Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Card Blog Hop

Today, just in time to be featured on the Christmas Card Blog Hop, I've finished an ambitious Christmas card and all of its instructions. So pull up a chair and I'll show you a great little slider card where you can put a greeting or a recipe (as I did) or even a gift ($$) card. Use your imagination!

Don't miss the info on CardMonkey's special blog candy for today's hoppers! Scroll down!!

Here is the basic recipe for this slider card:

Solid cardstock (heavyweight) cut to 8.5"wide x 7.5"high. Shown here in red

Solid contrasting cardstock (mid-to-heavyweight) cut to 3.75"wide x 6.5"high. Shown here in cream

Patterned holiday paper (light-to-mid weight) cut to 3.5"wide x 6"high. Shown here with holly leaves

Gingerbread men/ladies: One large, 3 medium. I cut the large one shown here using an old Sizzix die. I cut the medium ones shown here using a QuikCutz man/lady set (2x2).

Other items to embellish your card and gingerbread men/ladies. I used rick-rack at the bottom, which I embellished with gold Stickles. The large gingerbread man is holding a sign made using a Whiff of Joy stamp/die set, a toothpick and a bead to cap the toothpick. He is also decorated using a Martha Stewart holly punch, pink dots punched with a regular hole punch and dotted with pink Stickles; black pearls for his eyes; and a bow.

I created the "Gingerbread Greetings" banner using Adobe Illustrator software on my computer; I colored it with Copic markers.

On the slider insert, I placed a recipe for Gingerbread cookies.

If you would like specific instructions on how to make this slider card, just leave a comment and let me know ... I don't want to get overly detailed here during the hop. But if you want an illustrated guide including score lines, how to make the gingerbread man slide, etc., I'd be happy to post instructions on another post off-hop. Be sure to check back in ... or send an e-mail to me at (Update on Saturday night! After more than 50 requests for them, I've posted the complete instructions here on the blogsite, on a separate page marked: "Requested Tutorials: Slider Cards." Go back to the home page, and look at the right hand column, top, and click on the new page.)

Special CHRISTMAS CARD BLOG HOP candy is being offered by CardMonkey as your reward for staying out of the mall, and joining us today!

Here's what you can win: Your very own custom-made Koozie Cover for your Cricut Expression!! Yes, yes, yes! CardMonkey will venture over to her sewing machine and make for one lucky winner a dustcover for your Expression, made in the complementing color of your choice, embroidered with the name of your choice! Keep it or give it away to your favorite Cricuteer ... makes a terrific, custom Christmas gift!

How to win:

1. "Follow" this blog for one chance to win.

2. Add a comment to this post for a second chance to win. Please let me know you're a follower in your post so I know you joined in. We all like affirmation, so let me know what you think of this card.

3. Link to the CardMonkey blog in your website or blog for a third chance to win, and let me know about it.

Okay, now on to the hop!! Here is your next stop in the hop (click the name):


If you've happened upon CardMonkey randomly and haven't started at the top, here's the official entrance ... go to:

Crafty Card Gallery

If you're hopping around, here are the other participants with links to their blogs in case you've gotten lost along the way. There are some of my very favorite bloggers included, so you're bound to enjoy!

Shawn (YAY, for!!)







Kinder Stampo






Jessica Lynn

Miss Adri


















Tanya said...

Your slider card is really cute! I am a new follower :)

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Theresa said...

I'm a new follower, and I love your card..such a wonderful job..thanks so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Happy Holidays!

What an adorable project. THANK YOU so much for sharing it with me. I love it! I am also a new follower!

Jessica Lynn

Darline said...

WOW!! Your gingerbread card is amazing! I don't know that I could replicate it but I LOVE it & would love to know the specifics :) Following your blog, too! Thanks for sharing!!!

wilder4ga at comcast dot net

Shawn Mosch said...

As always I love your cards!

Ashley Nicole said...

The card is absolutely amazing, I love it. I'm a new follower to your blog and I love your page already.

jandbmom said...

Love the slider card idea! Very cute.

Anonymous said...

I love this card what a good idea I will be back for the instructions

scrapaholicjen said...

I love your card - so adorable! Thank you for the chance to win the Cricut cover - I would LOVE one of those!
I'm your newest follower!
qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca


I'm a follower come and visit me
I would love my very own custom-made Koozie Cover for your Cricut Expression!!
Rebecca Minor
buzzybeedesigns AT yahoo DOT com

Missy said...

Love the card, the gingerbread man is sooo cute. I also love all the monkey business going on, on your blog. TFS and doing the BH.

New follower

helloholley said...

Wow,Wow,wow!!! Your card is amazingly adorable and soooo totally cute!!! ;)
Happy Hoppin'

Unknown said...

I am a new follower, just wanted to say your slider card is fantastic, and would love to see more on how it was made!! Thanks

Melanie Holzwarth said...

Your card is just lovely, I can't believe I missed your blog for this long. I am a new follower so I won't miss a thing from now on. Happy Holidays.

Scrappily Ever After Blog

Joanne Travis said...

Love the gingerbreadmen!! One of my favorite holiday decorations and treats.

Giselle said...


Hannah's Stampin' Nana said...

Wow, I love this slider card, so cute..I hve become a follower and glad I did,I enjoy your creativity :-)

lostnwa98 at frontier dot com

Sandy said...

Awww who doesn't love a gingerbread man!! :)

Carol's Place said...

I am a new follower! I love your card that is so cute. The cricut cover is awesome that would look so much better than the towel I use. Pretty nifty there. I have just started a blog it is I havent't done much but next week I am in a blog hop and I will have some blog candy too. Please stop by. Have fun.

Debbie said...

Your card is so cute! I just love the gingerbread man!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wonderful card and great Hop! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Scrappers' Ranch said...

WOW... I love this card.. Love to see someone still using their sizzix.
I am a new follower of your blog, and I have added your cute little monkey blinky to my side bar of my blog,come check it out sometime.
(my expression is getting cold, she would love a "blankie"
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie Cantu

Melissa said...

LOVE your slider card!


Melissa said...

I just became a new follower and I would love to win a custom made Cricut cover! How wonderfully generous of you!!!!


Carley said...

Oh I love this card I am so wanting detailed instructions so I will email you soon! I love the cover I wish I knew how to make them they are super cute!

Carley said...

I am a new follower I am so glad you are joining us for this fun blog hop! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful card!

Melissa said...

I just linked your blog by grabbing your button blinkie and adding it to my blog sidebar! Crossing my fingers and toes that I win a custom made Cricut cover!


Anonymous said...

I am new follower! :)what a awesome card! Would love to see how you made it :) I need details


Jennifer said...

Love the slider card. Great instructions. I'll have to try it sometime! I can't believe I wasn't already a follower - I am now! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

Cards and Crafts by Sheree said...

Really like the card. Can you send ins tructions or make some on another post? I would love to make this for my son. I just became a follower, and since I do not have a blog to post to, I put you on my home google page! Thank you for doing this bloghop!

Lisa J said...

Your gingerbread man is so stinkin cute! This card just screams cuteness!


Suella said...

Love Gingerbread men, awesome card, follower! TFS

Lynn said...

That is an incredible card! I can see a lot of hard work went into this! TFS!

Lynn said...

Oh, yes, I joined as a follower! Very nice blog!

Anna said...

What an awesome card/recipe holder Love it and would love the instructions for it please. Awesome!!!
Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Anna said...

I am now a follower. Great blog.
Great giveaway.
Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Lolis said...

Love your card! I just became a follower and I'm sharing your blog in my blog and facebook. I hope I win. TFS

Trisha said...

Love your card. So cute. I just became a follower. I don't have my own blog so I can't help you there. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.


Georgiana said...

Glad I found you today. I did all my shopping yesterday, so I had time! Your gingerbread card is very impressive! That Cricut cover is wonderful...I would love to have one! I already know what color and what I would have printed on it. :)

When you get a chance, please stop by.

Georgiana said...

Just wanted to let you know I did add your blinkie to my side bar.


crafty queen said...

I love the slider card. Can't wait to try and make one. Thanks

gdobberteen at yahoo dot com

crafty queen said...

I have become a new follower. Glad I have!!!

Unknown said...

Great card!! I bacame a follower, added you to by blog and am leaving a comment!! Thanks!!

csparky61 said...

What a cute idea and the card itself is sooo adorable. Ginger cookies are my favorite!

Cathy S said...

Oh the possibilities for the slider choices, love your card and will be following your site to see what other ideas you have to share. Thank you.
Cathy S

Susan L said...

Not only am I follower, I LOVE your card. I love Gingerbread people and this is wonderful.

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Ellen your slider card is really nice, love it!

Paula Puckett said...

Your slider card is very nice! the gingerbread man looks scrumpious! He's just adorable

Paula Puckett said...

Oh yes, I'm a new follower too!

janeskeepsakes said...

I love your slider card. It is beautiful. You are very creative.

scrapstampcrazy said...

I loved your gingerbread men. I am a new follower.

forpahl5 said...

Cute card! Thanks for the chance to win!


Anonymous said...

I love your card, it is a one of a kind, darling!!

Anonymous said...

I am also a New Follower!! TFS!!

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog, but I shared your link on my FB page, I hope that counts!!! Thanks again!!

Josie0602 said...

I adore gingerbread men and your card is so cute!!

I am following your blog!

jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

Courtney said...

This is stinking adorable!!! Love it!


LeslieRahye said...

cute card! Thanks for sharing the technique!

Unknown said...

What a cute card, I love gingerbread men

jennyplace2 said...

I am now a follower and would love for you to do the same.

jennyplace2 said...

Also wanted to let you know I love your card! It is so stinkin cute!

Unknown said...

Love the card!! The gingerbread man is sooo cute!!


Shawnee said...

I love this card. Thank you for sharing the instructions with us. The gingerbread man is soo adorable!


Janice said...

I love the slider card. I am a new follower and will certainly be trying my skills on one soon.

Ronda S said...

Love gingerbread men and yours is adorable! I'm a new follower AND have just gotten a cricut the cover would be wonderful!


Paula said...

Hi Ellen
dont know where to start, firstly I want to say how fantastic your card is for the 'hop'
I just love it

then I want to say 'a cover for the cricut??? - didnt know you could get those and now I NEED one, althought its normally in use!

your blog is amazing and I am now a follower

thanks for your inspiration
Paula xx

Brenda said...

Love your blog and thanks for the instructions on your card, I really like it. And thanks for a chance to win a cozy. Have a great Holiday Season.

Liset Villarino said...

Hello, I just love, love, love that card and thank you so much for the tutorial. I am a new follower. I will also be linking your page on my blog.
thanks so much for sharing

scrapperbecka said...

I love your card, it is so cute. TFS the instructions and for the great giveaway. I can't wait to see what you make in the future, I am now a follower.

creations by jackie said...

MmmGood,love Ginger Bread Men, and yours is delicious and you add such lushious candy too boot.

Laura said...

I am a follower, i love this card... thanks for the instructions i love that gingerbread guy...

Jamie said...

oh my goodness girl! This card is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I may attempt to recreate something using this set up. Thank you so much for sharing! I'm now a follower and would LOVE to win one of those beautiful covers!! Thank you for the give a way


Debbie H said...

Ellen, That card is just the cutest!! I have that gingerbread die too! I'd love to make it for my gingerbread crazy sister! TFS!

Heather said...

I love your cute little gingerbread man! I am a new follower!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

ColleenS said...

Your card is amazing. I am a new cricut owner and am just getting into making cards. That is my project for gifts this year. I have never seen the blog hops and hope to catch more of them. Thanks for sharing and thanks for a chance to win a cozy for my favorite piece of

Lisa said...

I LOVE your card, it is very cute! I signed up to be a follower as well!
top29gun at gmail dot com

Debbie said...

very cute card thanks for sharing and a chance to win Debbie

LesleyfromWI said...

Cute card...I am a new follower!