Your Next Stamp December 2015 Blog Hop


Hello everyone!!  Yayyy, my fifth blog hop featuring new products from Your Next Stamps makes squeal!! LOL!!

I love this release!!  Yesterday’s sneak peek was fun.

If you’ve been hopping along, you would have arrived from Thanh blog and if you’d like to start from the beginning, you can click on over to the linky at the bottom of this post and start at Maureen’s blog.

My favorite set from this release is Life’s a Hoot and Coffee…Right Meow!

Are you ready for my big reveal?  I made two cards to inspire you!

Take a look at my card:

Blast (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Blast Off Stamp Set

Other Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Falling Star Stencil, Distress Ink Faded Jeans, Distress Ink Chipped Sappire, Brother Scan and Cut 2, My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink, Wendy Veechi Embossing Paste, Copic Markers

Take a look at my second card:

I'm here for you (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Word Critters Cats and Dogs

Other Supplies: Lawn Fawn Beachside Petite Pattern Paper, Copic Markers, Brother Scan and Cut 2

So what do you think?  I had so much fun creating these cards to inspire all of you and show you the versatility of the stamp sets! Which one of these items are favorite?  I would love to hear from you!

Be sure not to miss any blog along the way, because one lucky commenter will have a chance to win a $25 YNS gift certificate. Winner will be announced on the YNS blog on December 14th.  So don’t forget to leave a comment on each of the blogs participating in the blog hop.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special promo code to get
20% off your entire purchase!!


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Warm Holiday Wishes – So Suzy Stamps

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with So Suzy Stamps!!  I decided to create a tag using one of Suzy’s new stamps.

Take a look:

Warm Wishes Gift tag 2

I’m sending this gift to a really cool crafty friend.  Inside is a super cute mug, so I found it fitting to use So Suzy Stamp Snowman cup for my tag.

 I stamped my image, used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut the image out and then I used my Copic markers to color the image in.  The colors are R39, E07, B12, B14, B37, B000.
cut diagram (SSS) copy

I packaged my mug and wrapped my box with that pretty ribbon.  I added my tag behind the bow.

Super easy to do.  One box down, two more to go!!!

What will you create this month?  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Your Next Stamp December 2015 Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!!! I’m back again for this month’s Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!!

We are getting ready for our December Release Blog Hop tomorrow with a sneak peek today. Are you excited? I am!!

Take a look at my card that I’m giving you a sneak peek of:

Coffee Splats (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Coffee Rings and Coffee..Right Meow!

Other Supplies: Retired Stampin’ Up! DSP, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Distress Ground Espresso, Recollection Black Cardstock

How many time have you sat your coffee down on your newspaper and/or papers and when you pick it up, these rings are left behind?  I’ve seen it time and time again.  I thought this card was so appropriate for individuals who this happens too.

For this card, I simple sponged the DSP with Vintage Photo and stamped my rings and sentiment with Ground Espresso Ink.

Ink blending (YNS)

Then I adhered the DSP to the front of the black cardstock.

Super simple and easy!!

You can find all of the new projects on the Your Next Stamp Blog!!

I hope I see all of you tomorrow for the December 2015 Release Hop!!

Supplies used:

Distress Ink 3 Distress ink mini 14Recollections Black Heavyweight

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


CASology – 176 Tree

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card just for you!!

This week’s cue card is :

Week 176 - Tree

Take a look at my card:

Pear Tree

I love watercoloring so I decided to do that technique for this clean and simple card.  I have to admit, I’m not impressed with my partridge.  The rest of my coloring, I love but that bird, doesn’t impress me.  It just means I need to practice it more.  I should have waited for each section of the bird to dry first before starting another color.

Despite all of that, I love how my card turned out.  This tree is super cute and perfect for the holiday season.

To create this card, all I did was stamp the tree and sentiment from retired Stampin’ Up! Partridge & Pears.  I used Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen to color the images in. It was super relaxing to watercolor today.

I had all of nieces on Sunday, so as I colored my image, I had them color theirs with crayons.

Take a look:

kids pear tree

They did a fantastic job.  Another great Sunday with my daughter and nieces!!

Now its your turn!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

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 Partridge & PearRanger Watercolor Paper

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Fifth Day of Gift Giving – Slider Dies

Hello everyone!!  I’m here with Your Next Stamp with this amazing series called 12 Days of Gift Giving!!


I’m super excited about this series because it forced me to look at YNS dies differently.  I’ve always had a love for packaging but rarely get to do it.

So today I have a super easy tutorial for you: Pop Up Gift Card Holder!! I learned how to create this sometime last year and Never got a chance to try it.  So why not now!!

Take a look at what we are going to make:


Gift Card Holder 1



Gift Card Holder 3

Are you ready to see how this is done! Check this out:

First: You have to cut your gift card holder base to 9-3/8 by 5.  Then you need to score it.  On the long side: 9-3/8 side, score at 2-7/8 and 7-1/16.  On the short side: 5 score 1/2 on the left side and the right side.
Score lines

Second: You have to cut down the 1/2 inch score line to the 7-1/16 score line. Leaving the bottom for the card holder.

Cut edges

Third: Then I rounded the edges of the short panel without the flaps.

Rounded edges

Fourth: Then you add strong tape to the two bottom flaps to create a pocket.


Fifth: Then you pull the tape backing off and carefully line up the side and press closed.

Closed base

Sixth: Then you have to cut a smaller card base (4-7/8 by 3-5/8) that you gift card will be attached to.

Inside piece

Seventh:  Then you have to score this to 1/2 on one side and 3-1/2 on the other side.  Then you have to round the edge on the 3-1/2 score line to match the base.

Inside score

Now take a look at both pieces before we go any further.

Side by side

Eighth: Now its time to add the ribbon.  I cut a 20in piece of ribbon and then cut that in half and taped it down on the top flap on opposite ends.


Ninth: Then I added tape to the inside panel.

Tape downside

Tenth: Once you take off the backing of the tape, you have to insert the small panel inside the base. You fold the small flap and side the panel into the base.

Insert small piece

Eleventh: Once you insert the small panel, make sure you line the small insert up with the base at the top and press down on the tape area, so that it stays.

Pieces put together

Take a look at the closed holder.


Twelfth: Then I cut the front panel to 3-3/4 by 2-1/2 out of pattern paper.  I also cut a white piece of cardstock to the same size for the backing.  Then I used YNS Slider/Spinner Die to cut a opening in the patten paper.

Slider panel

Thirteen: Then I lined my pattern paper up with the white cardstock and placed my sentiment in place to stamp.  I used the Misti to help position it.


Fourteen: Once the sentiment was stamped I placed the patten paper on top to make sure the sentiment is lined up.


Fifteen: Then I builded the slider with dimes and foam tape.

dime slider

slider building

Sixteen: Once your slider is built you can decorate it later. To add it to your white backing you need to add a lot of foam tape so it doesn’t fall in.

Foam tape

Seventeen: Then you add the panel to the front of your gift card holder.

Put together

Eighteen: Then you add your gift card to the inside panel.  I added a small strip of adhesive to the top of the gift card so that it stays in place.


Then you added what you would like to the slider for decoration.  I added an embellishment.

To keep it closed I added a piece of velcro to the flap.  Nice finish!!

Take another look:

Gift Card Holder 3

When you push it closed the panel slides down into the holder.

Sorry for the long tutorial!  I wanted to make sure you were able to create one for yourself!

Super cute!!  What do you think? Would you like a gift card holder like this one?

Thank you so much for stopping by!


CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique

Hello everyone!! I’m here with CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Challenge Inspiration for December.

Our theme is Take a Technique: Sharing the Season!!

For this month’s challenge the technique we would like to see Seasonal creations: Winter/icy themed, or even Christmas projects if you’re not bored of these already! For those readers who live in different climates: Why not share your December seasons with us!

This should be super fun to see what the whether looks like in different parts of the world.

Take a look at my card:

Happy Holiday (TIMI)

Here in the USA, we are in the middle of fall and winter.  No, snow in my are yet, but they have some 4 hours away from me.  I hope we don’t get any.  I don’t care for the snow to much.  It makes it hard to drive.  Don’t get me wrong, its pretty but its troublesome.

I created this card using Purple Onion Designs Stacey Yacula Studio – Birch (Winter Bunny)!  Such a cute image and fun to color.  I used my Faber-Castel Polychromos Coloring Pencils.

I inked the background, added some embossing past for snow and a stitched hill.

I love how this card turned out!! Super pretty!

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for December: Polkadoodles


The prize is a £25 voucher to spend in the online store.

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!


So Suzy Stamps December 2015 Challenge


Hello everyone!!  I’m here with So Suzy Stamps and our last challenge for 2015!!!  I can’t believe this year is almost over!!  So why not send 2015 off with a bang!!

Check out our new challenge:

So Suzy Stamps

Check out my card:

Joy (SSS)

Oh man check out how those colors really pop off of my card.  I love the purple and blue!!  Getting gifts bring me joy, wish I received some. LOL!!

I used the new release So Suzy Stamps Present stamp!  Awesome stamp to color and play with.

Here is how I created this card:

  1. I stamped the present randomly on my card panel using My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. 
  2. Then I stamped another present and used my Brother Scan and Cut 2 to cut it out.  I used Copic Marker: V06, Y02, Y15, Y19 to color my image in.
  3. I adhered the present to the card panel using foam tape.
  4. After that I used Lawn Fawn Scripty Joy Die to cut out the sentiment three times out of fun foam.
  5. I adhered the sentiment on the card panel using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  6. I adhered the card front to the card base using fun foam.

Super simple and easy to duplicate.

What do you think? Please let me know below.

Supplies used:

MFT Hybrid Black Ink Brother Scan and Cut2Copic Markers Fun Foam Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Guest Designer: Sparkle and Shine Challenge

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Hello everyone!! I’m here today with the Sparkle and Shine Challenge as the Guest Designer for the month.  I’m super excited to participate in this challenge this month.  The ladies on this team are totally awesome designers.

Here is the photo inspiration that I used to create my card:

sparkle and shine. jpg

When I saw this photo, I was torn on what to create!  I saw the purple first, its my favorite color, then I spotted the snowflakes on the wall and thought how can I recreate that look and here you go.

Take a look at my card:

Joy (S&S)

I totally love how this card turned out!!  Purple is such an amazing color!  It’s vibrant and deep!!

I wanted to include the snowflakes, the colors purple and black!

Here is how I created my card:

  1. I used Distress Ink Dusty Concord and add the ink to my paper. Only on one side of the card base since the snowflakes were in the corner.
  2. Then I used Create a Smile Snowflake stencil and Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste to add some snowflakes over the purple ink blending.
  3. Then I used Lawn Fawn Joy Die to die cut 3 words out of fun foam.
  4. I adhered the sentiment to the card base using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  5. Then I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequin from the Create a Smile Snow Dancing kit.

So what do you think?  Please let me know.

This challenge runs for two weeks. You have until December 14, 2015 at 11:55pm to enter for a chance to win a super awesome prize!!

Supplies used:

Distress Ink Dusy ConcordTombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveSnow Dance Kit  Scripty Joy Fun Foam Embossing Paste

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


CASology – 175 Pie

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Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card just for you!!

This week’s cue card is :

Week 175 - Pie

Take a look at my card:

Pie (CAS)

OMG!!  You can’t get any more Clean and Simple then this!!! I love it.

When I saw the cue card was pie, I knew I didn’t want to use the food pie because that was typical. So I thought about pi in math class.  I was going to draw the symbol but I can’t draw and that would have been a disaster waiting to happen.

So I went with the next best thing!!  The actually number for “pi”.

To create this card, I die cut a scrap piece of ink blended paper with Papertrey Ink Sew Stylish Number Die Collection. I used Tombow Multipurpose glue to adhere the number to the card base.   Nice and easy.

So what do you think?  Did I inspire you?

Now its your turn!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

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Hannelie Bester

Hazel Hodgkins

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kimberly Wiener

Kymona Tracey

Melissa Chipperfield

Ren Loh

Tracey McNeely

Our Guest Designer this week:


Our Sponsor this week is Serendipity Stamps.

Supplies used:

PTI Sew Stylish numbers die Tombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveRecollections White Heavyweight

Thank you so much for stopping by!


a2z Scrapbooking December 2015 Challenge

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Hello everyone!!  I’m here with a2z Scrapbooking today with our December Challenge!!!

Our new challenge is all about Dimension!!!!!  The holidays are finally here!!!  Don’t you just love this time of the year!  I do! I also love our new challenge for the end of 2015!  Our challenge this month is Make it Pop (Use a lot of Dimension)!!

Check out the card I created for this challenge:

Elf (a2z)

Creating this card was easy.

Here’s how:

  1. I used the pattern paper from Create a Stamp Snow Dance Kit with My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stax Die. 
  2. Then I stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things BB Santa’s Elves stamp set using My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.
  3. Then I attached all of the panels with fun foam.
  4. I stamped one of the elves from Hero Arts Santa’s Elves Stamp and Cut with My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.
  5. I colored it in with Copic Markers: R24, R27, R29, YG17, YG03, YG25, E00, E23, E11, B00, B02
  6. I attached the elf to the front panel with foam tape.
  7. I added Your Next Stamp Love Earth Gumdrops for a nice finish.

So what do you think?  I had fun creating this card.

Supplies used:

Snow Dance Kit MFT Rounded Stitched DieBB Santa's Elves Copic Markers HA Santa's ElvesYNS Love EarthFoliage layering paper

Thanks for stopping by!