Practicing Creativity

Happy Holidays Card With Crealies HAPPY Card-Sized Die

I saw this XL Crealies card-size HAPPY die and did something I rarely do...ordered it right away – at full price – without a second thought. And then followed up with another rarity...beginning this card with it the day I received it. I'm pleased with the die. It cut well and I can see lots of uses for it.

I cut the outline die just a little over the fold line, making this my card base, then cut the block letters in orange and the inner stitched letters in patterned paper. The paper is from Modes & Travaux magazine's Noël paper crafting issue. They are a predominantly sewing oriented magazine, but each year at Christmas they do a 'Cahier Créatif' that is chock full of gorgeous papers, tags, boxes, etc. All the paper isn't Christmasy either so you can use it all year round.

The dapper penguin is from Prettygrafik. I like these Prettygrafik stamps; they're inexpensive ($0.99 for a kit with several stamps to choose from) and easy to color (e.g. this Polar Bear aperture and Blue Bird Christmas cards). I colored Mr. Penguin up, gave him a fussy cut and attached him to the front of the card with 2mm double sided foam tape for a 3D effect. I made a Holidays sentiment with Copperplate Gothic Light font and dressed it all up with some enamel dots.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Mode & Travaux Hors Série Noël N° 6
Digital stamp – Prettygrafik Christmas Penguins
Dies – Crealies card-size HAPPY, Die-namics Rectangle Stax
Embellishments – enamel dots
Font – Copperplate Gothic Light 
Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol ink markers
Art-n-Fly white pen

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #630 – NBUS, Creative Knockouts #431 – Time to be Merry, Krafty Chicks #589 – Christmas, Addicted to Stamps and More #420 – Die-cuts and/or Stencils, and Crafty Gals Corner #226 – Merry & Bright.


  1. I am in love with this card...great job thank you for joining in crafty gals challenge corner

  2. I can understand why you had to have that Happy die, I love it too! It looks especially nice with the paper and image you chose. Thanks for sharing with us at Krafty Chicks!

  3. Oh my...I love this! The paper, the shape, the colours - all absolutely wonderful! And, way to use that die the day you got it. I have the bad habit of ordering dies, putting them on my desk to use right away....and then burying them under a mountain of stuff. Not very smart! (:

    1. That's normally my modus operandi, too, Jan! Well, I don't leave them on my desk (cause there's not enough room), but I put it in a drawer, along with my other dies, and promptly forget I even bought it.

  4. I can certainly see why you snatched this die up and put it to use right away. Love the way you created the card base with it. Darling! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Little Red Wagon this week!

  5. This is so adorable Shani! Love the colors, the dies, the adorable image, everything!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Creative Knockouts this week- Good Luck!!

  6. I love EVERYTHING about this card!!

  7. You're back! So nice to see you back online. I LOVE this card and the die-cut is awesome. Of course, you always have a knack for picking the perfect papers. Happy Holidays!

  8. LOVE the happy shaped and themed card!


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