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

 

 

 

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 14

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 my friend Kathie was out of town, so there was no crafty play date… but I still wanted to keep on track for my weekly goal of making at least one holiday card. This week’s card features the adorable Merry Days collection by Crate Paper, which I’ve had in my stash for over a year and never used. And this was a fun challenge for me because it doesn’t use the typical card making supplies, but rather, gift wrap supplies.

I do love wrapping pretty packages, so when I found the Merry Days Gift Wrap Book and Gift Tags set at Tuesday Morning, I couldn’t resist. Although the printed paper is very thin, like copy paper, it does work for cards, too… so why not get double use when you can? I layered two of the gift wrap prints onto crisp white cardstock and placed a border of matching washi tape across the center. Then simply added a die cut tag and a pair of gift tags embellishments to finish the design.

I love the color palette of this collection! So different from other paper collections that I have, and it’s always fun to try something different every once in awhile.

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


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
Crate Paper Merry Days: Gift Wrap Book, Gift Tags, Washi Tape
Stampin’Up Twine

Let’s Have Some Fun with CardMaps

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful, sunshiny weekend! Today I am back to share a bright and happy friendship card that I made for the PageMaps blog featuring one of the new April CardMaps sketches. Here is the sketch that I used.

And here is my take on it using the adorable Fern & Willard collection by PhotoPlay Paper.

I absolutely adore the frogs in this collection! They are so cute and whimsical and just plain fun. I created a little scene for Fern using some older retired circle dies from Sizzix, layered with cardstock stickers from the 12×12 paper kit.

Crisp white cardstock mixed with Sizzix Cardstock Sheets. I added some of the stickers with foam dots for dimension and tied the card up with twine.

This card screams spring to me, and I love the mix of colors with that navy. Fun to do a card with some angles and curves, too, as I tend to be rather square. 😀

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you the start of a fabulous new week!


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

 

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Cardstock Sheets - 80 Sheets Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack
Dies: Sizzix Circles, Dotted; Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey Joes Border Dies
Stampin’Up Twine

 

 

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 13

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 13, I made one card with a favorite older collection by PhotoPlay Paper, Mad4Plaid Christmas.

Mad4Plaid Christmas came out a few years ago, and is hard to find now… but I’m on a mission to use up my old paper kit as much as I can. This card uses 12×12 patterned papers and crisp white cardstock scalloped borders. The pole image is from the cut-apart journaling card sheet. I added thin strips of plaid paper to the top and bottom of that card to give it a little extra definition. Then embellished with a twine tie and puffy stickers.

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


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

 

Crafter's Companion 50 PACK ULTRA SMOOTH PREMIUM WHITE CARDSTOCK cc-uspc50 EK Success MINI CORNER ROUNDER Punch Set 54 70026
Photoplay Paper Mad4Plaid Christmas: 12×12 Paper Kit, Puffy Stickers
Fiskars Scalloped Border Punch
Twine

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2- Folk Flowers Revisited

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Tuesday to you! Today I’m here to share my last project that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 reveal. This time, I have another art tag to show that features the beautiful new cover plate background die, Folk Flowers.

If you popped in a couple of weeks ago, you may have seen the companion tag that I made in a very similar style. Whereas that tag used the Folk Flowers die as a stencil, adding Distress Grit Paste and Distress Embossing Glaze to create a raised surface… this time I layered the die cut panel onto a tag base to create recessed areas with all those negative cut outs. It’s another way to use a large background die to give a totally different look to the finished project.

Here in the close-up shot you can catch a better view of the recessed pattern. I used a Distress Embossing Pen to add embossing medium to the inside of each cut-out opening, and then filled the recessions with Distress Embossing Glaze. Once heated, the tag looks like it was enameled, like stained glass. It’s such a pretty technique, and so easy, too.

The top of the tag was smeared with a bit of Distress Grit Paste to give it an aged appearance and Distress Crayon was added to bring out the texture. I love how old and grungy it looks, like this tag has been around for a long, long time. I added leaf sprigs that are from the Funky Nature die set from Chapter 1. More lace and scallops and ribbon. The metal is an Idea-ology Quote Band.

Art tags are always great all on their own, but I added mine to a simple kraft gift bag for gift giving. Remove the clip at the top, and the tag comes right off and becomes part of the gift. I love two-fer projects like that.

That’s a wrap for my Chapter 2 projects from the YouTube Live reveal. In case you missed my other Folk Flowers art tag, you can see that HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - Number 8 Tags - 20 Pack Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - Classic Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Folk Flowers Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Funky Nature Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote Bands Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3 Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze and Embossing Pen Set - Peeled Paint Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Glaze - Rustic Wilderness
Sizzix Stitched Ovals Thinlits Die Set
Stampin’Up Seam Binding Ribbon
Lace

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 12

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 12, I made a pair of cards with Simple Stories’ Jingle All the Way collection.

Today’s cards are very simple in design, but I’m pleased with how they turned out. At 6×8 in size, I really wasn’t sure at first what I could do with the images that I used for these cards. The full-size pages were too big for a standard card, and I don’t scrapbook anymore. I supposed you could put them into a frame, but even that would require some cutting down to size. It seemed like such a waste to let them go, so after a bit of careful trimming and strategic placement, both now work perfectly for cards… and I’m so happy they do. For the first card, I cut the image almost directly in half, leaving just enough room at the bottom for a thin strip of contrasting paper and a twine tie. So simple, but that image is just too cute.

The second card required trimming on all four sides to fit an A2 card base. I added two strips of patterned paper down the right side, along with plaid photo corners I cut from paper. The sentiment labels are from the die cut pack. And a cardstock star sticker and twine tie finished the design.

I’m so happy to find a use for these over-sized printed 6×8 journaling cards. There’s a few more left in the pad, so the challenge is still on. But I’m always up for a good challenge. 😀

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


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

Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - 6 x 8 Paper Pad Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - Ephemera - Journal Bits Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug
PhotoPlay Paper Mad4Plaid Christmas Cardstock Stickers
Stampin’Up Twine

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2- Rupert

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Today I am back with another project that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2021 Chapter 2 Reveal. This time, it’s a whimsical, over-sized card featuring the new Colorize character, Rupert.

Isn’t he adorable? I just love these playful Colorize critters, and am so happy to have this quirky dragon to add to my collection. Rupert has been die cut from a combination of Tim’s kraft stock Distress cardstock and Distress watercolor cardstock that was colored with Distress Oxide and Ink. I really like mixing the two mediums when I’m building images, as I feel like that adds a variety of visual textures to the finished project. You can see that Rupert is a nice large size, too, which makes him quite the statement piece for larger cards or altered art or even home decor. Couldn’t you just picture him in a kids room?

Do you see how Rupert’s hands are perfectly poised to grab onto something? So I thought why not give him a potted cactus to hold? Perfect excuse to add in a background scene using the Quirky Cactus die set, another new addition to the Chapter 2 release. Once again, the cacti were die cut from a combination of kraft stock and inked watercolor paper. The cactus in the pot was too tall to fit my scene in it’s original form, but the beauty of die cuts is you can alter them to fit your needs. So a quick whack off the bottom cut the potted cactus down to size.

Rupert was also too large for my scene, so he got a bit of a trim, as well. I added a big ribbon bow and an Idea-ology sentiment sticker. The background is Distress watercolor paper that has been inked and stenciled and coated with Distress Crackle Paste. I am a little bit obsessed with the texture of that paste, I must say.

This was such a fun project to make, and it really brings a smile to my face. Such a whack-a-do design, with a dragon frolicking in his cactus garden…. but that’s what makes it so fun. Every once in awhile it’s wonderful to just let your imagination go.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous day!


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 Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Rupert Colorize Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Funky Cactus Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot Fade Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Woven Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Scattered Straw Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby Shutters Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty Ocean Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Chipped Sapphire Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Stormy Sky Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Peeled Paint Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - Crackle
Stampin’Up Ribbon
Idea-ology Metallic Quotations Stickers

 

 

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