My Last Christmas Card – Night in Bethlehem

This was the last card I made for Christmas but really should have been the first. As soon as I saw, Night in Bethlehem stamp set in the catalog, I knew it would be mine! I actually CASed one of the cards in the Holiday catalog. (That means I copied – or was inspired by-  some of the features of the card. Check out my CASE series of videos by clicking on Video Tutorials above.)

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I have to say, of all the cards I’ve made for Christmas, this might be my favorite.

Design Notes for Night in Bethlehem Card:

I think one of the things I like the best is the color combination. The Crumb Cake ink on the Very Vanilla card stock are both soft and work with the rich Night of Navy. Then the touches of Gold Foil just pull it all together.


The first, boldest layer of the city was created by cutting the silhouette of Bethlehem from Gold Foil with the Bethlehem Edgelits. The next layers were created by stamping and then stamping again without re-inking. Since the stamp was wider than the paper I was stamping on, I needed to be careful when stamping off. I butted scraps of the same weight card stock on either side so that all the ink would be removed equally. I wanted to stagger the design so it would appear as different buildings on the horizon. Maybe a video will be in order to talk about the fine points of stamping off!

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Tomorrow is Christmas. I hope everyone enjoys the day, safe and well fed. I know we will be well fed and happy visiting some dear friends in Virginia. I’ll be posting many of the great hand crafted cards I received tomorrow.



Painted Harvest – One More Time

.You can’t make anything you don’t love with Painted Harvest stamp set. I needed to make some thanksgiving gift tags for a neighbor and immediately went to that stamp set. The two step stamping on the flowers are just beautiful, no matter what color combination you use.

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Wouldn’t you like to get a package with this gift tag?

Design Notes for Painted Harvest Tag:

I had only the vaguest idea what I wanted this to look like before I began. When I was pleased with the look, I stopped adding things! Not my usual style – well maybe, sometimes.

The flower was stamped using So Saffron ink for the first layer. Then, Tangerine Tango was used for the second layer. I hadn’t used that combination before. I just about  gasped when I saw it because I was so pleased with how it came out!

There are three little flashes of bling on this tag. Can you find them? I cut out a leaf with a Thinlit from Seasonal Layers Thinlits and Copper Foil. The next little touch of copper is the Washi Tape at the bottom. The Washi Tape is from the Holiday catalog, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape. Can you see the third bit of copper? I added some Copper Thread at the top of the tag to anchor the Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.

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Happy Belated Birthday Gorgeous!

Well, I missed a birthday, again. One of my neighbor’s birthday was last week and I missed it. So, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set to make her a special card. It has such a nice Happy Birthday sentiment and, in the same font, a “belated” sentiment. So here are two versions of my Happy Belated Birthday card:

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I couldn’t decide about orientation or which sheet of the beautiful Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper I wanted to use, so I made two cards. The likelihood of my forgetting a birthday again is pretty high. It will get used.

Design Notes for Happy Belated Birthday Card:

There are so many great choices when you are working with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. You can see that I used a few on these cards.

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I combined a Circle Thinlit and a flower shaped Thinlit (top right) from this set for the piece that has the sentiment. Then I added some smaller circles (inside top right) and each item was backed with Gold Foil paper. A few Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little glitz to the circles. The Gold Natural Trim was my third touch of gold.

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I loved the circles so much that I even used one of the extra circle designs on the inside.

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Sick? Not with Lovely Inside and Out!

A friend of mine has recently been feeling poorly. I made some blueberry muffins for her and, naturally, made a card. I love the sentiments from Lovely Inside and Out stamp set and created this card for her.

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Design Notes for Lovely Inside and Out Card:

I’ve been having lots of fun with the Large Letters Framelits lately. (See this post.) They are the best way to make cards with the new eclipse technique. But, I decided to use the letters differently for this card. I did the obvious, cut them out from some lovely paper. In this case I used the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Oh, and did you know that Designer Paper is on sale this month? Check out the information a little further down the post.

You might want to see the inside of the card since it sort of finishes the sentence “Sending you…”

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Welcome with Window Box Thinlits Dies

On Saturday some friends were on their way from Florida back to Massachusetts. I was able to persuade them to stop in Delaware for a night. It had been too long since we’d seen these good friends. I made a little box with Window Box Thinlits Dies for the guest room as a little welcome gift.

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And of course, I would not give an empty box! Can you go wrong with Lindt chocolates? I think not!

Design Notes for Window Box Thinlits Welcome Gift:

I’ll admit, this is a pretty basic version of the box. (They had texted that they were about 30 minutes away when I started working on this. I had to work quickly!)  I did use the smaller die pieces to create pretty sides and and open top. All I needed to do to made those opening pop was to place a piece of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Paper behind them. You can see that in the picture of the inside. Then, the inside also looks a bit dressed up. Nice.

When you are using your Big Shot to cut out the lid and the decorative opening on the sides, be sure to use the Precision Plate. It makes it so much easier to get all of those details cleanly cut.

My other suggestion when making this kind of box is to use Fast Fuse to adhere the side. It is really one of the strongest adhesives going. You do not want it to fall apart as the receiver picks it up!

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Notice the breathtakingly short list of supplies. It had been my though that I would make a tag. Maybe next time.



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