Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Scraplifted Sympathy Card

I don't usually copy someone else's cards or layouts. However, I needed a sympathy card quickly, and I found a beautiful one at SplitcoastStampers that was perfect for what I wanted. Here is a link to the original (which is a little more elegant than mine shown above):

Sympathy card by Lynda Benden at SplitcoastStampers

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christmas Advent Calendar tags

Here is a list of the "activities" that I used on each of the tags for the advent calendar in the previous entry:

Bake Christmas cookies and give some away.
Set goals for the new year.
Do something kind for someone from church.
Write a note of appreciation to someone who might not expect to be thanked.
Make a list in your journal of several things you are very thankful for.
Mail a special card to one or more family members who live far away.
Set up a nativity and sing "Away in a Manger."
Give a hug to someone in your family.
Take a treat to a neighbor.
Make an ornament for your tree.
Cut out a snowflake and stick it on the window.
Take a picture today (or pose for one).
Talk to a friend.
Call one of your Parents or your Grandparents.
Sing Christmas carols to your neighbors.
Give food or clothes to someone in need.
Make a stocking for Baby Jesus and think of a gift to give to Him.
Say a prayer for our missionaries and soldiers.
Read a fun story about Christmas.
Read the Christmas story from the scriptures.
Watch a Christmas movie as a family.
Take a treat to your home teacher.
Visit someone who is lonely.
Hang up your stockings.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Christmas Advent Calendar

About three years ago, there was an advent calendar in Paper Crafts. This is based on it. Basically, you just use library pockets in rows on two 12x12 sheets of cardstock. Inside each pocket is a tag with a suggestion of something fun to do that day, in the hopes of encouraging the Christmas spirit in your children. I gave this one to my oldest son's family.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Autumn Blessings Side Step Card

It's probably pretty obvious, but one of my favorite sources for cool stamp projects is SplitcoastStampers (SCS). Sometimes a contributor will put the link to their blog where they have additional information or instructions. I had seen Step Cards several times, but when I came across this Side Step Card posted at SCS, I wanted to try it. I ended up using slightly different measurements, because I wanted my steps more even than the original version, but here is the link to a tutorial for the original Side Step Card:

Side Step Card Template and Instructions by Julie Davison

For what it's worth, I don't know any of the people whose blogs/sites I give links to.

As I said, I adapted the card and used slightly different measurements. If you want your steps a bit more even, use the following measurements. With your cardstock in the portrait position, put it in your paper trimmer--NOT the guillotine kind--and line up the left edge with the 2 inch mark. It should also be pushed up against the top edge. You will NOT cut all the way through the paper, but only from the 3 inch mark down to the 7 & 1/2 inch mark (your cardstock should be 8 & 1/2 inches tall).

Now for the fold lines: On the left side, you score from the left side over to the "middle" cut, at the 4 & 1/4 inch mark from the top & bottom edges. On the right side, you score from the "middle" cut to the right edge--measuring UP from the BOTTOM edge, at the 1", 1 & 3/4", 3 & 1/2", 4", and 5 & 1/2".

They're kind of weird measurements, but it did result in fairly even steps. Sorry I don't have a video to show you. I don't know how clear my written directions are.