Today’s Card: Christmas Wishes

This is the time of the year that I start  gathering the Christmas cards that I have made so far, in order so send them to my friends. In past years, I have selected a card design that I really like and I have mass-produced it. Well,  for the last couple of years I have been busier than normal,  so I have opted for sending only  the cards that I have. I like selecting the cards I believe my friends would like, and then I write a few lines for each of them. Anyway, today I am sharing a simple card that I made using some Hero Arts products.


To create the background I used the Calendar Bold Prints stamp using Unicorn Pigment Ink over a Blush Mix Layering paper panel. I adhered this panel over a card base.


To create the main panel, I used a very pretty  stamp set  called Vintage Christmas Wishes. I simply stamped the images using different colors of ink over a Snow Layering paper panel (Moss Hybrid Ink, Caramel Hybrid Ink, Soft Granite Shadow Ink, and Intense Black ink). Then, I tied a Bakers twine bow, and I matted the panel with Kraft card stock. I adhered the panel over the card base, and after that,  I simply embellished the card with gemstones, sequins and  Glossy Accents.

Hopefully this year I can send my cards by the end of the second week of December. How about you? Do you like to make different designs  or only one? Are you still in the process of making your Holiday cards?

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I’ll be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the  week!


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FSJ • Season’s Greetings Card

Hello everyone! I am back today just to share a card that features a stamp set bundle called Robin Holiday, and I paired it with some other fabulous products by Fun Stampers Journey.


The stamp  set includes two pretty Robin images as well as some matching sentiments. These are the perfect images to color using your favorite coloring technique. In this case I used the Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils, which are super fun to use.

Anyway, I began by creating a card base, and a stamped background panel. The background stamp that I used is called  Striped Love Stamp . This large background was stamped over Cool Pool card stock with Cool Pool ink. Then I layered it over the card base. I created a pierced panel using the Pocket Cuts die set and Whip Cream card stock. I adhered this panel over the background.


I stamped the pretty bird over Whip Cream card stock with Black Licorice Ink. These images are quite detailed, so this makes the coloring part even easier. After the coloring part was done, I die cut the image with its matching die.  I also stamped a sentiment over Whip Cream card stock and I die cut it into an oval.


Using Journey Thread Gold I created a couple loops onto the card, and then I adhered the bird image and sentiment using some Journey Foam Squares.  To finish off this card,  I flicked Gold silk over it,  I added some Journey Glaze and Sparkle cuts details, as well as some  Holiday Sequins.

Please be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Blog for inspiration, tips and ideas. They are  currently  having a promotion on planners and products now through December 31st.  The have put together bundles,  either size personal or the A5 planner (like the one I am showing today).  Please be sure to visit the FSJ store to see the amazing  bundles by clicking on the image below:


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Well, that’s all from me for today, I’ll be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the  week!


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Robin Holiday Bundle BD-0157
Striped Love Stamp SS-0181
Pocket Cuts Die Set DI-0219
Journey Ovals Die Set DI-0042
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Hazelnut Blend Color Fusion Ink IP-0012
Cool Pool True Color Fusion Ink IP-0074
Silver Silk IP-0090
Gold Silk IP-0096
Journey Thread Gold AC-205
Journey Sequins Holiday Elements AC-0116
Journey Sparkle Cuts AC-0151
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner AD-0081
Journey Glue Dots AD-0083
Journey Foam Squares SM AD-0084
Green Olive  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0113
Cool Pool 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0118
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040

FSJ • December Planner Pages

I have been planning a little bit ahead for the coming Winter break just because we will spend some of those days visiting good friends in Florida, so I prepared a couple of pages for that specific week. I decorated these pages more than normal, thinking that maybe I can use some of the components  as part of a Christmas scrapbooking layout, that I will be making after the Holidays.


To begin, I partially covered the days of the week on the left with card stock, just to make them different, and I stamped a few images here and there. I also adhered a border over the rings side.  As you can see, I haven’t finished writing everything because I am still in the planning stage of the activities with our friends 🙂 The planner that I am using today is a size A5, which is bigger with lots of space for your notes.


Between the two pages of the week, I included and acetate page, which was layered with a Holiday prints panel and a Notebook page. I embellished that side with a stamped image, a paper clip and sequins.  If I need more space for a list or notes, I can always use the back of the printed paper to add another notebook page 🙂


The right side shows the Fun Sleeve shape.  I love this die template. You can embellish it as you wish and use it to keep important little things there. I am going to use it to hold the tickets of the places that we are going to visit.


Just by  adding small details like the paper clip and scalloped edge, you can enhance your projects, it is fun and sometimes paper scraps work perfectly for this purpose.


Behind the sleeve, I included another partial page that holds a photo frame. This is another of my favorites die templates!  I decorated it  with a few die cut elements, drops and sequins. Making you planner pages can be so much fun! 🙂


Currently  Fun Stampers Journey is having a promotion on planners and products now through December 31st.  The have put together bundles,  either size personal or the A5 planner (like the one I am showing today).  Please be sure to visit the FSJ store to see the amazing  bundles by clicking on the image below:


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Well, that’s all from me for today, I’ll be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the  week!


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Snow Buddy Bundle BD-0036
Classic Ornaments Bundle BD-0155
Tape It Stamp Set SS-0400
Planner Elements Stamp Set SS-402
Bam Notes Stamp Set SS-0404
Lemon Grass Color Fusion Ink IP-0022
Cool Pool True Color Fusion Ink IP-0074
Bubble Gum True Color Fusion Ink IP-0058
Whip Cream Color Fusion Ink IP-0009
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Clear View Sheets CS-0121
Border Basics Die Set DI-0144
Fun Sleeve DI-0258
Note Page (Flipbook Page) Die DI-0268
Create a Bow Mini Die Set DI-0103
Snapshot Frames Die Set DI-0045
Tab Clips Die Set DI-0240
Fab Tabs Small SR-0031
Just Write Gels JD-0060
Rainbow Drops  AC-0178
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Fun Day Elements AC-0101
Snowflake Elements AC-0068
Journey Foam Squares MD AD-0085
White Liner AD-0001
‘Tis the Season Prints PP-0034
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Cool Pool 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0118
Green Olive  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0113
Candy Apple  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0007

My Monthly Hero Blog Hop: November


Happy Monday everyone!

Today is the release day for the My Monthly Hero kit of November! This new wonderful kit will be available TODAY November 7th at 1pm (Eastern time) at the Hero Arts store. Be aware that this kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday, November 14.

The kit contains: a 4″x 6″ clear stamp set, a set of 13 dies for creating diamond-shaped ornaments and embellishments, a VersaMark ink cube, White Puff embossing powder, 10 half sheets of vellum card stock, 2 half sheets of each card stock: metallic red, metallic blue and patterned, Ornament hooks and more! The kit value is $60, an amazing deal at $34.99


There are several optional add-on items: DC200 Little Messages Stamp & Cut,
DC201 Number It Stamp & Cut , SA087 Holiday Words StencilCM122 Mini Christmas.

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On the Hero Arts site, there are also a couple of mystery “grab bags” available:
WB1101 Mystery Stocking Stuffer:  – a grab bag of 5 little Christmas-themed stamps, good for filling advent calendars or stuffing stockings!
WB1100 Mystery Treat Bag: – for tag making, so includes printed tags, a stamp, twine and an ink cube.


The November kit was designed as a DIY, with ornaments, advent calendar containers, garlands, and lanterns (when cut-out in vellum and placed over tree lights) in mind – and beyond Christmas as party and wedding favors. This is a versatile kit that you don’t want to miss!  For today’s blog hop,  I created a card using some of the products included in the main kit. Check it out:


I have always thought that simple makes wonders. For my card,  I used one blue patterned paper to create a card base. After that, I created a rectangular panel with the metallic blue card stock and I silver-embossed a sentiment. I matted the panel with vellum card stock and I adhered the panel over the card base with foam tape.


Then, I die cut the triangular snowflake shape from a piece of blue metallic card stock, and I trimmed it into a triangle using a craft knife . I adhered a piece of vellum paper from behind and I adhered  the piece onto the card with foam tape as well. To finish off the card, I used a silver sequin  and twine from my stash.  Quite simple, but I think it looks very pretty.

As always Hero is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes Sunday, November 13 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week. Here is the complete list of participant blogs:

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
you’re here> Mariana Grigsby <you’re here
May Park
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Ilina Crouse
Laura Bassen
Heather Ruwe
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Shari Carroll at Simon Says Stamp
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom
Libby Hickson

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty week and GOOD LUCK to all!


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Today’s Card: Warm Wishes & Skimo Kisses

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a card that features a pretty Hero Arts set called Warm Hugs. This set includes cute images that are perfect to color with markers, color pencils or watercolors…you name it!


I created the background of my card by partially covering a Snow Layering Paper panel with a sticky note. Then I used a sponge dauber and the Summer Sky Hybrid Ink to create a soft blue background. After that, I stamped the images with Intense Black ink over a piece of Snow Layering Paper and I colored the images with Copic Markers.


I die cut the images with their matching dies, and after that I adhered them over the background panel with foam tape. I stamped a sentiment with Intense Black ink, and I adhered the panel over a card base with foam tape as well.


I finished off this card with some Cristal drops details and  white thread. Please be sure to visit the Hero Arts store where allthe new Winter products are now available.

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!


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Merry Christmas Card + Two HA Giveaways

Hello! This year is almost gone, and it is hard to believe how fast it has passed by. The New Year always bring hope of a new beginning and a list of personal resolutions. I don’t like to make my list very long, but on next year’s list I would like to  add an extra blog resolution: “make giveaways more often”. Giveaways are always fun, and it is a way to share the joy, in my case, of stamping and making crafts in general with my readers. I have been very fortunate to be part of two fabulous Design Teams, and  I am very thankful of their generosity.  So today I am sharing a card that I created using a few products from the Hero Arts 2015 Holiday Collection, just to wish  you all Merry Christmas. I hope you cherish the moments you spend with your family and friends in this holiday season 🙂


Anyways, I am not going to say how I created my card this time, because I don’t want to make this post too long, but I do want to mention the wonderful products that I used to create it: Foliage  Mix folded cards, Brass Embossing Powder, Paper Layering Ornament Fancy Die, Garland Bold Prints (large cling background), and Holiday Greetings (clear stamp set.) That being said, now it is time to mention the…


Which  is not just one but two 🙂 Check them out:



These two little prizes are for two lucky readers (one prize for each.) In order to participate, I would like that you please complete either of these steps:

  1. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram. Not required, but truly appreciated. Mention in comment.


  1. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite Holiday product from the Hero arts 2015 Holiday Collection (name of the product and page in the catalog). Not required, but truly appreciated.

You have until Sunday December 27th  (midnight central time), and then I will randomly choose TWO winners. I will announce the names of the lucky ones on Monday (12/28). (This contest is open to US residents ONLY)

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

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Thanks for stopping by • Have a fabulous crafty Holiday season!


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Hero Arts Blog Post Sneak Peek

Hi! Here is a sneak peek of my card that today has been posted on the Hero Arts blog:

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This card features a couple of Hero Arts sets and backgrounds along with other  fabulous products by Hero Arts. Please click HERE to see the complete post.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!



RG Make Amazing Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the RG Make Amazing Blog Hop. Today we are sharing some amazing good news. There are FOUR new collections that Richard Garay has created and he is about to reveal at this Winter’s 2016 CHA in January. So, as part of this event we will be sharing some sneak peeks of these AMAZING collections. Of course there is a fun GIVEAWAY opportunity every week, and a GRAND PRIZE at the end of the fourth week  (see picture below), which will also include the four prize packages from the weekly giveaways:


Well, now it’s time to share a little sneak peek of the first collection which is called: the Make Amazing Happen Collection:


This collection features beautiful stamps, dies, paper pack among other products that are simply fabulous to create any project. Would you love to win it?


So here are the easy steps that you have to follow and complete for the opportunity to win the Make Amazing Happen Die/Stamp set, Dots and paper pack:

1. Follow @teamrichardgaray on Instagram.

2. Leave a comment on Richard Garay’s blog post

3. Leave a comment on designer’s blog post by clicking on their names below.

Patricia Roebuck

Tenia Nelson

Vanessa Menhorn

Alice Wertz

Beck Beattie

You are here>>>Mariana Grigsby <<<You are here

Isha Gupta

Mou Saha

You will have up to 7 chances each day to win Monday – Friday! **Not all steps are required to win. Winner from this week will be announced on Saturday, 12/19 at noon MST on Richard Garay’s blog. Grand Prize winner will be chosen from ALL comments at the end of the four weeks. Prizes will be shipped following CHA.

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Thanks for stopping by • Have an AMAZING crafty week!


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Happy Hanukkah

Hi! Today I am sharing a card using a fun Hero Arts stamp set called Happy Hanukkah:

This set  includes  eight coordinating stamps and two mini ink pads (silver and blue), which are perfect to create cards and other craft projects for this special celebration.120715web_happyhanukkahTo create this card I clear-embossed the images onto a white card stock panel. Then, I applied  blue ink with a sponge over the panel, along with a lighter blue color. At the end, I sprayed a dark blue and silver color over the stamped panel, and whipped off the excess ink with a clean cloth. I adhered this panel onto a blue card base.

1_330494_FSE5986 Happy Hanukkah

The sentiment is an individual woodblock stamp also called Happy Hanukkah,  and it was stamped using the blue ink over a white card stock oval. Then, I heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. After that, I silver-embossed the star  and fussy cut it with scissors. I put a piece of silver glittery ribbon over the card base, and I adhered the oval and star onto the card with foam tape. Finally, I added a few gemstones here and there.


Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another card.

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Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty week!


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Today’s Card: Merry and Bright

Yesterday at school, one of the teachers asked her second graders to write in their  journals about the things they like the most about Christmas. Some of the kids were writing about the decorations, setting up the tree,  baking cookies, and of course, the gifts. Overall, one of the things that all of them were including in their journals  was about  the joy and fun that they have with their families at this time of the year. I am always amazed how kids express their thoughts in just a few sentences, and of course they all love to make a colorful picture (I love that part.) I agree with them, Christmas is all about the joy of being with the family and the spirit of giving to others without expecting anything on return.

Anyway, today I am sharing a card featuring a cute mini clear set called: Home Baked by Lia. This set includes several images about baking (which is also one of my favorites things to do at Christmas.) My son Allan and I make Gingerbread cookies every year, and I have to confess… they don’t last long, because they are delicious! (We use this recipe).



  1. Make a  card base from red card stock. Stamp Candy Stripe Bold Prints  with Ruby Dye Ink.
  2. White-emboss gingerbread images over Kraft card stock. Fussy cut images with scissors.
  3. Create a rectangular panel from Snow Layering Paper. On an acrylic block, arrange small stamp images (see image below.) Stamp over panel several times with Soft Sand Shadow Ink.
  4. Stamp sentiment with Red Royal Ink and add glossy accents over words.
  5. Mat panel with Kraft card stock. Adhere over card base.
  6. Adhere cookie images with foam tape and embellish with enamel dots.


Making my Christmas cards is something that I really enjoy doing,  and so far it has been fun to include in them some of the things that I like to do during the Holidays.


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That is all from me today, I will be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!


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