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Paper Crafting Projects


Christmas Distressed Tag


I really love Tim Holtz products as they provide a distressed vintage “grunge” look.   Here are the products used for this Christmas tag.



Ashley’s wedding invitations, thank you cards, and save-the-date cards

My oldest daughter Ashley tied the knot last month in a very beautiful and special ceremony.  She chose the colors ivory and red for her wedding so I made 130 each of the save-the-date cards, invitations, and thank you cards for the occasion using her colors.  Yes….that’s 390 total hand-made cards!  She picked out the Bazzill cardstock  and coordinating  My Mind’s Eye paper.   It was definitely a labor of love!  The pieces listed below were all cut/embossed one at a time using the Spellbinders Grand Calibur and the Sizzix Big Shot.   Whew!  This was a HUGE project!  As you can imagine, my hands and wrists were sore – not to mention all the stamping that was done!!

Wedding invitations:

Thank You Cards:

Save the Date Cards:
  • border punch: Martha Stewart
  • corners: ProvoCraft
  • decorative stamps: Stempelglede


I used the rectangular invitation (with interior pocket) to participate in the weekly “anything but square” Cheery Lynn Designs  Challenge.










Thank You Card




Save the Date










Three 3-D Angel Shadowbox Ornaments

My dear mother belongs to a ladies church group that meets monthly to pray for missionaries.  She gives each of the ladies a name of a missionary to pray for, but in order to help keep the name in remembrance, we create a paper craft for each lady and then affix the name to the project.   This month, I made 30 of these little “shadowbox” Christmas ornaments for her church group using 3 Marianne’s Design Creatables doily dies (LR0168, LR0169, and LR0180) with the blue roses also from a Marianne’s Creatables flower set (LR0145).  I used Spellbinders  dies to cut out the center of each ornament as well as some of the shapes on the back of the ornaments.  The pine branches are from a Martha Stewart punch.  The angel stamps are from Stempelglede  and the circular back sentiment stamps are from Lili of the Valley.  The blue paper used is from Pion Design.

I submitted this project to the “angels”  Sparkles Christmas Challenge and to the Marianne’s Design Divas “sparkle and shine” challenge.  Inspiration came from the lovely Marianne.

And now some side views and  backs: