Inside the Winter 2010 Issue of Paper Creations™
From the Editor
With an eye peeled to diligently saving precious time and keeping costs down, we’ve packed the pages of this issue of Paper Creations with simple yet creative cards, ornaments, and decorative ideas that are sure to make each holiday season extra special for you and your loved ones.
Our “Holiday Garland” featured on page 24 is the perfect home décor accent that can be enjoyed throughout the fall season, while our collection of “Notable Thank You” cards on page 14 was selected with Thanksgiving greetings in mind. Delightful Christmas and Chanukah cards dance across our pages like snowflakes falling from a wintry sky. From primitive country to styled elegance, we have a card to fit everyone’s taste and budget. From funky to traditional, we’ve included wreaths, ornaments, and home decorations that are sure to become family favorites. And our choices for stocking stuffers are both fun and useful. And last, but not least, we have some special cards to be given this holiday season or to be made up at your leisure for Valentine’s Day. After all, saying “I love you” is good any time of year.
Remember, there is no gift more treasured than the one made by hand. May the love you express through your creativity fill your life with joy and peace.
All of us here at All American Crafts wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season.
Until next time,
Winter 2010 Issue
Notable Thank-You Cards
An all-encompassing sentiment is beautifully expressed in this striking collection of fall thank-you cards and notes. Supplies required to make all three cards are minimal, as each can be easily made from leftover cardstock, patterned paper, and ribbons.
Quiet in its simplicity, yet rich in subtle color, this lovely card is a quick study in graceful balance and design.
Thinking of You
When arranged together, three little words…thinking, of, and you…have the power to brighten a friend’s day, change a mood, or create a smile. How wonderful is that?
Give Thanks Card
Imbued with autumnal spirit, this sweet little acorn card sends the traditional message of Thanksgiving in a delightfully different way.
Glittered Art Deco Cards
Enriched with glitter, gold edging and embossed lines, these cards capture the elegance of Art Deco style and design.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Inspiration for these cards is from the song “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas” by Judy Garland in the 1944 hit musical Meet Me in St. Louis.
Finely bordered gold matting, embossing, and cording add dramatic punch to this single stamped image. Using colored pencils to highlight the snowflakes and pine needles is another thoughtful detail that really makes this card pop.
As classic as “the little black dress,” the stunning black-and-white cards featured here make liberal use of fashion sense when it comes to embellishing. Red and green crystals, shimmery silver, and sparkling gold accents are sparingly but wisely applied to enhance rather than distract from the overall design.
Personalized Greeting Cards
Dressed in richly embossed cardstock, these personalized greeting cards express your holiday sentiments with style and understated elegance.
Holiday Charm Cards
Gold and silver charms add a touch of elegance and festive sparkle to both of the stunning holiday cards featured here.
Celebration of Lights
Celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends, family, and loved ones. Lasting for eight days, Chanukah (or Hanukkah) is a celebration of lights and means “dedication.” Traditionally worked in shades of blue and white, these Hanukkah cards create a light of their own with graceful accents of silver, pearl, and crystal glitter.
||Star Noel Card
Matted chipboard and a glittered layering of red and white stars are set within a decorative frame, then adhered to a folded cardstock base. A colorful tag greeting and rhinestone button are the crowning points of this bold holiday card.
Snow Wonderful Card
Like freshly fallen snow, white cardstock edged in two shades of blue and studded with sparkly rhinestones makes this frosty person “snow” wonderful.
Embossed Winter Wishes
The outstanding collection of holiday cards featured here artfully blends crisply embossed white cardstock with clear shades of blue and mint green papers. Images are cleanly stamped, then matted with precision-cut edges. Beautifully balanced layering is minimally embellished with mini rhinestones, silver brads, and tied with
Honor the Season
A simply stated sentiment is embellished with icy swirl and snowflake rub-ons, making this holiday card super quick and easy to make.
Winter Girl Greetings
This delightful set of cards is complete with glittery snow mounds, icy snowflakes, and two little charmers, sporting their best winter finery. Liquid appliqué is the secret behind the faux fur trim on their hats, coats, and boots. Nothing is too good when you’re sending the best in jolly holiday greetings!
Cottage Christmas Cards
It all depends on your color preference. Personally, I enjoy working with muted yet richly colored cardstocks and patterned papers. I chose three such colors to create the little collection of countrified Christmas cards featured here. I didn’t want to get to fussy with embellishments, so I kept them at a bare minimum or used none at all. I used scored lines for added interest and texture, edges were torn and antiqued to create an aged look, and I deliberately allowed things to get a little askew to keep a warm, homemade country look.
Gift cards make a great gift for just about everyone on your holiday gift list. They’re easily available, require little wrapping, and they won’t break if you have to mail them. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving a gift card for their favorite shop or restaurant. These personalized gift card holders carry things one step further. Stamped-on fabric images are customized to fit your favorite gift card recipient. Handyman Husband sports a hammer and tool box and comes with a gift card to the local building supply store, while Tennis Daughter receives a gift card to her favorite athletic shop with the greeting “Have a ball!” So, follow suit and have a ball, customizing your own neat stocking stuffers!
Merry Christmas, Dear
Dressed in traditional red and green Christmas colors, this card is elegant in its simplicity. A single stamped image framed in a scalloped border beautifully captures the spirit of the season, while a red dot ribbon provides just the right amount of holiday flair.
Festive and bright, the cards featured here provide unlimited possibilities for creative interpretation. The key is the silver and gold stickers, that when adhered, resemble coloring book images. Use Gelly Roll pens to color within the sticker lines as desired, then embellish with sparkling glitter. It’s that simple!
Simply Sweet Valentine Card
Embellished with a single pink rhinestone and tied up neatly with a bow, this Valentine’s Day wish is expressed simply and sweetly.
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
When time and materials are in short supply, this cheery card is super quick to make, and easy on the pocketbook…the perfect choice for using leftover bits and pieces of cardstock, ribbon, and rhinestones.
Precut circle flap cards are fun to work with and provide a nice alternative for you to send this year’s holiday greetings. Pearls and silver foil letters all lend a festive flair to these simple, yet heartfelt sentiments.
The Many Colors of Love
The collection of cards featured here uses an unlimited color palette and a wide variety of materials to express heartfelt sentiments. From palest pink to deepest purple, from bakery style lace doilies and elegant rhinestone embellishments to simple buttons and pillow stickers, each card uses a heart as its symbolic gesture of love.
You & Me
This card presents multiple opportunities for creating with a fun product in a new way, using up some of those leftover wood pieces we all seem to have on hand, and dusting off your paint bottles and trying your hand at painting. A pattern is provided, keeping things easy (regardless of your painting skills). But, if painting is not your forte, substitute your favorite color pencils or markers to achieve your own personal look.
Rethink and Reuse
The goal of Rethink & Reuse is to encourage you to think in new ways and use what you have on hand. It’s meant to kick-start creativity, to inspire experimentation. All other projects in this magazine include a comprehensive supply list that spells out the name, manufacturer, and product number of everything used to make it. This is different. Here, you’ll find a basic set of instructions and measurements, plus tips and strategies for making substitutions and suggested supplies. Rather than attempting to duplicate the cards precisely as shown, you are hereby challenged to dip into your stash of scraps, papers, and stickers and see what happens.
Do you know why this fabulous holiday garland is super easy to make? It’s because all the hard work is already done for you! Graphic 45 created beautifully coordinated patterned paper, tags, and accessories, so all you need to do is cut out the patterned paper rectangles and tags needed to make the garland, then thread them onto gold cording. This glorious garland is sure to be the crowning glory in your collection of holiday decorations this season.
Holiday Message Keeper
Designer Heather Mellstrom lamented that she was constantly jotting down notes and reminders, but then often misplaced where she had put them (sound familiar?). Her solution was to transform a rarely used tray into both a welcomed message keeper and a festive holiday decoration for her home. All you need to do is select a vibrant patterned paper to cover the inside of the tray, then add all those wonderful leftover ribbons and silk florals you’ve been saving for something special. It’s really as easy as that!
Here’s a nice alternative to the traditional advent calendars filled with candies or chocolates that you buy in the store each year, then throw away once they are done. Our “favor tin” calendar can be celebrated every year. Start a new family tradition by placing it next to a small tree and filling each tin with a mini ornament. Each day, open one tin and hang the ornament on the tree.
Festive and fun, this easy-to-make holly wreath provides the perfect opportunity for using leftover patterned papers and cardstock. Simply punch out the leaves from assorted papers, adhere onto a foam wreath, and embellish with red rhinestones and a cheerful paper bow.
Christmas Trees and Angel
Delightfully different, this funky collection of trees and an angel is creatively styled and just plain fun to make. Strips of patterned paper are adhered onto cardstock, then cut to both traditional and nontraditional tree shapes. Heavy wire serves as the trunk, making the trees capable of bending into various positions. Patterns and placement guides are provided on the pattern pull-out.
Vintage Bird Ornaments
Inspired by Victorian homemade tree trimmings, scraps of paper, glitter, and iridescent ribbon all contribute in creating these nostalgic ornaments, brimming with sparkle and appeal.
Paper Ornament Greetings
An easy and unique alternative to sending traditional holiday cards, these Christmas paper ornaments are really two gifts in one. Your intended recipient can read your holiday greeting on the back side of the card, then hang it on the tree as a colorful decoration. These ornament greetings are flat, lightweight, and perfect for tucking inside an envelope for mailing. They could also be used as oversized gift tags or strung together to create a holiday garland. Oh, and don’t forget to make a few for your tree while you’re at it!
Bookmark Stocking Stuffers
Finding the perfect stocking stuffer can be as challenging as your search for the perfect present. These stunning bookmarks are a great (and useful) idea for every book lover on your gift list. You can easily personalize each bookmark by using orphan letter embellishments, or simply cut the letter desired from your collection of paper scraps or ephemera.