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Tis the Season For Digital Stamps

I am a big fan of graphic designer and artist Torico. She is from Japan and she goes by the name Birdie Brown for her digital images. She has temporarily retired from creating digital images but, I have purchased quite a few of her images and I love working with them.


This stamp is called Happy Santa and he is just so cute!

Birdie Brown Happy Santa Card


Santa Ho Ho Ho cardThe best thing about digital stamps is that they allow the crafter to mix and match and move the stamps around. Santa, the little girl, and the presents behind Santa are all separate stamps. So you could use just the gifts for a birthday card. Or you could use the girl alone and add a tiny flower or animal stamp just below her gaze.  And best of all you can resize the stamps to be a large or as small as you like. All you need is a basic knowledge of Word and you too can use digital stamps.

Santa and reindeer


Just as in the last card Santa, the reindeer and the sentiment are all individual stamps that I have grouped together to create my focal point.

Santa and Little Girl


I featured polka dots on this series of cards. And I chose to cover them with Glossy Accents, which creates a 3 dimensional look that really stands out.

Reindeer cardThis card illustrates the other advantage of using digital stamps. You can flip the image 180 degrees and get the mirror image.

I could have made these 2 reindeer stand nose to nose and drawn eyelashes on one with hearts over their heads to make a cute Christmas card for a couple.

If you don’t want to spend any money to try out digital stamping you can visit Free Digital Stamps daily or sign up to receive one of their emails each day to see who is giving away a free digital stamp that day.

Happy Stamping,


One Stamp for Three Lovely Nieces

Every holiday I send out cards to my many nieces and nephews. Sometimes the cards have money in them and sometimes only stickers. But the kids enjoy getting them either way. And I enjoy making them too.

Sometimes each card is very different from the one that a sibling or cousin might receive. And sometimes I just make them different enough so that there won’t be any arguments over who’s card it may be.

That was the case this year for 3 of my nieces.

Christmas Stage by Penny BlackThis card features a glitter mixture of red and green. It wasn’t hard to mix the colors because, they had been premixed by a curious niece who got into my craft stash a few years ago. (Ah the temptation of all things sparkly).

In order to make the glitter line look so crisp I used double stick tape and simply poured the glitter over the card and poured the excess back into the jar.

Penny Black Christmas StageI used double stick tape for this card too. However, I changed the look of the card by stamping various Christmas sentiments in Versamark embossing ink for a background.

Penny Black GlobeThis card features  a graphic background created with embossing ink and different Christmas sentiments too. I decided to change the orientation of the card and to use chunky glitter to make this one a bit different from the first two. I love the way the glitter looks like fur on her jacket and hat.

I will be sharing one of these cards over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It Out 2013. You can play along too. All you have to do is create a project with a stamp. And you could win a $50 gift card to SSS!

I will also be playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On. You have 13 days left to create a card featuring something sparkly to try to win a SSS gift card.

Happy Stamping,


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,


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.)

Lime Doodle Design

Card Making Inspiration by Debby Hughes

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