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Monday, November 30, 2015

Canvas Corp gift card holder

Hello !

Last day of November ! Where the time did go ? In 3 weeks, school ends, so be ready for some teachers' gifts...
If your choice will be a gift card, I've got plenty of choice for you !
What about a vintage look for your card ? The colors of the Canvas Corp papers and a touch of distress ink did the trick...



Materials :
- Jolly Christmas saying paper (Canvas Corp)
- Red and green mini chevron paper (Canvas Corp)
- Red and green pin dots on white paper (Canvas Corp)
- Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)

It's all about cutting and folding, nothing fancy, but I like this vintage look. I hope you like it too.

Don't forget to follow and comment to enter the giveaway...
Will I see you tomorrow ?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cricut Box card holder

With all these card holders to make, I will sure use my Cricut more than once ! 
I did for this one, choosing a box design and a sentiment from the Wild Card cartridge :


You did believe I use all my old stash of Christmas papers, with 30 cards and then 30 tags last year ? You're so wrong ! I still have a Recollections Christmas pad with few unused sheets... Ok, let's be honest, I have few pads left... Anyway, a sheet is enough to make the box, the sentiment, the blackout and the card holder (if you use the other side of the paper).

The box is cut at 5.5" and the sentiment at 1.25" (real dial size).

I wish you an happy Sunday, and hope to see you tomorrow...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DCWV Black and gold gift card holder

Hello everyone !

Now that Thanksgiving is over, are you ready to get in the Christmas spirit ? I'm into it since Wednesday ! Today is day 4 of my 30  gift card holder !

For this one, I use the envelope stack by DCWV. Inside, you will find paper AND template to create different kind of envelope. The one I choose is perfect to slip a gift card inside. After cutting the template and the paper, you will just have to glue two side and your envelope is ready.


To decorate it, I just wrap a ribbon around it, with a small tag from the Candy Cane Lane stack (DCWV) and a cute Santa charm (Blue Moon Beads). I add a sentiment cut with my Cricut (Wild Card cartridge).


For those who just discovered my blog, I have a giveaway on the 12/9 for those who follow my blog and left a comment on the card holders posts (everyday until Christmas). You could win a DCWV banners stack. The more you comment, the more entry you got.

See you tomorrow for another project !

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas blue pillow box

OK, this one will be a quick and easy gift card holder (we all have Black Friday sales to attempt), and it will be perfect for a last minute gift !
This pillow box came from the Winter favor boxes stack by DCWV. You will find in this stack a lot of different boxes, with papers and die-cuts ready for you to use. 
You just have to cut the template of the box, choose your paper and embellishments, and your box will be made in a snap !


I just cut a rectangle in the same paper (grey on the back) to hold the card.

If you like it, please left a comment, it will give you a chance to win a prize. If you don't, left a comment for the same reason... But please be a follower to validate your entry.

See you tomorrow !

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Poinsettia gift card holder

Happy Thanksgiving !

I hope you have a great day with your family or friends. I will not tke a lot of your time today, just a quick and easy gift card holder made with one sheet of two-sided paper (K&Company), Prima Marketing flowers, a K&Company brads and some glitter alphas :


You need to cut a 5,5"x12 rectangle for the base and score it at 4" and 8" in the length. Cut a triangle in the last right section (upper corner). Cut two 3,5"x4,5" rectangle and adhere them in the front and back of the first section. Fold and adhere the left side and the bottom of the last section on the middle one.


Decorate the front with flowers and alphas. The inside rectangle panel is for you to put a sentiment or a note.

See ? Already done. Quick and easy I said...
Done with day 2 of my 30 gift card holders. Don't forget to follow my blog and to left a comment to enter the drawing of my first giveaway before the 15th of December !

See you tomorrow then...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30 gift card holders before Christmas giveaway !

It's this time of the year again !
Two years ago, you saw my 30 cards, last year my 30 tags, and this year it will be 30 gift card holders ! I choose the gift card holder, because, obviously, we all need them during the holidays...

I think I'm crazy, and I don't know if I can do this marathon, but I will try anyway !

So each day, starting today until the 24th of December, I will reveal a gift card holder I made.
I will also have two giveaways, on the 9th and on the 25th of December. All you'll have to do to participate is being a follower of my blog and left a comment on one (or more, don't be shy...) gift card holder. Each follower's comment (one per post) will count as an entry for the drawings.

Let's start with the first of my gift card holder !


It's in fact a box in shape of a Christmas tree. You can open the box at the bottom of the tree, and a gift card fit perfectly inside.

I used my Cricut with the Tags, Bags, Boxes and more cartridge to create it. I cut the shape "tree" with the feature "window" (p.127 of the handbook) at size 7". The trick is to set the mat at 12x24 even if you have only a 12x12, but place the blade at the very top of your paper.
I cut a red triangle to fit behind the window, using foam adhesive to adhere it. The papers are from the Christmas Creations stack and Merry Meories stack by DCWV. I add a white pompom ribbon and a word sticker by Jillibean Soup to acheve it.

I hope to see you tomorrow (and the day after, and the day after,...) for the next gift card holder.
Don't forget to let a comment (and follow my blog), if you want a chance to win this fantastic Banners stack by DCWV on the 15th of December !


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stenciled paper lantern

Hello !

Life is taking over sadness and fear here in France, and I have to prepare for my 30 days of... before Christmas. You will discover what the 30 things are next week on Wednesday, but I can already say there will be prizes... 

To wait until then, I will share with you my new project, a paper lantern !



 I do not have a tutorial for this project, because it's super easy to create. All you have to do is take a sheet from a 16x20 stack (DCWV), your cutter, a score tool and a 12x12 stencil (I used a Prima Marketing one).
First you need to cut your paper into a 19,5"x16" rectangle, and to score your paper at 1/2", 5 1/4", 10", and 14 3/4" in the length. Score at 13 1/2" in the width. Here is a drawing of what you will have to cut and score :

With a pencil, draw a rectangle in each section (4,75x13,5) with a 1/2" border. Using your stencil, draw the pattern inside these rectangle. Cut out the pattern within the rectangle limits. 
Once the cutting is done, fold your lantern along the dotted lines, and adhere the 1/2" side with Scor-Tape to the other side. You can now adhere the bottom. I added a ribbon on the top and bottom, and use a small LED garland to light the lantern. Et voila !

You can use the design you like and make the kind of lantern with any size of paper you want to. Just remember, the more detailed the stencil is, the more time you will to spend to cut... (I know...I choose a very detailed one...).

Give it a try, it's fun and easy !

Monday, November 16, 2015

Today I cannot...

I cannot create pretty things. Yesterday and the day before, I couldn't even think about pretty things. Friday night was all about ugly, dark things.
I wasn't there. I was up all night listening and watching every bit of information. I got friends living in the same street, or just near by. I did ask and wait to know if they were safe. But I wasn't there. I did follow every steps, from insider's twits to outsider's video. But I wasn't there to hear the shootings, the screams, the tears.
So why I am crying ? I'm safe, my friends are safe. Am I ?
Politicians, journalists, they say "don't be afraid". Why ? It is scary. I am afraid. Not for me or my family. I'm afraid because anywhere, someone can decide to kill, anybody. Not a precise target, with a real political impact. Anybody. Numerous anybody.
So I am afraid. It's not the first time. It will not be the last. But I will go over it. And the whole country will be over the fear. Because those who know the fear can control it and act. It's not about fear, it's about courage.
I will probably cry some more. I will not hide my tears. And I will not speak about them. They're mine. But I will share an art journal page I made today. It's not pretty. It's my way of remember November 13th.

Tears, blood, and tainted innocence.


Ps : mists and paints by Tattered Angels

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stuck?! Sketches mid-month challenge

This new Stuck?! Sketches challenge has two great prizes offered by :


(a $20 gift store certificate)

and 

(a $15 gift store certificate)

Here is the new sketch :

 

And my take on it :


The papers came from the Ocean Breeze stack (DCWV), flowers by I Am Roses, a rick rack ribbon so old I can't remember the brand.
Here a close-up of the stamped and heat embossed wreath design (Inkadinkado wheel stamp) :


You will have until the end of this month to participate in our challenge. You could even be our next guest designer if you do so...

Have fun creating with the sketch !

Friday, November 13, 2015

November Prima BAP and PPP challenges layout

For this month's Prima Marketing challenges, the moodboard is full of not-so-wintery colors I had to do something with it. And the sketch was attractive too, so I used them both :


Materials :
- Ledger papers (Prima Marketing)
- resist canvas (Prima)
- Stationer's desk papers (Prima)
- Cartographer and Stationer's desk wood icons (Prima)
- berry microbeads (Prima)
- flowers (Prima)
- bamboo stencil (Prima)
- Walnut stain distress ink (Ranger)
- acrylic stamps (Prima)
- gesso
- pale yellow chalk (Prima)
- turquoise PITT pen (Faber-Castell)
- Cartographer brads (Prima)
- Plain Jane ivory paint (Tattered Angels)
- bahama blue and sun sisters glimmer mists (Tattered Angels)




Thank you for looking, and see you soon !

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas panel decoration

Hello there !

You saw my yesterday's post about my upcycled ornament ? I'm not done with decorations (yep just a start...), and made a decorative panel with beautiful and surprising papers from the Mercury Glass stack by DCWV. When I received it, I immediately thought of something vintage and intricate, and my Cricut Ornemental Iron cartridge was exactly what I had in mind ! I choose one of the window cut to create what I think looks like a decorated mirror :


You can hand cut or machine cut the poinsettias, here is a file you can use (along with other designs) : poinsettia


You can see that I outlined the intricate design and poinsettias to make them pop. I also added some black ink on the edge of flowers.


Materials :

- Mercury glass stack (DCWV)
- black glitter Specialty paper (DCWV)
- Cricut machine, Ornemental iron and Noel cartridge
- Celebrate it Christmas ribbon
- Bowdabra (to help you make you beautiful bow)
- leaves (I Am Roses)
- black pen (Faber-Castell)
- self adhesive half-pearls (Recollections)

Have fun with this Holidays Season and see you soon !

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Upcycled Christmas ornament

Hello crafters !

You maybe have gone through your Christmas decorations and wonder why you kept these old ornaments again ? I will tell you why ! To get crafty with them and make new one !

Last year I bought the all golden decorations package and stored the blue and silver we had for years... I've been through my Christmas stash lately and find very old ornaments, and an idea popped up ! See what I did with it :



If you like these two , I made a video tutorial on how I created them, so you can upcycle yours before Christmas !

Here is what I used :

- old ornament
- Mod Podge
- Santa's Journey papers (7Gypsies)
- charms (7Gypsies)
- glimmer mists (gold, Baby Santa, Crocheted doily) by Tattered Angels
- flowers and leaves by I Am Roses
- jute cord (canvas Corp)


I hope I gave you some ideas to upcycle your old ornament...
See you soon...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DCWV card sketch

Hello there !

It's the title of my new card I made for the DCWV blog ! I used the Coral and Navy stack to create it (except for the pink paper, this one came from the Vintage Boutique stack), with a small epoxy sticker (American Crafts) for the sentiment and a ribbon found few years back in Target...


Of course I fussy cut the flowers ! Don't you know me already ?

Come and play with us on the DCWV blog with this sketch and you might win some goodies...


Have a great day !

Monday, November 9, 2015

DCWV layout sketch challenge

Good day to you !

I used the DCWV November sketch to create a layout with some Thanksgiving pictures from the past. The Harvest House stack has perfect colors to match these pictures, and it's all I use except my Cricut for the title (Wild card cartridge) :


Here is the sketch for you to play with :


You will have until the end of the month to send your layout. I will show you tomorrow what I did with the card sketch...

See you then !

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Beach layout for the Paper Issues Fall crop

Hello !

Yesterday night, around 11PM, I've decided to take a tour on the websites I'm following, and found that UmWowStudio was sponsor for the Fall crop of Paper Issues on Facebook. The challenge was to create our own background. So I did pull out some materials and finished my layout at...2AM.
Luckily we are Sunday today and didn't have to wake early...

So here is my layout :


I created the background with a Bella Blvd paper, stencil by UmWowStudio, gel medium and... aqua flocking powder by Martha Stewart !
I added some washi tapes (We R Memory Keepers, Recollections, Webster's Pages) and UmWowStudio round chipboards painted in pink (Plaid).
I used leftover pieces of papers to mat the picture (Recollections, american Crafts) and chipboard alphas by Basic Grey for the title.

Here are some close-ups :


Really love the effect of flocking powder. the result is a light an aerial dimension, like bubbles !


I hope you will have time to craft this week end, but if you have a sunny day, just go outside and enjoy it while it last...

Happy Sunday !

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hello Fall card

This afternoon is a perfect Fall time (not this morning, it was just foggy and gloomy...) ! The light is warm, leaves still have beautiful colors (not the dirty brown they will have in a day or two), so I could take an outside picture of my last card :


The colors of the Harvest House stack (DCWV) were a perfect fit for it. I used the brown paper for the base (6x6) and to mat the pieces of yellow and orange papers.
as I was out of my favorite adhesive tape, I just used Scotch glue stick to assembly this card. With all the type of adhesives on the market, I forget sometimes that my first ever glue IS efficient...

I wish an happy and sunny Fall day, and hope to see you soon on this blog !

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Stuck?! Sketches challenge

Hello fellows !

New month, new challenge for the Stuck?! Sketches blog ! Here is the sketch :


My layout is pretty close to the sketch :



The flower is a metal embellishment I've painted to match the layout :


The title is a blue rub-on, outlined with a dark gray and a white pen :


List of materials :

- paper by G.C.D (background)
- cork stack by DCWV
- journal specialty paper stack by DCWV
- Old World paper by DCWV
- lace by Webster's Pages
- mini tiles and coffee stains stencils by TWC
- Walnut stain distress ink by Ranger
- washi tapes by We R Memory Keepers
- blue embossing powder by American Crafts
- metal embellishments
- resin flower (Prima Marketing)
- rub-on letters by Making Memories
- blue paint (Plaid)
- Scor-Tape
- gray pitt pen by Faber-Castell
- white gel pen

We have two sponsors this month :


prize is a package of assorted embellishments



Have fun creating with this sketch and see you soon !