Have A Merry Christmas Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use the paper-piecing technique to add pattern and color to your stamped images.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Primitive White, Cotton Candy
  • Assorted patterned papers: brown wood-tone, newsprint, pale green, two different medium greens, pink, orange, red, blue
  • Light blue peppermint-print grosgrain ribbon, 3/8” wide
  • Pink/white baker’s twine

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Falling Snowflakes, Pierced Traditional Tag STAX, Swiss Dots
  • My Favorite Things Sunny Day Doodles Sweet Christmas Stamp Set
  • Punches: standard hole punch; small circle punch, 5/8”; We R Memory Keepers Corner Rounder
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC markers
  • White gel pen
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear lines, glue pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, detail scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

7″x5″

Gingerbread Tag

1. Choose six patterned papers to use to decorate your gingerbread house.

2. Cut a 3”x4” panel from each paper, Primitive White cardstock, and wood-tone paper. Stamp each panel with a Black Licorice gingerbread house.

3. Detail cut gingerbread house from wood-tone paper and adhere to gingerbread house stamped on Primitive White cardstock, lining it up perfectly. Detail cut door from pink image and scalloped border from green image. For all pieces, be sure to trim carefully around edges; adhere to main image.

4. Continue detail cutting each of the different pieces from the assorted patterned papers, adhering each over the correct spot until your house is decorated as desired. Do not cover any areas you’d like to remain white.

5. Detail cut outside edge of the paper-pieced house. Use markers to color design as desired. Add highlights with white gel pen.

6. Stamp sentiment and peppermint candy on white cardstock. Use markers to color designs as desired. Detail cut sentiment and candy; set aside.

Card

1. Make 7”x5” top-fold card from Cotton Candy cardstock. Cut 5”x3” Primitive White cardstock panel; round top corners with punch and die cut panel using Swiss Dots Die-namics die. Adhere panel to center front of card.

2. Cut 7”x1/2” strip of green paper and adhere along bottom edge of card front. Round bottom corners of card with punch. Use clear adhesive lines to adhere ribbon around card front over paper seam. Wrap twine several times around card front below ribbon; tie bow at front.

3. Die cut pale green paper tag using Pierced Traditional Tag STAX die. Adhere peppermint candy to right side of tag as shown; punch hole for tag through center of candy. Adhere sentiment and gingerbread house to tag. Adhere tag to card as shown.

4. Die cut Primitive White cardstock panel using Falling Snowflakes Die-namics die. Use glue pen to adhere individual flakes to card front as shown.

Tip

  • Add a bit of sparkle to the snow-covered roof and chimney using crystal glitter glue. To give candies a shiny look, color with gel pens instead of markers. Be sure to let everything dry completely.

by Suzy Plantamura for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Winter Sleigh Ride Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Reminiscent of Christmas past, this old-fashioned holiday greeting card is the perfect way to send Christmas wishes to family and friends. It’s easy to create with Ecstasy Crafts products.

Materials

  • Ecstasy Crafts Cardstock: Ivory (K290022), Denim (K290021), Moss Green (K290060), Dark Green (K290024), Beige (K290066)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Pretty Paper Bloc Vintage Christmas (PK9097)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Vintage Christmas Prints Cards 1 (VK9531)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Bunch of Flowers Dark Red Christmas Roses (RB2221)
  • Dark blue twine

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dies: Marianne Design Craftable Sled (CR1257); Dee’s Distinctively Dies Large Snow Covered Tree (IME027) and Christmas Stacker Tree (IME025); Decorative Rectangles Multi Frame Die (MFD048)
  • Adhesives: Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Large Foam Pads (65000003), double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, ruler

Directions

Size

7”x5”

Winter Sleigh Ride Card

1. Make 7”x5” Ivory top-fold card.

2. Cut 6-3/4”x4-3/4” panel from Vintage Christmas paper; adhere to card front using double-sided tape.

3. To make frame, die cut one Decorative Rectangle Frame from Denim cardstock and one Straight Rectangle Frame from Moss Green cardstock. Layer and adhere frames to card as shown using double-sided tape.

4. Cut out Vintage Christmas Prints card image; adhere to frame.

5. Adhere frame slightly angled to top right of card front.

6. To make sled, die cut two Sleds from Beige cardstock. Using foam pads, layer die cuts together. Tie length of twine to sled as shown for pulling rope; adhere to card below frame.

7. To make tree, die cut Large Snow Covered Tree tree boughs from Dark Green cardstock. Die cut largest Christmas Stacker Tree triangle from Dark Green cardstock.

8. Adhere triangle to left side of card front. Layering from largest on bottom to smallest on top, adhere Christmas tree boughs to triangle shape using foam pads.

9. Fold two stamens in half and insert through center hole of two red flowers, and then through two colored leaves. Tape ends of stamens to back of rose. Using double-sided tape, adhere rose to card as shown.

Tip

  • Use the tree and sled die cuts on their own to create darling package tags. Embellish tags with Decorative Rectangle Frames.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

More Kit Clubs and Giveaways

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I am continuing my blog series where I interview two kit club owners. It’s a great way to learn more about these scrapbooking and paper crafting clubs plus have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

First, let’s meet Noel Fabbri, the owner of Noel Mignon – with fabulous monthly scrapbooking and Project Life-style kits.

1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?  

I started making kits in the Fall of 2006, so it has been seven years now. At the time, I had three little boys at home (my oldest son was 5 and my twins were 3). I had been immersed in all things “baby” for years and found myself really missing adult interaction, and my job, which I had left upon the birth of my oldest son in 2001. After interacting in the online forums of many of the larger scrapbook sites, I decided at first to just open a small online shop, carrying the lines that I most liked to work with. I am lucky that my husband is a “tech guy”, so he built a website for me, I got all my business paperwork taken care of, and off I started on my journey. Scrapbook kits were just emerging at the time, and so I thought I would have a go at that, and seven years later…here we are. The process of designing the kits has really become a passion for me and one that I thoroughly enjoy each and every month!

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?  

Currently, I offer 6-month subscription spots for my large, monthly kit. The monthly fee also includes USPS priority shipping, or an $11.50 credit toward international shipping per month. Subscription spots for the January–June kits are currently open, and can be secured HERE

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option? 

I always hold a handful of kits each month, for anyone who wants to pick one up.

Here is an example from design team member, Virginia Tillery:

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes

5) Do you offer add-ons? 

I currently offer a smaller Project Life-type kit each month, which coordinates with the colors and themes I have working in the big kit. I also occasionally offer a class kit, which I also currently have available. This class is a Halloween Mini Album kit/class hosted by our DT member Cassandra Cyr.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

BIG…lol!  My kits always have 20 pieces of patterned paper with 5 matching cardstock sheets. I always include one Thickers alphabet, and one smaller cardstock-type alpha. While I do not have my own stamps (which seems to be a trend), I always include a set from the top designers (Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, Jenni Bowlin, etc…). I also like to incorporate a “staple” item each month, be it a mist, an ink, a pen…, items that you can add to your arsenal of scrap tools. I include lots of embellishments each month, from ribbon, to stickers, to washi tape, to enamel dots. My embellishment list is usually comprised of 20-25 items, and I like to have it vary from month to month, so the kits don’t feel like a rerun of the last one.

Here is an example from design team member, Julie Bonner, using the Union Square kit:

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?

I would say the size and value of the kits is what sets me apart. I am also going to say the way I coordinate items. I have gotten lots of very nice emails and notes about the way I put them together, which I think sets my kits apart from the others. I think they are the perfect way for people who live in an area without a great LSS (local scrapbook store), or who just don’t have time to get out to the store, to have a beautiful box of supplies arrive at the door and to be assured that the one kit they purchase from me is going to be more than enough to last until the next one arrives.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card-makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

I seem to be geared most towards the tried-and-true 12″x12″ scrapbooker. The people who love to crop and just want to grab their kit bags and know they can make 15 LO’s (or more) with their one kit. . . although, the kits are very versatile, and they lend themselves beautifully to mini album making. You will always have leftovers, which are perfect for whipping up some cards. There is really more than enough included to choose your own path with the supplies.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit? 

Yes, I have a wonderful design team and have always been very lucky with the designers who have agreed to share their talents while using my kits. Currently, my team is comprised of Virginia Tillery, Julie Bonner, Gretchen McElveen, Veronica Milan (Chic Tags), Cassandra Cyr, and Christie Engel Welch (Two Chicks Designs).

Here is an example from design team member, Gretchen McElveen:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
The website address is http://noelmignon.webvanta.com/
You can find us on our blog http://noelmignonlayouts.blogspot.com/
We actually have 2 FB pages.  This one is to receive updates and information https://www.facebook.com/groups/274195092712236/
And then we also have a FB member forum, and would love to have you join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/noelmignonmembers/
The twitter feed is found here https://twitter.com/NoelMignon
I am still working on an Instagram account, but that should be up very soon!
And finally, our Pinterest Boards can be found here… http://www.pinterest.com/noelmignon/

I would like to offer up one of your readers a chance to sample one of my Project Life kits. This one is called “Union Square”, and it features beautiful, brand-new product from MME, Amy Tangerine, Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, and more! Thanks so much to Jill for including us in her write-up! : )

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post by October 14th at midnight for a chance to win the Union Square kit from Noel Mignon! The winner will be announced on October 15th.

Next, let’s meet Trina Craig, owner of Citrus Twist Kits, and get to know more about her monthly scrapbooking and “Pocket Life” kits.

1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

I started Citrus Twist Kits in May 2012. I come from a long line of female artists and after my mom passed away in January of 2012, the idea for CTK was born. We both shared a love of scrapbooking.

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?

We offer our Main and PL kits as subscriptions. Our minimum length subscription is 3 months. The Main kit is $32.50 per month for a 3-month subscription and $30.50 per month for a 6-month subscription (plus shipping). The PL kit is $18 per month, plus shipping. We call our PL kits “Pocket Life.”

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option?  

Our Main kit is offered as a one-time purchase at $35 (plus shipping). Our PL can be purchased one time as a past kit, if we have past kits in inventory.

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes. All international shipping is $19. Subscribers can include add-ons and store items in with their kit shipment at no additional shipping cost.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

Yes! We offer 1 coordinating patterned paper add-on, a solid paper add-on, an embellishment add-on (1 for scrapbookers and 1 for PL’ers), and a full kit add-on. All the kits coordinate with the Main and PL kits, except for the full kit add-on.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

Our typical main kit has 8 sheets of patterned paper and 4 solids, plus lots of embellishments. We offer great value for the amount of product our subscribers get. Our typical PL kit features a 6″x6″ paper pad plus lots of other goodies.

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives? 

Our customer service is top notch. We love to give the kind of customer service that makes people happy. We also offer exclusives including flairs, stamps, wood veneer, PL cards, and a special, handcrafted vintage embellishment included in with each main kit.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card-makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

We do appeal to a wide range of papercrafters, including card-makers. Many of our subscribers get both the main and PL kits together.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit?

We have a 12-person design team of which almost half are international. They play with our kits and give our blog readers and their own blog readers lots of inspiration with the art they create with their kits.

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

www.citrustwistkits.com 

http://citrustwistkits.blogspot.com 

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on October 14th for a chance to win October’s Citrus Twist Monthly Kit AND the Pocket Life Kit. One winner for each kit! Winners will be announced on October 15th.

Trina would also like to offer a new subscriber special for those who sign up on or before October 31st: a free welcome packet of Citrus Twist Kits stamps (set of 3 stamp sets total). Just mention Crafts ‘n things in the comments at checkout to get the trio of stamp sets.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Let It Snow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This elegant snowflake greeting card takes just minutes to make, but it will sparkle all through the holidays.

Materials

  • Cardstock: dark blue, white
  • Ecstasy Crafts Starform Deco Stickers: Silver Christmas Variety Sayings (362S), White Corners/Borders (1034W)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Ice Crystal #1 (60022018), Ice Crystal #2 (60022019), Ice Crystal #3 (60022020), Ice Crystal Edge (60022021)
  • Ranger Ice Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting mat

Directions

Size

4-1/8”x5-3/4”

Let It Snow Card

1. Cut 4-1/8”x11-1/2” strip from dark blue cardstock; score and fold to create 4-1/8”x5-3/4” top-fold card.

2. Die cut one each of Ice Crystal dies, including Ice Crystal Edge border, from white cardstock. Add glitter to tips and centers of all snowflakes as desired.

3. Using double-sided tape, adhere die cuts to card front as shown in photo. Adhere border shape along left edge of card. Layer smallest die cut on top of medium die cut at upper right.

4. Adhere white wavy sticker border to top, bottom, and right side of card front, trimming length as needed using scissors and mitering corners. (Note: See “tip” for corner mitering instructions.)

5. Adhere “Let it Snow” sticker to bottom right of card front.

Tip

  • To miter the corners of your sticker border, overlap the border strips slightly as shown, and then cut at intersection with a craft knife, applying enough pressure to cut through the sticker but not enough to cut your card. Remove waste.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Warm Wishes Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use embossing folders on cardstock or specialty holographic papers with amazing results. This card shows both types of paper after embossing, then the designs are tapped with a VersaMark ink pad and embossing powder to really accent the Snowflakes Embossing Folder. What a striking look!

Materials

Tools

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5”x6-1/2”

Card

1. Cut 5”x6-1/2” Black Suede paper panel for side-fold card; adhere to card front.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut and place 4-1/2″x6″ black cardstock panel inside the Snowflakes Embossing Folder and run through die-cutting machine. Trim embossed cardstock to 4″x5-1/2″.

3. Ink brayer with VersaMark ink by rolling it across pad until covered. (Note: You may also carefully ink the raised surface using the ink pad itself.) Very lightly roll brayer over embossed cardstock. Dust with White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat set. Apply VersaMark ink again with brayer, dust with Kaleidoscope embossing powder, and re-heat to set. Mat panel on white cardstock with 1/16″ border and adhere to card center.

4. Use the Snowflakes Embossing Folder to emboss 3-1/2″x3-1/2″ Red Fireworks holographic paper and use method in Step 3 to heat emboss. Mat on Black Suede paper, then on white cardstock with 1/16″ borders and adhere on left of card front as shown.

5. Stamp and emboss “Warm WISHES” sentiment and snowflake onto 2-1/4″x5/8″ black cardstock strip using Snow Bird Small Stamp. Mat on white cardstock, then on Black Suede paper with 1/16″ borders. Adhere to card as shown using foam tape.

6. Adhere grosgrain ribbon on opposite corners of card front, tucking ends under Black Suede layer as shown. Tie grosgrain ribbon bow and adhere to upper ribbon using adhesive dot; cut ends in “V” as shown.

7. See the Embossing Folders free webisode at PaperWishes.com to see the inside of this card. It will air Oct. 9.

Tip

  • Very lightly rub the VersaMark ink pad over embossed designs to create tone-on-tone effects; create more vibrant results, as shown here, using layered embossing powders.

by Gail Booth for Hot Off The Press / Paper Wishes (www.paperwishes.com)

 

Fall Thank You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make everyday paper-and-embellishment collections look more seasonal by adding custom die-cut shapes in the colors you want to highlight.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, dark blue, orange, rust, brown
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection 6”x6” Cardstock Paper Pad
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection Stickers: 3D Art Stickers, 3D Title Stickers
  • We R Memory Keepers Aqua Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Cutting System and Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons Cartridge
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, stapler and staples

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x6” white side-fold card. Cut 6” dark blue cardstock square; adhere to card front.

STEP 2

Cut 5-3/4” floral paper square; adhere to card front.

STEP 3

Cut 5” ledger paper square and 5-1/4” aqua tone-on-tone paper square. Layer and adhere squares together. Cut 5”x1” green oval paper strip; adhere to top of ledger paper square.

STEP 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut three fall leaves and/or branches from orange, rust, and brown cardstock. Adhere die cuts in upper left corner of ledger paper panel. Tie twine into bow around panel as shown.

STEP 5

Adhere dimensional flower sticker to leaves using foam squares.

STEP 6

Detail cut flower and leaf motif from patterned paper and adhere to bottom right corner of ledger paper panel.

STEP 7

Loop baker’s twine through small dimensional tag sticker. Adhere sticker to panel as shown using foam squares. Staple twine to panel as shown.

STEP 8

Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

Tip

  • If you don’t own an electronic cutting system, substitute silk leaves for the die cuts.

by Aly Dosdall for Anna Griffin (www.annagriffin.com)

Celtic Knots Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Dry brushing is a perfect technique for enhancing and highlighting detail. Even when changing colors, you never use water, so it’s ideal for paper crafting. Layer colors to achieve your desired effect.

Materials

  • Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Rhinestones: Round Yellow; Mx Square Lilac, Silver
  • May Arts Thin Gold Cord

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Junior Replacement Plates Full Set (GC-011)
  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Rectangles Dies (LF-132)
  • Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Celtic Knot Embossing Folder (E3D-012) and Raspberry Spacer Plate (GC-012)
  • Royal & Langnickel #8 Sable White Bissell Brush
  • Acrylic paints: Delta Ceramcoat Lt. Ivory, AC Flesh, Woodland Night Green; DecoArt Americana Soft Sage; Plaid FolkArt Bayberry
  • NARCO Metallic Finger Rub-Ons Color Kit
  • Adhesives: Glue Arts GlueGlider Pro, 3M Scotch Brand Foam Mounting Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, scoring tool, craft knife and cutting mat, old dishtowel, mini water mister

Directions

Size

7-1/8”x5-1/2”

Celtic Knots Card

1. Make 7-1/8”x5-1/2” black top- or side-fold card as desired.

2. Die cut/emboss two #4 and one #5 Grand Rectangles shapes from black cardstock.

3. Spritz one #4 die cut with water. Place misted die cut inside Celtic Knot folder, sandwich folder between Pink Embossing Plate B and Raspberry Spacer Plate D, and emboss.

4. Using dry brush technique, apply layers of color to raised embossed details until desired look is achieved. To dry brush, dip paintbrush bristle into acrylic paint, brush off nearly all paint onto dry towel in circular motion, and lightly apply to surface. Highlight random areas with metallic gold rub-on finish.

5. Spritz second #4 die cut with water. Repeat Step 3 to emboss design. Using craft knife, detail cut around embossed Celtic Knot; dry brush with acrylic paints. Highlight edges of shape with metallic gold rub-on finish.

6. Thread gold cord around center of Celtic Knot, adhering ends at back. Embellish center of knot with stacked Silver and Lilac square rhinestones. Embellish embossed panel with yellow rhinestones. Adhere knot to embossed panel using foam tape.

7. Mat embossed panel on #5 die cut using small bits of foam tape. Adhere panel to card front.

Tip

  • Remember, never use water on paintbrush even when changing colors or paper may warp.

by Linda Duke for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderspaperarts.com)

Ruby Rock-it At Last Giveaway Winner

Hi there, it’s Alice Golden here with you today to announce the lucky winner of the Ruby Rock-it At Last Collection Giveaway. The brand-new At Last Collection is filled with shimmery papers in lovely pastel colors that are perfect for wedding projects, but versatile enough to use in all sorts of paper crafting. This prize includes a mix of their fun printed papers, as well as some beautiful embellishments.

To be entered in this giveaway, all you had to do was leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on September 16 recommending a favorite book, movie, or television show. There was quite a huge response, and lots of great suggestions, but only one lucky winner’s name was selected. The winner, as selected by Random.org, is Naghma.

Congratulations, Naghma! We will be contacting you for your address by email shortly.

Keep reading the Crafts ‘n things blog for daily project ideas, inspiration, and other great giveaways.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

 

Peaceful Snowflake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create stunning embossed backgrounds using My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies and Embossing Pad. It’s like getting two tools for the price of one!

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Wild Cherry, Sweet Tooth
  • Aqua gems
  • Red/aqua baker’s twine

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Jumbo Snowflake Die
  • My Favorite Things Embossing Pad Combo
  • My Favorite Things Inspired by Christmas Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • Lifestyle Crafts QuickStik Precision Pick-Up and Placement Tool
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, liquid glue, foam tape, removable tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4-1/4″x5-1/2″

Peaceful Snowflake Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2″ Wild Cherry top-fold card. Cut 4”x5-1/4″ Sweet Tooth cardstock panel.

2. Temporarily adhere Jumbo Snowflake die face down to Sweet Tooth panel with removable tape.

3. Place panel and die into die-cutting machine. (Note: Sandwich for ProvoCraft Cuttlebug machine is: A plate, B plate, thick embossing pad, cardstock with die temporarily adhered, second B plate.)

4. Run panel through die-cutting machine. Remove from machine and remove tape.

5. Using pick-up tool, adhere gems as shown with liquid glue. Stamp Black Licorice “Peace” sentiment at lower right corner of panel. Wrap baker’s twine twice around lower edge of panel; tie bow on left.

6. Adhere embossed panel to Wild Cherry card using foam tape.

Tip

  • Line inside of card with Sweet Tooth cardstock panel to make your holiday message easier to read.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Ruby Rock-it At Last Giveaway

Hi there, Alice here today with another giveaway from the Australian company, Ruby Rock-it. Their brand-new At Last collection is filled with shimmery papers in lovely pastel colors that are perfect for wedding projects, but versatile enough to use in all sorts of paper crafting.

Ruby Rock-It will be giving one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader an assortment from the At Last collection. This includes a mix of their fun printed papers, as well as some beautiful embellishments.

To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on Monday, Sept 16, 2013, and if you have a recommendation for a favorite book, movie, or television show, I’d love to hear it. Winners will be announced here on Sept 17th.

I just finished another book by Kate Morton called The Secret Keeper and I enjoyed it… although not as much as The Forgotten Garden. I’ve been slowly making my way through James Clavell’s Asian Saga books, but I like to break that up with other books in between and I’d love to get some new ones to add to my reading list. I’m looking forward to reading your replies.

Okay… back to crafting!

The At Last collection is perfect for weddings and I created these cake boxes that could be used as a favor or favor/place card combo.

It was fun to mix and match the papers and die-cut borders. To create consistency between them, I added the same crinkled ribbon, die-cut stamped vellum tag, and glittered flower sticker on the top of each box. The boxes open up from the back, so the ribbon is decorative and functional; that’s how the box stays closed. The tag is tied onto the bow using paper floss.

To go along with the favors, I simply wrapped strips of paper around inexpensive clear votive holders and added a bride-and-groom sticker. The papers all have a subtle shimmer (which is really hard to capture in a photo). To add even more shimmer, I created a double-sided paper by covering the backside with a gold metallic paper that creates a beautiful glow once you add a lighted candle inside. These would be really easy and economical table decorations, and look great even without the stickers.

This collection isn’t just for weddings and showers. Here is a birthday card created with the same line.

The cut-out banner, cake, and metallic corners are all part of the Bella! Die-cut pack, and one of the things I love about this set is that each die cut is reversible; it’s the same shape in a different color palette or with different wording. How cool is that?

It would be so easy to create the cake boxes for a birthday celebration and swap out the bride-and-groom stickers on the candles for something birthday-related, or maybe even a monogram. They could work for bridal or baby showers too.

Thanks so much for joining me today. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Supplies

  • Ruby Rock-It At Last patterned paper and embellishments
  • Green Sneakers Cake Box Template
  • Therm O Web Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares, SuperStik Glue Stick
  • Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist and Vellum Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Tremendous Tags Die
  • Papertrey Ink Little Labels Clear Stamp Set
  • Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Ink
  • Karen Foster Design Cornflower Scrapper’s Floss
  • Me & My BIG Ideas MambiStones Adhesive Rhinestones

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)