Owen James

My card today is for our youngest grandchild. Owen is 3 months old (already) and is getting baptised on Sunday.

It’s a special time for all of us. I’m taking a “sick” day from Holiday Card Workshop classes tomorrow to help with preparations.

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Day 9 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Day 9 – Snowflakes

Today’s class by Kristina Werner instructed us to create a Faux Embossed Snowflake background by die-cutting snowflakes and stacking four on top of each other for dimension. My faux embossed snowflake background is more of an older style embossing folder instead of the 3D embossing folders since I only stacked 2 snowflakes. LOL. Snowflakes, and focal layer are cut from shimmer paper and Joy die cut was layered and topped with a scrap of glitter cardstock. I needed a pop of color.

The second session by Caly Person was a beautiful Snowflake Easel card. That will need to wait for another day.

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Hello and welcome. Hope you’ve been having a good week.

Today’s card is for our favorite busser who I’ve come to think of as a bonus grandson. The turkey is from the Silhouette, pp from online, ef used is Cuttlebug. The Silhouette turkey didn’t have googly eyes, but I just couldn’t help myself. Sentiment is one I’ve had on file for several years. I’m entering this in Crafting Happiness Challenges Thanksgiving-Fall.

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Day 8 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Day 8 Foiling

Day 8 classes were all about foiling. Yana Smakula instructed hot foiling using the glimmer machine and the different types of paper to use and other useful tips. Beautiful cards but I don’t have a Glimmer and won’t be making the investment into one. Yana’s cards are always beautiful and I enjoyed her presentation.

The alternate class was taught by Gina K and this one I could participate in as I do have decofoil, deco transfer gel and toner sheets. I don’t do a lot of foiling because it is usually hit or miss with the foil but my top card was made using SSS In the Round stencil, transfer gel and then cutting strips of green and red foil, layering them across the dried transfer gel and send through the laminator. The bottom portion was also foiled using foil on a transfer sheet. My Santa is from an ephemera pack I picked up at my local Michael’s. The pack was all inclusive of a dark toned Santa and a light toned Santa. I thought this Santa was extra cute and he was standing the correct position for my card. Inside card has a layer of patterned papers with the works HoHoHo throughout.

My second card was made with toner sheets. The striped was one from Gina K/ThermoWeb a few years ago but the small panel was made using the foiled sheet on a toner sheet and running it through in two different directions to create a trellis like effect. I added another piece of ephemera to an oval vellum die cut to complete my card. The only method that was a FAIL was stamping snowflakes in versamark, heat embossing, inking and running through the laminator with foil. I only achieved partial foiling.

Another fun class. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and stay safe.

Day 7 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022

Day 7’s sessions were all about embossing folders. Koren Wiskman’s session was Spotlight Ink Blending + Embossing Folders. Using SSS A2 Masks, I ink blended Distress Oxide inks in Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness going from light in the center to dark outside. This panel was then run through my Big Shot (still working with protest — LOL) using SSS Holiday Greenery embossing folder. The die cut sentiment is Spellbinders and added a SSS Christmas Foilage die in red. The embossed panel is very subtle but it’s nice that the entire panel is embossed.

The “extra credit” session was presented by Laura Bassen in which to create an ink blended pattern + embossing folder. For this card, I went back to a Taylored Expressions Plaid stencil using DO Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries and Black Soot. My first thought was to use versamark and gold embossing powder on the black lines but I was too impatient to wait for the ink to dry so went with black soot.

The embossing folder is from Sizzix. I embossed a piece of white card stock and fussy cut the center section of this embossing folder and adhered it to my card front. The stamp set is AI Penguin Joy and how surprised was I when my upper and lower flourish nestled the sentiment very nicely. Using the same inks, I added color to the holly and berries.

A very traditional Christmas color day for me. I think I like the second plaid card the best and, wow, I actually think my lines look straight. It was a good day!

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Day 6 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022

Today’s classes were all about Tiny Stamps. My card today is a CASE of Kristina Werner’s card to create a circle stencil for the background. I decided on softer inks in SSS Seafoam and GKD’s Lovely Lavender and Bubblegum pink. I searched my stash for tiny stamps and while I may have had bits and pieces on several stamp sets the Stampin Up Merry Crittermas stamp set was the only one that carried the same theme. After stamping, coloring and fussy cutting, I added them to my card layering on a piece of pink cardstock but inking the edges with bubblegum pink ink. The alternate class by Chari Moss was Teeny Tiny Backgrounds. She had great samples but I had an extra busy day so my extra credit did not get completed. LOL.

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scenic Route Quad

I signed up for the Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy Fall on line stamp class. The class included this Scenic Route Quad stencil. So much fun to use these quad stencils. Four different stencils and when you are finished ink blending you have four different backgrounds. Very clever. On two of the backgrounds, we used a second stencil to ink in the same color on a section of the quad and the technique for the Happy Birthday card is to lightly spray that background after ink blended and cut apart with Pixie spray then take a piece of foil (the type for a laminator) and lay it on top lightly pressing on the foil. It leaves little bits of foil on your background. So no splatter needed. It was a fun class and I enjoy working with these quad stencils. Now I need suggestoins for different inks.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and stay safe. Baseball is officially over and although my Phillies didn’t win the World Series…wow….what a season those underdogs have given Will and myself.

Pilgrim Hat


Hello and welcome.

I got the idea for this card on Pinterest. I’m not too sure I like the way mine turned out. I need some honest opinions on it. Hat is from the Silhouette, burlap was in my stash, corrugated piece was in a card from my niece, pp was online, leaves are a small hand punch. Edges of the layered pieces were cut on an antique photograph paper cutter. The antique cutter was gifted to me by one of my brothers-in-law. Even though I’m not really happy with it I’m entering it in The Crafting Happiness Challenge Thanksgiving- Fall. I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense but I do a lot of things to don’t make sense.

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Bonus Day Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Saturday Bonus Day — Using Leftover diecuts!

Kristina Werner’s bonus class this morning instructed us on how to use leftover diecuts. Day 1 was all about plaids and I had cut down a portion of my plaid to die cut a tree to be used on that card. However, that was pretty much a fail but I held onto the piece of plaid with the tree die cut out of it and opted to use it for my shaker tag. I die cut my panel in the plaid and a scrap piece of red card stock, added a shiny die cut star from scraps on my work area to complete this tag. So far no sequins have escaped.

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