Saturday, December 31, 2016

Warm Hello

Hello Stampers ~ Are you in need of a Warm Hello?

I managed to get a few things done yesterday after my workshop and running some errands.  I worked some more on stenciling the cover to my planner, made 2 cards, cut all the pieces for my thank you cards from October (yes I know I am way behind), and went to a class last night.  Today I am hoping to get some cards made and then I am babysitting Remi as Jess is going out for New Year's.  I won't get anything done while I have her so I have to work around when I am free.

My card today uses a piece of watercolor paper that I used to take advantage of the extra ink I had left of my non stick mat after making my large piece.  This one was made the same way as the other one.  I used Soft Sky ink on the mat and spritzed it with water, smooshed the watercolor paper in the ink, and set aside to dry.  The technique was repeated with Marina Mist ink and then Dapper Denim letting the ink dry in between each color.  I used the beautiful snowflake from Tin of Tags to stamp on the front of the card base.  I used tear & tape to attach the watercolor piece to the card base.  Masking was used to stamp just the word "Warm" and then the hello was added underneath.  I rounded opposite corners on the sentiment layer.  A piece of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper was cut a little larger and the opposite corners were rounded.  Then the same procedure was used for a layer of Marina Mist for the bottom.  All papers were layered then a strip of silver ribbon was added to the back of the sentiment layer.   It was added to the card front with dimensionals.  To finish off the card I had a snowflake edge die that I cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper also.  It was added to the watercolor layer using Tombow glue.  Here is my finished card.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Thanks for visiting me today.  The weather the next few days is supposed to be warmer.  I so love snow and would like to have some.  Guess I will have to wait til maybe next weekend when it will be colder.  Have a Super Saturday and enjoy my Warm Hello today!


Friday, December 30, 2016

November 2016 Paper Pumpkin 2 page layout

Hello Ladies ~ I am behind in working with my November 2016 Paper Pumpkin.

I spent a little time at the yarn store yesterday.  I had to be home earlier than normal as we were taking the girls to Seneca Creek Park.  It is a Park about 2 hours away that is 3 1/2 miles of Christmas lights.  It really was a lot of fun and because the speed limit is only 20 miles an hour both girls were able to get out of their carseats during the ride to be able to see all the lights.  It was a lot of fun and I am sure we will do it again next year.

I took some time a few weeks ago to play with the November 2016 Paper Pumpkin.  I knew when I saw the cut outs it would make a great 2 page spread.  I paired it with some Night of Navy card stock and created a cute snow layout.  I plan on putting the girls pictures on it if we have any snow this year.  Here is a video of my layout.

Here are the photos of the 2 pages. 

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a workshop this morning and then I will be playing in my craft room as the girls will be gone all day.  Have a Fabulous Friday and I hope you liked my November 2016 Paper Pumpkin 2 page layout.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday's Focus

Happy Thursday Ladies ~ It is time for our Thursday Focus!

Yesterday Renee and I met to work on a class we both want to offer.  It was a successful day!  We got our project finished.  I will be sending out the announcement about it later this evening.  If you are not on my mailing list you won't know about it.  Make sure you sign up using the form at the right!

Our Thursday Focus this week is all about the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies.  These dies are in the Holiday Catalog but they are also carrying over and you will find them in the Occasions Catalog which you can order from on January 4th.  They make a great tag but you can also use them to make a panel for your card like I shared last week.

If you are coming here from Helen's blog - Blue Dahlia Designs there are still several other blogs for you to visit.   

This week I decided to use the dies to make a tag that I could use on a card.  I went with a Valentine theme.  I used some Real Red to cut out the scallop topped tag.  I then used one of the scroll dies to cut a decorative edge on the top flap.  To create a closure for the tag I used some Silver glimmer paper and punched out a Sweetheart heart.  I added a piece of white underneath to highlight the edge.  To create a closure for the tag I used some Silver glimmer paper and punched out a Sweetheart heart.  I added a small piece of dimensional to the bottom of the tag and then attached the heart so that the top of the heart was used to hold the tag closed.   A piece of white was embossed using the Happy Heart embossing folder.  This was layered onto a Real Red card base using Tear & Tape.  The tag was attached to the front of the card base using dimensionals.  To finish off the card, I added a bow using the Glitter Ribbon combo pack.  Here is my completed project.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Are you ready to check out some other projects using the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see how she used the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies.  I am sure it will be fantastic!

Thanks for visiting me today.  It is yarn store day today.  I will be working on some things when I get back from the yarn store so I have some other things to post later this weekend.  Have a Great Day and let us know what you think about Thursday's Focus ideas.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Watercolor Snow

Hello Everyone ~ are you ready to see my Watercolor Snow?

I did a lot of die cutting and fussy cutting for a project I am working on yesterday.  I also finished one of my cards for a new class I am having next month.  I need to do one more and that class is complete.  The other 2 classes are half done.  I will finish them up by this weekend and then all my classes for January are complete!  Yah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is our last gold or silver challenge for this month.

I decided to use one of the backgrounds I created when I was playing with my watercoloring.  I saw a good sketch at Freshly Made Sketches   

I kept this one simple.  I used the Softly Falling embossing folder for the card base front.  I cut a strip of Silver glimmer paper.  I then took the watercolor background I created and cut it in half for the card front.  All I needed to do was add a snowflake I found from a while ago and cut the word "Snow" out.  I attached both to the card front.  My card was completed!

Now I know you are going to want to know how I did the background.  I took a piece of watercolor paper and using my nonstick sheet I smooshed the Soft Sky ink pad onto the sheet.  I spritzed it with water so it was pretty wet - the ink beaded up.  I then took the watercolor paper and pushed it into the ink.  I checked the paper and if there were some bare spots I pushed it into the ink again.  Set this aside to dry and clean up your sheet.  When it is dry, repeat the above procedure but use Marina Mist.  When you add this second color you want to make sure some of the base color shows through. When this layer is dry, repeat with Dapper Denim.  If you have done this correctly, you should have layers of different colors like on my card.  Here is my completed card.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Are you ready to see how Amanda at Our Crafty Playdate used gold or silver?  Hop on over to her blog to check out her card.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a play date with Renee so we can work on an idea for a monthly class.  It will be fun to play.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday and give your own Watercolor Snow a try!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Hello Everyone ~ I am sharing the final card for Christmas where I used a framelit to make a poinsettia.

I spent a lot of time in my craft room yesterday.  I made a bunch of cards for this week, worked on my planner cover, and made my cards for my January workshop.  Very productive day!  If you are not on my mailing list and live in the area and want to attend my workshops, sign up for my newsletter on the side as that is how I send out the notice for them.

We have a sketch this week for Hand Stamped Sentiments.    

The date in the calendar schedule was wrong.  I thought the card was for last week.  Needless to say I did a Christmas card so if you are in need of another late card idea here is one for you.  I began my using a piece of the This Christmas dsp and added it to a slightly larger panel of Garden Green.  This was added to a Very Vanilla card base.  Choose a coordinating piece of dsp from the paper to create a banner with the Banner Framelits.  Add this horizontally to the card on the lower portion of the card front.  Next the Flourish Thinlits were used to make a poinsettia.  I cut 2 of the large open flowers using Cherry Cobbler.  Take one of the flowers and cut it down so you are left with only the small inner flower.  Attach the 2 flowers together using glue dots and making sure to offset the petals of the small one from the inside petals of the large one.  Use some Garden Green card stock and cut 2 leaves.  Use some Tombow Multipurpose liquid glue to attach the leaves to the flower.  Attach the completed flower to the card using a glue dot.  Add a rhinestone you have colored with a yellow Sharpie marker.  Your card is now complete!

inside of card and envelope

inside of card and envelope

I hope you will check out the other design team creations at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  There are some very talented ladies on this team who create some awesome projects!  You are missing out if you don't visit the blog!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to work on some other class projects I need for January.  This way my ladies can see them when they come to my workshop.  Have a Terrific Tuesday and I hope my Poinsettia will inspire you for next year!