A Die-cut Christmas

Howdy folks!  It’s been a long while since I posted last.  Too many challenges with health and well-being, along with the great planning and excitement of my oldest son’s graduation from college! 🙂  I can’t tell you enough about how proud I am of his accomplishments!  He has a job lined up – 2 days after graduation – and starts in January 2015.

Since I have a bunch of pictures of the cards I made for this Christmas – I will list supplies for all of them at the end of this post.  I tried to remember everything I used, but I may have missed something – so if you have any questions, please leave me a comment, and I will try to address it as soon as I can.

While I own more stamps than any one woman should have, I also am in the same predicament with steel dies.  I love, love, love them!  The front of all the cards were done solely with dies – with the exception of one card.  All of the insides of the cards, however, do have stamped sentiments (from Penny Black’s Christmas Cheer stamp set).

Without further ado ….

Xmas Set 1 Xmas Set 2 Xmas Set 3 Xmas Set 4 Xmas Set 5 Xmas Set 6 Xmas Set 7 Xmas Set 8 Xmas Set 9 Xmas Set 10 Xmas Set 11 Xmas Set 12

I used really pretty shimmer cardstock and the pictures do not do them justice!  Even the shimmer from the Zig’s Wink of Stella pen does not show well in these pictures.  I guess I need to invest in a better camera – these are taken from a little digital camera — any recommendations?  I hear the DSLR cameras are great.   Any thoughts about the  Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR?  I noticed the reviews on Amazon are great (and the prices for the camera and accessories packages are dropping).

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and pray for better health and happiness for the rest of this year and in 2015!  Don’t be a stranger! 🙂



Supply List


Penny Black’s Christmas Cheer

Waltzingmousestamps.com Seasonal Flourish


Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree

Memory Box “Bells Are Ringing” (98683)

Memory Box Pine Needle Border (98467)

Memory Box Cosmic Star Set (98464)

Memory Box Holly Vine (98188)

Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas (98680)

Memory Box Gabriella Border (98649)

My Favorite Things’s Dienamics “MERRY” Photo Frame (mftstamps.com)

Savvy Dies “JOY”

Impression Obsession’s Small Snowlakes (iostamps.com DIE100-F)

Marianne Creatables Pine Branch (LR-0181)

Cottage Cutz Winter Pine Branch (CCE-045)

Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Snowflakes (lilinkerdesigns.com)

Cheery Lynn Designs “Bows and Bells” (cheerylynndesigns.com DL163)

Dee’s Distinctively Christmas Tree #3

Simon Says Stamp “Merry Christmas” Die

Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars Die Plate

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson “Holly Accessory Kit” (CED3014)

Papertrey Ink’s One Liners Die Collection (papertreyink.com)

Spellbinders Ovals

Spellbinders Matting Sets A & B

Embossing Folders 

Stampin’ Up Textured Impressions Square Lattice

Anna Griffin Swedish Bells

Embossalicious Die’sire “Let It Snow”

Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sheet Music A2

Darice Basketweave

Paper – Bases

Paperandmore.com Wood Grain Lumba White 111# (Best woodgrain paper out there IMHO)

Paperandmore.com Pine Linen Cardstock 80#

Paperandmore.com Cherry Red Cardstock 100#

Papertreyink.com Shimmer Paper – Cream, White, Scarlet, Raspberry

Paper – Accents 

Paperandmore.com Pearl Metallic 107# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Gold Metallic 105# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Crimson Red Metallic 105# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Fairway Green Metallic 105# (5×7)

Bo Bunny Mistletoe  (6×6)

DCWV Burlap Mat Stack

DCWV Glitter Cardstock (6×6)

Lawn Fawn Peace, Love, Joy (6×6)

Fancy Pants “Oh, Deer” (6×6)

Carta Bella “So This Is Christmas” (6×6)

Crate Paper “Bundled up” (6×6)


Aluminum Tape

Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Mowed Lawn, Barn Door

Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique

Bling and pearls from stash

Various ribbons from Papermart.com


Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (sentiments inside some cards)

Memento Luxe Northern Pine Pigment Ink (inside some cards)

Ranger Liquid Pearls – Buttercup  (for some reason, it went  on great, but by next day -everything was a blob!

End of  Supplies

Holiday Card Workshop 2013 – Homework for Day 5

Day 5 is all about holiday cards designed for a male versus a female recipient.  Masculine cards tend to be less “fussy” – embellishments are minimal, color schemes are darker and more subdued. Feminine cards can be very ornate, soft and bright with no limits on embellishments!  You can even throw on the kitchen sink! lol

I chose to use the same card design on each of the cards, as well as the same stamps.  On the masculine card, I heat embossed the focal image with white embossing powder on the brown cardstock giving texture and dimension to the image.  For the feminine card, i just stamped the image on white — this gave a lighter and more “feminine” look as the lines of the image are very delicate looking, as compared to the masculine version.

For the background, I used the same stamp on both – but for the masculine card, I heat embossed with white embossing powder which gave a more matte look to the snowflake background. For the feminine card, I used a Prisma glitter embossing powder giving more shine and glitter to the background.

Here are the cards –

His & Hers Holiday

The sentiment inside both cards reads “Wishing You All the Wonder and Magic of Christmas”.

HIS Supplies:

  • Card Base – Gina K. Chocolate Cardstock
  • Layers – Papertrey Ink cardstock, inside – Neenah Solar White
  • Stamps – Stampendous! Winter Chapel Stamp, Rubbernecker Stamp’s Snowflake Panel, (inside) Hero Arts Magic of Christmas (CL462)
  • Dies – MFT Dienamic Blueprints 2 (banners), Lil Inker’s stitched circles
  • Punch – 2 3/4″ circle punch
  • Ink – Ranger Archival Coffee Ink (inside/outsidesentiment), Versamark
  • Other – Stamp n’ Stuff Detail White embossing powder, American Crafts ribbon

HER Supplies:

  • Card Base – WPlus9 Cranberry Crush Cardstock
  • Layers –  WPlus9 Cranberry Crush Cardstock, inside – Neenah Solar White
  • Stamps – Stampendous! Winter Chapel Stamp, Rubbernecker Stamp’s Snowflake Panel, (inside) Hero Arts Magic of Christmas (CL462)
  • Dies – MFT Dienamic Blueprints 2 (banners), Lil Inker’s stitched circles
  • Punch – 2 3/4″ circle punch
  • Ink – Adirondack Cranberry Pigment Inkside/outside sentiment), Versamark
  • Other – Judikins Sticky Stuff, Prisma Embossing Powder, Velvet Ribbon from Papermart.com

Hope all is well with you and yours! Hugs, Stephanie

My Stamping Royalty Entry in the Hello/Thinking of You Category

I only had one entry into this category.


These are the details I submitted with this card –

  1. Make 5” x 6” card base from white cardstock.
  2. Make panels from gray cardstock in  4”x5”, and 3. 5” x 4.5” and make  a panel from white cardstock in  4”x5”.
  3. Layer panels from large to small on card base. Adhere with repositional tape to keep panels in position while stamping.
  4.  Ink stamp with Versamark and stamp.
  5.  On gray panels, use white embossing powder and heat emboss. On white panels, use silver embossing powder and heat emboss.
  6. Die cut white cardstock with die; stamp sentiment with Versamark; then, heat emboss with silver embossing powder.
  7. Assemble card panels, aligning stamped images. Tie ribbon around front panel of card base. Adhere die cut with dimensional adhesive.


Paper:   AC Cardstock, White Heavy Weight 80lb,www.paperandmore.com ‘s Charcoal Linen Cardstock 80lb

Stamps: Inkadinkado Morphic Flowers – Daisies.Simon Says Stamp Apothecary Labels Clear Stamp Set

Color/Ink: Versamark.StampendousDetail White Opaque Embossing Powder, Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder –  Silver

Tools: Fiskars Premium Cut Line Paper Trimmer – 12 inches,Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Simon Says Stamp Apothecary Label Die set, Sakura Silver Gelly Roll Pen, Signo Uniball White Gel Pen, Scotch Permanent Double Stick Tape, Dimensional Adhesive

Other: www.papermart.com 3/8” silver shimmer organza ribbon

TIPWhen embossing with white powder, “mistakes” during embossing can usually be fixed with the Signo Uniball White Gel Pen. Similarly, when embossing with silver embossing powder, the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen can be used to fill in small areas where embossing powder may be missing.


Another Card – I missed the deadline! Ooooopss

Unfortunately, I was too late to post this to their challenge, but I wanted to share it with everyone anyway! lol Last week’s cue card word challenge at CASology (http://casology.blogspot.com/) was UP.  Their Design Team (DT) have some fantastic takes on this challenge!  It’s so easy to get inspired by all their craftiness!  I decided to go UP in a tree with a couple of birds, UP in the clouds. Here is my take – ImageI used an adhesive cardstock paper for the sun (Paper Studio’s Adhesive Simplicity – found at Hobby Lobby) and used the large Fiskars circle punch to make 2 “suns” which I adhered back to back on the back of the card to it looks nice from either side.

Products used:

  • Stamps: Whimsy Stamps (www.whimsystamps.com) Time Flies Sentiment Set (I cut the “wings” off this sentiment to use it here.  It doesn’t hurt the stamp – I can still use it as it was designed. You just have to be careful when cutting images that are close together.)
  • Papers: Neenah Solar White cardstock, AC Texture White 80lb cardstock, Paperandmore.com’s Solid Tiffany Blue Cardstock #100 (used scraps from a previous card)
  • Punches & Dies: MFT Die-namics Jumbo Cloud Stax; Fiskars Large Circle Punch, Memory Box Woodland Branch, Poppy Stamps (http://www.poppystamps.com/) Nestled Bird
  •  Inks/Color Mediums: Ranger Archival Jet black ink
  • Other: Ranger’s Glossy Accents (birds and heart)

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about it! :)

“Less is More” Challenge

This week’s challenge at http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/ is a color challenge!  The colors are lime and black — while I have quite a bit of black in my craft supplies, the lime was much harder to come by!  I found some very neglected Pearlz Samrock Shimmer paint (http://www.shimmerzpaints.com) in my paint stash and decided to use it in making an embellishment!  I had some 6″ lace on a roll from http://www.papermart.com – which I painted, let dry,  and then die cut with Spellbinder’s Scalloped Dies in graduated sizes.  I sewed on a black button, filled the center of the button with black Enamel Accents and dropped in an acrylic bead in the center for interest.  The stamp is  from https://www.stampersbest.com/ French Lace set of borders.  The sentiment is from Hero Art’s Live Life sentiment set.


The cardstock is American Crafts 80lb textured solid core cardstock in white.  I cut the edge of the card with deckle edge scissors.