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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Winners of PDSS #3 & #4

And the winner of our PDSS Sketch Challenge #3 using is...

#2 BethieJ

And finally the winner of PDSS Sketch Challenge #4 again using is...

#1 jenny_oul

Congratulations to both jenny_oul & BethieJ! Please email Nini and she will get that prize to you as soon as possible. You need to make sure you get in touch with her by the Saturday. Or you will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. So do hurry.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

PDSS Sketch Challenge #5

PDSS Sketch #5 is provided by our lovely Kim.   
You can rotate, flip, turn or stretch to make this sketch work for you.
These challenges will be on a bi-weely basis, which means that you will have two (2) weeks to get your creations completed, loaded and linked up!

Sketch #5: 

Here's what's being offered to one random winner of the challenge: American Crafts Clear Acrylic Stamp Set - Birthday

All you have to do is participate by creating anything with the sketch in mind. Post in Mr. Linky below by typing your name and leaving a direct link to your creations. Below are some inspiration for you from the Posh Designs Scrapbook Store Design Team. Remember to have fun. Happy Crafting!






Deadline: January 11th @ 11:59 pm EST 
Please type in your name and place a direct to your creations in Mr. Linky below. Thanks!

Cricut Tuesday with Michelle

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, memorable Christmas and that Santa brought you new scrappin' goodies to play with! With alot of the Christmas crafting out of the way; let's get back to just havin' fun (not that making Christmas crafts is not fun or anything...).

Here's a quick project to make using the Wild Card cartridge. This card was created from a special request I received a couple of weeks ago and you know who you are ;) So here is the Owl Card located on page 72 and everything was cut at 5-1/4". The best part of this cartridge is all the die-cuts coordinate with the main images (the card and envelope). This includes layers, icon, frames, liners and phrases plus so much more.

Here are a few tips I learned along the way when using this cartridge:
  1. Use cardstock the blackout creative feature to create your card base only.
  2. Use patterned paper as layering piece over top the above die-cut using the standard cut image.
  3. Do not change the size dial after you've created your envelope. This includes cutting the phrases, icons and layers.
  4. For quick assembly, use a paper collection already coordinated for you and/or scraps.
  5. Add other embellishments and/or stamps to your card or envelope to add interest like I've done here with my envelope (I used a bird & cherry imaged stamps).
I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Cricut Tuesday edition! I'll see you in the New Year - All the Best in 2010!

Cheers & Happy Crafting ~Michelle

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Simple "Hello" & "Love You"

Hi all! I made these super quick & easy cards using the Crate Paper Season Collection Kit! Everything I used is from the kit except for the white cardstock, blue ribbon and staples! If you are short on time and need to whip up a few cards for that someone special, the Crate kits are the way to go!

They come packed with so many goodies! This particular kit comes with 16 double sided patterned papers, 13 journal stickers, 12 title stickers, 7 borders AND 53 FREE designer die cuts! WOW! What a deal! :)

Head on over to the Posh store to check out the gorgeous kits! Hurry, I see some quantities are limited!

Kristen :)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Hey peeps,

our last and final winner of our super cool Win your Wish List Contest has just been announced and I would also like to take this opportunity and wish you a very Merry Holiday Season.

I am deeply thankful for your friendship, confidence and loyalty this year. May God bless your heart with good health, happiness and love, cheers!

Nini :)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A chalkboard for Christmas

Hi girls!

Christmas is in only days away and I hope your presents are all wrapped and tucked under the tree! This year I decided to make a few personalized presents. I made bookmarks for our children's godparents and for my step Mother I made a chalkboard.

I've seen it on one of my favorite web site and I just had to make my own. It's really easy to make.

You need 2 picture frames (8"x10") it's easier to work when it's in wood but I didn't find one so I used plastic instead! Unmount the screw, the glass and the fixture.

Make a layout or an arrangement (mine is a little winter layout).Then mount the frame back to how it originally was! If you're frame did not come with a backing then you'll need one of about 8,5" by 10,5".

Now you have two choices, you can paint the backing with chalkboard paint. Or you can buy a chalkboard. I already had the paint so I painted my backing.Remember to give it at least 2 coats and wait 24 hours.

Mount the second frame, but don't place the glass on the piece of chalkboard. Now you only have to fix the two frames together.You'll understand why I suggest to work with a wooden frame instead of plastic!

Place the two fixture like THIS on the back of the frame. (It's more esthetic when you don't see it). If you're like me and have a plastic frame, then you'll need some really tacky glue, I used silicone glue. Wait another 24 hours until it's finally done and looks something like this:

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! This is my last blog post before the holidays and I'd like to wish you-all a merry and bright Christmas and holiday season!!!

Love you girls!

Kim @KLDezign

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas Cards

Hi everyone!!!

I have created two cards, these cards were pretty quick to make. I used the Maya Road's Artistic Scroll as a template for both my cards. The first one was cut out of Kraft Cardstock. Using Fancy Pants Christmas Magic Paper Kit I selected my paper and trimmed out another piece using the same shape as my background insert. I also used a border sticker from the kit itself. I then stamped my sentiment across the top and punched out some snowflakes (3) placing them randomly.

My second card was made for a very very special lady. And I wanted her Christmas card to be unique. I used Crate Paper's Bliss Collection these kits come with amazing stickers and diecut elements. Using Martha Stewart's Doily Punch I punched out the edge, then overlapped the two different pieces of paper together. Lastly, I stamped a sentiment and punched out a snowflake and adhered it onto the card. To add more definition I doodled all around the edges.

I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! Happy Holidays!!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cricut Tuesdays with Michelle

Happy Holidays Everyone and I am glad you’ve joined me for another edition of Cricut Tuesday with me!

Christmas Day is only 3 days away! Do you still have gift wrapping to do? Well this week I am going to show you how to make quick, beautiful gift tags using the newest Cricut cartridge, ‘Very Merry Tags’ which is a Limited Edition cartridge for 2009-2010.

For those of you who have not seen or aware of this cartridge here’s a bit of info about Very Merry Tags:
  • This cartridge is more basic than your typical Solutions cartridge.
  • There are no creative features.
  • The price point is geared to be lower than your typical Solutions cartridge based on the above two factors.

From what I’ve seen this holiday season and for the Spring 2010 season; these types of cartridges will be holiday themed based for that particular time of year (though please do not quote me on that, I am not entirely sure – I am going on by what I’ve seen in the market place thus far).

To create these tags I recommend using a size no less than 2-3/4” for some of the shaped tags due to its intricate cuts. *Tip: If you choose a size larger than 3” there will be enough space on the back of the tag to do some journaling. You can substitute these tags for cards if you are truly in a pinch of time.

What you will need for this project…

  • Christmas themed papers (optional) - You can use these papers for more basic shaped tags.
  • Cardstock in your choice of color(s) – Try using metallic, pearlized or glittered cardstock such as found in the Hippie Chic and/or All About the Girls DCWV cardstock packs, found here. *Tip: Head to your scrap stash first!
  • Cricut Marker in your choice of color (optional) – To create a quick outline of the shaped cut of the tag without using ink pads, etc to color the edges. Though you can leave this step completely out if you wish.
  • Ribbon, Cord or Thread
  • For this project I used a black Cricut Marker and set my size dial to 3-3/4” and 4” (based on the size of scraps I had at the time of crafting).
 Here are the instructions to create your ornament:

  1. Set your size dial to at least 3-3/4” or taller. 
  2. Ensure your pressure and depth adjustments are appropriate to your paper/cardstock of choice. Select your tag image in row 3 or in row 5. These are the set blackout creative feature for each of the tags. Press CUT. 
  3. Then press the corresponding shaped tag in rows 1, 2 (for row 3 blackout tags) or in row 4 (for row 5 blackout tags). Do not adjust your size dial.
  4. Insert your Cricut Marker color and Press CUT.
  5. Once it has completed your drawing; Press LOAD PAPER. Switch your marker out for your cutting blade.
  6. Press REPEAT LAST, then press CUT.
  7. Nest and adhere the shaped tag die-cut onto the blackout tag.
  8. Write your message on the back of the tag (optional).
  9. String through your ribbon to hang off of your present.

Although this cartridge is oriented to the holidays; think outside of the box! The present shaped tag can be used for birthdays or baby showers. The ‘joy’ or ‘warm wishes’ sentiment tags can be used for a get well or house warming gift. Plus the blackout tags are fantastic to use on their own to coordinate the gift wrap and as mentioned above substitute the gift tag for a card. Mix up patterned papers or even coordinate with solid cardstock scraps.

If you do not own this cartridge, I encourage you to look at your cartridges that contain shapes or sentiments and apply the above creative suggestions to help you get your gifts ready for the holiday season.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish every single of you a Very Merry Holiday Season! May you and yours be blessed with good tidings, wonderful memories with family and friends you share this occasion with.

Cheers! ~Michelle

Monday, December 21, 2009

Just a Quickie

Hi Everyone!!! Here is a quick card I created from the North Pole Collection Kit by Crate Paper. I love all the punchouts that come with Crate Paper collections. Perfect for putting together a quick card when you need it!!

I cut descending shapes from my Cricut and added the christmas tree as a focal point for my card. A holiday sentiment bracketed by two jewels rounds out the card. Easy peasy!!

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Out of my comfort zone!!

Hubby took this picture of my daughters and me the day we took family pictures for our Christmas cards. I loved this picture and wanted to use something different, something out of my comfort zone.

Ok all know what i'm talking about. As a scrapbooker you have your favorite lines i'm sure!! Maybe you want to try something new or different??? I'm sure you all have that paper that is very pretty but your not quite sure what to do with it or even how to use it. Well i'm here to tell you it can be done. I tried it this week and it wasn't that hard.

For this layout I used paper from Websters Pages. I picked the very beautiful Natures Storybook line for my paper. It doesn't stop there though girls. I also used Websters Pages holiday wings stickers, and the designer journaling cards. I also added a little button, some ribbon, and some fun thickers for my title.

Once I started working it all just kind of flowed together. So I'm asking you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Now stop on over to the Posh Store and find that "Out of your comfort zone" paper and goodies and let's see what you come up with. You just might surprise yourself!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Third winner announced!!!

Happy Friday!!!


Hurry and consult the board, who knows it really might be you this time!!!

If you haven't started your Wish List, head on over to Posh Designs Scrapbook Store for a chance to win next week's FINAL drawing!

Wanna up the ante, be sure to participate in our current BI-WEEKLY sketch challenge (#4) for a chance to win a MYSTERY PRIZE PACK you've got 10 DAYS to load and link up your creations!

Good luck everyone and Happy Crafting! Have a safe and happy weekend!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Hello everyone!

Have you checked out the new Crate Paper Collections in the Posh store?! These kits are just too cute to pass up! I ordered the new Season Collection Kit & I'm having soooo much fun creating with it!
I had a blast making this funky layout of my best friend Beth & I!
I used the Love, Spring & Rainbow patterned papers to create this layout. I also used some of the die cut shapes, border stickers, a journal sticker and a title sticker - ALL from the kit!

For my title, I used some My Little Shoebox Tiny Alpha Stickers. Be sure to check these out in the store too! I'm addicted to these tiny alpha stickers. I use them on almost everything I create!

These kits would be great Christmas presents for all of your scrappy friends! They will LOVE you, trust me!!!
Happy shopping...and creating!!! ;)


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Quick and Easy Treat Cones

Are you ready for the holidays??? Do you need a few more gift ideas? I have a super easy treat cone that comes together in minutes! All you need is your favorite holiday papers. I used the North Pole Collection by Crate Paper.

1. Cut a circle, any size. The ones I will show are 8 inch circles.
2. Use really sticky adhesive, and apply it to one side of the circle.
3. Fold the circle until it forms a cone. Press the adhesive and hold for a few seconds to make sure it really sticks.
4. Embellish the outside as you wish.
5. Add some tasty homeade treats to a treat bag and fill your cone!!

A super fun way to present a homeade treat! Or if you don't have time to bake, take a store bought treat and repackage it with your homeade treat cone. For this one, I bought chocolate and caramel covered peanut butter pretzels and repackaged them in a treat cone.

You could make really small cones using small circles for just a few truffles, or large cones for bigger treats. You could even use these as place settings or goodie bags at a birthday party!! The possibilities are endless!

Happy holiday crafting everyone!!!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

PDSS Card Sketch #4 w/Twist

Here's your sketch for the next two (2) weeks. You can rotate, flip, turn or stretch to make this sketch work for you. Here's your twist:

color combinations~white and blue (other color with this is ok but it needs to be mainly the two colors listed) and journaling card/tag

Sketch #4

Here's some inspiration for you from the Posh Designs Scrapbook Store Design Team. Remember to have fun.




Deadline: December 28th @ 11:59 pm EST
Please type in your name and place a direct to your creations in Mr. Linky below.

Cricut Tuesdays with Michelle

Happy Holidays Everyone and I hope you are having a great start to the week!

Can you believe we are only 10 days away from Christmas Day? Unbelievable eh? And if you are like me there are many last minute preparations you need to find some crafting time to do. Also if you still have tons of Christmas papers, cardstock and/or themed embellishments to use up, this is another great opportunity for you to clear through your stash! Between us girls, it’s all about clearing through your stash so you can justify buying the newest, freshest stuff found right here at the Posh Designs Scrapbook Store, right? J

This week I will show you how to create quick, simple and adorable Christmas ornaments. You can use these ornaments as part of your gift giving trim, a gift tag for that present, home décor, and so much more…

What you will need for this project:
  • Christmas themed papers
  • Cardstock in your choice of color(s) – Try using metallic, pearlized or glittered cardstock.
  • Holiday themed embellishments – You can also use ‘everyday’ embellishments such as solid colored brads, rhinestones brads, buttons; it is totally up to you!
  • Heavy-Duty Hole Punch (like the WRMK Crop-a-Dile) - 1 punch per ornament required. The purpose of this tool is to thread cord/ribbon through to hang your ornament onto your present, tree or within your home.
  • Any Cricut cartridge you have on hand containing Christmas themed images such as Joys of the Season, Christmas Cheer, and the Solutions cartridge Christmas Noel, Snow Friends and/or When It Is Cold Outside.
  • Ink Pads or Paint Dabbers (optional) – These tools are used along the edges to give a finished look to your ornament.
  • Ribbon, Cord or Thread – To string your ornament and hang onto your present, tree or within your home.
For this project I will be using the Joys of the Seasons cartridge – SantaFce image set at 3-1/2” using the standard and layers creative features. *Note: For this particular project, it will be best to choose a shaped image that is ‘chunky’ for easier handling when assembling the pieces together as well it will hold up better when finished. I also recommend cutting your shaped images at a larger dimension as well for the same above reasons.

Here are the instructions to create your ornament:
  • Set your size dial to at least 3-1/2” or taller.
  • Ensure your pressure and depth adjustments are appropriate to your paper/cardstock of choice. *Tip: You will be able to fit 4 cuts onto 1 – 12 x 12 piece of paper/cardstock as long as your size of your cut is less than 4”.
  • Press your QUANTITY button ON and set to ‘2’.
  • Select your image and Press CUT.
  • Once it has completed the 1st two cuts; Press the FLIP button ON.
  • Press the REPEAT LAST button and this will automatically bring up the last image cut. Then press CUT. Do not adjust any of the dials.
  • If your image has layers, cut them out without adjusting the size dial.
  • Nest and adhere all layered pieces onto each die-cut (if applicable).
  • Take each cut and score each of them in the middle lengthwise. Ensure all score lines are equal per die-cut.
  • Handling the 1st die cut (non-flipped), take the one folded side and match up to the 1st FLIP die cut. Adhere both ends together. You will notice that the cuts will align together seamlessly indicating to you that you have the correct sides matched up.
  • Take the side of 1st flipped die-cut and adhere the side onto the 2nd non-flipped die-cut.
  • Take the 2nd non-flipped die-cut and attach together the sides of the 2nd flipped die-cut.
  • Re-fold each score line for crispness.
  • Ink or Paint the edges of the ornament (optional)
  • Punch a 1/8” hole at the top of the ornament and string through cord or ribbon of your choice.
  • Embellish as desired.
This project is also another great idea to use for parties, create a mobile for a baby’s room or even dress up your scrap space! Try different Cricut shaped cartridges. Also don’t think you need to only use the standard creative images found on the cartridge. Experiment with the Shadow creative feature or even the Blackout creative feature for a different look and/or to add a bit of size.

Have fun creating your ornaments! And until next Tuesday, Happy Crafting!
~Michelle J

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas Card

Hey everyone,

hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!

I don't know about you, but I am in loooove with Kraft cardstock! Not only does it make a perfect base for cardmaking but it also adds that eco and raw feel to your paper crafting creations!

I made this card using a nice woodgrain background stamp to compliment my patterned pines. I also stamped snowflakes with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed it with Stampendous Opaque Embossing Powder in Detail White.

I then embellished; with a ribbon, bow and a square gem from Making Memories new Gem Collections. These kits are great, they are jam packed with gorgeous blings, pearls, and sequins of various shapes and sizes.

I then adhered my patterned pines, which were stamped onto cream cardstock and then cut off leaving a slight contour of "cream" around the edges.

For an eye catching effect I used 3D pop dots on only two trees and left the middle one glued flat out on the card.

Lastly, to finish it off; I stamped my sentiment and added stars which were stamped, cut and placed onto the tops of each tree!

I hope you've enjoyed today's quick & easy holiday card! Have a great week!


Nini :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thank You Card Set

Hi Everyone!! I like to have a few gift sets of thank you cards together so I can use them for hostesses gifts during the holidays. They are really easy to put together and such a thoughtful gift! Plus, you know you have lots of scraps that you are saving to use someday...well, today is the day!!

I used THIS template to make a mini pizza box, the perfect size for small 3x3 thank you cards. I decorated the outside with some We R Memory Keeper scraps, DCWV cardstock, ribbon and a prima flower.

The belly band slides off and the box opens up to reveal 6 little thank you cards.

These sweet little cards are decorated with a bird cut from the patterned paper, a thank you sentiment and some jewels!

This would make a nice hostess gift for those last minute holiday parties!! Hope you are enjoying your holiday season so far... Happy Crafting!!!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Simple Scrapping (with Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry)

For those of you who have "seen" me around this blog and the PDSS forum by now you've probably discerned that I am a pretty simple scrapper. Don't get me wrong, I love embellishments and layers as much as the next person, but I tend to like clean straight lines and keeping the visual interest directed at the photo.

I also happen to be a big fan of Basic Grey, but I often read comments in blog land that a lot of people struggle with using BG because of their pattern heavy lines. I think this is where there is some benefit to being a simple scrapper. I made this layout using Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry line.

The doily papers are a very busy pattern so I used that as my background, mounted the photo on a "B" side green paper, cut a strip of the yellow floral paper and scallop punched both edges, then cut out some circles from the pink pattern. I popped up the pink circles on pop dots and placed the dimensional stickers on top.

To create that straight line I love so much I placed these on top of a brown (grounding) border sticker. This runs a nice horizontal line which the horizontal photo can sit on. I repeated the green doily background with the chipboard to make a circular title from the letter stickers included in the collection pack (which helps to break up all the angles you end up with when using straight lines).

The felt strawberry plays off the word "sweet" in the title. The tiny felt flowers run down the side of the photo and to really draw the eye right where I want it, I made a green bow with the ends "cornering" my photo. Once the ribbon was placed, I felt I needed something to balance out the right side, so I drew faux brown stitching (since everything was glued and it was too late to run it through the machine lol!).

So there you have it, a simple (but pattern heavy layout)!

:) Rebecca

Friday, December 11, 2009

Second winner announced!!!

Check out the Win your Wish List board to see who's our SECOND lucky winner... Who knows it might be you!!! :)

And for those who haven't started their Wish List yet, HURRY we still have TWO more weeks of fabulously fun giveaways to go!!!!

Have a happy and safe weekend!!!

14 Years later...

I know... LOVE is not a typical title for a wintery page, but is the best title for this picture. My husband and I have been together for 14 years this month. Our daughter snapped this picture of us while we were taking our family photos for our Holiday cards. This is one of the few pictures we have together. One of us always seems to have the camera in our hands, so it's rare that we get a fun picture of us together!

Now for the fun stuff... What did I use you ask??? Well let me tell you. First I used some pink glimmer mist on my white card stock. I'm new to the misting but I am lovin' it!!! The pattern paper I used was Cosmo Crickets Jolly by Golly paper line. I actually used 5 different sides of this paper. Grabbed a couple of matching stickers form the same line, and cut out a little image off of the elements sheet. Added a button and a chipboard heart to which I added pattern paper to. Did a little journaling with a red tip marker and my page was done.

Hope you've enjoyed my layout, and I hope your holiday season is filled with love as well.

Thanks for stopping by...


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

These ornaments are so easy to make and look great on the Christmas tree. Each one is made with a silver lid on that is found on the top of a can of frozen juice.

First, wash and dry the lid. Then cut two 6.5cm circles from your choice of patterned paper or solid cardstock and adhere the circles to either side of the juice lid. Next, embellish one or both sides of your ornament with stamps and stickers. Last, punch a whole in the top and add a string for hanging on the tree.

ALTERNATIVE: Because of the thickness of the lid, I have to use the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite II to punch the hole. If you don't own this tool, before you adhere your circle to the lid, use a liquid adhesive to attach your string to the lid, once it dries, you can attach the circle.

Thank for looking,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Quick & Easy Birthday Card

Here's a birthday card
to make for that special
someone in your life. It's quick and easy.

My card base is a 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches. The fold
is at the top. I stitched along the lower and right
sides of this card.

Notebook I traced out two shapes. Make one about
a quarter of an inch smaller. Distress the edge using either
a pair of scissors or paper distresser. Lay
them like shown in photo. Then color and place a matted
images like shown.

Place your HB letters in the lower
right hand corner. I also used a piece of twine and tied
a bow. This card looks so much prettier in real life.
Thanks for letting me share this card with you.

Black Bazzill Cardstock
Basic Grey Lemonade Papers
American Crafts Felt Thickers
White thread
American Craft Black Pen .08

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cricut Tuesdays with Michelle

Happy December Everyone and Welcome to another edition of Cricut Tuesday with me!

Over the past few weeks I have been focusing on cards. For my last card feature of the year, I still had to mass produce cards for extended family and friends. Based on the principle to use one die-cut shape, whatever I had alot of within my stash; I chose my color scheme and here’s what my card turned out to be.

Here is the list of materials I used for my card. You may alter anything on this list to what you have in your stash and/or how elaborate you like your card to be.

  • 12 x 12 sheets of kraft & cream cardstock
  • 1 background stamp
  • Brayer
  • Stamp-a-Ma-Jig
  • 1 sentiment stamp
  • 1 greeting/verse stamp
  • 2 ink pads in different colors that complement the colors of cardstock chosen. If you are new to stamping, start off with a good, well versatile stamp pad like StazOn
  • 1 border punch
  • 1 die-cut shape
  • Corner Rounder punch (like WRMK Corner Rounder Chomper found here, optional)
  • Embellishment of choice

If you recall my 1st batch of Christmas cards, I used 1 cartridge to create my card, envelope and sentiments. There were lots of layers, colors, and textures. Based on those principals from that post, here are the instructions for this week’s card:

  1. Take your 12 x 12 cardstock and cut into thirds creating 3 cards that will measure 4 x 12.
  2. Create a gate fold by scoring and folding 2” on each side into the middle thus creating a card to measure 4 x 6.
  3. Use the corner rounder punch on each corner (optional).
  4. Border Punch each card fold opening (optional).
  5. Background stamp along the front of the card:
  6. Border punch the card fold openings (optional).
  7. Each die cut shape/layer was cut at 3-1/2” each (in which was the perfect size as it fit lengthwise on the card front). The snowflake (#4) for this card is taken from the Joys of the Season cartridge using the Layers, Blackout and Standard cut images. The standard image cut was embellished using alcohol inks on glossy paper. I chose a color scheme to complement the ink color I used for the background and sentiment stamped imaged. I paired my color scheme with cream cardstock as my blackout cut image for contrast. The layers image cut using the vellum patterned paper. (optional) If you do not have alcohol inks to create your own patterned paper; choose patterned paper from your stash instead!
  8. (optional) Stamp your greeting or write your message inside the card. As you may see I wrote my message in a different color of ink but I did use the same color of ink for my greeting as I stamped my sentiment on the card front with.
  9. Create a complementary envelope using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge, rectangular envelope setting your size dial to 8-1/4” (1 – 12 x12 cardstock/paper will create 1 envelope). Score and adhere as usual.
  10. Border punch the envelope opening (not shown, optional). Tip: This is a great opportunity to use up some of your Christmas patterned paper stash that is one sided. Simply make your envelope cut then score and fold all the patterns inward leaving the white on the outside. Not only do you have an instant envelope liner but the patterned paper will also act as an additional barrier for others not to ‘peek’ into the envelope.

That’s it, you’re DONE!!! Again you can make your card as elaborate or as simple as you like. Plus you can use this template to create all sorts of cards not just Christmas. Think kids valentines or party invitations, even thank-you cards. Also use this template to create as many cards as you need. From one to one hundred, when you want to give a handmade, created card but don’t have a lot of time; this is a perfect example to show you that you can do it!

Now that I am officially done my Christmas cards for this year; I’ve got to start on some gifts and home décor for the holiday season. There have been so many great projects created found on this blog! Go check them out today. So until next Tuesday, Happy Crafting!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Homemade Notepad Gift Idea

Are you making homeade gifts this year for Christmas? Have you thought about what you might make?? Altered notebooks and notepads are always a big hit and would make a great stocking stuffer!! Grab yourself a notebook or notepad at your local office supply store and some scrapbooking supplies and you are ready to get started!

I used a template to cut out the cardstock for my notepad. I scored and folded the cardstock in half, with a little spine for the notepad. I attached the notepad using really sticky tape, embellished the outside and tied it with a ribbon! I love the big bling flower, really add an eyecatching detail.
Here is the inside. Mine has a little pocket to tuck in receipts or business cards or other post-its.
This would make a great stocking stuffer, gift for a neighbor or co-worker, or a holiday planner for yourself. So pick up a notebook to alter the next time you are out and check out the Posh Store for all sorts of goodies for embellishing!!

Happy Craftin' -- Mara

Supply List: Half Notepad, Cardstock: DCWV Patterned Paper: WRMK Whiteout collection Bling: KaiserCraft Alphas Stickers: My Little Shoebox Ribbon and Buttons

Friday, December 4, 2009

One down and three more to go!!!

Happy Friday!!!

Check out the Win your Wish List board to see who's our FIRST lucky winner... Who knows it might be you!!! :)

And for those who haven't started their Wish List yet, HURRY we still have THREE more weeks of fabulously fun giveaways to go!!!!

Have a jolly and safe weekend!!!


Eskimo Kisses Christmas Cards!

I had so much fun creating these Christmas cards using the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Collection! The holiday spirit has officially taken over at the Simmon's household!

I used the Glazed Apple double-sided patterned paper on this card. I also added an element sticker from the collection.

For this Happy Holidays card I used the Rooftop double-sided patterned paper. I distressed with some glimmer mist and my fingernail!

For this card I used the Glazed Apple double sided cardstock. I also added sheer ribbon and staples. The "Under the Tree" sticker came from the element sticker sheet.

Be sure to stop by the Posh gallery and share all of your holiday cards! Can't wait to see!

Happy Holidays!!!

Products Used:
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Collection Pack
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Element Stickers
(found in the pack above)
My Little Shoebox Mini Alphabet Stickers


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Winner of PDSS #2

And the winner of PDSS Sketch #2 and using is....

#3 Sherri C.

Congratulations Sherri C.! Please email Nini and she will get that prize to you as soon as possible. You need to make sure you get in touch with her by the Saturday. Or you will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. So do hurry.

Christmas Projects using Scraps Part 2

Hi girls! I'm so glad you liked my last post!

This week I'll explain how make this cute piece from my Christmas decor.

Sorry my picture is a little bit blurry but I've took other ones so you could see the details!

Believe it or not the head is made with an old sock! (I love to recycle!)

I took a styrofoam ball and inserted into an old sock. I ten taped the "neck" of the head with some tape.

I used a candle light pillar from my wedding to make the body. I added some double-sided adhesive tape top the top and I fixed the sock onto it.

Before adding some decoration inside the pillar. I use some pearl beads and finally decided to throw in some Prima flowers.

The body is now done, let's decorate our little character!

For the face I used some marker to make his eyes, mouth and cheeks. I added some ribbon around the pillar to hide the little imperfection of the sock.

A big translucent ribbon and a flower which completes the neck!

I made an other cone to make the hat, I added some pompoms and a second translucent ribbon.
Here are some close-ups!

And voila our decor piece is now complete! Here's some Christmas cards to inspire you for the holiday season!

I hope you have enjoyed todays projects! Until next time, keep in touch girls!

Kim @ KLDezign

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