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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Making a List

Do you make lots of lists at Christmas time?  How about others in your family?  One list we often make is a list of who to thank for what as we open our Christmas gifts.  This year I decided to make some little notepads for the family so they can easily make and find their lists.  They are similar to ones I've made previously and shown on this blog. 

I started with notepads that were 3 1/2" x 5" in size.  For each I cut a piece of card stock 8 1/2" x 5 1/4", and made 4 score lines at 3 3/8", 3 5/8", 7 1/4" and 7 1/2" as shown below:

Then I inserted just the longer flap into an M-bossabilities folder and ran it through my Big Shot (note how the rest of the cardstock just hangs out the end):

Some of the folders I left this way:

For others, I took a sponge applicator and a stamp pad and lightly rubbed ink over the embossed areas (you'll be able to see how this looked when I show some other finished ones at the end of this post).  Next I glued my notepads in place using my ATG:

I used small pieces of sticky-backed velcro to hold them closed.  Then decorated the fronts as desired.  Here are a few other examples:

As you can see, this embossed background was sponged with red ink.  For the focal I used a fancy label cut with a Spellbinders die for the mat.  The stocking was a Small Stamp from Hot Off the Press.  I stamped it in black on some red paper, added silver and green accents with glitter gel pens, and a dazzle star on top of the snowflake.

This was another HOTP Small Stamp stamped in red onto a piece of white card stock that had been cut with a Spellbinder's die.  The red mat was made by tracing around the die and then cutting it out of red glimmer paper.  In addition to adding a bit of color to the stamp with my gel pens, I used a fairly clear colored Stickles and fun flock to cover the beard, and fur areas.  Then I added red Stickles for the holly berries and for little dots around the frame.

This one uses the Spellbinder's Holly Motifs (I think it was) and another Small Stamp from HOTP.  Once again I colored with glittery gel pens & added red Stickles.

This one uses a die from the Spellbinder's Decorative Labels Twenty-seven.  The stamps were from Studio G and came with some adhesive backed gems that I added.

Once again I'm using a Spellbinder's die and a Small Stamp from HOTP.  This time I stamped it twice - once on the mat and once on a separate piece of card stock.  Using the die as a stencil, I added chalk lightly around the inside edge for a frame on the mat. After coloring the second bird (using glitter gel pens & my Dove blender pen), while the ink was still wet, I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and embossed it for a shiny look.  I then cut around the bird and mounted it on foam tape above the other one.  I added a few dots of red Stickles for berries.

Here's another Small Stamp from HOTP stamped in green on a die-cut piece (Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles).  For the snow on the branches, I used Stickles covered with Fun Flock.  I added a couple of 3-D Dazzles snowflakes above the tree.

This stamp came from Inkadinkado. I stamped it on a white die cut and colored it with gel pens.  Next I ran some silver thread stitches around the edge of the mat, threaded a silver ribbon through at the bottom, and tied a bow.  This was matted on another diecut - this one in silver.

Here's another stamp from Inkadinkado. I stamped it in white opaque ink on a piece of blue glimmer paper.  After the ink dried, I added color with chalk and gel pens, and then used some red Stickles to add some "pop" for the sleigh and the holly berries. This one is matted on white card stock (colored around the edge with silver ink), and a dark blue glimmer paper (cut with Marvelous Squares dies from Spellbinders).

This is another Small Stamp from HOTP stamped on a white piece that was cut with Spellbinders Label Twenty-seven and then matted on a piece of silver cut with a scalloped rectangle die. I colored the stamp with my gel pens & the Dove blender pen. For the snow at the bottom I added Stickles. For added interest, I drew around the outside of the white label with a red gel pen.

This one is also a Small Stamp from HOTP that was stamped on a piece of white card stock that had been cut with a Spellbinder's die.  Once again it was colored with gel pens and chalked around the edge.  I used a snowflake Dazzle on top of the original snowflake to enhance it.

The penguin one at the top of this post was another Inkadinkado stamp colored with gel pens.  The dies were Resplendent Rectangles from Spellbinders.


Carol J said...

Those are all wonderful.

pennyd said...

They are all great Cheryl! Thanks, also, for the card, I loved it. I must admit, I don't know how to do that twist technique you did - I'm going to study it and figure it out.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Penny! I'm glad you liked the card! To see how I made it, check out this post.