De-Stressing Before the Holidays

Here is a birthday card I made today using a bit of distressing to de-stress before the holidays are upon us.  Wow, is it really only 2 weeks until Thanksgiving?

11-11-13 Distress



  • Peacock and patterned papers (PaperSource)
  • Light blue paper (Bazzil)
  • White card stock is Georgia Pacific Image Plus
  • Gold embossing powder (Recollections)
  • Various Verses and Follow Your Dreams stamp sets (Gina K.)
  • Ribbon (Michael’s)
  • Petals embossing folder (Crafts-Too)
  • Classic Ovals LG, Lacey Ovals and Foliage (Spellbinders)
  • Advanced Tape Glider and Mounting Tape (Scotch)

The long strip of paper was torn before I embossed it.  The peacock (teal), light blue and patterned paper ovals were all cut with the Lacey Ovals die and then trimmed with scissors.  I did a bit of scuffing around the ovals using some fine sandpaper to distress a bit.  This was done for the Friends of Speedy TV challenge on MFP SpeedyTV.

Thanks for spending some time with me.

Don’t Get Stressed By Christmas

Don’t get stressed by Christmas, distress your Christmas card!


This isn’t the greatest picture in the world, but I’m blaming that on the lighting.  It seems I’ll never learn not to take pictures in unnatural light.  The dark snowflakes, the ribbon and the ink, as well as the pink button are all almost exactly the same shade in natural lighting.  How often do you see a giraffe Christmas card?  This was done to meet a distressed Christmas card challenge at StampTV as well as a sketch challenge with 3 buttons at MFP SpeedyTV.


  • Rhubarb Stalk ink (Memento)
  • Assorted buttons, string and ribbon
  • Seasonal Labels (Gina K.)
  • Wild About You (Gina K.)
  • Patterned paper (Gina K.)

Thanks for spending time with me today!


I completed three challenges in one card today.  However, it did not turn out quite like I had envisioned.  The first challenge was a sketch on CardSwap, the second was a CAS done in pink regarding love and hope for StampTV, the third was a distressing challenge on SpeedyTV.  The distressing is a bit overboard, but it pretty well follows the sketch and definitely the pink CAS.



  • Worn Lipstick distress ink (Ranger)
  • Rosebud ink (Memento)
  • Blushing Pink embossing powder (Stampendous)
  • Labels Ten (Spellbinders)
  • Clear glaze pen (Sakura)

First I taped down my base card, ripped some paper and taped it down over the top leaving space between.  I then inked it with the distress ink.  After that, I took a rectangle of paper and cut the label out of the middle.  Then I inked the center area.  Stamping the sentiment on came next, followed by stamping the flowers on my inked area and embossing.  I then used some tape to pull up a bit around the edge of my card and inked that.  The sentiment didn’t stand out much, so I went over it with the clear glaze pen.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!