605 posts categorized "Christmas"


Sun 02

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.


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.

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!





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!


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.  


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.


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

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Thu 29

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


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.  


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.  


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!






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!


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.

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!

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!





Sun 25

O Holy Night
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello.....  Penny here today with a super quick and easy card. This is the kind of card that you could try and duplicate several times and no two will be alike.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base. Add a panel of Matte Gold Metallic cardstock.




Trim Watercolor paper 4 x 5.25 inches. Using Zig watercolor pens in a couple colors of blue, paint some squiggles along the right side of card, let dry.

Stamp sentiment from the Bold Christmas Greetings using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.




Die cut Dove Circle from White cardstock. Paint just the circle with Gold Metallic paint.

Adhere to card front over the watercolor as shown using foam adhesive.

Add a pretty bow and cord.


#quick      #easy      #elegant


Happy Holiday Crafting,







Fri 23

by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Now that Thanksgiving is over it's on to our next holiday season!  My Christmas card today is a fairly quick and easy one for you to mass produce.


To make this card I stamped the smallest solid triangle from the That's Acute Triangle stamp set, several times using different colors of Distress Oxide Inks.  Once I was done with the stamping I took a fine point black marker and added some details to make them look like Christmas trees.


I die cut the shadow portion of the word believe from white cardstock and the script part from red cardstock.  Next I inked the red die cut with versa ink and heat embossed it with clear powder.  I glued the word believe to the shadow background and then adhered that to a strip of vellum paper.  I wrapped the vellum strip around the card front and adhered to the back of the paper.


I stamped fa la la on a black strip of cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I adhered this to the front of the card using foam tape.  I glued the card front to a red cardstock mat and adhered this to a white notecard.

To finish the card I added some black epoxy embellishments to the card front.

I hope you have a great weekend!






Tue 20

Winter Journal Frame, Joy Journal Frame and Pinpoint Snowflake Circle by Jean Okimoto

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Combine spring Stitched Rain Boots and winter Journal Frame diecuts for a quick and easy holiday card.  Layer the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame for a unique greeting. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design that's great for mass-production while watching TV or waiting for Thanksgiving dinner if you're not the chef or pastry chef of the day.

Cut the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame from white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dots from  the "i" and the "j" safely in the dies until you're ready to attach them to the card.

Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Circle from bright red cardstock. Cut a 1-¾ inch circle of white cardstock and attach it behind the red circle.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of black cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 notecard - use foam dots for the rain boot on the right.

Add silver gem stickers.



Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the simple origami starburst and tree.   Special thanks too - to Jan for the sweet fall candy totes and to Jenny for great chocolates.

If you're in the Seattle area - we have two holidays classes at Impress on Saturday November 24th.  Start the day with MERRY AND QUICK - then stay for DREAMING OF  BRIGHT CHRISTMAS.  We're using several of the just-released Birch Press Design dies and stamps too - especially the great new triangle!

 Thanks for visiting...Happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating on Thursday!




Mon 19

Cool Cats Get Together by the Cottage Garden Gate
by Anne Thompson

I've been working on ideas for using the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT die on a Christmas card.  I decided that I wanted to create a scene featuring two of the COOL CAT 94087, the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082, and the TOGETHER JOURNAL SCRIPT 94096 as the sentiment.  I chose a Powder Notecard and used a dotted embossing folder to add some texture to the front.  And I framed the scene using the outermost part of the ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018.


  • I die cut the elegant Holly Double Frame from heavy white cardstock and secured the outermost frame to the notecard using a glue pen.
  • I also cut the Cottage Garden Gate from the same white cardstock and popped it up with tiny foam adhesive squares inside the frame.
  • I cut two of the Cool Cats, one from Cranberry Gingham paper and one from Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  I added tiny pieces of green cardstock for their eyes.  I used pop dots to add the cats to the scene in front of the gate.
  •  I used the same green paper for the Together Journal Script which I placed above the frame.
  • The gate needed something more, so I die cut the POINSETTIA CIRCLE FRAME 94081 from more of the green cardstock.  I snipped off several of the poinsettias and layered them with the die's center pieces to create a wreath of sorts.  I added a sparkly red gem and used glue dots to hold it to the gate.


These are the dies I used.


This will be the perfect card for a couple who are able to spend this holiday together.


I'll be back in early December with more ideas for the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving this week!!!

And Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 18

by Penny Ward



Hello friends.  Penny here today with a fun and elegant card using some of the newest goodies from Memory Box. It's a shiny time of year and Holiday cards need a little something, something...don't you think?


Let me show you:


I always start with a White cardstock base, then start adding from there.




Add Red Metallic cardstock to base. Then a small narrow strip of White cardstock is stamped with Typewriter Holiday Elements, heat embossed and inked with Spectrum Noir Red Berry. Add this to the right side of the card front.


Cut White cardstock 4 x 5.5 inches. Make a 1 inch slit along the right side of card as shown. Fold from the slit to both corners. Using a Red pen, make dashed lines.




Foiling is all the rage right now, and I couldn't be left out. I foiled a large scrap of White cardstock with the Gemini Foilpress, then die cut it with Poinsettia Circle Frame.

Cut the Poinsettia Circle in half and adhere to card front as shown.




Adhere Poinsettia, then make and adhere notched sentiment from the Bold Christmas Greetings set.


Happy Holiday Crafting,







Thu 15

by Melissa Rusk

We are getting into that busy season of the year where time to make things seems to disappear. Today I have quick and easy card that you can make in minutes.


I started with some navy patterned Christmas paper and made a rectangle to put on my white card. Then I die cut the beautiful Starlit Nativity Scene die in a gold mirror card paper. I kept all of the pieces of the die together and glued it to the card. I love the way this die just shines on the gold paper.

To finish it off I stamped the word noel from the Typewriter Holiday Elements stamp set. This card is easy to create for a last minute gift or if you have a lot of cards to make and want something simple.

Have a fabulous day!