Monday, November 20, 2017

Frosty Winter Gift Bag, Tag and Matching Cards

Good morning all our Authentique Fans! Have you seen Authentique fabulous Frosty Christmas Collection with matching 12 x 12 Coordinates Papers!!! OH MY....GORGEOUS...DROOLING over the hues of purples, blues and greys!

A time saver I have discovered over the years is that I like to have gift bags on hand over the holidays. Today I thought I would share my "Keep Warm and Snuggle Up" Gift bag with matching tag along with 2 cards. Begin by layering different size pieces of the Frosty Winter pattern papers randomly on a 8" x 10" white gift bag. (I used the scraps from the cards I made below to create my bag.)

Decorate with stickers from the Frosty Winter Detail Sheet.

Add scallop borders and scallop circles behind a few of the stickers from the Frosty Winter Detail Sheet. Add to prepared bag with pop dots.

Stamp and color flower with markers; fussy cut out and layer together with pop dots. Add flower soft to center.

Add "Keep Warm and Snuggle Up" to coordinates paper. Add to top of bag.

Add a few more stickers to bag and gemstones.

Create tags with pattern paper and stickers. Add twine ties and gemstones.

"Walking in a Winter Wonderland Card " and "The Most Wonderful Time of Year" Cards are created with the same elements.

Add chipboard frame to front of both cards. Stamp and color flower image; layer on coordinates paper. Add to front of die cut scallop frame and place on front of card with pop dots.

Add stickers from Frosty Winter Detail Sheet  to top of scallop circle place on card front along with border die cut and gemstone.

Create your "Them Most Wonderful Time of the Year..." using the same elements as above.

For the flowers just make more of the and fussy cut the leaves and stem from them. Add to front of card with pop dots. Add flower soft to centers of flowers.

Add twine bows to both card fronts. I hope you are inspired to grab those wonder Christmas Collections from Authentique to create gift bags, tags and cards to have this holiday season. Pam

Authentique Frosty Winter Collection Kit
Authentique Frosty Winter Coordinates Paper
Spellbinders A2 Floral Ribbon Threader
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Frames
SinCity Stamps Classic Christmas Set
Copic Markers
Harvest Flower Soft
Scallop Circle Punches
Tag Punch
Clear Gemstone
Gift Bag
Pop Dots
Xyron Adhesive

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jolly Christmas Window Shaker Card Folio and Christmas Gift Tags

Hello, Friends!  I'm having the best time playing with my Authentique Christmas collections!  Today I'm playing with the vibrant and festive patterns and colors found in Jolly Christmas.

This 5" x 7" card folio has a 1/4" spine so it can hold all kinds of jolly treats inside.   Don't you just love all these vibrant colors and patterns?  I didn't want the focal image on the card to compete with them, so I created this frosty window pane shaker element instead.

This frosty window is all ready for the holidays!  Green plaid poinsettia, loopy bows, snow capped pine cones, berries and garland and velvet holly leaves make it the prettiest window on the street.

If you've always wanted to make a shaker style card, but have been afraid to try, I'm here to help.  Here's how I put this Frosty Window Pane Shaker element together.
  • Die cut 2 window frames using a Tim Holtz Window/Window Box Bigz Die.  I used a pearlized white metallic paper that I found in my stash.  It has a subtle sheen and frosty appearance that worked well with my card design.
  • Next, die cut 2 of the window boxes: one from scrap chipboard and one from patterned paper.
  • Now, cut two 2.25" x 3.25" sheets of clear acetate cardstock.
  • Then run 1/4" Scor-Tape around the front edges of one window.  This will be the window on the bottom in our shaker element.
  • Next, peel off the liner tape and adhere one of the pieces of clear acetate cardstock.
  • Then repeat this on the second window, BUT put the tape and the acetate cardstock on the BACK side of the window frame.
  • Place a layer of foam tape on the front frame of the bottom window, being sure that you don't overlap the panes.  You don't want the tape to show.
  • Now, repeat this step with the top window, but as before, add the foam tape to the BACK side of the window frame.
  • Next, lay the bottom window face up on your work surface and carefully fill the center with glitter, beads, sequins or whatever shaker medium you choose.  Don't over fill.
  • Now, carefully remove the liner tape from both windows, and line them up one over the other.  Take your time and make sure everything is straight and lined up.  Then press to close.

Now you can see why I needed to add that 1/4" spine to the card base!   This folio is as laden down as Santa's Sleigh!  

The top half of the card has a little treat pocket made from one of the stickers in the collection.  Simply mat the sticker on cardstock, glue down 3 sides and BAM!  Instant pocket!  You'll find a mini file folder treat tucked in here.  But there's still plenty of room to add a gift card, too.

The large pocket on the bottom is decorated with another sticker from the collection and a die cut plaid poinsettia.  Want to see what's inside the pocket?  Of course you do!

Santa brought a pretty candy cane...and a clever little photo album, too!

The 4" x 4.5" photo album has room for 8 photos inside.  It's held shut with a decorative belly band.

To make the folio, cut 2 sections of designer paper to measure 4" tall x 12" long.  Join the ends together with 1/4" Scor-Tape.  Then score at every 4.5" and accordion fold.  I lined each 4" x 4.5" section with coordinating cardstock.  Then I matted stickers on cardstock and glued just one edge to the album so that photos can be tucked behind them.  I think this would be a great way to send out family Christmas photos.  

Jolly Christmas Gift Tags

These cute little holiday tags are just the perfect addition to a cookie plate, a gift basket or Christmas gift.  They are super quick and easy to make thanks to the great stickers that come with the Collection Kit.

Each tag base is cut from white cardstock using Tammy Tutterow's Shortie Tag Die by Spellbinders. Then I die cut another tag base from designer paper and glued it on top of the base.  I die cut a contrasting decorative edge and glued it on the bottom of each tag (this comes with the die). If you do all your die cutting assembly line style, these tags come together really fast!

I also used Tammy's Tab Two Die to add the little decorative tabs on each side.Then it's just a simple matter of adding stickers, bows and embellishments to finish each tag. 

I love the sticker sheet that comes with this collection.  They made it so easy to decorate each little tag!

Once the stickers were in place, all I had to do was add some cute Christmas embellies and these tags were ready to go to work!

I hope this Christmas Window Shaker Card Folio and Christmas Tag Set  has inspired you to go get your craft on! Christmas crafting with Jolly Christmas is jolly good fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  Authentique:  Jolly Christmas Collection Kit, Other Paper: Red, Green Cardstock, Pearlized White Cardstock; Dies: Tim Holtz Window/Window Box Bigz Die, Spellbinder Icicle Die (retired but you could substitute THIS die.) Spellbinder Layered Poinsettia Die, Tammy Tutterow Shortie Tags Die, Tabs Two Die from Spellbinders. Other: Green Glitz Ribbon, Funky Christmas Trees on White Grosgrain Ribbon, Red, Green Tinsel (Dollar Tree), Petaloo Velvet Holly Leaves and Pine Cone Picks (both retired). 

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