Friday, December 23, 2011

Rain, Snow, Shine

I have a few final holiday cards to share tonight.  I say holiday cards rather than Christmas cards because I used stamps and papers that aren't specifically designed for Christmas.  I used the Rain Snow Shine stamp set by The Greeting Farm, and Echo Park Times & Seasons Patterned Paper, both from Craft-A-Lot.  And I used the gorgeous 5/8" Ivory Cotton Twill Ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel to tie a sumptuous bow on each card.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!



Sunday, December 18, 2011

Masking Film - X-Press IT Mask Film

Hi there!

When I did my first video tutorial, I used a masking film when I was doing the background.  I had a lot of emails and comments about it and whether I could link up where to find it.  I'm thrilled to say that the masking film I used, X-PressIT Mask It Film, is now available to purchase from Craft-A-Lot!

I've added it to my supply list for that post, and I'm also working on a few videos specifically on using X-PressIT Mask It Film.  Stay tuned!!


Noel - From Start To Finish

Hello!  I have another video to share today, using some products from Craft-A-Lot and Sew Sweet.  I've linked up the products at the bottom of the post, but I want to point out 3 in particular - Webster's Pages Holiday Silhouettes and Webster's Pages - A Botanical Christmas - Winter Fairy Tales, both available from Craft-A-Lot, and 5/8" Ivory Plain Twill Ribbon from Sew Sweet.

Just a little heads up - I played around with speeding up the footage for this video in the hopes that I could make the whole thing more concise... but I think I went a little overboard!!  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

I really wasn't sure how I wanted to use the Webster's Pages Holiday Silhouettes when I first got them, but I have to say that I really like the result.

And the same card design, but using a different cameo...

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Few Christmas Cards...

A few Christmas cards to share with you, all using  patterned paper from Webster's Pages - A Botanical Christmas - Winter Fairy Tales, available from Craft-A-Lot.  This first one also uses Old Gold Satin Ribbon from Sew Sweet.

The next one was inspired by this gorgeous card by Alison Spellman.

And continuing on with negative die-cutting...

I love this Chocolate Brown Button Twine from Sew Sweet!

I cut out the sentiments with the Silhouette using some words I welded together.  To download these sentiments, click HERE.

I'm entering the last into the Young Crafter's Unite Challenge #4.  

Thanks for visiting!  :-)



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

RCC33 - Tangled Twine!

It's time for another Ribbon Carousel Challenge!  This week the challenge is to add twine to your project.  :-)  I've used some gorgeous Olive Jute/Twine and some 5/8" Natural Crochet Ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel.  

And here are the challenge details...

This week we're being sponsored by Whisker Graphics Divine Twine.  One lucky random participant will win their choice of 2 spools of twine!  AND this challenge will run for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to enter. 

Here are a few close-ups of my card for this week.

I've used a Gorjuss stamp from Craft-A-Lot called The Bear and I teamed it with some patterned paper from Webster's Pages - A Botanical Christmas - Winter Fairy Tales.

I'm entering a few other challenges as well... :-)

Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, December 12, 2011

Inspired By Laura Bassen

I have a couple of Christmas cards to share with you today, inspired by this gorgeous card by Laura Bassen.  I adore Laura's style!  Make sure you check out her fabulous blog, Doublestick Heaven.

The papers are from The 12 Days of Christmas by My Mind's Eye, available from Craft-A-Lot.  The ribbon is the beautiful Scarlet Berry Satin Ribbon from Sew Sweet.

And here are the challenges I'm entering...

Lily Pad Button Challenge (only the second card)

Thanks for visiting!



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Go With The Flow...

Hi there.  A quick card share using some of the gorgeous goodies I got from Craft-A-Lot recently.  I'm completely in love with these papers - Authentique Free Bird Series Endless & Fair Weather 6x6 Paper Pad.

And the sentiment is from Unity.  Check out the range at Craft-A-Lot HERE.

Thanks for visiting!  :-)



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tying A Bow With Wide Ribbon - Another Video!

Hi!  I got a lovely email this week asking how I tied the bow for this card that I did for Christmas last year.  I've been asked about tying bows a few times before, so I thought it was about time I showed how I do it!

I used the May Arts 1.5" Black/Ivory Striped Grosgrain Ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel for this video.  :-)

This tutorial will also appear on the Ribbon Carousel Blog - make sure you visit to check out the other fabulous tutorials!

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Butterfly Birthday

You've most likely seen some fabulous negative die-cut cards on the net, like this butterfly one and this heart one.  These two beauties were the inspiration for the card I'm sharing tonight.  I used some gorgeous new paper from Craft-A-LotAuthentique Free Bird Series Endless & Fair Weather 6x6 Paper Pad.

I'm entering this into the Simon Says... Anything Goes challenge and the Young Crafter's Unite Challenge #4.  

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, December 1, 2011


Just in time!  This is a card for the sketch challenge over at The CLASSroom - Ellen Huston's blog.  I started this yesterday, got the panel of papers down and then stared at it for an hour or so!  It was a race to beat the linky closing when I suddenly got inspired 20 minutes ago.

The papers are from The 12 Days of Christmas by My Mind's Eye, available from Craft-A-Lot.  I love the funky colours in this range!  The ribbon is some more of the delectable satin ribbon from Sew Sweet.

Here's the sketch from The CLASSroom:

And my card strangely fits the colour challenge at The CLASSroom too!

I'm also entering these challenges:

And a BIG thank you to everyone who left me lovely comments on my post yesterday.  I'm thrilled with the response to my first video tutorial!  :-)



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gorjuss Snowman Card Tutorial

It was a steep learning curve, and I have to admit that I very nearly threw in the towel... but here it is... my first video tutorial!  

Be gentle!  ;-)

The stamp I've used, Gorjuss Snowman, is available from Craft-A-Lot.  And while you're there, check out the new Gorjuss stamps!  I sure hope Colleen's put some aside for me!

And now, for your viewing pleasure... ;-)

Thank you so much for visiting!  I really appreciate all the support I get through my blog and this wonderful crafting community.  :-)



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

RCC31 - Colour Our World

This week at The Ribbon Carousel Challenge BlogStephanie Muzzulin is challenging you to Colour our World!  Neutrals can always be used, but be sure to keep with Stephanie’s palette of Kraft, Red and Brown as your inspiration.

And we have The Greeting Farm as our sponsor!  The Greeting Farm will be giving one lucky random winner a choice of 4x6 rubber stamp set or one of their fabulous new clear acrylic stamp sets!

Here's my card for this week's challenge.  I used this gorgeous digi stamp from The Greeting Farm called Dressy Ebony - isn't she sweet?

I coloured her with my Prismacolor pencils.  The gorgeous seam binding that I've ruffled/looped can be found HERE.  I am completely and utterly in love with seam binding.  :-)

Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items, paper crafts, paintings! *** Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace, thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***

Did you know that there's a new Ribbon Carousel Blog?  It's separate from the challenge blog, and will be featuring tutorials, videos, sneak peeks, and more.  Make sure you check it out!

I'm also entering this into the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #145.

Thanks for stopping by!  :-)



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Accentuate The Negative...

Accentuate the negative die cuts, that is!  

Craft-A-Lot's gorgeous owner, Colleen, recently sent me a fabulous pack of goodies from the store, including the beautiful 12 Days Of Christmas Paper Pack by My Minds Eye.  LOVE these papers!  So I thought I'd use a bit to have a go with using the negative of a die cut.  I was so inspired by this gorgeous card by Julie Ebersole.

Yep, they're ultra simple... but aren't the flashes of those beautiful papers great?

I cut out the sentiments with the Silhouette (it needs to go back to it's owner soon... boo!) using some words I welded together.  To download these sentiments, click HERE.

I'm entering these into the Young Crafter's Unite Challenge #4.  

Thanks for visiting!  :-)