Saturday, October 31, 2015

Nativity Paperscape Card

I think the paperscape cards from Dreaming Tree are just so cool!  This Nativity card is from the Christmas Paperscape Cards collection.  As mentioned here previously, I just love projects that I can light up, so this is right up my alley. 

I frequently leave my cards unfinished (as I've done here) so that I can personalize them down the road when I decide who the recipient will be. I will likely add a foil message in the top section using my Minc machine, but I haven't made up my mind what I want to say yet.

I'm primarily posting this now because of the happy accident I discovered when gluing it all together. I used some starry looking paper from an old DCWV Christmas paper stack to cut out the background piece. It has the lyrics to "We Three Kings of Orient Are" printed in swirls all over the paper. I just stuck the 12x12" paper to my Cricut mat and hit go.

Check out where the "O Star of wonder..." lyric shows up on the paper.  The star placement couldn't be more perfect if I had planned it that way.  In fact, if I had tried to place the star where it landed, this probably would never have happened!!  #fuzzymathskills

I guess I was meant to use this paper for this particular project.  Couldn't be happier with the result.

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Winter Village Box Card

It seems funny to say "Happy Halloween" when I'm here to show off some Christmas projects, but that's just the way it goes sometimes when it comes to seasonal crafting!

I just love Mary's new release of the More Christmas Box Cards kit at This Winter Village Box Card is one of my favorites in the kit (although I truly love them all) and so I thought I'd give it a go.

Katarina Ewa posted a picture of her version the other day where she altered the kit ever so slightly to create a vellum window in the front and put a small battery tea light inside.  I'm a sucker for anything that lights up and glows, so I had to try it too.  I love the result!  Thanks for the great idea Katarina!

Of course once I did that my wheels were turning and I had the idea to turn this card into a faux snow globe shaker card. I just recently picked up a Fuse tool at the craft store (using a 60% off coupon - what a deal!) and used it to create a round shaker pocket with some coordinating glitter, sequins and microbeads in it.

At first I tried it without a background paper, but I could see the bottom of the other layers through the window, so I just stamped the bottom of the front fence layer with some snowflakes and glued it in to provide a background for the shaker pocket.  Love it!

This was a really fun project to create and was really simple to cut out and assemble.  Now I have to decide which one I'll take on next - I think it might be the Front Door card.  

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Black Cat Burlap Block

I just love the Black Cat Gift Bag that Mary designed for the Barn Party kit from, but I didn't really have a need for a bag, so I decided to make this as a decoration instead.  I have some 5.5" burlap panels in my stash and re-sized the pieces to fit.

I was also happy to be able to use this orange pom pom fringe that I've had for a few years now.  I think I need to fluff some of them up, I just noticed that a few are looking a little flat in the photo!

I added some purple bling stickers to the corners, some green Stickles along the bottom edge of the pleated collar and some Halloween washi tape around the outside edges.  He's going to look so cute on my bookshelf!  I love how this came out.

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Spider Venom Bottle Label

When I purchased the Spider Venom Party Pack from I saw this fun bottle label which can be added to a wine bottle for some spooky goodness.

I immediately thought of a fun square bottle I have saved for the purposes of making some potion bottles and I knew that this would look great on it!  I re-sized it a bit so it would fit my bottle - the label pictured here is only about 2.5" wide!

I also had to the idea to cut the 'venom' letters out of Heidi Swapp toner paper and run this through my Minc to add some shiny, purple-foiled goodness.  It's not the easiest to photograph, but hopefully you can see the gleam in the picture below.  This angle also shows off the facets on the spider body (gem stickers) better too.

I think I'm going to fill the bottle with some bright green glittery liquid and once that's done and sealed, I'll stick my label on. I don't want to risk splashing it the bottle filling stage.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Pumpkin Party Box Card

Here's my quick version of the Pumpkin Party Box Card from the new Barn Party kit available from  I used a Viva Decor Perlen-Pen to make the eyeballs as I didn't have any pearl 'bling' small enough to fit in there. I was also lucky to have found the Tim Holtz Halloween trim at Michaels a few weeks ago, and used that as a decoration on the front fringe flap (say that three times fast!!).

Incidentally, if you like Tim Holtz holiday trims, I just found the new Christmas ones at Jo-Anns yesterday (10/4/15) along with a bunch of his new 2015 distress colors and other holiday goodies.  It was a good shopping day for me, but bad day for my wallet!

One other helpful tip: this is not the easiest card to get in the envelope (well, for me anyway) because the fringe wants to pop-up and snag on the envelope. I just laid a flat piece of cardstock over top of the card to aid my sliding it into the envelope, kind of like a shoe horn. Worked like a charm!  You could probably also put it in upside down (head first) but I like to see the pumpkins peeking at you when you open the envelope.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Birdhouse Tag

I'm so happy to see that the business of creating and selling .svg files for cutting machines is really taking off.  I've been able to shop at two new svg stores just in the past week!

This adorable birdhouse tag comes from and is part of a free svg kit called Birdhouse.  The free kit also includes a 3D birdhouse gift box, and three lovely birdhouse-themed cards.

It probably took me longer to pick out the paper for this tag than it did to cut it out and put it together.  I'm thinking these would be adorable in Christmas colors too.

Now I'm off to do some more svg shopping and kick off my weekend with some serious paper-crafting. I think I just have to have Bird's Halloween kit - everything in it is so cute, but the spiderweb bag is a must have!

Happy weekend and thanks for stopping by.