I’m Dreaming of a Violet Christmas

While red and green are tried and true Christmas colors, we also like to use glittery gold and silver on our holiday cards!

Another color family that is less common but especially lovely for Christmas are the various shades of purple, especially when combined with some sparkly Silver Glimmer Paper like this one:

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Created by Denise Waddell, inspired by Claudia Perry.

Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder card stock, ink and ribbon, the Softly Falling embossing folder, and the soon-to-be retired Happy Scenes stamp set from the Holiday catalog make a simple and attractive seasonal card.

Purple Peace Bird

Here’s a card that I made a few years ago with the Comfort & Joy stamp set, Concord Crush card stock and ink, and the Tulip Frame embossing folder, all retired now. However, you can still get the White Vellum and Shimmery White card stocks that I used here, both wonderful materials to work with!

Here are some of the products used in both of the “Dreaming of a Violet Christmas”cards featured:

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“Bright Spirits” – Weekly Deals – Tues. Dec. 1st thru Mon. Dec. 7th, 2015

The Weekly Deals have been announced and once again I’ve challenged myself to make a project with as many sale items as possible! The result is this Making Spirits Bright card:

Spirits Bright

The products on sale through Monday, December 7th are the Happy Heart embossing folder, Gold Glimmer paper and Mint Macaron Classic ink pad, all of which are detailed at the bottom of this page.

Spirits Bright Detail

As you can see, hearts can make a great graphic background, and are not just for Valentine’s Day!

Other materials that I used on this card include the Among the Branches stamp set, Mint Macaron and Whisper White card stock, Very Vanilla Satin 7/8″ and Gold 1/8″ ribbons, Gold Sequin trim, 2″ Circle and 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punches, Fast Fuse, Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Dimensionals, all of which can be searched by clicking on the Annual Catalog icon to the right.

Here are all of the Weekly Deals, available through Dec. 7th. Click on any picture to go right to my online store for more information:


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Lovely Lighthearted Leaves

I had dinner with a friend and higher-up in the company the other night; Denise Waddell has been a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! for 25+ years! While we chatted and shared a light meal at Panera Bread we also shared some of our recent project ideas with each other.

Denise Lighthearted Leaves

I love this card that she made with the Lighthearted Leaves set. It’s got so much to catch the eye with colors, textures, patterns, and embellishments!

As I mentioned in an earlier post most of the products in the Holiday catalog are retiring and will now only be available “while supplies last.” They include the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and these Into the Woods suite products: Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon, and Wood Elements.

Here is everything that Denise used on her lovely Lighthearted Leaves card. Click on any picture to order (keeping in mind those items that are now in limited supply!)


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Goodbye, Adieu…to Holiday Stamps!


While some items will be carrying over to the Spring Occasions sales period, most of the stamps and products in the Holiday Catalog will be retiring soon! They will only be available, while supplies last, through January 4, 2016. To view the Holiday catalog, click the image on the right sidebar, or call or email me for your own copy. Contact me also for information on availability of specific products!

In the meantime, here’s a Thanksgiving Banner project that you can make with the retiring Thankful Forest Friends set. All materials used are listed below:


While retiring products such as the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper and accessories like the wooden Elements used here will be “while supplies last,” all retiring stamp sets will be manufactured through December 28th for your convenience.

Products used in the Give Thanks Banner: (first three are retiring – order early!)


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Teenage Cat Lovers

When my husband and I first started teaching the 5- and 6-year-olds at church eight years ago, little did we know that we would start a relationship with a couple of twin sisters that would blossom into a great friendship that has endured as the girls have grown. Maybe it was because they found out that they shared a birthday with my husband, Reggie (November 5th.) Or maybe it was because Rachel and Reggie have the same quirky sense of humor. Or maybe they just appreciated that he always let the kids take off their shoes in class, saying “Free feet are happy feet!” (three hours of church is a long time for little kids!)

Rachel and Ariel 13th Bday

Rachel and Ariel at the airport for their surprise birthday trip to visit their siblings at college.

Whatever the reason, one thing I do know is that we all share a love of cats, and even though the girls just celebrated their 13th birthdays, cats are still an important topic of conversation and interest when we get together!

I wanted to make a couple of special cards for their birthdays this year, to commemorate this important milestone in their lives:

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I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies from the Holiday Catalog to cut windows in the cards, but then added kitties peeking out, and inside a selection of pastries with coordinating sentiments:

If you are what you eat, eat something cute!


This is no day for “just a sliver”!

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Oh, and when the girls came over to get their cards and gifts from us, they had a special birthday gift for Reggie and me too, painted by Rachel:


How appropriate!

Over the River and Through the Woods

“Over the river and through the woods,

To Grandmother’s house we go;

The horse knows the way, to carry the sleigh,

Through the white and drifted snow!

Traditional Children’s Thanksgiving Song

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Although I live in California once again, as the seasons change nostalgia fills my memory for those traditional scenes of New England winter holidays. I was 17 when my family moved from California to Vermont, and the first snow flurries of the year scattered about as we settled into our new home in mid-October. A couple of months later, I was rudely awakened in the dead of night by what sounded like a loud collision on the road outside my bedroom window! It was my first introduction to the scraping and clattering of a municipal snow plow rumbling by. I learned to feel safe and cozy when I heard that sound, because it meant that someone was out there, clearing our roads so that life could go on as usual the next day.

This card, constructed with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, reminds me of a Currier & Ives lithograph – a traditional, comforting past.

Happy Winter 4Let it snow

“Let it snow…” is the sentiment inside; I know from experience that six months of snow each year is not for the faint of heart, but the idea of a white Christmas still sets the heart to longing!

These are the tools and materials that I used to make my Happy Winter card, several from the new Holiday Catalog. Click on any picture for more information:

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Silent Night Star

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I’ve been working with the new Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies from the Holiday catalog and decided to combine them with the Star Framelits for a different look. I also used the coordinating Jingle All the Way stamp set and the Softly Falling embossing folder, and everything worked together so nicely. I used several layers of foam Dimensionals to give it extra depth.

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I stamped the sentiment and the snowflakes in the sky with white craft ink, and as I told Lynne over at the Adorn blog, I thought I was done, but then later that day I saw her “Jack Frost” post and the star card that she had made. All of the glitter and sparkles on her lovely card inspired me to add some Dazzling Details glitter glue to my white snowflakes, and here is the result:

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Check out Lynne’s card here. As you can see, even though our handcrafted pieces may be quite different, we can still be influenced in positive ways by our friends in the paper arts!

Here are the products that I used to make the Silent Night Star card:

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Rabbit, Rabbit!

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Happy November 1st!

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Products used in my Rabbit, Rabbit card, some from the Holiday Catalog:

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Redesign and Restyle a Holiday Card!

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Last year one of the sets that I used for my Christmas cards was Endless Wishes, now retired, which had several snowflake images and some mix and match words to design the sentiments (see the card on the right.) Happily, as I was going through my paper stash today I found a baggie with some extra cut materials to make more of those cards:

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The Whisper White cards were already folded, the Lost Lagoon panels were cut to size and the oval scallops were already punched out of Rich Razzleberry card stock! I could have easily made up more cards just like these, but I decided to try something different with these pieces, using a current set from this year’s Holiday catalog:

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I have been getting a lot of use from my Happy Scenes photopolymer set this year, and it worked nicely using the card in a horizontal landscape orientation rather than the vertical portrait style. I used a few more rhinestones, sponged the edges of the panel with Lost Lagoon ink and popped the scalloped sentiment piece up on foam Dimensionals for more depth.

Restyling a design from a previous year’s Christmas card can be a time saver at a busy time of the year!

Here are the supplies that I used to make this very quick and easy Happy Scenes card:

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“Angels Warm Your Heart” – Weekly Deals – Tues. Oct. 20th thru Mon. Oct. 26th, 2015

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It’s time for Weekly Deals and a highlight of one of the special products that you can get at a 25% savings for one week! This time it’s the Bow Builder Punch, but instead of a traditional bow to decorate our package, we’ve made a sweet angel ornament with the punched pieces to convey the message that the recipient is an angel who warms your heart!

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I also embossed the Whisper White pieces with the Softly Falling embossing folder on page 24 of the Holiday catalog, and used the Hearts Border Punch and Circle dies with Gold Glimmer Paper for the hearts and halo. It  was easy to stick everything together with Glue Dots. The sentiment in Blackberry Bliss is from the Sheltering Tree set – oh, wait, that’s on sale this week too, along with every other stamp set (thru Friday the 23rd!) Check my post about all stamps on sale for 15% off here:

All of the Weekly Deals through Monday, October 26th are listed below. Click on any picture for more information or to order:

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