Sorry for your loss

Monday, December 30, 2013


Sadly, I need a sympathy card today for someone who has experienced a very tragic and unbelievable loss. 

This card is for the CAS challenge over at Splitcoast where we are to take one of Jen's cards and make it into a CAS design.  Here's the card I used for my inspiration:


My card was a simple 5 minute card.  The Hero Arts image was stamped twice in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Then it was dry embossed with the Tim Holtz checkerboard embossing folder.  I wrapped some baker's twine around the piece and added a die cut tag from Sizzix with the sentiment from Verve.  The tag is held in place with a large round dimensional.

The bottom corners were rounded with my Corner Chomper and done!

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Dotted Flower

Sunday, December 29, 2013


A very simple CAS card today.  The only thing not so simple...making the flower.  But it's not really that difficult...just a bit of patience while things dry.

This is for the Less is More Challenge 151 to do a previous challenge.  I chose the week 11 challenge - acetate.  This is also for the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast today.  We are honoring Cary aka Miss Minx.  Here is her stunning card that I chose to CASE:


I didn't have anything like that gorgeous Petaloo flower in my stash so decided to make one.  The flower has been die cut in Clearly For Art Modelling Film with the MFT Botanical Beauty die.  Next it was colored with alcohol inks and allowed to dry.  Then I used black Stazon to stamp the dotted design from Savvy Stamps all over the petals.  Once that was dry, I used my heat gun to shape the petals.  Then I poked a little hole in each layer and added the pearl brad.

Cut a slightly smaller rectangle than the card and dry embossed it with the Tim Holtz Distressed Frame embossing folder and stamped the Verve sentiment on it.  Attached it to the card and done!

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MOJO325 Thanks so much!

Friday, December 27, 2013


Haven't done the MOJO Challenge in what seems like forever!  Here's the sketch:


I'm also using the MIX48 Challenge requirements for this card today... at least 1 square, 1 circle, 1 triangle and a minimum of two mediums.

My background is made with a piece of plaid (my squares) designer paper (Echo Park Winter Wishes)...it's been dry embossed with a circle motif.  Then I added both Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter Distress Paints with my fingers, drying between the layers.

The tree (my triangles) was simply made by cutting squares in half and adding a small rectangle for the trunk.  Then I sponged the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

The sentiment from Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I added a few snowflakes and sequins for my embellies.

In retrospect...wish I'd had a stamp that said "thanks snow much!"....ah well...

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Holly Cupcakes

Monday, December 23, 2013


The CAS challenge over at Splitcoast today is cakes, pies and desserts, oh my!  Ha...probably gained 5 pounds just thinking about that *grin*.

The card base has been dry embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  Then the little squares are cut with Spellbinder's dies.  The little Lockhart image has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copics.

A little sprig of holly is the only embellishment...simply punched and colored with Copics.

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!


Little Tweeters

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Time for a quick and fun card today.  Don't you just love this stamp set from Lawn Fawn?  I think it's simply adorable!

The branch was stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle, the birds in Memento Gray Flannel, the notes in Hero Arts Red Royal and the leaves in Hero Arts Green Hills.  Then some Stickles in Xmas Red and Lime Green for a little sparkle.  And for a little more fun...some Lawn Fawn sequins.

I've made this for the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast today where we are honoring Roberta. 

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IC420 Stay Cozy

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Just had to play along with the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast today, as one of my favorite artist's work is our inspiration.

Birgit's work is simply stunning...here's her card I chose to CASE:


I started out with a square of water color paper that I sprayed liberally with water.  Then I placed several dabs of Weathered Wood, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paints on my craft mat and dragged the paper through it.  Then it was tipped side to side etc. until I got the desired effect. 

Once the paper was dry, the image was stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink.  I colored the berries with a red marker.  Then, I used my Signo gel pen to add the snow on the branches, berries and in the air.  When that was dry I added Star Dust Stickles for a wee bit of sparkle.

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Smitten with Glass Bead Gel

Friday, December 20, 2013


Playing with glass bead gel today.  It's been mixed with acrylic paint to achieve the pink color and spread through the TCW Mini Spilled Hearts template onto some designer paper.

Then the sentiment was simply stamped in black ink. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.   I colored the red heart with a marker and then added red Stickles for a little oomph!

Easy peasy right?

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Blinged up Wreath

Monday, December 16, 2013


Wanted to do a quick card for both the TLC challenge - bling it up, and the CAS challenge clearly dramatic embossing over at Splitcoast.

I've used a dark charcoal card stock and simply stamped the Stampington & Co. wreath in Versamark and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It does come up more like black but not quite as dark. 

Then I used the Simon Says Stamp bow die to create my bow and added a whole bunch of bling...both pearls and rhinestones.

Quick and easy to do...15 minutes or less.

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Day 12 - Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Well, here it is...my twelfth and final tag for Ellen Hutson's Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist!

It's based on this tag by the fabulous Ellen Hutson:


Ellen did an amazing job on this...she used Gelli prints to create the tag and the ornament.  Since I don't own any print making tools...I took a little different direction, but kept with her overall theme.  Ellen did a bokeh effect background and if you enlarge my picture you may actually see it *grin*.  It's very subtle.

I started out with a manila tag and stamped three soft colors of Hero Arts ink with an ink dauber.  Then to soften the effect even more, I dabbed on some Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Once that was heat set, I stamped the pine branches in Versamark ink and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.

Next, the ornament is simply die cut in a designer paper that has some sparkle.  The pink (yes, I know...pink, really Lee-Anne?) branch was die cut with the Tim Holtz Holly Branch and tied on the branch with gold cord.

The sentiment is again die cut from a Simon Says Stamp die.  A simple white satin ribbon finishes it off.

Hats off to Ellen and all the wonderful women who inspired me to make all 12 tags.  They come up with the most amazing designs...

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Day 8 - Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist


Well folks...I'm nearing the end...one more tag to go in Ellen Hutson's fabulous Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist!

This tag is based on Sharon Harnist's absolutely stunning tag:


Since I'm fortunate enough to have the dies that Sharon used...had to go with a very similar look.  I just saw a pink background when I started the process so went with that.  It's been die cut, dry embossed, heat embossed and then I added some Picket Fence Distress Paint with my favorite tool...my finger!

The deer is die cut with the Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight die.  It was then stamped in Versamark with a CHF background stamp and heat embossed with WOW Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder.  Just had to add a shiny, red nose...some might even say it glows *grin*.

I used the same Tim Holtz Holly Branch die but crimped the leaves for some extra texture.  Flower Soft in Polar White has been added.  Used my "imagine" tag...I think that works for Rudolph don't you?  A little more of the red Stickles on the holly berries too!

Used some Tim Holtz doo-dads and some white silk ribbon to complete the tag.

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Day 9 - Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist


Another tag done for the Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist from Ellen Hutson!  This one has been inspired by this sweet skate/window tag by Teri Anderson:


Love, love, love that skate die from Tim Holtz...don't you?  But since I didn't have it...had to come up with something different.  So I made a wreath...mind you I'm no Kittie Caracciolo so it's a very "dumbed down" version of one of hers *grin*.  I didn't do the stitching on my tag and instead of snowflakes I added stars.  I followed Teri's instructions for the basic tag and then sort of did my own thing.  The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die.  The wreath's been made with a Martha Stewart punch and the stars are punched from an EK Success punch.

While this is definitely not my favorite of the tags I've completed...it works! 

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Day 7 - Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch

Friday, December 13, 2013



Well, I'm getting closer to completing all my tags for Ellen Hutson's Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch!  This tag is based on Paula Cheney's very festive tag:


I chose to do a mixed media type tag today in keeping with the MIX46 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  The tag has been die cut out of water color paper.  Then it was swished through some Brushed Pewter Distress Paint mixed with water.  Next I used the same paint with the harlequin stencil in a very loose pattern.  Then the twigs (Tim Holtz) were stamped in Picked Raspberry and Dried Marigold Distress Inks. 

The little stack of parcels, from Flourishes, was stamped on water color paper and colored with Derwent Inktense Pencils.  Then the ribbons were painted with more of the Brushed Pewter Distress Paint.  It was fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.

A few sequins, a gem, little bit of gingham ribbon, a stamped sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and done!

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Day 1 - Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Thursday, December 12, 2013


This is another tag for the Ellen Hutson Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  This one is based on this lovely tag by Jennifer McGuire:


I started out by die cutting a tag in watercolor paper and one in Craft-A-Board.  Next, the holly image from Impression Obsession was stamped on the watercolor tag in Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  I used my water brush and Derwent Inktense pencils to color the holly image.  Then it was outlined with a blue Inktense pencil and I used my water brush to pull the color throughout the whole tag.

The little Hero Arts snowflakes are stamped in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  Then the sentiment from Inkadinkado was stamped in the Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.

Some ribbon, cording and a couple of little bells complete the tag.

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Day 6 - Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist


And yet another tag for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  This one is based on this shabby chic tag from Julia Stainton:

I used the same image as Julia, but it was in a larger format.  This tag starts out by cutting a tag out of Sticky Back Canvas.  Next both the image and sentiment were stamped in Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  I heat set both.  Then, using my Distress Paints and a water brush, I painted the Santa image.   Three of the edges were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and my water brush was used to slightly pull the color from the edge of the tag.

Some lace was glued across the bottom of the tag and then I looped more lace and some seam binding through the tag hole.

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Day 4 - Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist


Back with another tag for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  My tag is based on this beauty from Kittie Caracciolo:


I kept with the blue and white theme.  First, my tag was cut in Tempting Turquoise with the Tim Holtz Sizzix tags die.  Next my TCW stencil was taped over top of the tag with some washi tape.  Using a palette knife, I spread modelling paste across the stencil and then lifted it gently off.  It was set aside to dry. 

Then the three snowflakes were adhered with Ranger Glossy Accents and some white ribbon pulled through the tag hole.

A much simpler take on Kittie's tag for sure!

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Day 11 Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


As you can I'm doing the tags as the mood strikes...no particular order. 

I was inspired by this beauty from Heather Campbell today over at Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist:


You can find Heather's instruction here.

Although it's kind of hard to see I've stamped a CHF background stamp in Hero Arts Pool.  Then, stamped the poinsettia from Verve's Poinsettia Christmas in Hero Arts Red Royal.  Stamped the sentiment from Waltzingmouse.  Added some Stickles to the poinsettias, a silk ribbon and done...

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Day 10 Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist


Oh, you are definitely going to see multiple postings throughout the week, if I'm to catch up with my tags!!!

The one has been based on the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist tag from Jill Foster.  What a gorgeous mixed media piece!

I've used Jill's technique which can be found here.  I chose to use blue and purple toned Gelatos and my snowflakes appear more like snow blobs...lol.  The stamps used were Penny Black for the reindeer, Gina K. for the holly branches and Waltzingmouse for the sentiment.  The holly branches were stamped with Purple Violet #136 Big Brush Pen.

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Day 5 of the Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist


It's another tag from Ellen Hutson's Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  This tag is based on this whimsical cutie from Kelly Alvarez of  Lawn Fawn:


Now, if you know me and have followed my blog...I don't really do whimsical...so this was a stretch for me.

Basically followed what Kelly did using some Echo Park papers.  I stamped some Impression Obsession trees in the background and added some glitter to the snow banks.  My little moose is from StampFairy Designs.  He/she has been colored with Copics and then some added Stickles for more bling.  Although Kelly's little Yeti looks cute buried in the snow, I couldn't bear to hide those cute little moose hooves.  The sentiment has been computer generated.

There...that's it...my take on whimsy...

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Winter Sparkle

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


If you're like me...you're still scrambling with some last minute cards *grin*.  If you are not...I applaud you!!!  Here's a quick one that you can crank out in a matter of minutes.

The background is embossed with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Candy Stripes embossing folder.  I liked the texture on the back so used that.  The snowflake is from Simon Says Stamp...it's called Eliza.  It's been heat embossed with some WOW Sparkling Snow embossing glitter.

Then just a sprinkle of Lawn Fawn Mixed Sequins and done!  How's that for easy peasy?

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Red Joy

Monday, December 9, 2013



Needed a card for my hair stylist today...he'll be getting a gift card to Cora but since I have yet to pick that up...just decided to make a card instead of a gift card holder.

I used the Sizzix Birch Trees folder for the background.  The top of the folder was inked with Hero Arts White chalk ink before it was embossed.  Then I dragged my Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pad across the top of the trees.  Next, using some Ranger Glossy Accents, I added some Polar White flower soft for a snowy effect.

The deer was die cut from the Reindeer Flight Sizzix die and the edges were inked with more of the Frayed Burlap.  Some tiny Studio Calico wooden stars were added.  They've been painted with some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint for a little bit of sparkle...not too much though as I wanted to keep a very masculine look to the card.

The sentiment is some Maya Road chipboard (love this stuff!) that's been painted with Adirondack Red Pepper acrylic paint.

The embossed layer has been popped up with dimensionals, as has the deer.

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Day 2 of the Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Friday, December 6, 2013


Do you ever finish a project to discover something terribly wrong?  I'll let you ponder that thought for a while as I go on...

This is my second tag for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  My tag is inspired by this beauty from the, oh so talented, Julie Ebersole:


 
 
 
 
The instructions for Julie's tag can be found here.  What I did differently was use some chipboard that I've heat embossed in gold/silver and used some different designer papers and colors.  Hers has a much more elegant look and I went for colorful and fun.
 
So...have you discovered the problem with my tag?   After I did all my photo editing and placed the picture on my blog...I did a complete head smack...the designer paper has a SPELLING MISTAKE on it!!!  Really?  You send out a product with a spelling mistake?  "signs of stoping"...hmmm...stoping is a mining term...not exactly what I had in mind for my Christmas tag!  Sigh...
 
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Day 3 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hmmm...day three you ask???  Well, I am determined to get all 12 days of Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist done and have decided to do them in random fashion.

Here's Ronda Palazzari's gorgeous inspiration:

And here's my take on it.  I find it hard to take pictures of glittery and shiny things...wish this photo showed the glittery, embossed bird and stars better :(



To make my tag, I used the Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates die...it's been cut twice, once in Craft-a-Board and once in Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap.  I used one coat of Matte Medium between the layers and one more coat on top.

Next, I placed three puddles of  Distress Paint on my craft sheet...Weathered Wood, Broken China and Seedless Preserves.  Then, sprayed it with water and then dragged my tag through the paint a couple of times.  Hit it with the heat gun to dry it. 

Then pushed some Picket Fence Distress Paint through my TCW Branches Reversed stencil and again, hit it with the heat gun.  Next I stamped the star image from Verve's Glad Tidings set in Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Sparkling Snow Embossing Glitter.  I then dragged some Seedless Preserves Distress Paint on each side of the tag.

The little leaves are some Prima stuff from ages ago that I had in my stash.  Just added a touch of the Broken China Distress Paint to one leaf.  The giant bottle cap...something else in my stash...yeah!!!

The bird is from the Tim Holtz Christmas Cardinal die (yes, I do know that cardinals are red, but I'm taking creative license here...ok???)  Note to self...you NEED another bird die...*grin*.  It's been cut in Craft-a-Board and again heat embossed with the same WOW embossing glitter.  I stacked up several dimensionals behind the cardinal to attach him to the bottle cap.  The bottle cap and leaves were adhered with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Then I colored my own seam binding with Distress Paints in Broken China, Seedless Preserves and Brushed Pewter and added some Tim Holtz doo-dads for a little more feminine bling.

The sentiment is a piece of Maya Road chipboard that's been painted with the Broken China Distress Paint.

Whew!  OK...not quick...not easy but oh so much fun!

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Black Snow?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Had a little trouble getting a good picture of this today...the background is gold embossing and the little black dots are indeed shiny gems...

Very simple process for this one.  I took a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the Penny Black Snowy Night image in Versamark ink.  Then it was heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Next, I colored the tree by scribbling with markers on my craft sheet and picking up the color with my water brush...just loose coloring...nothing fancy at all.  I used SU's Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight in keeping with the color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers today.

Just added a few black gems and done...easy peasy card...less than 10 minutes.

And for those of you wondering...yes, my team did win the Grey Cup...Rider Nation celebrated in glorious style.  We wandered down the Green Mile and soaked in all the excitement...it was a blast.  I'm so proud of this team and what they've accomplished...looking forward to 2014!!!

GO RIDERS!!!

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