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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Card Challenge

I hope that you are enjoying time with family and friends and celebrating all the blessings of Christmas.

Today also starts the next 2 week Card Caravan Challenge at The Hybrid Chick. The final one of this year!!!

The theme this time around is "metal".  Open to your interpretation.  You can use some type of metal on your card, a brad, a staple, sheet metal, aluminum foil, tinsel!!!  I used a sheet of plum colored metal and embossed a poem on my card.  I thought the wording was perfect for a "New Year's" card.  The poem reads:
The blink of an eye, The time it takes to have a deep thought, The time it takes to decide if you should or should not, The time it takes to love and the time it takes to hate, The time it takes to smell something you like but never ate, A bright idea can come and a bright idea can go, Life can become high and life can become low, A bird's little chirp can turn into a beautiful song as life comes and goes Ten Seconds Long. by Geoff Darrow

My card is a type of gate fold card.

Merry Christmas to you all! 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Card Inspiration

Can you believe that it is 5 days until Christmas? Nope, me either!  I'm done all of my gift shopping (I think). I still need to get the perishable food items for the big feast!   I've still got a few gifts to pull together as far as wrapping and such.  So I've been busy making cards and wrapping what-nots.

Thought I would share a few projects with you for inspiration.

This first one is a gift card holder that can hang on a tree or be added as a embellishment to a gift.  When you open the flap......

... the pocket holding the gift card slides up!  I used some tiny magnets to keep the flap closed.  I also kept the design generic with no names or dates on it. This way the recipient can re-use it if they would like.

Wouldn't this be sweet on your tree with a special note tucked inside?  I'm making a note to add this as an Advent activity for my family next year. We'll each have a pocket that we can tuck special wishes in to be read on Christmas Eve!

Does the paper look familiar? Yep it's from the same digital kit that I used for the sliding gift card holder.  The kit is called Christmas Wishes and is by WM Squared Designs. More on that in a little bit.  This card has a nice lacy scallop edge and a very blingy glittery snowflake!  a simply yet elegant design.
Now about that digital kit.... You can find it at Scrap Orchards. And if you hurry - you can get it at 50% off today!!  In fact Wendy's whole store is 50% off today!

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Digital Kit: Christmas Wishes by WM Squared
Twine: EK Success
Ribbon: Michaels
Glitter: Doodlebug Designs
Gift Card Template: Lori Whitlock

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Star Wreath

Hello!  My name is Cathy and I am addicted to Christmas papers.  I love them. Every time a new line of Christmas papers comes out, I seem to be drawn to them and want to have them. Mind you it is not that I have a project planned for them, I just want to collect them so that I can gaze upon them at any time!  There, I've admitted it. Now perhaps I can move on to over come my addiction!  Or not!!

I have been really good this year, the only new Christmas papers that I acquired are digital sets that I was doing Design Team work with. However, I have so much Christmas paper left over from previous years, that it has it's own bin in my storage!  I love it so much I even save the scraps!  As I was going through that bin of scraps, I decided that I needed to use them on a project that would allow others to enjoy them as well, rather than keep them hostage in a drawer where I was the only one enjoying their beauty!  And this is what I made:

Here's how I made it. I took a bunch of the scrap pieces of Christmas paper that I had and cut a whole bunch of star shapes. I cut a circle frame from a piece of cardboard to be the base of my wreath.

I cut a bunch of stars out of plain green cardstock for the base and adhered them to the cardboard circle.  I then cut a bunch of stars out of decorative cardstock for the wreath design itself.  These stars I scored from outer point to inner point across all 5 points on each star.  I formed them to create a 3D barn star shape at the score lines.

Carefully placing hot glue at the corners that will rest on the wreath base, I adhered the decorative stars to the wreath.

Continue to adhere each of the decorative stars working around the wreath until you've adhered 2 layers of the decorative molded stars.

Add embellishments such as bows, a ribbon hanger, buttons or gems as you desire to complete the design of your wreath.

Mine looked great on my front door, but I've decided to hang it over a cabinet door in our kitchen.  Since I had originally created a looped hanger to go on an over-the-door wreath hanger, I added some additional ribbon loops to extend the hanger to fit the cabinet door.  It has really dressed up our kitchen and now we can all enjoy those gorgeous Christmas paper scraps that I've been hoarding!

I gained my inspiration for this project from Little Birdie Secrets.
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Penguin Pals and Card Challenge

This sweet little card is brimming with cheerfulness.  The cute little penguins are a part of the digital collection by Paper Garden Projects called Penguin Pals.  I also used the coordinating papers from the collection to make the hybrid card.

The sentiment is from Christmas Sentiments Digital Stamps by Arty Pants Digital Stamps. I love working with these digital stamps. I can color them however I want to match my cards and size them to fit the design of the card. I really wanted the sentiment to be subtle and small on this card.

This card was created for the new Card Caravan Challenge at The Hybrid Chick. Our current theme is "two". You can interpret it any way that you would like.  Go check it out!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Calendar

I just made this Advent Calendar for my family to count down the days until Christmas. And to help keep us focused on some really fun family activities during this season.  I'm sharing more details about this project over at Ideas For Scrapbookers today.

Do you use an Advent Calendar in your house?  Leave me a comment and tell me how you prepare for Christmas! I'd love to hear about your traditions.

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