Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Uncategorized

Christmas in July

Hello friends. Another Monday is upon us and July is almost over. I don’t know when the whole Christmas in July phenomenon started but I look forward to it every year now. The Hallmark Channel shows Christmas movies all month long, which I just love; those cheesy Christmas movies are the best! There are crafty sales and giveaways and crafters share cute Holiday cards and crafts. What could be better? It’s also a great time to get a jump start on your holiday cards. Before we know it will be December and time to send out cards!

And since I love a good Christmas card just as much as the next gal, I had to join in the fun before July was over. I kept things simple with this card. First I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″ for my card base. Next I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100lb Lipstick Red to 4 x 5 1/4″, grabbed my Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Holiday Script Stencil and some Therm O Web TRANSFER GEL iCraft Deco Foil and began the foiling process. It’s super easy but requires patience and drying time.

I taped the red cardstock to my work surface using some Post-it Tape and then taped in place the stencil where I wanted it. Since this stencil is narrower than the cardstock panel, if you want to cover the whole background you will have to do these steps twice. I did not have to do this however since I will be covering the left side. I used a palette knife to spread the deco foil transfer gel over the stencil, making sure to spread it evenly and thinly. You don’t want a thick uneven layer or the foil will not stick correctly. I set that aside to dry (it took a couple of hours) and took cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock to 1 1/8 x 5 1/4″ and ran it through my diecut machine using the Darice Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder.

Still waiting for the first half of the deco foil gel to dry, I proceeded to diecut my snowflakes. I cut 3 snowflakes using the Delicate Snowflake Die by Catherine Pooler Designs from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and adhered them together to create a dimensional snowflake.

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The transfer gel will look shiny once it is dried. I placed a piece of the Therm O Web Gina K Designs RADIANT RED Fancy Foils Deco Foil over the red panel, sandwiched it inside a folded piece of parchment paper and ran it through my laminator (make sure it is good and hot). It comes out so pretty! I took the embossed piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock and adhered it to the left side of the red foiled panel, added a strip of the wider Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers – Gold Mirror Moondust from Love From Lizi and then adhered that all to my card base, leaving a 1/8″ border all around the card.

Time to add the snowflake. I adhered that 3D white snowflake roughly in the center of the card, added some Tonic PALE GOLD Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of the snowflake, the top and bottom of the card panel. And the card is finished! Oh wait! we need a sentiment!

I added the “Merry & Bright” sentiment from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs to the inside of the card using my Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad by Stampin’ Up! as well as a large snowflake from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs in Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad | Stampin’ Up! to the bottom right corner. Ok now this card I complete!!!!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to start making your Christmas/Holiday cards. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Today is Your Day

Hello friends. This card features stamps from Catherine Pooler Designs. These stamps are from the Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Collection but are also sold separately. I wanted to make a cheerful, fun but gender neutral card. This can be for a birthday or other celebration. This card is available for sale in my Etsy shop if you prefer not to make it yourself.

Ok let’s make this card. First I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” for the card base and scored it at 4 1/4”, another piece to 4 x 5 1/4” for the back panel and a third to 1 1/8 x 5 1/2” for the vertical strip. Time to do some stamping.

I stamped the back panel first using the mod circles from Catherine Pooler Designs Punctuated Party Stamp Set and Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink and Catherine Pooler Garden Party Ink. Next I stamped the mod streamers from the same stampset using Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink and Catherine Pooler Over Coffee Ink. I stamped 3 next to each other. Then I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of with Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock using Catherine Pooler Over Coffee Ink and the Catherine Pooler Designs Punctuated Party Stamp Set. I quickly (gotta be quick or the ink will dry) sprinkled some WOW Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it using my heat gun.

I diecut the sentiment with the Simon Says Stamp STITCHED SQUARES Wafer Dies. Then I fussycut the streamers out. Time to start putting this card together. I adhered the back panel to the card base and then I went to adhere the streamers to that and realized it was not going to hold up against the background. So I cut out a piece of Stampin’ Up! Vellum to 4 x 5 1/4” and adhered it on top of the card panel. Now I can adhere the streamer strip over that. I added the sentiment piece with some 3M foam tape to the card.

Something is missing but what… It’s not festive enough. What’s a birthday car without cake and a party hat?!? So I stamped the cake from Catherine Pooler Designs WooHoo Stamp Set in Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink and the party hat in Catherine Pooler Garden Party Ink and Catherine Pooler Over Coffee Ink and diecut them with their coordinating dies. I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals to each image and added it to the card. Finished it off with some Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops in Key Lime and Sea Breeze and I added some shimmer to the cake with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Brush Pen. All supplies and dimensions listed below.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some birthday cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Celebrations, Encouragement, Just Because, Mother’s Day

Stampin’ Up! So Hoppy Together Stampset

Hello friends, I’m coming at you today with this cute and simple froggy card using Stampin’ Up!’s SO HOPPY TOGETHER Stamp Set. I’ve had this stampset for awhile and just got around to making some cards. It was part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration 2019 catalog so unfortunately is no longer available but I still wanted to present some inspiration for those of you who have this stampset. And if you don’t have the stampset you can easily substitute another critter for the frogs. And if you want to own any of these cards they are both available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Celebrate Your Awesomeness Card

For this card I kept things simple. I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and scored it at 4 1/4”. Then cut and adhered a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” and a Strip to 1 3/4 x 5 1/2” from Queen and Company Flirty Florals Paper Pad to the card base. Using a paper pad is a great way to ensure that all your pattern papers coordinate. No guessing necessary.

I stamped the frog images onto Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored them with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers, Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers, Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends Markers, Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Markers and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Markers.

I fussycut all the images out then diecut the circles with the Queen and Company Foundation Dies #1. Using the Company Sentiment Stacker Dies, I diecut the ‘Celebrate’ word from Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and the shadow from Stampin’ Up! Vellum. I adhered those two pieces together then proceeded to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment strip onto black cardstock using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. That was then cut out using the Company Foundation Dies #2.

I figured out the placement of all the images and sentiments on the card and adhered. Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Purple Rain and Sea Breeze. I also stamped the froggy image on a white envelope.

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Hoppy For You

This card is my favorite of the two. Also quite easy to make. This time the pattern paper is just an accent or enhancement.

I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” and a panel to 4 x 5 1/4” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. Then cut a strip of Catherine Pooler Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper to 1 3/16 x 5 1/4” and Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock to 1 3/8 x 5 1/4″. I adhered those two pieces together and then to the card panel. Then adhered the white card panel to the card base.

I had already stamped and colored the images prior to starting this card. If I know I’m making multiple cards using the same stamp set, I like to stamp and color all the images I need (or just a bunch of I’m not sure what I want to use) before I create my cards. I will fussycut them just before I begin the cardmaking process. Onto the next step then…

I used some Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and used the direct-to-paper method to color with Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink. This method is a great way to match your cardstock to your project. If you want to see this technique in action check out this video from Catherine Pooler.

Next I diecut the word “HOPPY” with the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies. I also cut two additional sets of the word from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I stacked the two white sets together and adhered, followed by the colored set of letters on top of those.

I stamped the sentiment with the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Sentiments using Versamark clear embossing ink onto Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and heat embossed with Wow white embossing powder. I cut it down to a strip measuring 1/2 x 1 3/4”. Time to adhere the sentiments and the little froggy on his unicycle as well as his fluttering friends. He’s just so cute, don’t you think?!? Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Sea Breeze, and Rosewater. Lastly I stamped a little frog on a white envelope in Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Birthdays, Cards, Just Because

Fruit Frenzy Reveal Wheel Card

Well, it’s Monday again friends and that means back to work. Ugh!! But I got to play this weekend with the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel dies and Semicircle add-on. Can you tell I’m loving the reveal wheel dies?!? Its just so much fun to make these! And I wanted to show that a lot of non-Lawn Fawn stampsets also work with this die. Now don’t get me wrong I love everything Lawn Fawn makes, but I want to maximize the use of my stamps as well. This card is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

All the paper and ink for this card are Stampin’ Up! products. Most are still available for purchase. Full list below. There’s very little measuring with this card. Dies and punches do all the work for you.

As with my previous reveal wheel cards, I began by cutting out all the Reveal Wheel pieces with the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel dies and Semicircle add-on from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock.  You need to cut out two panels (one with the cutout window and one without – this will be your back piece). To create the complete circle on the front piece, I turned the semicircle 180 degrees and lined up under the open semicircle. Butt it up against the edge of the bottom 2 cut lines and it will have the perfect space between both. Its a good idea to cut out the tiny arrow from Stampin’ Up! Garden Green 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock at this time.


TIP: Use heavy cardstock for the reveal wheel to give it more stability. It won’t work well if it’s flimsy. Ask me how I know. LOL


Next I cut a 1 1/2 x 3 3/4” piece and 3/4 x 3 3/4” piece of the Stampin’ Up! Tutti Frutti DSP. I used one 6 x 6 piece and just used both sides since they match perfectly. I adhered the two pieces together, leaving the bolder pattern on top and a little of the smaller pattern peeking out from behind on one end. I adhered these to the front panel at the bottom edge.

Ok, time to stamp all the things. 🙂 I heat embossed the bowl onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! Garden Green 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock with Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder and diecut it with the coordinating dies. Then I punched out several fruits from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock using Stampin Up! Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack . Then stamped all the fruits with Stampin’ Up! Fruit Basket stampset. I Found it’s easier if you punch them out first.

I used Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry and Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green for the lemon and the pear, Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green and Stampin’ Up! Garden Green for the lime, Stampin’ Up! Garden Green and Stampin’ Up! Real Red ink for the strawberry and the watermelon.

Next, I stamped the sentiment (from the same stampset) onto some Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Cut it down to 1/2 x 2 1/4” and cut the ends into a banner.

Time to assemble the card. I attached the little wheel to the larger one with a tiny brad, added 3 Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the tiny wheel, making sure not to cover the brad and it to the back card panel. Added some 3M foam tape  to the back of the front panel, making sure not to get too close to the wheel, and  attached it to the back panel. Glued that to a 4 1/4 x  5 1/2” card base (Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock). Next I glued the bowl to the bottom edge of the circle, glued the fruit inside the wheel and the sentiment strip to the top half. Then scattered some more fruit around the card. And the card is complete!

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Cards, Holidays, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 4

Hello friends. This card wraps up my Valentine’s Day card series for 2019! I’ve enjoyed sharing my cards with all of you. For this last one I broke out one of my Stampin Up! Christmas stampsets. Unfortunately it was recently retired so it’s no longer available. But no worries if you don’t have this stampset because you can use any small stamp you may have to recreate the look. If you absolutely must have it though, check Etsy or EBay. Lots of people sell SU! Stamps in both places. Enjoy!

Making Every Day Bright Valentine Card

This card was super easy to make. I just stamped the little light bulb image in Stampin Up! Blushing Bride ink all over the background. Using a stamp positioner is the key to aligning them in rows. Also, stamped the light bulb “glow” in red over the middle bulb.

Then for I stamped one light bulb in Stampin Up! Real Red ink and quickly added Wow clear embossing powder over the image. To add some interest I added splatters of both the pink and red inks to the background. I also colored in the hearts inside the pink bulbs with my Stampin’ Write Markers in Blushing Bride.

I mounted that to a piece of red glitter paper and then to the card base. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the red light bulb and added to the card. I stamped ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ from the Lawn Fawn HOW YOU BEAN Conversation Heart Add-On with Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder onto a piece of Real Red Cardstock and cut it down into a strip. Used more Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it to the card. And for some additional interest, added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red.

Card Base = 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ Real Red Cardstock
Glitter Panel = 5 x 5″
White Panel = 4 1/2 x 4 1/2″ Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Sentiment Strip = 1/2 x 3 1/8″ Real Red Cardstock

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Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creations and I hope I’ve inspired you to create some cards of your own Thanks for stopping by and once again please leave questions in the comments or feel free to email me if you prefer.

Cards, Holidays, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 3

Hello friends. My Valentine’s Day card series is coming to end soon. I’ve had lots of fun making these cards. For this card, I had to pull out the adorable Lawn Fawn HOW YOU BEAN? stamp set and Valentine’s add-on. I just love a good mason jar stamp, don’t you?!? And Lawn Fawn was brilliant in creating add-ons for this set so you can use it over and over again. That’s a great value for your dollar!

I will also be posting a DIY Valentine’s project this coming Monday. I love making holiday decorations so I thought I’d share this one with you all. It’s budget friendly but looks like beautiful once complete. So look out for that post! 🙂

Happy Heart Day Shaker

Happy Heart Day Shaker
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Holidays, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 2

Hello everyone. Since the temperature here in the Northeast has been absolutely frigid, I thought I’d share some cards to warm the heart. 😀 To all my fellow Northeasterners and my friends in the Midwest who are worse off than we are, I wish all a warm and safe weekend. And for everyone elsewhere in the country and around the world, have a great weekend!

Heart-shaped Cards

Heart-shaped Cards 1

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Heart-shaped Cards 2

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Holidays, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 2

Hello everyone. Since the temperature here in the Northeast has been absolutely frigid, I thought I’d share some cards that warm the heart. 😀 To all my fellow Northeasterners and my friends in the Midwest who are worse off than we are, I wish all a warm and safe weekend. And for everyone elsewhere in the country and around the world, have a great weekend!

Heart-shaped Cards

Heart-shaped Cards 1

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Cards, Holidays, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 1

Hello friends. Welcome to my blog. This weekend I got busy making some cards for Valentine’s Day. I can’t believe that January is almost over and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! No better way to launch my blog then to spread some love with these cards.

These cards were fairly quick to make despite how complicated they look.

Sending Hugs Shaker Card

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Circle-shaped Valentine’s Day Card

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Thanks for stopping by to read my post. In the future I will be upload more detailed blog posts with card sizes, etc. Keeping it simple while I navigate this new adventure.