Christmas Card Gallery 2018!

A few years ago, I shared a gallery of the Christmas cards I had made that year. This was back when my cardmaking skills were at a beginner level – haha! 😉 I still have lots to learn, but I enjoy the process of improving my craft as the years go by.

This year, 2018, I made over 30 Christmas cards! I know that may not be a lot to some, but it was the most I had made in a batch. I used the cutest papers and ephemera from Doodlebug Design for my cards this year. The card of mine I posted, however, is one that I watercolored. But, what I want to focus on is the handmade Christmas cards of other crafters!!

If you see a card you like, please let the creator know. Also, show them some holiday love by visiting their link and exploring their creativity! Enjoy the slideshow and Merry Christmas!

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Here are the links to all the cards pictured in the slideshow… I hope you enjoyed seeing all the creative cards made this year for Christmas!! 🙂

Adrianne Galvin

The Little Paper Tree

Multiplicity Crafts

Karen’s Kreative Kards

Crafter’s Castle

Didedi’s Crafty Corner

Dawn Lewis

The Joyful Soul Creates

Handbrand.RS

Fi’s Paper Craft

Gale Thompson

Julie’s Papercraft

Creative Pixie Designs

Pixel Maven’s Retreat


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Envelope Envy: 5 Ways To Dress-Up Your Envelopes

If you want some creative ideas how to dress-up your envelopes, I’ve gotcha covered! 😉 Today, I will show you 5 ways to take envelopes from “blah” to “brilliant”!! You can use these ideas to spruce up envelopes for wedding invitations, Christmas (or other holiday) cards, birthday cards, and so much more! I will give you a few basic ideas – but you can put your signature touch and creative ideas on each one!

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Option 1: Envelope Stamping & Coloring

If you have a few stamp sets (or even one), there’s so many ways you can decorate your envelopes. For this example, I used a waterproof ink (in case the envelope is in the rain). The ink I chose is Lawn Fawn’s ink in Jet Black. I used a stamp set from Whimsy Stamps to create a pattern of flowers on the envelope. Remember, you will want to leave the area where the address goes blank… I did this by masking it off with a scrap piece of paper cut in a rectangle shape.  I colored the flowers in with Copic markers – but you could also use colored pencils if you choose. If you want to use something that is not waterproof, you will need to use a fixative spray – but I didn’t want to hassle with that, so I just kept mine in all waterproof mediums.

Option 2: Envelope Embossing & Inking

There are so many embossing folders on the market – from elegant to whimsical! For dry embossing, all you’ll need is some type of embossing/die cutting machine (I used the Sizzix Big Shot) and the embossing folder of your choice. Take special care to only place the flap of the envelope in the embossing folder and not the entire envelope. After you dry emboss the envelope flap, you can take it a step further by inking it up with a waterproof ink… I used Memento Dew Drops along with my blending tool.

Option 3: Envelope Liners

You can line your envelopes with a lightweight 65 lb. cardstock or colored printer paper. You can choose a patterned paper, colorful paper, or even one you color/design yourself! I have provided a free printable envelope liner template to fit most standard A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5″), whether it’s a flat flap envelope or a pointed flap – I have templates for both. Simply print the template, cut out, trace onto the paper you wish to line the envelope with, cut this out, and glue into your envelope. Super easy!

Click HERE for the pointed flap A2 envelope liner template.

Click HERE for the flat flap A2 envelope liner template.

Option 4: Envelope Backer

This idea is probably the fastest, easiest way to dress-up the outside of your envelopes. All you have to do is cut out a piece of colorful or patterned cardstock to line the back flap of your envelope and glue into place. It looks great alone, but you could take it a step further by stamping on it or adding stickers. The pop of color really adds a lot to your envelope!

Option 5: Envelope Sticker Seals

Whether you purchase stickers to use or make your own, this is a great way to add some appeal to your envelope. Being a crafter, I decided to make my own. Simply find some cardstock in a color/pattern that you like (maybe even glittery) and use a 1″ circle punch to punch out a circle. You can also stamp on paper, heat emboss, dry emboss, or color before punching out. Add glue to the back of the circle to affix to the envelope flap, or you can make your own stickers with a Xyron sticker maker! So many possibilities!

I hope these 5 ideas were helpful in making your outgoing “happy mail” even happier! Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to follow this blog and my YouTube channel (shown below) for more great ideas. To see the above-mentioned ideas in action, visit my companion video below. Have a happy, crafty day!

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Winter Rose Globe Ornament

Today’s project is perfect for the Wintertime and the upcoming Christmas season! We will be constructing a large paper rose – with bling, of course! We will place this beauty inside of a clear globe ornament, add a string & bow, and have a beautiful keepsake for years to come! Makes a wonderful gift for family or friends!

Winter Rose Globe Ornament

Supplies I Used:

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~Large Globe Ornament ~ Astrobrights Cardstock ~ Art Glitter Glue ~ Scissors

~Bone Folder ~ Paper Trimmer ~ Wooden Skewer ~ Sequins

~ Clear Embellishments ~ Glitter ~ Elmer’s School Glue ~ Paintbrush

~Memento Dew Drops Ink in Rhubarb Stalk ~ Ink Blending Brush

~ Poly-Fill (Cotton) ~ Baker’s Twine ~ Ribbon

Instructions:

Begin with 3 pieces of 65lb. red cardstock cut at 8×8″. Fold in triangles 3 times. (Please note: I have a companion video for this and it will make more sense once seeing it done). After folding, cut a half of a heart shape on all three folded pieces of red cardstock. On the first piece of red cardstock, cut away 1 petal. On the second piece of red cardstock, cut away 2 petals (keeping them joined). And on the third piece of red cardstock, cut away 3 petals (keeping them joined). You will keep all petals, even the ones you cut away. Connect each individual set of petals into a round shape by gluing them together. When finished, glue into place in size order. Embellish as desired. Complete this project by placing your winter rose inside of a clear globe ormanent with a bed of “snow” at the bottom. Add Baker’s Twine or ribbon to create a hanger.

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DIY Wallet/Credit Card Holder

Want to know how to make your very own wallet that can double as a credit card/ID holder and checkbook cover?? Today – I will show you how. First off, let me go over the supplies you’ll need… simply click for the link to the corresponding supply:

T-Square Ruler     Cutter Bee Scissors     Fiskars Paper Trimmer     Pencil & Eraser    

Scor-Tape/Adhesive   Heavyweight Cardstock     Stamp Set (optional)     Ribbon

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I will go over everything in the video tutorial posted below – but if you prefer written instructions, I will provide them for you here:

Step 1: Begin by making the outer bi-fold case. Cut a piece of cardstock to 7.5″ x 7″ and score vertically at 3.5 and at 4″ (with the long side at the bottom facing you).

Step 2: Now we’ll begin working on the card slots. You will need three panels cut at 3.5″ x 2.5″ and scored vertically at 0.50″ and at 3″ (with long side at the bottom facing you).

Step 3: Finally, we will construct the bill/checkbook holder slot. Cut a piece of cardstock at 8″ x 3.25″ and score a half inch in vertically on both sides (with long side at the bottom facing you). Once folded, cut away bottom two squares. Punch a thumb tab in the top of the slot.

Step 4: Now it’s time to assemble everything. Before assembling, place your ribbons on the inside flaps of the case (one on each side, centered). To assemble your carde slots, mark 1.25″ down from the top of each panel and mark with a pencil. This will show you how far to space your panels apart when adhering down. Place Scor-Tape on the two flaps and bottom and adhere top panel in place first. The rest will be built upon that one. It’s also helpful to pencil in some vertical guidelines so you line everything up in the center of the inner flap of the case properly. After this, you can adhere your bill/checkbook slot down on the other inside flap.

Step 5: Embellish as you choose. You may wish to add more decorative cardstock panels, stamping, tassels, a pen loop, bling… let your creativity flow! And that’s it… you’re done!

For more details, please check out my video posted below. Have a happy, crafty day!

 

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[CLOSED] Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop with GIVEAWAYS!!

EDIT: Even though this contest is now closed, you can still see my project below. The winners for this giveaway will be in a separate post that will go up within the next few days.

Hi one and all! Welcome to the Save the Crafty YouTuber Video hop!

This is a celebration of cardmaking video tutorials created by a group of talented crafters of all different styles and levels. We are coming together over 5 days (October 22, 2018 – October 26, 2018) to give our viewers a chance to discover other amazing cardmakers and help reach monetization goals! Plus, there will be TONS of giveaways!!

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How to Enter the Sponsored Giveaways :

All of us participating in the hop would love for you to watch, like the video, consider subscribing, and hop along! You do not have to comment on every video – but the more you do, the more chances you have on winning prizes!  So, all you really have to do to enter the sponsored giveaways is to leave a comment on participating videos in the hop over on YouTube and let us know if you are USA or INTERNATIONAL. Easy peasy!!

There are 125+ prizes throughout this hop… over 50 will be given away randomly on random channels, so be sure to comment by November 7th!!! Please let us know if you are USA or INTERNATIONAL in your comment. See the sponsor list above to see that there are some amazing companies giving away prizes!!

The sponsor giveaway winners (which could also be you) will be announced by our host, Justine Hovey, on November 10th. To see if you won, check out her links below:

Justine’s YouTube
Justine’s Blog


How to Enter the Multiplicity Crafts Giveaway:

stcyscgcBesides the random giveaways from our sponsors, I am also giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to Scrapbook.com. Again, all you have to do is comment by November 7th and let me know if you are from the USA or INTERNATIONAL… plus, you must be publicly subscribed to my channel to enter my personal giveaway. I will reply to your message on YouTube on/around November 10th to let you know if you won my personal giveaway.

So – to summarize: For my personal giveaway (Multiplicity Crafts) simply comment on my YouTube video (posted below) by November 7th, AND subscribe to my YouTube channel publicly so that I can confirm that you are a subbie! 😉


My Hop Project: Easy, Stamp-Free Christmas Card Idea

For my hop project, I show you a quick and easy idea for a Christmas card with NO stamps!! I am also going to be using Nuvo Watercolor Pencils in this quick video and show you a few techniques. Please scroll down to see my video posted below.

Please note, in order to watch my video on YouTube, please click the YouTube logo on the bottom right of the video after hitting “play”. This will allow you to comment on my video so I can enter you into the giveaways!!

Thanks for stopping by today!! 🙂

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Supplies I Used:

~~ Nuvo Watercolor Pencils ~~ Neenah Card Base~~ Sakura Micron Pen

~~ Uniball White Gel Pen ~~ Cutter Bee Scissors~~ Light Tracer (similar)

~~ Glue Dots~~ Waterbrush ~~ Washi Tape ~~ Stickles ~~ Sequins

 

 

P.S. The next person in the hop lineup is…
Jen Carter

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World Cardmaking Day Giveaway Hop with Maymay Made It!! [CLOSED]

World CardmakingDayTNHi everyone, I hope you’re well!

As a Design Team member with Maymay Made It Crafts, I am happy to be taking part in Maymay’s 1st World Cardmaking Day Hop! There will be 13 of us designers participating. Each of us were assigned a sentiment/theme by random drawing and mine is a fun one… Female Birthday Card! Please check out my tutorial video at the bottom of this post.

After you watch my video, head to Maymay’s blog post HERE. There, you will find all the links to the other videos and blog posts in this Hop Giveaway! Please be sure to subscribe to each member today so you never miss any of our projects!

How To Enter Maymay’s World Cardmaking Day Giveaway

Want to win a BIG destash box of new and gently used supplies from Maymay?

It’s simple to enter…

Just click on the “enter here” button in the form on Maymay’s blog post and answer one question to be entered. Good luck! We will use Random.org to choose the winner. Entries end on 10/11/18 – and after that, we will announce the winner! I will also announce the winner here, on the Multiplicity Crafts blog – so be sure to follow so you don’t miss it! 🙂

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN NEXT POST

 

My Project for Maymay’s World Cardmaking Day Hop

wcmbpicI had a lot of fun creating this female birthday card! I used an emboss resist technique along with Distress Inks. To get the full tutorial, don’t forget to check out my video at the bottom of this post. Also, if you’re interested in any of the products I used to make this card, most are available to purchase online at Maymaymadeit.com.  I used the following supplies:

Cardstock, MMI God’s Blessings Stamp set, MMI Memory Lane Stamp set, Cutter Bee Scissors, Distress Ink Minis, Acrylic Block, Versamark, Black Ink, Heat Tool, Embossing Powder,  Glue, Foam Squares, and a Waterbrush.

Video Tutorial and World Cardmaking Day Info – Click video below!

Let’s Make an Eclipse Card!

Eclipse cards are so much fun to make… they’re like putting a jigsaw puzzle together where the pieces lock into place beautifully! Today, I will show you how to make an eclipse card and how easy it really is! To begin, you’ll need a few supplies.

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Supply List:

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Patterned Cardstock          Solid Heavyweight Cardstock

Neenah Solar White Card Base     Cricut Machine (or metal letter dies)

Glue in a Fine Metal Tip Bottle     Acrylic Stamping Block     Cutter Bee Scissors

Scrapbook.com Stamp Set     Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut out six copies of each letter (in the word you are using) with your Cricut Machine or metal letter dies on solid heavyweight cardstock. Also cut the word onto your patterned cardstock card front, as well. Go ahead and adhere your card front to your card base.

Step 2: Stack and glue all of the layers of each letter together (as shown in the video below). Then, glue your stacked letters into the slots on your card front. They fit in just like a puzzle and will lock into place nicely.

Step 3: Embellish card with stamps, ephemera, bling, ribbon, glitter, or stickers as you choose. That’s all there is to it! So fun and so easy!

Check out my video tutorial below for an easy to follow visual guide! Thanks for stopping by today… Have a happy, crafty day! 🙂

 

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