Christmas Card: Merry Little Penguin

merry little penguin imageHere’s another quick and easy Christmas card idea!

This merry little penguin is an adorable stamp from Close to My Heart. Here’s the steps to create this card:

1. Cut the blue background to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

2. Use Versamark ink to stamp the penguin.

3. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. (Want to learn embossing? Watch this video!)

4. Tear the ‘ice’ from a bit of white paper.

5. Stamp ‘Merry Christmas’ on the ice with matching blue ink.

6. Stamp a few snowflakes using white pigment ink.

7. Mount to a quarter-fold card front.

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Did you see the Love and Joy Card? How about the Joy Card and Envelope? (Click to see!)

Scrapbook Christmas… in January! Make Christmas easier by knowing you'll have the important details ready to scrap in January when Christmas is over!Overwhelmed trying to scrap Christmas?

If you are worried that you aren’t capturing the special moments in December for your scrapbooks don’t despair! There’s still time to register for Scrapbook Christmas… in January.

This class will show you what you need to capture this month so you will be able to scrap all of your Christmas memories with ease in January! Click here for more details!

Christmas cards don’t have to be difficult or take forever to create. Next time you need a card try to use a little creativity to make something fun and fast!

Let your creativity shine!

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Have a wonderfully scrappy kind of day!

Alice.

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Christmas Card: Love and Joy

Make it Monday Blog Circle image‘Tis the season… for creating Christmas cards!

Welcome!

If you are hopping along the Make it Monday Blog Circle you’ll have arrived from Kristie Sloan’s where she was creating a festive holiday mini-album from envelopes! Did you miss it? Click here!

I’ll share your next stop at the end of this post.

Did you know?

Creating handmade Christmas cards became popular back in 1910-20? They were often made into unusual shapes and included details like foil and ribbon. These intricate details made them difficult to mail and they were often hand delivered.

Does this seem familiar to you? I know that every year I hand make a few extra special cards for people that really enjoy the time and detail that is added to them. When they become large and bulky I end up hand delivering my cards. It’s been 100 years, and some things never change!

Love and Joy Card

The card I’m sharing today is not thick and bulky, although I did add some depth using foam tape. If you are really concerned about the thickness of the card this could easily be omitted.

Love and Joy Christmas Card using CTMH products.

Techniques used on this card:

  • Embossing with a Big Shot
  • Stamping
  • Fussy cutting
  • Distress inking using the stamp pad directly on the project

Love and Joy Christmas card created using CTMH products (detail image)

I’ve included a complete listing of the supplies used at the end of this post.

Christmas Card Video Tutorial

Create a simple and elegant Christmas card easily with this video tutorial and directions.You can see the Christmas card and envelope I shared on the blog yesterday, including a video tutorial HERE.

Make it Monday

Your next stop on the Make it Monday Blog Circle will have Connie from Clicky Chick Creates showing you Christmas crafts to deck the halls and beautify the walls. Click here!

Class: Scrapbook Christmas… in January

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, until you have to cook, clean, go to parties, shop, wrap, and don’t forget… scrapbook your precious memories! Trying to do it all is exhausting.
Why not make Christmas as stress free as possible? Scrapbook Christmas in January!
This new class will teach you how to easily record the important moments and capture the photos you need, so you can scrapbook Christmas in January, after the kids have gone back to school, the decorations have been put away, and you finally have time to relax.

My Question for YOU!

Do you make Christmas cards? How many do you make? Do you make all the cards that you mail? Leave your answer in the comments. I usually make anywhere from 40-60 cards each year, although getting them into the mail is a whole separate story! ;)

Alice.

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Supplies Used:

All from CTMH (Link for Canadians only! Ask me if you need a Consultant in the USA.)

  • Yuletide Carol paper package
  • To You and Yours stamp set
  • New England Ivy cardstock
  • Champagne cardstock
  • Ruby cardstock
  • New England Ivy ink
  • Champagne ink
  • Black ink
  • Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
  • Carmine alcohol ink marker
  • Circles cut with Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Non – CTMH products:

  • Embossing template: from Darice.

* Information about Christmas cards was found HERE.

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Create a simple and elegant Christmas card easily with this video tutorial and directions.It’s Christmas card time! This card is a traditional paper card created using a digital template as inspiration. What a cool idea!

The credit doesn’t actually go to me. My friend Carol Cassel from Scrapbook Campus is running “12 Days of Christmas Cards” and each day has a free digital template and an example of how you may use it… from 12 different designers! I was excited when she invited me to be one of the designers.

Here’s a peek at the digital template. (If you want the download version you’ll have to be on the email list. Hurry, this will be sent out on December 8, 2014!) To sign up for  the 12 Days of Christmas Cards click HERE.

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The templates are simple so you can add as much creativity to the basic design as you like! I love having a basic design that can be used over and over. I could easily turn this into a birthday, thank you, sympathy, or get well soon card.

Create a simple and elegant Christmas card easily with this video tutorial and directions.

Adding a custom envelope that matches the card makes this extra special.

Create a simple and elegant Christmas card easily with this video tutorial and directions.

Here’s the video so you can see how quickly you can create this simple, elegant card. At the end of this post I’ll share a list of supplies and dimensions.

Create a simple and elegant Christmas card easily with this video tutorial and directions.

To sign up for  the 12 Days of Christmas Cards click HERE. Don’t worry if you’ve missed the first ones, as you’ll receive access to all of them at the end!

Scrapbook Christmas… in January! Make Christmas easier by knowing you'll have the important details ready to scrap in January when Christmas is over!Are you feeling stressed and worried that you won’t be able to get your Christmas scrapbooking done this month?

Get rid of the stress and Scrapbook Christmas… in January! This new class will teach you how to capture the important moments now and scrapbook them after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is over… in January! Get more details HERE.

Do you make your own Christmas cards? Do you use templates to inspire your design? Leave a comment to share your method!

Alice.

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Dimensions for card pieces:

  • Card base: 4-1/4 x 11 (fold it in half)
  • Patterned paper base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Red rectangle: 2 x 3-1/4
  • Green rectangle: 2 x 3-1/4
  • Gold glitter paper: 2-1/4 x 3-1/4
  • ‘Joy’ image: 1-1/2 x 2-1/2
  • Ribbon: need approximately 7 inches

Dimensions for envelope pieces:

  • Envelope base: 8-1/8 x 8-1/8
  • Green rectangle: 1-1/2 x 2
  • Red square: 1-1/2 x 1-1/2

Supplies:

Most supplies are from Close to My Heart. (in Canada you can order them HERE)

  • Patterned paper: Yuletide Carol (X7187B)
  • Joy sticker: Yuletide Carol Complements (X7187C)
  • Stamp set: Noel (C1598)
  • Red Cardstock: Ruby
  • Green Cardstock: New England Ivy
  • Gold Glitter paper from the Brown and Tan 3 pack (Z1830)
  • Green Ink: New England Ivy
  • Black Ink: Black
  • Foam tape

Non- CTMH supplies

  • Envelope Punch Board
  • Embossing templates: ProvoCraft and Ellison
  • Tim Holtz scissors

 

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Scrapbook Christmas… in January a NEW Class

Scrapbook Christmas… in January! Make Christmas easier by knowing you'll have the important details ready to scrap in January when Christmas is over!
Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year, until you have to cook, clean, go to parties, shop, wrap, and don’t forget… scrapbook your precious memories! Trying to do it all is exhausting.

 

Why not make Christmas as stress free as possible? Scrapbook Christmas in January!

 

This new class will show you how to easily record the important moments and capture the photos you need, so you can scrapbook Christmas in January, after the kids have gone back to school, the decorations have been put away, and you finally have time to relax.

 

Early bird special $10. (Regular price $25)

 

 

I hope you will have a happy, peaceful and stress-free Christmas, but if that doesn’t seem likely perhaps you want to give the class a chance! ;)

 

Let your creativity shine, and get scrapping!
Alice.
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