Christmas (Gift Enclosure) Cards

Hi there, I hope you had a merry little Christmas! Ah, I can't help but still sing that song in my head about once a day. The season just goes by so fast... which is exactly, why I wanted to show you a smaller version of my Christmas cards that I used as Christmas gift enclosure cards and also as small gifts to give to friends so they can dress up their gifts, too. I still had a bunch of kraft Project Life cards from guest designing for Dani Peuss in summer. They're basically 4 x 6 cards with a perforation line in the middle just screaming to be made into little cards or tags. 

First, I got my white ink pad out and stamped a fabulous star background pattern from a Studio Calico stamp subscription set. Then I used two layers of die-cut tags, one is vellum with a strip of silver washi tape, the other is again one of those super cute snowmen from Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection stamped with a simple Christmas sentiment. I also layered a die-cut glittered snowflake in-between for good measure. Don't you love when you can whip up something without buying expensive manufactured die-cuts or stickers? Also, my Crop-a-Dile got quite a workout this holiday season. I don't merely use it often enough, though. 

Don't think I only stuck to the snowman style cards. The concept for this next one is very similar, though. I got me these Kesi'Art snowflake dies and die-cut one from black cardstock (with a piece of silver glitter paper on one side) and layered a second vellum snowflake underneath. 

I also found this fun mustard color patterned paper that made me think of actual fuzzy snowflakes dancing in the air. To give it a little more texture, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with a We R Next Level embossing folder (it's a set of two called 'geometric'). A stamped sentiment and a big pearl brad from the stashed finished it up. 

 

Supplies

Please note: I received some of the following products for free or discounted as a guest designer for Dani Peuss and as a former member of the Studio Calico design team. These items are marked with a "*". 

  • Kits: *Studio Calico Stamp Kit Gypsy Moon
  • Stamps: *"Tis the Season" by Hello Forever, Klartext "13 mal Frohe Weihnachten"
  • Paper: Kesi'Art Happy 2017 (Juillet), Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa (Let's Play), vellum
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Papertrey Ink True Black, Kesi'Art Bling-Bling (silver)
  • Other: Kesi'Art Metallics (flocons, coupons), *Studio Calico craft-dies (tags), pearl brad, Tsukineko Versafine ink (Onyx Black), Hero Arts Pigment ink (Unicorn White), We R Next Level Embossing Folder (geometric), We R Precision Press Stamp Tool, pearl brad

Cute Snowmen Christmas Cards

I received a few Holiday cards this past few days and really there is nothing better than finding a sweet note from your friends in the mailbox to make the season all the merrier. So, what better time to get back into crafting and make some myself? I have two simple layered cards to share with you today. Both using the adorable Snow & Cocoa collection from Crate Paper. 

I used a couple of tag and snowflake dies that I had in my stash to cut my layers Then, I decorated them with silver glitter tape and a clear Wink of Stella brush. I also got out a Klartext stamp set with Christmas sentiments and one of them fit perfectly inside the snowmen bodies. 

Things already slowed a bit down for the Holidays beginning this week. Tomorrow's my last work day for this year - yay! I'm gonna celebrate with a last visit to one of the Christmas markets and a dinner with friends (that's after chasing for some last minute gifts, of course). I really hope you also get to enjoy the season, the sparkly lights, not to mention the delicious foods - roasted almonds, anyone? :)

Happy Insta Girls: Christmas Hop

Hey hey, anyone looking for Christmas card inspiration? Well, there's not really actually one in this post. Ha! But, let's take it from the top just in case you don't know what this Happy Insta Girls Blog Hop is all about. We're a group of girls (obvs!), all card makers, who met through Instagram. Now, social media is all fun and games but why not share your cards in real life with people appreciating your crafts? So, every once in a while we pick a theme and send each other cards, then share them in a blog hop. This November the theme naturally was Christmas. 

Except, it looks like neither Nicole nor I did feel ready for full blown Holiday cards four weeks ago. Nonetheless, how super cute is that squirrel card she sent me?!! Her clean and simple approach was right up my alley. The photos below don't do justice to all of the details and beautiful shading on the die-cut. Also, her sentiment was just what I wanted to hear on the day her card hit my mailbox on a dull Friday afternoon. It felt like the perfect excuse to curl up with cup of coffee and relax for a bit. Thanks so much for your lovely card, Nicole!! :*)

Now, I told you, I didn't fully buy into the Christmas theme as well. I recently got a new winter stamp set from Dani Peuss Klartext line which I wanted to ink up and then there was this leftover piece of pattern paper from Studio Calico's older Winter Wonderland collection - it all came together fairly quickly from there. Too bad though that all the sparkle from the Wink of Stella marker doesn't show up in the images. It looked like the elk's scarf fell into a fairy's glitter pot :)

Thanks for hopping by! Your next stop is Katrin who got (and hopefully liked) my wintery elk card. Can't wait to see what everyone prepared for today :) 

Blog Hop Participants:

Steffi • Julia • Tina • Anika • Wiebke 

Nina • Reni • Kerstin • Vanessa • Maike

Jeanin • Biggi •  Claudia • Tanja • Jessa • Lisa

Sonja • Nicole • Dana (me) • Katrin • Birka