Decorating for Christmas

Everyone is getting for Christmas right now, even the forest critters!  At least that’s what I like to imagine happening.  This adorable little card was made using a combination of Lawn Fawn, Waffle Flower, Pazzles and Miss Kate’s Cuttables.  The base of the card was cut using the awesome Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up.  I just love using this card base because it allows me to decorate every surface of the card and add as much dimension as I want.  I decorated the outside of the card with some beautiful paper that I found in my holiday stash.  The little reindeer with the ornaments hanging from his antlers is from Pazzles.  Isn’t he cute?

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The inside of the box card has so many fun dimensions.  The sentiment on the front flap is from the Waffle Flower Pull Tab Tree bundle.  I’m very new to card making, so I’ve been concentrating on buying my interactive card elements right now, but I must say that at this small of a size, stamping the sentiment is so much easier than trying to cut it out of paper.  I may need to mix more sentiments into my orders.   The sentiment, by itself, looked a little too plain, so I added little holly leaves and berries to give it more interest, and I added kaleidoscope embossing powder to give it some rainbow shimmer.

The little critters are busy decorating the forest for Christmas.  The snowman is getting ready to hang lights on the tree.  The sweet penguin is bringing a gift to his friend, the reindeer.  The little bird perched on the string of lights is waiting to put the star on top of the tree.  The tree sits in front of a snowy background created using the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrop die.  This is such a sweet little scene and I had so much fun creating it!

I turned the cute little box to both sides so you can see the dimension of the card.  There are 2 inserts in the center of the box to give the scene depth and more interest.  I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders and sparkly paper to create a snowy ground for the forest scene.  The little animals are placed on these different inserts.  On each of the side flaps, I added an additional little critter, because, why not?   All of these little critters are from Miss Kate’s Cuttables.  I just love her cutting files!

I’m entering this card into a couple of challenges:

Lawn Fawn Challenge #41 Shaped Cards

Papercraft Business Challenge #12 – Anything Goes (with optional Christmas animal)

Papercraft Business Challenge Blog

613 Avenue Create – Challenge #215 Anything Goes / Optional Twist Christmas / Winter

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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Christmas Card – Santa Gets Busted and a Cool Pop-Up Christmas Tree

It’s Christmas card season!  I wanted to make something sparkly and fun, but I wasn’t able to come up with a single theme across the front and inside of the card.  I decided that I didn’t care and I just picked my 2 favorite ideas and mashed them together.  This is what I came up with. . .

The front of the card is the front door to your home.  There’s a pretty wreath that I cut using a Miss Kate’s Cuttables file and the trees are just simple Christmas tree shapes from the Pazzles library.  Both are decorated with pretty jewels that I received in a Simon Says Stamps card kit.  It’s framed by the “Rudolf Red” paper from the Lawn Fawn Rainbow Christmas collection.   When you open the door to go inside, you’re greeted with a surprise . . .

It’s Santa! It looks like he got caught red handed.  He’s hanging out with Rudolf and he’s holding the milk and cookies that kids left out for him.  The Santa made me smile when I saw him.  He looked guilty and I thought this would be an adorable idea for a card.  I made Santa from a cutting file that I downloaded from the Pazzles library.

I was so excited to play with my new Waffle Flower die – Pull Tab Christmas Tree Bundle.  It makes the coolest interactive Christmas tree!  After a few practice attempts (yes it kicked my butt), I was able to figure out how to put it together.  I found a very good tutorial on YouTube on how to assemble it.  The video is made by Simon Says Stamps and can be found here – Pull Tab Tree Tutorial.   Every Christmas tree needs gifts under it.  I used some of my Miss Kate’s Cuttables files to cut presents out in the colors that are specified in the Lawn Fawn #40 Challenge – Color Inspiration.  It didn’t look quite right.  The tree was full of dimension, so the gifts couldn’t be flat against the card.  I used 4 of my Lawn Fawn Everyday Pop-Ups dies to add varying dimensions to the gifts.  In the 2 images below, you can see the tree popped out and the dimensions of the gifts.  You can see the pull tab that you use to make the tree “pop”.  Cool, right?!?

Finally, every card needs a sentiment to pull it all together.  I went with another of my Miss Kate’s Cuttables file (do you see a theme forming here?).  The Ho-Ho-Ho tied the front of the card and the inside of the card together.  The ornaments looked a little plain, so I cut some of my Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes out of sparkly white cardstock and they were the perfect size to give them some pizzazz.  Every thing was placed on my new favorite Christmas paper – Really Rainbow Christmas – Rudolf Red.  It has scripty holiday words in rainbow colors (the back is red).  I like this one because it gives a pop of color, but isn’t overwhelming.

I’m not sure if anyone is reading my blog, but if you are, how am I doing?  I don’t know a lot about blogging.  Am I typing too much, are the pictures OK, anything else that I can improve?  Doing card making and paper crafting challenges and posting on this blog helps keep me motivated to complete cards for #cardsforhospitalizedkids.  I’m hoping this blog will give me a place to chronicle my journey and (eventually, once I get the hang of all of this), upload all of the steps and instructions that I used to make cards.  I spend a lot of time researching new techniques to make fun interactive cards, and I’d love to be able to share it with everyone in one place.

I’m entering my card in the Lawn Fawns Challenge #40 – Color Inspiration

The Papercraft Business – Papercraft Challenge #12

Papercraft Business Challenge Blog

And, 613 Avenue Create – Challenge #215

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Thank you for visiting my blog!

Welcome to my new blog!

Hi, my name is Wendy.  I’m a wife, mom of 2 girls (10 and 15), and computer programmer/DBA.  I’ve been playing around with the idea of starting a blog for a little while now, as a place for me to store my projects and document the techniques that I used to create them.

I started paper crafting about 13 years ago.  I had experienced a dark time in my life, and paper crafting helped me cope with all of that.   It didn’t last for very long though.  My husband likes to say that for several years my hobby was scrapbook supply collecting.   It was always fun for me to think up ideas in my head, and I would buy the supplies to make the projects, but never really worked on anything.  I guess you could say it was shopping therapy.  Some ladies buy purses and shoes, but I like paper crafting supplies and funny t-shirts.

I gradually got back into scrapbooking and discovered paper piecing.  I watched some videos on it and did some research on the machines.  I bought my first Pazzles cutter – the Mini and eventually the Vue.  I love my Pazzle because I can make and cut anything!  I can find any picture online and turn it into a cutting file.

Besides scrapbookng, I’ve just started making cards.  I happened across a website that collects cards for kids in hospitals – #cardsforhospitalizedkids.  I haven’t donated any cards yet, but I’ve been practicing new techniques and lots of interactive card making dies through various challenges.  My favorite is Lawn Fawn.  They have awesome dies to make pop-up cards, peek-a-boo cards, shadow box cards, and tons more.  I’ve been doing their bi-weekly challenges to buy new card making toys and practice.

My hope, is to post my projects on this blog and document what dies, cutting files and techniques I used to make the them.  Thank you for visiting!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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