Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

'Tis The Season - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - December 2016

Our group got together yesterday at The Craft Shack to make Tim Holtz's last tag for 2016.  It's bitter sweet because we loved the technique remix but we can't wait to see what he has in store for 2017.  I pulled the instructions together & made my tag as a sample then Lisa gets all the tools & supplies including various embellishments, papers, etc ready.  Everyone in the group chose what they wanted to use to put their own spin on the tag.  We always look forward to getting together for a few laughs!

The 1st technique was Shadowpress from May 2014. The debossed shadow press folders & shadow press station are genius!  I decided on 'TIS THE SEASON from the Christmas #1 set. It was so easy putting the embossing ink on with the mini brayer & I love how the Ranger Gold EP looks.  On the tiles I used Yuletide paper, "believe" typed token with a star fastener, a snowflake with a mini brad, a "25" mini plaquettes, a Christmas word band, ephemera & a large mirror star.

The 2nd technique was Burlap from December 2015 & Punches.  On the burlap I used the Nordic stencil with peeled paint spray stain. This is one of my favorite techniques...just love the texture.  I don't have the punches so I used the mini holiday greens cut from different colors of kraft core cardstock & hot glued them together,  I added 2 jingle brads & a bow at the top.

To finish it off I splatter white picket fence paint over the entire tag.

Thanks to Tim for another great tag!  TFL!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

This Christmas

For my 2016 Christmas cards I decided to use the tree from Tim Holtz's Doodle Greetings #2 stamp set.  The SU Whisper White card front was embossed with Tim's Distressed Frame Texture Fade before being stamped.  I still can't believe how easy it was to mass produce my cards using the Misti!  Using markers, I colored the stars & snowflake with Mustard Seed & the pines with Peeled Paint then stamped.  The tree was then inked with a Fired Brick ink pad & I wiped the red off the stars, snowflake & pines before stamping.  I was then able to touch up using markers on the stamp & restamping with the Misti.  Once I had finished inking all the cards, I cleaned the stamp, went over it with a static remover & using Ranger's Emboss-it Dauber added embossing ink to the entire stamp.  After heat embossing the image with SU Peppermint EP (it smelled so good!) the card front was mounted on SU Cherry Cobbler.

Oh & I only stamped the snowflake at the top on a couple of the cards.  I should have stayed with ink but I tried a couple of different embossing powder melted together & you couldn't see all the details.  I also tried stamping with gold Wink of Stella but some of that ran together too so for most of the cards I left the snowflake off & added a star brad.  This card was one of the 1st ones I did so I put the brad over the snowflakes & it looked pretty good.

Thanks for looking & I hope everyone has a great holiday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Thoughts

This card was a project for my SU party & was really easy to make!  I try to do a technique I haven't done before & I found the crimped diamond technique by Lee Conrey on SCS.  I used Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake cardstock which are 2 of my favorite colors.  The sentiment is from White Christmas stamp set & stamped in Basic Black.  The pine bow is from Wonderland stamp set & I used Garden Green & Early Espresso markers to ink the stamps.  The red twine is retired & the sentiment panel is popped up using dimensionals.  I almost forgot the most important tool...the crimper!!  All the supplies are from Stampin' Up except the crimper & the bling.

Hope you give this one a try & TFL!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Eat More Cake!

My BFF Lisa & I are always looking for new things to try so when I found the faux crazed porcelain technique on Splitcoaststampers I decided to try it when I made her birthday card.  I thought it looked pretty neat but mine didn't turn out like theirs did & here's why...

The technique calls for Distress Picket Fence Crackle Paint over chipboard.  Well I love red & thought red showing through the picket fence crackle instead of natural chipboard would be so pretty. So I inked the chipboard with fired brick & painted over it with Picket Fence.  Well you can probably guess how the ink reacted when I put the Picket Fence paint over it.  Bingo!  The ink was reactivated so the Picket Fence paint was no longer white, it was, well pinkish!  I should have known better & left the chipboard natural.  I'm gonna give it another try because I think it's such a neat technique!!

What did go right...It was die cut with Spellbinders Labels 3 prior to painting.  I embossed it using UTEE then stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz's Handwritten Sentiments Stamp Set with black archival ink then embossed it again using the UTEE.  The SU Red Riding Hood card front was embossed using We R Memory Keepers Quilted EF.

It's it wonderful when friends understand & still like your screw ups???  I love you Lisa!!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Birthday Quilt

This birthday card was for one of the Giggler's, Renee'.  She loves to quilt & works in a quilt shop so how could I not make her a quilt card?

I started with a SU Very Vanilla mat embossed using We R Memory Keepers Quilted Embossing Folder then adhered it to the SU Marina Mist card base  The Papertrey Ink Quilters Sampler Stamp Set squares are individual stamps so I positioned them on my Misti so I could re-stamp if necessary.  They were inked with SU Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi & Regal Rose markers, lightly spritzed with water & stamped on watercolor paper.  Once the quilt squares were matted, I popped it up with thin dimensionals.  I used Impression Obsession Birthday Top Edgers Die for the sentiment...I love these cute dies (& they're perfect for the pop-up box cards)!  After matting the die cut, it was popped up with thin dimensionals too. 

I love doing quilt cards & hope you enjoyed my project!  TFL!


My baby boy turned 40 a few days ago & believe it or not he was excited.  I saw this card by Fizzi-jayne makes on Pinterest & was inspired to make one for him.

I started by printing the sentiment from Word & cutting the CS to 5 X 3 3/4.  Each number was cut twice, offset, glued together, then popped up.  Once the sheet of Scrabble letters was printed, I roughly cut them out, glued them to chipboard then trimmed them off.  I also lightly sanded & inked the edges before adding them to the card front using thin dimensionals.

It was a fun little birthday card to make!  TFL!

Cardstock:  SU Basic Black, Pacific Point & Whisper White
Die:  Sweet 'n Sassy Numbers Die

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Grateful - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - November 2016

Last night my friends & I got together at The Craft Shack to do Tim's November tag.  I thought it was going to be a quick one but there were a lot of steps & we loved doing every one of them!! 

After reading over both techniques, I decided to start with Technique 2 - Dimensional Coloring which is from November 2015  I thought it would be easier to make the additions to the tag first so we'd know where to place the rubs.  The maple leaf is from Autumn Blueprints stamp set using distress markers (rusty hinge, wild honey, fired brick, candied apple & carved pumpkin).  I blended the colors a bit too much so you wouldn't think I use that many colors but I do love how it turned out! Because I have a wonderful life, I decided to use the word "grateful" die cut with Tim's 1" Alpha/Numeric die set (love all the letters this set has)!  I used a #10 manila tag & the word was a little wider than the tag but I think it adds some nice dimension.  It's held on the corrugated with the smaller hex fasteners. 

Technique #1 Remnant Rub Resist is from May 2013 & is something I'll definitely do on future projects.  I used botanical remnant rubs & peeled paint, dusty concord, victorian velvet, fossilized amber & carved pumpkin stains.

I tied a dark red jute from my stash onto a quote band & added it using my tiny attacher.  I used carved pumpkin, candied apple & peeled paint stains on the crinkle ribbon & I kinda of "muddied" it up but it does look like fall. 

Only one more tag left this year & I can't wait to see what Tim has in store for us!  TFL! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Snowy Christmas

I wanted to keep my project for the Christmas Card Swap at our SCS event simple because I had to make 18 but in the end I couldn't do it.

I started by stamping the sentiment from Tim Holtz's Retro Christmas in VersaMark then heat embossed it using Ranger Gold EP.

The Memory Box Snowflake Ornament & Memory Box Frostyville Border were cut from shimmer paper that I had in my stash.  I did run the paper for the ornament through my Xyron machine before I die cut it.  The back of the ornament is cut from a Tim Holtz Gold Deco Sheet using a Memory Box Classic Ornament Die.  After putting the ornament together I ran my brayer over it to make sure it was adhered good.  Then I used a sliver of the deco sheet to "hang" it on the SU Night of Navy card base.

The Frostyville Border was added using a glue pen then trimmed off.  I used a few tiny snowflakes from the trimmings as accent pieces.

If I do say so myself, I think this is a very pretty card & has just enough sparkle for the holiday season.  TFL!

Christmas Card Candy

Another swap for our Jingle All The Way SCS Event, was Christmas Card Candy.  I'm fascinated with card candy & seem to collect them instead of using them...LOL!  Only 6 participated this year so it wasn't bad at all  For each one I made 6 pieces plus a topper.

This sentiment is from the SU Christmas Punch Set & stamped in VersaMark, heat embossed with Ranger Red Tinsel EP (it's really sparkles) then punched using the SU Extra Large Oval.  It was popped up on the Mossy Meadow mat which was punched using the SU Decorative Label.

I felt I needed to use at least one jingle bell which is from SU Jolly Bingo Bits set.  The stamp was colored with SU Cherry Cobble & Smoky Slate markers then embossed with WOW Embossing Powder.  Punched using SU 1" circle then popped up on a mat punched from SU Cherry Cobbler with a 1/4" scalloped circle.

This sentiment is from SU Tags Til Christmas & was stamped in Mossy Meadow then heat embossing with WOW Clear EP. Once trimmed it was matted on Mossy Meadow CS punched with SU 1" punch.  It was then popped up on a SU Cherry Cobbler mat which was punched using a SU 1 1/4" square scalloped oval.

This stamp is from SU Christmas Punch set, colored with SU Mossy Meadow & Cherry Cobbler markers.  Punched using SU Scalloped Oval.  The center of the poinsettia was colored using a Gelly Roll Gold Star Pen.  The Cherry Cobbler mat is punched from the SU Oval Punch.  The sentiment is popped up also.

This is my favorite!  The stamp is from SU Tags Til Christmas set & inked using SU Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow & Soft Suede markers then embossed with WOW Clear EP.  It was cut out using SU Decorative Label Punch.  I used the same punch in Mossy Meadow which is cut in half & adhered to the back using white 3D foam squares.  I punched another white piece & placed in on the back to cover the gap of the cut piece.

This image is from the Tags Til Christmas set & stamped in Mossy Meadow then cut out by hand then then edges are sponged.  It's popped up on SU 7/8" oval punched Cherry Cobbler.  The red berries are colored using a Gelly Roll Red Star pen.

Once complete I cut a piece of acetate 4X6 & adhered the pieces using mini glue dots then placed them into a cello bag.  The topper was printed from Word on white CS, matted in Cherry Cobbler which is 4 X 6 & scored at 2" scored so it folds over the back.  Using glue dots, I added Candi Dots from Craftworkscard in each corner.  It's attached to the cello bag using the sticky envelope flap & sticky strip  so you can access the card candy without taking the topper off.

Really had a lot of fun making these!!  TFL!

Jingle All The Way

The theme of our 2nd SCS Event is "Jingle All The Way" so I decided to use it in my ATC. There are 10 people in the swap so it wasn't too bad making them.

The cardstock is SU Cherry Cobbler cut 3 1/2 X 2 1/2, Night of Navy & Basic Black cut 3 3/8 X 2 3/8.  The free printable Jingle Bell music was resized to 3 1/2 X 2 1/2, printed on SU Whisper White CS & trimmed to fit the black.

The sentiment from SU's Jingle All the Way set was done in 2 steps using my mini misti because it is one stamp & I could bear cutting it in half.  I inked "jingle" with a Versamark pen, embossed it in WOW White EP then moved the stamp & repeated the step with "all the way".  Even though I did "jingle" for all 10 then moved onto "all the way", it was still a little time consuming but I like the look plus then the stamp fit portrait style.

I placed the sheet music over the black CS leaving enough room for the sleigh & horse from SU's Sleigh Ride Edgelit at the top.  After die cutting, I used the impression left by the die on the sheet music as a guide to hand trim it to match the curve of the cut.  I distressed around the edges of the music with frayed burlap ink.

I sprayed the Night of Navy & Basic Black layers with Ttsukineko Shimmer Frost & Sparkle Spritz for a snowy effect.  After adhering the music to the black, I trimmed off the bottom after the 3rd line of the sheet music. After that layer was adhered to the navy, I wound natural twine thread around it & tied on a rusty bell before adhering it to the base.

Hope you enjoyed my ATC swap project!  TFL!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Noel Wall Hanging

This is a wall hanging I made for a gift swap I was in yesterday at our SCS Event.  The gift was to be something related to stamping & of course handmade is always the best.  We had so many great gifts & played a cute Christmas left/right game for the swap.

I started with 4X4 pieces of 4 different patterns from Tim Holtz Idea-olgy Yuletide 8x8-paper pack & adhered them to a 4X4 coaster using Tombow Liquid Glue.  Once dry, I rounded the corners of the paper then distressed the edges with frayed burlap ink.

To make the holes, I measured using Tim Holtz ruler (the best thing since sliced bread) & punched with the bigger side on my crop-a-dile.

The capital letters are cut in SU Cherry Cobbler & Forrest Moss using the Cricut Winter Woodlands Cartridge & popped up with 3d foam squares.

I used items from Tim Holtz's idea-ology to embellish - a lot of pieces from a pack of festive ephemera, a typed Christmas token with a hex fastener, a sticker from occasions small talk, a jingle brad, mirrored stars, frozen snowflakes & snowflakes from gilded holidays remnant rubs.

It's finished with olive green ribbon with a bow tied at the top.

This was a fun easy project & I know I'll be making more of them.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Breakfast Strata Recipe Card

I love doing recipe cards so of course I participated in the swap for our Jingle All The Way SCS Event!  I usually make this recipe for breakfast on Christmas morning so it was perfect!
The Judith & Heather images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink then colored with Copic markers.  One little trick Judith does is outlining everything with a light gray & I think the shadowing makes the images pop. They were then cut using MFT Oval Wonky Stitched Dies.  After I printed the recipe I die cut it with a MFT Square Wonky Stitched Die.  I wrapped a piece of SU ribbon around the top of the DSP, added a bow then adhered it to the SU Baja Breeze CS.  The panels on the right were adhered down & the oval on the left is popped up using white 3d foam squares.


Christmas Gift Card Holder

Another swap for our Jingle All The Way SCS Event is a Christmas Gift Card Holder.  I found several designs on Pinterest but decided to do one I saw by Tara Bazata using an envelope.  I did make a couple of changes but the basics are the same.

I started with a SU Crumb Cake Envelope, folded it in half & used a bone folder to make a crisp crease. Using a trimmer, I cut half the flap off then adhered the other side down.
I made three panels using SU Mossy Meadow CS cut 2 11/16 X 4 1/4 for the base; two with DSP from SU Home for Christmas & one in SU Crumb Cake cut 2 1/2 X 4.
To add the Real Red Holly Berry Bouquet Button, I measured up 3/4 from the bottom in the middle using my Tim Holtz ruler then punched a small hole.
I cut 11" of jute thread & put it through the button & tied it at the back.  The thread was pulled through the hole in the panel & scotch tape to holds it in place.  I placed 1/2" Scor-tape on the back of the panel.
The front panel has "To" & "From" from SU Old Fashioned Christmas set & a pine bough from SU Christmas Punch set stamped in SU Mossy Meadow on the SU Crumb Cake.  The jute thread was taped down & this panel was adhered over top of the jute using Scor-tape.

The last panel was adhered on the inside over the envelope flap that was adhered down. I make one mistake on the next part. I had stamped the sentiment on the envelope but I didn't like the direction so I cut another panel of Mossy Meadow 2 11/16 X 3 1/2 then added a piece of Crumb Cake cut 2 1/2 X 3 1/4. I then stamped the sentiment from SU Wishing You Cherry in Real Red Ink. This boo boo made the card a little thicker than I wanted it to be but oh well. As you can see the gift card slips into the envelope!

I made a small tag using a stamp from SU Christmas Punch set. It was inked with Mossy Meadow then I wiped the poinsettia leaves off & inked them with a Real Red marker. Once dry, I used a Gold Star Gelly Roll pen on the center & Clear Wink of Stella on the leaves. It was punched out using a SU Medium Scallop Punch. & adhered with mono adhesive. The thread is long enough to wrap around the button to keep it closed.

Maybe it's a little elaborate for a gift card but it sure is pretty!! TFL!


Winter Cottage

My friends & I hosted our 2nd SCS event today.  This is my shoebox project which needed to take 5 - 10 minutes to complete.  I made 2 completed cards then 16 kits so each person completed my card during the event.
The cardstock used was SU Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler & 2 layers of Whisper White.  I used a very pretty stamp by Altenew called Winter Cottage with my Mini Misti so there would be no guessing where to stamp the image.  For a reference point, I lightly stamped the image on the 1st piece of white CS before die cutting with the next to largest snowflake die from SU's Festive Flurry Thinlit Set.  Once it was cut, I used the Sizzix Snowflake EF to embossed the snowflakes.  To stamp the 2nd piece of CS, I inked the entire image with a SU Crumb Cake ink pad.  Since the image is small I didn't try to wipe off the trees before inking them with the SU Mossy Meadow marker.  Once the image was stamped, I re-inked the stamp with markers to touch up the image where it didn't stamp well.  To pop up the snowflake layer, I used a lot of white 3d foam squares around the outside edges & cut edge of the snowflake.  "Joy" from SU's Wonderful Wreath Thinlit set was added using a glue pen.  I brushed Clear Wink of Stella over the snowy roof & ground for a little sparkle.   Really a pretty easy card with a classic look!  TFL!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monster's Mask - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - October

Time for Tim's tag & I got together with a group of friends at The Craft Shack to make our versions! His October remix consisted of Patchwork Collage from February 2015 & Dimensional Monsters from October 2015.  I don't own the monster dies so I made my own monster,..well it's more like a monster's mask!

I also didn't have the new Halloween ephemera so I used snippets from his new materialize 8x8 paper-pack & some from an old paper pack my friend, Lisa had in her stash.  I found a page with words so I used "costume".  I love how the smudged crayons look over the the crazing medium.  I think I went a little crazy with the tiny attacher but the look is so cool.  I distressed the edges then blended them with black soot ink,  Instead of spattering the tag, I sprayed it with hickory smoke spray stain to finish the 1st part of the tag.

In place of the monster die, I decided to make a spooky mask by cuting 2 leaves from Tim's Big Z Tattered Leaves Die.  I should have used foil tape sheets over a piece of cardstock but goofed up & cut them from a mirrored sheet.  The mirrored sheet is thicker so when I tried to punch a 1/2" hole for the eyes, I only got an impression.  I finished cutting them out using scissors & decided to slant the eyes.   Then I embossed them using the diamond plate texture fade & did the faux metal look with black soot paint. I shaped it a little by bending them & added feathers I had in my stash.  I only had 1 green eye so I put the wicked adornment spider on a wire & place it in the other eye.  I added hex fasteners on each side then adhered it to my tag using black 3d foam squares.  I'm pretty proud of my "masked monster"!   

To finish it off I added "curiosities" from Tim's incantation word bands with wire & stapled it on.  The film strip ribbon was stapled on showing a hand.  The final touch was black string at the top.

Since there are so many stapes I decided to put a back on using paper from the materialize paper pack.  It wasn't long enough so I added a strip of materialize design tape at the bottom.   

I have to say this tag is one of my favorites!!  Hmmm, I think I've said that before...LOL!  TFL!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fright Night Birthday Wishes

I was honored to be asked by Georgia Lydic to demo a technique for Distressed Ink Techniques on Facebook!  I decided to try stamping in embossing paste on a tag for my friend, Mary Ann.   She's one of the Giggler's who has an October birthday & loves Halloween.  I watched a video but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.  I tried several different thickness of embossing paste & several different stamps. First I tried using a stamp with an image of a skull but I just couldn't get the image to appear.  When I removed the stamp it just formed peaks.  The good news is I had time to smooth it out & try again.  I found that using an image of dots or lines worked best and believe it or not words. I do love this technique & it just took a little practice.  I also made this tag interactive so there's a spider that can scurry up it's web!

First I blended the background with twisted citron, wilted violet & carved pumpkin.  I then placed Tim's cobweb stencil in the corner & blended with fired brick.  I love how the color shows through the cobweb.

I really didn't have a plan so I spread a light coat of embossing paste in the center of the tag.  I pressed a stamp from Tim Holtz's Mixed Media Set into the paste.  I wasn't happy with my first attempt so I smoothed it out, pressed the stamp into the paste & gently peeled the stamp off.  This time it worked & I think turned out really cool!  You need to clean the stamps right away so the paste doesn't dry on them.  I used warm water & an old toothbrush to get it out of the crevices.

I also decided to try coloring the embossing paste.  I placed a small amount on my craft sheet & added a drop of ink from a black soot re-inker.  I mixed it up with my palette knife & it was perfect. So many options using the re-inkers!

This time I spread a thicker layer of embossing paste above the white.  I had a wooden stamp I'd never used that said "Fright Night" so I pressed it into the black paste.  I was so surprised that the colors showed through the stamping so well especially the twisted citron through the black soot!!  I let it dry for a few hour then blended twisted citron over the white embossing paste.

I used the skull from Tim Holtz's Mini Halloween 3 Stamp Set & stamped the image with distress embossing ink then embossed it using WOW embossing powder.  I blended a little pumice stone over the image which made the skull show up better.  I think the skull has a cool grungy look & the twisted citron shows through...he almost glows.  

The trick or treaters are stamped in black soot at the bottom of the tag.  The bottom of the image ended up a little crooked (that's why I'm called Crooked Stamper) so I covered it up with Tim Holtz's materialize design tape.  Remember mistakes are just an opportunity to embellish

Next I began adding details & cover up the straight edge of the stenciled cobweb, I stamped "Happy" from a stamp that says "Happy Halloween" in black soot & added a line of black lace from Tim's Gothic remnant rubs.  Below "Happy" I placed "October" from  Tim's seasonal chitchat stickers & distressed it with twisted citron & carved pumpkin ink.  Next to that is "26" from Tim's materialize 8x8 paper pack which is Mary Ann's birth date.  So her birthday greeting is "Happy October 26 Fright Night"! To the right & left of the trick or treaters I stamped part of a small script stamped in fired brick.  The "witching hour" is from Tim's occasions small talk stickers.  At the top is an "advertisement" cut from the same paper pack, inked & distressed by crumpling it up.  The "26" & "advertisement" were added using Tim's tiny attacher.  Below that is another rub, "orders attended to day or night" which describes Mary Ann to a T.  There were some small blank spaces so Tim's splatters stencil was perfect to fill them in using several colors of ink.  It's hard to see but I also sprayed the entire tag with brushed pewter mica spray.

The spider from wicked adornments is interactive & can climb it's web!  But first I added a back to the tag from the paper pack to cover the inky mess.  The spider is tied to the middle of a piece of floss.  Then the floss is threaded through a small hole punched in the web & the hole at the top of the tag. It's tied in a knot at the back of the tag by the top hole.  There's a little video at the end showing how the spider works but remember I'm not a videographer!

I applied wilted violet paint to the beware Halloween typed tokens, rubbed it around with my fingers & let it dry.

The black jute string was wound around my hand five times then tied to the tag with another piece.  I added the token with a loop pins.

Here's a short video showing how the spider works.

Hope you try stamping in embossing paste, I know I'll be using this technique gain!  TFL!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Autumn Vines Birthday

Time to make cards for the Giggler's October birthday's!. This month there are 2 birthdays & I decided to make Tina's birthday card first.  Tina had shown me a few cards she made from sketches she found on pinterest so I decided to check them out.  I found this card sketch by Yolande (I think) & fell in love with all the layers.

The top two layers were cut in SU DSP Autumn Vines & SU Really Rust using one of my favorite dies, Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles. There are 6 dies in the set. I used 4 of the largest dies, nesting 2 together the outside die will cut & the inside die will pierce. They don't fit tight together so there is a small gap. Once they were in position I held them in place using Masquerade Art Masking Tape. I love this tape because it's low tack & doesn't leave any residue.  Once those 2 layers were adhered together I added a 4" paper doily & trimmed it at the edge.  I then added the 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 banner which was cut from the same DSP.

The IO open scroll leaf die is cut from SU Sage Shadow & adhered using a glue pen.   For a little bling, I added peel off silver glitter stickers to the leafy scroll.

Instead of a ribbon, I cut the Elizabeth Craft Jewels Die Set from SU Sage Shadow. There are 3 dies in this set & they are so cool.  This one has a small curve & I cut it in half so it doesn't go all the way under the tag.  It needed a little more bling so more peel off silver glitter stickers were just the ticket!

The tag was cut 2 X 1 1/4 in SU Whisper White then I used a SU corner punch to form the tag.  The sentiment is from SU Happiest Birthday Wishes set & stamped in Coffee Archival Ink.  I also added a brad then used dimensionals to pop the tag up. A small key added a finishing touch!  Then the card front was added to the SU Chocolate Chip base which is a standard A2 card.

Hope you enjoyed my project & I'm sure Tina will too!