Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hey Kid Brother

Well hello there! It's been a while! I signed off in December for the holidays and seemingly forgot to come back! Actually, that's not true. I meant to take some time off and for a very good reason. We sold our house during the holidays.

I am sharing a card I created back in November for my husband to give to his brother.

The image from SugarPea Designs Toats Ma Goats set was stamped onto Neenah cardstock which was then cut with a wonky stitched circle die and colored with Copic Markers. I then cut a background panel with a wonky stitched rectangle die and stamped the sentiment and another image from the set onto it. I finished the sentiment with a PTI stamp and completed the background with patterned paper, attaching the stamped piece with foam tape.

Products: SugarPea Designs stamps, PTI stamp, Lawn Fawn dp, Neenah and PTI cs, MFT dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Goat-E40, E41, E42, E44, E81, W00, W1, W2; Cans-C00, C1, C3, R20, R24; Box/Paper-E50, E51, E53, W00, E81; Grass-G40, G43; Sky-BG0000, BG000

I won't be around much this month as we will be busy packing for a mid-February move. I'll pop in when I can as my main craft supplies have yet to be packed away.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2016 Favorite Projects

Today's post is a recap of my favorite projects created during 2016. This is always hard for me because I can't really judge my own work subjectively.

As it should be, my design teams feature prominently in my favorites, The Cat's Pajamas and Purple Onion Designs.

And here are a few from some of my other favorite stamp companies:


Although I haven't crafted as much in 2016 as in past years, I still enjoy this wonderful hobby. The cardmaking community is a close knit one and I am happy to be a part of it. I pray that your 2017 is filled with joy, spirituality and good health.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


Christmas morning is the perfect time to end my #thereasonfortheseason series with today's card. If you missed the others, you can find them here.

I used an embossing folder to emboss snowflakes on a linen cardstock front embossing the bottom portion, flipping the folder around and embossing a small portion of the top in order to leave a blank space for the sentiment from the Inspired: Jesus Mini Stamp set. I then used the Inspired: Jesus Die to cut two layers from plain white cardstock and one from gold metallic cardstock. I stacked them together and attached to the card front alongn with a few sequins for a clean and simple design.

Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and die, PTI and Michael's metallic cs, Verve sequins, Darice embossing folder, Ranger Archival ink

May you have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Little Baby Jesus (#thereasonfortheseason)

Today's faith based Christmas card is another one for my #thereasonfortheseason series. If you missed the others, you can find them here.

Afterall, Jesus is the reason for the season. 

I stamped the image from the Neat and Tangled Little Baby Jesus set onto Neenah cardstock twice so I could stack them and then cut out with the matching dies. The baby Jesus portion was trimmed closer and then attached to the hay with foam tape for dimension. I prepared the background by using the smooshing on acetate technique with blueberry sky ink onto Ranger Distress watercolor card stock and then added more water with a wet brush. Splatters of Hero Arts Unicorn white ink completed the look. After cutting out the watercolor piece with a wonky stitched rectangle die, I stamped part of the sentiment directly onto the panel. The rest of sentiment was stamped onto a double ended flag which was attached with a layer of foam tape. A few stars cut from gold metallic cardstock and attached with foam dots finished it up. 

Products: Neat and Tangled stamps and dies, PTI, Ranger Distress watercolor and Michael's gold metallic cs, MFT dies, Hero Arts ink, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: N1, N3, N5, E00, E01, E13, W00, E81, YR30, YR31, YR20, YR23

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days. My Christmas prep is done so all I have to do is enjoy the day. We will be heading out for a Church service in the early evening which is always so special and moving. I love the candle lighting, communion, the music, everything. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Blessings

I created a trio of tags back in August that I decided I needed for cards since I was a bit short of the number of Christmas cards for mailing.

I created very simple backgrounds using patterned paper since the tags were really oversized and detailed enough. Plus frankly, I didn't have much time to get that creative anyway. Here are the individual photos:

Products: Essential by Ellen dies, Paper Smooches stamps and dies, Carta Bella, My Mind's Eye and Illustrated Faith dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, Michael's mirrored cs, Hemptique cord, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, YG0000, YG01, YG03

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Good morning. Another Christmas card today featuring images from the Snow Day! collection by Stacey Yacula.

I used the masking technique to stamp this little trio of carolers, NoelMoose and Snowball and then colored with Copic Markers. The snow bank was cut using The Cat's Pajamas Wavy Stitched Border and  the We Wish You a Merry Christmas sentiment was stamped on it. The image and sentiment pieces were attached to a patterned paper background. The musical note was cut twice from smokey shadow cardstock and stacked together.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Illustrated Faith dp, PTI cs, Sakura Gelly Roll pen, MFT and The Cat's Pajamas dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-W00, E81, W1, R11, Moose-E41, E42, E44, W00, W1, W2, W5, R11, R20, Bunny-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, R11; Sweater,Scarves, Gloves-R20, R22, R24, YG0000, YG01, YG23; Shadows/Ground-W00, E81, W1

Check out the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sweet Wishes

I have yet another Christmas card today that I created for the current (and last!) Lawnscaping #144 Challenge

This card is one of those that has languished in my in progress bag for a while. It took a major need for Christmas cards and the challenge to get it finished. The two gingerbread cookies from the Oh Snap set were cut out using the matching dies and then colored with Copic markers. I placed them onto to a cookie sheet than I cut from metallic cardstock using the Verve Rounded Rectangle die and then scored it on the two short sides. After cutting out the patterned paper tag using a die from the Paper Smooches Gift Tags 2 dies, I attached the cookie sheet piece to it. I cut out a small tag using a die from the Tiny Tags die set, then stamped the sentiment from the Milk and Cookies stamp set using schoolhouse red ink. After tying the small tag onto the larger tag using twine, the whole piece was secured to the card background.

Products: Lawn Fawn stamps and dies, MFT metallic cs, PTI cs, Hemptique twine, Paper Smooches and Verve dies, Simon Says and Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: E50, E51,E53, E55, E57, R24

Lots of activity around here as I am sure it is at your house. Thanks for stopping by.