Sunday, December 17, 2017

Merry Christmas Gift Tags

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have a few more gift tags I created using the Papertrey Ink Holiday Tag Along kit.

I  die cut each of the tags from kraft card using the tag die included in the kits. I cut two tags for each tag, the second that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.

I also used the coordinating decorated dies on 8 of the tags.

I removed the protective backing from the adhesive and layered it behind the tag that had the decorative layer cut out. I then added Microfine Glitter in either True Red or Forest Green to 6 of the tags.

I stamped the Merry Christmas circular image too all of the tags in colors matching the glitter and added the to/from to the back of the tag.

For these two tags instead of using glitter I used Silver Gilding Flakes ... probably should have gone with glitter but it is done now.

I added twine also included in the kit to all 8 completed tags.

Stamps: Holiday Tag Along - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Kraft
Dies: Holiday Tag Along - Papertrey Ink
Other: Red; Green & Aqua Inks; True Red & Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter; Silver Gilding Flakes; Twine; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Ornament Z Fold Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another Z Fold card using products from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

For this card I used the A Way with Words - Love, Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set ... this is such an elegant die.

I die cut the ornament and the words that come in the die set using Gold Mirror Cardstock. I also cut another ornament from White Cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the front for the inner circle of the ornament. I covered the adhesive with Sea Glass Silk Microfine Glitter and then added the "Love" Sentiment. 

As this ornament was going to be attached to the centre panel of the card by a piece of foam tape, I die cut a circle slightly larger than the inner circle to attach behind the ornament.

I used the bow from the Beautiful Baubles die set to 'hang' the ornament.

When you open the card it reveals the words "Peace Love Joy". 

  • To make this card I started with a 5 1/2 inch x 8 1/2 inch piece of cardstock.
  • Score at 1 1/4 inches and 4 1/4 inches. The 1 1/4 inch score line is a mountain fold.
  • On the front of the card layer a piece of designer paper 5 1/2 inches x 3 inches.
  • On the inside right edge add a piece of designer paper 5 1/2 inches x 1 1/4inches.
  • I added a strip of green card to either side of the centre white panel 


Friday, December 15, 2017

Merry Christmas Reindeer Silhouette Scene

Hi Crafty Fiends,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. Alcohol Inks seem to becoming popular again lately, so I decided to pull mine out to have a play. I decided to create a night sky background using various colors of alcohol inks and then create a silhouette scene using the Reindeer die set. This card was fairly quick to create so would be good for mass production if anyone still has Christmas cards to make. If you haven't been reminded lately there are only 10 days to go!!!!

Here is how I created my card:

Step 1 -
  • Create an alcohol ink background using a piece of 5 inch x 7 inch white Yupo paper and alcohol inks. Stonewashed, Denim, Stream, Eggplant and Silver Metallic Alcohol Inks where used to create the background above.
  • Place some white acrylic paint onto a clear block and water down slightly. Flick paint all over the cardstock to create a starry night scene. 
  • Allow to dry.
  • Cut the panel down so it measures 5 inches x 5 3/4 inches.

Step 2 - 
  • Using the Reindeer die set die cut the following from black cardstock,
  • (2) Snowbanks
  • (2) large Birch Trees
  • (1) small Birch Tree
  • (1) Pine Tree
  • (1) Leaping Reindeer
  • (1) Standing Reindeer
Step 3 - 
  • Adhere the two snowbanks to the bottom of the card. Note: Turn one of the snowbanks to the wrong side, so both do not to the same direction when adhering to the card, this will make a nicer looking scene. The upper snowbank will adhered to the card about 5/8 inch up from the bottom. Adhere the bottom snowbank to the card using foam tape.
  • Adhere birch trees to the cardstock. Note: Some of the trees will overlap the upper snowbank and some will go under the top snowbank.
  • Using foam tape adhere pine tree to the left side of card so that part of the tree is hanging over the card.
  • Trim off anything that is over hanging from the edges.
  • Finally add the two reindeers to the scene using foam tape.
Step 4 - 
  • Layer card onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock (5 1/4 inches x 6 inches)
  • Created a side folding card using dark blue cardstock that measures 5 5/8 inches x 6 3/8 inches when closed.
  • Adhere decorated silhouette panel to folded card.
Step 5 - 
  • Die cut "Merry Christmas" from White Soft Finish Cardstock and adhere to the bottom snowbank.
Step 6 Inside of Card -
  • Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 inches x 5 3/4 inches.
  • Layer the white cardstock to a black cardstock panel that measures 5 1/4 inches x 6 inches.
  • Adhere to inside of card.
Step 7 -

  • Stamp the sentiment "All is calm ....." from the Holiday Cheer Clear Stamp set to the centre of the white panel using black ink.
  • Die cut one large birch tree and one leaping reindeer from black cardstock. Adhere images to card referring to photo above for placement.
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Cardstock - Black; Dark Blue
Yupo Paper
Inks - Black
Ranger Alcohol Inks - Stonewashed; Denim; Stream; Eggplant & Silver Metallic 
Ranger Blender Solution
Blending Tool and Felt Pads
Picket Fence Distress Paint
Paint Brush
Foam Tape

Thursday, December 14, 2017

This the Season to be Jolly

Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog.  Our challenge hostess for the month, Maryann Einam continues to issue the challenges.

This is our last challenge for 2017, so everyone can enjoy spending time with family and friends over the Christmas Season. But we will be back in January for more challenges.

Let's keep things simple for our final challenge for the year. Use your favorite holiday stamps to create a card.

I am not sure whether any of these stamps are my "favorite" as such ... I have too many stamps I love including many of the new Christmas ones I purchased this year. I probably went a little crazy, so I am trying to use as many as I can before Christmas.

For my card today I wanted to use this cute Santa PopCard stamp set from Art Impressions/Hampton Arts, I got a couple of the bigger sets earlier in the year and when I had the opportunity to get this one at a reasonable price I jumped at it. 

Normally you use the PopCard stamps on the inside of a card so they become a "pop up" card. I wanted to try something different this time around, so decided to create an accordion card that has the pop up piece on the last page of the accordion. I am more than happy with how it turned out.

Here is a short video showing my card in action. 

I added snow to each page and sentiments to the middle and last pages of my accordion card.

On the front page of my accordion card which what you first see when the card is closed. I add the Hero Arts North Pole Sign. I also added 3 tiny reindeers playing around the sign, these are probably reindeers in training to help fly Santa's sleigh in the future.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:

Vicky Gould
Kelly McKown-Santi

Stamps: Santa PopCards - Art Impressions/Hampton Arts; North Pole Signs - Hero Arts; Little Reindeer Agenda; Puffy Holiday Greetings - Mama Elephant; To Be Jolly - Couture Creations
Paper: White; Red; Knit Picky 6 x 6 Paper Pack - Lawn Fawn
Dies: Santa PopCards - Art Impressions/Hampton Arts; North Pole Signs - Hero Arts; Stitched Hillside Borders - Lawn Fawn
Other: Black Ink; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Foam Tape; Copics

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Merry Christmas From My Cup To Yours

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have another card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is being held from Friday 8th December to Friday 15th December.

After making my coffee card that I posted on Sunday, I discovered I had another Coffee Cup die set which I hadn't used as yet. I also found some fun Christmas Coffee themed digital stamps from Verve Stamps and I ended up buying a couple of sets ... I love the sentiments, So I decided to make another card so I could make use of both.

I die cut the coffee cups from Christmas themed patterned papers and printed out two of the digital sentiments onto kraft cardstock to create the wrap around the coffee cups. 

I have also been wanting to play with a new cute Owl stamp set I purchased recently so decided to incorporate that into the card, so I stamped and cut out the owl couple and attached them to the card so that each is sitting on the lid of one of the coffee cups.

The cups and owl are layered to a piece of patterned paper which has been die cut using the Stitched Mod Rectangles die set.

To finish off the card I added some red and green Nuvo Drops around the top of the card.

For the inside of the card, I printed out another of the sentiments from the digital stamps onto white cardstock. Die cut the sentiment using the Stitched Mod Rectangles die set and then decorated the panel using the ornaments and owl from the owl set. I also added a small coffee cup beside the owl seeing the sentiment refers to a 'cup'.

Stamps: Cup of Kindness Digital Stamps; My Cup to Yours Digital Stamps - Verve Stamps;  Perfect Blend - Honey Bee Stamps; Coffee4Two - Stamps of Life; Happy Owlidays - Winnie & Walter
Paper: White; Kraft; Red; Always Christmas Paper Pad - Craft Smith; Trim the Tree Paper Stack - SU
Dies: Stitched Mod Rectangles Stax; Coffee Cup - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; White Gel Pen; Black Glaze Pen; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; Bottle Green & Berry Red Nuvo Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Have Yours-Elf a Merry Little Christmas

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Paper Pros challenge for December. This month our challenge is hosted by Me! The theme this month is .... Let's Twist Again (like we did last summer). Which means we could use either of Karen Burniston's "twist" die sets ... the Snowman Twist Circle Pop-up or the Twist Panel Pop-up die sets to create our card.

As you can see I went with the Twist Circle Panel Pop-up die set to create my card for our challenge today. 

To decorate my card I used the Santa's Elves stamp set from MFT Stamps.  

I die cut the four panels from white cardstock using the rectangle die included in the die set. I then stamped each panel using MFT Stamps Snowfall Background stamp with VersaMark ink and embossed using white embossing powder. I then covered the snowflakes using two different pink Distress Oxide inks and spritzed with water using a distress sprayer.

I added a snowbank to the bottom of each of the panels using the border die from the Nature Edges die set using glitter to give the look of snow.

Along the top edge I added a cloud edge also from the Nature Edges die set and added the ornaments from the stamp set along the cloud edge.

I added the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Retro Merry Christmas to the bottom panel of the card.

On the front of the card I created a scene using the remainder elf from the stamp set, the tree and presents, which I layered onto circles.

I added a sentiment from another stamp set to finish off the card.

Here is a look at  the inside of the card when the card is starting to close, you can see how the centre panel twists to the side as it is closing.

Here is my card when it is folded. Mine is a little thicker than it needs to be as I keep insisting on using foam tape to add the images to the twist panel part of the card which makes it a little thick. I am not worried about the thickness as I can hand deliver it when I want to give it away, but if you want it thinner, just don't use as much foam tape as I do.

You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs:


Stamps:  Santa's Elves; Snowfall Background - MFT Stamps; Elf'd - Essesntials by Ellen; Jolly Sentiments - Kaisercraft
Paper: White; Green; Red; Dark Red; Dark Green; DP - DCWV
Dies: Twist Panel Pop-up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Stitched Circles; Dotted Scallop Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Retro Merry Christmas - Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Other: Black Ink; VersaMark Ink; White Embossing Powder; Clear Embossing Powder; Warm Lipstick Distress Oxide; Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide; Clear Double Sided Adhesive; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops; Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops; White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Cracker Box

Hi Crafty Friends,

A few weeks ago while browsing in an online store, I discovered that Tonic Studios had a Christmas Cracker Treat Box die set,  so that you could make Christmas Crackers. I have been making my own Christmas Crackers since before my kids were born which is over 40 years ago, so I was very interested in this set, it has so many different decorator dies included in the set that it will keep me busy with Christmas crackers for quite a few years to come 😀.

Once I received the die I decided to browse to see what ideas were around using this set and came across a YouTube video Tonic did a few months back, showing how to create what they call a 'luxury" box using one of the main dies included in the set. You can find the video here (tip if you try to watch this video it stops half way through the directions on how to make the box as they were having recording problems ... check the first comment on that page which will take you to the second half of the instructions). 

I don't know about you, but I always love when you can find another use other than what it was intended for a product that we buy.

To make this box you also need an hexagonal die set, I thought for a while I might need to order the Tonic Studios version, but after checking my stash I found that the MFT Stamps set I have had for years worked perfectly.

I decorated the sides of the box using the star decorative overlays included in the die set.

This photo shows the box with the lid removed from the top of the box so you can see inside (nothing in it as yet). I created the lid by layering two hexagonal die cut pieces and then adhered a couple of beads to the centre for the handle. I discovered I had the perfect color beads in my stash to match the colors of the box.

To finish off the box I tied a piece of black sheer ribbon around the middle.

I am looking forward to creating my Christmas Crackers using this die set soon which I will share later.

Dies: Dimensions Treat Box Christmas Cracker Die Set - Tonic Studios; Hexagon Stax - MFT Stamps
Paper: Pink; Black
Other: Beads; Black Sheer Ribbon; Adhesive

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coffee and Friends

Hi Crafty Friends,
Today I am playing along in the  Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is being held from Friday 8th December to Friday 15th December.

I have acquired a few new coffee themed stamps since the last blog hop so I decided I needed to play with them.

While I was at a Craft Show last month, I found this fun Art Impressions coffee stamp set which I thought would be perfect for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, so I decided to get it. Of course it will be perfect for lots of other occasions too.

I love creating pop up cards so I decided to use this image for a pop up card. I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up die set for the pop up base of my card. The image fits perfectly over the cupcake part of the pop up.

I used the Katherine Label Pop-up die set for the sentiment on the lower section of the card.

For the sentiments I used Honey Bee Stamps Perfect Blend Clear Stamp set and coordinating dies.

For the front of the card I used the Gift Card Label from Karen Burniston so I could add a sentiment etc.

The sentiment is again from Honey Bee Stamps including the one on the coffee cup.

The coffee cup was created using a die from Whimsy Stamps which I have had in my stash for some time now.


Stamps: Latte Love - Art Impressions; Perfect Blend - Honey Bee Stamps
Paper: White; Red; Yellow; Green; Merry & Bright Tinsel Paper - We R Memory Keepers
Dies: Cupcake Pop-up; Katherine Label Pop-up; Gift Card Label - Karen Burniston; Perfect Blend - Honey Bee Stamps; Coffee Cup - Whimsy Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Brown Ink; Buttermilk Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Wishes Coming Your Way

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Anja is the challenge hostess for December and today she is issuing the final challenge for 2017 as we are all taking a break so we can spend time with our families. We will be back next year with lots more fun challenges to play along with!

For our challenge this week we are creating a card using your favorite "Crazy" sketch from our 2017 sketches.

For my card today I decided to use the October sketch C4C408 to create another Christmas Card. I have flipped the sketch onto it's side but otherwise the sketch is the same.

The rectangle layers are from Karen Burniston's Tag Book Pop-up die set and I decorated the card using Uchi's Design Santa's Reindeer Stamp set.

For the inside of my card I have again used Karen Burniston's Tag Book Pop-up die set. A few weeks ago Karen Aicken shared a card she made where instead of using the large tag shape included in the die set for the front of the card, she placed it into the inside of a card that is 6 inches x 4 1/2 inches. I loved the idea so much I decided to try it too and I love it!!!!!


Here is one last photo of my card, this time laying down so you can see the tag pop up portion of the card.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Stamps: Santa's Reindeer - Uchi's Design
Paper: White; Red; Green; Trim the Tree Paper Pack - SU
Dies: Tag Book Pop-up - Karen Burniston; Pine Needle Border - Memory Box
Other: Black Ink; Autumn Red, Woodland Green & Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics