A Very Merry Christmas!

a-very-merry-christmasThis is the second card I’m entering in the My Favorite Things Superstar Card contest. This is a take off on another card I made except I used only MFT stamps.  I absolutely love circle cards and these MFT stamps are just darling.  The sentiments come from the Toasty Greetings set, the holly and berries is from the Santa’s Elves set, and the Santa, Reindeer and Tree are from the Jingle All the Way set.  I used a Circle Stax die cut.

To make this card I folded some Neenah 110 Solar White Cover stock in half and cut the largest circle die I had out of the folded piece.  The trick is to put one part of the circle slightly beyond the fold so that you cut out a folded circle card.  It will have a flat top, but to remedy that, simply cut a single circle from the same die and glue it to the front of the card.

I stamped all the pieces except the words and the holly and berries on the masking paper. I cut the mask for the snow hills on the bottom out of wide Post-It Note tape.

Stamped in this order: reindeer, Santa, left-hand tree, middle tree, and the right hand tree. I left the masks in place and sponged with Distress inks in various purples and blues. I colored everything with Copic Markers.

For the sky I dotted various sized dots of white gel pen to make it snowy.  I also added some white dots to the trees.  For the stitching around the edge I used a Copic fine line marker.  I used gold gel pen on the reindeer bells, the belt buckle, and the stars on the trees. I added some Glossy Accents to the tree holders, the belt, the shoes, the hooves and the reindeer’s nose.

I added some Wink of Stella here and there to give it some sparkle.

Thanks for looking!

Here’s the link to the contest at My Favorite Things: http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/you-could-be-a-card-design-superstar-contest-2016/

A Friend Like Gnome One Else

Grief is like the wake behind a boat. It starts out as a huge wave that follows close behind you and is big enough to swamp and drown you if you suddenly stop moving forward. But if you do keep moving, the big wake will eventually dissipate. And after a long time, the waters of your life get calm again, and that is when the memories of those have left begin to shine as bright and enduring as the stars above.  Jimmy Buffett

Thinking a lot about my beautiful mom this month!  September 23rd will mark the 2nd anniversary of her passing.  She was such a sweet soul, and I was so blessed to have her as my mom.  She suffered with Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years, but I rarely heard her complain.  One of our favorite jokes was that every time I’d see her I’d ask her, “What’s shaking?”.  She loved it.  She also loved anything kitschy – Betty Boop, anything that involved pig or chicken collectibles, and gnomes!  When I saw these gnome stamps from My Favorite things I had to have them.  I made this card to celebrate my mama, who would have loved the pun – For a Friend Like Gnome Other…love you Mom!


To make this card I assembled a box that is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ x 1″ from Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110 pound card stock.

I cut an opening in the box top that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (this is the exact inner dimension of the Die-Namics stitched rectangle die cut I used to frame the opening). I used two pieces of very heavy acetate – one to form the window in the the box top, and the other was layered 1/2″ from the bottom of the box (I used six layers of foam tape cut 1/4″ wide).  This gave me the opportunity to essentially “float” the flowers (from the Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit) in the middle of the card. This also meant they were very easy to arrange.  One important thing to remember is that you will need to leave room to slide the box bottom into the box top.  So don’t butt the foam tape up against the sides of the box top – you need to leave a small space for the sides of the bottom to slide in.

The flowers were die cut from various colors of the My Favorite Things card stock.  They have a beautiful array of colors and the card stock is very high quality. The sentiment was stamped on the My Favorite Things card stock.

In the bottom of the box I added a piece of polka dot paper from My Favorite Things Sweet Celebration 6 x 6 paper pack.

The gnomes were stamped on white card stock and colored with Copic Markers  I wanted them to look like they were popping out of the flowers! They were mounted about 1/4″ off the bottom of the box using foam tape. This gives the whole scene great dimension as everything is about 1/4″ – 1/2″ apart. I also added some round enamel dots to the center of the flowers, and used some Wink of Stella on the gnome’s hats, although it’s hard to see in the picture.

To mail this I would either make a box envelope out heavy card stock or use a media mailer.

And I’m entering this card in the MFT Superstar Card Contest!  Here’s the link if you want to join the fun: http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/theres-still-time-to-enter-our-card-contest-2/

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Hello Friend!

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Hello everyone.  I know I haven’t posted in awhile.  Still working on a few health issues but so happy that things are improving every day. A test this last Friday shows my heart is doing well! God is blessing me.  I have amazing friends who are always there for me and this card is in their honor.  I was so excited to be the guest designer for August for Paper Smooches.  Kim’s stamps are so much fun to work with!  I’m super excited for the September release (check it out, there are some really darling images and innovative die cuts).

This card was made using the Friendly Flowers stamp set.  I used just a few of the images and can’t wait to use the rest – I have an idea in my mind for a flower garden filled with birds and butterflies!

Hello Friend

I lightly drew a circle in pencil, and then stamped all the images onto masking paper.  After I cut out the mask images, I arranged them around the circle to form a loose wreath.  I lightly marked with pencil from 1 – 10 so I could remember where I wanted each flower and which should be on top.

After stamping and masking each flower, I used Tumbled Glass distress ink to sponge lightly around the inside and outside of the wreath.

After removing the masks, I colored the flowers with Copic Markers.  I stamped the words “Hello” and “Friend” from the set onto white card stock and cut flags on the ends.  These were also colored with Copic Markers.

Finally I double mounted the card onto bright blue card stock and a bright yellow card.  I add some glittery doodads and some colored twine.

The words were mounted with one layer of foam tape.

I hope you enjoy this one, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Welcome to the Team!

I am so honored to be the August Guest Designer for Paper Smooches.  Kim’s darling stamps and dies are so much fun to play with!  For this week I decided to do two projects, one in honor of new jobs and one in honor of school starting.

The August release included some amazing die cuts and wonderful stamps including paint brushes, pencils, pens, paper scrolls – there’s even a typewriter (which brings back memories of learning to type in high school)!

I also remember how everything was *new* on the first day of school.  Pencils were sharp and hadn’t yet been chewed on or had their erasers used up.  Crayons were all unbroken. Notebooks were pristine.  My favorite new school supplies were always the fresh new pencils (no mechanical pencils for us!) and the fresh notebook.  I created a pillow box that can hold those new pencils (a whole package!) and it’s easy and fun to make.  It would be a perfect gift to tuck in a student’s backpack.


Pencil Pillow Box

I used the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board, but you could also just make a long envelope. After cutting it out with the punch board, I stamped it repeatedly with the pencil stamp from Paper Smooches Just a Note stamp set in black ink, and then assembled the pillow box. I made a tag and used the Paper Smooches Pencils Die set to cut out a pencil that matched the ones in the box.  One trick I’ve found for effectively paper piecing die cuts is to simply spread Tombow 2 way Glue over a piece of heavy card stock and let it become tacky.  Then just stick your pieces on, then cut off any excess card stock. I glued the pencil die cut to the tag and simply tied it on with a piece of brown twine.

What’s fun about this is that you could use the pen die cut or the paintbrush die cut, or even the crayon die cut, and fill the box with the corresponding item.

Welcome to the team card

Next I used the pencil stamp again to make a very simple “Welcome to the Team” card.  I once again stamped the pencil repeatedly on white card stock and then colored in each one using Copic Markers.  I then stamped the sentiment, which is from the Noteworthy stamp set, on white card stock and then mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of black card stock.  The background was also mounted on slightly larger piece of black card stock and then onto a yellow folded card.

I think you could also give the card and the pencils as a gift to a new co-worker!

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Just a Note

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3

Hello everyone!  I haven’t posted in a few weeks, still getting used to some new medications but feeling a lot less tired now.  I am absolutely thrilled to tell you that Kim Hughes from Paper Smooches invited me to be the guest designer for August.  I didn’t want to say anything until the first card was posted.

Paper Smooches is one of my favorite stamp companies.  Kim’s style is clean and whimsical.  The August release includes all sorts of writing implements and things like a typewriter, a darling desk light, an inkwell, and a feather pen, to name a few.  It’s a great set for back to school and for welcoming or saying goodbye to team members at work.

I’ll be making a card each week for the entire month of August.  Here’s the first one that I created:

Just a Note

This card uses the feather, inkwell and Just a Note stamps combined with the die-cut rolled piece of paper.  I love the way Kim’s die cuts often cut a border for the die cut.  I cut it twice, once from black card stock and once from white, and combined the black border with the white inner pieces.

I stamped and masked the feathers in the corner. This was colored with Copic Markers and sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

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