Holiday Treat Box


  • Dies –
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
    • Impression Obsession “Snowflakes”
  • Patterned paper – S E I – Noel: Frigid Lights
  • Vellum – Silver – Paper Accents
  • Gemstone – Mark Richards Ltd.

Today for Black Friday I hosted a Make and Take at Runaway Art Studio. It was a little treat box made from fChristmasTreatBoxOpenour paper circles–very simple! I got the idea from the Hero Arts blog. When you use double-sided paper, it makes a nicely finished little box. I’ve had this paper in my stash for a while and Runaway had some left so we featured it and some other holiday papers from previous years for folks to choose from when they came to create the box. I’d had the snowflake die for a couple of years as well, but there’s nothing like a nice, intricate snowflake!

I am entering this in the Shopping our Stash Challenge #229, which is to create a project with materials from your stash with no stamping. This is just die-cuts and paper!

This would be a perfect favor for place settings or a nice little teacher or co-worker gift. And once the cutting is finished, it is very quick to put together. Thanks for stopping by.


Thanks from a shiny fox


  • Dies:
    • Spellbinders “Foxy” and Labels One”
    • Simon Says Stamp “Thanks”
  • Metallic Gold cardstock
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry
  • Doodlebug sequins
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

First, I created the multi-colored background by painting with Distress Inks and water, and then spritzed it with a little more water to get some nice spots! Then I die-cut it and the fox and sentiment and put them altogether. I unified it with more metallic gold by adding the sequins. I mounted the pieces on black to make the colors pop. The Shopping our Stash Challenge #228 is Thanks, which appropriate since Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away. Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Golden Oak Leaf ATC


  • Die – Memory Box “Oak Leaf”
  • Stamps –
    • Impression Obsession: “Small Oak” and Seth Apter “Faded Fragments”
    • JudiKins “Calligraphic Flourish”
  • Inks – Ranger: Adirondack Lights “Cloudy Blue” and Black Archival
  • Gold Vellum
  • Gold metallic thread
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: Peacock Blue, Iris Blue, Shiraz, Red Oxide, Tangerine, Madder Brown
  • Golden Gesso
  • Dina Wakley Gel medium
  • Old Book Paper

I created these Artist’s Trading Cards to share at my monthly Craft Stamper group this past week. The inspiration came from the December 2015 issue of Craft Stamper magazine, pages 10-12, which featured techniques by Designer Kim Dellow. I worked in layers, with old book pages adhered with gel medium and covered with a thin layer of gesso. I added stamped images and areas of watercolor with Inktense pencil and waterbrush, creating a masterboard and then cut the “board” into 2-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ backgrounds. I then attached my gold vellum oak leaves with two french knots tied from gold metallic thread. Finally, I edged the card with a gold Krylon pen to pick up the gold metallic for a finishing touch.

I am entering this ATC in the November Take It Make It Challenge at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog. Thanks for visiting today.

Witchy with her cute friends


  • Stamps – My Favorite Things “Witch Way is the Candy” clear stamp set
  • Embossing folder – Sizzix Texture Fades – Tim Holtz “Cobwebs”
  • Copic markers
  • Wink of Stella
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I really enjoyed coloring these stamped images!  The little animals are so cute. I colored each with Copic markers and cut them out by hand. I popped up the frog with some foam adhesive and made a little spring out of paper so the bat would pop out and wiggle a bit. The background is black cardstock embossed with the Cobwebs Texture Fades by Sizzix. I was so pleased to be able to borrow the embossing folder from a friend while I was putting this card together! I then colored the web with my Wink of Stella pen for some sparkle (you know, the way a web would sparkle in the sun). For a closer look, some of the details are shown below.

I am entering this into the Friday Mashup Challenge this week for its Halloween theme. I’ve also been coloring along this month with Kathy’s coloring challenge at The Daily Marker: 30 Day Coloring Challenge. We try to color at least 10 minutes a day! Thanks for visiting today.mft-halloween-kitty


I’m Under Your Spell


  • Stamps – Stampendous “Eek A Boo” and My Favorite Things “Witch Way is the Candy?”
  • Patterned paper – Bella Blvd. “Color Chaos: Pickle Juice Strandz”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Basics and BoBunny “Boysenberry Dot”
  • Dies – Spellbinder Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Copic markers
  • Ribbon

‘Tis the season to begin creating all things Halloween! This card features a happy pumpkin with a mouse friend. I colored the stamped iUnderYourSpell-closemage with Copic markers and then layered papers to bring out the various colors in the image. This is also fits the challenge right now at Crafts Galore for a Halloween themed card. This card took me way longer than it should have to construct! I’ve been kind of in a creative slump lately and just not had time to complete a card, so it was a relief to get this put together! Thanks for visiting!




Hero Arts – Seize the Cupcake!


  • Stamps – Hero Arts CL158 – “Cleardesign Cupcakes,” (both the cupcake and sentiment)
  • Hero Arts CG648 – “Dotted Grid”
  • Embossing Powder – Silver Pearl and Detail Black
  • Cardstock – Neenah and Bazzill
  • Copic markers to color cupcake
  • Circle punch

I created this card for the Hero Arts Flickr Group‘s Scramble #119. We have 90 minutes to create a card for a suggested theme. The theme this time was black, white, grey and a pop of color. I embossed the background stamp with detail black embossing powder. I then stamped and colored the cupcake with Copics and cut it out. I decided to use grey cardstock for the card base and popped a little bit of color in the corners to bring out the pale red of the heart. I heat embossed the sentiment on a circle of dark grey cardstock and popped up the cupcake on top of it. Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor pansies



  • Stamp – Technique Tuesday “Greenhouse Society – Pansy” August 2015
  • Tim Holtz Distress watercolor cardstock – Ranger Ink
  • Embossing powder – Detail Silver
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers – Ranger Ink – Dusty Concord, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, and Broken China

I’m taking the Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers: Exploring Mediums class right now. This was an image I painted as a result of Day One’s lessons using watercolor-based markers. First I heat embossed the image from Technique Tuesday with silver embossing powder. I then used Ranger Distress Ink markers as my watercolor medium. I haven’t quite pulled a card together with this yet. Thanks for visiting today.


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