Friday, December 31, 2010

StampFairy Friday

Good Morning!  I hope you're all doing well and ready for the New Year.  I am looking forward to tonight, just hanging out with my kids and ringing in the New Year with a bottle of sparkling cider.

Gerda at StampFairy is releasing another adorable snowman set, today's card features one of those images - this is George.

I did use the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  I enjoyed playing with one of Arlana's sketches, I haven't done that in a long time.  Hi Arlana, Nancy and Judy and team!  Hope you're all well and that you had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best in the upcoming new year.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy
Paper:  Wintery Mix digi paper (ACOT)
Copics:  B000, B97, B99, V91, V93, YR16
Tools:  Oval cutters (CM), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars)
Embellishments:  White grosgrain ribbon (Offray)

I hope you enjoy the card - it's the last one for 2010!  I do wish each and everyone of visitors a blessed New Year that is filled with laughter, love and lots of stamping.  Many hugs to you all.

Oh!  Be sure to come back on Monday to join us for the first StampFairy blog hop.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pretty Stitched Hearts

Hello everyone!  Deedee has created some really lovely Valentine images and I have a card to share with you that I am pretty proud of.  This is called Stitched with Love.

This set comes with these great hearts and sentiments, you can even grab one as a freebie - but really you want the whole set.  Here I wanted the sentiment to be the focal image with the hearts embellishing the card.  I think it turned out really nice and I hope you like it, too.  I did use a great sketch from Crafts 4 Eternity and the other part of the challenge was shades of green.  Be sure to head on over to the Deedee's Digis store to check out the other new images that Deedee created just for you.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette (SU)
Paper:  SEI
Copics:  RV000, RV02, RV10, YG00, YG03
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Textile embossing folder, Circle cutter (CM)
Embellishments:  Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon (SU)

Don't forget all Christmas and New Year's digis are on sale for just $1!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tuesday Morning Sketches #74

Good Morning everyone!  Is your week off to a great start?  I sure hope so.  I am really lovin' my sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches, it's an easy one.  We also have the sweet Elizabeth of Soft Pencil sponsoring this week.  You're going to want to head on over to her store, too and grab those images you've been putting off getting.  Elizabeth is going to be retiring her current selection so she can freshen up the store with new ones.  I can't wait to see them.

I just love this little image that Elizabeth gave me to play with.  So cute!

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Real Red (SU), Black (Michaels)
Paper:  Red dots, Red polka dots (Recollections)
Copics:  B00, C8, E30, E34, E37, G05,T27, R29, W-3, Y11, Y15, YG00, YG03, YR20
Stamps/Ink:  Borders & Corners Circles, Mini Messages (PTI), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools:  Circle cutter (CM), 1 3/8" punch

This is a really easy sketch so I hope to see over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cocoa Loves Football!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a joyous Christmas holiday.  My children and I had a great time spending time together and with friends.  My boys were certainly very excited to receive a couple of gifts that showed their love for their favorite football teams.  Their excitement over their gifts inspired me to make this card....

This is Cocoa Loves Football and so do my boys!  I paired it with Sport Sentiments, although the circle sentiment is not a Sweet n Sassy image, but it worked well.  I kept this card very simple which makes it friendly for our toddler friends.

I also used a great sketch from Paper Craft Planet to create this card (sk122510) for the layout.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Brown (Michaels)
Paper:  Little Polka Dots (Deja Views)
Images:  Cocoa Loves Football (SNSS), Sports Sentiments (SNSS), All Around Phrases (LSS)
Copics:  E30, E34, E37, E57, RV000, RV10
Prismacolor:  Cherry
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Traffic Jam embossing folder, corner rounder

Don't forget that all Christmas stamps are on sale until January 1st - 30% off!!  And then on January 1st Korin will be releasing some wonderful new stamps... I cannot wait to show them to you.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This is what happens when...

....I decide to have a play-date with the companies I design for.

Hello!  I hope you're all doing well and your Christmas plans are well in hand.  The presents are wrapped, the tree is up and I think we're actually ready for Christmas here.

I have a new friend that I met the day I interviewed for my job.  She and I were destined to meet because it turns out she lives 7 minutes from my apartment and we got put on the same schedule so we carpool.  She is such a great friend, that I felt I needed to do something for her.  We talk about a lot of things on the way to work and one of the frequent topics is recipes.

With that said, I created E a paperbag cookbook and I incorporated some adorable digis from the companies I design for.  My plan was to share page by page everyday this week - but it didn't quite work out that way.

So up first is Deedee's Digis....

Here's the cover - these digis are from the very sweet set Lovin' from my Oven.  Doesn't she remind you of Aunt Bee?

The inside two pages also featuring an image from Lovin' from my Oven.

Up next is Cocoa Loves Football from Sweet n Sassy....

I decided it would probably be a good idea to include a couple of football recipes to include her husband who was a professional football player.

Here's a close-up of Cocoa.  Isn't he awesome?!

And finally, StampFairy had to join the fun, too.  This sweet image is part of the Ginger Babies collection.

This little guy is actually the pull tab, because this recipe slips inside one of the pockets that is naturally created when using paper bags to create a book.

Such a sweet face!

Well, I probably won't be posting the rest of the week so let me wish you a very Merry Christmas!  I do hope that among all the wrappings, ribbons and cookies that the true meaning of Christmas touches your hearts and homes.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bee Crafty #44 - Rough Around the Edges

Good Morning!  This fortnight's challenge over at Bee Crafty is called Rough Around the Edges... in other words, distress your edges.  This is actually a real challenge for me, distressing is not something I'm very good at.  So with the help from a great sketch from Friday Sketchers and some awesome digi paper, my card is really kinda cute.

I used Whimsical Girl Heart Garden which is a really sweet image.  And as I said yesterday, although I am in the midst of Christmas preparations, I need a break from Christmas cards, so this Spring-y card was a great diversion.

I love these colors, too!  I found a great digi set of papers called Just the Girls by Becky Kress available at A Cherry on Top.  I really scored on this - regularly over $15 worth of digi paper for 6 digi paper packs, I got this for like $3!!  Printed out on Whisper White card stock, the colors are vibrant and gorgeous!

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Whisper White (SU!)
Paper:  Just the Girls Lola (ACOT)
Copics:  E00, E02, E29, E33, E37, E57, G02, RV06, YR20, YR23
Tools:  Oval punch, Tag punch (SU!)

I hope you join us at Bee Crafty, you have two weeks which is plenty of time to even wait to see if Santa brings you some new crafting tools to play with.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Friday, December 17, 2010

StampFairy Friday

Good Morning!  It's Friday - whoo-hoo!!  And there's only 8 shopping days left until Christmas.  Are you ready?  I am almost ready and I promised the kids we'd put the Christmas tree up this weekend.  I have no idea where we'll get it to fit, but we'll manage, I am sure.

I have to admit that I was getting  a bit, plainly put, tired of Christmas cards.  I love Christmas just as much as the next guy, but it seems I have just been creating Christmas cards lately, that I just needed a little break.  So I created this card with the Lenny Thank You image from StampFairy.  I was inspired by the great sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges.

Isn't he cute?  I really love the rich colors of this new mat stack that I got, too.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Paper:  Latte Matstack (DCWV)
Copics:  B97, C10, E33, E37, E53, V93, V95
Embellishments:  lavendar satin ribbon (Offray)

This card was really easy to make and doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles - but it turned out quite nice.  I hope you like it.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure to head on over to StampFairy to see the newest release, too.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beauty of the Season

Good Morning!  I hope everyone's week is going well.  I have another card to share with you featuring another set from Deedee's Digis.  I love this beautiful poinsettia set, it's called Beauty of the Season.

This card was a bit of challenge to make but I believe the final results are great.  The first layer was the trickiest to get the corner poinsettia elements to fit the way I did, but with a bit of patience, trial and error and tweaking, I got it to work.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Real Red (SU!)
Copics:  R27, R29, Y17, YG63, YG67
Tools:  Circle cutter (CM), Scallop Nesties (Spellbinders)
Embellishments:  green satin ribbon (Offray)

There is still time to join us for the Happy Monday challenge over at Crafting with Deedee's Digis - this week's challenge is to create a something using Burgundy and Gold - my card doesn't fit the challenge, but I just thought you'd like to know and here's another piece of news.... all Christmas and New Year's digis are on sale for just $1.  Now that's a great gift to give yourself and be nice and friendly to your wallet.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ABC Christmas Blog Hop

Good Morning!  Thank you so much for joining us for the ABC Christmas Challenge blog hop!  This is ABC's final hoorah for 2010.  I hear 2011 has some great challenges in store for you.  I am absolutely thrilled to be included in this blog hop and representing StampFairy.  StampFairy is sponsoring this holiday party so you're sure to see some pretty adorable cards along the way.  If you came here from Samantha's blog then you're on the right track for a whole lot of fun.  If you came here just to visit me and you want to join in the fun, start at ABC Christmas Challenge Blog.

So here's my card - this is S for Santa....

This Santa (4) image is so funny!  My kids said that instead of "ho ho ho" being the sentiment, I should've used "help help help"!  LOL  I also drew help from the great sketch from Waltzing Mouse sketch challenge.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Real Red, Certainly Celery
Paper:  Gift Wrap digi paper (ACOT)
Stamps/Ink:  Sentiment from CC Designs, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics:  B000, C8, C10, R27, R29, W-3, YG67
Prismacolor Marker:  Cherry
Tools:  Circle Cutter (CM), Scallop Nesties (Spellbinder), 1 1/4" and 1 1 3/8" circle punches

Be sure to visit the blogs, there are surprises along the way.  You'll also want to collect letters for a special treat.  Now hop on over to Carissa's blog.  Have fun!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday Morning Sketches #72

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!  As the cold temperatures still rock sunny Florida, it is at least feeling a little bit like Christmas.

I have a fun sketch for you to play along with over at Tuesday Morning Sketches and my dear friend, Deedee of Deedee's Digis is sponsoring this week.  So here's my card....

My card features the adorable images from the Berry Merry Christmas set.  I think I'd love to find something this cute and cuddly under my tree.  I also used more of the yummy papers from the Merry Christmas pack by Echo Park.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Handsome Hunter
Paper:  Merry Christmas (Echo Park)
Copics:  E29, E34, E37, E53, G99, R27, R29, Y17, YG63, YG67
Tools:  Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Oval cutters (CM)
Embellishments:  buttons, red satin ribbon

I do hope that you'll join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches - it will be a lot fun, a little challenging and there's a great prize up for grabs.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cocoa's Stocking

Good Morning!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  With it being a bit cold and windy and rainy yesterday, it sure made it really easy to stay indoors and at my craft table.  Today's card is featuring Cocoa's Stocking, another new Cocoa image in the Sweet n Sassy store.

How could anyone not love this little mouse?  He's adorable!!

I did use the sketch from Our Creative Corner for the layout of this card and it was perfect!  It went together so easily.  Again I am featuring the lovely papers from the Merry Christmas sampler pack - I just can't get enough of this paper.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Garden Green, Handsome Hunter (SU!)
Paper:  Merry Christmas (Echo Park)
Image:  Cocoa's Stocking
Stamps/Ink:  Sentiment from Santa's Helper Cocoa, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics:  C8, R27, R29, RV000, RV10, W-3, Y15, Y17, YG63, YG67
Tools:  Circle cutters (CM)
Embellishments:  Brads (Basic Grey), Snowflake (Making Memories)

I do hope you like my card and that it inspires you to create.  The new Crazy for Cocoa challenge blog is up and running and the store is always open.  Happy Monday!

Friday, December 10, 2010

StampFairy Friday

Good Morning!  I am soooo glad it's Friday.  I'm looking forward to a low-key weekend and hoping for some quality crafting time.  I need to finish up some Christmas cards and get them ready to mail.

Here's my card using an adorable image from StampFairy.  This is Donny Christmas Angel (5) and he's rejoicing the Season.

I did use the sketch from Truly Scrumptious as inspiration for the layout of the card - it came together so easily, I love sketches like that.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Black (Recollections), Whisper White (SU!)
Paper:  Merry Christmas (Echo Park)
Copics:  B000, C8, C10, E30, E34, E37, E53, R27, R29, Y11, Y15
Tools:  Corner rounder (CM), Oval punch, Label punch (SU!)
Embellishments:  green ribbon (Offray), Ice Stickles

Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you a very happy weekend.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Visions of all thing sweet....

Good morning everyone!  I have to post this super quick - I forgot to set it for auto-post last night so I have to post quickly and then get busy getting ready for work.

I posted this card yesterday on Crafting with Deedee's Digis and I really love this image.  I used Gingerbread Holiday stamp set and am so pleased with this card....

One year my Mom decided she and the kids were going to make gingerbread houses for other grandmother and a neighbor.  My kids were still pretty little so you can only imagine how well these houses were put together - but in our eyes, they were magnificent!  This memory was triggered when I saw Deedee's Gingerbread Holidays set for the first time.  I colored this with every color of "icing" I could think of. And if you look close, you can see that I added coarse glitter to the gumdrops along the eaves so that they looked like real gumdrops.

And since every home is decorated on the inside, this one is too. I carried the the candy cane theme to the inside and added a simple and very sweet sentiment (also included in the set) to finish it off.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Chocolate Chip, Real Red (SU!)
Paper:  Christmas Stack (DCWV)
Copics:  E33, E34, E37, G00, G02, R02, R27, R29, RV000, RV02, RV06, RV10, Y15, YG00, YG03
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Candy Cane embossing folder, 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop punch (SU!)
Embellishments:  coarse glitter (Martha Stewart)

I do hope you like my card and that it inspires you to build and share Holiday memories.  Have a super sweet day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday Morning Sketches #71

Good Morning!  I have a really fun sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches and we have a returning favorite sponsor, Roberta from Prairie Fairy Designs is with us some great holiday images.

I am featuring a very sweet snowman from Prairie Fairy Designs and digi paper from A Cherry on Top.  The sketch is really easy to use and I think you'll have a lot of fun.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Blue (Recollections)
Paper:  Wintry Mix Digi paper pack (ACOT)
Copics:  B00, B000, BV00, BV02, BV04, E34, R27, R29, W-3, YR16
Tools:  Scallop & Straight edge rectangle Nesties (Spellbinders)
Embellishments:  Snowflake brads (Queen & Co.), blue rhinestones (The Paper Studio)

I do hope you'll join us this week - now head on over to TMS to get fabulously inspired by my very talented design team.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Chilly Monday

Good Morning everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Ours was pretty busy, but all in all, pretty good.  It's chilly here in sunny Sanford, FL - lows are dipping into the 30s, highs are in the low 60s and I guess it'll be like that for the whole week.  I am just happy the weather was beautiful for the Christmas parade this past Saturday.

So here's my card share for today - this features another new image from Sweet n Sassy Stamps called Snowflake Bear.  He's so cute with the snowflakes swirling about his head.

I did use a really great sketch from Papercraft Planet (#120410), I've never played along with their sketch challenges, so this was fun and it's a great sketch!  Really easy to work with.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Whisper White
Paper:  Wintry Mix digi paper (ACOT)
Copics:  B00, B000, B02, B05, E29, E33, R11, R27
Tools:  Cricut/SCAL, SVG cut by Penny Duncan, Circle cutters (CM)
Embellishments:  Artic Ice (Ice Stickles)

This was a lot of fun to put together!  So I wish you a very happy Monday, thank you so much for stopping by.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Winter at Bee Crafty

Good Morning everyone!!  This fortnight's theme over at Bee Crafty is Winter.  How fitting is this?  I've heard that some of our friends are digging out of anywhere between 14" to 36" inches of snow in upstate New York and here in sunny Florida, temps are dipping down to the 30s for the lows.  I actually saw frost on the grass on my way to work yesterday.  Brendan said yesterday as he was heading out to catch the bus, "I hate being cold, that's why we moved here.... and its cold!"  LOL

Alright so this week's theme is to create a winter card - so the obvious is to pick an image that is all about snow, snowflakes, snowmen - that makes it pretty simple, right?  Well, I decided to challenge myself a little further and see if I could create a winter card out of an image that is probably more fitting for Spring/Summer.

So here is Whimsical Girl all dressed in her winter gear holding some flowers.  I embossed the image with the Swiss Dots embossing folder after I colored the image to create the snow falling down.  I highlighted some of the snow that is falling on her with a white gel pen.  I did flatten out the embossing on her face so she didn't look like she had mumps and I really could've flattened other dots randomly so that the snow didn't look so uniform, but I still love how this looks!

Then I set out to find the perfect sentiment.  I chose a quote by J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.  It says "God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December."

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Taken with Teal, Real Red (SU!)
Paper:  Winterime (Echo Park)
Copics:  B00, B000, BG05, BG09, E00, E02, E29, E33, R11, R27, R29
Tools:  Scallop Square Nesties (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, white gel pen, Scallop Border punch (SU!)
Embellishments:  brads (Basic Grey), brown grosgrain ribbon (Offray)

By the way, a word about the layout of the card.  I used a Mojo Monday sketch that is from their 2009 pdf sketch booklet.  I love this and will be referring to it often.

Now head on over to Bee Crafty to play along with us.  And you have got to see Joni's card - it is totally fabulous!  No surprise there, right?  Also, leave a little love for our sweet Deanne who is quite under the weather.  Have a fabulous weekend.... we're off to prepare for the Christmas parade that Hollyanne's dance school is in.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Santa's Helper Cocoa

Hi Everyone!  This is my 2nd post today, please be sure to scroll down to see the card I made for StampFairy.  We are into day 3 of the December releases from Sweet n Sassy Stamps and they are simply fabulous.  This stamp set was part of last month's release I just had to share this card with you!

I did create this card using the wonderful sketch from Crafts 4 Eternity (that I am barely getting submitted in time) with the additional challenge to have a star somewhere on the card.

My card features the adorable Santa's Helper Cocoa stamp set that you can find here in the store.  I also used the yummy papers from Echo Park that can also be found in the store

And here's a view of the inside of the card that boasts a sweet sentiment that is also included in the stamp set.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Paper:  Merry Christmas (Echo Park)
Copics:  E30, E34, R27, R29, RV000, RV10, Y28, YG63, YG67
Tools:  Oval cutter (CM), Scallop Oval Nesties (Spellbinder), Cuttlebug, Diamond Plate embossing folder
Embellishments:  Red loopy satin ribbon (Offray), gold Stickles, Christmas brads (American Crafts)

Oh!  And did you hear the news yet?  We all love Cocoa so much that Korin has decided to start a challenge blog called Crazy for Cocoa.  To play, your card or project must feature a Cocoa image.  And there is a fabulous prize up for grabs.  Be sure to visit the blog, become a follower and player - it's going to be great fun.

StampFairy Friday

Good Morning!  Hip-hip-hooray, it's FRIDAY!!  I am so excited that the weekend is almost here.  I have just been waiting and waiting for today to show you this card.  You all know how I feel about snowmen.  And if you don't, well, let me tell me you.... I love love lovey them sooo much!

This card features one of the adorable Joey Snowman (6) images from StampFairy.

My monthly card traders group issued a challenge we called 'hot tissue.'  Many have done this technique with pretty napkins, but this time it was supposed to be with pretty tissue paper.  I didn't have any in my stash, but I did have white, so I made it pretty with my stamps.  Then you crumple it up, smooth it out and iron it onto a piece of cardstock with a sheet of plastic wrap between the tissue and card stock.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy (SU!), White (JoAnns)
Stamps/Ink:  Stick Together (TSG), Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue
Copics:  B000, B95, B97, B99, YR16
Tools:  tissue paper, plastic wrap, iron, scallop punch, 1 3/8" punch, white gel pen
Embellishments:  silver satin ribbon (Offray)

I hope you enjoy my card and that you can see why I was so excited to share it with you.  I think it's really cute!  Be sure to check out what the rest of team made to share with you, too, over at StampFairy World.