Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 2018 Countless Christmas Card Samples Are Here!

I am SO sorry for the delay with this year's Countless Christmas Cards samples.  I have been recovering from an emergency appendectomy and it has been a real struggle to get everything done.  So, I would like to thank everyone for all their help the last few weeks as well as everyone being so patient with me needing to reschedule events and with getting out this year's Countless Christmas Cards!  

So, in case you are new or need a refresher about how Countless Christmas Cards works here it is!


Get in the holiday spirit with this Stamp Pad tradition! Come make as many cards as you like for ONLY $2 each! I will have six terrific card designs you can choose from this year. You choose which ones and how many you make of each.

Thirteenth Annual Countless Christmas Cards Dates & Times:
Sunday November 11th, 2:00 to 5:00pm  (please note that this was originally scheduled for November 4th.
Thursday, November 15th 6:00 to 9:00pm
Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00 to 5:00pm
Thuesday, December 4th, 6:00 to 9:00pm

Please note that if you cannot attend one of the scheduled dates and times let me know. You can work on them during any of my Crop With What You've Got events or we can schedule a time that works with your schedule.

The ONLY rule for Countless Christmas Cards is that you MUST register for the November events by November 7th and for December events by December 1st. To register simply email me how many and which cards you wish to make.  As always you are welcome to change the phrases and tweak the cards to make them your own unique creation!
Designer Series Paper and embellishments may vary due to packaging.

Feel free to bring your own envelopes and stamp them to match your cards!

Your own adhesive is a MUST. This includes SNAIL, glue dots and Dimensionals.  If  you need any of these supplies 
please let me know when  you register.  I will order them and package them with your card kit.  All other supplies will be provided.

And now here are this year's Countless Christmas Card samples.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

#1  Beautiful Blizzard - Please note that you may change the colors on this card.  

#2  Winter Woods - Ths card will have some variation due to DSP packaging

#3  Blended Season - This card was so popular at my Christmas in July it had to make a comeback!  Ths card will have some variation due to DSP packaging

#4  Christmas Traditions - Ths card will have some variation due to DSP packaging

#5  Winter Woods Pine Tree - Ths card will have some variation due to DSP packaging

#6  Wishing You Well Christmas Wreath - You will be making your own DSP using the Buffalo Check stamp for this card!

I will be posting ONE additional card sample using the Merry Christmas to All Bundle by Monday, November 5th, so don't forget to check back for it!

Please let me know if you have questions and don't forget that there are ONLY 6 spots at each event, so contact me TODAY to reserve yours!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

NC Demos October 2018 Blog Hop - Three Takes on Wishing You Well

Welcome to this month's NC Demos Blog Hop.  If you have already stopped by Jo Anne's post, you already know our thiem this month is take three,  and I know you say something you have to add to your list to try.

So, what is the deal with take three if you are just joining us.  Well, ​I have lots of customers ask me how I decide on my must have stamp sets or bundles. My reply is always the same. You want to be able to do three different things with it. So, you can use it for three different holidays or occasions. Do three different techniques or use it for three different kinds of project like a tag or gift bag, a card or a home decor or 3D item.

One of the stamp sets I think is perfect for a new stamper or someone who really wants to get a lot out of a set is the Wishing You Well stamp set found in this year's Holiday Catalog.  I loved it so much it was the featured set for my October Cute Cards Quick.  W
e made ten total cards with it for card giving all year long.  So I actually got four seasons not just three occasions out of it which makes it a winner in my book!  

I will say that the Stamparatus is a MUST HAVE with this set.  It makes the two step stamping a no brainer and you can make a lot of these pretty cards quickly with it.  My group actually made all ten cards in two hours and four minutes which is an all time record for Cute Cards Quick!
All the cards started with pretty much the same measurements and are all basic stamping.  We did add Copper Shimmer Paint to the fall weath card which everyone loved.

  • The cardbases are all 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2 inches
  • The squares for the flowers and the Christmas wreath are all 3 x 4 
  • The Pear Pizzazz & Granny Apple Green layers on the flower cards are all 3 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • The DSP on the Christmas wreath card is 1 x 4
  • The Merry Melot piece on the Fall card is 3 x 4 and the Nature's Poem DSP is 4 1/4 x 2
My advice as always if you are trying to make a lot of cards at one time is to do all of your cutting including die cutting and embossing.  Then stamp and assemble.  

Thank you SO much for letting me share my Take Three (or Four) cards wtih you.  I hope this helps you decide which stamp sets you must add to your collection.

I am off to check out what Sue Root has for us this month.  You should come along!  I know it will be wonderful!

Please let me know if you have questions or need to order supplies for an upcoming project.  I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

Blog Hoppers
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Sue Root -
Anita Trippi -

Product List
Big Shot
Glue Dots

Saturday, October 20, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas - Winter Woods

Hi there!  If you have been waiting all week for the next Chrstmas Card sample for the 12 of Weeks of Christmas campaign I want to apologize.  I had a VERY exciting week starting with an emergency appendectomy last Sunday evening.  I am recovering, but it has been a VERY slow process and you really don't wait to see what I might have come up with for projects or posts while in terrible pain and/or on pain meds.  It might have been interesting, but it might also have been a disaster!  So, better late than nver is this week's sample using the Winter Woods stamp set.

If you are in the Raleigh area and want to attend one of my Countless Christmas Cards events this is one of the samples from which you may choose this year.  Look for more Countless Christmas Card Samples coming soon!

If you don't live close enough to come stamp with me and want to make this serene Christmas card all of the details are below.  If you have questons, need help or want to order any of the supplies I used please contact me.  I would be happy to help you!

All images © 1990-2018 Stampin’ Up!®
Stamp sets: Winter Woods (147558)
Ink pads: Early Espresso (147114)
Paper: Mossy Meadow (133676), Very Vanilla Thick (144237), Very Vanilla (101650) All is Bright Designer Series Paper (147892)
Other: Big Shot (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF (143708), Sponge Daubers (141822) Stampin’ Spritzers (125185), Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine (147888), ¼” Copper Trim (144179), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

  • Very Vanilla Thick 4 ¼ x 11, score at 51/2
  • Mossy Meadow 4 x 5 ½
  • All is Bright DSP 4 x 4 1/4
  • Very Vanilla 1 1/8 x 3
  • Copper Trim 5 inches
  • Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine (Cherry Cobbler) 9 inches
  1. Cut all cardstock, DSP, twine and trim.
  2. Score and fold the Very Vanilla cardbase.
  3. Spritz the piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock with waterd and run it through the Big Shot.  Set it aside to dry.
  4. Starting off the left side edge of the All is Bright DSP stamp the trees from the Winter Woods stamp set twice in Early Espresso ink. Be sure to go off the right side edge as well.  Tear the bottom edge of the DSP and use a Sponge Dauber and Early Espresso
  5. Stamp the greeting  on the Very Vanilla piece of cardstock in Early Espresso, then run it through the Shot using the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Use the Magnetic Platform to hold everything in place.
  6. Use a Sponge Dauber and Early Espresso ink to distress the Vanilla cardstock.
  7. Attach the Mossy Meadow cardstock  to the Very Vanilla cardbase using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then attach the All Bright piece onto the Mossy Meadow one also using Stampin’ Dimesionals.
  8. Pull the sides of Copper trim until you like it then attach with a little Tear & Tape on each end.
  9. Fold the Cherry Cobbler Cotton Trim into thirds and attach to the back of the piece of Very Vanilla, stamped with the greeting) using Tear & Tape.  Cut the loops of the Cherry Cobbler Twine and then pull them apart to get the frayed look.  Peal the backing off the Tear & Tape and attach it to your card.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, October 12, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas - Beautiful Blizzard Card

As promised I am sharing the second card for the 12 Week's of Christmss.  i am very excited becuase it uses the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle which I just got and have only had a few minutes to play with so far. I know you are going to love it!  Here are all the details for this card:

Beautiful Blizzard Season's Greeting Card
All images © Stampin’ Up!®

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Beautiful Blizzard Bundle (149922 wood; 149921 clear)
  • PAPER – Shimmery White Cardstock (101910), Whisper White Thick Cardstock (140272), Balmy Blue Cardstock (146982)
  • INK – Night of Navy (147110)
  • OTHER – Big Shot (143263), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Take Your Pick Tool (144107), Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets (147801), Silver Metallic Thread (138402), Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046), Sponge Daubers (133773), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Snail Adhesive (104332)
Cutting & Scoring: 
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock - 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Balmy Blue Card Front – 3” x 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White Card Front Layer – 2 ¾” x 4”
  • Balmy Blue Banner – ⅜” x 5 ¾”
  • Adhere the Whisper White card front layer to the Balmy Blue Card Front layer then adhere to the Whisper White Thick card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Die Cut the Snowflakes using the Blizzards Thinlits Die from the Shimmery White Cardstock.
  • Adhere six Snowflakes with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to the card front.
  • Ink up the Season’s Greetings sentiment with Night of Navy Ink then using your sponge dauber add Frost White Shimmer Paint to the stamp over the Night of Navy Ink. Stamp the banner. NOTE: You may want to stamp the sentiment on a large sheet of Balmy Blue then trim it down to size.
  • Punch the ends of the banner with the Banner Triple Punch, attach Silver Metallic Thread to the back of the banner and adhere to the card front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finish the card by adding the Clear Epoxy Droplets in the center of each snowflake.
  • Enjoy

Please let me know if you have questions about creating this card or if you MUST add the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle to your stamping stash.  I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SUO Challenge

Hey there!  Welcome to this week's SUO Challenge!  This week is all about showcasing the Holiday Catalog!  I love this catalog!  There are SO many wonderful products!  I know lots of the group are sharing Christmas cards this week, but since I am sharing two Christmas cards with you this week during the 12 Weeks of Christmas group I thought I would share my favorite thank you card of the moment which features the Falling for Leaves Bundle.  

Okay, I am going to be honest.  This was NOT my favorite Holiday Catty set on first glance.  I even told my downline that I would not be ordering it. Well, that didn't lst long after I saw all the fabulous samples and ideas that are out there using it.  Now I am kicking myself for not ordering it sooner!

This card was SO quick and easy!  Here are the measurements:
Very Vanilla Thick cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2
Wood Textures DSP 3 x 3
Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine 9 Inches
Scrap of Crushed Curry to die cut your leaf

Once I cut all my paper I used my Stamparatus to stamp my greeting in Early Espresso.  Then using my second plate I used the Hinge Technique to stamp my leaves.  Once this was done I was able to assemble my card in just a few minutes.  It was that simple!

So, my post is short and sweet this week, but there is still more to see at the SUO Challenge page!  Don't forget to check out what the other members of our group and created and share your own projects with us!  We love to see what you are doing!

Thank you for stopping by.  Please let me know if you have questions or need help ordering the supplies to make this fun and easy card.  I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

Product List

Monday, October 8, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas - It's Better Together!

Hello and welcome to my first 12 Weeks of Christmas post!  I am working with a very talented group of fellow demonstrators to share some fun ideas with you over the next twelve weeks to help inspire your Christmas cards, tags and bags and even give you some ideas for Christmas gift giving!  Not only will I be sharing a sample project with you, but will give you the full supply list, measurements and step by step insturctions for making each project!  How awesome is that!

Please note that due to my crazy travel schedule we are already in week two of the twelve weeks, so come eback and visit Friday for a second card sample this week!

So, here is the first week's card featuring the Better Together stamp set.  

All images © 1990-2018 Stampin’ Up!®

Stamp sets: Better Together (141736)
Stampin’ Write Markers: Mossy Meadow (147158), Cherry Cobbler (147155)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045),  Mossy Meadow (133676), Festive Farmhouse designer series paper (147820)
Other: SNAIL adhesive (104332), Big Shot (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Layering Ovals framelits (141706), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Metallics Sequins (144214), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

  •    Whisper White: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”; 3” x 4”
  •    Basic Black: 1 1/4” x 4 1/4”; 7/8” x 6/8”
  •    Mossy Meadow: 1” x 4 1/4”
  •    Festive Farmhouse paper: 5 1/2” x 4 1/4”

  1. Fold Whisper White card stock to create card base.
  2. Attach Festive Farmhouse layer to card base using SNAIL adhesive.
  3. Ink Merry Christmas and longer phrase using Mossy Meadow marker and stamp onto Whisper White layer. Ink star using Cherry Cobbler marker and stamp above Merry Christmas phrase.
  4. Attach Basic Black tree trunk under phrases using SNAIL adhesive.
  5. Die-cut Christmas tree phrase using Layering Ovals framelits.
  6. Attach Mossy Meadow strip to Basic Black strip and then to card front using SNAIL adhesive. Attach Christmas Tree oval using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Add two white metallic star sequins using Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
Thank you for letting me share this great card with you.  If you have any questions please contact me.  I would love to help you create this card or order supplies for any of your other holiday projects!

Don't forget to pop back in on Friday for another awesome Christmas card sample!

Happy Stamping!