Sunday, November 29, 2015

12 Cards of Christmas 2015 - Explosion Card with Ann Butler Stamps

We're almost through with making 12 cards for Christmas, and I had SO much fun! I don't make a lot of cards and every time I'm doing this series I'm reminded how fun card making can be. It's sometimes challenging to limit yourself to a card size :)

Today's card is a really fun one with a surprise. When you open the card the paper inside "explodes" at you. I've used Ann Butler Faux Quilting Stamps to create an interesting pattern on the inside page and the Ann Butler's EZ Dee's letter stamps to add the word NOEL. Finally I used the little triangle stamps from Ann Butler faux quilting stamps to create a Christmas tree on the front of the card.

I have to say that this series has challenged me. Since I don't celebrate Christmas (I'm Jewish) I don't have a lot of Christmas craft supplies like stamps, dies, papers etc. I also don't want to buy too many supplies because my budget is limited and I'd rather spend it on supplies I can use all year long. So I need to come up with ways to use what I have in creative ways so I can create interesting cards that can inspire others.

All the cards designs can be a starting point for many different kinds of cards for every event or person you can think of. Just change the colors, patterns or sentiments but the technique and design can stay the same. So basically these 12 cards ideas can inspire you all year long!

Have fun creating!

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Grand Special December Daily Holiday Game

Did you really think I'd let this wonderful season go by without a fabulous giveaway?
If you know me you must have been waiting for something...well, it's here!
The Grand Special December Daily Holiday Game! A daily game of fun questions that has an AMAZING prize at the end.

How it goes?
Everyday I'll post a question on my Facebook page. You only need to do three things:
1. LIKE my Page.
2. Spread the word on FB, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest...or other social media you can think of.
3. Answer the question.

Easy right?


The more questions you answer the more entries you get, so your chances to win grow.

If you want to increase your chances even more tag your friends and let them know about this fun game! However here's the catch - ONLY friends who actually participate in the game will increase your winning chances! IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO TAG THEM! They need to answer questions too so you and them will get more entries in the raffle!!!

What's in the box?
Family Traditions 27 - pc Collection Pack by Webster's Pages
Two 4x9 Glitter Papers
Chipboard Stickers by Pink Paislee
Border Stickers by Pink Paislee
Two 6x6 Burlap Pages
Two 4x6 Canvas Pages
12 Buttons Pack by Prima
175 3/16" Tacky Dots
50 yard Gold Organza Trim
8 Chipboard pieces
45 Different color, size and shape Flowers
5 Tags
3 Embossed Chipboard Shapes
Transparent Embellishment
4 Metal Edge Paper Shapes
2 Paper Cutouts
5 Little Admission Tickets
4 Large Brads
1 Extra Large Rhinestone Brad
16 Buttons in bulk
5 Butterfly Beads

Now who wouldn't want a goodie pack like this?

The Game starts on December 1st.
The winner will be announced January 1st

Let's have some fun!!
Good luck to everyone!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What Do You Do with All Your Mini Albums?

This is a question I get asked a lot. You make so many, what do you do with all of them? Well...There are a few things I do, depends on how much I love the mini or how long I worked on it. When I began making mini albums I designed them all with photos inside, 20 mini albums later I realized if I onlyput my photos in them there isn't a lot I ca do with them once they're finished. So I started creating empty mini albums and that opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

Give as a gift
This is kind of obvious. make a mini album for someone and give it to them on their birthday or on Christmas. But I want you to consider other gift options for example as giveaways in a raffle on your blog or website. Make a bunch of mini albums and give them to someone to give as gifts. I made my mom a few mini albums with inspiring quotes in them to give to her patients (they loves them).

Sell them
I sell some of my mini albums in my Etsy shop. You can also sell them in craft fairs and holiday gift fairs. I went to a fair once (when I was still doing that) with a few mini albums among other things and they were sold like hot cakes. The mini albums were very simple but people liked them because I they were themed: baby mini album, wedding, grandma, field trip etc. So everybody found something that appealed to them.

Donate them
This is especially good for junk journals and mini albums without too many embellishments. Every time I create a junk journal I don't need or won't use I put it in the donation box and then go to a children hospital and give it to the kids, the older kids. I sit with them for awhile and explain what they could do with it: add photos, journal, add quotes etc.

Display them
My favorite mini albums are displayed in a center location in my house. I found that when they are in the living room for example, my kids and family look at them often. These are the mini albums with photos in them so they sit and browse through them remembering trips, experiences, holidays and they talk, laugh and it's great! It's like kids and vegetables unless you have a nice plate with veggies on it they won't eat it...but if it's there on the disappears.

So you might ask yourselves why make mini albums anyway? Other than it being tons of fun, alone or with friends it's can read all about it here.

I don't need an excuse to make mini albums and I share the love for mini albums, binding and surprising moving parts in my online class inter-ACTIVES - Moving Mini Albums click the link to register.

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