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

 

 

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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

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, Handmade cards, Video

Father’s Day 2018

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Hello crafty friends! How fitting is it that I return to blogging after exactly 1 year? =)

For this year’s Father’s Day cards I used the following supplies (pictured above):

PAPER:

  • 6×6 pattern cardstock in zigzag and polka dot light blue and navy; Pebbles Inc., Everyday paper pad
  • 6×6 light blue textured cardstock; DCWV®, Cardstock Stack Neutrals
  • 6×6 Navy blue textured cardstock; DCWV®, Cardstock Stack Pastels
  • White 60lb cardstock; Neenah Classic Crest® Solar White Cardstock

Glitter tape: Recollections™

Embossing folders:

  • Cuttlebug; Fabric Swatches Set
  • Darice; polka dots

Stamps: Woodware Craft Collection, Happy Father’s Day

Corrugated Cardboard: My stash

OTHER SUPPLIES:

  • Ranger clear embossing ink pad
  • Inkadinkadoo Embossing Magic
  • Ranger Embossing Powder, Super Fine Silver
  • Fiskars paper trimmer and Bypass paper trimmer
  • ScorTape
  • Cuttlebug
  • foam tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • American Crafts heat tool
  • Pencil
  • Spellbinders die Phrase set 2, Hooray!
  • Lawn Fawn die, Wishes
  • Recollections, Silver and white twine
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond

Here is a picture of the completed Father’s Day cards. These are extra special to me because they will be given to my dad and husband, I don’t know where my life would be without them.

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I was also determined NOT to leave scraps so I used as much left over paper as I had and created 3 more cards! They are also masculine and can be for any occasion.

A video is available on the creation of these cards and can be viewed here.

This is all for today!

Wishing all those amazing dads out there a wonderful Father’s Day!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Father’s Day DIY Cards

Hello crafty friends! I hope all the dads are having a wonderful Father’s Day!

For this Father’s Day post I am including the uploaded DIY tutorial video for 3 cards I created. The theme was circles and faces.

I recently purchased clear stamps from my visit to Puerto Rico which were just a series of faces with varying emotions and I knew I wanted to use them for this project. For the circles I decided to use a hole punch, a stencil set I also purchased in P.R. which included a large polka dot stencil and some very old foam geometric shaped stamps I found in my stash.

I am having trouble uploading the individual photos for each card onto this post but you can see them each in the video below.

All 3 cards are standard A2 size. I used distress inks and the circle foam stamp on the first card, an ink blending tool for the polka dot stencil in the second card and a 1 1/4″ hole punch in the third. I am very happy with how these cards turned out and I sent one to my father, my father-in-law and I gave one to my husband.

SUPPLIES:

  • Clear stamps were by La Casa De La Tarjeteria, Stencils by American Crafts (Vicki Boutin)
  • Distress inks used were Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, and Carved Pumpkin.
  • Onyx black Versafine ink
  • 110lb White Cardstock from Core’dinations
  • Black cardstock by Recollections
  • Patterned Cardstock American Crafts Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy

I love to be able to create one of a kind cards for my loved ones and friends. Every now and then I get an order for personalized or special occasion cards and I really enjoy making those as well. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will stop by again soon!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

DIY Card Kit – 5 Cards

Hi everyone!

I am very excited to share this post with you all. I am away and scheduled several video posts. Due to time constraints though I am only making one blog post that will complement all of the scheduled videos.

Let me just start with…it is LATE as I write this and I am exhausted from packing, prepping, organizing, etc for this family trip. It has been hectic. So please, please excuse any errors, typos or silly mistakes I have made to this post or any of the video posts!

I have been in awe and admiration of many of the great card kits I have been seeing out there and I have been wanting to purchase a subscription. Unfortunately I cannot justify spending $25+ a month on a card kit no matter how gorgeous it is. So like a child that has been denied their favorite toy, I turned to my stash and created my very own DIY card kit. I knew I was going to create multiple cards to scheduled for this trip and felt this was the perfect opportunity to do this. Below is the card kit reveal video (my version of an unboxing lol).

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

12 6×6 sheets, variety of scraps, 12 5×7 sheets, die cuts, doilies

  • Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes)
  • Prima (Hello Pastel)
  • My Mind’s Eye (Ashbury Heights)
  • American Craft Dear Lizzy (Lucky Charm)
  • Simple Stories (Vintage Bliss)
  • Scraps
  • Anna Griffin
  • Recollections

Color:

  • DCWV watercolor paint
  • Ranger Gold embossing powder
  • Stampendous White and Stardust
  • InkaGold Rub
  • Kaisercraft in Tangello, Lagoon, Saffron
  • Hero Arts shadow ink Rose
  • Gold ink pad (stash)
  • Distress ink Ground espresso and Old Paper

I had so much fun trying to think outside the box when creating with limited supplies. I really enjoyed that process. All cards are 5×7″ cards. If you have any questions on card specifics, tools, sizing etc. please let me know. For the most part I used standard sizing or eyeballed measurements (I truly HATE measuring).

I hope you were able to find inspiration in this card kit and card set. I have many plans for new videos and posts when I return.

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Whatup Wednesday – Viewers Choice Card Pop-Up Rainbow

Hi crafty friends!

This post is so late! I apologize, I have been prepping for an upcoming trip and there has been an immense amount of extra work!

And I still have a lot left to do so this will be short and sweet 😉

For this viewer’s choice card I made a pop-up rainbow greeting card. It was quite the challenge seeing as I had never used the pop-up die cut kit (despite the fact that I have had it for like a year, ha!) I had a vision and I have to say that the outcome was very close to it.

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For the background I used mostly patterned paper. With the exception of the clouds which I created using a blending tool and a DIY stencil. For the sentiment I found in my stash this perfect quote. I thought it worked out perfectly.

For the rainbow I cur out several patterned papers into nested circles and cut that in half. I used one half on the inside and the other on the outside.

20170516_184903For the outside of the card you can see the other rainbow half. I also used what I had left of the yellow and white polka dot patterned paper to cut out sunrays to put behind the rainbow which also resembles a sun.

I wish I had a bit more experience with the pop-up die kit. This card may have been a bit easier to create. I enjoyed making it either way! And it sure makes me smile. I hope it brings a smile to your face too!

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Precut folded blank patterned A2 card – Recollections
  • Patterned paper – Recollections, Simple Stories (vintage bliss), American Crafts (Amy Tangerine), Prima (Hello Pastel)
  • White cardstock – Recollections

Color:

  • Versamagic Archival multi-surface Chalk ink (SeaBreeze)

Other:

  • Clover Andabee Adhesive Quotations (Beauty)

Tools:

  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK tools precision scissors
  • Westcott nonstick scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cuttlebug
  • Sizzix Circle framelits
  • Stampendous Fran’s Make it pop cutting dies
  • EK Success hole punch 1 1/18″
  • Tombow glue
  • Gluedots
  • ScorTape
  • Foam tape
  • Inksentials blending tool
DIY, embellishments, repurpose, Tutorial

Margarita Monday – DIY Scrap Paper Embellishments

 

 

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend! Especially all the mom’s out there =D

In today’s post, I will share some of the embellishments I created using scraps. I really hate to throw away my leftovers after projects…. just in case you know? I have LOTS of scraps. And no matter how much I tell myself that I will use scraps in as many projects as I can… I don’t. I start projects from scratch every time! If anyone has any tips on how to help someone remember to use their scraps PLEASE SHARE! =)

Here are the finished embellishments. I barely made a dent in my scrap stash, but it’s a start. I will definitely begin to make embellishment posts more regularly and perhaps in this way I will be able to dwindle down my scraps once and for all!

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I am going to skip the supplies list and let me tell you why.

I find that when creating embellishments it is more a feeling that an instructional process. I grab some of my scraps, and then I go grab tools that could be helpful. I do not always use all of the tools I gather and sometime I end up using other things entirely. This is really just a fun way to get creative with paper and use whatever you have on hand to accomplish that. So for these embellishments you do not need instructions, just a bit of time, scraps and creativity.

I hope you can appreciate the absence of a supplies list and find ways to incorporate what YOU have at home to create beautiful embellishments for any project!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – DIY 90s POGS Spinner Card

Hello crafty friends!

For this Throwback Thursday post, I took it back to my childhood. I was inspired by the new kid’s fad, the fidget spinners and remembered when I grew up we had fads that came and went too.

One of those fads were POGS milkcaps. They are cardboard chips with different pictures and designs on them that kids would collect and play with. You can read more about them here.

Below is my interpretation of “POGS” card using various stamps and a 1 1/4″ hole punch.

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I used various stamps on scrap paper and then punched out the stamped images. I then layered the circles into 4 paper layers with a clear thread between the 2nd and 3rd circle layer. The thread connected 3 “POGS”. Then by cutting out a frame in 2 sheets of cardstock, I adhered the thread to the top and bottom of the frame. The inside of the card features a flap to hide a sentiment and a textured layer that shows through the front of the card. For a clear tutorial please refer to the YouTube video -> https://youtu.be/RBVJXaLL9k8

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SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (card is 10 x 7, scored and folded at 5″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Beige cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Kraft cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Circles – variety of scrap paper

Color:

  • Onyx Versafine Archival ink pad
  • Clear Versamark ink pad
  • Embossing powder – American Craft ZING Gold and Recollections Canary
  • Micron Archival marker

Tools:

  • Clear thread – my stash
  • Elmer’s Craft bond
  • 1 1/4 hole punch by EK Success tools
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • foam tape
  • SorTape
  • Martha Stewart bone folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • Darice dots embossing folder

This is probably one of my favorite cards. It took a while to make but I enjoyed every second making it. I believe someone will be very happy to receive this cards for any special occasion or even just because.

I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Taco Tuesday – Puerto Rican Taino Symbols and Alcohol ink

Hello crafty friends!

It seems this week started with a sprint. And we are already on our third feature for the Taco Tuesday series posts.

Today’s cards were motivated by my upcoming trip to the island of Puerto Rico, where my family is from. Our ancestors, the native Taínos used hieroglyphics to depict life. Using two recognized symbols as inspiration, Coqui (a frog native to the island) and Sol (the sun) I created these 2 special cards.

For the background I used alcohol inks with alcohol blending solution to create a soft look that did not take anything away from the presence of the symbols.

Once the backgrounds and images were complete, I adhered them to the card bases over a piece of foam sheet to give it dimension. As a final touch I embellished each card with sequins and a bit of Wink of Stella.

A full video for how these cards were made can be found on YouTube (https://youtu.be/quEHMx5gI2w)

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland (5 1/4 x 4″, 2 pcs)
  • Burgandy and light blue cardstock (5 1/2 x 8″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • Foam sheet – Oriental Trading Company (a bit smaller than the glossy cardstock)

Color:

  • Alcohol ink by Ranger Tim Holtz series in Clover and Pink Sherbet
  • Universal permanent ink marker – fine

Tools:

  • Darice dream sequins
  • Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Gluedots
  • Xyron Megarunner ATG
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Micron marker #0.3

These cards are very special to me and I am sure I will use them for a special someone. I did not include a sentiment so they can apply to any occasion and any gender. I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo