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Friday, December 30, 2011

CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE - ANYTHING GOES!!

Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a week since my last post!  I am back to blogging this week with DTs returning from winter/holiday breaks and my own life being less crazy.  Hard to believe the kids will go back to school in 5 days - breaks always seem to go so quickly. 

We have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE and it is ANYTHING GOES!  We are sponsored this week by
I hope you will go check out their FABULOUS images!  Also, hope you get a chance to see all the amazing work by the other DT members by visiting CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE.


For my card I combined the DAISY DOODLE images "Snow worries be Happy" and "Snow worries be Happy 2."  I added the snowman in front of the sign/snowballs image using GIMP and then colored with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut with Nesties and then added Stickles on the snow balls.  Bo Bunny background papers cut with Marianne die.  Ribbon is from American Crafts, all DP is Bo Bunny, snowflake stickers are from K and Co.  CS from Core-dinations.  Hope you like it and will come play along in our challenge at CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE.

Additional challenges entered:

ART IMPRESSIONS - die cuts/punches
AUD SENTIMENTS - anything goes
CHARISMA CARDZ - anything goes
COLOUR CREATE - blue, white, silver
DIGI DOODLE SHOP'S BEST - anything goes
DRS DESIGNS - snowflakes
SARAH HURLEY - colouring
FOREVER FRIENDS - sketch

Sunday, December 25, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Hello everyone and Merry Christmas to all of you.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day surrounded by loved ones.  For those who don't celebrate Christmas, I wish you and safe and fabulous day surrounded by family and friends.  Our Christmas morning began early - the kids awoke around 3am to find that Santa had left a nice stash of gifts for them.  They never went back to sleep but weren't allowed to open gifts until 8am when the grown-ups got up - although we were all pretty much awake with all the chattering going on downstairs by the tree.

I made the card below for my babysitter, Caitlin, who is a Christmas baby and turned 21 today!  Caitlin has been watching my kids since she was 15 so it is cool to see her reach another milestone:)



I have used "Maisy Muff" image from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS for my card.  This image is so cute and I love the little penguin.  I colored the image with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens then cut with Nesties and added Stickles for the fur trim on her hat and on her muff and also for the snow.  Papers are Core-dinations CS, DCWV DP and silver speckled vellum that I embossed with Sizzix folder - also did that on the pink piece.  Sentiments are from Darcie's Heart and Home (Christmas) and Pink By Design (Birthday).  I added brown lace from my stash and bling flourish from Prima.

This card was also made for our challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES "O Christmas Tree,"  which runs through late tonight, so get your entries linked up over there!

Additionally, I would like to enter the following challenges:

GINGERLOFT - winter or Christmas
PAPER SUNDAES - celebrate
PILE IT ON - bling it up
2 SISTERS CHALLENGE - snowflakes
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - anything goes
ONE STOP CRAFT - winter wishes
CLEAR DOLLAR STAMPS - Birthday

Saturday, December 24, 2011

CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE AT CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE

Hello everyone and welcome to our 2nd challenge over at CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE.  My apologies for being a bit late this week (our challenge begins on Friday), but I have been ridiculously busy getting gifts wrapped and cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas.  Tonight we will have my in-laws, parents, and my husband's brother over for Christmas Eve dinner - plus my kids will obviously be here and are anticipating the arrival of Santa.  

This week our challenge is themed CHRISTMAS and we are sponsored by the FABULOUS
Our amazing sponsor this week, Dearie Dolls, who are very special to us at Card Crafter's Circle ... Mary Ellen, the wonderful owner/designer also created our header, logo and badges that adorn our challenge blog. The prize for our random winner this challenge is their choice of three (3) Dearie Doll images!
The DT were able to choose from a wonderful selection of Dearie Dolls Christmas images for our creations this week.  I chose "Winter Scene."  I hope you will get a chance to visit the blogs of the other DT girls and see their awesome creations as well as come and play along at CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE this time.  Please remember to read the rules on our sidebar:)

I colored my Dearie Dolls image with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  I cut out using Nellie's die.  Backing scalloped circle cut with Nesties.  Papers from Core-dinations and DCWV, ribbon is from my stash.  Sentiment is from Darcie's Heart and Home, cut with Memory Box die and bling from Darice added.  I also added Stickles for the snow and icicles.   I hope you like it:)

Additional challenges entered:

CRAFTY CALENDAR - December cold and Frosty
DRUNKEN STAMPERS - Glittery Christmas
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - Anything Goes
ONE STOP CRAFT - winter wishes
SECRET CRAFTER - anything goes
SWEET STAMPIN' - sparkle and bling
DELICIOUS DOODLES - anything goes
RAISE THE BAR - Christmas
STAMPIN' FOR THE WEEKEND - anything goes
STAMPIN WITH THE DRAGON - let it snow

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #101 - Someone Special

It's Wednesday so it means another challenge at The Pixie Cottage!
As always we have 2 parts to the challenge and you can choose either or both to play along with.
We have a fabulous sketch and our theme this week is "Someone Special"
This one will run for 2 weeks so the team can have a little break over Christmas.


Remember you can use the sketch or the optional technique or both!
The randomly picked winner will win two stamps of their choice from the Pixie Cottage Collection. The winner and the Top 3 favorites will be announced on the Friday after the challenge ends.  Hope you will come play along.
I have used Whispering Maisy & Matt by Di Carubia.  Image is colored with Copics, cut with Nesties and distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink.  DP is Basic Grey and Martha Stewart, CS is Core-dinations and SU.  SU CS is cut with Nellie's die.  Flowers are Petaloo, Sentiment from Darcie's Rubber stamps, stamped on silver speckled vellum, cut with Nestie and bling from Darice added.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

PHOTO INSPIRATION CHALLENGE AT THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE!

Hello All and Welcome to a NEW CHALLENGE at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE and this week, we have an inspirational photo to inspire you!!


So, go ahead and look at this photo and find something from it that inspires you.  For me, it was the color combo that gave me inspiration.  I used "cupcake" image from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE, colored it with Copics, fiskars glitter gel pens and added JudiKinz glaze.  All cuts to the image and backing layers are cut with Nesties.   Papers are Coredinations and My Mind's Eye, flowers from Recollections, sentiment cut with Lifestyle Crafts die is from Pink By Design.  I sure hope you like it and will come play along!!


You have until Monday, Jan. 2 to come play along with us at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE.  While you do not need to use an image from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE SHOP to play along with our challenge, we'd sure LOVE to see one.  Plus, you will get 2 entries per project instead of 1 if you use an image from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE or if you enter a layout.

Finally, if you get a chance, please visit the DT girls individual blogs, you will be glad you did!

Monday, December 19, 2011

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR - ANYTHING GOES WITH A BIRD

Happy Monday everyone!  Wow, less than a week til Christmas - where did the time go?!?  We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and our challenge this week is ANYTHING GOES WITH A BIRD.  So, make anything you wish, but make sure there is a bird as part of your image on your creation.

If you need a bird image, PAPER CUPCAKES "Welcome Winter," which I have used on my card, is a FREEBIE this week.  You can go to THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR BLOG to pick it up.

Our challenge will go until Christmas Day, December 25 in the evening EST.  The DT will then be off for a couple weeks to spend time with our families and we will return on January 9.  While you are not required to use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES to play along, using one will get you 2 entries into our random.org drawing for the winner.  So, I hope you will come play along!!


I colored PAPER CUPCAKES "Welcome Winter" with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut with Lifestyle Crafts die and added Aleene's glitter snow and Stickles.  DP os from DCWV, ribbon from Michaels, snowflakes and star stickers from K and Co.  CS is from Core-dinations, scalloped circle cut with Nesties, sentiment is also from PAPER CUPCAKES and colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas and then cut with Lifestyle Crafts die.

Additional Challenges entered:

GINGERLOFT - winter/Christmas
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - anything goes
PAPER SUNDAES - celebrate
MY TIME MADE EASY - color palette - red, green plus 1 (kraft)
CARD PATTERNS - sketch
CATCH THE BUG - baby it's cold outside
CRAFTY CALENDAR - December cold and frosty
CRAFTY HAZELNUTS CHRISTMAS - anything goes for Christmas

Saturday, December 17, 2011

CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE AT DI'S DIGI DESIGNS

Hello and happy weekend!!  Hope everyone is almost ready for the holidays.  To celebrate that holiday feeling, we have a NEW CHALLENGE for you at DI'S DIGI DESIGNS CHALLENGE and that is CHRISTMAS!  So, let's see those Christmas creations:) 

You have until Fri., December 30 to enter your NEW CREATION at DI'S DIGI DESIGNS CHALLENGE.  While you are not required to use an image from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS, we'd sure LOVE to see one and it will give you a chance to win 2 images from Di's in addition to be entered into our prize drawing for the prize from our amazing sponsor


So for this challenge, I have made 2 creations - one using traditional Christmas colors and one using non-tradtional Christmas colors.   Both images can be found at DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS.  The first one, "Christmas Post" is colored with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut with Nesties and Stickles added.  I also cut the backing paper with Nesties, silver speckled vellum is embossed with Sizzix snowflakes folder, lace from stash added, sentiment from Unity cut out with Nesties and bling stars added.  Papers from Core-dinations and Authentique.  Lace is from my stash and dove stickers are from K and Co.  I sure hope you like it and will come play along!!



Additional challenges entered:

ALPHABET CHALLENGE - w for white Christmas
CARD MAKIN MAMAS - Christmas
DELICIOUS DOODLES - Christmas with lots of embellies
GLITTER GEEKS - anything goes
INKSPIRATIONS - Christmas Crations
JINGLE BELLES - Christmas
JUST ADD INK - sparkle
RAISE THE BAR - Christmas
BLING IT ON - Christmas


For my second card, I have used DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS image "Rascal's present."  I have colored the image with Copics and cut with Nesties and added bling from Darice.  I decided to make this a Christmas card but using no red and green, so I have used blues and pinks.  Paper from My Mind's Eye is also cut with Nesties as is sentiment which is from C.C. Designs.  Snowflakes are from K and Co., bling flourish from Prima and lace from JoAnn.  Sparkly ribbon on tag is from my stash.  Hope you like it:)


Additional Challenges:

FAIRY FUN FRIDAYS - Holly, Jolly Christmas (no red or green)
STAMPING WITH THE DRAGON - Christmas bling
STEMPELSONNE - anything goes with stamp as main focus
EMERALD FAERIE GARDEN - flourish/swirls
FRESH BREWED - Christmas
HEIDI'S HOBBYSTUGGU - Christmas
SUNDAY'S WITH CHRISSY - anything goes
4 CRAFTY CHICKS - Christmas

Thursday, December 15, 2011

FIRST CHALLENGE AT CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE!!

Woo hoo, it is our VERY FIRST CHALLENGE at  CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE and our theme this week is CELEBRATION, so go ahead and choose some sort of celebration and make a project to reflect that celebration.

Our challenges will run weekly on Thursday in US/Friday in Australia.  You can use any products you like as long as your creation is NEW.  You can enter up to 3 projects per person and combine with 5 total challenges (including ours).  So, what are you waiting for?!?  Come join the fun!!  Also, if you get a chance, please visit the DT girls and give them some love on their fabulous creations.

Our AWESOME SPONSOR this week is BUGABOO STAMPS and they are offering a very generous prize:)  Thanks so much to BUGABOO!!





I am using "Sassy Birthday 2" from Bugaboo for my card this week.  I have colored her with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  Image cut with Nesties and then Stickles and A la Mode glitter glues added.  Flower is from Prima, ribbon from American Crafts, sentiment from Pink By Design and mounted on Lifestyle Crafts die cut piece.  CS is Core-dinations and DP is Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye.  Hope you like it and will come join us:)

Additional challenges entered:

SARAH HURLEY - coloring
SHELLY'S IMAGES - anything goes
SOUTHERN GIRLS - celebrate
THE PAPER SHELTER - celebration


DIGITAL DELIGHTS THURSDAY SHOWCASE!!

Happy Thursday to all!!  Hope your holiday preparations are going well.  This has been a melancholy week for me.  On Sat., one of my husbands work colleagues passed away.  He had been battling pancreatic cancer, so it wasn't a huge shock, but still sad and he was a wonderful man.  Then on Tues., I found out that one of my dear friends has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  She is expected to make a full recovery, but if you all could send some prayers out to her, I would be grateful.

So, now onto more fun news!  It's THURSDAY SHOWCASE over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and as always, the DT girls have created some FABULOUS projects!  I hope you will go take a look, and if you have time, venture over to their personal blogs and leave them some love:)

We are still having a HUGE sale at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP, so you will definitely want to go pick up all the great deals we've got going on over there!!

Finally, there's a NEW CHALLENGE over at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES and we'd love for you to come play along!!


For my creation today, I chose "Take A Break Ginger" which you can find at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  I have colored Ginger with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  I added Stickles for the trim on her blankie and she is cut with scissors and mounted on a doily from my stash.  All CS is Coredinations and all DP is Basic Grey.  Poinsettias are from Dazzlers and ribbon is from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Sentiment is from DIGITAL DELIGHTS and is cut with Lifestyle Crafts die, daubed with Tim Holtz distress ink and bling from Bo Bunny added.  Hope you like it:)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

100th CHALLENGE CELEBRATION AND BLOG HOP AT THE PIXIE COTTAGE!!

It's a very special challenge at The Pixie Cottage this week as we are celebrating our 100th challenge!
To mark this special occasion we are having an "Anything Goes Christmas" challenge and also a blog hop for some very special prizes!

You should have come to me from HEIDI'S BLOG and if not then please go back to The Pixie Cottage so that you don't miss a spot on the hop.  You'll need to collect letterS from all the blogs on the hop to be in with a chance of winning.

Also you must leave a comment at all the blogs as each one is giving away a Pixie Cottage Digital Image so plenty of prizeS to be had.

Finally when you get back to the The Pixie Cottage leave your name and link to your blog in the Inlinkz box for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Michelle's Scrapbooking!. We'd love you to enter with a Christmas card/project but if you are only entering the blog hop please add BH after your name. Only one "Blog Hop Only" entry per person.

So now you just need to leave me a comment and then hop along to SHANNA'S BLOG to carry on with the fun!

Btw, have you gueSSed my letter yet?!?  :)

My creation today follows both the sketch and the challenge theme of Anything Christmas.  I have chosen Winter Door by Sandra Hammer which can be found at Michelle's Scrapbooking!  I have colored the image with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens and added Aleene's glitter snow, then I masked the image with vellum and airbrused the background with my Copics.  I am not the greatest at airbrushing yet, but I think it tured out pretty cool.  I cut image out with Lifestyle Crafts dies, sentiment from Unity with Nesties, poinsetta paper with Martha Stewart punch and glitter paper background with Cheery Lynn die.  DP is Basic Grey and CS is Coredinations.  Sure hope you like it and enjoy the hop!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES - BLING IT FOR THE HOLIDAYS


Hey everyone and Happy Monday!!  Christmas is fast approaching, wow less than 2 weeks away!  Finally got all the Christmas decorations out yesterday after being too busy all of last week to do much of anything.  Now just have to send out my cards, but they are all printed and ready at least:)

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and this week Nina would like to see a WINTERY SCENE with BLING.   I have used PAPER CUPCAKES image "Sweet Trouble" this week for my card.   I LOVE dogs, so naturally, this image spoke to me:)  I colored with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut with Nesties and added Flower Soft for the trim and tassle on dog's hat and microbeads on top of Aleene's glitter snow for the snowy ground.  Base papers are Coredinations, and DP is from my stash as is ribbon.  Bling flower is from Maya Rd. and sentiment is from Taylored Expressions (sorry you can't see the wording too well) and cut with Nesties.


You have until Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10pm EST to come play along with us at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES.  You are not required to use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES, but doing so will give you 2 entries in our random.org drawing for the winner!

Hope you will come join us!!

Additional challenges entered:

INSPIRATIONS - sketch
COME AND GET IT CHALLENGES - red, green plus your choice (purple)
DREAM VALLEY - Christmas
LOLLIPOP CRAFTS - happy holidays
PAPER SUNDAES - anything Christmas
STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY - Christmas glitz
2 SISTERS - Christmas
365 CARDS - 3 types of texture (Micro beads, flowersoft, textured card stock, embossed sentiment tag)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

HOMEMADE HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH JUST SOME LINES!

I have a project to share today for our HOMEMADE HOLIDAY GIFTS Challenge at JUST SOME LINES BLOG and it is an ornament.  I bought some plastic ornaments at Michael's and ran acrylic paint and some various Adirondak alcohol inks through the inside to create it.  I added a tag using JUST SOME LINES Puppy - Christmas Trouble, which I colored with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens and then cut out using Nellie's die.  I then put a We R Memory Keepers large eyelet through the tag and attached some silver ribbon from my stash.  I hope you like it and that you come play along in the challenge - you have til Friday, December 16 to enter.



Additional challenges entered

DREAM VALLEY - Christmas
GETTING CRICKY - Joy of the season gift/decoration
GINGERLOFT - Christmas
PAN PASTEL - Tag
PAPER SUNDAES - Anything Christmas

Friday, December 9, 2011

HOPPING FOR THRIFTY GIFTS WITH THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE!!


Welcome to The Stamping Boutique’s
"Thrifty Christmas-Making Handmade Gifts" Blog Hop!!

We are very excited about the holidays and know for many money is tight this year, but that doesn’t mean you cannot give great gifts! Our Elves, oh I mean design team have been busy in their workshops coming up with some fabulous projects to help you with those last minute gift ideas. What better way to show you than to have a
BLOG HOP!!!

You won’t want to miss this hop and because we know you are all busy getting all the preparations done for the holidays, this hop will run all weekend. The hop starts today, Friday
December 9th @ 12:01 am (CST) and runs until Sunday December 11th @ 11:59 pm (CST).

If you have hopped over from Sue's blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by and would like to join our hop from the beginning, please go to Christy’s blog and follow along for a chance to win some AMAZING blog candy along the way and PRIZES at the end.

Each designer along the way is featuring a project that showcases a digital image from The Stamping Boutique store.  Be sure to visit all the design’s blogs and leave a comment (we will be checking).  Each designer will be giving away (1) FREE image from our store to one random commenter.

Once you have finished the hop, make sure to leave a comment on The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate for our store.  Remember to be eligible for all prizes, YOU MUST COMMENT ON EACH STOP ALONG THE WAY!

Your next stop will be Julia's blog, enjoy!!

For my project, I have created a 2012 Calendar using a number of different images from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE SHOP.  I am showcasing some, but not all the months.  I have added better pictures since I am now at home and have my better lighting.  I sure hope you like it, I had a great time creating it and Tracey has such an AMAZING variety of images, it was fun and easy to create:)











All images from THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE are colored with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, they are cut with Nesties, Nellies and Lifestyle Crafts dies.  Sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I have added a number of embellies and papers from Kaisercraft, My Mind's Eye, Prima, Echo Park, Offray, Jolee's Boutique, American Crafts, Petaloo and Martha Stewart.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

IT'S THURSDAY, WHICH MEANS SHOWCASE TIME AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

Happy Thursday morning all.  Please accept my apologies if you have tried to e-mail me in the last 48 hours and have not gotten a response.  My life continues to be a bit crazy - yesterday an AOL issue prevented me from accessing e-mail for most of the day and I now have over 400 items in my inbox! 

Anyway, I want to share with you my card for Thursday Showcase over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.  I have chosen to combine 3 images today - plain window, Christmas gifts and Angel Donita - you can find them all at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  Remember, we are have a BIG SALE over there, so head on over!!


I love combining my DIGITAL DELIGHTS images, using GIMP.  I have colored everything with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut out with Nesties and daubed with Memento ink.  Sentiment can also be found at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP - I have added a red circle around the sentiment using MS Word and then it is cut and decorated using Nellies dies.  Papers are Coredinations, Bazzill and DP from Imaginisce.  Satin ribbon is from Offray.  I hope you like it!

Also, we have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so I hope you will check that out and come play along:)

Additional challenges entered to follow....

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NEW CHALLENGE AT THE PIXIE COTTAGE - LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFTS OR SKETCH

It's time to share your last minute Christmas gifts or use the sketch for our NEW CHALLENGE this week at THE PIXIE COTTAGE CHALLENGE.  You have until 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, December 13 to play along.  Remember, new creations only and you can choose to follow the theme, the sketch or both!!  Can't wait to see what you create!!

Our challenge winner is announced Friday after the challenge ends and winner will receive 2 stamps of choice from MICHELLE'S SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE, home of The Pixie Cottage Collection. 

This week I have chosen to use PLAYFUL PENGUINS BY ELIEEN GUTIERREZ and to make an ornament.  This is the first time I have not used the sketch for my project - I hope you like how it turned out - I got the idea from Magnolia Magazine.  I absolutely adore this sweet image and had a wonderful time coloring it with my Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  Image is cut with Lifestyle crafts die.  I added a bow from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs and cut out with Nesties.  Ribbon is from Offray and papers from Imaginisce and all circle cut with Nesties Grand Caliber dies.  Hope you will come play along!!






MORE CHRISTMAS FUN AT JUST SOME LINES!!

Happy Wednesday!!  It's my turn to post something on JUST SOME LINES BLOG today and I have another Christmas creation for you:)

Before I get on with my project, I have had a crazy couple of days, and just need to get some of it off my chest so bear with me:) Monday, it was nasty rain here all day, and it was heavy rain all day, not just light mist or sprinkles, but heavy rain. I always pick my oldest daughter up from school on Mondays and Wednesdays for tutoring after school. I have to get there early b/c the area you have to go to pick up the kids is very small and if you don't get there early enough, you won't get out for a half an hr! So, I get there every Mon. and Weds., turn off the car, but leave music on and work on grocery lists, answering e-mails on my iPad, etc. Well, this Monday (2 days ago), I go to turn on my car after my daughter gets in and it is DEAD!! Thankfully, I was able to go into the school and find some staff members who were able to jump my car after I tried calling people for 1/2 hr. Felt bad because they had to stand out in the pouring rain. Then, I dropped my chenille glove in puddle of water when getting back into car.

Later Monday night, I burnt my thumb opening an oven bag that I was cooking a turkey in.  Then yesterday, I get the new battery for my van and my cell phone died, so off to Verizon and got a new cell phone - will take some getting used to - still a "dumb" phone as I like to call it - no touch screen, web or data plan, just for calling and texting - but different from the one I've had the past 3 years!

Ok, so sorry for babbling, feeling better now.  Want to share Jehanne's beautiful image of "Curly Sue Belts out a tune", which you can find at JUST SOME LINES SHOP.   I adore this image and imagine her singing beautiful Christmas carols. I have colored her with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut with Nesties as with backing, which I also embossed with Sizzix folder.  Sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs and says "Christmas Greetings" (still not good with my camera) and cut with Lifestyle Crafts die.   Flowers and pins are from Wild Orchid Crafts.   I was inspired by Laura's pin making (see JUST SOME LINES BLOG for her post - right below mine) to use pins, although mine aren't homemade and not nearly as lovely.   Ribbon is from Michaels.   All DP is Imaginisce and all CS is Coredinations.   Hope you enjoy it!!

Don't forget to come play along in our HANDMADE GIFTS CHALLENGE!! Can't wait to see what you make:)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Stay tuned NEW CHALLENGE AT THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE

Hey everyone! There's a NEW CHALLENGE today at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE BLOG and our challenge this week is NON-TRADITIONAL COLORED HOLIDAYS!! Unfortunately, I have had a horrible last 24 hrs and am sitting at a tire and battery place waiting to get a new battery on my van, which is not even 3 years old yet! I am in HTML mode on my iPad, which makes blogging a challenge, so please come back later for more about the challenge and my creation:)

Monday, December 5, 2011

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES - SKETCH:)

Good morning everyone and welcome to our .  We have an AMAZING sketch designed by NEW CHALLENGE this week at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES our fabulous owner, Nina May!  You can rotate, flip or resize the elements of the sketch, but please make sure we can still see that you have used the sketch:)

You have until Sunday evening, EST on December 11 to enter our challenge.  While you are not required to use an image from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, we'd sure LOVE to see one and using a PAPER CUPCAKES image plus, using one will give you 2 entries into our random.org winner's draw.  If you don't have any images from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, Nina is offering a $1 special this week, so head on over to THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES and check that out:)




For this week's challenge, I chose PAPER CUPCAKES image "Cupcake with Christmas Spray."   Image is colored with Copics, Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut with Nesties and topped with Stickles.  DP is from gcd studios, CS from Coredinations.  Sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs, corner punch used to round corners.  I sure hope you like it and will come play along!!

Addtional challenges entered:

COME AND GET IT CHALLENGES - anything Christmas
PAPER SUNDAES - red, stripes and die cuts
STAMP, SCRAP AND DOODLE - holiday card
SO ARTFUL CHALLENGES - Tis the Season

Sunday, December 4, 2011

SNOWFLAKES AT WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE

We've got a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and it's all about SNOWFLAKES!  So, get out the snowflake papers and embellies, snowmen images, snowflake dies, you name it, just show us some SNOW:)

You have until 12pm EST on Sunday, Dec. 11 to enter our challenge at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE.  While you can use any image you like to play along in our challenge, you must use a WHOOPSI DAISY image to be chosen for Top 3.  Beginning with our first challenge of 2012, we will be going to only WHOOPSI DAISY images used to enter our challenges:)  You can find the full line of ADORABLE images at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP.  You will find tons of fabulous images for all your papercrafting projects!


For my card, I chose these 2 girls from WHOOPSI DAISY sheet #276 and I think they are so gorgeous and found these amazing snowflake stickers at Michael's that I think fit with the images so well.  I colored the WHOOPSI DAISY girls with Copics.  I added papers from Echo Park and Coredinations, lace from Hobby Lobby, sentiment from Our Craft Lounge clear stamps and then snowmen stickers from Michael's.  I sure hope you enjoy this and will come play along:)

Additional challenges entered:

CARD CUPIDS - winter themed card
PILE IT ON - bling it up
BUGABOO - anything goes
DESIGNED TO DELIGHT - let it snow
ONE STOP CRAFT - let it snow
JOANNA SHEEN - Christmas wishes

DI'S DIGI DESIGNS CHALLENGE - WHITE ON WHITE

Hello everyone!!  We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you at DI'S DIGI DESIGNS CHALLENGE and it's WHITE ON WHITE with colored image.

You have until 11:59pm EST on Friday, December 16 to come play along at DI'S DIGI DESIGNS CHALLENGE.  You can use whatever images or stamps you wish as long as your project is new and no more than 3 entries per person.  Can't wait to see what you will make!!


I have chosen "Christmas Cheers" from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS for this week's card.  I added glitter for the snow and glitter flecks for the girl's trim on her coat and hat.  All other coloring done with Copics, Atyou Spicas and Fiskars glitter gel pens.  Flowers are from Prima, I sprayed them with Smooch irradescent spray and stuck American Crafts buttons on them.  I cut the image with Lifestyle Crafts die, used Nesties for the banner and used a sentiment from Taylored Expressions (sorry it is hard to read in this picture).  Ribbon was a gift from a swap I hosted years ago.  I added silver specked vellum, SU Whisper White, MS border punch and Sizzix Snowflake EF.  I sure hope you like it!

Additional challenges entered:

GINGERLOFT - winter/Christmas
KENNY K'S - texture
PAN PASTEL - the great outdoors
PILE IT ON - bling it up
THE HYBRID CHICK - glitter
2 SISTERS - punches/dies
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - buttons/bows
DIGI DAYS WITH CARDMAD FAIRY - winter wonderland
DESIGNED TO DELIGHT - let it snow
KRAFTIN' KIMMIE embossing
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - Favorite embellie (flowers)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

IT'S TIME FOR NEW RELEASES AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

Happy Thursday everyone - 1 day closer to the weekend:)  Hope you are all having a great week so far.  Mine has been busy but pretty good - I have had some time to work on my crafting, which always makes me happy!

Some exciting news at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and that is NEW RELEASES today!!  You will absolutely LOVE the NEW RELEASE with ice skaters, snowmen and snowflakes galore, there's definitely lots of fun to be had with all these new images and papers.  If you get a chance, please hop on over to DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and check out the AMAZING DT creations - I'm sure they'd love some love on their personal blogs as well:)

All the NEW RELEASES can be found at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  Plus, there's also some additional NEW ITEMS that you will want to cast your eyes on:)

Don't forget, there's also a NEW CHALLENGE at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES and we hope you will come play along!!


I am experimenting with making my photos look better, so that is why there is a different angle on this one - now if I could just get the true color to show nicely when the card is standing upright, we'll be all set!  For my card today, I used "Jingles and Tree" image, Snowflakes digi paper and one of the Snow Sentiments - all from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  I colored the image with Copics and Fiskars glitter gel pens, cut with Nesties, added daubed Memento ink for sky, Stickle for bird's trim on hat, Flower Soft for bird's tummy, Liquid Pearl and Recollections micro beads for snow on tree.  Frame cut with Nesties, sparkly white paper embossed with Sizzix folder, ribbon from stash, DP is Kaisercraft and CS is Coredinations.  Hope you like it:)

Additional challenges entered: