Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Christmas Cards, Moose and Shaker Card Duo

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I have to say, I'm really loving the shaker kits from Queen & Company these days. I don't even need any more Christmas cards this year, since I have all the ones I made last year for my Mom to send this year. No point in letting them go to waste, so I added them to my Christmas Card box and sent them out with our Christmas letter this year.

This card trio actually started with the snowflake background. I cut it from a red A2 panel, reserving the fall away snowflakes to use on other projects, then wanted to see what it looked like mounted to a card blank. Then I had this piece of buffalo plaid paper so I added a pearlized snowbank to it and finally just sat down to finish the card.

The moose punch is all glittery from a Wink of Stella pen!

Inside the card, I added a couple of the fall away snowflakes, and a stamped greeting from the North Pole Shaker kit. Then another punched moose and this card was finished. But there were still some red snowflakes sitting on my stamping table and I was itching to play with the shaker pieces in the kit.

So ... I made a second card!

The North Pole piece is actually part of a sign, but I cut away the pole to make it an element, then added the die cut bow that comes in the kit. The kraft heart was sitting on my stamping area from a different project. The kraft chevron background die looks so good with the white card stock and red snowflakes! Of course, I'm using a lot of kraft card stock these days so that shouldn't have surprised me.

The remaining fallaway snowflakes from the first background panel were added inside the card with a stamped greeting.

I wasn't ready to stop yet so made another shaker card using the North Pole kit. This Santa hat is so cute! The brim and pom pom were cut from white pearlized card stock for some shimmer and shine.

Inside I added another hat, and the stamped greeting on layered banners.

Into my stash for next year, unless something comes up where I need another card to bring to a party or something.

White, black, kraft and red card stock
Buffalo plaid patterned paper - Cartabella
North Pole Kit and outline dies - Queen & Company
Rectangle dies - Hero Arts
Various filler, sequins and shaker bits
White shimmer card stock
Stitched Large Fishtail Banner dies - Pink & Main
Tiny Snowflake stamp - All Tucked In Christmas, Taylored Expressions
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - MFT Stamps
Moose punch - Stampin' Up
Snowflake background die - the Stamps of Life
Fishtail Banner die - MFT Stamps
Spectrum Noir pen
Chevron background die - the Stamps of Life

Card sizes - all, standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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Monday, 9 December 2019

Rustic Christmas 4 Panel Pop Up Card

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Today I'm sharing another 3D Pop Up card where I added two extra cuts & folds to the centre. This is probably my favourite way to use this die!

Here is the card front, with papers and elements from a coordinated package by My Minds Eye.

I have a short YouTube Video so you can see the details and sparkle a little better, with more photos below that.

I really enjoyed using all the cute printed elements that coordinated with this paper package.

While this is more rustic on the front, the inside has lots of sparkle. I love shimmer & shine on my holiday cards!

In addition to the extra cuts and folds, I trimmed some of the patterned paper to line those areas for even more dimension. It's easier to see all the sparkle in the video than in the still shots.

Into the holiday card stash with this one.

Patterned paper, stickers and elements - Comfort and Joy, My Minds Eye
Sakura gold gel pen
Stitched rectangle dies - Your Next Stamp
Red and white card stocks
3D Pop Up Drop In die - the Stamps of Life
1042 Spinner Square Pop Up (scallop square) - Karen Burniston

Card size - Standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Pop Up Penguin Christmas Card

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Today I'm sharing a card that I made using the new Parcel Pop Up along with the new Flap and Closure, both by Karen Burniston. It's mostly white on white with one of the whites being a super sparkly glitter card stock. I love some sparkle on my holiday cards!

Here is a short YouTube video so you can see the card in action - it's always more fun that way, and also easier to see how the mechanism works. Note that not just the igloo slides up and down out of the snowbanks, but also the penguins on either side!!  More details are below the video.

As usual, I finished the card front after the inside was done. I did plan out where to stamp the penguin, but forgot about the circle flap so his beak is covered up until you open the flap. I decided to be OK with it though - no way I was going to start over or even start pulling it apart to swap out the stamped panel. I had waaaaaay too much time invested in this one!

I also used two magnets to hold the flap closed, since the card is larger than A2 and the card stock is on the thicker side.

To create the arms for the penguins, I die cut the second largest Crosshatch Circle from Acetate, then traced the inside edge of the 3rd largest Crossatch Circle onto the acetate circle. Once the circle was cut in half, I simply fussy cut along my traced line to give me to acetate arcs to animate the penguins.

The cute scarf comes from the Winter Animals, and the hat from the Christmas Animals. They fit perfectly!

TIP: If the recipient were to open the card further than 45 degrees, there was a possibility that the penguins feet would come above the snowbanks and create a catch point preventing the card from closing without creasing or tearing the penguins. My solution was to add an acetate strip to their feet than hangs down into the centre of the card. How long you make this strip would depend on how high up you mount your images, or how big they are. But this solution works like a charm.

I know just who this card is going to ;-)

Heavyweight white card stock
1116 - Parcel Pop Up - Karen Burniston
1118 Flap & Closurep - Karen Burniston
White glitter card stock - Craft N Craftin'
Playful Penguin stamps - Stampin' Up
Black Glaze and white gel pens - Sakura
White and red cad stocks
1006 Nature Edges - Karen Burniston
Iglo die - Your Next Stamp
Scotch Tape
1057 Circles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1061 Christmas Animals (hat) - Karen Burniston
1016 Winter Animals (scarf)- Karen Burniston
1-65 Merry Christmas - Karen Burniston
Words inside - Hero Arts
Stitched snowflake dies - Lawn Fawn
1062 Evergreen Pivot (snowflake on front) - Karen Burniston
Black marker

Card size - 7 x 5", fits in a 5 x 7" envelope

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Stocking Fold It Holiday Card

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I don't play with this Stocking Fold-Its nearly enough, so when I received this lovely foiled patterned paper as a gift I decided to use it with the Stocking Fold-Its for a Christmas card in non-traditional colours.

Here is a peek at the inside ... and the card stands open on itself.


Stocking Fold It's - Stephanie Barnard, the Stamps of Life
Blue and vanilla card stock
Patterned paper - Brightly Gleaming, Stampin' Up
Sakura gold gel pen
Gold embossing powder
Stamps inside - Merry Christmas to All, Stampin' Up

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Rockin' Christmas Cabin Card

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It's Fun Fold Friday here on my blog, and today I'm sharing what is probably my favourite card from this year. I used one of the patterned paper packages I've been working through and some of the included stickers and elements for this country cabin Christmas card.

YouTube video so you can see the Rockin' Rectangle in action:

I love the Rockin' Rectangle die set both with and without a window, and I chose to use a window on this card.

I added gold gel pen to each of the nail heads on the sleigh.

I chose not to add a frame to the inside window because it would become a catch point for the cabin. 

I added two trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels and some shimmery snowbanks to the arm, and stamped greetings on scalloped die cut panels.

White and kraft card stocks
Patterned paper, elements and stickers - Comfort & Joy, My Minds Eye
1089 Rockin' Rectangle - Karen Burniston
Sakura gold gel pen
Stitched scalloped rectangle - Your Next Stamp
MISTI - My Sweet Petnuna
Merry Christmas - More Merry Messages, Stampin' Up (retired)
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Gold Peel Off Snowflakes - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1062 Evergreen Pivot Panel - Karen Burniston
1006 Nature Edges - Karen Burniston
Glitter Paper Scrap

Card size - Standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Christmas Gift Card Holder

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Today I'm sharing a Gift Card Holder that I made for our son ... last year! I didn't get it posted, so hung onto the photos until this year.

I have had this paper pack for several years - it has foiled areas that are SO pretty. The top hat was fussy cut from one of the papers in the pack.

There was this piece of patterned paper in the package and I liked the red foiled bits. So I added it to the front of the envelope, and we used a sharpie marker to write his name on it.

Tutorial from a YouTube video (Dawn's Stamping Thoughts), which you can find HERE
Patterned paper - Recollections
Stamps - MFT Stamps
1046 Circle Charm Pop-Up (Circles) - Karen Burniston

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Christmas Hearts Pop Up Card

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I have had this card finished for months, but wanted to wait until at least December to share it here on my blog.

I have SO much Christmas patterned paper - the stack is easily a foot high. So this year I tried something different. I pulled out this package, a Doodlebug one and a more traditional MME package to use for my holiday cards this year.  Normally I hop from pad to pad and I never seem to make a dent in them.

I kept the front nice and simple, since it's a Pop Up card and there is some fun going on inside. I added a sticker to the front (which is very sparkly) and a glittered die cut heart.

Here is a look at the inside where I used the Heart Pivot Panel by Karen Burniston. You get such dimension with these Pivot Panels! I added some cute hearts cut from scraps in the package, some glittered hearts and a couple of small fishtail banners with stamped greetings.

The circle on the right is where we will sign our names with a handwritten message.

I didn't add any sequins, Nuvo Drops or enamel dots because of all the sparkle in the paper and the gold glitter card stock. I also didn't add any foam tape so this dimensional card will mail for a single stamp!

Patterned paper and included stickers - Sugar Plum, My Minds Eye
Blue, white card stock
1088 Heart Pivot Panels - Karen Burniston
Gold glimmer card stock - Stampin' Up
Stitched circle  MFT Stamps
Stitched fishtail banner - MFT Stamps
Warmest Wishes - Snowglobe Sentiments, MFT Stamps

Card size 5 x 6", fits in a 5 x 7" envelope

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