Stampin’ Up! have a set called Seasonally Scattered and it consists of three stamps where the words are defined by negative space – Love, Merry and Thanks. This one seems appropriate today because this weekend my friend Jen came to visit. That may not seem like such an extraordinary thing except that we’d never previously met! We’ve been working closely together for the past two years over email and instant messenger and through countless meetings but never actually in person. So she courageously came down this weekend and met not just me, but also my brother whom she’d also worked with and my sister who is visiting me. I guess she figured that she might as well get the whole trio in one go!  We had a great weekend – and my abs are in much better shape after all the laughter. So, thanks Jen.

thanks with sponges - pear pizzazz

This is a fairly simple card and is easy to mass produce as long as you’re careful about cross contamination of the colours. Taking a piece of very vanilla, I inked up the stamp in pear pizzazz and then, using a sponger, dabbed some island indigo on some of the stamp. I breathed heavily on the stamp and then stamped it onto the card stock. It’s matted in pear pizzazz on a very vanilla base. I finished the envelope using the largest envelope liner framelit and a piece of 6″ by 3″ background DSP in pear pizzazz. The background DSP packs seem pricey at $21.95 but since you can line 8 envelopes with a sheet and you get 40 sheets, it costs less than 7 cents per envelope.

Since it’s only 7.5 weeks to Christmas, I think I might get the Merry stamp out and play with that again…


I’ve been thinking about the Merry Monday challenge for a few days and after discussion with Jen, finally managed to figure it out. The challenge is snowflakes, dry embossing and neutral colours.

I was happy to use my Northern Flurry TIEF for double duty on the challenge requirements – that’s the dry embossing and the snowflakes checked off. I like to do clean and simple cards so often it’s quite tough to meet a challenge requirements as well as keeping the card as I like it. Here’s the end result:

northern flurry crumb cake coloured

I knew that using the dry embossing folder was a predictable route so tried to only emboss some of the snowflakes but that just wasn’t working out too well. So the next approach was to accent some of the embossing – I like how the Stampin’ Write marker in soft suede looks on the crumb cake card stock. The plan was to use gold as well but it just seemed to disappear into the crumb cake so a metallic bronze sharpie was used instead.

I used the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Wondrous Wreath set and heat embossed it in early espresso. I also lined the crumb cake envelope with the backgrounds DSP in early espresso. I would not think to use brown on Christmas cards (although my sister is currently creating some great ones in brown) so I’m glad that this challenge pushed me in this direction.

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.

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.