Thursday, December 14, 2017

SSS January 2018 Card Kit

Hi, crafty friends. I'm back today sharing a card I created using THIS new card kit from Simon Says Stamp...

I just loved the pattern papers in the kit, so I die-cut a few of them using THESE nested heart dies. I adhered them to a heart shaped note card, which I created using the largest heart shape from the die set. To create a shaped card, I use the same size die cut for the back panel and score the top corner. Applying adhesive above the line creates a hinge for the card to open.

The kit also comes with Distress Glitter. I covered a heart die-cut with THIS adhesive, poured the glitter on, put a piece of paper on top and pressed firmly with my bone folder.

I added one of the puffy stickers from the set on top of the glitter heart and finished it off with a tiny greeting from THIS stamp set, which is included in the kit but also available for individual purchase.

You can find out more about the kit HERE. I hope this has inspired you to break out your nesting shape dies to create a simple card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Santa Treat Bag

Hi, there. How is your holiday prep going? I'm finding myself purchasing a lot of gift cards this year. I like gift cards because the recipient can purchase whatever they choose, but I'm always looking for fun ways to present them.

I used THIS die to create a treat bag and decorated it with some dies to create a Santa suit...

I die-cut the die twice from THIS cardstock and adhered the two pieces together to create the treat bag. I die-cut the same die again from white cardstock and die-cut THIS die on each side of the opening. I cut a strip of black cardstock and adhered it to the bottom of the treat bag. For the belt, I die-cut the smallest die from THIS set out of gold foil cardstock. I also white heat embossed a greeting from THIS stamp set and added a few buttons using THIS die.

Even though the treat bag is small, it holds a gift card and lots of candy with room to spare...
I hope this has inspired you to dress up your gift card presentation.

Thanks for joining me today. Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Embellishing Gift Packages

Hello. Today I'm sharing how to embellish gift packages. I will be focusing on Holiday gift packages for this project, but you could do this for any special occasion. So, do you remember THIS speech bubble card set I created? Well, I had the negative glitter die-cuts left over and wanted to put them to good use...

I simply adhered the negative pieces to the left over white speech bubbles. Easy peasy. Then I adhered them to the front of a kraft gift bag to spruce it up...

I just love how simple this project was and how it adds a handmade feel to gift giving.

I hope this inspires you to embellish your gift packages.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Classic Christmas Card

Hi, there. Today's classic style Christmas card features a way to stretch the use of your dies...

I used THIS die but not as it was intended. I needed a bow that was a bit larger and wider to fill the space. So instead of cutting one top portion of the bow, I cut two. I connected the two in the middle, making the bow much wider. 

For the background, I stamped stripes using THIS stamp set. I stamped it lightly to create a faux fabric look to add texture. I die-cut the panel using THIS die and silver heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set. I adhered the panel on a card base created with THIS cardstock, the perfect holiday red.

I hope this inspires you to take a second look at your dies and stretch the look of them. 

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Crafting!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Honey Bee Stamps: 12 Designers of Christmas

Hello, friends. I'm so honored to be a part of the 12 Designers of Christmas for Honey Bee Stamps.
December 1 - 11 we will give away a $25 Gift Certificate to one person who comments on that day’s blog post

December 12th we will give away a $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave comments daily!

So I'm not a coffee drinker, but I have many friends and family that are so I had to get the Coffee Break Stamp Set and Coffee Cup Card Dies. I thought together they would make a fun Christmas gift...

Check out the Honey Bee Blog HERE for more information about this project. 

A big thank you to Honey Bee Stamps for having me. I'm a big fan of their products. They are so fun to work with.

*You can find the shaker bits HERE

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gift Giving Challenge

Hello. The Little Tangles Challenge Blog just announced a new challenge and it's all about gift giving. I needed to make a bunch of quick Christmas gifts for some of the staff at my son's school...

I started by cutting THESE scalloped rectangles from white cardstock. I applied some of THIS with THIS stencil to create some snow and add texture. I used THIS stitched slope die to create a hill slope on the bottom of the panel and stamped the sentiment from THIS set on top. I stamped the adorable bunny from the same stamp set and colored all the images with copic markers. After cutting them out, I adhere them to the panel with one of THESE action wobblers just for fun. I added THIS to the ski's for some shine and adhered everything to one of THESE 4 bar note cards. I finished it off by rounding the bottom corners with THIS.

Now for the gift giving part on the inside...

I die-cut the same scalloped rectangle from pink cardstock and stamped a sentiment from THIS stamp set. I adhered the top and bottom only to the inside of the card and slipped a gift card inside.

I also decorated THESE envelopes to tie everything together using THIS stamp set and THIS ink...

I hope this has inspired you to create a simple gift card holder. You can find more about the Gift Giving Challenge HERE.
We would love for you to play along.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

SSS DieCember Release Blog Hop

Hi, friends. Happy DieCember! I will be sharing four cards today featuring Speech Bubble Windows created with THIS new die set...
I die-cut THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS word from foil paper and cut the shadow from black cardstock. I die-cut one of THESE speech bubbles from the center of some of THIS new glitter cardstock and four top folding white note cards. I adhered a piece of acetate on top of the opening and then adhered the glitter cardstock on top. I adhered the words on top of the acetate. All of the die-cut words had shadow dies included except for the green card. To create the shadow, I laid the die face down on some black cardstock and traced around it. The die itself is a bit larger than the die-cut so you get a perfect shadow. It's a great way to stretch your dies.

Speaking of stretching your dies, this is how I created the white bubble frame around the window...

I traced the outside of the speech bubble and fussy cut it out. Then I taped the die inside that shape and ran it through my die-cut machine. It creates the perfect frame. You could always use the larger speech bubble in the set, but I wanted a thin frame.

I like how the cards turned out, but I wanted to share some ideas of what you could put inside each card to utilize that window...



THIS die makes including a gift card super easy.



These cards are part of a fun blog hop celebrating the DieCember release. Click HERE to go to the next stop and visit my amazing friend, Kelly Latevola. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here's the complete Blog Hop list...

Simon is so generous and giving away a $25 coupon to every stop along the hop so be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win. Simon Says Stamp will announce winners on their blog on Wednesday.

Looking for even more inspiration? I have a post HERE and HERE using some of the new product. Oh, and Simon Says Stamp had another blog hop yesterday. Click HERE to see that inspiraiton.

Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a great day.



Saturday, December 2, 2017

More DieCember Inspiration

Hello. I'm back with  more DieCember inspiration using another Story Book die from Simon Says Stamp. If you follow my blog, you probably know I'm a big fan of the story book die collection. I've made several cards using them. Click HERE to see yesterday's post featuring the penguin story book dies and click HERE to see another previous story book animal project.

Today's card uses THIS cute moose...
As soon as I saw him, I knew I wanted to hang something from his antlers. I used THIS stamp set to stamp the strings and the ornaments. I used a rainbow of Simon inks to add color to the ornaments and used THIS to add some shine.

I used THIS patterned paper to cut the moose out. Remember, you can use other materials besides regular cardstock. I've even used felt in the past to create some pandas. You can see those cards HERE.

Here's a closer look at the card...

It's hard to see in the photo, but I dry embossed THIS rectangle frame with THIS embossing pad to add a bit of interest.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back tomorrow with more DieCember inspiration as part of a fun blog hop.


Friday, December 1, 2017

SSS Diecember 2017

Hi there. Happy DieCember! If you're unfamiliar with Diecember, it's a month long party celebrating wafer die cutting. Simon has released a fabulous new release, which you can see HERE. I've also linked all the new products below.

Today's card features several new dies...
If you're a follower of my blog then you know I'm a big fan of the Storybook dies from Simon. They have released three new penguins. I die-cut THIS, THIS, and THIS penguin from black, white, and orange cardstock. Before adhering the penguins to the panel, I dry embossed THIS new snowflake die multiple times to create a background and add subtle interest. I adhered the penguins one on top of the other to coordinate with the sentiment from THIS stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment on a banner cut with THIS patterned paper and THIS die. I finished off the card by adding THIS border along the bottom and a heart cut with one of THESE dies for the penguin to hold. I also added some of THESE enamel eyes to the penguin for a playful look. I also used THIS to round the top two corners of the card.

Here's a closer look...
You can check out previous projects I've created using other storybook dies HERE and HERE.

Thanks for joining me today. I'll be back soon with more die cutting projects to celebrate DieCember.

Links to DieCember Release: