Sunday, November 29, 2009

XMAS Wreath

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend. Mine has been busy. Today I am pulling out all my XMAS stuff. I can't believe it is less than a month away. I do feel good that I have started my shopping.

This wasn't the card I was going to post. I made a card for my Nephews birthday and took a picture before I gave it to him last night but for some reason my camera will not upload the pic's to my computer. I have 2 computers here and it doesn't work on either one. Grrr...Since I gave the card I can't scan it. I did scan this and it looks like I won't have the best pictures of my cards until I decide what to do about the camera.

I was going through challenges this AM and this card fits fits 2 of them.

Color Create - Red, Green and White

Crazy for Challenges - Punches

I hope everyone is enjoying their day. I guess I better get back to unpacking the boxes so I'm not tripping over them all week.

Thanks for stopping by.


CS: SU Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red
DP: Basic Grey
MISC: MS & Tonic Punches, MM Brads, CTMH & Hero Arts Flowers

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Beary Christmas

Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Mine is relaxing. I have a feeling this may be the last relaxing weekend I have until XMAS. I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week and XMAS is a month away. I have not even started my shopping yet.

I made this card yesterday. I had downloaded some Digi images from Cuddly Buddly and thought they were so cute I had to color one. You should check these out. They have alot of free downloads. I picked this cute Bear in the Santa hat to color first. IRL he is really sparkly. I didn't realize until I had printed out the image that I picked up the SU shimmer paper instead of my Papertrey White. He looks really cute with the shimmer. I also used Yellow shimmerz on the bird. I really like shimmerz but it doesn't photograph well. I stickled the fur on the hat and the berries.

I had written down some of the challenges out there and realized that this card fit a few of them.

Friday Sketches - Sketch for this card
Dare you to digi stamp - Glitter
Creative Inspirations - Sparkle
Spoonful of Sugar - Baby's 1st Christmas
Cupcake Craft - Digi Image
Handful of Stamps - Anything but plain ribbon

Thank you for visiting. I hope you like my card. Any comments would be appreciated.

CS: SU Old Olive, Shimmer White, Brilliant Blue
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: CTMH, Cuddly Buddly
MISC: Ribbon, Hero Arts flowers, Glitter Brads, MS leaf punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Stickles, shimmerz

Friday, November 20, 2009

Be Merry

TGIF!!! Don't you love Friday's? The countdown to the weekend is here.

Yesterday I was going through some challenges. I saw that Kerry's challenge was a XMAS card with NO Green and Red. My mind went to snow or snowmen. I decided that I would make a snowflake card with my stencil and paste. When I started this is not what I had in mind but I had trouble finding DP to look good with it so when I decided to stay with strickly CS I just kept refining and this is the end result. I really like the bright blue and white. IRL this card really pops. I like working with the paste and glitter. It is so easy.

I also saw that this card fit 3 other challenges. One was Crafty Calendar. The theme was Weather and snow definetly fits that theme. It won't be long and we will see it falling from the sky here. It is so pretty as it is falling but not so pretty after a couple of days.

The second challenge was Secret Crafter. Their theme was Seasons. Winter is a very long season here in the Northeast. I'm laughing as I am writing this but by February the smile will be gone.

The third was for Daring Cardmakers. This was an interesting challenge. It was to use 3 things on your card that start with the first letter of your name. Mine is Punches, Pearls and Paste.

I was also happy that I got to use my MS punches. I didn't know if I really liked these or not but I do like it on this card. I'm not sure I would have like it as much without the punch. I need to investigate and see what other people are doing with these punches. If you know of anywhere I should check out let me know. I am always looking for new ideas. It's part of what makes this craft so much fun.

Thanks for visiting. Let me know what you think. I love hearing from everyone.

CS: SU Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Papertrey White
MISC: Embossing paste, Snowflake stencil. MS snowflake punch, Pearls & Ribbons

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Make a Wish

Good Morning everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week.

I made this card for the Sugar Bowl #24. This week in addition to the sketch was Zig Zags. This was a big problem for me. I don't own any zig zag ribbon that went with my image and I don't have a zig zag punch. I started thinking outside of the box. I found a herringbone cuttlebug folder that I thought looked like zig zags so that is what I went with. The orchid in the background is embossed with this folder. I put the card together and then thought it needed something else so I glittered some felt snowflakes I have and layered them on my silver squares.

I really love this stamp. She is so dainty and she is made for glitter which I love. I love Blue and Purple so it was not hard to pick the colors I thought she would look best in. I really liked the end result.

Well, I have to keep this short. I need to get back to work. I hope you like my card. Thank you for visiting my blog. Let me know what you think.


CS: SU Orchid Opulence, Tempting Tourquoise, Silver, Papertrey White
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie
MISC: Ribbon, Pearls, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Copics

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Fall

Wow time flies. I just looked at my blog and realized I have not posted in almost a week. I have been spending some of the time finishing my XMAS cards. I always get a burst of energy when I start then it fades and they sit there until I work up the modivation to finish them. The sad thing is I really don't have many to make (~25) but they tend to have alot of steps. I will post in a few weeks after I mail them.

I don't know if I like this card. I made this for Mary Jo's sketch challenge #96and PaperPlay challenge #41. Mary Jo's Sketch was a big tag. I thought, no big deal, wrong! The Paper Play Challenge was 2 pieces of DP, Ribbon and 3 buttons. I am not normally a button person but I thought that it would be easy to work them into this sketch, again wrong! It started out great but when all is said and done I don't know if I like it. I like the colors, image, sentiment but I don't seem to love it all put together. I had a tough time finding buttons to match and then remembered I had some leaf buttons which made me happy. I popped up the tag and the oval to try to give the card some dimension. Isn't it funny how some sketches just look so easy and they tend to give you the most headaches.

Well hopefully I will have more time to create and post over the next week. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you like my card. I try to tell myself that everyone has different tastes and just because I don't love it doesn't mean other people won't.


CS: SU Always Artichoke, More Mustard
STAMPS: Just Rite, Rubber Stamp Tapestry,Amuse
MISC: CTMH leave buttons, Michaels Ribbon, MM Brads

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just Hanging Around

Happy Wednesday! We are half way to the weekend!

As everyone knows, I am addicted to Sugar Nellie. When I won some stamps a few weeks ago they didn't have a few in stock that I wanted. I got an email a couple of weeks ago saying that I could get 20% off all stamps as a Sugar Nellie Birthday offer. I took advantage of that to buy the ones I didn't get free. This is one of them called Magna Girl. Isn't she cute. I really wanted one sitting down. I'm not one to do alot of cutting out but you almost have to with her.

I made this card for 3 challenges. The first is Mary Jo's Sketch challenge #95. I really liked the sketch she picked out this week. The second is for Stamp Something for Love. This week the challenge not only has a recipe of using Ribbon, 2 papers and 3 embellishments but is also a call out to make a card for Jaimie. You have probably read about this so I won't go into all the details again. If not please go to Stamp Something for Jaimie blog to read all about it. It is a story that reminds you of what is important in life. It also reminds me of all the big hearts in our crafting community. If you have a card sitting around, send it to Jaimie. The address in on the Stamp Something for Jaimie blog. The 3rd is the Basic Grey challenge. This was an inspiration challenge. The picture was Maroon & White so originally this card was not make for that challenge but while I was making it I thought of the picture so I figured that it inspired me so....

I have not put a sentiment on this yet. I still haven't decided what to put but will stamp something before I put it in the mail.

I love to see people come and look at what I have created. I would love to hear what you think. All comments make my day!

CS: Papertrey White, SU Old Olive
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie
MISC: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prima Flowers, CTMH & MM Brads, Michaels Ribbon

Sunday, November 8, 2009

First Snow

Good Afternoon! Is everyone having a good weekend? Yesterday, I went to a craft show in Boston with 2 of my sisters and my niece. It was alot of fun. I bought a couple of things for my house. One I am going to give to my brother to give me for XMAS. My brother likes it because he doesn't have to figure out what to buy and I know I am getting something I want. I bought some aromatherapy things and some butterscotch sauce to make some really good desserts. We love going to these things. It always amazes me how talented some people are. We were joking yesterday that we need to buy bigger houses just to buy more stuff to decorate, epecially for XMAS.

When I saw the challenge on the Colour Create Challenge Blog I knew I had to do it. The colors this week are Blue, Silver and White. I started out with a lighter blue but it ended up not matching the colors on the snowman's hats so I went with Turquoise. It looked plain to me so I used the Martha Stewart Icicle punch on the top. I know this will be one of my favorite punches this winter. I also wanted to do something a little different than just square layers under the snowman so I used one of my spellbinders dies and twisted them around. I then ran it through the cuttlebug with the snowflake embossing folder. Then, of course, lots of Glitter.
This card was alot of fun to make. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Thanks for coming by to visit. Let me know what you think.

CS: SU Tempting Tourquoise, Silver, Papertrey White
STAMPS: Impression Obsession, CTMH
MISC: Spellbinders snowflakes, Square die, Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folders, Pearls, Silver & Blue ribbon.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Give Thanks

Good Afternoon everyone. I hope everyone is having a good week. Mine is busier than I thought it would be. I had hopes of making a couple of cards for challenges but didn't have time until today. I have had a touch of a bug and I have had no energy to do anything after work.

It is time for the Sugar Bowl. In addition to following the sketch, this week we needed to include Thankfulness. I had this image colored and had to use it soon before Fall turned into Winter. I decided this was a good time. The colors looked like they matched better before I put it under the OTT lite to take a picture. After I put together the card I had a piece of paper left on my desk all cut. I looked at the card and realized I forgot to lay down one of the pieces. I didn't dare try to lift the DP knowing that it would rip so you will need to imagine the 3rd layer in the bottom right of the sketch. I will keep it to use on a later card.

The image is tall and thin which made it difficult to fit into one of my spellbinders circles so I used the scalloped which gave me more room. I'm not a person who likes alot of blank white on a card so I filled it with the saying and brads. All in all I like the way it came out.

Thank you for looking at my card. Let me know what you think.

CS: SU Rose Red
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie, Stampin UP
MISC: Cuttlebug embossing folder, No Name Brads

Sunday, November 1, 2009

All White

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. I had alot more kids last night than I have ever had before. I don't know if there are just more kids around or it was because it was a warm night here but I don't have much candy left which is really good!

We also turned our clocks back last night here in the states. This means we got an extra hour of sleep. I woke up early as usual and decided to use that extra hour to make this card. I found a challenge called Colour Create. This week the color was White. Your card had to be all white except the image. Instead of an image I used my spellbinders snowflakes. I also used Twinklets for the 1st time on this card. I can see how this could be addictive for winter cards. It adds more dimension than glitter but sparkles and shows up when you take a picture. I also used my new MS border snowflake punch for the snowflakes in the middle of the card. I had a 50% coupon at my LSS and thought this was a different kind of punch. I used a papershaper border punch on the bottom.

I hope you like what I created for this challenge. Let me know what you think.

CS: SU Tempting Tourquoise, Orchid Opulence
MISC: Cuttlebug embossing folders, MS and Papershaper border snowflake punches, Spellbinders snowflakes, Twinklets