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 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

Frosty Friends with CardMaps

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m kicking off the week with a card share featuring another card that I made for the PageMaps site using one of the new January CardMaps sketches.

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it using PhotoPlay Paper’s adorable Winter Memories collection.

You all know that I’m a huge sucker for cute critters, and this paper collection is filled with them. Love that this line works equally well for holiday cards as it does for the winter season, which is the emphasis of my card today.


I closely followed the sketch design with layers of patterned papers edged in lacy die cut trim. I cut a focal block from papers with a more solid print to help the cute woodland animal stand out. The snowbank was die cut using Heffy Doodle Slopey-Joes border dies. And then a twine tie finished the design.

We were forecast to get our first snowfall of the year this past week…. but it didn’t happen. Maybe soon?

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


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Winter Memories Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey-Joes Border Dies
Sizzix Happy Trims Dies

Freezin’ Season with CardMaps

 

 

Happy New Year, crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and were able to celebrate in some special way. It may have been a quiet holiday for many of you, as it was for me… but regardless, it sure was nice to close the book on 2020, wasn’t it? Now here we are in January, in a brand new year with new possibilities, a fresh start, and a clean slate! Cheers to that!

For all you fans of sketch layouts, January also brings a new set of sketches on the PageMaps site. And once again, I was so very happy to be able to create a few projects using the new January CardMaps designs. Here is the first of the sketches that I used, and my take on it using stamps from LDRS Creative.


This is the adorable LDRS Snowball Fight stamp and die set that I received for a Therm O Web collaboration back in December. Ever since I got my sweet pup Finley, who very much reminds me of an arctic fox, I simply cannot resist cute fox images like these. I stamped these cuties in Tuxedo Black ink onto PhotoPlay Paper cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. They were then die cut with the coordinating dies.


The sketch used an assortment of shapes and frames behind the focal image, so I tried to recreate that look with a variety of dies. The circles and the fold-over tag are new-to-me dies from Reverse Confetti. I added a snowbank border die cut using Heffy Doodle’s stitched Slopey-Joes border dies, too.


Patterned paper is some older 6×6 paper pads from Fancy Pants and Carta Bella. As always, I’ll attach a list of supplies below.

Hope your January is off to a great start! I’ve never really been one for making New Year’s resolutions, but my head is filled with dreams and goals for the upcoming year. Mostly revolving around crafting and fun. 😀
How about you, friends? Any new resolutions out there?


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock LDRS Creative - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Snowball Fight LDRS Creative - Dies - Snowball Fight Reverse Confetti Cuts FOLD OVER WINDOW TAG DieReverse Confetti Cuts CIRCLE RAYS DUO Dies Heffy Doodle STITCHED SLOPEY JOES BORDER Dies hfd0090Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Fancy Pants Home for Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad
Carta Bella Snow Much Fun 6×6 Paper Pad
Copic Markers

You’re Snow Cool with Therm O Web & LDRS Creative


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! It’s raining cats and dogs here today (and foxes and snowmen)… so a very good day to stay inside and tackle that holiday to-do list. I’m happy to say that the bulk of my Christmas cards are going out today, yay! Now we’ll just see if any of them make it in time.


Last week, the Therm O Web team joined up for the first time with LDRS Creative, and I received the cutest little fox stamps and dies to play with. I shared one card with you on Friday (scroll down one post or click here to see it), and today I am back with a second. This time pairing the adorable Snowball Fight and Pine Tree Forest stamps with Ranger’s new Kraft Heavystock paper and Therm O Web Glitz Glitter Gel in white. I absolutely love the look of white on kraft for the holidays, don’t you? Think it reminds me of brown paper packages, tied up with string. And these are a few of my favorite things.


As always, if you’d like to learn more about this project, head on over to the Therm O Web blog and check out my step-by-step tutorial. And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Kraft Heavystock - 8.5 x 11LDRS Creative - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Pine Tree ForestLDRS Creative - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Snowball FightLDRS Creative - Dies - Snowball FightHeffy Doodle STITCHED SLOPEY JOES BORDER Dies hfd0090Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - SnowTherm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Glitz Glitter Gel 18131Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

 

Snow Much Fun with CardMaps

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Happy Thursday, crafty friends!

I’m back today with another card to share that I made for the January 2020 CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and here is my take on it featuring a super cute, but older, collection from Simple Stories called Sub Zero.


It is supposed to start snowing here this afternoon. If that happens, it will be our first snowfall of the season, and I am super excited. It’s been feeling so spring-like that our cherry and redbuds trees are already in bloom, and I was beginning to think that snow would never happen for us this year. Hopefully my card for today will be a good luck charm, and bring on the real stuff.


I closely followed the sketch design, with some simple layering of patterned paper and a stacked sentiment label at the top. I used an old die from Papertrey Ink to add the notebook detailing along the bottom.

With our forecast for snow, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a little bit of my winter decor before it comes down at the end of the month. With our trees blooming, I was feeling a little silly having my winter snowmen still out….but now I’m glad they are. Hoping they, too, will be good luck charms for the real deal today. So with that, here’s a peek at my snowy mantel.


I love a natural vibe to my decorations, so the mantel is a mixture of rustic, soft, and glittery elements in a woodland scene. My favorite shabby chic type of combo!


The wooden tray on the bottom is actually a vintage cabbage slicer that my mom gave me some years ago, and just so happens to be a perfect fit for the mantel shelf. I stacked it with wicker-style deer, a pair of prim snowmen, a cottony wispy tree, and a trio of jumbo sparkling snow balls.


The right side has more of the same, along with my favorite handmade snowman prim and a vintage sled that I love to use this time of year.


Keep your fingers crossed for snow! And thanks so much for stopping by!

 

January 2020 CardMaps- Hug in a Mug

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Hello, hello, crafty friends, and happy New Year! I hope you all had a very wonderful holiday season, and that 2020 is off to a great start for you! Can you believe we are starting a whole new decade? Time sneaks away so quickly. I still clearly remember all the excitement of starting a new century in 2000……..like it was yesterday. 😀

With the start of a new year comes a whole new set of card making sketches on the PageMaps blog, and today I’m sharing the first card I made with the January sketches. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring some adorable stamps by Hello Bluebird.


I’m sure you all know what a sucker I am for the cute little critters. Hello Bluebird has some of the cutest ones out there, including these sweeties from the Cocoa Party stamp set. Although this is mostly a holiday set, I think the images are perfect for a blustery winter look with their hot beverages and woolly jumpers. We’ve been having weather from the mid 50’s to the mid 70’s these past few weeks, so this may be the closest I get to actual snow this year.


My favorite paper collection for holiday cards this year was definitely Echo Park Paper’s My Favorite Christmas, so of course I had to try out their next release, My Favorite Winter. I picked out two snowy prints to follow the sketch design, layered with crisp white cardstock to make everything pop. The images were colored with Copic markers and die cut with the matching dies. The ovals are from the Limitless Layers Oval die set by Papertrey Ink.


Wishing you all a very crafty new year! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackEcho Park - Christmas - My Favorite Winter Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadHello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Clear Stamps hb2239 Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Die Set hb2240 Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Papertrey Ink: Limitless Layers Oval die set
Copic Markers

Let it Snow with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Brrrr, has it ever been frigid in my neck of the woods lately. The “polar vortex” has certainly visited us here in the heart of North Carolina this past week… much to the chagrin of me who is spending quite more time shivering and shaking outdoors than I’d wish with a puppy who is completely immune to the cold. Unfortunately, I’ve heard there’s much more of the same looming ahead as we close out January. Seems like the perfect time to share this winter-themed card project and tutorial that I had up on the Ranger Ink blog last month.


This snowy card was made with the Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes die set by Sizzix, with a fun inlay die cutting technique backed by the pretty sparkle of Ranger glittered embossing powder. Now normally I am a neutral-loving gal, as many of you know by now. But there’s something about this bright color combo that just feels so perfect for winter. The blend of blue and purple Distress Oxide inks makes me think of an evening sky in the midst of a snowfall. And of course that touch of glittery sparkle feels like freshly fallen snow. Surely a combination that will chase away any winter blahs.


It’s not often that I shy away from patterned paper, but that’s just what I did with this card made solely from a mix of heavyweight white cardstock and watercolor cardstock that was inked, inked and spritzed, or simply embossed with tinsel powder. The only extra embellishment is the gilded rub-on sentiment.


I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re managing to keep warm and snug inside!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - White CardsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Paper SnowflakesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Remnant Rubs - Gilded ChristmasRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken ChinaRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Ink PadRanger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Bridal TinselRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

Let it Snow with Authentique

Sharing another chilly project with you today. Just seems appropriate on a frosty morning such as this. Although I should be thinking of fall and Thanksgiving right now, all this cold has me skipping ahead to the next season and winter….perfect time for a bit of Authentique’s new winter collection, Glistening.

AudreyPettit-Glistening-Let it Snow CardI’ve been crushing big time on gray this past year, so this collection has stolen my heart. For today’s card, I pulled out a variety of gray tones from the 6×6 papers and Enhancements Cut Apart paper to create an icy monochromatic look. I absolutely adore the mix of hues, from deep, dark gray to silver gray to light gray to crisp, bright white. Adds a lot of interest, even in a design lacking in a lot of color.

AudreyPettit-Glistening-Let it Snow Card2You can notice from the side how the frame has been popped up on foam dots for a bit of dimension. The tag, too, is elevated, and a big, puffy bow adds even more depth. Quick way to create a window effect with very little effort.

AudreyPettit-Glistening-Let it Snow Card3I think those children look like they are having a ton of fun!

But for me………I think I’ll stay bundled up inside with my fleecies and coffee!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Warm and Cozy

Heeelllllo! Happy Wednesday, my friends! Hope you are all doing well on this fine wintery day. I am feeling like quite the old lady with my wrenched back this week. But I’m planning on cheering myself up with a crafty play date with the girlies today. There’s nothing like a bit of crafting to ease all pains. 😉

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Recently, I came across an old card while digging through my scrappy stash. After resisting my initial urge to toss it, I gave it a make-over, instead. seemed a shame to let all that hand-stitching go to waste. Now it’s a fun mix of old and new, that makes me smile.

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Did you all have any of those sets of Fancy Pants felt embellishments way back in the day? Mercy….talk about your oldies! Or how about that old Basic Grey paper? Now hopefully they look a bit fresher mixed with some Little Yellow Bicycle Winterings goodies.

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Or one could hope, anyway.

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