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Mon 13

Simple Joy

IMG_9347Hello.  I hope you are looking forward to a week of ideas featuring the latest Memory Box dies and stamps.  Remember to leave comments on the designer posts.  Each day two comments at random will be chosen to win one of the new Memory Box dies.

For my card today, I wanted to show you a rather simple design for a Christmas card.  I don't know about you, but when I make 50-75 Christmas cards, I need something that I can easily make.   The card itself uses the new Classic Upper Alphabet (98361) as well as the Ribbon Candy Border die (98400).  I was ecstatic when I saw that Memory Box came out with three new styles of alphabet dies.  I love being able to say anything I want!

One of the questions I am often asked is how do I adhere detailed die cuts to a card.  My favorite product is Glue Gloss by Clearsnap:


It has a wand like lip gloss that lets you add little dabs of glue where you want.

Another good product is a Xyron machine.  It REALLY adheres the die.  The only downside is that you have to "clean up" any extra adhesive before you put it on the card.  I usually use a bamboo skewer to get rid of the extra glue.


When I ran my ribbon die through the Xyron, you can see I was left with extra glue.  However, instead of removing the extra glue, I decided I wanted to keep the glue and add glitter to it to make the ribbon look like candy.  Here is a picture of the extra glue:


 Here you can see the glue with the glitter:


When I adhered the letters, I used one of the tiny leaves from the Flowering Winterberry die (98391) and some red rhinestones to look like holly:

Remember, you have until 11:59 pm EST tonight to leave comments on my post as well as Anne's.  Good luck!



Love the alphabet die and the glue!! Can't wait for the new release!

Lovely CAS card. I love the Candy Cane border.

Pretty card ... I love easy card when you have to make a large number. I love the new alphabets.

What a clever idea to use the extra adhesive for glitter...looks great!

Love this card...thanks for the inspiration. I just got this die on Friday! Can't wait to use it. I have used my Xyron for adhering die cuts, but I love the Glue Gloss.

Clean and simple says it best.Love the red. I learned from a blog that before you remove the plastic from the adhesive you run a stylus all around the die cut and that will help keep the 'goopiness'' to a minimum.

The ribbon candy border die reminds me of my childhood at my grandma's... I like the touch of glitter!

I love the simplicity of this. Great alpha set, too!

Sweet card! Love that Ribbon Candy border die and the alphabet. Thanks for the tip on the Glue Gloss also! I haven't tried that yet!

I'm all for simple!! Your card really POPS!!

Simply beautiful.
I can't wait for my new dies to arrive!!!!!

Beautiful card!!! Thanks for sharing your crafty tips and clues.

Great simple card! I must try the glue gloss and put my Xyron on the table with all my other tools b/c I simply forget that I have it and it doesn't get used... TFS :)

I like the clean and simple design!

Exquisite as always! Love seeing your work. You are always an inspiration.
Thanks for sharing.

Absolutely beautiful! Love the simple yet elegant look of this!

I really like the tradional red and white. The die cut letters are super, and your tip on the xyron glue and glitter is worthwhile.

Your card is so cute.. I do have a trick that I use in case I don't want the extra glue.
Before i remove the item from the gluey paper I take a stylus and out line the item. It wipes the glue away.

The card is simple yet cute. I cannot wait to see the rest of the new release dies.

I have never seen the lipstick glue.. I gotta go find it now.

I love your card! The zigzag looks exactly like icing and good enough to eat!

Simple is very good! Love the card.

Great idea! Thank you

So simply pretty! I am going to remember your use of glitter when glue is left in my die cuts after using the Xyron. Thank you!

I love the idea of adding glitter to cover up where you have the extra tape I need to try that along with finding that glue pen you used. Great card Thanks!!!

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