CAS-ual Fridays — Kraft

The challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays is to use kraft paper on a card or tag.

I have had this idea for a card in my head ever since I missed the first sketch challenge at CAS(e) this sketch!

I cut some white paper with the circle border die from Papertrey Ink and added a scarf, twigs, and carrot nose to create a stack of snowmen. I cut the nose with scissors, but the scarf and twigs were made with a Martha Stewart snowman punch. The snowbank is also a Papertrey Ink die that I embellished with some score tape and glitter. The Papertrey Ink sentiment is from the Think Big Favorites #21 set.

A few days later….

My card was selected as one of four VIP favorites for the week! Lucky me!


Let it Snow (make it stop)

I believe snow is a 4-letter word for most of the country right now. We got to enjoy a few pretty inches while visiting family in Iowa for Christmas — nothing compared to what is on the ground now. There is even a chance that we will have snow in central Texas tonight or tomorrow. That means we just “hunker down” until it melts, which should be by Saturday. We just aren’t equipped to handle snow here, since it is such a rarity.

This little guy is a sweet stamp manufactured by Red Lead. I’ve been wanting to ink him up for a while, so decided to make him into an ATC for my monthly swap at Stampin’ D’Amour. Lots of inking, stamping, and embossing went into making him, which is sometimes a relief from the fussy cutting that I do to make most of my ATCs. Seems like there is always something on my cards by Tim Holtz, too, if only some distress ink here or there. This time I used one of his tiny text background stamps and the tiny attacher to fasten down the ribbon. Oh yes, and some Black Soot ink, too! Happy Snow Day, everyone!

Snow Angel

We traveled to the midwest for Christmas and got to enjoy some beautiful snow. It was my inspiration for all the stickles I piled onto this ATC! This is my latest for a swap with my Vintage Photo Image group. The background paper is a sheet from the most recent Basic Grey Christmas release. The colors paired nicely with this little angel.

Sleigh Ride

This ATC was made for a four-seasons swap with my friends in Iowa. A muff and fur hat are probably necessities up north right now, but I’m back to wearing sandals in Texas. I guess I have to live vicariously through my art! I finally found a reason to use these winter stamps from Close to My Heart. It is such a beautiful set that I really should try to use them more often.

Paper is last year’s Making Memories valentine line; snowflake punches are Martha Stewart and Marvy.

Snowy Post

Here’s one more twinchie made with leftover images from my ArtChix collage sheet. I used Cuttlebug dies to cut the tag and stamp frame out of lightweight coasters. Paper is from My Mind’s Eye.

Winter White Wonderland


Today I mailed these ATCs for a swap with members of the Red Lead PaperWorks Yahoo group. The requirements were to use a wintery stamp or collage image from their store, incorporating shades of white or soft pastels. I don’t own any specific winter-themed products from them (yet), so I used this butterfly girl stamp and put her in a winter scene. I can think of many things this little scamp could hold in her hands behind her back, but for this ATC I decided she needed snowballs.

Supplies: Stamps by Red Lead, Memory Box, Karen Foster; Ink by Ranger (slate Adirondack) and StazOn (Timber Brown); Designer Paper by Anna Griffin, Fancy Pants; watercolor paper; Twinkling H20s; glitter; Copic markers; tiny puff balls by Impress; Iridescent Ice embossing powder by Stampin’ Up.

Winter Post


I had some left over supplies from a recent Christmas-themed swap so I thought I would make up a quick twinchie for the Winter challenge over at Theme Thursday. I even finished this before the theme changes this week! Now I need to clean up my big mess.

Supplies: Image by Artchix, paper by Basic Grey, stamps by Oxford Impressions, Cuttlebug die (postage border), snow glitter is Martha Stewart, tiny rhinestones, clear embossing powder.