Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One Last Gift Card Holder

I promise, this is it for gift card holders! I die cut the package and all the layers from the new Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge. I love that cartridge! It has so many pretty cuts on it.

On the back of it I just added a little envelope to hold the gift card. Another clean and simple one!

Quick Little Tag

I usually make a lot of little to and from tags for Christmas gifts, but this year I only made one. We seemed to give more gift cards than actual gifts this year so I ended up using envelopes for all the gift card holders. Didn't want to lose all those valuable gift cards!

I cut the trees out with my Cuttlebug and added some stickles to them. Then stamped the background and embossed the stars. Added the snow on the bottom along with some more stickles and tied a little bow with twine. Quick and easy!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Inspiration

I hosted a challenge over at Cookin' Up Creations where you had to use something I chose as an inspiration for your layout. Since it was winter, I decided to pick a winter landscape for everyone's inspiration.

I just love this photo! It feels so cold and icy and the sky is such a beautiful shade of blue! I took my inspiration from the colors and the feel and this is what I came up with.

I've had this paper with the penguin on it for years but never found the right photo to go with it. The snowflakes came from the same collection as the paper. I believe it was Reminisce but can't remember the collection. The photo looks like it has snowflakes on it but it's not. Sadly something got on the photo and took the color out. But it's so cute, I decided to use it anyway!

More Christmas Cards

It's the last Monday of the year and I'm trying to get caught up here on my blog. Here are a couple more of my Christmas cards for this year.

My Joy card; another clean and simple one. I used tinsel for the first time and I really like it. I made several cards like this and when I was finished I had tinsel all over the place. It's worse than glitter!

This is a variation on my all white card. I just thought the little pops of red really pulled this card together.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Snowman Card

I just love snowmen! I have quite a collection of them and try to add a new one each year. So it just wouldn't be Christmas without me making a snowman card.

I cut the snowflakes out on my cricut and coated them in glossy accents and added some glitter. The snowman's head and hat were made using circle punches and for his eyes and mouth I used a regular old hole punch. I just cut his nose out by hand. This was so simple, yet to me, it's oh so cute! 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gift Card Box

I came across this Gift Card Holder Box tutorial at Split Coast Stampers and decided to give it a try. It was surprisingly simple! I love how different it is from the usual gift card holders.

This is what it looks like all closed up. All the blue papers just slide off to open. I made a wrapper to help keep it closed.


This is what it looks like open. I love how the gift cards pop up when you open the lid. I was thrilled how this turned out. I always think the gift seems so much more special when the packaging is so different. This gift was for my son-in-law and I doubt the packaging mattered to him but at least it made me feel good!

Happy New Year

I never make New Years Cards but hubby asked me to make one for a friend of his. He got a late Christmas card from this friend and felt guilty that he never sent his friend a card this year. So here's what I came up with:

Pretty simple, right? I cut the 2014 out of the front of the card and then put different colors of cardstock behind the cut outs and then put another piece of white cardstock on the inside to cover them up. Cut out the hello, glued that on and then added the stars with a template and ink. Clean and simple all the way!

Friday, December 27, 2013


Isn't this just the cutest little face? This is my granddaughter Brylie. She looks like a little angel but we all know that's just not true. This photo caught a very rare moment with her.

I've been holding onto this photo just waiting for inspiration to hit me. It finally did with this sketch by Bev over at Turtle Soup.

This sketch was for the monthly Design Team reveal we have on the 1st Monday of every month. Come join us! We have all sorts of daily challenges and a mini crop every month. Lots of fun and lots of inspiration!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Santa Gift Card Holder

Over at Turtle Soup we are starting our December Mini Crop today. We have six challenges going on and you have until December 29 to complete them. You don't have to do them all but the more you complete the better chance you have to win the Mini Crop prize drawing.
My challenge for the Mini Crop is to make a Gift Card Holder. Who can't use more gift card holders this time of year? This one is based on one I saw at Cracker Barrel, only theirs was made out of felt. I thought it was adorable and decided to make one using paper. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and I'm sure my granddaughter will love it.....at least I know she'll love the gift card!

So please come join us over at Turtle Soup for our December Mini Crop Challenges!

Sparkle and Bling

It's my turn for the Focus Friday challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations forum today. With the holiday season and so many northerners having lots of snow I wanted to focus on the sparkle that snow adds to the Holiday season. I always loved having snow for Christmas, it just seemed to add something special to all the festivities! So my challenge was to add some sparkle or bling to your layout.

My background paper has a lot of glitter on the snow covered branches, unfortunately it doesn't show up very well in the picture. Then I designed the title on my Gypsy and added Silver Ice Ice Stickles to it to make it look like snow and ice. I also punched out a strip of grass, coated it in the same Ice Stickles and turned it upside down to look like icicles over the photo. I decided to keep the layout simple since the background paper is so busy.

So come join us at Cookin' Up Creations and add a little sparkle to your life!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Card Holder

Finishing up the last of my Christmas gifts and of course I needed another gift card  holder. I bought this stamp last year and kind of forgot about it. I found it just the other day and thought it would be perfect for a friend who lives here in Florida. I'll be putting a Dunkin Donuts gift card in the little envelope. It'll be perfect for her!

I will also be entering this card in the Cards In Envy Icy or Hot challenge. I guess this could fit both categories.  Icy with the snowflakes in the background and hot with the flamingo stamp.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

All white Christmas card

There was a challenge over at Turtle Soup's 12 Days of Christmas that was to make an all white Christmas Card. At first I thought that would be hard but it actually wasn't. I really enjoyed the challenge and might just make a couple more all white cards.

It's hard to see but I put little dots of Diamond Stickles on the tree for ornaments.

On another challenge at Turtle Soup's 12 Days of Christmas you had to make a monochromatic card using ink and an embossing folder like a faux Letterpress technique. I had never tried this before but I absolutely love the look and will definitely be using this technique again.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Lots of Christmas Cards

I have been making Christmas cards like crazy this past week! I was really starting to panic when December rolled around and I hadn't even started my Christmas cards. That's just not like me but I've got a lot going on in my personal life right now. Anyway, I think I've finally finished my cards for this year. Who am I kidding, I'll probably make a couple more to have on hand just in case I need one at the last minute. Here's one of my cards for this year.

I entered this in the Turtle Soup 12 Days of Christmas challenge and also in the Cards In Envy Tag! You're It challenge.