When I thought of Joy for this week's Free 4 All Challenge, December was still some ways away. It's easy to think of Joy and December when it hasn't happened yet! Ha!
I love December and Christmas. It also happens to be my birth month so there is a lot of joy happening! However, now that I am smack dab in the middle of December, I am finding that there is a lot I am not loving this year. I don't love that I have missed over a week of December happenings being sick this year! It means I probably won't get out Christmas cards and I have no idea what gifts I am giving! I haven't been to a store since before Thanksgiving! So yikes. However, the bottom line is those are just things and stuff. Maybe there is a reason that the Grinch Stole Christmas has always been my favorite Christmas show! Moment by moment there is a lot to be joyful over! So here are three cards that just won't ignore joy!
I hope you are gliding through December! Leave me a note and let me know how you are doing, good or bad!
First, up is this cool seamless shaker card! These are so much fun to make. I took JOY in being released from having to use foam layers to make a shaker!!!
****Edited to add instructions. So sorry, I was feeling rough and didn't have the energy to tell you how I did this! I was hoping to find a video from Mary who taught this in a class, I took. I couldn't find hers but I did find a video from JD. I used stamp packaging to make this shaker. You can also find pockets. Scrapbook.com is sold out right now but you can take a look HERE to get an idea of what you are looking for. You can see in the stamp pocket that you can purchase that the corners are mitered. I did that myself with stamp packaging.
Step 1: create your card front, add die-cuts, sentiment, etc. Step 2: cut a piece of very thin acetate or stamp packaging larger than your background so that you can fold it over and adhere it(about a 1/2 inch larger on each side). Place your card front(background piece) face down on the acetate. Place sturdy, double-sided tape on the edges of the card (you should be looking at the backside of the card front and placing the tape on the backside). Step 3: Remove tape backing on 3 sides of the card. Fold acetate or packaging around the card and adhere to the sticky back. Now you have a sealed card front with one side open. Ste 4: fill the card with your choice of sequins and shaker mix. Step 5: Fold over the 4th edge of acetate and adhere to the back of the card front. Step 6: cover the back with sturdy double-sided tape. Remove tape backing and adhere to a folded card base! Easy Peasy.
Bells and background stamps are a thing of joy!
A textured wreath adds welcome to any door (or card) and that is a pretty joyful thing!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I really would love to hear how you are doing and what brings you joy this year so leave me a comment and let me know!
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