Saturday, February 15, 2020

52 CCT February Theme Challenge

Ahhhhhh's winter...wind is blowing snow everywhere....the air is cold and for me...there is nothing like a good cup of hot cocoa with marshmallow floating on top!  
Since I it is my turn to pick the challenges this month, I chose cocoa for the theme challenge at 52CCT.  It is anything cocoa (or some call it hot chocolate) so bring out whatever you have that will show cocoa. 

This image is from Sassy Cheryl's called "Warm Winter Cocoa".  I was on vacation recently and brought only a few images and colored pencils.  I had some extra time and colored this image with Prismacolor Premier Pencils.  Unfortunately, I did not write down the colors I used.  I have dabbled very little using pencils to color with so that is why I took them with me on vacation.  I need practice!
When I got home, I fussy cut the image out.  
The fireplace was just a free line image online.  Printed it out and colored it with markers.  
I also used my computer to print out the words on the background after I had the fireplace done.  

Here is a trick I have used for years to get the words to print out on my background where I want them.  

I always use Microsoft word to print the words out onto computer paper where I would want them on a card.  I ran my Scotch Tape Glider along the top of my colored fireplace cardstock.  Just along the top of the cardstock to tack it down. I held the computer paper up to the window and placed the cardstock over it.  In the light I can see my words on the computer paper shine through the cardstock.  Once I had the words positioned where I want them to print out, I stuck the top of the cardstock down onto the computer paper.  I put my computer paper back through the printer and reprinted the words but this time they printed out onto my fireplace cardstock.  Gently removed the cardstock, add more glue or tape to the back of the cardstock and it was ready to stick down onto my card base.

That is it for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Hope to see you over at 52CCT!


Saturday, February 8, 2020

52 CCT February Color Challenge

This week at 52CCT it is a Monochromatic color challenge..using only 3 blues.  White is allowed but no other colors.
I chose the blues because it reminds me of snow, cold, ice and winter.  

My card looks like it it was stamped in black but actually it is a navy color.  I went online to search Stampin Up blue colors to make my card and these are the three blue colors I chose and used on my card...

Many consider a monochromatic card to be boring but in some cases it just works well.

Come show us your creation and check out the other Design Team members work while you are there.  


Stamp by Fun Stampers Journey "Stay Wild"
Stampin Up ink
Gelly Roll Clear Pen and Signo white pen for snow
Navy ribbon
Circle punch to mask the moon
Sponges to sponge the color on the card
My Favorite Rectangle In and Out die
Navy and White Cardstock

Saturday, February 1, 2020

52 CCT February Sketch Challenge

It February and that means a new Design Team member will post the challenges.  Guess what?  It's my turn to post challenges!  I have the whole month.  
As you know, it starts out with a sketch.

I knew in my head what I wanted to do and the hard part was figuring out what I wanted for the figures.  Here is what I came up with...

and here is the sketch...

The cute Santa Elves are from My Favorite Things and the set is called "Santa's Elves.  I also used their in and out die to cut out the square holes.  I love the fact that their in and out dies cuts the stitch on the outside of the hole and on the piece that is cut out.  

Hope you join the Design Team and myself over at  Check out everyone's creations and visit their blogs.
See you over there!!

Copic colors:R37, R56, R89, E27, E00, E02, E1, RV42, G05
Starform Stickers Glitter Green/Gold stickers
WoodStone Collect Christmas Paper Ribbon Border stickers
White and Cranberry cardstock
Reminisce Snowflake Ridge paper set-grey snowflake paper

Saturday, January 25, 2020

52 CCT January Technique Challenge

You probably already know you can emboss a cutting die by using an embossing rubber mat but did you know you could also stamp with your dies?  I did not so I was excited to try this out.
Check out this video to see how.

I stamped my dies with VersaMark and embossed with Stampin' Up copper embossing powder.  I used water colors to color the images and the background.

The evergreens along the top came from a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Beautiful Baubles Die" set.  The sentiment came from Recollections clear stamp set "Christmas Phrases #605740".  It was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with the copper.  I also used a VersaMark Pen and placed blobs all over so I could emboss with the copper embossing powder.

I used a tool on the back of the image to rub and make each of them pop up off the background. To make them be a bit 3D.  To keep it from flattening down during mailing I added a dimensional silicone glue on the back of each.  I tried to get a good photo on the 3D baubles but I just could not capture a good photo!

Check out the designs team's creations at 52 CCT and then give it a try.  It is not hard at all and it will give you another avenue with your dies!


Friday, January 24, 2020

ABC Christmas Challenge A or B

I decided to once in a while join in on a few other Christmas Challenges out there to help motivate me.  I want to continue creating Christmas cards throughout the year to beat the rush at the end of the year.  I had time today to join in with the ABC Christmas Challenge.  The challenges are based on one or more letters of the alphabet.  This month it is "A" is for Anything and "B" is for Bingo

Here is my "B" card.  I went with diagonal Ribbon, Christmas Sentiment and Die cut. My colorful background was extra from my card I created-->here.    The die is an EK snowflake punch and it was punched from a Recollections "Miss Claus" Christmas Paper Pak.  The sentiment across the top is a free stamp from a magazine (which I seem to have misplaced!).

Another card for my Christmas stash.  
I am submitting this card to the ABC Christmas Challenge.


Saturday, January 18, 2020

52 CCT January Theme Challenge

All about gifts this week at 52CCT!  Colored up this image, created the background out of watercolors and grabbed left-over trees from my stash.  For the headlights shine, I used a highlighter marker and spread it out with a water pen.  It worked!  No Rudolph needed here.  Santa's become a bit more modern, but whatever it takes to get those gifts delivered...he will take it.

Thank you for stopping by.  Now it is your turn!


Copics R29, R37, R59, R89, BG13, BG18, B0000, N1, C00, C5, C7, E000, E00, E11, Y15, Y26
Highlighter marker
Make It Crafty Digital Images Dashing Santa
Ranger Ink glossy accents

Water color Artist's Loft Cobalt Blue, Watercolor Arteza Brush Pens Artic blue and Royal Blue
Nuvo Crystal Drops Glossy Simply White
Left over trees from stash

Saturday, January 11, 2020

52 CCT January Color Challenge

Andreja at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown has the all the January challenges this month.  Whew!  She sure did pick out a hard challenge for me but I was up for a challenge.

Yellow, white and brown are not your normal Christmas colors at all but I did it!

This is a die from Spellbinders called Joy.  The lettering J-O-Y was cut from a background I had left over from long ago.  It was stamped with evergreens in two brown colors and embossed with evergreen folder.  It sure looks like the mat is a very dark brown but it is lighter in color.

Are you up for this challenge?

If so, head on over and leave your link to your site and if you need some crafting samples, check out the other designers creation.


Saturday, January 4, 2020

52 CCT January Sketch Challenge

 Good morning and Welcome to the first Challenge of the new year!
Did anyone make a New Years Revolution?  Mine will be repeated from last year and it is to actually work on Christmas cards each week.  I accomplished it last year and the stress level to get them done was gone!
If you do one card a week, you will have 52 Christmas cards done.  
Come join with us.  Have some fun. 

 Each week the challenges will be different but the pattern all year will be as follows...
week 1:  sketch challenge
week 2:  colors challenge
week 3:  theme challenge
                  week 4:  stash or technique challenge
Follow along each week to find out what each challenge will be.  You will have one week to accomplish the challenge.  

Today is our first 2020 challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Week one of the month is always a sketch.  Just a reminder, you can flip that sketch anyway you want to...upside down, sideways or you can do like I did for this sketch.  I left the sketch as is and used that as my inspiration.  

My background was created with alcohol inks and some Deco foil.  I love this technique because you can get some very interesting backgrounds.  The foil is pressed on top before the ink completely dries and when you lift it off some of the foil stays behind where the ink was still tacky. It gives you a marbling affect.  If you try this technique, do not use the heat foil as it will work.

Now it is your turn.  Here is the sketch for you to flip and turn however you want.  

You have one week to "get er done".  Post it on your blog, instagram or where ever you can and then head over to and share the link.

Have a great crafty day!

Gold cardstock
Tim Holtz Yuppo Paper
Gold thread
Left over black frilly ribbon
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks 
Gold Deco Foil
Golden Rod Stickles
Sizzix Layered Poinsettia Die
Inkadinkado Calligraphy Expressions Rubber Stamp Set
White Cardstock Base

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Thank You Deer

My husband has been very involved in fund raiser since about 2003 for a disease called PSP.  PSP is a short name for "Progressive Supranuclear Palsy" which is an uncommon brain disorder that affects movement, control of walking, balance, speech, swallowing, vision and thinking.  
He needed a thank you card because someone gave a donation of $5,0000 toward their big walk that is coming up in a couple of months.  With a donation that size, he wanted to recognize now with a thank you and not wait until after the walk.  It just has the word "everything" stamped inside and with a lot of blank space so he could write a special message.

I love the Simon Says Frame dies.  Both the image and the navy background was cut using it. The card is just one flat layer.  I just replaced parts like a puzzle onto the white cardstock base and threw away the extra pieces.  I love how the die cuts that thin layer out of the image so I could replace it with the navy on the outside.  Just brings it all together.

Thank you for stopping by.


Copic Colors #E19, E31, E13, B000, B28, B05
Simon Says Frames Dies
Stampin Up In the Meadow stamps
White and Navy Cardstock
Air Brushing
Post it Note
Stamping Up Circle Punch 1 1/4

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Boss's Christmas Explosion Box

(2nd post today so make sure to see the post prior)
I wanted to share a gift card explosion box I made for my Boss a few weeks ago.  It was to house a gift card the whole Team gave him for Christmas and it was given to him at our Christmas Party.  
An explosion box card, is made from sheets of cardstock that nest inside each other.  It looks like a regular gift box and when you lift the box top off, the sides drop down which causes the layer(s) to explode (drop down) to reveal whatever is on the inside. 

 I have done a couple of explosion boxes which you can see here Birthday Butterfly box and here Mickey & Minnie box.  

The inside of this box had a beach scene because the gift card was to a place where there are beaches to enjoy.

Two of the sides had snowflakes because it was a Christmas gift.  The other two sides continued from the middle with sand and ocean.

On one side of the beach scene was actually a gift card holder.  I used a card of mine to show where the gift card would go for the photo.  After my boss checked out the box he thanked us for the "gift" and started to put it back into the form of a box.  He never saw the gift card.  The funny thing is the gift card had a beach scene on it and it was the exact same color as the beach scene on the box...same blue and same sand color.  We had to stop him to point it out to him!  I had made the gift box before we got the gift card and we were all pleased it was a perfect match!

This is what it looked like with the whole box laid flat.  I had made myself a Christmas tree stencil and cut the trees out by hand.

There are many instructions and you-tube directions out there to learn how to do this so I will not go over it again however I did want to give you my dimensions.

Box is a 12" x 12" cardstock scored at 4" and 8"
turn the cardstock to score again.  
You will end up with 9 boxes.
On the 4 corners I used a Christmas tree pattern drawn by hand.  
Box top was cut at 6 3/4 square and scored 1 1/4 all the way around.

These boxes are so pretty but can be time consuming... depending on what you create on the inside.  Some put several layers on the inside but each layer is a little smaller than the layer below it.  

Well, today is New Years Eve so Happy New Year! 
I want to thank everyone who visited my blog in 2019. 
 Hope I was able to inspire you someway or somehow!
Be safe everyone and have a Happy New Year. 
 See you in 2020!!


Tattered Lace Christmas Snowflake Frame die
Memory Box Frostyville Die
Impression Obsession Die #DIE078-F
My Favorite Things Stylish Snowflake Die
EK Snowflake punch
Copic Sea #B01, B04 and B06 was Air Brushed
Sea caps was drawn with white gel pen
Beach Scene was a kit that came with everything in the middle of the box

Old Timer Slider Birthday Card

Recently one of my co-workers had a birthday.  She was always mentioning how old she was (insert rolling of my eyes since I am about double her age lol).  She also can take a good joke so I made a slider card for her and it was all about being old.  The digital image is from Polkadoodles and is the 2nd time I have used her.  I just love that old lady image. 

When she pulls the tag to the right, both sides slide out with messages about being old.

It has been a long time since I have made a slider card so where do you go when you need help?  You-tube!  In my search on instructions, I came across a video that showed how to make a stand for the slider card.  That was the best invention because the prior slider cards I made had to be propped up to show.  I have links below on the 2 you-tube video's I used to make the card. 

It could now be stood up with all her other cards.

She did get a kick out of the card.  

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you get to have some fun crafting today!


Double Slider Card

My Favorite Things Inside Outside Stitched Rectangle Die
Craft Smith 12 x 12 Paper Pad Seafoam Greens
Wshite Cardstock
Polkadoodle Scratch It Digital Images and verses
Copic Colors #BG10, BG13, BG18, T4, RV55, RV66, Y13, Y17, E00, E13
Gellyroll Green Star Pen
Stampin Up Sizzix folder for background
Stampin Up Paper Shaper Round Tab Punch Whale Tale Style (retired)

Monday, December 30, 2019

Nursing Home Watercolor Christmas Class

I was asked if I would go over to a local nursing home at the end of November and have a little class with a small group as an activity.  I had made a watercolor card (can be seen here --> Nov Technique) and thought it would be fun to do with the group. I wanted to share the end result with you.  I had all the supplies cut and ready for them.  I also printed out some examples of the Northern Lights.  
As it turns out...I didn't need examples!  This group had so much fun making their backgrounds and they did it their way!  I had an amazing time helping them create their masterpiece.

Watching these 80-90 year old creating their cards and having so much fun was such a joy. They did not care if the glue got on the edge and you could see it.  They did not care if their frame was a little crooked.  They did not care if they got ink fingerprints on the edge.  They had fun.  Some comments and questions I heard them say was....
"How do you give away your cards after you are done?" 
"I am going to get a frame and hang it up!"
"This was so much fun!"
"I have to really think about the special person to get my card."

It brought me down a level and reminded me to Just-Have-Fun.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Last cards for 2019!
Made for my co-workers.

Hope Santa brought you lots of crafting goodies.
Enjoy your day!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Woodland Christmas Scene

Do you ever find, at the last minute, you need to get a few more Christmas cards done that you did not plan on doing?  Maybe a few quick thank you cards?  Here is an idea for a quick card that is perfect for those moments.

All you need 2 colors of black and one blue. Also a sponge for the blue ink.  
You will need some type of scenic stamp and a sentiment.   
A round punch and a piece of post-it note to mask the moon so you can ink the blue around it with the sponge.
You can use a white gel pen, a glitter pen or stickle to add snow on the trees or along the hills.  You could also color in the evergreens or just keep it simple and plain.
 With a Misty or Tim Holtz tool, you could create several cards very quickly.
My Misty came in handy as it was easy to make a bunch thank you cards for after the holiday.  

Beginning of this week, I was able to mail off all my cards.  Now I just need to finish up a few that I have to hand out this week.  Just in time as Christmas is next week!!!  


Monday, December 9, 2019

Cutout Snowflake Scenic Card

Such a pretty card!  I thought this would be easy but it took me forrrrrever!  
 It was fun however and I was very pleased with the results.  I made the scene behind the snowflake bigger than I needed so I was able to cut the words Joy out of the left overs to match the background.  The reindeer crossing on the ice was a nice touch.  

Here is the video I followed to make it...

How is the card making going?


Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Words: Script thinlit die
Hero Arts Winter Animals Stamp
Stampin Up Beautiful Blizzard Stamp
Stampin Up Festive Flurry Die and Stamp
Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass, Frayed Burlap
Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers
VersaMark Dazzle Frost Ink pad
Memento Tuxedo Black
Versafine  Onyx Black
Signo White Pen
Gelly Roll Sparkle Pen

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Moose Inside Shadow Pop Up Box

I have a niece who is in the service and she loves Moose as much as I do. She just returned back from overseas so I made her a special Christmas card.

It is a pop up box card and lays flat for mailing.  The wow part is when you open it.  
The 3 layer Moose scene pops up.  

I know she will love this card...

The best tutorial I found to make this fold was a youtube here.....

Thank you

Sizzix Tim Holtz Merry Moose Die Set
Sizzix Tim Holtz Merry Christmas Die Set
My Favorite Things Inside and Out Stitched Rectangle
IO DIEI54-A Bird Group
Memory Box Frostyville Border Die
Stamping Up 1 1/4' circle die
Technique Inside Pop-Up Box

Saturday, December 7, 2019

52 CCT Farewell to 2019 Challenge

It's now December.  Time to wrap up making all those Christmas Cards and get them in the mail.  I have already been receiving cards since the 3rd week of November!  

The last challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is to pick a previous theme from 2019. I choose to redo the challenge from January 19th....

Have you ever gone out walking in the woods to get your tree or when it was kind of dark from a storm brewing or it is so quiet except the crunch of the snow beneath your feet?  The snow is glistening from the bright moon.  So quiet and peaceful.  

I loved taking walks in the woods.  I remember one time, I went out for a walk in the woods close to home and it was snowing.  Not a sound anywhere.   I spotted tracks from a rabbit and decided to follow them.  I knew they were fresh tracks or they would have been buried.  I happened to look up and directly in front of me...almost eye level....was the biggest beautiful white owl.  Biggest I have ever seen!  He was just staring at me not quiet. We just stared at each other.  I think I ruined his lunch because he must have been following that same rabbit.  I backed out slowly to go home to get my camera.  Of course when I got back he was gone, but I will never forget that moment.

Yup....silence...walking in the woods.  Nothing like it.
The memory inspired me to make my card for the Silent Night.  Actually, I made not just one but 31 cards.

Thank you for stopping by.  If you still need to get a few more cards done...go back to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and see if you feel like doing a sketch, color, theme or technique challenge.  The challenges are along the top of the page, so pick one and scroll down the list.   I can't wait to see what you will share with us!  


Stamping Up Carols of Christmas for stamp on the truck door
Scribble Shiny Christmas Red for the dots
Impression Obsession Class Truck Die
Stamping Up Balloon Punch for tires
Tim Holtz Treeline Die
Ripped Scrap White Cardstock ripped for snow banks
Waverly Chalk Acrylic Paint and paint brush for the snow
Impression Obsession Fir Trees