You cannot imagine how excited I am to be a part of this amazing blog hop today with all of these lovely & talented designers. When I received the email from Kelly at Paper Crafts, I almost fell off my chair! This truly is a dream come true for me!
So, as one of the lucky designers chosen to be a part of today's hop, I have a lot of fun in store for you... what do you think? Should we get started?! Let's go!
First off, let's talk about this amazing special holiday issue from Paper Crafts, stacked FULL of holiday goodness! 6 years ago when the first issue of Holiday Cards & More came out, I eagerly bought it and ran home..so excited to open it and see what was hidden amongst its pages. To this day, I have collected every Holiday Cards & More issue and refer to them often when making my holiday cards. And so, this past Spring I was bound & determined to submit my creations in to the call and wouldn't you know it, 5 of my cards made it in to this magazine! It truly is a dream come true! I had so much fun listening to Christmas carols and playing with all my favorite holiday images. I think the best aspect of this process was challenging myself to create cards that were truly different from any other I had seen before. And because creating Christmas cards ranks #1 on my favorites list, this experience was honestly so much fun! So if you haven't gotten your hands on Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 6 ..don't worry, I have you covered! You can purchase your very own copy right here:
And as much as I enjoy taking the time to really pull out all my materials to create a card, some days a quick 'n easy card really hits the spot. They are the perfect solution when you are trying to mass produce a design for all the loved ones on your Christmas card list. And seeing as I send out an average of 50 cards ever Christmas, quick 'n easy is the way to go for me!! So, since we were challenged to create a quick 'n easy holiday card for this hop, I got straight to work on creating a simple, homespun Christmas card that you can recreate quickly in just a few small steps!
First off, make your card from Kraft cardstock. Stamp a candy cane border image in red ink across the top of your card, then stamp your sentiment.
Next, using green ink, stamp a pine bough garland across the centre of your card. Stamp berries and ornaments in red ink to add some interest.
Next, using liquid glue, adhere glitter to the pine bough garland to add some sparkle (what are the holidays without a little sparkle?) I used Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter for my card here.
Finally, tie red & white twine around your card front and add a red button, tying it in a bow. And voila, a quick 'n easy Holiday card ready in just minutes!!
So, what do you think? I hope you enjoyed my creation for this blog hop, but it doesn't end here! There are 11 extremely talented ladies waiting to show you a quick 'n easy holiday card as well, I hope you will stop by and give them some Holiday love as well!!
And because Paper Crafts magazine rocks, they have a fun giveaway going on for you right now! Just click here, leave a comment on the Paper Crafts Connection and you will be entered to win this amazing prize below...trust me, you're going to want this!
Happy Crafting Everyone!
Happy Crafting Everyone!