Happy Ornamental Christmas!

It’s Monday! I hope you enjoyed a happy paper crafting weekend.

Today’s post is clean, simple and happy!   The Ornamental Envelopes Bundle was on my “serious” wish list from Stampin’ Up!’s August-December Mini Catalog.  I thought the ornament stamps in the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set were so cute.  You can dress them up or down. They could be elegant and formal or clean and simple.  I went with clean and simple for this card.

The color palette is warm.  Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler and Bumblebee are all colors with a lot of warm red tones. I always enjoy adding a little pop of “yellow” whenever I can and that little Bumblebee ornament gives this card that something extra. I couldn’t resist adding that little Gold Metallic Pearl.

Here’s the quick “How to” for this card:

  • I started with a Whisper White card base, added a layer of Cherry Cobbler and cropped a Basic Black frame with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.
  • I added a second stitched frame in Cherry Cobbler and “framed” my Whisper White stamped images.
  • The stamped images on the Whisper White card layer were stamped with Bumblebee ink.
  • I separately stamped a set of ornaments in Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler and cropped them with the ornaments die in the Envelopes Die set.
  • Here are the stamped images:


  • Once the ornaments were cropped, I chose what I wanted to use and attached them to the Bumblebee stamped layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I hand cropped the sentiment banner.  “Happy Christmas” is from the Warm Hugs stamp set.
  • The pretty black and white plaid envelope liner makes this card a pretty gift!

So, grab some warm holiday colors, stamp a few images, add a frame or two and a little bling, and create something clean and simple.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Dove of Hope Peace & Love

It’s Friday and I hope you have fun card making and paper crafting plans for the weekend.

Today’s post is Clean and Simple and Quick and Easy without a doubt.

The Dove of Hope stamp set has bolder images and a fun, bolder font. Night of Navy and Old Olive have been a long time favorite color combination of mine and when paired with Whisper White, a clean, crisp color palette is achieved.  A dove with an olive branch needs a clean, crisp color palette.

I started with a Night of Navy card base, added Whisper White and Old Olive layers, and stamped the dove and sentiment with Night of Navy. The olive branch is stamped with Early Espresso which is the perfect “neutral” for Night of Navy and Old Olive.  I colored the leaves with my Blender Pen and some Old Olive ink.

The inside sentiment completes the peaceful message of this card…. Peace, Joy, Love  … and hope in your heart.

So, find your clean, crisp color palette, stamp a few peaceful images and create something clean and simple.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Warm Hugs And A Hot Latte!

Happy Thursday!

Only those who know me best know that I love coffee.  I’ve been known to indulge in a mocha latte or two, or three!  So, I decided to celebrate my love of a good cup of coffee in today’s post.

Yesterday was another nice day, so I spent a little time outside sketching prospective projects for blog posts. This card was the first one I sketched.  I don’t think it would be horrible to share my sketch with you.  Keep in mind that my pencil moved really fast, so it’s not very neat.  I hope you can see it. Don’t you just love my coffee cups?

I stayed with the Warm Hugs stamp set and the overall design, but switched to Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP rather than Heartwarming Hugs DSP changing my color palette completely.  The sentiment stayed the same, but I stamped three coffee cups on the card, not five. Also, I was only going to have steam coming from one coffee cup, not all.  I think I was thinking that the steam in the center cup might give this card a very unique design element. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I like the three cups, all with steam!

I know we have our personal way of creating.  Most of the time, I look at a piece of patterned paper, a sketch (not my own), a particular stamp set or die, or a color combination and know what I want to do with it. There are those times though, when the catalog inspires me or a Pinterest post or another blog post.  Today, I was inspired by my own pencil and graph paper sketch which I CASED from the Warm Hugs Bundle.

So, wherever you find your inspiration, keep creating beautiful projects.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Stitched Leaves and Hope!

Happy Wednesday!

I’m sharing today’s card to celebrate a little bit of Fall with a whole lot of “hope”.  We’re having some beautiful cooler Fall weather here in New Jersey and I’m very much enjoying it. Sweater weather might finally be here!

Stampin’ Up!’s stunning Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper sat on my desk for at least the past three weeks.  I wanted to create something special with it, but just couldn’t get it going.  I pulled out pattern after pattern and nothing was coming to me, so there the paper sat.  For today’s post, I wanted to use the Stitched Leaves Dies and in almost an instant, I knew the patterned paper I would use.  It was obvious that the card stock had to be Very Vanilla and a Gold Foil Sheet.

Once I had these perfectly stitched leaves cropped, I gave them a little bit of a Gold Foil shadow and attached them to a Stitched Rectangle layer. This would be my focal point. I thought about adding a Gold Foil layer to the back of the stitched rectangle, but I wanted more of the patterned paper to be seen.

Keeping the larger maple leaf on top emphasizes the pattern repeat in the card design by drawing attention to the gold foiled maple leaves in the patterned paper.

Whenever I use Very Vanilla, Gold or Copper in a project, my “go to” sentiment ink would always be Soft Suede.  For this card though, I thought Soft Suede would be a little too dark.  I stamped the sentiment in Encore’s Metallic Gold. “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING” is from the Love of Leaves stamp set.

So, grab some stunning Designer Series Paper, add a layer and a few shadowed, cropped elements, and create something soft and pretty.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Halloween Magic and Festive Corners!

Do you think this card is scary and spooky?

Actually, spiders and bats have their place in the whole scheme of evolution.  Spiders continuously weave silk and their silk is known to have strength and elasticity. It’s somewhat sticky and this is how they catch their prey. Bats are considered wonders of evolution and are mammals who can fly.

Okay, enough about that. Let’s get to today’s project.

The stamped images are from the Festive Corners stamp set and the bats are die cuts from the Halloween Magic Dies. I used lots of layers on this card, including a colorful plaid from the Plaid Tidings DSP. The Whisper White top frame layer was cropped from the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies,  and the inside sentiment and image on the envelope are from the Celebration Tidings stamp set.

There certainly is a lot going on here which I didn’t realize until now.

I bet you’re all curious to see what my workspace looks like after this one…. a messy space is a creative space, right?

I started layering until I was able to center the “SPOOKY” image to scale. Layers and frames always work well when you have a focal point image that needs a little more attention. I added the spider’s web (which I hand cropped) and the spider, then I started moving the bats around the frame until they helped draw attention to the SPOOKY image.  My card needed just a little something more, so I glued on a few sequins. Bling is always good!

So that’s the story of creation for this card.

Below are the project dimensions:

  • Basic Black standard A-2 card base scored and folded vertically;
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″;
  • The Plaid Tidings DSP layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • The Basic Black frame layer is 2 7/8″ X 4 1/8″;
  • The Whisper White frame layer is 2 3/4″ X 4″;
  • I used the 2″ X 3 1/4″ Stitched Rectangle Frame to crop the center of the Whisper White frame layer.
  • The Bumblebee layer inside the frame is 2 1/4″ X 3 3/4″.  When placed behind the frame, there’s plenty of room to add your adhesive.
  • I Stamped “SPOOKY” with my Stamparatus after I framed the Bumblebee layer.

Now, grab a spooky stamp set, add a few flying bats and a little bling and create something adorable!

The only limitation is your imagination!