Monday, November 29, 2010

Hosting Paper Cupcakes Challenge

Happy Monday to all and Happy Holiday Season as we start the countdown to Christmas!
I am so glad you stopped by this morning to visit, it is my pleasure to host this week's challenge for Paper Cupcakes . I decided to have you use any image that you would like and "Anything Goes"...I would like to see your creativity showcased in this week's projects. With that in mind I still did a card but decided to try a "double fold card" which I can't remember where I got the instructions for and I forgot to write it in my notes on this project. I will try and find the info if anyone wants to have it so that I can give credit where it is due. This card when folded has two pockets on the of which I filled with a tag and the other I cut a long scalloped rectangle using Spellbinder dies which I stamped with snowflakes and a sentiment from a set by Gina K Designs, illustrated by Theresa Momber. The front image is by our own Nina May here at Paper Cupcakes and called appropriately "Christmas Bulbs". I knew that I had to have it as soon as I saw it in the store.
Here is a picture with these elements removed. My ribbon is all from Walmart.

I used Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red and Merry Moments dp. I used more of the dp and ivory card stock stamped with the snowflakes to decorate the inside.

I am really happy with the way this turned out and hope you like it too! Please go by and see the other design team member's projects for today and please play along with us this week. I am sorry I have been so quiet this last week or so, hope to get back in the swing this week. Take care and have a wonderful start to your week.

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Cupcake Time

Good Monday Morning to All!
And I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving! I know this will be a busy week for everyone, but hope you can play along in the color challenge at Paper Cupcakes . Our lovely Nilla is hosting this week and she wants us to use the colors red and cream.
I used card stock from Stampin' Up in Riding Hood Red and Ivory and the dp is Merry Moments, also by SU. My image is called "Christmas Spray Cupcake" and available in the store for purchase. I used Martha Stewart glue and glitter to bling up my image. I love how this looks, although as with all glittery cards I think it looks better in real life than in the photo. I added red Ranger stickles and rhinestones by Queen&Co. I may turn into a bling girl after all! I used SU markers to color.
The card is what I would consider CAS, but I wanted the image to shine. Hope you will leave me a comment.
Well, I am off to get my hair cut and pick up last minute groceries so that I can clean and cook on Tuesday and Wednesday as I am hosting Thanksgiving for my family on Thursday. Will try and check in with everyone; where ever you may be this Thanksgiving Day I wish only the best for each and every one of you. Take care!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Designed 2 Delight with an angel

Designed 2 Delight is a progressive challenge and for this week's challenge we are using our free image entitled "Kaela" dressed as an angel which I received free for participating last week. I am combining this with a couple of other challenges. One of those at Joan's Gardens has the recipe, a window card, something gold, an ornament and something fuzzy. I cut out a window in the card base and my dp with a Labels 4 die by Spellbinders and then also cut my image with the same die. I colored her with Stampin' Up colors and then for my fuzzy I used some Martha Stewart coarse snow and mica flakes on her wings and cuffs. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps using the set Designer Label Christmas Tags and one of a set of three dies they are now selling. This was a little difficult to photograph but I hope that you can see it well enough.

I am also entering this in the challenge at Stamp Something where the challenge is to use something digi.
Thanks for checking me out and for being there to encourage me! I really appreciate each and everyone of you!

Paper Cupcakes--Who's Candy?

Happy Monday morning!! Can you believe half of November has already went by?
I have an adorable image that you can pick up this week at TMITA to play in our challenge for Paper Cupcakes. It is designed by our talented Nina and called "Who's Candy?". Pat is hosting this week and her challenge is to use glitter and ribbon, I know there are lots of you out there that love glitter and hope you will pick up the freebie and play along with us.

My card base is GinaK Designs lipstick red with dp by Basic Gray "Jovial". I used the Spellbinder peony die to cut out my image which I colored using Prismacolor pencils and oms. The glitter is Rangers stickles. The glittered red snowflake is one of my new Walmart stash. I decided to cut 3 pieces of ribbon from American Crafts and layer behind the image for a different look.

OK, it's your turn to show us your creations, so go on over to There's Magic in the Air and check out the rest of the team and pick up your image. Thanks for stopping by and leave me a comment if you have some time.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thankful Snowman

I am posting this thankful snowman close to the end of the challenge at Crafting with Deedee's Digis but it is a try before you buy freebie on her site and since I downloaded it I wanted to play in her challenge. She asked us to create a thank you or thankful card and since I always need thank yous for after Christmas I thought this little snowman did the trick. My card base is Stampin' Up card stock layered with DCWV metallic card stock and some dp that I got in a card kit several years ago at Walmart. I used a Martha Stewart border punch along both. The image is colored using my Stampin' Up markers and glittered with Rangers stickles. Don't you just love the snowflakes, these are more of the ones that I picked up at Walmart in the Christmas decorations. There are 140 of these in blue and white in one bag for $1.50, isn't that a bargain.
Hope you like this and be sure and stop back in the morning for my Paper Cupcakes card.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Play Time at my House!!

It has been a day of laundry,cooking,caring for MIL and playing in my stamp room. I received some new digital stamps from Nina, our design team leader, designer and owner of Paper Cupcakes this week and decided to play around with some of them. She will be putting two new sets of tickets in the store possibly as soon as next week, keep an eye out as you will definitely want these. I printed the Christmas Tickets off on Gina K Designs white card stock. There is a whole letter size sheet of these and each one different. I am so loving these and the wonderful images and sentiments on them. My first project is for your wine glasses or if you don't drink wine you can use them on water or tea goblets. I trimmed and then used my punch to trim my ticket corners and then colored and mounted on Stampin' Up riding hood red card stock. I punched a hole in the ticket and using book rings (as this is all I had at home) I put it around a wine glass. I think you can get the thinner wires in the beading section at your craft store or Walmart. I love these and think they would make cute stocking stuffers. So quick to make.

My next project is a card that I created for Gina's color challenge at use Turquoise Sea, Red Hot and white. I used a base of the turquoise which I embossed with Cuttlebug's snowflake folder. The image and inside sentiment is from GinaK Designs set illustrated by Theresa Momber "A Very Merry Christmas". I also added two of the tickets which I did not cut apart, the first reminds me of a Currier and Ives scene which I have always loved.

I used Versamark to stamp the jingle bells and then embossed with silver embossing powder and then colored the ribbon with SU Blue Bayou.

And my last project is a piece of home decor which I don't think that I have ever done. I found a frame at my local Dollar Tree and decided to try something that came to mind. I used SU dp Jolly Holiday stamping the snowflake and deer from SU's set Winter Post. The door image is from SU's set Home for Christmas which I colored with SU markers and then added Martha Stewart glitter. After allowing this to dry I layered it on a piece of SU riding hood red. That is another one of Nina's tickets in the middle. I then put it behind the glass in the frame, this is a floating frame inside of a black frame. The glittered snowflakes are another one of the packs that I was telling you that I found in the Christmas decor department at Walmart. It is suppose to be for scattering around your table. I like the way it turned out and can think of all kinds of different stamps and papers to use.

Sorry to make this such a long post but was excited to show you these things. I also worked on a project for the challenge I am hosting for Paper Cupcakes on Monday 11/29/10...can't wait to show you and I hope you can join us to play along.
Well, that is it for tonight....hope your week-end is happy and you are having some fun. Take care and see ya soon!

It's Black and White

Karen's Doodles Challenge this week is to make our card black and white, you can color the image but I decided to keep mine subtle by using only soft blues colored with Prismacolor pencils and oms. This image is one of Karen's titled "First Snowfall". I embossed the background with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder....don't you love the glittered "Snow", I found these in the Christmas decorations at my local Wal-Mart, they are made to be scatterables but I love them on my cards. I have some others and will be using them on some other projects. I used glitter and Ranger stickles to add some shine. The challenge is open through midnight tomorrow night, Sunday November 14, so stop by and play along.
Happy Saturday, now off to do some chores.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge

Happy Thursday to everyone!!I am posting a card that I have created for Laurie's first challenge at the new Doodle Pantry Challenge Blog . I have always loved participating in her challenges and I am sure you will too, if you've never stopped by there. You will get a free digital image just for participating and you will also have a chance to win a gift certificate to Doodle Pantry worth $20.00. I love Laurie's images and really enjoy creating with them. For this card I used her set "Let Us Be Thankful" which has several sentiments and images.

My card base is Stampin' Up's Old Olive...I embossed a piece of ivory card stock with the divine swirls embossing folder after sponging Memento Cantaloupe, Potter's Clay and SU Old Olive. The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and oms.

If you have some free creative time this week...stop by and play along, you will love the free image set you will receive. Hope to see you there.

Want to Hop?

Whimsy Stamps is celebrating their 2 year anniversary with a blog hop that starts today and goes through November 17th. You start at Crissy Armstrong's blog and then just follow the girls. Crissy has designed some beautiful stamps for this month and Whimsy Stamps is also starting to sell their very own dies and paper. Check it out for a chance to win lots of prizes. I won a set of their stamps and they are great!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Harvest Time

Designed to Delight has a progressive challenge each month with a freebie posted on the first of each month. If you participate each week, Faith will mail you a free digi for playing along, isn't that grand. The free digital this time is "Harvest Basket" and I combined it with another of her images that I didn't get to play with called "Scarecrow Teddy with Hat". I colored all the images with my Prismacolor Pencils and oms after which I layered several colors of my card stock and mounted on my card base of Stampin' Up river rock. I took a 1 3/4 inch punch and punched my upper corner and then stamped a sentiment from Gina K Designs set "Autumn Beauty" and mounted to the to layers. I used pop dots to elevate the image. The pieces look off in my picture but irl they are more lined up. I ran the layers through my Big Shot in the Swiss Dots folder backwards which changed the look of my background. Love these images from Faith and hope you will take the time to stop by her have until midnight on the
11th to play and pick up the freebie and then you will have another freebie each week you play, what are you waiting for? See you there.

Want to Party?

This is a picture of the goodies being offered by Fresh Brewed Designs to celebrate their Grand Opening Party. You get all the details there, but you must post about this give-away, become a follower on Paper Craft Planet in the FBD's group and post a link from you blog back there or at Heather's blog. Looks like something fun to check out this Friday and I would love to win these goodies, wouldn't you?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

An Award!!

My friend Colleen has bestowed the honor of saying my blog has attitude! I am not so sure about that, but I appreciate her kindness and friendship. You can check out all her great creations Here .
With this award I am to tell 3 things that you might not know about me that makes me different:
1. I am an avid shooter who enjoys shooting shotguns competitively with my husband.
2. I want to go to Africa with my husband while he goes on safari (for the 5th time) and to visit our friends that we have living in South Africa but due to my MIL's health, our trip is on hold.
3. I collect cookbooks, love to try new recipes and cook for my friends.

I am going to award this to 5 of my deserving friends and their blogs...if you will go Here you can read all the details on how to get your $5.00 gift certificate to Digis with Attitude.

I am giving this to:
Nina who gave me my first chance at being on a design team and is such an inspiration.
Nilla who inspires me from half way around the world
Betty who isn't crafting at the moment,due to health problems but who always makes me happy when she comments on my work and whose blog I enjoy even without cards.
Theresa who has supported me from the very beginning of my blog and who amazes me with her creations.
Laurie at Doodle Pantry where I love the challenges and her beautiful design work.

Thanks so much again, Colleen and hope you will all enjoy your award.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Merry and Bright

Debbie has challenged us this week at Paper Cupcakes to create a Christmas Card using colors other than the traditional ones. I chose to use card stock that I picked up in a paper pack several years ago to create my card along with Nina's image "Merry and Bright" which is a fav of mine. I love moose and he is adorable. I colored this using Prismacolors pencils and oms.
The lime green satin ribbon is from the Dollar Tree and I also used a Making Memories pebble. I hope that you can join in our challenge and play along this week, we always have a great time seeing your creations and visiting your blogs. So hop on over and see what the rest of the team has created and get your thinking caps on.
I was at Wal-Mart lately and browsing the Christmas decorations and there is some lovely inspiration there. They are offering ornaments and accessories in brown, teal, peridot green and purples to name just a few of the non traditional colors.
Happy Monday and here's hoping that you have a wonderful start to your week. Hugs and laughs to all!

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Am Still Alive!

Happy Friday Everyone!!

I guess everyone has given up on me by now, but I am still kicking just not very high. Rick and I went out of town for a few days the end of last week and I was covered up getting ready for the trip ( not only do I have to get our things together but I have to leave things for Polly and her caregiver while we are away) and then when I got back it is get everything back in all are the same I know, but then I developed a migraine and that stopped everything. I feel a little better today but my head is sore and not quite back to my old self just yet.
Enough of the excuses, I wanted to share a couple of pictures that I took while we were in South Carolina. We go with a group of our shooting friends each spring and fall to a club where we rent a house on the property and shoot sporting clays and other games for 4 days. I look forward to these trips so much, we don't have to travel any further than the golf cart outside of our door to get on the range and we cook together and eat in and the food is always delicious. I took these photos on the course thinking you might get an idea of the area.

There are two ponds on this property and lots of open fields and stands of pines. I love the feel of the place and the people that work at the club are so nice and have become good friends as we have been going for about 15 years. I am working on some cards and hope to have something to post soon. Hope everyone has a wonderful week-end planned. Take care and see ya soon!

Monday, November 1, 2010

So Thankful!

I am so thankful for each and every person that stops by and looks at my blog. You are all so special to me and your sweet comments mean so much. Our challenge for Paper Cupcakes this week was made by Jessie and she asked us to create either a thank you card or one for Thanksgiving. I decided to use the PCC image Flower Tea Cup and a digi verse from Doodle Pantry. My card base is Stampin' Up's Baja Breeze which is embossed with SU's Elegant Lines folder. The image is colored with SU inks and glittered with Ranger stickles. I adore this image and you can find the challenge and the link to PCC images Here . If you play along with us week there is a wonderful set of clear stamps as a prize and if you don't have any PCC images yet there is a freebie there also to get you started.
Remember to count your blessings and think about what you are thankful for this week! Rick and I have been away for a few days and I have some pictures for you...look for my post later on!