The Cutest Reindeer

The little reindeer in Seasonal Chums is just the cutest thing.  I just love how he turns out when I watercolor with my Aqua-painter.


Here I’ve used the exact same layout as my pumpkin card.  Just a new image, different colors and different Designer Series paper.  I stamped the reindeer on Watercolor paper with my Basic Black Archival Ink and then water-colored him.  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Garden Green.

The Designer Series Paper is the Quilted Christmas Paper stack – it’s a 6×6 stack.  The die cut snowflake is part of the Seasonal Tags Framelits dies that match the Seasonal Chums stamp set.  And the circles are from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Like the last card I posted this is one with a short front.  The strip of Designer Series Paper is on the inside.  Here is a photo so you can see what I mean.


It’s fun because when the card is opened you have the paper still showing.  And easy solution for a card base that has been mis-cut or mis-scored.

Have a great day!




Seasonal Tags for Cards

I love the new Seasonal Chums stamp set and Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies in the Holiday catalog.  They make quick and easy fold over tags.  Each image has a front and a back and the dies cut out both at the same time.  But the images are perfect for cards too.


This one uses the Pumpkin for a Halloween card – and there is the little bat in the die set!

So the story behind this card design is this – I was preparing for a card class and cut and scored a stack of card bases.  Only to realize that I had scored them all at 4″ instead of 4-1/4″.  Oops!  I didn’t want to throw out all my nice thick card stock so I set it aside until I figured out what to do.  Later this card design was born.  I trimmed the back side to 4-1/4″ and that left the front side short at 4″.  The solution was to add a strip of Designer Paper on the inside so it peeks out to the front!  I really loved this – it’s also a great way to use up little strips of designer paper.

For this card I used the Painted Harvest Designer Series Paper – it’s part of the October Paper Sale.  The colors of my Stitched Circles came from the paper – Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach.  I also water-colored my pumpkins to match using the Tangerine Tango, Garden Green in addition to the Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.

After stamping and water-coloring the pumpkins I cut them with the dies and then cut the front and back apart to add to the card.  There is also some Black Metallic Thread and the little bat.

So don’t worry when you cut or score something wrong – just set it aside for a bit until an idea comes up.  You never know what creations you will get out of the mistakes you make.  Sometimes they are better than what you started with!

Enjoy your day!


The perfect birthday card

If you are like me the number on your birthday keeps getting higher!  The Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits are perfect for making the “perfect” birthday card.  Because you can celebrate 29 again!  and again! and again!


For this card I also used the Embossing Paste to create the background.  But this time I created a mask using a die to cut through a Window Sheet.  The Window Box Thinlits has the die with the birthday candles.  I cut a piece of window sheet that would cover the front of the card.  Then ran the die through cutting multiple images of the candles over and over.

The paste was colored with the Lemon Lime Twist ink refill.  Then use the mask to apply the paste to the Pool Party layer.  While that dries, stamp and cut the 29.  The Lemon Lime Twist cotton ribbon is wrapped around the layer and tied with the Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  If you pull the ends between your finger nails you can give them a curl – it’s like curling ribbon that you use for wrapping presents!

Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist are a fun and bright combination!  I finished the card with some Tangerine Tango star Enamel Shapes.

Enjoy being 29 again! and again!  and again!


Fall Colors

There are many colors in the Stampin’ Up! color families that can be considered fall colors.  Even though I usually say that my favorite time of the year is spring; I think my favorite colors of the year are the fall colors.  I love all the earthy natural colors that are considered the colors of fall.

The card I have today actually came from a project that a demonstrator friend, Erica Cerwin, created.  She made these cute fall boxes filled with some type of candy.  She always finds the neatest stuff.  I loved the project but was working on card ideas for my stamp club and decided to take what she did on the box and turn it into a card.  If you follow Erica you will see that this looks familiar.


These are the colors that I used – Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Soft Suede.


The stamp set is called Pick a Pumpkin and the coordinating Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies.  You can get them as a bundle. The dies also match the pumpkins on one of the Spooky Night Designer Series paper patterns.  The stamp set has no words with it so I used the set Banners For You and the Bunch of Banners Framelits to add a greeting to my card.

I’m not sure if you can see the large scallop in the Soft Suede – it’s part of the background and that die is in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits die set.  I love the big scallop edge.

Enjoy your week!


Die Storage by your Big Shot

Have you had this problem – you are creating with your Big Shot, pulling out various dies as you work on your project, you set one down on the table and keep working, then you need it again and it has disappeared?  Oh no!  It was just there.  Now its hiding under a little pile of paper scraps and hopefully you didn’t just put it in the trash!  Tragically I have lost a die like this and have been trying really hard not to let it happen again.  So I found a solution!  Magnet sheets!  Framed to set right by your Big shot!  Or perhaps you hang it on the wall by your Big Shot station.


For my frame I found 5×7″ white frames at Ikea – these had a flat front edge so I was able to use Washi Tape to decorate – it’s the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape.  I bought 5×7 magnet sheets which turned out to not actually be 5×7 but just a little bit smaller than that.  So they didn’t stay in the frame on their own – because they would slip through the opening.  So I used Tear & Tape and adhered the magnet sheet directly to the glass piece of the frame.

To decorate the corner of the frame I used the new Daisy punch and Daisy Delight stamp set.  Mine is Crushed Curry flower so it would match my classroom.  My Stamp Club made this project they each chose the color that they wanted for their flowers – so we had all different colors.  For the leaves underneath punch a daisy in Old Olive and the fold it in half so the petals off set with each other. I finished the center of the flower with a Clear Faceted Gem.


It’s really a quick and easy project once you have the frame and magnet sheet – you could decorate with any flower punch that you have on hand or a die!

Have a great day!


Carols of Christmas

Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas Bundle from the upcoming Holiday Catalog is available now – it’s an early release.   Here are a couple of cards that I’ve made with it.


Here are a couple of cards that I made with this bundle


Stampin’ Up! Carols of Christmas, Holiday Catalog 2017, Monika Davis

For this card I used Be Merry Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog, Thick Whisper White card stock and Vellum card stock.  I stamped with the Archival Black ink on the Vellum which needs some time to dry.  You can also use this idea and instead of the Designer Paper under the vellum use a family photo.


Stampin’ Up! Carols of Christmas Bundle, Holiday Catalog 2017 Monika Davis

For this card I used the Thick Whisper White card stock, Early Espresso Card stock and regular Whisper White card stock.  Plus the trees are cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

The Carols of Christmas Bundle is part of a mega suite in the Holiday Catalog called Merry Little Christmas.  Perfect products for all your Christmas creations from tags and cards to gift packaging and memory keeping.

And don’t forget if you earned a Bonus Days Coupon in July be sure to use it by August 31st – that’s next week.  You can use it for this new bundle!



Thanks for visiting!



More Coffee Cafe

Yesterday’s Coffee Cafe card was super simple and used only the stamp set.  Today’s card adds a few more products from the suite.  The Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.



This time I stamped the coffee cup and the lid and cut them out with the coordinating die set.  Plus that little heart shaped stopper.  Honestly since I don’t drink coffee I’m really not sure what that thing is called – but I guess it keeps anything from spilling out of the hole in the top of the lid. It’s a little bit hard to see against the Designer Paper background – but it really is there.  I also added the Garden Green Stitched Satin Ribbon – which isn’t part of the suite but matches perfectly with it in m opinion.

For this card you could really use any of the prints in the Designer Paper for the background piece. Here is a look at all the designs.


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