Happy Holidays

My newest design for my 2007 Christmas Cards. It was such a simple layout that I was able to crank out 10 of these in a short time. It's my goal to have all of my Christmas Cards completed by mid-November! I've been trying for several weeks to get the motivation to get going. I think part of my reluctance was that the ideas I have been coming up with were very complex with lots of embellishments & details. I purposefully sat down to make something "plain & simple" and in the end it came out perfect. As they say, sometimes less is more. It sure is easier too...

I used coordinating paper from the Holiday Slab V (available at Michael's) and pieced it together to cover the card front. To hide the seams I put silver ribbon over them and used 1/8" double stick tape to adhere it to look like ribbon on a present. "Happy Holidays" is a stamp from the Stampin' Up set "Frosty".

Swirling Anniversary

This card was made for one of my very best friends anniversary. I just had to use the Divine Swirls embossing folder for the background because it just looks so elegant. I cut out the heart from the George cartridge at around 3" with a shadow. The stamped image is from a stamp I got at Michael's in the $1 bin. I accented the heart with a faux pearl brad from Oriental Trading & some tan/brown grosgain ribbon.

It's fun to Emboss

I just got a Cuttlebug & am having tons of fun with it. I mainly got it for the embossing since I have a Cricut to do all my die-cutting. This is the first card I've made using it. I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder for the background and used walnut distressing ink over the raised words to highlight it. The layered square tag was made by embossing vellum with one of the exclusive embossing folders that came with the machine. The patterned paper came from a stack that I got for $5 at Big Lots & I finished it off with some black ribbon & snaps. It was fast & easy to do with the help of my newest bug!

Quick & Easy Cuttlebug Storage

I recently purchased a Cuttlebug & several embossing folders. I needed a quick, easy & cheap method for keeping it organized so I came up with this idea. The basket came from Ikea and fits the 'A' spacer and the 'B' & 'C' cutting mats perfectly. I can keep my large embossing folders in there as well, but didn't want to leave all the little 2"x3" folders in there randomly. I also wanted to keep them together in the sets of 4 they came in.

To solve this dilemma, I cut out (from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More) on my Cricut the Crayon Box at 5.5" on Blackout. It fits them perfectly! So that I know what is inside I embossed the outsides with the images of the folders that are inside.