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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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

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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Scrapbook Process #5 – Relaxin’

Hello crafty friends,

I have been a bit MIA now that I am back at work and off my maternity leave… But I wanted to get this layout to share with you all. It is a photo my husband took of me while we were on our first vacation together and still dating (like 11 or 12 years ago!). I have been caring for my baby (it has been amazing <3) throughout the summer and was missing a little beach and summertime fun so I decided to scrap this pic and reminisce this great paradise vacation.

The process for this layout can be found on my YouTube channel.

All of the pattern paper I use is from an Amy Tangerine 12 x 12 Happy Together paper pad. The solid aqua cardstock that I use as my framing sheet was in my stash and I am unsure of the brand. It was also 12 x 12. I trimmed my background paper down 1/2 inch on each side so I am left with an 11 x 11 white with yellow polka dot background. As seen in the above picture, I mat my photo with a yellow pattern card cut out from a card sheet in the 12 x 12 pad (is that what you call that??)

After matting the photo I play with the borders to get the look I want. I settled on the drinks border and laid it over a 1 1/2″ strip of pattern sunset paper. above and below the sunset strip I adhered a coordinating thin strip of patterned squares, also from the same strip pack. It was initially a thicker strip with multiple rows of squares but I cut it down to have thin strips.

I also added more matting to the sides of my photo. On the left and right is another card that I cut in half and at the bottom is a piece I cut out of a full 12 x 12 pattern sheet from the pad. As a title I cut the word RELAXIN’ from another beach border and place it at the bottom of my picture over a fishtail cut strip. The beach borders are all stickers and already have adhesive at the back making placement super easy.

To complete my layout I add three clusters. Two are elements I have cut from a few beach borders and the third were words also from a border sticker. To add a little something to the words cluster I top them with a wave from one of the border strips.

I kept the layout simple and clean by just using pattern papers all from one pad and all other elements came from the one pack of border strips.

I truly enjoyed creating this layout and it made me want to plan a Caribbean vacation ASAP! =) I will however be doing more in the way of finding ways to continue to reconstruction efforts of many of the islands hurt by last year’s hurricane Maria. (more info coming soon) Should you have any questions, about this layout please include that in the comments section and I hope to see you all again soon!!

Until next time! XoXo

Art Journaling, DIY, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

Gel Plate Printing for beginners

 

Hi crafty friends!

I recently purchased a 6 x 6 Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts and needed to try it out. I have never used a gel plate before so I myself am a beginner as I experiment and play with creating backgrounds with my gel plate. You can see the process here.

The plate comes in a clamshell package and once opened it is covered by a sheet of acetate on either side. It is a good idea to keep these, including the packaging to keep your plate protected as you store it.2018-07-06 13.20.22

To begin using it I removed only one acetate sheet and left the other. I felt this would help me lift the plate and keep it stiff as I transferred it to my art journal (from my stash). I feel it also helped with applying even pressure.

Then I got my paints. For your color, you can use any acrylic paints you have on hand. I pulled out a bunch from my stash, but I only used:

  • Light foliage green: Ceramcoat #02537
  • Yellow Lemon: FolkArt #226
  • Aquamarine: Apple Barrel #20774
  • Pretty in  pink: Apple Barrel #21339

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I also used an old plastic palette to put my paint onto. If you don’t have a paint palette, you can also use any piece of plastic, acetate, or even an acrylic block.

I put small globs of paint onto my palette. Then picking up paint by using a brayer (by Speedball) I rolled some paint onto my gel plate. Again if you do not have a brayer you can use a paint brush, sponge, an old gift card or just about anything you can think of! The beauty of the gel plate comes from the texture you add to the plate.

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This texture can be added using almost anything, the sky is the limit. I used a stencil and stamp (honeycomb stencil by Tim Holtz and a polka dot foam stamp from a pack of Faber Castell gelatos) but some other ideas would be scrunched up foil or plastic wrap, a comb, sponge, the back of a paintbrush, toilet paper rolls, you get the idea!

Once you have your gel plate covered in paint and you have added any texture of your choice, you can lift it and flip it paint side down onto your paper or pad. You can also leave it down and place your paper onto the gel plate instead. For both methods, you want to add even firm pressure all over the plate, and give enough time for the paint to transfer from gel plate to paper.

If you have any paint left on the plate after transferring your color, you can grab another piece of paper or page and by pressing the paper to the plate again you will be able to lift some or the rest of the paint that is left on it.

That is basically it! There are so many different kinds of backgrounds that you can create and each will always be unique. You can use your gel paint backgrounds for art journaling, card making, scrapbooking or any paper craft you enjoy creating. I hope you will consider giving this a try and have enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time, XoXo!

 

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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
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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