Category Archives: Christmas

dashing penguin

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using my Holiday Hugs stamp set.  I was inspired by a Partial Die Cutting technique by Jennifer McGuire.  I didn’t use any dies here, but trimmed around the bottom of the penguin image with scissors after cutting the sides with a paper trimmer.

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I layered a colored panel inside, as Jennifer did, with the sentiments.

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Give this technique a try…it’s quite easy and fun! Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Holiday Hugs; paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and New Sprout, SU! Baja Breeze; accessories- Copics, Stickles.

Magical Christmas MTF

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Stamp a Scene” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds! Here I used 4930- Magical Christmas MTF.  These sets include matching dies to cut the openings so you can peek through to the inside.

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Here’s the card completely closed. One die cuts the door so it can be opened (as shown above).  Another cuts the wreath which I’ve mounted with foam dots.

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When you open the first fold, you see the fireplace. The third die cuts the opening in the fireplace.  Look who’s peeking through!

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Here both sides are open to see the final image inside. I decided to add my sentiment there as well.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Stamp a Scene” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4930- Magical Christmas MTF; paper- white, doodlebug- home for the holidays; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross Stitch Circles & Squares, foam dimensionals, Stickles.

very merry Christmas

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Last week I shared a Halloween card with this same house image but today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Christmas card using the Ai 4926- Holiday Mansion Set and 4927- HM Accessory Set.  If you haven’t started your holiday cards, it’s a good time to start thinking about them!  I like to make a few here and there, all year long, but this year I haven’t followed that plan very well. lol.  I did create this sweet holiday house, though.

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Here’s a little tip…if you stamp an extra house and trim it a bit smaller (cutting off the chimney), then flip it over and use the backside, you can place it behind your finished house image so the background paper doesn’t show through.

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The little Christmas images from the 4927- HM Accessory Set were added in the windows and doors.  I decided to place the tree in the yard instead of a window.  You can move the pieces to wherever you want!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4926- Holiday Mansion Set and 4927- HM Accessory Set; paper- white, MME- Merry Little Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Homespun Stitched Lines and Blueprints 20, Scor-Tape, foam dots, Stickles.

peace on earth

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Peace on Earth and Christmas Botanicals stamp sets.  I think they coordinate together nicely.

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My plan was to stamp the dove to show through the oval cutout (as in the photo) but to emboss the words in white on the blackberry panel.  I just couldn’t envision how to complete it and I really wanted to also emboss the panel with this pretty embossing folder, so I decided to skip the embossed words and add a sentiment strip instead.  The flower and leaves were popped with foam tape and I added some pearls to finish.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Peace on Earth and Christmas Botanicals; paper- white, SU! Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sky; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Blackberry Bliss; accessories- Copics, oval Nestabilities, foam tape, SU! Elegant Lines embossing folder, adhesive pearls.

are YOU on the list?

Good morning!

Just popping in with another Christmas card using some of the new stamps this month on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website.  Here I used Christmas Blocks again, this time with a cute little elf.

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The inside reads: naughty or nice?

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Have a blessed Sunday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Blocks; paper- white, black, SU! Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz, Recollections Jingle Jolly Assorted Box of Cards; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Clear Wink of Stella, Stickles, foam tape, retired SNSS Speech Bubbles dies, Nuvo drops, MFT Stitched Traditional Tags and Blueprints 15.

Christmas Blocks

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the new Christmas Blocks stamp set released this week on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website.  When it comes to making Christmas cards, I am usually making multiples so I need to make them quick & easy!  One great way to make CAS cards is to start with an assorted box of pre-printed card bases.  Just add your stamps and embellishments!

For the first card, I stamped and colored the Santa face, popped him up with foam tape, and stamped the sentiment.  Some Stickles and Wink of Stella add a bit of sparkle to complete the cards.

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The second card had a snowman pre-printed on the front.  I simply die cut a speech bubble window and stamped the sentiment on the inside to peek through.

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When opened, you see a second sentiment stamped beneath the first one. I also added the little present image in the corner and kept the coloring minimal.  Some Stickles added to the card front finished this one as well.

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Blocks; paper- white, Recollections Jingle Jolly Assorted Box of Cards; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Clear Wink of Stella, Stickles, foam tape, retired SNSS Speech Bubbles dies.

snowmen collage

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Merriest Christmas Set (4790) . The small flake is from the Michael’s exclusive set called Warm Wishes.  Even though this set was designed for Christmas, these snow people are perfect for your cards all winter long!

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I did make a bunch of these for Christmas, though, so I kept them CAS with no coloring and sort of made a collage.

I added some crystal lacquer to the “glass” on the light pole and some Stickles to the tree and snow.  The tree was popped with dimensionals.

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Merriest Christmas Set (4790), small flake from Michael’s exclusive- Warm Wishes; paper- white, SU! Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake; ink- Distress Vintage Photo, SU! Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede; accessories- Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil, Marianne Creatables tree die, twine, Stickles, Crystal Effects, foam tape.

Luke 2

I finally got a Christmas page done for my Bible Journaling Class….if you are local and want to join us, call Lisa at The Craft Shack to sign up!  With the Christmas holiday and other conflicts, we decided to postpone our December class until January.

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This was done with Stazon ink, Prismacolor pencils, and Gamsol.  No prep!  I used my Joy to the World and Poinsettias & Candles stamp sets.

And here’s another page I did in the fall…

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Several SNSS stamp sets were used here… mainly I used Harvest Blessings and a couple different alphabet sets.

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!


blessings ornament

Sooo…the big question this time of year is always… “Are you ready for Christmas?”.  Umm…No. We finally got our tree up Sunday night. I still have baking and shopping to do. But on Christmas Eve, I hope I can say “Yes, I’m ready.” ha.

I was playing around, though, with some salt dough ornaments using my Poinsettias & Candles stamp set and one of my Christmas cookie stamps.

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I mixed my dough and rolled it out on freezer paper, then cut the hearts by hand.  I used 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 cup warm water but my mixture was sticky and needed more flour. Next time I’ll add more salt or less water. Use a toothpick or straw to make a hole.

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The hearts were stamped with Versafine ink.

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I baked them in a toaster oven at 200 degrees and flipped them a few times (not sure how long) but my toaster oven runs hot so next time I’ll use the regular oven.  The toaster oven browned them a bit…so I sponged some Distress Vintage Photo on to “age” them.

This might be my last post before the holiday so I hope you all have a blessed Christmas!

a merry snowflake

When I was preparing for a swap last month, I made this Christmas card with some SU! (merry and borders) and Sweet ‘n Sassy (snowflake) dies.  Then I realized how many I had to make and how many passes through the die cut machine it would take and quickly scrapped the idea. lol.  But not before getting a few created.

My card was inspired by THIS one in the SCS gallery.

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I glued the bottom of each layer of the snowflake down but added foam tape to the upper edges.

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Have a great Saturday!