Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Card - Spellbinders' and JustRite Style II

Catching up on my Christmas cards not previously posted, here is a bit different version of this card I previously posted -- another Spellbinders'/JustRite Papercraft Christmas card. This time I've used the same mix of gold papers, but substituted Labels Sixteen for my tree's layer.

I also stamped a gold glittered JustRite border from their retired Vintage Christmas stamp set to surround my foil tree die cut and added pink gems to my tree and border.

Finishing it all off is a gold mesh bow at the bottom. I really like how this fairly simple card turned out and gave it to our DD/her fiance' since I know she likes non-traditional holiday colors.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Card - Spellbinders' and JustRite Style

Needing a few more last-minute Christmas cards I decided to play with various shades of gold CS and some Spellbinders' foil and dies: Grand Labels Twenty-three, Labels 24, Ribbon Banners and Fanciful Holiday from 2011. Starting with medium gold CS, I embossed it with the Polka Dots embossing folder for my card base and then added the darker gold die cut with Grand Labels Twenty-three. Topping that is Labels Twenty-four in the lightest and medium shades. For my sentiment I've used Antique Christmas Tags One curved to fit Spellbinders' Ribbon Banners die.

My Christmas tree die cut with gold foil takes center stage and it's finished off with red gems/star and a red velvet ribbon.

Monday, December 17, 2012

JustRite's Magical Christmas Wish

This is the fairly CAS card I'm using this year for the majority of my recipients. In years past I'd made up to 50 of the same card, but the last couple of years I just made a lot of different cards. However, then I never know to whom I sent what -- doubt I'd ever repeat one, but who knows? This year I've not made quite as many ahead as I'd hoped, so now have about 20 of these and will fill in with a few special ones to complete my reduced Christmas list.

For this card I used holly embossed paper purchased at the annual Bazzill warehouse clearance sale.  Last fall I forgot to check ahead for the date and remembered it on a Sunday, only to find it had ended the previous day -- sigh! This year, I scoped out the date early and then emailed two dear friends to help me remember it and we met there and shopped -- it's always fun to see what they have and stock up on their wonderful papers, etc. This JustRite stamp is from their now discontinued original grid system, also purchased on clearance. I thought it was perfect to use with the holly paper and have added little touches of red and green Spica glitter to the holly/berries, which I only wish would show up in my photo! A simple ribbon finishes off this CAS Christmas card for this year.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

JustRite Friday Challenge #087: Picture This!

The challenge @ JustRite Papercraft through 6 PM CST tomorrow is to use a photo in your project. This could be a holiday photo card, mini book, ornament, or layout. The best part of this challenge may be the PRIZES -- Spellbinders' dies -- 2 for the Grand Prize winner and 1 for each of 3 Honorable Mention winners and the Random winner will receive a JustRite stamp. So if you have a chance, come join the fun!!!

My project includes a photo of my DD and their beloved rescue dog taken by her fiance'.  I thought she'd like to have it framed for him to enjoy on his desk while working. I die cut/embossed aqua Bazzill CS with Spellbinders' Romantic Rectangles, glued down my photo and slipped it into the top right corner of my clear acrylic frame. I love that you can see through the pretty edging of the Romantic Rectangles!
I measured the remaining space on the left and bottom and cut a piece of October Afternoon's Woodland Park DP in colors that coordinate with my photo to fill in the frame.

Next I stamped what I think is a perfect sentiment from Wedding Nested Sentiments (retired JustRite original set) in aqua ink on cream CS. It was die cut/embossed with Spellbinders' Polka Dot Frame, using only the inside cut-out from the smallest frame. A small glittery heart from my stash was added and foam dots to pop it out from my frame for dimension. Finishing it all off are black rhinestone finesse swirls from Want2Scrap. I think this will make a nice little gift for DD's fiance' and if they want, they can easily change out the photo.
Sentiment close-up

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Card: Heartfelt Creations & Spellbinders' Style

This is a very CAS A2-size card I made late last year for a few friends/relatives, but never posted. Using Heartfelt Creations stamps I'd borrowed from a friend and my corresponding Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments dies, I cut the ornament from vellum, stamped it in VersaMark ink and embossed in gold. Next I colored with Copics, adding it to my Ice Silver card.

My card's front edge was cut/embossed using Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities. To finish it off, I added a gold sticker to hang my ornament from and another along my bottom edge, and a small bow.

Love this clean, simple card with the elegant gold and that gorgeous poinsettia on shimmery CS!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #100: It's A Wrap!

Our final challenge for 2012 @ My Sheri Crafts -- It's a Wrap -- has us (and hopefully you) decorating packages, bags or tags -- hard to believe it's time to 'wrap up' another year in our lives, isn't it? I thought about several different things to do for this challenge, but the deal was pretty much sealed once I made a trip to our Ribbon & Lace store recently. As I was checking out, my husband actually spotted the sparkly gold trim on my cream/red bag and in the poinsettia's center, which is simply called "mesh". These are actually metal dots with a little divot in the center and are connected by lightweight string. In order to use one or more, either in the width it comes in (which I did on this bag) or just a single strip, you simply cut the threads! Needless to say, I left with a yard of 5 different colors -- LOL! I also had to use the new Spellbinders' Holiday Tree on another bag!

Both bags were 'steals' from World Market shortly after Christmas 2 years ago at 90% off -- only 29 cents each, but quite plain/'undressed'. When I found them in my Christmas storage, I immediately die cut Spellbinders' 2012 Holiday Tree in a Bazzill paper that perfectly matched the bag's handles. I liked it's simple elegance, so merely added the sparkly star and silver pearls to complete it.

For my cream bag, I assembled a left-over felt poinsettia and hot glued it to my bag over the gold mesh trim that I stitched on along the edges through the open-weave bag. I just love how elegant the trim looks on this bag and both projects were very easy/inexpensive -- a big bonus during the busy holiday season!  ;~}

Hope you have time to share your creative holiday packaging ideas with us @ My Sheri Crafts. We'll be back in early January, 2013 with a New Year's worth of fun challenges too!!!


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