Popping in with a card that I made with the Simon Says Stamp Wise Men Still Seek Him die and a very old Hero Arts stamp set called Heavens Rejoice. I made a card using the die and another Hero Arts stamp set that came out at the same time several years ago and decided I wanted to make another for Christmas. I never gave anyone the first card I made, and I may keep this one, too! Take a look.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Hello! Popping in with a quick share. I made this card for several challenges: Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. I used a mix of products and even did a little bit of mixed media! Take a look.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Friday, December 16, 2022
Hello and happy Friday everyone! Simon Says Stamp has a new release called Hugs and I have two cards to share that I created with the Jumbled Hearts background stamp from the release. You can find the entire release here. (An affiliate linked list of products is at the end of this post. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
Make sure you check out the new release! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
I hadn't intended on making another Christmas card. I don't need anymore, but when I saw the Paper Players challenge was a color one and the colors were Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Very Vanilla and gold I just had to make a Christmas card!
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Hello! Hope all is well in your world. A little rainy and dreary here in mine, but that is the Pacific Northwest in late fall! Popping in with a card for Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. I used lots of different products on this one. Take a look.
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Hello! I'm popping in on this very snowy afternoon to share the cards I have made with this month's Spellbinders clubs. This month's clubs are all about love. I know, I know... we haven't even had Christmas yet, but Valentine's day will be here before we know it. My cards aren't done in traditional valentine colors though. Take a look.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Happy 1st day of December everyone! And with it being the first day of December that means over at Simon Says Stamp it is DieCember! There are tons of new dies and other products available right now at Simon Says Stamp, just click here to see the new products. I have two projects to share with you today, so let's get started! (An affiliate linked list of products is at the end of this post. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
Simon was so kind and sent me the new Fir Sprig die. I just love this delicate little sprig! I needed to make some cards for my mom to give to her grandchildren and great grandchildren for Christmas and birthdays. This card is for my niece, Una, who has a birthday at the beginning of December (just two days after mine!). I die cut the Fir Sprig from silver and green glitter cardstocks and then adhered them together. I used a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder from last year called Faceted Snowflakes to emboss a piece of white cardstock cut to fit a mini slimline card. I adhered the panel and the fir sprigs to the card base and then added the white twine bow. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Greetings stamp set. I stamped it on vellum using watermark ink and heat embossed using silver embossing powder. The sentiment was die cut with the hexagon die and popped up on the card using rolled up glue dots placed behind the words. Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.
I have really been into creating projects using different Tim Holtz products and when I saw the Fir Sprig die I knew I had to make one of those kinds of projects to share. I knew I wanted the sprigs to be sturdy, so I started by spraying sheets of watercolor paper with Rustic Wilderness distress spray stain and distress mica sprays in Tree Lot (from the 2021 Tim Holtz Holiday collection), Frosted Juniper and Fresh Balsam (both from the 2022 Tim Holtz Holiday collection). I never thought I would be such a fan of the distress spray stains and the mica sprays, but I AM! Can't wait to see what Tim comes out with next year! I sprayed up all the pieces and then set then on my crafting desk to dry. I thought they would be fine there, but they weren't. Our Doberman, Sparky, is a funny guy. He often sneaks into the craft room and steals pieces of cardstock or paper from my scrap bin. On this particular night he snuck in and stole two of the pieces I had created! I was a little upset with him when I discovered his misdeed in the morning! I had to spray a few more pieces before I could get started! Now I know to put them out of his reach! After die cuttting all the sprigs I added some multi medium matte to the sprigs and poured on Rock Candy glitter. So pretty in real life! I let them dry and got started on the base for my wreath. I covered a square vignette box with paper from the Idea-ology Christmas Worn Wallpaper pack. Then I got to the fun part of distress up the box. I added some crackle paste and let it do its job. Once all the crackles appeared I rubbed on distress crayon in Ground Espresso. I also added some Walnut Stain ink and then I added some mica sprays in the colors I used for the sprigs, as well as the Rustic Wilderness spray stain.
Once the box was fully dry, I started arranging all the sprigs in my wreath. I adhered the sprigs using distress collage medium. Once the wreath was dry, I added the little baubles that I made by adding them to a dish and coloring them with alcohol ink in current. I adhered them with the distress collage medium, as well. I finished with the little candy cane/velvet bow center piece. I aged the candy canes with some walnut stain before adhering them together and adding the bow. I let the piece dry completely and then finished things off with lots of Snowfall grit paste. I added the paste to the tops of the candy canes, as well as the baubles and to the corners of the piece.
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I hope you enjoyed my projects. Don't forget to head over to the Simon Says Stamp website to check out the new release. Have a wonderful day!
Monday, November 28, 2022
Hello! I'm back with another Christmas card. I don't really need to make more Christmas cards, but I bought the beautiful Winter Foliage card kit from Gina K. Designs, and I was determined to make a card with the gorgeous poinsettia image from the stamp set. The Color Hues challenge provided me with the color combo. My poinsettia isn't exactly scarlet, but close enough, I think. Well, I missed the opportunity to link up my card to Color Hues. But I think it works for the new color challenge over at Sunday Stamps. Take a look:
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Hope everyone here in the US had a really nice Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving was quiet. Just me, hubby and our boys. We didn't even had turkey. We had a nice roasted chicken! Anyway, with Thanksgiving over it is on to Christmas! And I have two very clean and simple Christmas cards to share.
The first card is for the Paper Players, Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches. The colors at CTD are copper, kraft, sage and black. I just used a little of the copper and black and alot of the kraft and sage. I know my copper doesn't look copper, but it is. The sentiment was hot foiled with Spellbinders copper hot foil. I took a close up that shows a bit better that the foiling is copper. For the bird I blended Bundled Sage distress ink onto white cardstock and then die cut the bird using the Memory Box Serene Bird & Branch die set. The branch was die cut from black and copper glitter cardstock then layered slightly offset. I embossed a piece of PTI rustic white cardstock with the Spellbinders Holly Swirls embossing folder and adhered it to a kraft base. I assembled the bird using thin foam squares to adhere the wing for a little dimension. I die cut the beak from black cardstock, adhered it and then added the eye using black Nuvo drops. I layered up all the elements on the card front and I was done.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Hello! Popping in with a quick share of a card that I made for Color Throwdown and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use stencils. The card also works for the current Card Concept challenge using the Thanksgiving inspiration. I think my card would be considered clean and layered. I will explain how I used stencils down below! ETA: At the urging of Darlene from Stencil Fun to enter their November challenge. Thanks for letting me know about your challenge, Darlene!
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Hi everyone! I'm popping in to let you know that I have a guest designer post up on the Spellbinders blog today. Here is a little peek of one of my projects.
I hope you will head over to the Spellbinders blog to check out all my projects. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Hello! It is a beautiful day here in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. Cold, but beautiful and finally the leaves have turned to those gorgeous shades of red, yellow and orange. Wasn't sure it was going to happen tho as we had temperatures in the 70s just a few weeks ago. Anyway, my card today reflects those autumnal colors.
I was a busy bee the other day making cards for my mom to give to her grandchildren and great grandchildren for upcoming birthdays and Christmas. I have a few more to make but pushed pause on that endeavor to make a card for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown. The colors at CTD are those rich autumnal shades I mentioned above plus a little gray thrown in. Initially I thought it was a completely different color combo and thankfully I learned my error before I started making my card. To get the beautiful rich cranberry red, yellow gold and rust called for I used my new crafty love: distress mica sprays! I used Harvest Moon from the Tim Holtz 2022 Halloween collection and Tart Cranberry from the Tim Holtz 2022 Holiday collection. I combined Harvest Moon and Tart Cranberry to get the pretty rust you see on the third leaf. I took my cue from the beautiful cards Jen M and Cecile made using the FMS sketch. The leaves were die cut with a favorite die leaf die from A Jillian Vance Design and then adhered to the die cut panel. The sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp Full of Thanks stamp set. They were stamped on light gray cardstock with gray ink, trimmed out and popped up on the card. I finished with a few clear sequins and the little kraft twine bow.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Hello friends! The Simon Says Stamp Holiday Sparkle release is now available at Simon Says Stamp! Simon was so kind and sent me the fun So Many Present background rubber cling stamp. I made a card and two tags to share. Let's take a look! (An affiliate linked list of products is at the end of this post. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Hello everyone! Hope things are well in your world. I'm popping in with a card for a few challenges: Freshly Made Sketches, the Paper Players and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. I had started working on the card on Saturday but decide to wait to finish it to see if what I had started might work for the Paper Players challenge and it did! Let's take a look.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Hello! Can you believe it is already November? I can't, lol! Where has the year gone?! Anyway, today is the first day of November and that means that all the new Spellbinders clubs are available in the web store. I have three cards to share today featuring the embossing folder, Glimmer and clear stamp and die clubs. (An affiliate linked list of supplies is at the end of this post. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.) Let's take a look at what I made with this month's clubs.
Sunday, October 23, 2022
Hello! Popping in to share a card that I made for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown. I have been working on other projects but wanted to take a little time to make "just for fun" card. The colors at CTD are orange, green and white and the sketch at FMS features three of something and a sentiment. Since it is fall and the leaves on the trees are changing color my thoughts turned to a die set that I recently purchased from Poppystamps called Fanciful Fall Leaves. The last time I used the set I had some leave leftover and as luck would have it, they worked perfectly for CTD as well as the Color Hues challenge! Here is my card.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Hello! I'm popping in with two Halloween cards that I made. I ended up with two cards because as I started making one card, I didn't like how it was turning out so some of the items I created for that card were transformed into another card. Other items that were going to also be on the original idea ended up on the second card! The end results. I had a great time and I think I'm getting a bit of my mojo back. Here is the first card.