Friday, January 24, 2020

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas-January 2020

Happy New Year!  So Debra and I are at it again this year!  We were so happy with ourselves in 2019 for getting all of our Christmas cards made throughout the year that we're creating a card a week again in 2020 AND we have some wonderful crafty friends joining us!  For 2020, the so talented crafty dude, Michael Trent is joining us along with the ever creative and innovative Jessica Pickeral!  That's right!  You get four Crafty Elves for the price of two!  (Which is free!)  Without further ado, here's how I was inspired:

What do you do when it's January and you work in an accounting firm and you're losing your ever loving mind???  You make some quick cards using a beautiful stencil from Newton's Nook along with some big and awesome word dies from Paper Smooches and Lil' Inker Designs!

I made two of these pretty much the same.  I started with the stencil and some Nuvo glitter paste I've had around a while.  I decided pink was the color of the month... 'cause I love it!

I cut the Peace on Earth from Lil' Inker from white glitter paper once and then two more times from white cardstock and stacked them for dimension.  I used an old die from my stash for the background and all I needed to finish it up was a few sequins!

For the background on these two, I used the same stencil to apply some Deco Foil Transfer Gel and when it was dry, I ran it through my Minc with some Opal Deco Foil.  The Opal foil on white idea came directly from Paper Smooches Kim herself... it was so beautiful I just had to use it after seeing it on one of her cards.

The Opal foil is so pretty with an ever so slight tint of pink and blue it was perfect with the colors I used.  The banner die comes from Gina K Designs and I stacked the Big Old Snowflake and Joy from Paper Smooches in the center.  I cut the Joy once from white glitter paper and once from the Lagoon cardstock and switched the insides for two different looks.  A few more sequins and done!

I did make a couple more Christmas/Winter cards this month which if you visit often you may have seen.  First, this so handsome gnome from Paper Smooches:

If you had decided you wanted him, but couldn't get him because he was out of stock, you're in luck!  There's a fresh batch of Forest Whimsy stamp sets over in the Paper Smooches shop so you can get yours right now if you want!

And then I guess I was in a pink mood because there was this one too:

I don't think you can have too many different snowflake dies, do you?  And these from A Jillian Vance Design are beautiful!

So!  we have some unfinished business to attend to!  As you know each month I draw a name from the previous month's commenter's for the Crafty Elves post and we have a winner from December to announce!

Denise!  PM me your snail mail so I can get your Happy Mail out to you!

And yes, I'm doing it again this year!  This month's prize is going to be one of those lovely Peace on Earth dies from Lil' Inker.  You may have heard that she sadly (for us) is going to be closing down the shop and in preparation for that everything that's left is 70% off.  I was able to pick up some prizes for 2020.  You can find her post here about her decision to take her life in a different direction (and maybe leave some love) and the shop here if you'd like to help her clear out her inventory.  I wish Laura all the best in what she does next and sending love and hugs for what I'm sure was not an easy decision.

Whew!  Now be sure to head on over to Debra, Michael and Jessica's places to see what they've created for you today!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love these! LOVING that Peace On Earth and all the snowflakes! And CONGRATS to Denise!

Becca Yahrling said...

That opal foil really is spectacular! I love it. Love all the sparkle on all of your cards. The Forest Whimsy set is one of my very favorites!! That sweet gnome makes a perfect Santa and is also THE perfect image for the men in your life. :-) Beautiful creations as always, Lisa. :-)

Amanda Wilcox said...

This is a fabulous idea! I love those cards with the big words dies. Sometimes they are just what you need!

World of Michael Trent said...

Sigh...I love your cards!! I wish I could make cards like these. You're a super talented little Crafty Elf and I am thrilled to be part of your team. Accounting I understand. LOL

MadeByMeghanK said...

YAY! Love to see my buddy Denise win and YAY!!! I LOVE your cards... that JOY die is on my list! I'm totally going to try and do this with you guys this year.. at least one a month!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! Love the big sentiment die cuts over the snowflake backgrounds!
Excited to see that I won your December prize! Thank you!

Crystal O. Minkler said...

Wow! Your cards are stunning, Lisa! So excited for 2020 with the Crafty Elves!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a wonderful array of beautiful cards. Your work on all is fantastic!

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the snowflakes against the pink background!

Scrapper69 said...

WOW! Look at you starting the new year off with some FABULOUS Christmas cards!
What am I sayin'?? You ALWAYS make FABULOUS CARDS!!! :) They are really cute and I may have to cas(e) a couple of them! :)