Hello friends! I'm crafting up all things THANKFUL this week because it just feels RIGHT this time of year - PLUS this week kicks off a new cardmaking challenge at Impression Obsession Stamps and our theme is So Thankful. Today let's look at two ...


Share Fall Thanks With Two Thankful Harvest Cards {IO Challenge}

Hello friends! I'm crafting up all things THANKFUL this week because it just feels RIGHT this time of year - PLUS this week kicks off a new cardmaking challenge at Impression Obsession Stamps and our theme is So Thankful. 

Today let's look at two different simple cardmaking ideas with the Thankful Harvest stamp set from IO Stamps. 

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 I love the wheat stalk stamps in this set. They are long and can easily fill a card. And because these are clear stamps, you can bend the stalks a bit and shape them to look like they're blowing in the wind or gathered up.

For both cards, I began with white cardstock and inked the edges with a warm yellow ink (Haystack from FSJ.)
Alright friends - it's your turn. Dig through your stash of Impression Obsession stamps and dies, and see what you have that works for our latest challenge, So Thankful! Then link it up at the IO blog! Over on the blog, you'll also find a list of the design team members who are sharing some So Thankful inspiration to kick off the challenge. 

Don't have any Impression Obsession stamps and dies? I hate to be an enabler, but you really should check out their shop - every time I look, I see something I never noticed before. They have a HUGE selection, in EVERY style and theme! (#sorrynotsorry)

Supplies Used On Today's Card:


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Introducing Mistletoe & Holly, the FSJ Stamp of the Month {November 2019}

I'm really quite unclear where October went but suddenly we've found ourselves in November. The days keep spinning by, and I think today marks the official "Oh my gosh, it's almost Thanksgiving and Christmas and the holiday chaos and fun are pretty much upon us." You know - the realization that strikes pure joy mixed with pure terror all at once. (Are ya with me?!) The good news is - today means a brand new Stamp of the Month set from FSJ, and it will FILL your heart with holiday spirit and joy. It is absolutely darling - so without further ado, please meet Mistletoe and Holly. 

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There's a brand new Stamp of the Month set from FSJ, and it will FILL your heart with holiday spirit and joy. It is absolutely darling - so without further ado, please meet Mistletoe and Holly. I'm in LOVE with these sweet deer. This month's stamp set includes the two deer, lots of holly and some sweet sentiments. There's plenty of opportunity to mix and match this set with some of your favorite dies and holiday stamps, and you'll have such fun creating holiday projects. #christmascard
I'm in LOVE with these sweet deer. This month's stamp set includes the two deer, lots of holly and some sweet sentiments. There's plenty of opportunity to mix and match this set with some of your favorite dies and holiday stamps, and you'll have such fun creating holiday projects. 
To create the background on this first card, start with a white cardstock panel. Stamp and heat emboss the Birch Trees background stamp in white embossing powder. (Yep, white on white.) Then sponge some Pool Play or Cool Pool ink gently onto the background in a circular motion, beginning in the middle and fading out towards the edges. Isn't it a snowy dreamy background? 

For my reindeer, I brayered just a little brown ink onto the Gel Press, splattered some Sparkle Silk, and then pulled a print onto Oatmeal Cookie cardstock. Then I stamped the reindeer and trimmed them. It added just a hint of color variation and I love the way the Sparkle Silk makes little spots. 
On the next reindeer, I added a bit of white colored pencil to add highlights and definition. 

HERE'S A TIP: See those bright red berries? Make faux enamel dots by hole-punching cardstock. Add Journey Glaze to them after attaching to the card. Perfectly matching dots for any project!
If you LOVE this stamp set and you're not a member of the Spellbinders + FSJ Stamp of the Month club, go check out the details - and find lots more inspiration with Mistletoe and Holly! Subscribing to this club means a brand new stamp set in your mailbox every month! (How FUN, right!?) But just in case there's a set you don't love, you can skip any time you want - easy peasy. Sometimes the SOTM becomes available later on, but often they sell out - and then you'll miss your chance! Stop by the website and find all the details, and look at some of the cute previous sets that we've offered in the past! 

(Oh, and did I mention that club members get exclusive discounts in the Spellbinders + FSJ shop too!?) Sorry-not-sorry!

Before you go, can I sneak one more card idea in? Here's a card that requires no fussy cutting at all - just simple stamp and go, with quick little die cut holly leaves. 

Thanks so much for coming by today my friends - happy NOVEMBER. (Ack!!) As always, if you have questions about today's projects or products, always feel free to leave a comment! Have a BEAUTIFUL day! xoxo

Supplies used on today's card:


Mix and Match Diecuts for Christmas Cardmaking

Looking for a handmade Christmas card idea without any stamping? Today's cardmaking idea features an assortment of dies from Impression Obsession and they're mixed and matched from different sets for lots of festive holiday personality. 

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I love to die-cut a bunch of pieces at one time and then pull from them for different cards. This card began with some diecutting left over from previous projects. I had the snowflake, the foliage and the word Christmas sitting on my desk, so I decided to play around and come up a card. I diecut the word Merry from a different set, and I LOVE the way they look together - it's such a fun look to mix and match a cursive font with a typewriter or printed style. 
I added the sentiment to a scalloped circle die (which is almost always a great base layer for a die-cut sentiment!) Then I just played around with the foliage and the snowflake until it all WORKED. A few snowflake shaped sequins and a splatter of Sparkle Silk finished off this simple Christmas card.

Today's post is part of Impression Obsession's Die Cut Obsession. The design team is sharing die cutting magic today, so head over to the IO blog to see  links for everyone participating! I can't wait to see what they've each created for today! PLUS I can't forget to mention. . . there's THIS little deal still going on, so GO SHOP:


Supplies on today's card:
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Are you looking for MORE Christmas inspiration using these dies from Impression Obsession? Click here for more creative ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I always love to hang out with you for some crafty fun! xoxo

Make Gift Card Giving Extra Special with a Handmade Pocket Card

How do you feel about gift cards? I'm pretty sure you're not going to turn down a gift card, right? Who doesn't love free money? But at the same time, giving gift cards often feels impersonal and we can feel guilty turning to them as a gift idea. Here's the best news of your day: wrap that gift card up in adorable handmade packaging, and GUILT BE GONE. (And seriously, no one is EVER disappointed with a gift card, so that guilt should be gone anyway!) 

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Today I have two floral pocket ideas so you can gift your gift cards in STYLE. Both projects begin with FSJ's Double Pocket Die. Check out this die so you can really see what we're starting out with. Then come RIGHT back . . .I'll wait for you. 
 One pass through the die-cutting machine and you'll have the overall shape of this double pocket. Then with some quick folding on the scored lines, you'll have an assembled pocket ready to decorate and fill with a note and gift card, photos, movie tickets - whatever you'd like to give!
For the first double pocket I created, I used the Beautiful Friendship stamp set. This is such a fun stamp set, because the petals, the center of the coneflower and the leaves are all separate stamps so it's easy to stamp everything in the color you want. To add more dimension and color to my images, after I stamped the yellow petals, green leaves and brown center, I went back over the images with colored pencils, adding in oranges and reds to the petals and shades of green and brown. I love the way this technique works on this solid stamp set. 
To add another color to the center panel of the Double Pocket, simply die-cut another one in a contrasting color, trim the section you need, and adhere it to the assembled pocket. (The light blue panel on my first project, and the embossed yellow layer on the second one.)

For my second project, I followed the same basic idea except I used a die-cut floral image and a big puffy ribbon wrapped around. I used the Star Burst Bloom Die Set to layer this fun flower together.

To finish off the Double Pocket, add a coordinating note card, and a cute clip will hold a gift card or tickets in place. A project like this can be handed to it's happy recipient as is or placed into an envelope or gift bag.

The best part - almost everything I used for these two projects is ON SALE right now! Whatttt!?
Oh YES, my dear crafty friends. The stamps, the floral die set, the Double Pocket Die, the twine and clips and ribbon . . .ALL. ON. SALE. So scroll right on down and click on your favorite items to do a little shopping!

Project Supplies:
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Craft a Clean and Simple Fall Card with Acorns

One of my favorite stamps this season has been the Acorn Stamp from Impression Obsession. (You'll find more projects with it HERE.) It's a super sweet stamp that you can purchase individually, and add to fall crafts. 

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For today's projects I paper-pieced the acorns. I stamped the acorns on three different colors of cardstock and then I trimmed the nuts and caps separately and layered them together. (Aren't they adorable?!)  I added them to a very clean and simple card with a beautiful fall sentiment. 


I ended up with one extra acorn, so I added it to a sweet tag to coordinate with a simple gift box.

Today's post is part of  Old Is New day over on the Impression Obsession blog. 

It's easy (and fun) to add the latest and greatest stamps and dies, but we want to find new ways to use the older and well-loved products too. The Old Is New blog hop celebrates the stamps and dies in our stash that have been faithfully loved! Please head to the Impression Obsession blog to see a list of designers participating in today's blog hop. 

And WAIT - before you go!!! There's still a great 10% off code that's good through October 31st, so be sure to check out some of your favorite goodies at the IO shop: 



Supplies from Impression Obsession:














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