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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Yes, I am still here folks...between the busyness of the holiday season and being a little under the weather, haven't really been able to do any crafting of any sort. As such I'm searching for my mojo these days, so please bear with me.

After doing several of twelve tags of Christmas, I was enamoured with all things Tim Holtz and as you'll see today, most of the items used are indeed Tim's.

I started with a standard A2 card base in black. The background has been created by inking a piece of Kraft Resist with Tumbled Glass and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Next I sprayed some water into my hand and flicked it across the paper. The water gives a splotchy sort of look.

Then, I die cut the dress form in black and covered it with a layer of Antique Linen Distress Ink. Once it started to dry, I finished drying it with my heat gun and then inked it with a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The spool is was also die cut and inked, then wrapped with linen thread in a dark green.

A piece of tulle has been gathered up and glued to the dress form, followed by the spool, a tag/pin, then sentiment piece and finally some little buttons. The tag and the sentiment piece have been distressed with a distressing tool and inked.

Recipe:
Paper: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Resist, Stampin' Up Basic Black and Naturals Ivory
Ink: Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves and Walnut Stain; Ranger Archival Ink
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stuff to Say
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Sewing Room Die, Antique Linen Distress Crackle Paint, craft sheet, distressing tool, Inking Tool, tulle, misc. buttons, linen thread, Pebbles Button Candy Dots, Tim Holtz Trinket Pin and Adage Tickets

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and peace, happiness and prosperity in 2012!

Tim's Tags - Day Nine

Friday, December 9, 2011


Tim Holtz has an outstanding background technique for today's tag.

I've used his technique with a much more open stamp and added some Perfect Pearls also. Then I die cut the tree and painted with an Acrylic Paint Dabber in Silver. Once that was dry, a thick layer of Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence was painted over top and again, allowed to dry. Then I hand dyed the seam binding in Distress Ink in Festive Berries (ooh I love that color!) and it was twisted and wrapped around the tree.

Used my Movers and Shapers "25" die on some Grungeboard and also inked it with Festive Berries. Pulled some little sparkly stars from my stash and added one to the top of the tree and three more were placed randomly down the right side of the tag.

A little tulle and some red twine pulled through the tag hole finishes the tag.

Recipe:

Paper: none

Ink: Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Vintage Photo, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Broken China

Stamps: none

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Christmas Tree #2, Movers & Shapers Mini Reindeer and 25 Set, non-stick craft sheet, Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence, Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Snow Cap and Silver, Grungeboard, heat gun, clear embossing powder, tulle, Snug Hug Seam Binding in Chalk White, Glossy Accents, inking tools, red twine, Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold and little sparkling stars from my stash


Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Tim's Tags - Day Eight

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I love Tim's background idea for the tag today. You can find his instructions here. My background was done in a similar manner using similar stamps. Since I only have one set of Tim's stamps had to make do.

Used lots of grungeboard...letters and plain elements. They were painted with Acrylic Paint dabbers. I added some Baubles and some tulle for some dimension.

Once the entire tag was done, I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls for even more shine. Fun tag!

Recipe:
Paper: none
Ink: Archival Ink in Black; Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries and Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Stamps: Judikins and Stampers Anonymous
Accessories: #8 Manila Tag, Tim Holtz Baubles, Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps, sanding block, non-stick craft mat, Glossy Accents, tulle, inking tool, jump rings, Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Gold, Silver, Copper and Snow Cap, Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold

Have a terrific evening everyone!

Tim's Tags Day Seven - Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011




Yes, this is my final post for today! And, now I'm caught up! Yippee! Again, I'll direct you to Tim's blog for his instructions on making today's tag. I think his tag is absolute vintage perfection!

I've basically followed his instructions, using what I have. Luckily, I placed a large order with one of my favourite on-line stores in November when they were having their anniversary sale. Somehow a lot of Tim's line appeared in my shopping cart!!! LOL! And my goodies arrived this week, which really helped to make some of my tags.

Using his instructions, I made the tag, the holly, the berries and the sentiment. Since I don't own many of his stamps...please Santa???? could you help a girl out there???, I substituted one of my faves from Quietfire Designs.


Tim's Tag has the baubles at the top of the tag but I chose to add them down with the berry and holly spray.

Recipe:
Paper: ummm...none
Ink: Archival Ink in Black, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Frayed Burlap and Embossing Distress Inks, and Red Pepper Alcohol Ink
Stamps: sentiment - Quietfire Designs, Tim Holtz Merry Christmas Clear Stamps, Stampendous, Club Scrap
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Holly Branch die, #8 Manila Tag, #8 Craft Tag, Kraft Glassine, Tim Holtz Baubles, non-stick craft sheet, plastic bag, Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, piece of silver pipe cleaner, piece of torn lace, hand dyed seam binding (Forest Moss), dimensionals, black embossing powder, heat gun, distressing tool, ink blending tool

Well that's it for today, hopefully I'll stay on track! Have a wonderful evening!

Tim's Tags Day Six - Bells and Holly


Yes, I'm really trying to catch up with all my tags today. This one is very different from Tim's but I love it. Just check out the link to his tag to get all the instructions.

After following his instructions on how to make the tag and only using one color instead of several, next comes the embellishments. I used his Drill Punch to make a tiny hole in the little bells and wreath from his Holiday Adornments. Then using some alcohol ink and a little plastic bag, I colored the jingle bells. They are strung with silver cording and looped through the Holiday Adornment. A bow was fastened to the top of the tag and then the silver cording with the bells and wreath were tied around it. Pretty simple but I like the look!

Recipe:

Paper: coated white card stock

Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Stream Alcohol Ink

Stamps: none

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Postal Texture Fades embossing folder, #8 manila tag, Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pool, Tim Holtz Holiday Adornments, Tim Holtz Drill Punch, sanding block, misc. ribbon, silver cording

Tim's Tags Day Five - Poinsettia Peace

Well, I'm playing catch-up today...this is my edition of the Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Five tag. You can find his here, along with all his instructions.

Using his technique for the tag, I've stamped a poinsettia image in place of his reflections stamps, which I don't own. Next, I cut a piece of Grungepaper with the Tattered Banners die and inked it with a Lettuce Acrylic Paint dabber. Next the dove and olive branch were made with a Martha Stewart punch, again using the Grungepaper, and again inked with the Snow Cap Acrylic Paint dabber and Lettuce Acrylic Paint dabber respectively. The Tattered Banners die cut was then stamped with the sentiment. It was glued to the tag with Glossy Accents, leaving a raised area in the center.

Some miscellaneous ribbons and fibers are tied through the top of the tag and done!

Recipe:
Paper: coated white card stock and Grungepaper
Ink: Ranger Archival in Black
Stamps: Club Scrap and Holly Berry House
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tags and Bookplates die, Tim Holtz Tattered Banners sizzlet die, Martha Stewart Vintage Dove punch, piece of clear plastic packaging, Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Lettuce and Snow Cap, Glossy Accents, non-stick craft mat, soft cloth, miscellaneous fibers and ribbons


If you're looking for some really different techniques, be sure to check out Tim's Blog!

Snowstorm

Monday, December 5, 2011


Well, I'm behind on everything else this Christmas, so why not my tags too! Here is Tim's fourth tag.I kept the snowman theme but tried to play a little with some different products. Again, the picture just does not show how sparkly the entire card is. Must work on my photography skills!

First, I smeared Shabby Shutters, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Inks on my non-stick craft mat, then spritzed it with water and pulled my card stock through it. Then, I cut the tag with the Tag and Bookplates die. The snowman and sentiment were stamped in Stormy Sky and then I used a paint brush to cover the entire tag with Golden Glass Bead Gel. Once that was dry, I inked the tag with Versamark and heat embossed with Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder. Then I repeated the Versamark and heat embossing. It gives a more pronounced look to the Glass Bead Gel. The edges of the tag were distressed and sponged with Shabby Shutters.

Next, I used my Stampin' Up! Northern Frost Sizzlets Decorative Strip die to cut some snowflakes out of silver glitter paper. The paper is quite thick, so shims were needed to get a proper cut and I actually had to use my craft pick to finish poking through some of the holes. These snowflakes were then glued to the card with Crafters Pick Glue.

I hand dyed some seam binding with the Shabby Shutters and Stormy Sky Distress Inks and then pulled some other ribbons from my stash as the final embellishment for the tag.

Recipe:
Paper: Gina K. Baseweight card stock in Ivory
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood and Shabby Shutters; Versamark
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo clear stamps
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die, Stampin' Up! Northern Frost Sizzlets Decorative Strip die, Golden Glass Bead Glitter, non-stick craft sheet, heat gun, Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder, misc. silver glitter paper, misc. ribbons, Snug Hug seam binding in Charcoal Gray and Chalk White, gloves, paint brush, distressing tool, craft pick

Hope you are enjoying these tags as much as I am!

Tim's Tags - Day Three

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Another day...another tag. This one is based on this Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Three Tag.

I've taken a much more feminine approach to this tag, it's all in creams and pinks and has a whole lot of shimmer that's again really hard to photograph. And, again, in keeping with my plan of using what I have I did not run off to Mike's to buy something. Although I was really tempted...LOL!

It all starts out with a die cut tag in ivory. Next the tag was dry embossed with one of Tim's embossing folders. Then, the raised lettering was sanded with a sanding block and lightly touched with the Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I varied the amount of ink on the raised lettering so that some areas are darker than others. Next I took some Distress Stickles and rubbed them here and there across the raised lettering. Then hit the tag with the heat gun until they were dry. I also spritzed the card with some Glimmer Mist for even more shine. And, the edges were distressed with a distressing tool and more Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Next comes a die cut piece of the same ivory card stock. I tapped the Antique Linen Distress Ink on my non-stick craft mat and spritzed it with water before dipping the die cut in it. Then it too was spritzed with Glimmer Mist and dried with my heat gun.

I used the same method to tea stain my piece of lace with the Antique Linen Distress Ink and again the same method to die a piece of white seam binding in the Spun Sugar Distress Ink. When I went looking through my pearls, I discovered that I didn't have matching ones...some were white and some were ivory. Yes, a trip to Mike's seemed to be in order but...Copics saved the day! I simply colored my pearls all the same color with a Copic marker. Whew!

The pin was partially strung with beads, crystals and silver spacers and woven through the ribbon. Then I completed the pin and placed an end cap on it. Wouldn't want to "stick" my gift recipient would I? LOL


Recipe:

Paper: Gina K. Ivory Base Weight Card Stock

Ink: Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink

Stamps: none

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die, Tim Holtz Ornate die, Tim Holtz Christmas Background and Borders embossing folders, misc. pearls, Copic marker - E57, Glimmer Mist in Old Lace, Distress Stickles in Antique Linen, Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit (retired), Snug Hug Seam Binding, Melissa Frances lace, Prima velvet ribbon, non-stick craft mat, heat gun, water mister, distressing tool, sponges

Have a super Saturday!

Tim's Tags - Day Two

Friday, December 2, 2011

It's Day Two for the Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas. Here's Tim's latest tag.

And, again in the spirit of using what I have, this is my tag. I've die cut a piece of Kraft Resist with the Tags & Bookplates Die and glued it to a #8 manila tag. Then it was smudged with Snow Cap Acrylic Paint.

Next, the trees and sentiment were stamped in Pine Needles Distress Ink. I cut a piece of Grungeboard with the Ornate Alterations die. Then it was inked with the same ink but I softened the color by smudging Snow Cap Acrylic Paint over it with my finger. It was then glued to the tag with Crafters Pick glue.

The two deer are die cut in embossed felt with the Movers and Shapers Mini Reindeer & 25 set. I used my Zyron to attach them to the tag.

And finally, I tied some raffia with a Muse Token and Trinket Pin through the hole and done!

Recipe:
Paper: Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist
Ink: Pine Needles Distress Ink
Stamps: Tim Holtz - Merry Christmas Clear Stamps and Quietfire Designs
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tags & Bookplates die, Ornate Alterations die, Alterations Movers & Shapers Mini Reindeer & 25 set, Grungeboard, embossed felt, Crafters Pick glue, Zyron machine, raffia, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, non-stick craft sheet, Tim Holtz Ideaology Muse Tokens - Christmas, Tim Holtz Ideaology Trinket Pins, Inkssentials #8 Manila Tag

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tim's Tags - Day One

Thursday, December 1, 2011


It's day one of the amazing Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas and I'm playing along today.
Here's Tim's tag.

I'm enamoured with all things Tim. And, yes, while I do own some of his products, I don't have each and every product to re-create Tim's tag. Hmm...this could be just the time to pick up more of his products but I'll be using what I have. That's just fine...his tag's for inspiration and so this is what I've come up with.

My tag's been cut with his tag die. It was dry embossed with a snowflake embossing folder. Next I tapped a white craft ink pad over the raised areas of the embossing. Then, it was heat embossed with SU Iridescent Ice. Next, the edges were distressed with a distressing tool and sponged lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. A little bit of the distressing ink was lightly dabbed here and there over the entire tag too.

The sentiment, is really sparkly IRL, however I just couldn't capture all the sparkle on this with my camera. Wish you could see it! The letters are chipboard and have been painted with an Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap, then dipped in Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter and glued to the tag with Crafters Pick Glue.

The spray at the bottom has been created with Tim's Festive Greenery Die in a couple of different colors - SU Pear Pizzazz, an unknown shape of turquoise and deep espresso colors of Bazzill. The holly leaves were again painted with the Snow Cap paint and dipped in more Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, as were the flourishes. Behind the spray, I've fashioned a banner similar to Tim's Tattered Banners Die which I don't have. It's a piece of his Kraft Resist Paper Stash that's been distressed and inked with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink too.

The pinecones are hand made by using the McGill Paper Blossoms punches. They were dabbed with the Snow Cap paint and also dipped in the glitter.

And, finally, I added several different types of fibers and seam binding from my stash.

Recipe:
Paper: unknown Bazzill turquoise and espresso colors, SU Pear Pizzazz and Paper Stash - Kraft Resist by Tim Holtz
Ink: Brilliance Moonlight White and Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Stamps: none
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate Die, Sizzix Textured Impressions Snowflake embossing folder, Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die, Adirondack Lights Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots, non-stick craft mat, Crafters Pick Glue, Basic Grey Holiday Chipboard, McGill Alpine Snowflake punch, McGill Floral Petals punch, McGill Craft Molding Mat and Tool Kit, various fibers and seam binding from my stash

Have a terrific Thursday everyone!

Blingin' Noel

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This card's for the Sketch Challenge today over at Splitcoast. An awesome layout that lends itself to so many different ideas. I chose to make a wreath based on one of Kittie Caracciolo's designs.

The card base is a standard A2 in SU's Basic Gray. Next comes layered pieces of designer paper that are framed in SU Very Vanilla. On top of all those layers is a big piece of bling from Recollections.

The sentiment was stamped off before stamping it in Basic Gray on the vanilla cardstock. Next it was cut with a Spellbinders Nested Pennants die. The edges were curled for a little interest and a couple of rhinestones were added as the accent above the "e".

On to the wreath. First I punched a whole lot of the Martha Stewart Holly bits and MS Branch bits in Very Vanilla, Brushed Silver and Whisper White. Next, using a stylus and mat I shaped each punched bit. Then, using a toothpick, Crafters Pick glue was applied to each of the holly bits and it was dipped in MS Coarse Glitter. It was a random process,using the toothpick to dot on the glue here and there on each bit.

Then, the wreath was assembled on a base made by cutting a piece of Very Vanilla with a 2" Spellbinders die and the next size down die at the same time. This provides a 1/4" wide circular base for the wreath.
Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Brushed Silver and Memory Box Dewfrost
Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray
Stamp: Waltzingmouse Say It Loud Winter Holiday
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Nested Pennants, Recollections bling, Martha Stewart Holly and Branch punches, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, craft mat, Crafters Pick glue, McGill stylus and Craft Molding Mat

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Kraft Tag

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Yes, I've been MIA...sorry about that! Time for a new posting!

Over at Splitcoast yesterday...the Technique Lovers Challenge to make tags and the Color Challenge today is Kraft, White and Pear Pizzazz.

I've used a die to cut out my tag. Next comes some sponging with Shabby Shutters and then I dabbed on some Snow Cap acrylic paint around the edges. Next comes a few images stamped in Shabby Shutters, followed by more images from the same set stamped in the acrylic paint.

The holly leaves are die cut, shaped with a stylus, edged in Shabby Shutters and dabbed with Snow Cap which was then smudged with my fingers. The little holly berries have a bit of white gel pen for interest.

And finally, I tied a bunch of fibers to the top of the tag with some burlap string.

Recipe:

Paper: Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Paper Stash, SU Real Red and Pear Pizzazz

Ink: Shabby Shutters Distress Ink

Stamps: Tim Holtz Merry Christmas Clear Stamps

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die, Tim Holtz Holly Branch die, Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap, sponges, white gel pen, fibers and baker's twine

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Pastel Poinsettias Three

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, it's the Color Challenge. Today we're using Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist and either white or vanilla for a neutral. And, for dessert, make it a Christmas design.

I've started with a standard A2 card base in ivory. Next comes a layer of Blushing Bride that's been dry embossed. A Versamark pen was used for the dots, and then they were heat embossed with gold satin embossing powder.

The poinsettias were made by stamping and heat embossing each flower three times on a sheet of ivory card stock. Then I sponged the various colors over each flower. Next they were cut out with the dies. The bottom layer of each poinsettia was attached to the card with dimensionals and each subsequent layer was glued. The final touch for each poinsettia was a glitter dot that was colored with my Blushing Bride marker.

Recipe:
Paper: Gina K. base weight ivory and SU Blushing Bride
Ink: Versamark and SU Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Marina Mist
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia, Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder, Versamark pen, dimensionals, sponges, embossing buddy, gold stain embossing powder, Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots, Crafter's Pick glue, toothpick and SU Blushing Bride marker

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Pool Party Sparkle and Shine

Monday, November 21, 2011



Today, over at Splitcoast, we're doing the CAS challenge featuring a Christmas/Winter theme and the Technique Lovers Challenge featuring snow.


I've used a standard A2 card base in SU Pool Party. Next is a 4" x 4" square of SU Whisper White, followed by a layer of designed paper that's 3.75" x 3.75". My large snowflake is a layered die cut that's been inked with Versamark, heat embossed with SU Iridescent Ice and each layer is popped up on dimensionals.


The sentiment has been heat embossed in white. For embellies...just a few glitter adhesive dots that look like snowballs...perfect for the challenges today.


Recipe:

Paper: SU Pool Party, Whisper White and First Edition Christmas Joy

Ink: Versamark

Stamps: Studio G sentiment

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Create A Flake Three, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, dimensionals, SU Iridescent Ice, and Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots


Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Layered Tree Sparkle

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Over at Splitcoast today...the Inspiration Challenge. Stef found a wonderful artist on Etsy called Singing Cat Studio. My inspiration for this card came from this bead. I went with deeper shades of plum and blue though.

My card base is a standard A2 in SU Rich Razzleberry. It's topped with a layer of SU Basic Black. Next comes a layer comprised of two different designer papers from Memory Box. The paper on the right has been sponged just a tiny bit to bring more of the Razzleberry color in and I added a little dot with a Gelly Roll Stardust pen to the center of each snowflake for a little more bling.

The tree has been made by cutting two full die cuts of the tree - one in Rich Razzleberry and one in Pacific Point. Next they were both run through my Big Shot Pro with an embossing folder. Then, there are perforated areas on the tree once it's been cut. I cut different layers along the perforations.

Then the raised parts were lightly sanded with a sanding block and touched with black ink. Next I heat set the black ink. This is really important! If you don't heat set the black ink really well and let it dry completely, you'll contaminate your Versamark pad. That's the next step...I inked all the pieces with my Versamark pad and embossed them with SU Iridescent Ice.

Next the tree was re-assembled using lots of dimensionals so that the edges are more prominent. As I was building the tree I attached the rhinestone swirl and the sentiment banner tucking it under the one layer before continuing on to finish the tree.

The sentiment banner has been cut with the same designer papers, stamped and then inked with the Razzleberry ink. Three more rhinestones are the only other embellishment on the card.

Recipe:
Paper: SU Rich Razzlberry, Basic Black and Memory Box Dewfrost
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, and SU Rich Razzleberry
Stamp: Stampavie Peace on Earth
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Triad Leaves embossing folder, Sizzix Christmas Tree #2, Spellbinders Nested Pennants, Recollections rhinestones and swirl, SU Iridescent Ice embossing powder, heat gun, paper snips, sanding block, crafting tweezers, dimensionals, Gelly Roll Stardust pen, sponge, ATG

Have a super Saturday everyone!

Pixelated Greetings

Friday, November 18, 2011



Lydia's doing the Free For All Challenge over at Splitcoast today. We're to make something that resembles pixels on our cards, so I've embossed the corners of each of my squares to simulate pixels. And, our Queen for the Day is Carol. I'm honoring Carol with my version of this card.


My card base is a standard A2 in SU Basic Black. Next I punched some squares out of a newsprint type designer paper, dabbed the corners with my Versamark pad and gold embossed each square. Then using a large sheet of Scor-Tape, the squares were all attached to the card base. The edge of the entire sheet was sponged with a little bit of SU Cherry Cobbler once it was adhered to the card.


The same image that Carol used was stamped in Staz-On Black over top of the squares. Then some Copics were used to color the leaves and the berries. They were colored very carefully as Copics and Staz-On are both solvent-based and can smudge.


Next comes a die cut ornament shape, followed by a punched oval that has the sentiment heat embossed on it. A small SU Cherry Cobbler seam binding bow and a few rhinestones are the final touches on the card.


Recipe:

Paper: SU Basic Black, SU First Edition Designer Series Paper (retired), SU Brushed Gold

Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler, Staz-On Black, Versamark

Stamp: Penny Black

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments Nestabilities dies, EK Success oval punch, SU Basic Rhinestones, SU Cherry Cobbler seam binding, dimensionals, sponges, sheet of Scor-Tape, misc. gold embossing powder, misc. black embossing powder and Copics: BG93 and R39


Again, have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Noel Tree

A fun little Christmas design for you today!


My card starts with a regular A2 card base in SU Bermuda Bay. Next comes a layer of white card stock that's been dry embossed in a snowflake pattern. Then I've taken a piece of dotted designer paper, distressed it and inked the edges in Bermuda Bay.


My tree has been cut out of a coordinating designer paper with a Sizzix die and adorned with Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots. Don't you think they look like snowballs? Fun hmm?


My embellies include hand-dyed seam binding, again dyed with the Bermuda Bay, some baker's twine in a coordinating color, a little pennant for the sentiment and a fun button treatment. I've taken a clear, flat button and added a red-liner tape dot. Then the red baker's twine was wound around to make sort of a lollipop look. It's all been attached to the card with my favourite glue - Crafter's Pick.


Recipe:

Paper: SU Bermuda Bay, misc. white card stock and Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment) and SU Bermuda Bay

Stamps: Stampavie Peace on Earth (sentiment)

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Nested Pennant Dies, Sizzix Snowflake #6 Textured Impressions embossing folder, Sizzix Christmas Tree #2 die, distressing tool, sponge, craft mat, Snug Hug seam binding, The Twinery baker's twine in Maraschino and Caribbean, flat clear button, red-liner tape, Crafter's Pick glue, and Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Make Merry!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today we're doing the Ways to Use It Challenge. Our theme is "Baby It's Cold Outside".

Isn't this just the cutest image? It's been die cut and colored with Copics. Then I added some bling with a Gelly Roll Stardust pen and added some Polar White Flowersoft on the fur of both their hats and the trim on her jacket. The image was also sponged in the die and layered over a slightly larger die cut.

I've used a Spellbinders Edgeabilities die for the pieces of plaid designer papers and they've been layered over some plain white card stock. As usual, this is standard A2 card base.

The sentiment has been stamped, die cut and sponged. Then I've looped some baker's twine and tied it around my little punched bell. To add dimension to the bell, it's been placed on a craft molding mat and shaped with a stylus. Then I added a little more Flowersoft on the bell too.

Recipe:
Paper: SU Pear Pizzazz and Cherry Cobbler, misc. white card stock and Echo Park Season's Greetings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Nelly Snellen Dawn008 Giving Away and SU Berry Christmas
Accessories: Big Shot Pro; Spellbinders Labels Sixteen, Ribbon Banners and Brackets Edgeabilities; Martha Stewart Jingle Bell punch; misc. baker's twine; sponges; Polar White Flowersoft; Crafter's Pick glue; Gelly Roll Stardust pen; dimensionals; and Copics: BG0000, BG10, C0, C1, C3, E00, E000, E0000, E50, E53, E55, E57, E30, R37, R39, YG21, YG23, YG91, YG95 and YG97

Have a terrific Thursday everyone!

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Wednesday, November 16, 2011




We're doing the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today. I've taken some liberties with the layout as there's supposed to be a rectangle shape where my ornament is. But that's what it's all about right? It's all about our own interpretation of the sketch.

Today I've used a 6 1/2" x 5" card base in white. It's been stamped with a snowflake image and heat embossed with SU Iridescent Ice. Next comes a layer of aqua. Then another layer of white that's been stamped with the aqua color that's been set with the heat gun before adding some centers to the snowflakes with more Iridescent Ice.



Then, there are three squares cut with Nestabilities dies in aqua topped with three different stamped squares. The white squares have been popped up on dimensionals for added depth. The ornament was stamped in Versamark, heat embossed with white embossing powder, then cut out with a Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments die.


I've added some snowflakes with some rhinestones for a little more bling.




Recipe:


Paper: Gina K. heavyweight card stock in white, SU Pool Party


Ink: Versamark, SU Pool Party


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Santa's Coming to Town


Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Squares, Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments, 1 1/4" square punch, clear blocks, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, embossing buddy, heat gun, white embossing powder, SU Iridescent Ice, Versamark pen, Hero Arts adhesive rhinestones



Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Lucky Coral Breezes Special Day

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Over at Splitcoast we're doing the Color Challenge Today. The colors are Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral and the neutrals of our choice. And, the dessert option of a decorative edge.

My card base is a standard A2 in SU Crumb Cake, followed by a cheater layer of black. Cheater layer you ask? Well it's a piece of card stock that I've used for punches, die cuts etc. but happened to be big enough to edge my designer paper and since you don't see everything cut out of it...a cheater layer. Saves on paper big time!

My designer paper had the three colors in it but I chose to add some sponging to deepen them. Then I used a doily die to make the next layer.

The focal point has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with markers and a blender pen. Then a little bit of Gelly Roll Stardust was added for some sparkle. This piece has been popped up on dimensionals for some added depth.

For embellishments some hand-dyed seam binding and a punched butterfly that's had some glitter added to the wings. It's a slightly deeper color than the seam binding but shows more pinky red in the picture for some reason???

Recipe:
Paper: SU Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Copic X-Press It Blending paper and Basic Grey Stella Ruby
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze and Calypso Coral
Stamps: JustRite Stampers Butterfly Garden Set
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities, Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die, distressing tool, sponges, SU Butterfly punch, Snug Hug Seam Binding, craft mat, gloves, heat gun, dimensionals, Martha Stewart Carnelian glitter, Crafter's Pick glue, toothpicks, Gelly Roll Stardust pen and SU markers in Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze and Calypso Coral

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Christmas Cheer

Monday, November 14, 2011


Over at Splitcoast today...It's A Wrap. The Technique Lover's Challenge is all about packaging for the upcoming holiday season.

I chose to decorate a ready made bag. First comes a layer of plain black card stock that's been distressed and adhered to the bag. Next is a piece of plain textured card stock that's been distressed, stamped and then I used the direct to paper approach for adding more ink to the paper. Several different images have been used several different inks. Then comes a large embellishment made from a large bow, two small craft picks from Prima, some lace which was wound down further onto the paper, a layered black snowflake and finally a stamped tag.

The tag is simply stamped on the same blush rose toned paper, cut out with a square Nestabilities die and backed with a Nestabilities Lacey square die.

Recipe:

Paper: unknown blush rose color from Bazzill, SU Basic Black

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and Versafine Onyx Black

Stamps: SU Established Elegance, Inkadinkado lace pattern and Waltzingmouse Seasonal Remedies

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Create A Flake Three, Large Square Nestabilities, Lacey Square Nestabilities, embroidery thread, distressing tool, Prima Antique Mistletoe Traditional flowers (holly and berries), SU 1 1/4" grosgrain striped ribbon, Prima lace, Crop-A-Dile, plain white gift bag

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

The Spirit of Christmas

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Isn't this one of the most beautiful sentiments? We're doing the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast today, honoring Itsapassion (Anne). The inspiration for my card today came from this wonderful card of Anne's.

My card base is a standard A2 and over top of that I've layered two pieces of designer paper that have been crinkled, distressed and sponged. Next comes a Spellbinder's Label Thirteen die cut that's been stamped with a JustRite Cling Vintage Label. It too has been sponged. Then, I've sponged a piece of white and black wide ribbon to deepen the color. The sentiment piece is again a Spellbinder's Label Thirteen that's been stamped with the sentiment, sponged heavily and popped up on dimensionals.

My embellishment is a piece of hand-dyed seam binding, a piece of embroidery thread, two punched stars and a small brad.

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, More Mustard and Naturals Ivory; Prima Printery and Bo Bunny Noel
Ink: Stampin' Up! More Mustard and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Quietfire Design and JustRite Cling Vintage Oval Labels
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's Labels Thirteen, Stampin' Up! star punches and 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, embroidery thread, misc. black brad, distressing tool, sponges, Snug Hug seam binding, craft mat, gloves, Crafter's Pick glue, and piercing tool.

Have a super Sunday everyone!

Take Time to Delight

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today. Roxie fans the flames of our creativity with new and interesting sketches week after week. Thank heavens for Roxie!

As usual, a standard A2 card base. It's been topped with some designer paper that's been distressed, sponged and faux stitched. A piece of lace from my stash is layered over top of the designer paper. Next comes another layer of plain card stock layered with another piece of coordinating designer paper. And that's repeated yet again with a smaller rectangle.

The sentiment piece has been die cut, stamped and sponged in the die. Then, I traced and hand cut a slightly larger piece to mat it on.

I've layered a piece of lace, some seam binding and some twine, then glued it to the corner of the smallest rectangle. The flower is die cut, sponged and then a flat back pearl was glued into the center.

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory and MME Lost and Found Christmas
Ink: Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Ink
Stamps: Quietfire Designs
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels Twenty, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, piercing tool, mat, Stampin' Up! Early Espresso marker, sponges, twine, misc. lace, flat back pearl, Crafter's Pick glue

Hello Kitty!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's the Teapotter's Challenge and the Color Challenge over at Splitcoast today. Our cards are headed to Jane and John. Sadly, John is suffering from Stage 4 cancer and Jane has some health issues too, so we're sending them some love. And, I've used the MOJO214 sketch for the layout.

This card starts out with a standard A2 card base in Crumb Cake (Kraft). Next comes a layer of Cajun Craze, followed by a layer of designer paper that's been sponged lightly with Tempting Turquoise.

Next comes a Spellbinder's Lacy Circle in Cajun Craze topped by another piece of designer paper that's been dry embossed and sponged with Tempting Turquoise. On top of that is a hand-cut banner that's again designer paper layered over a Cajun Craze.

The focal point panel is cut with a Spellbinder's Labels Three die. It's an adorable digi stamp from Justinklined that has been colored with Copics. The sentiment was simply stamped to the right of the image. I didn't want this panel layered over the next largest label...it was simply too big for the design. So, I traced the outline of the same size die and cut it out by hand.

The seam binding bow has been hand-dyed with Tempting Turquoise and then heat set. It's topped with a die cut button (two layers). I've tied some linen thread through the top part of the button and popped it up on a dimensional over the bottom layer.

Recipe:
Paper: X-Press It Copic Blending paper, Stampin' Up! Cajun Craze and Crumb Cake, and My Mind's Eye Away We Go designer paper
Ink: Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise, Memento Tuxedo Black
Image: King of Siam by Justinklined and unknown sentiment stamp
Accessories: Big Shot Pro; Spellbinder's Lacy Circles, Buttons #5, Standard Circles, Labels Three dies; Sizzix Textured Impressions Flowers and Snowflakes Set; Snug Hug Seam Binding; craft sheet; gloves; sponges; linen thread; dimensionals; paper snips; Gelly Roll Stardust pen; and Copics: E40, E42, E44, W1, W3, and W5

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Peace on Earth

Monday, November 7, 2011

One more card today...this time it's for the CAS Challenge over at Splitcoast. We were given a sketch by the very talented Taylor.

I've dry embossed the standard A2 card base with the Sizzix Triad Leaves embossing folder. That seems to be my "go to" embossing folder these days. Then I've taken a strip of designer paper and heavily sponged the corners and stamped the sentiment on middle of it. And finally added some die cut snowflakes in metallic papers. Easy peasy!

Recipe:
Paper: Gina K. Heavyweight card stock in white, Memory Box Dewfrost and DCWV Metallic Stack
Ink: Stampin' Up! Blue Bayou
Stamp: Club Scrap
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Triad Leaves embossing folder, Spellbinder's Create a Flake Three, sponges, dimensionals

Again...have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

I Will Honour Christmas

Over at Splitcoast today...the Technique Lover's Challenge is to make a card with no stamping. Sacrilegious no? LOL! Actually, there are so many fabulous papers and embellishments to work with, that can easily be done.

My card base is a standard A2 to which I've layered some designer paper that's been distressed with a distressing tool. Next it was sponged all around the edges with Always Artichoke. Then two small rectangles of the same pack of designer papers also been distressed and inked, but with Real Red this time. They are then layered onto the card. Next is a strip of felt glued down the left side of the card.

The sentiment has been sponged with Real Red and popped up on dimensionals. On the bottom part of the sentiment piece I've layered many punched pine branches in two different colors - Old Olive and Always Artichoke. Crafter's Pick glue and a toothpick work really well for small pieces, like these little branches. I also used it to glue down the red felt - works like a charm!

My little bells are made from a Martha Stewart punch. First the edges are sponged with the coordinating inks. Next I used my white gel pen and added some highlights. In order to soften the highlights, they were simply rubbed with a cloth to give a more subtle look. Then, using a molding mat and large ball stylus, they were shaped to give more dimension. Some linen thread is tied through the top of each bell. And, the final embellishment, a small bow in gingham ribbon (thanks Kathy!).

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke, Real Red and Authentique Wonder
Ink: Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke and Real Red
Stamps: none!
Accessories: Authentique Two-Sided Elements, Rhonna Farrer Christmas Patterned Felt, Martha Stewart Pine Branch and Jingle Bell punches, distressing tool, linen thread, white gel pen, McGill Molding Mat and Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, sponges, gingham ribbon, Crafter's Pick glue, toothpick

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

Vicky's Joy

Friday, November 4, 2011

A very quick and easy card for the Queen for the Day Challenge over at Splitcoast. I was inspired by this beautiful card of Vicky's.

This is a standard A2 card. First step - dry emboss the edge of the card, second step - embossing buddy, third step - stamp the image and final step - gold embossing powder and set it with the heat gun. Easy peasy right?

Recipe:
Paper: Gina K. Ivory Heavyweight Card Stock
Ink: Encore Gold
Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs - Joy Tree
Accessories: Sizzix Triad Leaves embossing folder, embossing buddy, gold embossing powder and heat gun

Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!

A Flurry of Love

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

As it's getting closer to Christmas I'm keenly aware of my lack of seasonal cards in my stash...time to get to work on those!

This card has been designed using the My Favorite Things Sketch 44 layout. The sweet little image has been stamped, colored with Copics, and paper pieced. I've used Flower Soft for the fur on her boots, trim on her hat and the little pom pom on top of her hat.

I've used a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card base. Simple layering of card stock and designer papers. These are definitely not your usual Christmas colors, but that's what makes it fun! A strip of the die cut holly has been placed vertically in behind the sentiment and MFT die cut. My only other embellishment is a snowflake that also has a little bit of Flower Soft on it.

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze and Soft Suede, X-Press It Copic Blending Paper and First Edition Paper Christmas Joy Designer Paper Pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze
Stamps: MFT Flurry of Love
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, MFT Die-Namics Solid Bracket Border, Spellbinders Holly Motifs, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, Flower Soft Glue, Polar White Flower Soft, Signo white gel pen, sponges and Copics: BG72, E0000, E000, E55, E57, E59, E93, YR12 and YR14

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Hugs

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, were getting close to finishing off our month of the Hope You Can Cling To card drive. Today our challenge - frilly paper.

The little digi has been colored with Copics. Then I punched a piece of plain white card stock and made a slit across the bottom of her little dress. Then the piece of card stock was pleated by folding it back and forth. It's been taped to the back of the focal image and then popped up on the card with dimensionals.

The sentiment is hand written (yikes, that is so not my thing!) on a heart shaped die cut. And finally, I added a little heart gem for some bling.

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Basic Grey Perhaps and X-Press It Copic Paper
Ink: none
Images: Sassy Cheryl's Share The Love Digital Image
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Classic Heart Nestabilities, Hero Arts heart gem, dimensionals, Stampin' Up! Pinking Hearts Border punch and Copics: BG10, C1, C3, C5, E000, E0000, E11, E15, E55, E57, E59, E93, R20, R81, R83, R85 and 110 Special Black

Have a super Sunday, everyone!

A friend...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today...words of encouragement.

This card is a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5") in SU's Basic Black, followed by a layer of designer paper that's been distressed and inked. Next is a die cut in Basic Black, followed by the sentiment panel from the same pack of designer papers that's also been inked. A couple more die cuts over top of the sentiment panel and a couple of large pearls for embellies. The sentiment panel has been popped up on dimensionals. The hand dyed ribbon is placed between the black die cut and sentiment panel. I glued the knots down to the background paper and then glued two smaller pearls over top of the knots.

This is one of those cards where the paper does a lot of the work...makes it easy peasy!

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, unknown Bazzill card stock, Prima Printery
Ink: sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black, distressing in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and seam binding dyed in Soft Suede
Stamps: sentiment by Quietfire Designs
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and Fleur de lis Motifs, Snug Hug Seam Binding, craft sheet, gloves, sponges, Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit (retired), dimensionals and Crafter's Pick glue

Have a super Saturday, everyone!

Holly and Ornaments

Friday, October 28, 2011



This card's for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge Today at Splitcoast - using some shade of pink on a holiday or Christmas card. And, it's also for the Queen for the Day Challenge honoring Julie whose gallery is absolutely stunning!


I chose to CASE this card of Julie's in her honor. My card base is a little out of the ordinary - it's 4.5" x 6" because I wanted to use the holly embossing folder and actually see some of it. That's a piece of designer paper in the background. It's been dry embossed, then the embossed area was sanded lightly. Next, using a direct-to-paper approach, the holly was highlighted. The edges of the background were sponged with burgundy, heat set, and then I used my gold craft ink pad around the edges, and gold embossed the edges. Then, the holly berries were inked with my Versamark pen and also gold embossed.


The ornaments are stamped and embossed in gold on more designer paper from the same series. I've used the Spellbinder's holiday tags to die cut them. Now, if you have the tags you'll notice that this is the largest tag. How did I get a larger tag? I traced around the outside of the largest tag and cut it out by hand. These larger tags were also gold embossed to add more shine. They're hanging on gold cord and adorned with little black satin ribbon bows. Again, wanting to see the holly background, the sentiment was simply stamped in the lower corner in black.


Recipe:


Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy, Brushed Gold as well as Lost & Found Christmas paper


Ink: Encore Gold, Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy and Staz-On Jet Black


Stamps: ODBD Holiday Ornaments


Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Holiday Tags, Cuttlebug Holly embossing folder, sanding block, scissors, gold embossing powder, Versamark pen, misc. black satin ribbon and gold cord, dimensionals


Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!

Do You Know This Stamper?

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Another post for today...


This card's for the Hope You Can Cling To card drive over at Splitcoast. Today we're to use some humor and a touch of pink. As a stamper, I can so relate to this scene. Except maybe her desk is too clean...LOL!


This is a 4.25" x 4.25" square card so it will fit in a standard A2 envelope. The digital image has been colored with Copics, but I chose just to highlight different things throughout the scene rather than get carried away with coloring. Her shirt is paper pieced and that's my jumping off point for choosing the colors. The only embellies on this are different colors of Stickles, again choosing to highlight different parts of the scene. Easy peasy!


Recipe:

Paper: Bo Bunny Garden Girl, X-Press It Copic Blending Paper and Stampin' Up! Basic Black

Ink: none

Image: Sketching Stamper Christmas Card Crisis digi

Accessories: Copics: E00, E000, E31, E33, E35, E39, R20, RV32, RV34 and YG95; Stardust, Cinnamon and Platinum Stickles


Again, have a terrific Thursday, everyone!

Dreams and Leaves




Over at Splitcoast today, the Ways to Use It Challenge, to use leaves. I've made an embossed resist card. Familiar with the technique? No? Here's how...


Take a sheet of plain white card stock, stamp it in Versamark Ink with your images. Then, take clear embossing powder and heat emboss the entire piece. Next sponge various colors over your entire piece of card stock. That highlights your stamped images beautifully. You can stop there if you wish but I took it one step further by using the same images and inks, and stamping the card stock again.


And finally, I stamped the sentiment over top of the page and used a leaf punch to show the black card stock through the embossed resist piece.


Recipe:


Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black and Really Rust (retired)


Ink: Versamark; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Forest Moss and Rusty Hinge; Staz-On Jet Black


Stamps: Stampin' Up! French Foliage and Inkadinkado


Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun, sponges, McGill leaf punch


Have a terrific Thursday, everyone!

Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This card has been made for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today. It's not a standard A2...gasp! This is actually a 6 1/2" x 5" card for a change.

I've taken a piece of designer paper and stamped it with the black floral stems. Then it was used for the background and as a background behind each of my three squares. The squares are made using the Black Magic Technique. Here's how: stamp your image in a white craft ink onto black cardstock; heat set it; then color it with colored pencils. When you color the image, start in the center with your darker colors and gradually add lighter colors working out to the outer edges. Next came some bling with a Stardust pen.

Recipe:
Paper: Bazill (unknown color), Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Basic Grey Perhaps
Ink: Stampin' Up! Craft White, Versafine Onyx Black, Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Stamps: Inkadinkado Garden Delight, Magenta (sentiment)
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Square Nestabilities, embossing buddy, Gelly Roll Stardust pen, sponges, Prismacolor pencils: Violet, Process Red, Hot Pink and Lavender

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Holiday Cheer

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Christmas cards are one of my favorite cards to design, so when we were given the colors in the color challenge today, that's where I headed even though these are rather non-traditional colors for Christmas. Our challenge today - Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo and Baja Breeze. My Rich Razzleberry is obvious and if you look at the strip of designer paper behind the snowman panel you'll see tones of both those colors.


This is a standard A2 card. The background panel has been stamped in Rich Razzleberry and matted in black before adhering it to the card base. The next panel has also been stamped in the same colors and snowflake stamps but it was matted with a slightly larger panel of black that's been punched across the bottom.


The little snowman image was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, then his scarf and little stars were colors with a blender pen and ink. Next, I added some Stickles to make him sparkle. The sentiment is a layered tag that's also been stamped in Rich Razzleberry. Then I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top and tied some embroidery floss through the tag before attaching it to the card. A couple of little punched snowflakes, with punched centers in the Razzleberry were added as embellies. The center of each snowflake has also been painted with Stickles for a little more sparkle.


Recipe:

Paper: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White and a retired designer paper; as well as Memory Box Dewfrost

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and Rich Razzleberry

Stamps: Snowman (Recollections), sentiment (unknown), snowflakes (Hero Arts)

Accessories: Martha Stewart Snowflake punch and border punch, small circle punch, embroidery floss, SU Small and Large tag punches, Crystal Stickles, blender pen, Crop-A-Dile


Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!

Thank You Kindly

Monday, October 24, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, the CAS challenge, which is a sketch and the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge - make a card for a caregiver.

This is a standard A2 card. The background image was stamped off and then stamped in Stampin' Up Blushing Bride. The floral image was inked in two colors and then stamped over top of the background stamp. And finally, the sentiment was stamped in the same green as is on the flower.

Easy peasy right?

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Naturals White
Ink: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Mellow Moss and Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Hero Arts (background stamp), Penny Black (flower) and Waltzingmouse Stamps (sentiment)

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Vintage Poinsettia

Sunday, October 23, 2011

M Over at Splitcoast today, we're doing the Featured Stamper Challenge. I chose this gorgeous card of Deb's to CASE. While using the same designer paper pack, I did use different papers, used the same poinsettia die but dry embossed it; added a punched layer under the lace and added lace under the brad instead of a snowflake.

These papers from My Mind's Eye are absolutely amazing and so wonderful to work with. I chose two different patterns for the background, distressed them and sponged them with Stampin' Up's Soft Suede. Then comes a layer of Stampin' Up's Bravo Burgundy that has been sponged heavily and punched with a Martha Stewart punch. Over top of that, a layer of lace.

Once the poinsettia was cut out with the dies, it was dry embossed with an embossing folder. Sometimes when you dry emboss dark designer papers, they end up showing the back side through. In other words you get a lot of light spots. I remedied this by sponging it with the same Soft Suede ink. Then the petals were shaped and dimensionals were added to...you guessed it...add dimension! The brad has a piece of lace gathered and adhered to the back of it before the whole poinsettia was assembled.

Recipe:
Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas
Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede
Stamps: none
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Poinsettia dies, misc. lace, Martha Stewart punch, Crafter's Pick adhesive, dimensionals, sponges, Stampin' Up! Antique Brad, Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder

Have a super Sunday, everyone!

Punched Poinsettia

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast today, and our inspiration is Liberty, a fabulous emporium in the heart of London since 1875. I chose this beautiful classic book as my inspiration. Although it's red and dark charcoal gray, my card is red and black.


This is a standard A2 card base in Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler. Wish you could see the depth of this color...it hasn't translated well in my picture. The bottom part of the card base has been dry embossed. Next I used my Tim Holtz Ornate die to cut a piece of black cardstock. Don't you love the shape? Then that piece was scored every 1/2" and then taking a gold pen, I traced the score line to add a little more bling and to mimic the vertical lines on the book cover.


Now comes the fun! On a recent trip to Minneapolis, I ended up at Archivers, a veritable paper lover's heaven. Love these McGill punches to make my own flowers! The poinsettia was created with the Star Lily and the Starburst punches. This particular flower uses the two middle sizes from the Star Lily punch. First, punch eight sets of the shape, then using the tools from the tool kit, break down the paper to make it more pliable. Then shape and emboss the poinsettia leaves, again with the tool kit. Next I took my Cherry Cobbler ink and a gold pen and touched the leaves with them to add a little more definition. The green leaves of the poinsettia were shaped and embossed with the tool kit also. Next comes the glue...I love the recommended glue - Crafter's Pick. It's thick and holds so well. Arrange your poinsettia leaves on the Starburst base which has also been shaped with the tool kit. And finally, glue the green poinsettia leaves in behind. Then I added some Stickles for a little more bling.


The sentiment was stamped and embossed in gold. Then I slid one end of it into the Star Lily punch to mimic the shape of the poinsettia leaves. Next, I took my gold pen and edged the sentiment piece.


Recipe:

Paper: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Always Artichoke and Brushed Gold

Ink: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Basic Black

Stamp: Flourishes (sentiment)

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Ornate die, McGill Starlily and Starburst punches, McGill tool kit and molding mat, Crafter's Pick glue, gold pen, Scor-Pal, ruler, Sizzix Textured Impressions Snowflake embossing folder, misc. gold pearls and Christmas Red Stickles


Have a super Saturday, everyone!

Peace on Earth

Friday, October 21, 2011

OK, some of you will have received a similar post to this already but I've changed up the embellies on the card, because I just wasn't happy with it.

First, I cut one circle in Whisper White with a Circle Nestie die and then the outer circle in Brushed Silver with the Lacy Circles die. Then I temporarily adhered a 1" circle of scrap cardstock over top. My focal image has been sponged with SU's Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy and Basic Gray. Then the entire circle was heat set. Why you ask? If you don't, you'll end up with embossing powder stuck every you don't want it. Next the bg trees were stamped in Basic Gray, followed by the foreground trees in Encore silver and then it was embossed with silver embossing powder. Finally, the sentiment was stamped across the circle. Three simple rhinestone brads adorn the right hand corner.

Three different types of ribbon/cording were layered down the left side of the card. And then a simple bow was added made with the cording and the sheer ribbon. It was fastened to the card with a brad.

This is made on a standard A2 card base in Basic Black. The next layer of Basic Gray has been sponged, to deepen the color. The designer paper in the background has been stamped and embossed with silver also.

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Brushed Silver and Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium
Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Encore Silver
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Peaceful Season, Christmas Punch and Lovely as a Tree
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Circle nesties, Lacy Circle nesties, sponges, silver embossing powder, 1" circle punch, Hermafix temporary adhesive, misc. ribbons and cording, SU Rhinestone brads, Crop-A-Dile

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We're still working on cards to send to Houston this month, over at Splitcoast. Today's challenge: use something that you might treat yourself to on your card. Well for some inexplicable reason...wine was the first thing that came to mind and this stamp fit the bill perfectly.

A very simple card today. Just stamped the image and used a blender pen with some Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride ink to color the wine glass and bottle. Then I sponged around the outside edges of the image while it was still in the die. A lattice frame in behind the image and a couple of brads...and done!

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Prima Printery
Ink: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Antique Brads, Big Shot Pro, Lattice Rectangles nesties, Curved Rectangles nesties, sponge, blender pen

Have a terrific Thursday everyone!

Peas on Earth

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A fun little play on words for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today!

This layout showcases designer papers in a big way. Or you could dial it down and work more with textures. I thought I'd have fun with these cute papers from Echo Park. Just basic layering of the layout. A little strip of ribbon and faux bow as well as done Stickles are the only embellies on this.

My little mousy image has been colored with Copics and paper pieced.

Recipe:
Paper: SU Naturals White, Real Red, Echo Park - Holly Jolly Christmas and Copic X-Press It Blending paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Real Red
Stamps: Inky Antics Cooking Mousies
Accessories: SU Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Real Red marker, dimensonal, Crystal Stickles and Copics: BG10, E41, E43, E47, G20, G24, G28, R11, Y000

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Cocoa Sparkles

Monday, October 17, 2011


Another card headed to Houston as part of the Hope You Can Cling To card drive over at Splitcoast. A double challenge card today - use a cupcake for the CAS challenge and use paint for the HYCCT challenge.

My little digi image has been colored with watercolor crayons and a waterbrush. Then the little hearts on top of the cupcake were colored with Stickles. I also used a watered down version of Stickles to paint the inside of Cocoa's little pink ears.


A simple layout with a couple of rectangles that have been dry embossed, a circular Nestie for the focal image and a button embellie. Easy peasy!


Recipe:

Paper: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink; and Basic Grey Sultry Designer Paper

Ink: just my laser printer on this one

Image: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Cupcake Cocoa digital stamp

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Large Circle Nesties, Sizzix Textured Impressions Flower embossing folder, Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Niji Waterbrush, embroidery thread, button, Copic BG10 (shading), Cinnamon Stickles and Fruit Punch Stickles


Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

Let It Snow

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Another card that will be heading off to Houston for the Hope You Can Cling To card drive at Splitcoast.


We're to use items that start with the letters P. I. N. K. My items are Punches, Ice Stickles, Night of Navy (paper and ink) and Kiwi Kiss (paper and ink).


My card base is a standard A2. On top of that is a border that's been cut with a Spellbinder's Edgeabilities die. Next comes a punched circle in white. My paper is my creation. I've stamped various images from a cute little bargain set of stamps I found at Michael's. Using both colors, I stamped the images over a slightly larger piece than the one cut for this card. Once it was trimmed down, I dry embossed it with a snowflake pattern embossing folder.


Then I punched out the snowflake and the sentiment. Then, once all pieces were in place the Ice Stickles were used for some bling.


Recipe:

Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss and Night of Navy

Ink: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss and Night of Navy

Stamps: Recollections Winter Wonderland

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's Edgeabilities - Bracket die, Sizzix Textured Impressions Flower and Snowflake Set, Stampin' Up! circle and snowflake punches, dimensional, Tombow Adhesive, Ice Stickles in Lemon Ice.


Have a super Sunday, everyone!

Merry & Bright

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This is for yesterday's Queen for the Day Challenge over at Splitcoast. We're honoring queen Joan for her fabulous gallery, kind comments and dedication to the Technique Lover's Challenge.

My inspiration was this wonderful card from Joan's gallery. What spoke to me was the beautiful bow and the three ornaments.

My card base is a standard A2 and has been layered with a red cardstock followed by a piece of designer paper that's been stamped and embossed in gold as well as sponged with the same red as the card stock. I cut this specific piece of designer paper to showcase the "Merry & Bright" sentiment.

The ornaments are stamped and embossed in gold. Then they were cut out with the co-ordinating Spellbinder's dies and popped up on dimensionals for added interest. I tied little bows in the same red color and attached them with Tombow Adhesive.

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and MME Lost & Found Christmas
Ink: Encore Gold Metallic and Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: ODBD Holiday Ornaments and Stampendous Ponderosa Pine
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's Ornament Tags, sponge, Stampin' Up! Gold Embossing Powder and Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Tombow Adhesive, dimensionals

Have a super Saturday, everyone!

Noel

Friday, October 14, 2011

Another card headed to the MD Anderson Clinic as part of Splitcoast's Hope You Can Cling To card drive.

Today, our challenge is to create a collage. Honestly, I have a little trouble distinguishing between a collage and making your own designer paper. What do you think defines a collage?

I've stamped four different images in three different inks. When the bough branch was stamped, it was stamped off twice first to get a much lighter shade of green. The focal image was done with a rock 'n roll technique. First it was stamped in the Tattered Rose and then I rocked the Pear Pizzazz ink pad around the edges before stamping. Then I added some Stickles to the centers of the poinsettias. Next, the panel was trimmed down to fit my layout. The same sentiment image was stamped down the side of the green card stock and then outlined with the Stickles for a little more bling.

Recipe:
Paper: Bazzill, SU Pear Pizsazz and Whisper White
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose; SU Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Fred Mullett Cedar Bough, Stampabilities (small poinsettia), Wordsworth - Noel Script and Stampington & Co. - Lg. Poinsettia
Accessories: Cherry Ice Stickles

Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!

Have Faith

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another card headed to the MD Anderson Center for the Splitcoast Hope You Can Cling To card drive. This is for the Fight Like a Girl - make a girlie girl card using flowers, lace, glitter, bling etc. And this is for today's sketch challenge.

This is a standard A2 card. I've layered a large piece of designer paper onto my card base followed by a smaller coordinating piece which has two of the corners rounded. Next I added a beautiful piece of bling. A smaller piece of the card base color has a die cut piece adhered to it and is peeking out from behind the sentiment panel. It too has a little bling. My sentiment panel has been stamped, sponged, all the corners rounded and then of course...more bling!

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Whisper White and My Mind's Eye A Happy Heart
Ink: Stampin' Up! Rose Red and Basic Gray
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Always Elegant and Flourishes sentiment
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, In Spades Borderabilities, sponge, corner rounder punch, Zva Creative rhinestone, Stampin' Up Basic Rhinestones

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

I'd rather be fishin...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fellow teapotter Karen and her hubby are having some tough times right now. This card is for her hubby.

I've used a Mo Manning digi and colored it with Copics. Then it was distressed. The clouds are die cut. I printed the sentiment on my computer and then cut the larger cloud. They're all popped up on dimensionals. The piece of red cardstock has also been distressed and it was dry embossed.

Recipe:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and X-Press It Copic Blending paper
Ink: just from my laser printer
Image: Mo's Digital Pencil
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Memory Box Puffy Clouds Die, dimensionals, distressing tool, Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder, Copics: B21, B23, B24, B26, B28, E31, E33, E35, E37, R83, R85, R89, T1, T3, T5, and a Copic Multiliner in black.

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Pink Friends

Monday, October 10, 2011


A multiple challenge card again today. The layout is the MOJO210 sketch. The Hope You Can Cling To Challenge at Splitcoast today - use pink, use ribbon and a theme of friendship. We're doing a card drive for the MD Anderson Center in Houston and this card will be headed there for women fighting breast cancer. And, finally, the Technique Lovers Challenge layering two or more background stamps.


This is a standard A2 card base. First I took a script background and stamped it in gray. Next I took a diamond background image and stamped it in one shade of pink. And finally, I took a subtle weave type pattern and stamped it, in another shade of pink, over the top 2/3 of the card.


The top area has been cut and embossed with one of Spellbinder's new Edgeabilities and then I scrunched ribbon across the top of this piece. I layered a strip of designer paper over some gray card stock, followed by a diamond shape in pink that's been stamped and also layered over gray. The sentiment panel has been stamped with the weave pattern, a subtle flower pattern and then the sentiment. It too has been layered over gray.


Recipe:

Paper: Gina K Heavy Base Weight in white, Stampin' Up! Going Gray and Pink Pirouette

Ink: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette and Going Gray

Stamps: 3 CHF background stamps, Stampin' Up! Language of Friendship and Vintage Vogue

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Petal Edgeabilities, Stampin' Up! Pink Pirouette ribbon, Scor-Tape


Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Holiday Peace

Sunday, October 9, 2011


This card is for the Hope You Can Cling To challenge over at Splitcoast. Today, our challenge, Things Are Looking Up...in other words things you can see when you look up.


I chose to make a CAS card today. Simple stamping right? Well, it should have been very easy...but do you know how many black inks smudge on coated paper? I do! After several attempts I found that Brilliance worked best when heat set.


The angel and sentiment have been stamped in the Brilliance Graphite Black and then heat set. Next, I cut a strip of black card stock and punched it with a Martha Stewart punch. Then it was adhered to the lower part of the card.


Easy peasy...it just doesn't get much easier than this...if your inks don't smudge LOL!!


Recipe:

Paper: Stampin' Up! Brushed Gold, Basic Black

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Co. and Stampin' Up!

Accessories: Martha Stewart punch and a heat gun


Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!