Saturday, December 16, 2017

Away In A Manger Christmas Card


Hello! I hope you're having a great weekend!
It's very festive here. Our neighborhood is decked out in all sorts of lights, reindeer, and plastic snowmen. So cheery in the evening when it gets dark before dinnertime. I love this time of year!
Tag making has given way to card making, and I really need to speed it up.


My Christmas cards are all going to be more of the clean and simple variety. Nothing being mailed in padded envelopes. I'm making all my card bases as well, from kraft or white cardstock. I have several of this image. I'm not sure where I got them. They are a favorite of mine, so I'll be using these a lot. For this card, I teamed it with the kraft CS and some Tim Holtz Tidings paper and Christmas Ephemera. Used his Kraft metallic paper to cut an Alterations Thinlits Labels and used the negative piece as a frame.


My tiny holly and berries were cut with Thinlits Festive Greens using glitter paper. I brushed on a bit of Wink of Stella to the pine boughs on the image to complete my card.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and...

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 25 Tag


Hi folks! I hope you're having a great day!
With gift wrapping in full swing, I'm still creating tags and using them as fast as my fingers can put them on the packages. Today's tag is a bit larger than the ones I've been making with my Sidekick... a #5 size made from kraft paper I purchased at Hobby Lobby for half off. 


To the tag base, I adhered some paper from the Idea-ology 8x8 Tidings Paper Stash. Then using Tim Holtz Mini Stencils set #31, I added a layer of Ranger's Distress Grit Paste. First time using this... and I actually called my husband into my craft room to show him how cool this stuff is. I should have bought this product ages ago. It's amazingly smooth for having grit in it! You almost need to try it yourself to understand how buttery smooth this texture is. Anyhow... continuing on, after it was dry, I pulled out my new package of TH Christmas Paper Dolls and chose this little guy... so cute... love the skates around his neck. I popped him up with fun foam glued on with Distress Collage Medium, tied on a piece of hand-stained or I should say inked, seam binding and this darling mitten charm from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


Now to quick write a name on the back and put it on a gift.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Five Little Gift Tags


Hi dear friends!
I have a few... five to be exact... gift tags to show you today.  These are so much fun to create... quick, easy, and filled with all my new Tim Holtz Christmas goodies. I cut the tag bases, of course, on my Sizzix Sidekick.





Just wanted to stay in touch. 
I'm sure you're all busy with Christmas preparations, so till next time...

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ladies Diary With Sympathy Pocket Card


Hi folks and Happy Weekend!
I finally got around to posting this last in my series of sympathy cards. I truly love the color combination of this one and the gorgeous Prima flower.


The base and tag are Photo Play papers by Julie Nutting. .. the Belle Vie collection. The frame was cut with the Alterations Ornate Frame 2 with Kraft Metallic paper in gold. I did two layers on this, the bottom one being plain white cardstock. I love the shadowing effect it gives plus more stability.


My other papers are from The Graphic 45 Ladies Diary collection. I purchased the Prima flower at Hobby Lobby. I purchased several packages at a store in Tennessee, since I haven't seen these at our nearest location. As usual, I should have gotten more. That seems to always be my cry after the fact.


The antique bronze filigree is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the gem is by Bo Bunny.


Have a wonderful Saturday and the rest of the weekend!

Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

More Sidekick Christmas Gift Tags


Hi friends!
So, I have a slight change in schedule. I got so excited making these little tags with my new Tim Holtz Sidekick, that I wanted to post them today instead of that last sympathy card.


Again, I did a variety of papers and embellishments, mostly using TH Thinlits dies and Idea-ology products.


I had forgotten about sentiments, so I pulled out the seasonal Chit Chat stickers... perfect size!


Another heat embossed on.


This is my favorite so far. I love this red plaid from the 8x8 Yuletide Paper Stash... it reminds me of an L.L. Bean flannel shirt.
 If you have any questions, please ask. I think they're all pretty simple, though. 
Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Some Mini Gift Tags with My New Sidekick


Hi folks!
I'm switching things up today with some Christmas gift tags made with my new Tim Holtz Sidekick. I have to confess, when I heard Sizzix was coming out with this, I said to my husband I certainly don't need another die-cutting machine. I have a Vagabond and a Cuttlebug, why would I need anything else. Then I watched Tim's Live presentation on Facebook and changed my tune. The convenience of having a small machine right beside me as I work could be invaluable. And it has proved to be just that. I LOVE this tool and I wonder how I struggled along without it.
Now to the tags.
My prep on these took longer than the actual assembling time. I started by cutting out a ton of tags from any and all Christmas paper scraps and my Christmas TH 8x8 paper stacks. Then I lined up all sorts of small embellishments and die-cuts made with my Alterations Christmas dies. I won't go into much detail on these. This first was heat embossed using one of the stamps that came with the Sidekick and white embossing powder. The tree die is from Thinlits Home For The Holidays.


This one is folded and opens like a card.


The dies are from Thinlits Festive Greens and Winter Wonderland. From Idea-ology are Tiny Bells and Wood Slices.


The dies are Thinlits Home For The Holidays and Labels.


Sizzix Bigz Candlelight.


The first of many. 
I'll be back with the last card in my sympathy series.
Have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Bird & Berries With Sympathy Pocket Card


Happy Monday!
I trust you had a pleasant weekend. I did lots of online shopping for Christmas gifts and other necessities. As one whose lived a few years, I can say that life would have been SO much easier had we had internet shopping when we were raising our family. I know a lot of folks my age who don't want a computer, but really, they don't know what they're missing.


I have today another in my sympathy card series. Really, if you change the sentiment, this could be used for just about any occasion. The image is one I bought online, the papers are Bo Bunny and Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft. I bought the berry stems at Pat Catans and the brown bloom is from the Prima Amber Moon collection, Bramble. 


The fabulous laser-cut wood leaves are from my favorite wood shop in Tennessee, which I totally missed visiting when we were there last month. Thankfully, I'm well stocked on those.
Have a great day, friends!

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