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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last minute super easy Christmas cards

I needed a few last minute Christmas cards and put together this quick and easy card that might be one of my favorites. A couple of layers, some stamping, pen doodles and a little twine.

The stamps are from Recollections - I got them at Michael's a couple of days ago, they had the cutest sets of Christmas stamps for $3.99 each. The Christmas tree was in one set and the sentiment and snow border were in the other set. I added some white dash lines and some sparkle to the tree top with sakura pens, and tied on some MS twine. The white and red papers are PTI and the top layer is Stampin' Up! crumb cake, which is their kraft cardstock - I love it, it is a little paler than most kraft cardstocks. OH - I punched the layers with my new favorite corner chomper - the cloud/scallop one - LOVE it!

Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful Holiday whatever you celebrate!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge - Tag You're It!

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas.... I am singing that in my head because I have been wrapping presents and placing them under the tree! And I have been making gift tags for the Cricut Cardz Challenge - #98 - Tag, You're It! Perfect timing!

#98: "Christmas: Tag, You're It!" Make 2 Christmas gift tags using any cartridge(s) and any colors you'd like. Link your project here by January 3rd.

I decided to do something a little different so instead of adding cricut cuts to my tags, I used the cuts as masks to ink my tags. Check it out!

DO IT YOURSELF:  Choose a shape with an interesting border and place a focal image inside the border shape using Cricut Craft Room, Design Studio or Gypsy. (I used CCR and I also cut the tags at the same time.) Lay the tag flat, now keeping the border and focal cuts pieced together, center them on the front panel and attach using repositionable adhesive. Also mask the back section of the tag to keep it free of ink. Next, using a sponge or dauber, ink around the mask to the edge of the tag to make the border. The picture below is after inking.
After inking the border, remove the focal image cut from the center of the border shape and add ink to that space. The image below shows my inked focal image, including the detail I added with a pen later.
To finish remove the border mask, you should have a tag that looks like you stamped an image and a border. Add extra details with pens or markers, I used sakura pens.
This technique is perfect for adding inked images that you may not have a stamp for - but it does work best with mostly solid, silhouette type cuts.

These are the materials I used:
The tags are cut from Christmas Card cartridge, card #8, 2 1/2" height
The border shapes were cut from MS Seasonal Cake Art, postage feature, Leaf borders 1 & 2, 2" height
Silhouette cuts: MS Seasonal Cake Art, Tree & Bird Wreath, and Just Because cards Cookie, 1 1/2" height
(I have the Cricut Craft Room cut file if anybody wants it, just contact me using the form on my blog)
Inks used were VersaMark and Distress Inks
Details added with sakura pens
Tags cut on Stampin'Up! Crumb Cake cardstock, be sure to cut your masks using a good sturdy cardstock, I used cardstock from Papertrey Ink.
Twine is from Martha Stewart

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter your tags in the challenge!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge # 97

Hi everybody, I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful Holiday season. If you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit I have just the thing for you. Cricut Cardz Challenge #97 is here and joining in on this challenge is sure to put you in the mood for hot cocoa and Christmas carols. Here are the details:

#97: "A Caroling We'll Go!" Make a card for Christmas based on your favorite Christmas song, using any cartridge(s) and any colors you'd like. 
Due: December 13th. (that's only 1 week so hurry and get your entry in!)

Here is my DT card. I could not pick a favorite song because I have way too many, so I just picked one of my many favorites. I cut the JOY letters from the Cindy Loo cart at 2". The materials are listed below the picture.

HURRY!!! Unlike the other CCC challenges, there is only 1 week to get your entry in for this one!

JOY cut from Cindy Loo at 2", I embossed the top layer with gold embossing powder
Solid papers are from PTI and Coordinations Pearl
DP is from the 6x6 Authentique Christmas stack called Wonder
Prima flower, ribbon from my stash
DP mat was cut using nesties labels 8
Sentiment is from my computer and then cut with the PTI die - Christmas Label

Please enjoy this version of JOY TO THE WORLD by Third Day, it is one of my favorites!