Penny Black Holly-day Card

Today, I’m sharing an easy-to-put-together holiday card using the Penny Black Holly Berries die [51-019].


I cut two holly sprigs out of a textured green cardstock and positioned them on the card base in a pleasing manner. I cut a few pieces off of the top sprig in order to give room for my heat-embossed sentiment from the Season’s Wishes set [30-201]. Before adhering the holly branches to the card base, I added Christmas Red Stickles for the berries.

While I kept with traditional Christmas colors, it would be fun to try other color combinations!

OCC Holiday Card Workshop 2013 Day One Part Two

This go round, Online Card Classes are giving extra days after lessons to complete the cards. I was able to finish up a second card from Day One’s lesson of the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop yesterday afternoon, but it was too late to photograph it when I finished. There’s still not a light in which to photograph it, but time is of the essence! 🙂

I tried the Z-fold card shown by Jennifer McGuire, using papers from 25th and Pine for the card base, rather stamping the background as Jennifer did (which was lovely by the way).


The card opens up to reveal the sentiment “Happy Holidays.” I heat embossed sentiments from the Hero Arts “Banners and Messages” stamp set. I already know I’ll be reaching for this set time and again. I used WOW gold embossing powder. I’d really like to try the Hero Arts gold embossing powder. I use their silver powder all the time. The tree lights were cut from Stampin’ Up gold paper with a Poppystamps die.




OCC Holiday Card Workshop 2013 Day One

Starting off this week with the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop! What a treat for a Monday.

Today’s lesson shared ideas for decorating the insides of cards that coordinated with the outsides. I based my card on the one shared by Kristina Werner, however, I haven’t added the vellum gift card pocket to my card. The idea is that the washi tape on the outside is used to adhere the pocket on the inside.

Day1Card1I really liked the stamp she used on her card, a cute penguin from Darcie’s. Since I don’t have that stamp, I used a Paper Smooches snowman from Swanky Swanky Snowdudes instead. The sentiment is from the Papersmooches Warm Hearts set. There’s some Wink of Stella on the olive green scarf and some Stickles on the hat and buttons.

There’s so much material in today’s lesson – off to watch more videos. Hope you’re having a fantastic start to your week!

Twas the Night before Christmas

With the door shut on October, I’m making holiday cards! I wanted to create a card in one sitting, so I turned to some of my favorite winter-themed die cuts.


I had this finished with a plain background and sent a photo to my eldest son. He responded with “Shouldn’t there be some snow?” That was valid input, so I dry-embossed the card base with an embossing folder to give some texture and the allusion of snow.

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

Penny Black: Rudolph’s Portrait

Often when I make cards, I create a story behind the card, as was the case with this one using the Penny Black Whoo’s Wishing [30-190] stamp set. As the card began to come together, I pictured this as Rudolph’s portrait on the wall at the North Pole.


I heat embossed the “Rudolph” stamp with white embossing powder. The sentiment, from the  Whoo’s Wishing set, was heat embossed with red powder. I really like the versatility of the Decadence background stamp [40-254] which I stamped in a dark grey. While it brings a formal component to the card, it’s not so formal that it doesn’t play well with the more casual elements on the card, such as the craft store pom pom and the baker’s twine.

Tim Holtz Style Holiday Tag

I’m still working through the techniques from the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class – there was a lot of material covered in just one week! I’m relatively new to the “World of Tim Holtz” so there’s quite a learning curve for me.

To continue practicing the techniques, I made a holiday-themed tag working with a Distress Stain tag base. I spent several hours testing color combinations and watching videos. I found the video in this post of Tim’s to be the most useful for creating the type of distress stain background I most liked. In short, the Mini Mister is my friend!


As I don’t own many Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, I worked with some recently-released Savvy dies. The cardinal, cut from Craft-a-Board, was painted with Festive Berries Distress Paint before an application of Glossy Accents and Festive Berries Distress Glitter. I cut the branch and holly from Kraft Core cardstock and lightly sanded them. I stamped the snowflakes (from a discontinued October Afternoon set) with Broken China ink, and embossed with them with Sticky Powder before applying Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


Poppystamps: Winter Scene

I’m sharing a card over on the Poppystamps blog today using supplies from the new release of 74 dies and 20 cling stamps.

In this post,  I shared a scene created with the new Grand Chalet window die. Today, I’m sharing another scene using the same die.


For my card, I envisioned a sunny winter day, one in which the snow is glistening and the deer are happily playing (one has decided to make its appearance at the window!). I cut the window by placing the die on the inside of the front card panel. After cutting, I folded the shutters to the card front. The Holiday Village was stamped and heat embossed before I colored it with Copic markers. I used its companion die so that I could put it on the horizon line between the sky and snow.


Tim Holtz Chemistry 102 Smudge Stamping

One of the techniques shared in the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class was smudge stamping with distress inks. The idea being that you stamped once, then stamped a second time and smudged the stamped image. I attempted this technique, but I wasn’t able to smudge the ink.

SmudgeI don’t know if my distress ink pads aren’t juicy enough, or whether I wasn’t smudging the right way. At any rate, trying the technique gave me an opportunity to use  the Tim Holtz Seasons Silhouettes stamp set, which I bought when I first started stamping two years ago.

The trickiest part was using the sentiment stamp, which is a subway art stamp with several sentiments. I put sticky notes on the stamp after I carefully inked the “Believe” sentiment and also put sticky notes on the tag to block out the area in which I wanted to stamp. I finished off with some Vintage Photo around the edges. I think I like the first generation stamped tag the best. I’ll add ribbon, die-cut evergreen pieces, and maybe a bell to finish it off.

OCC Tim Holtz Chemistry 102: Day Five

Today’s Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class was all about embossing effects. I had my share of “fails,” but in the spirit of working with what you’ve got and moving forward, here are my tags for today.


The image in this first tag was heat-embossed with Distress embossing powder. I unsuccessfully tried to apply Distress embossing powder to die-cut craftboard (I just couldn’t get enough to stick) but embossed this mini blueprint stamp to show the Distress powder’s grunge-y look. To finish off the tag, I added cardstock, which had been dry-embossed with one of the Tim Holtz stencils and then sanded, and one of the Tim Holtz metal word bands (these are brilliant and I will be buying the ones for Christmas, too.


The second tag shows a chalkboard effect using heat-embossed Antiquities Frosted Crystal powder to which I applied chalk. This effect worked best on solid stamped images (again, I tried it on many stamped images that didn’t work). I just popped this tag up against some Echo Park paper to take the photo.

DayFiveTagThreeThis last tag from today’s lesson shows the application of Distress Glitter using Sticky Embossing Powder. I stamped the snowflakes with Distress Inks before applying the sticky powder. You can’t really see how well the snowflakes look in this photo. I die cut the Santa and sleigh with glitter paper. Of the three techniques I tried, I think this one was my favorite. It’s an easy way to add a little bling to your project.

Neat and Tangled Holiday Packaging Ideas

I’m over at the Neat and Tangled blog today showing some holiday packaging ideas using stamps from the September  release.

I love dressing up gifts with little touches and decided to get an early start on my tag making. Danielle always includes lots of little extra on the stamp sets that can be used in all sorts of fun ways. Head on over to take a look!