Dear Santa – Define Good

Christmas Card – Dear Santa, Define Good

This fall I was browsing the “value stamps” and ran across several cute Christmas Stamps. I wanted something that had a Christian message, but I couldn’t resist the humor in the stamp “Dear Santa, Define Good”. Seriously, that has been cracking me up for months. My husband and I have lots of arguments. Most times we are in total agreement but argue none the less! 

My sister came over one afternoon to help me design something simple and quick so that I could crank out 80 cards. We never came up with “the one”, but we had fun playing with this set none the less.

Cards using the stamp set "Dear Santa, Define Good."

The goal was to create simple cards that could be cranked out quickly. Compared to work I’ve put into cards in the past, these would all qualify as simple.

All stamps are from Studio G.

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Sweetness and Joy for Christmas

Sweetness and Joy for Christmas with Denami

Don’t you just adore this sentiment on the card? It says, “Wishing you sweetness and joy”. I love it.

Homemade christmas sweetness and joy wishesDenami stamps are always adorable, and now it’s sweet, too! =) For this card I colored the image with copic markers. I also added glitter to several elements, though the picture may not show it very well.

I used a scallop punch on the blue tag that has the year on it. The date is made from Quickutz dies. I added glitter to that as well.

The card is 5.5 x 5.5. I think it looks like a little gift…full of sweetness. This stamp would also make an adorable tag on some homemade goodies.

Here’s another photo of the card. Maybe you can see the glitter better on this closeup.

12 Tags of Christmas – Day 1 is Dazzling

12 Tags of Christmas Begins Today

It’s December 1st. Have you been to Tim Holtz’s blog yet to view his first tag for Christmas? If not, let me give you a sneak peek:

12 tags of christmas day 1 snippetI said sneak peek. Did you think I was going to show you the whole thing? Not so. This is Tim’s big momment. You’ll need to head over to his site to see the splendar of it all.

As it is, this little corner shot shows so much details, I’m still in utter amazement at what I see. Not to mention that I’m drooling over all of the products that have his name on it!

First, I love the blue background. Tim’s use of distress ink and perfect pearls mists is delicious! It’s such a crisp winter tasty blue. Oh, and his use of the distress ink to color the ribbon, enlightening. I don’t think I’ll ever buy colored ribbon again! 

I also love the house treatment. Oh my gosh, there is so much attention to detail in making the house I nearly giggled with delight! Glossy accents and Tim’s crackle paint are a must have! Not to mention the embossing and die plates! I want, I want, I want. I need, I need, I need!

Really, I could go on and on about this particular tag. There are sooo many techniques and so many alternative uses of product it’s amazing.

What I appreciate most about this, is the attention to detail, the extensive tutorial and the other bonus photos of other tags and uses of his house die.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tim’s blog!

Magic Box – Christmas Grunge

Magic Box – Christmas Grunge

I had one more request to hold a magic box class at Simple Pleasures – my local independent stamp store. I held my first Christmas Magic Box class in July 2009, but a few students missed it. The paper I used for the summer class was discountinued, so I had to create a new box for my fall class. So here it is for all to see.

I call it Christams Grunge because I distressed all the decorative paper with a razor blade. One could use the blade of a pair of scissors, or heck, they make special distressing tools. That’s on my wish list. I originally chose this paper because it allowed me to make a red box – which seems more traditional for christmas. It didn’t meet my mom’s approval, however, because it’s not elegent. So, I guess there’s no compromize – you can’t dress up grunge!

Magic Box – Christmas Grunge Outside

magic box christmas grunge lid

Lid of the Magic Box Christmas Gruge

The lid top is deocrated with a square gift tag.

Side 1 of my Magic Box Christmas Grunge

I used Sizzix swirl die cut for the sides of the lid. Just trimmed one or two swirls per side.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Side 2
Side 2 of Magic Box Christmas Grunge

I used a Martha Steward snow flake punch to decorate the sides as well as the inside.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Side 3
Side 3 of the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

No snowflake is complete without a gem or something sparkly!

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Side 4
Side 4 of the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

The trick to adhering the swirl is to use a glue pen. And because it’s a small element, place your glue on the die cut in dots, as opposed to trying to draw a line of glue. Just a little tip!

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Inside

Of course, the magic happens when the lid is removed from the box. The sides spring open and lay flat revealing a christmas scene in the middle. I have a gift card holder surrounded by christmas grunge floating shapes.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Inside
Inside the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

I incorporated some snow flakes into the inside of the box. Brings continuity to the project.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Gift Card Holder
Close up of Magic Box Christmas Grunge Gift Card Holder

Here’s a close up of the gift card holder. I added a tiny bit of ribbon and some snowflakes and gems.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Support
Photo of the support of the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

Here is a photo illustrating the mechanics of the project. I use a triangle wedge to support the gift card holder. I poke the transparency / acetate into the bottom decorative paper to support the floating christmas grunge elements.

Believe it or not, I only used three piece of 12×12 to make the box. One piece of decorative paper and two pieces of red cardstock (one for the lid and one for the box). I used accents of blue and green paper here and there. No stamping on this one.

Check out all the other Magic Boxes on my blog!

Homemade Christmas Cards in Purple

Homemade Christmas Cards in Purple

Today I want to show you three homemade Christmas cards in purple….and a hint of green I created with some old rubber stamps I had laying around. I was going for a “religious” theme. Christian theme, to be more exact. A big thank you goes out to my mom who helped me with the angel card. And since I bring it up, let’s start with that one.

angel with horn homemade christmas card in purple

My mom and I purchased this stamp several years ago…and have never been quite happy with any card we’ve created with it. But, we both like this card. I think it has a slight feminine feel to it…only because the angel is feminine.

I colored the image with copics. It’s embossed with silver and distressed with purple Distress Ink by Tim Holtz. I framed it with silver cardstock. It’s matted with purple paper that I stamped with white snowflakes using StazOn white ink. That’s matted with silver and adhered to white cardstock. The silver ribbon actually is a loop on the right and is how you open the card. The angel and left panel actually open to the left. The right panel is actually taped down on the top and bottom and is a gift card holder.

Here’s the gift card holder part.

gift card holder in the homemade christmas card in purple

The next card is my favorite. I think it’s the cute stamps and bold crisp images. My mom likes elegant so this is not her favorite. To each her own.

shephard on the homemade christmas card in purple and green

Here is where the hint of green comes in.

I used my copics to color in this image of the shephard. I cut out the oval using a spellbinder die. Then traced a black circle using the die as a guide. I framed the oval in two shades of green coordinations paper. Then added the two shades of purple. I have a puple brad on the right side which I use as a sort of closure for the card. I have a little piece of black Scrappers Floss as a tie that I wrap around the brad to keep the card closed.

Funny thing about this color combintation, it happens to be the company colors for my husbands work. Guess who’s getting this card….his coworkers! I’m contemplating creating a red and green variation as well for my friends and family.

You may be wondering why I used the coordinations paper for this project. It’s because Joann had their paper on sale last week for 5 for $0.95. Great price for something that is usually $0.60 each!

Here’s the inside. I think it’s adorable! The image of Jesus in the manger is a bit on the cutesy side. And I just adore it. Again I colored it in with copics. I cut it out using QuicKutz nesting circles. And pulled in some of the purple and green from the outside in. The greeting I created on my computer. The purple rectangle behind the manger is actually a gift card holder.

inside the homemade christmas card in purple and green is a gift card holder

The last card I made is using a stamp that I once again had trouble figuring out what to do with in the past. But I am pleased with how it turned out this time.

peace on earth words on a homemade christmas card in purpleI believe my mom would consider this more on the elegant side. She insisted that I used pearls on the four corners. I originally had silver brads there. Apparently that was too industrial looking for her taste! =)

This peace on earth stamp is from My Sentiments Exactly. I stamped it in purple using Tim Holtz distress ink. Then I distressed the edges using his purple ink. I framed it in light purple coordination paper. I have that matted with a deeper purple coordination paper that I ran through my cuttlebug using a swirl embossing plate. I then sanded the swirls to pull out the lighter purple core of the paper. I framed it on a piece of white cardstock that I also distressed the edges of using the purple ink. Oh, and wrapped a little sheer ribbon around for good measure.

I love, love, love these cards. Hmmm…not sure which one I’ll use this year. Knowing my personality, it’ll be the one that’s the most time consuming!

Hope you enjoy.