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Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

In the spirit of my Keep It Simple Sunday, I want to show you how to make a last minute Thanksgiving card. I know many of you plan far ahead and aren’t like me. Running around at the last minute to get a card made for your husband at 5:30 in the morning. Golly, I DO this for a living! You’d think I would be more prepared!

Well I’m not. So I thought, why not combine a couple techniques I’ve shown you recently? They’re top of mind, close at hand, and quick and easy. So tadah, a card made in 6 minutes flat!!

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

There might be some familiar looking pieces here…like the leaf perhaps? The Vintage Leaves set is a classic for this time of year. You’ve seen me use it here already but with watercolour paper for a more subtle mixing of colour. This time, I stamped directly onto Shimmery White cardstock and embossed my ink for a shiny look. Very subtle sheen and quite pretty up close.

Rather than just stamp the greeting on the card and be done with it – which I admit would have been even faster – I stamped on a small strip of Shimmery White. I picked the darkest colour from my leaf, Cherry Cobbler since the greeting is pretty small letters so it would show up. The gold metallic thread and enamel shape add another touch of shine.

So if you also need to make a last minute Thanksgiving card like me, here’s how it goes together:

Ingredients

  • Shimmery White cardstock 1-5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 – 3/4” x 3”
  • Gold metallic thread (about 12”)

Recipe

  1. Turn stamp face up and cover completely with Versamark ink
  2. Tap Crushed Curry, then Tangerine Tango, then Cherry Cobbler ink in several spots of the leaf
  3. Stamp onto Shimmery White card front and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Heat.
  4. Stamp words on strip of Shimmery White and cut right edge into a banner (TIP: snip from the right middle edge about 1/2” into the strip, then snip from each corner to the end of your cut line to create a “V”)
  5. Wind metallic thread around fingers and place onto glue dot then onto card on top left
  6. Use Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape to adhere banner
  7. Attach Metallic Enamel shape

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

So even though there are a few steps, I still consider this a pretty simple card. Not a lot of layers, lots of clean space and simple embellishments. I suspect you may have these supplies hanging around your own craft room. But if not, here is everything I used.

Let’s take one last look (before I throw it in an envelope for the hubby!)

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

I do hope you’re a bit more organized than I am. However if you find you’ve got TOO much on the go and think it’s time to go grab a Dollar Store card, DON’T. This is an ultra quick and super easy last minute Thanksgiving card that they (he’ll?) appreciate even more!

Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Did you know you can use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards? My friend Leslie made me an ultra-fast, ultra-easy, ultra-nifty card using the Memories & More Color Theory card pack perfect for this time of year.

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

If you’re not a scrapbooker and haven’t noticed this card pack before, or glossed over them, like me (yup, guilty!) you’ll find them on page 192-193 of the annual catalogue. Why not take a closer look at what’s included in this particular pack?

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

52 3” x 4” pre-printed flat cards and 20 4” x 6” pre-printed flat cards – WOW! But that’s not all, you also get two cardstock sticker sheets and four printed acetate cards. All this for only $12.50. Think how many cards that works out to (about 72 plus with my calculations). When it comes to economical, these are right up there with my Santa Paws card earlier this week. I might have to agree these might be right at the top!

So let’s talk time. How many of us have LOADS of time to spend paper crafting? Not me…and probably not most of you. So when I say quick, I really mean it! There are only 6 steps, each taking about 10 seconds! It got even quicker when Leslie pulled out her pre-cut, pre-scored notepads and envelope for the card base. Here are her steps:

  1. Cut the double sided card (with leaves) to 3” x 4”
  2. Cut down a sheet of Color Theory paper to 3 1/4” x 4 3/4” (this one is in Crushed Curry)
  3. Stamp thank you in Memento ink on one of the leaves
  4. Adhere Crushed Curry Color Theory paper to top left of folded notecard
  5. Attach stamped 3” x 4” card to bottom right overlapping designer paper with dimensionals
  6. Swipe your Wink of Stella over a leaf or two to add a little sparkle

That’s IT! (Oh, and Leslie used the cut off strip of Crushed Curry paper on the flap of her envelope.  A fun way to tie it together!

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Why not use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards yourself? If you’re a scrapbooker, try using them in a slightly different way. If you’re not, here’s where you can find some:

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Simple, easy and timely. All the qualities of a fast and fun card. I’d say!

I do have to admit, I haven’t yet purchased any of the Memories & More Card Packs. But I’m going to be perusing those couple pages pretty closely…which one can I get the most use from for card making? Then I’ll be able to copy Leslie and use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards when I need to make multiples – or just when I’m running out of time!

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Today I am building on a blog post from last week to show you how I made embellished easy watercolour leaf cards. I’ve heard from many of you how much you loved the colour blending in this card so I thought “Why not jazz them up even a bit more?”  I changed out just one of my ink colours and here’s what I came up with.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

The detail in the shiny foil leaf really creates a spectacular embellishment. Once again, it’s my favourite Seasonal Layers Thinlits put to work! Did you recognize that colour of foil? It’s the new champagne in the Holiday Catalogue. I missed the sheets the first few times I paged through it, so if you did too, take a peek at page 37.

Falling in between silver and gold on the colour scale, it’s just a gorgeous colour and I’ve used it to offset both gold and silver in my designs. For example, in this card, I think it pairs quite well with the silver embossed sentiment. But it also stands completely on its own too. Gorgeous any which way you look at it. See how it catches the light.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

I’ve set my detailed maple leaf on top of the new Leaf Punch also punched in champagne foil. I layered them so the detailed leaf didn’t completely overlap the solid punched shape. It adds more interest that way. The final touch is the small sparkly clear faceted gem.

As I was mailing my thank you cards last week, I wanted a fairly flat card so my cards went through the post easily. So I also decided to inset my leaves. (You might have heard this also called paper piecing.) I continued to use this technique on my embellished easy watercolour leaf cards too. Here’s how you do it:

  1. stamp your image and cut out with matching frame lit
  2. place cut out leaf onto cardstock panel where you want it positioned
  3. remove your leaf and replace with leaf framelit
  4. run through Big Shot
  5. adhere panel to the front of your folded card
  6. glue stamped leaf into the leaf cutout (I use liquid glue for this)

You may have a faint outline of the frame lit on your cardstock. However, it doesn’t really detract from the beauty of your card.

I gave this card a try with different coloured cardstock, copper foil sheets, and went back to my Tangerine Tango ink for the leaf.  The size of my watercoloured leaf determined whether I added that second detailed leaf on top since I didn’t want it to overpower the original stamped image.  See what you think.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

Leave me a comment below to let me know which was your favourite combination!

I’ve listed everything to create these awesome fall greetings for yourself. If you don’t have something in your supply stash, simply click on an image to order it from my 24-7 online store to have it shipped directly to you!

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

While my original watercolored leaf card can easily stand on its own, this is a good example how you can step things up just a bit. Take a moment and think about what you have to complement and add some pizzazz to your cards. It really doesn’t take a lot of time, or money and your embellished easy watercolour leaf cards will get you WOWS – guaranteed!

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Dog Lovers Christmas Cards in a Snap

Dog Lovers Christmas Cards in a Snap

When you need to create dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap, this is the card! What’s even better? I’m featuring it on my Keep It Simple Sunday so you know it’s ULTRA FAST. Plus it’s absolutely adorable and fun to make! Take a peek!

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

I’ll bet you have a dog lover in your life – or you may be one yourself. But you don’t even need to LOVE our furry friends to smile at this adorable fella. And although this little guy doesn’t quite look like my canine buddy, I would sure love to get a greeting like this over the holidays.

The textured Watercolored paper pairs exceptionally well with the Basic Black and Real Red. In fact, my last Keep It Simple Sunday project featured these same bold colours. There are only a few steps to make it too. Before we get to that, take a little closer view.

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
  • Basic Black cardstock 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”
  • Real Red cardstock 3” x 6” scored at 3”

Recipe

  1. Stamp dog image and greeting in Basic Black Archival ink on watercolour square
  2. Colour hat with Real Red Stampin’ Write marker
  3. Optional: Scribble Basic Black marker on acrylic block and pick up with Aquapainter to shade under dog’s paws
  4. Glue watercolour square to Basic Black square then to folded Real Red card
  5. Attach Black Rhinestone to his nose

Part of this card’s charm is its size…only 3” x 3” so it will tuck in just about anywhere. It would even make a great tag on a Christmas present. Not to mention, it’s very economical. One of these is only 33 cents! Even if you add one of the new 3”x3” Whisper White envelopes, it’s under 60 cents!  You’re not going to break the bank on this holiday greeting!

If you don’t already have a Real Red Stampin’  Write marker, you’re in luck!  Normally you would need to order the full Brights set (which isn’t really an awful thing if you’re crazy for Stampin’ Up!’s fully coordinated colouring like me!).  But right now, you’ll find the Old Olve and Real Red markers are packaged together for your holiday greetings.  Bonus!!

Because it’s so simple, I want to show you one that’s just a teeny step up. Add the super glitzy Dazzling Diamonds glitter with your Fine Tip Glue Pen and frame it with a scalloped square. Even though it was cute already, now it’s beyond CUTE!

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

To make these little cards yourself, you only need a few items.

Your holiday greetings don’t need to be big or extravagant. Sometimes cute and simple fits the bill wonderfully. And when you craft up a bunch of these dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap, it may be just the ticket for your canine crazy friends!

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Quick and Easy Patterned Paper Christmas Card

Quick and Easy Patterned Paper Christmas Card

If you’re like me and make dozens of handmade seasonal cards, you’ll be excited today with my quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card. Not only is it simple, elegant and perfect for everyone on your list, it’s super FAST – and inexpensive – to make! Relying on bold colours and silvery shine, your punches are your best friend for quick crafting. Take a peek.

quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card

Isn’t that patterned paper lovely? At first glance, you probably think of snowflakes right? I know I did. But look a little closer…I don’t know if I’m just slow, but it took quite awhile for me to realize those are tiny musical notes in a circular pattern! How sweet!

With SO many other amazing products, you might have missed this Merry Music specialty paper in the new Holiday catalogue.  For instance, you may have been so struck by the beautiful Carols of Christmas bundle like I used in this card.  But now get out your catalogue and turn to the bottom of that awesome page 13. See it?  It’s a bit different from other designer papers. How?

  • it’s lightweight – so it won’t bulk up your projects (HINT: and makes fantastic envelopes)
  • there are 24 sheets in a package
  • you get more of each design – 4 each of 6 double sided sheets
  • half of the designs are black on white backgrounds and the other half are white on black backgrounds
  • each piece features musical notes or favoured Christmas carol scores

With the variety of papers in this set, you could get 144 cards from one little package – yes, you read that correctly – 144!  Plus have leftover strips to decorate your envelopes! WOW! In fact, I figure this card could be created for only 50 cents.  Add an envelope and your Christmas greeting is less than 70 cents. Cheaper than the dollar store – and way more fun to make and give!

Take a closer look then read below for how to make this quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card yourself.

quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card

Ingredients

  • Patterned paper 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Real Red cardstock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
  • Silver Foil 1 3/4” circle
  • Metallic edge silver ribbon 4” piece
  • Whisper White cardstock at least 1 3/4” x 3”

Recipe

  1. Glue patterned paper to card base
  2. Stamp greeting on Whisper White and heat emboss with silver embossing powder
  3. Punch out with Everyday Label punch
  4. Glue label to silver circle so circle peeks out from the left edge
  5. Fold ribbon in half and glue behind circle
  6. Attach greeting piece to bottom right with dimensionals

To grab your own Merry Music paper, simply click on the image below to take you to my 24-7 online store.

 

quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card

Many of us are just starting to think about making multiple holiday greetings. Save yourself time – and money – with elements that add style and immediately dress up your card. Choose a quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card that will appeal to anyone on your list!

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