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December 2012

2012 Favorite Projects in Review

Good Monday morning.  I can hardly believe this is the last day of December and that we are heading into another new year.  I thought it would be fun to go back and post a review of my favorite projects for each month of  2012. I will attach a link to the date for each project in case you want to go back and check out the details.

January 1, 2012

 Flowers, Flowers, and more Flowers

KC Mixed Flowers 1 right
There are three different projects on this January post and I had a hard time deciding which was my favorite. I finally settled for this mixed floral spray.

February 12, 2012

 Pink and Frilly Belleek Inspired

 KC EK Success Daisy Punches 2 right

I learned the Belleek inspired technique in 2012 and it became one of my favorite techniques to use with flowers.

March 13, 2012

White With Shades Of Blue

KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 4 right

I wanted my flowers to have just a hint of color and used a technique that I refer to as the color washed technique.

April 17, 2012

Spring Tulips

KC Tulips 3 right

I loved the single tulip image by Rubbernecker and thought it was well worth the trouble of painting several and hand cutting to create the tulip bouquet.

May 25, 2012

Deer and Butterflies

KC Memory Box Deer Trio 2 right

I was intrigued by the Deer Trio set from the minute I saw it on Ellen Hutson’s and knew I had to have it.  I have made many projects using the set representing spring, summer and winter scenes.

I had to sneak another deer project in called Mother and Baby Deer that was made in June. I added white watercolor paint to the deer to create a more realistic look.

KC Memory Box Deer Trio 4 center

June 3, 2012

Birdhouse Gift Set

KC MFT HOmespun 4 gift set

I love creating birdhouse projects and have made many of them throughout the year. I especially love the wooden birdhouse and you can see the full birdhouse post called Home Sweet Home here.

July 5, 2012

Rolled Rose Floral Spray 

KC MFT Rolled Roses 1 right

I have fallen in love with rolled roses and have collected many different dies.  This may be my all time favorite rolled rose project because I love the contrast of the red and green against the all white background.

August 23, 2012

Stocking Card

KC Memory Box Eyelet Stocking 2 remake rightr

I started making Christmas cards in August and kept on making them right on through December. It seems there is never enough time to make all the cards needed for the holidays.

September 28, 2012

It’s All About Dies

 KC Impression Obsession Birdhouse 7 right

I have become addicted to playing with dies and this Christmas house is my favorite project in September.

October 23, 2012

Grand Gothic Luminary

KC Poppy Stamps Grand Gothic Luminary 1 right light effect

I love creating window cards and this is one of my all time favorites.

November 12, 2012

Christmas Wreath

KC Martha Stewart Branch 1 left

I love making Christmas wreaths and especially love the green and red against the decorative all white background.

December 9, 2012

Sparkly Snow, Tall Birch and Deer Trio

KC Memory Box Deer Trio 6 center


The September 3 Christmas Lodge  is my all time favorite project made in 2012. It had so many intricate parts and details but I so loved the process of making it and the final outcome. 

KC Cottage Cutz Country Lodge 1 center

KC Cottage Cutz Country Lodge 1 close left

KC Cottage Cutz Country Lodge 1 close right

I hope you have enjoyed my 2012 review as much I have.  I really loved going back over the year and being reminded of projects that gave me so much pleasure to make. I want to thank each of you for visiting my blog and all of your supportive comments throughout the year. 

Happy New Year!

Lavish Branch and Birdie

Good Sunday morning.  My project today is a jump into summer with a sneak peek of one of the soon to be released Memory Box dies called Lavish Branch. This is going to be one of my new favorite floral go to dies.

 I know I have said this before but I love the wonderful contrast of red and green against an all white background.  It is so crisp and appealing to my eye. I also love creating interest and dimension with an object like the popped up fence even though the white blends in with the stark white background.   

KC Memory Box Lavish Branch 1 left
I started by adhering the fresh cut grass to the fence front and then attaching to the card base with mounting tape.  I cut up sections of the Lavish Branch to create the flowers growing along the fence, attached the tiny red flowers  with glossy accents and tucked the sections in behind the grass and attached in place with glossy accents.  I used tiny rolled glue dots behind one of the flower heads on each section to hold upright against the fence..  

KC Memory Box Lavish Branch 1 center

I cut another section of the branch and colored in the branch portion with a brown marker to make it look like a tree branch. I formed the leaves with a stylus to create more natural leaves. note….if forgot to form the leaves along the fence….LOL!  I attached the little red flowers to the branch and then applied rolled glue dots behind each of them to hold in place on the card base.  I used a dot of glossy accents to attach the beginning of the branch. The birdie was the final element to complete this clean and simple little summer scene.KC Memory Box Lavish Branch 1 right

I have a few more days off before I have to go back to work and I have been enjoying myself so much.  I sure hope you have a wonderful New Year’s holiday weekend.  Thanks for coming by today.

Memory Box Dies, Lavish BranchPoppystamps Dies, Picket FenceMemory Box Dies, Perched ReedbirdMemory Box Dies, Flower MoundMy Favorite Things Die-namics, Fresh Cut GrassAccents, GlossyHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone FolderGlue Dots, 3/8Soft Grip Embossing and Stylus SetDistress Marker Full Set In Tube

Paper:  White, Red, Olive    Accessories:  Memory Box Lavish Branch, Picket Fence, Perched Reed Bird, Flower Mound, My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass, Mounting Tape, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, Metal Adapter Plate, Paper Piercer, Teflon Bone Folder, Stylus, ATG, Big Shot, Distress Marker Vintage Photo

Inspired Rolled Roses

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and Wedding Bells was our inspiration site.  I was inspired by the Tea Rose Personalized Handkerchief pictured below.


I love creating colorful flowers layered on a crisp white background.  I created the Fleur De Lis square frame to highlight the flowers and foliage and to add another layer of dimension.

KC MFT Mini Rolled Roses 5 left
I cut the Fleur De Lis layer and created the double matted frame  opening with classic square dies. I mounted the frame on the card base with mounting tape.

 KC MFT Mini Rolled Roses 5 center

I cut the flourish and attached to the frame and base with glossy accents and a few rolled glue dots.  I cut and rolled the roses and attached with glossy accents. I softened the roses by adding a few sprigs of the branch punch for the final touch. See ……… the Martha Stewart Branch Punch isn’t just for Christmas cards. It works beautifully for projects all year long.

KC MFT Mini Rolled Roses 5 right

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by.

My Favorite Things Die-namics, Mini Rolled Rose  Martha Stewart Craft Punch, Branch  Accents, GlossyHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone FolderGlue Dots, 3/8Soft Grip Embossing and Stylus SetConcave Round Nose Pliers

Paper:  White, Green, Pink, Yellow    Accessories:  My Favorite Things Mini Rolled Roses. Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares, Classic Large and Small Squares, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape, Teflon Bone Folder, Metal Adapter Plate, Paper Piercer, Needle Nose Pliers ATG, Big Shot,

All Things Grow With Love

Good Friday morning.  I have been on vacation this week and can’t believe how fast the days have gone by.  I pulled out several punches and dies that I haven’t used in a while for my project today and paired it with one of my favorite Rubbernecker sentiments. 

The floral base of the card was made using the Martha Stewart Wildflowers PATP border punch. The double matted frame was made using the Spellbinders Floral Ovals and the classic large and small oval die sets. I stamped the sentiment with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder. I mounted the frame over the sentiment using mounting tape.

KC Garden Shrub Set 5 right
The flower was made using the Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch and the 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch the leaves were made using the Spellbinders Foliage die set.  You can check out my punched flower tutorial here to see how I form my flowers. 

KC Garden Shrub Set 5 center

I placed  snow pearls in the center of flower and along the floral border for the perfect finishing touch.

KC Garden Shrub Set 5 left

Thanks for dropping in today.  I hope you have a wonderful day and upcoming weekend.

Garden Shrub Set Accents, GlossyHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone FolderGlue Dots, 3/8VersaMark InkpadRanger - Super Fine 1oz. Embossing Powder, GoldPearls, Snow

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Garden Shrub Set, Paper:  Pink, White    Accessories:  Spellbinders Floral Ovals, Foliage, Classic Ovals Large and Small, Martha Stewart Wildflowers PATP, Hydrangea Punch, Medium 3 in 1 Hydrangea Punch, Stylus, Mounting Tape, Glossy Accents, Metal Adapter Plate, Teflon Bone Folder, Paper Piercer, Big Shot, ATG, Versa, Gold Embossing Powder, Pearls

Winter Snowflake Birdhouse

Good Thursday morning.  I have received lots of inquiries from you about where to find the Martha Stewart Birthday Candle punch.  I found several of them available at Playing With Scissors for $8.99.  You can check it out here. I hope this helps!

Martha Stewart Crafts-Birthday Candles Medium Craft Punch

My project today is a winter birdhouse scene with a snowflake design.  I like this paper as it is wintry without necessarily being Christmas.
KC MFT Homespun 8 right

I love this little birdhouse in the blue polka dots and think it looks so sweet against the snowflake background. 

KC MFT Homespun 8 center

I like using the tree branch to hang the birdhouse from.  I added pine branches punched from another of the coordinating papers in the paper pack.  I thought the green polka dot paper looked like it could be a little snowy. We all know there cannot be a fence hanging in the air but I really liked how it gave the card another homespun touch. KC MFT Homespun 8 left

Have a great day and thanks so much for topping by.

 Christmas Cheer, 6x6 Tiny Tablet    My Favorite Things Die-namics, Homespun Birdhouse (Die Only)      Impression Obsession Dies, Bare Branch Impression Obsession Dies, Fence Border Martha Stewart Craft Punch, BranchAccents, GlossyHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone FolderGlue Dots, 3/8


Paper:  Tiny Tablet Christmas Cheer, Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler    Accessories:  My Favorite Things Homespun, Impression Obsession Fence Border, Bare Branch, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Mounting Tape, Glossy Accents, Teflon Bone Folder, Metal Adapter Plate, Paper Piercer, ATG, Big Shot, Glue Dots