Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rustic Wreaths

Hello.  I'm glad you could sit down with me for a minute or two.

It's been pretty busy around here as I'm sure it is at your house too.

Using stamping, acetate smoosh, splatter and die cuts


Using watercolor for my acetate smoosh.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

The image for this one was in my UFO box.

When I was short on my Christmas cards, the UFO box came in handy!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps: Season's Gift (PB) 
Ink:   Versafine (Black), Antique Linen (DI)
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Mixed Media, Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Whirl Wreath Die (PB), 1/3" Circle Punch

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Ornamental Pine (ret. SU)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  Exultations Die (PB), Cherry Cobbler Twine (SU)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Starry Tree Elegance

Hello, my friends.

How are you?

I've been crazy, busy as I'm sure you are too.

Vanilla and embossed gold is one of my favorite combinations for Christmas cards.

I must have tried over 20 times to get a good photo of this card.  
If I caught the shine it was blurry.
All the stamping is embossed with gold.
And the little ornaments are shiny, flat stickers so this is perfect for mailing!

This is a similar card that we did in one of my card classes.

Somehow I managed to get a better photo of this one.

I'll take it over to Penny Black Saturday where the challenge is


Penny Black and More Challenge

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Starry Tree, Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Thick Vanilla, Gold Foil, Very Vanilla (SU)
Other:  Gold EP (SU), Stickers (Stampendous)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Classic Ornaments for Merry Monday

I coming in just under the wire.

I was beginning to think I wouldn't make it at all.

My friend Colleen chose a beautiful inspiration photo for this week's
Merry Monday Challenge

I used blue, green and platinum Inka Gold on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and
smooshed some cardstock into it.

It has a lovely shimmer that I couldn't capture in the photo.

I did cut some ornaments adding silver caps and hangers.  The snowflakes, sentiment and
embossed background were all in my UFO box. 
I'm happy to say that the Christmas UFO box is no longer popping it's top!

I asked for opinions on adding a red bird to my CAS Mix Up post.
I like it with the bird.  It's hard for me to go against a pop of red!

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Card Recipe
Paper:   Neena, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Inka Gold (Steel Blue, Jade, Platinum), (Classic Ornament (MB), Little Snowflakes Dies (IO), Christmas Greetings Thinlits (SU), Snowflake EF (Darice)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Peaceful Dove for CAS Watercolour

I've had so much fun using salt with watercolor.

Here's another card using a salted background.

This one uses a NBUS dove die that's been waiting for use for
way too long!

I used a piece of watercolor background from this post.

Our CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is

But it must have watercolour!

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Hideko (Papercraft Boutique)
have done some awesome inspiration pieces.
I hope you'll check them out then join in.

Since I have stamping, watercolor, salt, dry embossing and die cuts,
I'll add this over at CAS Mix Up too.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Night of Navy (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (Arches CP)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#62 Cobalt, #139 Purple), Sea Salt, Snowfall EF (Ret. Cuttlebug), Stitched Hexagons die (MB), Doves Die (IO)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Snowy Tree for CAS Mix Up

Hi.  It's December 1st! Wow!
It seems like the year just started and, whoosh, it's almost gone!

And it's Christmas card time.

It's time for our last CAS Mix Up challenge of the year.

Updated to add the card with a red bird.
I think I like it better.

Using stamping, heat embossing, Distress Oxide Slash technique, glitter and die cuts.

We're making it easy for you this month.

I used Loll's Splash Technique with Distress Oxides on Tim Holtz Specialty Paper.

This technique is so much fun and you never know what you are going to come up with!

I used Iced Spruce and a tiny bit of Antique Linen for this piece.

The tree was done by adhering some sticky sheet to a piece of cardstock and
sprinkling some fine white glitter over the sticky once the liner was removed.
It has a real icy look to it.

Seeing the photo, I think I need to add a tiny red bird.
What do you think?

As always, our Design Team has some wonderful inspiration for you.
Our Guest Designer is Ina (Litttle Bits of Craft) and I know you will love 
her inspiration piece as much as I do.

I hope you'll be able to join us this month at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Sparkles (Alley Way)
Ink:   Iced Spruce, Antique Linen (DOX), VersaMark
Paper:   Solar White (Neena), Specialty Paper (TH), Adhesive Sheets (Sizzix)
Other:  Woodlands Die (TH), Glitter (MS), Emerald EP (Stampendous), Stitche Squares Die (SSS)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Evergreen Window Stands Tall

Hello friends.

I had done this card a while back and liked it so much that I decided to
use it for one of my Christmas card classes.

One of the gals had her card this way to cut and I liked the way it turned out.
So I CASEd her.  Sometimes we have those happy accidents!

I stamped the sentiment crooked. What a surprise!
So I stamped again on a snippet and put some Dazzling Details 
around it to cover the boo boo.  

I added some sparkle to the trees and sky while I was at it.

I'm going to take this over to 
Thank you Mo for hosting this challenge each month!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Treasures (wish)
Ink:   Night of Navy
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Neena
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolour Paint, Salt, Evergreen Window Die (SSS), Dazzling Details (ret. SU)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Light Touch Split

Hi there.

The weekend is winding down.  For many here in the US it was a long weekend
full of food, family, friends and shopping.

I hope it's been a good weekend for you.  It has for me.
(I fit in all but the shopping.)

Another card using the Light Touch stamp.

This time I inked it up with Distress Markers.

By using the MISTI, I inked the red and stamped, repeated until I was
happy with the depth of color, then inked the stems and leaves.

Entering at Penny Black and More

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Light Touch (PB)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot)
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Real Red (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Paper Cutter (Fiskars)