2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 24

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 here with you.

Last month I got the chance to visit with Kathie, and we were able to craft together in person, for a change. I brought along my favorite holiday collection of the year, Simple Stories’ Simple Vintage North Pole, and managed to make a handful of cards. I have shared most of the cards already over the previous weeks, and today I’m back with the last of them.

This card features one of the few remaining 3×4 journaling cards I had left in the 6×8 paper pad. It didn’t quite fit in the die cut rectangular frame I wanted to use, so I added a strip of patterned paper to fill the space at bottom and top, and embellished the frame with paper photo corners, die cut ephemera bits, and twine.

I have very little of this paper left, which makes me both sad and happy. Sad because I hate to see it go, but happy that every scrap is getting put to use. I may manage to eek out one or two more cards with the supplies I have left, and then maybe move onto tags. Stay tuned! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 Pack Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar Rectangles Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green
Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole: 6×8 Paper Pad, Die Cut Ephemera

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 23

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 23, I made two cards with the brand new holiday collection from PhotoPlay Paper called North Pole.

The first card mixes paper from the 6×6 paper pad with one of the larger 4×6 images from the cut-apart journaling card sheet. I trimmed around the card and edged the bottom with scallops, and snipped off a bit from the sides to make it fit. The little Santa was fussy cut from another journaling card. And I added a few cardstock stickers around Santa to finish the design.

One of my favorite things about this collection is the introduction of blue to the traditional holiday colors, and the second card features this fun color palette. Once again, I cut down one of the journaling cards, edged it with scallops and mixed it with papers from the 6×6 pad. The stack of presents is from the sticker sheet.

Hope those who celebrated had a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend here in the States. Sure was nice to have my parents here visiting, and we did it up with a nice BBQ and some of that pie I mentioned last time. Happy weekend, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

 

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 Pack Photo Play Paper - Christmas - The North Pole Trading Co. Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - Christmas - The North Pole Trading Co. Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Ladybug Best Creation Inc - Baker's Twine - Dark Green

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

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

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

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

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

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