Birdy Birdhouse by Dina Kowal

Dina Kowal created a oh so cute treat box! Dina used Brick House ,Square House, Nest and Hole set, Birds set and Heartlines.

The bird is shaded using Polychromos Pencils. The sentiment and heart are from a clear set called Heartlines.

To create my own box insert, I cut a piece of cardstock 4" x 5.75", and scored at 1.5" from each edge. I cut in on the score lines to their intersections from the long side, and folded those tabs in to create a box.

Here's a back view - the roof was actually blue... I colored it lightly to pick up the texture in the cardstock and the detail of the embossing lines in the die. The back house panel is lightly sponged.



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Fancy Fold Ornament Card Tutorial by Ellen Taylor

Ellen Taylor shares how she makes her beautiful ornament card!

Ellen uses Tapestry Ornament E8824, Deck The Halls CL484, Delicate Snowflakes F6602 Snowflake DIE024-X, Vintage Ornament DIE032-J, Square Shaker Frame DIE002-Z, Mini Rectangle Tags 2 DIE014-J

Sponge the edges of the kraft card stock pieces with Memento Rich Cocoa.  
5" x 7 1/2" scored at 5"
4" x 8" scored at 4"
Square Shaker Frame DIE002-Z,
Mini Rectangle Tags 2 DIE014-J

Stamp Delicate Snowflakes F6602 on the card base with Memento Rich Cocoa.

Sponge the edges of  3 Vintage Ornament DIE032-J, 4 gable decorations from the Brick HouseDIE119-Z,  the label from the Mini Rectangle Tags 2 DIE014-J
and a 4 15/16" x 4 x 15/16" piece of card stock with Memento Teal Zeal.

Stamp Delicate Snowflakes F6602 with Memento Teal Zeal on the ornaments. I stamped off on scratch paper first for a softer blue. Adhere the Square Shaker Frame DIE002-Z to your blue square.

 Adhere one full doily to the inside of the card base.  Cut another doily in half and adhere one half to the front of the card base on the 2 1/2" flap.  Save the other half doily for another project.

Adhere the blue square to the front of the 4" x 8"  piece. Open the card base and adhere it over the center of the full doily. 

Score the down the center of each Vintage Ornament DIE032-J.
Fold along the score lines and stack/adhere them on top of each other (only putting your glue on the outside of your ornaments).

It should look like this after adhering.

Adhere the ornament to the center of the shaker frame and the Gable decorations to the corners.  Stamp Joy from the Deck The Halls CL484 with Memento Rich Cocoa and  attach it to the tag. Add a strong adhesive (I used score tape) and attach the tag to the edge of the card base. This is now the closure for your card.

I added a snowflake from the Snowflake DIE024-X,
to the center ornament as well as some string pearls and tinsel. Added some self adhesive pearls rhinestones to finish the front off.

Last but not least I stamped Tapestry Ornament E8824 on the center of the flap that you see when the card opens in Rich Cocoa.  This looks more complicated than it is.

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Fall Mitten by Dina Kowal


Dina Kowal shares a fun fall card today!

I thought a mitten would be fun for Fall, so I inked the edges of the mitten stamp (Large Solid Mitten) with distress ink, then used a kissing technique to stamp the mitten stamp with a knitted texture (CAC Knit). I die cut the image with the mitten die, then added the diecut chipboard leaves as an embellishment.


The sentiment can be found HERE.

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Winner of the Colors of Fall Challenge!



Thanks to all the players of the challenge! Your projects were wonderful!

Our winner is....Greta from GG Creations! Congratulations Greta!

Please email  Jeanne for your Gift Certificate info.

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Greta used F13050 Nest Collage & A8783 Grateful for her card.


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Tuesday T&T Winter Mitten


When I saw Snowman Mitten, I immediately thought that stamp needs the 'Kiss' technique with CAC Knit!  That thought led to below:

Cardfront Background:

  1. Stamped CAC Ornate Snowflakes on white cardstock with Memento Summer Sky, trimmed to 4"X5.25" and mounted to white cardstock.

Kissing Technique:

  1. Inked CAC Knit with Summer Sky ink, placed Snow Mitten on inked CAC and then stamped on white cardstock twice.  Trimmed around first mitten.  Cut out snowman and buttons on second mitten.
  2. Mounted mitten on white cardstock with 3D pop-dots, traced around with Magic Matter 1/8" and cut out.  Mounted buttons with 3D pop-dots.

Sentiment Snowflake:

  1. What a pleasant surprise when I die cut Lg. Snowflake.  I honestly had no idea this die was actually 4 separate snowflakes if you want.   I saw it embossed by Jenny Gropp HERE, so I thought I would be getting a really detailed one snowflake and instead I got 4 detailed and lovely snowflakes.  You see 2 above and I used the other two for the sentiment on the card as shown.
  2. I stamped the sentiment Happy Holidays on a leftover circle from Circle Shaker Frame Die Set.


  1. Mounted the snowflake on the right first with Glossy Accents, mounted sentiment in the center, then mounted the center small snowflake.  Added glitter with a Sakura glue pen to snowflakes and parts of mitten.
  2. Mounted the circle with sentiment.
  3. Mounted mitten.
  4. Added a bow and heart embellishments.

A really fun card and can't wait to use the leftover snowflakes.  I see a frame with the large one!!!

 Blog Coordinator Change

I want to tell you about the new plans for the IO blog.  Thursday will be my last post, and because it is also hosted by a DT member, I didn't want to detract from her or the challenge winner, who is also announced that day.  I have been here for four and a half years and have loved every minute of it.  The DT members have been so great and who could ask for a better boss than Mitra!!!!

I have an opportunity to do some different things and to travel.  I didn't think I could do the blog justice.  I want to thank all of you for making my job so much fun.  What could be better than getting to see such beautiful art, meeting and getting to know such wonderful people, and then give them gift certificates and dies too.  :-)

I will get back to posting on my personal blog and hope to see you there and in the IO challenges here too.

Last but definitely not least, I want to welcome Jeanne Streiff to my side of the blog.  She is already doing some of it and what an artist in addition.  I know you will have a really great time with her and her talent too!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share.  I will see you back here Thursday with your DT hostess.