Its Always Been You!

Monday, December 31, 2012




A very Happy New Year to you and your families!

I've tried a new to me technique today called the chalkboard technique.  This challenge can be found at Splitcoast Stampers in the Technique Lover's Challenge forum.  You'll find directions for the technique there.

The layout is from the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge for January 2013.

This starts with a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base in white.  Next comes a large rectangle and a skinny rectangle from coordinating designer papers both matted in black.  On top of that is a banner cut with the MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flags die, again in a coordinating designer paper.  The little "XOXO" tab is cut with the MFT Die-Namics Mini-Tabs Foursome and stamped with a sentiment from MFT. 

The felt hearts have been die-cut with a Memory Box die, and the paper hearts with another Memory Box die.

My main panel has been made with the chalkboard technique as mentioned above.  A very different and fun technique for sure!  My chalkboard panel has been matted in black and I added one little red felt heart to the center of the "YOU".  Since I wanted more of a subway sign feel  I used lots of sentiments!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in White, SU! Basic Black, SU! Real Red and Authentique Lovely
Ink:  Ranger Emboss It Clear, SU! Whisper White Craft Ink and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  MFT Lovey-Dovey Sentiments and Clearly Sentimental More Essential Sentiments.
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flags die, MFT Die-Namics LLD Insert It die, MFT Die-Namics Mini-Tabs Foursome, Memory Box Heart Delights die, Memory Box Twirled Heart Border die, MFT Red Hot felt, MFT Black Licorice buttons, thread, needle, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat gun, ruler, white pencil, Scor-Pal and adhesives

May 2013 bring you more happiness, more laughter, more love and of course...more stamping!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!






Brightly Lit Joy

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Our inspiration for the CAS Challenge #201 comes from this photo from Pinterest:

I focused on the berries and greenery as well as the candle and made yes, yet another Christmas card!

The card is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" followed by the embossed layer.  The candle was made with a Dee's Distinctively die.  I cut the main part of the die in corrugated paper.  Then,  the dripping wax area was cut in plain white card stock and covered  with Distress Stickles.  The flame was cut in white card stock and then three different colors of Stickles were used for a more realistic look.  The base of the flame has been colored with a black marker.

The Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die has a branch on it also; so that's what I used for the greenery.  It's similar to the Martha Stewart punch, but larger which works for this purpose.  Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection card stock was used, then it was sanded and the edges were inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

The berries were cut with a small circle punch and then some Stickles were added for a little more bling.  The sentiment was cut from the Tim Holtz Stacked Words: Christmas Sizzix die, in the same red card stock as the berries.

Before assembling the candle, I stamped a sun image from Taylored Expressions behind the flame...fun hmmm?  Lots of dimensionals were used to pop up various parts of the candle and the sentiment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock, SU! Real Red, white corrugated paper and Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection card stock
Ink:  Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and Wild Honey Distress Ink
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Sky's the Limit
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Dee's Distinctively Candle Set die, Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, Tim Holtz Distressed Frame embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Stacked Words: Christmas Sizzix die, sanding block, dimensionals, Xmas Red Stickles, Orange Peel Stickles, Yellow Stickles, Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles, SU! Basic Black marker, sponge

Have a wonderful week.  No doubt, like me, you're down to the crunch getting ready for Christmas!  Don't forget to take a little time for yourself...catch your breath...and enjoy the season!

Joy to the World Tag

Well, as much as I'd hoped to get more tags done...this is probably my last for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist over at Ellen Hutson's classroom.  This tag is based on Paula Cheney's absolutely stunning tag.

I've started out with a manila tag and followed Paula's instructions for inking it.  Place some Spun Sugar Distress Stain and some Frayed Burlap Distress stain on a craft sheet...spritz with water and drag your tag through it.  Repeat until you're happy with your tag then dry it with a heat gun.

Next I dry embossed the tag and then sprayed it with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist to give it some shimmer. Then using two different sizes of Spellbinders circle nesties I cut a base for my wreath out of grungeboard.  I used the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery Sizzix die to cut out lots of holly leaves and used the branch from his Tattered Pinecone die to cut the larger bits of ivory colored branches.  Once all the leaves/twigs were glued onto the grungeboard base, I added some Ranger's Glossy Accents and then sprinkled it with glitter, all in random fashion.

The shiny center has been made with some adhesive backed foil as I didn't have the mirror card stock that Paula used.  It's just been adhered to the center of the circle that I cut with my nesties.  Next I used Tim's Stacked Words:  Christmas die, cutting it twice so that the words could be separated.  Like Paula, I placed the "joy" in the center and the rest of the die cut in the lower corner.

Again, more Melissa Frances tinsel trim, some hand-dyed seam binding and a scrap of silk ribbon for the ties.

Here's what I used:
Paper: Ranger Inkssentials Foil Tape Sheets, Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection card stock, SU! gold shimmer paper, ivory card stock
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Ranger Manila tag, Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes Texture Fades, Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die, Tim Holtz Stacked Words:  Christmas die, Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, dimensionals, SU! silver glass glitter, Ranger Glossy Accents, Melissa Frances tinsel trim, Hug Snug seam binding, kraft sheet, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, Frayed Burlap Distress Stain, Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mists, heat gun

Well that's probably it for the tags...ah if only there were more hours in a day right?    Have a great week everyone!  I'll be back later today with my posting for tomorrow's CAS challenge at Splitcoast.



Let It Snow Tag

Another tag for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist over at Ellen Hutson's Classroom.  This card is based on Maile Belles Day 10 tag.

I started out by stamping the little round "let it snow" image in SU! Whisper White Craft Ink randomly over the kraft tag.  Then the little snowman, penguin and snowflake images were stamped on a piece of white card stock cut the same width as the tag.  A little bit of Platinum Stickles were added here and there for some bling.  Then, as I didn't have any washi tape that worked with this...I simply cut a little banner in some chevron paper and added three snowflake brads.

To finish off the tag...some silver tinsel trim and some white seam binding. 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  white card stock and Echo Park Winter Wishes
Ink:  SU! Whisper White Craft Ink and Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Inks
Stamps:  Recollections
All the other stuff:  Ranger Kraft tag, Melissa Frances Tinsel trim, Hug Snug Seam Binding in Chalk White, Platinum Stickles, retired SU! brads, 1" square punch

A very simple tag, easy to create when you're in a real hurry.  And, how many of you...just like me...need to be able to come up with something quick these days?  LOL!

I've got one more tag to share with you...back soon!


Peace Angel

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I absolutely adore the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist over at Ellen Hutson's Classroom.  Each and every tag is wonderful in it's own beautiful way.  The designers have really outdone themselves this year. Hopefully time will permit me to get a few more done.  This particular tag is based on Sharon Harnist's gorgeous Day One tag.
Step one:  cut a tag with the Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die using Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection paper.  Cut another tag in ivory.  Adhere the two tags together.  (I used my Xyron for this)

Step two:  ink the inside top portion of the embossing folder with clear embossing ink (that's the side that will be embossing the top of your tag).  Run through your die machine and quickly sprinkle white embossing powder over the entire tag.  Brush the embossing powder off of the tops of all the snowflakes and in random areas of the tag. Heat emboss.  Sand the edges of the snowflakes, in random fashion.  Use a distressing tool to distress all the edges of the tag.  (side note:  as you can see the embossing folder is not as long as the tag and therefore leaves a solid border at the bottom)  I like this look but you could cut it off.  Ink all the distressed edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

Step three:  stamp in angel on ivory card stock and stamp the wings again.   I've used Gina K. Pure Luxury heavy weight because I was coloring with Copics.  Color very loosely with your Copics. Next using the glue of your choice, highlight areas where you want to add glitter and glitter away!  The second set of wings wasn't colored...just added glue and two different colors of glitter.  Then fussy cut  the angel and second set of wings.  Pop the wings up on dimensionals and add the angel to the tag.

Step four:  using the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die make the poinsettia out of the tan color of the same Kraft Core paper, sand the edges and then ink the edges in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  Add the same glitter to the poinsettia center die cut.  Adhere to the tag.

Step five:  using your Distress Inks, color two pieces of seam binding, spritz with water, scrunch in your hand and then dry carefully with a heat gun.

Step six:  cut the little tag with Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags die and stamp with sentiment.  Using a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp...add seam binding, pearl and tiny tag.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury ivory heavy weight card stock and Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostaligic Collection paper
Ink:  Embossing Distress Ink, Broken China Distress Ink and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Stamps:  Stampendous (angel) and Verve Joyous Noel (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die, Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die, Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags die, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder, white embossing powder, heat gun, distressing tool, SU! Champagne Glass Stampin' Glitter, Stickles Dry Fine Glitter in Cinnamon, Hug Snug Seam Binding in white, water spritzer, pearl, Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp, Xyron, dimensionals, Tim Holtz sanding block, Copics:  BG70, BG72, E00, E11

With any luck I'll find some time to do some more of these tags!  Thanks for being with me today!

Brightly Shining

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Glitter always sounds good until I try and take a picture...LOL!  Another card celebrating the 200th CAS Challenges over at Splitcoast.  Jen has asked us to use SU! Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Real Red and to add sparkle for one challenge, to use ribbons and bows for another, and to use our favorite holiday song for another.  Check, check and check!

I've embossed the background with stars and then covered it in glue and added SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter for sparkle.  Next a big red bow made with my Becca Peg Bow Maker as this stamper is bow challenged. 

Then, a tag cut with the Verve Sweet Scallop die.  It's been stamped with the sentiment and lots of little stars randomly over the tag.  Next, the edges were sponged with the Real Red. 

I added a button to the center of the bow and looped some twine over it to tie the tag onto the bow.  Some little bits of Scor-Tape hold the ties of the bow in place around the tag. 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake
Ink:  SU! Real Red and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Peace on Earth and Holiday Greetings
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Cuttlebug star embossing folder, Verve Sweet Scallop A Cut Above Die, Tombow Mono Multi glue, SU! Dazzling Diamonds, glitter cloth!!!!, MFT button, twine, dimensionals and Scor-Tape, Becca Peg Bow Maker, Hug Snug seam binding in Lipstick Red

Back soon with more!


Boundless Imagination

What no Christmas card today you ask?  Time for a change...that's not to say you won't see any more yet this year...

Our hostess, Becky, has asked us to use SU! So Saffron, Baja Breeze and Soft Suede for the Splitcoast color challenge.  And as an option for dessert to use newsprint, text, a script embossing folder or such. And this is also for the ongoing 200th CAS challenge party at Splitcoast...this particular challenge is to feature balloons.

My card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" in SU! Baja Breeze.  It's been very lightly stamped with an Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card background stamp, again in Baja Breeze.  The clouds have been made with an MFT die and some MFT felt.  The sun is a piece of white card stock that's been sponged with SU! So Saffron and then cut out with a 1" circle punch.

My hot air balloons were made by adhering several different Tim Holtz tissue tapes to a scrap of card stock, and then cutting them out with two different Memory Box dies.  Each one was first inked with Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and then all the edges sponged with SU! Soft Suede.  The hot air balloons are popped up on dimensionals to add some depth.

And finally, the sentiment was stamped in SU! Soft Suede.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Baja Breeze, Georgia Pacific White and scrap card stock
Ink:  SU! So Saffron, Baja Breeze and Soft Suede
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stuff to Say and Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Clouds
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Hot Air Balloon and Mini Hot Air Balloon Memory Box dies, MFT Die-namics Cloud Trio die,  Tim Holtz Tissue Tape in Commute and Symphony, Impression Obsession Mega Mount, Rusty Hinge Distress Stain, MFT Felt in Puff Cloud White, sponges, Jody boosters, Tombow Mono Multi, 1" circle punch

So glad you joined me today...hope you're having a wonderful week!



200th Noel

Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's the 200th CAS Challenge over at Splitcoast, one of my favorite places to hang out!  Denise has inspired us with a beautiful piece of fabric:


Normally I would have keyed in on leaves...one of my favorite things to stamp...but instead  focused on the colors and made yet another Christmas card.  Are you sick of Christmas cards yet?  I could probably make them all year long as they are one of my favorite things to do.

This is a really simple card to make.  It's a 4.25" square in SU! Basic Gray, followed by a square of red card stock, and a square of white card stock that's been embossed with a Spellbinder's square nestie.  The letters are stamped off before stamping as I wanted the feel of the gray leaves...soft and textured.  This particular font is simple and rather contemporary looking which mimics the feel of the fabric, don't you think? 

Then I topped it off with a little wreath.  Kittie Caracciolo makes the most amazing wreaths, so I followed her great tutorial on her blog.   I punched the Martha Stewart branch punch out many times in two shades of gold and in SU! Soft Suede.  The base of the wreath is made with two small circle nesties.  The little bow is simply made with a bit of Christmas tinsel pipe cleaner twisted to form the bow.

That's it...a very simple card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray, Soft Suede, misc. white and red papers
Ink:  SU! Basic Gray
Stamps:  SU! Taffy Alphabet
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, square Spellbinders nesties, Martha Stewart branch punch, round nesties, Ranger Glossy Accents, ATG

Hope you have time to play along at Splitcoast!  Have a wonderful week!

Glitzy Poinsettia

Saturday, December 8, 2012



It's time for a party!  We're celebrating the upcoming 200th CAS Challenge over at Splitcoast with a lot of fun challenges!

It's doubly fun for me as I was named to the CAS Winter Design Team this week. Lucky me!   I'm looking so forward to playing along each and every week!

Our first challenge for the party...Glitz and Glam...who doesn't love dressing up for a party?  I brought one of my best papers from Kanban...just wish you could see this gorgeous paper in person!

The poinsettia is made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettias die.  The center is made from the same textured gold paper as the two strips.  Each layer of the poinsettia has been popped up on dimensionals and I shaped each of the leaves with my fingers.

A simple sentiment from Verve and done!  Yes, you'll see this particular sentiment from Verve on a lot of my cards.  I love the size and font of this stamp!

The background has been dry embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.  There is actually a large snowflake hidden under the poinsettia...who knew?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Card Stock, Kanban and unknown textured gold card stock
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve Merry Wishes
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder 2 pk. Snowflake & Flourish, Xyron Create A Sticker, dimensionals

Back soon with more!

The Heart Has Its Reasons

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Free For All Challenge over at Splitcoast today is to make a spring card...ok...I started out with spring colors...pinks, mauves, greens and suddenly ended up with more of a Valentine.  Ah well....

My card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" in SU! Wisteria Wonder.  Next I took a piece of SU! Naturals Ivory and cut it 4.25" wide and then proceeded to rip it horizontally.

Now the fun begins!  I stamped the background stamp in Ranger Archival Jet Black and added two layers of Picket Fence Distress Stain.  Once that was dry, I added Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters and Dusty Concord Distress Stains in a random fashion.  Dried that with my heat gun, added another layer of Picket Fence and then stamped around the perimeter with just the edge of a stamp in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then in the lower right corner I added another branch/floral image in Dusty Concord Distress Ink.  Again, another layer of Picket Fence Distress Stain over top of that.  The top and bottom edges are inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

The bird/branch image is stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black.  I stamped off the sentiment and stamped just under the branch so it would be tucked under the heart...I wanted the words "the heart" to sort of stand out.  Then I stamped the sentiment again in the same ink in the  lower left corner.

The heart is die cut and inked with Weathered Wood.  The ticket is from Maya Road...it's been inked with Spun Sugar and I added more Picket Fence Distress Stain before stamping the word LOVE in Festive Berries Distress Ink.  A little red heart for the bird and a clip are the only other embellies.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals Ivory, Wisteria Wonder and Poppy Parade
Ink:  Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, Festive Berries, Weathered Wood, Gathered Twigs and Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry, Shabby French and Stuff to Say
All the other stuff: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Hearts Set, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, Shabby Shutters Distress Stain, Dusty Concord Distress Stain, Picket Fence Distress Stain, sponges, Maya Road ticket, SU! clip, Recollections self adhesive heart rhinestone, craft mat, heat gun, ATG

Back soon with more!  Thanks for joining me today!  I'd love to know what you think of this?  Are you a Tim Holtz fan?

My Favorite Tim

Thursday, December 6, 2012

So what's up with the title you ask?  Well, over at Splitcoast today it's the Ways to Use It Challenge and we're to use our favorite things.  If you look back over my cards...you'll see a lot of Tim Holtz products.  My collection continues to grow 'cause I just love everything Tim!!!

I've started out with a standard A2 card base in SU! Soft Suede.  Next comes a piece of Kraft Core card stock  that's been dry embossed.  Then it was sanded, distressed, the sponged.  Then for just a little more texture I used that says "believe", I wasn't looking for the word to show up so much as I loved the texture from the stamp.

The tree is cut from a yes...you guessed it...Tim Holtz die.  I used a different color of Kraft Core this time.  I stamped over the tree at a diagonal and then added some Ranger Glossy Accents and two different glitters. It was adhered with dimensionals. Then the "25" was die cut and adhered with my Xyron Sticker Maker.

I wanted something that was easy to mail and this fits the bill and actually a very simple card to make.

This card is also for the Queen for the Day Challenge over at Splitcoast where we are honoring Pam MacKay.  I chose this card of Pam's to case.  I used a tree and the "25" and a little of the color but pretty much everything else is different.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede and Coordinations Kraft Core Nostalgia Collection
Ink:  Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Just Believe and Letter to Santa
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes Texture Fades embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Pine Tree die, Tim Holtz Stacked Words:  Christmas Sizzlet die, SU! Champagne Glass Glitter, Stickles Dry Fine Glitter in Cinnamon, sponges, distressing tool, Xyron Sticker Maker, Ranger Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz sanding block, dimensionals




A Joyous Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Used lots of stamping on this one...no designer papers today! I've used Korin's wonderful sketch from the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today and I've used the colors from the Color Throwdown #221 with a slight deviation as I had no Gumball Green.




Here's Korin's sketch:

I stamped my card base with the larger poinsettia from Verve's Joyous Noel, as well as the little solid star from Verve's Holiday Greetings.  Then sponged a lot of SU! Crumb Cake around the edges and into the center of the card. 

Next I cut my layers...two squares and two rectangles and stamped them with the same images, plus the smaller poinsettia/star.  All the edges have been distressed.  Then each of the layers was matted on black card stock. 

I used my nesties to die cut the circles for the sentiment.  The same larger poinsettia image was stamped in SU! Riding Hood Red and then the sentiment stamped over top in black.  The sentiment circle was placed on the black mat with dimensionals and then I added the three stick pins into the dimensionals to hold them in place. 

A piece of black seam binding was added right across the card, followed by a seam binding bow with a brad center.  After my bow was made I simply spritzed it with water and scrunched it in my hand before adding the brad.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red and Garden Green (I think??)
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink,  SU! Crumb Cake and Riding Hood Red
Stamps:  Verve Joyous Noel and Holiday Greetings
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, circle nesties, dimensionals, sponges, Hug Snug Seam Binding in black, SU! antique brad and some stick pins, distressing tool and water spritzer

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!  See you soon with more!

Joyful Christmas

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Another really quick card that's easy to mass produce if you are behind in your Christmas cards.  I've used the layout from the CAS199 challenge over at Splitcoast.

I've stamped the crackle background in SU! Pool Party, the musical score in SU! Sahara Sand and the sentiment in SU! Rich Razzleberry.  Next I used an embossing folder across the lower portion of the card and covered the entire card with Distress Embossing ink before using my SU! Iridescent Ice to add sparkle.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Luxury Card Stock in Pure White
Ink:  SU! Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry, as well as Distress Ink Embossing Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Joyful Song
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folder 4 pk. - Christmas Background and Borders Set, SU! Iridescent Ice and heat gun

Back soon with more!

Funky Noel

Time for something completely different.  I've used the colors from the Splitcoast color challenge today...SU! Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso.

This is a very easy card to make and could be mass produced for a quick Christmas card.  I've used a card base in SU! Early Espresso.

The main panel has been made by inking a clear stamping block with SU! Cherry Cobbler and spritzing  with water before stamping on a piece of plain white card stock.  Once that was dry, I embossed it with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and inked the edges very heavily with SU! Marina Mist.  Next the edges were distressed and inked with SU! Early Espresso.

The image was inked in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped off a couple of times before stamping.  Then it was inked in the same black and stamped over top.

For the final touch, a misting of Perfect Pearls.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Georgia Pacific white, SU! Early Espresso
Ink:  SU! Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Inkadinkado
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Distressed Frame embossing folder, sponges, clear stamping block, Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist, ATG

Thanks for joining me today! 

Mmmmm...chocolate

Monday, December 3, 2012

This is my third and final card for the CAS Winter Design Team Challenges over at Splitcoast.  I'm so honored to be in the top 10!

For this challenge, Denise has asked us to show her something we'd eat or drink at her holiday movie party.  Who doesn't love chocolate?  There are always lots of chocolates around at Christmas time.  A little girl, many years ago would take a chocolate out of the box, take a bite and then put it back.  Let's just say she was a somewhat finicky eater, even when it came to chocolate!  Needless to say, her parents weren't thrilled with this...LOL!  And to protect the innocent, I will NOT be revealing this little girl's name...and will leave it up to your imagination.

OK...on to the card.  The card base is a standard A2 in SU! Early Espresso.  Next comes a layer of white card stock that has a computer generated sentiment and some dry embossing.

The chocolates were made with a Sizzix die called Chocolates...how very appropriate right?  This die allows you to pull apart different sections and color them as you wish.  So I matched the little squiggles on the top with the center and then around each center is a layer that looks like a caramel filling.  I cut the main chocolate twice for each and then glued all the little parts onto this backing for stability.  Then, and it's really hard to see in the photo, each chocolate has been covered with Ranger Glossy Accents.  They were attached to the card with glue dots.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron and Georgia Pacific White
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 4PK - Christmas Background & Borders Set, Sizzix Chocolates (sorry it's an old die that came in a set and that's all the info I have), Ranger Glossy Accents, computer and printer for sentiment, ATG and glue dots

Have a fantastic week everyone!

Masculine Peace

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I've never tried stamping with bleach, but wanted to play the Ways To Use It Challenge today over at Splitcoast.  So there's a first time for everything isn't there?

This card has been made with the sketch from Paper Players and is in honor of Queen Julia...our Queen for the Day at Splitcoast.

The center panel has been made with a piece of SU! Soft Suede, that was stamped with bleach, dried and then stamped with Black Soot Distress Ink, followed by heat embossing with Distress Embossing Powder in Tea Dye.  Next, I sponged lots of Walnut Stain Distress Ink over top of the entire piece.

Since I was going for a masculine feel, I used a simple border die from My Favorite Things, didn't want anything too frou-frou! 

The sentiment has been stamped on a Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die cut that's been heavily inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I think it has a nice masculine feel...what do you think?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Soft Suede, Basic Black and Calypso Coral
Ink:  Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Black Soot, and Distress Embossing Ink
Stamps:  Stampendous Ponderosa Pine and Verve Joyous Noel
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die, My Favorite Things Notched Border die, sponges, bleach, sponge brush, Tea Dye Distress Embossing Powder, heat gun, and ATG

Thanks for joining me...back soon with more!


Jingle Bell Gifts

Denise has provided us with sketches for the next step in the Splitcoast CAS Winter Design Team challenge.  I chose the Elf Sketch #2:


Haven't used my Flourishes Stamps in a very long time...but remembered an oldie but a goodie. I stamped the packages image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copics.  Next I used two different colors of Stickles to highlight the image and once that was dry, cut the image out.

My card base was dry embossed at the bottom, then the sentiment and packages image were stamped.  I added three little jingle bell brads to give a little more sparkle and dimension.  And finally, it was popped up on dimensionals.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Pure White card stock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Flourishes All Wrapped Up and Flourishes Christmas Wreath
All the other stuff:  Platinum Stickles, Diamond Stickles, dimensionals, jingle bell brads, scissors, Scor-Pal, piercing tool and mat, and Copics:  C1, C3, C5, RV63, RV66, and RV69

Thanks for joining me today! 


























If I had a star...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our CAS challenge hostess, Denise has given us a quote as our inspiration:  I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night- Galileo.

I immediately thought of this beautiful sentiment from Quietfire Design.  It's been simply stamped on some gorgeous paper full of stars and snow.  I added a piece of satin ribbon and hung a star from it. The star has been die cut and heat embossed. Easy peasy right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray and Echo Park Winter Wishes
Ink:  SU!  Basic Gray and Encore Silver
Stamps:  Quietfire Design
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Stacking Stars Die-Namics, white satin ribbon, Maya Road Twine Cording in Silver, silver embossing powder, heat gun, ATG

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Rudolph the Red Bowed Reindeer

Monday, November 26, 2012

This is my entry for the CAS Winter Design Team challenge going on over at Splitcoast.  Denise has asked us to make a card based on music from one of our favorite holiday movies.  Who doesn't love Rudoph the Red Nosed Reindeer...cartoon and song?  I've taken artistic license and dropped the red nose but added a red bow instead!

My card base is a standard A2 size in SU! Early Espresso.  On top of that is a layer of ivory card stock that's been dry embossed using a diffuser.  It's been stamped simply with the sentiment from Verve.

The reindeer was made by glueing some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap onto a piece of scrap card stock.  One layer of Glue n' Seal on the card stock, wrinkling the tissue wrap over top and then adding one more layer of the Glue n' Seal over top.  Once that was dry, I sponged some Distress Inks over top.  Next, it was cut with the Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight die.  Then I added some bling by sprinkling some glass glitter randomly over the reindeer while allowing some of the musical print to show through.  Next I added a moderate layer of Ranger Glossy Accents to seal in the glass glitter.

My only embellishment...a simple red satin bow. 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso and Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in Ivory
Ink:  Brushed Corduroy and Pumice Stone Distress Inks, as well as SU! Real Red
Stamps:  Verve Merry Wishes
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight, Sizzix Triad Leaves embossing folder, Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser Set, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap in Composer, SU! Champagne Glass Stampin' Glitter, Glue n' Seal, Ranger Glossy Accents, misc. red satin ribbon, sponges, ATG

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Silver Sparkle Christmas

Friday, November 23, 2012

Trish has chosen Mrs Noofy (Sue) as our Queen for the Day.  Sue has a wonderful gallery, full of amazing inspiration.  I chose this beautiful card as mine.  I'm also entering the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge to use blues.

Yes, I know...it doesn't look anything like Sue's card!  But that's the beauty of inspiration.  I chose the two vertical elements, changed it to a Christmas card and added some sparkle.

I've completely covered my card base with designer paper and rounded the bottom corners of the card.  Then the sentiment is die cut in brushed silver card stock and I added some coarse glitter...it's somewhat subtle in the picture, but a little more "glitzy" in real life.

The tree was also die cut in a coordinating designer paper and the edges were inked with distress ink. Next, I used my Versamark pen on the outer edges of most of the tree and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

A scattering of silver stars as the only embellishment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals White, Brushed Silver and Echo Park Winter Wishes
Ink:  Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Stacked Words Christmas die, Tim Holtz Pine Tree die, Ranger Glue n' Seal, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, Versamark pen, sponges, corner rounder punch, silver embossing powder, heat gun, Mark Richards metal star stickers

See you soon with more!


Wishing You...

Over at Splitcoast today, it's the Free For All Challenge...using glitter.  Who doesn't love glitter?  It really adds some pizzazz to your creations doesn't it?  And, it gets all over your face, in your hair, in the dog's fur...ah well...'tis the season!

I've used this Viva la Verve! Sketch Challenge by Teresa Kline:

I started out with a Naturals White card base.  Then a rectangle of Blue Bayou topped with some distressed and inked designer paper.  I added some Stickles to the centers of each of the little red snowflakes on this layer for some added sparkle.  A strip of Cherry Cobbler topped with more distressed and inked designer paper comes next.  Then a small rectangle of Blue Bayou underneath a layer of designer paper that...yes you guessed it..was distressed and inked.  I tucked a strip of the Verve Pennant Trim in Cherry Cobbler in behind this rectangle.

The sentiment has been done in two parts...one part stamped on the Verve Scroll and one part on the smallest rectangle of designer paper.  The scroll has been popped up with dimensionals.

Then I added some fun embellishments...poinsettias, a gold star, a leaf and three little glitter dots.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals White, Blue Bayou, Cherry Cobbler and Lily Bee Jingle
Ink:  SU! Cherry Cobbler, Blue Bayou and Distress Ink in Pumice Stone
Stamps:  Verve Joyous Noel and Verve Scroll Plain Jane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve A Cut Above Scroll Die, Verve A Cut Above Pennant Trim Die, distressing tool, sponges, craft mat, Petaloo poinsettias, Prima gold star and leaf, Recollections red adhesive glitter dots, dimensionals, Xmas Red Stickles

It's Friday again...where does the time go?  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Pearls and Poinsettia

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Good morning and a very Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and family!  Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day with family and friends!

Linda has asked us to create a card in black and white with a pop of color for the Ways to Use It challenge today over at Splitcoast.

My card base is a standard A2 size that's been dry embossed.  Layered over that is a piece of teal card stock topped by a piece of white card stock that also has been dry embossed.  I added a pearl and silver swirl over top of both layers.

My poinsettia has been made by inking and coloring some plain white card stock first with Distress Inks, then some Distress Stains, followed by more Distress Ink.  Then I used some Glue n' Seal and Distress Stickles Dry Glitter for some pizzazz.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury in Black and White, unknown Bazzill scrap
Ink:  Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die; Couture Creations Tied together embossing folder; Cuttlebug Holly embossing folder; Distress Stains in Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass and Brushed Pewter; sponges, water spritzer, heat gun, Ranger Glue n' Seal, Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy, K & Company Adhesive Gems, paper piercer, Spare Parts by the Paper Studio Antique Gemstone Brads, craft mat

Thanks for joining me today!

Berries and Branches Noel

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Time for some shabby chic today!  I've used Sketch Challenge #412 from Splitcoast and I've played Tic Tac Toe over at The Shabby Team Room.  My Tic Tac Toe was made by using a mini tag, seam binding and glitter from the game board.

Today my card is a 5 1/2" square.  I've layered some designer paper over the card base...it's been distressed and inked with Memento Rich Cocoa.  Over top of that...another layer of designer paper that's been distressed and inked layered over the red card stock.

I stamped the wreath in the same Rich Cocoa and then used Stickles for the berries.  To add more glittery goodness I've used some Martha Stewart coarse glitter.

Now for the embellies...two rows of red rose trim and some seam binding that I've spritzed with water and wrinkled.  Next I made a shabby type bow from the same seam binding.  The canvas mini tag has been inked with some of the same Rich Cocoa and some Old Olive.  The sentiment from Verve is stamped in Cherry Cobbler but it just didn't show up the way I wanted on the canvas, so I used a Copic and traced it to deepen it some.

The red tulle has been trimmed from the shabby little roses and pulled through the tag which was attached to the bow with a pretty rhinestone brad.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Authentique Festive
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, SU! Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive
Stamps:  PSX and Verve Glad Tidings
All the other stuff:  Xmas Red Stickles, Ranger Glossy Accents, Martha Stewart Crafts Coarse Glitter, Spare Parts by the Paper Studio Antique Gemstone Brads, Maya Road Mini Tag Canvas Pieces, Hug Snug Seam Binding in Cream, R39 Copic, red rose trim, sponges, distressing tool, ATG, water spritzer, craft mat, heat tool (to dry the seam binding)

Hope you are having a fantastic week!

Night Flight

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As soon as I saw the colors for the Color Challenge over at Splitcoast today...I pictured a night scene with geese.  The required colors are SU! Night of Navy, SU! Perfect Plum, white and for dessert...sparkle!

Here's how it's made.  I cut a 1" circle with Eclipse Masking Tape and placed it on my background.  After that, another piece of Eclipse was ripped and placed across the bottom of my card for the snow.  Next, I did an emboss resist with the template.  Haven't done an emboss resist?  The template was placed on my card stock and it was inked with embossing ink.  I made sure to push lots of embossing ink into the little birds.  Then, I lifted off the template and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Next, the sky was sponged with both the plum and navy inks.  Once that was done, I used some paper towel to remove any traces of ink from the birds.

Since half of the large bird over the moon didn't show up, I placed my template back over the moon and lightly inked the upper half of the bird with the navy ink so it showed up.

Next, I cut out my winter cottage, using fluted paper for the main part of the cottage and smooth card stock for the rest.  The windows and door are die cut in the navy, as is the top of the chimney.  I placed a piece of More Mustard card stock behind the windows and doors.

Then the roof, snowy ground and top part of the chimney were coated in glue, kind of mimicking snow and snow drifts and then I added glitter to all three.

The trees are cut in fluted silver glitter paper...gives them a really cool look don't you think? 

When I put the scene together I used dimensionals under the roof for a little more interest.  I chose not to put a sentiment on this...just wanted the scene.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Georgia Pacific, SU! More Mustard and SU! Night of Navy, Recollections Glitter card stock, white fluted card stock
Ink:  SU! Night of Navy and SU! Perfect Plum, as well as Distress Embossing Ink
Stamps:  none!
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Dee's Distinctively Small Winter Cottage die, Dee's Distinctively Small Snow Covered Stacker Tree, TCW Mini Flying Geese template, Eclipse Masking Tape, mini paint brush for gluing, clear embossing powder, Glue n' Seal, Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy, dimensionals, sponges, heat gun, glitter cloth (oh boy did I ever need this!!! LOL)

Back soon with more my dear friends!  Thanks for joining me today!


Creative Risk

Monday, November 19, 2012

Another quick card for the CAS challenge today over at Splitcoast.

The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, then I sponged on all four of the required colors - Plum, Lavender, Tan and Grey.  Added the little chandelier in the tan, as well as some splotches in the plum and tan.

Easy peasy...done quick as a wink!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Georgia Pacific
Ink:  Tim Holtz Antique Linen, Shaded Lilac, Weathered Wood and Dusty Concord Distress Inks as well as Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry and Shabby French
All the other stuff:  sponges

Thanks again for spending some time with me!

Holiday Greetings

Today, it's the CAS challenge using Plum, Lavender, Tan and Gray and the TLC challenge over at Splitcoast using embossed edges.

Now you might ask where's the plum, lavender and gray on this?    Well if you look really closely at my trees they've been stamped and inked in all these colors.

I started out with a piece of plain white card stock and inked one of my Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamps with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.  Next I spritzed my stamp before placing it on my card stock.  Once that was done, I inked my craft mat with Antique Linen and Weathered Wood, spritzed it with more water and pulled my paper through that.

Then, the trees were cut out with the Dee's Distinctively Snow Covered Stacker Tree die.  Next, I took my Versamark pen and inked the edges of each piece of each tree and embossed them with Distress Embossing Powder.  If you haven't worked with the Distressed Embossing Powder...it's a little different. Once you've used your heat gun to heat the embossing powder, you let it cool and then brush off some of the release crystals....it makes for a very understated look but I love it!  I glued my trees to the background with glue dots and used my fingers to lift the branches to add depth.

My background is dry embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  Then I tied a piece of my seam binding around the card stock, added a bow and then all my embellies.  Yes, there are a few on this but I like it!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury white card stock
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen and Weathered Wood
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Mixed Media
All the other stuff:   Big Shot Pro, Dee's Distinctively Small Snow Covered Stacker Tree die, Versamark pen, Tim Holtz Sheet Music embossing folder, Distress Embossing Powder in Tea Dye, heat gun, craft mat, Hug Snug seam binding in Fig Beige, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Muse Tokens, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Swivel Clips, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Clips, Tim Holtz Baubles Pearls, glue dots, Ranger Glossy Accents

Hope you have a marvelous day!


Queen Gabby Birthday Wishes

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A CAS design for the Queen for the Day, Gabby, over at Splitcoast. 

I've simply ripped bits of designer paper and adhered them together with my ATG before dry embossing them.  Simply glued them to the card base, added a floral image and the sentiment and finished it off with some Stickles.

Another really easy peasy card!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pear Pizzazz and Basic Grey Out of Print
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Inkadinkado for the flower and Waltzingmouse Fancy Phrases for the sentiment
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, SU! Lattice embossing folder, ATG and Lime Green Stickles

See you soon with more Christmas cards!

Kiss You?

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a completely warped sense of humor!  So when I saw this called Christmas Words from Dylusions from Dyan Reaveley...just had to buy it!

This card is for the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast today.  Our inspiration is from Fishs Eddy and I chose (surprise, surprise) these cartoon mugs.

Pretty simple card...just used a digi for the people and stamped the sentiment.  Since I had leftover black card stock from yesterday, that's what I used for the base and I added a scrap of red.  A little bit of Stickles for the mistletoe and done!  And, yes, mistletoe berries are white but that really wouldn't work on this paper so I took some creative licence!  LOL!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Naturals White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Dylusions Christmas Words by Dyan Reaveley and digi by Just Inklined
All the other stuff:  Stickles in Christmas Red and Green

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Sparkling Read Christmas Tree

Friday, November 16, 2012

A really quick and simple card for the Free For All Challenge over at Splitcoast and no that's not a typo!  LOL!  It's a read tree right?

I started out with a SU! Real Red card base.  Next comes a piece of SU! Basic Black that's been dry embossed.  A corner rounder punch was used on both layers.

The tree was made with strips of retired designer paper from SU!  Each strip was distressed and sponged and the bottom was curled up.  Then I just added little Recollections Glitter Adhesive dots here and there all over the tree.  Three more are added to the left for just a little more sparkle...can't have enough sparkle can you???

The tree topper is a punched star topped by yet another glitter adhesive dot.  Easy peasy right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Basic Black, SU! Real Red and retired SU! designer paper
Ink:  SU! Real Red
Stamps: none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Christmas Background embossing folder, distressing tool, sponges, star punch, Recollections Glitter Adhesive dots in red, glue dots

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Spotted Cardinal Empty Nester

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yes, this cardinal is spotted and she's an empty nester...all her little baby cardinals have flown the coop...'cause this stamper was not making little tiny birds for her nest!  LOL!

Over at Splitcoast it's the Ways to Use It Challenge...Steph has asked us to use birds on our cards today.  Then I used the Mojo Monday Sketch designed by the, oh so talented, Julee Tillman shown here:

I've used a card base in SU! Early Espresso.  For the next layer, some designer paper in two different patterns.  Then I used my cross-stitch stamp from Verve's Borderline and stamped across both seams.  Both the top and the bottom of this three part panel are distressed and inked with SU! Early Espresso.

The rectangle has been cut in a coordinating paper, distressed, and inked.  I added a cute little spotted banner from Verve down the right side and again used the cross-stitch stamp.

I cut the bird in the same spotted paper and the branch in SU! Early Espresso.  And, added more distressing and sponging on the bird.  Then I added some Liquid Applique snow to the branch.  Next, I cut up some little pieces of burlap and dipped them in glue to make the nest.

For the sentiment, first I cut a circle in burlap, tucked a couple of gold star pins into it, then topped it with the Verve Scroll die and added a rectangle with the sentiment.  The edges of the rectangle have been distressed and inked too.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso, MME All is Bright
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve Borderline and Verve Glad Tidings
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Christmas Cardinal die, Verve Scroll die, Verve Pennant Trim die, gold star pins, sponges, burlap, Ranger Glossy Accents, Jody boosters, Liquid Applique, heat gun, distressing tool, ATG

Thanks for spending some time with me today my friends!

Love Wish Dream Birthday

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Needed a birthday card for hubby and love using Tim Holtz products for masculine cards.  I've used the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge:
And I've used the colors from Color Throwdown 217 - Basic Black, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade and Night of Navy.

I've started out with a black card base and added a piece of white card stock that's been dry embossed, distressed and the edges inked in Black Soot Distress Ink.  The blue strip is a piece of Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist that's been spritzed with water, crumpled, inked in Blue Jeans Distress Ink, distressed and the edges inked in Black Soot. 

Next, I cut two squares and dry embossed them.  They were both sanded and then as with the previous pieces, distressed and inked the edges, again in Black Soot.  Next I added another piece of the Kraft Resist paper with the same distressing and inking technique.  On top of that is a piece of the Weathered Clock die cut that's been sanded, and inked.

For the sentiment...I stamped it in SU! Lucky Limeade, but then touched the stamp here and there with Black Soot for a little interest.  Again, more distressing and sponging on this piece.

Several pieces of various Tim Holtz idea-ology embellishments have been added...no ribbon...no bling...too frou frou for a masculine card right? 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Jet Black card stock, Georgia Pacific white card stock, Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist, Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection (green and black)
Ink:  SU! Lucky Limeade, Distress Inks in Blue Jeans and Black Soot
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stuff to Say
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die, Tim Holtz Postal embossing folder, Tim Holtz Steampunk embossing folder, Tim Holtz Collage embossing folder, Tim Holtz idea-ology Sprocket Gears, Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini Gears, Tim Holtz Game Spinners, distressing tool, sponges, craft mat, Ranger Glossy Accents and ATG

See you soon with another Christmas card!

Plum and Gold Joy

Monday, November 12, 2012

Yes, I'm finally back!  Don't you just hate it when life gets in the way of card making?  LOL!

This card is for a couple of challenges - the CAS sketch challenge by Teresa Kline and the CR84FN67 challenge to use plum, gold and tan:



It's really quick and easy to do...just like a CAS card should be!  I simply cut 2" strips of various papers from my stash and then decided their length and placement on the card.  To turn the strips into banners, a square nestie was used since I didn't have a square punch that was large enough.

Then I used a snowflake embossing folder for the lower left corner and added some gold pearls in different sizes.  Added a simple sentiment and done!  Easy peasy right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  these papers are from my stash and they are old...the only one I know is the vellum paper which is from Daisy D, Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Weight card stock
Ink:  SU! Concord Crush
Stamps:  Verve Merry Wishes
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders square nesties, Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder, misc. gold pearls, ATG

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Paris Birthday Wishes

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A birthday card for a very dear friend who's turning 50!  I've used the RetroSketch#36:



 and the CR84FN color challenge to use gray, tan and cream:


I started by stamping the Tim Holtz stamp on my SU! Crumb Cake card stock.  Then I sponged the edges with SU! Going Gray (retired).

Next comes a piece of SU! Very Vanilla card stock that's been cut with the Spellbinder's Labels 20 die.  It was stamped with another of the Tim Holtz stamps in this set and sponged with Going Gray while still in the die.  A piece of striped card stock was stamped in another coordinating stamp, again in going gray and the edges were sponged with SU! Crumb Cake.  It's been matted on another piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

The sentiment was die cut with the Verve Mini Bookplate die and stamped in SU! Soft Suede, while the border around it was stamped in Going Gray.  It was layered over a slightly larger bookplate die cut in Soft Suede. 

Then I tied a piece of seam binding around the top of the die cut label and added a bow.  When I'm hand delivering a card, it's ok to have a bow that is over-sized or askew on the card because it will be placed in a clear card box.  The final embellishment is a button that's been matted on a circle of Soft Suede.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and a misc. scrap of striped paper
Ink:  SU! Crumb Cake, Going Gray, Soft Suede
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Papillon and Verve Borderline
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels 20, Verve Mini Bookplate A Cut Above Die, misc. button, 1" circle punch, sponges, Hug Snug Seam Binding in Fig Beige, and Jody Boosters

Hope you are all having a fabulous week my friends!

December 25

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hello everyone!  Well it's time for this stamper to get going on her Christmas cards...this is the first of many you'll see over the next few weeks.

I've used the Deconstructed Sketch#76:
This card also qualifies for the Free For All Challenge over at Splitcoast...using distressing.

I made my card with the Spellbinders Grand Big Scallop Circles die in SU! Crumb Cake.  Then cut a piece of designer paper, distressed and inked it and placed it right over top.  Next comes two die cut circles...one in Very Vanilla and heavily inked and one in a coordinating designer paper that's been distressed and inked.  Then, there's a strip across the middle of the card done the very same way.

The sentiment is a 2" square that's been die cut with the MFT Die-namics Notebook Edge die.  Then it was stamped with a Christmas tree and the number 25.  The stars have all been cut with the MFT Die-amics Stacking Stars die and the Star Border die.  Then I did a little stitching and once the stitching was done I stamped the "December" across the banner and the focal point.

A few buttons, some pearls, some seam binding, twine and....done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage
Ink:  SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke
Stamps:  MME Lost & Found Christmas and Waltzingmouse Stamps
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Spellbinders Grand Big Scallop Circles; Spellbinders Circles; MFT Notebook Edge, Stacking Stars, Star Border Die-namics;  Hug Snug Seam Binding, misc. buttons, distressing tool, sponges, sewing machine, twine, misc. pearls

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



It's the Most Wonderful Snowman er...Snow Woman?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Much earlier in the month, Jeanne challenged us to make a shaped card.  After much thought, this is what I came up with. 

The actual snowman snow woman is cut with the Tim Holtz Winter Wonder die.  Yes, the card does stand and here's how to do it.  I made a top folding card in the usual manner by scoring at the top.  Then I placed the fold slightly below the top of the die.  This keeps it attached. 

Now my poor little snowman snow woman had a flat head...that'll never do!  So I simply cut the hat area again, this time in felt and trimmed it straight across the bottom and one side to make it fit.  I repeated this step on the back of the card.

His Her scarf has been cut in felt, this time with the Sizzix Snowman #2 die.  I used a Copic to color his her carrot nose and added little stripes mimicking a carrot with a Copic Multi Liner.  The Multi Liner was also used for his her eye and his mouth made out of coal {grin}.

The sentiment has been stamped in black and the little stars stamped in pink to match the scarf.  Then I just added a wee bit of Stickles to the center of the stars for some bling.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Blushing Bride
Stamps:  Verve Winter Mittens and Verve Snowflake Splendor
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Winter Wonder die, Sizzix Snowman #2 die, pink and black felt, Star Dust Stickles, Copic YR68 and Copic Multi Liner 0.5

A fun card to make and really it's very simple!  See you very soon my dear friends!



Gentle Season

A card for Lydia's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge...a walk in the woods.  It's all about what you may see on a walk in the woods.  I absolutely love cardinals but sadly they don't visit our locale.   So my walk today is through a forest full of birch trees and cardinals.

My background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder that's been inked with SU! Soft Suede before it was run through my Big Shot Pro.  Next comes a strip of burlap. 

The image has been colored with Copics and matted on black card stock.  Sentiment has also been matted on black card stock and is popped up on dimensionals.  And a button with twine is the final touch.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Whisper White and X-Press It Copic paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Soft Suede
Stamps:  Northwoods Rubber Stamps
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, burlap, MFT button, twine, Jody boosters, ATG, Copics:  birch trees - E30, E44; cardinals R24, R27 and Y38 for their little beaks

Back soon with one final card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges.  Hard to believe today is the final day of challenges.  Soon the MD Anderson Center in Houston will be receiving our cards and good wishes.  So happy to have been part of this worthwhile cause again this year!



Olive Cobbler Noel

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A card for the Splitcoast Color Challenge...using SU! Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla or Whisper White.  For the dessert option...silver or pearls (neither of which I used today).

The background is made by gluing some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap on a piece of card stock.  I've used Glue n' seal both underneath and on top.  As the tissue was being glued onto the card stock, I wrinkled it.  Once it was dry...yes, I'm impatient so I dried it carefully with my heat gun...I dabbed some more of the glue in a few random spots and then added some Ranger Distress Stickles Dry Glitter.  It gives a really nice sparkle without being overdone.

The tree is a Tim Holtz die cut that's been stamped with a script stamp, randomly sponged with the Old Olive ink and then I added some snow with a snow marker.  Once the snow was dry, I hit it with the heat gun to puff it up.

The sentiment was die cut in Cherry Cobbler.  I glued the little mini bag and tag on the background, then the tree, followed by the sentiment and little stamp.  The doll stamp has been cut from some designer paper and popped up on dimensionals.  Then a little bit of gingham ribbon and it's done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White and Graphics 45 Christmas Emporium
Ink:  SU! Old Olive
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Letter to Santa
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Pine Tree die, Tim Holtz Upon a Time Sizzlet die, Tim Holtz Composer Tissue Wrap, Melissa Frances Mini bags & Tags, Marvy Snow Marker, Glue 'n seal, Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy, sponges, gingham ribbon, heat gun, craft mat, Jody boosters

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Crinoline Roses and Canvas One Day

This card has been designed for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge where Donna has asked us to use cork, canvas or clay on our card.  It's also for the Moxie Fab World Challenge here.  I've used the Viva la Verve! October week five sketch by Laurie Schmidlin shown here:


I started by printing the vintage image from Crafty Secrets on some sticky-back canvas.  Just in case you've never tried this...it was a snap with my HP inkjet printer.  Once I peeled the backing off, it was matted onto some card stock.  Then before it was burnished with a bone folder onto the card stock I lifted the edges with my fingernail and ripped one thread back from each side.  Then, still using my fingernail, the edges were lightly rolled up.  Next the edges were all inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the sentiment from Verve was stamped in SU! Soft Suede.

The flowers and leaves were made with dies and crinoline.  Each piece was dampened, scrunched in my hands, inked with Distress Stains and Inks and gently dried with my heat gun.  Then the flowers were rolled up, glued and then I added a pearl center to each.

Finally, everything was matted on a 5" x 5" square card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Blush Blossom and Soft Suede
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Mowed Lawn; as well as SU! Soft Suede
Stamps:  Verve One Day Plain Jane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die, Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, HP inkjet printer, Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD#2, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas, crinoline fabric, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, sponges, Ranger Glossy Accents, misc. pearls, heat gun, craft mat, disposable gloves, water spritzer, bone folder

Hope you are having a terrific day my friends!