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Joyful Christmas… and a surprise!

Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas and enjoying some downtime – maybe finding time to get crafty! Here is my official 2013 holiday card…

Joyful Christmas |

I have a Christmas surprise for you! I made a video!

I’ve been wanting to play around with making videos for awhile now, and I finally did it. Let me tell you, I have a whole new appreciation for cardmakers on YouTube now. It is WAY more work than it seems like.  Check it out!

I had a lot of fun and learned a lot making that video. Can’t wait to try another one!  I hope you enjoyed it!


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Peace & Joy

Recently I had a special commission to make a single Christmas card. I don’t know if the recipient has received it yet, hopefully I’m not spoiling it by posting about it today! I had just gotten a new Technique Tuesday stamp set so it was a perfect opportunity to use it. A little heat embossing and sponging and I was pleased with the final result…

Peace & Joy |

The picture doesn’t really show all the shimmer of the gold spray I did on the background paper, but trust me it’s shimmery!

I’m working on something special for Monday so be sure and check back!

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Thanks a Million

Happy Monday, all!  I finished up all of my Christmas cards over the weekend and I’m almost (but not quite!) burned out on Christmas stamps and paper for this year.  Sooo… my card share today is an all-season thank you card!

Thanks a Million |

The background is some thin foil paper – I believe it was meant for origami – that has been in my stash forever and a day.  I dry embossed it and was thrilled with how it came out, so I think I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of that stash!

To make the “Million” yellow, I colored it with a yellow Sharpie after heat embossing the sentiment in white.  Love that trick!  I used the same yellow Sharpie to color my white crochet thread yellow, too!

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The sentiment was stamped with the now-retired Stampin’ Up! Word Play stamp set.  Everything else is linked below!

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Lord Have Mercy, It’s Your Birthday!

Hello, friends! I am back! My major huge work project is finally over, yay! I have a few things that I’ve worked on here and there that I now have time to share with you, so look for regular posts from me again!

Today’s card is one that I made last month for my sister’s birthday.  She loves all things glittery and sparkly and she has a modern style so that’s what I tried to do for her card.  And she’s getting old so I thought the sentiment was appropriate, lol!

Lord Have Mercy |

Obviously, with all the glitter going on here, this card would never be okay for OWH!

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The sentiment is actually from three different stamp sets combined.  Crazy how that worked out okay, isn’t it?  The “Lord Have Mercy” is from Amuse (link below) and the “It’s Your” and “Birthday” are from two different Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society sets (both no longer available).   I heat embossed them with glitter embossing powder, added some bling from my random stash, and layered on some glittery papers/ribbon.  The glitter papers are both DCWV and kinda old – couldn’t find a link for the polka dot source.  The glittery ribbon is called ‘white’ but it definitely has touches of pink to it.

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I Love You | CASE Study Challenge

Happy Friday, all!

Today’s card share is a CASE of a cardmaker whose blog I have followed a long time and whose style I just love: Lisa Spangler. She is the “muse” this month at the CASE Study Challenge blog so I thought before the month is over I better participate! Here is the card she created as our inspiration:


I was inspired by the pattern and the colors.  I interpreted it with patterned paper instead of ink and used hearts for my geometric shape. This is a great way to use up patterned paper scraps!

Punched Hearts Love You card |

Isn’t that fun? I think it will be a great card for my OWH box. The patterned papers here are all random from my scraps bin, and the ribbon is a 1/8″ satin also from my scraps.

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Operation Write Home Memorial Weekend Bloghop!

Yay, it’s finally here! The big blowout OWH bloghop that I’ve been looking forward to! We have over 140 blogs this year (wow!) and tons and tons of cute inspiration – and all for a great cause, handmade cards for our deployed troops to use to keep in touch with home.  If you didn’t arrive here from OWH, please go to the main bloghop page to visit the other bloggers!

Our task for this bloghop was to use an OWH sketch to create a thank you card.  OWH sketches have a special place in my heart since I created many of them and hosted the sketch challenge for two years! I love seeing my older sketches get some love in a bloghop like this!  Some time ago one of our awesome OWHers, Kathryn, created a PDF document checklist for folks to use to keep up with which sketches they had tried.  Using that, I decided for this bloghop to use the oldest sketch I had never used before, and that turned out to be #21:


I don’t know what took me so long, this is a great sketch! (And no, not one I created, lol!) So enough yakking, here’s the card I came up with:


I recently got this beautiful peacock feather stamp (Stampendous!) and I have been itching to ink it up.  I used Distress Ink markers (Broken China, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo) to ink it up, then misted water on it and on my watercolor paper before stamping – gives this great watercolor effect.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Technique Tuesday with Ranger gold detail embossing powder to give a little sparkle.  Here’s a closer view:


I kept the rest of the card fairly clean and simple, with some patterned paper (mystery source, it was a gift from a friend) and cardstock (Stampin’ Up! Taken with Teal and Crumb Cake).  The stamped panel is on dimensional adhesives and I used a corner rounder on four of the patterned paper corners.

I hope you enjoyed this stop on the hop and all the other stops too! Thank you for supporting Operation Write Home!


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Oh Happy Day!

This weekend I attended an SU! event held by my dear friend and demo Donna.  She showed us some cool stuff and we also made this beautiful card!  This was a fun technique (embossing resist) to do again and it has such a high impact!


About this card: All supplies by Stampin’ Up! We stamped the Swallowtail large stamp in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  We colored it with SU! markers in purple, blue, green, and gold – sorry I didn’t  note the actual color names.  Then we colored over the whole butterfly with a Versamarker and heat embossed the entire thing again in clear.  We brayered on ink in More Mustard and Cajun Craze, using a 1 3/4″ punched circle as a mask to create the sun.  Mounted it on a Tempting Turquoise card base and added a stamped sentiment from the Blooming Marvlous stamp set to complete the card.

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Love You

Happy Wednesday, all!

I have a card to share today that I made with some cute papers from the Echo Park Yours Truly collection, which is pretty Valentine-y, but with a “Love You” sentiment this card can be used any time of year!  The layout is a slightly tweaked version of OWH Sketch #156.

On my first draft of this card I had the sentiment on a circle of grey cardstock, but I just didn’t like it, so I hesitantly swapped it out to the red, and what do you know, much improved!


About this card: The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards’ Be Mine stamp set and is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger white embossing powder on red Bazzill cardstock and punched with a 1 3/4″ circle punch (love it when they fit perfect like this).  I punched a 2 3/8″ scallop circle from pink textured DCWV cardstock to layer behind it. The patterned papers are from the Echo Park Yours Truly collection.  I punched some little hearts from one piece as my accents, and tied on some red gingham ribbon to finish the card. 

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Happy Birthday

Every year for my mom’s birthday I try to make her card super special, and a lot of times that means doing something I’ve never done before.  This year was no exception.  I saw two different cards on Pinterest inspired by pianos, and I combined ideas from both of them into one card for my music-loving mom…


The vellum acts as part of the card front but I designed it so that it looks a bit like a choral folder with a piece of sheet music sticking out.  Here it is from another angle so you can see the “keys” which were made with the SU! Word Window punch.


About this card:  The black and white cardstocks are Stampin’ Up! Basic Black and Whisper White.  The vellum is from my stash.  I stamped the sheet music background stamp from Judi-kins in black Stazon ink on the vellum.  I stamped the sentiment from the SU! Everyday Elegance set in Versamark and heat embossed it in detail white embossing powder from Ranger.  The pink ribbon is SU! satin ribbon.  The keys were made with the SU! Word Window punch.  I drew the curve of the piano by hand and cut it out. 

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Hello all! I have a fun card to share today, and it uses Christmas papers on a non-Christmas card! I love finding ways to extend my paper supply like this.

I made this card for the Haughton House, we’ll be making it in our January card class.  It uses new Hero Arts frame cut dies and a new Hero Arts stamp set as well.

Also, this card has an analogous color scheme, which you can learn about in the Operation Write Home Design Bootcamp series that started today! Paula has done a great job preparing the material and I’m not just saying that because she used one of my cards for a sample ;) So today’s card is my “homework” for this week’s lesson!


About this card:  The sentiment from Hero Arts Hexagons set is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger detail silver embossing powder, then die cut using the Hero Arts Geometric Shapes Frame Cuts die.   I die cut more hexagons from my patterned paper, and some diamonds for the leaves.  All the paper is from We R Memory Keepers Winter Frost collection. 

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