Wednesday, December 2, 2015

12 Days of Christmas (Day Nine)

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop (Day Nine)! This hop will take place  November 24th through December 5th. Each of us will be posting something Christmas related each and every day at 8:00am, Eastern time (so for my Pacific Time Zone peeps... that's 5am... But don't worry, you can sleep in, and we'll all be here waiting for you, too!)... for 12 WHOLE DAYS! Let us inspire you to finish up that layout, make some special Christmas cards, or wrap that gift in a fun and festive way. If you've already started, you probably came from Barbara. She always has something great to share, doesn't she? Let's continue this 12-day crafting party... after today, there's only 3 more days to go!

Alrighty now and again...  I've said in Day One, I'm starting my portion of the hop with paper things. Things that are simple and easy to do. I've strayed quite a bit... going in all sorts of directions. But one thing has always been on point... I can always ADD paper to whatever I've shown you. Hahaha. Stretching it enough? Just thought I'd keep you on your toes, as I'm sure it was starting to read/sound like a spiel. As with Day TwoDay ThreeDay Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, and Day Nine... We are still with the Christmas theme meaning all things Christmas! The hop is entitled "12 Days of Christmas," is it not? and still again with simple [paper] crafts. Today, though... I'm going back to cards. Not one. But two. And they're very simple. Very VERY simple.

Both cards are simple that I used only craft cardstock, washi tape, and a rubber stamp (with 2 markers for color). Ok... and one card uses a Corner Chomper. That is all.

Let me set the scene... Maybe I should've taken a picture of the scene. Hmmm. Next time. I buy stuff. Lots of stuff. And I don't use it. And that makes me a hoarder. I am not really one with the trends. You will NEVER EVER EVER see me using chevron anything by choice. But one thing that seems really cool, but I just never quite got it is washi tape. Even the name sounds cool to me! Karate Kid, anyone? "Wash-i, Wash-off." I just loved the sound of it. And I bought it. Peachy Cheap? Yep. It was on sale several times. Clearance, too. Several times. Before I knew it, I had a candy-jar bin (you know... the kind that tilt and you take the chrome-covered lid off and stick your hand in?) full of never ever been used or even opened washi tape.

So today, I decided to finally use it. And I did! Yay me!

The details because ya'll know me for the details... unless you skip right over it all, because I know some people do, and that's all good? Oh yes. I would be cheating us all if I omitted those, huh?

I love craft-paper colored-cardstock. It's one my absolute faves. I love the raw-looking and rustic color. I love the texture. I just L-O-V-E it. That and burlap, but you'd never be able to tell, because I hardly make anything with burlap. I just own a load of it. Because no one else but ME in my house likes the look. My Handy Dandy Husband thinks everything brown or distressed-looking looks old. Um... I'm not brown, but I certainly feel distressed sometimes. Am I old? Nope. I'm in denial. Get over it. So I cut two vertical cards from it
 and scored each at 5-1/2"
or so I thought...

Whoops! Ok. I can work with it... You can see the difference, right? (Seriously. I have a ton of this stuff. When Michaels has a sale of 2/$5 of cardstock paper [8-1/2x11"], I advise you to stock up!) Did someone say, "Squirrel!"?

Back to the card project... and yes. my mind runs like this 24/7. It kinda sucks sometimes, but I'm sure some/most of you can relate... Am I right? Right.
The one that I messed up on the scoring is up first. I decided to make a cute-sy peek-a-boo-type border (with washi tape!). Then I used my Corner Chomper (Deco cut) to chomp every single corner on that card. Pretty, huh? But please note that spool of washi tape (by K and Co). Although it's pretty cute, it pulls off the finish of the tape really easy. It did this throughout the roll. Thank goodness it was a clearance deal at Target (that's French for Target) and only $1.48 for a two-roll pack.
So, I've seen all these cute little "trees" made from tape, ribbon, bits of paper, or anything scrap. Since I have a *load of washi tape, I thought, "That should be fairly easy enough, and cute, too. And take a couple of minutes." because somewhere sometime by someone I heard or read that if a card takes more than 15 minutes, it's too much. and my cards always take me more than 15 minutes I cut bits of Hazel & Ruby scallop tape (because it is so cute!) and placed it. I thought it looked okay...
But it didn't. My tree needed a trunk/stand/whatever you want to call it... it needed a base, because I can't handle those floating in the corner type of trees or the upside down trees. It's just not right. and then... that last piece. Ugh. I didn't bother to take the backing off... it looked like a giant red middle finger poking from the top of my cute little washi tape tree and I wasn't going to have that.
I needed a STAR!! And I happened to have a punch that I hadn't used in forever and seemed to take me forever to find... So... crap! The glitter washi tape didn't have backing, so I stole some from the craft trash can borrowed some from the backing I took off of the scalloped tape. I proceeded to punch...
and this is what happened. Kind of like trying to rotary cut spandex when you were expecting cotton. It kind of stretched. But still... it was salvageable. After pulling it out and trimming the rough cuts due to the S-T-R-E-T-C-H-ing, it was ok to use.
But... it needed a sentiment. A stamp. I opened up a pack of THESE (see the above picture... because yes... it was another hoarding thing from Peachy Cheap. I don't even know how long I've had them!) and "painted the stamp (in two colors to save my lazy butt from doing too much work because this was supposed to be such an easy not time consuming card).
And then I breathed on the stamp because I needed it "wet" enough to kiss the paper. Omygosh. That sounded a little 50 Shades. I am SOOO sorry. That is so totally not what I meant... I stamped it on the card. That's it.
Whoops! A little too far over the washi-tape tree, but it'll do...

And on to the next card.
I "mitered" just a quick diagonal snip, so it all flows together and doesn't look choppy the edges of the tape... all along the front panel's edge.
Now that's a cute frame!
I used the same stamp and the same stamping/inking technique including the breathe. And then... I tried uh. I don't know what happened here. In my mind, it was a peppermint poinsettia, but it didn't quite turn out that way... and then I thought maybe a peppermint snowflake... and it didn't quite turn out that way either... so I settled for a cup of hot cocoa with a shot of Peppermint Schnapps and called it a Peppermint Patty and all was good. to finish this dang card. Maybe if I put directions on it? But anyway... I still thought it ended up kinda cute. In a Peppermint kind of way...

Don't totally go! There is more in store for you, so hop along and please comment on each and everybody. 'Cause you know we all love a little love... And BE SURE to check out the "other" Lisa, as she's the one with all the blog candy and sponsor info! Have a great time, and don't forget to come back tomorrow!

Here's the Line Up for Day 9:
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10. Rhonda -
11. Charmagne -
12. Barbara-
13. Lisa F - <=== You are HERE!
14. Sharondalyn - Http:// <=== Next stop!
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  1. Very cool cards!! Love kraft everything too =)

  2. I just love reading your post!! yep, I think like that too!

    cute cards!


  3. Your first example looks like the "branches" are rounded. I thought they were going to be 3-D branches. I wonder if you could put the washi on a piece of cardstock, cut your branch and have a little tab at each end. Cut a slit in the background and put the slit through on each side. That would make the branches stand out from the card. You wouldn't be able to mail it - the branches would get smushed but it would make a fun gift tag. Might have to go try that.
    thanks for the idea. Love your tree. thanks for sharing.

  4. The star looks much better than the red finger! lol The candy cane stripe looks like a package bow to me! Cute cards!

  5. Too cute! Way to use some supplies in a creative fun way!

  6. Way to think outside the box and create lovely cards.

  7. Cute idea for the cards! I need to use my washi tape more.

  8. Your tree is so cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. What a way to stick with it and not abort the mission(project). it turned out craft fabulous!

  10. Okee dokee, Lisa --- you totally pooped me out w/ this project of yours. Now, I need to take a nap!!! LOL Super cute, as usual. TFS! :-)

  11. Okee dokee, Lisa --- you totally pooped me out w/ this project of yours. Now, I need to take a nap!!! LOL Super cute, as usual. TFS! :-)

  12. What an awesome card!!! It is so cute and fun!!! Love kraft colored cardstock too!!! And yes, I am also a squirrel when it comes to paper.


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