Saturday, December 20, 2014

Traditional & Classic Holiday Christmas Cards

Today I have four classic Holiday cards to share in traditional red & green colors.

Card No. 1:  I created a circular card using the Christmas Leaf Spray Wreath & 3D Layered Bow Silhouette cutting files.I stamped a Papertrey Ink sentiment in the center, added a few red pearls for my holly berries and then topped my bow with a decorative brad.  Aside from the cutting time, I love how elegant it turned out without a lot of effort.  I will say the bow is really bulky though and this will be a card I hand deliver (it wouldn't even fit in an envelope so I might put it on top of a goodie plate for the neighbors).  ;)


Card No. 2:  I created this card in response to a magazine call asking for projects using bow icons.  I will say this was rescued from the trash and nearly made it there again.  I'm still not loving it, but I tried my best to create a wreath of sorts using a bow stamp and some masking material.  I was feeling like the bow details were getting lost and didn't match without the stamped outline the banner stamp had so I traced each bow with a black pen.I created a box pleat around the outside of my card and then used a large circle die to cut it to a consistent size (so it would actually fit in an envelope).  ;)


Card No. 3:  For this card I stamped Papertrey Ink's Year of Flowers: Poinsettia set using some archival ink on watercolor paper.  I masked off some of the flowers so I could layer my images and keep my card flat for mailing. By using archival ink that is waterproof, I was able to color my images with water and my distress reinkers.  When the flowers were dry, I added some Stickles glitter to the veins to add a little sparkle.


Card No. 4:  I created this card for a local card club challenge where they gave us each a sheet of 6x6 paper from My Mind's Eye's Sleigh Bells paper pad and a unique die-cut.  I received the "Sleigh Bells Ring" cardstock phrase and the red striped paper for mine.   I decided to go in search of a cutting file to compliment the phrase and found THIS shape in the Silhouette store which I thought was perfect. I cut it from red vinyl and added a little crocheted lace, velvet ribbon and some die-cut holly leaves.  Super simple, but I'm happy with how it turned out (especially given that the challenge kits were pretty picked over by the time they made it my way).  ;)


Well that wraps it up for today.  Thanks so much for visiting me.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and get lots of things done on your "to do" list.  ;)

Supplies used (available at Scrapbook.com)


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Technique Tuesday Memory Keepers Studio Christmas Layout

Popping in to share a holiday layout using Technique Tuesday's October Memory Keepers Studio Stamps and Fresh Cut Studio dies along with some older Doodlebug Santa's Workshop papers & embellishments and a fun sketch by Becky Fleck at PageMaps.


I love all the little tags and banner in this month's die set and how they can easily be customized to fit any style.  The stamps were also a perfect match for so many of my photos and documenting some of our favorite Christmas traditions.  I chose to heat emboss them in white to make them pop against the solid colored cardstocks.  :)


Technique Tuesday Supplies:



I hope I've inspired you to document a few of your favorite Christmas traditions.  Thanks so much for hanging with me today.  :)



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Doodlebug 2015 Design Team!


Today Doodlebug announced their new team and I am so thrilled I have the opportunity to stay on for another year!  It's seriously a dream come true to work with these sweet ladies and with Doodlebug's fabulous products each month!  :)

Jennifer Beason  FL
@jenniwren32

Kathy Skou  MA
@ekskou

Lori Allred UT 
(DT Coordinator)
@allreddesign

Mendi Yoshikawa WA
@mendi_yoshikawa

Piali Biswas NJ
Visit Blog
@touchofcreation

Stephanie Buice  AL
@stephbuice

Tya Smith UT
@tyasmith3

Traci Penrod GA
@artsyalbums

Wendy Sue Anderson UT
@wendysuea

Melinda Spinks  Australia       
@melindaspinks

Silvia Barrera Mexico
@Silviabarrera

Vicki Boutin Canada          
@vickiboutin



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Cute & Colorful Holiday Christmas Tree Cards

Hello there!  Today I have a trio of cards to share which were all inspired by a single photo (shared below).

My first card using a fun Layered Christmas Tree cutting file by Lori Whitlock which I duplicated and welded together to create my card base (you can see my YoutTube video HERE for more info about creating your own custom shaped cards).  I had a blast going on a hunt for various tone-on-tone prints in my 6x6 paper pads.  The gold stars were cut from some gold glitter cardstock which I picked up at Joann's.


For my next card, my basic tree shape was cut from my white cardstock panel and then popped up with strips of colored washi tape below.  I finished my card off with a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Bows & Holly Stamp set and little gold star brads.


This is the photo that inspired my set of cards.  I was drawn to the bright & non-traditional colors.  :)


I created a third card featuring trees cut from felt was published in the December 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine and can be seen on Pinterest HERE.

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments that have been left--They always bring a smile to my face.  :)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Doodlebug Santa Express Altered Birdhouse

Popping in to share a fun twist on Christmas villages using birdhouses and Doodlebug's Santa Express collection!

So I have a confession... I had this grand plan of creating a whole Christmas village using all the different wood birdhouses available at my local Michaels store (I got this one for only $2.99 with a coupon), but the craziness of the Christmas season hit and this is as far as I got so he's going to have to go solo this year.  ;)


I cut the train patterned paper to look like a little train wrapping around the base.  I thought the Santa tag (with the loop cut off) made the perfect character to inhabit my little home.  The thin heart washi tape from the collection was also a perfect fit for the base.


To create my roof and have everything line up perfectly every time without a lot of extra math I created a template on my Silhouette which I am sharing here today.  Click HERE to download.

Keep in mind that these wood birdhouses are mass produced at a low cost so each birdhouse might have slightly different measurements than the next.  I know the hole on the front of my house was off centered so I had to make some light adjustments to account for that.  I would suggest cutting the front piece from scratch paper first and then adjusting the pattern as needed.


I hope I've inspired you to look at spring birdhouses with a fresh eye.  ;)






To create my little house, I used the following supplies (available at Scrapbook.com)


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