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Holiday Quickies Series: #1 Peppermint Joy


One of the things that I love about the holidays is actually doing my holiday crafting right in the thick of the season–I know. Nuts, right?!

Yeah, yeah…I sometimes like to think I will get it all done ahead… Christmas in July and all that yadda yadda…. Aaaaaand… that’s as far as I get. *chuckle*

For some reason, the idea of that kinda takes all the wind outta’ my holiday sails… And, I just can’t bring myself to go that route.

I wanna be sloshin’ nog, with a fire roaring, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on the tele, tree lights twinkling, snow falling, carols reverberating through the house, munchin’ on my mama’s sugar cookies (which happen to be the best ever in the history of the world) while I’m bustin’ out holiday tags, cards, gifty things and whatnot… Good times, good times…!

At any rate, as per my annual tradition  (*cough*cough*–procrastination…), I just made some Christmas 5MQ’s that I adore and figured I’d share.  Cuz, who knows… mebbe a few of you are like me… in the thick of it… ;)

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Happy Holidays!



Eyelets Are A Good Thing…



When a creative wave rolls in, you just have to ride it all the way through… :)

This car die by Savvy has such a swanky retro vibe–makes me smile! I used some larger (3/16″) sized eyelets to give it some shiny wheels–ridiculous fun, I think!!!  Folks kinda poo-poo eyelets in favor of brads, but there are just some effects for which only eyelets will do. *hair flip*

I free-hand cut the tree from some scraps because I didn’t have anything else that would work as well–I think it matches the swanky-ness of the car nicely… Wrapped my tree up with some gold metallic thread and popped it up on top of the car.

The little accent images, stamped in Golden Glitz Delicata ink, are from an adorable Lawn Fawn holiday set from last year, called Let It Snow.


It turned out so super cute, I can hardly stand it!

Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a great day!



Same die, two different looks


I’ve kinda been on a roll the last few days, so…as the saying goes… I’m just gonna roll with it.  At least until I roll into a dead end.  *snarf* ;)

Black and white + gold (this gold glitter happens to be Dry Stickles in Goldenrod–very plush!) is such a sophisticated look for this “Joy” die by Savvy Stamps–simple, understated elegance. Love that.

I recently ordered the Simple Surfaces paper pad by Cosmo Cricket and, by golly, I’m so in love with it that I just might use this entire pad when making my holiday cards this year (AGOG!)–it is absolutely STUNNING and features a variety of papers with lots of white space in conjunction with minimalistic patterns, some in flat, fabulous neutrals like charcoal, red, and manila tones, as well as gorgeously glittered designs. There are also vellum sheets, again with printed patterns, and some with glittered patterns.

See???  Aren’t yer eyes buggin’ outta’ yer head???!!!!


Mine were. Correction: ARE.  Still.

Really, REALLY hope Julie Comstock, of Cosmo Cricket, develops more paper collections like this one… I would buy them all… LOVERLY!!! This is the kind of collection that gives me the vapors, I tell ya’… *dreamy sigh*



The pattern on this particular sheet features enough white space, and the art lines are delicate enough that I could easily stamp the Laurel in black ink right over the top, without worrying that the image would be obliterated by too much pattern.



This 2nd card with the same die features a mossy effect, using Sage Flower Soft! I’m not normally big into Flower Soft, to be honest, but this is the one color I buy because I LOVE the “topiary” effect it gives my die cuts! Such a cool, organic look, UKWIM? I just find it sooooo appealing!

I die cut “Joy” twice, once from Craft-a-Board and again from some green colored scrap card stock, mounting the green card stock over the top of the Craft-a-Board (for extra stability and thickness); this way, if there are any areas that show thru the sage colored Flower Soft  (it is a much coarser grind than the glitter I used on the previous card, making it a challenge to get complete coverage sometimes), they are camouflaged.


The stars are just some confetti I picked up at the party store, thinking they’d be cool for something, but at the time I didn’t have an idea in mind. Glued them down with little drops of Glossy Accents… Now, of course, I want to sprinkle ‘em onto *everything*! Hah!

I didn’t want to get overly carried away with this design either, and just let the woodgrain embossed paper serve as a backdrop to my moss-covered “Joy”.

I love the clean look of both these designs and the impact the little touches give each of them… I actually coated the die cuts with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to adhere the glitter and Flower Soft (when using spray adhesive, place your die cuts into a cardboard box to contain overspray and work outside/in a well ventilated area).

How are your holiday cards coming along?




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