Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Yes, here I am, appearing out of the crafting void. Life has been keeping me busy doing things other than stamping and cardmaking, but I had to make cards for the holidays!

Here's what I made for this year's holiday card exchange (at an author fan site of which I've been a long-time member):

Since I knew that I'd be making a bunch of cards, about forty, I tried to keep it simple. HA! Never works out that way. I just had to keep embellishing and adding small touches here and there. I do like how this turned out though.

So I started with precut and prefolded cards from Michael's Recollections line, conveniently already on clearance. The snowman was made using a Sizzix Bigz die and embossing folder combo (Snowman & Hat)—make your die cut then run it through your machine of choice inside the embossing folder. Worked great! I'll just add in here that I used the Sizzix Vagabond machine for this part of the process and it made it extremely quick and easy. I even cut out the hat from black cardstock in the same pass. I just laid the white over the snowman and the small piece of black over the hat and ran it all through. The snowman was embellished with Glaze pens for the eyes and carrot nose and then a snowflake from the Martha Stewart line of punches. I added the silver hat band with a silver metallic marker and dabbed on a spot of Frosted Lace Stickles. Another Martha Stewart punch, this time a border punch, helped me create the plaid border. Martha's baker's twine formed the scarf. The final touch was a couple of spritzes of Perfect Pearls Perfect Pearl Mist. Love that added shimmer and snowy look! 

Happy Holidays!


  1. Good to see you back, Jay! Nice card idea.

  2. Glad to have you back. The snowmen are so cute:)

  3. Great to see you're back and yes, we all seem to fall into that void now and then. Loved your card. Had to sign in as anonymous because for some reason Google wouldn't work but I've been a long time follower. LorraineB

  4. Yay your back! Can't wait to see more of your art.

    Ter ;)

  5. Hello stranger! Glad to see your latest posting. Very cute! I check back here regularly, as I use your super tutorial resources while cuttlebugging. Thanks for sharing all of your hands-on research.

  6. Welcome back, Jay. I "discovered" your blog sometime after your Feb. posting. I've learned so much from your tutorials! Very nice to see you've reappeared. Thank you for all the great information that you share.

  7. Glad to see you back Jay! LOVE your card - great textures. I recently bought a Big Shot (have had a cuttlebug for a couple of years) and found your tutorials so helpful.

  8. Happy New Year! Good to see you back Jay. Hope to see more of you this year although I do realise how consuming crafting and blogging can be. Hope to see more soon. Thank you in anticipation :0)


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