Welcome to the November SOTM Blog Hop

Did you know that we offer a monthly stamp set that you can get at a discount or free as a VIP?  Each month, our blog hop team shows you a variety of ways that you can use these exclusive stamp sets, and, this month, we are sharing ways you can create some warm, cozy creations with our You Warm My Heart stamp set. 122097650_10157916282307686_8702769391684009400_n If you have come here from Brandi Robinson’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my Cozy Christmas Coffee Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


Those of you who know me, know that I truly enjoy my coffee, which is why I was so excited when I saw the You Warm My Heart stamp set.   Each image on this acrylix stamp set is perfect for creating holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and winter gifts.   I plan on creating quite a few gifts this month in my VIP group using this stamp set.  Today, I am sharing with you how I made a 6″x6″ Cozy Christmas Coffee card. 

The base for this card was cut from White Daisy cardstock and folded to form a six-inch card base.  I added some strips of Comfort & Joy Paper and a beautiful patterned border across the center of the the card. 

The border was cut from Kraft paper and White Glitter paper using our new Yuletide Borders thin cuts. This intricate design matched the coffee cup perfectly.  

After stamping the sentiment onto the card, I added a large stitched square. I had debated making this into a shaker card using some of our new square shaker windows, but I wanted the papers and the border to show through, so I chose to create a simple frame instead. 

The main portion of the coffee cup was stamped with Black Pigment Ink then heat embossed with clear powder to allow the texture of the intricate designs to stand out. The wrap on the cup was also heat embossed, but with white powder on black cardstock.  I trimmed this to fit onto the center of the cup.  I also heat embossed the lid and the small flowers.

I shaded the lid and the flowers with our TriBlend Markers. Now that we have six shades of dark red, I was able to add more shadows to that lovely lid. Once all of the images were shaded and cut out, I layered them onto the card along with a poinsettia sticker and some Gold Embellishing Thread.


I hope that this Cozy Christmas Coffee card inspired to to try something new and that you plan on creating a few of these to send at Christmas.  Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Becca Whitham ’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. 

Don’t forget! The You Warm My Heart stamp set is only available until November 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00 or free as a VIP with a qualifying purchase.

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Day 21: The Three Trees of Christmas Cards

Are you as amazed as I am with all the Christmas cards created so far?? I am just loving this 31 Days of Christmas card series, and I really hope that we continue the tradition next year. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you will want to make sure you check out each of these lovely ladies channels.

Throughout the month of October, each of us has been posting a new Christmas card idea for you to create. Make sure that you are subscribed to each channel so that you don’t miss out! If you hit the notification bell, you will also be notified each time a video is added.


It is day twenty-one of our Creative Design Team video collab, and I have created three beautiful cards for you to try.  As I was attempting to plan for this month’s series, I knew that I wanted to make some “tree” cards and had intended on purchasing the Winter Scene stamp set, but, unfortunately, my aging brain made an error and I ordered the Autumn scene instead. So…instead of throwing in the towel, I decided to show you how to make some Christmas cards using any of the tree series stamps you might own. 

three christmas cards created using distress oxide inks and stamped tree images

These three cards not only use the Autumn Scene stamp set, they also feature two of our new Distress Oxide Inks – Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone.  I used each of these on my designs, along with some masking techniques, to create winter scenes.

On the first card, I used a simple piece of torn white cardstock to create the snowbanks in the background. This was done after I stamped the trees in Charcoal ink.  I discovered that our dye inks do not work well atop the distress oxide inks, so you will need to make sure you are stamping your inked images before you add the background on this card. 

To create the little bits of silver on the trees and in the snow, I used our Embossing Ink PensThese are just like using VersaMark ink in pen form, allowing you to have control over where you want embossing powder.  I used my pen with Silver Embossing Powder to create little dabs of sparkling snow in this scene.

After adding the sentiment in Scarlet, I started to assemble to card.  The background was designed using dry embossed Glacier cardstock and Comfort & Joy papers.  The Cascading Dots embossing folder reminded me of snow and it combined well with the deep scarlet red papers. 

I had so much fun creating the snow scene on this first card, that I decided to get my moneys worth on an accidental purchase.  I remembered the many beach scenes I had created in the past on some of my cards and decided that I would continue with a few wintry scenes using the Chipped Sapphire Ink. 


For those of you who have been waiting for this video tutorial, you can head on over to YoutUbe and watch me create all three cards.  Once you are done viewing and being inspired, you can continue reading how I made the other two cards. 


After the first card was complete, I started on the Berry Christmas Tree card. On this second card, I masked off two inches of space using some full-adhesive sticky notes then added the Distress Oxide ink around the edges.  I wanted the look of a glowing light in the background, so I avoided adding too much ink to the center. 

After my discovery with dye inks, I decided to try pigment ink instead.  This worked beautifully to create some tree branch silhouettes on the background. I stamped each of the bent tree images onto the card with the Black Pigment, then sprinkled each with clear embossing powder and heat set the images. 

To add the snow, I again used those Embossing Ink Pens.  I brushed the ink onto the branches and used White Embossing Powder to create the look of fallen snow.  After stamping the sentiment, I decided to bring in a little Christmas cheer with red berries. 

You might have noticed that I am really enjoying these Bitty Beads this season.  I have always used items like this on my projects, but usually add the embellishment after taking the photographs for my website.  Now that we carry these beads, I can show them off. 

After the beads were adhered to the card with Liquid Glass, I set the card aside and began working on the third card.  This time I cut out a stitched square using our Stitched Square thin cuts, masked off the scene and began inking with both the Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone distress oxide inks. 

The trees were heat embossed like the second card, except, this time, I added leaves.  The Autumn Scene stamp comes with leaf images so that you can add multicolor leaves on your fall trees, but I wanted some leaf silhouettes on my trees so I also stamped them with the Black Pigment ink. 

If you wanted to, you could add some silver snow or white snow to these trees like I did on the first two cards, or even add a few berries.  I chose to leave mine as is for a simple silent winter scene. 

All of the sentiments on these cards have been retired.  I haven’t been able to purchase any new Christmas stamps this year, but, like most of you, I had quite a few in my stash.  If you are needed a few Christmas sayings, we do have some new sentiments on my website AND the new Christmas catalog is arriving in November so you will have access to even more! Don’t forget to join as a VIP so that you get 15% back in rewards on all your Christmas craft supply purchase. 

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you are looking forward to more Christmas card ideas in the remaining weeks. If you have missed any of the videos in our 31 Days of Christmas Cards series, you can view the entire playlist here.   I have one more Christmas card to add to the series on October 28th and I have big Cricut-ing plans for this one.  I hope that you are making each one of these along with me.   

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

A Southwest Sunflower Stencil Card for H2H

Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything went badly?  Last week began with me spilling my coffee on my favorite shirt and the whole week just went downhill from there, including every crafting project I attempted.  Before I tell you more of my “when card-making goes badly” story, let’s take a look at another October challenge for you to join at the Heart2Heart blog

This week, we have a Stencil It challenge for you.  Our design team has come up with a few fun creations you can view on the blog where we show you a variety of ways to use stencils.  If you would like to show off your stenciling skills, make sure to link your project to the blog before October 31st. 


To be honest, my week really started with some disheartening messages and emails that I took to heart and they put me in a funky mood all week.  Have you ever had that happen? Someone you admire treats you badly, and it just throws you for a loop? Well, that is exactly what happened, and in the midst of me hashing through everything, I spilled coffee on my favorite new shirt, and, instead of just walking it off or having a nice chat with Jesus, I decided to try to ignore the mess in my head and attempt to create.  I was able to make something that I honestly love, but the road to get there was a little rocky.

I know that you have been where I was, which is why I am telling you this story.  We all have moments in life that test our strength and ability to move forward – like we have our shoes glued on a trap and we just can’t see a way out.  We can choose to give up or take our shoes off and find a way out of the goo. 

This last week, I was trying new techniques, learning how to use new products, and tried and failed at a few experiments, but it wasn’t until I made the choice to get myself out of the mental goo, did I succeed. This Southern Sunflower card was the result of a fun experimental combination of Distress Oxide inks, Tinsel heat embossing powder, and watercolors. 

As you can see, the outcome is a stunning array of fall color – so much better than I anticipated.  The background on the card was created using VersaMark Ink and Copper Embossing Powder with one of our new stencils.  Once the embossing power was heat set, I applied Distress Oxide ink onto the card, wiped off the excess ink from the embossing powder, and began adding the stamped images.

The whole process went a bit awry as I was making the video, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.  I know that you are also learning new things every day, and this might help you learn from my mistakes and give you a few giggles along the way. 

How many of those moments can you relate to?  Even I have really bad cardmaking days, but, through God’s grace, I was able to create something that I love.  My husband said that it reminded him of the southwestern jewelry in our mountain shops, and I told him that I see flowers against a fall sunset. Whatever you see in this card, I hope it brings you joy. 


If you were inspired by today’s stenciled creation, make sure to head over to the Heart2Heart blog, check out a few more inspiring ideas, and add a project of your own.  All of the products I used today are listed below. Make sure to check out our new VIP program while you are shopping.  As a VIP, you get 15% in rewards every time you shop PLUS you can get $25 in rewards just for signing up. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


Here is a List of the Items I Used Today