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Swap Cards

These are a few of the lovely swap cards I received at 2017 OnStage this month. Not everyone attached their name, so I'm not able to give credit.


This card spoke to my Midwest "roots!" Designed by Keri Priest of MO.


This cute little hedgehog is another use for the "sunflower" image in the Painted Harvest Stamp Set.


Lovely fast & easy Birthday card on Watercolor Paper.


 Eclipse format using Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set, designed by Delores Schlabach from IN.


Very relaxing card made with the versatile Colorful Seasons Bundle.


Metallic shadowed numbers for New Year's Celebration!

I love to swap because there are so many talented stampers in the world!

If you are local to me in SW Florida, I have one spot to fill for my Dec. 2nd Intro to Blends Class. Email me as soon as possible at [email protected]

Acetate Card Box Trick

Acetate card boxes $6.50

Did you miss these handy clear Acetate Card Boxes #144628 in the Holiday Catalog, pg. 13? They are indispensable for giving cards as gifts! And only 65 cent per box! 


Here is a simple trick to step up an acetate box-


With the box flat, insert one side of an embossing folder and line up the folder with the front panel of the box. Run it thru the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, adjusting for thickness. My favorite embossing folder is Hexagons #143231 because it gives STUNNING results!


Look at the SPARKLE!! WOW!! So simple and inexpensive!! I have stocked up on these Acetate Boxes for lots of future occasions! You should, too. Try this!

Tips to Attach Vellum on Card Fronts


This soft and simple snowflake card features the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #144686. The base card is Soft Sky and rather difficult for amatuer me to photograph. In person this is really sweet. The Snowflake is embossed on Vellum Card Stock #101856.


I attached the Vellum top layer in two ways. I used Tear & Tape #138995 under the snowflake. 


I also placed a glue dot on the dot of the "J" on the Soft Sky base card. Last, I centered the Vellum layer pressing the Tear & Tape and glue dot firmly. The glue dot is covered by a Rhinestone #144220. No adhesive shows thru on the front of the Vellum! So look for places under embellishments to "hide" your adhesives when using Vellum.


 Make your Christmas card now!

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Bridge Card Modified


I love all the Bridge Card fancy fold layouts I am seeing, but wanted to change it a little. I moved the "bridge" piece up to the top of the card and used a window sheet instead of card stock! This makes the French Horn magically "float!"


I used Tear 'n Tape #139995 to attach the Window Sheet #142314 at the very outside edges of the card. It's clear so it mostly disappears.


This top view really shows the "floating" die cut. I used the Musical Season Bundle #146048, a favorite of mine!


Yes, this card folds flat for mailing. It collapses to the side. Such a FUN fancy fold!!


Here is your pattern:


Quilt Builder Framelits as Stencil


I enjoyed stencilling the last post so much, I looked thru my dies to see what else I could use for the same technique, Stencilling with Thinlits. I chose the NEW Quilt Builder Framelits #144673. I die cut this image in the center of a quarter sheet of cardstock to create my own stencil.


I selected three autumn color ink pads and coordinating Sponge Daubers #133773. I'm using the daubers instead of sponges because the areas to stencil are smaller than the leaves I did in the last post.


I laid the negative die cut on Whisper White cardstock. I wanted the corners a different color so masked them with sticky notes. I sponged on color and blended a darker center.


The stencilling has a very appealing blended softness.


Please TRY THIS fun and easy "Stencilling using Thinlits!" To see other stencil ideas, click "STENCILS" in the sidebar on the right which is my archive.



Mix Your Metals Trend


The HOT trend is mixing your metals for jewelry, home decor and PAPERCRAFTING!! Love this Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper that features assorted metallics! WOW!

Header 2

Here is a funny "back story." I designed and photographed these cards for my Demonstrator Business Website which requires a long, thin landscape format. This photo didn't fit - DANG!


So here is my solution - just change the cards to landscape format! Viola! PERFECT! These leaves are die cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies #143751.

Year of Cheer Specialty

Designer Series Paper

#144640 - $13 for 12 sheets of 12X12"

Yr of Cheer $13

Painted Harvest Bundle


I bet you have seen LOTS of sunflowers made with this Painted Harvest Bundle, so here is something different.


These papers are scraps from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper #144613. 


The Triple Banner Punch #138292 makes fast banners of different width and the SAME DOVE TAIL ANGLE so they are GREAT for layering!

 Painted Harvest Bundle

#146021 - $33.25

13 photopolymer images & Leaf Punch

Painted Harvest Bundle $33.25

Quick Gift Card Holder


The Season of Giving is right around the corner! This easy card holds a gift card or money. It features the CUTE Be Merry Designer Series Paper #144111 from the Annual Catalog and the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog.


The pocket inside holds the gift card or money. Cut the base card 4-1/4" X 11 and score at 2-1/2" and 5-1/2". SIMPLE!! Did you notice that SWEET little ribbon?? It's Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon #144620. Give this Gift Card Holder a try - it's so easy!

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

#144111 - $11

Be Merry DSP $11


Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies


This EXQUISITE metallics on black card was created by my good friend and Team member, Barb Faulkner of South Beloit, Illinois! It's absolutely REGAL!!


Barb die cut the little snowflakes w/ the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies using Champagne and Copper Foil Sheets. TIP: any excess glue can be removed from Foil Sheets using a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol! Handy info!!


Mixing metallics is a HOT TREND!! The bottom edge uses the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape #144644. Love this creation by Barb!!

 Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies

#144678 - $30

Also available bundled w/ stamps

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits $30

Pick a Pumpkin by Guest Michelle


Today I have a guest stamper, my friend and Team member, Michelle Miller of Rockford, IL. Michelle masked the large pumpkin to create her fall grouping.


The card front is shortened 1" to show off Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper! Colors: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla.


Very sweet card, Michelle!!

Pick a Pumpkin Stamp Set

#144989 wood - $21

#144993 clear - $16

Pick a Pumpkin


Cat Punch by Stampin' Up!


Attention FELINE LOVERS: you can purchase Stampin' Up! NEW Cat Punch just in time for Halloween!! This punch PERFECTLY fits the cat image on the SPOOKY NIGHT DESIGNER SERIES PAPER #144610!! I hand cut the pumpkin from the same package of papers! SUPER EASY!!


I used the Wood Textures Designer Series 6X6" Stack to "build" a fence. The moon is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and a circle punch.


Use those long thin scraps to give interest to the inside of your cards! Halloween is NEXT month.


Cat Punch - #144666 - $18

also available bundled w/ stamp set

Cat Punch $18

Painted Harvest Creates Holiday Wreath


Sneak Peek!! This is the versatile PAINTED HARVEST STAMP SET coming September 1, 2017! This image is actually a sunflower, but creates a very pretty holiday wreath!! I love the shading that is built into the two-step image!! The sweet little bow is pre-packaged in the 2017-19 IN COLOR BITTY BOWS #144217 in the annual catalog.


Another color combo shows a little "fork bow" made from the 5/8" Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon #144191.


Colors: Old Olive and  Lemon Lime Twist for the wreath; Berry Burst. A BIG thanks to Bente Snow of Denmark for sharing her great holiday idea. LOVE it!!

Painted Harvest Bundle

with Punch

#146021 - $33.25

Coming September 1, 2017!! If you live in the USA and don't have a demonstrator, I'm happy to send you a Holiday Catalog. Email me: [email protected]

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek


If you order from me regularly, watch your mail for the WONDERFUL 2017 Holiday Catalog which just mailed!! This NEW bundle with Leaf PUNCH is called PAINTED HARVEST and it's a favorite of mine!! LOVE sunflowers!


I fussy-cut fast so have little white edges that I don't like. TIP: a quick sponging of the edges with the same ink eliminates the white edges and gives a more realistic appearance to the sunflowers!!


These sunflower colors are Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Soft Suede. Excited to play with other color combos, too!

Painted Harvest BUNDLE

#146021 - $33.25

13 photopolymer images & leaf punch