Monday, December 26, 2011


Snowman - It is time for another challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy. This challenge is sponsored by Stretch N Bubbles and The Robin's Nest.

Here is the sketch for this fortnight. Jen does such a good job creating them. I love the yummy colors in this one. I love pink!
My image is by Stretch N Bubbles. He is such a cute snowman. I colored him with Copics and added some Stickles to the snowflakes and a little on the striped area of his scarf.

My DP is Tis the Season by DCWV. I added some snowflake eyelets in the upper left corner and a sugar paper snowflake and gemstone on the right side.

Come join in our sketch challenge and have fun!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Bingo-Top Across-ribbon, gems, and sparkle
Dutch Dare - Card Challenges #144 Make it Shimmer
Southern Girls Challenge #34 Let's Celebrate! I think the snowman is celebrating the snow!
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #144 Photo Inspired

Friday, December 23, 2011

I finally have got my Christmas cards done, well almost. I still need to attach the image, and stuff the envelopes, But hey, it isn't Christmas Eve yet! I think I am starting a new tradition of sending out my cards on Christmas Eve.

For my card, I used an old paper pad by Colorbox. My image is a rubber stamp by Stampendous, that I colored with Copic's. I inked everything with gold ink and used a strip of ribbon. My star was punched with a Creative Memories punch.

Mojo Monday #220 Sketch
Stampin Sisters in Christ #120 The True Meaning of Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday #65 Anything Christmas
C Inspirations #143 Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenges #66 Anything Goes
My Mums Craft Shop Challenges #37 Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz #50 Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lamp Post

Lamp Post - I so enjoyed coloring this lamp post image by Robyn's Fetish. I take online Copic classes from Suzanne Dean and she started session 5 that includes coloring Patina. It is a fun technique and so easy. This is only the second one that I have done. The first one, I really messed up the holly leaves, so I made a second attempt. I still did not master the hollies, so I hide them behind a bow.
I added some Stickles to the candle flame. The pine branches are a MS punch and I added 3 gemstones.

My DP is also Robyn's Fetish, who is our sponsor this fortnight at Creative Card Crew. It is digi paper and this was my first time to use digi paper. It was so easy to use and I liked that I could make the design as big or small as I wanted it. I also used some vellum. The paper was so pretty that I wanted to show it. I added Holly Stickles to the vellum. All of my papers were distressed with Vintage Photo Distress inks.

The poinsettia is a Heartfelt Creations stamp that was heat embossed by my wonderful friend Milly. I used my gold Viva Decor pearl pen in the center.

Our challenge at Creative Card Crew is Christmas lights. Hope you can join us.
Sketch Saturday #186 Sketch
Crafty Creations Challenges #148 Embossing and Glitter
Crafts and Me Challenges #65 Christmas
Crafting For All Seasons #16 Christmas
Divas By Design Challenge#17 Merry Christmas
Dutch Dare-Card Challenges #143 Bingo Pearls, embossing and distressing
4 Crafty Chicks #68 Christmas
Charisma Cardz #49 Last Minute Christmas
Simply Create Too #2 Embossing

Monday, December 12, 2011

Poinsettia Babe

Poinsettia Babe - At Seems a Little Sketchy, our sponsor for this challenge is Delicious Doodles. The have some some awesome images. I chose Christina for this challenge because I still need Christmas cards, but I was very intrigued by the Medusa's daughter image, as well as the image of a dragon with eggs. I hope to get a change to work with them sometime in the near future.
Here is our sketch for this fortnight. Jenn does such a great job designing the sketches.

My DP is K & Company's Visions of Christmas. I distressed with Vintage Photo ink.
"Christina" is colored with Copic's and I used a gold Spica pen for the center of the poinsettias. I printed the image twice and colored and cut the poinsettias on the second image, so that I could pop it up. I did the same thing on the center poinsettia in her hair.

For my poinsettia, I cut 2 large and 1 small layer of the poinsettia from the Joy of the Season Cricut cartridge. I inked with Antique Linen and Forest Moss. Then I shaped with a little, stacked them, then added some beads to the center.

Lil Red Wagon #110 Vintage Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge Y = Yippee -Anything
Divas By Design #16 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #194 Anything Goes
Meljens Designs DT #88 Use Green
Moving Along With The Times #122 Last Minute Christmas
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #112 Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity #49 Red, Green and Cream
Card Makin Mamas #35 Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Snowman With Tree

Snowman With Tree - Our finial challenge in 2011 at Craft Your Days Away is "Snowmen." I love coloring snowmen. So quick and easy when you don't have to color the whole image.

For my card, I used this cute little snowman image by Peachy Keen Stamps. My DP is K and Company "Let it Snow." Perfect for snowmen, right? It is double sided, so I used both sides of one piece of DP.
My image was colored with Copic's. B000, 00, 21, 24, 28, R20, 22, 24, 29, W1, 3, 5, 7, G 82, 12, 20. My image was then cut with a Spellbinders. Our sponsor, Simon Says Stamp carries a wide supply of crafting supplies to include Copic's and Spellbinders. They are a great place to get all of your supplies from. Everyone there is really nice and a dream to work with.
My pin is from a holiday pin swap that I participated in. I received some really pretty pins in that swap. I am doing another pin swap at CDAC. You have to be a member, but it is free to become one. Once there, go to swap central and you can sign up, too!

I also used a couple of punches and gemstones to make the sentiment embellishment. Sentiment is Dream Weavers.

You will have a whole month to enter this challenge, so get our your stash and Craft Your Days Away!

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #66 Sketch
Paper Sundaes #98 Sundae Bar pick 2 Red, Stripes, Die
The Pink Elephant Challenge #128 Snowflakes and Sparkle
Top Tip Tuesday #63 Let it Snow
Paper Take Weekly Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog Let it Snow
C Inspirations #141 Snow Much Fun
Aud Sentiment Challenge Blog #43 More Winter Holiday Sentiments

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker - Tis the Season ...... is our challenge this fortnight at Creative Card Crew. What is it the season of, you ask. Well, for me, it is the season of watching the ballet - Nutcracker. I didn't take ballet as a child, but I did as an adult. I loved it!!!!!! They asked me if I wanted to be in the recital and I told them "Yes, I do." It was a bunch of 12 year old's and me. LOL

I had a wonderful time. The next year we had enough adults to do an adult tap and jazz class, plus another adult joined me and the 12 year old's in the ballet class. We did not do the nutcracker, but we had lovely dresses and I would have felt like a real ballerina; expect that I fell and broke my foot 2 weeks before the recital. I danced anyways - with the big, clunky boot!

My image is Sassy Designs and is colored with Copic's. I added Gemstones to the nutcracker's crown and Stickles to the dancer's bow, sash and blouse, which unfortunately, doesn't show in the photo much. I then fussy cut her.
My DP is Recollections, The Ballet. DP was inked with Ranger's distress inks in Forest Moss. Forest Moss is a little hard to find, but you can get it and many other crafting delights at our sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

My ribbon is MS, which I sprayed with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, then scrunched. After it was dry, I tied the bow with my Bow Easy. The big green gemstones are Making Memories. I also added 3 tiny pearls to the bottom left of the card. I made a pin with varies beads and stuck it in the bow.

What is Tis the Season for you?

Deconstructing Jen # 29 Sketch
Do You Stack UP #48 Ties
Meljens Designs DT #87 In spirited by a song - The nutcracker suite
Southern Girls Challenge #35 Ribbon Madness
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #111 Colors of Christmas with sparkle
Fairytale-Challenge Blog #29 Christmas
Chocolate Coffee Cards #1 Celebrate
Simply Create Too #1 All about Christmas
Mami Doodles # Make it shine
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #51 Photo inspired
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #163 Photo inspired
Crazy 4 Challenges #116 Christmas movie - The Nutcracker
Ribbon Girls # Christmas
Craft Your Passion Challenges # Glitter

Monday, November 28, 2011


Heels - Today is the debut of the new sketch challenge blog Seems a Little Sketchy. I am so excited to be on this team. The sketch's are designed by Jenn of Triple J designs and I must say that they are really cute.

Our first sketch is sponsored by Bugaboo stamps! Really cute images! Quick and easy to color, just what we need for this busy holiday season.

Without further ado, here is our first sketch and this is a fortnight challenge, which means you have 2 weeks to work with this sketch. How awesome is that!

For my card, I used DCWV All Dressed Up paper pad, a cuttlebug folder, a ribbon that was tied with my Bow easy and a gemstone. I also used black leaf ribbon.
My image is Bugaboo's Heels with big bow image. I colored it with Copic's and added Stickles to the bow.
My flower started as plain white card stock, that I stamped a scenic stamp on and worked in Spun Sugar distress inks. I then cut the flower layer's with a Spellbinders die. After cutting, I misted and scrunched my flowers. After they were dry I curved with a paintbrush handle. Then stacked and put a glittered brad through all the layers.

Make sure you check out the Seems a Little Sketchy site and join us for our sketch challenge!

Southern Girls Challenge #32 Bingo - Die Cut, Gem and Ribbon also - Glitter, ribbon and embossing
Totally Gorjuss #108 Sparkle
Creative Craft Challenges 2 Free for all

Saturday, November 26, 2011

India Tilda

India Tilda - Recently, I was visiting my daughter and she has a friend from India. While her Friend dresses in western ware, her friends mother was visiting from India and her mother wore the tradition India dress everyday. I think they are so pretty and I love the bright colors. She also wore the red dot on the forehead. I really enjoyed hearing about the different customs and traditions of her culture.

I had this stamp of Tilda before my visit and I had stamped it to take with me on my trip, so I really wanted to color it up when I got home. I didn't end up with enough time there. I went to help out with my new grandson. I was there for 2 weeks, but with a new baby and a 2 year old, I was very busy.

My card is my DT card for Craft Your Days Away. Our challenge this fortnight is button and bow and we are sponsored by Crafty Emma's.

For my card I used K & Company, Berry Sweet DP. My punch is a MS.

I colored my Magnolia image with Copic's and added Stickles to the rick rack on her top and skirt. I used spring Flower Soft on the spray flowers on her arm.

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #Sketch
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog C is for ...... Chartreuse
Moving Along With the Times Ribbons and Bows
Alphabet Challenge Blog V=Vibrant

Friday, November 25, 2011

Round Up

Round Up - I have made this western themed card for this weeks challenge at Sew Many Challenges. Our challenge this week is to use twine on our projects. Well, twine just screams western to me. Do you see my little piece of twine wrapper around my sentiment?

Did you notice the spurs on my DP? It is Portobello Road by Recollections. I found this awesome pad a while back, but this is the first time that I have used it. It is all grays and browns; which is so nice for male cards. I distressed the edges with the distressing tool, then inked with Ranger's Gathered Twigs ink. The image is distressed with Fired Brick. My Sentiment is from The Paper Studio.
My image is from the Cowboy accessory pack by Sew Many Cards and colored with Copics.
My second card uses Sew Many Cards Christmas Letter image. It is a freebie! But it is available here only for a short time.
My 7 year old grandson made the DP. It is his real letter to Santa. We had been unable to get him to tell us what he wanted that was reasonable, then I thought to have him "help" me and it worked! Now I know what to get him!
This will be our last challenge of the year at Sew Many Challenges. We will return on January 6 all rested up!

Boot Card
Sunday Sketch and Stamp #82 Sketch
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #139 Boy O Boy
Cupcake Craft Challenges #169 Teen Boys
Crafts and Me Challenges #62 Shabby Chic/Vintage
Truly Scrumptious Challenges #70 Vintage
Dutch Dare - Card Challenges #40 recipe - image, DP, brads, and layers
Meljens Designs DT #86 Twine

Christmas Letter Card
Tuesday Morning Sketches #121 Sketch
Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Anything hanging
Lil Red Wagon Christmas Theme
Aud Sentiment Challenge Blog #42 Any winter sentiment - Dear Santa.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Treasures - Monochromatic is our challenge at Creative Card Crew this fortnight. I have used the Wise Men image from our sponsor Paper Pretties. They have such great images that it was hard to choose.

My DP is Hot Off The Press. It's an old Sarabook - Sapphire. What I love about the DP is that if you look closely at it, it has treasure written all over it. How cool is that with this image!

My punch is EK Success and I added a few gemstones to the lower left corner.

The image is colored with Copic's. It was fun to work with only one color family, then I added the gold to give it some pop. The sketched the rick-rack on the jug with a blue Spica pen.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing my card and I would love to see you join in our monochromatic challenge. It runs for 2 weeks, so you have a long time to get it in.

Phindys Place Challenge #82 Christmas Card
Christmas Blog Challenge # Cute Image
Stampin Sisters in Christ #116 "Praise"
Paper Sundaes #96 Beautiful bows
Divas By Design Challenge #15 Monochromatic
Deconstructing Jen #28 Sketch

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Carousel Steps

Carousel Steps - Today's challenge at Sew Many Challenges is stair step cards. This one is a side step card. If you don't know how to make one of these, there are some great tutorials on them. I went to many different ones; as I was making this card.

My DP is DCWV All Dressed Up. I love this color combo. The blue is such an awesome blue and I love the glitter in the paper. My sentiment is Hot Off the Press. I added 2 gemstones and two bows with pearls.
My image is Carousel Zee by Sew Many Cards. Angela is the creative artist behind Sew Many Cards. She has some really cute images.

Zee is colored with Copics and I added some Stickles to the canopy. The black swirls are a Studio G stamps and I used my black pearl pen by Viva Decor.
My second card uses the new dollar deal. This image of pies was so fun to color.

My DP is ARD All Through the Year. My punch is a MS. Stamp is Autumn Leaves and was cut with a Spell Binders.
I added some "sugar" to the top of the pies.

Stair Step Card:
Paper Sundaes #95 Digi Images
Do You Stack Up #46 Splash of Blue

Pie Card:
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #138 Punch It!
Anything Challenge #54 Food Related
The Play Date Cafe #108 Maroon, Copper, and Tumeric

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Adam Got Me!

Adam Got Me!! - My son, who lives in Alaska got me! LOL This blow-up Mickey has long been a standing joke in our family. When Adam was engaged to his now (what role did she have in this?) wife, they would often mention how tacky they thought these were. So guess what I gave them as a gift at their rehearsal dinner? They got married in June, 3 years ago, so you know I had long planned for that. LOL
They were visiting here from Alaska this week and I went out of town. Guess what I came home to in my front yard? Where are the culprits? Safely on a plane back to Alaska!!!!

Framed Sleigh

Framed Sleigh - This fortnights challenge at Craft Your Days Away is embellishment Bingo. We are sponsored by the awesome Simon Says Stamp. The have the most wonderful crafty stuff on their site.

Take a look at this fabulous Bingo Card. I went from top right diagonally down to the bottom left. I used pins, Flowers, and gems.
My card is a framed card. My talented friend Milly makes these cards all the time and I thought I would give it a whirl. I used the George cartridge to cut the center of the frame. My Santa's sleigh was cut with the Christmas cartridge and the building were cut with Winter Wonderland.

My DP is K and Company's Visions of Christmas. My flowers are Prima's. The white centers are pulled off a stem. My 2 year old grandson was very enthusiastic in his helping to pull apart the stems!
For my pin, I used a variety of Bead Gallery beads. The camera did not capture the beauty of the blue/green hue of the big, center bead. It is quite lovely and looks like frozen ice. The crystal corsage pins were on clearance at Walmart about 2 years ago. I wish I could find more of them. They are my favorites!

My gemstones are Darcie.
Paper Take Weekly # Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog Vintage
Truly Scrumptious Challenges #69 Bingo - Gems, Flowers, and Die Cuts
Do You Stack Up #45 Song Inspired "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
Dutch Dare-Card Challenges #138 Punches and Dies
Southern Girls Challenge #31 Song Inspired "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
Colour Create Challenge #83 Turquoise, Deep Pink and Ivory
Totally Paper Crafts #92 Victorian
If the Shoe Fits - Scrap it #96 Try Something New - the framing style card
Crazy 4 Challenges #113 Triple Treat - 3 Papers (CardStock counts) I you look closely at the inside of the frame, you will see that the cardstock base is a silvery color; 3 embellishments and 3 dies.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Grace's gift

Grace's Gift - Today I used Sew Many Cards Grace unwrapping Gift. This is a great image to have because she could also be used for a birthday or really any occasion .

Our challenge at Sew Many Challenges is to use Vellum. I love vellum, hardly ever use it. This green piece is one that I dug out of my green scrap drawer. Yes I have a draw for the scraps of several different colors. I have found this is the best system for me.

My DP came out of another of my Scrap drawers - the Christmas scrap paper drawer. I believe it is all Paper Studio. I inked all of the papers with Gathered Twigs distress inks. It is one of the limited editions Rangers inks.

I secured my Vellum with brads in each corner. Grace was colored with Copics. The flowers are Prima

Sew Many Cards dollar deal is this adorable bussel of apples. My DP is K and Company Allgancy. Image colored with Copics.
Grace's Gift Card
Christmas Challenges - #13 Sketch
Top Tip Tuesday #59 Anything Christmas
Mami Doodles #37 Christmas

Apple Card
Sunday Sketch and Stamp # Sketch
Digital Tuesday Challenge #136 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #108 use digi imge

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Thankful - This fortnights challenge at Creative Card Crew is thankful. We are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. They are one of my go to places for online craft supplies. They are the only place that I know of that still has Ranger's, limited edition, Autumn distress inks.

For my card, I used Basic Gray's Cappella paper pad. I used a MS punch for the border.
My flowers were made using Cricut's flower shoppe cartridge with a brad threaded through it. Stamp is Hot off the Press and heat embossed. I then cut if with a Spellbinders. Every thing was inked with Ranger's Walnut stain distress inks. I used WRMK baker's twine in cream soda. My flourish is Recollections.
Card Patterns #140 Sketch
Crafting For All Season's #13 Texture
Diva's By Design Challenge #14 Use Metal -brads
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #107 Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #Thankful with Sentiment
All Sorts Challenge #128 Anything but a Square
Paper Sundaes #94 Rectangle
Corrosive Challenges by Janet #136 With a Flourish
Craft Your Passion Challenges #83 Brown Somewhere
The Shabby Tearoom #87 A Shabby Thanksgiving

Friday, November 4, 2011


Jammies - Today is the new release blog hop at Sew Many Challenges. If you arrived here from Jamies blog, then you are on the right track. If you happened some other way, you can start the hop at Sew Many Challenges Blog.

You can win the entire new release plus a $15 store voucher, by leaving a comment on the store blog. And if we have more than 50 comments then we will give away a a second set of the new release. You can also win the image that I used by commenting here. So you have 3 chances to win!

Don't faint, but I actually did a page instead of a card. I won this great page kit at a scrapbooking retreat that I attended a year of two back and decided to finially use it. I love the pink and teal together for Christmas. The DP is Bo Bunny - A gift of love - Sweetie Pie Smooch. It had stickers to go with it, so I used those along with 2 tiny brads.

My image is Kiera with Candle. Kiera is one of the PJ Pals. Isn't she adorable? I like her jammies in teal. She is one of the new releases that you could win. If you can't wait and to own it right this minute, then you can purchase her at the store now.

My next project is a card. I used this month's Freebie for my Thanksgiving Card. You can get it at the last stop on the hop.

My DP is American Traditional Designs Recipe Time Fruit. My ribbon is MS. I used a variety of flowers and buttons.

I colored the Cornucopia with Copics and added some Stickles to the rim of the Cornucopia and some of the fruit. I cut the image with a Spellbinders and distressed it with one of Ranger's Autumn Seasonal distress inks. This one is gathered Twiggs. I love the color.

Leave me a comment then head over to Deanette's blog to continue the hop.

Keira with Candle Page
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #136 Borders and Frames
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog #11 Sweet
The Paper Shelter #38 Christmas fun
Do You Stack Up #44 Teal
Charisma Cardz #44 Cutesy
Meljens Designs DT #81 Brads

Cornucopia Card
IC Sketches #138 sketch
The Pink Elephant Challenge #123 Distressing
Stamp With Fun #135 buttons
Paper Take Weekly # bling
Simon Says Stamps Challenge Buttons
My Mums Craftshop Challenges #30 with Thanks
Dutchdare-Card Challenges #137 Give Thanks
Moving Along With the Times #23 Food and drink
Card Makin Mamas #32 Die-Cuts