Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CRAFT #343 - Any Thing Goes!

It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in a Any Thing Goes Challenge!  The sky's the limit, just has to be a new creation.

Our sponsor this week is:

Scrapper's Delights

I chose to use Scrapper's Delights Coffee Sentiments for my card.

I wanted to mix things up a little, so I did some editing to the image and paper pieced the cups.  A little Copic coloring was added to the rims.  They were then fussy cut and placed on a watercolor background.  

I hope you'll have the time to play along with us this week.  For more information, inspiration and to link up be sure to visit the CRAFT Challenge blog.

I hope 2016 is full of everything good for all of you.  Praying for peace, health, joy and prosperity for all.  


Image:  Scrapper's Delights Coffee Sentiments
Sentiment:  Stamps of Life coffee4two
Paper:  Canson watercolor paper, DCWV cardstock, Recollections Mosaic Memories
Accessories:  Binney & Smith watercolors, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, Copic markers, jute

As You Like It Challenge - Anything Goes!

This fortnight's challenge theme is Anything Goes!  Your choice, you pick what you want to share!

This week our sponsor is:

My Mums Craft Shop

Here's my make for this week:

This cute little polar bear was made using a cut file and my Silhouette Cameo.  It made to perfect gift card holder for one of my coworkers and so fun!  In 2016, I'm going to try to start using my Silhouette more, there are so many cute cut files! 

I'm hoping you have a chance to head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation. While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs and what my teamies have made!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!  I also want to wish you health, happiness, peace and all the joy that crafting can bring in 2016!  Happy New Year!


I would like to enter the following challenges:
Eureka Stamps #173 - Snowmen or Snowflakes

Image:  Silhouette cut file
Paper:  Colorbok snow white textured cardstock, Basic Grey DP unsure of name
Accessories:  Sizzix embossing folder

LRW Happy New Year

I hope you are enjoying the holidays.  With New Year's Eve just around the corner, Donna has challenged us to create a Happy New Year creation.

Here's my card:

A simple little wreath made with The Cat's Pajamas wreath and poinsettia dies.  The background is stamped with The Cat's Pajamas Wreath Building Kit stamp set.  A little vellum greeting added and done! 

Please join us this week at the Little Red Wagon.  It's simple to link up and if inspiration is needed, stop by and visit the Girlfriends!

Happy New Year to everyone.  I wish you health, happiness, peace and the joy you find in crafting!  


Image:  The Cat's Pajamas wreath and poinsettia dies
Sentiment:  Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together
Ink:  Delicata Gold, SU! Red Riding Hood
Paper:  Best Occasions Metallic Paper, Neenah cardstock, cardstock scraps, vellum scraps
Accessories:  Metallic thread, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, liquid pearls

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy New Fish

Welcome to CRAFT Challenge #343!  The challenge this week is quite simply, new.  I suppose you could go with new house, new baby, new many possibilities.  So, you ask me why I went with new fish?  Mainly because I love this cute little image, but read on...

Our wonderful sponsors this week are: 

The image I am using today is a freebie from Scribbles Designs.  This cute fella is Bubbles.  

So the back story?  My daughter's fighting fish, Rainbow 2,  recently met his demise when he flopped down the drain while getting his bowl cleaned.  She was having a bad day and that was kinda the last straw.  This card is to celebrate the new fish moving in to the fishbowl.  Besides, he's so cute, I really wanted to color him up.

I made a diorama card to try to recreate a little fish bowl.  The supplies are listed below.  It will flatten out to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card.

I hope you will be able to find some time to play along with us this week at CRAFT Challenge. Be sure to get more details about our wonderful sponsers prizes.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of health, peace and love.  I want you to know how much I love seeing your creations.  Thanks for all your visits and lovely comments, they are much appreciated.


Image:  Scribbles Bubbles
Stentimet:  computer generated
Paper:  DCWV cardstock
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets, Cheery Lynn Iris Leaves Die, Reverse Confetti Beautiful Banners stamps and dies, Sizzix embossing folder, Spellbinders Frame 7

Sparkle and Shine!

I am your hostess this week at Little Red Wagon.  One of the most magical things about Christmas for me this the thought of The Star shining in the East and how beautiful it all must have been.  So I would love to see what you can come up with that sparkles and/or shines, easy peasy!

Here are my little creations:

We would to love have you play along with use this week and show us your sparkly, shiny creations.  I also want to wish you all, including my teamies a wonderful Christmas full of this wonderful season has to hold.
To play along just link up at the Little Red Wagon blog.  For some great inspiration head on out to see what the other girlfriends have created~


Image:  The Cat's Pajamas Build Your Own Snowman and Snowman Accessory kit
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas First Christmas and Bunny Christmas
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Bassill cardstock
Accessories:  The Cat's Pajama's free cut files (image), The Cat's Pajamas tag cuttable and He Said She Said CutUps, snowflake stamp, Stickles, May Arts Ribbon, Divine Twine bakers twine, Dress It Up tiny buttons, Copic markers, Ranger White embossing powder

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mele Kalikimaka #132

Apologies for being a bit late on posting this.  It's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  I went with only the sketch this week, but it's your choice, the sketch, the twist or the sketch with the twist!

This week I used the jam packed set called Tropical Christmas.  As you can see though, I could be used to make other greeting cards as well.  

Here's my card:

I had quite a time with this card.  Do you ever have a vision and have things go a completely different way because of creative opportunities (mistakes)?  I ended up coloring the image with Copic markers and fussy cutting it.  The sky is a piece of DCWV vellum, the ocean foam is Crystal Stickles and the sand is Straw Distress Stickles.  The banner is from Blueprints 2 from My Favorite Things.

I hope you'll play along with us this week.  For all the challenge details check out the blog here. You will have 2 weeks this time, the DT is taking a little extra time to spend celebrating with our loved ones.  We will be back with new creations January 4

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of health, peace and love!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Big Holiday Thank You!

Happy Thursday and welcome to CRAFT Challenge 342.  This week our challenge theme is Thank You.   

Our Sponsors this week are:
Here's my card for this week:

I used a fun Treat Cup cutting file from The Cutting Cafe'.  This particular one is call the 'Jar Set' Around the holidays I am always needing little something's to give as a small thank you.  These cute little treat cup cards are perfect.  I had such fun making this, I went back to the store and purchased the set of Christmas Treat Cups.  Regina has very helpful videos on the website.  Be sure to check out their website!  BTW, I resized the svg file so the card is about about 4.5"x5.75".  I cut it with my Silhouette, but it also comes with a PDF file.

I know life is not getting any slower, in fact for many of us the nearer the holidays get, the busier it is.  I do hope you'll take a little time for yourself and head by CRAFT Challenge to play along with us this week.  Be sure to check out the DT inspiration and to get more details about our wonderful sponsers prizes.  Thanks for dropping by!


Stamps: Verve Stamps Thankful Hearts, CC Designs Holly and Berry
Paper:  Stamping Station (vintage!), scraps from stash
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Lawn Fawn baker's twine, Elizabeth Craft tag die, Stickles, Reminisce gold pen,

AYLI #69

This fortnight's challenge theme is to share with us your favorite Christmas color choices, traditional or non traditional.  Show us your creation using these colors and tell us why they are your favorite.

This week our sponsor is:

I love both traditional and non traditional colors for Christmas.  If I had to commit to one favorite, I guess I would go with the traditional red, green and white.  Here is my card reflecting my fav:

For this card I used some note cards I got last year at 70% off. I can't tell you who they were made by because I got rid of the rather shop worn box. The other supplies used are listed below. 

I sure do appreciate you stopping by today. I hope you head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation. While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs! You are going to love the DT makes, this is one wonderful, talented group of women!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well and that your holiday prep is almost complete!


Image and sentiment:  My Favorite Things Jingle All the Way
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Unknown note cards
Accessories:  Elizabeth Craft Prig with berries die, Taylored Expressions sequins, Copic markers, Star Dust Stickles

Let's Get Sketchy

Hi! Welcome to Little Red Wagon #320, our hostess this week is Jan. Jan want us to use the sketch below as the basis of your card.

I changed things up just a bit. I wanted it to fit the envies I have so, I made it 4.25 x 5.5".

I'm making this post short and sweet.  Things seem to be spinning a little faster right now and that overwhelmed feeling is trying to creep in.  We hope you have the chance to play along with us at Little Red Wagon this week.  If you need some inspiration, pop in and take a look at the Girlfriends makes, they are gonna wow you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!


Image:  Purple Onion Designs Snow the snow person
Sentiment:  Lawn Fawn Joy die
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Lawn Fawn Snow Day, DCWV cardstock, SU! kraft cardstock
Accessories:  Darice jingle bell, jute twine, Stampendous shabby white embossing enamel,  MFT Double stitched circle die, Reverse Confetti double edged scalloped border die

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Stamp of the Month Reminder

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Here we are finding ourselves in the middle of December.  I'm hoping you'll be playing along with us at From the Heart Stamps Stamp of the Month Challenge.  This is a fun progressive challenge which allows you get the next image free.  For all the details check the blog here.  

The image is called 'Gift Stack Teddy' and isn't he adorable? I colored him with Copic markers and used the Various Ink and a terrycloth square to give him a fuzzy look. 

You've still got plenty of time to link up and if you work it right, another Christmas card done!  

Thanks for taking a look!


Image:  From the Heart Stamps Gift Stack Teddy
Stamps:  Purple Onion Have A Merry Christmas and Holly
Paper:  Scrap-Ease Gifts Galore (vintage:), DCWV cardstock
Misc:  Avery Elle Oh Yeah die, Stickles, Sulky thread

Monday, December 14, 2015

Let It Snow (Somewhere else!)

It's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  As always for this challenge you can use the sketch or the twist or do both.  Remember, you must use a FtHS image to play.

Here's my card which uses the sketch flipped to the side. I did the tWist too, there's plenty of snow on this one:

I used VW Snowman, an image Faith just recently made available in the store (along with a couple other cuties!).  The background was created by stamping white paper with VersaMark then using clear embossing.  Then distress inks were used make the snow visible.  The image was colored with Copic markers

Remember, in this challenge everyone is a winner.  For just linking up you will receive $1 credit for use at the From the Heart Stamp store.  You can use it as a discount or save up to get a free image.  For all the challenge details check out the blog here.  You'll also want to check out what the design team has created  for you this week.  I hope you have time to play along this week, can't wait to see what you create!


Image:  From the Heart Stamps VW Snowman
Sentiment:  Purple Onion Stamps
Ink:  Ranger Distress Blueprint and Broken China, VersaMark
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Frosty Friends
Accessories:  Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, Mama Elephant Tags A Lot die, clear embossing powder, My Favorite Things Snowfall stamp

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas is Coming Fast!

Hi there!  I wanted to share this little tag I made awhile back for the last Cat's Pajamas release and never got it posted.    

It was made using the adorable Snowman Accessory Kit.  The He Said, She Said CutUps were used to make the "snow banks" and the lovely snowflake is from the Double Snowflake CutUps.  The tag was cut with my Cameo using one of the tags from the Popup Slider Cutable.  The sentiment came from Build Your Own Snowman .  It was stamped and embossed with white embossing powder and cut to fit.  The cute little snowman was colored with Copic markers and his scarf was paper pieced.  

I still have plenty of Christmas prep to do.  Most of my cards still need to mailed (but they are made) and I am looking forward to making more tags this weekend .  My daughter will be home from school tomorrow (YEAH!), so I'm thinking our Christmas tree will go up this weekend!  It's going to be here in 2 weeks, ready or not!  Love this wonderful time of year!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I so appreciate that you take time to leave comments.  Praying your weekend is full of all that you love!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - #138 use diecuts and/or punches
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas/Winter
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - #74 Anything but a card
Crafting for all Seasons - #116 Anything but a card


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Joy

Hi all!  Welcome to the new CRAFT Challenge for this week.  The theme is perfect for making those last minute Christmas got it Christmas is our theme.  As usual we have some great sponsors:

Here's my card for this week:

I used Bugaboo Stamps darling image, Winter Bird Trio.  I colored the birdies using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for the first time.  Definitely need to work on this technique, but I lovethe colors.  I deleted the photo of my card before doing this post (thought I had already done it). so I apologize for the blurring picture.  Will try to snap another picture tomorrow.  Oh, my, life sometimes just moves to fast...

Anyway, the DT has created some wonderful projects for this challenge.  Please head over the the blog to take a peek and to learn more about our sponsor's prizes and of course, to link up!

Thanks for visiting!


Image:  Bugaboo Stamps Winter Bird Trio
Sentiment:  Hand written
Paper:  Canson watercolor paper, SU! Trim the Tree

Accessories:  Cherry Lynn Tags 2, Lawn Fawn Stitched snowflakes die, Marths Stewart snowflake punch, Su! pearls

It's Snowing Somewhere!

Hi everyone! Running a bit behind here, so I'll waste no time in telling you that this weeks challenge at Little Red Wagon is to show us some snow on your creation. Jan is our hostess with the mostest this week.

I decided to pull out a Pretty Pink Posh and Mama Elephant set and combined images to make a snowy shaker card.  It looks a little different where I live, but I remember those snowy days in middle America.

I'm hoping your week is going smoothly and that you will take some time to play along.  Look at it this way, I have one more Christmas card done!  Check out the inspiration from the Girlfriends and head on over to the Little Red Wagon so we can see your snowy creations!

I would also like to share this with:
A Snowflakes Promise -#11 Winter or Christmas theme
Clear it Out - ATG stash (I have a great stash of sequins!)
Creative Card Crew - Holiday season
Try It on Tuesday - Snowflakes or Winter Whites (just look at all those shaker snowflakes!)
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - ATG

Thanks for check in!


Stamps:  Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Pals, Mama Elephant Christmas Scene
Sentiment:  Pretty Pink Posh Winter Friends
Ink:  Memories Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Canson water color paper, Mohawk Color Copy
Accessories:  Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Creative Cuts, Cherry Lynn Tags 2 die cuts, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflake, Devine twine baker's twine, miscellaneous sequins/sparkle including Pretty Pink Posh, Taylored Expressions, Ranger and Sequined Bunny

Monday, December 7, 2015

From the Heart Stamps - It's Your Big Day!

Good morning everyone!  It's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  We have another great sketch with the tWist of making a gift card holder.  Remember, it's your choice to do the sketch or the tWist or both.

Here's my card using the sketch and the super fun From the Heart digi, Birthday Burger Birdbrain.

This is the perfect image for my co-worker who is a huge fan of protein in the form of meat! He has a birthday coming soon.  I colored the image with Copic markers and did a little hand stitching around the flag.

We would love to have you join our challenge this week.  For just linking up you will receive $1 credit for use at the From the Heart Stamp store. You can use it as a discount or save up to get a free image. For all the challenge details check out the blog here. You'll also want to check out the design team makes this week, they will definitely inspire you.   I hope you'll have time to play along with us, can't wait to see your creations!

Image and sentiment:  From the Heart Stamps Birthday Burger Birdbrain
Paper:  Crate Paper Hey You, kraft cardstock, cardstock scraps
Accessories:  Twine (from Walmart hardware section),  Coates and Clark thread, Queen and Company epoxy dots, Copic markers

Friday, December 4, 2015

It's a Blog Hop!

Welcome to the December From the Heart Stamps blog hop! Today we are designing around a Birthday Theme.  All of the designers are showcasing lots of fantastic projects today all surrounding birthday celebrations.

If you have arrived from Angela's blog, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything and to learn more about our special game for this hop (and chances several chances to WIN!).

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected from each blog to win an image of their choice from the FTHS store.

Here is my project, using Easter Egg Birdbrains. For an additional hint for guessing my birthday month, check out this image in the
FtHS store.

Image: Easter Egg Birdbrains 

Paper: scraps (yeah!)
Misc: Copic markers and Various ink, My Favorite Things pierced squares Dienamics, The Cat's Pajamas Stitched Clouds CutUps, SU! scallop punch
Techniques: I dabbed various ink on the sky to give a more floaty look to the sky.

Now, you're going to want to head over to Calypso's blog to see what divine creation she has come up with.

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday December 7th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps blog on Wednesday December 9th. However, that's not all...we would also like to invite everyone to create a FTHS birthday card and enter it via Inlinkz on the From the Heart Stamps blog for a chance to win a $10 FtHS voucher. This challenge will remain open until January 3rd. I sure hope you'll play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CRAFT 340 - Color Challenge

Happy Thursday and welcome to CRAFT Challenge 340.  This week we have a color challenge for you.  If you've play along with our color challenges before, you know Jo always has some luscious freebie digi paper downloads for you to play along with.

Our Sponsors this week are:

Rick St. Dennis MFA

The Paper Shelter

Here's my card for this week:

I had a bunch of fun making this criss cross card with this cutie image, Bee Bear from The Paper Shelter.  I kinda did my own thing, but the used this tutorial as the basis for my card.  I used some of the selection of digi papers Jo so generously offered.
I hope you'll have time to stop by CRAFT Challenge to play along with us this week.  Be sure to check out the DT inspiration and get more details about our wonderful sponsor's prizes.  Thanks for dropping by!


Stamps:  The Paper Shelter Bee Bear precolored image
Paper:  Trimgym's Digistamps, Papers and Images, kraft cardstock, cardstock scraps
Accessories:  Sizzix flower die, SU! label punch, Stickles

Twinkle Toes

Hi all, hope your week has been prosperous!  So glad you are here to play along with As You Like it ChallengeThis fortnight's challenge theme is male or female, which kind of cards do you like best to make.  Show us your creation and be sure to tell us why it's your favorite.

This week our sponsor is:

To tell you the truth, I just love making cards, any kind of card. I think because I love ribbons and buttons, and sparkle and bling, I would have to say girl cards are my very favorite! I also love making cards for my daughter, who actually seems to appreciate them at this point in her life.

I made this tag for her birthday which is coming up this month. I used a cute little image from Darcie's Heart and Home Rubber Stamps. She is called 'Twinkle Toes' and just seemed perfect for a girly creation.

I hope you'll head over to the AYLI blog to see what I teamies have made to inspire you.  Of course then you will want to link up your creation so we can take a look.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!


Image:  Darcie's Heart and Home Rubber Stamps Twinkle Toes
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas (sorry, it's from a retired set)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Scraps (yeah!)
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh Decorative Tag 1, May Arts ribbon, Copic markers, Ranger Liquid Pearls