Monday, December 11, 2017

Vintage Christmas Cards Made Easy

I've love to use this post to share with you the spirit of Christmas, using the gorgeous holiday/winter collection from Maja Design- "Joyous Winterdays".  

 Maja Design collections have one very important feature helping to make Maja Design the very best paper for your money.  Since each sheet is double sided, the back side of the papers tend to have patterns that can be used year round.  That means you get great value for your money.  That's very important since the Christmas season is short.  

 Scroll down and I will provide links to help shop for this paper. 
Above is an image of the Maja Design- "Joyous Winterdays" collection and the specific papers I used on my card. 
"Beautiful Pine"
"Pick a Tree"
"Make Decorations"

And then there is the beautiful vintage ephemera from the collection.  This gorgeous sheet of vintage images helps your card making process super easy.   You can complete some of your Christmas or winter cards done in a few minutes. 

Isn't the paper simply lovely?  The vintage ephemera is perfect for super quick cards. 

Where to shop 

Thanks for stopping to visit.  I'd like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season filled with peace and joy.  

US folks can shop for Maja Design collections here and the new Joyous Winterdays collection is here
International folks can shop for the new collection as well as all the collections using the Store Finder link found here

Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Snowman Season

I'd like to share a joyous winter card featuring the gorgeous holiday/winter collection from Maja Design- "Joyous Winterdays"

The paper collection is quite versatile and can be used for so many occasions - from Christmas to the cold days that follow in the new year and beyond.  

These are the papers I used from the collection: 
"Mr. Snowman"

Where to shop 
You can shop for Maja Design products here

US folks can shop for Maja Design collections here and the new Joyous Winterdays collection is here
International folks can shop for the new collection as well as all the collections using the Store Finder link found here

Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DIY Instructions - Christmas Ornament

DIY Ornaments with Spellbinders Dies 

It's the season of Christmas card making and Christmas ornaments too!  I had time to make a few ornaments and provide a quick and easy DIY tutorial
Scroll on down the page for the tutorial.  

I enjoy adding to my Christmas ornament collection every year with something handmade.  It's so fun and satisfying to pull the collection out  and review the years at a glance.  

Ornaments make great keepsakes and little gifts of appreciation plus the added bonus of handmade ornaments is your ability to customize each ornament for your intended recipient.  

This year my ornaments were made using a cool die from Spellbinders.  
When I first looked at the Spellbinders Hannah Elise Layering Frame  Chantilly Paper Lace Collection by Becca Feeken , it reminded me of a graceful tree ornament.  
What do you think?   Am I right, or am I right?  

Quick and Easy DIY Tutorial

Fold each diecut in half lengthwise.   A Bone folder and scoring board will  give you a nice crisp fold.

Tip:  Heavy weight paper works the best in my opinion because it holds the structure of the ornament. 
I used gold metallic mirror cardstock (there are so many gorgeous rich metallic Mirror Cards to choose).   

Step 2.  Glue the pieces together - two at a time.  

Step 3.  Once all four pieces are assembled, your ornament should look like the photo below.    

Step 4.  Add a ribbon for hanging.  Now you're set to decorate. 
Here are some close ups of the details.   The leaves are from Prima Marketing (Prima -Victorian Christmas Leaves ) and are velvet holly leaves misted green using Prima Color Bloom Spray Mist - Lime Wedge .   

TIP:  You can use  a paintbrush dipped in stains or mists or even thinned out paint to customize your  embellishments and get the exact color you desire.   Bundled Sage Distress Spray  or Crushed Olive would be great as well - something like that to get the leaves green in lieu of actual green leaves.   

The flower is from Petaloo and the red floral berries are from a craft store - nothing special but what a great inexpensive filler (this is the time to grab a bunch on discount for the season .

 I value your time and wish you a wonderful holiday season and Christmas.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Spellbinders Black Friday - Weekend 50% off Sale

Spellbinders is having a crazy sale that features a large selection of dies and products.  
50% off.....seriously. 
You know crafters don't joke about deals.  
(Here's a link to Start shopping shop for Spellbinders )

I have a bunch of projects linked below using some of my favorite dies from Spellbinders that are on the GRAND 50% off crazy list.  

As a side note - many of my projects are made using Maja Design papers.  US folks can find Maja Design papers here

Let's start your  "must haves" list (50% off)

You can find the blog post link here. 
 You NEED this die.  
 You can see this autumn card here.

This bold blue card also using the Spellbinders Shapabilities - Swirled Strip Etched Die   and the blog post for this card can be found here.    
And it's 50% off

 Folks in the US can find a great selection of Maja Design papers right here.   

and it's 50% off!

This sweet card can be found here with product list.
I've used two dies here from Spellbinders: 

and it's 50% off!

 You can see this card posted on my blog right here.  
It features my favorite fun-loving die from Spellbinders... Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die-D-Lites Sea Animals 
So adorable 
and it's 50% off!

Here is another sweet little easy card with dies that can be grabbed for 50% off!
Spellbinders Die-D-Lites Seahorse and Sand Dollar Etched Die .

Spellbinders Triple Tear Etched Dies S4-490

This is a card that doubles as a gift holder.  You can see the original blog post right here

And the  list of Spellbinder dies offered at 50% off goes on and on.  But only for a short time. 
Here's a link to Start shopping shop for Spellbinders 

You can shop for Maja Design paper collections right here