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52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – Technique – Shaker Card

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One of my favorite card techniques is making a shaker card. I don’t make them as often as I should because they require lots of time and I have issues with getting them proper glued together. I purchased a fun village snowglobe thinlite die set by Tim Holtz called Snowglobe. When I started on this project the dies looked simple enough…NOT! There seemed liked a thousand little pieces, and vs cutting them out in various coloured card stock, I decided to cut them all out in white Neenah 80lb card stock and either ink or use my Spectrum Noir markers. This “simple” card took me over three hours to make! But it did turn out very nice. I am sure if I was to do it again, I could shave at least an hour off my time. The sentiment is from MFT, and the Stitched Snowflakes are from SSS. The  sequins are from Taylored Expressions.


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I entered my card into ABC Christmas Challenge “H” is for Homesnowglobe

UPDATE: My card was chosen as one of the Top 3 at ABC Christmas Challenge “H” is for Home

Playing with Penny Black Winter Stamps

Today I decided to play with my new Penny Black Winter Stamps. I used a variety of  Penny Black stamps. I created my landscapes using distress inks and torn paper. I made three different cards that are different, yet in the same style.

Stamps used: Penny Black – Woodland Beauty, Nature’s Silhouettes, Nature’s Friend, and A Splash of Winter. Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Broken China Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Friends,and mustard seed.


I entered the above card in the Cardz 4 Guys – Christmas Tree Challenge.


I entered the above card in Allsorts Challenge – Feature a Creature

pbdeer3I entered the last card into Holly Jolly Christmas Card Challenge - Trees and

Penny Black and More – Anything Christmas


I placed Top 3 in Cardz 4 Guys – Christmas Tree Challenge


Using Embossing to create Texture!

Last week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, they challenged us to using the Embossing technique. Because I already had my folders out, I decided to go further into embossing.

I purchased this adorable Santa by Stamping Bellas called Santa is Stuck, I coloured the image using Copic markers. Note: I stamped two images into Neenah Solar White paper, and the other on Ranger’s Surfaces Specialty Stamping Paper, The latter paper did not work well with Copic markers and they did not blend well. I included it into my blog to show the unsuspected poor results.

Card 1 – I used a brick patterned stencil and Dreamweaver paste to create the textured white brick background. I also embossed and cut our a small strip of red brick using  the folder from Marianne Design Embossing Folder and Die – Bricks. To colour the stamped image, I used Copics on Neenah Paper. Sentiment is from SSS.


Card 2 – I used the embossing folder from the Marianne Design Embossing Folder and Die – Bricks set to create the textured background. To colour the stamped image, I used Copics on the Ranger Paper. Sentiment is from the same Santa is Stuck stamp set.


Card 3 – I used both the folder and die from the Marianne Design Embossing Folder and Die – Bricks set to create the textured background. To colour the stamped image, I used Copics on theNeenah Paper. Sentiment is from the same Santa is Stuck stamp set.


I have entered Card 1 into the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – Pick a Previous – Sketch Challenge


I entered Card 3 into the Christmas Card Challenge – #46


I received an HM at 52{Christmas} Card Throwdown.

Color Challenge – Gray, Soft Blue, Soft Green

This week’s challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is to create a card using Gray, Soft Blue, and Soft Green.


Close ups of the salt texture effect

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I started my card by creating a fun watercoloured background. I taped a 5 x 7 shets of Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper on a clipboard. With a large brush I coated the paper with clear water. Next I sprayed a puddle of Salty Ocean ans Cracked Pistachio Distress stains on my craft mat. To achieve a “soft” colour effect, I added a fair amount of water to the stains before I brushed the colours on the blank watercolour paper. Once I achieved the colour saturation I wanted I sprinkled some regular table salt and course salt sea on the still wet paper. I set aside to dry. The salt draws in the moisture and  leaves an interesting pattern similar to frost on a window.

While the watercolour paper dried, I stamped Snowy by Penny Black on Neenah Solar white 80lb paper with Momento Black Ink. I coloured him with T0, T2, T4 Neutral Copic Markers. I also added a little clear Wink of Stella to his hat and scarf.

Once the watercolour paper was dry, I brushed off the salt, cut the paper down to 5.25 x 4, and layered it on top of a green card stock 5.375 x 4.125, and next a blue card stock 5.5 x 4.25, added a grey and soft blue bow, and finally on a A2 card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I entered my card into The 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Color Challenge

UPDATE: I received an Honourable Mention for my card in the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

Oh Deer, Christmas is Near!

I know, my title is a silly play on words. While in Ottawa a week ago, I purchased the prettiest Christmas papers from the BoBunny – Sleigh Ride series. I love the wood paneling paper and thought it would make a wonderful “male” Christmas Card. I had envisioned it with a deer or reindeer as the focal point.

In the end, I opted to use my Cricut machine to cut out a series of deer/reindeer silhouettes. Each year, I make 135 plus Christmas card for the Belmont Long Term Care Home, and I like to make sure that each card is unique. I have designed 8 cards in my deer series. For the deer cuts, I used  the Teresa Collins – Holiday cartridge -  Deer M332B3, Deer M33F87, and Reindeer M41413. The sentiments are from Lily of the Valley and Simon Says Stamps. I also used some snowflake stickers I picked up last year at the Dollar Tree. I chose two ways to mount the images, either flush mount or as a shadow drop using foam tape. The white/kraft wood embossed papers are from SSS. I am showing all 8 cards to show how I was able to use both the positive and negative deer silhouettes, and change up the cards with small modifications.


My first card was specifically designed for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – Sketch Challenge (52CCT39-16)

UPDATE: I am very excited to have won the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge with the card above.