Monday, December 5, 2016

Cricut Christmas

Hi everybody! It's been a while since I posted. I went to Boston to visit my brother for the Thanksgiving holiday and just got back. Time to get serious with these Christmas cards!

As a Christmas present to myself, I purchased a Cricut Air Machine, thanks go Black Friday prices. My Cricut Expression was starting to cause issues with cutting, so I felt it was time I upgraded. It's rather old but was still useful until recently.

This is one of my first cards I created with the new machine. It's so easy because I don't have to physically connect my computer to the Cricut. It's all wireless! For this card, I first selected the card image from Cricut Access on the computer, then I hit Go and the machine began cutting, one layer after another. It stopped in between layers for me to change the color of the cardstock. Once it was done, I only had to adhere the layers and add the stamped sentiment on the inside. Easy!

If I get in a pinch and need more cards, this will be the one I go to for duplication.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Clean and Simple Christmas

Hi again! I'm back with my third Christmas card for the day. This one was created for the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge, where we were to create a Clean & Simple Christmas card using Christmas colors.

I chose Christmas Pine for the base of my card, then layered the Kraft with white on it after stamping the page of music. I love that background stamp! It will work for just about anything, even after Christmas. As a pianist, musical stamps always attract my eye. Can't get enough!

The sentiment and the musical notes are from Stamp TV's Kit called Home For The Holidays. The kit has four different pages of Christmas stamps, dies to go with it, patterned paper and cardstock that match. Loads of fun in that one box!

Before I go I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone enjoys the holiday and has some fun shopping on Black Friday. I'll be staying inside and checking out the different web sites online. It's almost too easy to shop that way, and there are no crowds to fight!

Thank you for stopping by again today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ this is it for today!


Christmas Reindeer


Hi everybody! I'm back with another Christmas card. I'll have a total of 3 today, so hang in there with me!

This card was a lot of fun to make. I got the design idea from Pinterest, kind of a combination of several cards I saw using this stamp set from Stampin Up! called Cookie Cutter Christmas. I LOVE IT! Besides the reindeer, there's an eskimo, gingerbread man/woman, and a Santa, all in one set. The punch that goes with it will cut out any of the images, along with buttons, a heart, and a bow. It's so much fun to create different images but use only one punch to cut it out. Neat!

The Sweater embossing folder and patterned paper I used is also from SU! That ef is very thick, and it took several tries to get the setup right so it would go through my die cut machine., but I made some adjustments in the directions and finally figured it out. Didn't help that my plates were warped. I finally got new ones. Makes a HUGE difference!

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ one more coming!


Christmas Snowflakes


Hi everybody! How are you doing? I'm working on Christmas cards, trying to add new ones on a daily basis. I always create a lot of different cards instead of creating a lot of the same one in bulk. Guess I get bored!

Today's card was very easy to make. I simply die cut the border of snowflakes using a Simon Says die and then added more snowflakes. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs. For the final touch, I added a line of Diamond Stickles along the snowy border. It looks better in real life--nice & sparkly!

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Detailed Santa


Hi everybody! Sorry it's been so long since I posted. Today I have a fun Christmas card that I made using a Stampin Up! die called Detailed Santa.

This was a very simple card to make. All I had to do was cut out the die and layer it onto the red cardstock base. The sentiment was found from a previous year's Stamp TV kit called Sparkling Christmas.

Before I created this card, I researched a few You Tube videos and saw some people cut Santa's glasses in either black or gold. Others used glitter paper. That looked pretty neat, but I decided for this first card I'd keep it all white.

Since this is a fairly simple card, it's easy to reproduce, so I'll probably make more of these. I could put a nice Christmas phrase on the inside and be done.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Christmas Gold


Hello everybody! Hope you're having a good week. I am participating in two Challenges this week, Stamp TV's MIUM (Mix It Up Monday) and Mod Squad.

Stamp TV's Challenge requires the technique of foiling, and Mod Squad requires gold, so I combined the two in my card.

The background was created by using a Foil Element sheet called Large Snowflakes, and for the image I used the sheet called Holly Jolly Greetings. I ran both through my Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine to obtain the shiny gold. The ribbon is from an old Gina K Stamp TV Kit. I just love her ribbon, and I wish she'd bring back some of what she used to have. Fortunately, I still have some left that I can use now.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Warm Holidays


Hi everybody! Hope your week has started off with a bang! Our weather is beautiful here in NC. The sun is shining and the temperature is in the high 60s, low 70s.

This is a very simple card I created over the weekend. It's one of my first Christmas cards created for the 2016 Christmas holiday.

The stamp and die set came from Gina K Designs and is called 'Tis The Sea-Sun. Gina had a tremendous release a week ago, and this was part of it. You ought to go check it out!

I thought this penguin was appropriate since I live near the beach (about 5 miles). The images were die cut and colored with Copic markers. There are two other penguins that go in this set who are warmly wrapped in winter hats and scarves.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Boo!


Hello everybody! How's your day coming along? Our weather has finally turned the corner, and the sun is shining. Goodbye Hurricane Matthew! Thankfully, everyone is safe & sound. No worries here.

Refusing to cave into boredom during the storm, I began creating more Halloween cards. Using my new Playful Patterns-Haunted paper pack from Taylored Expressions, I die cut a few different patterns and adhered them to my base, cut from Sizzix Stand-Up frame dies. (I know that was a long sentence but it told you everything you need to know for this card, didn't it? lol)

I love the patterns in this paper pack. It's my first time buying from Taylored Expressions, and I'm very happy with my purchase.

Below is another card I created using more products from them.


This card has more patterned paper from the same paper pack I used in the previous card. I'm not sure where the web came from but the embossed background was created using an embossing folder, also from Taylored Expressions. I colored some of them black so they would make more of an impression.

The sentiment used and images used on both of these cards came from the stamp set at Gina K Designs called Wicked.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~