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Friday, November 29, 2013

A SplitCoast Stampers' Tutorial
and a Quick Craft

Glowing Lights

by Lydia Fiedler as Posted on the Splitcoast Stampers Site


Learn how to get the warm glow of Christmas lights with a simple technique using a white gel pen and pastels. This tutorial was inspired by SCS member gregzgurl.


  • White gel pen

  • Chalk pastels (Stampin' Up! Pastels used here)

  • Cotton swabs

  • Dark cardstock

  • Tree dies (optional) (Stampin' Up! Perfect Pennants die used here)


Step 1

Using the white gel pen, draw white dots on your tree die cuts.

Continue until all die cuts are covered.

Step 2

Let the white dots dry completely. 

Using a cotton swab, pick up a lot of pastel - really make sure the swab is loaded with color.

Step 3

Using a circular motion, apply the pastel to the dots of white gel pen.

Make sure you rub the pastel into the cardstock beyond the white gel pen dot - this creates the soft glow.

Step 4

Add additional colors as desired.

Step 5

Continue until each circle is covered with chalk pastel.When finished, blow the excess pastel dust off your cardstock. You can use a spray fixative, if desired, to keep the pastel from rubbing off.

Step 6

Finish your card by adding white dots of a garland effect.


...and here's one more quick idea to make your own countdown to Christmas containers. Just click HERE for an easy tutorial:

Monday, November 25, 2013


Thank you Julie Ann Marshall for providing me with some divine inspiration with the Christmas tree card you posted on your Stamping Impressions blog:

I needed a thank you card for my dear friend Rina who gave me some twine and some nice surprises from her trip to Oregon. This is the version of Julie Ann's card that I created:

It seemed like such a simple card to make...but if you could see my craft room when I was done, you would LOL to see the BIG mess I managed to make in no time!

Friday, November 22, 2013


I'm starting to get in the mood for all things Christmas and how about this darling idea for an ornament using your SU bird punch to make the mustache?! (This pic was posted on an exclusive site for Stampin' Up demonstrators.)

I love this idea for a Christmas letter! Plenty of room to write, it folds up and fits under the mustache, and it will make the recipient smile BIG TIME!

For original source, click HERE.

This next card makes my heart sing with joy! Vicky Hayes made this beauty and it's amazing how much the silver embossing adds to the final impressive look of this holiday card!

See more views of this card HERE.

The next card brings back some happy memories as it's made using one of my most favorite SU Christmas stamps sets of all time called Peaceful Wishes!

I tracked down the original post for this card and the site's URL made me LOL --- it's www.instead-of-ironing.blogspot.com and you can see that blog post HERE. It appears that some gold embossing powder was also added to the edges of the top layer - perhaps using a sponge with Versa Mark Ink? Those extra touches really make a difference!

I'm going to end this post with a few Christmas card sentiments that I pinned this week on Pinterest. These both made my heart happy!

Friday, November 15, 2013


I pinned quite a few baby card ideas lately since I've attended several baby showers recently...and here are some of my favs!

Love the gray and yellow color combo...and
here is the original source of this pin:

So sweet! I have MANY embossing folders
that could be used for the top piece of this card!
The original website for this card provides
lots of baby card ideas:
...but to visit Karen Giron's blog,

What a fantastic way to use your oval dies!
The original source for this card
is the exclusive site for SU demonstrators
so I can't provide the original source =(

This last card is one of my favorite
baby cards of all time using a skinny
SU embossing folder, a SU sentiment
from the A Word For You set,
and some foam tape to raise the cloud,
blue sail and the top layer of water.
Sponging a light blue color on the
edges of the cloud makes it pop!

Monday, November 11, 2013


I had the pleasure of going to my "adopted" daughter's baby shower this weekend. (Since I have two sons, I've "adopted" a few wonderful daughters through the years!) I love the idea of using a paint can (and a paint can opener key attached with a bow to the handle) as a baby and wedding shower gift container. Here is my card and the decorated cans I created for this HAPPY day:

Basic Paint Can Instructions:

Cut two small pieces of DSP to cover the areas between where the handles attach and the top of the can. Adhere with double-sided tape. Cover the top third of the can between the handle attachments with two pieces of 2 1/2" by 9 1/2" using the same DSP. (Make sure all seams fall along the side of the can near the handle attachment to the can.) Cover the bottom of the can with two pieces of coordinated 5 1/2" x 12" pieces of DSP. Adhere a piece of coordinated ribbon along the seam where the upper and lower pieces of DSP meet. (The point where the two ends of the ribbon meet should be in the front because the sign will cover the seams.) Use a circle cutter to cut a piece of DSP for the top of the can....and here are a few more shower pics that were my favorites:

Jimena and Her Mom

Me and the Mommy-to-Be!

It's going to be a girl and the shower was
a lamb-themed party in browns,
cremes and whites - so pretty!!
They also had a mimosa bar -
a terrific entertaining idea!

(I took these pics before the champagne was
opened and added to the table. Open the
champagne right before guests arrive.)
The chalkboard sign was from TJ Maxx.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


I'm back from a WONDERFUL wedding and a week of wedding festivities and completely forgot to schedule a post last Friday....so I'm posting quite a few Christmas ideas (and a day early!) that I've pinned recently to make up for it =) First up is a framed piece of paper art that was posted to the exclusive site for SU demonstrators only so I can't provide a link for the original post...but I'm sure we can figure out how to use our SU punches and stamps to incorporate these clever ideas into our card making projects or to make a frame of our own!

Here's another holiday gift tag idea from this same demonstrators' site:

Becky Roberts of Inking Idaho has a wonderful purse idea for giving gift cards and has instructions for sale HERE. These projects are included in her set of instructions for her 12 Days of Christmas! I love how this purse idea could be modified for any occasion by using different card stock papers ;-)


...and she has also created creative gift packaging projects below for an upcoming class:

I wish I could give credit to the creator of the card below, but there was no watermark or link provided for this card =(  I LOVE Crumb Cake-colored cards and this one sings to me! It reminds me to rub ink over an embossed surface with a sponge to give dimension and a professional look to the finished card.

The following card comes from a PAPER PLAYERS Challenge. Check out this card and other submissions HERE.

Finally....this card below caught my eye and is one technique I must try - embossing a creme colored ink on burgundy paper and adding some bling with Stickles glitter glue! I always marvel at people's creativity and this lovely card was created by Karen Barber and posted on Splitcoast Stampers HERE.

Time to get going on my Christmas cards so I can enjoy the process without getting stressed too much! I just found a Christmas countdown clock online...and as I make this blog post...there are only 47 days until Christmas! How I love the time before Christmas day arrives...only wish I could slow down the ride!