Monday, December 5, 2022

The Same DSP - another SAB sneak peak

 In my earlier post I featured a card made using the dainty flowers designer paper from the celebration catalog. I just love this paper! One can make such beautiful cards with very little effort.

There are two 12 x 12 pieces of designer paper that feature the oval pattern of the flowers that you see above so technically for each 12 x 12 sheet you can make six card fronts.

For the card above I die cut one of the patterns using the Stitched Rectangle die matting it with Blackberry Bliss card stock. This was added it to a card stock base which is comprised of Blackberry Bliss and Basic White.

Add a bow made with sheer gorgeous grape ribbon, some embellishments and your card is done.

Add a bow made with sheer gorgeous grape ribbon, some embellishments and your card is done.

This card took less than five minutes to make this card

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dainty Flowers Thank You - A Sale-a-bration 2023 Sneak Peak

 It's early, but its coming - another Sale-a-bration event(SAB).  A time when a purchase of $60 results in a choice of a gift from the SAB catalogue.

There are some beautiful free products that can be obtained with a purchase of $60, and the Dainty Flowers DSP is one of them. The paper is like a water colour work of art.

Because it is such beautiful paper, when I made this card, I let the paper speak for itself.  I did a bit of blending with a blender brush at the bottom of the paper, but that is all I did.

Out of one piece of this 12 by 12" DSP I was able to cut 6 card fronts that re 4 by 6" each.  One of the fronts is on the card in the picture above.  The DSP was trimmed to a 3 3/4 by 5" in order to fit on the card.
Before I trimmed it, some Mossy Meadow ink was added to the lower 1/2 using a blender brush. This created a bit of interest and some dimension.

The 3 3/4 by 5" piece of DSP was matted with a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and then added to a Basic White card base.

Before adding it to the Basic White card base, I added some 3/16" braided Mossy Meadow trim (retired)  near the bottom.  A bow was made of the same trim and it was added using a glue dot beside the sentiment.

The sentiment is from a new stamp from the new January to April 2023 mini catalogue "Something Fancy".  It is stamped in Mossy Meadow, punched with the Double Oval Punch, and layered with the Scallop portion of the Oval punch.  The two layers are joined together using dimensionals, and added over the trim on the right side using dimensionals.

To finish the card, I added some 2021-2022 In Color Opal Rounds randomly on the front and one brass butterfly.

Some DSP was adhered to the lid of the envelope which accompanies the card.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Something Fancy
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Papers:  Basic white, Mossy Meadow, Dainty Flowers DSP
Accessories:  2021-2022 In Color Opal Rounds, Brushed Brass butterfly, 3/16 Mossy Meadow braided trim (retired), Double oval punch, Dimensionals.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Regal Reindeer Christmas Pop Up

 This card is one of a series of Pop Up cards I made for the Hand of Man Art and Craft show which was held the end of October, 2022. It is a larger card, 5 1/2 by 5 1/2".  The envelope was hand made using the Envelope Punching Board.

The Designer Paper used in this card is the Lights Aglow DSP, a piece of which was added to the front.

On the Basic white art piece, the image of the triple trees was stamped using Garden Green ink. The sentiment was stamped adjacent to the trees.

On a separate piece of Basic White cardstock the images of the reindeer and little bunny were stamped using Black Memento ink.  They were then coloured using Stampin' blends and die cut.

They were then added to the art piece in front of the stamped trees.  Light smoky slate Stampin' blend was applied to the ground under the feet of the reindeer and  below the little bunny.


The pop up mechanisms are revealed when the card is opened.

There are 3 pop up mechanism each one a different size.
Pop up 1:  4 1/2 by 4 1/2" scored at 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, and 4"
Pop up 2: 3 1/2 by 3 1/2" scored at 1/2, 2 1/2, and 3"
Pop up 3: 1 1/2 by 3 1/2" scored at 1, 2, and 3"

The images adhered to the various layers are from both the Regal Reindeer, and All Bundles Up.  All were coloured with Stampin' Blends and either die cut or hand cut.

The racoon and trees were added to the top tier; the bunny and bird to the second; and the moose to the one at the bottom. Another bird was added to the bottom of the second tier.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Regal Reindeer, All Bundled Up
Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin Blends, Shaded Spruce, Balmy Blue
Papers:  Basic White, Lights Aglow DSP, Dazzling diamond glitter 
Accessories:  Reindeer dies, 

Friday, November 4, 2022

Fitting Florets Z fold Christmas card

 The Fitting Florets bundle and coordinating DSP can be used to create elegant cards/projects for the Holiday season.  A couple of days ago I created a birthday card using the same bundle; today its a Christmas card.  This bundle is an early release from the January mini catalogue.

To create the Z fold card, a piece of 81/2 by 5 1/2" piece of Soft succulent card stock was scored at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4" .  The card is folded in half at the 4 1/4" score line and then folded back on itself to create the Z fold.

Fitting Florets DSP ( 4 by 5 1/4") is added to the inside and then two pieces of the same pattern on the front two sections (2 by 4 ")

Two of the frames were die cut using Basic White card stock.  The outer half of the larger one was added on the first front section over the fold. On the center portion was stamped the sentiment (Framed & Festive stamp set) using Evening Evergreen ink and then it was added to the inside of the already attached frame. Because this doesn't fit into the frame perfectly, a second frame was die cut and added to the inside.

Two stems were die cut in basic White; two leaves in Soft Succulent.  All were added to the outside of the adhered frames.  A bow made using the polka dot ribbon was added in the middle of the frame..

The center of the second die cut frame was added to the inside center to allow for saying.

To finish the card, three Soft Succulent matte Decorative dots were added to the card front.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Framed & Festive, Framed Florets

Inks:  Black Memento, Evening Evergreen

Papers:  Basic White, Soft Succulent, Fitting Florets DSP

Accessories:  Framed Florets Dies, Polka dot ribbon,

Below is another sample using this new bundle. This time the card is to celebrate a  birthday.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Snowflake Floating Element Technique - a tutorial

 This technique has been all over Pinterest for a while, but I've just noticed it. Where have I been?  That's a rhetorical question really because obviously I have been busy getting prepared for the Christmas craft show.

To make up for the time I have missed, I made a card using the Floating Element Technique (I really needed to get ready for my show tomorrow)

The Floating element technique involves adhering the same size strips of paper (cardstock, vellum, window sheet or acetate from stamps)  equidistant from each other, then die cutting with a shape die, and adding this to a card front using dimensionals.


Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Joyful Flurry, Inspired Thoughts

Ink:  Versa Mark

  • Basic White 4 1/4 by 5 1/2" (card base)
  • Basic White 3 3/4 by 5" (inside)
  • Soft Succulent - 2 pieces 4 by 5 1/4" - one for card front; other for inside
  • Soft Succulent - die cut with stitched rectangle die - for sentiment
  • Texture Chic DSP 3 3/4 by 5" - layer on Soft Succulent
  • Texture Chic DSP 1/4" by 5" - inside
  • White flocked paper - die cut large snowflake
  • White flocked paper - mat for die cut sentiment
  • White flocked paper - die cut two small snowflakes
  • White flocked paper - 1/8 by 5" for inside
  • Silver glitter card stock cut in 1/4" by 4" strips (10) 
  • 3 by 3" piece of window sheet
  • Layering Circle dies
  • Snowflake dies
  • Rhinestones
  • White embossing powder
  • Liquid adhesive (Tombo)
  • Rectangle stitched dies
  • Dimensionals
Putting card together:
  1. Die cut snowflakes and sentiment die cut.
  2. Cut 10 strips of silver glitter card stock
  3. Adhere these strips to the window sheet leaving equidistant spaces between them
  4. Using a circle die, die cut the window sheet with the strips attached. Adhere the larger die cut snowflake to the center, and add aa larger rhinestone to the center.

  1. Add small stampin dimensionals to the back of this die cut circle (ensure they are placed behind strips so they don't show through the cracks). Do not remove the protective covers yet.
  2. Stamp the sentiment with Versa mark ink on the Soft Succulent die cut , and emboss with white embossing powder.  Mat this piece with White flock
  3. Adhere DSP to the Soft Succulent card stock, and adhere this to the Basic White card front.
  4. Remove protective covers from dimensionals behind die cut circle and adhere to center of card front.  It is floating on the card surface.

  1. Adhere sentiment below circle.
  2. Adhere two smaller snowflakes together and add to the card front to the right above the sentiment.  
  3. Add rhinestones to the sentiment panel and to the center of the snowflakes in the DSP.
  4. On the inside, mat the Whisper White piece with Soft Succulent card stock.  Add the strip of DSP with the strip of white flocking next to it to the left side of this layer.

  1. Adhere to the inside of the card
  2. Adhere DSP to the envelope flap.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Monday, October 17, 2022

A Framed Florets birthday

This card was made using the Framed Florets stamp set and dies, as well as the coordinating dies and DSP.  These products are early releases from the Mini catalogue on Jan 2023 and will be available for customer order in November, 2022 (note:  only while supplies last)

The base is Blushing Bride card stock, layered with Fitting Florets DSP. Once they were adhered together, a layering oval die was used to die cut an oval aperture in the middle.  I discovered that the largest of the layering oval dies was the same        size as the opening of the Framed oval die.

The framed oval die was then used to die cut the frame and oval insert from gold foil. The oval die cut was saved for the inside and the frame was added on the outside around the die cut oval opening.

Some flowers were die cut from the DSP and added them to the bottom and top of the framed oval.  A die cut sprig was also added 

On the inside was added a 4 by 9 piece of Basic white card stock. After scoring at 4 1/2 and 2 1/4 it was folded backwards at the 2 1/4 " score line. Some different pattern DSP was added to the end fold.

The sentiment was embossed with gold embossing folder on the Basic white card stock die cut and then adhered to the die cut gold foil piece.  Half of this was added to the folded edge of the Basic White insert.

Stamp:  Framed Florets

Ink:  Versa Mark

Papers:  Blushing Bride, Gold foil, Basic White, Soft Succulent glitter vellum (retired), Fitting Florets DSP

Accessories:  Framed Floret dies, Layering oval dies, Gold adhesive backed swirls


Sunday, October 2, 2022

To Friends Near and Far - Leaves of Holly - a catalogue case

 Sometimes by casing a card from the catalogue it gets your creative juices flowing. Not that I needed it - its just I am a bit overwhelmed getting ready for the Hand of Man craft show the end of the month. 

The card I cased is on Page 24 of the Holiday catalogue.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

1. To create the background of the Basic White art piece, a Holly leaf was die cut in Sahara Sand card stock and this was used as a stencil applying Sahara sand ink with a blender brush randomly over the surface. 

2. The Textural element was embossed with gold embossing powder.  The element was laid directly onto a Versa Mark ink pad, gold embossing powder applied and heat set.

3.  Ribbon  treatment: The edge of the 1/2" Natural Woven Ribbon was trimmed off causing the edges to fray.  The unfrayed edge was coloured with a dark Old Olive stampin' blend.

4.  The Holly leaves and the Holly berry consist of 2 layers - a lighter base and a darker one with more definitive features on top.

5.  The Iridescent foil snowflakes are a carry over from last year, and are applied using tombo glue and a sponge.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Leaves of Holly, Christmas to Remember

Inks:  Sahara Sand, Versa Mark, Stampin' Blend (Old Olive Dark)


  • Cherry Cobbler (card base) 4 1/4 by 5 1/2"
  • Boughs of Holly DSP 4 1/4 by 5 1/2" - adhere to card front
  • Basic White card stock  4 1/2 by 3" - art piece
  • Sahara Sand - die cut one Holly Leaf
  • Old Olive - die cut base of Holly leaf
  • Mossy Meadow - die cut more detailed Holly leaf 
  • Real Red - die cut berry
  • Cherry Cobbler - die cut more detailed die
  • Crumb Cake - scrap - to emboss sentiment
  • Gold embossing powder
  • 1/2" Natural Woven Ribbon
  • Holly Berry dies
  • Textural elements
  • Wonderful Snowflakes
  • Red Toile tidings glitter enamel dots (retired)

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Halloween suckers - Bewitched

 I am a vendor at the Hand of Man craft show the end of October, so I wanted to include some decorated Halloween goodies to sell.

This is what I came up with:

I decorated some Halloween Lollipops using the Bewitching stamp set as well as Scary Cute.

Half of the lollipops are decorated with a hat punched with the Hat Builder punch, with a sentiment from Scary Cute punched with the Ticket Duo punch.  The hat was coloured with Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Oasis, Rich Razzelberry and Parakeet Party.

The other half were decorated with the sentiment and the legs. The legs were coloured with Parakeet Party, Pumpkin Pie, and Orchid Oasis.  I stamped an entire page of these images and cut them using my Scan n cut. If I did not have this machine, these legs would have to be fussy cut.

Aren't they cute?

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A Swinging Gnome - cards that move - a CASE

 I cased this card from Susan Campfield, but used different DSP.  I just love interactive cards and this one brings a smile to your face. 

The card is interactive as the legs swing back and forth like the pendulum of a clock.  I tried making a short video showing the legs moving, but I  couldn't capture the motion well enough.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Kindest Gnome
Ink:  Real Red
Papers:  Real Red, Basic White, Santa Express DSP
Accessories:  Real Red Rhinestones, Gnome dies, Dimensionals, Fabulous Frames dies.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Aspen tree die - a free SAB item- and a challenge to make 5 cards

 Today I challenged myself to make as many cards as I could using the Aspen tree dies, a free SAB item as well as a current item in the mini catalogue on Pg. 46.  It comes with a stamp set, "Perched in a Tree" but I don't have that yet.

Card #1  An Elegant card in White and Silver Foil

Some Christmas vellum is adhered to a Thick Basic White card stock base and the die cut (Aspen tree die) is adhered to that.  The sentiment, from "Christmas to Remember" is embossed with silver embossing powder, & die cut with a stitched circle die. A strip of silver foil notched at both ends is behind the circle.  The two silver foil sprigs are from the Poinsettia dies.

Card #2     A Snowy Christmas Night

The Aspen tree die was used to die cut the card front as usual.  A snowy sky was created by stamping and embossing snow flakes with white embossing powder on a piece of Night of Navy card stock the same size as the die cut front. The snow stamp used was from "Joyful Flurry".  A non SU punch was used to punch two silver foil snowflakes. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.

Card #3  Deer and a harvest moon

This time the Aspen Tree die was paired with Grassy Grove bundle.  The sky was created using blender brushes and the following colours of ink: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight. The moon was masked with a 1 1/4" punched masking paper. The birds are from " Let's Set Sail" and the grass below from "Grassy Grove , as are the die cut deer.  The snow was created using "Snowfall Accents Puff Paint" dazzling diamonds and a heat tool.

The sentiment is from "Brightest Glow". The die cut is matted with Night of Navy card stock and added to a Basic White card base.

Card #4  BOO

This time the card front was die cut with Basic Black cardstock as this was supposed to be a dark, spooky Halloween card.  A retired piece of DSP was found that looked like stars in a sky, so all that was needed was to add a die cut yellow sliver moon from "Scary Cute".  Some die cut bats were also added and since they blended in to the back ground too much, some white chalk added to the top of their wings helped to locate them.

In the lower right corner three die cut leaves stamped using the baby wipe technique (Gorgeous Leaves stamp - retired) and die cut using Intricate Leaves Dies (retired) were added.  On top was added a witches hat .  This was stamped using the "Bewitching" stamp and punched using the coordinating Witch Hat builder punch.  Stampin' Blends were used to colour the hat.  A bow made with the Satin edged gold ribbon was added below the leaves.

The sentiment, from "Scary Cute" was embossed with white embossing powder.

The die cut front was matted with white glitter card stock and then onto a Basic Black card base.

Card #5  Slim Line Money Card  

For this card, three of the larger poplar leaf were die cut - one each of gold foil, copper foil, and silver foil.  They were added to a panel of Basic White card stock embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder. After matting this with a Soft Suede layer, it  was added to a Crumb cake layer which had been stamped around the edges with one of the leaves stamp and Crumb Cake ink.  This in turn was added to the Soft Suede card base.
The sentiment is embossed with Copper embossing powder and die cut with Hippo and friends die (retired). 

A 2" piece of Soft Suede card stock was added to the inside.  It was adhered on 3 sides.  A notch was added to the middle - using a 1" circle punch

I probably am not finished making cards using this free SAB item.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Rustic Harvest card #2

This card is another catalogue case. It features the DSP on a piece of  embossed Merry Merlot cardstock which in turn is added to a Merry Merlot card base. 


Before adding the 3 by 5 1/4” piece of the DSP a piece of ribbon is frayed at one end and added along the long edge.

The sentiment is embossed with black embossing powder on another pattern of the DSP, die cut, and added to the lower card using dimensionals.

Supplies used:
Inks: versa mark, 
Papers:  Merry Merlot, Rustic Harvest DSP
Accessories:  Ribbon, Dimensionals, rustic pumpkin dies, painted texture embossing folder



Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Hello Harvest - a catalogue case

Tonight I got started on my Thanksgiving cards.  I was stunned to realize that this holiday was a mere 4 weeks away - in Canada October 10. 2022.

This year I am using the new Rustic Harvest suite to make my cards.  For the first card I am casing one of the cards on pg. 50 from the Holiday catalogue.

The card base is Crumb Cake upon which is layered two different patterns of the Rustic Harvest DSP.

1. On a separate piece of Basic White card stock,  emboss 3 pumpkins with Gold Embossing powder.  Colour two with Pumpkin Pie stampin' Blend; the third with Cherry Cobbler .
2. Die cut the pumpkins using the coordinating Rustic Pumpkin Dies
3. Emboss two small sunflowers with gold embossing powder. Die cut
3. Stamp six leaves - 4 with Cajun Craze ink; two with Crumb Cake. Die cut.
4. Die cut three tendrils using Garden Green card stock. and adhere to the pumpkins using a glue dot.
5.  Adhere the two Pumpkin Pie coloured pumpkins to the DSP on the card base.

6.  Fold up a piece of Gold Satin Edged ribbon back and forth several times and adhere behind the red pumpkin.  Then adhere the leaves behind the pumpkin and adhere the pumpkin in from of and below the other two using dimensionals.
7.  Gold emboss the sentiment on some Old Olive card stock and punch with the Label Me Fancy punch.  Add  below red pumpkin with dimensionals.
7.  Add the two sunflowers using small dimensionals.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Hello Rustic
Inks:  Versa mark, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Stampin' Blends (Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler,, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight)
Papers;  Crumb Cake, Basic White, Rustic Harvest DSP, Old Olive, Garden Green
Accessories:  Rustic Pumpkin Dies, Satin Edged gold ribbon, Glue dots, Dimensionals, gold embossing powder


Add two strips of the same DSP as used on the front of the card to the bottom of the insert for the inside.

Fussy cut one of the 'gourds' or small pumpkins and a leaf from the DSP and adhere to the bottom right of the inside.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Winter wonderland - Christmas Barn card #3 - a tutorial

 This is the 3rd card of the 3 cards I made using the Christmas  Barn bundle. It reminds me of a winter wonderland, thus the title.

Stamp:  Christmas Barn

Inks:  Basic Gray, Garden Green, Stampin' Blends (Smokey Slate, Soft Suede, Real Red, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay)

Papers:  Basic Gray, Basic White, Black Memento

Accessories:  Barn Dies, Evergreen Embossing Folder (retired), Dimensionals, Clear Wink of Stella

Putting the card together:

1.  Emboss the Basic White layer with an embossing folder e.g Evergreen Forest and adhere to Basic Gray card base.

2.  On a separate piece of Basic White card stock, stamp 2 trees (Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede market), a wreath (basic gray and color with Old Olive and Real Red Stampin' Blends), the Barn (Black Memento), and the horse and sled.  Die cut all these stamped images using the Barn dies.

3.  Color the barn with Smokey Slate stampin blends, leaving light areas, bare areas and colour some areas darker.

4.  Adhere one of the trees to the embossed surface and the second tree to the Basic White card stock using dimensionals. Place it slighly down and in front of the other tree.

5.  Add the barn using dimensionals.  Add the wreath to the barn just over the door using dimensionals.

6.Add the horse and sleigh with dimensionals.

7.  Sentiment is optional.

8.  Add Clear Wink of Stella on the wreath ribbon, the snow around the barn, the barn roof, and the blanket of the sleigh.

Card #2 can be found here

Card #1  can be found here