Nov 17 2009

JustRite November Release Blog Hop

It’s Hip to be Square! Well, with the NEW JustRite Square Monogram products, it certainly IS Hip to be Square.

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I had a specific purpose in mind when I set out to create today’s project. I have over 100 people on my Christmas card list, and as much as I’d love to make them each a hand made card, I just can’t due to time constraints. I sent out many store-bought cards last year (hanging my head in shame — LOL!). Well, this year I JUST may be able to make those 100+ cards if I continue in the same vein as today’s project. Takea look at my cards and I’ll explain to you what I’ve done to make these SUPER quick and simple.

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Has anyone been shopping at Wal-Mart lately? The base card isin a boxed set of 18 I purchased there. I made the small panels to adhere on the front, giving my cards that totally hand made feel!

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My panels were made using the NEW JustRite 2″ Square Monogram Stamper and a border from the NEW 2″ Square Decorative Frames (contains 6 square borders). And rather than do a monogram in the center, I chose to use one of the Christmas centers from A Merry Little Christmas. It works perfectly here and I loved how the scrolled lines on the center mimicked the design on the frame itself.

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Here’s a clearer view of the stamper, frames and center.

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And here’s a look at the cards I purchased as a boxed set of 18 from Wal-Mart for $5.00. The interesting thing about these cards is that they are designed to have a photo adhered in the center, with sticky tape stripes included. Also the design is such that it isinneed ofa focal image, SO rather than a photo, I figured I could make a focal image and turn these very quickly into hand-made cards for Christmas.

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These are the 3 little focal image panels I made. They measure 3 x 4.25″. A nice small and very do-able little piece, even if you may have large quantities to make. The overall card is 5.25 x 7.75″.

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As luck would have it, SU’s Close to Cocoa cardstock was a perfect match to these purchased cards — a total bonus!!! I love the POP created by using the pure white cardstock against the Close to Cocoa and the pure white 100% Silk Ribbon. My bows are made using the Bow Easy, and the how-to for this fun and flirty ribbon treatment can be seen here. My focal image is stamped in VersaMark and gold embossed, then cut with my Classic Square Nestabilities by Spellbinders. My Close to Cocoa andWhite rectangular mats are merely cut on my paper cutter.

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This card was done in horizontal orientation. That was another thing I loved about these particular cards — you could use them either vertically or horizontally and they *worked* due to the way the text is on the card front. Thesentiment inside is printed in a square perimeter format, so the inside *works* as well in either orientation — so that was a fun feature using these cards.

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These 2 cards were done in a vertical orientation. The measurements for all three panels shown today are the same. The only difference is the placement of the stamped focal image and the ribbon within that basic rectangular frame.

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Here’s a graphic of the product used — the NEW 2″ Square Stamperpurchased alone ($9.95),and the NEW 2″ Square Decorative Frames (contains 6 borders)($12.95). Border enables use of 6 or 15pt font to create custom sayings. 2″ and 1 5/8″ Centers fit in the center area. These items can be purchased individually as show above, OR they can also be purchased within a kit, shown below:

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The NEW 2″ Square Monogram Kit ($24.95)contains the 2″ Wood Stamper,four 2″ Square Decorative Frames and 95pt uppercase Special Occasions font set (36pcs), 50pt uppercase Spec Occ font set (92pcs), and an uppercase 15pt Spec Occ font set (264pcs) thats 392 characters!

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Shopping:

JustRite Stampersfor the entire line of JustRite Product, including the items featured on today’s project: 2″ Square Stamper, 2″ Square Decorative Frames, A Merry Little Christmas.

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store carries these items used on today’s project:

2″ Square Stamper, 2″ Square Decorative Frames, A Merry Little Christmasall by JustRite

100% White Silk Ribbon byMay Artsin 1.25″ and 1/4″ widths and the Bow Easy

VersaMark Ink

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Now, make sure you check out all the fabulous inspiration on these blogs! I can’t wait to see what everyone has done!

Starting off at the JustRite Blog

Barb Schram

Debbie Olson

Heidi Blankenship

Kathy Jones

Kellie Fortin

Angela Barkhouse

Lauren Meader

Lisa Somerville

Michele Kovack

Michelle Wooderson

Sharon Harnist

Sharon Johnson(that’s me!)

Thanks for taking the time to stop in today! Have fun checking out all the wonderful samples provided in the links above. Wishing you a wonderful autumn day and see you real soon!

27 responses so far

27 Responses to “JustRite November Release Blog Hop”

  1. Jerri Kay says:

    What a great idea. My husband asked me to make Christmas cards for his office and I said, no time! Wow, now this is quick and easy, and wouldn’t take up much time, I’ll have to re-think his request. These are gorgeous!

  2. Bev J. says:

    Now how smart is that? Great to keep your eyes open when shopping-great “redoing” ideas out there. Love your redone cards!

  3. Lenoria says:

    Wow, how smart!! They look gorgeous and handmade.

  4. Beautiful Sharon, what a great way to give store bought cards that homemade look!

  5. Love your altered CHristmas Cards!! Love how you made making all your Christmas Cards so easy!! Your bows are always so gorgeous!!

  6. Shawna says:

    LOVE these! Altering a store-bought card is genius and this idea will help so many time-pressed ladies. BUT, I also love the cocoa color. A very unexpected shade for Christmas and that white bow is the perfect accent. Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea.

  7. Rose Ann says:

    All of your cards are soooo beautiful, Sharon!!

  8. Marisa says:

    How cleaver you are. I was going to comment on the DP you used as I love it and lone behold it is an actual card already LOL! Love how you dressed them up and made them look home made! Fabulous set 😀

  9. Deb Saaranen says:

    So pretty! I love the chocolate/cocoa tones! Can’t wait to play with this new set!

  10. Holly says:

    Beautiful and elegant.

  11. Sharon, what a Fabulous idea!! Your cards are Beautiful! I love how you altered them! I think I will be making a trip to WM!!

  12. stephanie says:

    Beautiful. Love the stamp and the wide ribbon.

  13. Terrific idea! Your cards are wonderful!!

  14. More creative projects! I love them!

    Barbara Diane

  15. Barbara says:

    Oh How clever of you!! I love the idea ! And the cards are lovely
    If you want something done, give the job to a busy woman. She will figure out a way. LOL
    JustRite stamps and some beautiful ribbon and voil hand made cards 🙂

  16. cazzy says:

    Wow, I love your colours and the designs of your cards.

    Cazzy x

  17. Phyllis M. says:

    Love your cards and how you used the stamps on them. Great idea and simply enough to make too. Thanks for sharing. Phyllis M.

  18. Wonderful idea, Sharon — these definitely don’t look store bought with your fabulous touches!

  19. lisa808 says:

    Beautifully altered project!

  20. Now that is what I call Stamping Simply and making it look EXTRAORDINARY!!!! My gosh these are just gorgeous!!!!

  21. Cathy Hughes says:

    I guess I am on my way to Wal-Mart….awesome cards!

    Cathy Hughes

  22. Michele says:

    Beautiful AND economical!!!

  23. Lynne Phelps says:

    What a great idea! The time you have saved on the card base can be spent on the personal elements. Great job!

  24. christine says:

    These are beautiful in the unexpected Christmas colors!!!

    Blessings,
    Christine

  25. Hi Sharon,
    I LOVE how you made the store-bought cards “your own” – I never would have thought of doing that! And so easy. I really love these new square JustRite stampers too. It’s so nice to visit here – I get so many ideas that are inspirational, practical AND beautiful 🙂

  26. Kathie says:

    A gorgeous card Sharon! I have altered cards also and it is a time saver with great results I think. I like buying notecards at Walmart and making them “my own” and they make a great gift set to give away when finished! Another Christmas gift idea!
    TFS

  27. Susan says:

    What great cards – I really like the base card from Walmart and your additions have made them totally unique.
    Anyone receiving one of these cards will feel very special.

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