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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.

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MOJO Monday 467

MOJO Monday 467

It’s been a busy week here with my daughter visiting from out of state. Today I had to drop her at the airport and probably won’t see her again until next summer.

However, I did get a small chance to open the September Stamps of Life card kit and make this little Christmas card for the Mojo Monday Challenge. I love these designer papers! I made the tag in Silhouette Studio and added a little Stickles glitter glue to the snowflake embellishment to give it some sparkle.

I have my new friend Vinny to help me with my card making. He is an adorable little poodle mix dog that we recently adopted and he likes to be close. He’s such a sweetheart, I don’t mind. 

Take care and have a great week!

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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!

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Send a Smile 4 Kids: Cute Fall Cards Challenge

Today I’m “sending you a Hello from my heart” for the Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge. I used the Mojo Monday 464 sketch as inspiration for this card, and the Stamps for Life card kit for most of my supplies. The little fall mouse is from the Silhouette Store and is by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings. Just love it! 

This was a wonderful sketch challenge, very fun to put together. Absolutely love visiting Mojo Monday each week. That’s it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you soon!

What a cute fall mouse!

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It’s All About the Happy: Simple Birthday Cards

Simple Birthday Cards with Stamps of Life

I had an amazingly fun time yesterday with my Stamps of Life Birthday Card kit. I did a little bit more challenging project HERE, but I decided I wanted to keep things sweet and simple for this little group of cards. It’s all about the “happy” right? 

I’m fortunate enough to have purchased some power crafting tools along the way, and I have a great time using them. Maybe I don’t use them enough. But sometimes you need a really quick card and I whipped these up pretty fast without having to haul out a whole bunch of stuff. Bright, cheerful and super easy, right? I had a couple of Dollar Tree chipboard stickers that I used on all but the middle card. Otherwise all the fun was from the card kit.

That’s it! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and see you next week! 

 text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Mojo Monday 463

MOJO Monday 463

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Just a very quick tall and skinny MOJO Monday card today.  I chose papers from Echo Park “Hello Winter” and used a stamp from the Fiskars “Latte Love” stamp set. I thought that these silver hearts from Close to My Heart had been sitting in my stash long enough, and so I decided they would work for this card.

No, I’m not ready to say “Hello” to winter yet, but I do like this Echo Park paper and can’t wait to use it for some more joyous winter cards! Take care and have a great day.

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Cricut and Scraps: Handcrafted Embellishments

Lots of paper, lots of great cards, but lots of scraps. I just… ummm…donated some various size pieces to my daughter who wanted to use some of it for scrap booking and I still have plenty. I’ve been trying to use up smaller pieces but then sometimes you just have itty bitty scraps and then what?

 

 Making handcrafted gift tags and embellishments is a great way to use up bits and pieces that linger in your scrap stash.

Small pieces of your favorite patterned papers need not go to waste and you can put together many of these in a short time.

Grab the foam tape, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue and your cutting machine.  Punches, stamps, embossing folders, buttons and even some machine stitiching also work wonderful for this project. How about a little washi tape or even stickers from the Dollar Tree to help you out? I’ve even used the patterned paper on the inside of safety envelops.

Start with a basic tag template or any shape you choose. As you can see in the photo, I’ve used some layering to make these tags bright and interesting. Imagine giving a gift with one of your own handcrafted embellishments. Something about it says, “You’re special!”

Take care, have a great rest of the day!

Connie

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Mojo Monday 462: Hedge Hogs Cards

As I pointed out in yesterday’s post, I’ve been having fun with my Stephanie Barnard Stamps of Life card kits. I absolutely loved the card stock and patterned papers in the August kit. Plus I hadn’t used this little Hedge Hog set from the stamp club kit yet. I know…how could I have not!

When my daughter and her college roommate saw the hedge hog set, they thought it was so adorable. It was enough to get them talking about stamping. Just might end up on a gift list sometime…ya never know! All that said, I thought it was a great combo for the papers in the August kit.

Stamps of Life Hedge Hog Card

This little card is used the fun paper and embellishments from the August card kit, the hedge hog from the HedgeHog2stamp set and the “HI” was from the Watermelon2Stamp set. The second card uses the Stamps of Life card kit papers, a Darice embossing folder for the background, (Love the green!) and some EKSuccess stickers. I colored both animals with Prismacolor Pencils.

Hop on over to MOJO Monday to see this sweet and simple sketch and all the wonderful inspiration there. I’ve been working on a Send a Smile for kids bunch of cards that I hope to send out soon. This week’s challenge is “Anything Goes for Kids” I think kids would love the hedge hog, don’t you?

Have a great day and hope to see you again soon!

 text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Birthday Box Card with Dollar Tree Stickers

I had to think outside the box with this little card that I’m posting today. At least it was outside the box for me. I decided to try something outside my usual cards and do this adorable little box card.

First of all I used my Scor-pal to create this card. The have a wonderful tutorial for an ACT size box card as well as many other great tutorials on their blog.

Then I chose papers for this card from a Stephanie Barnard Stamps of Life card kit that I recently purchased. The card kit club is great if you want to have everything matching for an adorable set of cards and I fell head over heels with this set when I got it. The pad of designer papers is so cute and colorful! The card stock is wonderful quality and there was a die, ribbon, embellishments, stamps, brads… the August kit came and I had barely even gotten a start on this birthday set. I’ll be using these elements for awhile.

I rounded the top corners of my box, cut my decorative papers.

For a little frugal fun I used a cut little set of chip board stickers that I had purchased at Dollar Tree. They are so colorful and coordinate well with the Stamps of Life papers that I used.  I found a little piece of scrap acetate for mounting the smaller balloon. Now it looks like it’s floating.

I loved putting this colorful little card together. If you have made one of these, you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t tried it, by all means check out some tutorials. Any one can turn something ordinary into something fun. That’s it for today. Hope all your crafting endeavors are awesome today. See you next time!

 

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

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