Thursday, December 31, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - Year In Review

For those of you that have been following my blog all year long (or not), I have posted all 12 of my tags from Tim Holtz's yearly challenge.  If you click on the photo you will be taken to the actual post with an additional photo and some details as to the products used. To see all of Tim's tags click here. So, which one is your favorite?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday and spending lots of quality time with friends and family.  The inspiration for my Christmas card this year came from Kimberly van Diepen at

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Crazy Christmas

Just once I'd like to see someone send a photo card with a crazy family photo.  Wouldn't that be fun?  Here's to you, from all of us.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (Dec)

Well, it's hard to believe that another year is coming to an end and I've managed to complete all twelve tag challenges from Tim for the fourth year in a row. For this year's final tag I used SU fabric for the background and the Wondrous Wreath set and coordinating dies for the wreath.  Stay tuned next week for my annual Christmas Card as well as a posting of all 12 Tags of 2015.  Be safe!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Happy 41st Birthday!

Happy Birthday Ken!  The papers, staples, embossing and "birthday" stamp are from SU.  The "happy" die is from Heidi Swapp and the typewriter embellishments are magnets from 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (Nov)

Happy November and end to Daylight Saving Time (not Savings).  For this month's tag from Tim, I used Etcetera Design Series Paper from SU for the background, QWERTY fridge magnets from and the rooster is from SU's Rustic Rooster set.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall Birthday Card

This coming week my best friend from high school is celebrating her birthday. Everything is from SU except for the watercolor word from Heidi Swapp.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (Oct)

Happy Fall! For this month's Tag from Tim, I used a skull pattern from Silhouette and distressed it with several shades of green ink on the outside and red ink on the inside.  The skull shadow is actually a black piece of cardstock cut to match the skull. The paper and the sentiment are from SU.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (Sep)

For this month's tag I wanted to use orange and maroon to kick off the college football season (Go Hokies!). In lieu of texture paste I used a paisley texture plate and created an embossed effect. The butterfly stamp is from 2001 and one of my favorite retired classics. While I love the look of vellum, I would probably use acetate next time to preserve the beauty of the stamped images underneath.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Happy Anniversary

Last weekend we had the opportunity to visit relatives in Southern Oregon to  celebrate their construction company's 10-year anniversary.  It was a perfect summer evening along the Rogue River.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Baptism Card

My husband's grandnephew, Liam Jude, is getting baptized this morning. I thought this matching stamp and die from SU were perfect for the occasion.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (Aug)

Several years ago I had my father-in-law's family photos scanned and I created a photo album for him to replace his shoebox. When I saw Tim's tag for August I knew exactly which one of his photos I would be using. Of course, I have no idea who this gentlemen is or how he's related to my husband. I used an embossing folder for the background and covered the tag with elmer's glue. I distressed and stamped with StazOn and used a green marker to colorize the photo and the old car. I think it turned out fabulous! That being said, I made two errors on the tag. Can you find them?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

OWH - Sketch #259

Today's card is my thank you to Sandy Allnock for all the JOY she has brought to card makers like myself and more importantly to all the troops and their loved ones who were fortunate to come across these wonderful works of art.  Here is sketch #259 from Operation Write Home.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

OWH - July Challenge

Operation Write Home is a great organization that will be closing it's doors in August.  If you'd like to donate cards please click here. For this card I used SU's new stamp set called "Watercolor Wings" with the matching die and the new brickwall embossing folder. The sentiment is from Heidi Swapp.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (Jul)

Happy 4th of July!  For this month's tag from Tim I used a retired (2004) SU set called "Star-Spangled Banner". I stamped all the images using StazOn ink and colored them in with SU markers and blender pens. The sentiment is from SU's "Liberty for All" set also retired (2001). Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Leather Wrap Bracelets

Happy 1st day of Summer! I made these last week while we were on vacation in North Carolina. If you've been following trends you'll know that these leather wrap bracelets can be very pricey (i.e., +$100) but they're surprisingly easy to make with supplies from Michael's or JoAnn's. For a tutorial just search YouTube.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (Jun)

Happy June. May was a very busy month for us so I haven't posted in while but I couldn't miss Tim's June tag. The focal point for this tag was a Silhouette coffee cup image called "thanks a latte". It actually came with the flower image and then I added the corrugated sleeve. For the background I used a woodgrain stamp and rotated the image to create the grid pattern.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Here's a quick tag that I made for my mom using a recycled Easter card. I added flower embellishments, the ribbon, sentiment and finished it off with a few spritzes of gold ink. Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 (May)

Last month my father-in-law celebrated his 91st birthday so I thought this photo of him and his two sons would be perfect for this month's tag from Tim. For the background I used sticky canvas instead of burlap and I added a variety of ephemera including airmail printables from pinterest.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

OWH - Sketch #253

For this week's card I turned Operation Write Home's sketch #253 horizontally. I also got a head start on my Mother's Day cards...this one being for those doggie mamas out there.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

OWH - Sketch #252

Here is my card for Operation Write Home's sketch #252. The inspiration came from a tag I saw on Pinterest. Here's the link to the actual blog post. It was such a creative use of washi tape that I had to try it. I used the butterfly stamp from Stampin Up's "Nature's Perfection" set, covered it with strips of washi tape and ran it through my big shot. I then pulled back pieces of the washi tape using an exacto knife. Pretty cool effect.

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