Adventures in Card-Making

Everything old is new again!

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Well, the holidays are over and you’re packing up the ornaments and taking down all your decorations. One of the last tasks is all those Christmas cards from friends and family. Some of them are too beautiful to throw away. Should you save them or recycle them? Some of them (if handmade by Grandchildren) should definitely be saved just remember to put the year on the back of each. Some of them can be recycled and here are some tips to make new cards/crafts for next year.

Before you get out the scissors, scan the cards into the computer or make notes of what you want to record of the cards so that you’ll have a record of them for your thank you cards.

If you’re not sure of what to do with the cards yet, put them in a large box with a lid to prevent dust. I sort mine by theme birthday, thank you, holiday.

I am sure there are many more, but I found 16 crafts you can make with your saved cards. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Greeting card gift bag: This one is so easy! Cut the front cover off your greeting card and save the printed sentiment for later use. Glue the cover in the center of your bag. You can add glitter or stamped images if you wish.

2. Gift tag: Instead of just cutting off the cover of the greeting card, die-cut or fussy cut the image and glue to a gift tag. Add the “To From” and you’re done You could also use a Sizzix  die cut and then glue your image  onto the tag. Punch a hole near the top and add ribbon.

3. Place Mat: Take a white paper place mat (typically bought at a dollar store or party store) and glue parts of the card onto it. Add flat embellishments or rubber stamped images.

4. Planner: Make planners or note pads for future teacher gifts. Buy small note books, again from a dollar store, and glue background paper onto the covers. Glue part of the greeting card on top.

5. Bookmarks: Cut the greeting card into strips about an inch and a half wide and 6 inches long. Punch a hole near  one end and add a tassel – see link:

6. Place Cards: There are two different ways of making place cards. One way is to cut a piece of cardstock into a rectangle, sized to your specifications. Score the cardstock in the middle with your scoreboard. Fold the card in half. Write the name of your guest using calligraphy or rubber stamps. Add embellishments, stickers and parts of the greeting card.

Another way is to die-cut a rectangle with a Spellbinder nestability – see link:  and proceed as above. Sizzix also has a place card die that would work also for this project.

7-16. Make a puzzle, magnet, mason jar topper, framed picture, collage card, mason jar lid ornament, garland, post card and finally a journal cover.

Needless to say, you might be a tad bit “tired” of holiday crafting, so save this post until November!

Happy Crafting,



Christmas sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Some help for those Christmas cards you are making:



May Christmas always be evergreen in your heart.

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.

You add a little sparkle to the holiday season!

Hope your holidays are a blizzard of fun!

From our home to yours, from our hearts to yours…. Warmest Christmas Greetings!

May your home be filled with simple joys, happy gatherings, and sweet praises to God for His gift of Jesus.

One of my favorite gifts is always hearing from you – Merry Christmas.


What to write in a holiday card

Dear Fellow Crafters,

In my past life, I was stymied by the blank page in a greeting card. I mean, what the heck should I write??!! I solved my problem by writing down sentiments in a journal which then expanded into typing and printing them for future cards. Now, when I am pressed to write something witty or sentimental or funny, for that matter, I just refer to my Sentiment Journal. Here are some greetings for your holiday cards. Please feel free to share:


  • May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with love and warmth.
  • Wishing you all the joys of Christmas and happiness through the new year.
  • May you be blessed with love, peace, and laughter.
  • May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas season.
  • Wishing your family peace and love at Christmas and always.
  • May beautiful moments and happy memories joyfully surround you this Christmas.
  • Wishing you a very jolly Christmas.
  • Wishing you a festive holiday.
  • May your stocking be full of wonderful presents!
  • Love and joy come to you this Christmas!



Christmas Sentiments

Hello Friends,
I don’t know about you but I am definitely into the Christmas spirit. Yesterday my husband and I took our Granddaughter and family to Yankee Candle to see Santa. She got to sit on Santa’s lap and play with an Elmo “stuffie”. Everything is new to the eyes of a child, so in a sense, we adults were looking at all the Christmas trees and decorations as if they were new too. If you are ever in Deerfield MA you have to schedule a trip there. The candles, the decorations, the tasty treats – everything anyone would want!
Well, back to sentiments. When we came home, I decided to make my tags and while I was at it, sign some of my cards. I picked out some of my favorite sentiments for you this month. Enjoy!

Joyeux Noel – In any language, we send you love and peace at Christmas.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold everything is softer
and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale

Celebrate the Season!

In the stillness of the this holy night,
May Christ’s peace be with you!

I believe in Santa!

Joy is the spirit of Christmas.

May the candle you light to Peace at this holy season be reflected in all the windows of the world.

Like snowflakes gently covering the world,
may the Peace and Joy of the season
descend softly on your home.

Let it snow!

May you have all the right ingredients for a happy holiday season.

A few words of wisdom from Frosty (the Snowman)!

“It’s ok to be a little bottom heavy.”
“Don’t get too much sun.”
“Be a happy, jolly soul.”
“It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.”
“White is always appropriate.”
“Carrots are good for you.”

Happy Hanukkah.

and finally,

Merry Christmas!