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Clean and Simple Holiday Card

I am entering this card into CAS-ual Fridays Over the Edge  challenge. Michele at  CAS-ual Fridays is celebrating the fact that she is launching a brand new stamp line this month. Join them for lots of sneak peaks, inspiration and prizes


I created a clean and simple holiday card yesterday using my Waltzing Mouse Festive Foliage stamp set. The hardest part of creating  this card for me  was the fact that I had to let the tag hang over the edge. I had to do so to enter this card into the CAS-ual Fridays latest blog challenge. Being a bit of a control freak it was really hard for me to “craft outside the lines” but, I think the final result looks great.

I will also be entering this card into A Blog Named Hero’s Clean Up Your Act, challenge.

Happy Stamping,


Hero Arts White Out Challenge

This past Sunday I purchased Tim Holtz Distress Inks on sale ($2.99 each) at Michaels. I have seen these inks used in many cards but, I hadn’t had a chance to try them out myself, before this. They were so much fun to play around with! My favorite part is spritzing the colors with water and watching the way the change to a softer look. I added a snowflake look with the tip of a wet paint brush.
After layering my background I stamped the pine tree from Stampin Up A Lovely as a Tree in Versamark ink and then I embossed them with Stampendous Silver powder.

I am entering this card into A Blog Named Hero’s White Out Challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp. There are still 2 days left to play along.

Happy Stamping,


Oh, Tannenbaum!

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I used a freebie stamp from the Alley Way Stamps to create a card for their Be Inspired #7 challenge. I love their super cute stamp sets! But, I am broke as a joke and I can’t afford to order a stamp set. So….I am hoping to win one!

I colored the trees with my Prisma Color pencils, cut them out and then glued them onto a 1″ paper circle. I added a paper rosette to hide the gaps between the tree points. The sentiment frame is from Stampin’ Up and the sentiment is another freebie from The Alley Way Stamps.  There is still plenty of time to play along if you’d like.

I am entering my card at The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired # 7 Come and Play challenge.

Wish me luck!

Happy Stamping,


The Alley Way Stamps Christmas in July

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The Alley Way Stamps (TAWS) is hosting a Be Inspired Challenge based on Christmas in July. In order to let those who may not own any TAWS stamps play along, they offer some freebie images on their blog that can be used. These three little trees are one such set!

The sentiment I used on this card is a vinyl rub on from EAD Designs‘ Christmas Sentiments 2 set. I really loved how sturdy the vinyl is and how easily it transferred onto my cardstock.

Here’s a close up of the card I made using a free image from The Alley Way Stamps. I coated the trees in Glossy Accents after coloring them with Prisma  Colored pencils blended with Gamsol.

As you may have guessed I am entering this card into the BE inspired Challenge #6 Something NEW challenge .

Happy Stamping,


I’m Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

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I used my Stampin’ Up Greeting Card Kids digital image for this card. I wanted to enter something into the Cas-ual Fridays contest for their Pretty in Pink Challenge and I wanted to get started on this years Christmas cards. Last year I left it down to the wire and that really stressed me out!

Although the colors are very unconventional for Christmas, I think this is still a super cute card! Most likely I will send it for one of my little nieces. Little girls usually love all things pink!

As I said I am entering this into CAS-uals Fridays Pretty in Pink CFC58 Challenge


CFC58: Clean And Simple projects using pink

Happy Stamping,


Card Making can be a Family Affair.

My sister Jeanne makes cards too. I wanted to share a few with you today. This first card is a simple cutout design but, it features a cool spinning star and sparkly glitter! Nothing says holidays like a little bling.



Jeanne personalized this next card with a photo of her cat Kishou and of the card recipients’ dog Cocoa. How cute would it be to get a card that had your own furry little friend featured in it? I especially love the extra touch of the paw printed card in the foreground!



This last card welcomes a new baby boy into the world with an awesome pop-up inside! Just like in the old fairytales a stork flies in to deliver a bundle of joy. My big sister’s pop-up cards never fail to impress me. (Jeanne has more patience than me.)

What is Made of Gingerbread and Tastes of Victory?

Hopefully the Gingerbread house that Sam and I made for the Ginger 2011 competition  on movita’s blog does!

Check out our quirky little creation, but then feast your eyes on some of the truly beautiful, edible edifices some of her readers created. You should spend some time checking out her other posts too. Movita has an offbeat and often biting sense of humor and she makes me laugh out loud.

Don’t Eat the White Snow Either!

I got a great idea and a free digital stamp from

There are only 3 more days of school left until the Christmas break and I was planning on making these for my daughter Sam. So I got busy last night cranking these out! I was going to make some for my teenage son James too, but he said “Oh yeah, gifts that say ‘you’ve got bad breath’ for my friends”.  Oh well…that is just more for Sam’s friends!

Outside of card. Inside of card.

Merry Christmas to Me



I bought myself a Christmas present this year. It is something I have been wanting for a long time….Copic Markers!!!  (Copic markers are alcohol based, they can be blended and they are refillable.) The markers were on sale at Dick Blick and if you spent $150 you received another 15% off your total order and free shipping. So I made like I was the last of the big spenders and plunked down $152 on myself. Needless to say I won’t be getting anything under the tree but I don’t mind!

I used to color all of my stamped images with colored pencils and then blend them with Gamsol. But I was never really thrilled with the results. These markers blend so nicely and the cards I have made with them appear more professionally finished.

BTW: The first two cards are made with Recollections stamps and the third is a House Mouse stamp. The Copic set I bought was 36A from the Ciao collection. (Ciao is cheaper than Sketch markers.) I purchased an additional 12 colors and a blender pen at the time of order and because of the blendable properties of the pen these 38 colors should be all that I need for a long while!


Christmas Gift Cards

I quilled ten of these cards to give to my sister Nancy as a gift this Christmas. She admired the version I made of this card last year and wanted me to make some for her to give away. However, I was kind of burnt out by the time she asked so I promised to make her some this year. It is simple looking and simple to make but it is a bit time consuming. From start to finish each card takes about a half hour. But, Nancy was so happy to have them and that always makes it worthwhile!

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Card Making Inspiration by Debby Hughes

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