Saturday, December 31, 2011

Have a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hard to believe that today is the last day of 2011.  In this household, the last year was one of many moves and changes, but we are happy to say we are finally settling in nicely.  We are looking forward to enjoying what life brings us in 2012. (Hopefully a lot less house projects)

We've had lots and lots of family in town, so I have been MIA from crafting and blogging, but look forward to getting back on track in 2012. Wouldn't trade the memories with family for the world.

Since I am a bit under the weather I challenged myself to make a card in 5 minutes or less. Anyone who knows me knows this is a CHALLENGE! We were very blessed this Christmas, so I have many Thank You notes to create, and I decided simple and fast is the way to go.

Another creation with supplies from my scrap pile! Since I had a role of this glittery cord, I thought that would be a great touch to the top. After fussing with a pretty bow, I noticed not so pretty for picture. (note to self check before picture taking)....we will blame it on the clogged head.

The sentiment is from Stampin' UP! Thank You Kindly stamp set.

I am going to play along with with Jules Crafty Snippet Challenge, Fairy Tale Challenge Blog: Something Easy, Simon Says: Anything Goes, and The Play Date Cafe!
Well, I am going to keep this short. Just wanted to squeeze one more card/post before the year ended.
Happy New Year Everyone!

Stamps:  Stampin' UP!
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP!  DP: DCWV
Ink: Versafine
Other: Cord: Wrights, Punch: EK Success

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Kraft-y Christmas


It's me again with ANOTHER Christmas card today! That's what happens when you wait to the last minute to start working on things.

I adore Kraft and Red together, so this was a fun card to put together.

This week at The Shabby Tea Room the challenge is to USE KRAFT, RED, NEWSPRINT, SILVER AND A STAR!

I used a combination of goodies so check below for supply list.  

I hope you have a wonderful and festive season. Not sure if I will be squeezing any more post in, so I want to make sure I wish you all Holiday Cheer for good measure!

Merry Christmas!
Stamps:  PTI, DeNami Designs
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP! DP: Newspaper
Ink: Stampin' UP!, Distress Ink
Other: Punches: EK Success and Marvey,  Star: Memriemare, Ribbon: Michaels, Twine: May Arts

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas with JUGS :)

Hello again!

I have another Christmas Card to share!

I started with a Kraft card base and added my red, green and white plaid designer paper.  I stamped this gorgeous pine wreath from DeNami Designs and added some snowflakes for a wintery touch.  Next I added a Wilson Designs Merry Christmas sentiment in the center and completed this festive number by adding lace, ribbon and button trimmings. 

I am going to play along with the JUGS challenge this week.
Have a great rest of your day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Pals Paper Arts and DeNami Designs


I have a quick and simple card that I put together to go in a little gift for my son's swim coach. Tonight is his last lesson as we are taking a break for a couple of months.

I used the sketch challenge this week at Pals Paper Arts for my layout.
Ppa pic
The gift is Pink and Green so I used that as a base for my color choices and pitched in some red.  I started with a Real Red card base, followed by Whisper White then Positively Pink which I embossed using Stampin' UP! dots for added texture.   

I used DeNami Designs Medium Curly Christmas Tree in SU Gable Green ink. The Merry Christmas Circle sentiment is also from DeNami Designs. 
For added fun, I added some pink and red stickles to the tree and button!

I am going to play along again with the Current DeNami Designs Christmas Theme challenge
I hope everyone is enjoying this festive time of year. I do apologize for not getting caught up with your lovely creations. I do plan to catch up soon!  

Merry Christmas!!!
Stamps:  All DeNami Designs
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP! 
Ink: Stampin' UP!
Other: Buttons: PTI, Ribbon: unknown, Stickles , Spellbinders: Labels 8, Embossing Folder: Stampin' UP! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

DeNami Designs Christmas Theme Challenge and Fascinating Fridays Jen Shears

Hi ya!

I am back with another Christmas Card to share with you for the DeNami Designs Theme Challenge.

Another simple but fun little card! I love Aqua and Red together especially at Christmas, so once I gathered most of my pieces (mostly from my scrap pile) I went to work.  I used DeNami Designs Large Stocking as my focal image.  I used DeNami Designs Medium Polka Dots to create a fun patterned paper for the toe and heal.

The sentiment is from DeNami Designs Holiday Greetings stamp set.  I finished off this little number with a button and some aqua pearls!  

Head over to the DeNami Designs Blog for more information and to play along.

I have followed Jen Shears' blog for a long time, so it was a no brainer for this feature. You will be dazzled by her designs and this girl can really work magic with ribbon!  Please head over to Noor's blog:  Paperie Designs' Studio to help introduce you to this weeks Fascinating Friday Feature. Be sure to let Jen know you stopped by to learn a little more about her!

Thanks for spending a little part of your day with me!

Till next time~

Stamps:  All DeNami Designs
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP! DP: DCWV and unknown.
Ink: Momento: Tuxedo Black, Stampin' UP!
Other: doily, Buttons: PTI, Pearls: Hero Arts

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry and Bright


I am on a roll with quick Christmas cards thanks to some great challenges. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a slow card maker. It takes me forever deciding what stamps, embellishments, or papers I want to use. That is not happening this week because of all the holiday hustle and bustle.

So, I share with you another quick make.

I had the assistance using the fun colors over at the ColourQ Challenge blog.
I started with a Whisper White card base and then stamped Glorious Green on Green Galore panel using DeNami Designs Medium Polka Dot background stamp.  I added a Real Red panel to complete the top layer. For my focal image, I used Regal Rose ink to stamp DeNami Designs Medium Brushed Flake.

Next finishing off with a cute sentiment, button, red twine, and a little pink bling in the center of my snowflake.

Alrighty friends, keeping this short and sweet.  
Stamps:  DeNami Designs, MPS
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP!
Ink: Stampin' UP!
Other: Buttons: Stampin' UP!, Marvey Punches, Spellbinder die. Rhinestone and Pearl: Hero Arts

Yuletide Blessings


I have a quick Christmas card I put together for the Young Crafters Unite Challenge:  Use Dies on a project.

I thought this was a fun little challenge to jump on board with.  Considering I was without my die cutting machine and dies for a good bit this year, I am trying to catch up on loss time (just like an old friend. *wink*).

Since I don't have a lot of extra time during this busy time of year, I kept it simple using some fun Spellbinders dies. I just love these Heirloom Ornaments.  Today I used a coordinating stamp set by WalzingMouse Stamps called Vintage Ornaments and a sentiment from Compliments of the Season also by WalzingMouse.

I know everyone is busy, so I will keep this short and sweet!

I hope you are enjoying all the Holiday Season brings!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP!, DP: DCWV
Ink: Momento, Stampin' UP!
Other: Buttons: PTI, Die:s Spellbinders, Dimensionals, Marvy Oval Punch

Sunday, December 11, 2011

DeNami Designs Gift Wrapping Blog Hop

Hi There!
DeNami December Blog Hop
It's DeNami Blog Hop Time!!!
You should have arrived from
Sarah's blog
but if you just hopped in you don't want to miss
all the wonderful inspiration so
you will want to start at the
DeNami Designs Blogplus you don't
want to miss out on your chance to win
a mini DeNami Shopping Spree!
2 very lucky commenters will win
$20.00 gift certificates !!
Here is what I have for you today!
I had so much fun creating this little gift wrapping ensemble!
My neighbors do a homemade yummy gift exchange each Christmas.
I thought I would do something different and something 
they can make a little later since everyone is going to
be getting so many goodies at once.
My inspiration started with the fun Christmas material for my
jar lid.  
For the jar, I started with the Medium Curly Christmas Tree 

in PINK. I then created my own background paper using the
Small Solid Circle to simulate the material on the lid.
Next I went to work on my tag for the gift bag.  I stamped the
tree from The Winter Fun Gift Set in VersaMark ink and embossed
with clear embossing powder.  
For the sentiment, I stamped Holiday Cheer from the
For the gift bag, I used the tree from The Winter Fun Gift Set but using
red ink on pink card stock and adding green holiday stickles
to the tops of each tree. 
things with a decorative touch. 
Before I send you off to Lindsey's blog, remember you
have till December 12, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST
to comment on all the blog hop
participants.   Remember there
are some awesome DeNami gift certificates up
for grabs! Lots of wonderful inspiration
to feast your eyes on! 
I hope you enjoyed todays project 
and will try to make one. If you would
like the recipe, just drop me an email.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Old Saint Nick and Fascinating Fridays: Kelley Eubanks

Hi all!

Well the Christmas Season is in full swing, and I am finding less and less time to craft these days.

Sorry for not getting around to visit your wonderful crafty talents, but I have been on the move as soon as my feet hit the floor till I collapse in bed. Hopefully, I will be able to catch up soon!

I have a quick little Christmas card to share with you. I was moving some things around my desk, and I found some scraps.  Needing a little crafty break. I created a card from my scraps which always lets me join in the fun at Jules Crafty Snippet Challenge.  Even my card base was left over from another make. A friend cut Old Saint Nick out from one of her Christmas cards she received a couple of years ago.   She thought I could use it on one of my cards one day. The bulb was cut from patterned paper using a Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament die.

I thought I would also join in The City Crafter Challenge Santa Clause is Coming to Town and The Kraft Journal Christmas Cards.  This card was put together so fast since I just grabbed things within reach.  How about you, do you ever do that for a quick make?  

And now!

I am real excited to help Noor introduce this next Fascinating Friday Feature. She is sweet, caring and super talented.  You may have seen many of her creations gracing the pages of various paper craft publications. Please head over to Paperie Designs' Studio to get to know Kelley Eubanks! After your visit to Paperie Designs' Studio, head over to Kelley's Blog My Front Porch to be inspired.

Till next time!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Seasons Greetings and Fascinating Fridays

Hello everyone!

(Woohoo! This card made Fabulous 3 Spotlight at DeNami Designs)

To those that celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday! I trust it was a wonderful day and given many opportunities to reflect on what you are grateful for!

We have been a bit under the weather in this house, so I have not felt much like crafting this past week.  Hopefully better days are ahead for us around here.

I do have a little creation for you today trying to get back into the swing of things.  The DeNami Designs Sketch Challenge is underway, and I wanted to get my ink on with a stamp I have been eager to play with since I got it.  It's the DeNami Designs Pine Wreath.  I have to admit when I opened my box the image was much bigger than I expected, but it is so BEAUTIFUL!  I decided to stamp the image slightly off center!  I liked how Michele added buttons to the wreath she created here using the pine sprig, so I decided to add my take by adding some bright pink bling!  I also added some Martha Stewart snow flake glitter to give it that wintery feel!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love PINK, so when I saw that The City Crafter Challenge was A Pink Christmas I knew that the  Pine Wreath would look so beautiful in PINK and I would have to play along.

The Classic Seasons Greetings sentiment is also from DeNami Designs.  I added some pink angel wings and flower embellishments to complete my take on the sketch which you can see below.

Now onto my next Fascinating Friday Feature on the Paperie Designs Blog.
I am happy to introduce you to Paulina Nakamura  of Pretty Pink Posh.   Paulina is also the mastermind behind the DeNami Designs Blog and she is one super talented posh rubber stamper! Please head over to the Paperie Designs Studio Blog to learn more about Paulina!  When you are done, head over to her blog and leave her some love and check out her bright and fun creations! 

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Circle Style!!!

Hey There!

Well, my son's birthday has come and gone and I think I am still trying to recover! :-) It was a blast!

Now on to a card for a birthday party he was invited to.  Our neighbor is turning 5 in a few days, so I wanted to make a fun little "girly" card for her!

The Tuesday Throwdown Challenge is to use Lots of Circles.  I used lots of DeNami Stamps that were perfect for this challenge.  I started with a pink card base.  Next on my Whisper White layer I rounded the top corners and stamped DeNami Medium Polka Dot Background on the top portion.  Up next I used DeNami Birthday Wishes Circles in Spun Sugar.  To the bottom of my card, I added some pink crochet trim from my stash topping with a green polka dot scalloped and eyelet border finishing the layers off with some pink twine and a green button.

My focal image was created using my nesting Spellbinder circle dies, and a By The Numbers die.  I used DeNami Medium Double Circle stamp in Spun Sugar to accent the 5.  I added some Martha Stewart glitter flakes to the 5.
I am adding this to Jules Snippet Challenge...yep totally created from my stash...even the card base was left over from another make.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DeNami Designs Anything But A Card Blog Hop


Are you ready for some Divine DeNami Designs Inspiration?
You should have arrived from my sweet friend,
 Tenia Nelson's blog,
but if you just hopped in you don't want to miss
all the wonderful inspiration so
you will want to start at the
DeNami Designs Blog, plus you don't
want to miss out on your chance to win
a mini DeNami Shopping Spree!
2 very lucky commenters will win
$20.00 gift certificates !!
Here is what I have for you today!

I used a small Kraft Coffee Bag.
So fun to decorate with DeNami Design Stamps,
patterned paper, twine and a button!
I used a lot of DeNami Goodness today!

I started by creating a decorative strip from
cream card stock and adding a
digital stamped design using the
from the Autumn Stamp set.
I used the leaves as well from the Autumn Stamp Set to 
create a background for the front of my coffee bag.
The sentiment on the round tag is from
finished off with a Tangerine Boutique Button.
This would make the perfect
gift for a Teacher, Neighbor, babysitter or 
how about a fabulous host?
I am addicted to Starbucks' Salted Carmel 
Hot Chocolate, so I swooned with
delight when I found a 
Salty Carmel Candle.
I am sending you off to hop to Ayana Posadas' blog, but
before you go leave a little
love along the way to 
increase your chances of 
winning one of those fabulous
DeNami Designs Gift Certificates!
I hope you enjoyed today's project!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day!

Hi Friends!

{Edit to note: This card made The Shabby Tea Room's Honorable Mention Cup of Tea! Yay! Thank you so much!}

I have another Thanksgiving card to share today.

Since it's Veterans Day I only saw it fitting to create a Patriotic Thanksgiving card. To all those who have served in the past and are currently serving I am Giving thanks!

This card is applicable for two challenges: The Shabby Tea Room: A Shabby Thanksgiving and The Kraft Journal: Giving Thanks.

I created my own tag then I ran it through the crimper to simulate corrugated cardboard.  I heart Kraft! :-) I added some great papers, a sentiment and crochet trim. 

Here is The Shabby's Tea Room beautiful inspiration photo.
I am going to keep this short as I have to complete the finishing preparations for my son's birthday party. In a few hours I will have a lot of people here to help my son celebrate another year! I have been burning the midnight oil working on the finishing touches, so I hope all will enjoy.  He is having a train party!
If you have a moment today, please head over to check out our newest Fascinating Friday feature Jocelyn Olson of Red Balloon Cards.   Please stop by Joceylyn's blog and check out her fantastically fun and modern designs.

If you see a Veteran, be sure to Thank them!
PS:  Come back on Sunday for the DeNami Designs Blog Hop!  

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Merry Christmas Vintage Style


I have a Christmas card to share today!

The challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week is to use the colors: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla!  I got as close to the colors as I could. I did have the Real Red and Very Vanilla.  Everything you see was created from scraps YES AGAIN! I have a very large scrap pile, so I try and work with those pieces if possible!  

I started with Very Vanilla card base embossed my Real Red strip and adhered to my card front. I cut a doily from my green patterned paper, and then cut ribbon banner to adhere on top of my hand cut doily.  

I adhered my Christmas Vintage focal point finishing off with a felt snowflake embellishment, fussy bow, button and stamped tag that was created with a DeNami Design tree stamp from the Winter Fun Petit Fours collection.

I am also happy to play along at Really Reasonable Ribbons Christmas Theme Challenge.

I hope you have a great weekend!
(Edit to note to say I am sorry about the spacing and font changes...something blogger did and I have been unable to looks fine in my write up....anyone who understands this stuff and has advice I would love the help)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Giving Thanks


(For my CR84FN post scroll down or click here)

It's Friday and that means Friends with Flair time over at Unity.  Make sure you stop by the Unity blog and blog hop to all the participants blogs because you could win some free stamps! It's true, I won a few weeks ago! You get a lot of Unity goodness for just spreading a little love!

I created an autumn inspired card that works perfectly for the current Unity Monthly Challenge which is autumn - harvest! I used Unity Simple Blessings.
Everything on this card was pulled from my scrap pile!  So happy I found my embossing folders! It adds such nice texture to any paper item.
That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by! Many blessings!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thinking of You!


Well as I have stated in the past, I craft by mood, and today it was a more modern CAS kind of day!

I needed a Thinking of You card and I loved the color palette at CR84FN.  It was the perfect combination to spark my creativity for this card!

I used Stepping Stones Designs Always Here.  I stamped the butterfly and cut it out. Next I bent the wings upward and glued the center of the butterfly down adding some beautiful rhinestones for a finishing touch.

I am just squeaking in the final hours of Jules Snippet Challenge! The above creation were snippets in my scrap box.  You would think my pile is lessening, but somehow it feels like it's multiplying!  I guess that means I have way too many scraps!  I can't throw anything out because I am usually grabbing small pieces to punch or piece, or just create a whole card, so you just never know when you can use something! Also the recycle girl in me just can't seem to throw those papers out! 

Before you go! Here is the lovely inspiration color story for CR84FN.

Hope your day has been terrific!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Homespun Fall

Hey all!

{Edit to note: This card made The Shabby Tea Room's Honorable Mention Cup of Tea! Yay! Thank you so much!}

I am having a hard time believing it's November ALREADY! Did everyone have a great Halloween?  We did as my little one came home with a pretty big bag of loot! The dads in our neighborhood walked as a group with the kids and we huddled around the fire pit and handed out candy.  We sat a table up so those ghost and goblins had quite a buffet to add to their treat bags!

I have a Thanksgiving card to share with you today!  The Shabby Tea Room issued a Homespun Fall challenge this week.  When I think of Homespun, Gingham comes to mind first.  So I just had to add a bit of that to my card.

Again, I grabbed everything from my scrap pile! Yay, for using up some scraps! I added a doily distressed in Orange Marmalade ink next adding my focal image with crochet trim and an assortment of buttons. I used a lacy scallop punch on the bottom of my patterned paper which works well for the challenge this week at The Kraft Journal -  to use banners or border punches on your creation.
I made the inside simple with a sentiment from DeNami Designs and a pumpkin stamp from their Autumn Stamp Set. Keeping the inside simple leaves enough room to write a personal message!
I love the inspiration photo The Shabby Tea Room has this week! 
I have not had a chance to play along with Jules Snippet Challenge in a few weeks, so I am happy to play along this go around!  Also playing along at The Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes with the New Crew!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!