October Afternoon Christmas Cards

Have you ever ordered a paper line that you did not see in real life and once you finally received it you were less than impressed? That recently happened to me. I found what I thought would be the perfect paper for Christmas. When it finally arrived I just did not like it. I mean it was okay, but it looked like a lot of stuff out there. Plus it was a lot of paper and sticker embellishments — not my thing at all. I did not pay much for it, so I was not upset that I was not in a hurry to use it. Then my husband called and asked if I had any extra cards. I told him I would make him a set. He needed them to give his employees for Christmas. I did not want to use my good stuff or take the time to make them because more than half would probably just end up in the trash (the gift card is the real gem for them). I knew this lime would be awesome for the task at hand. In two hours I created 16 cards. I am surprised to say that not only did I have a great time creating them, they are my favorite ones yet!

I had so much fun creating the cards that I made matching envelopes too. The truth is I just did not want to keep the stickers. I am happy to say that there is nothing left of the line and I got some pretty awesome cards out of it!

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To amp up the cards I inked the edges and pop dotted at least one element on each one. I am not a fan of the felt ribbon the kit came with so I cut it apart and used it as embellishments. The focal piece of each card was a die cut from the line as well. I did incorporate a few foam stickers I found at the dollar store as well as poinsettia buttons from my stash.  To finish each card off I added glitter dew drops and clear glaze from Tonic Studios Nuvo brand.

The next time you get something you are not thrilled with don’t discard it. Use it as an opportunity to play with no expectations. You may end up with some of your favorite projects!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Happy Harvest!

I have a small confession to make. I absolutely love old trucks! This vintage truck stamp set, though almost vintage itself, is still one of my all time favorites! I appreciate how I can switch out what is in the back of the truck depending on who I am giving it to or the season. Even though the entire set is wood mounted it is surprisingly easy to line up.

 After I colored it in with distress markers, I cut it out and pop dotted it on the card front.

I want to create an entire card set with different objects in the back for each season of phase of life. I think it would make a perfect gift!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Witch Please….

When I saw this stamp set last year I knew I had to have it! Witch Please…. is a Brutus Monroe Stamp Set that is probably one of the Halloween favorite with that company. It is perfect for those that have a sarcastic and/or sassy personality. 

 To create this card I took a piece of mixed media cardstock and covered it with Colorburst. As that dried I die cut two circles and stamped my image along with the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock.

 This card is going to go through the mail, so I made it flat. I added some little dew drops for a touch of dimension.

Sometimes you just have to get a little messy 🙂
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Friendly Spooks!

I am committed to only using my stash this year to create Fall cards. I was tickled when I ran across one of my favorite stamp set by Brutus Monroe for Halloween! I adore this set because there are a few different characters that are the perfect size to color in with sentiments. The best part is they resemble Halloween, but are not so spooky that could be given to a child. I made three cards with the set.

The first one is a black and white card:

 I added a little red just for some personality.

 Once I colored in my character I used my Scan n Cut to fussy cut him for me. I left a border on him and used pop dots to adhere to my card.

 The spider I found on clearance last year (after Halloween) at my local craft store. He came in a set of nine!

Isn’t this the friendlies Frankenstein you have ever seen? I just love this little guy!

 I used Nuvo Dew Drops on all of these cards including this one! I can’t believe how often I pull them out to add that little extra something to a card.

 I used my copic markers to color him in. I did not care so much about sticking to color families because I wanted him to look a little dingy.

 I saved my favorite for last! This is hands down my favorite character from the stamp set! I also love him with that sentiment.

 Every time I see him I smile.

What Halloween character is your favorite? Even if you don’t have an image of that character in your stash you can use it as inspiration to create something spooky this Halloween!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!