Wednesday, November 14, 2018

No Peeking - Christmas Envelopes

Today I am bringing you the last of the Christmas Envelopes and of course these two also use the "No Peeking Reindeer" file from KaDoodle Bug Designs which means that you should have been able to create 6+ card designs simply by purchasing this one file. 


Again as with the others these images were created using the Print and Cut feature and then adding some additional details like a white gel pen, googly eyes, and of course glittery shimmer. All of these designs were kept simple because we ended up making 25 and I wanted you to have the option of being able to bulk create (I know we go through tons of holiday cards every year.) 


I filled all of the envelopes with goodies from my stash. I also had some new stamps that I never used and I figured I would pay it forward. This was a really fun project to create and I hope my swap partner enjoys them as much as I do. 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

More Christmas Envelopes

If you do not follow me over on social media then you probably think that I fell off the face of the earth..it's been about a week or so since my last post (totally out of character) and I apologize for that but rest assure I am back now and you can just consider the last week or so my maternity break ;) 

Of course, even though I took some time away from the blog I did not stop crafting, and today I am here to show you some more of those fabulous Christmas Envelopes that I made for my 25 days of Christmas Countdown swap. 


Both of these designs use items from my stash along with the "No Peeking Reindeer" file from KaDoodle Bug Designs. I uploaded the file and then used the print and cut feature so I could create these envelopes in bulk. I was able to print about 6 images per cardstock sheet (8.5" x 11".)


In order to add more value to the easy print and cut feature I set my printer to vivid, use a heavy weight cardstock, and "accessorize" the image prior to adding it to the project. In this case I took a white gel pen and highlighted some parts of the image. I also decided to use some shimmery glitter to add  some interest and of course I added googly eyes..simply because I couldn't resist. 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

25 Days of Holiday Envelopes/Cards (1-3)

So I recently signed up for a fun 25 days of Christmas countdown where a craft partner and I get together and swap envelopes that are decorated fancy and filled with goodies. I thought this was a really fun swap and a great holiday pick me up so here we are envelopes 1, 2, and 3. 
   
First I want to show you the material that I am starting this project with. Think of this as a kind of behind the scenes type of tour. The base of most of the envelopes will either be DSP from an 8 1/2" x 11" book of holiday paper that I got on sale from Hobby Lobby, scraps from my stash, or a stack of random pocket cards. If you are replicating this project you can feel free to use a combination like I have or even a new set of one (for example a new paper pad..on sale...at hobby lobby or even a festive stack of pocket cards...anything as long as you have enough for 25 envelopes and keep your stash in mind.) 


You can get fancy and make your own envelopes or you can use envelopes that you have on hand. I found a package of white envelopes that measured 5.5" x 4" which is just a tad smaller than an A2 card so I decided to use those. If you are creating cards instead of envelopes (project works equally well with both) then you can use some simple white card bases. 

Below I have a picture of what my holiday stash looked like at the beginning. It was a little scary looking so I ventured to Hobby Lobby and I picked up a couple more things, they were having a sale so I spent about $10 on accessories. I ended up with new paper, ribbon, 3 packages of stickers, glitter paper, and two small punches, which helped the stash grow a little.  


Ok so with all my new, and old, goodies in hand I decided to start working. Today I am going to show you designs 1-3 which were all made using a pocket card and some simple embellishments. 


 For number one I cut out some paper ornaments (from another pocket card) and tied some twine around the top of them. I then inked blue around the edges of my base pocket card. The "tis the season" came from the same pocket card that the ornaments came from and are all just fussy cut out and adhered on. The pre-printed racoon image on the base card made this design come together really fast. I then finished it off by adding "one" with alpha letters, if your not gifting these as an advent and are making cards instead then you can omit this part.

 

Number two is yet another simple design. The "Merry Christmas" is a pocket card cut down to fit the envelope. I then added some gold glitter trim tape from CTMH and a holly berry die cut I had in my stash. To finish the card I added three red gems and of course notice that this is my second envelope gift. 


Number three is the most detailed one of the bunch. This one, like the others, started off with a base pocket card...who can deny that adorable stocking image. I decided to stick a to/from holiday tag sticker and some holiday lyrics to the top of the design which helped balance the image. The fun part about this is the polka dotted ribbon from CTMH which actually acts as tie to keep the envelope shut. I then went ahead and added some gems. 


If you enjoyed this post make sure to catch the other 25 days of Christmas countdown. Numbers 4-6 can be found here. As always feel free to share with a crafty friend and thanks for stopping by.