Saturday, October 31, 2009

Christmas Countdown #6 - Yuletide Christmas

I've been really excited about this post for a while now because I get to show two things that I am totally in love with. The first is this awesome gift card holder. I would go through the step by step but it's already been done in this lovely tutorial I stumbled across.

You may notice that I used a different stamps set to decorate.
I used:
* Yuletide Christmas stamp set
* Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla card stock
* Chocolate Chip ink, Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive markers
* Top Note Bigz Die
* Wide oval punch, scallop oval punch, antique brass jumbo eyelet, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, stamping sponges

And the next thing I LOVE is this fun technique I found at splitcoaststampers called Retiform. I don't know what that word means, but if you'd like to see a tutorial, click here:
As you can see, I followed the tutorial pretty closely (I never used the second color) for the card on the left and then for the other card and the bookmark I just went nuts. It was soooo fun!
I used:
*Yuletide Christmas, Snow Swirled and Many Merry Messages (to add variety to the images) stamp sets
* Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Real Red card stock and Christmas Cocoa d.s.p
* Soft Suede ink, soft suede, Real Red and Old Olive Markers
* Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain, Linen Thread, Soft Suede 1/2" polka dot Grosgrain Ribbon
* Wide oval punch, scallop oval punch, Jumbo eyelets, stamping sponges
Isn't it fantastic? After I made this card I got to thinking, "hmmm, this is totally flat. I bet it would make a lovely bookmark," so...
Ta Da! Bookmark. Too bad I don't have any time to read anymore because I'm always stamping. Someday I'll use this bookmark. I know it!
These next two cards are pretty fun to make. I measured a piece of very vanilla, stamped the stocking/nutcracker on it, colored it in using blender pens and chalk (Stampin' Pastels) and then wadded it up as much as possible. Once it was sufficiently beat up I chalked the edges with some brown and then slapped the card together. I tried making two versions of the same idea so you can see how versatile this idea is, but as it turns out, I sort of hate one of these, but I'm not telling which one.
I used:
* Yuletide Christmas
* Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Very Vanilla card stock, Christmas Cocoa d.s.p.
* Chocolate Chip ink
* Blender pen, Stampin' Pastels, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, brads

And here is the 5 minute card that I made with this set. So quick and easy! No coloring, cutting, sponging, measuring...etc. Just stamp it, punch it and stick it together. (Ok, I did use markers on the greeting and I inked around the edges of the Vanilla and Olive card stock rectangles, but still, super easy.) Josh hates it, but I think the Nutcrackers are charming. I can just imagine them on the back of my Mother's piano staring out at all the gifts under the tree.
I used:
* Yuletide Christmas stamp set
* Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla card stock
* Chocolate Chip ink
* Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Real Red markers
* Wide oval punch, scallop oval punch, Sleigh Bells ribbon


  1. Of the crinkle cards, I think I like the stocking best, but the five minute card is my favorite (Josh is lost) probably because of the ribbon.

  2. The way you made the bookmark is so attractive...really nice with the single color.

  3. Beautiful cards, tag, and bookmark. I love your retiform pieces, especially the ones that have the design all over--like the bookmark. Your shading is perfection. Thank you for sharing these.