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.


Here is the image for June.

I was wondering how to interpret all these ruffled pillows when the newest Lovely Layers die in a square shape arrive in the mail. I took the square, oval, and circle and make my own pillows.

I stamped the patterned background  on the square pillow using the Natural Beauties stamp set and used the same set for the sentiment. I cut out the flower out of Bloom Builders #3 die. The frill on the bottom of the card was done with a Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for stopping to take a look.


Make It Monday #69: Inspiration Into Unique Sketches

It’s that time again. This week’s Make It Monday demonstrates how to get inspiration from things around you to make your own unique sketches.

This is a sketch inspired by a scrapbook page layout that I selected for my card.

The resulting card is fluttery and floral.

I used Papertrey’s Fine Linen Paper Pack for the patterned papers. Banners were cut from My Favorite Things dies. The flowers are a combination of Prima flowers and a floral die from Cheery Lynn Designs. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.

Today’s post features a baby card I made for Moxi Fab’s Card Creations Week: The Gingham Challenge.

The bunnies are punched out with a Martha Stewart punch. The tags are done with Papertrey Ink’s Tiny Tag stamps and dies.

I’ll present this card along with a gift to my niece who just had a baby.

Make It Monday #64: Using Color Inspiration

This weeks challenge was more thought provoking than I first imaged. Here are the colors I choose to work with for my card.

Using five colors and then doing a repetition of three of each color for balance was not as easy as it first appeared. Here is how I got 15 elements on a standard A4 card.

A closer look

I was trying out some new stamps and still playing with die cuts. I noticed I had a theme going on.

The green background was done with a Fiskar texture plate inked with green chalk ink before going through the Sizzix machine onto cream color card stock. Thank you Kate from Absolutely Everything for posting the technique in the weekly newsletter. The bird stamp and sentiment are from Paper Tray Ink.

Everything Tim Holtz

Here I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the card stock. It gave amazing detail. The bird and cage are Tim’s die cuts from Sizzix.

She dreamed.......

The sentiment stamp is from Artful Illusions. I purchased several of their beautiful stamps when Ink About It had this company’s trunk show. The papers used are all from Basic Grey’s Ambrosia paper pad.