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What do you do when your Christmas die order shows up after Christmas?

Honey Bee stamps brought out a couple of dies in their Christmas release that I loved from the moment I saw them. Unfortunately, my order did not arrive until after Christmas. I did not want to store them away in my Christmas die box without ever having used them.

Jennifer McGuire had done a tutorial where she had used both of the dies I ordered on one card. I always get inspiration from Jennifer, but this time I also used the exact technique that she used on her cards, as I just loved it. Then, to top it all off, I also used part of her advice on how to continue to get JOY out of creating. Jennifer has always advised viewers to think of five different uses for a stamp or die set before purchasing either. That way, you are more likely to get good use of the product and less likely to have buyer’s remorse. It was a good time to put this advice into action, rather than just filing these dies away.

There is no doubt that the Layering Vintage Labels are meant to be a staple in one’s craft room, so that part was easy. Using the Winter Village set in different ways, was more of a challenge. I ended up with both a summer and a winter wedding card, a congrats on your new home card, a Christmas card, and Valentine’s card. Here is what I ended up making.

The background is stitched vellum and the back of most of the cards is open as shown below.

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Fall/Winter 2020 day 8 Card # 2

This might be my last card due to time constraints. I do have another idea forming in my head so you never know.

Again a product was the inspiration for my card. The trifold background on the card is provided by a die called Anja’s Gate from Marianne Designs. I had already made four different sample cards for the Scrapendipity store with everything from a forest scene to a Christmas scene using this die, so I thought why not a Coffee scene.

One of the dies slipped a bit and is misaligned. Usually this is enough to send it to the big round file, but I have some things I have to get done and so I used it anyway.

Overall, it turned out well. The back of each of the screens is wide enough to hold a coffee card, so this might become someone’s Christmas present.


T Shirt Time

T-Shirts in my closet come in different sizes.  This comes in handy because with the “Stay at Home” thing going on and the constant access to food, I never know which one is going to fit on any given day.  To my surprise, I have found out that Hero Arts Infinity T-Shirt die set is very handy for the same reason.  You just never know what size you need and sometimes you need two sizes on the same card.

I paired these cute T-Shirts up with the Braided Circle Slimline die from Pinkfresh Studios and some Tie dye like paper from Brutus Monroe to create this card.  I couldn’t find a sentiment in my stash that worked so I created one on my Cameo and printed it out. Take a look:





My Monthly Hero Kit June 2020

Just a quick post to show a card that I did with the Aurora Borealis stamp that was in the kit.  I admit I had a fear of failure with this one and was afraid to start on it.  In the end, it did turn out well and is much more beautiful in real life than in this picture as it is totally sparkly and has a glow that I can’t seem to capture in photography.


A Little Late to the Party

Before I left for the winter in Phoenix, I had ordered the Bee Bundle from Stampin Up.   The bundle was waiting for me when I hastily returned early due to Covid-19.  I can say that the bee designer paper from this bundle,  is my all-time favourite from Stampin Up.

The stamp and die set was sitting in my “New” drawer screaming to come out and play.  I know I am very late to the party as the new 20-21 catalogue is now out, but I still wanted to see what I could do with this set.  The not late to the party part is that I designed a slimline card which is taking cardmaking by storm right now, and I used a brand new slimline wonky stitches die by Trinity stamps.

I had a tough time deciding which of the designer papers to use, so I set about making a second card so that I could use more paper and elements.  It is unusual that I have actually cut into this paper without having a second collection to hoard.


Wild Whisper 6 Feet Apart

It was Christmas in the Debbie drawer at work.  I even tried to disguise the bag from myself, when bringing it into my craft room Yes, there was that much.  I didn’t actually realize how much I had ordered when everything was held up due to Covid-19.  Well, it is all arriving now.

One of the most anticipated arrivals was the 6 Feet Apart Collection from Wild Whisper.  This collection is just brimming with great images and clever sentiments.

The idea I had with this card was to make the elements recyclable.  I wanted to be able to make a sample card for the store, but I also wanted these great images for a scrapbook layout later when I document what a wonderful year 2020 was…………NOT!   By putting the elements on a slimline tag from Pinkfresh Studios, I can just cut off the front of the card at a later date and add it to a Covid-19 layout…………..easy peasy.


Spring Card Camp 2 Day 9

I knew there was going to be trouble today.  The theme of the tutorial by Daniel West was to let your imagination wander and envision your stamps/dies/stencils in a totally different way.  This is precisely what I like to do with my supplies, but it is this very methodology that turns what should be a 10-minute card into a 4-hour card.  The funny thing was that even though I like to do this re-imagining of stamps and dies, I drew a complete blank at first.  When I finally thought of something, I said to myself…………don’t do it…………… is too stupid and “out there”.  So of course, I set about doing exactly that.  I don’t know if the card “works” but I think there is an “E” for effort in there somewhere.

I will show you first the two dies that I started out with.  Take a moment to guess what I transformed them into.



Now you can see the finished product.  So ok, I know it is a stretch……………..Glass Catfish in an aquarium.  It is my imagination and so I can do what I want with it.  The one outstanding problem with this project is that I put so much clear glaze over the fish (Pico Embellisher), that it is unlikely to dry any time today. That is ok though as my newly acquired Spring Card Camp friend Sue Ellen says…………..drying time doesn’t count when determining how long a card takes to make.


I took about 10 pictures trying to get one that sort of reflected the transparent glisten of the fish.  This was the best of the lot, taken in bright sunshine while the card was sitting on my partner’s jeep tire. I know I need to get some proper photography backgrounds

Winter Floral

When I was in Phoenix, I wanted to do a class where we used the Winter Floral background stamp with the Winter Floral stencil and Winter Foliage die from Simon Says Stamp.  This is a holiday stamp but a change of colour scheme is all that is needed to make it work all year round.  My dilemma was how to have everyone in the class working at the same time, using the same stamp/die and stencil.  In preparation,  I made several samples using different techniques to see how I could have everyone doing something different with the same pre-stamped background.  That worked out pretty well, but the wheels fell off the world before I got to do the class.  I have decided that I would post the different techniques here in today’s post.


  1. GLITTER PASTE.  Stamp background.  Apply the Layered Winter Floral Stencils and colour with a sponge dauber or blending brush.  Apply iridescent glitter paste to the “petals” stencil and let dry. Add the Thank you sentiment to the matching shadow die.  Add a mat in the same colour as the shadow die-cut and apply to a card base.  Add some Nuvo drops to the flower centres and berries.IMG_1820
  2. FLOCKING. Stamp background in black ink.  Apply Thermoweb Transfer Gel duo to the petals through the stencil. Remove stencil promptly and let dry.  Apply Rina K Flock transfer sheet to the petals when the Duo Gel is dry and transparent.  Run the background with the Flock transfer sheet (nice side up) through a laminator or a die cutting machine.  Peel up the transfer sheet revealing flocked flowers.  Add the Winter florals die cut and the Birthday Wishes sentiment and pop up on the card.  Add a black mat and adhere to a card base.  Add some white or iridescent pearls.  This card is 5.5 X 5.5 inches.IMG_1827
  3. BLACK/WHITE HEAT EMBOSSING.  Stamp background in black Versafine ink.  Add clear embossing powder and heat set.  Pop up the Winter Floral  die-cut,  cut out of white cardstock on to the cardfront.  Add versamark ink to the sentiment and cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.   Add the sentiment greeting to the circular die cut. Add iridescent gems and black Nuvo dropsIMG_1823
  4. Stamp background on watercolour cardstock.  Paint the scene using any watercolour media (I used Arteza brush markers).   Pop up the Winter Foliage die-cut,  cut out of white cardstock on to the card front and add the circular sentiment greeting. Spray the entire card front with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz.  Add some white pearls from Studio Katia.IMG_1824
  5. Stamp background on Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Use a dauber or Blending brush through the different layers of stencils.  Pop up the Winter Foliage die-cut,  cut out of white cardstock on to the card front and add the circular sentiment greeting. Spray the entire card front with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. Add some pink gems and green sequinsIMG_1821
  6. Stamp background on watercolour paper with Versafine black ink.  Cover with clear embossing powder immediately and heat set  Using Nuvo Shimmer Powders, sprinkle tiny amounts of the appropriate colours inside the embossed lines.  Spray generously with water to get the colour “exploding” and moving.  Die cut the Winter Foliage circle from Watercolour cardstock.  Add a small amount of Nuvo Shimmer Powder in any colour and spray with water.  When dry pop up the diecut and add the sentiment as before.  Add sequins that match the Nuvo Shimmer colours on the card front.IMG_1822
  7. Stamp the background stamp with Versamark ink on black watercolour cardstock (any black cardstock will work too)  Cover with silver embossing powder and heat set.  Paint the flowers using Altenew Metallic Watercolors.  Cut out the sentiment and shadow from black watercolour cardstock.  Paint the sentiment in Copper metallic ink.  Pop up and apply to the centre of the card. Apply the card front to a 5.5 X 5.5 card base.IMG_1826

So there you are…… techniques and none of them looks the least bit Christmasy even though it was intended as a holiday stamp.




Post from the Twilight Zone

It is incredibly hard to believe what has happened in this world since my last post.  From here on in, I am going to try and make this a Covid-19 free zone.  You have been told enough times to wash your hands and self-isolate.  I don’t think I need to remind you………….just do it.

I am so thankful for my little scrapbook/cardmaking hobby right now.  Not only is it fun and creative, but it is also accessible from the safety of my home.  As I have said to my friends, “I might just find out if I really do have a stash that will last a lifetime.”

Anyway, I thought I would post some layouts from my wonderful weekend trip to the Grand Canyon and the Grand Canyon Railroad.  It was the last major thing we did before the world as we knew it, stopped.  It was so much fun, and I will always be grateful to have been able to do it.

I just completed these two pages and had so much fun putting them together.  First of all, I was able to dust off my relatively new Cameo and cut out those cute railroad tracks.  I admit I was afraid to start on them.  I felt that if they didn’t cut well for whatever reason, that I would fall into an even blacker mood than I was already in  I am happy to report though, that they cut beautifully.

This layout is definitely  “out of order” from a time perspective.  When I scrapbook, I fancy myself as being like a movie director, who routinely shoots scenes out of order for various reasons ( Look at that, I managed to sound both British and pompous in one sentence, but I digress.)  On the train ride back, we were “robbed” by some outlaws for tips.  Yes, it was expected and corny as could be, but I had fun being in this little melodrama, and I had a lot of fun documenting it in this layout.  Take a look:

Rediscovering Foiling

I had brought my foiling supplies down to El Mirage, AZ when I dropped off my car in November, so I haven’t been able to do any foiling projects for quite a while.

I love the look of foiling, although the process can be nerve-wracking.   This time, however, the process, for the most part, went smoothly.   I found a relatively new foil plate and a nearly new frame foil plate in my stash that I wanted to use.  I also just got a gorgeous new foiling sentiment die set, designed by Yana Smakula that I wanted to put into action.  This sentiment set is unique in that the sentiment words are basically a single line stroke.  This makes the sentiment so dainty and elegant.

I was pretty happy with the results ( I must have been as I have a whole little bag of sentiments in every foil colour).  Anyway, Take a look.