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Comfort & Joy

FullSizeRender (21)Falliday Fest Lori Craig

Another Falliday Fest card to share with you… this idea came from Holly Brown and the challenge was to add holly and berries to your card. I am loving the Christmas projects that this set of challenges encouraged me to think about and execute! I didn’t get any mass production done for Christmas, but I have a LOT of fun ideas that I can pull together quickly now! Love that!

I loosely watercolored the blue and green background and cut with a tag die. Next, I cut the holly and berries from watercolor paper and painted loosely. This is a fun way to watercolor and not have to mess with sticky details!

The  holly die and the cute tag die are from Reverse Confetti, and this was so easy to make that I’m thinking of going into mass production for a handmade Craig Christmas card for the first time in too many years! The holly leaves are scored for easy creasing and dimension and the berries have two layers so you can easily add the highlight and a little depth! Details! Details!

FullSizeRender (20)Falliday Fest Lori Craig

The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called Comfort and Joy! It embossed beautifully with a new embossing powder – Princess Gold from Ranger.  (You can also find it at Michaels!) When you emboss over watercolor, make sure that the watercolor is 120% dry (totally dry!) or you will have an embossing powder mess on your hands! (Ask me how I know!) I’d be extra careful and use an embossing static removal tool – I have lost mine, so while I was at this retreat, I (accidentally permanently, it seems because it came home with me) borrowed one from Jill Hawkins. (Sorry, Jill! I will think of you fondly every time I use it until we meet again!) 

Thanks for stopping by today… I’m fortunate to be pulling together some month end projects and crafting away. Happy Friday!

O Night Divine


Christmas stash building continues… A few weeks ago I was working on the Shaker Card tutorial video, and fell in love with this little die set from Top Dog Dies. Unfortunately, they are going out of business and this is no longer available, but I loved the concept. The deer, trees, main panel and fancy decorative layer are all one die. LOVE.


These are the last of the watercolor panels I made a while back. With light blues, aquas and light greens, they were the perfect backdrop for this little winter scene. The trees were cut from green and splattered with Dr. Martin’s Hydrous Titanium White Watercolor. Love the stuff because it’s extremely fluid and truly opaque. The sentiment is from the set Sing of the King from Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon.

Joy and Cheer


Still working on Christmas cards for this year. Determined to get them out *early*… define early? I made several of this theme from a cute snowman from Our Craft Lounge (remember their cute stamps?). There were colored with Copic and were quick work with patterned paper from Simple Stories.

Warmest-Wishes I paired a few designs with a Lisa Johnson’s Designs set, Snowflake Splendor. Beautiful, easy-to-use snowflakes and coordinating dies.

I have several friends with December birthdays, so I loved this sentiment. This card is actually for my brother who turns a significant milestone in a few days. 🙂


Coloring white is something we tackle in several different Copic classes, especially our Standard Certification. Of course it’s discussed and demo’d with Copic, but like most of the principles in our Copic classes, they are certainly applicable to any color medium of choice. I’m actually teaching several sets of certification classes next year, they are still our most requested classes. The trick with coloring white is to focus on subtle shading and not to over do it! Love this die from Scor-Pal – it’s a great little framing die with the dotted pointy top!


How cute is this Sweater Weather cutting plate from Taylored Expressions? So sweet and easy!

Wrapping up the holiday to-do list today… Deciding who has been naughty enough that I can cross some items off of my ‘to-shop-for” list… totally kidding! It has been a year of special time together and blessing, so truly are focusing more on that as a family this year…

One more day of cards to show tomorrow – dare I say, I saved the best for last of this series… Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!