(2014 c68) Explore, Dream, Discover Gift Holder Card

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s card has a pocket inside to hold a gift card for my grandson who will soon be turning 15!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I used designer paper from Kaiser Kraft, stamps from Gina K Designs:   GDK stampset called Life is Good by Theresa Momber & “Eclectic Summer” & Inside and Out (the last two sets for the hot air balloon & HappyBirthday may be discontinued)  I heat embossed the balloon on top of one balloon on the DP with brown EP. Then I stamped around the card base with Versamark Ink  with both sentiment & balloon stamps and just heat set.  I stamped the sentiment from Life is Good with Versamark Ink & heat set with gold EP.  On the inside I created a pocket for a gift card with the DP & inked around edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I cut out the flying banner with Spellbinders Nested Pennants.

Challenges Entered:

StampTV:  STV14MON50 – Gift Card Crazy

SimonSays:  Anything Goes

(2014 c67) Tags of 2014 Christmas Tim Holtz

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor today’s card the inspiration came from Tim Holtz Blog: 12 Tags of 2014 – Christmas.  I used repurposed plastic packaging for the embossed brick wall.

Tim Holtz Products used:      Bricked Alterations embossing folder, Alterations Tattered Florals die for the sign, Alterations Hardware Findings, Distress paints – Barn door and Victorian Velvet, Distress Stickles.

Stampset (Merry Christmas) is a discontinued set called Fanciful Tags by Nina Bracket at GinaKDesigns

Challenges Entered:

TimHoltz: 12 Tags of 2014 Christmas

ModSquad:  Frilly Fun (use 2 die cuts)

StampTV: STV14MON49 – Shimmer and Shine

MixedMedia: Chal: #7 Tic Tack Toe (I used Die, Stamp, Ribbon)10012564_10103376122924492_974722431371940658_n

(2014 c66) Holiday Tag Card


Today’s Holiday Tag was made by die cutting the snow flakes with Snowflakes #3  by SIZZIX die.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Then I backed the negative space with snowmen designer paper. I covered the dark blue Shimmers paper from DCWV with Matte Multimedia and sprinkled blue glitter. It was matted with the light blue form the Shimmers Stack and the positive snowflakes were glued to the back.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays: (Mon.) Holiday Cards

ModSquadChallenge:  Frosty The Snowman

(2014 c65) Unity Happiest Season of All

UNITY STAMP set Happiest Season of All was used for the sentiment.  The snowdrifts were cut from light blue cardstock wiith dies from Lawn Fawn called Forrest Boarder and Stitched Hillside Boarders.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI then brushed a light coat of white Gesso over the hills letting more blue to show through in the valleys and then brushed glitter glue over & sprinkled sparkly flox over the hills.  A little ribbon for snowman’s scarf tops it off.   The sky was sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks then splattered white gesso for snow in the sky.

Challenges Entered:

Unity:  Friends With Flair Friday

ModSquad:  Frosty the Snowman

SimonSays:  Holiday Cards

Mixed Media:  TicTacToe (I used Die, Stamp, ribbon)10012564_10103376122924492_974722431371940658_n

(2014 c64) Unity Owl Be Darned Happy Birthday

Today’s Birthday card for my oldest son features Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles for the frames and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe sentiment is from Spellbinders .   For the inside I used Unity Stamps called Owl Be Darned.


Challenges Entered:

Unity: Be Inspired Color Ch #22Unity #22

(2014 c63) Unity Wise men still seek Him

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s card  features Unity Stamp set The First Noel stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver EP.  The medallion was cut with Spellbinders  Damask Motifs. My papers are from DCWV Shimmers Stack. The shape makes me think of a star or snowflake. (I know I’m strange). And if you will notice, the ribbon forms a cross.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:   (W) Anything Goes

(2014 c62) Unity Magic of Christmas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s tag card uses Unity Stamp Co.’s Magic of Christmas heat embossed with white,  I punched a couple of circles and overlapped to create the moon shape and masked it off.  Then I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink inside a mask I made by cutting the tree shape with Spellbinders Nested Pennants into clear plastic packaging so that I can easily see through the edges when i sponge the ink in the negative space.  Then I used the triangle and masked the tree while I sponged the sky with several colors of Distress Ink. I flicked drops of water to create the mottled drops.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  (M) To the Moon

UnityStampCo.: Friends With Flair Friday

(2014 c61) Floating Snowflake Ornament

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack side is seen on the right > > > >

Sandwich ingredients: 2 silver cardstock frames, 2 plastic circles, 2 snowflakes, string, star, Stickles.

Sandwich How To:   This ornament was made by cutting the snowflakes with Snowflakes #3  by SIZZIX with a dark and light blue cardstock from DCWV Shimmers Stack cardstock and glued together so the opposite color accents on each side.   This was glued with a tiny dot on the side seen on the left to a circle of re-purposed clear plastic packaging material that was cut with Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders.  Next glue the silver frame to the smooth outside of the plastic (that was cut by taping the same die plus the next smaller together for cutting the frames).

Turn over and glue the second plastic circle with a narrow bead close to the edge to the snowflake circle so that the snowflake is sandwiched within the plastic.  Apply the ends of the silver string to the plastic and finally the second Stickled frame and if you want to cover the tiny dot of glue on the first side, apply a tiny jewel like I did with the star in the center.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays: Ornament

AnythingButACard:  Ch #41 – Anything Goes

(2014 c60) Unity Mixed Media – Tissue


Today’s card started by using the Itty Bitty stamp by Unity Stamp Co, called Graffiti Art.  Since it is Itty Bitty  and measures about 2.25″ x 3.75″ I stamped the kraft cardstock several times turning my stamp this way and that. I used Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Gold EP.  I then took my Artist Loft Pearlescent watercolors found at Michaels and did a color was over the background.  When it was dry it was wrinkly and warped, so I cut a piece of re-purposed cardboard from a cereal box and glued  together with Matte Multi Medium.  It helps to use a brayer for several minutes to work out all the bubbles and wrinkles and then place under a stack of heavy books to dry.

I then stamped the focal Ellie Girl  by Unity Stamp Co. with Versamark Ink onto Tissue Paper and heat embossed with Black EP.  Then I colored on the back side with Sharpie Markers.  I then wet the paper (with a paintbrush dipped in water) very close to the embossed edges and carefully tore away the excess paper right up close to the embossed edge.    I applied this with Matte Medium on top of the background.  The sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. called Basically Said was done the same way as Ellie.
Challenges Entered:
SimonSays:  Thinking of You
MixedMediaMonthlyChallenge:  Ch. #6 – Stamps
WordArtWednesday:  Anything Goes
UnityStamp: Friends With Flair Friday

(2014 c59) GinaK Designs One of my oldest stampsets


Today’s card was made with one stamp (the doilie) from one of my oldest stampsets called Nana’s Needlework by Nina Bracket from GinaK Designs.  It is no longer available for sale.  I love the old fashioned doily, I remember my grandmother and aunt crocheting these.

I stamped the doily on light blue cardstock & heat embossed with clear EP and then sponged the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink by Ranger.  I highlighted the center of the large doily on the background and stamped 3 more centers of the doily and cut out and highlighted with Clear Wink of Stella also.  They made great snowflakes!

All trees were made from the same doily stamp and heat embossed with white onto green paper and strategiclly cut apart.  For the central tree I cut the sides with my Fiskars paper cutter and then fussy cut around the top of the center of the doily so it looks like a star on the tree.  I also masked and stamped another row of scallops and mounted it on top of a wider  piece of doily to make the tree taller.  The rest of the doily was cut for the rest of the trees (That is why they have round little tops because the big tree’s star cut out left that shape)  I highlighted the trees with Glitter Green Wink of Stella

I cut my snow hills with dies from Lawn Fawn called Forrest Boarder and Stitched Hillside Boarders

Challenges Entered:

StampTV:  STV14MON43 – Use Stamp Set from the Past

SimonSays:  (Mon) Good Ol Days

ModSquadChallenge:  Grandma’s Attic – Grab a Doily

DieCutDivas:  Any Holiday

MoxieFabWorld:  Tree-Mendous Tree

CraftAScene:  Trees, Trees, Trees


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