Merry Christmas ..

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We celebrated with our kids and grandkids on  Tuesday evening with lots of great food and fun.

This is our family picture


And since we were here by ourselves yesterday, I made a Christmas card (I’m starting on cards for next year) CASEd from this site

Christmas Blessings 2014

What you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red
  • DSP: Candlelight Christmas (retired Stampin’ Up).  it is the “flocked” transparent paper in that pack.
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
  • Ribbon:  Real Red 1/8″ taffeta ribbon
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Adhesives:  tape runner, glue dots

Assembling the card:  

  1. Form a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ card from white cardstock.
  2. Cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  3. Cut a piece of Whisper White 2″ x 4″ and stamp the ornament.  Adhere to Real Red piece.  Set aside.
  4. Cut DSP 3 1/8″ x 1 15/16″ and set aside
  5. Cut two pieces of Whisper White 3 1/8″ x 1 15/16″.  On one piece stamp sentiment from More Merry Messages (use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement).  Adhere to front of card as shown.  On the other piece adhere the DSP to it using small glue dots.   Adhere to front of card as shown.
  6. Make bow and attach to ornament.
  7. Stamp sentiment inside.  I used one from the More Merry Messages as well.

Now that I have the measurements down, this should be a pretty easy card to make so I plan to make several more to add to my stash for next year.

I hope you have a blessed holiday season.  Until next time,

Happy Stamping!



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 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.

Christmas snowflakes_1

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!


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!


More Christmas in July

Hi again,

I’m back with another CAS Christmas card.  This one uses the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, embossing powder, and glitter!  Who doesn’t like some glitter on their cards?   I took my inspiration for this card from Glenda Mollet (who CASEd it from someone she couldn’t remember).

This card works in so many different colors (I used Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.  I also used Midnight Muse but I sent that card out last Christmas!)  So here are the cards!

Christmas Blessings_1  Christmas Blessings_2

Close up of details

Close up of details

Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler or Always Artichoke or Midnight Muse or other, Whisper White
  • Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, More Merry Messages
  • Ink:  Versa Mark
  • Embossing buddy
  • Embossing powder:  White
  • tray/plate
  • Heat tool
  • Glitter
  • 2-way glue pen
  • Adhesive
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig, Perfect Layers tool

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card using Cherry Cobbler (or color or your choice) cardstock.
  2. Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler 4 1/4″ x 2 3/8″
  3. Rub the embossing buddy across this piece then stamp image with VersaMark
  4. Pour white embossing powder on  image over your tray/plate.  Tap off excess and heat emboss
  5. Using the 2-way glue pen put glue in the trees where you want the glitter to be.  Add glitter to the wet glue.  Tap off excess and set aside to dry.
  6. After it dries, attach to white card stock and using the Perfect Layers tool, make a 1/8″ in border around.
  7. Adhere to front of card as shown.
  8. Using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig figure out placement of the sentiment (Christmas Blessings) on the front of the card.
  9. Use the embossing buddy again for that area, then stamp your image in VersaMark using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for placement.
  10. Pour white embossing powder over this, tap off excess, and heat emboss.

Another quick and easy card for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!


Christmas in July 2

Hi all,

Back again with another CAS Christmas card.  This one would be very quick to make and the embossing on the cards is just the right touch to give it a little oomph!!  So, here’s the card.  My inspiration for this card came from Lynn at  (You’ll have to scroll down some in her posts to find her card.)  Mine is basically the same, just used different DSP.  She also has some other cute cards there that I may have to CASE as well.


Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
  • DSP:  Season of Style Paper pack
  • Stamp set:  Dasher, More Merry Messages
  • Ink:   Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Embossing buddy
  • Tray or plate
  • Stickles glitter glue (or red bling)
  • Heat tool
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Perfect Layers tool
  • Adhesive, dimensionals

Assembling the card: 

  1. Form a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card with the Whisper White cardstock.
  2. Cut DSP to measure 4″ x 5 1/4″
  3. Cut Cherry Cobbler to measure 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″  (or use Perfect Layers tool and make a 1/16″ border)
  4. Adhere to card base.
  5. Cute a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 3 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.  To the right side of this piece use your embossing buddy,then stamp the Dasher stamp in the VersaMark.
  6. Sprinkle a generous amount of silver embossing powder over the image over the tray (or plate) and tap off excess.  Heat emboss with the heat tool.
  7. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp “Season’s Greetings” on the left side of this panel as shown.  I like to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement exactly where I want it – and it’s straight too!
  8. Mat this piece onto  Cherry Cobbler measuring  3 3/8″ x 2 7/8″
  9. Using dimensionals, adhere this panel to the card front as shown.
  10. Add three dots of red Stickles glue or if you have red bling, use those.  You could even use the clear bling and color with a red sharpie!

I hope you find some inspiration here.  I’ll be posting a few more Christmas cards for Christmas in July, so stay tuned!  Now I’m headed out to the pool to cool off.  Weather wise, it is not Christmas here!  Have a great day!