Thursday, December 24, 2015

Winter Walk Christmas Card

Merry Christmas Eve all my crafty friends. I can't wait for Christmas morning, how about you? Today I have another Christmas card for you and this one is actually my favorite out of all the Christmas cards I made this year.

This beautiful card was made for my sister (I hope she likes it) and for the 2 Crafty Girls Challenge Blog.


To create this stunning card I used the digi stamp Winter Walk by Ppinky Dolls and painted it with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Isn't she just adorable? The card base is light purple Recollections cardstock and was cut with my Cricut Explore. I love cutting my card bases on my Cricut because I can get a perfect straight cut and it scores the center for me, so I'm able to get a perfect center fold with ease. I used white Recollections cardstock and the Darice Snowflakes embossing folder with my Sizzix BIGkick to create the snowflake mat. To create the tag I cut it with my BIGkick using a QuicKutz Nesting Tag Cookie Cutter Die. I then added the sentiment "Warm Winter Wishes" using the stamp set Winter Wishes by Jaded Blossom. Now, the purple polka dotted washi tape actually isn't washi tape, I used a polka dotted washi tape stamp by Jaded Blossom from the stamp set Designer Tapes I love this stamp set, it's perfect for adding those last minute touches to your creations especially because you can ink them in what ever color you want to match your design. They have more sets of this style of stamp which is top on my wish list. To finish up this beautiful card I added a big purple, blue and white striped ribbon from my craft stash and some blue sequins to the corner of my painted image (sequins used is from the Craft Medley Rhythm N Blues set). I do have to say, I've really come to love the big bows on the cards, they are so easy to do and give the cards the "aww, it's so cute" look.


Ink Recipe: 
~ Broken China ~ Faded Jeans ~ Tattered Rose ~ Antiques Linen ~ Seedless Preserves ~ Barn Door ~ Cracked Pistachio ~ Weathered Wood ~ Scattered Straw ~ Gathered Twigs ~ Vintage Photo ~ Walnut Stain ~

*Note: If you would like more details on how I painted this image with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, hop on over to my "A Snowy Night Christmas Card" post.


I used my Cricut Explore to write the sentiment "May the warmth and joy of the Christmas Season remain with you throughout the coming year". I used the font Cricut Alphabet in the has a writing style setting using a black Pilot Precise V5 black pen (this pens fit perfectly into the pen housing on the Cricut Explore).

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Joy to the World and Merry Christmas Handmade Cards

Wow, time really flies. Christmas is right around the corner and there is still so much to do. I have a busy few days ahead of me, gotta love the joys of Christmas. All the busyness and running is well worth seeing the excitement on my sweet Christina's face.

Today I have two cards to share with you. I really prefer to do one post per card but I'd really like to share all my Christmas cards with y'all before the new year so I'm doubling up today's post.


Both cards I'm sharing today were created using SVG files and metal dies from My Treasured Kutz.


I love how this first card came out. The card base and oval frame were cut on my Cricut Explore using Recollections cardstock. To do the oval frame I used the Design Space shape tool, putting an oval on top of the rectangle and attaching the the shapes to each other. The Christmas trees are from the My Treasured Kutz (MTK) Decorating The Tree SVG file, which I cut on my Cricut Explore as well. The reindeer and snowflake where cut using MTK metal dies and my Sizzix BIGkick. I then inked the edges and added some detail to my reindeer, snowflake and trees using American Crafts Pigment Ink and a disposable lip applicator. I then attached my trees. The center tree was attached flat to the card using an Elmer's Tape Runner and the two trees on the sides were attached using foam mounting tape. I then glued down seed beads using Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, only applying enough to be seen through the oval cutout. After I was done gluing the beads on I attached the oval frame using foam mounting tape (I layered my mounting tape to make it thicker). To attach the reindeer and snowflake I used my Xyron Sticker Maker. I finished up this card by adding some star sequins to the top of the trees and the sentiment "Joy to the World" (the sentiment was done using a miscellaneous stamp and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.


So, Now it's time to get on to my second card. This card is actually a very easy card to make. It's great for if you are strapped for time and want to create something that looks like you put a lot of effort into it.


To create this simple beauty I started by cutting the base of the card out with my Cricut Explore. The card base is a SVG file by My Treasured Kutz called Merry Christmas Card #6. After my card was cut out I used white American Crafts Pigment Ink and a disposable lip applicator to trim the edges of the card and all letters. I love how doing this it created the look of snow. I then attached some script cardstock behind the lettering, I used foam mounting tape for that so the letters were raised up. For the flowers I used the Baby Pinecone metal die by My Treasured Kutz and my Sizzix BIGkick. And yes, I said pinecone, I used a pinecone die to make flowers, lol. Flowers were not my intention, I was trying to make the pinecones but they came out looking more like flowers, so I just ran with it (I think I did something wrong). If you look at the pictures on the MTK website, you actually can make 3d pinecones with the die, which is very cool. My mistake actually goes to show the versatility of the die ;) Ok, So... after I had my flowerpinecones cut, (lol, I'm making up words now, heehee) I inked them with the same ink I used on card and then shaped them using a foam mat and a stylus tool. I then quilled the flowers using a quilling tool and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. I attached my flowerpinecones (there I go again with my made up word, lol) to my card and finished up by adding some Pine Bough leaves behind the flowers which is also a MTK metal die.


Well, this is it for today's post. I really hope you enjoyed it and that I've inspired you to create something new. Come back soon and happy crafting :)

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Shaker Ornament Card... Freebie SVG File

It's almost Christmas, is everyone getting excited? I know I am. Today I have another Christmas card to share with you and.... Are you ready?.... Another SVG file freebie (download at the end of post).


This Christmas ornament shaker card is fairly easy to make, even for the beginner crafter, so give it a try. To start with I cut everything out with my oh so favorite crafting tool, my Cricut Explore using DCWV cardstock and script paper. There are 4 pieces to the ornaments, the backing, the frame/top piece, the metal hanging thing (not quite sure that that is really called, lol), and the transparency/acetate. Note, when you load the file into your electronic cutting machine the transparency/acetate piece will be in the middle.

To assemble the shaker attach the transparency/acetate to the back of the frame. I used an Elmer's CraftBond Tape Runner to do this. Take care not to get adhesive anywhere on the transparency/acetate other than where you attach the frame, it's very hard to remove the adhesive. Once you are done with the first step attach foam tape to the outer edge, still on the backside of the ornament, on top of the transparency. I used Elmer's CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape. I always double, sometimes triple layer my foam tape for shakers. To do that attach your strips of foam one on top of another, do this before you attach it to the shaker. Now for this shaker, since the frame is a bit thin, especially if you are making smaller ornaments, cut a thin strip from your layered foam tape (you don't want it coming over the edges of the frame). Once you have your thin strip of layered foam tape cut (make sure it is long enough to go all the way around, a little longer is better as you can just trim off the extra), attach it to your shaker, it will easily wrap around. Make sure both ends of the foam tape bud up to each other snugly, this will ensure your shaker material will not fall out. Now that your foam tape is attached take a paper towel and a small amount of glass cleaner and clean the inside transparency/acetate, removing any finger prints you may have left behind (I use Windex). Also, if you have EK Success Powder Tool Applicator, brush it over the edge of the foam tape, from the inside, this will remove any sticky stuff and keep your shaker material from sticking to the edges (make sure to do this step before you clean it with glass cleaner. If you can tell in this picture the beads are sticking to the edge, I didn't use my powder tool :(  You are now ready for the fun stuff, the shaker material... Add your shaker material to the inside of the foam tape, how much you use is up to you, don't over do it though, you want the material to move freely. Things you can use for shaker material are, sequins, seed beads, micro beads, and glitter (I like the chunky glitter). Here's a shaker tip, if you use sequins, add a few seed beads or micro-beads, this will help your sequins move around better. Now it's time for the last step, attach the shaker ornament backing to the foam tape. Oh, I just told a little fib, that wasn't the last step, lol. Don't forget to attach the metal (actually paper in this case, lol) hanging thing to the front of the ornament.

OK, now that the shaker ornaments are put together it's time to talk about the rest of the card. I used some miscellaneous red cardstock from my craft stash. Added some green Offary ribbon to make it look as though the ornaments where hanging from the top of the card. I also made small bows with that ribbon and attached them to the front of the ornaments. I love the little mini bows, they are just too cute. I then trimmed the edge of my card with green glitter striped ribbon. After I was done with all that I still felt like the card was missing something so I dug through my Christmas craft stash and found this really pretty Jolie's boutique Christmas sticker with holly leaves. I pulled the holly leaves off and attached them to my card, they were the perfect final touch.

Let's not forget about the "Merry Christmas" sentiment. I used my Cricut explore to write this, putting a Pilot Precise V5 black pen in the the pen housing and using the font Cricut Alphabet in the in the has a writing style setting.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

A Snowy Night Christmas Card

Happy Friday my crafty friends! There's only two more weeks until Christmas. I only have a little bit of Christmas shopping let to do, how about y'all? Today I have another Christmas card to share with you that I created using Tiddly Inks digi stamp A Snowy Night.


I absolutely love this scene, it's very pretty and has great detail. To start with I printed the image on Canson Watercolor Paper. Now the snow caps on the tree and roof of the house are not part of the stamp. I added the snow caps in by lightly painting in the lines of where I wanted them. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to paint this beautiful Christmas scene. When using the inks to paint I put some ink on an acrylic block and sprayed a small amount of water next to it, I wet my brush and run it through the ink; you don't want the brush soak and wet. I paint a small about of ink on the the image then took another brush with water only (not soak and wet, just dip the very tip of the brush in the water) and used it to drag the ink out on my image. This technique has to be done several times to get the shadows you want (make sure the ink and water is dry before adding another layer). For the roof I first applied a light shade of brown ink and then add a darker brown on top. After the roof was completely dry I took some washi tape, crinkled it a bit, and stuck it to the roof. The washi tape pulled up some of the dark brown, showing only the light brown, creating a distressed aged look.

**Tip: When watercolor painting with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, the ink that is on the acrylic block does not completely dry. So, you can set your project aside and come back later, not having to worry about wasting ink. I actually would set everything aside and come back the following night to work on it and my ink that was on the acrylic block was still wet. Now, if you feel it is a bit dry just run a damp paint brush through the ink to reactivate it.

Ink Recipe:
~ Frayed Burlap ~ Crushed Olive ~ Squeezed Lemonade ~ Weathered Wood ~ Pumice Stone ~ Peeled Paint ~ Faded Jeans ~ Mustard Seed ~ Mowed Lawn ~ Tea Dye ~ Black Soot ~ Walnut Stain ~ Barn Door ~ Tumbled Glass ~ Stormy Sky ~ Peacock Feathers ~ Scattered Straw ~ Iced Spruce ~ Antique Linen ~ Pine Needle ~ Tattered Rose ~ Seedless Preserves ~ Fossilized Amber ~ Forest Moss ~ Gathered Twigs ~ Chipped Sapphire ~ Spiced Marmalade ~ Fired Brick ~ Rusty Hinge ~

After I was done painting this digi stamp I added some Crystal Snow ultra fine white glitter to all the shadows in the snow and some to the snow caps. I'm not sure if you can really tell in the picture but I promise it is there, lol. To apply the glitter I used Martha Stewert Glittering Glue. So, kind of a funny story.. While applying the glitter, I sat on the floor just in case I made a mess, I was so careful and didn't make a mess until I was done, I knocked the entire thing of glitter over. Now, I will be cleaning up glitter for the next year, that stuff never seems to go away, lol. I also added a small amount of fine line detail to the image using a black Zig Millennium Pen .01

For the card base I kept it simple, just plain black Recollections Cardstock; cut out with my Cricut Explore. I feel that with all the detail and color in the digi stamp a plain simple card base is best. I accented my Snowy Night card by adding red polka dot ribbon. Don't you just love the big bow?

I did add the sentiment "Tis the Season" to the left corner of the digi stamp. The stamp set is Christmas Wishes by Jade Blossom and I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.


Lets talk a little about the inside. I used my Cricut Explore to write the sweet sentiment "May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, the warmth of Christmas grant you love." I used the font Baby Steps in the has a writing style setting using a black Pilot Precise V5 black pen.

*So, I just noticed there is a misspelling. I wrote "spirt" not "spirit" Now, I have to figure out a way to remove that part of the card to redo it with out ruining it. I will say that this is something Cricut could upgrade on, there is no spell check in the text option, you can't even type it somewhere else then copy and past into the text box on the Cricut Explore (if those options are available they are not working for me). Cricut, please make this change to Design Space. I can't tell you how many times I made mistakes in the type that I did not catch until after it was on paper or on my card. What does everyone think about Cricut making this upgrade to Design Space?

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Winter Presents Lamp Post Christmas Card ~ 2 Creative Girls Anything Goes Challenge

Good morning, I hope everyone is having a great week. I've been very busy getting ready for Christmas and finally finished all my Christmas cards, at least I hope so, lol. Today I am sharing one of those Christmas cards with you.

I have some great news to share with you as well, I am now a design team member for the 2 Crafty Girls Challenge Blog. How awesome is that?

I had this brilliant idea that doing digi stamps for some of my Christmas cards, would be quicker then paper piecing them. Well, I was wrong. It actually took a little bit more time to paint the digi stamps, but I enjoyed every minute of it.


I used Christmas Gifts and Snow Covered Lamp Post digi stamp by Pattie's Creations and printed them out on Canson watercolor paper. Before I printed them out I pulled them into Adobe Photoshop, removed the white background and saved them as a PNG file (there are free software's and websites you can use to do that; just do a Google search). I then pulled the PNG images into Adobe Illustrator and layered them so the presents seemed to be sitting in the snow (you can also use Inkscape to do this, it's a free software).

To paint this digi stamp I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a little bit of water. My parents actually just got me the inks for my birthday, they are the best... Thank you Mom and Dad :-) For sky I used the inks as well but after I painted in some color, I used the round small blending tool to blend in some of the ink. For the areas closer to the image I removed the sponge from the tool, folded it in half to blend the ink in those areas. For the green ribbon and polka dots on red present I used a glittery gel pen. Now, my glittery gel pens seem to not work right so I actually take them apart, pulling out the ink compartment, and tapping the end of it on a plastic palette, then applying it with a paint brush (I put the pen back together when I'm finished). I finished up my digi stamp image by using a black Zig Millennium Pen .01 to add some fine line detail.

Here is the ink color recipe:
~ Black Soot ~ Peacock Feathers ~ Tumbled Glass ~ Chipped Sapphire ~ Dusty Concord ~ Stormy Sky ~ Barn Door ~ Rusty Hinge ~ Weathered Wood ~ Spun Sugar ~ Mowed Lawn ~ Scattered Straw ~ Fossilized Amber ~ Mustard Seed ~ Squeezed Lemonade~ Pumice Stone ~

Now for the card base itself, I decided to keep it simple by using white Recollections cardstock which I cut with my Cricut Explore. I then attached my painted digi stamp using an Elmer's CraftBond Tape Runner. I thought it needed something a little more so I trimmed the top and bottom of the painted image with some red velvet ribbon.

I finished up the front of my card by adding the sentiment "From our Home to Yours" and "Merry Christmas" using the Winter Wishes stamp set by Jaded Blossom and Tim Holtz faded jeans distress ink. I got a bunch of Jaded Blossom stamp sets on Black Friday, they had an awesome sale going on. But, they are a Christmas present from my husband. I couldn't wait until Christmas I just had to use them, well I actually needed to use the Christmas sets. So, shhh, do tell him I used them before Christmas, lol.


So now onto the inside of my card. I used my Cricut Explore to write the sentiment "May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your Blessing all year through". I used the font Baby Steps in the has a writing style setting and a Pilot Precise V5 black pen. I love using that pen in my Cricut, it fits perfectly in to the pen housing and writes so smooth. I added the red trim using Tim Holtz barn door distress ink by running the ink pad along the edge. I attached the sentiment using my tape runner.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Make sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Girls Challenge Blog and check out the Anything Goes Challenge.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

3d Poinsettia Christmas Card and a Freebie SVG File

Hello all my crafty friends, sorry it's been a few weeks since I've posted. I've been very busy doing holiday stuff. Is everyone ready for Christmas? I'm getting there, I've got most of my holiday shopping done and most of my decorations up. There's only a little bit left for me to do and then I can relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday.


Today I have another file I created to share with you (freebie download at the end of this post) It's a 3D poinsettia! And, a really pretty one at that. I have to say I'm very happy with how the poinsettia turned out and absolutely love the card I made; it's simple but beautiful.
To start with I cut all my pieces out using my Cricut Explore and Recollections cardstock. I then shaped all the petals using a stylus and some craft foam. There is a video below showing how to shape flowers using this technique. I then began gluing the petals together. I started with the largest petals, applying Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive to the center, and layering up until I got to the smallest petals.


Please note that this video is not an affiliate video, it's purely for an example only, I don't even own the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. But, it is one of the things at the top of my list. Also, please note, this is not my video and I claim no rights to it. The video came from Heartfelt Creations on YouTube. The tool I actually use is made by McGill and is a much cheaper option. And for the foam pad I use either craft foam or an old mouse pad. The mouse pad I use is actually one with a soft fabric top and is thick and squishy. Now, the company that makes the stylus I use also makes a foam pad. Here are links to the stylus and foam pad made by: McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat (these are not affiliate links either).



I then began working on the center of the flower. I used my stylus and craft foam again but only on the small circles. I took my stylus and pressed right in the center of the circle to create a curve in the center. For the outer half of the center I folded the small circles outward and for the inner half I folded them inward. I then went from the bottom part of each center piece, and gently folded them upward. I glued each center piece on top of the other using a small dot of Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, then attached it to the center of the poinsettia. I then adjusted the center piece a little more to get the look I was happy with. After I attached everything I used some miscellaneous brown chalk from my craft stash and applied it to the edges of the petals to give it a little more dimension.

To make the card itself, I used cream colored Recollections cardstock stock and Merry Christmas script scrapbook paper. I attached the paper using my Elmer's CraftBond Tape Runner. For the gold ribbon I actually ran it through my Xyron Sticker Marker, it makes attaching ribbons easy peasy.

I finished up my card by attaching the 3D poinsettia to the card using Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

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