Sunday, November 30, 2014


Hi everyone! Less is More is celebrating it's 200th challenge and the theme is, you guessed it, Celebrations.  Here is what I did with it.

I cut out three balloons using the die from Papertrey, Ink using glitter paper from DCWV. Popped them up in varying degrees using different sizes of foam tape and then added the silver strings and a bow.

Sentiment is from PTI's wet paint III set. I stamped it in versamark then heat embossed in silver. Also used a versamark pen and ruler to do the outside of the layer that was then popped up on the card base.  Sorry the picture is so dark, we had a bit of snow yesterday morning and the grey skies are playing havoc with my lights in my room.

Happy 200th Less is More! I've only been following and participating this year and it's a pleasure to get to know all the great ladies and gentlemen across the pond! Thanks to Chrissie for leading the charge and to many more challenges in the future!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Snowy tree tag

Hi everyone! Here is a card I made using the Tag You're It! challenge and it happens to go well with this weeks Addicted to CAS too!

Tag is a die from PTI and cut out using rustic white cardstock. The trees are sponged on using Mojito pigment ink from Fresh Ink. I had cut out the tree's using the die from Taylored Expressions and used the negative as a stencil. One of the cut out trees is colored with ink and then popped up in from with foam tape. I also added a bit of bling using the clear wink of stella pen.

The snow scene is done using the snow embossing folder from Taylored Expressions.  Sentiment is from Papertrey, Ink and cut out using the fishtail banner from MFT.

Added three tiny gold pearls to the left side of the fishtail banner to add a bit on interest and to sort of match the jingle bell that I tied to the top of the tag.  Red designer paper is from Authentique and cut out using the stitched die from Simon Says Stamp.

The tartan ribbon is from my stash and went really well with the rustic theme I was going for on this card! Thanks for stopping by!

ETA: entering this into the The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe challenge. Tree, embossing and glitter.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Hi everyone! Here is my take on this weeks Freshly Made Sketch. I kept it very clean and simple!

The reason why I named this post "Sparkle" is that this sparkles in real life. The grey weather outside did not let me take a very good picture of this card to do it justice.

I started with some shimmer cardstock from PTI and played around with a navy reinker from Fresh Ink and some rubbing alcohol.  The back ground is a little uneven and wavy in the depth of the colors, which was very hard to pick up in the photo.

Sentiment is from PTI and the snowflakes is from a very very old set from Provo Craft. I stamped both the snowflakes and sentiment in versamark and then heat embossed using white embossing powder. I did this prior to playing around with the reinker and alcohol. Layered this with deep navy cardstock from Bazzill and found a length of silver ribbon in my stash to tie at the top.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm not going to brave the crowds this Holiday weekend, instead I'm going to stay in and try to organize my supplies. I can't find the counters any more! =(

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PTI November blog hop - mitten

Hi everyone! While surfing around on Pinterest, I found a picture that inspired me and went wonderfully with the theme for this month's PTI blog hop of snow!

Mitten die is from A*Muse Studio and I cut out two pieces of canvas and then stitched them together using red DMC floss. Added a piece of red felt for the top of the mitten and then went to work on the snowflakes.

Using a bit of shimmer cardstock from PTI, I punched out the base snowflake using my large EK Success snowflake punch. I had the mirror layer snowflake in my stash for years that came pre-assembled as an embellishment. I just took it a part and added the small snowflake button (colored with Copic R29).

Added some fir branches (Poppy Stamps) and twigs (Memory Box) and the red berries that I swiped off of some garland that I had.

Added the sentiment from the Signature Christmas stamp set and then finished adding snow using liquid applique and my heat gun.  If I was to do this again, I would use felt for the body of the mitten. The canvas unraveled too much for my liking. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving with friends and family! Enjoy!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Let's be merry

Good morning! Here is my take on this weeks Fusion challenge. I was inspired by the silver tinsel and red in the photo and followed the sketch.

First of all, I saved this bag from Nordstrom's because I liked the silver shine to it and thought I'd recycle it. It came in handy for making the silver wreath. I used the fir dies from Poppy stamps to cut out enough to glue around a circle that I had drawn in pencil on the cardstock.

Red satin bow is tied using the Bow Easy and adhered onto the wreath using a glue dot. The red berries are plastic pony beads that I melted in the oven to create my own candy dots. There are several video's tutorials on this on You Tube. Now I have a plethora of different colored dots to play around with!

Cut out a banner using the smallest fishtail die from MFT and stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday in Wild Cherry pigment ink.

Card base is a pure poppy piece of cardstock from PTI.
ETA: also adding this into Less is More week 199 challenge of Jingle all the way/Christmassy. 

That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas hello

Hello there. Got to play around a bit this afternoon and colored up this cute digi for Christmas!

This cute pair fit well into this weeks Freshly Made Sketch.  

I have no idea where this digi stamp came from either! Yikes! It's in my Christmas folder which is filed under all my digital stamps.....If anyone recognizes this, please leave me a comment as to who it belongs to!

The buckle is from a box of hardware that I got from the former Angel Company. I had to paint it gold to match and it took a while to dry. But once it was, I threaded it through some black grosgrain ribbon that worked nicely with the width of the buckle. Red satin ribbon is used behind the main panel. 

Used a multi-dot embossing folder from Darice as texture in the back ground. Like that it looks like snow!

Picture below of the copic's used to color this cute pair, in addition I used E50 and YR00.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Perk up

Hello! Hope everyone is staying warm and safe during this ugly early winter we are having across the US!

Addicted to CAS code word this week is a sketch!
Here is what I did with it! Happy 2nd Birthday A2CAS!

Sentiment and die are from My Favorite Things. I used some shinny Christmas paper to cut out the cup holder just to be a bit festive! Inside of this card will be a gift card to you know which coffee place since I'm in Washington State. =)

Stitched rectangles are from Lil' Inker Designs. I layered them using my mini perfect layers tool in dark green. Satin red ribbon added in the back to keep with the Christmas color theme!

I photographed this tonight and just couldn't get it any lighter no matter what I did. So, sorry for the dark picture!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bare trees

Hello peeps! Theme this time around over at Less is More is "more than one tree" and here is what I did with it!

This is what the trees around here are looking like these days, with frost covering them as well. If you enlarge the picture you can see that I added some "frost" on the trees using a Stardust pen to mimic the layers of ice.

The tree stamp is from Memory Box and the Thank You sentiment is from Avery Elle. Palette ink in Jardin Moss, a piece of scrap paper and a dauber used to create the hills.  Added in some clouds and a bit of pink and yellow to create a bit of a sunset. Layered it with black so that it was more dramatic up against the white back ground.

This is also going into The Paper Players #222 clean and simple thank you challenge.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Get it in gear

Hey everyone! It's a chilly 28 degrees with the sun shining on a wonderful Saturday! Time to post what I came up with for this weeks Freshly Made Sketch.

I worked on it a bit last night and played around with several options and finally settled on this one.

Stamps are from Technique Tuesday that I just picked up from their retiring sale. Gears are stamped in versamark and then heat embossed using copper embossing powder. The white cardstock in back is embossed with the gear embossing folder that I've had in my stash forever and finally got to use. The little dots you see on it is over spray from another project. Ugh! I left it alone and went with it. 

Brass cardstock is from DCWV. I added some craft wire and then the gear to finish this off. That gear is actually from a set of embellishments that I picked up at Hobby Lobby a while ago. I did add a brad to the center of it to match everything else going on in the card.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, November 14, 2014


Hi everyone! I've been working on this Christmas tag for a couple of days and finally got it finished to post. I'm still not 100% satisfied with it, but it is what it is.

I saw that there is a mixed media tag challenge being held over at Stamping with Loll and this is what I came up with.

I started off with a chip board tag. Painted it a cream color then added some rock candy distress crackle paint. Once dry, I added some distress spray stain colors and using a paper towel rubbed it into the little cracks. Then added more distress colors around the edges to give it an old country look.

Memory box has this really nice fir tree branch die that includes two sizes that I used in the top left corner. The pine cone is made out of a rolled flower die. I just cut the size down a bit. (this is the part of the tag that I'm not too happy with) Christmas lights were purchased at Hobby Lobby and glued on after adding a bit of wire.

The Joy is a die from Savvy stamps. I cut it out of white cardstock and then sprayed it with antiqued brass spray distress stain. Layered it with a cut out of dark brown so that it would stand out a bit more. Lastly, added the plaid tie and finished it off with a bow using some baker twine.

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