C4C – 426 Sketch Challenge!


C4C -426 Sketch


I love sketches!  The Sketch and my interpretation of it:


This week I chose to use an older release die set from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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This card is so easy and can be used for any occasion, even a “stay in touch” card.

Lets make this card:

Step 1: Cut all the pieces from the above die set with white cardstock (adhere the “fin” pc. to the Dolphin. 1a:  Color the beach ball with Copics B21, B23, B24.

Step 2: Choose a designer paper to cut the half circle in the sketch.  I chose this one from Hot off The Press called “Big Bubbles“.  Choose a solid color cardstock that coordinates with the designer paper (the second color from the left in the Recollections pack below matched the “bubbles paper”:

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock at 5.5″ along the 11″ side.  Fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″ to make a book fold base card.  With solid blue above (2nd from the left) cut a rectangle that measures 5″ x 6.5″.

Step 4:  Using the largest die from the set below, cut a circle from the “bubbles” paper.

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Adhere this bubble circle to the blue rectangle with the top of the circle at 3.5/8″ from the top of the blue rectangle.  Then trim off the rest of the bubble paper that hangs off the shape of your blue rectangle.  See card picture below.

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Step 5:  Adhere all the pieces from the “Dolphin” set to the card as shown above.

Step 6:  I tried to emboss a sentiment directly to the blue base card.  It turned out perfect when I tried it on a pc. of scrap paper but not on the card.  I’m posting a picture of the Disaster and then the fix for a friend on FB that posted such a sweet comment under my post that it really touched me.  You can fix almost all mistakes.  I usually step away and breath.  Then an idea comes to me and I initiate plan B!

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Plan B for step 6!  Using the stamp set below, stamp the sentiment on white cardstock and then cut out with the second to the smallest of this nested set below by QuicKutz..

2016-07-24-12-16-08.jpgDistress the edges of this little sentiment frame with PanPastel 520.5 Ultra Marine Blue.  Now adhere to the front of the blue rectangle as shown in the pic. in step 4.  Adhere this completed blue rectangle to the white base card leaving 1/4″ margin on all sides.

Step 7:  Using the straight rope from the set below cut 4 times with white cardstock.

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Glue these 4 rope pieces on all four edges of the blue rectangle but start with the two long sides.  Glue from the top down but stop about 1/2 from the bottom even though it’s not long enough. Next glue the ropes to the short sides.  Save the pcs, you cut off of the short sides because they will be the exact size you need to complete the rope on the long sides.  Now, start with the finished edge of one of the pieces you saved and glue to the end of one of the short edges and going up the long edge to fill in where it was short. When you get almost where this cut off piece will go under the long pc. that was to short, then cut at an angle off the very end of the long pc.  Glue the short pc. under the now cut at an angle long pc.  Glue the angled end down.  See close up below:

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That’s it!

Thanks for taking a look and come back next week for a real cutie pie image!

Other Products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Cardstock White, Clear Double sided adhesive 10m

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – 425 National Poultry Day!

Hi card makers!  This weeks challenge is to make a card using something that has feathers.  I love this image from  Doctor Digi House of Stamps called “Quackers”.

Let’s make this card.  A fast and easy one!

The steps:

Step one:   I like to print out on copy paper first in two different sizes before I print onto cardstock.

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 Once you decide what size you like, print out on white cardstock.  This is my favorite cardstock for coloring with Markers.   I learned of this cardstock on the  Kit and Clowder website, where I take classes.  It can be purchased on Amazon.

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Step 2:  Color the printed image and fussy cut it out.

Step 3:  Score a pc. of 8.8 x 11″ white cardstock at 5.5″ along the long side.   So that you don’t cut two ovals, position the largest die from the die set below with the top of the die extending over the fold just under the cutting line.  The result will be an oval shape card but won’t interrupt the stitched edge.  Distress the edges with PanPastels 520.5 Utramarine Blue and sponge daubers.

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Step 4:  Using this die set with either below cut only the branch from Elizabeth Craft Designs :  You can cut it from wood grain cardstock or brown or white and color it.

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Step 5:  With your computer create a sentiment.  I’m sending this card to a friend who is angry with her husband who thinks “intimate” contact fixes every bad mood.  I’m hoping that she will get a chuckle out of it.  But it can be used for a lot of occasions.  I also used this same image for this card:

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Step 5:  Cut out the sentiment with a “speech bubble” die from this set:

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Step 6:  The last step is to assemble the card.  First adhere the branch to the front of your oval card,  You may have to trim the branch on the bottom of the oval.  I trimmed the narrow bottom pc. under the duck on the left as it was about 1/4 in. over the edge.

Thank you so much for taking some of your time to take a look.  I’d love for you to leave a comment or follow me.  If you have any questions or need help on something you want to create please a comment and I will get right back with you.

Other products used:

Beacon’s kid choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus







C4C – 424 A Sweet Desert

Today is national Dessert Day!  Who knew?  My favorite dessert is ice cream.  So my Design Team card features an ice cream cone.  This card is intended to be a card to cheer someone up that needs it.

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Let’s make this card!

Step 1:  Using the die set below 1031 – Ice Cream Cone.  I cut out all the pcs. of the ice cream cone.  I cut them all out of white cardstock but you could also cut the pcs. from colored cardstock and omit the coloring step.  Either color the pcs. or assemble the ones you cut with colored cardstock:

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Step 2:  Using the largest die in set below cut out a pink cardstock oval 1173 – Dotted Scalloped Ovals:


Step 3:  Cut out a white oval using the second largest die using this set above, 1113 – Stitched Ovals:

Step 4:  Create the sentiment for the inside on your computer and print it on 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.  Make a base card from this printed white cardstock.  Score at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold over and trim to 5 x 7″.

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Step 5:  Cut a pc. of designer paper the measures 4.75 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of your base card.

Step 6:  Adhere the white oval to the pink oval and adhere them to the front of the card as shown.  Put a large foam circle under the “ice cream” and attach to the center of the ovals.  Glue down the bottom point end of the cone.

Step 7:  I used a Silhouette file for the sentiment but this could be a card for any occasion.

I also put the same plaid designer paper on the back of the card but it’s an optional step.

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That’s It!  Easy and Fast!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us in this weeks challenge!

Other products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus






An Easy Easter Card


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It’s sketch week over at Crazy4Challenges C4C-422

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You all know how much I love a sketch but I must admit this sketch stumped me.  It looks so easy but I couldn’t come up with an idea!  I am currently working on Easter so I wanted to use my favorite bunny stamp.  It’s from Art Impressions and is called Holiday 1-779.

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This is how I made this card.

Step 1:  Stamp on white cardstock using the above stamp.  Color with Copic Markers or Pencils.  I chose to color with copics.  (When you position the stamp give yourself about 3″ below the top of your cardstock.

Step 2:  Cut the image with the largest die from this set.

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 This step is actually two steps because these nested fishtails are too short for what I needed to fit the sketch.  Position the die on your stamped and colored image where you want the “fish tail” (bottom) of the die to end below your stamped image. Run through your cutting machine but STOP before the top (straight edge) of the die cuts.  Now move the die up to where you want the top of the die to end.  In this case that was 2″ above the image.  Now run through your cutting machine again but stop before it cuts the fishtail again.  You should now have a longer fishtail then the die. Notice that I positioned the image closer to the left of the die to allow room for the half oval in the sketch.

Step 3:  Using the stamp set below from Pink and Main, stamp both the “egg” and the “Chocolate bunny box” 3 times.  Color how you want.  I added Crystal Lacquer to the bunny boxes like they were wrapped in cellophane. After the lacquer is dried, fussy cut all the bunny box and eggs.

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Step 4:  From the little die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs below cut the pieces for the basket, flower and grass.  I used  scrap cardstock.  Assemble the basket. Add the grass, chocolate bunny boxes and eggs as show below.  Add Prills to the little flowers. I used leftover little leaves from one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s 1196 – Garden edge rose  flower dies as shown below:

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Step 5:  Using the same Pink and Main Stamp as in step 3, stamp Happy Easter on white cardstock.  Cut it with the long rectangle pictured below and distress the edges with Tim Holtz “peacock feathers” Distress Ink.

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Glue the grass Strip (which is a Silhouette file to the top of this sentiment strip.

Step 6: Cut the 3 bunnies from this die set below using 3 different brown colors.  I used scrap cardstock.  Add a glitter dot for eyes. Cut an oval with coordinating designer and the second to the largest die set pictured below.  Cut the oval in by first laying in place and making light pencil marks where one side should be cut off to make it line up with the mat’s edge as shown.

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Step7:  Assemble the card:

Score a pc. of 11 x 8.5″ white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim to 5  x 7″.  Cut two mats from designer cardstock that measures 4.75″ x 6.75″.  Adhere one to the card front and one to the back, centered leaving 1/8″ border all around.  Adhere the stamped fish tail to the front panel, centered with the top (Short straight edge) at the top of the designer paper mat.   Adhere, the now cut oval in place as shown.  Put 3 large foam dots under the sentiment tag by centering the one dot then adding one either side of the first.  Put the dots closer to the bottom then the top to make it possible to side the bunnies behind the grass.  Glue the two ends down.  Add a half dome pearl to cover the hole on the right and adhere the Easter basket as shown with the highest bunny box hiding the left side hole.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for your time to hop over for a look.  Please follow if you would like more tutorials.

Other Products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock 8.5 x 11″, Glitter Dots

Beacons Kid’s choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus




C4C – 421 A Valentine or Appreciation

This weeks challenge is to make a Valentine or card of appreciation.  Well, another Valentines card it is!

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The Steps:

Step 1:  In Silhouette Studio, using the file “Nested Hearts”  resize to make a bunch of hearts in 3 sizes with both pink and red cardstock:

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Step 2:  Now cut two of the “Wheelbarrow” pc. from the below die set:


Color one of the “Wheelbarrow” pcs. with Copic Markers.  On the second pc. color only the edges so that no white will show when you glue the pcs. together.  Don’t glue together yet!

Step 3:  Cut from this die set below once in white and once in red:

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Step 4:  Make the base card by scoring an 11 X 8.5″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Choose 2 coordinating desiger papers and cut a rectangle out of both papers that measure 3.25 x 5″.  Out of one of your papers cut a rectangle that measures 5 x 6.5 “.  Adhere all these designer paper rectangles to the base card as shown below.

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Step 5:  Make the featured raised panel.  Cut a pc. of coordinating solid color cardstock that measures 5.25 x 4″.  Adhere the largest white “Wavy frame to this rectangle.  Add the red negative pcs. from the same red frame as the white one into your white frame.

Glue the white with colored edges “wheelbarrow” pc. to your panel.  Then glue the fully colored wheelbarrow over the first one BUT don’t glue the top of the wheelbarrows so you can tuck some hearts inside the “wheelbarrow“.

Step 6:  From the set below cut “Love You” from red cardstock and the “xoxo”.


Step 7:  Finish the panel by adding the hearts and sentiment as shown.  Add dimensional dots under some of the hearts and adhere some flat to the panel.  Start your first layer of hearts by putting a little dab of glue on the bottom pointy end of the right side of four largest hearts and tuck into the top layer of the Wheelbarrows and then stick a dimensional dot under the top of this layer.  Keep adding hearts, some lifted with dots and some flat as you like them.  Add the sentiments.

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Step 8:  The last step is to adhere the panel to the card also using foam dimensionals.  For this step I used large square foam dimentionals.

For the inside of the card I used another of the red Wavy frames, the little hearts pc. that comes from the very center and the “xoxo”.

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That’s it!

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you’ll try your own version of this card.

Other products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive, White Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5 x 11″

Michaels: Designer paper, Foam Dimension

Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus



C4C 420 Show us a heart

This week’s theme for the “Crazies” challenge is to show us a “heart”!  There are so many ways you could make a card with this theme.  I decided to make a Valentines Card.

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If you’ve been following me, and please do, then you know I am so crazy for digital images from The Paper Shelter.  This adorable image is literally called “How you doin?” and I couldn’t think of a better sentiment!

Let’s make the card:

Step 1:  Size, print and color the image on cardstock with Copic Markers.  My new absolute favorite paper is this one that I learned about on the Kit and Clowder website:

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                This paper alone will make your coloring better.  I got mine at Amazon.

Step 2:  Using this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs cut twice.  Once with white cardstock and once with hot pink (cut the hot pink second and leave in the die. (you’ll see why in step 4:

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When this die set first came out I wasn’t a fan because all the frames are cut at once.  But then when I saw their Design Team’s cards using these adorable nesting die I had to by a set and now I have all four sets!  The picture below shows the hot pink still in the die and 2 frames I colored from the white cardstock curvy frames.  It also shows the designer paper I thought I was going to use but ended up using something else.  I did however use the one in this photo for the back of the card

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Step 3:  Glue the green frame to the image printed and colored cardstock:

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Notice I haven’t taken the hot pink frames out of the die yet in the above photo?  It’s because as pictured below I knew I was going to use only the negative pcs. of the hot pink set as shown below:

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  Step 4:  Adhere the white frame and the hot pink negative pcs. out of the hot pink die set that matches it’s space.  It may look like they aren’t specific to the spaces but they are.  You would eventually figure it out but this tip saves a lot of time and mistakes.

Step 5:  Now cut with a paper cutter the assembled step 4.  With the die set below and the largest die , cut a white mat adhere your “image sandwich” to this mat as pictured above:

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Step 6:  Create the base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of White Soft Finish Cardstock to     7″ x 12″.   Score at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over (tent fold) and trim to 7 x 5.75″.

Step 7:  Cut a pc. of Designer paper or cardstock that measures 6.75″ x 5.5″.  Adhere to the front of the base card leaving 1/8″ border all around.  I chose this double sided cardstock from Lawn Fawn.

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Step 8:  Adhere the image sandwich centered over the front of the card.

Step 9:  Cut four corners from the smaller roof embellishment with this die set from Impression Obsession below and add them to the corners as shown.  The little pink heart above the Hedge Hog or Porcupine (not sure which he is)  is one I had in my “extra parts” container.

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That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll take the challenge and “show us a heart!”  This is the back of this card with designer paper mat I thought I was going to use.

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Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12″,  Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Copic Markers


Michaels:  Designer paper I used on the back.





Dies R Us – Kids Cards!

I decided to enter the current challenge at Dies R Us which is “Kids Cards”.

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The image I chose for this challenge is one called “Peaceful Easter” from The Paper Shelter.  I fell in love with this sweet image of innocence:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Download, size and print the image.  If you’re new to digital stamps,  the greatest reference on many things about using digital images is from a website called Kit and Clowder.   This is a company that teaches coloring with Markers and Pencils.  They also have areas on their website that have an amazing amount of information on all things coloring!  The below photo shows how I always print out an image that I buy in both the black and white, and color version on one page that I keep in a binder.  It also has the image that I colored with PrismaColor Premium Pencils. 

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After I colored the stamped image I created the background with stencils and PanPastel’s then trimmed the finished image to 5 x 7″ with the stamped image centered:

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Step 2:  Cut 2 rectangle mats that measure 5 x 7″.  One from Designer cardstock and one from white cardstock.  From the Die set below on the right 1113 – Stitched Ovals, center the second to the largest on the Designer cardstock and run through your machine.  From the same die set, center the third to the largest on the white rectangle.  Save the Oval mats for another project because you will use the rectangle mats with the oval cut outs.

2016-11-26-17-11-25Step 3:  Adhere the white mat to this layer. Then, on top. the Designer layer.  The photo below is these 3 layers and the beginning of step 4:

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Step 4:  Cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers, all the decorator items as follows:

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Cut the grass, eggs, bunnies and fence once.  Cut all the Holly Hock pcs. to assemble the holly hock on your card directly and build the plant from the stem up as the picture in step 3.

Step 5:  Assemble the Holly Hock on the left as shown then add the fence, bunnies and eggs on the bottom.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim down to 5.5 x 7.5″.  Adhere the assembled front to the base.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Please follow and leave a comment.  I love to read them and answer any questions.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock White,  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sissix Big Shot Plus


Rubber Ducky Day!

Again, who knew there was a “Rubber Ducky Day”?  Well, it’s today!  The challenge this week over at Crazy4Challenges is to put a duck or some other feathered friend on your project.  If you’ve been following, then you know I’m crazy for “The Paper Shelter”.  All through the Holiday Season I was using digital stamps from this company on many of my cards for Christmas.  This “Duck” image is called “Most Adorable Duck“.  I’ve been taking classes from Alyce at Kit and Clowder and applying the great technique’s I’m learning.  Alyce’s  mantra is “Practice, practice, practice”  Note: Whenever I get a new digi stamp I print both the black and white and the colored version.  I then usually copy the artist’s coloring the first time I color an image.  It helps me see where the artist’s light source is coming from:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color the image.  I used Prismacolor Premium Pencils.

Step 2:  Cut out the colored image with Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1116 –  Stitched Circles:

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Apply 250.5 Diarylide Yellow PanPastel with a make up sponge to the edges and blending into the center.

Step 3:  With the largest die in the below set 1254 – Entwined Circles cut one pc. with light blue cardstock:

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Step 4:  From the die set below cut 1 of all 3 of the smaller pcs. from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers :

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Step 5:  Cut both small butterflies 1011 – Garden Notes – Bugs and Butterflies from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 6:  The card assembly.

6A:  Make a base card by cutting a pc. of 12″ x 12″ White Soft Finish Cardstock by Elizabeth Craft Designs in half and scoring one half at 6″ along the 12″ side.

6B:  Cut a pc. of designer paper with the largest die from the below set:

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6C:  Adhere this pc. centered on the white card base.

6D:  Adhere the “Duck Image Circle” centered as shown, then the light blue “Entwined Circle”.

6E:  Add the “cattail die pcs. and butterflies” as shown.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us over at the “Crazies” challenge.  We can’t wait to see what you create.

Other Products Used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Michael’s:  Designer paper

Sizzix Big Shot Plus



C4C – 416 Tags for Christmas!

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great Christmas!  This week’s challenge is to incorporate a tag or tags on your project.  My grandchildren are all either teens or adults now so I usually give them money for Christmas.  I had purchased Elizabeth Craft Designs 960 – Tags and More 7 – Vine but hadn’t used it yet.  So I made these huge tags as gift holders for the Grands!  Below is a photo of the backs.

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I have fallen in love with The Paper Shelter’s digital images for Christmas.  These two are called “Santa’s Family Selfie” on the left and “Snowmen Selfie” on the right.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Print out the two digital images on cardstock that is appropriate for what ever medium you will use to color them.   I got a bargain on Amazon for Prismacolor’s Premier 150 count color pencils.  Both of these I colored with my new set.  I watched some lessons over at Kit and Clowder and applied those techniques I learned for these two adorable images.

Step 2:  From and 8.5 x 11″ 110lb. cardstock cut two long rectangles that measure 8.5 x 4″.   Cut two more long rectangles from Designer paper the same size.  Put one white rectangle on top of one designer rectangle. Cut the top of each of these 2 sandwich rectangles with the die pc. that cuts the top edge from the set below.  TIP:  Leave the layers together and run through your cutting machine again removing the previous die and adding one of the  “hole” die pcs.  Use the “hole protector” pc. and cut 4 red hole covers.

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Step 3:  Cut two of each of these dies from green card stock:

Add red/gold glitter dots as shown.

Step 4:  I created the humorous sentiments on my computer, printed them out on light brown cardstock and cut them out with the smallest die from this die set.

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Step 5:  Assemble your tag as shown.  On the “Snowmen Selfie” make a frame from light brown cardstock and square nested dies by nesting two dies and running through the cutting machine.  The size of the two square dies would depend on the size of frame you need to frame your image.  I wanted it to look as if animated snowmen were looking into a window and coaxing my granddaughter to come outside.

Step 6:  Decorate a letter size envelope.  I used this stamp set and a Misti on the flap side:

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I also added some die cut stars and snowflakes I had in my stash.  Adhere the envelope to the back of the tag with ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm.  Add glitter lines all around the outside of the envelope.

That’s it!

  These are so fun and easy to make and could be used for cash, gift cards and checks.  A great quick way to make the “gift and card all in one”!

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Card Stock,  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s: Ribbon

Sissix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue