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Make a Match Box

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Today I wanted to share with you one way to give a gift card creatively, using a handmade Match Box.

With Christmas right around the corner, there is no doubt you’ve been searching for gift ideas.

A gift card almost seems like a last resort, doesn’t it? You shop… and shop for the perfect gift, and then you throw up your hands and say, “I’m going to give a gift card.”

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Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids

Snowman Joy

This little snowman is bringing you some early holiday wishes!  I love making handcrafted cards for others and today I wanted to share this cute Doodlebug Designs Snowman with you that I made for Send a Smile 4 Kids. They are hosting a Early Holiday Wishes challenge HERE,  and this was a fun card to make for that challenge.

Send a Smile 4 Kids Early Holiday Wishes Card

I chose a double z fold design for my snowman card. I used to shy away from the fun fold cards, but found that many are much easier than they look. I made this one at Valentines Day and I think they are so adorable standing up on a table. A scoreboard really helps and it is a tool to put on your Christmas list if you don’t already have one. 

There are many tutorials on Pinterest for various types of fancy fold cards if you do a search. I won’t go into detail on how I set it up.  I wanted to keep the layering minimal, so I chose red card stock and simply layered the patterned paper on top.

I purchased the patterned paper pack for this card last year and it was perfect for this card. It’s by Doodlebug Designs. The little snowman was from the Silhouette Store and is from the Doodlebug Designs Here Comes Santa collection.

I offset the letters for “Joy” so that it would not blend into the card too much.

Foam tape was used to adhere the little snowman so that he would stand out a little more.

The little bit of snow sparkle on the hat, ends of the scarf, and the nose, come from Diamond Stickles.

To make the card so that someone could write a little greeting, I added a white panel on the inside.

Handcrafted card with snowman cutout and the greeting "Joy".
Snowman Christmas Joy Card

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this little card. Create something simple for your home, family or friends today!

Connie

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Happy Fall Card

 Happy Fall Card

Today I’m here to share with you a “Happy Fall” card that I made using the Viva La Verve September sketch. We haven’t had too much fall weather yet, and I’m enjoying the the end of summer that we’re having.

For this card I pulled out some paper products from the Close to My Heart Swan Lake collection, and stamps from the CTMH Choose Happy and Woodland Critters sets.

I masked the little frame with a post it note so that I could stamp the raccoon in the corner and colored the frame with a Spectrum noir marker.

I used a Darice embossing folder in the Cuttlebug to emboss the background and cut the little speech bubble out on my Silhouette Cameo.

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Fall to you.

Double Z Fold Valentine

Good Morning,

Hope you’re having a wonderful and creative day! Today I wanted to share this cute little double z fold Valentine that I made for the Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. If you have never tried a double z fold card, give it a try! They are not that hard and provide lots of wonderful possibilities.

For this card I used a piece of white card cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 2 3″ and 5 1/2″. The bottom strip is cut and scored somewhat the same but only 1 1/2 inches tall.

This is only the second card I’ve done like this, so while I’m enjoying the adventure, I’m not super professional at it yet. There are lots of nice tutorials out there on how to make these.

The Silhouette Store had lots of fun stuff for completing this card. I chose the “Assorted Houses”, “Dear Lizzie Fence” and “Truck Christmas Tree” for my images. I removed the tree in the truck image and replaced it with a cute little heart cutout and used welded circles and the knife function to make my clouds.

I chose papers from Stamps of Life “Forever” collection, Simple Stories “Sn@p! Color Vibe”, and just some tiny pieces of “Beau Jardin” by Penny Black Inc.. I’m still working out the greeting section, so for now I just stamped the little generic “Happy Valentines Day” tag. Hope you’ll send some of your own smiles across the miles. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Very Merry Tags Easy Christmas Card

Elegant and Easy

Good Morning,

Can hardly believe that Christmas is less than 4 weeks away! I decided to work on another Christmas card design that is fast and easy to do. Cricut access is  a great tool and it’s where I found this little tree, in the Very Merry Tags images. I cut my tree layers from green and white and added some Star Dust Stickles to highlight the snowy overlay.

The card background is simply a piece of white, cut off at an angle. I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a snowflakes embossing folder. The “joy” stamp is a mini from Close to My Heart. The red shimmer trim is a retired CTMH product that I still had in my stash. A shiny red enamel dot tops my tree to cover the tag top.

Streamline the Process

  • Start out with a white card base
  • Cut and assemble all the trees
  • Add the red dot to tops of trees
  • Cut all snowy backgrounds
  • Add shimmer tape to snow background
  • Stamp your simple word greeting
  • Layer the snowy background on to card
  • Add your tree to your card

 

I love the simple elegance of it.

Thanks for stopping by today and we’ll see you next time.

 

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

CTMH City Sidewalks

Fast and Fun Easel Card

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I traveled to western Wisconsin to teach a basketry class and enjoyed every minute of my time. It was a beautiful drive through the Wisconsin Driftless area.

Today I wanted to share a sweet little easel card with you.

I used the following stamps and paper:

  • CTMH City Sidewalks paper
  • Joy to You and Me stamp set by CTMH
  • Sentiment stamp from Stamps of Life.
  • A Darice embossing folder
  • Coordinations Card stock

I had a great time making this card, and I love the little surprise element when it is opened.

 

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Paper Players 319 Tic, Tac, Toe Challenge

Good Monday Morning to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated our grand daughter’s 2nd birthday yesterday. Very fun!

I’ve been working on a little project here this morning to work up some simple Christmas card designs. I demonstrated my basket weaving at an area assisted living facility in October, and I was invited back to do card making in a couple weeks. I used the Paper Players Tic Tac Toe Challenge to help me get things rolling today. My theme from the Tic, Tac, Toe board is “red, glitter and snowflakes”.

This is an A2 card background cut down to 3 1/4 inches wide. Each of the three little rectangles on the left are 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 inches. I used a corner rounder on just one side. The red card front was embossed in my Cuttlebug with a snowflake embossing folder. I created the little banner on a 3/4 inch piece of white cardstock that was trimmed from the side of the card and stamped it with a stamp from Santa2Stamp set from Stamps of Life.

All the card stock and patterned paper is from the October Stamps of Life card kit. The brads are from Creative Impressions. For my glitter element I used Star Dust Stickles on some of the embossed snowflakes, although I might have to experiment with something that shows up a little bit more. That’s half the fun, right?

Thanks for joining me today. Hope you’ll check out all the neat cards at Paper Players! 

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Freshly Made Sketches 259: Be Merry

Good Morning!

Today I wanted to share a card I made using the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. This would be a fun and easy card for sending out some early Christmas greetings. For this card I used the Close To My Heart City Sidewalks paper and coordinating card stock.

The stamped images on the bottom right come from the Joy to You & Me stamp set. This set reminds me of when we had our big station wagon and my husband took the kids out to a nearby tree farm to get the Christmas tree. I used Pacifica, Lagoon, Pear and New England Ivy for stamping these little images.

The “be merry” in the center is from the Silhouette Store. I made it into a print and cut and stamped a few little snowflakes on it too. I think I might add a little bit of Star Dust Stickles here and there for a bit of sparkle.

That’s it! Enjoy your day and hope to see you again soon.

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Send a Smile for Kids: Fall Colors Challenge

Good Morning! It’s a cool, rainy, late summer day in Wisconsin and I was in the mood for some card making for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I just love this sweet image from Bugaboo Stamps and it was my first purchase from them. I couldn’t wait to download and use it.

I did a little wood grain embossing to go along with the fall theme. The sentiment stamp and background papers are from the August Stamps of Life card kit. I added a few EK Success stickers and some “pen stitching”  for a little embellishment. This was just a fun, simple little card that reminds me that fall is creeping up sort of fast.

Have a wonderful day!

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

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