Stamp Ink Paper Challenge: Christmas in July


I love Christmas, my favorite time of year and today it almost feels like Christmas.  I have always loved the Wondrous Wreath stamp set when it initially came out.  I have used it many times and this is definitely a set that is going to become one of those classics.  So many people wait until the last-minute to get one and next thing you know…BAM! It’s gone, whether through retirement or popularity.  My rule of thumb is to get a set that has the most versatility.  Enough said! =)

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge

Please share your Christmas in July card, so that the rest of us can begin gathering ideas for our own cards. Please and thank you for joining us.

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The Details:

  • Need a Door?. The hardwood stamp is perfect to give your card the appearance of a wooden door.  Yes, embossing it with the woodgrain folder would have given it a little dimension, but my goal was to keep it simple.
  • Underused Die-Cut. The metal horn (kind of reminds me of a shoe horn) used to hold the wreath on the door is a little underused and I almost never use it, except for today’s card. I already cut it with a left over piece of silver foil sheet when I realized, I used the gold foil sheet for the door knob.  Did you even notice it? HAHAHA
  • Lighter Shade of Red. The ribbon is actually stamped with Real Red ink, but before stamping it I stamped it off once to lighten the color.  It gives it an almost pink look doesn’t it?

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I WELCOME HOBBY STAMPERS TO THE PALS COMMUNITY!  If your motivation is simply to get the kit and enjoy at least 3 months of demonstrator discounts (20% or more), benefits and resources just for YOU, it’s OK!!  There’s no risk, no obligation to purchase anything further and no penalty to drop!  Why not give Stampin’ Up! and my Circle of Pals a test drive and start building your $99 Starter Kit here.

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I went from a hobby demo to an active seller and then back down to a hobby demo that is active when asked. That doesn’t make sense, but it does in my little creative world.

Peace, Love & Lots of Hugs,

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A Card with Tic Tac Toe

ThanksToday I conducted research on the power of a hand-written note and I had no idea that there is actual scientific research that proves the power of sending a hand-written note improves fine motor skills and expression‘, but it makes the receipt to feel valuable and worthwhile. Imagine that!  Seriously, when you receive a hand-written note how does that make you feel?  Leave a comment telling me how you feel when you get a special note in the mail.

When I go through the junk mail and find a note, my heart speeds up as if it’s going to explode if I don’t hurry up and open, talk about an immediately dose of sunshine on my face, and I almost get paper-cuts trying to rip it open just to read the words.  Thank you Rose for the beautiful heartfelt card you sent me (pictured below).

Challenge 6

It’s that time again for another Stamp Ink Paper Challenge and this time it’s Tic-Tac-Toe!  Call me slow, but when I first saw this challenge it took me a while to understand it.  Blame it on my first language…yes, I spoke English when I was eight years old…LOL.  But it was easier than I thought and if you’re anything like me all you do is choose a winning combination and use the square requirements to make your card.  I used the middle, Embossing, Patterned Paper, and Thanks!


  • Embossed Elegance.  Nothing says style like gold embossing.  It’s the easiest and fastest way to show fine lines and softness in an image.  Nothing else is needed, not even an embellishment, at least not in my eyes.  It doesn’t get any easier than this my friends.
  • Yesterday’s Window Frame.  As promised below is the How-To video on the window frame. Please forgive my big head…LoL… it got in the way for a moment.

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My Arms Wide Open.  This week I had a conversation with a friend who expressed her desire for a discount on her paper-crafting supplies, but fear a committment or a penalty if she signed up just to receive constant reminders about making sales or holding workshops.  I told her that my team is a non-hassle, non-committment, no sales requirement team.  What does that mean?  Read it  here.

FullSizeRender-2 copyI received this card in the mail this week and it made me feel so appreciated and loved by my sweet friend Rose.  My hands couldn’t open it fast enough because I had no idea why I even deserved it.  Thank you Rose for warming my heart and making my day!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me today.  Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me how you felt the last time you receive a hand-made card or letter in the mail.

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Golden Stars

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Star light star bright, the first gold star I see tonight… yes, I made this up, but just look at the vibrant yellow golden stars in all their beauty right in front of your eyes.  I’m mostly a white gold kind of girl, but the Fab Friday 50 crew’s card challenge was gold and Whisper White.  Please leave a comment below and tell me if you heat emboss or if you would like to learn.

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I normally don’t do too many color challenges because as I’ve said before and I’ll say it again – I’m NOT crafty! But that’s what I love about card making, everyone Creates and Shares everything – LOL.

Gold Star

Now let me tell you how I put it together – I stamped the stars with Versamark and heat embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss.  I applied the rhinestones to give it that extra sparkle that every girl loves (diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend – LOL).  I then stamped the BE MERRY on vellum paper and can you believe I adhered it with Crystal Effects!?  I dabbed on a tiny bit of the glossy lacquer behind the stamped image and it worked perfect on the vellum!   I’ve listed the items I’ve used below so that you too can replicate the card.

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The Golden “M”

This is my second monogramed card I’ve made so far… you can see the first one here, only difference with this one… is that this one is for me!  LoL… I make cards as I need them and sometimes things happen that prevent me from making a personalized card on the spot.  So having a set of monogramed cards will help me during those times.

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The card was also inspired by the CAS-ology Cue Card challenge and their only suggestion was “gold”.  So, I broke out with my gold embossing powder and champagne glimmer paper which is more gold than anything else.

For news on my side of the world is at a stalemate.  The weather has been too hot to handle to be outside for long periods of time.  I call it lung hot weather.  The warmth of the air actually makes one feel like your lungs are sweating on the inside with each breath.  LoL.

I tend to stay indoors and running outside is for truly dedicated runners who think 100+ degrees is all a mind set.  I’d rather stay inside a cool room and read, make cards, or watch movies.

I did venture out on my day off today, and I lasted about 1.5 hours in the shade.  I was brave enough to walk to the Pizza Hut that is inside of a trailer (kind of like a semi truck hauler) and sat on the patio outside the watering hole called Pete’s.

There is even a Burger King on base, but since the only hamburgers I eat are from Five Guys or In-n-Out, I’m afraid to try them here… LoL.

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Stampin’ Up! Items Used

Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Mosaic Madness Clear Stamp Set
Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Typeset Alphabet Bigz
Champagne Glimmer Paper
Whisper White Cardstock