Tuesday, November 29, 2011

JB48, Candy Kisses

For this last Jingle Belles prompt for 2011, Stef and Lauren are asking us to make something pertaining to food. Well, that is just too yummy to pass up! I colored cutie pie George here...well not him so much as his nose, scarf, and mug! And this dp from the pack called "Mrs. Claus' Kitchen" from DCWV is the perfect match!

I can't wait to make more cards with paper from this pad! It is YUMMY! Well, it's verrrrry late, and I work tomorrow, so I may come back after work to add more details. Have a good one!

Marie :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

A new challenge to me...

is the one at The Cheerful Stamp Pad. I found it thru Bugaboo, as they are sponsoring the current challenge, "Who's wearing Santa's hat?" I thought it sounded like a cute one to try, so I'm emtering this card. This image of Poppi Penguin on an ornament is really cute. Hmmm, it seems that my mind is a bit blank as to what to say right now...I am still up from yesterday...Black Friday shopping, don't ya know! Just taking a quick break at home until Lowe's opens at 5 am. So, I guess I'll just leave things as they are for now. Sorry for not being more "chatty!"

Marie :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hello, and good evening!

Just another quickie post to link up another card to the Digi Stamp Boutique monthly challenge. Isn't this guy handsome? When Sally-Ann posted this fella some time ago, I knew I had to have him! He comes with so many "acessories" too, the stocking is just one of them. He's colored with Bics and Sharpies, and cut out with Spellbinders Labels 8. I really like this layout, and the pleated ribbon was fun to do. Well, gotta run and get this in, we're making pumpkin roll later on!

Marie :)

JB47, A Non-Christmas holiday card...

As you may have guessed, Stef and Lauren have asked us to make a card for someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas. It could be for any of the other "winter" holidays or just a general winter hello card. I went with the second option, since I don't personally know of anyone who celebrates any of the other holidays. I *love* this card! The adorable penguin is part of the set called 'Tis the Season Images by Whimsie Doodles. I colored him and cut him out to pop him up against this snowy background. He is sitting on a mound of felt snow topped with Stickles. The snowflakes are from my stash, and I had fun tucking the sentiment in between the mounds of snow. Well, gotta get this posted and linked up over at Jingle Belles, so see ya!

Marie :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

StampFairy *GLITTER* challenge

Now, who can resist a challenge that involves glitter? NOT ME! This is the second week of StampFairy's current challenge to use glitter on our projects, and here is my submission. This little guy is Lenny and he's part of the Lenny Ornaments collection. Isn't he just the cutest? I decided to try leaving him white this time, and added some shading with a BG10 Copic marker. Does he look OK? I'm still soooo unsure about shading!! The dp is from the Recollections pad called Bright and Jolly. I love this paper pad! Such cute designs! I decided to let the words on the paper stand as the sentiment. In case you can't see it very well, the glitter is all around the die cut shape. Well, I'm gonna post this and get it linked up to the challenge. I may be back with another card later on...who can tell?

Marie :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Digi Stamp Boutique November contest

Boy, do I feel ambitious this evening! LOL At least as far as posting goes...so while I was reading my blog list, I came across the latest Digi Stamp Boutique post, and I clicked to read it. While I was there, I thought I would check out the monthly challenge. It's an easy one...just link up any card made this month using a Digi Stamp Boutique image. WOOHOO!! Lucky me, I have 2! BUT, I will only show one tonight, as it is late, and I'm tired!

This image is Polly Penguin. Isn't she cute? I'm not sure WHY I colored her purple here...I guess she whispered to me that she didn't want to be weaaring her usual shade. I decided to use a scrap of dp from a Christmas pad I got last year (that I can't remember the name of ...), and that's where I got the inspiration to mat her on a light yellow circle on top of the purple lacy circle. See the yellow dots on the dp? Anyhow, I hope this will do for the challenge. Better get this linked and head to bed. I gotta drive to the orthodontist in the morning! :)

Marie :)

Whimsie Doodles...TAG, you're it!

Hello all! This is my second post for this evening, believe it or not! I wanted to get this in before I get all distracted with finding Christmas lights to put up tomorrow. :) So this card is for November's Whimsie Doodles challenge; to make a tag, or incorporate one on a card. Since I don't make tags for gifts, I went with the second option. The adorable snowman image is one of nine from the 'Tis the Season set. I adore him! I love his scarf, his little carrot nose, and his little birdie buddy! This is a pretty simple card; I used a Sizzix die for the tag, a paper from a Target dollar bin set, a snowflake punched from a shimmery paint sample, a couple of sequins and a gem on top. Three different ribbons thru the hole of the tag, and a funky fiber tied around them to keep them in place. I placed the tag on a panel that was embossed and distressed, and adhered all that onto a dark blue base. I must admit, I am not very happy with how I chose to treat the sentiment, but it is done. *sigh* Whimsie Doodles is also having an extra special addition to this challenge. There will be two winners for this challenge. One random winner will win a free image of their choice from the latest release, and the second winner will be joining the team as a Guest Designer in January 2012!!! How freakin' exciting is THAT!!!!????? What a great opportunity for whoever the lucky winner turns out to be! Well, I gotta go get this linked up to the challenge! Have a great night...I plan on enjoying some Ben and Jerry's Half Baked some time later on! :)

Marie :)

Jingle Belles46

Hello all! I really wasn't going to participate in this week's prompt at Jingle Belles, until I remembered this recycled sticker that I have been saving for a couple years. That's right, I said recycled sticker. It was on an envelope in which someone had sent me something, and I thought it was waaay too cute to throw away. So, I cut it off. Thanks to those brilliant ladies, Stef and Lauren, this receycled sticker has found its purpose. Since I am running short on time to get this linked up, I won't go into any details...it's pretty simple anyway! Just a little card this time...something different! :) I figured I would just stamp a little sentiment inside when the time comes. Thanks for looking, and have a great night!

Marie :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Stampfairy sketch challenge

Hello my blogland friends! I hope you had a good Friday, Veteran's Day! Let me take this opportunity to say "THANK YOU!" to all those who have fought and those who are fighting now for all the freedoms we hold dear. I was off today, and so were the girls, so Chad made us pancakes for breakfast (mmmmm!), and then we went outside to clean up the mess our summer garden had become. It was cold and windy today, so we tried to work quickly. BRRRR!!!!!

So, onto what you came for...a card! I was reading Deanne's blog the other day when she posted about the sketch challenge going on at the StampFairy challenge blog, so I went over to have a look. I thought the sketch looked like something I could manage, so I saved it to print off later (I was at Dunkin' Donuts taking advantage of their free Wi-Fi!). I had already had this adorable Patches Christmas colored and ready to go, so I decided he was taking center stage on this card. I used a SB sqaure die to cut him out, and sponged around him in red while he was still in the die. Matted him in green using the next size up in the SB squares. I don't know if you can see them, but there are really faint snowflakes on the red dp. That paper and the candy cane strip both came from a pack of Christmas paper from Recollections. I'm lovin' the glittery green circle cut from glitter paper bought from the dollar bin at Jo-Ann Fabrics last year! Not sure where I got the green ribbon from, but I can tell you that trying to come up with the "perfect bow" almost gave me fits!! Three little red square gems from my large stash completed this card for me! I rather like how this card came out in the end...I hope you do too! It's late, so I'll talk to ya later! Take care!

Marie :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

JB45, It Came Upon a Midnight CLEAR...

OK, before I get into talking about the Jingle Belles prompt for this week, can I ask a question? Did I miss something? Did someone, somewhere declare today to be national cheese steak day, and NOT TELL ME?? I swear I made more cheese steak hoagies today than I have in a whole month! What is up with that??? OK, onto my real reason for being here...

In case you hadn't already guessed it, the lovely Stef and Lauren have asked us to use something clear on our cards this week. Be it acetate, glass, vellum, shrink plastic...if you can see thru it, they wanted it on our cards! Well lemme tell ya, I had the DARNDEST time getting this card done! I have a whole folder filled with pieces of acetate that I have saved from packaging, and I WANTED to use my very large Marvy snowflake punch to punch one out. Well, do ya think it would work for me? NO! No matter what thickness I tried, it just would not go thru. So I gave up on that idea. My next plan was to use one of the SB snowflake dies I have and run it thru the CB. And guess what? No dice. It would mostly cut thru the acetate, but EVERY TIME I tried to use my hands to work it the rest of the way out, I would rip it. Time for another plan. I decided to axe the acetate altogether in favor of some vellum. Well, wouldn't ya know, I have no "clear" vellum, only colored. I figured it was still sorta see-thru, so I ran that thru the CB with the snowflake die. No piece of cake here either, but after a few tries with some shims, I finally got a piece I could use. You can see it up in the top left corner there. Once I had it on there, I kinda feared that maybe it wasn't see-thru ENOUGH, so I searched thru my stash of punched snowflakes for a clear one. It has red glitter on it, but it's still clear! I hope that if you enlarge the pic, you can see it on top of the green one. On top of it, I added a sequin and a tiny red gem. My LO was inspired by this one HERE, by Deanne over at Three Trees. Thanks for the inspiration, Deanne! :)

WELL, after reading all my card-making woes, you really should go over to Jingle Belles, and have a look-see at what everyone else has made. I haven't had a chance to yet, but I'm sure it's all FABBY! :)


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

JB44...Not a creature was stirring...

Not even a...ladybug?? Yup, that's right, I said a ladybug. I wanted to pick something for this week's Jingle Belles prompt that wouldn't be your "typical" creature. I think Lauren has definitely over-acheived this with her gawjuss monster card, which I adore...have I ever given you my snail mail address? :) Anyway, the sketch is the current one at Unscripted Sketches, 130. I really liked it for some reason, so chose to use it for this card. Nothing extraordinary done on this one, but I do have a question...should I put a sentiment on it, or not? Well, I gotta get this linked up and eat supper, so have a good one! :)

ETA: I didn't mention earlier (cuz I was in a hurry to eat!) that this image is from Meljen's Designs, and I am entering it into their current challenge number 82, Christmas.


Howdy, crafty friends!  The time has come for my Squirrel Sisters and I to get together and use some of our supplies that have been languish...