Now this is an extremely unexpected post title, I’m sure. I have ignored washi tape for 18 months, I look at it, admire the colours and then put it away again. Can you relate? How about to this? I was taking my brother to the airport on Monday morning and five minutes before we were due to leave I had an idea for a card and just had to see if it would work. I ended up taking the pieces to work and gluing them together there. Have you done that too?!

Stampin' Up! Happy Hanukkah and Winter Wonderland Designer Washi tape

The lost lagoon central panel is about an inch narrower than the card base and I started by wiping my embossing buddy over the cardstock and then stamping the image from the retired Happy Hanukkah set in versamark. I hurriedly sprinkled on the gold embossing powder and heated it. Martin was gathering his things as I ran the Winter Wonderland Designer Washi tape down both edges of the card base. At this point, I gathered the pieces along with the multipurpose glue, threw them in my bag and off we went to the airport. So it wasn’t until lunch that I was able to put glue the front panel onto the card base and see that I really liked how it had come out. I will have to pull out the rest of my washi tape and see if I can use that too. Or maybe on the envelope. This time, though, I lined the envelope using the envelope framelits and the backgrounds DSP in lost lagoon.


Tonight I have a card class where we’ll be making 9 Christmas cards – that should help me get closer to the number of cards that I need!

See you tomorrow,


I was making a few Hanukkah cards and I wanted to make something that didn’t use the only Happy Hanukkah stamp that I have. So out came my favourite sleigh ride edgelits which sadly are on the retiring list :(

Stampin' Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits and Happy Hanukkah

I sponged a piece of very vanilla in blushing bride, up to about half way up the card and then sponged so saffron around the pink, blending it in a little. Next up was soft sky covering the rest of the card and blending into the so saffron. Then I took my spritzer and spritzed over the card twice with water. Whilst it was drying, I cut out the houses using the sleigh ride edgelits dies and very vanilla card stock. I also stamped the sentiment (from the retired Happy Hanukkah set) in soft sky on a scrap of very vanilla. I trimmed this and made a mat for it, but it overpowered the card so I just added the unmatted piece, popped up on dimensionals for interest. I then glued the very vanilla to my sunrise background (at least, I was going for a sunrise look) and put that onto a soft sky card base. I’m really pleased with the soft look that the spritzing added to the card, quite different to the effect on the night sky that I got here. I think I need to play around with other colours too.

I cut out a liner using the envelope liners thinlits to match the soft sky base of the card. Here are all the supplies (where available – the Happy Hanukkah is retired) that I used to make the card. It seems like a lot but they are all basics that once you’ve got them, you use them all the time.

See you tomorrow,



This week’s challenge from the Pals Paper Arts is three blues. I love colour challenges and I love blues. Perfect. Here’s the banner:


I used up my last Hanukkah card yesterday so I needed a new one and decided that these colours would be good since I have two more friends that need to receive one. So I pulled out the Stampin’ Up! Happy Hanukkah stamp set which is the only one I have. I have the pool party embossing powder and decided to emboss the image on the bermuda bay. I messed up the embossing slightly and the sentiment wasn’t perfect so I cut that off – I realised that I always just use the entire stamp and there’s no need for that. I then cut a piece of soft sky an 1/8 inch larger than the Bermuda bay as a mat. This gave me a large Bermuda Bay mat around the soft sky and I really like how it works.

Stampin' Up! Happy Hanukkah

I stamped the Happy Hanukkah sentiment from this stamp inside the card in Bermuda Bay.

I really loved the look of the menorah embossed in metallics that I did earlier in the week and decided to make another so that Dawn has a choice. Rather than doing my usual mat at 1/4 inch smaller than the card base,  I took a piece of night of navy 3.75″ by 3″ and embossed the image in silver. I then matted it on a piece of brushed silver card stock just 1/4 inch larger which left a much larger expanse of night of navy to frame it. I like the rather formal effect that this gives.

happy hanukkah night of navy

Apologies for the rather washed out photograph – it looks much better in person. I can see that I need to spend some time with the camera’s manual! Although it doesn’t look like it, the envelope liner really is Stampin’ Up!’s matching night of navy background DSP. I love that they do these in all colours so that I can be sure to find something the right colour.

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!