Monday, December 9, 2013
This is something I've wanted to try for some time -- white on white.  How can you make something that's all the same colour have depth and texture and look beautiful?  The answer is layers.

I used White Daisy paper for all of these layers.  I dry embossed the layer with the polka dots, using my Cuttlebug (which I don't use NEARLY as often as I should -- it's so fun!!).  And I heat embossed the snowflake from the "Perfect Fit - Holiday" stamp set with white pigment ink and white embossing powder.  The circle layers added more depth, and the added touch of the white ribbon just added some sparkle.

This was so much fun -- I'll be doing this challenge again and again!

Sunday, December 8, 2013
We're starting our second week of {CTMH} Holiday cards and the challenges are getting harder.  What can you do with triangles?  The obvious answer is: make Christmas trees ... but I wanted to do something different.  When I think of triangles I think of pennants and banners, and it makes me think of sailing and all things nautical.  I have always had a passion for lighthouses and the sea, so this card is really close to my heart (no pun intended!).

I really like how this card turned out -- it has lots of colour and energy and fun.  It's very different than some of the other holiday cards I've made lately and it really makes me smile.  This card will be saved for someone really special.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
It used to be, when you wanted to put some glitter on your card, you had to get out the Prisma Glitter, glue, craft tray, extra paper and so on.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Prisma Glitter, but sometimes you need less muss and fuss.  That's where CTMH glitter paper comes in.  You can get it in a range of colours, you can cut it on the Cricut to create any shape, and you can glue it on to any paper.

Here is my card for today, featuring the almond colour glitter paper cut in the shape of snowflake.

Friday, December 6, 2013
My 8-year old son Charlie loves to make cards.  I love him and love sharing this activity with him.  He started by just putting paper, stamps and stickers together on a card.  But when he saw me using a card sketch from "Make it from Your Heart", one of CTMH's how-to books, he wanted to try.  He's gotten really good with his paper trimmer!

Following someone else's sketch didn't last long.  His creativity kicked into overdrive and he started creating his own sketches!!  And boy, did it make him proud to see Mom using HIS sketch to make cards.  So today, I chose to use one of his sketches in my 25 Day challenge.

I like nice, clean cards.  And with this stamp, "Illuminate", I especially wanted the image to stand out.  The dark background, the subtle stamped texture, the sponging and glitter all work together to make this stamp set ... and Charlie's sketch ... shine.

Here's Charlie's Sketch, if you want to give it a try:

My creative genius, hard at work!

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Special thanks to my friend Brae for this amazing idea -- using Studio J, CTMH's online digital scrapbooking program, to create stunning photo cards to send to family and friends this holiday season.

These awesome cards were so easy and so fun to make.  I simply used the "No Limits" pattern template and 4x5.5" journaling and photo wells to customize and create.  I added stickers, brads, buttons and ribbon.  And of course, a photo of my beautiful family.  When the prints arrive, all I have to do is cut them and stuff them in standard sized envelopes with my family's annual Christmas letter.

And they are affordable.  Because of the size I chose to create, I got 12 cards for just $6.95 (plus shipping and taxes).  That works out to less than 60 cents a card!  Pretty good for something that looks this good!!

There are a few different ways one could approach this challenge.  I decided to create my own graphic using sentiments from all my different holiday stamps sets.  The different fonts and sizes really helped create an interesting piece of art.

I kept the rest of the design simple, to allow the sentiment collage to be the hero.  It looks complicated, but really isn't -- you just need a little patience, especially if you have stubby fingers like me  :)

First, I chose all of my sentiments and placed them on the square of cardstock I was using for the card.  The stamps were all "sticky side" UP (this is important -- keep reading!)  I moved things around and played until I got it just the way I liked it.

Then, I pressed my large 4x5 My Acrylix block onto the stamped images.  Because they were sticky side up, they stuck to the block beautifully without moving or shifting.

Last, I took each individual stamp off the block, placed it on a smaller block and stamped as usually.  Why didn't I just stamp it all at once?  Two reasons.  First, I wanted to pull out a key phrase and stamp it in a separate colour to make it pop.  And second, stamps from different sets might be different thicknesses.  If I had stamped it all at once, I may not have gotten nice, crisp images of the sentiments.

I love this card.  Especially because I'm a writer, I love turning words into art.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
One of the greatest joys I have found through scrapbooking and cardmaking is the ability to give back, and to put a smile on someone's face with my artwork.  I have been a part of the Kards 4 Kids HSC (Hospital for Sick Children) Smiley team for several years now, and we make cards to donate to SickKids.  It just warms my heart to know that some sick child feels just a little bit better when they receive one of my cards.

Here are two cards that I will be donating this year.  Because we can't put embellishments like brads or buttons or ribbons on the cards (they are choking hazards), it's a great challenge to create beautiful but simple, clean cards for the kids.

I created these cards with only ink and the card base.  I used the Perfect Fit Holiday stamp set -- this is a great, versatile, never-go-out-of-style, affordable set that I know I will have in my collection for years to come.  Add some glitz glitter gel and you're good to go.

And it might be difficult to tell from the photo, but I added some depth by scoring two straight lines down either vertical side of the card.  This gives a classy embossed look, and it's achieved so easily.

We are always looking for donations to our card drives.  Our deadline this year is December 11.  If you would like to donate any cards, please contact me at and I will give you instructions on how to get them to me.  THANK YOU in advance.

Monday, December 2, 2013
It's Day 2 and today, I'm featuring Close to my Heart's Sparkle & Shine papers.  This probably my FAVOURITE Christmas paper pack that we've had in the last few years.  I love the colours -- vibrant, but not overpowering -- the patterns and the silver metallic ink.  It all just works together so nicely.  I know I'm going to have to stock up on this paper pack before it's gone on December 31.

Here's my card for today:

It's a pretty simple card, but the colours in the paper really make it sing.  And I dug deep into my stamp box to come up with this old favourite:  Frosty Friends.  It was one of the first holiday stamps I ever bought and I still love it.  (I do have a weakness for snowmen.) A little Copic colour and some red glitter gems, and it's all done.

Sunday, December 1, 2013
Good morning and HAPPY DECEMBER 1ST!  Where has the time gone?  I hope your holiday shopping is going well and that you're even finding some time for yourself in all the busyness of the season.

Here's a good reason to take a quick break: my 25 Days of Holiday Cards!  Tune in each day for a new card, featuring some great products, fun techniques and cool creative.

Use this calendar to follow along and see what I'll be making this month.


Liquid applique is lots and lots of fun!  You simply apply it where you want something puffy, let it set (preferably overnight) and then puff it up with your heat gun.  I use it with Santa stamps all the time!

And Liquid Applique is on the 2014 Retiring List, so get some while you can!  (Just email me at to place your order, or shop online!)

I also used a masking technique on this card, to create a background for Santa, all on one layer.  It's easy.  Simply stamp Santa first, then also stamp him on a post-it note.  Cut out and place the post-it note overtop of your stamped image.  Stamp the background.  Peel off the post-it and voila! 

Supplies Used:
Sparkle & Shine B&T paper
Lagoon and Ruby Cardstock
CTMH White Daisy card base
Santa Claus stamp set
Black Opaques pearls (also retiring!)
Red Shimmer Trim
Liquid Applique

Please leave a comment if you like what you see.  And come back tomorrow for some more Sparkle & Shine!

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