More Snowy Fun

Hello, Tuesday!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I discovered an AMAZING stamper/blogger this weekend. Her name is Julia and her German blog is called I was so captivated by her use of texture, layout, and color. It inspired me to create this card.


I used a woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin’Up! to create the white card base.  I cut out the star using the Star Framelits from Stampin’Up to create the “peep-hole”.

I then created the starry background using distress inks on Neena Solar White cardstock.  Once I had the distress inks blended to just how I like it, I splattered it with water to create those cool watermarks. I then created the stars (or snow ) with a white gel pen.

I mounted the woodgrain panel onto the distress ink panel with foam mounting tape.

I houses were cut from SU Crumb Cake cardstock using Ellen Hutson’s Home and Hearth die set. I used my white gel pen to add a little snow to their rooftops.  I adhered the houses on a scrap piece of embroidered ribbon I had in my stash.

The word  Peace was cut from SU Real Red cardstock using SU Christmas Greeting Thinlits. I cut it three times and layered them all together to create a super dimensional sentiment.  The “on earth” is from Ellen Hutson’s Brushstroke Christmas stamp set, white embossed on black cardstock.

I put all those great pieces together and then mounted the whole scene on a SU Crumb Cake card base.

Then of course I had to embellish with a clean and crisp candy cane stripe ribbon, some glitter on the rooftops and around the star, and some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins.  I have to say that these sequins are my absolute GO TO sequins!  They come in different sizes and gives my projects just the perfect sparkle. I have a big bag of them and can never get enough.

Check out all the great detail and texture all of these elements can create all together…



So fun and so….well…”peaceful”.  lol.

Hope you all check out Julia’s blog. It’s in German but there is a “Translate” button on the right margin. She is fabulous and I know you will fall in love with her.

Thank you for visiting me today. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed day. 



Snowy Fun with Purple Onion

Living in Colorado Springs, CO, one must get used to “bi-polar” weather.  Yesterday it was in the 60s, today it’s 41 degrees!!  Not even kidding!  We are still waiting for our first really good snowfall here on the farm.  Therefore, I am relegated to my craftroom  to make my own snowy fun!



This adorable penguin is the Walter stamp from Purple Onion Designs and so is the Sled. The Be Merry sentiment is from the Winter Big Scripty Words stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

I kept the design very simple, but added fun little details to make it special. And that white background just makes everything pop.

First, I created the snowy background on Neena Solar White cardstock using Wendi Vechi’s embossing paste on Simon Says Stamp’s Falling Snow stencil.  This is one of my absolute favorite ways to add high dimension snowfall.  I used the same technique here. Be sure to wait for the paste to completely dry before touching the panel or you will end up with a big mess. Ask me how I know! lol

Once the paste was dry, I cut it to size with Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle Die set. Then, to add a little more color and interest, I stapled some scrap red stripe ribbon on its corner.

I created the hillside with Mama Elephant’s Landscape Trio Die and stamped Be Merry with Real Red from Stampin’ Up!.

I stamped Walter and the sled in Momento Tuxedo black ink (because it works best with Copic Markers) on some scrap Neena Solar White cardstock and then had fun coloring them in. I fussy cut them out and adhered Walter onto the sled.

I adhered Walter and sled onto the hillside and then glued the hillside to the snowy background panel. I then adhered the entire panel onto an folded A2 sized cardbase.

I added all my fine details last because it’s much easier to do it after everything was put together. I added glossy accents to Walter’s bill, brushed Clear Wink of Stella on his cap , added a dusting of glitter on the hilltop and used white gel-pen to add the stripes on Walter’s hat. The final touch?….that mini pom-pom!!  I just love love that pom-pom!!

Here is what it all looks like up-close…



Warning..As awesome as this little pom-pom is, the post office may not love it so much. Little details on a card like this can cause a bit of havoc on their sorting machine so be sure to go up to the counter and ask for “hand sort”. It may cost a little extra, but worth it if you don’t want your card to be delayed in the mail and it’s envelope chewed. Again,  ask me how I know! LOL Just something to think about when adding dimensionals, sequins and other embelishments to your cards.

Well, thanks so much for visiting me today.  Now, I am going to make myself some hot cocoa with marshmallows. Maybe that will prompt some real snowfall here in Colorado Springs!  Have a wonderful, and blessed day.



Holiday Photo Card Blog Hop!!!


WOW!!  It is such an honor to be a part of this blog hop today!  LiveLoveCards has inspired me from the very beginning of  my card crafting journey just three years ago, so I cannot tell you what a special moment this is for me. Thanks Darlene for all your support and encouragement (enter hug here)!

PLUS, I have the opportunity to give away some amazing prizes which I will tell you more about at the end of my post. So that makes it a DOUBLE honor for me!

When I heard this was a “Holiday PhotoCard” hop, I had to do a little dance because it involves two of my most favorite things….Christmas and family photos.  I love love love getting those pictures of my family and friends every year so I just had to create two designs!  I decided to make my cards very  clean and simple so that I can mass produce them easily. They are also regular A2 size cards so I didn’t have to worry about finding special envelopes for them.




I created the eye-popping red card bases with my Misti, using the Diagonal Stripes background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. It was so easy, that of course I had to make a stack of these versatile background stripes for future use.  Candy cane, anyone??  lol



So now that’s done, lets start with my  Christmas Blessings Card….


I cut the red striped card panel to a  regular A2 size, 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″.  I then made the top panel using a stripe stencil and Olive Green Ink applied with a roller.  I cut that green stripe panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle dies. The largest size die in that set cuts your panel to jsut the perfect size to show off that red stripe!!

Then I cut my photo with Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Square dies.  I wanted an inset look to my card so I used that same square die and cut the green striped panel right where my card will go. Using the same square die will assure that my picture fits perfectly into that spot.. It doesn’t show too well in my pics here, but that  created a cool, double stitched look for my card. After that I stamped my sentiment from  Stampin’ Up’s Christmas Pines set.  I created our family name using Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s Alphabet.

Now to my Holly Jolly Christmas photo card…


Seriously….SOOOOOO simple!  I used the same technique as my first card, using SSS stitched rectangle and square dies to cut my white panel and my photo.  I stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Holly Jolly stamp set in Momento Black Tuxedo ink and the stars from the same set in Gold Delicata Ink.  I hand drew the star above the sentiment and the heart and our name below the sentiment with Sakura Pigma Micron black pen.  Then I adhered it all to another one of my awesome red stripe background and voila….done!

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Here are the prizes up for grabs….

Winners will be selected at random from the comments left on each blog hop stop so leave me a comment and cross your fingers!  Be sure to leave a comment on each stop to increase your chances to win!  Leave your comments by Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 11:59pm CT.  Nine winners will be announced on LiveLoveCards on Wednesday, November 23rd, just in time for Black Friday. SAY WHAT?!!

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Coffee Hug

Happy Tuesday!!  I don’t know about you but today I am needing some extra coffee.  This card sums out how I feel this morning……

2016-11-15-09-12-02-2These fun (and accurate) images and sentiment are from Altenew’s Coffee Love set.  I stamped them onto craft cardstock, colored the coffee with a copic marker and highlighted it with white gel pen. So simple!!!  I adhered the whole craft panel on to black cardstock and added the stripe cardstock from Stampin’Up’s Candy Cane Lane DSP to ground the design a little more.

I created the “coffee stain” with Ellen Hutson’s Oh Frappe circle image. I stamped the image with watered down walnut Stain distress ink.  Doesn’t that look like a real coffee stain?  LOL


Well, time for another cup of coffee for me!  Thank you so much for visiting me today.



FOXY Little Christmas

Can you believe that it’ll be THANKSGIVING in a couple of weeks?  Unreal! Well even though we are well into November, we are still awaiting our first winter snow here in Colorado Springs.  So until then….I have been creating some snow fun in my craft room.


Take note of the AMAZING embossed stitched background care of Ellen Hutson’s Stitches Cover Plate die.  Here is a closer look….



The stitched plate (pictured here on the far left of the pic) is so ingenious and beautiful.  In one swoop of the Big Shot you can create a gorgeous card panel.  I have so many ideas for this plate I cannot even tell ya!!  Also take note of the different ways you can use this die. The top panel was made with the die and a Silicone Rubber Sheet and the panel below it was created with the die alone.  See the difference?  This is a great way to stretch your dies in your stash.



For my Fox Card, I colored the fox from My Favorite Things Fall Friends stamp set. I cut him out and gave him a scarf made from some twine I had sitting around and adhered him with dimensions on a stitched circle panel.

The stitched circle panel was created using Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circle dies and then masking a section for the snow and using distress ink for the sky.  I added a little sparkle with some glitter cuz….hello…who doesn’t want a little sparkle on their Christmas card?  Yes? The snowfall was created using a snow stencil and embossing paste.  I love, love ,love the dimension you can get with embossing paste.

I used papers from My Favorite Things Trail Mix Paper Pack to create a nice panel strip to ground my design. Adhere the fox stitched circle to the center, stamp your sentiment and ta-daaaaaa….snowy cuteness!!  My pefect sentiment is from Ellen Hutson’s Christmas Scribbles and then of course,…I had to add a few white sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to add a little more interest and glitter.

I was so happy with this card (enter happy dance here)!  It may be one of those that I will have to keep for myself instead of sending it out for Christmas.  Is that wrong?  LOL  Hope you like this post as much as I liked creating it.  Dig out those dies and use it with your silicone rubber sheet and see what fun you can make. Have a blessed day!