Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Holiday Photo Finishers

Where do I even start tonight? There is so much to say about the new Papertrey Ink Holiday Photo Finishers. Have to collect my thoughts. OK...so here's the deal. I'm a Shutterfly girl. I get pre-printed photo cards with extra photos and messages printed inside (I believe they are called Storybook cards). It's been a bit of a no-brainer for me. Easy-piesy lemon squeezy...they are done without much hassle. But I've always felt just a wee bit guilty not making something homemade. I'm mean...come on...I'm the professional crafty type. Where's the love when I really need to show it? Reminds me of the cobbler's children going without shoes and all.

This year, I'm going homemade. And that's because of this set of stamps and the dies. Oh...and the fabulous tri-fold card! I'm a bit wordy when it comes to catching everybody up to our yearly activities. And there is nothing I like better than getting a nice letter in the mail from loved ones and holiday time. The tri-fold lets me be wordy and crafty and just a wee bit clever because it is so darn easy. Let me show you.

Here's the photo front of my card. I used Dawn's Candy Cane Christmas paper and stamped with this lovely sentiment. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these dies. So many uses. The embossed lines are so money.

Just for a bit of crafty goodness--not much mind you, this has to be easy to make it multiples--felt holly leaves. The glittery center "berry" is from some Stickopatomus stickers I got at Michael's.

Flip the card over and you have a sentiment from Inside/Out: Holiday. It fits inside the Mat Stack 1 Layerz. Additional holly serve as brackets. As a personal touch, I signed our name.

For the first flip of the card, you get a photo of my favorite buddy and a little ditty about him. I created all of this on my computer (including the red label) and just printed it out on printer paper.

When opened all the way, photos and info for the rest of us. A few holly just for color. All four "people panels" were printed on one sheet of paper. How easy would it be to print as many as you needed? Really, most of the work is done at once on these. Multiples are easy when you print and cut the majority of it and just add a few special paper crafting touches.

For another project, I went with something non-holiday themed and used Flutterby Friend. Did I mention I love the Photo Finisher dies? Imagine the possibilities. There are so many sentiments that fit in them. This one is from Little Labels.

A close up. There's the Mat Stack 1 shape. Which had me pulling out Mat Stack 1 Collection to reinforce the theme. Fits nicely.

There's a bow from Maile's Bells & Boughs. Oh my good gravy. Those bows are on a lot of my projects this month. The perfect touch for somebody who doesn't use a lot of ribbon.

I hope you are as excited as I am over this set this month. And are already thinking about your holiday cards. Start them now--avoid the stress and rush in December. And kick back with a mug of hot chocolate instead of pulling your hair out trying that done during the hustle and bustle of the holiday.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else's projects. Down right giddy about it. Hop on over to see what they are up to as well:

Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Lisa Johnson
Melissa Phillips
Michelle Wooderson
Maile Belles
Danielle Flanders


Holiday Card

Stamps: Holiday Photo Finishers, Inside/Out: Holiday, Library Ledger Year Additions
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse
PTI Tri-fold card
Dies: Mat Stack II Layerz, Holly Jolly
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado
Patterned Paper: Candy Cane Christmas
Felt: Simply Chartreuse
Other: Digital labels (my own design), glitter epoxy stickers by Stickopatomus

Hello Friend

Stamps: Flutterby Friends, Bells & Boughs, Mat Stack 1 Collection, Little Labels
Cardstock: Scarlett Jewel, Autumn Rose, Stamper's Select White
Ink: True Black
Dies: Edgers #4, Photo Finisher Strips, Bells & Boughs
Button: Blueberry Sky
Copic Trios: Scarlett Jewel, Enchanted Evening, Ripe Avocado


  1. Your photo card is very nice! I love that you have one panel for each member of your family. The card is lovely. This new set is versatile. I like that. TFS your nice projects. :)

  2. Erin, you win! Love the insert with info-so much better than a "Christmas letter" on holly printer paper.

  3. Erin,
    I just love to see what it is you are going to come up with for the new releases! Your work is always so different and so creative, just love to see your ideas! Totally out of the box. Isn't it about time for another book?

  4. What a wonderful idea to showcase each child or family member!! Absolutely adore this idea!!

  5. Oh you are just so creative, Erin!! Love your Christmas card and the Photo Finishers dies are rockin!!

  6. Oh my gracious - I'm completely CASEing this. Thanks for inspiring me to make my own cards this year!

  7. OK...just consider this idea STOLEN! I'm totally using this "people-page" idea...works so great for a family of 4! Yippee!! Thank you so much for the inspiration....can't wait to get started on Christmas! Also, that card is simply amazing. I would've never thought to put those things together, but they work beautifully! Love, love, love...Thank you!!

  8. Beautiful holiday card! Love the photo finish strips and see so many possibilities for them.

  9. I have difficulty "seeing" the panels -- could you clarify a bit about what is where? I know the front will be the family photo -- but how do the folds/panels work so that everything "flows"? - WHAT is on the back of the front panel? A family item or the holiday greeting?

  10. Perfect marriage of so many new things coming out! That second card rocks my world. :)

  11. Absolutely fabulous ideas, Erin. I can understand why you were gushing about the new dies during the last podcast.

  12. I love the imaginative way you did your tri-fold card, with the individual photo along with a note for each person.

  13. loved your christmas card with each individual getting highlighted. also, that second card with the bow was stunning! this month's release is full of stamping and die-cutting goodness! thanks for all the inspiration!

  14. We are not really into photo cards in the UK, but really clever what you have done. However, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your 2nd card - got to get those dies now! Thanks for the inspiration! Nicole

  15. Love how you added your Christmas newsletter to the inside of this cart. Just inspired.

  16. Love all of these! So happy to have discovered your blog! Can't wait to see what you create next!