Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cute as a....PENGUIN!

Good evening everyone!  I hope you are all having a good week so far...everything is hunky dory here so far!  I would like to share these cards with you:
Aren't these adorable?  I just purchased this Silhouette file tonight, and HAD to make cards out of it!  I used plain old black and white cardstocks, and added some glittered cardstock for the earmuffs and scarves.  I also added some Star Dust Stickles to the headband for a bit more sparkle...honestly one can never have enough sparkle on a Christmas card!  ;) 
Entering these into the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland:  North or South Pole (polar bear or penguin)
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Anything goes for Christmas
Holly Jolly:  Anything Goes for Christmas
Sparkles Christmas:  Blue Christmas (the one with the blue scarf)
Thanks for stopping by!  Take care!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Channel your inner Elvis...

"I'll have a blue Christmas without you, I'll be so blue thinking about you, decorations of red on a green Christmas tree, won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me..."  LOL  I'm sure most of us have this song or some other Christmas song going through ours heads often during this time of year.  Heck, I bet there are those of us that have Christmas music in our heads 24/7, 365!  :)
Anyway, I want to share one of my recent creations with you:
I've been making banners for work for the last 2 weeks, off and on.  I'm making a total of 14 for the people I work nearest to, to decorate their work stations a bit for the holidays.  I've tried to create one for each person according to their favorite colors, and whether they preferred snowflakes or holly.  I wish I had started this task sooner!  I have 6 of them completely finished, and all the rest are in different stages of completion.  I have to say this is one of my favorites!
I'm adding this to the following challenges:
Completely Christmas:  Anything Goes w/a twist, use something with an "S"
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Anything Goes for Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper:  Anything Goes as long as project is covered with patterned paper
Sparkles Christmas:  A Blue, blue Christmas
Papertake Weekly:  Anything Goes w/a twist, make a gift or decoration for Christmas
Crafty Calendar:  It's all about Christmas
Thanks for stopping by!  Take care!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Season's Greetings

Happy Sunday!  I'm back to share another Christmas card:
This was not my original plan for this card, but it still turned out OK.  I got some Ranger sticky embossing powder that I used for the sentiment and added a Recollections glitter that best matched the glitter paper.  I'll have to try this again with other stamps, as I had some trouble getting this to look right.  Speaking of the glitter paper, I used the MS Punch Around the Page snowflake set around the edges.  The white layer underneath that is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  Not a very exciting card, really, but it sure does sparkle!  :) 
I'm adding this card to these challenges:
Winter Wonderland:  Let's Get Sentimental
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Anything Goes for Christmas
Holly Jolly:  Color Choice - Monochromatic
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge:  Getting Ready for Christmas (there's a tiny ornament hanging from the "S" in Season's)
Completely Christmas:  Anything goes w/a twist:  Embossing (the sentiment is heat embossed, and the white layer underneath the glitter paper is dry embossed)
Penny Black and More:  Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long:  Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by, and take care!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Silver Bells...

Hello to all my fellow bloggers/card makers!  I hope your Saturday went swimmingly!  It's COLD here in PA, but Chad and I went to a Christmas parade this morning anyway.  Of course, the day also included a visit to Michael's to get some crafty goodies!  :)
Anyway onto the purpose of this card:
I think this card came together quicker than any other card I've made in a while!  I rearranged the elements of the a2 Christmas bell card Silhouette file, and designed this in Silhouette Studio; first printing the words out, then cutting the bells and mat shape in the Cameo.  Su-WEET!  I absolutely LOVE everything I can do with the Cameo and the free software!  Then I just layered it onto a piece of silver glitter paper from American Crafts, and adhered it all to the 5.5 x 5.5 card base.  DONE!
I'm adding this shiny card to the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland:  Let's Get Sentimental
Merry Monday #135:  Christmas Bells
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Anything goes for Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge:  Getting ready for Christmas
Holly Jolly:  Color choice (monochrome)
Crafty Calendar Challenge:  All About Christmas
 Christmas Stampin' All Year Long:  Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sparkly and Sweet Patches

Good afternoon everyone!  I'm back today to share another cutie-pie Stamp Fairy image on a card:

This fella is named Patches, and isn't he holding a HUGE candy cane??  LOL!  He's my second favorite bear from Stamp Fairy.  The patterned paper is from the Recollections Sugar Plums 6x6 pad, the red glitter paper is from American Crafts, and I used Candy Cane Stickles on the red stripes of the candy cane.  I also dabbed a little yellow Stickles on the stars.  The sketch is from Papertake Weekly, #78...why did I not find this blog earlier??  Using an already designed sketch makes it so much easier for me!

This card is being added to these other challenges as well:
Papertake Weekly:  2 or 4 legs
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Anything Goes for Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge:  Keep it flat (able to put thru the mail w/out extra postage)
Sparkles Christmas:  Christmas Candy
Cutie Pie Challenge:  Festive Furry Friends
Creative Card Crew:  Christmas Joy
 Crafty Calendar:  All About Christmas
Thanks for taking the time to stop in...Have a great day, and hug your loved ones!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Barry the Bear is visiting!

Hi and happy Wednesday!  It feels like Monday to me, as I was off Monday and Tuesday...anyway I'm here to share another cute card with you all:
I actually made this card before the one in my previous post, and I liked the Papertake Sketch #45 so much, I used it again!  This image is also from the now closed Stamp Fairy digi store, and his name is Barry.  He is my favorite Stamp Fairy character!  I don't know what exactly it is about Barry, but he is so adorable!  I think Barry and his little robin friend are gonna build a snowman!  Again, I used Snow Tex and glitter together for lots of texture and sparkle:  LOVE IT!  
I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Anything Goes for Christmas
Jingle Belles:  Great Outdoors
Completely Christmas:  Anything Goes w/a twist:  Let's see some Blue!
Papertake Weekly:  2 or 4 legs
Creative Card Crew:  Christmas Joy
 The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog:  Festive Furry Friends

Thanks again for stopping by!  Take care, and hug your loved ones today!  :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Holly Jolly BINGO

Good Sunday morning!  I just have a few minutes to type up this post, as I have to get ready to leave shortly.  I wanted to share this card with you:
I used Papertake Sketch #45 for this one, and an image from the recently closed Stamp Fairy shop.  This is George.   It looks like he and his little birdie buddy are ready to sweep some snow from the sidewalk!  I used Snow Tex for the first time on this card, and I like it!  I really like that you can add glitter to it while it is still wet for the shiny effect...not that you can tell here!  I'm entering this into the current Holly Jolly challenge of BINGO, using the line down the middle:  Texture, 2 designer papers, and punches.  The texture is from the Snow Tex, the 2 designer papers come from the Jack Frost 6x6 pad from American Crafts, and the snowflake punches are from Martha Stewart.
I have to get going now, but I will be linking this to other challenges later on.

ETA:  And the other challenges are:

Winter Wonderland:  Frosty the snowman
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Snowpeople
Jingle Belles:  Great Outdoors
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Anything Goes Christmas
Completely Christmas:  Anything Goes w/a twist...Let's see some blue!
Squirrel's World:  Snow-Vember
Creative Card Crew:  Christmas Joy

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to hug your loved ones!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Golden Christmas

Good Thursday evening everyone!  I'm here tonight to share a card I *was* making for the Winter Wonderland challenge, but didn't get to link it up in time.  But I'll share it anyway:
I've always admired gold and white cards made by others, but this is the first one I've made.  I rather like it!  The image and sentiment both come from the Nativity Christmas set from Stampendous. It's a great set I bought at Michael's a few weeks ago.  I started with a 5.5 inch square card base, then layered gold shimmer paper, a corner punched white layer, a piece of sparkly and sheer wired ribbon, , then my image panel, mounted on a scrap of white that I embossed the edges of with the same powder as the image and sentiment.  I learned that from Jennifer McGuire!  Lemme show you a close up of the sparkle in the embossing powder:
Pretty, isn't it?  The photo still doesn't really do it justice.

Challenges I'm adding this to:
Holly Jolly:  BINGO/Tic Tac Toe  (I used the top row, ribbon, texture, glitter)
Completely Christmas:  Anything goes w/a twist; add a sentiment
That's all!  Thanks for stopping by...take care and hug your loved ones!  :)


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Merry Monday #132, Snowflakes, Neutral colors and Dry Embossing

Happy Tuesday evening fellow bloggers!  If you're thinking "But it's only Tuesday," think of it this way:  We're one day closer to the coming weekend than we were yesterday, lol!  I know, on with it already...
So, I'm here to share with you the card I made for this week's Merry Monday theme:
And here's my card:
Here's the lowdown:  Used Darice Snowflake Trim embossing folder which was also inked with Colorbox Frost White ink in the folder, and then painstakingly (but lovingly) added Star Dust Stickles to each snowflake.  Used one of my favorite wood stamps from Studio G for the sentiment, embossed in Snow detail embossing powder.  Used Snowflake One set from Spellbinders for my snowflake piece, which is cut from champagne shimmer paper and edged with Antique Linen.  Also popped up each layer on foam tape for dimension.  In retrospect, I may also add a pearl to the center of the snowflake.
Challenges this will go into:
Merry Monday #132:  Snowflakes, dry embossing and neutral colors
Completely Christmas#35:  Anything goes w/a twist, add a sentiment
As always, thanks for stopping by...take care and give your loved ones a hug!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Creature Feature at Jingle Belles

I'm back again on this Saturday to share another Christmas card with you:

I've had this little cutie colored up for a few weeks, just sitting on my desk waiting for the perfect card to rest on.  I decided to stay pretty simple with the layout, just using 2 patterned American Crafts papers.  The blue striped one is from the Jack Frost pad, and the red w/snowflakes is from the Wish List pad.  The robin is a DigiStamp Boutique image from this collection here.  LOVE these cuties so much!  The sentiment from Studio G is stamped in Memento Ladybug Red.
That's all there is for this one.  Here are the challenges I'm linking to:
Jingle Belles:  Creature Feature
Completely Christmas:  Anything goes w/a twist, Add a Sentiment
Sparkles Christmas challenge:  For a Child (I think a child would like this little guy!)
Thanks again for stopping by, and take care! 

Snowflakes are a-flyin'!

Happy Saturday, fellow bloggers!  I hope your day is wonderful!  It's a nice sunny day here in Pennsylvania, with a good wind blowing and a 62 degree temp.  I've had QVC on TV all day...and no I haven't bought anything!  :) 
I dropped in today to share another Christmas card:
This is the card I made out of the "test" I did for the card posted here.  I really like it in Tumbled Glass blue!  I simply used some matching glitter paper to back the image and sentiment panels.  And let me share a secret with you all:  The sentiment was originally just supposed to be stamped on the image panel, BUT since I had already attached the image panel with foam tape, it wouldn't stamp right.  So I thought I would stamp it in black, but that just didn't suit me, so I had to cover it up!  I'm so glad I had enough room to add the glitter paper behind the white panel!  WHEW!  Disaster averted!  ;)
The challenges I'm adding this card to:
Completely Christmas:  Anything goes w/a twist; add a sentiment
Penny Black and More:   Get Ahead for Christmas 
Thanks for stopping by, and take care!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One more *PINK* card...

I don't know what is in store for me tomorrow evening, so I won't promise another *PINK* card for the Jingle Belles *PINK* challenge, but I am hopeful!  For tonight however, here is my card:
Simple card here:  5.5 inch square base; slightly smaller, popped up hot pink glitter panel with cutout center circle; magenta Fred, She Said snowflake medallion; and Inkadinkado sentiment.  I used a hot pink ink for stamping, and Star Dust Stickles on the tiny circles on the snowflake...honest I did!  And that's it!
These are the challenges in which this will be entered:
Jingle Belles:  *PINK* Christmas
Winter Wonderland:  Tropical Christmas (hot pink, baby!)
Merry Monday #131:  Non-traditional colors
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge #199:  Something forgotten or never used (first time the sentiment has been inked, and been a long time since I used these Fred images!)
Thanks for stopping by, and take good care until next time!  :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

*PINK* and Tropical Non-traditional Christmas

Hello fellow bloggers!  I hope your Monday was a good one...and the rest of your week will be as well!  I'm here to share with you this card:

Aren't these penguins just adorable?  They're from Snag 'Em Stamps, and they've been sitting in my stash for a good while now without seeing any ink.  I think they are happier now that they have gotten inky!  :)  The dp all comes from the MME Merry 6 x 6 pad, and the sparkly banner is cut from a DCWV glitter cardstock 6 x 6  pad.  I was in need of a sketch, so I went to the Papertake Weekly blog for some inspiration and found some in sketch #86. 

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly:  Super Fly (anything with wings)
Jingle Belles *PINK* Christmas
Winter Wonderland:  Tropical Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Snowflakes (there are tiny snowflakes on the blue and pink circles on the dp)
Merry Monday #131: Non-traditional Christmas colors
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge:  Use something forgotten or never used
Penny Black and More:  Get Ahead for Christmas
HOLY COW!  TEN challenges! That is definitely the most I have EVER entered at one time.  How awesome is that?!
Thanks for stopping by, and take care!

ETA:  Here's a close up pic of the dotted dp with the tiny snowflakes on them!  :)

ETA:  This card won one of the prizes at the Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge!  :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let's build a snowman! :)

I just wanted to get back on here again tonight to show a card I made a couple of weeks ago:
It took me awhile to like this card.  I'm still not quite sure if I totally like it, but it's good enough to add to the blog!  This happy fellow is from the SU! set A Merry Season that my friend Roxanne is letting me borrow.  He is really cute!  I just went with a basic layout, and tried to make him as colorful as a snowman can be, lol!
I'm adding this to the following challenges:
Holly Jolly:  Snowman Fun
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas extra:  Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge: Cover card front with patterned paper
Thanks again for stopping by! 

In the *PINK* with Jingle Belles, take 2!

I'm here on this fabulous Thursday evening to share my second card for the Jingle Belles *PINK* Christmas challenge for breast cancer:
I was so inspired by this card I pinned months ago, but of course promptly forgot about it among all the other inspiration on Pinterest.  Trolling through the other day, I saw it again, and knew I had to get it out of my system!  I practiced once beforehand in Tumbled Glass, which I still may use on a card, but I really wanted to make another *PINK* card for Jingle Belles.  I think I need more practice because I went a little overboard on this one!  I kept swiping with my sponge and distress tool, and occasionally I would go over where I wanted my ending to be, so I just went all the way over, lol!  I still think it looks pretty cool, though.  This would be awesome to see in other colors too...time for more practice maybe?  ;) 
Other challenges to check out:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge: Something Round (the circles on the points of the snowflake)
Thanks for stopping by to have a look, and take care!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness, Jingle Belles style!

Good Monday evening, everyone!  I hope your days all went well...Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and relatives, too! 
I'm here to share with you my first card for the Jingle Belles *PINK* challenge:
A couple of firsts in the making of this card:  My first actual Tiddly Inks "physical" stamp, from the set that came with issue #130 of Quick Cards!  Oh, I was SO EXCITED to get my hands on this issue, let me tell ya!  The whole set is too stinkin' cute!  If you don't know this character, her name is Wrynn, and I just think she is so adorable!  My other first for this card is that this is the first time I ever tried water coloring with stamps!  I don't think I did *too* badly, but there is definitely room for improvement!  I used distress inks to do the water coloring, and watched a few YouTube videos beforehand.  The sentiment is computer generated, as I couldn't find anything at all suitable in my vast collection of Christmas stamps...imagine that, lol!  I loved this Papertake sketch that I saw on Dee's blog, so I used it for this card.  It's #68.
Other challenges I'm linking to:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra:  Always Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Snowflakes (snowflake embossing folder)
Well, I suppose that's about it for tonight.  It's 11:00pm, and I should get to bed!  Goodnight, and take care!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's PINK Christmas time! :)

OK, all my bloggy friends out there, you all know it is October already...and with that comes Breast Cancer Awareness month!  And again, the wonderful ladies that head up the Jingle Belles blog, Stef and Lauren, are joining in the fight!  Here is the info:

The "Pink Christmas" prompt will run at JINGLE BELLES from 12am on Friday, October 10th to 6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd; as in previous years, Stephanie and Lauren pledge to donate $4 per linked-up card to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The only requirement is that all link-ups be NEW holiday cards with some noticeable pink on them... so in other words, not just Rudolph's NOSE, lol!

Participants may use sketches, combine challenges, and include any other colors in addition to pink; you can showcase however many cards you'd like in one post, don't worry, we'll still count every single one of them towards the total!

Thank you very much for your support!
Now I don't have any cards to share as of this post, but I wanted to bring it to your attention if you weren't already on board!  PLEASE join in for this great cause, AND get some more Christmas cards done for your stash!  It's a win-win!!  :)  I hope to be back tomorrow with a card or two!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Merry Monday #127, Christmas Bingo

Happy Sunday afternoon folks!  Wanna get this post done quickly and link it up to the Merry Monday challenge:
Kathy has challenged us to play some BINGO this week, using the above card to play with.  I chose the top row of Sparkle, Pattern Paper, and Emboss.  I have lots of sparkle on my paper bag flowers with my homemade shimmer spray (not that you can see it in this pic!), and the Wink of Stella on my heart, plus some shimmer in the brown ribbon.  The patterned paper is from the K and Company Brenda Walton paper pad, and I embossed the sentiment in sparkle gold powder...not that you can see that either!
Other challenges I'm adding this to:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned paper challenge 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Festive Friday #40

Hello, and happy Tuesday!  I'm here this evening to share my card for Festive Friday challenge #40, for which this lovely picture is provided for inspiration:
Isn't that a beauty?  What soft yummy colors!  Of course I went with the obvious pink, and the shabby chic-ness of certain items in the photo for my card:
I cut my tree out of white card stock several times and cut the layers apart to add dimension.  Each layer is glued at the top and attached with dimensionals at the bottom to separate it from the next layer.  The doily is a Bird file found here, which I cut out of more patterned paper from the K and Company Brenda Walton 8.5 x 8.5 pad.  Satin ribbon came from the dollar store, half pearls I just bought at A.C. Moore, and pearl string from my stash.  Frayed Burlap and Spun Sugar distress ink used to ink the edges.  I couldn't find a good place for a sentiment, so I guess I'll just have to use one on the inside.  I really like how this turned out!
I'll also add this to:
Thanks for stopping by!


Hello crafty peeps!  It's time for me to share another card for the A Colorful Life Design team.  This card features the St. Paddy'...