Peace on Earth

Happy New Year!

I thought it would be appropriate to start the year with a card that evokes the beauty of winter and a peaceful evening.  This is my favorite Christmas card I made in 2016 because of it’s simplicity and, in my opinion, quiet beauty.


On Bristol paper, I stamped the lovely Snowy Home designed by Stacy Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.  I colored the image with watercolor markers (Kuretake Zig Clean Color).  Once colored I added a mask and created the evening sky with dark purples and dark blue Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from an old Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday Christmas set was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink and embossed with clear powder.

I hope the year begins well and is filled with happiness and more creative time!





Warmest Wishes


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  I’m still on vacation mode and enjoying the relative quiet.  I have 2 cards to share today as I try to catch up with my posts.


SUPPLIES  Stamps:  Gleeful (30-266); Holiday Snippets (30-307)

SUPPLIES Stamps: Gleeful (30-266); Holiday Snippets (30-307) Dies:  Basic Stitch Lines (MFT) Color:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Zig Clean Color Watercolor Brushes (Kuretake); Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other:  Watercolor Paper (Strathmore)

I made a simple card using Penny Black products.  The images are from the clear set Gleeful (30-266).  I stamped with black ink and watercolored the image as well as create a blue background.  The sentiment at the bottom of the card is from Holiday Snippets (30-307).

I’m a little late to share my second card which was highlighted on the Simplicity Sister blog.  Here’s a sneak peek:


Here is the link to see the card as well as details of how I created it.


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!