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Clean And Simple Christmas Shaker Cards

November 24, 2019

Hello everybody, it’s Sanna Lippert here again today with another guest design team project. For today’s post I have prepared a set of clean and simple style Christmas shaker cards with a photo step-by-step tutorial. I wanted to create simple looking, yet sparkly cards and this is what I ended up creating.

Here is how I created the cards:

Take a sheet of white Soft Finish Cardstock and cut it into two card base sizes you have prepared for cardmaking. Then place the white cardstock pieces into your die cutting machine and die cut a Fitted Star and a Fitted Circle with it. Place the die cut centered, but onto the upper part of the cardstock piece. Then die cut.

Next die cut from the residue sheet of white Soft Finished Cardstock some rows of houses using the Village Edges die cut die set. The images don´t have to be perfect all the way to the end, because you will only be using parts of them.

Now grab some Distress Oxides of your choice (I used Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber) and apply the oxide with an ink blending tool with circular motion onto the white card base background approximately to the area where the star and the circle will be. This way you create a coloured background to that area.

Then stamp a sentiment with black ink under the star and the circle areas. I used the Winter Sentiments clear stamp set here, but you can pick a sentiment set of your choice.

Now arrange the rows of houses under the star and the circle areas and adhere on place. You could also totally stop here and adhere the pieces together or you can follow the step to create shaker cards.

Here is an image of how I adhered the rows of houses onto the card.

Next apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the background of the die cut piece and then cut a piece of transparent acetate and place it on top of the adhesive.

For the next step, take some 3D foam and apply it aroud the edges of the card as well as around the circle and star image to create a place where to apply the confetti later. Make sure there are no open areas between the foam pieces in the area you are going to place the confetti into later, otherwise the confetti will move to areas you don´t want it to be in.

Now take confetti of your choice and place it onto the inked area of the card base. Then attach the 3D foam treated piece on top and press on place. Add faux stitching around the edges of the cards and if you want to, also around the die cut circle and star area.

Here are the finished cards. I think they turned out really nice.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s Christmas card tutorial. I’ll be stopping by the blog once more in December to share my last guest blog post of the year.

See you then! Happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

Other:
Confetti
Black stamp ink
Distress Oxides by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Transparent Acetate
3D foam tape
Acrylic block for stamping
Black pen
Die cutting machine

Home Decor Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Puppy Love

November 12, 2019

Hello everyone and welcome, Sandy here. It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks Santa will be loading up his sleigh and getting ready for the big night. It’s time to make all the preparations so we’re ready for the big guy to arrive. Today I want to share a fun and festive tree ornament that can be made in a short time and it’s lots of fun for the kids to do as well. A nice project for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here is my tutorial:

I began with the adorable Dog die. After cutting out all the pieces using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Velvet Paper, they were edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and assembled as shown above. The die makes the crease lines for the mouth and snout, using a black marker simply follow the outline. The eyes and nose are Nuvo Drops but they can be easily made by using the marker for them as well. I used the Santa Hat from the Santa Claus die set. The hat was placed on the pup before adding the ears.

The snowbanks were made by cutting a circle from the Fitted Circle die set and then cut into sections using the Adventure Edges.

For the frame of the wreath I used a 4″ embroidery hoop. The inside was painted white while the outside edges were painted green to match the pine boughs that will be added later.

The first snowbank was added to the back of the hoop and the rest were added in layers using foam tape between each layer.

Using the Fitted Circle die set – cut a backing piece (snowflake paper was used here).

The Santa’s Sleigh die set was used for the tree and gifts. Place your cute little pup where you want him and the start adding the other items as desired. Since the snowbanks were raised on foam tape, foam tape was also used at the back of the dog’s head. Use the top of one of the bows to add a bow on the neck of the dog.

You can use any greenery die that you happen to have in your collection. I cut 25 to go all the way around the 4″ hoop. Glue was added to the back (top portion only) of the bough and glued to the hoop. Each time a layer was added, the previous one was lifted up and the next one place under it.

Keep going until the hoop is completely covered. Tie a small bow and add to the top. If you plan to hang this ornament on your tree you will need an extra piece of ribbon for a loop at the top.

Thank you for joining me. You may also want to make this cute ornament into a shaker ornament. That is easy to do by adding shaker items on the inside and some clear acetate on the front of your ornament before you add the greenery.

Happy Crafting,

S@ndy

Susan's Garden Club

Time Flies Photo Frame

April 30, 2019

Hello friends, it’s Sandy! Each year when hubby and I celebrate our anniversary, I create a mixed media project to commemorate the occasion. This year we will be celebrating number 55 so I have made a special photo frame, Time Flies.

I am showing it with no photo because that will be added later. There is a video at the end of the post – I hope you enjoy the process.

I began with the Timely Pocket Watch from Wendy Vecchi, I’ve had this in my stash for a long time so I’m not sure if they are still available.
I used the two main parts in the package and covered them with gesso. If you are not familiar with gesso, it is a primer that can be applied to nearly any surface to neutralize the color.
To get the desired color on the watch, I used Prima Metallique Wax, White Gold. This wax is really intended to be used to highlight details on a mixed media project but it worked great for this. After the wax dried, it was buffed with a soft cloth. In order to make the watch look old and a bit tarnished, I dry brushed on some black paint and then buffed it.
A small piece of corrugated paper was added to the top of the watch to make it look like the watch stem where you would wind it. It was then covered with the same wax.
There are three of different flowers and ferns used to decorate the pocket watch. I will link to Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s videos below so you can see how they are made. The Helenium, Ladder Fern and Baby’s Breath were used here.
The first thing to go on were the Heleniums.
Next all the rest of the flowers and ferns were added. Sometimes you just need to play with all the pieces to see how they look best and that is what I did here.
Using the same corrugated paper, I cut out the Butterfly Aperture and then cut it down the center.
The wings went on to the back section of the pocket watch.
Using the largest circle in the Fitted Circles die set, a white circle was cut out and placed on the inside of the frame. Since I still need to add a photo, the frame was only glued near the top. This way I can add my photo and then glue the rest together along with a piece of acetate to protect the photo.
For the final step, I added a piece of decorative paper to make the frame look complete.

I enjoyed making this and sharing it with you,
See you again soon,
Sandy

Here is Susan’s video on the Helenium:

Watch my process video here:

Krista Schneider

Winter Animals Christmas

December 24, 2018

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s Frances Byrne here today with another tutorial to share with you. It’s Christmas Eve … Santa will be coming tonight and I hope he brings you all something nice. For my tutorial today I have another Christmas card to share using a couple of the Krista Schneider stamp sets. (This is a fun card for last minute mailing, you could get a head start on next year’s cards, or simply skip the “Merry Christmas” sentiment and the card is suitable all through the winter…)

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Shimmer Sheetz

Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Ten-Minute Christmas Cards with Removable Ornaments

December 2, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

I always seem to need just a few more Christmas cards (sound familiar?), so I’ve devised a strategy for making some that are simple and fast, but don’t look that way! Today’s tutorial is a trio that uses a non-traditional palette. I have lots of friends with taste as quirky as mine… I’m calling it a ten-minute card, but it probably won’t take that long.

I timed myself: Die cut two circles (2 minutes or less!), emboss and sand the smaller circle (2 minutes or less), add scrapbook paper to card front (1 minute at most), layer and complete the ornament (about 2 minutes), attach ornament to card front (30 seconds or less). This leaves a couple of minutes to unwrap and savor a peppermint patty while admiring your creation!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs General

Snowflake Snow Globe Ornament

November 21, 2018

Hi Friends,  it’s S@ndy here today with a two-sided snowflake ornament for your Christmas Tree.  I used the Elizabeth Craft Snow Globe Scene die set in a little different way this time.  I didn’t add snow to this one but you could if you like.  These ornaments are the perfect size to use as a gift tag or embellishment, too.

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A Way With Words Joset Designs

Ho Ho Ho Santa Snow Scene

November 12, 2018

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s Frances Byrne here today with another Christmas card tutorial to share with you. I have been having fun this year creating a lot of snowy Christmas scenes using Distress Oxide inks to create my skies. Christmas where I live down here in Australia is in summer, so we enjoy a hot Christmas Day with cold lunches and probably swimming in a pool. As we don’t experience snow, it is fun to create snowy scenes on paper instead.

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A Way With Words Shimmer Sheetz

Rejoice Ornament

October 20, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

I enjoy making flat ornaments to mail as an alternative to greeting cards. They can go straight to the tree or hang in a window or on a doorknob. And now that it’s become something of a tradition for me, friends have come to expect them!

Suzanne Cannon’s new A Way With Words release includes a fabulous flourished candle die set that has separate pieces for a dimensional flame and dripping wax. The candle can stand alone on an ornament, but I thought the word ‘Rejoice’ added a nice bit of extra sparkle. And the lettering provides visual balance when tucked just beneath the candle – The letter ‘R’ almost touching the flourishes, but not quite.

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