Thursday, December 10, 2015

Inspired by Dina- Take 2!

Hi Blog Friends!
I have been busy all week...,
remember I told you last post that I was trying to figure out
WHAT to do for my Christmas Cards this year?????
After last weeks post, I was INSPIRED AGAIN!!!!
THANK YOU to the ladies at SCS! ;)
or just maybe, you'll think I've gone off the deep end here! LOL
I decided to do my Christmas Cards like the one from my last post,
ONLY I did them in different colors!
I mean, how many times have you been in the store
 & seen the many colored ornaments AND trees???????????
So, this week I've been working away to get these done.
& not much in detail has changed,
 so I'll refer you to my last post for specific details here:
(For the details I have changed, I'll make note at the end of this post.)
See if you can spot the changes throughout!
So, here we go......
How about a PINK tree?
How about a SILVER tree????
Of course, we have to have a TRADITIONAL tree.....
Next I thought, how about BRIGHT colored ornaments......
I had to re-make my blue card from last week, just changing up a few things.....
Next, I went for REGAL colored ornaments.....
 I wanted to do METALLIC colors & wasn't sure how it would come out,
but I have to say I am VERY PLEASE with it.
Lastly, I made a card with  PURPLE ornaments!
(Do you know of anyone who LOVES purple?) LOL
Here's the inside:
Each card has a matching/contrasting inside panel & matching ornament & sentiment.
So, what do you think?
I feel like I've been strolling through a Christmas Store! LOL
This was TOTALLY FUN!!!
 Now to write a personal note in each & address & stamp them, & get them in the mail!!!!  
*( ALL comments are VERY MUCH appreciated!)*
Supplies I used to change things up a bit:
* Martha Stewart- glitter
(I found the snowflakes/cards look nicer with a little sparkle!)
*Faber Castell Artist Pen- Silver
(I wanted a little more sparkle in some of the trees & on the ornaments.)
*Distress Marker- White
(I  wanted to add a little wispiness to some of the trees branches)
*Paper- SU, Paper Studio- BE BOLD, be bright, & Paper Reflections.
(I had purchased the Paper Studio Paper Stack awhile back anticipating Christmas Cards,
 LOVE that foil!!!)
*Rhinestones- Paper Studio & Kaiser.
(Some of those ornaments just screamed for a rhinestone! LOL)
*Inside Sentiment- SU Many Merry Messages.
* SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig
*Dick Blick- Masking Film
*Envelopes- WRMK Envelope Board
*Xyron Sticker Machine- used to add the strip of designer paper to the sides of the envelopes to coordinate with my cards.
* Just for reading all this, here's another idea you could use- Use Craft Sequins for tree lights..... ;)
*Multi-Medium Matte
I forgot to use this idea, but ran back to my desk to try it out!
Take a look at this:
;) I am HAPPY!!!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Hi Blog Friends!
Well, do YOU have your Christmas Cards done?
Not me.
I don't know what is wrong with me lately, but I just can't seem to put together what I want.
SOOOO, I saw what Dina was doing on her blog & over at SCS......
Have you seen this?
Check here:
So, I set to work today to try my hand.....
Here's what I came up with:
I wanted to do my card in blues.....sigh!
I used SU- Ornaments Keepsakes Stamps along with the coordinating dies.
 I also used SU- Water Color Crayons.
I used my McGuill Stylus' to create dimension for the balls & even added Dimensional's behind them so they wouldn't flatten in the mail.
I wanted the ornaments to have that glistening sheer look that old vintage ornaments have, so I added some Yasutomo Shimmer Water Colors also, along with a Silver Glitter Pen
& Faber Castells' Pitt Artist Pen 251***.
This is the inside where I used SU- Ornament Keepsakes stamp set,
 & for the sentiment- SU- Bells & Boughs.
For my own little touch, I added snowflakes with
SSS- Falling Snow Stencil & Dick Blick's Modeling Paste.
So, are you smitten with this too?
*********UPDATE: This card was chosen as a FAVORITE for this week over at SCS!*********
This is exactly what I needed Dina!
Supplies not mentioned above:
 DCWV- Primrose Stack
Paper Studio
Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper
Zig Millenium Pen

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, let me tell you SSS-Monday Challenge Blog has extended their deadline for the
Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge.
You can find it here:
I will be entering my card in this challenge.
HOPE to see you there!

Life has taken over here & I have been just enjoying life away from this machine.
Lots going on....  
But, I did  want to pop in here & tell you
We have MUCH to be thankful for here.
Our children home from school, "parents" to 24 pairs of new little feet
(Yes, we lost one pair :(  Will share more on that at a later date),  four sweet fuzzy kitties,
our sweet dog (a stray we took in years back) is home from the vet after being quite ill,
we have each other,
 & a roof over our heads.
I'm sharing a card I made recently for my hubby's birthday.
It reminds me of the first Thanksgiving.
No, no Pilgrims & Indians. LOL
My hubby enjoys the great outdoors & the magnificent animals in it, so this fits him.
(He does have some Indian in his heritage,
so that explains only part of his love & respect
 for the outdoors & the creatures there.)
Take a look:
I used Serendipity's Stamp- Buck for the main image.
You can see, I cut him out & popped him up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
Here's a closer look. I even popped his tail up! It seemed to fade out without doing so.
For the leaves, I used Memory Box's-Oak Leaf Die on watercolor paper.
I used my McGill Stylus Set to shape them.
Also adding stitch marks around the edges with a Faber-Castell Gold Pitt Artist Pen 250**,
& a dash of Wink of Stella.
The acorns are from SU- Touch of Nature.
The background is done on watercolor paper & freely painted.
The buck, trees & grass in the forefront are done in Dick Blick Colored Pencils.
The frame for my image is done with Impression Obsessions- All-In-One Frames Rectangles 2 Die.
I did the sides & top & bottom in different colors.
I also cut the frame down to fit my image.
Hope you like!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with full & grateful hearts for the blessings God has given us
individually, as families, & as a Nation.
Do tell, what are you Grateful for?
Supplies not mentioned above:
SU-Watercolor Crayons
Paper-SSS, Paper Studio & Watercolor Paper
Jute Twine
Glue Dots
Multi-Medium Matte
Distress Ink

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A SSS Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving.

Hi Blog Friends!
I'm popping in here to show you the card I created for a dear friend of mine,
a friend of many years..
As you can see from the title of this post, I am entering this in the
SSS Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving.
You can find the challenge here:
My dear friend always remembers our children's birthdays & I being the mother I am,
 make cards for the kids to send her a "Thank You!"
I think it VERY IMPORTANT for kids to learn to be Thankful.
To learn the art of hand writing Thank You notes.
It comes more naturally to some than to others, but it is still important for kids, no matter what age to remember to be polite enough to take the time to hand write a Thank You note for the gift they were given.
After-all, the gift-giver has take the time & thought to do something special for them.
There is nothing so disappointing than to get a "Thank You" note for a gift that is pre-printed.
No thought put into that I can assure you, except to slap a stamp on it & send it on it's way.
(I've been a recipient of one of those cards....years ago,
& I still remember how I felt when I opened the card.)
The art of being thankful is being lost today in our society as people are consumed with keeping up with the Jone's, getting the newest whatever, or just being envious or covetous of others.
It is actually encouraged in our society....
Children, no matter what age need to learn this lesson &
 they will also learn to be content along with being grateful!
They'll be so much more happy in learning these lessons of life.
Here is my card:
I used Memory Box's- Oak Leaf Die.
I popped it up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I first cut out the die from plain white paper & colored the leaf with Copics.
The background is also colored with Copics.
What I was creating is a leaf floating in water, with the reflection of the colored trees above in the water around the leaf floating.

Then, I die cut the "Thank You," with Penny Black's-Deco Frame.
I cut several of this & mounted them on top of each other to make them raise up above the leaf, even with being mounted up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I used Multi-Medium Matte to adhere the Thank Yous together.
I added Wink of Stella to the leaf itself, done lastly; 
matting the background & then the leaf on black card stock &
embossing a line around the image on my white card stock base with my Score-Buddy.
Remember to be an example of Gratefulness to your kids.
I pray our kids don't put this small jester of thankfulness aside as they get older & use gadgets to do their thanking.
Just think of the pleasure getting a letter or card in the mail brings to you.
MOST GRATEFUL for the near life-long friend I have,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Quick Post!

Hi Blog Friends!
Well, I have been busy here & didn't realize just how time was flying! LOL
I wanted to jump in more on Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge,
 & TODAY is day 29!
 I've had my creation(s)  done for awhile,  it's a wedding ensemble,
but just haven't had the time to post!
(Even as I type, I am to be somewhere else.... )

I am also entering this in
SSS Wednesday Challenge---
Simon Says: Anything Goes.
So, here it is:
"Going to the Chapel."
I used PTI- Love & Marriage, & heat embossed the image.
The inside:
 I used SU- Once Upon a Time, for the sentiment.
The floral image is SU- Eastern Influences.
Next, the gift tag- again I used SU- Eastern Influences.
Inside the gift tag.
I used SU- Winter Post for the "To: & From:"
Next, I made a Receipt Card:
Just a little something to tuck in with the gift,  in case there might be some kind of a mix up in who gave what... & also, where you can put your gift receipt, in-case they want to return your gift.
You never know, others might have thought to get the same thing.
Now the ensemble all together:
I used vellum for my envelope, to let the beauty of the card show through.
The only card I didn't put in an envelope was the gift tag.
HOPE you like
& HOPE you find time to jump in on Kathy's challenge
& the SSS Wednesday Challenge!
P.S. I'll be showing you soon what I've been so busy with! 
Just think, 25 little pairs of feet! LOL
Supplies not mentioned above:
Wink of Stella- Silver
Paper Studio- Paper
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
WRMK- Envelope Board
SU- 1/8" Hand Held Punch
Inkssentials Opaque Pen
Dots Embossing Folder- Cuddle Bug
Zing White Embossing Powder