Day 2 of Mini Challenge – Looking Up and Letting Go

Walking in the woods you smell the crisp fall air and looking up see the falling leaves swirling down from the treetops. This is the memory I hope this card evokes.

This is Day 2 of the challenge I set myself to make five cards with the Autumn Days stamp set from the most recent Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine.

I had stamped a bunch of backgrounds with the Autumn Days stamp set from the most recent Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine a color palette ranging from a bright yellow to a muddy red. This card uses one made with the tiny individual leaf stamps and the single tree stamp. The background was inspired by a card I had seen on Craftworld.com by Mandy78.

The sentiment and leaves were heat embossed in a shiny black on several shades of orange cardstock, fussy cut and adhered with foam pads.

This will make a lovely Thanksgiving card with plenty of space inside for a personal note.

Using a large sycamore leaf stamp, I stamped the envelope flap in brown ink.

DAY 1 – Winter Joys

DAY 2 – Looking Up and Letting Go

DAY 3 – N is for Nuts

DAY 4 – Autumn Leaves and Letting Go

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Stamps

Papers

Inks/Embossing Powder

Miscellaneous

Snowy Forest Day

It’s a snowy day as you walk through the woods of white birch trees and here the red cardinals singing their sweet song, and then he appears. The majestic stag, who quietly walks to the ridge and surveys his kingdom. Finally, you come to a small fir tree that has been decorated for Christmas. You know this is your destination and the faint tune of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” hums through your head.

This is the story I hope the recipients of this card have when they open the card.

Stag XMAS-front

I fell in love with the Creative Expressions Paper Panda Forest Stag die the first time I saw it and designed my card around this large die creating a 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches card using two pieces of heavy white cardstock. I went through my dies to find a large enough opening to go behind the stag that still left a sufficient border to keep the card sturdy. I used one from the Crafters Essentials I by Kat Scrappiness.

Having scored and folded both pieces of 8 ½ x 11 inch white cardstock in half, knew I had to cut the rectangular aperture in three of the four panels. Laying out how I wanted the front of the car to look with my dies, I cut two of the panels at the same time by putting the sheet folded in-half through the die cutting machine.  Once the front and middle were cut, I laid-out how the second folded sheet of cardstock would overlap on the middle panel and traced the aperture opening onto the overlap panel. I cut this aperture with the cardstock fully open so a wide format die cutting machine was needed.

Stag XMAS-Extended wide

I didn’t have any birch trees long enough to fill the apertures so I scoured my favorite on-line crafting stores and found on my favorite discount die store Dies R Us the Impression Obsession birch trees with the tiny cardinal dies. I cut two sets of trees out from the same white cardstock as the card base. I cut two sets of cardinals (front and back) from red scrap cardstock.

To make the stag, I cut the shape three times from brown cardstock. The last of the three stags was cut from brown cardstock covered on one side with double-sided adhesive and then when the backing paper on the adhesive was pulled off I laid the piece on scrap paper and shook ultra-fine glitter over the adhesive to ‘frost” the stag much the same way you would cover an inked image to be heat embossed. The excess glitter should stay on the scrap paper so it can be put back into its storage container. Once glittered, I glued the three stag shapes together off setting, the glittered one on top to create a slight shadow.

Stag XMAS-front-CU

Being new to heat foiling, I practiced some on scrapes before using the Christmas tree foiling plate on my good paper. The Glimmer Foiling System by Spellbinders is easy to use if you watch a lot of videos on how to use the system and follow the instructions faithful. I do not recommend doing heat foiling when you are tired or in a hurry, that’s when mistakes happen.  Because the card is a large size, I had to foil the tree through the cut aperture to fit it through my die cutting machine. The season’s greetings sentiment is foiled in silver and die cut out using a dotted sentiment banner die that comes in the same Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments set. I placed scrap red cardstock behind the dots before gluing the banner in place.

Stag XMAS-inside back

Once all the elements had been cut and foiled, the assembly began with laying out how the layers would look when the card was closed. Four birch trees were glued behind the stag then the four birch trees were glued to backside of the middle panel. Then the two middle panels were glued together sandwiching the trees between them. Then the stag was glued to the front with the antlers glued to the trees.  A cardinal was laid-out on each of the tree panels and each glued down with its matching back piece glued on the back side of the trees. The “Season’s Greeting” banner was glued on the front to anchor the stag.

Stag XMAS-inside middle

Supplies

Dies & Glimmer Foil Plates

Paper

Foil

Miscellaneous

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See the video at https://spark.adobe.com/video/oYtdMGCXyVNe9

Autumn Blessings

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Autumn in much of North America is characterized by the browning, yellowing and sometimes reddening of leaves. The muted, earthy tones are part of the season.  Inspired by the “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” tune and by a Karen Burniston video on double pivot panel card, I made this Thanksgiving card.

To see video of this card, click here.

thanksgiving back

The card is designed to be displayed open. The personalized message can be written on the back cover.

thanksgiving inside

To see video of this card, click here.

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Paper:

 

Miscellaneous:

12 Days of Christmas Trees -in 1:18

Thank you for being part of The 12 Days of Christmas Trees +1.

Click Here to learn about my earliest Christmas Cards.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Topical Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Bonus Day

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I could not forget those who celebrate Christmas in the warmer climates. (Yes, Karen Burniston has a die for this one too!)

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Using the Palm Tree Pop-up die set, heavy kraft paper, baker’s twine and vintage Mrs. Grossman’s Christmas light stickers, this card comes together. The sand is a brown fine tip marker. The vintage postcards are free from copyright.

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See all the of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees by clicking on one below.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Topical Christmas

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper/Stickers

Miscellaneous

  • Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
  • ½ inch white double-sided tear tape
  • Baker’s Twine orange/yellow

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 12

Each day for 12 days, I have been showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

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Using a paper collection kit makes inspiration and color matching easy and gives you the finished, color-coordinated cards that you might find in a high-end boutique shop.

I used the Echo Park Home for the Holidays Collection Kit by Alisha Gordon for this card. You can cut a 12 x 12 inch sheet into two 10 x 6 inch card bases (Ornaments #HFH73006). From a second sheet of 12 x 12 paper (Holiday Swirl #HFH73003) you will cut four sets of the tall center tree pieces and four of the smaller side trees. (I cut the paper into three strips – two strips wide enough for the center trees – folding these strips over to be able to double cut the large center trees.) by double cutting you have perfectly matched front and back for the center two sections. Glue them together.  This adds strength and ensures the tree is green from all angles of viewing. The star atop the tree is the only paper not contained in the kit. It is a holographic paper, cut twice for each piece, so the star can be seen as gold sparkles from all angles.

HFH-Peace-Front

I used one of the smaller topper with the ornament and decorated it with scraps from the inside tree cuttings and a white gel pen to write “PEACE” on the banner. The tree stand mechanism hole is piece patched. (See if you can find it?)

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Inside, stickers are used for decoration along with the tree itself.

See all the of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees by clicking on one below. Don’t miss tomorrow’s Bonus Day post!

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Tropical Christmas

Click Here for video of all 12 trees

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 11

Each day for 12 days, I have been showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 11 – White Christmas

White Christmas front

This card was inspired by my memories of the movie “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye (Yes, I had to look that one up and sure it wasn’t Bob Hope.) Every time I watch it, I keep wishing it would snow during certain scenes, but (SPOILER ALERT) it doesn’t really snow until the end of the last scene.

So this card is bit like the old inn with it’s wooden rustic floors, cold New England nights, and a bit sentimental. The tree may have the allusion of blurred tiny lights, but it is really a Bo Bunny paper of succulent plants.

White Christmas inside

For the embossed tree skirt, used an older Karen Burniston die set from her Elizabeth Craft Designs time called Cup Pop Stand. I embossed the card base and then cut the circle in the wood grained paper (from the same Bo Bunny Garden Party Collection as the succulent paper). The die cut “Merry Christmas” and tree squiggles on the front of the card are also cut from the succulent paper. The mittens sticker and the front sentiment topper came from the Echo Park Home for the Holidays Collection.

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Read the past posts of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees by clicking below on the list. Don’t miss the 12th post tomorrow.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 10

Each day for 12 days, I will be showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

HFH-Snow-Inside

Echo Park Home for the Holidays Collection Kit by Alisha Gordon made this card quick and easy as well as professional looking. The double-side cardstock papers in the kit make it quick to create a card base. I used the Snowflake paper (HFH73013) for the tree and Festive Chevron (HFH73002) for the card base. A large card sentiment topper for the front and stickers for additional decoration inside and out made it a super-fast card to create.

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This a top fold card because of the orientation of the sentiment topper.  For the tree inside I cut two layers cut for the two taller center tree pieces so that all sides of the tree would show the green side of the paper while smaller side trees are single layer because the white side of the paper is not visible. Two snowflake stickers form the star atop the tree. The tree base was cut from a scrap piece of black cardstock The holes created by the tree mechanism cutting into the card base were pieced from the inside of the card to match the outside pattern. A sticker covers the front hole.

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Follow the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees with a new post tomorrow.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 9

Each day for 12 days, I will be showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Plaid Joy-Inside

My inspiration for this card was my working on a platform challenge card as well as needing a masculine card.  I had just picked up Ms. Sparkle Camping paper pad and saw the two plaids used in the card. The green, white and blue plaid reminded me of how the snow often is in the weeks leading up to Christmas – kind of spotty with some grass picking through it.

Plaid Joy-Front

The cover for the card is made up from extra pieces from the trees, the cardinal from the tree set, plastic confetti stars and a die-cut “Joy” from the Impression Obsession die “Joy to the World.”

Plaid Joy-CU Inside

The platform is something I had seen Karen Burniston do for a Halloween card and thought it would create a hill for the tree to stand on which the matched plaid paper helps camouflage in the photos. I cut two of the platforms from KB’s House & Fence Pop-up set and adhered the sides with the center pop-up together to make one large platform. Next, I placed the plaid paper where I wanted it to be on the base of the card and then played with placing the platform to make sure there was enough room for the tree to fold down inside the card when closed. Turning the platform upside-down onto the back of the plaid paper, I tracked the outline of the platform. Then I cut out the platform plaid paper and adhered it to the platform. Next, I flattened the platform to cut the tree-stand flaps into the center of the platform. I adhered the tree-stand to the platform before I attached the platform to the card base. (Before adhering the platform, I installed the plaid paper to the card base matching the plaids.)

The Merry Christmas and snow swirls come from an older Karen Burniston die set called Merry Christmas Pop-up. The holographic star and cardinal on the tree are in the Christmas tree set.

Follow the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees with a new post tomorrow.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous