99 posts categorized "2019 Holiday Collection"


Tue 21

Peace and Good Will
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  I'm back today with another Christmas in July card for you.

To make this card, I started by stamping several images from the Mistletoe Swag stamp set and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  


Next comes the fun part! Painting all the images.



I was planning on leaving the background white, but I decided it needed something to make the leaves and berries pop. Once the paint was dry, I spattered the background with white paint.

I die cut the word Peace from gold metallic cardstock and glued it to a vellum strip of paper. Next I gold embossed my sentiment on a strip of navy cardstock and adhered it to the vellum paper.  I adhered the vellum strip to my card front and glued it to a white card base.


That's the card for today!  Thanks for stopping by.







Tue 14

Let it Snow
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone! I have another Christmas card for you today!

I started by stenciling texture paste through a snowflake stencil onto white cardstock.  I only used a portion of the stencil. Once the paste was dry, I used foam tape to adhere this to a white card base.


Next I die cut the Diagonal Stripe Collage from red cardstock and glued that to my card.  

I die cut the Scribble Snowman from white cardstock and the Scribble Outline from black cardstock.  I glued the outline to the snowman backgound and put this aside.  Next I added washi tape to the card and used foam tape to adhere my snowman on top of the tape.  To embellish the snowman, I hand cut a nose and hat. Then I used some epoxy dots for the eyes, mouth, and buttons.  I tied a piece of twine around his neck for a scarf.


On a strip of black cardstock, I stamped and white heat embossed "Let it Snow" and glued that to my card.

I added 3 buttons to my card for a finishing touch. It's a pretty simple card.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!







Mon 13

Giulia Border Joy Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my challenge this month to create holiday cards from Memory Box materials I have on hand, not necessarily holiday-themed, and mostly pulling from the Garden Party and Spring 2020 collections.


This is actually the second card I made and my favorite of the two.  

materials used for both cards

I started my cards by die cutting everything first.  I actually cut the Joy Airy Script twice and the Giulia Border four times to have what I needed for the two cards.


Then I made a sandwich for my Big Kick and embossed the Leafy Jumble stencil twice on thin white cardstock.  I used the VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink direct to paper over the raised leaves to use as the base on the card fronts.


I used Scor-Tape to attach the leafy panel to the front of a white notecard.  I added a strip of white cardstock  1 1/2 X 5 1/4 which I first edged with the Tulip Red ink.  I used Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the red glitter Giulia Border on that white strip.  Then I adhered the Joy Airy Script with a glue pen.


On the inside I added a piece of paper from the Cottage Meadow pad and a white cardstock rectangle.


Then I went back to the front of the card and auditioned a bunch of different ribbons and bows before settling on the red satin bow.


The other card has the fold at the top edge, the embossed and inked leafy panel, and three narrow strips of white cardstock with the Giulia Border on each one.


From the outside it is not obvious that it is a holiday card because...


...the sentiment is on the inside.

Are you thinking Christmas in July?  Have you thought about ways that you might repurpose some of your stamps and dies to create holiday cards?  And have you made and posted anything to this month's Framed! challenge yet?  So many questions...

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 06

Framed! December Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

Framed! is the Memory Box Challenge for July.  My personal challenge every July is to get a head start on creating my holiday cards.  For today's post I am combining both challenges to make two sparkly December holiday cards, repurposing dies from both the Spring 2020 and Garden Party Collections to work as holiday images.


materials used:

Magnolia Wreath card


When I first looked at these dies I thought they would work for a holiday wreath, sort of poinsettia-like.  I cut both the Magnolia Wreath and the Magnolia Double Arch from the light green glitter paper.  Using tiny Glue Dots under each flower, I placed the arch with the largest flower on the left of the card front, added the wreath on top of that and then added the other arch piece on top of the wreath.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots, tucking it inside the wreath a bit and overlapping the right edge.

On the inside I added a piece of dot paper topped with a white cardstock rectangle and used Glue Dots to attach another one of the Magnolia arches.

Bubbles Circles Joy card


The Bubbles Circles remind me both of the wreaths that my dad makes and the pretty balls that he uses to decorate them.  I cut all three of the Bubble Circles from the light green glitter paper and stacked them on the top-fold card front, snugging them together in the lower left corner.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots in the upper right corner.  I added a white satin bow in the lower left where the three circles meet.

On the inside I attached a piece of the green dots paper centered with a white cardstock panel.  I used Glue Dots to attach one of the Magnolia Arches in the upper right corner.

Do you work on holiday cards in July as well?  What Memory Box dies and stamps in your stash could be used for them?  Take another look at what you have and how you might repurpose those dies and stamps for holiday greetings.  

Happy Crafting!

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Fri 27

Feeling Grateful
by Michelle Bala

Hello there!  Michelle here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10

Today I used the stamp sets Grateful Autumn and Winter Greenery and designed a card for a friend who is always there for me :) I embossed the leaves with gold embossing powder and colored them using Copic Markers.  I used shades G40, G43, and G46 for the base and added some dots with W7, and G28. Trim and set aside.

I inked up the background using distress oxide inks in shades tumbled glass, shaded lilac, and chipped sapphire. I splashed some white and gold paint spaltters. After the paint dried, I stamped the background using the Winter Greenery stamp set with black ink. 

I adhered the embossed leaf cluster with foam tape and added some clear stickles glitter glue. Lastly, I embossed and trimmed the sentiment and added some gems.

Thank you for taking a peek! Hope you have a great day!

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Mon 23

Hanukkah Gift Tags
by Anne Thompson

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. It also celebrates a miracle that happened during this time, where just a day's supply of oil allowed the menorah in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem to remain lit for eight days.  --Wikipedia

Hanukkah this year began at sunset on Sunday December 22nd and the first candle was lit on the menorah.  Families celebrate by lighting one candle the first night, two on the second and so forth during the eight days of Hanukkah.  They recite prayers, sing songs, children play a game with dreidels (a spinning four-sided top), and gifts are exchanged.  And there's chocolate (gelt) and latkes and other delicious foods.


Sun 22

Merry & Bright
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone, I can't believe Christmas is in a few days!  I have my final Christmas card for 2019 for you today! Inevitably, we always need one more card.

To make this card, I placed a piece of painters tape across the middle of a piece of white cardstock.  Using a blender brush I applied green distress inks to my cardstock.


Once the ink was dry I stamped my image with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  While the tape was still in place I sponged the edges of the paper with Forest Moss distress ink.  

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Next I peeled off the tape and spattered it with white ink.  I adhered this to a red glitter cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.  

I die cut the word merry from red glitter paper and glued it to my card front.

I stamped the sentiment "and bright" on black cardstock and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Then I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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I hope you enjoyed this final Christmas card of 2019!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!






Wed 18

A Vintage Holiday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a week away!  Are you ready yet?  Sadly, Iโ€™m still working on my holiday cards. ๐Ÿ™ˆ  And on that note, I have a mixed media vintage holiday card to share today.

I started by adhering Twas the Night wide Washi tape to thick white cardstock, then die cutting it down to A2 size using Rectangle Basics largest die.  I wanted to watercolor on it, but Washi tape is non-porous so watercolors would just slide off.  To resolve this, white gesso was applied to the Washi tape with a flat brush.  Gesso is a primer that gives surfaces a slight texture, allowing them to accept paints, watercolors, etc.  


Once the gesso panel dried, it was watercolored with a few brown reinkers.  Kept it darker around the edges and lightest in the center.  Allowed that to dry completely before stamping the pine branch from Winter Greenery with Archival black ink.  Treated the panel with an anti-static bag, then stamped the same pine branch with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.


Added white splatters using white gouache paint.  Finished with a custom sentiment, die cut from black foil paper using Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  The apostrophe is the center of the letter โ€œAโ€. 


This wraps up my first year as a designer here. ๐Ÿ˜‰   I want to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas... see you next year!





Tue 17

Making Spirits Bright Ornament
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone, today I have a quick last minute ornament for you to make!

I started with a birch slice circle and dry brushed a little white acrylic paint on it. I didn't cover the ornament completely with paint so that some of the wood grain shows through. When it was dry, I lightly sanded the ornament to make it smooth.

Next I stamped my image on the ornament using black pigment ink, then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.

I colored in my stamped image with colored pencils and spattered the background with white acrylic paint.


To finish the ornament I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  

I tied a piece of twine to the ornament for a hanger.


That's it!  I told you it was easy.  That's for stopping by today and Merry Christmas to you all.







Mon 16

Silverdale Branch, Joy, and the last of my Dashing Stripes and Dots Papers
by Anne Thompson

What to do with the last few pieces of my DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS papers PP1002?  Those grays?  And the strips on the packet cover?  I just had to use every last smidgen!  I cut them into smaller pieces, backed them with black cardstock, and placed them on black or gray notecards.  On one card I added a white cardstock panel covered with the TWAS THE NIGHT WASHI TAPE WT501.  I die cut the SILVERDALE BRANCH 94306 and the JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 from red and green foiled cardstock and added those to create these three holiday cards.


I made another card using the dark green striped paper with die cuts from silver glitter paper. I really like all of the layers on the front of this one.

My other notecards all had white interiors but this one was black, so I added a piece of dark gray striped paper and a white rectangle on top of that to the inside.


I have really loved the Memory Box 6X6 Dashing Stripes and Dots and Dashing Holiday papers for my cards this year.  And I think I finally have enough cards made to start putting them in the mail this week!  

Happy Crafting!

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002

Twas the Night Washi Tape WT501

Silverdale Branch 94306


Joy Airy Script 94325