Pinspired Challenge #23

The winner of this challenge will receive three digital stamps from Some Odd Girl.

For my card, I was inspired by the color scheme of bright blue, red and white in the inspiration image, as well as the holiday theme.


I stamped Penny Black’s Crystal Pattern [40-162] background stamp with Bahama Blue ink for my background, onto which I added the die cuts. Yes, this card does look a lot like the tags I shared last week! (I actually had this card made several weeks ago for this challenge.) I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of those birch die cuts.

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 will win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. The winner will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog, as well as the Some Odd Girl prize. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Supplies: Penny Black’s Crystal Pattern [40-162] background stamp

Day 7 Tag from 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

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

Day7TagAt first glance, you might think “Huh?, This isn’t like Paula’s!” And it isn’t in terms of dies or stamps. My take-aways from Paula’s tag were  the colors and use of patterned paper. I have loads of patterned paper pads, and I had a fun time die cutting the curtains, window scene, cat  and tag background from various patterns, finally finding a mix that I liked. The Memory Box tree was first cut and then dry embossed. I tried several tree die cuts before settling on this one.


Tim Holtz Skates Tag

There’s just something about a pair of ice skates that says winter! Since I first saw the Tim Holtz skate die cuts from summer’s CHA, I’ve wanted to try them on a project.

DecTagI cut the skates from grunge board and applied gesso to them. I tried the gesso method after trying to paint the grunge board raw. I just wasn’t able to adequately cover the raw grunge board with the paints. The grunge board acted like a sponge with paint. After the gesso application, I painted the skates with Distress Paints – Picket Fence on the skate bodies, Black Soot on the heels and Brushed Pewter on the blades – and got good coverage. After the paints dried, I lightly sanded the skates for a distressed look. For a bit of sparkle, I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter with Glossy Accents as the glue.


For the background, I cut a tag from grunge board with the Tim Holtz tag die and covered it with a piece of patterned paper from the Merriment stash to which I’d applied the Frosted Film. The Frosted Film in easy to apply and gives a nice finish to the paper. Something to note, the tag size just exceeds 6″ in height. I was using a 6″ x 6″ pattern from the paper pad, so rather than cut the tag down in height, I used a strip of paper at the bottom that is rotated 90 degrees to the other paper. The Word Band covers up the paper seam.

I laced the skates with the Natural Hemp Cord. I considered baker’s twine, but the Hemp Cord texture seemed more appropriate. I used a needle to thread the cord through the holes in the skate die cuts.

I applied the Picket Fence paint to the Word Band, let it dry a bit, and then rubbed it off leaving paint on the recessed words.

This isn’t “whip up a tag in a few minutes” project. This tag took a couple of days of trying things out and letting the die cut skates dry between the various applications of gesso, paints, and Glossy Accents! That being said, I really like how the skates turned out. I think it would be fun to make some as Christmas ornaments.


Poppystamps Merry Little Christmas

How’s your December going? Have you bought your Christmas tree? I’m sharing a card created with Poppystamps dies and stamp set which was inspired by the cut-your-own tree farms and the Christmas tree lots that many of us visit at this time of year.


The tree decorated with sparkling lights is the card’s focal point, which I placed against a snowy treeline. I added a smaller pine tree next to the decorated tree for some balance. I used a patterned paper background to provide additional color and to echo the color of the tree lights and heat-embossed sentiment.


Another Day 4 Tag from 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Today, I’m sharing another tag as part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s. This is a “Take 2” of Day Four’s tag by Kittie Caracciolo combined with the deer card by Julie Ebersole in this post.


I really like the red, gray and white together. At first I tried making this same tag with gray, but decided to throw in the red deer to mix it up! I also cut the snowbanks in the woodgrain cardstock, as well as the trees, to provide more texture.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – Day 4

Today, I’m sharing another tag as part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s. My tag is inspired by Kittie Caracciolo’s. Her work with die cuts is amazing. She’s now a regular contributor in the CLASSroom.


For my tag, I tried to replicate some of the texture and depth of Kittie’s tag. She had more elements on her tag that really added to its overall depth.

I used embossing paste on a stencil to replicate snow, and I cut the birch trees from woodgrain for some texture. Kittie uses a crimper to add texture to her snowbanks; I’ve got a crimper on my list of “tools to buy” as I can totally see its value! When I laid the die cut sled on the tag, it seemed a little blah, so I stamped the die cut with the Versamark, shook on the sticky embossing powder, heated the powder and sprinkled with the Stickles Dry Glitter for a little sparkle.

Penny Black Christmas Joy

Today, I’m sharing a holiday card created with Penny Black die cuts and a Penny Black background stamp. I had in mind the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree lighting while making this card. Tonight, the tree will be lit for the first time this holiday season!


I paired the Penny Black Xmas Tree [51-012] die cut, cut in silver and green cardstock and pieced together, with the “Joy” sentiment from the Love & Joy [51-021] die cut set. I cut the “Joy” sentiment twice, once in silver and once in the red cardstock. I adhered the two together in order to give the sentiment some depth so that it would lay on top of the tree die cut. I positioned it so that the swoop of the “J’ intersected with the curved line encircling the tree. I stamped the card base with the Circle & Lines [40-084] background stamp and heat embossed it with silver powder. As I explained in an earlier post, showing a card made with the Xmas Tree die cut, I really like adding metallic accents to my cards at this time of year!

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – Day 2

Have you been following the amazing tags shared in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s? It’s all part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series.

I’m sharing a tag inspired by Julie Ebersole’s. Her video was an absolute delight to watch – she’s funny and provides great explanations of her steps.


I made some modifications to use what I had on hand. And I learned a lot in making the tag. I made more than one mistake, but I learn the most when I make mistakes. The patterned paper is from last year’s (year before last’s?) My Mind’s Eye holiday release. One of the things I learned is that the Tim Holtz tag die is longer than a 6″ x 6″ pad, so I used 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper, which put some limitation into my choices.  The sky is dry embossed with one of my favorite Sizzix embossing folders.

Happy December!


Be Merry

Today, I’m sharing a card created with one Kristina Werner’s designs from the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop. There are still plenty of cards from class that I’d like to make!


Kristina stamped lines with pigment ink on her card. I tried this idea, but wasn’t able to stamp lines that looked sharp, so I created strips from patterned paper instead. I heat embossed green and red cardstock with Lawn Fawn stamps. The patterned paper is from one of last year’s Echo Park collections. I stamped the owl with Memento black ink and colored him (her?) with Copics. Even though I didn’t mind fussy cutting stamped images too much, I really like the Lawn Cuts companion dies!


Poppystamps: O Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Today, I’m sharing a holiday card crafted in traditional colors from the Poppystamps release of 74 dies and 20 cling stamps.


I wanted to combine a homespun look with a little bling. To begin, I die cut a textured white cardstock strip with the Diamond Knit border. I only cut about 3/5 of the border on the left-hand side. I then rotated the die and cut the right-hand side. By this method, I was able to leave a background spot for the Fremont tree. I stamped the Comfort and Joy sentiment stamp, masking off the “to you” and the bird, directly onto the red card base to which I then adhered the knit border. I cut the Fremont Pine Outline from silver cardstock for some extra shine and glued it to the Fremont Pine Background with Glossy Accents. I adhered the tree, once dry, to the knit border with dimensional adhesive and finished the card off with a metallic twine bow.