Category Archives: Christmas

joy to you

Here’s another card I found playing catch-up. This one I made last year using a Paper Pumpkin kit. At the time, I thought the card needed something so I added an image from my Joy To The World stamp set.

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Hope you are having a great weekend!

a very dairy Christmas

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a couple cards using the Dairy Christmas Set (4789) .  I think this first one is my fave… how fun is that joyous cow?  I gave it a simple water-colored background and used some Copics to dot the festive scarf.

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The next two are cards that would be perfect for all our chicken lovin’ friends… cluck cluck!

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I went with bright, non-traditional colors here…  :)

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I hope you are enjoying your Christmas card crafting.  Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Dairy Christmas Set (4789); paper- white, black, SU! Gumball Green and Marina Mist, Doodlebug- home for the holidays, MME- Colorful Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and Stitched Traditional Tags, Prima Watercolor Confections- Classics, foam dimensionals, adhesive pearls, Labels 14 and Circle Nestabilities, Eyelet Outlet ornament brad.

jingle notepad

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another fun project I recently made for a stamping event with friends.  The theme was “Jingle All The Way”.  Here I made a covered notepad with a magnetic closure using the super fun gal from Ai’s Reindeer Games Set (4351).  The sentiment is from the Jingle Set (4681).

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Just about everyone could use a cute notepad for all those holiday lists, right?  I would be lost without them!

I used a reindeer embossing folder for part of the background.  I also added some sparkle to her belt with a glitter pen and some Crystal lacquer on her glasses but they didn’t photograph well.

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Check out those jingle bell earrings!  I found some bell brads in my stash that were perfectly sized!  They really jingle!

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The notepad is a Jr. Legal size pad which was cut in half vertically.  I had these cut quite a few years ago but you can ask for them to be cut at your local office supply store.  I never added a magnetic closure before, though, which was inspired by a special friend from Canada, Michele.  I love the magnetic closure!

NOTE- I started with a 6 1/2 x 8 1/8 inch piece of cardstock and scored the 6 1/2″ side @ 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 5 1/4, and 5 1/2.

The layers on the front are 2 3/8 x 8 and 2 1/4 x 7 7/8.

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While I was typing this, Frank Sinatra was popping in my mind… “I love those J-I-N-G-L-E bells, OH!….”  Don’t you love Christmas music while crafting?

Sooo….if it’s stuck in my head, might as well be stuck in yours too!  lol.

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Reindeer Games Set (4351), Jingle Set (4681).; paper- birch, SU! Crumb Cake, Bo Bunny St. Nick Mistletoe, black, gold metallic; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Distress Antique Linen; accessories- Copics, white embossing powder, Jr. Legal pad (cut in half), Crystal Effects, The Paper Studio jingle bell brads, Basic Grey Magnetic Discs, glue dots, rhinestones, cArt-Us Reindeer embossing folder, EK Success Fancy Photo Corner punch, C.C. Designs Santa’s Belt dies, 3/4″ circle punch, SU! Round Tab punch, Gelly Roll Stardust clear glitter pen.

dashing ATC

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this ATC (artist trading card) on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using my Holiday Hugs stamp set.  I made this for a recent trade with some of my stamping friends.

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Are you familiar with ATCs?  They are little pieces of artwork the size of a baseball card (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) which are traded and collected.  They can also be layered onto a card front as a focal point or main image.  Be aware, though…they can be addicting!

Here I popped up one piece of cardstock over another piece the same size.  A channel was cut in the top layer and the penguin has another bit of foam tape under him that slides in the channel.  A penny is on the backside of the foam to give some weight.  He then can slide in the channel, as if he’s sledding.

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Don’t forget that SNSS is having specials all month long.  Here’s a sale that ends tomorrow so be sure to check it out!

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Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Holiday Hugs; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Soft Sky; accessories- Copics, Stickles, Lawn Fawn Slide on Over dies, a penny, foam tape.

6×6 party cheeseball

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a 6×6 recipe card using the Chris-mouse Mini Shaker Set (4796) .  Bonnie keeps knocking them out of the park, doesn’t she?  How seriously cute is this mouse in his Christmas jammies?

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This recipe card was made for a swap I participated in this past weekend with several of my stamping friends.  I chose this recipe and image because we had a Christmas theme for our event of “Jingle All The Way”.  This yummy cheeseball recipe is one that my mother used to make at Christmas and my husband and I have continued to enjoy making it over the years for the holidays.  I figured the mouse goes with the cheese, and the jingle bell on his tail goes with our theme, so the recipe card all kinda fell into place!

The bell was stamped on a silver metallic cardstock. Of course, I had to place that cute bell on a Mini Action Wobble!  So fun!  His pajamas were paper pieced with a holly print to celebrate the season.  :)

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Chris-mouse Mini Shaker Set (4796); paper- white, black, red, green, silver metallic, SU! Holly Berry Bouquet; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Stazon Black; accessories- Copics, Ai Mini Action Wobble, Martha Stewart holly leaf punch, sequin, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 15 and Stitched Traditional Tags, Taylored Expressions Skinny Mini Party Borders, Stickles.

gilded Santa frame

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “’Prep for Christmas” …and we are featuring the new Christmas Clear Sets!  Plus…Ai and Thermoweb are participating in a product swap so be sure to check out the DT samples this week and read below for a chance to win one of two grand prizes!

Here I used the Merriest Christmas Set (4790) and some vintage looking papers to create my card.  I also used some Gold Deco Foil and the Foil Adhesive Pen to give my image a “gilded” framed edge. 

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I originally stamped the Santa with black ink but then I didn’t think it would look much like the gilded era if I colored him with so I flipped it over (as we stampers do! ha!) and stamped him again with a dark red ink.  I could have added strips of adhesive tape to the edges of my image, but I wanted them to be sort of imperfect…so I used the glue pen around the edges and pressed the foil onto the glue.

Ai Thermoweb Swap

Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the current Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

But before you do, click here for the Rafflecopter prize drawing!

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Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Merriest Christmas Set (4790); paper- vanilla, SU! Always Artichoke, KaiserCraft December 25th; ink- Distress Aged Mahogany; accessories- brad, Gold Deco Foil, Foil Adhesive Pen.

foiled bow

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the new Christmas Wreath Set (4791) and the little candy cane image from Merriest Christmas Set (4790) .  We are also still participating in a product swap with Thermoweb and here I’ve used the Red Deco Foil along with the Foam Adhesive Sheet to create a foiled bow.

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Can you see how shiny those bows are? The foil is super easy to use with the foam!  I simply die cut the bow from the foam sheet and applied the foil. Easy peasy.  Then I stamped over the red foil with black Stazon ink.  The clear stamp makes it super simple to line up.

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Don’t forget to check out all the projects from the Ai and Thermoweb swap and enter below to win one of two grand prizes!

Ai Thermoweb Swap

Click here for the Rafflecopter prize drawing!

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Christmas Wreath Set (4791) and Merriest Christmas Set (4790); paper- vanilla, Tina Wenke papers; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black (wreath), Versafine Black (sentiment), and Stazon Black (bow); accessories- Copics, Thermoweb Red Deco Foil and Foam Adhesive Sheet, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Edges.

Santa shaker with foil hat

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Halloween may be upon us, but we all have Christmas in the back of our mind, don’t we?  Have you started on your holiday cards yet?  Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a CAS card using the new Santa Mini Shaker (4798) which includes matching dies (plus a mini wobble to get you started)!  When the Christmas crunch is on, I appreciate cards with a simple design to make creating multiples fast & easy!  This card fits the bill and has a few extra touches to make it stand out.

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The first “ho” is a die included the set and the other two were stamped.  The mustache is also an included die and it’s perfect on a Mini Action Wobble!  You can also pop it up with foam adhesive.

I also made his hat shiny with some Thermoweb foil and adhesives.  The foil can be adhered using the liquid glue but I decided to use the Sticky Tape Runner on the backside of my stamped hat and apply the Red Foil Transfer Sheet to that.  Then I ran it through my die cut machine to apply pressure only, peeled off the foil liner, cut it out by hand, and glued it to my image.

Here’s some pics to show the shiny red foil and wobbly ‘stache…

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Santa Mini Shaker (4798); paper- white, black, SU! Crumb Cake, Recollections Be Merry; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Ai Mini Action Wobble, Thermoweb Sticky Tape Runner and Red Foil Transfer Sheet, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Basic Edges and Blueprints 21, Oval Nestabilities.

shiny & bright

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “’Til You Wobble” …and we are featuring the new Holiday Mini Shakers plus the new Mini Action Wobbles!  Here I used the Reindeer Mini Shaker (4800) .

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This reindeer’s nose was diecut from the patterned paper with the circle die included in the set.  I first adhered the patterned paper to cardstock to make it thicker/sturdier.  Then it was popped with a Mini Action Wobble and I applied Crystal Effects to make it shiny.  I just happened to have a reindeer embossing folder in my stash which was perfect for the background.  Then I added some Snowflake dies (4804) to finish it off.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card that wobbles and join us in the current Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Reindeer Mini Shaker (4800); paper- white, vanilla, SU! Soft Suede, scrap snowflake paper; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Raspberry Ripple; accessories- Copics, Art Impressions Snowflake dies (4804), Mini Action Wobble, brads, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 15, cArt-Us Reindeer embossing folder, Stickles, SU! Crystal Effects, foam dots.

snow much fun

Hello friends!

Last week I was on the Art Impressions blog with a tutorial for our current Challenge… The Perfect Pairs (use a stamp and die combo).  We are also featuring the new Ai stamps exclusive to Michael’s and AC Moore.  Here I am using the AC Moore clear set called Snow Much Fun (0736) which includes matching dies!

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On my card today, I used the penguin die to cut a window in my card front.

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The cute penguin and a few flakes are stamped on the INSIDE.  :)

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To begin, I diecut a partial circle from white cardstock.

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Next, I added 2 strips of patterned paper scraps to a black card base and then adhered my white circle.  I placed the penguin die where I wanted it to cut a window and ran it through the die cut machine.  Note- depending on your machine, you may need to run it back & forth a few times to cut through the layers.

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Once my penguin window was cut, I placed a white layer of cardstock on the inside of the card and lightly traced the penguin opening with a pencil.  The pencil lines are used as a guide to position your image when stamping.  I usually “wing it” but you can use a stamp positioner for exact placement.  After the image is stamped on the inside, gently remove the pencil lines with an eraser.

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Now your penguin is visible from the card front!

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Color the penguin and complete your card as desired.  I added a banner sentiment and a few stamped & diecut flakes (with rhinestone centers)…both from the same stamp set!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project using a stamp & die combo and join us in the Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AC Moore exclusive- Snow Much Fun (0736); paper- white, black, Echo Park Wintertime; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Midnight Muse; accessories- Circle Nestabilities, Copics, Die-Namics Mix and Match Banners, foam dots, rhinestones.