Embossed "Christmas Card in waiting"

I wanted to make up some Christmas cards that were about 75% complete so I could add elements to personalize them when the need arises.  This is the first one I tried.  The jingle bells are cut from the Cricut cartridge Christmas Solutions at 2 inches. I used all three layers of the image cutting the top two layers out of white card stock and the blackout layer from ivory pearlized paper (DCWV School Solids pack).  I inked the middle layer with Aged Photo Ink by Ranger.  I ran the top layer through my Zyron machine then applied and heat set gold embossing powder.  When I assembled the bells, I trimmed the blackout layer slightly at the bottom of each bell.  The twine that holds the bells together is DMC memory thread (olive).  The red satin and red sparkle velvet ribbons are from Hobby Lobby.
The green background paper is plain green card stock (from my stash) ran through the Cuttlebug snowflake folder.  I slightly inked the edges with warm brown then misted them with Tsukineko's Sheer Shimmer Sparkle  mist.  Now I have a special card ready for an unexpected need.  I just need to pop on a sentiment (which I make several of the basics to keep on hand) and hand write a greeting on the inside.

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November Birthday Card

Here in Indiana the frost is on the pumpkins.  Of course, that's not as bad as the Northeast where they are covered with snow.  I made this card for a fall birthday.  The sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michaels.  I stamped each word separately with TH antique photo distress ink.  I cut the circle and scalloped circle with nestabilities dies, and the fence is cut from the Cricut Paper Doll Dressup cartridge.  I am posting this card on the Celebrate the Occasion #37 The theme this week is "Fall (must have a pumpkin)"!!!!

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Christmas Organizer Binder

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I would help out my cousin who is really overwhelmed right now by creating this Christmas Organizer.  It's my first organizer, but it won't be my last.  It is also the first time I used my Bind It All.  It won't last time I do that either.  This project was fun, fast and let me use up a lot of my older papers and embellishments.  Here's some pictures.
It measures 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide (not counting the binding rings).  The covers tie shut with a red ribbon.
 You can  put  additional pockets on the inside front and back covers, but I wanted to brighten up those surfaces with card stock stickers.
 Each page is made with one sheet of doublesided 12x12 paper.  You score the paper at 6 inches from top to bottom, and 4 inches from side to side.  Fold up the bottom toward the top to form the pocket; then fold the paper in half to the back.  The pocket crease is to the outside of the book and the open side of the pocket goes to the binding edge.  I didn't have any double sided Christmas paper, so I made my own by gluing two sheets together back to back.  I used one solid color sheet and one patterned sheet.  This made the pages a bit thicker, but very sturdy.   Each sheet of paper makes two pockets pages.
 This is based on a video I saw to make a card organizer here.  The original design was made as calendar pages for each month.  A calendar was placed on the 4 by 6 pocket front.  I chose to leave the pocket fronts blank so my cousin could decide how the pockets would be used.  The pockets will hold items that are 5 inches wide by 11 inches tall.  I may pick up some of the to do list tablets from Michaels dollar bins to go with this gift.  They would fit in the pockets and they come in many styles.
 I used more card stock stickers to decorate the pockets.

 I made both the front and back covers from paper covered 6 inch by 8 inch chipboard.  They are very sturdy.
This came out so nice, I think I'll make one or two organizers for me.
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Last Halloween Card for 2011

And one last Halloween card to post before the hoards come to the door...sigh - we don't get trick or treaters this far out, but alias my grandkids are here.  Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

See you in November.


New Page to Blog

I've been busy, really.  Getting the kids ready for Halloween and trying to get the outside prepped for winter is first priority now.  I've worked on a few cards, but they'll be posted in a day or two.  Just need to fine tune a few things.  Today, I decided to break off some of my projects onto separate blog pages.  The first being a page just for C F Missions.  I will not be posting missions as instructional or "hey look what I'm doing", but I did want to keep track of what I am doing (if you would like to see the pics just click on the superman to the left at the top of my blog).  Tomorrow's a big day for my family.  They love Halloween and I hope to get some pictures of the kids.  Although, I like their "baby" outfits more than what they choose now days.  I think they're all vampires or zombie now.  Oh well, I'll have to settle for the neighborhood's little ones to bring the cute and cuddly costumes out!