2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 7


Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 7, I made a pair of cards using the Simple Stories Jingle All the Way collection.


I used the 6×8 paper pad and die cut ephemera bits for these cards. The first card features a 3×4 cut-apart journaling card that was included in the pad. I layered it onto a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die cut, and edged the top and bottom with die cut scalloped border. Little triangle photo corners, a tab top, and a twine tie finish the design.


I did some machine stitching on the second card, which I haven’t done in quite some time. But I love how that defines the seam line of the two papers and anchors the die cuts at the side. The tag is layered die cut bits with more of the scalloped border across the bottom and a twine tie on top. Both cards are based off older CardMaps sketches from July 2018.

Another week down, and two more cards added to my stash!
Happy weekend, friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - 6 x 8 Paper PadSimple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - Ephemera - Journal BitsLawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar RectanglesPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - BordersDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LadybugDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 4

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 4, I finished two cards using Simple Stories’ Simple Vintage North Pole collection.


I really love the collage-style of the die cut ephemera bits that look like you spent lots of time layering pieces, when in fact all the hard work is already done for you. Both of these cards were an attempt to use up leftover scraps of paper, which you can see in some of the small strips and banner flags. White cardstock, twine, and a corner rounder were the only extra additions.


The second card utilized a scrap of paper that I had previously die cut a circle from. I just layered it onto cardstock and popped an ephemera piece in the middle. Looks like they were tailor made.
Two more cards down!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockSizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Circles, 1 1/4", 2", 2 1/2" & 3 1/2"Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LadybugEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole: 6×8 Paper Pad, Ephemera Bits & Pieces

Pre-Black Friday Sale at Scrapbook.com

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! The holiday crafting season is getting a jump start at Scrapbook.com this week with special Pre-Black Friday sale deals. Now through Monday the 23rd, all Scrapbook.com Branded-Items are at their lowest prices, all American Crafts Brands are on sale, and there is a special Freebie with purchase that you won’t want to miss out on!

Every holiday season, you can find amazing deals at Scrapbook.com, and this year I am excited to be joining in on the fun as an affiliate fan. I hope to pop in here often to let you know about the special offers and sales, and most importantly, all the FREEBIES that are up for grabs. Starting today with this exclusive 1/4″ adhesive roll.


Of course adhesive roll is mostly used to stick papers and embellishments together, but it can also be used for so much more. I love strong roll adhesive like this for putting together die cut boxes and bags, or adding strength to pockets and pouches, like gift-card holders. But today I used the adhesive roll to easily add loose glitter accents to this pair of cute holiday tags.


I love this adorable Vintage North Pole collection by Simple Stories! Such a sweet retro vibe, and I am a sucker for those cute Santas. These tags were made with simple 2×4 strips of cardstock that were layered with papers from the 6×8 paper pad and embellished with ephemera die cuts. A few quick snips across the top corners and a corner rounder punch on the bottom turned those strips into fast tags.


Working with loose glitter can be challenging, but it was sooo easy to apply this beautiful Distress glitter using the 1/4″ adhesive roll. Simply add a strip of adhesive, remove the protective liner, and press into glitter. Burnish the glitter by pressing it into the adhesive, and then just brush off the excess. Simple, right?

Be sure to check out Scrapbook.com for all the latest deals and information, and I’ll be back with more soon!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Simple Stories - Simple Vintage North Pole Collection - 6 x 8 Paper Pad Simple Stories - Simple Vintage North Pole Collection - Ephemera - Bits and Pieces - Santa Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage Platinum Scrapbook.com - Double Sided Adhesive Foam Roll - 1/4 Inch x 32 Feet - 1 Roll EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

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Snow Much Fun with CardMaps

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Happy Thursday, crafty friends!

I’m back today with another card to share that I made for the January 2020 CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and here is my take on it featuring a super cute, but older, collection from Simple Stories called Sub Zero.


It is supposed to start snowing here this afternoon. If that happens, it will be our first snowfall of the season, and I am super excited. It’s been feeling so spring-like that our cherry and redbuds trees are already in bloom, and I was beginning to think that snow would never happen for us this year. Hopefully my card for today will be a good luck charm, and bring on the real stuff.


I closely followed the sketch design, with some simple layering of patterned paper and a stacked sentiment label at the top. I used an old die from Papertrey Ink to add the notebook detailing along the bottom.

With our forecast for snow, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a little bit of my winter decor before it comes down at the end of the month. With our trees blooming, I was feeling a little silly having my winter snowmen still out….but now I’m glad they are. Hoping they, too, will be good luck charms for the real deal today. So with that, here’s a peek at my snowy mantel.


I love a natural vibe to my decorations, so the mantel is a mixture of rustic, soft, and glittery elements in a woodland scene. My favorite shabby chic type of combo!


The wooden tray on the bottom is actually a vintage cabbage slicer that my mom gave me some years ago, and just so happens to be a perfect fit for the mantel shelf. I stacked it with wicker-style deer, a pair of prim snowmen, a cottony wispy tree, and a trio of jumbo sparkling snow balls.


The right side has more of the same, along with my favorite handmade snowman prim and a vintage sled that I love to use this time of year.


Keep your fingers crossed for snow! And thanks so much for stopping by!

 

January This & That at Kill Devil Hills


Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I have just returned from a wonderful five-day retreat with my crafty gals, and so I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to here on the blog today. For the past several years, my scrappy gang has gone to Myrtle Beach in January, but this year we tried something different and rented a house in Kill Devil Hills on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There were ten of us in a massive 12-bedroom house, right on the beach. The weather was brisk and often cloudy, but overall very pleasant… and the view just could not be beat.


As usual when I go away on these craft retreats, I packed way toooooooo much stuff, and hardly touched any of it. It’s always so hard to judge how much will get done, or what I’ll feel like working on, so I like to go pretty heavily loaded. As is my standard MO at these events, I packed a lot of old collections and old scraps with the goal of seeing how many cards I could manage to make. I almost always take Christmas papers with me, as it’s one of the only times of the year when I work on them. And this time, I broke out my old stash of Simple Stories’ Claus & Co and ended up with 18 holiday cards to rebuild my stash.


I started with most of the 6×6 paper pad, chipboard frames, and scraps from the ephemera and SNAP pack….and even after all these cards, I feel like I didn’t make much of a dent in the supplies. But that just gives me another chance to attack the stash some other time. 😀


The other project I worked on is an old love of mine… counted cross stitch. I first learned to cross stitch and embroider back in elementary school, but it’s been years and years since I’ve worked on anything. For my first project I chose a Halloween chart to work on, for several reasons. Of course you all know I love the holiday, but I also thought that would give me enough time to make sure I could complete the project before the season hits. And I also like that this finished piece is relatively small, and only has a few colors of floss. This is called Simply Scary by The Drawn Thread, and I’m working on 14-count Aida cloth that I’ve coffee and tea dyed. I’m so excited about my progress so far, and will definitely share my finished piece here with you.


So that’s what I’ve been up to here. Hope you all are doing well and are having a great January. Anything fun going on with you?

Life’s Small Moments with Newton’s Nook


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m back today with another card featuring those adorable Autumn Mice from Newton’s Nook. The weather outside, and the calendar page, are telling me that fall is quickly slipping away… but I just can’t resist these sweet critters. And like this little guy, I am definitely trying to savor life’s small moments these days. It’s my birthday week, and I have some fun adventures planned that I am really looking forward to. Not only that, Thanksgiving will soon be here, too, and that means my kids will come home for the holiday. So many happy moments to be thankful for!


I really love this Happy Haunting paper from Simple Stories, and tried to match my Copic coloring to these softer pastel colors. Then added in some bold black and crisp white to make the colors pop. Tim Holtz Stitched Squares dies were used to cut the window opening. And then I made a little hillside with Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey Joes Border Dies.


I have one more fall project to share later this week, and then I know, I know…. it’s time to move on to the holidays! Hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackSimple Stories - Happy Haunting Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitNewton's Nook Designs AUTUMN MICE Clear Stamps NN1908S01Newton's Nook Designs AUTUMN MICE Dies NN1908D01Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Die - Stitched SquaresHeffy Doodle - Cutting Dies - Stitched Slopey Joes BorderHemptique BLACK Hemp Cord Twine 029294Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Extra Mice Fall Tags with Therm O Web & Newton’s Nook


Hi friends, hope your November is getting off to a great start! My favorite month of the year is now over, but November is definitely a close second in my book. I still get to enjoy my beloved pumpkins and fall things for a little while longer…. and of course there is Thanksgiving and my birthday to celebrate, too. Speaking of fall, I have a set of harvest tags to share with you today featuring the cutest pair of mice ever that I made recently for the Newton’s Nook collaboration on the Therm O Web blog.


These adorable images are from Newton’s Autumn Mice stamp and die set. They were stamped onto Therm O Web’s Luxury White cardstock and colored with Copics. The glittery polka dots were made with a stencil and one of the limited edition Glitz Glitter Gels. Unfortunately this color is now sold out, and I seriously hope they bring it back.


I used a bunch of our GinaK Designs die sets to create the tags. The sentiment label and tag toppers are made from the Decorative Tag and Decorative Label sets, and I used both stitched circles and squares for the base of the tags. The patterned paper is this year’s Halloween collection from Simple Stories.


I do hope your fall is extra mice this year! Thanks so much for stopping by, and as always, you can find the full step-by-step tutorial for this project on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackSimple Stories - Happy Haunting Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitNewton's Nook Designs AUTUMN MICE Clear Stamps NN1908S01Newton's Nook Designs AUTUMN MICE Dies NN1908D01Therm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STITCH SQUARE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18010*Therm O Web Gina K Designs DOUBLE STITCH CIRCLE SMALL SET Nested Dies 18005*Therm O Web Gina K Designs DECORATIVE LABEL SET Nested Dies 18051Therm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun Sugar

Trim: Ken Oliver for Maya Road, Stampin’Up
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My Person with Therm O Web


Happy Monday, crafty peeps, and happy Labor Day holiday to all my friends and family in the States. I’m always excited for a three-day weekend to roll around, but this one in particular holds special meaning to me, as Labor Day also happens to be my boy’s birthday. His 23rd, to be exact! Oh.my.word, tell me how he’s gotten to be 23 already!!


I’m sure it comes as no surprise that my two kiddos are definitely my “people”… my tribe. So I thought it was very fitting to share this card today that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog with foils and dies from GinaK, and the adorable Simple Stories Hello Summer collection.


How great is that sentiment? You are my person. Framed in crisp, bold black, and set off with beautiful two-toned Fancy Foil shine. And for a bit of a fun, a die cut window opening for a little interactive surprise. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you all have a wonderful day! Any big holiday plans in the works?


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackSimple Stories - Hello Summer Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Sentiments - Sweet ExpressionsTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Turquoise SeaTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - BubblegumTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Oval - LargeDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 Inches

My Creative Time: heart die

Recipe for Fun with Therm O Web & Waffle Flower Crafts

It’s been a big day already here at my house. We had a tree company out this morning to remove three big trees from the back yard that had become quite too massive for the space. With sixteen trees planted in an half-acre yard, things were beginning to feel a bit closed in. What’s amazing to me is how gigantic trees could become in ten years, and how anyone could manage to cut them down and haul them away in only half an hour. These days, I can hardly make a simple decision in that amount of time! 😉


Last week, the Therm O Web team had the great fun of joining up with our friends at Waffle Flower Crafts. I shared the first card I made for the swap here already (click here to see that post), and today I’m back with number two. Another chef card from Big Bear & Bird. This time, Bear has whipped up some recipes for summer fun.


I do love that silly old bear! He has been colored with Copic markers, and die cut with the matching dies. Did some paper piecing for his gingham apron and hat. I don’t know about you all, but gingham just screams summer to me. Puts me in mind of a little outdoor picnic or bbq.


I added in die cut floral accents, and arranged my scene onto some stacked die shapes from GinaK Designs. The paper is once again from Simple Stories’ Summer Days collection.


I’ve got more details and step-by-step directions up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all are having lots of summer fun in your neck of the woods!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackSimple Stories SUMMER DAYS 12 x 12 Collection Kit 9100Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Die and Acrylic Stamp Set - Therefore I AmTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Circle - LargeTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STITCH SQUARE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18010Gina K Designs JET BLACK AMALGAM Cube Ink Mini Pad 4020Copic Sketch MARKER R27 CADMIUM RED LadybugCopic Sketch Marker R11 PALE CHERRY PINKCopic Sketch MARKER G21 LIME GREENCopic Sketch MARKER G28 OCEAN GREENCopic Sketch Marker E37 SEPIA BrownCopic Sketch Marker E35 CHAMOIS Light BrownCopic Sketch MARKER E33 SAND BeigeCopic Sketch Marker E31 BRICK BEIGE CreamEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Waffle Flower Crafts: Big Bear & Bird stamp and die sets
Stampin’Up: Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers (yellow)

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Good Friends with Therm O Web


Happy Wednesday, Good Friends! Hope your week is going well. I thought perhaps that we had finally hit spring here in my neck of the woods, but she seems to be hiding again. It’s grey and gloomy once again, and I am so ready for real spring to arrive. So I thought I’d pretend a bit today with a bright and cheery spring flower card that I made this week for the Therm O Web blog.


For something a bit different than my norm, I went with an interactive card design made of a pocket and an insert. Love that extra little surprise the recipient will find when they pull on the cloud tab. And the belly band slips off, and is re-usable, too.


There’s something about this Waffle Flower Bear & Bird stamp set that always makes me smile. This time, I gave the bear a snow cone to hold that was fussy cut from my patterned papers, and created a little outdoor picnic scene for these good friends to enjoy.


I put together a matching insert using coordinating papers from the Simple Stories Summer Days kit. A fussy cut cloud added to the top of the card acts as the pull tab. Therm O Web GinaK Designs dies were used to frame the sentiment and the belly band scene. And of course I used some deco foil to accent that cool GinaK Foil-Mates greeting.


I always love a good side view of deco foil to really show off it’s beautiful shine. I used three colors of foil here that were a great match to my papers, and it’s really easy to do. I’ve got a tutorial for that, as well as complete instructions for creating this pocket design, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

P.S.- * All die cutting (including the GinaK Designs Wafer Thin die sets I used today) are currently 15%- 50% off at Scrapbook.com!
Woo Hoo!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsSimple Stories - Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Bear and BirdTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Rectangle - LargeTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Circle - LargeTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Sentiments - True FriendTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Turquoise SeaTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Red VelvetTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Wild DandelionCopic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL TanCopic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT Light BrownCopic Sketch Marker E59 WALNUT Dark BrownTherm O Web - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Foam Adhesive - WhiteTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 Inches

Stampin’Up Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers- yellow
Silhouette 3″ Scalloped Circle die cut