Holiday Cheer: Cutting Down the Christmas Tree

I’m back with another take on the Impression Obsession truck – this time on a holiday-themed card. For my scene, I’ve imagined a family gathering their Christmas trees in a snowy forest.


I used white embossing paste on a Simon Says Stamp stencil to create the softly falling snow. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set from a few years ago. I like the informal font for this style of card.

The Online Card Classes Copic Markers class starts tomorrow – looking forward to several weeks of coloring!

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp stencil, Hero Arts Holiday Cheer stamp set

StampNation Housewarming Party Winner

The winner of the one-month subscription to StampNation from the Housewarming Party is:


Carmen M. who said: “This is such a great card! Don’t you just love dies they make everything so perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.”

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Penny Black: Inlaid Snowflake Die Cuts

Today, I’m sharing a holiday-themed card crafted with newly released Penny Black dies and stamps using a non-traditional Color Combo, which was shared last year on the Penny Black blog. The card design is from Scrapbook & Cards Today CardMaps Today Volume 4. I recently ordered the magazine, and I’ve earmarked quite a few sketches.

InlaySnowflakesI stamped a light blue cardstock panel with the 40-350 Tree-Lined background stamp in a coordinating ink. I die cut the 51-066 Crystal Trio snowflakes nested within circle dies so that I could inlay the snowflakes. I also cut circles in white to put behind the inlaid snowflakes/circles. The sentiment is from the 30-257 Joy Filled set.

Happy Fall: Die Cut Truck and Leaves

This morning during my walk, I saw a lovely leaf dance. Soon there will be piles of leaves in our yard. I’m sharing a card depicting a fall scene in the Pacific Northwest. When the leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees, we still have our evergreen backdrop.


The new Impression Obsession fall release has some terrific dies. I took some artistic liberties by pairing the die cut leaves with the truck! Those are some huge leaves! To add the leaves, I die cut a circle, which I trimmed just below the center line. I added a base layer of leaves to which I then kept adding leaves, attaching them with the Zig Memory Two-Way Fine Tip Pen.


Halloween Wishes

I have a new post over in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s on Die Cutting Techniques. One of the die cutting techniques I explore is window die cuts. I took the Spooky Window card shown in the post one step further placing the window, embossed with a Hero Arts sentiment, on a Distress-inked background panel.



The Cutting Edge Challenge #10

It’s time for the another Cutting Edge Challenge! Our inspiration this week is one of my cards.

TCEC_10I created the card last year celebrating the end of summer/beginning of fall. That’s Ginger taking center stage in a hay field on Whidbey Island.

I decided to focus on the crows/blackbirds/ravens that seem to be prevalent at this time of year – on fences, on telephone wires, wherever they can rest (or survey their territory!).


I used a combination of Distress Inks to create the background panel to which I attached the bird die cuts from Spellbinders Birds On A Wire. I used a sentiment stamped with a Neat and Tangled set to finish it off.

We’d love to have you play along! Head on over to The Cutting Edge Challenge blog where you’ll find inspiration from other members of the team, the rules and regulations, and the InLinkz tool for you to link up your project!

Housewarming Party

I’m joining the Housewarming Party in celebration of Catherine Pooler’s new site! Suitably, the party theme is HOME.

To join along, simply make a card based on the theme HOME and link it up on Catherine’s blog. Yes, there are prizes! You can’t have a party without prizes! Check it out!  A one-year subscription to StampNation, plus prizes totaling over $300 from the sponsors: Some Odd Girl: $20 gift card; Ellen Hutson: $50 gallery; CAS-ual Fridays: $25 gift card; Winnie & Walter: home-themed stamp set; Penny Black: Shades Creative Die; Pretty Pink Posh: $50 gift card; Clearly Besotted: £30 gift certificate; Hero Arts – $30 gift card!

For my HOME-themed card – a neighborhood scene set in the fall – I combined die cuts from several Taylored Expressions sets (Neighborhood Border and Build A House) with a sentiment from the TE Welcome Home stamp set.


Before you go – I’ve got a one-month subscription to StampNation to give away. Just leave a comment on this post!

Be sure to head on over to Catherine Pooler’s new site to hear about the party and to find out how to enter the link up for a fabulous set of prizes!

Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Stencil + Embossing Paste

Today, I’m sharing two cards using the Birds & Leaves stencil from the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 Catalog.


For the first card, I used gold Ferro paint (so not technically embossing paste) through the stencil and finished the card with a sentiment from “Very Merry Christmas,” one of my favorite holiday sentiment sets from Hero Arts. I used a double frame to showcase the stenciled image.


For the second card, I applied Ranger’s texture paste through the stencil, which I “water” colored with Distress markers after the paste was dry. This was a much more ambitious card than the first one! My first try was a mess as the watercolor seeped through. I was much more careful the second go round, although there’s still room for improvement.


Penny Black Watercolored Background

Today, I’m sharing a card created with the Penny Black 40-350 Tree-Lined background stamp and several Penny Black die cuts.


I inked the Tree-Lined background stamp with several Distress Inks, in shades of blue-green, and then lightly misted the stamp. I laid a piece of Ranger watercolor paper on top of the stamp and pressed lightly.

Once dry, I trimmed the panel and attached it to a red card base. The “Merry” sentiment, die cut from the 51-021 Love & Joy set, was adhered to the smaller tag from the 51-007 Tagged die cut set. I cut the “Merry” out of gold foil, as well as out of white cardstock in order to add some depth. I used the Zig Memory Two-Way Fine Tip Pen to glue the foil die cut to the white cardstock one.

Penny Black Pocket Treasures

Today, I’m sharing pocket page scrapbooking layouts created with the Penny Black Pocket Treasures collection. These layouts capture memories from early August of our golden retriever, Ginger, who passed away last Friday. She was diagnosed with nasal cancer at Christmas, and every day of the past eight months has been a gift. I can’t begin to express how happy I am that we have these photos celebrating some of our final days with her. These pages will go in an album with the pages I created last month, which were featured in this Scrapbook and Cards Today post. (Scroll to the end of the Scrapbook and Cards Today post for the 6″ x 8″ pocket pages of Ginger.)

AugustScrapbooking1I used the 51-007 Tagged die to create a large journaling spot. I cut the number frame from 51-056 Picture This and paired it with a journaling card. Another journaling card is stamped with a sentiment and ledger lines from 30-247 Life’s Journals and cut with one of the dies in 51-053 A Pocket Full set.

Here’s a look at the details:





I die cut the “love” from 51-052 Texting. I cut the library pocket from 51-053 A Pocket Full. Right now, the pocket holds a ferry ticket, but in time I plan to add a page of handwritten journaling with special memories of Ginger. I stamped the conversation bubble with a stamp from the 30-244 Let’s Chat set and die cut it with a matching die from the 51-053 A Pocket Full set.

Here’s a look at the details: