Jeanne’s Christmas Decor

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Hi! Jeanne here today with a quick holiday decor idea!

I have lots of oddball glasses around and I like to use them for quick decorations by adding seasonal items to them. They look good scattered around, on a table or even in the china cabinet.

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For this project, I grabbed some Christmas ribbons and some little ornaments that I found at Hobby Lobby.

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I tied a ribbon around my glass and then put ribbon inside. I then added some ornaments. Another option would be to put some pretty wrapped candies instead of the ornaments, pinecones for fall or jellybeans for Easter with some pastel ribbons.

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Jeanne

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Christmas Wreath Project from guest blogger Cheryl Hurttgam

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Design by Cheryl Hurttgam, owner/designer for The Paper Hollow, llc

Materials

  • FloraCraft 11.8-inch foam wreath
  • Assorted patterned papers
  • Darice 2 yds. 1 1/2-inch-wide red double-face satin ribbon
  • 4 spring-action clothespins
  • Decorative punch such as an oval
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Instructions

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Cut two 1 1/2-inch-wide strips from 12-13 patterned 12 x 12-inch papers.

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Working with one strip at a time, apply glue to back of strip on half of it only; wrap strip around foam wreath and clip with clothespin as close to wreath as possible. Clip end of strip if needed or hold until secure. Repeat this step to attach the second same-patterned strip to opposite side of wreath.

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Remove clothespin when paper is securely glued together and to wreath. Continue with each set of strips until wreath is covered.

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Punch end of each strip with a decorative punch such as an oval.

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Make a large bow with red ribbon and glue to wreath. Form a loop with leftover ribbon and glue to back side of wreath for a hanger.

Cheryl

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KellyJean’s Christmas Decor: Laminating Fun

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Hi there, everyone! I have a super fun Christmas decorating idea for you today. Let’s self laminate! He, he, he … no, don’t laminate YOURSELF. HA! Laminate your favorite images and do it your own creative self. 🙂

Though difficult to see, the images shown in these photos have been laminated with a fusible vinyl and then cut out with a die-cutting machine. The possibilities for these sweet little water-resistant images are endless!

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I’ve used paper and stamps by Gina K. Designs. I like how Gina K.’s papers have one patterned side and one solid-white side. This kind of paper is perfect for stamping and laminating. After stamping an image on the white side, the opposite side is already pretty and I don’t have to do anything to it but cut out the image. Nice!

These make the perfect little treasures for little hands. Note: Keep out of reach of children three and under. When my children were little, I would iron up a bunch of their favorite coloring book characters and then watch my children play with them like paper dolls. I can remember them bringing me their paper pals and then ask me to “make them stuff” just to watch them carry off their little loot of goodies. Ah the memories!

If you have little ones, have them trace their handprint or apply paint to their hand and make a handprint to laminate. Stamp or write a little note with the date on the reverse side before laminating.

Another fun idea for laminated images is to toss them around a festively decorated holiday table. Because the images are water resistant, there’s no need to worry about them having spills or drips on them when the meal is finished. Then offer the guests to each take a few of the laminated treasures home as a reminder of the feast.

You can find fusible vinyl at your local hobby store. Some variety stores carry it if they have a sewing department. It comes in 2-yard tubes at my local hobby store. It’s so easy to use!

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I order my fusible vinyl online in bulk quantities because I use it to also create faux dori journal holders, bookmarks and laminated coupons for my business.

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This is what it looks like without anything ironed between it.

My favorite way to use these fun little laminated treasures at Christmas time is to let my greats (great nieces and nephews, that is) decorate the tiniest tree in our house with them. There’s nothing to break so there is nothing to worry about and the children love to pile as many as possible into one hand at a time. They can be strung up with ribbon or simply placed strategically here and there within the branches.

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I hope you enjoyed this idea of self-laminating (he, he, he). Laminating at the office supply stores can be expensive. And not everyone has a laminator for home use. This is quick and easy and affordable. Plus, it’s downright fun! And isn’t that what the holidays are all about—love, peace, and joy and FUN!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Have a creative New Year!

Designer Tip: I enjoy laminating an image or two and placing them in my kids’ bathroom. Before laminating, I might write a sweet little note of encouragement for the day. I’ve witnessed one or two of my laminated notes slip out of my daughter’s reading books and my heart skips a beat.

KellyJean

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Card Challenge Corner: Deck the Halls

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Christmas Wreath
We’ve been celebrating the arrival of the holiday season on the CardMaker blog and we want to invite you to join us! This week, we’re challenging you to use your paper-crafting supplies to create a piece of decor for your home. This could be a paper wreath, a frame, ornament or whatever you dream up. Please share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

Instructions to make this wreath are available to purchase here!

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Daniela’s Holiday Decor

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Hi! Daniela here with a holiday decor project using paper-crafting products. I created a little ornament using my stamps and dies.

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I wanted to use this specific Geometric Cutout 2 die and I wanted it on a circle background. Since I don’t have a circle die I was able to use my Silhouette Cameo to create and cut a circle and a scalloped circle to the exact size I wanted. For this project, the circle is 3 1/4 inches in diameter and the scalloped circle is 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Once my circle was cut, I positioned the Geometric Cutout 2 die in the middle of the circle and used some washi tape to keep it in place for die-cutting.

I stamped and die-cut the tree.

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I then applied stars using a star stencil and pink ink.

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For the assembly, I inked the scalloped circle using dark pink ink. I adhered the die-cut circle to the scalloped base using adhesive foam squares. In addition, I adhered the tree using foam squares. I tied twine into a bow and added some twine behind the ornament so it can be added to a tree.

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These ornaments can be custom made using different colors and elements. They are perfect to add to a gift by die-cutting a little tag and stamping “to” and “from” to the tag using black ink.

Your handcrafted ornament is now ready to hang on your Christmas tree or add it as a gift tag for that someone special.

Thanks for visiting!

Daniela

Supplies used: Christmas Trees stamp set (#CL500), Christmas Tree die (#DIE035-E), Geometric Cutout 2 die (#DIE492-V) and Mini Rectangle Tags 1 Die Set (#DIE013-J) from Impression Obsession; black and Distress picked raspberry ink pads from Ranger Industries Inc.; green hills ink pad from Hero Arts; Random Star Stencil from Echo Park Paper Co.; Silhouette Cameo from Silhouette America; adhesive from Therm O Web.

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Juliana’s Modern & Vintage Christmas Cards

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Hello everyone! It’s Juliana with you today and I’m going to share with you how easy it is to use the same stamps and papers to create two very different styles of Christmas cards. I don’t know about you, but I love to mix it up and try a variety of styles and techniques. By simply switching ink colors, embellishments and throwing in a simple distressing technique, you can take the same stamps and papers from one style to another with ease.

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For my first card, I choose to go for a modern feel. I began by stamping the background music stamp with gray ink. I then stamped the evergreen image with a dark green pigment ink and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder.

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For the sentiment, I used watermark ink and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. Once the card was assembled, I added red sequins for a touch of bling.

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On my second card, I went with a vintage style. I stamped the background stamp with brown ink and then used a foam applicator to ink the edges with Distress ink. This is a simple and easy way to add a vintage feel to your design.

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I then stamped the evergreen image using the same ink and embossing technique as I did on the first card. I also heat-embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. Instead of using sequins, I added a small jute bow to add to the vintage style.

I hope you enjoyed learning how easy it is to create different styles of cards using the same stamps and papers with these simple tips and tricks.

HUGS!

Juliana

Supplies used: Home for the Holidays StampTV kit from Gina K Designs; Archival ink pads (black, coffee, shadow grey) and Distress vintage photo ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; verdigris ink pad from Clearsnap; embossing powder (clear, white) and jute from American Crafts; sequins from Jillibean Soup; Stitched Banner Stacklet dies (#TE722) from Taylored Expressions.

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Sean’s Christmas Card

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Here’s a colorful Christmas card design to inspire you from design team member Sean Fetterman!

Supplies used: 120 lb Base Weight white, 80 lb Layering Weight white and ocean mist Pure Luxury cardstock, Pure Luxury turquoise sea ink pad and Fine Detail white and clear embossing powder from Gina K. Designs; foil cardstock from DCWV; Wink of Stella glitter pen from Kuretake Zig.

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Card Challenge Corner: Spirit of Thankfulness

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Give Thanks card by Lois Bak

Complete instructions for this design can be found in our winter issue available here!

In celebration of the season, express your gratitude this week to someone who means a lot to you by making them a special handcrafted card. It’s sure to make their day! And as always, please share a photo or two of your creation on the CardMaker Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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Catherine’s Poinsettia Card (Includes FREE Download!)

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Hello everyone, Catherine here today to share a quick and easy Christmas card with you … and the best part is that I’m going to share the illustration I created for this card so you can follow along and create one, too!

I had so many ideas on how you could create pretty cards using this design—colored pencil, acrylic paint, cut out the center and have the sentiment in the window, or color with Distress inks. The one tool I wish I’d had for this card was the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine! I think this card would look so nice with gold foil for the resist and bright red watercolor flowers.

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This card is sized for a 5 x 7-inch envelope. When I send out Christmas cards I always include a family photo and the photos I have printed are 4 x 6 inches. Feel free to reduce or enlarge the image as you want. This image is sized so you can print one complete card on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock, trim on the trim marks, score in the center and your card base is ready for color. This is a great option for those of you that want to be creative but don’t have a lot of time to stamp, trim, layer, etc. It’s important to note this image is for your PERSONAL use only. Editor’s Note: Free images are included at the bottom of the post. To download, simply right-click on the image and save to your desktop.

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I decided to use my trusty watercolor palette to color my cards. I did print out a few extra images so I could experiment with color until I was happy with the color scheme. I eventually decided on a wash of madder lake light for the poinsettias with a less watered down version for the veins. The center of the flower is cadmium yellow deep and sap green with gold fluid acrylic dotted here and there. For the background, I used a mixture of phthalo blue, cerulean blue and a small amount of permanent blue violet. When the color was dry, I splattered watered down gold fluid acrylic here and there to add some more sparkle.

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I love how it turned out. I didn’t pay much attention to keeping the back and inside of my card clean, but you could insert a piece of waxed or freezer paper inside to reduce over painting and messiness.

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For the sentiment, I stamped on white cardstock, splattered the madder lake watercolor paint and let it dry. It’s matted on blue cardstock and then added to the card with foam tape.

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This was a surprisingly quick card, and the great thing is you can get creative and change the colors or techniques you use for color on each one so they all turn out different.

I’m giving you two versions of this image to choose from: one for using with a Minc machine that you can foil and the other to use with watercolor painting so the lines of the poinsettia disappear when you paint.

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I’d love to see what you create, so be sure to leave a comment on my blog with a link to your photo! THANK you so much for joining me today—looks like you have your weekend work cut out for you!

Have a great week, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Catherine

Supplies used: Watercolors from Van Gogh; Archival ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.

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