Thursday, December 28, 2023

Piece of Cake


One of my favorite things I learned this year was foiling.   Toner foil is definitely the easiest ways to get the shiny look.  Taylored Expressions has made it ever easier by selling foil panels.   The toner foil sticks to the panels with ease.  For this set of cards, I used gold foil, but I think this card would look good in any color.  They also created coordinating stencils to add color to each layer of cake.  I used these colors to create my rainbow cake. Taylored Expressions Ink- GuavaPumpkinPineapple, Key Lime, and Cookie Monster.

Bearly Art Glue- Amazon or Taylored Expressions--best glue ever! especially for small places!
Tacky Glue (for big spaces)-

Blending Brushes: 


No copics today

Monday, December 25, 2023


 Merry Christmas!

I love when I get special requests for cards.   I had a customer at a craft show request a Christmas card with a bee on it.   What a great idea.  I'm often not too far away from the honey people at the craft show.  I can't bee-lieve I didn't think of it sooner.  What animal do you wish was featured on a Christmas card?

Copic colors used:

Yellow:  Y17, Y15, Y13
Red: R29, R24
Wings: BV000 and wink of stella

Sunday, December 24, 2023

TEE-Rific Christmas

 Merry Christmas!   It is still hard for me to believe that it is Christmas Eve already.  This month always goes by in a flash.    As some of you know I've been slowly collecting vintage (20+ year old) stamps.  I found Tigger last Christmas season, but I didn't have any idea how I was going to use it on a card.   

Then I received this orange tree card from my friend Tina.  What a brilliant idea!  I love the orange and the happiness that this card brings.   Each tree is foiled in gold (doesn't show up real well in photo) and then sponged in several shades of orange.  I never would have thought to use orange on a Christmas card!   I was inspired to make my own orange Christmas card. 

I used a fun fold that I used on a Santa card year ago.  You can see that card here .  Tigger fit perfectly on the diamond.   Thank you all for inspiring me through the year. 

Tina's Christmas Card:  

My Tigger Card:

Copic colors used:

Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02
Yellow: Y11
Purple: BV13
Star: YR35, Y15
Ground: W3, W1
I added some glitter to the star on the tree

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Winter Blues

 Hello friends, 

I got the new kit from Hero Arts.  As of this posting they still have a few kits left.   This kit has a set of three dies that create this beautiful scene.  I opted to get the premium kit to get the three animals that you can pop into the scene to add a little interest.   I used all three dies in this set of cards, but I look forward to experimenting with using the dies in different combinations.  This kit is full of endless creativity.

Just a note...  this kit is part of their limited edition products.  Once they are gone... they are done.    This was a kit I had to have.  I love nature and animals.  I love that you are able to make Christmas and winter cards with it.   Check to see if they have the kit here

I picked four shades of blue/purple from a monochromatic color pack.  I played around with the order of the blues.  It made a huge difference in the final result.  

I splattered each card with white paint to create the look of snow.   I also experimented a little with the coloring (colors listed below).  Do you like the white animals or the colored ones?  I'm on team color. 

Copics used

Fox:  E11, E13, E07, W1, W5

Deer/Bear: E30 E31, E33, E35

black pen for nose details

Monday, December 11, 2023

Hunt for Food

 Hello all, 

I needed a little break from Christmas cards.  I pulled out an older stamp, but paired it with a new sentiment.  It hits home this week.  Connor has been traveling and I've been eating whatever the kids will eat.  I miss adult food.    I hope this gives you a bit of a chuckle! 

Copics used. Copics:

Unicorn: BG70, BG72
Purple: BV04, BV02, BV00
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Pink: RV55, RV52
ground: W3, W1
Brown: E44, E43, E42
Grey: C5, C3, C1
Blue: B00

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Thankful and Grateful

 Hello all, 

Guess who is behind on blog posts again?  Well.  What can I say.. I'm human.  

We made these cards back in November.    I used the pumpkin turnbout stamp to create the background.  If you never seen these.  They are awesome. Here is a video of a different turnabout.  I love the background they create.    I did struggle picking out colors for this one.  My first attempt used four different shades of orange.  I think I could have signaled the space station with it.  It was BRIGHT.  I decided to to switch two of the oranges out for a green and brown.  These are not colors that I think of when pumpkins. In the end I think it was the right choice.  These cards capture the beautiful Fall feeling.    What do you think?  


STAMPS and Dies:

paper from Stampin Up
Neenah: solar white card stock


Taylored Expressions ink Chocolate Truffle or mini

Taylored Expressions ink Candy Corn or mini pad

Taylored Expression ink Mango or mini pad

Altenew FireFly ink


No copics today

Friday, December 1, 2023

Huge Sale!

 Welcome friends, 

Technique Junkies is having an end of the year sale.  They are making down 700+ stamps.  If you have been drooling over the cards that the design team (and I) have been making this year this is the time to grab some new stamps.   Because you are awesome... the owner is offering you an extra 10% off...  just use the code TJ10Chris

Here is the link to the sale items

Check out this card below.  Just a reminder of how funny Technique Junkies stamps are! 


STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

paper from Stampin Up