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Decorate Cards with Craft Glitter for Christmas

When was the last time you used it to decorate cards with craft glitter for Christmas?  You know you have it!  LOADS of it probably!  Dazzling Diamonds glitter! But have you used it lately? 

If not you might want to pull it out and dust it off when you see Leslie’s card.  A simple one-colour Christmas pine in a pretty fall of snow.

The Winter Wood bundle is beautiful.  You might remember I shared tips and tricks when I used it here on this classic holiday greeting.  

Decorate Cards with Craft Glitter

If nature is your thing, this bundle at 10% off might be calling your name. I know I’ll be using it beyond the holiday season.  

Now let’s talk glitter!

Do you reach for your Wink of Stella more than your glitter?  Or maybe the frost white shimmer paint is your go to? 

I do think we’ve moved away from using the our glitter.  Me included.  But I believe it’s still number one for adding fantastic sparkle.  And the best part? YOU control it.

Think about that for a minute. 

  • The glimmer paper is a punch, die or cut piece of paper you adhere. 
  • Shimmery White embossing paste is used more for overall effect.  In fact it’s a tad hard to get precise placement. 
  • And Wink of Stella, while we control it is a much more subtle sheen.

So when you can take the tip of your glue or even a paint brush and get precise, YIPPEE! 

I must admit.  Sometimes it is hard to control those little flecks.  How many of you have found it sparkling up your face – or the dog’s nose occasionally? But isn’t that half the fun?  I’ll bet that got a smile when you showed up for your late shift at work! 😅

So if you’re into bling – and I KNOW some of you love it – Dazzling Diamond glitter is your baby!

Now where did Leslie apply her glitter?  On the white tree, there are lots of little cut outs where the tree boughs go.  Here let me show you a close-up.

I LOVE to Decorate Cards with Craft Glitter

Isn’t that gorgeous?  She used her liquid glue along each of the cut outs. Yup that’s not a typo.  Your liquid glue will dry completely clear and all you see is the pretty sparkle once you decorate cards with craft glitter.

Next she adhered her white tree to the Tranquil Tide die cut and added more liquid glue to the tree bough edges.

What else has she included on her beautiful card?

  • embossed Snowfall background
  • simple greeting made with layering ovals
  • one gold faceted gem

OK, I’ve got a challenge for you.  Get out that glitter and make everything sparkly. 

Christmas is the ideal time to add it to your projects.  And I want you to post your pic in my Facebook Group.  Haven’t joined yet?  It’s easy.  Just click here and you can start getting in on the fun.  

Here’s everything Leslie used to create her card.  Remember the bundles only stay in the current catalogue (and this one’s done as of Jan 2nd) so you’ll want to grab your 10% discount before it’s too late!

Make Snow When You Decorate Cards with Craft Glitter

So let’s all be Glitter Goddesses! Add it to each and every card you design this week! 

Decorate cards with craft glitter for Christmas and bring a smile – and maybe some glitter – to someone’s face! 

Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making | VIDEO

Want a simple way to use sponge daubers for card making

If you’ve got sponge daubers sitting at the bottom of one of your crafting drawers, pull ‘em out!  You’ll want one for every colour of ink once you see how easy it is to make quick cards with my video today.  

Take a peek at my super fast snowflake card using sponge daubers and your Snowfall thinlits.

Let me Show you How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

I once again want to show you how to get a bit more life out of your crafting supplies.  This time, let’s use your metal thinlit dies as a template.

Before I get to the video, here is everything I used in case you want to follow along and make it with me.

Want to Know How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making?

Bits’n Bites

  • Merry Merlot – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Mossy Meadow – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Whisper White – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon – about 5”


How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making



Simple stamping is where I tend to go when I’m creating for others.  But if you think simple is boring, take a look at these other designs that you can make in 10 minutes or less!

EASY as 1-2-3 How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

Guess what?  It’s time to get crafting. 

Whether you’ve got lots of time to get ready with your holiday cards – or it’s Dec 23rd as you’re seeing this – this card is simple, but packs lots of WOW!  Make it on glossy paper like my second version or on plain Whisper White.  Or switch it up and try it on darker paper. 

No matter what you try, I know you’ll have awesome results now you know how to use sponge daubers for card making!

How to Emboss with Thinlit Dies

Get TONS more life out of your craft supplies once you know how to emboss with thinlit dies!  It’s super quick and easy when you add the embossing mats to your Big Shot line up.  

Plus I’ve got two FREEBIES for you.

  • A handy image you can pin so you never need to wonder how to make your Big Shot sandwich!
  • And a PDF to make a second version of this card.

Once you know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies, the SKY's the LIMIT!

Can you see the pretty embossed snowflakes in the background?  I had to work REALLY hard to limit myself to only three!   That panel would’ve been LITTERED with them if I had included all the Snowfall thinlits – 20 to be exact!  Are you amazed at my restraint?  😋

The snowflakes are perfectly complemented by the Snow is Glistening tree I heat embossed in silver.  The gorgeous glittered black ribbon and a few clear rhinestones dresses it up even more.

LEARN how to emboss with Thinlit Dies

OK so what’s the big deal about embossing with your thinlits?  How about: it instantly DOUBLES the usefulness of all your dies? It’s like getting a 2-for-1 deal!  A 50% off coupon!  A buy one-get-one-free offer!  Count me in!


How to Emboss with Thinlit Dies


To get awesome dry embossed backgrounds without cutting your paper, the most important thing is the way you build your Big Shot sandwich.  So let’s have a little look-see shall we?

how to emboss with thinlit dies

The trick is to turn your die UPSIDE down so the cutting blade is facing UP.  Then your cardstock (1 sheet only please) sits on top covered with the THIN blue silicone mat and your Impressions pad.

All these items are included with the Big Shot Embossing Mats and are super reasonable at only $21 CDN. 

IMPORTANT:  Make sure you use the right silicone mat for this technique or you could end up cutting right through your cardstock.  Yup, been there, done that and have holey piece of cardstock to show for it!  It’s the thin blue one you want.

(But don’t worry, the grey one is awesome for adding lovely embossed details on framelits.  Just like on this knockout Christmas card featuring heat embossing.)  

Let’s see a close up.

Get MORE from your craft supplies when you know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies!

Now you’ve got the “how-to”, the rest is up to you.  Give yourself a pre-Christmas treat and get the embossing mats.  Then rifle through all your thinlits.  I just about guarantee you’ve got more than a few ideal for embossing.

Once I started to play, I couldn’t stop at just one.  Here are all three I designed.   Leave me a comment which one is your favourite.

It's so FUN to learn how to emboss with Thinlit Dies

How to emboss with Thinlit Dies

Want to know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies?

BONUS!  The Mossy Meadow one is a FREE pdf you can download to make for yourself. Simply click here to get your copy.

Are you like me?  Do you like to get a buy-1-get-1-free deal too?  Instantly turn all your thinlits in embossing dies with the purchase of a simple and inexpensive tool.


EVERYONE wants to know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies!

And now you’ve seen exactly how to emboss with thinlit dies, see how many cards with this technique you can send out the door!

Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Let’s make an envelope liner with the envelope punch board to dress up a quick Christmas card.  And because it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, you know it’s going to be super easy.  In fact, I’d say it’s [almost😉] instant gratification!  What could be better than that in our busy lives?

With Christmas fast approaching, I couldn’t resist going a bit crazy for plaid with my favourite annual catalogue paper, Under the Mistletoe!

TOTAL Coordination when You Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Plaids, poinsettias, dots, baubles and boughs in traditional festive colours!  Doesn’t it make you smile?

I guarantee there’s at least ONE pattern you will absolutely love in this package!  Just like this one with vellum and faceted gems.   Or mix and match them up a bit like I did for this super simple folded card. 

Let’s take another peek.

Who Wants to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

I dressed this pattern up with a side ribbon knot with the lovely cotton Real Red ribbon.  It perfectly coordinates with the matted circle behind my greeting and my plaid piece.  Do you need to make your card even quicker? Feel free to leave it off!

Timesaving bonus on this card?  I used circle punches, not die cuts.  They NEVER go out of style and you can add some POP with the Starburst punch in gold glimmer paper.  A few quick squeezes of a punch, some glue and your card is done!

OK how about I give you the card cuts and steps so you can make it yourself?


It's EASY to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Cuttin’ It Up!


  • Designer Series Paper – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Real Red – 1 piece 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and a scrap at least 2 1/2” square
  • Old Olive – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White scrap at least 2 1/4” square
  • Gold Glimmer paper – scrap at least 2 1/4” square


  • Old Olive card stock – 8” x 8”
  • Designer Series Paper – 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

I LOVE to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

  1. Adhere plaid paper to Real Red panel.
  2. Wrap ribbon around left side of panel and knot.  TIP: use a small amount of SNAIL on top and bottom and attach end of ribbon to the SNAIL.  Apply more SNAIL over ribbon before adhering to front of card.
  3. Cut out starburst from gold glimmer paper.
  4. Stamp your greeting in Real Red on piece of Whisper White.  Punch out with the 2” circle and glue to glimmer circle.  TIP: Use liquid glue for best adhesion.
  5. Punch out 2 1/4” circle from Real Red scrap.  Adhere to back of glimmer circle with dimensionals.  Glue to middle front of card.
  6. Attach red rhinestones as desired.

Here’s the BEST part!  Make the envelope and liner along with me!


Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board


OK, it’s time to get get busy!  Here are all the supplies I used so you can recreate it in your own craft room.

Let's Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Did you check out my video tutorial to make your envelope and liner?  

While my card was intended for Christmas would YOU use it any time of year (maybe with a different greeting?)  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Crafting festive cards should be quick and easy.  Whether you are a “seasoned” stamper, or one just catching the stamping “bug”, you’ll have fun with this fast design.  And once you’ve made it, be sure to dress it up even more and make an envelope liner with the envelope punch board.

Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board | VIDEO

Let’s make some creative packaging with the envelope punch board!

You probably know I’ve been featuring the envelope punch board this week.  Did you see my video for a super adorable treat holder you can whip up in just a couple minutes?  

How about my gift card holder and bow?    I’ve been having so much fun with Is the envelope punch board, it’s become my best paper crafting friend!  Is it YOUR best friend yet?

Today’s project is a masculine gift box you can fill with all kinds of little treats.

Christmas Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board

What do you think would be best in here?  Some candies, a gift card, of course.  What about tickets to an event or some fishing hooks, or lottery tickets?  There’s no end to the possibilities.

Masculine Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board

All you need is one 6” x 6” sheet of designer paper (I’m using Festive Farmhouse), and a couple scraps of coordinating cardstock.  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Old Olive fit the bill nicely. 

Here are all the supplies so you can follow along with my creative packaging with the envelope punch board video.


Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board


Who's Into Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board?

Think how delightful this same project would be with a more “girly” paper design?  Pretty pinks and purples or cool and icy blues are popping into my head right now? 

Leave me a comment.  What possibilities are you imagining with this design?

I LOVE to Make Creative Packaging with the Envelope Punch Board

I’ve got one more day to share another envelope punch board idea with you so be sure to check back here to see it.  Plus it’s a Keep It Simple Sunday (KISS) so you won’t want to miss it. 

In fact, I think almost ALL my designs this week fit my KISS feature so why not give them all a try in less than an hour?

No matter whether it’s envelopes, boxes or bow, you’re going to love creative packaging with the envelope punch board – go get crafty!

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