Christmas Gleaming Holly

I planned to get up early and post to the blog.  After I got my cup of coffee brewed the power went out!  I am grateful that it waited at least until I had a cup of coffee made or it would have been worse.  It was a little too dark to read and my phone was only half charged so I decided that I would get my daily walk done.  I bundled up and headed out and yes, it was cold.  The one good thing I noticed about my cold morning walk is that I walked a little faster than usual.  Shortly after I got home the power came on, yay!  Not having the lights on or heat, puts things in perspective real quick.  

We started decorating the house.  The tree and stockings are up and some assorted other things and it is looking a little more festive in here.  I'm working on getting in the Christmas spirit.  


I used the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and stamped the holly multiple times and then colored in the image using Shaded Spruce and Real Red Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is also from the Christmas Gleaming set.  The stamp actually reads "& be jolly this season".  I left off the & and inked the rest.  The twine is from the Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack.  The sparkly gems are part of the Flowers for Every Season Gems.  


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Thank you for stopping by and remember to be jolly!


Festive Friday Winter Solstice

Do you know what the significance of the Winter Solstice is?  Here it marks the day with the shortest amount of daylight.  I don't really celebrate the Winter Solstice but I probably should because what it also means is that the daylight hours will start getting longer!  I am all for that.  

The Winter Solstice is the inspiration behind the Festive Friday's Inspo List.  


To play along with the Festive Friday Challenge all  you need to do is pick 3 items from the list and use it on your project and then post it to the Festive Friday Gallery.   It is easy and fun and we would love to see how the Inspo list inspires you!


I was inspired to use the items blue, snowflakes, and trees on my shaker card. Inside the window created by the So Many Snowflakes die, I used the Feels Like Frost DSP .  I added Snowflake Sequins and some of those little silica gel beads (dehumidifier packets) for the shaker elements.   The outside of the frame is embossed using the Winter Snow Embossing folder.  In the center of the snowflakes I placed some sparkly Blue Adhesive Backed gems.


Making a shaker card is easy using Foam Adhesive Strips.  I use the strips to create a frame for my shaker elements and since they are double stick I also used it to adhere the Window sheet to close up the frame. 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using the Inspo List.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your entry in the Festive Friday gallery!


Fireside Trimmings and Warm Hugs

Today I am mixing up two very fun bundles, Warm Hugs and Fireside Trimmings.  Both of these sets have great images that you can mix and match and create fun scenes.


Oh how I love a grid!  I used the Layering Square dies to create all the squares.  All the  images on the white squares are from the Fireside Trimmings set including the little gold foil star banner.  Love the little banner!  There are 4 different banners in the Fireside Dies, bats (so cute), stars, flags, and holly/greenery.  They are so cute.  The tree and reindeer were quickly colored using Stampin' Blends.  The circle and  heart image is from the Warm Hugs bundle.  

The Designer Series Paper is is the Heartwarming Hugs DSP.  The colors in the DSP are Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red and Whisper White.  This pack of paper is perfect year round with its classic patterns and also looks warm and cozy for the Christmas season.  


Inside there's a strip of Heartwarming Hugs DSP and a wreath from the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  

Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you liked this fun little Christmas grid!

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Peace, Joy, Love and a 1 Day Sale!

24 hr sale 2020

It is a one day sale on Tuesday November 24th!  FOr one day only receive 10% off select items from the 2020-21 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Select items?  Yes, there are some items that are excluded from the sale and here is a list of them or you can also see them here.


Contact me and I can help you place your order ( I will check my email for the last time around 9 pm PT) or you can shop with me through my online store.  Remember to use the host code WYDFKNHR.  Do not use this code if your order is $150 or more (you will still qualify for the gift from me)  If you use the host code and your order is over $50 I will send you a package of Snowflake Adhesive Backed Embellishments.  


Have a lot of strips of cardstock that you cannot bear to throw away?  Even if you don't this is a quick, easy and fun card to make.  I used the colors Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, and Real Red for my strips.  As much as I like traditional Christmas colors, once in a while it is fun to shake things up with a non traditional combination.  I cut all the strips the same length by using the Stitched Rectangle die.  This made it very easy to piece the strips together, since I knew they were the same length.  

I cut 3 snowflakes using the So Many Snowflakes dies and Whisper White CS.  The centers of the snowflakes are the Gold Glitter Enamel Dots.  The sentiment is from the Dove of Hope stamp set.  


I had an extra strip of Flirty Flamingo so I attached it to the inside with another snowflake.  I am looking forward to making more of these cards using different color combinations.

Thank you for stopping by and remember the 24 hour sale on November 24th!



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Arrange A Wreath Christmas

Mixing up the Arrange a Wreath bundle from the 2020-21 Annual Catalog with the Heartwarming Hugs DSP from the 2020 August-Dec mini catalog for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC00639.


I am using the colors from the Heartwarming Hugs DSP for the color palette.

The sketch is Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge #CCMC639.


In addition to the Wreath Builder Dies (part of the Arrange A Wreath bundle) I added 2 sizes of flowers from the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  Between you and me, when I first saw this punch I didn't think I needed it.  I mean I am sure I have a tiny flower die in one of my sets BUT I am so happy that I changed my mind about this punch.  I reach for it a lot and have used it much more than I thought I would.  Well worth it!


I almost always line the inside of my card with either a Whisper White or Very Vanilla panel and a strip of DSP or cardstock.  I will probably add a die cut or punch too, just to dress up the inside of the card.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.  Listed below you will find all the products I used on this card linked to my online store.  Thank you for stopping by and your support.


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Festive Post and Everything Essential

Here's a quick and easy card using the Festive Post stamp set and the Everything Essential bundle.


The cute reindeer and tree images are from the Everything Essential stamp set and the cute car and tree is from the Festive Post set.  All the images were punched out using the Essential Tag punch.  These 2 stamp sets really compliment each other, since they both feature images that work for Halloween through Valentine's day.  The images are fun and a little whimsical, making them great for anyone.  

The card base is Real Red with a layer of Early Espresso CS and one of the Crumb Cake plaids in the Plaid Tidings DSP.  The tags also sit on a strip of Early Espresso CS that was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.


Inside of the card I stamped the reindeer from the Festive Post set and also added a strip of the Plaid Tidings DSP.  It is always nice to dress up the inside of your cards too.   Here are some additional cards made using the Festive Post and/or  Everything Essential sets,  HEREHERE,  and HERE.  

Thank you for stopping by and a list of all the products I used is posted below. 

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More Most Wonderful Time

Yes, you guessed it another card using the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley.  A product medley doesn't include instructions to complete a specific project instead it is a wonderful coordinated collection of products (stamps, dies, paper, stickers, and embellishments ) that allow you to use your own creativity.  There are of course lots of ideas floating around to help inspire you.


The tree was stamped in Old Olive ink on one of the patterns of DSP and then cut out using te coordinating dies.  I love that the tree looks decorated with stars.  In the product medley in addition to the DSp there are 12 gold foil card fronts which I used on the card.  Love all the shine the gold foil brings.

Here's what I used on the card that was not from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley.  

  • Real Red CS- 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base,  1-1/4" x  5-1/8" strip (scored at 4-1/8"),  3-1/4" x  4-1/2" Stitched So Sweetly scalloped rectangle, 3" x 3" Layering Circles 
  • Whisper White-3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Stitched So Sweetly scalloped rectangle, 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" Stitched Shapes circle
  • Dove of Hope stamp set for the sentiment on the inside of the card
  • Real Red 3/8" Sheer Ribbon


You can write here on the inside.  This would also be a fun place to put a picture or a gift card.  I will work on one soon,  I like the idea of the gift card!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Most Wonderful Time Product Medley

Bet you were thinking I was going to post another Quite Curvy sample.  I thought about it  and decided to play with another favorite thing...the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley.  I love how packed this kit is.  There is a stamp set, dies, paper,  sticker sheets, and embellishments.   You know what else i love about it?  I can order a refill kit and get more paper, sticker sheets, and stars!  


This card was made using the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC637 which is this sketch.


Can you see all the elements on my card?  I was pretty faithful to the sketch.


Here's what i used in addition to the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley.

  • Real Red CS card base-5-1/2" x 8-1/2",  layer around the DSP 3-7/8" x  2-5/8"
  • Whisper White CS inside card layer 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Gold Foil - 2-3/4" x 4"
  • Old Olive-scrap piece for the little Joy flag.

Everything else is from the kit.  I love that the DSP has gold foiling accents on one side of each sheet.  I love the little bit of shine it adds to the overall look of the card.   There are also 58 gold stars so for right now I don't feel like I need to start hoarding.  

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using the sketch.

Thank you for stopping by!

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Poinsettia Petals Gatefold Plus

It is time for a new Festive Friday Challenge.  The Festive Friday Challenge celebrates a festivity and creates an Inspo aka Inspiration list inspired by the festivity.  This time the festivity  is  World Kindness Day.  Our world could certainly use more kindness.  


All you need to do is pick 3 items from the list to include in your project and post it in the Festive Friday gallery.   It is very fun and easy to play along and we hope you will!

I chose die cut, pattern paper, flowers, sentiment and  a fun fold for my challenge card.


The card base for this fun fold is Soft Suede CS and the patterned paper is the Poinsettia Place DSP (on sale at 15% off until 10/31).   The poinsettia flower was die cut from the DSP using the Poinsettia dies.  The Real Red berries  were cut using the Poinsettia dies.    Look closely at the Old Olive leaves.  These were cut and embossed using the Poinsettia dies. There are dies in the Poinsettia dies that cut the leaf and another that embosses them.  I have them taped together so they can be run together through the die cutting machine.


Remove the belly band to reveal another layer.  Inside there are 2 more patterns from the Poinsettia Place DSP and more flowers cut from the DSP.  The sentiment is from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  


Lift up the middle panel to reveal another sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  There is room to write on this panel.  Isn't this a fun card? I love the unfolding of the different layers of the card.  I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Be sure to check out how the rest of the Festive Friday Design team was inspired by the Inspo List for #FF0071!

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema



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ICS Blog...Poinsettia Place DSP


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Time for the Inspire, Create,  Share Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on Designer Series Paper!  I will freely admit I have a paper problem.  What is the problem?  Well, I love it.  Loving pretty paper has led me to be a hoarder, waiting for just the right project to use that pretty paper on. Sound familiar? Recently, I realized that hoarding and not using the paper is not really honoring it so I am working hard at changing this and becoming a person who uses and enjoys creating with the pretty paper. 

The pretty paper I am focusing on is the Poinsettia Place DSP.  This pack of paper features poinsettias, pine cones, and holly along with some simple patterns.  Some of the images can be cut out using the Poinsettia dies.  The colors in this pretty paper include Bumblebee, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.  This pack of pretty paper along with 14 others are part of the Designer Series Paper sale.


I made the popular slimline card.  This size cards fit in a business envelopes.  It is a fun size and something different.  I used 2 different designs on the front of the card from the Poinsettia Place DSP pack and cut out some of the flowers from another sheet.  One of the flowers (middle one) was cut out using the Poinsettia dies and the other 2 were fussy cut.  Garden Green leaves and the Bumblebee buds were cut and embossed using the dies. 


Yes, the slimline card is a great size to use as a gift holder of cash or a check.  Here are the measurements you can use if you would like to make one of these cards.

  • Whisper White card base  7" x 8-1/2" scored at 2-1/2", 6"
  • DSP 2-3/8" x  8-3/8",  7/8" x 8-3/8"


Both of the sentiments are from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and stamped in Early Espresso ink.  You can purchase the stamp set and the dies together as a bundle and save 10%.

Now it is time to hop on over to see what the talented Dana Sullivan has created for you!

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