Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Snowflake Thanks - Winter Thank You Card

Hi everyone!  The Christmas holiday is officially over.  I had a fabulous week...and I sincerely hope you did too!  Now it's time for me to write some handwritten thank you's for all of those great gifts that my family and I received.  But first I had to whip some up.

I decided to keep a winter feel for this card...but I wanted to add some color.  I've been using a lot of green and red and was ready for a change.  I used some patterned paper from my stash to add color to this card.  The blues, pinks, yellows and grays are generally spring colors...but also make great colors for winter.  It was a lot of fun to use these colors!

I used the EK Success Snowflake Punch to create my snowflakes for my card.  You could substitute a snowflake die.  The punch made making multiples very fast and easy!  And I love the way these snowflakes look when cut out of vellum.

Since I needed multiples, I used the same supplies, but changed up my card design just a tad.  This little change made creating more cards fun and fresh, instead of monotonous.  The second card design uses far less patterned paper and is quick and easy to mass produce!

For a little sparkle, I added the Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins.  I have fallen in love with these sequins.  They are just gorgeous!!!  And they were the perfect way to add some sparkle to the card without it being too overwhelming.

I've created a video walking you through the entire creation of these cards.  I've also linked the supplies used in these projects below.  Just click the product below to link directly to the product page.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I've inspired you to dig out some supplies from your stash and create some thank you's for all of those fabulous gifts you received.

I'd love to hear what your favorite gift is!  Did you get any fun crafting goodies?

I wish you all the best for 2015 and I'm looking forward to continuing to share paper crafting projects with you!  Have a FABULOUS day and a FABULOUS New Year!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Blessings To You And Yours

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you are having a blessed day celebrating the birth of our Savior.  Every year, I like to stop in on Christmas day to say hi and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

I wanted to share our Christmas cards with you.  I have them designed every year by my friend Janelle at JP Designs.  She does a fantastic job...and never ceases to amaze me.  We design them together....which I love.  And the finished product is always beautiful.

We opened our gifts last night and it was a very merry time for us.  The kids are thrilled with their gifts.  And if you remember what I asked for on Instagram....just know that it's being installed on Saturday morning!  Good job James!

Today we'll spend our day visiting family, eating and playing with our new gifts.

I'm so thankful for the true meaning of Christmas...and for all the blessings that have been poured out on us.  I'm wishing the same for you this Christmas and throughout the coming year.  

Experience The JOY this Christmas and may that joy live in your heart throughout 2015.

I'll be back later this week...or maybe early next week with a video tutorial for you!  Until then, may your days be merry and bright.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Handmade Tags In A Hurry - Shortcuts For Creating Homemade Gift Tags

Hi everyone!  This time of year is very busy for all of us!  I love to add handmade tags to my gifts, but I have very little time to make this happen.  Today, while on call for work, I decided to whip up some handmade gift tags...in a hurry.  And I'll give you some tips for creating your own gift tags in a hurry.

I started with some pre made gift tags.  I picked these up at Michaels.  I love the shape and the color coordinates with the wrapping paper I have chosen this year.  I thought it would be fun to accentuate the shape with a little gold detail.  I used the Krylon 18K Gold Leafing Pen to trace around the edge of my tags.  Don't worry if it's not perfect!  It's a handmade tag...and the doodle adds to the handmade feel!

I added a sentiment from the Holiday Hellos stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I stamped it on red card stock in white pigment ink.  If you want a really vibrant white, you can heat emboss the sentiment.  I was saving time...and the chalky feel of the ink adds a rustic touch to my tags and fits in with my wrapping theme this year.

I wanted to add some pattern to these tags, but cutting and adhering a bunch of patterned paper strips was a bit time consuming for my day today.  Instead, I chose a washi tape.  This way, I could quickly add pattern, and save myself the cutting step by just tearing off a piece and adhering it directly to my tag.

I have a video walking you through the entire creation of these tags below.  I've also included links to the products used in this project below.  Just click the product to link directly to the web page.

Here's some tips for quickly creating handmade tags this year.

  1. Use pre made tags.  This will save you the step of cutting them!
  2. Add pattern using washi tape.  This saves you the step of cutting and adhering patterned paper to your tags.  You can quickly stick and tear washi to any tag or card project, adding color and pattern in one quick step.
  3. Cut and stamp in multiples.  I used a die that cuts several holly leaves at once.  And when trimming my card stock, I did it two sheets at a time.  This cuts my cutting time in half!  I also did all of my cutting and all of my stamping at the same time.  
  4. Use staples!  Play up that handmade feel with a few staples from your Tiny Attacher.  I used this to create veins on my holly leaves and adhere the leaves and sentiment piece to my tag in one easy step.

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