Sunday, December 1, 2019

Easy Christmas Cards with Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog

It's December 1st at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog, so we're down to crunch time now when it comes to making Christmas cards.  I thought it would be a good time to share some easy cards, that started with some journaling cards, or 4x4 and 4x6 elements from patterned paper collections.

As much as we all love taking time to make Christmas cards, with the stamping and coloring and embossing and folding and everything else, sometimes you just need to make some quick cards.  For these cards, I pulled some patterned paper sheets that had 4x4 or 4x6 elements on them, cut the pieces apart and added some sequins or glitter cardstock to finish them off.

On the back row, left to right:   the wreath was fussy cut from a 4x4 element, adhered with foam tape for dimension, then I added a sentiment strip.  The merry & bright card was a 4x4 element, with just some tiny gems added.  The ornament card was a 3x4 element that I matted with a die cut scallop rectangle back.  I punched a 2" circle from some glitter paper to fill in the ornament center.

The front two cards used some 6x4 elements, that I trimmed down to fit a standard A2 card front.  I just added some matting or patterned paper backing, center sequins to the snowflake, and snowflake sequins to the happy holidays card. 

It probably took me a little over half an hour to make all five cards. They may not be fancy, but they still have some Christmas cheer and sparkle! (and no stress involved, lol!)

I hope you'll have some time to join us this month at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog.  We would love to see your December creations!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bugaboo Recipe Challenge

The last Bugaboo challenge for November is up and running and it's a recipe challenge:   use Fall colors and twine.   Here's my card:

I used Bugaboo's Fall Fence image for this card, colored with Copics.  I added some twine-tied buttons to the sunflower centers.  

This is my last week as guest designer for Bugaboo Stamps, and I've really enjoyed working with them this month.  I hope you get a chance to join in with the Catch the Bug challenge!

The last tag of Christmas - Bonus Day #26

It's the last day of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge.....bonus day #26.  I hate to see the challenges end, but it's really nice to have 26 tags all ready to go on packages!

Today's inspiration came from this tag by Marine Simon:

I loved the corrugated kraft background and the snowy border, so used those elements on my tag.

The stamps are from Katzelkraft.  I used white paint, with a little glue and crystal glitter on the sides of the tag.  

Thanks to Tracey McNeely for hosting this annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event!

Day #25 - 25 Days of Christmas Tags

It's Day #25 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Not quite the end of the challenges, though, as there is one more bonus challenge to come.

The inspiration for today's challenge came from this tag by Joyce Mehrberg.

Here's my tag for the challenge:

The sentiment is from Gina K Designs and the Christmas lights are from Katzelkraft. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Day 24 - 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Time for Day #24 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  The inspiration tag for today came from Mindy Baxter for Heffy Doodle Stamps:

I loved the snowy scene with the penguin and snowman.  Here's my tag for the challenge:

I did some masking for the snowy hills, inking the rest of the tag with Distress Oxide ink and then stenciling some stars with white pigment ink.  I also added a few dots of clear sparkle pen in the sky.  The stamped images are from Mama Elephant.  

Our trees are up and the house is all decorated now, so hopefully I'll get some gifts wrapped this weekend and put some of these tags to use!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Day #23 - 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Jillibean Soup is the sponsor for Day #23 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge.  I used these tags by Summer Fullerton as my inspiration.

I love the solid and pattern design of the tags and the circle element on the pink tag.  Here is my tag for today's challenge:

Instead of patterned paper, I used a plaid background stamp, and then masked and inked the top portion with red ink.   Isn't that peeking moose cute?  He is part of the Holiday Seals stamp set from The Stamping Village.

Day #22 - 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Counting down to the final days of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge!  Day #22's inspiration came from this tag by Desiree Kuemmerle for Birch Press.

I liked the off-center image and the white against the neutral background.  Here's my tag:

The stamps are from Unity.  I colored them with Copic markers, then backed the white tag with a neutral gray background.   Love the bright pops of red!