Merry Christmas for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing a card made with one of those smaller, often forgotten about, images from a larger set. This little gift is included in the Christmas Miracle set from Crafty Meraki (along with some beautiful poinsettia and holly images).

Quick Tips:

  • Smaller images like this are perfect for a grid layout! You can approach this a few different ways – I chose to lightly pencil in the grid lines and stamped the images using a block (just make sure you erase the lines prior to coloring).
  • Other options might include using a stamping platform or just totaling winging it and embracing a more “wonky” grid!
  • I had to go rainbow colors for these but any color scheme could work here! I colored these with Copics but any coloring medium would work here.
  • And this little image also works year round – just change the bottom sentiment to Happy Birthday!

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Hello for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing a card made with a combination of a few of the new Crafty Meraki stamp sets – Shine On for the floral border and Little Things for the sentiment. I love the Shine On stamp set because the floral images look masked but the work is all done for you!

Quick Tips:

  • I started by embossing the image and sentiment with gold embossing powder on Bristol Smooth cardstock (my favorite paper for blending). This would also look great embossed in white.
  • Using blender brushes, I added color using distress oxide inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire.
  • Once dry, be sure to wipe the embossing using a clean, dry cloth to remove any extra ink.
  • The “hello” die cut from Heffy Doodle is just the right size to fit in the center and anchor the stamped sentiment.

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Joy for Crafty Meraki

Hello friends! I wanted to share a few tips on creating this card using the new Stitch-a-Cross Slimline die from Crafty Meraki that I posted during last months blog hop.

Quick Tips:

  • First of all, this die provides a wonderful amount of space for stitching! I went a little crazy pinning ideas (see my board here). I had to stop myself but Pinterest and Etsy are great sources of patterns to use on this die.
  • If stitching the entire die is a little overwhelming, consider die cutting simple shapes (like a circle) from it and stitching a pattern on a smaller canvas. (That’s next on my list to try!)
  • Once I saw the buffalo check pattern, I knew that was The One. Squares that are 5×5 stitches fit well on this die (it will take a little more than one skein of DMC embroidery floss to complete the squares on this pattern). It was a nice, simple pattern to work one while watching TV!
  • It was Pinterest to the rescue again to fine a sample font to spell out “Joy” – just search for cross stitch alphabets and find one that you like.
  • As a final touch, I wanted to add a little bit of green so I winged it with a few sprigs of greenery. Here’s a close up to get an idea of how those were added:

Final step – decide who you love the most of everyone on your Christmas card list! This is definitely not a card you would want to mass produce and you’re going to want to send it to someone that will really appreciate it. Or just keep it for yourself as a sweet display piece for the holidays every year!

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Woofing You a Happy Birthday – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

Hello friends! Hope you’re doing well. I really did try to make a card using just one or two pups from the Woof Pack set by My Favorite Things but I just couldn’t leave any of them behind!

Quick Tips:

  • The My Favorite Things Photo Booth Strip Die-namic is a perfect way to fit lots of images on one card without it becoming too busy.
  • I used the die cut to trace around each image to decide which portion of the image I wanted to use (and avoid coloring the parts that would eventually be trimmed off anyway).
  • If you don’t have enough images to fill all of the openings, use one for the sentiment or a smaller image (the cake would have been another option for that open spot).
  • I always try to be mindful of the way an image is “looking” when I place it on a card – like the begging puppy looking up at the cake or the sad pup looking down at it (I think he’s sad because he’s so far away from it!)

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Ants and Picnics – Lawn Fawn for Crafty Meraki

Hey crafty friends! I’m back with another card that tells a story for you today (Lawn Fawn products just seem to inspire that in me!). Today these little mice are having a picnic in the woods but they are soooo in love, making googly eyes at each other, they didn’t even notice that the ants are stealing all of their food!

Quick Tips:

  • The base of this scene is created with some very light ink blending – a bright green for the “grass” and very pale clouds for the sky. I like things light and bright and you don’t have to give that up on a full scene card like this one.
  • The trees in this scene (also from Lawn Fawn) are intended to be used with a box card, but are perfect to frame out this picnic in the woods scene.
  • If you don’t have those particular trees, the trunk could be simplified and cut by hand and the tree tops could be made using a cloud border die.
  • Instead of following my instinct to color the picnic basket brown, I googled “vintage picnic basket” for some color and pattern ideas. So much inspiration!!

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Joy to You from Me – Get Cracking on Christmas

Time for another installment of Get Cracking on Christmas! I was a little tight on time this month so I took advantage of some “card parts” I had been playing around with and was so happy with the way they worked together (I guess I have a secret obsession with pink and red for holiday cards!).

And if there’s one thing I love more than pink and red when it comes to holiday decorating, it’s vintage Christmas ornaments!

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Hello – Taylored Expressions

When I first saw this Pretty Posies Background stamp, my first thought was trying to recreate the look of blue willow china. Sometimes a solid stamp can just be a jumping off point to add more detail!

Quick Tips:

  • I started by stamping the image in a light shade of blue (good options here could be Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles or Confetti Cake inks from Taylored Expressions.
  • The coloring might look daunting, but it’s really quite simple because you don’t actually need to blend. Just choose three marker shades that work with your base color and add flicks of color. I worked lightest to darkest
  • You could also try this same look with another monochromatic color scheme – pink would be stunning!
  • The “hello” script is from a previous gift with purchase set but the Hello Script die would be a great alternative.

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Let It Snow – Taylored Expressions

Just because you’re starting to make Christmas and winter themed cards, it doesn’t mean you have to abandon your beach-y themed stamps! This Build A Background Waves set from Taylored Expressions works just as well for this penguin as it does in a summer scene!

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Life is Messy – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

Life sure is messy lately, isn’t it? And friends absolutely do help! This poor little kitty is crying over his spilled milk but he has a friend that is trying to help him out with a torn up box of tissues and a gentle pat on the shoulder – something we could all use when things are rough.

Quick Tips:

  • I broke out of my Copic rut and used my Zig markers for these images. They were stamped on Bristol smooth paper (I’ve always found that works best for me).
  • A scene doesn’t have to take up the entire card front – a small scene on a die cut shape can be just enough!
  • If you don’t have this particular set of nesting dies, you can easily create the same look by trimming the bottom edge off of a circle die cut.
  • This card is 5.25″ square – slimline cards may be all the rage, but I still love the proportion of a good, even square!

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Note of Thanks – Taylored Expressions

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Cling and Clear backgrounds and this is one of my favorites!

Quick Tips:

  • Make space for a large sentiment by trimming a section out of your background.
  • Now you’re left with a section of background that you could either use for another card or…
  • Since these shapes are so simple, I fussy cut a few of the flowers and popped them up along the edges of the sentiment section for a little interest.

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