Woodland Wishes Christmas Cards


Today’s cards use the Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts Bundle (Z4015)  with Oh Deer! (X7214B) paper packet for a couple of quick and easy Christmas cards.woodland-wishes-thin-cuts

I’ve only recently started playing with die cuts from an embossing machine.  Previously I just used  my Cricut.  Since CTMH came out with the Thin Cuts that coordinate with stamp sets – I thought I’d give them a try.  I love my Cricut – but for making just a couple of quick cuts to add to cards – these Thin Cuts are the way to go.  Just sandwich paper between the cutting boards & the die you want to use – roll it through (I use the Cuttlebug) your machine and voila!


This first card uses the B&T Duos for the tree – so you don’t even have to stamp it – isn’t it great you can cut the dies on White Daisy and add a stamped image – or use the patterned paper for a different look.  I used a piece of the B&T Duos that has a birch bark pattern as my landscape to give the impression of clouds, snow, whatever – I like that it’s not just plain white.

The deer & star are stamped in Desert Sand, the background in Whisper, the snowflakes in Sea Glass and the ‘Merry and Bright’ in Cranberry.  I added Bitty Sparkles to the snowflakes for some shine.


This is a very easy card to make.  With just 3 cuts of B&T Duos (5 1/2 X 4 1/4, 1 3/4 X 4 1/4, and 1 1/4 X 4 1/4).  I distressed the edges of the 2 smaller pieces with Desert Sand ink, stamped the Merry and Christmas using Juniper.  The Christmas banner is lifted slightly with Thin 3D tape and then I added a Clear Sparkle.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards – these are the last of my Christmas cards for this year.  I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!




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Some Birthday Love

Here’s another December birthday card with just a hint of Christmas.  I used the Thoughtful Flowers Stamp of the Month set and stamped what looks like a poinsettia in Ruby ink.


I used one standard image and two 2nd generation images (the ones that go off the cardstock).  This is a great way to add color/dimension when you don’t have a lot of stamp pad colors.  Simply stamp the image once on a scrap paper and then stamp the image where you want it – since you’ve removed some of the ink, the 2nd image will be lighter.  Depending on how dark the ink is that you start with – you can even do a 3rd or 4th generation image.


This card uses some of the less wintery/Chrismasy papers.  The background is like 3D boxes.  Then we have the wood grain, and the stamped piece is matted with what looks like gold music notes (not metallic).

I stamped Birthday Wishes (From the retired Bitty Birthday set) in Fern, added some Red Shimmer Trim and some Red Glitter Duos (also retired) for a little bling.

Did you know you can get the Stamp of the Month for just $5?!  This is a D-sized stamp set, so it retails at $17.95.  But if you spend $50 – you can get this thoughtful set for just $5.  This month’s Stamp of the Month is full of flowers that can be colored in with pencils or watercolors.  It has sweet sentiments like ‘thinking of you’, ‘thank you’, and ‘Best Wishes’.  Remember – this stamp set is only available during December 2016.  You can get yours at gerri.closetomyheart.com



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Oh Deer!

I’m going to confess.  When I first saw the December featured paper in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book, it was my least favorite.  It’s not that I didn’t like it – it just didn’t jump out and grab me.  But let me say that once I opened the  Oh Deer! Paper Packet (X7214B)   and started playing with it – I fell in love!


This paper pack incorporates Bamboo, Cocoa, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Fern, Juniper, Sea Glass, Slate, Whisper, and White Daisy.  The paper patterns mix outdoors (trees, pine branches, bark) with sparkly stars, 3d boxes and sheet music.  It can be quite versatile for Christmas, Winter or just outdoors layouts.

I love that CTMH has started offering coordinating cardstock packs.  This lets you build up your cardstock a little at at time (each coordinating pack as 3 sheets each of 4 colors) and they coordinate perfectly with the paper you’re working with.  The Oh Deer! Coordinating Pack (X7214D) includes Fern, Sea Glass, Slate and Whisper.  It also looks great with the Sea Glass glitter paper!


The Complements (X7214C) for this paper pack are so cute!  It has a Christmas/holiday twist, but yet it doesn’t scream Christmas.  You could easily use the titles in non-holiday layouts.  There are a couple of things that say ‘holiday’, ‘Christmas’ or ‘Joy of the Season’; and the jingle bells are more of a holiday thing.  But really the stars, pine cones, bows, and even the deer could be used in other layouts.


Here are a few of the projects I’ve been working on with the Oh Deer! paper –


If this paper catches your eye – check out my class page and see if any of those dates work for you; contact me for an one-on-one class, or head over to gerri.closetomyheart.com and see where these fun papers take you.