Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Creative Cuts and More Autumn Blog Hop

Hi blog hoppers! Weren't Melisa's projects beautiful? If you didn't arrive here from Melisa's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Autumn Blog Hop starts at If for some reason one of the links is broken along the hop, just go back to the Die Cut Diva Blog where the complete list will be.

For my projects, I decided to focus on some quick and easy, mass-produced, mail-able cards. When you are making 50 to 100 Christmas cards, you need something fast, and you want to keep your mailing costs down by using only one 44 cent stamp for each card. These two cards are nice and flat and they only take a few minutes to create.

For my first card, I used the Oval Window A2 Frame with Mat & Card Set. The card and the frame are cut from Typhoon Bazzill Canvas cardstock, and the mat is cut from White cardstock. Ordering the mat in white cardstock is important as this is the piece I stamped the Thomas Kinkade image onto. After the ink was dry, I adhered the white mat to the card, and then centered and adhered the frame over the mat.

The owner of Creative Cuts and More, Terry, has decided to add an option to order 5.25"x4" mats so that people like me can have all the cardstock pieces ready to go. All I had to do was stamp this sentiment on the inside and my card is done. (As an added bonus, if you mess up on stamping your main image on the front of the card, you can order extra mats.)

Since the first card is classic and elegant, I decided to go with a fun red and green theme for my second card. I ordered some Christmas Stocking #02 - Small dies cut from white and red felt.

As you can see in the picture below, I cut the cuffs off each stocking.

Then I adhered the white cuff to my card, and positioned the red stocking directly below the white cuff.

How is that for a fun and quick Christmas card? You can mix it up with all sorts of different colors - Terry has 26 different colors of felt in the store. Another fun option would be to order the stockings in Velvet paper! How cool would that be??

I hope I was able to inspire you with my quick and easy and mail-able cards today. Order your supplies today and get a jump start on your Christmas cards before December rolls around. Can you believe we only have two months til Christmas??

Now it is time to hop on over to Debbie's blog. Debbie is such a sweet gal, and she does some awesome work! You will love what she has in store for you today.

Blue Card details:
Oval Window A2 Frame with Mat & Card Set- Typhoon Bazzill Canvas cardstock for card and frame, White cardstock for the mat
Stamps: Stonehearth Hutch & A Merry Little Christmas (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Denim Adirondack
Other: brayer, stampamajig

Red & Green Card details:
Christmas Stocking #02 - Small dies cut from white and red felt
Stamps: Stocking Prints (PaperTrey Ink)
CS: Kraft, Really Red, Cottage Christmas dp (Imaginisce)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento


Chrissy D said...

Ohh Holly - those stockings are ADORABLE - love these designs!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful holiday cards, wonderful use of the felt stockings!

Noelle Reese said...

I love both cards! I need to follow your lead on the 'mailable' part. I am sick of my cards being returned! LOL

Dawn said...

Love a quick and simple idea, both of yours are so nice.

mylaughingmagpie said...

What a great post Holly! So clever of you to point out that our tendency to make bulky cards can sometime be more costly when mailing! I love both of your projects!

ashjoy said...

Cute projects. Aren't those pti dies the best!

silvia said...

Beautiful cards!! LOVE that you did the first card in blue!!

Karen Gale said...

SO cute! I LOVE the image you have in your mat. You did an amazing job!

lisa808 said...

Great idea with the stockings.

A Sarasota said...

brilliant card ideas!
happy blog hoppin'

mustangkayla said...

What great cards! Love how you swapped the top of the stockings!

Joan Ervin said...

You are sooo creative, Holly...your first card is elegant and magical looking but that little Christmas Stocking warmed my heart...tooo cute!!!

dining room table said...

I love the card with the small sock. Really adorable. And I like the fact that you made it yourself.

Steph Zerbe said...

Very clever felt stocking! Lovely cards!!