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 have a CAS-ual Friday card completed. You can click on the link below for more details.
Here is what I saw in the sky.
I used Papertrey Ink’s Everyday Button Bits Stamp set for the hot air baloons and the sentiment. I cut out the image with Spellbinders Postage stamp die. The card was finished off with three buttons and the polka dot ribbon. Here is a close up.
I hope everyone is having a great week end! I started mine early by going up to Maine to meet my sisters for lunch.

Make It Monday #73: Stamping on Patterned Paper  and  Stamp It! Cards Week: The Thank You Challenge

Make It Mondays featured a tutorial for techniques stamping on patterned paper. The Stamp It! Cards Week asked for cards using stamping as the main focus.

Here is the card I did for these two challenges.

Supplies used: PTI Mat Stack 3 stamps, Simply Jane stamps, Mat Stack 5 dies and Fine Linen Pattern Paper; Spellbinders Label 22; Tim Holtz distress ink Antique Linen; Adirondack Archival Ink Blue Violet.

The inspiration photo:

I love the touch of color with bold black and white patterns. Here my card.

I used Papertrey’s Garden Variety stamp set and Seed Packet die as my focal point. I die cut the background circle with a Spellbinders die and embossed it with the tiny dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. The black and white stripe was die cut with one of PTI’s Half and Half die collection, one of my go to favorites.

The seed packet was embellished with my favorite flower die PTI’s Bloombuilders #3, a gingham check ribbon and a few pearls.

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Make It Monday #67: Step-it-Up: Mixing Patterned Papers

This week we were challenged to combine various types of patterned papers. The first card is combining three tone on tone pattern papers. I used papers from Prima’s Almanac collection.

The second card is a combination of papers from the same paper pack. I used papers from Farmhouse by October Afternoon.

The final card is using paper from my scrap bin. I have plenty of scraps to play with for any project. I keep my scraps in 12 x 12 scrapbook bin, one for each color family.

Each card is finished using the same style and proportion for paper. The bottom pattern is cut with Spellbinders scalloped border die. The center strip is wrapped in twine. An embellishment is added to the side. The first two embellishments are part of the pattern papers cut with PTI circle dies. The last card is finished with Rosy Posy stamp and die as the element.


CAS-ual Fridays is celebrating their first birthday. They asked us to make a birthday card for this week’s challenge.

I got to use my Tim Holtz Distress Markers for the first time. I must say I loved how they worked on this Penny Black stamp. I finished off the card by drawing in some embossed lines to frame the flowers, then a simple ribbon around the bottom topped off with a Spellbinders die and PTI sentiment stamp. That’s it. I can see a active future with these new distress markers.

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I made a card for this week’s CAS-UAL FRIDAYS clean and simple challenge. I embossed a border on the front of the card using a wafer thin steel die. I learned the technique in today’s lesson in A Cut Above, the online card class I am currently taking.

Here is the finished product. “You Are My Sunshine” has always been a sentimental favorite of mine. When I saw a stamp with part of the lyrics, I just loved it. Not having the stamp, I made a computer generated sentiment and die cut it for my card.

I used a Spellbinders square die to emboss the border. Memory Boxes’s Petit Umbrella was used for the umbrellas. The banner was cut with a My Favorite Things die.

It all went together so quickly.