Merry Monday Summer Link-up – Die-cut Ornaments

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up with a CAS card using turquoise blue, green, and purple. This isn’t a color scheme I often use (perhaps one I have never used) and it took a bit to figure out what element I would make which color.

Merry Monday Christmas

I stamped the Candy Stripe Bold Prints background cardstock (Stampin’ Up) with VersaMark for a subtle pattern after trying the coordinating Stampin’ Up ink (which was too dark). To keep things clean, I heat-embossed the Christmas Messages sentiment on the die-cut ornament.

Merry Monday Christmas

Hello Fall! Die-Cut Scene

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a die-cut fall scene created with a variety of die cuts.

Let’s take a look!:

Hello Fall Die-Cut Scene

I couldn’t wait to use the Poppystamps Dies, Patient Pup die (I’ve professed my love for similar dies in the past). This scene was inspired by our beloved Golden Retriever “Ginger.” She would not have been this patient, however, with squirrels in the yard! This card combines some of my favorite card making elements: lots of color, die-cuts and a heat-embossed sentiment.

Hello Fall Die-Cut Scene

Supplies: Stampin’ Up sentiment

Beach Dog

A lot of my paper crafting focuses on holidays and events, such as Halloween and Christmas or birthdays and weddings (as I’m sure yours does as well). You know the adage “write what you know”?  Between holidays and events, I like to create cards in the season I’m experiencing that relate to my world.

This card, created with a variety of die cuts, is inspired by our Golden Retriever Ginger’s love of the beach. Ginger died two years ago (and we still miss her every day!).

Jean Manis Beach Dog

During the last year of her life (in which she battled cancer) we took her to the beach as much as possible, as it was truly one of her favorite places to be.

Ginger at the Beach

Enjoy your day!


Papertrey Ink Flipping Out stamp set; Poppystamps Puffy Cloud Border; Poppystamps Labrador; Impression Obsession Small Grass Die Set

Living the Salt Life

I’m constantly on the lookout for nautical-themed stamps and dies. Today I’m sharing a card celebrating the “salt life” in which I’ve combined products from several different companies.

Living the Salt Life

I used two CottageCutz die sets- Pelican and Seagull – to create the seagull standing on the pilings. I colored the die-cut pieces with Distress Inks so that there would be greater variation than I would have achieved had I simply cut the pieces from colored cardstock.

The waves were created with Distress Inks and a Memory Box stencil. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession’s Nautical set.

You’re Pretty Sweet!

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” card combining a Hero Arts sentiment with a basket of strawberries created with Impression Obsession dies.

Pretty Sweet

I used my MISTI to center the sentiment on the patterned paper so that it would line up with the notebook paper lines. At first I had the carton adhered to the patterned paper without foam, but it looked “flat” so I pulled apart of carton and added foam. I positioned the strawberries several times before getting the basket to look right.

Hope your week is off to a great start! Hard to believe it’s almost June!


Fall Hello Die Cut Tag

Today I’m sharing a fall-themed tag featuring the Taylored Expressions Little Bits Fox.


I combined the die cut fox with several favorite scene builders – the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border and Impression Obsession Beach Fence. The sentiment, from a retired Hero Arts set, was stamped on a Memory Box cloud.

Hope your week is off to a great start!


End of Summer Beach Scene

Today, I’m sharing a “Thinking of You” card in honor of the end-of-summer. The changing of the seasons is always bittersweet, and for me, especially at the end of the summer!


I created this card a couple of weeks ago when the weather was still summery, but today the PNW drizzle has resumed! This will probably be my last “summer-themed” card of the year as Halloween and holiday supplies are now out on my work table! I used the Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Rolling Hills and Rolling Waves to create the sand and waves. While the Avery Elle stamp set coordinates with their Hello word die, I find myself using the sentiments alone as I really like the font.


It’s Your Day – Beach Scene

Today, I’m sharing another summer-themed, beach scene crafted with die cuts.


I used my favorite red/white/blue scheme again! Hope you’re having a terrific day.

Ho ho ho!

Today I’m sharing a “no sentiment’ holiday card featuring die cuts depicting Santa over the rooftops on Christmas Eve. I chose a “homey” color scheme – kraft, red, white and a touch of chocolate.

I cut the Impression Obsession Santa and reindeer three times for extra depth. The Poppystamps Cute Cottage was cut in the patterned paper and chocolate cardstock (for the window). I trimmed off the bottom since I only wanted the top half of the cottage for my scene. I cut a vellum rectangle and attached it behind the window. The roof and chimney icicle cap were cut out of glitter paper with the Poppystamps Frosted Roof and Ledges die. I used the same die to cut out the heart. The house was attached to the card base (some Stampin’ Up cardstock) with dimensional adhesive to sit higher than the Santa die cut.

I tried a sentiment in the top left corner, but after going back and forth, I decided that the sentiment was cluttering the scene.

Freshly Made Sketches #162

Today I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches #162 challenge.


For my card, I flipped the sketch horizontally because of the sledder’s orientation. I didn’t want him sledding so close to the card edge!

I cut the MFT slope twice and lined it up on the focal panel and on the panel behind. The sledder was cut twice, once in silver foil and again in cardstock for extra dimension.

Supplies: Hero Arts Joy to All (sentiment); Echo Park patterned paper