Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Cool to be Square

I've been thinking about making some square cards but didn't really want to purchase square envelopes and far be it from me to MAKE my own envelopes (that just sounds like too much work and has the potential to involve MATH or WORSE - geometry). Well, that AND I can just hear my sisters in full course harmony "square envelopes need extra postage!"

Saturday I was clicking through Splitcoaststampers and read a tutorial on using A2 envelopes (of which I have an ample supply).

Daughter Amy's closest friend Jennie sent me a text message asking if I would make her 5 Christmas cards. I texted her (just what is the past tense of text??? why am I using a noun as a verb????) back in the affirmative. I decided to try out the square card in a rectangle envelope on Jennie. I used pretty much the same layout on all of the cards. Here is the result.

Side by Side
~Base card Paper Trey Ink Soft Stone
~Layer of red cardstock
~Layer of Paper Studio design paper
~Another fabulous and free digital image from rural dwelling designer Wendymade & All Things Crafty (I had to look up the word culchie which she uses to describe herself - I read that word every time I clicked into her blog and finally gave up my obtusity  and decided to educated myself). Image printed on Paper Temptress Cryogen White (the coolest cardstock EVER for printing and stamping). Copics used to color, edge of cardstock smudged with Stampabilities Kelly Green ink, red ornament topped with Ranger Inkssentials Crackle Accents, green ornament coated with Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
~Crafty Catz - Christmas
~Sew Many Cards - red and green
~Clean and Simple - sketch

Tinsel on the Tree
~Base card - Paper Trey Ink Pure Poppy
~Layer of design paper - I added a few dots of red Stickles
~Freebie digital image from Limited Runs, colored with Copics, gold metallic floss threaded through for garland, dots of red Stickles
Clean and Simple - sketch
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Freshly Brewed Designs - Winter/Christmas theme

Merry Christmas
~Base card Paper Trey Ink white
~Layer of Stampin' Up design paper run thru the Cuttlebug with Swiss Dot embossing folder
~Freebie digital image from Addii, scallop die cut using Nesties and Cuttlebug - outer edges dotted with black ink, image colored with Copics and topped flower soft
~Sentiment die cut using Stampin' Up Word Window punch
Clean and Simple - sketch

Santa Scallops
~Base card Paper Trey Ink Confetti cardstock
~Layer of BasicGrey Boxer/Fedora
~Layer of red felt ribbon with white stitches
~Layers of red and green cardstock circle scallop die cut using Cuttlebug and embossing folder Swiss Dots
~Digital image from Digis with Attitude printed on Paper Temptress Cryogen White colored using Copics, pom pom on hat coated with Sharpie Poster Paint Gold Metallic. Hat fur embellished with Liquid Appliqué , berries dotted with Copics and Stampin' Up Crystal Effects
Clean and Simple Stamping - sketch
Craft Your Days Away - use texture (embossing dots/felt ribbon)
Little Red Wagon - use BasicGrey
Crazy 4 Challenges - use embossing folder
Alphabet - e is for embossing
The Taggers - Santa Claus

Warm Winter Wishes
~Base card - Paper Trey Ink Pure Poppy
~Layer of navy blue cardstock embossed using Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and dots highlighted with white ink pad
~Snowflake ribbon
~Free digital sentiment from Bird's Cards, colored with Copics and topped with Stickles Icicles
~Snowflake embellishment is a repurposed earring
Lexi's Creations - blue and silver
Karber Weekly - use digi and sparkle
Corrosive - things that move (the dangling snowflake)
The Pink Elephant - blue, green, red
Simon Says - let it snow
Crafty Pad - snowflakes

Ho's to the 3rd Power
~Base card Paper Trey Ink Soft Stone
~Layer of black paper
~Layer of Daisy D's Winter Fun Pad
~Die cut scallop circles printed using free digital sentiment from Bird's Cards
~Three cuts of black satin ribbon threaded through a vintage slider (transfer of crap from sister-in-law Jayne)
Just Us Girls - 3 D to a Christmas card
Creative Belli - R embellishment (Ribbon)
Clean and Simple - sketch

Now I wonder if daughter Amy is going to want some cards....
Thanks for clicking by.


  1. Thanks for playing along at SMC this week. Great Card

  2. These are all amazing!
    Thanks for playing!
    Dee - LRW DT

  3. Hi Nancy
    Gorgeous cards,thankyou for joining us on this week's challenge at CraftyCatz,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  4. Gorgeous collection of cards and thank you so much for playing along with the TT challenge. xx

  5. Wonderful creations!!! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations Challenges and Good luck.

  6. lovely card thanks for joining us at the crafty pad, I hope you can join us next week for our 100th challenge x

  7. Fab cards! Glad you liked the freebie!


  8. lovely card ,love the clean design and the charm
    thanks for joining us at lexi's and good luck
    lalklygirl x

  9. Lots of fab xmas cards there. Thanks for joining us @CYDA. Good Luck. (GD)x

  10. Wow, you've been busy Nancy, love your cards, so beautifully crafted. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Days Away for my Texture challenge, good luck xxx

  11. Great cards thanks for playing with Corrosive Challenges

  12. You sure have been busy lady and you've still found time to call by and leave me some love! I'm guilty of being a bad blogger,few posts and little hopping for a few days! Rest assured as soon as things calm down,I'll be calling by in my dressing gown and pj's to share a yarn lol! Have a great week my blogging buddy,Julie x

  13. Nancy I love what you've done with me Freebie Friday Digi the tree looks fantastic with all those little extra details :) It's super what you've done
    thanks for sharing and Holiday's

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