Thursday, December 31, 2015

Baby, it's Cold Outside Snowflake Card

Happy New Year!  The theme for the week is "Baby, it's Cold Outside" and I am presenting a snowflake card.  Snow hasn't been seen too much around Michigan this year, and I am okay with that.  Although I love the beauty of snowflakes, I sometimes prefer to see them in the Stampendous and Dreamweaver papercrafting lines!

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Ribbon and Pearls by May Arts
VersaMagic in Royal Blue
Scotch Removable Tape
Scotch 1/2" Adhesive Tape
Xyron 5" Machine and Adhesive
Big Bite
Embossing Heat Tool


  1. The base card stock is 9 1/4" by 6 1/4", folded on the side.
  2. Cut dark blue card stock to 4 5/8" by 6 1/4" and adhere to the front of the card.
  3. Stamp the light blue card stock with the Snowflake Sky stamp and VersaMark.
  4. Cover the image with the Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder and tap off the excess.
  5. Use the heat tool to emboss.
  6. Stamp the multi media paper with the sentiment stamp and VeraMagic ink.
  7. Tape the snowflake stencil on acetate using the removable tape.  Place a long piece across the top of the stencil first, as it will act like a hinge.
  8. Use the palette knife place a strip of embossing paste above the snowflake.  Make sure there is a long enough strip to cover the entire snowflake.
  9. Use the back of the palette knife to pull the embossing paste over the stencil. (Imagine a squeegee).  The entire snowflake should be filled.
  10. Remove the tape from the sides and bottom of the stencil.
  11. Carefully lift the snowflake stencil from a corner like a door on that hinge.  Then, pull the whole stencil off the acetate.
  12. While the paste is still wet, cover with the crystal glitter.  Then let it dry completely
  13. After the snowflake is dry, brush off the excess glitter with a CLEAN stencil brush.
  14. Trim the acetate close to the snowflake.
  15. Cut a medium blue piece of card stock in a square that is slightly smaller than the snowflake.
  16. Cut a slightly larger piece of dark blue card stock and adhere the lighter one inside it.
  17. Adhere the mounted card stock squares on point on the snowflake sky background.
  18. Adhere May Arts Ribbon around the bottom of the snowflake sky background.
  19. Make a mat for the stamped sentiment out of the medium and then dark card stock and attach in layers.
  20. Attach the mounted phrase over the ribbon.
  21. Use the Big Bite to make two holes above the sentiment.
  22. Put May Arts Ribbon and Pearls through the holes and tie with a bow.
  23. Run the snowflake through the Xyron machine and adhere to the squares.
  24. Add rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by to see my card today.  Leave a comment if you have the chance, and go check out the rest of the people posting:

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas, It's a Wrap Theme

Merry Christmas!  This is the last Christmas post of the year, so I hope you enjoy.  I used paste and markers on this one.

GX225 Fine Crystal Glitter
MPW811 White Mixed Media Paper
DWLG633 Chickadees Stencil
DWDMBP Matte Black Embossing Paste
DWDEP Regular Paste
DWDPK Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Chameleon™ Markers
Ribbon by May Arts
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives™
Scotch® Removable Tape by 3M®
Scotch® 1/2" Adhesive Tape  by 3M®
Sharp Scissors


  1. Cut the card stock to 8 1/2" by 6 1/4"and create a fold on the side.
  2. Cut red paper to 4 1/4" by 6 1/4" and adhere to the front of the card.
  3. Use removable tape to adhere the Chickadees Stencil face up on top of a piece of lighter blue card stock.  Make sure to put the initial strip of tape all the way across the top of the stencil, creating a hinge.
  4. Use the palette knife to place a strip of Regular Embossing Paste across the bottom edge of the paste spreader.  Make sure you have a long enough strip of paste to cover the entirety of the Chickadees and Holly image from side to side.
  5. Place the bottom edge of the paste spreader directly on the top edge of the stencil with the paste facing you.
  6. Pull the paste spreader towards you across the stencil.  (Think of a squeegee).  The embossing paste should completely fill all the wells in the stencil.
  7. Use the palette knife to remove the excess paste from the spreader and place back in the container.
  8. Carefully remove the tape from the sides and bottom of the stencil, leaving the hinge on top.
  9. Lift the stencil from a bottom corner, like a door and then remove it entirely from the area.
  10. Clean and thoroughly dry the Chickadees Stencil.
  11. Repeat steps 3-9, but use the mixed media paper and Black Matte Embossing Paste.  Focus only on the Chickadees in the image, so you can cut the paper smaller, use less paste, and start the "pull" just above the birds.
  12. After the paste has completely dried, use the sharp scissors to cut out the black pasted Chickadees.
  13. Use the Chameleon Pens in Hot Cocoa to color in the branches.  Color directly on the paste.
  14. Use the Chameleon Pens in Crimson Red to color the berries directly on the paste.
  15. Use the Chameleon Pens in Grass Green to color the leaves directly on the paste, BUT only color about 2 or 3 at a time and pour Crystal Glitter on them immediately while the ink is still wet.
  16. Trim the light blue card stock close to the image.
  17. Create a thin black card stock mat and adhere the Chickadees image to it.
  18. Cut darker blue paper to 4" x 6" and adhere the bird image to it, leaving room for the ribbon.
  19. Tie the ribbon around the darker blue card stock.
  20. Adhere the darker blue card stock to the background.
  21. Use wet glue to adhere the cut out black chickadees directly to the white pasted image of the birds on the card.
Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas.  I would love the present of a comment or two.  Also, check out the rest of the players today:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Child is Born Theme

The Stampendous theme this week is "A Child is Born".  Of course, it is also Dreamweaver Thursday, so I included the use of a stencil.  It is one I haven't used much before and I was really pleased with the results.  Here is the card:

Large Peace on Earth Stencil DWLX7019
Stencil Brush
Crystal Glitter
Aged Gold Embossing Enamel
Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Enamel
Detail Black Embossing Powder
Starry Night Embossing Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink Pen
Double Sided Mounting Paper
Handmade Hawaiian Soap, or any other soft, vegetable based soap
May Arts Ribbon
Embossing Heat Gun

1)  Soap the back of the stencil until the silvery color is covered with a foggy film.  Brush off the excess soap crumbles with the stencil brush.
2)  Remove the paper from one side of the Double Sided Mounting Paper and place the stencil on it, soap side down.
3)  Cover the star with the crystal glitter.
4)  Fill in the words, city and wise men with the Detail Gold Powder.
5)  Fill in the center area with the Silver Embossing Powder.
6)  Fill most of the dune areas with the Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.  Press it in with your finger.
7)  Fill in the empty spaces of the dunes with additional Detail Gold Powder.
8)  Flip the project upside down and lay on a smooth, flat surface.
9)  Carefully remove the paper from the stencil, leaving the stencil flat on the surface.
10)  Use the heat fun to emboss all of the areas except for the star,
11)  Pour Detail Black Embossing Powder around the filled areas and the words, surrounding the front of the camels as well and surrounding the city.
12)  Pour the Starry Night Powder over the rest of the exposed mounting paper.
13)  Heat emboss.
14)  When the project is cool, use the Versamark Pen and various embossing powders to fill in any gaps.  Heat emboss these.
15)  Adhere the mounting paper onto the next layer of card stock.
16) Assemble, using a ribbon to add a bow.

That is it!  Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to check out all the rest of the players today:

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Laura! A Pretty Bearded Iris Card.

Today is a VERY special birthday!  Laura Weed, our fearless leader, is celebrating another year on this planet.  In celebration, her team is having a Birthday Blog Hop!

Here is how I created this birthday card:

DWLL516 Bearded Iris Stencil
Glossy White Embossing Paste
Paste Spreader
Dreamweaver Palette Knife
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Core'dinations Card Stock
Small Glue Dots
Amplify in Electric Yellow
Spectrum Markers in LV2, LV3, CG1, CG2 and DG3
Scotch by 3M 1/2" Adhesive
May Arts Ribbon
Removable Tape
Embossing Heat Gun
Paper Trimmer


  1. Cut the base card stock 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" and fold on the side.
  2. Tape the Bearded Iris Stencil over green card stock with removable tape.  Use a tape strip all the way across the top of the stencil that will act as a hinge later.  Then tape both of the sides and bottom.
  3. Use the palette knife to remove the Glossy White Embossing Paste from the container and place on the paste spreader.  Place a strip of paste on the spreader that is as wide as the Iris image.
  4. Set the paste spreader on the stop of the stencil and pull it towards you, maintaining contact with the stencil, and filling in all the wells.
  5. Carefully remove the tape from the bottom and sides of the stencil.
  6. Using the top tape as a hinge, lift the bottom of the stencil carefully up and then away from the project.  Let dry completely.
  7. Color the Iris image with the Spectrum Markers.
  8. Squeeze the Amplify onto the iris to create the "beards" and heat with the embossing gun until it puffs up.
  9. Assemble the card, using a Glue Dot to adhere the knot in the May Arts ribbon.
Here are the rest of the folks wishing Laura a Happy Birthday today:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Celebrate The Season with an Ornate Tree

The Stampendous theme this week is "Celebrate the Season".  I am combining it with "Dreamweaver Thursday" by presenting this tree.  It is easier to create than you might think.

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Scotch Removable Tape
Scotch 1/2" Adhesive Tape
Chameleon Pens in Grass Green, Hot Cocoa, Crimson Red, Sunshine Yellow, Spring Meadow, Warm Sunset


  1. Cut card base to 7" by 10 1/4" and fold at the side.
  2. Cut blue card stock to 7" by 5 1/8" and adhere to the front of the card.
  3. Cut blue card stock to the size of the Ornate Christmas Tree Stencil.
  4. Tape the stencil over the top of the card stock using removable tape.  Be sure to use one large piece over the top edge of the stencil.  It will act as a hinge.
  5. Use the palette knife to remove Pearlescent Embossing Paste from the jar and lay a strip above the stencil.  Make sure you have a long enough strip to cover the entire width of the Christmas tree.
  6. Place the bottom edge of the paste spreader above the strip of paste and pull towards you.  The paste should completely fill in the wells of the Ornate Christmas Tree Stencil.
  7. Carefully remove the tape from the sides and the bottom of the stencil, leaving the tape on the top.
  8. Lift the stencil from the bottom corner like a door and then remove it entirely from the area. Let the paste dry.
  9. After the paste has dried, use the Chameleon Pens to color directly on it.
  10. Cut the card stock with the Christmas tree image to the size you prefer.
  11. Place Sticky Panels all the way around the inside of the front of the card.  Leave a slight border.
  12. Center the Christmas tree image on the card and adhere--using both your favorite adhesive and the inside of the Sticky Panels strips
Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out the rest of the "Celebrate the Season" posts for the day!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Patty PopOns Puzzle Project


Thanks for joining me for the Patty Pop Ons Blog Hop. Of course, being that this is a blog hop, we have PRIZES:

THREE prize packages that include a surprise Stampendous Cling Stamp Set PLUS a full 12-piece set of puzzle pieces with hook fasteners included so you can pop on your puzzle pieces practically anywhere! The deadline to comment is Sunday December 6th at 11:59 pm PST. See our official contest rules for details.Stampendous Blog
As for my project, I had a tough time deciding what to do, until this week.  I was subbing in a room that I have worked in a few times.  It was a classroom for cognitively challenged adults, and it is filled with joy and enthusiasm.  We were working on a puzzle, but it was a little too difficult for many of the students.  The Patty Pop Ons Puzzles are easy to hold, assemble (they all fit into each other) and can be done in the short amount of free time available in some of these programs.  Therefore, I decided to use this as a regular puzzle--something that I can give them for the holidays when I sub there again next week.  Here is the project:
 It was very simple.  I wanted it to be appropriate for the winter holidays, and something that, while it actually had only one correct way to go together, would still look good if many of the pieces were not in quite the right place.  These snowflake sections will still look okay even if they are rearranged.  Here is how I created this easy project:

Snowflake Sky Stamp R234
Crystal Angel Stamp R236
Patty Pop Ons Puzzle
Stayzon Azure Blue
Stayzon Midnight Blue
Stayzon Cleaner
Heat Tool
Ultra Fine Sharpies in various colors
Beacon Felt Glue


1)  Attach the Snowflake Sky Stamp onto the large acrylic handle and ink with the Azure Stayzon.
2)  Heat the area that you want to stamp with the heat tool.
3)  Stamp the image and repeat steps 1-3 until you have created a frame around the puzzle.  There will be a little overlap.
4)  Attach the Crystal Angel Stamp onto the acrylic handle and ink with the Midnight Blue Stayzon.
5)  Heat the center of the puzzle and stamp the image.
6)  Let the images dry.
7)  Use the Stayzon Ink Cleaner on the stamps.
8)  Color the image with the Sharpies.  I chose the Sharpies because even though they will lift some of the Stayzon Ink, the color will stay on the foam.  Also, I was less concerned with the possibility of damaging my Sharpies that I would have been about damaging more expensive markers.  The light purple really raised quite a bit of that Azure color, but I actually liked the blended look on that color.
9)  Use the felt glue on the inside showflake and cover with glitter.  Let dry.  I didn't want to include tons of glitter on this, as I do not want to annoy the teacher in that room.

Thanks for stopping by.  Check out the rest of the players today, and don't forget to leave a comment.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sugar Plum Wishes Candy Cane Card

This week's Stampendous theme is Sugar Plum Wishes.  I took a few liberties here, as the candy cane is not actually a sugar plum, but a sugar plum IS a candy, right?
We also have a Patty Pop Ons puzzle hop this week, and I will be posting for that tomorrow, but today I am posting Dreamweaver Thursday.  There will be a few posts for the puzzle pieces in today's links.

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Splendor Circus Ink Pad
Double Sided Mounting Paper
Vegetable Based Soap
Ribbon by May Arts
Scotch 1/2" Adhesive Tape
Scotch Removable Tape
Heat Embossing Tool
Paper Towel


  1. Cut card base to 8 3/4" by 6" and fold at the side.
  2. Cut red card stock to 4 3/8" by 6" and adhere to the front of the card.
  3. Cut green card stock to match the I Beam Stencil.
  4. Place I Beam Stencil on card stock.  Tape edges with removable tape.
  5. Load the stencil brush with green from the ink pad.
  6. Tap off the excess ink on paper towel.
  7. Use the loaded stencil brush in gentle circles over the top of the stencil to create a subtly stenciled background.
  8. Cut the mounting paper to the size of the Candy Cane Stencil.
  9. Rub the bar of soap directly on the back of the  Candy Cane Stencil to make it easier to release later.  When you are done, there should be a cloudy layer over the entire back of the stencil.
  10. Use your CLEAN stencil brush to brush off any crumbly pieces of soap from the stencil.
  11. Peel one side of the mounting paper and lay the Candy Cane stencil on top of it, soap side on the sticky paper.
  12. Carefully push the red embossing powder into the wells of the candy cane.
  13. Lay small piles of the two green glitters next to and in the ribbon arean
  14. Gently push the green glitters into the wells.  Remember that only the first color on any sticky section will color that area, however glitter in the candy cane area can taint the red.  Push the glitter down slightly.
  15. Use your stencil brush to brush off any excess glitter and embossing powder.
  16. Place the project face down on a flat surface.
  17. Carefully peel a corner up from the edge of the stencil and use it to gently remove the mounting paper from the stencil.
  18. Use your heat tool only over the embossing powder areas.  Avoid heating the bow area, as you could burn the glitter.  Let cool a moment.
  19. Pour the white pearl glitter over the newly exposed sticky paper.
  20. Brush off any excess glitter.
  21. Remove the backing paper and adhere the Candy Cane to red card stock.
  22. Trim the red card stock close to the glitter, creating a thin mat.
  23. Adhere the mat to the green stenciled card stock.
  24. Wrap the May Arts Ribbon around the end of the green card stock and tie in a bow.
  25. Attach the card to the card base.
Thanks for stopping by to see my card today.  If you have the time, I love comments.  Check out the rest of the links for today.


Jamie Martin (puzzle)
Alison Heikkila (puzzle and DW)
Pam Hornschu (DW and sugar plum)
Pam Bray (DW and sugar plum)
Lea Fritts (puzzle and DW)

Tenia Nelson (puzzle, DW, weekly theme)