Sunday, December 17, 2017

Another Starry Tree

Hello.  Are you a busy as I've been?

I haven't got around to comment on many of  your cards and I miss visiting with you.

I feel like the Christmas season gets busier every year.  Maybe I'm just slowing down.

This video by Jill Foster convinced me that I really needed this stamp!

I CASEd her card, changing it up just a bit.

Then it got set aside.

In pulling out some UFOs, I found the base of this card.  
Evidently I didn't like the design and had pulled it off the front.

This design piece landed close and gave me an aha moment!

I stamped the tree on mixed media paper and heat embossed.

Using an Aqua Painter, I picked up ink from the lids of my ink pads
to color the tree.

The background was sponged then stamped with the pine branches.

I'll enter this with  my friends at Merry Monday where Debbie is hosting a color challenge.
I actually have 4 of the colors, light green, dark green, red and blue.
I hope that's OK.  If not, my apologies ladies.

I hope you are finding the time to enjoy preparations for Christmas.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Starry Tree (PB), Pine Branch (Inkadinkado) 
Ink:   Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Bashful Blue (SU), Pine Needles (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  White EP, Stickers Stampendous

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Nature Sings for CAS Watercolour

Hello dear friends.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday festivities.

It's almost time for the big day!

Here's another card to celebrate the holidays.

This cardinal was in my UFO Box all watercolored and ready to go except
that there was a bad smear above the branch.  Ach!!!

I cut the offending part off with my paper cutter and around the other sides,
leaving the tail portion to fussy cut.

Saved!  I could add more shading to the cardinal but I think
it's best to cut my losses and go with this.

He has hopefully flown to his chosen destination by now.

The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is

and there's still time to enter.

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Hideko (Papercraft Boutique)
have some beautiful samples to inspire you.

Check them out, then I hope you'll join us.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Beauty of the Season (ret. SU), Season's Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Jet Black StazOn, SU Markers
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press),Naturals Ivory, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Paper Cutter, Scissors

Friday, December 15, 2017

Snowflake Flourish for CAS Mix Up Reminder


We're halfway through the month and nearly to Christmas day.

Using stamping, embossed resist, watercolour, die cut

There's still time to join in at CAS Mix Up where the challenge is
Using stamping, heat embossing, emboss resist technique, watercolor and die cut.
I stamped the Impression Obsession Snow Flourish on a piece of mixed media paper
and heat embossed with white powder.

After letting it cool, I wet the paper, picked up some ink from the lid of a stamp pad
with an Aqua Painter and dropped color on the wet paper.

I love the way the water moves the color around!

I added more color to some spots, mainly in the center of the design
and let it dry.

A die cut frame and sentiment made quick work of finishing the card.

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Ina (Little Bits of Craft)
have some wonderful inspiration pieces to share with you.

I hope we'll see your creations in the gallery...

Since I have watercolor, I can also add this to the inspiring gallery at
CAS Watercolour

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Flourish (IO), Merry Christmas Messages (HLS)
Ink:   Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neena Solar White
Other:  White EP (SU), Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Stickers (Stampendous)

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

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


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!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


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)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey there.

Happy Thanksgiving
if you live in the US and are celebrating today.

I am thankful for all you wonderful blog readers whether you are celebrating
Thanksgiving today or not.

I've used another tissue paper leaf.

Here's a photo that shows more of the shine.

I used the same technique that I used for this card.

This technique was brought to us by Loll.  Her tutorial is featured at Splitcoaststampers this week.
If you're not a member at SCS, you can find the tutorial here on YouTube.

Since I used watercolor on my tissue paper leaf and
Thanksgiving is a holiday, I'll add this to the gallery at
Challenge ends at midnight PST, November 24th. 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Harmony (retired SU)
Ink:   VersaMark, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves (D)
Paper:   Vanilla Thick, Very Vanilla, Whisper White (SU), Tissue
Other:  Gold EP, Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Stitched Squares Die (LI), Piinpoint Main St. Tags (PS)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

More Tags

Hello friends.

These are the last of my tags for
Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends.

 First up was a die cut piece with the sentiment all stamped and embossed.

I can't find the sentiment in my collection so I'm not sure where it came from.

The poinsettia was all assembled and miraculously intact.

I stamped and heat embossed a flourish for the flower to sit on,
adhered the die cut design piece to a silver foil die cut tag, and tied a ribbon on.

The second tag is my favorite of all my tags this year.

The image was all stamped and colored.  It was a stamp borrowed from a friend
who had bought the set at a yard sale.  I believe it was made by Stampin' Up!
but I have no idea of the name of the set.

I believe the image was colored with Stampin' Up! Markers.

I die cut the image into a tag, then used a Zig glue pen on the pears
and sprinkled some glitter over it.

I added a thin strip of gold glitter paper on the bottom to 
hide the fact that the piece was too short for the pinpoints on the bottom.

In the light the glitter sparkles beautifully.  The camera doesn't want to show that.
Using stamping, marker coloring, heat embossing, die cutting and glitter.
This tag was backed with another die cut piece of whisper white for stability.

Now I need to start shopping to have something to put the tags on.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Tag Recipe (tag 1)
Stamps:  Sentiments (?)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Silver Foil, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Silver EP (SU), Timeless Rectangles die (Spellbinders), Poinpoint Mainstreet Tags Die (PS), Poinsettia Parade Die (SSS)

Tag Recipe (tag 2)
Stamps:  Tree (?), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, Encore Gold
Paper:  Whisper White, Gold Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Basic Bookmark 3 (PTI), Zig 2 way glue pen, gold glitter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mitten Tag

Hello, friends.

I'm almost late for the Tag You're It Challenge where my friend Hazel is
the Featured Artist and my friend Darnell is the Guest Designer.

Here's my tag

Here's Hazel's tag that inspired my tag.

I had this piece of mitten left over from last week's class and thought it would make a cute tag.

I die cut a snowflake from a piece of smooshed cardstock. 

To smoosh, I dropped some re-inker and frost paint on a split cellophane bag,
closed it and smooshed, opened it back up, put some cardstock in and smooshed again.
I actually put 2 pieces of cardstock for a twofer.

The picture doesn't show it, but the snowflake has a nice frosty look.

I was inspired by the pink and sweet bow.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Thick Vanilla (SU), Neena
Other:  Mitten Die (IO), Snowflake Duo (PB), Simply Scored, Basic Pearls (SU)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Another Glittered Leaf

Hello, dear friends.

I have some more glitter to share today.

Using stamping, heat embossing, dry embossing and glitter.

This time I used a brown skeleton leaf.  It had already been embossed with gold.

I added some glue around the edge and sprinkled gold glitter on it.

It's laying on a bed of embossed leaves that I cut at a wonky angle.

This was really quick if you don't count getting all the glitter up that has drifted 
all over the house!

There's still a few days left to add some glitter at
CAS Mix Up

Do check out the gallery.  There are some sparkly beauties over there!

I'm also entering this over at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  Skeleton Leaf (stash), Gold Glitter, Leaf Flourish (Crafters Companion), Gold EP, Gold Twine (SU)