Holiday Card Camp Day 3

The focus of today’s Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop lesson was Clean and Simple Holiday Cards. For my first card, I followed one shown by Shari Carroll.


Shari used a repeating sentiment from Lawn Fawn, which was adorable. I looked through my stash and found a sentiment from a Technique Tuesday set that would work, although it wasn’t repeating. Because of the sentiment’s length, I ended up making the card 4 1/2″ wide, to provide white space on the side and bottom. I added some “snowflakes” with embossing paste in the sky.


For the second card, I made some modifications to an idea shown by Cristina Kowalczyk. I masked off a triangular area and colored in select parts of the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil with Copics to form a Christmas Tree. I wasn’t thrilled with the way the tree sides looked, they were raggedy, so I cut it out with the larger tree die cut from the Sizzix “Holiday Cheer” set. I silver heat emboosed a sentiment from the Hero Arts “Naughty or Nice” set – really like the fonts in this set!

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.




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!

Northwest Landscape

Living in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by evergreen and mountains, I’m afforded some gorgeous views. I wanted to create a scene illustrating the landscape, specifically of those times when there’s snow at the top of the hills that’s not yet reached the lower elevations.


I cut three panels with the Fremont Pine die in three colors to depict the different elevations. I then played around with the pieces, adjusting them horizontally, until I had a staggered landscape. I masked the bird from the sentiment stamp, which I heat embossed on the bottom panel.


Halloween Hello

Today, I’m sharing a quick, fall-themed card created with die cuts and a panel of patterned paper.


I wanted to make a card that felt like Halloween, without being too specific to the holiday. I die cut the tree, stopping just short of the base, so that I could have a section to go behind the “hello” die cut. I first tried the bird, which is really too cute to feel spooky, in black cardstock, but changed it out for the glitter paper for a little something extra!

Happy Halloween! This month has flown by.


Debby Hughes CASE

With each lesson of the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class, we received a download of inspiration cards and projects based on the techniques. Today, I’m sharing a card I created based on one that Debby Hughes contributed to the class.


I replaced some of the elements on Debby’s card with supplies I owned. I die cut the leaves from Craft-a-Board and painted them, before adding the Distress Glitter, in a matching color, to a Glossy Accents coating. On the card background, I applied embossing paste through a stencil. I watched several videos on the application of the paste, and honestly, it couldn’t be easier! I used a plastic disposable knife to spread the paste through the stencil.

Supplies: Technique Tuesday Go Outside stamp set (sentiment); Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Leaves Die Set (smaller leaf)

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.


Pinspired Challenges #20

This challenge is sponsored by SnakeTape who will be awarding  the winner with a bundle of their adhesive products.

For my card, I was inspired by both the Halloween theme and the colors (specifically those bright yellow-green flowers) in the Pinterest image.


Now, it’s your turn. Head on over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. The winner will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog along with the prize from SnakeTape. We can’t wait to see your creations!