Love, Joe & Peace

Happy December!

I’m slowly (very slowly) checking off my Christmas to-do list.  Here is another Christmas card to share.


SUPPLIES Stamps: Bells & Boughs (PTI); Silver Bells (WPlus9); Woodland Wreaths (WPlus9); Believe (Penny Black: 30-310) Dies: Bells & Boughs (PTI) Color: Various Green Inks (Hero Arts); Versafine Black Onyx (Tsukineko); Clean Color Watercolor Markers (Kuretake) Other: Clear EP (Ranger); Queens Gold EP (Ranger)

I used a variety of stamps to create my leaf border.  They were stamps with various hues of dye ink.  I added a few red berries to add a change of color.  The bells and ribbon were stamped and embossed with gold powder.  I colored them with watercolor makers.  The sentiment is from Penny Black.

Until next time!


Toasty Greetings

Hi There!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  The temperature has finally fallen and we enjoying brisk weather in our parts.

I have a Christmas card to share….



SUPPLIES: Stamps: Toasty Greetings (MFT). Dies: Stitched Slopes & Hills (SSS) Color: Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Zig Kuretake); Distress Ink (Ranger), Versafine Black Onyx (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Clear Sequins


I’ve been wanting to play with MFT’s Birdie Brown designs.  I decided to use the snowman set, Toasty Greetings, to create my card.   The snowman, penguin and fire images were stamped and heat embossed and then colored with watercolor markers.  I created the background by using various colors of dark blue and purple distress ink by simply pouncing on my panel using a small sponge ink dabber.  Once I completed the background, I die cut my snowy hill using SSS Stitched Slopes & Hills.  I placed my colored images on the panel and added a sentiment with white embossing powder.

I have a few more to share in the weeks to come.  And the cards that I’ve been showcasing so far are going towards the Caring Hearts Drive.  It’s not too late to contribute.  For details, click here.

Take care!






Thanksgiving is coming literally around the corner and I’m trying to make time (and motivation) to get my recipe and grocery list together.

Here’s a card I made to celebrate the beautiful colors of the fall and to celebrate this wonderful holiday.


SUPPLIES Stamps:  Filigree Foliage (40-358); Pretty Petals (30-328) Die:  Encircled (51-074) Color:  Distress Ink (Ranger) Other:  White Embossing Paper, Twine (May Arts)

SUPPLIES Stamps: Filigree Foliage (40-358); Pretty Petals (30-288) Die: Encircled (51-074) Color: Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: White Embossing Paper, Twine (May Arts)

To create the background on my card panel (Bristol paper), I stamped several Fall colored theme Distress ink (Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs to name a few) on the set, Filigree Foliage (40-358).  I randomly stamped the images and then lightly colored the edges of the panel with Crushed Olive Distress Ink.  I die cut a circle using the set Encircled (51-074) from black cardstock and stamped a sentiment from Pretty Petals (30-288) using white embossing powder.  I wrapped twine around the panel and then added my sentiment circle.  The panel was added to my card base with dimensional foam.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!


Joy, Love & Laughter



Today I’m sharing a Christmas card using 2 of my favorite Penny Black Christmas stamps.



SUPPLIES Stamps: White Christmas (40-255); A Cool Christmas (30-128); Season’s Gifts (30-316) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Zig Kuretake); Versafine Black Onyx Ink (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Bristol Paper (Strathmore)


These two stamp sets make me smile.  To start, I stamped and embossed the snowman landscape image from White Christmas (40-255) on Bristol Paper with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and clear EP.  The scene was colored with watercolor markers.  I then stamped and colored the happy eskimo and his friend sledding from A Cool Christmas (30-128) in the same manner.  I fussy cut the eskimo image and roughly cut the landscape image leaving a small white border around the image.

I stamped & embossed the landscape image again on a Bristol paper card panel toward the top and centered.  I carefully cut out the landscape image leaving the border creating a window.  I then stamped and embossed the sentiment from Season’s Gifts (30-316) to the bottom right of the window.  Using dimensional foam tape I added my watercolored landscape image to the back of the panel.  The panel was then added to a top folding card base.  Lastly, I added the little eskimo image onto the panel.

This cute eskimo can cheer anyone up.

Until next time.

Wedding Card

Hi there!

It’s beginning to feel like fall here in this part of the country.

Today I’m sharing a wedding a card I made for my brother and sister-in-law.  It was a summer wedding held at the beach and it was a day filled with a lot of love, joy and laughter.



SUPPLIES Stamps: Brett and Brenda (Stamping Bella); Happy Trails (Papertrey Ink) Color: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT); Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent); Old Paper Distress ink (Ranger) Other: Bristol Paper (Strathmore); Paper Distresser (StampinUp); Clear Sequins

I really LOVE this image from Stamping Bella and thought it to be perfect for the wedding card.

I simply stamped the image with black ink and lightly watercolored the image using Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  I distressed the edges and added Old Paper Distress Ink to highlight the lovely couple.  To finish the card I added with clear sequins around the panel.  I decided not to add  a sentiment on the front as I just wanted the image to speak for itself.   The sentiment that I included from the card is from Papertrey Ink’s Happy Trails – “To love and be loved is everything” – a fitting statement.

Until next time.