Smiley from Good Monday morning!  I hope y’all had a fabulous weekend.  I know I did – – – Didn’t get out of my pj’s and spent many hours in the studio . . . it was marvelous!  Tonight is my first class at Lavender Sentiments and I’m super excited.  Hopefully it will go well and I’ll have a few more in the upcoming months.

I’m just about done with T!m’s Smiley from 12  Tags of Christmas.  I’ve had so much fun creating and working on these tags.  It’s been a great way to get the old mojo going!  Today I have Tag 11 for you.  Here’s T!m’s Smiley from Tag 11 and mine is below.   I decided to go with a softer look on this tag and I must say that I’m totally pleased with this one!


The background was made with the Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique, using Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  After the background dried, it was misted with Gold Perfect Pearls and water.  The reindeer is Grunge Board that I misted with Gold/Vintage Photo Pearlized Distress Mist and let it soak into the Grunge Board.  The holly was done the same way and the berries are Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles from Taylored Expressions, adhered with a bit of Fired Brick Distress Stickles.  The silk flowers were covered with Rock Candy and Fired Brick Distress Stickles.   For added interested I stamped the reindeer and the background in gold acrylic paint with flourishes.

  • Stamps:  Priceless from SU; Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper:  Manila Shipping Tag; Mini White Tag
  • Ink:  Ranger Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Embossing Distress
  • Accessories:  Ranger Mini Misters, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber, Gold Perfect Pearls, Rock Candy and Fired Brick Distress Stickles, Queens Gold Embossing Powder, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool; Tim Holtz idea-ology Long Fasteners, Plain Seasonal Grunge Board; May Arts Ribbon; Gold Cord; Silk Flowers; Foam Mounting Tape, Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles

Well, I’m off to get ready for tonight’s class and to work some more on the special projects I’ve got going.  Thanks for stopping in and spending some time with me on the BAD Side today . . . Have a fabulous day!

Smiley from

Smiley from Good Friday morning!  Is it cold and snowy where you are?  Here it’s just down right cold Smiley from I’m just not cut out for this cold weather.  I prefer shorts and sandals over sweats/jeans and boots.   I think maybe I need to find a way to purchase that private island (including cabana boys) that I want . . . OR  . . . move to somewhere that’s warm year round.  Smiley from

I hope you’re not tired of all the Christmas tags by now, because I’m continuing on with T!m’s Smiley from 12  Tags of Christmas today.  Here’s T!m’s Smiley from Tag 8 and mine below.


Since I didn’t have a light pole stamp, I improvised and made one using different elements of the Hardware set from Crafty Secrets.  I hand drew the actual lamp part since the Hardware elements didn’t fit that part of the lamp pole.  For the music background (even though I do have vellum) I decided to photocopy a page from one of my old hymnals, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.  Yes, there was a bit of irony with the hymn and the light pole!  I thought the tag needed something else so I added a top and bottom border and the big red silk bow.  The borders were die/cut embossed with Spellbinders™ Fleur De Lis Borderabilities.   The holly swag from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps was cut down to size and then covered with Distress Stickles.

It seems I got quite a bit done yesterday  . . . I not only got Tag 8 done, but also Tag 9!  This doesn’t happen.  Here’s T!m’s Smiley from Tag 9 and mine below.


The photo is from 1997 when my sister and I thought it would be great fun to have our picture made with Santa and give it to our mother!  So nothing would do but drag my girls along and go sit on Santa’s lap.  I think maybe it’s time we have another made  . . . we’ve all changed some since 1997!  No stamps on this card.  The paper is My Mind’s Eye – The Merry Days of Christmas and the ribbon is some of that gorgeous silk May Arts Ribbon from my friend, Sharon.  I have a few extra rusty jingle bells that I attached with Tim Holtz idea-ology Jump Rings and a Trinket Pin.  Oh one more thing  . . . I printed out the photo and mounted it on illustration board, then sponged the edges of all the paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I’m getting ready to tackle the next few tags.  Patti (NWLady) asked me yesterday if I was going to put these tags on gifts.  Oh for pity sake’s no!!  They will become decorations and I’m thinking that I might pass them on to Kate.  She just purchased her first home and if she wants these tags, then they’ll probably be hers.  I’m thinking tree, wreath or swag decorations!

I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for joining me on the BAD Side for a few minutes!

Smiley from

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I just found that smiley and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!  Reindeer or damned old train?  I’ll pick reindeer any day of the week!

Good morning and welcome to the very first Stampers United Blog Hop! 

Claudia Rosa thought it would be fun to introduce you to different designers, their styles and blogs.  She decided to get a group of us together and called us Stampers United.  It is our hope that you’ll find an exciting new artist that you would like to visit again! Not only will you be able to visit some hopefully unfamiliar blogs, but there are prizes along the way with a Grand Prize at the end!

In order to have a chance at winning the Grand Prize, you must gather a phrase along the Blog Hop.  Each designer will have a particular word listed on their blog and as long as you visit them in order, you will have the phrase at the end.  Claudia will pick the Grand Prize winner, announce the winner on Monday on her blog.  She will ask that you contact her and ask you for the phrase.  If correct you have won the prize – if not she will pick a second person until the phrase is correct.

To start off, you must begin at the Stampers United Blog! If you have not started there, I suggest you go back and begin again . . . you don’t want to miss out on that fabulous Grand Prize!

If you have arrived from Priscilla’s Blog then all is good and you are nearing the end. 

Before I show you my projects today, you should see the Tawdry Treat that I will be giving away today to one lucky winner.   Compliments of Spellbinders, one of you could win S4-185 Large Octagons Nestabilities.


In order to win, all you need to do is leave me a comment.  I’ll pick the winner on Monday and announce it here! 

Now for my projects!  You know I love snowflakes and just HAD to use them on my projects today.  The first is a gift box made from Jen del Muro’s mini pizza box template;


and then a matching card.


The snowflakes for both the box and the matching card below, were made using the Spellbinders S4-222 Create-a-Flake 1.  Once the snowflakes were cut and embossed, and while they were still in the dies, I lightly sponged them with Old Paper Distress Ink.  The snowflakes were then covered with Ranger Glossy Accents and sprinkled with Art Institute Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter.  The sentiments were embossed with Ranger Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder and then cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-190 Labels Four Nestabilities.

  • Stamps:  Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper:  My Mind’s Eye – The Merry Days of Christmas; Prism Nautical Blue Light and Spring Willow Medium; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Old Paper and Vintage Photo
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S4-222 Create-a-Flake 1 and S4-190 Labels Four; Ranger Glossy and Matte Accents, Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder; Art Institute Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter; Foam Tape; Sewing Machine; May Arts Ribbon; Darise Craft Wire; BasicGrey Brads; Sponge Daubers

Now for the most important part . . . my word in the phrase is [word removed], and your next word can be found at Vicky’s Blog, Stamped Smiles

We hope you are enjoying this special Blog Hop and that you are finding something new along the way. Thanks for joining us today!



JULY 9 – JULY 22, 2009

PLEASE NOTE:  Commenting on this post is welcome but does not enter you into the contest. This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering. If you have any questions, please e-mail: [email protected].

Welcome to the ninth day of Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders is revealing 17 new die templates to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on July 28, 2009, with some of their greatest fans…YOU!  From July 9 – 22, 2009, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning spectacular die templates!  You will have a chance to win the die I’m introducing AND the dies previously revealed in this CHA Blog Frenzy by entering the contest at the end of this post.  This is a progressive prize, each day the daily prize grows!  Be sure to read all the rules before entering! You still have until July 17th, 11:59 pm EST to enter Julie Overby’s blog at Mini Moments and until July 18th, 11:59 pm EST to enter mine.

To see previous reveals, or to go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:

7/9       Debbie Olson

7/10     Michelle Wooderson

7/11     Karen Hunsaker

7//12    Kazan Clark

7/13     Linda Duke

7/14     Heidi Blankenship

7/15     Kimberly Crawford

7/16     Julie Overby

7/17     Sherry Cheever

7/18     Debbie Seyer

7/19     Lesa Rapp

7/20     Becca Feeken

7/21     Jennifer Davis

7/22     Keri Lee Sereika

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each Blog Frenzy reveal as stated in the “Rules”. Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that e-mail to claim the prize.  If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize.   Winner will receive the new die templates being revealed on the specific daily blog post they are entering.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy Reveals and correctly entering their information into the separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of the CHA Summer 2009 die templates and Impressabilities releases, 29 products, with a retail value of $561.71.

The projects I have made to share with you today are a Christmas card and a matching wall hanging.  We’ll talk about the card first!


The border at the top of the card was made by using the largest of the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite.  Starting at the edge of the paper, I cut/embossed the border.  Before removing the paper from the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite die template, the embossed areas were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink.  The snowflake areas of the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite die template were then removed and set aside for later use.  The edges of the background papers were also sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink and then sewn to a layer of white paper.  The sentiment was stamped on white paper and then cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-138 Petite Ovals, Large.  The scalloped background layer was cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals, Large.  The small snowflakes that I set aside were embellished (shown below) and then applied back in the border with foam mounting tape.  The snowflake was made using the S4-222 Create A Flake 1.  Later in this post, I give step-by-step instructions on how to create the snowflake.

Now, here’s the wall hanging!


I used the same paper, die templates and ink for this project as I did for the card.  I did however start with a rectangle chipboard coaster that the background paper was glued down on.  I sanded the excess paper from the edges and then sponged them with Old Paper Distress Ink.  The sentiment was made the same as the card.  Behind the sentiment I used the smaller of the S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite.  Once again, the embossed areas were sponged with ink prior to taking them out of the die template.

I’ve saved the best for last . . . the snowflakes!  I love making these layered snowflakes and want to show you with step-by-step instructions how I make them!

I prefer to layer two different colors of paper


The S4-222 Create A Flake 1 die templates are cut and embossed.


While the paper is still in the S4-222 Create A Flake 1 die template, the exposed areas are sponged with ink.


This is how the snowflakes will look when removed from the S4-222 Create A Flake 1 die templates.


A layer of Ranger Glossy Accents is applied to the sponged areas.


Then Art Institute Vintage Shards Glass Glitter is sprinkled over the Glossy Accents.  The snowflakes are set aside to dry.


When the Glossy Accents have dried, excess glitter is removed and assembly begins.


Using a vintage button (with the thread still attached), wire is inserted through the button holes and down through each layer of the snowflake.


A button is used on the back to hold the layers in place and to tie off the wire.


The curly cues are made by wrapping the wire around the point of a piercing tool


The wire is then wrapped around the button on the back to secure the wire.


The finished snowflake is now ready to be used as an embellishment.


  • Stamps:  Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper:  BasicGrey Wassail; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Vanilla Cream
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Coffee and Old Paper Distress Ink
  • Accessories:    Spellbinders S4-222 Create A Flake 1, S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite, S4-138 Petite Ovals, Large, and S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals, Large; May Arts Ribbon; Sanding Tools; Ranger Matte and Glossy Accents; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Clear and Vintage Buttons; Chipboard Rectangle Coaster and Accent Piece; Making Memories Wire; Sewing Machine; Art Institute Vintage Shards Glass Glitter #901 Krystallos

Don’t forget to read the rules below and click on the link to enter the contest.  Photos of the die templates I have used in today’s post are:

S4-222 Create A Flake 1

MSRP – $19.99

Dimensions:  Largest Flake 2-5/8ths; Smallest Flake 1/2”


S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite

MSRP – $19.99

Dimensions:  Smallest Border 5-1/2”x1-1/4”; Largest Border 5-1/2”x1-1/2”


Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy give-away must adhere to all of the following rules. We are happy to welcome US and international blog guests for this Frenzy.

To enter each drawing on sneak peeks between July 9 and July 22, visit the reveal blog and click on the contest link to reveal an e-mail window. In the subject line of the e-mail, enter the die template name being revealed. Each blog reveal will remain open for 48 hours. Only 1 entry per blog is allowed and participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry, no exceptions.  Please consider whether you will have access to the same e-mail address from July 9th through July 22nd and plan accordingly.

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Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy drawing


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I hope you’ve been enjoying the Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy over the last few weeks and that you’ve entered at all the blogs for the Grand Prize.  Don’t forget to enter mine today in order to win the template dies that I’ve previewed today.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We had Christmas Eve here with my family and lots of food.  Once again we over did it with the food . . . but oh my was it good!

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I had made some gifts for my sister, aunt and mother that I couldn’t show until after they had received them.  Today, I get to show you!  You have to bear with me though, there’s a lot of info to share.

These are the notebooks that I made for them.  Each one has their initial that was covered in Ranger Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with glitter.  Once the first layer had dried, the initials were covered again with another layer of Glossy Accents.  I love how it made the initial thicker and more durable when the books are handled.

RN Monogram Notebooks

I used heavy weight chipboard coasters for the covers, painting them black with acrylic paint.  The inside pages were made from loose leaf paper that was cut to size, and then all was bound with 5/8″ O wire binding and the Bind-it-All.  For the front panels, I used Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities and layered them all, with the monogram raised with foam tape.  The background was made by stamping my image on white paper, clear embossing and then inking in Black Soot Distress Ink.  After I had the black color I wanted, I ironed off the embossing using the Faux Bleach Technique (you’ll see more on this later).

I needed something to wrap the notebooks in, so I decided to make my own boxes using Jen del Muro‘s mini pizza box template.  Of course, I needed to make the box larger so I added 1″ to the dimensions.

LAD Snowflake Gift Boxes

I made a band from the coordinating cardstock and put velcro on the bottom to make removal easy.  I made the snowflakes from the same paper, die cutting them with Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder Shapeabilities.  I covered each snowflake with Ranger Glossy Accents and sprinkled each with glitter.  The layers were put on a pearl brad, and to hold the wire embellishments in place, I wrapped the wire around the brad before I flattened the prongs out.    The snowflakes and sentiments were put on labels made with Spellbinders Petite Oval Nestabilities.

Oh and by the way, here’s a closeup of the monogram,

Close up of Monogram notebook

and of the gift box.

Gift Box Close up

I hope you all have a great day!

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