5 Things: Pam Morris (1)

It’s a holiday weekend, so I am going to try something new. While I hope to feature an entry like this every once in a while, I have a couple of these lined up for this weekend. Please let me know what you think.

The entry is called “5 Things I Like” (“5 Things” for short). Here’s the plan: I will feature a card I received from a friend or in a swap and will tell you 5 things I really like about the card. It’s a “review” of a card I love, and I will be sharing the secrets that (in my opinion) make it great. Sounds fun, huh?

The first “5 Things” card was designed by my direct upline Pam Morris. Pam and I have a wonderful relationship that centers around our intense like of one another. We touch base daily to chat about our lives and, of course, stamping. This is a card Pam made for a Stampin’ Up! Convention Wow swap:


If you recall from previous posts, my Mom and I had a blast helping Pam with these cards during our July 4 vacation. We helped to make lots of these (she had 160 in total), but the design is all Pam’s! My assistance in the production of these is not why I am fascinated with this card – I am fascinated with it because it’s a GREAT card!

  1. The easel is a great showcase for a Christmas card!  Christmas cards are meant to be displayed.  On mantels, on tabletops, on desktops.  I think we should all say “good-bye” to the pre-printed photo card and convert to these beauties.  Keep the photo, but add it to the center of your easel card. 
  2. I love the non-traditional colors. Gumball Green is a perfect color for Christmas, but Gumball Green and Basic Black for snowflakes? Who’da thunk it?  It works here, though, really well.
  3. Triple time stamping.  This stamping technique is all the rage these days, and it’s showcased perfectly here.  To complete a triple time stamping effect, layer the three pieces of Whisper White card stock and stamp your images, allowing the stamps to overlap the layers.  Then, assemble with the thin pieces of colored card stock between each layer.  Perfection!
  4. That sweet, little tag on that thin ribbon!  I loved the ribbon from the start, but I fought Pam on the tag.  “You don’t need the tag, so leave it off!,” I told her.  “It’s just additional work with no real payoff.”  She didn’t listen to me, and I have to admit I was wrong.  The tag is brilliant and adds a wonderful addition to the front of the card.  Yay, Pam!
  5. Bling!  I love the single rhinestone on the face of the card.  The card’s not totally blinged out, but that single rhinestone gives it exactly the right amount of glittery goodness.  [I detest glitter, but I have nothing against glittery-ness.]


So, there you have it…an amazing card that inspires me, along with the top 5 reasons I love it.

Stamp sets: Snow Swirled, Tiny Tags  Papers:  Basic Black, Gumball Green, Whisper White Inks: Gumball Green, Basic Black  Accessories:  Jewelry Tag punch, 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Great idea! I’m looking forward to more! This card is wonderful and I agree with all your points on what makes it so great. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love this idea….Love this card….Love your blog….Have this one as well (borrowed to case) and I would say 6 Things….Choice of Stamp Set…..tried this with many “other” S.U. snow flake images….and nothing matched the “pop” factor of her choice of Stamp Sets – Snow Swirled…..Love this card!!!!

  3. I haven’t tried making an easel card, but I think I will now. thanks.

  4. Look forward to your posts each day. Not only do you share great cards but I enjoy the tips and commentaries you also provide. Thanks for your daily dose of inspiration.

  5. This is such an attractive card! I love the colors and style!

  6. I love the card. It is so pretty!!! Thanks for showing this one to us. Keep up the great work. I did make a triple layer card a couple of weeks ago. They are so fun to make and look so elegant. I look forward to “hearing” from you everyday.

  7. Beautiful card! I just made my first easel card two days ago and I’m hooked. Can’t wait to try this one. Your blog is a joy to read and I love your ideas and cards.

  8. You are so right Brian, this card is great! I love this triple time stamping and I have to try it…maybe on this long weekend. But question: Do you cut the layers first, then stamp, or stamp all over one piece, then cut out the layers? Great colors too! I would have never thought of black snowflakes, but it is just so pretty!

    • Bobbi, Cut the layers of white, adhere then with a temporary adhesive and stamp away! Make sure to cross over layers. Remove the temporary layers and add the colored card stock. Voila! I will email you separately to ensure you get this. Thanks for your question.

  9. 1) The card is fabulous
    2) I have Snow Swirled and will SO be CASEing this.
    3) Pam is uber-talented.
    4) Your blog is uber-fab.
    5) Love this ‘five-things’ on the card idea!

  10. Well Brian, I agree with your assessment of this lovely card. I love making easel cards and now that I have enjoyed playing with the triple layer design I love it, too! While I can’t see myself using the color choices to make a card I would certainly love to be on the receiving end!!! Have a great weekend stamping and I look forward to your next post!
    Joni <

  11. Love today’s post and card and look forward to the other 4. Have a great long weekend!

  12. This card is pretty even if it wasn`t an easel card….The layered image cards are all over . I think they are neat and look like fun to do….how about a few tips and instuctions in the near future Brian…also thanks for your interest in keeping your blog sort of interactive…it`s fun

  13. Great card and I enjoyed your comments. Some of the non-traditional color combos for the holiday are not to my liking but I love this one. Thanks.

  14. Hi Brian. Love your new idea of 5 Things. I always enjoy listening to and reading people’s comments and critiques of cards, to see how they agree/disagree with my own. I so often change my mind when I can see something through someone else’s eyes. Hope you’ll continue this topic.

    Sincerely, Kathy Liu 


  15. I loved the card when I saw it, but I especially appreciated your analysis of it by breaking it down into 5 things. Then I saw WHY I liked it so much. Look forward to seeing more of this. I’ve never done an easel card, but now I see WHY they are sometimes so appropriate. I am a new subscriber to your blog, and I am loving it!

  16. I love this card and anxiously await the posting coming up with instructions on how to….I LOVE the color!

  17. Love the idea Brian, & the way it really made me look beyond the prettiness of the card to the specific aspects that made the card work so well–more please!

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  19. I want to know what sizes of three layers??? Please! Merry Xmas to u!

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