Friday, November 29, 2013


It's Black Friday!
 How many of you braved the stores at the crack of dawn or even earlier to shop?  My husband and I have braved the hordes of shoppers several times.  He is a trooper.  He usually finds a spot in line while I shop.  I really hate crowds.  So black Friday shopping was always very stressful for me.  Gotta find that deal though, right?
I learned several years ago that you can often get the deals that are in the stores online.  So I will be sitting in my pj's and sipping hot chocolate while shopping online.

This card is my reminder of what the season is all about.
I decided to keep the design simple because I really wanted to focus on the image.
This is one of my favorite Penny Black stamps.  Such a sweet scene with the holy family
and the animals.
Card Details:
Stamp: Penny Black Nativity
Copics:  E00, E13, E21, B91, W0, W3, T1, T4, B41, R20, R24, R37, R46, E33, E35, e37, E29, YG81, YG84, Y26, Y21
Spellbinders die for the background

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Yesterday I shared a similar card.  I am not sure I like this card but it will be
perfect to send to a guy.
Card Details:
Angel: Inspired Heart Cricut cartridge cut at 3 inches
Card Shape: Life's A Party Cricut cartridge cut at 5.5 inches

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


The current challenge at Creative Craft Challenges is to create a Christmas projects without using Red or Green.  This is one of my favorite nativity scenes.  It is just beautiful in it's simplicity.
Card Details:
Nativity:  Inspired Heart Cricut cartridge cut at 3.25 inches
Card shape: Life's A Party Cricut cartridge cut at 5.5 inches

Monday, November 25, 2013

Panda Scrapbook Layout

I had so much fun making the panda tear bear Christmas card so I decided to make a scrapbook layout.  This is for my niece.  Her room is white and purple with pandas.  I am going to frame this layout so that she can hand it on her wall.
Project Details:
Banner:  Lala Land die
Accent shape: Life's A Party Cricut cartridge cut at 4.5 and 4.75 inches
Beautiful: Cricut cartridge cut at 2 inches
Panda headbands: Everyday Cricut cartridge

Friday, November 22, 2013

My Least Favorite Project

Since all my Christmas cards are made, signed and ready for the post office, I decided it was time to tackle this project....
The Cleaning Of The Craft Room!
Here is what it looks like today. 

If I don't get side tracked with a creative project, I may just get this done.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

It is time for another challenge at Aud Sentiments.  The theme for this one is the ever popular
"Use Any Sentiment You Want"
We are sponsored by A Day for Daisies

Card Details:
Image:  Hope from A Day For Daisies
Copics: E00, E13, E21, E33, E35, E37, B91, YG91, YG94
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Love: Inspired Heart Cricut Cartridge cut at 1.75 inches

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Panda Tear Bear

I made my very first tear bear today. 
Need to practice some more but I think he turned out pretty darn cute! 
My niece loves pandas so this Christmas card is for her.
And of course, I made an easel card.  I think I am addicted to those right now.
I really didn't need any more Christmas cards since I have plenty for this year but I
just had to make my niece this one. 
In January I will share my system that helped me
get all of my Christmas cards done and ready to be  mailed BEFORE Thanksgiving.
All it takes is a little organization to get you started. 
You will still see Christmas cards on my blog until the week before Christmas.  I spread
out my blog posts so that I have Christmas projects to share for awhile.

Card Details:
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Gift: Joys of The Season Cricut cartridge cut at 2 inches
Santa Hat: Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge cut for 5 inch doll
Spellbinders ribbon label die
I used white flower soft on the hat trim
Entered in following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments: Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs: Make and easel card

Monday, November 18, 2013

Decorating the Tree

I spent an entire Saturday earlier this month working on Christmas cards. 
I managed to complete about 14 cards.  Too bad that is just a little dent
in the cards I need to make for the holidays.
I used one of my favorite card shapes for this one. 
It is cut from the Life's A Party Cricut cartridge
Card Details:
Card Shape: Life's A Party Cricut cartridge cut at 5.5 inches
Snowflakes: Spellbinders dies
Copics:  E00, E13, E21, R24, R37, R46, R89. BG93, BG96, Y26, T1, T4, W0
While embossing enamel
Snow tes

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sliver and Blue Snowman

I love snowmen and I think the face on this guy is just so cute. 
I wanted to make his scarf and hat look silvery so I first colored them
with T1, T4 copics and then painted with extreme glitter paint.  I love
the way it turn out.  I stamped and embossed around the edge and then
got out my Snow Tex to add some snow to the ground, when I opened the
jar, I discovered it was all dried up.  I must not have put the lid on tight.
Anyway, I added water to the jar to see if I could "revive" it and thank goodness
that worked!  The snowflakes were cut out of this fabulous silver cardstock I found
at Michael's.  It was a little pricey but it cuts beautifully with the spellbinders dies.
Card Details:
Copics: T1, T4, B41, B91, B29, BG10, BG70
Spellbinders snowflakes dies
Cuttlebug snow embossing folder
Sentiment from Netty's stamps
Entered in following challenges:
Diva's by Design: Something Snowy
ABC Christmas: Winter Wishes
Stamp n Doodle: Snowmen

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blue Birthday

I am having fun making easel cards.  This one is for my sister-in-law's birthday
Blue is her favorite color and I just love this pattern paper with the blues and browns. I bough several sheets of it a few years ago and I was thrilled to find this blue/gray paper in my stash that matches.
I used chunky white and antique white embossing enamel on the card.  I decided to see what it would do if I added some of the embossing enamel to the flowers.  I was afraid the flowers wouldn't hold up to the heat while using the heat gun but they turned out great!
Here is a close up of the flower
Card Details:
Image: Besties by Sherry Baldy
Copics:  E00, E13, E21, E50, E51, e53, E55, E40, E42, E43, B91, R20, R22, W0
Spellbinders ribbon tags
Chunky white and shabby white embossing enamel
Sketch:  Sketch N Stash
Entered in following challenges:
Sketch N Stash: Sketch and my neglected item is the papers and the ribbon tags.
Besties Challenge:  Lots of Layers

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy Birthday

Taking a little break from Christmas cards to make a birthday card.
This sweet little elephant is from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Isn't she just adorable?
After coloring the image, I painted the tutu with extreme glitter paint and then added some stickles.
I also addes stickles to the flowers.
Card Details:
Image:  I Heart You from Mo's Digital Pencil
Copics: RV52, RV56, W0, W1, W3, W5, BG70, BG72, BG75
Chunky white embossing enamel
Vintage Pink glitter
Martha Stewart branch punch
Martha Stewart Border punch
Spellbinders ribbon tag
Entered in following challenges:
Creative Creations Challenge: Sparkle and Shine
Mo's Digital Challenge: Anything Goes

Sweet Christmas Wishes

This is my card for the new challenge at Creative Craft Challenge
The theme for this challenge is a recipe. 
1 image
2 pattern papers
3 flowers
I used the candy cane stamp from Magnolia Stamps.  After coloring with copics, I painted it with extreme glitter paint to give it a sugary look.
Card Details:
Image: Magnolia Stamps
Sentiment: Magnolia Stamps
Copics: R24, R37, R46, R89, BG93, BG96, W0
Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval dies
Martha Stewart branch punch
Entered in following challenges:
Anonymous Stamps: Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations: Use A Sentiment
Card Mania: Anything goes
Marker Pop: Anything Goes


Thursday, November 7, 2013

If Kisses Were Snowflakes

The new challenge at Aud Sentiments is to create a "Feminine" project.  We are sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs for this challenge and their images are just perfect for anything feminine.
I had this container sitting in my craft room for a year now.  It used to hold
Christmas snacks.  I decided to alter it slightly and give it to my husband for Christmas.
I created the sentiment myselft using word and some free Christmas fonts I found.
The silver snowflakes were cut using the spellbinders snowflakes dies.  I found this wonderful heavy silver cardstock at Michaels that is called mirror cardstock.  The snowflakes cut beautifully from that paper.
Project Details:
Image: Snowman Pin Up from Sassy Studio Designs
Copics:  E00, E11, E13, E21, E29, E35, E55, T1, T4, T7, B34, B37, R39,
Snowflakes:  Spellbinders Dies
Entered in following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: Photo Inspiration

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I saw a twisted easel card with a tea light on Pintrest. 
It was so pretty and I just had to give it a try. I found a wonderful
tutorial at Dawns Stamping Studio called Christmas Peek a boo easel card.
 I followed her dirctions but did change the size of my card
because the stamp I wanted to use was larger. 
My card measures 4.5 x 6
I don't own any of the stampin up supplies she used so I used my
spellbinders dies to cut out the circles.  I am saving the circles for another project. 
I wish I was able to get a decent picture showing the candle glowing behind the vellum.
Trust me when I say it is Beautiful!
Card Details:
Twisted Easel Tea Light card
Stamps: clear stamps bought at Michaels
Spellbinders circle, scalloped circle, ribbon tag, leaf and poinsettia dies
Martha Steward border punch
Bronze embossing powder
entered in following challenges:
flourishes: Negative energy (I used my spellbinders to cut out cicle openings in my cardstock)
Ribbon Carousel:  Holidays and celebrations