Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #120

Lawnscaping Challenge #120  is Merry Christmas! I love this theme. I did make this card after Christmas, I guess I have a head start on next year! :)

I have wanted to make a simple and clean card for awhile and decided this challenge was going to be the time to do it.  It was hard for me not to add embellishments, soooo hard. :) I stamped the image from Lawn Fawn's Winter Park and the sentiment from Happy Everything. I masked the image and used distress ink to blend the background. I added Wink of Stella on the image and stenciled some snowflakes using white embossing paste.  I do like the way this turned out. :)

Thanks for coming by, see you soon.

Supplies Used: Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed.  Stencil: SSS Falling Snow.

Paper Smooches December Challenge-Flowers

I love flowers so, of course, I had to enter this challenge. Paper Smooches December Challenge-Flowers.

I wanted to do a watercolor and choose Paper Smooches Lovely Flowers stamp set for the images on this card.

I heat embossed the flower images in white on water color paper.  I painted with distress inks.  The sentiment is heat embossed in white on black card stock and I added a couple of enamel dots.  I used an oval die to die cut the frame and placed it over the card base. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies: Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass.  SSS Oval Stitched Dies.

Monday, December 21, 2015

It Has Been Awhile....

I know it has been awhile since I last posted, but the holidays have kept me busy.  I thought I would show you a few cards I made for Christmas that I send to friends and relatives.  I try to make a unique card for each person and that is time consuming. :)  Also I am posting some pics of the gifts that I made for friends and family.

 This stamp is  Frostier from Stamping Bella, that I adore.  It is colored in copics and I cut an oval with SSS Stitched Oval dies from patterned paper and laid it over the image.  The sentiment is from SSS Holiday Labels, embossed on vellum with Ranger Platinum embossing powder. This is being entered into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
 I used a Memory Box die for the 'merry' in patterned paper.  The trees are from SSS Be Joyful stamp set, stamped and fussy cut.  The snow slopes are Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders. The sentiment is SSS Essential Greetings embossed in white on black cardstock.

The die is SSS Village.  I blended the background with distress inks and used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders for the hills.  I popped up the buildings in the forefront with foam dots.  The sentiment is from SSS's Holiday Labels, which is embossed on vellum in Ranger Platinum. I die cut the front with SSS Oval Stitched dies.  I added a small snowflake from Paper Smooches diecut from patterned paper. Lastly I added a few sequins to the sky. This is being entered into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Also I worked on these projects:

Made 3 of these trees as gifts.  My husband made the trees, I painted and I decorated with jingle bells and Kelly Purkey stickers.  The bases are small flower pots painted in blackboard paint and decorated with hand drawn stars in Sharpie paint pens. 
These are made from tin cookie cutters, you can use any shape really.  I cut patterned paper and glued to the back and added embellishments inside the cutter.  These turned out so cute, I made to give to friends and family.
These are Gift Card holders I made from A1 envelopes.  The tutorial is online at: 
The tutorial is for an A2 envelope, but you can adjust measurements for the A1 envelope.  I liked this size better.
I made like 12 of these mugs for family and friends.  I bought the mugs online and then realized I needed more and bought some from Target.  The stencil is self adhesive and I painted with enamel paint.  Very easy and I love how they came out.

So back to making cookies, wrapping gifts and getting ready for my Christmas Eve party.  Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Entering card into: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #118

Lawnscaping Challenge #118  In With The Old.  

I made this card to send to a family member for Thanksgiving and decided to enter it into this challenge. 

I used burlap on this card, I thought it looked really good with all the leaves, I don't use burlap on my cards usually.   The sentiment is an old wooden stamp and I don't know the manufacturer, it is  heat embossed in brown on vellum.   The leaves are die cut from patterned paper. It is all on brown card stock.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great Thanksgiving!

Supplies Used: Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves Die

Friday, November 20, 2015

OCC Day 11 - 1 Stamp 5 Ways

Today's lesson featured a  stamp set by Tim Holtz  Scribbly Christmas Trees, which is a really great stamp set, but I didn't have it. :(  So I tried another Soft and Subtle card with a little shine thrown in.

I stamped the cardinal image and colored him with water color pencils. I die cut an oval panel on the front of the card and put the cardinal behind.   I added some gold washi tape on the side of the card and I gold embossed the sentiment.   I added some gold enamel dots and a couple of red ones (because the white space was bothering me) :/.   I hope you like. 

Thanks for coming by.

Supplies Used: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Oval Dies.  Power Poppy Cozy Cupfuls (sentiment) Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

OCC Day 9-Soft and Subtle

Today's lesson was about creating cards that are eye catching but not because of glitz but because they are subtle.  I do like this style the most,  it encompasses more of my style (or what I would like my style to be.  lol)  I was having internet issues all day, they were finally fixed about 20 minutes ago. Whew!

I water colored the image on TH water color card stock.  After water coloring I did add clear Wink of Stella to the bulbs and bow.  I also added glossy accents to the bulbs.  This photo is kind of dark, but I wasn't able to take another one that was any better :(  The sentiment is heat embossed. 

See you soon

Supplies used: Poppy Power stamp sets Cozy Cupfuls and Bottlebrush Holiday.   Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

OCC Holiday Style-Day 7

I was babysitting my granddaughter yesterday so this is the first time I have been able to view the lesson and make a card.  This class was all about Shimmer and Shine.  Now I am not normally someone you puts a lot of glam on my cards, but I do like the look.  After watching this lesson I think I will try to add more to my cards in the future.  This is my card.
I used a dot stencil to add white ink to the kraft card stock and then I moved it slightly and applied Versamark and gold embossing powder.  I used a die cut for the trees and heat set with red embossing glitter.  I die cut 'merry christmas'  4 times and glued them on top of one another to get some dimension and added a red gem for the 'i' in Christmas.  The picture doesn't do it justice the gold is  bright and the red trees look really sparkly.

Thanks for coming by.

Supplies used: Ranger Gold Embossing powder and WOW Embossing glitter.  Heidi Swapp Dot stencil. Memory box die (trees) and SSS Deco Trees die (sentiment), SSS Stitched Rectangles dies

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paper Smooches November 2015 Blog Challenge

Paper Smooches November 2015 Challenge is GOLD.  

I just recently have started to really like gold on my cards, so I went for it.

I heat embossed the frame with gold, also the sentiment and stars.  Seriously this was an easy card to do, I think it took less than 1/2 hour. The gold looks fantastic on the blue card stock.  I did some minor surgery for the frame. It is MFT's Wonky Peekaboo Window, but I cut it so it was a frame, and not a window. ;)

Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

Supplies Used: Paper Smooches Holy Holiday (sentiment) and Swanky Snowdudes (snowflake) stamp sets, MFT Wondky Peekaboo Window,  Ranger Gold embossing powder.

Friday, November 13, 2015

OCC Holiday Style-Day 5 Cute and Whimsical

For today's lesson the instructors demonstrated a variety of cute and whimsical cards.  I have always loved Purple Onion Design's images and these were all designed by Stacey Yakula. They are so cute and whimsical so, of course, I had to make a card using those stamps.

First I stamped the trees in the background, masked them, and then blended in the background with distress ink.   The trees, snowman, birds and sign were colored with Copics.  I die cut snow hills and placed them on the card front, so the trees appeared in the background. The images were fussy cut and mounted on foam squares.   I heat embossed the sentiment in black on the sign.  I tried just stamping but it wasn't dark enough.  I added clear Wink of Stella to the bird and to the snowman's accessories.  The snow is a Marvy Snow Pen, which I dotted all over the background.  I put some on the snowman's hat pom pom to make it look fluffy.  :) I also added a little white gel pen to the trees so they would look snowy.

Don't you love these images?  I love using them on cards.

It is very overcast today so my picture has some shadows, I hope you can see it well enough.

See you soon!

Supplies Used: TH Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Purple Onion Stamps by Stacy Yakula: 2 Forests, Sign, Silver and Winterberry.  Lawn Fawn Hillside Borders, Marvy Snow Pen.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

OCC Holiday Style-Day 3-Classic and Elegant

This Online Card Class is a little different than in the past.  Lessons are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The lesson today was a CAS design with a little bling added to give it some elegance.  I liked Kristina Werner's card, it was a take on an old Victorian card, it was lovely.  I wanted to attempt a version.   

The clouds were in an out today so I tried to get a picture that showed off the gold on this card.  I stamped the wreath image in green ink and then heat embossed the berries on the wreath in gold.  I also gold embossed the sentiment and the edge of the card.  I blended distress ink around the edges and onto the card.  I used a Versamark embossing marker around the edge, and then heat embossed with gold.  I like the way this turned out and I like the touches of gold, it isn't too over the top (for me).  :)

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.

Supplies Used: Stamps: Wplus9 Woodland Wreaths, Hero Arts Lowercase Greetings. Distress Inks: TH Shabby Shutters and Old Paper.  Ranger Embossing Powder Gold Fine

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Online Card Class-Holiday Style-Day 1

Yesterday was actually the first day of class, but I was super busy and just got to the class today.  The theme of the class is Clean and Simple, which I love and gravitate to most of the time.  The instructors demonstrated some beautiful cards, but the example done by Laurie Willison really caught my eye.

This is how I interpreted her card.

I created the blue background by blending distress ink on the bottom third of the card.  I die cut snowflakes and heat embossed them.  Added the sentiment and some snow.  This card could not be easier to mass produce. It took very little time and can be changed up any way you want, by adding different background colors, die cuts and sentiments. 

Thanks for coming by and I'll be back soon.

Supplies: Sentiment stamp-Papertrey Ink 'Tis the Season, Die Cut: Paper Smooches Snowflakes, Broken China Distress Ink, Ranger Platinum Embossing powder, Marvy Snow Pen.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


I am making Thanksgiving cards right and left and decided I would enter one in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

They are featuring their products this week.

I heat embossed the image in gold embossing powder on black card stock. I masked some of the images to get this scene.    I painted it with Mica water colors.(Sandy Allnock did this technique a couple of weeks ago and I loved it!)  The background is a leaf block stamp.  I have to say using my Misti has helped SO much when doing background images, no more trying to guess where to put the stamp if you missed a spot when stamping.  Yay!  The sentiment is also gold heat embossed.  I first tried vellum for the sentiment but it didn't show up well enough.  I hope you like, I wish the photo showed off the gold and the mica water colors better, *sigh*.

Thanks for coming by and I hope to be back soon.

Supplies: Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Apple of My Pie, Autumn Blessings, Leaves Background. Ranger Fine Gold Embossing powder, USArt Mica Watercolor.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge No. 117

The theme for Lawnscaping Challenge No. 117 is Thinking of You.

I love  Lawn Fawn's  Into the Woods.  I have used it for cards, baby invitations and thank you's.  It is very versatile. When I looked at the set I saw the little acorn and this design came to mind. 

At first this wasn't going to be a shaker card but when I started to assemble it, it went that way, you know what I mean?  :) I wate rcolored the images with Distress Markers.   I didn't put a lot of sequins in, I tried it with more but it hid the images too much. I heat embossed the sentiment and images with white embossing powder.  I like the way this came out and will be sending it to my grandson. 

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon.

Supplies: Stamps: Lawn Fawn Into The Woods, Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks, Die Cuts and Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Final Challenge

This will be Paper Smooches SPARKS final blog challenge.  It is a Designer Drafts challenge.

I am trying to post this in between answering the door for trick or treater's.

I wanted to make a scene of the Christmas tree being decorated, you know hauling all the decorations from storage and sorting through them.  This was never an organized event when the kids were little, I really don't know how the tree got decorated at all! :)

The Paper Smooches stamp sets I used on this card were Holly Jolly, Winter Groves and Green Thumb.  I used the seed packet in Green Thumb to make the box for the 'christmas decorations' and the sentiment is from Holly Jolly, the rest of the images were mostly from Winter Groves.  I distressed the blocks and adhered them to the card front.  I Copic colored the decorations and used glossy accents to make them shine.  The garland is heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  

I hope you like and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Oct 18-24

This is actually the next to last challenge for Paper Smooches SPARKS blog.  It is sad. :(  I have really enjoyed these challenges because I love Paper Smooches products so much.  I think I read that they may have another challenge blog for Paper Smooches but I don't have any details, but I hope it happens!!  This challenge is Anything Goes, which is one of my favorite challenges because you can really do anything!  HA

I wanted to make a holiday card and this is what came to mind.

There is no stamping on this card!  All of the images are die cuts, using Paper Smooches Ornaments and Christmas Words 2 dies.  After die cutting the ornament I colored it with Copics, and covered it with Wink of Stella and glossy accents.  The top of the ornament (I'm not sure what that is called) is heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.  The sentiment is heat embossed with glitter embossing powder, and I used a colored gem to dot the i. The holly leaves and berries are Copic colored and I coated the berries with red Stickles. This is amazingly shiny IRL, I wish the photo showed it more. This took a little time because of the drying time involved, but I really like the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies: Dies: Paper Smooches Ornaments and Christmas Word Dies 2. Embossing Powder: Ranger Platinum embossing powder and Ranger Red Glitter embossing powder.

Going to enter this into:Freshly Made Sketches #209

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #145

This week's challenge on CAS(E) this Sketch  features this sketch.

Great sketch, huh??

This is what I made.

The snowflakes are die cut and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I also heat embossed the sentiment on the front panel. 

Thanks for stopping by, see 'ya soon.

Supplies:  Paper Smooches Snowflake Wise dies, Ranger Platinum Embossing powder, Papertrey Ink 'Tis the Season Sentiment Stamps.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches # 208

This week's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge features this sketch.

This is how I interpreted the sketch on my card.

I created a background on water color paper using distress inks, and die cut it. I also splattered it with water and with more distress ink.    I die cut the frames from vellum and used distress ink to color them.  I don't know why I never thought to do this before not only do I like the look but it helps to hide the adhesive used to attach it to the card front.  I used Kool Tak and I can't see it at all. Yay!! I colored all the images with Copics and attached with foam squares.

Thanks for coming by, I'll be back soon.

Supplies: Ranger Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass (background), Stormy Sky (frames).  Stamps: Paper Smooches Green Thumb (watercan), Technique Tuesday Grow Happy (flower), Altenew Sketchy Cities America (sentiment).Dies: Sizzix Scalloped Frame, SSS Stiched Frames.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Oct. 11-17

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge this week is a Picture Perfect Challenge.

I really liked the colors in this picture but went in a totally different direction. :)  This is what I decided to make.

I used distress inks to blend the background.  The 'moon' is a diecut circle and inked with distress inks.  The bats were die cut and colored with Copics.  I added Wink of Stella Clear to all of the images, and I think you can actually see it a bit. :)  The sentiment is heat embossed in white.  I really liked the way this turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon.

Supplies:Paper Smooches Halloween Icons dies (bats), Ranger Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky (sky), Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey (moon), Hero Arts Embossing Powder, Copics: C4,C7.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #144

CAS(E) this Sketch #144 features this sketch this week.

When I saw the sketch I immediately got an idea for a design, this is what I did.

The trick now was finding the candle image.  Every image I had was a little too big, until I found this one tucked away on a stamp set from Hero Arts.  I stamped the image in different color inks and then used gold ink for the flames.  The sentiment is heat embossed with gold embossing powder and mounted on a black strip.  The frame is die cut with a stitched die cut, as is the front panel.  I was so happy that I could take this picture in direct light, we treasure our sunny days in  NE Ohio!!

Thanks for coming by and I am off to make cookies for my granddaughter's birthday party tomorrow.  See ya soon.

Supplies: Hero Arts stamp (images), Papertrey Ink stamp (sentiment)Momento Inks, Neenah cardstock, Ranger Gold embossing powder, DewDrop Brilliance ink, SSS Stitched Frames diecut.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Oct. 4-10

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge is Anything Goes this week.

The idea for this card came to me in a dream.  This isn't the first time I've dreamed about a card design. :)

I heat embossed the image and sentiment with gold embossing powder and then colored with pencils.    I die cut the kraft cardstock panel and then mounted it on fun foam to give it dimension and attached it to the card front.  This did turn out a  lot like my dream, and I enjoyed making it :)

Thanks for coming by and have a great day........

Supplies Stamps: Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds and Lovely Thoughts, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Faber Castell colored pencils, SSS postage stamp dies.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #114

Lawnscaping Challenge #114 is a One-Layer Challenge. 

The theme was also Fall or Christmas.  I recently got the Lawn Fawn set Toboggan Together, it is so cute!  When I saw the cute penguins in the set I knew I had to make something with them.

 First I colored the images with copics and then masked them. Then using Tumbled Glass distress ink, I inked the background.  I used a Marvy Snow Pen on the background, to add the snow, for a little dimension,  I just love that they look like they are having a snowball fight, but one penguin has a big advantage with the big pile of snowballs! I know exactly who I will send this card to!

Thanks for coming by, be back soon!

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge 9/27-10/3

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge this week is a Designer Drafts Challenge.

This is what I did with the sketch:

I die cut the spider web from vellum with Paper Smooches Halloween Icons. The BOO and the spiders are also from the same die set. The candy corn is from PS Ghoul Friends, colored with copics and cut out.

Sooo my husband pointed out (as husbands do!) that spider webs only have one spider.  Well, I just told him that they were there to attend a Halloween party, hence the candy corn! Lol  Also there is Wink of Stella on everything, BUT it doesn't show up in the photo but it sure looks good IRL. 

Thanks for coming by and I'll be back soon.....