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WINNERS + Last Minute Gifts for Christmas: Apron Gift Card Holders

Christmas is upon us and I know many of us end up wrapping gifts and making tags and cards in a rush on Christmas Eve. So I am planning ahead preparing some outside of the box last minute gift ideas. This time I’m sharing these cute Christmas Apron gift / money holders!

 

 

New Holiday Traditions Papers
These sweet aprons look perfect thanks to our new digital papers from Holiday Traditions. You can find those here. They are super affordable and you can print them as many times as you like to recreate the same look on several projects. Also, I was able to get to aprons per printed 8 1/2″ by 11″ sheet. I printed them in a regular inkjet printer and used it to cut the pieces of this SVG file.

I used the Precious Giftables cartridge -or should I say Christmas giftables- by the lovely Anna Griffin. It includes two pocketsm, one that you can see on the pictures to place a small card, and another one on the back that is perfect for your money gifts. So yes, they are very practical too!

I finished the aprons with pretty stickers from the Very Merry Pack by Simple Stories, beautiful ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and jewel stickers from The Eyelet Outlet.

More Project Ideas for Christmas
If you need more inspiration for your Christmas crafts make sure to click on the links below and see some of my latest projects.

Customizing Digital Papers
Foiled Poinsettia Card
 

 

Christmas Card & Gift Box

Winners
We have to announce 2 winners from our last 2 New Release blog hops and they are: MY KRAFT KLOSET.KIM KLINKOVSKY and MARJORIE DUMONTLER. Congratulations! Please send me a quick note through the contact form and I’ll send you your gift cards!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more last minute ideas for the holidays! Until then.

Sharing with Simon Says Stamp for their Christmas Card Day Link-Up.
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Winter Snow Cards – Stenciled Snowflakes with TCW Stencils & Therm O Web

I’m back with a new idea for Christmas, with a set of stenciled snowflakes card. I love winter themed cards and these backgrounds turned out so nice with the blue watercolored base. I think you’ll find these cards are really easy to make. I prepared a short video to show you how I put made them.

All products used were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop and Therm O Web. Nevertheless, all opinions on this post are my own.

 

 

Video Tutorial
Click below to watch in just a few minutes how I put together these snowy cards! Make sure to visit The Crafter’s Workshop blog to take note of all the supplies used!
I tested a couple of modeling pastes from TCW and I found that the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste is great for layering stenciled textures. As you can see on the picture below the paste held its shape on top of the Decofoil Gel and you can’t see a ghost trace of the previous stenciled and foiled textured.

Hope you love this idea and that you find it useful during this Holiday Season. For more creative ideas for all your crafts projects subscribe to the blog (on sidebar). For more project ideas using stencils make sure to follow The Crafter’s Workshop! That’s all for now. Until next time!

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Shabby Chic Christmas Cards with Deco Foil + New Word Die Cuts

It’s been a while since I made a shabby chic card and today I have 2 of them to share, each full of wintery layers and textures. I also will be showing you how to put together this card design on a video tutorial featuring Rebekah Meier Designs mixed media products by Therm O Web and also a new digital pack from my shop with which I made some beautiful foiled word die cuts!

 

 

Tutorial & Supplies
I invite you to visit Therm O Web’s blog to see the complete list of supplies and links. This card design although very layered is not complicated to put together and I know that you will be able to duplicate it translating it to different color schemes using different patterned papers and elements! Click below to watch the video tutorial and click here to subscribe to my channel and watch many other Deco Foil tutorials!

If you are curious about these word svg die cuts, click here to see my new bundle pack that includes over 100 words and coordinating shadows! These can be resized and you can use any electronic cutting machine to make them!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! For more Deco Foil ideas for all your Holiday crafts make sure to subscribe to Therm O Web’s blog.
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Video Tutorial: Christmas Rosette Ornament Tags with Gina K. Designs

Today I’m back with a new video tutorial with Therm O Web, featuring Gina K. Designs new Holiday line! I’m in love with everything in this line and I’ll be showing you how I used the new Therm O Web Decorative die cuts, Foil-Mates and glitter Fancy Foils! I love everything in this new release and I know you will too!

I used beautiful papers from Simple Stories on these ornament tags. I love the more muted, retro color scheme of this paper pack. This one’s called Very Merry and I enjoyed working with it so very much.

 

Video Tutorial & Supplies

Click below to watch the video tutorial. All details on the steps I followed to make this tags can be found on the video. The complete supply list can be found on the video description on YouTube and also on Therm O Web’s blog. I’ve posted additional pictures on Therm O Web so make sure to visit their blog too!

 

 

That’s all for now. Make sure to like and share this video. Become a follower by clicking the subscribe button on my YouTube channel for more project ideas and tutorials. That’s all for now! Until next time.

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Elegant Christmas Gift Box and Card Idea

Every year I try to create small gifts for each holiday for my son’s teachers and for family friends. I try to come up with different ideas each time. This time I decided to share one of the projects I’ll be preparing for the Holidays… A decorated Christmas Gift Box that comes with a coordinating card.
This idea started off with this card. This is -I believe- my first purple Christmas card ever and I find the color combination to be so elegant. I used beautiful papers from Paper Temptress and stunning ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’m also featuring stamps and papers from my new Holiday collection.
This stamp set is called Cheery Christmas and you can find it in digital format here. Of course, we have made these images available also as a rubber stamp kit at Unity Stamp Company (which is so detailed). I decided to use the digital version of this stamp set for this card. I sized the Christmas wreath and sentiment to fit the entire front of my card. I colored the wreath with Spectrum Noir markers blending a deep purple color with dark green and then adding highlights with a lighter green to a few sections. To make the image pop I added light green ribbon around the wreath and then made a triple bow with this lovely textured purple ribbon, which I attached to the bottom of the wreath image. I made the bow by hand. You can find tutorials on YouTube in case you want to try it out… It’s not hard at all! I adhered the wreath on an Eggplant card panel that I also layered with a piece of patterned from the new Holiday Traditions Digital Paper Pack.
Although the sentiment I used here is also digital, I was able to heat emboss it. I used a non-porous parchment vellum paper which allows the ink to sit on the surface and gives you time to pour embossing powder on it and heat set it. I have a quick how-to video on this technique here.
Once my card was ready, I came across this box my husband left in the living room. I usually store all those pretty boxes from packaging and although this one wasn’t the prettiest I’ve seen it happened to match the vintage patterned paper on this card… (Potential my crafty friends… All of us -I’m sure- have an eye for potential…) I started embellishing the box with die cuts and ribbon to match the card. I needed a bold accent and it needed to be large to go across the front of the box. Not even the largest poinsettia dies I own were large enough and so I went for a dive online and found this gorgeous poinsettia SVG… You gotta love the freedom of resizing stuff to fit your projects! I get lots of satisfaction on being able to size images and cutting files for projects such as this one.

 

For the inside of the box I added a pocket die cut to place the card and then you are left with enough space for a small gift! I would add some tissue paper for the gift to make it even more elegant! What do you think of this idea? It’s a two in one project and you can do it different color combinations! I am planning to make a matching gift box for many other Christmas cards this year (like this one here).
Supplies:

Country Holiday Collection – RRR November Ribbon Club
Paper Temptress Eggplant Feltweave Cardstock and Parchment Vellum Paper
Therm O Web 3D Zots, Sticky Dot Mini Runner

3D Wintergreens SVG cutting file

Die Cuts – Victorian Medallion Two, Fall Foliage, Arched Elegance Pocket
Westcott Trimair Rotary Paper Trimmer, Titanium Bonded Paper Trimmer
Evolution Advanced die cutting machine
Cricut Explore Air 2
Spectrum Noir Markers in PL4, CG2, DG3, Sparkle

Purple embossing powder

Heat gun
Mini Hot Glue Gun
SU Antique Brads

Really Reasonable Ribbon

There’s still time to get your hands on these stunning, elegant ribbons. Click here to purchase any of the two new Ribbon Club Collections from RRR.

Discount Coupon
I have a discount code for all my followers, old and new! Get 15% off when you add all 5 new stamps and papers from our Holiday Collection to your cart. Just enter code HOLIDAYS2017 during checkout. Click here to visit the shop.

 

 

That’s all for today! I truly hope you find this idea useful! There are more Christmas cards on the works and I’ll be sure to share those tutorials here with you. I’ll be back on Thursday with a new video and also some wonderful news that I know my followers will be happy to hear! Until then.

Sharing with: Christmas Card Throwdown – Sketch / Weekly Christmas Card Challenges 
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Adding Snow Texture to your Christmas Cards with Modeling Paste

I’ve always loved seeing snow texture on Christmas projects and so I decided to add it to my own projects this year using The Crafter’s Workshop modeling pastes! I have a step by step tutorial on TCW’s blog for you so make sure to scroll down and click on the tutorial link.

Whenever I take a closer look at textured Christmas cards there’s usually a special snow texture paste used… (I actually have one of those.) But I’ll show you a way of achieving a very similiar look using supplies you may already have at home in combination with The Crafter’s Workshop texture pastes.

 

Tutorial & Supplies:
Click here to see how I created this background and how I added all the snow texture to my card. Supplies are listed and linked too over there!

I would love it if you could leave me a comment on the tutorial post letting me know what you think about this idea! Are you trying out the technique for your Christmas projects this year? That’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new art journaling post to share. Until then!

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Shadow Stenciled Backgrounds with Deco Foil & TCW Stencils

I’m sharing my first Christmas card of the year… And, I’ll show you an easy and beautiful technique called Shadow Stenciling, but this time using Deco Foil!

Tutorial & Supplies
I have a video tutorial showing you how I made today’s card and I’ve added that below. To find out the complete list of supplies used to create this project, make sure you visit Therm O Web’s blog.

Now imagine this background with the new glitter Deco Foil from Gina K. Designs! I will be showcasing those new products real soon. Make sure to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe for many more project ideas using Deco Foil and TCW Stencils!

Until next time.

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HOW TO: Customize Digital Papers + Giveaway – Featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon

Digital stamps and papers are still a mystery to many crafters… I too was the kind of crafter that preferred real, rubber or clear, stamps and perfect paper pads that I often didn’t use much because they were treated as a collection piece… Well, everything changed when I discovered all the advantages of digital stamping! I’ve been, since then, creating products to inspire you to make the same beautiful classic cards using technology as a your ultimate craft tool!

New Holiday Traditions Collection
Today I, once again, have a new project idea using digital products, but this time I want to share at least a couple of tips on how to make your digital paper prints even prettier, customizing them to fit all your holiday paper crafts! I finally have the pleasure to share with you my new Holiday Traditions Collection available now on Etsy as an instant download! I’ve prepared these stamps and papers with lots of love and anticipation and I can’t wait for you to try out each of the new sets!

 

We are releasing 4 new stamp sets: Winter Blessings, Jingle Bells, Christmas Poinsettias and Cheery Christmas. Plus a beautiful new paper pack: Holiday Traditions. Mix and match all the images in this collection to create a unique project this Season.

Use coupon HOLIDAYS2017 to get 15% off
when you buy all 5 of our new Christmas stamps and papers. 
(must be added to card individually, discount code will apply to all during checkout). 
 

 

Really Reasonable Ribbon
This month the designers and I will be featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon on our projects! Really Reasonable Ribbon is the ribbon source that has been meeting the needs of the crafting community for over 15 years. They offer a large variety of ribbon in sampler packs and mid-length pieces along with full spools at discount prices. Today, I am using a stunning ribbon selection from RRR October’s Monthly Ribbon Club and it’s the Christmas Assortment. I love all of the options this assortment has to offer in beautiful traditional holiday colors. But if you like even more variety, make sure to check out November’s Country Holiday Collection. Both these assortments are available now and you can get them HERE.

Tips for Digital Paper Prints
1. Adding foiled details.
For today’s card I started out by printing one of my favorite patterns in Holiday Traditions in an Inkjet printer (which is what most of us already have at home). I wanted to add foiled details to the printed sheet and one of the easiest ways of doing that is using the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen. I used this pen to add dots of adhesive on some of the berries on the paper and let it dry. Once the adhesive was tacky I added some Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils in Radiant Red, burnishing it with my fingers. Another alternative product would be Deco Foil Adhesive which is thicker but works just the same.

There many more ways to add foiled details to digital papers, so I’ll leave here a couple of other ideas I’ve tried out in the past that could work great for you too, like foil splatters (here) or even reprinting your paper with a simple texture, using a laser printer so you can foil it (here).

2. Adding a sealing coat.
When you print on Inkjet printers, the ink is not permanent, meaning that any tiny bit of humidity can make your digital paper print smear. The solution for that is simple, add a coat of sealer. At some point in my life I used hair spray as a fixative. (As long as it doesn’t have a tacky finish, it works fine.) But then as I started building my stash I’ve discovered some products that work great and give your papers a beautiful finish. Lately I’ve been using Glitter Dust spray a lot for not only papers but also digital stamps. Glitter Dust comes in different colors, it is made by Therm O Web, and it gives your project a subtle sparkle. I love it! A light coat of Glitter Dust will do and the lighter your coat is, I find, the better the result.

Another product I enjoy using is Resin Spray. Resin is a form of plastic but this formula is extra easy to use and it’s meant for adding a glossy finish to resin pieces. I use it as a sealer when I want the print to look a little brighter and it also gives a semi glossy finish to the paper.. This is great if you don’t have special coated cardstock around. Three coats of Resin Spray and you’ll see the difference right away.

 

These are 2 tips I used myself to make today’s card. I know there are many more ways you could find to customize your digital papers, like printing them on vellum, glossy or textured cardstock and so much more… I encourage you to have fun discovering new ways of using digis!

Blog Hop & Giveaway

As always we want to share more project ideas with you, so make sure you visit the links listed below for more inspiration and also for a chance to win a $20 gift card -not coupon- to the shop, so you can get our entire Holiday Traditions collection this month!

 

 

 

 

 

For more Tips & Tricks
Visit my YouTube channel today and check out my latest tutorials! There’s lots being shared over there and I would love to have you join our YouTube family! Click here to subscribe.

 

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Layered Poinsettia Canvas – DIY Christmas Crafts & Holiday Decor –

‘Tis the season to be crafty… Yes, it’s time for holiday crafts! If you’ve followed my tutorials you’ve noticed that I’ve made a few DIY Christmas decor projects since last year. Today I have a poinsettia canvas with lots of layers for a full, tridimensional look. My Christmas decor theme is usually white, cream, gold and bronze. I went ahead and used elements in the same color scheme for my mini media canvas too.

Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon – 1 inch Gold Faux Suede Leaves, STRING/BURLAP – IRIDESCENT WHITE, 1.5 inch White Lace with Ivory Satin Center Ribbon, 3/4 inch Ivory Lace with Pearl Center Ribbon, 3/8 Inch Multi-Size Beaded String – Ivory, 1 Inch SOLID/WRINKLED – IVORY, 5 inch Ivory Tulle
Die Cuts – Spellbinders: Layered Poinsettia / Prima: Forest Leaves
Stamps – Justrite: Festive Poinsettia
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet: 12mm sticker jewels in white, gold and flower / Twinklets Diamond Dust / Bead Landing word beads / Miscelaneous: Vintage buttons, large pearl stickers, rhinestone stickers, Christmas tree mesh
Adhesives – 3M spray adhesive / UHU all purpose adhesive / hot glue
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine, American Crafts heat tool, Stanley mini glue gun, SU Simply Scored Stylus, Stamping block
Other – Therm O Web: Amber Watercolor decofoil, Gold decofoil / Cottonwood Arts

To create this piece I started off by putting together the multi layered poinsettias. Click below to learn how I made them.


Layering the canvas is not as difficult as it seems, but again I mixed many different materials:

1. Use spray adhesive to attach gold Christmas tree mesh. (I used a delicate fishnet mesh.)
2. Add several pieces of lace and ribbon to one side of the canvas. (I attached pearl center lace on top of gold satin ribbon.)
3. Make a triple bow from white crinkle ribbon, layer it with iridiscent and pearl beaded string.
4. Gather together tulle ribbon and attach it underneath the white bow.
5. Add the poinsettias on top of the bow.
6. Embellish the tulle with jewels, rhinestones and buttons.
7. Die cut leaves in white cardstock, adding Diamond Dust or any kind of snow glitter and adhere them around the flowers.
8. Die cut more leaves and foil them with decofoil. (I used a multi colored foil.) Adhere the foiled leaves around the flowers.
9. Add a sentiment. (I used a bead word.)

I hope you are inspired to create your own DIY decor pieces this Christmas using craft supplies you already own! This piece is now sitting on one of my book shelves and it goes along perfectly with the rest of our Christmas decor.

For even more inspiration check out our 
Most pinned Christmas card of the year…(click here)



I also invite you to stop by our Etsy shop and check out our NEW Christmas Collection Stamps and Papers! They are available for instant download and just perfect for those last minute cards and tags! 

Click here to shop.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish you a wonderful and creative holiday season! Until next time.

Sharing with the following challenges: Frilly & Funky – Home for the Holidays / House of Cards – December challenge & DT call / The Mixed Media Challenge – Merry & Bright / Pearly Sparkles – Merry Christmas / As you like it Challenge – Favorite Gold or Silver / Moving Along with the Times – AG Christmas / Word Art Wednesday – AG / Crimbo Crackers – Non-traditional Christmas / Retarte – AG

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New Christmas Collection Stamps – Available Now on Etsy –

We are ready for our last stamp and paper release of the year! We’ve prepared a versatile selection of digital goodies that will make your printables, cards and tags stand out this season.

Here is our 2016 Christmas Collection.

These images are perfect for paper crafters! Use them as they are for a monochromatic look or foil them for a modern finish, These of course are easy and great to color too, so you will have lots of fun with each of these sets.

Our special edition papers are too so lovely! They are a mix of vintage and elegant designs that I know you will enjoy working with. Here are some beautiful projects created by Autumn from Sew Paper Paint using our Christmas papers in even non-holiday cards. (more on her projects here).


All the sets shown above are available individually or as a bundle! 
Make sure you visit the SHOP today. Bundles may only be available for a limited time, so get them before they’re gone! 
Find our new Christmas Collection here
Find our new Christmas Collection Bundle here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Will be waiting for you at our Etsy shop. Make sure you leave us a comment / review on the shop too! Until next time!