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Friday Focal ~ Toile Christmas & Cardinals

Welcome back…. Today I have a fun focal image to inspire you with your next card design. I am using the Toile Christmas Stamp set and the coordinating Die Set by Stampin ‘ Up!

When I saw this photo I was amazed at how many colors of cardinals there are. I’ve always believed that if you spot a cardinal it is someone from heaven smiling down on you. Since I lost my mom recently when I saw this photo I knew I must design using it as inspiration. So I grabbed my Stamparatus and I stamped out numerous cardinals along with my Stampin’ Blends and I began coloring. Here is my result…

  As you can see I got carried away with my stamping and coloring, coloring is my all time favorite skill…. haha!!! I have used Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Based Markers. Stampin’ Blends are so easy to use and are perfect for beginners who want to learn to color with light source. I have a few YouTube Videos sharing my love of coloring and I plan more in the future so please consider following my YouTube channel.

I spent a second night designing my cards using 4 of my colored images.

I have used the Stitched Rectangle dies got my layers with this card and the branches behind the cardinal along with the label dies are from the Beautiful Boughs die set.




This second sample uses the Feels Like Frost 6×6″ Paper  along with some Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon for a super quick card.

With this sample I used a really beautiful embossing folder named Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder along with 3/8″ metallic Edge Ribbon.

The die used for the opening came from the Birds & Branches Bundle

Last but not least is another quick and simple design. I have just used a piece of the stunning Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper

along with some twine and the Layering Ovals Die Set.


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Toile Christmas Cling Stamp Set (En)


Christmas Cardinal Dies


Stitched Rectangles Dies


Stitched So Sweetly Dies


Layering Ovals Dies


Beautiful Boughs Dies


Birds & Branches Bundle


Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Rococo Rose 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Feels Like Frost Specialty 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper


‘Tis The Season 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper


Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad


Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad


Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad


Night Of Navy Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Real Red Combo Pack Stampin' Blends


Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Mango Melody Combo Pack Stampin' Blends


Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Seaside Spray 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Metallic Ribbon


Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems


Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon


Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels


Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder


Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon




Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine


Stampin' Dimensionals


Stampin' Seal


Paper Snips


Paper Trimmer

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Focal Friday ~ Stampin’ Write Marker Technique w/ Video ~ Butterfly Wishes

Hello Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to stop on by. Today I have chosen a beautiful photo and created a color palette to go along with it in the hopes that it will inspire you to use these colors in your next project. I am using the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Wishes stamp set. I have named this technique “Stampin’ Write Marker Technique since we are stamping with markers in this tutorial.



After playing with my Stampin’ Write Markers,  I created this simple card featuring the Butterfly Wishes stamp set. I will link all the products at the end of this post.



The background is simply Crumb Cake ink stamped onto Crumb Cake Card Stock. Super simple. Then I used the “Stampin’ Write Marker Technique” to stamp the image in multiple colors all at the same time. Have you tried this before? It is super simple and so much fun. Here is a short technique video to show you if you have never played with your markers in this way.



I hope today’s post has inspired you and that you use today’s Focal Friday imagery to create your own project. If you are not already a member of my customer facebook group make sure to CLICK HERE to join and share your project with us.


Product List

Butterfly Wishes Cling Stamp Set


Stitched Rectangle Dies


2020–2022 In Color Stampin' Write Marker Assortment


Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker


Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker


Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


3/16" (1 Cm) Braided Linen Trim


Share What You Love Artisan Pearls


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Friday Focal ~ Forever Lovely Bundle

Each Friday I will share a “Focal Photo” that I have used to inspire me while creating. This is a great way to use different color combinations. I hope you will enjoy these inspiring photos each week and will fie them helpful when you decide to create. Just check back each Friday for more inspiration.

This weeks Focal Photo:

This beautiful archway with the cascading flowers inspired my card below…

Side Note: The designer paper I have used here is called Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper (DSP) #146913… It is STUNNING!!!!! Here is a close up.

Below just shows a close up of the way the die is used to layer. This should help you understand how to create this fun border. There are SO MANY options with this die. Think of all the colors you could use with these layers.

On last detail to share. I think this is a little bundle that is really looked over in the annual catalog. The corner detail was created with the “Detailed Trio punch” along with the coordinating stamp set called “Detailed With Love”. You can save 10% by purchasing them together using item # 148328

Thank you for taking the time to look at my projects. Leave me a comment or send me an email if you have questions. My inbox is Always open!!!!


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