Thursday, December 14, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes

Welcome back! Over the past couple of weeks we have been focusing on more winter-themed projects, but I have one more Christmas card up my sleeve! I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you today. It’s the perfect project if you have 30 minutes and a cup of your favorite hot beverage, and it uses only a few materials.

I wanted something glittery, yet elegant when I started this card. I chose Stardream Metallic Cardstock in Lapis Lazuli to work on, and Mirrisparkle Glitter Cardstock in Silver for the snowflakes.

The first this I did was use a punch (Aspen Flurry, Martha Stewart) to cut out a bunch of snowflakes, then die cut a 4.25 x 5.5-inch stitched rectangle (Large Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn) out of the blue cardstock.

You can sort of see the iridescence in the Stardream cardstock there, but it’s so much more impressive in person!

To figure out where I wanted the tree shape, I used a centering ruler to mark the top of the tree about 1 inch from the top edge, and the lower corners 1.5 inches from the bottom edge. I spaced those corners 3 inches apart and adhered tiny snowflakes where the tips were. To make sure I ended up with a somewhat treelike shape, I very lightly penciled a line connecting the corners.

This next part is the fun stuff! All you need to do is fill in the triangle with snowflakes. Use glue like Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Glue, so you have a little bit of play to position them just right before the pieces stick.

It can be a bit of a puzzle in some places, but the trick is to not space them too closely together. That way, if you have some gaps that are a little too large, you can dab a silver dot or two with a Silver Uniball Signo Gel Pen.

To finish up the card, I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder (Ranger Industries) and adhered the panel to an A2 card base.

There you have it! I’ll be back later this month with a wintery project to show you. If you liked this post, please share the love by pinning to Pinterest!

❤️  Niki • (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Birthday

Do you have any winter birthdays to craft for? I do...and luckily for me-Stardream Metallic card stock is on sale this month at This glittery card stock is perfect for winter cards...I chose to use Sapphire and Crystal...GORGEOUS! Did you know that you can heat emboss on this card stock? Another reason why this stuff is the bomb! Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

**pan down to check out all the products that I used and to see the tutorial on how to make this card for yourself
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Card Tutorial:

-choose your products-I chose Stardream metallic Crystal card stock and Sapphire card stock from, I then cut an A2 vertical card base from Basis white coverstock...cut with a tonic paper trimmer and scored at 5.5" with a Martha Stewart score board and a teflon bone folder

-Choose your stamps and dies...mine are all from Jaded Blossom-I cut a 4x5.25" stitched rectangle die from Sapphire card stock and a 3.25x4.5" stitched rectangle die from Crystal card stock

-I then prepped my layer with my EKSuccess powder tool to stamp my snowflakes on my Crystal layer using Distress oxide ink in Faded Jeans...added Simon Says clear embossing powder and then melted that powder with my Marvy Heat tool

-here is the layer stamped and embossed...I didn't realize the pic was blurry...but I included it get the just...

-collected all of my products to get my sentiment ready...cut my die shape(using my Vagabond die cutting machine) for the the sentiment with a candy wrap die from Jaded Blossom-used an EKSuccess powder tool on it, then stamped my sentiment using versamark ink...added my Ranger white embossing powder...and melted it with my Marvy Heat tool...I then added my blue layer with an ATG gun, popped up my white layer with 1 layer of foam tape, added my sentiment off to the right with foam tape, I cut off the excess with scissors...I then added my confetti and added Nuvo Glitter drops over the confetti and sprinkled over the card for some glitter


  1. Metallic-Sapphire(HERE) and Crystal(HERE) 105lb card stock, Basis white cover stock 110lb(HERE)
  2. Jaded Blossom-Snowflakes stamp set, Card mat dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, So Many Birthdays 3 stamp set, Candy Wrap dies
  3. Nuvo Glitter drops-white blizzard
  4. Pretty Pink Posh-Sparkling Confetti mix
  5. Distress Oxide ink-faded jeans
  6. Simon Says Stamp-Detail Clear Embossing powder
  7. Versamark ink
  8. Ranger Fine Detail white embossing powder
  9. EK Success Powder tool
  10. Tonic paper trimmer
  11. Marvy Heat Tool
  12. Vagabond die cutting machine
  13. Martha Stewart Score board
  14. Teflon bone folder

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Last Minute Gift Card Holders

I'm always running a day late and a dollar short and when it's crunch time for Christmas gift shopping, I turn to gift cards.  They fit all sizes and tastes, especially when you're gifting them to teenagers.

Today's project is quick and easy to whip up for last minute Gift Card Holders.  Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:

I started by cutting three gift gift card holders from 65 LB Limeade Pop Tones Cardstock. The gift card holder die is the perfect size for getting three holders out of one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock.

I assembled the gift card holders using Score-Tape Premium Double Sided Adhesive.  Next I cut three stitched rectangles out of 80lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and did some layered stamping.

I cut several snowflakes out of 65lb Sno Cone Pop Tones cardstock.  I adhered the stamped rectangles to the front of the assembled gift card holders and glued the snowflakes on using Tombow MonoMulti-Purpose Liquid Glue.

I did a little more stamping on the back side flap and body of the gift card holder.

Here they are filled and ready to give!

For a final touch I added some pretty blue gems to the centers of the snowflakes.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, December 8, 2017

Altered Canning Jar Band Ornaments with Stardream Metallics

So if you've been checking the blog this month, you probably already know that Stardream Metallics are on special.  But do you know how shimmery pretty they are?  Perfect perfect PERFECT for some Christmas crafting.
While I can't seem to manage a shimmer showing photo, this one of the rose quartz from the CutCardStock website will give you an idea of how these papers seem to glow.
Trace and cut out the circle--this is Aquamarine, but the Lagoon is even better!
Canning jar bands are readily available in many stores.  If you don't already have some, I suggest asking someone you know who cans or makes jelly/jams if they have old ones they'd like to donate to your crafting cause.  Old ones have a fun patina, and if you're lucky, a bit of rust.
Fussy cut a collage image, and adhere to the circle.
I highly recommend Royal Sundance felt cardstock in Brilliant White for printing computer images.

Adhere the paper circle to the inside of the band, and add a loop for hanging.
I added some silvery tinsel trim to these, but lace and ribbon and ric-rac are pretty choices, too.  Mini Glue Dots are great for this step.

Great for any Christmas project, girlfriend needed some Wink of Stella on her wings!

Thank you for indulging me in one last Christmas post!  These altered canning jar bands are great for ornaments, gift embellishments, and even gift tags.  Happy Christmas decorating to you!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter Blessings

For today's project, I used 1 full sheet of Stardream Metallic Coral, 1/2 sheet of Stardream Metallic Silver, and 1/2 a sheet of Stardream Metallic Lagoon
Once I picked out my lantern pattern and cut it, I decided to adhere all layers while it was flat. 
Fold along the score lines, and boom a lantern that could also be used as a gift box.

 Turn the lights out

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