Thursday, December 10, 2015

Winter Wonderland Cards

Hello, friends!  I've whipped up a couple of beauteous winter cards 
using the non-winter theme, Type Set from
BASIC GREY

The winter sky presents many colors. 
 While preparing for the fun challenge of “winter cards” with the “Typeset Collection”
 I was truly inspired by the horizon-like colors of orangey-pink, aqua and corn silk blue 
found in many of the papers and stickers!  I pulled out these colors and set to task.
  My first stop: the Silhouette Design Store and cutting files from Basic Grey!

 For the first card, “Snow: The Best Day Ever”, I used the Christmas Tree cutting file.
  From the solid aqua and striped 6X6 papers, I cut two aqua trees to measure
 2.5”H and a single striped tree to measure 3”H.  I prepared the A2 card base with
 a mat of the navy 6X6 paper.

 Next, I used the Spellbinders Label Fourteen Dies to cut the two mats that measure
 3.5”W and 4.5”W.  The two were layered together with foam adhesive.  The trees
 were overlapped with the striped tree added on top with foam adhesive. 
 A couple of stickers, alpha stickers and flair completed the card!

 The second card, “Hello Winter” uses a couple of fun Silhouette shapes.  
The “hello” was found as a part of the “Hello Sunshine” cutting file; the word sunshine
 was simply omitted before cutting.  I made the word larger, by adding a shadow.

 To spell out “winter”, I used the banner sticker (shown above) and covered the letters
 up with the Typeset Epoxy Letter Stickers…the perfect fit!


After preparing the A2 card base, I cut a piece of the 6X6 orange dot paper to 3.5” X 5.5”.
 I used the large die from the Spellbinders Snowflake Pendant Die Set to die-cut the 
snowflake shape from the top of the paper.  The paper was then layered onto a piece
 of woodgrain paper found in the Paper Pad.  The bottom of the orange dot paper was
 die-cut with the Spellbinders Curved Borders Scallop die and then attached to 
the striped paper mat with foam adhesive.

The snowflake border was also found at Silhouette. It was cut from the same solid 
aqua paper (as the trees in the first card) to measure 4”W.  It was glittered with clear
 glitter and then embellished with small, aqua Candy Dots.

 I hope that you're inspired to try a non-winter theme, throw in a few of your own
die cuts or cutting files to create your own unique cards!
See more ideas on the Basic Grey Blog!
Friday, December 4, 2015

Scrapbook & Cards Winter Issue Release

Today is the day!
Release day of the Winter Issue of 
SCRAPBOOK & CARDS TODAY

 You can find me on pages 43 and 48 of this issue!

http://www.scrapbookandcards.com/current-issue
 The winter issue can be viewed in a fully searchable online digital magazine format
 or can be downloaded to your desktop!  Easy, free and full of inspiration!
You won't want to miss :)
Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Snowmen Have Been Framed!

I have a set of wonky, but cute "FRAMED SNOWMEN" tags up on the
SIMPLE STORIES BLOG
...and hey, they can also double as ornaments after the gift-giving is done!

To start, I grabbed a few of the "Claus & Co." Chipboard Frames
 For each snowman, you'll need a large and small square, as well as a round chipboard
 shape for the head.

 Next, I backed each of the frames with a matching-sized square of patterned paper
 from the 6X6 Paper Pad

The heads were covered in an off-white pattern from a section of the "Ho Ho Ho" paper
For the noses I used smaller sized hearts from the "Wood Veneer" pack and inked them
 with a burnt orange chalk ink.


 The cheeks were given some blush with pink chalk and black enamel dots 
were used for the eyes. 
To adhere the small and large frame together, simply use a scrap piece of 
heavyweight cardstock or chipboard piece.  Make a bridge at the back with the
 material by gluing one end to the large frame and the other half to the smaller frame.



Now for the fun part...embellishing!  I added different Wood Veneer pieces 
(that I inked with various chalk inks) and then accented the centers with Bradz.  
The smaller alphabet stickers from the "Expressions Cardstock Stickers" 
were used to personalize with the snowmen.

To give a nice, finished look (as well as make into a gift tag), I traced the entire 
snowman onto a piece of cardstock and then trimmed out and glued to the back. 
 Use stickers or fancy hand-writing to add your To and From :)

With a small hole punched at the top, tie some string or twine through and your 
tag-ornament is framed and ready to go!

I hope that you enjoyed this fun Christmas craft and will give it a try!

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A Petaloo Christmas Carol

One of my all-time-favorite holiday movies is now in paper form:
" A CHRISTMAS CAROL"
Graphic 45 has designed the most lovely and nostalgic artwork that
captures the spirit of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Time and Scrooge perfectly!
And of course, Petaloo's vintage finds like velvet dogwoods and festive
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Here are just a few photos of the mini album that I created:



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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. 
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
 The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. 
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Charles Dickens,
A Christmas Carol