Good Morning Everyone!
I can't believe that I haven't posted a blog since September 25. I've been busy creating all sorts of cards and other paper crafts for holiday craft fairs and gifts. I hope that you took or will take the time to visit the blog at SEI. They added a new feature last week called a "link party" and 17 people including myself added a link to the chain. You can click on each link to see ways different SEI products were used. By the way I don't work at or for SEI. I love the quality of their products and love how easily I can create cards using coordinating products from their lines. I am expecting products from their Kris Kringle line either today or tomorrow and plan to make the rest of my Christmas cards with that paper and the coordinating embellishments.
Meanwhile I will share a few of my other Christmas cards with you. In addition to creating holiday cards for craft fairs, like many people I send out a fair number of Christmas cards to friends and family. I no longer purchase boxed cards so I try to create quick and simple Christmas cards. I purchased a Sizzix die that spells out, "Joy". If you don't have that die you could create similar cards with punch out letters.
This first card is an especially easy one to create. I added a piece of layering paper to a card and then added the letters "J, O, Y" to the paper. I adhered a couple of rhinestones to each letter just to spruce them up a little. I played around to see if I wanted to add some ribbon or other embellishments and decided I was happy with the card just the way it was. Sandy, this card is so simple a little girl named "Samantha" could create some of them.
I used the same die to create this second card, but this time I added a stamped embellishment. I used an Outlines diagonal stocking rubber stamp and stamped onto 4 different patterned papers. I carefully cut along the stamped lines of 3 of those papers and pieced them together to make the tree. This is easy to do because the stamped image has the pieces that you are seeing on the tree. By cutting carefully you can use the leftover pieces to create additional cards. I added a few adhesive pearls to the tree and letters.
Here's another effective, but simple card to create. This time I used a mittens die to create the mittens. I punched a tiny hole through each mitten and laced a piece of cord through them. I added a brad to the bow and used pop dots to adhere the mittens to the layering paper before I added the paper to my blank card. I stamped the message and poked a red marker through the holes of a Bazzill template over and over again to add the dots that you see on the card.
That's it for today. I'll be back in a day or two with more Christmas cards.