Christmas Layouts that Shine

In 1993 I moved to Germany as a college transfer student. In the market there was the most beautiful shiny paper. I thought it was wrapping paper, but it was expensive. I later learned that it was foiled paper used to make stars to decorate Christmas trees. Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the gorgeous foiled paper until 2017.

In 2017 I attended Creativation and met the owner of Rinea. The owner had lived in Germany and learned how to make them as a little girl. She had a hard time finding it in the United States when she moved back and set out to bring it to America. That is how Rinea was born! It is a small business specializing in foiled paper. Of course there is so much more that can be done with the paper besides making stars. One of my favorite things to do with the foiled paper is create delicate dies by running it through my cuddle bug.

The foiled paper is surprisingly durable while feeling fragile. There is paper center that is sandwich between two pieces of thin foil.

When creating dies with Rinea Foiled Paper it is best to do two at a time. By folding the paper in half it allows it to release easier from the die.

The blush matches perfectly with Prima’s Frank Garcia Santa Baby line. The gold is a great addition to anything for Christmas as seen on the layout above.

There are so many things I use this paper on in my craft room. It has become a staple! Here are a few more things you can do with it:

Do you know of any products you would like in your country?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Stretch a Paper-crafting Subscription Box

I recently found a subscription box that I really like! It is bright, cheerful and whimsical. It is a bit heavy on the paper though, so using it all up can be challenging. There are not any mixed media elements to it, so I pulled in a few things from my stash to round it out. When I received my Rita Barakat limited edition die cuts I knew they would be perfect with the December 2018 Fairy Tale Club box! I also found some snowflake buttons on sale at Joann’s on Black Friday that I wanted to use on these cards.

IMG_E3192C These cards were fairly easy to create. I only used two sheets of pattern paper from the box along with a few die cuts. I pulled in some Rinea Foiled Paper in Ruby and Sapphire that I ran through my embossing machine. I cut 11 3.75 by 5 inch bases from those sheets. I cut 11 2 by 3.75 inch strips and crumpled up the extra foiled paper as another element of texture. The dollies are one of my favorite things to use on projects! I cut three up into fourths — one for each card. I assembled the cards making sure to use a few of the die cut pieces from the Fairy Tale Club box and snowflake buttons.

I did pretty much the same thing on each card, but they each can stand alone. They look like a set — but not a cookie cutter set. These were so much fun to make!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Concord and 9th Turn About Stamping

I have been secretly lusting after the Turn About stamps by Concord and 9th. I need another stamp set like I need a hole in my head and have done a good job of holding off. Well, that is until I saw the new Bundle Up Stamp Set and coordinating dies! The sweet little girl faces had me, so I placed my order for them along with two Turn About Stamps. Though I adore my new stamps and have had so much fun playing with them there were two things that rubbed me wrong about them. First, the girls are not included with the coordinating die set! I had to fussy cut them out. I would have paid a few dollars more to get them. In fact, I may not have bought the dies had I known the girls were not in it. Secondly, the Turn About stamps were created for the Misti. I don’t have a Misti, but two other stamp platforms. I had to do some tweaking to get them to work, but finally figured it out. Now that I know how to use these on other platforms I will happily purchase more! For those of you that are interested in these stamps here is a video I created showing how to use these on other stamping platforms along with a few hints and tips.

Turn About Video

I used Rinea Foiled Paper  on each card and you can learn how to do that in the video as well!

This would be a perfect card for January!

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The little bird sits perfectly on her bun, but her part line is very high and I preferred the bird  covering it.

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It is so easy to make your card season just by switching up the ink colors!

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Over all I really enjoyed the new (to me) stamp sets! They can be used for so many different occasions. It is a good value!

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Three December Dreams Layouts

I recently have signed up for a subscription box with the focus on memory keeping. My first crafty love was scrap booking. I was doing it long before it was a fad. When I got into the art industry I was advised to do more with my planner and mixed media. Those are both enjoyable, but I really miss creating layouts for our family album. Three years ago I was completely caught up in my albums and now I am so very far behind. I have wanted to get back to it and share the paper crafting part of me, but I keep hearing the friendly advice “Just let it go. That is not where it is at for you.” I finally had to ask myself why I was holding myself to someone else’s expectation regarding my hobby and work?

I finally decided to go ahead and plunge back into memory making. Right now my goal is to get caught up. I want things to be pretty of course, but I will feel much better once all my pictures are safely homed in albums. The easiest way for me to stick to it is to purchase a subscription box — which I did! My style is bright and whimsical. I wanted a subscription box that fit that aesthetic. After months of researching I found The Fairy tale Kit Club and knew it was the one. It is a “flat kit” in that there are not a lot of bulky products in it. At first I was a little panicked when I saw how much paper goods there were in it, but then I remembered that this is for my albums that I want to lay flat.

With the December Dreams Kit I created three layouts.

For this layout I pulled in blue glitter sticker letters and a pink dollie.

One of the challenges I faced while using The December Dreams Kit was working with bold pattern paper.  Through playing with the paper in the box I learned that it is pleasing to the eye to mix the patterns as long as I used contrasting colors.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to see the lights! This kit was perfect for documenting that!

I am hopeful that in 2019 I will be able to catch up on my scrapbook. What do you think? Is scrap booking not where it is at or do you still enjoy it? Please answer in the comments. I will send one person a little Christmas cheer in their mail from the comments.  The Winner will be announced on December 19, 2018.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

October Afternoon Christmas Cards

Have you ever ordered a paper line that you did not see in real life and once you finally received it you were less than impressed? That recently happened to me. I found what I thought would be the perfect paper for Christmas. When it finally arrived I just did not like it. I mean it was okay, but it looked like a lot of stuff out there. Plus it was a lot of paper and sticker embellishments — not my thing at all. I did not pay much for it, so I was not upset that I was not in a hurry to use it. Then my husband called and asked if I had any extra cards. I told him I would make him a set. He needed them to give his employees for Christmas. I did not want to use my good stuff or take the time to make them because more than half would probably just end up in the trash (the gift card is the real gem for them). I knew this lime would be awesome for the task at hand. In two hours I created 16 cards. I am surprised to say that not only did I have a great time creating them, they are my favorite ones yet!

I had so much fun creating the cards that I made matching envelopes too. The truth is I just did not want to keep the stickers. I am happy to say that there is nothing left of the line and I got some pretty awesome cards out of it!

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To amp up the cards I inked the edges and pop dotted at least one element on each one. I am not a fan of the felt ribbon the kit came with so I cut it apart and used it as embellishments. The focal piece of each card was a die cut from the line as well. I did incorporate a few foam stickers I found at the dollar store as well as poinsettia buttons from my stash.  To finish each card off I added glitter dew drops and clear glaze from Tonic Studios Nuvo brand.

The next time you get something you are not thrilled with don’t discard it. Use it as an opportunity to play with no expectations. You may end up with some of your favorite projects!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

CCB Designer Christmas Blog Hop!

I am super excited to be part of the Christmas Blog hop with fabulous CCB designers from around the world. The inspiration is amazing! I always love to see what everyone came up with. Please find the links to the participating blogs at the end of the post.Some are hosting giveaways so make sure you visit each and leave a comment. Also, make sure you check out the Canvas Corp Brands Website for inspiration and products.

I created a Pin Up Card with the Holly Jolly Line.

 

 

I used Bombshell Stamps from my stash. I was inspired by the sentiments on the Holly Jolly sentiment sheet. This is not the average card. It is a little different in that it is folded to reveal three pin ups. This is how I created the card using one sheet of black 12 by 12 card stock to make this into a 5 by 7.

Cut off a 5 by 12 inch piece of card stock. Trim the other piece to a 7 by 10 inch.

Score the 7 by 10 inch piece in half giving you a base of 5 by 7.

Trim off 1.5 inches from the fron of the card so the back piece peaks through.

Take the 5 by 12 piece and fold it at the 7 inch line.

Place the 5 inch portion of the piece on the back of the card and adhere so it folds like this:

 

 

Once you have the card set up the fun part happens — decorating!

I used three different pin ups that I colored with Copic Markers and used my Scan and cut to trim out. This is “Naughty”.

To give the card some more interest I attached this awesome wax like twine in a bow.

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I made sure to use a different piece of pattern paper on the inside of the card since it would show through to the front.

Finally, here is Santa Approved complete with wings to show she really is an angel.

The sentiment is from the same sheet, but I added the tattoo style letters.

 

 

I wanted this card to be a bit on the edgy side. I am super pleased with how it turned out!

Here is the list of hoppers! Make sure you hop through each blog. I am giving away this card on my blog! Every comment left will be entered to win. Giveaway closes on December 8, 2018!

Betz Golden

Mary Cat

Michelle Wells

Karla Yungwirth

Karen Jiles

Ava Gavoski

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

Make 16 Christmas Cards from Three Sheets of Paper

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is make all my cards. I love to send snail mail at this time of year. This year, however, is jammed packed with tons of activities. I just don’t have as much time as I would like, but I still want to make them! I decided to spend two hours on them and this is what I came up with — 16 cards!

Here is the video on how to create 16 cards in 2 hours:

The measurements for the half sheet (I used Rinea Foiled Paper ) is as follows:
You will need two of each:
8C: 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches
7B: 2 3/4 by 1 3/4
2E: 3 1/2 by 2
1D: 2 by 1 3/4
3C: 2 1/4 by 1/2

Here is the measurements for the cardstock:
Here is the measurements for the pattern paper:
If you have not watched the video, now would be a good time to do that. I share how to cut the paper without any waste and how to lay each card out. Once you get done watching it head back here and use these pictures as your guide to create your own.
Card 1:

 Card 2:

 Card 3:

 Card 4:

Card 5:

 Card 6:

 Card 7:

 Card 8:

The Nuvo Drops can be found here
The sentiment dies can be found here
Rinea Foiled Paper can be found here
I am so excited to have cards to mail out to family and friends that did not break the bank or take a long time.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!