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!



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.