Santa Christmas Card

Hello! It’s my turn to host at Words2CraftBy this month.  Our words are taken from one of my favorite Christmas movies, “A Christmas Carol.”

            “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”                                                                                                                               ─ Charles Dickens

You can make any Christmas-themed project for our challenge.  I made a simple layered card:Santa5Sometimes you just need to make a quick and easy card and this was basically made from scraps.  I started with my focal image, the Santa from the Tim Holtz “Letters to Santa” stamp set (love the vintage Santa images!).  I stamped on paper with a little bit of texture, inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI, and colored the holly berries with Christmas Red Stickles.  The layer below that was a scrap – I believe that’s Bo Bunny.  The jingle bells border was embossed on gold metallic Kraft-Core (TH collection) with an Anna Griffin embossing folder/border, then sanded.  I don’t know the name of the folder because I bought it at a scrapbook store garage sale.  I used the full-sized folder on the red paper that’s peaking out underneath the other layers.  Textured green cardstock was used for the card base.



My sentiment is from the TH “Crazy Talk” stamp set.  I stamped, embossed my little tag with the jingle bells EF, inked with Vintage Photo DI and added clear Wink of Stella around the edges.  My bow was scrap ribbon to which I added a jingle bell.


That’s it – easy peasy!  Don’t forget to link up your Christmas project to our challenge for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas 2017 #3

Hello!  I finally finished  my 3rd entry for the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge sponsored by Linda Coughlin.  At this rate, I’ll never catch up!  Take a look at Linda’s beautiful red tag, and here is where you can find all of the information regarding the challenge. I also have links to Linda’s blog and store on my sidebar.

I was inspired by the peppermint background and had been kicking around an idea to use a similar background for a card I wanted to make for the shelter where we adopted our dog, Armani, this past August.


With the exception of a few things, all products are Tim Holtz.  For my background, I used paper from one of  the Tim Holtz Christmas pads from last year or a few years ago.  I embossed it with my Snow Flurries texture fades folder and then sanded it a little bit.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.

For my focal point, I used one of the Crazy Dogs – this is my favorite dog from the set and I’ve used it many times.  He’s painted with Black Soot and Hickory Smoke DI, and also with Finetec Mica Watercolor Paint, Metallic, Gold set – I used the sterling silver color.  It’s shimmery but doesn’t show so much in the pics.  I did cut off the front left leg of the stamped image because Armani doesn’t have his front left leg.  He just had to have a Santa hat which is from the Crazy Things stamp set (colored with Candied Apple, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany DI).  I added clear Wink of Stella to the white “fur” but of course that doesn’t show up in the pics, either!  The presents are also from that stamp set and one is painted with the same reds and I added white polka dots with acrylic paint; the others are TH Christmas paper.Armani7


I used silver metallic Kraft-core for my striped panels on the top and bottom, sanded and then inked with Walnut Stain.  The die I used is from one of the “Flip Side” Christmas collection from Scrapbooking Made Simple.  I cut another panel finished with white microfine glitter and inlaid those pieces in between the silver.  I couldn’t capture the subtle sparkle in the pics.  This pic shows the bottom piece done and I was still working on the top.


My snowflake is from the Paper Snowflakes Mini set, and that was embossed with Ranger Snowflake Tinsel EP.  At first, I glittered the snowflake to match the stripes, but it got kind of swallowed up on the background.  I colored my ribbon with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain and added a little Aged Mahogany DI.


I used the same EP for my sentiment from the Crazy Talk stamp set.




Here’s my sweet boy – he’s a happy little guy but doesn’t look like it here because he doesn’t like when I take his picture – LOL!

Armani new haircut

I think I’ve covered everything.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas 2017 #2

Hello!  I’m back with my 2nd entry for the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge sponsored by Linda Coughlin and you can see her gorgeous tag here.   Click here for all of the information regarding the challenge.  I also have links to Linda’s blog and store on my sidebar.

It was love at first sight with Linda’s 2nd tag!  It’s so elegant, I just love it.  I was completely inspired by her theme and made a card.


I decided to use my TH Rosette stencil for the background…it’s a new favorite.  Since I was using the awesome Santa from the new TH Christmas Classic stamp set, I wanted my background to have a vintage look.   I used my jar of Wendy Vecchi crackle embossing paste which I’ve had for a few years and it’s starting to get a little dried out.  It didn’t completely crackle, and after drying, pieces started falling off – that could be because I didn’t apply gesso to my paper first.  Oh well, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t run into some kind of issue – LOL.  I kept going and first added the lightest color of gold to the background from my set of Finetec Metallics watercolors, then added some of the darker colors.  It’s so shimmery but hard to capture in a pic.


I used Ranger Fine Gold embossing powder for my Santa, and then cut it out with my set of Spellbinders Oppulent Ovals.  I gave it the same coloring treatment as the background.  Both of my ribbons are from the TH Metallic Trimmings from a few years back.  

My sweet sister, Gail, gave me a box of beautiful Anna Griffin gold flourishes and I just had to add a few to my card.  Thanks, sis, they are the perfect addition!!


My little Santa charm is from my stash, and the snowflake is TH.  Both were silver until I applied Ranger alcohol ink (Mushroom).  I also added a little white gesso, which isn’t really noticeable.  I also used Clear Rock Candy distress glitter to the snowflake for a frosty look.


I didn’t leave much room for a sentiment, so just stamped “Magic” from the same stamp set and tucked it in under the bow.  I think that’s it.  Thanks for stopping by!!

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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas 2017 #1

Hello!  It’s been awhile since I’ve crafted and blogged – after 2 awesome vacations in October, it’s just taken awhile to get back into things.   I had intended to participate in Linda’s annual 12 Tags of Christmas after returning from my first vacation in October, but obviously that didn’t happen.  It’s highly doubtful at this point that I’ll complete them all, but I wanted to at least play along.  Here’s the link to Linda’s first beautiful tag and that’s where you can find the information and rules.  I also have links to her blog and store on my sidebar.

I was obviously inspired by Linda’s theme, but made a card instead:


I made this card when my sister and I had a week of crafting at the beginning of October.  It’s hard to remember all of the details at this point, but I’ll do my best.  I used the TH Woodland stencil with Iced Spruce and Pine Needle DI.  I used a Stampendous Frantage embossing kit to add snow.  My trees and sentiment were stamped with the TH Great Outdoors stamp set, and I used the TH Winter Wonderland die set with Core-dinations cardstock.  I used Pine Needle DI to color my ribbon (which got a little scrunched while traveling).

That’s it, but here’s a few close-ups.  Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day.













Ornate Owl

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Words2CraftBy.  Check it out – this month’s quote is:

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ─ Albert Camus

Think leaves, fall themes, fall colors, fall holidays.  Here’s my card:


I finally got some transfer gel and wanted to try it out.  I chose a paper from Prima’s gorgeous Amber Moon collection, the new Rosette stencil from Tim Holtz (love!!) and Deco Foil’s Amber Watercolor (beautiful!).  I’m sure most of you are familiar with this, but you apply the transfer gel through your stencil and let it dry completely.  Place your foil on top with the color facing up, place in a carrier and run through your foil machine or laminator.  I love the results of the watercolor foil.

From this (I tested the pattern on the bottom with some distress ink):


To this – I love how this turned out.  The colors in the paper combined with the foil make it look like there’s copper, gold and silver foil.  Lucky first try!


I used black Core’dinations cardstock for the owl, but decided to back it with another color since the background is busy, and I added some bling for his eyes.  My flower is from Prima’s Time Traveler’s Memories collection, with some feathers behind from the Feather and Ravens die set (TH).  My seam binding is dyed with distress inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge.  I don’t have the new Vintage Spirits dies (TH), so I cut out the word “Boo” with my Curlie Girlie (Sizzix) alphabet dies and a black deco sheet (TH).



I think that covers everything.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!






Pastry Chef Doll Stamp

Hello!  It’s time for our mid-challenge reminder over at Words2CraftBy.  Why not play along for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice??  Our quote this month is:

“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”

I was having some trouble myself coming up with a 2nd project for our theme, and looked through some of my older projects for something I hadn’t blogged about before.  I found another doll stamp tag:

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I made this awhile back when my sis and I were doing our own monthly doll stamp “challenges.”  My Julie Nutting doll is Natalie, and she’s a “Pastry Chef who also teaches at a famous culinary/pastry school in Paris.”

I made a pattern for the top of her uniform, just adding the rectangular piece and rounding off, and cutting part of the top for the collar.  The buttons are from a peel-off sticker set.  Her hat (trimmed down), baking utensils and cake is from Elizabeth Craft Props 8 die set.  The cupcake is from EC Baker the Beaver die set.  I believe the mini Eiffel Tower is from another EC die set.

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The patterned tag is from a Julie Nutting tag pad, the table is from parts of an Armoire tag (also Julie Nutting).  

I believe I used JN watercolor pencils for the skin and hair on the doll.  Everything else has edges inked with Vintage Photo DI.

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My bow is crinkle ribbon colored with distress inks, and the twine was saved from a bakery purchase (so appropriate).  The message on the “chalkboard” is computer generated and cut from yet another EC die set.

Quite simple and no techniques, but sometimes that’s how it is.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!









Fresh Brewed Pumpkin Latte

Hello!  I squeezed in one more card for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.  My card is similar to one I made for the Summer blog hop.


My card base is Kraft cardstock, my background is one of the beautiful papers from Prima’s (Frank Garcia) Amber Moon, inked with Vintage Photo DI around the edges.  I used Core-dinations kraft core paper for the die cut – this is another one of the Simply Refined Flip Side Collection (Mosaic Briar) dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple.  Love these dies – I was lucky to get a set as they quickly sold out.  Here’s how it looks before adding everything (the color looks different under brighter lights):


I used my Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed die to cut out my cup of “Pumpkin Spice Latte”.  The lid is just cut from white scrap paper, the cup cut from the back side of my patterned paper.  The liner was cut from a Starbucks liner, and I used one of the stamps from the TH Pumpkinhead stamp set to add to the liner.  Everything was inked with Vintage Photo DI, and the pumpkin was colored with Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge DI.


Around the edges of the card, I used Gabi’s Line Stitch stamp set (49 & Market), embossing it in gold so it looks more like a decorative border instead of stitches.


My flower was made from a carton of petals from my friend, Autumn (thank you, sweetie!!) and inked a bit with Vintage Photo and some splattering of white/sandstone acrylic paints.  The stamens came from Joann’s or Michaels, and were covered in gold glitter…sorry the flower looks a bit blurry.


I colored my seam binding with a little bit of Antique Linen DI just so it wasn’t too white.  My tag was left over from the last coffee blog hop and since I needed to get started on another project, saving time seemed like a good idea.  I won a prize at the last blog hop from The Ton (thank you, Effie!) and chose coffee-colored sequins so I added one to the tag.  I wanted to add more but couldn’t get a good balance.


That should cover everything.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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