Saturday, December 16, 2017

Clever Packaging

Here is one more idea I found while I was preparing for a gift wrapping demo.  Tosh Leyendekker made the prettiest bag topper.  I just had to try this great idea.
Here is my take - not half as pretty as Tosh's but it was fun and surprisingly easy.

The top and sides (which I punched with a Recollection punch) is one piece, scored, and folded to fit around the top of the bag.  Slits are cut for the handles to poke through.
The holly strip is from an old scrapbook kit.  Red glitter strip is ribbon.
I made this tag with three fabulous Elizabeth Kraft Design dies - tag dies, poinsettia dies, and holly die.
I really love this idea and will definitely do it again.
Challenges:
Simon Monday - Christmas
Scrapyland - anything
Cuttlebug Mania - anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Scor pal - Christmas and more than one fold
Crop Stop - anything
Stamploration - tags

Power Poppy - CASE 12 days of Christmas ideas
CardzTV - anything


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fullness of Joy

After spending the majority of the last three days at the hospital with my mom (she is 94 and had a heart attack Monday), I needed some down time.  Of course that means making a card or at least coloring.  I had this digital cup (Verve) and sentiment printed out so I took a few minutes to color it and turn it into a card.


As I was coloring it and adding Stickles to the snowflake, I thought about what it said.  The first phrase reminds me of Psalms 23:5 "...my cup overflows".    Oh, the goodness of God and His blessings.  My cup is not just full but overflowing.  And the second phrase makes me think of  Psalms 16:11 " You, Lord, will make known to me the path of life.  In Your presence there is fullness of joy.  In Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore. "  Those verses turn this sentiment into more than just a sweet wish, they are a prayer for the recipient.

The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The cup and heart colored with Copics.
A simple, CAS card.  I didn't want to spend to much energy on it.  In stead just wanted to relax.
I used a loose interpretation of the MFT sketch:
Off to bed.  Will post this for tomorrow morning (when you will be reading it) before heading out to the hospital.  Today we make arrangements for mom to go to a rehab facility for awhile.

Challenges:
Stamploration CAS

Cuttlebug Mania - Christmas Time
Word Art Wednesday - anything 
MFT card sketch
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 
All Sorts - snowflakes
Crop Stop - anything
Words 2 Craft By - I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year
 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tiny Tags

I have a few small packages and maybe some homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup to give as gifts this year.  These little tags are perfect.
The tags are from Kraft Outlet.  They are only 1.5 x 2.75 inches but the coffee cup die by Latina Crafters fits perfectly.  I cut the Kraft sleeve by hand and wrote the "to" on.
Fun and easy!

Challenges:
Simon Monday - Christmas
Simon Wednesday - gifts and gift tags
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration Tags



Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - winter
Cuttlebug Mania - anything Christmas 


Caffeinated Laughs

It's the Coffee Lovers Winter Blog Hop time.  I love these hops and all the fun ideas.  Not sure how many cards I will get made but I did make this one with a digital stamp by Tlc Creations.   I have no idea who I will give it too but it makes me laugh and it was fun to make.


The speech bubble is empty so I stamped "I love you" on it with a Verve stamp.
I wanted a busy background so I dug around in the scraps of Christmas design papers and came up with this holly - good colors for the sepia print. (It does have a fold mark in the middle but only noticeable in the photo, not IRL).  I used my new Elizabeth Crafts Design Holly die and added red pearls for the berries.  The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinder oval tag die.
Just a smile for the day (along with your coffee!!)

Challenges:
Simon Monday - Christmas/ winter holidays
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - Christmas Carols - The Holly and the Ivy
Die Cut Divas - winter theme
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop
Joy Clair - inspiration photo
CardzTV - anything

Monday, December 11, 2017

New Idea for a Christmas Bag

Last week I was preparing to give a demo on gift wrapping.  I saw some really cute ideas on different blogs so I Incorporated several into/onto this bag.

I used Scoretape to put the lace on but it is hard to get anything to stick onto the Kraft bags so I will get the sewing machine out and stitch it on.
Instead of using an old Christmas card on the front, I printed out a digital image by Tlc Creations, distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink and a distresser tool.  Then I cut a piece of cardstock larger than the "card", scored it with double score lines and embossed the edges with gold (Versamark direct to paper and gold embossing powder).  I also embossed the photo corners, changing them from black to gold. Here is another photo - hopefully you can see the score lines and the tag a bit better.

The tag is from the Kraft Outlet, already tea dyed.  I added more distress ink.  The stamp is by Great Impressions which I colored with Copics.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - Christmas
Simon Wednesday - gifts, gift tags
CardzTV - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration Sketch and Theme - stamps and gold
Stamploration - tags

7 Kids College Funds - anything

Friday, December 8, 2017

How About Some Snow Fun

This is the last of the cards for a bundle going to Send A Smile 4 Kids.
The image and sentiment are by Doodle Pantry (no longer in business).  I love so many digital stamps from that store and am privileged to own many as a perk from being on the design team for a few years. They make for cute cards for kids.
The image is cut and bordered with several dies from the Die-namics Circle Stax.  Snow flakes on the sentiment piece are cut with a Cuttlebug die.
The sketch is Die Cuttin Divas:
Challenges:
Die Cut Divas - winter theme
Simon Monday - icy
Cuttlebug Mania - snow
Dies R Us - Christmas songs - Winter Wonderland ("We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way")
Die Cuttin Divas - sketch
Cardz TV - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Silver and Gold

Do you remember Burl Ives singing Silver and Gold in the animated movie Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer?  Such a pretty tune.  Good thing too because it was stuck in my mind while I was making these Christmas cards.
  Isn't this a beautiful die cut.  It is a one piece die by Birch Press.   After making the cut on the 4 X 5 1/4 piece of cardstock, I backed the negative cuts with silver, gold, and bronze metallic paper, adhering the pieces with Tombow Mono Multipurpose Glue and Tape Runner.  Last step - adhere it to the card base with dimensional tape.
Just a few more cards to make and send.  Yay!

Challenges:
Die Cut Divas - winter theme
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - inspirational photo
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - Christmas Carols
Cardz TV - anything