It’s PTI 6th anniversary. I decided to do a Valentine card that coincided with a color challenge.

puppy valentine


I used Tremendous Treats Valentine stamps and die for the card and PTI’s envelope liner as well.

pup and valentine


feb blog hop photo


For the February Papertrey Blog Hop the above photo is the take off point. Here is what I did with a black background.

card front


I used Graphic 45 papers and Papertrey dies for this card.

closer detail


Thanks for stopping by today. TGIF.

Make It Monday #100: How to Package Cards with Oversized Embellishments

This is the 100th episode of Make It Monday. The challenge is to find a package for a card with oversized embellishment. Those big embellishments are so tempting to make but then there is always the packaging to contend with in the end.

Here is my card and envelope.

card and inside of envelope

I made an envelope out of card stock that was 1/4 inch wide instead of flat.

card on stand


The card was made using Prima’s Almanac Collection patterned paper. PTI’s Mat Stack #6 was used for the stacked labels in the front. The sentiment is from PTI’s Simply Jane stamp set. The flower is a My Favorite Things die.

card and envelope front


Here is the front of the envelope. I used Tag Sale #6 from PTI for addressing the envelope.

Thanks for taking a look.

Happy 100th Make it Monday.

Keep those videos coming.


This year’s card started with this photo I took in my neighborhood.

raindeer crack

The resulting Christmas card is a drawing inspire by this crack.

Rudy with reindeer background

To see a step by step process of how it was done, click here.

The new Spellbinder A2 layers dies saved me an amazing amount of time when I was cutting out each of the four drawings printed on one piece of paper.

Here is a closer look.

Rudy with signature detail

This was a lot of fun from start to finish. And I only have twenty more cards to go. Thanks for taking a look during your busy holiday season.

I needed a gift tag for a Yankee Swap gift and wanted to take part in The Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist on the Ellen Hudson the Classroom blog. I was inspired by Paula Cheney’s tag on Day 9.

Simon Says Stamp and Show also has a challenge-Inspired by Tim 12 Tags.

Here is what I did to put on a pink gift bag.

Christmas tag

This really was all Tim Holtz products. I cut out two tags, dry embossed one with Tim’s Texture Fades Sheet Music folder. I glued the two together to add weight to the tag then rubbed it with Bundled Sage and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks.

His line of Sizzix dies, Tags & Bookplates, Stacked Christmas Words, Reindeer Flight and Tattered Poinsettas made up the embellishments.

Christmas tag closeup

The tag was a hit at the Yankee Swap. One of the participants took it from the someone who had chosen it and said “I just want to bag. You don’t have to give me what’s inside..” I choose to interpret that not as a disparaging remark about the contents but instead the quality of the tag.

On to more tag and card making. I hope you are all on schedule for your holiday preparations. Thanks for stopping by.


Tag full size

I made this gift tag for the following challenges:

Make It Monday: Detail Glitter Technique

Simon Says Stamp & Show: House Rules

CAS-ual Fridays: Gift Tags

Tag detail

I used PaperTrey Ink’s Winter Hills stamp set on PTI cream card stock stamped with Versafine gray ink. The tag is a PTI die. The glitter is Tim Holtz’s Distress Stickles Dry Glitter.

I have gift tag made. How many more to go before 12/25? I’d better get a move on. Thanks for coming by.


The inspiration for this month comes from cover art on books.

I loved the colors in the Wizard of Oz cover. Here is what I came up with for this month.

I used the Memory Box Party Lanterns die and aPTI sentiment stamp from Signature Greetings and Martha Stewart papers.

I love these colors. I’m sure I wouldn’t have come up with this combo on my own. Thank you PTI for coming up with this months project and thank you all who came by to take a look.




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