Friday, December 31, 2021

Thank You ( Christmas Plaid)

Hello!  I thought it would be a good way to close the year by saying thank you.   Thank you to you friends who are sweet enough to stop by to see what I create, to Paulina and the Pretty Pink Posh family who have given me so many opportunities to create, and to God for His many blessings this year. 

This card was also an excuse to use the Christmas scraps I had lying around.  Plus, I didn't get to make nearly as many Christmas cards as I had hoped this year (and sadly only one made it in the mail...lots of sickness around here this month), and I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to these colors. I got out my beloved Pretty Pink Posh Simple Stripes die and cut Concord & 9th's poppy, parsley, and clover cardstock as well as a shimmery silver scrap.  

To be honest there really isn't much rhyme or reason to the plaid design.  I just used the scraps I had and glued stripes here and there while I was watching a Hallmark movie :) until I had the whole panel covered.  I finished the card by die cutting the thank you script die and handcutting a border around it.  It's super simple, but I couldn't bear to cover up any of that plaid. Trust me, I tried, but I just ended up pulling everything off that I attempted to put on and left it as is.  

Thanks again, friends!  Wishing you all an abundance of blessings in the new year!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Merry Christmas! + Poinsettia Tag

Hello!  I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas full of love and hope.  I'll be brief, but I just wanted to share a little closer look of the tag that was part of the packaging I shared a few days ago.  
I created it with two of my all time favorite Pretty Pink Posh products - Stitched Poinsettias and Fall Foliage, which I am convinced could be use any time of year.  Last month I covered a card base with the Lattice Background Die and cut out the center, so I could make a shaker.  I saved the center circle and turned it into this ornament tag.  I just eyeballed and handcut the ornament topper.  After I pieced together the poinsettia, I added some Metallic Silver Pearls to the center to finish it off. 
A very simple design, but it makes me smile lots!  It's one of my favorite things I have created this year. Thanks so much for visiting today!  Wishing you a lovely rest of your weekend!

Friday, December 24, 2021

Simple Christmas Packaging

Good morning!  This Christmas season I have been enjoying crafting outside of the card realm.  I've mostly been making ornaments (or really I've been making kits so my kiddos' classmates and cousins could make the ornaments).  As I was digging into my long neglected craft stash, I came upon these wood chalkboard clothespins that I purchased from Target's dollar spot a good 5 or 6 years ago.  When I saw their size I immediately thought of Pretty Pink Posh's "Circles" line, and to my delight, they were a perfect fit!
The package came with 6 clothespins, so I embossed each of the images from the Winter Circles stamp set. I decided to create some simple packaging using some envelopes and bags I've had in my stash for years!  (Can you tell I'm in the use it or lose it mode here?)  For my first set, I decided to stick with natural elements.
I wrapped some large kraft envelopes with twine, added some leaf sprigs from the Fall Foliage die set, and finished it off with one of the wood clothespins. 
While I was pulling things out I stumbled across a paper doily, so I folded it over the top of the second envelope.  Then  I tied a bow with twine, and added a clothespin and some leaves like before.  This was the first package my daughter snatched up to put her homemade gift in for her cousin. 
Next, I totally switched gears and went from neutrals to bold black, white, and red.  I also pulled out the Stitched Poinsettias die.
I die cut three layers for each poinsettia, and added polka dots to some of the layers.   It was quick and easy to do with a gel pen. 
I tied twine bows and added a clothespin and that was that.
The final set was the the quickest and easiest (even though each of these designs only to a few minutes to put together).  I die cut several pine sprigs and blended on darker green ink, so there would be a bit of color variance.
I simply arranged the pine sprigs and clothesepinned them on.  Easy peasy! 
It was so much fun making these, and even more fun filling them with little gifts.  It's creations like these that I find particularly rewarding.  
Here's one last shot of them altogether.  
Well, I'm off to do some Christmas cooking.  Thank so much for taking a peek!  Wishing a blessed Christmas full of peace, hope, and love!