Archive for December, 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!


I made a lot of them, 111 to be exact, and I sent every single one out!



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Happy birthday to my husband, who’s not really as old as a tree, but I couldn’t resist, especially as I just got the new stamp set with the sentiment from the Spring 2014 Occasions catalog, coming out in January.


This card doubles as the first one for this quarter’s challenge, featuring the stamp set Lovely as a Tree. This set is older than I am in stamping years (me—ten and a half years as a demonstrator; Lovely as a Tree—it’s been around so long no one remembers how old it is). Most demos think it’s been around forever and will never retire. Mine hasn’t seen that much ink, which is why I decided to use it now. Who knows, 2014 might be the year it goes bye-bye. The tree is embossed in black and sponged for color; the bubble is embossed with Old Artichoke craft ink and clear embossing powder. I was going to use the cool matching frame die and pop it up, but got distracted with embossing and forgot about it. It’s on a base of Old Artichoke.

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When you can’t think of anything else to give, money always works! This money card is really easy to make. Take a full sheet of cardstock, score at 4″ and 8″. Cut the small end diagonally to make a place to stash the cash (see inside view). This one is made with all retired stuff too, except for the strip of Always Artichoke across the front and the white ribbon. It looks nice under the tree but there’s no surprise for the recipient – it’s pretty obvious what’s inside!


Inside view (cash not included):


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Every year I make gifts for my bowling league, usually involving chocolate! This year I made these little purses with the Petite Purse Bigz L die. I pulled out my stash of retired paper and stamps for the rest – Riding Hood Red cardstock and a stamp set from a couple of years ago. Hey, I’ve been a demonstrator for over 10 years now (got my 10 year pin in June) and from time to time, it’s nice to dust off some old sets and get them inky.


I cut off the top of the purse, die cut just the tops again, stamped them and glued them into the purses so the tops could be decorated with the poinsettia. A peppermint patty fit nicely inside. Fun to make and cute too!


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The last card I made for last quarter’s challenge is a simple sympathy card on a base of Smoky Slate. The mat for the oval (cut with the oval die for the Big Shot) is Going Gray. A butterfly accent and a sentiment finish it off. The splotches in the background are from French Foliage. Love that stamp!


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