Monday, December 11, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree Card

Pretty simple (except for the pop up tree surprise inside!) Christmas card using patterned paper (Die Cuts With A View Christmas Paper Stack), a rubber stamp image (Lovely As A Tree from Stampin' Up!, 16 years old) and detail white embossing powder plus a couple of embellishments.

The inside pop up tree was created with a die that Stampin' Up! sold years ago.
It was stamped with the Boughs rollaround wheel. I included 1/4" circle punched pieces of colored card stock (some have glitter) so the recipient could "decorate" the tree !

This will be my final post for a while.
With design team duties ending and holiday prep in full swing,
I won't be making many, if any,  more things the rest of the month.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays !

I'm entering my card in the current photo inspiration challenge at Retro Rubber
The pop of red in the photo would be some of the ornaments inside , otherwise there is some pink on the decorative paper on the front ;)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Cards 4 the Troops

Above are dozens of cards I made earlier this month to donate to a local radio station's card drive.
They were asking for 10,000 cards to send to soldiers and veterans !

They are fairly simple, mostly made from patterned papers with little stamping.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays !

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Metal Angel Ornament Card

This metal angel ornament was made from a kit 
 I bought years ago.
The pieces are adhered with E6000 adhesive.
A added thin gold cord and ribbon to make an ornament
then attached that to a simple card front.
I used a scrap of ribbon leftover from my
cinnamon stick angel project posted previously
as a background for the ornament.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays ! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Caroler Ball Ornament

This cutie was created from an old kit I had.
The base is a large green plastic ball ornament.
I slightly altered the kit by painting the fabric face
(the green was showing through otherwise)
and making the earmuffs from cotton batting.
The nose is a small wood "button". 

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays =)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cinnamon Stick Angel and Card

Such an old craft idea I finally made -
plus a matching card ! 

I slightly altered my angel from the original instructions
I found in an old crafts book. 

The main supplies are wide wire edged ribbon
and cinnamon sticks.

The body is a made from scratch 
"finger shaped" stuffed muslin piece.
The original pattern calls for a piece of foam.

Other than stitching the body portion,
everything else was hot glued into place.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brown Christmas Card/Bowl Cozy Set

Coordinating card and bowl cozy set I made.

The card is heavily inspired by a tag sample in an
old Paper Crafts magazine.

I hand drew and cut out the tree shape from "burlap" wired ribbon.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ruffled Ribbon Christmas Card/Bowl Cozy Set

Card made to coordinate with a bow l cozy I made. 

The card is totally inspired by a sample in an old Paper Crafts magazine.

Rubber stamp images, card stocks and fabric were from Stampin' Up!

I made my own ruffled ribbon.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jingle All The Way Card/Bowl Cozy Set

Card and gift bag made to coordinate with
the fabric bowl cozy I made.

The rubber stamp image was colored with markers
directly on the rubber before stamping.

Embossing folders, twine, jingle bell embellishments.

Nearly all of the supplies, including the fabric,
were from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merry and Bright Christmas Card/Bowl Cozy Set

A card I made to coordinate with a bowl cozy I made.

The flowers were made with circle stamps and a pencil eraser.

The leaves were part of a vine stamp inked.

Merry was made with a clear alphabet set.

and bright is part of a sentiment stamp inked.

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Goodbye, Design Teams

We've decided to close down Digitally Made Challenges this month.
The blog owner/creator had to leave due to unforeseen circumstances.
I've been trying to keep it going in her absence these past 6 months.
It has been a lot of work. With dwindling participation
and views, I've decided it was time to close it down.
Perhaps one day she will be able to start it up again.
Thanks to everyone that has participated, followed and read
our little digi craf challenge blog the past year!

Below is the final digital piece I made for
Digitally Made.
The digital papers and "spray" are in the
new My Memories Suite 9 software.
I created my own digital sentiment stamp.

I don't plan to be posting nearly as often 
once I finish sharing the Christmas cards made this year.
I won't have much design team work to create and share:
 Digitally Made Challenges is closing down this month.
Making Memories disappeared from the internet.
I'm retiring from House of Cards at the end of the year.
The digital designer I do work slowed down on designing.
That leaves just the Love To Craft Challenge Blog
to create for and my personal blog to maintain.

It's a good thing to not be so tied up with all of the 
design team duties, although I will miss designing for them. 
I'm planning on working on some much neglected projects around the house. 
Plus, I still have hundreds and  hundreds 
(make that thousands and thousands!) of photos to get into albums.
Then there are the oodles and oodles of projects to make.
I'd forgotten how many to-do kits, etc I had collected
over the years since most of my crafting has become card making.
I will post them as (if!) I get them finished,
just not posting as frequently as I have been.
Add to the list digital scrap books I want to make .....
and the sewing projects and ........ the list goes on ! 
 Perfect winter long projects ;)

 Thanks for reading, I hope that I have inspired you in some small way to get a bit crafty.

Happy Holidays ! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

House of Cards Blog Hop

Happy December ! 

Today I'm sharing my final card as a Design Team member for
This month we have a blog hop with prizes !

I can't believe it's been 2 1/2 years 
since I was invited to be a part of the team !
It is time that I pass my DT position on
to another deserving, creative designer. 

Keep reading for card details,
but first I'll tell you about our blog hop prizes.

Create a card inspired by the above photo
and share it with us at 
by December 15th for a chance to win
one of the following prizes:

 Choice of 3 products

$10 to use in the store

choice of one set of digital stamps.

The three remaining prizes are hidden among the design team
members blogs, so you'll want to leave comments 
at each stop for a chance to win ! 


Images used from 

Whisper White card stock stamped with White craft ink
and the Woodgrain background stamp by Stampin' Up!
I then ran a stylus along the lines of the boards on the image
on top of a scoring board to create the "planks". 
The metal of the stylus reacted with the white craft ink,
a happy accident, so I didn't need to go back over with a 
gray marker ! This is meant to recreate the wall in 
the inspiration photo. 

The image was printed onto kraft and white card stocks
then carefully hand cut with small, sharp scissors. 
I created layers with dimensionals and chip board
scraps. The stocking image was colored with a white
colored pencil then slightly curved to create a bit of 
dimension before adhering with dimesnsionals. 

The tag was printed then punched out with an oval punch.
I sponged vanilla craft ink along the edges then
lightly stamped the itty bitty speckled background stamp
from Stampin' Up! This piece recreates the basket of wood
in the inspiration photo.

I hand cut a star shape from wide "canvas" ribbon
in my crafts stash. I also added a tiny kraft heart.
These elements are inspired by the 
decorations on the Christmas tree in the inspiration photo. 

Thanks for looking
Happy Holidays =)

You should have arrived here from Em's blog. 
Your next stop is Jane's blog.

Here are the blogs on our  hop :

House of Cards Challenge Blog

Mynn | Judy |  Chanya13 Cohenna 
Donna | Em | Heather | Jane
Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan

Recovered Scrapbook Album

Hello and Happy Holidays !

Today I'm sharing a recovered scrapbook
as my design team project for 

It was cute enough as it was,
but I ordered dozens of 12"x 12"
prints of Christmas themed digital scrapbook pages
 earlier this year (printed at Persnickety Prints)
and needed an album for them.

Rather than buying a new album,
I decided to recover this one I hadn't used yet.

It is a 3 ring album, like the old photo albums
from years ago that people, myself included,
covered with fabric, batting and lace.

Remembering those that I covered way back when, 
I thought I'd do the same technique with this one, 
only using a sturdy handmade paper
(it was sold as gift wrap so it was large enough)
and no batting. 

I'm not sure how well it will hold up,
then again this album will only be opened
once a year at my extended family get together
during the holiday season. I tried to take 
photos of many of the families that were in 
attendance the past few years, then made digital scrapbook pages.
I thought they might enjoy looking back on them,
especially as many of them are having little ones now !

How did I do it ? Read on !

The first step was to cut out a large piece of paper.
I used a heavy duty gift wrap with real stitching on it.
It's almost "fabric" like, quite sturdy paper that was hand made
according to the packaging.
I bought it several years ago on clearance at Target.
Cut your paper larger than needed, you will trim
it up in a later step. You want to make sure you
have enough to begin with for wrapping around
 the edges to the inside. 

I then cut numerous strips of 
heavy duty double stick tape and applied it
to the album covers as well as along the inside edges
where the paper will wrap in.

This photo shows the paper after it is adhered
to a cover and the creases I made after wrapping it
to the inside. I opened these edges back out then carefully
trimmed along a straight edge to tidy them up before 
taping them in place inside the cover. When I cut the 
paper out initially I wasn't too concerned with the cut
edges being perfectly straight knowing I was going to 
trim them up later. 

This photo shows the trimmed edges and 
the double stick tape inside the album.
You may want to trim the corner on the diagonal a little bit
before sticking it in place. Adhere the corners in place first,
then work your way around the edges. 
I worked on opposite sides, so top then bottom,
left then right for example. 

The edges inside after they are stuck in place.

It could be left as is (above), but I wanted a more finished look.
I cut triangles and taped them in place over the corners.

The spine of the album.

Decorate the cover if you'd like ! 

Thanks for looking 
Happy Holidays =) 

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs
for more inspiring ideas ! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Stamped Fabric Snowman Multi Use Embellishment

This sweet little fabric scrap snowman was a cinch to make ;)
He can be a pin, a magnet, an ornament, a scrapbook page embellishment,
a gift package tie on, etc and so on !

I used scraps of tea stained "muslin" with a piece of cotton batting
sandwiched between for his head. I hand stitched the three pieces together,
leaving the edge of each layer raw and exposed.

The face was stamped with a permanent brown ink.
I lightly tapped ink onto his cheeks with my finger tip
and used a blender pen with chalk to color in his nose.

A little scrap of plaid cotton fabric was torn then hot glued into place
to create his scarf. You could certainly add more embellishments to him !

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my fabric scrap snow man in the current Anything Goes Challenge #76 at
Retro Rubber. My stamp is 11 years old and in a set  by Printworks, Q025 Melt Your Heart.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pretty Poinsettia Card

Today's share is a set of pretty poinsettia cards.
All supplies used were from Stampin' Up! 
with the exception of the yellow rhinestones.

The die cut white portion is actually the back of a precut card
that Stampin' Up! sold as part of a kit years ago. 
They had an interesting shape to them.
I cut the fronts from the backs on some of them
then glued them back on to a rectangular card base.
I liked this better because the recipient could stand the card up
if they wanted to display it. 
See one of the altered cards here

Moving on...... 

The die cut piece was run through a script embossing folder.
It was then adhered to Cherry Cobbler Coredinations textured card stock.

The rubber stamps are oldies,
Pretty Poinsettia (1999) and Holiday Greetings  .

The poinsettia image was stamped twice 
in two shades of red then trimmed out.
I cut the bottom image apart to make it slightly larger than the top
so it would show a bit better. 
The top image is attached with a dimensional. 
The leaves are all stamped individually in two shades of green
and cut out, too, then glued into place under the red flowers.

I cut a piece of white card stock then stamped the flowers again
as well as a simple greeting on it. Glued it inside the card.

Organdy ribbon and thin gold cord tied into a bow finish it off.

Thanks for looking and
Happy Holidays !

I'm entering my card in the current challene at Retro Rubber - Anything Goes 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sweet Gingerbread Christmas Card

Isn't this a sweet Christmas card and sentiment?
I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out, too,
even though I got a bit carried away sanding the paper ;)

I used a Candy Cane embossing folder (cuttlebug)
on white core red card stock then sanded it. 
I would have liked to back it with a fine scalloped edge
white rectangle before adhering it to the brown sugar card base,
but I don't have any dies or punches to accomplish the look I envisioned.

The rubber stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!
Gingerbread House is 18 years old, the sentiment set is even older
(I don't recall the name, sorry).

The edges of the sentiment panel has caramel ink lightly sponged on it.
It is backed with a piece of textured espresso card stock punched 
with a  scallop edge border punch. 

I heat embossed white onto Baked Brown Sugar card stock
for the gingerbread boy. A tiny bit of water color accents.

The peppermint was simply stamped with black ink
onto white card stock then colored with a marker.
It is attached with a dimensional/ pop dot. 

A paper punched button and twine finish it off.

Thanks for looking 
Happy Holidays =) 

I'm entering my card in the Anything Goes Challenge #76 at
(gosh, all of my recent Christmas cards would qualify
for this challenge as all of my stamps are well over a year old!)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Spirit of the Season Card

While sorting through some old scraps that were bought in a grab bag at a yard sale,
I came across this green card base that had a sentiment stamped on it.
I just happen to have a stamp set that would go pretty well with the sentiment,
so it became a quick Christmas card.

The nativity image was stamped onto water color paper
then water colored in with ink from my ink pads.
It is from an old stamp set by Stampin' Up! 

The star was made with a Folk Art star paper punch,
slightly curved, inked along the edges then attached with a pop dot.

Thank you for looking
Happy Holidays ! 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sanded Embossed Trees Christmas Card

I'm sharing another pretty simple Christmas card today.

The trees embossed background was made with a folder by Cuttlebug.
I ran white core dark green textured card stock through it.
It was then lightly sanded with fine grit sand paper.

The sentiment was hand colored directly on the rubber
with two colors of water based markers
then stamped on white card stock and die cut.
The stamp and die were from Stampin' Up!

Red eyelets and bakers twine finish it off.

Thanks for looking =)