Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Finished Album

The cover is finished and pages added to the Holiday Album.  Pictured below are some of the pages put into this book.

As posted previously:  The base is a Snap 6x8 with a black binder.  The die is from Memory Box and was cut in three colors of mirror paper: red, green and gold.  A Spellbinders oval was used to make the frame.  The first cut was in paper from Simple Stories DIY Christmas.  The candles were glued onto the actual cover of the album but framed in the red mirror paper.  The sentiment is Tim Holtz "Handwritten Holidays 2" was embossed in gold.  There are several other pages that go in this album but they are similar to the ones pictured.  Hope you enjoy as this was fun to make.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Album work in progress

Not a card this time (but thinking this could be one in the future), but the cover to a Christmas Album.  Just a note to say the bow is not done in this picture as it does look a little unfinished.  The base is a Snap 6x8 with a black binder.  The die is from Memory Box and was cut in three colors of mirror paper: red, green and gold.  A Spellbinders oval was used to make the frame.  The first cut was in paper from Simple Stories DIY Christmas.  The candles were glued onto the actual cover of the album but framed in the red mirror paper.  The sentiment is Tim Holtz "Handwritten Holidays 2" was embossed in gold.  A start now just to do the inside.  Not sure if this ribbon is  staying yet or not.  Will keep you updated as I add more to the book.  Hope you enjoy

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holiday's

As we enter this festive week (and a busy one) I would like to wish all my blog friends a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

                                                   (Thank you Doreen O for the design of this card)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas greetings

A quick and simple post for another holiday card idea.  This is a  5.5 square card with two smaller squares.  The edges of the two smaller squares were rubbed on a Versa Mark embossing pad and gold powder added, then heat set.  The greeting was from one of many in the holiday stamp stash.  After the card was put together a purchased poinsettia was added to finish off the card.  Hope you enjoy

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Merry Christmas

Something about this card reminds me of a picture that would hang on a wall.  The dies used for this card are from Taylored Expressions.  The blue, green and white paper are Bazzil.  The  blue was mounted on a silver then to the white card base.  The sentiment can be from any set that you like
and it was stamped in black.  A fairly quick card to make.  I did use my Vagabond to cut the dies for this card.  Hope you enjoy.

Edit:  Taylored Expression dies:  Evergreen  and  Seasonal trees

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy Winter

This card started with 6 x6 paper pack from Lawn Fawn.  The snow is made with Lawn Fawn stitched hillside cut about 1 1/2 by 4 placed on a background cut 4 x 5.25.  This is an A2card.  The trees are from Impression Obsession.  The birds from the same die set were colored with a red marker.  the cute bunnies are from Lawn Fawn and colored with copic markers.  Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Season Greetings

Want a quick card.  Use several dies and you have a card.  This simple card was made with a Santa die from Taylored Expressions.  The trees could be from any set, but these are Lawn Fawn as is the stitched hill side.  Add a greeting and position your trees.  The paper is Desert Storm and scraps from the holiday stash.  Santa is cut from white.  Simple.  Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gift Card Holder

 This is a gift card holder.

Supplies used are:

   Lawn Fawn stitched hillside
   Taylored Expressions:  Evergreens, Tag stacklets, Tag Pocket

Paper:  Green:  Bazzil and Holiday Scraps

Below you can see what the inside of the  holder looks like.  A small piece of adhesive was added to put the gift card on.  Hope you enjoy

Monday, November 10, 2014

Festive Fun

A quick post.  This stamp is one that you can not help but fall in love with.  An A2 card can be made with any paper  and a variety of colors.  This image was colored with Copic Markers.  The stamp is Christmas with Barley from Crafters Companion.  The tree is a small die from Taylored Expressions.  Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Christmas Tag

This tag was made at the Stamp Joy workshop.  I liked it so well that I have the background tag to make a variety this size for my Holiday packages.  The materials for this tag are from Taylored Expressions

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Another card from the trip to Taylored Expressions.  All parts of this card are Taylored Expression products.  The flower is cut from felt.  A really simple card with some lovely elements.   It was fun to make.  Hope you enjoy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Enjoy the journey

Another card from the Taylored Expressions weekend.  This one was a workshop taught by Wanda Guess, designer for TE on Friday night.  We had to do a little fussy cutting for the part on the plane.  Fun card to make using all Taylored Expressions products.  Hope you enjoy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Have a Spook tacular Halloween

Good morning.  Sharing another one of the cards we made at Taylored Expressions "Stamp Joy" workshop.  All aspects of this card are from TE from the paper to stamps to die.  Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shade Tree

Sharing a card that I made at the Stamp Joy event this weekend by Taylored Expressions in Ankeny Iowa.  This was part of their make and take event.  The card is made with the Shade Tree Cutting Plate and birds I believe from the Birds and Branch set.  What a fast card to make and all designed by Taylored Expressions design team.  For this picture I left the frame piece on that outlines the card.  This is a piece that could be used on another card.  Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

One layer card

 I am taking an online Copic Coloring class to learn new techniques.  The image is a digital from Saturated Canary and was used by Kristina Werner for the class.  This is all one layer. The young lady is colored and then the faux grey strip behind is added.  I did not have a greeting handy so I used a Multiliner pen to add my own.  This is image was to practice skin and hair coloring as well.

Copic used:  Hair N4,6,8 and B41.  Skin:  R20, E 00, 11, 50  Broom:  E35, 37, 11.  Eyes: YG 17, Greeting Banner:  W O, 1, 3, 5  Clothing:YR 15, 18, 23, 24, 27  BV:  13, 17

A Spellbinder pierced rectangle was used to cut the image.  The dots on the jacket are a white were made using a white gelly roll pen.  Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


This cute stamp set is Frank N Candy from A Jillian Vance Designs.  After coloring Frankie with Copic Markers he was hand cut and attached to the background paper.  Glossy accents was used on the eyes and candy.  A very simple card.  Hope you enjoy.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Masculine birthday

Stamp sets
Hampton Art Stencil 1 Deer stamp     
Jillian Vance  “Basically Birthday”
 Die-namics  dimensional banners
 Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles
 Fiber Birch  Cut one A2 (5.5 x 8.25) (card base)  Cut Banner and one from medium die set    for stamping
 Doodlebug  Friendly Forest:   Cut one from large rectangles set for background
 Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival :   Tree branch and Potting soil
 Versafine black : for greeting

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Graphic greeting

Stopping in for a quick post.  This was a card from my summer Christmas card class.  Need a quick card that can be created in mass this is it.  The stamped greeting is from Taylored Expressions "Graphic greetings" and white embossed.  Add a background paper, some snowflakes and gems and a card is done.  Hope you enjoy

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Snowy Day

This is totally a card that I copied from the Lawn Fawn site.  The stamp set is the new Snowy Day by Lawn Fawn.  I did not use the dies that go with so did some fussy cut on the trees and rabbits.  I stamped five trees on white card stock in two shades of green.  A Piece of Vellum (cut 1/4 inch smaller than card base) was placed over that with Merry and Bright gold heat embossed and a few snowflakes.  Five more trees were cut for the front.  A snowbank was added with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside dies.  The snow bank was cut 1/4 inch shorter than the Vellum and about 1 1/2 inch tall.  The rabbits were colored using Copic markers and pop dotted onto the card along with a couple of the trees.  This was a fun card to copy and one I plan to make more of.   Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


The Mojo Monday Challenge 359 is what I used for the inspiration on this card.  The sketch is posted below.  The paper used on this card is from Doodlebug.  These pieces are all from the Sugar Shoppe collection.  The "happy" was cut using a Wplus9 die and Stickles was used to make it sparkle.  The banner was stamped with a Jillian Vance Designs "Basically Birthday" word.  The ink used was Versafine and then clear embossed. The circle was cut using the new Spellbiner pierced circles.  The flower is from the stash bucket and Stickles was added.  The flower was placed on top of twine.  A fun card to make.  Hope you enjoy.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Holidays in the summer

Quick post showing a JustRite holiday background stamp.  The card was embossed with white and a blue Gelato was used to finish the base.  A bow and tag along with some clear gems finish off the card.  Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

For You

A quick post to share a card I made a few weeks ago.  The stamp set is from Taylored Expressions.  I used Memento black ink and Copic markers, a little twine, and mounted the 5.25 x 4 white cardstock on a patterned paper.  Hope you enjoy

Friday, August 1, 2014

Your Day

Spellbinders has released a Celebra'tions line and this stamp "Your Day" has this cute little elephant and a turtle on it.  I needed a card for a special "5" year old and purchased this stamp for that purpose.  This is not the card I made her, but one cased from the packaging.  The paper and gems are from Doodlebug .  The image was colored with Copic markers (C3, C0, C5, YG03, YR31, B41, 97, V22) and glossy accents was added to the eye.  Spellbinders pierced rectangle dies were used to cut this card.   A twine bow finishes off the card.  Hope you enjoy.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Little Things

Sharing a pretty simple card.  I found inspiration for this on the internet and changed it up some to make it my own.  I started by by stamping my image on a paper cut4 x 5.25 using the Taylored Expressions "The little Things". The next step was to cut an oval using masking paper to fit over the stamped image.  Using Antique Linen distress ink the paper was distressed and the mask removed so the image could be colored.  The sentiment was added next and the card was then mounted on the white card base to form an A2 card.    Simple.  Hope you enjoy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas in July

JustRite is hosting a non-traditional Christmas card challenge  (here) and this is my take on it. Roses are not what we think of as being a Christmas flower and dark backgrounds are rare. 

 The card base is white folded size 4.75 x 6.  Bazzill red was cut to 4.5 x 5.75 to form the base for the JustRite " Holly Garlands Background".  JudiKins "Rustique Weathered Iron" was to used to heat emboss the background which was then distressed with "Peeled Paint".  JustRite "Rose Bouquets Vintage Labels" was stamped on white and colored with Copic markers (YG93, YG 95, R 27, R29) and then cut with a Spellbinder oval die with a final touch of distress ink on the edge.  The sentiment believe is from the same stamp set as the roses, masked to remove the words "in miracles" then cut cut and distressed with the peeled paint.  A silk ribbon from the stash was tied with all cut outs being popped.

Winter Wonderland

This very simple card to make uses Taylored Expressions "Winter Wonderland".  I found the idea on the internet for the card.  The card is made with watercolor paper.  The first step is to ink  a stamping block with Faded Jeans and mist with water then stamp.  Each card you make will have a little different look.  A snowflake was stamped with faded jeans over the watercolor, while another was stamped on white with the same ink and cut out with the coordinating die.  The cut out snowflake was popped and placed on top of the image on the card base.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine then clear heat embossed.  Hope you enjoy

Saturday, July 12, 2014


I needed a Baptism card for a special little boy and this is what I decided on.  The card base is Bazzill blue with a layer of Bazzill white.  The blue with tiny words "Baptism" is from Scrapbook Customs and cut with a Spellbinder die.  The cross was cut in two sizes again with a Spellbinder die.  The gems are from Hero Arts and the Sentiment is from a set by JustRite.  Hope you enjoy

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wedding wishes

Everyone needs Wedding cards this time of the year so I am on a mission to get some done.  This is a top fold card cut 4.5 wide by 11 inches.  The paper was scored at 5.5.  The DP is from Echo Park :Just Married and was cut 4 x 5.25.  The sentiment from J Villian Vance Designs "Vine Wedding Cross" was stamped on white cut 1.75 x 4 and mounted on a black cut 2 x 4.  The sentiment was stamped with black Versafine and clear embossed.  A white silk bow finishes off this card.  Hope you enjoy.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy July 4th

Wishing all of my blog friends a very "Happy 4th of July"  This lady is one of the many symbols of what this day is all about.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Warm winter wishes

Sorry for the poor pic, but took this quick at my Christmas card class that is going on at Fond Memories.  A pretty simple card to make using Bazzill white OP , a greeting from Taylored Expressions and dies from Memory Box.  The oval was cut with a Spellbinder die and Distress glitter was added to the trees and winter scene.  Wanted to share a quick post with you.  Hope you enjoy

Friday, June 20, 2014

Snowy NIght

This is another card from the May Christmas in summer class that I did at Fond Memories.  I found good inspiration on the internet to put this card together.  The Card is on a white base 4.25 x 5.5 and  used Bazzill white.  The Green is Bazzill Rainforest cut to 3.5x 5 and a plain white was cut to 3.25 x 4.75.  Hero Arts Snowy Night was stamped with Hero Shadow Field Green on the plain white.  IO stamp Merry and Bright was stamped in Versafine Black and then clear embossed.  A very simple card to make.  Hope you enjoy

Monday, June 9, 2014

Janie's Girls

I really think this is a cute stamp  The card  is meant for a very special little girl turning two this week.  This was made following the sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday (Challenge 349).  The sketch is posted here. 

The image was stamped and then colored with Copic Markers.  The image was then fussy cut and pop dotted.  The circle was cut with a Spellbinder die.  The stitches were added using a white pen.  The tag was stamped with a Verve greeting with a hand cut banner and distressed with Antique Linen.  Wink of Stella glitter pen was used on the bow, bracelet and heart.  All of the paper is from a Wild Rose Studio pad.  A really fun sketch to make.  Hope you enjoy


Paper:  Wild Rose Studio "girly polka dots"6x6 ad
Stamps:  Hot Off the Press "Janie's Girls"  and Verve "Treasured Words"
Ink:  Memento Black, Distress Antique Linen
Copic Markers:  E00, E31, E34, E37, T 0, RV32, RV91, R20

Friday, June 6, 2014

A day to Celebrate

The Mojo Monday 348 challenge is a sketch with rounded corners.  This is my take on the challenge this week.  Simple Stories paper "The Story of Us" was used for the pattern and tag.  The black card base and the green strip are both Bazzil along with the leaf cut.  The sentiment is from Penny Black. The flower is a Spellbinder Aster created with white card stock.  The yellow center has been enhanced with glossy accents for dimension.  A tutorial on how to make this flower can be found HERE.  A fun sketch that I hope you enjoy.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Vintage Santa

What is the best time to start on your Christmas cards--well the summer of course.  The stamp from Deep Red "Vintage Santa" that was inked with Distress Ink "Aged Mahogany" and distressed with "Antique Linen".  The paper used is Desert Storm and Simple Stories and was cut for a 5 x 7 card.  Spellbinder Dies Pearl Effect and Circles were used along with a hand cut tag.  Hope you enjoy

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Reach for the Stars

This year I have made 35 cards for High School graduates.  This is a one of a kind card for a special graduate.  School colors are red so had to be sure to add the cap which is from a Taylored Expressions die.  The blue represents the class colors.  "Reach for the Stars" is a stamp from Art Impressions.  A little silver and a bow with wood stars finish off this card.  Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

With Sympathy

 My inspiration for this card came from Darcie Bruno with a JustRite Tuesday Tutorial.


            Taylored Expressions: Care and Comfort
            JustRite Rose Garden Background
            Taylored Expressions Frame it up 3
            Versafine Black
Embossing powder  Black and Clear
Gelatos:  Blue set (Cotton Candy, Blueberry and Boysenberry)
Black : 16 inches but into two pieces 6 inches and 10 inches
            Baby Wipes
            Black cut to 5.5 x 8.5 (fold to form a 4.25 x 5.5 card base)
            White cut to 4 x 5.25

1.   Using the white paper and the Versamark pad stamp the background onto the paper
2.  Create a protective tent  from paper cut  7 inch or more by 4.  Cut a second piece 6 inches by 2.5. and attach the 7 inch paper at both ends lining one edge. 
3.  Place the stamped image into the protective tent so that 2.5 inch is exposed and the 1.5 portion covered.   Tilting this so the open edge is to the bottom apply the clear embossing powder.  Tap this to remove the excess powder and slide out of the paper tent
4.  Turn the card so the white is on the bottom.  Apply the black embossing powder to the rest of the card.  Heat set the embossing powder
5.  Using a baby wipe and your finger put one of the gelato color on the baby wipe and randomly apply to the embossed card.  Repeat with the other colors.
6.  Stamp the sentiment on the white tag. (optional is to add clear embossing powder to the sentiment and heat set.)  Lightly apply the cotton candy gelato to the tag.
7.  Place the 6 inch ribbon over the card where the black and clear meet.
8.  Attach the tag so that it is along the ribbon
9.  Using the 10 inch ribbon tie a bow and with a glue dot place sideways to align with the tag left edge.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Masculine birthday

Stencils and molding paste can make some really nice cards.  This was a card I made for the Spring workshop.  Here are the complete directions.  Hope you enjoy.

            Stampers Anonymous   Bubble TH S002 and Clockwork THSo13
            Memory Box   Diamonds
            Technique Tuesday  Simple Sentiments
            Sizzix Clock die
            Studio 490 Embossing paste
            Wink of Stella clear pen-optional
            Candi dots
Distress Inks:
            Gathered Twigs
            Salty Ocean and re-inker
            Desert Storm  cut 5.5 x 8.5  (Fold to make a 4.25 x 5.5 card)
            White    cut 5.25 x 4

1.  Using the white card stock and Gathered Twigs and the Bubble stencil place random patterns on the paper.
2.  Using the Gathered Twigs and the Diamond stencil place random on the card stock
3.  Using Salty Ocean and the Diamond stencil place random on the card stock
4.  Distress lightly the card base with Gathered Twigs
5.  Stamp the sentiment using Gathered Twigs in the lower left corner approximately ¼ inch from the left and bottom edge.
6.  Place a small amount of the embossing paste on a non stick surface or small cup.  Add a drop of the Salty Ocean re-inker and mix. 
7.  Using the Clock Work stencil place it along the right edge so that it does not touch the sentiment.  Using a spatula work the paste into the stencil.  Be sure to remove the excess and  smooth it so that it is level with the stencil.  Remove the stencil. The leftover paste can be used again.  Optional is to leave the paste white and when dry put the stencil over it and then using a distress sponge color the paste.
8.  Using Gathered Twigs and a distress sponge color the clock hands. Glue together and when the paste if dry place them on the center dot.  Color the Candi dot and with a pop dot place on the clock hands.
9.  Mount onto the card base.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy Birthday

Have to say no creating here this past two weeks.  Since my last post have been off to New York and Washington DC.  This card was made as a sample for the Fond Memories spring workshop the first part of April.   I used a stamp set Taylored Expressions for the cute little chicks that created a border. "County boy Owen" by Paper Nest Dolls is the main image for the card.  Copic Markers were used to color the stamped images.  Antique Linen dress ink was used to distress the background.  The sentiment was cut with a die that is the stem of a flower.  Hope you enjoy