Category Archives: Christmas

thrill of hope ornament

I’ve had this clear plastic fillable photo ornament that I picked up at Michael’s for a few years and finally put it to use! They can be filled with a photo or the center piece can be removed to fill it with 3-D items. I decided to keep the center piece and attach 2 stamped circles to it, then add a little Martha Stewart Snow Glitter from my stash.

I loved the trees from Thrill of Hope stamped in red on these cards and I decorate my tree in red, sooo….

The inks I used are Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Real Red and Smoky Slate. I used a Spellbinders Small circle die.

Side view…

Have a wonderful Sunday and stay warm!


mish mash 2

Just popping in with a variety of recent projects… a banner, treats, and cards.

Our granddaughter turned one and I was long overdue in making her a name banner! I picked up the string of pompoms somewhere (Target dollar spot??) a long time ago and saved it for this purpose. All I had to do was make the letter banners and slide the pompoms to place.

I used the Altenew Bitty Bloom 3D and Bold Alphabet dies along with Momenta Banner and Intricate Nested Shapes dies. Papers used: white, gray, SU! Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz, and MME- Heirloom papers.

I scored and folded the tops of the banners to allow for the thickness of the string. Some Scor-Tape secured them after they were placed over the string.

I also made a pile of Halloween treats, pretty much following the directions in the SU! Paper Pumpkin kit. Lots of pieces were leftover for future projects.

The layout of this card was copied from our demonstrator friend, who CASED this card by Cindy Elam. The rose gold leaves here were cut with Lawn Fawn dies and are quite pretty in person.

The last two cards were made with Stamptember sets from Simon Says Stamp. The first set is by Altenew, called Framed Friendship, and I used the same sketch that I used on a previous card.

The second Stamptember set I used is Tim Holtz’ Snarky Christmas Cats. The red plaid paper is a scrap that matches the white plaid. I simply matched it up and layered it on.

Thanks for looking! 🙂


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Hello! Here’s a few more cards that I’ve made while stamping “virtually” with my friends. These were all stamped with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

First, I have two more gnome cards using the new Winter Gnomes stamp set. These gnomes are so cute and fun to create with! I paired them with papers from American Crafts- Noel.

If you like sketches, I drew this one up…

My second gnome card was for another sketch challenge. I used the same paper pack, along with the Cuttlebug Ice Crystal die & embossing folder combo and the Martha Stewart Polar punch.

The next two cards use the new Encouraging Peonies stamp set. These beautiful flowers can be colored many ways or stamped simply like I’ve done here. This card was also for a sketch. The sentiment was cut with Sizzix Stacked Baroque dies and accented with gold thread (hard to see!). Also difficult to see in the photo are a few adhesive pearls.

Sympathy cards can be difficult to create…I kept this one CAS. The large flower was stamped onto a speckled cream base and the smaller one onto white cardstock, which was fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.

Refresh…something we all could use a little of right now, right? A gift card to a local coffee shop would go perfectly with this “Jesus & Java” card. I used the SNSS Fill Me Up set and matching dies. The coffee cup was paper pieced, popped up, and accented with a small epoxy heart sticker. This was for a challenge to use any beverage.

My last card today uses the Thrill of Hope stamp set. It was for a challenge to create this special cut & fold. My largest trimmer is 12″ so I had to cut the diagonal on the 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock by hand with a craft knife and ruler! But I was happy with the end result. I love the trees in the Gina K Red Velvet ink! I used Gina Marie Stitched Circles and Rectangles and the SU! Northern Flurry embossing folder.

EDIT: To answer some questions… I didn’t follow a tutorial,  I’m sure there’s one out there but I’m not sure what it is called. I just scored an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock at 4 1/4 on the short side and 5 1/2 on the long side. Then I used a ruler and craft knife to cut it diagonally to get the two card bases. For the music paper, just cut a layer… 4 x 5 1/4  or 4 1/8 x 5 3/8  diagonally.

The inside…

Thanks for popping in and have a great day!

Christmas Gnomes

Good morning! Today I have two cards to share using a Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps set from last month’s release called Christmas Gnomes. This set pairs perfectly with the Winter Gnomes in this month’s release!

For my first card, I had some fun with die-cutting circles and layering them with a banner flag. How cute is the gnome decorating the tree?

I used the same paper pad for my second card, along with a favorite sketch. The patterned paper strips are 1 x 3 and 1 x 4 1/4… a great way to use up scraps!

Have a great Thursday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Gnomes; paper- white,  SU! Gumball Green, Doodlebug= Home For the Holidays; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- MISTI, Copics, circle dies, Spellbinders Labels 21, Gina Marie glitter enamel dots, Stickles.


Winter Gnomes

Good morning! Today I have two cards to share using two brand new Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps sets called Winter Gnomes and My Thoughts of You. These gnomes are so cute and I love the sentiments!

For my first card, I layered my gnome over a circle, flag strip, and some snowflakes with the sentiment tucked in.

I used the same paper pack and colors on my second card but this time created a tall, or slimline, style. This layout is from the September 2020 Sheetload of Cards. The striped paper on both cards is glittery and I also added some Stickles to the images and flakes.

Have a great Sunday…enjoy your day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Winter Gnomes and My Thoughts of You; paper- white,  red, Recollections- Noel; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- MISTI, Copics, circle punch, Martha Stewart Polar & Looped Snowflake punches, Stickles.

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Hello! I have a few more cards today that I’ve made while stamping “virtually” with my friends. I am splitting them up again and first sharing a few I made with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. I’ll share the others soon.

Most of the cards here are holiday cards but the first one was made for a special someone turning one! This was also for a magical challenge (unicorns, fairies, etc.). I just searched the net for a free unicorn face image and printed the horn, ears, and eyes. The rest of the images were stamped with the Genuine Love set.

A monochromatic card for a sketch challenge using  Best Gift Ever and Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born

Another card using  Best Gift Ever and Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born but this time in some non-traditional colors. The background is an old piece I found in which I used the Smackin’ Acetate technique.

I used the super cute Cheerful Snowmen set on this card for a sketch and “all white” card challenges. The embossing folders are SU! Wrapped in Texture and Evergreen Forest. I also used Sizzix Crochet #2 dies. The snowman and flakes were stamped with SU! Smoky Slate ink (a friend’s idea!).

The next card was for a circles challenge and I just love the layout…I’ll be using it again! Stamp sets are SNSS Holiday Greetings and Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born. I also used the SU! Wrapped in Texture embossing folders again.

And my last card today was for another sketch challenge. This one was very popular with the group, easy & fun! I’ve already used it again (will share that card next month). Again, I used the Holiday Greetings stamp set.

Thanks for popping in and have a great day!

best. gift. ever.

Good morning! I’m back today with two more Christmas cards, this time in more traditional colors. Here I used the new Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps set called Best Gift Ever which has some pretty great sentiments!

For my first card, I kept it mostly white and stamped the words in red to try to let them steal the show! The tiny star is from another new set…Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born.

For my second card, I really wanted to use this sentiment. I was going to use an image from Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born since they pair so well but decided to go a different route and piled on a bunch of presents. I think the sentiment here helps bring the focus on what the true gift really is.

Have a great Thursday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Best Gift Ever and Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born; paper- white, black, red, SU! Crumb Cake and Garden Green; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Cherry Red; accessories- MISTI, Copics, Momenta Intricate Nested Shapes, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Sizzix Tall Pines embossing folder, ribbon, foam dimensionals, Gina Marie Stitched Rectangles and Presents With Bows, rhinestones.

joyous holiday season

Welcome to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps September Release Hop! There’s another great release in the SNSS shop that we’ve been stamping with and we’re excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a comment for the designers linked below and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, September 30.

For today’s hop I made two cards using the Christmas Text background in two different ways. I also used Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born on the first card and Holiday Greetings on the second one. On the first card I simply stamped the background in red. Then I stamped the silhouette scene in black over the bottom and added some gold washi tape and punched holly leaves.

For the second card, I stamped the background in brown and die cut some trees from it. Then I sponged the trees and added them to my card.

Have a great day and thanks for hopping!
Now go check out Esther’s blog!

Sweet ‘n Sassy Blog
Julee Tilman
Ceal Pritchett
Diane Zechman
Esther Asbury
Jane Bosi
Karen Decknick
Lee Ann Barrett
Lyn Tomlin
Sheri Gilson

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Text background, Scene Silhouettes: Jesus Is Born, and Holiday Greetings; paper- white, SU! Always Artichoke, scrap patterned paper; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Real Red, Soft Suede; accessories- MISTI, Scor-Pal, gold washi, Martha Stewart Holly Leaf and Cherish Border punches, Stickles, Marianne Design Tree die, sequins.

vintage van

Good morning! Today I am sharing two cards using the brand new Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps set called Vintage Van. This set is a lot of fun to create with and has many possibilities…I already have several other ideas that I am anxious to try! My first two cards are for Christmas and when it comes to Christmas cards, I am all about making them easy and reproducible! I mail out quite a few! Here I used some non-traditional colors. The first is in mint and a darker green.

I decided to watercolor a rainbow of colors around my second van. Peace + vans just seem to need a rainbow and don’t we all just need a little bit of peace in our lives right now? I think I need to put a unicorn in the driver seat. Ha. This doesn’t quite look like what we expect in a Christmas card but hey…2020. Enough said. lol.

Have a great Thursday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Vintage Van; paper- white, black, watercolor, SU! Mint Melody and Green Galore; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Mossy Meadow; accessories- MISTI, Copics, Momenta Intricate Nested Shapes, white pen, Jane Davenport watercolors, Gina Marie Wonky Stitched Squares, SU! Epoxy stickers.

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Another month has gone by and I have a few more challenge cards to share. Not as many cards this time but here’s what I made. This first card was cased and I added the little kitty and bird. We all don’t like having to make a sympathy card but this one is easy and pretty quick to make when needed. I used SU! Grace’s Garden and Darice With Sympathy embossing folder.

For a sketch and masculine challenge, I used SU! Waterfront.

Next I made masculine and feminine versions of this card using the Paper Smooches Happy Hellos set. This was for keeping lots of white space and using your oldest papers. The papers on the card on the right were actually sticky-back! I wish papers were made like that now. lol.

Here’s a coffee card for a sketch challenge using SNSS Coffee TalkMarker Alpha, and Texture Tiles 5.

The last two cards were made for a sketch and fancy fold. I used the SNSS O Holy Night for both cards. I also used paper from MME-Joyful, a pre-printed card base (diagonal stripe), Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Circles and Mosaic Triangle Edge Circles, SU! Modern Mosaic e.f., and the Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow punch.

Have a great weekend!