I’m Finally Back, I think!

Hopefully my bout with health problems is pretty much behind me now, so I can get back to my blog.  I wanted to thank my “guest poster” for filling in for me.  I also have some new items that I will be posting.

First I wanted to talk about the Christmas cards that my daughter posted.  As she mentioned she has a “thing” for sheep, goats and alpacas.  Two of my favorite stamp/die companies fit the bill.  Elizabeth Craft Designs and Lawn Fawn have wonderful animals dies and stamps.  The 2 sets of cards that my daughter wrote about are both done from Elizabeth Craft Designs dies designed by Karen Burniston.  Snowball the Sheep and Dutch the Fox play a major role in both of these cards.  The folding portions of the cards are also made with Elizabeth Craft Designs.

In the sleigh card I used the Sleigh Gift Card Pop It Up as it was meant to be used.  When you open the card the sleigh stands out from the background and I filled it with presents.  There are 2 tabs behind the sleigh that will hold a gift card.  My variation was use Snowball and Dutch, all decked out in Santa hats, to “pull the sleigh”.  They also pop out from the background.  Karen Burniston makes her dies so detailed, yet so easy to assemble, that they are fun to make and use.

The second set of cards was a slight variation on an adaptation of the Twist Circle Pop Up, also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and designed by Karen Burniston.  When you open the card the circle twists up and away from the inside of the card.  After die cutting a hole in the front I put “snow” acetate to make it look as though Snowball and Dutch are peeking through the window.  I wanted to make this into a gift card holder, so using dies from another favorite company I added snow hills and a few trees.  I left an opening at the top of the uppermost hill so that I could slip in a gift card.  The trees and hills are from Lawn Fawn.  You will see more of their products in later posts.

I am very happy to be back and can’t wait to share more of my creations with you!

Christmas Cheer – Visiting Blogger

Hello All! I’m the resident technical expert behind InkedTreasures, AKA The Daughter. My Mom’s been feeling a little under the weather so I decided to come out from behind the scenes and help out a bit! I’m afraid that I’m not a paper crafting expert (I’m a big knitter, I find that I get the added benefit of going to pet alpaca and sheep in my preferred craft), but I can offer some fun things my Mom has done for me over the years. I’ll let her come behind and offer some commentary on how she made everything.

So for this blog post I wanted to show you the Christmas cards that she made for my husband and I the past two years. We get matching cards except for the difference of which animal is present! I think it’s a really fun way to give couples cards if you’re giving them both gift cards without actually having to come up with two separate designs.

Above you see our cards from 2015. The fronts are identical, but inside we find different friends riding Santa’s sleigh! Will (Said husband) went to Marist College and their mascot is a red fox, so he’s always been fond of foxes. The sheep is in mine for obvious reasons already stated. The fun part of these cards is there’s space behind the sleighs so both contained gift cards as well.

My contribution to this project was to make the little stands that keep them both open and standing upright for display. I used some hard plastic that I was going to recycle (Any type of plastic clamshell that protects items in a store will work) and cut out a section about 2″x2″. Then I folded it in half and cut a slit into it so when I unfolded it it looked like a V. Then it just snapped onto the card and helped keep it open!

This year’s card had a similar theme in that it was also a gift card holder (You can see the GC receipt sticking out of the pocket in my mine) and also featured a sheep and a fox, but radically different design from last year. There was actually a window on the front that made our animals look like they were in a little ornament, but when you opened them up, the animals popped up for better viewing! I’m not entirely sure how she comes up with these things, but even Will raves about them and shows them off to his friends. There was an extra strong magnet in the flap to make sure the card could stay closed rather than just trying to fly open all of the time.

I think that’s it for this post! Hope you enjoyed some different designs! I’ll make sure to pop in every now and then for a guest blog post. I have tons of material from over the years of my Mom experimenting to show off.