Ugly Sweater Anyone?

Ugly Sweater Anyone?

This card was created by Linda Black for the 50 Card swap using Oh What Fun Papers and C1729 Ugly Sweater.  The stamp set is funny, catching the humor of the ugly sweater fun of the holidays:

In addition to the stamp set and Oh What Fun papers, Linda embossed the sentiment with the Silver Tinsel Glitter Embossing Powder,

The cute little elves that adorn the sweaters are from the CTMH Cricut Collection Season of Joy!  These are the 3-D elves you can make with the cartridge.  Use the flatten feature, then print and cut!  How simple and fun is that? 

Dashing December Specials To Remember!

  • Story Starter!   Save up to 30% off on Story Starter.  These are great mini albums to capture special moments: Bridal/Baby Showers, births, girls-night-out, dinner date, retirement gifts, and more.  These are awesome for kids to do as well! 
  • Days of December – Capture 31 days of memories with this product bundle.  This will make a wonderful family project.
  • Hello Pumpkin Deluxe Kit – step up your crafting with this fun add-on kit to the Hello Pumpkin Workshop Your Way!!!
  • Advent Calendar – Get this wonderful Advent Calendar guide here.
  • Christmas Blessings – This beautiful workshop creates 12 cards in three different designs.
  • The Great Outdoors and True North – Celebrate 15 yrs with Canada with these two product bundles (save 25%) and workshops.
  • The Important Things – Check out the different workshop guides that I have for this pack here.
  • Stamp of the Month: S1812 Candy Cane Alphabet
  • Free Project Kit when you purchase the December S1812 Seasonal Trees for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  I have an album of art up in the FB group. – Check it out
  • Join My Team.  Join CTMH Community in October and receive your choice of one of the two stamp sets designed to work with Short Story but works with everything else!   Check it out. 
  • Featured Paper Pack (s)Oh What Fun.  Check out my FB group to see art made by myself and other talented artists.
  • Holiday Expressions is live and this is the last month!!  
  • Exciting news – Everyone ordering will get it free Holiday Expressions to add to your order!  This is exciting news that they will be GIVING everyone the Idea Book FREE.  =)  That’s a $3.00 value! Thank you CTMH for doing this!!  To view online, click on the image.

Thank you for visiting my corner of the internet.   I know that you have lots to do and appreciate your time.   Hopefully, you’ll see something that will spark your creative juices! Check out your ugly sweater for inspiration!

Your My Cup of Tea Layout

Your My Cup of Tea Layout

One of my favorite times of the day is after SG is in bed, all or at least most, of the chores are done, and Jeff makes us tea.  S1703 Tea-rrific is the perfect set for me to create a layout capturing this moment in our lives.  I need to take the pictures for it however the rest of the layout is complete.

The first page is from our Reflection How To books, Main Frame. The base of the pages is our Kraft Paper which I really like the look of and I need to use more.   I stamped and embossed all the images.  I painted all the images using our wonderful, magnetic ink pads and our watercolor brushes which are loaded with water, minimizing the mess.  You get great color.  I did shading by adding color into the different areas of the images where one would expect shading to create more realistic images.

I set up the 2nd page to have two 4×6 pictures which can have flip flaps if necessary.  I have it set up on the vertical 4×6 slot.  You may be able to see the flip flap on the page (I prefer to set my flaps on the page, cut the page protector, and pull through).

I like the way the embossing looks on the cup. The Basic Mini Pigment Ink Pads work great for this.   Ink with Black, use clear embossing powder, and the craft heater.   I used the Poppy ink pad for both the cup and the heart on the tea bag.  I used the Clear Shimmer Brush to color over the heart on the tea bag to give it a little shimmer.

I love the stacked set of cups.  Isn’t it super cute?  Paint the different patterns in with Saffron, Juniper, Poppy, Sorbet, and Glacier ink pads.  Watercolor painting is so quick and easy using our watercolor brushes that have the water already in them.  Just wipe clean between colors.  I added the Whisper Twine to the tea bags.  I did fussy cut everything out.  I’d love to have dies for this set, right?

Speaking of dies – don’t forget that all dies are on sale for 25% off.  See below for links.

March is a great month!  Here are the links to all of the great specials:

Thanks for stopping by to see how Jeff is my cup of team and have a creative day!!




Technique Tuesday – Masking!

Here’s a card I made using the Masking Technique along with some challenges. I did this a while back but forgot to post it.  Here’s the card:

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Here are the challenges:

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The base of the card is made from using the Chocolate paper from the Fundamental Basic Paper pack.  Here is where I used the masking technique to make the leaves look like they come out from behind the rose:

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On a side note, I used a gold pen to do some dots in the center of the rose and liquid glass along the white highlights to make them pop a bit.  Here are some directions for masking are here.  You can download the picture on masking and reference when you need to do it.

Masking Complete Collage

Some more fun with this card was using the vellum with gold stripes from my stash along with some shimmer trim and gold sequins!

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Looking through the Window

Looking through the window and seeing a harvest moon is one of my favorite things to see.  Creating backgrounds is fun and I used a Cricut cut to make this window and make it look like you were looking outside.  The weather is definitely turning here and fall is in full swing.  I wanted to capture the “harvest moon” and did so through masking and sponging.  Autumn Harvest wmI sanded everything down with our sand paper from the sanding kit wrapped around one of the acrylix blocks for stamping (another use for your blocks).  That created the distressed or “old” look to all the papers.

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Stamp the fruit in different colors using Poppy, Saffron, Pomegranate, and Eggplant (love the new colors) along with Fern for the leaves.  Add some Wink of Stella on the moon for the glow = perfect!

Autum Harvest Collage

This card works for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge “Through the Windows“!  Exciting when I can share something I love to do!

Autumn Harvest

I love fall and made this card using Harvest Wreath, D1662 – taking both the fruit and sentiment “Autumn Harvest” from this set.  I adore the new colors we added added to the Enchantment color palette…they are really amazing colors for fall.

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I cut the window out from the Cricut, using Design Space.  When I was checking out the weekly challenge, I realized this card would fit one of the “Heart2Heart Challenges” – Cricut Capers.  I linked the card to this one.   A couple of my customers asked to learn to make sky backgrounds using sponges and inks.

AH 2 wmPart of the window inspiration was to be looking out a Harvest Moon.  I added some Wink of Stella to the moon to make it glow.  I feel so blessed when I get to see one!    I distressed both the Pomegranate panel and the window with our sanding block which is in our Sanding Kit.

AH 1 wm

I stamped “Autumn Harvest” in chocolate ink and the fruit in a variety of different colored inks.  I confess – all the new colors: Poppy, Pomegranate, Fern, Eggplant, and Saffron. Aren’t they just rich and pretty?!  I distressed the sentiment with Pomegranate.

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I fussy cut the fruit out and clustered it together around the sentiment.  When you get a close up, you realize just how awful my fussy cutting is!  Move the paper, not the scissors – tip of the day!  I need to follow my own advise.  Here’s the wonderful stamp set:

D1662 Harvest Wreath

Thanks for stopping by to look – Have a fantastic day!


Baby Wipes and Reinkers

I thought I’d share this fun way to create multiple colors on a stamp with baby wipes and reinkers. You are creating an inkpad full of different colors with your reinkers (another great use of them). It was shared with me by Linda Black, a fellow consultant and downline.

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Here’s a card she made – check out the leaves:

Give Thanks Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler #lindacreates #lindacreatescom #babywipesandreinkers

Here’s a card that I created, inspired by Laurie Leverson, another fellow consultant and downline:

Give thanks wm

You get a more blurred, watercolor look as well.  You can see the multiple colors on the image:

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Add a little Wink of Stella for some glitter effect:

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!


MM414 and SIP 13

I started off Mojo Monday 414 (MM414) and Stamp Ink Paper 13 (SIP13) with one card in mind and ended up with another one!  Funny how that works.  I created this:Oh Hey MM414 SIP13

Can you believe this card started off with butterflies?  LOL.  Anyway here are the challenges:



I enjoy having both of these sites to offer challenges out each week.  They definitely get me thinking and creating.  I saw the stamp sets for CTMH’s Constant Campaign and thought “let’s use one of these”.Hello Life Stamp ImagesSo I created my backgrounds by randomly stamping different stamps from the set to create the “birthday” card feel.  I distressed the edges with a sponge and the ink pad.Oh Hey MM414 SIP13 b

Did my layering.  When looking at the pennant, decided it needed more character and distressed it with a sanding block.

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Then I realized the butterfly look was out and thought let’s use watercolor to continue the more distressed, lighter look of the card.  I contemplated getting out the watercolor paints and then decided to use a quick and easy method of doing water color.

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You can get a few pieces of paper watercolored this way for backgrounds.  It’s fast and easy.  You can even do large, 12×12″ of paper for your layouts this way.  MM414 SIP 12 Oh Hey wm d

After my paper dried, I stamped my sentiment and created some faux stitching with my journal pen.

Oh Hey MM414 SIP13 aLove the soft look/background for the sentiment.  Sets of the black ink and sentiment well.  Be sure to check out September Giveaways at the $50.00 and $100 purchase levels!!



Star Card

My Star Card was made of “left overs” from some other projects.  I find it very satisfying to take the scraps and create something beautiful from them.

Star Card wm

I did a very simple background – white background with a little shimmer mist (my homemade mist) mounted on Thistle Cardstock.

Star Card b wm

The star is actually masking paper that I had used on another project to mask out a star.  It has homemade shimmer mist and texture paste with glitter dried on it.  I put 3D dots behind it for dimension.

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I stamped the “Congratulations” from the Cricut Artfully Sent stamp collection.

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Thanks for stopping by!!  You’ll see a version of this card in the Come and Play Card buffet!!





Spray Pens….

One of my most favorite accessories to use from CTMH is our Spray Pens.  Spray Pen picThey are inexpensive and easy to use.   Are you familiar with the Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels?  Ever looked at cards or scrapbook pages which have “splatter patterns” or “spray patterns” on them?    It’s so easy to create that effect with these pens.

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You need to have a dye based reinker for an stamp pad. While I’m using CTMH reinkers, any dye base reinker will work.


The spray pens have lines on the side to measure the amount of reinker you add.  I normally put 2 lines worth in there.  If you want a darker spray, add more reinker and less of the medium.  Add either water, reinker, or irridensent effects medium.    On my sample, I’m actually doing some masking as well.  For spray masking, I like to use Masking Paper from Inkadinkado because it complete sticks down allowing area to be protected from the spray.

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You can see the star shape (which I cut out using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge).  With the pens, you’ll never get the same pattern twice.  Each card or page will be unique.

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The cost of these pens is $3.95 and a reinker for $4.95.   Each pen is about $1.32. The reinkers will last forever between reinking the pads or making spray pens.  It’s less than $0.25 per each use of reinker.  Your cost for each pen: $$1.55 vs $6.95 for a bottle of Glimmer Mist!  Great savings!!  Thanks for stopping by!


FMS 192

FMS 192 is a nice design that I got a little crazy with…okay maybe a lot crazy.  Then I mixed up challenges…Stamp Nation was having challenge with Sugar Pea Designs (Challenge 172) where they provided a picture and you created from inspiration from it. I pulled the sand color and lagoon color from this picture for the card.

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

I ended up using a masking technique with involved spray pens and textured paste from Ranger.  Word of warning, it’s a mess so if you don’t like making messes, it’s not likely to be your thing.  I learned it from Stamp Nation.  Another note, you can buy most of the mediums from your local arts and craft stores.  Look in the acrylic paint section.  They are less expensive especially with the coupons.

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

I love using the spray pens to make my own mists because I use our reinkers.  The mists then match my projects.  I made two different cards simply by changing the background mat.  I pulled out the pink from the picture as well.  The stamp set is from the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection.  I love the size and different fonts in this set.  The papers are from the Seaside collection, another favorite.

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

Here’s the sketch and picture :

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.comSP and SN Challenge

Thanks for stopping by to look!