Seasons Greetings

Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using JustRite Snowflake Vintage Labels Seven and Spellbinders
Good morning sweet friends, today draws to a close this months new releases from JustRite Papercraft – lots of eye candy this week right?  Today I have a more traditional Christmas Card to show, with traditional colors of red and gold.   I’m a teensy bit pleased that I have a little stash now.  And yes, it is early but let’s not forget friends, at some point the time passes like the speed of light and by the time you realize it , it’s too late.   I know, I know – it almost seems like perpetual Christmas, but I love it because it brings out the best in people :-)
Now about my card, my sentiment from Snowflake Vintage Labels Seven is stamped on a panel diecut with Vintage Labels Seven.  Peeking out just behind is a layer with Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence.  The next layer is Spellbinders Labels Twenty Five that is embossed with Spellbinders Adorning Labels Twenty Five.  I made by own background by cutting nine of the square motifs from Spellbinders Damask  Motifs and lining them up in a 3 by 3 grid.  Lol – that’s a quick background for when you don’t want to use design paper!  I finished it off with a safety pin that I threaded up with pearls and three jeweled rondelles in Christmas colors.  Snort — it was a great idea until I figured out that I had to disassemble and reassemble to pin to make it happen (yes, this required me to pull out jewelry tools :-))

Rubber Stamps: JustRite Papercraft – Snowflake Vintage Labels Seven
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 80 lb, PTI – Red
Ink: Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder, Hampton Arts – Red
Accessories:  Vintage Labels SevenSpellbinders A2 Divine EloquenceSpellbinders Labels Twenty FiveSpellbinders Adorning Labels Twenty FiveDamask Accents and Motifs, Offray Firefly Gold Ribbon, Paper Studio Pearls, safety pin, Brilliance Rondelles. 

If you haven’t hit up the die sale, it’s done at midnight — just sayin’ :-)


Be sure to pop in and visit the other designers who have creations to show today:
JustRite Inspiration • Becca Feeken • Margie Higuchi • Eva Dobilas • Sheri Holt • Michele Kovack • Heidi Blankenship •  Angela BarkhouseKathy Jones • Darsie Bruno • Kazan Clark  


Question Parking Lot:

Clare W in comment #22 asked how I managed to get the safety pin loaded and put back together without mangling it :-)

Oh Clare, bless your heart….I’m not sure I’d ever do it again because the same thing happened to me.  I’ve found there is no way to recurl the pin so that it looks as good as the original.  I took the other end off – the closure.  I just wriggled it off with jewelry pliers – just twist from side to side (You may be able to twist it off with your hands).  Then I  popped my beads on, popped the closure back on then crimped the closure tight.  Hope this helps!!

  • MaryannJuly 16, 2014 - 9:20 am

    WOUW again you´vwe just made a gorgeous piece of art Becca. Sooo beautifulReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsJuly 16, 2014 - 9:22 am

    I just love the red and gold Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 16, 2014 - 9:26 am

    OH! OH! OH! I LOVE that little safety pin with the jewelry findings!!!! WHAT A NICE embellishment!!!! ;D SUPERB Becca!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) “Merry Christmas” in July from me! LOL It’s the MESSAGE behind Christmas that brings out the best in people! BLESSINGS!!!!!!!!!!:DReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E-TownJuly 16, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Beautiful card! Love your added embellishments, they are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 16, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Oh this is a must try – it’s heavenly – and I have never seen a decorate safety pin before – will have to have a go at that although not sure how you’ve dismantled it and put it back together again – expect I’ll find out when I have a go myself, unless it needs a tutorial perhaps?……ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsJuly 16, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Hi Becca,

    Very elegant card, just love the use of dies on this one, the colour is brilliant. Beautiful.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • ChelseaJuly 16, 2014 - 10:17 am

    OOooh! This one is soooo gorgeous! It has such an elegant Christmas-y feel. I sure have enjoyed these few days of inspiration for Christmas. Thanks, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • margaret driscoll UKJuly 16, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Hello Becca
    Thanks for reminding me about the Damask Motifs, its a Die that I had forgotten….. but now I can see how useful it is!!!
    Love all your inspirational cards
    Thank you
    Take care
    Love MargReplyCancel

  • Blue RoseJuly 16, 2014 - 10:22 am

    I cannot believe this is the end, I have enjoyed every creation that the Design Team has conjured…all so gorgeous in their own rite. Your card is amazing, love the homemade background…glad you told us how. Very gorgeous card, love the bow…love everything. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • MyraJuly 16, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Hi Becca,
    What a lovely card – really Christmassy! I too love that little safety pin! My eagle eyes honed in on that straight away. Not sure how it works – no jewellery tools here. I will give it a go anyway.
    I really like the lovely Sentiments on the Justrite stamps – they are always different .
    Thanks Becca!
    Love MyraReplyCancel

  • CynthiaJuly 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

    It’s beautiful, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs BJuly 16, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Hi Becca. Beautiful card, I love the safety pin embellishment. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)July 16, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    You have some very blessed family and friends who are going to receive one of your fabulous creations!
    Love the little pin!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonJuly 16, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    Hi Becca. Another beautiful card. I love your damask motif square background – fabulous idea, and your bejewelled safety pin is so sweet. Thanks for sharing :-) Hugs xxReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenJuly 16, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    Good evening Becca,
    What a beautiful card, and a brilliant idea to use the square from the Damask Motifs for the background. I’ve had this set for ages and never used that particular die. A fact that I’m about to change when I’ve finished this post!!
    I’ve also got my pliers out and a few safety pins to practice on – I’d better put a sign on my craft room door saying “Danger – Maureen on a roll”.
    Thank you so much for the ideas and inspiration.
    Take care and God bless xxReplyCancel

  • MildredJuly 16, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    Gorgeous card. Love your 3×3 background grid.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronJuly 16, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    I don’t believe it..! Did you say “Snort”?… You must be feeling really good about getting that little stash of Christmas Cards together… Your sense of humor has been peaking out of its hiding place lately. You are always gracious and charming; now we have to add funny to the list. What a gal…ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJuly 16, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    Very nice Becca. I keeping telling myself that I need to staart some christmas cards. With all the work we are doing to our home,it does not leave much time to stamp.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkJuly 16, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your talents with us followers. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Gould in AustraliaJuly 16, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Awesome…. so beautiful. I would like to go on your Christmas card list!!!!! Let me know if you would like my address. :) lol

  • Dorina DJuly 16, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    Beautiful, rich looking card. Love that vintage snowflake stamp. Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 17, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Me again Becca – I’ve been having a go at that lovely beaded safety pin – I assume you are opening the pin, uncurling the looped end of wire, putting the beads on and then curling it back up again – this is the bit I am having difficulty with! It doesn’t resemble a safety pin by the time I’ve finished with it! Any tips please? the only other way I can think of doing it is opening the pin and putting beads on the open side thereby not needing to uncurl the looped wire end and perhaps secure the beads with a tiny pinch bead. Your help/advice would be appreciated. In anticipation many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Blue RoseJuly 17, 2014 - 11:42 am

    I was just wondering, how did you adhere the square motifs? They look like they are raised…right? I wanted to give this a go, since I do have that die, but when I re-read your recipe, it was not mentioned. Please help…thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenJuly 17, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Hi Becca.
    I just thought I’d let you know that I did my version of this card last night and it’s stunning BUT I did the same as Clare and my pin was a disaster. I;ve read your post on what you did so I’m off now to try that way, thanks,ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 17, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    Hi Becca – thanks for your response to my question – makes feel much better knowing you’ve had the same trouble and it wasn’t only me! – well I’ve tried the wiggling with pliers technique – 1st attempt was on a silver pin – I broke the closure off the wire – completely severed it. Then I tried a brass pin and wiggled more gently and… bingo – it worked!!!!!! pin came off the closure cleanly – so many thanks – although still got to bead it up and get it back together! I suppose that’s why they are called safety pins. If all else fails I’ll revert to the crimp bead on the open side. Many thanks for your response – appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 17, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    Me yet again – just read Maureen Killen’s comment above – how is yours going Maureen?..ReplyCancel

  • DominikaJuly 17, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Absolutely stunning card!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJuly 18, 2014 - 2:46 am

    Hi Becca, Another beautiful card, gorgeous colours, fabulous compilation and stunning bow, I love this !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenJuly 18, 2014 - 6:30 am

    Hello Clare,
    Well my pin is done and dusted, although the longest part was finding the best beads, not too big so that the pin wouldn’t fasten but not too small so that they looked like fleas on an elephant! Dead chuffed with the result. I’ll only give cards with these on to people who will appreciate them. Once did a pergamano card for my brother-in-law, a full sailed galleon ship with all the rigging. Loads of cutting out and took me nearly a week of evenings to do it. He said it was “Quite nice” and threw it in the bin!! Never again.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenJuly 18, 2014 - 8:38 am

    P.s. Clare, forgot to say the end of the pin when loosened was slightly bent to fit into the closure part, so I had to straighten that, slide on the beads, and then slightly bend it again. Hope you understand x.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 18, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Hi Maureen! (Becca – hope you dont mind us using your blog to converse re our beaded pin issues)… yes I have done one also! Like you the pins size and bead size ratio seems an issue though – I used a 23mm pin and 6mm rondelle spacers – think a 27mm pin with 4mm rondelle spacers would work beter but seeings I have neither at the mo I’ll have to wait to try that until the ones I’ve ordered come. Completely understand your PS above although I didn’t need to straighten the pin as my beads were bigger than yours I reckon – they are a bit of a fiddle to do but worth it I think – so eye catching – want to do a batch of them when my bits come so they are ready and waiting to go as n when required. I have some little jingle bells that I thought I could hang one from, in the middle say, so when the card is opened it jingles – if they are in scale with the pin we shall see – at least we’ve both managed to get something that resembles Becca’s now, thanks to her help – thanks Becca – so chuffed I managed to do one – it was feeling like a materclass in how to mangle a safety pin so it’s unrecognisable until Becca’s much needed guidance. What would we do without you Becca? It will make beaded stickpins seem like a doddle now!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenJuly 18, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Clare, brilliant idea about the bells, I’ll give it a go, should look fab.
    Thanks Becca for being able to swap ideas on your blog.ReplyCancel

  • JenniferJuly 19, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Hi Becca
    Your cards continue to amaze me, so, so beautiful, from your design, to your techniques brilliant x x xReplyCancel