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!