A Christmas Card in a Box

Christmas should be full of surprises!

Isla's card--full view

I just love making a card-in-box, and this one was really special. First of all, it was for the sweet granddaughter of a very special friend and, second of all, it was a Christmas card!

I had so much fun hunting for these cute little Christmas characters. I cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and coloured them with my Copic markers. The cool thing about a card-in-a-box is that it folds flat and fits in a regular size envelope.  If you would like to learn how to make a card-in-a-box, just go to YouTube and search on “card-in-a-box.”


Here are some close-ups of the various panels. I hope this card-in-a-box inspires you to create a card for your someone special.

Isla's card--Wryn caroling

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 1

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 2

Isla's card--Snowman panel

Isla's card--Trees panel

Here’s the back panel with lots of room for writing a special message.


Here it is folded flat and ready to slide into an envelope.

Isla's card--Text panels-front

Thanks for popping in! I hope you will stop by again, soon.

Remembering the Reason for the Season

And His name shall be called Wonderful!

A Sweet Nativity Scene

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Baby Jesus in His manager, with His mother, Mary, and father, Joseph, is the true symbol of Christmas in our house. I found this freebie on Melonheadz. It was so much fun to colour with my Copic markers! Of course, I had to add a little sparkle even to the manger scene! Here’s the inside verse…

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And that’s it, sweet, simple and sincere!

Merry Christmas to my canine cousins!

Pets are family, too!

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In our family, even our pets get Christmas cards.

My son, Neil, has a beautiful, black, medium-sized, mixed-breed dog, named Dexter. His daughter, Ashleigh, (a college student who still lives at home) has very large, black, mixed-breed dog, named Theo. Together, they are hilarious, mischievous, entertaining and entirely lovable!

Our little munchkin, Cookie, is an adorable almost 10-year-old Bichon Frise, who still looks like a puppy and acts like a princess. Anyway, I just had to send a Christmas card from Cookie to her two canine cousins and this is what I came up with. The puppy on the front looks just like Cookie.

I decided to make it an easel card but, before I show you the next photo, I need to explain something… My son has a wonderful way with dogs. He has taught them to be well-mannered and well enjoyable companions. When he wants them both to sit for a treat (or when they’re getting over-excited) he says, “Gentlemen!” and gives them the hand signal to sit. It’s so cute! And, now, on to the next photo of Cookie’s card…

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This is the card in its “easel” position. By the way, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the puppy. It’s such a time-saver, and does such a precise job. The image is a jpeg that I brought into Silhouette Studio.

Here it is on my table–what a great cutting job, huh?






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When the card is open all the way, it reveals Cookie’s messages to Dexter and Theo…



And, finally, below is a photo showing a side view of the card in the easel position.







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I love making easel cards because they offer so much opportunity to be creative. This one is quite simple but, after all, Cookie, Dexter and Theo are still only reading at a grade three level!

Merry Christmas, Dexter and Theodore!

Love, Cookie xoxo

A Christmas card for my daughter

Ya gotta love this little face!


My daughter, Angie, loves a particular little character that looks something like the one in the photo below. I found this one on Mo’s Digital Pencil and turned it into a special Christmas card for her.

I really enjoyed making this one because I got to use my Copic markers. And, just for fun, I ran it through my Cuttlebug, using the the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then, I added just the right touches of sparkle glue–my favourite. I created the ice with Glossy Accents–so cool!

I hope she likes it! Merry Christmas, Angie!

A Christmas card for my mom

 Silent Night, Holy Night

Christmas card for Mom

So many possibilities, so little time!

This year there were so many new dies from Dees’ Distinctively and Impression Obsession, that it really challenged my ability to stick to a  crafting budget. But, I just had to buy a few of these gorgeous shapes. So, here’s a Christmas card I made for my mom. I call it Silent Night, Holy Night.

While it was fun to create a card with these lovely dies, I’ve discovered that I really prefer creating cards that require more of my own ideas. I especially love working with my Copic markers, which I didn’t have much opportunity to do in this one, except for the teeny tiny house in the background. Anyway, I think it turned out quite nicely and my mom loved it. And, that’s what it was all about, in the first place!!