Daily Archives: October 12, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown: The Nature of Christmas – Polar Bear


  • Stamp – The Cat’s Pajamas “Knut” and “Cool Yule”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Merry” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Die cuts – Impression Obsession – Snowflakes Die Set; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Gemstone – Hero Arts “Citron”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I can think of few things better than having animals on one’s Christmas cards. Just my opinion. So this week’s Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps is to create a Christmas card  featuring something from nature. You can see where I immediately jumped. The Cat’s Pajamas always makes outstanding animal stamps–of course, they are often penguins which make them even more outstanding! I colored the image with Copic markers and added some Glossy Accents to the little fishing hole to make it look like water. The snowflake die cut is to convince you that it is cold there! Thanks for checking this out today!

Creative Chemistry 102 – Day 1 – Umbrella Man Industrial Tag


  • Stamp – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Umbrella Man”
  • Embossing Folder – Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades “Gears”
  • Ranger Foil Cardstock
  • Paint color swatch
  • Border Punch – EK Success
  • Cardstock – BoBunny

I used the lesson on Day 1 of Creative Chemistry 102 (Online Card Classes) as a point of departure for the background for this card, using the “Industrial” technique. I embossed the foil cardstock after stamping the image, which was a departure from the lesson! I added a paint swatch for a kind of ombre accent along the side. Thanks for visiting today.

Creative Chemistry 102 – Day 3 – Brayered Stains Mona Tag


  • Stamp – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Mona Collage”
  • Ranger Distress Stains – Pumice Stone, Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters, Brushed Pewter
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold

I created this tag for a lesson at the Online Card Classes Creative Chemistry 102 class using Distress Stains. Out of all the Distress products, I think I use the stains the least. They really make a nice, more sheer background to layer upon. I added some more ink around the edges with my foam applicator to finish off the piece. Thanks for visiting!

Creative Chemistry 102 – Day 5 – Tarnished Silver Fern


  • Die cut – made from Memory Box “Delicate Fern” die
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks – Wild Plum, Cool Peri, Eggplant, Silver Mixatives
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Clear UTEE
  • Ranger Distress Paint – Black Soot
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used the tarnished silver technique from Creative Chemistry 102 at Online Card Classes for this card. It features a cut made with the gorgeous fern die from Memory Box and an alcohol ink panel. I based the color scheme on my son’s request for me to make a predominately purple card for the 365cards Pick4Me color challenge. Thanks for visiting today.