I have a hoarding tendency with all pretty papers that gets exponentially worse when a paper has sparkles or gold foil. I got this adorable pack of foiled Christmas-theme designs last year and couldn’t bare to throw away my scraps. Instead I cut them into little strips and punch anything else into one inch squares, figuring that I would do SOMETHING with them at some point. That point has arrived and I love how this die cut inlay effect turned out! The pow glitter paper joy die cut was just perfect and another illustration of something I can do with a simple metal die cut that would not be as clean-looking using my Silhouette Cameo.
According to my husband, my friend Wendy and I giggled and laughed all afternoon last Sundy while listening to Avenue Q. We ALSO finished her 2014 Christmas cards! When I’m crafting on my own, I’m not a huge fan of creating multiples of anything but it can be really fun to create a (relatively) huge run of a single design if there is food and joking around are involved. Some photos of the stages and the final product below.
I love Christmas stuff! Recently, I purchased a bunch of Christmas-themed items from yourscrapbooksupplies.com. They have a wonderful selection of products – many of which are completely new collections – at fabulous prices. I picked up almost every piece in Pink Paislee’s Merry and Bright collection 50% off.
I have many plans for this collection. Originally, I had planned to buy Ali Edward’s December Daily (DD) kit — I loved 2013’s Studio Calico DD. This year’s color scheme of aquas and pinks, just don’t work for me. I love the classic Christmas red, green, taupe, and black, color scheme of the Merry and Bright collection though and have decided to use bits and pieces from the collection to create my own kit and also create two mini December Daily kits for my best friends as gifts.
The two cards in this post use a Freckled Fawn’s “Joy” metal die that came in my haul. I can’t imagine creating multiples of the same Christmas cards for myself since I’m already helping my friend make about 40 of her own. I can, however, think of many ways to be creative with all the Christmas supplies I already have and plan to get. Since I started so early this year I think that by the time late November rolls around, I think I will have at least 20 unique cards, if not more. Have I mentioned that I love Christmas craft stuff?
I don’t remember how I stumbled upon the Papertrey Ink website last week, but as soon as I read this post, I knew that I had to order the kit. Back in 2011, I created a 12″ diameter ornament with the same dimensional background idea — basically everything was the same except the size and the reindeer! The idea that I could do so on a small scale was so exciting.
This was my first time ordering from Papertrey Ink and it was a smooth and great experience. I ordered on Wednesday Oct. 1, the item shipped on Friday Oct. 3, and received my packaged today on 5 Oct. Everything was packaged beautifully. I have to watch the video on how to adhere the plastic dome to the background paper but I’ve already used the three background layers and I can tell it’s going to be so much fun creating special ornaments for all my special people on a cozy fall afternoon. I’m definitely going to use the metal dies on my Christmas cards too!
Got these on sale from Crate and Barrel the other day. They’re so cute and I’ve used all of them to wrap presents and on cards quite a bit the last two days. The large mouse washi was perfect for my December Daily page about our evening at the Nutcracker ballet.
I’ve crossed a ridiculous threshold with washi tapes — I now have so many from different types of “washi” from different manufacturers that I’ve developed a preference for the MT washi tapes. They can be placed and removed and readjusted so many times without creasing or looking worn.