I love Christmas - mainly because we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, but also because people are, well, nice ... at least for the most part. I have been busy making cards (check out Thursday's blog post) and have mine stamped now, just need to get them signed and the envelopes ready - all 157 of them! My goal every year is to have them all made and addressed by Thanksgiving - whew, made that goal again! Was not sure I would after making 200 for a friend, but it sure feels great to have them almost ready to mail.
For this blog hop, I made some cards and a cute Gift Card Holder.
I got this idea from a post from Glenda Calkins and changed it a bit. We all need gift card holders especially this time of year, so I try to have several ready to use.
I used Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi, two of my fave colors (do I say that about all the colors we have??) The measurements are: 7 1/2" x 5 1/2", including the punched edge. The band is 1 1/2" x 06 1/2", Eyelet Border punched, then added a Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch strip and Scallop Circle Punch with the smaller ornament from Snow Swirled. In the center of the circle is a brad ... I don't have any Rich Razzleberry brads left (a customer needed all I had for a project) so I took a silver brad, dipped in Versamark, then Rich Razzleberry Ink then Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed - repeated this several times until it had the color I needed. That's a great way to get any color brad you need!
When I was trying to decide what to make, I realized that I have lent out several of my current stamp sets which limited my choices .... but I am always happy to help my friends and customers with any supplies I have.
My first two cards use our beautiful double-sided Designer Paper, Jolly Holiday. I just love our Designer Papers - so many color combinations and I always have just the right colors and patterns for my projects.
Along with the Jolly Holiday Designer paper, the colors I used are Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive - don't they look great together! I decided to show you how cards look when we do them very simple as compared to one more busy - which do you prefer? Personally, I like the simpler cards better. I would have added a sentiment at the top, but all my current Christmas sentiments that I wanted to use are lent out so I will add it later.
I saw this idea on Splitcoast, I think .. using the tree from Lovely As A Tree for branches. I embossed them in white along with one of the ornaments from Delightful Decorations on Cherry Cobbler cardstock .. and then I realized that I must have lost my hanger from Tree Trimmings set, so I used a stem from another set and embossed that (sorry it's crooked), then added the 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon on the corners. It just seemed to need something, you know.
Hope you enjoyed a look at my blog, and be sure to visit Raissa's blog at www.raissastamps.com ... and remember, if you get lost or have a problem, you can always go back to our home base http://www.SU-Stars.blogspot.com and find the next stop.
As always, take care and God Bless, Sassy Shirley