Thu 18

Under the Christmas tree

Happy Thursday everyone! Yoonsun here with a bunch of Christmas gifts for you. Each day Christmas is coming closer and all you need to do is decorate Christmas gifts under the Christmas tree for your family and friends right!? Of course I did!

Today, I made inlaid card. I love the look of the single layer, all pieced together like a puzzle.

As most of you know, the die cut inlay technique is very popular among card makers and one of my favourite techniques as well! I chose Poppystamps Birthday Stack die as a focal point. I cut it out twice from white & gold foil papers. I used both the positive and the negative parts of the same die cut as you can see the picture. I adhered the negative die-cut panel over the sticky paper panel and then carefully laid gold foil outline piece on that using tweezer.

I then cut it out from different coloured glitter papers and placed what I’d like them to appear on a finished card.

This sparkle and shine Christmas gifts puts me in the holiday mood!! I hope you are keeping well and are looking forward to a Joyful and Happy Christmas indeed.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Christmas crafting!


Wed 17

Pretty Package Toppers

Hi everyone, Sue here with some quick and simple ideas to pretty-up your holiday packages.

Here's a look at the four gift toppers I made.

Gift Toppers

First up is the Poinsettia Dies I cut from kraft card stock and layered.  I also added a snowflake that I cut apart from the Frozen Flakes die cut, covered it using a shimmer pen and added an iridescent brad.

Poinsettia & Frozen Flakes

It looks so pretty on a white gift.

Poinsettia & Frozen Flakes Box

Next up is the Poinsettia Outline I die cut three times from silver holographic paper and added a holographic gem.

Poinsettia Outline

How fun and shimmery is this on a present?

Poinsettia Outline Box

Velvet paper is what I used for the next topper.  This time using just the Poinsettia Background with the centre layers from the tiny Blooming Poinsettia.  It's hard to see but the embossing on the velvet showed up really well on the flower centre.

Velvet Poinsettia

This adds an elegant finish on a gift.

Velvet Poinsettia Box

Last is a medallion I made using three snowflake die cuts from foil card stock.

Snowflake Medallion

Then I added the Small Poinsettia to its centre.

Snowflakes & Poinsettia

Love the punch of colour it gives to a plain white box.

Snowflake Medallion Box

I hope this inspires you to look at your dies in a different way and see how they can be combined to make your holiday packages extra festive!

Thanks for visiting today!

Sue Signature New



Tue 16

Joyful Christmas Village



It's a colorful little Christmas in the village! I had SOOOO much fun creating this card! It's been a while since I've made a fun card with a lot of die cuts, so this Christmas village scene gave me a great opportunity to spend some time in the craft room!

This card began with a standard 7 in. wide by 5 in. tall white card stock card base. Then I added a smaller panel of the bright blue background. Then came two layers of "hills" that were adhered onto the base using pop dots, to give an illusion of dimension and perspective. Once the landscaping was complete, I added Brevilla Houses with glitter window panels, Christmas Baubles snowflakes, Pine Tree Border evergreens, a little Mini Picket Border fenceline, and a few more tall firs from the Evergreen Trees set! The little moon was made with a circle punch.


The string of lights above the rooftops were created by taking the first row of the Christmas Light Background and cutting it twice out of black glitter paper. The I cut it a third time with different colored squares of glitter paper placed over the light bulbs. I craefully trimmed off all the black bulbs, and then, using a craft tweezers, glued the different colors of lights into my hanging wire. There's no way Santa will miss THIS joyful little village!

Have a joyful and colorful holiday season!

Live your life in color!

Michele Signature copy




Mon 15

Memory Box & Poppystamp Blog Hop Winners

Thanks so much for joining us for our recent blog hop with Memory Box!  Your comments make our day and we can't thank you enough!!!

Since we were featuring treats, tags, and wrappers we thought it was a great way to introduce you to Dave Brethauer's latest venture - Birch Press Design, and give away some prizes for the bakers out there.

Everyone is a winner because we'd like to thank you for hopping with us with this special offer.
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Memory Box and Poppystamps each chose random commenters from the designer blogs.

Memory Box Winners-
Recipe Cards from Evgenia's Blog- Laura Lok
Tea Towel from Marnie's Blog- Antonella
Apron from Pam's Blog- Patti J
Poppystamps Winners
Recipe Cards form Sherry H's Blog Elizabeth Firkus
Tea Towel from Teo's Blog - Gail (I Like Paper)
Apron from Patty's Blog - Viri Diaz

The second chance to win on facebook Winners are.. 
Recipe Cards Lidia Rodriguez
Tea Towel Maryann Laursen
Apron Kim Higgins

Thanks for joining us!   Winners will be contacted by Memory Box or Poppystamps.

Jeanne Signature copy

Sun 14

Sparkly Frost


Hello and welcome beautiful Sunday morning! We have absolutely clear sky this morning here in Kingston Upon Thames. It's the most precious delight after many dark gray rainy weeks. Sunshine is tickling me on my nose, while typing and I love it! :0) When I look out the window I see white frozen roofs and cars covered with sparkly frost. It's really winter!

Merry Christmas ( Snowflakes ) copy

I have card rich of playful snowflakes to share with you today. 

Merry Christmas ( Snowflakes )detail copy

First I used biscuit ink pad and rubbed over Mini Dots Stencil to create some texture for my background, than I die cut and trimmed Frozen Flakes from velum and white cardstock.

Merry Christmas ( Snowflakes )detail 1 copy

I decided to use Vintage Merry Christmas die and made negative die cut holiday sentiment matted with red cardstock.  Embellished with good portion of my snowflakes added some green sparkly sequins and Pine Boughs too. 


Hope that you enjoying your precious Sunday moments. Thank you for stopping by.

Zuzana Signature

Sat 13

Three Tags in a Pocket

Hi everyone!  It’s almost time to start wrapping those packages, and packages always need tags.  I wanted to create a project that would be a card and a gift all in one and that would fit in a standard A-2 envelope.  I first created the sentiment on my computer, and placed it so that it would print near the top of a 5.5” x 6” piece of cream card stock, then scored and folded it at 1.5”.

I cut the Swirly Curl Border Outline from the same cream card stock, and adhered the bottom half above the sentiment so that the top half would extend above the top edge of the folded section.  I glued the sides of the pocket, and added some gold glitter stickers as shown.

Tag Trio - Pocket

Now for the tags.  Don’t you just love the Peace, Love and Joy tag set?  I cut a piece of 4.25” x 5.5” piece of dark green card stock, and sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Memory Box Texture Adornment stencil.  I then cut the tags from this stenciled piece, and sponged Delicata Gold ink onto the words and around the edges of the tags.  I used  an embossing folder on a piece of cream card stock, then cut three strips from it, punched a hole at the tops, rounded the corners, and flagged the bottoms.  I then tied the word tags to these with two different types of narrow ribbon.

I next die cut two of the Small Fremont Pine Outline, and snipped off enough from the bottoms to make a smaller tree.  I cut the Pine Boughs and shortened one of them, and covered all of the die cuts with a glitter brush.  I used a thin thread to tie a gold jingle bell and the trees through the holes of two of the tags. I glued the pine boughs to the third tag, and then tied the jingle bell on it as well. I randomly added some of the tiniest gold glitter stickers to the trees and the pine boughs.

Tag Trio - Out

Once the tags were assembled, I slipped all three of them into the pocket, and voila … a card with a message, and the recipient can use the tags on gift packages if they so choose!

Tag Trio in Pocket

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

Sherry H Signature copy

Sat 13

Snowflakes and Bells


Hello, Marybeth here today! I have more gold to share with you. This card goes with the tag I made for the blog hop. 


My card was very easy to make , I just die cut the Frozen Border and adhered it with foam tape on the back.  I made my bow and added lots of clear dots to hold the shape of my bow in place. I like the way it turned out. I love adding the small pine boughs to almost anything! 


I don't normally use this much gold but its for Christmas!  This was fast and easy to make. The bow is the only thing that took a bit of time, not much though.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Marybeth Signature copy

Fri 12

Wishing you Merry Christmas

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Do you need a quick and simple card?  Well this just might be the one.  I know we are all busy this time of the year, and as the clock ticks toward Christmas, time is something we just don't have enough of. 

Background dies are a great way to add dimension to the front of a card and still have a very pretty card to share.  My photo doesn't show as well as I'd hoped, but I used a glittery background to show through the die cut words.  As I was sitting at my desk, I saw the mirror silver letters that had fallen from an earlier cut I'd made.  I decided to use the large MERRY and the script Christmas so I glued them in place.  Can you see it?  I hope so. 

And for the quick inside....this is what I did.....


I love, love, love word dies.  This Merry Christmas is perfect.  It's oh so fancy (a word I love for some reason), and it's perfect for the inside or the outside of a card, yet big enough for a scrapbook layout.  Do you recognize the die I used on the left side of the blue cardstock?  If you look at the dies I used, you'll see that I altered this die.  That's another good thing about dies, you can use the total die cut or pieces and parts.  Good idea no?  Why yes it is!

Today is baking day....I guess I should get my apron on and get busy.  If I don't pop in again before Christmas, I'm sending wishes for a Most Merry Christmas. 

Until next time.....

Hugs from me to you,

Mary Signature copy


Thu 11

Happy Holidays by Sherry Eckblad

Hello PoppyStamp Fans!


Sherry Eckblad here today sharing with you one of the holiday cards I made this past weekend. I can't believe how quickly the holidays are going to be here. Feels like we just celebrated Christmas.

I LOVE clean and simple, crisp white cards with a POP of color.


For my card today I used the Swirl Curl border outline and cut it out of my panel. I then adhered vellum to the backside before placing my die cut back inside the open space in the panel. Next I popped that up with foam tape onto the card front.

Next I cut out the Vintage Happy Holidays using some foil paper. I added adhesive to the back of the letters and placed it onto my card. Lastly I added some sequins and pearls and the card was complete.

This card is going to my husbands Aunt who adores getting my homemade cards in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Wed 10

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop



Amy Tsuruta created an event on Facebook inviting lots of crafty friends to create a project inspired by their favorite drink  - it doesn't have to be coffee - and give it a little holiday spice!  Of course we want to play along.  You'll find lots of java, tea, and hot chocolate inspired project and have the opportunity to win a few prizes as well.  You can see the link up of all the projects here on her blog.
I used the Teacup Stack die on my design today.   I cut the design from my card base and inlaid a second cut from gold foil paper to make these extra fancy.


To add some holiday spice I added a border of gingham washi and a pretty layered poinsettia with some festive foliage
When I added the Happy Holiday sentiment over the teacups it looked a little "busy" so inlaid some white cutouts inside the letters.  If you look close you will see the inside of the fancy H is filled in.


[1086] DIES- Teacup Stack

We're giving away this teacup die to one lucky winner.   Just leave me a comment by December 14 to be entered to win.  The  winner will be posted here on December 20.

Jeanne Signature copy