Quick and Easy Christmas Card

The challenge at  AAA Cards is made in minutes and this definitely fills the bill. After I made the first one and realized how super duper quick it was, I decided to create a bunch more. I cut a white card panel to 5 ½ x 4 ¼. I placed the greenery from the Joyous Season Stamp Kit by Simon Says Stamp at the bottom of the MISTI. After stamping the bottom of the panel in Memento Cottage Ivy, flipped over and stamped the other end. I placed the sentiment from the same set at the other end of the MISTI and stamped it in Memento Love Letter. After stamping I cut 1/8” off all sides and attached to a red card base. If it hadn’t been for this design, I’d still be making cards.

O Christmas Tree

Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge SSC246

I’m finding a reason not to pack away my Christmas collection of stamps by entering this card into the Sunday Stamps sketch challenge by Melissa.

I found a Michael’s Recollections cling stamp set with this scripty tree and decided to use it with some non traditional holiday colors. The image was heat embossed with white embossing powder on Denami Designs vellum cardstock, then layered over a panel of Gina K Designs patterned paper and added a sentiment from Verve Stamps O Christmas Tree in Gina K’s turquoise sea ink and all mounted on a turquoise sea cardstock.

Thanks for stopping. Stay safe!

Skating Bear

ModSquad Challenge: Bears

Let it Snow… Let it Snow….Let it Snow….only on grassy surfaces, please. My skating bear however would probably prefer some ice for skating. Growing up our local fire company would spray water on a section of our playground for ice skating…what fun we had! Not sure if I would attempt that now since the bones are telling me to think again.

Getting back to my card, I found this fun bear and unfortunately I do not know the stamp set manufacturer but I’m thinking I picked it up at my local Michael’s on clearance. I colored him with Arteza colored pencils and lightly added some color to the image panel too. The sentiment is a red rubber Inkadinkadoo stamp which was heat embossed in bronze embossing powder and the panel layered on bronze cardstock. Snowflakes were cut from SSS Sensational Snowflakes die, patterned paper is GKD and a little bit of sequins that were hanging out on my desk.

My card will be entered into the ModSquad Challenge hosted by Nancy and must include BEARS!

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Make it a great day and stay safe.

Pearlescent Merry Christmas

I have been playing with Pearlescent watercolor paint. It is quite shiny and has a lot of shimmer when dry. This card will be posted to the Double D Poinsettia challenge and the Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

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There was challenge at Splitcoast Stampers to watercolor using black watercolor paper. I wanted to try this, but didn’t want to make the purchase till I decided if I might enjoy the process. I used Hobby Lobby Extra Heavy Weight cardstock, which is at least 100 pounds. It held the watercolor nicely. When the images were all dry, I splattered the front with gold shimmer spray. I like the card and it will be mailed next year.

Bear in a Basket

I created the following card with the Mod Squad Challenge in mind. The stamp set used is a digital images from Lilly of the Valley.


I colored the bear with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut him out. The patterned paper is Echo Park. The greeting is from a Stampin Up set. This is my first time using Lilly of the Valley digital images. I have a few and am finding them easy to print and color. Thanks for an enjoyable challenge.

The Stockings were hung….

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Anything Goes Christmas

by the chimney with care! My card today features Hero Arts Winter Hearth stamp & cut set and will be entered into The Sisterhood of Crafters: Anything Goes Christmas/Winter challenge. My sentiment was from SimonSaysStamp Christmas Cheer stamp set. Spectrum Noir AquaTint was painted on my background and it was layered on Gina K Designs red cardstock.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Snowy People

The Card Concept: #HOL20

The final challenge of 2020 at The Card Concept is to share a photo of your Christmas Tree, favorite decorations or favorite card. Choosing my favorite Christmas card would be very difficult because if I can admit I really liked all of the cards this season. My Christmas tree is a tiny 3′ tree that was my mom’s and displays a lot of my kids and grandkids homemade ornaments. Special to me but nothing spectacular. Since I’m in snow mode, I decided to share my little display of Snow People. The years that we get too much snow these guys are put away early. We will see about this winter. This was today!

Thanks for the fun challenges at The Card Concept. Merry Christmas!

Poinsettia Hugs

Double D Challenges – Poinsettia

Here’s to another January birthday! My card today uses the Tim Holtz Sizzix Poinsettia Pieces die which was cut twice for the outline and all of those little tiny pieces were captured while still in the die onto a piece of press ‘n seal. The pieces were sponged lightly with some distress inks and then inserted back into the outline which was mounted on cranberry tart cardstock. This card was my second attempt. First after I inserted all of the pieces and found inky finger marks on the white cardstock…drat that slow drying distress ink….I decided to add some of the leaves to cover the smudges….mistake so that ended up in the trash. After clearing snow today, decided to give it another go and it worked better making sure the ink was dry before touching and inserting. The birthday is also a Tim Holtz Sizzix Celebrate die and hugs was stamped using GKD’s Whimsical Spring stamp set.

My card will be entered into the Double D Challenges poinsettia challenge. Pretty mood board for inspiration was included:

I’m loving the purple poinsettia but decided on the red/pink/cranberry tart color scheme.

Thanks for stopping by and be safe.

Winter Snow 2020

DRU Challenge #159 Winter Wonderland

Not the first snow of the season but possibly the biggest snow storm in years is beginning in my neighborhood. So if I have to wait for the snow to begin and getting outside to begin shoveling, I may as play along with the Dies R Us Challenge: DRU Challenge #159 Winter Wonderland. Great theme and as with all DRU challenges you must include a metal die. My die is a new to me Hero Arts Snowflake Medallion Fancy Die. The die was cut from my layering sheet and then cut a second time to give it a little raised background. The background on the card base was created using some TH Distress Oxide inks as well as a SimonSaysStamp star and snow stencil. The snow was created using Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster Glitter Glaze and the stars Delicata celestial copper pigment ink. This panel was also embossed with Cuttlebug’s snowflake embossing folder. My image an sentiment is an oldie but goodie Inkadinkadoo Christmas Characters stamp set. I picked this set up a number of years ago on clearance for $3.99….how could I resist?

Thanks for checking out my winter wonderland.

Stay safe!