A Holiday Front Door

Xmas door logo

Yes, I’m still making Christmas Cards!  If I don’t get started in September, I don’t have enough for what I like to send out.  Since my friends know I make greeting cards, they expect a handmade card.  Once the season is here there is too much to do to be in the craft room.  So here’s how I made this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the elements for your little holiday door scene.  Cut one door from a light brown cardstock using: 1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door

Step 2:  Cut all 5 pcs. from green cardstock with the: 755 – 5 Part Pine

Add glitter dots to all the points of the 5 parts of the tree: Red/gold Glitter Dots

 

The little gold star for the top of the tree was in my stash.

Step 3:  Cut the tiny wreath and tiny leaves from green cardstock and berries from red. : 1088 – Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

I used some dies from a few more die sets: 1010 – CountryScapes -Backyard 2  I die cut the mailbox from this set:

I cut the Holly Boarder out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers for  the top of the card from this set: 925 – Holly Border

I stamped the curtains from a tiny little green plaid cardstock and cut them out with this set: 4749 – Window Deco Die

I cut the little bow for the door wreath from: 1460 – Spring Basket

The little grass pc. below the mail box is from a discontinued die set.

The last die cut is the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from: 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays

Once you’ve cut, colored and assembled all the little elements for the door scene it’s time to assemble the card.  Score a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ red cardstock at 5.5 “, fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.5 ‘ x 7”.

Cut a white rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″ and adhere to the red base.  Cut a pc. of “brick” designer paper that measures 5″ x 6.5″ and adhere to the white layer.

Now add all your assembled elements as shown.  Here’s another look:

Xmas door logo

That’s it!

Thank for taking the time to look at this project.  I love to get comments and read every one!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Christmas Candles

DRU Candles LOGO

Good Morning my paper crafting friends.  I’m still working on my Christmas cards so here is one I made using these two die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1226 – Garden Notes Small Poinsettia  

Poinsettia die

919 – Candle

Candle die

Cut the dies in the “small Poinsettia”  to make 3 flowers.  I cut the base pc. 3 times, and all the leaf pcs. 9 times from white cardstock and 4 times from green cardstock.  Here is Susan Tierney Cockburn’s :Poinsettia Assembly Video    I cut, shaped and assembled all 3 poinsettia on their base pc., to place into the end arrangement when I assembled the finished card.

Next cut two of the candle die from white cardstock but cut the “candle drip” pc. from white cardstock that has been adhered to Double Sided Adhesive.  Remove the protective back from the drip pcs.  and sprinkle 640 – Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter over the sticky side and polish in with your finger.  Remember to apply the double sided adhesive to the right side of the cardstock and the die pc. blade down over the adhesive.  Cut two flame pcs. from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.  Cut the pine 4 or 5 times from green cardstock.

I bought this Christmas cardstock pack yrs. ago from Joanne’s Craft Store and it’s probably no longer available,  but any holiday paper/cardstock would be great.  I loved this one because the ornaments all have subtle red glitter areas on them,  which made this glitter drip from the candles really work or make sense.

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The cardstock I chose for the base card is one from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Soft Finish Cardstock in “Dove Gray” because in the close up above, you can see it is pretty much an exact match to the gray in the designer paper, and, I love that is white on the other side which makes a blank slate for stamping a sentiment or anything on the inside.  It is 12 x 12″ 100lb. paper which makes a great base card weight.

The finished card measures 5.5 x 7″ so create a base card by scoring either a 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side or as I did in this case, score a 12 x 12″ at 6″.  Either way, fold over for a book fold card and trim to the finished size.  Cut, from a holiday print cardstock, a mat that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of the base card.

Now with a nested oval set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1113 – Stitched Ovals take the second and the third largest die and tape them nested together.

Oval dies

 

Ovals taped

As in the photo above place the taped together ovals on a pc. of the same cardstock used for the base and run through your die cutting machine.  Now separate the ovals and using the smaller of the two, cut an oval from silver mirror cardstock.

Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays cut two of each word from the same cardstock you choose for the base card and adhere the two layers together.

Happy Holidays

Now the fun.  Assemble the card by first centering the oval frame you cut by using 2 dies and put the silver mirror stock oval inside the oval frame and place the candles as shown.  Once you like where it is, then place the 3 poinsettias as shown.  Glue everything down including the pine boughs, green leaves and the double layer sentiment.  Here’s another quick look at the card:

DRU Candles LOGO

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C – 452 Sketch Week!

Frog pull card front

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Frog pull card open logo

I have an adorable granddaughter who is a September girl like me!  She’s is in high school now and is too grown-up to want kiddie cards but still likes interactive cards.

Here’s how I made this card:

I used a now retired die set from Karen Burniston when she was still with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card.  It comes with a die that creates a spiral that extends when the card is opened. As most of Karen’s interactive dies sets, this one could be for any theme.  This die set looked as if it was made for this month’s sketch to me:

Spiral Circle pull die

The basket and all the flowers were made with this set from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs called: 1460 – Spring Basket

Spring basket die

Let’s just say I cut a lot of flowers.  I used pink, yellow and white cardstock and cut each flower with two layers of petals.  The flower center circle was cut with an olive green cardstock.  The bow from this set was cut with the same cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called: Thinking About Grand Canyon that I used for the pull card.  I cut the basket from white cardstock and colored it with PanPastels.

The leafy branches was with Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1033 – Leafy Branch I cut about 6 branches and cut into pieces that worked for the basket of flowers.

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The frog was made with die set also expired from Karen Burniston called 909 – Hoppy the Frog:

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I cut two little circles out of white cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles  I cut them using the 3rd to the smallest die in this set for under the frog and for the sentiment when you open the card.  I stamped the sentiment “Enjoy your day” from a retired Karen Burniston little stamp set called Just a Note on one of the circles for the inside sentiment.

The outside sentiment “Happy Birthday” is from this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 783 – Happy Birthday

That’s It!

Thank you for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us this week and make your version of this sketch.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive tape 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C 451 Thank You Challenge

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A very belated thank you card!

This week we are challenged to make a “thank you” card.  I made one a couple of weeks ago for my best friend, my partner, at the beauty salon from this same die set.  This one is for someone I have never met.  He is the son in law of one of my weekly 92yrs. young, salon customers.  HE LOVES TO BAKE!  Every week he brings a batch of something he has baked to his mother in law!  (mostly cookies)  Every week, she brings me and my partner at the salon, each, a zip baggie with 2 cookies in them.  We always assumed she was just sharing what he gave her.  When I thanked her this week for sharing what her son in law makes for her she said, “Did I give you the impression that I am sharing my cookies with you?  He sends these every week specifically packaged for the two of you for your 15 yrs. of making the women of the WW2 generation still feel beautiful!”  WOW!

There really are angels walking among us!  He’s been doing this for years and we never knew!  So this is the “THANK YOU!” card that this man should have gotten a long time ago, but finally will.

The Steps:

Step 1: Using Karen Burniston’s: 1023 – Tag Book Pop Up 

Tag Book Pop-upDepending upon the theme you’re going for with this set, choose the designer cardstock you will use for the large die pc.  I recommend a double sided cardstock.  The one I chose is black and white (for a man).  It had black and white stripes on one side and white hearts on a black background on the other.  I chose the stripes for the outside and the hearts for the inside.

Click on the product link and it will take you, not only to the product, but also the assembly video.  I recommend that you watch the video to not only know how to assemble this pop up, but also to help you choose papers/cardstock for your project.  This set has 17 dies in it!  All the little circle frames, and everything on this project except the “Baker” themed dies are from this set.

Step 2:  The cute little “baker” themed inside décor pcs. are from these two die sets:

1277 – Kitchen Tools

The other one is an older and discontinued Karen Burniston die set called:

1100 – Props 8-7 die set:

1100 props

All the pieces were cut out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers except for the oven mittens cut from the stripe side of the “double side”, the “whisk and the fork” cut from silver mirror cardstock, and the one red/white polka dot platter from scrap cardstock.

The 3 “Thank You”‘ sentiments on the front of the card is from this set:  I have no idea who makes or made these, but I bought them on “Craft Day” from one of the shopping networks years ago and cut them out with red cardstock.

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That’s it!

I also want to thank my sweet followers.  If there is anything you want to learn or ask, please leave it in the comments section and I will reply to your comment.  Even if it’s about my opinion of a product or technique.  If I can’t answer you question, then I’ll link you to the expert who can.  Other than that, I can’t wait to see your “Thank You” cards.

Here’s the link to the Challenge: Crazy 4 Challenges

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 1/4″

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s: red cardstock, white cardstock and black/white Bakers Twine

 

 

 

A beautiful, easy to make Christmas card!

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This one is the one to try if you’re new to this whole paper crafting  addiction that has taken over many social media sites.  It’s hard for me to imagine that there are many families that don’t expect a handmade card these days!  LOL  Anyway,…..this one is easy, goes together quickly and packs all the “wow” factor for the receiver.  Here’s how I made it:

Step 1:  Using: 1067 – Poinsettia, cut one silhouette pc. from red cardstock and a second from red cardstock that you have adhered to double sided adhesive before cutting the pc. Note:  Tape the die to the adhesive side with blades down.  (Note: You may need to run through your machine twice, so don’t remove from the die until you’ve tested if it was a uniform cut.)  Cut one of the silhouette pc. from green cardstock.  I Cut the “swirly overlay pc. and the smaller petal pc. from red cardstock.  Cut the small “center pc.” from white cardstock and color the outline pattern yellow and the inside little circles green.

Using a flower shaping tool kit, vein the plain red large petal pc. and the green one, you will use for leaves.  Optional: lightly go over the leaves pc. after veining with a darker ink and the veins will be more visible.  Next, remove the protective layer from the “double sided adhesive red layer and sprinkle with: 614 – True Red Silk Microfine Glitter.  Shake off excess glitter and rub with finger to polish the glitter side.  Assemble the poinsettia by adhering the swirly red layer to the glittered petal layer.  Then adhere this to the plain but veined red petal layer offsetting the petals.  Then add the smaller red petal layer and last the pollen yellow/green layer.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 758 – Berry Branch Cut the die twice with white cardstock and color the branch brown and the berries red.  Add a drop of Crystal Lacquer to each of the berries.  Let dry.  It may take an hour or more.

Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from cream cardstock that measures 4.25 x 6″ and run through an embossing folder from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pinecones  I colored the raised pinecones with a eye shadow applicator and Burnt Umber PanPastel.  I love coloring embossed panels with PanPastels.  If you are not familiar with this medium, they are highly saturated compressed powder colors.  Every color can be blended and, as in this case, if some of the (brown) color I used, fell where I didn’t want it, you can erase it.  Once you’re happy, you spray very lightly once with cheap hair spray and it’s set.  Trim to 4 x 5.5″

Step 4:  Cut two rectangle mats: One light brown that measures 4.25 x 5.75″  the second one in red that measures 4.5 x 6″.  Adhere the light brown one over the red one centered with a 1/8″ border on all sides. Adhere the embossed layer to the red one.

Step 5:  Score a 8.5 x 11″ cream cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the step 4 sandwich to the front of this card base.

Step 6:  Using:  Elizabeth Craft Designs 944 – Merry Christmas  cut from red cardstock that you use the same technique for the red glittered petal layer.  Remember when you use this technique, tape the die, blade side down on the protective double sided adhesive side.  Run through the die cutting machine twice to cut through all the layers.

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Step 7:  Adhere the poinsettia and berry branches, as well as the glittered “Merry Christmas sentiment as shown.  Here’s another look:

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That’s it!  Thanks for taking a closer look.

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more inspiration from the :Dies R Us Inspiration blog

 

 

 

A Coffee Themed Tag Pop Up

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Good Morning Crafty friends! 

Today’s card is an appreciation card for my best friend.  She has been there for me through all the ups and downs of life’s challenges.  Recently, she brought me through one of the biggest challenges I’ve had.  And now that I see that things will go back to normal again and I’m feeling the “happy” again, it was time to acknowledge how much I value her friendship!  She’s also my boss, so a little kissing up never hurts either . LOL!  So let’s make this card.

The Steps:

I love this die set from Karen Burniston: 1023-Tag Book Pop-Up   

Tag Book Pop-up

There are a lot of die pcs. in this set which includes decorator pcs that you can use with other die sets and projects.

Cut all the pcs. from cardstock and or designer papers that fit your theme.  As referenced below,  I always like to watch Karen’s assembly video’s before I make one of her Pop – Up cards.  She breaks down what looks complicated into very easy, simple steps.  Plus at the end of the video you’ll get lots of inspiration for using this set from her Design Team.

This is really a great set to invest in because it can be used for any theme you can think of and is so fun for the receiver to open.

I chose Karen Burniston’s: Coffee Charms to make the Coffee and Tea theme.

 

Coffee Charms

I cut all of the pcs. twice in the “Coffee Charms” set from white cardstock. I cut the “heart” pc. an additional time from pink cardstock.  I colored the pcs. with Copic Markers.

My friend and I made a day trip to Grass Valley, Ca. to see her mother recently.  We stopped at a Deli in Grass Valley and had Ice Tea and Soda with our sandwiches.  On the way home that early evening, we stopped for fancy coffee drinks for the drive back.  I wanted this card to always remind her of this day.

Rather than write out all the steps for the assembly of this adorable set, I really recommend that you watch Karen’s video.  It’s very easy to follow her instructions and it helps you decide what die pcs. you’ll cut with which cardstock and designer papers!

Here’s the video: Assembly video  

I cut the large and small “tag” pop up mechanism die pcs. from Gray Polka dot cardstock. (see products used).  I cut most of all the little decorator die pcs. from white and pink cardstock so I would have lots of choices when I started to assemble the card. (see products used)  I cut a piece of white cardstock for a rectangle that measures 4″ x 4.75″.  Run this pc. through your machine and a polka dot embossing folder.  Cut the embossed pc. in half to end up with two pcs. that measure 2″ x 4.75″ for the front and back large tags.  There is a die pc. that cuts the same little circles straight edge.  I used this pc. to cut four times from pink and twice from white cardstock.

Using the 1052 – Friends Cut twice with Pink cardstock.  Adhere the two together.

 

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Next, I used a discontinued stamp set from Karen Burniston called “Coffee and Tea”.  I stamped the sentiment for the inside front tag and cut it out with a discontinued die set from Karen called “Labels and Circles”.  to cut it out.  The pink “paper clip” is one of the decorator dies that comes with the “tag book pop up” set. I cut it once from pink cardstock and once from silver mirror cardstock.

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I created the sentiment for the inside back tag on my computer and used the same die set used in the front.  I distressed the edges of both sentiment labels with pink PanPastel.

The set also includes a square and rectangle decorator dies.  I used the little “circles frame” square and rectangle pcs. with white, pink and light gray cardstock.  Then I was able to mix and match the centers with the frames.

I cut the decorator pcs. for the mountain fold part of the pop up mechanism all out of white cardstock.  I colored the little circles straight pc. with  a N02 Copic Marker.

Once you have all the die pcs. cut you can start decorating and assembling the Pop Up card.  I added pink polka dot gross grain ribbon to the large tags and pink/white Baker’s Twine to the small inside tags. This is the fun step!  Here’s another look at the inside.

Coffee Tag Book

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Gray Polka Dot cardstock “Thinking about Polinesia” by Moda Scrap. White Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″,  Perfect Pink Soft Finish Cardstock 12″ x 12″

Darice:  Dots Embossing Folder

Michaels: Gross grain ribbon and Bakers Twine

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Design Team Member on:

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C4C – 448 A sketch challenge

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Yep, it’s sketch week!  Always the 3rd Saturday of the month over at: Crazy 4 Challenges

This card is really an easy one to make.  I chose to stamp and color one of my favorite rose stamps from a set by Forever In Time that I bought at the Scrapbook Expo.

2018-08-02-11-23-18.jpgSo that’s the first step:  I stamped the roses and colored with Copic Markers R81, R83,  R85, G2, G5 and G7 on white cardstock.

Step 2:  Cut the image with the 3rd to the largest die in this set from: 1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 3: Create a base by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to 5.5 x 7″.

Step 4:  Cut a pc. of designer paper 6.75 x 5.25″ and adhere to the front of the base card.  I chose a green polka dot paper from: Elizabeth Craft Designs  called “Thinking About Polinesia”.

Step 5:  Cut a strip  6.75 x 5.25″ from pink cardstock.  Adhere this pink strip 1.5″ from the top edge of the designer paper.

Step 6:  The pink butterflies are a Silhouette file called “Butterfly Set”.  I sized and cut them from pink cardstock and added Clear Wink of Stella.  Adhere them as shown.

Step 7:  The sentiment is this set from: Elizabeth Craft Designs called “783 – Happy Birthday.  I cut it with the same pink cardstock as the 1” strip.

That’s it!  Quick and Easy!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  This sketch is pretty darn easy, so I hope you’ll take the challenge.  We love to see what your take on this months sketch is.  I will be going to your blog if you have one to see how you made yours!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C -446 National Mountain Climbing Day!

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Yep, It’s National Mountain Climbing Day!  First, let me say you’ll will never get me to climb a mountain.  But I do ride a tricycle!  My dog rides in the back (pic. on right).

Here’s how I made this card:

Step 1:  Cut a pc. of white cardstock in a rectangle that measures .25 x 7″.  Using a stencil by Susan Tierney Cockburn called S016 – Earth and Sky  stencil clouds with PanPastels  520.5 Ultramarine Blue on the top half of this rectangle.

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Step 2: I used this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Western Edges which is no longer available.  It is a Karen Burniston die set.  Cut both the mountain one and the horse one from white cardstock.  The mountain one was cut by putting the die at the top of a 6 x 5.25″ white cardstock rectangle and colored with PanPastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.  The horse die was cut from a white cardstock rectangle measuring 5.25 x 4″.  I colored the horses with Copic Markers and the rest was colored with the same two PanPastels as the mountain layer but with less of the Raw Umber.  The 3 grass pcs. were also cut from scrap white cardstock and colored lightly with the Raw Umber also.  The barbed wire was cut from Silver Mirror cardstock.

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold over for a book fold card.  Now start layering your 3 western edges as shown on top the stenciled “clouds” layer.  Add the 3 grass pcs. and the barbed wire pc.

Step 4:  I created the sentiment by using stamps from this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: CS077 – Sentiments 2 – Just Because  I love both the size and font in this set.  Plus, it’s on SALE for 5.95!

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love visitors and comments or questions.  I hope you’ll take the challenge this week and show us you version of the “Mountain” challenge.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Walmart:  Reflections 110lb. white cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

 

 

Snow Globe Christmas Card

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Yep, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas Cards.  There is so much extra stuff you need to schedule in during the holidays that I like to get an early start on my Christmas cards.  My family and friends expect to get a handmade card since they know that’s what I do!  In fact sometimes I can see they’re disappointed if it’s not a pop up card!

I loved this 1410 – Snow Globe die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs when it premiered last year.  But unfortunately, it was not in my budget.  But this year I had to have it!

So let’s make this card!  Here’s the steps:

Step 1:  Cut out all the pieces in the die set from white cardstock and color as you like.  I used Copic Markers to color the house and church and then adhered them to yellow pc. of cardstock so they looked like the lights were on.  I also colored the bottom of the trees also with a green Copic.   On the background circle I colored the sky with Pan Pastels.  I added Wink of Stella in clear to give the tiny snowflakes a little glitter.

Step 2:  As you can see in the photo of the die set there are several circle dies where you can make the scene have more of a border but I wanted to put the house and church in my little scene so I didn’t use all of those.  I cut the main die pc. twice from white cardstock and used a circle die from another nested circles set by Sizzix that actually came with my Sizzix Big Shot during a promotion for the Big Shot Plus I purchased.  I used the fourth largest in this set inside the second white globe to created this border and cut off the stand part.  I used the 3rd largest to cut out a transparency circle to imitate glass but you could also just cut the transparency with the globe pc and cut off the stand.

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Step 3:  Cut another globe out of brown cardstock to make the stand look like it’s wood.  I decided to cut the “Noel” pc. from silver mirror cardstock.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 944 – Merry Christmas  cut out of silver mirror cardstock.

Step 5:  Assemble the globe by adhering the white globe that you colored a sky to the brown one.  Now, create your little scene by adding the white pc. that is the snowy hill.  Add the house, church and trees as you like.  Then glue the transparency pc. next and the white circle frame.  Add the silver “Noel” pc. to the stand.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock.  Fold over and trim to a 5.5″ square.

Step 7:  I used a designer paper by Moda Scrap for Elizabeth Craft Designs called Thinking about Polinesia.  Cut this pc. into a 5″ square and adhere to the base.

Step 8:  Adhere the finished Globe to the front of the card and add the “Merry Christmas” sentiment across the top.

That’s it!

Thank you so very much for taking the time to take a look.  I appreciate comments.  I love to here what you think and I read everyone of them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish cardstock in white,  Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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