Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Card Gallery

Here they are! Next year I will start earlier... next year I will start earlier...

John asked me for three cards for his golfing buddies- he had gotten pictures to share with them. I just love when he asks me to give him cards. I guess I don't embarrass him with my cards :)  I am still feeling a bit unsure about my creativeness... So this is the first one that I made...

SU Crumb Cake is the base for this card. The Lil' Inker snowflake die is cut in silver glitter paper with a jewel in the center attached with foam squares. SU Poppy Parade paper is over a patterned red striped paper. The final touch is the white ribbon. The PTI sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder. Inside is stamped "Merry Christmas" in Poppy Parade. This card was not difficult to mass produce :)

This card is cut with a circle die and then the white layer is embossed with the snowflake embossing folder.  PTI's Rustic Wreath die was used to cut two wreaths, one in SU Always Artichoke and one in a matching DSP pattern. The two are then woven together and glued around the circle. The sentiment  "From Our House to Yours Merry Christmas" is stamped with red on vellum and then embossed with clear sparkly powder- then attached to the back of the front. I added another wreath to the other side of the vellum - I don't like the unfinished look without it!

Three glitter snowflakes, white ribbon, red dotted ribbon and some red small circles are attached to the wreath to finish off this card. The inside sentiment was embossed with white ... "and a Happy New Year!"

This happy fellow is so pleased that we did in fact have some snow at Christmas when the family came home. These are PTI Snow  stamp and die set, SU Cold Play and SU Perfect Presentation stamp sets ... and the glitter paper snowflakes added the perfect touch! It always makes me smile to see how placing the smile and carrot nose can change the whole sense of the card!

This card was so fun to make! I used PTI Polka Dot Parade #9 stamp and die set to make the tree. When the card is closed, the tree comes together. 

The die is actually cut three times, whole on the white front of the card, on patterned paper and SU Always Artichoke. To assemble the tree, a patterned layer was glued to the space between each layer on the white card, leaving the cut to show through the card. Then a green layer was glued on the inside of the card to match the openings, so when the card is closed you can see how the tree comes together. 

The PTI Merry sentiment was a clever idea from Kristina Werner's blog... The stamping is actually two generation stamping in the same color, and then embossed in white on the same color paper. The paper is put over the middle sentiment with foam squares. Love the look! The embossed snowflakes on the card were a detail I probably could have done without,  but the bling was needed with the snowflake!

The inside sentiment says SU  Merry Christmas ... the words " from our house to yours" are divided between the layers of green inside the card that are hidden when the card is closed. 

I made 50 cards from these four patterns and had such a great time, although the time crunch gets me every year! Next year, I will start earlier.... next year, I will start earlier...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Grandkids Christmas Cards

Christmas is such a fun time for the kids! The grandkids get cards that are reflecting this wonderful season through a child's eyes...

Santa and Rudolph are peeking in the window at each house... The pictures on either side of the windows come from Shutterfly orders on the beginning page and I save them for projects just like these. Kodak used to give a thumbnail of every one that you ordered but now you can only get the first and last picture from the order. The colors are SU Always Artichoke and SU Real Red.

The window die is cut through the card base, then a piece of plastic is used before the window is attached. Googly-eye Rudolph, from the SU owl punch, is actually attached to the plastic so he stays on the window when the card is opened. I used the SU Stocking Punch and stamp set to create the stockings hanging with clothespins. Santa is on the inside with the sentiment and snowflakes from silver glitter paper. 

The garland is made with PTI's Rustic Wreath die cut open, one in DSP and one in Always Artichoke. Then I wove them together for extra strength!

Love the PTI sentiment  "It's the most wonderful time of the year"   and  SU Merry Christmas!