Silent Night

Delayed Post

For my grandparents, I wanted to create a more religiously-themed card.

Stefanie got a steal-of-a-deal on these kraft cards from Michaels and gave me one to experiment with. I die cut masks and then sprayed the card with Mister Huey's Opaque White.

The lace came with adhesive already applied, somewhat crookedly.

The sentiment was stamped on a die cut from the Fabulous Frames collection.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: factory-made kraft card base, Vintage Cream
  • Stamps: Star of Wonder
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate
  • Dies: Fabulous Frames, Nativity Silhouettes
  • Accessories: adhesive lace (Hero Arts)
  • Other Tools: Mister Huey's Opaque White spray (Studio Calico)

Noel Again

This was my final completed Christmas card. I have multiple elements that could make up 2 or 3 more cards - will have to see if I get around to it before next Christmas.  ;)

I used the cut outs from this card for the sentiment on the layered tag. I sewed a few borders on and paired the kraft with gingham for a folksy feel. The tag base was inked a bit with Vintage Cream and threaded through some ribbon and adhered to the card. Some twine and a snowflake brad were added for embellishment.

It also appears that I inked around the edges of the patterned paper on the card base. :)

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Kraft
  • Patterned Paper: unknown
  • Ink: Vintage Cream, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo (or Walnut Stain?) Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Dies: Tag Sale #7, Alpha-whimsy (Paper Smooches)
  • Accessories: button twine, ribbon from 2014 Christmas Make It Market Kit, snowflake brad (Recollections?)
  • Other Tools: sewing machine

Happy Holidays

This card was a fixer-upper from several years ago. I removed the main embellishment and added a new one. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!

I'm a sucker for vintage!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream
  • Patterned Paper: some Tim Holtz, some other
  • Stamps: Holiday Lights
  • Ink: Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, and Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Ranger)
  • Dies: Tattered Banners (Tim Holtz), Half & Half, In the Meadow
  • Accessories: Kraft button twine
  • Other Tools: Mister Huey's Opaque White spray (Studio Calico)

Very Merry

I'm particularly pleased with how this card turned out.

The wooden snowflake embellishment was given to me by Stefanie. I sprayed it with a bit of her white Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray (not very evident - I had difficulty with application for some reason). I added a Tinier Tag (PTI Stamp-a-fair 2015 kit) with a sentiment from the Tiny Tags stamp set. The tiny holly image is from the PTI Make It Market Kit All Through the House. I threaded the tag with red and white baker's twine and added a teeny bell.

I affixed the snowflake embellishment on a kraft die cut Snowflake Medallion (from MFT) that I spritzed with Mister Huey's Opaque White spray.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Stamper's Select White
  • Patterned Paper: Dark Chocolate Bitty Dots
  • Stamps: All Through the House, Tiny Tags
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Pinefeather, Pure Poppy
  • Dies: Tinier Tags, Snowflake Medallion (MFT)
  • Accessories: wooden snowflake (unknown), red & white baker's twine, mini bell (dollar store?)
  • Other Tools: Mister Huey's Opaque White spray (Studio Calico), white Color Shine (Heidi Swapp)

Warm Winter Wishes

This card has a similar theme to this one. A scrap of patterned paper used to create a CAS "masterpiece."

I sewed around the paper scrap to add some homey detail and used dimensional adhesive when applying it to the card base.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Patterned Paper: unknown
  • Stamps: In the Meadow, Stocking Prints
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy
  • Accessories: rhinestone (Imaginisce)
  • Other Tools: iRock (Imaginisce)

Christmas Lights

Christmas card #4 started out funky - I created the Christmas light borders.  I wasn't sure where to go from there and am not entirely sure I like the result.

I heat embossed a sentiment and then masked the borders before spraying the card with Silver Glimmermist. The masking paper left it's own mark on the card, but I think it actually looks kinda neat. To make the sentiment more apparent, I inked over it with silver ink.

For the final touch, I added the sparkle stamps from PTI's Shakers & Sprinkles Make It Market Kit.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Holiday Lights, Shakers and Sprinkles
  • Ink: (all Tsukinko) Versamark, Brilliance Silver Starlite, Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme, Memento Dandelion, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Other Tools: clear embossing powder (Filigree), ink blending tool (Ranger)

Birch Trees

I love CAS cards so Christmas card #3 is one of my favorites:

I got the strip of patterned paper from Stefanie's scraps. I just love birch trees!

The bird stamps are from the In the Meadow stamp set from PTI, and the sentiment is from Stocking Prints (also PTI).

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Patterned Paper: unknown
  • Stamps: In the Meadow, Stocking Prints
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy
  • Accessories: rhinestone (Imaginisce)
  • Other Tools: iRock (Imaginisce)


The second Christmas card I made a few days ago uses PTI's recent String Frames die in order to create a border for the sentiment (letters from Paper Smooches Alphawhimsy die).

Stef and I got together again last night to make even more cards! She has made 27 + 6 cards (the +6 cards being from a kit) in total and shows no signs of stopping!! I made a paltry 3 cards.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Patterned Paper: ?? (from Stef)
  • Stamps: none!
  • Ink: none!
  • Dies: String Frames, Alphawhimsy (Paper Smooches) 
  • Accessories: baker's twine
  • Other Tools: Lipstick Red Copic

Christmas Comeback

After many years apart (papercrafting-wise), my friend (and former blog contributor), Stefanie, and I got together yesterday evening to make Christmas cards! As usual, Stefanie produced an astonishing number of cards in comparison to my paltry few (15 to 4, to be exact). Out of fairness to myself, I did also attach tags to some gifts, and there was a fair bit of orienting to craft tools and their location. ;)  We started crafting at about 9 p.m. and finished just before 3 a.m.!!

My first card of the evening is probably my favorite:

I tried achieving the background by inking a sheet of acetate with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink, spritzing some water, and then inking my stamp on the acetate, but the result was a bit sparse. I just inked my stamp directly and stamped right over top--problem solved.

I'll be posting the remaining cards over the next few days.

It was such a joy to be crafting with someone again. :)  The best part is that Stefanie really enjoyed getting back into card-making! She's coming back over today for more. :D

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}

Happy Wonderful Christmas

My mother posted another of the cards I created at our all-day crop this past June.

I have to say that this is probably my favorite one. I loved the three-step wreath, as well as the fonts on the sentiment.

The interior:

Thanks for peeking!

Oh Baby

A baby card for a friend to give to her teacher:

My camera was acting up this morning... :(

I used a Distress Paint dabber for the first time. I used a stencil and there was quite a bit of bleeding. I don't mind the effect, but it wasn't what I was going for.

The baby rattle shaker was created using a sheet of acetate (from PTI stamps) and embellished with a bit of lace and twine.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream, Gold Shimmer
  • Stamps: Wonderful Words: Baby
  • Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Baby Button Bits, Wonderful Words: Baby
  • Accessories: lace, Cream Cotton Baker's Twine
  • Other Tools: Delicate Doily stencil (MFT), Picket Fence Distress Paint (Ranger), gold embossing powder (Filigree), foam adhesive sheet

Friends Never Go Out of Style

This card base has been kicking around forever, waiting for me to finish it. I pulled it out to create a belated birthday card for a friend.

I tried doing a pinch of silver and Kaleidoscope embossing powders.

At this point, I had a tool malfunction: my Goosebumps shimmer spray was completely clogged. I tried flicking the goo on, but it didn't look right. I tried smearing it around and got an interesting, though completely smeared, look. I'm not completely satisfied, but neither am I completely disappointed.

The interior:

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel, Stamper's Select White, True Black
  • Patterned Paper: unknown
  • Stamps: Fashion Sense
  • Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Versamark (Tsukineko), Memento Dandelion (Tsukineko)
  • Other Tools: clear and silver embossing powders (Filigree), Kaleidoscope embossing powder (Stampendous), Clear Star gel pen (Sakura)

Masculine CAS: Thank You

An acquaintance cleared up a wasp problem of ours--thank you so much!

I looked around online for sunset color inspiration:

This cover plate die was NOT easy to work with. I had to run it through my Cuttlebug several times with increasing shims in place and still had to use a blade to assist with negative scrap removal...

Thanks for peeking!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
  • Stamps: A Big Thank You (free, limited edition)
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks (Ranger), Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Into the Woods cover plate
  • Other Tools: clear embossing powder (Filigree)

Welcome Baby

Another card I created at the all-day crop with my mom.

This was the second time I created this particular card due to an adhesive malfunction--too bad I ended up stamping the giraffe crooked! Didn't care enough to try for a third. ;)

All supplies used for this card can be found here.

Pine Bough Christmas Card

This Christmas card uses a unique die set available from Stampin' Up (see here for complete supply list):

Pulling on the left side of the card "opens" the card and flips the centre panel to the back side:

I will most likely write my personal Christmas note on the back. :)

All supplies used for this card can be found here.

Christmas Cards Starting in July

I recently had the opportunity to visit my mom in Victoria, BC. We attended an all day crop at which I finally got around to making some cards!

Me and Mom
 Using my mom's Stampin' Up supplies (see here for a list), I started with the following Christmas card:

I really like the sentiment I used on the interior (you'll see it a few more times!):

It was fun to craft again!!
Thanks for peeking!

All supplies used for this card can be found here.

Happy Happy Happy 6 Birthday

A quick card for a birthday party:

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Kraft
  • Patterned Paper: Dark Chocolate + unknown
  • Stamps: Happy Day
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate
  • Dies: Tipped Tops, First Place, Make a Wish, Horizontal Gift Card Holder (MFT), Negative Dot Alphabet (MFT)


I ask, on occasion, the lady who watches my youngest daughter if she wouldn't mind seeing my other two children off to school. She always agrees and never takes payment for it. So I picked up a favorite mascara and sent it off with a thank you card.

The "thanks" die was a "free with $60 purchase" gift from My Favorite Things. So was the stitched speech bubble border die!! Gotta love it!

I even whipped out my hot glue gun for the darn sequins!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: white (scrap)
  • Patterned Paper: Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening stripes
  • Stamps: Dot Spot
  • Ink: Summer Sunrise, Spiced Marmalade Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Dies: Thanks (MFT), Stitched Speech Bubble border (MFT)
  • Accessories:  random sequins, clear bubble

Birthday Card for Mom

I was so excited to have made my mother a birthday card this year! I sat down and knocked off two birthday cards at once, something that I haven't done in ages!

When I discovered that Lisa Johnson had created a Forget-Me-Not set for My Favorite Things, I had to have it! I specifically had my mother in mind for it, but when I sat down to create, I ended up using it primarily on the inside of the card.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Lemon Zest, Summer Sunrise
  • Patterned Paper: Spring Rain
  • Stamps: Around & About Sentiments, 2012 Birthday Tags, Forget Me Not (MFT)
  • Ink: Summer Sunrise, Soft Stone, Blueberry Sky, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening
  • Dies: Sun Ray (MFT), Button Quartet (MFT), Cloud Border (Taylored Expressions)
  • Accessories: Sheer White Polka Dot ribbon

Happy Birthday

I'm on a papercrafting roll!

My friend's birthday was yesterday, and she loves teals and purples.

It's a little busy, yet fun!

I used the die-cut inside a die-cut-out method. This is my first zipper card and it ripped halfway through before the paper broke off. I'm guess it's due to the lighter weight patterned paper rather than thicker cardstock.

The only stamp on here is the little "Pull Here!"

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, white
  • Patterned Paper: By the Numbers
  • Stamps: Movers & Shakers Sentiments
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate
  • Dies: Wonderful Words, Wonderful Words: Birthday, Movers & Shakers: Zippers
  • Other Tools: white gel pen


I was so tickled when Papertrey came out with the Love You to Pieces collection to create the cutest little 3D puzzle punch-outs! They are somewhat labor-intensive but fun and worth the effort.

Since I wanted to limit the number of these that I had to produce, I made them for my youngest daughter's unusually small class size:  5 girls and 11 boys.

For the girls:

For the boys:

Here are the envelopes I decorated:

Once folded up:

Once it is opened:

Hope the kids had fun with them!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Coasters
  • Patterned Paper: Love You to Pieces envelope wraps
  • Stamps: Love You to Pieces: Fox, Love You to Pieces: Airplane, Love You to Pieces Additions
  • Ink: Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening, Ocean Tides, Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Love You to Pieces: Fox, Love You to Pieces: Airplane, Envelope Zipper
  • Accessories:
  • Other Tools: