Day Seven: 31 Days of Christmas Cards Collab

I am so excited to share our new Creative Design Team video collab with you entitled 31 Days of Christmas Cards.  Each day, one of our design team members will be showing you how to create some beautiful projects so that you can get a head-start on your Christmas card making.  Make sure that you are subscribed to each of these YoutUbe channels and click on the notification bell so that you are notified when each daily video is added. 

My Christmas Cards are going to be featured every Wednesday in October, and I will be posting the tutorials on my channel and here on my blog for you to enjoy. At the end of the month, I will post the complete playlist so that you can view EVERY video we have created.  

Today, I decided to feature one of my favorite seasonal background dies – the Layered Floral Thin Cuts.  These are currently available, while supplies last, in the September/October catalog and I have fallen in love with this beautiful intricate design. 

I wanted to show you two ways that you could use these thin cuts. This set of three dies is sized to fit a standard A2 size card, so I chose to show you how to use with cardstock, glitter paper, and a PML card.  

The Comfort & Joy PML card design was an on-camera experiment. I liked the pattern on that PML card, but I knew that it was smaller than the background thin cut, so I decided to figure out a way to use it.  In my video, you get to see how I “made it work” and now I plan to try it again with a few more of the pocket cards in my stash. 

I also chose to show you how I use stickers on my cards. For some people this is a foreign concept, but I have found that many of our stickers are ideal for sentiments and embellishments especially when you need a last minute card. 

On each design, I used few gold stickers from the Comfort & Joy sticker sheet to embellish the card and, on one of the cards, a simple Silent Night sticker sentiment.   

Each of the Poinsettias were created using the Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking stamp set.  The flowers on these cards were layered with the berries and pine bough images.

On the Scarlet card, I stamped the images in Scarlet ink and cut a few of the layers from vellum using the matching thin cuts dies.  I wanted this to be a monochromatic looking card, so I chose to stamp the image in that beautiful scarlet color, black, and gold.  

To give the look of little yellow flowers, I adhered a pile of beads in the center using Liquid Glass.  Can I just say, I am so excited that we have beads now.  On my home décor projects, I have always used a product like the beads for the centers of my flowers, and, now that we have the beads, I can show you how I like to use them. 

The second Poinsettia is a little more traditional with the green leaves and simple gold center.  I chose to stamp and cut multiple images and layer them together using foam dots. 

I am loving how each one of these turned out.  They have such an elegant look with those Layered Floral Background thin cuts, yet, they were so simple to make using stamps and stickers. 

If you would like to create a set of these cards, or watch my PML card experiment, you can click on the video below. If you wish to subscribe to my channel or any of the other Creative Design Team members, head on over to YoutUbe, and click on the “description” in the video. There you will see a list of all of our design team members. 

I hope that you were inspired to create something new and create a few Christmas cards of your own.  Make sure to stop by each week for another Christmas Card project idea. 

Don’t forget! The Layered Floral Background Die and Stamp Set I used are available for a limited time.  As a VIP you can get 15% back in rewards when you purchase these AND when you sign up as a VIP this month, you get a $25 bonus to use on just about anything on my website.  


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Welcome to the October SOTM Blog Hop

This month, our team has twenty wonderful projects featuring our Stamp of the Month entitled With All My Love.118614968_10157792607342686_4140577875045841570_n This stamp set is full of some wonderful images and sentiments you can use all year long.  If you have come here from Katy Taylor’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my beautiful Fall Florals 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


There have been so many wonderful products arriving on my doorstep this fall, and it has been hard to choose which ones to use on a project.  It’s like information overload – or crafty goodness overload – in my craft space.  Today, I decided to pull out some new Thin Cuts dies that I purchased in August and showcase them behind some images I created using the beautiful With All My Love stamp set

The French Vanilla and White Glitter background for this card was created using our new Layered Floral Background thin cuts.  These metal dies come in a set of three and are designed to help you to create this beautiful layered background for your card. Isn’t it just stunning?

I love how simple this background was to make! All you have to do is choose the three colors of paper, cardstock, or specialty paper you want to use and the dies cut out perfect 4¼” x 5½” backgrounds that you can layer together for an incredible effect. 

After assembling the background, I added a strip of Floral Mix-Ins paper wrapped in Gold Embellishing Thread and tucked two leaves behind the paper strip.  The large Maple leaf was cut from Toffee paper using our Leaves Thin Cuts and stamped using the “heart” image on the With All My Love stamp set.  The second leaf was stamped in Cinnamon using the Textured Leaf stamp set. 

The flowers were also created using the With All My Love stamp set.  I stamped the images in Intense Black Ink, then used Desert Rose, Cinnamon, Sundance, and Avocado inks with a waterbrush to shade the images. I plan on showing this technique in my VIP Community Group this month.

After the ink had dried, I splattered the flowers with a Toffee Shimmer brush, cut them out, and layered them onto the card using foam tape. I had debated adding some stickles to the center of the flowers, but I am glad I chose to keep them as is. 

The sentiment on this card was heat embossed onto vellum using Clear Embossing Powder and Cinnamon Ink, then tucked behind the flowers. To finish the design, I placed a few loops of Gold Embellishing Thread behind the flowers and added some White Flower Sequins to the card.  Those little flowers have become a new favorite of mine. They are so sweet and delicate looking and add just the right amount of elegance to a project. 

I hope that this Fall Florals card inspired to to try something new and give a few of these techniques a try.  Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Brandi Robinson’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 With All My Love Stamp Set set is only available until October 31st.  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 VIPwith a qualifying purchase.

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A Cactus Flower Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you featuring the Operation Smile Stamp Set and Bright Paper Stack. We are entitling it Creative Ways to Help Kids Smile Bright-ly.  Our goal is to teach you ways to use both of these products as you learn how to support Operation Smile. 

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Not only did I show you a few ways to use the Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, I also gave you a few tips and tricks for using your watercolor pencils to shade those beautiful floral images.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately pictured cactus flowers. 

I knew that I had the perfect photo for this and I started designing a layout with Cricut cut cactus and stamped watercolor flowers. 

The cactus on this layout were created from images in the You Are Here collection and cut from Toffee cardstock and the Bright Paper Stack.  That lovely little six-inch stack of paper is another product our Creative Design Team is featuring in this collab.  

I chose to use the pattern papers as backgrounds for my cactus.  These papers are bright, so I chose to distress them a bit with a sanding block to dull the color a little. 

The flower images were shaded using watercolor pencils. These are such sweet, simple little flowers are so much fun to color.  This stamp set is our current Operation Smile stamp and with every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile.

To match the cactus theme, I chose to use our Woodgrain and Mix-In Papers in the background.  I just adore those new wood-grains and I can’t wait to use them again. 

I hope that these projects inspire you and encourage you to take another look at that Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, and I hope that you take the time to visit each of the Creative Design Team members’ channels. 

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