Christmas Song Inspired | Joy of Sets Dec 2020 Blog Hop


Christmas Song Inspired | Joy of Sets Dec 2020 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joy of Sets Blog Hop for December. We were inspired by our very creative blog leader, Angie McKenzie, to create around our favorite Christmas Song this month.  So I hope as you hop along from project to project, you will be humming along with the rest of us.  I found that once I choose my inspiration song, I was humming it all week long!

I took some time thinking and remembering my childhood holidays for this blog post.  What songs really stuck with me.  We all have the fun and fast songs, but what really came to me strongly was the It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.  Which thanks to a bit of curiosity, and the help of Wikipedia, I learned started out as an 1849 poem and then into a Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts.  

Well, the first stanza or verse I could recall clearing... the rest as I read through all the lyrics were not as well known to me.  Interesting how some things stick and others don't!  Here is how it starts:

It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,

From heaven's all-gracious King."

The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing.

So with all that running in my crafty brain, I decided to create a quiet scenic card for this blog project.  I selected the Snowfront Stamp Set and tried for a mellow and soothing card.  I wanted a snowy scene with a bit of sparkle, so I decided to start with a Shimmery White cardstock base.   I like that is is sturdy as well, as I was thinking about water-coloring some elements as well.  In the end I actually crafted two!  You can let me know which one you enjoy more.  I hope you enjoy both of them and have yourself a peaceful holiday season.

Peace On Earth - Card 1

So here is the first card.  I wanted the feeling of openness, space, quiet, and calm.  But I really wanted a RED cabin in the woods.  So that may throw it off a bit from my goal.  But I like it. I used Mossy Meadow ink for the trees and sentiment, Real Red for the cabin, Crumb Cake for the mountains, and Soft Suede for the tree and deer.  I borrowed the sentiment from a retired set Greetings of the Season.  I also made this card the unique size of 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 when folded.

Peace On Earth - Card 2

For this second project, I decided to go a bit more dense with the trees, and a bit more rustic with the scene.  Here I decided to craft with purple and brown tones.  So the trees were stamped in Highland Heather and Blackberry Bliss.  The mountains are Crumb Cake again, and the cabin and deer are Soft Suede.  I used a die from the Curvy Dies set which is new to create a mask.  I masked the card base before I stamped the two tone trees.  Then when I removed it, I used my Aqua Painter to blend and create the sloping lines.  I also let the color watercolor-wash down the card, so that the colors all blend a bit.  I did use the Blackberry Bliss ink for the sentiment, but I stamped off twice to lighten the color.  This card is also unique in size, it measures 4 x 5 when folded.

Time to move on to the next blogger...

Before you do, please leave me a quick comment, on which card appeals to you more.  Remember, we all love to craft and share our projects, but we also love to read your comments when you visit our blogs.  After you comment, you can use this NEXT link to hop along to JoAnn Pollock's project.  Enjoy all the holiday carols that inspired us this month as well.  Here's to a peaceful and wonderful holiday for all of us.

December 2020 Blog Roll Call List

Angie McKenzie

Annette Ball

Narelle Fasulo

Pia Gerhardt

Tricia Butts

Libby Fens

Fiona Whitehead

Susan Webster

JoAnn Pollock

Gez Carpenter

Mo Rootes

Jill Chapman

Sue Allen

Brenda Nelson

Allie Gomez

Linda A. Moore



Thank You | 3rd Thursday Blog Hop November 2020

Thank You | 3rd Thursday Blog Hop November 2020 | #MCC28

Welcome to the monthly 3rd Thursday Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on Thankfulness or Thanksgiving themed projects.  I hope after enjoy my shared project, you will use the links below to visit the other blogs as well.  We have terrific Stampin' Up! demonstrators who participate.  I know there projects inspire me each month.  And please LEAVE US COMMENTS.  It is a wonderful way to let us know you came to see our projects, plus we love getting them!

One thing I really enjoy doing is sharing a Stampin' Show & Tell Video Demonstration with my stamping friends.  Especially now that we are limited or all together banned from getting together face to face to stamp!  Here is today's project featuring the Best Year stamp set and the pumpkin from the Hello Harvest stamp set.  As I go through the project I share where my inspiration came from for this card.  I hope you enjoy the step by step instructions.

Stampin' Show & Tell Video - Thank You | 3rd Thursday Blog Hop

So, what did you think? Did I inspire you to start with a simple sketch idea and then craft a card in your own style?

 As you just watched in the video, you can start with a very basic sketch and then dress it up as you craft. Or keep it simple! 

I really do love CASEing cards.  CASE - Copy And Selectively Edit

Okay, time to send you along to the next paper crafter in the Blog Hop today.  Enjoy the journey!


Kimberley Anne Morris 

Jan Musselman

Susan Reitmeyer Legits 

Anne Marie Hile

Susan Webster - YOU ARE HERE

Angie McKenzie


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Sunshine Blossoms In Bloom | Stamping with Large Sentiments

Sunshine Blossoms In Bloom | CTS396 | #MCC28

Welcome to Tuesday stampers. So today I am sharing a project I originally crafted a few week’s ago. The challenge from the CASE THIS SKETCH Blog was to use a LARGE SENTIMENT. So I couldn’t resist to play along, as it was going to the theme for this week’s Mystery CASE Challenge. I hope you enjoy the project. It was so bright and cheery! Something we all need a bit more of these days.


Hey there stamping friends, if you are new here to the Stampin’ Show & Tell Blog WELCOME! I’m so glad you popped over to take a closer look at this project. I typically share a new project Monday through Friday, and have a weekly Mystery CASE Challenge theme we focus on as well. Here is today’s project.

This card project was inspired by the CAS(E) This Sketch blog challenge #396. As soon as I saw the image of the sketch I knew I had to pull out my newest stamp set Ridiculously Awesome and use one of it’s large sentiments!


Let’s look at the sketch and then take a look at my Stampin’ Show & Tell Video Demonstration. Remember, you can always visit the CASE THIS SKETCH blog directly from this link or the sketch links back to their post as well.

Sunshine Blossoms In Bloom Stampin’ Show & Tell Demonstration

Watch as I take you through this quick and #simplestamping project from start to finish. You will see just how easy it is to craft.


#Simplestamping Card! Yes, this definitely qualifies as a SIP [stamps, ink, paper] card. It’s one layer of cardstock and no fancy embellishments. I don’t think this project really needs anything added. But remember, when you make your own version, do as you wish!

“It’s your card, make it your way!”

Why did I use the Stamparatus? I pulled out the Stamparatus for this project, since the blooms image was very large and I wanted to be sure to get a nice clear image. With the Stamparatus, if needed, you can always repeat your stamping before you take up your cardstock. Plus, I can always create duplicate cards if I wanted to quick and easy with the image all set up to just stamp, stamp, stamp!

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You Are Wonderful | Stamping with Large Sentiments

You Are Wonderful | Stamping with Large Sentiments | #MCC28

It’s Monday so it’s time to kick-off this week’s Mystery CASE Challenge. This week our theme is to stamp with LARGE SENTIMENTS! Yes, I know some of you love them, some of you hate them! But let’s stamp with them and see what we can create.

Today I let the sentiments really be the focal point of the project. I featured the Rooted In Nature stamp set. I enjoy stamping with all the images, but I really have always enjoyed the larger sentiments. [THINKING OF YOU] and [YOU ARE WONDERFUL] Watch the Stampin’ Show & Tell Video Demonstration as I construct the card.

Stampin’ Show & Tell – You Are Wonderful | Stamping with Large Sentiments

So you can see it really is a simple stamping project. I picked a piece of the Plaid Tidings DSP [patterned paper], and the coordinating colors of cardstock and ink.

Keeping it to Rich Razzleberry, Purple Posy, and Whisper White, so that all the colors worked together seamlessly. I stamped with the Rich Razzleberry Ink, but did some stamping off on the leaf images to lighten the color.

The sentiment tag was die-cut from the Tasteful Labels Dies collection. I love the way it is not only curvy cut, but also has a beveled embossed decorative edge as well.

Materials & Measures:

  • Rich Razzleberry Cardstock – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
  • Purple Posy Cardstock – 1 7/8 x 5
  • Plaid Tidings DSP – 1 7/8 x 5
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 3 3/4 x 5
  • Purple Posy Cardstock – sized to fit the die-cut for the sentiment of choice
  • Whisper White Envelope

Stamping with Large Sentiments| #MCC28

So now it’s your turn to stamp a project. Grab a stamp set or even a die-cut that features a large sentiment. Decide if you are going to stamp a background like in last week’s Mystery CASE #mcc27 [see the project here] or if you might use a sample of your patterned paper collection. Then choose your colors and cardstock layers.

Snap a photo of your project and share it with us. I know I enjoy a good Show & Tell of projects. You are welcome to send me an email with your project photo, my email is listed below. Or if you want to share it on Facebook, join us in the Stampin’ Show & Tell Time with Susan Facebook Group and post it there.

Here’s to the start of a great week everyone. Enjoy your stamping time, and don’t over think it! Sometimes the simple cards are as wonderful as the intricate cards.

Happy Stamping,



Warm Wishes with Toile Tidings | FMS453 | MCC20

Warm Wishes with Toile Tidings | FMS453 | MCC20

Happy Monday my stamping friends. Okay so this week are are talking about and creating SCENIC cards. You could use your stamps, patterned paper, or even re-purpose photos for these cards. Remember, when you craft a card it is your’s. “It’s Your Card, Make It Your Way!”

Okay here are the Mystery CASE Clues I offered over the weekend. We will be making and sharing this type of project all week. So if you are interested be sure to follow the blog.

So before I share the project with you today, I also want to share that I played in the Freshly Made Sketches for my project today as well. It’s no secret I love to get my inspirations from this and other crafting blogs. Here is the sketch offered last week from Freshly Made Sketches. Remember you can visit their blog directly for even more card project inspirations.

FMS 453 Blog Challenge

Warm Wishes with Toile Tidings | FMS453 | MCC20

When I am able, I like to make you a video demonstration of the card project. And today, I have a quick video to share. This will take you through the design and completion of the project. Below is a link to the full tutorial if you are a paper crafter that needs it in print. Just follow the link to the tutorial library.

Stampin’ Show & Tell Video Demonstration

Warm Wishes with Toile Tidings Tutorial


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