Friday, November 21, 2014

a few more cards...

Hello dearies!
How has your week been? I hope you're gearing up for the holidays like we are. 
Today, I took down my fall decorations and I'm cleaning like a madwoman after being sick for a few days.
Isn't it amazing how quickly everything can get behind?

Here are a few more cards I don't believe I've ever shared.
Very simple and easy to make.

This one uses a white scalloped card base I got in a pack at Michael's. It was $1 for 6 cards/envelopes.
The scalloped edge always makes it a little trickier to design a card around so I decided to have some pattern peeking out from behind it.
Those are just squares of patterned paper from my scrap bowl.
I embossed the tree using my Cricut and an embossing folder. I added a punched star and a little bit of twine for interest. 

Next up is a card using a cute Santa stamp I had. I stamped the image onto red cardstock and punched it into a circle.
I stamped "Merry Christmas to You" using a favorite Christmas stamp set.
This is a great design to make in multiples and you could even vary the stamp and the pattern if you didn't have a lot of the same paper.
This card is made on a kraft card base.

Lastly, here's a simple stamp using a large stocking stamp I love...

This was made on a cream card base but I added another piece of cream to give it weight.
On to that piece of cream, I layered a green gingham, a red strip and then stamped the image twice.
Once in red and once in green. I cut out and layered the green piece on top of the red.
Then I added the "Let's Be Merry" which is also stamped.

You can see the stamp behind the green here...
I did that part first before assembling the card, just in case it didn't come out great - I could move on and try again!

I always use Ranger Archival ink when stamping in black. 
It consistently stamps in a very dark black and dries quickly. I need to invest in the same ink in all the colors they make but I only stamp a lot when I get on a card making kick so I just never have bought them all. 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing these holiday cards! Thanks for stoppin' by!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

shades of green

Hello again! I have a raging cold and am quite miserable but I promised to share a few of my holiday cards so here are two I made for my class called "25 Cards of Christmas."

They both feature a similar shade of green and both feature stamps.

First, this card features a silhouette of a tree cut on my Silhouette Cameo. The white piece is popped up and the green patterned paper glued behind. Then I used red stickles to add some interest, kind of like ornaments on the tree. I stamped the greeting using red ink and easy-peasy done!

The base is a pre-made kraft card base and inside I printed this...

Next up, I used a cream card base and added some thick green and red paper on top. I topped that with a mat of red and a block of cream on which I stamped a green wreath with chalk ink. After allowing the stamped image to dry, I used the red stickles again to add round dots. I used Archival black ink to stamp "joyful greetings."

Inside, I printed this...
This is a good design to replicate if you're making cards in multiples. It's quick and easy if you're a practiced stamper and it's very flat which makes it easy to mail. Change the design out with any design stamp and any sentiment and any patterned paper to make it your own!

Be back soon with a few more to share. :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

holiday cards!

Hello dearies!

I just uploaded this week's podcast and it's all about Holiday Cards! I have a boatload to share this week but this has been an exhausting, rainy, cold, dreary day so I didn't take any photos. I just looked through all the photos on my computer to make sure they weren't on there but nope, obviously I've not shared many Christmas cards!

Here's one I shared back in 2012 and it's still my favorite Christmas card I've ever made! I was inspired by a card just like this I saw on Pinterest and it was so simple to replicate.

I used an embossing folder to make the design and then cut the parts out and pieced them all together.

I kept the sentiment simple inside!

Here's one of my students with her version of the Santa card! We all had fun making them. I miss that scrapbook store. It closed a year or so ago. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a new card or two to share and meanwhile, let us know what you think about this week's show! Leave us a comment here or at www.thescrapgals.com. :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

december daily 2009

Hello dearies!

I hope you enjoyed our podcast this week about my favorite topic, December Daily.
I've been waiting to share this album and each year I forget so finally I have a good reason to remember to post it!
This is truly my favorite project I've made to date. It captures so many moments I would have otherwise forgotten.

Here we go friends!

The cover is made with super thick chipboard and some of my favorite K&Co. Santa paper...
Day 1 is a sweet little envelope. We saw a movie so I printed that picture right off the interwebs...
Inside the envelope...
 a rub-on on the back...(by October Afternoon, I think)...
 a pretty filler page to start off Day 2....
Day 2 is on the left side below...the JOY card starts Day 3...
a pull-out...
up close...
same day, different story.....
Day 4...I copied Caroline's drawing onto cream cardstock...
this day was just a pic of my half-finished decorations...

as you can see by this next page, your pages don't all have to be about Christmas events/happenings...
kit packing night at Jenni Bowlin's....I miss those days...

used my Fiskars scalloped punch to punch this picture after I adhered it to the page on the back...
this ended up being one of my favorite pages...the stars are fun and I love the collage...






Day 13 is about my favorite Christmas carols, the tag pulls out with the journaling...
Day 14 is about Christmas shopping and I realized a year or so later after making this that I had left out Day 15!! :)

the pics from Day 17 were pink and didn't fit so they were hidden in the envelope...
my friend's face is blurred because we were both without makeup that night and she cares but I don't...
this black and white pic looks better in real life...love my sweet sister, all my Christmas memories involve her...


the striped paper below is used three times in the album, I think. It was one 12x12 piece of paper although it looks like I pieced it together. I didn't - it came that way. I loved it so much, I kept using it and it helped to repeat the color scheme. I always try to have a consistant color scheme without making it too similar that it's boring...




I love one big photo from Christmas day. This was at my Mom's house. I only took a few photos that morning at my own house. I just wanted to enjoy the moment. They are above at left.
I believe if I hadn't been doing December Daily, I wouldn't have taken the pics of Caroline singing as Mike played Christmas carols on the piano and that is a moment I love!



 I love how thick it is!

I'll be back this week with some of my failures at DD. I still love it and I won't give up! Gonna try again this year!