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So Grateful

On Friday I received my order from the NEW Occasions Mini and Sale A Bration catalogs. I didn’t know what to play with first. Today I’m going to a gathering and we are exchanging swaps. The only requirement is that the swap has to have pink in it. So I chose to use the NEW Apothecary Art Stamp Set with the matching Labels Framelits. I decided to make a simple but elegant card which is easily reproduced. I added pearl accents to add a little something special.

You can purchase all the materials for making this card at my website or by contacting me at or (410) 476-7757


Christmas Card for Local Swap

I just finished making 12 of this card for a local card swap. This months theme is Christmas. I love doing swaps because it gives me a chance to get many cards in different styles to send to my family and friends. It also is great to get together once a month with friends to swap cards, chit chat and of course eat!! LOL

For this card I used the Letters to Santa Paper which features Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive and Marina Mist. I also used the Lace Ribbon Border, Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon and the Dasher stamp. Dasher is a single stamp which makes it an inexpensive option for beginners and stampers on a budget and he’s ADORABLE!!

Handmade Christmas Card Planner

When you send handmade holiday cards you are sending a message that the person receiving it is special to you.With just a bit of planning, you can create personalized Christmas cards and a joyful tradition! Take these steps and you’ll be on your way to sending your most heartfelt Christmas cards ever.

Plan & Schedule: August – Mid September

Just A bit of planning will go a long way in making your holiday card project successful and fun. Begin by checking your holiday list and deciding how many cards you are going to send out. Take a minute to determine your budget for materials as well as postage if you will be mailing them. Look at your calendar and decide when you want to send out the cards and also block off time on several evenings or a couple weekend days during which you can work on your cards. Of course the time you set aside will depend on how many cards you are making and how simple or
complex your design is. If you are adding a family photo, you’ll need to schedule a time to get everyone together to have the picture taken.

Pick a Design: Early – Mid September

If you are making just a few cards, then have fun designing any type of card you like. However, if you are making lots of cards, you’ll find the experience much faster if you have a design with fewer layers and intricate details. Using Designer Series Paper as a layer can add fast and easy detail to your cards. The Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels are beautiful, affordable, and speedy accents that will dress up your designs without adding a lot of bulk or effort. The Idea Book & Catalog and the gorgeous new Holiday Mini are wonderful resources since they are packed full of samples and ideas. Don’t forget to visit my website as I’m updating it often with seasonal inspiration.

Order Supplies: September – Early October

Once you’ve designed your card(s) and know how many cards you want to make, you can figure out what stamp sets and inks you will need. You can also calculate the amount of card stock, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, envelopes, and adhesive you will need. If you need help, just let me know.

Cut & Assemble: October-November

Create an assembly line system. Start by cutting card bases and layers so they are ready to go. Plan a get-together with friends where you can all chat and work on holiday cards together. Time will fly when you have some festive music, tasty seasonal snacks, and friends to make a merry atmosphere. Or sit down and create your cards with your family. Even young kids can help add adhesive, punch out shapes, color in stamped images or stuff envelopes. Consider a temporary storage option like our Stampin’ Card Keeper to hold your un-assembled pieces so you can put them away and start again easily. If your kitchen table is your craft area, having a storage option ready will help to make a smooth transition
when it’s time for dinner.

Mail: Early December

Avoid the lines and rush at the post office by mailing your cards in early December. You’ll enjoy a great sense of accomplishment when you check-off your to-do list early. Plus, you’ll have more time in December to relax and appreciate the special moments and activities of the season. Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes to surprise and delight your recipient.

Share the Joy

When you send handmade cards, you are sending a personal expression of love and thoughtfulness that will be warmly received and appreciated. If you have questions about making your holiday cards, please let me know – I am always here to help you!

Crop Out Diabetes Blog Hop Challenge ~ Use Red and Gray

Red & Gray ChallengePam challenged us to use mostly red and gray for our projects. I thought this challenge would be great for our red glimmer paper!!  I started this card with a Basic Gray Card Base. I then added a 3×5 ½ piece of SU!’s red glimmer paper. Next I cut 2~ 1 ½ x 1 ½ squares from SU’s Love Impressions Designer Series Paper for the outside pieces and a 1 ¾ x1 ¾  square out of the same paper for the middle piece then cut 2 ~ 1 ¾ x 1 ¾ Basic Gray squares to mat the outside DSP squares & a 2×2 Basic Gray square for the DSP in the middle. To make the flower in the middle I used the 5-Petal Flower Punch and punched a flower from both the Basic Gray and the Red Glimmer paper. I layered them and secured with a black glimmer brad. I popped up the whole flower with Stampin Dimensionals on the middle square. For a sentiment, I used the For You Stamp from the Fundamental Phrases stamp set. I stamped this with Basic Gray on Whisper white paper and punched out with 1 3/8 x5/8 Oval Punch. I added the sentiment to the lower corner and jazzed it up a little by using black glimmer brads on each side.

Nature Walk, Bee

This is another card from the baggie book swap I participated in. I again used the Nature’s Walk Stamp Set and the Botanical Gazette DSP. To add a little something I added ribbon and those beautiful rhinestones!

Nature Walk, Cage & Butterfly

I created this card for a baggie book swap that our Stampin’ Up! group did to help each other build our samples. One of my favorite things about being a SU Demonstrator is the awesome group I am a part of. The Upline members are very supportive and the my downline ladies are so full of excitement and ideas that we all are growing.

This background for this card is made with the Botanical Gazette. I used 2 different patterns from the pack.  The bird cage and butterfly are both from the nature Walk stamp set. I used blender pens and my ink pads to color in the butterfly.

Thanks Card

This card is for my paper crafting friends who do not like stamping or those that just want a quick simple card without pulling out all your stamping supples.

The card base is Not quite Navy. The Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper is matted on Pacific Point Cardstock. These are wrapped in Very Vanilla 5/8″ Satin Ribbon. The Thanks is cut with the Thanks Embosslits Die in Not Quite Navy. It is popped up with Stampin Dimensionals on Very Vanilla and Pacific Point.