Thursday, July 19, 2018


Today I'm showcasing the stamp/ die set that will be available for the month of August.

BLENDED SEASONS is a pretty set that will take you from Autumn through the Christmas holiday. There are coordinating dies called STITCHED SEASONS. If you want to see the sets and haven't watched my video I posted yesterday, go back and watch. I need to get through the next few days then I'll attempt a video creating a project with these sets.

The leaves are die cut from SHADED SPRUCE and PEAR PIZZAZZ Cardstock scraps.
The holly boughs are stamped in SHADED SPRUCE then watercolored with GARDEN GREEN and CHERRY COBBLER watercolor pencils - part of the new 10-color box also available next month. I didn't watercolor the berries so they would retain a bolder tone. This would also be a great place to use those beautiful RED RHINESTONES I showed in the video.

The sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White, adhered to Real Red then popped up with dimensionals.

I'm not sure what I'm doing tomorrow. I'm in the middle of line edits for an author friend. Her book is set to launch on Monday and I've found a few things her editor missed. So her book has to take priority. If you like shapeshifters, werewolves, vamps, etc... than you will love The Immortal Takes A Wife. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CHRISTMAS IN JULY - Day 6 - Unboxing Christmas Sneak Peeks

Good morning, paper crafters!

I have an early meeting so no cardmaking and coffee this morning. Instead, I spent last night getting an unboxing up that shows you some pretties you may have missed in the catalog PLUS a sneak peek at an Early Release coming next month.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Good  morning paper crafters!

We're on Day 5 and I have another simple card for you. Face it, as the holiday draws closer and we realize we haven't even started our cards yet, Simple and Fast are two words we say a lot.

I was inspired by THIS card at Technique Tuesday. I made a couple adjustments to make it my own.

After I attached the banners (using mini dimensionals) I couldn't get away from how bare that left side looked. Since I was already using a stamp from the Cookie Cutter Christmas set, I thought the bows would make a nice addition, but I also didn't want them just floating in mid-air so to speak. I'm still limited on current/ ribbon fiber so I pulled out the green bakers twine from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit.  I punched the bows from Real Red cardstock using the Cookie Cutter Christmas Builder Punch. I added a Rhinestone Basics Jewel to the center of each one. 

I also didn't go the glitter paper route. I chose instead to stick with the Under The Mistletoe DSP. I used Real Red and Garden Green Ink.

Okay.. I hear you pondering over there. How did I get three sentiments from the stamp set.
Easy.. the original stamp says:

Wishing You a Season
As Sweet and Joyful as
The Friendship We Share

Rather than cut the stamp apart into 3 strips, I used the masking off technique. That way I only inked the part of the stamp I needed. I repeated the process for each of the three lines:

Another Tip.. if you have small pieces to trim and you want to use your paper trimmer so you get straight cuts...

use a bit of washi to hold your paper in place. You still want to hold your cutting bar firmly in place, but this will prevent your paper from sliding off the mark.

Monday, July 16, 2018


I apologize for no posts over the weekend. I went looking for a resource on Monday, which required moving stuff around in the office to get to my bookcase. I decided I'd had enough of moving stuff around to get to something. So I did what any normal, organization nut would do - I went shopping!
I spent yesterday putting the new carts together and putting those items in their new home.

And the resource I was looking for... I found it but then failed to use the magazine for inspiration for today's Memory Monday post. I didn't even think about today being Monday LOL. So I'll have that for you next week in a very special layout.

Today's card was inspired by:

A simple layout with lots of possibilities. Since I was in a bit of a rush this morning, I didn't 'take it up a notch'. I'll show that possibility at another time. Today is just Keep It Super Simple - KISS

I was shaking again this morning. I'm working towards getting my light box and tripod set up so I don't continue to have this issue. This was the clearest of 4 pictures.

I used a Crumb Cake A2 card base. Then selected prints from the Under the Mistletoe DSP

Under the Mistletoe is one of 10 DSP collections available on the 
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The colors that coordinate with this DSP are Night of Navy, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso and Shaded Spruce.

I used the santa from Cookie Cutter Christmas and colored him in using Real Red and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers.

DSP mat is cut 4" x 5-1/4"
Cardstock is cut 3" x 4"
DSP strip - is cut 1/2" x 5-1/4"

For the santa, I cut the 2" Stitched Framelits Circle from Whisper White
Then to give just a hint of shadow, I cut the 2-1/4" scalloped circle from Early Espresso.

Here are the 6 combinations I came up with:

I made a point of not duplicating the patterns in the DSP. What you see is a sample of all the patterns available in the suite.

Another Christmas project is up and ready for tomorrow. I hope you'll come back to be inspired!
Merry Christmas!

Friday, July 13, 2018


I apologize for not posting yesterday. By the time the card was made I got hit with food poisoning. Ugh!

Much better today so let's check out the card:

This card is a perfect example that with the exception of a sentiment, which can always be added later, you don't need a Christmas stamp set to make a card. 

I was inspired by a card from Technique Tuesday - HERE 
As you can see, I did miss a couple of embellishments thanks to the food issue. Kind of cut my creating time short. I really tried to bring this together and post yesterday. That said, I still like the way the card turned out.

Old Olive card base - 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"
Crumb Cake mat - 5-1/4" x 4"
Real Red mat - 5-1/2" x 1-3/4"
Whisper White mat - 5-1/2" x 1-1/2"

I used the open berry twig from Love What You Do stamp set
The sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments.

Randomly stamp the twig on the Crumb Cake mat using Old Olive
Color the berries in using Real Red Stampin' Write marker
Stamp the sentiment in Real Red
note: I've noticed that no matter how I stamp this particular sentiment it always seems a bit off-kilter. Hmm

That is one of the easiest cards you can make to build your Christmas stash.

I'm playing in VSN over at SplitcoastStampers tonight and tomorrow. A different challenge posts each hour. Come play!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CHRISTMAS IN JULY - Day 2 - 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Sometimes I play over Christmas Card Throwdown and usually post on the CreativeDreams blog. But since I'm doing Christmas for the next seven days, I thought I'd use this week's challenge since I need to link up by tomorrow evening.

I knew I wanted to use Snowflake Sentiments dies. I did a test run on the two individual snowflakes dies and liked this one.  I also knew I wanted to use Silver foil. I don't use that very much but this whole design said foil!

Start with a card base in Balmy Blue
Silver Foil cut at 4" x 5-1/4"
The top layer is Tranquil Textures cut 3-3/4" x 5"


Turn the Tranquil Textures over so you are working/ cutting from the back. 
Place the paper on a mouse pad or piercing mat.
Come down about 1-1/8" and find the center point horizontal. Mark that with your piercing tool.
Then measure 1-1/2" to the left from that center point and pierce. This becomes the center point for your left snowflake.  -  Repeat going to the right.

Take your die and flip it cut side down. Put your piercing tool in the center hole, then gently glide the die in the general area of where you're pin hole is on the paper until your tool finds the mark. Tape your die into place. 
Repeat this with the other two marks.
Be careful removing your snowflakes from the die. You can use these on another project.

Adhere the silver foil to the card base, then the Tranquil Textures die cut on top. I ran adhesive around all four sides then just below the row of snowflake negative space.

Cut a strip of Balmy Blue 1-1/4" x 5"
Cut a strip of the Silver foil 3/4" x 5"
Layer the two together then to the card front.

Final touch, using the same snowflake die for the openings, cut 3 snowflakes from Whisper White. Layer them with mini glue dots, turning each 1/4 turn. add a Clear Faceted Gem to the center and place on the card with a mini dimensional.

Friends, Christmas is closer than you think. I know most of us are scorching across the country and praying for rain. But a little snow can't hurt either :-)

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Day 1 - BB Color Challenge

 Happy July Everyone!
Time for another Team Color Challenge.

I love challenges. Some are easier than others. This one wasn't hard but I did have to really think about what to do with the outside of my card since I didn't have any SU embellishments that fell into the color spectrum.

Here's what I came up with:

I was inspired by THIS card on Technique Tuesday by Brigit Edison. 

At first I tried stamping on the acetate sheet with my alcohol markers and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. The acetate buckled in places regardless of how careful I tried to avoid the issue. 
But here's the thing:

TRY something! You might not get the effect you were after, but you learn in the process and may just discover something REALLY COOL!

Okay, back to the card. I cut the window in the front of a Coastal Cabana base at 3" x 4"
Then I cut a sheet of acetate 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" and adhered to the inside of the front panel.
When I did this, using the red-line tape, I did manage to get the tape above the window opening a bit but you'll see in a minute that really wasn't a bad thing... a happy accident if you will.

Next I adhered a 4"  x 5-1/4" piece of #32 paper. You can use white cardstock. I've been using the heavyweight paper for the inside mats as it adds a bit less weight and has a really smooth finish that takes ink very well.

I stamped 'berry sprigs' using the Love What You Do stamp set in Old Olive. Then I colored in the berries with Real Red. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

Here came the happy accident. I just was not happy with the plain front of the card. Yet, I didn't have any current embellishments from the color scheme. So I pulled the snow swirl from Snowflake Sentiments and stamped it in VersaMark, followed by heat embossing with the White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

The happy accident came when some of the embossing powder stuck to that little ridge of the red-line tape... giving me a trace of  'snow' on the window sill.

As to pictures, my small camera just is not doing the job anymore. Between that and the shaking I've been doing lately the picture quality just is not where I want it to be. I'm going to be switching to my larger digital camera from here on and using my tri-pod if necessary. Bear with me while I figure these issues out. 

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Back tomorrow with another Christmas Card!
Creative Christmas Blessings!