Thursday, January 31, 2013

Christmas thank you

I had a moment of panic --actually more like several hours of panic-- this week.  I'm ashamed to admit that I am just now writing my Christmas "thank you"s to church folk. *red face*
I'd put it off tooooo long, so I got the thank you cards I had made, grabbed a nice pen, was all ready to write, and then could NOT find my list!!!  What if I forgot someone?????  Thankfully, I eventually did find the list but then realized I needed a couple more cards, so I made some including this one....

~MME Sweater Weather DP (I just LOVE this 6x6 pad!!!!!)
~PTI sentiment
~Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
~AC ribbon
~white gel pen
~buttons and hemp cord from my stash

The Sweet Stop: SS195 - sketch
Sentimental Sundays #139 - thank you
Die Cuttin Divas #100 - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - anything goes
Twisted Tuesday 2TC42 - "free for all" anything goes (my second entry here)
Merry Monday #47 - tic tac toe (I did across the bottom - designer paper, red and green, ribbon)
  *not sure if this really qualifies for MM since it not technically a Christmas card though it is for Christmas :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chalkboard Valentine

Wow!  Did I ever 'get my sparkle on' this week!!  I have made 9 cards in the last 2 days!  I posted one of them this afternoon, and I've got 2 to show you now.  The others are for design team commitments, so they have to wait.  (It's nice to be ahead a bit!!)  That's also why I haven't been visiting your blogs!

For this first card, my image is from the Chalkboard Valentine Love Digi Set from Daydream Designs.
I used the sketch from Mojo Monday 278 (sketch round or square).

This chalkboard set is awesome!!

The DP is from the Retro Paper Pack - Warm.

I also used a MS border punch, Colormates cardstock, Kraft paper, Paper Studio wood grain embossing folder, scalloped punch, Flora Doodle flower, and ribbon from my stash.

This second card also has Daydream Designs images...

I'm submitting this to Cut It Up! Challenge #11 - Love is in the air

I used...
Love Me True Digi Paper Pack

I also used Swiss Dots embossing folder, Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles, baker's twine, and a large brad.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Just a note

*Click HERE or scroll down for my Tuesday Morning Sketches post*

I intended to post this last night, but got watching the 1983 mini series of "Jane Eyre" with my girls and time got away from me.  (Timothy Dalton is amazing as Mr Rochester, IMHO!)   Are we the only ones, or do you start speaking "properly" after watching something like that?  For example, my daughter was telling us how someone had been "ill treated."

For this card, I tried a new technique for me.  I LOVE embossing, and I dry emboss on almost every project I make!  But this has a little more... it is inking and double embossing... I inked the 'flat' side of the embossing folder with the lighter ink and embossed.  Then inked the raised side with the darker ink and embossed again.  I love the effect, but do you all see my error????  Grrr!!  Next time, I'll use swirls or flowers instead!  Just hold your computer in front of a mirror and it will be right. LOL  You won't be able to read the sentiment, but oh well!  Live and learn! 

~Paper Studio Music Notes embossing folder
~Tim Holtz 'tea dye' and 'vintage photo' distress inks
~TPC Studios clear sentiment
~ribbon scrap

Paper Pretties PWC 242 - new technique
Twisted Tuesday 2TC42 - anything goes
Paper Playtime Ch#2 - use brown

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Tuesday Morning Sketch #183

It's Tuesday!  Everyone always seems to be looking forward to Friday --I do love Fridays because we always make homemade stuffed crust pizza!!-- but I like Tuesday, too!   In college, I had a professor that 'renamed' the weekdays: Tuesday Eve, Tuesday, Hump Day, Friday Eve, and Friday.  Tuesday must be good... it's the only other one named with Friday! :)

I also like Tuesday because that means it is time for Tuesday Morning Sketches!!  This week, we are sponsored by Lil' Inkers.  Thanks to our teamie Laura for providing us with some cute images!!  Thank you, Laura!!

Here is the beautiful sketch #183 from Laura...

Here's my card...

~Lil' Inkers Cutie Cat
~Spectrum Noir markers
~Basic Gray 'Infuse' DP
~Cutmates Cotton Candy CS
~Flora Doodle flower
~Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
~Darice Dots embossing folder
~Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out the creations from the rest of our DT...


Be sure to come and play along with us this week Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"An udder birthday?" TMS #182

*For my Daydream Designs Blog Hop post click HERE*

Are you going to have "an udder birthday" this year?   Before you shout "No!" you should realize there is only one alternative!! :)

Since it's Tuesday, it is time for Tuesday Morning Sketches #182.
This week's sponsor is Doodle Pantry!  Laurie's image are so cute and fun to work with!  Play along and you could win!!

The sketch...

My card...

~Doodle Pantry Moo Sheep colored image and sentiment
~Darice Dot Background embossing folder
~TH Walnut Stain distressing ink
~CM corner rounder
~ribbon from stash

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out the creations of my talented teammates...


Please come and play along with us this week Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Daydream Designs Blog Hop + FREE DIGI

Welcome to our
Daydream Designs Blog Hop!!

Our theme is: HEARTS

Come hop along with us!!  You will have until Thursday, Jan 24, and if you comment on each blog, you could win a $20 gift certificate to the Daydream Designs store!!   Plus, you can grab the FREE digis at the bottom of my post!!

If you arrived from Beth's blog, you are on track!  If not, head over to Diane's blog to start at the beginning so you don't miss a single creation of these talented ladies!!

I have 2 projects for you.  The first is a Valentine card made with the Sending You Love Color Digi Set and Sending You Love Sentiments

The second is something I made for me... a verse to hang near my bed as a great reminder every morning...
The BG is digi paper from the Retro Paper Pack Cool, colored images from Sending You Love Color Digi Set, verse from Love Scripture Set.  DD digis come in both JPG and PNG so layering like this is easy peasy!!

The next stop in your hop is Helen's blog!   (Don't forget the FREEBIES below!)

Here's the list for all the blogs in case you get lost...

Free Daydream Designs Digital image pre-colored and outline... "letters and flowers"
(click on the image, right click on the enlarged image, select "save image as...")


Thanks for stopping!!!  Be sure to visit all the blogs and comment for your chance to win!!! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Candy Cane Heart

When we think of hearts and especially at this time of year, we tend to think Valentine's Day.  That's normal.  But I have a Christmas card for you!  We won't discuss what that says about me! LOL

My image is the pre-colored candy cane heart from the Sweet Warm Ups Set.
DP is  MME Vintage Christmas.
'Roman Bath' embossing folder.

glittery snowflake brads

decorated inside

I'm submitting this card to these challenges....
jingle belles JB13-2 - Scandinavian Christmas (photo inspiration)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 189 - sketch 
52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown: Jan Theme/Recipe Challenge - patterned paper, glitter, decorate inside
Just a Scrappin' - snowflakes and bling 

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Christmas caroling

I got to spent some unexpected time in my craft room this morning but was unable to use my printer, so I made up a quick Christmas card with a digi I already had printed...

The digi is Doodle Pantry Caroling Friends.  I used the sketch from Merry Monday again because it's so 'flat card' friendly!  After trying to mail embellished cards, I realize that this year I need many more flat cards!!

Well, I had fun playing, but now there is work to do!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

"Let not your heart be troubled"

I don't think any of us would argue about the fact that we live in troubled times!!!   But the wonder of it all is that we don't need to be troubled about it!  God's promises are true in good times and bad!  He is faithful and He will (if we let Him) give peace in the midst of our storms!

With that in mind, this digi from Doodle Pantry was perfect!!  This is so beautiful and encouraging!!   The image is from Cattail Pond Color Plus.   This is an older digi that Laurie colored this month.

This took me several days to get finished because life kept interrupting me!!

My supplies...
~Doodle Pantry Cattial Pond colored digi and sentiment
~Spellbinders Circles and Lacey Circles
~Impressabilities circles (see close up below)
~TH tea dye distress ink
~CM corner rounder
~K&Co paper scrap
~ribbon from my short pieces container

Clear it Out -circle + anything goes from stash (ribbon and paper)
Cuttlebug Spot - round and round it goes (circles)
Shopping Our Stash #85 - Suits me to a T (Two ribbons, tea dye ink)
Paper Pretties PWC 241 - ribbon
Card Crafter's Circle #58 - layers
Perfect Sentiment PSC62 - encourage me w/ ribbon
Word Art Wednesday #63 - anything goes

better view of embossing

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Have a great day!!
I'm off to get my kids moving in school so we can go skiing later! :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teddy bear love - Tuesday Morning Sketches #181

Happy Tuesday to you!!  It's time for Tuesday Morning Sketches #181.  We've got a fun sketch for you, as always, but this week is a judged challenge with a twist!  

Our sponsor is Stamp Fairy!  They generously provided the team with some fun images to play with!!  Thank you, Stamp Fairy!!   Play along and you could win!!

The sketch...

The twist... use 2 ribbons on your creation.

My card...

~Stamp Fairy Patches Love 1 colored with Spectrum Noir markers
~Quickcutz scalloped circle embossing folder
~hearts from George and Basic Shapes
~ribbon and ric rac from my stash

You'll want to check out the creations from the rest of our DT...


Thanks for stopping!!  Be sure to come and play along with us this week Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thankful for you

My last post of the day... maybe! :)

Here's a thank you card, or it could be sent just to encourage a friend...  I need several thank you's so that's probably what it will get used as.

I THOUGHT I had some Vellum tape... obviously I don't! :/  Though the tape actually looks worse in the pic than IRL

~Kraft card base
~heart Vellum
~clear verse stamp from Clear Dollar
~Fiskars punch
~ribbon from my stash

Word Art Wednesday #62 - hearts/anything goes

Thanks for stopping by!!

Penquin wishes

Card #2 for today...

I'm not really ready to start thinking about Christmas 2013 yet, but even with emailing and FBing some greetings for 2012, I still had to give some cards from the store!!!!!  :-O
My goal for 2013 is to have ALL my cards be handmade this year.  So I'd better get started now!!

My first Christmas card of 2013...

~Bugaboo's Little Penguin Winter - Skate digi
~Spectrum Noir markers
~Spellbinders Circles and Lacey Circles
~Paper Studio "Jolly Holiday" DP
~sentiment from My Craft Spot "Joy to the World" set
~snowflake brad

{PIN}spirational Challenge #39 - penguins
Merry Monday #45 - sketch
My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #82 - anything goes
The Perfect Sentiment PSC61 - winter wonderland (outdoor skating is the PREFECT winter activity!!!)
Paper Pretties PWC240 - brads

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Puppy love

Wow!  I got 3 cards made today!!  I'd been feeling like I just could not "get my sparkle on" and still do a bit, but at least I did get something accomplished!  

Here's a Valentine card made with these cute little puppies from Daydream Designs. 

~Daydream Designs colored digi from Snowbaby Love Colored Set and Snowbaby Love Sentiments Set
~scraps of various Valentine papers
~MS border punch
~sketch from The Sweet Stop: SSS193 so I'm entering that challenge

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Howdy, partner!

Our printer was not working over the holidays, so I missed posting on the 1st with Doodle Pantry's January New Release!   But we are back in business, so I've been printing and creating and have a fun card to share with you today...

Aren't these ants just the cutest??  Can you believe I just said that?!!?  Ants (and mice) are one of those that are so fun in crafting and not so fun in real life!!!
All of the new releases are fantastic so be sure to check them out over at Doodle Pantry!!

I used...
~Doodle Pantry Saddle Ants - colored image and digi paper
~Spellbinders Circles and Lacey Circles
~ribbon and button from stash

Be sure to come over and see the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #30.  You can play along until 9 PM EST, Jan 24th, and just for playing (must use a DP image), you will receive a free digi set!!  This month, the featured set is Cupid Turtle...

I'm entering this in Paper Playtime's Ch#1: Pets.  "Are ants pets?" you ask...  haven't you ever heard of an ant farm? ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday Morning Sketch #180

Happy Tuesday to you!!  Time for Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge!

We've got a fun sketch and a great sponsor... Freckled Fawn!  The winner of this week's challenge will receive a $20 gift card!!!   They have an amazing selection of Washi tape as well an many other wonderful embellishments!

Here's my card...
Mine is very CAS for a couple of reasons... I need masculine cards in my supply (they need to be more on the CAS side, I think) and this tape was the only one I have! :)  My tape is not Washi tape, but it was fun to work with.  Using it 3 times but putting on different cardstocks, each one looks a different shade.  The yellow strip is on white CS, the greenish is on black, and the lowest strip is directly on the card. 

This sketch by Melissa was fun to work with! 

~Colormates Molasses cardstock
~Scotch 'leopard' tape
~Paper Studio brad
~rubber stamp from ?? (I think M's $1 bin!)
~Spellbinder Circles
~hemp cord

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out the creations from the rest of our DT...


Be sure to come and play along with us this week Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Snowman thank you

Today was a sad day!   It was warm and sunny and much of our snow melted!  *moment of silence* 

I spent very little time crafting lately, but did get some Christmas thank you cards made.  I need a few more and am hoping that this week things get back to 'normal'!   Ha!

Though a little bit crazy, this week was great!  We ate lots and lots of bad-for-us food (more on that below) and got to go skiing on Friday.  :)  

Here's one of my thank you cards...

Card Crafter's Circle #56 - "there's no business like snow business"
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards #29 - snowmen
CAS-ual Fridays: CF84 - thank you

Now I'll show you a beautiful pic I took while skiing... I took this pic with my phone so I think that caused the glow...
Everything was covered and so beautiful!!

 This is the road going to the ski hill...
I may have said it before, but I love snow!!!

Now remember I mentioned lots of food?  Have you ever had Jalapeno Popper Dip?  Or oven "fried" ravioli?  Or homemade "Totino's Pizza Rolls"?  Or deep-fried pickles?  Or deep-fried Oreos?????  I think I gained 5 lbs just New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!!  (We did eat some veggies, too!)

They were all delicious, but I was amazed at the deep fried Oreos!  When I first heard of them, I thought, "Gross!!!"  But they are delicious!!
Pizza rolls made with wonton wrappers

Deep fried dill pickle spears

Oven baked ravioli

DELICIOUS deep fried Oreos!!!
 Now that you are either totally grossed out or very hungry, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

 Wow!  Can you believe that 2012 is now history?!?    
Happy New Year to you all and may you have a Blessed 2013!!

Time for Tuesday Morning Sketch #179!

Our sponsor this week is Floppy Latte Digital Designs and they generously provided the team with digis to work with!  Thank you!!  And thanks to Melissa who printed mine and sent it to me as our printer was in the shop!  I hope to be back printing again this week. 

Here's my card...

~Floppy Latte "Just For Baby" digi
~Echo Park "Splash" DP
~Paper Studio cardstock
~Spectrum Noir markers (I used the blender to make the design on the rattle)
~buttons from stash

This is our great sketch for the week by Melissa...

We're sorry to say 'so long' to Cheryl!  We'll miss her!
But we are happy to welcome new DT member, Jenee, to TMS!!

Be sure to check out the wonderful creations of my talented teammates...


Thanks for stopping by!!   Come play along with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!