Sunday, November 26, 2017

Simple Christmas Cards

With the exception of this year, I typically am trying to get Christmas cards done at the last minute.  Heck, I have even skipped the whole giving Christmas cards at all.  Pretty sad for someone who makes cards all year long I know.  😆

But, I get busy...then it's too late.  This year I totally broke that habit by doing some Christmas Cards in July.  To see that post head here.

That being said, I wanted to offer you some inspiration on a couple of cards you could get done pretty quickly.  When mass producing cards, I stick to a simple card design, something relatively flat, and get them done assembly style.  Usually card bases one night, stamping the next night, any die cutting another night, etc.  This makes the process pretty quick.  

I hope you have a stress free season. If not getting cards out stresses you then maybe something like one of these cards will make the process less of a headache.  None of us want our hobby to be a headache do we?😉  

If you want a play by play on how I made the cards, watch the video below.

I am entering the card above to the following challenges:  

Pile it on Challenge # 136:  Large Sentiments or Things with Wings.  You can check out the challenge here.

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge:  November 2017. You can find this challenge here.

Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday Challenge:  #217 Anything Goes found here

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wanted to stop by today and just share with you what I do with all those "extra" images I have made after putting together my DT card.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Foxy Shabby Chic

I love trying things out of my comfort zone.  This design team project is definitely one of those.

I am a big fan of all those gorgeous shabby chic cards I see on Pinterest.  All the lace, flowers, distressing, die cuts.  They are just lovely.  As much as I love the look, I really have a hard time recreating it.  But this week's image was the inspiration I needed.

The digital stamp I used is from Wink Wink Ink.  You can find the image here.  The download came in different formats, the colored image, translucent, light, or white.  That way you can use it however you wish.  I used the colored image this week.  I wanted the image to look it's best and the colored image is just gorgeous.

Since I don't usually do much shabby chic, I looked through my stash to see what I had to hopefully get look I was looking for to make this card.

I started out with a cream base that is 4 1/4 x 51/2 top folding card made out of Recollections cardstock.  Then to have a way to put on the lace and ribbon I used a panel on top of that was 4 1/8 x 5 1/4.

I then used some of the same cream cardstock to die cut the snowflakes as well as the frame.  I added the fox image I had printed on the same cream cardstock with a cross stitched edged die.  The next layer was the framed die cut, then I added two coordinating patterned papers that were slightly bigger than the layer before.  These two layers I distressed the edges with my craft knife.

The patterned paper came from a 6x6 paper pad I picked up from Tuesday Morning from American Crafts called Everyday.  I have already used several papers out of this.  The colors are a bit muted so they work well with all the cream cardstock.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Keurig Boxes

 I wanted to stop by with a couple of projects I did sometime back.  This is not an affiliate post.  The cut files come from Lori Whitlock.  I just love her files so wanted to share with you!  These boxes hold 2 Keurig cups of your choice.

I love them since they are quick to put together.  They make a nice thinking of you or thank you for someone who has made your day.  This also could be quickly made into a Christmas stocking stuffer by just changing up the papers.  On this one I added a cute Bugaboo digital stamp that I did some Copic coloring on.

This is a great project to use some that 12 x 12 paper you are hoarding...and I know you have some begging to be made into these cute boxes.

Here is another box I made.  This time I used a simple sticker I picked up at Dollar Tree to put on the belly band.  So cute!

I hope you enjoyed getting to see these.  I also hope you get to play with some paper, inks, die cutting machines, whatever brings you joy today!

I am entering the first box above into the following challenges:

Not Just Cards Challenge:  November Anything Goes Challenge found here.

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge:  Week 45 Anything Goes found here.  

New Video of my Latest Dollar Tree Haul

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spotlight Cards

 I am on a roll this weekend!  It has been fun.  I think I have fallen in love with doing Facebook live.  😜

I created all these cards in a couple of sessions of Facebook Live.  You can find those videos on my Facebook page.  Just click this link.

The first video was on 10/29/17, the second was 11/3/17 if you want to check them out.

 To make these cards I used Recollections square card bases in white.  Random paper scraps from my stash were used to stamp the images.  I used stamps from Verve and Unity Stamps.  The patterned paper showing came from some patterned paper stacks from American Crafts called Everyday.  Also, from the Paper Studio's Pink Lemonade.  

The American Craft's pad I picked up from Tuesday Morning so probably not a pad you could find.  The Pink Lemonade I bought over the summer.  I added Nuvo drops as well as some butterfly stickers to add some interest.

I hope this will inspire you to watch the videos maybe while you craft or maybe just use these  as a jumping off point to inspire.

This idea for me was inspired by my crafty guru Jennifer McGuire.  Don't think she knows she is my guru but she is (and one of many).

You can find the video that inspired me here.

I will be entering the first card in the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge : November Challenge found here.

Lemon Shortbread's Challenge: #53 Anything Goes found here.

CCC Digi Creations Challenge: #84 Must use flowers found here.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Process Video/Tutorial

Just wanted to come back with the video that shows how I made my last card.  Hope you check it out.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bugaboo-Brat Pumpkin Wagon

It's time for another challenge over at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog.  I hope you have time to join us.  All the design team members have been making some great cards that are beautiful.  Stop on by to see all the Design Team projects, as well as, all the lovely entries to the challenge.

If you are new to my blog, welcome!  Today, I am sharing a card I made with the cute image from Bugaboo Stamps called Brat Pumpkin Wagon.  This image is the cutest thing!  I love the image because it makes me want to pull out my jeans, sweaters, and a jacket.  Too bad we have been having such a heatwave here in Southern Cali.  (I have been pulling out the shorts and tank tops instead 😒)

I colored this cutie with copics.  Nothing too hard, then made a recessed window card to place him in.  I will have a separate post that will show how I did this, but if you want to see my inspiration for the card you can check out this tutorial I based my card on from Splitcoast Stampers.

To finish the card, I wanted to keep it simple...because again this is the cutest image ever.  So after I die cut my image using a stitched square, I placed it on a square of kraft cardstock.  Then on the outside of the recessed window I added some patterned paper.  This is from a pad I have had forever called Tattered and Worn by Recollections.

To bring home that homespun feel, I added a simple bow made from embroidery thread and a button.  On the inside of the card, I tied it together by first adding a stitched square to cover up that not so pretty portion of the recessed window.  I also added some stitched hills with die cut flowers.

Such a cute card in the end.  I love the if I can't get out the jackets and sweaters yet...maybe, I will go make some homemade soup instead.  😉