Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
It's been awhile since I posted a card but for good reasons. My hubby, sons and their families all went to Hawaii for Christmas. It was something out of the norm for us. My hubby wanted to take me for my birthday in September and then our kids found out and they wanted to go as well. So we planned it for Christmas.
We went to the island of Kauai. It was such a wonderful family time and definitely not long enough. We stayed only a week, but 10 days would have been better. Don't know if we will ever go back there again but it was a birthday present to remember.
I will post some pictures later because  I want to move onto my blog post for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog. Let's get started with some details on my card.
I returned home to find that I received a few Christmas cards from friends that I didn't send one to. So I decided to make a few quick New Years cards. I am using the Happy New Year Greeting die. It has such a beautiful font and it is still on sale for 25% off in the online store.

Step 1: I knew I wanted the die to be the star of this card so I chose cardstock and a subtle patterned paper. The paper reminded me of fireworks and that works perfectly for the clean and simple card I am showing today. It is from the Stampin'-Up Year of Cheer collection.
Black Cardstock Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Pearl Metallic layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Year of Cheer Designer Paper: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 2: I cut my Happy New Year Greeting from black cardstock. I thought it would be striking against the patterned paper. Sometimes on certain dies I use a precision base plate with my Big Shot. It cuts the more detailed dies very easily.
The die cut removes from the die itself with very little effort on my part. I also have a metal shim but I like the precision base plate better. This plate gives you the exact sandwich you should use when cutting with your Big Shot.

I cut 2 of the greeting because I wanted it to stand out on the card.
Step 3: Started the card assembly. I attached the New Year Greeting with thin rolled up glue dots. It gave the greeting the dimension I was also looking for on my card.

Once I attached the panels and the die, it just didn't seem quite finished to me. Tried sequins in several different colors then finally decided on the black rhinestones. It added the extra pop that I wanted. They already had adhesive so it made them easy to scatter around the card.
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time .......God Bless.
Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Crafter's Castle has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Just Us Girls has a word week anything goes challenge.
3.  Krafty Katz has an anything goes challenge


  1. A lovely die and a brilliant card - perfect for those Christmas misses! Sounds like a fab family holiday in a fantastic destination, Jx

  2. Hawaii for Christmas...that must have been a wonderful family vacation. I have never been there but maybe some day. I love your card...the fireworks background is perfect and I like that you add the black rhinestones because they were the perfect finishing touch! Thank you for entering Crafter's Castle Challenge...good luck :) Hugs...Janie

  3. Lovely creation Mary...the background is so pretty and I love the sentiment too! Thanks so much for linking up this week at JUGS!

  4. Such a fabulous New Year Card!

  5. Beautiful New Year's card Mary! So glad you all enjoyed your trip to Kauai. Can't wait to see photos. Happy New Year and keep warm. Aloha from Hawaii.

  6. So pretty with the silver and black. Thanks for joining in at JUGS

  7. Love the Card... The sentiment goes perfectly well with the background... Thank You for joining us at the Crafter's Castle ATG Challenge. - Priya Satish DT Crafter's Castle



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