Saturday, December 24, 2011


I have a friend who celebrates her Sobriety day each year.
I know, even after 25 years that this is a special time of
accomplishment for her.
This card is a celebration of that commitment
The paper was in a RAK I received so I'm not sure of the paper line.
Dashed lines done with a Signa Gel Pen
The crocheted heart is Webster's Pages
Flourish above was overlayed with Doddlebug Flocking
Inside border above and corners below
are cut with Morocco Lace EK Success border punch

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hat's Off

This is cut from the Winter woodland cartridge for the Cricut.  Just loved this sparkly white paper.

The stamp is from Recollections, darling isn't it? (Sorry they don't name their stamps)
Inside sentiment is red rubber from My Sentiments Exactly.


I bought this stamp at Michaels on impulse (it's a Hampton Art Stamp) and then when I started coloring realized I wasn't going to be mass producing them, took a lot of time to color.  Love how it looked when finished though.

Inside stamp is from Stampin Up

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jolly Ol' Elf

Here's another stamp from the Recollection set I got.
I stamped the tree 4 times on the print paper and then cut out each layer
of boughs and popping them up for dimension.

I also restamped and cut out all the little packages to give them a little umph as well.
After the card front was finished I added the stickles for the baubles on the tree
and sprayed the whole thing with Glimmer Mist Iridescent Gold Mist

The Merry & Bright stamp was in a RAK I received.

This was just a design from the paper cut out for the inside.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Another stamp set from Penny Black's - Mimi's Christmas
The white from her hat is white flocking (love this stuff)
stamp is from Stampin Up
I used the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder on the front of the card base
(just before I mailed it I decided it needed a little pop so I distressed the edges of the front of the card and the ridges from the embossing with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, much better.)
The ribbon is actually cut from one of the papers from the Warm Wishes Recollections paper pak
I punched the tag with my square Marvy scalloped punch 
The little Mimi's face is done with Copic markers
her hat and scarf are paper pieced
the bow was in a rac (thanks Lori)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Snowmen Peeking

I made two cards with the same strip of snowmen that I
cut from the Warm Wishes paper collection from Recollections
The background paper is We R Memory Keepers Christmas Collection
I added a few stickles to the hats
and gave their noses a shine with glossy accents
the stamp here is from a Christmas Recollections set, it's
fast become a favorite because the quirky font and snowflakes

the sentiment as well is cut out from the paper,
stickles make the inside shine

This is the second card and I put them so half the
little faces were hidden all but the eyes and hat.
Cute, like they are peeking out from behind 
This is a sentiment from that My Sentiments Exactly grab
bag I'd told you about, really like the font on this stamp
A little brad holds the mini mittens in the corner together
the scallop punch is Fiskars

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Love

 Another card made with the Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge
The word art is from K &Company Yuletag Words & Tags

The love is from the Michaels wedding section

merry everything

Another stamp from Mimi's Christmas by Penny Black.  I am in love with this stamp set, oh wait did I say that a couple of post back, sorry it's worth repeating!  The stamps just stamp so nice I know I'm adding more of these to my collection!  I stamped the little angel directly onto the mat (papers from Recollections Warm Hearts)

Then I restamped her again on white, heavy cardstock, and on the pink which is a natural fibre paper (I got it years ago at Costco) but the paper is very fiberous, like real handmade paper.  I accented the one I stamped on the paint with just a little deeper pink with my Copics.  I colored the one stamped on white and cut her out minus the halo and feet and then paper pieced them all together.

  I painted her little halo and shoes directly onto the mat.  Sentiment is also from this collection.
Inside sentiment is Stampin Up 
 The ribbon was a super buy at a local craft store when they were selling all their spring/summer things out. 90% off!!!!  The ribbon is wire edged so easy to manipulate where you want.  
Snowflake from the paper collection.

Over the Hill and Through the Wood

Here's a photo video of the cards I've made so far this year.  If you're on my mailing list and don't want to see yours you better not watch, lol.  I'm not done but at least I have a good start.  The best of it all is I've been having fun making them, and that my friends, is what it's really all about!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Penguin Friends

This is another stamp from Penny Blacks Mimi's Christmas
I got my inspiration from Vicky at Lily Pad, thanks Vicky!!
These little guys are just the cutest things around!

The stamp is another from that grab bag I got last year from My Sentiments Exactly
I used Diamond Stickles around the snowflakes
The emobssing folder is Cuttlebug Snowflake
I used distress ink over the top to make the snowflakes pop a little more

Skating into the Holiday

This time  I used my Cricut and the Winter Woodland Cartridge to cut the Skate out.
I just tore a piece of extra heavy white glitter cardstock to form the snowbank across the bottom for the skate to rest on.

The stamp is from the dollar bin, Studio 18 - Mary Engelbret

 The little snowflakes are a Fiskars mini punch
The card base is a pad of 12x12 paper from Michaels
Recollections Classic Christmas, it's a 
colored core paper, which means you can sand the top layer away to reveal
a different color under neath, in this case white.
Inside stamp is from Stampin Up

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Advent Boxes

For each of my four youngest grandchildren I made a Kaisercraft Beyond the Page Advent Calendar.  I absolutely loved making these, Kaisercraft sends you everything you'll need to assemble the box and drawers.  There are 24 drawers, one for each day leading up to Christmas and then I tucked a special envelope with 25 on it in the middle.  They'll get to open one drawer each day to discover a candy, gift or money.  I'm anxious to hear their feelings about having a gift from Grandma each day of December.

You can follow along and watch how I assembled and covered the little drawers in the first video

And see the finished boxes in the second video

I printed out directions for opening the little drawers onto Kraft Cardstock and attached it to a full 12x12 decorative paper from the Warm Wishes or Snowy Days collections from Recollections.

  I covered each page in clear contact paper, added
ATG glue to the back and attached them to the tops of the storage boxes.

Each Advent Calendar fix just perfectly in these Art Bin boxes from JoAnns
And having a handle to pick them up by is the perfect touch for storing until the next year.

Each middle of the calendar was filled with a background paper scene
some ornaments from JoAnns and Michales, little chipboard pieces
from K & Company 
Each one is different depending on the Grandchild 
I was making it for.  

In the middle is a special envelope for Christmas Day

I decorated around the edges with either beads, 
ribbon or sequin strips.

This video is just photos of all the boxes