Monday, December 11, 2017

Oh Holy Night!

Hi Blog Friends!

It's finally time for Christmas Cards,
 &  have I been busy here making ours!

I will be entering this card in the
SSS Happy National Christmas Card Day Challenge here: 

I have a very technique laden card for you.
I SO ENJOYED making this card!
I bought the main images ages ago,
as I LOVE Christmas images & can't walk away from some.
I can always use them at some point, even if I don't use them that particular year.
It was time to pull this one out for me.
I used:
 PTI- Petite Places Nativity 

When I create Christmas Cards I usually go for Gold, 
but this year I went with silver! 
I LOVE all of the SPARKLE!
So fitting for a King's Birthday, don't you think?

So, here is my card,

 I wanted to go with blue this year,
but teal turned out to be THE color for me this year!
(Maybe, teal will be the new pink for Christmas cards?)

 I chose two cards in-particular to show you, even though they are all the same, somewhat. LOL
Using Alcohol Inks & Oxide Inks, you just let the inks do their thing,
 & you don't end up with perfectly duplicate cards. 
They're all "one of a kind!"
I like that myself.

(This one has a lighter tree top.)
I used Alcohol Inks on the Nativity Scene/layers of the Petite Scene Bethlehem Dies.
Greens on the forefront piece, browns on the buildings, & blues on the sky.

(This one has a darker tree top.)
Each layer for the Nativity Scene is done with a different Alcohol Ink technique;
from blowing with a straw, to dabbing the mat with ink & smooshing,
 to using the alcohol ink applicator.

I had so much fun playing with these inks.
AND I discovered Yuppo Paper too.
(I've only used photo paper before, & the results are stunning with the Yuppo Paper!
A must have when working with Alcohol Inks!) 

For the ombre background- I used Oxide Inks,
 & giving it a spritz with my Distress Sprayer.

Here are a few close-ups of the scene for you.

Everything is popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I also used Silver Gilding!
A lot of Versamark & Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, & heat embossing..... 
With Silver Gilding, it is difficult to keep it contained, try as you might!
You should have seen the silver floating through the air!
Landing on myself, everything around me, & our kitties!
 I put Silver on the layer behind the blue ombre panel,
the ombre panel-  is done with PTI- Cover-Up Diamonds.

And  lastly, silver on the PTI- Scene It Basic Backer, which shows through the
 PTI- Petite Places- Scene It Bethlehem Die for the stars. 
I added a small Rhinestone to the star for added sparkle & to the front sentiment piece for balance.

The inside.
Very simple.
I used SSS- Swell Christmas.
(I think this is an area I need to work on for next year! Sentiments or verses for the inside. LOL)

It took me about 4 days to complete my cards, but I think it was SO WORTH IT! 
I am pleased with how they came out!

What do you think?

As I made my cards, I listened to 
Casting Crowns newest Christmas CD  found here:
(An early gift from our son.) ;)

You can hear the title song on YouTube here:
Let me just say, this CD is WONDERFUL! ;)
You'll LOVE IT!
If you aren't in the Christmas mood yet, THIS WILL DO IT!!!

I'm still working away on another Christmas project here.
HOPE you like what I showed you today & leave me some Christmas love????

Do you have your Christmas Cards done yet?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gourmet Birthday!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I have a SPECIAL TREAT for you!
It is a little bit of a continuation of this post:

When our daughter came home from college one weekend, she was talking away.....
 I reached into the china cabinet  to show her what I'd been doing...
& pulled out my felt cookies still on the saucer to show her,
 offering her one like they were real cookies.
She ALMOST took one & realized they weren't real! LOL
She then asked, "Do you have more?"

Our daughter is a prankster! LOL
She has been through the whoopee cushion phase, on to monkey faces & Hobbit feet,
& now she has graduated to fake cookies!
She was wanting the cookies to play a trick on her friends! ;)
 So, I went about to make her a set of those yummy looking cookies just for her!

When you're away from home of course, you need a box, right?
You need a proper way to display or offer them...
I remembered the new die Becca Feeken has out---
Venice Lace- Mini Card/Booklet Gift Box.

 My intention was to make it look like a box of
"Gourmet Cookies!"
I cut the box out & stamped on the box using my Misti to line up the stripes-
Studio Katia- Brush Strokes.
I used Oxide Inks & a SU marker, & a White Signo Pen for additional stripes.
The only time I moved the stripes in my Misti was when I did the side pieces.
Everything lined up perfectly!
I lined the inside of the box with PTI- Pastels paper.
The inside of the box needed the cookie makers insignia, so I created one...
I hand drew it myself & added a little flourish with a Reflections Set- Flourish.
Here's how it looks with the cookies inside!
A closer look.
And here is how I decorated the top of the box!
I used Spellbinders- (Becca Feeken's)-
Cinch & Go Flowers Dies.
I didn't use home made paper like Joanna, but SU & Paper Studio Paper.
I also had a few minor differences in the making of these gorgeous flowers---
After die cutting, I added a dab of Oxide Ink to the centers of each piece
& spritzed them, doing this twice....
 I flipped them over & added more water to make them more pliable.
The ink gave the petals a variation in color, or a more natural look.
Then I followed Joanna's directions.
After following Joanna's directions,
I  pinched each petal around my thumb nail to give it that upward curve.
I really enjoyed making these gorgeous flowers & look to make more in the near future!
I also added Wilton's Stamen's to the centers,
 & MS glitter- Crystal Fine to the petals, for a sugary look.

I added a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle Die to the box top, then wrapped sheer ribbon around the lid & also added Reflections- Washi Tape to add some sparkle to either side of the ribbon.
 The ribbon was then threaded through the Spellbinders Die- Vintage Elegance- Filigree Bookmark-Tag, along with the small circular die from the Vintage Elegance- Filigree Pocket--all done in gold card stock.

The leaves were hand cut & run through a crimper & then I added oxide inks,
 & gave them a spritz & a dab with a Kleenex.

I needed a Birthday Card to go with this  & wanted to keep with the theme....
 Here is my card:
  I wanted a sweet shop/bakery theme....
I used:
Poppy Stamps- Grand Madison Window Die- #815, 
and created an awning with a SU- Hand held punch.

I also made this card a shaker card:
I drew out a bakery scene, shelves of baked goods from the window.
You can even see an old cash register.
The sequins are from-Studio Katia,
and the sign in the window is separate & raised up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I added sheer ribbon & a little tag to the top, tied on with American Crafts Bakers Twine.
The tag is by PTI- Tremendous Tags.
I added a bit of Washi Tape to coordinate & the sentiment is from Stampendous- From the Kitchen.

 Here is a close up of the top of the awning with the flowers.
Made the same way as above.
All flowers were attached with a hot glue gun.

The inside of the card:
A little off-set stamping, just like I did on the tag.
The sentiment is from PTI- Pen & Ink.

Now for the set:

And one last look at the top of my Gourmet Cookie Box!

Hope you like!

If you're one of my daughter's friends, watch out for a mouth full of felt cookies! LOL
TLady ;)

Monday, November 27, 2017

PSC#38- Faerie Kingdom

Hi Blog Friends!

I am participating in the  Poppy Stamps Challenge #38- Faerie Kingdom.
Found here:

I am slow at getting here, but here I am! LOL
I pulled out my Faerie Dies & began to play today....
I've had this idea in my head since I saw this challenge--- 
A Faerie fluttering about the Christmas Tree boughs...
The colored lights aglow & of course, where ever the Faerie goes, she leaves shimmer.... 

So, here is my card,
A Magical Christmas
I used Kuretake Water Colors & the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors & Pearl Colors.
I just kept layering & swirling the colors on Strathemore Water Color Paper & letting them bleed together to make the trails of the Faerie in the glow of the colored lights....

The Faerie is Poppy Stamps- Poised Faerie
She is layered up first in black & then a vellum layer.

Here you can see a close-up.
I dressed her in Stickles Glitter Glue.

See her shimmering trails?

For the inside:
I used the Poppy Stamps- Fairy Greetings, CL452.

Just a fun, artsy type of card!
Hope you like!

****UPDATE: This card was chosen "Favorites of the week ending Dec. 2nd," on SCS!****

Do you have Faeries in your tree?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving All!

Hi Blog Friends!


I hope everyone of you are with those you love & just enjoying the day together!
Thank YOU for taking the time to visit my blog today!
I know you have much to do in preparing or in helping others prepare your
 Thanksgiving Feast today!
Always have a grateful heart!
Having a grateful heart keeps you from envy & jealousy, 
because you aren't looking to see what others have & comparing it to what you don't have. 
Being grateful is being satisfied with what you have. 
There is always someone else who has it worse than you do/has less,
 or someone who has more than you do.
You should be happy for those that do better than you do too, 
because everyone has had it rough at one time or another in life.
You don't know the struggles they've been through in their lives--- possibly times of poverty,
not just in the financial area, but we can have poverty in many other areas in our lives also.
Poverty of ANY KIND makes the soul weary, needing a kind word or deed from others.
Not everyone shares those hard times with others,
but hold them deep within & those hard times, may even still bring them pain.
Be grateful in all things & at all times!
"In Everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Messiah Yeshua."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 
Just my thoughts on being grateful. ;)

I have a card for you that I thought gives the
air of fall,
 & would make a nice Thanksgiving Wish for you all.
(Although, no sentiment is on the front of the card.)
So, here it is:
Fall Evening

I did a background piece on Bristol Paper first, using some old sets I have,
CHF- The Pines, & Scene It- Mountains, stamping them with Memento Ink & SU Inks.
The sun was punched out with a SU- 1 3/8" Circle Punch, masking it with Post-It Labeling Tape.
 I used Oxide Inks for the sky.
I used Copic & Spectrum Noir Markers to color in the fall leaves in the background,
 & the  forefront landscape.

I used Poppy Stamps- Pine Needle Clearing for the framed Pine Needles.
I used my Spectrum Noir Markers to wistfully add pine needles on top of the die.
Also adding Sizzix- 661597 Tim Holtz Alterations- a piece of pine from that set. 
Along with I.O.- Birch Trees- DIE079-U & Deer Trio- DIE080-N, touching them up with my Spectrum Noir Markers for highlights & shadow, including a touch of a Signo White Pen.
 I used SU- Wood Grain Emb. Folder, I.O.- Instant Photo Frame- DIE175-W,
 & PTI- Mix & Mat Herringbone Dies.
Hope you like!
Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper- Paper Studio & Recollections
*Glue Dots
*Multi-Med. Matte
 *Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*This card is 5 1/2" x 6 1/2"*

Friday, November 17, 2017


"Hello" Blog Friends!

Today, I have a card for you that I enjoyed making.
It's a basically a one layer card.
Take a peak!

I used regular card stock--- card stock for your printer for my base.
(There, I've told you one of my secrets! LOL)

I used WPlus9- Kind Soul in my Misti,
stamping it on one end, flipping it & stamping the other end of the card front.

That of course left a blank spot in the middle, 
which  is where I placed a strip of card stock with my sentiment from the same set by WPlus9.
I heat embossed it & used a White pen to add highlights & dots....

I water colored my flowers.
What?  On that paper? You say.
I used Faber Castell Water Color Pencils to add color where I wanted it,
 & then used Novu Aqua Brushes to move the color. 
Layering color as I went.....
(Granted, the color doesn't move as much as water color paper,
but it does work if you are patient with it & don't add too much water.) 

I also used a Spellbinders- Graceful Boarders- 6 x 6 Frame Maker Dies for my flourish.

Adding Prima Flowers & Gems, along with an envelope made with WRMK Envelope Maker

Hope you like!

Add some FLOURISH to your day!