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Quick Holiday Cards

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

joy  candy cane

poinsettia holly  seasons greet


We’re very near Christmas, so I wanted to share some Quick Holiday Cards.  Several of the cards feature stamps from the beautiful Heartfelt CreationsSeason of Joy” collection, and most use a background stamp.

Background stamps and other large stamps used to make me “cringe” because I often had trouble getting the stamp to work consistently and give a nice clear image.   I’ve learned two methods that help with background stamps (or other large stamps), and I want to share those with you today.  The first method is to use a “Mega Mount” acrylic block by Impression Obsession.  This is a large clear stamping block with a handle.  It has a very gentle curve on it, and really helps to facilitate stamping.  To use it, you adhere your clear or cling stamp to the Mega Mount, and then be sure to cover the stamp fully with ink.   This can be another problem in using large stamps — it is very important to keep checking and adding ink until all parts of the stamp appear “wet”.  Then you turn over the Mega Mount and begin stamping at one end of your image, following the gentle curve of the block to the other end.  You want to apply a firm consistent pressure, and this is usually easiest if you stand.  Don’t rock the mega mount back and forth as this might result in a double-stamped image.  One pass is sufficient if you keep the firm, even pressure.

The second background stamp technique is a brayer technique.  Here you’ll place the cling or clear stamp on a large flat stamp block (if you don’t have a large enough stamp block, you can use one of the cutting plates from your Sizzix or Cuttlebug or Grand Calibur.  The acrylic block should be placed on a flat, solid surface like a counter top or table.  (Some people even feel comfortable placing the stamp face up on a work table with no block underneath.)  The second step is to ink the stamp.  Again you’ll want to be careful to add plenty of ink.  Next, you’ll lay the paper you want to stamp face down on the inked surface.  You can run a brayer over the paper, or run your fingers over the back of the paper — either with a firm, even pressure.  The key is to make sure that the paper doesn’t move, so you have to hold it firmly in place with one hand while you use the brayer or your fingers to transfer the image.

I usually am able to get a good impression with large wood-mounted background stamps.  (If you have problems, you can use the brayer technique described above.)  I do have a problem lifting the stamp without dropping it, and spoiling the stamped image.  To prevent this, I add a “handle” to the large wood mount stamp.  This is done with packing or shipping tape.  You’ll start the tape at one end of the wood stamp and run it to the center.   Fold over the tape there to create a handle, and then run the tape to the other end.  The tape handle is secure and you can use it to lift your stamp off of the stamped image — much easier than trying to get a good grip on a large stamp.  Please see this short video for a demonstration of the two background stamp techniques and the stamp handle.

joy  joy closeup

I began this card by stamping a snowflake background by Our Daily Bread in a very light blue ink (Memento Summer Sky).  Next, I stamped a few larger snowflakes over the top of the background to add some dimension.  The larger snowflakes are a stamp by Impression Obsession, and are stamped in Memento Danube Blue ink.  (This technique shows very well on the card, but is somewhat hard to photograph.  I tried to zoom in a little with the corner photo to try to capture an image of the light blue background.)   I also stamped the featured quote (stamp by Impression Obsession) in Danube Blue ink.  I chose a coordinating blue paper, and cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece for the background, and a 2.75” x 3.75” piece to frame the sentiment.  I trimmed the snowflake background to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and the sentiment to 2.5” x 3.5”.  I added a little 3/8” white velvet ribbon along the left side and bottom of the snowflake background paper, and then attached the background paper.  I attached the sentiment to the smaller piece of blue background paper using Scor-Tape, and then to the snowflake background using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added a silver snowflake (cut from a piece of May Arts satin cutouts ribbon), and a blue rhinestone in the center.

candy cane

I began this card by stamping the “Christmas Story” background by Penny Black using Black Versafine ink on red paper. Then I used two stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection – Striped Candy Cane and Christmas Poinsettia.  I used Versafine Smokey Gray ink to stamp these to keep the images soft.  I colored the candy cane image using colored pencils, and also colored three of the smaller poinsettias (you can select the right sizes based on the size of the poinsettia in the center of the candy canes).   I hand cut the candy canes.  The poinsettias can be hand cut or cut using a die (a Spellbinders die made for Heartfelt Creations, called “Sun Kissed Fleur”.  To assemble the card, I cut a piece of black background paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the stamped background paper to 4” x 5.25”, and attached the candy canes to it.  I ran a narrow white satin ribbon across this layer, and added a bow slightly off-center, just beneath the poinsettia.  I then attached the top layer to the black base.  To finish the card, I added the top poinsettia layers, and curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower a little dimension.

poinsettia holly

This card also features stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection.  I used Christmas Poinsettia and Delicate Holly Swirls.  I stamped the poinsettia with Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and the holly with Memento Northern Pine ink.  I colored the three largest poinsettia images using Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils, and I also colored the largest leaf set.  I cut these out using the Spellbinders Sun Kissed Fleur die.  I hand cut two of the holly images, and colored the leaves using colored pencil.  My background papers for this project were both hand-made papers (by Jolees).  The gold is cut to 4.25” x 5.5”, and the red is cut to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I placed the two holly pieces on the paper first (they kind of “lock” together in the center), and then placed the poinsettia on top.  I added red rhinestones to the holly to represent berries – it doesn’t show well in the photo, but I actually used two different colors of rhinestones to add some interest.  Finally, I built the poinsettia by alternating the three layers of petals and then adding the leaves.  I used yellow rhinestones to enhance the center of the poinsettia.  Then I curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower some dimension, and I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the poinsettia to the card front.

seasons greet

I began this card by stamping the background using an Our Daily Bread poinsettia background stamp.  It is stamped with Crimson Versafine ink on kraft paper.  I cut the sentiment from a set of holiday words from Die-Versions called “Holiday 1 Complements”.  The poinsettia is cut using the Blooming Poinsettia die from Poppy Stamps.  To assemble the card, I cut a background piece of deep red paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the background poinsettia kraft paper to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and attached the red mesh ribbon.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the poinsettia layer to the deep red background.  I attached the “Seasons Greetings” using “Sticky Dots” by Therm-o-Web.  I built the poinsettia, attaching the various layers with a glue dot, and curving the edges of the petal slightly to give some dimension.  I finished with a small red rhinestone in the center.  I attached it to the card front using a small piece of Scor-Tape.


Supply List

Heartfelt Creations stamps – Striped Candy Cane, Christmas Poinsettia, Delicate Holly Swirls

Impression Obsession Stamps – Joy to the World, Crochet Snowflake 2

Our Daily Bread Stamps – poinsettia background, snowflake background

Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations – Sun Kissed Fleur Die

Poinsettia die – I used Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia

Colored pencils / Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils

Ink – I used Versafine black and crimson; and Memento Summer Sky, Blue Danube and Northern Pine

Miscellaneous ribbon and rhinestones

Assorted cardstock 

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue dots

Sticky dots by Therm-o-Web


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Darice Puzzle Card

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Although the holidays are fast approaching, December is a full birthday month in my life which is why this Darice Puzzle Card is a great way to start of the month. I have been so excited about the holidays and getting my Christmas shopping done, that I am now in panic mode for the birthday gifts, cards, and shipping times. I like to be done early so I can enjoy the holidays without most of the hustle and bustle so, I pumped out a few cards for the everyday, the birthdays, and the regular sentiments that I should be able to kick back, relax and start reading A Chrsitmas Carol for the first time.

Darice has come out with some adorable embossing folders! I saw the puzzle pattern and had at least 5 ideas of how to make it a card. My 3-year-old loves puzzles, so I will be making something for her. Actually, it just came to mind that I could take a regular disney picture, emboss the pattern on it, cut it out, and then I’ll have an instant and quick new puzzle to keep her occupied for quite a while. FUN! All I did with this embossing folder was run it through my cuttlebug and then outline the pattern with a sharpie to make it more visible. I love a little background texture!

To embellish, take your favorite sentiments, add a little bling and the adorable Bitty Blossoms from Spellbinders and you’re finished! You’ve got a beautiful card that you can use for several occasions.

IMG_3577 IMG_3578

Your receiver will love this! I recently got a thank you card for making the most beautiful homemade wedding card that looked almost identical to this one. :) I promise that you’ll appear to be the most crafty person in the world!

Products Used:

1218-100 – Darice Puzzle Pattern Embossing Folder

FS1010 – Teresa Collins Family Stories 6×6 Paper Pad

S5-086 – Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms

30-164 – Penny Black Edge to Edge Stamps

AF101 -Hero Arts Ink Black

4039 – Want2Scrap Sleek Strips Pearls White

Tissue flowers

Black Sharpie

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Jingle Love Cards!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The wintery white season is fast approaching and it will soon be time for snowflakes and snowmen like the ones on my Jingle Love Cards.  Today I have a fun Snowman card for you to make. Using Penny Black‘s Build a Snowman stamp set I’ve created a couple of cards to inspire you to give it a try!  This is such a fun set of stamps, you can change up his hat, scarf or even his nose.  I’ll walk you through what I did to make mine sparkle and glow in my video.


I’ll show you  how to create the textured body of the snowman and the mulit-colored backgrounds.


Take a peek inside and you’ll see I used Heartfelt Creations Christmas Sentiment Circles along with Spellbinders Delightful Circle die to make a fun eye-popping greeting.  Notice those fun snowflakes in the background? They’re created with a snow flake embossing folder.


Using Tim Holtz  Holiday Words embossing folder you can emboss, fussy cut and ink the words to form the Jingle Love Sentiment on the front of the cards.  So why don’t you get out your favorite Christmas Carols and make up a few of these Snowmen?  They’re guaranteed to make you smile the whole time you’re inking, glittering and gluing!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

30-200: Penny Black Build a Snowman stamp set

HC-3561: Heartfelt Creations Christmas Sentiment Circles

HCDP1 225: Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket Collection

S4-415: Spellbinders Delightful Circles die

S2-050: Spellbinders Corner Flourish

656941: Tim Holtz Texture Fades Holiday Words embossing folder

Supplies from my Stash: White cardstock; Snowflake punch; Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, Distress Stain – Picket Fence; Fiskars Ripple Scissors and Crimper; assorted bling, glitter, glues.


Die D-lite Foil Card

Monday, October 21st, 2013

If you’ve wondering if Die D-lite Foil cards are a good idea, then I am here to tell you, YES! I am ashamed to admit that I have never dived into foil before this. It is so much fun! I’ve wanted to use it for various projects, but thought I’d test it out on a card. LOVE!

I used the new Spellbinders Die D-Lites for this card. I was hesitant to use foil with such little, delicate flower petals because I was uncertain that I would be able to get the petals out without ripping them. It was actually much easier to get the foil out over paper. The foil doesn’t tear and it flares up beautifully if you want your petals to look more 3D. I did not use wax paper against my dies like I do with paper and I ran it through my Cuttlebug a few times just to make sure it pressed into the foil. Finish it off with your favorite stamp saying, which mine so happens to be the darling Penny Black Edge to Edge again this week. I can’t get over how much I love each saying!



Products used:

F-012 – Spellbinders Precious Metals Foil

F-013 – Spellbinders Jewel Tones Foil

30-164 – Penny Black Edge to Edge Stamps

S2-039 – Spellbinders Die D-Lites Medallion Nine

S2-044 – Spellbinders Die D-Lites Blooms One

AF101 Black- Hero Arts Black Ink

202 – 1/4″ Scor-Tape




Foil Away! You’ll love what your result will be! It adds a very beautiful addition to the autumn weather! You could even make Thanksgiving place setting cards with adorable foil accents. So many possibilities!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Candy Roll Gift Idea

Monday, October 14th, 2013

My daughter had a double birthday party last weekend and we needed a gift idea for two four year olds, so I came up with this fun Candy Roll Gift idea. What four year old doesn’t like candy??? I know none. Therefore, I let Claire choose some candy and we made it into a candy roll. It’s funny how I felt like I didn’t have a lot of time to shop for a present, but I sure had the time to make these…and it probably took a little longer. It was fun! I got my feet wet with some of the new spellbinders and I’m loving them. I’m a little convinced that girly scrapbook items are kind of like baby clothes….they’re more fun to get when they’re girly. I guess I’m biased, being female and all. :)

I took the candy and put it in a plastic gift baggy. I tied one end and cut off the other, then tied that side as well. I wrapped my main paper around the roll and placed the decor on top. I didn’t fully adhere it to the bag until I was done just in case I needed to adjust, which was helpful! One shout out that I MUST do is for the Spellbinders Medallion Nine. This little Die D-lite is so much fun, beautiful, and cute all at the same time. I posted a bigger picture so you could see a little more detail.



Also, the Spellbinders Blooms One turned out to be far more adorable than I was expecting. These are the little daisies shown below. I love that you can flare out the pedals to give it the 3D effect! So cute!



On our boy present we used more of a birthday theme with the QuicKutz Party. However, I must tell you that the Penny Black Edge to Edge stamps are what really got me excited for these! Ah! They have the cutest sayings that I would actually put on any card or gift.



Have so much fun! These are so fun to make and they are awesome presents!

Products used:

DCWV Blue citrus paper pack

S5-193 – Spellbinders Tile Works

S2-039 – Spellbinders Medallion Nine

S2-044 – Spellbinders Blooms One

14704975 – BoBunny Autumn Song Brads

AF-101 – Hero Arts black Ink

30-164 – Penny Black Edge to Edge Stamps

62831 – American Crafts Chromatix Markers

Bag, Candy, Ribbon, Quickutz Party Dies

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Penny Black Mimi’s Farm

Monday, September 9th, 2013

I am loving all these adorable stamps that are coming out this year!! Seriously, I never thought I’d be a huge stamper, but I’m having more and more fun with each one, and Penny Black’s Mimi’s Farm is no exception. It’s adorable! The minute I saw it I knew the exact project I wanted to do (which never happens) and I couldn’t wait to get started!

You only need four things to make these cute little animals. An ink pad, the stamp, and markers, and scissors. Pretty easy/basic necessities. I really wanted to take myself down memory lane and make a flannel board for my children. We had one growing up and I remember the fun times of making the billy goats Gruff go over the bridge to the green grass. I hope my kids love feeding the animals as much as I loved squashing that mean old troll! After I stamped, colored, and cut these out, I laminated them. Trust me…mine needed laminating. I had to take them away from my screaming 3 year old more than once before they were laminated. To make them stick to the flannel, I read that sandpaper is great. If you want my advice, it’s only ok. Maybe one sided velcro would work a little better. These fall off a little easy for my taste, but it does work.

(If you want the extra peices, google your heart out! I thought our animals needed a barn, so I googled one, printed, colored, and laminated.)

So FUN! It’s a hit! Now we can start counting chickens, cows, and horses.




Products used:

30-182- Penny Black Mimi’s Farm

AF101 – Hero Arts Hero Hues Black Ink

62831 – American Crafts Chromatix Marker Set3





Flannel Board

Hot Glue

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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