Poppystamps New Release: Yee-Haw!

Today, I’m sharing another card created with dies from the new Poppystamps release.


I wanted to create a masculine birthday card with the Galloping Stallion as the focus. I used the Happy Birthday die for a tone-on-tone background. The “yee-haw” sentiment was created on my computer. I die-cut the Superstar Border several times to create a few accent stars.

You have the opportunity to win one of the new products by leaving a comment on the Blog Blitz posts between January 6-19 over on the Poppystamps blog. I’m offering the Galloping Stallion die as my prize – head over to the Poppystamps blog to leave a comment to be eligible to win it. You have until midnight on January 24 to leave a comment. Winners will be announced on January 27.


Poppystamps New Release: Congrats!

This week and next, the Poppystamps Design Team is showing off the new Poppystamps release with a Blog Blitz. Today, I’m sharing a card created with one of the new Memory Box stencils, combining it with die cuts from Poppystamps, including the new Barnyard Rooster.


I dry-embossed the stencil and used its reverse side as a background on my card to simulate chicken coop wire. I created the “Congrats!” sentiment on my computer. The inside sentiment reads “That’s something to crow about!”

You have the opportunity to win one of the new products by leaving a comment on the Blog Blitz posts between January 6-19 over on the Poppystamps blog. You have until midnight on January 24 to leave a comment. Winners will be announced on January 27. I’m offering the new Honey Comb stencil as my prize – head over to the Poppystamps blog to leave a comment to be eligible to win it.


Happy Winter

Today I’m sharing a seasonal card celebrating winter as I transition from making holiday cards, which isn’t easy! It seems as if I’ve been making holiday cards for months at this point.


This card came together quickly with the use of die cuts and an embossing folder background. The sentiment is a retired Savvy stamp, which I die cut with the smallest die from the MFT tag set.

Hope you’re enjoying these last few days of 2013!


Season’s Greetings

Merry Christmas! Today, I’m sharing a die-cut holiday card inspired by the homes of Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. Edgartown is filled with stately, white clapboard Federal-style mansions of the whaling captains.


I began the wreath by cutting a circle outline with the two smallest circles in the Sizzix die cuts out of Craft-a-Board. This served as a base for the wreath onto which I added the holly leaves cut from Dill cardstock. I finished off the wreath with a red bow. To keep with the colors of the New England homes, I cut the door twice, once from white and again from black cardstock. I trimmed off the molding from the black door and adhered it to the white door. Since I was creating a card without a sentiment, I dry embossed the card base with the “Christmas Words” folder.


Pinspired Challenge #24

If you didn’t read the news on the Pinspired Challenges site, as a team we have decided to close down the Pinspired challenge site at the end of the year.  Challenge #24 is our final challenge. We want to thank everyone who has participated this past year, as well as our sponsors for their generosity and support!

The winner of Challenge #24 will receive a stamp set of their choice from Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

I was inspired by both the snowflake motif and the colors in the Pinterest image for my card.


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, as well as the stamp set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps. We can’t wait to see your creations!


Tim Holtz December Tag

Like many of the Tim Holtz projects on which I’ve worked, this month’s 12 Tags of 2013 was not finished in a single sitting! It took a couple of tries for me to be happy with the design and execution. That being said, one of my favorite things about the Tim Holtz projects is that they push you to try new techniques and products.

Dec2013TimHoltzTagI followed the directions on the December tag post, substituting supplies as needed. The focus of this month’s tag is the frosted film and Clearly for Art used for the die-cut poinsettia. The Clearly for Art product is covered with the film, die cut, colored with inks (on the frosted film side) and then curled with the application of heat. I could have used a few more hands during that process! As Tim explains, “if you don’t like the shape you created, simply reheat it and it will flatten out completely allowing you to reshape it,” which I did more than once!

While Tim’s tag features one of his newest stencils for a background pattern, I stamped my background with the Seasonal Catalog stamp in Vintage Linen for a tone-on-tone look. Tim used a splatter brush from Liquitex to apply Picket Fence paint. I used a toothbrush, since I don’t have that tool. The toothbrush delivers an even dusting of the paint. I would have liked a few more drips and a more random pattern, which the splatter tool appears to provide.


Christmas Window

I’ve mentioned before how much I like children’s picture books. I miss the days when my sons were young and we read them together. And unfortunately I just can’t get Ginger, our golden retriever, interested. 🙂 I recently “read” Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree and created a card inspired by the book.

In the book, Mr. Willowby’s tree is too tall, so he trims off the top and gives it to his maid. She, in turn, finds it too tall and trims off a bit, and so on and so on until mice use the tiniest of tree tops for their Christmas tree. I thought about cutting the top of the Memory Box tree die and bending it a bit, but in the end just used the cover photo as a jumping off point for my card.

MrWI used a Poppystamps die cut cat in the window to help create perspective. The various layers are adhered with dimensional adhesive to the dry-embossed card base.


Penny Black Peace on Earth

Today, I’m sharing Christmas tags created with Penny Black’s Tagged [51-007] and Wings of Peace [51-011] Creative Dies.


I cut Penny Black “Mix and Match” papers with the two dies at the same time, positioning the tag die first and then setting the dove die inside. I stamped and heat-embossed the tags with sentiments from Yuletide Greetings [30-132] and backed them with tags cut from metallic cardstock. I really like the deep jewel-toned cardstock with the silver and gold accents. These tags came together very quickly!

Day 9 Tag from 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

I’m sharing a tag inspired by the tag that Teri Anderson created as part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s.

Day9TagI cut the skates from three cardstocks – white, black and silver. I pieced the skates together with the silver cardstock as the base. This was decidedly less labor intensive than the way I crafted the skates for this tag. The tag background of two patterned papers is on a craft-a-board base. I covered a different patterned paper with frosted film for the die-cut snowflakes. The effect is subtle, but noticeable! I also applied Wink of Stella to the cut-out sentiment for some extra shimmer.