Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Tag Tote

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! I had a great one, and must have been really nice this year because I got everything I wanted, including a new camera! I am so excited, I hope it helps with the quality of the photos I post here. (I didn't use it to take these pics). This is another project that I got the pattern for from UStamp. I think this tag tote was part of the Fall edition of UStamp. It is so easy to make and makes a great gift. I gave these to my Aunts and they loved them. I dry embossed the tags and decorated the tags with dry embossed images. I added a "To:/From:" stamp on the tags and they were done.

I am taking a couple weeks off from blogging now that the Christmas rush is through. I need a little vacation, and I am behind on the save the date cards and wedding invitations. After dry embossing all those daisies, I haven't done any more work towards putting the cards or invitations together. Hope you have a wonderful new year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gift Card/Money Holders

Happy Wednesday! Wanted to share another gift card holder I made, and a money holder. I found the pattern for the stocking gift card holder on U Stamp With Dawn & Friends Year End Blow Out. U Stamp is a site (you have to pay, I think it's $20-$25) and you get a new project every day for 1 month. All the projects use Stampin' Up products. I got the idea for the money holder from Splitcoast Stampers. I just tried to find the original picture and wasn't able to. I used punches for the ornament and then just cut the paper for the gift so it fit around the ornament. Both of these projects were quick & easy.

Monday, December 21, 2009

3x3 card & nugget box

I made a bunch of these 3x3 notecard & Hershey nugget gift boxes for Christmas gifts this year. I found the template to make the box here. For these 3x3 cards, I used the free digital Mumford Christmas image from Two Scoops Rice Designs. The digi image is available already colored or plain for you to color. I chose the blank one and colored the image with my Copic markers. I love her digital images because you can resize them. I made the image really tiny for these 3x3 cards. I wanted to be able to use a small circle punch to punch the image. Hope you're having a happy & safe Holiday week.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Here is a card that I made for Lisa. I made it using Stampin' Up punches. The fence posts are made using an arrow punch. The snowmen were made using the wide oval punch, the scarves are made using the word window punch, and the hats, eyes and earmuffs were made using various circle and oval punches. Their noses are part of the small star punch. I had so much fun making this card! It's the perfect time to post this card, we got a lot of snow over the weekend, as predicted! It is the most snow I have ever seen, we got over 2 feet of snow, and I spent the majority of the day shoveling. They haven't been able to keep up with treating the roads so I get a bonus day off from work tomorrow! I'm excited to have an extra day to do some holiday baking, wrap gifts and do a little more crafting before Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sled Gift Card Holder

I have so many Christmas projects to post here and not enough days before Christmas to post them all! I guess some will have to be posted after Christmas. This is a sled gift card holder that I made for two wonderful friends of mine, Janice & Suzanne. They both helped me find extra paper for my brother's wedding invitations earlier this year, and I just wanted to send them a little something to let them know I appreciate them. I found the template for this sled gift card holder here. For the "legs" (What do you call that part!?) of the sled, I doubled up the paper to give it a little more reinforcement and to help it stand up. The poinsettia is dry embossed using a Lasting Impressions template. Hope you have a great weekend. Looks like we are going to be snowed in! We're getting our second snowfall of the month, very rare for the DC area. Usually we don't even get two snowfalls during an entire season! Tomorrow we're expecting 12-20 inches of snow!

Monday, December 14, 2009

More Inspiration

Here are the two other gift bags that came with the penguin bag I posted yesterday. After making the penguin tag and loving how it turned out, I tried recreating these two. I'm not as happy with them, I think the 2nd one is supposed to be a polar bear but I think he looks like a snowman on my card. It would be okay except I drew claws on his hands! I made both characters using various Stampin Up punches. The background of the reindeer card was made using the snowflake cuttlebug embossing template. Have a great week!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Finding Inspiration...

I was at the dollar store the other day and this little gift bag caught my eye. I thought the penguin was so cute. I thought he would make the perfect little punch character on a tag. So I bought the gift bag (turns out it was a set of 3 little bags... so more punch characters to come!) and here is the tag I made. To make the penguin, I used the Stampin Up wide oval punch and layered a white punch onto the black punch for the body. I used the Stampin Up small oval punch for his arm. His nose was made with a piece of the small star punch by Stampin Up. And the eyes are the larger hole punch from the cropodile. I used a white pen to make the highlight on his eyes. The tree was cut with my paper trimmer and the trimmings on the tree are 1/2" circles. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lil' Gingerbread

I posted a card made with this same template a few days ago. I just love this template for making really fast, cute cards. This card was based on a sketch, it used a business sized card and envelope. The paper is American Crafts merrimint line. The red piece along the middle is just the reverse of the patterned paper. I used my Marvy circle punches for the circles behind the gingerbread man. Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

I just love this reindeer stamp by Memory Box. I just think it's so funny. The stamp has the reindeer on the rocking chair and the sentiment. It's a perfect stamp for quick easy cards. I used my nestabilities to cut the shape around the stamp. That paper is some Christmas paper I've had for a long time! I was glad to use it. I probably should have added a tree so the reindeer really could have been rockin' around the Christmas tree, but I wanted him to be the main focus of the card. Hope you have a great week!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gingerbread Joy

This is a card I made for a sketch challenge on the Yahoo Embossing Group I belong to. I love this little gingerbread template. This was a quick card to make, I am pretty sure it took less than 10 minutes to make! The paper and template are from Lasting Impressions. The Gingerbread Joy sentiment was stamped on the Lasting Impressions paper.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Santa's List

This is a card I made for a 1 on 1 swap in the Yahoo Embossing Group I belong to. This is one of the new Lasting Impressions templates. I gave a little bit of dimension to the list by embossing the top and bottom curly part of the list a second time. I cut them out and adhered them to the original list using foam tape. The paper is from Lasting Impressions too.