Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Birds for Merry Monday

It's the last Merry Monday of November.

The lovely Kathy has chosen our challenge this week.

You know I loved this challenge!

My dear friend Mary (Carolina Cards by Mary H.)
gifted me with this awesome stamp when we met in real life last Spring.

I've actually had this done for quite a while just waiting for the perfect challenge.

I stamped the image on Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black
and colored with Copic Markers.

After fussy cutting it out, I adhered it over a lightly stamped background
with dimensionals.

A little Dazzling Details on the snow covered branches
and Flower Soft on the pom poms finish it off.

is in it's final week for this year.  I'll just make the deadline.
Thanks Sarn for doing this challenge each month.



Be sure to go over to Merry Monday and check out
all those fantastic Design Team cards
and the gorgeous gallery additions.
We'd love for you to add to the gallery too.

I'm glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Birds, Christmas Background (Stampendous)
Ink:  Antique Linen (Distress), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Other: Copic Markers, Dazzling Details (SU), Polar White Flower Soft

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Poppy Trio

I love these poppies and inked them with Distress Stain and Markers.

Then I used a damp Aqua Painter to move the color around. 

I finished off by dotting the centers with a black marker.

The aperture was cut with my Circle Collection Framelits
and embossed with my favorite embossing folder.

Heather Telford has a fantastic tutorial on this technique.
Thanks, Heather, for sharing your technique.


Cuttlebug Mania is looking for
(I used my Big Shot to do the embossing)

because I used a snippet of black for that sentiment.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Poppy Trio (Penny Black), Embellished Events (SU)
Ink:  Distress Stain (Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Peeled Paint), Distress Marker (Peeled Paint, Black), Whisper White (SU), 
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (Arches Hot Press),Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Aqua Painter (SU), Circle Collection Framelits (SU), White EP (SU), Square Lattice EF (retired SU)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.

And may the rest of you enjoy a day of counting your blessings.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Calm Christmas for Merry Monday

Good Merry Monday morning.

This beautiful Christmas dove was roosting in my UFO box.

It's now winging it's way to the
Caring Hearts Card Drive

and it fit with our lovely Lesley's Merry Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Photo Inspiration


I hope you'll put some blue and white and some texture on a Christmas card
and join us at Merry Monday.

Be sure to check out the awesome Design Team inspriration cards over there.

Thanks for stopping by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Calm Christmas, Four the Holidays (both retired SU)
Ink:  Whisper White, Island Indigo (SU)
Paper:  Island Indigo, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  White EP (SU), Northern Flurry EF (retired SU)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Last Tag

is winding down.

I had to get one last tag in.

Loll, you have inspired me!

We'll be doing this tag in the next Papercrafting class.

I think I'm stretching the mixed media this time.


I've stamped and embossed, punched, die cut, added twine and ribbon.
There's texture on the foiled vellum and mitten cuffs.

again I'll add this to

Inspired by Tracey's tag on Day 11
Thanks for the inspiration, Tracey!




So glad you stopped by.

Tag Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:  Encore Silver
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Foiled Vellum (SU), Snippets of DSP (SU)
Other:  Stitched Tags (Lil' Inker), Mitten Punch (retired SU), Silver EP (SU), Bakers Twine (Michaels $ bin), Baja Breeze Seam Binding (retired SU)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dashing Through the Snow a one horse open sleigh.

This is a tag adaptation from one of my Christmas Card Classes.

I'm going to make one last (maybe) entry into 

Thanks so much for this challenge, Loll, and for all the
inspiration and encouragement.

I'm finally comfortable with mixed media.

And look what I found at the thrift store to show off all my tags..

also sharing with

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge


Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge


Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

Thanks for the visit.

Tag Recipe
Stamps:  Teeny, Tiny Wishes 
Ink:  Real Red 
Paper:  Brushed Silver, Cardstock Vellum, Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Sleigh Ride Edgelit Die Snowburst EF (Retired SU), Softly Falling EF, Dazzling Details , Snowflake Charm (retired SU), Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Silver Glitter Ribbon (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Triple Tag

Lots of shine in this tag.

So the camera went blurry.

Oh, well...

I've stenciled some gold embossing cream.

Then I die cut some Poppystamps tags and sprayed 
the little one with gold mist smooshing
the joy part in the over spray.

While I was waiting for everything to dry, I sponged the edges of 
a punched bit of holly and shaped it with a stylus.

A few tiny circles punched from a snippet of red provided berries.

It's all tied together with some gold ribbon that's been hanging around
for years.

Another entry for



Glad you could stop by.

Tag Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Garden Green (SU)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena, Whisper White
Other:  Metallic Gold Modeling Cream (Viva Decor ), Pinpoint Mainstreet Tags (Poppystamps), Gold Shimmer Mist (retired SU), 1/8" Circle Punch (SU)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gingerbread Boy Tag

I've been feeding my tag addiction with

I've done the recipe on the computer and printed it on 
some ancient parchment paper from my stash.

I cut it to fit a cardstock tag, adhered it and did 
some distressing and stamped some splotches
for good measure.  (That's the way my recipe book looks.)

The Gingerbread Boy was stamped on
Baked Brown Sugar cardstock
and embossed.

I colored the buttons with a Copic Marker
and covered with Crystal Effects.

I dotted the eyes with a brown Copic Marker
and his bow tie with green.

The little strip at the bottom is dry embossed with hearts.
I couldn't get them to show up in the photo.

Some burlap twine finishes the tag off.

I'm going to join in at 

Thanks for the visit.

Tag Recipe
Stamps:  Gingerbread Boy (Rubber Cottage), Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU), Antique Linen (Distress)
Paper: Solar White (Neena), Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler (SU), Parchment (stash)
Other:  White EP, Crystal Effects (SU), Heart EF (Cuttlebug), Burlap Twine (Michaels), Copic Markers

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Caring Hearts Card Drive

Caring Hearts Card Drive
Have you heard about the

I've sent some.

I really enjoyed thinking about the people who will receive them.

There are some awesome prizes.

The best prize of all is brightening someone's holiday season.

Do check out this opportunity.

Thanks for the visit.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Merry Monday Reindeer

Did  you know there's only 5 more Mondays before Christmas?

This week's challenge is brought to us by Debbie.

I bought this reindeer die online late last year.

I didn't realize it was so BIG!

The fact that it was a BIGZ die should have given me a clue!

But it was fun to work with.

I used the die to cut out the reindeer then
stamped over the body with the Sanded background stamp
and Soft Suede ink.  Using an Aqua Painter, I moved the ink around
to give him a washed look.

I used the So Saffron ink pad and Aqua Painter 
to color his antlers.

A little dabbing with some Brown Sugar ink
picked up with the Aqua Painter
gave his antlers the look of texture.

I hunted for some tiny jingle bells but couldn't find them.

So I punched some little circles from snippets of Red Glimmer paper.

They won't jingle, but they will go through the postal service better.

Since I have texture on this, I'm going to take it over to
I have dry embossing and glitter paper.


I told you I'd become addicted to tags!

This has the debossed snowflakes. (I put the adhesive on the wrong side).  Oops!

It still works for texture.  And there's stamping, watercolor, die cuts, a bell and ribbon.

is open until the 22nd.
There's still plenty of time to join in.

I hope you'll go over to Merry Monday and check out 
all the fantastic inspiration the Design Team, and our Guest Designer, Rocky, 
have for  you.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sanded Background (retired SU)
Ink:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (SU), Watercolor (140 lb. cold press Strathmore)
Other:  Prancing Deer (Tim Holtz/Sizzix), Aqua Painter, Snowflake EF (Darice), Pinpoint Main Street Tag Die (Poppystamps), Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (SU), Paper Punch (Wal-mart)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Guest Designing for Twelve Tags of Christmas

I was so honored when Loll of Stamping with Loll, 
asked me to be a Guest Designer for her
Twelve Tags of Christmas Challenge.

It was a great excuse to order these tag dies that I'd had my eye on.

I really went for the shine!

Since Loll asked us to use mixed media on our tags,
I had an excuse to order this wonderful stencil too.

So I've stamped, heat embossed, stenciled, die cut, punched and then
 added bling for extra dimension and texture.

* For this event, Mixed Media is defined as stamps + ink, plus two other elements which add texture and/or dimension.

The inspiration tags by the designers will be showcased from the 4th-15th of November and the linky will remain open until the 22nd November so it gives you plenty of time to enter.

Here is a list of prizes! 

Winner - $40 gift certificate from STAMPlorations
Top Three - $20 gift certificate each from STAMPlorations
Random Draw - $20 gift certificate from Happy Little Stampers
Random Draw - One Christmas stamp set from Dee's Artsy Impressions
Thanks for the visit.

Tag Recipe
Stamps:  Festival of Trees, Holly Jolly Greetings (SU)
Ink:  Encore Gold
Paper:  Gold Foil (SU), Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
Other: Pinpoint Main Street Tags, Pinpoint Dome Tag Decorations (Poppystamps), Texture Scraped Paint Stencil (Memory Box), Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Christmas Greetings Thinlit (SU), Gold Ribbon (Offray), Gold Twine (SU)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Snowflakes Sparkle

Here's another tag for

I've sponged, stenciled, die cut, heat embossed, added sparkle and a big bow.

also entering


These tags are really fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tag Recipe
Stamps: In the Meadow (PTI)
Ink:  Encore Silver, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans (Distress Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Vellum (SU)
Other:  Silver EP, Dazzling Diamonds (SU), Snowdance Stencil (PB), White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), Snowflake Die (?), Ribbon (Offray)