Sep 182015

Christmas CardToday I tried a sponged landscape to create the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card.

This background doesn’t need layers of card stock.  Masking is the key to creating the illusion of depth as well as using different colors of ink.  See the supply list below for colors.  First create a torn edge of card stock to use as the mask.  I also created both a positive and negative mask for the moon and the trees.

You create one section at a time, sponging on colors and covering the section just finished as you move up the card.  After I stamped the trees and sponged them, I went over the entire card front with dabs of Whisper White Craft ink and blended with a sponge.

The tree in the foreground is stamped in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White card stock and then cut out with the coordinating framelit.  I added a small star to the top of the tree and outlined the tree with Dazzlin’ Details.  I added Dazzlin’ Details to the tree star and the stars in the sky.  I wish the picture showed off the subtle sparkle better.

The finished landscape is glued to Night of Navy card stock and then that is glued to a Whisper White card base.

The sponge landscape background takes is a little time consuming for mass production.  But, if you like to sponge and create this type of landscape background, the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card gives you some ideas for creating a few of your Christmas cards.

Apr 272015

I'm Here for YouToday’s card is for a sketch challenge.  I’m Here for You is created for someone special who needs a little encouragement right now.

I like the color combination:  Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso, and Pear Pizzazz.  This is meant to be a feminine card, but the color scheme could be used for a masculine card depending on which  colors are dominant.

Also, today I wanted to use some of the retiring products that will not be available after the current catalogs end June 2.  Four of the products used today will soon be retiring:  Mixed Bunch stamp set, Blooming with Kindness stamp set, the Blossom Punch and the Perfect Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  As of today, these are still available and the punch is at half price.

You can find all the retiring products HERE.  Many of the items are greatly reduced and the demand is high.  When the supply of accessories are gone, they will no longer be available.  However, you should be able to order the stamp sets through June 2.

Nov 242014

Masculine Happy Birthday CardToday’s Handmade Masculine Birthday Card is for another family birthday this month.  I have several family birthdays in November and December so when most people are concentrating on Christmas cards, I am busy trying to make sure all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have their own special message for their birthdays.

This is also a tall and skinny card.  The starting measurement for the card base is 6″ X 7″.  It is scored at 3 1/2″ down the 7″ size to create a card base that will fit into a 6 3/4 envelope.

A diagonal strip of Designer Series Paper adds a nice background.  A splash of Crushed Curry card stock brightens up the focal point.  I repeated the hexagon shape by embossing the rectangle and square with the Honey Comb TIEF.

What to do on the inside of a black card?  Well, I added a rectangle of Very Vanilla card stock and used Stampin’ Write Markers to add a bit of color (Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry) on the cake image from Sketched Birthday stamp set.  I repeated the Crushed Curry layer from the front.

Inside of Masculine Birthday Card

Inside of card

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Oct 132014

Birthday Wishes Masculine Card

Fall Colors Sample

Fall Colors are everywhere now.  I need a masculine birthday card for my father and I think the Fall Colors Handmade Birthday Wishes Card will be perfect.

The card is designed based on a sketch challenge.  The slashes of fall colors are achieved by stamping the colors off a bit and then using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to position the colors.  The little “picket fence” border is made using one of the Little Labels punches over Mossy Meadow ribbon.  For a bit of sparkle a few rhinestones are added. The inside of the card is finished with a similar “picket fence”.  I think Dad will love this card.

Here’s another sample for a masculine card with colors that can be used for fall.  Notice I also used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig for this card, too.

Birthday Wishes inside of card The complete supply list for today’s card is below.

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Apr 092014

Window CardThis window of flowers was created with the Circle Collection Framelits (130911) from Stampin’ Up!  You can use several of the framelit collections to create a window in the front of your card and then embellish the inside of the card to match.

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 ½” X 8 ½”, 1 ¼” X 3”, 2” X 2” (3 pieces or enough to make 3 flowers)
Garden Green card stock (102584) 3 ¾” square, 2” X 2”
Stamp Sets:
Flower Shop Clear-Mount Stamp Set (130942)
Lacy & Lovely Clear-Mount Stamp Set (122887)
Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406)
Garden Green Classic ink pad    (126973)
Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)**
Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)**
Big Shot Accessories:
Square Lattice TIEF (119976)
Circles Collection Framelits (130911)
Pansy Punch (130698)
Dazzling Details (124117)
Sponge Daubers (102892)
Blender Pens (102845)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  • Fold and score the card base.
  • Position the circle framelit (I used #6 from the center which is 2 ¾”) on the top center of the card front and run through the Big Shot.  Set the cut out circle aside.  You will need it for the base of the flowers inside the card.
  • Use the same framelit to cut the center out of the Garden Green card stock.  Use the next bigger framelit circle (#7 from the center which is 3 ½”) to cut the Garden Green card stock into a circle frame.  Cut the cut out circle into a strip that will be about 1 ½” wide.
  • Use the Square Lattice embossing folder to emboss the Garden Green frame, the 1 ½” X 2 ¾” Garden Green card stock and the Very Vanilla circle that was cut out of the front of the card.
  • Sponge Garden Green ink around the edges of the Very Vanilla circle.
  • Punch 1 pansy out of the 2” x 2” Garden Green card stock and cut this into 5 petals to use as the leaves.
  • Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Garden Green frame around the hole in the card front.
  • Stamp “Hello” or other sentiment onto the 1 ¼” X 3” Very Vanilla card stock.  Center the card stock under the #5 circle framelit and run this through the Big Shot to trim the ends.
  • Glue the Very Vanilla sentiment onto the Garden Green strip and glue these to the bottom right of the card front.
  • Stamp flowers onto Very Vanilla card stock with the Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Color the flowers with the Rose Red and Crushed Curry markers and blend with the blender pen.
  • Punch out each colored flower.
  • Arrange the leaves and glue them to the Very Vanilla circle.
  • Arrange the flowers over the leaves and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the flowers.
  • Close the card.  Put Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back of the Very Vanilla Circle and carefully position this through the card front window so it is glued to the inside of your card.
  • Last, you can add the Dazzling Details to the middle of each flower and set the card aside to dry.

Try a window card with one of the other framelit die sets:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies (130102); Floral Frames Framelits Dies (127012); Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (129021); Squares Collection Framelits Dies (130921); Labels Collection Framelits Dies (125598); Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381).  Each one will create a unique window and wow the recipient.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make this window card with the Circle Framelits.  Check back for more creations using the Framelit dies.

Mar 262014

50th Birthday Card This bright and cheery 50th Birthday Card is easy to put together.
The card has several layers, but all of them are just a matter of cutting the card stock.  The layers are repeated on the inside so everything coordinates.  Add a couple of strips to your envelope and you have a complete look.

This card could be used for either male or female.

The Stampin’ Trimmer is excellent for cutting the card stock for this card.  It is easy to get straight, accurate, narrow cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer.  On the inside I used a little trick I learned years ago.  Rather than waste extra card stock for the layers, I cut a frame from the Pacific Point card stock and used the inside of the frame to punch out the circle for the front of the card.  Here is a video demonstrating how to make the frame.

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 3″ x 3 ½”, 3” X 3”, 3 ¾” X 5” (inside)
Pacific Point card stock (111350) 4″ X 5 1/4″ (2 pieces), 3″ X 3″
Rich Razzleberry card stock (115316) 3/4″ X 4″, ½” X 4” (inside)
Daffodil Delight card stock (119683) ¾” X 4”, ½” X 4” (inside)

Stamp Sets:  Label Love (130622), Bring on the Cake (121958)

Ink:  Pacific Point classic ink pad (126950), Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker (120970)

Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127750),
2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 2 ½” Circle Punch (120906), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

50th Birthday Card insideTry this sketch with different colors or use Designer Series Paper for the background or the strips.  Of course the card can be used for any age – just color in the appropriate numbers.sketch

Comment on the colors, sketch or overall design.  Your comments are welcome!


Nov 202013
Holiday Card Making Class

Linda, Wanda, Kathleen

Holiday Card Making Class

Chris, Charlotte, Nancy, Betty, Rebecca

The ladies at the Lebanon Senior Center enjoyed making Holiday Cards and visiting this week.

Some of the ladies are first time stampers and others are experienced and were able to help out.  Sorry I missed getting pictures of two of the ladies.  They had to leave a little early.

We made two holidays cards from the templates I shared on my blog earlier.  You can see the cards HERE and HERE.

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Nov 132013

Christmas Greetings TreeThis quick and easy card uses a different template.  The strips of Designer Series Paper on this card is retired, but you can easily substitute a couple of the designs from the Season of Style Designer Series Paper Pack.

I didn’t plan it, but doesn’t this look kind of like a fireplace hearth?


  • Warmth & Wonder hostess stamp set
  • Designer Series Paper Season of Style (1/2″ X 5 1/2″) (132181)
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock (2 3/4″ X 2″)(119685)
  • Whisper White card stock (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) & (3/8″ X 3″)(100730)
  • Gold Metallic Encore ink pad (132141)
  • Cherry Cobbler ink pad (126966)
  • Baked Brown Sugar ink pad (131174)
  • Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler (125585)
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Seam Binding (~4″) (120992)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Stamp the snowflakes randomly over the Cherry Cobbler card stock using the Gold Metallic Encore ink.  Glue this piece to the bottom center of the card front.  Glue the strips of Designer Series Paper 1/2″ from each side of the card stock.  The strips will overlap the Cherry Cobbler card stock about 1/2″ on each side.  Stamp the tree in the center of the card front above the Cherry Cobbler card stock with the Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Stamp the ornaments in the tree branches using the Cherry Cobbler ink.  Add a small dab of the Dazzling Details over each ornament.  Set aside to dry.  Stamp “Christmas Greetings” in the center of the small piece of Whisper White card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Trim the ends diagonally.  Attach the greeting to the center of the Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Seam Binding and trim the seam binding diagonally.  Attach the ribbon and greeting over the top of the snowflake Cherry Cobbler using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This quick and easy Christmas card is the third in this series.  Other cards include:  Christmas Greetings Reindeer and Christmas Cardinal.

Please leave a comment.  I would love to read your thoughts about these Quick and Easy Christmas Card Ideas.




Nov 112013

Christmas Greetings ReindeerAnother Quick and Easy Christmas Card based on the same template I shared last week.  This time I used Smoky Slate card stock (131202) for the card base (5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″).  Layer a 2 1/4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of Coastal Cabana card stock (131297) about 1/8″ from the left side of the card base.  I added some Designer Series Paper from Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Pack (2″ X 5″) (132183) on top of the card stock.  The reindeer from Warmth & Wonder hostess stamp set is stamped on White Vellum card stock (101856) with Silver Metallic Encore ink (132142).  I punched the reindeer out with the Extra-large Oval punch (119859) and edged the oval vellum with the Silver Encore ink.  Next use an oval framelit (Ovals Collections 129381) to cut out the mat from Coastal Cabana card stock.  Again, I edged the oval with the Silver Encore ink.  I also ran the mat through the Big Shot using the Fancy Fan embossing folder (127751) before attaching the reindeer oval.  The ovals are attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) and a Silver 1/8″ ribbon (132137) bow is added to the top with a Mini Glue Dot (103683).  For this card I added an extra element.  Christmas Greetings is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink (131175) on Whisper White card stock (3/8″ X  2 1/2″) (100730) and the ends are rounded with the Word Window punch (119857).  The greeting is matted onto Coastal Cabana card stock that has been run through the Fancy Fan embossing folder.

This is a slightly different twist on the quick and easy Christmas card I shared last week.  The Designer Series Paper Packs (Winter Frost (132183) or Season of Style (132181)) make it easy to create different cards using the same template.

Leave a comment to let me know how you like this design.  What colors would you choose?

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