Thursday, December 23, 2021


I am always sad when I don't use enough faith based stamps and dies for my Christmas cards. Afterall, Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Even though I use lots of different images for my Christmas cards I do always use a faith filled sentiment inside. 

This card was sent to my pastor and features the Memory Box Drop Nativity die which I cut from white and gold metallic cardstock. For the background I used the Papertrey Ink Mix & Mat: Snowflakes Die to cut from white linen cardstock for a tone on tone look. The sentiment from the older PTI Star of Wonder set was stamped using Versamark ink, then gold heat embossed. 

Products: Memory Box die, Papertrey Ink Sentiment stamp, cs and die, Michael's metallic cs, Versamark ink

My second card is also a faith based one. I used the Memory Box Nativity Circle die to cut from gold metallic cardstock, then backed with midnight cardstock. I then attached the piece to a piece cut with the Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles die. I cut the sentiment also from gold cardstock using the Poppy Stamps Believe Fresh Script die.

Products: Memory Box and Poppy Stamps dies, PTI, Concord & 9th and Michael's metallic cs, Reverse Confetti die

I wish for you a lovely and blessed holiday. 

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

O Holy Night

O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas hymn so when Concord & 9th came out with the O Holy Night Bundle I snatched it up. 

The Stardust color is my favorite in the Concord & 9th lineup and I doubled up on it with this card. I first stamped the big sentiment onto plain white cardstock using stardust ink, then cut out with the matching die. I stamped the small image onto the corner of a stardust cardstock stitched rectangle and white heat embossed. A few holeless sequins and a small metallic star finished it up. 

For the second card, I stamped both the sentiment and the image directly onto the stardust cardstock piece using Versamark ink and white heat embossed. I added a few of the diecuts from the O Holy Night bundle anchored with the stardust enamel dots

Products: Concord & 9th stamps, dies and cs, PTI cs, Concord & 9th enamel dots and ink, Versamark ink

I sincerely hope that you find enjoyment in this holy season despite your troubles.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

With Love & Joy

Me again. Today's card is (hopefully) already in the hands of the recipient. 

I stamped a bunch of the Reverse Confetti Triangle Trees and cut with the matching die several months ago. I think these are the last of that group. I combined them with some older Reverse Confetti products, Circles 'n Scallops and Let it Snow (snowflakes). I stamped the sentiment around the scallop separating with a red jewel for a clean and simple card.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Reverse Confetti dp, PTI and Michael's Metallic cs, Doodlebug jewels, PTI ink

Have a blessed day! Breathe!

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Monday, December 20, 2021

'Tis the Season

Good morning. We are getting down to the wire for the big day. You will see postings this week but all have been set up to post automatically so I can enjoy the holidays with a little less stress. 

I stamped and colored the beribboned bell from the Reverse Confetti Joys of the Season and cut out with the matching die. I added a couple of stems from the same set slipped underneath before attaching to the diecut piece which was cut with die. I kept the card base simple with a border of patterned paper and a strip of metallic cardstock for a bit of sparkle. After stamping the sentiment from the Seasonal Say It All set to a plain white rectangle using Hawaiian shores ink, I attached the image to it with a layer of craft foam, then attached it to the background piece also using a layer of craft foam.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Avery Elle dp, PTI cs, Recollections metallic cs, Altenew and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bell-T0, T1, T3, T5; Ribbon-BG70, BG11, BG15, BG72, BG75

Have a blessed week and don't forget the reason for the season!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Merry & Magical

Since I had my The Stamp Market stamps and dies out for my last card I decided to create a couple more cards with them. 

First up, I used the Holly Jolly Die set that I recently purchased during black Friday to cut from white and cherry kisses cardstock. I found the stitched circle in my snippets bag and backed it with patterned paper also from the Merry &Magical Paper PackI stamped the holly using everygreen ink and the berries using cherry kisses ink, both from the Merry Days set and cut with the matching dies. 

Products: The Stamp Market stamps and dies, The Stamp Market dp, PTI cs, The Stamp Market and Concord & 9th ink

For the second card, I used the Dotted Tree die set that I purchased last year but but never before used to cut from patterned paper from the Merry &Magical Paper Pack. I prepared the ballet slipper cardstock background using a die from the Papertrey Ink Shape Shifters:Oval 4 set, then added a patterned paper border at the bottom. The sentiment from The Greetery Opposites Attract stamp set was stamped using cherry kisses ink, then cut out with the matching die and attached to the tree using a layer of craft foam. 

The Stamp Market die, The Stamp Market dp, PTI and Concord & 9th cs, PTI die, The Greetery stamp and die, The Stamp Market ink

Both of these are already in the mail. 

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Monday, December 13, 2021

'Tis the Season

I am still short on Christmas cards and continue to create when I can. I am also trying to concentrate on items I haven't used before (or very little) and using challenges for inspiration. My card today uses the colors from the Color Throwdown #672 Challenge

I stamped the various trees from The Stamp Market Tiny Trees Two set using hibiscus burst, green parakeet and Hawaiian shores ink and cut out with the matching dies. The sentiment from the Tiny Trees (apparently retired) was white heat embossed onto black cardstock. I prepared the linen cardstock background using die from the Papertrey Ink Shape Shifters:Oval 2 set. 

Products: The Stamp Market stamps and dies, PTI cs, die and ink

This was suppose to be a quick and easy card but for various reasons didn't turn out that way. 

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

{The Cat's Pajamas} Feliz Navidog

Good morning. Yes, I am still working on Christmas cards! 

I printed The Cat's Pajamas Christmas Morning Digi stamp onto Neenah cardstock, then cut out with a stitched die. After coloring it up with Copic markers, I added a patterned paper border and a sentiment from an older stamp set Feliz Navidog which has been retired as are all our physical products. This couldn't be simpler but that is pretty much my style anyway. Even when I layer, it's clean layers.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas digital stamp, The Stamp Market dp, PTI cs, The Stamp Market ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Sweater-R14, R17, R29; Nose-R00, R01, R02; Giraffe-YR30, YR31, E30, E33; Teddy-E30, E31, E33, E40, E41; Gifts-R14, R17, R29, B000, B01, B04, G0000, G000,G00

Stay warm. Have a blessed day.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Bearing Candy and GIfts

Today's Christmas card features images from the SugarPea Designs Hey Winter stamp and die set. This is another set I bought last year and never used. Please make me feel better and tell me you can relate?! 

I tucked in a candy cane and gift in the bear's arms but it was a little too much for him and he dropped one of the candy canes. For the background, I used I blended tumbled glass distress ink over the Geo Snowflake Stencil which has to be one of my very favorite stencils ever. I added a snowbank using a small scalloped edge die. The sentiment was stamped in vermillion ink. 

Products: SugarPea Designs stamps and dies, American Crafts and PTI cs, Sugar Pea Designs stencil, Simon Says die, Ranger Distress, Ranger Archival and Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-W00, E81, T1, T3, T5; Sweater-R21, R22, R24, R27, T1; Gift-BG0000, BG000, YG01, YG03; Trees-E31, E35, YG01, YG03, YG13; Candy Canes-R21, R24, R27

I am submitting this to the Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #5

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Color Throwdown Challenge #771

I was selected as the featured stamper for the Color Throwdown Challenge #669 from a couple of weeks ago so I am now the guest star for the day for the newest challenge. Color Throwdown #771 features some beautiful colors of pink, gray, silver and white.

I used a combination of stamps and diecuts from the The Greetery Christmas Time in the City stamps and dies and the Christmas Time Sentiments set and matching dies to create a simple Christmas in the city scene. All images and diecuts were attached with a bit of glue or foam dimensionals to a white linen cardstock background. 

Products: The Greetery stamps and dies, PTI and Simon Says Stamp cs, Pinkfresh Studio and Delicata Metallic ink

Check out the challenge rules (they are easy) and link up your project here.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

To You and Yours {Annual Holiday Sale @Purple Onion Designs}

The annual 
Purple Onion Designs Holiday sale is going on now. All stamps are 25% off  through December 5. 

My card features images illustrated by one of the newer artists Shari Bresciani. After stamping the Duo Snow-Capped Trees and Peter (penguin), I colored with Copics and fussy cut out. I then created the background by blending tumbling glass distress ink over a stencil and created a "snow bank" from linen cardstock. The images were then attached with foam dimensionals. I added a sentiment banner across the two trees and a few snowflake shaped sentiments for a bit more color.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, The Greetery sentiment stamp and die, PTI cs, Signo Uni-Ball Pen, Sugar Pea Designs stencil, The Greetery sequins and die, Altenew and The Stamp Market ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Penguin-W00, E81, BV11, BV23, BV25, BV29, YR31, YR23; Hat/Scarf/Boots-W00, E81, BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02; Goggles-T1, T3, T5, R22, R24; Skis/Pole-R22, R24, C3; Trees-C00, C1, YG41, YG45

Have a great week!

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Friday, November 26, 2021

A Polar Bear Christmas {Annual Holiday Sale @Purple Onion Designs}

Welcome to the annual Purple Onion Designs Holiday sale. All stamps are 25% off starting today through December 5. The discounted price will show when added to your cart. 

Today's card features images from the 
Happy Winter Forest Friends set illustrated by @julianharlton which were all stamped onto Copic friendly cardstock, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut out. I added a bit of sparkle to the star using a clear gelly roll pen. The background consists of a piece of dry embossed vellum with a border consisting of a strip of cardstock and patterned paper attached to the card front. After attaching all the images with either glue or foam dimensionals I attached the matted sentiment also using a layer of craft foam. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, MFT dp, MFT and PTI cs, Darice embossing folder, Altnew and WPlus9 ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bird-R22, R24, YG01, YG03; Bunny-W00, E81, R01, R02, R2, R22, R24, BG01, BG02; Bear-W00, E81, R00, R02, R05; Bear Clothing-BG000, BG01, BG02, YG01, YG03, R20, R22, R27; Tree-G000, G00, G02, G07, E33, E35, Ornaments/Star-R22, R24, R27, Y000, Y13, Y17

Have fun shopping!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Snow Happy

I had a head start on today's cards because I created the tags during the 25 Days of Tags Challenge last year. Both were in my snippets folder which seemed perfect for the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge #56 with a theme of "Christmas Snippets". 

Both tag bases were cut from cardstock and patterned paper using dies from the Sunny Studio Build-a-Tag #1 set. I then stamped and cut the snow people and tree using the Feeling Frosty stamps and dies. I added them to card bases using strips of patterned paper. 

Products: Sunny Studio stamps and dies, MFT dp, PTI cs, Divine Twine, Darice Embossing Folder, PTI and Atenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Snow People: G0000, W00, E81, YG01, YG03, R20, R22, R24, R81, RV11, RV13; Tree-YG01, YG03, YG13, YG17

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with family and good food!

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Silent Night, Holy Night

I am just getting this under the wire for the current Color Throwdown Challenge #669 featuring colors of navy, white and gold. 

I used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nativity Layering die set to cut from navy and gold metallic cardstock once and from white three times. I layered them together achieving some separation from the gold with the three layers of white. For the background, I splattered some gold watercolor all over the front and stamped the sentiment from the Papertrey Ink Star of Wonder set using blueberry ink. I added a strip of the same gold metallic cardstock, then layered the diecut image onto it. 

Products: Papertrey Ink sentiment, Spellbinders dies, PTI and Michael's cs, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor, MFT ink

This one was pretty darn easy to put together. I need easy right now. How about you? 

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Comfort and Joy

I am still furiously working on Christmas cards. 

For what is basically a clean and simple card I managed to combine several Reverse Confetti stamp and die sets including Joyous Holiday stamps and dies for the cute angel, Triangle Trees stamp and die for the graphic trees, Joys of the Season for the holly cluster and Seasonal Say It All for the sentiment all anchored by the strip of patterned paper. 

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Avery Elle dp, PTI cs, Sakura Gold Gel Pen, Altenew and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Holly Leaves-YG01, YG03, YG06; Berries-R21, R24, R27; Angel-Skin-E000, E00, E02; Hair-E50, E31, E35; Dress-W00, E81; Wings-BG0000, BG000; Halo-YR30, YR31

I am submitting this to the current Fusion Card Challenge

I hope you are having a great weekend. It's 60 degrees here and beautiful.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Let There Be Peace

 This was created for the Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge (#3) using their mood board for inspiration. 

I used several either under used or never used Memory Box/Poppy Stamps products to create a simple and peaceful scene. I cut the Stitched Pine Trees from patterned paper and used the Stick Pine Trees to cut from white cardstock, then layered together. To prepared the background I cut a stitched rectangle from white woodgrain embossed cardstock then added a patterned paper border at the bottom. After cutting a small "snow bank" from white cardstock using a stitched snow drift die, I stamped the sentiment with Christmas kisses ink for a single splash of red.  The smallest star from the Traditional Stars die set and the Tiny Fawns were cut from gold metallic cardstock. 

Products: Memory Box/Poppy Stamps dies, MFT sentiment stamp, Memory Box dp, Ellen Hutson and PTI cs, Hemptique cord, MFT dies, The Stamp Market ink

Thank you for stopping by. I'll be back soon. 

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

O Christmas Tree

I took a break from design team projects to create some Christmas cards for challenges this weekend.

This one was a breeze to put together since I already had the trees from the Reverse Confetti Triangle Trees set stamped and cut out with the matching die. And I had the holly image from the Joys of the Season set stamped, cut with the matching die and colored during the August #thedailymarker30day challenge. I spied the scalloped circle frame in my extra pieces bag and it provided an anchor for the other pieces. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the panel and I added a trio of tiny red jewels to add a bit of sparkle.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, PTI cs, The Cat's Pajamas die, Oriental Trading Co. jewels, Altenew, Concord & 9th and PTI ink, Copic Markers
 Copics: Holly Leaves-YG01, YG03, YG06; Berries-R21, R24, R27

I am submitting this to the November Stock Your Stash Challenge

Have a blessed Sunday. 

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Festive Mugs (2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop)

I have a Christmas card for the 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop using some stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink. 

I used the Papertrey Ink Festive Mugs Stamp and Die set that I purchased last year and never actually got around to using to create the two mugs, greenery, flowers and candy canes, all stamped using sweet blush, simply chartreuse and Christmas kisses ink. The snowflake cutout on the top mug came from the Starflakes die set. I arranged the images onto a white panel cut with two of the dies from the Mix & Mat: Snowflakes set, then backed with a second layer of red cut with the largest die from the set. I love pink and red for Christmas. 

Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, The Stamp Market and PTI cs, The Stamp Market and PTI ink

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend. 

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