44 posts categorized "2018 Holiday Happenings"

12/10/2018

Mon 10

Fifty Bookmarks
by Anne Thompson

Fifty bookmarks, all the same--thankfully I have a small Misti and it worked perfectly with Memory Box clear stamp sets!  Each year at my parents' church there are stockings hung for each family and everyone is encouraged to write a note or put a holiday card in each one.  I chose to make bookmarks this year--decorative on the front and room to write a note on the back.

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I chose "joy" and "peace" from the BOLD CHRISTMAS GREETINGS SET CL5233.

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To create the little scene at the bottom, I used elements from the SNOWGLOBE WISHES SET CL5180 from the 2016 Holiday Collection.  I just love that little sleeping deer!

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  • Each bookmark is 2" X 6", cut from off-white cardstock.  They tucked perfectly into the Misti up against the ruler on the right side.  
  • I started by stamping "joy" at the top of the bookmark and the little deer at the bottom, using VersaClair Pinecone ink.
  • I added the two little trees with VersaClair Rainforest ink.
  • I used Hero Arts Cornflower ink to stamp the small snowflake between the trees on each bookmark.  I stamped them all again, moving the snowflake to the left of the little tree.
  • I then stamped "peace" using theVersaClair Pinecone ink.
  • I felt I needed one more snowflake which I tucked up under the "p" on each bookmark.IMG_0982
  • What to do with the empty space between the two sentiment words?  I looked through all of my Memory Box clear stamp sets and found an ampersand in the discontinued Love and Laughter set that looked right and stamped it in the Pinecone ink.

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I colored a couple of the bookmarks using Prismacolor pencils but I'm not sure if I'll color the others or not.

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What do you think?  Color them or not?  Maybe with more shading?  Multiple greens and browns?  Markers rather than pencils?  I've got plenty of time to experiment with my knee elevated and iced.

I tend to resist making more than one of the exact same thing, but this was fun using the Misti stamping platform with the Memory Box clear stamp sets! 

Happy Crafting!

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12/09/2018

Sun 09

Believe
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello.....Penny here today with a super simple easel card. Use as is, or tuck a small votive candle inside for a nice touch. This would make a great Christmas card that you actually deliver to a friend. The holiday is almost here...are you ready?

 

I have used White cardstock and Metallic Red cardstock keeping it pretty simple.

 

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Cut your easel base 4.25 x 11 inches. Score at 3/8" and 6"

Take Red Metallic cardstock and trim to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut a Basic Circle near the top. Cover the opening with clear acrylic on the backside. Wrap this panel with a pretty sheer ribbon.

Adhere the back of the card front to the small scored section of the easel base.

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Die cut Hanging Lantern Frame from White cardstock. Adhere to front of card. (I use spray adhesive when attaching to acrylic)

Die cut Believe Jotted Script from White cardstock (for the shadow) and Red Metallic cardstock for the sentiment. Stack and adhere together, then attach to card front as shown with foam adhesive.

 

Make a pretty bow and adhere to card front.

 

Happy Holiday card making,

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12/08/2018

Sat 08

That’s Acute Triangles, Happy Penguin and Wrapped Circles by Jean Okimoto

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Create a sparkly winter scene with the That's Acute Triangle Die Set and add a glossy Happy Penguin for an extra dash of holiday cheer.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a very glittery holiday card - and some inspiration for December's Sparkle and Shine Challenge.

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Here's an easy way to stamp with a large clear stamp - and you don't even need to remove it from the sheet it's attached to.  Leave the stamp on the sheet and place it on a craft mat.  Attach a small piece of doublestick tape to an acrylic block.  Use the tape to attach green cardstock to the block.

Ink the Typewriter Holiday Elements text stamp with a dark, intense color like Nocturne VersaFineClair.  Press the cardstock firmly and evenly onto the inked stamp.  The tape keeps the cardstock from shifting and makes it easy to pull the stamped cardstock away from the stamp.  Dry the ink.

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Attach doublestick tape to the stamped text and brush the adhesive with clear iridescent glitter.  Cut the glittered text with the largest triangle die.

Cut additional triangles from different shades of green glittered cardstock.  Use half of the diamond-shaped die to cut the triangle behind the penguin.

Cut the 3-¾" Wrapped Circle from white cardstock.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock to create a glossy little Happy Penguin.  Cut the white section from watercolor paper.  Cut an extra piece of the body section from black cardstock to add dimension and define the outline along the bottom edge.

Cut a piece of orange cardstock to fit behind his face and mark the position of his eyes.  Color the eyes with a black marker.  Cut a portion of Curled Ribbons from red glittered craft foam for a bright scarf.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded red A-2 card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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I usually like the less-is-more style - but the holidays call for extra sparkle and shine.  Add glitter, glossy duct tape, glittered craft foam and gem stickers to your holiday designs - and be sure to enter our December Challenge!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class at Impress!  Special thanks to Jan for her snowflake treat boxes filled with rich chocolates!  And more thanks to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with holiday supplies.  

Thanks too - Donna - for our fourth annual chatty catch-up lunch, and for your special goodies!  It was a great day that included a quick stop to visit Roxanne at Stamps and Memories too.  How time flies!

Hope your holiday to-do list is getting shorter - if not,  our Design Team has many more projects to share with you in the coming weeks.  Join us again tomorrow for Penny's cool project!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...

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12/07/2018

Fri 07

Believe
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another Christmas card that is fairly easy to mass produce.

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To create this card I lightly sponged white cardstock with Vintage Photo ink and misted it with plain water.  Once the background was dry, I inked the Christmas words with Fired Brick distress ink and randomly stamped the background paper.  I did not mount my stamp on a block and instead used my fingers and pressed the stamp onto the background to get that random look.

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I die cut the deer circle from white cardstock and saved the background pieces to use later.  I inked the deer die cut with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with Stampendous Antique Gold embossing powder.  

I die cut a slightly smaller circle from double sided tape and adhered that to the back of the deer die cut.  That way I could glue the background pieces back in place.  Before I mounted this this to the card front I put some string behind the circle and then glued it to the card.

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I stamped the word believe on a strip of red cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Using foam tape I glued this to the card.

To finish the card I adhered the card front to a red cardstock layer and glued this to a white notecard.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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12/04/2018

Tue 04

Merry Christmas Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! So, I am sure you all have your Christmas cards done by now. If not...no worries. Here is an idea for you :) It's Isha and today, I want to share a fun technique of creating clusters using various dies and a watercolor background on yupo paper.

Did you check our current challenge yet? It's all about Holiday Sparkle and Shine and that is exactly, I am going to share too.

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I started by cutting a white mat layer from Yupo paper and applied some Teal watercolor to it. Let it dry. Meanwhile, I die-cut scalloped stitch trimmings twice. Once using a teal glitter cardstock and once white.

I then die-cut all the various elements to create the cluster. I watercolored some of the leaves. Adding a bit of glitter embossing powder to the die-cuts gives a festive look to the simple images.

Once, I had all the elements, I simply adhered the rectangle trimming to ground the cluster of flowers and foliage.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto a colored cardstock and die-cut using the co-ordinating dies.

Here is a close up to check on all the lovely glitter.

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Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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12/03/2018

Mon 03

Tags, Tags, Tags, Tags
by Anne Thompson

I've been making tags for holiday gifts using some of my favorite smaller dies from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection.

First up--the tags that feature the Fancy Deer Circle Frame.

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  • I started with kraft cardstock cut 3" X 6" and scored it at 3" to make the folded base.
  • I cut some holiday paper (a Memory Box favorite from ages ago--only had a few scraps left) 2 7/8" square and adhered it to the front of the tiny card.
  • I cut three of the Fancy Deer Circle from dark brown cardstock and used a glue pen to put each one on top of the decorative paper squares.
  • I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile in the upper left corner of each tag and threaded through some sheer off-white ribbon tied in double knots.
  • This is a great format--lots of room to write a message inside each tag.
  • Simple, easy, and perfect for gift tags for my dad, my nephew, and a guy friend on packages wrapped in kraft paper.

Next up--Joy Journal Frame tags

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  • I started with a 3" X 6" base again, this time cut from a light blue cardstock, scored at 3" and folded.
  • I cut the Joy Journal Frame from sticky-backed glitter paper which I stuck onto dark blue cardstock.
  • I then cut that with a scallop-edged square punch, added a small clear gemstone to dot the j and a big glittery gem in the upper left corner of each frame.
  • I threaded tinsel through the punched holes.
  • Perfect tags for Hanukkah gifts wrapped in glittery star-spangled paper!

Next, Winter Journal Frame tags

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  • I made these the same way as before, using white cardstock for the base.
  • I added squares cut from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper.
  • I cut the Winter Journal Frame three times from the white cardstock and added each to one of the squares.
  • I used the third separate snowflake to dot the i on each tag and added tiny white pearls in each snowflake center.
  • Each tag is tied with blue grosgrain ribbon.
  • Perfect for Winter Solstice or a late December birthday!

And last of all--a collection using all three dies in red and white

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  • This time I cut multiples of each image and stacked them to make a thicker detail on each tag--four of the Winter Journal Frame and three of the other two.
  • I used Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper for the squares and tiny white pearls to dot the i and add more interest. 
  • I tied up each tag with red-white dotted ribbon.
  • These look great on the red plaid Christmas paper packages!

These tags were a great way to use up both cardstock and decorative paper scraps from other projects.  If you're anything like me, there are always plenty of small leftover bits too good to throw away!

It's not even December 1st and I have all of my shopping done, all of my presents wrapped and many delivered, and only one more package to mail away.  Phew!  That's what can happen when one schedules knee replacement surgeries for Nov. 20th and Dec. 4th.  New knees is my present to myself this year!

Happy Crafting!

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12/02/2018

Sun 02

Peace
by Melissa Rusk

We got our first big snow this past week so I felt it was time to make some cards with snowflakes on them.

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I went with a different color scheme for this card and die cut snowflakes from the Crystal Snowflakes set and the Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame set in two colors of teal paper. I added some splatters of gold glimmer mist on the diagonal to give the snowflakes a path to land on.
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Once the snowflakes were glued to the card I added gold sequins, clear drops and pearls to add more sparkle. I stamped the word peace from the Bold Christmas Greetings set in a coordinating teal color.

Have a wonderful and crafty day!
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11/30/2018

Fri 30

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope this weekend will bring you some time to create!  Christmas will be here before you know it!  I think the card I have for you today will inspire you to get your Christmas cards made!

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To make this card I began with a white notecard and adhered a silver cardstock layer to the front.

Next I die cut the Snowy Circle from white cardstock on the right hand side of the paper.  The snow background die cut I inked with Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress ink.  I glued the white cardstock onto the silver card layer and then glued the inked snow background in place.  

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I die cut three trees from the Pine Forest Frame, inked them with Peeled Paint Distress ink and glued them to the left of the snow background.  

Next I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and snowballs and adhered them to the card front.

I inked the striped border stamp with red ink and stamped it on a strip of white cardstock, which I then adhered to the front of the card using foam tape.

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To finish the card, I stamped Merry Christmas and added some sequins to further embellish the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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11/29/2018

Thu 29

That’s Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and Dies, Deco Trees and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Stamp a group of holiday trees with the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps then add some trunks and branches from the Deco Trees.  Attach some gem stickers...Merry Christmas!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.  

I was inspired by Donna's great triangle trees card with her artsy hand-drawn details.  I'm not quite the artist that Donna is - so we're borrowing some details from the Deco Trees die.  

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Cut a 2-¾" x 4" piece of white cardstock with a die from Rectangle Basics.  Stamp the triangles with Brilliance - Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Olive, Pearlescent Thyme and Gamma Green.   MemoryBoxDecoTrees-TreeDiecuts-TreeCards-JeanOkimoto

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Deco Trees die to help release the cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees from dark brown cardstock.  

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Trim the trunks and branches with dies from the That's Acute Triangle Die Set. Attach the diecuts to three of the trees.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of green cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of teal cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a turquoise side-folded A-2 card.  Add green gem stickers.

That's Acute Triangles can be use in so many ways - trees, pennants, flower holders, directional signs, word bubbles and very cool shapes!  Overlap and layer vellum triangles for shadowy and color-blended effects.  Diecut paper or fabric strips for rolled beads too.  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's MERRY+QUICK and DREAMING OF A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed both classes - and agree that merry and quick was very merry and very quick.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for finding all of the tools and supplies  for our cards. 

If you're in the Seattle area join us at Impress on Saturday December 1 for my final Holiday 2018 class.  We'll make a bright red portfolio with simple origami pockets and fill it with 9 festive tags in a variety of styles and themes.  We're using the just-released Winter Greenery Clear Stamps Set that's perfect for layering with VersaFine Clair inks.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

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11/27/2018

Tue 27

A Sweet Tag
by Melissa Rusk

Today I have a sweet stamped tag to share with you. It would be perfect on a gift or a baked treat this holiday season. Let's get started!

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I started with a white tag and I stamped the background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements in a light teal color just to give the tag some texture. Next I took two white circles that I cut out and stamped them to become peppermint candies. Here is a photo tutorial of how I stamped them.
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Using the smallest solid triangle from the That's Acute Triangle stamp set and started stamping. I inked up the stamp in red and with the point of the triangle in the center of the circle I started to stamp. Leaving a little bit of white between each triangle I kept stamping, trying to get the center points to line up. It's ok if at some point in your stamping the center looks a little weird, it will all even out when you get to the last triangle. I did this twice to get my two peppermint candies. It was so fun!
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I added some clear wink of stella glitter pen to the candies to make them sparkle. Then I finished off the tag with the cute Gingerbread Cookie die that I cut in brown paper and used red and green enamel accents to decorate. 

Have a fabulous and crafty day!
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