Joy to the World

I am getting closer and closer to my Christmas card goal, 20 more to go!!!!  I am in love with this Christmas Poinsettia stamp set.  This flower image is classic, elegant and beautiful.  It makes a fabulous focal point and CAS card making a snap!

This is another card I am entering into this weeks CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

Stamps:  Christmas Poinsettia (PTI), Christmas Wishes (WPlus9 Design)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold (SU)
Accessories:  Christmas Poinsettia die, Hexagon Coverplate (PTI), Rhinestones

Hugs & Kisses

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  Ours has been um... eventful to say the least!

Today I am playing along in the CASE Study Challenge, to be inspired by this card by Julia Stainton.

I was inspired by the crimped paper, colors and large leafy images and tried to incorporate all of them into my card.  A bit of a nontraditional color combo for Christmas, but I think it works!

I am also entering my card into the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

We are in the path of Hurricane Sandy which is supposed to arrive here on Monday.  If predictions are correct I will most probably be without power for several days.  I will be preposting my entries for this week.  I hope everyone in the path of the storm is safe!!!  I hope to be back soon!

Stamps:  Mistletoe & Holly (PTI), Country Charm (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Crimper (Fiskars), Button & Twine (PTI), Corner Rounder (CM)

Mass producing

Up until last year, I always mass produced my Christmas cards.  I came up with one design, then started cutting, stamping and assembling.  Honestly, I hated every minute of it!!!  It felt like a chore and really stiffled my creativity.  So, last year I started early and was able to make ALMOST every card special and unique.  In the end I only had to mass produce 15, which was better than 75!!!!  This year though, I think I'm going to make it.  With 2 full months before Christmas, I only have 22 cards left to make :) 

Many crafters enjoy mass producing though.  I've heard others find it therapeutic and relaxing.  Along the way even I discovered some tips and techniques to make the process easier, yet still enabling me to produce stunning cards.  This is all included in my latest entry in the Clean & Simple Classroom at StampNation.  StampNation is an online community of papercrafters from around the world!  (Literally, we just had the newest international member join from Belgium!)  There are now 250 video tutorials, written tutorials, challenges and SO much more!  If you haven't joined yet, click here to learn more!

Have a good one!

Stamps:  Folk Art Flurries (WPlus9 Design Studio), More Merry Messages (SU!)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Versmark (SU)
Paper:  White (WPlus9), Cherry Cobbler(SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Stackers & Simple Snowflake (WPlus9), White Embossing Powder, Rhinestone

For a Happy Holiday

When I came across the Retro Sketches challenge this week, I thought the layout would be perfect for the Pretty Patches: Christmas set!  This is the first time I am using the stamp set alone and these little words surely make a fabulous focal point.  They look great in this fun color combo too :)

I hope you have a happy Monday!

Stamps:  Pretty Patches: Christmas (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Real Red, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party & Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Accessories:  Pool Party Bakers Twine &Tasteful Trim die (SU!), Jingle Joy die (Lil Inker), Corner Rounder (CM),  Rhinestones

Christmas Penguin

I am on a roll with my Christmas cards.  I counted them this morning and I am more than half way done.  And it's not even Halloween. At this rate I may actually be done by Thanksgiving :)

Today's card combines the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge with a sketch from CASE this Sketch.  

Stamps:  Spring Tags, Christmas Wishes (WPlus9 Design Studio), Winter Penguin (PTI)
Ink:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  White (WPlus9), Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Simple Snowflake & Circle Stackers dies (WPlus9), Bakers Twine, Mica Flakes (SU!), Rhinestone


There are very few things in life that I couldn't live without.  My camera is definitely one of them.  This morning I had a major camera malfunction and I was sweating it out BIG time.  Thankfully it has resolved itself and I am able to take pictures once again.  Phew!

Today's card was inspired by the CASE Study Challenge #113.  To CASE this card...

I love orange and pink together, LOVE it.  So that's where I went with my inspiration.  I was also inspired by the background stamping and repeating circles that are seen throughout Julia's design!  Julia Stainton is a stamping goodess, it's so much fun to CASE her.  Even though her style is so different than mine, all of the fabulous details make it easy :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps:  Lacey & Lovely (SU!)
Paper:  White (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie & Stazon Black

Hope Joy Love

I wasn't inspired by anything in particular and didn't play along in any challenges, today's card was just for fun :)

I'm digging these Seasonal Sentiment dies by WPlus9!  Aren't they fun?

Stamps:  Pretty Patches: Christmas (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Baja Breeze (SU!)
Paper:  White (WPlus9), Patterned Paper (MME)
Accessories:  Seasonal Sentiment die (WPlus9), Pool Party Bakers Twine (SU!)

Two for Tuesday

I got a bit busy yesterday afternoon and forgot to post here on my blog, so today I have two cards for you.  The first one is my interpretation of the Retro Sketches Challenge this week.  I've been wanting to hang stockings from this clothesline since I got it and this sketch provided me with the perfect opportunity! 

Next up is this weeks card for Nathan.  You can read about Nathan and his story here

My card design was inspired by another of Cristina Kowalczyk's cards in the Holiday Cards & More issue of PaperCrafts Magazine.  You can see her card on page 56.  I started with Cristina's general layout.  I loved the simplicity of her card, with the image in the upper third and the sentiment directly below it.   I decided to add a bit more to my card being that it was for a little boy, I thought it would be more appealing to him with some glitter and plaid paper :)

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Heart of Christmas Card
Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix, Pretty Patches:  Christmas & Apple, Christmas Wishes, Folk Art Flurries (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Festival of Prints dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Stocking Prints die (PTI), Linen Thread (SU!), Rhinestone & Jingle bell

Warm Wishes Card
Stamps:  Winter Penguin (PTI), Christmas Wishes & Winter Wishes (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds, Blender Pen & Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine (SU!), Double Sided Tape

Season's Greetings

If you are just stopping in for the first time, I have been using the Holiday Cards & More issue of PaperCrafts magazine to inspire my cards for the past few days.  A fellow blogger Lynn was doing this on her blog and I thought it was a great idea, so I decided to do the same.  Today's card is a CASE of one of Lynn's that appeared on pg 15.   This is one of the cards that really jumped out at me when I fist flipped through the magazine.  Her card is so perfectly CAS that I didn't change anything, the layout, colors and embellishments are the same, I just used different stamps.

To keep my images perfectly aligned, I used my ruler to make three very light pencil lines on my card.  I measured in one inch from the left and drew a line every half inch.  Once all of my images were stamped, I went back and erased my lines. 

I have a few more cards lined up for this week that were inspired by Holiday Cards & More, including my next card for Nathan!

Have a good one!

Stamps:  Fair Isle Backgrounds (WPlus9), More Merry Messages (SU!)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler & Jet Black Stazon
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Rhinestones

Christmas Heart

I'm definitely in a Christmas card making mood!  I went through my stamp collection and put all things Christmas in a bin on my desk so that they are easily reachable and so I don't forget about anything!  Christmas cards are my favorite to make, though I usually burn out by Thanksgiving :)

I'm continuing to be inspired by the Holiday Cards & More issue of PaperCrafts.  This time by Cristina on page 83.  The gingham print on the bottom, the cute little rhinestones on the tree and the sentiment on the left side of the card inspired me in my design.

I used a new stamp set from WPlus9!  I love the Pretty Patches series, and this little tree is no exception!  I paired it with a background stamp from Country Charm.  I think I'll be doing that a lot this holiday season!

This card is being entered into the CAS-Fridays Challenge.

Have a great weekend!


I'm following Lynn's lead by using the PaperCrafts Holiday Cards & More issue to inspire me.  I am finding this issue to be my favorite, ever!  Today's card was inspired by Maile's card on pg. 16. 

Stamps:  Folk Art Flurries (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Real Red, Certainly Celery, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red (SU!)
Accessories:  Seasonal Sentiments (WPlus9), Bakers Twine (SU!), Rhinestone

Cloud9 October Blog Hop

It's time for another Cloud9 Blog Hop!!!!  

This month the challenge is a photo inspiration...

Now, I have mentioned here on my blog that I am not a huge fan of Halloween.   Actually I am not a fan at all!  You see Fall cards here, usually not Halloween though!  But, there is something about polka dot pumpkins that really makes me happy :)  I drew my inspiration from those polka dots and created this card...

Now, that's what I'm talking about.  Super cute, country, Halloween fun!!

I hope you'll join the Cloud9 Blog Hop too!!!

*My Stamps for Sale page has been updated!  Check it out :)

Stamps:  Pretty Patches: Pumpkin (Wplus9), Tiny Tags (SU!), Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Pretty Patches Pumpkin & Pinking Square Dies (Wplus9), Jewelry Tag Punch & Bakers Twine (SU!), Black & White Gingham Ribbon (AC Moore)

Another card for Nathan

If you are wondering who Nathan is, I posted his story last week.  To learn more, you can read this post here.  His story is unfortunately like so many others out there and being a mom of young children it rips my heart in two.  I keep thinking about that little boy and his family.  I can't do much to help, but if I can make that little boy smile once a week,  that makes me feel good!  So, that is what I'll do, I'll send him a card once a week.

I had told my boys about Nathan, they asked a lot of questions and thought it was nice to send a card.  My oldest (Conner) is very sensitive and got upset that I didn't let him SIGN the card.  I honestly didn't think he'd care THAT much and I was in a rush to get it in the mail.  So, this weeks card for Nathan is signed by Conner only.  I think it made him feel good too!

If you'd like to send Nathan a Christmas card, here's his mailing info...

Nathan Norman
81 Dunivan Drive
Rustburg, VA 24588

Stamps:  Jingle Joy (Lil Inker), More Merry Messages (SU!)
Ink:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler 
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Be of Good Cheer dsp
Accessories:  Jingle Joy die (Lil Inker), Label Framelits, Tasteful Trim, Linen Thread, Rhinestone (SU!)

WCMD!! France

This is my THIRD post today (making up for lost time :), scroll down to see more...

Here's another card I made for the StampNation WCMD event.  I just posted the 13th challenge!  Wow, it has been a long day.  Good thing there are a few of us switching on and off!!  I pulled out my sponges and ink pads for this one!  How could I not, check out the inspiration piece...

This will be my last post tonight.  I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration here, as well as WCMD, however you spent it (hopefully getting inky!)

Good night!

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Perfectly Penned
Ink: Stazon Jet Black Ink, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Sponges, Rhinestones, Black Taffeta Ribbon

WCMD!! Kazakhstan

Hi Friends!

This is my second post today.  If you are just stopping by, scroll down to see my Australian inspired card.  What I have for you now is a card inspired by Kazakhstan and this photo inspiration, one of the main avenues of Almaty.

How fun is that?!!!!!!

The party continues at StampNation...10 challenges, 2 videos and I just posted a tutorial on the Sunburst Technique that I used on my card.  We will be posting even more...a lot more, until midnight today.  Then, the party continues ALL WEEK LONG!

Stamps:  Spring Tags, A Pocketful (Wplus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black (SU!)
Paper:  White (Wplus9 Design), International Bazaar dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Stacker Dies, Banner Trio (Wplus9)

WCMD!!! Australia

Happy World Card Making Day!!!!!! 

We are having a big party at StampNation.  We have members from over 14 countries and we are celebrating each and every one of those countries (plus more!).  We've already posted 7 challenges and 2 new videos!!  Members from all around the world are chatting and creating.  It is truly amazing.  I was just responding to a post by a member in Japan, JAPAN imagine...she's on the other side of the world and we are sharing this day together!!!  Wow,  what a great day :)

The above card is my sample for Australia, inspired by this Aboriginal art piece:

I hope you are having a great day too!
I'll be back with more later :)

Stamps:  Super Star (Wplus9)
Ink:  Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Comfort Cafe dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Hexagon Coverplate (PTI)

Pretty in Pink

Today's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is "For the Girls" in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   I went with a OLC which I embellished with a simple rhinestone and white Baker's Twine for some added interest.  I find an all white card so clean and crisp, however it is SO hard to photograph.  Any tips??

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you may have noticed that it has been WAY quiet around here!  That's because I've been getting ready for

At StampNation we are throwing a big party, BIG!!!  If you haven't joined yet, now is definitely the time!! Not only is there a party celebrating WCMD, but we also have over 240 video tutorials, plus written tutorials, challenges, a gallery with almost 9,000 projects, and so much more.  The members are just the best you can find anywhere!!!

Catherine did a WCMD sneak peek video on her blog, if you want to check that out, click here and a peek at some of her projects below.

I'll be checking in tomorrow with a few projects of my own, so make sure you come check those out!

**One more thing before I go...

I update my Stamps For Sale page.  Check it out and see if I have anything you may want or NEED :)
Click here or click on the tab at the top of the page.

Happy Friday!!!

Stamps:  Dolled Up (My Minds Eye), Spring Tags (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose
Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Rhinestone, Baker's Twine (SU!)

Stamps for Sale...

My Stamps for Sale page has been updated!

A card for Nathan

When I heard the story of Nathan, a five year old boy fighting cancer (his third round since the age of one), my heart ached.

Nathan asked his parents if they could put up the Christmas tree and his parents did, on September 26th (my bday :)  Friends and family followed suit and now Nathan is receiving cards and gifts by the dozen.

I am going to help Nathan celebrate Christmas in October.  Will you join me?

If you would like to help Nathan celebrate Christmas too, you can send a card here:

Nathan Norman
81 Dunivan Drive
Rustburg, VA 24588

I wish I could include a hug in the envelope too!

My friend Catherine is also helping Nathan celebrate Christmas.  She will be sending him a moving or fancy fold card each week.  I bet that will make him smile :)  Look how cute her card is!  You may view her video here: