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In the Workshop: Santa Cheer

This month for the Create Inspiration Team at JessicaSprague.com, I crafted a Santa Cheer package.  This DIY festive wine bottle served as a a perfect focal point to highlight two darling digital tags from the Aspen Frost collection.  Here’s a peak at the process of making these simple paper cuties:

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Start with mini red wine bottles.

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  1. Wrap a 7 x 3.5-inch piece of red paper around the center section.
  2. Punch 2 scalloped borders for Santa’s coat trim that are approximately 7 inches long.
  3. Cut out a 7 x 1/4-inch piece of black paper for Santa’s belt.
  4. Create a belt buckle from a scalloped square punch.  Cut out the center of this shape using a small square Spellbinders Nestability die.
  5. Add pearl buttons to Santa’s coat.
  6. Embellish with ribbon and digital art tags!

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For instructions on how to make the wine bottle tags, as well as a look at my entire cheer package, head over to Jessica Sprague’s Blog.

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In the Workshop: Handmade Halloween

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a member of Jessica Sprague’s new Create Inspiration Team!

Since joining The Dating Divas team over a year ago, I’ve really worked on my photography skills.  Jessica’s amazing digital classes have been such a blessing to start learn the ins and outs of Photoshop to complement this growing hobby.  Her easy to understand explanations and fun tutorials are by far the best I’ve seen on the web.  I am so honored to be joining her creative team!

Here’s a recent card that I made using online elements from The Snap Click Supply Co:

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The “31” digital element serves as the focal point for this quick and easy card.  You can find this cute graphic in the Frightful Complete Kit.  I printed it out and die cut the image using one of the Spellbinders Labels 16 Nestabilities.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug machine one more time to emboss the image.

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Then, I distressed the border using the Vintage Photo stamp pad from Tim Holtz.  I love how distressing the edges really makes the embossing effect pop!

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I layered this element on gold paper edged with orange glitter, printed digital paper lined with a gold Krylon pen, and a brown paper card base.

A small purple witch’s hat served as the final embellishment.  I love adding a row of rhinestones to simulate a fancy ribbon or buckle on her hat!

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I look forward to creating more projects using a mixture of digital and traditional paper elements!

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