Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Everyone needs laughter.  It is what helps keep up young :)

This Christmas card helps remind us to laugh and smile and I think the sentiment is just wonderful.  Because of this I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I ran the Old Olive layer through the Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and then added a layer of Jolly Holiday designer paper over the left side.

I added the Merry & Bright rub-on's sentiment on Very Vanilla Cardstock and layered this on a Cherry Cobbler matte.  I applied a couple dimensionals to the back and popped up on the card front.

Take care and enjoy your day.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP, Very Vanilla, Old Olive  :  Accessories - Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Merry & Bright rub-ons (retired), dimensionals

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sweet and Jolly

I love this card.  I think it is because I added to the inside on this one and left the card front very simple.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I cut the front flap a bit narrower and punched the long edge with the Scallop Border punch.  I then ran the front flap only through the Big Shot using the Finial Press embossing folder.  I wrapped Vanilla Taffeta ribbon around the card and tied it in a bow.  I then added a Brushed Silver snowflake made using the Northern Frost decorative strip die and added a Bright Glimmer brad through the centre and adhered to the card front.

The inside of the card is quite simple as well.  I added a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock and then a strip of Jolly Holiday DSP along the right hand side.  The Jolly Holiday paper is also punched along one side using the Scallop border punch to make it match the cardfront.

I appreciate you stopping by and hope you enjoy your Monday.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP, Brushed Silver  :  Accessories - Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, Scallop Edge punch, Northern Frost decorative strip die, Brights Shimmer Brads, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Little Bit of Red to Make It Pop

Ooohhh Sunday - one day closer to Monday... but that is okay cause I have the day off - Yippeee!

My creation for you today is using the Joyful Season Letterpress plate again.

My card base is made from Baja Breeze cardstock - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".   My cardfront is clean and simple.  I inked up the Letterpress plate with Chocolate Chip ink and pressed it onto Very Vanilla cardstock using the Big Shot.

I pulled out Real Red Polka Dot ribbon (retired - check the on-line clearance rack for this item) and wrapped it around the cardfront.  I added three adhesive backed rhinestones to the bottom right corner and attached the card front to the Baja Breeze base.

Enjoy your Sunday and come back soon for more inspiration.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla  :  Inks - Chocolate Chip  :  Accessories - Big Shot, Joyful Season Letterpress plate, Real Red Polka Dot ribbon (retired), Adhesive Rhinestones

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snowflakes and Ornaments

The card I have to share with you today is super basic.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

My card front is Whisper White cardstock embossed using the Northern Flurries embossing folder.  I stamped an Ornament image from Tags Til Christmas in Cherry Cobbler ink on my card front.  Next I stamped another ornament on a scrap bit of cardstoc and punched it out using the Ornament punch. I folded this in half and adhered over the ornament on my card front. 

Chris felt that I needed more on the card (which he was right about) but I just didn't know what to add.  So the silver snowflake in the bottom right corner was Chris' idea.  This was cut out using the Northern Frost decorative strip die.

I layered the cardfront onto an Old Olive matte and attached to my cardbase.

Thank you for looking and enjoy your Saturday.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Stamp Sets - Tags Til Christmas  :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Brushed Silver   :  Inks - Cherry Cobbler  :  Acesscories - Northern Flurries embossing folder, Northern Frost decorative strip die, Big Shot, Ornament Punch

Friday, December 17, 2010

Filled With Love Promotion

Have you heard about the new Valentines Bundle?  It is cute and a great value.

Beginning today December 17, 2010, through January 24, 2011, receive a FREE package of Bitty Buttons (a $6.50 value) when you purchase the Stampin' Up! Filled with Love Bundle.

Wood Mount Bundle - 124380 - $40.45
Clear Mount Bundle - 124381 - $33.45

The Filled with Love Bundle contains the Filled with Love Stamp Set (in wood-mount or clear-mount) and the exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack. The Bitty Buttons are a great addition to the bundle. So many cute things you can make with using them!

Love Patterns Designer Paper - 124156 - $12.50

The paper is also available to purchase separately and is an exclusive pack available only during this promotion period.  ** The Free buttons are not available with a purchase of paper only. **

To order the Filled With Love Valentine's Bundle or any other products, please visit my online store HERE.

Margaret :)


Sometimes you just have to forego a sentiment on a card.  That is what I did with today's card. Oh, and...no stamping again.

I created the base using Cherry Cobbler cardstock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").

For the card front I embossed Old Olive cardstock with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.  I then added some Jolly Holiday DSP over the embossed front and wrapped Old Olive Satin ribbon around the card front.  I attached these layers to my card base.

The snowflake was cut from Silver cardstock using the Northern Frost Decorative strip die.  I adhered this to Very Vanilla cardstock layered on an Old Olive matte.  To finish this card, I added a Neutrals button to the centre of the snowflake.

Have a wonderful day.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP, Very Vanilla, Brushed Silver  :  Accessories - Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Northern Frost decorative strip die, Big Shot, Neutral buttons, Old Olive Satin Ribbon

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shining Season's Greetings

Wow to think we are one week and two days away from Christmas.  This weekend I plan to start my Christmas shopping.  Life has been too hectic to start earlier so here we are down to crunch time.  I would love to say I have finished my Christmas cards but really I haven't.  I have simply run out of time to make more and get them in the mail before Christmas.  I finished preparing the last of my cards last night for the mail and they will be off today.  So I will apologize now to anyone who does not receive a card from me this year.  I am thinking of you.

I have some really cute Christmas cards to share with you that I absolutely adore but I need to wait a few days at least before I can share them as I don't want to spoil it for the recipients as I know they read my blog :)

I am sorry if some of you are getting tired of my colour scheme.  This year I chose to make each card different using pretty much the same colours instead of making one or two designs and creating them in volume.

So today I am sharing this classy card.  The base is Very Vanilla 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I stamped my Season's Greeting sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink from the set Snow Swirled.

My image is the Medallion background stamp.  I inked it up in Cherry Cobbler and then spritzed it with my Gold Smooch Spritz before I stamped it on my Vanilla cardstock.  It makes the stamp a bit messy but I love how the gold is only in the image and not all over the card front.  It does take a long time to dry and even a couple weeks after making it some of the gold was still coming off on other papers laying on it.  (I have to be honest, I used a bit too much spritz LOL)

I layered my image onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler and added to my card base.  I then used retired Gold Cord and wrapped it around the card a few times and tied in a bow.

Enjoy the day and come back soon.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Sets - Medallion Background, Snow Swirled  :  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler  :  Inks - Cherry Cobbler  :  Accessories - Gold Smooch Spritz, Gold Cord (retired)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Warmest Holiday WIshes

Okay - quick and easy for you today.

I used an Old Olive base with a layer of Cherry Cobbler that I embossed using the Northern Flurries embossing folder and added a strip of Jolly Holiday DP and then a bit of Old Olive Satin ribbon.

I used the Merry and Bright retired rub ons over Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out using the Ornament punch.  I added some dimensionals to the back of it and popped it up on my card front.

How do you like that for easy? :)


Monday, December 13, 2010


Don't you love how original my titles are - LOL

Today's card is super easy.

I stamped my Medallion stamp in Versamark ink on Whisper White cardstock, added silver embossing powder and heat set.  I layered this on Silver cardstock and added my sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, which I also embossed. 

The sentiment was punched out using the Modern Label punch and held in place by Silver Elastic cord that is strung through holes punched at each end of the label and adhered to the back of the Silver matte.

This was then adhered to my Whisper White card base.

Thank you for stopping by - have a fantastic day.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Sets - Medallion background, Teeny Tiny Wishes  :  Cardstock - Whisper White, Silver  :  Inks - Versamark  :  Accessories - Silver Embossing powder, heat gun, silver elastic cord, Modern Label punch, 1/8" handheld punch

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Still Joyful

Another Joyful Season card.....This letterpress plate is fantastic.  I inked it up with Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.

I wrapped Old Olive satin ribbon around the card front and ruffled it up a bit.  I have been using regular Tombow tape and I find that the rufffles come undone after a day or two, so if anyone knows which adhesive works best to hold these scrunchy ruffles in place I would love to hear from you.

To keep this card light and carefree I layered my cardfront onto a Baja Breeze card base.

So simple... :)

Have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla  :  Inks - Chocolate Chip  :  Accessories - Joyful Season Letterpress plate, Big Shot, Old Olive Satin Ribbon

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Warmth & Love

I love the simplicity of this card.  I have thoroughly enjoyed making card after card that are all different yet all quite simple.

This is a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Very Vanilla card base.  I cut a piece of Jolly Holiday designer paper to layer on top and used the Scallop Edge punch along one edge.

I added a bow around the card front using the stunning Old Olive Satin ribbon (as I told my Stamp Club gals this week - I am SO in love with this ribbon).

Once again I used the retired rub on package Merry & Bright from last years Holiday Mini.  This was the perfect finishing touch to this card.

Thanks for looking and hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DP  :  Accessories - Old Olive Satin ribbon, Merry & Bright retired rub-ons, Scallop Border punch

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mmmm Mmmm Good

For the first time ever I joined a Cookie/ Baking Exchange.  I'm not a huge baker, I like to make banana bread and sometimes I make cookies but I thought this would be a lot of fun.

A few weeks ago Taygan and I spent time in the kitchen testing recipes.  I shared some of the treats with my co-workers and had them 'vote' on which one they liked best.  Everyone said they liked both goodies but they all picked the Mocha Brownies.

So earlier this week I went ahead and whipped up 3 pans full, which gave me 7 dozen and I was all excited cause I only had one more batch to make but first I had to remove the brownies from the pans so I could use them. Well.........lo and behold.... they were all burnt.  I was not very happy.

See, our oven that we have doesn't work very well.  When a recipe says 350C, I have to put it at about 425C and cook at least twice as long as the recipe calls for.  I thought I would be smart and use the oven downstairs, so I set the oven at 350C and the timer for the 25 minutes it called for.  My downfall.... I missed reading the part in the recipe where it said to check my baking with a toothpick, so alas, I used a fork and some batter clung to it so I cooked it for another 5 minutes but still it clung a bit so I did another 4 minutes.

Well here I was last night needing to now start from scratch and I didn't have enough supplies to re-make the Mocha Brownies.  I scoured the recipe book and found Pineapple Brownies which I have never made before.  It looked easy enough and I had ingredients for it.  So I set about making them, set the oven downstairs and the timer for 5 minutes less than the recipe called for and checked with a toothpick.  PERFECTION!!!  Okay maybe I shouldn't say that because I haven't actually tried one yet but they sure did look good.  I should have taken a picture of them.

Anyway, I wanted to package them neatly and I have had a large package of take-out boxes sitting in my stamp room forever and they desparately needed to be used.  So here is how they turned out.  I needed to do something quick and easy as the night was wearing on and I have to drop these off this evening after work.

Looks good eh?

I even went on MDS (My Digital Studio) and printed up the recipe cards.

I hope everyone likes them.
Margaret :)

Bells Are Ringing

Happy Friday everyone! 

I would imagine everyone is beginning to go into panic mode to prepare for the holidays.  Let's see what is done on my list - most of my Christmas cards - check,  tree - no,  decorations - no, gifts - no, last of the Christmas cards - no.  Okay so I am a little behind and I am hoping I am not the only one. Sigh...but....

I do have another card to share with you :)

This is a quick card that I CASE'd (for the most part) from another demo, Wanda Johnson. 

My card base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Cherry Cobbler embossed with the Petals A Plenty folder and a layer of Deck the Halls designer paper.  I tied some 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon around the card front in a bow. 

My image is stamped in Basic Brown ink using the Holiday Mini Bells & Boughs set and coloured using Watercolour Pencils.  I punched the image out with the 1 3/4" circle punch and layered on the Always Artichoke 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  I added dimensionals to the back of the scallop circle and popped up on my card front.

Thanks for looking.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Sets - Bells & Boughs  :  Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Deck the Halls DP  :  Inks - Basic Brown  :  Accessories - Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/4" circle and 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, Watercolour Pencils, dimensionals

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wintery Trees

Lately I have been using my brayer and glossy cardstock more than I have in the past.  I would have to say that seeing Michelle Zindorf's creations has sparked a little flame in me. 

I kept the card very simple with no embellishments as I did not want to detract from the beautiful landscape image.

I brayered my Glossy White cardstock with So Saffron ink.  Then I placed a post it note circle where I wanted my moon.  Then I brayered over my card again this time with Pumpkin Pie ink.

I stamped the trees in Staz On black ink using the classic set, Lovely As A Tree and the greeting is from Snow Swirled.  Then I sponged some black ink around the base of the card.

I layered onto a black matte and attached to my Whisper White card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Lovely As A Tree, Snow Swirled  :  Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Glossy White  :  Inks - Basic Black, Staz On Black, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie  :  Accessories - brayer

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Digital Downloads for MDS!!!

Check out these fabulous new downloads available to purchase for MDS.

2011 Noteable Desktop Calendar Collection
Item # 125148
Price - $18.50

Calm and Bright Photo Card Template
Item # 125145
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Good Cheer Photo Card Template
Item # 125147
Price - $2.50

Holiday Greetings Photo Card Template
Item # 125146
Price - $2.50

Leadership 2011 Stamp Brush Set

Item # 123968
Price - $2.50

Serene Snowflake Stamp Brush Set
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Price - $2.50

Woodgrain Stamp Brush
Item # 123987
Price - $2.50
Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper Item #123982
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Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper Item # 123985
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Just Believe Stamp Brush Set Item # 123986
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To You & Yours

So another quick card for you today. 

The card base is Very Vanilla 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with a layer of Jolly Holiday designer paper over top.  I'm sure I have mentioned it before but being as I use it so much I'm saying it again - I LOVE THIS PAPER.

The sentiment is another one of the silver rub-on's from a retired Rub-On package.  One of these days I will actually read the proper name off the packaging and let you know which one it was.  I punched it out using the Ornament punch.  Since the silver rub on is more visible on Vanilla cardstock I needed to make it stand out on the card more, so I punched two ornaments from Old Olive cardstock and carefully layered in behind the sentiment.

The sentiment is popped up on the card front with dimensionals and then I created a bow using that fabulous retired Real Red polka dot ribbon and used glue dots to attach to the card.

I hope you like this simple holiday card.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday designer, Old Olive  :  Accessories - Ornament Punch, retired rub-ons, glue dots, Real Red polka dot ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Red Cardinal

As you may have noticed, I have been working on keeping my Christmas cards simpler this year.  I still love how they are turning out and other than the cards I have done for workshops I am not making any two the same.  I love it.

Today's card is created using the A Cardinal Christmas set.  I stamped my image on Whisper White cardstock in Staz On Black ink.  I coloured the image with Real Red and Old Olive markers.  The image was then layered on Real Red cardstock and attached to my Old Olive card base.

I added a few adhesive backed rhinestones as well because bling on cards is just so right (smile)

Do you remember the clearance rack blitz, well I just had to get me some of this superb polka dot ribbon and it was the perfect final touch for my card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Set - A Cardinal Christmas  :  Cardstock - Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White  :  Ink - Staz On Black  :  Accessories - Real Red Polka Dot ribbon (retired), Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin' Write Markers

Monday, December 6, 2010

Joyful Season

Have you seen or tried our new Letterpress plates?  I am so in love with the Joyful Season plate I can hardly describe it LOL

This plate is so much fun.  I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour my plate and carefully followed the directions that come with the plate to run it through the Big Shot.   I love how bright and fun these stockings look, don't you?

I took a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot using one of the Texture Plates and then layered my Joyful Season cardfront to this.  This layered nicely on my Whisper White 3 x 6 card base.

This card screamed snowflakes to me, so I ran some Baja Breeze and Real Red cardstock through the Big Shot using the Northern Frost decorative strip die.  I layered these snowflakes, added a Rhinestone brad and used glue dots to adhere it to my cardfront.

Thanks for looking.

Supplies:  Cardstock - Whisper White, Real Red, Baja Breeze  :  Accessories - Joyful Season Letterpress and Texture plates, Big Shot, Stampin' Write markers, Northern Frost decorative strip die, rhinestone brad

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Sunday....today I get to spend time with some dear stamping/ demo friends to chat, catch up on life and perhaps even stamp. :)  I am so looking forward to it.

I wanted to share another fun card that we made at last months stamp club.  BINGO!  This is such a fun set and I can't wait to make some bingo games with it. 

I stamped the Bingo background in Chocolate Chip ink and then used Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Chocolate chip for my images.  I layered my card front onto my Old Olive base.  I created this card as a 5 x 7 instead of the usual 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I just had to use the Tags Til Christmas set because it has so many fun sayings in it.  The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive ink, punched out using the 1 1/4" square punch and layered on a scallop square of Marina Mist cardstock and popped up on the card.

I hope this gives you some added inspiration.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Stamp Sets - Jolly Bingo Bits, Bingo Card, Tags Til' Christmas  :  Cardstock - Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Marina Mist  :  Inks - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip  :  Accessories - Scallop Square punch,  1 1/4" square punch, dimensionals,

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Wow can you believe this? I am posting on a weekend.  I never post on weekends but with the holidays fast approaching and so many holiday cards to share with you I figured I would stay 'on top' of things and post some extra days.( yayyy LOL)

This card was super quick and I'm still debating on whether I should add a greeting in the bottom right corner.

The card base was created using the Scallop Square BigZ die from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

I used my Jolly Holiday designer paper and layered it over Old Olive cardstock.  I stamped and punched out some ornaments using the set Deligthful Decorations and the Ornament punch.   I punched a small hole in the top of each ornament and strung some gold elastic cord through and taped in behind the Old Olive layer to hold it in place. The ornaments are attached to the card front with a bit of adhesive. Then I added my card front to the card base.

Thanks for looking and I hope you are having a great Saturday.

Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Delightful Decorations  : Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday Designer paper  :  Inks - Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler  :  Accessories - Gold Elastic Cord (retired), small hole punch, Scallop Square BigZ die, Big Shot, Ornament Punch

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Party Dress

Last month in my Stamp Club I had the ladies create a couple holiday cards.  When I was at Hamilton Regionals in September I fell in love with a dresser card that Jackie Topa had made.  I simply had to make this card and decided that a Holiday Party dress would be the perfect thing to put by the dresser.

I won't go into all the details of how to make this card as you can get the dimensions and watch the video on how to properly cut, score and fold this card all on Jackie's blog.

The dress however I will give you the info for.  I used my Scallop Circle # 2 BigZ die and cut out the larger of the two circles using Deck the Halls designer paper.  Next with a pencil I drew lines as to where I wanted to trim to form the shape of the dress.  Once I was happy with this I cut off the excess.  I wrapped a bit of Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon around the waist of the dress and popped it up on my card front.

This card was actually quite simple to create, so long as you pay attention to Jackies' instructions on folding (I say this because I tried folding the card twice before I decided to sit down and watch the video)

Thanks for popping by and have a fantastic day.
Margaret :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Non-Traditional Christmas Colours

Today I am sharing a quick card with you in some extremely non-traditional holiday colours.

My card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Baja Breeze cardstock with a layer of So Saffron over top.

My card front is created with Whisper White cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder and an Oval Wood frame to create a flat spot.

I stamped my image from the Bells & Boughs set (another set that is part of a 20% off bundle currently available until Dec 16) in Basic Brown ink.  I coloured in the image with my markers and attached this to my card base.

Thanks for looking.

Supplies - Stamp Set: Bells & Boughs  - Cardstock:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Baja Breeze  - Inks:  Basic Brown   - Accessories:  Big Shot, Wood frame, Petals a Plenty embossing folder, Stampin' Write markers

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Simple Rub-On

So a lot of cards I made this past weekend had NO stamping - GASP - I know eh!

Here is a quick and simple card I made using a rub-on as my sentiment.  I had no idea that the rub-on was silver and not black.  I guess it would help if I read the packaging first - right? LOL

If you haven't already noticed, my favorite holiday colour this year is Cherry Cobbler.  I have used it on so many cards I can't even keep track. 

The card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I added a layer of Old Olive with a bit of my absolute favorite holiday designer paper, Jolly Holiday.  (This is in the 20% off Contempo Christmas bundle available until December 16th)  I punched one edge of this paper with the Scallop border punch and tied the Cherry Cobbler Seam binding ribbon around it.  This ribbon is fantastic.  It is so soft and light and so easy to tie, I just love it.

The way the light hits this card the Cherry Cobbler looks more pink than it does Cherry.

Finally I added my silver rub-on which I realized after I applied that it was silver and difficult to read.  I have since used these rub-ons over Very Vanilla cardstock and it is gorgeous.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies -  Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday  Accessories:  Scallop Trim border punch, retired rub-ons, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon