Thursday, December 29, 2011


Another Update: Finally on the better side of things and thank goodness for modern day medicine! Not only do I feel better, they also rename "The Death Rattle" to so something less scary such as "crackling." Now if only the flu had been removed before I came home. :D Alas, one thing after another.

Update: I've come down with a sudden case of pneumonia and will return when feeling better. In the mean time, have a Happy New Year!

We're having a special preview of Saffron over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps that you don't want to miss out on! CLICK HERE for some fantastic inspiration!!!

I wish I had more pictures of my project but I've left my camera somewhere in a "safe place!" LOL So, I have just a scan of the image today and tomorrow I'll come back in and insert some better pictures.

My daughter also had fun coloring Saffron! We both used pencils on kraft paper.

... stay tuned. :D

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


It's getting chilly around here so I've selected more of a blue card to show off from my stash. This is Rocky, another in the Christmas Elves Collection from Make it Crafty! I have forgotten what paper I used (you can scroll down to the first elf card to see) but I've loved the color scheme it provided - blue, lt blue, brown, red and white. It's been a fun for these holiday collections!

I have all the standard stuff on this and I love the way the hat turned out - much better than the folds I tried in the last one. However, there is still one rather large one that I could have done with out - but I'm still trying to get the hang of where to place the folds. Don't get me wrong, not complaining... just sharing what I've learned. ;D The rest of the folds in the hat are perfect.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for today and don't forget to stop by tomorrow for a very special surprise - one that you probably already know of, but hopefully a surprise none the less!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


This is Hamlet from Simply B Stamps and I made this card for the 12 Day of Scary Christmas challenge ... which I'm a little slow on as a DT member! However, I still wanted to make a card to finish off the round. ;D As a participant in the challenge you have until December 30 to get your projects in and the theme is anything goes, anything melding Christmas and Halloween, that is.

For some reason, this image spoke to me and said... I'm the perfect Halloween/Christmas meld, pick me! So I did. LOL I colored his vest in red and white stripes to resemble candy canes, gave him a red cape, then used a lot of green embellishments on the card. The candle skull is the perfect amount of creepy-ness to make you look twice - that and the skull in the background too.

I used my Mom's flourish metal die and that fun packaging tape with the skulls on it to create the background. Then I had to use some print decorative paper because it's Hamlet after all - just wish I had hamlet print decorative paper - that would be awesome. I then carried some of the red off the image onto the card with the flowers and added a few pearls for a finishing touch. Hope you like it and be sure to come joing the challenge this week too. ;D

Monday, December 26, 2011


Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We had a blast and I think my kids were sufficiently overwhelmed with emotions... at least, that's how bedtime is panning out. LOL So in between putting them into bed for the umpteenth time... I'll get this post schedule and share another Christmas card from my stash...

This little elf is Zippy from Make it Crafty and I chose to do him in more blues and browns with a few red accents... which turned out to be quite a lot! LOL I don't like how his hat turned out but it was good to practice adding the folds in the hat none the less. Next time I'll go with something a little more straight and from the sides to see how that looks.

So how many does that make now... four? That means I have two more elves and two little angels to show. However, tomorrow I have something different planned so stay tuned. :D

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Merry Christmas!! Today is the big day and one that the kids have been waiting for! I should head to bed but wanted to get this schedule for some holiday inspiration. ;D I know, that's terrible, but I also want to finish my movie too. LOL

This elf is Tinkles, an elf in the Christmas Elves Collection, from Make it Crafty and a super cutie too! The layout is and card elements are the same but this time I was excited to find wide red and white ribbon. Hope everyone is having a wonderful time today and be sure to get out for some fresh air too. ;D

Saturday, December 24, 2011


This is Socks... isn't he cute!! :D It's another one of the Make it Crafty elves that I colored long ago and finally got on a card. This fun set of elf cards are going to be saved and sent out next year. I even had a few holiday cards left over from this year so I'm almost set for the next season. ;D

I love his playful look. ;D The card was decorated with the "simple formula" that I picked up from Elaine... ribbon, chippies, and even a few gems. Hope you enjoy this guy and have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Aussie Santa

Hope everyone is having a wonderful pre-Christmas week! I have another Andy Warhol style project, this one featuring Aussie Santa from Make it Crafty. I thought it was perfect for the monthly challenge at Make it Colourful which is to use colors that you rarely use and hate... for me, that would be to "rarely use colors that you hate."

I'd have to admit that even though these aren't my favorite colors - there is a certain apeal to them all together. ;D On this project, I used a digi so I took advantage of those benefits and made all the squares identical then printed it out. I think it makes for a different look from my last project where I made all the images in the square offset from each other. So what colors do you rarely use or hate? Get them out and come show us in the Make it Colourful challenge. ;D

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Welcome to another challenge day at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and this one is an easy one... "Anything Goes!" But wait, there is more, much much more! We are having a DT Call plus there is a cute freebie available on the site that you don't want to miss out on! Check out all the details before it's gone - CLICK HERE!

For my card I used Sarah from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and created a Christmas Eve scene using By the Window from Make it Crafty (plus a few of those chippies too). The rest of the card was kept simple but I had fun adding a charm embellishment in the corner. Lucky for me it was a stocking... perfect for the theme I was going for.

Remember to catch your freebie ... the lovely Saffron ... at Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog plus enter the DT Call that is currently going on!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Paper and Such Design Challenge - Christmas
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Christmas
Blog-a-Doodle Challenge - Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #65 - Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Happy Holidays! I went crazy the other night and assembled about a dozen quick cards using precolored images I had piled up on my desk. It was nice to get them done and since all of them are of a Christmas/Winter theme, I thought I'd start showing them off randomly throughout the week. Of course, I'll save some for after Christmas too... after all, the snow will stay in the northern hemisphere for a couple more months!

This card uses Floppy which is one of the Christmas Elves from Make it Crafty (available in rubber and digi). He was also the first one I colored out of the collection so I thought it was fitting to have him lead the way. ;D I also used some snowflake chippies from Make it Crafty and couldn't resist tossing in some gems too.

All of the elves were colored with the same color scheme which were taken from this winter paper, I think it's Wintertime by Echo Park. I loved the mixture of Christmas colors with winter colors - the splash of red really made it fun to use. Hope you enjoy it and Happy Holidays!

Update: Here are the Copic colors I used:

Whites - C3, C1, 0
Silver - C7, C5, C3, C1
Browns - E29, E27, E25, E23 and (E21 or E11)
Reds - R59, R37, R27, R24, R14, R12
Blues - B99, B97, B95, B93, B91
Turquoise - BG02, BG01, BG001
Skin Tones - E53, E21, E00, E000

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rio & Frosty

It's the 7th Day of Christmas over at Simply B Stamps and today it's all about yummy treats and scary goodness. LOL The challenge is to use or create a Haunted Gingerbread House! Mine's not very scary but it definitely a Halloween gingerbread house decorated for the season... and who else better to decorate it than Teen Scene Rio! She's just putting on finishing touches on the snowman now. ;D

I decorated another page in my journal and the images I used are Rio & Frosty from Simply B Stamps and the Ginger Bread House from Make it Crafty in the background. I was going to go for an all Halloween feel but then I thought it would be a fun theme to have the Halloween house decorated for the winter holidays... since even scary houses get snow on them. ;D

The journal page was decorated with a doily that I cut out from a die (from Stampin' Up) and the "Baby it's cold outside" card was cut from the decorative paper - sorry I can't remember the name of it. However, everytime I read it, I get the song stuck in my head. ;D Such a fun song for the winter and I love the composition from the movie Elf with Zooey Deschanel.

I colored the gingerbread using dots of E55, E57 and E59, starting with the darkest going to the lightest - I thought it would give it texture and look more like fresh baked ginger bread. I might have added some E44 and E49 in there as well.

Don't forget to visit the Simply B Blog for more inspiration on scary gingerbread houses and to submit your own creation! Plus you can see all the other 12 Days of Scary Christmas and join in on the action before it's really here. Can you believe it ... only a week left!! Aaahhh!

Gingerbread Dance

Here's the second tag that I made in the same style as the one yesterday... after all, two teachers, two tags - so why not make them identical? Saves time in the creative process. ;D However, for this project I used an image I already had colored which is the Gingerbread Dance from Make it Crafty.

All the other details are the same, however, I could mention that the diecut for the tag and lace doily are both from Stampin' Up. I think I'm going to enjoy the size of this tag and have already cut a dozen in kraft paper waiting for the next few projects. After all, we all have *plenty* of cards made! LOL Hope you enjoy this one and don't get too hungry looking at all this gingerbread and popcorn!

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Welcome back to another Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge day and the last one of the year too! This time we want to challenge you to a tag... and 'tis the season! For this project I used Lilith from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and created a tag for a teacher who loves frogs - I thought it was a perfect combination. ;D

For the tag I threw together a few scraps of Christmas paper and used a lace die on some print paper for interest. Then a metal sentiment, rhinestone brad and tied it all together around the package - it was so much fun that I might just try it again!

I also decoupaged her head and part of her dress to give it more of a 3D effect. I love how it turned out and hope you like it too. :D Be sure to head over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Blog and check out the other fabulous inspiration from the design team. Remember the Twelve Krafty Days of Khristmas Celebration is going on - each day is will featured a particular release from 2011 and anyone who leaves a comment each day is in for a giveaway!! Happy Holidays!

Betty Sally

I wanted to jump in with a little "12 Days of Scary Christmas" action from Simply B Stamps and Day Seven's theme is coffins! I had found this wood coffin on clearance around Halloween time and knew I would be needing it for this very purpose. ;D The best thing about waiting so long to use it... ready?... the batteries in the annoying box are depleted. Yeah!

I first painted the box with black acrylic paint and I think I would have spent the extra time adding a finishing coating of some kind if I knew nothing would stick to it! But I was lucky enough to find some glue that worked and had to glue even the stickers down. So much for their sticky-ness. LOL

For my project I used Teen Scene Betty Sally from Simply B Stamps and recycled plastic from a packaging to get her to pop up when the coffin is open. Same thing with the ghosts in the background too. Sadly to say, the chocolate has all been eaten... I discovered the wrappers after coming back into my craft room with a very happy little girl too!

Sunday, December 11, 2011


I've got another surprise for you today and one that I've been working on a little bit each week. I made this journal page using Welcome to a Sweet Christmas by Magnolia and a sneak peek of Saffron from Little Miss Muffet Stamps!

I realized after this project was finished that I never had a plan when I started. I first had Saffron colored and ready for a winter scene ... and lucky for me I found the Magnolia door! I don't know why I colored it black and white but I think it turned out great - the contrast between the two images is perfect.

Here's a close up of Saffron which is going to be a freebie over on the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog coming up soon! You don't want to miss out on her so keep and eye out for that to happen. But I'll give you a hint... all the fun will start with the next LMMS Challenge. ;D

Some other fun items on the page are first, the poinsettia flowers I picked up at the craft store today. I *almost* wish I hadn't because now I need to go back for some more! LOL Lastly, there are some gems and at the top corner is a chippie from Make it Crafty. Hope you've enjoyed it and Happy Holidays! :D

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Maggie Lovers Challenge #3 - Christmas with Magnolia
Pollycraft Monday Challenge #120 - Christmas Fun
Hooked on Craft Challenge #14 - Christmas
Ooh La La Creations Challenge #95 - Anything but a card
Magnolia Stamp Lovers Challenge - Magnolia accessory stamps


It's a blog hop!! I haven't participated in for a while so I'm excited to be a part of the Kraftin' Kimmie December Krafty Hop! Over the past few days we've shared lots of fun new stamps for you to get inky with and today we have one more. Remember to leave a comment for all the Krafty gals because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible new releases!! :D

You should have arrived here from the fabulous Kerry!

Here's what is being released today: "There is a fun new set by Cheryl Alger for the little ladies in your life!! It’s called Sugar and Spice. We also have two fantastic sets of Valentines from Emilie Goulet called Lots of Love 1 and Lots of Love 2. And of course we have an amazing new set of six Alice in Wonderland stamp from Annie Rodrigue with a coordinating set of Wonderland Sentiment!" Got to have them now? Visit the Kraftin' Kimmie Shop because of of these new images are available today!

My project today is 100% Valentine! I retrieved my stash from the cupboard and used some specialty papers from K&Company including the love birds diecut. The clouds and "XOXO" were rub-ons and not all rub-ons are alike - these argued with me over which side of the transfer sheet it was going to hug... but I persuaded them in the end. LOL

Finally I used the Whimsy Ticket metal die for the sentiment ("It must be love!" also Kraftin' Kimmie) and assembled it all together with ribbon and hat pins. This would be my official Valentines card of the season and to be honest it makes me want to go out and buy a box of chocolates. :D Mmmmm.

Your next stop on the hop if the awesome Pam!
(Or if you're lost you can start over at the Kraftin' Kimmie blog.)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

White Rabbit

Welcome back to the previews for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and today is also the start of a new challenge! The challenge this week is a pretty fun sketch so make sure you head on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie blog for the sketch and all the inspriation from the other design team members - this is one day you won't want to miss!

Today we are featuring images from Annie Rodrigue which features new characters in an Alice in Wonderland theme! Don't forget about leaving a comment on the Kraftin' Kimmie blog for a chance to win today's prize - there will be TWO winners and each get three of Annie's new stamps that were featured today. How awesome is that!

For my card I chose to use the White Rabbit and give him some color... the Andy Warhol style! I actually started with six panels becuase I had forgotten about the sketch but the last two were easily removed and really helped to brighten up the mix too. Believe it or not, the colors were actually hard to select so I had a few Andy Warhol images on my computer and taking inspiration from them.

Hope you enjoyed the inspriation and remember to come back tomorow for a Kraftin' Kimmie New Release Hop! :D Cao!

Friday, December 9, 2011


Welcome back to the next preview for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Today we're featuring images from Emilie Goulet and I've chosen to use Panda. I colored this cute little guy lime green as a direct inspiration from packing tape I found at the store! LOL Yes, those black strips in the back with green and white skulls is packing tape - how cool is that?!

The rest of the card was created with a modpodge of items on a white card backing. I was having so much fun adding embellishment that I didn't pay attention to the orientation of the card backing.... so what happened? It's completely upside down! LOL None the less, hope you enjoyed it. ;D

Make sure you head on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie blog for more inspiration from the DT and to leave a comment for a chance to win today's prize! TWO lucky winners will receive the complete set of Emilie's stamps that were featured today. Then come back tomorrow for another chance to win some new release stamps and the next Kraftin' Kimmie challenge!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Girl with Flower and Girl on Bench

It's the December Krafty Peeks from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps starting today with images featured from the artist Cheryl Alger! This month's stamps by Cheryl come as a set of three images with five coordinating sentiments called Sugar and Spice and I've used two of them on my project today!

For my project today I created a journal page featuring two images from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Girl with Flower and Girl on Bench. I paied these two cuties with the Rose Garden background stamp from Make it Crafty. Then I used a floral designer paper to set the scene for a beautiful flower garden.

The rest of the project was covered with a little ribbon, more decorative paper, flowers and gems. At the time it didn't feel like I was putting everything on there but I suppose I did. ;D Except for that kitchen sink, of course!

The sky in the background was created by holding the tip steady and lightly while drawing long lines across the white part. The BG0000 and BG000 were light enough that I didn't have to wory about the image and just drew right through it so I didn't have to start and stop in the middle where it would be the most visable. After drawing the lines in one direction and rotated the page and did it again in the other direction.

Each day there is a give away stamp to random commenters so make sure you head on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie blog for the rest of the inspiration from the DT and to leaver you comment for a chance to win. Today's lucky winner will receive a set of Cheryl's images - whohoo! We'll have two more days of previews then on Sunday is the Krafty Hop that you don't want to miss. ;D