Pink and Kraft Valentine’s Day Card

Pink and Kraft Valentine’s Day Card

It’s time to pull out the heart dies!

This card features the frame die from the “Heart Card Sketcher Die Set” from Frantic Stamper (FRA-DIE-09308) along with (nesting) hearts from the “Straight Heart” set from Nellie Snellen/Ecstacy Crafts. The “Pink Layered Floral” patterned paper is from The Paper Studio. The greeting was computer generated and cut using the “Word Window” punch from Stampin’ Up (retired). The SU “Subtle” embossing folder (retired) and a corner rounder were also used.

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Santa Slider Window Card

Santa Slider Window Card

I know Christmas isn’t really about the presents, but gift giving is included in our celebration…

Christmas morning looks very different in our house now that my 4 children are adults. A few years ago, we moved from piles of wrapped gifts to a few small things and a monetary gift. I stressed about what we would do in the morning with very little to open and made it my mission to come up with a different “Christmas Morning Activity” for the kids each year instead. The first year was easy. They each received 10 wrapped boxes, each containing various amounts of money, and they needed to open them all to see how much their total gift was. Then it got trickier! We did a scavenger hunt one year where I hid a bunch of envelopes containing money near various holiday decorations around the house. They each got a list of clues, and when they found each decoration, they found the money-filled envelopes with their names on them. They worked in teams/pairs and tried to see which pair could find all their loot first. Another year, I hid puzzle pieces (for 2 identical Christmas puzzles) around the house, and the same teams/pairs had to find all the pieces and build their puzzle first. This year, I found a Christmas themed home version of an “Escape Room Challenge” which the teams raced to solve. I’m amused at the friendly competition between them as they attack the challenges each year!

Another difference for this year was that instead of giving them cash (which required a trip to the bank to make the withdrawl and then another trip back to deposit it into their accounts), I transferred the money directly into their accounts. It felt a little weird to just tell them I transferred the money so I wanted to come up with an interactive card to “present the gift” to them. (It took me a while to get to the card project for this post, but I finally made it – lol!!)

When the ribbon is pulled, Santa slides back to reveal the gift. (Theirs actually had the amount showing!)

(inside: Use it to buy something fun!)

I created the Santa from a Silhouette cut file called “Santa Cartoon” (design #283758) by Sarah Bailey. The slider window card was created from another Silhouette file called “A2 Santa Slider Window Card” (design #100187) by Lori Whitlock. This file includes a Santa as well, but I had already purchased the “Santa Cartoon” file so I thought I would go with that.

The designer paper is called Christmas Cheer Peppermint by Lily Bee Designs. The card stock is Gina K Designs Cherry Red, Christmas Pine, Warm Glow, white, black and a scrap of yellow. All the text was computer generated.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog and for all your support and encouragement this past year.  I really appreciate it!

(The above image was found on google and is not my own.)

Happy Hanukkah Menorah Card

Happy Hanukkah Menorah Card

This card features the menorah die (DIE303-J) from Impression Obsession and one of the dies from the “Happy Hanukkah – czd149” set from CZ Design. The star is called “Blessed Hanukkah Die Set” from Altenew. The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug “Modern Wallpaper” folder. Recollections navy and white card stock was also used.

I needed to make several of these so I was trying to keep it simple. The biggest challenge was not losing all the flames (and of course adhering them to the card)! I also cut and stacked 3 of the greetings so that made it less simple as well. Hmmm…

I would love to find a Hanukkah themed embossing folder, but my search turned up empty.

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Merry Christmas with Buffalo Plaid Ribbon – Take 2

Merry Christmas with Buffalo Plaid Ribbon – Take 2

This card features buffalo plaid ribbon that I embellished with a stacked die cut called “Winterfun Corner” from Precious Marieke and the “Elegant Merry Christmas” die by Frantic Stamper (#FRA-DIE-10339). I debossed the background panel with my score board to add some texture. I had to cut off the “corner” part of the “corner” die cut as it went in the wrong direction for my design.

This was my original card design…

I really loved this ribbon with the snowflakes and was excited to use it on this card design. I originally worked on this card sample in the evening with lamps on in my craft room. Later, when I went to make a bunch more of these cards to send, it was a very sunny afternoon, and in the natural sunlight, I realized the ribbon was blue and not black! I had already cut and adhered all the black greetings and had cut all the black mats so I scrambled for a plan b (the sample above). Glad I caught it before completely finishing all the cards! I’ll need to come up with another card design for this ribbon.

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