Stripes abound on this card from my friend in Hawaii! Stripes in the paper, stripes on the ribbon, stripes in the knotted Baker's Twine . . . all for a very fun and festive look on this Christmas card.
Sometimes I forget that rounding the corners on a card can give it such a different look! And the simple technique of repeating colors in solid striping reminds me of the basics that bring us back to good, solid artwork.
Silver Shimmer Trim is one of our fun new embellishments. It's a roll of sparkly tape! Just peel off the backing, and it's ready to adhere to your project in a nice straight line . . . no other adhesive necessary!
Art by Lisa Sargent This card reminds me of the way my Mom used to decorate our front door at Christmas, like a great big package! The bow here is one of my favorite things on the Cricut Artiste cartridge. I've used it on the tops of boxes, and here it's the perfect touch for the card's wrapping.
I think my favorite thing about this creative card is the striped border along the bottom! This is one of my favorite patterns in the "Pear and Partridge" pack, and used in small sections like this, it's especially beautiful!
Same card, different look! Here, I used the Pear & Partridge papers, which bring tradition right back into place. I added some Baker's Twine for mitten strings, and this time gave the mittens a sweet touch with Bitty Pearls.
La Belle Vie is the paper pack I used here. I wanted to step out of traditional holiday colors again ........ so these soft shades bring a whole new look. Black sparkles add a bit of shine to the mittens.
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The change in seasons means a
change in wardrobe.
Sandals move to the back of the
closet, shoes and boots move to the front.
With that comes daily visits to
the sock drawer.
What a great opportunity to do
some sock wrangling, sorting and purging.
I know you've all been
Decluttering Rule #5: Make your
So, spill the contents of your
sock drawer onto the bed and let's have some fun!
Have a trash container and a
donation bag standing by.
Start by tossing all the single
socks in a pile.
Next, grab all the pairs you know
are too big, too small, too baggy, too tight, too ugly.
Add any of them that still show
promise to the donation bag.
Toss the rest.
(Remember to only donate items
that are clean and in good condition)
Now, ask yourself, "How many is
(Dressy socks, athletic socks,
fun or themed socks)
Decide on a number or a spatial
The drawer one pair deep, so all
the socks are visible when you open the drawer with a bit of room still
available, is a reasonable goal.
With your limit in mind, sort
through the remaining socks; choosing your absolute favorites, until you reach
the number (or you've filled the space).
If among the orphan socks you
sorted out at the beginning there is a favorite, and you think its mate is in
the current laundry, set that sock aside.
If its mate fails to appear at
the end of the laundry cycle, send it on to One Sock Heaven.
(And no, I don't know where all
those single socks hide)
Take the bag of trash socks and
throw it away, put the bag of donate socks into your car so you'll actually give
Open and close the newly
organized sock drawer a couple times just to bask in the glow of a task
completed. And know that now, every sock in the drawer fits, has a mate and
will give you happy feet while you have them on.
(No more exploding drawer when
you try to open it, or trying to stuff just one more pair in before four jump
Oh, and if the laundry chore of
sock matching, folding, pairing up is too tedious or frustrating for you, here's
an idea to simplify it:
Get rid of all the
socks you now own.
Buy a multi pack of
white socks and a multi pack of black socks.
When these socks come out of the
dryer, toss them into your sock drawer.
Grab two whites or two blacks
when you get dressed. You'll always have a matching pair.
In a year or so, toss all the
socks, buy two more packs and start again.
Organizing your sock drawer is a
'little bite' out of the big project of decluttering and organizing your home.
Spending a small amount of concentrated time now will reward you in the
And you'll be able to find your
special Halloween socks, now, instead of in December!
A fun class is on the schedule! Order the "Pear & Partridge" Cardmaking Workshop on the Go Kit (see video below) and then join me for a fun time of creating! Choose your day and time: Sunday, November 11, 2 - 5pm Monday, November 12, 10am - 1pm Now . . these kits may not take you 3 full hours to complete, but I'm setting aside that much time, so no one feels rushed. And as always, you are welcome to do as much as you wish with the group (use my inks to stamp, if needed,) and then pack up the rest and take it home to complete at your leisure - because you have EVERYTHING else you need! How fun. You can also opt to order the kit and have it delivered directly to you (slightly higher shipping than having it come to me for a class) and then you can make the kit whenever you wish, on your own schedule. We will want to order these kits for you by Oct. 30, to ensure they are here in plenty of time. (I'll be away from my office in there for a few days.) So be sure to email me so we can arrange for your lovely Christmas Card kit!
Our Burlap Ribbon is a VERY fun item to use in your papercrafting. Whether it's on a scrapbook layout or a card, it brings a unique texture to your creation. Here, Elizabeth used a couple fibers from the ribbon to attach the mittens to the burlap "faux bow."
Clean and crisp! That's the look of this card, but it has a surprise element - - the gathered ribbon from our Red Collection Designer Ribbon. This makes a wonderful contrast to the sharp edges and clean design of the card.
Red sparkles embellish the mittens here. Cutting out the mittens before they are even stamped is one of the EASY things about our Cricut Artiste cartridge! This makes creating many of the same card a breeze.
I just ordered my organizers last night and can't WAIT to get them, just in time for my Scrapbook Retreat this month. I love that they're clear, so you can see where all your goodies are. They are so very reasonably priced - The Small Organizer is only $12.95 (with three 3 x 3 craft boxes for only $6.95) and the Medium Organizer is a great value at just $16.95. This one includes removable dividers so you can customize your fit!