Den Sweet Den

Ok, it’s a little behind schedule, but isn’t everything lately? Have you received all of your cards yet? I still have cards coming in. I’ve also been waiting on a package to be for nearly a month as well but that is another story.

I make my cards each year completely by hand. I have in the past used my Cricut, but honestly I don’t think I have used it in about 5 years. I prefer the manual die cutting process. It’s far more time consuming, but there is something about it that is just more enjoyable.

As soon as I saw this Lawn Fawn set I just had to have it!

Enjoyable as I may claim the process to be, I don’t send out many Christmas cards because I like to turn making them into a tedious all consuming challenge 😆

The coloring and cutting and pasting… 🤯

I only do about 20-25.

I only make cards for the holidays, but I’m working on doing it more often in 2021 and making snail mail a more regular thing. Everyone loves happy mail! 😁

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Ready for Christmas?

No, I’m not! I do this to myself every year. Last minute cards are becoming a tradition – here I am frantically coloring on my lunch break.

This ‘Reindeer Fun’ stamp & die set by Mama Elephant is so cute. Best of all, I didn’t have to order anything online for my cards this year. I get so impatient waiting for craft supplies through the mail, especially when I’m already running behind. I found these at JoAnns!

Thankfully, they are all in the mail as of yesterday. Now I sit and wait to receive a card in return… yes, I sit and wait.

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Custom Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding Pins & Bouquets

Recently, I was contacted for a special custom order for a wedding. The theme, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. The color palette consisted of black, white, grey, and purple. I never realized these buttons even existed. How cool are they? They’re in the Disney line by Dress It Up button embellishments.

I started with boutonnieres for the groom and best man. Wire wrapped buttons and beads.

Next were the smaller bouquets of cut strips of double sided cardstock. Each strip of paper is punched by hand prior to shaping into flowers and I’ve never made these for a wedding before so it was an interesting experience tracking down paper in the appropriate colors.

The flowers were given a button center and arranged on floral wire stems.

Bouquet twinning!

The bridal bouquet was made with mulberry paper flowers. The bride requested Jack and Sally for the focal point in the center of the bouquet.

I love the look of everything, and most importantly the bride is happy.

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Planner Girl Canvas Art

I dont know why, but I was really intrigued by these 4X12 canvases. I dont even paint. Well, I haven’t painted in years.

I hadn’t used watercolors since I was in an art class in middle school but it seemed to be a much easier option than trying to squeeze acrylic paint out of the old bottles I had sitting around. Actually, I think I loaned my paints to my mom, so I didnt even have any (I may have some, I didnt even bother to look).

I found these pretty metallic paints at JoAnns. See how grungy textured and fancy looking my background is? *Brag* 

My idea came from the sight of planner doll stamps on sale at Michaels. It turned out they actually weren’t on sale, they just left the sign up for a day too long. And then the cashier wouldn’t give me the discount!! So... This is an older stamp that I already had and if you watched my bookmark tutorial vid, you’ve seen me use it before. At the time I made this I was also working on my design project for Buttons Galore &  More so I had this color palette of brown and green very much ingrained in my head.

I stamped the image on cardstock and glued it to the canvas. I used a scrap piece of lacy ribbon, embroidery thread,  buttons and beads to embellish.

 

Love it!

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Planner Cover Project

Hey! I just uploaded my very first video to youtube.

In the video I show how I used my Julie Nutting planner doll cling stamps to make a new cover for my 2017 planner.

I was super nervous, so please be patient with my narrating skills 🙂 If you like the video and think you’d like to see more of my posts (and I’m sure you do), please subscribe!

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