It’s a HOLLY JOLLY Christmas!!!

It’s the best time of the year! It’s time to put on your comfy clothes and a pot of soup and craft the day away. The chilly weather always make me want to stay inside and craft and this winter in no different. Maybe it’s because I fell in love with this new stamp set by Stampin’ Up. It just has that traditional Christmas vibe that never goes out of style. This will be the stamp set that you just have to hold onto because you know you WILL use it again.

I love the texture of the stamped images and the dry embossed holly. I can’t wait to send these out to friends and family near and far. This year I’ll remember to sign them all! Last year I sent a handmade card to an aunt in Wisconsin and didn’t sign it. She knew it was from me because I’m the only one that sends her handmade cards.

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It’s a Cookie Cutter Christmas!


After a long hiatus I am so thankful to be blogging today. My work hours have eased up a bit giving me a little bit of free time to paper craft. I love making cards and it’s like therapy for me and probably cheaper. I’m not quite sure my husband would agree but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 

Today’s light hearted Christmas card was made using Stampin’ Up’s Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set which is my favorite from the new occasions catalog. I used crumb cake card stock along with real red and whisper white. It was my first time to use the new 3D cable knit sweater embossing folder and I fell in LOVE! The dimension is incredible. I can’t wait to demo that folder in class. 

I stamped the reindeer in basic black on crumb cake cardstock and colored his face  with a crumb cake marker. I used chocolate chip for his antlers with a few crumb cake highlights. I colored the nose with real red and topped with the fine tip glue pen to give it a little dimension. I cut and layered the reindeer on whisper white and real red mats using the layering circle framelits. Talk about adorable, the card has a classic simple vibe which I love. 

So let me see your Christmas projects. I’d love to see what you are working on. In the mean time. Happy crafting and I hope to see you soon. 

Starlight Star Bright you are my guiding light

Star of Light


Hello from the beautiful Greers Ferry lake in Heber Springs Arkansas. After a weeks worth of rain and dreary days it was time to get crafty. That’s definitely a great way to lift my spirits.  I had a chance to sit down and create with the gorgeous new Star of Light stamp set and Starlight thinlits from Stampin’ Up. I also threw in the new in color Sweet Sugarplum ink and Fancy Frost Sequins. If you love bling you will absolutely adore them.  They are perfect! The base for this lovely card is Soft Sky which coordinates with the sequins. That is something I love about Stampin’ Up. The coordinating products. I don’t have to worry about finding products that match.
I hope you enjoy today’s card. I would love to see what you are working on. 

What? It’s that time already?

Wondrous Wreath


I hate seeing Christmas decor popping up before fall in all of the big box stores but if you mass produce Christmas cards now is the time to get stamping! I have a simple quick card that would be fabulous to create for all of those special people on your list! 

The Stampin’ Up supply list is short and that’s important when you are making lots of cards. I used a very traditional color palette of real red, cucumber crush, garden green and whisper white. I used the wondrous wreath stamp set from the annual catalog along with the matching thinlets. I adore the softly falling embossing folder. It adds a dusting of elegant texture to a simple card. Hope you enjoy today’s creation. 

It’s been really hard to find time to blog after getting 5 kids back to school this week and working too! I know lots of families are struggling with this right now so quick and simple is what fits the bill during times like this right? Soon things will settle down but till next time…just keep stamping!

Flurry of Wishes box card, now I’m ready for some snow!

Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes box card

front view

Good morning everyone! I love the crisp cool mornings we have been enjoying here in central Arkansas, but I have to admit I long for snow. We don’t recieve much of the fluffy white stuff here in the south. It is quite comical when we do though. Sometimes after a snow or ice storm it’s interesting to just look out the window and watch all the drivers that venture out. I love the chilly weather when I can wear thick socks and comfy scarves and put a crock pot of soup on to be ready for supper. What about you?

Do you ever get into a pattern where you want to work with certain colors, stamps or techniques? Right now apparently I’m stuck on box cards. As I said in the previous post I had never made one before but now that I have they are so fun and EASY! Did I mention they are EASY? I guess I stayed away from them thinking they would be complicated but amazingly enough they are quite simple. After I made the penguin card I kept thinking the Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes would be perfect for a festive box card for the holidays. I’m sure the recipient would love to receive such a beautiful card to display through the holidays. My children can’t seem to keep their hands off them. 

The color combo I chose was Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe. Initially I was planning to use Soft Suede but liked the lighter feel of the Tip Top Taupe. I added a few rhinestones to give the card a bit of glitz. The card folds completely flat and fits in a regular a2 envelope. What could be better than that? 

stampin up flurry of wishes box card

top view

 
I used the following products on this card:

Penguin Box Christmas Card made from the Stampin’ Up owl punch

Good evening everyone, I hope you are having a fabulous day. I know I am. My boys have been playing in a pre season basketball tournament the last couple of days and I have been running home between games to work on a card. I promise you don’t want to miss this one!

Stampin Up Lots of Joy

Side view

I don’t know how I missed the train with these adorable box cards but they are so EASY to create and look incredible. I can’t wait to teach this card in a Christmas class so please let me know if you are interested.

I found the inspiration piece browsing Pinterest last year and never got around to trying it till this year. Anyone with me out there? I know all my crafty friends try everything you pin right? Here is the inspiration piece which I used as a launching point and a really awesome blog to check out while you are there. The YouTube tutorial is an excellent video that shares all the details and measurements to create an exploding box card. Know what makes these cards even more awesome? They fit in a normal A2 envelope! That’s right folks, you don’t have to buy or make a different size envelope for this card. I like Stampin Up’s envelope punch board but sometimes I just like to grab an envelope and go. I guess I get a little lazy sometimes. Especially around the holidays when I am in a time crunch.

Stampin' Up exploding penguin card using the owl builder punch

Front view

I mixed it up and used an array of products on this card. It uses the owl builder punch, tree punch and cupcake builder punch from the annual Stampin’ Up catalog along with the Lots of Joy stamp set. I love that Stampin’ Up included holiday stamps in the annual catalog this year. I used the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder from the holiday catalog and I  must admit I adore the new 6″ X 6″ size. It’s so versatile! Square cards anyone?

Stampin Up Christmas Card with penguins

Side view

I kept the color palette really simple using only Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red and Wild Wasabi. I think it keeps it really crisp and clean. I debated whether to ink the edge of the Merry Christmas sentiment but in the end I just popped it up with a couple of dimensionals. I hope your not tired of all the photos because I really wanted to include a top view.

Stampin Up Christmas card with the owl punch

Top view

I think the cupcake builder punch made really great mounds of snow and gave the card a little more dimension. I finished it off with some Real Red ribbon and tada you have a Christmas card that will impress even the most discerning family member. You made that? Of course you did!

Last but not least I know you want to see a picture of my athletic son right?

Cleburne County Christian School That’s Trevor number 54. He has been a rebounding machine the last couple of days and I’m really proud of him. Of course while attending the tournament I got to visit with one of my best friends Tiffany Aaron. She is an amazing baker and maybe I can talk her into sharing some of her delicious cookie recipes  on the blog sometime.

Wonderland Christmas card using ombré technique

Greetings everyone! I’m excited to show you something a little different that I worked on yesterday. As I stated in a previous post I have a lot of elegant eggplant cardstock left from a bridal shower I hosted a few months ago and I want to use it for some non traditional Christmas cards. This is one of the cards I created.

Wonderland Christmas card using ombré technique
The card base is elegant eggplant with a thin whisper white mat. I used whisper white for the the stamping also. I punched a 1 3/4 inch circle mask and adhered it in the upper right corner using a temporary adhesive. Using a brayer and an elegant eggplant stamp pad I turned the mat sideways and rolled and lifted the brayer after each swipe moving slightly left each time.  Cover the entire piece bottom to top. Blending is key here. You do not want stripes. Remove your circle mask to reveal the moon. Be careful not to smear the ink, it’s easy to do. Use archival black ink to stamp your trees using the wonderland stamp set. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom center with versamark. Sprinkle with silver embossing powder and tap off the excess. Use a heat tool to set and voila your done!


I’m using this card in the Watercooler Wednesday challenge. This was a new technique for me and I had fun experimenting with it. I can’t wait to see what all the fellow papercrafters submit. I’m new to challenges but am enjoying playing along with everyone.