Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mitten Tag

Hello, friends.

I'm almost late for the Tag You're It Challenge where my friend Hazel is
the Featured Artist and my friend Darnell is the Guest Designer.

Here's my tag

Here's Hazel's tag that inspired my tag.

I had this piece of mitten left over from last week's class and thought it would make a cute tag.

I die cut a snowflake from a piece of smooshed cardstock. 

To smoosh, I dropped some re-inker and frost paint on a split cellophane bag,
closed it and smooshed, opened it back up, put some cardstock in and smooshed again.
I actually put 2 pieces of cardstock for a twofer.

The picture doesn't show it, but the snowflake has a nice frosty look.

I was inspired by the pink and sweet bow.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Thick Vanilla (SU), Neena
Other:  Mitten Die (IO), Snowflake Duo (PB), Simply Scored, Basic Pearls (SU)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Another Glittered Leaf

Hello, dear friends.

I have some more glitter to share today.

Using stamping, heat embossing, dry embossing and glitter.

This time I used a brown skeleton leaf.  It had already been embossed with gold.

I added some glue around the edge and sprinkled gold glitter on it.

It's laying on a bed of embossed leaves that I cut at a wonky angle.

This was really quick if you don't count getting all the glitter up that has drifted 
all over the house!

There's still a few days left to add some glitter at
CAS Mix Up

Do check out the gallery.  There are some sparkly beauties over there!

I'm also entering this over at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  Skeleton Leaf (stash), Gold Glitter, Leaf Flourish (Crafters Companion), Gold EP, Gold Twine (SU)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Snowflakes Tags

Hello, friends.

Another week has whooshed by!

Christmas will be here before we know it and we'll have presents
that need tags!

Here are two more tags that I have ready.

Friday was the twelfth day of
Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends

Fortunately we can join the challenge until the 24th.

Using stamping, heat embossing, Brushos and die cuts.

The rest of this piece was used on this card.  The back piece is Concord Crush.
It wanted to photograph in blue.

Using stamping, heat embossing, sponging and die cuts.

I found the design piece for this tag in the UFO box and die cut it.  I had a few little snowflakes
left over from last month's classes. It went together so quick.  Love it when that happens!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Tag Recipe (tag 1)
Stamps:  Dazzling Snowflake (HA)
Ink:   Whisper White
Paper:   Concord Crush, Mixed Media (Strathmore), Dazzling Details Glimmer,  Champagne Foil (SU)
Other:  Brusho Crystals, White EP (SU), Snowflake Die (IO), Greetings Die (PB), Sequins (LI)

Tag Recipe (tag 2)
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB), Tin of Tags (SU)
Ink:  Encore Silver, Pool Party (SU)
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Champagne Foil (SU)
Other:  Pinpoint Mainstreet Tags (PS), Silver EP, Sponge Dauber, Rhinestones (SU), Snowflake Dies (IO), 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tweet Christmas Wishes

Hi there.

I've still got some tags to share for
Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends

This one is one of my favorites

Using stamping, watercolor, die cuts, fussy cutting and marker coloring

A while back I took a whole sheet of  watercolor paper and randomly stamped 
with this Penny Black leaf stamp using green ink.

Then I spritzed the whole piece and let the colors run.

The tweet wittle bird was colored with markers.

and a twofer

Using stamping, sponging, marker coloring, dry embossing

I found these snowmen waiting for their wardrobes to be colored.

I kind of like the horizontal placement for a tag.  

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Tag Recipe  (tag 1)
Stamps:  Wondrous, Christmas Memories (PB), Christmas Treasures (wish.com)
Ink:   StazOn Timber Brown, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz (SU), SU Markers (Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Other:  Pinpoint Mainstree Tags (PS), Woodland Branch (MB)

Tag Recipe (tag 2)
Stamps:  Frosty Friends (SU), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink: StazOn Black,  SU Markers
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Other:  Snowflake EF, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (ret. SU), 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bird Amidst the Holly

Hello friends.

I'm back again with a mid-month reminder for
CAS Watercolour

I put a light wash of Antique Linen on a piece of mixed media for the base
and added some splatters with the same ink that sort of disappeared into the background.

The holly and bird were die cut from Mixed Media paper.

I watercolored the pieces with Distress Markers and an Aqua Painter and
used a bone folder to slightly shape the leaves.

After the holly boughs were adhered, I added the chickadee with dimensionals
and some Dazzling Details glitter on the leaves.

Here's the CAS Watercolour Challenge

Our Design Team and Guest Designer Ina have some wonderful inspiration for you.

And with that bit of glitter, it fits with the CAS Mix Up Challenge too.

There's some gorgeous cards in both of these galleries.  Lots of inspiration for Christmas cards!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Season's Gifts (PB)
Ink:   Antique Linen (DI), Distress Markers (Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Dried Marigold)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Str), Neena
Other:  Bird Amidst The Holly Die (PB), Dazzling Details (retired SU)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Glitter, Glitter

Hello friends.

It's time for the mid-month reminder at CAS Mix Up.

You probably don't need it, but here's some more inspiration for you.
Using stamping, glitter, heat embossing and smooshing with Inka Gold 

I adhered a piece of Sookwang sheet to some Neena cardstock and die cut it.

After pulling off the liner, I poured some fine green glitter over all that sticky
and rubbed it in with my finger.

It didn't cut all the way through, which I kind of liked better than the open tree.

And it sure is glittery!

I found a piece that I'd done by smooshing Inka Gold and water.

Lots of sparkle and shine on this card!

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in gold to stay with all the shine.

I hope you'll pull out some glitter and join us at
CAS Mix Up

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  All Holidays (ret. SU) 
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:  Thick Vanilla, Gold Foil (SU), Neena 
Other:  Inka Gold (Gold), Gold EP, Sookwang Sheet, Woodlands Die (TH), Glitter (MS)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thankful for You

Hello.  I hope you had a great weekend!

Our leaves are turning to their bright, beautiful colors and falling fast.

Hopefully this leaf won't fall.

I wish I could have captured the gleam of the gold that borders the embossed sentiment.

The leaf was die cut from a snippet of watercolor paper and colored 
with re-inkers and my Aqua Painter.

I used this leaf embossing folder that I had used at a friend's house.  I have
since found one and was excited to add it to my collection.

When the leaf was dry, I dry embossed it with another embossing folder.

Lots of texture and shine on this card!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Lots of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Neena, Gold Foil (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Re-inkers (Tangerine Tango, Real Red), Lear Flourish EF (ret. Crafters Companion), Gold EP, Leaflets Framelits (SU), Gold Twine (ret. SU)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ornament Tags


I'm sharing some more tags today.

I'm behind so I'm doubling up.

These are for Loll's Tag Event

Using stamping, coloring with markers, heat embossing, die cutting and fussy cutting.
This was done on a die cut stitched rectangle that had a sprig of holly stamped
and colored.  I believe the holly was colored by swiping markers on a
palette and picking up the color with a Blender Pen.

I went over the stems and some of the leaves with a Gold Gel Pen for a little

The ornament was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, smacked in the VersaMark
and clear embossed so it is shiny like the vintage glass balls
that are among my favorite tree decorations.

I stamped the sentiment crooked (as usual) and had to do another a put it on top.

I'd gotten behind so here's another tag.
Using stamping, heat embossing, punches, die cuts, watercolor and dry embossing.

I found this ornament that had been punched from a piece of watercolor. 
I'm thinking the coloring was done with Brushos...or maybe not.

I added a little silver joy to the center of the ornament and some twine
to hang it from.

The pine sprigs were stamped with white pigment ink and heat embossed
and the sentiment was also heat embossed, this time with silver.

To add a bit more texture, I used my favorite embossing folder on the larger 
background tag and tied it all up with some silver twine.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Recipe (Tag 1)
Stamps:  Ornamental Pines, Delicate Ornaments (retired SU), Holiday Snippets
Ink:   Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, SU Markers, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Garden Green)
Paper:   Neena
Other:  Stitched Rectangles Die (LI), VersaMark, Clear EP, Gold Gel Pen, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Recipe (Tag 2)
Stamps:  Christmas Pines (SU)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU), Encore Gold
Paper:  Cucumber Crush, Glimmer Silver (SU), Neena, Watercolor
Other:  Brusho (?), Joy Die (Elizabeth Crafts), Main St. Pinpoint Tags Dies (PS), White EP, Silver EP (SU), Square Lattice EF, Ornament Punch, Silver Twine (ret. SU)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rudolph for Merry Monday

Hi there.

I had some of these little owl punch Rudolphs in my UFO box.

The stenciled snowfall piece was in the box too and it just fit behind
this peek-a-boo window.

My friend Marcia is the hostess at Merry Monday this week.

and since there's glitter on the stenciled snow and Rudolph's nose,
I'll add this to the gallery at CAS Mix Up.

and I'm behind on my tags for
Loll's tag event

Here is tag #4
Using stamping, heat embossing (trees), die cut and Marker coloring

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R.)
Ink:   SU Markers (Crumb Cake, Real Red)
Paper:   Neena, Crumb Cake, Textured Brown, Red Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Owl Punch, Circle Punch, Snowflake Punch (SU), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Peek-a-boo Window Die (MFT), Googly Eyes (Michaels)

Tag Recipe
Stamps: Holiday Home (ret. SU), Festive Wishes (PB)
Ink: Archival Black (Ranger), Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (SU), SU Markers (Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Old Olive)
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  White EP (SU),

Friday, November 10, 2017

Guest Designing for Craft Stampers Magazine

Hi.  I was the ecstatic winner of the Take it, Make It September Challenge
at Craft Stamper's Magazine.

So I'm a Guest Designer there today.

This card uses a technique that Karen Dunbrook shared with us.

Distress ink was rubbed directly from the inkpad on a long, narrow acrylic block,
sprayed and dragged the length of a piece of cardstock.

I repeated the process with another color.

I love the bright vibrant colors and they seemed perfect with
this Tim Holtz butterfly stamp and sentiment.

The butterfly is heat embossed to make it stand out more.

This is such a quick and fun technique!

The whole design is popped up on foam.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Live in the Moment, Distress Crayon Watercolor Kit (TH)
Ink:   Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry (DI), VersaMark, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neena
Other:  Black EP (SU), Acrylic Block, Spritzer Bottle

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Guest Designing for Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends


Today I'm Guest Designing for
Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll & Friends

I've had fun finding bits from my UFO box to put on tags.

 I really liked the way the silver embossing looks over the stamped greenery
and the 25 die cut from Cherry Cobbler landed near this stamping when I took it
out of the box.  I love when my box shows me what to do!

This is the 4th day so there's still plenty of time for you to join in.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Pines (SU)
Ink:   Emerald Envy (SU), Encore Silver
Paper:   Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  Silver EP (SU), Basic Bookmark #1 Die (PTI), Min Reindeer and 25 Movers and Shapers Die, Tinsel (TH)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bejeweled in Mahogany and Gold

Hello friends and welcome.

I love this Penny Black Stamp!

Did I say, I love this Penny Black Stamp?

This time I inked the flower with Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint Distress Markers.

I had placed it on my MISTI so I added some more Mahogany to the center of the flower
and thumped some Forest Moss on the leaves and stems and stamped again.

I added some splatters with Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine
and a gold foil mat to match.

Flower Challenge #14: CAS
Just Us Girls: Thankful
Penny Black Saturday:  Thank You
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thanks/Thanksgiving


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bejeweled (PB), Budding Poppies (TT)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss), Encore Gold
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Gold Foil (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold, Stately EF (Crafts Concepts), Gold EP (SU)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tag of Trees

It's Day 2 of Loll's Tag Challenge

For this challenge, requirements for "Mixed Media" are stamping, plus two mixed media elements (techniques or products).  The theme is Christmas.  Tags only please!

Using stamping, watercolor, alcohol ink, die cuts, heat embossing with Frantage

The tag came from my UFO box.  I think I cut it last year then couldn't decide
what to do with it.  I believe it was colored with Inka Gold smoosh technique.
It has a bit of shimmer in spots.

I stamped some winter trees with gray ink then sprinkled Frantage
chunky embossing powder and heat set from the back.

The snowbank was also a UFO and I die cut the tree from a
leftover piece of alcohol ink.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  White Christmas (SU), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Smokey Slate (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Glossy
Other:  Ornate Tag Topper Punch (retired SU),  Frantage (Stampendous), Tall Trees Die (Frantic Stamper), Stitched Snow Drifts (MFT)