Why no wine?

The title is a play on words… wino wine…and this topper is a great last minute quick project to dress up that hostess bottle of wine that is de rigeur at most holiday gatherings.

I’ve been using Stampin Up products for several years in my mixed media work and been a demonstrator for a year. I see a plethora of candy wrappers in all sizes and shapes to hold virtually every type of candy under the sun, but I have yet to see a wine bottle bag, or any wine bottle décor. I think…why no wine???   imageIt’s a standard hostess gift that goes to every dinner invitation, a common Christmas gift, brings as much pleasure as chocolate…at least.

So, I’ve decided to remedy that. Still working on the gift bag idea but here’s a Christmas wine tag I had my ladies make at our last party. The reindeer is created using punches (there are You Tubes all over the place…just search reindeer punch art and you can find the directions).

The tag itself is created from a strip of Irresistible DSP from last year’s Sale-A-Bration, and a similar product can be found in the curren annual catalog on pg 142. Using sponges I coloured the paper red and punched a hole in the top…use the 1 ¼” or 1 3/8” hole punch…to slip over the wine bottle. A strip of white DSP was run through the woodlands embossing folder (currently out of stock but returning in the 2016 annual catalog). The star was punched from silver glimmer paper and jolly was cut from the same using framelits available in the current Holiday catalog…retiring Jan. 4th.

Have fun with this…the tag can be changed out with DSP and embellishments to suit any occasion…birthdays, anniversaries, thanks, congrats.

To celebrate the end of 2015 I am offering a free gift plus the new occasions and saleabration catalogs to anyone placing a $50 or greater order on my website at

Merry Christmas to everyone…enjoy this time with family and friends. Life is fragile and can change in a heartbeat so savour the moment!

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imageWhat do I love about card making, besides keeping the dying art of handwritten purposeful communication alive? There are so many things besides the texture of the paper, the smell of black stayzon ink and the delight of combining colours, patterns and embellishments.

It’s the joy and anticipation I have when making cards about how they might affect the receipient…to brighten their day, let them know someone is thinking about them and cares enough to make time creating something just for them. It’s the therapeutic effect of how I feel creating something that I know will affect someone else’s day in a positive way. If I’m feeling ill or having an “off” day…and there have been plenty of those as I have battled a serious illness, I can go into my studio and create cards for someone, get lost in the process and end up feeling better.

As a mixed media artist I work with a wide variety of papers, paints, inks, canvases, embellishments, glues and found objects making objects that look pretty/messy/colourful but always have a personal meaning. This experimentation with materials is part of what led me to Stampin Up…I absolutely adore the quality and reliability of the cardstock and inks and how the cardstock works with the ink. I make dozens of cards a month for several non-profit organizations which led me to become a Stampin Up demonstrator a year ago…the opportunity to buy my materials at a discount as that many cards gets expensive after a while.

A side bonus is a group of ladies that meet regularly to make cards with. I love designing new projects…it’s one of my strengths and these ladies love them. They’ve been making cards a lot longer than I have and I learn so much from them…the fine details and techniques that come with experience. Have come to value their friendships highly and this is one of the most important things I love about card making.

So, with this blog, I hope to reach out to others, share my designs and love of cardmaking, inspire others and perhaps make online friendships and Stampin Up customers.