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