2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 11

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 11, I made a pair of cards with Doodlebug Designs’ Night Before Christmas collection.

Both cards utilize just the 6×6 paper pad and the coordinating Odds and Ends die cut cardstock pieces. For the first card, I added a tiny scalloped border in crisp white cardstock between the break in the two background papers, and layered four of the die cuts to build up a little focal scene. A twine tie added to the top of the stack finishes the design.

For the second card, I layered a strip of patterned paper left over from the first card onto a white cardstock base, and dressed it up with some striped paper and more die cut ephemera bits. And as usual, I had to sneak in a bit of twine for that signature bow.

I love that this collection has well over one hundred pieces in their die cut pack…. but there are no words or sentiments at all. Something different than I’m used to, but that’s fun, too. Puts my total up to 22 cards for this upcoming holiday season. still have a long ways to go!

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

 

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Doodlebug Design - Night Before Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad Doodlebug Design - Night Before Christmas Collection - Odds and Ends - Die-Cut Cardstock Pieces Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug
Stampin’Up Twine

 

 

 

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2- Funky Cactus

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Today I’m back with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 release. This time, it’s one of my fabric projects featuring Tim’s fabulous Eclectic Elements fabric line and the new Funky Cactus die set.

Most of you know by now how much I enjoy incorporating fabric into my die cutting projects. And this past year, I picked up another old love of mine, cross stitching. One thing you need to keep close at hand with sewing of any kind is a good supply of pins and needles. So when I saw this new Funky Cactus die set, with all those cacti spines and needles, I immediately thought to use it on a little fabric needle book. I mean, let’s get straight to the point, how perfect are those two together?

To make the actual needle book itself, I began with two long skinny rectangles of Eclectic Elements Abandoned fabric, and sewed them together with a layer of Therm O Web fleece batting in between. I used a bias tape tool to make two long ties from a contrasting fabric, and those were tucked between the layers of fabric before sewing. Once the fabric was turned with right sides out, I added machine quilting along a diagonal line across the entire book. Then just fold the book in half, and tie closed to keep it secure. Then to the top I added a fabric-wrapped panel and that adorable Funky Cactus.

Did you all know that Sizzix makes multi-colored packages of thin felt that are perfect for creating projects like this? I used both the Festive and the Neutral Felt Sheets for this project. To the inside of the needle book was stitched a die cut rectangle of tan colored felt where you can place all the pins and needles. I used an old (and unfortunately retired) Tim Holtz die set called Stacked Postage to die cut the felt. Then a cactus in it’s cute brown pot embellish the right side. Of course I had to add some hand-stitched embroidery details for some extra charm.

The cactus on the outside got some hand-stitching, too. And for this one, I made puffy dimensional flowers by layering lots of stacks of die cuts together and pulling them tight with a strong stitch. Then to add my sentiment, I pulled out one of my oldest alphabet stamp sets and stamped on fabric strips using Distress Archival Ink. I use a small dab of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive to glue down all of the pieces.

So fun! I do love to use my papercrafting products in different ways. Know that most die sets can cut thinner fabrics and materials, like the craft felt that I used here. Opens up a whole new world of possibilities, right? Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

 

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Funky Cactus Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Accessory - Felt Sheets - Festive Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Accessory - Felt Sheets - Neutrals Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting Soil Therm O Web - SpraynBond Fabric Stiffener Tim Holtz Sizzix SHAPING KIT Making Tool Black 665304
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric for FreeSpirit Fabrics: Abandoned Collection
Tim Holtz Stacked Postage Framelits Die Set
Hero Arts Printer’s Type Lower Alphabet Stamp Set
DMC Floss
Vintage Buttons

 

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2- Folk Flowers

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Did you all catch the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 reveal on Tim’s YouTube channel this weekend? What fun, right? As usual, there are so many fabulous new additions to the Tim Holtz Sizzix lineup in this new release, from more quirky critters to beautiful botanicals and funky florals to steampunk images and retro gadgets. In other words, there’s something for everyone! I was so lucky and honored to be able to create some samples for the reveal, and over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing those projects here on my blog. Today I’ll start with one of my favorites from this release, an art tag made with the new Folk Flowers cover plate die.

The Folk Flowers die is a large background die that cuts a beautiful negative floral motif pattern that can be utilized in many ways. It is the perfect size to fit a standard A2 card front, but also works great for ATCs, art journals, home decor, and tags, like I’ve done here.


I love to have a stash of tags around to add to gift boxes and bags. This one is great for birthdays or any special occasion, and I really like the folk art style to this with all those great shabby touches. To create this pretty floral background, I die cut the Folk Flowers die from a scrap piece of cardstock and used it as a stencil to apply Distress Grit Paste. Then before the paste can dry, sprinkle it with Distress Embossing Glaze in a variety of colors. For this tag, I used Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, and Rustic Wilderness Embossing Glaze. And then once the Grit Paste is completely dry, heat the glaze to emboss and set it.

You can really see the shiny, raised detail to this floral pattern in the close-up shots. And in person you just want to run your finger over that fun texture and design. To finish off the background, I added Vintage Photo Distress Crayon around all the embossing, and blended it in with a wet paintbrush and finger. The crayon helps highlight all the dimension and makes the details stand out. And I totally adore the vintage look it brings to the table.


With a great background, you don’t need much else. I added a bit of trim and a flower and leaf that are from the Funky Nature die set from Chapter 1. The sentiment lettering is also from Chapter 1, the Bold Alphanumeric set die cut from watercolor cardstock inked in Crackling Campfire Oxide.

This is such a fun technique, and a great way to turn a background pattern into the star of the design. Tim recently shared an amazing tutorial for using Distress Embossing Glazes on his YouTube channel, if you’d like to see a closer look at the step by step process. And in case you missed it, here’s a replay of the full Chapter 2 reveal.

So amazing, right? Do you have a new favorite to add to your collection?


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - Classic Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 Pack Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - White Tag - Sizes Number 8 and 10 Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Folk Flowers Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Funky Nature Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Alphanumeric Bold Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Stickers - Chitchat Word Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Fossilized Amber Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Crackling Campfire Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Peeled Paint Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Rustic Wilderness Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Antique Linen Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Fossilized Amber Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Fired Brick Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Peeled Paint Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Rustic Wilderness Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Grit Paste - 3 Ounces - Opaque

Sizzix Stitched Ovals Framelits Die Set
Stampin’Up Ribbon
Vintage Lace

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 10

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 10, I made a pair of cards with the Simple Stories Jingle All the Way collection.

I love this paper I used on the first card. Those little cars with their loaded packages and trees just makes me happy. I added a strip of polka dotty paper and layered with a few die cut ephemera pieces. A little scalloped edging peeking out the top finish the design. Really reminds me of an awning over a shop window. Wouldn’t you agree?

I used a 3×4 journaling card from the paper pad on card number two, layered with a solid print and a die cut ephemera piece that I cut in two to fit behind the image. Another scalloped die cut border spans the card, along with a strip of dotty paper. I tied the center of the card with twine and finished with a trio of enamel dots for extra detail.

If you’re keeping count with me, I think this makes 20 cards now. Slowly chipping away at my Christmas card stash! Thanks so much for stopping by, friends. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

 

Sizzix - Surfaces - 8.5 x 11 - Cardstock Pack - 60 Pack - Eclectic Colors Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - 6 x 8 Paper Pad Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - Ephemera - Journal Bits Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Pinkfresh Studio - Some Days Collection - Enamel Dots Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green

 

 

 

Last Minute Easter Tags with Photoplay Paper

Hello crafty friends! Today we find ourselves on the last day of March already, with Easter just a few short days away. So today I wanted to share one last Easter project with you… a pair of gift tags made with Photoplay Paper’s spring collection of this year, Baskets of Bunnies.

These tags are a great last minute holiday project, as they are so quick and easy to make. Simply layer some patterned papers and then trim them into strips of any size. Round the bottom corners and snip off the top corners at an angle. Punch a hole, add a few cute stickers, and tie with twine. Presto!

Easter is definitely early this year, which is really speeding up the time. It’s my wee missy Nik’s birthday right after, too, so we will be celebrating this weekend. I’m glad to have a few gift tags ready to dress up her packages.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

 

Sizzix - Surfaces - 8.5 x 11 - Cardstock Pack - 60 Pack - Eclectic Colors Photo Play Paper - Baskets of Bunnies Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Stampin’Up Twine

 

 

 

 

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 9

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 9, I made two cards with Photoplay Paper’s adorable Not a Creature Was Stirring collection.

I always find it interesting that I can get into a groove during a card making session, and not see the pattern until I go to photograph the finished projects. And that is the case with the two cards I am sharing today that feature the same image used in two different ways. The first card features a cute scene of Santa and Mrs Claus with a plate of cookies that came from a cut apart journaling card included in the 6×6 paper pad. I layered the card with a mix of both solid and printed papers and added borders of scallops in crisp white cardstock to break up the lines. For this one, the sentiment is stamped using the matching Not a Creature Was Stirring stamp set. A twine tie finishes the design.

The second card features the same focal image, this time a smaller version that came from the ephemera die cuts. Once again I layered with several prints from the 6×6 pad, and added more scallops to match the image. Both cards feature the same basic design, but look quite unique by changing up the papers and a few key features.

I’m starting into my third month of my 2021 Christmas Card Project. Definitely beginning to build up my stash now!
Happy weekend, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The products I used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad Photo Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Clear Photopolymer Stamps Photo Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Ephemera Dress My Craft - Scalloped Border Punch Ranger Archival Ink Pad PARADISE TEAL AIP52500 Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug

American Crafts Twine

Bunny Kisses with Photoplay Paper

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Hump Day!
I am still on a spring kick right now with crafting and decorating. My house is filling up with sweet bunnies and chicks, and these bright spring things are making me so happy after the long winter gloom. With Easter now less than two weeks away, it’s time to share another card with you that features this year’s Photoplay Paper Easter collection, Baskets of Bunnies.

I love plaids and ginghams and checks, so it’s no surprise that this lime green version is my favorite paper in the collection kit. I added some small strips of a contrasting pattern and layered a die cut rectangle in crisp white cardstock to break up the prints. The verse is a 3×4 journaling card from the cut-apart paper sheet. A few stickers, scalloped borders, and a twine tie finish the design.

We are having the craziest weather here. Spring one day and then winter the next. Looks like March came in like a lion, and plans on leaving like one, too. Regardless, I hope you all have a wonderful day! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Sizzix - Surfaces - 8.5 x 11 - Cardstock Pack - 60 Pack - Eclectic Colors Photo Play Paper - Baskets of Bunnies Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar Rectangles
Stampin’Up Twine

Life is Better with Photoplay Paper


Hello crafty friends, and happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It’s a beautiful, sunshiny day here in North Carolina, and I’ve got spring on my mind. So today I am sharing a bright and happy card that I made with Photoplay Paper’s new springtime collection, Fern and Willard.

Life is definitely better when you’re smiling, and how could you not smile over those adorable little ladybugs? Of course you all know by now that I’m a sucker for critters. I used the 12×12 kit papers and stickers to create this sweet scene. The cloud and grass border were stenciled using Distress inks. I added die cut ephemera bits to create the two-part sentiment.


We had a really cold, wintry weekend here, but am so happy to see the sun is out again today. Our Bradford pear and cherry trees are in full bloom, and the daffodils are out. I’m really hoping spring is here to stay. Maybe these little bugs will be my good luck charms.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

 

Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - Ephemera Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Ranger Ink - Simon Hurley - 6 x 6 Stencil and Mask - Scene Maker Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled Glass Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted Citron

 

 

 

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 8


Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 8, I made a trio of cards with an older holiday collection, Photoplay Paper’s Mad 4 Plaid Christmas.

The first card is a horizontal A2 design that is very simple in style and really focuses on one of the larger journaling cards from the 12×12 cut-apart paper. This journaling card measures 4×6, but was easily cut down to fit the front of the card. I used a stitched rectangle die for the base, adding the large image at the top and a strip of pattered paper and scalloped border sticker below. Then a twine tie and puffy sticker dots to finish.

The second card is a standard A2 design with a background of adorable plaid paper and several layers of paper banner flags. Then two die cut ephemera bits popped up with foam dots, all finished off with twine.

The last card is a 5″ square design based off of a CardMaps sketch from May 2018. I just adore that big dotted paper, and like the classic colors and how the text print plays off of the background. I added a small tab made from a scrap of paper and another trio of puffy sticker dots. I believe the scalloped die cut behind the ice skate is from an old Papertrey Ink die set. I do like to use my older products when I can.

That’s it, friends! Three more cards to add to my Christmas card stash.
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you all have a fabulous weekend!




The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar Rectangles

PhotoPlay Paper Mad4Plaid Christmas 12×12 Kit, Die Cut Ephemera Bits, Puffy Stickers
Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers Circles Die Set

The Hunt is On with Photoplay Paper

Hello crafty friends! Happy Thursday to you all! It is so hard for me to believe, but spring is almost here and Easter is just two weeks away. So time for me to share this Easter card with you today that I made with Photoplay Paper’s adorable Baskets of Bunnies collection.

I do so love the sweet rabbits in this collection. This one is popped up with foam dots onto a 3×4 journaling card from the cut-apart paper. I added a small twine bow to it’s neck, and popped a few flowers around the basket for extra detail and dimension. The small photo corners were cut from 1″ squares of the patterned paper. The gingham scallops were die cut using my favorite Photoplay Borders die set.

We’re due for some very un-spring-like weather this afternoon and evening, with predictions of strong winds, rain, and large hail. Hope we get back to springtime soon. I’m ready for that March lion to turn into the lamb!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:


Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock
Photo Play Paper - Baskets of Bunnies Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack
Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders

Twine