Today is going to be a great day – it’s Halloween, my sister arrives for a visit, and we have friends coming to dinner. We usually get 70 – 100 kids knocking at the door for candy so it’s going to be a fun evening, jumping up from the dinner table to answer the door. I thought it appropriate to show this card today.

crumb cake halloweeny

This uses the Stampin’ Up! set Mingle all the Way which I heat embossed in clear on a piece of crumb cake, after using my trusty embossing buddy. I cut it out with the labels framelit #3 (from the centre) and then made a border using framelit #4 in blackberry bliss and tangelo twist. I cut the tangelo twist so that I could pull it out horizontally to frame the blackberry bliss piece. I did have to do a little judicious trimming with my paper snips to stop the orange peeking out at the bottom. This framelit reminds me a little of a pumpkin. I then assembled all the pieces on a base of crumb cake. I’ve just realised that I now have crumb cake envelopes which would match rather better. I’ll have to swap it out.

Short post today – it’s time for a run and then I am off to the airport!

See you tomorrow,


It was Ramona’s birthday on Monday and now that I know that she has her card, I can share it here. It was surprisingly tricky to do and this is probably at least the fourth version.

bella boutique happy birthday

The pattern comes from a retired wheel, Bella Boutique which I converted into a clear mount stamp using the clear mount cling foam. I stamped the middle strip in memento black on the whisper white card stock. Then I took the happy birthday text from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. I first used the stamp-a-ma-jig but it didn’t come out quite perfectly because it’s tricky to get that many sentiments in precisely the right place and this card needs that. I then tried to use the handle of the stamp-a-ma-jig and place it once and use it as a guide but it wasn’t long enough for the diagonal. Then I tried using a large clear block to line the stamp up forgetting that the block has indentations on the side for ease of gripping. This messed up my stamping again. Finally I used a wood mount stamp case which has straight sides and was long enough to cover the card.

Susan Itell hosted a card swap recently where readers sent in a Halloween or Fall themed card and she would send everyone back another card. It seemed like an interesting challenge especially as I had no Fall or Halloween themed stamp sets or DSP. It took me some time to create my card therefore and I mailed it off on the Wednesday hoping it would make it from NJ to Maryland by the deadline of Saturday. Actually, it took 2 weeks! But Susan kindly featured my card on her blog anyway. And she said that I’d get something from her as I’d missed the swap – I wonder if it will take 2 weeks in the reverse direction! I hope my card enjoyed its scenic adventure.

celebrate swap card

To make this card I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set along with the coordinating Wonderful Wreath framelits. I also used Fabulous Four – the sentiment actually has two lines – AMAZING.SPECTACULAR.FANTASTIC.YOU is underneath the celebrate. I decided that I’d use the celebrate more often on its own and so cut off the second line. It is easy to put them back together whilst putting them on a clear block so I think this is more versatile. I stamped the sentiment in versamark and then used the crushed curry embossing powder.

Since I did this card, I’ve read in Stampin’ Start about cutting out the middle of the wreath before stamping. This makes it much easier to line up – I am looking forward to trying this tip because it really is hard to line up after cutting. I coloured the stamp using the Stampin’ Write markers in crushed curry, cajun craze, pumpkin pie, pear pizzazz and wild wasabi. After huffing on the stamp to moisten the ink I stamped it and then cut it out with the framelit.

I adhered my wreath using stampin’ up! dimensionals.

I had a massage a few weeks ago and my masseuse celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. She told me that Hanukkah cards are very popular – and that she needs one to send to her grandmother – so I decided to order the Happy Hanukkah stamp. It came yesterday and of course I had to play with it immediately.  I CASEd this from the Holiday Catalogue.

happy hanukkah pool party

After stamping the image in versamark on whisper white paper and sprinkling with the Stampin’ Up! gold embossing powder (yes, it really does need to be Stampin’ Up!’s powder – I experimented with a different, cheaper, brand and it wasn’t as good), I used the heat tool. Don’t forget to use the embossing buddy first. I then took my blender pen and coloured in a few parts of the menorah with pool party. I was intending to mat this with the brushed gold  before adhering to the pool party base but it seemed overkill and detracted from the image. So for this card, I’m getting all attention on the menorah which I would think is how it should be!

I really like the Newborn King stamp set and have used it today in a challenge. The Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week is a fairly simple sketch challenge so I felt I could play. :)

I decided to finally use the Glory to the Newborn King sentiment – I love the typeface. Here’s what I ended up with:

newborn king cherry cobbler plus sentiment

I flipped the sketch by 90 degrees and embossed my images in versamark with gold embossing powder on cherry cobbler  (don’t forget the embossing buddy!) and then cut out the sentiment with the #4 circular framelet. I cut out a basic black circle using the 2 inch punch. I then stamped and embossed my main image with the gold embossing powder and trimmed it down and then made a basic black mat 1/8 inch bigger. I like how the card comes together although the bottom part of the circle was a bit floppy so I put a small piece of card under it – there wasn’t enough room for dimensionals..