SC204 ‘Tis the Season Wreath card

  • Stamps: Inkadinkado 98325 (Wreath); Northwoods Rubber Stamps “‘Tis the Season” and “Season’s Greetings background;” SU! “Crosshatch”
  • Paper: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Bashful Blue, white

    SC204 'Tis the Season Wreath card


  • Ink: Basic Black, SU Markers (Real red, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Garden Green)
  • Accesories: Martha Stewart bow punch, matting tape, red and blue glitter, Stamp-a-ma-jig

This is my submission for Wednesday’s Sketch Challege #204 (SC204) over at SCS. I picked up the gorgeous wreath stamp (by Inkadinkado) at Michael’s yesterday in the clearance Christmas stamps! Yay! When I picked it up, this color combo immediately came to mind, and I was super excited to see that it fit perfectly into this week’s sketch challenge. Sorry that the colors look a little dull in the picture – I couldn’t seem to get the lighting in the dining room to cooperate with me on this card! In real life, the colors are much more vibrant!

Started by using SU markers in Real Red, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Garden Green, coloring with only one color at a time, and then stamping it. Used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the stamp perfectly. Stamped “‘Tis the Season” sentiment (from Northwoods Rubber Stamps) in Basic Black ink below the wreath image. Added red glitter to red portions of image. Punched bow with Martha Stewart punch in Real Red cardstock and covered with red glitter. Mounted image on panel of Garden Green cardstock. Also mounted Bashful Blue panel on Garden Green and added a stripe of blue glitter on both top and bottom.

Mounted the entire works first on a panel of Certainly Celery cardstock (stamped with “Season’s Greetings” stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps in Certainly Celery ink), and then on a panel of Real Red cardstock (stamped with Crosshatch background stamp with Real Red ink).

Thank you so much for looking and please let me know what you think! 🙂




JESUS is the reason for the season!

Ok, so… tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and once that is behind us we’ll be in fully in Christmas mode. I know many of us already have most of our Christmas cards done, but I thought I’d take a moment today to bring up an important point that applies to far more than just cardmaking this holiday season:

Please, refer to this special holiday as “CHRISTmas.” Please don’t remove the name of Christ by referring to anything as “xmas.” This is something that never fails to strike an angry chord in me. I don’t know if people are just lazy or ignorant, but we wouldn’t have Christmas without Christ, so why remove His name from the holiday?


JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!

Honor Him by leaving His name in “CHRISTmas.” It’s the very least we can all do. There would be no holiday if it weren’t for Him, so please remember that!

CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Print Pattern, Cheesecloth
  • Paper: Really Rust, non-SU cream & textured gray
  • Ink: Really Rust, Going Gray, Chocolate Chip

    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

  • Accessories: Fiskars “Clouds” scissors, cream ribbon, brads, hole punch, sponge, matting tape, Coluzzle
  • Technique: sponge distressing, Rock and Roll

I made this card for this Tuesday’s Color Challenge: “Going Really Vanilla” (CC194) which consisted of using Really Rust, Going Gray, and Very Vanilla. I only had the Really Rust paper (do have all three inks though ) so I used what I had for the other two colors. The first set that came to mind to work with was “Season of Friendship” and I was excited to work with it again as I think I have only made one or two cards with it since I got it about a month ago (have been far too busy making Christmas cards I guess!).

First, stamped tree from Season of Friendship in Chocolate Chip ink on cream colored cardstock. Stamped leaf bunch from same set first in Going Gray ink, and then used the “rock and roll” technique to add Really Rust to the edge of the leaves for added color. Cut image out with Coluzzle and sponged Really Rust ink around the outside edge, blending inward. Mounted on panel of Really Rust cardstock and cut around shape with “Clouds” scissors by Fiskars. Punched three circles out of Really Rust cardstock with a regular size hand-held hole punch, stuck pewter brads through them, and mounted them in a line on the left side of the circular panel.

Stamped Print Pattern background stamp in Really Rust ink on back cream panel. Stamped over it with Cheesecloth stamp and sponged edges in same color ink. Stamped sentiment from Season of Friendship in Going Gray ink on a 6.5” x 4.25” panel of gray cardstock, and sponged same color ink on edges. Assembled card, adding cream-colored ribbon to cover seam and add some “pretty.”



I also thought I’d take a minute to share with you a picture of one of my personal stamping buddies. Meet my ex-barn-kitty-turned-house-cat Samson! This is him enjoying a rewarding nap on my bed earlier this fall. This is how he likes to sleep… with his belly in the air and his little feet tucked up by his chin!

Thanks so much for looking!


SC92 Peaceful Snow Time

  • Stamps: It’s Snow Time, Wonderful Words II
  • Paper: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Real Red, white
  • Ink: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Real Red

    SC92 Peaceful Snow Time

    SC92 Peaceful Snow Time

  • Accessories: red ribbon, Liquid Applique, SU Markers

Ok, so I did another random search of the sketch challenge archives at SCS and thought this one (SC92) from October 4th of 2006 looked simple and sweet. I sat down with “the book” (where we have stamped images of all of our stamps – sort of like our personal stamp catalog) tonight to find an image that would fit in the small-ish main panel of this sketch. I happily settled on an image from “It’s Snow Time” – I haven’t used this set in ages even though I love it! 🙂 Right away, I envisioned the pretty script font in the Wonderful Words sets that would fit perfectly on the next panel. A very simple card – I got it done in less than an hour! Yikes! My cards always take for-e-ver!

Thanks so much for looking and please be sure to let me know what you think!


LSC195 SC120 Changing Seasons Masculine Birthday

  • Stamps: Changing Seasons, It’s Your Birthday, Antique Cracking, Linen
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, cream
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa

    LSC195 SC120 Changing Seasons Masculine Birthday

    LSC195 SC120 Changing Seasons Masculine Birthday

  • Accessories: SU Markers, sponge, gold brads, gold leaf pen
  • Technique: sponging, direct-to-paper ink distressing.

I did this card for this week’s limited Limited Supplies: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (LSC195) challenge at SplitCoast, which specifies using “chocolate” in some form for your card. So, I used both “Chocolate Chip” and “Close to Cocoa” colors. I also did a random search of the Sketch Challenges and found SC120, from April 17th of 2007 and used that as the design for this card.

Because of the more masculine color scheme, I decided this would be a great opportunity to make a masculine birthday card, and this image from the retired Stampin’ Up set “Changing Seasons” fit the bill perfectly.

First, I stamped the image of the bridge and the sentiment (from “It’s Your Birthday”) in Chocolate Chip on cream cardstock. Colored certain parts of the image with various SU markers. Stamped portions of the “Antique Cracking” background stamp in Close to Cocoa ink around the outside of the main image to form a sort of frame. Sponged Close to Cocoa ink in the corners of the same panel. Distressed edges with distressing tool. Mounted on a panel of Chocolate Chip cardstock. Added antique gold colored brads to all four corners.

Stamped “Linen” background stamp on the three Close to Cocoa cardstock panels. Sponged corners of the panels in the same color ink and brushed the stamp pad itself lightly over them to add additional distressing.

Finally, stamped Antique Cracking stamp in Chocolate Chip ink on the back panel. Sponged Chocolate Chip ink on corners as well. Finished by running a gold leaf pen on the edges of the background panel.

Thanks so much for looking!


Country Season’s Greetings

  • Stamps: Country Pleasures, Print Pattern, Northwoods Stamps “Season’s Greetings”
  • Paper: White, Mellow Moss, Almost Amethyst
  • Ink: Basic Black, Mellow Moss

    Country Season's Greetings

    Country Season

  • Accessories: glitter, twine, square brads
  • Technique: tearing, stitching

Yay!  Two nights in a row that I was able to stamp!

My apologies for the crummy scanned image again.  Ick – it made my glitter and part of the background look yellow! 😦

Stamped image in black ink on white cardstock.  Colored church w/ Mellow Moss marker and highlighted parts of snowman with Almost Amethyst marker.  Glued sparkly *white* (not yellow!  haha) glitter to snow on ground and mounted image on Almost Amethyst cardstock.

Stamped Print Pattern in Mellow Moss ink on Mellow Moss cardstock and ripped at an angle.  Stamped “Season’s Greetings” stamp in Mellow Moss on leftover white portion of background panel.  Used Almost Amethyst marker to write over some of the “season’s greetings” sentiments on background.   “Stitched” image panel to mellow moss panel with twine.  Might go back and do the same to one of the opposite corners – I’m not sure yet.

Thanks for looking!


Warm Wishes Moose

  • Stamps: Walmart clear holiday stamps (moose & sentiment), SU! Print Pattern and Linen
    Warm Wishes Moose

    Warm Wishes Moose


  • Paper: White, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Real Red
  • Ink: Versafine black, SU! Markers
  • Accessories: colored pencils, baby oil, red ribbon, red & gold glitter, sponge
  • Technique: “Gamsol magic,” sponging

About a week ago, I came across this thread on Splitcoast stampers where someone had discovered that Walmart had created their own line of clear stamps for the holidays and were selling them nationwide.  I fell in love with a set with porcuppines, a bear, an owl, and a moose and after calling our local Walmart to be sure they were in stock there, I headed out promptly after work to pick up my new treasure.  However, although I had given the lady on the phone the SKU # of the stamp set (thanks SCS!), and she had assured me they had them (6 in stock, to be exact), after an hour-long exhaustive search of the entire store and asking no less than four associates if they knew where I could find them, I left empty-handed.  I replied to the thread the next day (Tuesday) with my dissapointing news, and soon received a reply from Bonnie, a very generous regular on SCS who offered to pick me up a set at her local Walmart and send them to me, charging me only what it cost her!  My stamps arrived in the mail on Saturday and I finally had a chance to work with them last night.  Here is what I created!  (For those of you who want to go check out your local Walmart for these stamps, please let me warn you that people have had a very difficult time locating them at their Walmarts also as it seems they are not usually in with the rest of the craft items.  One lady even found them in a display in the pharmacy department!)

Notes about this card:  Moose was stamped in black ink and body colored first using baby oil and colored pencils.  Leggings colored using SU! Markers and glitter.  Put gold glitter over coloring on antlers. Main background panel design created by using Real Red and Always Artichoke SU! Markers on the Print Pattern background stamp and then stamped over with linen background stamp and Always Artichoke ink.  Sponged Always Artichoke ink on edges to give it a little more dimension.

And also, please take a moment to visit Bonnie’s blog (Creative Minds) and her gallery on SplitCoastStampers and thank her for sharing her talents with us so we can all gain inspiration from her creative mind! :0)

Thanks for looking and make sure to let me know what you think!