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Ideas to Make Your Own Handmade Christmas Cards This Year

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on November 10, 2017
Ideas to Make Your Own Christmas Cards This Year

Christmas cards are one of the oldest traditions of the holiday season. And there is isn’t anything like a handmade Christmas card to show you care.  Making your own Christmas cards is just a more personal and special manner to express your Christmas wishes and greetings.

However many people are skipping the tradition of sending holiday cards altogether due to high postage or the simplicity of e-cards. I hope you won’t be one of them. There’s really nothing quite like the surprise and feeling of receiving a real card in the mail, especially a handmade one.

5 Reasons You Should Send Christmas Cards

Boosts happiness

Many of us are inundated with emails each day, so it’s refreshing to receive a real card in the mail that let’s us know our loved ones are thinking of us. According to Psychology and Aging, receiving Christmas cards increases feelings of happiness, especially in older people who may not be as tech savvy as others. And of course, the more the merrier.

Keeps loved ones in the loop with your life

Taking the time to write out highlights of your year and big updates in your life keeps your friends and family in the loop with what’s happening with you. Sending a Christmas card gives a more personal snapshot of your life than just reading short Facebook updates every now and then.

Serves as decoration for friends and family

The festive holiday portraits, Christmas colors and warm holiday wishes often times serve as Christmas decorations in your friends and family’s homes. People love to display all the Christmas cards they get in the mail to have a reminder every day of all the special people in their lives.

Updates your address book

Sending a Christmas card is the perfect reason to reach out to loved ones who may have moved during the year in order to update your contacts with their current addresses.

Gets you on other’s Christmas card list

It would be pretty sad to not get any Christmas cards in the mail, wouldn’t it? And though it doesn’t happen overnight, that is what happens if you stop sending them. Gradually you drop off of other people’s lists until you’re only getting a few. The good news is you’ll be back on their list the minute they get your card in the mail.

But whatever your motive, receiving a Christmas card that you’ve made is sure to make anyone happy and prove a memento they’ll likely keep for a long time.

Making You Own Christmas Cards

Stampin’ Up! has some of the cutest Christmas stamp sets this year that will make creating your own Christmas cards a snap. Here are just a few.

Christmas in the Making Stamp Set

 

Add a Little Glitz Stamp Set

 

Best Gifts Stamp Set

 

Beachy Little Christmas Stamp Set

 

 

Can’t make up your mind?

They also have a complete kit that makes the decision making about what kind of to make easier.

 

Christmas cards are so much fun and I want to help you make your Christmas cards this year. To do this I will be posting card ideas and tutorials throughout the month of November. Here is the first one.

This card is from the Merry Little Christmas Suite

Carols of Christmas Deck the Halls

 

To make this cute but simple card all you need is
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Deck the Halls Tutorial

Cut the Following:

Card base Old Olive 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″

DSP (designer series paper) layer 3 3/4″ X 5″

Whisper White 2 3/4″ X 4 1/4″

Create White banner by cutting 3/4″ up from bottom center then from each bottom corner to top of center cut

Inside layer Whisper White 5 1/4″ X 4″

DSP tails 3/4″ X 3″ cut in half on diagonal

Instructions:

Stamp in black “Deck the Halls” to center of white banner

Stamp in Old Olive decorative border above and below Deck the Halls

Glue DSP to card base

Adhere black DSP tails to bottom of banner

Adhere jute with tape runner to card base

Use dimentionals to adhere banner over jute

Glue inside white layer

 

Look for more Christmas cards though out the month.

I hope you will keep the tradition alive and make your Christmas cards to send out this year.

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Happy Stampin’ and Merry Christmas!

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Craft Fair Series 2017 | Cake in a Mug

Posted in Events
on September 20, 2017

It’s craft fair season here in Texas. And what better place to get those cute small gifts for teachers, coworkers and gift exchange Christmas parties than at a craft fair. If you have missed any previous posts on my Craft Fair ideas you can see them all by clicking HERE

This year I have signed up for four fairs and hoping to make a small profit to help with my own Christmas Budget. Here is the latest craft idea I have created for my booth.

Cake in a Mug

It is a simple craft but a great seller at fairs.

I found the mugs at the Goodwill and Dollar store. The cake mix packet is by Duncan Hines and coffee mix is from Folgers. I added some shredded paper and a few coffee candies then wrapped it all up in cellophane with a big bow.

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If you live in the North Texas area please come by and say hello. I’d love to meet you.

Crossroads Craft Fair

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The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. 

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Seasonal Lantern Card | Step it Up

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on September 18, 2017
Seasonal Lantern Step it Up

This Seasonal Lantern Card shows how with just a few simple changes you can take any project and adapt it no matter what type of crafter you are.

Seasonal Lantern Card New Crafter

Are you a new crafter? This beautiful card focuses mostly on stamps, ink, and paper. It’s a great place for new crafters to begin, especially if you want to send cards to multiple people this year.

Seasonal Lantern Card New Crafter

Seasonal Lantern Card Casual Crafter

Are you a casual crafter? This next version of the card really steps things up. The lantern and candle are cut out with the Big Shot and raised up on dimensionals.  The Garden Green cardstock is replaced with Garden Green and Burlap ribbon. And the sentiment is heat embossed in white.

Seasonal Lantern Card Casual Crafter

Seasonal Lantern Card Avid Crafter

Or maybe you’re an avid crafter and to you more is better. The final version of this card adds even more wonderfulness. More leaves, more ribbon, more stamping. And the white cardstock is embossed which gives the lantern more depth.

Seasonal Lantern Card Avid Crafter

 

So no matter what kind of crafter you are, there is always a project for you.

All the supplies used to make these cards are listed below. Clicking on the image will take you to my shop.

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The New 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Here

Posted in Products
on September 1, 2017

It’s time to order your holiday stamps and start creating all those holiday projects you’ve been planning! Today, September 1 kicks off the Holiday Catalog for all customers! I am sure you have seen lots of samples and hope you are ready to place your order!
Remember that some of the “hot items” could sell out fast so if you want those foil snowflakes or cat punch make sure to place your order early in the month! All Holiday Catalog items are while supplies last 😉

 

 

 

If you would like me to mail you a copy of the catalog, send me an email requesting a Holiday catalog and or the annual catalog along with your mailing address and I will be happy to send you one.

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Craft Fair Series 2017: Christmas Card sets

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on August 17, 2017
Christmas Card set

Hello and welcome back to my Craft Fair Series.  This is the second entry and if you missed my first one you can HERE to see it. Today I’m sharing with you the boxed Christmas card sets I made this week.

 

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These cards measure 5″ X 3.75″.  I found the these base cards at Micheal’s Craft Store in the $1.50 ben. They come 8 cards and envelopes.  I packaged them in these clear top boxes and gold elastic cord that I got at Uline.

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I had a couple problems with the cards as I began to transform them into cute Christmas cards. First the cards are cream vanilla in color so my designer paper needed to have a vanilla instead of bright white.  I finally found some at my local Scrapbook store but ended up paying $0.85 a sheet which cut into my profit a bit. The second was the cards are a very light weight card stock so I couldn’t put too much on  the front or the card would be too top heavy. To dress them up a bit without adding weight I used Stampin’ Up! dimensionals under the scalloped ovals. They turned out very nice but I could only get 6 in a box this way.

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After I calculated all the supplies it cost me $3. 05 to make a box of cards and I plan to sell them for $10.

Do you sell at craft fairs? I hope this series is helpful to you.  If there is anything I can add or if you have a question, just let me know in the comments below. I will have another craft idea for you next Wednesday. So stayed tuned.

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