Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Eleven, Be Merry

Cards, Challenges, Holiday Card

Welcome to day eleven of my Twelve Days of Christmas feature. For today’s card, I wanted to play along with the Colour Me…! Colour Challenge. This week, the CMCC#51 is to create a project using kraft, green, and red.

Since it’s so close to Christmas, I created a very simple card using inlaid cuts (a free file) from my Silhouette Portrait.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…a Be Merry card.



Thank you so much for stopping by! In case you missed it, you can see the tenth day of Christmas here.



The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM177

Cards, Challenges, Masculine Card, Thank You Cards

This week the Friday Mashup Challenge put me right into the fall spirit. The weather near Georgian Bay has been cool all weekend and there is no break in sight. I don’t mind though, I’m cozy inside with my pups, Zip & Zoë (Z²).

Ok, so the FM177 challenge this week was to create a project that followed a sketch, or to create a project with ‘leaves’, or mashup both challenges into one project.

To play along, I decided to do the Friday challenge, Mashup style, and created a project that followed the sketch and incorporated leaves. Here it is:

My FM177 card

My FM177 card

To make this card, I started in Silhouette Studio and created the leaf stencil, the stitched circle, and the leaves. With my Silhouette Portrait I cut the leaves out of Cotman 140lb watercolour paper and the stencil from a scrap of cardstock.

I cut a piece of 120lb white cardstock to 4″ x 5¼” to use as the background. I temporarily adhered my stencil to the background and covered the edges with Post-It tape before I used a makeup sponge to sponge on Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (yes, my one and only). To add just a touch of sparkle and dimension, I smushed on some bronze ink then removed the stencil. Before I put my sponge away, I sponged the edges of the white background and the vellum circle with my Distress Ink.

I used my Staedtler watercolour pencils to paint my leaves. After giving them plenty of time to dry, I used a balled up piece of wax paper and the Gathered Twigs ink to dab on some speckles. Once the ink was dry, I used my bone folder to score some vein lines onto the leaves.

I adhered the vellum circle over top of the stenciled leaves using tiny drops of Tombow Mono liquid glue on the white areas of the background. I tied a small bow with twine and then adhered the leaves and bow using Tombow Mono liquid glue directly over the vellum. To add a bit more dimension, I curled the edges of the leaves with the help of my trusty bone folder.

Using SSS Lipstick Red ink, I stamped the Thankful sentiment from the SSS Favorite Flowers set.

I mounted the whole card on a red-brown A2 card and called it a day.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a great week!

Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#37

Birthday Cards, Cards, Challenges, Masculine Card

I hope my Dad isn’t reading this because this week I combined his birthday card into the Colour Me…! Challenge blog’s challenge and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. The CMCC#37 is to create a striking project that incorporates honey (yellow), and teal.

I’m sure it will be obvious when you see the card, but my Dad is BIG into fishing. The we did a family summer holiday this year and when we were there my dad and I were trying to come up with some terrible (read: great) fishing puns. I can’t even remember if we came up with this one or not, but here you have it, my CMCC#37 card, Fishing You a Happy Birthday.

My CMCC37 card

My CMCC37 card

This card is pretty straightforward and most of the time creating it was spent in Silhouette Studio. All the shapes were free (either they came with the machine or tracings of free clip art) or ones I created myself. I used a selection of patterned paper (including the wood grain background) from My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Reunion, paper pad. The one polka dot fish was cut from a scrap. Stitched borders are all the rage right now so I jumped on the bandwagon and used the Silhouette to cut perforated lines on my banner and round background piece. I just love how the stitching gives a subtle detail to the finished project.

After I cut out all my elements of the card using my Silhouette Portrait, I glued the two ‘happy birthday’ cuts together to create the dark grey shadow. Next, I tied grey string on each of the tails of the fish and assembled them in the order I wanted them to hang.

After assembling my card using a combination of foam tape and Tombow Mono liquid glue, I used Ranger Glossy Accents around the ‘fishing you a’ part of the sentiment to give the card a little shine and that was it.

Thanks so much for dropping by. I kind of skimmed over the Silhouette Studio part of the card so if you have any questions please leave me a comment or send an e-mail and give you the full scoop!

Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#32

Cards, Challenges, Masculine Card

Last week I had a blast playing along with friendly folks over at the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog. This week, I had even more fun experimenting with different ways to add monochromatic colour to my card.

So, the CMCC #32 this week was to create a project using only one colour, Pistachio Pudding.


I’ve mentioned before that I am new to the crafting scene, so I had to scrounge in my stash to find some paper (or anything at all!) that was close to the Stampin’ Up colour. What I found, was a single piece of My Mind’s Eye 6X6 patterned paper with a pale green chevron. I actually made a card using just neutral and that patterned paper that I will show at the bottom of this post. After my first attempt, I realized that I wanted more options with the colour so I popped over to my local Home Depot and selected a few paint swatches that were close in colour to the green of my lonely chevron paper. I liked the Behr swatches best because they were the largest (about 3½X6½”). Also, FREE…I love crafty scrounges.

Here is my final card:



I bought a dinosaur file from Silhouette this week, so I’ve had dino on the brain. I’m still using up the $10 that came free with the machine and from time to time will buy something new to inject a little creativity into my projects.

To make my CMCC#32 card, I started by making a stencil in Silhouette Studio by lining up rows of dinosaurs that were about 1″ high. I cut the stencil out of scrap cardstock. Next, I cut the t-rex out of a heavy grey cardstock. I slowed my machine way down because of the weight of the paper, and detail of his teeth (1cm/sec). The last thing I cut was the ‘dinomite!’ speech bubble using one of my paint chips. I struggle with photographing my cards, so the photo doesn’t show it, but there is a perforated line (“stitched”) cut just inside the speech bubble. In real life it adds a small detail. Below is a picture of everything I cut from the Silhouette.

My homemade dinosaur stencil cut from my Silhouette Portrait.

My homemade dinosaur stencil cut from my Silhouette Portrait.

I used a piece of light grey cardstock and my homemade stencil with Versa Watermark Ink to create the soft background. I trimmed my patterned paper to about 4X5¼” and adhered it to my craft cardbase with my tape runner. After letting the ink dry, I trimmed my stenciled background to 3¾X5″ and then right through the centre on a diagonal. I used foam tape to adhere the two background triangles to the cardbase.

I punched a tiny heart from the paint swatch and adhered it with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to my dinosaur. I then used a tiny black embellishment, a silver maker and Glossy Accents to make the eye. Once the eye was dry, I adhered the dinosaur to the card using foam tape.

I decided to use the speech bubble with the ‘dinomite!’ cut out, and adhered a piece of the dark grey cardstock behind the sentiment. I used two layers of foam tape to adhere the speech bubble to the card.

I did go back afterwards and add some sparkles (pale green) and Glossy Accents over the sentiment. I think if I did this card again I would skip this step.

The final card is very cartoony with plenty of dimension. Perfect for my baby nephew.


This was my first attempt at the monochromatic CMCC#32.

My card was chosen as a Colour me…Colour Connoisseur this week. Thanks DT!