Saturday, November 9, 2013

Joyful Stars Blog Hop- quick & easy Christmas Cards!

Welcome to our monthly  
Joyful Stars Blog Hop!!!!

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We're excited to share our creativity with you using our favorite Close To My Heart products!

THIS MONTH we have items to share that are Thanksgiving or Christmas themed.  So come on in and  see what BEAUTIFUL projects my fellow consultants have creating using the AMAZING products from Close To My Heart!!

 This blog hop is easy to do…just click on the link at the end of the post to go to the next creation!! 

If you get lost along the way, CLICK HERE to see the list of this month’s hoppers! 

If you have arrived from my upline & friend Joyce Houck’s blog you are right on track.

Today I’d like to share with you two QUICK & EASY Christmas cards that I have been creating at my monthly home parties!
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This set of cards are the kind that are GREAT to make multiples of!!  I started by finding the pattern in one of our FABULOUS  How-To Books! I used the Make It From Your Heart, volume 2 - pattern # 30
(to see ALL our wonderful how-to books - click here!
I love that variety that EACH of them bring to my creating table!)

At each of my home gatherings, I always complete our time together by everyone making a quick & easy card!!  I usually have a couple of samples for them to look at, with a few different options shown on each card.
During this month & next, we are creating this card, BUT  this time I am giving my customers a choice on which stamp set they will use! 
The first stamp set they can choose…

This set is a PERFECT Christmas stamp set & can be used in many different ways!!  I love the cardinal and the other images in this set too!!

Here is a closer look at the cardinal card…  
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I stamped the Cardinal in our cocoa ink…but sponged the edges of all the papers in our desert sand.  I love to ink my corner edges heavier, so that it gives it a more antiqued/distressed look. 

I also used the new stamp set “Holiday Tags”for the wording on this set.  This is the PERFECT stamp set set to have for all occasions!  Take a look at the MANY words and sayings in this stamp set!! 
Did you notice???  This stamp set IS compatible with our Artiste Cricut Cartridge - YAY!! That makes my crafting so much QUICKER & EASIER!!

Here is a closer look at the 2nd card…
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I like to add a bit “extra” to my backgrounds…and for these cards I used a forever FAVORITE stamp set “Universal Backgrounds”.  I hope CTMH never gets rid of this background stamp set! LOL!!

The tree comes from a BRAND NEW set called “Always Grateful” that I am surprised I missed when I previewed this new idea book in August!
I hope you enjoyed these Christmas cards and maybe you were inspired to create some of your own!! In case you would like to re-create these, take a look at my supply list below, and click on the words to see the product.

Products used
Inks used: Desert Sand, Cocoa, Olive, New England Ivy, Ruby,

Now hop on over to my friend & fellow consultant Stephanie Huber’s blog to see what amazing artwork she has created this month!!

Happy Hopping and we’ll see you on the 9th next month, with the Joyful Stars team members sharing some NEW goodies!!    

Blessings to you for a BEAUTIFUL day!!!
Krista Hershberger J


  1. Great cards! I love the scallop punch on the glimmer tape.

    1. Thanks Stephanie! That is one of my new favorite tools!! This glitter is actually the 12x12 paper this time :)...but it does work well on the adhesive backed tape too!!

  2. Beautiful cards! The trees stamp is one of my favorites :)

    1. thanks Elizabeth!!! Yes - this tree :)...It is also beautiful stamped in 2nd generation a few times to create a cluster of 3 trees!!

  3. These cards are so pretty! I love how you manage to incorporate Universal Backgrounds on almost every project!

    1. Thanks Betty...yes, Universal Backgrounds is definitely my go to stamp set!! I honestly try to use another background set :) just doesn't work the same! LOl!!

  4. Beautiful cards Krista! So simple yet Elegant!

    1. Thanks Nancy :)...these are a bit more on the simple side - and work well when I have 30 people that are creating this at my party!! :) My mind goes everywhere when I think of how I could "step up" this card design! :) Would love to see your version of it....I LOVE the detail you put into your creating!!

    2. Krista, I think they are Perfect just the way they are. I don't know that I would want to step it up.

  5. I love your cards! You always use just the right amount of layers and embellishments to make them beautiful.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Lori! :) I LOVE using our how-to books and the designs that they bring us!! It really does make creating so much simpler & easier!! Can't wait to check out this month's hop! :)

  6. I love the cards and I will be reproducing them, Thanks fo sharing.

  7. Very pretty Krista. Quick and easy is great this time of year!

  8. Beautiful cards as always... I like both very much!

  9. You had me at quick and easy! That is my kind of card making for Christmas when you need to make a bunch. Now I need to check out the catalog for that gratitude tree stamp, I've been overlooking that one!

  10. Great! very nice collection of cards. I like your collection.

    ~ sunita
    Christmas Cards


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