Thursday, December 26, 2013

Quick and Easy Thank You Cards

Now that Christmas has passed, it is time to send thank you cards for all of the lovely gifts received.  Not only are these quick and easy thank you cards a snap to put together, they are economical, too.  I used a single die cut to create two cards by using both the die cut letters and the negative die cut.  


Quick and Easy Thank You Cards


For more details on how I made these cards please visit the Silhouette blog

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! 

Amanda

Font: 
here & now font

Supplies: 
Silhouette adhesive cardstock
Pebbles From Me to You collection

Monday, December 23, 2013

Upcycled Treat Jars and Gift Bow Tutorial

All year long I hoard save little glass jars for those inevitable last-minute gift giving moments that pop up during the holidays.  Upcycled treat jars are easy to make and take only a few minutes to put together. 

Upcycled Treat Jars


When decorating a jar, I usually choose decor that compliments the type of jar I am using.  The jar on the left, with its brushed metal lid and square container, has a very hip and modern feel so I chose both decor and candy that is simple and has clean lines.  The jar on the right has a more rustic and country feel so I dolled it up with festive gingham and plenty of polka dots.  


A few glittery Thickers on a tag makes a festive statement.  


Nothing says country like polka dots and a "hand-written" sentiment.  


Isn't that red and gingham paper the cutest?  To make a jar lid wrap out of paper, lightly spritz a paper circle with water, wrap and fold around the lid, and secure with a rubber band until dry.  
Each jar is topped with a handmade gift bows.  Handmade bows are easy to make.  Here's how I did it: 

Gift Bow Tutorial


  1. Trim 7 lengths of ribbon--three at 5 3/4", three at 4 1 /4" and one at 2 1/2".  
  2. Twist the ends of each ribbon and adhere to the center with an adhesive dot.  
  3. Adhere the similarly sized pieces together with adhesive dots and then stack the layers. 
  4. Fold the shortest ribbon into a circle and adhere to the center of the bow. 

I used 3/8" ribbon for these bows, but you could easily use wider ribbon or even strips of paper.



Have a very Merry Christmas! 
Amanda

Supplies: 
Pebbles Basics
American Crafts ribbon

Friday, December 20, 2013

WINNER! Create and Share Giveaway


The winner of the Create & Share cardmaking class with Kim Kesti is.....
C Wu said...
sounds a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

Congrats Chunyuan!  Please send me a quick email and I will forward your information to Kim who will get you all set up in the class!  

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Amanda

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Trendy Triangles: Moxie Fab World Guest Blogger

Hello!  Today I am guest blogging over at Moxie Fab World.  How fun is that?  So, head on over to the Moxie Fab World blog to see more about Trendy Triangles!  

Trendy Triangles


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Amanda

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gingerbread Man Christmas Card

One of my favorite holiday icons is gingerbread men.  Other than the fact that they are cookies (yum), they are always happy and well dressed.  This gingerbread man Christmas card is sure to bring a smile at Christmastime. 


Gingerbread Man Christmas Card


This happy gingerbread man is up on the Silhouette blog today.  Be sure to stop by the Silhouette blog for more details on how I made this card.  And if you haven't been stopping by the Silhouette Online Store lately, they are giving away a FREE shape everyday until Christmas.  Today's free shape is the little gingerbread man I used on this card.  

Merry Christmas to you! 

Amanda

Shapes:
gingerbread man

Supplies:
Silhouette CAMEO
Silhouette 12"x12" Cutting Mat
Silhouette Replacement Blade
Silhouette Adhesive Cardstock
Silhouette Printable Adhesive Kraft Paper
Doodlebug Adhesive Pearls-Cupcake
Doodlebug Glossy Enamel Dots-Beetle Black

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Year's Eve Shaker Card

With Christmas cards well on their way (right?), it is about time to put together some New Year's cards.  Or, if you are a slacker like me, you just may be sending New Year's cards this year instead of Christmas cards.  With some creative upcycling and some sequins, you can put together a fun New Year's Eve shaker card


New Year's Eve Shaker Card

What's more fun than confetti on New Year's Eve?  I upcycled some packaging to create a sparkly,interactive sequin shaker card.  My favorite part is the non-traditional sentiment.  It gives a fun hint as to what should happen at the stroke of twelve.  


To make a shaker card, print a sentiment on cardstock and then cut a circle just slightly larger than your packaging.  Insert sequins and cover the back with cardstock and adhere the shaker panel to the front of your card.  TIP: Gently wipe the inside of your packaging with a dryer sheet to minimize static cling. 


The packaging I upcycled is about 1/2" thick making for a fun shaker full of bright and shiny sequins. 


You can see this card along with other fantastic sequin inspiration in the Nov/Dec digital issue of Paper Crafts Magazine

Give the gift of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine this Christmas!  Click HERE or click on the PC&S icon on my sidebar to receive a whole year of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking for only $9.99!  

Merry Christmas! 

Amanda

Friday, December 13, 2013

GIVEAWAY! Create & Share Cardmaking Class with Kim Kesti


Have I got a fun treat in store for YOU today.  I am thrilled to be a guest designer for Kim Kesti's Create & Share Cardmaking class offered at Big Picture Classes.  Registration is open now until January 8.  Be sure to check out the links to read the full class description and watch Kim's intro video.   Annnnnnd....as a special perk for my blog readers, I am giving away one seat in Kim's class which starts on January 2.  Wahoo! 

Here is the official class description: 


In a world dominated by digital communication, handmade greeting cards slipped into real paper envelopes and mailed the old-fashioned way have become more special, more rare, and more important than ever.
Start your year off right, getting the inspiration and the instructions you need to create up to 36 handcrafted cards in just 6 weeks! You’ll also learn a proven system for organizing your finished cards, and you’ll create a “happy mail kit” that makes it easy to share them with the people you love throughout the year.

Cardmaking all-star Kim Kesti will kick things off with a handy checklist to help you outline a year’s worth of card needs. Then she’ll inspire you with 12 videos, 12 card sketches, 12 cards from her guest designers, and 12 colorful handouts (each featuring step-by-step instructions for completing up to three cards).


Whether you’re a beginning papercrafter, a seasoned cardmaker, or a scrapbooker looking to get more mileage from your stash of supplies, this interactive online workshop will reconnect you to the joy of cardmaking…and cardmailing, too.

GIVEAWAY!  Sounds pretty awesome doesn't it?  Leave me a comment below letting me know your favorite type of card to make and you'll be entered to win a FREE spot in Kim's Create & Share Cardmaking class.  Score!  The giveaway ends Thursday, December 19.  Be sure to come back next Friday, December 20, to see if you are the winner!  

Merry Christmas to you!

Amanda

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Pops

When it comes to gifts of food during the holidays, I am all about quick, easy, and yummy.  These dark chocolate peppermint Oreo pops are super easy to make and are delicious to boot.  Hand them out individually or gift them as a fun bouquet.


Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Pops

Oreo pops have been around for a while, but I'll bet you haven't seen them made with Doodlebug's colorful pixies straws!  Rather than insert a regular ol' white lollipop stick, add some extra holiday cheer to your treats by using pixies straws to turn Oreos into pops.


The combination of dark chocolate and peppermint is so yummy!   I had originally intended to make white chocolate pops, but I wrecked the chocolate in the microwave.  Oops. 


Gently hold both sides of the Oreo while inserting the pixie straw.  The pixies fit nicely into a single stuffed Oreo without causing it to pop open.  I only know this because I got single stuffed Oreos on accident.


You can use any variety of chocolate and sprinkles to make festive Oreo pops.   I learned a couple of valuable lessons while melting chocolate in the microwave.  First, heat low and slow.  50% power for 30 seconds at a time (or less) should do the trick.  Melting the chocolate too fast will lead to a funky blob.  Second, add a little bit of vegetable shortening as you melt the chocolate to keep it nice and smooth. 


After you dip the pop in chocolate, lay it on a cooling rack and add crushed peppermint. 


Place each Oreo pop in a little baggie and tie with twine.  Add a sweet little tag and and they're ready to go! 

Have a happy day!

Amanda

Supplies:
variety of chocolate and/or candy melts
peppermint candy pieces and/or sprinkles
Oreos
Doodlebug Home for the Holidays PIXIES collection
Baker's twine
treat bags

Mod Deer Silhouette Christmas Card

Don't you just love it when two of your favorite things come together?  This easy and trendy mod deer silhouette Christmas card is sure to have a place on many a fridge for the weeks to come.  

Mod Deer Silhouette Christmas Card

Inspired by the deer silhouette trend in home decor, I created a scaled down version for this holiday card.  Glittering is a snap when you use Silhouette's double sided adhesive.  Just look at those perfect lines! 

For more details and a complete list of supplies used on this card, head on over to the Silhouette Blog

Stay warm, my friends! 

Amanda

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fireplace Stockings Christmas Card

Yesterday I shared a quick and easy Christmas card, but if you  have a little more time on your hands, this fireplace stockings Christmas card is a lot of fun to put together! 

Fireplace Stockings Christmas Card

I built the fireplace by layering strips of patterned paper on a red card base.  I adhered the mantel and base with foam squares to create added dimension.  Next, I affixed the stocking and sentiment stickers to the fireplace.  

I fussy cut candy from patterned paper and layered them behind each stocking sticker.  I also adhered enamel dots to the top of the stocking to act as stocking hangers. 

Surprise!  The little fire is on the inside of the card.  I made the fire by free-hand cutting the logs and flames from woodgrain and tissue paper.   I framed the fire with baker's twine and a sentiment sticker. 

May your winter be warm! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
Doodlebug Home for the Holidays collection

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Santa Washi Christmas Card

Are you a Christmas card slacker?  Well, I have a solution for you!  With a little bit of washi tape and some festive stickers, you can whip up some stylish holiday cards in a jiffy.  I made this Santa washi Christmas card with a few strips of washi tape and some stickers.  Easy as pie! 


Santa Washi Christmas Card

This card requires no die cutting or stamping.  Heck, your kids could even help you put this card together.  I affixed three strips of washi tape and some dimensional stickers.  TIP: Use washi tape that already has a holiday sentiment. 


Plus, it's hard to go wrong with a chubby, little Santa.  

Merry Christmas! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
Doodlebug Home for the Holidays collection washi tape and stickers

Monday, December 9, 2013

Home for the Holidays Christmas Wall Decor

I love to make hand-made decorations at Christmastime.  Every year my collection of decorations gets a little bit bigger which means more holiday cheer.  This year I made a home for the holidays Christmas wall decor to add to my ever growing collection.  

Home for the Holidays Christmas Wall Decor

This street paper is so stinkin' cute it could be a piece of decor all on its own.  I paired the street print with some house stickers to make a custom piece of 12"x12" home decor.  Wanna know a secret?  I adhered the paper to the frame with washi tape so I could easily swap out this scene for another holiday scene.


I created the centerpiece by layering house  and Christmas tree stickers on a 6"x6" background.  I matted the scene with alternating layers of red and white cardstock.


The glittery rooftops and snowflakes are so fun and festive.  This happy piece of Christmas decor will grace my house for years to come.


I am also delighted to add that I will be rejoining the Doodlebug Design Team for 2014!  Stop by the Doodlebug Blog to see the other ladies that will be bringing you fab Doodlebug inspiration all year long!  I can't wait to see what the next year brings!  

Have a happy day! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
Doodlebug Home for the Holidays collection, wooden frame (Sierra Pacific)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to Add Social Media Icons to Your Blog

I am always trying to improve the look and function of my blog and I wanted to clean things up a bit by adding social media icons.  (Pssst...check out my new icons.  Go ahead, give them a try.)

If you Google or search for "free social media icons" on Pinterest, you will find all sorts of free social media icon images.  Find the icons you like and follow the steps on THIS POST to add the icons to your blog sidebar.  It worked for me the very first time, and I am totally not that HTML savvy.   

Image source
The icons I liked the most came from THIS PAGE.  The icons are clean and simple and come in a variety of trendy colors.  

If you have any questions, I'd love to help!  Leave me a comment or send me an email.  And be sure to send me a link to your blog when you have added your new social media icons.  I'd love to see them! 

Amanda

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gingerbread House Shaped Card

I love making shaped cards and holiday and Christmas shaped cards are my favorite!  I broke out a bunch of my cute Doodlebug supplies to create this gingerbread house shaped card


Gingerbread House Shaped Card

I used THIS SHAPE from the Silhouette store to create my card base.  I cut out one house from polka dot patterned paper and another from regular kraft cardstock.  I scored the top of the kraft house and adhered the top to the front piece to create a card.  I customized the card by adding white glitter trim to the roof and windows in the door.  I also free-hand cut a snow drift and placed it in front of the door.  


I had fun adding little details to the card like rhinestone Christmas ornaments and a peppermint door knob.

Do you like to make shaped cards?   

Amanda

Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIY Gift Card Wallet

Gift cards are easy to acquire and inexpensive to ship which makes them ideal for giving, especially during the holiday season.  This DIY gift card wallet is easy to make and fun to give! 

DIY Gift Card Wallet


I added lots and lots of pockets to the wallet so you can spoil the heck out of your birthday guy or gal. The stitching adds an authentic feel to the wallet. Insert a special note and a place to write a name.  


Embellish the outside of the wallet with fun stickers, die-cuts, and decorative tape.  Switch up the papers and embellishments to make a wallet just for the holidays. 


Add some embellishments to the inside of the wallet and insert a special note for the recipient. 


Cut a 9"x 3.5" piece of paper and stitch around the edge.  Cut several smaller sized pieces to make the inside pockets of the wallet.  Stitch only along the edges that will remain open. 


Layer the pockets and stitch them together along the outside edges.  Adhere pockets to inside of wallet and stuff with goodies! 


Switch up the papers and embellishments to make a gift card wallet just for the holidays.  


Have a happy day! 

Amanda

Supplies: Pebbles Inc. From Me to You Collection

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DIY Paper Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

Popcorn and cranberry garland is a timeless Christmas classic.  Oh, how I would love to have it adorn my Christmas tree all holiday season!  But alas, with two children and a bunch of dogs and cats, having an edible garland on my Christmas tree would be a disaster waiting to happen.  Enter DIY paper popcorn and cranberry garland.  Not only will my kids not eat it, the dogs and cats are likely to leave it alone, too.  As an added bonus, you can easily put it into storage and use it for years to come.

DIY Paper Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

You can assemble a 7 ft. garland in about an hour with just a few die cuts and some easy sewing.  For this project you will need a Silhouette CAMEO, 3 sheets of 12"x12" cardstock (2 white, 1 red), THIS FILE from the Silhouette store, and a sewing machine.  If you don't have a Silhouette CAMEO or Silhouette Portrait, you can use a 1/2" circle punch to make the cranberries and a cloud die to make the popcorn.  

Sewing two die cuts together makes for a lovely dimensional garland that closely resembles a real popcorn and cranberry garland.  

The top row shows the variety of popcorn shapes that are part of THIS popcorn die cut file.  Resize some of the popcorn pieces before you make your cuts so you have a larger variety of popcorn.  TIP: Separate the popcorn die cuts into pairs then organize them into little stacks to make them easier to grab when you begin sewing.   

Stitch three pairs of popcorn end-to-end and then add a pair of cranberries.  Repeat this process until you use up all of your popcorn die cuts.  To stitch little pieces of paper closely together, feed the next piece of paper (or pair) under your presser foot just before you finish stitching the last piece.  

When you are done stitching your garland, it will be flat.  Gently open up each piece make your garland 3D.  

Drape your paper popcorn and cranberry garland on your Christmas tree for some instant holiday cheer! 

Happy crafting! 

Amanda

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Polka Dot Seasons Greetings Card (RCC 88-Anything Goes)

Good day everyone!  Welcome back for RCC 88: Anything Goes.  The holidays make me happy and so do polka dots, so I combined the two to make a fun and cute polka dot seasons greetings card.

Polka Dot Seasons Greetings Card

Neither of these red and white polka dot prints are from a holiday collection.  Your non-holiday papers can be great resource when creating traditional holiday cards.  The polka dot holly leaves and stripey buttons make for a cute DIY embellishment. 

When mixing polka dot prints, mix large scale dots with small scale dots.  You can also mix dots that are close together with dots that are far apart.  The contrast in the prints will make for a pleasing design.





There are only three (3) rules you must follow to be eligible for the prize:
  1. You MUST use ribbon, twine, thread, washi tape or anything that comes on a spool on your creation 
  2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month. 
  3. You must add a NEW project to the inlinkz on THIS POST and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery. (Unfortunately, we've had participants who would have won the challenge, but they didn't do a direct link to their blog and I couldn't find their creation!)

Happy December to you all!

Amanda