The annual Paper Anthology Christmas Card Swap is always a lot of fun, as well as an amazing source of inspiration. Still working on your own cards? Here are some awesome ideas to spur you on! Cards are in displayed in alphabetical order because there’s no way anyone could choose a “favorite”! ♥ (PS: Want to participate in next year’s swap? Subscribe to the newsletter so you’ll see the sign up –and all other special events– the minute they’re announced!)
Behold the Tim Holtz Christmas Door, featuring EIGHT new Stampers Anonymous holiday sets! New arrivals include Snarky Cat Christmas, Holiday Scenes, Vintage Holidays and lots more, plus we have some lovely new TH holiday stencils. To make it easier to find all of the above quickly, there’s now a New In Store category, right up top in the online shop, so you can find the “latest and greatest” with just one click. Meanwhile, the Tiles for Miles Class in a Kit has been restocked (in a limited quantity), as has the super-popular Taylored Expressions Tool Tray, just in case you missed either of those the first time. Thanksgiving is next week, so Paper Anthology’s Kenvil store will be closed on Thursday; but open Black Friday 5-9pm and 10-5 on Small Business Saturday. (PS: there might be one or two in-store specials on Friday and Saturday… just sayin’…)
Sharing a card from the anniversary party make and take that’s just perfect for the current challenge at Shopping our stash – something related to Thanksgiving, being grateful or a thank you somewhere on the project. The image and sentiment is from Taylored Expressions – colored in with Polychromos pencils. The gingham background stamp is from Studio 490, stamped with fern green archival ink. The letters are die cut using my old school Quick Kutz squeeze (I LOVE this tool) and stamped with a woodgrain background stamp from Stampers Anonymous.
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Still 11 days left before this month’s Christmas Card Club and I already have the card designed! This month I channeled all my favorite things – wood, plaid, gingham and a rustic cabin feel. I used Stampers Anonymous “Festive Overlays” set (another favorite thing) for the main image and sentiment. (die cut with Taylored Expressions awesome stitched and scallop sets). The plaid is a Studio 490 background stamp and the woodgrain is a Sizzix 3D embossing folder. My all time favorite May Arts ribbon, some die cuts from Penny Blackj and Elizabeth Crafts, along with a sprinkling of star sequins from Buttons Galore finish it off (not to mention a bunch of distress ink)!
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This week at Jingle Belles they’ve asked us to go vintage. (Yay!!!) I stamped the plaid flannel background stamp from Studio 490 with Peat Moss Archival Ink from Ranger. I sticky embossed the beautiful retro-font sentiment from Stampers Anonymous Christmas time set (CMS352) and added loose red glitter. (the sparkle in real life is to die for!) The Santa is from the Festive overlay set (CMS357), stamped with black archival and a little color added with Tombow markers. The scalloped and stitched dies are from Taylored Expressions. A super simple, quick card that lets that beautiful sentiment be the star of the show!
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Playing along with the current Shopping our Stash challenge – celebrating May Flowers! I dug deep in my stash for this October Afternoon paper and paired it with a Penny Black image that I watercolored with Tombow markers, a Stampers Anonymous sentiment from my favorite set CMS155 – Simple Sayings (a must have!)and some stitching from the Stampers Anonymous set, CMS365 – Stitches.
Every year we do a Christmas card swap at Paper Anthology and I’m always in awe at the beautiful designs everyone comes up with. For those of you that haven’t submitted your cards yet for this year, please get them to the store as soon as possible so I can get all the cards out to everyone. Once they’re all in, I’ll choose 3 to spotlight here on the blog. I haven’t joined the fun for several years as November is a very busy time of the year at the store, but this year I vowed to carve out some time! I may have mentioned once or twice how much I loved Taylored Expressions’ Holiday release this year- honestly every single thing was fantastic – so I decided to feature a few things from them on my swap card:
I die cut the Taylored Expressions moose from Altenew’s wood paper ( this is super cool ultra thin real wood that die cuts like a dream) The background is stamped with Taylored Expressions Buffalo check background stamp. The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous “Christmastime” set (adore these sentiments!) The blanket stitch die cut is from Waffle Flower and the smaller die cut is from Sizzix, stitched rectangles. The tiny twine bow just added the perfect touch!
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With all the Christmas cards I design throughout the year, you’d think I would have done a Jingle Belles challenge before this! Well, I finally did one, just in time for their Holiday break! The girls at Jingle Belles asked us to “bring them some Figgy pudding” and design a card inspired by festive food! Since Lauren says her favorite holiday treat is Xmas cookies, I decided to make her a plate full!
I used a bunch of Sizzix dies on this one: Stitched circles, Doily and Fresh Baked # 1 and # 2. Sentiment and Frame is from one of my favorite sets from Stampers Anonymous, Simple Saying – CMS155. (If you don’t have this one in your collection, get it – you will reach for it over and over again!) The patterned paper is from the Authentique “Jingle” collection. Oh, and glossy accents – lots of glossy accents.
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