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Great Impressions–Poinsettia Gift Card Holder

Happy Monday!  Today I have another gift card holder to share with you today.   I created this by using one of the poinsettias from Great Impressions Poinsettias & Berries (K40) stamp.   I stamped the small poinsettia several times on DP, shaded them copics, cut them out and layered them.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  Poinsettias & Berries (K40) and  To & From (B171) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, coffee filters, Echo Park Season’s Greetings 6x6 paper pad Tools:  Big Shot, Papertrey Gift Card Holder & Celebrations Frame dies, Memory Box Bianca Snowflake Die, copic markers Embellishments:  Pssst Shimmer Mist, Buttercup liquid pearls Challenges:Allsorts - W, 3E - #237 SnowflakesLittle Claire's - M, 3E, SIO - (Nov/Dec) #39  ChristmasBrown SugarW, E2 - No. 72 – ChristmasCard Makin' Mamas - M (1st Friday of the month), 2E, cards only – No.77 - December -Christmas & New Ye…

Berry the Snowman

Okay, Berry the Snowman doesn’t have the same ring as Frosty, but I think his cuteness totally makes up for it.  This is another one of the images that I colored during my crafting day with a friend before Thanksgiving.  I’m happy I had the chance to get him on a card.    Have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:  Berry from Stacy Yacula Studio at Purple Onion DesignsInks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Papers:  Neenah Classic Craft Solar White CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Carta Bella Winter Fun paper pad 6x6 Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Doily details die, Stampin’ Up corner punch, Copic markers Embellishments:  May Arts Burlap twine, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, button Challenges:Clear It Out 2W, 3E, Must use stash item - Challenge: Anything Goes Stash Item:Anything Goes (Twine, button, die cut – had it cut and sitting in a bin since last Xmas)Loves Rubber Stamps W - #82 Anything Goes ChristmasOldie But A Goodie Challenge 2W, must use something at least 6mts ol…

Great Impressions Stamps–St Nicholas Gift Card Holder

Hello! Happy Monday!  Can you believe how quickly Christmas is coming?  It is just over 2 weeks away!  I still have soooo much to do!I did get started on some gift card holders.  This one uses Saint Nicholas (E659) from Great Impressions Stamps.  Here is a look at the side I decorated.And a look at the reverse side.   I hope to get a few more of these completed soon and will share them with you here.Have a great day!     Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:  Saint Nicholas (E659) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks Tea Dye Paper:  Papertrey Kraft CS, Bazzill Basics CS,  Authentique Wonder 6x6 paper oad Tools:  Big Shot,  Papertrey Damask Snowflake, Layerz Mat Stack #1 & Gift Card Holder dies,  Spellbinders Circle dies, Provocraft snowflake embossing folder Embellishments:  Psssst! Sparkle Shimmer Spritz, May arts burlap twine, Crinkle Ribbon from My Craft Spot, misc. button Challenges:613 Avenue Create - W - Challenge #48 Anything GoesAny…

Santa & Pup

Hello!  I have an extra card to share with you this week.  A few weeks ago, I took a vacation day from work and spent the day crafting with a friend.   I had fun coloring some images just for fun, not for a DT project.  This is one of the images I colored.I used some liquid pearls to accent this image.  I have to say I have a love/hate relationship with liquid pearls…  When they work well and come out nicely, I love them.   In this case, I hated them.  When I was half way done adding the pearls, a big ol’ splat came out on my project.  I painstakingly cleaned it up and went on to have another splat come out.   After some choice words, I cleaned it up and finished it.  Of course then when I picked up the image to set it aside to dry, I put my thumb right in to some of the pearls and smooshed them all over.   Grrrrr……    I don’t think it turned out too bad after the pearl –tastrophe was fixed.Anyhow, enough babble from me.  I had a hard day at work today and I am heading off to bed earl…

Great Impressions Stamps - Oh Christmas Tree!

Can you believe it is December?  The time is just flying by.  I am jealous of all the people that were able to get their Christmas trees decorated this weekend.   We had our carpets cleaned and by the time they were dry and all the furniture and stuff was moved back, I was too tired to start on the tree.  Next weekend we’ll get it up.Speaking of time flying, December is my final month as a designer for Great Impressions Stamps.  I can’t believe a year has gone by already.   So, for my fourth to last project, I create a card using Oh Christmas Tree (E402) from Great Impressions Stamps.  I was in a bit of a crafting funk but then was inspired by sketch MFTWSC152.    I took a few minor liberties but overall it is pretty close to the sketch.I hope you have a fabulous week.  Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:   Oh Christmas Tree (E402) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black,  Distress Ink tea dye Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey Kraft CS,  …

Catered Crop–Animal House Recipe Swap

Linda has a new, fun recipe swap at the Catered Crop.  This time around the theme is “Animal House”,  Just add wild life, pets, or any animal (dogs, cats, bears . . . ) anywhere in your paper project.I made a birthday card for my daughter. (Can I say I can’t believe she is 12!!  Where has the time gone?)  I thought these cute bears from Lili of the Valley were perfect both for her birthday and for the “Animal House” challenge.Linda has curated an “Animal House” Pinterest board to get our creativity started.  Click on the photo below to be taken directly to the Pinterest board.Stop by the Catered Crop and link up your Animal House project by December 7th.Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:  Birthday Bumps from Lili of the Valley,  Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink Inks:  Tuxedo Black, Close To My Heart Tulip Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey Kraft CS, October Afternoon Cakewalk 8x8 paper pad Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Pap…

Great Impressions Stamps –We Wish You A Hedgie Christmas

Hello!  Happy Monday!   I have a new Christmas card using Christmas Henry (G494) from Great Impressions Stamps to share with you today.I paired up sweet little Henry with some fun papers and some die cuts and sequins I had laying around on my desk.  Here’s a closer look at Henry.  You still have a little bit of time to join the November Great Impressions Stamps challenge and show off your Holiday card or tag.  You can find all the details here.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  Christmas Henry (G494) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Papers:  Papertrey white CS, Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas 6x6 paper pad, Stampin’ Up vellum Tools:  EK Success snowflake & edge punches, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Copic markers Embellishments:  The Twinery bakers twine, Sakura clear glitter gelly roll pen, misc. sequins & button Challenges:613 Avenue Create - W - Challenge #47 Anything Goes w/optional Twist -Create Your own Challenge* Amusing Ch…

Great Impressions–Winter Teddy

Hello!  I have a new Great Impressions Stamps card to share with you today.This sweet little bear is Winter Teddy (E814)  from Great Impressions Stamps.  Here is a closer look.I’m sorry this post is so short.  We had a day filled with tornado warnings and watches, high winds, rain and hail.  I have to dash off and get caught up on my household chores.I hope you have have a great day!  Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:   Winter Teddy (E814) and At Christmas Time (C393) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Close To My Heart Cranberry Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey kraft CS Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6x6 paper pad, misc green scrap paper, Starbucks coffee sleeve Tools:  Sewing Machine, Big Shot, Stampin’ Up photo corner punch, Papertrey pine boughs die, Papertrey Holly Jolly die, Sweet n Sassy Heart dies, Copic markers, Papertrey Celebrations Frame die Embellishments:  Misc button, Hero Arts pearls Challenges:613 Avenue Create - W - C…

Password Keeper Tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers

Over a year ago, Beate Johns asked if I would create a tutorial for Splitcoast Stampers.  Finally, the day is here!  Head over to Splitcoast Stampers to see my tutorial.  There you will also be able to downloadable/printable template so you can create your own password book.  If you are not already a member at Splitcoast Stampers, don’t worry, it is free to join.Here is a peak at my books.  Remember, you can get all the details at Splitcoast Stampers.You can find links to the books I made in the past HERE and HERE.Thank you for stopping by today.  Please head over to Splitcoast Stampers and let me know what you think!Challenges:Crafty Creations - #248 Dies/punchesFlutterby Wednesdays - 1E, must have butterfly or fairy - #261 OpenInklings and Yarns - 3E, JFF - Always Anything GoesDie Cuttin' DivasW,must include a Die-cut - #141  ButtonsLadybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge2W, 1E, SIO -  Use Kraft CardstockThrough The Craft Room Door W, 2E, - Alway's Anything GoesMake it Monday - W, …

Catered Crop–Thank You Kindly Recipe Swap

Today I have a new card for the Catered Crop Thank You Kindly recipe swap.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner it is the perfect time to feel thankful or give some one a thank you card. For my Thank You Kindly card, I pulled out some Papertrey stamps and dies to create this card.I colored the gemstones and sequins with a copic marker so that they would coordinate with my project.  As always, Linda has curate a Pinterest board full of inspiration for the swap.  Click on the photo below to go to her board on Pinterest.Stop by the Catered Crop and link up your Thank You Kindly projects.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:
Stamps:  Communiqué Sentiments Mini Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Authentique Gathering 6x6 paper pad, Starbucks coffee sleeve, misc. orange CS Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Lovely Layers Dies, Stampin’ Up Photo Corners punch, Creative Memories corner punch Embellishments:  Y…

Great Impressions Stamps–Santa Wishes

Hello!  Happy Monday!   Did you check if you were one of the lucky “Guess the Christmas Carol” winners?    If not, you might want to check the Great Impressions Stamps blog.  As most of you guessed, the carols that inspired my projects was “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”.  I have another Christmas card to share with you this week.   This week I used Santa Wishes (G444) from Great Impressions Stamps and gave the chalkboard technique a try.What do you think?  I love this technique and can’t wait to give it another try.Don’t forget to join the November challenge at the Great Impressions Stamps blog.    This month we are challenging you to use create a holiday card or tag .  You can link your holiday creation and check out the challenge rules at the Great Impressions Stamps blog. Have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:  Santa Wishes (G444) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Stampin’ Up Whisper White Craft ink Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Paper Studios black CS, Ba…

Guess the Christmas Carol and Win!

It's Christmas Carol week  at Great Impressions Stamps! Read all about the details here.Did I mention that prizes will be involved?! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This week the Great Impressions Stamps DT is kicking off the holiday season.  We are inviting you to join in the fun by guessing the Christmas carol that inspired each of our projects this week for your chance to win some fun prizes.  You can read all the details here.I think you will be able to figure out the Christmas carol that inspired my card and an extra project.  I included a clue to help you.For both of my projects I used Saint Nicholas (E659) from Great Impressions Stamps.  I just love this image.   He looks  great colored but you can also leave him uncolored for another great look.  Here’s a closer look at St. Nick.  I just want to pinch his cheek.  Using the same image, I also created a Christmas themed wine bottle tag.  I like having a few of these tags around d…

Catered Crop–Washi Tape

Hello!  Linda has another new and fun recipe challenge at the Catered Crop.  The new challenge is to use washi tape on your creation.For my washi tape creation, I decided to go make a Christmas card.  I dug into my stash of coffee sleeves to make these fun banners.  The letter and edge die cuts are all covered with washi tape. Linda has curated a board on Pinterest loaded with washi tape inspiration.    You can click on the photo below to be taken directly to her Pinterest board: Washi Tape.Don’t forget to stop by the Catered Crop to link your Washi Tape creation.Thank you for looking!   Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps: Snowflake Serenade by Papertrey Ink Inks: Papertrey kraft dye ink Tools:  Big Shot, Papertrey Banner Builder die, Papertrey Block Alpha Upper die collection, Die-namics Simply Scallop edge die, Sewing machine Papers:  Papertrey white CS, Stampin’Up Real Red CS, Starbucks coffee sleeve Embellishments:  Washi tape, Baker’s twine
Challenges:613 Avenue Create - W - 

Great Impressions Stamps – So Happy Together

Happy Monday!   I decided to take a break from Christmas cards this week.   I needed to step away from all the red and green for a bit.  Instead, I inked up this sweet image, Giraffes (H05), from Great Impressions Stamps.When I first looked at this step, something with a mother and child or father and child theme jumped into my head.   But this time when I looked at this stamp, I thought they look like a happy couple.  I decided to use these sweet giraffes to create an anniversary card.  (My hubby and I are coming up on our 15th wedding anniversary!)Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  Giraffes (H05) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Inks Antique Linen & Tea Dye Papers:  Papertrey Dark Chocolate & Kraft CS, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks 6x6 paper pad Tools:  Sewing machine, E59 copic marker (to color nail heads), Close to My Heart corner punch Embellishments:  Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk paint dabber, Adirondack…

Great Impressions–Poinsettias & Berries

Happy Monday!  I have a new Christmas card to share with you.   This week I used Poinsettias & Berries (K40) and Season’s Greetings (C427) from Great Impressions Stamps.   I have to admit that bigger stamps like this seem to intimidate me.  I always feel that the card needs to bit bigger to properly show off the image.   But, after coloring this image and messing around with bits of paper, I found a standard A2 layout that I liked.Now I want to make another card using this stamp.  I’m thinking of paper pieced layers for the poinsettia.  What do you think?Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  Poinsettias & Berries (K40) and Season’s Greetings (C427) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black ink Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage 6x6 paper pad Tools:  Sewing machine, Copic markers, Close To My Heart corner punch, Stampin’ Up photo corners punch Embellishments:  The Twinery baker’s twine, Gelly R…

Great Impressions Stamps –Saint Nicholas

Hello!  Happy Monday!   Have you notice how quickly Christmas is creeping up?  I have seen people on Facebook that have already started the countdown.   It is going to be here before we know it.I am still trying to get a jump on my Christmas cards.   I have a new card created with Saint Nicholas (E659) from Great Impressions Stamps  to share with you today.  Since this St. Nick image seems a little vintage, I decided to give the card a vintage / distressed feel.  A bit of cardboard (from a recycled Starbucks coffee sleeve), distressed edges, and twine add a little texture.Don’t forget you still have plenty of time to join the October Great Impressions Stamps challenge – A button and a bow.   You can link your creation or see all the challenge details at the Great Impressions Stamps blog.  I have one last thing to share with you today.   This e-card seems to sum things up….Have a great day!  Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:  Saint Nicholas (E659) from Great Impressions Stamps…

Music Saves My Soul Saturday!

Marcea has started up the Music Saves My Soul Saturday linky party again.   Yeah! To celebrate, I actually have 2 picks this week.  My DH got this song stuck in my head last week.  Now, its on every time I turn on the radio.  I’m not so fond of the end of the video, but still like the song. The second one is from Grace Potter.  I love this song.  I saw one of her shows in Milwaukee a few years ago.  She’s come a long way from the young girl in jeans and a t-shirt I saw give a kick-a$$ show.  If you would like to play along, drop by Marcea’s blog to link up your song choice for the week.Have a great weekend!

Great Impressions Stamps - Harvest Mouse

Hello!  Happy Monday!  I have another new card using Harvest Mouse (F169) from Great Impressions Stamps.  Last weekend, a friend from work wanted to come over to make a card.  She picked out Harvest Mouse to make a card and try her hand at Copic Markers.  While I was teaching her how to use Copic markers, I colored  this image.    Since he was sitting on my desk, I had to put him on a card.This card also fits the new Great Impressions Stamps challenge – A BUTTON AND A BOW!   Stop by the Great Impressions Stamps blog to see the DT’s “A BUTTON AND A BOW” cards, see the challenge rules, and link up your project.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  Harvest Mouse (F169) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey Kraft & Dark Chocolate CS, Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup 6x6 DP pad Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, Stampin’ Up Photo Corners punch, Copic mar…

Winner of My Craft Spot Giveaway

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!I’m here to announce the winner of one set of stamps from My Craft Spot!   You can see my blog post with the details of the give away at my blog post here.I used Random.org to pick the lucky winner.   The winner is….#25 Connie RConnie said her favorite stamp set was Mistletoe.Connie please email me with your mailing address and the name of the stamp set you would like and I will forward your information to Kimberly at My Craft Spot.Thank you to every one that stopped by my blog and joined the give away.Have a great day!

Catered Crop–Canning Jar Recipe Swap

Can you believe it is the beginning of October?  Where has the time gone?  This year is just flying by.  Talking about time flying by, it’s already time for a new recipe swap at the Catered Crop.   For this swap Linda is asking us to use canning jars in our creations.  How fun!  Canning jars are so popular in crafting right now.   Since it is the start of October, I decided to give my “canning jar” project a Halloween feel.I was happy to have the chance to pull out some new goodies that I recently bought from Papertrey Ink that were just perfect for the challenge.    Then, I realized that although I bought a couple of sets of Friendship Jar fillers and the die, I didn’t order the actual Friendship Jar stamp set.   So I had to improvise.  I used the die to cut a jar from vellum and another one from thin transparency film.  I stitched them together almost 3/4 of the way around the jar and then slipped in some googly eyes that I had stashed away.  The jar lid and stars are cut from Starb…