Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kind Heart

Hi Blog Friends!

I hope you aren't tired of seeing the cards I make for my daughter!
Those cards just keep me going in the area of creating, & I enjoy trying to brighten her day!
I am also trying to light a fire under her, where card making is concerned! LOL
She hasn't really shown much interest.
 when she is in school, & when she has studying & has many papers to do.
BUT, I DID make head-way with the Monogram Card I did for her using the Glimmer Machine.
Funny, how a little GOLD can interest a girl!  LOL

So today, I have another card using the Glimmer Machine! ;)

Kind Heart
I foiled the card base with the Spellbinders- Glimmer Machine, 
 Spellbinders- Elegant Rectangle- GLP-029,
 & Rose Gold Foil-which comes with the machine.

I KNEW I wanted to use this sentiment from- The Ton-Kind, Fierce & Brave.
I bought it specifically for our daughter.
It SO describes her! 
She has a "kind heart,"
(She is very sensitive to the needs of others & has empathy for them.)
She has a "Fierce Mind,"
(I always tried to let her voice her opinion on things & not squelch her spirit---
trying to teach her, her opinion on things matters, & gently steering her,
which took great patience for mom at times!)
And she has a "Brave Spirit."
(She is like E'owyn in Lord of the Rings, ready to fight wrong doings!
  She LOVES to think of herself as fierce! You don't know how many times I had to tell her to put her plastic sword away when she was younger, imitating E'owyn! LOL)
I die cut the sentiment out with 
 Spellbinders- Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month-Softly Spoke'n Flip & Gatefold Die--
just the oval piece.
I stamped the sentiment with Versa Mark in my Misti & sprinkled it with
 Stampendous- Aged Rose Embossing Enamel.

Next, I die cut Spellbinders- Tiara Rondelle,  added Versa Mark,
 & sprinkled the same Embossing Enamel as above & heat set it.
I adhered the die with Artist Tac- a new product that was sent to me by Dina Kowal.
I LOVED how easy it was to attach this die cut! ;)

I also knew I wanted to use The Ton's-Peony Cluster Mini Stamp & Die Set.
Stamping two floral clusters on Bristol Smooth with Versa Mark & using the same Embossing Enamel, & die cutting them both out after I water colored them with Letraset Aqua Markers.

I popped the sentiment & the flowers up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

Hers is the inside. 
The sentiment is from the same set by The Ton- Kind, Fierce, & Brave,
& I embossed it with the same Embossing Enamel as above.

 Lastly, I added Paper Studio- Pearls.
Elegant, beautiful & encouraging.
Just what I was going for!
HOPE you like!


"Kind Heart, Fierce Mind, Brave Spirit.
Yeah, I'm talking about YOU!"

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Paper Studio Card Stock
*Faber Castell- Click-N-Go Pot
*Silver Black Velvet Brush-size 2
*Wagner Heat Tool
*Spellbinders-Platinum Die Cutting Machine 
*Teflon Bone Folder

Monday, January 7, 2019

Floral Wonder!

Hi Blog Friends!

I just couldn't stop playing with my new "toy,"
The Spellbinders Glimmer Machine!

I will be entering my card in
Simon Says Stamp 
Wednesday Challenge
Simon Says:
"Something New"
Found here:


Simon Says Stamp
Monday Challenge
Simon Says:
"Use Something New"
Found here:

I "Glimmered" my card stock & ran it through my Platinum,
& ended up with this wonderful golden scrolly pattern. 
Now what? I decided to add a floral to it!
Something different than what I've been seeing....

Floral Wonder
What do you think?
I used Spellbinders- Glimmer Die-Elegant Rectangle.
(This die comes with 2 other glimmer dies that fit inside of this rectangle.) 

I chose to use a Simon Says Stamp image-Beautiful Flowers 2.
I just stamped it over the glimmer in my Misti in a light ink, 
so I could do No Line Coloring.

I used Prisma Colored Pencils & lastly, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops for dew drops.

You can layer-up these foiled pieces, or do one layer cards.
I've found they add a NICE TOUCH to one layer cards.
The foiling just gives that little "umph" you're looking for in a one layer card.

The shine is unbelievable! 
I've found Spellbinders- Glimmer Machine to be SO EASY to use, &
the shine,  gives a better coverage than I've found with other machines that foil!

 A little TIP here:
I found my Glimmer Machine at  Hobby Lobby & used their 40% Off Coupon! ;)
The lady at the register wanted to know WHAT did I have??? LOL
I got to tell her ALL about the Glimmer Machine & it peaked her interest!
SSS carries them too, along with other stores!
I think they're going to be such a HIT! ;)

Hope you'll join in on the fun with the Glimmer Machine!
If you get one, let me know & I'll come over to visit! ;)


 ***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Jan. 12th, 2019" on SCS!***

WHAT will I glimmer next???

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper Studio- Card Stock
*SU- Ink
*Faber Castell- Pencil Sharpener
*FC- Perfection 7056 Pencil Eraser
*Clip Board

Friday, January 4, 2019

Make Today Count!

Hi Blog Friends!

I have a card for you today, that is one of my weekly cards I send to our daughter
while she is away at school.
I thought it was a good card for the New Year too;
Each day, we should remember to 
"Make Today Count!"

I LOVE the way it came out!
 It makes for a nice card to display,
 OR it could even be framed!

As I told you in my last post, Santa was good to me, & I received the
Spellbinders- Glimmer Machine.
I am entering my card in
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Simon Says: "Something New"
Found here:

Make Today Count
 Look at that shimmer glimmer!
Done with the Spellbinders- Glimmer Machine!
I used Paper Studio- Heavy Weight Card Stock in Cream.
I thought the cream would be BEAUTIFUL with the Gold!
Sure enough!

I matted the sentiment- Spellbinders Glimmer Die- Make Today Count- GLP-010
 up on Recollections- Foil Paper, & mounted it all up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I then Die Cut- PTI- Delicates Die & altered it a bit....

Here you can see the cream card stock a bit better.
I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins for the last touch.
Not really much needed with all of this glimmering beauty!

Spellbinders has a Glimmer Hot Foil  Kit of the Month now,
if you haven't heard!
You can check it out here:
Simon Says Stamp also carries some of these wonders! ;)
Found here:

Happily shinning glimmering away here!

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Scor-Buddy
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Marvy Jewel Picker

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Hi Blog Friends!

I HOPE everyone had a wonderful Christmas with your families!
We had a nice day together here;
I am so blessed!

Today, I'm showing you some cards I made with 
The Spellbinders Glimmer Machine!
I am in love with this machine!
I loved seeing all of the creations the SB Design Team made when they premiered this machine,
 & now, I am enjoying what I've made with it too! LOL
Santa was good to me! ;)
I had some Thank You cards to make.....
The first one is more colorful, 
& so I named it
A Colorful Thank You!
 I foiled the large Thank You first using SB- Glimmer Die- Thank You- GLP-024 & some SB- Foil.
I wanted something at the top & decided to stamp my image in Ink On 3- Fade Out Ink,
 for no line coloring.

The image is by SSS- Strangeness- SSS101872, colored in Prisma Colored Pencils, 
& I went over it with Gamsol for blending.

I went over the top of the colored flowers with Nuvo- Mother of Pearl Mousse for shimmer.
It smeared the colored pencils some (didn't mean to do that), & it toned down the coloring too, but I'm alright with it.
Lastly, I added Multi-Med. Matte & added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins.

Look at the shine from the foiling!

Next up, I did a traditional Monogram Card,
Monogram Elegance!
I used Spellbinders- Elegant Monograms- GLP-035 & SB- Monogram Medallions- GLP-036,
 & some of the foil that came with the machine.

I started my cards with a cut card base at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", & scored at 4 1/4".

I have to say, the Monogram Sets are THE SETS to get--for now!
This is my favorite!!!

If you haven't gotten Spellbinders Glimmer Machine, GET ONE! LOL
You'll LOVE IT!


Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper Studio- Heavy Card Stock
* Nuvo- Dual Tipped Brushes
*Mono Sand Eraser
*SB- Glimmer Machine
*SB- Platinum
*SB- Foils
*Marvy Jewel Picker
*Telfon Bone Folder
*Tonic Guillotine

Friday, December 21, 2018

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Hi Blog Friends!

Are you ready for Christmas?
I'll be starting my Christmas Day meal preparations in a few days.
HOPEFULLY, our daughter will be well enough by Christmas to partake in the meal.
She came home sick & took a turn for the worst the other day.
She is slowly getting better.
I've been up a few nights with her, so I've been trying to catch up on my sleep,
 to be ready for all the meal prepping.
The tree is up, but is lacking all of the decorations! LOL
HOPEFULLY, we'll get to that today.

So today, I have one more Christmas project for you.
My post is short & sweet!
I've named it, 
"I'll Be Home For Christmas," 
 it tells a little story. 

It's perfect for the Christmas Table---
 A Christmas Luminary.

The first side--- 
"Christmas Greetings."
Where the story begins.
Santa is on his way....
I used
 Spellbinders- Christmas Village Vignette Die,
from the November Amazing Paper Grace- Die of the Month Club!
Red card stock- (SU) on white to highlight this GORGEOUS die!
The Grafix- Vellum has little specks on it that glisten like little snowflakes!

The second side of the luminary in my story...
living in the city, maybe going to school/working,
everything snow covered, a little neighborhood......
All of the dies used are from the kit,
except for the tabbed portion--which comes from the Grand Cabinet Vignette, 
& coordinates with this Die of the Month!
And, the only other die not from this kit is the snowflake in the lower left hand corner-
Its by Poppy Stamps- Callum Stitched Snowflake-cut from Best Occasions- Glitter Paper,
& I topped it off with Studio 18-Rhinestones.
This was the last embellishment I added.

The third side of my luminary-
 Traveling through the snow, passing the woods, or an orchard on the way "home."
I added glitter for snow on all of the little scenes! 
I used a combination of MS-Crystal Fine & SU- Dazzling Diamonds.
I glued the little tabs together on the sides from the Grand Cabinet Vignette Die 
 to create my luminary.
 It folds flat for storage or mailing.

The last side of my luminary-
We've reached "home,"
 in the country, where all of the family are gathered.....
Lots of snowy hills & trees, & everyone is snug inside of their family home together for Christmas,
maybe gathered around the tree with a fire in the fireplace & stockings hung, ready for Santa's visit.

I added small pearls by Kaiser- just on a part of the sides, along with those sweet little Holly Leaves from the kit,  & Nuvo Crystal Drops for the berries.

HOPE you like!

#Spellbinders Club Kits
# NeverStopMaking 

***This luminary was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 22, 2018" on SCS!***

Celebrate the reason for the season,

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
*Multi-Med. Matte
*LED T Light-Hobby Lobby
*Big Shot

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Narnia Christmas!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today to show you what I've been working on.....
My Christmas Cards for 2018!

I'll be entering my cards in
Simon Says Stamp 
Christmas Card Day 
Found here:

And I'll be entering my cards in
Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge:
Assembly Line Stamping
I fell in love with 
PTI's- Fairy Tale Christmas Kit 
 when it came out & had to have it!
That is what I've used for my card/s.
I LOVE Betsy's Kits!
She thinks of EVERYTHING!
  I also have a few versions of my card for you  too.
(I'll be listing the supplies at the end of my post.)

If you haven't read or seen the movie Narnia,
all you need to know is,
 that the lamp post signifies Christ,
 as the one who leads the way....

A Narnia Christmas
This is my first version---
 For assembly line creating, 
Step One- I  stenciled the trees/ sponging on sky color
onto a light blue paper.
I thought the trees looked like it was a VERY snowy night, as you can only see a light outline of them, not to mention the lamp light would shine off of the snow & trees....
leaving a glow.
 Step Two- I used my stencil & modeling paste to create the snow flakes & the ground
 the characters are standing on.
Step Three- I used my stencil & applied the Mousse.
The  light rays of the lamp are done with Nuvo- Mousse Indian Gold (also in the kit),
& applied with a Nuvo- DBL Tipped Brush.

Step Four- I adhered the Lamp Post.
The lamp post is nearly the only thing that didn't come in the kit & it is by
Poppy Stamps- Old Fashioned Lamp Post.
(I altered it just a bit.)

Step Five- As things were drying, I die cut, stamped & colored the little characters. 
I thought these little cuties looking up were perfect, along with the woodland creatures---
drawn to the lamp & light,
as in Narnia.

This is the inside for all of my cards:
The inside sentiment is by:
 Impression Obsession- 20596 by Alesa Baker Designs
When I found it, I KNEW it was perfect for this card!
The "Merry Christmas" is from the PTI- Fairy Tale Christmas 
& the strip at the bottom is a piece I trimmed off of the main background from the front panel.
Step Six-As things dry, cut & score the card base, & all of the layers & stamp the inside sentiment. 
Step Seven- Die cut the corners & adhered them.

Step Eight- Assemble.
I so enjoyed making these. 
It took a while to make them, as the steps are involved,
 washing the stencil between each use for perfect results each time,
 & space & time to spread them out for drying.
(Space is something that I lack...) ;)
But, that is how we make all of our cards, isn't it?
Step by step!

Here is my second version:
Here I colored in the trees with a black Faber Castell Pitt Pen,
after using the stencil & sponging on the sky colors, & before using the mousse.
There is a stamp for stamping the trees whatever color you like in the kit, but it is small.
For this second version,  I stenciled the trees on white paper & then colored in the trees, leaving a touch of white for snow on the edges & adding some Signo White Pen where necessary.

All of the steps are done the very same as the first cards I've showed you.

I did one more,
 my third version, by just stenciling the trees, sponging on the sky colors
 on white paper & leaving the trees white.
It's fun to just try different versions of the same card......

Step Nine- & Lastly, I made red envelopes for them...
Cards just aren't finished without envelopes for sending them in!

I always like to slip my cards into the envelopes face up,
so when the recipient opens the envelope they get to see the card right off! 
No fumbling with flipping it over.

Which one do you like the best?
The first with the blue trees?
The second with the black trees?
Or the third with the white trees?

I'm torn between the first version with the blue trees, & the second with the black trees! LOL

Are you done with your Christmas Cards yet?

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 14, 2018" on SCS!"

Wishing you a "Fairytale Christmas!"

Supplies not mentioned above:
* My final card dimensions are: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
* PTI- Fairy Tale Christmas Stencils
* Strathmore Bristol Paper
*Oxide Inks
PTI- Sunburst Stencil Collection
*Dick Blick- Acrylic Modeling Paste
*Imagine Crafts Palette Knife
*MS- Crystal Clear Glitter
*SU- Dazzling Diamonds- mixed
*Memento Ink
*Spectrum Noir Markers
*Zig Millenium Pens
*Paper Studio Paper
*Paper Studio- Rhinestones
*Scotch ATG
*Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*EK Success- Tweezers
*Ek Success- Scissors
*Gold Foil- Spellbinders & Recollections
*SU- Corner Rounder Hand Held Punch
*SU- Ink
*WRMK- Envelope Board
*Washi Tape
*Score Buddy


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

PTI- Make It Monday #344- Deck Your Dies!

Hi Blog Friends!
Here today with a card for 
Paper Trey Inks' 
Make It Monday Challenge #344:
Deck Your Dies
(Decking out your dies/dressing them up)
Hosted by: 
Melissa  Phillips
Found here:
I follow Melissa's blog & I have to tell you, she comes out with some GORGEOUS CREATIONS!
One can learn so much from a person of talent like Melissa!
So, I had to play along of course! ;)
This will be a card for someone who LOVES socks! 
And who doesn't love a Christmas Stocking?
Take a look:
Warm & Fuzzy
 First of all, the designer paper I used looks like knit material- the red paper.
What is more cozy & fuzzy than knits?
The paper is by 
Recollections- Christmas Cabin.

I used PTI-To The Point Edgers II & PTI- Pleasing Envelopes to create the top panel.
I also used PTI- Corner Adorner- April with Versa Mark Ink & Stampendous EP, 
along with Hero Arts- EP to create a frosty edge around my focal point--"decking out my die!"

My focal point is done with PTI- Warm & Fuzzy Stamps & Dies. 
I cut the little stocking from felt, "decking out my die" again!
(There are so many fun ways to deck out or dress up your dies!)

Lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins & Nuvo Crystal Drops.

HOPE you like & find some Warm & Fuzzy Socks to wear, or to hang up over your fireplace!

*** This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 8th, 2018" on SCS!***

Keep those toes warm!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Marvy Jewel Picker
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Glossy Accents
*Inks- SU