Winter Woods Seasonal Cards

For my final cards this year I want to share with the cards that Cassidy and I made for each other this Christmas. Cassidy loves to create, decorate, draw and is artsy but Card Making is not her favourite. However, on my birthday and at Christmas she will make a card for me and she does a great job. 

This Christmas, her card featured stamping and heat embossing and I especially loved the colours of this card. Cassidy used the Winter Woods stamp set and didn’t realize there was a die to cut out the tree. So she fussy cut it. What a great job she did with that. 

I made Cassidy my first Bendy card and this was a lot of fun to create.Some retired products were used but mostly current items. I followed a tutorial however I adapted it to make it work for me. The trees die cut from the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper were really striking.  

Without realizing it we had both ended up using the same bundle. Out of all the sets I have, for Cassidy to pick up one off the shelf that she liked and it just happened to be the one I had chosen for her, just shows that we are very close. Sometimes she reckons I can read her mind because we end up saying exactly the same thing at the same time. Same stamp set, different cards, endless possibilities. This bundle will be carrying over however it will not be as a bundle so if you want to save 10%, you will need to order before 2nd January. 

I’ll catch up with you in 2019 for more stamping fun. Happy New Year!


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Broadway Bound Christmas

When I first saw the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper I thought some of the papers would make great Christmas cards. The gold and stars in these papers just call out to be made into Christmas projects. I love the combination of black and gold and wanted to create this card in these non-traditional Christmas colours. 

To begin with, I heat embossed the deer in gold onto the black foil.

The card base is Basic Black, to which I adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper. The next panel was layered onto a piece of the Black foil cardstock. I love the glossy look that this adds to the card. 

Although it looks like it would take a lot of time, this is a very quick card to make. The DSP adds the glamour to it. I’m sure if you look at your packs of DSP you will find other ways to use them, other than the occasions they are intended for. It’s great to extend our stash this way. 

Happy creating.

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Simple Card Layouts Using Dashing Deer

I’ve got 2 cards to share with you using basic sketches and  incorporating the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper. This has got to be one of my favourites in the Holiday Catalogue. With it’s beautiful colours and copper accents it’s so luxurious and has some lovely patterns.

I wanted this card to showcase the lovely DSP so I used it in different ways. 

Embossing folders are a quick way to add some texture and depth to your card and I’ve used 3 on this card. The Woodland folder tied in with the deer and the Corrugated folder is one of my favourites. The deer itself has been embossed and looks quite regal in Merry Merlot. Even simple layouts can be brought to life with Embossing folders. 

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The next card has the same deer but I used the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle to enhance this card. The leaves are the offcuts from  the border die in that set. I also used some elements from the Soft Sayings card kit – label and leaves. 

You will notice that I have heat embossed the sentiment in gold. This was a sentiment I already had made and thought it looked good on the card. When I think about it now, copper embossing powder would have probably worked better but it looks ok and I’ve gone with it. So that’s how the card ended up. 

The popularity of the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper is such that it is on low inventory and may not last the entire Holiday Catalogue sale period. So, if you want to get your hands on it, order some today so you don’t miss out. 

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Simple Colouring and Layers to Create a Quick Card

How cute is this child holding his Christmas present? I have really enjoyed colouring in the images in the Happiness and Cheer stamp set. On this card I’ve used the colour combination of Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce.

There’s something about colouring that is very relaxing and working with Stampin’ Blends requires minimal effort. This image is very quick to colour.

Stampin’ Blends are a no fail way to add shading, depth and dimension to your colouring. It’s great for even a beginner as the colours are named and come in 2 shades – light and dark – so there is no confusion as to what colour or shade you need to use. Blending works so well and the Colour Lifter allows you to add extra highlights for more effect.

I’ve added several layers of circles and I think the doily from the Detailed Baubles die set is so great that I am tempted to use it on everything. Love my doilies. I chose the Tufted embossing folder as it was like a quilt and the boy was in his pj’s so it was just the right look for bed time.

Some sprigs punched from glimmer paper added a bit of sparkle for the Christmas season.

If you haven’t got yourself some Stampin’ Blends, give them a try. They come in individual light and dark shades or combination packs. Give a couple of colours a try and remember to use the Tuxedo black Memento ink pad to stamp your image.  

Happy colouring.

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Happiness is Reading the Christmas Story

When I see this stamp of the child reading a book, I imagine her reading the Christmas story about Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. This is such a cute image with the little girl sitting beneath a wreath reading with her dog listening intently, understanding every word.

I CASEd this card from the Holiday catalogue. CASE means to Copy And Share Everything. The Stampin’ Up! catalogues are full of beautiful products but they are also jam packed full of inspiration and ideas which we can copy or use to fuel our imagination. Each page is bursting with different techniques, layouts, products and you can copy it or change parts of it. Sometimes I get into a creative rut and looking at the catalogue can inspire me even with a new colour combination. If you would like an ideas book, please contact me and I will get it out to you in the mail.

Today’s CASE is from Page 15 and I changed some elements of it. I kept the base the same in Crumb Cake but changed the colouring of the image and added some layers of Designer Series Paper to create extra dimension. I drew in the spots on the pyjamas and then was able to match it with the DSP. Lately I have been working with Call Me Clover and am really liking it as a Christmas colour. 

The doily has been cut from the Detailed Baubles Thinlits. I got this set mainly because I liked the doily although I do like the baubles too. The lace part doesn’t have a cutting edge so you need to use the nesting die to get the doily cut out. By itself, the lace die gives a nice filigree effect on a card.

So be inspired by the colourful catalogues and get CASEing.


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Ink Smooshing Dashing Deer

I think I’ve fallen in love with the ink smooshing technique, Although I had seen this technique on many cards, it’s only very recently that I tried it. So quick and effective and a great way to create backgrounds for cards in a short time. I even had my class attendees give it a try at my full day workshop last week. They loved it.

The basic supplies you need to complete this look are

  • and your choice of ink pads

Directly stamp a section of the ink pad onto the Silicon Craft Sheet and spritz the ink with water. Using a section of Window Sheet about 3″x4″, pick up the colour from the Silicon Craft Sheet by rolling the window sheet to it. Then apply the colour to your Water Colour paper or Shimmery White Card Stock by rolling and pressing the Window Sheet against it. 

Repeat this step of picking up the colour and applying it,  until you achieve the desired look on your card. Leave it to dry or you can dry it with a heat gun.

Repeat the above step with the next colour. Each card will differ due to the variations in the ink and water formation.

I really love how this deer turned out in Gorgeous Grape and how all the lovely flourishes show up so well. With the addition of Silver Glimmer paper and some ribbon, it’s an alternate look to the regular red and green festive look.

If you haven’t tried it, give the ink smooshing technique a try. I’m sure you will love it.

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