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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS WITH THE PIXIE COTTAGE

It's time for a  NEW CHALLENGE at THE PIXIE COTTAGE BLOG!!  This weeks challenge is Holiday Decor items such as ornaments, banners, table arrangements etc. OR we'd like a card using the sketch. If you submit a card instead of the decor item then it must follow the sketch.


Here is the sketch should you choose the card option.  Remember you can use the sketch or the optional technique.  The randomly picked winner will win two stamps of their choice from the Pixie Cottage Collection (available at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More). The winner will be announced on the Friday after the challenge ends.

Here is my card this week using Hannah's Stocking by Sandra Hammer.  I am super thrilled at how my card turned out and I love this image, but you should definitely check out the decor projects and other card creations by the DT over at THE PIXIE COTTAGE BLOG because they will knock your socks off!!

I stamped Sandra's wonderful image on SU sparkle white CS - I have not used this with my Copics before, so it was an experiment.  I love how the coloring turned out, although I have to admit this is not the best paper to use with Copics - made some of them seem very dry.  I also added Aleene's sparkly snow which I found at Joanna Sheen's shop.  Papers are from Nikki Sivils and coredinations,  image cut out using Nesties as is sentiment and backing.  Sentiment from Our Craft Lounge clear stamps.  I sure hope you like it and will come play along!!

Remember to link up your project at THE PIXIE COTTAGE BLOG before December 6th at 11.59pm CST.  Pixie Cottage images are not required to play along.  Any backlinked projects will be removed.

Monday, November 28, 2011

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR AT PAPER CUPCAKES - SHABBY CHIC OR VINTAGE CHRISTMAS

Happy Monday to all!!  A little slow out of the gate this morning, but expected that after being able to sleep at least an hr. and 1/2 to 2 hrs. later everyday since Weds.  Anyhow, we have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and our challenge this week is SHABBY CHIC OR VINTAGE CHRISTMAS!  Thanks to DT Member Sonia for choosing such a fun theme!!

You have until Sunday, Dec. 4 in the evening EST to play along.  While you are not required to use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, we'd sure LOVE to see one and you will get 2 entries instead of 1 for purposes of our random.org drawing for the winner if you use one:)  Nina has added some awesome new images to the shop, so I hope you will go check them out at PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP.

For my card, I chose "Welcome Winter," which is going to be released later this month.  I love this image and enjoyed coloring it with my Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  I cut it out with Nesties and used Aleen's glitter glaze for the snow on the ground and the trim on the bird's hat.  I used papers from Kaisercraft as well as the tag, on which I added an eyelet and sentiment from Unity stamps.  Circles are cut with Lifestyle Crafts die and corners done with an EK Success punch.  I added bling from Prima as well.  I am really happy at the way this turned out - vintage/shabby chic has always been one of the most challenging styles to grasp, but I love a good challenge:)


Additional challenges entered:

DREAM VALLEY - sparkle
GINGERLOFT - winter or Christmas
PAN PASTEL - animal
PAPER SUNDAES - winter wonderland
SPARKLES FORUM CHALLENGE - vintage Christmas
STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY - anything Christmas
CRAFTY HAZELNUT'S CHRISTMAS - vintage Christmas
CRAZY 4 CHALLENGES - use some kind of snow

Sunday, November 27, 2011

WHITE ON WHITE WITH WHOOPSI DAISY:)

Hey everyone!  Hope you all had a nice weekend.  Ours was very busy with family events on Thursday and Saturday and various playdates for the kids and internet shopping.  All in all, not a bad way to spend 5 days.  The kids are really going to be bummed having to go back to school tomorrow after being off since Wednesday.

Anyway, we have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and it's WHITE ON WHITE.  So, you need to use all/mainly white and your image can be colored.  The DT girls came up with fabulous creations as always, so you will definitely want to go check them out at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE.

You have until 12 noon EST on Sunday, Dec. 4 to come play along.  You are allowed to use any images you like until the NEW YEAR.  Starting with our first challenge in January 2012, you must use a WHOOPSI DAISY image to come play along.  You can find Linnie's FULL LINE of WHOOPSI DAISY images at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP.  Linnie frequently offers FREEBIES and there's also the current BUY ONE SHEET, GET ONE FREE sale going on, so you are definitely going to want to check out!!


For my creation today, I used an image from WHOOPSI DAISY sheet #50.  This sheet can be found at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP.  It has become one of my favorite sheets!!  I colored my image with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  I added a frame made with Cheery Lynn Die, vellum that I used a Sizzix pine leaves folder on, glitter buttons from American Crafts, irradescent sequined lace from Hobby Lobby, ribbon from SU, sentiment from C.C. Designs cut with Nesties and added bling flowers from Darice.  I also added the scallops made with MFT die.  Base of card is Bazzill swiss dots CS.  Hope you like it and will come play along:) 

Additional Challenges entered:

DREAM VALLEY - sparkle
GINGERLOFT - winter or Christmas
PILE IT ON - sugar and spice (something girly)
SKETCHY COLORS - white and pink
STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY - anything Christmas
THE HYBRID CHICK - glitter
THE RIBBON GIRLS - ribbon plus white and pink
CARD PATTERNS - sketch
CRAFTY CALENDAR - winter wardrobe
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - buttons/bows
THE SECRET SATURDAY - borders and flowers
SWEET STAMPIN' CHALLENGE - die cuts/punches
TOTALLY GORGEOUS - sparkle

Saturday, November 26, 2011

MID-WEEK CHALLENGE REMINDER AT JUST SOME LINES - TIC, TAC, TOE

Hello everyone and Happy weekend!! For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving this week/weekend, I hope it was a wonderful time for you.  I have been so out of it the last few days with the kids being off since Weds., my week is completely messed up - I have no clue what day it is!!  LOL

I'm here tonight for my mid-week challenge reminder at JUST SOME LINES BLOG:) This time our challenge is TIC, TAC, TOE - 3 in a row and you can find the challenge by clicking HERE or by clicking the challenge badge on the upper left hand side of the JUST SOME LINES BLOG.

Remember, you have until Friday, Dec. 2 at 11:59pm EST to enter and you can use any images you like, although using a JUST SOME LINES image will give you an additional entry per project for purposes of our random.org drawing for the winner.

For my creation today, I chose "Emo Emma - A walk with a Little Friend" from JUST SOME LINES SHOP. I paired my JUST SOME LINES image with Prima flowers, DP from Making Memories, Coredinations, DCWV and Papertrey Ink CS and ribbon from my stash. Image is colored with Copics and Fiskers glitter gel pens. Sentiment, image and backing cut with Nesties. "Little Bird.." sentiment from Pink By Design and "Merry Christmas" from C.C. Designs. Sizzix EF used on white and red papers. My card fits the diagonal - embossing, digi, flower - across the top - embossing, tag, glitter - and down from top left - embossing, ribbon, die cut:) Hope you will come play along - you only need to make one 3 in a row. Can't wait to see your creations!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND THURSDAY SHOWCASE AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!

Edited to add - a bit late today due to blogger "forgetting" to post my scheduled project.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  Here in US, today is already busy with food preparations, although I have to say that I am extremely fortunate to have a large extended family, so I only have to bring salad to the Thanksgiving celebration.  So, once I have the topping part of the salad completed, I will be watching football and relaxing until it's time to go to hubby's brother's house.

It's SHOWCASE Thursday over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and I have to say that I am really pleased with my creation this week:)  One of my favorite things about Digital Delights images is that they are sent in both jpg and png files.  The png files are wonderful to layer using GIMP, which is a free download photo editing program.  It has taken me a while to get comfortable and familiar with GIMP, but I finally feel confident in my ability to use it:)

For my card today, I have combined dog and cat from Christmas Carolers accessories set, winter window from windows background set, and sentiment from snow sentiments set.  All these products, and the whole AMAZING collection of DIGITAL DELIGHTS images, can be found at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP

I have colored my DIGITAL DELIGHTS images with Copics, Fiskars glitter gel pen and Sakura glaze pen.  I added Perfect Pearls using Tombow blender pen.  Image is cut with Marianne Designs die.  Sentiment is in frame added by editing using MS Word, is cut with scissors and daubed with Memento Ink.  Circle is cut with Lifestyle Crafts die, ribbon is Offray, lace from Hobby Lobby and papers from Bo Bunny and Papertrey Ink.  I sure hope you like it!


Remember, there is also a NEW CHALLENGE going on at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so I hope you will check that out and come play along:)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

THE PIXIE COTTAGE - SKETCH AND/OR CHRISTMAS SET

We have a NEW CHALLENGE at THE PIXIE COTTAGE and this week it's a FABULOUS sketch, from our wonderful DT coordinator Katie Tate, and/or to make a set of goodies for Christmas - a card and a tag, box, etc.   Since I love sketches as well as challenge themes, I have done both:)

For my card, I have choesn the image "To Santa from Buffy by Alisa Ramirez" and for my ornament, I have chosen ARTish's digi image "Moose Track."   All images used, as well as the full line on PIXIE COTTAGE images can be found at MICHELLE'S SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE.  To play along in our challenges, you do not need to use a PIXIE COTTAGE image, but we'd certainly love to see one!!

Our challenge runs until Tues., November 29 at midnight CST.  Please link up your NEW creation(s) at THE PIXIE COTTAGE - I can't wait to see what you create:)

For card, my PIXIE COTTAGE image is colored with Copics and I added flower soft and some glitter for the fur parts of the hat and for the scarf.  Buttons are from Bazzill, DPs are from Papercrafting and More magazine (free monthly gift), CS from Papertrey Ink and snowflake brads from my stash.  Nesties used to cute scalloped circles.  Sentiment from Unity.


For the ornament, I used the faux mosaic technique for the base layer - took papers from Papercrafting and More magazine (same ones used for card) and ripped and then daubed ripped pieces.  I then glued everything onto ornament, which is ceramic and from Michael's, using Mod Podge.  I colored PIXIE COTTAGE image with Copics and cut out with scissors.


Sentiment is from Hero Arts clear stamps and cut with Nestie.


Hope you like everything and will come join the challenge!!

JUST SOME LINES CHRISTMAS CREATION

Happy Wednesday to everyone.  I am here today with my post from JUST SOME LINES BLOG and I would like to share my Holiday card using "Curly Sue with Christmas Candle" that you can find here at JUST SOME LINES SHOP. I have colored this wonderful image with Copics and Atyou Spicas for the holly and holly berries in her hair. I have added flowers from Prima and Recollections, DP from Bo Bunny and CS from Papertrey Ink and Bazzill. Sentiment is from Unity and cut out with Lifestyle Crafts die. Image is cut with Nestie and then daubed with Memento ink. I sure hope you like it, I had a great time creating this card.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

IT'S THANKSGIVING AT THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE

Hey everyone, it's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE and our challenge this week is THANKSGIVING!  I hope you will come and play along with us and also that you will visit THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE BLOG to see the amazing work of the TSB Challenge DT and TSB DT members.

Our challenge runs until Monday, Dec. 5 and you do not have to use a TSB image to play, however, using a TSB image will get you 2 entries instead of 1 for purposes of our random.org drawing for the winner.  Also, any scrapbook layout pages will earn you an additional entry in the drawing.

You can find the full selection of AMAZING images at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE SHOP, so I hope you will go check it out.  Tracey has been hard at work creating new images for us all to play with and they are FABULOUS!!


For my creation, I have used AJ Pilgrim with turkey.  I always have a blast coloring images from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE SHOP, and I have colored this one with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  I have cut out image and backing with Nesties.  Sentiment is from Paper Cupcakes tag set and cut with scissors, colored with Copics.  I have added a flower from Prima and buttons from SU.  My CS is Bazzill and embossed with new Sizzix folder.  DP from Crate paper.  Hope you like it:)

Additional challenges:

CELEBRATE THE OCCASION - Thanksgiving and must use buttons
CLEAR IT OUT - orange and brown plus old supplies (buttons)
CREATE ME PINK - use a digi
CREATIVE CRAFT - free for all
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - lots of circles
USE IT TUESDAY - giving thanks and hoarded supplies - buttons, DP, flowers, EFs
HIPPITY WITH IPPITY - embossing
ICOPIC - Thanksgiving/Thank you and use Copics
LOLLIPOP CRAFTS - anything goes

Monday, November 21, 2011

NEW CHALLENGE AT THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR!!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and it is DT member's Gloria Westerman. She would like to see us use Brown, Orange and Yellow on our cards/project, but with a twist....include/show "Giving Thanks" if can be words of gratitude or images...anything that shows being thankful....The DT girls have made some amazing creations for you to check out at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and if you have time, pay them a visit to their personal blogs. Also, Nina has a $1 SPECIAL for you this week, so make sure you visit THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES so you can pick that up!!

While you are not required to use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, we'd sure LOVE to see one! Plus, using one will get you 2 entries per project for purposes of our Random.org drawing for the winner. You have until Sunday, November 27 to play along.

For my project today, I used "Lion and Lamb" as well as one of the new Thanksgiving ticket sentiments from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP.


I have colored my PAPER CUPCAKES image and sentiment with Copics and cut using Nesties.  DP is from Crate Paper and CS is Bazzill.  I used a Cuttlebug EF for the green and orange strips and added buttons from Bag O' Buttons.  Martha Stewart punch used for scallop trim.  I hope you like it and will come join the fun!!

Addtional challenges entered:

DIE CUT DREAMS - thank you with circles
HOOKED ON CRAFTS - punches or die cuts (both)
ICOPIC - Thanksgiving/Thank you and use Copics
NETTIE G's - gratitude is my attitude plus fall colors
THE PINK ELEPHANT - giving thanks
VICTORINE ORIGINALS - show "Thanks" on sentiment
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS PAINT - thanks
OPUS GLUEI - thanks for being you
CATCH THE BUG - thanksgiving/give thanks

Sunday, November 20, 2011

JOIN OUR WHOOPSI DAISY BLOG HOP & ANYTHING GOES FOR CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE!!

Hey everyone!  It's time for our CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and I am so excited for you to get to see all the DT Divas amazing creations as you hop around to all the girl's personal blogs.  Please remember to leave a comment at each stop including the WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE BLOG for the chance to win the sheets used by each of the DT girls as well as the 2 sheet prize awarded to the challenge winner.  Our challenge this week will be ANYTHING THAT'S CHRISTMAS - so any NEW creation you make that has to do with Christmas can be entered. 

Also, make sure you pick up the SECRET letter on each blog and e-mail the seasonal phrase to Linnie at linniepink@gmail.com.   Can you guess my letter?!? ;)

Remember, if you want to have the chance to be chosen for Top 3 of our challenge, you must use a WHOOPSI DAISY image to enter.  Also, beginning with 2012, our challenge will be only WHOOPSI DAISY image creations allowed for entry.  Now is an AWESOME time to stock up on images from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP  because Linnie has BUY ONE SHEET, GET ONE SHEET FREE SALE going on - that's 8 images for 1 LOW PRICE!  Linnie also has a NEW FREEBIE especially for the BLOG HOP, so head on over to WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP and pick it up!

You are now at AUDREY/AUD'S Blog, you should have arrived from KAREN C.  If you have not arrived from there, please return LINNIE'S BLOG and start at the beginning.


I have used WHOOPSI DAISY sheet #50 for my creation, taking 2 of the images from it.  If you are like me, I love all Linnie's ADORABLE WHOOPSI DAISY images so much, I have trouble using only 1!  I love the way these 2 images from Sheet #50 look so nice next to one another.  I have colored the images with Copics and Fiskars Glitter Gel pens and cut them out with scissors.  I have used papers from JillieBean Soup and GCD Studios plus ribbon from my stash and bling flowers from Maya Rd.  I added a sentiment from Pink By Design clear stamps that is cut out using Lifestyle Crafts die.  I hope you like it and have fun on the hop!!

 Your next stop will be SANDE.

Additional Challenges entered:

KENNY K'S - kids rule
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - anything goes
PAN PASTEL UK - Frosty and Bright
SCRAPPY FROGS - use Kraft cardstock
SPARKLES FORUM - vintage Christmas
THE CRAFTY PAD - Festive Cheer with traditional colors (red, green, gold, silver)
2 SISTERS - let it sparkle
CRAFTY CALENDAR - winter wardrobe
SEND A SMILE 4 KIDS - Holiday card for kids
CLEARLY INSPIRED - flowers
FLOWERET - Christmas
PHINDY'S PLACE - Christmas
WAGS N' WHISKERS - Christmas
WILLOW SKETCHIE - sketch

Below is the full hop list so that you can make sure you visit all the stops along the way. Have a wonderful time!
Linnie
Nataliya
Mona E
Karen C.
Audrey/Aud
Sande
Beth
Daisychain
Sheri
Joanie
Lill S
Net
Suze

Thursday, November 17, 2011

THURSDAY SHOWCASE AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS PLUS A BONUS CREATION!

Happy Thursday to all!  Wow, can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away?!?  I cannot!!  I'm not sure where the first half of November went, but I am not going to waste time looking for it LOL!  I have 2 creations today for you using images from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.

The first one is my THURSDAY SHOWCASE creation for this week and you can also find it at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG along with the work of the other DT girls.  As always, the DIGITAL DELIGHTS DT has made some stunning creations and I hope you will go check them out at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.

We have a BIG SALE going on right now at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP, so you definitely want to go check that out!!  It's going on until Nov. 23rd. 

Finally, there's a NEW, FUN CHALLENGE at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so I hope you will go check that out and play along:)


My creation today features images and sentiment from the Thanksgiving Pilgrims and Thanksgiving Indians sets available at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  I used GIMP to put the females from each set together and then added the sentiment from the pilgrim set in between the girls.  Images are colored with Copics and cut using Lifestyle Crafts die.  Frame is made with Marianne Designs die.  Papers are from Bazzill, Coredinations and We R Memory Keepers DP.  Ribbon is from my stash, flowers from Prima and bling flowers from Maya Rd.  Hope you like it.

Additional challenges entered:
FRESH BREWED - thankful
INKY IMPRESSIONS - give thanks
PENNY'S PAPER-CRAFTY - give thanks
SIMON SAYS STAMP - thanksgiving
SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS - give thanks


I also have included my card from last week's showcase, which never made onto my blog due to an over site on my part, but I love this card so much, I really want to share it with all of you!!  I chose Caroling Petey and Polly for this one, plus the Church from the Church accessories set, all of which can be found at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP along with the sentimet, which I edited on MS Word and cut with a Nestie.  I colored the image with Copics, Atyou Spicas, Fiskars glitter gel pens, Sakura glaze pen and added Flower Soft and Liquid Pearl.  Image and fram cut with Lifestyle Crafts dies.  Papers are Bazzill and some free papers I got from Card and Papercrafting magazine.  I added Offray satin ribbon and other ribbon/bow from my stash, flowers from Maya Rd. and stars from my stash to complete the card.  Hope you like it.

Additional challenges entered:

CARD AND SCRAP - tradtional Christmas colors
CREATALICIOUS - Christmas and it sparkles
FRESH BREWED - anything goes monthly challenge
TIFFANY DOODLES - glitter and sparkle
COOKING IT UP WITH KATIE - die cut, tag, Christmas
MY MUM'S CRAFT SHOP - mix and match DPs
DIGITAL TUESDAY - Digi and Christmas
SASSY CHERYL'S - anything goes
CUPCAKE CRAFT - 2s company (mix of boy and girl)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NEW CHALLENGE AT THE PIXIE COTTAGE!!

Good morning everyone and happy Wednesday.  Very dreary day today in western Ohio, but I am excited to announce a NEW CHALLENGE over at THE PIXIE COTTAGE and it is "Family Thankfulness" and/or our sketch option.  We have another WONDERFUL sketch by DT coordinator Katie Tate this week.  So, choose the theme, the sketch or both and come join us!  You have until Tues., November 22 at 11:59 pm CST to come join the fun.  You do not need to use a PIXIE COTTAGE image to play along, but you can find the FABULOUS selection of rubber stamps and digis at MICHELLE'S SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE and we'd sure love to see a PIXIE COTTAGE image:)

For my card today, I used the rubber stamp "Not Even A Mouse" by Alisa Ramirez available at MICHELLE'S SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE .  I colored this adorable image with Copics and I added Stickles and Liquid Pearl for the trim on the hats.  I used my new Nellie's dies to cut the image.  Papers are from We R Memory Keepers and Bazzill.  Sentiment is also from THE PIXIE COTTAGE at MICHELLE'S SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE .  I have cut sentiment with Lifestyle Crafts die, daubed edges with Memento Ink and added some ebroidary cord.  Buttons are from Bag O' Buttons.  I hope you like it andwill come play along!


Additional Challenges entered:

BEARLY MINE - for the boys
CITY CRAFTER - 4 legged friends
CREATIVE CARD CREW - thankful
JEN'S DIGI STAMPS - fall/autumn
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS - thanks, giving thanks
SASSY CHERYL'S - anything goes
SHOPPING OUR STASH - never been inked (brand new stamp used)
HOOKED ON CRAFTS - die cut
MY GRAFICO - Autumn
NETTIE G'S - gratitude is my attitude and fall colors

Monday, November 14, 2011

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR AT PAPER CUPCAKES:)

Wow, had a "d'oh!!" moment there this morning.  Had written this post last night, but didn't schedule it because somehow hadn't added the photo of my creation - even though I thought I added - photos are on main computer and I had gone down to add before continuing from my laptop.  Anyway, been running around like a crazy woman so far today and when I came home, I realized I hadn't posted this!!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and it is DT Member Shirley's choice for us to use brown, orange, blue and half circle(s).  The DT girls have made some amazing creations for you to check out at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and if you have time, pay them a visit to their personal blogs.  Also, Nina has a FREEBIE for you this week, so make sure you visit THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES so you can pick that up!!

While you are not required to use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, we'd sure LOVE to see one!  Plus, using one will get you 2 entries per project for purposes of our Random.org drawing for the winner.  You have until Sunday, November 20 to play along.


I have used our AWESOME FREEBIE "Owl on Pumpkin Hat" and one of the Thanksgiving sentiments.  I colored the image with Copics.  All cuts done with Nesties except ticket which I cut out with scissors.  Papers used are Bazzill, We R Memory Keepers and Echo Park.  Flower from Prima and bling from Darice.  I hope you like it and will come play along.

Additional Challenges entered:
PAPER SUNDAES - digi images
SENTIMENTAL SUNDAYS - thanksgiving
SPARKLES FORUM - Autumn
MY SHERI CRAFTS - thankful
OUR CREATIVE CORNER - pumpkin/pumpkin pie
STAMP, SCRAP AND DOODLE - thank you/thanksgiving
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - thankful
CRAFTY CATZ - use a digi
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - Thanksgiving and digi
MY TIME MADE EASY - sketch

Sunday, November 13, 2011

WHOOPSI DAISY - SHOW US WINTER COLORS CHALLENGE

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at WHOOPSI DAISY and it is colors of winter.   You have until noon EST on Sunday, Nov. 20 to enter our challenge.  While you can use any image you'd like to play along in our challenge, but to be chosen as winner or Top 3, you must use an image from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP.  Please go check out all the NEW SHEETS Linnie has drawn for us at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP, they are FABULOUS as always, plus Buy One Sheet, Get One Free is going on now, so you want to take advantage of that!! 

When I began making my creation for this week, I had intended to use very soft purples, blues and pinks - like the coloring of my WHOOPSI DAISY images - but then I found these gorgeous winter-y papers from K and Co. and Bo Bunny, and I knew I wanted to use them, so I did:)  I also used Bazzill CS, a doily, sentiment from MFT and cut with MFT die and ribbon from Paper Pretties shop added to tag.  Fold is diamond fold and the tutorial is on SCS.  All WHOOPSI DAISY images used here are from Sheet #34.  The one on the right is flipped so she is facing the opposite direction of the one of the left.  I have colored these adorable fairies with Copics, Fiskars Glitter gel pens, and Stickles for the wings of the center image and cut them out by hand.  I hope you like my creation:)

Additional Challenges entered:
CORROSIVE CHALLENGES - give thanks
PAPER SUNDAES - digi images
SENTIMENTAL SUNDAYS - Thank you
STAMPIN' SISTERS IN CHRIST - showing gratitude
LITTLE CLAIRE'S - shaped cards
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - favorite technique - fancy fold
MY SHERI CRAFTS - thankful
ONE STOP CRAFT - ribbon and lace
STAMP, SCRAP AND DOODLE - thank you/thanksgiving
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - thankful

LAST DAY OF 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG

Hope you have had fun the past 12 days seeing all our 12 days creations at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG. The DT produced some wonderful creations. The complete set is now available in the DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  Click here to purchase them

Want a chance to win a set?? We are giving away TWO sets !! All you have to do is leave a comment on DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG telling us which DAY you like the best and whether you would like to win colored or uncolored set

You have until MIDNIGHT SUNDAY CST to comment and winner will be announced Monday.








This is my card featuring 12 Drummers Drumming image.  I love this amazing image and had great fun coloring it with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  It is cut with Nesties and then distressed with Memento Ink.  I chose papers from Bazzill, DP from a couple of craft magazines and flowers from Prima.  SU ribbon adds the finishing touch.  I hope you like it!!

Other challenges entered:

PAPER SUNDAES - digi images
PILE IT ON - traditional Christmas
STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY - die cut
2 SISTERS - anything goes
KRAFTIN' KIMMIE - masculine
THE SECRET CRAFTER - spots and stripes
TOTALLY GORJUSS - Christmas traditions
CRAFTY ANN'S - floral frenzy

Saturday, November 12, 2011

JUST SOME LINES CHALLENGE REMINDER - ORANGE AND LIGHT BLUE

Hey Everyone! I am  here to remind you that you have one more week - til 11:59pm EST on Friday, November 18 to enter our ORANGE and LIGHT BLUE color challenge at JUST SOME LINES BLOG.   I have to say, I really love the way these colors look together and I have come across a lot of papers that lend themselves nicely to this color scheme. I hope you will come play along - as always, we have AMAZING creations entered so far, but would love to see more. You can find the challenge HERE or you can also get there by clicking the badge on the left sidebar of JUST SOME LINES BLOG.  Also, please remember to leave a comment after you add your entry. Thanks!!

So today, I want to share with you a couple of cards for inspiration on the color theme. The first one is one I have made using JUST SOME LINES "Emo Angel 5." You can find her at JUST SOME LINES SHOP. I have colored her and the adorable little bird on her lap with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with Nesties and daubed with Memento ink. Sentiment is from Paper Pretties clear stamps. I used Bazzill CS, a Cuttlebug folder and DP from We R Memory Keepers. Ribbon is from my stash and bling is from Darice. I sure hope you like it.

Looking forward to seeing what you create. Remember, JUST SOME LINES image is not required to play along, but if you use one, it will give you 2 entries for each project you enter into our random.org drawing for the winner. Hugs!!
 
Additional Challenges entered:
INKSPIRATIONS - sketch

Friday, November 11, 2011

DI'S DIGI DESIGNS RIBBONS AND BOWS CHALLENGE

Hey everyone!  I am just about off to bed.  As you can tell from my post earlier today, this day and the whole week for that matter, have not been the best.  I am working to make some positive changes in my life, but of course, nothing comes easy! 

I am a wee bit late in sharing with you my creation for DI'S DIGI DESIGNS CHALLENGE, which began on Saturday.  The good news is that it is a 2 WEEK challenge, so if you haven't been able to play along yet, you still have until Friday, Oct. 18 to enter.  Our challenge is RIBBON AND BOWS (must have at least 1 of each).  Remember, you do not need to use an image from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS, but if you do, you get a chance to win 2 images from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS!


For this time's challenge card I used "One Each" from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS.  I colored the image with Copics and cut using Lifestyle Craft dies.  Sparkly textured Bazzill CS is embossed with Cuttlebug folder and ribbon is from Offray.  Buttons are from Doodlebug Designs and my stash and DP is DCWV.  Hope you like it and will come play along!

Other challenges entered:

2 SISTERS - ribbon
CATCH THE BUG - anything goes
CRAFTS AND ME - birthday
PAPER PRETTIES - buttons
C.R.A.F.T. - cute
CHARISMA CARDZ - cutesy project
FOREVER FRIENDS - animal plus something old (buttons) and something new (papers)
SASSY STUDIOS - card for a kid

Thursday, November 10, 2011

JUST BREATHE, MINI RANT AND WINNERS!!

Hello to all my wonderful friends/followers.  I am just sitting here realizing that there's just not enough time in any day to do the things I'd like to do.  But, I need to keep in mind that the Earth was not created in one day and even God took time off.  This week was pretty crazy as my hubby was gone the first 3 days of the week and so I was the only parent available to run around all my 4 kids to their various lessons, sports and other activities.  Then, our school levy failed on Tues. and sadly many of my friends who work in the schools here will lose their jobs at either the end of the calendar year or the end of the school year.  So, it has just been rough and then as a result of all this additional stuff, I haven't been as on top of crafting and the activities I really love doing and which relax me.

Anyway, sorry to go on, just needed a little venting time.  I have also been dealing with a bunch of weight gain over the past few years, and that really hit home when I ran into an old friend who thought I was pregnant (I am NOT!) - ugh!  My friend is one of the sweetest people I know and I know she didn't have an ill intent by asking me, but it did really hit home that I need to lose weight.  I have been working with a trainer since last February and then increased from 4 days a week to 6 over the summer, but I still need to be more mindful of my food intake and I am also going to work really hard to get myself off of a couple of medications that can cause weight gain.  I hope you will all support me in this journey, I am going to need A LOT of encouragement!!

Finally, with the holidays approaching, I have decided I need to pick some CANDY WINNERS and put up some NEW CANDY! 

So, my winners are:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle candy

#15 NATALI!!

Welcome Autumn Candy

#106 CEBELICA

BONUS WINNERS:

#68 LISA MINCKLER

#91 JEN LEEFLANG

Please e-mail me at danmoose@aol.com with your mailing address.  Thanks and CONGRATS!!
You have until Thurs., Nov. 17 to claim your prize or I will redraw.

Here's my NEW CANDY!


Please use Mr. Linky at bottom to enter, be or become a follower and leave me some comments when you have time:)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NEW CHALLENGE AT THE PIXIE COTTAGE - BLUE FOR A BOY AND/OR SKETCH

Happy Wednesday and welcome to a NEW CHALLENGE at THE PIXIE COTTAGE.  I love the fact that each week there is a choice to do a sketch, challenge theme or both.  This week, our CHALLENGE CHOICE - blue for a boy and/or sketch.  Thanks so much to our super talented DT member Tanya for her wonderful sketch.  I chose this week to do both the theme of blue for a boy and the sketch:) 

Please come play along by stopping by THE PIXIE COTTAGE.   You have until Tues., November 15 to add your project.  You do not need to use a PIXIE COTTAGE image in your creation, but we'd sure LOVE to see one!!  All PIXIE COTTAGE images can be found at MICHELLE'S SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE.

Today I am using one of the newest images available at MICHELLE'S SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE - "Sebastian the Snowman by Alisa Ramirez".  I stamped Sebastion using Memento ink and colored him with Copics, Atyou Spicas, Sakura gel pen and added Liquid Pearl for marshmallows and snow on his shoes.  Sentiment comes from C.C. Designs rubber stamp and cut with Nesties.  All circles also cut with Nesties.  Embossing done with Cuttlebug folder and buttons are from Basic Grey.  I used Bazzill CS and vellum.  Ribbon from SU.  I sure hope you like it and will come play along at THE PIXIE COTTAGE!!


Additional challenges entered:

BEARLY MINE DESIGNS - one for the boys
CRAFT ROOM - for a man
USE IT TUESDAY - cooking (smores) and hoard supplies (vellum, embossing folders, buttons)
DAISY DOODLES - anything goes
CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS - texture
FRESH BREWED - food
TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS - BINGO (dry embossing, ribbon, buttons)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WEDNESDAY WITH JUST SOME LINES

Wow, it's Wednesday - in some ways I feel as though it should be Friday! The past 2 days have been so crazy busy. Today I want to share one of my very favorite images from JUST SOME LINES SHOP and it is "Little Kitten 8." I LOVE the way Jehanne draws kittens and this one is so cute looking at him from the back. It reminds me a lot of one of my dogs, who is really furry and his bushy tail sticks up when he walks away.
I colored my JUST SOME LINES image with Copics. If you are familiar with my style, then you know I cannot color just grass or just sky - have to do both! I fould this awesome sentiment, which just fits so perfectly with the image, from Hanna Stamps clear stamps. I cut the image, backing and sentiment with Nesties. The DP is from We R Memory Keepers and the CS is from Bazzill. I also added ribbon from American Crafts and button, felt flower is from Jillibean Soup. I really hope you like it, I had so much fun creating it.

Don't forget our Light Blue and Orange challenge is going on til Friday, Nov. 18 at JUST SOME LINES BLOG - can't wait to see what you enter!! You can get right to the challenge by clicking HERE. Have a great day!!

Additional Challenges entered:

PAPER MINUTES - sketch
DIGITAL TUESDAY - Digital element and anything goes
CREATE ME PINK - Flowers

CREATIVE STAMP FRIENDS - brown and orange
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - anything goes plus brown

SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE AT THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE!

Good morning everyone!  Today is one of those days where I am awake, but feel like my head is just going to crash into my computer keyboard at any second.  Not sure why - it's not as though I didn't sleep well, just thoroughly exhausted!

Anyhow, we have a NEW CHALLENGE over at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE and it is to show gratitude, appreciation or to thank someone, in honor of Veteran's Day, which is celebrated in the USA on November 11.   The DT girls have all made wonderful and unique interpretations of our theme and I sure hope you will check out their amazing creativity at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE.

You have until Monday, Novemeber 21st to enter our challenge and while you are not required to use an image from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE , we'd sure LOVE to see one!!  Plus, if you use an image from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE, you will get 2 entries for each project you submit for purposes of our random drawing for the winner.  Doing a page layout also gives you 2 entries!


For my card today, I chose STAMPING BOUTIQUE image "Mail Girl" and found this sentiment from a Unity rubber stamp set and thought it went perfectly.  My idea is that the girl is mailing a thank you card to our Troops overseas.  I have colored the image with Copics and added Pearl Ex powder for the sparkly background and Liquid Pearl for the snow.  I chose Bazzill and My Memory box and Bo Bunny papers, image and sentiment cut with Nesties and little dots filled in with Memento ink that I daubed while keeping Nestie in place.  Flowered pearls are from Jolee's Boutique and bling in from Recollections.  I hope you like it and will come play along!!

Additional challenges entered:

CELEBRATE THE OCCASION - Veteren's Day
THE CITY CRAFTER - Thanks*Giving
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Thanks
DIE CUT DIVAS - die cut plus let's be thankful
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS - bling it on
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - favorite colors (purple, grey)
DAISY DOODLES - anything goes
DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY - gratitude
STAMPAVIE AND MORE - anything goes

Monday, November 7, 2011

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES - ALL WHITE WITH COLORED IMAGE


Happy Monday to all and welcome to our NEW CHALLENGE at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR W/ PAPER CUPCAKES.    This week is was my turn to choose the challenge and I have chosen ALL WHITE w/ COLORED IMAGE.  I love the look of the crisp and clear white and shades of white (cream/ivory) and then adding an image full of color.  I hope you will come play along in our challenge. 

You have until Sunday, November 13 to link up your project at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR.  While it is not necessary to use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES, we'd sure LOVE to see one!  Plus, you get an extra entry per project if you use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES and Nina always has some FREEBIES for you to try!


For this week's creation, I used PAPER CUPCAKES image "Yarah and Blow."  I love this gorgeous image and had so much fun coloring it with Copics, Fiskars glitter gel pens and Sparkling H2Os water color paints, which I used for Yarah's tail and wings.  I used papers from Bazzill and SU, pre-punched flowers from CTMH that I embossed with Cuttlebug folder.  Also used Cuttlebug folder for frame and second layer.  Frame and image cut with Nesties.  I used vellum, which I also embossed with Cuttlebug folder for strip down the side and added ric rac ribbon from CTMH and lace from Hobby Lobby.  Buttons from my stash and pearl glittered flower from Jolee's Boutique.  Sentiment is from clear Hero Arts set and cut with Nesties.  Hope you like it and will come play along.

Additional challenges entered:

CARD CUPIDS - bling
CORROSIVE CHALLENGES - with a flourish (embossing folder)
GINGERLOFT - ribbon, glitter and flowers on BINGO card
THE HYBRID CHICK - make own flower
THE SECRET CRAFTER - flowers, ribbon, lace
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - die cuts
4 CRAFTY CHICKS - die cuts
CCEE STAMPERS - 4 different embellies - lace, ric rac, buttons, flowers
SPARKLE CREATIONS - white on white

Sunday, November 6, 2011

TAG IT at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE!

Lots going on this week at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE!  First, we've changed the rules - use a WHOOPSI DAISY image for your chance to be chosen TOP 3 and wear our awesome NEW TOP 3 BADGE on your blog!!  Also, Linnie has provided a FREEBIE image and tags set over at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP, so please head on over and pick those up.

Finally, BUY ONE SHEET, GET ONE FREE bonus is going on for a limited time at  WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP, so you will want to check that out as well.   Plus, there are TONS of new sheets available in the shop, so what are you waiting for?!?  Get on over to  WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP and take advantage of these great deals:) 


Our challenge at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE this week is "TAG IT," so add your tag or make a tag and show us what you've got by linking up before 12pm EST on Sunday, November 13.

For my card, I chose this lovely WHOOPSI DAISY image from sheet #212.  I colored her with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  I added papers from GCD Studios and JillieBean Designs.  Sentiment is from Darcie's rubber stamp and cut with Nesties.  Image and backing cut with Lifestyle Crafts dies.  Bling from Recollections, ribbon from MFT.  Also used Bazzill and Core-dinations CS.  Sure hope you like it!

Additional challenges entered:

CARD CUPIDS - bling
I DID IT CREATIONS - Christmas
PAPER SUNDAES - rectangles
CRAFTY HAZELNUTS - Christmas w/ sparkle and bright colors
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - winter theme
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - die cuts
FLOWERET - Christmas

IT'S DAY 6 OF THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

Hello everyone and welcome to DAY 6 of the Twelve Days of Christmas going on at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG. Our fabulous illustrator Wendy (aka Louby Loo) has created images for each day of the classic Christmas song and today is the Sixth Day and that means 6 Geese a Layin'. Make sure you go check out DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and see all the wonderful creations the DT members have made for the past 6 days. Remember, there's still 6 more to follow!!


I colored my DIGITAL DELIGHTS image with Copics and added gold Stickles to the tassle on her hat.  Bo Bunny DP, Bazzill and Core-dinations CS used.  Lace is from Webster's Pages and sentiment "Celebrate the Season" is from MFT Clear and stamped with Brilliance ink.  Both image and tag cut with Nesties.  All the 12 Days of Christmas images can be found at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.

Additional challenges entered:

I DID IT CREATIONS - Christmas/winter
KENNY K'S - celebration time (sentiment says "Celebrate the Season")
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - use a digi
OPUS GLUEI - what's on your head w/ an animal
PAPER SUNDAES - rectangles
RIBBON GIRLS - Jingle all the way to Christmas plus ribbon (lace)
CATCH THE BUG - November anything goes
I HEART 2 STAMP - sketch

Friday, November 4, 2011

NEW NOVEMBER RELEASES BLOG HOP AT SEW MANY CARDS!!



Hello everyone!  Welcome to our NEW RELEASE hop for SEW MANY CARDS!  As you hop around to all the blogs, please remember to leave comments at each stop, including the SEW MANY CARDS SHOP.  You have a chance to win ALL the NEW RELEASES, AND A $15 voucher to spend at the shop - WOW!!  You are going to love all the new images Angela has created for everyone this month.   We also have a FREEBIE that you can pick up at SEW MANY CARDS SHOP, so don't forget to pick that up!

You should have arrived here from SMC Challenge Blog - if you did not, please go back there and start at the beginning.  You are now at Audrey's blog - welcome!

I got to work with the image "Kaden Sleeping on Wreath" this time.  I love this sweet NEW RELEASE - so pretty and relaxing.

I have colored the image with Copics and added some Liquid Pearl for the fur and tassle on Kaden's hat.  I used a Nellie's die for the image and then Nesties for the backing.  Papers are from Echo Park, Bazzill and DCWV.  Ribbon/bow is Offray.  Faux stitching and sentiment from Unity stamps.  I hope you like it!

This week's FREEBIE is "Cornucopia."  I LOVE this image as well and had great fun coloring it with Copics.  Cut image with Lifestyle Crafts die and then daubed with Memento Ink.  Papers are Bazzill and Cloud 9 Design.  Flowers from Prima.  Make sure you head on over to SEW MANY CARDS SHOP and pick this up.  Plus, don't forget to leave a comment at the shop:)

You are now off to darling's blog, have fun and enjoy the rest of the hop!!