No-stamp Card + Die-cut Negative Card

Hello, hello! Can you believe it is November already? In less than two months we will be ushering in Christmas and New Year – my favourite time of the year!

Festive mood aside, I have been seeing a lot of inspiring posts on social media lately (check out the #ppp_thankful_challenge on Instagram by Pretty Pink Posh), and the one that particularly touches my heart is none other than the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge by Jennifer McGuire. The challenge is best summed up in her own words, that is “to turn the joy of creating into the kindness of giving“. Let’s hear about it from Jennifer herself in this simple video:

For Week 1 (November 2 – 8) of the challenge, we were encouraged to share any kind of handmade kindness with friends and family. Ha! Isn’t that easy? I mean, EVERYONE has got to have a friend or family that we love to pieces! (Talk about making me feel guilty for not showing them love as much as I should!) There was no way I was going to miss this challenge!

[Supplies are linked at the bottom of the post.]

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I recently shared a holiday card on Instagram made using a pine leaf die from the Holiday Designer Cutting Dies by Little B. This set is so versatile and fun and it quickly became one of my current favourite products to work with. I began by cutting out a 2 1/2″ circle from a white cardstock to form the base of my wreath. I then picked out the colours I thought would work well for a wreath, which were the American Crafts Textured Cardstocks in Oregano, Key Lime and Jade. I die-cut about 15 leafs from each colour and assembled them around the circle using craft glue. I also die-cut several berries in red using dies from the same set.

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I adhered a pattern paper from Project Life Polka Dot Party Mini Kit by Becky Higgins to my card base and trimmed to size. For the finishing touch, I simply handlettered the word “Peace” in the center of the wreath and secured a red gingham ribbon under it.

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When I was done with the card, I saw how pretty the negative of the pine leaf die-cut was and just could not bring myself to bin it. True enough, an idea struck me and look, another simple and pretty card was born! This card is going to a colleague-friend of my husband’s who will be leaving the company after 44 years with them. 44 YEARS! I bet everyone in the company will be pining (get it?) for him. I also entered this card for the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 1: Friends & Family.

For more details about the challenge, please visit the hub of the project or Jennifer’s blog.

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

Hugs, Michelle

CHALLENGES

These cards are also in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday October 2015

SUPPLIES

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