Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Feliz Navidad

Crafty friends.

Today is Dec 24th a festive day for most Cubans.  This evening my side of the family gathers to celebrate Noche Buena at my parents.  Dinner is followed by our gift exchange, which is followed by some of us playing poker (the guys and my Mom) until the wee hours of the morning.  And just so you know the playing poker during Noche Buena is not necessary a Cuban thing.

My first project is this tag:
I used the Feliz Express Edges die, the Boughs & Bells Whispers die, the Diamonds Background Whispers die and the Red Carpet Font (currently not available) for my "Navidad".

The tag was quick and easy to make. I die cut the Feliz from red glitter paper and tucked it just above  a small section of the white glitter paper die cut Diamand Backgound.  I added my "Navidad" letters, also from red glitter paper.   Next came the Boughts and Bell die, which I die cut from silver paper and red glitter paper.   To finish the tag off, I added a curly elastic ribbon.

My second project is this card:
For this card I took different path with my colors, because I started with a kraft color music pattern card stock tag.  I went with browns and copper glitter paper.

I started by die cutting the Feliz Express Edges die 3 times and arranging it on my card on a slight angle... leaving room for the "Navidad" letters.  I love mixing my fonts and the Express Edge dies lend themselves perfectly for this.  For the "Navidad" letters I used the Lady Liberty Font die.

While making this card I kind of had Jose Felicianos's "Feliz Navidad" song in my head, so I went looking for my musical instrument dies and trust me when I tell you this cause me some stress because I couldn't find them.  On a side note... I sort and store most of my crafting supplies in stack-able bins by categories (love, birthday, travel, etc.) and I couldn't find my music bin.  This resulted in my leaving/stopping the creating process and clearing my office.  Several hours later I thankfully found the missing music bin and my much loved Happy Horn Whisper Die.

With my Happy Horn Whisper die in hand I die cut 2 from regular card stock and 1 from copper glitter paper.  I glued them all together to get a thicker die cut element.   As a finishing touch I added several of the smallest stars from the Wee Petites Super Stars die.  I love how this card turned out. The colors give it a very elegant look.

My third and last project is this card:
Isn't this owl the cutest thing!  For this card I used a piece of xmas pattern paper from last year with the month printed on it.  2013 was even printed below the month, but I covered it w/Santa's hat.

I stamped a star around Dec 24th and a sentiment a little below that in red.   Next I went to work on building my Santa Owl (LOVE)...

I took a photo of the pieces I die cut from the Build An Owl Shapes die.  The die cutting went faster than I expected.  I was able to die cut several sections on one pass though my die cutter by using small pieces of paper (in the colors I wanted).  Assemble was a breeze.

Happy Holidays crafty friends.  May they be safe and Very Merry!

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