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Christmas JOY

It’s time again for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

This month it’s Anna’s turn and her challenge is… Christmas in July”. Perfect!  I got my monthly Christmas cards done along with the Challenge Chicks Challenge!  😉  This month, Stacy’s challenge is all about JOY.

I had the Sizzix Movers and Shapers JOY die but I wanted to use it alone, without one of the large dies that it’s supposed to go inside.  So I experimented a bit with shims and plates on my Cuttlebug and found a sandwich that worked just fine.  All machines may be slightly different, but here’s what worked for me:  B plate/cardstock/movers & shapers die/B plate/B plate/cereal box shim/cereal box shim.

After die cutting the word JOY, I found a Spellbinders die to cut a frame around it.  I used the Spellbinders Floral Ovals.  Then I hand cut a piece of red cardstock in an oval shape using the embossed, dotted line on the frame as a template.  The white diecut was popped up onto the red layer underneath with foam tape.

Now come play along and show us your Christmas projects on our Facebook page! And use the keyword CHXJULY13 if you upload to the SCS gallery.  Be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

And if you incorporate JOY, be sure to also use the keyword for the Dirty Dozen Christmas Card challenge!

paper- white, SU! Cherry Cobbler; accessories- Sizzix Joy Movers and Shapers die, Spellbinders Floral Ovals, SU! ribbon, foam tape, Sizzix Holly Swirls embossing folder, Prima flowers, glue dots, Stickles.

my June Christmas cards

Yay!  I finished my monthly Christmas cards and it’s not even the end of the month yet!  lol.  This month Stacy’s challenge is to be inspired by a song…you can read the details here.

I have a few reindeer stamps but I remembered a reindeer punch that was in my stash.  So here’s what I came up with.  I pulled out some gold cardstock to make them shimmer.

Some Stickles was added to the noses and the reindeer were popped on dimensionals.  I used Anna’s trick again with the tracing wheel on the gold scalloped square.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately.

Be sure to pop in next week… Scor-Pal will be hopping with Heartfelt Creations!!  AND… won’t want to miss a special blog hop/release by Sweet ‘n Sassy on Friday!  It’s to DIE for!  😉

stamps- SU! Warm Words; paper- gold, SU! Cherry Cobbler; ink- Cherry Cobbler, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- dimensionals, tracing wheel, EK Success reindeer punch, Spellbinders Big Scalloped Squares, SU! ribbon and oval punches, Scor-Tape, Stickles.


old fashioned Christmas

Once again, I’m getting my monthly Christmas cards done just in time but at least they are done, right?

This month Stacy challenged us to make some masculine cards so I used some masculine colors and kept them clean & simple.

This Sweet ‘n Sassy silhouette image from Old Fashioned Christmas is one of my faves and I was anxious to use it.  I also lightly stamped the Music Background over it.

Then I stamped the inside to match.

If you haven’t started on your 2013 Christmas cards yet, it’s never too late to join us.  If you are a SCS Fan Club member, come play along!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Old Fashioned Christmas and Music Background; paper- white, Midnight Muse, Soft Sky; ink- SU! Midnight Muse, Soft Sky, Raspberry Ripple; accessories- Cuttlebug Candy Cane Stripe, EK Success snowflake punch, Stickles.

we three trees

It’s the last day of April…yikes…and I got my monthly Christmas cards done just in time.  This month was tough.  Stacy challenged us to use the Three Kings, Wise men, a crown or items of 3.  I couldn’t think of any kings or wise men in my collection so I went with the items of 3 and used an SU! tree.

The trees were heat embossed with sparkly blue embossing powder.  I really wish you could see the glitter on them in real life!  I tried to get a pic of the shimmer but this doesn’t do it justice!

Trust me, they are glittery!

stamps- SU! Evergreen, SNSS Old Fashioned Christmas (sentiment); paper- Island Indigo, Pool Party, white; ink- Versamark, Island Indigo; accessories- Indian Spark embossing powder (Sparkle N Sprinkle), ribbon, oval punch, adhesive pearls.

CAS Christmas tree

It’s nearing the end of the month already and I’m finally posting my March Christmas cards.  Stacey’s challenge this month is to use Leaves of Green! Anything with leaves or 3 leaves or 3D- pop up your image.  I used a SU! tree and popped it up on my clean & simple card.

Come join us and get a head start on your Christmas cards!

stamps- SU! Scentsational Season and Curly Cute; paper- white, red, MME- Be Merry; ink- SU! Old Olive, Soft Suede; accessories- SU! Holiday Collections Framelits, dimensionals, crochet thread.

February Christmas cards

I’ve been so busy lately but I haven’t forgotten to get my Christmas cards done for the monthly DD challenge.  Today’s the last day of the month and I made it…whew!  I actually got this done a few days ago…just finally getting to upload. 

This month Stacey challenged us to CASE someone and I chose this clean & simple card by my friend, Valerie Stangle.  I loved her layout!  Here’s my version.

I struggled with the tree.  I was trying to stamp and die cut some trees but each color of ink I tried just didn’t match the paper.  So I just cut some trees from the paper itself.  Perfect match!  :)

stamps- Paper Smooches- Alphadot; paper- Riding Hood Red, My Mind’s Eye- Be Merry; ink- Cherry Cobbler; accessories- SU! Tag Corner punch, hole punch, baker’s twine, dimensionals.

Christmas reindeer

Yes…I am still making Christmas cards!  LOL.  I was SOOOO glad last year that I stuck it out and made cards EVERY month!  So my goal is to repeat that again this year.  I left the number of cards I got finished in my sidebar —————>  as encouragement to meet or surpass that number this year.

I picked this stamp set up after Christmas (glad it was still there!).  I just adore these Hero Arts reindeer with their awesome sweaters!

Here’s a side view to show how the reindeer’s head and the top layer are popped up with dimensionals (lots!).  😉   Also, there’s some tiny dots of Stickles on the snowflakes (on both the tree and sweater) but they got lost a bit in the pic.

This is for the Dirty Dozen Christmas card challenge.  For January, Stacy’s theme is Christmas wedding…so use anything old, new, borrowed, or blue.  Use 1 or all 4!  My old- the embossing folder and ribbon, new- the stamp set, and I used the obvious “blue”.  If you’re a fan club member, come join us here!

stamps- Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer; paper- Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist; accessories- Martha Stewart Double Loops punch, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Cuttlebug Snow Dots, Copics, ribbon, dimensionals, Stickles, Sizzix Buttons #5, Sizzix Sweet Buttons Embosslits.


more tea & cookies

Just popping in quick with another teabag & cookie holder.  This one went to a friend as a thank you/Merry Christmas.  I used some Jillibean Soup papers, a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and my Scor-Pal. You can find directions here.

paper- Jillibean Soup- Christmas Eve Chowder, white; accessories- Scor-Pal, ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, 4×6 cello bag, teabag, cookies, Martha Stewart Loopy Snowflake punch, Stickles, thread, button.

Happy Holidays! (a little late)

Hey all!  I wanted to pop in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas but time slipped away from me.  I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas!  Because of different work schedules, we celebrated with family a little early this year so Christmas seemed to creep up a little quicker than normal.

I already shared my cards for this year so here’s another project I did (and it involves paper too).  This is just a quick and super easy decorating idea that I started doing many years ago when we were first married and had little money to spend on decorations.  The past few years I haven’t done it, so it just seemed extra special this year…bringing back memories.

Here’s a low cost decorating tip…use wrapping paper (this was from the dollar store) to cover the picture frames already on your wall.  Add a bow and you have instantly transformed yourself into Martha Stewart.  LOL.

Sorry I am posting this a bit late!  But maybe you can head out and take advantage of the after Christmas sales to pick up some beautiful papers for next year.  ;0)

Have a great day!

teabag & cookie holder

Last week the Scor-Pal team hopped with Fancy Pants and today I can share my projects that were featured.

I made some quick and easy last minute gifts with Fancy Pants’ Hopscotch papers (absolutely fun prints!) that would be perfect when you need a “little something” for a coworker or friend.  The folded papers hold 2 cookies and one or two tea bags.  I chose to add a teabag in one side and a little tag in the other to write a short note.

The original design is by Debi Pippin and can be found here.  Another tutorial with pictures can be seen here.  (In step 3 of that tutorial, ignore the 6″ score as it must be a typo).  I took a few photos along the way as well…

Start with an 8 1/2 x 12 inch piece of double sided patterned paper.  Using a Scor-Pal, score the 8 1/2 side @ 2 1/2 and 6.

Next score the 12″ side @ 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 5, 7, 9 1/2, and 10 3/4.

Crease all scored lines and unfold.  Next you will cut 2 rectangular sections from each corner (cut a 2 1/2″ square from each corner) to look like this…

Now score the 4 center corners diagonally before folding them in.

After folding the center corners, it will look like this.

Fold the top and bottom in.  They will overlap each other a bit.  I added a bit of glue here but it’s really not necessary.

Flip the paper over and fold the scored lines to look like this…

When cutting the “tag shape” on the top, first fold the top flap down on each side.  I added a bit of adhesive underneath.  Then I measured 3/4″ in from each end and made a mark.

Then cut both sides to look like this.  Punch 2 holes at the top to tie a ribbon through.

Decorate and fill as desired.  I used some adorable Magnolia Minis from the Magnolialicious store.

A view from the side… fill a 4×6 cello bag with 2 cookies, add a twist tie to the top, and insert so the baggie is between the ribbon tied at the top.

And here’s the back… I added a tag but you could add a second teabag here.  Some Fancy Pants stickers adorn the tags.

The buttons are also from the Fancy Pants Hopscotch line, as well as the “believe” banner and “peace” sticker.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed Christmas!

stamps- Magnolia Minis- Snowy Hug, Santa’s Bench, Tilda in Winter Night; paper- Fancy Pants- Hopscotch, white, SU! Wild Wasabi; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Wild Wasabi; accessories- Scor-Pal, Fancy Pants Hopscotch stickers, banners, and Mingled Buttons, Copics, Marianne Design tree die (LR0136), ribbon, Stickles, 4×6 cello bag, SU! tag corner punch.


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