Friday, November 27, 2015

Avery Elle–Naughty or Nice!

Hello, friends!!

Happy Black Friday!!  LOL  As you read this, I’ll be floating on a cruise ship off the Baja Coast, celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary and our friend’s 62nd Birthday!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!!!  I’m popping in to share another project that I created using some of the Avery Elle Fall 2015 Release Products!!  I can’t believe that the sneak peeks of the upcoming Winter 2015 Release will start in just three days!!


Okay, so I am obsessed with heat reactive foil transfer.  And I was determined to figure out a way to use my stamps and still get the same perfect transfer as I was getting using toner images and the MINC machine.  I thought that the Naughty or Nice Stamp Set was the perfect stamp set to try out the Heidi Swapp Toner Pen on!  Jennifer McGuire did a quick little video on using it with stamps, and it worked like a dream – I was determined to get the same results.  I’m happy to report that it worked like a charm!!  Basically, I just colored the toner pen onto the santa and his reindeer image from the Naughty or Nice Stamp Set.  I stamped it onto an image panel that I created using the Double Pierced Rectangle Elle-Ments and allowed it to fully dry.  I then placed a piece of red heat reactive foil over the top and ran it through the MINC machine!  Voila!!  I used the Double Pierced Circle Elle-Ments to die cut through the foiled image to create a moon.  The sentiment was created by die cutting the word Merry from red foil cardstock using the Holly Jolly Elle-Ments.  I cut it three more times from white cardstock, adhered the layers together and made sure that the red foil die cut was on top.  The “Christmas” sentiment is from the Joy to the World Stamp Set (after performing a bit of stamp surgery) and was stamped onto New Moon Cardstock using Pure White Pigment Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

That’s it for me today, sweet friends.  I’d love to stay and chat but I’m a little busy having a great time on a cruise ship!  LOL  Thanks so much for stopping by – I’ll be back tomorrow with the next AEI♥U Challenge!  I hope you’ll come back soon!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Color Throw Down #370–Warm Wishes!

Hello again!!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  We’re actually celebrating Thanksgiving in our house today, as the kids head back to Seattle tomorrow.  I’ll be so sad to see them go, but we’ve had a great week together so I’ll have lots of great memories until we see each other again next month.  In the meantime, it’s time for the next Color Throw Down Challenge, and this week’s color combo is awesome!!

swatch 370

Oh my gosh – those little cake pop snowmen look sooo deelish, don’t they?!!  Here’s my answer to the challenge:


You can see that I was totally inspired by that adorable winter scene.  I decided to pull out some Papertrey Ink goodies to create this sweet little winter scene.  That polar bear sweater just cracks me up.  Here’s how I created my project.

  1. Trim an A2 vertical top-folding card base from Dark Brown Woodgrain Card Stock.  Score at 5.5”, fold in half and perfect crease with a Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Die cut an image panel from White Linen Card Stock using the stitched rectangle from the  Blueprints 15 Die-Namics Set.  Using the Snowfall Stencil, apply a thin coat of Snowflake Paste with a palette knife to the image panel.  Allow to dry thoroughly.  Once dry, adhere to the card base with foam squares.
  3. Die cut two snowdrifts from White Linen Card Stock using the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-Namics.  Use the bottom edge of the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 15 Die-Namics Set to apply the stitched outside edges.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Holiday Stamp Set onto the snowdrift using Truffle Pigment Ink; heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  5. Stamp the polar bear image from the Warmest Wishes Stamp Set onto Solar White Card Stock using Espresso Truffle Dye Ink.  Stamp the sweater onto Orange Zest Card Stock using Unicorn Pigment Ink; heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.  Stamp the mountains onto Summer Splash Card Stock using Unicorn Pigment Ink; heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.  Use the coordinating Warmest Wishes Dies to die cut the polar bear, sweater and mountains.
  6. Apply a light coat of watermark ink onto the top of the mountains using a VersaMark Pen; heat emboss with Sparkle Puff 3D Embossing Powder.
  7. Assemble the card with foam squares.  Adhere Sparkling Clear Sequins using Multi Matte Medium.

I seriously smile every single time I look at that polar bear.  I’ve listed all of the products that I used below.

Sadly, this is my last week as a guest of the Color Throw Down Challenge.  I’ve so enjoyed dipping my toes back into the challenge world, and I’ve especially enjoyed playing along with the amazing ladies of the Color Throw Down team!  Thank you so much for having me, ladies – you’re all so incredibly talented!  I hope you’ll click on through to each of their blogs to see what they’ve created for your inspiration -  I’ve listed their blogs below!  Also, we’d love for you to play along with us!  Please click on through to the Color Throw Down Challenge Blog for the rules of the challenge, as well as the linky tool to add your own take on this week’s challenge!

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins
Lori Tecler
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Karolyn Loncon <----- You’re here!

Well, that’s it for me today, friends!  It’ll be a bit chaotic around here today with a house full of family.  But I’m excited to hang with my people and enjoy time together.  I hope you and yours have an amazing Thanksgiving!  I’ll be back on Friday with another Avery Elle project.  Until then, thanks for stopping by and have a great holiday!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

My Favorite Things–Die-Namics Design: Tis the Season for Tags!


Well, hello!!




I’m so excited to be joining some of my sweet teammates on the My Favorite Things Design Team for this month’s Die-Namics Design Challenge!  This month’s challenge is Holiday Tags!  Here’s what we were challenged with:


Brown paper packages tied up with strings…these are a few of My Favorite Things. Tag, you’re it! Time to embellish those pretty packages with tags accented by our extensive collection of holiday-appropriate Die-namics. MFT has the tools and our team is bringing the imagination so dive into those last minute details - Christmas is just around the corner.


So fun, right?!!  I think you all know by now, I am in love with dies – and MFT has an enormous selection of both coordinating dies as well as stand alone dies.  When I saw this challenge, I – being the rebel that I am – decided to think outside the box.  One of the things that I’ve been fascinated with this holiday season are those DIY Snow Globes made out of mason jars!  You’ve seen them, right?!!  So cute!!  So, I decided to make some DIY Snow Globe Holiday Tags fashioned after the real thing!!  Here’s what I came up with!!




Are they not so stinkin’ cute?!!  I was definitely patting myself on the back at my genius.  LOL  Here are a few close ups for  you:










Oh my gosh – I think they’re going to look so cute on our holiday packages, don’t you think?!!  Here’s a close up of what the inside of each tag looks like:




Here’s a generic step-by-step of how I created these tags:


  1. Trim a piece of Sno Cone Card Stock to 4.25” x 5.5”  Score at 2.75”, fold in half and perfect crease with a Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Position the mason jar from the Mason Jar Die-Namics Set onto the folded card stock, such that a slight portion of the top of the die extends beyond the crease.  Run it through your manual die cutting machine.  Repeat this process three more times (I was able to get three cuts from each folded piece of card stock) – or as many times as you want for the number of tags that you need.
  3. Die cut the mason jar a second time for each tag from Sno Cone Card Stock.
  4. Stamp each mason jar with the Snowfall Background using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.
  5. Trim an A2 piece of Smooth White Card Stock and adhere a double sided adhesive sheet.  Apply a layer of Warm Diamond Glitter.  Using the Stitched Snow Drift Die-Namics, die cut two different snow drifts.  Layer the two snow drifts on top of each other and use the bottom edge of the mason jar die to die cut the snow drifts for each tag.  Adhere the snow drifts to each tag.
  6. Stamp several of the images from the Winter Wonderland Stamp Set using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink – I stamped the two reindeer, the sleigh, the snowman, the mailbox and letter onto Smooth White Card Stock; I stamped the trees onto Elf Green Card Stock using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink; and I stamped the gingerbread house onto Kraft Card Stock using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.  Using the coordinating Winter Wonderland Die-Namics, die cut each image.  Color the images with Copic Markers and embellish them with a white gel pen and dimensional sparkly embossing powder.  Assemble each tag using foam tape.
  7. Die cut the mason jar lids from Silver Sparkle Card Stock using the Mason Jar Die-Namics Set.
  8. Die cut the mini tags from Black Licorice Card Stock using the Mason Jar Die-Namics Set.
  9. Assemble each tag with foam tape and adhesive.
  10. Wrap red and white baker’s twine around the top of each tag, thread it through the hole in the mini tag, and tie a bow.  Punch a hole in the back of the tag and loop more red and white baker’s twine through the hole.


There you have it!!  I plan to make more of these for a friend of mine who likes to use hand made tags on her holiday gifts for her grandson!  I really think she’s going to love these!  I’ve listed all of the products that I used below.


Please click on through to the My Favorite Things Design Blog to be linked to the projects that my amazing teammates created for this challenge and to inspire you all to get those Die-Namics out and create some holiday tags!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’m having a blast with my daughter and her family, so you’ll forgive me if it’s a bit quiet around here for a few days.  I have a few more projects pre-posted, and they’ll go live soon.  In the meantime, I’ll be in the pool with my grandkids!!  LOL  TTFN!


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