DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, repurpose, Video

Recycled Christmas Cards 2019

Hello crafty friends!

It has been so long since I have posted but I thought this was a great way to come back! I am kicking off my Christmas Series this 2019 with some recycled Christmas cards.

My husband works in a residential building and receives a good amount of Christmas cards every year. Now being the card lover that I am, I fall in love with most of them and do not want to part with them once the season is over. I started saving all the ones I loved and ended up with an unmanageable stack. This is when I decided to “recycle” them and create new cards using elements from those previous cards that I loved.

Here I recycled a small bunch and use an additional supply of Christmas themed items I shopped for in my stash to make the 16 cards presented here.

I kept these cards fairly simple but they of course could be dressed up even further with just a few simple added details. For each card I will explain what I did and how you could spruce it up even more should you want ideas for added oomph.

An accompanying YouTube video on the process for creating these is available below.

This 1st card is embellished with silver snowflake brads and red metallic sequins. I also used a piece of light blue tulle to border the top and bottom of the focal piece. This card could be dressed up further with pieces of fabric adhered over the penguins’ scarves.

For cards 2 and 3, I remove the focal point of the original card which includes a 3 dimensional element. The cat card came together very simply by just adding the cut out cats to a new card base with honeycomb embossing and the reindeer card was super simple so I added snowflakes in the background with a whist gelly roll pen and I swapped out the ribbon scarf for a silver sparkly piece of eyelash trim.

The cat card could have been dressed up more with glossy accents or fussy embossing on the hats. The reindeer could have even more pizzazz with added glitter splattered in the background.

This snowman card is number 4 and it also came together very easily. I added the cutout snowman to a piece of left over gift wrapping paper. I really like the contrast on this card and it has all my favorite colors 😉 I left it with a very simple sentiment (would that even be called a sentiment?) as it already has the feel of a Christmas card.

This could be embellished further with ribbon or fabric on the snowman’s scarf. Or even added glitter to the snowflakes. Some dimension on the buttons would also make it pop even more.

Card 5 is a shaker card. These can be a little tricky sometimes. I used a scalloped lace edge die to remove the middle of the red mat and adhered a piece of acetate to the newly created frame. I lined the edges of the frame backing with a double layer strip of foam tape. I added my contents except for the microbeads directly onto my card base which already had the recycled piece glued on. Then I removed the release paper on 3 edges and stuck it onto the card. With a scrap piece of paper I inserted the microbeads into the well from the open side. Then I removed the remaining release paper and sealed it shut. The process video shows this method much clearer than I can explain but I find this to be the best way to insert micro beads into a shaker card. I later added a few red metallic sequins to the top of the acetate using glue dots to complete the card.

Unlike the other cards I think this card is fairly snazzy on its own and I don’t know that it needs much more embellishing. Perhaps a bow but that might be a bit much with all the details it already has on its’ own.

My next cards are once again very simple and were easily put together.

Card 6 includes the scalloped lace piece that I diecut out of the red mat in card 5. That was topped with the piece from the grey owl card and finished with a hint of teal on either side, a simple sentiment diecut and a green ribbon at the top which I added after all the cards had been completed. Additional accents could be made i the form of shimmer splashes, enamel dots or sequins

The 7th card is even simpler and was put together using a few layers of paper. The focal point is the recycled piece which was accented with a tan and red striped patterned paper and a red scalloped card mat. A left over piece of that striped pattern paper was adhered to the inside of the card as well. Adding a few brads to the corners of the recycled piece could add some dimension.

Card 8 came together using the a recycled piece from one card for the backgroung mat and a diecut piece from another card as the focal piece. Silver metallic ribbon adds a subtle elegance to this card and some glossy accents on the berries add dimension. While this card is simple I would prefer it as is and would not add anything else to it.

This card had me stumped for a while and I returned to it after a day or 2. I knew I wanted the scalloped circle shape but I was unsure of the background. I finally settled with this red polkadot pattern paper with a simple sentiment. Then I accentuated the card with silver sparkly eyelash trim, and red metallic sequins. Again, card 9 has a lot going on and I would not add much to it. Perhaps some glossy accents or shimmer to the snowflakes falling around the tree trunks.

This is card 10 and it was the easiest of all the cards to create. I used another piece from the same recycled card used for card 8 as a background mat, then glued two precut diecuts from the Bella Blvd. Merry Christmas collection that I used throughout my cards.

While completing my cards for this video I temporarily misplaced the snowman card and it is not seen in the last part of the video when I lay out all of the cards. I had not realized until writing this blog post haha. Therefore, there is a bonus card created in the video! Below is card 11.

By the time I got to making this card I was running out of steam and ideas. After looking through Pinterest for some inspiration I came up with this layout. I cut out my “trees” with scissors and I didn’t measure but I think they turned out good. I added a simple sentiment from the precut diecuts and a snowslope from another recycled card piece and completed this card.

I am now including a few additional cards I made using a few more left over pieces. These are not included in the YT video but I am adding them here for some added ideas and inspiration.

Find the Youtube video here.

Below is a list of the supplies I used (or similar products in case I did not find the exact thing) for these cards and links for where you can find everything. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Supplies list:

Teflon bone folder

White Cardstock for card bases

Kraft Cardstock

Non-Stick Scissors

Piercing tool

Paper trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Fussy cutting scissors

Scotch tape

Snowflake brads

Bella Blvd Christmas ephemera

Scallop A2 card mats

Hexagon embossing folder

foam tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Elmer’s glue stick

Elmer’s craft bond

Snowflake paper roll

scallop lace die

Microbeads

Sequins (from AliExpress but are no longer available)

Embossing buddy

Scallop circle dies

Silver ribbon

Hope these were helpful in giving you ideas for recycling Christmas cards!

Hope to see you all in the next one!

XoXo

 

 

DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, mixed media, repurpose, using scraps, Video

Scrappy Recycled Cards: USE YOUR SCRAPS

Hi Crafty friends,

Here is a quick share. My favorite types of cards to create are patterned paper scrappy cards. I love the layered and textured look of scrap cards and the fact that I can use up a lot of the scraps that would otherwise be thrown away.

Below I am sharing a few Christmas Scrappy cards that also incorporate recycled Christmas cards. For a full break down on what how I put these together, please see the YouTube video here.

I enjoyed making these so much! I hope to have one more Christmas related project to share before moving on soon. I also want to have a chat video where I answer the most common questions I receive, plus some new ones. If you have any questions please include them in the comments section below or comment on the YouTube video. You can also shoot your questions via my IG @citygalpapeterie

As always, THANK YOU all for visiting and checking out my project share! I hope it was helpful and gave you some ideas.

Until next time,

XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Inexpensive Christmas Cards

Hello again,

I am going over a quick project share here. I made most of my cards off camera, so I would not call this a tutorial. Anyhow, I wanted to share these cards I made using less than $5 worth of supplies. This would not include what I already had on hand, like my tools and card bases or twine and adhesive.

Using 2 pack of tags and 12×12 sheets found on clearance, I was able to make 11 Christmas cards but could have made MANY more. I had trouble working through this project at home where I was interrupted a lot with the pitter patter of my kids coming in to make their snack requests, etc ;p Either way I did make plenty of cards and came back to add more detail to them later. The full process can be found on the YT video available here.

I often hear my viewers saying they are not able to afford crafting supplies. I totally hear that and truly understand it. That is why I made this project using Christmas tags and paper found for less than $1 and things I had in my stash. I found that using twine made a big difference when adding detail or creating a more finished look on a more basic looking card. I have to remember that moving forward!

Below are some photos of the completed cards with the added details.

Some of the supplies I used are no longer available or are not purchasable online. Below are links to supplies and tool I used that can be found online. If I missed anything please let me know and I will be sure to add it!

SUPPLIES:

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White Cardstock for card bases 

Paper trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Fussy cutting scissors Fussy cutting scissors

Bella Blvd Christmas ephemera

foam tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Elmer’s glue stick

Black and white twine

While it is always fun to purchase new and exciting supplies and papers, we should also remember that with a little creativity and some inspiration we can use what we have or use fairly inexpensive supplies to create beautiful crafts from the heart! I hope you all found this useful or helpful and see you all soon!

XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, mixed media, stamping, Video

Non-Traditional Christmas Cards

Hi all! Today I wanted to share ideas for non-traditional Christmas cards. We can always try new ways to use old supplies for differing holidays and occasions. It can be fun to play with non-traditional ideas to represent traditional things.

Here I use dimensional mixed media panels to inspire the creation of these atypical, grungy type of Christmas cards.  These panels were made using a gel printing technique and layered with stenciling, spritzes and white splatters.

They all have a similar layout. I blended Distress Oxide ink over my stamped images to create a soft colored look. I also diecut silver glitter paper to put behind the stamped image to provide more contrast. To add an accent the cards, I adhered a 1″ strip of vellum topped with a snowflake strip, punched out of a Martha Stewart punch. And finally, I wrapped and tied a black and white twine over the layered strip.

For the full process on techniques used in making these cards (except for the mixed media panels) please check out the YouTube video here.

Below is a supplies list for available items I used in this project:

Kraft Cardstock

Non-Stick Scissors

Paper Trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Foam Tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Scallop circle die

Black and white twine

Silver permanent marker

Black permanent Marker

Paper Artsy stamps

White Gelly Roll Pen

Maps, Text & Ledger pad (similar)

Xyron Mega runner

Versafine Black Onyx ink pad

Acrylic block

Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry

Distress Oxide Salty Ocean

Blending tool

Silver glitter snowflake embossed paper

Double sided tape

Kraft paper (similar)

Martha Stewart Crafts Deep Double Edge Punch, Snowflake

Vellum paper

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EmbelliTags

Hello there!

Here is a quick overview of the embellitags I created using scraps.

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After gathering a pile of scraps from projects I recently completed, I mixed and matched different patterns and decorated some tags that I had lying around from a past YT tutorial .

I used worded pieces from other scraps and pattern paper pads to add sentiments to all the tags.

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Here you can see all of the decorated tags.

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To finish them off, I punched a slightly larger hole and accented them with reinforcements punched out of this WRMK punch.

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These tags can be used to create a tagflip, embellish scrapbook pages, as focus pieces for cards or even to embellish gifts.

 

Below is the full video of my process for creating these.

I hope this gave you some ideas for using scraps. If you liked these ideas and want to get more ideas for using scrap and pattern paper please stop by my YT Channel and subscribe!

Thank you for stopping by!

XoXo

 

DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, repurpose, stamping, Video

Use it or Lose it – Scraps and Stickers

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Hello crafty friends!

This project was all about using up scraps and stickers that have been sitting around in my stash. We all have scraps and stickers that we have had for so long they almost become invisible! Well I challenge you to take a minute to pull them out and think of using them in clean and simple cards like the ones I created here. I kept the card designs super simple and clean but maintained interest by including texture and dimension.

Let’s LOVE our supplies! I made a bunch more after these because I had so much fun seeing these scraps and stickers in a whole new way.

Below are the cards I made in this YouTube video.

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Supplies: Really vary since I tried to use up random left overs from my paper, ribbon, sticker, rub on stash, etc. and add texture with embossing folders, jewels and other embellishments.

Hope you will try to use up those old scraps in some clean and simple card designs like these!

Until next time!

XoXo

embellishments, giveaway, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, stamping, Tutorial, Video

1K Subscriber Giveaway Prize and Winner

Hello!

Below I will show you what is included in the prize for the GIVEAWAY and announce the winner!

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WHAT’S IN THE PRIZE:

  • Cleaning Shammy found on AMAZON
  • 5.5in x 7.5in Papern Paper Pad: Ms. Sparkle & Co. Paperie (JoAnne’s)
  • Card and Envelope set of 25 Size A2 65lb cardstock: Scrapbook.com
  • Pinwheel stickers: Recollections (Michael’s)
  • Pets clear stamp set: AliExpress
  • Circle and semicircle die set: AliExpress
  • Happy Birthday Stamps: Ms. Sparkle & Co. Paperie
  • Heart Dies: Ms. Sparkle & Co. Paperie
  • Red/White polkadot washi tape: Sandy Lion
  • Green/White polkadot washi: Sandy Lion
  • Button dies: Whitelotous
  • Acrylic stamping block 2.25in x 3.5in: Lokipa (AMAZON)
  • Rubber stamp set of winner’s choice from previous video/post

To pick out a winner I went through all of the qualifying entries placed on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the coordinating blog post. Those names were placed in a cone and one name was chosen at random by my son.

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THE WINNER IS…..

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KellysKardsfl CONGRATS!!

To redeem your prize please send me an email to citygalpapeterie@gmail.com containing the address where I should send your goodies!! Please do not put any personal information in any comments section, address provided will be strictly used for sending prize winnings.

Thank you to all the subscribers and participants!

Until next time!! XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Dino Birthday Card

Hello my crafty friends!!

I am excited to share this card with you all. It is a Dino themed birthday card that I created for my son’s 5th birthday. There is a coordinating process video on YouTube.

The card base I used is 6 x 6 inches and the inner frame measures 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. The window was cut out with a rectangular die measuring 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

To create this card I used the following supplies:

  • White 6 x 6 inch precut and folded card base with envelope: My stash
  • Green cardstock: My stash
  • Rectangle die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Card creator dies Matting basics
  • Kraft cardstock: COLORBÖK Neutral
  • Green textured foam sheet: My stash
  • Cloud dies: WhiteLotus
  • Grass border die: Anna Griffin Paisley pattern folders and dies
  • Birthday sentiment stamps: Letterit Clear stamps by Ranger
  • Jolee’s Boutique 3d dinosaur stickers
  • Washi tape: My stash
  • ScorTape: My stash
  • Non-stick scissors: Westcott
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • 2″ hole punch: My stash
  • Foam tape: My stash
  • Tape runner: Xyron
  • Walnut Stain Distress ink
  • Ink blending tool and foam pad
  • Pencil: My stash
  • Aleene’s Tacky glue
  • JudiKin’s embossable acetate
  • Stamp Perfect tool by Hampton Art

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To create the window background, I used a piece of pattern paper large enough to cover the window frame and adhered it to the card base. For the small trees I cut a piece of scrap corrugated cardboard and topped it with some of the plant stickers in the sticker set. For the large trees I hand cut trunks and used a 2″ hole punch to cut out the leaves. I used wet glue to hold the leaves in place at the top of the tree trunk. Using the border dies, I made grass from the textured foam sheet. Then I added a 3D dino sticker. Finally, I used the cloud dies to add clouds to my sky using tape and foam tape for dimension.

For my window frame I used a rectangle die to cut out the window and a sheet of acetate to cover the opening. I used foam tape to adhere my window to the base over the background below. I then added a strip of grass cut out with the grass border die and finally I added more 3D dino and plant stickers.

As the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Birthday” onto green cardstock and trimmed it then cut out a fishtail and adhered it to the top of the card above my window scene.

To finish off the card I added another sentiment on the inside of the card onto a piece of green cardstock. I initially tried to stamp directly onto the card base but as y ou can see in the video, that did not work out so well! I also added a couple of 3D Dino stickers on the inside and a 3D plant.

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I hope you like this card and tutorial. Please visit my YouTube process video for more details on making this card.

Until next time!!! XoXo

 

DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

1000 Subscriber GIVEAWAY

Hello my crafty friends!!

Thank you so much for joining me today ❤

I could not be more excited to be hosting a giveaway for having reached 1000 subscribers on YT!!!

The prize will include a variety of crafting products including a cleaning shammy, precut kraft dies, a card and envelope set, a super cute button die set, 3D stickers, washi tapes and much more!!

I am also including one of the stamp sets I posted in my last VIDEO and BLOG post.

I will  be including all of the details for the GIVEAWAY here and also on my YouTube channel. PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES CAREFULLY!

Here are the rules:

-There are 4 ways to enter but no matter the entry form you MUST be a PUBLIC subscriber. This is the only way I can track your name across the different platforms.

-You must be 18 OR OVER to enter.

-This will be a US AND INTERNATIONAL giveaway! So please do not hesitate to enter if you do not live in the US!

Here are the instructions:

-Subscribe as a public subscriber to my YouTube channel.

—–>>> THERE ARE 4 WAYS TO ENTER<<<—

Each method gives you an entry but you can only enter once per method. You can do one entry or all four (for 4 chances to win), it is totally up to you!

  1. Leave a comment under THIS video with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  2. Leave a comment under this blog post with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  3. Hop over to my Instagram page @citygalpapeterie and follow, then leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included with your prize
  4. Visit and like my Facebook page @citygalpapeterie and leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY 11pm Eastern US time on September 7 to be eligible.

And that is all! I hope you all know how immensely grateful I am for each of you and your viewership, subscriptions, comments and likes. I look forward to sharing many more projects with all of you.

Until next time! XoXo

 

DIY, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Wood Stamp to Cling Stamp

Hello hello crafty friends!!

I am excited to share with you all how I converted my wood mounted stamps to cling stamps. I recently saw a fellow FB group member say she was doing this and I have been wanting to make this conversion for so long and did not know how that I could not resist! I watched her recommended video as well as a few others (these links can be found in the description section of my YouTube video for this project) and combined what I learned from them to create my own method.

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I begin by taking the wood stamps that I want to convert and stamping their images onto cardstock. I also use a Micron marker to write down the brand of the stamp and it’s name for reference.

Once they are all stamped I set the images aside and begin removing the rubber stamp, trying to keep the attached foam with it. If the foam breaks or will not come off it is ok to only remove the rubber without the foam. This can still be converted into a cling stamp.

Next I take Aleene’s Tack-It Over  & Over ( found on Amazon here) repositionable adhesive and apply it to the backs of the foam of the removed rubber and foam stamps. I use a wedge make-up sponge to do this and just make sure they all have a thing even coat. I leave the plain rubber stamps with no foam to convert later using a different method.

While they dry I return to my stamped cardstock and cut out each stamped image. They could alternately be kept all on one sheet. I separate them in case I want to categorize them or create specified sets.

I now grab a sheet of clear cling vinyl by Grafix (found on hereon Amazon) and stick my foam rubber stamps onto the vinyl side of the sheet. I then use nonstick scissors to trim them out, cutting as close to the rubber as possible. Once they are all trimmed out I remove the release backing for the vinyl leaving the vinyl adhered to the back of the foam.

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Here you can see the now cling stamp on an acrylic block and it gives a perfect impression.

Above I am taking a Scotch Thermal Laminating pouch and cutting it to 5 1/2 x 8″. I open the 2 sides of the pouch and lay my stamped images in between on the matte side of the pouch. Once they are all laid out how I want I fold a piece of copy paper and sandwich my thermal pouch with it’s contents in the fold of the paper. Then I insert that, folded end first, into my Minc which I am using as a laminator.

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Using my corner chomper I round those sharp corners and then I stick my rubber stamps onto the slick surface of the laminated sheets according to their image.

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I can now store these the same way I store all of my cling and clear stamps. I purchased these pouches on Amazon in a 100pk (find them here). For details on making the plain rubber stamps into cling stamps and for additional links please visit the tutorial on the YouTube channel.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I am looking forward to the next post where I let you know all about my upcoming GIVEAWAY!

Until next time! XoXo