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Thursday, 7 November 2013

IO Challenge~Holiday-Cards, Tags, Gifts

  Hello Friends!

It's Thursday and that means it's time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  This weeks challenge is "Holiday-Cards, Tags, Gifts". 

 Create a card or project with "Holiday-Cards, Tags or Gifts" and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store store, just simply by playing along!!  Who doesn't love free shopping!!  Just go to the IO Blog for the details on how to play. Be inspired and check out what colorful creations  the talented IO ladies are sharing.....  

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 I have three projects to share today.  Here is how I created these projects.....

Fancy Fold Ornament Card...

Sponge the edges of the kraft card stock pieces with Memento Rich Cocoa.  
5" x 7 1/2" scored at 5"
4" x 8" scored at 4"
Square Shaker Frame DIE002-Z
Mini Rectangle Tags 2 DIE014-J

Stamp Delicate Snowflakes F6602 on the card base with Memento Rich Cocoa.

Sponge the edges of  3 Vintage Ornament DIE032-J, 4 gable decorations from the Brick HouseDIE119-Z,  the label from the Mini Rectangle Tags 2 DIE014-J
and a 4 15/16" x 4 x 15/16" piece of card stock with Memento Teal Zeal.

Stamp Delicate Snowflakes F6602 with Memento Teal Zeal on the ornaments. I stamped off on scratch paper first for a softer blue. Adhere the Square Shaker Frame DIE002-Z to your blue square.

 Adhere one full doily to the inside of the card base.  Cut another doily in half and adhere one half to the front of the card base on the 2 1/2" flap.  Save the other half doily for another project.

Adhere the blue square to the front of the 4" x 8"  piece. Open the card base and adhere it over the center of the full doily. 

Score the down the center of each Vintage Ornament DIE032-J.

Fold along the score lines and stack/adhere them on top of each other (only putting your glue on the outside of your ornaments).

It should look like this after adhering.

Adhere the ornament to the center of the shaker frame and the Gable decorations to the corners.  Stamp Joy from the  Deck The Halls CL484 with Memento Rich Cocoa and  attach it to the tag. Add a strong adhesive (I used score tape) and attach the tag to the edge of the card base. This is now the closure for your card.

 I added a snowflake from the Snowflake DIE024-X,
to the center ornament as well as some string pearls and tinsel. Added some self adhesive pearls rhinestones to finish the front off.

Last but not least I stamped Tapestry Ornament E8824 on the center of the flap that you see when the card opens in Rich Cocoa.  This looks more complicated than it is. The ladies at our Pampered Crafters Retreat loved making this card.
Stamps-Tapestry Ornament E8824, Deck The Halls CL484, Delicate Snowflakes F6602
Dies- Snowflake DIE024-X, Vintage Ornament DIE032-J, Square Shaker Frame DIE002-Z, Mini Rectangle Tags 2 DIE014-J,
Inks-Memento Teal Zeal and Rich Cocoa
Accessories-Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber, Paper Doilies, Rhinstones, Pearls, White Tinsel, Scor-tape

Christmas Charger Plate~
This is is super quick and easy project and the ladies that attended our retreat had thhis project done in the blink of an eye!!

~Adhere a paper doily to the center of the plate.
~Cut the stems off some Sparkly  leaves and pointsettia and hot glue them to the plate.
~Add 2 strips of sparkly ribbon  to the top.
~Create a tag by stamping a sentiment from Deck The Halls CL484 with Memento Love Letter on white card stock and sponge the edges. Mat on Silver Mirror paper. Embellish with a big white satin bow, a snowflake from the Snowflake DIE024-X 
and some rhinestones.
~ Die cut Santa DIE081-O in Silver Mirror paper and adhere.

Stamps~Deck The Halls CL484
Dies~ Snowflake DIE024-X ,Santa DIE081-O
Ink~Memento Love Letter
Other~ Charger Plate-Doily (Dollar Store), Glittery Floral (Micheals), Rhinstones, White Satin Ribbon

Post it Note Holder....

 This is post it holder holds a 5 x 3 post it note and is a quick and easy stocking stuffer!

I sponged some subtle clouds over the blue card stock with Memento Summer Sky.  I adhered Bird Bath DIE045-F and part of the Bare Tree DIE006-V
for the branch.  Today's Notes B9065
was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and Clear embossed with Imagine Crafts Clear Embossing Powder. 
Base~6 3/4" x 5 1/4" scored at 3" and 3 1/2"

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to play along! Have a fantastic day!



  1. I've missed your wonderful creations, Ellen. I know you are a busy bee with real life. You've brought us some wonderful creations today. I do love that ornament card.....fabulous. How cute the silver mirror sleigh. You always pay such attention to detail. The charger plate is sooooo pretty and the post it note so pretty, as well, useful.
    Have a fabulous day, my friend.

  2. Wowzer ! I've missed seeing posts from you and then such a treat with 3 gorgeous designs. I LOVE the first one, beautiful design with the colours and die cuts and the fold is great. Thx for the tutorial. The charger plate decoration is also gorgeous (would love to see your table setting at christmas :)) and the note holder is also quite pretty. Thanks for the inspiration this morning, have a great day talented lady ! I also hope you are doing well, Cheers, Shirleyxx

  3. Wow, that first one is absolutely amazing with so much detail! Loving all 3 of your projects.

  4. Fantastic projects and I love everyone.

  5. WOW! what a super card, and thanks so much for the tutorial, it's a keeper, so much work. Love the idea of paper plate and tag. Very different..

  6. Wow! Three brilliant projects Ellen, I especially love the Fancy Fold Ornament Card, such a beautiful colour combination and so many fabulous details.

  7. wow this looks super what beautiful made Ellen.
    gorgeous creations and cards.

    gr karin

  8. Wow, Ellen, what a fabulous tutorial and I am going CAS that card. Love the note holder and the charger plate deco too! You really made my day!!! Way to go!

  9. Ellen, all of these projects are WOW! Amazingly beautiful!!

  10. WOW! Your projects are amazing, Ellen! TFS

  11. WOW! These are stunning Ellen, I really love the design and gorgeous attention to detail. Your card is so beautifully design, one of my favourite colour combinations. Thank you for such clear instructions on how you made it.
    hugs Sue xx

  12. You are such a talented lady! I love you card and your ideas. They are wonderful and they are inspiring me to do some cards this coming weekend. Thanks for inspiring me! JD

  13. Wow, such great projects!! I love the card that you made and totally want to try it myself. I love how you folded the doily over so it would appear as one doily before you open the card. And I love your ornament idea and frills! Also love the die on the post it holder, this was one of my favorites but I never really saw anyone using it. Great work!! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  14. Beautiful projects! I especially love the Fancy Fold Ornament Card! It gives me ideas for new IO challenge! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous projects and fun details! Thanks for sharing how you've made them! :) HUGS

  16. All of these are so elegant, Ellen! I especially love that 3D ornament!

  17. Wowzer--what fabulous work!

  18. Wow, All your projects are fabulously beautiful. I love the fancy fold card.


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