Project Life Cards – Easy Creating!

Dear Friends,

This whole week I’m going to be featuring holiday cards I made QUICKLY using the Hello December 2015 Project Life Card Collection.


This project came about because a dear friend sent me this kit as a gift.  Instead of making an album with it, I had the idea to make it into holiday cards.  It always seems that no matter how many holiday cards I make, I never have enough.  The thought of making a whole bunch QUICKLY and easily was appealing, so I gave it a try.

I love the results!  I never had to even pick up a stamp and I had gorgeous, professional looking cards with only a little modification.


I love the clean and simple look of the card.  The only thing I added was some sparkle and a gold star at the top. I matted the project and made it pop by using the deep red colored card base.

Supplies Used:
Kit: Hello December 2015 Project Life Card CollectionAccessories: Gold Glitz Dazzling Details (133755), Gold Glimmer Paper (133719), Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Cherry Cobbler

Best wishes for a terrific week,



Holiday Gift Bag Holder – with Video

I am so excited to share my latest project with you.  I designed a gift card holder that’s easy to make — and flat!  It can even be used as an ornament.  I made it flat so you can fit it in a card if you want to mail it (though you may need to make your banners a little shorter.  I get carried away :))


Below is a video with instructions on how to put it together.  Click HERE for a .pdf sheet showing the dimensions and supplies used.

Hope you enjoy!

Dreidel Card!

Do you know what a Dreidel is?  It’s a toy that is used on Chanukah by kids and adults alike!  It is a fun game and I wanted to make a card showing this toy.  Of course, I couldn’t find a Dreidel stamp.  So I did punch art instead!


I used a square punch (you can use any size) and punched out two squares from the same paper.  I then lined up the second piece, adhered it and cut it down the sides. Because it would be impossible to explain in words, I made a graphic for you!

Punch Art Dreidel

To finish it off, I made a little handle out of glimmer paper (what else?) and ta da, the dreidel was done!  I did stamp some hebrew letters on it — using a stamp set that belongs to my kids (shhhh).

Below are the supplies I used:

Stamp: Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Cherry on Top DSP, Glimmer Paper
Accessories: White satin ribbon, metallic doilies



Endless Birthday Wishes

If you are looking to get a lot of bang for your buck, Endless Birthday Wishes is your stamp set (Click here).

endlessbirthdayFirst, it’s cool that it’s photopolymer.  I love Photopolymer for anything with words because unless I’m super tired (or drinking wine while stamping 🙂 ), it always comes out straight.  However, I love the stamp set for more than just birthdays.  For example, I recently used the word “celebrate” for a Chanukah card.  You can use the dots in so many projects.  And as a bonus, there’s even a cake with the stamp set.  Usually greeting stamp sets just have words, so I think the cake is a lovely bonus.

Here’s the card I made with it:


The card was for a guy so I kept the colors neutral.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but one of the rows of sequins was silver.  (I use the past tense because one of my kids loved the silver sequins so much, she removed them from the card for her own use.  LOL.)  Below are the supplies I used.

Stamp set: Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft Ink, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Blending pen, 2″ punch, Silver and Bermuda Bay sequins


Paper Menorah

So you’ll laugh at this one.  I was inspired for this card by a beautiful Christmas tree card made by my friend, Kimberly Van Diepen.  Christmas tree . . . Menorah, it’s all good.  It has a beautiful effect in person.  The gently folded paper that makes up the card has a vintage, airy feel.  It is a fun card and I hope you enjoy it.

To make this card, I cut a piece of Typset DSP 2 x 12.  I then put tombow liquid adhesive down the length of the 12″ inch strip and adhered it together along the long edge.  I didn’t put a crisp fold in the paper because I wanted to by airy.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but the papers have a rounded fold.  I then measured 1/4 inch lightly in pencil down the whole 12″ length and cut out the little strips of paper.  I put a some adhesive down the center of the Very Vanilla cream card stock and then built the menorah.  The Menorah was actually going to face the other way, but my 5 year old daughter told me to flip it and I liked it so much better.  So I went with it and kept going 🙂


Stamps: Build a Birthday (38646 )
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP, Glimmer Gold
Ink: Hello Honey
Other: Gold Glitter
Have a wonderful week!  Happy Chanukah.
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Triple Fold Card – with Video!

If you are ready for a fresh new card, you have come to the right place!  Why create a regular card when you can do a triple fold card!  It is EASY to make and you can get two cards from one sheet of card stock.

Here’s my card:


Neat, isn’t it?  My favorite part of it is that it stands up nicely for displaying.  Anyone would LOVE receiving this type of card, don’t you think?

Here’s what the inside looks like:


And here’s the other side:


To make the card:

  1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 piece of card stock
  2. On the short end, mark at 2 1/2 inches on each end with a pencil
  3. Putting the paper in landscape on your scoring tool, score at 3 1/2 and 7
  4. Make a diagonal cut between the two pencil marks
  5. Accordion fold with the bone folder
  6. To put the designer paper on the inside, cut three pieces 3 1/4 x 6
  7. Line up the paper to where you want it on the card, mark both sides lightly in pencil and cut.  Do this for each of the three exposed parts.
  8. Decorate the card and enjoy!

This is one of those projects where it’s easier to see it then to follow directions, so I made a video for you.

Stamp Set: Sprinkles of Life
Accessories: Dazzling Diamond Glitter,  Cherry On Top paper, Tree Builder Punch
Colors: Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay



Guy Cards

I am stamping impaired when it comes to making masculine cards.  I love flowers and glitter and all things pretty.  “Guy” cards don’t typically fall under this criteria.  It is my brother’s birthday so I needed something masculine.  Morty likes to fence, workout, computers, etc.  He is not one for flowers.

Instead of using a traditional birthday stamp, I used a simple, yet elegant stamp set called Amazing Birthday (click here).


I couldn’t help but add a little ribbon . . . I think it still looks masculine — I know my dear brother will love it. (Morty, if you’re reading this, I love you!!!!  Best wishes for the happiest of birthdays.  XOXOXO).

See, it’s not hard to make a guy card —  the trick is to pick a stamp set that’s clean and simple.  I also didn’t “force” the colors.  I used a nice neutral and a medium blue and green.  By using neutrals with the other colors, the card still looks elegant (gotta have elegance . . .) but has no glitter.  Absolutely none.  (Okay, let’s not count the gold ribbon . . .)

Here’s the stamp set:

Untitled-12Tip: To make the large stamp set show more than one color, I first inked the stamp in Crumb Cake and stamped on Whisper White.  I then stamped the same stamp using Early Espresso and Island Indigo on scrap whisper white paper.  I cut the pieces out of the scrap paper and adhered to the crumb cake.

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Amazing Birthday
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Island Indigo
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Whisper White and Island Indigo
Ribbon: Crumb Cake Stitched Satin (yummy!), Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Gold 1/8 ribbon

Good luck making your OWN masculine cards,

Cheerful Butterflies

You know how it is when there’s a new Stampin’ Up! catalog. You go through it as quickly as you can and there’s always ONE stamp set that is calling your name (well, at least one).  For me, it was Watercolor Wings.


The funny thing was that after I got it, I wasn’t thrilled with the cards I made using it . . . till now!  I was in the zone when creating this card — you know how that goes, everything moves quickly, you’re not overthinking things, things come together (wouldn’t it be great if we were always in the zone????).


I used our new incolor, Mint Macaron and loved how the layers ended up.  I don’t know if you can see the silver thread in the card above.  Here’s a close-up.  Lots of sparkle!  I coated the larger butterfly in dazzling diamonds over the ink, too.


What is your favorite stamp set and have you created something terrific with it?  If yes, please share and send me a picture!  I love it when you send me your pictures.

Stamp Set:Watercolor Wings
Colors: Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe, In-color DSP
Accessories: Silver Thread, Silver Glimmer Paper, Glass Buttons, Lace


Chanukah Card

I got creative and used the Sprinkles of Life (click here) stamp set to make a chanukah card.  I used the candle and some gold glimmer paper and ta da, it’s a menorah!

Glittery Menorah

For the candles, I used pretty much every color in the Stampin’ Up! “Brights” color collection.  Gotta have some bright and cheerful candles, no?

Stamp Sets: Sprinkles of Life (click here)
Paper: Cherry On Top DSP (138443), Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Whisper White.
Ink: Brights Collection

Reminder: Today (Monday) Stampin’ Up! is having a flash sale.  Click here to see what specials they’re offering!

Have a happy week.

Chanukah Event

I had such a fun event on Tuesday night!  First, I have tell you that Thursday night I was beyond exhausted.  I had been up since the early hours of the morning and had a hard day.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be energized for the event. But once the event rolled around, I had a great time.  The women were lovely.  We were cracking jokes and laughing so hard.  I love that my hobby brings smiles, not just into my life, but everyone it touches.  This is why I do what I do.

Here were the projects we made.

The card is simple but looks elegant.  There is loads of sparkle all over the menorah, but unfortunately the glitter did not show up in the photo.  We needed to keep it it simple because the event was late at night and I knew people would want to take home something gorgeous but not have to work too hard. . . this fit the bill.


The next project was a little gift bag with chocolate coins (gelt).  They were special chocolates — imported from Europe.  I know the women enjoyed them 🙂  This project also has more glam than it seems.  There is a rhinestone in the center and there is silver foil behind the light purple banner.  See it?


And here we were, having a ball.




Stamp Sets: Jewish Celebrations and Happy Hanukkah (both retired)
Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray

Hope stamping brings you some smiles today.