As if I need an excuse to make cards

Today, October 3, 2015 is World Card Making Day. As if I needed an excuse. Well, I’m showing a couple of cards that I made earlier in September, then I need to do a little housework before I settle in for a major cardmaking session.

I may have mentioned that I belong to Paper Wishes Personal Shopper program, I get two kits: Premiere Dazzles and Paper Tole. The Dazzles kit comes monthly and I receive 4 sets of Dazzles, 6 12×12 sheets of paper and a surprise. The Paper Tole comes every other month and I receive 2 sets of Paper Tole and 6 sheets of paper. Both of these kits are only $12.99 including shipping. Every kit is a surprise and I love it!

I thought that I would show you what kinds of things you can create using one of these kits. I may have added something to each card from a previous kit, but all of the items used (with the exception of a piece of ribbon) came from a Personal Shopper Kit.

Hello friend bird cardHello Friend Card

With the exception of the Dazzles stickers used on this card, all of the papers and the paper tole came from a kit I received earlier this summer. The Dazzles are from previous kits, I think I received the feathers last year, and the ribbon is from my stash.  I decided that I wanted more of a rustic, “bird’s nest collage” feel to the front of this card. I covered the card front with dark brown tone-on-tone printed paper and tore a piece of dark rust colored paper and rust and brown striped paper, and layered them on the card. I picked a few feather Dazzles, pearl gold and copper, and placed them along the left edge of the card. I then used the bird design from the Serenity Paper Tole kit, and added a piece of knotted ribbon. I then used the Hello Friend Dazzles in light peach color on the top of the card.

halloween card

Too Cute to Spook Card

The gold ripple paper on this card came from a previous Dazzles set, but the Dazzles and the paper came from one of my Dazzles kits. I used orange cardstock from my stash for the card base. I am not really into Halloween anymore; we don’t get enough Trick or Treaters in my neighborhood to inspire us to decorate the house. But, these Too Cute to Spook Dazzles inspired me to make a fun card. You can back the Dazzles with paper, it’s easy if you just cut out chunks of paper and apply the Dazzles to a craft sheet. They peel up easily and you can stick the paper on the back and trim around. I used two colors of orange print paper on the stacked jack lanterns, and then stuck the Dazzles on a piece of gold ripple holographic paper. I then matted and layered the gold ripple paper on alternating layers of orange and brown paper. I placed the phrase “too cute to spook” on another piece of gold ripple paper, rounded the corners and matted it on brown paper. I cut a strip of the light orange dotted paper, inked the edges in black, and placed it on the bottom of the card. I backed a single pumpkin Dazzle with the same dotted orange paper and placed it on the lower right edge of the card, and a pumpkin leaf on the lower right edge of the paper ribbon.

Okay, I  will be getting ready to make a big bunch of Christmas Cards today, and maybe I’ll share one or two of them with you. Happy Card Making Day!

If you are interested in Hot Off the Press/Paper Wishes Personal Shopper Programs, here is a link: http://www.paperwishes.com/personal-shopper/monthly-scrapbooking-cardmaking-kits.html?WT.hotp_ct=home-ps-box

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Christmas Cards with Pizazz

Christmas Cards Number 7 and 8

For these two cards, I had a lot of coordinating pieces left over. Both of these designs give a little more impact, and I added something extra to make each one a little more elegant. Both cards measure 5 x 6 ½ inches, and have a lot of beautiful foil accents. Both of these sets come from Hunkydory Crafts 2014 Contemporary Christmas cardmaking kit. These cards really show the beauty and intricacy of Hunkydory Crafts cardmaking kits.

shiny Santa in his sleigh cardCard Number 7: Ivory and Gold Sleigh

The artwork on these die-cuts is lovely, and are meant to create a large focal. I used a coordinating printed piece of Adorable Scorable that has the same colors as the die-cuts, is covered with a snowflake print, but with a nice reddish-brown border that matches the sleigh. I used an ivory card base and mounted part of the Adorable Scorable on the front and used the border portion to cover the inside of the card. I glued the framing die-cut pieces directly onto the Adorable Scorable, doing my best to center and align all of the pieces. I then placed the oval-shaped artwork with Santa in his sleigh in the center, and I used foam squares to elevate the center design. I added some red rhinestones to really make the design pop.

sleigh card insideFor the inside, I used one of the border pieces that came with this set across the top of the inside, added some gold snowflakes and popped tiny red stickers in the center of each snowflake. I stamped the sentiment “Joyous songs and Christmas cheer may laughter & friendship be yours all year!” with gold ink on ivory cardstock and matted the shape onto dark red paper that coordinated with the border.

Additional Items Used:

village shops cardCard Number 8: Village Shops

village shops inside cardI used a center step card for this design, which slightly overlaps the center part of the card I had ½ sheet of the navy Adorable Scorable that matched the village die-cuts and trimmed a 1 inch strip for the bottom of the card, and used the rest on the inside of the card. I had a piece of Adorable Scorable that ha a dark red Nordic print, that had a top and bottom foiled border.   I trimmed the foiled portions of the border to about 9/8 inch for each side section. I used a red with gold foiled border strip to place on the navy cardstock on the bottom of the card and added a shiny red twill bow to the bottom left corner of the central image. The dark blue, dark red and gold foiling make an extremely elegant card.

For the inside of the card I die-cut a 3 ½ scalloped-edge circle from the Nordic printed cardstock and placed a navy blue and gold foiled die-cut that is printed with “Merry Christmas to You” on the center of the circle. The only extra bits that I added to this card were the navy suede paper, the ribbon and gold border dazzles from Hot Off the Press’s Thin Gold Lines Dazzles: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4102404

I am very pleased with how elegant these two cards turned out.