Penguin Trio.

When I first decided that I would be creating Christmas cards (because I was very unsure if I would be able to this year), I knew I had to purchase images that would allow me to use anything affordable (like a sharpie - lol), to color them.  Also, the stamp needed to be very plain.

I did some research and found these very adorable penguins by C.C. Designs.  There are a few different sets available, but these were my favorite.

It wasn't until after I received this set, that I was even more excited to receive it because my husband was able to find my copic markers in storage.  [i promise not to keep bringing that up - I'm just so happy about it! - lol]

Day 9's card was inspired by the Jillibean Soup "Holly Berry" collection, I was able to match the red and green with the pattern paper.   I added an American Crafts diecut and finished off the card with white faux stitching and faux snow [aka, white gel pen].

These penguins were super fun to color and absolutely darling to look at while I did so.
I really had fun with this card.

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Merry & Bright.

I knew I wanted to use this traditional plaid pattern paper by American Crafts, and put a modern spin on it.  So I brought in some Pink Paislee sparkly white diecuts circles and twine.

The angle of the card helps in taking away a little bit of the monotone tradition, and bring an interesting flair.

It's simple, classy and blingy.

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For today's card, I did a little masking and 2 types of stamping.

Before my husband was able to locate my copic markers in storage, I decided that I would get stamps to make cards that would allow me to either use with ink or that I can use with Wink Of Stella brushes.  Have you heard of those?  They are super sparkly!

This stamp set is exclusive to Studio Calico and I purchased it with very clean and simple cards in mind.

I stamped the ornaments with Hero Arts ink (also using a masking technique) and added a silver wink of stella on top.

For the "merry", I inked up the stamp with a red wink of stella pen and stamped it directly on the card front.  After a few seconds (it dries really quickly), I went over the sentiment and filled in the gaps with the same pen.

I stamped "merry christmas" in versafine black ink, and finished off the card with a few sequins by Fancy Pants from their "Oh Deer" collection.

I absolutely love the clean look of this card, but would you believe that hubby told me to throw it away cuz he hates it!?
It's my MISFIT card.

I tried hard to get a close up view of how sparkly everything is, but I'm working with an Android tablet as my camera... I promise to take better photos next year.

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Christmas Cheer.

Scraps of paper make the best cards.

This was tricky, however, because the scraps were not exactly cooperating.  So I angled them and added a sentiment that came from an October Afternoon stamp set.

The snowflake has glitter and came from the Pink Paislee "Merry & Bright" diecut set.

I finished off the card with a little faux stitching and a red enamel dot.

Before I go, I want to mention that I have been asked several times if I sell my cards, and yes I used to, but being that I closed down my etsy shop I didn't have a way to sell them.  So from now on I will be adding a "BUY NOW" paypal button at the bottom of each blog post.  Whenever you see it, you can easily click on it and purchase the card (or project made) for that post.

I have also added a "BUY NOW" button for each of the last 5 Christmas cards I made in this series, so you can go back to them anytime and purchase.

There is a little shop icon [sidebar] that you can click on, which shows you all there is for sale.

Thank you so much for your interest in my work, and I hope you continue to be inspired.

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What do you do when you absolutely love a certain patterned paper, but it's TOO BUSY to use on a simple card?

You cut it up and only use a section of it.  Then tone down the "busy-ness" with soft shabby touches, like flowers and twine.

I like that this is a modern take on a traditional card.

For Day 5, I used Carta Bella "Christmas Time" 6x6 pad, Micheal's gold flower and twine and a Pink Paislee black glittered phrase sticker to pull everything together.

The hardest part was deciding which portion of the hexagon pattern paper was going to make it on the card.  The page is so pretty!

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Don't Stop Believing.

As much as I love clean, traditional cards, I also love getting messy.

For Day 4, I got out my watercolors and brush and waged war against some white cardstock, only using red & green.

I added a fun speech bubble from last year's October Afternoon Christmas collection and matted it in black to stand out from the messy background.

It's easy enough to replicate and even have your kids join in the messy fun.

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Peace, Love & Joy.

As much as I love modern and new-age crafting and cardmaking, there's nothing like the traditional style of half on half.

I created this card with that in mind.

Day 3 is simple, elegant, easy and very traditional.

Using Carta Bella "Christmas Time" cardstock, Pink Paislee "Merry & Bright" diecuts and fabric bow, and some red glitter ribbon from Michael's, I was able to quickly complete this CAS Christmas card.

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North Pole.

Day 2's card is very simple.

I used a new background stamp that I purchased at Michael's and inked it up with Brilliance Beige ink.

I had a problem with this stamp because it would not stamp the center portion, so to cover it up I added a diecut from American Crafts, wrapped some soft twine around (Micheal's brand) and added 3 liquid pearl drops in red.  Placed everything a 3x5 card base and matted it with Pebbles "Home For Christmas" 6x6 pattern paper.

You can't see it in this close up, but I also covered the trees using a wink of stella clear pen.

They sparkle!

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Cheery Deer.

To kick off my 25 Days of Christmas cards, I thought it would be cool to show you how I made this fun background.

Being limited in supplies has me being more creative, except I was able to grab a stash of crafty goodies from storage a few weeks ago, and with it a few of these liquid pearls were thrown into my crop organizer.

The white glitter deer by Pink Paislee and white background looked great, but it needed a little more color.  I couldn't find the perfect pattern paper and I didn't want anything squared.  So I got messy and ruined a finger.  lol.

I added a red sequin and red enamel dot for his nose,
and topped it off with another Pink Paislee diecut sentiment.

This is one of my fav cards so far.

Join me again tomorrow for Day 2.

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25 Days of Christmas!

Nearing the end of October, I got a sinking feeling that I wouldn't be able to make Christmas cards this year.

As you know, my craft supply is very limited and 90% of it is in storage.  The 10% I do have available is mostly for smashbooks and layouts, and an entirely different season.

I kinda stopped crafting for a few months, to focus on bible study and family time.  But I started to catch the itch again after seeing all the Christmas decor show up in stores.

After a heartfelt conversation with my husband, I decided I would challenge myself and only make very Clean & Simple Christmas cards.  Because my copic markers were lost somewhere in our storage unit, and couldn't be found.

[incidentally, later, hubby went back without me and found my box of copics; he knew it would help with my PMS... lol - so you just might see some copic colored simple cards too!]

Anyhow, I attempted this CAS Cardmaking series last year, and it was a success.  So it couldn't be that difficult, right?


I didn't have a lot of the items I used to take for granted.  A glue gun, spring-cut scissors, heat tool, embossing supplies, Christmas stamps and paper, or even cards & envelopes.

So for the past 2 months I have been S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G..  I don't have every SINGLE item that I'd love to use, but I have enough to create, share and inspire you with simple, elegant, clean and fun Christmas cards.  Not to mention some things I got for my December Daily... because God Forbid I don't document my FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!

I hope you're as excited as I am about these next 25 Christmas cards.  And if you recognize any of them from Instagram, then let me just say THANK YOU for following me on social media.  I really appreciate the love.

Here's a sneak peak of some of what's to come...

Join me soon for Day 1.

And remember, JESUS is the reason for the season!

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