December 15, 2017

When Your Die Cuts Do All The Work

Hey peeps.  Happy Friday!!  Is there REALLY only 10 days left until Christmas?  Geez I'm not done shopping yet.  However, I am nearing the end of my cardmaking which for me means SUCCESS!!!

I'm finishing up my family cards and letting my die cuts do all the work for me. Not only does it help me not have to overthink the layout of my card, it makes them come together and look fabulous!!  Also keeping the paper and sentiments simple really helps. I'm using two Christmas die cuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs today.  For my first card I used the Stocking Solid die cut with some Knit Picky paper from Lawn Fawn. I used a few small stitched rectangle dies to add some matching color and interest to my card.  Instead of just using white as a background color I decided to use fog card stock and ran it through my die cut machine with a small swiss dot embossing folder to give it some texture.  Adding just a few matte enamel dots to this cute card and voila it was complete.

For my ribbon tree I loved using a mix of sparkly, shiny and matte rose gold paper from DCWV.  It really made my card look elegant.  I used tiny strips of foam tape to pop up my little tree in the middle.  I can't tell you how much I LOVE these dies to build trees!!  I kept the card really simple by just adding a stitched hillside of snow and a simple sentiment.  I added just a bit of blue Copic markers to the background so the sky wasn't "white" and some snow with my white uniball gel pen.

Well that's a wrap for the cards today.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend everyone.  I'll see you back here next week!! 

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December 13, 2017

MFT Cool Day and Merry Christmas Circle Die

Hey peeps.  Happy Wednesday.  We are getting closer and closer to Christmas.  I'm still shaking things up in my room with some last minute cards.  Here is one I made for a sweet little girl who wanted an interactive card this year.

I stamped out the cute polar bear from the MFT Cool Days stamp set and colored him up with Copic markers and paired him with a sweet little birdie and sign.  Next I die cut out some snow drifts and the Merry Christmas circle die to begin the assembly of my shaker.  I used some older paper from my scrap bin and some lovely sequins from my ever growing sequin collection. I made sure to stamp shake me on the sign so she knew to shake the card so the sequins could move.

I'm trying to challenge myself to make a least one interactive card a month.  This way when I do make them I won't feel so overwhelmed and scared.  I outdid myself already this month and made a spinner/slider card last week.  You can find it here.

Have a great Wednesday everyone.  I'll see you back here soon.

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December 11, 2017

Christmas Shaker Tags

Happy Monday everyone.  I'm back today sharing some sweet Christmas shaker tags and I'm joining in on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  Making tags is such an easy and fun way to add a special touch to your holiday gifts.

For my tags I used the Dashing Deer stamp set from MFT and the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 die-namics along with some Birthday Blowout pattern paper.  This shaker tag was a breeze to put together.  Instead of using foam tape I die cut out the shape of the tag six times to build up the thickness of the tag. This keeps the sides of the tag clean.  Since this tags are small I only needed one image inside and just a few sequins.

Adding just a banner sentiment across the top of my tag and my shaker tag was complete.

Have a great day everyone.  See you back here later in the week.

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December 10, 2017

Classic White and Gold Christmas Cards

Hey everyone.  I'm in my craft room loving making some simple cards for my friends.  Nothing is prettier to me than a classic white and gold Christmas card. The simplicity of the two colors really makes the design you use stand out.  I love adding just a touch of red and/or green to a classic Christmas card. Just don't overdo it.  Keep the majority of the card with a lot of white space and the let gold color be the next big punch of color.

For my card today I used the Fairy Christmas stamp set from Ink On 3 and the Kaleidoscope background stamp from Simon Says Stamp along with some princess gold embossing powder.  Since the bells and holly on this image are small I only have to use a small amount of color using my zig clean color real brush markers.  To add some detail to the card I used stitched dies to add faux stitching to the circle and the layering panel on my card. I popped up my sentiment with a circle of fun foam just to add some dimension to my card. Now of course I wanted to add just a few sequins to these cards.  I just had too.  LOL

Look how pretty that sentiment is.  I love the little jingle bells on each of the letters.  Stamping the background on half of the background allows the sentiment to standout and now be overwhelmed by the background design. 

Have a blessed Sunday everyone.  I'll see you back here tomorrow with another card.

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