Merry Monday Challenge – Stenciled Snow-Covered Evergreen Trees

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up (the link -up runs until August 31 at noon) with a CAS card featuring the Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Woodland stencil.

Merry Monday Challenge Summer Link-Up

It took me a couple of tries to create this design. To begin, I stamped the Christmas Messages sentiment in Memento Luxe Love Letter ink on the white cardstock panel.

The Tim Holtz Woodland stencil includes two evergreen trees, each with a snow overlay. I started with the taller tree, as it is in the background, by inking it with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce and then with Unicorn White pigment ink. Once dry, I inked the two smaller trees with a combination of Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles followed by Unicorn White pigment ink. To finish off the card, I added a star die-cut from Gold Leaf Cardstock to one of the trees. The card base evergreen cardstock was cut from a 12″ x 12″ Bazzill piece I had in my stash.

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge

Neat and Tangled – 5th Birthday Celebration

Hello! I’m delighted to be on the Neat and Tangled blog today celebrating their 5th birthday as part of the design team reunion; I was one of the original design team members.

Neat and Tangled 5th Birthday

I hope you will head on over to the Neat and Tangled blog for the details – the products I used and how I created my card!

Neat and Tangled 5th Birthday

Congratulations Danielle and Happy Birthday Neat and Tangled!

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – Summer Link-up

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up. I looked through all of their 2017 challenges, pulled out my holiday supplies, and started creating! I figure this way I’ll know the Christmas themes for which I might be missing products when the new holiday supplies are available for purchase (I’ve already started a wishlist)! This card also provided me the opportunity to figure out which green and red cardstock combinations work best for Christmas. I am on the hunt for an evergreen cardstock – if you have a favorite, I would love to hear it!

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-Up

I grabbed the Echo Park – I Love Winter Pines stencil and applied white pigment ink on a kraft background. I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Wreath & Bow to cut Stampin’ Up cardstock (Real Red and Garden Green) for the wreath embellishment. I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages set in Stampin’ Up Soft Suede ink on Sugar Cube cardstock and cut the sentiment strip and underlying red strip with dies in the My Favorite Things STAX Fishtail Flags set.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-Up

I created a CAS, rustic-feeling holiday card on kraft cardstock, with a wreath as an embellishment!

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My Favorite Things – Nautical-Themed CAS Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS, nautical-themed card featuring supplies from My Favorite Things.

MFT Nautical

I have had the Hot Cocoa Cups in my die collection for a while now (purchased for a winter-themed project) and thought it would be fun to turn them into nautical-themed coffee cups. The standalone anchor die in the recently released You Float My Boat die set fits perfectly!

I stamped the sentiment from the You Float My Boat stamp set with a navy ink from Impress Stamps. To add subtle texture behind the mugs, I added embossing paste using the Tim Holtz Faded Dots Stencil. The patterned paper is from the Carta Bella Ahoy There paper pad (released several years ago).


Here Comes Santa Paws

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a card showcasing the Lawn Fawn Happy Howlidays stamp set, which was a Simon Says Stamp set for their Stamptember event. I paired the Copic-colored dogs with two Lawn Fawn die sets.

Lawn Fawn Santa Paws

I cut the Little Town Border from white cardstock and backed the openings with yellow cardstock. I cut the Stitched Mountain Borders from the Earl Grey cardstock. I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil to create the snowflakes. It took me a few minutes to gather my embossing paste and related supplies, but I’m glad I did, as the backgroud needed some texture (and I plan to do more stenciling this season).

I’m joining this week’s Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.

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Sailing Away

Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by one of Laura Bassen‘s for the Online Card Classes Background Check class.

Jean Manis Sailboat and Wave

Laura used embossing paste with a Simon Says Stamp wave stencil for her background, to which she added a Copic-colored swimmer. I dry-embossed the waves with a Memory Box stencil and then added Distress Inks with the stencil still in place. Because the Memory Box stencil width is smaller than an A2 card, I cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn die. I heat-embossed a Stampin’ Up sentiment on black cardstock and cut that with a small Lawn Fawn die. (I’m finding that I use the Lawn Cuts Stitched Rectangle die sets a lot.)

Because I used Distress Inks on the background, I decided to do the same for the sailboat, which I cut from cardstock colored with Candied Apple. I then trimmed off the lower half and adhered the sails to a boat cut from white cardstock.


CAS Mixed Media Friendship card

Today I’m sharing a CAS friendship card featuring an umbrella die cut against a background created with a raindrop stencil and embossing paste.

Jean Manis Life Is GoodAfter stamping the card base, I applied embossing paste, which I colored with Salty Ocean Distress Ink, through the Raindrops stencil (I selectively masked off portions of the stencil so that the umbrella would appear to be keeping the sentiment dry. Once the embossing paste dried, I adhered the umbrella die cut. The canopy of the umbrella was cut from cardstock which I had colored with a combination of Distress Inks (reds and a little yellow) for a different project.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Heyday Sentiments” stamp set

Another Merry Monday #180 Reindeer

I’m playing along at the Merry Monday #180 Challenge with another reindeer card. Turns out, I have a lot of reindeer-themed supplies!

Hero Arts Reindeer Stencil

I used Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter embossing paste with the Hero Arts reindeer stencil. I allowed the red cardstock panel to dry overnight (the product seems to take longer to dry than other embossing pastes I’ve used before) and then added a heat-embossed sentiment from the Hero Arts Family and Friends stamp set. I used a Taylored Expressions stitched banner die to cut the sentiment. Other than the drying time, this CAS card came together quickly.

Penny Black Simplicity – Vintage Birdcages

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” card featuring the Penny Black #51-141 Vintage Birdcages die cut set.


To begin, I watercolored swatches for the birdcages using Distress Inks. While the swatches dried,  I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress Ink through one of the patterns on the #25-014 Oscillations stencil on to white cardstock for a subtle background. I stamped a sentiment from the #30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles set onto the panel. I cut the birdcages with the #51-141 Vintage Birdcages from the watercolored paper and from white cardstock. I adhered the two together for extra depth and adhered them to the white card panel. As a final touch I added a bird cut with the #51-094 Tweets set.

Online Card Classes Background Check – Day Three

Today’s Online Card Classes Background Check lesson focused on card designs using backgrounds created in the first two days of lessons. I followed one of the designs shown by Jennifer McGuire. To create the background, I followed the same techniques as on my Day One card.