Monday, November 9, 2009


Since I'm not doing my traditional Christmas Card Cranks this year, I wanted to give you some easy card ideas that you could do at home. I was hit by the Icicle Inspiration this morning and made this set in less than 2 hours. That included cutting, digging through the ribbon drawer and everything! What's Icicle Inspiration? It's the gorgeous Icicle Rub-ons in the Holiday Mini catalog (p. 27, #116804, $10.95). You get 2 sheets -- one with silver and the other with white.

This photo shows all 14 cards together. I used one sheet of the rub-ons, so you could really get twice as many cards. I actually used one more rub-on on Brocade Blue cardstock and it didn't show up very well, so you could get 30 cards from one package of rub-ons. As you can tell, I varied the embellishments so you could see what the various ribbons or brads look like. For all the cards, I used a card base of either Bordering Blue or Whisper White, then a layer of 4" x 5 1/4" Night of Navy for the rub-ons. The sentiments are all from Four The Holidays in the Holiday Mini catalog (p. 19, #116921, $13.95 for the set of 4). They're stamped in Night of Navy on a 1" x 3 1/2" piece of Whisper White which is layered on a 1 1/4" x 3 3/4" piece of Bordering Blue. Actually, there's one renegade that has a piece of Real Red instead. I wish I'd done a few more of those because I like the "pop" that it gives. I realized at some point that I needed to be careful about making the cards too patriotic LOL

So, now let's look at them closer up. Please excuse the line running through the scans. I have no idea what's causing that. I experimented with various ribbons and brads. If you're mailing these, you probably want to avoid the big knots or bows unless you have a really nice Post Office. When I only had a couple cards to go I remembered that you can use rub-ons on ribbon. Check out the ones on the wide red ribbon. Cool, huh!
So, which embellishment do you like best on these cards?

If you want to order the supplies to make these cards, you can do that directly from my website or by calling or emailing me. Remember to order your envelopes too. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009


If you want to make a batch of card sets, check this out! This set uses the Thoroughly Modern designer series paper (#115673, p. 163, $9.95), Wow Flowers stamp set (#111714, p. 173, $12.95), and those super cool Gusseted Envelopes (#115693, p. 169, $5.95 for a set of 3), which I used as the packaging for the card set. Add a decorated pen and envelopes, tie a ribbon around it, and you've got a nice gift for teachers, friends, or someone who has everything.

The Gusseted Envelopes are designed to coordinate with the Thoroughly Modern designer series paper. There are 3 different designs in the set and if the planets align properly, I'll make another set with different stamps and different dsp sheets to go in another envelope and will post it soon.

You could definitely fit more than 4 cards in the envelope in case you want to be more generous. Or, you could put a gift card in the envelope with the cards. Better yet, put a Stampin' Up! gift certificate in the envelope. (Yep, you can purchase those from me.) Hmm, what else could you do with this?

The bottom two cards (the non thank you ones) are a bit non traditional. The base is simply a 4.25 x 5.5" base that doesn't open. The rectangle on top is a mini card that opens. It's perfect for a birthday card where you really don't need to write much other than the recipient's name and your autograph.

I'm feeling lazy today, so haven't made the effort to scan the individual cards. Yeah, I know, it's a push of a button. If you want me to scan the individual cards so you can see 'em up close, leave a comment to that effect.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 2, 2009


Sorry for the corny title, but you get what you pay for. Anyway, I made this card a while back using Stampin' Up!'s Autumn Days stamp set. The leaves were a bit of work because I colored the stamp with the markers and each leaf is different. But, other than that it was pretty straight forward. Enjoy!