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Thursday, January 13th, 2022


Hi Everyone! It’s Susan here (a little late in the day but I made it) with a couple of cards featuring the Random Act of Cardness prompt for today. The prompt is EMBOSSING and I made two cards that are full of embossing.

When I started this card I had zero idea on what I would do. I video taped the process but don’t worry, I won’t make you sit through all my humming and hawing about what to do.

I have a filming tip for you. I film with my iphone and I learned that if my battery is low it will switch to recording in slow motion. Part way through the filming it did that and I ended up with 484 minutes of film. So, my tip is make sure your phone is fully charged when you start filming.

Click HERE to see the video.

These were extremely fun to make. I forgot how much I like doing cards like this – a little mixed media and grungy looking.

This would be fun to do with bright colors too.

I have a bonus card for you.  I showed the embossed Sage background piece in the video but not how I put it together.   I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Iced Spruce Oxide ink to add some depth to the panel then cut it down with the 2nd largest die in the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched 4 Bar Rectangle Die Set. I added it to a card base with craft foam. This really helps to flatten the panel. I embossed a simple embossed sentiment using the Pinkfresh Miss Your Smile Stamp Set and a few of the embossed hearts I cut out in the video.

This one was much simpler so it came together much quicker.

Happy Stampin’
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Tuesday with Tara {take 329} Trim the Tree

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Happy Tuesday friends!

You’ve probably noticed, if you’ve been around for very many of my Tuesday posts over the years, that I’m a fan of Tim Holtz and his products.  I love to stretch their limits and combine them with products by other companies and lately I love to demonstrate their simple beauty!  Sometimes there’s a product release that is really great and I love the projects but I resist it because it just seems like *too much* for me right now.  The paper village has been one of those… and really, they do just keep getting more and more fabulous!  The projects are amazing and I seriously envy the time & the patience people have to create these little miniature masterpieces!

Recently, however, inspiration struck!  I got an idea for a way I could use the tiny cuteness of the paper village dies and keep it simple without it feeling unfinished.  It’s not perfect, but I think it turned out quite sweet.  I’ve made a tiny paper house ornament!

I purchased the original Paper Village Die Set (use whichever one you have or can get!) and cut the mid sized house from the set out of White Sugar Crystal Glitter Cardstock– which gives a fun sugar coated effect!  I tried a few different ways of adhering the pieces together (and learned I need to restock my glue supply) but found that wet adhesives worked best, although waiting on dry time was no fun.  I really wished I had some Ranger Matte Medium on hand, because it dries quickly and holds well- but I’ve used all mine up.  (If you know of another amazing product that works similarly, I’d love to hear about it since I’ll be shopping for more soon!)

Before adhering the roof to the base, I cut a slit in it and poked sheer ribbon through it.  A knot on the under side and a loop on top made a great hanger (oops-forgot to take a photo of that, I hope you can visualize it from my description!)

Once the house was dry, I mounted it on the base.  I had purchased a small wooden star from a craft star and painted the top white. I then used a palette knife to apply some texture paste to it thick enough to sink the house into.  I set the house in it, then added some bling!  I placed some jewels and assorted white and clear glitter around it to mimic sparkling snow.

I had cut the larger house as well, but since it didn’t fit on the star base I cut a simple rectangular base just 1/4″ bigger than the house (this one is just 1×2″ in size and yes it is bigger than the other one!).  It’s very simple, but still pretty cute and sparkly!

Of course, I look at my little houses and notice all the little imperfections… but I’m sure I’ll sort them out as I make more of them!  I’ve got a few more that I need to make for gifts still this year (that’s me, ever the procrastinator!).

Inky (and glittery!) hugs,



Advent Booklet Card

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Hello Crafty Friends!

Chala here for today’s prompt word Advent!

I must admit this post is a sad one for me as it is my last post as a Scrap’N Stamp Design Team member.  I am going to miss being a part of this fabulous group of ladies and creating with them each month.  I also cannot thank you enough for all your comments and support over the last several years  You guys have been a huge inspiration to me!!  I am not leaving the crafting world, just taking a step back in the commitments I have made.

You will still be able to find me over on my YouTube Channel Crafting Through the Chaos of Life.  In fact, that is where this blog post will take you as my final Design Team submission is a bit of an involved one and easiest to watch on video than to describe.

Some of the items I will be using today are older sets and may not be available, so it gives us a good reason to reach into our stash, blow off the dust and reimagine them for a new use!  I will also be using several digital prints in today’s card booklet.

Stamp and Die sets used/recommended:

Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap

Lawn Fawn Tiny Gingerbread

Lawn Fawn Oh-Snap

Lawn Fawn Tiny Christmas

Lawn Fawn Holiday Helpers

Picket Fence Paper Glaze Golden Rose

Again, I encourage you to look through your stash for items you may already have that you can use!

Without further adieu….below is the video link for my fun Advent Card Booklet!  Enjoy!                


Much love,

Chala xoxox