holly-window-smThis time it’s a little glimpse into a window.

  1. Another Paper Source tag. I really like these tags because they are wide – card size. I created the side of a house using some distress ink and then adding little white broken lines.
  2. I stamped the main image on white cardstock and colored everything in using Copics.
  3. I die cut the window and added some texture with a roller stamp and distress ink.
  4. I die cut out the poinsettias with white cardstock and also a couple using the clear packing the die actually came in. I used distress ink (spun sugar) and tapped some pink on. Then I sprayed it all with Goosebumps spray (I’m really liking this stuff, can you tell). On the clear ones I used alcohol ink because I wanted just a little color.
  5. I used glue dots and liquid glue dots to put the tag together. I added a little bling to the flowers, some in the window and a few dots on the saying. I added some “snow” using Martha Stewart’s white texture (another one of my favorites now too).


I believe this will be the last tag that I have time for before Christmas. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. Stay tuned for the post announcing the new design team coming the first week in January.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1148-J Hadley and kitty give Buddy a big hug (GF)
8188-E Warmth of the Season (text)

other supplies used:
PoppyStamps – large window die
Tsukineko Goosebumps Texture Spray
Martha Stewart white (snow) texture
Spellbinders – poinsettia die
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots Adhesive Glue 1103


linda-amanda-smLayers and stitching seem to follow Linda wherever she goes. I just love it!

She sent me this card, you may have seen it if you follow her blog, but it’s just too cute. What I really like is that even though there’s a LOT going on, layers, pattern and embellishments little Amanda doesn’t get lost. In fact I think one of the first things you see is those big white eyes.

I’m definitely going to be trying more layering in the new year. :)


eat cake graphics stamps used:
1095-G Amanda saw Santa Claus
8096-D He does exist (text)


holly-snowman-cheery-smTag time again. This time I knew I used the Tim Holtz lamp post, although I changed it a wee bit (trimmed off some bits).

  1. I’m loving the tags from Paper Source so I used another one for this project. I stamped snowflakes in the background using white paint.
  2. Next I cut out the white part of the background and glued it on the tag. I die cut the snowflakes on the bottom, glued them on and then trimmed.
  3. I sprayed it all with “Goosebumps”. You can see the clear globs in the background.
  4. I stamped the snowman on a white piece of cardstock and colored it in using Copic markers.
  5. I die cut the lamp post in brown cardstock. I then randomly stamped on it to give it a little texture. I cut out a separate piece of cardstock and colored it in yellow. I glued it behind so you could see light. Then I added some glossy accents for shine (just on the yellow part).
  6. I used a label die from Spellbinders and cut out the Cheery Wishes. I glued it on a larger piece of green cardstock and hand trimmed around it. I punched out some holly leaves and added those to the top.
  7. To finish the tag, I glue everything together, added a little decorative stitch (I just punched the holes and stitched through). I added some “snow” to the lamp post and saying using Martha Stewart’s white texture. I added some liquid pearl dots and some red “bling” and tied a piece of tulle to the top.


eat cake graphics stamps used:
1112-K Snowman
7060-E Snowflake flurry
8159-C Cheery Christmas Wishes (text)

other supplies used:
Sizzix – Tim Holtz lamp post die
Memory Box – Snowflake border die
Tsukineko Goosebumps Texture Spray
Martha Stewart white (snow) texture


moon-tags-smMoon sent me a picture of the cutest holiday tags she made using just one stamp – Sophie with her letter to Santa Clause in a simple oval frame with scallops.

She finished them off by tying each one with a little piece of ribbon. Just so very sweet indeed.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1096-F Sophie Willoughby and her letter


holly-pinecone-smHere’s another tag. This time I knew I wanted to use a pinecone die that I got.

  1. I started with another tag (same as the Winter Wonderland tag) I got from Paper Source. I used a snowflake stencil. Once the background was dry I added some white lines with a pen. I also used a new spray I got called “Goosebumps”. You can see the clear globs in the background.
  2. I stamped the shoreline on a white piece of cardstock and colored it in using Copic markers. I used a punch on the edges for a scalloped look. I added a line by the scallops using a silver marker and some little white pearl dots along the top scallops. I also added some “snow” to the trees and ground using Martha Stewart’s white texture.
  3. I created the pine cone (I’ve included a YouTube video at the bottom). I added snow texture to this too.
  4. I stamped the saying in brown onto a piece of white cardstock and just trimmed around it.
  5. I put the tag together. This time I used hot glue to glue the pine cone a greenery on because it was a lot quicker than trying to hold it while regular glue dried.

In case you’re interested, here’s a YouTube video on how to use the pinecone die

eat cake graphics stamps used:
7068-P Lake shoreline
8129-D Have yourself a merry little Christmas (text)

other supplies used:
Sizzix – Tim Holtz pinecone die
Tsukineko Goosebumps Texture Spray
Martha Stewart white (snow) texture


holly-penguins-smSo here’s the next tag – Winter Wonderland.

I had found this tree die and wanted to build a tag around it.

  1. I started with a tag I got from Paper Source last year. It’s a lot wider than the Tim Holtz die I used in the last tag. I stamped the snow dots in the background.
  2. I cut out the trees using a white piece of cardstock. I glued it to the blue tag. I used some Distress ink to ink around the edges. I also used some white Distress Rock Candy Stickles to add some sparkle.
  3. I stamped the saying on a white piece of paper that I’d cut out using a Nestabilities label die. I glued it to the green piece of cardstock and then trimmed it by hand. I added a line of silver glitter around the white part of the tag.
  4. I stamped out the penguins and watercolored them in. I cut them out.
  5. I put the tag together using some dimensional dots. I cut out some snowflakes (a Memory Box die) and placed them randomly around the tag. I added some bling and a tulle ribbon.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
5074-E Looking up penguin
5076-E Left foot up penguin
7074-F Snow dots
8192-G Winter Wonderland (text)

other supplies used:
Sizzix – Tim Holtz Rosette die, tag die
Poppystamps – Pine Tree Border die
Memory Box – Crystaline Border die
Spellbinders – Nestabilities label die


holly-santa-explain-smI don’t know about you but I’ve been following Tim Holtz – 12 tags of Christmas. The tags are just so inspiring! Anyway, I thought I’d do some of my own. I don’t know if I’ll get a few at least. :)

So this is the first one. I’ve seen this saying before and I’ll be making it into a stamp next year because, darn it, who has the time to stamp out tons of words these days!

holly-santa-explain-detail-smI thought little Abagail’s plate looked like it could have contained cookies that were meant for Santa – hence the saying.

  1. I started by cutting out a green tag and then used a dot stencil to add some interest to the background.
  2. I cut out the front tag using a Memory Box die and then stamped the tag and saying.
  3. Next came the rosette (you have to be careful when cutting this out because the textured cardstock came apart when I did the fan fold (you can see on the right size of the rosette).
  4. I stamped Abagail twice. Once is the main image, the next one I just used the plate. I used glue dots so when you look at it from the side it looks like she’s holding the plate out.
  5. I put the tag together and added some sparkle embellishments and a hot pink tulle ribbon.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1021-F Abagail’s too late for cake
8053 Nicki’s ABCs 123s

other supplies used:
Sizzix – Tim HoltzĀ  Rosette die, tag die
Memory Box – tag die, tag stamp


  • Design Team Members over the years

    • Alex Menzlewski
    • Amanda Reed
    • Annie Fraizer
    • Barbara Housner
    • Audrey E.
    • Beate Hafner
    • Cathrine St.Clair
    • Celine Ryan
    • Christy Shaw
    • Crafty Math Chick
    • Dagmar (Dagi) W.
    • Danielle Kennedy
    • Diane Kaufman
    • Donna West
    • Georgia M.
    • Heike Ihde
    • Janis Choi (YoungSuh Choi)
    • Jinah N.
    • Joanna Moore
    • Judy C.
    • Kelly Clark
    • Kim Klinkovsky
    • Kriss C.
    • Leigh O'Brien
    • Linda M.
    • Lori Barnett
    • Lynne Jardine
    • Mandy S.
    • Maria Lovello
    • Marilyn Scheller
    • Meg C.
    • Monique (Moon) H.
    • Monica Poo
    • Pam R.
    • Sandy Allnock
    • Shari McLaughlin
    • Sheri Danielson
    • Stephanie Serrano
    • Tanya Rudd
    • Thao N.
    • Wanda G.