sentiments, S4-433 Snowflake Bliss Shapeabilities®;
S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities® 
Stamps: Verve Stamps, Coffee stamp set 
Other Supplies: Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock in Butter Mints; My Minds Eye Joyous 6x6 paper pad; Little B gold foil washi tape; Copics; Kaisercraft rhinestones in Lippy Red 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares   

Here's a list of the 27 fabulous event sponsors:

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches

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