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October 2016

A Blue and Gold Christmas

Hello Friends.  A friend asked me to order the Memory Box Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve die for her and while searching for inspiration using this die I found several beautiful and creative examples by the very talented design Pam Sparks.  Be sure to check out her blog here.

FYI:  Be sure to double click the photos to see a larger version.

Here's a photo of the Scrollwork die.  As you can see, it is called a sleeve because it scores the cardstock around three sides so that it will form a sleeve to slip on a card.  Frankly I found this to be a bit cumbersome so I cut off the "sleeve" edges and adhered the die to the card front.

MBOX-99551 Besides the scrollwork die, the other thing today's Christmas cards have in common is that they are either predominately baby blue or bright gold in color.  Please keep in mind that the blue is much richer and prettier IRL and the gold mirrorcard is quite hard to photograph.  Be sure to double click on each card to see it in more detail.

The Memory Box die Snowman Collage is a real favorite of mine.  For this card I cut the main panel from white cardstock using the Stitched Rectangles dies.  Next I cut and decorated the snowman (everything is included with the die) then adhered the Scrollwork snowflakes behind the opening.  Cute and simple and fast!  The sentiment is an old one from Memory Box and one of my favorites.

Here's the die:

Snowman-die And the card:

Snowman-CollageSnowman – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Snowman Collage and Stitched Rectangles; Memory Box sentiment stamp; design inspired by Pam Sparks

I showed another sample with this die in an earlier post ... Let me share it with you again.  For this card I sponged the background with dye inks then embossed the Shimmer Stars stencil with pearlescent embossing paste.  SnowmanSnowman Collage – Memory Box die Snowman Collage; sentiment by Hero Arts; Memory Box stencil Shimmer Stars; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths

This card really shows off the scrollwork die.  I cut a blue card to 5½” square and centered the Merry Christmas die in the center front panel.  The channel die cuts the words out but does not cut above or below the words.  I cut two scrollwork dies and adhered them to the top and bottom of the front panel.  Finally I added a white cardstock panel inside the card.  Pam's original card with this design was bright red and quite stunning too!

Snowflake-Merry-Xmas-BlueMerry Christmas – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve and Fancy Merry Christmas Channel; design inspired by Pam Sparks

I love building scenes so it was a natural to use the Night Before Christmas Town as a backdrop for the big sleigh full of presents. This is a step card cut to 5½” x 11" and scored at 4¼” and 1¼” twice.  The front panel is covered with white cardstock embossed with snowflakes, and the back panel is stamped with snowflakes and embossed in white.  The rest is cutting and assembling the dies.  Once I added the town the foreground seemed very plain so I cut some snowdrifts, glued them on and outlined them with Diamond Glitter Glue (Ranger).

Dashing-TownDashing Through the Snow – Taylored Expressions dies Eventful – Night Before Christmas, Dashing Through the Snow and All Wrapped Up; Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp Snowflake Background; Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes

For my first gold card, I used several Memory Box dies and layered them on top of each other to form a scene with trees, snowdrifts and snowflakes.  The red cardinal and gold deer add just the right pop of color. Deer-in-TreesDeer in Trees – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Country Hills Oval Frame, Forest Clearing Oval Frame and Deer Trio; Impression Obsession die Birch trees (cardinal); Taylored Expressions stamp set Rejoice; design inspired by Pam Sparks

Another gold deer stars on this pretty white card.

Birch-Tree-DeerBirch Tree Deer – Taylored Expressions dies Birch Tree Accessories and Banner Stacklets 1; TE embossing folder Snowfall; TE stamp set A Winter View

I used the scrollwork snowflake die again on this card, hanging the ornament from it.  I added lots of medium and small snowflakes and a pretty gold embossed sentiment.

OrnamentOrnament – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Hooks and Caps and Brittaney Ornament; Penny Black die Blizzard; Taylored Expressions die Snowflake Confetti; Memory Box sentiment stamp; design inspired by Pam Sparks

While neither blue nor gold, I had to include this colorful card.  The green cardstock was embossed with a new embossing folder from Taylored Expressions (Twinkling Holidays) then cut on the diagonal to form a tree.  A strip of colorful paper across the bottom defined the color palette for the presents.  A happy sentiment and a few sequins finished off this cute card.

TE-Tree-PresentsTree with Presents – Taylored Expressions die All Wrapped Up; TE embossing folder Twinkling Holiday; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I hope these samples inspire you to start creating your own Christmas cards.  Thanks to Pam Sparks for her inspiration.  Please stop in soon to see these and many other samples in person.

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Holiday Florals

Hello friends and thanks for reading my blog.  Today it's all about the new Holiday Florals stamp and die sets from Taylored Expressions.  This set has a wide variety of floral images and dies to match.  What I found fun and useful was to first stamp 6 or 7 of each image then die cut them.  Once I had a pile of floral images I could start laying out each card and arranging the florals on each layout.


HolidayfloralsFor the background on this and several other cards I used the new TE Woodgrain Background stamp.  I stamped it for this card in a light beige ink and after the card was finished I realized the background kind of disappeared into the kraft cardstock.  For subsequent cards I used a darker ink and liked the results much better.

The bottom of the card is decorative paper and the florals are arranged atop a Stitched Bracket die cut from white.

JoyJoy – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Stitched Bracket Stacklets and Stitched Tag Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

I love this card.  The new Little Bits Nativity die is just the right size to top the sentiment inside the golden oval.  And the holly leaves and berries add just the right amount of color to the neutral card.

True-MeaningTrue Meaning – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Little Bits Nativity; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE stamps Woodgrain Background and Rejoice; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

From a very neutral card to one that's bright and lively!  The TE Little Bits Jingle Bells are the perfect touch to the ribbon.

Peace-and-JoyPeace and Joy – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; TE die Little Bits Jingle Bells; design inspired by Joan Ervin

Another Woodgrain background with lots of colorful florals.

Merry-ChristmasMerry Christmas – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Here the florals add color to the very popular Penny Black Whirled Wreath die cut from kraft and brown.

BelieveBelieve – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Penny Black die Whirled Wreath; Penny Black clear stamp set Believe

Love, love, love the new TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettias.  For this card I die cut an oval from gold cardstock then embossed it.  I added the florals and a pretty sentiment from the same set.

Gold-PoinsettiaGold Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Jean Manis

Embossing folders are very versatile!  I inked the inside of the folder for the next two cards.  For this card I inked the side with raised lines and for the next card I inked the side with indented lines.  Be sure to clean your folder well after using dye inks -- and be prepared to have red hands for a while!

Red-PoinsettiaRed Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Stitched Bracket Stacklets; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Jean Manis

Red-Background-PoinsettiaRed Background Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

Beautiful florals for Christmas and winter. Enjoy!

By The Fireside

Hello Friends and fellow papercrafters.  Today I want to share with you some fun cards featuring new dies by Taylored Expressions.  Let me show you the dies first:

Bythefireside-dieBy the Fireside

Bythefireside-holidaysBy the Fireside Holidays

Bythefireside-santaBy the Fireside Santa

Taylored Expressions is known for their Build-A-Scene dies and these follow that tradition.  Each die creates a scene and they all work together beautifully.

Now for some sample cards using these dies:

For the Santa card I used elements from all three sets plus the wonderful Woodgrain Background stamp and Brick embossing folder.


Santa – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, By the Fireside Holidays, By the Fireside Santa, Little Bits Santa Hat; TE stamp Woodgrain Background; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Jen Shults

These dies are perfect for making scenes for any occasion.  Here I embellished the fireplace with Halloween dies for a spooky Halloween scene.

HalloweenHalloween – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, Little Bits dies Cauldron, Broom, Spider and Web, Potion Bottles and Witch’s Hat; TE Stamp set with coordinating dies Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; TE embossing folders Bead Board and Brick; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Taylored Expressions line of Door to Door dies work wonderfully with the fireside dies.  Here I used the Door to Door decor die set to dress the fireplace for fall.  Sorry about the reflection (yes I turned off the lights and the flash!) -- it's hard to photograph mirror paper.

Fall-FireplaceFall – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, Frame in Frame 1, Little Bits Leaves and Door to Door Décor; TE embossing folders Bead Board, Weathered and Brick; design by Pam Sparks

Here's a traditional Christmas fireplace decorated with stockings, holly and a glittering reindeer in a frame!

ReindeerReindeer – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, By the Fireside Holidays, By the Fireside Santa, Little Bits Reindeer and Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

New Products

Stamp-Positioning-toolStamp Perfect Tool $24.99

In a recent post I announced that Hampton Arts was releasing the new Stamp Perfect stamping tool for positioning stamps accurately.  Because this tool is brand new and because Hampton Arts is dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Matthew, I do not have a video showing this tool at work.  So I am linking here to a Misti video that will introduce you to how this tool works and its many benefits.  Please know that Misti is the original tool in this category and has a patent pending on its tool. 

Stamping is now easier than ever with the Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool! It allows you to precisely position your image and create perfect impressions every time you stamp. No more wasting time or money throwing away failed attempts. Simply re-stamp images that didn't transfer perfectly. Quickly and easily create identical cards and projects. Use with cling mounted rubber stamps or with clear stamps with the foam mat provided.

Quick Overview

• Stamp Perfect measures 7" x 9"
• Hinged design with grid and ruler guides
• Features magnetic backing allows you to align, center, layer and more.
• An inexpensive solution to your everyday stamping problems!

The Stamp Perfect tool will be released in late November (just in time for mass producing Christmas cards!) and I am selling it now for an introductory price of just $24.99 -- half the price of the Misti tool.  I have ordered quite a few, however, these will sell out and I will not be able to get more this year.  So I urge you to reserve yours today at this introductory price.  Just send me a email and tell me how many you need and I will hold them for you. 

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board


WRM has a new release in their long line of very popular punch boards.  This new board make frames so rather than having to have dies of every size, you can customize frames to practically any size!  With the Frame Punch Board you can make customized frames in multiple sizes. Quickly create 2 to 12 inch frames with this cut and punch system.  This tool works with any scrapbook paper, cardstock and more. Make frames in various styles, including Insta- and Polaroid-style frames.

The board lets you choose the width of the frame's borders from ¼" to 1" in ¼" increments.  Here's a link to a video showing you how it works.  We have this new punch board in stock at $29.99.


Please stop in soon and see all the new items in stock!  And if you are looking for anything please give me a call at 915-833-9500!  Thanks!