Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank You Card

As much as I love the holiday season, I sure will be glad when things settle down and I can get back in the swing of things around here!  I've barely had time to finish this card for the Just Magnolia sketch and challenge!  I used Bo Bunny paper from last year's stash - sorry I don't know the name of it but I love the color of it!  I also used the color scheme of two other challenges (Wild Orchid Crafts <Pink, White, Silver> and Color Create <Pink, Red, White>) and tied them together.  I used the image just recently sent to me from a new friend and I love her!  I colored her with my Copics inked the edges with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distress ink and added Diamond Stickles to her hat.  I also used the Copic At You Spica pen to give the image some extra sparkle.  I tied a piece of white satin ribbon around the bottom to fit in with the sketch from Just Magnolia and made the card into an easel card for the Totally Tilda challenge.  The Thank You is a computer generated sentiment and the flowers are Primas.

Another angle - I hope you like her!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Just Magnolia - Sketch
Colour Create - Pink, Red, White
Wild Orchid - Pink, White, Silver
Totally Tilda - Easel Card
Cupcake Craft - Thank You
Papertake Weekly - Be Thankful
Winter Wonderland - Thank You
CES - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Thank You
Phindy's Place Challenge - Thank You with Scraps

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Exciting News!

I have some exciting news to share with you for the new year!  I was chosen to be a new designer for the Fussy and Fancy Design Team!!!!  I have loved participating in their challenges and I can't wait to design for them in the upcoming year, so be on the lookout for some new projects and ideas!  In fact, here's a new project right now!  This was designed for their upcoming challenge of "Celebration" and it was created for my niece who loves celebrating winter and snow.  She also loves bears, so I thought this image (James the Bear from Lili of the Valley) would be perfect for her!  For this challenge, we were to create a 3-D project to go along with the card.  Well, I thought and I thought and I couldn't decide what I wanted to do, so I made a whole matching set!  I made a card using the sketch from Lili of the Valley and I love how it turned out!  I also used the same sketch for the matching gift bag that I created as well.  Finally, my 3D projects were a stamped candle and a winter snowglobe.  This is going to be a long post with a lot of pictures, so I apologize in advance!!  Here's the whole matching set:

Here's the snow globe I made for her - It's the second one I've done and I love how they both turned out.  This one is a slightly smaller version than the one I posted earlier using Magnolia images.  I covered the small round tin with some paper from my stash, used glossy accents to secure some trees in the background, then adhered my stamped image (after he was colored with my Copics and cut out of course!).  I then added Polar White Flowersoft for snow before using Glossy Accents to glue the bowl to the top of the tin.  I was surprised how well it held after a few second dry time.

Here's the matching card.  I colored all of the images in using the same colors and for this card I followed the sketch from Lili of the Valley.  I cut him out using my deckled rectangle Spellbinders, inked the edges with Stormy Sky Distress ink and added a Digital sentiment from Whimsy Stamps.  I then added Diamond Stickles everywhere!

Another angle:

And the inside:

Here's the matching gift bag for all of her gifts to go in and I LOVE how it turned out!  I used a plain blue bag from the dollar store, added blue/silver sparkly ribbon from AC Moore to the top and bottom of the bag, then followed the sketch from Lili of the Valley for the bag as well.  I added the same image and digital sentiment, but added two flowers in the corner which were glimmer misted with Frost Glimmer Mist and Pearl Glimmer Mist which can be found at  I then tied a bow using the same ribbon and adhered it to the handle of the gift bag.  I think it turned out pretty well for my first bag!

Here's a close-up:

And finally the candle.  I love this technique and it is SOOO easy!  I stamped the image on a piece of white tissue paper, colored it in with copics and cut around the image closely.  I then placed the image where I wanted it to be on the candle and wrapped a piece of wax paper around it.  I melted the image onto the candle using my heat embossing tool, then added Diamond stickles for the snow and on his hat.  Finally, two pieces of snowflake ribbon and a bow completed this easy project.

My niece LOVED these gifts and I had so much fun creating them for her.  Be sure to check out the challenge at Fussy and Fancy for this week and link up your own project for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!   Hope to see you there!

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Lili Of The Valley - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Creative Cottage - Christmas Card with Matching Giftbag/Box
Totally Gorjuss - For Someone Special (My Niece)
Stamping Scrapping - Anything Goes (Check out this awesome store for your spellbinders, stickles, and distress inks!)
Bunny Zoe's Monthly Challenge - Sparkle and Shine
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Snow Much Fun
ABC DT Challenge - Baby it's Cold Outside

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Home Decor

I'm back with another holiday project I just finished.  This frame/home decor item was made with the Magnolia-licious Highlites challenge in mind.  Diana is asking for letter or word creations and with the Big Guy's day nearly upon us, I thought this would make a great last minute addition to our decorations.  I used one of the panoramic acrylic frames from AC Moore, inserted the designer paper which was from my stash, and then applied everything to the top of the acrylic.  I made it so that the frame is actually upside down so that it slants downward, if you know what I mean?  I colored my two Magnolia images with my Copics and cut them out.  Believe is from my Christmas Solutions cartridge and is probably one of my favorite cuts ever!  I cut it in white glitter paper and pop dotted it on the frame.  It looks like Santa is leaning on the B and I think it turned out pretty cute.  I added Diamond stickles just about everywhere to make it sparkly - what holiday project is complete without a little sparkle and a whole lot of glitter everywhere?

Here's a close-up of Cool Santa:

And one of Christmas Eve Tilda on the look-out for Santa:

And one last one at an angle:

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlites - Letter or Word Creations
Sir Stampalot - Travel the World (The Big Guy does it in a single night!)
Paper Sundaes - Cut it Out
weeMemories - Colors of the Season
Paper Playtime - Anything Christmas
Paper Play - Anything but a Card

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blue LOTV Christmas

I'm back with another Christmas card - this one'll probably be for my stash...until I realize I've forgotten a card and need one at the last minute!  My color scheme for this card was Silver, Blue, and White, following Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I love these colors and I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I wish I knew the name of the paper that I used, but I found it in my stash and there was no label.  It's really sparkly and a nice combination of dark blue, silver, and white.  I used one of my favorite images - James the Bear and colored him with my copics.  I then added Diamond Stickles everywhere again and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  I followed the monthly sketch from Crafter's Companion and love how it turned out.  I also used a free digital image from TLC that I thought went perfectly with this image.  I used a Copic Spica glitter pen for the snowflakes and diamond stickles to the snow in the sentiment.  I also distressed these edges as well.  I added some white glittery snowflakes and some bling.

Here's another angle:

And a close-up of James:

And, of course I had to decorate the inside of my card:  Here are some pics of that as well!  I hope you like it!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Silver, Blue, and White
Crafter's Companion - Monthly Challenge: Sketch and Christmas
A lot a Rubber Stamps - Bling It On
Critter Sketch Challenge - Anything Christmas
Copic Creations - Sparkle
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Get Embellishing! (Snowflakes)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Winter Snow Globe

I just added the finishing touches to another Christmas present I have been working on.  This one is a Snowglobe I made using a bowl from the Dollar store, a Cookie tin from Wal Mart, some mini Christmas trees from JoAnn's, my Cricut, and two adorable Magnolia images.  I used the Winter Fence and Snowy Hug, colored them with Copics and cut them out by hand.  The paper I used was from last year's Winter Blues from the Paper Studio.  I adhered the paper to my tin, added a ribbon around the lip of it and adhered my images and trees to the top of the tin using Scor-Tape.  I think it creates a beautiful winter scene and I love the way it turned out!  I then cut out the word "Believe" from my Christmas Solutions cartridge and glued it to the front of the tin.  I added a sentiment that says "Those who don't believe in magic will neve find it".  I thought it went perfectly along with the magic of the Christmas season!  I added a TON of diamond stickles everywhere on the two images to make them sparkle and shine through the glass.  Finally I added some Polar White Flowersoft for snow to make the perfect white winter display when shaken!

A close-up of the image and scene through the glass:

Here's a side angle so you can seee the dimension that is created by the snow-covered trees, the fence, and Tilda and Snowy.

One of the sentiment and scene:

And finally, one without the flash on so you can see the image clearly without a glare:  I hope you like it!

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Fantabulous Cricut - Deck the Halls
Magnolia-licious Challenge - White Winter (lots of white snow in scene)
Copic Creations - Sparkle
Bunny Zoe's Monthly Challenge - Sparkle and Shine
All That Scraps - Magnolia Challenge - Winter Where You Live
Pollycraft Challenge - White Christmas (All White or Winter/Snowy)
Paper Sundaes - Cut it Out
Cute Card Thursday - One for the Kids
Magnolia Down Under - A Gift for You

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Magnolia Love

Here's another card I just finished for the Totally Tilda Challenge.  Originally, I had thought it was going to be a Christmas card for my DBF, but then I remembered I had already made one for him and I got these awesome Magnolia papers in the mail from Staming  So, it turned more into a Valentine's day card for him, I do believe.  As I mentioned, the papers dot papers and the heart papers are both from Magnolia and the other two are from Kaisercraft.  I love these colors together!  The sketch I used was from Tickled Pink's monthly challenge and I think it worked well for this card.  I colored my image with my Copics, cut it out with my deckled rectangles spellbinders and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink (my fav!).  The heart was from my stash and the Love sentiment was a digi from TLC.  The roses are Prima mini roses that I thought went well with the card.  I hope you like the way it turned out (It was a nice change of pace from my many Christmas cards I've been working on and have yet to do).

Here's another angle:

And some shots of the inside:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Totally Tilda - For the One I Love - "Love" "Special" or Hearts

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Carols

Here's another card I just finished working on and I love the way it turned out.  The image is one I received from a friend and I think she's just adorable!  She can be found at All That  I colored her with my Copics, added some diamond stickles and cut her out with my Labels Spellbinders.  I then inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The sketch is from Sunday Sketch & Stamp and I think it worked great for this card!  The paper is from My Minds Eye Glitter Christmas pack from last year.  I added some brown snowflake ribbon from Michaels and some of the Christmas Poinsettias from Prima.

Here's another angle:

And some shots of the inside:

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Die Cut Christmas Club - AChristmas Carol
All That Scraps - Christmas Flowers
Top Tip Tuesday - Christmas Inspired
Magnolia Down Under - Brown, Red, & Cream
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Untraditional Christmas

Here's another card I just finished.  I was hoping to get it entered in the Friday Sketchers Challenge, as that's the sketch I followed, but it apepars I'm too late once again - I need to get better at these deadlines!  But anyways, it's another Christmas card finished nonetheless and I'm happy with it overall.  I wasn't too sure about the color scheme of pink, blue, and green, but I like the way it turned out.  The paper is from Basic Grey (Eskimo Kisses) and the image is from the Merry Little Christmas line from Magnolia.  I colored her with my Copics, then cut her out with my Deckled Rectangles Spellbinders.  I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink, added the sentiment and some of the Prima mini roses in pink and blue.

Here's another angle:

And the inside, which is decorated to match the sketch of the front.  I hope you like it!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Challenge - Pink, Blue, Green
Secret Crafter - Arctic Blue, Carnation Pink, Lime Zest
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Ornament
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Bauble
Easy Craft Projects - Christmas

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Froosty Christmas Wishes

Whew!  I'm finally back to making some cards!  It's been a busy week with the hustle and bustle of the season and trying to get things accomplished before Christmas!  This is my brand new stamp I just received from a friend and I LOVE him (He's available at you should get one for yourself!).  I followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday and I love how it turned out.  The paper I used is My Minds Eye Glitter Christmas stack from last year and I love the browns and blues together.  The circle sentiment was a digital freebie offered by Bizzy Bec's Store Blog and I've used these for most of my Christmas cards this year - I love them!  The snowflakes are actually buttons I found at Joanns and I thought they worked perfectly for this project.  I colored up Froosty and added Diamond stickles just about everywhere - I love how sparkly this card is!  I then inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink to coordinate with the papers.  I cut the circle sentiments out with my Circle Spellbinders, which can be found at  Finally, I added turquoise bling to the center of the snowflakes.

Here's another angle:

For the inside, I added more of the same designer paper, added another ribbon, some more of the snowflake buttons and more bling!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday - Sketch
iCopic Lover - Light Blue, Dark Blue, and White
Stampin for the Weekend - 2 Circles, 2 Squares, Buttons & Bling
Stamp Something - Digi Day (Digital Sentiment from Bizzy Bec's Store blog)
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes Christmas
7Kids Challenge Blog - Winter Wonderland
Pixie Dust Studio - Let It Snow - White & Untraditional Colors
Stamptacular Sunday - Winter Wishes
Sentimental Sundays - Let It Snow!
Just Magnolia - Make a Christmas Card
Paper Playtime - Snowmen
Pear Tree Designs - Christmas
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Sparkling Christmas
Cupcake Craft - Non-Traditional Christmas
Copic Creations - Sparkle
ABC Christmas - Z is for Zero Time (Used F is for Frosty with extra option of Snow)
Penny's Paper Challenge - Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Countdown

This project made Top 3 at Die Cut Christmas Club Challenges!
I was Runner Up!!!
This project was runner up at Bizzy Bec's December Challenge!

I was up late last night trying to finish this project and I just put the finishing touches on it!  It's another one of my projects for the swap on the Cricut MB I'm in and it's a Christmas Countdown starring Santa Edwin (which can be found at 7Kids College  I made it into a box drawer with an easel card top.  The paper is from My Minds Eye Christmas glitter pack from last year and it is very sparkly.  I love it!  I followed the sketch from Sketch and Stash and the image I used is a brand new one from the Merry Little Collection - he's soooo cute!  I colored him with my Copics and cut him out with one of my Labels Spellbinders, which can be found at  I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink and then added Diamond Stickles to the white trim on Santa's hat and his suit.  The Dear Santa sentiment was from a piece of designer paper I had in my stash.  I cut Santa's sack out from the Paper Dolls cartridge and my Cricut.  I used Christmas Red stickles for the string on his bag.  I tied a bow using white satin ribbon and my Bow Easy (I LOVE this thing - perfect for the bow-challenged crafters like me!).  I cut the mats for the numbers, punched holes using the crop-a-dile and cut the numbers using the Calligraphy Cartridge and my cricut.  I made it so my partner and her son could count down from 99 days until Christmas - I hope they like it!  The "Days Til Christmas" was also cut with my Cricut and Calligraphy Cartridge.  I added a white paper rose and the round sentiment was a digital stamp, but once again, I forget where I found it (I gotta get better at this!)  I haven't decided yet what I'm going to put inside yet....maybe Hershey Kisses, or possibly some cards since most of the cards I make would fit in the box.

Here's a close-up of Santa Edwin, his bag and the countdown!

A side angle - there's tons of pop-dots and dimensionals on this one!

And one last picture with the drawer open:

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Sketch and Stash - Sketch (New Stash - Santa Edwin (love him!))
Stamp Something - Christmas Colors
Die Cut Christmas Club - Santa's Sack
Secret Crafter - Christmas
Fantabulous Cricut - Gifts Galore!
Wild Orchid Challenge - Old Fashioned Christmas
Reasonable Ribbon - Anything But a Card
Cooking with Cricut - No Red AND Green Together
7 Kids College Fund - Winter Wonderland
Scrappy Frogs - Holiday Decor
Bunny Zoe's Monthly Challenge - Christmas...but not a card!
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Holiday Greetings
Fussy and Fancy - Anything but a Card
Stamping Scrapping - Winter Wonderland