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130 Christmas Cards for Seniors!


Every year I make 130 Christmas cards for the Belmont Long Term Care Home. It is my way of paying it forward for the fabulous care they provided my mother. I love to colour while watch TV so I will stamp numerous images and hand colour them with Copic Markers, Zig Water Colour Brushes, Derwent Inktenses Pencils, or Distress inks. Once I get a number completed, I then sit down and start to assemble my cards. No two cards are the same, While I may use the same image, I colour them differently, use a different card format, different card stock, etc. I also make Fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, Easter/Spring, Valentine’s Day, Remembrance Day (for the veterans), plus birthday cards. It keeps me busy, and I really enjoy it. I also make cards for myself and friends. I dropped the cards off for distribution on December 1, 2016.


C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 388 – 3rd of November – Sketch

We are starting off the month with a sketch challenge. I made a fun shaker card using the snowman template (svg) cut from The Cutting Cafe called appropriately the Snowman Shaker Card. They also have varies accessories to dress up the snowman, plus other wonderful shaker cards as well. I used my Cricut machine to cut out the snowman, but The Cutting Cafe also supplies instructions on how to us the files with your Silhouette, and a PDF to hand cut it out with a cutting machine. I used varies papers, stickers, pearls and sequins from my stash to dress up the card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The total size of the finished card is 5 x 7.


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Fun with Embossing!

This week’s challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge is Embossing – Heat or Dry. Well I decided to make dry embossed cards using a couple of different stamps/die cuts/punches.

Card 1: I used Memory Box SILENT SNOWFALL Craft DIE 98670 as an embossing die. n place of my cutting mat on my Big Shot. I used a silicone mat so the die “embossed” the background vs cut through it. I freehand cut the snow hills, the the little penguin is a modified Owl Punch by Stampin Up. I added googly eyes, sequins, clear stickles, and snowfall stickers to embellish the card. The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink.


Card 2 – I used a lined embossing folder to resemble wood siding. The “arched window” die and “a glimpse inside” stamp are from Taylored Expressions. The floral boughs were created with Memory Box Die Cutting BREEZY WREATH (cut in half using two colours of card stock) and Truly Gifted Die. I coloured the stamped image using Derwent Inktense Watercolour pencils. The tag was created using the oval and scalloped punch by Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions.


Card 3 – I used numerous products. I started by creating my background using Darice Embossing Folders SNOWFLAKE BACKGROUND. Next I stamping the little knitting sheep using the Lawn Fawn FLEECE NAVIDAD Stamp set. I coloured her using Copic markers. The little tree was created with the Christmas Tree Stamps and punch set by Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

I entered this card into 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – Technique Challenge – Embossing. I have also put my name forward as a possible Design Tean member for 2017



Card 4 & 5 – Last year I cut out a number of tree shapes using my Cricut machine. Initially they were to be tags for gifts, but were never used, so this year I decided to emboss them using Cuttlebug Embossing Folder A2 – Snowflakes. I embellished them with pearls/gems and glitter star stickers. I used a couple of cute mouse stamps by Penny Black – xmouse ornament & jolly friends.

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Oh Deer, Christmas is Near!

I know, my title is a silly play on words. While in Ottawa a week ago, I purchased the prettiest Christmas papers from the BoBunny – Sleigh Ride series. I love the wood paneling paper and thought it would make a wonderful “male” Christmas Card. I had envisioned it with a deer or reindeer as the focal point.

In the end, I opted to use my Cricut machine to cut out a series of deer/reindeer silhouettes. Each year, I make 135 plus Christmas card for the Belmont Long Term Care Home, and I like to make sure that each card is unique. I have designed 8 cards in my deer series. For the deer cuts, I used  the Teresa Collins – Holiday cartridge -  Deer M332B3, Deer M33F87, and Reindeer M41413. The sentiments are from Lily of the Valley and Simon Says Stamps. I also used some snowflake stickers I picked up last year at the Dollar Tree. I chose two ways to mount the images, either flush mount or as a shadow drop using foam tape. The white/kraft wood embossed papers are from SSS. I am showing all 8 cards to show how I was able to use both the positive and negative deer silhouettes, and change up the cards with small modifications.


My first card was specifically designed for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – Sketch Challenge (52CCT39-16)

UPDATE: I am very excited to have won the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge with the card above.








C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 379 – 1st of September – Technique Challenge: Embossing.

DTbadgeI have not used my Cricut machine in such a long time, I decided to use it for this challenge. I friend of mine asked me to design a stock car card for her uncle. She wanted to celebrate “Uncle’s” Dy vs Father’s Day. I used my Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge and embossing the background using Cuttlebug Diamond Plate embossing folder. Her uncle James used to run a stock car and his number with 75.

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