Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #12 – Festive Frolics owl with red Santa hat card

Christmas card featuring Papermania Festive Frolics topper and paper, by Paperesse.

Today's #12 Advent Christmas card features a topper and paper from Papermania's Festive Frolics paper pad (officially retired, but still going at it on Amazon and some other internet sites). This is from the same paper pad and topper sheet as #10.


The topper was a large square originally, but I used a circle die to change its shape.


The sentiment is my own creation. Embellishments are some colorful wooden buttons.

Supply List
Paper and topper image – cardstock, Papermania Festive Frolics
Dies – Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – buttons

I'm linking up with: The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #21 – ATG Christmas, Retarte #112 – ATG, Paperminutes #516 – Christmas Cap, Ike's World #103 – ATG, and Create and Makes #17 – ATG.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #11 – Gingerbread House Wreath card

Christmas card featuring Digi Web Studio Cheryl Seslar Sweet Wreaths topper, by Paperesse.

Today's #11 card uses a pre-colored digital stamp/topper from Digi Web Studio – Sweet Wreaths by Cheryl Seslar (retired). This is from the same set as # 1 and #7.


Digital paper is from Kristin Aagard's Gingerbread Digital Scrapbooking kit, available at The Lily Pad. I am amazed at how well it coordinates with the images. The sentiment is my own creation.


Embellisments are ribbon, digital paper ribbon (the dotted ribbon isn't real ribbon, it's from the scrapping kit!), and a button.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Kristin Aagard's Gingerbread Digital Scrapbooking kit
Digital pre-colored topper – Digi Web Studio Sweet Wreaths by Cheryl Seslar
Dies – Die-namic circle stax
Embellishments – ribbon, digital ribbon, button

I'm linking up with: Country View Challenges Dec. – Christmas, Christmas Cards All Year Round – ATG Christmas, A Perfect Time to Craft #12 – Open, A Bit More Time to Craft #57 – ATG, and Crafting from the Heart #187 – ATG.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #10 – Festive Frolics owl with pink stocking cap

Festive Frolics Owl Christmas card, by Paperesse.
Today's #10 Advent Christmas card features a topper and paper from Papermania's Festive Frolics paper pad (officially retired, but still going at it on Amazon and some other internet sites).


As I mentioned with my last #9 post's card on which I used this paper, I've had this pad quite a while. There are two sheets in the pad containing four large square images each. I hadn't really considered the potential of these images before, but this year decided it was time to put them to work as toppers.


Of course, I didn't let the images remain as they were, but rather sized each down with a die, like this square one. The sentiment is my own creation. Embellishments are a wooden snowflake, a button, and a bit of matching ribbon.

Supply List
Paper and topper image – cardstock, Papermania Festive Frolics
Dies – Die-namics circle and square stax
Embellishments – wooden snowflake, button, ribbon

I'm linking up with: Winter Wonderfland 08/12 – ATG Christmas, Pile It On #137 – Non-Traditional Holiday + inspiration from at least one other challenge, Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #71 – ATG, Dragonfly Dreams 04/12 – Non-Traditional Christmas, and Come and Get It Christmas challenge.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #9 – Di's Digi Stamps Christmas Bertie card

Christmas Card featuring Di's Digi Stamps Christmas Bertie, by Paperesse.

Just to keep you on your toes, today's #9 Advent Christmas card features a digital stamp I actually colored – Di's Digi Stamps Christmas Bertie.


Paper is from Papermania's Festive Frolics paper pad, technically retired, but still working on Amazon and some other sites. I've had this paper forever and a day and it's such a nice big pad I haven't been able to use it up!


A little self-adhesive velvet border and pearls give a bit of bling. The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly Kim MacFarlane's Twelve Christmas Greetings sentiment sheet. These sentiment sheets are a real time saver and I have about every one Cuddly Buddly has on their site. I used this same exact sentiment on my favorite 2014 Christmas card.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Papermania Festive Frolics
Digital stamps – Di's Digi Stamps Christmas Bertie, Kim MacFarlane Twelve Christmas Greetings
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – velvet border, pearls

I'm linking up with: A Gem of a Challenge #209 – ATG Christmas, Di's Digi Challenge 01/12 – Winter Holidays, Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge #363 – ATG Christmas, Crafty Calendar Dec. – It's Christmas, and Jingle Belles 08/12 – Christmas Final 2017.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #8 – Little Snow Guys 3 Christmas card


Today's #8 Advent Christmas card features a pre-colored Digi Web Studio topper from Cheryl Seslar's Little Snow Guys 1 (retired);  #3 and #6 were also from this set.


Paper is by the German company Folia – Motifblock Christmas (and as seen on #5). The sentiment is one I created.


Embellishments are ribbon, a wooden snowflake and button.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Folia Motifblock Christmas
Digital pre-colored topper – Digi Web Studio Cheryl Seslar's Little Snow Guys 1
Dies –  stitched square die
Embellishments – ribbon, wooden snowflake, button

I'm linking up with: Southern Girls Challenge 30/11 – ATG, Cute Card Thursday #507 – ATG, Creative Knockouts #223 – Winter Wonderland, Crafting With an Attitude #34 – ATG, and Aud Sentiments #194 – Christmas + a sentiment.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #7 – Gingerbread Cookie Wreath card

Christmas Wreath card featuring Digi Web Studio Sweet Wreaths topper, by Paperesse.

Today's #7 card uses a pre-colored digital stamp/topper from Digi Web Studio – Sweet Wreaths by Cheryl Seslar (retired). This is from the same set as # 1.


Digital paper and the candy border bottom are from Kristin Aagard's Gingerbread Digital Scrapbooking kit, available at The Lily Pad.


Embellisment is a little Christmas bell tied on the side with twine.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Kristin Aagard's Gingerbread Digital Scrapbooking kit
Digital pre-colored topper – Digi Web Studio Sweet Wreaths by Cheryl Seslar
Dies – stitched circle die
Embellishments – digital candy border, twine, bell

I'm linking up with: Addicted to Stamps and More #271 – ATG, Sweet Stampin' Christmas Nov. – ATG Christmas, Craftaholics R Us #48 – Christmas, The Merry Christmas Challenge #46 – ATG Christmas, and Crafty Gals Corner #152 – ATG.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #6 – Little Snow Guys 2 Christmas card

Christmas card featuring Digi Web Studio Little Snow Guys 1 topper, by Paperesse.

Today's #6 Advent Christmas card features a pre-colored Digi Web Studio topper from Cheryl Seslar's Little Snow Guys 1 (retired);  #3 was also from this set.


Paper is retired Carta Bella Christmas Day. I used Toga's Polaroid and banner die to frame the image. This die is a favorite and tends to pop up every Christmas on at least one card; like this Here Comes Santa Claus card (which I just noticed uses the same Carta Bella paper, too!).


Embellishment is a simple wooden star.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Carta Bella Christmas Day
Digital pre-colored topper – Digi Web Studio Cheryl Seslar's Little Snow Guys 1
Dies –  Toga Polaroid die
Embellishments – wooden star

I'm linking up with: The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20 – ATG Christmas, Tuesday Throwdown #371 – Christmas Scene, Create and Makes Challenge #17 – ATG, City Crafter Challenge #391 – Where did you get that hat?, and A Snowflake's Promise #46 – ATG.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #5 – Snowman Espresso 1 card


Today's #5 Advent card features yet another clip art set (pre-colored topper) from Digi Web Studio. It's from Cheryl Seslar's Snowman Espresso 1 (retired).


Paper is by the German company Folia – Motifblock Christmas. I like their paper packs and use them quite a bit. They're large in size – 24 x 34 cm – and of heavy stock. I added my own Joyeux Noël sentiment to the coffee cup, just don't ask me the font as I failed to note it. 


Embellishments are a simple wooden snowflake and button. If you're just joining me, you can see #1, #2#3 and #4 by clicking on each number.

I've used Your Next Stamp's #78 Sketch Challenge for this design:


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Folia Motifblock Christmas
Digital pre-colored topper – Digi Web Studio Cheryl Seslar's Snowman Espresso 1
Dies – Die-namic oval stax
Embellishments – wooden snowflake, brad

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #4 – Merry Christmas die-cut and Swiss Scherenschnitte paper cutting

Merry Christmas card made with single large die-cut, by Paperesse.

Today's #4 card is made with an inexpensive large Merry Christmas die (the shape is Merry Christmas 9.5x11.5cm) I purchased several months ago on eBay.fr. These dies are sold under a variety of names on both eBay and Amazon and come from China (does that surprise anyone?). I purchased a few on a whim, thinking if they didn't cut well I wasn't out much, but by golly, they cut great! Better than some of my expensive dies.


This was a very easy and quick card to put together. I did spend a little extra time in running the die through twice – once to cut and once to emboss – as there's a nice little bit of embossing on the top banner, but – alas – that doesn't show up in the photo. Embellishment is a few well placed pearls.


It's a nice look, it reminds me of the Swiss traditional paper cutting art called Scherenschnitte. There's a gallery in Geneva that specializes in these and every time I pass I stand mesmerized, staring in the window. They are simply gorgeous. They're very expensive, but worth every centime. I can only imagine the time it takes to complete one. The contemporary Scherenschnitte artist Beatrice Straubhaar has some stunning work displayed in her online gallery. Give it a click, you'll be amazed.

Scherenschnitte by Beatrice Straubhaar
Supply List
Paper – cardstock
Dies – Merry Christmas 9.5x11.5cm die
Embellishments – pearls

I'm linking up with: AAA Cards CAS Game #104 – Christmas, Dragonfly Dreams December – Non-Traditional Christmas, Glitter -n- Sparkle #268 – ATG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #71 – ATG, and 613 Ave. Create #204 – ATG with Option/Twist Christmas/Winter.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #3 – Little Snow Guys Christmas card

Christmas card featuring Digi Web Studio Little Snow Guys 1 topper, by Paperesse.

Today's card features yet another clip art set (pre-colored topper) from Digi Web Studio. It's from Cheryl Seslar's Little Snow Guys 1. As I mentioned with card #1, I bought some of these sets a couple of weeks ago on sale for only $0.85 each (and that's with six images in the set!). The good news is Digi Web Studio has some great sets still on sale for $1.00, but the bad news is this particular set is no longer available.


My paper is a mix of traditional and digital. The sentiment is one I've created myself. I've made a complete A4 sheet of them. Digital stamps haven't really caught on in France and if I want to use French digital greetings I have to make them. Meilleurs Vœux is the French equivalent to 'Season's Greetings'. You don't wish someone a 'Happy New Year' in France until the New Year has arrived; it's considered bad luck. Many people skip the Christmas cards and send New Year greetings after the 1st of January. That's actually a good thing for me, it buys me time. If my cards just arrive sometime around Christmas and the first week of January they're not late.


Embellishments are a little wooden snowflake and a backless velvet brad (a brad in my opinion, is just a button waiting to have the thongs cut off).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, miscellaneous patterned paper
Digital pre-colored topper – Digi Web Studio Cheryl Seslar's Little Snow Guys 1
Dies – Die-namic circle stax
Embellishments – wooden snowflake, brad

I'm linking up with: A Bit More Time to Craft #57 – ATG, A Perfect Time to Craft #12 – ATG, Christmas Cards All Year 'Round December – ATG Holiday, Country View Challenges December – Christmas, and Crafty Girls Creations #42 – ATG.
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