Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A Lovely Christmas Frame

Happy Wednesday to everyone! I am showcasing two October stamps; Christmas Frame (#S916) and the sentiments are from the new set called Light of Faith (#SS142). They were all pretty quick to make with the area for the sentiment to be placed!

My first card was stamped on confetti white card stock (a blast from the SU! past). Next, I colored it with Zig watercolor brush markers and then fussy cut it out. I finely stippled some red in sentiment area. The card base is white and I embossed Kraft card stock for some interest.

The image was stamped in black on confetti white cardstock and colored with Zigs again and placed on a Kraft card stock base. I like that you can stamp this frame any way...there isn't really a top or bottom.

My last card here was stamped on white card stock and colored with Zigs.....I added some shimmer to the ornaments which is tough to see. I did stippling on the sentiment area again. The Bermuda bay base was embossed with a snowflake folder and the image is on dimensionals.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Wintery Poinsettia Christmas Card

It’s always nice to put some extra time and effort into a few of your holiday card projects. I like to have special, detailed cards to give to those few people who appreciate cardmaking or who live far away. For me, this project was one of those special, detailed cards - where the card itself will be the Christmas gift.

I started with the Bird and Poinsettia Border Stamp by Technique Junkies. This stamp is so lovely and is really versatile for Christmas, holiday and also general winter cards. I also think this would be the perfect stamp to use for those “winter birthday” cards as well.

I stamped with brown Archival Ink and then used my Nuvo Waterbrush Pens and a combination of Distress Oxide inks and regular Distress Inks to color in the image.

Then, I used my craft knife to carefully cut out all the INSIDE spaces… look carefully in between the branches and the little pinecones. This was all hand-cut out with my craft knife and some time. :)

After I cut out the INSIDE spaces, then I could easily fussy-cut around the outside of the stamped image. I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to glue the stamped, fussy-cut image to a piece of patterned paper from the "Frosty Sparking" paper collection by Craft O’Clock.

I stamped the Dotted Merry Christmas stamp with black Archival Ink and used a rectangle stitched die from my stash to cut it out and add to my card.

The paper collection has lots of coordinating fussy-cut elements, so I simply found a bird, a candy-cane, two leaves, one anise seed, and a few flower elements to add on top of the stamped image. I used a combination of hot glue and my Nuvo liquid adhesive (the hot glue adds dimension). 

I mounted the whole thing on top of a black card base. This card did take me quite a while, but I enjoy the detail work every now and then. When I showed my husband the finished card, he said, “Wow… you really put some time into that one!”

Hope this inspires you! Thank you for looking! 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Snow Is Glistening!


This slim line card was created with a set of slim line dies for snowy hills, trees, and houses.  The star also in that set.  The poinsettias were also die cut.  I stamped Sleigh Bells Ring on vellum  and adhered it to the card with my Xyron machine.  I spritzed Dazzle Shimmering Bliss Topper.  It looks like stars in the sky.  

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Have a  great day and get inky! 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Retro Aqua Ornaments


Hi Junkies, it's Holly posting today.  Doesn't this card just scream 1970?  I love these nostalgic ornaments on this Retro Ornaments stamp from Technique Junkies.  I stamped this background with some aqua ink onto aqua paper and then used a silver gel pen to color in some areas of the ornaments.  For the sentiment, I found this smaller holiday sentiment on the Christmas Ornaments Trio set.  I didn't want to cover up these awesome ornaments in the background, so that's why I chose a smaller sentiment.  I embossed this with white powder onto a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the aqua ornament background.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Have a Groovy Christmas and Blog Candy


What a fun card for you today!  I combined the newly released Mid-Century Sparkle Background with the sentiment from Groovy Christmas.  Instructions for making this card are below.  I recently made a YouTube video on creating a background (as seen with the sentiment above).  To view my video please visit my Color Burst video.

We're only two months away from Christmas Eve, and my envelopes for all of my 50+ Christmas cards are decorated and addressed.  I get too stressed with this part of Christmas cards, that this year I decided to do it sooner, at a leisurely pace.  Usually I'm frantic, keeping my envelopes undecorated and the address just gets slapped on.  What camp are you in?  Let me know.  I will pick out a random winner to win this card and five pre-made Color Burst backgrounds as seen behind the Have a Groovy Christmas. Comments to my blog candy will be added to the list of names on my blog.

Directions for making my Groovy Christmas card

  • Cut cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4" and mat as desired
  • Place your Mid-Century Sparkle Background into your Misti
  • Using retro-feeling colours of watercolour markers, colour your background--one image at a time.  Once you colour an image stamp it out onto your cardstock.  Repeat if you want a darker image
  • Continue the above step until your background is completely covered
  • Using a Color Burst background (or other groovy background paper) rub embossing buddy over the background where you will heat emboss
  • Stamp out your sentiment with VersaMark
  • Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set
  • Mat sentiment
  • Using pop dots, adhere to your sentiment and centre it onto your Mid-Centruy Sparkle Background

Want to see what YouTube videos I made? View on my blog under My YouTube Videos




Friday, October 22, 2021

TJ Inkspirations: Treeline Edger Card


Landscape Stencils Made Easy
Easy Ink Blending!
The Landscape Edgers from A Colorful Life Designs are just amazing for creating scenes with just a little ink. Today I am showing you how to make an easy Christmas card that uses two of the Treeline Edgers with Catherine Pooler Ink. I also show you how to create custom paper using the ink for perfectly matched layering.

I have two kits with this video, too, one with the ink and one without them. The individual stencils and stamps may be found with that link, too.

Here is the video:
Treeline Edger Card Technique Junkies
Here is the kit with ink:
Here is the kit without ink:
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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Christmas Tag Card Idea


Mass-produce holiday cards easily by creating large "gift tags" to use as card panels! 

I used the "Retro Ornaments" background stamp for this project. This background stamp is part of the October 2021 NEW STAMP RELEASE, but any background stamp would work great!

Create tags easily by trimming out the background-stamped area to about 4" x 3" (or whatever size you like). Then, LIGHTLY FOLD the rectangle in half (but be careful not to crease). While holding the folded paper, cut the corners off of one edge and unfold. Magic! Keep the cut corners and use on other projects!

Ink the edges of the tags, and add embellishments and sentiments of your choice. For this project, I used the "Snowflakes Set of 9" and a little ribbon and patterned paper from my craft stash.

I also used some snips of green scrap glitter paper instead of ribbon at the top of the tag. And I used one sequin instead of a brad... just because. 😊

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Here's a look at the finished card:

Thank you for looking! 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Sleigh Bells Ring Snow is Glistening

 Hello. Tracy Shultz, the Hopeful Crafter, here with today's card. I used the new Sleigh Bells Ring stamp from the October New Release and the previously released Star Power stamp. Check out the Technique Junkies store to see these and so many other amazing stamps: and, if you use my coupon code, TJ10Tracy you can save 10% off your order. 

To create this card I first heat embossed with silver sparkle embossing powder the Sleigh Bells Ring Stamp. I love this stamp and it's flowy font. Then I used regular silver embossing powder to heat emboss the Star Power stamp. This stamp is a must have staple for all your holiday cards: Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, and for Birthday's and other Celebrations. I matted the Sleigh Bells Stamp with silver shimmery cardstock. I matted the Star Power stamp with silver glitter cardstock.   
Here's a list of the stamps I used today:
Star Power:

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Poinsettia Wreath Wishes


Hello fellow stampers. Beth Norman-Roberts here. Have you started making your Christmas cards?  I'm about done, but there's always room for making more.  I'm sure you are busy in the U.S. thinking about Thanksgiving preparations.  Here, in Canada, we celebrated our Thanksgiving.  It is a special time of year for me because my daughter was born on Thanksgiving Day.  Her birthday doesn't always fall on Thanksgiving Day because our Thanksgiving Day fluctuates.


Put aside your Thanksgiving plans for now, let's focus on Christmas for a moment.  Using Poinsettia Wreath Wishes, set of 7, I created numerous cards and am showing three of my cards here.

Steps to Making the Wreath

  • Using brown ink stamp your wreath onto a lightly coloured wood paper or a light coloured cardstock of your choice
  • Choose your sentiment and line it up on your stamped out wreath.  
  • Using an embossing buddy run over the area made for a sentiment
  • Emboss using gold embossing powder
  • Stamp out a second image on white cardstock if you are only making one or two cards.  If you make more, take the stamp off your block or Misti and ink up just the area of the poinsettia and hand press onto white cardstock.  Repeat as necessary
  • Using a circular die, cut out your wreath
  • Colour your hand-stamped poinsettia and cut along the edges so you are left with just a poinsettia
  • Adhere coloured and cut poinsettia over top of the originally stamped image.  I adhered my coloured poinsettia with a pop dot
  • Add pearls to the centre of the flower, and greenery around the flower too
  • Embellish your card as desired

For links to my videos please visit my blog Sunflowers and Dragonflies



Monday, October 18, 2021

Joy to the world!

With just 2 inks (red and green) and 4 markers for coloring, this easy card is perfect for making multiple Christmas Greetings. Our Christmas Frame stamp is perfect with the Light of Faith stamps, which were designed to nestle nicely into the frame. This is one of the many, many cards I am making this year to spread the Joy of Christmas! Pat Huntoon

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Framed Joy in Black and White


Hi Junkies, it's Holly here.  Today I am sharing a rather non-conventional Christmas card.  I love the new Christmas Frame and the Light of Faith set from Technique Junkies, and I wanted to try something different with them.  I stamped the beautiful Christmas Frame with some white pigment ink directly onto a black card base.  Then I carefully arranged the Joy sentiment from the Light of Faith set and stamped it right in the center of the frame with the same white pigment ink.  I set this aside to dry for about 30 minutes before I dared to touch it with my finger.  LOL  I added some tiny red rhinestones around the frame for a tiny pop of color.  

This card is a true one-layer card.  It's just the black card base, no extra layers at all.  That's the beauty of this Christmas Frame.  It has the blank space in the middle built into the stamp so you can just add your sentiment right to the same paper as the frame.  You can use this frame in either orientation - horizontal or vertical, whichever way works best with your sentiment.  Fun fact - all of the sentiments from the new Light of Faith set fit perfectly inside this Christmas Frame!

Please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% when you shop at Technique Junkies.  You can stock up on new Christmas stamps, Shimmering Bliss, the new Catherine Pooler ink pads, and tons of stencils.  Have a great week!


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Glittering Jingle Bells

 Our Sleigh Bells Ring sentiment pairs beautifully with our Jingle Bells stencil. The stencil uses Gold Izink Diamonds from Aladine for shimmering, stay-put, glittery color. Pat Huntoon

Friday, October 15, 2021

TJ Inkspiratons: Wreath Wishes Watercolor Card


This couldn't be easier!
Easy Ink Pad Watercolor!
Today we are making the easy card shown above with the Poinsettia Wreath Wishes Set and just a few Catherine Pooler Inks. I continue to be incredibly impressed with the Midnight Black Ink Pad - it is wonderful to watercolor with. There wasn't even a hint of black ink moving around on the watercoloring!

I have a kit with this video, too. You may notice that the black ink is not included in the kit. The reason I did that is because I plan on using the pad for future tutorials and I don't want to put it in every kit, since many of you order kits frequently (and you only need one). Make sure to get yourself one, though - you will NOT be disappointed!

Here is the video:
Wreath Wishes Watercolor Card Kit
Here is the kit:
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