Washi Tree

Nothing like a weekly challenge to help me get going on my Christmas card supply for this year. The current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to use eight of “something” on a clean and simple-style card.


If you think my “eight” items are sequins, then you probably think that I can’t count. However, I did use 8 different pieces of washi tape to make the Christmas tree. It’s a good thing that washi tape is repositionable, because it took me several attempts to get the branches lined up!


Thanks for looking!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white, kraft); Bazzill (black).
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (‘Tis the Season Sentiments).
Washi tape and sequins.


Retro Christmas #2 and #3



Here are the other two ATC styles I made for the Kitschy Christmas swap I hosted at Vintage Photo Image ATCs. I have been wanting to make an ATC using a retro choir image for a while, and thanks to a wonderful source on Pinterest, I found the perfect image! I had so much fun making these kitschy Christmas ATCs, I hope I can host this theme again next year.

Retro Christmas No. 1


I am hosting an ATC swap with my Vintage Photo Image ATCs group with the theme “kitschy Christmas”. It’s nice to have 7 people sign up so that each person’s set of 6 ATCs is replaced with 6 different ones from other swappers. This time only 5 have signed up, which led me to make 3 different styles so I wouldn’t have to return more than one ATC to its original swapper. This is the first style I made. I remember seeing ornament boxes similar to this when I was young (and no, that’s not me in the picture). When I think of retro Christmas, I think of green bottle-brush trees so I knew I had to put one on this ATC. I cut out the opening in the frame (image from Tumblefish Studios) and popped it up on foam tape. Then I pulled the wooden base off the tree and cut off the back side of the bristles so the tree would lay flat. A touch of glitter and it’s just like when I was little!

CAS(E) this Sketch No. 2

I missed the debut challenge of this new clean and simple sketch site called CAS(E) this sketch!. I even put the blinkie on my sidebar, and I still forgot. Here’s the sketch for week #2:

And here is the card I made following the sketch:

The snowflake collage is from Unity’s September 2012 kit of the month. I added a snowflake cut with a Magnolia die and stamped the sentiment, which is from a retired Stampin’ Up set called All Year Cheer I.

Madonna and Child

I didn’t make many ATCs for this Christmas season, but here is one I just finished today for a swap with the Vintage Photo Image ATC Yahoo group. The image is one I found on the web, and the papers are from last year’s K&Co. Christmas release. I stamped the musical notes background (Glitz) and the sentiment (Cornish Heritage Farms). Merry Christmas to all.

CAS with Twine

Some day soon I will get back to making trading cards, but in the meantime the challenges over at Splitcoaststampers are helping me get some of my Christmas cards made! The clean and simple challenge this week was to use twine. Well, I have lots of that!! I love using it on cards because it’s less bulky than ribbon. This card was made with an older Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background, tricked out in Stickles. The die and sentiment is from Papertrey Ink; the clear set of stamps is called In the Meadow and there is a set of matching dies for the solid images. The possibilities with this set are endless!!

Color Challenge CAS Card

The color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week is kraft, white, and pear. Love this combination! I decided to pull out some of the new stuff I recently ordered from Papertrey Ink to make this card. The tree is a die cut that matches one of their new winter stamp sets. The snowbanks were also cut with one of their new dies. The sentiment is from a set from last year, Take Three: Winter; I love the font used on this set! I’ve been meaning to try adding glitter to a card using Scor Tape, so that’s what I did to the tops of the snowbanks. Really easy and simple card!!