Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Monday: Twinkle Snowflake

I actually sent all of my Christmas cards yesterday - hooray!!!  But for reasons I cannot totally explain, I sat down and made Christmas cards this morning??!  And I enjoyed it.  It's so much more fun when the pressure is off.  If truth be told, I'm a little embarrassed by my Christmas NBUS stash and thought I should use a few of the items that I was most excited about when I purchased them.  This incredibly detailed snowflake from Memory Box and this Tim Holtz Sizzix die set including 17 Christmas words were at the top of the list.

Twinkle Snowflake

I have totally given up getting decent pictures with glitter.  It totally whacks out my camera.  At one point, I figured my camera's auto-focus was the culprit, but this photo was shot with manual focus and it's still off. The glitter isn't in focus and it seems to make everything else slightly off focus. I did shoot this close-up so you can actually see the glitter.

Twinkle Snowflake Close

I am playing along with Merry Monday's Winter Themed Challenge

I had started out with different glitter paper - but it was coming up too gold. I thought it would like nice with warmer colors so I came up with this card using the same dies.

Believe Snowflake

The stars dotting the i's on the sentiment are not in the word die set - they are cut from the snowflake die. 
The glitter paper are scraps so I do not know what they are to link.
The twine on the second card is from Hemptique and is a true kraft color, but I cannot find it anywhere, so I've linked the natural color.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch: A Special Day

I love crooked panels, but I never seem to think of it on my own unless I see it in a sketch challenge.  The current challenge with a crooked panel is at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Special Day

In the sketch, I liked the look of the sentiment strip going off the panel, but when it came time to make the card, I totally forgot.  So I added an arrow simply to try to create the same look.  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Saw That!!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

I have all of my Christmas cards done that need to be mailed, but that leaves my husband and kids.  I purchased one of the new Ellen Hutson sets specifically for my kids.  I'm thinking this fits a teenage boy...

Saw That

I'm going to use the same set for teenage son #2 because it has a variety of sentiments - I'm sure you will see another snarky card from me soon!!

I do hope to see you play along.  I know it's a very busy time for all who celebrate Christmas, but sometimes we just need to sneak away to our "happy place" and do a little crafting!!

The paper was just a scrap.  The sequins were a cheap multi-pack from a craft store.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Peppermint Stick Cocoa and Reverse Confetti Tags

My kids have always made jars of hot chocolate mix for their teachers.  Even as they have gotten older, and I've suggested things like coffee gift cards or movie gift cards, nothing else will do except this hot chocolate mix.  I have to admit that I haven't even tried it, so I can't vouch for it.  But it is an excellent way to get the kids involved in the Christmas gift giving!  And while they measure everything out and whack the peppermint candies with a hammer to crush them, I can play at my craft desk making tags!!


The recipe is Peppermint Stick Cocoa from My Recipes and includes powdered milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, miniature chocolate chips and peppermint candy.  It does look great in the jar!

I used my favorite new Christmas die of the year - Branch Out from Reverse Confetti - such a fun and funky look!!

Cocoa Tag

We did make more than the two jars pictured above. My Big Shot got a workout and at one point I had a sea of trees and tags across my craft desk!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Two Christmas Styles

This is my second post today.

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been asked to be part of Taylored Expressions' Baker's Dozen design team!!!   This is a company from which I already have stamps dating back to when they opened.  I am so excited to share my love of their product with you.  I'll be part of their new release sneak peeks for the next six months plus a number of focused projects throughout each month. (The best part of being on a design team is seeing things in advance and I can definitely say that January is going to be fun!)

Since much of my official work is going to be showing off new products, I decided to go a different direction for this announcement post and I pulled out some stamps that I've used for years.  I have two cards - using very different style stamps - which is what I truly love about Taylored Expressions.

My first card uses Wings of Joy - a charming Christmas set that includes a bird house, a bird cage, a cute decorated "Joy" and so much more.  I love the whimsical style.

TE Merry Xmas Birds

I love the look of these sweet stamps, but I also like the elegant stamps and the Christian stamps that Taylor also does.  Here's a very different looking card using Christmas Blessings.

Wise Men

These two samples show you exactly why I love Taylored Expressions - their products range from cute and sweet to elegant and meaningful.  I am truly honored that they have selected me as part of the Baker's Dozen and I am very much looking forward to the next six months!


My merry bird card was inspired by the rich colors at colourQ.

Curtain Call: Candy Canes and Avery Elle

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  Candy Cane!

Our wonderful sponsor for this week is Avery Elle and they graciously supplied each member of the design team with a stamp set.  (Plus one random winner from this challenge will win Avery Elle goodies!)  

I got to play with the set Noel.  There are two sentiments in a very fun font plus a number of snowflakes and other goodies such as birds and berries.  Avery Elle also has very unique basic die sets.  On this card I am using the die set Dotted ELLE-ments which has a number of dies with the raised dots around the edge.


I hope to see you playing along!  What better inspiration right now than a candy cane?!

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!