Banners for Christmas Scrapbook Layout

The combination of the Banners for Christmas stamp set and This Christmas Designer series paper makes a simple but elegant layout which you can make in no time.


All of the embellishments on this page are made from the Banners for Christmas set.  There is a bit of fussy cutting for the candy cane and mistletoe, but the banner itself is a coordinating die.

The Details/Dimensions:

  • Cherry Cobbler is the 12″x12″ base page.
  • Centered onto the Cherry Cobbler is a piece of This Christmas DSP measuring 8″x12″
  • Centered onto that 8″x12″ This Christmas DSP is a coordinating piece from the This Christmas DSP collection measuring 5″x11″.
  • Two strips of the same DSP used for the 5″x11″ section measuring 1″x12″ are placed butting up against the 8″x12″ DSP.
  • The Candy Cane is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. It was then hand cut following the exterior lines and leaving no Very Vanilla border. It is adhered to the project with dimesionals.
  • The Banner is stamped onto Early Espresso card stock using Whisper White ink and using White embossing powder to heat emboss (you could skip this step.  I just really like the raised look/feel of embossed images). The words Merry & Christmas were stamped & embossed the same way before finally cutting out with the coordinating banners dies and Big Shot.
  • The Greenery was stamped twice (you need 2) onto Very Vanilla card stock in Garden Green ink and colored with Mint Macaron & Cherry Cobbler markers.  It was then hand cut as close to outside lines as possible, leaving only a small Very Vanilla border.
  • 3 Garden Green photo mats size 3.25″x4.25″ are equally spaced.
  • Weave the greenery and the banner together and add dimensionals so it pops off the paper.


You can see how I have woven the greenery around the banner. I even cut a few hidden sections to move them to other parts of the banner to make it look like there was more greenery-no reason to have all that work hidden under the banner..  You may wish to do this also to get the 2 you’ve made to provide a nice appearance.

Other than fussy cutting the greenery and candy cane it is an easy and quick project.  I know many people who hate hand cutting things, but I don’t mind if I’m not doing it often.  I believe the results with this are worth it.

Thanks for looking.

Until next time…


Joyful Christmas Card with Father Christmas Stamp Set

If you have a few more Christmas cards to make before you’re done, this Joyful Christmas card might be the card to finish off your list.

The focus of this Joyful Christmas card is the wreath made with the Father Christmas Stamp Set and the background embossed card stock with the Dynamic Cable Knit Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.


After some basic stamping and coloring with markers, the images are finished in no time. The Layering Ovals and Banners for Christmas and matching dies complete the card front by providing a focal point and even more dimension to please the eye.


Add the bag of gifts from the Father Christmas stamp set if you have a little more time to color and then hand cut.  For an added touch, which unfortunately is hard to capture on camera without an extreme close-up, use Wink of Stella on the gift bag and berries of the wreath to add some sparkle.

Texture. Dimension. Sparkle.  And it won’t cost extra postage to mail!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…


A Birthday Layout for a Special Dog

My Sweet Shih-tzu Annie recently turned 7 years old and this is the layout I made to memorialize that day.


Before you ask where the cute dog photos are, I’m sorry that isn’t being shared.  Trust me, she and her Shih-tzu sister are absolutely adorable.  But I am not one to want photos of myself or my loved ones all over the internet.  So, you’ll almost always get layouts minus photos from me.  I’m a protective mama bear.  Sorry.


The Title for this page was made by cutting 1″x1″ squares into triangles and stamping with the Brushstroke Alphabet set and cupcake from the Bella & Friends set.  I colored the cupcake with markers & gold Wink of Stella and then mounted the stamped triangles on Night of Navy cardstock triangles cut 1/8″ larger on all sides (Yes, I did hand cut them all) and strung them onto white bakers twine leaving about 3″ extra to hang freely on each side.


Little Bella from the Bella & Friends stamp set reminds me of Annie & is the perfect little embellishment for the page. I stamped her using Night of Navy ink onto a punched 1.75″ Whisper White circle with a  2″ Night of Navy punched circle mat; she’s just the cutest with a colored red heart collar!


A Journal tag was created from a 1.75″x4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Straight lines were drawn using the Cherry Cobbler Marker and hearts which were punched from the Cookie Cutter builder punch were added.  The circle with heart was created by punching again after the heart with the large circle from the Owl builder punch.

The Rest of the details for this layout page:

  • The Base Designer series paper is from the Floral Boutique collection.
  • Both photo mats are 4.25″x6.25″
  • The Cherry Cobbler Strip running down the left side is 1.25″x12″
  • The Cherry Cobbler behind the photo mats is 5.25″x9″
  • The journal tag was mounted on a 2″x4.25″ Night of Navy card stock.
  • A Project Life Black Journal Pen was used to journal.

Of course I took a lot more photos than one page would hold. So, page two of the double page layout spread follows:seventh-birthday-layout-2016-pg2

It is a rather simple complementary page. Containing the same base DSP and circle heart punched element and enough photo mats for my remaining photos of her cake, toys (Yes, if you read the journal tag that means squeeky balls!), and overall birthday experiences.

The Details/Dimensions:

  • This page layout has 6 photo mats in Night of Navy card stock.  1: 4.25″x6.25″, 2: 3.25″x4.25″, and 3: 3″x3″ mats. My photos will be 1/4″ on all sides smaller (4×6, 3×4, and 2.75×2.75)
  • The Cherry Cobbler strip running behind the 3 small 3″ squares is 1.25″x12″.
  • The Whisper White area under the photo mats on the right is 5″x10″
  • The Cherry Cobbler banner strip is 2″x11″.  I hand cut my banner ends, but Stampin’ Up! does have a fabulous banner punch for those who are uncomfortable doing so.  The trick to hand cutting is to find your center and cut up the depth you wish your banner to be and then from both points of paper cut at same angle to that center cut. I like that I can alter my banner tail sizes by just altering my depth and angle, but the banner punch is great if you don’t feel you can cut straight or on the same angle!

I know you’ll be seeing the Bella & Friends stamp set used again.  I adore the images in this set and having 2 whimsicle  shih-tzu girls I feel it was made just for me.  I can almost tell Bella’s personality based on these stamps!

If you are interested in purchasing Bella & Friends or any other items, I would love to be your demonstrator.  You can shop directly from my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE.

Until next time…


Happy Holidays Drawing: A Chance To Win Prizes with Every $25.00 Purchase

Announcing a Special Happy Holidays Drawing for my customers

Starting November 20th, 2016 you have the chance to win prizes with every $25.00 spent with me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

It is my FIRST ever HAPPY HOLIDAYS Drawing!

Every $25.00 spent (before tax/shipping) with me as your demonstrator
between November 20th & December 31st will earn a ticket/entry into a drawing for a basket (ok, it is really a cardboard box) of Stampin’ Up! items from my stash. All brand new products.

Note: This is my personal promotion/contest to celebrate the holidays.

$25.00 increments must be earned in the same purchase (Example: $43.00 on one purchase order and $57.oo spent on another order at another time will earn 3 tickets/entries in the drawing not the cumulative $100 or 4 entries-One for the $43.00 purchase and 2 for the $57.00)

The winner is guaranteed that AT LEAST: one current hostess set (my choice) & 1 new ink pad (my choice) will be included.

  • Every 4 entries in the drawing overall adds another product to the basket. What the basket will eventually hold will be a surprise.
  • It may hold additional current or retired product, inks, paper, stamps, embellishments or samplers.
  • I doubt anyone would be disappointed by the products I have to put in the box
  • That means All Sales over the next month+ drive how large or small it will be.
  • Drawing for the winner will be held January 1st using and items will ship out from me or be hand delivered (to a local winner) by January 7, 2017. If shipped, I will cover shipping fees and use the method which works best for me.  Please allow contact information when you order so that I have your address if you are the winner.
  • All online, in person or phone in orders with me chosen as your demonstrator will be included and counted to drive up product winnings (my personal orders don’t count-lol!). Stampin’ Up! provides a list of all customers who choose me as their demonstrator, so you do not need to contact me separately if you place an order unless you wish to do so. I MUST be chosen as your demonstrator to qualify.
  • All Entrants will get a card direct from me when I get notification of your order.  There will be an extra surprise in there!

So, get out those wish lists!

Orders can be placed through THIS LINK TO MY ONLINE SU! STORE.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Until next time…


While preparing the above information to post on my personal holiday drawing, I got word that Stampin’ Up! is continuing their annual tradition of offering an Online Extravaganza (their version of Black Friday/holiday kick-off sales) November 21-28, 2016.  Why not get things at a discount during those days and still qualify for tickets/entries into my drawing with every $25.00 spent.  Win-Win!  The Online Extravaganza information follows:




Thanksgiving Cards -Three Ways

Now that these three Thanksgiving cards are in the mail and on to their way to the intended recipients, it is time I can share them.

Unlike most of my other posts, there will be no detailed instructions for these cards. However, you can always contact me or leave a comment if you need help with anything.


For the first two cards I used  Timeless Textures stamps to stamp, heat emboss, and then complete the emboss-resist technique with daubers & inks.


As you can tell by these cards, the recipients celebrate this holiday in very unique ways: a traditional harvest feast, turkey dinner and a day watching football, and the most unique- a Fast Food meal because these friends are usually travelling over the holiday and love a certain fast food chain and a certain Rib sandwich that often is only available for a limited time around the holiday season.


This year Thanksgiving is November 24th.  However you spend this day may you be blessed & remember to appreciate all the little things in life.  There is always something which we can be celebrating and for which we can express gratitude.  Sometimes it just takes a moment to pause and remember what that is.

Thank you for visiting!

If you’d like to purchase any of the above products, I’d love to be your demonstrator.  Click HERE to be taken to my online store.

Until next time…



A quick Super Moon card with the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Bundle

Last night’s Super Moon pictures are all over the news and internet.  That moon sure was impressive!

I made this quick card a few weeks ago and just found a reason to send it thanks to that super moon! I thought I’d make a quick post before I sent it off to a friend.


The quick & easy details:

  • On watercolor paper I did a quick wash to create the background with Marina Mist & just a hint of Wisteria Wonder using a large paintbrush & water to thin and add the color.
  • The pumpkins were stamped & colored with the Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive Markers.  I made two and cut apart the second to add dimensionals to the back of pumpkin 2 & 4 (Left to right) and also add a longer patch (normally there are only three in the line).
  • Simple hand drawn birds added to the sky add interest and also capture the reality of living in Pennsylvania.  It is that time of year for birds to migrate south for winter.
  • The moon is the large circle from the Owl builder punch; punched in Peekaboo Peach and then given some ink of the same color applied with a dauber.
  • The tree & fence are die cuts from the Spooky Fun Bundle.
  • This was all attached to a Marina Mist card base and a white insert area was added inside to include my hand written note.

I hope you got a chance to see the moon in real life last night.  If not, check out some online pics.  You won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for taking a peek at my quick card.

Until next time…


This Christmas DSP 2016 Scrapbook Layout

The more I use the This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP is an SU!  term for patterned paper) out of the Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog, the more I like it.  It is considered a specialty DSP because the weight of the paper is less than other DSP and card stock, but it is still a significant weight to hold up well.  The prints are great and I love that there are 24 sheets in the pack for $13.00 (US).  That is 4 each of the 6 double-sided designs.  I’ll be able to scrap a whole Christmas (I take A LOT of photos at Christmas time!) & still have some paper to make tags or cards.  I love that! It is item# 141628 if you are wondering.  I’m currently hoarding the music & snowflake prints for projects I have in my mind, but have started scrapbook pages with the rest.

Here is the first of my This Christmas DSP scrapbook layouts I’d like to share:


As you can see, I only used a bit of this DSP on this page.

In addition to being pleased with this DSP, I am also VERY Happy SU! is offering larger 12″x12″ coordinating card stock packs in this holiday mini catalog.  It allows a scrapbooker more flexibility than buying multi-packs with only 2 each of the same color.  The Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ card stock pack item # 141992 in the holiday catalog comes with 10 each of 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock & 12″x12″ Garden Green cardstock  which match the This Christmas DSP.  This Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ pack will be gone when the holiday catalog ends- So, don’t wait to stock up if you make your layouts after the holiday season!    There is also a coordinating 8.5″x11″ card stock pack (cherry cobbler, garden green, & very vanilla) in the annual catalog, which is perfect for mats, embellishments, and card bases.

I used one of the four Seasonal Decorative Masks, also in the holiday catalog (item#141848), randomly on the Cherry Cobbler base with Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.  This embossed look gives texture & interest to this page and is one of the reasons I got away with so little DSP on this layout.

I also made the rather large gift as an embellishment and area for hidden photos or journaling (I’ll decide that later)-Because sometimes you want to remember & document a memory, but you don’t want everyone who looks through your scrapbook album to instantly see it as part of the page.


The Details:

  • Background card stock: Cherry Cobbler 12″x12″, embossed with Seasonal Decorative masks in 3 places (to provide texture/interest to photo mat area)
  • 1″x12″ strip of This Christmas DSP placed 1/2″ from left edge and allowing for 1″x11″ strip of coordinating This Christmas DSP to be tucked under approximately 1/8″
  • 2 photo mats in Garden Green card stock. 1: 4.25″x4.25″ and 1: 4.25″x6.25″
  • Gift Embellishment is made from a 4.25″x 9.75″ Garden Green card stock scored @4.25″&8.5″.  This Christmas DSP 4″x4″ and 1″x4″ was adhered to green base after folding to give the look of the gift.  An Early Espresso bow was created using the Sunshine wishes thinlets dies abstract flower.  A 1/2″x4.25″ Early Espresso strip finished the ribbon front and a velcro enclosure was added under this for opening and closing.
  • Below the photo mats 2 journal areas were created using Early Espresso and Very Vanilla card stock.  The Early Espresso Banners were made (both hand trimmed ends) from 5/8″x4.25″ & 5/8″x6.25″ to line up with the length of the mats.  The Very Vanilla strips were cut 3/8″x3.5″ & 3/8″x5.5″.

Of course this layout would look great for birthdays or other gift-giving celebrations too!  If any of you make this layout, I’d love to see your version in the comments. Changing up colors and patterns can make the same layout look completely different.  I frequently use layout designs I’ve made more than once in my scrapbooks and none of them look like repeats- Once I’ve gone to the trouble to make my own designs, it is nice to be able to reuse them!

Be crafty! 🙂

Until next time…



Oh SO Thankful for so much

I’m thankful to be back to post after a week long hospital stay & scheduled blog posts that didn’t quite go off as planned during a time when I could do little about it.

My days looked like this:


and these days led me to be VERY Grateful for those who donate blood so that I could get IVIG (Immune Globulin is a blood Plasma substance) for a combined Myasthenia Gravis & Systemic Lupus exacerbation.  It takes thousands of donations to get enough IVIG for those hanging bottles and I had to get 5 days of infusions for this round.  If there is continued success, I’ll be getting them as an outpatient on a regular basis to maintain energy, life, and breathing.

 For all of you who donate blood-God bless you!

I hope to have my computer issues fixed for any future health issues which keep me from posting on a regular schedule. Unfortunately, I knew events like this could happen being a person with numerous health issues which can steal my energy and send my body into a tailspin.  However, I thought my scheduled posts in advance would work as intended, having just applied a patch to fix a past scheduled post issue.  Alas, computer glitches got me.  *sigh* There is only so much one can do from a hospital bed and iphone when they feel super run-down.

On my last night in the hospital, I finally mustered enough energy to sit by my bedside, take the above photo (going to scrap this, of course!), and make a few cards from the Watercolor Wishes Kit. (Item#140406-$35.00USD)


Kits like this or Paper Pumpkin are perfect for this away from home kind of creativity.  Hopefully, you’re not stuck in a hospital like I was, but even as a visitor in a waiting room it would be a nice thing to pass the time.

watercolor-wishes-thank-youThese Thank You cards I made with the Watercolor Wishes kit were just perfect for the Nurses & support staff who were there for me through the week- A personal touch I left behind for the person touches they provided throughout my stay.

While I’m still not well, I’m managing restful days at home.  I’ll be taking it easy, trying to get posts that were missed organized and rescheduled and just taking each day as it comes as a blessing.

Thank you for visiting and reading this far 🙂

Until next time…



Color Blocked November Scrapbook Layout with Fox Builder Punch Art

  1. Making a color blocked Scrapbook layout is one of the easiest ways to quickly finish a 12″x12″ layout.   If you have any undesirable pieces of patterned paper lying around, it can also make use of that as a base.  How about that for a win-win?!

su-november-punch-art-color-block-scrapbook-layout1. Choose your base page

In order to make a color blocked scrapbook layout you must first have a base page on which you will attach your pieces.  Typically this page will not be seen and therefore is perfect for the unused patterned paper that you may have lying around which you didn’t like.  Since Stampin’ Up! paper is thick enough that patterns don’t show thru other layers you don’t need to consider this issue, but other companies and bold prints may not work well together.  So, you may wish to consider that if you are not working with heavy weight paper to avoid v bleed through of a strong pattern.

2. Choose your Colors.

If you look at this layout you can see that I chose a Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Neutrals stack.  It is soft suede with white polka dots.  In choosing my colors, I started with those represented in the patterned paper. Then I chose others to highlight and go with my theme (November: Autumn colors)-I chose Pumpkin Pie and Emerald Envy.

3. Create a Blocked Layout

This is up to you how you decide to break up your page.  I usually like to have bigger photos on my pages and so I usually think in 4″x6″ or 3″x4″ blocks first. Color blocked layouts contain straight lines and even block endings, columns or rows.

In the example above my title strip is 4″x12″, the second row contains blocks which are 2″x2″ and one center 2″x4″ block for the punch art. The bottom row contains 3) 4″x6″ blocks.

4. Placement of colors & patterns matters

While color blocking is easy to do, you must remember that if you want the same color or pattern sharing the entire border edge, you should just make a longer piece; example in the title strip making it one solid 4″x12″ piece instead of 2 separate 4″x6″ pieces. While you could have separate pieces, it looks better as one continuous strip and gives you more flexibility with your other border endings on the page. As you continue developing your page, think of putting your similar colors in symmetrical placement as the example of mirroring the Pumpkin pie squares or diagonal placement as the Emerald Envy pieces match up touching corners

5. Create focal points within your blocks

  • The first focal point you find in this example is the title.  Using the same colors in the layout, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits and Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp my title “November”.  If you’ve used these letters you know you have to stamp them one at a time getting a title as follows:


You can see a light pencil line in the photo.  I recommend the pencil line in order to keep your letters straight and remind you as you’re stamping to line up the ends of  the letter tails so they later will be able to be attached using a marker in the same color to complete the script look shown in the final layout title. Don’t forget to erase your pencil line when you are done.

  • The second focal point in this layout is the punch art I created from the Fox builder punch.  I’m using this layout to scrap a Thanksgiving dinner celebration from years ago (Yes, I’m way behind!) and here in the U.S.A. we are taught early in life that this celebration is in honor of the coming together of the pilgrims with the indigenous people at the time-American Indians.  So, my pictures of the dinner will be overlooked by these cute punch art characters.


To create the punch art above:

  • Using the Fox builder punch, punch faces and noses from Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, and Peekaboo Peach Card stock. Attach noses to match face colors Trim ears away on each.
  • For Pilgrim Woman: Punch 1 face in white and mount on back of Blushing Bride face with ears pointing down. Punch a mask in white. Attach pointing downward and then trim points evenly off the end to form collar. Punch 1 & 1/2 masks in black.  Trim apart to form 3 oblong pieces and add to face as seen in sample for hair. Punch 1 mask (only need part without ears) in white and trim to form head covering.  Attach. Draw face using fine end of black marker.
  • For Indian: Punch 1 mask in Early Espresso.  Cut apart and attach to form hair. Punch 1/2 mask in Smoky slate (keep whole), white, cherry cobbler, and crushed curry- Cut 3 latter to form stripes.  Attach.  Allow glue to dry before snipping edges for feather appearance. Draw face using fine end of black marker.
  • For Pilgrim Man: Punch 1 black mask and attach for hair.  Draw face using fine end of black marker. Punch 1 body in Early Espresso.  Snip very small amount from rounded end to make it flat.  Cut from this newly flattened end diagonally to small bump (bottom of body) on each side. Punch white strip of just the bottom bump area from body and attach to hat. Trim any white overhanging hat.  Add buckle in crushed curry by punching a nose & attaching.
  • The Third focal area in this layout is the journal area and small photo mat whichwas made into the bottom middle (it balances the title) block.  Again, the Layering Ovals Framelits were used and a 3″x4″ Soft Suede mat was situated inside the larger 4″x6″ block.

Working in odd numbers is often considered good design in scrapbooking.  Thus my choice of 3 focal areas beyond what the pictures once placed in the open blocks/mat will allow.

Project Life®  (PL) is actually just an adaptation of this color blocking idea.  With the pocket page dividers you just slip your pictures and designed cards into slots.  If you like color blocked 12″x12″ pages, perhaps you’d like to give that style a try.  It is a much faster process and you could still make title and highlight pages in the 12″x12″ format.  I find this hybrid collaboration the way I like to complete (and hopefully catch up) my pages these days.  Since Stampin’ Up! has a line of PL designs in their catalog, you know you can find matching papers and embellishments without much work.  How great is that?!

I hope you enjoyed this project and give it or at least the punch art a try.

Until next time…


A Sparkling technique with the stamp set Helping Me Grow

The two cards today are both made from the Helping me Grow stamp set. They are very simple cards to stamp and make and yet provide a big punch because they are colored with the Clear Wink of Stella used as a brush with  various inks.  In person it gives a dazzling effect and I continue to make these and others like them because every recipient comments on the sparkling effect.

It is hard to capture the sparkle, but here you can get just a bit of an idea of how fantastic it is:


When using the Clear Wink of Stella as a coloring medium, you must remember it deposits glitter wherever the pen/brush is used.  So, do not color straight from your ink pad. You don’t want it all glittery! Instead, tap your ink pad to your acrylic stamp block to create a painters palette.  In addition to keeping your ink pads free of glitter, you can combine inks to form variations in colors for your flowers as I did in the second (flirty flamingo) card below. Plus, when you are finished you just rinse & dry and the block is clean.

The ‘coloring’ itself is just like using a paintbrush.  Simply add the color by touching the Wink of Stella to the ink and add to the area you wish to color.  You can even add layers of color.  This medium dries quickly, so you do not need to set it aside and wait.  Plus the color stays where you put it.


  • Card stock: Peekaboo Peach & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive



  • Card stock: Flirty Flamingo & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive

Imagine the possibilities of ‘painting’ or ‘coloring’ with the Clear Wink of Stella and any Stampin’ Up! Inks.

In case you are still wondering, just a couple swipes on a scrap paper removes the color so you can easily change color or return to the regular clear version.  All the Stampin’ Up! regular collection (water based) inks work this way.

You may wish to refrain from using pigment, alcohol based, & archival inks for this technique.  This includes: Stampin’ Up! White, Blacks (all versions), and basic grey. They may leave your bristles discolored or not spread ink well.   But, I can’t say I didn’t try 🙂

Do you have ideas how you are going to use this technique?

Have fun & experiment.  If you like sparkle, I think you’ll really like the results.

Until next time…