Hanukkah card, Paper Players Challenge #224

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family.  We are definitely in the throws of the holiday season with Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s just ahead. We have some Jewish friends and each year I get down to the wire and don’t have a card for them and have to scrounge around and make something quick and spur of the moment.  This year, I’ve planned ahead and made a card specifically for Hanukkah for them.  I scoured the Internet (Pinterest) for ideas and there aren’t a whole lot out there that really caught my eye so  I took elements from various cards that  I found and came up with my own design. I think they will like it.  I also searched the Internet for verses for inside the card as I did not have any stamps with appropriate verses. Hanukkah is basically about peace and light so I used some glitter paper and my Cricut machine and came up with this card. I am also using this card for the Paper Players Tic Tac Toe challenge.

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In this challenge you pick three items either up and down, across, or diagonally (tic tac toe fashion) and make your card using those elements.  I chose Star, Die Cut, Glitter.  Here is my card (Click on the picture for a larger view):


Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Marina Mist
  • Glitter Paper
  • Stamps:   Delightful dozen, flourish stamp
  • Inks:  VersaMark, Midnight Muse (both ink pad and marker)
  • Embossing buddy
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Musical note embossing folder (Sizzix)
  • Cuttlebug or similar machine
  • Cricut machine to cut out Star
  • Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge
  • Ribbon, white
  • Adhesives:  Scrappy Tape (1/8″ and 1/2″), dimensionals, glue dots

Assembling the card: 

  1. First create a card that measures 5 1/2″ x  4 1/4″ out of the Midnight Muse cardstock.  Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measure 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  2. Next cut out the Star of David on the Cricut machine on the Marina Mist paper.  I cut it at 3 1/2″ (this is the outline of the star). Then on the glitter paper cut the Blackout of the Star of David also at 3 1/2″. Set aside.
  3. Next use the embossing buddy on the outline of the star.  Stamp the flourish randomly over the star in VersaMark ink.
  4. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the star, tap off excess, and heat emboss.
  5. Using the 1/8″ Scrappy Tape generously apply to the back of the blue star. The inside honeycomb shape was taped at the same time so that it was snug, plus it made it a little easier to apply the tape (for that part I used 1/2″ Scrappy Tape) I wanted to use the Scrappy Tape so I would get a good hold on the glitter paper.
  6. Using the Midnight Muse marker, I wrote out “Shalom” on the center of the star.  Attach the blue star to the glitter paper.  Set aside.
  7. Using the musical note  embossing folder, emboss one of the pieces of white cardstock, about 2/3 of the way across.  I left part of it not embossed for stamping the sentiment.
  8. Next attach the ribbon as shown.
  9. Stamp “Happy Hanukkah”  (from the Delightful Dozen stamp set).  Attach to card front.
  10. Then attach star  using dimensionals.
  11. For the inside of the card I found a sentiment I liked and typed it in MS Word and printed out on Whisper White cardstock in a blue ink that matched pretty closely to Midnight Muse then cut it down to 5 1/4″ x 4″ for the inside of the card.  The sentiment I used was:  “As you celebrate the Festival of Lights, may your home be bright with happiness and love.  Best wishes at Hanukkah and Happy New Year!”  Attach to the inside of the card.

That’s it!  This card is a little more involved than a lot of my cards but it’s a special card for a special couple. I am really excited about the card and am pleased with how it turned out.

Until next time, Happy Stamping!






Scrappy Tape

Hi everyone!

I just got an e-mail that Scrapbook Pal .com has their Cyber Monday sale starting now.  They have their Scrappy Tape on sale so if you were waiting for it to go on sale, now is the time to buy! Here are a couple pictures to help you find the product.

Scrappy Tape 1-inch   Scrappy Tape 1/4"

Here’s the link that was in my e-mail.


Just so you know, I have no connection to Scrapbookpal.com so I don’t get any kickbacks, etc., from them.  Just letting you know of a great deal.  I’m sure they will have lots of other fun items on sale too.

Happy Shopping!


Wine bottle art – Christmas

Hi all,

It’s beginning to feel (or maybe  even look) like Christmas where you are so I was inspired to make another wine bottle decoration.

Green bottle for Christmas 2014

Supplies you will need:

  • Green wine bottle
  • Red burlap (5 1/2″ wide)
  • Printed burlap ribbon (2 1/2″ wide)
  • Tan jute
  • Christmas pick (holly berries/leaves for this bottle)
  • 1/2″ wide Scrappy Tape*
  • Tombow glue
  • Hot glue gun

Putting it all together:

  1. Wash the bottle in soapy water and remove any labels.   Let dry.
  2. Using the red burlap, measure enough to go around your bottle and overlap in the back about inch or so.
  3. Using the Scrappy Tape (see below for more information on Scrappy Tape)  place it on the short edge of the red burlap then adhere the burlap to the bottle.
  4. Put Scrappy Tape on the other end, wrap the bottle tightly and secure overlapping the burlap.
  5. Measure a piece of the printed burlap ribbon to fit around the bottle and overlap about an inch.
  6. Put the Scrappy Tape on the short end and then starting at the back of the bottle center the ribbon on the red burlap
  7. Put Scrappy Tape on the other end and wrap tightly around the bottle and secure to the back.
  8. Next wrap the tan jute around the top of the bottle as shown. For this I used the Tombow glue. Start even with the back seam of the burlap and wrap securing it at the top, again at the back of the bottle.
  9. Heat up the glue gun and while it is heating up figure out the placement for your Christmas pick.  Cut off excess wire if necessary.
  10. Using the glue gun use a fairly generous amount of glue and attach the pick.  Allow to dry for a few minutes.

Quick and easy and fun to make!

*What is Scrappy Tape?

Scrappy Tape comes on a roll of 30 feet in various sizes ranging from 1/8″ to 1 1/2″.  This tape is a paper thin, double-sided tape and it is very strong. I use it on cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D projects when I want to have a strong hold on the project I am working on.   It is sold online at scrapbookpal.com. I have all the widths because they were sold in a bundle for an awesome price a few months back!  You might think what would I use 1 1/2″ tape size for but I have actually used that quite often for panels on cards where I needed extra hold.  You can also just use it for your every day projects as well.  30 yards can go a long way!


Scrappy Tape 1/4"    Scrappy Tape 1-inch

Have a great day and happy crafting!


Snowflake wine bottle

Hi everyone!

I’m in Pennsylvania where we had some snow last night!  It is the first measurable snow that I have seen in 25 years and it was only about an inch of the white stuff!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner so I got some inspiration from my sister and made this really cute wine bottle decoration.

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Supplies you will need:  

  • Wine bottle (one that is frosted)
  • Snowflake stickers
  • Lace
  • Scrappy Tape or Tombow Glue

Decorating the wine bottle:

  1. Peel off the label on the wine bottle. (or if paper label, soak it off using hot water with white vinegar in it.  Let the bottle soak for awhile and the label just about falls off)
  2. If you do not have a frosted wine bottle you can buy etching spray paint that will give the same effect.  I haven’t used it so not sure how it works.
  3. After the label is removed, use Un-Du or some other adhesive remover to get the rest of the glue from the label off the bottle.
  4. Let the bottle dry completely
  5. Randomly place the snowflake stickers on the bottle as desired.
  6. Wrap a piece of lace around the top of the bottle.  I used Scrappy Tape  to adhere it to the bottle and then I overlapped the lace slightly and taped it to itself.   Tombow glue will work just as well because it dries clear.

This is so easy to make. If you have never done wine bottle art, this would be a really simple bottle to make as a first attempt at decorating wine bottles.  then you;ll be hooked!!

Have a great day!


Masculine Sympathy Card

Hi, I’m back again with another sympathy card. This one is a masculine card.



Supplies you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
  • Stamps:  Wetlands, Close as a Memory, Confetti
  • Stampin’ Write markers:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso, River Rock
  • Making Memories Oval
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Envelope punch board
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive, glue dots, and dimensionals

Assembling the Card:

  1. Form a 4″ x 6″ card out of Crumb Cake CS
  2. Randomly stamp the front using the leaves from the Confetti stamp set.  Leave about an inch or so at the bottom unstamped for the sentiment.
  3. Stamp sentiment using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement.
  4. On Very Vanilla CS stamp the goose image from the Wetlands stamp set and color as shown
  5. Cut out oval around the image (either with Making Memories oval or framelits)
  6. Cut an oval from a piece of Early Espresso.  Adhere the Very Vanilla piece to the Early Espresso piece. Add dimensionals and adhere to front of card.
  7. Cut a slit at the fold of the card (about an inch or so up from the bottom). Then run the ribbon through and tie a knot on the front of the card as shown. Anchor with glue dots.
  8. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla 3 7/8″ x 5 7/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Crumb Cake then adhere to inside panel of card.
  9. Make envelope to fit 4″ x 6″ card with the envelope punch board in crumb cake CS (Use A6 measurements)

This is another CAS  card and works well when you need a masculine sympathy card.  Until next time, Happy Stamping!  Thanksgiving and Christmas projects ahead!


Sympathy card

Hello everyone,

My aunt died recently and so I needed to make some sympathy cards for her family  so the next couple of posts will be about those cards. My aunt was a great lady and she will be sorely missed.  Here is one of the cards I made.


Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Primrose Petals, Early Espresso, Whisper White
  • Watercolor paper
  • Stamps:  Cherry Blossom Bird (Stampabilities), Thoughts and Prayers (Stampin’ Up)
  • Ink:  Staz-On black, Early Espresso
  • Stampin’ Write markers:  Primrose Petals, Regal Rose, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Marina Mist, and Daffodil Delight
  • Blender Pen
  • Early Espresso ribbon
  • Perfect Layers tool
  • Adhesive, glue dots,  and dimensionals

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card from the Primrose Petals card stock. Set aside.
  2. Stamp image onto watercolor paper with the Staz-On ink and color.  On the bird’s breast I just did dots of the Marina Mist and then blended them out with the blender pen to give it the lighter hue.
  3. Stamp sentiment onto the image piece
  4. Trim around your image (on this card it measures 4″ x 3 1/4″)
  5. Using the Perfect Layers tool, create a 1/16″ border around the watercolor paper with Early Espresso CS. (or cut to 4 1/8″ x  3 3/8″)
  6. Tie ribbon around card front.  Make a knot to the right side of the card.  I used small glue dots to anchor the knot as well as the ribbon on the inside top of the card.
  7. Adhere image with dimensionals.
  8. Cut a piece of Whisper White CS 4″ x 5 1/4″.   I stamped a small portion of the flowers in the lower right corner of this piece and colored the same as the front. Next I stamped my sentiment.
  9. Adhere to inside of card.

This CAS (clean and simple) card is just right for a sympathy card but can also be used for any occasion by changing out the stamps and the image.  Until next time, happy stamping!


Try Stampin’ On Tuesday #192

Hi, I’m back again with another challenge from Try Stampin’ on Tuesday #192 Warm and Fuzzy challenge.  I’m glad for these challenges as they are getting my creative juices flowing again and I am happy about that.

So here is the sketch:

Nov.4 Warm and Fuzzy #192 sketch

And here is my card.


The Gumball Green yarn is the warm and fuzzy part of the challenge


Entire card front shown here.


Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
  • Watercolor paper
  • Christmas DSP
  • Stampin’ Write markers:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Momento black
  • Blendabilities markers skin tone assortment
  • Stamps:  Greeting Card Kids, More Merry Messages, Seasonal Sentiments
  • Gumball Green yarn (This is the Warm and Fuzzy part of the challenge)
  • Stickles clear glitter glue
  • Adhesive, dimensionals, Tombow Glue
  • Making Memories oval
  • Ticket punch
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread

Assembling the card:

  1. Take an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler and cut to form a 5″ x 7″ card  (Cut the 8.5″ side to 7 inches and cut the 11″ side to 10 inches.) Score and fold in half
  2. Cut two  pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock 4.75 x 6.75″ . (one is for the inside of the card)
  3. Cute a piece of DSP 4.5″ x 6.5″.
  4. Adhere the DSP to the very vanilla cardstock and sew around the border with coordinating thread (I just did a straight stitch but you could do a zig-zag too)  Adhere to front of card.
  5. Stamp image from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set in Momento ink onto the Water color paper.
  6. Color as shown (I used a combination of markers, Blendabilities,  and blender pen and ink pad for the coloring)
  7. On the white parts of the hat, coat, and scarf I used the Stickles clear glitter glue. After doing this, set aside to dry.
  8. Cut out the image using the oval (either from Making memories or framelit)
  9. Using Tombow glue put a small amount around the edge of the oval and adhere the Yarn.  (this is the Warm and Fuzzy part of the challenge!). Allow to dry.
  10. While that is drying, stamp “Season’s Greeting” on water color paper in Cherry Cobbler ink.  Trim and then punch the corners with the ticket punch
  11. Adhere to front of card with dimensionals.
  12. When dry, attach the oval to the front of the card with dimensionals.
  13. Stamp sentiment on the second piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in Cherry Cobbler and then adhere to inside of the card.

I like this sketch as it’s very versatile and can be used for any occasion.  I hope you will give it a try. Until next time, Happy Stamping!