Get Cracking On Christmas – January

Hi, crafty friends. A couple of weeks ago, Jenn Shurkus asked me if I wanted to join in to share inspiration for her Get Cracking on Christmas series this year. It’s all about creating Christmas cards all year to prevent being swamped and not have time come November. As you may have noticed, I make Christmas cards all year, and of course, I immediately accepted. It’s the third Thursday of every month, and today happens to be the third Thursday of January, so here we go.

For my first card, I chose to feature this adorable image from Lee Holland. Last year, he asked his followers and fans what more we wanted of his dragons (he is known for his dragons, he has lots of different ones), and I suggested one hugging a penguin. He came through big time, and created this image, which I, of course, had to get. I colored it in noline, because I love the look, before sprinkling Chunky White embossing enamel on top and melting the granules from the back of the paper to create that wonderful snowy look.

I taped a square die inside a rectangle die from Waffle Flower and die cut the two dies four times from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink to create a chunky polaroid frame for my little fellas to fit into. By taping the two dies together, they won’t shift and the square opening will be in the same spot for all my diecut pieces. I stacked my diecuts and put the image behind my chunky frame, before adhering it all to a cardbase I created from Stormy Sea cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Using a die from Kort & Godt, I die cut the word klem three times from the same color cardstock. The die actually cuts the word juleklem (Christmas hug in Norwegian), but it’s so big the first part didn’t fit my card, so I just chose the latter half of the word. I stacked three together for dimension, adhered it at an angle to my card, and put a white heat embossed sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS below. This too, has additional layers of cardstock behind it for dimension. To finish off the card, I die cut a few white snowflakes using dies from Hero Arts and Marianne Design, and I stacked two of each snowflake on top of each other to make them stand out a bit.

Fairly simple color palette for this image.

Snowman gift tags {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! I shared a few of these gift tags before Christmas, but there’s a line in a Norwegian Christmas song saying Christmas lasts till Easter, and as a result, I’m sharing a few more. There’s also the fact that I was too busy all of December not to share anything, basically, but I won’t mention that.

These snowmen from the Snow Much Fun stamp set from Streamside Studios might be my favorite images that Shawne has drawn. I’m a sucker for snowmen, and these are so much fun (fitting with the title of the set). I created these two along with a bunch of other similar one in a few compartmental crafting sessions. I usually create my projects from start to finish in one sitting (maybe two, if I color one day and do assembly later), but for these, I created a bunch of backgrounds at once, created tags from the backgrounds in another sitting, stamped and heat embossed sentiments in one, die cut a bunch in one and did coloring in one. It’s a great way to be crafty even if you’re kind of stretched for time.

I have lots of layers on these, and used a whole bunch of Christmas scraps from old collections by Pion Design, as well as some sentiment stamps and other stamps from Inkido and Norsk Stempelblad AS.

More scraps on the back. I love this way of creating, and I hope to do more of it this year!

Christening {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. Today I’m sharing a card made for a little girl whose christening was actually back in November.

This Christening image from Mo Manning is one that I’ve used in the past as well, and I used a bunch of scraps of patterned paper as well as some really old dies and flowers to create this card. More than anything, I love it when my pile of scraps shrinks. It doesn’t happen very quickly, because I rarely use this much patterned paper on a card, but boy, does it feel good.

I used 3 different collections of patterned paper from Maja Design for this card. One of the benefits of using their papers is that their collections usually match pretty well. Vintage Basics Summer, Vintage Baby and Sofiero are the collections I used for this card, and they all match. I used older dies from Lifestyle Crafts, Cottage Cutz, Scrapmagasinet, Marianne Design and Spellbinders, as well as flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Papirdesign.

The insides of the card have a very similar layout, and so does the back. Onto a white circular panel, I stamped a christening stamp from North Star Design using Soft Granite ink from Hero Arts.

The card was too thick to fit inside a regular envelope, so I created a box envelope using a punch board from We R Memory Keepers. Onto a diecut eyelet circle I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment and adhered it to the box envelope.

This image is so quick to color and doesn’t require a ton of markers. Easy peasy!

Time for Mittens {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! November and December are usually fairly hectic around here, and this time, they were especially hectic. I changed jobs and felt like I worked around the clock, which left little time for blog posts and to upload my creations to Instagram. As a result, I’m playing catch-up, and I have a few more holiday cards and tags to share over the next few weeks. Let’s face it, I make Christmas cards all year anyway, so I’d probably be sharing holiday cards in January even if November and December hadn’t been as crazy as they were.

Every year I seem to create just enough Christmas cards by making them all year, but I tend to neglect gift tags and scramble last minute to get them done as I wrap presents. This time I was a little more ahead, and this gift tag was one of the early ones I made, featuring Mittens from Purple Onion Designs, as well as the Snow-capped Duo in the background.

I created a very layered tag for my niece and used the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX die set from My Favorite Things to achieve that faux stitch look that I’m such a fan of. I used another stitched die from MFT to create the slope in the background and added both the ground and my fussy cut cat using foam tape.

Through the hole at the top, I looped a bit of tinsel and tied a bow around it using Purple Plum divine twine from Whisker Graphics. I also die cut a letter tag using the Personalized Tags die set from My Favorite Things from some Winter Wisteria cardstock from Papertrey Ink. My niece loves purple, so I thought it fit nicely. I also added a charm with a pair of mittens, I just couldn’t help myself. This tag doesn’t even have to be a holiday tag, it’d be perfect for someone born in the winter months (not my niece, though, her birthday’s in June).

On the back of the tag I used a piece of patterned paper from the Forever Green paper pack from Moda Scrap. I die cut it using that same stitched tag die from MFT that I used on the front and stamped a to/from stamp from the B06 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Milk Chocolate ink from MFT. I love their inks, they stamp so well!

You wouldn’t think I’d use this many colors for such a small image, but I did. I even airbrushed the sky in the background using B93, 91 and 90 (a color I’ve made myself), and used BG93 and BG90 with a tip to tip technique on the trees in the background for just a hint of color. I wanted the main focus to be on the cat in the foreground, so I chose very soft colors for the background.

Gift tag/ornament in one {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, there. It’s been kind of quiet here lately, I’ve been busy at work and I also prioritized getting my international holiday cards out in the mail. I still have the domestic ones to go, but there’s still time to send those, so I’m not too worried. I created this fun gift tag/ornament for my sister and her husband for Christmas, featuring the brand new Gingerbread Couple from Rachelle Anne Miller.

I colored the gingerbread cookies with my Copics and used a circle die to turn it into a circle. I die cut another circle from patterned paper from Papirdesign and used a die from the Glassic Snow Globe die set from My Favorite Things to cut a window from the same piece. I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS below the window and added a shaker pouch from My Favorite Things that I filled with the Icicle Sequin mix from Hero Arts.

I die cut another circle from the same patterned paper that I used on the front and white heat embossed a to/from stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS in the center. After adhering all the pieces together, I cut a hole at the top, reinforcing it with an eyelet before pulling string through. This shaker gift tag can definitely be used as an ornament too, and I’m hoping that’s what will happen.

Simple image and simple colors for this one.

Snowman with ice cream {Streamside Studios}

Hi. I’ve been having so much fun creating these gift tags with the Snow Much Fun stamp set from Streamside Studios that I just can’t seem to stop. I’m sharing just one today, though, it’s the last pairing of green with a kraft background.

The process for creating this one was identical to the first ones I shared in this blog post. I used the Snowflakes stencil from Ciao Bella along with modeling paste from The Crafter’s Workshop for to create the background. I then added all my other elements on top, sort of in a cluster, using die cut scraps of patterned paper from Pion Design, a couple of heat embossed sentiments from Norsk Stempelblad AS and a heat embossed seal stamp from Poppydesign.

There’s lots of texture and visual interest on this tag because of all the layers of paper, the foam tape to add dimension and the stenciled background. The accessories on the snowman are in a brighter green color than everything else on the tag, which still makes him stand out against the other elements.

For the back of the tag I used a couple of stamps from Inkido, as well as more of the white heat embossed sentiments from Norsk Stempelblad that I created lots of in one of my compartmental crafty sessions. These tags were heaps of fun to put together like this.

Snow much fun tags {Streamside Studios}

Hi, there. I’m sharing a couple more gift tags I’ve created with the Snow Much Fun digi stamp set from Streamside Studios. These snowmen really are cute, and I shrunk them down a bit before printing, making them tiny and even cuter. In the post at the start of the week (right here) I shared about the process of creating these tags, which was so much fun.

For these tags, I chose red instead of green. I planned ahead and colored some of the snowmen with green accessories, and some with red. For one of these tags I used the Falling Stars stencil from Simon Says Stamp, and I thought it was fitting to add the snowman with the star for that particular tag.

A lot of elements are the same on these two tags as the first two; patterned paper from Pion Design die cut using the Happy Days Ticket Stubs die from XCut. I also used the same die from Altenew that I used with the green cardstock on this one, and it’s a nice added element that doesn’t have the perpendicular angles than many of the other layers do, so it breaks up the monotony a little and adds interest. For the tag with the stars, I used the word JUL from the Gledelig jul die from Kort & Godt, and for the tag with the Christmas present, I used the word klem from the Juleklem die, also from Kort & Godt. I added red paper doilies from Papirdesign to the base of these tags, it’s a nice foundation to put everything else on top of.

The backs of these are pretty similar to the backs of the green tags I made. I used the same 24.12 stamp from Inkido and the same stamps from the Distressed Patterns stamp set from My Favorite Things, but changed the ink color to Pure Poppy ink from Papertrey Ink.

Gift tags with snowmen {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! Brace yourselves for a text heavy post. Every year, I seem to make more than enough Christmas cards to send out, but I always scramble last minute to get gift tags done. Not this year, I’ve made quite a few, and here are a couple more, featuring snowmen from the Snow Much Fun digi stamp set from Streamside Studios.

For these tags (I’ll have more to share later), I did compartmental crafting. Tim Holtz always raves about this, but I usually sit down and create my cards from start to finish in one sitting. Actually, that’s not entirely true, I do prefer coloring one day and making the rest of the card another day. Coloring takes a while, and once I’m done with that, I’m not really in actual making and assembly mode.

For these tags I did things a little differently. I colored lots of snowmen at once using my Prismacolor Premier pencils. I usually use my Copics, they’re so much faster, but for this I wanted a less bright look, and printed my snowmen onto Rustic White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. In another crafty session, I used various stencils with different pastes to create textured backgrounds, which I later cut down to tags. For these two I used the Falling Snow slimline stencil from Simon Says Stamp and the Snowflakes stencil from Ciao Bella, both using Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste from The Crafter’s Workshop onto Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Both of these stencils are fairly large, so I got several tags out of each of the backgrounds I created.

In yet another crafty session I stamped and heat embossed a bunch of different small sentiments from Norsk Stempelblad AS, as well as a god jul seal from Poppydesign, the seals in Gilded embossing powder from Brutus Monroe and the sentiments in White super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger. I used green cardstock from the Christmas in Norway collection from Pion Design, which is an older collection, and it was a great opportunity to shrink my pile of scraps a little bit. Most of the patterned paper pieces I’ve used for these tags are from the same collection, with a few being even older. I used my Happy Days Ticket Stubs die from XCut to create the small pieces that I clustered together. This is the same die I pretty much always use for my clusters on my cards. It’s one die that cuts out nine tickets, and it’s my favorite die to use for my scraps. They don’t look like scraps when they’re die cut. I also just cut some strips using my trimmer and tore the edges for an uneven look, and used a die from Altenew to create small die cut pieces of solid color to tuck behind my other elements to break up all the perpendicular angles a bit.

I used foam tape on some of my elements, but not all, and die cut a reinforcer from green cardstock using a die from My Favorite Things. To finish off I tied May Arts natural twine through the holes and added a charm to each of the tags.

For the back of the tags I used a tag die from My Favorite Things to die cut from more of that Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut a bunch of tags in one session, so I’d have many to do at once when I did the actual assembly. I stamped an older Inkido stamp using Jalapeño Popper ink from My Favorite Things, and even did some second generation stamping. I also used a couple of stamps from the Distressed Patterns stamp set from MFT to add additional spatter beyond the 24.12 stamp. I used more of the scraps I die cut and cut with my trimmer, and stamped a to/from stamp from Inkido onto scraps of Pion Design patterned paper using Dark Chocolate ink from Papertrey Ink. First generation stamping on one, second generation on the other for a softer look. It was fun to break out acrylic blocks to use with my stamps again, I use my Misti for pretty much everything, but this didn’t have to be perfect or straight, so I just played and had fun!

Christmas wishes {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! I’m sharing a wintry Christmas card today featuring this Wrapped Up Warm image from Lili of the Valley. I opted for an unusual color combination of blue and bright pink, which I thought was fun.

I cut down my panel of X-Press It blending card significantly when my coloring was done, and mounted it on foam tape onto the cardbase, which I’d covered with a scrap piece of patterned paper from the Hjem til jul collection from Papirdesign.

I added a small cluster towards the top right corner of the card, using a mini doily from Doodlebug, as well as some die cut scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design and Sunny Studio. I stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Dark Chocolate ink from Papertrey Ink onto Classic Kraft cardstock, also from Papertrey Ink. The dies I used in my cluster are a combination of My Favorite Things (Fishtail Flag Frames and Itty Bitty Strips) and X-Cut (Happy Days Ticket Stubs). I also used the Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti fancy die to die cut snowflakes that I scattered across the card, and I put a white pearl from Kort & Godt in the center of each snowflake to finish the card.

This color combination of blue and bright pink sure was fun, and these are brighter blues than the ones I normally use. I also used a ton of colors for the snow in this little scene. I just can’t help myself.

Small gift tag {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, there! Today I’m sharing with you a gift tag for Christmas in a somewhat unusual color combination. It’s also somewhat of an unusual image for me. If you’ve been here before, you might know that I don’t like gnomes. At. All. I did, however, color up two gnomes for Mo’s Digital Pencil last year, for her to use as examples in the store. Evidently, I colored this gnome wrong, the jacket I’ve colored is supposedly a beard. I just don’t see a beard. I’ve even seen it colored like a beard, and I still don’t see a beard. Needless to say my jacket didn’t wind up as the colored example in the store, but it’s finally made its way to a gift tag.

I colored the gnome (his name’s Alf, you can find him here) with my Copics and used the Fold-up Tags die set from My Favorite Things to turn him into a quick gift tag. I die cut the reinforcer from green patterned paper from an old collection from Pion Design, and used a piece of cardstock from the same collection to stamp and white heat emboss a sentiment onto.

I added a scrap of a paper doily from Doodlebug to the bottom left corner, put my sentiment strip on 1 mm foam squares and added a couple of sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I put some natural twine from May Arts through the hole at the top of the tag, added a charm and stapled the ends of the twine to the tag using a mini stapler.

On the back of the tag I stamped a to/from image from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Jalapeño Popper ink from My Favorite Things.

For such a small image, I used quite a few colors.