Christmas Countdown!

“Christmas countdown; digital or paper?”

This is a 3×3 gift card that I received in a convention swap. I do not have the creator’s info…but if it is yours and would like credit…just let me know!

I just realized that we only have 25 more days until Christmas! Thanksgiving was late this year and the implications of that have just now hit me! While I love playing in the digital world (think mobile apps, software, etc.) I am still a big fan of retaining old traditions like handmade with love and paper, etc.

The following project is from the Stampin’ Up Blog and is an easy way to honor an old tradition:















If you need your digital fix…there is an app for that, too! There are a plethera of Christmas Countdown apps to help keep you on track for Christmas (although I don’t think it would be as fun as the one above)! 

Do you have a special way you’ll be counting down the days to Christmas? 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie

I love all the Thanksgiving traditions; setting aside time to reflect and count our blessings, and the family gatherings where we feast on great food! It is so easy to fall into the bad habit of taking all of these things for granted in the daily grind of life! May the spirit of Thanksgiving be in your life everyday and your heart filled with gratitude! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

This flip card was created by yours truly and one of the cards we did in my Harvest of Thanks class! I am in love with the extended flip cards! The top photo is with the card closed and the belly band on, the bottom photo is with the card flipped open and the belly band off.

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

HARVEST OF THANKS CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 131739
 
SWEATER WEATHER DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Item: 132184
 
SAHARA SAND 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 121043
 
EARLY ESPRESSO 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 119686
 
EARLY ESPRESSO STAMPIN WRITE MARKER
Item: 119680
 
SAHARA SAND CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126976
 
BRIGHTS STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS
Item: 131259
 
TANGERINE TANGO CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126946
 
EARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126974
 
EPIC DAY THIS AND THAT DESIGNER WASHI TAPE
Item: 131269
 
TANGERINE TANGO 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 111349
 
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
LABEL CARD THINLITS DIE
Item: 133479
 
1-3/4 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119850
 
1-3/8 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119860
 
SMALL OVAL PUNCH
Item: 120908
 
BITTY BANNERS FRAMELITS DIE
Item: 129267
 
NEUTRALS DESIGNER BUTTONS
Item: 130031
 
STYLISH STRIPES TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 132174
 

Greetings of the Season

Handmade Christmas Card

“Greetings of the Season.”

This lovely swap card was created by Kendra Richardson. It has a quite a few layers and yet each layer is simple keeping the layout unfussy and classy.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

EVERGREEN CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 127973
 
GREETINGS OF THE SEASON CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 128033
 
CRUMB CAKE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 120953
 
OLD OLIVE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100702
 
CHOCOLATE CHIP 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 102128
 
NATURALS IVORY 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101849
 
SEASON OF STYLE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK
Item: 132181
 
CHERRY COBBLER CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126966
 
ALWAYS ARTICHOKE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126972
 
DAZZLING DETAILS
Item: 124117
 
OVALS COLLECTION FRAMELITS DIES
Item: 129381
 

The Christmas Cardinal

Legend of the Cardinal

“A card of legends.”

The Cardinal is called the “Christmas Bird” for its spectacular red color. Legend says that the Cardinal is the symbol of beauty and warmth of the holiday season. A glimpse of this brilliant bird brings cheer, hope and inspiration on a gray, cold, snowy, wintry day. This is nature’s reminder for us to focus on our faith; the Cardinal’s scarlet plumage represents the blood of Christ shed for the redemption of mankind. This lovely swap card created by Olive Barnes is a wonderful representation of the legend on paper.

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

Peace on Earth

Festive Flurries Stampin' Up!

“Soothing color combo evokes the feeling of peace.”

This gorgeous card is a convention swap created by Renee Thompson.  The color combo of Pool Party and Smokey Slate is very soothing and evokes a feeling of peacefulness and calm.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

FESTIVE FLURRY CLEAR-MOUNT BUNDLE
Item: 133285
 
GREETINGS OF THE SEASON CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 128033
 
POOL PARTY 8-1/2 X 11 CARD STOCK
Item: 122924
 
POOL PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126982
 
SMOKY SLATE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131202
 
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
$8.50  
REMOVE
$8.50
VERSAMARK PAD
Item: 102283
 
SILVER STAMPIN’ EMBOSS POWDER
Item: 109131
 
LARGE RHINESTONE BASIC JEWELS
Item: 129324
 
EXTRA-LARGE OVAL PUNCH
Item: 119859
 
PERFECT POLKA DOTS TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER DIE
Item: 117335
 
WHISPER WHITE 3/8 INCH TAFFETA RIBBON
Item: 109070
 

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Handmade Christmas Card

“I have a Holly Jolly Christmas earworm!”

Every once in awhile I participate in a by invitation only swap. The ladies that are in this group do fantastic work! The October swap was for holiday cards so I decided to participate since I had the time. Boy am I ever glad I did! You will be too because I will be sharing all of the awesome swaps with you! This first one that I am sharing today was created by Marci Long. This is a beautiful card with lots of fine little details! And…I now have a Burl Ives earworm! lol!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

TAGS 4 YOU CLEAR-MOUNT BUNDLE
Item: 133294
DECO LABELS COLLECTION FRAMELITS DIES
Item: 130102
CHERRY COBBLER 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 119685
CHERRY COBBLER STAMPIN WRITE MARKER
Item: 119681
PETALS-A-PLENTY TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER DIE
Item: 116824
SILVER GLIMMER PAPER
Item: 124005
SEASON OF STYLE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK
Item: 132181

Wetlands Card Making Class Kit

Wetlands Card Making Class Tutorial

Wetlands card making class is now available to purchase as a kit!

Please note: This card is not part of the class. It is a convention swap that I am sharing with you to provide another idea for this fantastic stamp set!

This lovely sketched set imbues the peacefulness of the great outdoors. Includes three sentiments for several different occasions.

This class features:

  • Basic WOW to Specialty
  • Masking Tape Technique
  • Tent Card with Circle Thinlit
  • Scenic Sponging
The kit includes:

  • Pre-cut card stock for 4 cards
  • Embellishments for 4 cards
  • Supply Lists for 4 cards
  • Step by Step Directions for 4 cards
  • Photo of each card (4 photos)
The kit does not include Stamps, Accessories, or inks! (No images are pre-stamped)
The Kit price options include standard mail or priority mail. Or, you can purchase the tutorials only (which includes the supply lists).
Links to the tutorials and supply lists will be made available to you immediately upon payment. Kits will come to you via standard or priority mail depending on which option you chose.

Wetlands Class Options

A Simple Christmas

Evergreen, More Merry Messages, Stampin' Up!

“Christmas came from humble beginnings.”

I love the simplicity of this Christmas card! It reminds me of the humble origins of Christmas. New parents, a babe in a manger, lowly shepherds, and three wise kings who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh; gifts that I am sure provided a means to take of a brand new baby in a strange land far away from home. This image is a far cry of the glitz, glimmer, and excess of Christmas today. While I love holiday decor and I put up my fair share of it, there are times I find myself longing for stark simplicity. While I find it hard to verbally convey the simplicity that I yearn for – this convention swap (creative origins unknown) depicts it perfectly!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

EVERGREEN CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 127973
 
MORE MERRY MESSAGES CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 126402
 
NIGHT OF NAVY 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100867
 
NIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126970
 
SMOKY SLATE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131202
 
SMOKY SLATE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131179
 
STYLISH STRIPES TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 132174
 
APOTHECARY ACCENTS FRAMELITS DIES
Item: 127003
 

Happy Thanks Giving

Tags 4 You

“A 3×3 makes a perfect place card.”

This simple little 3×3 card is another convention swap of unknown creative origins! I think it would make a perfect place card!  I look at this card and think how neat it would be to have one at each place setting with a short handwritten note describing why you are thankful for that person. It would even be fun to have this at each place setting blank inside with a pen or pencil and have each person write about why they are thankful for person on their right and then give it to them. What a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition that would be!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

SUMMER STARFRUIT 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 126839
 
SUMMER STARFRUIT CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126991
 
SWEATER WEATHER DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Item: 132184
 
TAGS 4 YOU CLEAR-MOUNT BUNDLE
Item: 133294
 
VERY VANILLA 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101650
 
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246
 

Truly Grateful

Truly Grateful Stampin' Up!

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

I love this quote, and the simplicity of this card! This time of year people are doing daily posts to social media of all the things they are thankful for. I am thankful that we have a day set aside to help us focus on being thankful and full of gratitude. Life has a way of shattering our focus into millions of piercing little shards and filling us with anxiety. Gratitude puts everything back into focus. I am also thankful for all of our Veterans we owe them a great debt that gratitude can never repay. This is another convention swap without an ID, and as always, I am willing to give credit where credit is due if you contact me!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

TRULY GRATEFUL CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 131733 
SUMMER STARFRUIT 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 126839
SUMMER STARFRUIT CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126991
NEUTRALS CANDY DOTS
Item: 130934
CHOCOLATE CHIP CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126979
CAJUN CRAZE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 119684
CAJUN CRAZE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126965
STAMPING SPONGES
Item: 101610
2012-2014 IN COLOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK
Item: 130137
VERY VANILLA 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101650