Tags & Tidings – Quick Christmas Card

Last night, I wrote out quite a few of the Christmas cards that my husband (Bruce) and I will be sending to friends and family this year.  And, as usual, I need to make a few more cards 🙂  I’m going to go out on a limb and believe that some of you are probably in the same situation that I’m in.  Well, here’s a great, quick card that will help you make some last minute Christmas cards.

Quick Christmas Card using the Tags and Tidings bundle

The Tags and Tidings bundle in the Holiday Catalog is one that I overlooked the first few times I went through the catalog.  Thankfully, I finally saw the bundle and was intrigued by the single stamp and single die that were pictured.

Above is a quick card that I made with the bundle.  The instructions are very straight forward, and the result is a fun, colorful card that you’ll be proud to send to family and friends.

  • Start with a card base using Call Me Clover card stock.  The base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Use Versamark ink and your Stamparatus to stamp the entire Tags & Tidings stamp onto the front of the card base.  All the images shown above come from one stamp!  How fun is that!?
  • Grab some pieces of your favorite holiday DSP (scraps work well here), and use Memento black ink to stamp the Tags & Tidings stamp onto the DSP.
  • Use the Christmas Tags Thinlits Die to cut out the stamped images from the DSP.  Yes – this single die cuts out all the shapes with one pass through your Big Shot.  Again – How fun is that!?
  • Use your favorite metallic thread or ribbon to decorate the die cut images that you’ll adhere to your card.
  • Make sure that you use dimensionals to pop-up at least one die cut image to give your card some depth.
  • That’s it!  You’ll have your Christmas cards made in no time!

Shown below are the main products that I used to create the Tags & Tidings card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!  And, happy Christmas card making.





Christmas Tags Thinlits Die




Versamark Pad







Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad




Year-End Closeout!

You get to take advantage of the inventory cleaning that Stampin’ Up! is doing for year-end!  There are special deals on retiring and surplus items.  Keep in mind that some items are last-chance and limited inventory.  Be sure to place your orders sooner than later to make sure you get the “goods” before the supplies are gone… and gone for good!

Click on the image below to go directly to my on-line store.  The items in the store will be kept up-to-date as the sale continues.  If a product is sold out, it will no longer appear in the on-line store.

Happy stamping and happy Year-End Closeout shopping!!!


Peaceful Plaid Poinsettia Card

Yesterday afternoon, our monthly Stamp Club members got together and made three festive cards.  The card I’m sharing below is the first of the three that I’ll post.  We had a great time making the plaid pattern with the Buffalo Check background stamp and masking the beautiful poinsettia image from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set.

Masking is one of my favorite techniques since it can make a one layer card look multi-dimensional.  This card was especially fun with the amazing plaid background.

Here are the steps that we used to create the card.

  • The card base is Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The card front is Whisper White card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • The first step is to stamp the poinsettia image from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the card front with Call Me Clover ink.  Position the image as pictured.
  • Next, use the poinsettia outline die from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies set to cut a mask to put over the stamped image.  The die fits perfectly around the stamped image.  I suggest cutting the mask from copy paper or a post-it note.  These types of paper are very thin and will give you good results for masking.  Use a two-way glue pen to add some glue that will dry to just be tacky.  You’ll then be able to use the die cut paper like a post-it note over the stamped image.
  • The next step is to stamp the Buffalo Check image over the entire card front.  In other words, you want to stamp the Buffalo Check image over the masked stamped poinsettia image. To do this, put a glue dot on each corner on the back of the card front piece.  Put a piece of paper on the base of your Stamparatus.  Lay the card front onto the base.  The glue dots will hold the paper in place.  Position the Buffalo Check on your Stamparatus plate to ensure the stamped image will cover the entire card front.  Use the amazing new Gray Granite ink to stamp the Buffalo Check background stamp.  You may need to add extra pressure when you stamp to make sure the checks are stamped well around the masked image.
  • Now, it’s time to add the additional colored lines to get the plaid pattern.  Grab your Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Markers and an acrylic ruler.  Draw lines with the smaller end of the markers to add color.  Use the picture as a guide.

  • When you’re happy with the results, take the card front off the piece of paper.  Carefully take of the mask over the poinsettia stamped image.
  • Use a Blender Pen to color the poinsettia image with the following In-Colors:  Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch.  I used a stamping block as my palette and scribbled a little color from my Stampin’ Write Markers onto the block.  Then, I picked up the color from the block with my Blender Pen.
  • After you’ve colored the poinsettia image, you can fill in the white space around the image with Gray Granite ink again using your Blender Pen.  I found adding the Gray Granite ink around the image added a nice touch to the design.

  • Stamp the “May this season be filled with peace.” sentiment from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the card base.  Use Call Me Clover ink to stamp the sentiment.  Use the picture for placement of the sentiment.

  • To finish the card, you will cut the card front as pictured to allow the sentiment on the card base to be seen between the two card front pieces.  Use your ruler to decide where to cut the card front.  Use dimensionals to add the two card front pieces to the base.

I hope you will use this design to either CASE this card or to make another card using your choice of stamps and colors.  There are endless possibilities!

Below, the main products that I used to make this card are shown.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!

Blender Pens





Stamp ‘N Hop – Blossoming Spring Basket

Welcome to this month’s Stamp ‘N HopIf you just came from Rachel Traudt‘s post, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Rachel is a very talented artist.  Didn’t you just love her project?  Thanks so much for continuing your hop and stopping to see my project.  This month, we are all focused on the amazing Sale-A-Bration products that are available.  Remember, Sale-A-Bration only lasts until the end of March!

One of my absolutely favorite Sale-A-Bration products is the Blooming Basket bundle.  It includes a gorgeous Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Stamp Set and a fabulous Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The bundle is your free gift when you place an order of $100 (excluding shipping and tax).  Below is a fun, bright, easy card that I made with the bundle.

You’ll notice that there is color added to the Crumb Cake cardstock that I used to emboss the Basket Weave embossing folder.  I added Tip Top Taupe and Fresh Fig inks to the embossing folder before I ran the cardstock through my Big Shot.  Then, added a little White craft ink to the weave with a sponge.  The white ink helps blend all the colors on the weave.

You’ll also notice that I added some dimension to the flowers in the basket stamp from the Blooming Basket stamp set.  The stamp is very detailed and truly gorgeous.  I used several colors from the Watercolor Pencils set to add layers to the flowers, leaves, additional foliage, and the basket.  To add a little more interest, I colored an additional large flower with the Watercolor Pencils, fussy cut the flower and some of the petals.  Then, I used my bone folder to give the flower a little curl.  The flower is added with dimensionals.  I purposefully positioned the added flower to allow the background flower to be seen.

The card is finished with Fresh Fig cardstock and put on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I decided not to add a sentiment to the front of the card since there is a lot of texture on the front that I wanted to be visible.  The inside of the card is a perfect place to add a sentiment, and stamps from the Blossoming Basket stamp set would work perfectly.  They include – “You are Loved” and “Here for You”.  Either would be great and would look elegant stamped in Fresh Fig.

I hope you have enjoyed my card and will try some of the techniques that I’ve highlighted.  Be sure to go to Susan Simpson’s post to see her amazing project.

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Also below is a full list of the all the participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!

Participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop:

Eva Pottsova (Crafting With Angels)
Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Brusho Powder Magic

If you have considered buying the Brusho powder collection from the Occasions Catalog, take a look at the video below!  I bet you’ll be convinced that you need to add the powders to your craft stash 🙂

To order your Brusho powders, click on the picture below.  You’ll go directly to my on-line store!

Happy stamping!