Friday, December 27, 2013


Baby it's cold outside!  That's okay, though!  Stampendous® has some great stamps that are sure to warm your heart!  Just look at how sweet this little Snow Girl is!  She can be found exclusively at Michaels but don't wait too long, she's so cute she's sure to go fast!

For this card I used these products:

Stampendous!® Snow Girl
Michaels Recollections™ Jolly Holiday 6x6 Paper Pad
Bazzill® Green Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest® Solar White
Copic® Markers
Memento™ Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz™ Distress™ Ink in Tumbled Glass
Offray® Grosgrain Ribbon
Zip Dry™ Adhesive

To create this card, here's what you do:

Stamp the image on white cs, color, trim to desired size, add distress ink
Create card base with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers as shown
Create bow, wrap tails around blue patterned paper and adhere
Adhere all layers

This was a super easy card to create, I hope you like it.  She's such a cute Snow Girl!  Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon!


Just One More!

I know Christmas Day has gone by but I have one more card to share with you for Dreamweaver Stencils' "Holidays in a Hurry" challenge for this month.  Besides, you may have missed sending a card to someone and you need a quick card to take to a dinner party.  Here's the perfect card:

If you're truly in a hurry, here's what you do:

Tape your stencil down on green cardstock
Paste emboss the stencil with white paste (don't forget to immediately clean your stencil)
Set embossed cardstock aside to dry
Go take your shower, blow dry your hair, put on your make-up, whatever you need to do
Place stencil back over embossed piece and rub on silver Metallic Lustre™, use caution around bow
Remove stencil and color bow with Copic Markers R35, 37 and 39
Trim embossed and colored piece to desired size
Create card base with a tent fold from green cardstock
Trim patterned paper as shown
Adhere all layers

Super fast, super simple, super cute!  Here's what I used to create this card:

Bazzill® Green Cardstock
Teresa Collins™ Christmas Home 6x6 Designer Paper Pad
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ in Silver Spark
Copic® Markers R35, 37, 39
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™

You still have time to play along with our monthly challenge so be sure to join us.  Keep in mind, it doesn't have to be a Christmas card, it can be any holiday.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!  Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!                                                                                                                                                                   Hugs,                                                                                  Lea

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's Almost Christmas

Here's a really quick post to share a cute stamp from Stampendous!® that is sold exclusively at Michaels called Christmas Tree Penguin.  I love the look on his face.  It's almost like he's had one cup too many of espresso!  LOL!  He's totally adorable!

For this card I used these items:

Stampendous!® Christmas Tree Penguin
Michaels Recollections™ Jolly Holiday 6x6 Paper Pad
Bazzill® Purple Cardstock
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White
Memento™ Tuxedo Black
Copic® Markers
Tim Holtz™ Distress™ Ink in Tumbled Glass
Zip Dry™ Adhesive

Here's how I created the card:

Stamp image, color and trim to desired size
Add distress ink around top and sides
Create card base with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers as shown
Using a craft knife, trim around top of middle tree
Adhere image to patterned paper and slide under tree that was cut away
Adhere all layers
Add glue and Shaved Ice, allow to dry and shake off excess to return to jar

This is just a quick share.  I hope you enjoy it!  Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Have Yourself a Mouse-y Little Christmas!

House-Mouse Designs®, that is!!  I am so tickled that Stampendous!® has joined with House-Mouse Designs® to bring you these adorable little critters.  Honestly, they are so sweet and funny; I just love them!  Here's my card I created with Whee Flight and Christmas Air:

Here's how to make this card:

Stamp image, color it, airbrush the background and trim it to the desired size
Sprinkle white embossing enamel on the image and heat it from underneath 
Stamp the sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock, trim it and airbrush it
Create card base with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers as shown
Trim a red mat for the sentiment
Adhere all these layers as shown
Die cut snowflake and color edges
Punch a hole in center of snowflake, add brad
Adhere snowflake to card with foam square

Here's what I used to create this card:

Copic® Markers
     Mouse:  W2, 4, 5, 7; E50, 51, 11, 21; R02
     Hat:  R24, 27, 29, 59; C0, 1
     Background:  B0000, 000
My Mind's Eye™ 'Tis the Season 6x6 Paper Pad
Bazzill® Red Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest® Solar White Cover
Spellbinders® Snowflake Die
Miscellaneous Brad
Beacon Adhesives® Zip Dry™
Foam Mounting Squares

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll see you again soon and in the meantime, have yourself a Mouse-y Little Christmas!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Clean and Simple Christmas Card

If you've waited until the last minute and need a super fast Christmas card to create, here it is!  This sentiment is part of the Stampendous® Kiddo Toyland Set sold exclusively at Michaels.

Here's what I did to create this card:

Using Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Peeled Paint and Fired Brick, color directly onto the stamp and stamp onto white cardstock
Cut out stamped sentiment/image with Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval die and use the next size up to cut out the mat from green cardstock
Create your card base and create a tent fold
Trim your patterned paper as shown 
Create you bow leaving tails long enough to wrap around the patterned paper and adhere onto the back
Adhere all pieces as shown

Here's what I used to create this card:

Stampendous® Kiddo Toyland Stamp Set
Tim Holtz® Distress™ Markers in Fired Brick and Peel Paint
White Cardstock
Green Bazzill® Cardstock
Red Rayon Ribbon
Three Bugs in a Rug® Patterned Paper – Much Fun Christmas Trees and Candy Stripe
Spellbinders® Small and Large Petite Scalloped Ovals
Zip Dry™
Paper Trimmer
Cuttlebug Die Cut Machine

This is super fast card to create but still has that sweet homemade look you're going for.  Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you again real soon.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Joy! Joy! Joy! at Desert Islands Crafters Challenge Blog

Christmas is a time to rejoice and find joy in our many blessings.  Such a simple little word with such a huge message, don't you think?  I try hard to find joy in my daily life, some days I'm better at it than others!  I will say that when I'm sitting at my craft desk and coloring an adorable image or putting together a project that has come from my heart, I can't help but feel joy in my heart.  I hope you find some joy or bring some joy to someone else this Christmas season.  Today I'm bringing you Amalia's Joy Banner from Dilly Beans for Desert Islands Crafters Challenge Blog.  She is so incredibly cute, I had so much fun coloring her up with my Copics!  Here's my card:

The itinerary for the December 15th challenge is:

  1. Snow/Snowflakes
  2. Die Cuts
  3. Two or More Papers
  4. Ribbon/Twine
  5. Bells/Charms
  6. Lace
  7. Flowers
  8. Bling
  9. Make a Gift
  10. Red/Green

For my card, I've used 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10.  Here's what I did to create my card:

Printed image, colored it with Copics and trimmed to desired size
Created my card base from Bazzill using a tent fold
Trimmed my patterned paper as shown
Layered the dots and snowflake paper together and adhered them
Trimmed a piece of white ribbon, wrapped it around my papers and adhered it to the back
Adhered my two patterned papers with the ribbon to the card base 
Using crochet thread I've dyed red with my Copic marker, I attached my snowflake charm 
Layer image onto plaid paper and adhere both to card base
Using more dyed thread and Zip Dry, attach thread to card over banner "string"
Print a second image, color just the banner, trim each piece and attach to card with a foam mounting square
Using Stardust Stickles, add a little bling to the holly berries and the letters on the banner

Here's what I used to create my card:

Dilly Beans #508 Amalia's Joy Banner Image
Neenah Classic Crest® Solar White Cardstock
My Mind's Eye™ 'Tis the Season 6x6 Paper Pad
Bazzill Cardstock in red
Hug Snug® White Seam Binding
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread®
Charm Gallery® Snowflake Charm
Stickles™ in Stardust
Beacon Zip Dry™
Scrapbook Adhesives™ Foam Mounting Squares
Copic® Markers
     Skin:  E50, 51, 21, 11; R20
     Hair:  E31, 33, 34, 35, 37
     Holly / Berries:  YG13, 17, 95; R22, 24, 29
     Hair Bows:  BG72, 75, 78
     Dress:  BG10, 11, 72, 75, 78; R20, 21, 24, 27; YG13, 17
     Banner:  R01, 02

So that's how I did mine, how will you do yours?  I hope you'll play along as it's so much fun!  I also hope that you can find your joy this Christmas season!  See you again real soon!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Stampendous and Clearsnap Fun!

When you put two great companies together like Stampendous® and Clearsnap®, you're sure to have fun creating great projects!  I hope you've enjoyed the ones you've seen this week from all the talented ladies.  Today is our last day to share the goodness so get comfortable and have fun hopping along!  Here's my card and I have to admit, I'm in love with this one!  I hope you'll love it, too!

Isn't he totally adorable!?  Doesn't he just melt your heart? (Probably not nice to say "melt" around a snowman!)  Stampendous® has certainly created some amazing Christmas and Winter stamps and this is truly one of my favorites!

Here's what I used to create this cutie:

Bazzill® Card Stock
Neenah® Classic Crest™ in Solar White
My Mind's Eye™ Sweater Weather 6x6 Paper Pad
Ranger Inkssentials™ Cut-N-Dry™ Pen Nibs (Brush)
3L® Scrapbook Adhesives™ MyStik™ Permanent
3L® Scrapbook Adhesives™ Foam Mounting Squares
Red Seam Binding

Here's what I did:

Stamp image, add embossing powder and heat emboss
Color image with pen nibs and chalk inks
Trim image to desired size and stamp snowflakes
Stamp sentiment and trim to desired size
Stamp snowflakes on background of sentiment
Create card base with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers, mats and ribbon and adhere as shown
Using foam mounting squares, attach matted sentiment

I have to tell you, I absolutely love how well the chalk inks blended!  Once they're dry, they're there to stay and if you heat set them, they're waterproof, too.  They were a lot of fun to work with and a nice change from my usual medium, Copics.  I hope my project has inspired you to leave some love behind before hopping to the next person.  

We'd like to apologize for any confusion in today's Blog Hop! Here's a correct list of Bloggers hopping if you want to just keep this window/tab open and hop in another tab it might be easiest. Thanks for your patience, as always you have until Sunday night to complete your hopping/commenting before we will choose our three winners on Monday.

Rhea Weigand

Tobi Crawford

Kristine Reynolds

Jennifer Dove

Asia King

Suzanne Czosek

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Lea Kimmel

Janelle Stollfus

Krissy Fossmeyer

Clearsnap Blog

Thanks again for hopping along with us! Do be sure to share our posts on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and wherever else you share!

A HUGE thank you to Clearsnap® for sending us some great products to create with!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!  


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Joyeux Noël!

Merry Christmas for those of you that don't speak French!  Such a beautiful language and a lovely way to say Merry Christmas!  This month at Dreamweaver Stencils©, we're showcasing quick and easy cards, tags, and whatnot because, by now, the time crunch is biting down!  I know it is for me!  Here's my project for today, a very simple Christmas card that can be done in a flash!

Here's a list of what you'll need to create this card:

Dreamweaver Stencils© LM 2017 Joyeux Noël
Dreamweaver Stencils© LJ 907 Damask
Dreamweaver Stencils© Matte Black Embossing Paste
Stampendous® Clear Embossing Powder
ClearSnap® ColorBox® Red Pigment Ink Pad
White Card Stock
Green Card Stock
May Arts Black Silk Ribbon
Queen & Co. Clear Rhinestones
3L® Scrapbook Adhesives® My Stick™ Permanent
Glue Dots

Here's what I did:

Tape Damask stencil to white card stock and brush stencil red ink over entire stencil to create background
Cover inked paper with clear embossing powder and heat emboss
Trim embossed background on all four edges where the stenciling stops
Tape sentiment to white card stock and paste emboss, set piece aside to dry
Create card base from green card stock with a tent fold
Attach embossed background to card base
Create bow and set aside
Once sentiment is completely dry, trim to desired size
Create a mat for the sentiment from the green card stock and adhere the two together
Attach matted sentiment to card base
Attach bow with a glue dot just below the sentiment
Attach two rhinestones over the "e" in Noël covering the diaeresis (the two dots, see close-up below)

I wanted to use the clear embossing powder over the ink to give it a pretty shine and I can tell you, I'm not disappointed!  It's really so much prettier in real life!  Here's the list of my teammates that are playing along, please check out their creations and it's always nice to leave a little love along the way!

Dream It Up!
Lea Kimmel
Louise Healy
Stacey Rumsby
Terrece Siddoway
Pam Hornschu 

Thanks for stopping by today and would love for you to stop back by tomorrow for my next project as part of a blog hop!  Fun stuff!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snow Much Fun...

...with Stampendous® Stamps and Clearsnap®!  That's right, Stampendous® has teamed up with Clearsnap® this week to showcase their wonderful inks and other fantastic products with our awesome stamps.  Here's the card I've created for today's post using their very blendable chalk inks:

Here's what you need to create this card:

Bazzill® Card Stock
Neenah® Classic Crest™ in Solar White
Michaels Recollections™ Jolly Holiday 6x6 Paper Pad
Spellbinders® Snowflake Die
May Arts® Twine
Ranger Inkssentials™ Cut-N-Dry™ Pen Nibs (Brush)
3L® Scrapbook Adhesives™ MyStik™ Permanent

Here's how I created this card:

Stamp image with ColorBox® Pigment Ink in Black, add Stampendous® Detail Embossing Powder in
Black and heat emboss
Using Inkssentials™ Cut-N-Dry™ Pen Nibs, color in image with chalk inks
Trim image to desired size
Stamp snowflakes on background of image
Create card base with tent fold
Trim patterned papers as shown
Adhere image to patterned papers
Wrap twine from May Arts® around patterned paper as shown and adhere to card base
Die cut Spellbinders® Snowflake die with white card stock
Cover snowflake with Smooch® in Silver Fox and when it dries, pat Ice Blue chalk ink over it
Attach snowflake to twine

This was a super easy card to create but it's totally adorable!  I love these penguins!  I hope you'll check back on Friday for my next Clearsnap® and Stampendous® project!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Nativity Carol

This set includes a beautiful nativity scene to warm your heart straight from Stampendous® and sold exclusively at Michaels!  The background carol and the sentiment are also included.  This is one of my favorite cards I've created this year as I love the simplicity of it.  I love how it puts the focus of the Season right where it belongs, on the birth of Christ, rather than on how many presents you can gift or get.

This was truly one of the fastest cards I created this year, too!  There wasn't much to putting it together, here's what I did:

Stamp the carol on white cs with Memento™ London Fog, trim closely on the two sides and the top, leave about 3/4" of white space at the bottom (I used gray ink to soften the background visually)
Using Stampendous® Boss Gloss™, ink the Nativity stamp and stamp at bottom center of carol image
Using Stampendous® Detail Black embossing powder, sprinkle liberally onto stamped image, tap off excess powder and heat emboss
Stamp the sentiment in Memento™ London Fog and trim to desired size
Create the card base and the mat for the stamped image as well as the sentiment from red Bazzill®
Adhere stamped images to mats with Zip Dry™
Trim patterned paper from Recollections™ Christmas 6x6 pad to fit 6x6 card base with a 1/16" edge
Trim a piece of red seam binding, wrap around bottom of patterned paper and adhere to card base
Using Zip Dry, adhere matted main image to card base
Using foam mounting square, attach sentiment to bottom center of card over the red seam binding

Supplies and tools needed to complete this card:

Stampendous® Nativity Carol Stamp Set (Exclusive to Michaels)
Stampendous® Boss Gloss™
Stampendous® Detail Black Embossing Powder
Memento™ London Fog Ink Pad
Bazzill® in Red
White Card Stock
Recollections™ Christmas 6x6 Pad
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™
Red Seam Binding (or any red ribbon)
Foam Mounting Squares

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed my card and maybe it's given you a bit of inspiration for creating your own holiday cards.  I'll see you again soon!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Angels Are Among Us!

And, some of the cutest angels can be found at Michaels for Stampendous® Stamps!  This little cutie is part of a set that's sold exclusively at Michaels this year.  The sentiment and background stamp are also part of the same set.  Here's my card:

 Here's how you can make your own:

Create your card base with Bazzill® red card stock
Trim green patterned paper small enough to leave a 1/8” edge of red showing
Ink scroll work stamp with Boss Gloss™, stamp twice on green paper, add silver ep and heat emboss
Stamp image on white card stock and color with Copic® markers
Trim stamped image closely and edge with Iced Spruce distress ink
Stamp sentiment stamp using Boss Gloss™, add silver ep and heat emboss
Cut out sentiment with Spellbinders® circle die, edge with Iced Spruce distress ink™
Add white ribbon across middle of green paper and adhere on back side
Adhere green paper to red card base
Trim a mat of patterned paper for stamped image and adhere the image to the mat
Adhere matted image to card base
Using foam mounting dots, adhere sentiment to lower right corner of card base

Here's the list of supplies and tools I used:

Stampendous® Angel Stamp Set
Stampendous® Boss Gloss™
Recollections™ Silver Detail Embossing Powder
Bazzill® Red Card stock
My Mind’s Eye® ‘Tis The Season 6x6 Designer Paper Pad
White Card stock
Zip Dry Adhesive™
Pop Dots
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™ in Iced Spruce
Spellbinders® Circle Die Cuts
Offray® White Satin Ribbon 5/8”
Copic® Markers
E40, 41, 50, 51, 53, 93; YG03; R24, 27; BG0000, 000, 70, 72; B0000; C00, 0, 1
0 (Colorless Blender)
Paper Trimmer
Heat Embossing Tool
Color Duster Brush

Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine

That's it for today, I'll have another project for you tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Latte of Love!

Hi!  I do hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and you're now ready for the count down to Christmas.  Yikes!  I'm so not ready but today's card for the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge is more than just a card, it also holds a gift!  Well, okay, so it's a gift card but that's okay, it's one less present to wrap.  

If you know me at all, you know I love Starbucks.  It's one of my favorite places to just sit and chat while relaxing with a warm peppermint mocha latte in the winter and an icy cold mocha frap in the summer.  Their gift cards make it so easy to pick up a quick little hostess gift or stocking stuffer and I pick up several every year.

Here's the challenge itinerary:

1.  Cupcakes
2.  Speckles & Splatters
3.  Recycle Something
4.  Add a Charm
5.  Lace
6.  Distress it
7.  Polka Dots
8.  Make a Gift
9.  Feathers
10.  Add a Bow

For my card, I've used 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 10.  Here's my card:

Here's how I created this card:

Stamp Saturated Canary Latte image, color with Copics, trim to desired size
Create card base and mat for image from Bazzill
Trim patterned papers for card 
Distress edges as shown with paper distresser
Add pine needles distress ink around edges; antique linen around image, followed by pine needles on edge
Adhere patterned papers as shown
Trim Starbucks cup sleeve to fit across bottom of patterned papers, adhere to card on sides and bottom only leaving the top unsecured to create a pocket
Adhere lace to bottom of card to cover bottom edge of cup sleeve
Using foam squares, adhere matted image to card front
Tie bow with gift card string and insert gift card into pocket

Here's a list of products used for this card:

Neenah Classic Crest
Crate Paper "Bundled Up" 6x6 Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Pine Needles and Antique Linen
Zip Dry Adhesive
Crochet Lace from JoAnn's
Foam Mounting Squares
Starbucks Cup Sleeve and Gift Card

I had such a good time creating this card for the new challenge.  Saturated Canary images are just adorable.  I would like to extend a huge thank you to Krista at Saturated Canary for sharing her talents with us!  I hope you'll be inspired to play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!