Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Failed Card....

This is a card I was trying to design for one of my Christmas Card classes.

 I really missed the mark on this one with poor color choice......however, I did use the design.....but when the girls made the card the card base was Mossy Meadow, the circles were Mossy Meadow and Whisper White, the DSP was the tree images from the Season of Cheer DSP, and the greeting piece was white but mounted on Espresso.  I then used the spritzer tool to remove some of the "whiteness" around the deer and the greeting with an Early Espresso marker. I worked out MUCH better with proper color choices. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Snow Much Fun. . . retro Christmas . . .

Here is another card I made using the retired but oh so cute stamp set called Snow Much Fun.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Something Different . . .

I recently purchased a box card die set from a company in the US. . . and I just had to share it with you. . . Isn't it cute!!!   And oh so easy.....the card is a die, the decorator panels are a die, the flowers are a die ( with the exception of the Stampin Up! punches on the front side) 

And it folds flat and fits perfectly in a normal envelope!  Bonus!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Heat Embossed Background Technique. . .

Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set
Basic Black Card base 81/2” x 51/2”
Soft Suede  4” x 51/4”
Satin Ribbon 16”
Expressions Natural Elements
Black Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Embossing Buddy

1.       Rub embossing buddy over soft suede cardstock to remove static
2.      Stamp leaf image randomly, using versamark ink, in different directions, all over cardstock….trying to be close but not overlapping images.
3.      Apply black embossing powder.  Tap off excess.  Use small paint brush to define.  Heat set using heat tool until shiny.
4.      Wrap ribbon around and tie in a knot offset to one side, leaving room to apply wooden element
5.      Adhere soft suede piece to black card base.
6.      Use Tombow or Fast Fuse to apply Expressions Natural Element to ribbon.
7.      Done!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree. . . Oh Christmas Tree. . .

Ok.....I know, I quiet. . . .you can't sing your way out of a wet paper bag. . . . but this year I am exceptionally happy because I am going home to see my son!!!!  Yippie!!!  

I have been driving hubby and my co-workers crazy for the past month singing silly snippets of Christmas carols.   

Sorry folks.....but this Mom is super excited to see her boy ( I know he is a grown man, but he is still my boy!) and to see my parents and my brother, and my friends back home. 

I am sad because hubby is staying home with our dog, and sad that I will be traveling alone all day, Christmas day....but very happy to get to see my family- living far apart is hard, especially at the holidays. 

My trip is short, just a few days.....but will be totally worth it!  

Ok, on to the card:  

Stamp Sets:  Peaceful Pines
Framelits:  Peaceful Pines
Embossing Folder:  Softly Falling
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ribbon:  Gold Satin
Punch:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Ink:  Gold

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Every Blessing. . . .

Stamp Set:  Every Blessing
Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ribbon:  Blackberry Bliss
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Embellishment:  Rhinestones

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas and 2016 Class Schedule

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!  I hope you are surrounded by family and friends, and have a wonderful holiday! 

I also want to thank you, for your continued support during 2015, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.  

Don't forget we will be kicking off the New Year Stampin' Up! style with an awesome new Occasions Catalog and SALE-A-BRATION!!!!!!  For every $60 you purchase you get to choose 1 item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for FREE!!!

My 2016 class calendar is now ready.    

Remember, since my stampin' studio renovation, my class limit is now register early to guarantee your seat!!  

Note that if a class fills and there is still a demand for seats, I will create a duplicate class on the Thursday of the same week, ensuring that you have access to all the classes offered. 

Inky huggs to all!  

Peaceful Pines and Petite Pairs...

Stamps:  Peaceful Pines, Petite Pairs
Inks:  Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Punch:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Dies:  Peaceful Pines Framelits
DSP: Merry Moments

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Cuteness...

Another fun card using the Snow Place stamp set and matching framelits!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Tag Topper Punch Christmas Card. . .

I made this card using the tag topper punch and some retired DSP. 

The greeting is from the hostess stamp set called Six Sayings found on page 51 of the Holiday Catalog.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cutaway Image Technique. . .

Remarkable You Stamp Set
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
Archival Black Ink Pad
Mossy Meadow Markef
So Saffron Marker
Wisteria Wonder Marker
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
Whisper White Thick Card Stock 81/2” x41/4”
Wisteria Wonder Card Stock 4” x 4”


1.       Using Archival Black Ink stamp the flower image to the front of the card towards the fold.
2.      Use a pencil very lightly draw a faint line where you want to cut
3.      Cut away portion you do not need.
4.      Stamp greeting  to lower right side on Wisteria Wonder mat- from Teeny Tiny Wishes
5.      Adhere Wisteria Wonder mat to inside of card
6.      Color image as desired using Stampin Write Markers
7.      Fill in flowers with Wink of Stella to give a glittery shine to the flowers.
8.      Done!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Embossed Tin Ceiling Tutorial. . .

Basic Black Cardstock
Silver Foil Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Satin Ribbon          
Lovely Lace Embossing Folder
Watercolor Wings Stamp Set
Butterfly Framelit Dies
Memento Black Ink
Smokey Slate Ink


1.       Run silver foil through Big Shot in desired embossing folder.
2.      Stamp  butterfly on Whisper White card stock using Smokey Slate.
3.      Stamp butterfly embellishments using Memento Black ink.
4.      Cut out the butterfly using framelit dies and Big Shot with Magnetic Plate.  At the same time take the Basic Black cardstock and cut out the small butterfly.
5.      Tie black satin ribbon around foil piece. 
6.      Adhere butterflies and apply rhinestone
7.      Attach to Basic Black card base
8.      Done!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Penguin Fun

This is a sample card I made for one of my Christmas card classes.  

Once I made it I knew that I did not like the white card base.....too white for me.  So when my girls made it in class, I substituted Garden Green cardstock and boy did that make the card pop! 

The images are from the Snow Place stamp set found on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog. The greeting is from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set.  


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sometimes you just have to relax and have fun!

I taught this card in my Mega Christmas Card Classes ( 30 cards in one day) and it was by far the most challenging card for my girls. 

Most were intimidated, and some even obsessed over the placement of each image. 

When I designed this card, my thought was that this would be an easy peasy, quick and fun card to make.   Aparently not so.. . . LOL...who knew!

This card was made entirely using the assorted images from the Work of Art stamp set- a totally non Christmas stamp set.  His hat was made using two of the stamps.  His eyes and mouth using another, his nose another, and his scarf using two more stamps. 

I think it is a whimsically fun card!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Thinking of You at Christmas. . . .

Stamps:  Embellished Ornaments
Dies:  Embellished Ornaments Framelits
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Silver Foil
Embellishments:  Rhinestones

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

More Embellished Ornaments . . .

As promised, here are two more beauties that I made with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and matching framelit dies.  

These cards started with the Cherry Cobbler mats. . . I mis-cut these pieces for a Christmas Card class so I had to do something with them.  This is what I came up with: 

 Don't you love the glitzy goodness of the Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Foil and Silver Cording Trim!  

The simple greeting is from the retired  Project Life stamp set called Holiday Cheer.

Come back tomorrow for my final card using Embellished Ornaments stamp set!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Embellished Ornaments & Versatile Christmas

I made this card using the branch image from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set found on page 15 of the Holiday Catalog.  

I stamped the image in Garden Green ink and used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to fill in the berries with sparkly color. 

The greeting is from the Versatile Christmas stamp set found on page 26.

The DSP is Merry Moments found on page 27. 

And for a bit more glitzy goodness. . . .the gold Cording Trim found on page 24.

Come back tomorrow for another couple of cards made with Embellished Ornaments stamp set...

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Cuties. . . .

I made this card using the stamp set found on page 19 of the Holiday Catalog called Christmas Cuties.  

I LOVE this set.  There are four images - an elf, an angel, snowsuit boy, and snowflakes and three greetings. 

I went against the grain and tried a nontraditional color combination..... I like it.  The snowflake punch is a Fiskars punch. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Reason for the Season . . . .

Here are a couple of cards I made using Reason For The Season stamp set found on page 31 of the Holiday Catalog. 

I LOVE how these turned out.  

The first one I stamped in Archival Black ink and then colored the images with markers:

 And the second one  I also stamped in Archival Black ink but only colored the leaves and the flower centers.  Then I grabbed my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush ( coming in January in the Occasions catalog) and painted the flower petals with the clear glitter.  

This card is GORGEOUS but so very hard to photograph!