Monthly Archives: December 2015

Avery Elle Challenge – Use Metallics

The card I made for the latest Avery Elle Challenge is a bit of an unusual one for me.  On the card there is a mix of a cartoonish whimsical stamp with a realistic stamp. I also added in lots of shiny metallics.  The mix of these elements would not usually work for me, but in the end I was happy with the resulting card.


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Supplies:  Avery Elle Snow much Fun stamp set, Stampendous embossing powder, Hero Arts Silver dye ink, Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter stain, River City Rubberworks Forest stamp, Simon Says tamp card base, Copic markers, Simon Says stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills and Scor tape.

Share Joy Challenge- Taylored Expressions

I wanted to make a card for the sketch in the Share Joy Challenge this week.  For some reason, I have always liked the look of rectangles with only two opposite corners rounded, so this sketch gave me to make a card using this concept.  I think the card is quite adorable.  It just seems appropriate that the Mama bird from the Mama and Me stamp set is pointing out the consequences of naughty versus nice to her child.



Supplies:  Tylored Expressions Mama and Me stamp set, Pebbles Home for Christmas patterned paper 6X6, Simon Says tamp card base and Scor tape.

Monday Challenge – Simon Says Stamp

The Monday Challenge theme this week at Simon Says Stamp is Holly Jolly Stamping.  This is an easy one giving the large amount of Christmas Cards that I have been creating.  I just received the Simon and Dexter Christmas stamp set so I thought I would make a card with that.  A few minutes ago Sandra sent me her entry for this challenge and “low and behold” (sounds kind of Christmasy like doesn’t it) she used the same set.  I will post them side by side, just for fun.   Sandra’s card is coloured with Copics while mine was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.


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Sandra’s Supplies:

Stamp Set – Simon Says, Simon and Dexter Christmas

Cardstock – Bazzill, CTMH & Recollection

Ink – Memento Black

Markers – Copic

Ribbon – Michaels

Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug

Wink of Stella

Debbie’s Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp Simon stamp and Dexter stamp set, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Neenah cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills die, Unknown patterned paper, Silver Pico embellisher, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.

Make it Monday Challenge – Using Felt

The challenge at Papertrey Ink this week is to use felt on a project.  I am always amazed at how well the thinlet dies cut through felt.  Even dies that I have had difficulty with, in cutting paper, have cut felt crisply.  It is like magic. There is some times a problem to  “keep” the die cut together after cutting, but this is the fault of the felt, not the die.  I am guilty of buying the cheapest,poorest quality felt.  It should have come with a warning……………no one over 4 years old should buy this product!  If you use cheap felt, then at least get the adhesive backed variety.  You have a better chance of getting it on your project before it goes all Mission Impossible and self destructs.  An even better idea would be to buy Papertrey Ink’s wool felt, so that you have good quality felt to work with in the first place.

Because the challenge is only a week long and it takes far longer to get packages in the mail, I had to make do with my cheap felt.  The resulting card has an interesting, appealing look.

IMG_0434Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Uncorked dies, Dollar store and Michael’s felt, Teresa Collins sequins,Craftsmith Foil paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.

Paper Smooches Monthly Challenge December

Paper Smooches theme this month is flowers.  This gave me a break from snowflakes, Santas, glitter and foil for a bit, so I was up for giving it a try.  I think the card turned out well, even though the busy, full, realistic explosion of flowers is not what I usually think of for Paper Smooches images.  This card size is A6.


Paper Smooches

Supplies:  Paper Smooches Spreading Sushine stamp set and Wise Dies Easel, Kaisercraft Fiesta 6.5X 6.5 patterned paper, Hero Arts dye inks, Recollections Card base and Scor tape.

Share Joy Challenge-Taylored Expressions

I have an extra challenge to the usual sketch and color scheme challenge.  I decided to use the Holiday Grumplings stamp set in spite of the Share Joy nature of this challenge.  The expressions on these stamp images are anything but joyful.  I do think that they can’t help but bring a smile to the recipient’s face though, so mission accomplished.  This card is for my co-blogger Sandra who purports (like the Grumplings) to hate Christmas.  This is the same lady who owns a cajillion (spellcheck very unhappy with this word, but hey it is my blog) Christmas stamps INCLUDING this Grumpling one, so I don’t really believe her.

I was shocked that the sentiment stamped so well on the rough glittery paper, but if you try it, use Stazon ink so that the ink will dry sometime before Christmas.





Supplies:  Taylored Expressions Holiday Grumplings stamp set, Bo Bunny 6X6 Candy Cane Lane patterned paper, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts dies, Casual Fridays Fri-dies tags, unknown glitter paper from the bowels of my paper stash, recollection card base and Scor tape.

Work it Wednesday- Simon Says Stamp Challenge

The challenge for Work it Wednesday this week is Let it Snow.  Since the blog challenge is featuring Art Impressions stamps, I decided to use one of my AI stamps.  Only one jumped out at me as being suitable for a Let it Snow theme.  I am glad it did jump out at me, because I realized that having a Misti was a game changer in making this tri-fold card.  It was SO MUCH easier to line up the stamps in just the right place.  If I didn’t have to wait for the “snow” to dry, this card would have taken me less than half the time it took before I had the Misti.

If I had realized how well it was going to turn out, I would have made about six cards assembly line style, while I had the Misti out.





Supplies:  Art Impressions Village TF stamp set, Lawn Fawn Let it Snow die, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, Irresistble  Pico Embellisher.


Make it Monday Challenge – Splatters

The challenge this week is over at Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday Challenge is splatters.  Who has not hesitated poised over an almost complete project with sprayer or brush in hand?  You want to put splatters on your project but are afraid that the splatters will turn out to be splotches and the result will look reckless rather than random.  It still happens to me but less often than before.  First of all, I rarely attempt to use a manual sprayer, even one that purports to release nice little droplets all over.  Like many people, I have found at least some measure of control by flicking the plastic tube from the spray bottle, to create larger dots.  I recently acquired two stipple brushes for no apparent reason.  Today I used them to create medium and small splatters, that actually turned out medium and small and reasonably random.  Fabulous.

I actually made two cards so will post both of them.  One will be linked to the Papertrey Ink Challenge.  Still don’t know which one……………..eenie meenie miney moe………….




Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Joyful Christmas stamp set, Papertrey ink Shakers and Sprinkles dies, Recollections Vellum, Craftsmith Silver foil patterned paper, Bo Bunny patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp woodgrain paper, Offray ribbon, Wow Rainbow embossing powder,  Papertrey ink raindrops, CTMH Epoxy bubbles, Craft medley, Pretty Pink Posh  and Simon Says Stamp sequins, MME card base and Scor tape.