Make 16 Christmas Cards from Three Sheets of Paper

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is make all my cards. I love to send snail mail at this time of year. This year, however, is jammed packed with tons of activities. I just don’t have as much time as I would like, but I still want to make them! I decided to spend two hours on them and this is what I came up with — 16 cards!

Here is the video on how to create 16 cards in 2 hours:

The measurements for the half sheet (I used Rinea Foiled Paper ) is as follows:
You will need two of each:
8C: 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches
7B: 2 3/4 by 1 3/4
2E: 3 1/2 by 2
1D: 2 by 1 3/4
3C: 2 1/4 by 1/2

Here is the measurements for the cardstock:
Here is the measurements for the pattern paper:
If you have not watched the video, now would be a good time to do that. I share how to cut the paper without any waste and how to lay each card out. Once you get done watching it head back here and use these pictures as your guide to create your own.
Card 1:

 Card 2:

 Card 3:

 Card 4:

Card 5:

 Card 6:

 Card 7:

 Card 8:

The Nuvo Drops can be found here
The sentiment dies can be found here
Rinea Foiled Paper can be found here
I am so excited to have cards to mail out to family and friends that did not break the bank or take a long time.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Fall Ombre’

Close to my Heart released an awesome set of stamps that I thought would look fantastic with an ombre effect. 

 I started with the lightest 1 inch by inch ink pad and worked my way down the stamp to the darkest making sure I saturated the stamp as to not dry out.

 For the embellishments I took three buttons and filled them with Nuvo dew drops. 

Such a fun card to make and give!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Boo!

To me, nothing is more spooky and speaks of Halloween like a spider web! Therefore, I just had to create a card focusing on a great big web!

 I inked up my CTMH spider web in white pigmented ink and heat embossed it directly on a black card base. In the lower corner I did the same with the word BOO!

 I actually stamped the Boo! a little higher than anticipated, so I added two strips of washi tape. Sometimes mistakes work out so well 🙂

I finished it off with a sparkly spider! 
I hope you were inspired in the month of September and you have a few fresh ideas for using your stash to create for Halloween! In the month of October I am sharing some Fall ideas using my stash too! Please make sure you have subscribed (follow) my blog and come back soon! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Feeling Spooky?

Have you ever used digital downloads on your cards? I must confess that I did not even know they could come in such gorgeous prints until my friend, Linda Israel, introduced me to Calico Collage . I have been hooked ever sense! Not only are the images gorgeous, but they are easy to store (on your computer), cheaper than buying paper, reusable (just print them up as much as you need them) and fast (if you don’t have time to wait for something to ship). I created two cards using a digital print and stamps from Close to my Heart. 

 I used a Kraft tag that I distressed and popped a spooky sticker on it as the focal point. I then added a few more embellishments and stamped my sentiment.

 For this card I stamped the witch from the same stamp set and heat embossed her in black. I cut her out and used pop dots to adhere her to the card.

 I added three gems to balance it.

 For the sentiment, I stamped it in clear embossing ink, embossed it and added distress ink over the area. I then took a baby wipe and removed some of the ink.

Make sure you check out digital art! It really is a wonderful alternative to traditional paper crafting that can be easily incorporated into your craft. Mix it with some of your stash! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Happy Owloween!

We all know somebody who does not like spooky Halloween. They prefer to keep it on the cute side. I made a card with just that person in mind. Close to my Heart released an adorable stamp set a few years back in which the crafter could create an owl by using the pieces wanted. I used that stamp set to create this pretty simple card.

To shade in the owl I used copic markers. I distressed the tag with Distress Ink and added a gem to finish it off. It looks more complicated than what it really is because of the pattern paper I selected as the back drop.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!