Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 3

Do you need a quick and easy way to give gift cards? This gift card holder is easy to make and can be personalized for the recipient.

I will be putting packages on the tree instead of under the tree this year.  These are just 2 of the gift card holders I made for this year. 

I used a Gift Card Package Die set and the words another set.

For the first Gift Card Package I used Stardream Metallic Azalea and Rose Quartz Cardstock and Silk Glitter Opulent Opal Cardstock. I also used a small piece of cardstock from my scrap box.

I assembled the gift card holder, adding a 3/4" circle for the knot on the bow, and a string on the back of the pocket so I can hang it on the tree.

For a lot more sparkle I made this one using MirriSparkle Glitter Silver Cardstock and Silk Glitter Prosperous Purple Cardstock.

Don't want to hang them on the tree or need to mail them. You can add them to a card.

Thanks for stopping by.  Check back tomorrow for the next in our Holiday Countdown Series.  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Holiday Countdown series for 2017!  I hope you're enjoying these quick and simple project ideas perfect for last-minute holiday crafting.

Today I'm sharing this easy Christmas tag set that is the perfect small gift for a neighbor or co-worker...just make sure you give it to them prior to the last-minute rush before the holidays so that they are able to use them this year!

Let's start by creating that adorable little wooden crate!  Die-cut two crate panels from heavyweight (110 lb) Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  If you have an electronic die-cutting machine, there are plenty of similar digital designs available for these as well.

Stamp a woodgrain pattern onto each panel with Versamark ink, add platinum embossing powder (silver or gold works as well, but I love the look of the platinum!), and melt it with your heat tool.

Crease the fold lines well and adhere the two panels together by applying Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to the tabs for an extra-strong hold.

Die-cut holly leaves from Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock and adhere to the corner of the wooden crate with glue.  Add enamel dots for holly berries (tip: if you don't have the perfect color of enamel dots for your project, just color over them with alcohol-based markers).

To create the tags, start by trimming several pieces of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (110 lb) to 3" by 6" and scoring them down the center.

Mask off a ¼" border around the front of the tag with low-tack tape.  Then, stamp a holiday background pattern over the top in pretty wintry-colored ink.

Using the same color, lightly ink over the pattern with a foam blending tool to create a subtle tone-on-tone look.  Add more ink to the edges of the masked area for added interest if desired.

Remove the low-tack tape to reveal your beautiful pattern and fold each tag in half.  I used many different background stamps and ink colors to create a variety of tags for my recipient, but you can stick to one design to quickly make all of your tags.

Punch a hole in the top corner of each tag.  Die-cut a short holiday sentiment from Bright Foil Cardstock (I used both silver and gold depending on the ink color) and adhere it to the lower-right corner with liquid glue.

You can add a little bakers twine to each tag now or just place a nice length of it in the box along with the set for your recipient.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple Christmas gift tag set and thanks for stopping by today!  You can visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that red, green, and white cardstocks are on sale this month!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 1

We are so excited to be kicking off this year's Holiday Countdown Series! Over the next several days you'll be inspired by our Design Team with projects to help make this season special.

I'm sharing one of my favorite little holiday projects to make and have on hand. There are friends that may stop by or we may go visit during the season... we may not exchange gifts with them, but I like to have a little something to share. For me, having a few bottles of wine on hand with some lovely handmade tags is perfect!

I started by cutting the base of the tag with a die from Neenah Solar White cardstock, but if you don't have die you could easily cut this out by hand.

I tend to make small projects like this in multiples. It doesn't take much longer to create three at the same time, and then I have a stash of them ready for spur of the moment occasions!

After I die cut the base, I stamped them with a stripe background and red ink.  I also cut the top portion of the tag again using Pop Tones Wild Cherry cardstock. I attached the red topper with Mono Multi Liquid adhesive.

Then, I went to work on the sentiment. I stamped it using my a stamp platform to help me align it just right.  Grid paper in the background really helps me get things centered and straight!

I assembled the piece that will attach to the front of the hanging tag. I thought a little bling is always a good idea, and then added a little interest with just a strip of the same Wild Cherry cardstock.

Then I put them all together, and it was so easy to assemble the few pieces into the finished tag!  With a little more Mono Multi and some foam squares, I had my tags ready to go in a manner of minutes.

Here you can see how nice it looks on a bottle of wine. It would look just as great on a bottle of sparkling cider, or even a classic soda in a glass bottle - whatever you like to give to your friends!

We hope you'll stop by each day between now and December 1 to see all the inspiration from our Design Team. May your holidays be filled with love and craftiness -Amber

Friday, November 17, 2017

Santa Express Card

Base cardstock used: Basis Red and Green, Solar White, Pow Glitter Black, Mirri Sparkle Glitter Silver, Metallic gold
I took a Lori Whitlock card from the Silhouette Store and decided to make a Christmas Train card.

Since I saw the penguins in Jacob's arms, I decided that I wanted to add to the train on this card. But no matter how I played around with the animals and Santa, it just wasn't going to work with this train. The elements were all too small. So I grabbed the Santa Express Train set by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings from the Silhouette store and switched the train out. 

I added the last cart by taking this and that from the Santa Express set, cause every Christmas has to have a tree! 

Once I had my final plans laid out, I got to cutting and detailing. 
The eBrush is great for adding soft highlights or heavy detail.
For the snow hills, I wanted to give it a gray detail to match the snowflake ridden sky on this card.
Next I grabbed my polka dot Darice embossing folder and ran each piece through the Sizzix Big Shot.
I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the snow filled hills and matching sky. Once this was done, the card rolled out into what it became.
Finalized card: 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sparkling Paper Poinsettias

Do you love to make fancy shaped flowers, but don't like the time it takes to color them? I also like to color the back sides of the flower petals and leaves. I have found that by starting with a colored cardstock I can save some time.

Here I created deep red poinsettias by starting with Pop-Tone Cardstock in Wild Cherry and Gumdrop Green.


I started by using my MISTI to stamp the Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettias and Leaves on the Pop-Tones Cardstock. The 65 lb weight of the paper is perfect for the flowers. Then I die cut them using the coordinating dies.

I inked the edges of the petals with Fired Brick and the leaves with Pine Needle Distress Inks. Then using a stylus or flower shaping tool and soft mat, I shaped the flowers and leaves.

Then I layered the flowers with various sizes of petals and added gold seed beads for the stamens.

Last I added glitter to the flowers and leaves. 

I also created a lantern with Curious Metallic Galvanised Cardstock from the Heartfelt Creations Gift of Love Box Die set. I used Translucent Vellum Cardstock for the window panels. I also cut a hole in the bottom to be able to use a battery tealight. I added a circle of chipboard covered in foil to glue the flowers to. I used a hot glue gun for attaching the flowers to the lantern. 

Here it is finished...

and all lit up. 

This will make a great table decoration or could even be a hostess gift.

Check out all the Pop-Tone Cardstock at (by the way red, green and white papers are on sale).

Thanks for taking the time to stop on by,