Friday, July 13, 2018

Carta Bella Have a Merry Christmas - 34 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

It's Christmas in July time. I used an older Carta Bella paper pad called Have a Merry Christmas. It's been hanging out in my craft room for far too long and was begging to be turned into cards. I'm trying really hard to use up some older 6x6's so I will have room for all the new Christmas papers coming soon. I always need quite a few Christmas cards every year. I'll be donating some cards to a local charity and many will also be given to a local retirement home. Then, I'll need a bunch of cards to personally give to my family and friends.

The Carta Bella collection has a very traditional Christmas look with lots of greens and reds. There aren't any cut aparts included in the the paper pad so I used some Christmas stamps set for the images and sentiments. The Ink Road Stamps was so kind to provide me with their Fir Real stamp set. It's a fun set with lots of sentiments and whimsical fir trees.

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 34 cards.


Because it takes many hours to use up a 6x6 paper pad, this video has been sped up 7 times. The real time recording was around 4 1/2 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.



In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 7 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 12 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock.

Cardstock colors - 

Scarlet - Coredinations
Fern - Corendinations
Black - Recollections


Here are close up pictures of the cards I made, including sketches and measurements. Operation Write Home sketches are the only ones that already provide measurements. For all the other sketches, I simply figure the measurements out on my own, for what works for me. All of my cards are A2 size. Go HERE to see my video explaining how I determine card sketch measurements. All cards are made using Carta Bella's Have a Merry Christmas 6x6 paper pad.



Sentiment stamp - Technique Tuesday
Banner die - American Crafts
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Sketch - MFT #233
Image and sentiment stamps - The Ink Road Stamps
Stitched Frame die - MFT
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Small star die - Lawn Fawn
Ink - MFT and Reverse Confetti




Image and sentiment stamp - The Ink Road Stamps
Ink - Reverse Confetti and MFT
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Brads - from stash




Image and sentiment stamps - The Ink Road Stamps
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Ink - Reverse Confetti and MFT
Brads - from stash




Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Small stitched circle dies - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Sketch - MFT #323
Image and sentiment stamps - The Ink Road Stamps
Ink - Versamark and Reverse Confetti
Embossing powder - Wow!
Oval dies - Spellbinders
Small circle dies - Lawn Fawn




Sentiment stamp - MFT
Stitched background die - Lil Inker Designs
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug and American Crafts




Sentiment stamp - The Ink Road Stamps
Stitched circle die - Lawn Fawn
Scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
Stitched rectangle die - MFT
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Bow brad - from stash
Banner die - American Crafts



Sentiment stamp - The Ink Road Stamps
Stitched circle die - Lawn Fawn
Scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Twine - from stash
Bling - from stash


Highlighted supplies
Below are links to some of the products used in this post. These are affiliate links that will help me offset the costs of creating these cards.  When purchased through these links, I receive a small commission that does not affect the price you pay.  I appreciate your viewing my blog and the support you provide.

Spellbinders dies - Standard Circles Small
Spellbinders dies - Standard Circles Large
Tonic Studios - guillotine paper trimmer
Crop-a-Dile - Corner Chomper
Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts - Small Stitched Circle dies
MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Frames
Lawn Fawn - Glue Tube
Lawn Fawn - Stamp Shammy
Veramark - Watermark Ink Pad
We R Memory Keepers - Brad Setter & Piercing Tool
Scor Tape - 1/2 inch

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Disclaimer : I did receive some physical product compensation for providing card samples.

*All card sketch images used with permission.

15 comments:

  1. Yay, Christmas in July! You did an outstanding job with the paper pad and the new Christmas stamp set. I really like the sketches you chose. They looked great with the papers. Now you have a nice start on your Christmas card collection. I look forward to watching them come to life in your video. Thanks so much for sharing, Kristie! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne! It feels so good to have some Christmas cards already done. :)

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  2. Hi Kristie!
    You've managed to do it again - and bring in the Christmas holidays with you! I adore your cards and love the designs you've used with these holiday papers. You are making me start to think of Christmas in July and getting ahead of my future card needs! Add a little Hallmark Channel in the background, and I just may have a little crafty party for myself! Thank you for bringing the joy and sharing it with the rest of us - you are so exceptional in your design skills :) Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it! Sounds like you'll be having the perfect crafty party. I love the Hallmark Channel. :)

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  3. Hi Kristie
    Fabulous job as always. I think the Freshly Made Sketches 317 is my favourite and I will definitely be using that one for some of my Christmas cards.
    Hopefully I will be starting them this week and will be using your amazing card designs for inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing, as I know they do take some time to prepare.
    Happy Crafting
    Tracey.x

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    1. Thank you, Tracey! I never used to start early on Christmas cards. But it's so helpful since I will need A LOT of cards this year. I hope you have a beautiful day! Happy crafting!

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  4. You have been so busy lately! Thank you so much for a Christmas card video--perfect inspiration for starting early! I really like these clean and simple stamps -- they and the inks you chose worked so well with this paper pad! I love your star brads, too. My fav this time was Freshly Made sketches 160, but they are all really pretty! TFS!!

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    1. I actually have way less crafty time during the summer, but I'm trying to make the most of time I get. My video To Do List is quite long. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kindness. I hope you have a beautiful day!

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  5. Omg, I'm accutalla in love with your paperwork! Love from Norway

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  6. Gets me in the mood to make Christmas cards! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's always nice to get an early start on Christmas cards. It'll be here before you know it. :)

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  7. Thank you for posting these with measurements.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm always happy to share the sketch measurements with fellow crafters. :)

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