Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Auntie

One last birthday card for the year. Today is the 84th birthday for my Aunt Sis. She is celebrating by an overnight visit with my Mom to the riverboat casino. She doesn't care for frilly feminine things so I thought this card would be a nice compromise.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom

Mom won't be happy that I advertised her age but this month marked her 80th birthday. She celebrated in grand style with my siblings and her grands. I made this special stair step card at a class with Stephanie Barnard at Stamper's Corner. Loved it and all the work that went into it, so I knew it had to go to someone very special. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014


A Flip It card I made for Farley's hubby Bob who celebrated on the 18th. I used dies from The Stamps of Life. The stamp is from Papertrey Ink. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Googie Birthday

Now that Christmas is over, I can post a few birthday cards I made this month for some December birthdays. This first one is for Nancy's hubby Mark who celebrated on the 12th. I used my new Papertrey Googie dies to create this little gem. Love the look.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Another Sunburst card based upon the tutorial taught to me by my crafty little sister Chrissie earlier this month. I love the complex look we achieved with a few simple steps. And she also inspired me to use a NBUS cardinal die as the focal point. Love it. 

Merry Christmas to all and I hope you've enjoyed seeing my 25 Cards of Christmas. Stay tuned for more card making merriment over the coming weeks. There's always a holiday requiring some cards.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Charley Harper Cardinal

Another card I made at the Shoebox session with Nancy and Farley earlier this year. These are based upon drawings by Charley Harper. I love them. I have been hoarding them since February when I made them, knowing they would be perfect as Christmas cards.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Another Big Holiday Wish

Another version of the 6x6 tutorial via Operation Write Home. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pastel Snowman

Another card from my watercoloring session. Used the snowman2build from Stephanie Barnard as my starting place. Because you don't really think I could draw a snowman freehand, do you?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Reindeer Penguin

Another card made using the tutorial from Kristina Werner on Day One in my Holiday Card Workshop. This one has a few differences from the one I posted earlier this month. One being that I've turned my Stampin' Up Owl into a reindeer. And two, I applied textured Snow through my stencil instead of gold paste. I really like this card and would like to make more of them in the future. On to 2015.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Big Holiday Wishes

I took a tip from Kristie who was featured on the Operation Write Home blog and tried to make as many cards as I could from one paper pad. She uses the adorable 6x6 pads that are so prominent now. I have a couple of 12x12 pads from Christmases past that I would like to finish off this year. Thus, I started an assembly line of cards. Quite a few were made with the silver grey palette. I hope to make many more cards using her techniques. She's a master (or mistress) of quantity quality card making. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Papertrey Penguin

Another Pompom pal from Papertrey. I think these little critters are adorable. Colored with Distress Markers. Papers are from that same Doodlebug pad I've been using all season. Six more shopping days.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

American Modernist Cardinal

This card was made earlier this year when Farley, Nancy and I had a Shoebox card-making evening. Each person brought a shoe box containing the parts and pieces necessary to assemble a card for which we provided a ready-made sample. For Farley's share, she provided pieces cut on her Klic-N-Kut cutter to make cardinal cards. These clever cards were inspired by Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist Charley Harper whose work I adore. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much I liked making them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Mixed Media

Another card panel from the May Flaum mixed media class at Scramp Camp in Fairfield. The trees were cut on Silhouette several years ago and languishing in my Christmas stash. Finally time to use them.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Warm Wishes

I spotted a cool watercolored snowman on Pinterest and decided to try to interpret it using Stephanie Barnard's snowman2build from The Stamps of Life. I am very happy with the results.

Monday, December 15, 2014


I can't really provide many details on this card because I made it at a recent Scramp Camp class with May Flaum. I do know it uses several Tim Holtz tools & designs and it's way out of my usual comfort zone. But I really like it. And so does hubby. So perhaps I should stroll out of my comfort zone more often.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

PomPom Rudolph

Another Papertrey Ink PomPom Pal watercolored with Distress Markers and given a home on a Stephanie Barnard Flip it. This combination of things just makes me smile!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


One of the images I watercolored while at Garage Camp in October. Sweet little stamp from Papertrey Ink.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Santa and Unity's Friends with Flair

At last, a Friday where I remember to post in time for Unity's weekly challenge. Made this card with papers from Doodlebug's Home for the Holidays. (Yes, soon it will be gone forever). Clean and simple but I'm happy with it. The stamp is from Unity.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reindeer Games

Oops. I nearly forgot to post today. I guess my brain is soggy from the rain. I made this card for the monthly challenge at The Stamps of Life. The requirement is to use the current month stamp or die. Tictactoe2play was a challenge for a Christmas theme but I finally came up with the idea for Reindeer Games. I thought it was cute. Sentiment was computer generated. Papers from DCWV Paper stack. Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Card Workshop - Day Four

This day of the workshop features one layer cards. As mentioned yesterday, this is not my forté. However, I was taken with Julie's one layer masked design on kraft card stock. So I tried to give it a whirl with the materials I have on hand. This is the result. Ho ho ho

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cool Christmas

Very simple one layer card created in my Holiday Card class in a prior year. I don't really know that I'm a one layer kind of gal. Go big or go home????

Monday, December 8, 2014

Blue Christmas

This is one of those cards that looked a lot better in my head than once created. I used Farley's December sketch for and a holiday paper stack from Michael's. The stamp is from Unity. I will work on the concept and try to come up with a better one.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Penguin Greeting

This holiday card was created using a Flip It die from Stephanie Barnard, papers from Doodlebug's Home for the Holidays and a Pompom Pal from Papertrey Ink colored with Distress markers. Don't have any pompoms so I used Stickles instead. Stickles dress up anything. Love this little guy.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Make It Monday Merry & Bright

This is another of the Papertrey O'Tannenbaum images I stamped while at Garage Camp with Nancy. When I saw the Make it Monday #191 challenge this week, I knew I had to make a submission. I do not have the urge right now to deal with glitter flying every where in my craft room and my "messy space" in the garage is unavailable to me right now. I saw this glittery ribbon at Hobby Lobby this week and knew it would work as a reasonable substitute. So there you go. Another card done. Merry & Bright.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Rejoice. It's Day Five of my Holiday Cards

You've seen this card before but I'm already running behind on having cards prepared and ready to post. I used an inking technique on an embossing folder along with a stamp from Unity. Too bad it's already been posted. I could play along with Friends with Flair.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Card Workshop 2014 - Day One

I took advantage of the Black Friday sales to purchase this year's Holiday Card Workshop class from

This card is my version of the Day One assignment. Kristina Werner created an adorable card using texture paste and a falling snow stencil. I had neither one of those items so I used an old tool from my stash, the Provo Craft shape punch of a star. I made my own stencil just using card stock and applied Dreamweaver metallic gold embossing paste to create the stars. I'm happy with the results, using items I already had on hand.

I also did not have a round stamp like Kristina used. So I decided to paper piece with a die set I purchased last year and never used. The little igloo is from Impression Obsession. The penguin was cobbled together using parts from the penguin in the same die set as well as my standby, the Stampin' Up! Owl punch. Oh, and the old Santa hat from Quickutz. Man, there's a lot of old stuff going on here.

I don't like to have my twine wrapped around the card so I just used red paper strips to set off the main panel. The Merry die cut word is a RAK from my good Squirrley friend Nancy.

I'm actually happy with this one. Thanks for sliding by.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bright Christmas

Another card using dies from The Stamps of Life. Love Stephanie's creations. This one is from candles4birthdays. I have given myself a little challenge to use non-Holiday stamps in a new way. The sentiment is from last year's holiday set called lights4Christmas. The papers are from a DCWV stack. The little mistletoe is an old Quickutz die from my Vixen set. The wonky rectangle die is from Papertrey Ink's recent Stamp Affair 60's set. Thanks for bringing your sleigh by my internet home.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sunburst Reindeer

I spent the day following Thanksgiving FaceTiming with my little sister. I asked her to give me a quick tutorial on how to make these clever sunburst cards. I figure with all the 6x6 paper pads I have floating around now, it is a good idea to use up the scraps in this way. These papers are from Doodlebug's Home for the Holidays. The fiber is from an old Club Scrap stash and my little reindeer punch was a Christmas present from my sister last year. Love him. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

In the Meadow We can Build a Snowman....

My first holiday card for 2014. I made this using stamps and dies from The Stamps of Life snowman2build along with a snowy scene embossing folder. It's almost like playing paper dolls, putting this little guy together. I'm sure you'll see more of him on future holiday cards. Thanks for stopping by.