It is that time of year when crafters realize we have just a few months to get ready for Christmas! I think I’m in the group of crazies who cannot wait for the next holiday… whatever it may be! But Christmas is truly my favorite holiday. While most of my Christmas cards reflect my faith and the birth of Jesus Christ, this card is just a fun, wintry-themed creation that just makes me happy.

I used several techniques to make it, can you spot a few? Go ahead and guess! I’ll list them at the end.

Here are some of the goodies I used to create the card:


The Stamping’ Up products I used are: (and you can find the current items in my store here!)

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Bootiful Occasions stamp set

Oval Framelits

Filigree Frame embossing folder

and the “Merry” is part of a framelit set that has been discontinued

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Versamark ink

Whisper White cardstock

Black cardstock

Designer series paper

Stampin’ Up heat tool

Stampin’ Up white embossing powder

Other products include: 

Sizzix Machine (you can see it in the card photo. I have a Stampin’ Up! machine as well, but this one matches my studio!

Clear embossing powder (given to me by a friend)

Copic markers (the tape on each cap is so I’ll pick up the sharp tip rather than the chisel tip first)

You may notice that some items are retired, but the real focus here are the techniques. Have you spotted some?

Give yourself a pat on the back if you noticed how thick the “Merry” die cut is! I cut it six times, glued them all together and put the clear embossed one on top. Let me just say that it was easiest to simply slather a small section of cardstock with Versamark, add the clear embossing powder, heat emboss it, and THEN cut the “Merry” from the embossed area. While there was a bit of waste, I could use the scraps for small punches if I wanted to.

Other techniques:

Copic Markers: I used two shades of pink and my colorless blender to provide a more realistic shading on the boots.

The fur at the top and on the pom poms heat embossed with white embossing powder

And finally, note that the stamp set only has ONE boot of each design. Did you notice that my stamping shows one boot in the background of the other? I was able to achieve this by stamping the first boot (on the left) and then making a mask by stamping again on a separate sheet of paper. I cut a section of the right side of the boot, then with a teeny bit of adhesive, I covered the edge of the original stamped boot, then stamped again. I lifted up the mask and voila! The second boot is behind the first.

I hope to do a video on that soon, so comment below if you need more info.

ALL of this to say that I’m participating in the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge and the theme of Winter Wonderland. I hope you enjoyed my card. It was fun to make as I’m sweltering in the July heat of Savannah, Ga., planning on a pool date with my grandLittles this afternoon.

I’m sure we’ll have a “Merry” time!

Be blessed!

Kathy Bo

My son (The Boy) and his beautiful wife Em are expecting their third baby in the next few weeks. His or her arrival brings a total of 5 grandLittles in our blessed family.

There’s a baby shower tonight and among the surprises I have for Em is this sign.


While planning this gift I realized that I’m not so sure I like telling the anonymous public that there’s a baby in the house, so I decided “Quiet Time” would get the point across just fine.

I started with this inexpensive chalkboard blank from Walmart.


I wanted teal vinyl but didn’t have any so I chose the green, loaded the mat into my Silhouette, chose the font and BadaBing! It’s a gift.



Well, actually it became a gift after I weeded the vinyl letters, drew little dashes with my Expo marker and added some perfectly matching  (green with white dashes!) ribbon from Stampin’ Up! This ribbon is discontinued BUT there are lots of gorgeous ribbons here in my store!


Come back later to see the super cute cards I made to go on the gifts!

Y’all have a blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy Bo

I am so excited when my Paper Pumpkin surprise arrives in the mail each week! Even better is when I can use part of the kit to create something entirely different! The Paper Pumpkin for April 2015 features the base that this sweet greeting is built upon. That kraft sleeve is the Paper Pumpkin part. All other goodies are from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up annual catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

Y’all know how much I love vintage (as does Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!), so I couldn’t wait to put all these beautiful elements together. image


And the fact that there is not a specific sentiment means this beauty can be personalized for any occasion.

As far as supplies are concerned, I had them all listed here with links to my store, but there was a glitch and I lost all of the text in this post! So sad when that happens!  I will gather those items and list again, complete with links. Meanwhile, visit my store here! 

Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo

Stampin’ Up! has added bonus products to Sale-A-Bration and they are all FREE! How to get them? Simple:

Order $50 (before tax/shipping) of Stampin’ Up from my store and choose a free item! Check out the catalogs here!

Any current $50 catalog order qualifies for a free SAB item!  Just click, shop, select your faves and get ready for a box of fun to be delivered!

HURRY! Sale-A-Bration ENDS MARCH 31, 2015 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Check it out here! 

Encourage your guy card!

Encouraging cards are rarely masculine – unless they are plain and boring. I designed this one with a vintage flair and filled with removable bookmarks. Perfect for a guy! Here’s the video- compete with tutorial and a product feature!

While you’re on YouTube, please subscribe to my channel. Visit my store HERE and check out my Facebook page HERE

Guy card: techniques and products focus!

What a week this has been! I began on Sunday, meeting with a super sweet lady who loves Stampin’ Up as much as I do, then on Monday I signed up a wonderful friend to be on my Stampin’ Up team. I received a phone call tonight from my new (Sunday) friend and she is going to sign up as well! That makes my downline number FIVE! I am so excited! They are all talented demonstrators and I am just thrilled to be a part of this amazing group of women.

I’ll spend all next week making sure I’m up on all the latest so I can encourage my downline to succeed in their dreams. What a gift God has given me. I do not understand the timing, and I won’t question it… I’m just incredibly, wholeheartedly blessed.

To celebrate, I made this video! LOL! Please subscribe to my channel… it’s brand new and I promise to keep it fun and informative! God bless!
Kathy Bo

Stampin’ Up! is making crafting even better with monthly kits from Paper Pumpkin. You can sign up for a single month, three months, or save and sign up for 6 or 12 months! About the 2nd week of every month, subscribers receive an email stating that their surprise is on its way! I LOVE GOING TO MY MAILBOX NOW! Yes, it’s THAT exciting!!


What’s in the box? Well, here are two videos I have shared that will give you an idea!

Here’s a past Paper Pumpkin!

And here’s the one I received in the mail TODAY!

Paper Pumpkin kits from Stampin’ Up! are fun and enjoyable for simply everyone. All you need to do is decide which Pumpkin plan is right for you! Click the link, pick your plan, and be sure to name me as your demonstrator! It’s as simple as that.

More details HERE!

Now that you’re ready to sign up with Paper Pumpkin, visit me on Facebook at Kathy Bohannon Creatively Blessed

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