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Indescribable Gift | Easter 2015

Easter is right around the corner so it’s time for me to start cranking out some cards! Maybe it was the odd weather, but everything spring seems to be popping up late to me. Here is sunny Florida, we went from cold to hot and rainy… no transition. In my head, and according my to my thermostat, it’s summer! Maybe that’s why I seemingly forgot that Easter really is right around the corner!

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To kick off my Easter card making extravaganza, I used a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called “Indescribable Gift”. It is definitely a throw back to the old school sketch style of stamps that SU! was once famous for in the early days. I colored the image using Sai watercolor makers and almost abandoned the project all together when the aqua brush (user error) exploded! I’m glad I just stuck with it and “made it work”. I see stains on watercolor paintings all the time so, for once, I got to make a mistake look intentional! 😎

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Best Wishes to the New Mr. and Mrs. | Silhouette Sunday

I hate making wedding cards. Actually, I hate making sympathy cards but wedding cards are a close second. I have to be honest with you guys… 90% of the time I just buy one in lieu of making one. The pressure for it to look fancy, expensive AND worthy of a wedding are often too much for me. This wedding card was actually made for one reason: This friend is a crafty friend and was DEMANDING EXPECTING a handmade card. The good thing is because she is a fellow paper crafter, her expectations are easier to meet. 🙂

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I used a new paper pad by My Mind’s Eye called “On Trend”. It really lends itself well to wedding style cards and even has a few wedding references in the text on some of the papers. This card could easily be duplicated with steel dies but I didn’t have a card sized heart in my collection. I also wanted the heart to nest into the front panel so using my Silhouette was actually easier in the long run.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Using PixScan for Stamp Masks |Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!

Today’s Silhouette Sunday video is all about Pixscan!I know several of you have been waiting for this so I won’t be surprised if I see some comments below that say “it’s about time…” LOL! I’ve actually had my PixScan mat from it’s initial release last year but I’m just now getting around to really using it. I’ve been able to use the scan feature to cut out stamped images and masks so I didn’t see the need to rush into using my PixScan mat when I first got it. Now, PicScan is not a replacement for Print and Cut, it’s just another way to use your Silhouette to do other things. Really, PixScan is a good option for those who don’t have or know how to use their scanner. 🙂

 

In the video, I mentioned some information I would share in this post for clarification so here you go!

What phones DO NOT require calibration for use?
When you upload your photo, you will get a title bar below the image. If that image has the name of your phone below it, you will most likely NOT need to calibrate. Here are some phones I’ve seen used but this is not a full list! A quick google search may yield more phones but these are the one’s I have been able to test by stealing borrowing phones and devices from my friends. 😉
-Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display
-Apple iPhone 4s
-Apple iPhone 5c
-Apple iPhone 5s
-Apple iPhone 6
-Apple iPhone 6 Plus
-HTC Desire 300
-HTC EVOV 4G
-Nokia Lumia 520

My Print and Cut is out of alignment! You said if my Print and Cut is off, then my Pixscan will be off too! How do I fix that?

Print and Cut can be calibrated if it is slightly off to one side or another. I don’t have a video explaining how to do this yet but I plan to do one in the future. I’m happy (and lucky) that my Cameo is not off but it’s not uncommon to have a machine that is slightly off set and needs adjustment. The directions for Print and Cut calibration can be found HERE curtsey of Silhouette America. 

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Silhouette Sunday Giveaway!

Hey Guys!

So… If you came here from my youtube channel, you know there is no Silhouette Sunday video for this week. I’ve been super busy with family in town and no time to film AND edit a video. I thought about just posting that I’d see you all next week but that’s no fun. Instead, I thought I would do a little giveaway! 🙂

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I have some plans for the Silhouette Adhesive Kit and thought some of you may want your own kit so you can play along too! The giveaway details are simple: You must be 18 (I’ve gotta ship it to you, right?) and live in the US (due to shipping and customs!). Enter using the rafflecopter form below. You can get an extra entry or two by following me on other social media channels. 😉

 
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Good Luck!

I Do Love You Card- Valentine’s Day Series

Hello, Hello!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I am creating my last minute cards. I am notorious for putting these things off until the last minute but this year I actually made good on my promise to myself to be more proactive about finishing projects.

My new problem is not related to crafts… I’ve mentioned this before – I’m really bad about sorting digital things. But I’m not bad about all digital things, I have no problem hitting the delete button. Once I feel like I’m done with something, I get great satisfaction from throwing it in the digital “trash” can. The video for this card was no different… I just forgot to edit and upload it first. 😛

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For this card, I used a stamp set from Stampin’ Up called “Big On You”  and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. To make the sentiment stand out, I went over the edges of the text with Twinkling H2O’s. The paper is also from Stampin’ Up. The trim was that sequin stuff from the dollar section at Michael’s from many years ago. I have to admit, I’m proud of myself for using it up! It’s not available from Michael’s anymore but Stampin’ Up sells similar stuff in their line of colors. It’s also available by the yard from many fabric stores. The other sequins are from my stash and the stuff that just fell off the roll after cutting.

Hope you guys like it! Maybe next time I’ll be more careful and look at what I’m deleting before I actually hit the official “delete” button.  😉

Print and Cut FAQ – Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!

I’ve gotten a few questions about print and cut over the last few weeks and I thought a Silhouette Sunday video would be a good way to address them.

If needed, I’ll do a project walking through the entire process in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by!

February 2015 – Haul #1

So my online orders have been trickling in from my shopping extravaganza last month. 🙂 So often, we forget that odd places can have some crafty awesomeness!

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Color Thumbnails – Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and today’s video is going to be quick! I have a group of people coming soon. 😉

I was recently asked if I knew how to save color thumbnails in Silhouette Studio. Now, I don’t do it personally… I consider my self to be “digitally lazy” but I know how. So that is what I’m sharing with you today! How to “Save to Library” and get a colored thumbnail in the process.

 

It’s a Love Thing – Valentine’s Day 2015

So, I confess that I buy things and never use them. It’s a sad, but a true fact… and when you really look at your “stash” you realize it.

I have gone through several craft room “purges”, selling off high value goodies, giving stuff to friends, neighborhood kids and charity. But one thing seems to always happen, I have something I can’t part with. I noticed this when shopping my own stash for Valentine’s Day goodies. I’ve had two Autumn Leaves stamp sets for years and never used them. I distinctly recall buying one at Wal-Mart and the other at overstock (probably to hit free shipping, lol). After purge after craft room purge, they keep making the “stay” cut. I guess because I remember so clearly buying them during my early craft days. Maybe they kept making the cut because it was one of my earliest crafty purchases. Either way, a day comes when you realize you need to bust them out or give them away. 🙂

What do you think? What’s been in your stash forever?
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DIY Glitter Jars – Valentine’s Day

On my escapades around Central Florida to find $1 American Crafts goodies, I noticed these cute jars. The problem? They were all damaged. 🙁

I could have kept on the hunt but I realized that I had all the items needed to DIY it at home. So, if you have some basic crafty supplies, you can DIY it too!

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Treat Toppers – Valentine’s Day

I admit it, I have a strange love affair with coloring mediums when it comes to crafting. Now, I know some people wouldn’t classify it as “strange” but I certainly do…. Why you ask? It’s because I buy these coloring things and don’t use them. Or, even worst, I use them once and then set them in the back of a closet. I’m not sure why, but I keep looking for something new then default to the old.

I let history repeat itself with Stampin’ Up’s new “Blendability” markers. I was attracted to the potential of having all the colors pre-matched to cardstock. Although I haven’t used these markers much, I think they may actually stay out of the closet for some time. 8)

Just label it what it is – insanity.

I guess the same could be said with cute stamp sets as well. I’m always attracted to these really cute, kid style stamps and I don’t have any kids! I guess my co-workers will have to keep loving the child themed goodies they get. I’m sure they will – we are all in special education and each guilty of loving something very kiddish!

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What’s your weakness, lol?


 

 

A Little Love – Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!

Last week I posted a Silhouette Sunday video explaining how to cut by line color. While that video was incredible helpful to some people, it just generated a whole lot of questions for other people. One thing I knew right away was that it was going be confusing for some because there was no associated project. So for this week’s Silhouette Sunday video I decided to do a video using cut by line color to answer the questions you had from last week. 🙂

If you want to work along side me, be sure to download the .Studio file here.

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You Plus Me Card – Valentine’s Day

Hey Guys!

Since the new year has rolled in, I’ve realized that I really have flowers and girly and hearts on the brain. This became really obvious to me when I started digging for Valentine’s Day goodies on January 3, lol! One thing I haven’t got on the brain is traditional. I’ve recently purchased several new Valentine’s Day inspired paper pads but have been avoiding the color. I’m not sure why, but black and gold seems more lovely to me than pink and red…. It’ll come back in favor with me at some point. 😉

 

This card came together super fast because I used my Cameo to cut all the pieces. I didn’t do any real “design work” in the software so I didn’t film any screen footage. If you have any questions though, just let me know. Thanks for stopping by!

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Cut by Line Color – Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!
One of the things I was very excited to see back during the release of Silhouette Studio 3 was the option to cut by line color. I really love the idea of cutting complex, multi-line style files without needing to change out the mat or tinker with cutting lines “on” and “off”. I hadn’t given this new feature much thought recently but I got an email from someone needing help with an elaborate sketch pen file. I knew this was just what she needed.

Kiss, Kiss – Valentine’s Day

Hey Guys!

I’ve been looking at Christmas paper and stamps for the last two months and it’s time for a change! I love Christmas, it’s my favorite time of year, but at a certain point you have to pack it all up and look for a new excuse to buy cute supplies. Lucky for me, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! 😉

I tried to talk myself out of any overtly valentine’s day paper pads but when I saw Crate Paper’s new “Kiss, Kiss” collection I knew it all had to be mine!


Do you like my lazy measurement system and card salvage job in this video? (LOL) I’m glad I stuck this card out. It would have been a shame to waste that pretty paper!
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Floral Thank You Card – Silhouette Sunday

I get recruited for a lot of projects. Cards, baby books, decorations, party invitations… a lot of stuff. Now some I am able to wrap up pretty quickly and other items not so much. One thing I’ve noticed that helps me get stuff off my “to-do list” is my hand, dandy Silhouette.

One of my good friends hold a garden party as a fundraiser every year. I assumed she would be needing more thank you cards (she did, after all, mention it in passing several times) so I went ahead and made them in advance based of a conversation we had about potential designs. 🙂 It’s so nice when you can get things done early. It’s so satisfying seeing things marked off your to-do list!

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What crafty endeavors are you getting into this year?


Happy New Year!

Hey Guys!

It’s a new year and everyone is full of resolutions! Some of the most common goals going around our family are to “get organized” and workout “more”…. you know, the usual stuff. My goal this year is to craft more!

One of the things I am notorious for is creating sketches and never using them. When ever I’m bored at work or lunch I grab my iPad and create random card sketches. The problem… those sketches almost never get used or even see the light of day after I finish them. My goal for this year is to start using some of those sketches!

Here is the sketch I plan on working from in January.

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I hope you all join me on my “create more” goal for 2015 and share your creations! To sweeten the deal, one luck winner (chosen at random) will win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp!

Here is my first card with the sketch…

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Christmas Slider Style Envelope Card

Hey Guys!

So, Christmas is quickly approaching and I am starting the process of packaging up all my gifts and stocking stuffers. I found some cute little nail wraps at the Dollar Store that would make quick gifts for co-workers and family members but I wanted a way to package them without using a big box. After some time tinkering in Adobe Illustrator, I came up with an easy to assemble, slider style envelope/ card.

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Honestly, the worst part of this project was glueing on the letters! I’m off to make a dozen more. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

Stained Window Card

Hello, Hello!

Look, I’m on a blog posting roll! 🙂 Today, I have another card and video for you! I’m in full holiday card making mode and have a new-found appreciation for religious stamp sets. The pendulum always swings back and forth for me in terms of style but this year I am totally loving all the Christ based stamps I’m seeing from different companies. Now don’t get me wrong, I love snowmen, Christmas trees and penguins as much as the next girl… but there are a few people in my life that would prefer a more traditional card and sentiment for the holidays. This quick little card is just for them!

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I used the new photopolymer stamp from Stampin’ Up! called “Gentle Peace” along with twinkling H2O’s for the watercoloring. I thought the sparkling finish you get from the H2o’s was perfect for the stained glass look. The background is a quick cut file I made that you can find here.

I’m sad to say photos seem to never do Twinkling H2o’s justice! The amount of shimmer they produce is crazy! I tried to capture it in a close up photo with no luck. =(
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Anyways, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (Alternates may be used for discontinued/ retired products.)


Peppermint Soap

Over the years, I have become known for certain stocking stuffers and quick hostess gifts. One of my more common, none-paper based request is peppermint soap. Now before I get started, let me clarify something for you… I’m not a soap maker. Real soap making requires chemicals that can explode and burn (aka lye). I never even considered getting involved with that. The soap I make is the cheater-cheater-pumpkin’-eater version of soap (aka “melt and pour” method).

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Supplies are listed below and in the video but I promised some clarification here on the blog!


Basic Steps:

1. Cut the soap into chunks
2. Divide into two different containers (I use a 3:1 ratio. 3 cups of white to 1 cup of red)
3. Melt the soap in the microwave. Mix the soap as it melts to prevent hot spots and burning.
4. Mix the red coloring into the smaller container until you reach the desired color.
5. Mix the white soap with 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of peppermint essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent)
6. Pour in the soap molds as shown in the video below 🙂


Star Shaker Card

I know, I know… where have I been? No excuse this time…
I, like always, have been a total blog slacker. The only reason I stumbled on over today is to link a card cut file for a video! 🙂 But anyways…

I have always loved the holiday season. Chilly weather, pumpkin spice lattes and shopping! All my favorite things rolled up into one season. I guess that’s one reason I love me some holiday stamps. I have especially been in love with the “Endless Wishes” set from Stampin’ Up! I think what really drew me to purchasing this stamp set was its versatility. It has a ton of sentiments for Christmas and Holiday cards. Here is one of the many projects I have made recently from it.

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It was out of stock for a while but its back now. I also have a process video for building this card on my youtube channel.

If your looking for the cut file, you can find it here. Use the coupon code “starshaker” to download it for free.

SUPPLIES USED: (Alternate products are listed when something from my “old stash” can’t be found online or is discontinued.)

If your looking for the cut file, you can find it here. Use the coupon code “starshaker” to download it for free. SUPPLIES USED: (Alternate products are listed when something from my “old stash” can’t be found online or is discontinued.)


Summer Shopping…

I am sad to say it is the end of summer. (Insert huge, sad, crying and stressed face here!) While I am glad to get back into the swing of things at my new school I am partially stressed out about all the things I need to do and all the things I didn’t get done this summer. One thing I did do PLENTY of this summer is shopping! That is where the inspiration from this card came from….

While cruising my local TJ Max, I stumbled across a set of wedding cards that made me come up with this simple “Thanks” card.

DSC_0143_edited-1The actual cards at the store looked to be some type of wedding thank you cards… A silhouette of a bride and groom with a cut away with the words “Thank You” printed in fancy script. I wish I took a picture so that you have a visual of what I saw but I guess it’s really not that important! 🙂

I created a quick tutorial for Silhouette Studio to show you how I did it. When it’s up and live on YouTube, I’ll link it down below this post.

 

Messy Scallop Card

Hi Guys!

I’m here with a new crop of cards to share with you AND a free cut file! Can you believe it? I’m keeping good on my vow to update my blog more than twice a year… (for now ;)).

I’ve been in love with a stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Sweetie Pie and Sweetie Pie Frames. Sadly, the Sweetie Pie Faces set is sold out but the Frames are still available (linked below). I used those stamps and the Messy Scallop Frame cut file to create several cards….

Water coloring is a big trend right now. I used my dye ink pads and an aqua painter to color the frame and hearts.

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This card is very similar but I used patterned paper for the frame and ribbon instead of twine.

 

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This last card uses both stamps together. Cute, right? I used my very neglected copic markers to color in the hair in faces.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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(Some supplies are not listed because they have been discontinued and are no longer available.)


It’s been a while…

I know, I know…. I’ve been a blog slacker. I’m sad to say, my poor little blog is always playing second fiddle to my youtube channel. If you happen to follow me on youtube, you’re well aware that my crafty pursuits have continued. I’m here to undo by blog slacking and share them with you right now!

Over the past few years I have made many cut files. Cut files for card classes, Silhouette classes, custom orders for my LSS, ect. I figured that it was time that I made some of those files available to all of my crafty friends! The first, of what I hope will become many more file shares is a simple one. I made a file and cut it out with my Silhouette (but you could also cut it out with any die cut machine that uses SVG files, like the Cricut Explore) so that I could easily tie string around it without it slipping and sliding off the sides. Like I said, simple! Here are my two projects using two of the three shapes in the cut file. (I’ll link the cut file with all the other supplies I used below. The coupon code to get it for free until July 6th is “AllTiedUp”.)

The first uses a bunch of stuff I got for free from Stampin’ Up’s! Sale-A-Bration this year. Sadly, most of the supplies I used are no longer available which is a pity because the patterned paper was gorgeous! The sentiment is from a stamp set called “Remembering Your Birthday”.

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My second card is half Stampin’ Up! and half mystery. The stamp set and dies I used in this card are called “Just Sayin'” but I’m at a lost for who makes the paper. I’ve had this very cute 6×6 paper pad in my stash for some time with no cover on it. (I’m sure it was there when I bought it but it’s MIA now.) My educated guess is that it is by Jillibean Soup or Doodlebug but I’m not quite sure. All I know is that it went really well with the Just Sayin’ stamps and die set. 🙂

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You can hear all about these cards and the cut file in this video.

 
Here are a list of supplies that I used in the creation of these cards. I’ve listed some nice alternatives for the thick bakers twine because the specific colors I used are no longer available. Thanks for stopping by! 😉


The Five Minute Card

You guys know I love the A2 Card #3 die. I use it ALL the time. (As I’m sure you have noticed over the last few weeks!) Today, I’ve used it to create a 5 miniute card!

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This card base makes quick cards easy. All I did was cut it out of woodgrain cardstock and decorate with ribbon and patterned paper. Want to know the best part of all? It’s finally back instock at www.topdogdies.com 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Love & Joy Wreath Card

Hey Guys!

I’m here today with another project for Top Dog Dies! This card is pretty clean and simple. Atkins-19-PeaceLoveJoy

I created the wreath using the TDD Cherish Doilies & Tags Die Set. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking…. “That shape isn’t there!” Well my friends, you’d be right. 🙂 I mounted two dies inside each other then die cut my paper to create my wreath. They actually come pre-nested when you order them but I already cut mine apart for a different project. You can see the little metal nubs from when I cut them apart.

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To keep the two pieces from moving, I used a piece of washi tape. Think of it as die cutting a die cut!

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Ta-da! Instant wreath! That’s it from me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Top Dog Dies Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first Top Dog Dies blog hop! I’m here today with THREE holiday cards to get you in the Christmas spirit! The first uses my absolute FAVORITE card base… the A2 Card #3 die (I call it the scalloped card die!)

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Creating cards on this base is really easy! Most of the design work is actually done for you! I created scenes using papers and wood veneer pieces from American Crafts. The sentiment on the first card is from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set from Hero Arts. The second sentiment (“Throw your hands up…”) is from the Blue Note stamp set from Studio Calico.

My next card features the beautiful and intricate TDD Christmas Tree Die.

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This die is a big one, so it makes a great focal point for your card. (Card measures 5″ x 6.5″) We tend to be wordy in my household, so we welcome the space. 🙂

Hop on through each DT member’s blog to get the details on their fab creations:

The party isn’t over just yet, though: We’re giving away $50 Top Dog Dies eGift Cards to two lucky winners. Entering is easy: Just add your email address here and you’ll be included in the giveaway!
You can earn extra entries by commenting along the blog hop and by following us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. Even better news? You have until Friday Dec. 13 to enter and we’ll announce the winners on Monday Dec. 16.
Thanks for joining us for our first – but definitely not our last – blog hop. Happy hopping!

 

 

Quick Card Share…

Hi Guys!

I’m just popping in to do a quick card share with you! 🙂

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My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary – this is the card I made for him! It’s a simple card by my standards and features a nice graphic sheet of paper from Studio Calico. 😉 The sentiment is a Heidi Swapp stamp from a 100 years ago, lol.

I think it was actually made for scrapbooking but I cut it apart to create a sentiment. I promise, its usable in all forms but stamp lovers may have cringed if they saw how I cut it apart.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

The Christmas Card Extravaganza Continues!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I’m here with another Christmas card to share with you and it features this die from Top Dog Dies!

 

This die really has been put to good use this holiday season. The bottom flap folds up nicely to create a pocket for a gift card. It’s the same die I used to create the gift card holder for this card a few weeks ago:

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In addition to the to being a great gift card holder, the front panel is perfect for those popular “scene builder” type stamps. This weekend, I used it to create this card using a card kit and stamp set from Studio Calico.

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It doesn’t actually snow in Florida…. at all (flurries don’t count, lol) 🙂 but I’m sure some of my colder relatives up north will appreciate the sentiment. Cards using this die come together really quickly! All you have to do is cut a base out of card stock and another out of patterned paper. To get those white edges to show, I just trimmed 1/4th of an inch around the card then assembled the pieces.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂