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

OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1, Day 2, Card 2

I’m back!  Needing to make another card – this one is for my soon-to-be 22 year old son’s birthday – I thought I could whack two birds with one stone, so to speak – a birthday card for my son that also fit the requirements of one of today’s lessons!  However, this really ended up to be an exercise in problem fixing – as you will soon see what I mean!

I was doing the multi-inking technique for my card, actually finishing the card, thinking “oh this turned out great!” – THEN, I took a picture.  If you take pictures of your cards then you know that the picture shows EVERY LITTLE FLAW!!! lol  Here’s the picture, of what I thought was a finished card —

ImageApparently, I did not ink up the “Let’s Celebrate” very well.  So, I was going to stamp back over it, which would be easy enough as it is a clear stamp.  Just as I was going down to press, my hands tremored (good ol’ Multiple Sclerosis!) and this is what I ended up with —

ImageNot so pretty, huh?  Well, I wasn’t going to let all that great cardstock, ink and effort go to waste – so, I came up with a “fix” — I re-stamped the sentiment on a seperate piece of cardstock and die cut it out with a Spellbinders die from the A2 Matting Basics B die set. I inked the edges to add some definition to the shape. Then, I popped it up with dimensional foam tape.  I wanted to be able to read the sentiment above and below it, so I went with the smallest rectangle that would fit the sentiment.  I actually like this look better! Here it is –

ImageSo what do you all think?  I appreciate any feedback or other fix strategies! 🙂  Have a wonderful day! Hugs!

Manly Music Card

A friend of mine is turning 60, and both he and his wife are very talented musicians! Here is the card I made him, with a peek of the envelope I stamped to match.  The glue on the top two notes was still wet when I took this picture, but will dry clear and won’t be noticeable.


Products used:

Hope everyone is having a wonderful evening! Hugs!

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #10

Here I am – still awake – with one more challenge! lol  You, too, can join in the fun! Just click on the following image –

Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog

Here is my card for this week’s challenge –


I stamped Serendipity’s  Chrysanthemum in Hero Arts Shadow Lilac on Neenah Solar White cardstock, multiple times, to create the background.  Then, I cut and dry embossed (Spellbinders M-bossibilities Patchwork) vellum to put over the stamped image to soften it.  The sentiment is also from one the Serendipity stamp sets.  I stamped a second-generation image on the tag before stamping the sentiment over it.  The ribbon is from papermart.com.  The self-adhesive pearls are from Recollections.

I love to read your comments! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

Moxie Fab World’s Wonder of Watercolor

Hello all!  Today I have two cards for you, which I am entering in the Moxie Fab World  Wonder of Watercolor Challenge (http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2013/04/the-wonder-of-watercolor-challenge.html)! I was very excited about doing this challenge as it allowed me to get out my Twinkling H2O’s and play with them!    In my first card – which I call my “empty nester’s card” – I created the background with two stamps and two watercolors.  One thing I really like about the H20’s is that where the color “puddles”, it gives the impression of depth and shading. I love the sentiment as it reflects what we should hold on to as our children go out into the world on their own – our memories of them!


I absolutely love all the shine of Twinkling H2o’s!  Although my fingers were itching to put some embellishments on the card, I really wanted the background paper to shine, so to speak. 🙂

Here is a Sympathy card – also made with Twinkling H2O’s.  I chose this stamp for sympathy as it has the appearance of reverence to me – as if the flowers are bowed in prayer.


Products used (Empty Nester’s card):

  • Stamps: Leaf vine (https://www.rubbernecker.com/), Solid Peony (http://www.impressrubberstamps.com/), sentiment from Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards  (http://www.techniquetuesday.com/)
  • Papers: Neenah Solar White, Canson Bristol (from Michael’s), Paperandmore.com Ponderosa Pine Linen #80
  • Punches & Dies: Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles Large
  •  Inks/Color Mediums: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Twinkling H20’s in Rainforest and Meridian
  • Other: Hunter green ribbon scrap (Hobby Lobby)

Products used (Sympathy card):

Would love to hear your comments and opinions! :)

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge

Yes, I know – today is Wednesday! But, it’s not too late to join in on this fantastic challenge! The trigger this week is Magical Magnolias –

I don’t know where Cath finds all this great inspiration! I just know I am glad to be getting her updates! So here is my take on it – the first picture doesn’t really show all the “shine” on this card, so I added a second picture of the card at an angle.                                                                                                                       Image                                                                           Image                  

Products used:

  • Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Magnolia; Sentiment from Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards Loving Words set
  • Papers: Neenah Solar White, Basic Grey Plumeria 6×6 pad
  • Punches & Dies: Spellbinders Imperial Gold – Gold Ivy
  •  Inks/Color Mediums: Versamark, Embossing pen, Copic markers, Distress Ink Milled Lavendar
  • Other: Ranger Glossy Accents, Ranger Rock Candy Glitter, Judikins Sticky Stuff, Gauze ribbon from Papermart.com

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