Monday, November 23, 2015

Autumn Chores

It's a new week and my day to spotlight on Craft-Dee BowZ.  The challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW but since the Design Team likes to challenge ourselves further, we also chose to use autumn colors, festive foliage AND burlap for our spotlight posts. I used this rubber stamp from Bildmalarna for my card.

I used a chevron embossing folder by Die-sire and sanded the paper so I have a lighter and darker tone to the chevrons. The yellow sunflowers are from Martha Stewart and I added a touch of glitter on each petal for some shine. A card with no glitter is a day without sunshine. ;) The leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The jewel swirl is from Michael's and my sentiment is by Wild Rose. Your eyes are not deceiving you...yes, I used both blue and turquoise jewels in the corners of my image's paper.

Here's an up close image of my bows and I used acorn buttons by Dress It Up in the middle of each one. I made some paper using the Polished Stone technique and then used my leaf dies by Taylored Expressions to cut out the larger leaves. The tiny leaves that this little image is raking were made by a tiny punch (brand unknown) from the polished stone paper. I like this technique since I can pick different areas of the paper and get different colors and patterns. I love this pretty shear ribbon (thank you, Donna, at CDB!) and I made two bows and tied them to the burlap ribbon. These bows came out as pretty as they did because I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. This tool makes beautiful single loop bows, and to make these double and triple loops...well, this tool is absolutely fabulous. It's small, lightweight and portable, too!

The gals at the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog have shared their outstanding creations on the blog each Tuesday this month and I hope you've seen them. If not, please take a moment now to cruise them before the next challenge!  And being that I'm the last Tuesday of the month to post my card, you know the challenge will be ending soon, so if you have your card ready, please get it posted here. The challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW.
Thanks for looking at my card this month and I hope you'll leave me a little message on my blog if you have a moment.

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oh my stars!

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' where the challenge is always Christmas, but this month you also need to add STARS to your creation! I used this image named Hollybobs Angel from Polkadoodles for my card.

I colored my image with Copics and then I used Sparkle n Sprinkle Crystal Ice glitter on the fur of her dress, Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond glitter on her wings, Glitter Ritz Stardust Silver on her wand and on the stars on her wings and then added some Glitter Ritz Warm Glitter in her hair for some shine since angels and fairies are always glittery! If you put your mouse on the picture and then hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, you can scroll the wheel on your mouse and you can see the glitter in her hair better.

The silver wreath of stars is a die by Joy, the star with the sentiment is by Nellie Snellen and the die around my image is by Sue Wilson. My pearl swirl is by Prima and the star button in the middle of my bow is from Dress It Up. I used paper from a winter paper pack by Bo Bunny that Lillian recently sent to me...thanks, Lillian...this paper pack is super pretty in all blues and mauves/purples.

The winner of this challenge will receive a goodie bag from the Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'! Please stop and visit Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and see the pretty projects made by the Design Team with the hopes of inspiring you to join our monthly Christmas challenge of using STARS.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Time Out Challenge (Opt: use purple), Star Stampz Pick 3 challenge (Sparkle, Digi, Button, Bow, Pearls), Left of Center, Catch the Bug, Card and Scrap, All Sorts, Ribbon Girls, Winter Wonderland, CCC Digi Creations, Artistic Inspirations, Crafting from the Heart, Our Crafty Corner, Craft Your Passion, A Snowflake's Promise, Love to Scrap, Stampavie and More, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Crimbo Crackers, Little Miss Muffet, Crafty Girls Creations, Craft Rocket, Aud Sentiments Bingo (Fav color is purple, Glitter and Bling, Die Cut), Simply Paper Crafts, Creative Corner, Crafting with Friends, Digi Designs Tic-Tac-Toe (Gems, pearls, bling/Digi image/Ribbon), Melon Headz Tic-Tac-Toe (Pearls/Bling, Die Cut, Ribbon), Creative Card Crew, Doodle Pantry, Crafting by Designs, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Ching-Chou Kuik’s Challenge, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge, Unicorn Challenge, Noor Design, Cards Galore, The Sisters of Craft, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra, 2 Creative Chicks, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, The Crafty Addicts, Crafting with an Attitude, Creative Fingers, Crafty Time Challenge, Crafty Calendar, Sweet Stamps, The Paper Nest Dolls, Where the Heart Is, Not Just CardsLet's Craft & Create, Whoopsi Daisy, 12 Months of Christmas, Just Keep on Creating, Die Cuttin Divas, Creative Craft Cottage, Craft for the Craic, Christmas Stampin All Year Long

Monday, November 9, 2015

Clean, Simple, Cute and Christmassy

Oh, the name of this post gave me nightmares. This is the new challenge for November at The Cutie Pie challenge blog!  I don't do simple...I mean, I work so hard at doing simple that it's not just a challenge, it's punishment. So when I saw this on my challenge list, I groaned.  I sat for a couple of hours in my craft room going through my rubber stamps and then my digitals, then my sentiments, then just sitting and thinking...and here's what I came up with. This sentiment and image are such a wonderful play on the story:  The Night Before Christmas.

Now that you've looked at it, you're thinking: that's so simple it only took her 15 minutes to make. HA! Go ahead and believe that...but if you know me or follow my blog, you'll see I don't do CAS cards.

I've had this stamp for years and have never used him. He's from High Hopes, and so is the sentiment. I colored him with Copics and I used Sparkle n Sprinkle Crystal Ice Glitter on his robe and nightcap. What I love about this image are his bunny slippers! I've had this red metallic paper that I used for my base and guess what...that's it. I know, it's so unlike me to not have a list of supplies. I love using the color red at the's cheerful and happy and this little moose is just perfect in a red robe with green sash. Very traditional colors, and my favorite this time of year.

We are sponsored this month by:


The Team at The Cutie Pie Challenge are so talented and their cards for this CLEAN, SIMPLE, CUTE AND CHRISTMASSY challenge are outstanding. I looked at them as they posted them and they were all so cute and here I was struggling. As the queen of gems, pearls, lace, ribbon and bows, this card is one of the only ones you'll ever see me make that is clean and simple.

Take a look at the Design Team's cards for inspiration and I hope you'll join us this month at The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge, Inspiration Destination, Crafty Catz, Card and Scrap, Christmas Card Challenges, A Snowflake's Promise, Whimsy Inspires, Glitter n Sparkle, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Crafty Girls Creations, Art by Miran, Simply Paper Crafts, Crafting with Friends, A Gem of a Challenge, Corrosive Challenges, Crazy 4 Challenges, Crafting by Designs, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Ching-Chou Kuik's Challenge, High Hopes, One Crazy Stamper, My Whimsical Little World, 2 Creative Chicks, Crazyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra, Unicorn Challenge, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, The Sisters of Craft, Animal Friends, Crafting With an Attitude, CMD Challenge, Penny Black and More, Scrapbook Blessings, Sweet Stamps, Where the Heart Is, Not Just Cards, Colouring in ScrapLand, Paper Take Weekly, Word Art Wednesday, Creative Fingers

Sunday, November 1, 2015

On Dasher!

I've been invited to be the Guest Designer at Cute As A Button for this challenge. I'm honored and thrilled to have been invited to have the chance to join this talented Design Team for this challenge of WINTER. I've used this image named Tangled Lights. Isn't this image the sweetest ever!  I love her and want to thank Francesca for letting me use her for this challenge. I love using red at the holidays. I think the bright colors are fabulous at Christmas because they're happy colors and red at the holidays is perfect!

I colored my image with Copics and added some Glossy Accents to each light bulb. The pearl in the center of the bow in the corner is a brad with the legs cut off and glued on.

I used white iridescent sequins and added itsy bitsy pearls in the center of each (since I don't like the holes showing in the sequins). Her little white tail has white fun flock on it for a fluffy look. My sentiment tags are from Lili of the Valley and I tied them to the bit of red lace and tan edging on top of the lace with embossing floss. The reindeer in my arrangement is a button from Dress It Up and I cut off the shank and glued him in, and the candy cane is actually a miniature ornament from Hobby Lobby. The pinecones, which are real, and the silk flowers have a dash of gold paint on all of them and I added a small gold bell to my red, green and white baker's twine bow. I used papers by Doodlebug. The 3 gold glitter flat backed pearls are from JoAnns. I spotted her bag and then added a dash of glitter to each dot for sparkle.

I hope you'll stop by the Cute As A Button Challenge Blog and see the outstanding projects the Design Team has made to inspire you to join the challenge of WINTER.

Thank you, Francesca and the Team, for inviting me to be your Guest Designer this week and for all your kindness and words of encouragement!


This card is entered in the following challenges:

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Autumn is a special time

It's November already and that means a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog! As you might know, our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW each month. Easy peasy and since this is such a simple challenge for the Design Team, we often challenge ourselves. This month we're using autumn colors and fall foliage. Remember, you only have to add a hand made bow to your project to enter our challenge!  Crafty Friends Challenge has asked what's my favorite color and that's easy for me to do. This card is definitely my favorite autumn swatch. I love the orange/rust with the gold and green.

I used some clear Wink of Stella on the bells on the hats of my little tyke and the bird, but it doesn't photograph well. I used the technique Polished Stone and made the paper for my leaves and the scallop base under my sentiment. I didn't add any metallic to my paper like the video shows and I used re-inkers by Ranger in the colors rust, lettuce green and yellow.

And here is the awesomist, bestest part of this card....this bow. Ever spend forever to get a bow to come out just right?  I don't! I use my handy Craft-Dee BowZ tool and this bow came out perfect the very first time. I mean, this double looped bow is one of my best. Thank you, Donna, at Craft-Dee BowZ for sending me this beautiful autumn ribbon!

I've had the rubber stamp below for around 20 years (I was 9 when I got it--hahaha). Since it's an 'autumn' stamp, I only get to use it a limited number of times each year, but I try to use it every year. I love how the stamp has the acorn and oak leaves that I can color to match the outside of my card. And, the sentiment is really nice, too. ;) I don't normally show the inside of my cards, although I finish every single one as I make the outside, but this one I had to share with you!

The Design Team has created the most gorgeous creations with autumn colors to inspire you to join the challenge this month.  Please stop by and visit them at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and if you have time, please leave a little note. There are only 4 Design Team members so it wouldn't take long to leave each a comment! We'd love to see you join the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart, Craft Your Passion, The Crafty Addicts, Stampavie and More, Love to Scrap, 7 Kids College Fund, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Crafty Gals Corner, Inspiration Destination, Crafty Girls Creations, 4 Crafty Chicks, Simply Paper Crafts, Pattie's Creations, Polka Doodles, Creative Fingers, Crafting with Friends, Crafty Friends, Artistic Inspirations, Magnolia-licious, the Sisterhood of Crafters, Creative Card Crew, Creative Moments, Moving Along with the Times, Digital Delights, Whimsy Inspires, Art by Miran, Jo's Scrap Shack, QKR Stampede, Crazy 4 Challenges, Crafty Boots

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sweet and pretty in pink

Being that it's the 4th Tuesday of the month, it's my turn to post on Craft-Dee BowZ!  The Design Team is working with butterflies, doilies and flowers this month along with the color "pink".  Pink has become synonymous with October and "Breast Cancer Awareness".  The challenges Crafty Friends and As You Like It have asked what's my favorite color. That's so hard to say since I love all color. But when doing a card with such a sweet design as the one below, the soft pastels are my favorite to use. I decided to do something a little different than my usual style and I have so many pretty embossing folders and never use them...and it's time to stretch and use some of these craft items I've been collecting.

The embossing folder is by Couture Creations and I used pink White Washed paper by Co'ordinations and then sanded the embossed areas for the pink to show through. I used my Ranger Distressing Tool on the edges. The butterfly die is by Memory Box and I coated it with glue and then sprinkled Crystal Snow glitter by Stampendous all over it. The pearls on my card are from assorted packages in my stash. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and I used my Stampin' Up punch around it. And, so that you can put this card in perspective, the size of it is 5.25 X 7.5 inches.

My bow is a double loop and I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool to make it. It was so easy to get the bow straight and the tails out straight using this tool!  I added this pretty button with the back cut off in the middle of my bow. Thank you to Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for this pretty ribbon.

Have you seen the cards posted each Tuesday by a member of the Design Team?  If you haven't, please stop by here and take a look. And like you, we appreciate a kind word or two if you have time.

Since this is the last Tuesday of the month, you have just a few more days to get your card done and posted to the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog for this month's challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. And I'd like to remind you that a bow made from a die cut doesn't count as a hand made bow. And, stamped or digital bows on an image's dress or on your project don't count as a hand made bow, either.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Wednesday Creative Inspirations, Crafty Gals Corner, Crafty Creations, Inspiration Destination, Julia Spiri Challenge, In The Pink, Alphabet Challenge, Brown Sugar, 613 Avenue Create, Wonderful Wednesday, Sweet Stamps, My Whimsical Little World, Not Just Cards, Digi Choosday, Unicorn Challenge, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Love to Scrap, As You Like It, Dragonfly Dreams, Crafty Girls Creations, Creative Fingers, Simply Paper Crafts, Crafting with Friends, Crafty Friends, Artistic Inspirations,Crafting from the Heart, Craft Your Passion

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fabulous Christmas Colors!

There's a new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge and I've been invited to be a Guest Design Team member for this challenge of "U" IS FOR UNIQUE COLORS FOR CHRISTMAS. Our sponsor is Bugaboo and I'm delighted to use this adorable image for my card! 

I colored my image with Copics and then used purple Pearlescent Chalk by Pebbles to color the background of my image.  I added some White Frantage by Stampendous for the snow that is falling and the snow on the ground is made with white paint and then sprinkled with White Crystal Snow by Stampendous over it while it was wet. I love the look of this glitter! 

I used my Spellbinders die for the oval and scallop around my image. The deer is a wood cut out and I painted it with brown hobby paint. The package in the corner is a rub on and I put it on white paper and then colored it with my Copics to match my papers and then cut it out. For dimension I added Glossy Accents to the ornaments in my little image's hands and to the polka dots and ribbon on the package. I tied my bow and then cut off the legs of a purple snowflake brad from my stash and glued it in the middle of my bow. 

My snowflakes are precut from Hobby Lobby and I layered a white iridescent and a clear iridescent one and then held them together with a white brad. I used a CK Punch for my sentiment and my sentiment is a very old one from a Precious Moments set of stamps that was distributed by Stampendous in the 1980's. Those lime green jewels are from Queen & Co.

Thank you, Samantha and the Design Team, for the invitation to join you for this fabulous challenge. I had a great time picking my image and then coloring it 'uniquely'. ;)  I appreciate the opportunity to be your Guest for this challenge!

The Design Team at ABC Christmas Challenge have created some wonderful projects to inspire you and encourage you to join this challenge. Remember, the challenge is "U" IS FOR UNIQUE COLORS FOR CHRISTMAS.


Santa's Transportation!

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and this month the topic is TRANSPORTATION.  Remember, we're a Christmas challenge, so the card has to be winter oriented transportation. I chose a die cut by Marianne showing Santa being transported by his reindeer.

I'm not a fan of all white cards and making them is a bigger challenge than I normally like, but I like this card and MIGHT, just might, try another one with some of the embossing folders I've collected and have never used.  This embossing folder is by Nellie Snellen and it's a 6"x6" folder, and the two reindeer die on the bottom of the card are by Impression Obsession. The snow drifts are a border die by Spellbinders.

I took this side pic since the forward pic doesn't show the Cool Glitter Ritz on the pine trees and snow (I tried to make them glittery like snow).  I also used Glossy Accents on the deciduous trees (to represent ice on the trees). I did try to get creative with this all white picture!

I love the red and white candy cane striped paper I found in a paper pack and I've been hoarding this red metallic paper for years now. The 5 red metallic flat backed dots are from Wal-Mart and I couldn't resist giving Rudolph a tiny red pearl for his nose. Red is such a festive Christmas color and although I like the non-traditional colors, too, I think a red and white Christmas card is eye catching.

Our sponsor this month is All Dressed Up who has donated two images to the lucky winner randomly drawn.

The team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some totally gorgeous creations for this challenge of winter TRANSPORATION and I hope you'll stop by the challenge blog, get inspired, and make a card for our monthly challenge.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Catz, Christmas Card Challenges, 613 Avenue Create, Crafting from the Heart, A Snowflakes Promise, Through the Craft Room Door, Crafty Girls Creations, Simply Paper Crafts, Crafting with Friends, A Gem of a Challenge, Digi Choosday, Sparkle n Sprinkle, The Sisters of Craft, Crafting by Designs, One Crazy Stamper, Crafts Galore Encore, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra, Sweet Stamps, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Lia Stamps, Colouring in Scrapland, Not Just Cards, Crafting with an Attitude, Suzy Bee's (S is for  Santa, Sleigh, Stripes, Snow), Creative Craft Cottage

Too cute to be witchy!

I don't make many Halloween cards but this little CC Designs witch was too cute so I bought the rubber stamp. I love the colors of Halloween--the oranges, greens and purples!

I used a cat die from Memory Box and my fence is a die but I don't know by whom. I used my oval dies by Quic Kutz around my image. The purple border on the very bottom is a punch by Martha Stewart and I made my moon with a circle punch and then a smaller circle punch to cut out part of it. I used paper by Doodlebug. The purple gems around my image aren't showing up well as purple, but they're purple rhinestones from Queen & Co. The flat green brads are from JoAnn's. The striped ribbon is from my stash and the polka dot button is from the Ribbon Girls. I added some iridescent glitter by Stampin' Up on my witch with my Sakura glue pen for just a little sparkle. The picture isn't showing it as nice as I wish it did. I used a bit of clear Wink of Stella on her hat buckle. Oh, and she's colored with Copics.

Thanks for stopping by!


This card is entered into the following challenges:
Julia Spiri Challenge, Creative Corner, Reasonable Ribbon, Ribbon Girls, 613 Avenue Create, Dragonfly Journeys, Crafting from the Heart, Love to Scrap, Whimsy Inspires, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Simply Paper Crafts, The Stamping Boutique, Crafting with Friends, Digi Designs, A Gem of a Challenge (my striped ribbon), Fantasy Stampers, MelonHeadz Friends, The Crazy Challenge, Sparkle n Sprinkle, One Crazy Stamper, Sweet Stamps, That Craft Place, Not Just Cards, Our Crafty Corner, Colouring in Scrapland, Let's Craft & Create, Dragonfly Dreams, Simply Create, Too, Dragons Lair Designs, Crafty Calendar, Creative Card Crew, Through the Craft Room Door

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Pink Christmas

I've had a secret...I've kept IT quiet and didn't say anything until now. I didn't want to announce IT without having something to show for it.  What is the IT?  It's that I'm a CUTIE PIE!!!  I was invited to join The Cutie Pie Design Team and am thrilled to pieces to be on the Team!

This is my first card as a member of the Team. The challenge this month at The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog is PRETTY IN PINK. I love the color pink and pink winter cards are a favorite of mine. There are so many shades of pink, and all so pretty, so this challenge was super easy! I used an image from one of our sponsors, Crafty Sentiments.

I colored my image with Copics and the fur on her ear muffs and hand muff are glittered with Studio G glitter. The snow on the ground is chunky glitter by Darice. I used a Marianne embossing die around my image and used white Stampin' Up ink and then Creations Unlim Embossing Snowdrift embossing powder on the raised areas. The sentiment is a die from the same Marianne set and I used a rub on sentiment by Pebbles.
My snowflake dies are by Memory Box and I inked them with pink ink then embossed them with the same embossing powder. The pink poinsettias are from I Am Roses and the mittens in the bottom left corner are a die by Joy and embossed with the glittery embossing powder, too. I tied a bow with a bit of embroidery floss and glued it on. I used a set of Stampin' Up snowflakes dies for my background paper and used Stampin' Up Winter White embossing powder on them. I used a metal mitten brad in the middle of my pink seam binding bow. My jewels are from Queen & Co.
We have two sponsors for this challenge and if you click on the icons below, you will be taken right to their stores.
Three digi stamps of the winners choice

£10 gift voucher to spend on digi's in the online store

The Design Team at The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog have made the cutest projects with the hopes of inspiring you to join in the challenge this month of PRETTY IN PINK. Please stop by the blog and leave a comment or two on their creations!

This card is entered in the following challenges: