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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Field Flowers, Flower Shop Birthday Card in Review

Since it is New Year's Eve, I'm going to blog reminisce a little. I was going to make a card for tonight but instead I thought I would share with you the most popular card on my blog.  

I still like this card.  I wish I still had it in my stash!  But I know I have everything to remake it, so I just might do that!  

You can find the details of this card here where I had first posted it.  

It's fun to look back on the good things.  Find some time tonight to look back on the good things of 2016.  

I hope 1017 brings you even better things!

A Happy New Year to you,

Friday, December 30, 2016

Cookie Cutter Halloween, Get Well Card, Swirly Scribbles

When I saw this card on Pinterest, I knew I just had to make it. I also had most of the "stuff" to make it too!  I did make a few changes but it's basically the same card.  The original, made by Laura-Lee, can be found here

This was a fun and easy card to make.  The original card used a lacy heart, I didn't have that die so I used the "Swirly Scribbles" die instead. I  think it worked just fine.  

I loved how she used the mummy from the "Cookie Cutter Halloween" set to make the injured person!  I never would have thought of that. Hopefully the one who is getting this card (someday) will not be that wrapped up, the poor soul. 

I used the "Pretty Paisleys" embossing folder for the oval textured center.  I bought it and hand never used it all season. So glad I got to use it at least once!!!

The original card looked like there was a layer of gold metallic paper behind the focal piece.  I did have the metallic papers but I didn't want to use them on the card, I didn't think it fit well with the look of the card.  There was no other gold on the card to bring the layer in and have it blend.  So, I used Pirouette Pink for the layer.  I also used Pirouette pink on the "Swirly Scribbles" piece too.  

I stamped and punched out the mummy.  I colored in the face with a marker and I sponged the edges with black Memento ink.  There's where the problem came in.  I touched the edges of the mummy and got ink on my thumb.  Then I picked up the white focal piece and got a dot of ink on it.  This is where the pearls came in to play. I had to cover the ink with something because I REALLY didn't want to make another focal layer, especially when I actually got the words straight!!! (A rare thing lately).  So I added a few more pearls around the card to make it look like it was meant to be!  And it worked!!

I really like how the card turned out and I just LOVE how the mummy was used on a get well card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Touches of Texture, Wetlands, Birthday Card

The "Touches of Texture" set was a must have for me but yet I have not played much with it! Grrr.  I have several sets that I thought I just HAD to have and yet I have hardly touched them.  Now to me that is a good sign that I buy too many stamp sets and I need to cut back.  So beginning in January with the new Occasions and Sale-a-Brations catalogs, I will be cutting back.  That will give me more time to play with a few new ones while still giving some of my old but current ones a little attention as well.

This was a fun card to make, though I think it looks a bit dull. I think the scallop around the birthday wishes would have looked better if it were dark.  I think there should be a layer around the decorative paper too, a dark color as well.  But it is what it is.

This is a fun two step set. You don't have to be exact with the center color part. It's not designed to match perfectly so you don't have to be careful when stamping it.

I stamped the stem using Old Olive. The outline of the flower was stamped using Rich Razzleberry and the flower was stamped using Melon Mambo.  I was going to use Rose Red but it looked too red against the Rich Razzleberry so I switched it to Melon Mambo.  The decorative paper is Melon Mambo too.  I need to use those giant stacks more often.  I end up with so much before they retire. Sounds familiar!!!  LOL  

This was a fun and quick card to make and I really like this layout.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Shooting Star, Spinner Card

The "Shooting Star" spinner card set and matching dies are SO much fun to play with. They can be a little tricky to put together but with the help of those who have played with the set and got the bugs worked out for you, it's SO much easier to do.  You can see the tips I have for you here.

This card was made using the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper that was colored using a sponge and Daffodil Delight ink.  The spinning star was stamped, die cut and colored before it was assembled.

The background was textured using the stars background embossing folder.

This set is a lot of fun to play with and who doesn't like getting a spinner card?  I had to play with every one I made!! That ways I could say that they were personally tested for quality assurance!!!  LOL  Though when you make them, you really should give them a few spins to make sure they roll smoothly around the circle.  You'd hate to give a faulty card out, especially to a kid!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gift of Love, Spinner Card

Today I'm going to share with you a card I received in a swap last month.  This is a "Spinner"card using the "Sliding Star" Framelits and the "Gift of Love" stamp set.

This card was made by Tawna. The "Gift of Love" is a Hostess set.  It's a fun set and is also a two step stamping set.  No coloring involved at all, just ink up the images and stamp!!!  Super quick!!!

Click here for tips on how to use the "Sliding Star" Framelits set.  You will be brought to a card I made back in July.  These spinner cards are so much easier to make with the Framelits set!!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Beautiful You, Friendship Card

I thought this "Beautiful You" set would be a fun one to play with.  And like I said yesterday, I was going to leave the pad of "Serene Scenery" paper out so I could use more of it. When I said I was going to use more of it, I really did mean full sheets.  This is a scrap but they need to be used up too!!!

I stamped the image on the pretty sand and water scrap that was left over from yesterday's card.  But hey, at least a whole sheet got used up!!! LOL

This was a simple card to make.  A few layers and it was done. I used Pool Party on top of the Whisper White card base. I used the "Falling Snow" embossing folder to add some texture.  Then I used a scrap piece of Bermuda Bay behind the stamped image and a piece of Crumb Cake under that.  I set those 3 layers in place using Dimensionals.

This was a super quick card to make and I do loke how it turned out!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, December 26, 2016

Wetlands, Better Together, Masculine Sympathy Card

It seems strange not making any more Christmas cards.  I wasn't sure what I was going to make today. I thought about using the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set to make another baby card using the bear but I think I'm all Christmased out as far as cards go.  

SO, while I was surfing at Pinterest, I ran across this card. The original card reads "All the best" (translated).  I thought this looked like a good sympathy card.  I love how the "Serene Scenery" 6" x 6" paper was used.  I may leave that s pad of paper out.  There's still a lot of paper in my pack!  You can see the original card here.  

I love how this does look like water and sand.  And the birds from the "Wetlands" set go so well with it.  I have a feeling that this set may be retiring.  I'm going to miss the wording on it the most.  It had the most perfect shaped happy birthday and thinking of you wording.  It fit the oval dies and scalloped dies nicely.  But I'm working on getting the right fonts together to make my own wording on the computer so I can just print them out whenever I need.  Sometimes it's just easier that way, plus you get the exact words you want.

This was a SUPER easy card to make.  I stamped the birds and words using Basic Gray ink.  The words here are from the "Better Together" set.  A set I have not used much at all too, but I do have plans for it in the near future.  I keep saying that I have not used some sets much.  That just tells me that I purchase too many and don't get to play with them enough.  I will  be making wiser choices in the new Occasions Catalog coming out on January 4.  

This was a fun card to make and I LOVE how quickly this card went together.

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, 2016 Christmas Card

Merry Christmas to you!

This is the card I made this year for our yearly Christmas card.  Well, one of them.  I had to switch gears because this one was taking too long and I had tons of things going on and no time to get all things done.  You can see the other card I sent out here.  

This card was fun to make, though it had too many pieces to it to make for our holiday card in the time frame I had to do it in.

I used the gingerbread boy image. I stamped and punched it out twice.  I stamped and punched the bows.  I stamped the words and cut the layers.  I embossed the knitted background.  That took a while because the card stock needs to be misted so you can get a nice crisp deep impression.  Then they have to dry.  Which wasn't a big deal because I started with them and by the time I finished with all of the stamping and punching, the background was dry.

It was a fun card to make but like I said, I didn't have a lot of time to get all of them done in time. So what is left I will still put together and just sell them at the garage sale and fall craft fairs.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, Baby Card

I saw some cute bear cards made using the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set and punch. I loved the idea that I could use this cute bear from the set and make a non-Christmas card with it.  It falls under my love for versatile stamp sets!  So now that Christmas card making is ending, I thought I would make a baby card or cards using the cute bear. I did not use the bear in any of my Christmas cards so this was a perfect time to take him out and make a card.

I used Pirouette Pink and Pool Party for my colors.  The bear is set in place with Dimensionals.  The words are from the "Happy Happenings" set.   I was thrilled to see that I had a set that had baby wording in it!! YAY!!!

I used the knitted sweater embossing folder for the background. I sure hope that makes it into the new catalog.  It's a fun folder to play with.  But I'm sure I could find something else for the background if I need to make more baby cards.

This was a fun card to make and now I have a few baby cards on hand.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, December 23, 2016

Snow Place, Snow Friends, Swirly Scribbles, Christmas Card

When I saw this card on Pinterest, I knew I just had to make it. Plus I knew I had all of the materials to make it!!!  I did make more snowflakes in the background than the original card had.  I wish I would have paid better attention, I just got carried away making snowflakes!!! LOL  I still like how it turned out. Oh, before I forget, you can see the original card here.  

I used the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper for the snowman and snow. I had some black and red glitter paper for the hat and bow.  The snowman is from the "Snow Friends" dies.  The snow waves at the bottom is from the "Swirly Scribbles" set.  I have a feeling that set will be retiring.  Which will be sad, so I am going to be using it for a while so I feel that I have not cheated myself out of using it!!!

Okay, back to the card.  The words are from the "Snow Place" set. (Which I'm 100% sure will not be in the 2017-2018 Catalog).  The words were bent a little before I put them on the clear block, that way they followed the waves of the snow.  Another reason why I love the clear stamps, they are bendy!!! LOL

The snowman and hat were set in place using Dimensionals. The bow was glued in place.  And if you look at the snowflakes in the background, you will see that I added a little tiny rhinestone!  And that's it.  A pretty easy card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, December 22, 2016

So Very Much, 2017 Sale-a-Bration, Hat Punch, Thank You Card

What a perfect large "thank you" in the "So Very Much" 2017 Sale-a-Bration set.  I am in need of a few thank you cards for some Christmas gifts I received and I thought this would be a perfect way to say "thank you" on my cards!

I stamped the words using Cucumber Crush ink. I punched the hat using Real Red and then I punched the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter paper and glued the hat together. 

I set the hat in place using Dimensionals. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Real Red card stock on top and then the word piece was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  And that's it. Easy Peasy and super quick too!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Ornament Swap using Hang Your Stocking and Christmas Pines

This is the ornament I made for the Ornament Swap last night at Technique Night.  

For my ornament I took the stitched circle and sewed it to the Scalloped Circle.  I did stitch it by hand. There are 96 stitches around that circle, in case you were curious!!! LOL

I cut out a total of 4 round scalloped circles. One is sewn to the round focal one and the other three were glued to each other and set under a heavy book to keep flat until it dried. Once it was dry, I glued the stitched piece to the backing pieces and added a ribbon in between for the hanger.

I cut a 3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and centered it in the "Banner Triple" punch.  I cut another piece that was 1" and just punched a sliver so I could use it as the roof.  

The circle for the bird hole is a scrap from punching out a "Cookie Cutter Christmas" Santa.  

The leaves are from the "Berry Builder" Punch.  I used some card stock pieces that were left over from the "Falling Snow" embossing folder.  

I used 3 branches from the "Christmas Pines" die.  I sponged everything with Pink Pirouette ink.  

The words are from the "Oh, What Fun" set.  I embossed them in white.  I also mixed up some texture by using white glue and white craft inker.  It's kind of snotty feeling and it takes a little white to setup.  I didn't want to heat set it because I didn't want the embossing ink to melt to where it was no longer raised.

I added a snowflake from the "Hang Your Stocking" set.  I added pearls all over the front.

I had some round white "berries" from a holiday pick and I put 3 of them on the ornament.  The center one was there to hide where the pieces joined.  It looked funny alone, so I had to add two more to balance it out.

This was fun to make.  It had a lot of pieces to it and I don't think I'd like to make any more of them but one never knows!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pivot Twist Pop Up Technique, Guy Greetings Masculine Birthday Card

The swap for this month is to make a card using either the "Pivot Twist Pop Up" technique or the "Reflections" technique.  I chose the one with the most pieces (of course!!! LOL).  But it's okay, I do like how it turned out.

It does have lots of pieces to it but it has to.  This technique is not as difficult as you'd think it is.  I found several instructions on the net for it and I combined and simplified them to make this technique easy and painless.  The most important part is when folding the mechanism piece to pay attention to the mountain and valley folds.  If you fold them all the same it will still work, but it will not be as easy to fold together.  If you do the mountain and valley folds, the piece practically goes together itself.  You will understand what I mean when you put one together.

You can find the instructions for this technique here.  

For my card I used the Dapper Denim for the base and the layer on the front.  I also used the Dapper Denim decorative paper from the 12" x 12" in colors pack.  I was happy to finally use some of that paper!!!

So, have fun with this technique. It's fun and amazing once you get it together and open it for the first time.  It may be a little stiff but if you open and close it a few times it will loosen up.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Magic, Christmas Card

I was looking at the "Christmas Magic" stamp set thinking that I should make a card using the train image.  I like the train image but it looks like a lot of work and time to color.  Maybe tomorrow. So today I thought I would stamp the snowman since I like snowmen more than I like trains!!!

This was an easy card to make.  I used a folded half sheet of Real Red card stock for the base. The next layer is Crumb Cake cut 4" x 5-1/4". Then a piece of the "Candy Cane Lane" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) was cut 2' x 3-3/8".  

I stamped the snowman and then die cut it. I also die cut a Real Red scallop for behind the snowman piece.  I colored the snowman with markers.  I cut a couple of scrap pieces of the DSP and set them in place behind the circle.

I stamped the words, they were from this set.  And I set the snowman layered piece in place using Dimensionals.  Yup, as simple as that.  And quick too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, Gingerbread Boy, Christmas Card

The placement of the bow from under the chin to the head makes this cute gingerbread boy become a girl!!  As simple as that!!! LOL

I love making these "Z" fold cards. You just cut your card stock in half on the short side.  Then you fold that piece in half.  And for that "Z" fold, you fold the front panel in half.  The edge is folded to the left (or center folded edge).  I use glue dots to hold the front fold shut.  Some people leave them open and other's just cut off that flap, but then it's no longer a "Z" fold, it's just a card with a half of a front!.  Either way you do it, it's still a fun fold.

I used the knitted texture folder to make the piece in the front. I did sponge the edges on all my Whisper White pieces.  

I die cut a circle and a Real Red scallop.  The base of my card is Crumb Cake. Then a layer of Real Red was added.  Before I added my large layer of Real Red, I die cut the circle from it. No one is going to know that the red layer has pieces cut out of it.  It seemed like such a waste to cover the card stock when I needed a circle of red from it!!  So I got my circle cut and the layer put on and no one is the wiser!!

I set the gingerbread boy in place using Dimensionals.  I taped the bow in place.  I did glue the circle in place on the front. I find it difficult to get the tape to stick on textures, especially one as deep as the knitted one is.  

This was a very fun card to make and I'm REALLY going to miss the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Detailed Santa, Greetings From Santa, Christmas Card

I still had the "Detailed Santa" and "Greetings from Santa" sets sitting out.  Nothing new, I'm known for not putting stuff away!!!  But they were on the top of the piles and it caught my eye.  I still feel I need to play with them a bit more before Christmas.  When will I learn that I don't need to buy everything in the catalogs that I see!!! LOL  I need to figure out how much time there is before they retire and work from there!

This was fun to make and I actually played with two of the other dies in the set, the stars and that angled line.  On that angled line I added a strip of the red glitter paper behind it.  I die cut some red glitter paper stars and glued them in place on the black area.

The base of my card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White. I die cut the Santa and I added a piece of glitter paper behind it.  I taped those two layers in place on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock, and then that was taped in place on the card base.  It was simple enough to make and quick too.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Magic, Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Card

I don't remember where I found a card similar to this one.  It could have been on Pinterest and or it could have been on a display board at Terri's Stamp a Stack.  If you know who the original artist of this card is, please let me know so I can give them credit.  I did change it a little bit.  I didn't have the same words and the house I used didn't have the candy canes on either side.  But other than that it's the same.

It was an easy card to make.  The base is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White. Then a layer of Crumb Cake cut 4" x 5-1/4".  Then a Whisper White layer cut 3-3/8" x 5".  I embossed a piece of Whisper White using the "Falling Snow" embossing folder.  I cut it 5" x 2".  I taped it in place.  Then I added the "Candy Cane" Washi tape. The words are from the "Christmas Magic" set.  The house if from the "Candy Cane Lane" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I taped the house on a piece of  "Candy Cane Lane" DSP die cut into a circle. It is layered on top of a die cut circle of Real Red.

It's a very quick and simple card to make.  But not as quick and simple as yesterday's card!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Oh, What Fun, Santa Hat, Christmas Card

Just when I though making a card couldn't be any quicker!!!  WOW!  I whipped this card up in under 5 minutes!  Seriously!!!

I punched the hat using the red glitter paper and I punched one using Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the words from the "Oh, What Fun" word set using Memento black ink.

Then I glued the hat pieces together. I added a couple of Dimensionals.

I cut a half sheet of Whisper White card stock and folded it in half.  I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Real Red card stock.  I layered a piece of Whisper White cut 3-3/8" x 5" on top of that.  

I set the hat in place and I was done!!!  See, I told you, quick and simple!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Detailed Santa, Greetings From Santa, Christmas Card

This is a set (stamps and die) that I regret getting, only because I didn't have enough time to play with it like I thought I would. I spent a lot of time with the "Hang Your Stocking" and "Cookie Cutter Christmas" sets, which I loved and had a great time with.

I think I bought this set to make our Christmas cards with this year.  Oh well. I am 99% positive it will be retired but I'm going to hang onto it and maybe use it next year.  "Hang on to it"!  LOL  That is a riot.  I hang on to them all!!!  Though in 2017 I will be going through my sets and selling them in my web store and come May I will be selling what is left in our neighborhood annual garage sale.

Okay, onto this fun card.  I went on Pinterest to see if I could find a quick card to make with the "Detailed Santa and Greetings from Santa" set.  I saw this card and it was like I was like I was stopped dead in my tracks.  I looked it over and saw that I had all of the "stuff" to make the card.  You can see the original card here.  It was a square card.  Not that I have anything against square cards, I just don't have envelopes and I don't know where my envelope board punch thing is!  Plus I'm not very good at using it. LOL

I did cut the red part of the hat out using the framelit. It fits inside the outline. The face, beard and pompom are glued to the back.  I did tape the face part but I felt I needed to glue the beard and pompom because I don't have luck with tape sticking to that glitter paper.

The "Ho Ho Ho!" is embossed in white.  I don't know what color the face was done on the original card but I used Pink Pirouette.  I forgot to add the dots for the eyes.  I will be adding them after I post this.

The "Merry Christmas" is from the "Greetings from Santa" set and I stamped it using Real Red ink. The base of the card is Basic Black.  I will add a piece of white card stock to the inside to stamp words on and sign my name.  It was a fun card to make and I'm glad I was able to change it from a square card to a regular size card.  I do like how it turned out.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, Reindeer Christmas Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  You can see it here.  I loved the red background behind the reindeer.  I think that is what caught my eye.  Every time I look at the card, my eye is drawn to that circle. Which is a very good thing. You want to pick colors that draw the eyes attention to the focal point. The eye is attracted to red so it will always be drawn there.  So when using red, you want to make it on or near your focal point. You also want your eye to move around the card too. Once it's done with the red, it moves around to other elements of the card.  If that happens, then you created a very well balanced card!!  There, a little art lesson for you today!  LOL

This was a very simple and quick card to make.  Well, quick if you are fast at coloring.  That part slowed me down a little but not too much.  

I used the "Candy Cane Lane" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) on the background layer. The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Crumb Cake.  I've used that color so much this holiday season that I think I am going to have to order some more, my stash is down!!!

A strip of red dotted DSP was added to the background piece, along with a strip of Chocolate Chip and Real Red.  I don't think it matters what size you cut them, they still look good.  My Chocolate Chip piece is a bit bigger than the original one but it doesn't matter!

A piece of white and red Baker's Twine was tied around the piece before it was taped in place on the card front.  The scalloped circle layer was set in place with Dimensionals as well as the Reindeer.

I love how the head is tilted just enough to make that face look even cuter!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card, Open Panel Technique, Santa Card

As you probably guessed, the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" was my favorite set.  I have played with it SO much and I'm still not tired of it.

I used the "Open Panel" Technique to make this card. You can find the instructions for it here.  I just wished I would have made the panels smaller.  If I would have planned it out better, the piece I cut from the center could have been used to cut the scalloped oval layer.  

The "Merry Wishes" are from the "Oh, What Fun" set.  I used the "Candy Cane" Decorative Series Paper on the panels.  

These cards go together pretty fast too.  They've got a few elements to them but all in all it's a quick card to whip up!

I thought it turned out well.  These are fun to make and can be used for many occasions. The wording is on the inside but it shows through to the front.  But I do think this card would look better if it had smaller panels.  Note to self for the next Open Panel card I make!!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Warmth & Cheer, Quick Christmas Card

Do you need a super quick and easy card?  Washi tape is the way to go.  I used the "Warmth & Cheer" Washi tape here.  I just tore off 3 strips about 4-1/2" long each.  It doesn't have to be exact, just don't go too much longer or it will touch the sides.

I used garden Green for the base of my card. Then I added a piece of Cherry Cobbler cut 4" x 5-1/4".  The Whisper White piece is cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".

After adding the tape I stamped the words and die cut them out.  My words are from the "Oh, What Fun" set.  I stamped them using Cherry Cobbler ink and layered it on a Cherry Cobbler scalloped oval.  I set this piece in place using Dimensionals.  And there you have it.  A super quick and easy card to make!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, Christmas Card

I LOVE playing with the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set.  My favorite is the Gingerbread boy and then Santa, but this reindeer is starting to grow on me.  I have not used the bear or the Eskimo yet.  Though I think I would have used the Eskimo one more if they would have made it look like a generic child (boy or girl).  Anyway, I probably won't be using that image, I've seen a few cards made with it and I wasn't inspired to make one.

For my card I used the large dotted background folder. The "Candy Cane Lane" Decorative Series Paper, "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set and "Oh, What Fun" set for the words.

It is a very quick and fun card to put together.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, December 09, 2016

Merry Tags Framelits, Christmas Magic, Christmas Card, Misting Technique

Today I found a fun card on Pinterest and it inspired me to make it plus take it a step further.  You can see that card here

The changes I made are easy to pick out.  I die cut the image two times. Once using the Dazzling Diamonds card stock and once using the Crumb Cake card stock.  I cut off the trees and sprayed them with a mixture of inker and rubbing alcohol. You mix as ink to the alcohol until you get the color you want. If it's too dark, just add more alcohol.  Then use a misting bottle and spray your color on and let it dry. You can speed up the drying by using the embossing heat tool.  I didn't do that since I had other elements on the card to make which took up time, so by the time I got back to the trees they were already dry.

I glued the deer over the Dazzling Diamonds one and then I glued the image in place on a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" piece of Night of Navy card stock I had run through the Big Shot using the "Falling Snow" embossing folder.  I took my brayer and inked it up using White Craft ink.  I did heat set that because the craft ink takes WAY too long to dry.  After I glued the tag in place I glued the trees back where they were cut from.

I layered that 2-1/2" piece on top of a piece of Dazzling Diamonds cut 2-3/4" x 2-3/4".  I set it in place using Dimensionals.  

The words are from the "Christmas Magic" set. I set them in place using Dimensionals.  I added pearls to each end.  The snowflake is from the "Hang Your Stockings".  It was left over and I didn't want to toss it out!  I set it in place with a glue dot and added a pearl to the center.

The base of the card is Whisper White and the background layer is Night of  Navy textured with the "Falling Snow" like the smaller  piece was done.

It was a fun card to make.  It had a lot of pieces to deal with, but all in all it was fun and I like the end results.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Christmas Magic, Sheltering Tree, Christmas Card

I wanted to make a card using the "Sheltering Tree" set. I didn't play with it on all the 4 seasons.  I saw a card on Pinterest that used the tree and a snowman, so I wanted to copy it.  I put the snowman on the other side of the card because of the way the head was orientated.  The inspirational card can be found here.  

I used Chocolate Chip ink for the tree trunk.  I used Dapper Denim for the snow. I stamped off 3 times to get that light blue effect.  It almost looks like Marina Mist when it's that light.

I stamped the snowman from the "Christmas Magic" set and colored him in using markers.

The words are also from the "Christmas Magic" set.

This was a very easy and fun card to make.  I originally bought the "Christmas Magic" set to make our annual Christmas cards with.  This was super quick.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Card

I received this card in the mail today from my friend Terri.  It came at a perfect time. I didn't have time today to work on a card, so today was going to be a no post day for me.  I don't have them very often but sometimes it does happen.  But not today!!

This card was made by using a Real Red card stock base. Then the layer of Decorative Paper from the "Candy Cane Lane" pack.

The Gingerbread boy is from the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set.  It's my favorite set this season!

The words are also from that set.  I love how there are two tiny little pearls on either side of the word piece.  How cute is that?  The word piece is set in place with Dimensionals.

The ovals are set on with tape and so is the gingerbread boy.  How cute is this card?? I LOVE it!

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Oh What Fun, Christmas Card

I think I will be changing the yearly Christmas card to this one.  I like the one I am doing but it's taking a long time and time seems to be so limited this time of the year.  We need to squeeze in shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping gifts, for me, making cards, addressing cards, sending them out, along with the usual stuff.  So to save myself some time this year I will be finishing up the cards I started and move on to this one!!

I like the clean look of this card.  It's simple and quick to make too.

I took a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock and used the "Cable Knit" embossing folder.  I cut it to 2-3/4" x 4".  I added the Cherry Cobbler ribbon and set the piece in place on the card base using Dimensionals. 

The words are from the "Oh What Fun" set.  I stamped them in Cherry Cobbler ink and die cut them using the oval framelits. I used the scalloped framelit for the Cherry Cobbler layer behind it.  I set it in place on the card using tape and Dimensionals.  I added the tape to the top part and Dimensionals to the bottom.  And that was it!!!  SO super easy and quick!!!

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Cookie Cutter Candy Cane Holder Teacher - Student Gift

Today I thought I would make something 3D, a gifty thing!  I had some candy canes sitting on my counter and I thought I would make a holder for them.  I looked on Pinterest for some ideas but I didn't see anything that was "me".  So I had to be "me" and make my own.

I took a 2" x 11" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I scored it at 1" and 4-3/8".  On the end (the end opposite the 1" score) I used the "Scalloped Tag Topper" punch and punched that end.  Fold the center score inward and the little 1" piece folds the opposite direction. It's for the edging/flap of the pocket.  Look at the photo to better understand what I mean.

Cut your Decorative Series Paper (DSP)1-3/4" wide.  Cut one piece 4" long and the other 3" long.  Tape those pieces in place.  The 4" one goes on the upper part.  It will not go all the way down inside the pocket, it doesn't need to.  And the smaller piece gets tucked under the flap. Set it in place along the bottom and what's left is hidden under the flap.  Next you can add something to the flap.  Words or like I used here, Washi tape.  Oh, my DSP is from the "Candy Cane Lane" pack.

Glue the short edges of the pocket on the sides. Try to make as thin a glue line as possible.  Also glue flap down.  Burnish the edges and set something heavy on them to set up.  I used the punch I had sitting on my table to cut out my Santa.

Next you are doing to stamp your image, or cut one out.  I used Santa from the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set.  I colored him in with markers and I set him in place using Dimensionals.

I added a ribbon to the top and I let the glue set up for about a half hour more before I put the candy cane in.  The longer you let it set up, the better.  Don't be too anxious to put the candy cane in or the seam will come apart and you will not be happy with your holder. When you are ready to add the candy cane, put your little finger in the center of the pocket to open it.  You could break the candy cane if you use that to open the pocket.

Wasn't that fun? And cute?  And easy?  Give them to teachers, students, the mail carrier, your UPS driver, the bank teller, etc. It's a cute little surprise for them!

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Christmas Magic, Snowman Christmas Card, Shaker Technique, Masculine Card

I thought this snowman from the "Christmas Magic" set would be great as a shaker card.  To find the instructions for the shaker card, click here.  You can make your opening round, oval, square, or any shape you can think of!  The new "Foam Adhesive Strips" are the best thing invented for making shaker cards super easy!!

First I stamped and colored the snowman.  I usually make their mittens red or green.  Today I used Marina Mist.  I thought I would step out of the box. I need to do that once in a while.  

I followed the directions to make the shaker card.  For the inside of mine, I had some tiny 1/2mm no hole glass beads. They look like ice, more like sleet! LOL

I combined some fun papers from the "Warmth & Cheer" Decorative Series Paper Stack.  I LOVE those little 6" x 6" stacks. You get a lot of paper for your money!!!  It's about the equivalence of 14 sheets of 12" x 12" paper.  They are fun packs and I like to buy them when they come out.

Anyway, back to my card.  I set the top layer in place using Dimensionals.  You almost have to due to the layer of foam around the circle to hold the beads in.  You also need a piece of Window Sheet or acetate. 

The "Merriest Wishes" came from the same set.  I thought they would look good at the bottom part of the card. I was going to add a ribbon there but I thought words would be better.  I set them in place using Dimensionals.

The base of my card is Crumb Cake.  I also used Whisper White and Garden Green card stock on here.  I do like how this card turned out and I especially like the two decorative papers together.  It's kind of like mixing stripes with plaids, it's not suppose to work, but these two patterns worked well together!!

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, Santa Card

I still can't get enough of the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set. I had made an extra Santa when I was punching them out and coloring them the other day.  I saw it sitting on my worktable and thought I would use it on a card today before I lose it or it gets ruined.  SO, I looked through my dwindling "Candy Cane Lane" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) and decided to use the frosting/icing image.  The other side of it is the cute peppermints but they clashed with Santa.  And I don't think I've used that image yet anyway, so there you have it!!! LOL

I layered the DSP on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  I cut it 2" wide and 4" long.  The Whisper White piece was cut 2-1/4" wide and 4" long.  I didn't have any red Baker's Twine so I used  red DMC embroidering floss.

The words are from the "Oh, What Fun" set from last year.  I stamped it using Memento Black ink and die cut it with the oval die and then added a scalloped oval Real Red die.  I set that in place with Dimensionals.

Santa was set on top of the layered strip using Dimensionals.  The knitted embossed piece of Crumb Cake was taped in place on top of a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

It was a fun card to make and super easy since the Santa was already done and waiting for a card home!!!!  But even if he wasn't all set to go, to stamp him and punch him out is quick and coloring him was quick too.  All of that probably added 5 minutes to the card!

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas Holiday Bag Tutorial

Oh my, what a fun tote this was.  I made a bag a while back and thought it would be fun as a Christmas bag. You can see the original bag I made here and a link to the instructions to make them for yourself.  

I used the Santa from the "Cookie-Cutter Christmas" set.  I can't wait to play with it more.  There's SO many cute images in it.  And the best part is the set has a matching punch which makes it SO easy to stamp and punch out a bunch of these cuties.  You can fit 3 Nestle Crunch fun size bars in the bag.  

I stamped, colored and punched out the Santa.  I set him on top of a piece of Old Olive card stock that was die cut using the scalloped oval.  I added the oval using Dimensionals.  I added a ribbon bow to the top.  I did struggle with this ribbon, it didn't want to stay taped together, so I ended up hot gluing it. I did set it in place with a pop up glue dot and so far that is holding, but I couldn't use one on the other parts of the bow to hold the ends in place or it would have been TOO bulky.  

This bag was SO much fun to make and I'm hoping to make more before Christmas.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas, Reindeer Noses, Candy Treat, Weekend Craft Project

Well, aren't these just adorable and fun???  My photo is a bit dark, so you may have to click on it to get a better view.  

I used the reindeer image from the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set.  I colored him in using Chocolate Chip ink and a blender pen.  I colored the nose in with Real Red and the center of the ears with Pirouette Pink.

I punched them out with the matching punch and I set them in place on the header I made on my computer.  

I added 8 malted milk balls and one red one that can be ordered from here.  They are a little bitter than the regular ones but that's okay, after all Rudolph's nose stuck out from the other reindeer's noses anyway, right?  LOL

These were fun to make and I'm giving them to my stampers today.  I thought they would like a fun little holiday treat!

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