Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Home Decor

Christmas Home Decor

Create Christmas home decor for a festive look with Santa’s Sleigh. While, I cased the 2016 Holiday Catalogue for this project, I have a reason.  I forgot to purchase the stamp set that matches the thinlits, and it was a bundle.

When you purchase a bundle, a stamp set with matching dies or punch, you receive 10% discount on the purchase.  As I prepare for my Open House, I like to have samples from the new catalogues and display different ways to used the various stamp sets.

When I discovered this oversight, I thought, “now what”.  Thank goodness I had a frame that would work for this project.


Christmas Home Decor


Stamps: Banners for Christmas.

Ink/Markers: Archival Basic Black, Basic Black Marker, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Silver Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Baker’s Twin Trio Pack (Gold), Mini Pinecones, Metallics Sequin Assortment, 8” x 10” frame with glass removed.

The Details

Because the scene would have snow, I chose to use Shimmery White as the background.  Create the background with the Shimmer White cardstock and cut to form the hills.  Use the VersaMark ink pad direct to paper technique, that is, place the ink pad directly on your paper where  the Dazzling DIamonds Glitter will be placed.  Sprinkle with Heat and Stick powder and melt using the Heat tool.  FInally, sprinkle the Dazzling Diamond on the background.

Add snow to the die cut trees by placing Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the branches. Sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the glue and set aside to dry.

Start placing the elements on the background.  Do not adhere to the background until you are happy with the placement.

Colour the reindeer hoofs using the Basic Black Marker. The reindeer are hitched to Santa’s sleigh with a piece of Gold Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twin Trio Pack.  Loop the baker’s twine around the front of the sleight then around each of the reindeer’s necks.  Before tying the bow, attach a Mini Pinecone embellishment to the twine.

Finally, die cut the word “Merry” and stamp the sentiment on the top of the picture.  Add the opalescent sequins to the sky.

So why not have fun and create a Christmas home decor project to display this Christmas.

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Snowman Greeter Points the Way

Snowman Greeter

Smiling greeters stand at the main doors of many department stores during the holiday, so why not have a Snowman Greeter pointing the way to Santa’s workshop.

This sneak peek card is the first card to make it’s debut.  Not, first, first, but first for me.  I held off posting any of the cards created using products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue until after my Open House.. Just wait until you see what awaits you.

Being able to pre-purchase new products is one of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I can’t wait to share this catalogue with you.

This little guy is so cute and the stamp set comes with a train with toys, trees and a jingle bell.  The possibilities are endless. Plus, you can use your markers and reinkers to colour the images.  If you like to colour then this stamp set is for you.


Snowman Greeter


Stamps: Christmas Magic, Holly Jolly Greetings.

Ink/Markers: Black Stazon, Smoky Slate, Emerald Envy Marker, Real Red Marker, Delightful Dijon Marker, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Emerald Envy, Watercolor,

Accessories: Aqua Painter Brush, White Emboss Powder, Silver Sequin Trim, Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine.

Create the background using Smoky Slate ink and an Aqua Painter Brush.  No colouring in the lines for this, just swoosh the paint around on the Whisper White.

Stamp the Snowman and Pole on Watercolor Paper in Black Stazon ink.  This ink is great if you plan to colour with water-based ink.  No smudging here!  When the colouring is finished, fussy cut the snowman and pole in one piece.  If the ground lines do not connect, connect them with a Basic Black marker.

Stamp the snowflake from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp with VersaMark and emboss with White Emboss Powder.

Stamp the stentiment in Black Stazon on a piece of Real Red cardstock.  Make a banner and attach to the card front.

Finally, attach the Real REd Sparkle Baker’s Twine and attach the Silver  Sequin Trim.

Let your Snowman Greeter do the greeting.

The 2016 Catalogue goes live on September 1st.  The Countdown is on.

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Flamingo Flaunting Feathers

Flaunting Feathers

Have you ever seen a flamingo flaunting feathers?  Look no further.

Sometimes it is interesting and fun to add some dimension to a flat stamped image.  Add elements of surprise to whip up laughter, oohs and awws.  That is why I like to create cards that cause people to interact and have a conversation.

This card was created for my DD because she is kind and amazing.  Ok, I’m a bit biased.

flaunting feathers


Stamps: Pop of Paradise, Thoughtful Banners.

Ink/Markers: Melon Mambo, Basic Black Archival, VersaMark

Paper: Whisper White (thick & regular), Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Gold Emboss Powder, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, 1/2” Circle Punch.

Create the Feathers

How did I create the feathers?  It was very easy, a bit fiddly but easy.  I used the 1/2″ circle punch to punch out circles.  I really don’t know how many I punched.  The fibers in the paper were broken down by crumpling the circles in my hand.  Don’t crumple them too much.

Fold the circles in half and start layering.  The circles are attached with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (love, love that glue) on the flamingo’s body.  You can overlap the circles so that they stand out from the body.  Before you apply the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen check to make sure that there are no bald spots. Now take your finger and fluff the feathers to spread them apart.  Not too much fluffing though.

And yes, I cut out the space between his legs with an exacto knife.

The feathers were inspired by a card that I saw on the internet, however, I did not write the name of the person down so cannot give kudos but I did want to acknowledge that this technique was not totally my idea.

What type of flamingo would you create?  Try one that is flaunting feathers.  You will have fun.


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Use Botanical Blooms To Create a Generic Card

Create a Generic Card

Create a generic card or many of these types of cards to keep in your card box.  Stampers create time to stamp, so why not make cards to use in the future..  Often we don’t know what type of card we may need and so delay creating cards we may need.

Stampin’ Up!’s annual catalogue is filled with stamps that can be used for many different events and/or occasions.

The Botanical Blooms is one of these stamp sets.

Notice that the card does not have a sentiment.  However, there is room to put a sentiment on the front of the card.

What are the types of events or occasions would suit this type of card?  What are the emotions that you generate when you see this card?  Can you use this card for men, women or children? Let me answer those questions for you.

Because of the design and colours, do you think that this card is a feminine card and you can use it only women?  Well, you can use it as a sympathy card to a man who has lost his partner, spouse, mother, etc.  Some of the other occasions are female birthdays, couple’s anniversaries, get well, thinking of you.  Wouldn’t it be so much easier to design and create various generic card?  No more running to the store at the last minute, or speedily creating a card as you run out the door?


Generic Card


Stamps: Botanical Blooms.

Ink/Markers: Sweet Sugarplum.

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugar Plum.

Accessories: Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelits, White Gel Pen, Pearl Jewels, Mint Macaron 3/8” Sheer Linen Ribbon.

Get started creating a generic card.  You can purchase your supplies on my ONLINE Store.

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Cupcake Frosting Adds To The Sweetness

Cupcake Frosting

Adding cupcake frosting to your cupcakes makes them delicious. However, adding real frosting will not work. Paper cupcakes and real frosting do not mix.

Cupcake Frosting


Stamps: Sweet Cupcake.

Ink/Markers: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride.

Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, 2016-2018 In Colour DSP Stack (diagonal stripes).

Accessories: Big Shot, Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, 2016-2018 In Colour Enamel Shapes, Wink of Stella – Clear Glitter Pen, Light Gel Modeling Paste.

Create the cupcakes and the paper bottoms using various ink colours.  You can use the same ink colour and stamp it off prior to stamping the stamp layers. The cupcake bottoms are stamped with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.  To build the layers, start with the dark ink.  To achieve the lighter layer, the stamp is loaded with Soft Suede ink and stamped off on a scrap paper. The final layer is Crumb Cake ink.

Frosting Details

Create the cupcake with Blushing Bride ink, Peekaboo Peach ink and Watermelon ink. For the cupcake, start with the lightest colour and move to the darker colours.

Now for the frosting.  I experimented with various mediums, like cornstarch, flour and modeling gel paste.  The one I found to be the best was the light modeling gel paste.  Create the frosting by adding a few drops of ink to the gel paste.  You need to reach the right consistency, not too thin and not too thick.  Hmmm, I sound like Goldilocks.

Once, you reach the right consistency, spread a small amount on an acrylic block.  Don’t make too thick of a layer as your stamp will become clogged and there will be no definition. Use the stamp that you used to stamp the top layer. Once you have the frosting on the cupcakes, set them aside to dry.  When the frosting is dry, paint it with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.

The Light Modeling Gel Paste can be purchased at any hobby and/or art store.

Leave me a comment and tell me if you make cupcake frosting for you paper cupcakes.

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Welcome Baby Girl You Are Loved

Welcome Baby Girl

How special for a family to say “Welcome Baby Girl”. She is the continuation of the family and such a blessing.  It’s about the smiles, the tears, the laughter, and the plans and dreams that parents have for her and their family.

This card is a combination of old and new products.  It has products that are retired (boo-hoo) and products that are brand new (yeah).  One of the retiring products is the Birthday Bouquet DSP.  Love, love that paper.  Yes, I know that as we say good-bye to product, new product will come along and we can fall in love with the new.

The new products used to create this card are the Bunch of Banners Framelits and the Sparkle Emboss Folder.  Use the reverse side of a Metallic Doily if you require a white doily.  Another new product is the Banners for You stamp set.  This stamp set coordinates perfectly with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  Even better, is that the words in the stamp set can be combined to make sentiments to truly express your thoughts.


Welcome Baby girl


Stamps: Something for Baby, Banners For You.

Ink/Markers: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Playful Palette DSP Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Baby’s First Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Metallic Doilies, Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon, Jewel Pearls.

Do you have a welcome baby girl card or project?  Upload a picture in the comments section.  I would love to see it.

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Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper

Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper


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Birthday Greeting Shaker Card

Shaker Card with a Birthday Greeting

Create a shaker card for the birthday person.  They will love shaking those sequins behind the Window Sheets.

The layering treatment of the easel makes it appear as though the easel is sitting on the stand. Rather than stamping the sentiment behind the  Window Sheet, stamp the sentiment on the Window Sheet using Black Stazon ink.

Black Stazon ink is the “Go-to” ink for stamping on materials that do not absorb. Stazon ink is a pigment ink that does not fade over time.  If you create scrapbook pages and you want to ensure that your images do not fade, then Stazon ink is the ink for you. Stazon ink does have a longer drying time that the water-based inks, so you need to be patient.

Use Stazon ink  for stamping on glass, wood and fabrics.  Because they have a lengthy drying time, they can also be embossed with embossing powder.

Shaker Card

Making the shaker layer is easy using the Squares Layering Framelits.  The stamp set coordinates with the Framelits. There are framelits that cut out the large square and then the inside square so that you can see the sequins and the background stamping.


Stamps: Painter’s Palette

Ink/Markers: Black Stazon, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Black, Sahara Sand.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP Stack, Window Sheets

Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Squares Framelits, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine.

Give the Shaker card technique a try.  Leave a comment for me and tell me what type of shaker card you would create.

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A Great Card For National Friendship Day

National Friendship Day

National Friendship Day is August 7th and you can celebrate by giving or sending a card to a dear friend. How many communication devices do you have?  Do you send many text messages and emails during the day?  We seemed to have stopped communicating in a personal way.

Sending a card on National Friendship Day is a great way to communicate.  And, I know that a friend would enjoy getting the card in the mail.  Is a way to let them know that they are special to you.  Sometimes I think we have lost the art of personal communication.

Using the Grateful Bunch stamp set, to create the ideal friendship card. Daisies pack a basket made from the Serene Scenery DSP stack, and who doesn’t like flowers.  I used the paper that reminded me of woven material.

I cut a piece of 3″ x 1-3/4″ and used an oval framelit to cut a scoop out of the top of the basket and  the Corner Rounder Punch to round to basket bottom.  The handle was created by using 2 oval framelits and positioning them vertically.

Before attaching the various elements on the Whisper White layer, I watercoloured the Whisper White layer using the Aqua Painter Brush and Soft Sky ink. Use Emerald Envy ink to stamp the background leaves.

Finally, the elements were layered on the basket, the sentiment added and a piece of .

National Friendship Day


Stamps: Grateful Bunch, Banners For You.

Ink/Markers: Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugar Plum, Peekaboo Peach, (2016-2018 In Colour Markers), Daffodil Marker (Brights Collection).

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Serene Scenery DSP Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Blossom Bunch Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Flirty Flamingo 3/8” Ruched Ribbon, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Aqua Painter Brush.

Let a friend know that you are thinking of them on National Friendship by creating and sending a card.

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Floral Copper Affectionately Yours Suite

Floral Copper

With the popularity of florals and copper this year, why not have a floral copper card and/or scrapbook page.  Trends come and go as preferences change and what is old becomes new again.  The popularity of gold and silver continue to be strong in many areas.  Copper is a metallic that has been around in previous years, however, it is starting to make a comeback.

The other trend, floral patterns is making a resurgence in a number of areas.  You see those patterns in clothing, decor and yes, paper crafting.  Each year, Stampin’ Up! brings new products into their line.  This year one of the new products introduced is copper.

The two elements, floral and copper, can be found in the Affectionately Yours Suite which appeared in the 2016/17 Annual Catalogue. The Affectionately Your Suite contains products that coordinate.  For example, there is the stamp set, Love and Affection, the coordinating paper, embossing folder, washi tape DSP,  ribbon and, of course, copper embossing powder and metallic thread. All you need to create a project.  It’s the coordination of products that endears me to Stampin’ Up!.

2 pieces of the DSP in the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper are printed with copper metallic and floral.pattern.

Today’s card is from that suite.

Floral Copper


Stamps: Love and Affection.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Dapper Denim, Tuxedo Black, Cucumber Crush.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Watermelon Wonder., Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Banner Triple Punch, Dapper Denim 3/8” Ruched Ribbon, Blender Pen, Candy Dots.

This card is not difficult to create.  The flowers and leaves were stamped in Tuxedo Black ink and coloured using the markers and the BLender Pen. the embossing folder is smaller than the normal embossing folders.  You can dry emboss a flower onto cardstock to use as a background.

To see a number of samples using this suite, go to page 45 of the annual catalogue.

If there are any items that you wish to purchase to make your floral copper cards and/or scrapbook pages, shop my ONLINE STORE.

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2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers

2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers

2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers

2014-2016 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers


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Are Three Cupcakes Better Than One?

Three Cupcakes For Your Birthday

One cupcake for you birthday is yummy, three cupcakes is extra yummy.  While these three cupcakes are not real, they certainly look exquisite.

Create the cupcakes using the Sweet Cupcake  stamp set and the Cupcake Cutout Framelits. They look so real, that you can almost taste the frosting.  You create the cupcakes by using the triple stamp technique.  There are 3 stamps for the top of the cupcake and 3 for the bottom.

The bottom of the cupcake is stamped in Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. What is really fun about multiple step stamping is that you can let your imagination go wild and use ink colors that express your creativity.

My inspiration for the colours came from the Playful Palette DSP Stack.  There are 48 sheets of paper in each stack with 4 sheets of 12 designs.  How often have you cut into a 12″ x 12″ DSP when you only needed a strip.  Because the sheets are 6″ x 6″, it’s less painful to cut a small piece.

Cupcakes always seem to taste better when they have sprinkles on the frosting. Create the sprinkles by randomly applying glue from the Liquid Glue Pen and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  WOW!


three Cupcakes


Stamps: Sweet Cupcake.

Ink/Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay, Emerald Envy, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Versamark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Playful Palette DSP Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Liquid Glue Pen.

So, why go for one cupcake when 3 cupcakes are better.

You can purchase any of the supplies for these cupcakes by clicking on the images below.

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