Fancy Christmas Cards – Double Dutch Doors

Fancy Christmas Cards to Create

Fancy Christmas cards may take some time create, however, it’s worth it in the end.  I have been challenging myself to create fancy fold cards.  The one I am sharing today is a Double Dutch Door style fold.  The card may look difficult, however it just as a little bit more prepping and then it’s all about creating a great Christmas card.

Don’t’ have time to create this card?  You can purchase on the Simply with Heart Etsy Store.

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Stamps: Christmas Bauble, Bright and Beautiful.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blendabilities: Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Under the Tree DSP, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelit Collection, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Gold Embossing Powder.

Just a few points about this card:

  • the finished card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ so it fits into a regular A4 card envelope.
  • the bottom doors are made using a piece of matching card stock – measures
  • the card base is    and scored at    .  This piece becomes the top door.
  • the Cherry Cobbler circle flap, keep the bottom doors closed.
  • the sentiment is from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set and is embossed in Gold Embossing Powder.

Challenge your creativity and create  Fancy Christmas Cards.





Graduations are So Important to Celebrate

Graduations Are So Important

Graduations signify an ending of something and a beginning to something else.  One of my former colleague recently graduated from the Certified General Accountants programs after nearly 10 years devoted to studying.

Balancing usually a full-time job, studies and relationships or family is not an easy thing. Often students will take their classes through long distance and that is another strain.

Then it’s graduation, and all that hard work and dedication starts to pay off over the long term. The doors just open to many opportunities.

Here is the card that I sent to my friend, congratulating her on her graduation.

Graduation is important Recipe

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Blue Ribbon, Gorgeous Grunge, Point and Click Project Life.

Ink/Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Basic Grey, Lost Lagoon.

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Moonlight DSP, Gold Glimmer.

Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Circles Collection, Candy Dots, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon.

This card was cased from Jan Tink.  Thank you Jan.

Some points about this card.

  • when stamping the stars, stamp off onto scraps before stamping on the paper.
  • The bottom Starburst is stamped on whisper white using black berry bliss and the  largest stamp in the set.  Die cut with the Starburst Framelits
  • Cut a circle using the Circle Collections Framelits and go up one size from the circle that fits inside of the Starburst.
  • Cut a Starburst circle using the one size smaller circle from the above step.
  • Finally stamp the hat and grad sentiment on Lost Lagoon, cut it out with the Circle Collection Framelits, sponge the edges with Blackberry Bliss and attah to the Blackberry Bliss circle from the previous step.
  • Stamp the stars and the water mark diagonally across the lighter DSP
  • Finish the card by stamping the other elements and die cutting with the framelits, and then layering the elements.  Tie a bow from the Hello Honey ribbon and attach to card.



Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget – November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day in Canada 2014

Remembrance Day in Canada will be a solemn event as the country as had a rude awakening over the last month.

We are Canadians, however, we are not protected from the evils of certain individuals. We have always had the thought that what happens in other places couldn’t possibly happen to use.  Well, it did!

Last month, 2 of our Service Men gave their lives because of radicalism.  Not on our soil you say? These 2 individual events will forever change our Canadian lives as we knew it.

I know I always felt safe in this country but now, only time will tell.  Patrice Vincent, a warrant officer, was run down in Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.  Patrice Vincent was run down by a car  and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down in broad daylight. Both of these soldiers were killed by by young men who have been radicalized.

Both of these men gave their lives for our country and like many more before them.  We need to remember that we have our freedoms and way of life because of women and men who were called to serve their country.

My Father served in the Royal Canadian Navy and as a young child, I remember going to the cenotaph to take part in the Remembrance Day event.  We lived in Prince Rupert and I remember the rain, the cold, the hymns, the Last Post and above all the solemness of the day.  I learned at a very young age to respect those that have laid down their lives.

As my children grew up, they also learned what Remembrance Day was about and now today, they continue to share that with their children.

It is important that we continue to respect those in the military as they do a very important job for us…protecting our rights and freedoms!

I leave you with the poem,”In Flanders Field”.  This poem was written in 1915 during World Ware I by John McRae.

Remembrance Day 2014For more poems written for Remembrance Day, you can visit this LINK.


Take Care of Yourself – A Way To A Stress Free Holiday Period

Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Period

Now it’s time to take care of yourself during the holiday period – you deserve it.  In the past couple of posts, I have talked about gifts and entertaining and some ways to cut down on the stress during the holiday and Christmas period.

While we are busy shopping, decorating, baking, making meals, the one this we often forget is you!  We tend to meet others needs before we meet our own.  How do we prevent that?  You need to give yourself permission to take some time for yourself and then take it.

The time for yourself doesn’t need to be a huge chunk of time because often we don’t have that luxury.

Here are some suggestions:

  1.  Find a comfortable place, it could be your bedroom, and read a book for a half an hour.  Of course, if you have small children, then you need to make sure that someone is there for them, or if they take a nap, take the time then.
  2. For older children, make them understand that Mommy needs a “time out” and you are still there for them.
  3. How about a nice luxurious bath, complete with candles, nice relaxing bath products, and a book or music.  This can help relax you.
  4. Try a pedicure or manicure.  Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of going to a salon, but give yourself one of these at home.
  5. Last but not least, spend some time crafting.  Working with your hands and being creative can be a real stress reliever.

So if you find yourself getting stressed during the holidays, take care of yourself.

 Take Care of Yourself Recipe

Stamps: Mingle All The Way.

Ink/Markers: Lost Lagoon, Versa Mark.

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, All Is Calm DSP, Silver Glimmer.

Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, 2” Circle Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Frosted Sequins.

One of the techniques I used was heat embossing.  However, Stampin’ Up! does not carry every colour of embossing powder.  So to get the effect that I wanted, I first inked my stamp with Versa Mark and inked with Lost Lagoon in.  Make sure that you don’t do it the other way around or you will contaminate the Versa Mark.  Sprinkle the stamped image with Clear Embossing powder, heat with heat gut and you have another colour of embossing.

Give it a try, it’s easy.

So, during this holiday season, take care of yourself.

Christmas and Holiday Idea #2 – Stress less Entertaining

Christmas and Holiday Idea #2 for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

It’s time for another Christmas and Holiday idea to make your season a little less stressful.

Entertaining – Do you tend to entertain over the holidays?  Does it cause you to rethink why you do it?  There’s the baking, buying food, beverages, cleaning the house before and after and of course the over indulgence and then we have to work hard to take off the weight.

  • Perhaps a pared back entertaining season may be in order like serving appetizers instead of a full dinner with all the fixings.  Isn’t the people we like to see and spend time with?
  • How about a pot luck?  Entertaining can be expensive.  Today, more and more people are getting together for holidays and bringing a dish to share.  This really helps out the hostess who needs to contend with all those last minute details.  Why does the hostess or host need to be in the kitchen?  They need to enjoy the company that they are entertaining.
  • Christmas and the Holidays are about the relationships that we need to nurture.  How about arranging a ski, skating, snowmobile or what ever you choose, having a hot dog roast, drinking hot chocolate and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Who says that we need to do all the entertaining between Christmas and New Years?  I know that people like to have their house decorated for entertaining as it is the festive season.  However, maybe breaking with tradition and leaving your decorations up for a few weeks past New Years and doing your entertaining then.  People are less busy and perhaps would enjoy a pared down visit.

Now you have another  Christmas and Holiday idea to make this season less stressful.  Try 1, 2 or all 3 and see if any work for you.

I love this stamp set –  All is Calm in Photopolymar. It is so cute and there are so many different ways to use it to create cute cards.

Christmas and Holiday ideaRecipe

Stamps: White Christmas.

Ink/Markers: Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Chocolate Chip Marker.

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky.

Accessories: All is Calm Washi Tape, Frosted Sequins, Nordic Designer Button, Aqua Painter, White Baker Twine.

This card takes few supplies and can be made in very little time.

Can you believe I didn’t use the Big Shot?  Must be the first time in a very long time.

The sky is created using the Aqua Painter and Soft Sky ink.  I loaded up the Aqua Painter brush with Soft Sky ink and swiped it across the Whisper White card stock. It doesn’t have to be perfect as it’s the effect that counts.  Just don’t get the Whisper White paper too wet or it will pill.

Christmas Will Be Here Before We Know It

One Thing Is For Sure – Christmas Will Be Here

Ready or not, Christmas will be here!.  It comes the same date every year and every year we tend to get highly stressed about what it is we need to do.  Why is that?

Over the next several posts, I will be identifying ways to help you reduce the stress that the holiday period can bring.

Here is one area that usually cause stress for us over the holidays.

Gifts – Do we really need to do all that shopping for gifts, decorations, food, etc?  Some of the questions we need to ask ourselves are:

  • Do I really want to head out there in the hustle and bustle of the crowds?
  • Do the people that I am buying the gifts for really need what I am buying? Or will they display them and/or use them for a couple of months and then put them away somewhere never to be seen again?
  • Maybe this year, we could put some of that money that we normally spend to other uses and try to come up with ways to make this time of year less commercial.  A couple of suggestions are to donate to a favourite charity on behalf of the person, or perhaps create your own gifts.
  • Maybe a really special Christmas card for that special family member will work. Create a card from the heart and put a special verse inside.

So to start this series off, I have a Christmas card that I created.  Yes, one Christmas card that will go to a special friend.

Christmas Will be Here


Stamps: Bright and Beautiful.

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark.

Paper: Kraft, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Under the Tree DSP, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Rhinestone Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

This card utilizes that Under the Tree Designer Series Paper.  It is heavier that the regular cardstock and is a great product for making gift boxes as well as cards.  One side of the paper is colored using Cherry Gobbler, Garden Green, Early Espresso and the other side, the designs are printed in white onto Kraft coloured.  So, you can use both sides on 1 project and it all goes together.

The star framelits make the cutting out of the stars so easy and then layering them gives real dimension to the card.

The sentiment was stamped in black onto the DSP and then stamped again on Whisper White with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The words “Christmas & a New Year” were cut out to resemble a banner and layer over the black words.

Finally, the rhinestone jewels were coloured with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and they really had the sparkle to the card.

This card is very easy to recreate and yet it is very effective.  The card will be suitable for someone who likes sparkle and glitz.

So get yourself started on your Christmas gifts and cards because Christmas will be here.



Christmas Planner Book – A Way to A Stressless Christmas

A Christmas Planner Book  – Relieving the Christmas Stress

A Christmas Planner book is a great way to help you relieve Christmas stress that so many of us start getting at this time of year.

Why is it that the Christmas stress descends upon us? Often it’s because we are juggling many things during the lead up to Christmas, andt we forget what our priorities are or we haven’t even prioritized what we need to be doing.

One way to lessen that stress is to get organized with a Christmas Planner book.  The Christmas planner is a place to record your gift lists, your Christmas card lists, keep receipts, plan meals with the grocery lists and of course house that calendar that we need to keep track of all our activities.  We can see at a glance what has been organized and completed and what activities we still need to do.

Christmas Planner Book


Christmas Planner Book


Christmas Planner

Inside Fully Opened

Christmas Planner

Lists and Calendar


Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Good Greetings, Seasonally Scattered.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green,Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, Red Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Washi Tape (retired), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Little Labels Punch Pack, Rhinestone Jewels, Note Pad, RSVP Pen.

As you can see, the front of the Christmas Planner book is made to look like a door and it welcomes you to help keep your sanity over the Christmas season.

The door knob is hidden by the ribbon but it is a piece of Red Glimmer paper held in place with a brad – just another bit of sparkle.

The 2 pages on the outside of the inside (hope that makes sense) have pockets so that you can keep receipts, house your lists and anything else you might need to make your holdiay move along sanely.

The pen is housed on the outside spine of the book so you don’t loose it.  It also has been decorated with matching dsp.  And the best thing is that you can scoop it up, tie up the ribbon, stick it in your purse or shopping bag and take it with you.

While the Christmas Planner book is not going to relieve all your Christmas and Holiday stress, it will go a long ways to making it less of a stressful season.


Christmas Planner – A Way to A Stressless Christmas

A Christmas Planner  – Relieving the Christmas Stress

A Christmas Planner is a great way to help you relieve that Christmas stress that so many of us get starting at this time of year.

Why is it that the Christmas stress descends upon us? Often it’s because we are juggling so many things during the lead up to Christmas that we forget what our priorities are or maybe we haven’t even prioritized what it is we need to be doing.

One way to lessen that stress is to get organized with a Christmas Planner.  The Christmas planner is a place to record your gift lists, your Christmas card lists, keep receipts, plan meals with the grocery lists and of course house that calendar that we need to keep track of all our activities.

Handmade Sympathy Card For a Friend

Handmade Sympathy Card – Life Sometimes Changes in a Moment

Having to make a handmade sympathy card is not something I like to do as it only means one thing.  Someone has lost a person they love.  In my case, it is a friend and former coworker.  She lost her Mother in a tragic accident and it is so sad.  It makes us think about how fragile life is.

My friend retired a couple of months ago and she was planning to spend more time with her parents and now her Mom is gone.  The tribute to this woman was incredible.  She made friends wherever she went and her house was open to everyone she knew and in some cases to those she didn’t know.  She would cook for 2 or a 100, it just didn’t matter.  Everyone was always welcome.  She was a wife, mother, grandmother or as her grandchildren called her “granny”, a sister , and an aunt.  She was this loving person who had a beautiful smile and a heart of gold..  She will truly be missed by all those that knew her.

Here is the handmade sympathy card that I created in her memory.

Handmade Sympathy CardRecipe

Stamps: You’re Lovely, Bloom with Hope.

Ink/Markers: Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green Marker, Blushing Bride Marker.

Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Flowerpot DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Striped Scallop Thinlit, Deco Labels Collection Framelit, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, 1-3/4” Circle Punch, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Pearl Jewels.

This is the first time I used the Striped Scallop Thinlit and when I ran it through the Big Shot, the first time, I had trouble getting the paper out of the Thinlit.  However, I did it again and this time used wax paper between the die and the card stock.  The paper came away like a dream.

Creating a handmade sympathy card allowed me to reflect on the family and all that they are going through right now.  It is important to let the ones you love know how much you love them.  When is the last time you have said “I love you” to someone who is near and dear to you.  Yes, life can change in an instant.


Grateful For You Fall Card – It’s In The Box

Grateful For You Fall Card All in a Box

I am grateful for you, my blog followers.  This card I am sharing today is from the stamp set For All Things and yes, it’s a card in a box.  This is the first card in a box that I have created.  I know that they have been out there for some time.  I guess I am just a little slow.

The original tutorials that I found created a larger card than the 5-1/2″ X 4-1/4″ size.  However I wanted to be able to put it into a standard size envelope, so had to do some modifications to the box base.

This was a fun card to make and I used it for my monthly card class.  The ladies were very pleased with the results.

I do love the Fall season with all its majestic colours of brilliant reds, oranges, yellows and purples.

The Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper came in very handily as I cut some of the leaves, acorns, and pine cones from the paper.  I did say to the ladies that they would either hate me for love me for making them fussy cut so many leaves.  However, the saving grace was that we did use the Big Shot and the Autumn Accents Bigz die to cut some of the leaves.

Grateful For You Fall Card

Grateful For You

Side View


Stamps: For All Things.

Ink: Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Color Me Autumn DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Autumn Accents Die, Project Life Cards & Labels, Linen Thread, Gold Basic Buttons, Sponge Daubers.

I cut a number of leaves using the Autumn Accents die from the designer papers – the ones that look like watercolor and then sponged around them with a complimentary colored ink.  The sponging brought out the colour of the papers. The leaves and elements that were cut from the Blackberry Bliss colors added some pop.

I did CASE this card from someone on the internet, however, I am sorry that I have forgotten where I saw the card.

So once again I am grateful for you and your visits to my blog.  When you stop by, please leave me a comment.