Snowflakes and Sparkles – Quick Christmas Card

If you’re looking for a quick, eye-catching Christmas card, look no further!  Here is a design that you will enjoy making and you will be proud to give to friends and family.

I decided to “shop” my stamp collection to choose the images for this card.  There were three themes I wanted to include.   The first was an abstract background that I could stamp once or twice.  The second was a stamp set with great snowflake images.  And, the third was a fun Christmas sentiment to match the overall design.

Three stamp sets were used to create the card.  The first is Love What You Do which has a great background stamp.  The second stamp set is Colorful Seasons which is filled with amazing images for all seasons.  And, the last is the Christmas Pines stamp set which includes great sentiments as well as wonderful images.  “Shopping” your own stash can be a really fun way to pick images to use together to create new designs.

The basic instructions for making this card are shown below:

  • This is a one-layer card with a Thick Whisper White card stock base.  The base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Use the background image from the Love What You Do stamp set and Pool Party ink to stamp the background image onto the front of the card.  You can stamp the image either once or twice, as pictured.
  • Use Gray Granite ink and the snowflake images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set to stamp snowflake images on the card front.
  • Use Night of Navy ink and the pictured sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set to add a greeting to your card front, as pictured.
  • Die cut two or three snowflakes from Whisper White card stock with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies collection.  Adhere them to the front of the card to add dimension and interest to your design.  The Fine Glue Pen works very well to adhere the die cut snowflakes.
  • Add some bling to the card by adhering a few silver sequins.  I used some sequins that I had leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • If you use your Stamparatus for the stamping, you will be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to create a stack of these beautiful Christmas cards!

Below are the main products that I used to create today’s card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Blended Seasons – Artist Trading Cards!

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Each October, the North Carolina State Fair is one of the prime events in the area.  If you’re going to be in the Raleigh area beginning this Thursday, be sure to check out the NC State Fair website for the event calendar.  Click on the logo below for more information.

Just like many state fairs, the NC State Fair has several friendly competitions.  One of them is card making!  I’ve entered the card making competition each year beginning with 2008.  Every year, I am in awe of the amazing talents of so many artists.  They are all very inspiring.

A few years ago, a new category was added to the card making category.  It is the Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  Entries have four ATC cards, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  This category has really stretched me with stamping and other techniques.

Today, I’d like to share the entry that I literally just dropped off for this year’s ATC competition.  I hope you enjoy the fall theme and recognize the stamp set that I used.

The ATCs feature the recently available Blended Seasons stamp set.  If you did not add that stamp set to your collection, don’t fear.  I bet you have a stamp set in your stash that you can use to create a similar set of Artist Trading Cards.

Here are some of the steps that I used in the process:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 5″ x 7″.
  • Use your Stamparatus (the most amazing stamp positioning tool ever!!) to stamp your favorite image in opposite corners of the card stock piece.  I stamped four separate pieces of card stock with four different colors of inks.  I wanted to have a variety of stamped line colors to play with and figure out which pieces I wanted to keep.
  • Before you cut the 5″ x 7″ to their final 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sizes, be sure to complete the coloring of each piece.
  • On one piece, I used Tim Holtz distress inks over the image stamped in Old Olive ink.  After I distressed the piece, I sprinkled some water onto the piece and took the excess water off with a paper towel.  The effect is really fun.  After this piece of card stock was cut, it was used for the upper left and lower right quadrants.

  • On another piece that I stamped with a really light touch of Cajun Craze ink, I used my Watercolor Pencils to add interest and depth to the design.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the upper right quadrant.

  • On yet another piece that I stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, I used my Aqua Painters to add color to the leaves.  I like the way Aqua Painter made the inked lines bleed a little.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the bottom left quadrant.

  • I did have another piece that I had stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The colors that I used to decorate this piece didn’t work well with my final project.  But, I will use the piece for another project.
  • After I figured out which pieces were going to be used for each quadrant, I put them together on a scrap piece of paper and spattered some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire piece.

  • Since I had extra leaves from each piece that I chose not to use in the final project, I fussy cut some of the leaves and decided where I would place them on the cards.  To add a little interest to the leaves, I highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella.
  • The final touch was random drops of Ranger Glossy Accents.  They add a very unique, whimsical feel.

This technique can easily be translated into cards.  Stay tuned, I’ve been inspired by the ATC entry!  I’m going to make a few cards with similar layouts.  Check back to see them.

Some of the products that I used to make the ATCs are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Welcome Autumn – Multi-Colored Wreath Card

Two of the stamp sets that I have been using recently are Wishing You Well and Country Home.  Both have beautiful images and wonderful sentiments to use on cards for many occasions.  The card in today’s post uses both stamp sets and the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Since it is meant to welcome Autumn, I hope it makes you smile 🙂

Before I get into the steps to make the card, I have a question for you.  Have you ever been daydreaming and a really fun card design popped into your head?  I can see you shaking your head and admitting that you have!  Thank you – I don’t feel alone now 🙂  This is one of those cards.

Wreaths are such pretty decorations and are used to celebrate many different occasions throughout the year.  My design epiphany was to use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create a wreath with many layers of colors.  I’m going to put a tutorial together with step-by-step instructions to show you how I created the card.  But, in the meantime, here are the basic directions and measurements for the card.

  • The base of the card is a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The first layer on the card front is a piece of DSP from the gorgeous Country Lane DSP collection.  There are many colors and designs in this collection that make beautiful Autumn themed projects.  I wanted to highlight the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss color in the background.  The DSP is cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Adhere the DSP piece directly to the card front, as pictured.
  • The focal point for the card is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  The frame piece is Old Olive card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.
  • I first stamped the sentiment onto the Whisper White card stock using my StamparatusHow in the world did we stamp before we had stamp positioning tools??  I cannot believe how much easier and quicker it is to make cards with my Stamparatus.
  • The sentiment comes from the Country Home stamp set.  I used Old Olive ink to stamp “HAPPY harvest BLESSINGS” onto the Whisper White card stock as pictured.

  • Next, stamp the multi-colored wreath.  This is the step that I will explain more fully in another post with step-by-step pictures.  For now, I will describe the process.
  • Grab one of your clear blocks.  The size D clear block is a great size for this.  Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp the wreath from the Wishing You Well stamp set in the middle top section of the Whisper White card stock.  I recommend stamping off once before stamping onto the Whisper White piece.
  • Clean your stamp and grab your Old Olive ink.  Stamp the wreath again – but this time with Old Olive – and stamp so the wreath is a little bit to the left and bottom of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.  Don’t clean your stamp and stamp the wreath with Old Olive so that the image is a little right and top of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.
  • Repeat the step above with Old Olive ink.  But, this time, when you stamp first, stamp the image to the right and bottom of the initial Crushed Curry image.  The second time you stamp (without reinking), stamp to the left and top of the initial Crushed Curry image.
  • Repeat the last two steps above using Pumpkin Pie ink.

  • The last layer of color on the wreath is Blackberry Bliss.  Look at the picture below to see where the Blackberry Bliss is stamped.  If you think of the wreath as a clock, the Blackberry Bliss is stamped between 8:00 and 4:00 ish.  This is done intentionally since you don’t want the dark Blackberry Bliss color behind the stamped bow.  Ink the wreath stamp to approximate the 8:00 to 4:00 ish and stamp the image toward the top center of the already stamped muli-colored wreath.

  • The last bit of stamping is adding the bow at the bottom of the wreath.  The bow stamp is from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  I used Blackberry Bliss ink to stamp the bow.  Confession – The bow stamp is one of my all-time favorites.  It is really amazing!  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere your finished Whisper White piece to the Old Olive frame piece.  Use dimensionals to add the Old Olive piece to the card front, as pictured.
  • If you want, add a little bling to your wreath.  I used a few sequins to add some interest.

This is a super fun and pretty quick card.  I am anxious to try it with multiple colors of green and a pretty Cherry Cobbler bow for a gorgeous Christmas card.  I know you will love the design and the versatility of being able to create multi-colored wreaths for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Autumn wreath card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember to check back to see more information and pictures on how to create the multi-colored, multi-layered wreath.

Happy stamping!


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Wishing You Well – Birthday Card

How many times have you looked through the new Holiday Catalog?  My catalog is looking a little tattered and slightly worn at this point.  But, I am very embarrassed to say that I overlooked the gorgeous Wishing You Well stamp set until recently.  A dear friend of mine and a fellow demonstrator, Anita, pointed the stamp set out to me in a recent conversation about the catalog!

I strongly recommend that you add this stamp set to the top of your wish list.  To convince you, let me share a simple, elegant birthday card that I made with the Wishing You Well stamp set.

Now, that I have your attention – Let me share a few tips to make the card.

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Confession – I initially scored the card at 4″ rather than 4 1/4″.  But, I decided to make the design using my mistake!  You’ll notice that I scored each side of the card at 1/4″ from the side.  The back of the card is also scored the same way to give a little more character.  It is so much fun to figure out how to make mistakes part of the card!
  • Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.  This will be the frame around the main focal point.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  This will be used to stamp the focal point.
  • Grab your Stamparatus – truly an amazing stamp placement tool!  And, grab your Wishing You Well stamp set.  The Stamparatus will make stamping this image a breeze.
  • The bouquet image is stamped with Old Olive ink.  The bow image is stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The flowers are stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink to add interest to the bouquet.

  • Adhere the stamped image piece to the Rich Razzleberry frame.
  • Stamp your sentiment in the lower right of the card, as pictured.  Another confession – I used the retired Teeny Tiny Wishes set to stamp “happy birthday”.  [BTW – This card was for our oldest granddaughter, Aileen, since she is just turning 17!]

  • Use dimensionals to add the framed piece to the middle of the front of the card, as shown.
  • Add a few sequins for additional interest and a little bling.

Use different colors for the frame pieces, for the bow and flowers, and also for the bouquet.  The possibilities are endless!  And, the type of card you can make with this layout are also endless!

Yes, you can now agree — you REALLY need the Wishing You Well stamp set.  And, guess what?  All you need to do is click on the picture of the stamp set below and place your order.  Yes – it’s that easy!  The other main products that I used are also pictured below.  Click on any, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Varied Vases Note Card

At our recent Stamp Club, we had a great time (as usual) making cards using the Varied Vases bundle.  The stamp set and punch are so much fun to use and create eye catching cards.  Take a look at one of the cards we made.

There are so many different colors, textures, and layers to look at in this card.  And, the great thing is that it is pretty quick and straight-forward to make.

Here is the quick “recipe” for this card:

  • Grab a Very Vanilla Note Card to use as the card base.  I have quite a few Note Cards on hand.  they are perfect for a quick card
  • Next, use the “Hoping your day blooms with happiness!” stamp from the Varied Vases stamp set and Tuxedo Black Memento ink to add the sentiment to the bottom right corner of the card front.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.  This will be the frame for the focal point of the card.
  • Cut a piece of your choice of DSP to 3″ x 4″.  If the DSP has a pattern, make sure you cut the paper in the correct orientation.  Meaning – Make sure that your pattern is cut in a portrait view.  I used the Share What You Love DSP for the pictured note card.
  • Adhere the DSP to the center of the cut piece of Basic Black card stock.  Then, adhere the Basic Black card stock piece to the front of the note card, as pictured.
  • Now, it’s time to work on the focal point.  Grab a piece of scrap Very Vanilla card stock.  Make sure it is as least 3″ x 3″.  Stamp the vases, flowers, and stem as pictured above.  Hint:  I used my amazing Stamparatus and put the stamps on two plates to get perfect placement of the images.
  • Use your choice of colors from the Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and to add water to the open stamped vase.
  • Cut your images with the largest square framelit from the Stitched Shapes framelits collection.  I have used these collection so many times.  I’m actually surprised that the framelits aren’t worn out!
  • To get the embossed stitched impression around the vases, I used the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  These mats will open up possibilities for your stamping stash.  Just think – You will be able to use any die or framelit that you have to create an embossed impression!  Follow the directions on the Embossing Mats package to get the impression.
  • Here is the sandwich recipe from the bottom to top Big Shot Platform (without the thin die adapter), framelit (edges facing up!), paper, blue silicone mat from the Embossing Mat set, and last the white impressions pad.  Run the sandwich through your Big Shot.  You may be surprised that you won’t feel a lot of pressure as the sandwich passes through.  You’ll be amazed at the results.

  • Finish the card by adding faux stitching around the larger stitched image.  I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  Use dimensionals to add the focal image to the card front, as pictured.

Warning – You will quickly become addicted to the results you’ll get using the Embossing Mats!

I hope you enjoy making this design.  Make sure to stash it into your growing portfolio.  You’ll be able to use the layout to make cards for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Varied Vases Note Card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!