Category Archives: Christmas

my March Christmas cards

Well, I’ve made it to March in the Dirty Dozen & Alumni Christmas card challenge so I’m already doing better than I’ve done the past few years!  LOL.  I’m so glad Stacy started these challenges…it’s just what I needed to keep on track.  I also added a little reminder in my sidebar over there —> to help me stay on track and keep updated on my progress.

This month we were challenged to “Think Green”.  Mistletoe, holly, ivy or even just the color green.  I went with green papers and a clean & simple design…

If you decide to play along, please use the keyword SCSCCMAR12 when uploading to the SCS gallery.

stamps- SU! Stitched Stockings and Christmas Punch; paper- Limeade, Vanilla, brown, SU! Everyday Enchantment; ink- SU! Pool Party, Memento Rich Cocoa; accessories- Cuttlebug Season’s Greetings folder, SU! Postage Stamp and Stocking Tag punches, Stickles.

lovey dovey challenge

I am squeaking in again at the end of the month with my February card for the SCS Dirty Dozen & Alumni Christmas card challenge.  This month we were  challenged to get “Lovey Dovey”.  I made a set of 4 cards like this… 

The stamps (Flourishes- Doves and Holly), KaiserCraft Silent Night paper, and ribbon were all a gift…thanks, Stacy!  The card base and image are a shimmery ivory cardstock, unable to see in the photo but nice in real life. 

Want to join us and get a head start on your Christmas cards?  Use your favorite dove images, make a special card for a loved one or even the theme of love such as mistletoe or the kissing technique is allowed.  Be creative!  And when you are done, use the keyword SCSCCFEB12 when you upload to the SCS gallery.

stamps- Flourishes Doves and Holly; paper- Curious Iridescent Poison Ivory, KaiserCraft Silent Night; ink- SU! Handsome Hunter, Riding Hood Red; accessories- Martha Stewart Quilted punch, corner rounder, ribbon, pop dots, adhesive pearls.

keeping Christmas going…

…all through the year! 

I used to start early (in August) to make my Christmas cards.  Used to.  The past few years I keep thinking that I’ll make a few each month but after a month or two, it fizzles out and I’m scrambling in December once again to finish them up.  I’m hoping this year will be different.

Some of the SCS Dirty Dozen and alumni are making their Christmas cards with a different challenge each month.  I decided to play along and the first challenge (for January) is to use something new…  it can be new stamps, new papers, new ribbons, or a new technique, etc.  Anything you consider “new”. 

I made a set of 4 cards with my new Magnolia-Licious Mini Winter Tilda (thanks, Cheryl!) and MFT’s Die-Namics Mini Tabs Quartet.

I really like the mini size of the Magnolias…fun to color and a great size to work with.

Here’s the matching inside…

Does this challenge sound fun?  Would you like to play along?  We’d love to have you join us!  Just upload your card to the SCS gallery with the keywords SCSCCJAN12.

stamps- Magnolia Mini Winter Tilda, AmyR Merry & Bright and Holiday Greetings; paper- Soft Sky, Celery, Claire Fontaine white, My Mind’s Eye Colorful Christmas; ink- Baja Breeze, Memento Tuxedo Black, Brown Marvy LePen; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Mini Tabs Quartet, Oval Nestabilities, Martha Stewart ribbon, pop-up foam squares, glue dots, Martha Stewart snowflake and branch punches, rhinestones, Stickles.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I hope 2011 was good to you and I wish for you all to have a great 2012!

A few days ago I said I had one last Christmas project to share…but I forgot about one.  So here’s the last one I have…promise!  LOL.

I followed Virginia’s directions on the Scor-Pal blog to make a quick K-Cup (Keurig) Window Box…

It was super easy with the Bo Bunny papers and embellishments.  I punched a half circle on either side for ease in removing the lid.  And I cut around the doves with a craft knife before attaching the acetate window to the lid.

The box and lid each start with a 9 1/4″ square.  Next time I make it, though, I will make the lid 1/16″ larger to give a little room.  Then score all sides at 1 3/4″.  Cut and fold sides as you would with a basic box design.

paper- Bo Bunny Blitzen Turtle Doves and Wasabi Flourish; accessories- circle punch, craft knife, acetate, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Blitzen Rub-Ons, Blitzen Layered Chipboard Stickers, and Blitzen Jewels.

sharing the warmth

Hello!  I hope you and your family had a joyous holiday!  I have one last Christmas project to share…a Cocoa Pocket Door Hanger.  This pocket will hold 1 or 2 pouches of hot cocoa mix. 

If you changed the papers and sentiment, this would be great for any occasion, all winter long.  Using the Scor-Pal, this is another quick and easy project!

Here’s a close up of the sweet Penny Johnson image…I love this bear with a mug, sitting by the window! 

*Here’s a tutorial I made to show you how to make one too.  I’ll attach a JPEG here ’cause the PDF doesn’t want to upload for me.  Have fun with it!

stamps- All Warm Inside and Holiday Wishes by Stampavie; paper- Claire Fontaine white, Mohawk Carnival Coco, My Mind’s Eye Colorful Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Classic and Scalloped Oval Large Nestabilities, Small Scallop Circle Nestabilities, EK Success 2 1/2″ circle punch, corner rounder, Martha Stewart Embossed Zigzag punch, Arctic Ice Stickles, ribbon; Promarkers- Blender, Ruby, Antique Pink, Dusky Rose, Pale Pink, Denim Blue, Meadow Green, Canary, Buttercup, Bright Orange, Soft Peach, Pear Green, Lime Green, Burnt Sienna, Tan, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Pastel Beige, Walnut, Henna.


Happy holidays from my family to yours!

Wishing you a very MERRY Christmas! 

stamps- Stocking With Santa and Merry Christmas by Stampavie; paper- Olive, red, black, vanilla, River Rock, SU! Dashing; ink- SU! Olive, accessories- Large Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Branch punch, Stickles; Aquamarkers- Raspberry, Spring Green, Tangerine.

wishing you…

pure joy this holiday season…

Relax, rest, and reap the joy.  (I say this as I am rushing to get things done…lol!)  Have a good night!  ♥

paper- red, textured cream, brown, My Mind’s Eye Be Merry; accessories- Mega Curved Rectangle Nestabilities, Spellbinder’s Create A Flake 1, Stickles, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale, buttons, crochet thread, ribbon.

a holiday hi

5 days and counting… I ♥ the Christmas season! 

Just popping in quick to share some of this year’s cards.  The first one has an image from the Flourishes set, A Season of Celebrations

The second card uses a few snowflake punches…

And my last card today is almost an exact case of one done by Jill Hilliard.  I came across her card once (probably on SCS?) and just loved the colors and style!  I did a quick search and here’s her blog if you want to check out more.

Hope your week is stress free!

Sledding: stamps- Flourishes A Season Of Celebrations; paper- Sage, Kraft, white, red, SU! Wintergreen paper; ink- Sage, Real Red; accessories- ribbon, Kars Snowflake embossing folder, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, pop dots, Aleene’s Glitter Snow, Stickles.

Snowflakes: stamps- SU! Warm Words; paper- Pool Party, Limeade, Indigo, Espresso, Husk; ink- SU! Espresso; accessories- EK Success and Martha Stewart snowflake punches, Stickles, Rhinestones, pop dots.

Reindeer: stamps- SU! Dasher, Warm Words; paper- Espresso, Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; ink- SU! Crumb Cake, Espresso; accessories- SU! Spiral punch and Northern Flurry embossing folder, ribbon, brad, Stickles.

nut gift box

10 more days… I am slowly getting ready but I still have a few gifts I’d like to make.  We’ll see if it happens.  I am enjoying the sounds of Christmas though…Christmas music is my favorite!  I wish I could say that I’m enjoying the smells of Christmas too…but so far not 1 cookie has been baked.  (must remedy this soon).

I still need to take pics of the rest of my cards (hopefully tonight).  In the meantime, here’s a little gift box of nuts I created a few months ago.  I wanted some chestnuts, or an assortment of nuts, to place in the box but at the time I needed to photograph this, our local small town store only had peanuts.  sigh.  

The Laurence Design image, A Victorian Winter, was colored with Promarkers and is perfect for a gift like this… it reminds me of  The Christmas Song (one of my faves).  I can still hear my father singing this when I was a child.

The box and lid are basic box design and super easy to make with a Scor-Pal.  For the base, start with 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″, scoring each side at 2″.  For the lid, start with 7 7/8″ x 11 1/4″.  Score each side of the lid at 1 3/4″.  Cut and assemble both pieces.  If a window is desired, die cut an opening and attach a piece of acetate before assembly.

stamps- A Victorian Winter and Peace on Earth by Stampavie; paper- Mohawk Carnival Coco, SU! Ruby Red, Shimmery White, Echo Park Wintertime; ink- Memento Black, SU! Buckaroo Blue; accessories- Classic and Long Rectangle Nestabilities, Spellbinders Ribbon Banners, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, acetate, Stickles, Prima Flowers; Promarkers- Canary, Buttercup, Primrose, Warm Grey 3,5, Ruby, Bright Orange, Ice Grey 1,5, Black, Indigo Blue, Denim Blue, Henna, Burnt Sienna, Tan, Walnut, Blender.

snowy greetings

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Today is my turn to post on the Stampavie blog and I have 2 Christmas cards to share with you using sweet Tina Wenke images and some Echo Park papers.

My first card is another Half Window card (I’ve been having fun with these lately!).  You can see my first one here

I used a portion of Sarah in the Snow with Kittie for the outside.  And the full image on the inside…

The sentiments are from Holiday Wishes and Peace on Earth.  The words “Make The Season Sparkle” were curved when placed on the acrylic block so they lined up with the curve of the cut-out window.

For my second card, I also used just a portion of an image.  Here I only used Snowy’s face (colored with a marker and stamped) and his hat from Snowy & Rudolph.  The sentiment is from Joy To The World

Enjoy your weekend! 

Half Window card: stamps- Sarah in the Snow With Kittie, Holiday Wishes, and Peace on Earth by Stampavie; paper- white, Soft Sky, Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Echo Park- Wintertime; ink- Memento Rich Cocoa, SU! Riding Hood Red; accessories- Coluzzle cutter, Scor-Pal, 2 1/2″ circle punch, 2 3/8″ scalloped circle punch, C.C. Designs Ric Rac die, Stickles, Martha Stewart snowflake punch; Promarkers- Denim Blue, Blush, Almond, Sunkissed Pink, Walnut, Henna, Ruby, Putty, Ice Grey 1; Flexmarker- Aquamarine.

Stacked snowman card: stamps- Snowy & Rudolf and Joy To The World by Stampavie; paper- white, brown, Riding Hood Red, Echo Park- Wintertime; ink- Memento Rich Cocoa, SU! Choc. Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red; accessories- 1″, 1 3/8″, and 1 3/4″ circle punches, Labels 1 Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Large Snowflake folder, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, C.C. Designs Ric Rac die, Martha Stewart Pine Needles Edge punch (for arms), Stickles, pop dots.

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