JustRite Christmas Blog Hop Wednesday #1: The Frugal Cardmaker

I have many friends that get so bogged down at Christmas time that they don’t get to send Christmas cards out!!!  Screeeeech, wait a minute .  . . that sounds oddly familiar.  Oh yeah, I didn’t send Christmas cards out last year.  Sad for a cardmaker to say, right?  Well for this year I wanted to make inexpensive "in money" but rich ‘in detail" cards to some of my girlies so that if they get in a bind, they can whip these out and there’s a homemade element to them.

I found these gorgeous cards at Michaels in the $1 bin they are simply ripe for personalization.  There’s enough room on the front that I can spice them up with some of my JustRite Stamps.  So in a matter of minutes I have a cheater’s card that has a touch of home made.

Today’s blog hop is ultra special!!  We’ll be doing this every Wednesday until November 24th just to show you all the neat things you can do with JustRite Stamps.  In fact to celebrate and to kick off the 12 week Christmas Blog Hop Wednesday – JustRite is offering a free shipping coupon code–for September 8, 9th,10th– please enter this code into the promotional code box at checkout CBHOP1 , the offer will expire at midnight PST and is only good for orders shipped within the United States and its US Territories.  (Oh, my budget likes this!!)

In each instance, the quick embellished card is on the left and the plain card base is on the right.  The above card uses a sentiment from Whimsical Christmas, and sits on a punched scallop and circle.

This card uses a sentiment from Hearts Come Home and the sweet holly leaves are from Holiday Cheer.  Spellbinders Fancy Tags fits well in the vertical space.

 This next card uses a center and border from Something Sweet and is also layered with a punched scallop and circles.

This next card uses a center from Something Sweet and it is centered on Spellbinders Labels Fourteen.

This last card I cut up and used the flourishes on the headers inside my gift box.  With the three left over cards I simply covered where the word "celebrate" was using Spellbinders Fancy Tags and Ribbon Tags Trio Two.  It uses the simple sentiment, "I Believe" from the Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verse Set.

Just remember, Christmas will be here before you know it, lol!!  I hope you’re ready :-) 

Card Recipe:
JustRite Stamps:  Whimsical Christmas, Hearts Come Home, Holiday Cheer, Something SweetChristmas Nested Sentiments and Verse
Paper:  Bazzill, American Crafts, Card Bases from Michaels $1 Bin
Ink:  Versamark, Colorbox Pigment – Cranberry
Accessories:  EK Success 1 1/2" Paper Punch, Paper Studio Scallop Punch, Spellbinders Classic Circles SM, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Spellbinders Labels Fourteen, Ribbon, Pearls, Gold Embossing Powder

Don’t forget to see what the rest of the JustRite team has dreamed up for the blog hop,  here’s the hopping list!

JustRite Blog    http://justritestampers.typepad.com/justrite-inspiration/

Sharon Harnist    http://paperfections.typepad.com/

Becca Feeken    https://www.amazingpapergrace.com/

Kathy Jones    http://inspiredtostamp.blogspot.com/

Debbie Olson    http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/

Kazan Clark    http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Kraft    http://handkraftedbystephanie.blogspot.com/

Angela Barkhouse    http://snippetsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Michele Kovack    http://chelemom.blogspot.com/

Barb Schram    http://barbschram.blogspot.com/

Heidi Blankenship    http://embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/

Sankari Wegman    http://sunnysankari.blogspot.com/

Kellie Fortin     http://www.murdocks.typepad.com/

Thanks for stopping by!!

  • AngelaSeptember 8, 2010 - 9:08 am

    great idea Becca! I love the dollar bins!! We all need a quick and easy project, especially around Christmas time.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie FortinSeptember 8, 2010 - 9:16 am

    Sweet Idea Becca– I must confess I am among the Cardmakers who never has time to send Christmas Cards!! But I am on a mission to send cards this year. A weekly Christmas Hop will certainly help me reach that goal.ReplyCancel

  • RobbieSeptember 8, 2010 - 9:40 am

    Wow!! You are sooo good! Fantastic job and to add your touch to it makes it homemade. Love them (and Michael’s $1 bin).ReplyCancel

  • Ree DonnellySeptember 8, 2010 - 9:42 am

    Amazing, Becca!!ReplyCancel

  • Glenda BrooksSeptember 8, 2010 - 9:44 am

    I love this idea! Kinda like the cooking show…..Semi-Homemade! Beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • LisaSeptember 8, 2010 - 9:49 am

    Okay, love the idea and second really love all of your ribbons. I look at the ribbons just like I look at the paper details. Do you buy them at WalMart and Micheals?ReplyCancel

  • barb schramSeptember 8, 2010 - 9:56 am

    Such a super idea, Becca!!! I love the beauty of the cards, and frugality of the set! Great inpsiration!ReplyCancel

  • janeySeptember 8, 2010 - 9:59 am

    So clever! I love the idea of adding your own emblishments to make the cards your own.

    By the way, Becca, I received my FREE JustRite
    catalog yesterday and have been dreaming and adding up all the things I think I can’t live without (oops – will have to do a little at a time). It didn’t surprise me that I was able to pick out the “Becca” cards without looking at the designer first.

    Thank you for alerting us to the free JustRite catalog and for sharing these projects with us today.ReplyCancel

  • StaceySeptember 8, 2010 - 10:00 am

    They are great…too bad our Michael’s in Puerto Rico got closed out!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi BlankenshipSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:01 am

    Fantastic idea Becca!! I love how you dressed up and embellished these cards! Love the $ bin!! Beautiful cards!!ReplyCancel

  • Regina NSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:06 am

    I love all the things you make I live in NY and am always looking in my Micheal’s bin they never have anything like the things you find maybe it might get better. I was there the other day saw nothing like those card. But of course your are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie WaldtSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:07 am

    Becca: Love these cards and the colors you put with them. One question: What do you do about the signature on the back when you buy the $1 packs cuz it certainly is *magic* to do this.ReplyCancel

  • Cindie DeaseySeptember 8, 2010 - 10:07 am

    Oh how wonderful! I want to run to Michael’s right now – except it is storming really bad.

  • RebekkaSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:12 am

    These are gorgeous..love the bright and beautiful colors.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:15 am

    Awesome idea…..will have to try this…..I love yours…..I just hope that mind turn out just as pretty…thank you for sharing…ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:23 am

    SUPER IDEA!!!!! You did a WONDERFUL job making those store bought goodies EVEN BETTER!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Marge R.September 8, 2010 - 10:23 am

    How truly clever & GORGEOUS — each & every one — LOVE these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fonda TottenSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:30 am

    I love this idea! Thanks Becca for your great inspirations.ReplyCancel

  • EvaSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:31 am

    These are all AMAZING, Becca!!! I love how creative your are with the Spellbinders…you always inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • JenCSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:37 am

    This is fantastic! I may have to do this this year. I know it’s only Sept but I’m already feeling the squeeeeeeeeze on my time to make the 60 Christmas cards that I need to create.
    Thank you for sharingReplyCancel

  • WendySeptember 8, 2010 - 10:44 am

    Wonderful.. Was the cute flourish in the corner already on the card when you bought it?ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie KraftSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:47 am

    What a fabulous idea and gift for friends! Love your use of these inexpensive $1 bin cards!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica MooreSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:49 am

    Excellent idea, anything to save time is a good thing right?ReplyCancel

  • MarisaSeptember 8, 2010 - 11:12 am

    Aren’t you clever! Great dressing up of the dollar bin cards :)ReplyCancel

  • JessicaSeptember 8, 2010 - 11:19 am

    Bee -u-ti-ful!!! I love these cards! You can send ’em my way any time! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Donna RinckelSeptember 8, 2010 - 11:24 am

    What a great idea for those of us who either wait for the last minute or run our of time. I love this idea. Very cute!ReplyCancel

  • BernadetteSeptember 8, 2010 - 11:32 am

    What a GREAT idea. Thanks for sharing it and the wonderful ways you personalized them. Each one is just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • NoreenSeptember 8, 2010 - 11:35 am

    They are all beautiful — lucky girlfriends!ReplyCancel

  • EarlineSeptember 8, 2010 - 11:59 am

    Oh Becca these cards are so beautiful thanks for all you do.ReplyCancel

  • Linda DuensingSeptember 8, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Becca – These are beautiful cards and wish I could be on your list. What a wonder gift. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.ReplyCancel

  • MargieSeptember 8, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    I want to be one of the Becca – girlies!! These are great!
    luv what you do :-))ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda MillerSeptember 8, 2010 - 12:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are great. It’s amazing what you can do with a little imagination. I’ll have to pay more attention to the $1 bin. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne SzaboSeptember 8, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    Once again, you amaze me with creativity! I also will be delving deeper into the $1 bins!ReplyCancel

  • stephanieSeptember 8, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    What an awesome idea. Love your cards.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia from MinnesotaSeptember 8, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    These are darling, what a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • AliciaSeptember 8, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    Love this! They look so elegant wrapped up in those boxes!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah YoungSeptember 8, 2010 - 4:39 pm

    Brilliant! You make it look so easy.ReplyCancel

  • LorettaSeptember 8, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    These cards are so beautiful, once again your work and attention to detail is so fab! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work with us!ReplyCancel

  • Beverley McInnesSeptember 8, 2010 - 5:01 pm

    What a great idea – save time too – but then it does take some deal of imagination on your part to come up with the ‘dressing’ – great job!

  • Sharon HarnistSeptember 8, 2010 - 5:38 pm

    These turned out gorgeous, Becca! I especially like the Hearts Come Home on the Fancy Tags! Your embellishments make these gift sets extra special!ReplyCancel

  • carolyn mSeptember 8, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    Thanks for this great idea. It will save my business a lot of money!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisSeptember 8, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    What a wonderful idea Becca, they are all so pretty and so full of holiday cheer. I also want to add so cleverly done. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • KelleySeptember 8, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    I never would have guessed these had a start in the $1 bin! I haven’t sent cards the last two years! I’m heading to that bin to see what I can find. Thanks for the tip.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy J (Wattle)September 8, 2010 - 7:13 pm

    WOW Becca – so that’s what you did with all that stuff!!!!!! My goodness girl, you’ve made your $1 buys look exquisite, personal and homemade!!! Who wouldn’t adore to get this in their mailbox this Christmas??!!ReplyCancel

  • DeepaSeptember 8, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    Gorgeous! I’m so sad that I can’t browse the $1 spot at Michael’s and find all those new treasures I “had to have” {sniff sniff :( I’m in Korea through the holidays} I hope you’ve collected a lot more treasures for the upcoming weeks – I can’t WAIT to see what you’ll come up with :)ReplyCancel

  • NoelleSeptember 8, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    I picked up some of these cards the other day.

    MMMMMaaaayyybbeeee, this is the “something” that I need. Hope you don’t mind if I steal the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Linda ESeptember 8, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    It is amazing what you find in that Dollar Bin, Becca! Those cards are beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterSeptember 8, 2010 - 10:46 pm

    These look great, terrific way too add your own touches to already made cards!ReplyCancel

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  • Margaret PeltierSeptember 8, 2010 - 11:40 pm

    What a great idea and they are all beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Michele KovackSeptember 9, 2010 - 6:00 am

    You are pure genious Becca!!!! Lovely cards……. : )ReplyCancel

  • LizSeptember 9, 2010 - 7:21 am

    Hi Becca, your project is just gorgeous, love all the rich reds and gorgeous flourishes.ReplyCancel

  • Miss GSeptember 9, 2010 - 7:46 am

    Helloooooooo Becca

    WOW, I stay in the $1.00 bins at Michaels, but I would have never thought to do what you’ve done. Beautiful!!!!

    Hats off to you girl!!!

    Continued blessings upon you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.September 9, 2010 - 8:17 am

    I totally love coming 2 your blog cause you come up with the most clever ideas and no exception here with these $1.00 bins cards. Something I never even thought of doing.
    I’m just going have to check out those bins this weekend.
    Your cards R All Outstanding.
    Thank U 4 sharing your beautiful cards and your fantastic ideas with us.

  • JanneSeptember 9, 2010 - 9:01 am

    AMAZING as always!! Hope all is well with you Becca!ReplyCancel

  • BonnieSeptember 9, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    I love, love your work Becca! These are just gorgeous! Michaels $1.00 items are some of my favorite beginnings for projects. We can all use some time savers at Christmas time!ReplyCancel

  • NatalieSeptember 9, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    I was at Michaels last weekend and I saw these cards (CAD $1.50) and thought I could do something with them. I decided to pass but I take reading your blog today as a confirmation, lol. I’d better pick them up the next time I go to Michaels.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley LeeSeptember 10, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Bought the cards at Michael’s today and can’t wait to embellish them. I use their cards a lot for sets to give to friends. I just add some embellishments, and I have a set of cards. I think these cards are exceptional. They are so pretty. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of them. Thanks for the inspiration, as usual. Have a good week-end.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CAReplyCancel

  • Jessica FickSeptember 10, 2010 - 8:44 pm

    what a beautiful set of cards, Becca! I love your thinking – this is actually how I started cardmaking… tweeking store bought cards! These turned out fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Chris DickinsonSeptember 13, 2010 - 7:54 am

    GORGEOUS BEcca! Have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

  • Mary SSeptember 16, 2010 - 6:44 pm

    Oh, these are beautiful cards! I love what you did to embellish them. I thought I was the only person who buys the $1.00 cards at Michael’s and embellishes them, plus all the other items they have that usually match. If you have a Dollar Tree store near you, they often have similar items as well. :-)ReplyCancel

  • LindaDecember 4, 2010 - 3:14 am

    Thanks for sharing Becca. It is great to see you involved in projects other than Magnolia images all the time. Keep up the GREAT work.
    Linda in OregonReplyCancel