Paris Birthday Wishes

A birthday card for a very dear friend who’s turning 50!  I’ve used the RetroSketch#36:

 and the CR84FN color challenge to use gray, tan and cream:

I started by stamping the Tim Holtz stamp on my SU! Crumb Cake card stock.  Then I sponged the edges with SU! Going Gray (retired).

Next comes a piece of SU! Very Vanilla card stock that’s been cut with the Spellbinder’s Labels 20 die.  It was stamped with another of the Tim Holtz stamps in this set and sponged with Going Gray while still in the die.  A piece of striped card stock was stamped in another coordinating stamp, again in going gray and the edges were sponged with SU! Crumb Cake.  It’s been matted on another piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

The sentiment was die cut with the Verve Mini Bookplate die and stamped in SU! Soft Suede, while the border around it was stamped in Going Gray.  It was layered over a slightly larger bookplate die cut in Soft Suede. 

Then I tied a piece of seam binding around the top of the die cut label and added a bow.  When I’m hand delivering a card, it’s ok to have a bow that is over-sized or askew on the card because it will be placed in a clear card box.  The final embellishment is a button that’s been matted on a circle of Soft Suede.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and a misc. scrap of striped paper
Ink:  SU! Crumb Cake, Going Gray, Soft Suede
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Papillon and Verve Borderline
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels 20, Verve Mini Bookplate A Cut Above Die, misc. button, 1″ circle punch, sponges, Hug Snug Seam Binding in Fig Beige, and Jody Boosters

Hope you are all having a fabulous week my friends!

December 25

Hello everyone!  Well it’s time for this stamper to get going on her Christmas cards…this is the first of many you’ll see over the next few weeks.

I’ve used the Deconstructed Sketch#76:

This card also qualifies for the Free For All Challenge over at Splitcoast…using distressing.

I made my card with the Spellbinders Grand Big Scallop Circles die in SU! Crumb Cake.  Then cut a piece of designer paper, distressed and inked it and placed it right over top.  Next comes two die cut circles…one in Very Vanilla and heavily inked and one in a coordinating designer paper that’s been distressed and inked.  Then, there’s a strip across the middle of the card done the very same way.

The sentiment is a 2″ square that’s been die cut with the MFT Die-namics Notebook Edge die.  Then it was stamped with a Christmas tree and the number 25.  The stars have all been cut with the MFT Die-amics Stacking Stars die and the Star Border die.  Then I did a little stitching and once the stitching was done I stamped the “December” across the banner and the focal point.

A few buttons, some pearls, some seam binding, twine and….done!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage
Ink:  SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke
Stamps:  MME Lost & Found Christmas and Waltzingmouse Stamps
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Spellbinders Grand Big Scallop Circles; Spellbinders Circles; MFT Notebook Edge, Stacking Stars, Star Border Die-namics;  Hug Snug Seam Binding, misc. buttons, distressing tool, sponges, sewing machine, twine, misc. pearls

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

It’s the Most Wonderful Snowman er…Snow Woman?

Much earlier in the month, Jeanne challenged us to make a shaped card.  After much thought, this is what I came up with. 

The actual snowman snow woman is cut with the Tim Holtz Winter Wonder die.  Yes, the card does stand and here’s how to do it.  I made a top folding card in the usual manner by scoring at the top.  Then I placed the fold slightly below the top of the die.  This keeps it attached. 

Now my poor little snowman snow woman had a flat head…that’ll never do!  So I simply cut the hat area again, this time in felt and trimmed it straight across the bottom and one side to make it fit.  I repeated this step on the back of the card.

His Her scarf has been cut in felt, this time with the Sizzix Snowman #2 die.  I used a Copic to color his her carrot nose and added little stripes mimicking a carrot with a Copic Multi Liner.  The Multi Liner was also used for his her eye and his mouth made out of coal {grin}.

The sentiment has been stamped in black and the little stars stamped in pink to match the scarf.  Then I just added a wee bit of Stickles to the center of the stars for some bling.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Blushing Bride
Stamps:  Verve Winter Mittens and Verve Snowflake Splendor
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Winter Wonder die, Sizzix Snowman #2 die, pink and black felt, Star Dust Stickles, Copic YR68 and Copic Multi Liner 0.5

A fun card to make and really it’s very simple!  See you very soon my dear friends!

Gentle Season

A card for Lydia’s Hope You Can Cling To Challenge…a walk in the woods.  It’s all about what you may see on a walk in the woods.  I absolutely love cardinals but sadly they don’t visit our locale.   So my walk today is through a forest full of birch trees and cardinals.

My background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder that’s been inked with SU! Soft Suede before it was run through my Big Shot Pro.  Next comes a strip of burlap. 

The image has been colored with Copics and matted on black card stock.  Sentiment has also been matted on black card stock and is popped up on dimensionals.  And a button with twine is the final touch.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Whisper White and X-Press It Copic paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Soft Suede
Stamps:  Northwoods Rubber Stamps
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, burlap, MFT button, twine, Jody boosters, ATG, Copics:  birch trees – E30, E44; cardinals R24, R27 and Y38 for their little beaks

Back soon with one final card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges.  Hard to believe today is the final day of challenges.  Soon the MD Anderson Center in Houston will be receiving our cards and good wishes.  So happy to have been part of this worthwhile cause again this year!

Olive Cobbler Noel

A card for the Splitcoast Color Challenge…using SU! Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla or Whisper White.  For the dessert option…silver or pearls (neither of which I used today).

The background is made by gluing some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap on a piece of card stock.  I’ve used Glue n’ seal both underneath and on top.  As the tissue was being glued onto the card stock, I wrinkled it.  Once it was dry…yes, I’m impatient so I dried it carefully with my heat gun…I dabbed some more of the glue in a few random spots and then added some Ranger Distress Stickles Dry Glitter.  It gives a really nice sparkle without being overdone.

The tree is a Tim Holtz die cut that’s been stamped with a script stamp, randomly sponged with the Old Olive ink and then I added some snow with a snow marker.  Once the snow was dry, I hit it with the heat gun to puff it up.

The sentiment was die cut in Cherry Cobbler.  I glued the little mini bag and tag on the background, then the tree, followed by the sentiment and little stamp.  The doll stamp has been cut from some designer paper and popped up on dimensionals.  Then a little bit of gingham ribbon and it’s done!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White and Graphics 45 Christmas Emporium
Ink:  SU! Old Olive
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Letter to Santa
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Pine Tree die, Tim Holtz Upon a Time Sizzlet die, Tim Holtz Composer Tissue Wrap, Melissa Frances Mini bags & Tags, Marvy Snow Marker, Glue ‘n seal, Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy, sponges, gingham ribbon, heat gun, craft mat, Jody boosters

Back soon with more!

Crinoline Roses and Canvas One Day

This card has been designed for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge where Donna has asked us to use cork, canvas or clay on our card.  It’s also for the Moxie Fab World Challenge here.  I’ve used the Viva la Verve! October week five sketch by Laurie Schmidlin shown here:

I started by printing the vintage image from Crafty Secrets on some sticky-back canvas.  Just in case you’ve never tried this…it was a snap with my HP inkjet printer.  Once I peeled the backing off, it was matted onto some card stock.  Then before it was burnished with a bone folder onto the card stock I lifted the edges with my fingernail and ripped one thread back from each side.  Then, still using my fingernail, the edges were lightly rolled up.  Next the edges were all inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the sentiment from Verve was stamped in SU! Soft Suede.

The flowers and leaves were made with dies and crinoline.  Each piece was dampened, scrunched in my hands, inked with Distress Stains and Inks and gently dried with my heat gun.  Then the flowers were rolled up, glued and then I added a pearl center to each.

Finally, everything was matted on a 5″ x 5″ square card.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Blush Blossom and Soft Suede
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Mowed Lawn; as well as SU! Soft Suede
Stamps:  Verve One Day Plain Jane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die, Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, HP inkjet printer, Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD#2, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas, crinoline fabric, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, sponges, Ranger Glossy Accents, misc. pearls, heat gun, craft mat, disposable gloves, water spritzer, bone folder

Hope you are having a terrific day my friends!

Pink Chocolate Love

Patty has challenged us to make a treat holder for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge today.  She’s asked us to use pink, black, white and silver.  And, in addition to that…make it glam…I think this meets all the requirements {grin}.  Blingety, bling, bling!

I did a search looking for a little box or seed packet.  Luckily I found this wonderful a template from  It worked so well for my little organic dark chocolate bar. 

It was printed on SU! Basic Gray card stock and then I cut it out with my craft knife, added some scoring to hold the chocolate bar:

I simply scored it where you would normally fold it for a seed packet and then added another score just 1/8″ outside the first score line on the three applicable sides.  This allowed me to make a proper sized pocket to hold the little chocolate bar.

Then I added Scor-Tape to the three sides to shape the holder.  Next I cut a strip of black and white designer paper just slightly narrower than the holder, again scored it in the same way to fit it around the holder, and affixed it using more Scor-Tape.

The sentiment has been stamped on more designer paper that’s been die cut with the Verve Rounded Rectangle Die and popped up on dimensionals.  Underneath that is some glitter card stock that’s been cut with the Verve Rounded Scallop die.

Since Patty asked for bling…I added bling!  A punched heart, a couple of silver heart peel-offs and several rhinestones in two shades of pink are the final embellishments.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray, Recollections glitter paper and MME Lost & Found Blush
Ink:  SU! Basic Gray
Stamps:  Verve Love Is
All the other stuff:  template, craft knife, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, SU! heart punchJody boosters, Recollections rhinestones, Recollections glitter tape, peel-offs and of course…CHOCOLATE!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!