Classy Chanukah Card

Today I have another Chanukah card to share with you! It’s fun making Chanukah cards using stamps that aren’t necessarily intended for this purpose. In today’s card, I used the stamp set “Sprinkles of Life.” It is an amazing versatile set. You can make cupcakes, ice cream cones, and yes, even menorahs. How cool, right?
Chanukah Card (Hannukah) using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!


I enjoy using non-traditional colors for my holiday cards. This card is no exception. My color scheme was simple, the deep red Cherry Cobbler and the mustard yellow of Delightful Dijon. There are splashes of gold, too, thanks to some subtle ribbon and thread. The combination looks classy and interesting.

How to make the Menorah

To make the Menorah, I used the candle stamp from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and couple of markers (Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight). I started in the center and made the middle candle high. I then started stamping to the right and made each of the four surrounding candles a bit lower. The strategically based ribbon hides the bottom of the candles so you don’t see the jagged lower parts. Gotta love ribbon, right? It can hide a host of problems while enhancing a project.

Chanukah Card (Hannukah) using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Lots and Lots of Ribbon

Ribbon is featured highly in this card. Since I didn’t have any other images that were Chanukah themed, I needed something to fill the card and not detract from the central image. I decided to use lots of ribbon! And it was SO MUCH fun to do this. The card uses five different ribbons or threads:

  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Gold Baker’s Twine
  • Gold Thread
  • Linen Thread

Since the colors all coordinated, it worked so great to pull them all in. Some ribbon is carefully tied, others is artfully placed. It adds so much interest to a card. I can never have too much ribbon in my craft room! It’s a fun effect.

Happy December

I hope you’re having a happy December. I’m looking forward to my kids performing in the annual Chanukah play. I’ve also started buying lots of potatoes to make my famous sweet potato pancakes. Here is a link to my favorite recipe for making the latkes. The recipe was created by Aviva Golfarb of the Six O’Clock Scramble. My kids enjoy having them with apple sauce or sour cream. Click here for the link. They are delish. I usually triple or quadruple the recipe. Lots of work, but worth it – they freeze well, too. Definitely my favorite Chanukah Treat!

Happy Day!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Endless Birthday Wishes, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Gold Baker’s Twine, Gold Thread, Linen Thread

CASE the Stampin’ Up! Catalog

If you are looking for card making inspiration, don’t forget about an incredible resource at your fingertips. The Stampin’ Up! catalog is the ultimate off-line Pinterest. It is filled with awesome ideas that are intended for you to copy (also known as CASE – copy and share everything.)

Sometimes we get so caught up online, we forget about incredible resources that are right in front of us – and I’m so guilty of this, as well.

CASE of the Catalog using the Lots of Love Stamp Set

As soon as I saw the adorable card on page 100 of the Stampin’ Up! catalog, I knew I wanted to CASE it. It is perfect for the stamp because the card design is delicate and light. I therefore picked an image that was different, but also airy and light.

Handmade card using the Lots of Love hostess stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here’s a picture of the catalog card:


Alike, yet different

If I hadn’t shown you that I CASEd the card, would you have known? I changed the layout a bit so it would fit my personal style. I also changed it so it would work better with the colors and stamp set I chose.

When you CASE a card, you can feel free to follow it exactly! New card makers especially tend to do this, but seasoned card makers also copy sometimes. It’s fun to relax and not worry about the design, isn’t it?

For my card, I added an extra layer. I also added a second banner so that there would be more color in the card.

Handmade card using the Lots of Love hostess stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I put the adorable little ladybugs in a few layers of circles because the image was a bit small for my card. Adding the black layer and then the red layer helped make it larger. The ladybugs are from the stamp set Love and Affection and the sentiment is from the Fresh Fruit stamp set. But doesn’t the sentiment go amazingly well with those little ladybugs?

I hope you give CASEing a try! It’s a fun way to stamp and you can learn a lot about card design.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Lots of Love, Fresh Fruit
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White and Fruit Stand DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Other: Enameled dots brights

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Shaker Cards all this Week

I admit it. I’m ridiculously obsessed with shaker cards. This infatuation started a few weeks ago. I’ve wanted to make a shaker card for years. Really! The first time I saw one I loved it but thought it must be waaaaay too complicated. However, when I saw that Stampin’ Up! would be selling special Foam Adhesive Strips to make this type of card, of course I had to try it.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make. Doesn’t this happen all the time? Techniques we think are complicated really aren’t so bad once we give it a try. Now that I’ve made my first shaker card, I can’t seem to stop. All the cards I’ll be showing you this week are shaker cards.

Using Vintage Leaves for the Cutout

I decided to do something funky for this shaker card. Instead of using a standard circle or square for the cutout, I used a leaf!! I adore the Vintage Leaves stamp set and it’s a joy to use it.

Shaker Card made with Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I wanted to fill the shaker part with leaves and sparkles. To make the leaves, I use the smallest leaf from the Vintage Leaves stamp set. I then colored the leaves in different color markers so they would have a fun effect and then cut them out with the matching framelits. Finally, I carefully added the leaves to the shaker card, making sure each one faced the correct direction so the beautiful stamping could be seen.

A mistake

That’s when I realized I made a mistake with my card. I love to share my mistakes on my videos and blog because that’s how we learn. And I’d rather that you learn from my mistake than make one of your own! Really!

Shaker Card made with Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My mistake was using the absolutely stunning Fabulous Foil designer sheets with the intricate stamped leaves. I love this paper for shaker cards and the design fits with my card beautifully. It would have been perfect if I’d had something simple in the shaker card, such as glitter or sequins. However, the beautiful gold design hides the pretty leaves that I stamped, so that makes me a little sad. I will for sure use this paper for shaker cards again, but next time I’ll know that it may cover any stamping that I have. It would be so beautiful with plain gold glitter, wouldn’t it?

For instructions on how to make a shaker card, see my video below. Just promise you won’t get mad at me when you realize this is the only type of card you make anymore. LOL.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Moroccan DSP, Fabulous Foil designer Sheets
Ink: Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Other: Foam Adhesive Strips, Gold Glitter

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How to Make Realistic Leaves

If you are looking for a stamp set where you can explore different techniques, Vintage Leaves is a great pick. I recently purchased the stamp set and made my first card with it. To make leaves, I used a technique I recently used in a video, Acrylic Block Stamping.

In this technique, you literally put ink onto your acrylic block and stamp with it. I used different fall shades in the card below. After putting the ink onto my block, I misted the stamp lightly with water, then stamped onto whisper white. After the paper dried, I stamped the leaf images onto the paper and cut them out with the matching framelits. (Click to see the stamp set, Vintage Leaves and the matching framelits.)

Vintage Leaves Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Aren’t the leaves neat looking? Most stampers use Acrylic Block Stamping only for backgrounds. In my video, I wanted to show that it can be used for any part of a card. The red leaf that I stamped in the video is used in this card. The card itself is simple. The leaves take center stage. It will be our secret that they weren’t hard to do, either! It was such fun adding all different shades to the block and stamping it. You never know how it will look. But as you can see below, as long as you use coordinating colors, it will work!

Vintage Leaves Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here is the video on how to do the technique:


On a personal note, I wanted to share some pics from our beach vacation to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We just got back today. We had an amazing time. One of the highlights was going to a Lavender Farm. It was beautiful, with not just Lavender, but also stunning flowers and a beautiful garden.

The picture below says it all. The water is so beautiful. I love the sounds of the waves, birds, and the boardwalk.



Below are pictures from the Lavender Farm. The girls helped with harvesting — we happened to come on harvest day.



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Have a wonderful week,

Have a Snappy Day!

I have to confess – when I first planned to do a video on Acrylic Block Stamping, I didn’t realize how much I’d love the technique. Sure, I’ve done the technique before and liked it. But after experimenting more and more with it, I’ve fallen head over heals with it and now use it all the time.

Before adding the background to the card below, I was really struggling. The crab looked too “cutesy” and not my style. I put it aside and when I came back to it, I realized it needed a beach background. I decided to use Shimmery White cardstock. My friends, if you love this technique, you MUST try it on Shimmery White. Although the technique works on all card stock, there’s something about the Shimmery White card stock that takes the ink so nicely and blends the colors. And then it shimmers when you’re done! Can’t go wrong.

You're Sublime stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

After I made the background for the card, I absolutely adored it. To follow the Paper Craft Crew challenge (PCCC#199) I added the little sunshade. So stinkin’ cute! I used the Hearth and Home framelits to cut it out.

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #199

You're Sublime stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

Here’s the video on how to do Acrylic Block Stamping.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: You’re Sublime
Paper: Sahara Sand, Real Red
Ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
Other: Hearth and Home framelits, Metallic Sequins

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How to do Acrylic Block Stamping

Dear Friends,

Have you ever tried Acrylic Block Stamping? It’s a technique where you literally use your clear acrylic block to stamp backgrounds onto your paper.

This technique always makes me smile because I have a special association witinspirecreateshareh it. I actually became a demonstrator just to go to the Stampin’ Up! convention. It was a dream of mine for many years. A few years ago, my husband (can you believe it), out of the blue, advised me to sign up as a demo and go to Convention.

He gave me this suggestion because he felt our kids were old enough for me to leave them (and him!) for a few days. Later, he confessed that he himself had a vacation he wanted to take on his own. LOL. He never did take that vacation but he encouraged me to go on mine.

I had an amazing time at Convention – it was a dream come true. My swaps used this technique. Now that you’ve heard about it, you’ll see it often on many cards. It is a standby and can be used often for different types of effects.

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It’s lots of fun to see everyone’s projects and how they interpret the technique.

The card below showcases the technique. I used Whisper White cardstock and stamped over it on an Acrylic Block that was covered in ink, spritzed with a little water. I then trimmed off any parts of the paper that didn’t have ink on it. I LOVE how it turned out. I’ve been using this technique a ton these past few days and will be sharing more cards I’ve made using it.

Sheltering Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Acrylic Block Stamping

In the details below, you can see the different colors used in the background. I used a bunch of  colors. I started with lightest colors and added different shades of blue, green, and even brown, using ink pads and markers.

Sheltering Tree, Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

I hope you give this technique a try! It will make your cards super special. And frankly, it’s fun throwing different colors onto a block and seeing what comes out.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Technique: Acrylic Block Stamping
Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe
Ink: Various Blues, Greens, and Browns. Tip Top Taupe, Garden Green

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