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December 2014

Dashing thru the snow....

I will be a little sorry to see Christmas come and go.  I have so many wonderful Christmas stamp sets that I have barely touched the surface!  So I plan to continue to play along with the Merry Monday and Festive Friday challenges to take advantage of using my Christmas stamps.

So that said, I am playing along with the Friday Mashup.  We were charged with using gray and silver or dry or heat embossing or both mashed together.  Well I managed to hit all four requirements.  I used SU! basic gray and brushed silver along with a bit of dry embossing and at the last minute some heat embossing. 

I am showing the same card in two different ways.  I started out with this one: 4 (588x640)And then decided to add the heat embossing with the snowflakes on this one: 1 (576x640)To be honest, I am not sure which I like better. 

The small pop of color showcases the die cut and the curve of the sentiment follows the curve of the die.   Thank you photopolymer stamps!  I used my SU! stripes embossing folder to add a bit of texture to the snow diecut. 5 (640x441)Off I go to tackle Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! basic gray, brushed silver, and so saffron.  Stamps: PTI in the meadow and wonderful words – snow.  Dies/EF:  SU! stripes ef.  PTI wonderful words – snow and 1960s dies.  Memento black ink.

A fifties Christmas...

Happy Monday! Already!  I didn’t think I was going to get any time in the craft cave this weekend but as it turned out I did!  I went to a meeting this weekend and ended up finding a home for about thirty of my cards that I have posted on my blog.  I am happy about that!

I made a fun little card today.  It ended up with a bit of a 50’s feel and I love it!  I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge and Freshly Made Sketches.  I have to admit that I may have stretched the sketch a bit!  The PPA challenge was to use Bermuda bay, pool party, and soft sky.  I found a way to incorporate all three colors but selected two of them to shine more than the third. 6 (547x640)I started off with a PTI white base and a soft sky layer that I ran thru the PTI linen impression plate.  I added a trapezoidal shape in Bermuda bay.  I stamped the ornaments from the SU! Merry and Type stamp set in versamark and used clear embossing powder.  I used both pool party and Bermuda bay twine and wrapped several times in two different directions and ended with a bow. 4 (640x421)A sentiment (from a 50’s style stamp set) was stamped in versamark on vellum and finished off with pool party embossing powder.  Unfortunately the greeting is a bit difficult to read – works fine with ink – not so much with embossing powder but you get the gist anyway.  I am quite tickled pink (ok blueish) with this card.  I hope you like it too!

(Updated: As it turns out I found two other sketch challenges that my card fits - Sweet Sunday Sketch and CAS(E) this Sketch.  So I am linking my card up with them as well.)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: SU! Bermuda bay, soft sky and vellum.  PTI white.  Stamps: SU! Merry and Type. Sentiment from stash.  Other:  SU! Twine – Bermuda bay and pool party.  SU! Embossing powder – pool party and clear.  PTI linen impression plate.

Wishy washi...

TGIF everyone!  This week went so fast I can’t believe it!  I am finishing off the week with a quick and easy card for you.  This card was made using the Retrosketches Sketch #144 for inspiration.  I used a couple of strips of washi from my stash and some bakers twine.  I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling the mojo by the time I got to this card so my apologies for the lack of imagination!  So it goes sometimes, right? rs 144I added a bit of interest by using a little star cookie cutter on the “sentiment”.  I have had these little cookie cutters for a long time.  I really should use them more often! 15

I won’t be posting over the weekend – I have a pretty crazy one planned and I will be lucky to squeeze in some crafty time!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I do appreciate all my readers!  A huge thank you to all of you who have subscribed to my blog!  I hope you are enjoying it!!  I love comments so if you feel like it, add one!!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic cream and SU! basic black.  Stamps:  RC tinsel n’ trim.  Other:  memento black ink, washi from stash, star from stash, SU! silver bakers twine.

Double take?

I made two very clean and simple cards today that are similar but different.  What?  Bear with me! 20 (640x381)The joy card started out as an excuse to use my newest toy – my embossing diffuser.  I really like the idea of being able to emboss just certain parts of the card and not being smart enough to figure out how to do it, I bought something to help me!  So I grabbed my large polka dot embossing folder, the circle diffuser and went to town. 21 (640x524)

Once I was done embossing, I used a cotton ball and some cherry cobbler ink to highlight the polka dots.  The polka dot frame was a leftover from a project and just sitting on my desk.  I die cut JOY from cherry cobbler, popped it up and framed it.  I added a bit of bling and love the overall look. 23 (640x469)The second card was made for my card club with the same idea of the Joy card.  This time, I used my polka dot stencil and some pear pizzazz ink to color in some dots.  A die cut of NOEL in pear pizzazz and some bling finished off the card.  Both cards were layered with their corresponding color to finish off the looks. 22 (520x640)

I hope you enjoyed seeing these two versions of essentially the same card!

Thanks for stopping by today!

I will add that my 3 sparrows card was selected as a Pals Paper Artist pick this week!  I am so excited about that!

Supplies:  CS: SU! naturals, cherry cobbler, white, pear pizzazz, festival of prints dsp.  Inks:  SU! pear pizzazz and cherry cobbler.  Dies etc:  SU! wonderful wreath, Lil Inkers stitched rectangles, SU! decorative mask and large polka dot EF.  Tim Holtz embossing diffuser.  Other:  Rhinestones.

December Pals Blog Hop...

Welcome to the last Pals Blog Hop of 2014. This month we want to help you start your holiday wish list by sharing projects featuring our favorite Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, tools and accessories. Get your wish list ready as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Susan Itell at Simple Stampin on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the projects.

Happy Holidays everyone!  I was a bit stumped on what I would showcase for you today until I remembered the one thing that I gave out last year as gifts – gift cards.  I usually just leave them on the little cards they come on and wrap them up.  But no more! 1 (640x271)The gift card envelope is the answer to my boring gift giving ways!  It is easy peasy to cut a card holder, decorate, fold, and seal!  Your gift card recipients will appreciate the gift card holder almost as much as the card inside! 2 (640x446) 3 (640x423)I made two gift holders – same idea, different colors.  I added some serious bling with all that glitter paper.  I am reasonably sure that if I were to walk outside, they could see me from the space station!  That is how much glitter I managed to get all over me!  I will be cleaning up glitter for days!  But it is well worth it, the added little oomph is a good thing! 5 (640x383)

(I am sorry this last picture is so dark - I wanted an overview of the two holders flat and I am afraid that my shadow got in the picture!!)

I originally lined these holders and I learned a valuable lesson – if you choose to line the holder, cut the pieces separately, otherwise it is harder and bulker to fold.  Learn from my mistake!  Here is the other thing I learned, if your button is heavy, the holders lean!

Go forth and use your gift card envelope with glee!

Thanks for stopping by today!

The next stop is Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you in 2015.

  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  3. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  4. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  7. September Gray at
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  10. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  11. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  12. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  14. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  15. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  16. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  20. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  23. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  24. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  25. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  26. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  27. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  30. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  31. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  32. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  33. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  34. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  35. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stampin
  36. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  37. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  38. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomWithBecky

Supplies (all SU!):  CS:  pool party, bermuda bay, old olive, pear pizzazz, gold glimmer, silver glimmer, motley monsters, Santa & Co.  Stamps:  Festival of Trees.  Dies:  gift card envelope and trims.  Tree punch.  Other:  gold ribbon, gold and silver buttons, linen thread, versamark, clear embossing powder.

I've been framed...

I believe I have an obsession with the Merry die.  This is the third or fourth card I have made using it.  But I love the handwriting and the delicacy of the cut.  Today I am playing along with CAS(e) this Sketch!  I already had a frame cut out and lying on my work surface from another project.  So I thought, why not? 10This was an easy card to put together, some washi from my stash, a frame that was saved from the garbage, twine and a die cut.  I framed the washi so that the Merry Christmas was within the frame itself.  The die cut was made from two layers of kraft CS plus a layer of red.  I added some twine from my stash and I was done. 11Be sure to stop by tomorrow as its time for the Pals monthly blog hop!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft, SU! real red and very vanilla.  Dies:  SSS Merry Christmas.  Lil Inkers stitched rectangles.  Other:  washi and twine.

Pretty in pink...

When I was a kid, my favorite color was pink.  It isn’t so much anymore as I have gone thru a variety of favorite colors.  However, I still like pink and I guess that is why I chose to work with it today.  I wanted a nice soft color to go with the idea I had that was inspired by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.

I started off by using the SU! gorgeous grunge stamp set to make the splatters for the background in pink pirouette ink.  Then I stamped some more on extra white paper in preparation for cutting out the circle scribbles and the word Merry.  I also stamped the splatters on pink pirouette paper using versamark so I could clear emboss the splatters.  You can see just a bit of the clear embossed splatters in the close up. 2I cut one circle scribble and one Merry out of the pink paper.  My original plan was to stack the white die cuts and top with the pink die cut for both the scribbles and the word Merry.  But that was too much pink so I switched the scribbles around so the pink Merry would stand out. 3

I put everything together, stamped Christmas and added a pink stitched frame to complete the card.  Or so I thought, until I decided the card needed a little bling.  I like the way it turned out.  The pink just makes me happy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white and SU! pink pirouette.  Stamps:  SU! gorgeous grunge, PTI KIS Merry Christmas.  Ink:  SU! pink pirouette and versamark.  Dies:  PTI circle scribbles, SSS Merry Christmas, and Lil Inkers stitched rectangles.  Other:  rhinestones, clear embossing powder.

Dots, dots, dots...

I am enjoying making a variety of Christmas cards and sharing them with you.  When I made today’s card, I opted to play along with the Addicted to CAS: Dots challenge.  I liked the idea of incorporating dots and I had many different versions of how to use them.  Ultimately, I came up with this card. 5I like just a bit of stencil on a card as a background.  I used a bit of garden green ink and a cotton ball to color in the stencil.  After that I added the sentiment.  I die cut three of the sentiments – two in soft stone and one in silver.  I glued them together and popped them on the card. 7I kept the monochromatic theme going with the soft stone layer on the soft stone base.  A few rhinestones and I was done.  Bonus – this card would be easy to mass produce and mail.  Although I would probably stamp a sentiment on the stenciled area rather than die cut if I had a lot of cards to make.  My arm would probably drop off from die cutting!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I don’t plan on posting over the weekend so be sure to stop back on Monday!  Have a great weekend!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI soft stone and SU! silver.  Die/stencil:  Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas die and Tim Holtz bubble stencil.  Ink:  SU! garden green.  Rhinestones.