How to make homemade envelopes for your Christmas cards

I had the privilege to spend the weekend with some of the most amazing ladies!  We got together, and spent the day making Christmas cards in my new little studio space.  Their cards, of course, were beautiful.  I had so much fun, and realized how much I miss my girlfriend time.  I am still over the moon excited about seeing my friends!!

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Christmas card workshopI only have to 2 Christmas card kits left in my store, click here to take a look.  The tags in the kit have been discontinued, so these are the very last kits…there will be no more :( .  The Ustream Workshop for this kit will be Monday, December 1st at 6:30pm (EST).  I hope you can join me as I make the cards, and will be available for chat.  The show will be recorded, so no worries if you can not make it.

Since all of the kits have been shipped and received, I thought I would give you a little video on how to make the envelopes if you are excited about getting started.  This is an old YouTube video where I was talking about how to use the Scor-pal.  In the beginning I talk a little about the tool, but quickly get to how to make the envelopes.  It only takes a few minutes.

If you missed the measurements, cut your paper to 10 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.  With your paper vertical, score each end at 1/2″.  Turn your paper horizontally, and score at 3″ and 7 1/2″.  Round your corners, and done!  Easy peasy, right?!  It is quicker using a scoring board to make the envelopes, but you do not have to have a scoring board.  You can move your blade out of the way in your trimmer, and use your trimmer and bone folder to make the scorelines.  Happy envelope making!!

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Christmas Card Class Kit & UStream Announcement!!!! And, Artful Blogging news!

That’s right, I’m baaaack!  I am so excited I can barely contain myself!  I have designed the most delicious Christmas card kit, and will be doing a UStream workshop.  I am super excited (in case you couldn’t tell) about this kit for several reasons.  During the Christmas season us cardmakers want to mass produce cards, so I kept the design simple.  I think anyone can follow the directions in this kit (and you have the live UStream with chat to fall back on if needed). I picked the tags for the front because they are not all “Christmas.”  We all have friends that celebrate the seasons, so we can respect them.  Also, we don’t want to have to worry about extra postage or whether our cards will make it through the mail in one piece, so I designed cards that have dimension but not bulk.  I have done that by using paper layering, ribbons, and simple flowers with small pearls.  I’ll even show you how to make glittery banners from scratch, so easy you won’t believe it, but you will get the handmade card experience.

This card kit is BIG!  I have included enough materials for you to make 14+ cards and 14 envelopes, so if you make a booboo creating the 12 cards I have designed for you, no worries!  All the patterned cardstock in the kit is double-sided, so you have even more options if you are a “off the farm” kinda person.

christmas card workshopHere is a look at the 12 cards in the kit.  You will have written step-by-step instructions with color photos.  The UStream Workshop will be Monday, December 1st at 6:30pm EST.  It is free to everyone!

christmascardworkshop-1-6Who would not love getting one of these handmade cards in the mail?  Even the envelopes are handmade!  That says love!

christmascardworkshop-1-5Now you do have 2 options.  The first kit is for blank cards.  If you already have stamps you would like to use on the inside, or prefer a handwritten note, this is the kit for you.  CLICK HERE TO TAKE A LOOK IN THE STORE or Order

christmascardworkshop-1-7If you want the whole kit and caboodle, so to speak, then option 2 might be just what you need.  It contains a gorgeous stamp set with sentiments to use on the inside of the card.  Not to mention, you can use it for years to come.  It’s that awesome!  CLICK HERE TO TAKE A LOOK IN THE STORE or Order

Despite which one you pick, they are, unfortunately, limited.  The manufacturer has discontinued the tags in the kit (before Halloween even…they are that cool).  So, once they are gone my friends, they are gone.  My local friends, expect an email from me soon. ;)

In other exciting news, I have an excerpt from my blog published in the current issue (released November 1st) of Artful Blogging magazine under the Blogger Buzz section.  What an honor, again!!!  It was a shout out about having my article and work published in the Artful Blogging Autumn 2014 issue…an 8 page spread…okay, I’ll stop tooting my horn now.  Thank you guys so much for all of your love and support.  You have made it possible for me to be here, and keep me going!  Love ya!

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Halloween Vault – Favorites & Sneak Peek Christmas Class Kit

Happy Halloween!  I hope you have a spook-tacular day!!! :)  I thought it would be fitting to share more of my all time favorite Halloween projects with you.

birthday First, I want to say thank you to everyone that wished Lily a happy birthday yesterday.  She had a wonderful day, and of course, is ready for Halloween!

Since you guys know how crazy I am about Halloween, here are some more of my all time favorite projects.

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells boxThis is hands down my favorite Halloween project ever!  I made it in the beginning of the year (I know it wasn’t Halloween, but when the mood strikes…), and it was featured in Artful Blogging magazine’s Autumn 2014 issue.  What an honor!   It is an altered Graphic 45 box decorated with Glimmer Mist, Steampunk Spells papers, and Prima flowers and resins.

sandcastle spooky halloween houseThis is another project I LOVE!  It is made from a chipboard sandcastle book, but I thought it would be more fun to make it into a spooky haunted house book.  I love the metal embellishments and resins.  Over the years, I have been tagged on Facebook, or emailed, other artists’ versions of this project.  I love it, and love how so many have created their own Halloween themed sandcastle book works of art!!  I feel honored to have inspired you guys!

halloweentagskull-1-3Since I am an avid cardmaker, I did not want to leave out the cards category among favorites.  I made this card a few years ago, and still think it is cute as a button!

halloweentagskull-1-2 Lastly, I have a couple of super cute Halloween tags I created many years ago, and think they are adorable.  I hope you do, too.

halloweentagskull-1So, there are the rest of my favorite Halloween projects I have created over the years.  I hope you all have a spooky Halloween, and collect lots of yummy candy!

Before I go, I want to give you a sneak peek at a Christmas card class kit I am working on.  I know, it has been entirely too long since I last did a class, but teaching is calling my name.  I am so excited about this kit, and thrilled that it contains 12 cards!!!!  I tried to stick to simple yet elegant designs so you can get all of those Christmas cards knocked out in a jif!  Next week I will be giving you the complete low down about the kit & class, opening registration, and shipping kits, so be sure to come back!

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Halloween Vault – Canvas ATC’s Made Into a Framed Layout

Today I have another Halloween oldie but goodie to share!  It is another favorite project I did years ago.  I created a set of canvas ATC’s using distress stains, ink, and mists.

Halloween atc set tutorial The tutorial for how to create these Maya Road canvas atc’s with a burnt edge effect can be found by clicking here.

Once I decorated my tags, I decided I really wanted to display them.  I made a layout using a sheet of 12×12 canvas that I misted with Fern Chalkboard Glimmer Mist and Medallion Chalkboard Glimmer Mist , and dripped with Pumpkin Spice Glimmer Mist.  I stamped a spiderweb in two corners, then used Halloween themed paper, flowers, zipper trim, and ribbons to create the perfect display for my tags.  Once finished, I added it to a Prima 12×12 layout frame.

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Be sure to come back soon for lots of exciting news!!!!!!!

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Halloween Vault – Decorative Tags & Creative Cake Packaging

Hey Guys!  I have been digging into my old Halloween projects again, and came across this cute Trick or Treat tag that I made several years ago.

halloween tag It was very easy to make.  I added a large eyelet to a Ranger black tag, backed the tag with green pleated trim, and decorated with Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps, and Prima bling and flower.

halloween tag trick or treatLast week was the girls’ Fall Carnival at school.  I donated cakes for the cake walk game.  I bought a pack of mini fruit crumb cakes from Costco, and spruced them up with some creative packaging.  It was a super busy week, so I literally decided to package the cakes minutes before walking out of the door.  I wrapped them in parchment paper, taped the ends with canvas tape (freezer tape would have been better, but I only had artist supplies on hand), tied them with twine, and added a descriptive tag.  I really wish I had planned ahead, and had some Halloween tags made like this one to attach to my cakes, because that would have been the perfect touch.

decorative wrapped cakesThe girls had a great time, and it was a wonderful night.  Hopefully, someone enjoyed the little cakes.

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