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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Great Moments With Family

Hi Everyone!
Welcome back!
I put my Christmas playlist on and had a wonderful time making the little portfolio that I'm going to share with you.  It was so easy to make, especially when using all the fabulous bits and pieces that you get with a Wild Whisper collection!  This little folio is 4" wide x 6" high.  It can be made using a 6x6" paper pad.
The collection I used for the portfolio is Canadian Winter.  To cut the base piece of the folio, I used heavy weight #110 white cardstock.

I found the tutorial for this portfolio on Youtube. 
It is a series of videos made by Papercrafter45.  
The photo below is to show you what NOT to do.  I seem to be challenged when it comes to getting patterns going in the correct direction!  So be careful when you're cutting your mats and remember to flip one over when you're cutting the tab into it.  That way it will sit correctly.  For me it wasn't that big of a deal because I covered it up with a mat and the problem was solved!

To create some sparkly texture on the front of the portfolio, I used the Snow Fun stencil from Echo Park and Aleene's Glitter Snow texture paste.  (Love this stuff!)

It is so pretty and sparkly!  The coordinated sequins and flair button added a special touch as well!

This is the back of the portfolio.  In most of their collections, Suzy and Heather always include the loveliest quotes, and this one is found in the Canadian Winter card pack.

This is the inside of the portfolio.  The lovely paper that I've used as a background to take my pictures, is also a piece that is in Canadian Winter.

On the left, there is a wide pocket to tuck little gifts into... maybe a gift card, lottery tickets, flat chocolate mints... so much fun thinking up special treats to add!  The snow shoes and warm wishes sentiment are pieces that you can trim out of the papers in the collection.

The mini-challenge at More Than Words this month, asks you to make a project with the word GREAT on it, and that is why I added the little sentiment piece to this pocket.  The challenge ends November 30th so you still have time to enter.  Dusty Attic is giving a $25 certificate to shop in their store to the lucky winner!

On the right, there is another pocket to add more goodies!  The snowflake trim is the end piece that is on every 12x12 sheet of paper.  It makes great pieces for trimming photos and pockets, etc.

So what's tucked in those pockets you might ask?  A cute family that is very special to me.  I thought of them instantly when I was looking at this paper collection and planning projects.  They LOVE to go skiing in the mountains as a family and have tons of fun together.  This portfolio is going to be a gift for them to remember those happy memories.

These are the pocket cards that the photos are glued to the back of.  I love that there is a place to send a little note to them!

So put the Christmas carols on and have a happy time making your own portfolio and don't forget to enter the More Than Words challenge!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Hi Everyone!

I have some exciting news to share today!

I was chosen to join the 2020 More Than Words Challenge Blog Admin/Design Team! 
We are introducing a first glimpse of the new design team today over on the blog.

My duties will be Blog Coordinator, as well as Design Team contributor.

More Than Words is an international papercraft challenge blog offering a monthly Main Challenge based on a Word and a Creative Challenge, open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages. PLUS we host a word-based Mini Challenge on the last week of each month for cards, tags and ATCs. There is definitely something for everyone!  

There are prizes up for grabs each month under many categories:  There's a Main Challenge Winner is voted on by the DT, 4 Runners Up prizes also voted on by the DT, a Random Winner who is drawn from all the entries, and 2 Mystery Winners that have captured the eye of the DT.  One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, is invited to be a one-time Special Guest Designer with their own special Spotlight Post.  The Mini Challenge Winner is voted on by the DT.

So what are you waiting for????  
We have two challenges running until the end of the month and we'd love to see your entries in them!

Go HERE for more information and rules.

Go HERE for more information and rules.

Thanks for sharing a special day with me today!
Happy Creating!


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Trio of Christmas Cards

Welcome back!  Today I've got a set of 3 Christmas cards that I made using Pam Bray's beautiful Christmas paper in the 6x6" size.

I love making Christmas cards because you get to use lots of glitter and bling! 

To make this one, I used the Pine Branch die by Tim Holtz to cut the pinecones, and the beautiful Peace stamp is from a set that is also by Tim Holtz, called Christmas Time 2.

I first embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder and didn't feel it stood out enough.

So I embossed over the gold with black embossing powder and I really liked the shabby, distressed, black and gold sentiment I ended up with.  

I used the piece that I trimmed off, to put on the inside, and this sentiment stamp is also from Christmas Time 2 by Tim Holtz.

Season's Greetings is also from the Christmas Time 2 set.  I embossed it with black embossing powder and trimmed the sides with gold mirror card and some cute red pompom trim that I had in my stash.

I loved the deer on the porch step and decided to give him a bright red bow and some jingle bells around his neck.

Inside, I again used the trimmed off piece from the front of the card and another sentiment from Christmas Time 2.  (I really love that stamp set!)

This last card was the most work, but also the most fun!

I used a label die from my stash and cut out a portion of the patterned paper.  At the same time, I cut Merry Christmas from gold mirror cardstock using the Christmas Ribbon die set by Tim Holtz and the pine branches were cut from the same die set that cut the pinecones - Pine Branch.

I cut about 5 more pieces of white cardstock using the same label die, stacked them all up and glued them together to make a piece of chipboard about 1/8" thick.  Then I embossed around the sides and the edges as you see above, using gold embossing powder.
I re-inserted this chipboard piece into the original patterned paper and trimmed it up with the diecut pieces, as well as a little poinsettia by Prima.

For the inside of the card, I cut another label diecut, edged it in gold embossing powder and embossed Season's Greetings in red embossing powder.

So there you go!  Three Christmas cards done and an afternoon of creative fun!  I still have MORE pieces of this beautiful paper left over, so there might be a few more cards in future posts!
Happy creating!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Cross Canada Blog Hop - Holly Jolly

Hi everyone!

We're getting closer to Christmas and the November Cross Canada Blog Hop for CTMH consultants is all about the Holly Jolly paper collection this month!

To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, please contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers, if you click on the links that I have hi-lighted, they will take you directly to my online business account.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that has inspired you. Comments help us to create posts that will give you the information that you are looking for.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop. If you came from Brandi's Blog then you are in the right place!

I chose to make this cute little HoHoHo card that is featured in the new Cricut cartridge "Complete Creativity".

I used Holly Jolly paper for the background and White Daisy and Candy Apple cardstock for the cutouts.  The bow is from the Striped Ribbon Bows embellishment package.

Here's a close-up to see how I added Julep Loose Sequins and Bitty Sparkles to the snowflakes and drew a border around the outer edge using a black journaling pen.

Complete Creativity has a lot of images and "quick to make" cards and layouts.  

Thanks for hopping along with us!  I hope you have been inspired by the Cross Canada Blog Hop to try out some of the designs,
products and techniques you have seen! 

Watch for the Cross Canada Blog Hop again next month when the paper collection featured will be the lovely woodsy Christmas collection
 called Cedar & Pine!

Be sure to mark December 10th on your calendar!

Happy creating,

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is at Janet's blog.

In case you get lost, here is a list of the consultants who are featured on the Blog Hop this month:

Linda (That's me!)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

"Child at Heart" Box Card

Hi everyone!  Today, I'm going to share one of my favorite ways to use up bits and pieces of ephemera, by making a box card.

I found the SVG file for the basic box form, from The Non Crafty Crafter here.  She also provides a link to Cricut Design Space where she has it set up and ready to cut.  A big thank you to her for sharing it with us!

This is how I glued everything together after I had cut it on my cricut.  The next step is to glue the small flap on the left to the tall panel at the back and create a box.  I would suggest using liquid glue when making this box in order that you have a few seconds to get everything lined up properly before it starts drying.

This is the box glued together, but I'm showing with the arrow, where I made an error.  That little flap would look better glued behind the tall narrow panel, so leave that panel to glue on after the box is glued.  For my project, I just covered it up with a piece of ephemera.
Those two little pieces in the center of the box are where you glue your ephemera pieces to.

I cut 1/2" by 2" tabs out of a piece of packaging.  Then you glue your ephemera pieces to the tabs, and the tabs to the center of the box.

The back of the box, and the front flap are generally your focal pieces so I put my favorite pieces of ephemera there to start, and build up around them.  You can see above, how I have placed the rainbox.  You need to make sure that when a piece like the rainbow is hanging over the edge as I have it; that it still fits when you fold the card up to put in an envelope.

Here you see I have folded the card up and the rainbow is fitting inside the parameters.  If I had glued the rainbow on the other side, it would be sticking out and wouldn't fit in the envelope.  As I'm gluing tabs on, I quite often close the card and make sure the ephemera bits look correct.

Here is the left side of the completed card.

Here is the right side.

Finally, here is the card folded up and flattened down ready to go into an envelope!  The card is 5" wide and 5-1/2" tall.  Narelle, The Non Crafty Crafter, has also provided a cut file for the envelope... so you will be all set!
Now go grab your bits and pieces and give it a try!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Trick or Treat

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a tag that I did for the Wild Whisper Blog and also for the More Than Words Mini Challenge which started today!

I turned my tag into a shaker card using the coordinating Halloween Night sequin pack by Wild Whisper.

The shaker section was popped up off the tag base, and along the top and bottom  I tucked in some Dusty Attic chicken wire chipboard, along with some of Tim Holtz's Mummy Cloth.  Don't you just love that creepy spider in the center???

The spider, skull and jar were all fussy cut from the delightfully spooky paper.

Add some removable tape to the back of your tag and voila!  You have a piece of home decor to get you in the spirit of things!
Click HERE to find out all you need to know about the Mini Challenge
and to see gorgeous inspiration from the More Than Words DT.
Remember that in order to participate, you have to share your project
on the More Than Words FB page right HERE by the end of the month.

Don't forget to use my coupon code if you go shopping at Wild Whisper, to receive a discount on your order!  (DTLINDA)

Monday, October 21, 2019

More Than Words Design Team Callout 2020

Design Team Callout 2020


More Than Words is changing! With a new administration team in place we are looking to expand our challenges across more social media sites. There will be small but significant changes to the way we run our challenges with the aim being to make them more accessible to all.

We are looking for new Design Team members to help carry out our expansion in 2020. Ideally, they would be:
ü  Great designers of scrapbook pages, art journals and/or off-the-page items
ü  Active on social media
ü  Able to submit projects on time
ü  Able to work within a team environment

Design Team members are required to:
·         Create a project for our Main Challenge each month
·         Create a project for our Mini Challenge approx. every second month
·         Comment on entries
·         Be actively involved in team discussions and decisions

The term is for 12 months, starting January 1st, 2020.

If this sounds like you, please message us on the More Than Words Facebook page, simply telling us you are interested and providing us with an email address that we can contact you on. Entries close October 31st.