Monday, November 23, 2015

Paper Pumpkin November 2015: Mistletoe and Holly

Happy Monday Morning!

Today I thought I would show you the adorable project made with this month's paper pumpkin.  This month's project were adorable Christmas cards with holly and mistletoe (hence the name).  They are very simple yet elegant cards.  I couldn't wait to dig into these.

These are some of the cutest cards I've made with Paper Pumpkin, and they were not difficult to make at all.  I love the decorative "berries" used.  I also think my stamping has improved, which helps with the quality of cards.  These are also some of the best bows I've ever done.  

Here is a sample of all of the cards with all of the different sentiments I used. 

I now have a slew of Christmas cards to send out in December.  I am also working on my December daily (pictures to come soon), and I am SO excited to complete that project.  Don't forget to check back often, and especially for my 12 days of December!!  Lots of fun projects in store!!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Festival of Trees

Hello Everyone!!

Here is another project for you on this Monday morning!  I am starting to work on Christmas projects, specifically cards, to get ready and prepped to send out for the holiday season.  This is the first year I have enough homemade cards to actually send out.  It has been so much fun being able to be creative and getting to share it with other people.

These cards were inspired from an online class I purchased from Robyn, My Pink Stamper.  This class was the festival of trees class.  For these, Robyn will send you that materials and a video, and you create as you see fit.  Here are all of the things that were in my kit!

The kit made three different cards!  There were a two in the kit I inspired to do something different, and the third card I kept the same.  

This was the card I kept the same.  It is a monochromatic card using Real Red cardstock.  I'm not used to doing monochromatic cards, so this was a lot of fun to make.  Very simple, yet very sophisticated.  I love it. 

This was one of the ones I altered;  I added the extra trees to the card.  It is very simple, but it is really cute.  The cherry cobbler accents bring a little something extra to the card.  I love the sparkle!! 

This is the other one I altered.  It is another monochromatic card, which continues to be out of my comfort soon.  This card has three trees and the twine.  I added the angled piece and extra tree.  I love how this turned out.  It's festive, but not overly "christmas-y"  

Thank you, Robyn, for such a great class.  Check out her latest classes here.  Also, don't forget to check out my 12 Days of Christmas coming up!!

Happy Crafting!! 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Watercolor Winter

For today's project, I pulled out last year's Christmas card kit from Stampin' Up, Watercolor Winter.  These kit made four cards, five of each card.  It's a pretty good value!  You used ink refills and mixed it with water to make the watercolor portions.  It was a really cool technique that I had never done before, and I'm not very good at.  However, it was fun to try.

Here's the first card.  The trees are watercolored.  This one is my favorite.  The pops of glitter, the blues and the reds.  I really like the blue mixed in with the traditional red and green colors of Christmas.  The trees are a little dark, and the "holidays" is a little off center, but that is what makes it homemade card.  It's part of its charm.

The second card is the sleigh card.  The red sleigh is watercolored in cherry cobbler.  This card seems a little more plain that I would like, but I think it came out cute.  It's something different than I usually would do.  I like the blues in the Christmas cards.

This is the third card.  It is MUCH more plain than I usually do, but it came out okay.  The "Joyeux" is watercolored in Old Olive.  They had several different letter, and some of the cards I did used "Merry."

I didn't attempt the fourth card because I wasn't impressed with the layout.  now I have more cards to send out, and get to learn a new technique.  These kits are really neat.  They are intricate to put together, so it keeps your interest and saves a bunch of extra time.

While this wasn't my favorite kit, it certainly brought a little extra to the Christmas season.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Paper Pumpkin August 2015: Chalk it Up to Love

Good Morning!

Welcome back for another Paper Pumpkin project.  I'm trying to catch up on past projects as I've fallen behind, and easy to make and taking up space in my craft room.  So, you may see a lot of them.  I apparently have a few left to do ;-)

It has been very relaxing to get back into my craft room, and doing the Paper Pumpkin kits gives me inspiration to do my own crafting.  I am so excited to be back in the game and blogging again.  I'm off of work today for Veteran's Day, and I plan on being in my craft room all day.  I've even discovered graph paper in the back of my planner so I can sketch out cards whenever I need to.

Onto today's project...

I liked this project because it used the white ink on the black paper to give it a chalk board look.  I thought it would be really cool, but, to be honest, I had a hard time with it.  I think it was the stampin spot I was using.  It came out, but the sentiment is really light and difficult to see in the photo.  I used different sentiments for the different backgrounds, just to mix it up a little.  These projects were simple but very cute.  I love them!

This box it the ABSOLUTE CUTEST!!  It is such an adorable box, and it is perfect for little gifts.  The flower is definitely what makes it.  It was super adorable, and I love it.  This stamp come out perfectly.  I will be using these for gifts in the very near future.  

Thank you for coming to check out my blog, and for everyone's support.  I was reviewing my blog earlier in the week and cleaning it up a little bit.  I noticed just how many "I'm back" posts I had.  This time, I just jumped in.  I'm doing it because I love it, and it is good for me.  I honestly feel better when I am getting those creative juices flowing.  I think it's because I'm so analytical at work.  Really, I am pretty creative in treatments, but it's not the same.  

Don't forget to come back this month, then during the month of December to check out the holiday projects I will have.  It's going to be a good time!!

Happy crafting!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Happy "I Do" Day

Good Morning!

Today I have a simple wedding card for you.  I made this card for a couple that is very special to me.  My mentor called me one day to ask if me and my partner would go to the court house with them.  They are very private people and did not even tell their family what was going on.  I was very honored and blessed to be part of their special day, and I decided to make them a card.

I used Real Red, Whisper White, and Basic Black card stock.  It is a 5x5 card with 2" squares.  The white layer squares are dry embossed with a retired embossing folder (that I don't remember the name of).  The person I was making the card for loves red, and I thought this was a really classy card.  I wanted to keep it simple and classy.

The sentiment was stamped with a retired (I know, I know, I need to stop using retired products) set from Stampin' Up called Word Play.  I used a rhinestone to be the diamond on the ring of the "o."  I cut out the paper for the sentiment from the deco labels framelits.  

I love the simplicity and classiness of this card.  The card was really appreciated, and it's fun to give people homemade gifts.  And, it's fun to make them. 

Supplies Used
Word Play Clear Mount Stamp Set

Don't forget to check back in December for the 25 Days of Christmas.  Happy Crafting!! 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Paper Pumpkin October 2015

Good Morning!

I'm trying to get back on the crafting wagon and keeping up better with my blog.  I've been really into stamping lately and, since my mom is a demonstrator, I have access to a lot of things to play with.  For a while, they have just been sitting in my craft room.  We rearranged some things to make room for our Scentsy business and my craft supplies became disorganized, life got busy with my new job, and I just put crafting on hold for a while.

To stay kind of in the game, I subscribed to Paper Pumpkin, which is a subscription crafting service that sends you a project in the mail every month.  So, every month I get a cute project that is all inclusive and involves stamping and putting it together.  For the month of October, they sent a pink box (usually it's red) and donated a portion of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Awareness.

This month (well, last month) was a really cute set of cards.  The cards came pre-printed with all of the color, and I stamped all of the flowery details and the sentiments, placed on all of the embellishments, and had 9 adorable cards all ready to send out!

Here's a close up of all of the cards.  You can mix and match.  For these projects, I usually follow the directions, but the creative freedom is all yours.

If you would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and have a crafting project at your door every month, click here.  

Look forward to many more projects on the blog!  I'm planning a 12 Days of Christmas where there is a Christmas project every day up until Christmas to make sure you have lots of ideas for a homemade Christmas.  

Come back for many more projects!  Happy Crafting!!