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!"
******This card was chosen "FAVORITES FOR THE BEST OF 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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A Picture Perfect Birthday!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here for the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:
You should see my desk as I work on this post!
Christmas card supplies, weekly card supplies for our daughter away at school,
 stamps I need to find storage for, plus the normal stuff I keep on it. 
Sometimes, I just get lost in it all! LOL
But, I was able to create this card for my hubby's birthday.

I will also be entering this in
Impression Obsessions'
 challenge this month:
Autumn Colors
Found here:

It is hard to find masculine images that work.
Each man doesn't like the same things. 
So, you look for things they do like,
 & that is how you come out with a card in the end that the men in your life can enjoy! 
 I have found over at 
Impression Obsession, 
a particular artist that is perfect for masculine cards & other cards too. 
AND they're GREAT for coloring!

Found here:
The image used today & images in the link are by 
Gary Roberston
Classic pen & ink illustrations that invoke the nostalgia of country life.

Take a look:
A Picture Perfect Birthday!

This image is from I.O., as I already said. 
I stamped it onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth in SSS Premium Dye Ink, & I started with water coloring the image with Oxide Inks with a Nuvo Aquarelle Brush.

For deeper color, I used Prisma Colored Pencils,
& kept my pencils sharp with a Faber Castell Pencil Sharpener.

 This is also a Z-Fold Card. 
(Jennifer McGuire inspired this one with her tutorials not too long ago on her blog.)

I also added I.O.- Instant Photo Frame Die175-W for the photo corners
 & Tim Holtz- Mini Gears.

Just a little TIP about your coloring:
When I started photographing my card, & went to edit them,
 I noticed they looked washed out.
That was a good indicator I hadn't gotten my coloring dark enough,
 & went back & darkened the piece up a bit more.

Take a look & you will see the difference below:

Here is a full photo of the truck before I darkened it up some.
I wanted it to look old & washed out some,
as that is what happens when the finish on a vehicle looks after too much weathering.
Compared to....
My "Picture Perfect Birthday" just needed darkening up a bit.
Those "nooks & crannies" Kathy is always telling us about! ;)
You can check your own coloring this way too.

HOPE you like & check out Impression Obsessions fabulous images for coloring!

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 1rst, 2018" on SCS!***

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
(Have I told you? I'm married to an AWESOME MAN!) <3

All comments are welcome & appreciated!
(I try to respond in kind.)

All supplies not mentioned above:
*Score Buddy
*Teflon Bone Folder
* Tonic Guillotine
*Scotch ATG
*Misti Corners
*Glue Dots

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

I Am So Grateful!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for the 
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:
I have a card that I so enjoyed making  & am excited to show you today!
I started with making one for our daughter to send before she comes home for Thanksgiving,
but when I finished it, 
I HAD TO make MORE! 
(Ever have one of those?)
It was the image itself.....
Those eyes.....

Take a look:
I Am So Grateful
I used I.O.-Baby Giraffe Stamp-WP771
matching die-DIE569-YY
I stamped her on Strathmore Bristol Smooth with SSS-Premium Dye Ink, in my Misti.

I colored her with
 Spectrum Noir Markers-
for the Giraffe itself.

I started by looking on-line for the correct coloring of the giraffe.
After making one & writing down the colors....
When I went back to make the others, I fowled it up some with the placement of those colors.
But thankfully, it wasn't too bad! LOL
I also popped her up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape for dimension.

I stamped the scarf on some designer paper- Paper Studio- Be Bold Be Bright.
I even used my Spectrum Noir Markers to add shadow to the scarf.
Colors used for the scarf:

The sentiment on the front is by SSS-Uplifting Sentiments- SSS101909;
Stamping it in SSS Premium Dye Ink first & then Versa Mark
sprinkling it with Stampendous Clear Emb. Powder & heat setting it.
The strip of designer paper up the front of the card is from the same stack,
 Paper Studio- Be Bold Be Bright. 

The inside sentiment is from the same I.O.- Baby Giraffe Stamp Set- WP771.

Lastly, I added Glossy Accents to those sweet eyes, & 28 Lilac Lane Sequins.

Dina Kowal is the designer of this set over at I.O.
If you're listening.....
How about some baby sentiments to go with this????

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Nov. 24th, 2018" on SCS!*** 
***This card was chosen "CAS Favorites for the week ending Sat., Nov. 24, 2018" on SCS!***

Hope you like!
I AM grateful for each of YOU!

All comments are welcome & appreciated!
(I try to respond in kind!)

P.S. Wouldn't you know, 
I still couldn't stop with three of these, & had to make JUST ONE MORE! ;)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Marvy Jewel Picker
*Multi- Med. Matte
*Score Buddy
*Teflon Bone Folder 
*Wagner Precision Heat Tool

Friday, November 16, 2018


Hi Blog Friends!

Welcome back to my Baby Blitz- Day 5!

This is the last day of my Baby Blitz.
But, I have so enjoyed showing you everything I've made!
There is nothing more fun than creating projects for a little one! ;)

Today, I'll be showing you my last two 
One for a baby girl & one for a baby boy- winter babies.
They're expected around January & February.
The expectant mom's wanted to have the showers earlier to beat the holiday rush.
Good idea!
They'll all get together tomorrow & have the shower, & Thanksgiving together.
Our kids friends have become like family to them & I am happy for them for that. 

So, here's what I made for the baby girl expected:

I used Spellbinders- Grand Done 3D Card & Layered Bundle of Joy.
I moved the colored card stock panel to the front this time for lots of color & sparkle,
as I used Best Occasions Glitter Paper.

I did the same with the sky panel as yesterday with Oxide Ink,
the coloring done on
 the stork & trees using Copic & Spectrum Noir Markers on Strathmore Bristol Smooth,
along with the little bundle- using Simple Stories- Vintage Bliss Paper Pad,
  & sponging with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

The layers.

The differences:
 Moving the colored glitter paper to the front,
die cutting the front sentiment from the same glitter paper,
 Cinch & Go Flower- I added glitter for frost- Martha Stewart- Crystal Clear Glitter, 
since this is a winter card,
& adding snowflakes & gems!

 The back- Stampendous- Baby Love VO89,
 done in Comotion Embossing Powder
  & sponged Oxide Ink over.

The snowflakes:
 Martha Stewart- Hand Held Punch, Poppy Stamps- Callum Stitched Snowflake
& Provo Craft- Snowflake #2 die cut in Glitter Paper.

Now for the winter baby boy's card:
I did the same for this one as the card above, only using Colored Card Stock,
 & adding Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen for a light glittery affect. 
This is for a boy after all.
I felt I should tone it down some.
And the snow flakes the same also,
only I used one for the
front & center of the card
 instead of a rose & a large blue gem.

That top crown is from the same Spellbinders Grand Dome 3D Card Die, 
just snipped in half 
& I used it on all three cards.

Now, just sit back & enjoy the photos:

I just LOVE all of the shadows created in the tunnel card  with all of the elements added!

How about you?

Now to show you the what I did to make this an
 "Icing On The Top" experience:
(Above is the card from yesterday.)
I put each card inside clear acrylic boxes.

Added a clear sticker that comes with them to the bottom of the box,
 to make sure the box will stay closed.
I left the top flap without a sticker, so it can be easily opened once the ribbon is removed.

I couldn't put the ribbon in the middle or I'd be covering what is inside,
but it definitely needed a ribbon & bow. ;)

Now, take a look at the  "Icing On The Top" effect I was talking about.....
Looking down into the gift bags.

I added a few more little things I picked up at the store too,
 & just wrapped them in tissue paper, as I did the other gifts.
 No tape, just folded the paper around the gifts.

Now, to tell you where I got the clear acrylic boxes.
You can find them here:
Clear Bags be seen

The boxes are 5 3/8" x 2"x 7 3/8".
You get 25 in the package, along with 50- 1 1/4" clear stickers.
I received them in good time also.

I HOPE you enjoyed this week of all things adorable!

I will be entering my cards in
Kathy Rocoosin's
Coloring Challenge:
 Found here:

*** The Winter Girl Card was chosen
"Favorites for the week ending Nov. 17th, 2018" over on SCS!***

To Babies,
 Showered with Love 

Welcomed with Hugs!

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

Supplies not mentioned above or earlier this week:
*Beadsmith Magical Tray