Saturday, December 24, 2016

Polar Bear Party

                                               Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Party
I wanted to play with Copic color combinations I don't normally use.  And did I ever get color!
I stamped the MFT Polar Bears in Memento, colored them with Copics and cut them out.
I sandwiched them between two pieces of acetate so the shaker pieces would move freely around and behind them.  The background balloon strings were created with a MFT background stamp stamped in VersaFine and clear heat embossed.  Balloon dies from a variety of companies were cut, colored with Copics and then covered with Glossy Accents.  I adhered them to the background.  Floating in the shaker window are beads and sequins and pieces punched from a Stampin Up punch.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Great Nephew

This is why I love to make and send cards.
Look at that face when he opened his "shakey" card.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Studio




Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Kathy Racoosin shared their amazing studios in video this week.  Kathy requested photos from our studios. (I hope if I post a few photos others will too.)
I had several goals for my studio this past year.  I've accomplished a lot but still have a long way to go.
1)  The lighting in my room was really bad.  When a water leak occurred on the ceiling it was a prime opportunity to accomplish my goal!  Eight pot lights were installed in my ceiling.  They are on two separate switches which both have dimmers.  They have changed my life!
I also added a Stella light to my desk.  It is truly magnificent.
2)  I wanted to personalize my studio by putting objects all around which represent me and make me happy.  Photos of my grandchildren, family and dog (and husband) are my prize possessions.   Coffee signs, flags from the countries I've visited, a tea pot that was my mom's, art I've created and other objects the represent good times or special people in my life.  I enjoy my room so much more now.
3)  Remove rubber from wood and organize my stamps Jennifer style.  I have a long way to go but the process is well underway.  I found the drawers where I had stored the wood-mounted stamps easily converted to the new system.  What a HUGE difference it makes in finding and putting away my stamps.

My pride and joy is the storage I created for my Copic Markers.  I've had this now for several years and just love it.  It's my own original DIY made from Dollar Tree plastic containers and clear packaging tape.  I can find the marker I need and put it away easily now that I'm very familiar with my system.

Next year my goal is to continue purging.   If I'm not using it, it goes to a church in Mexico.

I'm not scrapbooking as much on in the same way that I used to.  I need to get those photos and pages into some kind of order.

It is a never-ending process.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

O Holy Night Shaker

                                         Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Sparkle
My neighbor loves bunnies.  Every year I make her a Christmas card that has at least one bunny on it.  This is my favorite card for her.
The half-circle die is from Pretty Pink Posh.
Background stars stamps are from a variety of companies.  They are white heat embossed to resist the Distress ink sky.
Sentiment is from Paper Smooches.
Darling bunny is from MFT.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Light Tags

                                             Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Gift
Lawn Fawn has the best dies!  This has three pieces that include the ornament topper and a piece behind to make it look like it's reflecting light.
These are quick easy tags but I love how they look!

Beary Happy Birthday Party

                                                   Simon Says Monday Challenge: Party
                These are just the cutest bears!  They just made me smile as I created them.
All Stamps are from My Favorite Things.  They are stamped in Memento, colored in Copics then fussy cut.  The background is Distress ink on water color paper.   Bling is Stickles, sequins and beads.

Monday, December 19, 2016

All I Want for Christmas

                                              Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Gift It
My granddaughter is missing two front teeth just in time for Christmas.
There's only one missing in this photo.  Her 2 1/2 year old brother hit her in the face with a ball and knocked the second tooth out!  SHE WAS VERY HAPPY THAT HE HELPED HER OUT!

The Santa stamp is from Stampin Up and stamped with Memento ink on Neenah paper then colored with Copics and cut out.
The Word Bubble die is from Stampin up.  The sentiment is from my computer.
The Circle Die is from DieNamics
Wishes die is from impression obsession.

Santa ZZZZZZ Tag

                                              Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Gift it!
This tag was inspired by Kristina Werner.  Everything but the sentiment is from Art Impressions.
The image was stamped in Memento and colored in Copics.  Santa has an Action Wobble behind him which makes the rocker actually rock!  The sentiment is an ancient stamp from my stash.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Resist Snowflake Card

                                           Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Snow
I haven't gotten out my Color Burst for a couple weeks!  They worked perfectly on this card very much inspired by Debbie Hughes.  The snowflake stamps are from Stampin Up.  They are white heat embossed on watercolor paper.  Color Burst are sprinkled on a Craft Mat and sprayed with water.
The watercolor paper is then "smooshed" into the mixture on the Craft Mat.
I used sequins and Shimmer to give it some sparkle.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Poinsettia Girl Tag

                                          Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Gift
This Stamping Bella girl in a poinsettia dress was so so fun to color!  She was stamped in Momento and colored with Copics.  The sentiment, from the same Stamping Bella set, was gold heat embossed and die cut with a DieNamics stitched circle.  Scallop circle die is from spellbinders, doily from the Dollar Tree.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jingle all the Way Tag

                                    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Inspired by Ice
This is one of the cute Impression Obsession stamps with die.  The snowman's bottom jiggles with an Action Wobble.  Sentiment is from SU.  Image is stamped in Memento and Colored with Copics.
Stickles and Wink of Stella add some bling.

When the mountains turn pink Tag

                                         Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Inspired by Ice
The Catalina Mountains right outside our back door turn the most beautiful shades of pink and purple at sunset.  Raise your glass to a southwest toast, "When the mountains turn pink, it's time to drink!"

This is my new favorite tag for 2016.  The sky and mountains are colored with Distress Ink.  WOW White Puff embossing powder makes the snow peaks and Yeti footprints.  The Yeti stamps and mountain die are from MFT.  The Margarita glasses are from A Muse Stamps.  The sentiment is printed on my computer and die cut with a Lawn Fawn speech bubble.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Are You Yeti? Tag

I Love this tag!!  I need something for a 13 year old boy.  I think this works!  The Yeti stamps are from MFT.  I love the footprints too.  The mountain die is also from MFT Die Namics.  Background and mountains are done with Distress Ink.  White snow peaks and foot steps are WOW puff embossing powder.
The Yetis (Is that plural of Yeti?) are stamped in Momento and colored in Copics.
There are pop dots, Stickles, and Uniball white pen to finish this tag.
If he doesn't LOVE this tag, I want it back!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dashing Through the Snow Chibi Tag

                                    Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
This is my second tag using the three strips of monochromatic blue for the background.
The Avery Elle car has a working headlight using the Chibitrionics kit.  it just doesn't show up in the photo.  The silver heat embossed star is from Lawn Fawn.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Tag

                                           12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist Day 7
The sketch for day severn had stripes of color.  I used monochromatic stripes of blue Distress ink in my background.  I silver heat embossed a star background stamp from Hero Arts.  The Ho Ho Ho letters are dies from Papertrey Ink,  And the cute Santa stuck in the chimney is a stamp from Stampin Bella.   SU Silver Glimmer Paper, Stickles and a Spica pen were used for some sparkle.  Santa's beard is made with Liquid Appliqué.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Snow Fairy Tag

                                        Day 6 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
                                                      Lawnscaping Challenge:  Snow
Very faintly you might see snowflakes stenciled with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  I smushed the water color paper into Distress Ink that had been spritzed with water.
Snow sentiment from Penny Black and Snowflakes from various companies including Lawn Fawn were die cut from SU white glitter paper.  The Lawn Fawn fairies were stamped in Momento and colored with Copics.  Stickles add glitter to their wings.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fox Tag Warm Wishes

                                                                Lawnscaping Challenge
I'm in a gift exchange where we select a wrapped gift from under the tree.  My gift has a Starbucks gift card and coffee mug.  I wanted to put some hint on the package that it is for a coffee drinker.
I used this Hero Arts coffee cup stamp with Lawn Fawn sentiment, snowflakes and fox.  The gold glitter paper frame is cut from Lawn Fawn's stitched rectangle die.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Paper Bag Exchange Gift

                                             Lawnscaping Challenge:  Snow
I stamped Lawn Fawn snow all over the brown paper bag with VersaMark then white heat embossed it.  There Snow one like you is also white heat embossed along with the snowflakes all from Lawn Fawn.  Snow hill is a die from Lawn Fawn as are the penguin and igloo.

Red, Teal, Green and Pink Challenge

                         Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist  Day One
I found this to be a very challenging color challenge.  I don't think I've ever used both green and teal in the same card front or tag.
Stamps are from Lawn Fawn.  The oval die is from MFT and the holy leaves are from Memory Box.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Roxie's Hello

                                                        30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                        Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Dies
The dog in this Mama Elephant stamp and die set looks like our Roxie!

The greens die is from Elizabeth Crafts, The lights are from i.o.
Background is a stencil by Dylusions.  It's embossed with white embossing paste.

I love that this door die actually makes the door open!
I used Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella and Stickles to make the windows really look like glass.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Metallic Ornament Card

                                             Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Dies
I need some feminine and elegant Christmas cards.  These turned out just as I hoped they would!
The ornament die is from Poppy Stamps.  The bough dies are from i.o.
Embossing folder is by Sizzix.

Ken Oliver's Stick It really helped with adhering this delicate die to the acetate shaker window.

Tag #3

                                                      30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                       Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Trio-Tastic
Tag # 3 of the Trio-Tastic Challenge.  Santa's Bag by Waffle Flower embossed with initials.
Background, Boots and Hat from Hero Arts.  Darling little mice from Mama Elephant.

Sometimes when I color these little critters I get attached to them and begin to imagine a story . . .
here Santa has come home from a long night flying around the world.  The mice have one last snack for him before he goes to bed.  He hasn't forgotten them.  There is lots of cheese left in his bag for them.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

3 of Santa's Elves

                                                    30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                        Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Trio Tastic
I love this tag so much I'm not sure I can give it away!  There are lots of 3's including three elves, three ornaments and three mini jingle bells.  Santa's bag die and stamp are from Waffle Flower.  I heat embossed Santa's initials on the bag.  The elves and accessories are from a fabulous set from MFT.
The background stamp is from Hero Arts.  The hills are die cuts from Lawn Fawn.

Santa and His Bag

                                         Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Trio-Tastic
                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
One of the very first "rules I learned scrapbooking then card-making was to use elements in uneven numbers.  Simon Says' challenge is using elements in threes.  On this card there are lots of threes . . .
3 sets of three packages and 3 buttons on Santa.  Except for the blue background I also used three colors . . .  gold red and green.
Presents and Tree from MFT
Santa from Avery Elle
Bag from Waffle Flower
Background from Hero Arts
Hills die cut with Lawn Fawn

Friday, November 18, 2016

Santa's Bag Tag

                                                       30 Day Coloring Challenge
                              Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Christmas Critters
This tag all began with the Waffle Flower Santa's Bag stamp and Die.  Santa's initials from MSE were gold heat embossed.  The dear stamps are from Avery Elle.  Package stamps are from MFT.
Snowy Hills are dies from Lawn Fawn.
     It's the background I am really excited about.  That is a stamp from Hero Arts!  I used it both for the sky and to heat emboss the sparkling snow.

The Three Little Kittens

                                       Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Christmas Critters
                                                           30 Day Coloring Challenge
My 2 1/2 year old grandson is obsessed with Nursery Rhymes.  He sings them start to finish without missing a word!  This tag will be on a package (mittens and hat) for him.
The kitten stamps are from Simon Says Stamp.  The mittens are a stamp and punch from Stampin Up.  Pink Paisley makes the snowflake pattern paper.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gingerbread in the oven tag

                                                          30 Day Coloring Challenge
When Lawn Fawn released this stamp and die set I could think of many baker friends and family who would love getting a tag or card with it.  I am having so much fun using this set with different colors and pattern papers.  This one is for my granddaughter.  There are so many elements.  I especially like the oven door that opens (I used acetate on the window), the 3D handle and the towel with it's cross stitch design.
This gingerbread paper by Heidi Grace has been in my stash for a long time.
Later I'll post the oven tag I made for Hanukkah.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Chemistry 103 Day 3

                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
My friend Jan and I are proud to be keeping to our plan of making the sample tags from Tim Holtz' Chemistry 103 Online Card Class.  The second from the left is my favorite technique so far . . .  embossing powder on Opaque Texture Paste.

Yeti Slide Card

                                                          30 Day Coloring Challenge
This combines Lawn Fawn and MFT Yeti stamps.  Except for a different sentiment and a little color difference this is a CASE from Nichol Spohr.  Mountain and hill dies are from Lawn Fawn.  The Yeti is on a slider hidden behind the mountains.
I will be doing more Yetis this holiday season!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Belly Band



                                                                            Belly Band
This is the Belly Band for the Hedgehog Thanksgiving Card.  Stamps by MFT.  Wishbone die by Papertrey Ink.

Thanksgiving Hedgehogs pop-up

30 Day Color Challenge
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Fall

I think I pulled everything Thanksgiving stamp set I own to make this Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside pop-up card.  Pattern papers and leaf dies are from Lawn Fawn.  Hedgehogs are from MFT.   Turkey leg and pumpkin pie are from Sunny Studio.  The turkey may be Papertrey or CTMH???
I had such fun making this.   Now my desk is cluttered with stamps and supplies!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Chibi Fairies

                                                    Simon Says Monday Challenge
                                                       30 Day Coloring Challenge
Oh, My!!!  Card making has taught me so much but never did I imagine I would learn about electric circuits!  This is the second card I've made using Chibi Lights.  They may not show up well in the photo but the two lanterns and the windows actually light up with you press down on the gifts.

Cristina Yainea Nunez posted a card like this using the Chibi lights and I really studied her video to figure out how to make the circuit.  When I try the next card using Chibi lights I'll try using vellum in front of the lights.

All stamps and dies are from Lawn Fawn.  Stickles give the card some glitz.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Southwest Blanket

                                                        30 Day Coloring Challenge
More Color Burst . . .
The die is from Waffle Flower
Color Burst on Neenah Solor White

Monday, November 7, 2016

Coffee is a hug in a mug

                                                          30 Day Coloring Challenge
I am addicted to coffee.  My collection of coffee-related stamps continues to grow.  This card (inspired by Stephanie Klauck) utilizes stamps from lots of different companies including Stampin Up, Altenew, MFT and G Rated.  I used the new brown color from Color Burst in the background.

Magenta Ornaments

                                                       30 Day Coloring Challenge
I have loved Magenta Stamps for decades.  Their stamps are so artsy and have a unique style I can identify quickly.  They were at the Rubber Stamp Event in Mesa this past week-end.  I had a delightful conversation with the owner, a lovely lady with a beautiful French-Canadian accent.
The card in their display using this ornament stamp really caught my attention.
Here I tried to recreate their card using Versa Fine ink and Color Burst.
I am fascinated with this technique of painting over a background which both use Color Burst!
This was my first attempt.  There will be many more!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Critter Thanksgiving

                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  Anything Goes
I fell in love with the card Nicole Spohr posted using these Sunny Studio stamps.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it just never gets enough attention!
There is lots and lots of coloring here with Copics.  Pop dots and wink of Stella give it dimension and sparkle.
The hill and tree die cuts are from Lawn Fawn.
Paper is from Reminisce.
I'm not sure what the critter is second from the right.  Any ideas?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Leaf Circle #3

                                          Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Thinking of You
I can't stop making these cards!  I like each one better than the last!  Just look at this orange and purple combo!

leaf circle Thinking of You #2


Same Card, Different Color Burst Colors

leaf circle Thinking of You

                                         Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Thinking of You
I saw a beautiful fall Happy Birthday card on Pinterest by cardsbymollycat.  I used her idea but different mediums to create this card.  The TWC stencil is embossed with Facetted Lack Crackling Gold Colour.  Thinking of You by Hero Arts is heat embossed in SU copper as are the tiny dots.
I used a variety of Color Bursts (Including Liquid Metals) on heavy weight Nina then die cut them with Lawn Fawn and Sizzix leaves.  They are popped with glue dots and foam squares.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Chemistry 103

                                          Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  Anything Goes
This summer I purchased and watched Online Card Class Chemistry 103 taught by Tim Holtz.
However I didn't complete the class assignments.
My friend, Jan, and I agreed to meet once a week this fall and complete the assignments as Tim would want us to.   So far we've completed class one and two.   I think Tim would approve or at least say his classic "I don't hate it!"

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Diagonal Double Pocket Gift Card

                                   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge   Anything Goes
The tutorial for folding this double pocket card can be found on Split Coast Stampers by Claudia Rose.  I prefer to use double-sided pattern paper.  This paper is by My Minds Eye.
The snowflake die and stamp are from Hero Arts.  The cute little elves are from stamping Bella.
The coffee cup is by Stampin Up.  Sentiments are from Stamplorations.   A Starbucks gift card will be put in one of the pockets.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Studio Under Cover

No.  My room is not decorated for Halloween!  It's covered for ceiling repair and the addition of 8 lights that are going to rock my world!  I am so excited!!  Hopefully it will be finished and ready for action tomorrow.  I am in stamping withdrawa!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Frosty, Feminine Pink Prayers

                                               Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Did I need another leaf stamp?  Absolutely not!  After I saw a post from Debbie Hughes did I want this Concord and 9th leaf stamp?  Absolutely yes!  It is stunning.

I have a friend beginning treatment for breast cancer.  When I'm thinking about her it is therapeutic for me to make a card.  I put all of my hopes for her into each step of the card-making process.

The embossing Glitter is called Midas Touch from WOW!   I had not seen it until Debbie Hughes used it on a card.  It truly is WOW!

The background is watercolor paper with splashes of pink watercolor.  The "prayers" sentiment from Simon Says Stamp is white heat embossed to resist the water color.

Memory Box makes the beautiful delicate dies cut from SU glitter paper.

I really played with this design using different die cuts, paint colors and elements.  When it finally fell together I was thrilled with the results . . .  frosty and feminine.