Farewell to TAWS | Winter Snowflake Card

Any occasion, Cards, The Alley Way Stamps

Welcome! Today is a sad post because it’s my last ever for the Alley Way Stamps. In case you didn’t know, TAWS is going to close their doors in the new year. The good news for you is that their stamps are on sale for a great discount in case you’ve been eyeing any sets.

For today’s card, I wanted to create a simple and elegant winter card. As always there is a how-to video to share. You can watch the video below, or over on my YouTube channel.

Contributing to the Alley Way Stamps design team has been an outstanding experience. I have been continually inspired by the incredibly talented designers that I have been given a chance to work alongside and I am so grateful for the opportunity.


That’s it for me today. I’m going to take a few weeks off for a move and to spend time with my family over the holidays, but I will be back in the new year with plenty of new cards and videos to share. Merry Christmas everyone!


Until next time,



Soft Holiday Card

Cards, Holiday Card, The Alley Way Stamps

Welcome! I hope you’re having a great start to your weekend. I’m back in the Alley Way Stamps blog today sharing a new how-to video. For today’s card, I’m creating a soft winter holiday number.

I’m just getting in to the swing of my holiday cards, and this one was the first that I created for 2015. I decided to go with a soft winter theme rather than something super Chirstmas-y, just to get my feet wet. You can watch my tutorial video below, or over on my YouTube channel.

Sadly it was announced last week that TAWS will be shutting their doors in the new year. If you’re interested in any of their stamps, they’re having a great clearance event where you can save on their awesome stamps, including the set I used today.


That’s it for today. Thanks so much for dropping by!


Until next time,



CMCC#47 – Winter Bird House

Cards, Challenges, Holiday Card, Non traditional

Well, it’s official: winter is here! I live right next to Georgian Bay so we always get snow a little earlier than many but since it started last Thursday, the snow hasn’t stopped coming down. My small town has already transformed into a majestic winter wonderland.

I was so excited when I saw the challenge colours over at the Colour Me…! challenge blog this week: warm brown, grey, and red tones.

I love browns and greys (my two favourite colours!) so the challenge was right up my alley. Here is the project I created:


As I pretty much always do, I started my card in Silhouette Studio. I traced a free clipart tree and created the frame and mat. I had the birdhouse cut file from a project I did earlier in the summer, but it was a free file from Birds Cards.

I used piece of My Mind’s Eye scripty patterned paper for the frame, a piece of Recollections cardstock for the terracotta birdhouse and frame mat, and SSS Dark Chocolate cardstock for the trees. I also used a piece of Bazzill vellum over top of one tree to soften the background.

Using my Zig 2-Way glue pen, I sparingly applied a light touch of glue along the birdhouse roof and in some spots on the front tree. Next I sprinkled on some snowy glitter that I got at my local dollar store. I set those aside to dry while I assembled the rest of the card.

I cut my cream cardbase to an A2 size (11 x 4¼”, scored at 5½) and another panel to the same size as the frame, 5¼ x 4″. Using Ranger Multi-Medium glue, I adhered the background tree to the cream panel and then with little drops of glue around the edges (where the frame would eventually cover) I adhered the vellum. I used the same glue to assemble the frame with its mat.

Once the snow was dry, I adhered down the front tree over top of the vellum, leaving the branches to stick up a bit, and used a piece of grey bakers twine to hang the birdhouse and bring in the last challenge colour. For some extra dimension, I used clear foam squares behind the birdhouse .

Finally, I used more clear foam squares to adhere the frame to the cream panel, and then my tape runner to adhere the panel to my cardbase.

I used the Winter Sparrows stamp set from Lawn Fawn to add my sentiment (‘Season’s Tweetings’) to the inside of the card.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Stay tuned for a Twelve Days of Christmas feature coming up on my blog. Have a great weekend!