Thursday, December 29, 2011

MTME Pretty Patterns #41

Good Morning!  I am so glad we're back with the Pretty Patterns challenges.  I have been looking forward to playing with this sketch and glitters!  I hope you like this.

My card features a beautiful butterfly set called All A Flutter....

I printed an outlined image and cut it out into a 2" base.  This is where I added glue and glitter.  I fussy cut the detail image of the butterfly and the blacked out the white card stock with a Copic marker #100.  Looking at it close up isn't so pretty, but it accomplished what I needed.  Then I put my card together and finished it with ribbon, a couple of cheater bows (see this great video from Fabulously Artsy) and a sugar-coated brad.

I then added a lot of bling.  Not only the glitter that I've been dying to use, but added silver pearls I got from the $1 bin at Joann's and green rhinestones that I was given from Simon Says. 

My card also fits the challenge over at iCopic Lover.  I think I did an over the top amount of bling with all the glitter and rhinestone.

Image:  All a Flutter
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Black (Recollections), Lavender (Recollections)
Paper:  Nana's Kitchen mat stack (DCWV)

Copics:  100
Embellishments:  Lilac glitter (Doodlebug), Green Apple glitter (Sparkle n Sprinkle), sugar-coated brad (Doodlebug), Lilac Baker's Twine (SNSS), green satin ribbon (Offray), silver pearls (Joann's), rhinestones (Simon Says)

I hope to see you play along with us this week.  Click here to find how to join us.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Just playing around...

Hi everyone,

This is the last day of my mini vacation.  I have really enjoyed being off with the kids and it was a much needed break.

So Friday is our holiday potluck and gift exchange.  Lucky me, I drew my boss' name and I really thought she would be easy to do a gift for.  Well, she's not.... she's got some pretty expensive taste.  I couldn't find Betsy Johnson jewelry in my price range so I decided it wouldn't be a gift from me if I didn't make something.  So here's what I made.

So, I found this tutorial on SCS for a Stationary Box.  I read the directions, watched Beate's 2 videos and decided this is what I had to do.  I found some coordinating papers, die cuts and stickers in this stack of paper that my friend Renee gave and I went to work.  This was relatively easy and fairy quick, I ran into only a couple of snags.

So you remove the lid and here's what's inside....

There are A2 size cards (6 + envelopes), 3x3 note cards (6), some tags (die cuts), a little book for addresses, a pouch for postage stamps and a pen.

Have you noticed that, even though we're card makers, the art of writing to someone is being lost.  I, personally, love getting cards and letters in the mail.  Its refreshing to hear from someone rather than look at another utility bill or car note.

I did make them look the same, but just changed the greetings a bit to give her some variety.

I know I will definitely make more of these.  This was fun to do and I really love this idea.  I thank you for stopping by.

Stamps/Ink:  Boxes, Bags & Tags (PTI), Mini Messages (PTI), Borders & Corners (PTI), Sincere Salutations (SU!), Unknown Name (CTMH)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento), Soft Sky (SU!)
Card stock/Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest, Close to Cocoa, Granny's Kitchen (SEI)
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Scallop Circle Nesties, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, corner rounder, paper piercer, scallop border punch (Fiskars), Crop-o-dile
Embellishments:  satin ribbon (Offray), rhinestone brad, silver square brads

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #126

Good Morning!  Actually, when this auto-posts, I hope I am still sleeping.  Or at least sitting at my craft table, sipping on a steaming cup of coffee and coloring images.

We're revisiting a sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches and we have a fabulous sponsor.  Print Candee is joining us - yippee!!  My card features some really great digi paper from Print Candee.

Isn't that a great pattern on that paper!  This is a fun color combo, too.  It just sort of evolved itself.  Lime green, black and Kraft - I love it.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, Black
Images:  Leaf Song digi paper pack (Print Candee), Suess Truths (Paper Pretties)
Ink:  Pear Tart (Memento)
Tools:  Oval cutters (CM)
Embellishments:  Pearl (Joann's), black grosgrain ribbon, lime green satin ribbon (Offray)

Come on over to the TMS blog and join us this week.  It'll be fun.... promise!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  Happy Monday to you.  I do hope you enjoyed your Christmas holiday.  We certainly did in my house.  The kids' dad got them them an Xbox 360 Kinect for Christmas, so we played that pretty much the entire day yesterday and I have a feeling our day today will be pretty much the same thing.  This is fun!

We have a fun challenge at Paper Pretties this week.  This week we have...

Winter Wonderland

Personally, I wish I were feeling a bit of what my sister in the west is feeling, or my cousin in the north.  I'd like a bit of winter chill.  It was 81 degrees today here in sunny Florida.  So I will just look at this sweet little snowman and mentally project myself where he is playing.

Isn't he cute?  He could be ice skating, but in my scene he's pirouetting in a snowy forest.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, Black
Paper:  Jessica Sprague Winter digi paper (Echo Park)
Copics:  B02, BV00, BV02, BV04, C8, W-0, W-2, YR16
Stamps/Ink:  Sentiment (CC Densigns), Snowflake (The Greeting Farm), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Sky (SU!)
Tools:  1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches

The layout of this card is loosely based on a sketch by Our Craft Lounge.  I did remove an element or two, but want to give credit of what inspired me.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #125

Good Morning!  Thank you so much for coming by.  I get to post another Paper Pretties card and that's because sweet Heather is sponsoring TMS this week.  Yay!!  Our sketch was created by Marie and it's fabulous.

Here's what I did with Marie's sketch and an adorable image from Paper Pretties....

I am also playing along with Just Us Girls this week.  Their color combo is this week which is Red, Olive and Kraft.

Image: Cocoa the Cat
Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, Old Olive
Paper:  Dashing
Copics:  C8, E33, E34, R11, R27, R29, W-0, W-2, W-3, YG63, YG67
Embellishments:  red loopy ribbon (Offray), mitten brads, Maraschino Baker's Twine
Stamps/Ink:  Sentiment (CC Designs), Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Please come play with us!  It'll combine well with Paper Pretties color combo challenge, too.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  Here we are, another week to begin and only 6 shopping days left to Christmas.  Are you last minute, like I am?  This year Christmas is rather slim, so there's not a lot of shopping to get done.  I am making something for my oldest son, which has been interesting to keep it hidden.

Well, anyway, let's talk about this week's challenge at Paper Pretties.  This week, we've got a color combo:

Red, White & Choice

My choice was just a splash of green.  I used one of Penny Duncan's Shaplies and then pierced holes around the frame and stitched with Baker's Twine.  I love this new image by ARTish.  Her name is Emalina, so darn cute!!

Image:  Emalina Elf
Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Real Red
Copics:  E00, E02, E33, E34, R11, R27, R29, YG03, YG06, YG09
Tools:  Paper piercer, Cricut, SVG cut by Penny Duncan, SCAL, Cuttlebug, Christmas Tree embossing folder, silver gel pen
Embellishments:  Maraschino Baker's Twine, rhinestones

Thursday, December 15, 2011

MTME Pretty Patterns #40

Hello again.  I'm back here to share a new card using this week's sketch from My Time Made Easy Pretty Patterns.  I loved this sketch and it worked so well with a sweet and cozy set.  This card features new sets called Hats Off and Warm Sentiments.

This was so easy to put together and so much fun.  My card also features the color combo challenge from There She Goes stamps.  My sister is hosting this week's challenge, so I definitely wanted to play along.

Images:  Hats Off, Warm Sentiments
Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Brocade Blue
Copics:  B95, B97, R27, R29, RV000, RV10, W-0
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Snowflakes embossing folder, Cricut, SCAL, SVG I created

I hope that you join us this week - come on.... it'll be fun!

Delightful Challenges

Hello there!  Having a good week?  Me, too.

This week's challenge at Delightful Challenges is....

Anything Goes

I know this kind of challenge is loved by everyone because there are no limitations.  So, you can create whatever you like and it'll fit this challenge.

I created a card using a tutorial on SCS for a Crimped Diamond card.  This was harder than I thought it would be, but the results are worth it.  I love this card.  Of course, this SUPER ADORABLE image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo Flurry the Snowman can't help but make any card look fanstastic.

Agreed?  Yeah, I thought so.

Image: Flurry the Snowman
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Always Artichoke
Paper: Wintertime (Echo Park)
Copics: B000, BG01, BG05, C8, R33, E37, R00, R02, R11, R27, R29, W-0, W-2, W-3,
Y11, Y17, YG63, YG 67, YR 16, YR23, YR68
Tools: Paper Crimper

This will be the last challenge until January.  You'll still see me around playing on my blog, but maybe not so much while I enjoy the holiday with my children and gear up for January!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #124

Good Morning!  It's Tuesday and already the week is off to a good start.  We have a really fun challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week.  It's the Judged Challenge, so there's a sketch and an added twist.  This week we're playing BINGO.  I love these challenges, so I had to throw one in, too.

Here's my card, I did middle horizontal.  Glitter * Patterned Paper * Embossing *

My card is featuring a sweet image from Bugaboo.  We are always so thankful for Jodie's generosity for sharing with me and my team.

Image:  SB Pointsettia
Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Garden Green, Ruby Red
Paper:  Christmas mat stack (DCWV)
Copics:  E00, E02, E34, E37, G00, G02, G05, G99, R27, R29, W-0, Y15, Y17, YR23
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Snowflakes embossing folder
Embellishments:  Diamond Glitter glue, gold brads

Monday, December 12, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  I do hope your weekend was good to you.  I had a great weekend, the sales didn't go so great, but hey - life goes on.  The Sanford Christmas parade was fun - Hollyanne and her dance class did really well.

So let's kick the week off  with a fun challenge at Paper Pretties.  This week's challenge is an easy one....


I drew some inspiration from a couple of other challenges, too.  Designed2Delight is creating tags and I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop.

Image:  Wrapped Up Rudolph
Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Old Olive, Real Red
Paper:  Dashing (SU!)
Copics:  C8, C10, E30, E33, E34, R27, R29, YG00, YG03
Tools:  Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), 5/8" circle punch
Embellishments:  white satin ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, Honeydew Baker's Twine, white button

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just playing around...

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday to you.  Well, the craft sale last night didn't go so well.  I sold one pack of cards.  I'm a little disappointed but am hopeful for tomorrow's sale.

I have a card to share with you with because there were challenges that I didn't want to pass up.  The layout is from a great sketch I found on Stampin' Royalty, the color combo is from Arielle's ColourQ (it's been way toooo long since I've played along), the iCopic Lover's challenge is black hair and the ATS Wednesday challenge is an Anything Goes.  There's a great tutorial posted on the blog teaching how to create beautiful black hair.  I failed miserably.  I need so much more practice.  But I think my card is cute anyway.

Stamps/Ink:  Spring Pixie (CC Designs), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, Carribbean blue (Recollections), Real Red, Certainly Celery
Paper:  Nana's Kitchen mat stack (DCWV)
Copics:  B00, B000, BG01, BG05, C8, C10, E30, E33, E34, E53, R27, R29, YG00, YG03
Tools:  circle/oval cutters (CM), circle/oval Scalloped nesties, small/large oval punches (SU), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots emb folder
Embellishments:  Mulberry flowers, buttons

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Hello again.  Thanks for coming back.  If you're here to see my post for the MTME Pretty Patterns #39 challenge, just scroll down a bit.

This week's challenge at Delightful Challenges is....

Blue Christmas

Now, I'm not talking about crooning or swiveling hips here.  We're talking about the color blue, feeling blue 'cuz you miss someone, or what the heck, let The King inspire you, too.  Here's what I did with the challenge...

This front image is Window Reindeer.  Now when I heard that challenge was Blue Christmas, I immediately thought of missing loved ones.  So I imagine this little guy as looking into a window of his woodland friends' cabin, wondering when they were going to return.

And when you open the card, you see why he's wishing to be indoors....

Even though the snowy fields and starry sky are quite peaceful and serene, it's ttttooo cccc-cold outside for our furry little friend.

Image: Window Reindeer, Snowy Night Background
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Night of Navy
Copics: C8, C10, E34, E37, E53, YG63, YG67
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), metal snowflake (unk)

Join us won't you and please share your story behind your card.  I'd love to hear it.

MTME Pretty Patterns #39

Good Morning!  How's your week so far?  Mine is going pretty well.  I get off work a little early today for the craft sale that I've been working to get ready for and then I'm off tomorrow.  What a great way to start the weekend, right?  Cross your fingers for me that I do well with my sale.  I really need some new Copics and I need to Christmas money, so I've go to sell sell sell.

Anyway, there's a great new Pretty Pattern to play with this week at My Time Made Easy.  Here's my take on the sketch....

Fun sketch, right?  I am featuring the sweet snowgirl image, Made of Snow and the free digi paper Snowflakes (it comes in a great assortment of colors).

Image: Made of Snow
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Snowflakes digi paper
Copics: B00, B000, B02, B95, B97, B99, BV00, BV02, R11, W-0, W-2, YR16
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spots & Dots emb folder, Oval cutters (CM)
Embellishments: white satin ribbon (Offray), diamond glitter glue

This card was really easy to put together, you'll find that all the Pretty Patterns are stamper friendly and so much room for creativity and interpretation.  Have fun!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #123

Good morning!  It's Tuesday and that means there's a new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week we're sponsored by Tiffany Doodles.

I love my card, but Marie used the same images and her card really puts mine to shame!  But I'll share it with you anyway.

I was really inspired by Arielle's color combo this past week.  I'm too late to play along with her challenge, but I'll share that anyway, too.  Colour Q's combo is Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand and White.  I substituted Sahara Sand with silver.

Come on over to TMS and play with us!  Enjoy your Tuesday!

Image: Ornaments by Tiffany Doodles
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Night of Navy
Paper: Silver Embossed paper (Joann's)
Copics: B00, B000, B02, B95, B97, B99
Tools: Cricut, SCAL, Kut-Ups font
Embellishments: Silver cording (Magic Scraps), pearls (Recollections)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  I hope you're weekend was as good to you as it was to me.  I had a good evening Friday evening having dinner with my Mom and later at home working on some more cards for the craft sale this Thursday.  I hope I sell a lot!

This week's challenge over at Paper Pretties is....

12 Days of Christmas

Now, I interpreted this as a Christmas card and I'm featuring a gorgeous image from ARTish.  I love this Deck the Bough image, I think it's lovely.

My intent was to create a masculine card and I guess this could be, but I think I expected something else out of me.  I am still very happy with my card.  I am sad that my photo didn't pick up the glittered ornament.  In person, it's beautiful.

I did use the awesome sketch from Just Us Girls.

Image: Deck the Boughs
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Handsome Hunter, Ruby Red
Paper: unk
Copics: E33, E34, R27, R29, W-0, W-2, W-3, YG63, YG67
Ink: Tea Dye, Walnut Stain Distress Inks (Ranger)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Distressed Stripes emb folder
Embellishments: green satin ribbon, gold snowflake charm, diamond glitter

Join us for the fun this week!  There's always a great prize up for grabs.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Just playing around...

Here's another edition of "just playing around..."

This card was created using the new stamps with coordinating dies from There She Goes.  My sister sent them to 'cause she loves me and she spoils me.  I created another set of cards with this set but didn't get a picture of them before I got them packaged up.

The set is called Warmest Wishes.  I'll be playing with this set a bit more this weekend so stay tuned.

Sketch is from The What If challenge at Repeat Impressions

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, White, Really Red
Paper:  Dashing (SU!)
Stamps/Ink:  Border Corners Circles (PTI), Ladybug Red (Memento)
Tools:  Circle cutter (CM), Cuttlebug, Candy Stripes emb folder
Embellishments:  Baker's Twine (SNSS)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bee Crafty #57 - Christmas

Hello!  Happy Friday everyone.  I completely forgot to post my adorable tags that I made for Bee Crafty's challenge this month.  It's Christmas time, so we have a Christmas theme.  Here's what I made featuring the Wish Fairies - Christmas images.

I love my tag set!  I even made the matching clear box.  That was a little tricky to figure out, but I after about 3 or 4 tries, I got it figured out.

Here's the close up of the tags.

Image: Wish Fairies - Christmas
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Paper: Holiday Thyme (SU!), Transparency
Copics: B000, E00, E02, E34, E37, R27, R29, YG63, YG67
Tools: Cricut, SCAL, scallop border punch (Fiskars), Scor-Pal, gold gel pen

Head on over to Bee Crafty to play along with us.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

MTME Pretty Patterns Review

Good Morning!  If you're here my Delightful Challenges post, please scroll down.

This week at My Time Made Easy, we're playing with past sketches.  I chose Pretty Pattern #21 to play with.  My cards features a sweet image from Holly Jolly and Mrs. Candy Claus digi paper.

I love this sketch - so easy!  I did a CAS card letting the paper and image speak for itself.  I am really pleased with it.  I hope you like it, too.

Join us at My Time Made Easy - Pretty Patterns.  You'll really enjoy yourself, I promise!

Pattern #21
Image: Holly Jolly, Mrs. Candy Claus digi paper (MTME)
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Certainly Celery
Copics: C8, C10, E34, E53, R02, R27, RV02, RV10, YG06, YG09

Delightful Challenges

Good Morning everyone!  It's time for a new release over at Digital Delights by Louby Loo and since it's Thursday, it's time for a new challenge, too.  This week's challenge is....


I was given this sweet little angel, Donita Angel, to work with and I have to admit - Snow and Angels don't mix for me.  So needless to say, this was a challenge for me.  But it finally came together with some fun red snowflake paper and a great sketch by Karen Giron at Sweet Sunday Sketch.

I am really loving my new border dies that I got with what I had left on a gift certificate my sister gave me for my birthday.  Seems that dies are popping up everywhere nowadays. 

Anyway, I also pulled out my Cricut and SCAL software to create the doilie that Donita is sitting on.  It's glazed with glitter, my picture didn't capture that too well.

Image: Donita Angel
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Handsome Hunter
Paper: unk Christmas paper
Copics: B000 E00 E02 E37 G28 R27 R29 Y11 YR20 YR23
Tools: Cuttlebug, Lacey Eyelet border dies (SNSS), Cricut, SCAL, SVG doilie
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), diamond glitter glue (JoAnns)

So head on over to Delightful Challenges to see a fantastic line up and join us in the fun!