Greetings from the South Pole

A “just because” card combining stamped images from several Paper Smooches sets. After posting my cards for the Winter Groves set, I began to think about a card featuring penguins at the South Pole. ¬†Here’s the result of that brainstorming. ūüôā

Greetings from the South Pole

The Christmas in a Flurry!¬†class¬†with Julie Ebersole and guests starts tomorrow at Ellen Hutson. Can’t wait to find out what’s in store! Julie is a fantastic instructor who always has fabulous projects.

Supplies: Paper Smooches Winter Groves, Crystal Wilkerson papers

Something Special to Share – and a Giveaway

Paper Smooches released their newest Kismet stamp set called Winter Groves on November 15th and I am here today to help promote this sweet set! You will find the new stamp set HERE.

Honestly, I could have created many more cards with this set – for this post, I’m sharing three. I love the set’s holiday-ish feel with an emphasis on the season of winter. I used non-traditional holiday colors for my cards to explore that winter feel.

First up is the adorable penguin and his igloo!


For my next card, the snowman went ice fishing, using the pole and fish from the Paper Smooches “My Guy” set.


For my final card, I played with the idea of the “Partridge in a Pear Tree” theme. I imagined a bare tree lit by a string of lights with a bokeh-effect.


I have one Winter Groves stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  You have until midnight on Sunday, November 18th to leave a comment. I will post the winner here on Monday, November 19th.

For more chances to win, please visit the Paper Smooches Blog and the blog of Jessica Davis!

CFC 78

This week’s CAS-ual Friday Challenge¬†CFC78¬†is to create a Clean And Simple project that has something torn on it.¬†I used the MFT notebook die giving the appearance of a page or note torn from a spiral. I’ve been turning to this die a lot lately for my projects. I paper-pieced the Paper Smooches Santa and added his skin tone with a Copic.

Ho Ho Ho CFC78


Holiday Card Workshop Days 6-8

We’re into the second week of the Holiday Card Workshop. This week, I’ve been using a lot of Ranger Distress inks. I’m sharing cards crafted with some of my favorite combinations.

My first card was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s. I blended Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Boughs for my background. I placed a landscape cut from an Impression Obsession die on top.

Holiday Card Class Day Six

My next card is a variation of one made by Kristina Werner. My version is a bit simpler than the one she shared in class. She had stamped snowflakes onto her card in pigment ink. When I did the same, the snowflakes didn’t make much of an impact, so I remade the card adding a little sparkle with Stickles. There’s Iced Spruce in the right-hand corner, Evergreen Bough in the left-hand corner, and Peacock Feathers along the top.

Holiday Card Class Day Seven

For the card I made today, I combined a design from class by Amber Kemp-Gerstel with one I saw made by Cheiron Brandon. The trees are die cut from the card base and the panels with the distress inks are adhered to the back – Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, and Tumbled Glass.

Holiday Card Class Day Eight

You’ll notice that the sentiment is the same on all three cards. It’s from ¬†the¬†Hero Arts + Studio Calico “Spread Joy” set. I’ve had it on my stamping block all week!



While I was working on my card for the Little Tangles Blog Hop, I stamped some extra owls. I colored them with a variety of seasonal colors, and added a titch of sparkle to their wings with a Copic Spica marker (unfortunately it’s hard to capture the shimmer with my camera). With the owls, I created a card to celebrate the Neat & Tangled challenge blog.

The first Little Tangles Challenge begins Thursday, November 15. There are free digital stamps on the Little Tangles blog for your use in the challenge. We hope you’ll play along!

Owl Woot

Supplies: Staz On white ink; American Crafts Thickers

Welcome Little Tangles

Welcome to the Little Tangles blog hop! You should have reached my post from¬†Miriam.¬†I created my card with the “Hello/Welcome” theme using three stamps in the Little Bear set¬†(I’m attached to these three!) paired with a die cut from Savvy Stamps.

Hello Little Tangles

Your next stop on the hop is the Little Tangles blog. You can find the entire blog hop order there, as well as on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Don’t forget: There are two prize packages up for grabs. The winners will be picked randomly from comments on all blogs, so increase your chances of winning by leaving comments at all stops!¬†The hop ends on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11:59pm EST. All comments must be in by this time to be eligible to win a prize!

The first Little Tangles Challenge¬†begins Thursday, November 15. There are free digital stamps on the Little Tangles¬†blog for your use in the challenge. We hope you’ll play along!

Holiday Card Workshop Days 2 + 3

I’ve been busy making cards for the Holiday Card Workshop. It’s been raining and dark out, so unfortunately my photos aren’t the best – there’s just not enough light inside my house!

Day Two’s focus was on using background stamps in interesting ways. The class cards by Lisa Spangler used the¬†Hero Arts Snowflakes & Edges Stamp. I don’t own that stamp, so I used¬†Hero Arts Studio Calico Chevron.

I stamped the background stamp with different Distress Inks. The Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough were my favorite. The third strip is stamped with Encore silver ink. I added a sentiment from¬†Technique Tuesday’s¬†Jingle All the Way by Ali Edwards. The stars are die cut with some glitter paper I bought at Target.

Holiday Card Class Day Two

My second take on Lisa’s card is decidedly simpler! I paired a panel stamped with Shabby Shutters distress ink with one stamped with Festive Berries.

Holiday Card Class Day Two

Today’s lesson covered dry embossing. I wanted to give Julie Ebersole’s card a try. I added gesso to the embossed panel (using a portion of the¬†Hero Arts Sizzix Large Christmas Words folder). I then applied Tumbled Glass Distress ink and some Rock Candy Stickles to¬†the raised section with my finger (the Stickles are impossible to see in the photo). I added some Distress ink to the edge of the panel as well. The patterned paper is from Echo Park and the wood veneer stars from both Studio Calico and Maya Road. I colored the snowflakes with gesso. The style of this card is completely different than most cards I make. (And I probably wouldn’t send a card with the wood veneer. I happened to have those on hand. Julie’s card used something less dimensional!) That being said, it was fun to do something a little messier than what I usually do.

Holiday Card Class Day Three

Holiday Card Workshop Day 1

The Holiday Card Workshop¬†taught by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire kicked off today. I’ve taken every one of their Online Card Classes classes – the instruction and inspiration never disappoints. Today’s cards were both fabulous, but ¬†as I was running short on crafting time, I created them digitally with the Hero Arts “Holiday House” kit.

My variation of Jennifer’s card pairs some holiday brights that I’ve recently enjoyed playing with. The digitally created panel was printed and mounted onto Hero Arts cardstock.

Holiday Card Workshop Day One

For my take on Kristina’s card, I colored one of the kit’s houses digitally, printed and fussy-cut it. I glued the house onto a cardstock panel that was created digitally as well. The card base uses the Hero Arts cardstock.

Holiday Card Workshop Day One

Welcome to Hogwarts

I wanted to create a Halloween-themed card that wasn’t strictly Halloween. My card depicts the “Sorting Ceremony”¬†scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.¬†Professor Minerva McGonagall¬†summons Harry to be fitted with the “Sorting Hat” which determines that he will be in the House of Gryffindor. The ceremony takes place in the Great Hall at¬†Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I used the book-themed patterned paper from the Basic Grey “Oxford” collection to depict a library wall. The professor holds a list of the students in her hand. ūüėČ

Welcome to Hogwarts

Supplies: Basic Grey “Oxford” patterned paper (retired)