Along with the excitement of the Christmas season, we have a few other family celebrations in December as 3 of our 7 grandchildren have a birthday this month. I don’t always post my cards and projects mostly because I am working on things at the last-minute and run out of time. However, this year I made a concerted effort to have cards finished well ahead of time and to that end I have 2 of the birthday cards completed and the other on my crafting table in process.
Here are the first two cards that are finished thus far.
This card is for our oldest granddaughter who will be turning 13 this year. She loves the color blue, as I do, so I wanted to make a special card commemorating this special birthday for her and chose her favorite color as a starting point. I love the combination of burlap and lace, so I added those elements along with a removable handmade stick pin that includes a butterfly charm on a dangle. The hand dyed seam binding along with the ivory pearl swirl added to the charm of this card I think. It’s not noticeable on the picture I took, but I dyed some Diamond Dust a pale blue and added that along the ends of the rolled paper. I was quite pleased with the outcome of this card and hope she will enjoy it too.
Her younger brother is also celebrating a birthday this month, his 8th, so I decided to use some car paper I purchased awhile back from a fine paper store (that I was hording) as the jumping off point for his card. Since the flip cards are so popular of late, I thought that would be a fun project to work on as well as receive. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the flip card, starburst matte, birthday sentiment and number 8. Glitter and shimmer are a signature element I use on most of the card creations, so adding a bit of red Stickles was a must. The original flip card stopped at the edge of the car paper but I thought it looked unfinished, so I added the blue sides along with star eyelets to add some extra umpf to make the card look complete. I’m told he enjoyed his card along with the gift we sent to celebrate his special day.
Now I must regress just a bit to Thanksgiving and share some little treat bags I made to set on the table for our family celebration. This year was special because our oldest daughter, her hubby and their 4 children drove from Colorado to be here for the holiday. Our house was abuzz with children’s laughter and fun family time since all of our 7 grandchildren were here and 3 of our 4 children. It would be a blessing to have all of our children here, but it so difficult given the fact that our oldest lives so far away. We do count our blessings though and will cherish all the great memories of that day for a long time to come.
As far as the small treat bags are concerned, they are a simple design but something I wanted to do for everyone. The small turkey stamp was the basis for the topper and everything else just fell into place. I decided to “ghost stamp” the sentiment with white and then top it with copper for a different effect. The seam binding was hand dyed and the turkey along with the scallop edge was heat embossed with copper. I’m sure the kiddos didn’t need any additional sugar that day, but it was still fun making the bags and sharing them with all.
My last share of the day is a gift bag I made. I used my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board to make the bows and my Silhouette to cut out the snowflakes and star. Diamond glitter was used to make the snowflakes sparkle and 2 layers of paper covered the bag to accent the tree. I love the dimensional aspect of the bag and it was fun to use some Christmas paper I had in my stash and put it to good use.
Well that’s it for today. I’m sorry this post is long lengthy, but I wanted to get up to date with a few of my projects. I do have several other gifts and cards I will share this month, some already completed and others in various stages, but I’ll say goodbye for now and get back to my craft room.
Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
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