Thursday, July 1, 2010

Christmas in July!

Hello everyone and welcome to our Christmas in July celebration! I have a couple of fun things planned for this month, but please be patient with me. My husband and I have a dear friend visiting this month for three weeks, so I won't be around as much (on the Facebook page) as usual. But, I will post a project whenever I can. I hope you like what I make for you. Other than my sentiment smudging a bit, I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.

Some people had expressed interest in learning some paper piecing so my card today incorporates some of that. I'm SO excited to share this with you, because paper piecing is one of my absolute favorite things!!! I love my Cricut, but it's also a great feeling when you can create something yourself.

The chimney on this card is made entirely using just a paper trimmer, cardstock, pop dots, some ink for shading and a black pen for detailing.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
1) From one sheet of red cardstock, cut (2) 2 3/4 x 3" pieces. Set one piece aside for now.
2) From one gray piece of cardstock, cut (6) 1 1/4 x 0.5" pieces and (4) 0.5 x 0.5" pieces.
3) Adhere gray strips to card as shown in picture.
4) Cut one black strip of cardstock measuring 0.5 x 3.0 . Add to the top of your chimney (overlaping the red portion slightly).
5). Now take your second piece of red cardstock that you cut at the beginning. Place pop dots on top of piece. Then add your chimney on top (the red pieces should align together). You should now have a 3 dimensional chimney. Do not add it to your card yet though!
6) Cut a white piece of cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. This will be your card itself. Fold the 8 1/2" side of your card in half.
7) Cut another piece of red cardstock 4 x 5 1/4". Adhere to the front of your card.
8) Cut a yellow piece that is 3 3/4 x 5. I used the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl to emboss this piece. Then add the yellow to the center of the red on your card.
9) Add chimney to your card (do not add glue to the rim of your chimney as you will need to tuck your presents under it slightly).
10) For the presents, I chose to use the Wedding cartridge as I thought they were much cuter. I cut them out using some scrap paper. The presents were cut at 2" and then I added the pen detailing.
11) Place presents slightly under the rim of your chimney and add sentiment. (I used a $1 stamp set from Studio G and white ink by Papertrey Ink).
And voila! You're done! Hope you enjoyed this little project! If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below (or send me an email at ). I would love to hear from you anytime!
Have a great weekend!! :)


Kerry said...

This is a very cute card.

BeeBeebabs said...

Very nice card tfs

Rosy C. said...

Wow...Shelly it has been awhile since I dropped you a line. Sorry my friend. I really liked how you outlined the gift bows in black pen. They really stand out.
Very giftalicious cute!!! Love the colors you used on your card as well. Keep creating cute projects, Shelly.
Here is a link to my new blog for you to glance at:

Sweet Creations!!!

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