It's a wrap


It’s that time of year where we are wrapping it up literally. I have gotten so much inspiration from viewing other bloggers present their holiday creations and ideas. I want to thank all the creative women and some men for their generosity in sharing their work on the web. It always gives me brand new ways of looking at things.

Here are a few of my gift wraps. Can you see inspiration from One Lucky Day or perhaps this crinkled flower tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers ?

Poinsetta and deer



Three deer


Flower on pkg


Spirit of Christmas


tag with bow


Joy to the World and Joy to all those who blog and share their card crafting. Have a peaceful 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.


I’m taking Tim Holtz’s online class-Creative Chemistry 101. Today’s session covered the use of Perfect Pearls.

I used the Perfect Splatter Distress Technique on a piece of cream card stock. I also used some of the left over ink on my craft sheet to stain the white ribbon used for a bow. I then die cut birds and flowers out of that paper. Here is the resulting card.

A closer look:

Supplies used: Ranger Perfect Pearls, Distress Inks

Sizzix dies Tattered Florals and Movers and Shakers

Paper-Pixie Glen by Prima

Sentiment-Stamper’s Anonymous Studio 490 Natures Art

Bird punch-Fiskars

The Tuesday Trigger for this week’s Moxie Fab World is this gorgeous picture that I have already added to my Pinterest  page.

I’m not sure how much simple elegance I achieved but I did manage to get an Easter card made for my sister.

Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix die Easter Bunny and Sizzix embossing folder

Memory Box Woven Circle die and pearl embellishments

Thanks for stopping by.

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.