Thoughtful Branches

I’m putting Christmas on hold…for now.

Thoughtful Branches is a stamp set/die set/ bundle you can only purchase this August. I almost didn’t get it as I have other tree sets but I am so glad I did, this is so versatile!

The new 6×6 dsp stack Serene Scenery is one of my favorite stacks as I actually like both sides of all the papers…all very pretty! (Annual catalog pg 174) I wanted to make a dandelion to match this sheet, shown below,to create a calm, comforting card. From the Thoughtful Branches die I cut the blooms from velum cardstock ( pg 175) then decorated it with Stickles Frosted Lace. I’m very happy with the results.


You can never have too many thank-you cards on hand. The leaves cut out so beautifully from the Gold Foil Sheets from Stampin’ Up. Also used the copper, silver and some Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the cards below. The sentiments for both cards are from  Thankful Thoughts.


These last two are just to show off the flowers more…I haven’t even begun using the trees in the set! I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards and that they will inspire you to get crafting.


More Christmas cards

I had a full day of crafting a couple of weeks ago…before the vacation and before we took our youngest back to school. Made a bunch of Christmas cards and tags. Well, I thought I posted them, but didn’t, so here they are…finally!  These cards and tags used the Peace this Christmas stamp set in our current Stampin’ Up catalog, page 27 (#141570 clear) and some retired dsp from last year. I stocked up/hoarded a lot of Christmas dsp last year, was glad to use it! Real Red and Garden Green cardstock as well as gold thread and bakers twine was also used. I made a dozen  of these simple cards and at least two dozen tags. Woohoo! Kept this bunch simple…may add more detail to the cards later.

So, today, I got out one of my favorite new stamps- Time of  Year. It is a hostess set and I’ve used it so much already, just love it!

I haven’t ordered,much from the holiday catty yet as I’ve been trying to use what I just ordered from the annual book first. But I did get the Candy Cane Lane dsp…I’m a sucker for gingerbread! Using Early Espresso and Real Red ink and some Crumb Cake and Real Red cardstock this is what I made today…

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I’ve given you some fun ideas so you can start planning early for Christmas!



Christmas in July!

Every December I tell myself, as I’m stressing over how many cards I have left to make, that I will get ahead the next summer and make some Christmas cards. This year, I finally followed through and completed two dozen cards and two dozen tags! More cards are planned and will be completed as soon as my Holiday Catalog presale order is delivered later this week…hurray!

The May Paper Pumpkin kit (item # 141570) from Stampin’ Up contained cards with pretty laser cut fronts. I glued Christmas Specialty dsp ( item # 141628) behind those laser cutouts and then stamped the fronts using the new Peace This Christmas stamp set from the annual catalog (pg 27 item #141570 for the clear stamps). The dies and Merry Christmas sentiment are retired Stampin’ Up. Ink colors used are Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green. I think they turned out real pretty. The Paper Pumpkin kit pictured on the right (item # 141574) is $8 and comes with other pieces I plan to use on fall cards,, birthday and Christmas…there will be no waste! Eight cards plus eight envelopes. Love this set!

Do you make Christmas cards in the summer? I have friends who say that it’s too hard to get in the mood when the weather is so nice.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my latest projects.  Martha