Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

Have I told you how excited I am about our devoting the month of July to Christmas-y type projects? This month is going by far too quickly though!! I have several ideas in mind, but I'm going to do them in what I feel is order of priority. I know most of us want our Christmas cards taken care of. So, in the next week or so, that will be my focus. Sharing a few cards that I hope will inspire you.

Then, in the months to come, we'll start gathering ideas for our holiday pages and projects. How does that sound? :)

For today, I'd like to share with you a card that I made. Although it does not include any Cricut cuts, I hope it inspires you in some way. You'll also notice that I used one of my favorite new tools...border punches! I loooove these, so you can expect to be seeing a lot of them used on my upcoming projects. And be on the lookout, there *might* even be something special planned for YOU! (just my way of saying thank you for being such wonderful friends and so encouraging of the FB page and my blog).

So, without further ado, here is my card and the recipe for making it.


In order to make a card which will fit an invitation sized envelope:

Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2".
Then fold the 8 1/2" side in half to make card base.

Cut blue cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4". Use chalk to add dimension...the outside of the mat should be darker. As you go inward toward the center, apply less pressure in order to make the chalk gradually lighter. Adhere to your card base.

Cut one strip of red that is 4" by 2". Along the 4" side, use the Martha Stewart Loopy Punch. Then trim the 2" side down to 1". Then add some brown chalk and adhere to card as shown.

The tree is a diecut from a My Mind's Eye accessory sheet called "Be Merry". (Item # BM1010). It has paper to match. A very cute collection!! If you do not have this in your stash, you can use any diecut or sticker. You could also add a Cricut cutout to create a similar look.

Stamps are by Studio G. I believe I bought them from either Joann's or Michael's awhile back.

The little red star is an EK Success Paper Shaper punch. I LOVE these for just a little extra touch to my projects. A great investment if you don't already have some!! I use the circles and heart all the time!!

And finally, a little bling to finish it off. (just because every good project deserves a little sparkle!). I bought these small Swarovski crystals on Ebay a loong time ago. The color is Light Siam and the size is 9ss. Very tiny, but oh so cute!!

Other extras: For doodling -A black Zig Millennium pen and also a white Uni-ball Signo (UM-153). I highly recommend the's the best white pen I've used in all the years I've been scrapbooking. Versafine ink pad in Onyx for stamping.

Have a scrap happy day! :-)


Cute Cricut Corner said...

Nice work, love that card!!

The Only Mrs Herrington said...

Just beautiful Shelley, just like all your work! Love learning new things from you!

BeeBeebabs said...

Very nice work thanks for sharing

Rhonda Emery said...

love your work. great blog.
I became a follower.

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