Christmas Card Ideas for Peaceful Nativity


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Christmas card ideas using Peaceful Nativity and a neutral color palette (with no coloring in!) were on the docket for my Simple and Stepped Up Facebook Live last week.  Each Thursday I feature a #simplestamping project and then step it up.  While today's projects do utilize a set of die cuts (Layering Ovals Dies) to be used with the Stampin' Cut & Emboss (aka Big Boss) machine or other die-cutting machine, everything else is super simple and quick--perfect for mass-producing Christmas cards.  If you like to let your light shine and share your faith during the holidays, Peaceful Nativity stamp set is a great fit! peacefulnativitystampinupcandyrattrayreligiouschristmascard

Using all browns along with the woodgrain DSP and textured ribbon gives this card a very simple, earthy vibe.  These elements perfectly depict the simplicity of the Christmas story, the birth of the Christ Child.  Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a manger--simple, approachable, available for all mankind. Inspirational Christmas cards--#reasonfortheseason

For my stepped up version of the above card, I thought I would add gold heat embossing.  But I just could not get that to match what was in my head for a slightly stepped up version of my original card.  So I added a gold scalloped oval frame and it was just the ticket!  Because I had that double oval, I opted for a simple flag for the greeting.  

Stepped up elements:

  • Gold Foil frame
  • Gold Edged Ribbon--colored with Stampin' Blends for a rich brown!

You can watch the design process in my video shared below.  Please head to and like my page so you will get notifications for my twice weekly Facebook Live stamping demonstrations.  I would love to have you join us!

  1. Tuesday's @ 2PM (CT) Teach Me Tuesday
  2. Thursday's @ 2PM (CT) Simple & Stepped Up Stamping

All products used on these 2 cards are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now head to the next link for more awesome, creative inspiration!




Fall Card Idea for Winter Woods #simplestamping


Did you know you can make a #simplestamping card and still use a cool technique?  Yes, by using sponge daubers and ink colors directly on your cling rubber stamps, you can get a lovely fall effect on winter trees.  Watch my video to see how!


Click here to download my free inspiration sheet for this technique video.  Then be sure to like my page and set your notifications so you don't miss my twice weekly videos:

  1. Teach Me Tuesday @ 2 PM
  2. Simple & Stepped Up @ 2 PM on Thursdays

You will learn tips, tricks, and techniques on Tuesdays.  On Thursdays you will learn to make simple projects and then step them up.  They are both popular and super fun--I invite you to join us!

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards, #simplestamping


I made these 2 quick & easy Christmas cards in my Thursday Facebook Live where I feature Simple and Stepped Up projects weekly.  With just a bit of #simplestamping for the sentiments, I added pretty designer paper, ribbon, and rhinestones.  The punched tree is an optional addition.  You can watch the design process on my video for tips and tricks. 

Click here to download my free Inspiration sheet.

Click here to see the video on you tube.  Or scroll down and click!


These are perfect beginner cards, so if you are new to stamping, be sure to download and save the inspiration sheet and watch the video.  You will be making your own handmade Christmas cards in no time at all!











ONLINE Single Day Retreat, Fall 2020

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Are you ready for some crafty girl time???!!! I am!  My online retreat gives you plenty of social distancing while connecting with others and making fun projects.  

This craft retreat features fall projects with an optional add-on Christmas class.  

$59 all-inclusive ticket:

  • All prepared supplies for 8 projects featuring the Plaid Tidings DSP.
  • Goody bag with $25 of products to use on your prepared projects plus plenty of extra to make more throughout the day!
  • Spoiling Gifts in each package:)
  • Live and recorded demonstrations
  • Games and activities throughout the day--with prizes!
  • Event hosted in private Facebook Group
  • Optional Add-On Class
  • Priority Mail Shipping so you can track your delivery
  • pdf tutorials with color photos, step by step instructions, and supply lists posted in the group

Registration closes Thursday, October 11th!

Register now:


All Things Fabulous Card Class

October 2020 Cards with a Twist
Class TO GO 

My Cards with a Twist monthly class brings you all supplies for 8 cards featuring one stamp set plus $20+ in Stampin' Up! product goodies. At just $35 with options to add on featured stamp set at a discount, it's your affordable, monthly creative boost!  You make 2 each of 4 designs with a twist in each set:)

  • October stamp set featured:  All Things Fabulous
  • In deep, rich colors perfect for the fall season
  • 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs with a twist.  

Class includes:

  1. Prepared supplies for 8 cards plus 8 Whisper White Envelopes
  2. Full pkg. Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper-48 sheets of 6" x 6" 
  3. Elegant Faceted Gems
  4. pdf tutorials with all the measurements, step by step instructions, color photos, and supply lists
  5. First Class or Priority Shipping

You may purchase the pdf tutorial only for $12  This is perfect if you live outside the US and/or already have your own supplies.

Add-on Extras Available:

  1. All Things Fabulous Bundle at 10% off
  2. Ink Pads:  Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow

 Registrations close Oct. 12th, and packets will ship out by Oct. 17th .



Country Christmas Look with Ornamental Envelopes

How do you like my Country Christmas card???!!!  This is such a fun card to make and is actually the second version as I did one with red plaid on Facebook Live. There are several key elements that bring a feminine, country look to my Christmas card.

  • Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper
  • Stitched So Sweetly Dies--I used the largest scalloped stitched rectangle which reminds me of ruffled curtains:)
  • All neutrals with a pop of red
  • Classic look of the Christmas ornaments in Ornamental Envelopes stamp set.  I like most every style of Christmas.  But if you want a country feel, go classic. 

I have a video tutorial for you today featuring heat embossing with white on Crumb Cake Cardstock.  I gave numerous tips and tricks on how I achieved this look in my youtube video.  Please subscribe to my channel as I have only recently begun to upload to you tube.  I've been sharing my Facebook Live videos on youtube as well as some that are "clean" videos like this one--no chat and chatter like we have on Facebook Live:)


Kylie's Vote for Me

I'm entering this card on Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights Card Contest and would so appreciate your vote.  Click here to head to the gallery where you will be wowed by many amazing cards.  You get FIVE separate votes, so vote for your favorites--making sure to include mine!

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Be sure to like my page to get in on my twice weekly Facebook Lives with tutorials and fun!

Card Idea for Walk in the Woods #simplestamping


We had so much fun on World Cardmaking Day (#wcmd2020)!  I hosted an all-day virtual event with live stamping demonstrations every hour plus pdf inspiration sheets or tutorials for each card.  Free creative inspiration and fun!  I'm so proud of my team.  We had an excellent variety of stamping styles, degree of experience needed to copy, and stamp sets.  I took a #simplestamping card featuring Walk in the Woods and then stepped it up just a bit.  

#simplestamping concentrates on the main elements of cardmaking, STAMPS, INK, and PAPER.  Then we add a little something, or not.  I love working with Watercolor Pencils and used them here for a soft woodland look.  I used the masking technique to place the cute little hedgehog so he is coming out from underneath the mushrooms.  I think he is super cute!  This card is perfect for new stampers.  It's a beginner card but looks much more advanced.  Such is the magic of a simple technique and the watercolor pencils:)

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I've shown you my original card for comparison.  I stepped up by adding DSP and a little cardstock flag.  Those are the only changes I made.  Easy peasy! And I actually like both versions.  Click here for my free pdf tutorial.  

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Be sure to like my page and set your reminders as I do Facebook Live free card making demonstrations every Tuesday and Thursday at 2PM CT.  I hope to see you there!



Celebration Tidings Christmas Card with a Fancy Fold!



This fancy fold is so fun to make--it's quick and easy, too!  It brings back childhood memories of making paper airplanes!  I paired it with Celebration Tidings Bundle for a Christmas card that come together quickly but looks special.  That gorgeous stitched label is the perfect focal piece which means I only need a minimum of embellishment.  


Here are a few details to note:

  • I used Wink of Stella on my winter foliage bouquet to bring just a bit of color and shine.  It bleeds out the Garden Green ink to give just a hint of green.  
  • Triangle Front Fancy Fold look great in landscape or portrait mode.  Come back tomorrow to see my Halloween card using the same fold and Celebration Tidings bundle in landscape mode for a totally different look!
  • Triangle Front Fancy Fold looks best when using small patterned DSP.
  • Toile Tidings DSP is such a classic look.  The winter foliage bouquet in Celebration Tidings stamp set echoes the print in Toile Tidings to unify the elements of this quick, easy, Christmas card that is still special.

Click below for my video recording of Tuesday's Facebook Live session to see just how to make this fold and see some of my design process.  Click here for my free inspiration sheet with color photos, measurements, and supply list.  Simply download, save, and print for your own creative files.  

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World Cardmaking Day Share Fair FREE EVENT!


I have a fantastic all-day FREE EVENT for you!  My team and I are hosting a share fair which means free stamping demonstrations and prize giveaways on the first Saturday in October.  We have a mix of super easy, stepped up, and advanced projects for you--that means there is something for everyone!

My free event is hosted in a private Facebook Group.  The content stays there so you can go back to it any time you wish.  It will be a great inspirational and instructional resource for you in the months ahead.

Click here and ask to join the group.  Then you're in!  We will post reminders and announcements so you don't miss out on anything!