Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Dear Santa

 Hi there and welcome to my first July post. My header for this month is one of my honey bees nectaring on Bee balm.

My card is for the Christmas Craft Creations Design Team with a theme of anything goes. So please do try to join us this month for Christmas in July and get a jump on your Christmas stash! If you join in with a project you will be in the running for some fun prizes!

I went simple with an old Sparkle N Sprinkle/Bugaboo Stella image which was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne and heat embossed with Clear Detail. 

I colored the image with some Copics.

 I ran the image through the die cutting machine with Memory Box  Cross Stitched Frame Borders and did a little sponging of ink inside the die before I removed it. 

 This was then layered to a grey card base and I wrapped the red and white twine around to finish off my card.

Here is the list of products used on my card:

Stella - Dear Santa Sparkle N’ Sprinkle

Versafine Clair Nocturne

Clear Detail embossing powder


Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders

Stampin’ Up Sahara Sand ink pad 

Red and White Twine

I hope I've inspired you to join in the fun over at Christmas Craft Creations? There are some beautiful dies and more for prizes this month - but you have to be in it to win it!! It's an easy one this month - Anything Goes!

Till next time!


Monday, June 21, 2021

HAI Ho, Ho, Ho Santa

 Hi everyone and welcome to the 2nd June Challenge for the Holly and the Ivy! As always, this is an anything goes theme - so we hope you will join in the fun and get your Christmas card stash moving!

I've had a fun Birthday weekend/Father's Day celebration. All the kids came over and Daddy and I didn't have to cook once! I took time out this afternoon to make this happy little card! Santa's out in the woods picking out his own Christmas Tree!

I started stamping the trees from the SU Perfectly Plaid set in Versafine Clair Nocturne and heat embossed with Clear Detail. 

These were then punched out with the SU matching punch.

I was thinking a plaid background to go with the trees and so found this Sizzix embossing folder and ran a piece of white through the embossing machine. I then took the SU real red ink pad and ran it over the embossed piece to achieve my background.

I found an already made Santa in the Tonic Santa Claus Trio die set, he had already been colored with Copics. I just put little snippets of cardstock behind the spaces, black belt, silver buckle and red for his lips.

The sentiment from the same SU stamp set was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne and then heat embossed with Clear Detail. This was then cut out with the long Lawn Fawn die, though I cut it smaller by putting in back in the die, moving the sentiment over and running it back through the machine. 

All the pieces were attached with tape and mounting tape to finish of my project. Below you will find the complete list of the products used today. 

Stampin’ Up Perfectly Plaid

Christmas Tree Punch

Tonic Santa Claus Trio

Lawn Fawn (Just for You Labels ) dies

Sizzix Plaid and Snowflakes embossing folders


Versafine Clair Nocturne

Stampin’ Up Real Red ink

Mounting Tape

I hope I've inspired you to pop over and take a look at my  Design Teammates' work and then to join in the Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

CCC Butterfly Snowflake

 Hi there! Hope you are all doing well? Things here are improving. Getting out and about and although we can go into stores without masks, we're keeping ours on for the time being. It feels so good to have things open up a bit. 

I've been getting out to do activities with some of my Master Gardener friends - nice to be interacting with other humans again!

My June header is the first Monarch I've seen this year. It was visiting  my Waystation, though I didn't find any eggs.

My card today is for the Christmas Craft Creations Design Team. Our theme this month is Heat Embossing. I hope you will play along with us in the challenge, I chose to emboss with different powders through a homemade stencil.

I had a piece of card that I must have die cut, when I was making my Christmas cards last year, which had obviously been used for stenciling before, so instead of putting colored inks through the "stencil", I used Versamark ink on to white glossy cardstock. (I used my embossing buddy over the cardstock first). 

Then I chose 4 blue/silver embossing powders to sprinkle on one at a time, in different areas of the sticky snowflake. I started with Silver Detail. 

Once I had finished applying all four embossing powders, I heat embossed and there was one little bit that wasn't clear on the left hand side. So I replaced the stencil and used the Versamarker pen and added a little more ink and embossing powder to that area. It was quickly heat embossed.

I looked for a sentiment and finally found one that was perfect for me! It was from an old Sparkle N Sprinkle set called Winter Swirl! You know how I love my butterflies!

 I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Clair Paradise and then heat embossed with Clear Detail.

I found a blue frame that worked perfectly size wise and I used strips of mounting tape to add it around the sparkly snowflake and sentiment. A piece of silver thread was tied to the spine of the card to finish it off. Below are the products that I used in my project:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Swirl Stamp Set

Snowflake Stencil

Versafine Clair Paradise Ink pad

Versamark Ink pad


Embossing powders:

Silver Detail, Silver Lightning, 

Blue Silver, Electric Blue, and Clear Detail

Strip mounting tape

Silver Thread

I hope I have inspired you to come join in the fun of Heat Embossing, over at the Christmas Craft Creations Challenge?

Till next time, stay safe!