Archive for Christmas

Gift box and tag

The current Tuesday challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge  is to make elements used in gift wrapping. 

I pulled out my trusty Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cart for this challenge.  I found a box and used the window option.  I wanted a fun Christmas design on the outside, but the pattern paper I have isn’t thick.  So, I pulled out my colored card stock and cut the box twice: once in the red DCWV cardstock and once in the Cloud 9 pattern paper.  Then I adhered them together before scoring. 

Next, I colored and Stickled (I think I just made up a word) an Inkadinkado ornament stamp, which I then placed in the window of the box.  Using some festive ribbon and berries I made a topper for the card.

I also decided to make a tag.  I wanted to use the Peachy Keen frog stamp on the box, but the window wasn’t big enough so I used him on the tag instead.  Using my #14 Nestie labels and the patterned paper from the box, I cut out a medium-large size label.  Then I cut out a medium-small size cream-colored label to put in the center.  Next, I stamped my frog, colored him with my Copics and cut him out.  Using  my Joys of the Season Cricut cart, I cut out a hat for my frog to wear.  I using white embossing powder and Picket Fence Stickles for the white areas, and Xmas red for the trimmings, on the hat.  Finally, I attached the hat and popped up the frog.

I really like the way it turned out!

Thanks for your kind comments and feedback.


Fancy Tag

Waltzing Mouse blog is having a contest asking us to make a “fancy” tag.

I used Spellbinders labels #4 for all the shapes.  All stamps, except for the Christmas tree, are from Waltzing Mouse.  I embossed the stamped frame and little twirls on the main tag with Ranger gold embossing powder.  I really like how shiny it is!  The tree is from Inkadinkado.  All the coloring is done with Copics, including the outlining on the frames.  I used Gold, Xmas Red and Picket Fence Stickles on the tree for the star, ornaments and flocking.  The three little gems are by Stampin Up.  Using a punch from Stampin Up I made eight holes through which I threaded the red ribbon, then added the gold ribbon at the bottom.  I found the ribbon and black velvet flowers at Archivers.  The green “branch” with red berries is from my home decor Christmas stash.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking!


It was really windy when I took this picture!

Ornament Card

I decided to try my hand at this weeks Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge.  I like how the card came out, however, I have heard so much about Glimmer Mist so I picked some up today.  When I sprayed it on the card it left droplet marks on the paper and smeared the ink on my sentiment.  I used Cloud 9 pattern paper and Recollections card stock.  Using some of the fun little elements that come with Waltzing Mouse Stamps, I made my own pattern for the ornaments (except the text one, I used an Inkadoo stamp).  I stamped it with Pear Pizzaz and Rose Red inks, then embossed it using Sparkle powder.  The Stampin Up ornament punch gave the great shape.  Then I used silver Stickles to define the tops. 

After cutting my paper I hand drew a rectangle reminiscent of the new Frame it stamp set from Waltzing Mouse, using a black marker.  Then I stamped the Stampabilities sentiment at the bottom and underlined it with another Waltzing Mouse stamp.

Next, I figured out where I wanted the ornaments placed within the rectangle and made “ornament hangers” with the silver Stickles.  Finally, I popped the ornaments up with dimensionals.  And, as I mentioned above, sprayed the card with Glimmer Mist.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look.  Comments are always appreciated!


Silver Bells Christmas Card

My Pink Stamper is having a challenge to make a winter project.  Since I have been gone all weekend I decided to make a card.  I wanted to use my music note Cuttlebug folder so I was trying to think what would go good with it.  Silver Bells, silver bells (be glad you can’t hear me singing!)!  I found some bells on the Joys of the Season cart and cut them out of AC silver and gold foil paper.  Then I cut out two Nestie shapes and stamped them with Waltzing Mouse Vintage Label 14 Stamps and Stampabilities sentiment stamp.  I popped up the inner Nestie piece.  I outlined parts of the bells in silver Stickles, added a piece of “holly” to the card and tied my silver bells to it. 

Pretty simple, but I thought it turned out pretty good.

Thanks for taking the time to look, I love comments!


Christmas Harriet Card

Waltzing Mouse is hosting a competition for World Card Making Day (last Saturday) that ends on 10/9/10.  I am getting this in under the wire!  She has been sitting on my desk colored for days, I just hadn’t figured out what to do with her.  I’m not particularly happy with the way it turned out because I had to rush to finish it before I went out of town.  Also, I wanted to color her with my Copics but my printer ink must not be compatible with alcohol based markers because it kept running!  I used watercolor pencils and a water pen instead.  For the fur, Distress Picket Fence Stickles came in handy to give it some depth.  I also used Xmas Red Stickles of the bow on the present.  I wanted to make it gold but didn’t have anything that fit the bill.  Using Nesties, I cut her out and popped her up on some DCWV patterned paper (Holiday Collection) that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the snow folder.  I inked around the edges of Harriet with Brocade Blue Stampin Up ink.  I also inked the Cuttlebugged paper, edges and embossed image.  Finally, I added the bow.

I am going to have to use her again and do her justice!

Thanks for looking!


Christmas Ornament Card

I recently received an order from Stampin Up.  One of my items was an Ornament punch.  When I saw this weeks challenge at Polka Doodles I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  So the challenge this week was to make a card using a “fancy or interesting fold.”    Now, to be honest, I don’t think the fold I chose is all that interesting, but it qualifies.  I actually think what I decided to do with dangling ornament is more fun!

First, I used my Nesties to make a cut in the card, then a slightly larger cut in the AC patterned paper.  I used the punch on silver, red and green AC foil paper.  Using a Scor Pal I scored each in half and then ran the ornaments through my Xyron to get them sticky.  Then I attached half of one ornament to the half of a second to the half of a third to the other half of the first, adding the silver, elastic ribbon before attaching the last cut out.   This will make a 3D ornament.  Next, I added ribbon to both sides of the cut out on the patterned paper.  At the end of last christmas I found silver snow flakes embellies.  I tied some white thread onto them.  Using tape I attached the strings to the inside of the patterned paper, allowing the snowflakes and ornament to dangle in the opening.  Then I adhered the patterned paper to the card stock.  Using a 7 “x 4″ piece of card stock scored at 1″, 2″ and 3″ on the 4” side, I did an accordion fold.  I attached one of the sides to the inside back of card.  Then I added a piece of DCWV patterned paper to the inside back of my card (so you can see it through the cut out).  Next, I attached the other side of the accordion folded paper to the inside front of the card.  This lets the card stand on its own.  Finally, I tied a bow on one side of the card.  I thought about adding a sentiment, but it didn’t look right when I held it in front of the card (all my Christmas sentiments are too big – Oh, Carol, I need to place another order!)

I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking, and your kind comments!


Christmas Candle Snow globe

This week at BBTB2 they challenged everybody to make something using a candle cut from a Cricut Halloween Cartridge.  I don’t have the cart, but I found a candle in the Joys of the Season cart and decided to use it.  I had so much fun making this card!  I wanted to make a snow globe with a candle in it, but I wanted the ball to be open to the inside. 

I used my circular Nesties for this because I find it easier to line everything up than with the Cricut.  I cut a large circle in the card.  Then cut out a rectangle in the color I wanted as my globe (light grey) and cut out a slightly smaller circle.  Then I placed the rectangle on the inside of the card, on the back of the front flap, so you could see some of the color come through around the edges.  I cut out another large plain white circle.  I placed this on the inside of the card to when it was closed the white circle fully covered the opening in the card. 

Next, I cut out the candle and all the pieces that went with it with my Gypsy.  I assembled the candle on the white paper, stacking the flame three high after I had used my Copics to color it and crystal Stickles to give it some shimmer.  I also stamped the dotted circle (Stampin Up) under the flame twice, once in orange once in yellow, just before gluing everything down.  Then I colored and glittered the holly leaves, and  added some berries I had from home decorations.  I added a ribbon, then adhered the snow globe base to the card.  Finally, I cut out more holly and blinged it up before placing it on the base.  I rounded the edges of the card and inked them with red.  The patterned paper is from DCWV Christmas stack.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments and feedback!


Polka Doodles Christmas

The Polka Doodles challenge is to create a Christmas card.  Since I just received my All Around and Everywhere cd from Polka Doodles on Monday I decided to use some of the images: the background papers and birds.  The ornament and holly stamps are from Inkadinkado and the string lights stamp is from Recollections.  I colored them with my Copics.   I cut the tree from the Cricut Designers Calendar cart then cuttlebugged it with the swirls embossing folder.  Then I folded it in half and using a Stampin’ Up punch put two holes to thread a ribbon through.  If you untie the ribbon the tree opens up to see what the birds have done!

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments and feedback, I really look forward to it.

Snowman Card

Another blog that I love is Bitten By The Bug 2.  The challenge was to use the snowman from the Cricut Doodlecharms Cartridge.  I also used Peachy Keen face stamps and the bird stamp is from Penny Black.  The background paper is Co’ordinations and the hat and scarf paper is American Crafts.

Here is a close up of his face

A side view

Why am I blogging? Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge

Part of the reason I finally decided to start this blog is that I wanted to share my creations with someone (my kids are happy to see them, but….and my husband just says “That’s nice”).  So I am hoping for some great feedback, ideas and education from the more experienced crafters and bloggers.  Also, I am hoping to post tips, instructions and how to’s.  The biggest hurdle I have is learning all the different things you can do in the world of scrapbooking.  I am hoping to make it easier on others.  Finally, I wanted a place to link to for other blog challenges, and then you will know about them,too.

Now that I am done rambling here is the first item.  I designed it for the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge.  I love my Peachy Keen faces stamp!  I have told several friends about them.  The challenge was to create an altered item that fits the following criteria:

• Item must be a purse/tote bag (any size)
• Must include at least one stamped image
• Must incorporate a winter theme (snowflakes, snowmen, Valentine’s Day, outdoor snow activities)
This is my interpretation