You Warm My Heart | Gift Card Holder

Hello! Welcome to the November creative team challenge with My Favorite Things! The theme this  month is all about Christmas Cheer with fun projects to celebrate the upcoming holiday season! 

I decided to make another gift card holder for the challenge since I seem to give a lot of them for gifts. Especially coffee ones for Tim Horton's! ;) I've been dying to use the Coffee Cup die-namics so I decided to dress it up with a Snowman and pair it with the Gift Card Grooves dies for some holiday cheer! ;)

I created the cup with Smooth White cardstock and added the cozy cut from Kraft cardstock. To dress up the stark white cup a bit, I added some light shading with a grey Copic marker and also stamped all over it with the snowflake stamp from the Christmas Cuteness stamp set, using Sno Cone dye ink.

I stamped the snowman from the same stamp set as the snowflake onto the kraft piece first and then on a piece of Smooth White cardstock. I only stamped him on the kraft because I knew I wanted to fussy cut him and it would be impossible to cut out his arms. This way, you still get the arms but the white snowman body is adhered on top.

I coloured the snowman with Copic markers and added glitter to his hat and nose. I then cut out the smaller heart from the Coffee Cup die-namics and coloured it in with red Copic markers. I adhered it to the snowman (I thought it was a great way to tie in the sentiment that I was using) and then added glitter to it. I also added glossy accents to both the heart and the holly on his hat.

I cut out a Stitched Rectangle from white cardstock for the inside of the card and then added some tabs to hold the gift card using the Gift Card Grooves die-namics. These are so awesome for quickly adding gift cards to projects! ;)

I love how nicely it holds the card in and doesn't let it move around. A definite die that can be used over and over for all kinds of occasions. 

To see how I created the card, you can watch the video below:



Sparkle & Shine | SSS December Card Kit

Hello! Today I have two more cards to share that I created with the December Simon Says Stamp card kit. One of them is similar to this card I shared here but I changed it up a little bit and have a video to share showing how I created it. Before we get to that one, I have another one to share that is completely tone on tone with all of the great silver elements from the kit.

This card features the awesome silver cardstock that comes in the kit as well as the vellum, the navy blue cardstock and the Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I wanted to keep this card really focused on the various shades of silver, so I didn't add any additional colour to it except the navy and the sheer vellum.

I love the soft colours and the way the silver embossing powder with that awesome sentiment stamp are the focal point on the card. So classy and elegant looking! ;)

For the second card, I did the exact same design as last weeks card but with the addition of the Platinum Silver embossing powder and more stripes than the first one. I love the mix of gold and silver together.

(It's really hard to photograph shiny, glittery embossing powder and get it to look as good as it does in real life lol!)

I love how easy it is to create a striped pattern on a card front by simply using washi tape, embossing ink and embossing powder. Stripes go with any occasion and you can change it up just by switching the direction - you can put them vertical, horizontal and even diagonal for a more playful look.

To see how I created this card, you can watch the video below:


I also have to announce that the winner of the December Simon Says Stamp card kit from this post here is Teresa Doyle! Huge congrats Teresa! Please email me your contact info and I'll get your kit sent out! ;)



Newton's Nook | Holiday Hounds

Hello! Today I have three cards to share with you that feature an awesome stamp set from Newton's Nook called Holiday Hounds. As soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it. The puppies look so similar to my puppy Molly and they are so cute! Seriously, who can resist a dog wrapped in Christmas lights?!? ;)

I decided to make three simple cards with the set, keeping the dogs as the focus on the cards. I'm sure I'll be creating a lot more with this set.. I just can't put it down lol! ;)

The first card uses the dog wrapped in Christmas lights and one of the sentiments from the Tis the Season stamp set from Ellen Hutson, designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole. I am a sucker for typewriter looking fonts, so this stamp set had me at hello! ;)

I stamped the dog directly on a panel of white cardstock cut from the Blueprints 20 die-namics from My Favorite Things and then coloured him in with Copic markers. I practiced my colouring before actually creating my cards because I really wanted to make the dogs look like my Molly. I think the colours I ended up with are perfect! ;)

The second card uses the dog jumping through the air wearing a scarf.  I love how cute she looks with her ears back and the scarf behind her. I coloured the scarf red and added white dots with a white gel pen for some added interest.

I love the sentiment that comes with the Holiday Hounds stamp set so I used one of them for this card. And since she's jumping through the snow, I decided to add a couple of snow hills with the My Favorite Things Stitched Snowdrifts die-namics.

For my last card, used the dog wearing the sweater to create a cute card, paired with another sentiments from the Tis the Season stamp set. I love the simplicity of just the dogs and the sentiments on these cards.

I kept the colours similar to the other two cards and added some aqua onto her sweater. For a little more detail and fun, I also added clear shimmer to the red areas on her sweater with a clear Wink of Stella marker.

I can't wait to create more cards with this stamp set. I love any stamp set that can be customized with personal touches... especially if it involves my puppy! ;)