Gold and glitter always add elegance to papercraft projects. We just got a new sparkley gold cardstock that we know you will love. Use it for the holiday season, weddings, Valentines, or romantic endeavors. So far I have just put it on two Christmas cards. Here are my results. I cut shapes with Nestabilities. Then layered with other quality cardstock from Stamp Express. Topped off the whole thing with stamped images from JustRite stamps that are colored with Copic markers. Ribbon and buttons tied with butcher twine finish the scene.
The embossed green on the snowman card was done on ColorCore cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Sand it with fine sandpaper to make the design stand out.
You can purchase this NEW gold cardstock at
www.stampexpressstore.com. Most of the other supplies are also available there.
Merry Christmas Snowman
Wishing You a Happy Holiday
I had a fun Saturday crafting with Dory Tibbens, Deanna Serlin and Barb Barton. Of course we were all working on winter and holiday projects. Here are a few.
My ice skating girl is so cute! She is from a Whimsy stamp and colored with Copic markers. The ice skate charm is Karen Foster. This card is for sale at the Brushstrokes and Blessings shop in the West Shore Market in Lemoyne, PA. If you want to make your own, purchase the stamp at www.stampexpressstore.com. It is a cling stamp and really well etched.
The snowman tag was made by Barb Barton and has the to/from on the back. She used a JustRite stamp and Copic markers as I did on the Santa card. Oval layers are Spellbinders Nestabilities. The border punch is from Stampin’ Up. Barb is a consultant if you need any of their products. Call me for info at 717-938-3425.
Better get working on winter. It’s that time of year!
Santa is Back!
I saw this idea on a blog from a papercraft group I joined on Linkedin. Had to try it out and love it! Just glue a piece of aluminum foil to a piece of cardstock. Overlap the edges a little. Then run it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing plate. Use for borders and backgrounds. My scanning isn’t showing up very well. The metallic part is showing black. But, you get the idea.
Stamps used were JustRite, colors from Copic, background papers from BoBunny and DCWV. Ribbon is from my stash (probably May Arts).
Order supplies from our internet store at www.stampexpressstore.com.
Christmas is Here!
I made my first holiday cards for this year today! That’s early for me since I usually get to them the week before Christmas. But, I have this new Martha Stewart punch that looks like a star or snowflake border. And, I just had to try it out. Really, if you are making cards and gifts, it is time to get started. Besides cards, you can make money holders, giftcard holders, and candy boxes that are unique and inexpensive. Calendars also make a great gift for family with all the birthdays and anniversaries noted. You can purchase most of the items you’ll need at our website store. (www.stampexpressstore.com)
The cardstock I used is Stamp Express quality cardstock. Designer papers are DieCuts With a View. Stamps are from JustRite, and colors from Copic. Diecut shapes are Spellbinders, ribbon is Morex. The snowflake charm is by Karen Foster, and the button is from my stash.
Get crafting—-only 61 days till Christmas!
Santa is back!
It’s that time of year! The days are cooler and the fire is smoldering in the fireplace. Winter will soon be here. The NEW Whimsy stamps for winter cards are now for sale at stampexpressstore.com. Here are some samples of things to come. Of course everything was colored with Copic markers. Designer papers are Die Cuts With a View. Cardstock is Stamp Express. The border punches are Martha Stewart, label punch is Stampin’ Up and the words are computer generated. These cards would make good seasonal birthday cards, or any occasion. Purchase supplies to make them at our on-line store, or buy the finished cards at Brushstrokes and Blessings in the WS Farmers Market. Baby it’s cold outside!
All Bundled Up
Everyone loves homemade sweets during the holidays. Here are two of my favorite recipes that you can package in papercrafted boxes. The boxes come blank.
Order here at our on-line store. Then cut windows with Nesties and cover the window with clear plastic. Here are some yummy recipes.
Peanut Butter Party Mix
1 box Captain Crunch Peanutbutter cereal
1 bag pretzel sticks
1 can peanuts
1# melted white chocolate
Mix dry ingredients and drizzle melted chocolate over them. Mix well. Spread out on waxed paper to cool. Package in your handcrafted box or place in plastic bags and stamp a cardstock header for the bag.
12 candy canes hammered to crush
1# white chocolate melted
Mix together and spread on waxed paper to cool. Break into chunks and package.
Candy Box - Blank
Candy Box - Hand Made Sample
When you need a small remembrance during the holidays these candy favors are great. Use them for co-workers, teachers, beauticians, neighbors, and children. Purchase the clear plastic containers at
www.stampexpressstore.com Cut holiday double-sided paper to 4-1/2″x3-1/2″. round the corners and punch a 1/4″ round hole at the top. Insert into plastic. Fill the bubble with small candies. Close and tie with a ribbon about 9″ long. Decorate the front with flowers, stickers, or stamped images. Cut two scalloped circles with Nesties. We used 2-1/2″ and 2-3/4″. Or, you can punch them out if you have punches about that size. Stamp a message or picture on the circles and glue to the back. We used Just-Rite stamps. Everyone will love this unique gift.
- Front View of Party Favor Sample
Back View of Party Favor Sample
While Barb Barton and I were crafting together, she mentioned that her father-in-law always gives money as a gift. last year he spent more than $2 a piece for money holders to present them. Since we have an Accucut die for money holders, I gave her some i had cut out. Here is an example of the way Barb decorated them for a Christmas gift. She covered it with designer paper, added a ribbon and gift tag, and embellished with a flower and snowflake. Maybe you would like to make some of these for your holiday giving. The blank money holders are available at our on-line store. You just add the imagination and love. And the best news is that they only cost 83 cents each plus the scrap paper you use to decorate them.
Money Holder Sample - Closed
Money Holder Sample - Open
Money Holder Blank
These circle cut-out cards are such FUN to make. (and easy too). Cut designer paper to cover the front with a narrow border. Then choose a stamped image (we used Just-Rite stamps) that can be cut into a circle and layered. We used the Nestabilities from Spellbinder in our Cuttlebug die cut machine. The images were colored with Copic markers, but you could use pencils or whatever your choice of coloring technique that you like. Some elements were mounted on foam tape for a 3-D effect. Ink pads used were Memento from Tsukineko. The blank diecut cards are available at our online store along with other products used in these projects.
Go to www.stampexpressstore.com/store/die-cuts.html/
Friends Fill Your Life With Joy
Our Craft Robo (electric diecut machine) was getting dusty because we didn’t learn how to use it efficiently. Our son figured it out and cut out 2 new projects that are now for sale on the web store. Below is a sample of a gift card holder. It comes blank. You just fold, glue and decorate. We added a bellyband with a charm, but you could use a sticker, button, or flower. The other project is shown on our home page. It uses a circle cut out card blank which we have decorated with designer paper and stamped images. It too is available blank for your crafting creativity. Have fun with these 2 unique paper projects and start your holiday off right.
Gift Card Holder
click here to purchase blank gift card holders
Circle Cut Out Christmas Card
click here to purchase blank circle card cut outs