Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Advent Calendar Awesomeness: Spellbinders Large Die for November



Holy cow, this is ONE FUN DIE SET!!!  When Spellbinders sent me their Large Die of the Month for November, I had no idea I was going to end up loving it as much as I do.  These dies are just so much fun and make the cutest holiday projects.


The Large Die Kit of the Month for November comes with everything you need to make not only an advent calendar, but holiday cards and treat/gift boxes.  And in typical Spellbinders fashion, the dies cut and emboss beautifully.  I started by cutting and assembling little gift boxes to make an advent calendar for my kids.  They are filled with little treats and fun messages like "You pick the movie for family movie night!"  The little tags and numbers are all included in the kit.  They are going to have a blast opening their boxes every day!  I'm also thinking these would be ADORABLE strung together to make a garland advent calendar, or even hung on the tree as little surprise ornaments.  They are so versatile!



I then made my extra large tree gift box with the dies also included in the kit.  I am using it as the last box for my advent calendar, but wouldn't these look so cute lined up in a holiday display or used as treat placecards for a holiday table?



I also decided to use the larger tree dies to make a shaker holiday card.  This card came together so quickly using coordinating patterned papers and white glitter cardstock.  I simply cut multiple layers of the middle tree, stacking them up to create height.  I added some acetate and sequins inside for a fun shaker.

I had so much fun using these dies that I want to make another set for a teacher friend of mine for use in her classroom.  This is the PERFECT project to make when you're binge watching your favorite TV show... not that I know that from personal experience, of course!  😉



I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I loved making them!  Links to the products I used are below.  I participate in the Spellbinders affiliate program, which means that I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through the links I share.  Thank you for your support, and enjoy your holiday crafting!








Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Stitched Shaker Card: My Favorite Things Christmas Tree Window



If I had to name one favorite technique in card making other than stitching, I'd have to say it is die cutting.  I probably consider myself more of a die cutter than a stamper.  When My Favorite Things surprised me and sent me some of their products from their amazing November release (talk about happy mail!), I was thrilled to see their new Christmas Tree Window.  I immediately knew I wanted to make a shaker card, and I was thrilled when I went through my MFT stash and found that so many of their tree stamps and dies went so well with the Christmas Tree Window die.  So... why not combine stamping, die cutting, and stitching to make a little rainbow-y woodland of trees?

In choosing my colors, I was heavily inspired by a rainbow stripe patterned paper from MFT's Candy Land paper pad.  I first die cut the Christmas tree window in the center of my card panel cut from MFT's Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle STAX.  I did some subtle ink blending in pool-colored ink on the background, then chose vibrant hues of candy cane red, pink, lime and teal inks to both stamp trees from MFT's Trio of Trees stamp set and die cut trees from MFT's Winter Trees die set.  After adding stitching around the stitched die cuts in coordinating shades of thread, I layered my trees for dimension and interest.



All there was left to do was add some foam tape on the back of the panel, sprinkle in my sequins, and layer the panel on top of a piece of white glitter cardstock.  Before mounting the panel on top of my card base, I added a strip of that holiday rainbow paper from MFT's Candy Land paper pad that inspired the color scheme for this card.  I just love this little forest of stitched colorful trees!  I am not usually one to make duplicates of cards, but I adore this one so much and it came together so easily that I will be making more for sure!



I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making it!  The MFT Christmas Tree Window is currently FREE with a $60 purchase at My Favorite Things!  Links to the products mentioned here are below.  I participate in the My Favorite Things affiliate program, which means that I receive a small commission at no cost to you when products are purchased through the links I share.  Thank you so much for your support!







Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Christmas Shaker Postcard: Scrapbook.com Merry Mail





I am a sucker for holiday stamp sets, so when Scrapbook.com asked me if I would like to create a project with some of their new photopolymer holiday stamps I jumped at the chance.  I was so happy to receive their new Merry Mail stamp set - look at these little illustrated stamps!  Scrapbook.com's stamps are a premium clear photopolymer and a collaborative team effort of stampers and paper crafters' hand-drawn designs.  They stamp beautifully right out of the package.  These little holiday postage stamp images are obviously perfect for adorning holiday envelopes, but I thought it would be so much fun to make a card featuring these adorable illustrations.

I first stamped my stamp outlines using my favorite Scrapbook.com Hybrid Inks and then stamped the interior images using Scrapbook.com's hybrid black ink.  I colored the images using Copic markers, keeping the coloring simple but colorful and vibrant.  I adhered the little stamps to a premade Neenah Solar White Card Base (did you know that Scrapbook.com offers precut Neenah card bases, folded cards and envelopes?  What a time saver!) and stamped my sentiments from the Merry Mail and Scrapbook.com's Holly Jolly Sentiments set.  I also stamped little reindeer, gingerbread man, and snowflake accent images from the Holly Jolly set to fill in some white space.



I then cut a postage stamp border, cut out a window from the middle, and added some stitching around the edge for interest.  I adhered in some clear acetate with Scrapbook.com's double-sided adhesive and added foam adhesive around the edge.  I then sprinkled some clear sequins over my card base and adhered the frame on top.  And voila... a sweet holiday shaker card!  Of course, I couldn't stop myself from coloring another stamp and making a coordinating envelope... how could I not?  😉





I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making it!  Links to the products mentioned here are below.  I participate in the Scrapbook.com affiliate program, which means that I receive a small commission at no cost to you when products are purchased through the links I share.  Thank you so much for your support!





Altenew Build-A-Flower Daffodil Giveaway Winner!


Thank you to everyone who stopped by for Altenew's Build-A-Flower Daffodil blog hop!  I appreciated each and every comment and I'm so thrilled you all stopped by.  Using a random number generator, the winner of the $20 Altenew gift card is:

Congratulations, Dawn!  Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 11/15/2018 with the subject line Altenew Build-A-Flower Daffodil Blog Hop Winner from Leigh Houston's Stitches in Paper Blog.

I hope to see you all again for the next release soon! Have a GREAT day!!! xoxo

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