Autumn Tradtions Displays

Below are a close-up photo of each of the cards, I had made for the Craft & Quilt Fair recently.

This card I only used one stamp set & the leaves were cut out from the DSP. The ribbon is originally white, but I coloured it to match the DSP, by using the Ruby Red marker.

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Ruby Red

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, White Taffeta ribbon – coloured with Ruby Red Marker, Hemp Twine, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch & Large Oval Punch

Love both of these Stamp Sets – unfortunately they are being retired, due to being Level 1 Hostess Stamp Sets. This card has used the “One Sheet Wonder” technique, whereby you stamp all over the cardstock, in any direction, then cut it up into rectangles. Very classy & easy!

Cardstock: More Mustard & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Organic Grace & Best Yet (both level 1 Hostess Stamp Sets) – both only available until 31 August 2010.

Ink: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant & Ruby Red

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch & 1 1/4″ Circle Punch

I love this stamp set – Eastern Blooms – especially great to use with our Markers.

Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Whisper White & Ruby Red

Stamp Sets: Eastern Blooms & Wonderful Favourites

Ink: Elegant Epplant

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, Corner Rounder, Earth Element Brads, Filigree Flower Brad, Circle Rhinestone Brad, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Markers:- Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Always Artichoke & Ruby Red

Cardstock: Ruby Red & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral

Ink: Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke

Other: Autumn Traditions DSP, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch

A bit of a different style Christmas card, rather than the usual Santa theme.

Cardstock: Always Artichoke & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Medallion BG & Many Merry Messages (wouldn’t want to say that 5 times fast. lol!)

Ink: Always Artichoke & More Mustard

Other: Corner Rounder, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brad

More photos on the next post.

Margaret  xxoo


Gift Bag with Matching Cards

As you know, for Christmas, I gave some relations, a Gift Bag with some general cards enclosed. They LOVED THEIR GIFTS! Woohoo!

Anyway, I thought I would make another Gift Bag – but this time, enclose 5 matching cards.

Below is what I came up with – including 5 very different cards.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy & Kraft

Stamp Sets: Butterfly Prints (Summer Mini), Something Sweet (Summer Mini), Hello Again (Summer Mini) & Best Yet (Lvl 1 Hostess)

Ink: Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy & Certainly Celery

Other: Bella Bleu DSP, Not Quite Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (Summer Mini), 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Star Punch, Butterfly Punch (Summer Mini), Chunky Glitter, Earth Element Brads, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Scallop Circle Punch, Vellum & Hemp Twine (Phew! – that must be it!)


Keep an eye for class dates next month – where I’ll be teaching this fabulous little gift idea!


Thanks for stopping by!


Margaret  xxoo


Naughty, but Nice………now!

I have been VERY naughty for not blogging in so long. But like almost everybody else, have a particular celebration almost upon us & need to prepare for it. That not only means writing up Christmas Cards, preparing food for the hungry guests or buying the RIGHT present – I’ve made most of my Christmas Cards, but I’ve also put together 4 special gifts for family members. (This is the NICE side – actually VERY nice side)

My elderly aunt is very difficult to buy for (she has everything……well almost) & I can’t possibly buy her another calendar – because then she’ll know what she’ll be getting year-after-year. My Mother-in-law is also difficult to buy for.  My DH doesn’t help, because he has no idea either.

So this year, I have decided to make them Special Gifts – a little bag consisting of 10 hand-made cards. No greetings on the cards – so the cards can be used for any occasion.

My sisters will also be receiving the same gift. I know the cards will be used (or at least I hope so) – as we always need a “last minute” card for something – don’t we?

Below are some of the cards I have made – hope you like them, as much as I enjoyed making them.

These cards are basically the same, just angled the squares differently.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss & Pacific Point

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes

Ink: Kiwi Kiss & Pacific Point

Other: Scallop Square Punch, Earth Element Brads & Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Cardstock: Whisper White & Pumpkin Pie

Stamp sets: Best Yet & Inspired by Nature

Ink: Pumpkin Pie

Other: Earth Element Brads, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Washington Apple DSP & Earth Element Markers

Margaret  xxoo

Gift Cards

Below are a couple of gorgeous little gift cards, I made during the week. I made the flower, by using the Scallop Punch – firstly by punching out 3 scallops, then cutting each scallop in half (you then end up with 6 scallop halves) & then shaping each half into a cone shape (glueing both ends together) to form a petal. Adhering each petal to the card to form a flower.


Cardstock:  Rose Red & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Best Yet (Level 1 Hostess) & Always

Ink: Kiwi Kiss

Other: Versamark, Embossing Powder, Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Punch, Gold Brad, Raspberry Tart DSP, Large Oval Punch & Flower Fusion Too

Sympathy Card No. ?

I’ve lost count to the number of Sympathy Cards I’ve done this year – I’ve attended at least 3 funerals this year. Hopefully no more for a while yet.

This card was sent to a Special Friend, whose Step-Mother passed away – she was 93yo.


Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White

Stamp sets: Best Yet (Hostess Lvl 1) & Eastern Blooms

Ink: Elegant Eggplant & Soft Subtles Markers

Other: Patterned Paper (Hostess Lvl 1), Corner Rounder, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch & Eyelet Border Punch


Margaret  xxoo


What a quick & easy card to make or even demonstrate.

I did some embossing on the flowers & words – not sure if you can notice it.


Cardstock: Very Vanilla & Not Quite Navy

Stamp Sets: Inspired by Nature & Level 1 Hostess Set – Best Yet

Ink: Encore Gold & Not Quite Navy

Other: Versamark, Clear Stampin’ emboss powder, Heat Gun, Scallop Square Punch, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Bella Bleu DSP, Dimensionals & Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon