Thursday, November 13, 2008

Christmas Giftcard Holder

I was at Ralphs this morning, shopping for tomato sauce and chocolate muffins, when I walked down the card aisle. A cute little yellow purse caught my eye - it was a gift card holder by American Greetings! It was being sold for $1.99. I scrutinized it and decided right there that I will make a giftcard holder the minute I came home! So I did. I tried to copy the one I saw - ugh, I did not like how it turned out. What was I to do? Well, I went online and searched on one of my favorite stampers' blog, ChicNScratch. And I found the one I like, click here to see the original. I updated it a bit and made it Christmassy. My finished giftcard holder measured 3" x 3.5" x 0.5". Just right to fit a giftcard! Like it?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Christmas Cards Part 3

My best selling card over this past weekend's Holiday Faire is one using non traditional colors. When we think of Christmas and/or the holidays, we think in reds and greens OR blues and silvers. Hahaha, not me! I have applied my favorite color combination (have you guessed it yet?) to Christmas cards.... and here is what I made! The base cardstock is Close to Cocoa with a hint of Pretty in Pink. The Christmas tree comes from the Snow Swirled set and is stamped in Close to Cocoa ink... The pink Swarovski rhinestones add so much sparkle and beauty to the card, that I myself can't stop looking at it! The sentiment "Season's Greetings" is from the same set, adorned with clear but smaller Swarovski rhinestones, and punched out using the large oval punch. I then layered it to a rectangular Close to Cocoa cardstock and used foam tape so it kinda pops up. A nice chocolate ribbon finishes the card...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Christmas Cards Part2

Another easy-peasy Christmas card! My base is an SU whisper white cardstock, layered onto a Purely Pomegranate cardstock. Purely Pomegranate is a retired color (ink, cardstock) but I love to use it, especially for Christmas Cards. With the SU 1 3/4" circle punch, I punched the front to make my window. Then I stamped the Holy Family image (from the set Seasons of Simple Grace) with purely pomegranate ink - on the inside of the card. Just make sure when you stamp, that the image can be seen thru the window! The matching double stitched ribbon is from Michaels. (Amazing that I can find colors to match SU stuff). The sentiment is also from the same set. Lastly I cut a strip of kiwi green from the Holiday Treasures DSP and adhered it to the cardfront to break the monochromatic colors. (The inspiration behind this card is from Patty Bennett's Oct 26 post).

You like how the card turned out? I do, and I am so glad I have a religious-themed Christmas card. Even gladder that SU sells these kind of stamps! After all, Jesus is the reason for the season!

Come back tomorrow for more Christmas cards!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Christmas Cards Part 1

When you drop by the Irvine Holiday Faire, you will see this card. (Click here to learn more about the Faire.) I have been making several Christmas cards, and I will try to feature each one on my blog. The card I'm showing here is easy to make. Although I'm not a fan of SU Baja Breeze, I love how this card turned out. I cut the Baja Breeze cardstock to measure 4.25" by 11", and folded it in half. Then I cut a smaller size of Baja Breeze DSP as my card front. The strip of chocolate chip polka dots comes from the Bella Rose DSP - don't you just love that DSP? The snowflakes are my favorite part - they're from SU Big Felt Flurries! I ran my two way glue pen on the snowflakes and dabbed SU dazzling diamonds ... and voila, instant glittery snowflakes! The pictures don't do justice. These wonderful snowflakes sparkle like crazy! I added filigree brads on the snowflake center. I have to admit, this is a one-stamp card. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment comes from the "Holiday & Wishes" set - I used Close to Cocoa ink and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch. There you go! (BTW, the inspiration from this card comes from Dawn Griffith's Oct 27 blog post).

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