Monday, December 8, 2014

How to Make 10 Quick Christmas Cards

DIY Christmas Cards


It's Alicia here from Time To Create.
Today I am sharing a quick and easy way to make a set of ten Christmas cards using minimal equipment.  Anyone can follow these 7 Steps to make ten gorgeous hand made cards and send them out to family and friends before Christmas.

Step 1 - Gather your Equipment

DIY Christmas Cards

This is the equipment you will need to make your cards:

1. 10 folded cards with envelopes.
2. Basic Sketch
3. Star hole punch (or star stickers or star-shaped chipboard or buttons)
4. Paper Trimmer
5. Adhesive or glue
6. Mounting tape or squares
7. Christmas paper (any type you have at home will do)
8. Sequins, jewels (any type of small embellishments)

Step 2 - Draw a Basic Sketch

DIY Christmas Cards

This was the basic sketch I had in my mind...very simple.  I ended up not adding the pot for the tree in on my final design as I felt it wasn't really necessary, but you could easily add it in if you prefer.

Step 3 - Work out your Measurements

Decide on your measurements.  The folded card base I used are 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches so I measured my paper pieces to fit the card size I used.  If you use a slightly bigger sized card you may want to alter the measurements to suit a bigger card.

DIY Christmas Cards

Step 4 - Cut your Paper

Cut out all the strips with a paper trimmer and punch out ten stars.

DIY Christmas Cards

I chose papers that co-ordinated each other.  Red, green and a touch of pink.  You could use whatever papers you have at home.  Solid red and green card could look very effective...or gold would be nice too!

DIY Christmas Cards

Step 5 - Add Adhesive

Put adhesive on the backs of all the strips and put mounting tape on the backs of the stars.

DIY Christmas Cards

Step 6 - Attach to the Base Card

Adhere all the pieces onto the card bases.

DIY Christmas Cards

Step 7 - Decorate

Add some sequins for decoration.

DIY Christmas Cards

Thats it!!
These were very quick and easy to make.  I was surprised at how quickly they came together.  You could easily use this design to make a large quantity of cards and have them all ready to go for Christmas!

DIY Christmas CardsDIY Christmas Cards

Need more Christmas card ideas? See this blog post:

50 Handmade Christmas Cards -DIY

Good luck with your Christmas Card Making! How many cards do you usually send out?

This post was featured over at: Enchanted Home Schooling Mom.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Birthday Wishes Card ~ "Lovely Birthday" Stamp Set

You can never have enough birthday cards right?
This was a little quick one I whipped up awhile back now and its been waiting to be shared.
Very simple.

I have been very busy working behind the scenes on a big project for my Dad's 60th Birthday.
Its all finished and mailed off to my Dad now.
I promise to share it on here once he sees it himself, probably next week.
Have a great day.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Makeover

So can you see the new Blog Look here?
I must say I am in love with the fresh new look!!
My thanks goes to Sarah at Trisarahtops Smiles.
If you are looking for an affordable, professional Blog makeover I can highly recommend Sarah.
Have a beautiful day.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Handmade Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards for Sale

I made and sold three little packs of 10 Handmade Christmas Cards this week.

Christmas Cards for Sale

These cards were made on 10cm x 10cm white card stock.

Christmas Cards for Sale

With little angel stickers.

I have started my own little shop on my blog.

Click here if you would like to take a look.

Alicia xx

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Catch Up With Project Life - Progress Report

Challenge # 7 Mining for Stories

The Catch Up Project Life class was fantastic and I am sorry its over!

Challenge # 7 was Mining for Stories
I managed to complete my goal of finishing Journalling for July 2013.  This mean my 2013 Album is complete!!!

Challenge #8 Batch It

Challenge #8 was Batch It
I managed to print and insert all the photos for Nicky's Baby Album.  This was another one of my goals completed!

Still some catching up to do day I'll get there.

Thank goodness for the Collect App and the new Project Life App.
I could not continue with this project without the flexibility of photos on my phone!

By the way... my blog is currently getting a make over!
Stay tuned for a fresh new look coming soon!!

Alicia xx

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

World's Greatest Teacher Cards

Close to My Heart Cards

In Australia it is almost the end of the school year 
and that means time to say "Thank You" to your child's teacher.  

I had a play with these fun stamps and papers from Close to My Heart 
and came up with this set of three cards.

Close to My Heart Cards

Close to My Heart Cards

Close to My Heart Cards

I love the red chevron the best!

These cards were featured on Chris' Blog here.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Alicia xx

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Card Ideas

5 Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Card Ideas

I have been very busy over the past few weeks preparing for a Christmas Card making session with a group of children from a local school.  I ended up making six designs.  Five of which I am sharing today.  The last card I will be sharing later this week.  I have completed Step by Step Instructions for that card and so it will be in a separate post.

These cards I designed with Simplicity and budget in mind. 

5 Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Card Ideas

The first card (above) is a simple design, but it took awhile to come together.  I cut red banners and embossed them first.  Then I layered the banner onto green paper.  Next I bought stickers from "Riot" which I placed in the middle of the banner and then added a red bow.  Finally I layered the banner onto silver card and then onto the base white card.  I love the silver card, but it is quite expensive.  It looks glittery, but it doesn't have a gritty texture.  It is actually smooth to touch and it went perfectly with the silver on the stickers.

5 Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Card Ideas

For this set of 30 cards I cut a variety of papers from my stash (great to use up lots of old sets that only have bits and pieces left).  I started with the circle die cut.  Then I added a snowflake sentiment (from Riot) and stuck that to the centre of the circle.  On top of the snowflake I glued a snowman sticker (again from Riot).  The sticker has a silver border which I really like.
Then I used my old Top Note Die Cut (that I haven't used in ages) and cut out 30 of those in a variety of papers.  Then I cut some strips to go down the middle of the card and layered the die cut on top.
I stamped a sentiment on white card and attached to the front.
This is my least favourite, only because it has way too many patterns going on here.  It makes my eyes a bit dizzy!! But hopefully with the kids cards I will match the papers a bit better!!  I completed this one in a bit of a rush!  So many other projects going on at the moment!!

5 Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Card Ideas

This is my favourite of all the cards because it is so simple and so cute!
One square of Kraft card layered onto one square of red card.
Then an angel sticker and a Merry Christmas sticker from Riot adhered to the centre.
(Maybe I should approach Riot about sponsoring me seeing I seem so in love with their stickers lol!  These stickers came in a huge barrel with sets of thirty and fifteen of each design for only $6!!!)

5 Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Card Ideas

This card was very simply made with embossed star background.  I picked green card because I have oodles of it in my stash that never get used.  (You could use something much nicer like Kraft or white and change the colours a bit.)  Three trees - sorry about the pencil marks, this was the first one I made and after this I realised it is better to draw the template on the back of the paper.  Three stars punched out and three silver sequins.  The "Wish" sentiment was cut from paper.  Each card will have a different sentiment as the paper was full of all different Christmas Words in a variety of sizes.

5 Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Card Ideas

For this one I created the paper myself. It was plain blue and I stamped snowflakes to make it look Christmas.  I stamped the sentiment on white card and layered it with Teal card.  Then added a silver ribbon and a teal gemstone.  Quick and easy.  This card could be made with any paper or colour scheme and a snowflake stamp.

So thats five simple Christmas Card ideas that you could easily reproduce yourself in some way.
My card making session with the children is today!
So wish me luck!!!

Alicia xx

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Monday Message

I am creative.  You can't expect me to be neat too!This has been the state of my crafting desk for about three days while I have been trying to pump out Christmas Card designs.  Don't know if I could have done it without the help of the products at Riot (a crafty store in Australia).  I purchased some great stickers from there that really helped me put the six designs together as simply as I could.

Heading back to the shops today to get some silver card and a few other bits and pieces.  Then it will all be finished and ready to go for Thursday.  I promise to share photos later this week of the designs.  They are very simple and made out of papers I had  in my stash...nothing recent and fresh from this year.  A good way to use up old papers thats for sure!

A fresh new week people...what are you creating this week?

Alicia xxx

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Catch up With Project Life - Second Three Challenges

Challenge #3

Challenge #4 - Change Your Time Perspective

This challenge was about considering if your time perspective is holding back your progress. 
In Nicholas' Baby Album I was having trouble sticking to my original plan of one page per month of his first year.  There was way too many photos I had to include.  So I set a new rule for myself that as long as I could keep the photos to an extra page or two its all good.  This made my progress easier and I managed to choose all the photos for this album.  The photos are all inserted now and I just have to go back and do all the journalling.  This could take quite awhile!

Challenge #4

Challenge #5 - Get Back on Track

This Challenge was all about getting back into it!
Slipping photos into pockets and making a start.
I put the photos I had from the Collect App for July and August in my album.

Challenge #5

 Challenge #6 - Use 3 Products

As the name suggests, you could only use three products for this challenge.  I chose letter stickers, Journalling Cards and Photos...very very simple!

Two weeks down in this class and only one to go.
I really don't want it to end.  It has been very inspiring.
I only wish I had more time to focus on it.  But I have been trying to make the Christmas card templates as well and cut up all the materials and emboss and stamp and buy supplies.  It has taken a lot more time than I first thought.  Probably a good thing as I might not have said yes!!  

I have decided on six cards.  The 30 children will be split into three groups and there will be three adults to direct a group each.  Each adult will demonstrate how to make two cards and assist the children in their group to do so.  The groups will rotate and in total the children will make six cards each.  This will make 180 cards in total which they wish to sell at the Carols on the following evening.  Mass production!!!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend,

Alicia xx

Friday, November 14, 2014

Quick and Easy Cards using Baby Cakes

Quick and Easy CardsI used some materials left over from the Picture My Life Baby Cakes Scrapbooking Program to make some cute little cards.

Quick and Easy Card

The first one is a baby card.  Gender neutral with this big white bow.

Quick and Easy Card

The second one is an "anything" card with this "smile" sentiment.

Quick and Easy Card

The third one is a birthday card with this quote.  There wasn't a lot of room for decorating so I simply added some gold ribbon and gold sequins.

Quick and Easy Card

The fourth one is another Happy Birthday card.  Very simple in design.

These cards I took as a present on Melbourne Cup Day.  Everyone had to bring a $10 present.
The presents got mixed up around the table and everyone had one to open. I hope the recipient enjoys sending out these cards : )

Nicky and I have been swimming every day this week.
He is loving being in the pool.
We are doing our own DIY swimming lessons.  So far they are going really well.  
We have bought him a life jacket which he is wearing in this photo.  
He thinks smiling is sticking his tongue out! 
We have to work on this!!  Not the best photo, but you get the idea ; )

Thanks for stopping by,

Alicia xx

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Project Life Catch Up - First Three Challenges

Challenge One

I am taking The Project Life Catch-Up Class, and I started out strong!
The first three challenges I organised in the Pre-Class time.

Challenge #1 - Set Some Goals

This was easy enough.  I know the gaps I have that I need to fill.
I quickly jotted them down.
At this stage I can cross off "Slip in photos for July and August" because I have done that - yay!!!

Nothing else has been achieved so far.  I am having trouble dividing my time between this and my Christmas Card preparation for the school activity next week!  Eek! Where has the time gone???

Challenge Two

Challenge #2 was Print your photos.

I spent lots of time going through the photos from Nicky's first year and selected and printed all of the photos I wanted.  This took some time.  Ben took thousands and thousands of photos that year so there is a lot to sort through.  But its done! The next step for me is to put all the photos in the Album.

Challenge Three

Challenge #3 was organise your supplies.

This didn't take much for me to get together.  Everything was already here.
For me it is just dedicating the time to get it done.

Last week was Challenges #4, #5 and #6.

I have completed #4 and #5 just need to photograph my evidence and start #6.
Participating in the challenges is a great way to keep you on task.
I thought I would share it on my blog too.
More accountability!

Maybe your encouraging comments will spur me on!!!!!

Alicia xx