Monogram Note Cards | 3rd Thursday Blog Hop Dec 2020

Monogram Note Cards | 3rd Thursday Blog Hop Dec 2020

Welcome to the 3rd Thursday Blog Hop for December 2020.  This month we are focusing on LAST MINUTE paper crafting projects.  Not that any of us are in need of such a thing! But if you are looking for a LAST MINUTE LUCY gift idea, I have a Monogram Note Card project that might just fit your needs.

After  you see my idea, be sure to leave me a comment. Then hop on along to the next crafter who has another fun idea for you.  And remember, paper crafting isn’t reserved for just the holidays… you could easily transform our ideas into birthday gifts as well.  Just change the theme and away you go!



So these are to be a quick and easy paper crafting project that you could duplicate for multiple gifts! We start with a note card. You could use pre-packaged plain notecards, or cut your own from patterned paper like I did here. 

A note card is sized at 5 ½ x 3 ½ when scored and folded.

I decided to make a bunch of winter themed cards for myself as the sample.  I can now use them as Thank You cards after the holiday.  I decided to use the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper as my decorative cover.  I cut them to size and then lined the inside with a plain piece of cardstock that measures just slightly smaller than the card itself (3 ¼ x 4 ¾).  

To be able to do multiples of these, I used my Stamparatus Tool and the stamp set Make A Difference.  But by taking the time to set up the letters on the clear arms of the Stamparatus, I was able to stamp repeated items without worry of positioning.  To get the letters close enough, I stamped the “W'' first,  then the “s” and “m” second.  They cannot all be positioned this closely on a clear block.  So either two blocks and a really steady hand, or use the stampartus for perfect positioning each time.

Kimberly Anne Morris

Tatiana Tobin

Susan Webster [you are here]

Susan Reitmeyer Legits

Jan Mussleman

Angie McKenzie



Stamp Sets – Make A Difference (146676)

Card Stock – Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper(153512), Whisper White Note Cards

Stamp Pads – Memento

Misc - Stamparatus Tool (146276)


Card Base         5 ½ x 7 [scored at 3 ½]

Card Front        3 ½  x 5

Inside Panel        3 ¼ x 4 ¾ 


    Stamparatus Set Up

  1. Use one arm of the Stamparatus for the Center Capital Letter

    • Position the Last Name letter on the grid paper.

    • Then press the arm of the stampartus down to attach it.

    • Be sure it is square with the grid lines for straight positioning of your letters.

  2. Use the second arm for the two Side Letters

    • Then position the two side letters onto the grid paper.

    • Press the second arm to attach them.

  3. Ink and stamp all the letters to check your positioning.

  4. Adjust if necessary.

    Stamp your Monogram

  1. Position the card front on your grid paper, so that the Monogram will stamp where you want it to be.

  2. You may want to fold the note card in half.

  3. If you prefer to do the punched out monogram.  Stamp on a scrap piece of cardstock, then die-cut or punch with a paper punch.  Attach to card.


Forever Blossoms




Stamp Sets – Forever Blossoms (151457)

Card Stock – Petal Pink, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Stamp Pads – Memento, Blushing Bride

Misc. – Stamparatus Tool, Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon (149441)



Petal Pink 8 ½ x 4 1/4

Calypso Coral 2 x 2 , qty=2

Basic Black 4 ¾ x 3 ¾

Whisper White 4 ¼  x 3 ½ , qty = 2

Ribbon - 5 in & 4 in




  1. Fold the Petal Pink base in half. 

  2. Stamp with Memento Ink, the image on the Whisper White Cardstock.

  3. Add your sentiment.

  4. Mount to Basic Black cardstock.

  5. Wrap the 5 inches of ribbon around the back of the Basic Black and tack with adhesive.

  6. Now slip the 4 inch ribbon under the band and tie a simple bow knot. Trim the ends of the ribbon by bringing them together and snipping at the same time.

  7. Now add the Calypso Coral squares to the corners of the card front.

  8. Now add the image layer on top.

  9. Clean your stamp, and now stamp the image on the inside layer with Petal Pink ink.

  10. Then stamp your sentiment with Memento over the top.


Stamparatus Tips:


  • Place your cardstock on the stamping service of the Stamparatus, leaving yourself some space along the edges.

  • Position your clean stamps where you want them placed on the cardstock, then press the clear arm or panel down to the stamp(s) to adhere.

  • Use the magnets to keep your cardstock in the same position, but don’t let them connect.  If they snap together, they may break.

  • Ink up your stamps, and then swing the clear arm of the stampartus on to the cardstock to stamp your image.

  • If you don’t get enough of the image stamped, just repeat… nothing has moved so you can stamp again.

  • Want to change colors, just clean your stamps with the Stampin’ Mist on the arm of the stampartus. Use a Shammy to wipe them dry.


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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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

Sunshine Blossoms In Bloom

Sunshine Blossoms In Bloom | CTS396 | #MCC28

Welcome to Tuesday stampers. So today I am sharing a project I originally crafted a few weeks ago. The challenge from the CASE THIS SKETCH Blog was to use a LARGE SENTIMENT. So I couldn’t resist playing along, as it was going to be 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 its 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 quick and easy with the image all set up to just stamp, stamp, stamp!

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