Friday, December 14, 2012

Santa's sleigh gift card holder svg

I am mailing off a gift card and wanted to incorporate it into the card.  I made this little sleigh so that the gift card would stick out like a package.  If you weren't using a gift card, little squares of patterned paper to look like gifts would also be cute.   The svg is below as todays freebie,  it includes three parts for the sleigh and the Merry Christmas writing   To make the sleigh a little pocket I just glued the bottom and top layers along the very edges only - see photo below.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Cards

 Yesterday was finals for me, so today I am re-couping, relaxing, and making some cards.  This first one I made for Frosted Designs 5th day of Christmas Challenge : 5 things of gold

These are the stamps I used
It has 7 gold brads, the background is stamped in gold ink, the edges are done with a gold leaf pen, and there is a gold cord wrapped with the ribbon.  I liked this one so much I made 6 of them.

The next one was done for Cas-ual Fridays Knotty or Nice Challenge.  The ribbon is in a knot, and I knotted on a bell too!

Doh, I got sidetracked and missed the deadline for this one by a couple hours :(

Next I made two for the Less is More One Layer "in a row" challenge.  My snowflakes are sort of in a row, so hopefully they count.  I used punched snowflakes as masks and then sponged on some blue.  They look sort of blotchy in the photo, but they are quite soft in real life, I liked them so much I made several to send out.  The second entry is a $1 stamp from Micheals I've had for years, its a cutie.  I used a score pal and cuttlebug folder to emboss.

Thanks for looking!  Tomorrow I'm working on gifts!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

2013 Matchbook Calendar tutorial and freebie

Time for my annual matchbook calendars.  If you haven't made these before, they make a great little stocking stuffer or something to toss in a card.  I recommend printing the calendar on standard copy paper and using cardstock or double sided designer paper (heavy) for the covers.  In years past I have used my cricut or stamps to decorate the covers, but this year I used some fabulous images from The Graphics Fairy .  I have picked 3 and sized them for covers and set to print on one page (jpg link below).

So here is how you make them....

1: Print you calendars and and covers (print covers on white cardstock if using images provided).

2: Cut calendars to 2 1/4 by 2 1/2.  Be sure to cut so that the months are close to the top and the white emtpy space is at the bottom of each month.

3: Cut your base - if using the ones provided, just cut off the white,  if using other cardstock, cut your paper to 2 1/2 by 6 inch.

4: Score your base at  1/2 inch

5: Fold bottom and staple in your stacked calendar sheets

6: Fold top down to staples and press flat.

Embellish as desired - I have found in years past that ones with pop dots or any raised items on the top don't hold up well in my purse, they catch on things, so if this is for a purse, flat embellishments/stamping does best.  If you'd like to see samples from years past, see my post HERE (2009) , or Here (2011), or Here (2012) Enjoy!

2013 Matchbook Calendar PDF

Matchbook covers

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A few challenge Christmas cards

Today I took a break from school work to make a few cards for challenge blogs.  I made this on for red and green challenge on the Less is More site.  I used fresh vintage and greetings of the season (both Stampin Up)

I made this one for Retro Sketches.  Papers are from and Authentique Christmas pack, I used a spellbinders die for the label and cricut (Noel cartridge) for the poinsettia.

I made this one for Frosted Designs First day of Christmas challenge (had to include a bird).  I used a memory box stamp that has a bird and I used some my minds eye card bases which I am wanting to use up!

I made this one for Freshly Made Sketches

Then I made this one for a challenge, but then realized you were supposed to make tags, not a project with tags....oh well.

Whew, busy day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cricut Noel and felt poinsettia Christmas pillows

Last week I went looking for holiday pillows for the living room, but all I could find was tan with colored images, since I have a tan couch I didn't think it would look nice since the tans would be slightly different.  My only choice was to make my own.  I did one with fabric paint ( two posts earlier).  I wanted them all to be different so for my second I made a pottery barn sort of knock off (the PB pillow was white on tan for $50, mine is white on green and only about $5).  I'm sure theirs is much nicer, but..$ yikes.  I cut the poinsettia leaves from craft felt sheets, stitched them on, then stitched jingle bells in the center.  Today I did the 3rd pillow using the NOEL cut on the Noel Christmas cricut cartridge.  It was cut at 10 inch from stampin up fabric (they have 3 fat quarters on sale for 0.99).   I started by putting permanent heat-n-bond on a 12 inch square of fabric, cut my images, then ironed the pieces onto cream colored fabric.  I stitched a 1 inch red border around the cream and did the back in the green, so it used up most of the two fat quarters.    Each pillow took me about 30 minutes - perfect for a daily crafting "fix" -  and I have something I can use for years, I might have to make them for every season!  I'm linking these up with Christmas cheer link party over at Happy Hour Projects, thanks for looking!