Reindeer Card for Christmas

Wanting to get a Christmas card ready to send to Arizona friends and use these still new Spellbinders dies I selected the Mojo Monday 477 sketch.  Then I pulled out my box of Christmas stamps and used this Inkadinkadoo stamp.  Had to turn the sketch sideways, though.  Love this Verve sentiment with it.


I also inked the edges just a little, added some FSJ silver twine for the snowflake image from the sketch.  I used some ink with a brush for some of the flowers on the image to match the lighter blue.  I think it unites the various blues.  I am vowing to use more of my Spellbinders dies that I just had to have this coming year.


A Christmas Card from Tiny Tot

Just love this!

So precious!

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Card from Leia3404InsideReceiving this in the mail yesterday was a most precious greeting from my granddaughter.  She helped my little 4 year old great granddaughter create this card for us using her prints – foot for Rudolph and fingers for the string of lights.

DGD has been mentioning they have gone to Michael’s a couple of times and let me tell you, that is music to a crafting Granny’s ears.  When I still lived up there she would occasionally come into my craft room to make a card to give to her friend.  So she has the “gene” in there!

Vintage Christmas Card with Tags


This vintage card, stamped with stamps from the Fun Stampers Journey “Winter Wonderland” set SS-0093, started with a scalloped card.  Even with the dangling tags, it folds up nicely for mailing.

First I rubbed FSJ Lovely Blue ink all over the center, sponged in Beach Ball, then edged with Huckleberry Fusion. The scene is heat embossed. The edge work was created by stamping the tip of the stamp where the tree is with Versamark and applying Fron-tage Aged Ivory powder and using the heat gun underneath to melt.   The FSJ wooden star is painted with silver Silk.  The deer is stamped with Hazelnut Blend, the sentiment with Huckleberry Fusion.  You can just see the spatter of silver FSJ Silk.

For the challenge at Left of Center.  Please check out the fun entries on this blog.

Cards from Alcohol Ink Panel

The “masterboard” idea from the Take Ten magazine inspired me to make one, so I pulled out the glossy card stock and the tray of alcohol inks and played.

It’s always fun to play with those inks, why don’t I do it as much then?  I guess I have too many “toys” and it hard to fit them all in.  I chose a couple reds and a couple greens and kept the two sets separate for the first third of the sheet.  For the next third I used the same two felts with added color so these came out more muted.  On the last third I added to opposite color to one of the felts and it came out very muted and soft.  Since I was planning on making Christmas cards I used a couple of stamps from “Season of Joy” SU set with black Stazon in a random pattern.

So, now to make cards with my masterboard.  j-8815_Christmas

This is a very simple design.  I punched 6 pieces and mounted on black, pasted it to the snowflake embossed white panel, stamped and punched the sentiment, added a tiny green ribbon and called it finished. j-8820_papaya

I realize this one is not a Christmas card, kudos to you if you noticed that I said I wanted to make Christmas cards – haha!   Anyway, I really wanted to play with Kristy’s latest stamp sets, Papaya Collage.  This is also super easy.  I stamped and cut out the frame and used it to measure a piece of the alcohol ink sheet so it would be a bit smaller, I wanted a lot of the black showing through.  Then I stamped the bird and flower, cut out, and pasted them to the black piece.  I used white embossing powder for the sentiment, it just looked like a birthday card, even with the touch of green.

I still have a good amount of the masterboard!  And there is still time to make more Christmas cards.

Christmas Card and Tree Napkins

DSCN5933Here I’d like to share a card.  It started out as a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 ATC and became a card.

I roughly drew a border, sectioned it like a candy cane and used a red marker to fill in every other space.  The Unity snowflakes are stamped in SU! Pool Party, then the SU! tree is stamped in Wild Wasabi.  The Unity snowman is stamped in black on red cs, cut out, a ribbon (SU!) added as a scarf before popping him on the ATC. The ATC is matted on red and added to the patterned Top Note die.  Ribbon and bow were added before mounting to the snowflake stamped card.

A customer had told me about the circle napkins that can be folded to resemble a Christmas tree and I made a set of napkins tree

I used my large skillet lid as a template for the circles.  Six circles can be cut from 2/3 of a yard of cotton fabric.  Since I haven’t used my serger in way too many years I chose to simply put right sides together, stitch, leaving the last few inches open, turning, pressing, and slip stitching the remaining by hand.  Sew easy – hope you try it!

Here are the card challenges in which I am submitting my card:

CNCC challenge 99 – use something older than 6 months – got that covered, as everything here is.

Crimbo Crackers challenge 28 – Snowmen

The Crafty Pad challenge 197 – its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Challenges 4 Everybody #7 – anything goes – just found this delightful blog and since the category is open to anything, my snowman fits!

Little Clair’s #27 – Christmas

Joanna Sheen Challenge  – cold and frosty – Frosty the snowman of course!

Smeared and Smudged Very Sketchy Challenge for November

The November sketches were fun this month. I was excited to create my card and scrapbook page.

DSCN5904Here’s my card.  The steampunk reindeer is a digi from Smeared Ink, colored with watercolor pencils and highlighted with a Sakura metallic pen.  Although it didn’t show up, the piece of burlap was stamped.  The sentiment was embossed in silver.  The brads are from K & Co.     

Do check out the web site for all the details.


The stitchy doll is a Smeared Ink digi.  I added a little swim suit since she is sitting on Clearwater beach.  The insert background was created with two large stamps from Impression Obsession.  I first stamped Canvas with Sahara Sand ink, then Ornate Floral in Brilliant Blue ink.  I made 4 sets of inked images, cut them out and arranged them a skewed.  I did more stamping on that background by added the letters from the Whimsical Alphas set by Stampin’ Up! in Brilliant Blue, stamped and then over stamped.   I have a piece of denim fabric on there. as well as two SU ribbons.  Lots of the embellishments and the title letters are made with the Cricut.  The flowers are Recollections that I stamped, brushed with a watercolor brush and added a punched center.There are a couple more stamped images, the birds and the sand pail.

The photo is of Kara when she was 5.  Gorgeous hair the color of spun summer sun.

Ambre de Noel Inspired

j-5560While looking through a quilt magazine I hit on this ad and was inspired to make a Christmas card.  The ad is by Maywood Studio and the mag is Fon’s & Porter’s Love of Quilting.

The lady is cut from Cricut’s Forever Young cartridge. Papers are from Stampin’ Up! and DCWV. The star is punched and the sentiment is heat embossed with black detail power.  This is my first card of the 5 I am supposed to make for the September goal over at Splitcoast. I didn’t finish the last 2 month’s goals and I’ve been slacking on the scrapbook scene too. But I do think this was a fun card, even if I don’t meet my goal.


Final Two for July

Thanks to having the day off and a couple of challenges on Splitcoaststampers I made my last two Christmas cards for my July goal of 5.


All white and almost all Stampin’Up!  The only thing not SU is the organdy ribbon from JoAnns.  You can’t see it too well but the ornament was embossed with white powder and punched out.


For this challenge we were to make a masculine card.  I used a SU embossing folder on the card, added some striped paper (DCWV), a panel of music note paper and used my SU spritzing tool with a couple markers.  Some Crumb Cake Seam Binding was bound with a brad by BoBunny.  The stickers are from Tim Holtz.  The sentiment is stamped and colored with watercolor pencils and another piece cut out of the date was pasted over the tag.

Christmas Girl in Red

This is Christmas card #3 for July’s Splitcoast challenge to make 5 every month.  I found inspiration from this Flourishes sketch.

I also went with a “girly” card for The Ribbon Girls blog.

I have pearls for Southern Girls challenge 48.

Third Coast Creative Challenge this time is to “Deck the halls with boughs of holly”.  So I used holly.j-5251redgirl

I just love using these Dover Publication cards.  There are from a CD so I can print which ever and what ever size I like.  Since she is in red, I thought it perfect for the red and green of a traditional Christmas greeting. They are just the sweetest vintage children.

I think this was a bit of scrap lace from Kristy’s PJ’s. The card base is from a box of cards I picked up on clearance at work, on which I stamped with my linen background stamp. I have been neglecting that great stamp.  The red scrap was run through the Vintage Wallpaper folder.  The images from stamp set Bells & Boughs was colored with watercolor pencils.  Because the velvet ribbon was so thick I popped the card up, seemed to work out great.  Most of my supplies were Stampin’ Up!

Another Christmas card done!

Christmas Card #2 for July


Here we have a card designed from a sketch at Christmas #31.  I have used an {ippity} snowman from the set called Kissmas & Mistletoe.  The snowman was stamped in Versamark and embossed with a variegated powder.  The shadow was just stamped in ink.  The sentiment is punched from patterned paper.  Accent is a snowflake from Martha Stewart.

Here are the challenges for this card –                                                                                             (“S” is for Snowman)  Winner!