Cheers to a New Year!

Cheers to you!  I am starting the New Year celebration a tad early on my blog.  I am so excited because hubby and I are heading to a lovely inn for the event.  I plan to enjoy my evening by ringing in a brand new year full of health, happiness, and prosperity.  How about you?  Any plans for the evening?

This card combines lots of texture and patterns with a focus on the sentiment.  I used a SRM sticker which always delights because they lay so incredibly smooth and I never have issues with bubbles or finger prints.  I used a mustard yellow trim with orange twine wrapped around it for a little extra something-something.  I don't know why I am using that word but there it is.  I stapled a strip of corrugated cardboard on the larger navy blue strip and then added the orange buttons because embellishing is good and I have so many dang buttons. 
I hope you have a wonderful New Year's eve and wishing you the best in 2012!

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
Little Red Wagon: #113 Something New (SRM Stickers and yellow trim)
Paper Pretties: #186 Ring in the New Year
Scrapbook Sisters: #66 Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: #66 Anything Goes
Whimsical Wednesdays: Happy New Year

Supplies used:
cardstock: The Paper Co.
sticker: SRM Stickers
trim and buttons: craft supply
other: corrugated cardboard recycled :-)


Be Merry!

Happy Wednesday to you!   Today's card was fun to create because I used Valentine papers.  I get tired of the traditional colors so decided to use something a little different.

At Penny's we have a "Holiday Gifts" theme and I used SRM Stickers with this Digi Darla image.  Lots of bling because it's Christmas after all and a little stitching because it's me.
***We are having a DT call on the blog so come on by and enter to be a part of a really fun team!***

Challenges I would to enter this card in:
Digi Design Challenge: Show us Christmas
Papertake Weekly: Last Christmas card of the year
Pile It On: #49 Bling it up!
Raise the Bar: #86 Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday: #65 Anything Christmas

Supplies used:
cardstock: Paper Studio
pattern paper: My Mind's Eye "Love Me" and Lily Bee
image: Digi Darla
stickers; SRM Stickers
ribbon and button: American Crafts
rhinestones: Queen & Co.


Altered Snowflakes

I made a special snowflake ornament for a friend that I would like to share with you today.  It's one of my favorite things to do is transform a dollar store item into something that exudes style and looks costly. 
I started with a plastic snowflake that I glued to a scallop die cut  for the background.  Next I started layering more scallop pieces with stamped images.  I paired a silver tinsel  trim in there for extra shine.  I added a button at the top to finish it off and then strung a thin silver cord to hang it.  I would love to make these for my tree but I don't have the time to make 50 currently.  Perhaps after the holiday is over, I can stock up on the snowflakes and create away.  I think they make beautiful ornaments and can be personalized with initials, words, images, etc.  I envision charms dangling.  Oh so many ideas. 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: Snowflakes
Crafty Boots: Christmas
DYSU: #50 Winter
Gingerloft: #30Winter/Christmas
My Sheri Crafts: #75 Let It Snow
Oh La La Creations: #95 Anything but a card
One Stop Craft: #162 Christmas Sparkle
Paper Creations Ink: #15 Something old, something new (old papers new stamp)
The Ribbon Reel: #17 Shabby Holiday Winter

Supplies used:
snowflake: Dollar Store
pattern paper: My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly
stamp: PSA Snowflake
fiber: Webster's Pages, DMC floss, and Stampin Up silver cord
button: craft supply
other: Recollections extra large scallop punch, Stampin Up 2 inch scallop punch, Marvy circle punch

DOUBLE Valentine

I am going there today!  I broke free from the Christmas holiday to make a cute Valentine card because I was itching to use these fun new Love Me papers from My Mind's Eye.  I am such a sucker for all their collections.  I seem unable to say no.
I created this card for today's Paper Playtime challenge #63 which is anything with a stamped sentiment.  Easy peasy huh? So get your cards in everyone because we want to see them and one lucky winner is going to receive A MYSTERY PACKAGE from THE SCRAPBOOKING QUEEN.  I know she is going to give out something unbelievable!

Onto my card:
I am calling this my DOUBLE Valentine because it has two chipboard hearts on it as the focal point.  I added a little rick rack felt trim with clear rhinestones for a little something.  The stickpin is tied with a vintage trim from my France antiquing trip this summer and a red rhinestone for color.  I stamped the word Valentine with a Sepia pad using a CTMH stamp.  Rounded corners were added for a little softness.

It was easy to pull it together and I hope you enjoy!  Come and join us in the challenge and see what the other designers are creating! 

Supplies used:
cardstock/base: The Paper Studio white and Bazzill blue
pattern paper: MME Love Me Hearts Paper, Banners Paper
trim: vintage cream, red felt rick rack from craft supply
chipboard: large glittered heart Melissa France, small red heart
pin: craft supply
ink: Sepia


Winner of Thankful Giveaway!

Wow!  I am completely humbled by the amount of kind comments and people that joined via Mr. Linky.  Thank you very much for taking the time.  I will say I totally made this more work for myself than I imagined because I had two ways to enter: Mr. Linky and the comments section.  I wanted to be sure everyone got the amount of entries they deserved so  the easiest way to do it was writing names from both areas  on a piece of paper which I then cut and folded  to draw a name from a big old basket.   Whew.  But without further adieu.  The winner is....
Margie Visnick

Please email me your mailing address so I can get your prize right out to you!
Thank you to everyone that entered!


Your Phone's Ringing!

Does your phone ring too much or too little?  Funny how you wish for it to ring less and then when it does it makes you a little sad.  I currently have 7 messages waiting to be heard so I am posting this card really quick to take care of them.

I have to be honest and say I was getting tired of holiday cards.  Honestly, I have made so many and also mailed out a bunch so I needed to move on and try a typical everyday scenario.  I will be back with some altered projects I made for Christmas to share soon.  I had to break up the consistency because I am like that.
Today's retro phone card is filled with some new papers I purchased recently.  The shame!  I was pretty determined to use most of the of the bag but at this rate, not going to happen until 2013.  In fact, I think I am going to give my scrap bag away because I can't remember what collection the papers are from any longer. 
So this card uses the new Head Over Heels paper from lily bee design.  What a cute line!  It was created Julia Stainton.  I have long admired her work and love that she is creating beautiful paper lines.  I used lots of punches on this card.  I was also happy to use my new Copic in warm grey.  I bought the W7.  I used stone grey twine that I curled to make the cord on the phone.  It needed a little more so I added the black pearl for the center of the phone dial.  I remember using these types of phones very well.  My ex MIL was using her dial phone into this decade because she did not like the push button.  She would get frustrated when the answering machine came on and would instruct her to press one to leave a message because she couldn't.  Bless her soul! Funny how things have changed.     :-) 

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
Card Patterns: # 145 Card Sketch
Crafty Catz: #112 Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge: #50 Bingo (Buttons, Die cuts/punches, Pearls)
Ribbon Carousel Challenge: #33 Tangled Twine
The Crafty Pad: #151 Send Someone a Smile
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #7 Use a Sentiment
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge: #96 Anything but Christmas

Supplies used:
cardstock/base: The Paper Studio
stamp: CTMH Say It In Style
button: Making Memories
craft: ribbon
punches: Marvy, EK Success, and Fiskars
markers: Copics

Thank you for stopping by!


Me again! With a big wish!

Two posts in one day means I have been productive!  I am back really quick to share a card I created with A Day For Daisies image.  I love this mermaid freebie Tammy is offering this week.  Quick!  Run and grab it before it's gone! 

I used the color challenge found here.  I wanted to be able to mail my card using a standard postage stamp so I kept the embellishments down.  I used lots of paper scraps for this card which always makes me happy because I need that bag to be smaller so I can buy more paper.  :-) 
Supplies for card:
cardstock/base: The Paper Studio
pattern paper: Fancy Pants Designs and Basic Grey
image: A Day For Daisies freebie
sentiment: SP & Company Bold Sentiments
ink: Hero Arts black
rhinestones: Michael's

Thanks for stopping by!

Warm Wishes Elf Kaylee for Penny's

It's Wednesday everybody!  Yeah!  I am excited because tonight is my daughter's winter chorus concert.  I am ready to listen to some holiday music!  I have a super large gift tag to share today because there was a slight printing error.
Ever had one of those days when you are in a rush to get things done and you are not giving your full attention to every detail?  I had one of those with this image.  I hit print and when I turned to get it off the printer tray I realized it was a full page instead of asking for a smaller size.  I did not want to waste it so I decided to make a huge tag with it.  I think it will work nicely on a gift for Christmas. 
This little lady is Elf  Kaylee from Some Odd Girl as the are sponsoring us at Penny's for our Merry Christmas challenge.  Come on by and join us because we have two prizes up for grabs!

I started with a piece of new leaf  cardstock  that I layered with a recycled piece of corrugated cardboard and a light blue textured pattern paper.  I added a strip of lace that has a hint of blue along the top.  Before adhering my image, I checked for placement on the journal bracket.  I stamped the sentiment on it and then put glue on the top of  my image and placed as desired.  Then I slid the journal bracket under and went back and glued the rest of the image down.  I hope this makes sense. :-)

Challenges I would like to enter:
CCH: #96Anything Goes
Christmas Card All Year: Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew: Tis the Season
DYSU: #48 Ribbon
Die Cuttin' Divas: #44 Tags, tags,and more tags!
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes

cardstock: Papertry Ink New Leaf
pattern paper: SEI Winter Song Ice
image: Some Odd Girl  Elf Kaylee
stamp: CTMH Say It In Style
ink: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
die cut: Elle's Studio journal bracket
lace/trim: American Crafts (blue strip ribbon) Divine Twine pink, craft supply (lace)
button:American Crafts pink
meal/eyelet: craft supply
other: recycled cardboard

Thank you for stopping by!


Rudolph's here!

Happy Monday to you!  It's Monday and I get share a card I made using a cut out from a Cricut for the Paper Playtime challenge. I think I am one of the few that don't own an electronic  die cutting machine.  I have Bid Red (Ellison) which I can't even pick up right now per doctor's orders so it's stored in the closet.  Fortunately,  I was very  lucky that a dear friend (Boots & Bling Time) of mine sent me a bunch of designs to use.  Isn't that the sweetest?  She really is! 
I picked  the reindeer because  I love the felt texture on him!  I added a red nose and a button collar because our challenge today is any holiday project with  buttons.
And why yes, I did use the My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly papers for this.  ;-)  I am a woman on a mission.  LOL!  I stamped the merry repeatedly and added a little bling because it is a Christmas card.  I made the slim tag and stamped it with the rest of the sentiment.  I attached with some twine and a button.  I hope you will join us for our new challenge!  Check out the prize to be won! Think of how many Christmas cards you could make with this set! 

  Challenges for my card:
Addicted to Stamps: #18 Christmas Card Must
Bah Humbug: #47 Cute Critters
Come and Get it Challenges: Anything Christmas
Creative Inspirations Paint: Felt (reindeer is felt)|
Paper Sundaes: Sundae Bar red and die cut
Stamptacular Sunday: #141 Use this color palette
Sugar Creek Hollow: Non tradtional Christmas colors

cardstock: The Paper Studio
pattern paper: My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly
die cut: Cricut
stamp: KI Memories
ink: Hero Arts black
rhinestones: Queen & Co.
glitter: Stickles red
buttons: Dress It Up tiny and brown Foof-fa-la


Santa Claus is coming!

and he's merry and certainly full of jolly!  I am back to share the man we parents rely on to evoke good behavior in our children throughout the year.  Here's where I shamefully admit I have played this card with my daughter when she was much younger.    She quickly added that God forgives and he created everyone  so Santa must forgive too.  Ding ding!  Round over and win goes to daughter.  At least she gets it.
The jolly man ceased to exist after 6th grade.  She overheard a conversation at school amongst two students that Santa was not real.    It was taken much better than I anticipated.  She asked me calmly and I verified it.  No tears or cries of woe.  After a few seconds of letting it sink it, she then asked me, "will you still get me presents if I know?"  Oh joy!   I completely lost it and had to laugh out loud. 

Now for my card. 
A fun card with vintage inspiration.  I used a little ink to distress the edges and all My Mind's Eye papers for this card. I am trying to use this entire pack for this season.  I am almost there.  I am thinking of showcasing everything I made at once the last piece is used.  I cut a Wilton doily in half for a little texture and color.  I also stitched to attach the red banner to the green panel.  I used a CTMH stamp (Noel) with a brown ink in the lower right corner.   The large button finishes it off.  Thanks for peeking at my Santa card! Supplies listed below.
Challenges I would like to enter my card in:

City Crafter Challenge: #85 Santa Claus
Christmas Crafting: #6 Santa Claus is coming to town!
Colour Create: #85 red, white, and green
Everybody Art Challenge: #170 Santa Claus
Cleary Inspired: #41 Christmas
Fairy Tale: #29 Christmas
Jingle belles: Link up any Christmas project
Raise the Bar: #86 It's beginning to look a lot  like Christmas
Simply Create Too: #1 All about Christmas

Supplies Used:
cardstock/base: The Paper Studio
pattern paper: My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly
stamp: CTMH Say It In Style
ink: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
button: Foof-fa-la Autumn Leaves bag
other: Wilton doily


Simple Thank You's

Yesterday I featured a simple Christmas card and today I am back with a simple thank you.  Again, my intention is for this to mail with a first class stamp.

I am obsessed with using my 6x6 MME Lost & Found paper pack so I created a set of four thank you cards today for using this line,  I did switch the paper panel slightly since a 6x6 piece is fairly small.

  For this one I used a fave print of polka dots. 
Both cards use a tree stamp from Martha Stewart in Chocolate Chip ink.  I cut the trees out and attached a scallop punch on a large circle punch.   The sentiment is a rub-on from American Crafts mini marks.  A single row of stitching adds a little texture to the card. 
These are simple
 to create!  I even stamped the envies but forgot to take a picture.  :-(  Sorry

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:

Cooking It Up Katie: #86 Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #146 Photo Inspiration (browns)
Divas by Design: #16 Anything Goes
Fab-n-Funky: Anything Goes
                                                         Paper Pretties: #182 Thank You

cardstock/cardbase: The Paper Studio
pattern paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Madison Avenue
stamp: Martha Stewart Clear Gift Tag
other: Stampin' Up 2 inch scallop punch and Marvy extra large circle punch


Simple Joy Ornament

Happy Wednesday!  I am happy to report I am able to drive again!  It's a joyous day indeed!  It's been two weeks since I have been behind the wheel.  While some may prefer being chauffeured around, I was finding it down right agonizing to rely on someone else.  Today I had the privilege of picking my DD up from an after school activity.  Her jaw completely dropped open when I pulled up to the school.  Of course the first words out of her mouth were, "you're not supposed to be driving!"  I assured her I was cleared  by the doctor so she was a little relieved I think.  Hmmm.  I am hoping tomorrow to venture out further but we will see how I am doing.  It's the little things.  :-)
Today's card is a simple Christmas card I am sending out this year.  I wanted something relatively flat for mailing purposes.  I am used completely non traditional colors and papers.  I am so partial to My Mind's Eye.  Especially the Lost & Found collection which is the panel of decorated paper on this card.  I used a free Berries n Bow image colored with Copics.  Then I stamped  Martha Stewart sentiment and colored in with Copics to accent.  The image is popped up with foam dots.  Easy huh?

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
2 Sisters: #67 Holiday
Bows 'n Berries: #15 Use freebie
Craft Your Passion: #86 Christmas
Crafty Boots: Anything Goes and blog hop
Gingerloft: #30 Christmas
Karen's Doodles: #91 Non Traditional Christmas
Oldie But A Goodie: Christmas but no red or green (stamp is year old)
Paper Creations Ink: #13 Christmas Theme
Pollycraft: #120 Christmas Fun
Sketchy Colors: #95 White and Pink
Stamptacular Sunday: #140 Christmas and use a stamp
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #6 Pastel Colors
There's Magic in the Air: Shabby Chic Christmas

Thank you for stopping by! 


Peace snowflake

It's black Friday and while most are out shopping, I am sitting at home with my slippered feet and pajamas on.    I really don't mind that I am house bound.  Except when I get strange cravings for food not in the house.  Hopefully I will get cleared for driving in a few days.  It really makes me stop and think about all those who will never be permitted to drive again.  That makes me weepy and if I cry anymore my husband will surely award me the drama queen crown.  I am aiming for a day without it.  ;-) 
Today I wanted to share my Paper Playtime card I created using PSA Essentials.  Have you used these?  Oh my they are the coolest invention!  Anyone can stamp a perfect image with this clever tool.

I wanted a beautiful wintery scene on my card because I am hoping for a white Christmas.  The stamp set I used is TreeO. I used some glitter paper stacked with a polka dot banner layered with a doily and a circle reindeer print.  The sentiment is stamped on a die cut scallop which I popped up with foam dots.  I stamped a snowflake and cut out which I added to the lower left corner.  A few rhinestones and my card is complete!

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
Charisma Cardz: #46 Snowflakes
4 Crafty Chicks: Snowflake
Simply Create Too: #1 All About Christmas
The House That Stamps Built: Christmas Challenge with Snowflake
                                                        Little Red Wagon: Christmas Theme
                                                    Scrapbook Sisters: #61 Christmas Theme
                                        Shopping Our Stash: #27 Christmas or Winter Theme

glitter cardstock: American Crafts
pattern paper: MME Holly Jolly
doily: Wilton
rhinestones: Queen & Co.
other: foam dots

A very thankful giveaway!

Hey there everyone!  I know I have been MIA and wanted to drop in and say, I am doing fine.  I needed the last week off for some personal reasons.  I don't want to focus on the past, just the future because it is filled with lots of scrapping goodies for one lucky winner!  Maybe you?  I sure hope so!  I am offering this fabulous giveaway as a way to so say thank you for all those  that have supported me in my crafting endeavors.  Check it out below!

This giveaway is for:
15 decorated papers
5 die cut papers
4 printed vellum papers
1 yard of silver tinsel trim
1 yard of red twill ribbon
1 yard of turquoise velvet ribbon
2 red and white chenille pipe cleaners
1 package of rub-on's
4 chipboard shapes and frames
1 metal key
1 bottle cap
4 tree charms
10 assorted clear/white buttons
10 assorted green buttons
3 felt stars
3 beaded flowers
1 light blue crochet flower
3 paper flowers in cream
3 paper flowers in brown
3 asssorted sized dark grey leaves
3 assorted sized light grey leaves
2 candy brads
2 gingerbread man brads
1 Christmas brad
5 sparkling rhinestones
Does this look something you would like to win? 
All you have to do is enter your name in Mr. Linky belowWant extra chances?  Post my giveaway on your blog  (leave me a comment below telling me you did so!)  and you will be entered again!  I hope you are a follower, if not sign on because you never know when I am going to give something away ;-) 
***My giveaways are always open to everyone!***
A name will be drawn randomly on Dec. 15th and winner be announced on my blog. 

Thank you for stopping by!


A Season of Thanks

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you are having a fabulous start to your week.  :-) As I start my week, my head is trying to prepare for it with a huge list of to do's.  I  am certain it will not be completed but all I can do is keep plugging away at the items on the list.  Most of all, I am thankful that I have a 'to do" list because it means there is hope, expectancy, and people that rely on me to do those things.  Some of those people are close to me and others I have never met.  Interesting to me.  I dream in my sleep of these things I need to do and I awake to think I have sometimes completed them.  Sadly, once I discover they are still in need of attention, I am quickly reminded that it's time to get busy.  Like right now!  :-)

My card for Elizabeth Mae's this Monday is an autumn thanks.  I am addicted to dress forms I tell you!  I kept this one as is in it's white state because I liked the starkness against the creams, browns, and blues.   To give a Fall appeal, I added silk leaves and a few berries. 

Lots of supplies are

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
Corrosive Challenges: #137 Give Thanks
Craft Your Days Away: #33 Embellishment Bingo gems, buttons, and ribbon
Heart Songs Inspirations: #25 Gold or Glitter
Hooked on Crafts: #12 die cuts
Incy Wincy Designs: #120 Tic Tac Toe (3 pp, pop it up, ribbon)
My Sheri Crafts: #73 Be Thankful
Paper Pretties: Giving Thanks

Thank you for stopping by!


Happy Turkey Day!

Almost time for the big turkey day here in the US.  I actually don't eat turkey so the little fellow on my card is ever so thankful for this!  This is my card for Sentimental Sundays featuring a Pink Cat Studio digi.  I like his big ole eyes.  They look like they are pleading to be saved.    No fears little buddy, you are safe.
Supplies for this card:
cardstock: Paper Company
pattern paper: Daisy D's
image: Pink Cat Studio
markers: Copics
punch: EK Success
floss: DMC
other: foam dots

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
2 Sisters: #65 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #108 Use  a Digi
Hiding in My Craft Room: #20 Super Scraps (lots of scraps pieced to make this card happen)
Paper Sundaes: #95 Digi Images
Pattie's Creations: #33Thanksgiving

Thank you for stopping by!


Peanut butter and jelly for me!

It's peanut butter and jelly day!  Okay, not officially but our challenge at Crafty Creation's is to create this tasty sandwich using kraft or white and choice of jelly.  I love wheat bread so my card base was naturally going to be kraft.  I have to say, I have not had one of these sandwiches in forever it seems.
I have some sad news to share as well.  This is my last challenge card for Crafty Creations.  I am stepping down because I have a lot going on right now.  I will miss this fabulous team of ladies!  They have been so unbelievably supportive and extremely helpful!  I wish them the best and will be following in blog land.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the team!  I loved every minute of it!
My last card uses one of Claire's designs, a fellow design team member.  I ♥ her work!  She is sponsoring this week's challenge so enter your card for a chance to win some of her incredible digis from Doodles by Hope Jacare.
My card uses kraft cardstock as the base and then I started layering.  I added a SU perfect plum strip and then punched a scallop music sheet from MME.  I then cut the banner from the MME sheet and added it but it does not show as well as I had hoped.  I colored the image with grapes (okay not really grapes but going with the theme here) and gave a little sparkle with lace Stickles.  That's  Martha Stewart seam binding tied around the stems wit a wood button.  I stamped a K Andrew designs stamp in SU Chocolate Chip ink.  I love the verse because it reminds me to continue ahead in my life even when I feel like I can't at times.  
Thank you for stopping by!

Challenges I would to enter my card in:
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes plus brown
Crafty Ann's: #53 Floral frenzy
Create Me Pink: #3 Flowery
Digital Tuesday: #136 Anything Goes
Gingerloft Challenges: #28 Bingo- ribbon, glitter (on banner and flowers), flowers

Pilgrim Thanks

Per wiki : a pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveller (literally one who has come from afar) who is on a journey to a holy place. Typically, this is a physical journeying (often on foot) to some place of special significance to the adherent of a particular religious belief system. In the spiritual literature of Christianity the concept of pilgrim and pilgrimage may refer to the experience of life in the world (considered as a period of exile) or to the inner path of the spiritual aspirant from a state of wretchedness to a state of beatitude.
We are talking about pilgrims this week in class and each year I seem to discover a new found fact.  For instance, a baby boy was born on the voyage and his name was Oceanus Hopkins.  I like learning tidbits like this.  It only seems fitting that I make a little boy pilgrim for this week's challenge at Penny's
This is a Digi My World image that I colored in with grey (do you remember my post about coloring the kitten?  enough said if you do!) with a monochromatic theme.  I pulled this gcd Studios paper out and thought, why not?  I then used a strip of DMC (?) dictionary print for the banner.  The  circle grid is Pink Paislee.  I tied a little brown jute around to finish off.  I used Making Memories glitter alphas paired with a Foo fa la rub-on.  I love this sheet I bought years ago and will be so sad when it is completely gone. 

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
Bearly Mine: #23 One for the Boyz
Digi My World: #6 Giving Thanks
Lollipop Crafts: #56 Thanksgiving/Fall
One Stitch at a Time: #87 Use a digi
Pile it On: #45 Thanksgiving
Shopping our Stash: #25 Stickers (over a year old)
Whimsical Wednesdays: Thanksgiving


Cameo santa

Happy day to you!  Another week getting started and lots to do here.  I hope you are finding your day to be a beautiful as mine has started.  I love waking to see DD ready to go and today she is fine form.  She has a chorus audition that she has been preparing for the last several weeks.  Probably longer than that.  Best of all, she never got my icky upper respiratory infection.  That would not have been good at all.  I tried to battle it with over the counter meds but gave in yesterday and visited the doctor.  I am now gulping 2 medications to clear my airways and kick this infection out of my system.  I say kick because I am ready for it be gone.  Nasty dry hacking cough has kept me up too many nights.  Anyhow, where ever you are, whatever you may be doing, I hope  you are well and happy!  :-)
This week at Elizabeth Mae's we are using leaves on our projects.  Any type, so don't restrict yourself!  I love what the designers came up with.  I used Santa Cameo for my project because if you look real close you can see the holly leaves.

I used lighter colors on this because I was attempting a more vintage vibe.  Not sure I achieved this.  I used a MME Lost and Found paper which I stitched minus the thread around the edges.  Next I added two silver Prima holly leaves with grey baker's twine and a red button for the berry of course.  :-)  I stamped a KI Memories sentiment with Hero Arts ink to finish.  I did add white flocking to his hat and white gel pen streaks to his beard. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges for I would like to enter my card in:
Cards for Men: Christmas
Crafty Cratz Weekly Challenge: #107 Anything Goes
Heart Song Inspirations: #23 Anything Goes
I Did It Creations: #80 Christmas



Typically I post on Wednesday however, it was not possible to yesterday so here I am today to share a winter inspired card.  No, I am not encouraging the white stuff to fall from the heavens upon us here in Virginia but I certainly can recollect the moments from the past to create this fun little lady's environment.  BTW- I love to run sentences together.  I pretty much talk the same way as I type.  Kinda scary huh?  Anyhow, sweetness is surrounding me currently.  I love it when this happens.  I can't share all the details but a happy email from Paper Crafts added to my joy.  :-) 
This little lady is not a grey haired granny.  She's a glorious silver beauty (kinda like the person who colored her) showing off her skin in it's refreshed state.  She's in love with her giant glittered snowball you see behind her.  It is larger than her after all.  ;-)  Quite a feat!   Our challenge at Crafty Creations is green, purple, silver, and snow.  I love it!  This is a fun Stretch n Bubbles image.  Join us for a chance to win 5 digi's of your choice! 

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
Digi Doodle's Shop: Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday: Cute & Cuddly
Fresh Brewed Designs: Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly: Anything Goes
Pollycraft: Anything Goes
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Double header Monday

It's Monday and while we prepare for a hoedown at school, it's Christmas on my blog for the moment.  I am ready to share two completely different styles for Elizabeth Mae's this week.  Last week, there were several new holiday images added to the site.  Have you seen them yet?  Click here to view.  ****Also when you stop by check out the call for the design team!***** Come join us!
I decided to use the Emma with present for my card.  I loved the Santa hat and ornament jammies. 

Totally non traditional with this one.  I wanted to make a fun card.  Lots of older supplies used for this cutie.  I had to pull the fun flock out for her trim on the hat and pajamas. 
Supplies used:
cardstock: Paper Studio
pattern paper: Rusty Pickle and Crate Doll Collection
stamp: KI Memories
ink: Hero Arts black
rhinestones: craft
flock: Stampin' Up white
floss: Stampin' Up Sage Shadow
other: foam dots

After I made this card, I wanted something a little more shabby and  chic so I decided to use the spotted dress form image for my next card.
This card uses more current items.  I paired some Authentique with older Making Memories and like it.  I can't image how on earth someone uses an entire collection for one season.  Am I really that much of a hoarder?  I have items I can't part with or just never did use when I bought. 
Supplies for card:
cardstock: Paper Studio
pattern paper and sticker words: Authentique
ribbon, flower, stick pin,word die cut: Making Memories
trim: craft (sprayed with mists)
doily: Wilton
ink: PTI Vintage Distressing
rhinestones: Queen & Co.
other: foam dots

Challenges I would like to enter my card into are:
OSAT: #86 Christmas
The Ribbon Girls: Jingle All The Way to Christmas

Trick or Treat for Paper Playtime!

Yeah we made it to free candy day!  Anyone rushing out to buy candy for tonight?  I am proud to say I am prepared.  I am hoping for lots of trick or treaters.  Plus, I recently replaced my door bell so it'll be safe to use that button again.  I had the original one that came when I bought my house.  It was decayed in the middle and people were literally frightened to push it because the light was exposed on it.  Let me just note that being married to an electrical engineer does not mean he willing fixes electrical items around the house.  That was a squabble.  I bought the new fixture and tried to get the old one off with much sweat.  It didn't want to come off.  I guess he knew he was headed to the big green bin.  Noticed I made it a "he"  ;-)  anyhow, DH was forced to fix because it was not secured and we were looking rather ghetto like with the broken door bell.  It was kinda embarrassing.  Not really a kinda-it was for sure embarrassing.  Don't even get me started on the dead fir tree in the planters.  Ugh! 
Onto my card.  This week is an anything goes new or old at Paper Playtime. The prize is a $15 gift certificate to the Crop Stop. Maybe it will be a re purposed door bell fixture even?  I wish I saved it to haunt my DH with this evening. Hee hee! 
I used a super cute rat that's well disguised with a mask and some glitter for my card.  A really cool friend sent me a package of these Cricut designs.  I just covered a cardbase with some Authentique and started layering.

I would seriously give this fellow some candy if he rang my doorbell.  I mean he is dressed up and the sparkles would dazzle me.  Winner! 
I hope you will join us for the challenge!  You can link up below.


Speedy Recovery

Happy Sunday to you!  This week at Sentimental Sundays we are using Heart Songs birth flower's for a new challenge.  I was excited to use  daffodils for my card because they are said to promote good fortune plus the little cups are so exquisite!  The colors are so vibrant and we tend to see these popping out of the ground in early Spring as a sign that hopefully our winter has ended.  Yesterday was an icky day filled with snow and sleet so this seems like the perfect timing  for someone not enthralled with Winter weather.  I paired my card with a wish for a quick recovery.
                                    I hope you like!  Off to get a huge list of items completed. 
Supplies used:
cardstock: white
pattern paper: EP Summer Days, The Girls' Paperie Cabbage Rose, Sassafras Lass;
doily; Wilton
image: Heart Songs
stamp: SP& Company
ink: Hero Arts black
ribbon: craft
tools: stapler

                                                               Challenges for my card:
Come & Get It Challenges: Anything Goes
Lily Pad: Texture
Mark's Finest Papers: #79 Use Your Scraps
Sweet Stampin: Anything Goes