12/24/13

Peppermint and Chocolate

That’s what this card reminds me of - peppermint and chocolate. The dark layers are a pretty chocolate brown, although it doesn’t show up well in the photo. I found a similar card on Pinterest and although I didn’t have the exact same candy striped paper, I had something close enough.

The Hero Arts sentiment was stamped with the same Colorbox Chianti ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I added some Impression Obsession holly and berries to the corners, and applied a bit of Christmas Red Stickles to the berries.

The banners are made using the corners of a square punch - so much easier than trying to hand cut them. I only made 3 or 4 of these but they were so easy I could have done many more. I just needed to get on with it and get the cards in the mail so they will arrive before January.

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Popped up on a bit of foam adhesive.

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I gotta have a bit of sparkle on my cards this time of year.

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I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

May your troubles be less

and your blessings be more,

May nothing but happiness

come through your door.

12/23/13

My Favorite Things Wreath

Another pretty simple card with minimal layering of die cuts. The wreath is from My Favorite Things and I only layered 2 of them this time and only made 2 of these cards. The die comes with the bow and an extra bow piece so I did layer that, too. The bow was die cut out of red suede paper. I added a little Stardust Stickles to the center, and Christmas Red Stickles for the berries on the wreath.

The name of the die is Spring Wreath and it shows the bow at the bottom, but it looked like a Christmasy wreath to me and I like the bow at the top, so there!

The sentiment is stamped with Colorbox Chianti pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Simple, yet kind of elegant, too.

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One more post tomorrow and that will be it for my Christmas cards this year.

12/21/13

Glittery Trees

I had one of the glittery garland and ornaments trees left and was bound and determined to do something different with it. I had already cleaned the Hero Arts stamp and put it away so I went with this design. No sentiment on the outside, just the tree popped up on some foam adhesive with a little bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink sponged on the kraft layer.

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It will still go through the mail just fine and it has a little bit of dimension to it.

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That’s all I’ve got for today - more soon.

12/20/13

Washi Tape Christmas Trees

Yes, I have jumped on the washi tape bandwagon with both feet. I wanted to make a couple of washi tape Christmas trees so I stuck several different designs to a piece of white card stock and die cut them with the Taylored Expressions Trim the Tree die. I just used the solid tree, no layering needed for these. The background paper is from a Doodlebug Designs 6 x 6 paper pad and the sentiment is the same Hero Arts one from last year’s clear set. The sentiment doesn’t show up well for some reason, but I used Hero Arts Mid Tome Red Royal and it is really pretty in person.

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Same everything, just a different arrangement of washi tape.

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Just one or two more posts and Christmas cards will be history!

12/19/13

Polka Dots and Christmas Trees

More Taylored Expressions trees and simple stamped sentiments. I had this tree left over from last year and I liked it so much I found the paper I used and made some more of them. Stickles are used for the ornaments and the background paper is from BoBunny. The smaller polka dots are from the 6 x 6 paper pad, the larger ones are from a 12 x 12 sheet. The sentiment is Hero Arts, a clear set from last year.

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I got a little tired of the layering so I went with some Stickles for garland and ornaments this time. The zig zag garland was done with a Viva D├ęcor Glitter Liner instead of Stickles because it holds its shape when it’s dry and the Stickles tend to flatten out sometimes.

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I hope you are enjoying these cards. I’d love to hear what you think - just click the comments link below and say howdy!

12/18/13

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

This is the last of the series of 12 and the simplest ones to make. Just a little glitter added to the snow bank, a heat embossed sentiment (Papertrey Ink), and that gorgeous Delicata Gold ink for the Penny Black trees.

The Cool Highlight Glitter Ritz glitter is adhered to Scor-Tape which was first adhered to a piece of white card stock and hand cut using a template. This is a slight modification of some cards from last Christmas - I just added the glittery snow bank this year. I love this stamp and it will probably make an appearance for several more years, too.

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I tried to capture the glittery goodness, but it is difficult to get a good photo of it. If you have used this glitter, you know how sparkly and pretty it is. The thing I like best about it is that if it is properly burnished it won’t come off of the card and get all over everything like most glitters will.

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One fairly clean and simple card for today, more in a day or so.

12/17/13

Merry Christmas

More die cutting and layering going on here. The Merry was cut with my Silhouette and has 3 layers, the tree is the Taylored Expressions Trim the Tree die and the sections of the tree were layered on top of the solid tree. I added a folded glue dot under the bottom edge to make the layers raised for some dimension. This die is to Christmas what the Impression Obsession Halloween Hill die is to Halloween. I will probably be using this one for years to come.

The Christmas is an Elizabeth Crafts die and I was not about to add layers to that one, it would have been way too tedious. The backgrounds are Papertrey dies from a couple of years ago. I really like the look of the kraft against the red card stock. I sponged a little Tea Dye Distress Ink on the edges of the kraft strip. These are another series of 12, 6 with one background and 6 with the other.

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I tried to keep most of the cards as flat as possible, no gems, pearls, or ribbon, so they would go through the postal machinery and not get destroyed. Fingers crossed!

12/16/13

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It seems like I’ve been making cards for months when it’s only been a week or so. I finished up the last of them yesterday, the mess is cleaned up, and the supplies put away until next year. Here are some of the results of my labor.

I thought using dies would be the quick and easy, down and dirty way to go this year. It probably would have been if I hadn’t gotten a little over zealous with the layers and glitter. The wreath is simply a circle punched in the center and a scalloped circle punched around it - sounds simple enough, right? It was, until I decided I needed 3 extra layers underneath the patterned paper for some dimension. I could have used Pop Dots or foam adhesive, but noooo, it had to be layers of card stock. Once I did one of them, I had to make the rest of them the same, of course. I made 12 of 3 different designs and some onesies and twosies of others. This is one of the series of 12.

There is Apple Red Glitter Ritz glitter behind the Christmas on the die, adhered with Scor-Tape. No card stock layers this time, just some foam adhesive.

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I used 3 layers for the bow, too. Some red Stickles were added for berries on the wreath and a little on the bow. This is the time of year I get all glittered up - along with the floor, the tables, and even the cats sometimes.

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It’s hard to get a good photo of the glitteriness, but it’s there and I love it!

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The background was embossed with an older Stampin’ Up embossing folder. The only stamping is on the inside, which I forgot to photograph before they went in the mail. I did remember to get a photo of the back, though. It is the same on all of the cards, except the ones on brown card stock. The kitty is still there, minus the red hat and red and green scarf.

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The stamp is an older Hero Arts stamp and he’s colored with Copic Spica glitter pens.

Stay tuned for more Christmas cards this week and thank you for stopping by.