Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fancy Cash Envelope Gift

Wow, was it late and the light not the best in the craft dungeon
when I started this project: I didn't realize the decorative paper was pink !

I made the envelope and band, then when I was going to attach the
poinsettia flower (leftover from my photo frame card project last year)
I realized it was pink !  I decided to go ahead and finish it off,
finding a pink card stock in my stash that coordinated well enough
to heat emboss and cut out the MOM letters on. 

The project details:
Decorative paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View
Christmas paper stack, 12"x 12'.

Pink, black and silver card stocks from Stampin' Up!

Lightweight red, green and yellow card stocks, unsure of manufacturer.

Stamp set and scallop edge paper punch, Stampin' Up!

Poinsettia die,

Gray grosgrain ribbon, Walmart.

I found logos (and had to make some) to local restaurants
that my Mom likes to eat out at with her friends. 
I sized them onto regular printer paper, printed them out
then attached $10 bills to each one (with an extra $20 in back). 
The idea is for her to use them when she goes out to lunch !
Of course she can use them on whatever she'd like. 

I printed and cut the pieces of paper first, 
then used the dimensions to determine how big to 
make the envelope from a single sheet of 12"x 12"paper. 
Really quite easy to do, no pattern necessary. 

I'll be giving this to her tonight at our bittersweet get together:
our first Christmas without my Dad.

I almost forgot to share another one I made:

Thanks for looking and
Merry Christmas  ! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Auto Parts Shaped Christmas Cards

I am pretty happy with the way these automobile parts greeting cards turned out ! I made them for my children. They each need parts for their cars, so I wanted to give them a fun card that held money in it to go towards their parts / repairs. My daughter really needs new tires before winter weather hits, so her card is a wheel and tire. My son needs new rods in the engine in his car, so that is what his card is supposed to resemble. I'm hopeful he will figure out what his card is right away since he is somewhat of a "gearhead" like his dad. 

Both cards are sized to fit in an A2 / invitation size envelope.

I've made tires many times before for various cards and scrapbook projects, all sizes. They are easy to do with a scallop edged circle and scissors: simply trim the tops of the scallops off with the scissors! The wheel is a die cut circle of silver metallic card stock that I drew on with a Sharpie marker. I also added tiny circular paper punches for the lug nuts. I have hand cut wheels in the past on other projects. 

A clear alphabet stamp set on an acrylic block laid over the circle helped to create the curved sentiment. I stamped it in Versamark ink then heat embossed white to resemble raised white lettering on some brands of tires. 

The rod card was made by sketching out the shape of a rod from an engine, cutting it out with scissors then die cutting out circles. I colored a stamp with water based markers, stamped on white card stock then die cut out a larger circle to cover the center of the hole on the back side. Silver metallic card stock was hand drawn onto then cut out with scissors (after die cutting the center circle first) to layer onto, around the circle cut into the black card stock "rod". 

Both cards have paper punch leafy ferns (Martha Stewart), 1/4" circle paper punch and red glittered "berries", stamped, heat embossed and hand cut leaves layered onto them. 

Yes, I could have made much simpler cards, but I enjoyed creating these. It reminds me of the saying "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." - Bertrand Russell

I'm entering my auto parts shaped cards into the following challenges:

The Male Room - Christmas Greetings

EDITED: My card was an honorable mention at The Male Room :)

Love To Scrap - Anything Goes

Holly Jolly Christmas Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays ! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gift Card Holder Candy Box Santa Suit

A little something for my nephews - 
boxed candy with Santa Suit gift card holders
attached to the front !

I wrapped the candy boxes with lightweight red paper
(the type that is used in printers).

I used the same paper to make the "cards"
with scraps of card stock for trim.

I started with an approximately 3 1/8" wide by 11" long
piece of paper. Each end was folded in about 2 5/8".
If you make these, be sure to measure your box of candy
to decide what size the card/money holder will need to be.

I paper punched each long side of a scrap of white card stock
that was 1 1/4" wide and long enough to trim to fit
the gift card holder front. 
The white scallops create the trim on Santa's coat.

The belt and buckle can be made several ways.
A premade ribbon slide and ribbon would be easiest.
If you have two square paper punches or dies that are
"nesting" in size , punch one then punch the other
around it to create a square frame and glue it over the belt.
I don't have two small squares to do this, so I used an Xacto
to cut two slits into a square of silver card stock then slid
a strip of black card stock through it. 

The top portion tucks under the belt to stay closed. 

I glued along the side edges of the red bottom portion
to create a pocket to hold money or a gift card.
I then adhered the belt/buckle with half of it sticking above 
the edge of the red so there would be a flap to tuck the top under.

I'm entering my Santa Suit candy box cover gift card holder into the
Anything Goes Christmas Challenge at Crafty Hazelnut

as well as Anything Goes Christmas Linky Party at Scrapbook Blessings Club.

and Anything Goes Christmas at Holly Jolly Challenges.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays !

Monday, December 21, 2015

Paper Cast Santa Wall Hanging

A new paper cast project !
All it needs is a frame.
The overall finished size is 8"x 8".
Perhaps I'll take apart my 12 x 12 shadowbox 

I haven't made a paper cast in years.
A dozen years or so ago I made patriotic
themed paper cast images and framed them.
I also made some paper cast Christmas ornaments.
I sold a few of them at the school Christmas bazaar
that I used to organize, but haven't made any since. 

I recently found a paper cast kit,
never used, at a resale shop. 
I was able to make two paper casts out 
of the included supplies. 

Using an old blender, I ground up
the pulp making supplies as directed.

Carefully spoon the pulp into the mold.
TIP: sit the mold on a towel or two.
Water will likely be squeezed over the edges
as you smoosh the pulp into the mold to
remove the excess water. 

 Before smooshing into the mold and removing water:

This is what the cast looks like after
smooshing the wet "pulp" into the mold, removing as much excess water as possible
then allowing it to dry thoroughly. It is a messy process, but neat to
see the end results. Terrific dimension and detail in this cast / mold.

I painted my dry paper cast with acrylic craft paints.

My design team duties at Anything But A Card have ended due to the site closing
so I was looking for a new challenge site or two for non card projects. 
I came across these and am entering my paper cast Santa wall hanging into them:

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays !

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stitched Fabric Trees Christmas Cards

Little triangle bits of fabric leftover from the microwave bowl cozys I completed last year were transformed into trees for a few Christmas cards. I tried to machine stitch along the edges, but the pieces were so small, it was nearly impossible so I ended up hand stitching. I had planned on making several of these cards, but in the end decided hand stitching was going to take too long for the number I needed in a short amount of time. Perhaps I'll work on some throughout the coming year for next Christmas - I have dozens of triangle fabric pieces to repurpose into something!

I'm entering my stitched fabric tree cards into the Homespun Challenge at Less Is More. I love the theme of this challenge and if time permits, will whip up another card for it.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays !

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Peppermint Banner Christmas Card

Another quick and easy card, totally inspired by the tiny scrap of ribbon that was in the grab bag of goodies I bought earlier this year. When I first saw that teeny scrap, I wondered why someone would save a 2" long piece of ribbon. Then I thought, "I've done it myself a few times!".

Large sentiment (Stampin'Up!) was stamped with Versamark ink the heat embossed red.

Banner/flag die,  trimmed down, from Stampin' Up!

Ribbon scrap attached with a red staple.

Red card stock was run through a candy cane stripe embossing folder.

White card stock base was run though a polka dot Texturz plate.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sticker Christmas Tree Cards

Quick and easy to make holiday cards !

The gold and silver metallic backgrounds were embossed with assorted folders from Stampin' Up!

The Christmas trees were premade sticker embellishments, unsure of the manufacturer because they were leftovers in a grab bag of stuff  I bought earlier this year. There were two different styles, one of which I trimmed then made may own trunks from brown card stock for.

I used a gold Signo gel pen along a straight edge to make lines around the cream flecked pieces of card stock the trees were matted to.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chalkboard Sentiments Christmas Card 2 - CAS

I really like the way this one turned out, too.
I should have made more, but I like to send out
all sorts of different Christmas cards to people.
That way I can use more supplies and ideas !!!

White card stock base was embossed with a polka dot Texturz plate.

Candy cane stripe paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View Christmas paper stack.

Strip of red card stock.

Stamp image (from Stampin' Up!) was stamped with white craft ink
onto black card stock then die cut out. I lightly rubbed white ink along
the edges. White mini brads for simple embellishment.
The tag is attached with pop dots / dimensionals. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chalkboard Sentiments Christmas Card 1 - CAS

I kind of like the way this one turned out, pretty simple, too. 

Polka dot green paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View Christmas stack. I lightly sanded the edges before adhering it to the white card base.

I ran a strip of red card stock through a candy cane stripe embossing folder.

The sentiment was stamped with white craft ink onto black card stock then die cut out. I lightly smudged the ink along the edges of the die cut. The tag is attached with pop dots / dimensionals.

I attached a couple of eyelets and bakers twine to finish it off.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I'll Be Home For Christmas Digi Kit

(layout is from a template challenge by J3 designs at

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" is the new collaboration 
digital scrapbooking kit from JMC Designs and
This kit and add ons will be on sale for 50% off
through December 25th, 2015. 

Such a fun kit, great for so many holiday digital projects
such as card fronts and printables. 

Above are a couple of layouts I did as part of the design team.
Both layouts were created using My Memories Suite software.
It's easy enough to import other designers items into the software
to create projects from scratch. 

Below are the kit contents:

Monday, December 14, 2015

Digital Scrapbook Freebies

Grab these freebies from My Memories by December 20, 2015 !

As an affiliate for My Memories,
I am able to offer you exclusive free content
for a very limited time (expires 12/20/15).

This week you can pick up these fun digi scrap elements
by following the provided links (you will need to create a free account).

You do not need the My Memories software to use these,
there are general files for use with other programs.

You can download a copy of  My Memories Suite
to try for free, then if you like it buy it for full functionality.
Be sure to use my discount code STMMMS23251 to save $10
and get a couple of bonuses!

A huge THANK YOU to those that have purchased the program

or had items printed through My Memories using my affiliate number !

available in files for MMS7, Windows and Mac

Quick pages are sooooo easy, all the work is done for you.
Simply open it up and insert your photo(s) underneath.
Done ! 

available in files for MMS7, Windows and Mac

This would also be cute to print out for a card front.
Add "Merry Christmas" text on the tag on the front
then print  "from our house to yours!" inside. 

Remember, these are only free through December 20th ! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ornament on Tree Branch Christmas Card

All stamp images were from Stampin' Up! and are no longer available.

Some images have been heat embossed to create the glass like look then hand cut and attached to the card front for extra dimension.

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Stable Shaped Christmas Card

ignore the smudges on the back :)

A stable shaped Christmas card ! 

It did take some "engineering",
 sketching of ideas, measuring,
paper manipulation -
I had no pattern. 

The rubber stamp images are from an old set by Stampin' Up!,
 A Gift From Heaven I think was the set name.
This is the first time I've used this stamp set. 

The barn wood background stamp was also from SU!

Kraft card stock for the wood, water color paper for the image.
Stamped with Stazon ink and water colored with inks from my ink pads.

A folk art paper punch and gold metallic card stock
for the star, attached with acetate and double stick tape.

Narrow twine to loop through a couple of holes I pierced
on each door to make the rope "handles". 
(mini brads would have been easier!)

I used an Xacto knife and straight edge to cut the door openings in the front
then glued the stamped image behind them. 

I stamped then hand cut the banner,
attaching it on the ends only just above the doors.

I started with a regular sized top fold card. 
I stamped the barn wood, figured out my dimensions,
cut out the doors. I wasn't happy with the proportions
and the "boxiness" of it, there was no angled roof
(I wanted it to fit in a regular A2 envelope).
I also had an idea to attach the star floating above the stable
on a piece of acetate, attached to the back of the card with a mini brad
so it could swivel down, fitting into the envelope.
The more I looked at it, the more I didn't like it without the angled roof
and how far up the bottom of the cut out doors were from the bottom edge of the card.
I trimmed about a half inch off of the bottom. The trimmed off pieces
were used to create the roof line. The completed card was mailed in a larger
envelope because it was bigger than an A2  (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").
The star is still attached with acetate, but no need to swivel it because I measured
each piece so that it will fit, totally assembled, in the large envelope I had on hand.

I'm entering this card in the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
It will fit their Shaped Card Challenge (August 2015, #41)
as well as the Silent Night Challenge (March 2015, #37).

I'm also entering it in the final Case-ing Christmas Challenge,
The challenge blog will sadly close down after this challenge.
Best Wishes to the Design Team !

Thanks for looking =) 


MMS7 Winner

There were no comments on my post for a chance to win the new My Memories Suite 7 software, so there was no winner this quarter. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Wishes Cards

  A quick set of cards using paper from and old Die Cuts With A View Christmas stack.
The stamp image (from Stampin' Up!) was heat embossed with red then die cut, attached with
an olive green eyelet.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Falala Cards

A set of fairly quick to make cards: these use paper from and old Die Cuts With A View Christmas Stack plus some leftover tags and die cuts from cards I made last year. I stamped "falala".
String the tags on some bakers twine, hold them in place with some pop dots and call them done !

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Cards

A set of cards I made from scraps that were in a grab bag I bought this past summer.
I don't know where the images came from and they were already colored by someone else with markers. I had to trim them down.  I added extra details with water colored inks and white paint. I layered them onto scraps of card stock that were also in the grab bag then added paper punch snowflakes. I did stamp the sentiment, it was from an old set by Stampin' Up!  The background papers were from an old Die Cuts With a View Christmas stack.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, December 4, 2015

CAS Peppermint Christmas Card

This was a fun card to put to put together.

The striped paper on the bottom inside
is leftover from an old project.
It was from an old Die Cuts With A View
Christmas paper stack.

The die cut and embossed edge was created with
a die and embossing folder I bought from 
Stampin' Up! a few years ago.

The polka dot background was made with a
Texturz plate, also bought from SU! some time ago,
and an Empressor stylus tool. 

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink
then heat embossed with red powder
and die cut out. The sentiment stamp
and die were from SU!
The sentiment panel is attached
with pop dots / dimensionals.

Clear rhinestones were colored with a red Sharpie
marker to make them red. 

I'm entering this card in the 
(minimal embellishments and lots of open space).