Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas in Gold

 Okay, stampers, here we go..... a post chock full of pictures for you to celebrate the Festival of Trees in gold. I promised it in this post here and I'm delivering!

Festival of Trees comes with five wonderfully designed trees along with embellishments and sayings. It's quite enough to keep you stamping and creating through the entire season. Tags, bags, cards and home decor - but for today how about a Santa's bag full of little love notes all done up in Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla!
All the cards I created in this post used Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold cardstock for a very elegant look. This one uses the embellishment stamp as snow falling for a frosty holiday card.
Embossed in gold standing next to a tree that I punched from the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. Punch the circle first and then use your tree punch to  create graduated layers. How fun!

Embossed with White Embossing Powder, again on Brushed Gold cardstock, with a simple star.
I used Stampin' Dimensionals exclusively as my adhesive on these great little cards. In my opinion, there is no other foam adhesive out there that can compare with Stampin' Up!'s.
It adds just the right depth to a card and I love it!

Washi tape, hello! What a wonderful way to dress up a tree - all decked out in gold again. Oh, can you imagine a gift pack of these cards? The perfect holiday hostess gift! Keep reading on how to receive your own gift pack of these adorable cards.

Isn't this tree absolutely exquisite? This is definitely a stand-alone. How many ways could you use this stamp? Keep posted for some of my ideas for it. I L.O.V.E. it!

Yep, I pulled out the sewing machine for this one (actually, not true, it's sitting out all the time!) Just a quick back and forth adds some fun to this one. Easy! Try it using gold thread on a Very Vanilla background....

And of course, this set is not complete without using a few Frosted Sequins ..... maybe a little Pearl in the center of each would have been a nice touch. I think I'll add those on for a little touch of elegance.
So.... would you like to receive a little pack of these to enjoy? My hostess gift for each order totaling $50 or more this month is exactly that. Simply place your order online here and I'll pop a sweet little set of four in the mail to you.
Thank you!
Festival of Trees Bundle 137640
Brushed Gold Cardstock 102395
Frosted Sequins 135835

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Merry Christmas

Have you created with the Holiday Home Bundle yet? It's a photopolymer stamp and Thinlit set that has numerous fun elements to work with. It will keep your mind busy with new ideas for cards, tags, gift packaging ideas and more!
Everything was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed in Gold for an elegant Christmas card.

I think this tree, embossed in gold, could easily stand on it's own. Can't you just see it layered on Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold card stock..... oh, my, I need to run right upstairs and start putting a set of those together - look for it on a post soon!

This card is layered on Very Vanilla cardstock, two layers of Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper and then embossed numerous times with Gold Embossing Powder. Gorgeous Grunge is a go-to stamp for me - it creates the perfect background interest with it's wonderful splotches and lines and then of course a second layer starburst using the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.

Holiday Home Bundle 137631
Kinda Eclectic 135350
Gorgeous Grunge 130517
Merry Everything 135071

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gift Giving Redefined!

So, I've been thinking.....
(insert husband's voice  "Now, that sounds dangerous!")
No, really - I have this fantastic "Create a Date" gift idea.
It's getting close to the holidays and that means choosing gifts for friends and family. One of the greatest gifts we can give is our time and our creativity.
So, before it gets too crazy busy, here's how to make the holidays extra special.
Dear _____________,
Along with a gift this year, more than anything I would like to spend some time with you. You know, just chatting, sharing a cup of coffee and creating another memory together.
So, along with this card kit, let's plan a date to get together and create twenty amazing cards. My house, your house or a coffee shop. Everything we need is in the kit and the coffee is on me.
I can't wait to get together!

Everyday Occasions Card Kit 134797
I just finished completing twenty amazing cards from the Everyday Occasions Card Kit and I love each and every one of them. They're so sweet and packaged in twenty bling-y  envelopes anyone would be thrilled to receive them. 
So all you need to do is:
1) Order any kit(s) from my online site using the hostess
     code below by October 31, 2014. Your kit will mail directly
     to you.
2) Set a date - even in January! What a fun way to begin the 
     new year!
3) Show up with gift in hand - the card kit comes beautifully     presented, so no gift wrap required.
4) Start creating together - step-by-step instructions are
along with an extra PDF file of the cards I
     created which I will send free with each order.
5) There's no extra fuss (or mess) and she has the gift of 
    twenty beautiful cards to give!
6) When you're done she still has the stamps, clear block, ink
    and extra bling to add to other cards.
As an added bonus, I'm creating a party out of this and one of you will receive the hostess benefits!
Just place your order online at
by October 31, 2014 using the hostess code  Y9TZ7QP9 at check out. Easy, peasy and gift giving redefined!
Any card kit qualifies for the drawing for hostess benefits. Your name will be entered once for each kit purchased.
 I promise even if you're both newbies, the cards will come together quickly.
Any questions???? Contact me at


Everyday Occasions Card Kit 134797

Monday, October 13, 2014

Small things, fun things

Have you tried the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die yet? I'm tellin' you, it's way beyond fun to work with. It makes the perfect little curvy boxes that can be dressed up a hundred or so different ways!
Everyone needs one...
This time I created a little red apple - filled with caramels. A perfect little gift complete with leaves from burlap and felt.  It just is that time of year where burlap and felt need to come out of hiding.
Check out my Pinterest board here for more ideas on how to use this amazing new die.
Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die 135853

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Seasonally Scattered

The Seasonally Scattered stamp set is a perfect set to use with heat embossing. This time finished in White Embossing Powder and added to all four sides of a Kraft Box for a beautiful presentation.

For the flower that I popped on top, I began with a doily and then created the blossom from a  Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bag using the Blossom Punch. I set it on a ruffly doily to add a little feminity and a bit more white to set off the embossing.
Simply layer six blossoms, punch a small hole through the center of all six layers and fasten with a 1/8" Mini Brad. Begin with the top layer and just scrunch it up real good towards the center. Repeat with each layer - it will turn out perfect every time.
I added a triple bow using Metallic Baker's Twine in Gold. That stuff is just beautiful!
Now, what to put in it? How about a set of 3" x 3" Love Notes? I better get to work on that!


And also from the same Seasonally Scattered set - with heat embossing again, only in Gold this time and lightly washed with an Aqua Painter using Pool Party ink. I also added embossing to the card stock by dragging just the edges of it through the Versamark Ink pad then embossing in Gold.
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Seasonally Scattered 135023
Kraft Gift Box 124106
Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags 13170
Gold Baker's Twine 132975

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Tad Bit Vintage-y

In honor of World Card Making Day,
I have three cards to inspire you today!
So, even if you're still in your jammies, grab a cup of coffee, pick up some paper, a couple of stamps and ink and join in the fun and create!

Using the Word Bubbles Framelit as my inspiration, a row of Real Red hearts and a few Candy Dots perfectly accent this great piece of Flashback Designer Series Paper.
Ever since I laid eyes on that sweet little glamper
(see it here) last Friday night (and am on a search for one daily!) I've been wanting to create a line of vintage-like cards. Like simple vintage, not over-the-top glitzy vintage. I'm happy with this humble beginning to my collection.

To create these first two cards I used the Word Bubbles Framelit and ran just the very edge of it through
 my Big Shot! (which gives me that little "vee")  Is there a word for that little pointy thing? That's the only part I really wanted as I needed a gentler curve to create my card. Then following the curve, I hand cut the rest to create a very wide word bubble effect.
Oh, I hope I'm making sense of all of this for you!

I just love the way you can use Framelits "outside of the box" to create whatever your sweet little brain has imagined!

Here's Flashback DSP again, this time with a "woo-hoo!"  I coiled a bit of Thick Baker's Twine to add a bit of fun, because "woo-hoo" = fun, right?

A close-up of the serrated edge and a neat little heart to add a little love.
Here are the products I used:

Word Bubbles Framelits 132968
Flashback Designer Series Paper 133699
Just Sayin' 133203
Six-Sided Sampler 130956
Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack 133787
Candy Dots 130931, 130934
Thick Baker's Twine 135638
And, here's where you can order them!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello Sweet Baby!

New babies, there's nothing so sweet!
And this morning we welcomed our ninth grandchild (seventh grandson) into the world.
Welcome, sweet baby Xandyr!
We're so glad you're here and that both you and your Mommy are doing great.
Here's a simple card that welcomes the new addition to your world. Itty Bitty Banners with a tad of Gorgeous Grunge simply stamped before embossing just waits for a tiny heart to be tied on to the front.

For this card I chose to use the underside (or negative side - but there really isn't anything negative about creating cards, right?) of the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. I also chose to emboss just a section of the card front - see the pic below on how to do that.

And because there are some new sweet little girls in our world also - here's one done in Strawberry Slush and Tangerine Tango.
To emboss only the center of the card front, first stamp your cardstock, then simply place your cardstock part way in the embossing folder as shown. (The picture doesn't show the stamping - it's on the underside) Run it through your Big Shot! just an inch or two until you have the amount of embossing that makes you happy! The lower and upper edges of the cardstock will be left blank.
Itty Bitty Banners Bundle 136606
Gorgeous Grunge 130517
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder 133520