Saturday, October 22, 2011


Christmas is a time when I will only make cards that reflect on the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.  He is my source of peace, hope and joy!

I had the idea for this card in my mind for a while, but when it came time to creating it, things didn't work as I had planned.  So, I spent a lot of time in trial-and-error until I came up with the final card!  Here's how I did it:

The angel was made by inking Hero Arts Starburst Lace with Versamark and stamping onto white cardstock and heat embossing it with white embossing powder.  The circle of lace was then cut into 3 pieces to create the body and wings of the angel.  I then distress inked the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, inking heavier on the edges. I stamped the center of Starburst Lace stamp a second time to make the head of the angel.  

The "swirly" background was made by inking Hero Arts Florentine Pattern with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink misted with Perfect Pearls Mists (in the Perfect Pearl color) and stamped onto white cardstock.  The angel was then adhered to this background with 3D foam squares.

The center Nativity scene stamp was inked with Versamark and stamped onto vellum, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I then distress inked the edges of the vellum with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  This was adhered to the card using very small dots of Glossy Accents.  

The solid blue background of the card was made by heavily swiping the Chipped Sapphire ink pad over white cardstock, then misted with Perfect Pearls Mist.

Finally, the sentiment stamp was inked with Versamark, stamped on a vellum strip and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

My prayer for everyone during this holiday season, is that all would experience the love of Jesus Christ in their lives and that He would remain in the center of all our activities and celebrations!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Featured Card

I've been been so blessed this past month with my card "Autumn Leaves" pictured below:

First, I found out that I was one of the "Fab 5" winners on the Hero Arts website (for a September Challenge) and won a $50 shopping spree at Hero Arts!  Woohoo!!!

Then, today, I discovered that my card is featured on the Simon Says Stamp blog

I'm just very excited and honored, so I wanted to share it!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

World Card Making Day Card

October 1, 2011 was World Cardmaking Day.  I began this card on that day, but unfortunately, didn't finish it until today - October 2, 2011.  Nevertheless, it was created to celebrate WCMD 2011!

 Here's how I did it:

I cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations "Townscape" in my Cuttlebug with watercolor paper.  I then "watercolored" the die cut with various Distress Inks.  (This was the first time I used this die cut, and I wasn't sure what colors to use, so I kind of copied the picture on the packaging of the die!) Each house was then distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink. Then, I lightly spritzed it with water so that the inks would blend. Once the ink was dry, I covered the die cut with Glossy Accents.  I love the way it gave it almost a metallic look.

I then cut my various strips/shapes out of patterned paper and assembled/adhered them onto a 5.5" square card.  The edge of the sun was distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  The sentiment banner was distress with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, as was the outside borders of the card.  The sentiment banner and the Townscape die cut were adhered to the card with 3D foam dots.

Here's the supplies I used: