Polka Dot Perfection

Today, Kim O’Connell is back with us to share a sweet card with dotty appeal. Doesn’t she look a little lonely there sitting on that bench with an open spot beside her? Whomever receives this card will know immediately that the sender is reserving a spot in their heart just waiting to be filled by the recipient’s presence.

WishYouWereHere-koHere’s a nice trick to add to your repertoire: that amazing sky detailing was done by using the Die-namics Wonky Scallop Border  as a template for sponging on the clouds in our Premium Dye Ink in Berrylicious. It’s a subtle bit of detailing that really packs a punch in the overall design.


Kim shares more of her work at Paper Perfect Designs.

Warm Wishes from Man’s Best Friend

The key word for this delightful design from Kim O’Connell is “depth.” The impeccable shading, stamped pattern details in the wallpaper and flooring, and a little extra lift on a cute, furry friend make this card one that demands to be touched and admired.


The hair…amazing, right? Like the sun is glinting off her perfectly pig-tailed hair and causing a slight blush on her cheeks.


Kim O'Connell

Do you love Kim’s work as much as we do? Head on over to Paper Perfect Designs to be inspired by more of her irresistible designs.

Also, don’t forget to check out our  75% off Retirement Sale. Over 100 stamp sets that will be gone for good after Monday, December 23rd. Quantities are limited, so click on over now to see what’s available!

Heartfelt Apologies


We have SO MUCH wonderful stuff in the works for our January release that we’ve decided to have a retirement sale to make room for all of the new goodies. From now until the end of Monday, December 23rd, save 75% on over 100 stamp sets! If you’ve been eyeing one of these sets, NOW is the time to grab a last minute gift for yourself because once the sale ends, so too does your chance to nab them. These sets will be retired forever and quantities are limited. See all of the included sets here (and while you’re at it, don’t forget to Celebrate Big by adding your Free with $60 set to your cart for orders over $60.)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post with Guest Designer Kim O’Connell.

“I’m sorry” can be one of the toughest sentiments to convey. Kim joins us today to share a sweet card sure to go a long way in mending hurt feelings.


Between that darling girl knitting her heart out and charming details like the subtly stamped houndstooth pattern from the Spring Backgrounds set, your recipient is sure to let bygones be bygones.


With that face, how could they not?


You can find Kim and more of her lovely work on her blog, Paper Perfect Designs.

Do you love Scrapbook & Cards Today as much as we do? Our friends there are presenting 12 days of holiday giving. Since we know you always have more room for beautiful My Favorite Things product, you might just want to make a stop over to their blog today (wink, wink.) Too subtle? OK, you definitely want to make a visit a priority because MFT is sponsoring a prize today. Don’t miss it!

More Season’s Greetings with Keisha Campbell

Keisha Campbell continues to spread Christmas cheer with four more fun and original Christmas cards! She has transformed simple card stock into Christmas miracles using our Die-namics, stamps, stencils and more. And luckily for you, she is sharing her secrets!


This card has cold-weather charm thanks to the Snowflake Splendor set and a nice message for friends and family. The candy cane print and jeweled embellishments make this card a sweet treat for anyone who receives it!


When friends and family live far away, it gets difficult to connect with them over the holidays. Send them a heartfelt message in this unique Christmas card! The Cheerful Greetings stamp set spells out a simple but thoughtful message on the front, and it’s up to you to fill the card with words of love!


The perfect gift isn’t truly wrapped until you’ve topped it with the right bow. Keisha created this one using the Beautiful Bows Die-namics, with just the right amount of shine added in with a large gem. You can even customize images in the peek-a-boo cut outs using your favorite old holiday cards!


Let loved ones know, “Tag, you’re it!” with this joyous greeting! Using our Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics and  Sunny Day Doodles Sweet Christmas stamp set, Keisha has created this lovely greeting that will be sure to please no matter who is listed under “To:”!

You can see more of Keisha’s wonderful work on her blog, A Bit of East-coast. keisha keisha10

Get the Kids Involved This Christmas

Kim O’Connell is back again today with a holiday project that is perfect for the whole family to participate in. Get your kids involved in creating these Christmas ornaments for their teachers, coaches, and friends. Making Christmas ornaments is a holiday tradition that your family will look forward to year after year.


Are you ready to start?

  • Stamp small strips of card stock with the patterns from the Washi Patterns or More Washi Patterns stamp sets.
  • Cut additional strips of solid card stock in coordinating colors.
  • Curl the card stock by wrapping the strips of card stock around a pencil.
  • Insert the curled card stock in the ornament.
  • Finish off your ornament with a holiday greeting and a bright bow.


Now it’s your turn! Show us your hand stamped Christmas Ornaments on our Facebook page.

Create a Winter Wonderland

Betsy Veldman is joining us again today with a gorgeous snow-filled Christmas card. Betsy2 We love the way she stamped the two shades of blue ink on the Spearmint card stock. It elicits such a cool, wintery feeling. The warm gold embossing gives the card a cozy Christmas feel. These two elements blend together perfectly to create a gorgeous holiday card. betsy2a Betsy To see more of Betsy’s beautiful creations visit her blog at Paper, Scissors, and Superheroes.

Shake Things Up with a Sweet Christmas Card

Betsy Veldman is joining us today with a sweet shaker card. Just imagine the “sugar rush” this card will bring as the recipient watches the candy float around behind the acetate panel. Betsy1 We love the idea of creating a large frame for the shaker with the Chalkboard Frame Builder Die-namics. Betsy1a Here’s a look at the inside of the shaker card. Betsy filled the shaker with stamped candy, sequins, and glitter. Betsy1b Betsy Be sure to check out Betsy’s blog, Paper, Scissors, and Superheros, for more of her gorgeous creations.

Deck the Halls – More Christmas Card Ideas!

Keisha Campbell is back today with two more delightful Christmas cards. Her unique casual, elegant style shines through in these cards. We love the vintage, rustic touches.

The Mini Double Dot Border Die-namics is the star of the show on this card, cut from some interesting gold textured paper. It’s the platform for the snowflake and sets the tone for this merry creation.


Here, Keisha uses a combination of patterned paper, stamps, and Die-namics to create a quick card with glittered detail peeking through the Falling Snowflakes Die-namics. We believe you can mass-produce these cards in a snap, leaving more time to start shopping for gifts for everyone on your list.  Can you believe that Christmas is only 60 days away?


  You can see more of Keisha’s beautiful work on her blog, A Bit of East-coast. keisha Keisha4

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

Keisha Campbell is joining us today as our guest blogger. She has three fabulous Christmas cards that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The red and green string of ornaments on this splendid card just pops off the text paper.


We love the silver snowflakes paired with the natural card stock.


Keisha’s white-on-white card with *just* a splash of color is simply wonderful. Do you see those embossed white snowflakes? Perfection!


You can find more of Keisha’s fabulous work on her blog, A Bit East-coast. keisha Keisha1

We Have a HOT Idea for a Handcrafted Holiday Gift

Looking to give a unique, handcrafted gift this holiday season? Kim O’Connell is back with us again today to show you how to create a gorgeous hand-stamped candle in a few simple steps. KO-candle
  • Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than your candle and stamp an image on it.
  • Color the stamped image as desired with Copic markers.
  • Wrap the tissue paper around the candle.
  • Cut a piece of wax paper long enough to wrap it around the candle while still being able to hold on to the ends.
  • Wrap the wax paper tightly around the candle and use a heat tool to melt the tissue paper into the candle. Move the heat tool back and forth in a steady motion. As soon as the tissue paper starts to melt into the candle, move on to the next section. Repeat this step until all the tissue paper is melted on the surface of the candle.


Kim O'Connell

You can see more of Kim’s fabulous creations on her blog, Paper Perfect Designs.