Happy Holiday Gift Card

Happy Friday before Christmas, everyone! I’m just hopping on to spread some Christmas Cheer. I created a gift card holder with a matching envelope and tag. Perhaps it’s a bit much. But it is certainly a more fun way to give a gift card.

If I don’t make it back on…. Merry Christmas!

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge, As You Like It Challenge, Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge,

Breakfast Anyone?

Happy Sunday morning, everyone! With all the vintage holiday movies, it makes me think of other vintage movies as well. Audrey Hepburn was “just fabulous” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Who doesn’t love Holly Golightly’s fashion style?


  • Papers: Bristol Smooth 110lb cardstock by Stathmore, blue metallic/pearl cardstock from the stash, Black/Black 140lb cardstock by Fabriano
  • Copic colors: B24,B28,C5,C7,C9,100,E55,E53,E51,E57,E59,R20; Copic fine liner 0.1 in black
  • Stamps: Stamping Bella: Uptown Girls, Audrey Loves Makeup; The Ton’s Haute Gala Dress(sentiment)
  • Embellishments: Nuvo drops in white and black; White embossing powder by Ranger
  • Embossing Folders: Tim Holtz Swirls & one from the stash
  • Inks: Black Soot in Distress Oxide and Archival; Versamark Embosing Ink; Memento Ink in black
  • Dies: waves by Lawnfawn
  • Tools needed; stamping platform, die-cutting machine with embossing platform

Challenges entered: Craft Roulette, SSS Wednesday Challenge, NBUS Challenge,

Colorful Options December 2022

Hi Everyone…welcome to another month on the Colorful Options Blog. Thank you for joining us for last month’s challenge, and we hope you can join us this month, too, because it’s time for a new challenge.

And the theme for this month is……


Fair warning… this is a LONG post! 😁😁

I created a mixed-media gift card holder. This was inspired by Natifa on Tim Holtz’s 2022 Stampersanonymous Christmas release.

Supplies used:

  • Papers: Tim Holtz Idea-ology CHRISTMAS Backdrops th94277; Nina solar white card stock 110lb; Strathmore Acrylic cardstock, Plaid paper from stash
  • Inks: Distress Oxide (Picket Fence, Speckled Egg, Antique Linen); Archival ink in Hickory Smoke; Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Sizzix dies – Tim Holtz: Thin Ice, Vintage Labels, Wreath & Snowflake, Collector
  • Stampersannonymous sets: Department Store CMS458, Snarky Cat Christmas CMS416, Stamptember 2022, Darling Christmas CMS457, Bold Tidings CMS440, Tiny Text Christmas CMS424
  • Embellishments: Nuvo drops in White; Ranger hologram embossing powder; Ranger white embossing powder; white eyelet, white pony tail holder, miniclip
  • Mediums: Distress Collage Medium, Grit Paste in Snowfall
  • Acrylic Paint: Distress Paint (Picket Fence, Speckled Egg, Antique linen); Floetrol; DecoArt in Pearl White; Golden in Interface Gold; White Gesso
  • Stencils: Elements Christmas, Elements Mechanical, THMM145
  • Impresslit: 3D Snowflake


Cut your acrylic cardstock down to 6″x4.5″. Mix your paints for paint pouring. I used white as my background, poured strips of Antique Linen, Interface Gold, and Speckled Egg, and used pearl white for swiping. Dry time in Texas was 24 hours. While you have the paints out, paint a Miniclip white. Cut your snowflakes, trees’ snow, hill, and the middle panel from the poured paint cardstock. Cut all other items out of white cardstock. For the middle panel, I used a trimmer and corner rounder.

To create the base, use the Christmas Backdrop with a “blue” appearance. Cover both sides of the paper in a whitewash using a gesso or Picket Fence and a credit card. The drying time was only a few minutes. Add a second and third layer to get the effect you desire. Score at 2.25″ and 3.5″. Apply the grit paste through the stencils on the outer surface of your card. Allow drying for about an hour.

Using the snowflake stamps, emboss using the “sprinkle” technique, combining white and holographic embossing powder. While you have the embossing powder out, emboss the tree trunks in holographic embossing powder.

Cut your patterned paper down to fit your panels and adhere. Cut your pocket in the paid and then apply a whitewash. Accent the pocket folds with gold paint. Once dry, adhere to the center of the right inner panel. Stamp the tag in Distress Oxide Ink for the sentiment and the borders. Emboss the snowflakes in white and adhere.

For the middle panel, stamp your image in Archival ink and leave it in the platform; paint the tree in Speckled Egg, once dry, stamp the image a second time. Then apply Nuvo drops as your snow.

Assemble the remaining elements and adhere. Add a white eyelet to the left side of the card. Thread your ponytail holder or white elastic through the eyelet. Clip the closed card on the right and secure your card with elastic. Whew! You made it!

Why don’t you pop over to the Colorful Options Challenge and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team-mates. As always, you have until Wednesday, December 28th, 11:59pm US CST time…5:59am(Thursday, December 29th) UK time…6:59am(Thursday, December 29th) CET to join in with the chance to win a  SimonSays Stamp-Tim Holtz 2021 exclusive die: Dashing Through The Snow.

Have the Merriest of Holidays!!


Hello everyone! Merry December!

I have a different and fun project for you. I upcycled a Littlest-Pet-Shop figure. She was cleaned with alcohol and then painted with acrylic paints. I added a few sequins to her eyes. I love watching people upcycle dolls and have these figures on hand. Much easier and less time-consuming than the dolls. Enjoy!

As it is the beginning of December, there is a new challenge at the Colorful Options Challenge. Purrfect serves as my rainbow-inspired and color-of-the-month contribution.

Go visit the Colorful Options Challenge and check out the amazing creations from the talented Design Team. You have until Wednesday, December the 28th 11:59pm US CST time…5:59am(Thursday, December 29th) UK time…6:59am(Thursday, December 29th) CET to join in with the chance to win a Stampingbella set with Rosie and Bernie.

May your Christmas tree survive its annual cat battle!