Posts Tagged ‘Christmas cards’

Tuesday with Tara {take 178}

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been holding out for a bit to play with this sweet “Winter Aviary” stamp set by Flora & Fauna and today I’m finally sharing my first creation with you using it.  I was admiring the variety of greens and noticed the curve of one of the branches would work perfectly to create a wreath, so I traced a circle onto my card front and inked up the branch with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide and I was delighted when it was a perfect fit!  Since the first step went so well, I decided to continue on… I added some berries and holly leaves, stamped in shades of red (Candied Apple) & green (Lucky Clover).

I decided I wanted a bit more dimension, so I stamped the holly leaves onto a light green cardstock (the same as my card base would be) in the same Lucky Clover Ink.  After I cut them out, I added a bit of shading using my ink applicator tool with blending foams.   I added a bit of red Stickles to the berries and some lime Nuvo Crystal Drops on a few of the leaves, also adding some to the NOEL I stamped in the center of my wreath.  The subtle color really made my Oxide Ink pop!  I finished off my wreath adding a red bow and a small stamped bird from the set.

It’s a simple card, but it was fun to see what I could do with the variety of designs in this stamp set!  It definitely opened my eyes to look at the other Flora & Fauna sets and see what I could do with them… but first I’ve got a bit more creating to do with this one 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 177} & blog hop winners!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Before I share my card for the day, I’d like to announce the random winners from comments along our November blog hop!  Three of you win a retro masculine die set by Impression Obsession.   And the winners are…

  1. Joanne Q.
  2. “Little Folk Art”
  3. Glennis F.

Please send us an email ( within the next two weeks (by Dec 11) with your mailing address to claim your prize!  Be sure to mention the Nov. Blog Hop so we send you the correct prize 🙂

Thanks for all your comments and please continue to play along with the challenge through the end of this week… one lucky participant will win a $50 gift certificate for the online store!  Now… It’s Tuesday and I’ve got a card to share!

I’ve used the Whispering Pine Landscape die by Memory Box together with the Tree Line Hill die by Poppy Stamps to create a simple winter scene for today’s card.

The large ‘joy’ is from Tim Holtz’s Shadow Script Christmas set, paired with words from the Holiday Words #2 Set to create my sentiment.  I kept the card design very simple, inking up an ombre background on white card stock with Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers & Faded Jeans.  I stamped some snowflakes with water for some subtle texture, then added a few more with ink.  I also misted it lightly to create a bit more snowy texture by activating the inks.

The tree borders were both cut from a pearlescent white card stock, I added some chunky glass glitter to the front layer for texture (and to cover up some scratches I made by mistake!).  The thin block text was cut from the finished inked layer and layered over the white card front to allow it to show through.  I love mixing and matching different text dies to create my sentiments like this!  This card would be another fun one to create in bulk, especially if you played around with a few different color combinations for the sky (I love the purples Laurie used last week on her card!).  I would probably play around with different sentiment combos if I was creating a set as well, which is easy to do when you have such great variety to choose from with the two die sets I used on this card!

Inky hugs,


Peace, Love & Joy with Laurie

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Yay!! It’s the weekend! Welcome back to the SNS blog. I recently purchased some of the October MFT Release and was super excited to play with it.  Christmas card making is in full swing around here and this release is going to make it super fun and easy!

I was so excited about getting the new Filled With Joy Stamp set along with its Co-ordinating Dies!! This is a great, versatile set. I also got the older Scenic Snow Globe Die Set (also from MFT) which is an adorable scene builder set.  These two sets work beautifully together!

I started by doing some ink blending using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Oxide inks onto white cardstock.  I trimmed the panel down using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut the large “Joy” die from the Filled with Joy Dies out of red cardstock and also out of craft foam.  I love the solid dimension craft foam gives! I used a variety of cardstock scraps to assemble the little house scene.  I love die sets like these although some of the pieces are quite tiny and a wee difficult to adhere.

I added a few puff details on the roof of the house and trees using a snow marker from Marvy Uchida .  I also used craft foam to adhere the house and trees so the dimension was the same as the sentiment.  It was also fun to add Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the windows and ornaments on the trees!

I used the snowflake die from the Filled With Joy die set along with some glitter cardstock for a bit of added sparkle.  The remainder of the sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink onto vellum and heat embossed in white. I used a sentiment banner die to trim that out. I adhered the focal panel and the vellum sentiment strip with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

And that, my friends, is my finished card!  I hope you enjoyed and got some Christmas inspiration!!

See you soon!!