Christmas Card: Packages Redux

Idea:
2014 was my third year making my own Christmas cards. Dropping a stack of finished handmade Christmas cards in the mail is rewarding but, this year I wanted my cards to be equally as whimsical but less time consuming to make.

Inspiration:
I’ve been trolling Pinterest for Christmas Card ideas since July. Loll of Stamping with Loll’s Christmas Packages Card beats them all with her simple and elegant design.

Images:

Photo credits: My very good friend Dina

Interesting Points:

After printing and cutting all the accommodation maps and envelope liners for Michelle & Joe’s Save the Dates I had a boatload of scrap white cardstock and cotton paper.  It’s a good thing I held on to them because I was able to use the scraps for my Christmas cards.

Birthday Card: Rainbows

Idea:

A 30th Birthday is coming up.

Inspiration:

I have to be honest – I was highly driven by one of Procrastination Station’s projects and almost none of this card is geared specifically to the recipient. I hope she likes it anyway.

I LOVE rainbows so when I saw the ROYGBV of the letters H A P P Y on Procrastination Station’s blog, I just had to reproduce it. The ‘happy’ are cut using the Lucida Bright font, offset by .025″ (see this previous post for the offset technique). The ‘birthday’ is cut using the Blackjack font. The vertical strips are stamped in white with a 50cent stamp. The butterfly is actually cut out of glossy paper which I pre-printed with grey ’30th’s.

If this were a game of who could reproduce a card, I would probably win it. If it were a game of unique ideas … not so much. Oh well – might as well hone in on my ‘talents’.

Image:

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Ingredients:

Font: Blackjack
Font: Lucida Bright
Silhouette SD
Wausau Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock, 8.5 X 11 Inches
Alvin Double-sided Tape 1″x25′

Birthday Card: Fresh and Clean Two-Tone

Happy Friday!  It’s the end of a week and also the end of a series of projects!  In a previous post I mentioned signing up for 4 projects.  I’m very proud to say I’m  ready to wrap them up (on time!) and start a new series of projects!  Here’s a review of the previous three projects:

Now for our fourth and last, I bring you a fresh and clean birthday card.

The Inspiration:

For this card, I blended my aunts favorite color (yellow) with her friends favorite color (green) and kept the layout clean and white because they’re both my nearest and dearest OCD friends. [no offense].

The Elements (I’m not going to talk about the steps because again, there really isn’t much to it):

  • The bottom of the card is texturized using an impression plate and the Sissix Texture Boutique.
  • The Flowers were saved from lei’s.
  • The Cherry Blossom was cut using the Silhouette and  then flocked with white flocking.
  • The ‘Happy Birthday’ label is stamped.

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Supplies:

Wausau Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock, 8.5 X 11 Inches
Sissix Texture Boutique
Silhouette SD
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – Diamond

Lesson Learned:

I’ve always been a little bit of a lop-sided stamper.  This card wasn’t an exception.  Next time I’ll have to remember to use a ruler or some type of guidelines.

Birthday Card: Two-Tone

The Project:

I’ve been asked to create a birthday card for a classy lady who’s favorite color is green.

The Inspiration:

I make it a habit of collecting traceable images of all types to use on the Silhouette.  For this project, I went with a chandelier.

Again, with most of these birthday cards, there isn’t very much to it.  Cut the silhouette, cut the background, emboss the paper by running it through the texture boutique, distress the edges and glue it all down!  One thing I did goof on was the white background.  I’m not sure if the pictures tell the story but, I wanted something ‘shiny’ for the background so I went with heat embossing. Well, I don’t have a proper heat gun so I use an iron.  On small images, using an iron works fine. But on large areas, the embossing powder just doesn’t want to melt evenly!  Maybe it’s time to finally shell out for a heat gun?

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20110601-015554.jpgSupplies:

Silhouette SD

Sissix Texture Boutique

Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – Tropical Paisley Set

DCVW Old World Stack 12×12

Wausau Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock, 8.5 X 11 Inches