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Quick and Easy Holiday Thank You Cards

Easy Holiday Thank You Cards by Stephanie Halinski | papercraftstyle.com

I had a few thank you notes for holiday gifts to send out, so I whipped up a set over the weekend. These are so easy to make, and you only need a few supplies: cardstock, ink, a Hero Arts thank you stamp set, and Martha Stewart holiday border stickers and tags. Just cut and fold the cardstock (I made them 4-bar size), stamp your sentiment, and trim and stick on the borders. For two of the cards, the row of gifts were cut from the tags. I fussy-cut a gift box from a duplicate tag and used a foam square to stick it on for some dimension. And of course I couldn’t resist adding a teeny-tiny pearl. :)

I love to get more use out of my Christmas crafting supplies after the holidays. How are you using your Christmas papers, embellishments, etc. now that the holidays are over, if at all?

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Sparkly New Year’s Card

Sparkly New Year's Card

I’m back again today with a New Year’s card that pretty much sparkles and shines from every angle… just the way I wanted it! The background paper is from Michaels. I printed the sentiment myself and added some mini Swarovskis and Paper Source glitter ribbon for some extra bling. The inset circle is punched out from a Bloomingdale’s holiday catalog. We received the catalog in the mail a few weeks ago and as I paged through it, all I could focus on were all the gorgeous patterns. Besides the embossed cover that I used for this card, there are lots of fun snowflake patterned pages that will be perfect for winter layouts and cards. Have you ever kept a magazine or catalog to repurpose it for your crafting?

Sparkly New Year's Card

Thanks for stopping by… wishing you a happy new year!

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Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

I was happy to get some great shots of the family during our Christmas celebrations this year. And with holiday crafting supplies in my stash… and free time over Christmas vacation… the only logical thing to do is to scrapbook those photos, right? ;)

I’ve had this brown leather album for awhile. It is a traditional photo album. I removed the photo page protectors that came with the album and replaced them with typical cardstock. I was grateful for the extra space the binder-ring style allowed since I used so many 3d embellishments. For consistency, I typed and printed out “chapter” titles (“Family Portraits,” “Gifts & Games,” etc.) and placed them on full pages to introduce each section.

I also made sure to carefully record every person’s name since we got so many group shots. I feel like that’s so important when putting family photos in album, so everyone will know who’s who in the years to come. Do you tend to label the people in your photos directly on the page? I’ve also seen some people include that info in the front or back of the album, or on the back of the photos themselves. How do you label your photos when you scrapbook, if at all?

Here’s a full look at the album, page-by-page:

Christmas Scrapbook

You may remember some of the same Stampin’ Up! felt wreaths made an appearance on these Christmas cards. They’re some of my favorite embellishments… I’ve used them sparingly on projects to keep in my supplies collection from year to year.

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

The 3d tree on the left side is from Anna Griffin’s 2011 Christmas cardmaking kit. I used several of these stickers throughout the album for a traditional feel. They’re beautifully crafted… I’m always impressed with the quality of Anna Griffin’s supplies.

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

The photos I took were at night and inside, so lighting was tricky… most of the photos came out with a warm yellow hue. But I was happy to have golds and reds in the holiday papers I ended up using to (somewhat?) complement the coloring of the photos. Most of the papers in the album, like this red damask on the left side, are from an older K&Company vintage-inspired Christmas collection.

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Are you noticing a trend yet with the photo placement? I had a lot of photos I wanted to include… so kept them mostly in a simple 2-by-2 standard photo album layout.

Christmas Scrapbook

I made the tag by cutting glitter cardstock and the illustration from one of the K&Company papers, adhering them together, and tying the tag onto the rings. It’s identical on the front and back, so you can see the tag design when it flips as you turn the page.

Christmas Scrapbook

I’m going to tuck away a Christmas wish list and some other memorabilia into the long envelope.

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

I’m kind of obsessed with gingerbread men, as you’ll see in the next few pages. I could not resist these cute little guys at Michaels.

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Another love of mine is shimmery cardstock… who doesn’t love all things sparkly for the holidays? This super-sturdy AC glitter cardstock is the perfect thickness for a scrapbook page.

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Christmas Scrapbook

Love that this famous quote was part of the K&Company collection… so I could end my album with it!
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Christmas Cards 2012: Using the Silhouette to Make Holiday Cards

Silhouette Reindeer Handmade Christmas Card

I always look forward to making Christmas cards. Some years I’ll start as early as November developing a general idea or buying some supplies. But life has been so crazy lately, that suddenly I realized December had snuck up on me and I wasn’t quite sure what I would be doing for my holiday cards this year.

Things lightened up a few weekends ago, and thankfully I was also hit with the creative itch! For the first time, I managed to plan, buy supplies for, make, print envelopes and fill out all my 50-some cards in one weekend. And far from being exhausting… since I hadn’t crafted in a few weeks… I had so much fun!

When I started thinking about what I wanted to make, I knew I wanted to do a flat design so I wouldn’t need extra postage or special envelopes… which made my die-cut Silhouette machine an obvious choice for a helpful tool. Holiday cards were also a good pre-wedding test project, to see if the machine could handle a gazillion cuts in a row. (And for the record, it did! I need a new cutting mat, but the machine itself didn’t seem the least bit tired ;)

Each card included two parts adhered together. I picked up the cards at Michaels. (Extra excitement here for an awesome Christmas sale that made these my most affordable cards yet.)

Here’s a peek into the process:

Using a Silhouette machine to make Christmas cards

First I print all the inside card pieces. The front of this card is the metallic sheen that shows through to the die-cut design.

Using a Silhouette machine to make Christmas cards

Next I print each of the front (overlay) card pieces, and cut the deer design using the Silhouette. (Don’t mind the jagged leftover outline next to the card… ugh! What happens when you play with the cut thickness settings. Lesson learned…)

Using the Silhouette to make a Christmas card

Here’s what the front of the card looks like, before the inside piece is adhered to it.
By the way… in case you’re wondering where the deer motif came from… I purchased the design from the Silhouette store, then mirrored the deer together to make the motif. I’m happy with how it turned out, especially since the design avoids intricate cuts… a timesaver when making a bunch of cards.

Using the Silhouette to make handmade holiday cards

Here’s a prettier photo of what the card looks like before the insert, above.
Below, what it looks like with the insert in but not adhered.

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Christmas card inside message
Here’s a better shot of the inside message.

metallic envelopes

The shimmer envelopes also came from Michaels. I discovered that my EPSON can print without smearing on metallic  papers. Much easier than printing separate labels. I always like printing directly on envelopes when it’s possible.
Deer motif on back of Christmas envelope 
Another cool discovery I made was that I could print the deer motif directly onto the envelopes from the Silhouette software. I swear I’m probably the only person to have the machine for almost a year before realizing the print function of the Silhouette, but I always figured the “print and cut” option required separate software or cartridges or something. (I’m happy it doesn’t!!)

Handmade Christmas cards

If you make your own cards… don’t forget to put the year on the back! A fun project could be to create a yearly album with each year’s Christmas cards inside. This would also be a nice scrapbook idea for photo Christmas cards.

Thanks for stopping by to see my Christmas cardmaking process. Did you make your cards this year? Would love to see a link to your cards… feel free to leave a comment!

I’m hoping to be back tomorrow with some of my Christmas packages all dolled up…

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Thanksgiving Cards

Today I’ll keep my post short and sweet… I’m sharing some Thanksgiving cards I made  using mostly Bella Blvd‘s Thankful collection. Enjoy!

(P.S. Can you believe Thanksgiving is only one week away?! I better get started on those Christmas cards!)

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Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks

Today’s post is just a peek at a project… to see the whole project, you’ll have to pick up the latest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine, Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks! (You can buy it here.) This issue is awesome (I’m not just saying that!) and I’m pretty pumped to be part of it. It’s always been a mini goal of mine to be the designer behind my favorite column in the magazine – “Paper Crafts 101” – and that’s exactly what this issue is based on.

If you’re not familiar with the column, the concept is pretty simple: Think of several different ways to use a single tool or product. I came up with some new ideas for using an electronic die-cutting machine. One of the techniques I present is shown here – using your machine to cut out your own sentiment.

What other ways are you using your die-cut machine? I’d love to see! To learn more about the magazine, I suggest you check out the week-long extravaganza over on the Paper Crafts Connection blog.

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