Let’s Spread Lots of Holiday Cheer With Christmas Cards

I think this is the year to send a little bit of extra holiday cheer! I know we all have our favorite holiday recipe and what better time than now to share them. My husband’s favorite are the Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Our four (now adult) daughters all had different favorites, so our baking day was always so much fun and there were SO MANY cookies at the end of the day.

Maybe you have a favorite pie or main dish recipe? I think any special recipe included in your card would be a welcome treat.

I posted (well, shared) via Facebook this idea and was so happy with the amount of friends that wanted to participate in a recipe/ Christmas card exchange. I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone sends.

I’ll be working on my Christmas cards this week and printing out that Chocolate Crinkle cookie recipe. Please let me know what you are working on.

Happy crafting and have a wonderful day! Colleen

Throwback Thursday! Flowering Desert Meets the Little Treats Bundle

Hello and welcome to today’s throwback card. This was a fun one to make. My little granddaughter FaceTimed me this morning and while I helped her with math problems, she chose the colors and ornament layout for this card. I think she did a great job on color selection!

The Flowering Desert set is an old one (retired). I remember purchasing it around the time we made the move to sunny Arizona. The Little Treats Bundle is current and can be found in the August-December 2020 mini catalog (page 70). This bundle is so versatile! I have used it for Halloween, this card and will be using it for one of our daughter’s wedding this summer (fingers crossed we can safely gather then). I did some of the ornaments in the gold just to show you how detailed these dies are.

Let’s make this card:


Shaded Spruce cardstock @ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″. This is your card base.

Cherry Cobbler cardstock @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″

Whisper White cardstock @ 5-1/4″ x 4″


Stamp the cactus using Shaded Spruce ink. For the flowers, I used Real Red. Now, from the Little Treats stamp set, grab the Santa hat and stamp in Real Red.

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp your sentiment. The Little Treats stamp set had the perfect sentiment for this card.

Die Cutting:

The Little Treats dies have the best Santa hat and ornaments, so use those. I always like a bit of sparkle and gold. Just look at the details on those ornaments.


If you have the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint (retired), complete your Santa hat. I held my hat with a pair of long tweezers. Those heat tools get HOT. If you do not have Puff Paint, it looks great without it.

I wrapped some red twine around my card. My granddaughter liked the ornaments at the base of the cactus.

Let’s complete this card:

Adhere all of the card pieces together and add the Santa hat popped up on dimensionals. Add some bling and this card is done!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I sure had fun making it! Thank goodness for FaceTime since travel is a bit difficult during these times.

If you are interested in any of these products, please leave me a message or check out my online catalog.

As always, happy crafting and I hope you get to do something fun today! Colleen

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Flowering Desert Photopolymer Stamp Set

Flowering Desert Photopolymer Stamp Set

Autumn Goodness Fun Fold Card

Hello and welcome to today’s fun fold card. I needed a few more Thanksgiving cards and the Autumn Goodness Bundle fit the bill. The Autumn Wheelbarrow dies are just fabulous! This is one of the layouts that was displayed during our OnStage event. I believe Jackie Bolhuis was the demonstrator that showcased this layout.

Card recipe:


Crumb Cake cardstock @ 8″ x 4-1/2″. Score @ 2-1/2″

Soft Suede cardstock @ 4-3/8″ x 2-3/8″. Cut 2 pieces @ 4-1/2″ x 3″. One of these will be for the inside of your card.

Very Vanilla cardstock @ 4-3/8″ x 2-7/8″. Cut 2 pieces. One of these is for the inside of your card.

Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP @ 4-1/8″ x 2-1/4″


Stamp the sentiment on one piece of the Very Vanilla. On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla, stamp the fruit basket.

* I placed the fence die on the cardstock to make sure I had the proper placement*


Using your blends, markers or watercolor pencils, color in your fruit basket. I used a variety of colors from my Stampin’ Blends collection. I’ve been slowly collecting my blends. I tend to add a new color to every order I place.

At the base of the Very Vanilla cardstock (the front panel), use your sponge daubers to get some ink at the bottom of that cardstock. I used Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight. This really helps to ground the fence.

Die Cutting:

Now is the time to die cut the fence and your fruit basket/ pumpkins. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo, but there is the slightest impression of woodgrain on the fencing. Just another special detail to your card!

Let’s Finish This Card:

Add some ribbon and bling, glue everything together and pop that basket up on some dimensionals. For the inside of your card, make sure you line those layers up with the outside panel. You want them to line up perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card! I had fun creating it. I am sending out more cards than ever this year and I hope you do the same. Because, who doesn’t like to get a card?!!?

Happy crafting, Colleen

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What Are You Working On Today?

Hello! What all are you working on today? Me…I’m trying to finish up a cross-stitch Christmas stocking for my oldest grandson and the clock is ticking away. This is the last one to complete (as of now). I have to say, it is turning out beautiful and I can hardly wait to share the finished project with all of you!

What other crafts do you work on? Besides cross-stitching and Stampin’ Up, I like to decorate cakes and I am working on my accreditation for quilling. Seriously, I don’t know how I ever managed to raise four daughters and have a career…hahaha.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Colleen

Throwback Thursday—Blended Seasons Christmas Card

Hello! Today’s card features the 2018 Blended Seasons Bundle. I’ve said it before–I love this bundle. This is such an easy and beautiful Christmas card to make. This card goes fast, therefore lends itself to making a lot at once. Making things in volume is now more important to me than ever. I will be sending out A LOT of Christmas cards as we won’t be seeing as many people in person this year. I know we will all get through this, but, ya know…..

I don’t know why the lines around the leaves look so dark–must be my marvelous photographic and editing skills–hahahaha. It looks much softer in person.

Card recipe:


Cut one piece of Real Red cardstock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″

Cut one piece of Old Olive cardstock @ 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″

Die Cutting Machine:

Using the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing and Old Olive cardstock, run this through your machine. Make sure you line up the pattern. If you don’t have this folder, just search your stash for something that will work.

Now to die cut! Using the Blended Seasons dies and the now retired Under the Mistletoe DSP and the still current Shimmery White cardstock, cut one each using the appropriate dies.


I used my Stamparatus to make sure I had my images lined up properly. I think its time to change that scrap paper out!! I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw the photo. Yikes!

I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp my images. Give this just a second to dry as the next step is coloring.


Using Old Olive for the leaves, Real Red for the berries and Crushed Curry for the little buds, color in your image. Use what you have. I used a combination of my markers and blends. When using my markers, I tend to use a water coloring technique: put a touch of ink on a block and pick up the ink with a Blender Pen.

I did add a hint of Wink of Stella over the colored buds.

Let’s Finish:

Wrap your favorite ribbon around the center of your Old Olive textured cardstock and adhere. Now, glue the other pieces together. Put everything together, add a little more ribbon and some bling and this card is done.

As a side note: I did not use any dimensionals on this card for ease of mailing. Of course, if you want to pop any part of this up, it would sure be a nice, added touch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Until next time, Happy Crafting. Colleen

Product List

Blender Pens


Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper

Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper