Saturday, March 28, 2020

52 CCT March Technique Challenge

Good morning everyone.  
If you are under quarantine, what a perfect time to make your Christmas Cards and get ahead of the card season!

Here is a window card to go with this weeks theme at 52CCT.
I hand cut the window and made the stain glass by coloring with markers on a piece of acetate.  I took a piece of tin foil and crumbled it up to put behind the acetate.  I actually made two and one of them I smoothed it out.  I was not pleased with the look when I laid the acetate statin glass against it.  The second one I did not flatten it out all the way and I liked the look of it better.   The acetate was glued down onto the tin foil by using my Xyron Creative Station Lite.  Liquid glue was placed along the black window and it was placed over the acetate.  Acetate was trimmed so it was the same at the black edge of the window.

I used Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to stick the window down onto the blue mat. 

Here is a close up of what the tin foil looks like behind the acetate stained glass window.

Show us your window card over at 52CCT!


Memory Box Dies "Glowing Candles"
Penny Black Die "Holly Flourish"
Tin Foil
Markers in Assorted colors
Stickles Colors Gold and Diamond
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die "Ribbon Banners"
Sentiment from Stampin Up "Beautiful Baubles"

Monday, March 23, 2020

52 CCT March Color Challenge

Here is the March color challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown...Green, Kraft and White.
This was an easy challenge for me.  

 I have now caught up and back to normal!
In spite of what the world is going through, keep crafting and keep busy.  I know for me it keeps my mind busy.  


Penny Black Whirl Wreath Die
Kraft embossed cardstock
Green cardstock
White cardstock

Sunday, March 22, 2020

52 CCT March Sketch Challenge

Hello Crafters!
The beginning of each month always starts out at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenges with a Sketch. Since I missed a couple of the challenges, I will be a bit backwards for March as I get caught up.  Here is my version of the March sketch.

I watercolored this digital image by using Areza Watercolor Pens.  For the background I used tubes of watercolor paint.

Now I am on to the next challenge...the color challenge!

Thank you for stopping by

Graciellie Designs "Wonderful Winter" Christmas Digital
Strathmore Watercolor cold press paper 200 series
Arteza Watercolor Real Brush Pens: Rouge Pink, Bubble Bath Pink, Sunset Yellow, Lemon Yellow
Watercolor Brush
Nuvo Crystal Drop: Rhubarb Crumble
Flower Centers Stampin Up Gold Glitz Dazzling Details
Gelly Roll Green Star Pen
Background Artists Loft Water Color Tubes: Cobalt Blue and Viridian
Sentiment Stamp an old Close to My Heart Set "Holiday Borders"
Small piece of acetate

Saturday, March 21, 2020

52 CCT March Theme Challenge

I have been away for over a month studying hard to get a different license.  At the same time, my father-in-law fell very ill and was in the hospital quite awhile.  He recently moved to a nursing home to continue to recoup.  
1st -I am happy to say I passed and got my license!!  GO ME!!!  That was hard but I did it and it feels good.  2nd-I am also happy to report Dad is doing better!  He may even get to go home in a week!  So now that both are behind me I can go back to crafting.  

 I am starting out with a post that was due this morning and I am just getting it on.  It is Theme week at Christmas Card Throwdown and the theme is lights!  Here is my version.  I have not used this die for awhile and was happy to use it again.  

The stamp Merry & Bright was one stamp but I wanted to use it separately.   Here is the trick...

Place a piece of Scotch tape over the area you do not want to stamp

Ink the image

Remove the tape

Stamp your image.  Only the portion you left untaped will stamp.  If you want to re-stamp over again, just repeat the steps above but when you use the same stamp to do the other word, make sure you wash it very well first.

That is it for now crafty folks!  I am off to do some catching up!  See you over at !

Whimsy Stamps "String of Lights" Die
Stickles: Green, Gold, Red, Purple, Silver, Orange
Black scrap Cardstock
Reminisce Cardstock set Snowflake Ridge "Falling Snow"
Stampin Up "Hearts Come Home"

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Happy Birthday for a Special Lady

On Valentine's day special friend of mine had a birthday.  I did not want to post this until she got the card, which was late getting to her.  By now she has received so I am sure it is ok
 if I share the card now.
I didn't want to make a Valentines/Birthday card because I am sure over the years she has received plenty but because it was Valentines Day, I did put a hint of it on her card.  The bees have hearts and I went with orangey (is that even a word? lol) color red for flowers.

I am working on my pencil coloring and some day I will get really good!  As Kit and Clowder always says

Happy Birthday Pam!  


Saturday, February 22, 2020

52 CCT February Technique Challenge

Today is my last week to host the challenges at 52CCT for 2020.  This week it is about Foil.  If it is not in your craft room, you probably have it in your kitchen: Tin Foil or some call it aluminum foil, craft foil, deco foil, hot stamping foil, gold leaf foil, Go-Press foil.  If it says can use it!

I have not dug out one type of foil in a long long time so I pulled out my Golf Leaf Foil box.

Do you remember the Black Ice Tecnique?  Post is here-->Beautiful Black Ice.  Today, I used a modified version.  

First, I covered a plain white cardstock with double sided tape and trimmed off the edges.  

Next, I pressed the foil down all over the tape until the tape is completely covered.  The Gilded Leaf Foil I used has multi colors all over it.
Note:   If you ever play with Gilded Leaf...DO NOT sneeze, have your air conditioning on, a fan going...don't even breath hard or you will have foil flying everywhere! LOL. Trust me...I know.  I forgot my foil box was still open one day and I turned on my heat gun.  Ya.  You can imagine what happened.  

Make sure you press the foil down completely so you cannot feel any areas that are sticky.  I rubbed my fingers in circles all over it.  It will do two things.  It will remove the loose pieces and it pushes the loose pieces into areas that still need foil to cover it.  

 Using a stiff brush, gently brush in circles all along the foil to loosen any extra pieces. Sweep the extra bigger pieces back into your foil box to use in later.  

Here is what the background looks like once you have brushed all the extra loose pieces off. 

Isn't it pretty!!

Most people use the embossing folders to emboss.  For my technique, I debossed the snowflake images.  Embossing and debossing are the process of creating either raised or recessed images and design on the paper.  Embossed patterns raised up and debossed pattern is sunken down.  I wanted my image to be sunken down so if you flipped my background over you will see the images raised up.  
Now take your staz-on black inkpad and run it on the foil from top to bottom.  Do not press, just let the weight of the pad itself drag across the foil.  Keep doing it until your satisfied.  The black will make the image stand out more.

I finished my card off with a snowflake edge called Frostyville Border from Memory Box.  I just used a blue scrap paper to cut it with and to mat the foil base.  

I hope you join us at 52CCT to check out what the rest of the Design Team Members created and give this challenge a try!  Remember, it can be any foil you find in your home.

See you there!


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