Handmade Ornaments

{Izzy 2000}

Merry Christmas Eve!  I can't believe the big day is just about here :)

I wanted to share the ornaments I made for my tree this year.  I've been wanting to add photos to my tree for quite some time, but I couldn't figure out how to do it in a way that they'd be preserved year after year.  UNTIL I saw photos on wood slices on Pinterest.  I'm not a crafter, outside of cards of course, but these were super simple! 

I purchased Wood Tags from this shop on Etsy.  You can also buy wood slices at Michaels or stores similar to that and drill holes in the top of them.  I printed all of my photos in black and white and cut them to fit my tags.  I adhered them to the wood with Mod Podge, then added two more layers of Mod Podge to the top of each ornament. 

{My Dad in the 60's}

I have almost all of our family represented, some of the photos didn't work so I have a few more to do.  Me and Doug, my Mom, siblings, our grandparents etc.  It's like having all of our family with us!  I love that!

Did you make an holiday decor this year?  I'd love to see it if you did!

Merry Christmas!


A card like this one can be given for so many occasions...a birthday, a new job, a promotion, a new home, I'm proud of you, You did it.   There are so many reasons to say, "Hooray"!

This card was a blast to make, I combined quite a few techniques but still kept my design ultra-CAS!

To make this card I first cut white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4.  Then I masked that piece off at 3/4 of an inch on all sides.  I placed the Dotlets stencil over the masked area and pressed my Versamark Pad into the circles.  I covered that with white embossing powder and heat set. 

Next I used Distress Inks to add the background color.  The embossed areas resist the ink and you get a really fun, "How did you do that?" look!

Since my masked, emboss resist piece is the focal point, I didn't want to do much else to my card.  I die cut "Hooray" 5 times, once from white card stock and four times from black.  These were layered together and adhered with liquid glue.  The black behind the white helps make the sentiment really pop.  A scattering of sequins just adds to the celebratory feel of this design.

Penny Black Products Used:
Dotlets #25-007
Hooray #51-038

Last Minute Gift Tags

I'm up over at the WPlus9 Design blog today.

While wrapping Christmas gifts I discovered that I never purchased gift tags.
What's a paper crafter to do?  Make them of course!

Head over to the WPlus9 blog to see my full project!

A touch of gold

The challenge at StampNation this week is over the top fantastic and
our design team has absolutely outdone themselves! 

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Penny Black Simplicity Post

Hi All!

I'm up today over at the Penny Black Simplicity blog.  Here's a peek at my project...

Click here to view my full card, product list and instructions.  I hope to see you there!

Christmas Cards for Kids

Every once in a while I come across a story that moves me, many involve children.  This week while browsing Facebook I came across a story about Addy.  Addy, a six year old with a brain atrophy is most likely celebrating her last Christmas this year.  She loves to get cards, especially homemade cards so her family has asked for a "lifetime of Christmas cards" for her.

I found this adorable card in my stash that I think is perfect for Addy. 

Fast forward a few days and I came across Lauren's story.  Lauren is a three years old that is fighting childhood Leukemia.  She is responding to treatment and is currently in remission.  There was a card drive earlier in the year for Lauren that I didn't hear about BUT she loved receiving cards so much that she's asking for Christmas cards :)  I found another penguin card in my stash that I'll be sending off to Lauren.  I hope it makes her smile!

If you'd like to send cards to Addy & Lauren I have posted their addresses are below.  And, if you happen to know of other children, families, causes in which I can send cards, please leave me a comment below.

*Edited to Add...A comment left below linked me to a FB group that gives names and addresses of children to send cards to.  If your looking to brighten a child's day, follow Kare Mail 4 Kids.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great weekend!

*Addy and her sisters also just lost their dad unexpectedly :( 
Please include them in Addy's Christmas card.

Addie Lynn and Sisters
P.O. Box 162
Fountain Green, UT 84632

Lauren Newsome
PO Box 172
Thorneburg, VA  22565

StampNation meets Denami Design!

Denami Design is sponsoring our challenge at StampNation this week.  
Their super adorable, whimsy designs are blast to create with!!

Here's a sneak at my project...

I used the Happy Monster Party stamp, too cute :)

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