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Lovely as a Tree One-Layer Card

One of the difficulties when I design a card is my tendency to layer.  I love layers of card stock on cards, and I guess I am a bit of a traditionalist.  Sometimes, however, it is time to break out of a pattern and try something new.  When creating cards for my All About Men Stamp Camp, I wanted to focus on less layers and different styles.  Well, this is one I came up with that was a big hit with my stampers.

Lovely as a Tree One Layer Card


You fold a base piece of card stock in half and then cut off about 3/4″ -1″ of the front piece.  You then layer a 1″ strip of DSP on the back piece.  The new Going Places DSP is filled with interesting and masculine designs, which made it a perfect back liner for this card.  Stamps I used included the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree and the background from You’ve Got This.  Colors were Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  The card was finished off with a button and thread.

Simple, classy, masculine, and economical!

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Lovely as a Tree Simple Swipes Card

If you don't have the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in your collection, you are really missing out on a classic!  I believe this is one of the oldest current catalog stamp sets available.  This stamp set is one of my go-tos when it comes to techniques!

At February's Technique Tuesday, I taught the Simple Swipes technique – oh so easy with a great watercoloring effect!

Lovely as a Tree-simple swipes

I used Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, and Marina Mist watercolor crayons and my AquaPainter to achieve this landscape effect.  I'll be making up a bunch of these to swap at Milwaukee Regionals. 

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Heat and Stick Ornament Card

This is one of the cards my customers made using Heat and Stick powder.  The ornament is so sparkly!  I used the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree for my "branches" – aren't I clever?

The colors for this card were Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi – certainly nontraditional – but my customers loved it!  The Fine Cosmos pink glitter worked great with the combination!  I am so glad our glitter brads are with us for a while.  I love them!


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Dasher Short Graduated Accordian Fold Technique

It is easy to get stuck in a creative rut…many crafters have a difficult time moving away from tried and true formats, colors, and even stamp sets!  Ok, I don't think my Dasher stamp set EVER leaves my stamping table during the holidays, but I wanted to show my stampers a unique fold for Christmas cards.

I learned this fold technique from Pat Huntoon/Technique Junkies!  I taught my stampers this technique at our November Technique Tuesday class.  They LOVED it!





Here are some basic instructions for this card:

8-1/2” x 10-1/2” Card Stock Base
Dasher/Lovely as a Tree/Grateful Greetings/Christmas Greetings Stamp Sets
Card Stock for Layers (I used Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, and Real Red)
Ink Pads (I used Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, and Real Red)
Ruler and Pencil/Scoring Tool
Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Big Shot/Big Shot Scallop Circle
2-1/2" Circle Punch
Paper Piercing Tool/Real Red Brads
  • Measure 3 inches on the short edge of the 8-1/2” x 10-1/2” card stock and make a pencil mark.
  • Measure 5-1/2” along the opposite site and make a second pencil mark.
  •  With paper trimmer, cut from one mark to the other, resulting in a diagonal across your paper.
  • Score the card stock at 3-1/2” and 7” horizontally.
  • Fold your card stock along the score lines (valley fold, then a mountain fold).
  • Make inserts for the layers using the same method – just cut off ¼” inch off the bottom and one side.
  • Use die cut for Scallop with Real Red card stock.
  • Stamp Dasher image on Very Vanilla; punch out with 2-1/2" Circle Punch and sponge edges with Soft Suede.
  • Attach Dasher piece to Real Red scallop and attach with adhesive on the bottom only and place on top section.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas in Soft Suede on front.
  • Stamp pine tree from Lovely as a Tree in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla slanted piece.  Add phrase in Real Red.
  • Attach slanted piece to back and then use paper piercing tool to add brads.
Make sure to use your bone folder for crisp folds.
Great for a photo card! (Either for the inside "empty" space or even the front circle)
You can get 2 cards from each sheet of card stock.
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Lovely as a Tree Thank You

I've rediscovered my love of our wheels recently.  Here is a very simple thank you card using Lovely as a Tree and our Bright Blessings jumbo wheel:


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Lovely as a Tree Fossil Stone

Remember that card where we used 2 glossy pieces to create fossil stone?  Well, here is the other piece used in a card featuring Lovely as a Tree:



Sorry about the camera glare!

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SUDSOL November Blog Tour

SUDSOL Blog Tour

Today I am featured in the SUDSOL New Catalog Blog Tour!  SUDSOL (Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing Online) is a fabulous resource for demonstrators, and this group of stampers is so willing to share their business ideas, creative projects, and support.  SUDSOL is especially wonderful if you don't have a local or involved upline.  I have been a member of SUDSOL since 2002 – and it is the email group I turn to for 100% of my business questions.  You must be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator to join this group, and there is a fee to join, but this group will boost your confidence and business ability like no other on the web!  Plus, there are so many ways to earn FREE membership – why not take the 2-week trial and check it out for yourself!  Be sure to use me – Jane Hignite – as your referral!!! 

Join me on SUDSOL – Your 24/7 Upline!

Thanksgiving falls right around my birthday…in fact, I was born the morning after Thanksgiving.  Fall has always been my favorite time of year, especially with the gorgeous changing colors of Wisconsin treelines. 

My samples today reflect my favorite season!

Sample 1 – Shattered Glass Lovely as a Tree Thanksgiving Card


The first sample uses one of my customers' favorite stamp sets – Lovely as a Tree.  The technique used is shattered glass.


  • Lovely as a Tree/Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Sets
  • Natural White/Cajun Craze Card Stock
  • Pumpkin Pie/Cajun Craze Inkpad
  • Sponge Brayer
  • Quilters Tape
  • Antique Brad/Paper Piercing Tool


  1. Make several strips of the quilters tape.  Before placing on the stamping layer, take off the excess stickiness by placing it on and off your clothes a few times. 
  2. If you want, you can tear off the edges of the tape for a different effect.
  3. Layer the strips in an interesting pattern.  Be sure to leave some space open for stamping.
  4. Ink up the sponge brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink.
  5. Brayer over the entire large piece.  Then brayer over small piece of cardstock (should be lighter). 
  6. Ink stamps in Cajun Craze and stamp inside sections.  Be sure to stamp on top of the tape too for the desired look of shattered glass.
  7. Carefully lift off the tape from the cardstock. 
  8. Stamp smaller piece with the leaf and phrase.
  9. Mount small pieces and add brad.
  10. Mount remaining pieces.

Sample 2 – Autumn Harvest Thanksgiving Card



  • Autumn Harvest/Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
  • Very Vanilla/More Mustard/Cajun Craze/Old Olive CS
  • More Mustard/Cajun Craze/Old Olive/Tangerine Tango/Early Espresso Ink
  • Sponge
  • Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Gold Brads/Paper Piercing Tool
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Crimper


  1. Stamp images in collage technique on large piece of Very Vanilla.  Be sure to stamp some of the borders.
  2. Stamp main focal image and sponge edges.
  3. Mount main focal image to Old Olive CS. 
  4. Attach ribbon and insert brad through center.
  5. Pop up phrase with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Crimp large stamped Very Vanilla piece. 
  7. Mount to other layers.

Sample 3 – Autumn Harvest Bookmark Card



  • Big Shot/Bookmark Die/Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Autumn Harvest/Grateful Greetings Stamp Sets
  • Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper
  • Very Vanilla/More Mustard/Early Espresso/Old Olive CS
  • Early Espresso/Old Olive Ink
  • Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Scallop Circle Punch/Scallop Oval Punch/Large Oval Punch/1-1/4" Circle Punch
  • Sponge
  • Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Run piece of More Mustard CS through Bookmark Die on Big Shot.
  2. Run bookmark through Polka Dot Embossing Folder.
  3. Stamp leaf in Old Olive ink on Very Vanilla CS.
  4. Punch out leaf with 1-1/4" circle punch; sponge with Old Olive Ink.
  5. Punch out Early Espresso scallop circle punch.
  6. Stamp phrase in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla CS.
  7. Punch out with large oval punch; sponge with Old Olive ink.
  8. Punch our an Old Olive scallop oval.
  9. Adhere pieces of CS; tie ribbon around DSP piece section.
  10. Pop up bookmark section piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  11. Mount remaining pieces.

 If you want to see more of my stamping creations, you can check out my Featured Stamper (12/09) Sudsol Gallery HERE or my regular SUDSOL gallery HERE

I certainly hope you enjoyed your visit on the SUDSOL Holiday Blog Tour. 






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Lovely as a Tree Direct to Paper Technique

When I created yesterday's card, I wanted to give a spookier feel to the trees, so I used the direct to paper technique for this card.  You can add as little or as much ink to the background as you desire!

This is a simple card – but don't you just love that Top Note die!


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Lovely as a Tree Cling Wrap Background

Quick and easy backgrounds often are created with household supplies.  This easy peasy background was created with an inkpad and cling wrap.


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Lovely as a Tree Polished Stone

One of my all-time favorite stamp sets is Lovely as a Tree.  My customers agree – I'd say about 90% of my customer base owns this set! 

Polished stone is an old technique, but at a recent Technique Tuesday class, I taught my customers a new version using the Shimmer Paints.  This version is so much easier – plus you don't have to heat set or emboss to prevent smearing!  Here is the card we made:


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