Merry Musical Season

Here comes the Little Drummer Boy! I thought my project was complete without him, but he marched on there right before I snapped the photos. He has a stamp and die in the Musical Season Bundle, which I had on my work table for the Treble Clef, so I couldn’t stop him. I decided he could stay as long as he was happy being a Basic Black silhouette. 


I began this project by stamping the Christmas tree from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set in Old Olive on Merry Music DSP. I framed this in Basic Black cardstock, matching the card base. 

I wanted to use the color scheme from this week’s Global Design Project challenge, so chose a piece of Old Olive from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.


I had the Basic Black and Old Olive covered, so I needed Gold. I first cut the Treble Clef from Gold Foil, but I preferred the subtle effect of it in Old Olive. The sentiment would be my gold, and I die cut “merry” from Gold Glimmer Paper, backing it with Basic Black so it would stand out.


There’s no question, this is a holiday card. I really like the sophistication of this color combo. I added dimensionals for extra pizazz.


Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ll be posting again this afternoon in Kylie’s Bertucci’s International Highlights. Please come back to see the wedding and shower invitations I made for my daughter.

Stampin’ Blends Color Me Happy

I almost don’t care how the new Stampin’ Blends work, they are so pretty to look at!


But, I ordered the Color Me Happy stamp set with the Stampin’ Blends, and I couldn’t wait to get started.  

With such an array of colors, I narrowed it down to the colors in this week’s Paper Players challenge.

And, This week’s challenge at Global Design Project is to case the designer, Brian King. His card features a large sentiment with his famous layering, which determined my sketch and sentiment choice.

I began by stamping the bird and “thank you” (Color Me Happy stamp set) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White cardstock.

Daffodil Delight Light and Dark (substituted for Crushed Curry) turned my bird into a yellow canary, and I fussy cut her without trying to save her legs. After coloring “thank” with Pumpkin Pie Light and Dark, I stamped another canary on the corner of the “k.”

I put dimensionals on my fussy cut canary, and placed her on top of the second one, giving her perfectly stamped legs.


The card base is Peekaboo Peach, with a piece of Autumn Harvest DSP to coordinate. Early Espresso cardstock frames the layers, as it does in Brian King’s sample.


Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone does with the Stampin’ Blends.

Modern Holiday Card for Global Design Project 105

Global Design Project is having a color challenge this week, so I decided to see what I could create using these colors in a modern, alternative holiday card.


These are the colors:

I chose three different patterns of Designer Series Paper in the challenge colors, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango and Lemon Lime Twist. Then, I cut my modern, triangular trees with a Quilt Builder Framelits die.

Since Lemon Lime Twist is my favorite of the three colors, it became the card base. I wanted the trees to stand out against a Whisper White background, which I embossed with the Softly Falling folder.

Most of you will recognize the Swirly Scribbles die I used for making the snow drifts. I’m so glad it’s still available in the current catalog.

The Card Front Builder Die created the moon and stars in the sky.


“Merry and Bright” was the perfect sentiment for this card, which was in the Hearts Come Home stamp set. I stamped it in Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock, and cut it out with the oval Stitched Shape die.

The trees and sentiment were popped up on dimensionals, and my card was complete.


I have several friends who would appreciate receiving this card. I may be making more than one!

Thanks for visiting today. I hope I’ve inspired you!



Postage Stamp Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree from the Santa’s Sleigh die set adorned many of my cards last year, but it has been reborn with postage stamps. They happen to be 13 cent United States Christmas stamps from 1976.


The design for my card was inspired by Global Design Project’s challenge.

I used Always Artichoke for the card base, layered with striped Designer Series Paper, and Whisper White, embossed with the Quilt Top Textured embossing folder.


I chose Linen Thread to tie around the bottom, before gluing it all together.  


I’m having fun with postage stamps that have been stashed away in a box. Click on my postage stamp bird for more details:


Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sunflower Daisy Tag Thank You

I believe this prominent flower made with the Daisy Punch is a “wannabe” sunflower. But, isn’t she cute? She takes a starring role on the Soft Sky tag, a 2″ wide piece of cardstock. The tag is embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder, and has a top that is cut with a die from the Hometown Greetings set. I don’t own a tag topper punch, so I was delighted to find one in this set. (p. 39 Holiday catalog).


Credit for the lay-out goes to Louise Sharp, an Artisan who designed this for the celebration of Happy 100th Global Design Project. It was especially fun this week, because we got to choose which designer’s sample we wanted to CASE. I chose this lay-out, because it was unique, and would also work for a challenge that Lisa Pretto has going on over in her InkBig Academy.


For the tag background, I chose a gorgeous sunflower pattern from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, and layered it on a Garden Green card base. After cutting the Sky Blue Tag, I made sure the dimensions of the Whisper White and Garden Green layers that would be beneath it were correct, and I raised the three layers with Foam Adhesive strips.

I loved the little border that Louise added at the bottom of her tag, and I used the Ticket Tear Border Punch to mimic this. The tag would have a tie at the top of Copper Trim, and I have to tell you, it is so much fun to pull apart! If you haven’t experienced it yet, you must!


I fiddled with the leaves much longer than I should have, but I became stubbornly committed to having them match the color and shading of the ones in the DSP. I ended up using an Oh So Eclectic stamp with Garden Green ink on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. After cutting two sets with an Eclectic Layers die, I doubled them, so they could withstand hanging over the edge.

The final touch was that little sprig of Cajun Craze, also cut with a die from Eclectic Layers. Do you see the bits of that color in the DSP?

Thank you Louise Sharp and Lisa Pretto for the inspiration, and Happy 100th to everyone who has made Global Design Project a great place to be!