Nov 272015
 

Merry Christmas in Pacific PointMerry Christmas in Pacific Point is designed using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Blue and silver is one of my favorite Christmas colors.  I have a friend that will only put blue and silver packages under her tree.  That is taking it a bit too far, but her tree is always lovely.

Today’s card starts with a tag and a simple Christmas sentiment.  The tag is embellished with snowflakes from the Square Pillow Box Thinlits and a bit of Pacific Point ribbon.

The background is done with the Boughs & Berries embossing folder.  This embossing folder is a bit smaller than my normal sized greeting card so it takes a special technique to add it to the card front.  I placed the Pacific Point in the embossing folder so it was all the way to the top, but placed the top cutting pad only 3/4 the way down the card stock.  Run this through the Big Shot.  Remove and turn the card stock around in the embossing folder matching the pattern as closely as possible.  Place the cutting pad only over the section that is not yet embossed.  Run it through the Big Shot again.  This will give you a complete embossed border.

Add the completed tag to the center of the embossed card stock and add that to the card base.

See the supply list below for the Merry Christmas in Pacific Point card.

Nov 202015
 

Sleigh Ride Ornament Card (2)The Sleigh Ride Ornament Card uses some of my favorite dies.  Notice there is no stamping on the front of this card-only the die cuts and embossing.

I am traveling and visiting family for the next couple of weeks so I don’t have my usual photographic tools available.  Therefore, my lighting is not the best to show off this beautiful card.

The sleigh and ornament topper are done is the Silver Glimmer Paper.  Also the “joy” is die cut from the Silver Glimmer Paper.  I used the “enjoy” thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and just cut off the “en”.

Vellum card stock is used over the Soft Sky card stock of the ornament and “joy” .  Both pieces of vellum are embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder as well as the Whisper White background.

I hope you enjoy the Sleigh Ride Ornament Card and will try going ink free.

Nov 132015
 

Card BoxGreeting Card Gift Box open

 

The Greeting Card Gift Box is designed for the holidays, but it would make a wonderful gift any time of year.  Fill the box with birthday cards or all occasion cards.  The box will fit at least 4 greeting cards and envelopes.  You could even include postage stamps and a pen to make the set complete.

You can download the complete tutorial HERE.

For just the supply lists for the Greeting Card Gift Box, see below.

Nov 062015
 

front of envelope Thank You NoteYou don’t want to forget to make up some Thank You Notes & Envelopes.

The new envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! gives you a lighter weight paper just perfect for envelopes.  Add a liner of Designer Series Paper to match your note cards and everyone will know how much you appreciate their kindness and/or gifts.

I have included a free, complete tutorial with supplies and instructions for you HERE.

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Thank you for taking a look at my Thank You Notes & Matching Envelopes post today.

Oct 302015
 

Christmas cardInside cardThe Christmas Landscape Card is all about the inside 3D window scene.  The front of the card is a mountain and trees view, but the inside of the card looks through the window, complete with drapes, showing the decorated Christmas tree.

The card was inspired by a friend of mine whom I have featured before here on my blog.  Linda Campbell is such a talented paper crafter.  She showed me a similar design and I had to try it myself.

Look back at my post a few weeks ago to see another example and more details about creating the landscape on the front of this card.

The card is made with a 5 1/2″ X 11″ piece of card stock.  You can create your scene on the inside middle panel.  The panels are separated with 1/4″ lines so when folded you have a 3D look.  The card folds flat to fit into a standard medium envelope.

Linda's card front_wm Linda's card inside 3D_wm Linda's window inside_wmThese are photos of Linda’s card showing the 3D effect of the inside panels.  I also like her front door and will have to try that technique as well.

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Oct 232015
 

Baked Goods belly bandSpreading a little Christmas cheer with Baked Goods Box & Label.  This little box is perfect for giving mini sweet bread loafs, cookies or candy.  Spice up your package with a Merry Christmas belly band.

Add that festive touch to your gift of baked goods by placing them in a handmade box and decorating with a belly band label.

The label is quick and easy to stamp and assemble.  You can add the ribbon to the back of the label and it is ready to wrap around your package and tape in the back.

For the box shown, all you need is a single sheet of card stock.  The sides are 2 1/4″ high and the length is 6 1/2″ and it is 4″ across.  You can adjust the dimensions to make the box smaller.   The box is assembled with Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Stamp the message on Whisper White card stock.  Use the small tree thinlit from the Square Pillow Box thinlits set and cut out the trees.  Layer the Whisper White card stock over a slightly smaller piece of Cucumber Crush card stock.  I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to attach the doily to the Cucumber Crush lace trim.

Email me if you would further information on how to assemble the Baked Goods Box & Label.  Order your Stampin’ Up! supplies 24/7 through my Online Store.

Oct 212015
 

Christmas card Christmas card insideThinking of You at Christmas Card is my new favorite.  I love the green and gold together.

Today I thought:  I have been using silver on my Christmas cards and want to try using the gold.  The gold doily was perfect for the sketch.  The gold is carried throughout the card with gold embossing on the holly and the sentiment.

The front sentiment is inked with VersaMark and gold embossing powder added.  The inside sentiment and holly are inked with Mossy Meadow and gold embossing powder added.  It is hard to see this in the pictures, but it gives a shimmer the card.

The leaves of the holly were colored with Old Olive marker, blotted off and then heat set again.  This brings out the gold over the Mossy Meadow ink a bit more.  I colored the berries with Cherry Cobbler markers before stamping the holly.  Using this technique instead of VersaMark gives a bit more color without completely covering it up with the gold emboss.

Thinking of You at Christmas Card didn’t take to long to make and I will probably be repeating this for my own set of Christmas cards.

Pop over to i Love Card Sketches to see other examples using this week’s card sketch.

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Oct 192015
 

Christmas CardTime for Tinsel Christmas card is designed for a card sketch challenge.  I enjoy using card sketches to start the creative process.

What do I do next when designing a card?  Once I have a general idea of the shapes I want, I look to colors.  I knew I wanted to use Silver Glimmer paper snowflakes and to me that means a cooler color scheme such as the blues.

Actually unless I have a specific theme such as Christmas or a birthday or get well wishes, I choose the sentiment based on the room I have available.  Silver snowflakes usually mean Christmas or winter so those are the stamp sets I look for in my stash.  Sometimes I will have a specific message I want to include and then I choose the layers to match the size and shape of the sentiment.

If I were to re-make this card, I might add some texture to the blue layers – maybe some small polka dot embossed pattern.

I would love to know what aspects of the card do you plan first or last.  Please leave your comments below or Email Me with your suggestions and share your card design.

Oct 162015
 

Gift bagIt has been quite a while since I first was taught to make a bagelope.  They have been around for ages.  With the Christmas Bagelope today, I hope you will see the fun possibilities to use this simple technique for gift bags this holiday season.

The term “bagelope” combines two thoughts:  end result gift bag and beginning with an envelope.

For this small gift bag I used a medium Whisper White envelope (4 3/8″ X 5 3/4″).  Start by sealing the envelope closed.  You may have to add a little glue at the edges.  Turn the envelope so the 5 3/4″ side is against the left edge of the Simply Scored tool and score down the length at 3/4″ and 3 5/8″.  Turn the envelope so the 4 3/8″ side is against the left side of the Simply Scored tool and score at 3/4″.  Fold and crease all the score lines.  This will yield a small bag that is 2 7/8″ wide with 1 1/2″ gussets on the sides.

With the sides folded in on the score lines, insert the envelope into the tag topper punch and punch.  Trim off excess on each side of the tag topper.  This gave me a bag that is about 4 1/2″ tall not counting the topper.

Decorate the front and baack of the bag as desired.

Open up the bag and push gussets to the inside.  There will be small triangles formed at the bottom on each side.  Fold these to the bottom of the bag and secure with Tear & Tape Adhesive.

You can use any size envelope to create these gift bags. You can vary where you place the score lines.  However, the score lines should always be equal on all three sides.  For instance, if you score at 1/2″ on all sides, the depth of the bottom and the gussets will be 1″.  The width of the bag will be bigger, but the depth will be smaller.  You can even use large mailing envelopes to create regular sized gift bags.

Have fun creating your own sweet Christmas Bagelopes.  Why not use these for Halloween treats as well.  Please share your creations.