2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 20

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.

Can you believe I am now on week 20? It may seem, and does feel, like I’ve been at this project for forever, but it still catches me off-guard when a month mile marker comes around. Week 20 marks five months, and I am still going strong. This past week, I’ve actually been off traipsing around on two back-to-back quick trips, so there is only one card to share… another made with Doodlebug’s adorable Night Before Christmas collection.

This card reminds me of the Christmas special, Rudolph, with the Island of Misfit Toys. My daughter was obsessed with the little elephant doll from that show, so I definitely smile to see this one. I used papers from the 6×6 paper pad and several layers of die cut frames to create my background. The joy letters are from PhotoPlay Paper. And then a few die cut ephemera pieces to finish off the scene.

Hope you all are doing well and that things are starting to return to a more normal routine at your house. I was able to visit my son up in Richmond this past week, and have just returned from a quick visit to my dear friend Kathie’s house at the beach. We got to actually craft in person this time, instead of via Zoom. And I’ll share those cards with you all soon! Happy weekend, friends!


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 - Peace and Joy
My Creative Time Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Bunch of Fun Circles

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 19

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 19, I made a matching pair of cards using Doodlebug’s Night Before Christmas collection.

These cards feature paper from the 6×6 pad that were pieced to create a simple background. Then the row houses and critters were added to complete the scene. I used my favorite borders die set to add ruffled edging to the bottom of the houses. Reminds me of the pretty icing that decorates gingerbread houses at holiday time.

I had some old enamel dots that perfectly matched these Doodlebug colors, and of course I needed to add my favorite twine ties. There are no sentiments in the die cut package, but I did find a 6×6 paper that is filled with small tags that I could cut apart to use. I simply added the bottom portion of the tags with the wording to the top edge of the card, and cut off the images on the top of the tags. They’re small little labels, but I think it works here.

I’ve had such fun keeping up with my weekly holiday card challenge, and I’ve come a long way. Here we are in June already. Soon it will be Christmas in July, and you know I will be ready!

Happy weekend, friends! 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 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
PhotoPlay Paper Paper Crane Enamel Dots
Twine

Shine Bright with PhotoPlay Paper

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Hope everyone is doing well and that my friends and family in the States enjoyed your long holiday weekend. Memorial Day, of course, is a day to stop and remember and honor all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. For all of our privileges and freedom, I give my deepest thanks.

Besides being a day of remembrance, Memorial Day is also the unofficial start to summer, and what better way to celebrate than with some bright sunshiny summery fun, like this adorable card made with PhotoPlay Paper’s Fern & Willard collection. This card features papers from the 12×12 paper kit along with a 3×4 journaling card from the cut-apart card sheet. I used a stitched rectangle die as a layering piece, and dressed the card up with a bit of twine and a pair of cardstock stickers. The cute scalloped edges are snippets of the scalloped border sticker that were cut down to size.

Then, a banner die cut from the ephemera pack added to the inside of the card finished the design.

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 Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - Die Cut Cardstock Pieces - Ephemera Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar Rectangles
Stampin’Up Twine

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 18

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 18, I once again made a pair of cards with the Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole collection.

I think this Vintage North Pole line is just about my favorite holiday collection from this past year, and I am starting to make a good dent into my remaining paper pad and die cut supplies. This week’s cards were quite fun for me because I managed to use some of the large 6×8 printed journaling cards that come in the pad… and scaling those prints down to fit a standard card front can pose a bit of a challenge. Not only did I use two of those 6×8 cards this week, but I used the same one in two totally different ways to create two unique designs. For the first card, I cut down the print to be just a bit shorter than the card base, and layered it over a thin strip of contrasting paper placed at the bottom of the card, The print was edged with a tiny scalloped die cut border and tied with twine. I added a die cut ephemera heart at the side of the sentiment to finish the design.

The second card was a bit of a happy accident, and I love it all the more for being so. I started by die cutting a circle from the back side of the paper, thinking I would use it in my design. Then lo and behold, when I flipped it over, I saw that the Santa was perfectly centered in the die. I layered Santa up with a couple of additional die cut circles, and added more paper, more scallops, and more die cuts to finish.

I always love when a happy coincidence works in my favor like that, and it was so fun to create two cards with the same image that ended up looking so unique. Too bad I don’t have more to play with. But… onto the next!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 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 Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug
Simple Stories: Simple Vintage North Pole 6×8 Paper Pad, Die Cut Ephemera Bits
Dies: Sizzix Stitched Circles, My Creative Time Bunch of Fun Circle Dies

 

Make Lemonade with CardMaps

Happy Monday, crafty friends! What a glorious weekend it was here in my neighborhood. It was sunny and warm and everything has turned such a nice bright green. I spent lots of time outdoors working in my yard and walking with Finley. I pruned and mowed and picked up branches and watered and weeded. I over-exerted, and over-heated at times, but it feels so good to get so much work done. And I love that it feels like summer is almost here. I hope that whatever you did this weekend, that you had a wonderful time, too.

Today I’m sharing a card that I made for the PageMaps website using one of the CardMaps sketches from the April release. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and here is my take on it featuring the Some Days collection from Pink Fresh.

I love things with a citrus vibe, so I fell hard for this sweet collection. This card was made with the 6×6 paper pad, the die cut ephemera bits, and the matching enamel dots. And I threw in some Sizzix cardstock and border dies from Photo Play Paper to finish the design.

As you can see, the die cut lemons and flowers replace the cute bunnies from the sketch. I layered the die cuts and added some with foam dots to add depth and dimension. The sentiment label is a snippet from the paper pad, and although small, works perfectly for this design.

Love these happy colors and papers! This is making me want to break out some of my lemon decor and do a bit of decorating. It’s time to put that on the old to-do list!

Hope your week is getting off to a great start, and thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 17

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 17, I made two cards with the adorable Simple Vintage North Pole collection from Simple Stories.

I have so been enjoying this vintage-inspired collection. I purchased just the 6×8 paper pad and the ephemera die cut bits and have made ten cards so far, and am still going strong. This week’s cards began with the same basic design layout….. a base layer of patterned paper, followed by a strip of paper down the center and finished with another layer of contrasting paper on top. From there, I changed up the design by adding different details to the 3×4 cut-apart journaling cards. One got a fishtail banner and twine tie. The other, die cut scalloped borders and photo corners.

I haven’t had much time in my craft room lately, but so far I’m managing to keep up with my 2021 Christmas Card Project and weekly Zoom sessions, which makes me very happy. Really starting to make a dent now!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a beautiful, sunshiny weekend ahead!


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug
Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole Collection: 6×8 Paper Pad, Die Cut Ephemera Bits

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 16

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.

This week, I still had supplies out on my table from last week…. so I used those to create one winter-themed holiday card using the very cute, but quite old, Sub Zero collection from Simple Stories.

One thing I really love about Simple Stories is how many printed journaling cards they include in their kits, and this mountain slopes card comes from one of three cut-apart sheets in the collection. I layered the card onto striped patterned paper and added a pair of photo corner accents to the top edge. The gondola is a cardstock sticker that was popped up with foam tape in the center of the card. The die cut stitched frame is actually sized for a #6-sized card, but with a bit of cutting and mitered corners, it now perfectly fits the 3×4 image. More white cardstock, patterned paper strips, and twine finish the design.

It has been a crazy week here, and I haven’t had time to post much, so I’m sorry for my absence. I went back to work, and am trying to re-adjust to my new schedule, and am remembering how much work cuts into your free time! Haha! And after being home with online studies since last March, Pete is heading back to Richmond tomorrow to start his last year of pharmacy school… so I have been trying to make and freeze dinners for him and spend every spare minute with him that I can. And we are smack dab in the middle of the gas crisis, which has added to all the craziness. We got word that there’s a station not far away that currently has some premium gas, so Pete has made a run for it. Keep your fingers crossed that he gets in. And wish me luck dealing with empty nest syndrome, all over again.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


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

 

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096 Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Stitched Frames
Simple Stories Sub Zero 12×12 Kit
Stampin’Up Twine

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 15

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 15, I made a pair of card using an older 6×6 paper pad from Carta Bella called Snow Much Fun.

Although this is truly a winter themed collection, I think it works perfectly for holiday cards, as well. I mixed patterned papers and crisp white cardstock with small 2×3 printed journaling cards that came in the 6×6 paper pad to create my winter scenes. I’ve been obsessed with the border dies by PhotoPlay recently, so both cards got some decorative edging using that set. And I pulled out some older stitched rectangle and oval dies by Tim Holtz to add more detail to the edges, too.

I found a few old stickers in my stash that matched the papers well, so they’ve been added to help build up the scene. And of course there’s a bit of twine to finish the designs. Unfortunately, a lot of these products are no longer available, but I do always hope to use up some of my older supplies and I think that Christmas cards are the perfect opportunity to do so. Because unless your friends and family are card makers, they’ll never know what’s old and what’s new!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a very happy Mother’s Day!


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White
Carta Bella Snow Much Fun 6×6 Paper Pad
Simple Stories Sub Zero 12×12 Stickers
Sizzix Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Ovals Thinlits Die Sets

A Sweet as Honey Mother’s Day with PhotoPlay Paper

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! With Mother’s Day quickly approaching this weekend, I thought now was the perfect time to share this mom card that I made for PhotoPlay Paper featuring their adorable Sweet as Honey collection.

As you may guess from the cute garden gnome, Sweet as Honey is a continuation of the popular Tulla & Norbert product line that PhotoPlay began releasing last year. This kit is perfect for spring and summer with it’s bright sunny colors and garden theme filled with flowers and bees. I created an outdoorsy scene for my card using stickers from the collection and a couple of die sets. I really love all the flowers, and I think most moms would, too.

To turn this card from an everyday card into a Mother’s Day card, I used a sentiment die set from PhotoPlay’s Say it With Stamps collection to die cut the word Mom into the front of the card. Once die cut, I nestled the wording back in place, adhering it to the inside of the card to create a fun, peek-a-boo window for a little element of surprise.

I hope all of you celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday have an amazing weekend! 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 Core'dinations - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock - Value Pack - Black Cat - 50 sheets Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Cardstock Sheets - 80 Sheets Photo Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert's Sweet As Honey Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Circle Play Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders
PhotoPlay Paper Say it With Stamps Mom & Dad Etched Dies
Stampin’Up Twine

Hoppy Greetings with Therm O Web & Newton’s Nook

Happy Monday! This past week, the team at Therm O Web did a collaboration week with our friends at Newton’s Nook. And today I wanted to share the cards that I made for the Therm O Web blog using Newton’s adorable Hoppy Greetings stamp and die sets.

Although this stamp set is primarily an Easter theme, it does also have sentiment options that work well throughout the year. I paired this sweet bunny with some limited edition toner sheet card fronts from Therm O Web in a new color option, kraft! I used our green foil sheets to add foil highlights to the kraft card fronts. And I love how that green and kraft combo looks with this patterned paper from PhotoPlay Paper’s Sweet as Honey collection.

It’s been awhile since I’ve used my Zig Real Brush markers, and had almost forgotten how much I enjoy using those to watercolor. I broke out my corner rounder punch and favorite PhotoPlay borders die set to add some decorative details to the cards.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for adding foil to our printed toner sheets, along with all the instructions for these cards, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!


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

 

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096 Photo Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert's Sweet As Honey Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Kraft Toner Sheets - 4.25 x 5.5 - Candy Stripes - 6 pack Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Kraft Toner Sheets - 4.25 x 5.5 - Chic Chevrons - 6 pack Newton's Nook Designs HOPPY GREETINGS Clear Stamps NN2102S02 Newton's Nook Designs HOPPY GREETINGS Dies NN2102D02 Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Green - 5 Pack Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black Zig CLEAN COLOR 48 SET Real Brush RB6000AT48V EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder
Dies: Sizzix Circles, Dotted
Stampin’Up Twine