Snowflake Kisses

Snowflake Kisses Card

As I finished up my Christmas Cards for the season,

I thought I’d make one last card that isn’t traditionally Christmas.

I wanted to make a Winter card that would work for a Winter Birthday

or Valentine’s Day. (but could also work for a Christmas card)

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Snowflake Kisses Card

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Snowflake Kisses Card

Directions:

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • Line up the “Snow Couple Die” over the stamped image.  Place a small piece of tape over the edge of the die to keep it in place.
  • Die-cut the Snow Couple out.
  • Use the Tombow Markers* to watercolor and color the stamped image.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the frame: Cut a 5″ x 6″ piece of “Christmas Lights” paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad. 
  • Place the paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to move it through the machine. As it moves through, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-cut the paper using dies from the Nested Rectangle Die Set. Adhere the frame onto a piece of “snowflake paper” from the Doodles Pad.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the Card Front:  Cut a small strip of striped paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad, run it through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back. Die-cut the word “LOVE” using the Alphabet Dies.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares* on the back of the snowman couple and adhere inside the frame. Adhere the word LOVE over the snowman couple.
  • Adhere the frame onto a turquoise cardstock layer and a white cardstock base.
  • Finished Card Measures 5″ x 6 1/4″.

Sugar Cookies for Santa Card

Cookies for Santa Card

One of my favorite Holiday Traditions is making Frosted Sugar Cookies.

I use the same recipe year after year.

It’s a simple recipe, written on a piece of notebook paper in my mom’s handwriting.

She wrote out the recipe and gave it to me the first Christmas after I married.

It’s stained, and the edges are tattered.  (I keep it in a protective sleeve now.)

I think of her every time I make them.  (sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post)

Cookies for Santa Card

The “Cookies for Santa” card is just about as easy to make as the cookies themself.  

And you don’t have to wait for it to cool before enjoying it.

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Cookies for Santa Card

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Cookies for Santa Card

Directions:

  • It’s important to use white pigment ink* and white embossing powder* to get the whitest white cookie outline.
  • Stamp the cookie outline with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock.
  • Pour a small amount of white embossing powder over the stamped image, shake off excess powder.  (If you pour over a piece of scratch paper you can easily repour the excess powder back into the jar.)
  • Use an embossing heat tool* to melt the powder until shiny.

Cookies for Santa Card

  • Align the matching die with the stamped image and die-cut using the Mini Maker Die-Cut Machine.
  • The raised embossed edges make it easy to watercolor.  Use a waterbrush* along with a combination of markers and inks to watercolor the stamped images.
  • I used paper and labels from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad for the front of the card.
  • This Christmas Card called for something a little shiny, so I added a piece of red foiled paper as a layer.
  • Adhere the frosted cookies onto the front of the card using thin foam squares.
  • Tie a red bow to finish off the card.

Snowman Cookie Tag

The Snowman Cookie Tag would look great on a wrapped plate of fresh Christmas cookies.

The base was made using a die from the Nested Arch Die Set.

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Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s Mom’s Recipe.  (Enjoy!)

  • 1- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Cream sugar & butter, add egg & flavoring, mix thoroughly.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in.  (I dump)
  3. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Divide dough in half & roll out on lightly floured pastry sheet.
  6. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design with the cookie cutters.
  7. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each cutting.  Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible.  The least amount of working with the dough gives the best cookie.
  8. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 7 to 8 min. or until delicately golden.
  • For the Glaze I dump around a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add a dash of vanilla.    Add milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.  (hint:  not too runny)

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Add a little “WOW” to your Holiday presents this year…

with a sweet Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament.

The Holiday Shaker Tag made using The Shaker Ornament Die and a few Holiday Shaker

Sprinkles is the perfect addition for those who like to shake the presents.

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Go ahead and shake it…

The nice thing about the shaker tag is once they’ve opened the present,

they can use the Winter Globe Shaker Tag as an ornament.

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Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

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How to make a Elegant and Easy Christmas Card

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

Elegant and Easy, Quick and Simple…

that pretty much sums up this beautiful Holiday Card made with the Believe Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

Don’t tell my family, but this may be this year’s Christmas Card.

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

If you’re a fan of clean and simple cards, it doesn’t get much easier than this one.

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Directions:  

  • Cut a 2 ½” x 5″ piece of cream cardstock.  Place the cardstock into the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.  Crank the handle of the Sticker Maker to run the paper through the machine.  As it runs through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Cut a gold foiled paper and run it through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Place the “believe” die sandwiched between the Mini Maker cutting plates.  Turn the handle to run the die through the Mini Maker Die Cut Machine.
  • By running the paper through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini* first, it creates a sticker out of the die-cut piece.
  • Cut the gold background and stars using the adhesive gold foiled paper, die, and the Mini Maker.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Cut a 3 ¾” x 5″ cream cardstock layer.  Place the gold foiled believe background, believe words and gold foiled stars directly onto the cardstock layer.
  • Place several thin 3D foam squares* onto the back of the cardstock layer.
  • Adhere the layer onto the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” cream card.
  • Tie a simple gold ribbon around the front of the card.

Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder

Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

The Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder is great for sticking a little money

or a Starbucks gift card.  Who wouldn’t love getting that for Christmas?

The card uses the Coffee Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The sleeve around the coffee cup uses the NEW Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Plate*.

Coffee Die Set from The Maker's Movement    Maker's Movement Alphabet Die Set

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Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

Directions:

  • The tri-fold card was made from a 5 ½” x 9 ¾” piece of Kraft Cardstock. I scored the cardstock on the 3 ¼” and 6 ½” mark.
  • Adhere the green plaid layer to the gold cardstock layer. Adhere onto the front of the tri-fold card.
  • Assemble and adhere the die-cut pieces of the coffee cup onto the front of the card. The red plaid pieces and vellum coffee lid have been made into stickers using a Xyron Creative Station.  The “coffee sleeve” was embossed using the sweater embossing folder.
  • Remove the backing off the gridded transfer paper. Apply the transfer paper over the word “Holiday”.  Gently rub over the transfer paper to make sure the word has transferred.  Apply onto the top of the card.
  • Add clear adhesive enamel dots to the lid of the coffee cup.
  • The transfer paper is reusable. Use the transfer paper to apply the small snowflake onto the cup.
  • On the inside of the card… Open the trifold card. Adhere the thin red plaid adhesive strip to the top of the cream cardstock layer.  (Leave a 1/8” margin on the top) Trim the excess paper strip.  Using the transfer paper, transfer the word “Enjoy” under the red strip.
  • On the third-panel measure and mark 1 ½” on the outside edge of the panel. On the inside fold of the third panel, measure and mark 2 ½”.  Draw a line from the 2 ½” mark to the 1 ½” mark.  Cut along the line and the inside fold to create a diagonal pocket flap.  Adhere the thin green strip to the top of the diagonal panel and trim excess.
  • Punch a small hole in the center of the green panel and attach the small cream tag with twine. Apply the small red plaid heart to the center of the tag.
  • Add adhesive to the bottom and side of the flap. Adhere flap to the center panel.

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Cozy Watercolor Leaves

Cozy Watercolor Leaves Card

I love fall, cooler weather, and changing leaves.

It makes me want to make everything in my home warm and cozy.

Grab a nice bowl of soup and a comfy sweatshirt, and it’s the perfect setting for just staying in.

M12623-Lets-Get-Cozy Die Set from The Maker's Movement

I also love the new Let’s Get Cozy Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

A great cardmaking or scrapbooking die set for Fall or any time of the year.

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Cozy Watercolor Leaves

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Cozy Watercolor Leaves

Cozy Watercolor Leaves Cardmaking Tips…

  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the leaves out of cream cardstock.
  • Watercolor the leaves using ink from an ink pad and a waterbrush. I applied the ink directly onto a lamented piece of paper (or use a non-porous surface) and picked up the ink with the waterbrush.

Cozy Watercolor Leaves

Cozy Watercolor Leaves Cardmaking Tips Continued

  • The card measures 5″ x 6 ½”.
  • Cut a moss green cardstock layer 4¾” x 6 ¼”.  
  • Using the large circle die from the die set, cut a hole in the center of the cardstock layer. Adhere the layer onto a cream cardstock base.
  • Cut the words “let’s get cozy” out of champagne luster adhesive vinyl. Remove backing from the vinyl and apply it to the center of the circle.
  • Build a layered wreath on the top and bottom of the circle. Add small dots using the small circles dies from the set to the top of the card.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

Fall Woodland Friends Card

How to make a Fall Woodland Friends Card.

I have another fun fall card to share with you today with warm fall colors

and sweet furry friends.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

I know I say this all the time, but I think the Fall Woodland Friends Stamp Set and the

coordinating die set from The Maker’s Movement are just about the cutest sets ever.

Mix it with the Autumn Breeze paper for a great combination.  (I love the colors in this pad.)

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Fall Woodland Friends Card

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Fall Woodland Friends Card

Details and Helpful Tips for making the Fall Woodland Friends Card…

  • When coloring stamped images with markers, I like to stamp my image on watercolor paper first. The watercolor paper helps when blending the inks.
  • It’s best to use a fast-drying permanent ink, like VersaFine Black Instant Dry Pigment Ink*. The Versafine ink keeps your stamped outline from bleeding when coloring the image.
  •  I like to stamp the images that I will be working with several times on watercolor paper to experiment with different color combinations.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Start with a darker marker and color and bring shades to the outside edge of the image, do not fully color the stamped image.
  • Choose a second lighter marker to blend the darker colors.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Align the coordinating die with the stamped image.  Place a small piece of washi tape (or a removable tape) to hold the die in place while die-cutting.
  • Run the stamped image and die through the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to cut out the image.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • “Fussy-cut” a 1 1/2″ border using the “fall leaves” paper from the Autumn Breeze paper pad.
  • It helps when fussy cutting to use detail scissors.
  • To cover up the white core of the paper, I use a light gray marker to color the edges of the paper.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Layer a strip of striped paper onto a 2″ plaid strip of paper. (both from the paper pad)
  • Adhere the “fall leaves” border and the “striped” layer onto the 6″ x 6″ turquoise leaves paper.
  • Cut the card front to 4″ x 6″.
  • I used 3D Foam Squares* to adhere the Woodland Friends to the front of the card.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Adhere the card front onto a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ turquoise cardstock layer and then onto a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pumpkin-colored cardstock layer.
  • My finished card is 5″ x 7″.
  • I didn’t have a top folding 5″ x 7″ card, so I made one. I used watercolor paper as my card base.
  • Adhere the card front to a 5″ x 7″ piece of watercolor paper.
  • Cut a second piece of watercolor paper 5″ x 8″. Score the paper at 1″ from the top and fold over.
  • Adhere the card front onto the folded tab.
  • Tie a piece of orange ribbon onto the front of the card. The ribbon hides the folded tab.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

The Fall Woodland Friends would look cut on tags, on a scrapbook layout, or in a pop-up card.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

How to Make a Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker Card.

When it comes to anything Halloween, I like it more “cute” than scary. (big chicken here)

This Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker card uses Dies and Shaker Sprinkles from

The Maker’s Movement’s New Halloween Collection.

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Directions:

  • I used the Halloween Scene from the Tricks and Treats paper pad for the base of my card. I cut off a 1/2″ off both sides of the paper, making it 5″ x 6″. (The finished card measures 5 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.)
  • Die-cut a large scalloped square frame out of the purple plaid paper from the paper pad.
  • Die-cut a large foam square using the foam cutter die. The foam square will fit under the scalloped square frame.
  • Because I didn’t want the white sides of the foam showing in my shaker element, I used black calligraphy (chisel point) paint marker to color the outside and inside of the foam square. Place the foam square onto the card base. (as shown above)
  • Add “Tricks and Treats” shaker sprinkles into the center of the foam square.
  • Cut a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of clear acetate. Remove the blue protective covering from both sides of the acetate.
  • Remove the top protective coating from the foam square and place the acetate onto the foam.
  • Add adhesive under the purple plaid scalloped square and place it over the acetate lined up with the foam square.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Die-Cutting Tip…

  • When cutting small die-cut pieces, I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.  After die-cutting, they become little stickers. That makes applying the die-cuts a whole lot easier.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

  • Apply the Spider Web die-cut onto the inside corner of the shaker element.
  • Add the words “Happy Halloween” onto the front of the card.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

I enjoy making cards with dimension and movement.

I think this is one of the simplest shaker cards I’ve made so far.

If you love making shaker cards, make sure to check out all the dies and cute shaker sprinkles

that are available from The Maker’s Movement.

Toil and Trouble Halloween Shaker Card

Toil & Trouble Halloween Shaker Card.

This is the Halloween Shaker Card I made last year.  You can see how it was made here.

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner for Fall.

This past weekend in the middle of my Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor project,

I was inspired to sew up this cute felt pumpkin banner. It didn’t hurt that I already

had the sewing machine out (because I had to mend the dog bed, once again).

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner

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DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

I used the Pumpkin Die from The Maker’s Movement to cut out the felt pieces.

The pumpkin die is used for cutting paper and not necessarily to cut fabric and felt.

While the die does not always cut through the felt, it did leave deep impressions.

I used the deep impressions as my guide to cut out the remainder of the shape.

(not recommended on smaller detailed pieces.)

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

Directions:

  • I used a pre-cut 9″ x 12″ Antique White Felt for the base of the banner.
  • On the bottom of the Felt, make a small mark at 4 1/2″ the center.  Measure and mark on both sides, starting from the bottom, at 3″.  Draw light lines from the 3″ mark to the center mark.  Cut along the lines to create the bottom point of the banner.
  • Die-cut pumpkin pieces.
  • Place the pumpkin pieces and the letters on the banner to decide on the correct placement.  (make sure to allow space up on top for the trim and the rod pocket)
  • Remove letters and set them aside.
  • Sew around pieces of the pumpkin using a sewing machine.  (if you’re good at hand stitching, that would be even better)
  • Place iron-on embroidered letters onto the banner, cover with a thin cloth, and iron according to directions on the packaging.
  • Sew a piece of decorative trim near the top of the banner.
  • Cut a second piece of Antique White Felt the same size as the first.
  • Sew the top closed, leave a small 1/4″ border.  Create a small rod pocket by sewing another seam at approx. 1 1/4″.
  • Sew around the remainder of the banner.
  • Create a small tassel using a wood bead and thin braided decorative trim.  Poke a small hole on the point of the banner and tie the tassel.  Because my Trim had a slick surface, I added a tiny bit of Fabri-Tac Adhesive* under the bead and at the knot that ties my tassel.


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Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

A Simple Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor Project.

It’s so much fun to decorate for Fall with its vibrant and colorful hues.

I’d love Fall even more if it didn’t turn into Winter after it was all over.

For the framed dimensional pumpkin, I decided to use my paper crafting skills

to make a fun and easy Home Décor for Fall.

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Double-Sided Adhesive Foam 5″ x 6″ and 4″ x 5″.
  • Cut two pieces of orange plaid paper from the paper crafting paper the same size as the foam.
  • Remove the protective coating from one side of the foam and place the paper onto the adhesive.
  • Place pumpkin die outlines over the foam and die-cut the shape using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine*.  You may need to run the die back and forth a couple of times through the machine to make sure all the layers have been cut.
  • Repeat the process with the die-cutting of the stem and leaves.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • For the words used on the front of the pumpkin, run a small strip of striped paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker Mini*.
  • Place the word dies onto the paper and die-cut.  (you may want to put a small piece of tape on the dies to keep them in place)

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

  • I have a weakness for old frames and I love to pick them up whenever I see a good deal. (I think this one was a quarter.) It now makes the project an Up-Cycled project which makes it extra special.
  • Remove the glass and the backing from the frame and spray with ivory spray paint.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • The frame measures 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ with a 6″ x 6″ opening.
  • Replace the 90’s picture with a 6″ x 6″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper. (I placed the glass behind the scrapbook paper to give the project more stability. Also, I will have it if I want to reuse the frame for another project later.)
  • Remove the adhesive from the back of the pumpkin pieces and place it inside the frame.

Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Cute, simple, and easy to make. My favorite kind of projects.

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