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Our final day of Holiday Cardmaking: Stripes

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

It's the final day of our Holiday Card Making month.  We hope you've enjoyed all of the questionnaires, projects and spotlights!  Our last post will cover including a simple but favored pattern in our cards - stripes!  Whether you put them on a sweater or a candy cane, there is no doubt they are festive!

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Today's eclectic card from Kimber McGray is built around a bold black and white striped ribbon she's placed right in the center.  Make use of neutrals in your stash of supplies and pair them with holiday items - you'll convince the viewer they were meant to go together.  Finally, lots of layers and little pieces add interest to the card, moving your eye from corner to corner.  

Here is a collection of holiday cards with stripes we found in the gallery from the Peas!

1.  Candy Cane Card  2.  Joy is Christmas  3. Be Merry   4.  Happy Holidays  5.  Wreath Card

6.  Present Holiday Cards

Next, there are stripes a'plenty in the Two Peas store!  We love the variety - some have multiple lines with varying weights.  Others bring in patterns or a second or third color.  And some even create a diagonal with the lines.  

1.  Merry Dimples  2.  Old Man  3.  Tinsel Large Dots  4.  Letter Chart  5.  Gingerbread  6. Nordic Holiday    7. Trim-trim-er-e 

8.  Fireside  9.  Naxos

 

That's a wrap for our holiday card making series!  Thanks so much for joining us.  Stay tuned for more holiday projects just around the corner!

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Holiday Card Making Week 5 Day 2: Get cozy!

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Ready to get cozy?  Today's post is all about using the warming icons we love to include in our cards ... mittens, scarves and hats, hot chocolate, wool socks and a roaring fire.  Starting out Garden Girl Kimber McGray has another card to share with us!

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We love the way she's shown off the Snow Day collection from Pink Paislee, and customized a snowflake die-cut with a punched piece behind it.  Cutesy hearts on mittens warm up the chilly blues, and a kraft cardstock makes the perfect backdrop.  From Kimber, "LOVE these die cuts. So cute for a winter themed card. Perfect for someone special." 

 

How are our members warming up their cards?  Check out these cozy creations:

 

1.  Holiday wishes  2.  Warmest Wishes    3.  Merry Christmas   4.  Little Mittens  5.  Snow Cute  6.  Cozy Christmas

7.  Sending Holiday Joy  8.  Chill Out  9.  Its Cold Outside

 

And here is a handful of items we found in the store that will warm your cards right up!

 

1.  Cozy Christmas  2.  Sweater Weather  3.  Hat Boxed Card Set  4.  Stockings Are Hung  5.  Winter Twig Clear Cuts

7.  Stockings Are Hung  Die Set  8.  Scarf Boxed Card Set   9.  Black Diamond  10.  Sweater Weather 11. Stockings Letterpress Plate

12.  Snowman Snowflakes

 

Thanks for joining us again today!  We'll see you tomorrow with our final post!

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Holiday Card Making Week 5 Day 1

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Hi Peas!  Welcome to the final week of our Holiday Card Making series.  Today is all about using punches!  Before we begin, don't forget about our Cyber Monday sale - it's the last day for 20% off regular products + we've got a free shipping deal for you!  

Now, what better way to start off our topic on holiday punches than to look at this brand new card from Garden Girl Jenny Chesnick!?

Warm Wishes by Jenny Chesnick

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We love the way she's layered so many pieces, and she's managed to make a more playful, cutesy line from Echo Park elegant as well!  The punched border at the bottom of her focal point is the cherry on top of this cheerful greeting.

From Jen, "I used new Echo Park Holly Jolly for this Holiday card. I like to add a little dimension to my cards so I layered a large snowflake under the chipboard pieces. I tied the ornament with a bow of twine to give the illusion that it was hanging on the card. Lastly I used a snowflake punch a long the bottom!" 

Do you have a collection of punches, but need some inspiration for how to put them to use?  Here is a collection of ideas we've gathered from the member gallery!

1.  We Wish You a Merry Christmas  2.  Holiday Card Set  3.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 

4.  Tis the Season  5.  Peace & Love  6.  Merry Christmas

 

Punches are a great tool to have in your stash of supplies in that not only are they fun to use, but they are "non-perishable" products, meaning unlike paper and embellishments, you can use them over and over!  We encourage you to stretch your use of punches - try a couple holiday cards using the same punch and see what different kinds of looks you can create, or challenge yourself to use a punch in a different way than you've done before.  

Perhaps you are wanting to start or add to your collection of punches.  Here is a small taste of the holiday punches we have in the store!  

 

1.  Under the Tree Squeeze Punch  2.  Bangle Chain  3.  Tree and Present Garland Punch 4. Bangle Chain   5.  Stars Garland 

6.  Large Himalayan Snowflake  7.  Patterned Circles Edge Punch  8.  Nordic Snowflake All Over Punch  9. Pine Needles Edge Punch 

 

Whether it be a simple corner rounder or circle, or a detailed border punch by Martha Stewart, punches add so much detail and delight to our holiday cards.  We hope you enjoyed today's topic!  We'll see you tomorrow!

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Holiday Card Making Week 4 Day 5 with Laura Craigie

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

We've just celebrated Thanksgiving here in the states and it feels as if the holiday season has officially begun!  There will be lots of Christmas trees going up today, shoppers hunting bargain details (have you seen our sale by the way?  20% off physical, non-phaseout product!), and of course, lots of card creating from crafters!  Let's see what card and tips Garden Girl Laura Craigie has to share with us today!

Have a Merry Christmas! by Laura Craigie

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From Laura, "Oh how I love the new American Crafts Christmas line! It's so cute, and so easy to work with.   I covered my card front with the Snowman patterned paper, and then it was just a matter of using a Tag, and the big Tree and Presents dimensional sticker. I added a few extra embellishments, doodlebug jewels, and a red Pebbles button."

Have a Merry Christmas! by Laura Craigie

Usually I'll first decide on a color scheme, and then I'll start pulling all my supplies from those color families and gather them all together.  I work best when I can see all my product in front of me.  I would then doodle a couple sketches till I found something that felt right.

I make my first card, the prototype I guess, and then I stream line it and make all the pieces at the same time.  So if I had a ribbon trim on the card, I would cut them all out at once, etc.  Makes things go quicker and smoothly.

So many!  But a good corner rounder, and my Tiny Attacher are priceless for making cards.

 

I recently discovered American Crafts POW! paper and I LOVE it!  I definitely need more of it, and I'm always on the hunt for new embossing folders.  Oh, and I can't forget the Cameo!  I'm hoping Santa brings one for me :)

I think this year I might try something different like a tri-fold card, and try and get a few pictures squished in it.

 

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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Laura!  Looking for more holiday inspiration from Laura?  Check out her gallery here.

Next we'll announce the Unity challenge winner from last week!  Thanks to all who played along!  Congrats to izzy b - we love what you did with the banner stamp!  The Unity prize pack of My Little Shoebox designs will be sent to you shortly!

We'll see you on Monday with more holiday card inspiration!  Have a great weekend, Peas!

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Holiday Card Making at Two Peas Week 4 Day 4

 

20% Off All Regular Priced Items November 24 - 28

We'll be taking a short break today as we celebrate with friends and family for Thanksgiving.  But in the mean time, we've left you with plenty to see and click, click, click.  Our Black Friday sale has begun today with an opportunity to scoop up all of your holiday card making goodies!  What are you waiting for?  Start filling your bucket!

*You'll want to be sure and check in for Cyber Monday as well as we have something up our sleeve. ;)

Have a happy Thanksgiving to our stateside Peas!  

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The Unity stamp challenge winners will be announced tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

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Holiday Card Making Week 4 Day 3 with Jill Sprott

Holiday Card Making

Thanks for joining us for another day of Holiday Card Making!  We've seen tons of inspiring cards from the Garden Girls and members so far - and we still have a handful of days left!  Today's post is equally inspiring as Garden Girl Jill Sprott provides some fantastic insight for her card making process, as well as this stunning & cheerful card!

Jill Sprott

It's always apparent that Jill has a blast using her supplies, and it makes me eager to dig out my stash as well.  Bring on the polka dots, chevrons, and text patterns!  Have fun playing with a stamp - don't stop at one image, repeat it multiple times. :)

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I always begin by lighting a (figurative) fire and sparking my crafty energy. The best place for me to begin any project is at Two Peas, actually, spending some time in the galleries, looking at what others have done with their cards. There are always so many wonderful ideas there, and idea leads to idea leads to...the inspiration for a card. Even layouts can inspire card ideas, and vice-versa. 

 

Since there is so much repetition involved when I create cards in bulk, I think it's important to be surrounded with supplies that I love. That way I remain excited about working with the products from start to finish. I also make sure to plan ahead not just for the card design itself but for the entire process. If it takes thirty minutes to make each card, then I will likely not finish the task -- well, not until Valentine's Day. An assembly-line approach works best, with an efficient design concept and a streamlined process at the center of it all. 

 

My favorite cards were those that I would make with my daughter when she was a toddler. A little handprint, a cute smudge, a crooked tree, or a crinkled star? Adorable, and perfect. I miss those days. 

 

My corner-rounder and my bone folder are absolutely essential to me. My sewing machine is also crucial. It's so rare that I make anything without adding a few stitches to it. 

Actually, I just tried it on this card. I had the idea of stamping an image over patterned paper, and then repeating the image on the card, using pop dots here and there to add dimension. I also love the idea of using non-holiday-specific paper to make holiday cards. I used the BasicGrey Picadilly line for the trees on this card. It's not a holiday line, but it's very merry here!

 

 

Thanks so much, Jill!  Are you inspired yet?  Get crafting!  Don't forget our Unity holiday card challenge is still open.  Enjoy!

Looking for more holiday card ideas?  See previous posts

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Holiday Card Making Week 4 Day 2: Let it Snow!

Holiday Card Making

Snow...whether you are a fan of this wintry wonder or your preference is to be on a beach in the Caribbean, we can't deny the magic of snow and the stunning setting it gives us.  Today we'll be looking at how we can capture that magic in our card making!  First, a card from Garden Girl Kimber McGray:

Let it Snow by Kimber McGray

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Don't you just love the chilly color palette and that fabulous strand of snow-like circles?  From KImber, "I had fun playing with the new Winter Twig line from Little Yellow Bicycle. The sentiment tag is actually a journaling card. It's fun pulling 'scrapbook' pieces into a card project. :)"

 

We took a look in the member gallery and gathered other snow-sprinkled cards.  Take a look at the festive work of the Peas:

1.  First Snow  2.  There's Snow-body Like You  3.  Kraft Snowflake Card  4.  Think Spring  5.  Think Snow

6.  Merry Snowmen  7.  Christmas Birds  8.  Merry Christmas  9.  Let it Snow

 

We didn't stop there!  Here are some snow-y products in the Two Peas store:

1.  Create-a-Flake Spellbinders Die Set  2.  Artistic Circles by Hero Arts  3.  Nordic Snowflake Punch by Martha Stewart

4.  Holly Old Elf Glitter Paper by American Crafts 5.  White Christmas Puffy Stickers by AC  6.  Let it Snow Clear Stamp Set by Maya Road 

7. LIly White Glitter Dot Paper by Doodlebug  8.  Snow Storm by Echo Park  9.  Scandivanian Snowflake Stamp Set by Martha Stewart

 

We hope you enjoyed today's snow-y card topic.  We'll see you tomorrow with another Garden Girl card and questionnaire!  Don't forget our Unity holiday card challenge is still open.  Enjoy!

Looking for more holiday card ideas?  See previous posts

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Holiday Card Making Week 4 Day 1

Holiday Card Making

Welcome to another week of Holiday Card Making, Peas!  For the remainder of the event we will be looking at card ideas from the Garden Girls, beginning with today's sparkle-sprinkled card from the talented Jen Gallacher!  Scroll down to read her tips also, and don't forget our Unity card challenge is open through Wednesday!

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From Jen, "I love a great card base, and the Doodlebug card bases make creating a card easy! I just layered a bunch of fun holiday items on the card base to really dress it up. This card took me about 15 minutes tops. Quick and easy!"

I "shop" my stash and gather all my holiday themed and holiday colored items. Then I start putting little packs of items together until I feel inspired to start a card.

 

I don't really create cards in bulk. Frankly, I don't send out many cards so when I do they are unique and personal.

 

My favorite holiday card is always the last one I created because it typically has new product on it. I'm a sucker for new and fun products.

 

My sewing machine. That tool gets more use than it ever did sewing fabric.

 

I'm hoping Santa will hook me up with any of the following items:

Wonder Wishes Mini Album     

 

I want to try either the new Hero Arts stamp and die cut sets or the stamp and embossing folder sets. Love the idea of a two-step process!
 

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Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us, Jen!  If you enjoy Jen's style and would like to see more holiday projects from her, check out her gallery here.

We'll be back tomorrow with more inspiration!  Happy Monday!

 

Looking for more holiday card ideas?  See previous posts

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Holiday Card Making Unity Week: Cards from Kimber and Eva

Holiday Cardmaking

We've landed on the final day of Unity week!  We hope you've enjoyed the cards you've seen thus far and feel inspired for when you create your own!  Today we have projects from two talented women; we'll begin with an adorable card from Garden Girl Kimber McGray and follow that with a special guest post from Unity Design Team Member Eva.

Don't forget we have a challenge open for your chance to win a set of Unity stamps!

Let's get started!

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For some the holiday season can be stressful as we have so much we want to do to fully enjoy the season.  This cheerful Unity stamp has such a fun sentiment!  Notice also that Kimber has used yellows and golds to warm you right up, and reinforces the star theme in her stamp, Maya Road pins and patterned paper.

Next up, Eva!

Eva could not have created a more elegant set of cards to share.  She's not missed a detail, from textured backgrounds to inked edges and pierced designs on die cut shapes.

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Here Eva shares more about her card making process!

 

I don’t have a special routine for prepping me for creating holiday cards, however I always start with pulling out my stamps, see which one is calling me and go to my papers stash and match it.  Now that I was asked this question, I think I will add some Christmas music in the background and maybe even some hot cocoa.  That will for sure get me in the mood.

 

 

When I am designing my card, I make sure it is simple enough to duplicate, and since I know they will be mailed I make sure they are not lumpy and will fit in the right size envelope.  Once I designed it, I just start cutting up the materials, do my stamping and painting/coloring all at once in an assembly line style method.  I like to get them done at once without interruptions of starting a different project.

 

 

This is one of my favorite Holiday cards, which I created last year.  I love the simplicity of the card, the papers and that it was very easy to duplicate.  I created this card with the Unity Stamp KOM.

If you ever sit down to scrap with me, you will hear me murmur, “I Love my tweezers!”  And I really, do.  I simply can’t do anything without it.  I use pop dots on every single creation I make, and the tweezers help me with the placement of those pop dots every time.  I also use them for placement of small items and even for poking out things, if needed.  It’s a must at my craft table and at my crops and classes.  My Cuttlebug is my second tool I can’t live without.  I am a die lover and you will always find some kind of a shape on my card, whether it’s My Favorite Things Die-namics, Spellbinders or Tim Holtz Alterations dies.

 

I am a huge Iron Orchid Designs fan and they have cobranded with Unity.  While I have a few of their stamps already, I always dream of adding more.  Love their vintage/shabby look and use them in my classes all the time. 

 

 

When I think of Christmas, I think of Christmas tree decorations, which are very glittery, twinkling.  To recreate that feeling in my cards, I love to partner up my Unity stamps with Creative Imaginations Luminarte products, that way everyone gets a twinkling card.  I love to paint my backgrounds, or paint in my images with it.

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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Eva!  And thanks Peas for joining us again this week!  We'll be back on Monday with another round of holiday card inspiration.  Have a great weekend!

 

Looking for more holiday card ideas?  See previous posts

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Holiday Card Making Unity Week: A special challenge & guest post with Maren!

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

We're moving right along in our week exploring holiday card ideas using Unity stamps.  Today Unity Design Team Member Maren shares a set of cards with us, as well as her the process behind her designs.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a special challenge and a chance to win some brand NEW Unity stamps!

Maren let the elegant script sentiments and festive icons of a holiday stamp set take center stage, while giving them backgrounds that showcase the stunning designs of Basic Grey's Nordic Holiday collection.

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Here is a little more from Maren:

Before starting, I make sure I have enough of the basics; cardstock, stamps, and adhesive.

 

Think simple.  There are little details that you can add later but you want to start with a simple layout.  I also tend to break it down throughout a small time frame.  For example, Monday- cut cardstock, Tuesday-stamp images, Friday-color image, etc... This streamlines the process and makes it seem less overwhelming.

 

One of my favorite holiday cards was posted on my blog back in May 2010.  I used a flower punch to create a wreath.  It was one of those that turns out better than you expect!  I love that! 

Apple Cheddar Soup, Ooh La La, You + Me=Bliss, Best Day Ever

      

 

A good paper trimmer is ESSENTIAL!  :)

 

Adding flock on holiday projects is always fun! :) 

 

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Thanks so much for joining us, Maren!  Now it's time for a challenge.  Unity is giving away the set of MLS stamps we saw in yesterday's post - these are brand new and not even in the Two Peas store just yet!  Just use Unity stamps in your project and share it with us in the gallery.  You have one week to upload it, making sure to check the correct challenge checkbox on Step 4 of the uploading process by 11:59 pm CST next Wednesday the 23rd.  We'll announce the challenge winner on Thursday!  Have fun!

 

Looking for more holiday card ideas?  See previous posts

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Holiday Card Making with Shemaine: Unity Week

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

It's another day packed full of holiday card inspiration as we explore ideas using Unity Stamps.  And don't miss today's deal of the day as we have select Unity stamps at 60% off!  Today Unity Design Team member Shemaine shares this beautiful set of cards with us!

We love the non-traditional colors she's used in this set.  Just click the images to see more.

And here she answers a few questions for us!

The first thing is make my lists and check them twice (wink).
Decide on a simple design.
I print all of my return address labels and address each card by hand.
Then I get to work stamping.

Keep the design and embellishments simple so you don't get overwhelmed. 

 

 

White ink, embossing powder and Spellbinders dies. White ink because I love the look of it on kraft cardstock. I love to use embossing powder so my images don't smear and are easy to color in. Spellbinder dies because they transform paper into something really beautiful!
 
I am loving the new Echo Park and My Little Shoebox stamps.
 
I would love to try my hand at a pop up card, they look so unique and fun!

 

We'll be back tomorrow with projects from two more inspiring artists! See you then! :)
 

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Holiday Card Making with Julie and Natalie

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Hello and welcome back to another day of Holiday Card Making!  There was a light dusting of snow here in Wisconsin recently, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner here we're looking forward to preparing for the Holidays in full force!

This week we're looking at card ideas using stamps from Unity Stamp Co.  Today we have projects from both Garden Girl Julie Campbell and Unity Design Team Member Natalie Dever!  Be prepared to be inspired!  Scroll down to see the winners from last week's Lawn Fawn challenge and prize drawing.

 

 

From Julie, "The holidays can be such a wonderful time, but for some... the season can also be really difficult for one reason or another. This card would be a nice way to cheer someone's spirits. 

 

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I used a non-holiday set from Unity Stamp Co. to create my project. Just by changing the colors, this spring-time stamp set is perfect to use during the holidays! I stamped the flower image in red against the red patterned paper & again in black for my focal point, which I colored with Copic markers.   I made a computer generated sentiment using a Two Peas font & stamped the label on top of it, layering it onto patterned paper."

 

Looking for more cards and inspiration from Julie?  Check out her previous post here and here!

 

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Next up we have Natalie as our guest - she shares just how versatile the adorable Deer Friend stamp can be, as well as answers a few questions about her design process! 

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From Natalie, "How cute is this Itty Bitty deer?! Just by adding some Holiday papers and some bling to his nose you can turn this 'thank you' set into a Holiday card!

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This cute deer makes for a fun and easy gift card. It's ok if you don't get the entire stamp on your circle, I think it adds interest and gives you some room to add the gift recipients name.

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By stamping the sentiment in different colors I created a fun background for the deer in this set. I added a little bow with some twine for added texture and interest."

The first thing I do is decide what papers and stamps I am going to use.  I then find a sketch or come up with a design that works with the stamps I am using and put in a good movie and I'm ready to work.

 

I find it easiest if I cut and score all my cards first.  I then cut my second layer making it slightly smaller than the card base. and depending on my design I cut or punch strips of paper or die cut sentiment tags.

 

I love this card two reasons. First I am a traditional Christmas Color girl, always leaning toward red and green and LOVE it paired with the Kraft Cardstock and this big ornament stamp from Unity...what's not to love :)

 

My favorite tools ( I guess they are tools) are my Ranger Distress Inks and Stains.  LOVE them both and use one or both of them on everything I make!

 

Well, Marah is one of my favorites so I can't wait to finish up my collection or her stamps.  also the new itty bittys are so cute! I think I need them all!

I just got some of the Picket Fence (white) Distress Stain and I can't wait to 'paint' the edges of my cards with white! 

 

Thanks so much for joining us, Natalie!  We'll be back tomorrow with more Holiday card ideas using Unity!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Lawn Fawn challenge from last week!  Here are the randomly selected winners:

The winner of the Lawn Fawn challenge and prize pack goes to pepper42  - Congrats!  The prize will be sent your way shortly!  (Just double check that the address in your account is up to date)

The winner of a bonus prize pack of card making goodies from the Two Peas warehouse goes to bpoteraj!

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Holiday Card Making Week 3 with Unity Stamp Co

Holiday Card Making

Welcome to another week of Holiday Card Making!  This week we've team up with the talented team of Unity Stamp Co to bring you ideas and inspiration for the Christmas season.  Ready?  Let's begin!

Our first guest is Lesley Langdon; we love the clean and simple designs she created in this card set!

From Lesley, "These cards are quick and easy, flat for mailing and use scraps of patterned paper and lovely Unity Stamps available at 2Peas!"

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Here is Lesley with a video demonstrating how to assemble them:

And there's more!  Lesley shares with us a little about her card making process for the holidays:

Hunting and gathering - I go through my stash of papers, scraps, ribbons, buttons, bling, and other to find Christmas colors and themed items that work well with cards.

 

YES - die cut lots of shapes, and as many as you can in 1 pass (circles, squares, ovals, etc). I use my Spellbinders Grand Calibur because I can make 8-9 die cuts in one pass. Then I stamp 1 image and 1 sentiment on them. Add a splash of color with markers and glitter glue, and adhere them to some patterned paper and you're done.

 

Spellbinders die templates and my Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cut machine because they add so much to my projects, and really frame all my Unity stamped images.

 

The new Mixed Media kits (SMAK).  They are really up my alley, and they are bigger stamps, so perfect for scrapbooking and art journals.

 

 

I would love to experiment with foil and embossing, sanding foil, etc....  I think green foil would make a beautiful Christmas Tree.
 
 
Green foil DOES sound perfect for a tree!  Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Lesley!
 
We'll be back tomorrow with another post!  This time we'll have double the inspiration as we take a look at TWO new projects from both Unity and the GG Team! :)
 

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Holiday Card Making with Lea

Welcome to the final day of our Lawn Fawn week!  We've been taking a look at how we can use their adorable stamps in our holiday cards, and today we'll hear from Lawn Fawn Design Team Member Lea Lawson!  We hope you enjoy reading Lea's behind-the-scenes process as much as we did!

 

Lea Lawson

The very first thing I do is make a list of items that need to be purchased including cardstock, inks, embellishments, etc., and then get everything ordered. After that I sketch a couple of card designs, and then I am on my merry way to making all of the cards!



When I create cards in bulk, I make stations for each part of the card. This means that I prep everything for each card first, including the cutting, separating embellishments, and even the stamping if it is possible. I find it faster to put multiple cards together if you do them in steps, rather than assembling them in full over and over again.

 


 

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I created this card for one of the latest Lawn Fawn stamp releases, and it is probably my favorite one to date. The Lawn Fawn alphabet stamp allowed me to create a sentiment that is very personal and faith based, which is what Christmas is all about for me. I just adore this card and the meaning behind it.

 


This is a big one for me....I LOVE tools. So, this list might get a little bit long!! I can't live without my trimmer, ScorPal, corner rounder, Cuttlebug & steel dies (especially doily dies!), sandpaper, distress ink & an ink blending tool, border punches, fine tipped scissors, glitter, and my sewing machine. Phew...that was quite the list!! :)

 


Lawn Fawn really has some of the CUTEST holiday stamps available, so "Making Frosty Friends", "Bows and Holly" and "Frosties" will definitely be making their way on to my holiday cards this year!!

 


Okay- I can admit. I am NOT a technique oriented person...at all! But, I love trying new product, and I plan on purchasing some cute little jingle bells to add to my projects this year. I know this had been done before by others, but I have never done it, and I think it will be super cute!

 

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Lea!  Looking for more projects from Lea?  Check out her gallery and her holiday cards too!

 

Don't miss these fabulous projects using Lawn Fawn on their blog today as they spotlight members' projects from their Flickr group.  They've also got a video for you there too!

 

Lastly, don't forget we've got a challenge and giveaway opportunity open through Monday using Lawn Fawn!  That wraps up week 2!  We'll see you Monday with more Holiday Card Making inspiration!  

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Holiday Card Making with Kimber and Julie

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Hello again, Peas!  This week we've been looking at Holiday Card ideas using Lawn Fawn; we saw amazing cards from Julie and Kimber, and today we'll hear more from them!  Don't forget we've got a challenge and a giveaway for you to check out (open through Monday)!  First, we'll hear from Julie:

Julie Campbell

 

I like to make a list of all of the people I'll be sending cards to so that I'll have an idea of how many supplies I'll need to order.  Once my supplies come in, I do everything in an assembly line method.

 

*Pick a simple design that can be completed in just a few steps. (You don’t want to have to color and cut out 101 Santa images!)


*Keep embellishments to a minimum. Embellishments can get expensive & the added bulk will increase your postage.


*Use a standard sized card base. Cards that are too small cannot be mailed. Large or square cards require additional postage.

 

One of my favorite holiday cards was a card that was published last year in Paper Crafts Magazine's Holiday Cards Vol. 5.  None of the products I used other than the sentiment were actually holiday or Christmas themed, but you would never know it!  I love stretching my supplies and using everyday items for my holiday cards.

 

 

I love my scoring board!  I like my folds to be nice & crisp & can't imagine making cards without it.  I also love my 3M ATG adhesive runner.  The adhesive rolls last forever & adhere better than any other product I've tried.

 

Some of my favorite Lawn Fawn holiday sets are Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum & Cozy Christmas.

Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-PUm   Cozy Christmas

 

 

Since I try to keep my mass produced cards relatively flat, I'd like to try to incorporate a cool design element using Washi tape. 

Interested in seeing more Christmas cards from Julie?  Check our her gallery here!

Christmas cards by Julie Campbell

Next up we hear from Kimber!

Kimber McGray

 


I make a sample card and then figure out how much I need of everything before I get started. That way I only have to shop for my supplies once.   

Do everything in batches. Stamp all the images. Color all the images. Cut out all the images. Cut all the paper. Cut all the ribbon. Place buttons on glue dots. Assemble. 

 

The 1st time I made handmade cards for everyone was my favorite. I loved how it turned out and I was very proud of it. 

 

 

My paper trimmer, glue dots and bone folder. The paper trimmer obviously makes everything easier to cut all the pieces. The glue dots are a quick and easy way to add embellishments and cut out stamped images to a card. My bone folder because it's the easiest way to get a clean fold for my cards. 

 

 

TONS! I don't have many of their stamps and I LOVE them!  Bows and Holly, Making Frosty Friends, Bake Me a Cake, Sophie's Sentiments & Say Cheese

Bows & Holly  Making Frosty Friends   Bake Me a Cake    Sophie's Sentiments   Say Cheese

 

I know I want to dry emboss my card bases for texture. I love the look of dry embossing. I love the interest it adds to cards. 

 

Take a look at Kimber's holiday card gallery here!

 

We hope you enjoyed today's questionnaires!

Don't miss the inspirational cards Lawn Fawn has up on their blog today as they focus on the stamps Ornate Ornaments, Cozy Christmas and Pa-Rum-Pum-Pum-Pum.  They've got a giveaway for you there too!

We'll be back tomorrow with another questionnaire!

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Holiday Card Making: Christmas Gift Card Holder

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

It's Holiday Card Making with Lawn Fawn this week and today Garden Girl and Lawn Fawn Design Team Member Julie Campbell has a gift card holder to share with you!

Christmas Gift Card Holder

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From Julie, "I love giving gift cards, especially during the holidays! Here's an easy way to package it up! Just slip your gift cards into tiny sacks or envelopes & attach directly to your card front! I used several Lawn Fawn stamps to give it a festive feel."

We love the way even the striped pattern she's used reminds us of Christmas wrapping paper.  A teeny tiny pocket mounted on the front of a card?  Genius!  And how fun for the recipient - not only do they have some shopping to do, but it's presented in an interactive way!  

Looking for more Holiday cards using Lawn Fawn?  Check out the projects they have up on their blog today using Critters in the Snow, Ornate Ornaments and Frosties!  They've got a giveaway going on for you there too!

We'll be back tomorrow as we hear more from Kimber and Julie on making holiday cards!  Don't forget to check out our challenge and giveaway post open this week!

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Holiday Cardmaking: A video & special challenge

Holiday Card Making

We've been spotlighting Holiday Card Making with Lawn Fawn this week.  Want to see the Lawn Fawn stamps up close?  Kitty's got you covered in today's Hot Products video!

 

 

And just for fun, here are the top three best-selling holiday stamps at Two Peas by Lawn Fawn:

Ornate Ornaments Clear Stamp   Pa-Rum-Pa-Rum-Pum Clear Stamp   Winter Fox Clear Stamp

What's more, we want to see how you've been using your Lawn Fawn stamps with a special challenge!  They've has sent us this generous prize pack for one very lucky winner!  Simply share your Holiday-themed Lawn Fawn project in the member gallery by next Tuesday for your chance to win (Don't forget to check the challenge checkbox)!  When you participate, you'll earn this festive badge!

Lawn Fawn Prize Pack

We're not stopping there...we want to hear what Lawn Fawn stamp could you not live without?  Leave a comment below for a *bonus* prize from our stash of card making and stamping products here at the Two Peas office.  We'll leave the post open through next Monday and announce the randomly selected winner on Tuesday, the 15th.

Also, don't miss the inspirational cards Lawn Fawn has up on their blog today as they focus on the Winter Fox stamp, Happy Hanukkuh stamp, and the Winter Bunny stamp.  They've got a giveaway for you there too!

 

We'll be back tomorrow with more Holiday Card Making inspiration with Lawn Fawn!

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We've got two winners to announce from last week with Hero Arts!  Thanks to all who played along in the challenge and left comments naming your favorite Hero stamp!

The challenge winner of the prize pack from Hero is:

Danascraps43

And the digikit winner is:

mscantli

Congratulations!  We'll be in touch regarding your prizes shortly!

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Week 2 of Holiday Card Making: Lawn Fawn

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Welcome to a brand new week, Peas!  We've teamed up with Lawn Fawn to bring you even more holiday card inspiration and ideas.

Here's an idea that will warm you right up!  Garden Girl Kimber McGray has used the Winter Fox stamp to create this cute and cozy card:

Warm Winter Wishes by Kimber McGray

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A pre-designed card complete with scallops and polka dots serves as the base of her card; Doodlebug makes it easy to color coordinate as their products come in a rainbow of the same colors (notice the buttons are the same hue?).  You'd never guess Kimber used a basic, office line from Lily Bee instead of a holiday collection.  And finally, the fox takes center stage and ties everything together.

From Kimber, "This little fox is so sweet. I couldn't resist her. I chose to pick colors that are both warm and cozy and crisp and cool to go along with the hot cocoa drinking fox."

Don't miss these other ideas Lawn Fawn has going on over at their blog today!  They're showing multiple ways of using the Bows and Holly and Making Frosty Friends sets, and giving the two sets away to one lucky winner!

Holiday Cards by Lawn Fawn

      

 

We'll see you tomorrow with more holiday inspiration with Lawn Fawn!

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Holiday Cheer Card & Video with Jennifer McGuire

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Hi Peas!  We're wrapping up the first week of Holiday Card Making with Hero Arts and ending it with a bang as Jennifer McGuire shares today's project.  If you've not yet been inspired to soon play Christmas tunes and pour your hot chocolate, you *might* just be ready after today's card.

Holiday Cheer with Jennifer McGuire

Holiday Cheer with Jennifer McGuire

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I don't know about you, but I'm loving the forest of minty greens and whimsical designs within each tree. Jennifer features the Hero Arts + Sizzix products - including the stamp and emboss and the stamp and die cut combos.  In this helpful video she demonstrates how to use them:

Are your fingers itching to create yet?  What are you waiting for?  Get crafting!  And when you use your Hero Arts products, be sure to share your project with us by entering it in our challenge for your chance to win one generous pack from Hero (open through this coming Monday at 11:59 pm CST).  Leave a comment at the challenge post as well for your chance to win a Hero Arts digikit!

See you next Monday with another round of Holiday Card Making!

Brought to you by Two Peas & Hero Arts

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Holiday Card Making with Lucy Abrams

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Today we have a very special guest - Hero Arts Design Team Member Lucy Abrams!  Lucy is a card maker from the UK and blogs over at hedgehogsandladybirds.blogspot.com.  She's been a guest for events in the past, and we're thrilled to have her joining us again today as she tells us a little bit about her approach to holiday cards.

Lucy Abrams

I make sure I have lots of designs in my sketch book ready for when I feel inspired to create. The last thing I want is for card making to become a chore, so I never force myself into my studio. I LOVE my hobby, and want to carry on loving it. :) As most of my cards tend to be one offs, I find I don't need to panic too much about supplies, but I do make sure I have loads of kraft cardstock and Hero Arts Layering Papers on hand - these are my all time favorite cardstocks to create card bases. Oh, and I make sure I have some FAB products to play with. Nothing inspires me more than new products. And bling… I keep LOADS on hand for holiday cards. :)

 

My best tip if you do plan on bulk cardmaking would be using some digital elements - particularly digital paper. This way, if you create something you like, you don't have to buy loads more paper - it's there on hand, ready to print, and already paid for! Switch your printer to an economy setting if you are worried about costs - it makes very little difference to the quality of the print finish but will save ink.

 

If you want to create a whole pile of the same cards, as I did with my wedding invitations a few years ago, I really recommend working in stages. For example, fold all your card bases at once. Stamp enough images for all your cards in one go. If you plan on coloring and paper piecing, have your sheets of stamped images on hand so you can color and cut out while watching TV (one of my favorite pastimes!). By working in stages, everything is there on hand, and you don’t have to keep getting out the same supplies. This really speeds up the process.

This is my favorite recent holiday card. I like using non-traditional colors for Christmas cards and these shades of pool and aqua are my favorites. Plus, the card combines digital stamps and traditional stamps as well as digital and ‘real’ pattered papers – I really love making hybrid cards. Finally, I love gems and pearls, and really went wild with the bling on this card. :)

Well, my Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tool are up there as my most used items. I love adding ink to the edges of papers; it totally lifts a design off the page. Small, needlework scissors are a must have for detail cutting and my sewing machine makes itself useful on a daily basis. I simply love to add stitching to cards – it always seems to be the first thing my card recipients comment on. And finally, although it’s not a traditional card making tool, I use my printer almost every time I create so I could not live without that!

Hero Arts have released SO many amazing new products recently and the 2012 catalog release is getting closer and closer too. I LOVE the way Hero Arts has teamed up with Sizzix, Studio Calico and Basic Grey, and the products they have created are simply stunning. My wish list is huge! The beautiful Antique Butterflies and Flowers Framelits Die Set with Stamps is gorgeous – I love adding butterflies to my cards, and this cuts out the fussy cutting stage. Amazing!

The new Hero Arts and Basic Grey Picadilly line is gorgeous, and the little bird in the Sunflower Cling stamp set is really calling to me. The Hooray stamp set from the Studio Calico collaboration is also on my wish list. Those little clouds are gorgeous, and I love the font of the sentiments too.

Antique Butterflies & Flowers Die Set w/ Stamp   Sunflower Cling Stamp  Hooray Stamp

 

I’m really into Spray Mists at the moment, and I plan on playing with them a LOT over the next few weeks as I make my holiday cards. They are perfect to use alongside stamping and Studio Calico’s white Mister Huey’s mist makes for a perfect snowy backdrop. I’ve also been experimenting more with using Distress Inks as watercolors, mixing them with Mister Huey’s Calico Shine Mist for extra holiday shimmer. I am waiting (im)patiently to see what fabulous Christmas digikits Hero Arts come up with over the next few weeks too.
 

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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Lucy!  We love hearing your thoughts!

Swing by tomorrow for one last Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking post - you'll definitely not want to miss this one!  Also, don't forget about our challenge with a chance to win big, and comments are still open for a chance to win a Hero digikit!

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Holiday Card Making: Joy & Happiness

We're back again today - this time with a very cheerful card from Hero Arts design team member Sheri!  Notice she's used the same pattern for her tree that you see in the background? So clever!

Joy & Happiness by Sheri R

From Sheri: "...It's always great when a stamp set consists of everything that you need to complete your design, but sometimes it's fun to mix and match, to create something that's truly unique. 

I combined 3 different sets to create this particular holiday card. I selected a background image, followed by a focal image, and lastly a sentiment. 

Joy & Happiness by Sheri R


I stamped my background image in white, onto kraft paper, to create a subtle starting point for my design. My focal image was then stamped onto a tone on tone green patterned paper using VersaMark, and it was then topped with white embossing powder. After heat setting, I colored in the image in using a green Copic marker to help make it more prominent. Colorful gemstones were then added to add some holiday sparkle. Lastly, my sentiment was stamped using VersaMark and embossed in white, to create a bold contrast against the red background. 
Thanks for looking! :)"

See the supplies here and be sure to leave some love on Sheri's project!  Also, check out our challenge this week for your chance to score a bounty of Hero Arts Christmas product, and leave a comment too for your chance to win a Hero Arts digikit.

Thanks for joining us, Sheri!  We'll be back tomorrow with more Holiday Card Making goodness using Hero!

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Holiday Cardmaking: A video & special challenge

Holiday Cardmaking at Two Peas

Ever curious what other Peas are buying?  The products so popular they're flying off the shelf?  Well, today we're including our weekly Hot Products video in our series as the Hero Arts Holiday stamps have been HOT as so many of you have been preparing for your Christmas cards.  Here is a peek of the stamps up close in our warehouse:

And just for fun, here are the top three Hero Arts stamps (including one digital).  Better scoop them up quick!

Collage Music Background   Laughter & Joy   Laughter & Joy

What's more, we want to see how you've been using your Hero stamps with a special challenge!  Hero has sent us this generous prize pack for one very lucky winner!  Simply share your Holiday-themed Hero Arts project in the member gallery by next Tuesday for your chance to win (Don't forget to check the challenge checkbox)!  When you participate, you'll earn this festive badge!

   

One more thing!  We'd like to give away a Hero Arts digital kit of your choice!  Just leave a comment below by next Tuesday naming your favorite Hero Arts stamp; we'll draw a winner and announce it next Tuesday!

We'll see you tomorrow with another Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking spotlight!

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Holiday Cardmaking at Two Peas: Week 1 Hero Arts

 

Holiday Card Making at Two Peas

Hi Peas!  November is Holiday Cardmaking at Two Peas, where each week we'll have a different focus.  This week Hero Arts has partnered with us by bringing their ideas and inspiration, as well as sponsoring goodies to give away!

Today we have a card from Garden Girl Laura Craigie.  Let her inspire you to use your non-Holiday products (like thisFriendly Snail stamp) for a Holiday-themed card!

Happy Holidays by Garden Girl Laura Craigie

"I love making holiday cards, but I don't have a huge supply of holidays stamps or images. One way I put my other stamps to good use is by making them work anyways

Happy Holidays by Laura Craigie


By colouring this snail in Christmas colours, and adding a little present to his back he works perfectly for this card. Another great way to make any animal work is by adding a little santa hat and you're good to go.   I also added little Hero Arts gems to the card for extra bling."

See supplies here

Join us tomorrow as we explore more Holiday Cardmaking ideas using Hero Arts products!

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