Friday, November 16, 2018

 Cheers 🥂

For today's card, I have created a second New Years Card.  It will also be created at my workshop on Friday.  There was a lot of cutting these pieces out to make this card.  I hope I have a good turnout on Friday.  I'm trying to figure out how to add a second workshop per month.  If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Now on with the card.  I used a white card base folded at the top. Attached a black piece of cardstock to the front of the card base.   Cut out the Mini Circle Garland Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts and the cheers die from silver glitter Cardstock.  To make the glasses I cut two per glass vellum and one per glass acetate.  I used blue cardstock from Stampin' Up that is retired for the liquid in the glasses. The Happy New Year is stamped using white embossing powder. 

Hope you enjoyed visiting my blog today.

Here's a close up of the card.

Until next time, have a blessed day!!

Tessie Collier

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Happy New Year!!!!

Okay, so it isn't really New Years. I did have a request to make this card at our next workshop. My November workshop will be on Friday and it will be our last workshop this year. With that said, this is one of the cards we will be making. 
I wasn't sure of the colors at first. I thought it was just a little too dark. Once I stamped it and used black embossing powder, I loved it. Since the wording was black, I decided to make the card base black.

Wondering how I made the beautiful background on this card!!!!!..... I took my Journey Gel Press and took the FSJ reinkers Watermelon Fusion, Beach Ball and Grape Fusion and dropped a few drops of each color sporadically over the gel press. I sprayed a little water on the press and took my Brayer and mixed the colors by rolling over them a few times to spread the colors out on the press. I took an 8 1/2 x 11 White cardstock and transferred the color to the cardstock. Once dried, I took the All Prettied Up Die from Simon Says Stamp and cut out the image. The Happy New Year Wishes stamp set can also be found at Simon Says Stamp. The last step I took on finishing this card, was dropping some Black Licorice Silk on the card. Which I think, puts a really nice touch to the card.
This card was so much fun creating. Mixing all those three colors together and creating your own design. With the Journey Gel Press, you can use an assortment of inks and paints to achieve that different gorgeous look.


Here's a closer up of this beautiful card.

Hope you enjoyed visiting the blog today.  Until next time, have a blessed day!!!!

Tessie Collier

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 Gift Tags

For today's card, I am using the Pure Innocence Holiday Cheer stamp and Holiday Cheer Die from My Favorite Things. You can also pick up these cute stamps from Simon Says Stamp as well. My plan for this adorable stamp set was to make a card but after receiving the Bread Tag Die from Spellbinders/FSJ, I knew I had to make a tag.

I am trying to teach myself to shade when I color my images.  These two aren't by best work but hopefully next time they will look better. With the actual tag, I cut out a layer of white cardstock and then a layer of glitter cardstock from Cricut for the top using the Bread Tag die.

These tags will be one of the projects we will be making at my monthly workshop on Friday.  I think they turned out great.  Can't wait to use these on a gift for that someone special.

Until next time, have a blessed day!!! 

Tessie Collier

Monday, November 5, 2018

Engagement Gift

My daughter needed a gift for a friend who is getting married July 2019.  I had to get my cricut out and start whipping up a little nice surprise for the Bride-to-Be. I have to say that I just love how the mugs and the ornament turned out.  I was such a procrastinator on getting these items made.  Of course I waited until the last minute, a few hours before she actually needed it. 

The box is just a paper mache box that we picked up from our local craft store Pat Catan's.  I already had the Christmas paper at home.  My daughter did a very good job on decorating the box.  Sarah (Bride-to-Be) loves Christmas and she wanted to make the box with Christmas paper which I absolutely love.

Below is the top of the box.  I have to say this pad of paper is just to adorable.  I think it was perfect for this project.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations today.

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!

Tessie Collier

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Truckin' Home for the Holidays

Who else loves this truck as much as I do?  I just can't get enough use out of it.  These are the designs for a swap and for my workshop this month. I couldn't decide on just one color; therefore, I picked three. I love how the card base matches the truck.  

A lot of little pieces to cut and glue but once it's together it's divine.  The snow falling is popped up on dimensionals.  Anyone who knows me, knows I love using dimensionals.  I love giving my cards a little extra pop.  The truck is also popped up as well. 

The truck and accessories are by Spellbinders.  It was the October large die of the month.  Not sure if it's still available.  When I searched for it, I couldn't find it.


Stamps: Jingle Greetings (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Bubble Gum (FSJ), Candy Apple (FSJ), White (Pat Catan's), Pool Play (FSJ), Black Licorice (FSJ) and Limeade Splash (FSJ)
Dies:October Die of the Month (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Gently Falling Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up), Dimensionals (Stampin' Up),

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!!!

Tessie Collier 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New Photography Station

Decided to upgrade my worktable in my studio and thought it was getting to crowded. Once I cleared a few shelves out, I made this photo station next to my window.  Now my photos should be much better (I hope).  Stay tuned, will have more projects coming soon.

Until next time, have a blessed day!!

Tess Collier💓

Friday, October 26, 2018

Merry Reindeer Agenda

For today's card, I am using the new flip slider die by Mama Elephant.  I just love everything about Mama Elephants stamps and dies. I used traditional colors for this card. I will have all supplies listed at the end of this post.


Stamps: Reindeer Agenda (Mama Elephant), Push Here (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Cranberry Bliss (FSJ), White (Coordinations)
Ink: Cranberry Bliss (FSJ), Black Licorice (FSJ), Clear (FSJ)
Dies: Flip Slider Die (Mama Elephant), Reindeer Agenda, Merry, Background
Accessories: Spectrum Noir Markers

Until next time, have a blessed day!!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Winter/Christmas Theme Swap

For today's project, I am using the Spellbinders Large die of the Month which is October.  I'm loving this die.  I see so many possibilities. I'm using this die for a swap I am participating in. The only thing I would change about this card is the Merry on the back of the truck.  I would actually leave it off since I already have Merry at the top of the card.  


Stamps: Reindeer Agenda (Mama Elephant), Toboggan Together (Lawn Fawn) and Jolly Holiday (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Hazel Nut Blend (Fun Stampers Journey)
Cardstock: Cranberry Bliss (Fun Stampers Journey), White (Pat Catan's), Black Licorice (Fun Stampers Journey), Silver (not sure what it's called, I have had it for many years)
Dies: Journey Rectangle Dies (Fun Stampers Journey), October Die of the Month (Spellbinders) and Merry (Mama Elephant), Reindeer Agenda (Mama Elephant), Toboggan Together (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Barn Wall Embossing Folder(Fun Stampers Journey), Copics, Black Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!

Tess Collier

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Time for Thanksgiving and Some Changes

I'm in a couple of swaps for November and here is one of the swaps completed minus one.  The reason there's one missing is because one of my dogs were being mean.  I decided to take a shower and let the glue that was holding the bow dry.  When I got out of the shower and came into the living room, I noticed Maggie the baby was chewing on something and had it ripped apart.  Well she had my last card for this swap.  I was so upset with her but there was no way she could have gotten that card.  My daughters Dachshund got it and Maggie took it from him is my thinking.  Let's just say don't work on any crafts in the living room ever again. 

I will finish up the last one when I get home from work tonight and start on the other set of 10 cards. 


Stamps:  Hello Fall and Gather Together 
Paper: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up retired), Delightful Djon (Stampin' Up retired) and White Coordinations (Pat Catan's)
Ink: Dark Roast, Lemon Drop, Pumpkin Bread and Black Licorice 
Accessories: Journey Rectangles, Hello Fall dies, Barn Wall Embossing Folder, Chocolate Ribbon (off brand), dimentionals and Summer Play Sparkles


Beginning November 1st Fun Stampers Journey will be changing from a Direct Sales model to a Retail Model. FSJ will be coming together with Spellbinders. You wonder what this means!!!!.... It will mean that I am no longer a Coach for FSJ. I will no longer be committed to only FSJ products.  I will be representing other brands from other companies as well.  Soon you will be seeing more of some of those brands that I like to create with.  

Shipping is even better!!!!!..... shipping is $5 on all orders under $75 and FREE shipping on orders over $75. And we ship internationally, so anyone outside the US can now buy FSJ product starting November 1st!! EXCITING NEWS!!!!! 

What does this mean for you???  Nothing much at all. You will be going to a different Module to place your orders.  

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!!!

Tess Collier

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Christmas Workshop Projects

For those who are attending my workshop on October 19th, here's a sneak peak of the projects we will be making.

Gift Bag:

Christmas Card:

 Tree Ornament:

Remember to bring the following supplies with you:

Scissors, bone folder, adhesives such as liquid glue, tape runner, double sided tape and dimensionals.  Should eventually have a small paper cutter. If you need help with what to purchase, please let me know. 

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Mad for Plaid Treat Bag

Here's another treat bag for Halloween. This bag is a little taller than the bag I posted yesterday.  I'm loving the black plaid. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Come November 1st, I will show you how I made the bag.


Paper: Whip Cream Cardstock, Black Licorice Cardstock
Stamps: Skeletons Dance, Flannel Life
Ink: Black Licorice

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Halloween Treat Bag

Does anyone decorate for Halloween?  I used too but never do it anymore. It's like it takes so much time and by the time I get everything decorated, it's time to take all of it down.  Well maybe next year I will decorate.

For today's project, I created a treat bag.  I love the little monsters and check out their eyes and
glasses.  A perfect little gift for that special someone on Halloween.

On November 1st, I will share with you what was used to make the bag.

Supplies Used:

Paper: Fall-o-ween Prints and Whip Cream Cardstock
Stamps: Eyes on You
Accessories: Spectacle Fun and Monster Eyes

Hope you enjoyed today's post.

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Merry Everything

My favorite holiday is Christmas.  I love to decorate and make everything so pretty and all the twinkle lights throughout the house.  Getting together with friends and family to celebrate the holidays.  Making handmade gifts weather it's food, crochet treasures or paper crafts. It's just exciting sharing that with the people in our lives.

For today's card, I decided to make a Christmas card using the Merry Everything stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  I knew I had to have that stamp set when I saw that deer. When FSJ had the FSJ live back a few months ago there's one card I really liked and I decided to make it using different colors.

Here's FSJ's card:
 and here is mine:

I embossed the deer in white embossing powder and used the heat gun to set the powder.  Since there are no dies with this stamp set, I used my Scan N Cut to cut him out.  Base of the card is Cranberry Bliss, Whip cream is popped up on the cranberry bliss using journey foam squares md, I blended the PanPastels on the Whip Cream Cardstock. Cut a strip of Cozy Print Christmas paper and a strip of cranberry bliss and used the die cut from Border Essentials then attached the two strips to the whip cream cs using journey craft glue.  Attached some chocolate ribbon and we have ourselves a Christmas card.

This will be one of the cards my group will be making at the workshop on October the 19th.  If you can't attend any of the workshops and are interested in making these cards, I can have everything cut and ship it to you for a small fee plus shipping and handling.  All you will need to do is paste it all together.  Just let me know if you are interested.

Hope you enjoyed visiting the blog today!!

Until next time, have a blessed day!!!