Herd of reindeer Christmas card! Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/a-herd-of-reindeer-giveaway/

These reindeer from Mama Elephant are so cute and rightly were hugely popular when released. So much so that they were immediately out of stock! Well I’ve been meaning to get these guys colored and when I saw that they are back in stock at Simon Says Stamp I thought it the right time to color a herd of reindeer! I think there are 18 reindeer on this card although some of them you can only see the odd hoof LOL. This was such a fun card to make!

Herd of reindeer Christmas card! Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/a-herd-of-reindeer-giveaway/

I started with a 5 1/4 by 4 inch panel of white card and using the Misti stamping tool stamped each reindeer from the Reindeer Games set twice in Memento Tuxedo Black to ensure a nice really black outline. I filled in a few of the gaps with candy canes, presents and the cute bird and then colored with Copics. Once all the images were colored I went around any remaining white space with a blue Copic to complete the background. When all the coloring was finished I accented the reindeer noses and baubles with glossy accents and Rudolph got Christmas Red Stickles :D This panel reminds me Xmas wrapping paper I would buy :D

Herd of reindeer Christmas card! Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/a-herd-of-reindeer-giveaway/

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the panel so once it was mounted on a top folding white card base I simply added a white banner stamped in Versafine Onyx black with the ‘Happy’ from Circle Sayings Holiday and die cut a red glitter ‘Christmas’ using the Happy Winter word dies and called it done.


Please leave comments below by Monday 30th November at 11.59pm for a chance to receive one of my crafty parcels in honor of #sharehandmadekindness. I will draw a winner on Tuesday 01 December :D


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

  • Sandy

    Super cute! They are so adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Lisaerica

    Hello there, it’s been a long crazy week, super exhausted! I HAD to pop in and try and catch up on all your beautiful cards. Thanks for always inspiring and the chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you had a lovely time with family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur

    SUPER super cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Sue

    Those reindeer are adorable all over the card! Love!!ReplyCancel

  • Di W

    Adorable card! Your Copic coloring is so good.ReplyCancel

  • This card is so fun to view. It makes me laugh and smile. Thank you for sharing your work!ReplyCancel

  • Lindarub

    Wow love your background.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley

    Debby, Your card is so cute! I really like the herd.ReplyCancel

  • What an adorable card. Those little reindeer are so cute. Love your card! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn W.

    Love those reindeer! That card is completely adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Sabine Edelmann

    Cute card Debby!!!!ReplyCancel

  • darling card Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Jordan

    Love the reindeer all over to make pattern paper. Great colors. Thanks to the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Glorie

    18 reindeers! So cute :)ReplyCancel

  • Your coloring is amazing. I can’t even stay in the lines! Just wonderfully joyous.ReplyCancel

  • Bejay Roles

    WOW, this has to be the cutest card I’ve seen this year, I love them. I’ve ben in the grips of a really heavy cold all week and still don’t have my voice back (some may say that’s a good thing lol) and I have to say that this card really cheered me up so much. Thanks for sharing :)
    Bejay xxReplyCancel

  • Sandy M

    A totally adorable card! Love those reindeer!ReplyCancel

  • love your adorable cardReplyCancel

  • Jackie Cannady

    That reindeer stamp set is adorable! I love the panel. It is also the same style of wrapping paper that I would buy :) Love the card.ReplyCancel

  • These reindeer are absolutely adorable. I really think I need that reindeer set.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Kay Ross

    This card is absolutely adorable!!! You have done it again! I love the reindeer and I love all of the little things you put in between the reindeer – little bird, presents, etc.! Great card!!ReplyCancel

  • Lydine Arriola

    Beautiful and adorable card Debby! Always love your creations! So loving those reindeers!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy BM

    How cute are they?! What a gorgeous card. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • KT Fit Kitty

    The reindeer are so adorable! I love how you made your own patterned paper! Your colouring looks amazing! Gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • This is so, so cute!!!! Totally love it! xxReplyCancel

  • I love those little reindeer but they are still on back order at Simon’s!ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Oh no, they’ve sold out again already! They were in earlier today.ReplyCancel

  • Arlene D

    Very cute card!ReplyCancel

  • They are way tooooo cute! I love your coloring on those raindeer :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Patti

    What an adorable card, love the images and I’m sure the misti made this much easier to achieve!ReplyCancel

  • Lori McConlogue-O'Shaughnessy

    So cute! These reindeer make me smile- and a whole herd?- time for a Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy dance!ReplyCancel

  • What a sweet card, Debby … your herd of reindeer are adorable … love Rudolph with his shiny red nose! Anita :)ReplyCancel

  • Bajalizzy

    Love the colouring and bling of the ribbon on the prezzies and greeting, and the reindeer look like they are jumping in a cheerleading event – great way to use this stamp set.ReplyCancel

  • Oh this is such a fun and happy Christmas card … Beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Awesome and colorful! Such CUTE little reindeer!ReplyCancel

  • Love these reindeer. Just colored 18 of them for some cards I made yesterday…but I need to try putting them all on one card like you did! So much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra KM

    I love it! The little deer are so cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Amante del Papel

    you create a super cute and sweet card, so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Really appealing cardReplyCancel

  • Lady Fair

    Oh, Debby, it’s impossible to look at your herd of reindeer and not smile. What a happy, happy card.ReplyCancel

  • L O V E, LOVE, Love this card! Your designs are so perfect! I love these reindeer! Thanks for sharing your double stamping technique and all your creative inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Debby, this card is just precious! I love all those adorable reindeer…and I picked Rudolph out right away with his sparkly red nose!ReplyCancel

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  • Nicola M

    Such a fun card Debby, thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Jan O

    Love your card! The layout, colours, and cuteness are fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant

    What a cute card! Very cheery and fun! Love your coloring!ReplyCancel

  • Cathi Wyatt

    So darn darling!ReplyCancel

  • Torrie

    This card is so cute and playful, I love it!ReplyCancel

  • A martinez

    I bought get the set too and made small gift tags. This card is great! Thanks for another great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Totally adorable! Your panel reminds me of flannel Christmas pj’s. The matching kind that all four grandsons might be wearing on Christmas Eve :)ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Oh yes! Flannel PJs would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Brand

    This card is just SO cute, and your colouring is fantastic, again!!ReplyCancel

  • That is a lot of reindeer and they are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Ashbrook

    Such a jolly card, love it. Karen xxReplyCancel

  • Such a super cute card!!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card Debby! I would be more that happy to win and receive something from you!!! It will be a truly honor for me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Really cute card. Thanks for sharing your details on how you made the card.ReplyCancel

  • janet

    Fantastic card, love all the colouring – labour of love?ReplyCancel

  • Glenda

    Super cute!ReplyCancel

  • Simply brilliant! And I love your attention to detail… Yep, I spotted Rudolph gambolling along with all his reindeer buddies, Jo xReplyCancel

  • Karen Q

    That is a lot of coloring but entirely worth it. The card is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • SOOOO adorable!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Adore your card filled with those delightful, beautifully coloured reindeer! I can just picture the smile on your face as you created it…ultra sweet!

  • Cyndee

    looking at this sweet card makes me feel like a little kid again!ReplyCancel

  • Keppy

    I am inspired by your cards, but also by the artistic way you display your creations.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    These are just too cute! What a great card for my grandchildren.ReplyCancel

  • Awww all those little reindeer are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda

    Sweet sweet card! I have a few grandchildren and neighbors who would giggle at this card. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    OMG, SOOOOO adorable, those reindeer are just the cutest little things ever!!!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Dietz

    The reindeer are sooo adorable. Your coloring is always amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    So cute!!!! And I love the way you filled in the gaps with the baubbles and candy canes. Very unique.ReplyCancel

  • Yes! I would totally by this wrapping paper if it were in print! So cute and those reindeer with the different poses is adorable. Love the light blue background as well.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I can see how the Misti would be a huge help on this type of card. Great coloring.ReplyCancel

  • Jayell

    Such a cute card. Beautiful colouring as always.ReplyCancel

  • Adorable! And the best thing is that this herd is coming to play at my house soon, since they were the first stamps that jumped into my basket during the early bird sale at Ellen Hutson’s yesterday.
    Have a wonderful weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    Don’t you just love these little images. All 8 of the reindeer are adorable and in different poses. I love the design of your card. Great way to incorporate all of the little guys. Your cards are always special. TFSReplyCancel

  • Ericka S

    I love these reindeer and this card is so cute. Wonderful job coloring them. Such a fun and cheery Christmas card! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol K

    What a happy card! Just makes me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Baker Cox

    Love this card!! I was lucky enough to get the stamps and dies before they were out of stock the last time! They are soooo cute!! I will definitely be casing this one!!ReplyCancel

  • Lanae F

    I love this card! Would have never thought of using the reindeer as a background!!! Turned out so cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Pai Meng

    those reindeer are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Carolee

    Oh my goodness your card is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!! Couldn’t get any cuter:)ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Love what you did with this stamp set and your coloring. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl L.

    So adorable! I love the reindeer! So many great details!
    Thank you for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Denise D.

    What a cute card, I love those reindeer.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Rendino

    What an adorable card! That’s a LOT of reindeer!!ReplyCancel

  • Sheena p

    This is soooo cute. I’m pleased that they are back in stock, as they’ve been on my wish list since the release.ReplyCancel

  • Casandra B.

    I love the red stickles on that Christmas sentiment. It really pops.ReplyCancel

  • LisaT

    Another winning card Debbie! Those reindeer are the best!ReplyCancel

  • katrine (treen)

    Hi Debbie! Your reindeer are oh so cute! You are really good at spacing them. lol, mine get crunched all together in one spot and then spread out all over. I loved the pale blue background. This card somehow reminded me of my childhood. I hope you are well, hugs, treenReplyCancel

  • Such a cute card Debby.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa P

    Love your adorable card. Your coloring is fantastic and inspiring, thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    So stink’n cute!ReplyCancel

  • How cute is this card!!! I love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    My husband passed by as I was looking at this card and exclaimed, “Oh my God, that’s so cute”. Coming from Mr. Reticent, that says it all. Adorable, as always.ReplyCancel

  • This card is spectacular!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan G

    Those reindeer are just too cute. I love your card and your great coloring of them. Thanks so much for the fun project ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Karen L K

    Cute reindeer! It’s fun with the gifts, candy canes & ornaments around them.ReplyCancel

  • TeriW

    The reindeer are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S in NE

    Another darlin’ card, Debby. I was lucky enough to get this stamp set, and the matching dies. Such a versatile set, and just so cute with their different poses. Thanks for the close-up photos, so that we can study your coloring.ReplyCancel

  • sandy

    such a fun cardReplyCancel

  • Beatriz

    Amazing, like everything you make. I love your style!!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie J

    Oh so cute.. love the Christmas word die too.ReplyCancel

  • Teri W.

    So adorable! And I love Rudolh with his shiny nose. Another great card, Debby.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.

    The way you used the reindeer is just adorable!! Love your card!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Beautiful! I love the “reindeer play” on your card.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B

    Love these little guys, very cute card.ReplyCancel

  • Connie G

    These reindeer are super cute and just make me smile! Thanks for sharing !ReplyCancel

  • Very cute reindeer card,ReplyCancel

  • those reindeer are so cute! love your card!ReplyCancel

  • T Argile

    Such a fab card and a great set. Think it will be on my wish list, which just keeps getting bigger.
    Love all your designs.Best wishes

  • Danielle Wiegert

    I love this card!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Siobhann Bakke

    The epitome of Christmas cuteness! I adore those lil guys! Your talents are limitless!ReplyCancel

  • I always find loads of inspiration from you, Debby. And you take the best photos of your cards….I have a lot to learn on that matter!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Grady

    So, so cute!! It does resemble wrapping paper, too. Have resisted this set; but, the temptation is great, seeing this adorable card, Debby.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Chiou

    An adorable card!!ReplyCancel

  • Marlyn Rojas

    Super cute reindeers! Adorable card!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Hayes

    I love these reindeer! Super cute! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • shartl

    Oh my goodness, this is so cute I wouldn’t want to cover up even one reindeer! I love the way you colored these sweet little guys and added the twine!ReplyCancel

  • 3kidmama

    The rain deer are adorable, but I think I’m in LOVE with the way you added that soft blue background with a Copic marker. To my eyes, that one touch makes this winter-y card feel so perfectly finished!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda

    These reindeer are so cute…thank ypuReplyCancel

  • Amber McGary

    This is so adorable!! I am going to look thru my stamps to see if I have anything I can use as a background.ReplyCancel

  • A very cute card. It’s so cute with all the different reindeer. The coloring is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    What a cute card – it made me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Monte

    Love the sweet reindeer card so cute….ReplyCancel

  • Debby, this is absolutely adorable and you’ve showcased these sweet reindeer perfectly!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debby, these reindeers are really very cute and your card is just gorgeous. So many of those cute reindeers, your wonderful coloring and the beautiful sentiment – I just love this card!

    Have a nice Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • This card is fantastic!! i think that this is my favorite card you have made :)ReplyCancel

  • Timm Evans

    I like this stamp set, very cute lil guys!ReplyCancel

  • Sooooo cute card!!! Thanks for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Holt

    Such a cute card! Those reindeer are so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi R

    So so very cute! I’ve been meaning to get that stamp set and now I think I HAVE to!!! ♥ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Such an adorable card. Those reindeer certainly are cute.ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    What a cute card. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy D

    Those reindeer are too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Lovely card Debby! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Kit

    Cute cute card Debby. I love this set.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    So cute! It looks like a giant reindeer party :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel H

    I adore this set and this card is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Rudi

    What a cute card!!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Jacobson

    You can never have enough reindeers at xmas. I love the word christmas in glitter, so sparkly.ReplyCancel

  • These reindeers are too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Radican

    I just love these cute adorable little reindeer!! Your card is so stinkin’ adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Gracie G

    Loving that card! I adore the reindeers and that blue background is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner

    This is so cute! I love those sweet reindeer, what great paper you created!ReplyCancel

  • Liz mca

    I adore these reindeer. So cuteReplyCancel

  • Jan B

    A fun, whimsical card.ReplyCancel

  • I cannot stop smiling over this CUTENESS!!! Thank you I really needed it!! Total Cuteness!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M ReplyCancel

  • Heather T

    Great card. Took awhile to get these stamps but now ready to go with your inspiration. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • stacey

    Super cute card, I adore this stamp set and am eagerly awaiting its arrivalReplyCancel

  • Cindy C.

    I love this stamp set and your card is adorable. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • laura budke

    love the cards and inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I just love all these cute reindeers! Seriously cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Bee

    Such a fun card!ReplyCancel

  • Ritu

    so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Judy

    I love your coloring on this happy card!ReplyCancel

  • Adorable card and such cute reindeer.ReplyCancel

  • Debby, this is absolutely adorable! I love all the little accents you’ve added to these perfectly stamped and colored images.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy rocca

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • This is so amazingly cute Debbie. I love ALL the reindeer and love your coloring.ReplyCancel

  • Shari

    Absolutely love this card. It would definitely make great wrapping paper. ♥♥♥ReplyCancel

  • This is just the cutest Christmas card ever. The reindeer look so happy! Love Rudolph’s red nose. I just love this card!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie B

    Those reindeer are so adorable, and you card is so cute! I have this set and haven’t played with it yet! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie H

    Your coloring is beautiful. Love this! It does look like wrapping paper I would also buy. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • ann

    I love your coloring on this card very niceReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    How sweet! You must be very patient to colour in all those reindeer. I wish I could colour that well.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy A

    Adorable! This too reminds me of wrapping paper or flannel PJ’s. Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Toni C

    What a perfect way to use those stamps, they really do look great en masse! I also love the bright red Christmas, it just finishes it off.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Chimes

    lovely card –ReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773

    LOVE your ADORABLE reindeer and FABULOUS colouring Debby!!! I can totally relate to how you didn’t want to cover much of it :)
    THANK YOU for sharing Rudolph with his herd of reindeer and your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!ReplyCancel

  • Arianna Barbara

    ADORABLE! love the cute reindeerReplyCancel

  • sherry butcher

    So cute, love the reindeer. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • those reindeer are adorable! thanks for sharing
    stamping sue

  • What a happy bunch they are!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Doyle

    Oh my goodness Debby that background IS CUTE! It never occurs to me to use those smaller images like that but it makes an amazing background! Overall card is spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Pam T.

    Adorable! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

Combining soft colors with natural materials in this card and envelope duo. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/natural-materials-giveaway/

First off, if you are celebrating Thanksgiving I hope you treasure your time with loved ones :D Here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving, I think our closest celebration is Harvest Festival. Both bring to mind the bounty nature provides and that inspired me to use natural materials in my project today.

Combining soft colors with natural materials in this card and envelope duo. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/natural-materials-giveaway/

I started with a wood envelope. These envelopes amaze me being so obviously made of wood and yet wafer thin, lined and with a glue seal as with any paper envelope. I wrapped the envelope in frayed linen and again with a white ribbon, then added vellum cut with a Tiny Tag with hearts from swiping Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste through the Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil. I then trimmed a lavender stem attached it with a glue dot and dressed with a twine bow.

Combining soft colors with natural materials in this card and envelope duo. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/natural-materials-giveaway/

For the card I tried to use the same elements and colors by starting with a Fog card base with a panel of Marshmallow card and then a panel of vellum again with embossing paste hearts. I added two strips of wood tape to give me a wide enough area to wrap another piece of frayed linen around and still have some wood peeking out then dressed again with a ribbon, lavender sprig and twine bow.

The sprigs of greenery mean that you won’t be able to send a card like this through the post – wilted lavender wouldn’t really have the same effect LOL but I do think for a hand delivered card the natural elements give it a special touch and the combination of colors and natural materials is so calming :D


Please leave comments below by Monday 30th November at 11.59pm for a chance to receive one of my crafty parcels in honor of #sharehandmadekindness. I will draw a winner on Tuesday 01 December :D


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

  • Liz

    Thought I could do without those wood envelopes, but now I am intriguedReplyCancel

  • Sharon Brand

    Beautiful card and envelope. Love how natural you have made them.ReplyCancel

  • Amber McGary

    Absolutely beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • sano

    Wow, these are beautiful. I love the natural look.ReplyCancel

  • Lydine Arriola

    Awesome! Love those birch wood envelopes! Definitely inspired! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie, the wooden envie looks so great and i like the decoration around it. Also the card is very nice. I like that you add a real lavender branch – a great Accent. Thanks for the Chance to win one of your crafty parcel. Keep my fingers crossed :-)ReplyCancel

  • Teri W

    So very creative. Thank you for all you share Debbie.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card and envelope, Debby. Love the green sprigs with wood elements and frayed linen. Classy!!
    Thanks for sharing :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lori B

    Your card set is so lovely! The natural woodsy look is a favorite of mine. Whoever you deliver this card to is a lucky person!!ReplyCancel

  • Cyndee

    I had not thought of adding a sprig of greenery to a card before. I hand deliver my neighbors Christmas cards and this is a great idea. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty and elegant. Love the added touch of greenery.ReplyCancel

  • Oh, wow! These are so gorgeous! Love, love them! xxReplyCancel

  • I just love the natural look… that is so pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur

    Gorgeous..love natural and nature items…ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful project and I absolutely love the way you photograph your creations.ReplyCancel

  • KT Fit Kitty

    Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous! I love the wooden envelope and the natural greenery – this is such a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Your wrapping is absolutely gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra KM

    Those are beautiful! The addition of the greenery to the wood envelope is brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Cindi L.

    Absolutely beautiful! Stunning all around. Thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Your card is lovely, Debby! I’ve always loved to see touches of nature on a card, along with the dimension that materials such as burlap, felt, etc. add. Those wood envelopes look amazing and I hope to be able to get some at some point.ReplyCancel

  • Carol D

    Your natural touches are just beautiful. I also love the tiny texture hearts on vellum!ReplyCancel

  • nicolaC

    Love the rosemary decoration on the envelopesReplyCancel

  • as always the simplicity and elegance of your cards is wonderful – even tho you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, your traditional turkey dinner for Christmas is much the same as what we are having today – the pilgrims must have had that in mind or maybe there were just a lot of turkeys available to shoot!ReplyCancel

  • I love that natural look and your card and the envelope are very festive and elegant. Those hearts on vellum are a great idea and they are very pretty.

    Here in Switzerland we also don’t celebrate Thanksgiving – at least not as far as I know.ReplyCancel

  • Susi

    I saw these lovely envies on the SSS site and just about drooled – they are so rustic and beautiful, as is your project, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Lady Fair

    Love all the texture you used, so earthy and yet so elegant. Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Monte

    Loving your card the natural materials are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely idea. And such a doable little thing that makes such a difference. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Simply stunning, Debby!!ReplyCancel

  • janet

    Beautiful! I bet the foliage smells divine :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nicola M.

    I love the idea of using the fresh rosemary on the front of a card. Such beautiful designs Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Ashbrook

    What a lovely idea using lavender this way. Karen xReplyCancel

  • these are just gorgeous! I love to spruce (no pun intended) my envelopes that are hand delivered and you are inspiring me on a new way!ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    What a great idea ! Thanks :) Happy Thanksgiving :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow! These natural look cards are amazing and beautiful!
    Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous Debby love the nature inspired cards.ReplyCancel

  • Teri W.

    Brilliant! Love the organic look of this, Debby. I’m always inspired by your designs.ReplyCancel

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Love the natural elements in the packaging. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • I didn’t even know you could buy wooden envelopes, they’re really unusual but I love the natural look you’ve created.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B

    Love the idea of using lavander, love your style. Keep up the good work, you truly inspire me. ThanksReplyCancel

  • I thought the lavender piece was a rosemary one and thought it’d smell great! Because this time of the year everything’s about smells obviously, isn’t it? LOLReplyCancel

  • Susan Gosman

    A lovely idea. This would make a great card to take to a bridal shower.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda

    Beautiful! Love the simple, natural look.ReplyCancel

  • I love the idea of adding natural sprigs to cards and packages. Lavender, cedar, pine – all perfect for Christmas as well as other occasions.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t think I’ve used these words together before: if I close my eyes, I imagine the aroma of your gorgeous cards! Is the rosemary from your garden?

  • Marty B

    What a beautiful presentation, love the sprig of lavender!ReplyCancel

  • Jan O

    Love the cards! The natural colours and materials have a calming, serene effect!ReplyCancel

  • p

    So elegant. The recipient would think they were very special if they received your cards and envelopes.ReplyCancel

  • Simply stunning Debby – pure perfection!ReplyCancel

  • I remember Harvest Festival and making boxes of fruit to take to school and church …
    Beautiful creations Debbie … The lavender really adds a wonderful touch.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant

    These are gorgeous! I love the layering and all the textures!ReplyCancel

  • Allison CB

    Thank you so much for sharing! Love your designs – they are always so inspiring and creative,ReplyCancel

  • Siobhann

    The earthiness versus the stark white contrast is mesmerising! Que the rosemary!! What an experience for the senses!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Who wouldn’t be tickled pink to receive this stunning ensemble!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    Those wood envelopes are really intriguing! I am wondering if they will hold up in the mail and if you need extra postage on them? They are so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous! LOVE your lavender, what a great idea … smells good and loos fab!ReplyCancel

  • Marlyn Rojas

    Gorgeous cards! They’re beautiful and unique!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I’m intrigued with the new SSS wood products.ReplyCancel

  • Carolee M

    LOVE the natural look:)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy D

    Very simple and beautiful card. I really appreciate the natural look!ReplyCancel

  • megan mcdonald

    cool idea,ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    These are so lovely. I love your use of natural elements. Really gives it a homey handmade feeling. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • Connie G

    This is so beautiful Debby! I just love all the natural touches you have added here.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie J

    What a lovely idea to add the lavender.. so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    I love to see natural elements used on cards. Such great ideas here!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Chiou

    Just a beautiful card, plain beautiful. Your cards always turn out amazing. This card was just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jayell

    I just love these envelopes and love what you did here!ReplyCancel

  • SaraN

    Absolutely beautiful card. Those wood elements – especially the wood tape – are very intriguing. I love your work!ReplyCancel

  • stacey

    Love your card and envelope!! Really makes me want the wood tape! The embossed vellum is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my, Debby, your card and envelope are simply stunning! Love the idea of using a real lavender sprig rather than a die cut … the aroma is just beautiful! Anita :)ReplyCancel

  • Dori Johns

    Wow, these are gorgeous! The wood elements are stunning and I love the embossed vellum. So lovely! Thanks, Debby, for sharing such a beautiful project on Thanksgiving Day.ReplyCancel

  • Really beautiful card! Love how simple and elegant it is. And the look of wood and linen in a card. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Wiegert

    These are beautiful!! Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Wiegert

    These are beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Bernice J

    I always enjoy the “natural” look!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Sue

    These are stunning! Love the natural elements!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Reynolds

    Very earthy and pretty. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Those envelopes look amazing!! They’d be a lovely touch that’s for sure!!ReplyCancel

  • Such a fantastic idea! Can imagine something like lavender would smell wonderful too!!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda

    I think your card is very special. The natural elements are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • barbara lassiter

    I love lavender and need to plant some more. My last surviving plant (more a bush really) succumbed last year to a very dry summer, plus it was very old. Your cards are lovely and I love the use of the linen strips as part of the design along with the lavender.ReplyCancel

  • This is beautiful and clean, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Toni C

    Lovely. This is how I plan to wrap my presents this year!ReplyCancel

  • Lindarub

    Love the natural look of the card.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    So sweet and pure. The rosemary caught my eye. Wonderful work.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Clark

    Just lovely. I had not seen that wood ribbon before. That needs to go on my ‘Must Have’ list.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    I love those wood envelopes. And your photography is so, so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773

    GORGEOUS card and envelope!!!
    LOVE the ELEGANCE of your design and the BEAUTIFUL wood & textures … I can almost smell the lavender from here!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)
    PS – I sometimes include a scent with my cards … now is the time that I confess that I use a powder puff when I heat emboss – it makes me feel happy when I use it, because this old fashioned tub of powder was one of the last gifts from my beloved Mother-In-Law and the bonus is the delicate scent while I craft.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.

    This is so very beautiful with the natural look. I have a huge Rosemary plant and would never have thought to use a bit of it like this. Only in cooking. Haha! Thanks for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • Mel H

    I bet these smell as good as they look. Rosemary and wood would be lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Susan G

    So beautiful and yet so simple. You really pulled off a winner. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely design.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Dietz

    Absolutely beautiful! Love how you used the lavender. I bet it smells divine. :)ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous looking, those wood envelopes!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Holt

    So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • I am always amazed how beautiful and elegant your creations are! Absolutely adore these!ReplyCancel

  • Ann K

    Gorgeous …. so “earthy”, I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! i love the natural look The lavender was the perfect touch!ReplyCancel

  • Lenae

    Oh, so scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • 3kidmama

    Oh – I’ve been waiting to see how you would use that wood “tape” strip. I LOVE the way you incorporated it into your design. Not overwhelming but still stat touch of natural materials. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • karenladd

    Love the texture contrast between the wood envelope and fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Pai Meng

    what a beautiful present!ReplyCancel

  • LeslieS

    Thanks, Debby. Always love your work. Thanks for a chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Arianna Barbara

    Oh wow! I’m in love! I love the natural look! It’s amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy C.

    I love your beautiful, delicate designs today. There is something about white and a light wood that makes things feel clean and refreshing. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie H

    Wow. Love the natural elements in your card. Bet it smells wonderful too!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a project quite so lovely and peeaceful. Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Gracie G

    Lovely card and envelope. Its my first time seeing a wood envelope and I am enamoured :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine mellor

    2 amazing makes, love them.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Brooks

    This is really lovely..almost a gift in itself. So appropriate for holidays too. The look of anything “natural” and yet being on a card is amazing. Good Job Debby.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous and it’s a technique I never would have thought of! Thank you for sharing with us :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisascreativeniche

    Wow these are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Magaly

    What a beautiful card! Simple and classy. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I love your cards and I am a keen supporter of using natural elements on cards, you can never beat God’s amazing art in His creation, so why not share it? Beautiful cards!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana G

    So beautiful and elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Amante del Papel

    My goodness your cards are so elegant and beautiful! I love them!ReplyCancel

  • sherry butcher

    Very nice, I love using natural materials too. Thfanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Pereira

    I am in awe over your card designs. Your watercoloring is so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Seals

    Very beautiful, Debby! Thank you so much for the chance to win one of your crafty parcels! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc

    Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Beatrice Lawson

    I really love the natural rustic appeal – simple ingredients but the effect is fantastic. I love how your thoughtful touches add so much to a project – soft vellum, embossing, the sprig of lavender… you really just have a fantastic talent for this.ReplyCancel

  • They are absolutely beautiful, Debby! Natural things really take us back to our roots. It makes me think about how things started out and I sometimes like to experiment, you know, like to make paper and craft with that. Natural things are so interesting to me. And these natural products you have used are simply lovely. Thanks for sharing your amazing use of these items during Jennifer’s kindness campaign. I’ve enjoyed it so much!ReplyCancel

  • Di W

    Natural things have such a “homey” feel to them. These are perfect. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I love this natural looking card Debby, you have a knack for creating something so striking from a few simple elements! I’d love to win one of your craft parcels, thanks for a chance to win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen L K

    Very nice card & envelope using wood & especially the sprigs of rosemary & lavender.ReplyCancel

  • Love this card and envelope. So pretty with the linen and wood, naturally beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Masters

    Totally beautiful. Love the gentle natural look.ReplyCancel

  • Lisaerica

    Hello, ok I’m trying to catch up on your posts and I’m going backwards and just read you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but Harvest Festival. I guess if I wasn’t reading in reverse I would’ve caught that, lol. I absolutely loooove using natural materials. It just gives the projects such a different feeling, for me peaceful one. I think a sprig would look beautiful with your tartan background as well. Thanks for sharing, always inspiring and the chance to win one of your crafty parcels.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Radican

    Both of your cards are absolutely stunning!! I am just in AWE of your work and craftiness!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bajalizzy

    I have rosemary in my garden – I wonder if it would look as good with cork texture? I also like the velum tag accent on yours with the simple white on white composition. You always impress me with your cards.ReplyCancel

  • I love how you used the natural materials on your card and envelope.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann C

    Oh, these are extraordinarily precious!!ReplyCancel

  • shartl

    That wooden envelope is so unique and gives a wonderful rustic feel! I love the combination of fabric and wood.ReplyCancel

  • Stunning!!! I am in love with those wood envelopes & your card is stellar!!!ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner

    These are just lovely! Love that gorgeous greenery and all the white/neutral.ReplyCancel

  • The natural look is fantastic. Lovely projects, DebbyReplyCancel

  • I love the natural elements. So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Debby, these are simply stunning! I wish I had these gorgeous packages as decorations in my home!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful crd and envelope.ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Anne V.

    Beautiful nature inspired projects. Love these wood products.ReplyCancel

  • Love your mix of these organic elements!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Doyle

    Debby, this card and envelope are STUNNING! So elegant!ReplyCancel

My holiday gift guide for crafting essentials and a few for the wish list too! Find out more by clicking the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/holiday-gift-guidegiveaway/

The holiday season is fast approaching and if you are thinking of holiday shopping in the near future I thought you might like a few ideas. I’ve wracked my brain recently thinking of top tips for gifts from stocking stuffers to those that are a bit more of a splurge. While thinking of what to include, there were plenty of pretty, sparkly, new things I could have put down but I kept coming back to the things I use all the time. These are the ones that have stood the test of time and as such the ones I reach for on almost every project. In fact as I sat there thinking I looked around myself as to what products qualify for the top real estate on my desk and easily reached draws.
My holiday gift guide for crafting essentials and a few for the wish list too! Find out more by clicking the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/holiday-gift-guidegiveaway/

  1. Simon Says Stamp dye inks
  2. Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
  3. Scotch blue tape
  4. Versamark ink
  5. Neenah Solar White
  6. Versafine Onyx Black ink
  7. Scotch foam tape
  8. Martha Stewart mini scoring board
  9. Misti Stamping Tool
  10. EK Success powder tool

Products aren’t in any particular order, but if you haven’t got any of these I’d highly recommend them. There are a few inks in this selection; Versafine Onyx Black (6) gives crisp deep black stamping even with a detailed image and once dry can be watercolored over. Versamark (4) is the ink you need for embossing powders and giving that tone on tone watermark look. A good set of dye inks will stand you in good stead such as the Simon Says Stamp dye inks (1) and another great alternative are those by Hero Arts. Talking of inks, I’d also add in Memento Tuxedo Black for when you want to Copic color.

Moving on to tools and as I love dies so much a good die cutting machine has to be on the list – I use the Sizzix Big Shot (2). The Misti Stamping Tool (9) is great for stamping out multiples of your projects but I mainly use it to double stamp my images to get a really nice black outline or a fully stamped solid image. The EK Success Powder Tool (10) is an essential for clean heat embossing; swipe the powder over your project before embossing to stop stray powder sticking where it’s not wanted. Talking of embossing you will want a good Heat Tool too. For nice crisp folds you can’t go amiss with a score tool and for creating my card bases I use the Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board (8).

One basic I’ve not mentioned yet is a good white card. Neenah Solar White 80lb (5) is very versatile being a good thickness for die cutting, great for Copic coloring and a nice bright white. The 110lb weight is my go to for card bases. Another great thick white card is the 120lb version from Simon Says Stamp which is so thick that you can even Copic color without the marker showing on the back.

Finally I’ve got a couple of tapes on my essentials list; I love to add dimension to my projects and Scotch foam tape (7) comes as a great value, massive roll so you never feel the need to scrimp. Then we have Scotch blue tape (3) which is the only tape I’ve found so far gentle enough to not tear card yet strong enough to keep it taped down when watercoloring.

My holiday gift guide for crafting essentials and a few for the wish list too! Find out more by clicking the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/holiday-gift-guidegiveaway/

  1. Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner range
  2. Simon Says Stamp mystery box
  3. Heidi Swapp mini Minc
  4. Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
  5. Winsor & Newton pigment markers
  6. Card Kit subscription
  7. Staedtler triplus fineliners
  8. Arc wood envelopes
  9. Tim Holtz color of the month
  10. Gansai Tambi watercolors

Again not in any particular order, actually the order was determined by trying to jigsaw the collage of images together! As my first attempt at this type of post I now have a lot of respect for those that do these collages more often LOL.

I can see a theme appearing with my choices – more tools and supplies rather than individual stamps and dies. I think this is partly as it is so hard to choose, but also we are often wowed by the latest stamp and die releases whereas I’ve tried to pick products which will be reached for again and again through the whole of 2016.

So jumping in with something which would bring joy throughout the whole year and that is a kit subscription such as the Simon Says Stamp card kit (6). The Carpe Diem planner range from Simple Stories (1) would come in handy to plan when the kit is going to arrive. Although I often choose muted colors, color is very important to me and I like including it where ever possible so having a rainbow of pens such as these Staedtler Triplus Fineliners (7) available makes even writing a shopping list more interesting and helps me color code in my  planner.

For a while I’ve watched with anticipation the arrival of a new product to me – the pigment markers from Winsor & Newton (5). Founded in 1832 the Winsor & Newton name brings to mind quality and tradition but the new markers initially grabbed my attention for their ultra modern design. The pigment markers have been creating quite a buzz in the artist community and I’m anxiously awaiting delivery of the above set and planning a video review as soon as possible :D

My next suggestion is one you are going to have to be quick to get your hands on. While watching Simon Says Stamp on Periscope the other day Heidi mentioned they are going to do one of their popular mystery box sales (2) at midnight EST on Friday. I understand that last year these sold out in no time and I can understand why as Heidi showed how packed the boxes are with product – seriously a huge bargain. So watch out for those going live.

I’ve really been enjoying the warmth that adding wood elements adds to a project having recently got some of the Arc wood envelopes (8) and the matching wood tape. This next one is on my wish list for Christmas if I’ve been a good girl LOL. I’m slow on the uptake of this trend but have loved seeing all the foiling going on and the Minc mini (3) I think will be just the right size for me.

To finish how about some tried and tested staples; you can’t go wrong with the Distress range from Tim Holtz and the recent Lucky Clover color release (9) is right up my street :D I think I’m on my fourth or fifth Wink of Stella clear glitter pen (4) – love the subtle sparkle and shimmer it adds. I couldn’t complete this list without adding in at least one watercolor supply. Through 2015 I’ve experimented with a range of watercolor media from tubes, to pans, to Zig clean color, to Gansai Tambi (10) and back to tubes. I’ve loved them all but for a good selection of colors, nicely packaged and their creamy texture is great to work with, the Gansai Tambi set makes a great gift.

Phew, I only picked 20 items and yet this is one long post! I could have recommended so many more too, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this little snapshot.

To those celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow have a lovely time enjoying the warmth of family and friends. I hoping to be back with a post using the wood tape and envelopes mentioned above.


Please leave comments below by Monday 30th November at 11.59pm for a chance to receive one of my crafty parcels in honor of #sharehandmadekindness. I will draw a winner on Tuesday 01 December :D I would be delighted if you would subscribe to my posts so keep up with winners posts too.

One More Thing

I’ve just had an email from Creative Live saying that their Black Friday sale starts now so if you want to spruce up your skills then check them out :D

Creative Live Black Friday Sale

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  • stacey

    Awesome products!! I own most of them and have to agree, they would make great gifts for any crafty person!!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the chance to win❤️ReplyCancel

  • Please don’t enter me in the giveaway kust wanted to say I love your gift ideas!ReplyCancel

  • So many great ideas here! I hope to get one of the SSS mystery boxes, and there is a lot to add to my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • Great list, Debby. Any of those items will make a crafter happy :-)ReplyCancel

  • Awesome post with some wonderful ideas, think I will be adding quite a few to my list! Thank you & for your kindness too. Hugs Bev xReplyCancel

  • Thank you for these wish lists Debbie! My husband keeps asking what I need for Christmas… I think I may just print this out, circle some items and leave it for him to see ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Oh I like the circle and leave a note idea! Must try that with my husband too LOLReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Thanks for the gift ideas and the chance to win! :)ReplyCancel

  • Glorie

    Thanks for sharing your list. I will check it out :)ReplyCancel

  • Glorie

    Thank you for sharing your list! Looks like a fun collection of crafty stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Katya

    Such a great post full of lots of things on my list and many I am glad I already have! :) Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Brooks

    I’m right on par with your Essentials gift list. I have them all. Lucky Me. My wish list is a bit different than yours…mine has the two new sets of SSS ink colors. Maybe Santa will leave these for me. Thanks for sharing your lists. A great list for the gift buyer (hubby’s). Or for someone new to card making.ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Oh I hope Santa brings you your inks Connie!ReplyCancel

  • Jayell

    The pigment markers look interesting. Off to check them out!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn C

    I already use most of the items on your essentials list and they are great products. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • I want it all! LOL I have my eye on the Misti this year :)ReplyCancel

  • Sabine Edelmann

    I do have a few of your recommendations. Love this products and looking forward to a video where you show how those pigment markers work.ReplyCancel

  • wow! great list. thanks for sharing.
    stamping sue

  • Yvonne

    Thanks for the ideas. Added a few of your ideas to my wish list .ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner

    Great list! MANY of those things are on my wishlist!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Baker

    Great suggestions! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Thanks, Debby, for all the detailed information about all those products. I have some of them, some of them are unknown to me and some of them I would like to have. In any case your recommendations are very useful.ReplyCancel

  • Mara

    such an awesome list! i have to say, i am confused about the Winsor Newton pigment markers…i sure hope that you’ll do a show-and-tell. :)

    thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      They didn’t arrive today Mara but as soon as they do I will do my best to investigate!ReplyCancel

  • Connie G

    Lots of great products and I own many of them but a Misti and a Minc are two that have been on my want list. Thanks Debbie.ReplyCancel

  • Fraeulein A.

    Hello Debby
    This gift guide is a wonderful idea, and I have almost all of the items on my wish list. Especially the misti tool.
    What I already have is the scotch tape. I dont know why, but with me, it always ripps my watercolor paper. Maybe I’m doing something wrong?ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Hmm Fraeulein A. what watercolor paper do you use?ReplyCancel

      • Fraeulein A.

        Hello Debby, I am using the Distress Watercolor cardstock from Ranger, mostly.ReplyCancel

  • Carolee M

    Thanks for all the wonderful tips and gift ideas!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant

    Awesome suggestions! Several things there that I have been thinking about, like the Misti! A few of your suggestions I hadn’t heard of before, so I will do a bit of looking!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    It appears we are of like minds on most of the products you’ve listed. Some of which I couldn’t live without…or don”t want to even try to.ReplyCancel

  • Migdalia Rodriguez

    Awesome products!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M ReplyCancel

  • Marlyn Rojas

    Really nice gift guide! Some of them are already in my wish list!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Great list! Lots of good ideas. Would love to win a craft parcel!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy

    Great lists! Many of the items are on my wishlist like SSS inks and the Misti tool but I enjoy learning about other recommended products.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Doyle

    Debby I totally enjoyed your post today. Great products and a great tutorial for anyone starting out and wanting to know what to buy. I am on a tight budget and am trying to find the best buy on the Zig color brush pens. Any suggestions???
    I am already subscribed to your news letter and look forward to all that you share. Thank you for that!ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Hmmm Teresa, google would be your friend for searching the best Zig deals. Only thing I’ve heard about some of the lower prices is that they can take a long time to arrive. However, if you aren’t in a rush they might be your best bet?

  • Lisa Chin

    Thanks for this great list. Always fun to see what supplies you use for all your fantastic work! And thanks for the chance to win an early crafty Christmas present!ReplyCancel

  • 3kidmama

    What a great wish! I didn’t know that SSS had a mystery box.

    We will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow with our extended family, but one of the many things I’m thankful for, is people like YOU, Debby, who so freely share your artistic talent and “how-to” with the rest of us. It’s made this hobby so much more fun for so many of us. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • megan mcdonald

    the simon say stamp inks are on my xmas list.ReplyCancel

  • ann-marie wilson

    Hi debby loving your gift guides. I have a few of the items but am really debating the misti tool. Also whether or not to upgrade my cuttlebug?
    any guidance gratefully received xReplyCancel

  • Thank you for a great list! I love your suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Great choices, and products I often rely on when I’m crafting! (Some of them I could NOT do without!)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine mellor

    Great guide but the thing I want the most is a misti xReplyCancel

  • Jackie J

    Some fab idea’s here Debby, I think my wish list maybe quite long this year.ReplyCancel

  • carol

    What a marvelous selection of gift items; I think I’ll just forward this post to my husband *grin* Thank you for the suggestions; I’m going to explore the links!

  • Casey Thrush

    I agree with both of your lists!!!! Great job!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dori Johns

    Thank you for these wonderful recommendations! Unfortunately, my wish list is now as long as my arm. :-) But I’ve been a pretty good girl so we’ll see.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Bee

    Great list of “wants” and “needs”. Hoping to snag a mystery box!ReplyCancel

  • karenladd

    You have a lot of my favorites on your Must Have list as well! I can’t get enough of the Scotch foam tape and dream of buying that huge roll that is so big I’d have t hang it on the wall! I’ve been doing more coloring of images lately so good markers are a must too. So many goodies and not enough time!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G

    I love your top 10 essentials because I use every one of them! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi R

    Fabulous suggestions. I will definitely be watching for the mystery box from SSS ♥♥ReplyCancel

  • Melissa S

    Awesome gift guide – I would love to see a Misti under my tree this Christmas and the SSS mystery box sounds fanatic.
    Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving !ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Wiegert

    Thank you for the gift guide!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Great gift ideas. The Misti is out of my budget, but it looks like a great product.ReplyCancel

  • Love your lists. I don’t have a lot that is on there so far though! Making progress. Thanks for a chance to win too. Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna O

    Those products are absolutely awesome! :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Great picks! Must be hard to narrow it down. You picked some solid basics and some fun new things!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    Thank you! Many of these are now on my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • Sydney anderson

    Love all your picks thanks for the chanceReplyCancel

  • SQUEAL!! AMAZING Gift Giving List!! =) LOTS of my FAVORITES or MOST WANTED are on this list!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Anika E.

    I just got the big shot and I’m pretty sure I’m getting the minc for Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Clark

    Great gift ideas. I’m wanting the six inch Minc.ReplyCancel

  • Lori B

    Great lists! Thanks for sharing your favorite items-I so want to try the new wood tape & envelopes.ReplyCancel

  • nicolaC

    some good choices, i have asked for several of the new tim holtz colours from santaReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Love your gift ideas! I think I need to forward it to my hubby!!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for all the ideas Debby, I do have a few of these items but have also added some to my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia barber

    Great list!!!! You are right.witht he most reached for tools! Can’t wait to hear about your markers!ReplyCancel

  • I could certainly add a few of these to my wish list. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for such great guides, Debby … I already have three of the things you suggested … and have about half the rest already in my wish book! Hope Santa will be good this year!! Anita :)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for such great ideas! I have some of them and are also my essentials, but others I think would be a great addition to my collection.ReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773

    THANK YOU for sharing these wonderful lists Debby – I really appreciate it because your recommendations are based on your experience, which I trust. I confess that I used to bag a bargain when I got the chance and get tempted by the latest & greatest new releases (still do more often than I should)
    => NOW I am focussed more on getting tools and consummables that I know I will use over and over again. I am SO LUCKY to have some of the items from your essentials guide (Big Shot, score board and Versamark Ink), so now I can focus on other essentials like the MISTI, which is on the top of my Christmas wishlist :)
    PS – I do purchase from SSS, so will keep an eye out for their Mystery Box!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Great list of must haves!ReplyCancel

  • Pai Meng

    i agree with all of your picks!ReplyCancel

  • Arianna Barbara

    Oh wow! This is a wonderful list of must have! I love in particular way stamps and the fantastic Big Shot die cutting machine!!! Thank you for this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Dietz

    A fabulous list for us to check out! My absolute favorite is the Misti and I hope (pray) that Santa brings it to me this year!!ReplyCancel

  • Gracie G

    Wow, a lovely pick og crafting gifts – I’d be happy to receive any one of them. Thanks for the gift ideas and the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • All through the year you make me want everything you use, and now you had to go and put it all on a list. I really really need the wooden envelopes and the Gansai Tambi paints. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Beatrice Lawson

    oooh, you got me all curious about the Winson markers now. I hope you do a video review soon! I have the Gansai watercolours and the Zig Clear brushes on my list… and I just missed the Friday sale at SSS. Bummer:-) better luck next year. (On the plus side I got the Sephora specials I wanted so… win one, lose one. LOL.)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for the essentials list, wish list, and the giveaway! I’d love a chance to win one of your crafty parcels!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Timi

    This is a fantastic list. My h2b already ordered the Misti, Wink of Stella and versamark ink for me. What a great Christmas present :) …and my birthday is coming up in January!!! Thanks for the giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • These are some awesome lists! I want every item on these lists and I can’t afford any! Oh, well, story of my life! :)))
    Hugs xxReplyCancel

  • Lisaerica

    Hello, great list, loved seeing the new goodies! Thanks for sharing your favorites, always inspiring and the chance to win one of your craft boxes.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann C

    Oh, you definitely picked some of my favs!ReplyCancel

  • shartl

    I am still fairly new to paper crafting so I don’t have a lot of tools and supplies but I do love my stamps. I find that the tool I reach for over and over again is my paper trimmer and my ink pads. A good set of ink pads is a must!ReplyCancel

  • Laurence J

    Seemslike I need to extend my Christmas wish list with some of the great products you mentioned.ReplyCancel

  • … the MISTY is on my wishlist (-;ReplyCancel

  • Debby, you are one of my absolute favorite crafters!!! Your talent is a gift, and I totally trust your crafty judgment. Thank you so much for sharing this list. I was excited to see that I love some of the same products you do (I’m on the right track…yay!), and happy to know what I should be adding to the top of my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    I really enjoyed reading your gift picks!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Love all your suggestions! If only I had been nicer this year, maybe Santa would have brought me all of them!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Doyle

    These items are fantastic ideas. Any of them (or ALL would be better) would be an asset to ANY craft room! Great choices for ideas!ReplyCancel

Stamping a forest of glitter trees using the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/glitter-trees-giveaway/

In between the rain showers today I managed to take a few photos of this card using the December Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. I was intrigued to try the Rainbow Embossing Glitter included in the kit and combined this with the lovely graphic tree image from the Gifts Of Love stamp set to stamp a Fog, Lake Shores and glitter forest.

Stamping a forest of glitter trees using the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/glitter-trees-giveaway/

On a panel of white card I started with the two dye inks first, stamping a random pattern but leaving space for three glitter trees. These are stamped in Versamark, sprinkled with the Rainbow Embossing Glitter then heat set. The body of the glitter is clear embossing powder which when heat set traps the glitter flecks inside so no messy glitter falling off your card later on :D In Lipstick Red ink I stamped the sentiment so it overlapped the trees slightly.

Stamping a forest of glitter trees using the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/11/glitter-trees-giveaway/

I couldn’t resist using the cute critter from the Gifts Of Love set again. Initially I thought it was a dog, but after great debate where it was suggested to be a cat, mouse and fox I think the general consensus was cat :D So I stamped the cat and presents directly on the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black and then stamped them again on spare white card, colored with Copics and trimmed out. To give a finished look I blacked the cut edges with a Memento marker before glueing on top of the stamped images on the panel. This way I had the images overlaying the forest but you still had the nice details of the scarf trim and bow on the present. Oh and I also stamped and colored part of Dexter the pig from Simon & Dexter Christmas so I could borrow his santa hat!

To finish I added a couple of strips of the PinkFresh Studio patterned paper, stickers and sequins from the kit before foam mounting the panel on a top folding Fog card base.


Please leave comments below by Monday 30th November at 11.59pm for a chance to receive one of my crafty parcels in honor of #sharehandmadekindness. I will draw a winner on Tuesday 01 December :D


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

  • Carolee

    Love your darling card and this awesome card kit!!!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty and festive. I love that little dog/cat/fox :-)ReplyCancel

  • Connie G

    This card is so sweet. The December card kit looks like it would be a lot of fun to play with.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant

    Darling card! I like your idea for the glitter trees (have to try that!), and I agree…. it is a cat! I questioned it at first too, thinking at first it could be a dog, but I like it to be a cat!ReplyCancel

  • Ann K

    Great use of the SSS kit – love that stack of packages!ReplyCancel

  • Anso

    Love the colours you have used on this card :)ReplyCancel

  • LOL! I thought it was a cat too, but whatever you make it, it’s cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Winterstein

    Your glitter trees are gorgeous! :)ReplyCancel

  • I think it’s a whistling cat! Very cute, whatever it is. I love the idea of the non-messy glitter I’ll have to look out for that.ReplyCancel

  • Karen L K

    Such a nice card! The cat is so cute & the colors are great too!ReplyCancel

  • I love your card! It’s really sweet and cute, love all the details, the glitter emboss and the banner in the upper area. Really beautiful and inspiring. And love the cat/mouse/bear/dog, I don’t care what is he, I just think he is the cutest ever.ReplyCancel

  • Mel H

    Love the cute little mouse on this card!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I love this card–and the font on the sentiment is perfect. I need to buy some lipstick red ink, too.ReplyCancel

  • Marlyn Rojas

    Gorgeous card! I love that color combination!ReplyCancel

  • Cute card Debby, I think it looks like a mouse!ReplyCancel

  • What a cute critter, Debby, all wrapped up in his Christmas finery, wandering through that fabulous shimmery forest! Gorgeous! Anita :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz McAllister

    I love the colors of this card kit! Lovely lovely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Maye M. L.

    Another fabulous creation! Can’t wait to have some time to create some cards for the holidayReplyCancel

  • carol

    Your card brings a smile to my face, with the sweet cat, sporting his Santa toque and carrying his precious cargo of gifts. Your colour combination and colouring: truly delightful!

  • I am so in love with this darling mouse! Always love your amazing designs!ReplyCancel

  • Lady Fair

    Beautiful card, love the teal with the bright red!ReplyCancel

  • Love the faded tree background =]ReplyCancel

  • megan mcdonald

    the glitter trees add the just about of glam to you card.ReplyCancel

  • Pai Meng

    LOL! i think cute critter is the best description!ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Your crd is so cute. Loving the color combintion in the Decwmber card kit.thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lori B

    Such a pretty card-at first I thought it was one of the papers included in the kit!ReplyCancel

  • WOWOWOWOWOW!! So FUN!! I’m a HUGS Glitter FAN!! THANKS for sharing and for another chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING Day/Week/Weekend!! =)ReplyCancel

  • megan

    Love the card. I particularly like the background, I thought it was printed paper. Nice and subtle adding so much to the overall effect. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Love how you created your awesome background. Whatever your little critter is, he’s adorable with his little Santa hatReplyCancel

  • Efrat

    Beautiful card. The glitter trees are gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley

    Loving the glitter
    trees on your
    delightful card!
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Danielle Wiegert

    OMG so adorable!!!! I can’t wait to get my card kit :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisascreativeniche

    Ohhhhh so pretty! I just love this kit!ReplyCancel

  • TK

    What a cutie patootie! Great card…ReplyCancel

  • Sandy M

    So cute! I can’t wait for my kit to arrive. I love the little critter, whatever he is!ReplyCancel

  • Gracie G

    Beautiful card. the colours are wonderful and the glitter just the right touch.ReplyCancel

  • LeslieS

    What could be lovelier than a crafty parcel from you! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner

    Those trees are so pretty, just the right amount of sparkle, subtle and so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • So cute, your card! Looks like a fantastic kit! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Nora

    This is so CUTE!! I LOVE that little mouse balancing the presents and the way you did the background with the fun trees is fabulous!! Such a happy card!!ReplyCancel

  • your little mouse/cat/critter is so cute – and love your soft colors with the touch of red.ReplyCancel

  • shartl

    What a super cute card, and I love the idea of rainbow embossing glitter. I really like the sparkle of glitter but it never stays on my card! Oh my!ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann C

    Love the combo of fog, lake shores and glitter for a lovely soft background!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Great card, thanks for your kindness.ReplyCancel

  • Denise D.

    You have made such gorgeous cards with this kit and this one is super cute.ReplyCancel

  • Betty Sue

    I love this card! The glitter trees are fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Burrows

    Your cards provide so much inspiration! Thank you for sharing a bit about your aunt and uncle. I’m sure they would approve of the use of your excess cards.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa S

    Love you card – like how you ink some of the trees in rainbow embossing glitter, I might just have to get myself some of that,looks like it would be a lot of fun to be-dazzle everything with. Thanks for sharing. =)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine mellor

    Beautiful as always xxReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773

    LOVE your SPARKLE and colour combo, LOVE the design with your gift bearing cat!!!
    I’ve not tried the embossing powder from the kit but I do have some glittery WOW! embossing powders and think they’re AWESOME for adding SPARKLE without leaving a glittery trail.ReplyCancel

  • I love the random stamped trees and those glittery ones are special! Love that slouchy Santa hat on the cat, too…such a stylish element!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten B in MN

    I love the Santa hat! What fun card!

  • Gilda

    That’s a perfect use for the rainbow embossing glitter, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Bright

    You have done wonders with this stamp set…such a delight to see your work!ReplyCancel

  • I love everything you create and it is the first thing I look at every morning. The card you created today is so fun! I love it. And a give away too? WOW! Thanks for the chance to dream!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur

    Love those glitter trees such a cute card!ReplyCancel

  • stacey

    Super cute card!!Kitties are my absolute favorite!!ReplyCancel

  • Cyndee

    This is so cute, and this is one critter (I think it’s a mouse) I wouldn’t mind having in my home for a little while!ReplyCancel

  • Lydine Arriola

    Beautiful card as always Debbie! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Awww, so cute, the glitter trees look fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • Another cute card, Debby. Love the idea of having some regular ink and some.glitter trees. Love your “cat” (mouse?) too… Such a happy card. Thanks for sharing :-)ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle

    Soooo cute! Wonderful color combination! That card is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra KM

    Your card is adorable and I love how you used the Santa hat from a different set on the kitty.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne

    Adorable card. Love that subtle glitter.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Oooooooo. So cute. I can’t wait for my kit to come. I am super excited!ReplyCancel

  • Love love love this card!!! Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    Cute card ~ I like the turquoise with the red.ReplyCancel

  • Shari

    Another beautiful card. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Brand

    This card is adorable. Love all the small details you have included.
    Cat or mouse? It’s so cute anyway……ReplyCancel

  • Oh no now I am sad :( I didn’t get the sss kit this time because I didn’t like it. Now seeing your super cute card I completely regret that decision. fantastic job!ReplyCancel

  • This little guy is the cutest, Debby … looks like he’s heading straight to my door with that stack of presents! With a bit of luck, that is! Thank you for your kind, and generous heart!

  • Glorie

    So pretty. I love the subtle sparke of the embossing powder in the background.ReplyCancel

  • Sabine Edelmann

    Love this card with the glitter trees. Very cute.ReplyCancel

  • I love the extra trees and sparkle! I would love that top red present! LOLReplyCancel

  • Becky Reynolds

    I love this card. I thought it was a cat too, but figured you could make it whatever you want it to be.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Wonderful card. It would be great for anyone!ReplyCancel

  • Amber McGary

    Very cute card! I think the critter is a dog but it really could be any of those you listed. I can’t wait to get my card kit to play with.ReplyCancel

  • Sheena P

    This is super cute :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy C.

    Yes, I was in the “cat camp” with that little critter. I have a simialr product that allows glitter to be heat set and it works great to keep the glitter mess down! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • That is really a cute critter and I perfectly understand why you used it again. I love the colors you used for the card and I think the bright red goes very well with those softer colors. And the “shiny” sequins give the card the “festive touch” for Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola M.

    Your cards always make me happy because they are simply the best!ReplyCancel

  • I have been having trouble taking indoor photos for the last week too. But now we get to enjoy some cold and windy (but clear skies) weather for thanksgiving. Love this card! And the glittered triangle trees gave me such a great idea for gift tags. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • deedee

    Such a cute card. Love the glitter trees.ReplyCancel

  • Jan O

    Love the fresh colours and feel of this Christmas card!ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet adorable card.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Gosman

    Such a cute card. You never fail to inspire me.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Talbot

    This is so cute and adorable! I have fallen in love with this SSS kit – just love these colours together! I agree there has been a lot of guessing about this critter’s identity – I’m a cat lover so I think cat as well!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S in NE

    I love the little glitter trees, and the entire card, really. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    Love the sparkly trees! Your card is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Chmura

    Debby I loved the cards you made with the December Kit. I also bought a matching stamp set from Pink Fresh whose paper was in the kit. There are additional images you can use on the cards which differ from he SSS set.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Sodano

    Debby I love all the inspiration for this month’s kit. I follow your blog! You are very talented!ReplyCancel

  • Peege04

    Thank you for the chance to win. I’m a dog (and cat) lover, so I’m just “panting” for your card, woof!ReplyCancel

  • Totally cute card!! Love the glitter and fun details!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M ReplyCancel

  • Velvet

    I think this card is my favorite of your Christmas cards so far this year. Thanks for another chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Talitha Wright

    So cute. Love the glitter.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Currie

    Debby, so fun to see you use the holiday Fresh Pink papers and the delightful SSS stamp sets. Fun, fun, fun!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Radican

    Such a darling card!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda

    So fun! That little mouse looks so proud and confident of those packages that the receivers will love the contents. The background is so unique! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Here’s hoping my kit shows up in today’s mail!ReplyCancel

  • cherie

    A beautiful layout Debby. The tone – colour and spirit – are both lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie J

    Love the colours on this cute card, gorgeous and glittery.ReplyCancel

  • Susan G

    What a cute card. So cheerful. Great use of the glitter. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    This is such a fun card but with so much detail! Those glittery trees worked out well! Bravo! I don’t know how you get such good photos of your cards, they always look brilliant and so professional. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Carol K

    love this card. . . I usually forget to add that special touch of glitter – just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • katrine (treen)

    This SSS set has made the happiest, most cheerful cards. This one is delightful! I really love the glitter trees. I would not have even tried that product, but now I will. You always inspire me. It was genius to cut out the images and glue them on top of the stamped ones. I learn so much from you. Hugs, treenReplyCancel

  • That mouse is so cut. Can’t wait to try the embossing powder.ReplyCancel

  • Jill L...

    I think this card is the cutest! It has a lot going on, yet it doesn’t look overly busy! I think it’s a mouse albeit with a fat tail, but his face just looks like a mouse to me….Thanks for sharing….ReplyCancel

  • Such a cutie! LOVE your sparkly trees!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie Rolfs

    Dear Debby,

    I really really love what you do! You are so unbelieveably blessed with a crafty talent and you inspire people like me throughout the whole world! Thank you for sharing your projects and all the work it takes publishing them.

    Please keep going on :-*

    Greetings from one of your biggest fans in Germany


  • Teri W

    Love your color choices! I vote cat as well. Thank you for your kindness.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Moore

    I can’t express how much I LOVE this card!!ReplyCancel

  • What a fun card! Love the glitter trees. I am thankful that you share your talent with all of us. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Chiou

    I just love how your card turned out. I love the colors you used on this card. I also love the Gifts Of Love stamp set as well and I think the critter in the stamp set might be a fox, actually. Thank you for sharing this card!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    I love al the inspiration you have been giving us for the SSS Card Kit.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    Love this little critter. To me it is a mouse but who cares it is so cute. Love the colors used and your design is perfect. TFSReplyCancel

  • Andrea A

    I love the cards you create. You never disappoint!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana G

    Super adorable! My favorite color combo.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.

    Ahhh, the colors are just perfect! The way you layer out the critter with the presents looks great! Awesome card!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    What a cute card – I love those stamped trees. Sometimes I overlook the smaller stamps in a set, so thank you for your ideas.ReplyCancel

  • It’s so fun and sparkly, Debby. I love the pale trees in the background too! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for a chance at one of your kindness parcels.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Clark

    Fabulous sparkly trees.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy BM

    Love your card. You have introduced me to another product for my ever growing wish list – the glitter embossing powder! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Love this card and I adore this color combo! Tfs xxReplyCancel

  • Ohhhh this is so adorable! Love the color combo on this month kit.ReplyCancel

  • Marty B

    Love the pop of color against the soft background & such a great layout!ReplyCancel

  • Di W

    Darling card! The SSS Card Kit looks so fun.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Holt

    Super cute card!ReplyCancel

  • Lovely card. The Rainbow Embossing Glitter looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Aanya

    Debby! Your card is sheer perfection! I absolutely love the card design, and with that little amount of teal, it really makes it pop! In love with this card! Sending crafty hugs! – Aanya :)ReplyCancel

  • Arianna Barbara

    Oh wow! This card it’s so cuteeeee!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love the glitter trees & sequin. Cute card.ReplyCancel

  • Beyond cute and gorgeous at the same time. Love the colour palette and all the glittery goodness.ReplyCancel

  • I am not sure what kind of animal that is, but he sure is cute and I LOVE your card….so festive!!ReplyCancel

  • Amante del Papel

    awesome and so pretty card!ReplyCancel

  • Beatrice Lawson

    You just inspired me to try a card with glitter trees – in various colours. It may be over the top but I am going to try it:-)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for the giveaway Debby, I’d love to win one of your crafty parcels! I bought the Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes paper and the matching stamp set a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to play with them for my Christmas cards!ReplyCancel

    • marybeth

      very cute – love the mouse stampReplyCancel

  • This is a really cute card. I love that no one really knows what that critter is! I really like the colors.ReplyCancel

  • marybeth i

    Very cute! Love the mouse stampReplyCancel

  • Such a cute card, Debby! That embossing glitter looks super fun.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Doyle

    What a cute card. I also take elements (parts) of stamps to add to others to extend the usage. It really mixes things up… I also “remove” elements and mark them in with a fine line pen, like removing hats when not needed. I love his face and stance, reminds me of a waiter in a fancy restaurant. LOLReplyCancel

Gifting a basket of cards to a local old people

Sorry the lighting is awful here with more rain and barely any light so this photo is rather grainy but I wanted to post this today as part of the Share Handmade Kindness challenge from Jennifer McGuire.

This is my hall table; I use an antique blanket chest that used to be my Great Aunt’s and the little inlaid wooden box, that used to be my Great Uncle’s. Brother and sister, these two relatives of mine were both classical musicians with traditional values but a total hoot too! Unfortunately they have passed away but I’m left with the memories of them and one of those is their love of correspondence. I’ve got a treasured collection of silver pencilsletter openers and beautifully penned letters, cards and postcards. I think for our elderly generation snail mail has so much more meaning, after all there were no texts or facetime when they were younger and many haven’t got to grips with modern technology.

This week the Share Handmade Kindness challenge concentrates on kindness for strangers. All this got me thinking; as a card maker I create a lot of cards and I send a lot of cards but I usually have a few more than I need that family and friends enjoy being able to use. However, today I’ve gathered together this basket of cards and I’m going to take them to the local old people’s home. Many of the residents aren’t mobile enough to get to the hight street to buy a card so I’m hoping having a basket of cards available to them will enable them to send a note to a friend or relative that they might not have been able to otherwise. I think my Great Aunt and Uncle would approve :D


Also in honour of #sharehandmadekindness I have the winners from my posts this last week.

  • From 17 November post Dee Earnshaw “Gorgeous delicate colors and pretty. Love it:0”
  • From 20 November post Kim “Oh how I LOVE your plaid cards! Just gorgeous! Love me some plaid, I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the explanation of tartan vs. plaid. I never knew that!”
  • From 21 November post Varada “Lovely card as always, Debby. Love your coloring.”

Congratulations Dee, Kim and Varada, ! I’ve emailed you to get your snail mail address, but if for any reason my email doesn’t find you, please get in touch. Many thanks.

From All Of Us blog hop from Simon Says Stamp

I also have a winner from the recent From All Of Us blog hop of the Simon Says Stamp prize ….

Jennifer Timko

Every detail is perfect! Love this edge die and how pretty these are with the new envelopes!

Congratulations Jennifer! Simon will be in touch to arrange to get your prize out to you :D

One More Thing

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Several Craftsy Black Friday deals are here super early! Check them out here.

Back Hopefully Soon

Phew, OK, I’ve got a couple of projects I just need to photograph before I can share. I’m hoping that the weather picks up to allow that although I do have my wee one home with me at the moment so I might not get to it today. There are so many bugs flying around this year and he is particularly susceptible to picking them all up it seems!

  • Good on, you! Those elders will be thrilled by your card-sized masterpieces!

  • What a beautiful idea, Debby! I do think your Great Aunt and Uncle would definitely approve and be so proud of you :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc

    I’m sure those cards will be appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • TK

    I love your memories of the elder generations, and they would be so proud that you are sharing your gift with those in need. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    My grandfather’s writing desk has pride of place in our front hall. I Love snail mail–sending and receiving.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly

    that is super sweet of you Debby!! Lucky are the recipients of those beautiful cards! :DReplyCancel

  • Such a wonderful gesture to take your surplus cards to the old people’s home. I think your Great Aunt and Uncle would definitely improve. It must be great to have some beautiful mementos to remember them by.ReplyCancel

  • conil

    Congrats to all your winners and to these lovely folks at your local senior’s home. They’re sure to appreciate your kindness.ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Oh, Conil, I much prefer the term senior’s home. Must remember that!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Mc

    Debby, what a lovely post about your deceased relatives and your fond memories of them. I’m sure the sweet residents at your local senior’s home will be thrilled. Also, congrats to your lucky winners!ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      You and Conil have the right term – senior’s seems so much nicer than old :DReplyCancel

  • Alo

    Miss Debby, your post today was a beautiful touching one. I grew up listening to stories of olden times and as a family I treasure our inherited pieces of furniture, most of which were hand made. Thank you for creating this beautiful cards and the memories to go with them. Kindness all around yeahhhhh!ReplyCancel

  • Mette

    Love this post – I am not the only one who takes spare cards to the local Old peoples home. I have found that they are greatly appreciated and it makes me happy that I am able to help even in a small way.

    I am a huge follower of your blog although I never comment (I always think people are not interested in my comments lol – silly, I know). I love every post you publish so thank you for all your creativity and fabulous tips :)

    Hugs, MetteReplyCancel

  • That is such a sweet gesture, Debby. That’s of what I love about being in the crafting community – everyone has a kind heart.

    Thanks for picking me as a winner. You made me very happy :-)

  • TracyM #6773

    CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your treasured pieces Debby, I have a couple of items that are FILLED with PRECIOUS memories too :)
    WONDERFUL idea to share your cards with the residents – they will definitely appreciate your BEAUTIFUL cards and generousity!!!
    PS – hope your little one gets better soon, enjoy your home time togetherReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Taking your cards to the elderly is a lovely idea, Debby, I might just do the same with some of mine as we have a number of old folks homes around here. Congratulations to the prize winners :)ReplyCancel

  • Onepinkdaisy

    What a lovely idea to do a basket, I think I will have to use that one.ReplyCancel

  • Shari

    Wonderful idea for sharing your cards. Thanks so much. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    What a lovely idea!!ReplyCancel

  • janet

    What a lovely and beautiful idea – the residents will be delighted.ReplyCancel

  • cherie

    A lovely idea Debby – very special :)ReplyCancel

  • Congrats to all the lucky winners! And congrats to you, Debby, for your wonderful idea to give your extra cards to the old people’s home. They will be happy to receive them so that they can also send Christmas greetings.ReplyCancel

  • […] (3.) Debby Hughes – Debby (who I wish I could have tea with each and every morning) decided to take some cards to a local nursing home for them to enjoy. I can only imagine the joy this will bring to those who receive them! […]ReplyCancel

  • Love your idea! I bet they were overjoyed :)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne in CA

    Love this idea and it would be great to get the kids involved as well. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

  • You are so kind Debby – I bet the residents were thrilled with the cards.ReplyCancel

  • Satori

    Very thoughtful act of kindness! Your art, stories and personal touches are delightful!ReplyCancel

  • carol

    Debby, I know for a fact that the residents of the senior’s home will LOVE your cards, because that is where 90% of my cards go. My mom has been volunteering at a neighbourhood senior’s residence for over 35 years (I know…wonderfully long!), and when I began making cards, her ‘people’ were – and are – my audience. I live four hours away, so the ‘between visits’ sees me making cards that I bring to her, and she, in turn, to them. Some are sold at the little gift shop they have on the premises, with the money going to her volunteer group. The ‘giving’ away of my cards is as much as joy as is the making of them! Thanks for listening to my story and know that I’m deeply touched by yours…

  • KT Fit Kitty

    This brought tears to my eyes – such a thoughtful idea! Nursing homes are not a fun place to be and I think you brought these seniors a lot of joy! Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful Idea! I bet the residents LOVED this!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Strothmann

    How wonderful to share your cards to the old peoples home. You make it a true Thanksgiving!!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great idea. A lot of the elderly are on a budget, too. Thanks for pitching in to help Jennifer, also.ReplyCancel

  • Cortni Hoover

    Great idea!! This makes me think to make a bunch of cards for my grand mother’s retirement home!! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Ann F.

    I’m sure these cards will be much appreciated by the nursing home residents.ReplyCancel

  • I have admired your work/craftiness for a long time. Finally getting around to subscribing. Thanks for the idea of taking cards to the senior home. I have one near me, and I’m going to get there before the holidays are over. THANKS.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Holshouser

    I sent in some cards to be given to the nursing homes.
    Probably our local home would be happy to get some of those cards – have to drop some off.
    thanks for sharing some good ideas.
    Happy Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely and thoughtful idea! I feel inspired to do the same!ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    What a lovely idea – you are a kind soulReplyCancel

  • I’m sure the seniors will appreciate your basket of hand-made cards. I recently learned, too, that many seniors have a hard time writing. Our Girl Scout troop is going to a senior living facility to donate cards and help the residents write sentiments and address envelopes.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been wanting to do this but procrastination keeps getting in the way. Thanks for the inspiration! Now there’s no excuse for me not to do it!ReplyCancel

  • Judy

    What a lovely and supportive act of kindness–thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle N.

    What a great way to have cards available to seniors-and I’m sure that they will love to send them, with a prayer for the kind heart who gave them to their facility.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia Sanchez

    Wonderful idea to help Seniors. Very inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Sager

    Another great idea – – you ladies are awesome inspirations!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley

    Terrific idea and
    I’m sure they will
    love having cards
    to send!
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Kateri Cochran

    I loved hearing about your relatives and I think it’s so true about personal correspondence being an important part of that generation of people. I know when I started crafting it was because I wanted to make handmade greetings to mail to family and friends. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julia L.

    Very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi May

    What a wonderful idea. I’m sure your great aunt and uncle will love them.ReplyCancel

  • Liddia

    I take cards to the nursing home to cheer them up. They love to get cards! Thank you for helping Jennifer this week.ReplyCancel

  • Tona

    How thoughtful & what treasures you inherited.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Oh, how wonderful to receive a box of your cards. Your idea is inspired and, hopefully, will inspire others to help older adults who need assistance from time to time. Thank you, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Patt H.

    You are so thoughtful, Debbie! I love this idea & will get busy making some cards for our towns assisted living home. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Reynolds

    What a great way to share joy!ReplyCancel

  • Stellar idea – even I can do this one!!! TFS!ReplyCancel

  • Like the kindness actions. Congrats to the winners.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”ReplyCancel

  • SarahC

    Love the cards and how you used them. I believe snail mail is a hug you can use more than once and take out years later to remember! Hard to do with a text.ReplyCancel

  • Liz O.

    What a wonderful idea!how fortunate are you to gave such treasured memories. wE live around the corner from an assisted living center and I just might take your idea and run with it! thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda

    Super duper idea! Love it! The elderly need acts of kindness to brighten their day. Your beautiful cards to send out is great!ReplyCancel

  • Karen P.

    What a great way to use the extra cards you make. I am sure peolpe appreciate them!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Bauer

    I am sure that the senior residents, will love your cards! So sweet of you.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant

    Awesome gesture! I am sure these brought a smile to each of the recipients!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia

    Great ideas! You’re such an inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bednarz

    Thank you for the wonderful suggestion. I have a few boxes of “sample” cards that I’ve made and need to give to someone who can use them!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Tupper

    Such a wonderful ideas of kindness Debby. How so good of you to do this. It made me happy today just to read this.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Danieski-Bellotti

    I work in a nursing home so for me this such a wonderful idea…I have tons of cards to give them….I usually donate my left over and unused craft supplies to them to use for activities. As a matter of fact I have a box going next weekReplyCancel

  • Teresa Doyle

    This is something I want to do as well. I have a few friends who like to get together to make cards for fun and I am going to ask them if they want to join me on a regular basis making them to donate to our local nursing home. I have an extra card display rack and we could easily keep it filled for the clients to have access to free cards, year round, to send to their loved ones!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S. in NE

    I’m sure your basket of handmade cards will be well received among the guests and staff. How very kind of you to think of others.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Fletcher

    What a lovely idea, making cards for seniors, especially the ones who can’t get in touch with family and friends except by snail mail. :)ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie

    I have done the same thing, leaving a box of cards at the nursing home. I know how greatful they are to have them. Just dropped off some Christmas cards.ReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773

    Dropping by again, with a BIG THANK YOU from Jennifer McGuire and me for sharing your SWEET way to #sharehandmadekindness with strangers – YOU are SO KIND and THOUGHTFUL Debby!!!
    PS – please don’t include me in Jennifer’s prize draw, I just wanted to say THANK YOU :)ReplyCancel

  • Nana Griffin

    Love your idea giving cards to a senior center for them to use.ReplyCancel

  • Gwen

    What a wonderful idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Very thoughtful.ReplyCancel

  • I take some to nursing homes as well as provide some to a pastor/priest who I know sees a lot more people than I do and knows who just might need a “pick me up” kind of card. He loves having a bunch to hand out. He told me once about a lady who had never spoken at a nursing home, but after giving her a card, later he heard that she shouted at someone who was in her room and had the nerve to move it on her dresser! Funny, but nice in a way too!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Greco

    I love your blog very inspiring, you great ideas ☺ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Friedrich

    Love that you brought the card shop to the elderly resident home! Great idea and how lucky for them to choose from your beautiful cards to send!ReplyCancel

  • I totally agree with you regarding the way the older generation feels about receiving snail mail. In fact, I think that most people love to receive things in the mail! It is a tangible way of knowing that someone is thinking of you. I’m sure that the seniors in the nursing home will enjoy sending out some cards. Lovely idea!ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Anne V.

    What a thoughtful idea…love the idea of a basket full of cards. Im sure it was a wonderful and helpful surprise.ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    Love the basket, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Elin St

    Debby I just love to get your e-mail and see your Idea they are so grate. Thanks for stepping in for Jennifer.
    God bless youReplyCancel

  • Arianna Barbara

    What a lovely idea! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie H

    What a lovely gesture for many of our seniors to have access to such works of art. Thank you for sharing kindness and creativity in such a beautiful way.ReplyCancel

  • Your idea just fabulous! I love receiving snail mails from friends as I practice that when I was young. I still do snail mails with my best friend but much much lesser….I hope I can continue to have this practiced.ReplyCancel

  • Deepa Lakshman

    Your cards are always so pretty and I am sure they will all enjoy it.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann C

    I’m sure the folks at the retirement home are going to thoroughly enjoy your kind gift!ReplyCancel

  • FeM

    Great idea!!!! Seniors seem to be easily forgotten and your I dea is sure to bring a to their faces.ReplyCancel

  • Ma. Cristina Merino Frias

    Such a beautiful idea!!! I love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Grdina

    What a great idea!! This is a very thoughtful way to share with those who are not as mobile….I love this idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    Debby, this is a very kind and generous thing to do. I know that all those cards will be so appreciated. Many times, older folks want to send someone a card and do not have the opportunity to get out and get a card. Your kindness will not go unnoticed. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne C.

    Great idea, very sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Can I comment on the little figurines in the picture? They are just so simple and lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy B

    This is a lovely idea! It would be nice to include some postage stamps, too!ReplyCancel

  • Joan m

    What a wonderful idea! I am an RN in a longterm care facility and some if the people that live there have no family or at least none that visit. I’m sure you brightened their day and touched their heartsReplyCancel

  • Sue D

    I am sure the residents will really appreciate these cards.ReplyCancel

  • That’s a lovely idea, many will love to have a card so they can send them to their love ones.ReplyCancel

  • I too have a box of cards ready to donate. I am sure the Nursing Home with love having your cards!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Wicks

    This is such an amazing thing you’re doing. Thank you for spreading your kindness!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Varol

    You are so sweet.. I have a box like that too where I keep letters my mum sent me as a teenager..ReplyCancel

  • Teri Ann

    Way To Go!! What a wonderful suggestion/idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Mc

    Debby, this is fabulous. You will definitely puts smiles on several faces, including mine. Awesome idea and very generous of you to share your beautiful cards!ReplyCancel