Handmade Gifts

This year I decided to make many of my Christmas gifts. Often times people tell me that they could “frame” my cards and hang them on their wall. So I decided to take that advice and create some fun little home decor projects to give as gifts. I have lots and lots of old frames so this was a great way to put them to good use! If you don’t have any frames, you can pick them up at any local retailer.

This first project came to me when when I was playing around with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  I thought it would be fun to combine that stamp set with the little leaf thinlit in the Seasonal Layers die set to create a Family Tree. I envisioned it a bit differently but I liked how it turned out. Wondering how I got the names on the leaves? Well, I simply printed them off my computer on some old olive cardstock, then cut them out with the leaf image in the Seasonal Layers die set.

Of course I had to make some fun little Christmas themed projects too. So this one showcases the Music Sheet Designer Paper and the beautiful images in the Good Tidings stamp set. Simply measure your papers to cover the size of the frame. So, if you have a 4 x 6 inch frame, cut your background paper to that size and adhere it right to the cardboard backing that comes with the frame. Then, simply decorate it like you would a card! Easy peasy!

This was probably the quickest project to put together. Choose your favorite patterned paper for the background; I used the plaid pattern from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper Pack. Cut a 1 inch strip of red cardstock for the center of the frame. Adhere to a 1-1/4 inch wide piece of gold glimmer paper. Cut these pieces to match the length of the frame, then adhere them across the center. Cut out the word J-O-Y using the large letter framelits and adhere to the center of the 1 inch strip (use a few glue dots). Then embellish! Enjoy!

Sheltering Tree Valentine

heart tree valentineNeed a few quick and simple Valentine’s Day card ideas? Well check out these fun little projects showcasing the new Sheltering Tree and Hello Life stamp sets. These cards are commonly referred to as CAS ~ Clean and Simple. CAS cards have very few if any layers and are quick to put together.  Let’s take a look and both of these projects…

The first card showcases both the Sheltering Tree and Hello Life stamp sets. There are absolutely no layers to this card, you simply stamp the images on a whisper white piece of cardstock (which is the base of you card). Start with the sheltering tree stamp set. Stamp the tree image on the left hand side of the card using using black ink. Grab a light pink (Pink pirouette works perfect) and stamp the shadow under the tree and the shadowy leaf images on the top of the tree. For the finishing touches, use the Hello Life stamp set. Randomly stamp the little hearts in the tree using real red ink and stamp the love sentiment across the bottom.  That’s it! Clean and simple, right?

sheltering tree valentine

The second project also showcases these 2 stamp sets. For this project, I left out the pink background colors and stamped just using real red and black. Stamp the tree image and hearts in the middle of the card (the same process we used above). Punch out a little heart shape using a scrap piece of real red cardstock and adhere it to the middle of the tree with a dimensional. Stamp the love sentiment on the bottom and you are done! This particular card is a more masculine type of design simply because I left out the pink color. 🙂 Enjoy!


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