Jolly Christmas!

Jolly Christmas!
Jolly Christmas!

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving (next week!) yet, but you also know that we crafters need to start early on our Christmas cards, gifts and decorations, if we are going to get them out before Christmas! LOL  So I’m working here!  I used the Jolly Christmas stamp set for this card today.  I fell in LOVE with this reindeer image when I first saw it and just knew that I’d use gold embossing powder on it.  It stamped beautifully and embossed like a dream.  All of the stamps used on this card are from this set, except the “Silent Night”.  That stamp is from the Wonderland stamp set.


Can you see the shimmer of the embossing?  I framed the Silent Night banner with a small piece from the Home for Christmas DSP then added one of my mom’s gold buttons with a little Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.  I pulled a few of the gold sequins off of the Gold Sequin trim and scattered them around with a little bit of glue from the new Fine Tip Glue Pen.  If you haven’t tried this yet, you need to, the application is truly fine.  Use it sparingly and let it dry for a little while before moving your creation.


The background, or base card, is Tip Top Taupe.  It looks different colors in these pictures, even though I tried to adjust the color but it didn’t quite make it.   You can get all of the products needed for this card (except Mom’s button LOL) from my online store HERE.   This card would be a quick and pretty easy card with a lot of WOW factor.

The card base is Tip Taupe Taupe cut 4 1/4 X 8 1/2.  The Mossy Meadow square is 2 3/4 X 3 and the Very Vanilla where the reindeer is stamped is 2 1/2 X 2 3/4.  The small strip of Home for Christmas DSP is 1″ X 3″ and the Very Vanilla strip is 1/2 ” X 3″.

So what are you waiting for?  Christmas is just around the corner!!! Get to creating something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Jolly Christmas, Wonderland  Ink  Versamark, Basic Black  Paper  Tip Top Taupe, Home for Christmas DSP, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla  Embellishments Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Sequin Trim, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine  Tools  Heat Tool, Fine Tip Glue Pen


Retired List!


I really don’t like doing this kind of post, where I don’t have a project to share with you.  I feel like it doesn’t show how much you mean to me.  As if you are just a “customer”.   Well you are not.  You are a friend, a fellow crafter, a follower of all things Stampin’ Up!

So, I wanted you to know that Stampin’ Up! has released it’s very first Retiring List for a Holiday Catalog!   Some of the favorites, like the Woodland Embossing Folder and coordinating stamp set Wonderland are retiring, but not everything.  I’ve had a sneak peak at the new Occasions Catalog and it is WONDERFUL! plus it has several returning items from the current Holiday Catalog.  Yippee!

So, go to my online store HERE to purchase all of the things that you were thinking about, but thought you’d wait.  Some of them are first come, first serve! 
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Hello You Thinlits
Hello You Thinlits

Today’s card was inspired (actually CASEd) from Pintrest.   It was created by Amy O’Neill and was Christmas themed.  I didn’t want to do a Christmas card today, but I probably will do this same layout closer to Christmas for another card.

I loved the simple layout with so much punch!  I cut strips of paper the same length 3 1/2 inches and then used my 1″ square punch to make the tag at the end.  As I went to line the four strips on my card base I used a ruler and placed it at 1″ from the top, then I laid the strips right at that edge.  After I put my ribbon on by placing a Glue Dot in the center and laying on one end of the ribbon, then wrapping it around the card base and bringing the other end to the Glue Dot.


After that my door bell rang and I had to let the pest control guy in and guide him through the house with all the dogs. LOL  But while I was doing that I was tying my bow.  I applied that with another Glue Dot over the original in the middle.


I cut the ‘Hello’ out of Whisper White with the Hello You Thinlits.  I just love these words.  I wish we had more of them!  I adhered that with my 2-way Glue pen.

The card base is Hello Honey and the strips were from the retired Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, but you could use any color background and strips of paper.  Make it spring like, birthday, anything!  And you can purchase supplies for this card at my online store HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and go create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  None  Ink  None  Paper Hello Honey cardstock, Whisper White Embellishments  Silver Taffeta Ribbon


Flowering Flourishes & CYCI #91


This card is being entered into a Challenge Contest for and it’s a color challenge!  That means that you can use any stamp set and layout you want, but you have to use the colors they chose.  Here are the colors….


My brown is Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake, the Green is Garden Green and the neutral is white.


The stamp sets I used were Flowering Flourishes,  Blessed by God and Papillon Potpourri.  I used the Decorative Label Punch to punch out the sentiment and the Small Butterfly punch to punch out the beautiful butterfly.


I hope you like this card.  You can see more of the challenge cards over at

Everything I used today is from Stampin’ Up! and you can purchase these supplies from my online Stampin’ Store HERE.  I’ve listed all of the supplies at the end.

Now go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Flowering Flourishes, Blessed by God and Papillon Potpourri  Ink Chocolate Chip, Versamark, Garden Green  Paper  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Whisper White cardstock  Embellishments & Tools White embossing powder, Metallic Thread, Bitty Butterfly punchDecorative Label Punch, Heat Tool

Butterfly Basics Birthday!

Butterfly Basics Birthday!
Butterfly Basics Birthday!

Today I’m sharing another CASE card.  I saw the one I CASED and thought, OMGosh! That is beautiful! I so want to make something similar.  The card I am CASing is from Kim Jolly with Stampin’ Artfully and HERE   is the link to her blog and you can see her creation there.  As you can see I changed the colors and the style just a little.  I used watercolor paper for the background and painted on a little bit of Blackberry Bliss with my Aquapainter.  Then I let it dry while I cut out the Silver Foil butterfly from the Butterfly Framelits.  Remember all stamps (except clearance) are on sale this week until Friday 15% off! So this is a great time to pick up this set! 


After the background was dry I stamped the fern image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set with Basic Black twice, once without re-inking, which gave it a slightly lighter color.  Then I used Versamark with the same stamp and SU White Embossing Powder.  I added the silver butterfly and a small piece of Silver Satin ribbon.  I tied that with a piece of Black Baker’s Twine I had on hand, trying to keep the purple, silver, black and white theme going.  I used a sponge dauber and Blackberry Bliss to ink up the edge of the watercolor paper.  Then I punched three flowers with the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack out of Silver Foil paper and added a Basic Rhinestone to them after curling them a bit.  I stamped the “postmark” image from the stamp set  in Basic Black, just like Kim did. My finishing touch was using Silver Dazzling Details just lightly all over the stamped images to give it sparkle.


Here you can see the Silver Dazzling Details. It’s really pretty in person.  This card could be for any occasion, but it’s going to be a birthday card, but it could be a thinking of you card, a sympathy card, really anything.  Here’s another look at the whole card.


I hope my creation today encouraged you to create something sweet for somebody.  Everything needed to create this card can be found on my online store HERE and I’ve listed the items at the end of this post.

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Stamps  Butterfly Basics  Ink Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black, Versamark Paper Watercolor paper, Whisper White, Silver Foil (retired) Embellishments Silver Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Silver Dazzling Details Tools Butterfly Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Aquapainter

Happy Guy Greetings Birthday! (And a SALE!)

Happy Guy Greetings Birthday!
Happy Guy Greetings Birthday!

Today I can  share with you the birthday card I made for my husband.  My hubby used to sell shoes (a long, long time ago) and when I saw the shoe image in the Guy Greetings stamp set I knew I’d use it on a card for him.  His birthday was Saturday, the day after we had a huge party for him, our son who is now 30!, and our adopted daughter…whose birthday is next Saturday.


This is the inside of the card.  I used the speckle pattern from Gorgeous Grunge, I think I probably used too much, LOL, but he loved it and that is all that matters.

I used a retired paper, sorry again, but I’ve got such a backlog of it that I’m not sure I can order more because I have no room!


On a strip of Whisper White I stamped the shoe image five times, four in Chocolate Chip and once in Pool Party.  Then I stamped it again on a scrap of Whisper White in pool party and trimmed it out.  Then I attached it to the card with Dimensionals and then I put two Mini Glue Dots on the front and attached two tiny, tiny Linen thread bows to look like shoelaces.


I hope that you enjoyed this card and the stamp set as much as I do.  This set, Guy Greetings, is so great for  all kinds of masculine cards.


The sentiments in this set cover so many reasons for cards, birthday, Father’s Day, Congratulations, and just because! I think this is a great set to have in your stamp library.  You can purchase this set at my online store HERE And today through October 23 (for five days only) all of our stamp sets are 15% off!  This doesn’t include bundles or clearance rack items.  What a deal!  Now, go and get shopping! 

Now, why don’t you go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Guy Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge Ink  Chocolate Chip, Pool Party Paper Whisper White, Chocolate Chip Cardstock  Embellishments  Linen Thread.

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees

The other day my friend and side line with Stampin’ Up! posted a picture of a card that she liked on FB.  I saw it and fell IN LOVE!   And immediately I said to myself “Cathy, you could make that into a great Christmas card” .  I slept on it and bubbled up into my little brain was this card.  Here is the card that she shared.


As you can see there isn’t a hint on the picture as to who made the card, which is sad because I’d love to thank them for this great lay out.


The stamp set I used as the main focus was Festival of Trees with the matching Tree Punch.   The other stamps are from Sheltering Tree and that old standby Gorgeous Grunge.  The colors are Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Garden Green and Tip Top Taupe.  The embellishments are sequins from our Gold Sequin Trim and a gold button that used to be on one of my mother’s coats.  LOL.  She had a cool coat years ago that had this fantastic gold buttons when she got rid of the coat she cut the buttons off and saved them.  I found them in her things when she passed away and kept them because I knew they were special to her.  The funny thing is that these are just plastic gold colored buttons.


So what do you think?  Is this a great layout for a card or what?  Let me know what you’d do different, or if you love it just as it is.  I hope I did it justice.  If you need supplies for your own Christmas cards, you can purchase them at my online store HERE.  Supplies for this particular card are listed below with links.

Now, go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps   Festival of Trees, Sheltering Tree, Gorgeous Grunge  Ink  Watermelon Wonder, Garden Green, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe Paper  Wild Wasabi, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White cardstock,  Home for Christmas DSP  Tools   Tree Punch Embellishments  Gold Sequin Trim, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine and my mom’s button!