Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Even more exciting shtuff!!

Before I get to my news, let me say that I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  I did even with the blizzard conditions we experienced here in the midwest.  I was able to make it to be with family, then home again even though it was a day and a half later than anticipated!  You know how it is... good to go... good to get home again.  : )

Now for the fun news.  {drumroll please)  I am now a Design Team member for TWO more challenge sites!!!  YeeHAW!!  I still really can't believe it!!  I am just so pleased and proud to have been invited to participate on these teams.  Thank you so much gals!  I promise... I'll work very, very hard.

Simply alphabetically, I'll first chat about my association with the Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge.  This is a brand new challenge site and its kick-off challenge will be this Friday, 1.1.10.  How fun is that!?!?!?!  To start in on the ground floor!  : )  Fussy & Fancy challenges will run every other Friday and can be any type of papercraft... 'fussy & fancy' or 'clean and simple'.  I certainly hope you'll come join us.  It'll be tons of fun!!

I'm also so very excited to have been chosen to be on the Stamp Something team.  We post a new challenge every Friday for motivation, inspiration and FUN!  A random prize winner is chosen each week as well as a top 5 list.  If you've never tried us out, or if you participate every now and then, come and join us Friday, 1.1.10.  They really do have great challenges and we'll get the new year off to a great start!!

Thanks for popping in today.  Come back Friday and I'll share my very first DT projects.  {smiling}

Have a very safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Season for Giving

Hi all!  How are you doing with all your Christmas chores??  I suppose you're all done!!  Hmphf!!  Oh well... I'm getting much closer.  I'll get there soon... at least I'd better!  haha

Tonight I'm going to share a couple of the gifts I'm giving.  I have a couple of girlfriends that, you know, you just put a little extra effort into.  These gals are great and I really hope they enjoy these gifts.

This first one is for Kathy.  She is one sweet seamstress.  She has a lot of talents, but her sewing is just fabulous.  And she makes quilts... wonderful quilts!  I thought this adorable Whipper Snapper set called Winter Quilt by Anna Wight would be just perfect for her.  Instead of making a card, I thought I'd work it into something she can display (if she wants), maybe in her sewing room.  I know the frame looks like it's gold, but it's really a wonderful soft green.  Goes with the greens in the quilt just perfectly!  I sewed the little BG buttons to the corner of each quilt 'seam' and sponged all pieces with Distress Ink antique linen.

Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Winter Quilt
Paper:  K&Co, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink antique linen
Supplies:  Nesties, BG buttons, linen-colored thread
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging

Next... this second gift is for my friend Mary Ann.  This is a woman who is genius at knowing just the right thing to say.  Always!!!  I remembered being at her home a couple years ago to work on Christmas cards and she mentioned she loves to decorate for the fall.  So, I'm giving her something else to decorate with.  Hope you like it Mary Ann!  Thanks for all you've done for me.

The paper crafting part of this gift is not new.  I created it back in the fall and it's been posted on my SCS gallery.  I thought of Mary Ann the whole time I was making this.  I was soooo pleased when I found these frames.  This one is exactly like the winter quilt frame, except it's an amazing copper color.  Very luxurious looking.  I'll go ahead and list the specifics of this card for you as it never has been posted on my blog.

Stamps:  Michael's $1 stamp (pumpkin), Inkadinkado (sentiment and swirls below pumpkin) 
Paper:   My Mind's Eye Night Light, Gina K. pure luxury 
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, BG ribbon, BG Buttons, SU ribbon slide 
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging 

Thanks for stopping in today!  Hope you enjoy your visit and will come back again soon.  In case this is my last post before the holidays... Merry, Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Unto us a child is born


Yep... still finishing up Christmas cards!!  Isn't that awful!!  Oh well... it's not really my fault.  The last few days of Christmas shopping and cooking have really gotten in my way!!.  hahahaha!

Here's a sweet little image, isn't it?  This was another of my stamp choices when I won the prize from  That little face peeking over the straw in the manager just tickles my soul!!  The one thing I don't especially like is that there isn't a ton of creativity we can opt for in the way of coloring.  Straw is straw and wood is wood.  I did change the  dirt circle thingie into more of a rug, just to add another color.  But still, the image is cute and can be turned into a great card.


I started this card a week or so ago when Pals Paper Arts when they had a color challenge to use soft suede, crushed curry and old olive (SU colors).  Well... I missed that challenge, but went ahead and used the colors on this card as they really were quite perfect for it.  I glittered up the image star, then tried to create a 'glitter beam' shining down on little Jesus.  Hmmmmm... I don't really think I achieved the intended results.  {sigh}  That's OK though.  I'm learning to let that stuff go.  You know... that stuff that doesn't go quite as expected.  Happens to me wayyyy too often!!  : )  I also used gold glimmer Blingz on the paper star, both the yellow dotted and brown layers.


Thanks for stopping in today!  If I don't have time to post the rest of my Christmas cards/gifts, I'll get them put up as soon as I can.  Have a wonderful, WONDERFUL Holiday Season!!

Stamps:  Stamps Happen A Child is Born!
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, BG button, brown thread, silk ribbon, white glitter

Friday, December 18, 2009

I'm so excited... and I just can't hide it!

I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!  {disco dancing to the Pointer Sisters}

I am soooo thrilled to announce I am now officially a Whimsie Doodles Design Team member!!  YIPEE!  This is my first ever time being a DT member.  Yep... a real, full-time gig for six months!!  Thank you so much ladies.  I will totally do my bestest.

Four other lucky and talented gals were also selected to be on this DT.  If you have a spare minute, take the time to go visit, say hello and leave 'em some love.  I'm looking forward to working with all of you ladies.

Paula Bloom - Love Blooms in Me
Alicia Ekermans - Call Me Crafty Al
Dawn Burnworth - My Stamping Thyme
Sheri Gilson - PaperCrafty's Creations

If you're not yet familiar with Whimsie Doodles, please go check out their store and take a look around.  They carry a great selection of digital images I think you'll fall in love with.  Plus they have Whimsie Cuts which will help you make such cute, cute projects.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Come back soon.  My Whimsie Doodles creations will be starting in January!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm a Copic Colour Challenge GDT today!!

I'm sooooo excited!!  I love this challenge and all their color combinations.  I try to join in whenever I can, then have a great old time enjoying everyone's creations.  Here's the color combo for this week's challenge...

Pretty, huh?!?!  Now... what did I create for my first GD opportunity?  Drum roll please...

It's Stamping Bella's Ella Lollipop!  She is so much fun to work up!  She's just the cutest all on her own, then you get her colored up and holy moly!!  I love her!!  This image was perfect for the three colors of this challenge.

If you've never tried the Copic Color Challenge before, take the leap.  It's a great group of gals and I think you'll enjoy it as much as I do.  The sponsor this week is In Style Stamps so it's well worth the try.


As a final word, I'd like to thank the Copic Colour Challenge gals for affording me this honor.  I've just enjoyed it soooo much!!  Thank you gals!!

And thank YOU for stopping in.  Come again, 'K?

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Ella Lollipop and sentiment
Paper:  My Minds Eye, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic sea breeze chalk ink
Supplies:  Nesties, flowers, small brads... yep, that's it!
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Warm and Cozy Greetings!

Hi and welcome!  How's your week going?  Mine's going pretty darned well.  Good things are happening and I'm very tickled about them.  One I'll share with you  today is that my son, Ryan, is engaged!!!  Happened about a week ago... he finally did it!!!  He sounds sooo happy and I couldn't be more pleased.  His fiancee (first time I've written that word!) is a great gal and they really get along so well.  Way to go honey!!

Now... on to stamping!  I'm still working on my Christmas cards, but am getting closer.  YAY!  This is Lizzie, one of Whiff of Joy's sweet stamps.  Isn't she so sweet?  Not much to explain that you can't see for yourself.  Now, one thing different for me is I left all the white areas plain white.  I usually try to shade with some cool or warm gray.  I just wanted pure, pure white on Lizzie's litte 'fluffies'.  What do you think?

Once I got going on this card, I found it fits several challenges so please bear with me.

1.  Mojo Monday - the sketch.  Love this one as it fit my image sooooo well.

2.  Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Let it Snow.  There's a great group of DT cards.  If you have some time, go check 'em out.

3.  The Corrosive Challenge - Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Again, some wonderful sample cards.

4.  Stampin' for the Weekend - Blue and Brown.  This is a fun challenge with two of my favorite colors!

5.  Creative Inspirations - Non-traditional Colors.  My blue and brown totally fits in.

6.  Creatalicious Challenges - something new, something old, something torn, something blue.  Isn't that a cute challenge?  Well... I've got 'em all in there except the 'torn' part.  I tried putting little torn polka dot paper corners on the top, but it just didn't improve the card at all so I didn't include them.  I'm sure I'm not 'legit' for this challenge, but wanted to share it with you anyway in case you wanted to join in.  : )

7.  The Pink Elephant - Winter and/or Christmas.  LOVE it!!

8.  Crazy 4 Challenges - Snow, Snowmen or Snowflakes.  I've got snowflakes on my paper, right?  : )

9. Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Snow  : )

That's it for this post.  Hope you've enjoyed your visit.  I'm so glad you've stopped by.  Come again!

Stamps:  Whiff of Joy Lizzie, Whipper Snappers Winter Quilt (sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Studio (blue), MME (brown polka dot), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic gingerbread chalk ink
Supplies:  Nesties, Bella's string of pearls baubles, edge punch, satin ribbon
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Be Merry when Stuck in a Stocking

Good Sunday morning stamping friends!  I hope you're having a wonderfully relaxing day.  If not, I hope you love whatever it is your day holds for you!!  This card is the third in the series of six Whiff of Joy 'family' of Christmas gnomes.  I just adore them so!!  Now on this little lady, I'm not sure if she's annoyed or simply resigned to being hung in that stocking.  heehee.  Whatever she's feeling, she's adorable.

This card is pretty straightforward.  Not much to explain today.  I very softly sponged with VersaMagic wheat around the image as I wanted to tone down the white a bit.  There's no glitter, no gems, nothing fru-fru (is that how you spell that?).  But I like it!  I hope you do too.

Believe it or not, there are no challenges!!!  How about that?!?!?!  I was going to use Friday Sketchers sketch, but my image's rectangle ended up being too big to make that work quite right.  I'll try another card with that layout as it's a good one.

Thanks for stopping by today folks!  Enjoy your day... tomorrow's Monday again!

P.S.  My KU Jayhawks won yesterday!!!  Yahoo!!!  : )

Stamps:  Whiff of Joy Wee in Stocking, SU Warm Words 
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic wheat chalk ink
Supplies:  Nesties (as a template), BG buttons, linen thread
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wee and a Christmas Tree

Now, how can you not love these little Whiff of Joy characters???  I read somewhere they are Christmas gnomes... not elves.  Don't know if that's right or not, but I'm going with it.  As I said in my last post (another gnome), I bought all six of this 'family'.  I'm currently coloring up the third, so you'll end up seeing them all!  I sure hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!

As I write this up, my Kansas University Jayhawks are doing great on ESPN.  That just makes me happy!!!  : )  Heeheehee... I just had to get a KU plug in here!  : )


I kept this card pretty simple as far as embellies go.  I wanted the dp and image to stand out this time.  I did use itty-bitty pearls as the tree's ornaments, used glitter at the bottom of each tree layer, on and around the star topper and for her collar, used the wonderful button bow and a little pompom on Wee's little conehead cap.  I was going to add a sentiment, maybe some other buttons or gems, but decided to leave it just like this.

The challenges:
1.  Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  I used their sketch last week... and I won!!!  That makes me happy too!!!.  They have another great sketch this week so I thought "what the heck... give it another shot!".  Hope you can join in too.  My image is a tad long for this sketch, but I tried to go with it the best I could.

2.  Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Christmas stars.  I was going to add a star charm, but as I said above, wanted to keep embellies to a minimum.

3. Our Creative Corner - Holiday theme, Christmas or Hannukah.  I've missed doing OCC for several weeks.  Nice to be back again.  I love their challenge blog!!

Thanks for coming to see me.  Have a great Saturday.
Stamps:  Whiff of Joy Wee and Christmas Tree
Paper:  BG Lemonade, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic sea breeze chalk ink
Supplies:  Nesties, BG ribbon, BG button, teeny pearls, white doodlebug glitter, pompom
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wonderful WOJ Character

 Hi all.  I'm finally getting back to the computer to get this card posted.  I finished it up a little while ago.  Felt very good to do so as I haven't felt well the last couple of days.  I haven't been out of the house for 2 1/2 days!!  My poor pooch is very tired of the back yard as we go out to walk and play every day!!!  I'll make it up to him this weekend.

When this new line of WOJ images came out, I was just so taken with them, I got 'em all.  That's something I almost never do, but I just couldn't decide between them.  They are ALL sooooo cute!!!  This one is Uru with Candy Cane.  Isn't she wonderful?  I used Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly mini deck.  When I first got it, I thought I would never find a project to use the yellow-gold with bells.  But lookie here... it's one of the first I've used off of the pad.  Ya just never know, do ya?

This card fits several challenges so here we go...

1.  Whiff of Joy Challenge - Sparkle!!!  Sparkle!!! Sparkle!!!  You got it!  They wanna see some sparkle.  I glittered up the candy cane red stripes a little bit, added a gem design in the corner and used a pearl for the flower center.

2.  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  Go check out Karen's card... it is just adorable.

3.  Everybody-Art-Challenge - Red and Green theme.  I'm never quite sure on these color challenges.  Are those the ONLY colors you can use... or you have to use AT LEAST those?  I hope I'm interpreting correctly.

4.  Stampin' for the Weekend - Red, Green and Gold (golden yellow : ).

 I guess that's it for tonight.  Thanks for coming by!  Hope to see you again soon!
Stamps:  Whiff of Joy Uru with Candy Cane
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Golly by Jolly, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, flower, pearl brad, stocking charm, gems, red glitter, satin ribbon, MS punch
Techniques:  Copic markers

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Merry Christmas Birdies

I thought I'd go ahead and get my entry for Bellarific Friday posted a couple days early.  YAY!  I'm so often scurrying around at the last minute.  This is a really nice change!!

I have chosen this cute little birdies on a limb image, Merry Christmas Birdies on a Branch.  I stamped this two or three weeks ago, but hadn't gotten back to coloring it up until last night.  It's really quick and easy to color, but still packs a big punch (I think).  I didn't feel well today, but finally felt like doing something, so I pulled everything together to finish it.

Emily's requirement for this challenge is to use glitter/glitz.  Got that handled.  I glittered up the birdies' wings, part of the branch and the berries (not my favorite part of the glitz).  I also used Bella's ruby red bonbons which I got with my last order.  I paper pieced the Merry Christmas banner and sponged some VersaMagic wheat chalk ink.  Oh... and I embossed the white background sheet with Cuttlebug's snowflakes.

For the layout, I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge.  Mercy always has great sketches... I just don't always find the time to work them up.  I'm glad I was able to use this one!

I'll also enter this in the Cuttlebug Challenge.  This challenge was also for glitter!  Love glitter... love challenges that call for glitter!!  : )

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Come back soon!!

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Merry Christmas Birdies on a Branch
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic wheat chalk ink
Supplies:  Nesties, Bella ruby red bonbons, red, blue and brown glitter
Techniques:  Copic markers, paper piecing, sponging

Monday, December 7, 2009

But Grandma... what a big BOW you have!!

I know... I KNOW!!!  I got a little carried away with the bow!!!  Heehee... I can't look at this picture without giggling!  I've been fighting myself on this one.  I had a little white felt Christmas  tree I worked up, embellished and added to the card.  It was OK, but I just wasn't feeling it.  So I carefully peeled it off and replaced it with this bow as nothing else was really working for me.  Hmmmmm... still not sure.  I might end up changing it out as well, but I'm going to live with it a little while to see if it grows on me.  {I'm still giggling... aren't you?!}

Isn't this image just one of the cutest?  It's from Stampavie and is called Mistletoe & Mice.  Awwwwwwww.  The sentiment is actually a silver cutout I received in my surprise prize from  I've also got a gold one just waiting for me to use it... and I will.  And I do know that mistletoe berries are white, but I just wanted some red/pink berries!

The challenges:
1.  Sketch Saturday - Grrrrreat sketch!


 2.  Copic Colour Challenge.  Love this color combo!

3.  Stampavie Challenge - Kittie's Bows.  Include a bow with your Stampavie image.  OK... OK... they didn't say a big HONKIN' bow!!  I read that into it!  haha

4.  Pals Paper Arts - Holiday Photo Inspiration Challenge.  Isn't it lovely?  Obviously I went with the mistletoe.

5.  Creative Card Crew - Christmas.  I always love this theme!!

6.  A Spoonful of Sugar - Non-traditional Christmas colors.  I am entering for my deep pink and dark brown.

7.  My Time to Craft Challenge - Winter Pals.

8.  The Pink Elephant Challenge - Your Favorite Christmas Color Combo.  I'm really getting into the pink/green combo!

9.  Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.  I hope my mistletoe will be an OK substitute for holly!  Aren't these cupcakes awesome?!?! 

Thanks for stopping in today.  For those who hopped by during the Bella Birthday Bash Hop last Saturday, thanks for all your wonderful comments!  This was the first 'HOP' I've been associated with besides being a 'hopper' and I'm hooked.  Soooooo fun!!  And finally, to those who took the extra time to leave a comment on Madeline's card, bless you all.  It will just MAKE her day the next time she comes and I show them to her!  You're all so great!!!

Have a lovely evening!

Stamps:  Stampavie Mistletoe & Mice
Paper:  BG Eskimo Kisses, Gina K pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, sentiment cutout, bow-easy, MS ribbon for a BIG BOW
Techniques:  Copic markers

Sunday, December 6, 2009

By Jove... some potential!

No... no... no!  Not me!!  My granddaughter, Madeline!  As I was frantically attempting to get my Bella Birthday Bash completed yesterday, she wanted to make her own card for her friend Tyler whose birthday party is today.  So I stamped little Ella Lollipop for her and let her go for it.  I'm pretty sure Madeline (who turned 11 just last Thursday) has a bright future as a stamper/colorer!!   I think she did a great job!!  Way to go honey!

Isn't she so clever to combine a birthday card and a thank you into one card?  Great ecologically too.  Saves paper!  : )  She colored this up with my prismacolor premier art markers (12 in the pack).  Isn't little Ella so cute??  She also used the oval spellbinders... Madeline thought those were great!!  She wrote tons of stuff inside, but I didn't read it. Private to the girls.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoy Madeline's card.  I may pop back in later with one of my own, but I have quite a few other things to do today too, so no promises!

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

OMG... the Bella Birthday Bash Blog HOP!!!

I've been sooooo excited about this and here I am... LATE!!!  Soooo sorry all.  But here ya go.  My card for the Bella Birthday Bash Blog Hop!!

I've use Pookie Lollipop.  Isn't she just the sweetest danged thing???  I used my new stash of Cosmo Cricket Early Bird paper.  LOVE it!!  Hope you do too!  I sugared up her petals just a little bit as well as the centers of the image's flowers.  And I used my new Blossom nesties!  I've wanted these for AGES!!!  : )  Oh... and I also paper pieced the flower pot as well as the little flowers at its base.

NOW... do NOT forget to LEAVE a COMMENT as there are big Bella bucks to win along the way!  I mean major BIG!!!  Three are hidden, and one is random!

Good luck to all and thanks for stopping by!  HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY BELLA!  We love ya!!!

OK now... head on over to  My Little Life to see what Bella has in store for you.  I think you'll love it.  Or, start at the beginning with Emily's blog.  Or, if the chain is broken, the master list is here!

The layout for my card came from Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  They actually have two great sketches to choose from!  Go take a look.  There are a lot of great DT cards to enjoy!  Thanks gals!!

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Pookie Lollipop
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, gingham ribbon, flowers, pearls, gems, white glitter, bow-easy
Techniques:  Copic markers, paper piecing

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Dear Madeline!

This is my last post of the long Thanksgiving holiday.  : (  Dontcha wish it could go on and on?  {sigh}  Well...mine was an absolutely great one.  I hope yours was too!

I made this card for my granddaughter, Madeline, who will turn 11 this coming Thursday.  Wasn't it just yesterday she was such a sweet little 18 month old with her little Pebbles Flintstone ponytail on top of her head.  Then ya turn around for a second and she's 11!  Ya know my kids were sneaky like that too!  One day they're little bitty, the next they're all grown up and heading out the door!!  I guess it's like that for everyone, huh?

I thought this Stampavie dog was such a sweetie that she needed to go to a child... in this case a (kinda) little girl.  Thus the overdose of pink!!  haha!  Oh... and this was my first try at making a bow with my new bow-easy.  It was a little awkward, but everything I've read says that will be the case, then it'll get easier.  But isn't the bow just awesome?!?!?!?  I'm not trying to brag... I'm just so pleased!!  I've always been just awful at bows, but no more!  YIPEE!  Thanks bow-easy folks!  {happy grin}

The challenges:
1.  A Spoonful of Sugar - Colour Combo.  Start with brown as your basic color, then choose either pink or blue to go along with it.
3.  Allsorts Challenge - Buttons

Hope you all have a great start to your week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Stampavie Ruffles a present for you, Hampton Art sentiment
Paper:  My Mind's Eye (pink/brown polka dots), Me and My Big Ideas (small brown polka dots), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic pixie dust
Supplies:  Nesties, BG ribbon, BG button, white satin ribbon, embroidery floss, diamond stickles, bow-easy
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging, button bow

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Joyous Snowman

I needed to make this card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  I'm a little disappointed with how this turned out.  I picked these papers because all their swirlies remind me of snow swirling through the skies.  Well... you just can't see those swirls very well with everything that's going on here.  But, I still like the colors and the big snowflake.  IRL, the 'snow gems' look way better, but I'm still not sure I'm going to leave them ALL on there.  I'll probably leave a few and use something else on all the others.  Hmmmmm... it just looks weird in this picture!!  Yuck!

For the layout, I followed the CPS-Card Sketches sketch.  I always love their designs and try to work them up whenever I can.

Gotta run tonight.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Jingle All the Way

Jingle Balls, Jingle Balls, Jingle All the Way.  I suppose I won't be able to get that outta my head now!  Hahahaha... these little fellers just crack me up!!  This was another stamp I chose with my third place winnings from the WSD Paper Crafting Contest (see Little Miss Sunflower post).  I saw 'em and just could NOT resist.  I can't help but smile when I see them.  : )

I just keep making more and more Christmas cards.  I need a couple dozen for myself and I'm donating some to a raffle we're having at work next week.  I shouldn't have any trouble making that many.  I have a good start.  I'll really have to get on the ball as they need to go out in the next week or so!!  ACK!!

The challenges:
1.  Weekend Sketch Challenge - the sketch
2.  Creative Card Crew - Favorite Things
3.  Everybody-Art-Challenge - Christmas
4.  Papertake Weekly Challenge - Christmas Crackers
5.  Crafty Creations - Christmas theme with bonus points for using the cracked glass technique (not done on my card)
6.  Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Winter Love (I LOVE these snowballs : )
7.  Charisma Cardz Challenge - Anything Christmas
8.  Colour Create - Green, Red and White with optional extra of Christmas.
9.  Allsorts Challenge - Christmas carol or s song title (hope "Jingle Balls" is close enough!)
10. Copic Creations - Gold -- jingle bells
11. Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge - Merry Christmas, Happy Winter
12. Creatilicious Challenges - Make something for Christmas... include snowflakes and lots of sparkle/glitter.  (my second entry to this month's challenge)
13.  Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Christmas Theme

Thanks for stopping by.  Come again soon, 'K?

Stamps:  WSD Jingle Balls
Paper:  BG Figgy Pudding
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nestie, snowflake embellie, BG bling, doodlebug white glitter, diamond stickles, rick-rack ribbon
Technique:  Copic markers

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Little Miss Sunflower -- second post

Hello again.  I've been playing around having a great time today.  If you're still basking in Thanksgiving Day splendor, you're probably sitting around going 'awww... shouldn't have had thirds!!'!  It's OK... once a year.  You'll feel better tomorrow.

I have forgotten all about sharing some great news I got a couple of weeks ago.  I got third place in the last Whipper Snapper Designs - Paper Crafting Contest!!  I was sooooo tickled and amazed!!  It was the first time I'd entered so didn't really expect much.  When they emailed me with the news, it just made my day.  This little gal was part of what I ordered with my winnings ($25).  I just had to have her... so cute!  I selected this one (Acorn & Posie), Jingle Balls and the Winter Quilt set by Anna Wight.  Funnnnnnnnnnn.  Anyhoo... For this card, I decided to go whole hog with my favorite fall colors.  I really like how she turned out.  Fall is almost over, but maybe there's time for another card or two before winter truly sets in.

I cut the 'flower' circles using my nesties, then distressed them with some scissors.  I actually have a distressing tool, but no clue where it is.  I never did get to use that little sucker!!  ARGH!!  I'll find it some day, but it sure would be nice to find it tomorrow!!  I also added a little brown glitter to her acorn cap and the center of the sunflower.

I'll be entering this in the Inspirational Card Sketches.  There may be more challenges this fits, but this is the only one for now.

Thanks for stoppin' by.  Please... come back soon!  Denise

Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Acorn & Posie, Inkadinkado Autumn Foliage (sentiment)
Paper:  We R Memory Keepers Grandma's Kitchen, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, BG buttons, BG brads, hemp cord, doodlebug brown glitter
Techniques:  Copic markers, distressing

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello all!!  I'm hoping you're all having a wonderful day filled with friends, family and fabulous food!  It's a perfect day for recounting our blessings and being especially grateful.  I know I am!!  My family will be celebrating Saturday so I have to wait a little longer.  But, I'm grateful that today I can relax, be creative and anything else my little heart desires!  And that's been exactly what I've been doing!  I'll cook tomorrow... today is mine!!  : )

One thing that always makes me happy is posting and sharing with all of you.  : )  Today, I'm sharing my Bellarific Friday entry.  I've missed the last couple of weeks and I just hate that!!  But... not this week! YAY!!  This week the challenge was a sketch and I just LOVED it!  Nice and simple so our creativity can soar.  Well... I don't know if mine soared, but it sure was fun to work up!!  I went with Cosmobella and some beautiful fall colors from Basic Grey's Indian Summer.  I've been wanting to work Cosmo up and now I have.  She's really fun and easy... and soooo cool!!  To finish the card off, I added some plain white brads.  I don't know if I've EVER used plain white brads, but I thought they fit with this card and I like 'em.  Enjoy your day and... here's to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you have time to leave a comment, I always appreciative them!! 

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Cosmobella and sentiment
Paper:  BG Indian Summer, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  BG white big brads
Technique:  Copic markers

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wanna Play???

Good morning friends!  I'm posting while on my break at work!  This little guy happens to be the 'stamp twin' to my 'Let it Snow... Let it Snow... Let it Snow' post from Nov. 13.  Doesn't this guy look like he's loaded for bear and so ready to surprise someone with a snowball down the neck???   In a nice way, of course!!!  heehee

These snowflakes gave me quite the problem.  They were white originally (part of the surprise of my prize from, but I was going to use some ribbon (probably white) so white snowflakes didn't work so well.  Sooo... I tried several... many... different ribbons and just didn't like any of them.  I decided white ribbon and I'd outline each snowflake with BG10 copic marker.  I liked that, but the white ribbon still had to go.  It just didn't look right.  So I had outlined snowflakes which were great, but a little bland.  So I stickled 'em up and added a button to each one.  I'll be giving this to my grandson so I don't think stickles are a problem for a seven-year-old boy, right?? 

The challenges:
1.  Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Christmas for the Guys
2.  CPS - Card Sketches
3.  Allsorts Challenge - Made for a child

Gotta run for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps:  Penny Black Hugging Snowballs
Paper:  Paper Studio, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Snowflake embellies, crystal stickles, BG buttons
Technique:  Copic markers

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Groovy Girlfriend

Whoa... guess I was in the need for a huge 'pink fix'!!  This one should hold me awhile!  hahahaha!  A very odd combination, don't you think.  But, I've concluded I like it now although I wasn't sure while I was making it.  Something a little different!!

 I just wanted to make a girlfriend card and also use my Birds Galore stamp set from Inkadinkado.  So I thought I'd work them up together using the 'groovy' owl from that set.  I stamped the owl with Memento rich cocoa.  Then markered up the stamp to get color on the limb elements using SU markers... chocolate chip, certainly celery and rose romance and stamped again.  Finally, I used the markers right on the image to emphasize those colors a little better.  The sentiment is from the Grateful Greetings set from MFT (fabulous sentiment set - I suggest getting it if you can).  Seems like I need a little glitter or something, but I'm leaving it as is.

The challenges:
1.  Simon Says Challenge - Thinking of You
2.  3 Clover Thursday Challenge - Birds or Bugs
3.  The Pink Elephant - Be Thankful.  I hope my card qualifies as it doesn't really say 'thanks', but the sentiment set is 'Grateful Greetings'!  : )

Guess that's it for tonight.  Thanks for stopping in.  Hope to see you again!

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Birds Galore, MFT Grateful Greetings
Paper:  We R Memory Keepers, SU rose romance (old color), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa, SU rose romance
Supplies, Nesties, flower, BG ribbon, BG glazed brad, SU markers, 3d squares
Techniques: nothing special

Joyful Christmas Angel

Happy weekend stampers!  Hope yours will be filled with fun and doing whatever you desire.  I'll be heading out to my mom's in a short while but wanted to post this little angel first.

Doesn't she just look soooo joyful?!?!?  She was one of my 'surprise' stamps from the prize package I received from (see Classic Santa post).  I was so tickled to get her as sometimes I want a stamp that's a little smaller.  She fits that bill perfectly.  Fast and fun!!  I created her for the Colour Create Challenge (blue, silver and white), then found some others to work her into.  I loved this color challenge as I probably wouldn't choose these on my own.  But as you can see from looking at the DT cards, the combo makes beautiful cards.  Mine is not near as elegant as some of theirs, but I still like it.  Wish I'd have had some silver paper to work in, but... ohhhhh I found a quarter sheet of silver paper after I'd completed her!!!  Story of my life!!  heeheehee

The challenges:
1.  Colour Create Challenge - blue, silver and white. 
3.  Card Position Systems - sketch

I used some MS glitter for the first time.  Man, what a mess!!!  I used my embossing buddy and everything and it still stuck on my image and just about everything else it touched!  Does anyone have any more knowledge on how to work with this line of glitter?  I love it... beautiful and fine, but I was more glittery after this card than I'd ever been before!!  : )

Gotta run.  Thanks so much for stopping by during your busy schedule!  Come again, 'K?

Stamps:  Stamps Happen Angel Banner, sentiment on the banner was hand written
Paper:  SU dp (unknown), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nestie, MS silver glitter, ribbon, BG buttons, 3d squares
Technique:  Copic markers

Friday, November 13, 2009

Let it Snow... Let it Snow... Let it Snow

I've had this little gal around for a year or more and so tickled to have finally gotten her worked up!!!  I absolutely love these stick kids from Penny Black.  I have about 8-10 of 'em.  This is one of my faves... LOVE her hair!!  I have a boy stamp to go with this one and probably should have worked him up too before unveiling her, but I just couldn't wait!  

Finally, I'm using a SCS sketch again!!  YIPEE!!  They have some of the grrreatest sketches and I just keep missing out.  Not this time... heeheehee!  Not a ton of extras here.  I thought there was enough going on with the black patterned background paper and the layout.  There's stickles on the snowballs and some diamond gems in the middle of some circles in the bottom right corner.  Oh... and I popped up the main image.

The challenges:
1.  Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 254
2.  Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Song/Title Lyrics.  I went with 'Let it Snow... Let it Snow... Let it Snow'.  It always makes me think of kids which fits this card to a tee.
3.  Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Four Seasons.  Pick one or all of 'em.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  Come again!!
Stamps:  Penny Black I Love Snow
Paper:  K & Co Black and Ivory, BG Lilykate (purple) and Offbeat (yellow), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, glazed brads (spare parts I think), MS rhinestones, diamond stickles, 3d squares
Technique:  copic markers

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Classic Santa

Awwwwwwwww... dontcha just love an wonderful classic Santa???  I got this great stamp from a prize package I won -- sponsor,  Let me tell you something... that is one generous  sponsor!!  The prize was a $50 certificate to (extra great on its own).  Then when my 'order' arrived, there was probably another $50+ of extras I wasn't expecting.  It was just like Christmas!!  This stamp, Jolly Santa by Stamps Happen, was one I selected with my certificate.  Also shipped to me were 3-4 other stamps, a complete Christmas card-making set (papers (red used as my 'matting' color), embellies, etc) and other items!!!  Fun... fun... fun!!!

I colored Santa with classic Christmas red and green.  I went with a white snow embossed background trying to evoke the vision of a white Christmas.  I bought this beautiful ribbon on eBay a few months ago and I just LOVE it.  There are even more beautiful colors than you can see here.  Can't wait to use it again.  : )  Let's see... what else?  The sentiment is computer generated and I glittered up Santa's cap brim.

Now... the challenges...
1.  Cute Card Thursday - Glitter Me Silly
2.  Charisma Cardz - Merry and Bright
3.  Creative Inspirations - New or Neglected -- used my brand new stamp.
4.  Copic Colour Challenge" - use emerald green (g05), lipstick red (r29) and acid yellow (y08).  I did skip the acid yellow -- not really a 'classic' color.  : )
5.  Cupcake Craft Challenge - Snow Much Fun
6.  Crafty Creations - Snow
7.  Allsorts Challenge - Bring out your Bling
8.  Pals Paper Arts - Christmas Cheer

Thanks so much for stopping in.  Please... come again.

Stamps:  Stamps Happen Jolly Santa
Paper: Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nestie, cuttlebug folder, glitter, ribbon
Technique:  copic markers