Saturday, October 29, 2022

Holiday Gift Tags

This week I am the hostess at Just Us Girls Challenge #656 Wild Card Week and I chose Holiday Gift Tags. I am ready to get a lot of these made for gifts this year, so I decided I would challenge you to make some, too! The recipients of your gifts with handmade tags will love them.

Products I used: 

Spellbinders: Shopping Spree dies, Special Delivery dies, Bottle Brush Trees dies

Reverse Confetti: Tag dies

Hero Arts: Nesting Tag dies

Silver and gold glitter card stock

Ribbon and twine from my stash

Patterned papers from my stash

Silver stretchy cord

Hero Arts and Stampin' Up!: stencils

Distress inks

Ink Blending brushes

It was so much fun to sit, listen to music and create. I cut my tags, stenciled them, then did all the die cutting and piecing together. The scalloped bottom tag has white under the car to mimic snow. The legs on the gift givers swing back and cute! Blogger has been acting up and I couldn't get my watermark on any picture without turning the picture on its side when I I don't have one on these photos. Hopefully no one "steals" my photos. Also, the blue gift giver tag is one I made/posted a year ago...since I am not competing in this challenge, I got it out as another example.

Hope you enjoyed these tags and will make some of your own to share in our gallery! Happy holiday crafting!


Thursday, October 27, 2022

You + Me + Coffee = Happy

This week for our Tic Tac Toe Challenge #185 Claire designed a very fall-inspired board. I chose the bottom row from left to right: Die cuts, Orange, Enamel dots. Good ol' Pinterest was where I went for ideas, and a combo of things I saw helped me come up with this fall/male-inspired card.

Products I used:

Ellen Hutson: Stamps and die

Concord and 9th: Ink

Ink blending brush

Prismacolor pencils

Versafine ink pad

Foam tape

Envelope punch board

Stampin' Up!: Speech bubble die, brads (my enamel dots did not match - sorry)

I made my own rick rack with my envelope punch board (tutorial here), then die cut and stamped this cute bear that I use all year round. I ink blended him from the edges inward which was easier for me than using Copics. I also masked off the coffee cup with a Post-It note and ink blended the coffee! I love how this bear can hold things. I colored in his cheeks and stamped the sentiment in the middle of my die cut speech bubble. Done! 

We hope you will join us this week with this new board. Can't wait to see what you make and post in our gallery!


Saturday, October 22, 2022

Best Friends

I spent some time today making a card for our Just Us Girls Challenge #655 Photo Week. It was a perfect day spent doing what I love...creating something handmade. Our super talented teammate C├ęcile picked the photo for the team and all of you, and I can't wait to see how everyone is inspired by it. There are many ways to design a card from her photo...the colors, the sentiment, one or more of the elements in the photo, etc. Here is what I made.

Sorry for all the pictures! It was hard to show that I used acetate for glass in the window and that the awning sticks out over the ladies' table. The inside is boring, but I love that font and what it says!

Products I used:

Honey Bee Stamps: She Shed stamps and dies

Studio 112: Best Friends stamps (probably the dollar spot at Michael's or Joanne Fabrics long ago)

Pretty Pink Posh: Inside sentiment


Prismacolor pencils

Stampin; Up!: Word Window punch

Pink and Main: banner die

Versafine: Onyx black ink

Foam tape

I made the awning first, following #stampingwithdi's tutorial here. Then I had to choose patterned papers, die cut the window and cut acetate to fit/adhere to it, stamp the ladies/window sign and color them, work on placement of everything, and NOT MESS up after each of the steps I had taken to get the next parts of the card completed. (I am the queen of ink on the side of my hand, touching the card somewhere I shouldn't!) Probably held my breath a lot. LOL!

I LOVE the string of lights every time I use it...probably because I also love these lights in real life too! I added a grey card stock "sidewalk" and fussy cut the ladies. I (personally) really like that the card is not flat, but has raised areas that make it seem more "real."

We hope you will join us this week and look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery!


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Lots of Love

For our JUGS Color Week Challenge #654 Lisa K. has chosen light blue, orange and brown. I thought this was going to be a hard color combo for me until I looked around Pinterest and saw floral ideas galore! Look at all the variety of ideas the design team came up with too!

Products I used:

My Favorite Things: Harmonious Hibiscus Background stamp, Well, Hello stamp set

Gina K: Charcoal Brown ink pad

Pink Fresh Studio: Diagonal Stitched Rectangle dies

Pink and Main: Enamel dots

Prismacolor pencils

Archival Ink: Cobalt ink pad

Ranger Distress Ink: Carved pumpkin ink pad

Blending brushes

I sat this huge stamp down on my desk facing up and pounced my ink pad on it to ink it well. I placed my white card stock panel face down and rubbed it well all over while carefully holding it in place. I gingerly lifted it off the stamped panel and stopped holding my breath when I saw that I hadn't smeared or moved it while rubbing. I ink blended orange and blue inks in the middle of the flowers, then added pencil for shading. I decided to color in the background (wouldn't do that again) and I shaded areas to try to get some shadow effect. 

I matted the completed panel with dark brown card stock, then mounted it onto a blue A2 card base. I added enamel dots and a double matted die cut banner with the sentiment stamped on top.

We hope you will play along with us this week with this fall color combo!



Thursday, October 13, 2022


I made this card for our Tic Tac Toe Challenge #183 this week using the middle row across: Add an envelope, Grateful, Sparkle. I had only a little of this patterned paper left so I used the bottom of the stems of the flowers for the flap of the still coordinates!

Products I used: 

Pink Fresh Studio: Built on Dreams stamp and die sets

Stampin' Up!: Patterned paper and felt flowers

Pink and Main: Banner die

Buttons Galore: Sequins

Pretty Pink Posh: Jewels

Red line tape

Glue dots


I had this Pink Fresh Studio house stamp set and die in my cart numerous times and finally pulled the glad I did. Can't wait to make a Christmas project with it...stay tuned! First I die cut the house out of patterned paper. Next, I CASEd an idea from the Pink Fresh website where Maria Celeste Gonzalo traced/hand cut around the die itself to make a mat for the die cut. I did this with heavy white cardstock, twice. I had felt flowers that go with the patterned paper and knew I was going to use them to embellish the card front. I adhered the patterned paper to one house die cut, then embellished it with my stamped sentiments, sequins and jewels. I scored the left side of the second house at 1/4" and used red line tape to adhere it behind the front house. The score mark allowed me to open the card like any other. I plan to use it for a Thanksgiving card for my daughter.

The card fits in an A2 envelope just fine. I need to get started on my December project using these stamps and dies...I have two in mind.

We hope you will join us this week for our fall inspired board!


Wednesday, October 12, 2022


The October challenge at Christmas Craft Creations is a white on white theme. It was easier to create the card than to photograph it...I promise that my card is white with white irridescent white glitter cardstock, not silver! I CASEd this card from Pinterest (posted in 2012) that caught my eye, by Scrapbook Boutique.

The card I CASEd. Isn't it pretty?

Products I used:

Stampin' Up!: embossing folder, star die

Source unknown: Peace die

White irridescent glitter card stock

110 lb. Heavy white card stock

Pink and Main: Clear sparkle enamel dots

I cut a piece of white card stock 5 1/4" x 4" and die cut a star off one edge of it.  I embossed it next. I cut an A2 card base out of heavy white card stock,  then popped up the embossed panel on foam tape on the card front. I die cut the Peace and adhered it to the card front. Last, I added the glittery, clear enamel dots here and there. I could not add my CCC watermark without it turning the picture on its side when I tried to add it to this post. I wasted hours on this part of the process...heavy sigh!

I hope you will join us this month with the white on white theme!


Saturday, October 8, 2022


Santa is all about being merry. He's the center of attention on my Clean and Simple card for our Just Us Girls Challenge Trend Week #653: CAS, so that we can remember not to stress in the coming holiday season, but enjoy all the fun and tradition. 

Products I used:

Gerda Steiner: Santa with Letters

Stampin' Up!: Star stencil

Copic markers

Prismacolor pencils

Pink and Main: enamel dots

Foam tape

Wink Of Stella pen

Santa was really fun to stamp and color. I added Wink of Stella to the fur on his hat and suit for some holiday sparkle. I made a 5" x 5" square card base after I cut down the completed stamped and matted panel. The panel is popped up on foam tape and I added a few enamel dots. Pretty simple card! We hope you will join us this week with your Clean and Simple cards...You may come up with your holiday card design for 2022 when you make this style card!


Sunday, October 2, 2022

Eat, Drink & Be Scary

The Color Throwdown Challenge #712 has a fabulous fall photo with the colors blue, orange, cream and kraft. I have a new halloween die set that I have just used once and have been wanting to get out for more here is my card for their challenge this week!

Products I used:

Trinity Stamps: Boo Brew Die set

Pink and Main: enamel dots

Concord and 9th, Stampin' Up!, Gina K, Ranger Distress Inks: ink pads

Stampin' Up!: sentiment stamp

Baker's twine

Aqua Painter

Cream colored watercolor paper (whipped cream and sentiment)

Prismacolor pencils

Foam tape

I watercolored a variety of inks on cream colored watercolor paper with an aqua painter, then die cut my cups and accessories. I added colored pencil here and there for shading, including on the whipped cream. I pieced them together and arranged them with foam tape on my mini slimline kraft card base that I matted with a piece of blue patterned paper. I stamped the sentiment and fussy cut it out for the blue cup. I added some enamel dots and tied a piece of metallic kraft baker's twine to one of the cups for added detail. 

I love these little cups and this fall use of them is just one of the ideas I have for them through the seasons! I also needed to make something this weekend for World Cardmaking Day AND, to destress from last week's  Hurricane Ian, whose destruction just missed our neighborhood by a couple of miles...we had very high winds and rain, but little to no damage. We lost all communication as soon as it made landfall south of us and didn't know its path for hours and hours, but we were very blessed in the end. I can't even comprehend how scary and devastating this storm was for the people who got the worst of it. I will post valid charities for donations (once I find them) to help the people who weren't so fortunate. 


Saturday, October 1, 2022

Let's Brew Up Some Fun

For our Just Us Girls Word Week Challenge #654, Ina has us using scraps! My card has to be opened to see all the scraps, but the front is a little sneak peak of that. It's an easy challenge, so we hope you will join us this week!

Products I used:

Pink and Main: Halloween Brew stamp set

Prismacolor pencils

Versafine Archival Onyx Black Ink

Various patterned paper scraps

See you in the gallery!

I have made this fun fancy fold before and I now have it memorized. 
Cut a piece of card stock 5.5" x 12" and score on the long edge at 4" and 8." 
Make a light pencil mark at 2" down from the top along the 4" score. 
Make another pencil mark 2" up along the 8" score. 
Score from those marks to the outer corner of the panels on both sides of the mark. (See the photo to understand this part.) 
Cut patterned paper scraps to mat each of the resulting spaces on the card. (For the larger pieces and the white center piece, I cut a 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" inch rectangle, then marked with pencil where the diagonal cuts should be made. Then I used the pieces I cut off of those larger mats to use in the small spots or as a template for all the small ones.) You have to be careful with one way designs like my pumpkin paper. It could end up being upside down in the space it needs to fill.

Message me on Instagram (@sawithadtomkeit) if you have questions!