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, 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, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Friday – Urban Skyline Sunset Snowglobe Shaker

 

Hello crafty friends!

The weekend sure flies by…This card was created for my Fresh Friday feature. Unfortunately, I have not been feeling my best with a sinus infection and allergies but I digress.

This Fresh Friday card is a shaker card. So many things went wrong with this card, basically everything… wrong paper, wrong order, wrong amount of contents, messy table, sticky junk on the acetate, full memory card and so on…

To start I created this card during the evening after I returned home from my full-time job. I was, needless to say, exhausted! But I had not missed a card yet so I was determined to get this card done. I knew what type of card I wanted to created but that was about it. I played the steps by ear seeing as I had no idea where I was headed with the project. Then midway into the creative process and a ton of errors my camera stopped recording because the memory card was fall.  Of course I don’t notice until much later and begin to photograph my process instead.

I edited the YouTube video to include a full voiceover so I may explain all the successes and failures. I can only work on this while home on the weekend and yesterday my husband worked so my son was with me, as well as, in the background noise!! But nonetheless the card and video were executed as best I could. I hope to move up from here haha! Above I have inserted the video and below are all supplies and measurements.

SUPPLIES:
Paper:
White Cardstock – Recollections (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)
Brown Cardstock – Recollections (Scrap)
Black Cardstock – Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Gold Cardstock – Anna Griffin (Scrap)
Acetate – recycled
Watercolor cardstock – (Scrap)
Color:
LuminArte watercolor paint in Hot Cinnamon, Bougainvillea, Iridescent Green, Sunflower, Playful Peony, and Periwinkle
Gelato – Faber Castell in Black Licorice
Inka Gold Metallic Rub
Elegant Writer – 2.0mm F
Other:
Small buildings – original sketches
Black Satin ribbon – my stash
Purple and clear microbeads – my stash
Tools:
CuttleBug Machine
Hello Die by Spellbinders – Phrase Set 2
Darice wood grain embossing folder
Sizzix 3″ Circle framelits die
CuttleGug Cricut labels and such frame dies
Westcott nonstick scissors
Foam tape
Scortape
Elmer’s Craftbond glue
All-in-all I am happy with the final project despite all of the hiccups. I doubt this will be the last time something like this occurs and that is okay. We live and we learn. I have absolutely learned from my mistakes and I hope you do too!
Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Whatup Wednesday – Viewer’s Choice Card Pineapple with shades

Hi Crafty people! Happy HUMP DAY!

For this mid week post I am sharing this viewer’s choice Pineapple with Shades card.

I thought of multiple ways of creating this pineapple. I thought I would sketch it or collage it together using diamond cutouts of various patterned paper. I went through my paper stash and found this yellow and zigzag screen-print paper by Recollections and immediately knew it would translate perfectly.

As for the leaves, I used a variety of circle punches (sizes noted in supply list below) to create the top leaves which also resemble hair. The shades were made by sketching the outline and lens shapes and cutting them out. I then used vellum paper, colored with alcohol ink to make the lenses.

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The recognizable “spikes” of the pineapple were created by just cutting V shapes along the zigzag pattern and slightly curling them upward for dimension and effect.

This card does not currently have a sentiment and I will likely add a thought bubble to add an appropriate occasion sentiment when I decide to use this card. The finished card is 5 x 7″and multi-dimensional.

 

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Zigzag pattern paper – Recollections Screen-print (6 x 6″)
  • Coral cardstock – Recollections (6 1/2 x 4 1/2″)
  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (10 x 7″ scored at 5″)
  • Metallic Dark green cardstock – Anna Griffin Christmas cardstock (scrap)
  • Brown Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Black Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Vellum – Stathmore #105-915 (scrap)

Color:

  • Watermelon Alcohol ink by Ranger (Tim Holtz)

Tools:

  • Circle punches – 1/4″ (EK success), 1 1/8″ (EK Success), 3″ Marvy Uchida, 2″ Marvy Uchida
  • Embossing Folder – Cricut Cuttlebug (Fabric Swatches Set)
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • Pinking scissorsEK Success precision scissors
  • Exacto Knife
  • Foam tape
  • ScorTape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elmer’s craftbond
  • Cuttlebug machine

I truly enjoyed creating this card and the fact that it was requested by a viewer made this project that much more fun! I look forward to creating more cards requested by you so please share any ideas you might have for a card that could be featured on the next Whatup Wednesday YouTube video and blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this project. Until next time XoXo

DIY, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Margarita Monday – DIY Repurposed Mini Notebook

Hello my crafty friends!

It was a beautiful weekend and I hope you all enjoyed some free time doing whatever it is that makes your hearts happy.

For this Margarita Monday I am repurposing scrap paper from an old notebook I once gave to my son when he was practicing how to hold and use writing utensils.

I did not want to throw away all those sheets of paper with his little baby doodles and I also needed a new paper pad for lists and notes. So this worked out well.

This was a pretty simple project and did not take too long to complete. I was not aiming for a perfect little book. Instead I wanted it to be cute, transportable and functional.

S1040002The final result is the size of an A2 sized greeting card. In fact, I used a blank A2 card as the cover for this little book.

Below you can see the full tutorial of how quickly and easily this notebook came together. With more focus on straight edges and lined staples, this project can be used to create adorable functional favors, gifts or personal note pads and journals.

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Precut and folded blank A2 Card – Recollections (5 1/2 x 4 1/4″)
  • Scrap notebook paper
  • Scarp paper from previously made cards
  • Journal Stickers – 7 Gypsies

Tools:

  • Stanley Bostitch Long-reach stapler
  • Elmer’s craft bond
  • Glossy accents
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and even decide to try it out your self. Have a great week!

Until next time XoXo!