Joyful Holiday

For those who celebrate, wishing you a FANTASTIC and meaningful holiday.  Hope your day is filled with love and lots of time with family and friends.

May your day and your year be filled with Joy.


A friend of mine challenged me to create a card using only two layers.  It was hard!  I sure love my layers.  I’m happy with how the card turned out.  But in the future, I think I’ll keep using more than two layers 🙂


Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Joyful Season (139770)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso, Pool Party
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Real Red Pompom Trim (139617), Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (133520)




Glitter on Wood!

Oh my I did something fun when creating this card.  Glitter.  On Wood!!  I LOVE it.  In person, the glittered snowflake looks even more spectacular.  The word “Joyful” is embossed in gold, too, so there is some serious sparkle going on.


Below is a close up of the glittered snowflake.  I first put two-way glue on the snowflake and then dipped it in glitter. I attached it to the card using tombow glue.


The card design is actually pretty easy.  If you need to make a whole bunch of cards, the design could be duplicated very quickly.  Below are the supplies used:

Stamp:  Joyful Season (139770)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy
Paper: Season of Cheer DSP, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Other: Versmark, Gold Glitter, Gold Cord, Gold Embossing Powder, Wooden Snowflake, Circle Framelits

Happy Creating,

Butterfly Card

I’m on a roll here, friends.  Once I started with one sketch, I was excited to try another one.  So I did!  If you give it a try, let me know if you aren’t addicted.  I’ll be surprised.

This card is made using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS217).  I love their clean designs. Nothing too fussy for them.  That reflects my style, too (well, on some days  . . :))  so I was drawn to the sketch.

Here is my card:


The butterflies add lots of dimension and interest.  The smaller butterfly is made from vellum.  I love the soft look of vellum.  And of course, the butterfly is covered in some glitter.  What else?


Here’s the sketch:


I have something funny to share about the card.  It’s up-cycled.  I used this butterfly in another card but I never really loved the card — but I sure did love the butterfly.  So yes, I removed the beautiful butterfly and added it to this card — where I it works much better!  I then reused the paper in the first card.  Nothing wasted!  Up-cycling can save you lots of work.  Give it a try.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:Watercolor Wings (139424), Sheltering Tree (137163) – sentiment
Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Dijon, Vellum, Tip Top Taupe, Gold Foil
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies (138135), Gold Thread

Have a great Tuesday!

Stampin’ up a Storm

What have you been up to this weekend?  I have been stampin’ like a crazy gal.  It has put a great big smile on my face – which I needed, because my bookclub book was so sad this month.  Ugh!!  But stamping always cheers me up.

For my project today, I am sharing a holiday card that I made for my sweet friend, Kimberly.


I had so much fun making it — not only because it was a break from my downer book, but because I used a card sketch!  The sketch is PCCCS174 (click here for details on the Paper Craft Crew).  Here was what the sketch looks like:


Tip: I flipped the sketch upside down.  Feel free to change up sketches to make them work for YOUR card.  Also, to give the bird color depth, I stamped him first in Crumb Cake and then Soft Suede.

Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Joyful Season (139770)
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobber
Paper: Season of Cheer DSP, Pool Party, Whisper White

Have a fantastic week,

Last Project Life Cards and Oops!

Ohmygoodness.  I sure hope you all haven’t made the same mistake I did.  I’ve been working so hard on making cards, I forgot to actually send them out.  *Blush*  I did send a few for Chanukah, but not nearly as many as I usually do.  I haven’t yet sent any cards to my friends who celebrate Christmas.  I am fixing this mistake TODAY!  Can you just see it — my stamp room full of holiday cards, none of which actually went out?  Luckily, there is still time to get them in the mail!

If you haven’t sent your cards out, let this be your reminder.  I can’t begin to tell you how much our cards are appreciated.  Often, I don’t find out till (litterally) years later when people tell me that my cards are cherished.  If you send yours out and don’t hear back, do NOT assume that your cards aren’t appreciated.  I’ve learned that not everyone takes the time to say something, but trust me, in our techie world, anything hand made is loved and cherished.
Here is my final card of the series.  Of course, I saved the best for last.  I adore this little ornament. projectlife10bgThis was the second easiest card of the series (after the tree card). I cut out the ornament and using dimensionals, adhered it to another Project Life piece.  I then added a few silver stars and ta da, done!

Here is the Project Life kit I used:

Supplies Used:
Kit: Hello December 2015 Project Life Card Collection
Accessories: Metallic sequins (that’s IT!)
Paper: Lost Lagoon

Okay!  I am off to go mail some cards.

You would never guess it!

Have you ever had a day where you could barely move?  Where even the simplest things seemed like too much?  That’s totally me today.  I feel like I’m moving through water.  I must need a few extra ZZZzzz’s, don’t you think?  To say I’m thrilled that I could “cheat” with my card for you is no exaggeration.  This card is also made from Project Life. I just cut a few things out, added a snowflake, doily, and ribbon, and bam, done!  Perfect for a lazy day  🙂

Tip: I like to use tombow (liquid glue) to put on my snowflakes.  I’ve had them crack using glue dots when I try to position them.

Also, even though the bow looks as though it is threaded through the snowflake, it isn’t.  I told you I was having a lazy day!  I tied it separately and then glued it to the snowflake 🙂  Much easier!


My daughter wanted to help me photograph it.


Here is the Project Life kit I used:

Supplies Used:
Kit: Hello December 2015 Project Life Card Collection
Accessories: snowflake, doily, and gold ribbon

Have a great day,

Easiest Project Life Card Ever

Good morning, friends.

The card below is seriously the easiest of all the Project Life Cards I’ve made. I just added some gold glitter, a little ribbon, and done!  It doesn’t get much easier than that.  The cool part is that it looks so elegant — I’d be proud to send this card out.


Have I inspired you yet to make some cards out of your Project Life supplies?

Here is the Project Life kit I used:

Supplies Used:
Kit: Hello December 2015 Project Life Card Collection
Accessories: Cream Ribbon, Gold Glitter
Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Chocolate Chip

Good luck with all you your holiday preparations.  I know many of my friends are feeling a little stressed out right now.  I hope if you are feeling overwhelmed, you take some time to relax and also find some shortcuts.  I’m sending hugs and smiles.


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