5 Things: Pam Morris (1)

It’s a holiday weekend, so I am going to try something new. While I hope to feature an entry like this every once in a while, I have a couple of these lined up for this weekend. Please let me know what you think.

The entry is called “5 Things I Like” (“5 Things” for short). Here’s the plan: I will feature a card I received from a friend or in a swap and will tell you 5 things I really like about the card. It’s a “review” of a card I love, and I will be sharing the secrets that (in my opinion) make it great. Sounds fun, huh?

The first “5 Things” card was designed by my direct upline Pam Morris. Pam and I have a wonderful relationship that centers around our intense like of one another. We touch base daily to chat about our lives and, of course, stamping. This is a card Pam made for a Stampin’ Up! Convention Wow swap:


If you recall from previous posts, my Mom and I had a blast helping Pam with these cards during our July 4 vacation. We helped to make lots of these (she had 160 in total), but the design is all Pam’s! My assistance in the production of these is not why I am fascinated with this card – I am fascinated with it because it’s a GREAT card!

  1. The easel is a great showcase for a Christmas card!  Christmas cards are meant to be displayed.  On mantels, on tabletops, on desktops.  I think we should all say “good-bye” to the pre-printed photo card and convert to these beauties.  Keep the photo, but add it to the center of your easel card. 
  2. I love the non-traditional colors. Gumball Green is a perfect color for Christmas, but Gumball Green and Basic Black for snowflakes? Who’da thunk it?  It works here, though, really well.
  3. Triple time stamping.  This stamping technique is all the rage these days, and it’s showcased perfectly here.  To complete a triple time stamping effect, layer the three pieces of Whisper White card stock and stamp your images, allowing the stamps to overlap the layers.  Then, assemble with the thin pieces of colored card stock between each layer.  Perfection!
  4. That sweet, little tag on that thin ribbon!  I loved the ribbon from the start, but I fought Pam on the tag.  “You don’t need the tag, so leave it off!,” I told her.  “It’s just additional work with no real payoff.”  She didn’t listen to me, and I have to admit I was wrong.  The tag is brilliant and adds a wonderful addition to the front of the card.  Yay, Pam!
  5. Bling!  I love the single rhinestone on the face of the card.  The card’s not totally blinged out, but that single rhinestone gives it exactly the right amount of glittery goodness.  [I detest glitter, but I have nothing against glittery-ness.]


So, there you have it…an amazing card that inspires me, along with the top 5 reasons I love it.

Stamp sets: Snow Swirled, Tiny Tags  Papers:  Basic Black, Gumball Green, Whisper White Inks: Gumball Green, Basic Black  Accessories:  Jewelry Tag punch, 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Baja Breeze Factory: Revisited

I am so appreciative of all of your comments an suggestions from yesterday’s post. Because i don’t have the stamp set, i couldn’t start from scratch. Because tour suggestions were so varied, i couldn’t incorporate them all into my rework of that card.

Some of the best suggestions, in my opinion, related to the sentiment itself. It never occurred to me to READ the DSP background. You’re all right! A history lesson on berries and plants – probably not the best background for a sympathy card. Sentiment changed! I also loved the ideas of putting brads or pearls along the Very Vanilla panel. It was also suggested that I lightly sponge on the Very Vanilla panel. My sponging technique was a little darker than I had hoped, but I quite like the way it turned out. By the way, I also sponge daubered a little Baja Breeze over the rhinestones before adding them on. Wiped most off, but there is still a nice essence of blue left on them.


Is this card any better, or did I mess it up further?

Disclaimer: in every photo I took of this card, the ribbon in the top corner looks bunched up. I don’t know why it photographs that way! Just so you know, it looks smooth and clean in person. I you want to come over and see for yourself, I will show you. 🙂

Stamp sets: My Friend, Sweet EssentialsPapers: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, First Edition Designer Series Paper Inks: Baja Breeze Accessories: 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (Baja Breeze), Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Oval punch, Jewels Basic Rhinestones

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