Merry & Bright Gift Tag

I hope each of you and your families had a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We certainly did!  After the main meal and before dessert, we have a tradition of a team activity.  This year, we had our own version of the Food Channel’s “Chopped” show.  Two teams had mystery containers and were asked to create desserts.  The ingredients to work with included cream cheese, cocoa nibs, sweet potato tortilla chips, dried cranberries, lady finger cookies, and the team’s choice from six Mexican spices.  As the judges, my mom and I sampled the finished dishes.  It was a lot of fun!

If you’re like me, you’ve turned your attention to getting ready for Christmas.  Whether you’re an in-the-store shopper or an on-line shopper, you’re going to need to make gift tags for all the bargains that you find.  Today’s post focuses on the cute Merry & Bright gift tag pictured in the center of the banner picture and also pictured below.  This tag was inspired by one that Mary Fish posted.

Here are the directions and tricks for making the gift tag:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 2″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Use the scalloped topper die cut from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies to die cut the top of the tag.  This die cut is really cute.  The hole that is cut is in the shape of a heart!  Be sure to save the heart piece.  You never know when you may be able to use it in another project.
  • Grab a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Use your choice of building scenes from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies collection to die cut a scene.  I used the piece that has the church.  Determine which piece of the building scene you want to use on your tag.  Cut the building scene to 2″ wide.  Leave about 1 1/2″ of white space under the buildings to have room for your sentiment.  [Tip:  If there are extra buildings or trees in the 2″ wide section, simply use your scissors to trim out the extra pieces.  I cut out part of the building that was next to the church!]
  • Stamp “Merry & Bright” from the Hearts Come Home stamp set on the bottom of the die cut piece.  I used Garden Green ink for the stamp.
  • To add the scallops underneath the bottom of the die cut piece, I had to scour my die collection to find something that would work.  I used the scalloped edge die from the Window Box Thinlits collection and Real Red cardstock to make the edging.  It is so much fun to challenge yourself to look at your dies and stamps in different ways.
  • To finish the tag, adhere the scalloped edge under the die cut piece and trim any excess from the sides.  Use dimensionals to attach the die cut piece to the tag.  [Tip:  The mini dimensionals are perfect for adhering the tree and church!]  Use a piece of the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ ribbon to add a bow to the top.  And, finally, add your choice of a small embellishment to the tree.

This is the perfect project to work on while you’re watching your favorite show or just winding down from the day.  I bet the tag would also look great on a card front.

Below are the main products that I used to make the gift tag.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Hearts Come Home – Christmas Card

It is almost November!  Isn’t that just crazy?!  And, it’s definitely not too early to start making your Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of the designs that my husband, Bruce, and I will be sending to friends and family this year.

The focal point for this card is the amazing tiered winter village scene that is created with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies.  They are fun to work with and were also used in another card that I recently posted.  You can see that post here.

After you get the pieces together for the Hearts Come Home Christmas card, you’ll find that it is a pretty easy card to finish and great for mass production.  It’s perfect to do when you’re watching TV with your family, Skyping with friends, or listening to the radio and crafting.  Here are the main pieces and basic steps for the card:

  • Use Thick Whisper White cardstock to create your card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The Thick Whisper White cardstock will give a sturdy base for this card.
  • Believe it or not, the “snow background” is from one of the patterns in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP)!!  I think it is just perfect for this card.  Don’t you?  The “snow background” DSP is cut to 4 1/4″ x 3″.
  • The three levels of the winter village scene are cut from Whisper White cardstock.  The effect is even more spectacular in person.  Trust me!
  • To test where I needed to make the die cuts for the card, I started with three pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I die cut each piece using a different layer of the winter scene.  There are three dies in the set.  Then, I used my test pieces to determine how much room I needed between each and taped the three die cut pieces together.
  • Next, take another piece of Whisper White cardstock (or a scrap piece of cardstock) cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ as your model.  Put the taped pieces on top of your model piece and allow the left side of the model piece to show about 1/2″.  Draw pencil or pen marks on your model to show where each die should be cut.
  • Adhere the DSP piece to the top of your card base, as pictured.
  • Adhere the tallest die cut piece on top of the DSP and card base.  In the picture above, this is the die cut piece with the double trees and snowman.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the second die cut piece on top of the first die cut piece, as pictured.  The bottom and sides of this piece will be flush with the card base.  Cut some of the mini dimensionals to make sure you adhere the trees and church steeple.
  • In the bottom right hand corner of the final die cut piece, stamp “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas” using Pool Party ink.  The stamp is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the stamped, third die cut piece to the front of the card.
  • And, there you have it!  A gorgeous Christmas card that you will be proud to send this season.  I hope you enjoy making this card!

The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy getting started on your Christmas cards!!

Happy stamping!


Happy Birthday to My Brother!

Earlier this week, my brother celebrated a significant birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dave!  You’ll easily be able to tell which birthday by the card I made him!  Here is the front of the card:

And, here is a picture of the inside of the card:

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect background for the card.  I’ve had a great time using this paper and hope you do as well.  The Large Numbers Framelits allowed me to customize the number for my brother’s birthday.  I die cut the numbers after I stamped the birthday sentiment with the Stylized Birthday stamp.  Then, I die cut three more of each number and made my own cardstock chipboard for each number by gluing the pieces together.

The leaves at the bottom of the card are made from the stamps and dies from the Color Theory Suite.  The leaves were stamped on scraps of Wood Textures DSP.  Their coloring is from Watercolor Pencils and then blending with an Aqua Painter.  Tip:  Use as little water as possible when you blend.

The gold leaf sticker is from the September Paper Pumpkin kit!!! Love that kit.  I also used the large leaf stamp from the same Paper Pumpkin kit to decorate the inside of the card.  Again, I colored the leaves with Watercolor Pencils.

The sentiment and numbers for the inside of the card are from the Number of Years stamp set.  The base for the inside of the card is a piece of Wood Textures DSP.  The final touch is rounded corners.

This style card could easily be changed to fit any occasion!  I hope you use this idea and make it your own.

Below are the main supplies I used to make the card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,


Quilted Christmas Inlaid Embossing Card

My dad was in the Air Force, and our family moved around quite a bit.  It was a great adventure moving around the country and living in France and England.  It was also very special when we were able to spend time with family in the States.  I vividly remember my Grandmother and Granddaddy Wright’s house in Gruver, Texas.  It was a very modest home filled with an enormous amount of love and memories.  It is also the place where my Grandmother Wright showed me how to needlepoint, embroider, hook a rug, smock a pillow, and crochet.  From those wonderful moments with her, my love for crafting started.

The cards pictured below remind me of her.  They aren’t fancy, but they have so much warmth and character.  The Quilt Top Textured Embossing Folder from the Quilted Christmas suite is one of the keys to the cards.  The other is your favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I chose pieces from the gorgeous Painted Autumn DSP collection.  [By the way, if you didn’t know already, Stampin’ Up! has a special this month for DSP.  Buy three packages of selected DSP collections, and get one free!!  Click here for more details.]

The directions for the card are pretty straight forward:

  1. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 7″ x 5″, score at 3 1/2″ on the 7″ side.  [Or – You could use a retired Crumb Cake notecard.]
  2. Choose your favorite piece of DSP and cut two pieces.  One 4 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ and one 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
  3. Choose your favorite color of cardstock that will work well with the DSP that you have chosen.  In the pictured cards, I chose Early Espresson, one of my absolute favorite brown colors.  Cut two pieces of your chosen color of cardstock.  One 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and one 4 7/8″ x 3 3/8″.
  4. Grab one of your favorite edgelit or framelit dies, and cut a design to put in the middle of the round quilted piece.  The Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies added the touch that I wanted.  Make sure you cut the die in the same cardstock color as the pieces you chose in #3 above.
  5. You are now ready to use the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add the stitched quilting textures to the card pieces.
  6. First emboss the front Crumb Cake piece of the card base.
  7. Adhere the larger DSP piece from #2 above to the larger piece of cardstock in #3 above.  Run the glued pieces through the Big Shot in the embossing folder.
  8. Use the Layering Circles Framelits collection to die cut the focal point of the card.  There are two sets of scalloped circles in the set.  The largest die from each scalloped set are used to cut the center pieces.  Take these two dies from the set.  The smaller is used in #9 below.  The larger is used in #10 below.
  9. Adhere the die design from #4 above to the smaller piece of DSP from #2 above.    Die cut the pasted pieces with the smaller scalloped framelit.  Then, run the glued pieces through the Big Shot in the embossing folder.
  10. Use the larger scalloped framelit to die cut the larger cardstock piece from #3 above.  Emboss this piece with the embossing folder.  Adhere the glued scalloped piece from #9 to the top of the scalloped piece you just die cut in this step.
  11. You can now assemble the card.
  12. Glue the piece from #7 above to the card base.
  13. Add dimensionals to the back of the completed center scalloped piece, and adhere the scalloped piece to the front of the card, as pictured.
  14. Add a bow or other embellishment to the bottom, if desired.
  15. Notice:  Intentionally, there is no stamping involved in this card.  You can very easily add any sentiment to the inside of the card to customize the card.  Or, leave it blank and use it as a notecard.

When you see this card, I think you’ll agree that it has a true warmth.  It feels like a quilt that can be sent for any occasion.

Please use this basic design to make it your own.  Use your favorite DSP and framelit design for your card.  I would love to see what you come up with!

Happy stamping!


Quilted Christmas Suite – First of Three Designs

I have to admit that I wasn’t initially too excited about the Quilted Christmas Suite when I first looked through SU!’s holiday catalog.  There – I’ve confessed!  But, thankfully, everyone in the Stamp Club loved the suite and wanted to use it at our October meeting.  I am so glad they did because I am (literally) now in love with the suite.  It is gorgeous, fun, and very versatile!

As promised, the Quilted Christmas Suite is the next product group that I will focus on to live up to my motto – “One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities”.  Below are pictures of the front and inside of my first design.

Don’t you just love it?  There are so many great elements to this card.

Here are directions and tips for making the card:

  1. Make your card base from Real Red cardstock.  I grabbed a piece of Real Red cardstock from the Quilted Christmas Cardstock Pack.  It includes Real Red, Garden Green, and Lemon Lime Twist.  Cut the card base to 4 1/4″ x 11″, and score at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.  This will give you a top-folding card.
  2. Use the square quilted flower design die from the Quilt Builder Framelits Die set to die cut a window in the front of the card.  Look at the first picture above to get an idea of where to put the die.
  3. Let’s talk about the inside of the card first.  Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  This will be the main piece for the inside.  Stamp “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” from the Christmas Quilt stamp set on the bottom right of the Whisper White cardstock piece.  Use Real Red ink.
  4. Stamp the large quilted flower design, using Real Red ink, onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  [Tip:  When you stamp images that have dotted lines, don’t push too hard on your block.  I always stamp with a MISTI and just tap the cover when I’m using dotted line stamps.]  Die cut the stamped image with the square die int he Quilt Builder Framelits set.
  5. Grab your Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) collection and pick the piece that you want to use for the quilted flower.  You’ll just need one piece of paper since the DSP has complementary designs on both sides.  I absolutely love everything about this DSP!
  6. Use the same die that you used in #2 above to cut out the pieces for your quilt piece.  Put the die close to the corner of the paper.  Important tip:  After you die cut pieces from one side of your DSP, flip the DSP over and die cut pieces from the other side.  This will ensure you have die cut the right pieces in two color combinations.  You’ll end up with die cut pieces for two quilted flowers.
  7. To make sure you don’t lose any pieces, put the die cuts into a bowl or cup.  You’ll have squares and triangles die cut as well since those shapes are part of the die.  I chose not to include them in my card.  Adhere the die cut pieces to the stamped image you created in #4.  Tip:  Before gluing, I put the red pieces down first then added the green pieces to make sure I knew where each piece went.
  8. You’re going to have about half the piece of DSP leftover.  From that leftover piece, cut a 3″ square.  Adhere your square quilt piece to the DSP square.  In my picture, you’ll see that I chose the green side of the DSP square to show behind my quilted piece.
  9. Before you glue the inside pieces together, you need to line-up the quilted piece behind the window on the front of the card.  I used Post-It notes to attach the quilted piece behind the window.  At the same time, don’t glue the large Whisper White piece to the inside.  Use Post-It notes to tack that piece to the inside center.  Put glue on the backside of the quilted piece and close the card.  The quilted piece will be lightly tacked to the large Whisper White piece.  You can move the quilted piece until you get everything aligned.  The end result will be that your quilted piece is glued onto the Whisper White piece, and the quilted piece will be aligned with the window.
  10. Emboss the complete inside of your card using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Below is a picture that will give you a better idea of what this looks like when it is embossed.  Gorgeous!!
  11. Adhere the finished inside piece to the inside of your card.  We can now tackle the final touches to the front of the card.
  12. Stamp “peace” from the Christmas Quilt stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock.  Use Real Red ink.  Die cut “peace” using the second largest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.  Use the smaller end of a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to add faux stitching to the edges.
  13. Cut a piece of DSP from the Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper collection to 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.  As you can see from the pictures, I chose to use the same green DSP as I used in the inside of the card.
  14. Adhere the “peace” piece to the center of the DSP.  Emboss the combined piece using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Adhere the embossed piece to the bottom of the card front.  You’ll have some extra DSP on either side.  Cut the excess to get a straight edged finish.
  15. The last piece is the spool of thread and needle.  Too cute!  They are made from dies in the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies set.  I die cut the spool from Crumb Cake cardstock and the needle from a piece of scrap (non-SU!) silver paper.  The thread is embroidery floss that matched the Real Red color.  Simply wind a small length of embroidery floss around the spool.  Finish by threading the needle.  Adhere with glue dots.


I hope you’ll check back to see the second design that I’ve created using this suite of products.  In the meantime, take a few minutes to look at the main products I used to create today’s card.  The products are pictures below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Glue Dots