Saturday, December 20, 2014

Shimmering Deer Christmas Card

This card was super easy because it was made using Close To My Heart's Christmas Card Kit!
The kit comes with:
10 – 7" × 5" Printed Card Bases
10 – Printed Banners
10 – Colonial White Deer
10 – Red Sparkles
12 – 3-D Foam Squares
10 – Glitter Paper Pieces
10 – Coordinating Envelopes
4 yards Red and White Baker's Twine 
I didn't follow the original exactly, but was pretty close.  I chose to emboss the sentiment banner, which if you do, make sure you stamp your sentiment onto the banner first. And I also loved the little sparkles, but used them on some other cards first, so poor Rudolph didn't get his little red nose, lol.
The other thing I did different was to use a different stamp set for the sentiment.  They sell some separately that go well with the banner, but I just used the Noel set that I had on hand.  It fit nicely, and I love this stamp set.  Hopefully I can share with you soon the cards I made with it.
The stamp set they recommend for the card set is a good one too.  It's call Merriest Christmas and if you don't have it yet, be sure to get it.  It's great for inside sentiments as well.
 For the inside of the card I used another retired set.  The envelope comes already decorated too.   So simple, yet elegant.
I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I love comments if you want to leave one.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card

I love the sweet little bird on this card, and I especially love how simple this card is to make.  The bird and sentiment with it are from the Yuletide Carol Complements from Close To My Heart.  The background paper is from the Yuletide Carol Paper Pack.  I inked up the edges of the card base with Cranberry ink and then went to work on the edges of the background patterned paper.  I distressed the edge using the Edge Distresser and then used the sponge dauber with Champagne Ink to wear out the edges.  I wanted both sides of the paper to show, so I folded the corner forward and put some bling on it.  The other corner is rolled up a little too.
Next I added two rows of Red Shimmer Trim.  Then I trimmed the sticker using my Non-Stick, Micro-Tip Scissors.  I cut a rectangle of Cranberry Cardstock slightly bigger than the sticker and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Damask Embossing Folder.  Then I distressed the edges with the Edge Distresser again, (one of my favorite little tools) and sponge daubed it with some Cranberry Ink, as well as running the sponge dauber over top of the embossed paper to highlight the raised embossing.  You can see it better in the photo below.
Next I put the sticker on the embossed cardstock and then raised them both with some 3D Foam Tape.  All that was left was the Small Black Flourish Sparkles.
The inside was done with some retired stamp sets and I'm not sure of the names of them, sorry.  But you can do them with practically any Christmas sentiment you like.  Merriest Christmas is a beautiful set if you're looking for one.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sweet Little Girl Christmas Card

I recently posted a different little girl card where the little girl was a stamp from the Christmas Post stamp set.  This one is much easier though because the little girl is a sticker from the Carol Yuletide Complements set, although I did take the time to sponge daub the edges with some Cranberry Ink. 
I sponge daubed the card base with Cranberry Ink then used some Cranberry Cardstock embossed with the Damask folder for the background. I used the Edge Distresser and some Champagne Ink on the edges.  Then I added a piece of the patterned paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack, distressed and sponge daubed.
Next came the retired burlap ribbon and felt flower (I added the little pearl in the middle myself because I thought it went well with the delicateness of the little girl)
The inside was done with the retired Christmas Chatter stampset and some Red Shimmer Trim, love that stuff.  The horn was from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set

I hope you are enjoying seeing these as much as I enjoy making them. Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frolic and Play Snowman Christmas Card

Doesn't this card just make you want to build a snowman?
This fun card was done with the Yuletide Carol paper pack from Close To My Heart.  It also uses both the Yuletide Carol Complements, and Yuletide Carol Assortment.
The base of the card is sponge daubed with New England Ivy Ink, and then the background is distressed with the edge distresser and then sponge daubed with Cranberry Ink.  I do like to roll the corners down a bit just to show the back of the patterned paper.
I then took some seam binding ribbon and distressed it with some Champagne Ink.  I then tied it around the front facing of the card.  I'm not sure if you can see it very well, but I mounted the snowman sticker onto some Damask Embossed, New England Ivy Card Stock, using some foam tape to pop it up.  Then I added the glitter button stickers from the Yuletide Assortment.
The inside sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Candyland, but you can easily use whatever you have on hand for that.
I hope you get some inspiration, and leave me a note. Thanks for looking.

Christmas Cheer Card

My goodness it seems like I'm crafting up a storm here, lol.
This card uses some of my favorites, burlap and distressing, with some delightful stickers.  I used both the Yuletide Carol paper pack and Yuletide Carol Complements for this one.  The paper is distressed with the edge distresser, and then sponge daubed with some Champagne Ink.  Then I rolled up the corners a bit to show some of the beautiful green pattern on the back of the musical patterned paper.  Next I added some burlap and twine wrapped around the front facing.
The next step was to add the complement stickers.  The stocking was easy enough, although I did add a couple of glue dots to the back to ensure it stuck tight to the burlap.  The sentiment however got a little more attention  I sponge daubed the edges with the Cranberry Ink.  I took some Cranberry Cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Damask embossing folder and then distressed the edges with the distresser tool and sponge daubed again with the Champagne Ink.  I added the sentiment to it and popped it up with some foam tape.
The only thing left for the front was some pretty little sequins.... 
The inside sentiment is from a retired stamp set.  I hope you enjoyed looking at this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Blessings with Mary and Baby

This is one of my favorite simply sweet cards.  I used my Cricut for this one with the Artfully Sent Cartridge from Close To My Heart to cut the main white piece.  It cut out the words Christmas Blessings in the corner, adding depth and detail to the card. 
After cutting it on the Cricut, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Damask Embossing Folder, but only on the one half of the cardstock.  I sponge daubed the edges with Outdoor Denim Ink and backed it with the Outdoor Denim Cardstock.
The stampset I used for this one was the Mary and Babe stampset, simply beautiful.  I again used the Outdoor Denim Ink and backed that with the Outdoor Denim Cardstock.  The ovals were both cut out with the Cricut, this time the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The only other embellishment left is the Bronze Shimmer Trim.  I love using these tapes because they are so easy, just measure and cut, nice.
The inside of the card was stamped with that same Mary and Babe stamp set. So simple, yet so sweet.

Simple Merry Christmas Card

I love this card's simplicity, less is more with this one.
I did use both the Yuletide Carol Complements and Yuletide Carol Assortment with this one.  The "merry" is from the assortment and the "christmas" is from the complements.
I used the Damask embossing folder on this card, but ran it through my Cuttlebug first from the bottom, then from the top, leaving the smooth empty section for the Christmas stickers.  I then distressed the edges with my edge distresser and sponge daubed them with New England Ivy, the same color as the cardstock.  But I didn't stop there, I continued running the sponge dauber over the raised embossing, giving even more depth to the textured look.   I do like how that came out!
Then I simply tied some twine around the front of the card, and used my ATG gun to attach the front face of the card.  I did add a couple glue dots to the merry before I stuck it down because I wasn't sure how well it would stick to the uneven surface.
The inside of the card is from the Christmas Post stamp set done with the New England Ivy inkpad.  Now on to more cardmaking.