Day Fourteen: An Eclipse Slimline Christmas Card

Have you been enjoying our 31 Days of Christmas video series?? I have been amazed at all the unique projects our team has created and, each day, I am surprised by the cards they have made.  Yes, just like you, I have no idea what each of these lovely ladies are going to make, so I get to enjoy each of the process videos along with you. 

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Today is day fourteen of our Creative Design Team video collab, and I am excited to share what I have made.  I chose to use non-Christmas products with my Cricut to create an Eclipse Slimline Card with a little gift pocket inside.

This year, I have not been able to purchase any of the new Christmas products, so I chose instead to use what I have – some Lovely papers, a few year-round stamps, my Cricut, and our amazing Fancy Border thin cuts.  Many of you have items in your stash that you could use for this type of card and my hope is that you pull out of few of these supplies and give it a try. 

To create the front panel of the card, you will need some letter dies or a cutting machine.  In the video tutorial I show you how I used Design Space to create the front panel and cut it out with my Maker. The wreath image I used for the “O” is not from a Christmas collection, but, in fact, is from our year-round Florals and Flutters stamp set

I stamped the wreath image in Evergreen and Sage inks, then cut it out using the matching thin cuts.  I then added some little red beads, a vellum bow, and a sticker from our Comfort & Joy sticker sheet.  How cute is that little bow? I just love all the little stitched details and how soft it looks. 

The lace on the card was created using our Fancy Borders thin cuts.  I also used one of these borders to create the scallop edge on the inside pocket of the card. 

Those lovely border dies are so much fun to play with and have so many possibly.  I am working on another project right now using these dies. Speaking of lovely — that is the name of the paper I used.  Our Lovely collection is a year-round collection that you can use for any occasion. It is full of beautiful patterns and colors that I know you will enjoy. 

In the video tutorial, I show you how to create the card base, form the pocket and assemble the card.  I hope you enjoy learning how to create this project. 

I truly hope that you have been inspired by our 31 Days of Christmas Cards series and that each of these videos has helped you to get a head-start on your holiday crafting.  If you have missed any of our past videos, you can view them here on my playlist

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Day Seven: 31 Days of Christmas Cards Collab

I am so excited to share our new Creative Design Team video collab with you entitled 31 Days of Christmas Cards.  Each day, one of our design team members will be showing you how to create some beautiful projects so that you can get a head-start on your Christmas card making.  Make sure that you are subscribed to each of these YoutUbe channels and click on the notification bell so that you are notified when each daily video is added. 

My Christmas Cards are going to be featured every Wednesday in October, and I will be posting the tutorials on my channel and here on my blog for you to enjoy. At the end of the month, I will post the complete playlist so that you can view EVERY video we have created.  

Today, I decided to feature one of my favorite seasonal background dies – the Layered Floral Thin Cuts.  These are currently available, while supplies last, in the September/October catalog and I have fallen in love with this beautiful intricate design. 

I wanted to show you two ways that you could use these thin cuts. This set of three dies is sized to fit a standard A2 size card, so I chose to show you how to use with cardstock, glitter paper, and a PML card.  

The Comfort & Joy PML card design was an on-camera experiment. I liked the pattern on that PML card, but I knew that it was smaller than the background thin cut, so I decided to figure out a way to use it.  In my video, you get to see how I “made it work” and now I plan to try it again with a few more of the pocket cards in my stash. 

I also chose to show you how I use stickers on my cards. For some people this is a foreign concept, but I have found that many of our stickers are ideal for sentiments and embellishments especially when you need a last minute card. 

On each design, I used few gold stickers from the Comfort & Joy sticker sheet to embellish the card and, on one of the cards, a simple Silent Night sticker sentiment.   

Each of the Poinsettias were created using the Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking stamp set.  The flowers on these cards were layered with the berries and pine bough images.

On the Scarlet card, I stamped the images in Scarlet ink and cut a few of the layers from vellum using the matching thin cuts dies.  I wanted this to be a monochromatic looking card, so I chose to stamp the image in that beautiful scarlet color, black, and gold.  

To give the look of little yellow flowers, I adhered a pile of beads in the center using Liquid Glass.  Can I just say, I am so excited that we have beads now.  On my home décor projects, I have always used a product like the beads for the centers of my flowers, and, now that we have the beads, I can show you how I like to use them. 

The second Poinsettia is a little more traditional with the green leaves and simple gold center.  I chose to stamp and cut multiple images and layer them together using foam dots. 

I am loving how each one of these turned out.  They have such an elegant look with those Layered Floral Background thin cuts, yet, they were so simple to make using stamps and stickers. 

If you would like to create a set of these cards, or watch my PML card experiment, you can click on the video below. If you wish to subscribe to my channel or any of the other Creative Design Team members, head on over to YoutUbe, and click on the “description” in the video. There you will see a list of all of our design team members. 

I hope that you were inspired to create something new and create a few Christmas cards of your own.  Make sure to stop by each week for another Christmas Card project idea. 

Don’t forget! The Layered Floral Background Die and Stamp Set I used are available for a limited time.  As a VIP you can get 15% back in rewards when you purchase these AND when you sign up as a VIP this month, you get a $25 bonus to use on just about anything on my website.  

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A Happiest Place Mini-Album|Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has a special treat for you this month.  We have added a second round of videos featuring the Happiest Place collection.  Once again, this group of consultants did an amazing job creating projects for you to enjoy using the papers, foil cardstock, stamps, and the digital collections from our Happiest Place collection. 

For my video collab project, I chose to tackle a Disney Vacation album that has been on my to-do list for quite a few years. This album has an emotional element wrapped into it, so it took me some time to process the grief before I could create it.  I am happy to say that it is almost complete after using a large amount of elements from the Happiest Place collection. 

The album itself is a Story By Stacy Short Story album.  When I first went into the basement to grab everything from this trip, I was brought to tears by the lack of photos we had.  At this time in our lives, we were still processing the film for photos and, unfortunately, did not have as many as I had hoped. 

With only thirty photos to chose from (most of which were not very good), I decided to follow Stacy’s philosophy and focus more on the story. I began pulling elements from the Short Story album kit and the Happiest Place kits, and began creating our album. 

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In this video you will learn how I created three of the layouts and get a view of the entire album in the mini-album walk-though.  For those who want to know more about some of the pages I have created and the stories behind them, you can keep reading. 


Like I said, I started out with only thirty photos and a handful of memorabilia, so I knew that I didn’t need to create a large album. Instead,  I chose to use this six-inch black checked mini-album kit along with some bits and pieces from the Happiest Place Cut-Above kit. 

In my video, I show you two ways to create pages for this album – the traditional way and the “Stacy” way – so that you can see how simple each page was to make.  When I first started to make this album, I was a bit resistant on the “Stacy” way, but, after trying it, I realized that it made creating pages go so much faster and allowed me to complete the whole album in two days

As you view the album walk-through, you are going to see a fair amount of interactive elements on the pages.  In the midst of designing this album, I happened across another envelope of photos which again brought me to tears.  I decided to stick to my original mini-album plan, but knew I would need more space for photos. This is where all those flip-flaps came in handy. 

When I add flip-flaps to my creations, I like to add tabs or ribbon for the viewers to use to lift the flaps.  On the Happy page, I used a star tab sticker from the cut-above kit that I stamped with some black hearts. 

I often use elements from other kits to add to my creations.  Our Happiest Place 8½” x 11″ cut-above kit is so full of goodies, that I could help but dig through and grab elements for my album.  A good deal of my pages use elements from this kit. On the page below, I combined the tags from the kit with stickers from the Happiest Place sticker sheet and tabs from the Short Story Kit. 

There are pages in this book that are dedicated to each child and their vacation stories. This layout is dedicated to our daughter and her desire to ride the roller-coaster.  She almost wasn’t tall enough to ride and was very hesitant to go at first, but once she rode the ride, we couldn’t get her to stop

As one friend said, This book is “flip-flaps on steroids“.  All throughout the album, you will find photos to lift, tags to pull out, and books to unfold.  In my video, I also show you how to create this three page interactive layout with a fold-out accordion book. The light parade was one event we had plenty of photos for, but I wanted to keep them all together on one layout, so I created a six-inch flip-flap and this adorable little book decorated with an acrylic castle and checked ribbon. 

In the photo above, my husband is trying to console our daughter. She spent two days looking for Snow White and hadn’t found her, yet.  She had refused to have any other character sign her little autograph book until she had found Snow White. 

In the layout below, I tell the story of how she possibly offended Minnie Mouse.  Each time her brothers would get a signature, we tried to convince her to get one, too. We even tried to hand her book to Minnie for her, and she took it back and wouldn’t allow Minnie to sign her book. She wanted Snow White’s to be the first.

This set of pages is all about character autographs. There are pull out tabs with autographs that I created using our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts, a little book of flip-flaps, and the story of how happy our daughter was to finally see Snow White.  

Our album is full of stories of our children’s Disney adventures – from the sobbing children in the airport, to the matching red sweatshirts, the rainy day ride we rode WAY too many times, and the child with a single autograph.  This is what scrapbooking is all about. It isn’t about the number of photos you have or the stickers on the page – it’s about telling the story.  After my husband flipped through the album, he thanked me for creating it (again I cried). 


I plan on showing another video showcasing this project in the near future. The front cover is going to be decorated with the Happiest Place digital images and HTV iron-on and I want to make sure you see how I do that.  If this is something that interests you, make sure to subscribe to my channel so that you are notified when the video is added. 

Make sure to also check out all of the other creations made by the Creative Design Team and grab yourself a few of the Happiest Place products while they are on sale. These bundles are 20% off throughout the month of July & August, and are available while supplies last, so make sure you grab yourself a few bundles so that you can create a project that you were inspired by in our video collab. 

 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today