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14 posts from December 2017

Tue 12

Golden Snowbreeze
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hello and welcome crafty friends,

   The Batavia Snowbreeze die is once again featured on our blog.  In the last several days it has been in the spotlight on this blog by different designers (we never know which dies are being featured by one another until it posts) and guess what?  same die but very different designs, colors and techniques on each card.  Take a look back on this blog and you'll see what I mean.

This holiday season I am drawn to colors of gold and rose gold.  I bought some new holiday decor and rose gold is my favorite color theme.  Here's a card with those colors in mind.  

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Layers, layers and more layers...I can't help it.  I started with a top fold ivory note card, die cut the Batavia Snow Breeze along the right edge and gold embossed the Christmas sentiment.

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Beneath the ivory layer, I added some beautiful gold glitter paper that peeks through the snowflakes, tiny breeze circles and the side edges.  One more layer of metallic chocolate card stock was added behind the glitter paper because I planned on using the sequin mix with the chocolate sequins (my fav).  This sequin mix is from Birch Press and is called "Not so heavy metal".

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As a final layer, I added three gold Batavia Snowflakes postitioned over the beautiful Snowbreeze design.  A few sequins later and I'm ready to send this and other cards out for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back right after Christmas---very warm holiday wishes to you and your family.  

  Jennysig

 

Mon 11

Cabin Circle, Snowy Tree Circle, and Wrapped Circles Ornament
by Anne Thompson

Dave's Ornament Video  the other day got me thinking about ornaments I might make from supplies on hand and using some of the newest dies.  This is what I came up with.

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Now let's look at how I put this ornament together.  I started with a kraft papier mache dimensional disk, about 3/8" thick. (For a class last year I purchased all I could find at Michaels for $1 each and still have a huge pile of them.)  I used a gold leafing pen to color the outside edge of the circle, overlapping a bit onto the front and back so none of the kraft would show once the circles were added.  

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Side One:  I cut the CABIN CIRCLE 99884 for the focal image using heavy white cardstock.   I then cut around that using the 3.7" die from the WRAPPED CIRCLES die set 30114.  This was then the perfect size for the front of the disk.  I cut another circle that same size from distressed dot paper and another from white cardstock.  I cut the cabin part of the die from some brown striped paper, added the white roof, and glued some gold paper behind the window openings.  

This is how it all went together:  plain white circle adhered to the disk, dot paper on top of that, Cabin Circle next, then the cabin itself and I glued in the white door.  It looked like it needed something more, so I cut the SNOWY TREE CIRCLE 99887 from white cardstock, snipped off the tree, and added it to the scene.

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Side Two:  I cut the Snowy Tree Circle from white cardstock and cut around it using the 3.7" Wrapped Circles die.  I also cut two more 3.7" circles, one white and one from decorative paper. This side went together quickly--white circle adhered to the disk, decorative paper circle, and the Snowy Tree Circle.

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I think I may add some sequins to the Snowy Tree side.  My friend Cathy would tell me it needs glitter, so that may happen as well.  I can see that I definitely need to make more of these for our Christmas tree.  Cards go out in the mail tomorrow morning and then I need to get to the craft store for fun foam so I can try Dave's shaker ornaments!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 10

Snowbreeze
by Penny Ward

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Hi there Memory Box friends. Penny here today with another super easy peasy Mr. Sneezy card. Working with Glitter cardstock allows for very few embellishments, yet makes a striking creation. 

So...here we go:

 

Start with a White cardstock base, then add a panel of Luxury Mirror cardstock in Ice Blue.

 

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Cut Ice Blue Glitter cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut with the largest of the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles, then die cut again with Batavia Snowbreeze (the name is as elegant as the die cut). :) Adhere this panel over the base card.

Die cut a couple of the Grosgrain Ribbons from Glitter and Mirrored cardstocks. Adhere to card front about 2/3 down on the left side s shown.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set onto a scrap of the mirrored cardstock, trim end and adhere to card front.

Stamp, heat emboss and die cut the snowflake from the Making Spirits Bright stamp and die set.

 

We are in the home stretch for holiday card making...are you finished?

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 09

Jolly Old Santa
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend! Today I have a fun way to brighten up your gift bags this holiday season using on of the new deep cut dies. Let's get started!

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I used the super cute Jolly Old Santa die and used some fun papers to put him together. To give him a little bit of a vintage look I ran some brown chalk ink around all of the die cut pieces. Then I glued all of the pieces and put them on a brown gift bag. With the deep edge dies you could cut out a bunch at one time and then decorate all of your gift bags for the holiday season. Just be sure to use a metal shim if you are cutting more than one layer of paper.

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The die made this gift bag so quick and easy and you know that no one else will have the same bag under the tree this year!

Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!
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Fri 08

Watercolor Ornaments Video
by Dave Brethauer

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Hello everyone!

I will apologize in advance for going overboard here - what started out as a simple ornament video led to a whole bunch of projects and watercolor techniques. These are so fun! Once you get started, you won't want to stop.

What I love best about these ornaments is that you are creating your own little scene. All it takes is a background and some cleverly positioned die cut pieces and you are all set! And you'll realize quickly that you can put together a bunch of ornaments pretty quickly -which make terrific gifts for the papercrafting lovers in your life. Enjoy the video for step by steps on how to make the different kinds of watercolor backgrounds - and for all the details on each ornament.

To watch this video in HD click here

I began the session with a very simple one color watercolor wash. I love these washes - all of the "action" is in the details of how the paper reacts with the water and paint. The little textures of the brush strokes, and the little curls of color as the paint moves when it is wet, contribute to a unique pattern.

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The first ornament used just one color from the Gansai Tambi set from Kuretake - I just used a wet on wet technique to pull the blue paint across the watercolor paper. Don't worry if it isn't completely even - this is what makes the hand painted look so compelling!

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The Memory Box 99572 Whispering Pine Landscape makes a terrific horizon line against the sky and I used the Poppystamps 1782 Young Fox Pair for a white on white addition to the scene. All that it needed was a little embellishment in the sky, so I added some dots of white ink with a gel pen - this could be stars or little snowflakes.

When you add some foam mounting tape between the pieces, it really makes the scenes come alive with dimension. The light catches on all of the outlines and casts shadows, to make everything take on a more 3D look.

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While I was completely satisfied with my white on white look, I couldn't resist the idea of adding a bit of color to the ensemble. The white hills of the Memory Box 99853 Stitched Tree Landscape against the blue watercolor background provided a cool backdrop... to a bright red cabin! The cabin is cut out using the Memory Box 99894 Little Townhomes (keep the roof white so that it looks like there is a little bit of snow on top).

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Now, to make the ornament look more polished, I added the Poppystamps 1940 Pointed Circle Frames to all of my creations. This not only gives the scenes a nice boundary, but the dot detail on the frame looks clean and crisp. I used craft foam to add dimension to the frame - which creates a little shadow around the edges and makes it look as if you are peering through a tiny window into a fantasy world.

To make it easy, I used the Open Studio 30087 Circle Basics Set to cut out all of my watercolor backgrounds - this way they are the perfect size to work with the Pointed Circle Frames. There are circle sizes that match all of the sizes of Pointed Circle Frames, so no matter which frame you use, you will get a match.

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And I love how the colors look against the greenery - wouldn't a bunch of these look amazing on a tree?

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There is another little house you can make using the Little Townhomes die, so I tried that one out too in the same position. I think either would work - or you could create a little village on the hill with lots of little homes!

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I went on to create a two color wash - using paints again from the Gansai Tambi set. I love this set for the color intensity - it took a few layers to build this up - and the color is brilliant.

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I designed a bunch of faeries for our Poppystamps line this year and so I decided to create a faerie ornament. Couldn't you imagine a woodland Christmas tree decorated with faeries?

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The Poppystamps 1829 Large River Faerie is a great silhouette for this handmade ornament and is stunning against the pink and purple background. It was at this point that I started to get a little carried away - as the wheels turned in my head I thought, "How could I create a shaker ornament out of these projects?".

So I added some Fairy Sparkles sequins for shaking, and a few snowflakes using the Poppystamps 1931 Simple Snowflakes die!

I wanted the faerie to work with the background so I chose some bold colors of ink and sponged the faerie with Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China and Faded Jeans. The sponging is a nice contrast with the watercolor. Sponged ink creates such a smooth blend, especially with the oxides, and really stands out against the texture of the watercolor paint.

If you look closely here, you can see the brush strokes and rivers of color on the paper - there is nothing like the look of watercolor. You will love the results on these!

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I switched things up a bit on the next two ornaments - using a technique to create a crackly background in the watercolor. It is difficult to explain, so take a look at the video to see the process. Laying a piece of plastic wrap on the wet paint and allowing it to dry creates this amazing texture, and I used it for the sky on the ornament above.

To create the scene I die cut the Memory Box 99805 Snowflake Drift, so that there would be a few background trees, and then added the Poppystamps 1882 Cute Fawn. Since I die cut the trees and hill in glitter cardstock, I decided to cut the fawn in plain white cardstock, and realized that it showed up better. While you probably can never have too much glitter, it was just too hard to see the glitter fawn in front of the glitter cardstock!

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I repeated the same painting technique for this cute polar bear ornament. Look closely and you will see the overlapping lines of lavender and blue from the plastic wrap technique. For some reason, the Peerless watercolors seem to work better for the plastic wrap technique, so I used Peerless for these backgrounds.

I wanted to convey the idea of a snowy breeze in the background, so I used the Poppystamps 1736 Magnifico Flourish behind the Poppystamps 1874 Mighty Polar Bear. See what you have in your stash - sometimes a die that isn't necessarily "winter" can help convey a winter-y theme.

But this flourish die was perfect - it adds just a little swirl behind the bear - and the delicate white line of the die looks terrific on the crackly painted background.

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At this point, I was very excited about making these into shaker ornaments. So I simply added some clear plastic, which I cut out with my circle dies, and then I threw in a dash of sequins. These Mermaid Tale sequins are beautiful - you will use these on so many things! The blues and aquas in the pack go with everything!

And do you see the red and cream scarf on the bear? Check out the video to see how I transformed a tiny bit of silk ribbon into a shabby chic scarf!

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I started playing around with larger dies that would fill the ornament space as I became more excited about the process. I realized that adding a symmetrical design could look really uniform and classic inside the circular space.

The Memory Box 99802 Chancery Snowflake Outline (in gold glitter) and 99806 Chancery Snowflake (in white) are layered together over a gold and red background. The snowflake images fill the space - and since the snowflake outline die is slightly larger than the snowflake die, there is some instant dimension in the project.

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I repeated the idea again, this time in soft shades of purple and blue, but only with the Chancery Snowflake Outline. Now you are able to see that there is stitching on this die - adding some interest even if used on its own. At this point, I was beginning to assemble the ornaments and adding little loops of ribbon at the top for hanging, and so I started using our shimmer ribbon. It is a soft cotton ribbon with metallic thread woven in - sturdy and very sparkly. I used some of the Lavender Metallic ribbon for this one and it picked up all the lavender glints of color in the paint.

We are so happy with this ribbon - we sourced it from Italy and had some exclusive colors produced just for us. I am especially fond of the pale colors - the soft blues, pink, lavender and neutrals are so versatile and work on all sorts of projects. My favorites are the Ice Metallic and the Silver Metallic and I have been using them a lot - and wrapping a few special gifts with them.

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But back to the ornaments!

Now once I started painting with my metallic watercolors, things took another direction!

The Metallic Paints from Finetec really catch the light. I realized I need to add a few coats of the paint to get it on really thick - and then combined it with the Gansai Tambi paints for a slightly ombre effect. There is a trade off here - the more water you add to the paper and paint, the easier things overlap and blend together, however the color gets softer and more diluted.

I ended up using less water - in fact, I was painting dry paper - to create a really solid metallic look. Don't worry if you see little brush strokes - embrace them! Once things are die cut, they sort of fade away!

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One of our most popular dies, the Memory Box 99787 Evergreen Reindeer, is ideal for these round ornaments. I added some Scor Tape (double sided adhesive) sheets to some white cardstock and die cut it with the reindeer. The space around the reindeer falls out, so you can see the gold and green background behind.

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I covered the white cardstock with clear glitter - so the branches and deer sparkle and shine. The perfect glitter for this is from Elizabeth Crafts - it is so incredibly fine and feels like silk when you are applying it to the adhesive sheet. I used my finger to spread the glitter and make sure that all of the evergreen boughs were covered. Just add a loop of ribbon and you are all set!

Again - white on white, with a little shimmer of color is so striking.

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I switched to red and gold to warm things up - and I loved how rich and intense this color scheme became. This is a combination of the Gansai Tambi (red) and the Finetek paints (gold).

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I saved the cut out portion of the first reindeer ornament and placed it onto the red and gold background (see the video for a trick on placement). A simple dusting of white glitter adds some raised dimension to the cut out portion and you are finished. I love getting two for one projects!

The Silver Metallic ribbon is dazzling with the metallic paints - the base cotton thread is an off white color and the silver thread that runs through the weave shines.

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Here you can see that the glitter is slightly raised above the watercolor background - which adds subtle shadows to the ornament. I used Impress Sparkle Glitter for this - I wanted a glitter that was a little chunkier than the ultra fine, so that it would give a raised appearance on the ornament. I added some window plastic on the outside, so that I could have added some glitter or sequins to make this into a shaker ornament - but I didn't want to cover up any of the beautiful paint!

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And at a slightly different angle you can see the transition from metallic to plain watercolor on the background piece.

You will love the shine you get from these metallics. One thing I noticed was that the metallics did not create a new color when mixing with the red - so I tried to dilute the metallic as much as possible in the overlapping area. This way the red peeked through, with just a haze of metallic gold floating over it.

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Finally - I added one more faerie ornament to the mix! Poppystamps has a popular collection of faerie dies and putting them into winter snow scenes was easy. I cut the Poppystamps 1930 Sugarplum Faerie out of glittery white cardstock (her wings too!) and placed her onto the Memory Box 99843 Stitched Circle Trees

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I had already done a purple and pink background with the Gansai Tambi watercolors - but decided to flick the paper with some metallic paint on my brush and was delighted to see bright gold dots show up nicely on the painted background. It is as if the faerie is surrounded by twinkling lights!

A pinch of Fairy Sparkle sequins is all you need before closing the ornament up - and creating a memorable ornament with a tiny winter fairy dancing on a snowy field.

Now run to your craft area and start making these! They are a blast and so easy to put together! Before you know it, you'll have more ornaments than you know what to do with!

Fri 08

Merry and Bright
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

I hope you are all having a great week and getting into the holiday spirit!  Today I have a quick and easy card to help you with one of your favorite holiday traditions.

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To create this card I sponged Lucky Clover Distress Ink on white cardstock and misted it with water.  Once the ink was dry I spattered the card front with gold paint and adhered this to a cranberry cardstock mat layer, which is glued to a white card base.

I die cut the "May Your Days" from white and cranberry cardstock.  From the cranberry die cut, I trimmed the words merry and bright and glued those on top of the white die cut.  I adhered this to the card front, then painted the star gold and glued that above the word "may".

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I hope you have a great weekend!

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Thu 07

Classic Ornament Triplet, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Millbrook Ornament and Sketchbook Joy by Jean Okimoto

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Create a Classic Ornament Triplet card in bright pastels for a colorful, contemporary Christmas greeting.  The colors may be unusual but the holiday message is clear - and glitter makes everything better, doesn't it?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another "triplet" design for you today.

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Cut lime cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die.  Cut the rectangle with the delicate diamond  Classic Ornament Triplet die.

Cut turquoise cardstock with the 1-¾" x 3 Rectangle Basics die. Cut the rectangle with the solid diamond Classic Rectangle die.  Using the Rectangle Basics die eliminates guessing, measuring and hoping the turquoise rectangle will fit behind the lime rectangle.  It also forms a smoother layer for adhering the pieces.

Cut a scrap of pink glittered cardstock to fit behind the cutouts.

Cut the Millbrook Ornament cap and hanger from silver glittered cardstock.

Cut Sketchbook Joy from pink glittered cardstock - be sure to save the tiny dot that goes over the "j."

Cut a strip of violet cardstock with the long edge of the 4-¾" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut a strip of turquoise cardstock with the short edge of the same die.  Trim both strips to about ¾" wide.  Using the Rectangle Basics die for accent strips makes it easy to cut coordinating pieces in just the right length...without measuring!

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square gray card.  Add clear gem stickers.

 

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The Classic Ornament Triplet set is great for personalizing cards with unique colors.  Bright colors, glittered cardstock and a few gem stickers add up to quick and easy designs for everyone on your list.

If you're in the Seattle area - and looking for more clean and simple designs  - join us for the ASIAN INSPIRATION Class at Impress on Saturday December 9th.  We're making a mini calendar and a New Year's card using some of our favorite dies and artpapers.  Shop with a 10% class discount too - for class supplies, and all of the latest papercrafting products. Here's a link to the MemoryBox and Poppystamps Collection at Impress.

Thanks for visiting - have fun using the Classic Ornament Triplet set with your favoite colors!

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Wed 06

Let It Snow
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Last week we had our first snow of the season and the new "Batavia Snowbreeze" die, totally set me in the mood for this glittery, yet soft kind of card. Just like snow :)

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To create this card, I cut a mat layer using white cardstock and the die-cut the "Batavia Snowbreeze" Die. I then sponged some distress inks to the edges and added tiny rounds. To add these tiny round snow, I die-cut the same die onto a piece of another cardstock and used the tiny circles as my stencil.

I then took a scrap piece of cardstock, applied versamark ink to it and added 3 colors of glitter embossing powders. I used this piece behind the mat layer. I then die-cut the words "Let It Snow" using the same DIY glitter paper. Here is a close-up to see all the glitter.

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Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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Tue 05

Snowy Mountain Christmas
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share a fun Christmas card with you all that is just a little bit snowy. Let's get started!

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For this card I started with the new Wrapped Circles to build my scene. I cut one out in white paper and another in blue. Then I used the Stitched Mountains die as the focus of my winter scene. I cut the mountains out in gray and then used a white glitter paper to give them snowy caps.

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I used the glitter paper again to cut the Stitched Tree Horizon to finish off my snowy mountain forest. It looks a little bit like the place where my family spends Christmas each year.

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To complete the card I used a blue glitter paper for the Brushed Merry Christmas and then I added some small snowflake sequins to complete the winter scene. It is all placed on a piece of dark wood gain paper and glued to a card.

I hope you get a chance to create your own winter scene this week!
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Mon 04

Classic Ice Skates Gatefold Card
by Anne Thompson

Holiday Greetings!  That's the Memory Box Challenge, #31, for this month. Have you submitted an entry yet?  Maybe my gatefold card today will provide some inspiration.

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  • I began with a pre-scored gatefold notecard where the two side panels close to meet in the center on the front of the card.  I added a 2" wide strip of Blueberry Distressed Dots paper to each of those side panels and I added a 4" wide piece on the inside center.
  •  I die cut two 3.7" circles from white cardstock using the new WRAPPED CIRCLES DIE 30114 and one from the Blueberry Distressed Dots paper 3.1" in diameter.  This is a great set of 6 circle dies with interesting stitching on the edges.
  • I cut the CLASSIC ICE SKATES 99889 from white cardstock.  I adhered them to the smaller dot paper circle and then used a tape runner to add that to one of the larger white circles.
  • I then used the tape runner on the left half of the assembled circle piece and secured it to the left panel of the card front.  I added a small blue gem to the center of the bow.

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Now for the inside:

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  • On the inside of the card, I added the other white circle lined up with the front one.
  • I then die cut the three PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850 from more of the dots paper.  I stacked them up using glue dots and used another glue dot to secure it to the white circle.  I added a small white adhesive-backed dot to the center.
  • I stamped "merry Christmas" from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5212using Blueberry Sky dye ink (Papertrey Ink).

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I like the way this card stands slightly open to give at hint at what's inside. And I like that it opens in a way that is different from most holiday cards. 

The next challenge for me is to write messages in all of the cards I've made, address and stamp the envelopes, and get them to the post office.

Happy Crafting!

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