Can you believe it’s already December? I keep asking myself… “where did the time go?” — the Thanksgiving holiday has always been such a whirlwind of events in my household and this year was no different!
I know I’ve been AWOL for a while (It’s a loooonnngg story! ) but I have two projects to make up for some of the lost time!
As you can tell, I’m still in the process of making Christmas cards. The A2 Card #3 die is my absolute favorite! I used it to create a semi-looking masculine card for my husband. Since we live in Florida, I’m sure he’ll think the mittens are of the oven variety. (He’d be right, I created them using a cooking stamp set, lol!)
My second project is a cute little heart notebook. I make these small notebooks every month and a shaped notebook seemed appropriate for the holidays. To create the front and back cover I used the TDD Heart Mini Album die and the pages were cut using the coordinating Heart Mini Album Finisher Set. Now I can make grocery lists in style! 8)
One of my closest friends has an unexplainable attraction to expensive stationary. I know, I know – everyone pays too much for something! But paper tends to be a weak spot for her. (You’d think I’d understand the paper part, but it’s not the crafting kind of paper so I guess that’s where I’m lost! )
In an effort to increase her black friday budget, I promised her I would make her Christmas cards for this year. She didn’t show me the one’s she wanted this year but explained that they were “…very sleek, a gold snowflake and sentiment.” Hmmm…. I’ll trade you one snowflake for a very large Christmas tree.
A clean design meant that this package of 50 cards came together in less than two hours! I die cut the tree using this Christmas Tree Die from Top Dog Dies. The tree is very large and very intricate so I used spray adhesive. Easy!
If you read this blog post, you know that I am a self-proclaimed Christmas card procrastinator. I don’t know why, but I tend to not make holiday cards until late November. Meanwhile, my other crafty friends finished their stacks of handmade goodness in October. After doing some soul searching (and looking at my thin stash of Holiday cards for this year) I decided to get myself into motion!
To get myself in the spirit of Holiday Card making, I hoped on over to Online Card Classes to see if they started this year’s Holiday Card Workshop. I took a class with them way back in 2011 and it was nice to interact with a whole bunch of other people that were also making cards for the Holidays. The first lesson was about the inside of cards. I instantly thought about this die from Top Dog Dies…
The bottom flap makes a good slot for a gift card. Especially gift cards that come in their own little envelope or packaging. I’m really big on gift cards during the holidays so I knew a few cards using this die would come in handy.
I made this card into a gift card holder by applying red line tape on the left and right sides of the bottom flap. This way, the gift card has a place to sit.
I am normally super-duper, procrastinator extraordinaire when it comes to Christmas Cards. (I know, I know… it’s less stressful when you start earlier – but where is the fun in that!)
With that said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I haven’t really started working on any Christmas cards for this year. But when a dear friend with a child stationed in a land far, far away asked me for a card – I had to get to work!
She asked for a card that was Christmas-ish but not overly Christmas-sy. Something special that she could send that wouldn’t seem late if it got there after December 25! This is what I came up with for her:
When I saw the envelope in the Top Dog Dies “Heart Mini Album Finishers Set” I knew it would be perfect for long distance Christmas cards. I know this die set screams VALENTINE’S DAY to most people but when you look at it all apart it is a very versatile set!
Have YOU started working on your holiday cards? I know I can’t be the only member of the Christmas Card Procrastinator Extraordinaire Club! If you are one of my fellow members you can take solace in the fact that your Top Dog Dies can be used year-round.
Every year, 3-5 of my coworkers spend part of their time on maternity leave. For as long as I can remember, there has been a running joke that the county laces the water with fertility drugs. For this very reason, I keep a good stash of “babyish” cards on standby. We had a string of girls for a while, but the newest little bundle of joy is a baby boy and my stash is lacking in that department!
Knowing I needed a card ASAP, I pulled out my dies and got to work! Here is what I made…
The card base was cut using the A2 Card #3 die (one of my favorites!) and the onesie die from the “Baby On Board” set, both from Top Dog Dies. I also made a quick video… just in case you wanted to see the process of paper weaving.
Well that’s because I’ve been super busy! I am honored to be part of the wonderful design team over at Top Dog Dies!
This website is a card makers dream! Lot’s of cute dies that are the perfect size for card fronts. They also have some very nice specialty shapes for card bases too! I’ve been working on projects for the last few weeks and I’m very excited to FINALLY be able to share them with you!
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I don’t know about you guys but I love three day weekends. Beach days, BBQ’s and sleeping in… mmm, my favorite!
I spent this weekend just a craftin’ away. Here are a few cards I made with my extra time off…
This is actually a card I abandoned a while back. I was cutting and stamping away only to discover halfway through the process that I had a defective stamp.
(Notice how this one dosen’t have an “L”…)
The people at Simon Says Stamp were super nice and sent me a replacement quickly but this half completed card ended up in the dreaded “to-(never)-finish-later” box. (I had to stash this card somewhere while I waited, lol! )I don’t know if this was the look I was going for way back when I first got this stamp set but I am glad to call something in the “finish-later” box done!
Here’s another card I worked on over the weekend -
The zipper action is a Papertrey Ink die. When they first launched their interactive dies I didn’t purchase any because they seemed really small… (Truthfully, I think I had been spoiled by the size of Accucut dies, lol!) Now, they make them as border dies so the possibilities are endless!