Hi, I did a little Black Friday shopping today, but more importantly, wanted to participate in the Red Friday Bloghop by Operation Write Home. OWH sends blank handmade cards to our Heroes, who in turn, use them to write to their families and friends. Valentines are next to be sent in by card makers, but love cards are always needed and appreciated. This is a slow period because of the Holidays, so the Bloghop is to call all of our attention to the fact that cards are always needed. We get to see great cards in the Hop, be inspired, and there are lots of super prizes too!
I was hopping through this morning, and I was inspired by Julie Ebersol’s Blog, Paper Truffelz . I loved her card with the cute little envelopes. I have a die set by Lil’ Inkers Designs called Mini Envelopes Dies & Accessories . I wanted to do one bigger envelope, and used the word dies and heart die from the set in my card. The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Hugs and Kisses embossing folder. The little envelope is scored and the flap cut, and I used my Copic COO to shade the edges a bit. I used a little dimensional adhesive to hold the envelope open. Then I cut 3 hearts and added them. Here is the final result:
So there you have it! One of the many things we talked about being thankful for yesterday, was our Heroes, who sacrifice themselves to protect our freedom! Please consider participating in Operation Write Home!
Now, back to Christmas cards! “Be Good!” Debbie
Hi, I have another Christmas card for you today! This one uses the Lil’ Inkers dies, Holly Jolly and Stitched Script Holiday Words. I used red and green paper, and my Femme Frames stitched rectangle from Mama Elephant. The Lil Inkers word die, does not cut out the word, it just leaves a stitched impression which is really cool. I used a bit of Mememto ink to edge the holly and leaves, and popped them a little with dimensional adhesive. Once I had the card put together, I thought it would be cool to use a white gel pen on each of the individual stitches to make them stand out. I was really happy with this one. “Be Good!” Debbie
Here is another Christmas card for you today! I love this Santa in the truck! The die is from Cottage Cutz, this is the first time I have used one of their dies. Make sure you use the enclosed injection foam, as the little pieces really stick into the die. I found that out right away, and the foam makes cutting a breeze. There are lots of little pieces that need to be cut, but you can use your scraps for the individual pieces. The paper is from Doodlebug, and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado called Warm Holiday Wishes. “Be Good!” Debbie
I love the Graphic Greetings series by Taylored Expressions. They have greetings for a variety of occasions and holidays. This stamp is called Graphic Greetings Redeemer. I used Versamark Crimson Red ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. The background paper is from DCWV called The First Noel. I used my Die-versions nativity die to cut the nativity out of gold paper. Then, I cut the baby Jesus and star from it and attached that piece with dimensional adhesive. It was an easy card to make, and I love the results! Jesus is the Reason for the Season! “Be Good!” Debbie
Happy Veteran’s Day! Today I am featuring a Christmas card that I made for our heroes at Operation Write Home. I found this stamp on Ebay (PSX from 1988) and loved it. I stamped it in Danube Blue Memento Ink and used clear embossing powder and a heat gun to emboss it. The sentiment is from Recollections. The chevron red paper is from Doodlebug, and the blue stars from Jo Ann Fabrics. I used the narrow ovals die set to cut the Santa out, and Taylored Expressions Banners 1 for the banner. The little embellishment is a red candy dot. I glued a white star (I cut out from a punch) on top of it to match the paper. I just want to say that you to all of our Servicemen and Women and our Veterans! You all are awesome, and we are so grateful for the sacrifices that you have made so that we can be free! “Be Good!” Debbie
When I saw the Sparkle String die by Penny Black, I just loved it!! For my card today, I cut 3 sparkle strings, one in silver, and one each of green and red, using Christmas Foil paper from American Crafts. The paper has a little texture to it, which really adds to the design. I cut the bulbs off of the red and green strings, and just glued them over the top of the silver bulbs, alternating colors. I used a little dimensional adhesive to pop the bulbs, and added a little rhinestone for extra sparkle. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, and is stamped in silver Delicata ink. I also added a little rhinestone in the scrolling. It is an easy card to make, and I am so thrilled with the results. This is my favorite card so far! Get your sparkle on! “Be Good!” Debbie
Today I have another Christmas card for you! This one features the Impression Obsession reindeer die. I cut the Reindeer on craft paper, and colored the edges a bit with brown Memento ink. The greenery around his neck is from the die set, Pine Sprig Cluster. I cut the pine pieces a bit smaller to use them, and then used pearls colored with Copic R39 for the holly berries. I used some foam tape to pop the reindeer off of the paper The background paper is from my stash and the fun woven red ribbon is from Recollections. Have a great day! “Be Good!” Debbie