Stamperia Sweet Winter Christmas Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Friends! This Stamperia Sweet Winter Christmas Shaker Card sparkles and shines just like the holiday! Beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon bows, heat-embossed Reneabouquets snowflakes, die cut glitter leaves, a mixed media shaker frame and frosty gems and sequins mimic the twinkling lights on the tree. Shades of aqua and pink give it a wonderful vintage feel, too. And that graceful skater takes me back to the fun back yard ice rinks of my youth. I, however, was not graceful on skates! I spent more time picking myself up off the ice than I did gliding over the surface. It was all wonderful fun whether I was gliding upright, or sliding on my bum!
Bluebird Gingham Bow
While I enjoy creating traditional red, green and gold Christmas projects, I also genuinely enjoy creating in a non-traditional color palette. Why? Using a non-traditional color palette means that I can leave this card out on display throughout the winter season, which I like. It’s like getting more bang for your crafting buck!
I’m also a huge fan of plaid or gingham ribbons and metallic accents on my Christmas cards. Really Reasonable Ribbon Bluebird Gingham pops against the softer pastel colors of this card. And silver metallic stringadds another layer of sparkle to the design.
A Peek Inside
Everyone knows you need a hot cuppa and a snack to revive yourself after skating out in the cold. So I added a pocket inside the card and filled it with a seasonal tea bag, honey stick and chocolate treat. After all, you just burned all those calories out on the ice! You can afford to have a bit of chocolate indulgence, right?
No matter what color palette you are using on your Christmas projects, you can no doubt find the perfectly matched Really Reasonable Ribbon to dress it up.
Whether you are crafting, or baking, decorating or shopping, I hope you take a minute today to enjoy the beauty and wonder of this season. It passes so quickly…be sure to make a memory or two!
You can find a linked supply list below this post.
Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card with Carta Bella Cabin Fever
Hello, Friends! After a lovely Thanksgiving break, I’m back to share this cute little Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving , and maybe managed to sneak a little play time in amid all the cleaning and cooking and entertaining.
The winter sweater from Carta Bella Cabin Fever seemed like a good pairing for these adorable mice. After fussy cutting it from a 4×6 journal card, I inked the edges and added rhinestones to the collar. Now it’s the perfect holiday sweater, don’t you think?
Stamping and Coloring
One of my goals for this year was to work on my stamping and coloring skills. Stamping really isn’t the problem…but coloring is a big challenge for me. I’ve tried all kinds of mediums: alcohol markers, Distress Markers, Colored Pencils, Water Color, Water Color Pencils…and I never seem to be really happy with my results. But this time, I tried water coloring with Distress Oxide Inks and water brush pens. And you know what? I had fun!
First I stamped the image onto a piece of the white woodgrain patterned paper from Cabin Fever using Sepia Archival Ink. Then I immediately heat embossed with clear powder. The light woodgrain pattern added instant background texture to the image, so half the work was done for me.
Next, I used my water brush to pick up the color directly from the ink pad. Simply swipe the brush lightly over the pad a few times. This seemed to pick up just the right amount of ink. The embossed lines on the stamped image helped me keep the color inside the lines. Distress Oxide Ink layers nicely without turning into “mud”. That also seemed to work well for me.
A Little Mixed Media
First I tore the bottom edge of the tree stump away from the stamped panel to create a more organic looking edge. Then I scribbled Dries Clear Adhesive along the top of the stump and sprinkled with Rajni Chawla Crystal Clear Glitter to create my faux snow. Finally, I painted a wooden snowflake white, added Dries Clear and more glitter. It doesn’t show up as well in the photo, but it sparkles nicely in real life.
Foam tape between my layers added some nice dimension while a perky plaid bow and jingle bells finished everything off nicely.
A Peek Inside
Adding a flap to the top half of the card creates space for a hidden sentiment panel….
…and a pocket for a little winter warm up treat on the bottom. See how I repeated the sweater image on the inside? That’s one of my favorite things to do.
I hope you’re enjoying a restful and joyful weekend, my friends!
Waiting for Christmas: A Childhood Memory and Christmas Gift for My Friends
Hello, Friends! Christmas week is here…and the whole world is waiting for Christmas! It’s been such a busy year here in the studio. We’ve had lots of crafty adventures together, told stories, and shared our thoughts with one another. What a blessing this blog has been to me…and I hope to you as well.
We are all probably in the middle of last minute holiday preparations…wrapping presents, baking cookies, putting the finishing touches on all the things that make Christmas such a special time. We are busy, and perhaps even frazzled. So I thought I would invite you to slow down for a moment and breathe. So go grab a cuppa and a snack as I share one of my very favorite Christmas memories of waiting for Christmas with you.
Winter on the Hill
You’ve heard me talk many times about growing up “on the hill” in rural Vermont during the 50’s and 60’s. The picture attached to this post is the house I grew up in. I can remember trudging up that hill, the snow squeaking beneath my boots. Although wrapped up in layers of warm clothes, the icy cold still managed to sneak in and chill the bones. Eyes watered in the frigid air, and clouds of vapor appeared with every breath I took as I carried school books and lunch box up the hill.
About half way up, the yeasty aroma of Mom’s homemade bread or hamburger soup would tickle my nostrils. This always made me walk a little bit faster, knowing that warmth and good food were waiting for me at the top. Stamp the snow off your feet before you open the door, please. Take off your boots and put them on the mat so they don’t make salty puddles on Mom’s freshly mopped floor. Hang up your coat, hat, mittens and scarf so they’ll be dry the next time you have to go out. And now you can grab a thick slice of that heavenly bread, slather it with margarine (no butter in our house) brew a cup of tea and take the chill off.
Most of the families who lived in and around our tiny town worked in the granite industry. The quarries operated year-round, regardless of the weather. I can still picture the men walking down the hill with their hard hats and lunch boxes in tow. Some worked in “the hole”, some ran the huge derricks that lifted the massive blocks of granite out of the quarry. The “sheds” used diamond tipped blades to cut the stone into huge slabs. There were other sheds where the slabs were fashioned into beautiful headstones and monuments. A few men….like my dad…worked in the office.
Christmas Day was a paid holiday, and the men got a half day off for Christmas Eve. This is when the company handed out a cash Christmas bonus along with a turkey for the family to enjoy. When the noon whistle blew, we knew my dad would leave work, get in the car and drive to town to do his Christmas shopping.
We were fairly giddy with excitement and anticipation at this point, We must have driven my mom to distraction with all our attempts to snitch a bit of her cookie dough or shake the presents under the tree.
It was a small house, and we were a big family. There was no heat in the upstairs rooms except for the warmth that managed to drift up there through the grates that were installed in the ceiling. So we basically lived in the kitchen and the living room during those cold winter months. Inevitably, our antics drove mom to pronounce, “That’s it! Bundle up and go play outside!”
Waiting for Christmas…a Green Christmas
This was usually a punishment that we could live with. But the Christmas of 1969 was a rare “green” Christmas. We had no snow. Which meant no sledding, no snow forts, no snowball fights, no making a snowman. Although the trees were bare and the air was cold, there was no blanket of snow to cover the green grass. It just didn’t seem like Christmas.
It begins to get dark around 3:30 in the afternoon in December, and that’s when the street lights would come on. We had one half way up the hill, and another at the top near our house. When they flickered on, we trudged into the house, somewhat more subdued after romping around in the yard.
Inside the warm house, we watched out the window for the flicker of the headlights on Dad’s car. If he didn’t get home from his shopping soon, we would burst with the agony of anticipation! Finally, we saw him come round the curve and we squealed with excitement! Dad was bringing Christmas home in the trunk of that car.
“Go upstairs and get dressed for church while I help your father carry things in, ” was Mom’s next directive. And we scurried up the stairs, our ears attentive to the rustling sound of packages being carried in.
Every Christmas Eve we attended services at the Presbyterian church “down in Lower Graniteville.” The simple white structure was about a mile from our house. Every Christmas Eve they held a candlelight service. The ladies of the church decked it out in Christmas greenery, and it smelled like the piney woods.
As we walked from the parking lot to the front door of the church, it didn’t seem like Christmas Eve. No snow. Green grass. Bare sidewalks. We were handed a small white candle poked through a paper circle to catch the drip of candle wax along with the bulletin as we entered the nave.
We sang the beautiful Christmas hymns, endured the pastor’s mercifully short re-telling of the Christmas story from the book of Luke, And then the magical moment arrived at the end of the service. The ushers turned out the lights and lit one candle at the end of each front pew. Then we passed the light from candle to candle until the whole sanctuary glowed with the golden light while we sang “Silent Night, Holy Night…all is calm, all is bright.” Jesus, the Light of the World, filled my heart with joy and my eyes with tears. It was a holy, hushed moment I will treasure all my life.
Then down into the church basement to watch “The Night Before Christmas” movie, eat a sugar cookie and take home a popcorn ball that the church ladies lovingly made for each child in the congregation.
Let it Snow…and snow and snow and snow!
The ushers opened the front doors of the church, and to our amazement…the grass was covered in white! Snow was swirling everywhere, coming down hard and fast. We drove back up the hill, and my father said, “I think we are in for an old fashioned blizzard.”
And he was right. It snowed while we opened our presents and continued to snow all that night. When we woke up to open our stockings on Christmas Day, it was still snowing. And it snowed all day long and into the night. By the next morning, there was so much snow that no one could get up the hill. Even the snowplows were silent. It snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed, and by the time the storm passed over, we had more than 3 feet of snow on the ground!
Even the quarry was shut down! So Dad did not have to go back into work the day after Christmas! We played games and munched on the treats from our stockings and enjoyed being snowed in. This was a magical Christmas that I will never forget.
It was also the very last Christmas that Dad was with us. In the spring of 1970, he suffered a fatal heart attack. So that snowy extended holiday with him was a gift from Heaven. We didn’t know it at the time, of course, but looking back, I think maybe God sent that big storm to snow us in and give us extra time together as a family so we would have the warmth and joy of that last Christmas to carry in our hearts forever.
Hello, Friends! It’s been a chilly week here in North Carolina, and that has inspired me to make these Spellbinders Home Sweet Quilt Cards. Growing up in Vermont, we always had at least one quilt over piles of blankets or afghans on our beds during the winter. The weight of the bedclothes, and my mom saying “Snug as a bug in a rug” as she tucked me in at night are sweet memories. Maybe that’s why I sleep under a weighted blanket now, who knows?
I’ve never been a quilter, but a while ago, I started saving diagrams for various quilt squares in a Pinterest file. My intent was to replicate the patterns with paper. Spellbinders must have been reading my mind, because this die set allows you to do just that, without all the geometry and measuring it would have taken for me to do it on my own.
Home Sweet Quilt Filigree 8 Point Star Square
This 5 1/2″ square card uses the Filigree 8 Point Star pattern. There are a lot of little parts that come with this die set, and at first it can seem a bit overwhelming to figure out how they all go together. So first, maybe try die cutting from inexpensive cardstock to get the feel for how the pieces fit together. I, of course, did not do this. For fools rush in where angels fear to tread. But even with my harum-scarum approach to creating, I managed to produce a very pretty design. Bottom line: it’s not hard to do, but it gets easier with practice. And the end result is so pleasing that I think I probably will take this die for another spin.
Here’s a peek at the inside. Winter plaids make me think of pajamas…and that is a cozy thought, indeed. You could put on your flannel pj’s and enjoy a hot cuppa of Winter Spice tea while watching Dr. Zhivago for the ultimate cozy winter experience. (The winter scenes are epic!)
Quilted Stained Glass Window
Next I created an inlaid mosaic design with the Quilted Stained Glass Window dies. I will not lie to you: this was a lot of work because of all the little pieces. But it was very rewarding to see the design come together. If I did t his one again, I would probably just die cut the outline from white cardstock and lay it over a sort of calico patterned paper. That would be a quick and easy way to create the same effect.
Adding machine stitching to the Carta Bella Gather Again patterned papers really amped up the homespun vibe of this project.
Here’s a peek at the inside. The cozy farmhouse vibe is perfect for winter cardmaking.
There are 6 different quilt square dies in this release along with an embossing folder and sentiment stamps. You can take a look at all of them along with some pretty samples HERE.
Loaded Sweetheart Envelope Tea Party in a Box Folio
Hello, Friends! Today I have a Loaded Sweetheart Envelope Tea Party in a Box to share with you. This is yet another way to use the Amazing Paper Grace Sweetheart Envelope and Notecard dies. (You can find my previous projects HERE.)I’m having so much fun with this beautiful and versatile die that I can’t seem to stop playing with it! It keeps calling my name, and I keep answering! I hope y’all are not tired of seeing it yet, because I am definitely not tired of playing with it!
Loaded Sweetheart Envelope
How fun is this loaded envelope? It is such a quick and easy way to add a surprise focal image to a card! If you look closely, you’ll see that this loaded envelope has 2 compartments. How did I do this? It’s actually quite simple:
First, die cut the basic envelope from grey cardstock using the largest die in the set.
Next, die cut the filigree liner from the same grey cardstock.
Then die cut contrasting patterned paper using just the liner die without the filigree insert. Adhere this to the “peak” of the envelope as seen in the photo.
Now, fold the envelope on the scored lines and secure the tabs inside the pocket.
Next, die cut just the curved front of the envelope from complementary patterned paper. I just cut a small square of patterned paper, lined the die up and secured it with Post-It tape, and then ran it through the machine. Adhere gussets to the sides and bottom of this piece and glue it down as a pocket on top of a pocket.
Now die cut the heart base from contrasting cardstock and mat the grey filigree heart on top as the decoration on your envelope.
Mat designer paper from Echo Park Winter Mega Pad on soft blue cardstock, then machine stitch around the edges. Adhere this over a 5 3/4″ square of the plaid pattern that has been stitched to another panel of the same cardstock. Now add a sparkly snowflake and a handmade flower and layer this whole mess of goodness up on your card front.
What’s in the Loaded Pocket?
I was hoping you would ask that! Create a little notecard with one of the 3×3 images from the paper collection and tuck that inside the front pocket. Then make a little mini folio with the 3×3 images and tuck that in the larger pocket.
Good things really do come in small packages! This little book has 4 pages and a center side pocket. How fun would it be to add small photos of the kids or the pets playing in the snow here?
Create a cute tag with another image and scraps of cardstock, and add this to the larger pocket along with the mini book. Score a row of the small images, accordion fold, insert in a memo pin and then stick that in the corner of the envelope. Isn’t this fun?
A Peek Inside
The inside of this Tea Party in a Box folio is as fun as the outside. In addition to the tea party, I created a little photo album on the top of the card. This has a magnetic closure to keep everything neat and tidy.
The accordion pull-out has (5) 5 1/2″ square panels, so lots of room for great photos. Create the mechanism by joining (2) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panels of cardstock and scoring every 5 1/2″. Tuck the small flap behind the base page at the top of the card folio.
The magnetic closure tucks behind the base page on the opposite side of the card. Create even more space for photos by adding a flap page to one of the panels.
You can add little tip ins and even a side pocket for even more winter fun!
Tea Party in a Box
Winter is a tough time for a lot of folks, so it’s nice to create a cheery surprise gift like this one to brighten up the days. Do you spy the cute notecard made with the same Sweetheart die? I’m telling you friends, this is one dynamic die!
I wonder what I’ll make next with this sweet die? Whatever it is, I’ll be sure to share it with you!
Enjoy your weekend, make time to play with paper, and stay cozy!