Quick cards for the New Year

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotEvery year I always miss someone or two or three on my Christmas card list. I’m sure that never happens to happen of you! My solution is to send a New Year’s card and include a little family newsletter. That way it looks like I haven’t forgotten them – I just choose to wish them a Happy New Year!

I made these cards from left over Heidi Swapp Christmas papers and embellishments. Who says you can’t use Christmas paper for other occasions? Without the phrase Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, these papers are just lots of pretty prints!

This set of cards came together really quickly: using a paper trimmer, a couple of punches, some Distress Ink and my trusty Xyron Creative Station.

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After gathering all supplies I cut simple rectangles to fit my standard A2 cards. I punched some borders with a Martha Stewart border punch and used a Fiskars hexagon punch to create some coordinating hexagons. I also used some of Heidi’s Believe Banner Delights as added elements. I just played around and did a quick layout of designs before inking all edges with Ranger’s Black Soot Distress Ink.

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I don’t seem to own a ‘Happy New Year’s’ stamp so printed my sentiment on white cardstock. I punched some with a Marvy scallop circle punch and trimmed out the others with the paper trimmer. I used my Teresa Collins Stapler to add some detail to one of my sentiments before attaching it to the card.

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All my card pieces are run through my Xyron 9″ Creative Station. I like to use this size when I have lots of pieces. I can line them up before shipping them through so adhesive is not wasted.

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Then the fun begins – peel and stick! So easy!

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These are the finished cards so now I only need to type up the newsletter and pop them in the mail after Christmas! This makes me feel like I’m actually ahead of the game.

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Old drawer gets new upcycled look

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I’m having a drawer-full of fun with Dreamweaver Stencils and Beacon products this month. We’re hopping every Thursday this month so be sure to visit these other designers to see some amazing projects!

Dream It Up!
Linda Neff (Guest Designer – that’s me!)
Lea Kimmel
Louise Healy
Terrece Siddoway
Wendy Jordan
Pam Hornschu
Cherylynn Moser

I’ve been experimenting with Dreamweaver Stencils and Beacon Adhesives while upcycling some pieces for our shop – Green Door Studio. I found this old drawer at an estate sale for just a few dollars. I thought it would make a cute display holder or a shelf.

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After I gave it a good scrub-down and removed the handle I painted with a coat of cream paint just to give me a clean base to work with. I filled the old handle hole with wood filler and left it all to dry for an hour or so.

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I pulled some old music song sheets out along with some dictionary pages to decoupage onto the front. I cut the pages to the size of the drawer front, inked the edges and adhered them with Beacon’s Fast Finish Decoupage Glue.
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Once the entire front was covered in papers and dry, I was able to use my Dreamweaver Stencil LX 7022 Vintage Decor. I love this stencil! It turned out so nice. The stencil was taped in place and then Dreamweaver Embossing Paste was spread across it.
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The tape is carefully lifted off all sides but one (that one is left in place to act as a hinge). The stencil is then carefully lifted to reveal a beautiful design underneath.
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While the paste is drying (it takes about an hour or so) I had time to go work on another project. The other project didn’t take as long as I thought so I grabbed my heat tool and helped the paste along so I could continue with the painting. I covered the front – including the stencil – with another coat of cream paint and wiped it off with a damp cloth to expose some of the papers.
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I wanted to add depth to the box so added a copper metallic glaze by Martha Stewart, really squishing it in and around the stenciled area. Using my same damp cloth, wiped most of it off until I got the look I just loved!
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 I  sealed the entire box with a coat of wax and buffed it out. I never imagined this funky little drawer could look this good. I added a copper distressed knob to the front.
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It’s a great little storage and display piece.
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You can bet I’ll be on the lookout for more drawers to transform.
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Remember to visit the other designers on this hop for more great projects!