Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sassy Thanksgiving!!!

Hey Ya'll,
A very Happy and Sassy Thanksgiving to you!  Today is Thanksgiving, but it's also Sassy Dude Day for me.  First of all, please excuse the poor quality of the pictures today as Jill and I both work retail.  You can imagine what this week is like for us.  Hee! Hee!  It's all about Black Friday and not Thanksgiving anymore... unfortunately.

Today, I am going to quickly share with you a couple of things you can do to make your "Bulk" Christmas cards go a little quicker.  Have you ever felt overwhelmed this time of year?  DUH!  There right now.  Hee! Hee!  Hopefully these things will help you out a little bit.
 This card uses CTMH Art Philosophy for the cartridge, My Craft Spot stamps and the stamps that come with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  What I wanted to do was to play with several different paper stacks that I really don't use much because I love other things, but I have lots of Christmas cards to send out.  This made things very easy.
 First of all, I used the Gypsy to fill a page full of label shapes to fit the Merry Christmas on.
 Then I used another label shape.  I placed it directly in the center of the mat and then added the other tree in the center.  Once it was all centered, I grouped them together and then copied and pasted until I had a full page.  Love this about the Gypsy!
 I then filled an entire page with the tree shape that coordinates with the tree stamp with the Art Philosophy set.  Once everything was cut, I inked up my stamps and started stamping.
 You can see here that there are lots of great label shapes, tree shapes and labels for the front of the cards.  I just took a bunch of coordinating inks and got to stampin'.  I then stacked everything by group.  You will also see that I used white and craft paper for this project.  This way, I could make some bright and clean cards, but still do some more vintage looking ones as well.
 The Merry Christmas comes from My Craft Spot.  I LOVE these stamps!!!  The tree is from this set by CTMH.  This one comes with your Art Philosophy cartridge.
 Once everything is done, I just simply cut my mats and used a rounded corner punch on them.  No time to wait for the Cricut to cut all of these mats, so I just grabbed my straight cutter and got to cutting... then punch the corners and viola!  You could use decorative corner punches as well, but no time for thinking with these ones.  Hee! Hee!  Just had to bust them out!
 I used 3D adhesive on the trees and Merry Christmas labels.  A little ribbon, a couple of gems and your done!  I also used a coordinating ink to ink the edges as I was creating each card... one at a time.
 The inside is kept very simple.  You can stamp your sentiment of leave it to write everything.  The thing I really love about the My Craft Spot stamps is that you have sentiments included in the sets that you can use on the inside of your cards.  Following this, you can see the different cards that you can make with this one technique!
 Here is using purple.  I used stickles on the edge of the label and all over the tree.
 The stickles did curl up the tree a bit, so the others that I glitter, I will run through the Xyron and glitter them that way.  I used a thinner card stock for the stamping and I think it was just too much "Wet".
 I used a MS branch punch and stuck a few greens behind the tree.
 A little bow and your done!
 I used the Rust tones for this one with the craft paper.  Love that look!  I also inked the edges with a teal color as it went so wonderful with this paper!
I used some gold glitter around the other tree edge on the label shape.

Now, I know these are pretty simple for what I normally do, but they do go together very quickly.  I was able to get 40 of these done in one day!  YAY!  I also stamped the tree stamp on the negative space that was cut out of the center of the label.  I just forgot to take a picture of it.  Hee! Hee!

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Thank you SO much Sheila for letting me play again today!  Thank you all for visiting and I would love to hear your comments!  Now... Off to eat and relax.  Have to get to work at 1:30 AM for the big sale!!!  Hee! Hee!


  1. Wow your cards are great. I cant wait to get the Art Philosophy Cart!

    Happy Thanksgiving Day to You and Your Family!
    Blessing AJ

  2. OH wow, this is such a wonderful silent tutorial!, great job, I might have to give this one a try!

    Happy Thanksgiving, thanks for the chance to win!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

  3. I saw this over at Sheila's and left a comment but wanted to stop by and wish you both a Happy Thanksgiving... I love your step by step directions and wanted you to know how much I appreciate them, I am sure it takes a bit of time to put them on your blog. AND I don't think you do anything simple.. These cards are GORGEOUS. I received my cartridge yesterday afternoon, I was so excited that I didn't have that one.. AND your card was so awesome- I am always so impressed when I see your beautiful cards on your blog but to see one in real life, all i can say is "WOW" . Thank you again- I am going to be sharing it on my blog after our Thanksgiving dinner... Hugs from Ukiah

  4. So beautiful. I think I like the lavender the best! but all beautiful. I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving and productive black Friday! Enjoy! Until next week.

  5. Bobby these cards are just awesome! Look at those rich Christmas colors! Love the cut outs and the fact that you were able to mass produce such an attractive card! Thanks for sharing with us today at She's A Sassy Lady. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you and Jill be blessed in a special way this day.

  6. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I LOVE the variety of the Christmas Cards you made! They looked pretty simple to boot! I need super quick and easy ideas right now.... I'm wwaayyyy behind since taking over the Thrift Store! :o) Thanks for the idea! Have a wonderful day! :o)
    OOPS! Almost forgot to tell ya how pretty they are! LOL


  7. These are fabulous - inside and out! How fantastic to make such an elegant card in duplicate too. I love seeing it made with different papers as well!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jill! May you survive the craziness that will be your day tomorrow!

  8. this is just another one of your FABULOUS IDEAS!!!!!!
    thanks Bobby, this a great idea, I will definitely be trying this.....

  9. Another wonderful card. Loved the tutorial. I love the one with the pine punches behind the tree. Super lovely.

  10. What a beautiful Christmas card! Can't believe you are making so many of these and each one has it's own personality! I love them and so will everyone who receives one because not only are they gorgeous, but you can tell that they are made with love! Hope you two survive Black Friday all in one piece and are able to get some much deserved rest very soon!

  11. Gorgeous cards! I love how you framed your beautiful trees!

  12. Beautiful card. I hope you two had a great Thanksgiving. I know you are really busy working retail, we went Black Friday shopping last night and this morning, and all of the stores were so packed.

  13. I keep getting booted off as a follower - any idea why?? I keep re-adding you on my blogger dashboard. Yours is the only one I'm following that keeps disappearing! (Sob)

  14. Very nice variations on your cards. Nice!

  15. Love these cards! Thanks for the tips - now I just need a gypsy and I will be all set ha ha! Good luck this weekend with all those crazed shoppers. I for one am staying home :)

  16. Bobby, gotta share something w/ you:- my eyes keep playing tricks on me. When you make a card that's "layered", it looks like, to me, that the centre has been cut out.

    Then when I looked at this card, I said to myself:- "stop thinking that the centre has been cut out. It's layered!!!" But then I saw your Gypsy pix and lo and behold, this time the centre was cut out. Tooooooo funny!!! LOL

    Bottom line:- gorgeous cards!!! (as per usual!!) TFS! :-)

  17. These are all so cute and I love that you went into assembly mode... works for me! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving... and survived Black Friday!
    Crafty Hugs,

  18. Wow!!! Love all the variations on your card! The different colours really change the look of it.
    I have been playing with the Cricut Craft Room program and it makes a world of difference in using my Cricut! It's so much more versatile.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring! :)

  19. Wonderful cards!!!... I have gotten frustrated with the CCR... I have a hard time with welding parts and not all...blah blah....
    Now, how did I missed this ones over at SASL?

  20. Love the cards and how simple it is to change them up. After taking hours and hours to make just three unique Christmas cards, I really can appreciate your tips on mass production! Thanks for sharing.

  21. These are very pretty. The bronze one is my favorite. I got all my cards out for the season but will have to try some of these next year.