Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving eve if you’re in the states!


Ahh, that my fellow deskers is the site of completed Christmas cards!  I have a couple of special ones to make still, but that is it! Today I will address them and get them all set to be mailed out the day after Thanksgiving.

I mentioned last time about the Great Dane card, well it’s not completed but…


Here’s how my vision came to life.  I cut the image of the Great Dane out, I stamped a Christmas tree, then covered it with evergreen branches, red rhinestones and topped it off with a star.  I used a brick embossing folder and of course the window die and a piece of thick acetate for the glass.  I really love how it looks, I mean really!!!!

Now off you go to see other desks and you can start right over at Julia’s The Stamping Ground!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



It’s a balmy 18 here this morning as the sun slowly makes it’s way into the sky.  The desk is ready for a day of action!  A scrap bin of parts and pieces to turn into the last group of Christmas cards.  A brand new bag of Christmas buttons, a new set of plates for my Big Shot and my Christmas scented, yes scented inks.  There’s a colored image of a Great Dane under the monitor that I’m going to use for a card, I’m thinking a scene with a Christmas tree behind him and a window frame in front..hmmm.. The recycle bag is in need of emptying I see, and I’ve got Christmas embellishments sitting on the open draw off to the side. (No I don’t bang my knees on those since moving the monitor Winking smile)

Now if you are all a flutter as to why I’m telling you this go see Julia at the Stamping Ground and you’ll learn that there are loads of us creative peeps that love to share scenes like this from all around the globe.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More Christmas


It still needs something I think…  I’m trying to use up Christmas scraps to make cards because I’ve got so many scraps.  Scraps from cards and scraps from December Daily’s, just lots of scraps.  So here are a few of my scrap pile creations..

Pretty good way to use up those long scraps, make banners from them!


How about some simple layers and die cuts, great way for using scraps.

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And, finally one made from some shiny, glittery scraps..


I think my favorite part of all of this is the size of the scrap pile getting smaller and smaller…

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Scraps n Tags…

So today I had to take a break from the Christmas cards..

As a card maker I end up with scraps, loads of them.  I’ve gotten SO much better about tossing small pieces instead of saving every single one.  I still however end up with lots of them, so I’ve been looking for ways to use them.  Many of the patterned papers are ending up on Christmas cards, but the solid papers I have four times as many of those.  So today I decided to make gift tags from them!
With a fire going (on the computer screen) and Christmas music playing I used metal dies to cut an array of shapes from the solid papers and then one size small in white.  I assembled them and put a piece of Scor-Tape on the back and decorated the fronts.  It took a while, but when I was done I had a tiny pile of scraps (which I’m contemplating cutting as borders) and…
A lot of tags for gifts!  I won’t need to buy any this year for Christmas gifts..maybe not next year either lol!  Why didn’t I do this sooner????

For the Newly Weds

Someone near and dear to me recently got married and so I set out on an endeavor to make a very special wedding card.  It probably ranks up there as one of the fanciest cards I’ve made.  I typically don’t get all that fussy with cards, but this one was for two very special people and I felt like they deserved a little fuss!




There are two layers under the cake that I cut with my Inspiration as I wanted a really decorative edge and didn’t have a punch that would do what I wanted.  The scallops were cut out of vellum the paper for the actual cake was a shimmery paper that I embossed with a Swiss dots folder.  I used pearls to decorate and a white printed ribbon to separate the cake layers.


On the inside I included a copy of The Art of Marriage and some personal words that I typed up in a nice font and printed out on vellum.  I think all in all it turned out kinda nice.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas cards on parade

It’s been a flurry of activity in my studio the last few days.  I always strive to get the bulk of our Christmas cards mailed shortly after Thanksgiving.  I’m breaking these up into a few post over the next few days.  Here’s the first batch of photos.

So the first batch were pieces and parts that were kinda-sorta already works in progress. 


The first one here was a background that I printed on the computer.  I see so many stamps and background papers using script I wanted to see if I could make one.  I don’t love it but it will work and now I know ‘how’ to do it better!


This cat stamp is old, I mean like old, it’s one of the very first unmounted stamps I ever got.  It came from Woodcellar Graphics who are still in business, though I don’t think the catalog has changed much since I ordered!  I had colored that cat and didn’t know what to do with it, prior to die cutting it and layering it on the plaid.  Pretty cute if I do say so myself.


This was a case gone wrong!  Kathy saw a pin on Pinterest that she wanted to try out and this was my attempt.  Bleck! The believe sentiment didn’t show up on the embossing powder and the colors were just not something I loved.  Ah, well that’s why I call this a prototype.

These next two were done when Kathy was here because I wanted to show her something new to do.  So we played with making wreaths from various things.

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The first one is a punch and the second a couple of snowflake stamps.  I’m thinking I might try one with Christmas colored buttons next.

Stay tuned, more to come…