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World CardMaking Day — Marjorie Towers

World CardMaking Day

I just love World Cardmaking Day at Creating Lasting Memories. First, I have some terrifically talented teachers (try saying that 3 times). They each design their own card and I think they do a wonderful job of creating something that is beautiful but not too difficult for everyone to make in the 40 minute time slot they have. Secondly, it’s just plain fun to get together with like-minded artists and make cards. Plus the food and prizes are pretty nice. And there is the anticipation of Christmas coming – even though it was a beautiful warm fall day.Tthere is nothing like October on the coast.

So here are the cards we made:


This card was designed by Chris Liles. It features Just Rite stamps and a Spellbinder ornament die set.


This photo is definitely a little blurry, but the card is beautiful. It was designed by Cathy Verzi. Cathy loves stitching and she used metallic thread and some die cut scallop shapes. I love the center flower with wrapped thread. This looks complicated but it was really easy to do.


This card was designed by Carole Gardner. It uses some of the newest Bo Bunny Christmas papers and features a nice unique fold. Here is how it looks when you open it up:

Carole inside


This card was designed by Jill Petersen. Jill has been creating some beautiful cards for the Design Team. This was her first time to teach and she did a great job showing us how to make this angled easel card. It has embossed snowflakes (these don’t show up n the photo) with a large die cut snowflake on top.


This card was created by Sonja Woodward using Hero Arts stamps and Elizabeth Crafts glitter. It doesn’t show in the photo, but this card is covered with a fine transparent glitter. Just gorgeous and perfect for Christmas.


I loved this card by Candice. The Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia (die with matching embossing folder) shimmers with gold 3D stamp paint (love this stuff) plus a little glitter. The saying is by Penny Black.


This card was created by Design Team member Trisha Easley.  I love the way she used the enlarged Christmas USPS stamp image (from the stamp package front). And I think the red, blue and gold color palette is a nice look. The border is a Fishers punch; joy is embossed in gold.

Here are all the girls. These photos were taken at the end of a full day of card making and they are still happy and smiling!

main room


Thanks everyone for a fun day!



What a good day.

Good food, good cards, good teachers, good friends.

We made 7 cards by 7 different teachers. Here’s the one designed and taught by Chris Liles.  It features Memory Box dies. These ornament dies also come in a much larger size, perfect for scrapbook pages.


This next card was designed and taught by Allene Fewell.  The stamp is by Technique Tuesday; they have a great blog.  Check it out here.  We colored using copic markers.


The third card was designed and taught by Shari Townley. I love using Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs. They come in lots of colors.  This is the bronze and we embossed it (Tim Holtz Shattered Glass folder) then applied Krylon gold using a foam pad to the raised edges. The symbolism of the light piercing the darkness is so perfect for Christmas.


Our fourth card was designed and taught by Cathy Verzi.  The paper and stamp was Impression Obsession.  The ornament die is by Spellbinders.


This next card was designed and taught by Sharon Bessinger.  I love her paper-piecing techniques.  She is really talented and this card also featured a unique “diamond” fold.  To speed things up (sometimes it is hard to fit all the steps into the alloted 40 minute time slot) she scored and folded the cards for us but she gave us a pattern so we can make them ourselves later. And, with help from her supportive family, she cut out all the MANY pieces ahead of time! There is a tag at the top (sorry, the photo cut it off) that says, “So grateful for you.” Sharon is moving to Oklahoma and I just want to say that I am so grateful for her.  You will be missed, Sharon.


This next card was designed and taught by Sonja Woodward.  It is called a “never-ending” card.  I remember making these way back when and I hadn’t made one in a long time.  So much fun.  It has four “pages.”  And once again, Sonja did a lot of the work, cutting, scoring and writing instructions so we could finish in 40 minutes (well, almost). And we got a pattern from her to so we make them ourselves. I loved making one of these again.


And finally, last but not least, our 7th card designed and taught by Loye Rich.  Simple but elegant poinsettia stamp by Penny Black in their classic watercolor style. Usually we use brush markers to color these (right on the stamp) but this time Loye had us use a stipple brush and Brilliance ink.  The colors and the shimmer are quite lovely especially in person. And the card was finished up nicely with the gold outline stickers (also from Elizabeth Craft Designs).


Now isn’t that a great collection of Christmas cards by a group of talented teachers? All of these cards are on display at Creating Lasting Memories and if you want to make any of them yourself, just stop by the store and we’ll show you the supplies you will need. Plus, we have lots of other Christmas stamps and paper for all your holiday projects.  Hope to see you soon.


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Cathy card

I’ve got 2 cards to share with you today.  Each one is made using Hero Arts stamps.  This first one would be super easy to mass produce.  I really like the mini-rhinestones on the reindeer’s antlers. This next card was a little bit more complicated but I love the added dimension of having the holly extend past the borders of the white strip.  It was embossed and colored with smooch inks.  Red nailheads add the perfect finishing touch.

Shari card

If you are wanting some more ideas for Christmas cards, please join us on Thursdays for our Make n’ Take from 11 am – 1 pm. Starting next week, we will be all about Christmas for the next 6 weeks.  And for this week’s blog special: come into Creating Lasting Memories and mention this blog entry. You will get 25% off the Hero Arts Christmas stamp of your choice.

All of the World Card Making Day cards are available to view in person at the store.  Hope to see you soon.



Allene card

I just love this card.  Simple but really fun to make.  The tree stamp is from Hero Arts.  First press Broken China Distress Ink onto the stamp, then add a bit of Faded Jeans to the edges.  Lightly spritz with a mini-mister loaded with water and a bit of pearl Perfect Pearls.  You could use Glimmer Mist Pearl for this step.  Then stamp on watercolor paper.  Lovely, don’t you think?  Repeat the process for the second tree. Once dry, cut the trees out.  Stamp the snowflake using Stazon opaque white or Brilliance moonlight.  The blue cardstock is one of the Hero Arts hues.  Cut or tear a piece of white for the snow at the bottom.  Stamp the text “Merry & Bright” (also Hero Arts).  Adhere the trees.  The one on top is attached with dimensional adhesive.  Those star gems by Hero Arts add just the perfect finishing touch.  Love this card.  Thanks Allene for teaching us how to make this card.

Now for the special savings part: mention this blog and get 25% off mini-mister 3 packs, any distress ink pad, or any perfect pearls set.

Three cards still to go…see you on my next post!


Chris card 1

This is a stunning card designed by Chris Liles that uses the Hero Arts flourish stamp.  The stamp is embossed using white powder.  A simple ribbon, button, and felt snowflake combine to make a beautiful card that is quick and easy to make.  Check out how this looks with just a simple color change:

Chris card 2

With this card, we just turned the card on its side and added Hero Arts flowers to make a faux poinsettia.  Just like the previous card, the flourish was embossed with white but this time on berry paper.  What a simple but beautiful change.  I could easily see myself making 25- 50 of these to send all my friends and family, while keeping the holiday card making stress-free.  We sold out of this stamp on World Card Making Day but more have been ordered.  Call the store and reserve yours today!  Mention this blog and get a 25% discount off the stamp and the flowers!

Happy stamping….


First, let me tell you what a great day we had.  I heard nothing but positive comments from everyone.  The theme was “Less Stress, More Chocolate” which is a good theme not just for WCMD but also for the holidays in general, don’t you think?

My favorite  card of the day was this one:

Marti card

This card was made using the wonderful Bo Bunny Noel collection papers, which you can view by watching a video at this link:


You can find these papers and embellishments at Creating Lasting Memories.

The stamp set is by Flourishes and has that vintage old-time Christmas ornaments look.  The ornaments were stamped and embossed with yummy Buttered Rum embossing powder by PK Glitz (also available at the store).  Marti taught this card and did a great job designing and teaching!  Thank you, Marti (I hope you are enjoying your European vacation/cruise/family visit!!).

Mention this blog when you come in the store and get 25% off the Bo Bunny Noel papers, Flourishes stamp set or the PK Glitz embossing powder.

More World Card Making Day cards coming soon…


It’s official.  We know how to have fun at Creating Lasting Memories.  Our first Spring Fling on Saturday was 7 hours of non-stop card making excitement.  We made seven birthday cards and now have a nice supply (and absolutely NO excuse for not sending a card full of wishes).

The teachers were all good sports and wore these fun chef hats & aprons we acquired at CHA.  Check out Shari in this photo:


There was lots of good food to eat and plenty of chocolate. I don’t think they minded the hourly prize drawings either!

main room

It was a great time for young and old alike.  Here’s Dottie with her granddaughter Jenn who was visiting from California.  What a treat to get to know her better.


I just want to say a special word of thanks to all 6 of my fabulous teachers: Shari Townley, Marti Arrell, Allene Fewell, Loye Rich, Chris Liles, and Bonnie Bremer.  You guys are wonderful, creative and so supportive.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

Watch for posts of their very creative cards.  I’ll try to give you some instructions on how they were made, similar to what I did after World Card Making Day.

Have a great week and be sure to take some time for ART.