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130 Christmas Cards for Seniors!


Every year I make 130 Christmas cards for the Belmont Long Term Care Home. It is my way of paying it forward for the fabulous care they provided my mother. I love to colour while watch TV so I will stamp numerous images and hand colour them with Copic Markers, Zig Water Colour Brushes, Derwent Inktenses Pencils, or Distress inks. Once I get a number completed, I then sit down and start to assemble my cards. No two cards are the same, While I may use the same image, I colour them differently, use a different card format, different card stock, etc. I also make Fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, Easter/Spring, Valentine’s Day, Remembrance Day (for the veterans), plus birthday cards. It keeps me busy, and I really enjoy it. I also make cards for myself and friends. I dropped the cards off for distribution on December 1, 2016.


Fun with Embossing!

This week’s challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge is Embossing – Heat or Dry. Well I decided to make dry embossed cards using a couple of different stamps/die cuts/punches.

Card 1: I used Memory Box SILENT SNOWFALL Craft DIE 98670 as an embossing die. n place of my cutting mat on my Big Shot. I used a silicone mat so the die “embossed” the background vs cut through it. I freehand cut the snow hills, the the little penguin is a modified Owl Punch by Stampin Up. I added googly eyes, sequins, clear stickles, and snowfall stickers to embellish the card. The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink.


Card 2 – I used a lined embossing folder to resemble wood siding. The “arched window” die and “a glimpse inside” stamp are from Taylored Expressions. The floral boughs were created with Memory Box Die Cutting BREEZY WREATH (cut in half using two colours of card stock) and Truly Gifted Die. I coloured the stamped image using Derwent Inktense Watercolour pencils. The tag was created using the oval and scalloped punch by Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions.


Card 3 – I used numerous products. I started by creating my background using Darice Embossing Folders SNOWFLAKE BACKGROUND. Next I stamping the little knitting sheep using the Lawn Fawn FLEECE NAVIDAD Stamp set. I coloured her using Copic markers. The little tree was created with the Christmas Tree Stamps and punch set by Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

I entered this card into 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – Technique Challenge – Embossing. I have also put my name forward as a possible Design Tean member for 2017



Card 4 & 5 – Last year I cut out a number of tree shapes using my Cricut machine. Initially they were to be tags for gifts, but were never used, so this year I decided to emboss them using Cuttlebug Embossing Folder A2 – Snowflakes. I embellished them with pearls/gems and glitter star stickers. I used a couple of cute mouse stamps by Penny Black – xmouse ornament & jolly friends.

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C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 385 – 13th of October – Tri-fold Card with Tag Insert

DTbadgeThis week, we challenge you to make a tri-fold card with tag insert. Once again, if you want to see what a  tri-fold card looks like, I would suggest you run a search through google or Pinterest. For my card I used the Baby and Snowman digi stamp by Pink Gem Designs. I also used Stampin’ Up’s Embossing folder – Northern Flurries, and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

Closed Card Front



Left Flap Opened


Both Flaps opened


Another View. I coloured the tag insert for a boy or a girl.trifold3

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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

Another Wonderful Class with Heather Telford

On October 1, 2016 my friend Ruby and I were able to enjoy another fabulous class with Heather Telford. Heather is an extremely talented card makers and on the Penny Black Design Team. Every time I take one of her classes I learn something new.

These are the cards we made in class.

heathers-classHeather supplies everything we need to make the cards, plus gives us detailed instructions. I had purchased the Penny Black –  ‘Cones & Berries‘ stamp and ‘Berry Kissed‘ stamp so I was able to recreate the cards at home. I don’t have a pine bough stamp or the stocking die so I used the Impression Obsession Pine Branch Die DIE021-N and Simon Says Stamp HOLLY ORNAMENT Wafer Die s321. The cards below are ones I made at home.



Note: I didn’t post the directions to how to make these cards out of respect for the instructor. To learn more about Heather check out her blog. She has some wonderful tutorials and inspiring cards.