Olive, the Other Reindeer

I enjoy picture books, especially holiday ones! For whatever reason, when Olive, the Other Reindeer was published, it escaped my attention. But the title came up repeatedly on a recent search of “best holiday children’s books,” so I checked it out of the library to read it!

The book’s premise is that Olive hears “All of the other reindeer” and thinks they’re saying her name. I immediately thought of making a card when I saw the image of Olive hanging by a cord from Santa’s sleigh.


I decided that one of the dogs in the Lawn Fawn set would be Olive (taking some artistic license!). Naturally I turned to the Impression Obsession Santa die for Santa and the reindeer. I heat embossed the Lawn Fawn sentiment on the card base, masked it, and then stamped the Hero Arts background stamp in white pigment ink.

Supplies: ColorBox white pigment ink; Doodlebug twine

Penny Black “Mindy”

Have you met Mindy? She’s Mimi’s sister and a relatively new addition to the Penny Black family.  I wanted to practice my Copic coloring, so I stamped and heat embossed the adorable Mindy image. And I couldn’t resist getting the Mimi at Play set just for the “Sending Hugs” sentiment that seemed like a perfect fit.


 Copics – hair: Y23, Y 26, E33, E27; bear: E21, E31, E33; pants +scarf: R20, R24, R27; tunic: B00, B02, YR31, YR15; shoes: E57, E59; face: Roo, R02

Day 11 of the 12 Tags of Christmas

Today I’m sharing my take on the Day 11 Tag by Carolyn Peeler for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge. I drew inspiration from Carolyn’s soft color palette and glitter border.

Day 11 Tag

For my first attempt with the tag, I created a gold tinsel glitter, but I decided that silver would look better with the light pink and blue that I had used to color the stamped skater. Unfortunately, I don’t have any dry silver glitter. I drew a border with a Versamark pen (although I think I’ve been storing it wrong, as it seemed to be dry) and heat embossed some American Crafts Zing silver glitter embossing powder. I then added a line of Ranger Silver Stickles to fill in some empty spots. I’ve added silver tinsel glitter to my wishlist! The sentiment was created on my computer.

Copics: R11 (coat); B21 (mittens); B0000 (white sections on hat and mittens); N1, N3 (skates); E00 (skin)

Supplies: Recollections ribbon (Michaels)

Another Tag – 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

I’m sharing another tag I made for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge over at Ellen Hutson‘s. My head has been swimming with ideas from the tags shared thus far. I went in a couple of directions before creating this tag inspired by the Day Four tag by Jennifer McGuire. I was also inspired by the Day Two tag by Claudine Hellmuth, which includes sheet music. Because I had a kraft background, I decided to color the bird blue (just the opposite of Jennifer’s tag). Even though the stamp I used for the bird isn’t specifically Christmas-y, I decided to “go with it”! And with our gray skies here in the Pacific Northwest, the blues and pinks added some much needed color to my world! Like Jennifer’s tag, I went with “Joy” as my sentiment.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

Copics: E35 (branch), RV23, RV29, RV 25 (flowers); YG03 (leaves); Y17 (bird’s beak and flowers’ centers); B0000, B02 (bird)

Supplies: 5/8″ circle punch; Fiskars border punch; Twinery twine; May Arts twine

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


Neat + Tangled October Release – “Elves at Work”

It’s Day Two of the October Release for Neat & Tangled Stamps. I had so much fun coloring the elves in the “Elves at Work” set. For my first card, I imagined the two elves at work in their workshop. The boy elf believes he’s the “#1 Elf” but the girl elf knows better! 😉  Before I did any coloring I decided on my background papers choosing some from the My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland collection. I then looked through my Copic markers to select the best matches. The sentiment is from a set that will be released tomorrow.

Elves at Work Release Day

For my second card, I ventured “outside” to the North Pole, where Santa’s Workshop is located. The North Pole sign stamps and background snowflakes are also part of the set that will be released tomorrow. For the snow hill, I combined a circular piece of dry-embossed cardstock with a piece outlined with Ice Stickles.

Elves at Work Release Day

Supplies: American Crafts “Hollyday Assortment” button; Twinery “Ocean” twine

Head on over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive their choice of the stamp set! This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, Friday, October 5.

Neat + Tangled October Release – “Little Bear”

It’s Day One of the October Release for Neat & Tangled Stamps. Looking for the Simple Scrapper Blog Hop post? Scroll on down.

I just can’t get enough of the “Little Bear” set – so many cute images! For my first card, I combined the bear in the set with a smaller bear from a set that will be shown tomorrow. I embossed the images and then colored them with Copic markers. The sentiment is one from a set that will be released later this week.

Little Bear Release

Supplies: Echo Park “Summer Days” patterned paper; Fiskars grass punch; Stampin’ Up cardstock

For my second card, I took the bears camping! The tree and camp fire in the set are perfect for camp-themed cards and scrapbooking projects.

Little Bear Release

Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive all five of this week’s sets! This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, Friday, October 5.

Stretch Your Stamps: Hero Arts Paper Cottage

I finally had a chance to make another card m the Stretch Your Stamps course, which finished up last week. This card was inspired by one of Kristina Werner’s. She used a different background stamp, a reverse stamp, giving a dramatic look.

I have only used this Hero Arts Basic Grey Paper Cottage collection background once before. It’s quite whimsical. For this card, I colored the stamped images with Copic markers. I had a hard time choosing which colors to use for which objects and felt frustrated with my lack of some softer Copics colors. I’m not a huge fan of purple, yet it seems I used that color the most! Well, the card is super simple to make, so another day I’ll color the image differently or try colored pencils.

Paper Cottage

Supplies: Echo Park papers; Paper Smooches Simply Said; MFT banner die; Sizzix star die; Memento ink