Final christmas card - new stamp

I got this stamp last winter on sale, so decided to try it out making one final card. It is an Alesa Baker Design from Impression Obsession #F8489.  Fun colouring with Copics, although the tree needles were a bit picky. Cut out the image with a Spellbinders die and edged with Forest Moss distress ink.

I also added some tree needle diecuts (Martha Stewart punch) in the upper left corner, along with a ribbon bow, and stickles glitter for the snow on the greenery top right, window ledges, flower pots and star.

The ribbon banner is Spellbinders popped up with foam tape.The verse is an old stamp I've had for years.

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Little Gift Bag

This is a little gift bag which I made to give as a hostess gift for parties we attend and also one for my massage therapist containing a little jar of my homemade raspberry freezer jam. This past summer was one of the best crops I've had - 21 quarts of berries!

I cut the bag from my "Chic & Scary" Cricut cartridge at 5" (the base including the handles). Also added a snowflake diecut, stickles glitter, a snowflake rosette, and little cardinal diecut. I will place the jam jar in a clear cello bag tied with red Maya Road cording, then into the gift bag.


A few more ...

I finished up these last week (a new santa/reindeer die and another take on the reindeer card). Even though there are layers with diecuts, these two are not too "fat" for posting. I have always thought the reindeer die by Tim Holtz looked sort of odd with three legs. So I cut an additional one, just the leg part, and glued it underneath at the deer's shoulder area. All the cards are out in the mail now. Phew....glad that's done, but I enjoyed every minute.

Now this week I can concentrate on baking my shortbread cookies, each with a little rosette of pink or green frosting,  which my daughter always asks for each year. She says it reminds her of going to her grandmother's house for the holidays (my husband's mom who passed more than 23 years ago). Nanny Grant must have made dozens because the cookie tin never seemed to empty!

Dec. 14/14

Brother's Christmas Card

Quick masculine Christmas card for my brother I finished last night.

New stamp by Indigo Blue embossed with Zing Copper ep ; deer die by Dee's Dinstinctively, antlers covered with copper stickles; little copper tree brad; and Maya Road glitter  cording. Glitter deer paper is from my stash that I'm finally using

Dec. 1, 2014

Christmas card

This card is for my sister who loves figure skating and vintage photos (the little image of girl with the fur muff on the silver glitter snowflake). Thankfully she lives away and isn't aware of my blog so it will be a surprise.

Dec 1, 2014

More Christmas Cards

A few more cards I finished. I have 12 ready now!



Christmas cards

Here's another finished card. It took a while for me to get inspired, especially since I try with Christmas cards to not add too many layers or embellies due to the high cost of mailing.  Clean and simple is not easy for me to do!

The stamp is by Just Rite "Christmas Labels 20" cut out with the coordinating Spellbinders die, embossed with Zing gold glitter ep and PSX Red Tinsel ep. The poinsettia die is by #861 "Blooming Poinsettia". Paper is Authentic sponged on the edge with TH Forest Moss distress ink.

I did two of these cards and may possibly do a couple more as they made up in a relatively short time.
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Inspiration Journal Happy Holidays

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Nov. 28/14

Christmas cards

Well it's been such a long time since I posted, in fact last April! I hardly stamped at all during the summer except a birthday card for my friend Marilyn. It was so close to her special day and in the rush to get to the post office I forgot to take a pic of the card.

Now it's Christmas and I have started my cards to friends and family.

Here's a tag I did today using a new die set of carrollers
Impression Obsession DIE221-H. I really like these dies, they are less expensive than some other companies and cut cleanly.

I cut out the lamp post from a Flower Soft topper, added the red gingham ribbon, silk holly leaves and glitter berries. Added a bit of yellow stickles glitter to the lamp bulb. The background is an embossed brick folder and I used Tim Holtz distressed inks to color the brick- aged mahogany,  brick red, brushed corduroy, and tea dye. The top icicles and bottom snow are covered with German Glass glitter. It is actual bits, shards of glass and you have to be careful handling it; however once the glue has dried around the glitter, it is not sharp on the finished project. I love the frosty look of it!

The tag is by Just Rite -"Antique Christmas Tags One" covered with "Wow" glitter gold embossing powder, red embossing powder, and Shabby Shutters distress ink . It is cut out with the coordinating Just Rite die "Antique Tags One". Red sheer ribbon at the top completed the tag.

I am entering this in the folowing challenge:


Nov. 26, 2014

Tim's Tag for April, 2014

I started this the day after Tim published his April tag and got most of it done; that is, except for the pinecone die roses. I have tried twice to create them and gave up! So this morning I made a tattered flower and added it to the bottom of the tag, along with a leafy flourish, and locket at the top.

I didn't have the strip die Tim used and had to improvise. I found a design on the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge, placed 8 of them on the screen and "welded" to create a lattice pattern. Then cut it from grungeboard and followed the rest of the technique. Silver Mirror cardstock was used in place of the Tim's Mirror sheets.

April 10, 2014

Tim's Tag March 2014

I really like Tim's tag for March - it is pretty, a nice change from steampunk. As usual I had to improvise as I didn't have the large feather and bird nest stamps, so I chose to do a butterfly, bee and foliage theme.  Can't say that I'm a fan of the "smudged stamping" technique, but it was something new to learn! I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Tag it!

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-Butterfly stamp Martha Stewart clear acrylic
-Bee stamp by Crafty Secrets Clear Art
-Bug trail dots by savystamps
-Astible #3872H Penny Black
- Figure and Plate stamps by 7Gypsies "Steampunk"
-Chicken wire stencil by Clear Scraps
-Tim Holtz tissue tape
-Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge,
  Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain distress inks
-Tim Holtz Type Key embellishment - I cut a dream word with a 1/2" punch and mounted inside the circle
-Gold thread Hemp twine, gold sheer ribbon

March 5/2014

Simon Says Challenge - Tag it