First of all, welcome to Camp Scrap: Holiday 2012 Edition! Every day from now through November 9th I will be posting a “Camp Scrap” post. These are tutorials, articles, videos, and more designed to be quick reads, and hopefully helpful for holiday crafting as well! Everything you see will be 100% authentic stuff I’m making for my own holiday prep! So you know there won’t be 5 hour gift tags or 3 day process posts. We’ll dabble in all kinds of fun stuff – thanks for joining me! There will be a few other fun posts done on my blog during this time, but all the Camp Scrap ones will be labeled and also archived here for future reference.
Alrighty then, let’s jump in. To kick things off today I’m calling it the “make the most of 30 minutes” post. You could also say ten minutes, five minutes – whatever you’ve got! The point is, instead of surfing the internet, watching a TV show, or otherwise zoning out, take a few moments out today to do something crafty that you can share with someone else. To kick things off, and to keep things speedy, I broke out my Simon Says Stamp December kit and just played!
First, I cut a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock into four equal pieces, giving me four card fronts. Why just the front? A) I can make a mess without messing up a card and B) If I don’t want to use it as a card, I can use it in giftwrapping (more on that another day!)
Card #1: One of my classic card go-to designs, I went for a rosette and kept it real easy. I layered some punched paper, edged with distress stickles, and set it aside to dry.
Card #2: Layered ribbon + paper, edged in gold, stamped some flourishes (that didn’t quite work out so I covered the whoops part), then finished with a die cut poinsettia + wooden “merry” topped with distress stickles.
Card #3: I wanted to get a bit more inky, so I taped (lightly!) a rectangle down onto my card front, then I inked with a blending tool all around and up against the edges too with distress inks (winter seasonal colors).
When done, I pulled the paper off gently, added my sentiment, perfect pearls, and some glossy accents over the letters to make them pop.
Tag #1: Finally, I knew I wanted this santa paper on a tag. I made sure his head wouldn’t be chopped into when I positioned, then I just edged, added the sentiment, and topped with ribbon.
In less time than it would have taken to watch an episode of Dr. Who, I’ve got four homemade accents ready to add in my giving this holiday season!
A big part of my quick creating today was of course having a kit of supplies I worked with. This kept me focused, saved me from endless digging, and made me work with what I had in front of me. I strongly suggest gathering supplies for a kit of your own – you can mix & match and keep it small – or let it grow! I’ll be sharing my December go-to box tomorrow, as well as a fresh project or two as well.
Sponsoring Camp Scrap is a company I have the pleasure of working with – Simon Says Stamp! Over at Simon you’ll find all kinds of crafty treasure from stamps to glitter and everything in between. It gets better though. First of all,
They’re giving away TWO December card kits that I just showed in use above! To be entered for a chance to win leave a comment (on my blog, if you’re reading this via email) and 2 winners will be randomly drawn on Friday the 7th of December.
The winners have been drawn! Congrats to Susan Golan and Marianne B – I have emailed you!
Secondly, just for my lovely blog readers, I’ve got a special discount code! That’s right, Simon Says Stamp is offering 10% off your entire purchase. Use code CSCRAP2 when you check out. Please note that the code is case sensitive and it will expire at 11:59 PM on 12/11/12 eastern standard time.
My final note that I’ll leave you with, is that if you’d like to share a project inspired by today’s post please feel free to link up below. I’ll add an inlinkz list at the end of each Camp Scrap post so that you can share with all of us holiday crafters. If you read my blog via email or otherwise are not directly on my site, you just need to hop on over to www.mayflaum.com and you’ll see the list and can also of course leave your comment to be entered for the prize drawing!