Cards

Poinsettia Christmas Card

My first Christmas card of the season!
Mama Elephant poinsettiaI made this card using the Mama Elephant Poinsettia stamp set & coordinating dies, and got my design inspiration from the Case(e) This Sketch blog! This is this week’s sketch:

As you can tell, I flipped the sketch horizontally for my card. I used watercolor for the background, and painted the poinsettia with Copic markers before die-cutting it and mounting it to the front of my card with foam adhesive.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I added the Happy Holidays sentiment from a the Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love stamp set. I stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink, which is my favorite black ink for stamping sentiments.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I pulled out some Christmas decorations today, too, so I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit! Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

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Nails

Midweek Manicure // Christmas Nails – Ornamental Touch

Merry Christmas Eve! Just stopping in to share a quick shot of the fun wraps I’ll be wearing on my nails for Christmas. They were part of the December Monthly Mani Box from Scratch, and are called Ornamental Touch. They remind me of ugly Christmas sweaters (in a good way).

Ornamental Touch Christmas Nail WrapsAlso, if you’re still looking for last minute mani ideas, here are a few from the Mixed Method archives:

   

Has everyone finished all of their Christmas preparations? I think I’m done, finally. Can’t wait to see lots of family over the next few days!

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Cards, DIY

Christmas Tags + Goodie Bags

This year, I made lots and lots of gift tags. I used the gift tags for little goodie bags that I gave out to everyone in my department at work. It was a lot of work, but I had a lot of fun making the tags and assembling the bags. And, I imagine that the gift tag recipients might even re-purpose the tags as Christmas tree ornaments – two gifts in one.

Christmas Gift Tags

Joy To The World Gift Tag

I started off making some [what I like to call] graphic cards, with various stamps and die cuts, and then switched over to using watercolors for a totally different look. I didn’t want any two tags to look exactly the same, which can be kind of tedious when you’re making 12+ tags…I love to make my life difficult.

Watercolor Christmas Gift Tags

Water Colored Gift Tags

Then, I decided to use distress inks on the tags, for lots of color, and a different effect (and here begin the iphone photos). After stamping various backgrounds and sentiments with several stamp sets (here, here, here and here), I heat embossed them using versamark ink and clear embossing powder, and used a mini ink blending tool to apply distress ink all over the card. The embossing resisted the ink to create a colorful background while retaining the crisp white image made with the stamps.

Stamped and Distress Ink Christmas Tags

I had fun experimenting with all of the different techniques, but tried to keep them all pretty similar by using the deer silhouettes as the focal point throughout. After die cutting the bucks, I embossed most of them with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing powder.   I also put together a few other tags using snowflake dies, and wrote the names of the recipient on the backs of the cards. Then it was time to assemble the goodie bags.

Goodie Bag Assembly

I slipped some cookies (Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip and Jingle Bell Bites), a candy cane and a gift card into each bag, and added some tissue paper for decoration. I tied the cookie bags with baker’s twine, and used jute twine to tie on the tags. These goodie bags are similar to the cookie boxes I assembled two years ago.

Christmas Goodie Bags

I used leftover tags (because I may have gotten carried away) to adorn some of the wrapped gifts I’ll be giving to friends and family.

wrapped gifts

Is anyone else adding a handmade touch to their gifts this year? Christmas just keeps getting more and more commercialized and I hate feeling like I’ve spent the holiday season at the mall. To me, making these homemade tags and little goodie bags is so much more satisfying. Although, next year I think I’ll start making the tags in July… :)

Happy gift-giving!

kimberly

 

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Candy Cane Accents

It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!

Christmas Candy Cane NailsInspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (as base coat)
  • Essie – Leading Lady (for the glittered polish on my ring finger)
  • Ulta – Snow White (on index finger, thumb and middle finger as a base for the red)
  • Essie – Born to Kilt (on my index finger and over the white on my thumb and middle fingers)
  • Metal nail art studs (on my index and pinky fingers)
  • Striping tape (to mask off space on my middle and thumb nails – after I placed the tape, I pained over it with Born to Kilt, then removed the tape ASAP to reveal the white polish underneath)

Happy Almost Friday!

kimberly

Seche Vite Top Coat

Inspiration

A Different Kind of Gift-Giving // My Subscription Addiction

I’ve been toying with the idea of gifting subscription boxes this year. I think they’re a fun and unique alternative to traditional gift-giving, and there are some really great subscription boxes out there, for just about anything you can think of. After some googling today, I found this website, that lists just about every subscription box available, ever.

mysubscriptionaddiction.comI spend so much time debating over the perfect gift for those hard-to-buy-for people on my list, and subscription boxes do a lot of the work for you! Some of the companies even allow you to just purchase one or three month subscriptions, as opposed to having to sign up for a yearly or month-to-month subscription. AND there are some coupons for boxes! Just thought I’d share. Happy Hunting!

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Cards

Peace.

I’m in the middle of a Christmas Card making frenzy, and I think this clean and simple one is my favorite so far.

Peace Wreath Christmas CardI stamped the wreath with the  Wplus9 woodland wreaths stamp set, and used the set to build up the wreath with some flowers and berries. Then I stamped the sentiment inside the wreath, and I was pretty much done. I used a clear wink of stella pen to add some glitter around the edges of the card base that are peaking out from behind the white panel, but it unfortunately doesn’t show up in the photograph.The card measures 4″ x 5″.

I think it should be super easy to mass produce this card design, or some sort of variation of it, for the few Christmas cards that I’ll send out this year.

Supplies:

 

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