More Christmas Cards

Since it worked out that we were able to spend Christmas with family I quickly made some cards to take along. I had a lot of fun making the cards and for once they just went together without problems.

I used peacock feathers,squeezed lemonade Distress Inks and Brilliant turquoise Metallic Lustre for a smooshed background. I used the Manger dies from Spellbinder again. The Merry Christmas is a Quickutz die. I also made one using silver but I could not get a good picture without a ton of glare.

Same technique as I used on the last post.

May 2018 be everything you’re hoping for.



Randy and Drew’s Christmas Cards

I hope everyone’s Christmas was wonderful. For the first time in years we were able to be with family. The time was so short but we packed a lot in the time we had.                                                                                                                                                Randy’s card is first. I saw it on Splitcoaststampers and loved it on sight. I smooshed the background using dried marigold, weathered wood with gold metallic rub. Then I cut Tim Holtz skinny tree die out of gold metallic paper. I used Tim’s believe die and cut it out of the gold metallic paper. Love how it turned out.

Drew’s I saw on Richele Christensen’s blog. I didn’t have everything so I used what I had. I didn’t have a die that cut the snow so I just used two different sized circle punches and punched away. I used gold paper so it looked like stars shinning through. I used both trees from the Tim Holtz Woodlands die set. Also used Tim’s treeline die. I used the Sizzix Winter Deer die and cut out the 3 deer that I wanted from it. I used the old Snow Angel from Quickutz alphabet dies. I cut three white ones and then the gold for the top layer. I wanted to it stand out. Of course, there is glitter on the trees and snow.

I can’t believe 2017 is drawing to a close. May 2018 be everything you’re hoping for. Thank you for all your visits in 2017 they were appreciated.


A Few Christmas Cards

It’s been a rough year this year motivation-wise. I just didn’t have any. I dug deep and made a few Christmas cards. Here are three that should have arrived by now. I will have six more cards but will have to wait until after Christmas.

The first two I made for Linda and Annette. I tried Jennifer McGuire’s Cling wrap technique. I used navy paper for these cards. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend trying it. The background was made using Alcohol Inks. I use the backside of photo paper. I really like how it looks better than the front side. I used the dotted squares dies from Sizzix. The Manger dies are from Spellbinders.

Next up is Emily’s card. Sizzix Deer Knit embossing folder that I highlighted with Distress Ink Walnut Stain. I used the Hero Arts Layered Evergreen Tree stamp set.

May all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Thank you for visiting and leaving some love.


Annette’s Birthday Card

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything. We’ve had a busy Summer but I’m back at it again. Winter will be here before we know it. 😦                                           When I saw this idea for a card I knew I had to make it for Annette. Her daughter is a photographer and has taken many beautiful boken photos. You can find the tutorial here. As usual I didn’t have any of the colors. My first card I didn’t like at all way to bright. I’m much happier with the second color choices.

You get the full effect of a boken from a distance.

Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to this Summer. I’ve been rather obsessed with making macarons. Here is the bubblegum one.

Peach macaron

Well, that’s it for me today. Have a great week!



Christmas Planner and Birthday Card for Linda

I’m good at finding cool projects and putting them in a file and looking at the file once a year and then think I need to make that! Well, the Christmas Planner I made for Linda was one of those that I kept saying I NEED to make that. I gave you the link to give credit due to Tracy from I Wanna Build a Memory blog who came up with this awesome tutorial! I had so much fun making this planner, figuring out paper and finding the images. There are a ton of pics so sit back and enjoy. This house is terrible for taking pics so had to take about 100 pics before I got some I liked.

Here is the cover. 

Page 2 & 3

Page 4 & 5

Back Cover

Linda’s card was also something I had wanted to do for a while. I saw it on Pinterest. I had a lot of fun making her card. I used Brusho colors for the background behind the Tim Holtz die from the Mixed Media die set. The flower was from PaperArtsy JOFY 14 stamp set. I colored it with the Brusho powders I had used on the background.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time trying to learn how to make Macaron cookies. I learn something every time I make them. They have become a challenge to me. 😉

Have a great week everyone! As always I appreciate your visiting with me for a while.




Travel Journal That Only Took Me 5 Years

Yes, I started this travel journal somewhere around 4-5 years ago. For some reason I got a bee in my bonnet to finish it a couple of weeks ago. First of all I followed the “Envelope Mini Album Series” You Tube videos by Kathy Orta. Boy, was that fun trying to figure out where I left off that many years ago. I finally did and it was so worth it. (Forgot to add there are 5 videos).                                                                                                      I’m going to list things first before pictures of the book. First, I used kraft envelopes and blank cards, Tim Holtz “Destinations” 12×12 paper pad. The following Tim Holtz dies:  picture wheel, Adventure words, torn notebook, pocket envelope. Accucut dies were Love Note #1 and envelope. Distress Ink in vintage photo and hickory smoke. EK Success pine forest edge punch.



I’m only showing a few pages as there are many pages this book. There are pockets on the left page. the right page has many papers for lists.1

Next page two of the Love Note notes and envelopes. Places for putting pictures or memorabilia.


More tags for writing on and envelope for receipts, etc.


Another page of pockets.


This picture shows the blank kraft notecard that each section of the book contains. It slips in the envelope on the left page of each section. There are many, many places to put pictures or anything else a person may want to keep.


Even though it took me so long to finish this book I really did enjoy making it. I actually think I would like to make another one.

Thanks for visiting with me for a while. Always enjoy the love you leave.


Christmas Cards For My Guys

Wow! This is going to be one loooooong winter here. So far, we have received 46.9″ of snow in December. We had a blizzard starting Christmas Day going into Monday. So both guys were home as nothing was moving that day. We have a tunnel to get out of our driveway. Next week we start the sub-zero temps for the forseeable future.                                                                                                                           On to better things, here is Randy’s Christmas card. I used Christmas Lights Sprite from Aurora Wings. I had so much trouble with the finishing of this card. I kept working on it for days adding things here and there. I used the lights punch from EK Success. Colored them with copic markers and finished them with Diamond Glaze. Everything else was from the Tim Holtz lines. The window die, Merry Christmas Stamp, brick stencil which I then used texture paste. I used Distress Inks on the bricks to highlight them.


Inside the card is the image.


Drew’s card is next. I used Chill from Mo’s Digital Pencil. Love this image as this is how we feel here until about June 1st. I kid you not. I used Cotton Ball white Fun Flock for all his fur. I masked the image and sprayed Marshmallow Glimmer Mist all over the background and used Wink of Stella clear on the steam coming out of his mouth.


The dots that look yellow are not that color in IRL. They are a beautiful sparkle like the rest of the card.

May all of you have a wonderful 2017!

Thank you for all the times you have visited with me over 2016. Know that each time was appreciated. See you next year!