Friday, November 15, 2013

Pink Poinsettias

I've been working with the Frosty Blanket Collection from Heartfelt Creations and playing with different combinations of my Spellbinders dies.  This is one of the Christmas Cards I came up with, well actually two cards with a few variations.
I grouped together Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lattice Pendents die with the Nestabilities Filigree Delight die on the left and then stamped JustRight's sentiment from their Christmas Inner Thoughts collection with gold embossing powder.  I also used the same powder on the Heartfelt Creations Christmas Sentiment Circle Stamp on the right.  These stamp sets produce crisp, clear embossing and that's exactly what I want especially when I'm doing sentiments.  On the left side card I grouped Spellbinders Doily Heart Circle over the top of one of the outer dies from the Fascinations die set. 

The papers from the collection actually don't have pink in them but by gently dabbing with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink you can get those Pink Poinsettias!  I also died my Snug Bug white seam binding pink with it.  It takes some fussy cutting, some pinching and shaping to create the individual flowers to decorate the card inside and out.  But it's oh so worth it!  I just added some gold Stickles to give the flowers that holiday zing.

Check out my video if you'd like to see step by step the process of making the card on the left above.  I've also included some additions photos of both cards.  I hope this has inspired you to snip, crimp and shape you paper as never before and give some dimension to your Holiday cards as well!

Pink Poinsettias!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Elf Magic Christmas Cards

A Cut at Home Design Team Project

Bo Bunny makes a darling Christmas Collection called Elf Magic and I had a couple of sheets of it on my desk and thought what fun to make cards from it.  The images are so bright and lively and just put a smile on your face when you work with them.  I wanted to use the little Elf image so I fussy cut him and the Santa from the paper and made this card
I matted all the cards on red and then used a white card base, red and white just say Christmas don't you think?? I love that color combo.  For the inside of the Elf card I trimmed the Dear Santa piece from the paper and used my Crop-a-Dile to make the note holes on the side.  I wanted it to look like a little one had written it so I scrunched it here and there, tore a little off the top and used Tea Dye distress ink to give it that little hands look.  By adding some Stickles on the white portions of their hats and clothes I was able to add a little bling.

The next card I tried was this one with all the little fussy cut stockings.  I used some Aleene's Glitter Snow on the white parts.  

aren't they precious?  By using small pop dots at the toes it gives them real depth.
And here's a look at the inside, the word Good has the puff snow on it.
With still paper left I used the FaLaLa papers to create snowbanks and then added the North Pole sign with drips of snow.  I heat embossed in Bronze the Santa and his sleigh.
Inside I added this Ho Ho with the paper ribbons on the sides
And there was still enough paper to make one more card
I cut 3 trees from the paper, used the Glitter Snow with some Martha Stewart Glitter Tinsel sprinkled over top.  The mat on this is a Core'dinations paper I sanded to let the snowflakes pop out (it's paper from last year or the year before that)
Santa on the inside is a Fancy Pants rub on from a previous year's collection.
So that's it, my set of four cards from 2 sheets of BoBunny Elf Magic paper.  How fun!  I hope you'll give them a try too and create some smiles on your Christmas list when your cards are opened.

Check out my video for step by steps on the Elf card and tips and ideas for the others.
Plus lot of additional photos


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Altered Laughing Cow Christmas Boxes

A Cut@Home Design Team Project

Do you ever go to toss an empty container and think wow I could make this or that with it?  That's how I've felt everytime I've tossed one of these Laughing Cow cheese containers.  So I decided it must STOP now!  So I altered them into some snazzy Christmas boxes to have on hand for neighbors, drop ins or those last minute 'gotta have' gifts.  What an absolutely perfect gift card holder these will be!  Or maybe some sweet chocolate wafers?  Just a little something to say, have a Merry Merry and a Happy Happy. It doesn't have to be a round Laughing Cow container, how about those empty boxes your Xyron refills come in?  Or the last little packing box you tossed out?  You'll be looking at your garbage in a whole new way!!! 
I used Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket paper pad to alter my boxes, and yes the one on the right did grow a tad, that's because it was a RAK from a friend and is actually a brown cardboard box that you can buy from a local crafty place like Michaels or Hobby Lobbby.  I wanted to give those non Laughing Cow eaters an option they could use as well.  
I was lucky enough to have some Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist in Bucket of Blood on hand (now that's a mouthful isn't it? wouldn't you love to sit in on the product naming sessions at Lindy's?   what a hoot that would be!)  This is a great mist, it has brown undertones in the red with a gorgeous glimmer of gold dust.  
Some of the papers have these gorgeous flowers printed on them, for a few tips and tricks to get them to look 3D check out my video below.  The centers are from Prima's Say it in Pearls.  Again I used the Lindy's mist on these.
I also wanted to play with my new Tim Holtz Alterations die, Tattered Poinsettia from Sizzix.  OMG I love this die, it's going straight to the top of my favs list, you must must must have it in your collection. I used another of the papers for the flower (and I used more than one cut of it, even tucking in individual petals in here and there to give it a fuller look).  The little add on paper embellishments were from last years City Sidewalks collection.  The lace is a RAK from my friend Julie (thanks Julie I love the laces). 
So what can I say?  Start hunting through your trash today (Oh heaven's don't do that, lol) instead look at those cute little boxes you sometimes trash a different way and see if you can come up with some great altered 'gotta have' gift boxes of your own.