2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 7


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 7, I made a pair of cards using the Simple Stories Jingle All the Way collection.


I used the 6×8 paper pad and die cut ephemera bits for these cards. The first card features a 3×4 cut-apart journaling card that was included in the pad. I layered it onto a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die cut, and edged the top and bottom with die cut scalloped border. Little triangle photo corners, a tab top, and a twine tie finish the design.


I did some machine stitching on the second card, which I haven’t done in quite some time. But I love how that defines the seam line of the two papers and anchors the die cuts at the side. The tag is layered die cut bits with more of the scalloped border across the bottom and a twine tie on top. Both cards are based off older CardMaps sketches from July 2018.

Another week down, and two more cards added to my stash!
Happy weekend, friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - 6 x 8 Paper PadSimple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - Ephemera - Journal BitsLawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar RectanglesPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - BordersDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LadybugDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

Beautiful Spring Day with Photoplay Paper


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. We are being blessed with the most beautiful, spring-like weather here this week with sunny skies and temperatures breaking 70 degrees. The sunshine and warmth feels so welcome after the cold and wet winter. And today feels the perfect day to share this spring inspired card with you that I made for Photoplay Paper featuring their new Baskets of Bunnies collection.


This is such a bright and happy paper line, and works perfectly for spring and summer projects, as well as Easter themes. For this card, I used the 12×12 kit in a clean and simple design that uses one of the cut-apart journaling cards for the focal point, accented with a few cardstock stickers and twine.


The cherry trees that line our streets are already in bloom, and the daffodils are peeking up. I’m so happy spring is almost here. How about you? Is it spring in your neighborhood yet?


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Baskets of Bunnies Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Twine

FabYoulous with Photoplay Paper


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It is such a beautiful spring day here. The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky. Really puts me in the mood for bright and happy things, like today’s card made with the adorable new Fern & Willard collection by Photoplay Paper.


Fern and Willard are just about the cutest frogs you ever have seen, and the pair feature prominently throughout this line. But for this card, I focused on some of my other favorite parts of this collection, such as this fun red gingham, the flowers and two-tone butterfly, and the awesome coordinating stencil I used to decorate the matching envelope.


Photoplay recently released a product line for a fun new #6 card size, and that’s what I used here. There are #6 card bases and envelopes, and a whole line of coordinating dies from their Say it with Stamps line, making it so easy to create. I used the Stitched Frames #6 die set to cut the frames around the edge of the card, as well as the tag in the center. The tag and background come from one of the larger cut-apart journaling cards. I simply die cut the tag out of the center, and popped it back in place with foam dots for a dimensional, inlaid design. A bit of ribbon and stickers add the final details.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a beautiful, sun-shiny day ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockPhoto Play Paper - Say it With Stamps Collection - Blank White Scored Card - Size Number 6Photo Play Paper - Say it With Stamps Collection - White Envelopes - Size Number 6Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Stitched FramesPhoto Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - 6 x 6 StencilHero Arts - Dye Ink Pad - Shadow Ink - Mid-Tone - NavyHero Arts Shadow Ink Pad PALE TOMATO Mid-Tone AF233
Stampin’Up Ribbon

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 6

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 6, I made a pair of cards using Photoplay Paper’s two holiday collections from this past year, Christmas Cheer and Not a Creature Was Stirring. Although these cards really don’t “go” together, they do share one thing in common, which I didn’t even realize until I was taking the pictures…. they both have the same exact sentiment. So week 6 is the week that Santa Claus came to town.


The first card features the Christmas Cheer collection, and I utilized the 6×6 paper pad, the die cut ephemera bits, and the coordinating stamp set for this design. Crisp black cardstock and some older Sizzix die sets make up the foundation for the card. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the Santa Claus image, and added a popped up ephemera piece and my favorite twine tie to finish.


The second card features the Not a Creature was Stirring collection, and I used just the 6×6 paper pad and the die cut ephemera bits on this design. The main image for both cards are journaling cards taken from the paper pad, and I added a die cut for the sentiment. I’m always looking for ways to use up very small scraps of paper, and that’s what I used for the photo corners here. And then a corner rounder and twine tie finish the design.

That’s another two Christmas cards to add to my stash, bringing my total up to 9 so far for the year. Just a drop in the bucket, but better than nothing, right?

Thanks so much for stopping by! 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 CardstockCrafter's Companion - Luxury Cardstock Pack - 30 Sheets - BlackPhoto Play Paper - Christmas Cheer Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPhoto Play Paper - Christmas Cheer Collection - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - PhrasePhoto Play Paper - Christmas Cheer Collection - EphemeraPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - EphemeraSizzix - Framelits Die - Scallop CirclesDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LadybugRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Sizzix Stitched Circles, Stitched Ovals Framelits
Red Twine

Spring is in the Air with Photoplay Paper


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends, and happy MARCH! I’m so excited that March is here because that means that spring is right around the corner. I am so ready for flowers and sunshine, and an end to the freezing cold and rain. Perfect time to share this spring card that I made with Photoplay Paper’s adorable Easter collection, Baskets of Bunnies.


I love the bright and happy colors in this new paper line, and one of my favorite things about it is that it’s not just a holiday collection. I used the 12×12 paper kit and die cuts to design this card,  adding only a little bit of twine from my stash. Two patterned papers in the background, and one of the cut-apart journaling cards for the focal point. The bunny and flowers are cardstock stickers, as is the snippet of scalloped border. All finished off with a die cut sentiment banner strip.


I’ve started bringing out my spring decorations, and I love how bright and happy it’s making things around here. I’d say that spring is definitely in the air! I’m so ready! How about you?


Photo Play Paper - Baskets of Bunnies Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Baskets of Bunnies Collection - Ephemera

Twine

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 5

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 5, I made a winter-inspired shaker card using the adorable Winter Memories collection by PhotoPlay Paper and Deco Foil printed Toner sheets from Therm O Web.


Therm O Web Toner Sheets make the most perfect shaker windows, and they come in many different patterns and designs. For this card, I used a print that reminded me of falling snow, and used Opal Deco Foil transfer sheets to keep with a snowy feel. The sequin and bead mix is from Sizzix.


I love the sweet critters in this paper collection. One more holiday card to add to my stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy weekend, everyone!


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockPhoto Play Paper - Winter Memories Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets, Doodles 5514Sizzix - Framelits Die - SquaresTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Opal - 5 PackSizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Sequins and Beads - Arctic SkyDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder
Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey-Joes Border Dies

Tulla & Norbert’s Lucky Charm with Photoplay Paper


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Can you believe that March is just around the corner? Hopefully that means that spring is on the way, and we can soon say goodbye to this horrible winter weather everyone is having. Today I’m looking ahead to golden skies and green clovers with a pair of St. Patty’s cards made with Photoplay Paper’s adorable Tulla & Norbert Lucky Charm collection.


I think of these cards as a bit of a two-fer project. Once you cut and mix and match the background pieces back together, you end up with two coordinating, yet unique, cards from one simple design. Bonus time.

I used 3×4 cut-apart cards for the focal points of each card, simply adding shamrock stickers and my favorite twine ties for final details. Sweet and simple, and an easy two-fer 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 CardstockPhoto Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert's Lucky Charm Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack

Stampin’Up twine

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 4

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 4, I finished two cards using Simple Stories’ Simple Vintage North Pole collection.


I really love the collage-style of the die cut ephemera bits that look like you spent lots of time layering pieces, when in fact all the hard work is already done for you. Both of these cards were an attempt to use up leftover scraps of paper, which you can see in some of the small strips and banner flags. White cardstock, twine, and a corner rounder were the only extra additions.


The second card utilized a scrap of paper that I had previously die cut a circle from. I just layered it onto cardstock and popped an ephemera piece in the middle. Looks like they were tailor made.
Two more cards down!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. 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 CardstockSizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Circles, 1 1/4", 2", 2 1/2" & 3 1/2"Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LadybugEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole: 6×8 Paper Pad, Ephemera Bits & Pieces

Waffleflower Crafts Special Delivery


This past holiday season, I had the wonderful opportunity to join up with Scrapbook.com for their 12 Days of Holiday sales event, and one of the products they sent me to play with was this Waffleflower Crafts Special Delivery paper pad. I made a couple of projects with it back then, but the paper has been sitting neglected since. This past week I went on a marathon crafting spree and challenged myself to use up the entire paper pad, and today I wanted to share my results with you.


Now the Special Delivery collection does include a matching stamp and die set, which I don’t have. But I still managed to end up with 7 cards and 8 tags using only the paper pad and a bit of white cardstock and twine. To mimic the postage stamp edges throughout the paper line, I relied on an older Tim Holtz die set and Fiskars border punch… unfortunately both retired now, but this scrappy project was a challenge to use what I had.


This is a smaller paper pad, with only 12 sheets of 12 designs, instead of the standard 24 papers you see in most small pads. Fortunately there were 3 sheets of images that could be cut apart for the focal point of the designs, and one sheet of tiny blocks that I cut into strips and squares, too.


Since there were pairs of images, I replicated each design where I could, simply switching out the background papers here and there. And I really did use every square inch of paper, even the smallest of strips which became small banners or tabs. And if a scrap was too small to reach across the card, I cut it in half and hid the gaps behind other items.


When it came down to the final two images, which were a bit too small all on their own, I combined them onto one card. And although I could have stopped at this point, I moved onto tags from there.


For the tags, I adhered whatever strip or small block of paper I had remaining onto cardstock, and then die cut the tag shapes. I started with a medium-sized Photo Play Paper tag die, and worked down to a smaller tag die for the final two. They are a real patchwork of piecing, but I like that about them.

This was such a fun project, and probably the first time I’ve managed to use absolutely everything from one pad or one kit in it’s entirety. 7 cards and 8 tags (sorry, I’m noticing that one small tag didn’t get its close-up… but you can see it in the top photo) feels like a pretty good accomplishment from one small pad. Plus I have a bonus post with two additional cards, if you’d like even more Special Delivery inspiration.
Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockWaffle Flower Crafts - 5.5 x 8.5 Paper Pad - Special DeliveryWaffle Flower Crafts - Craft Die and Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set - Special Delivery ComboPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Bracket And Speech BubbleTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

Sizzix Tim Holtz Stacked Postage Framelits die set
Fiskars Postage Edge border die

Tim Holtz 2021 Sizzix Chapter 1- Carrot Bunny


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend, and enjoyed your Valentine’s Day and perhaps an extra day off today for President’s Day. Today I am excited to share my last project made for the Tim Holtz 2021 Sizzix Chapter 1 release. A fun and happy springtime card made with the new Carrot Bunny and Bubbling die sets.


This Carrot Bunny set is simply adorable! I love how the arms are notched so that you can tuck the carrots underneath… or in this case, one of my rabbits is holding the ribbon and one is popping out of his little hidey-hole. I added a trio of carrots to my arrangement, slipping them into the framework of the card. The Bubbling background is layered onto Tim Holtz Dapper patterned paper, and I used a craft knife to cut through one bubble as a window for the rabbit.


I used a Big Chat sticker and the new Alphanumeric Bold die set to create a spring sentiment banner for the inside of the card.


I had such fun making projects for the Chapter 1 release! There are just so many fabulous new sets to play with. Already looking forward to Chapter 2!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - DapperSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Carrot BunnySizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - BubblingSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Alphanumeric BoldRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Scattered StrawRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed Corduroy
Stampin’Up Ribbon