Tuesday, December 17, 2019

11 & 12th Day of Christmas Love Letters & a Gift Card Holder

The first picture is letter #11 & #12 for the 12 days of Christmas letters at http://www.moreloveletters.com/.  I'm so thankful I was able to complete them all on time, and it really was a blessing to spread Christmas cheer to people in need of encouragement and love.
The second photo is a gift card holder I made for my daughter.  I used 3D stickers and stamped the sentiment and punched it out with a Stampin' Up! punch.  I added a little ribbon and put in some cash for her to spend on after Christmas sales.  I'm working on setting up a Wordpress account at https://creativeseconds.com/ and hoping to blog more in the New Year!  ~ Merry Christmas!! ~

Shopping our Stash: #410 Happy Holidays
Try it on Tuesday: Christmas is coming

Friday, December 13, 2019


The 10th day of letter writing at http://www.moreloveletters.com/ is for Katelyn who is in need of love and encouragement. I found the snowflake image with the sentiment of Peace and thought that would make a pretty seasonal note for her.  I embossed the image in silver and added a gem to the middle and kept it clean and simple.  The stamp is from Stampin' Up! from 2005, and the card and envelope from 2018 I believe. 

The Alphabet Challenge: "S" is for Snow
CAS on Friday: Christmas

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Merry 25th

On the 9th day of letter writing at http://www.moreloveletters.com/ the request is to write to Analiza who is in need of encouragement and support.
I used a combination of the sketch and the photo for inspiration to create this greeting.  I like the typography and  the snowflake with bling breaks up the squareness.
Freshly Made Sketches: #415
The Card Concept: Photo inspiration #125
The Sisterhood of crafters: Anything goes Christmas

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas Spirit

Day 6 and 7 of the 12 days of Christmas Love Letters at http://www.moreloveletters.com/ requested you to write cards for a community cause at https://lovefortheelderly.org/
I'm now on Day #8 which is to send a "global hug" to a women named Anneke.
I used the Star of Light stamp and die set by Stampin' Up! as well as one of their embossing folders for the background texture.  I embossed the sentiment, and added a simple gold sequin to the center of the star for extra sparkle.
Shopping Our Stash: #410 Christmas
The Holly and The Ivy Christmas Challenge: #62 Anything Goes
Hand Stamped Sentiment Sketch: #329

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Winter Thinking of you

Here is my 5th card for the 12 days of Christmas love letters challenge on http://www.moreloveletters.com/. This card was created for Angela who recently lost her brother in a tragic car accident.  I wanted to create something gentle looking and feeling to convey my sympathy.  I chose this snow embossing folder and added holographic embossing powder with Versamark  along with a simple silver "thinking of you" sentiment for this winter note.

Through the Purple Haze: #162 Let it snow
Cute Card Thursday: #611 Anything Goes
CAS(E) This Sketch: #350

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas Winter Woods

On the 4th Day of letter writing for More Love Letters.com I created a Christmas tree card for Brent who has Batten's disease.  I made this card using the Stampin Up Winter Woods set and embossed the tree in hunter green powder.  Both patterned papers are by Anna Griffin and I added music washi tape to the edge for more contrast.  The gold star brad along with the sentiment "Thinking of you this Season" added just the right amount of sparkle for a male greeting card.  The sentiment didn't photograph well but is readable in person. 

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Trees
Freshly Made Sketch #414: See Sketch inspiration
Sweet Stampin Christmas: Trees

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Merry Wishes -Unconventional Christmas Card

Recently I watched a TED talk by Hannah Brencher on "Love Letters to Strangers".  Feeling inspired, I went to the website:  http://www.moreloveletters.com/ and couldn't stop reading!  I wrote my first letter to a stranger and signed up for the 12 days of Christmas letter challenge.  Today is letter # 3 to Rosemary who is battling lung cancer and in need of encouragement.  Her daughter mentioned that she likes pigs, so I took the challenge to make a Christmas card with a pig on it!.  The great thing about card making challenges is it gives you lot's of ideas from sketches to themes to embellishments.  I Used the letter N from the bingo challenge and die cut my stamped images of pigs as well as snowflakes.  I used the color blue and silver, along with a silver ribbon and washi tape.
  My hope is that more card makers will take the challenge to write love letters to strangers globally.

The Artistic Stamper: Count down to Christmas
Love to Scrap: Christmas Bingo = Letter N
Stick it down: Sketch design
Sparkles: #22 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Stitched Snowman

Pulled out a vintage set for this one! 1995 Stampin Up Foam set, 24 years old called "Stitched Snowman".  I used colored pencils, a snow embossing folder, and a silver ribbon to create this sweet thinking of you winter card.

Always fun Challenges: Snowman
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 345
Use your Stuff: Snow

Christmas Cardinal


I made this thank you card for a friend who gave me this swirling snow lantern with a cardinal inside,
I watercoloured the image and used the dryer sheet technique  to create the sparkle over the image.
Christmas Card Throwdown: Watercolour
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: Things with wings

Christmas Blessings

Thanks to three different challenges, I came up with a sweet snowman card to send Christmas Blessings to someone.  I watercoloured the image and added just a few embellishments to make him sparkle.

Christmas Card Throwdown
Addicted to CAS
The Paper Players