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Monday, December 11, 2017

Woodsy holiday card...

I wanted to make a Christmas card with a "woodsy" feel to it, and this is what I came up with.

The wood grain-patterned DSP came from a paper stack from Michael's. I was going to try using a wood grain background stamp until I came across this cool paper. I paired it with a navy blue card base and cut my little circle scene and tree from some white glitter cardstock.

I actually cut a circle that was slightly smaller than the deer scene so that I could adhere my little scene on the front with no problems. The circle was cut through the wood grain DSP and the card base, so that the inside of my card base shows through the die cut (does that make sense?).  Both the deer die and the tree are unbranded.

Having cut the circle all the way through the top of my card base adds a bit of "airiness" to my card, which I really like. Of course, that leaves less room inside for a sentiment. You can see how I handled that in the next photo.

I used another unbranded die to cut a rectangle that I stamped with my sentiment by Penny Black. There was still plenty of room for a signature. The sentiment on the front of the card is from the same PB set.

The house is finally fully decorated and the gifts are nearly all purchased. Even my cards have all been mailed! I did some wrapping today and will hopefully finish up most of it tomorrow. I still need to mail a few packages, so I've got to get that done in the next couple of days. Then it will be full steam ahead to get the baking done. That seems to go a lot quicker than the gift buying/wrapping/sending, so I'm not too worried about it.

Are you ready for Christmas yet? It always seems to sneak up on us, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A quilted poinsettia...

I made these cards recently using a couple of unbranded dies that I really love!

I cut out my quilted square twice--once on red DSP and once on green DSP. To get my white "border" die-cut, I just had to flip this piece over to the back side. To give it a flatter appearance, I simply ran it through my Cuttlebug with the embossing mat on top. This works like a charm to flatten out the cut edges.

To achieve the pieced look, I laid my white border down onto a same-sized piece of double-sided sheet adhesive. Then I simply placed each colored piece in its place. Once I was done, I peeled off the adhesive backing and stuck it to my card. Easy, peasy!

My banner and tiny holly leaves are also unbranded dies. This banner die cuts the center piece and the outside border at the same time. Once again, I just flipped over the inside piece and stamped on the back. My sentiment is also from an unbranded stamp set. The berries are three tiny flat-backed red pearls.

I used a Penny Black stamp for my inside sentiment and another holly die-cut. For the berries here, I used the little circles left behind when you use a 1/8" single hole punch.

Here is the pink version of my card. I decided to give pink a try, just for fun. It actually looks a lot prettier IRL.

And the inside.

These cards purposely leave off the "Merry Christmas" greeting because we have several friends who have religious backgrounds other than Christian (e.g., Jewish). We like to send them holiday cards to let them know we're thinking of them, but we don't want to push a Christian holiday on them. After all, I'd think it strange if someone wished me Happy Hanukkah, knowing that I am not Jewish. But I still love to hear from my Jewish friends during Hanukkah.

I had a full day of volunteering today at a local thrift shop. It was very, very busy with families buying holiday decorations, gifts and household goods. I am so grateful there are such stores around that serve so many low-income families. The store where I volunteer offers quality merchandise that is always in good condition. If it's not, they won't accept/sell it! The prices are great and there is some sort of "sale" every day. For instance, Wednesdays are senior days with 40% off everything in the store for seniors.

Well, that's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #132: Anything Christmas...

Today, we're opening up a new challenge over on Let's Craft and Create and its a Christmas challenge...but there's always the "Anything Goes" option if you'd rather go that route.

There is a ton of great of great inspiration on the LCC blog, but to get you started, I've created this:

Isn't this a fun Christmas card? I found the Christmas sheet music in one of my 6" X 6" paper pads, and I knew right away that I wanted to use my caroler and lamp post dies (all unbranded).

The fir branches on my lamp were cut with a Martha Stewart punch. The holly leaves came from a wreath die set. I added three tiny flat-backed pearls for my holly berries. I backed the top part of my lamp with pale yellow cardstock and then chalked a halo of light around it.

I backed the carolers with dark gray card so that the cut out areas would show up a little more. I love how that kept them as silhouettes, but also gave them more dimension.

Here's a little closer look at my carolers, where you can see the added dimension.

On the inside of my card I added the last little caroler, which I hadn't been able to fit on the front of my card. 

I have a small punch that cuts out eighth notes, so I added them here, as well, since there's no music.

Here's a look at the rest of the inside of my card. I love this sentiment, and a number of stamp companies offer it.

Now I wish I had more pages of that Christmas sheet music, because I was pretty happy with how this card turned out.

I hope you'll pay a visit to Let's Craft and Create and join in on this merry challenge. There is a prize, so if you win, it'll be like getting an extra Christmas present!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wishing you a sweet Christmas...

I am nearly done making Christmas cards, and it's high time I began sharing them all with you! So, here's the first one (actually a batch of 10) that I made:

It's a pretty simple design, but that made it a little easier to make 10 of them fairly quickly.' The snowflake embossing folder is by Darice. It's 5" X 7", and I use it every Christmas! The stitched oval was cut with a die from My Favorite Things. I'm not sure what company produced the stamp for this sentiment, as it was from a set that I had purchased used (no packaging!).

I love this little gingerbread boy. He was cut out with an unbranded die and his "icing" was paper pieced. I actually just made a second cut out of white CS and colored the little bow tie red. Then I added some double-sided tape to the back of my gingerbread boy and pieced it all in.

Before I did that, though, I inked along the edges of this little guy to make him look like he had been nicely browned in the oven.

For the inside of my card, I added a strip of the cardstock I had used on the front. My stamped sentiment is from Crafter's Companion.

Tomorrow we fly away to Arizona to visit some friends there for the weekend. It will be a nice little reprieve from Christmas preparations. These are friends we only see every couple of years, so our visits are very precious. We always have a lot of laughs and greatly enjoy one another's company. Besides that, you can't beat Arizona weather in November. I just checked, and it is 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius) where we are going. Perfect!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Girly birthday high-tops...

I have a beautiful granddaughter who loves to play basketball. So, I got a high-top sneakers die set especially to make her birthday card, and here it is.

I had this great pink and deep red plaid cardstock, so that was my starting point. I found some deep red glitter paper and thought it would work well as a background for my pink high tops.

The stitched star-burst shape is a My Creative Time die, and the stitched banner for my sentiment was cut with an unbranded die. I was able to color in the first two words of my sentiment to coordinate with the deep red of my glitter paper.

I think my favorite part of these high-tops is the black and white twine that I used as shoe strings. I thought it added such a fun dimension to each shoe.

The little stars that I scattered around my design were from another die set altogether. I could have just used the star that is on the shoe, but I have a die set that cuts out three stars at one time, so I used that.

For the inside of my card, I cut a basketball and hoop using my Cricut and the All Sports cartridge. It had been a long time since I had used my Cricut! Can you see that I used more of the glitter paper for my ball?  My sentiment was computer generated.

I think my granddaughter liked her card. I was lucky enough to be with her on her birthday. She had invited her entire basketball team over for the celebration. They had a lot of fun playing games, eating pizza and opening presents. Girls who are 11 years old can sure be loud, though! They love to giggle, squeal and scream.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving and a birthday card for my sister...

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope you all had a great time eating a wonderful meal with family and friends.

We had a wonderful time at my daughter's home. It was the first time she and her husband had hosted Thanksgiving. They did a fabulous job of making a delicious meal! I helped out a bit by bringing the pies (cherry, apple, pumpkin and pecan) and a couple of other food items.

It actually felt a little strange not to be up early and getting that big turkey in the oven. But I could definitely get used to it!!

Now, let's talk cards.

My younger sister celebrated her (ahem) 39th?? birthday on November 19, and this is the card I made for her.  I love this leafy, scrolly frame die. It is unbranded, as are the little leaf sprigs, which have been sponged with a little aqua ink. My flower was made with the Memory Box die set called Fancy Blossoms. Its petals were also sponged with some darker pink ink.

I'm sorry I can't remember what stamp set my sentiment is from. I really like this sentiment, though, and use it quite a lot.

Not sure why my cardstock looks so green in this photo when it's actually a nice aqua color. It's probably my lack of photography and lighting skills!

The inside of my card was pretty simple. To add a little interest, I adhered another one of those little leaf sprigs.

I spoke to my sister the evening of her birthday, so I know she had a good day. I hope she also has a fabulous year.

Tomorrow I will be volunteering rather than shopping the "Black Friday" sales. I'm not much of a shopper, so I think I'll enjoy the volunteering a lot more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A final Thanksgiving card...

This photo is not quite all in focus, but I had to post it anyway, as I couldn't retake it. The card was sent in the mail days ago. I think you can get the idea for my card just the same.

I had only a scrap of this pretty leaf-patterned DSP left, and wanted to use it on a card.

I found some cardstock in the same shade as the background of my DSP. I used this to cut out the leaves with some very old Cuttlebug dies, emboss each one with a different embossing folder and then swipe the raised embossed areas with a white ink pad.

I used the last two little strips of my DSP on the inside of my card, along with a stamped sentiment and flourish.

Today I will be baking pies for Thanksgiving--apple, cherry and pumpkin. I'm not hosting the meal this year, but still trying to help out. I will also be heading to a local Scandinavian store to buy some lefse. It's a Scandinavian potato-based flatbread that we always have during the holidays. I like it rolled up with just a little butter on it, but my kids love butter and sugar, or even butter sprinkled with a sugar/cinnamon mix.

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My youngest sister makes her own lefse from scratch. It's a very time-consuming job requiring special equipment, but the fresh stuff is the absolute best!! I sure hope her family appreciates the effort she puts into it.

If you're celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, I wish you a wonderful time of family, good food and fun. If not, enjoy the rest of your week anyway.

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.