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Holiday Place Card Holder

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Hi all!

As we quickly approach the start of a beautiful holiday season, I thought I’d share a quick project for those of you who are looking to dress up your table-scape this Thanksgiving (or Christmas). This is a quick and easy idea for those work/dinner/church/just-for-fun type parties coming up this winter.


Here’s what you need to do:


Cutting shears – something that will cut through twigs/small branches

Regular Cutting Scissors

Hot glue gun – or any type of strong adhesive

Paper – holiday themed craft paper

Twine– optional



1) Grab your cutting shears and head outside and gather up some sticks, branches, pine needles, foliage. Beware of thorns or critters ūüėČ


2.) Trim down your branches and foliage to the size you desire.


3.) Trim off all those little needles to reveal just a branch. I used branches from pine bushes but if you have a bare tree, those branches work just as well.


4.) Trim down the branches to your 3″ – 4″ lengths.


5.) “Sandwich” 2 sticks together and adhere with a dot of hot glue on both ends. Add in a small bit of foliage to one side and again adhere with a dot of glue. You can also tie it all in with using twine.


*** Note, I’m not sure how long these will sit considering they are made of natural elements. Mine were created over 24 hours ago, and are still in perfect condition.

Hope you give this project a try! Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Cards 2014 – Day 12

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Hi all,

Happy Monday! BONUS CARD DAY!


These cheesy grinning nutcrackers are on a white vellum background that is double layered to make a more of an opaque background. The sentiment is heat embossed using a starlight silver embossing powder. Each nutcracker features gold glittered elements for added interest and coordinates with the others. And for some added interest I included a red and white rolled twine.


Card Base: Bazzil Frost White

Vellum: Paper Place white vellum

Stamp: TPC Studio

Embossing Ink: Versamark Clear with Inkadinkado Starlight Silver embossing powder

Twine: Craft Basics – Red/White

Nutcrackers: Meri Meri with added embellishments

Simply Lovely

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Hi All,

For today’s project I went back to my custom framing roots and created this framed wonder. It was originally an old 11×11 white frame with beige and black matting. It was nothing special but made of great materials. Truly, it was just begging to get a face-lift.

First I created my art using some wafer thin dies from W Plus 9’s Fresh Cut Florals. These stamps are very friendly to customization. It is one of the few stamps I have that you are able to layer images. If you notice, each element has been stamped multiple times to build layers. ¬†It was my first try using them…and I am pretty much in love. I’ll have to mess around with them some more to see what else I can create.

Then I used some quality heavy weight designer papers to create some matting (matting is the border around the image) and added some trim to cover up the beige beveled edge that was previously on the mats.

To Jolie-fy the frame itself, ¬†I painted it silver and dry brushed in some more silver. Then I took out some aggression and textured it like a maniac. No…not really. I did texture it, but I wasn’t angry.

I used one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE brands of glass cleaner to make the glass look like new (it was VERY hazed). If you have some mirrors or glass that is hazed from age, sun or any other weather…this stuff works wonders. Its the brand custom framers use to clean up some of the worst-conditioned frames that customers bring in.

And after ALL those steps….Here’s the final piece.

Simply Lovely Frame

Online Card Class – Day 7

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Hi all,

We are on to day 7 of our online card class. Today’s theme was single layer cards made clean and simple. I¬†absolutely¬†loved the cards posted by Julie Ebersole. Prior to this class I hadn’t really known her as a designer, but I am truly inspired by her creations and character. Her card had so much dimension and layers using ink, but no bulk. ¬†Amazing! For today’s card I took the theme of masking and inking to create my card.

Here it is!



Card Base: Neenah Desert Storm

Masking: Inkadinkado Stamp Masking Paper

Inks: Distress Ink – Iced Spruce

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp –¬†Absolutely¬†Delightful, Simon Says Stamp – Sunnier Days, Simon Says Stamp – Beautiful Words, Prima – Alphabet Stamps

Twine: Crafty Basics – Grey and White

Pearls – Glitterazzi

White Pen РUniball Signo Broad