Slimline Christmas

I work on Christmas cards throughout the year in order to get the 300 I need for my annual donation to a local skilled nursing facility. My father used to be at this facility and I every time I would visit him, I noticed how lonely many of the residents looked. After my dad passed away, I thought a good way to honor his memory would be to give some cheer to the residents of the facility. For this batch of cards, I thought I would give making slimline cards a try.

I began by using “Home for the Holidays” hand crafted coloring book. I flipped through the many pages of the book and settled on the page with the giant Christmas bow on it. I decided to color the page using my Prismacolor colored pencils. I colored the large bow a few shades of red first and then smoothed out the pencil lines by using Gamsol. I followed this with coloring the stripes different shades of green and the larger stripes gold. Again, I used Gamsol to smooth out the coloring lines.

Once I was finished with coloring the page, I cut it down to fit on a slimline card. I went on to die cut a Merry Christmas sentiment using dies made by Birch Press Designs (Merry Sugar Script & Christmas Sugar Script). I cut the sentiment four times from black card stock and stacked them to give the sentiment some dimension. My wonderful grandson appeared at this point to give me his input on how I should make the card. I felt the sentiment could use some sparkle to I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to add some shine. Once this was complete, I added the sentiment to the card panel. I still felt as thought he card needed more, so I pulled out some of my Doodlebug Matt Sprinkles in black and placed a few of them on the panel as well. Of course, they needed to sparkle too, so I used my Sparkle pen to add more shine. I then cut some black card stock from my stash to layer behind the colored panel. I layered the panel onto the black card stock and then added it to my card base. I was happy with how this card turned out, but wanted to see if I could make a quick card using part of the cover from the Home for the Holidays coloring book. I cut part of the cover, which had silver foiled images and a holiday sentiment on it. I then used some silver washi tape from my stash to put behind the panel. This second card came together in just five minutes. A quick and easy slimline card was a great way to round out this set of cards.

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Ugly & Bright

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season and having a reason to wear my Ugly Christmas Sweater. My sweater is an elf sweater with a bell on the hood that jingles whenever I walk around. I love seeing all the Ugly Christmas Sweaters that everyone wears during this season. The creativity of some of these sweaters makes me smile every time I think of the work that went into coming up with the wonderfully cooky design.

For my video this week I decided to make two Ugly Christmas Sweater themed cards. I began by using Simon Says Stamp’s “Holiday Sweater” stencil. I taped the card panel to the back of the stencil so it would stay in place while I did some ink blending. I used my blending brushes and Distress Oxide Inks (Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistacho and Peacock Feathers). Once I was happy with the blending, I set the panel aside to dry while I stamped and colored the images. I used the “Ugly Sweater” and “Sweater Words and Appliques” stamp sets by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped them in my Mini Misti using Simon
Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. I then used a small image from the stamp set to add some coordinating colors to the sweater image. I followed up by coloring the Christmas tree and present images using my Copic Colors. Once the images were colored, I took them to my Scan N Cut and cut them out. I then added some colored gems to the sweater for some additional sparkle. I used some foam tape to add the smaller images to the sweater image. I backed by panel with some black card stock to help the colors pop. I then added the sweater image to the card panel using my AGT gun and some foam tape. Now that my panel was complete, I adhered the panel to the card base using Art Glitter Glue. I’m going to be making several more of these cards…just changing the design of the sweaters for some variety.

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A Reason to Smile

It can be difficult to find a reason to smile during these strange times so I thought I would make a card or two to send to some friends in hopes of making them smile. Most of the people I know are still working from home and this can feel very isolating. Sometimes we forget how important human interaction can be so I am sending some cards out to my colleagues to keep in touch even though we only “see” each other during virtual meetings.

For my video this week I decided to make a black and white themed card using items from my stash. , I began by getting one of the many embossing folders from my stash. I used Darice’s “Sheet Music” embossing folder and my new toy…the Gemini Junior to emboss the white cardstock. I then used Doodlebug’s “Hats Off” patterned paper to layer the embossed panel. In order to add some contrast the the panel, I added some black ribbon from my stash and a strip of the left over patterned paper. I chose Simon Says Stamp’s “Choose Happy” stamp set for my sentiment and added it to the card using some foam tape. I felt the need to add a bit of bling so I pulled out some black star embellishments from my stash and sprinkled them on the card. Now that my panel was complete, I adhered the panel to the card base using Art Glitter Glue. I’m sure these cards will give the recipients a Reason to Smile!

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July 2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

This month’s theme was Outdoor Scenes and/or Patterned Paper. When I think of the outdoors, I immediately think of the beach. As a native San Diegan, I absolutely love the sights, sounds and smells of the beach. The ocean water has such a calming effect on me and I love it.

I decided to make this card using the “Summer Dreams” patterned paper by Echo Park. I began by cutting my panel using the largest scallop rectangle die from Pink & Main. I then used a scallop circle die by Sizzix to cut out a window on the panel. I backed the panel with some clear acetate I had in my stash. I’m sure by now, you can figure out by now that I am going to make a shaker card 😉

I added foam tape to the back of the card and filled it with some Doodlebug sequins from my stash. I have so much sequins that I need to use, which is what gave me the idea to make a shaker card. I then backed the panel with some light blue glitter card stock I had in my stash. I went on to layer the panel on some yellow card stock (from my stash as well). I used Darcie’s “Stay Cool” stamp set and colored the image using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I stamped the sentiment on some of the left over yellow card stock and attached it to the lower right hand corner of the card. This card turned out to be sunny and bright, just how I need to feel during these unusual times. Thank you to all the creators who continue to inspire me to be a better version of myself!

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The hop lineup for the July 2020 Collected Crafty Collab is below:

Anna Mahtani

Marie Bingaman

Valerie Powell

Danielle Brown

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You are Here

Charlotte E – Next Stop

Virginia Fairchild

Lisa Wolfe

Teresa Russell

Sam McLean

Katy Ingram

Boryana Yankova

Tracy Shultz

Natasha Davies

Mary Ellen Driggs

Lounon Riviere

Karen Page

Donna Perisic

Back to School

It is almost back to school time around here so I thought I would make a few back to school cards for some hard working teachers. I have worked for a local elementary school district for over 25 years and know how exciting yet difficult the start of a new school year can be. This year is going to be especially difficult since our schools will have to being with distance learning. Teachers truly miss their students so I want to bring them some joy at the start of this unusual school year.

For this week’s video, I made a couple of back to school cards using some patterned paper from Michael’s. The paper looks like alcohol ink blending and since I am not very good at that (yet) I chose this paper as my background. I used Darcie’s “Take Note,” “All Write” and “Best Teacher” stamp sets. I stamped out all the main images and cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut. The Scan N Cut is amazing, especially when I do not have coordinating dies! Once I decided which images I would use on my card, I colored them using my Copic markers. I then attached the colored images to the card base and added some sparkle with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I added a few Doodlebug enamel dots and gave them some sparkle as well. I then layered my panel onto some black card stock to give it a thin border. Now that my panel was complete and added it to a card base. This was a fairly quick and easy card to make. I will be making several more to send to some of the many dedicated teachers I know.

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A Colorful Christmas

I have been focusing on making Christmas cards over the last few weeks. I donate 300 cards each year to a local skilled nursing facility. My dad was there and I remember seeing so many lonely souls each time I would go to visit him. These poor people had no family to visit them and were crying out for attention. After my dad passed away, I made it my goal to donate Christmas cards to each resident of the facility to bring them a spark of joy during the holidays. This will be my sixth year doing this. It brings me so much happiness, just knowing they have a little something to open on Christmas. I try to make many different cards, including non-traditional cards. I also include cards for those that may not celebrate Christmas.

For this week’s video, I made a colorful Christmas card using some very non-traditional colors. I used Simon Says Stamp’s “Triangle Blast” stencil and Ranger Distress Oxide sprays in Mermaid Lagoon and Picked Raspberry to create my background panels. While I set my panels aside to dry, I pulled in some Bristol Smooth water color paper. I sprayed the water color paper with water and then sprinkled on some Nuvo Shimmer Powders in Atlantis Burst, Cherry Bomb and Violet Brocade. Once the shimmer powders were dry I heat embossed various Christmas trees from Simon Says Stamp’s “Festive Trees” and Color Me Trees” stamp sets. I used SSS clear embossing ink and white pigment ink and covered the ink with Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder. I then used the coordinating dies to cut some of the images and and fussy cut the rest. I cut the background panels using the largest Scallop Rectangle die by Pink and Main. I was having so much fun and was excited to see the end product. I stamped my sentiment on the background panels (using my brand new Original Misti) with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. I then arranged the cut images on the panel and adhered them using Art Glitter Glue and Simon Says Stamp foam tape. I added a finishing touch by putting a few enamel dots on the panels and layering the panels onto some colored card stock. Once that was done, I glued by layered panels to a card base and voila…my cards were complete. I really liked how the turned out with the beautiful pinks and purples. What do you think?

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Love, Joy and Peace

It has been a very busy week. Trying to stay positive with all the negative news is not easy, but I know that all I have to do is go play in my craft room and my mood instantly improves. I am fortunate to have a dedicated space to spend on my crafty meditation. Having the ability to just go into my own space to create, organize or just relax is the best feeling in the world. I used my creative space to work on my next YouTube video, which is definitely a lot of work, but I am enjoying every moment of it. For this week’s video, I made a holiday card using Simon Says Stamp’s “HoHoHo” stamp set as well as their hybrid inks. I used the small images in the stamp set to create my own background paper. I stuck with my 2020 resolution and only used supplies that I currently have in my stash. Going through my stash is so much fun when I find something I had forgotten all about. It is like Christmas for me…Christmas in July 😉

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Hello Summer

This week, I made a summer themed card using only the items I have in my stash. I decided to record this project in the making, which makes this my first creative YouTube video (click on image below to view video). Creating this content really opened my eyes! I never truly realized how much time and energy go into making a video. I feel like I am finally getting to do something I love while sharing it with others. It took me three days of work to get this done, and it was worth every minute! I spent a few hours on Sunday just planning and prepping for my card. Monday was spent recording the card making process used to make my summer creation. Tuesday was spent editing the video and recording the voiceover (no easy task). Wednesday was the day…I uploaded my first creative YouTube video. So nervous yet so excited. I have to give kudos to all the YouTube content creators out there for all their dedication and hard work. My goal is to get one video done every two weeks for now. Maybe I can do more once I get the hang of all the editing stuff. I hope you are able to visit my YouTube Channel and maybe even subscribe. I would love your feedback on this new venture I have embarked upon. Have a great day and thanks for joining me on this crazy ride!

June 2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

Wish me luck on this one. This is my first collaborative hop with my new blog and I am hopeful that I will have many more to follow. Being a part of this amazing community keeps me feeling connected. This month’s theme was Critters and/or Stencils. I used so many wonderful products to make this. I don’t typically plan out my cards but I thought I should try doing that for this particular card. I laid out my stencil and stamps to try to envision how they would look.  Once I decided on how to lay out my images, I stamped my images with stamps by Clearly Besotted. I then masked the images and followed by using My Favorite Thing’s English Brick Wall stencil to create the brick wall background. I followed up by ink blending the ground on the scene with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Once I was happy with my background, I removed the masks and used my Copic markers to color the images. The sentiment on the sign is from MFT’s Four Legged Friends stamp set. The finishing touch, I think, are the adorable Doodlebug sprinkles hearts.  😉

Hop lineup for the June 2020 Collected Crafty Collab is below:

Karen Page

Charlotte Ehrukainen (Lady Joyful)

Boryana Yankova

Lounon Riviere

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You are here

Lee Ann McKinney – Next

Natasha Davies

Martha Lucia Gomez

Mary Ellen Driggs

Tracy Shultz

Marie Bingaman

Donna Perisic (Creative Pixie Designs)

Virginia Fairchild

Katy Ingram (eastwickspaperandink)

Teresa Russell

Danielle Brown

Lisa Wolfe

Anna Mahtani

Sam McLean

Valerie Powell

Using What You Have

My “resolution” for 2020 was to use up my stash of crafting goodies. Thanks to the worldwide pandemic, I have been very successful in keeping my resolution. I have not purchased any new supplies this year, which has forced me to look at what is in my craft room. I have been challenged to do the best with what I have in my personal and crafty life and I have found this to be challenging yet liberating. Making cards and other projects while using only what I have in my craft room has been a ton of fun. I find myself getting excited about older stamp sets and paper pads that I had forgotten all about. I am making good use of my stash of paper scraps and colored/cut images that I had set aside. Maybe this whole pandemic thing was a good way of making us slow down and appreciate what we have.