Kraft, Red and Green

I’ve been enjoying myself this week in the Christmas in a Flurry class at Ellen Hutson’s. Julie has shared some fantastic projects and ideas. What’s emerged from the class for me is how much I like the combination of kraft cardstock with red and green inks. Maybe it’s the dark, or the frequent rains here in the Pacific Northwest, whatever the reason, the combination feels warm and cozy.

This CAS-style card came together quickly using the Hero Arts background stamp. I dipped the wood veneer tree in Versamark and then WOW embossing powder. I heat embossed the tree and then reapplied the ink and powder two more times for a smooth finish.


I also crafted a couple of tags – super simple and fun.


Supplies: WOW gold embossing powder

Greetings from the South Pole

A “just because” card combining stamped images from several Paper Smooches sets. After posting my cards for the Winter Groves set, I began to think about a card featuring penguins at the South Pole.  Here’s the result of that brainstorming. 🙂

Greetings from the South Pole

The Christmas in a Flurry! class with Julie Ebersole and guests starts tomorrow at Ellen Hutson. Can’t wait to find out what’s in store! Julie is a fantastic instructor who always has fabulous projects.

Supplies: Paper Smooches Winter Groves, Crystal Wilkerson papers

Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit Part Two

This past week I finished my December/Holiday mini book using Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit. (I first shared details about the kit and my project last week.) Click on any of the images for an enlargement.

One of my double-page spreads focuses on our tradition of sending greeting cards each year. For this spread, I created the journaling circle in Photoshop. The Pink Paislee tag and the Elle’s Studio number tag are both part of the kit.


One of my favorite pages in the album documents our tradition of going out to see Christmas lights. I stamped one of the kit’s Pink Paislee tags with an Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday stamp. The “Merry & Bright” tape strip is from Crate Paper and is also included in the kit. For the most part, rather than add the Crate tape strips as I went along, I waited until I was done and added them to pages for a little extra spot of color.


Another double-page spread documents our family’s letters to Santa. I have letters to Santa from my mother (written in 1933 with my grandmother’s help), a letter written by me, and several written by my sons.



For the center of this spread, I punched one of the Pink Paislee tags to which I added a photo of Santa. On the back, I journaled about our various Santa “sightings.”


I scanned and printed a couple of my sons’ letters to Santa. I also scanned the letter written by my grandmother for my mother and put it into the envelope included in the kit. The envelope is just behind the Santa card. I liked being able to personalize the book with these extra additions.

I also used a double-page spread to write about our stockings. This page includes a rare photo, taken by my brother-in-law, of my husband and I together after the stockings were stuffed.


I wanted to have a dedicated page talking about my husband’s aunt’s Christmas angels. These are more than ninety-years-old and have a special place in our annual decorating.


The album wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the soggy, stormy weather that we have this time of year in the Pacific Northwest. In the same manner as the aforementioned Crate Paper tape strips, I used the Cosmo Cricket word stickers from the kit to add subtitles to the pages. The “keep calm and carry on” sentiment was the perfect addition to a page documenting a three-day power outage.


Because my album documents many previous Christmases, it is definitely heavy on journaling. If I were creating an album for a specific year, it would be primarily photos with brief captioning.

I’m thrilled to have this mini album as part of my memory-keeping library and look forward to seeing the various approaches scrappers take to creating mini albums this upcoming December.

Something Special to Share – and a Giveaway

Paper Smooches released their newest Kismet stamp set called Winter Groves on November 15th and I am here today to help promote this sweet set! You will find the new stamp set HERE.

Honestly, I could have created many more cards with this set – for this post, I’m sharing three. I love the set’s holiday-ish feel with an emphasis on the season of winter. I used non-traditional holiday colors for my cards to explore that winter feel.

First up is the adorable penguin and his igloo!


For my next card, the snowman went ice fishing, using the pole and fish from the Paper Smooches “My Guy” set.


For my final card, I played with the idea of the “Partridge in a Pear Tree” theme. I imagined a bare tree lit by a string of lights with a bokeh-effect.


I have one Winter Groves stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  You have until midnight on Sunday, November 18th to leave a comment. I will post the winner here on Monday, November 19th.

For more chances to win, please visit the Paper Smooches Blog and the blog of Jessica Davis!

Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit

For the past week, I’ve been creating a December/Holiday mini book using Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit.

Rather than create an album specific to 2012, I’ve captured memories of the holidays past with room to include memories from this holiday season. I used the kit’s number tags, from Elle’s Studio, for twenty-five different categories of memories. To some extent the memories are organized chronologically for the month of December, as in I have Christmas Day on December 25 and I have a page about advent calendars near the beginning.

I have a variety of page design foundations based on the size and number of photos I used for each of the pages. (You’ll notice mini clothespins on some of my pages. I used those to attach embellishments while I was still working on my page spreads. They are not part of the final design.)

I’ll start with the end – Christmas morning. For this spread page I kept it simple, using a full-page photo with added embellishments from the kit:


For the cover, I chose to use a single word “Magic” with one of the kit’s alpha sets. I embellished it with die-cut stars created from an extra sheet of paper from the kit.


While we haven’t made any gingerbread creations for a few years, they were a huge part of our celebration when my sons were younger.


To incorporate some memories for which I don’t have photos, I journaled with lists. This page, that I printed on my inkjet printer onto cardstock and titled with the kit’s other alpha, lists some of our family’s favorite holiday songs. Just creating the list got me into the holiday spirit! I love having this resource at my fingertips.


A relatively new tradition, although one that my husband’s family celebrated when he was young, is to go to one of our region’s fabulous nurseries to get poinsettias. We’ve already discussed which weekend we’ll go this December.


Using the kit’s tags from Pink Paislee I created a few titled dividers. At the back of the book, I’ve got a section for this December. On the flip side of the card, I affixed a December calendar with some of our activities already penciled in.


I have a few double-page spreads in the book, including this one documenting a trip to the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue in the Boston Public Garden. I incorporated a stamped image from October Afternoon on the journaling side.


I have just a few more pages before the book is complete, at least for the “past” memories! Looking forward to adding pages from our December 2012 activities as well!

CFC 78

This week’s CAS-ual Friday Challenge CFC78 is to create a Clean And Simple project that has something torn on it. I used the MFT notebook die giving the appearance of a page or note torn from a spiral. I’ve been turning to this die a lot lately for my projects. I paper-pieced the Paper Smooches Santa and added his skin tone with a Copic.

Ho Ho Ho CFC78


Holiday Card Workshop Days 6-8

We’re into the second week of the Holiday Card Workshop. This week, I’ve been using a lot of Ranger Distress inks. I’m sharing cards crafted with some of my favorite combinations.

My first card was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s. I blended Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Boughs for my background. I placed a landscape cut from an Impression Obsession die on top.

Holiday Card Class Day Six

My next card is a variation of one made by Kristina Werner. My version is a bit simpler than the one she shared in class. She had stamped snowflakes onto her card in pigment ink. When I did the same, the snowflakes didn’t make much of an impact, so I remade the card adding a little sparkle with Stickles. There’s Iced Spruce in the right-hand corner, Evergreen Bough in the left-hand corner, and Peacock Feathers along the top.

Holiday Card Class Day Seven

For the card I made today, I combined a design from class by Amber Kemp-Gerstel with one I saw made by Cheiron Brandon. The trees are die cut from the card base and the panels with the distress inks are adhered to the back – Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, and Tumbled Glass.

Holiday Card Class Day Eight

You’ll notice that the sentiment is the same on all three cards. It’s from  the Hero Arts + Studio Calico “Spread Joy” set. I’ve had it on my stamping block all week!


Simple Scrapper November Premium Membership Blog Hop

Welcome! Today we’re hosting a Simple Scrapper Team blog hop using this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates. I documented a trip to the Boeing Flight Museum that we took with our sons when we first moved to the Seattle area. It’s a fantastic museum, and we visited numerous times when they were younger. I’ve never scrapped these photos, which were printed (I scanned them), and was pleased to make something of a set of photos that might otherwise be forgotten. After trying several approaches with flight-themed embellishments, I decided to go for a cleaner, simpler page in the end. The embellishments didn’t add anything to the page. 


Supplies: Anna Aspnes paper; Robyn Meierotto “Let’s Go” paper; Katie Pertiet kraft paper, photo frames, paint splatters, staples; Bebas font (title); Rockwell font (journaling)

Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership! Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 6. You may enter from multiple blogs.

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Check out the inspiration from the rest of the team:

Julie Aldridge

Sue Althouse

Jeryn Carlisi

Lisa Corbin-Polak

Ronnie Crowley

Jess Forster

Michele Holcomb

Margrethe Aas Johnsen

Amy Kingsford

Pam Lozano

Aimee Maddern

Valerie Mangan

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.