Crafts

Hosting a Creative Card Making Party

My birthday was two weeks ago, and I wanted a fun way to celebrate. I thought the perfect way to honor becoming another year older, was by doing what I love, paper crafting! I invited to my home, a few ladies from church and my sister. I really enjoy smaller, more intimate gatherings. Its less hectic to plan, and host, and gives everyone the chance to talk to each other. I recommend no more than six guests.

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are beautiful, and relaxing. The weather is perfect, and I fell in love with my husband on an indian summer afternoon in October. Summer is nearly over, which is why I decided the theme of my party was going to be autumn. A little early, but I’m getting ahead start.

Food

I kept it simple and low cost with the food. My party wasn’t until after dinner, at seven. I provided light snacks. You can serve up to four to five guests with very few fruits and vegetables. I provided a variety of four from each group. I shopped at the dollar store for festive leaf designed plates and napkins.

To satisfy everyones sweet tooth, I made cream cheese chocolate chip dip.

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Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Dip Recipe:

Ingredients:

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/4 TSP. vanilla

2 TBS. brown sugar

3/4 cup confectioner sugar

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Beat softened cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy. Slowly add the sugars until they are completely blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Serve immediately or refriderate in closed container. Serve with gram crackers or vanilla wafers.

Drinks

Don’t go overboard with a large selection. My guests only drank water. I provided beverages that I usually drink, just in case there were any leftover.

Now, on to the fun part, card making!

Tools Needed:

Tape Runner Adhesive

Liquid Glue

Scissors

Adhesive Foam Tabs

Sizzix Big Kick

Season of Thanks

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Supplies List:

Orange, brown, and white card stock

Season of Thanks Wood Rubber Stamp

Tall Wheat Wood Rubber Stamp 

Antique Linen Distress Ink

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Pumpkin Embellishments

Foam Adhesives

I can’t take full credit for these cards. All of the designs I acheived were from Pinterest. I found inspiration for this first card made by Theresa on Crafting The Web. I’m really happy I was able to find similar materials to recreate this awesome design! The pumpkins I used are actually cupcake picks from Hobby Lobby. I pulled the stick out, and trimmed around the edges. I created some depth by attaching one of the pumpkins with foam adhesive squares. I stamped the wheat and season of thanks with antique linen and walnut stain distress ink.

Sending Happy Thoughts

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Supplies List:

White Card Stock

Autumn Glitter Card Stock 

5/8″ x 9′ Brown Ribbon

Layered Flowers Clear Stamps Set

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Fall Foliage Thinlits Die Set

When I saw this leaf card made by Susan, I fell in the love with the design. I knew I had to make my own. This card is quick and easy! A die cutting machine is required to make this. I rolled the front of the card through my Big Kick machine, using leaves from the fall foliage set, and stamped the greeting, sending happy thoughts, from the layered flowers stamp set. I wrapped brown plaid ribbon around the front and tied a knot.

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My friend, Gail, chose a different greeting for this card

Thinking of You

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Supplies List:

Green, Brown and Cream Card Stock

Wood Planks Paper

Tree Die

Thinking of You Stamp

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Lettering Wood Rubber Stamp

Adhesive Foam

Staples (optional)

This tree card was made with Sizzix thinlits tree and bird die, but, unfortunately its discontinued. You can find similar tree dies from Spellbinders. For simple appeal, I added two staples using Tim Holtz’s tiny attacher.

Blooming Sunflower

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Supplies List:

Brown Card Stock

Burlap Sheet

3D Sunflower Stickers

Natural Raffia

All of my cards are 5 x 6.5 inches, except this one. Its 4.25 x 5.5 inches. My inspiration for this card came from Bonnie at Stamping with Klass. I love how simple this design is. The sunflower against the burlap is perfect. It’s not autumn without creating rustic!

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My friend, Jenny, made a variation of the sunflower card

Wooden Pumpkin Crate

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Supplies List:

Cream and Orange Card Stock

Wood Planks Paper

Stampin Up! Sizzix Crate Die set

Hello Doily Die Set

Mini Pumpkins

Natural Raffia (optional)

Pumpkin Embellishemnt & tooth pick (optional)

The wooden crate die used in this craft is from the current catalog of Stampin’ Up! We filled our crates with small foam pumpkins. I found a mixture of pumpkins and pinecones in the fall section of Hobby Lobby. It was my husbands idea to write a price with a Sharpie pen. This cute little decoration is the perfect addition to your desk, or window sill in your kitchen.

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My friend, Gail, piled her crate full of pinecones and raffia

Treat Boxes

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Supplies List:

Green and Brown Card Stock

Leaves paper Sheet

Scalloped Gable Bigz Die

Tags and Words with Stamps Die Set

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Brown and Green Ribbon

I couldn’t let my lovely friends leave without a treat to take home! I made these mini gift bags to show my appreciation for them, taking time out of their busy lives, to spend quality time together. God has blessed me with such kind hearted women and the best sister! I filled these with hard candies, Werther’s caramels, and cinnamon apple Lipton tea bags.

Thank you

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A simple thank you card works just as well. Be sure to thank your guests for taking time out of their schedules to spend the day with you. Nothing beats quality time with your closest friends.

Free Giveaway!

I have two card kits available. Each kit contains materials for the four autumn cards pictured above. The first two people to comment and hashtag #freefallgiveaway will receive. Open to USA residences only.

Enjoy the week ahead and smile!

7 thoughts on “Hosting a Creative Card Making Party

  1. Very nice cards! Couldn’t pick out a favorite because I love them all! Great job with easy instructions. Love the personal touch with sharing your own life experiences!

    1. Thank you! I haven’t had much experience with paint yet. I’m such a perfectionist! I’ve had many mess ups and little patience lol …You should try the dip! I always make it when I host 🙂

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