Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! It's here!

Yay, it's here! Let the coffee/tea/cocoa themed cards begin, again!

Here's my first card for the bog hop:

Another cute example of My Favorite Thing's Polar Bear Pals, on a background of Lawn Fawn's Let's Bokeh in the Snow paper. The inside sentiment reads: Have a Beary Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas chalkboard greetings

I have an explosion of die-cuts and bits and pieces on my work desk. I cut several wavy snow banks a few weeks back and used one for this Santa card, and used the Paper Smooches Ivy die for the simple "happy holidays" card. The Santa,which is from My Favorite Things's Happy Everything, is colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The chalkboard sentiments are from a paper pack I got at Michael's last year. I cut the panels around the obvious sentiments.

I have enough Christmas cards to take care of my whole list, but I don't want to stop making them. Should I sent multiples to family and close friends? Or hoard the extras?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Snowfall of blessings!

I have the November My Favorite Things Card Kit, "Snowflake Splendor", and I have been unable to get to my craft room long enough to do anything with it until now. And did I use any of the paper or stamps in the kit? I did not!

I've had this adorable bear from MFT's Polar Bear Pals in my creature cup for almost a year now, just waiting for the right opportunity. The snow bank is created from MFT's Whimsical Waves die set, on a swirly background. The sentiment is from MFT's "Snowfall of Blessings" set.

Anyway, I decided to go with monochromatic, gray, white and silver, with a touch of purple. In real life, snowy skies are gray, right? Next time i use these snowflakes, I may go for a more bright look. Maybe.

Oh the irony. I can't send an authentic snowfall of anything from south Florida. Maybe a sandfall. LOL.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Most wonderful!

Another Christmas card, this one with some new dies from Gina Marie Designs. This white panel was cut with the Snowflake border die, and stamped with a sentiment from Avery Elle's Comfort and Joy. I put die-cut sprigs of greenery at the top and bottom.

The pine sprigs were harder to glue than I thought they would be, especially since I put them at an angle near the edge. I tried to add a bow at the top but couldn't get one to stick properly. I may sneak in a sequin or two, because it looks like it could use a bit of red in the greenery.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Today's simple and funny card is inspired by Vicki Papaioannou. Her's are more colorful, though.

I used old patterend paper from my stash, and tore it into strips. I dirtied up the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and glued them to a black panel, leaving the gaps. The eyes are from Doodlebug's Erie Eyes Sprinkle collection.  I finished it off with a sentiment created with Lawn Fawn's Violetta's ABCs.

The inside is finished with 2 sentiments from My Favorite Things' Witch Way is the Candy?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bear and frog thank you

Here's a simple card I made for a young friend who lives in Arizona. He doesn't get back to Florida very often, and of course, I miss him.

The bear is from My Favorite Things' Warm and Fuzzy Friends, and the frog is from MFT's Witch Way is the Candy. The sentiment is from the Warm and Fuzzy set, too. The bear was colored with my Spectrum Noir markers, and the frog was colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Both images were attached flat onto die cuts that have been on my desk for months. 

I miss my friend a lot, but this card is really all about checking his address. I don't know if he's moved since last Christmas, and I want to know for sure before I send out my holiday cards. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Christmas cards, going to the dogs!

I have the cutest stamps from My Favorite Things called "Happy Pawlidays". The dog images are the best! I made all three cards with the "Merry and Bright" sentiment from last year's "Hand Lettered Christmas". I heat embossed them in red, copper, and green.

By the way, this is what happens when too much is going on on the desk and I grab a card right in the wet Nuvo drop. I sort of fixed it later, but boy was I mad at myself.

These black pups are colored similarly to my sister-in-law's newest addition. He's mostly black with a few tan highlights, most noticeably over his eyes. I used my Spectrum Noir markers for the pups. The copper metallic paper is hard to photograph, but is shiny and bright in real life.

Lastly, for today, is this tan puppy in a dotted scarf. The holly berries are made from Nuvo drops, and once again they kind of spread and 2 became 1. I'm not even going to try to fix that one.