Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

I think it's second only to Christmas.


I had this snippet of a wreath in my UFO box and decided
it would be perfect colored up for Thanksgiving.


MAKE YOUR MARK
(I used markers to color the wreath)
Addicted to Stamps and More!

(The wreath and woodgrain panel were both snippets.)
Pixies Crafty Workshop


Poppystamps Challenge #2 is
THANKFUL
Challenge 2 Thankful copy
I'm thankful for family and friends
and this wonderful community of papercrafters.

Thanks/Thanksgiving
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of Thanksgiving cards mailed out this year.

I intend to do much better with my Christmas cards!
Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Hand Penned Holidays 
Ink:  Cajun Craze, SU Markers
Paper:  Naturals White, Cajun Craze
Other:  Breezy Wreath (Poppystamps), Woodgrain EF

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted



Friday, November 21, 2014

Joyful Jingle Bells

Let's shimmer and shine!


I think I got a bit carried away with the Glimmer Paper.

But sometimes a little sparkle is the order of the day.

is looking for GLITTER.
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The inspiration photo at
looks like a good fit don't ya think?


And don't forget that
is looking for bells this week.


I found that my 3/4" circle punch was a perfect fit behind the jingle bells and punch silver and gold foil paper to put behind the Lil' Inker Jingle Bells.  It seemed to ground the bells a bit.

The bow is made with some fine, covered wire that I found at Michaels.  
I love how I can curl the tails.

This card is very heavy and will have to be handed to someone.

LOL! It's so front heavy that it doesn't want to stand up.

I think I need to put some bells on the inside too!

I was so excited to see that I won an Honourable Mention


She has put all the tags on a Pinterest board for easy viewing.


Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Paper:  Solar White, (Neena), Champagne and Silver Glimmer, Silver and Gold Foil, Whisper White
Other:  Christmas Bits Dies (Lil' Inkers), Joy Die (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Adorning Accents Edgelit (retired), Silver Wire (Michaels)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simple Wreath

My friend Ruthann and I made an excursion to a local craft store last weekend.

We found some clearance bins and dove right in.

I found a Cloud9 set for under $3.00.

It has a lot of images that I probably won't use.

But I'm sure I can find someone that can use them.

This little wreath is a keeper.


I'm going to enter it at Festive Friday


Love that wreath.


is celebrating a birthday.


It's been a long time since I played a sketch challenge
and I really enjoyed this one.

This won't be the only card using this sketch.

Happy 2nd birthday my friends!



Addicted to Stamps and More!
MAKE YOUR MARK

I used Stampin' Up! Markers to thump on the wreath stamp
and ink the sentiment.


So glad you could stop by today.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Xmas (Cloud9), Teeny, Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Garden Green, (SU Markers Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Garden Green)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla Textured
Other:  Stitched Mats Circle Die (Lil' Inker), Circle Framelits, Red Cord (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Seeing Stars

It seems like stars are a popular image for Christmas this year.

That's OK with me.  I like stars!


This card was super quick and easy.

I picked out some snippets and embossed one and scored the narrower one.
Edited to add:  I totally forgot to link to 
Thanks, Sue, for scouting me out!

Punched out some stars from white snippets.

Attached thread to the back of the stars and hung them.

Added a bit of sparkle.

Stamped a sentiment. (Always the tricky part.)

And it was done.

is SEEING STARS this week.
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


is TO THE MOON
that shares the sky with the stars.
Simon Monday Challenge Blog


Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Other:  Small Star Punch (retired), Merry Minis Punch Pack (retired), Gold flat back beads (stash)
Stripes EF (retired), Simply Scored

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted



Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Bells for Merry Monday

The lovely and talented Sue is our hostess at
Merry Monday this week.



Here's what I did.




I love Christmas carols.

It's hard to pick a favorite.

This is one of my favorites though.


"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem "Christmas Bells" by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.[1] The song tells of the narrator's despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men". The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men.


"And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;

"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

"Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

The Mixed Media challenge
is almost over but I think this will squeak in.


On both cards, I have stamped, colored with alcohol markers and dry embossed.

I hope you'll get some bells on a card and join us at
Merry Monday.

I'm real happy you stopped by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bells and Boughs (retired), Scripted Greetings (AmyR)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Garden Green
Other:  Blendabilities, Copic Markers, Moroccan Frame EF (Sizzix), Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Simply Scored

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks is for Giving

These days, as I'm rereading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

I'm feeling very thankful.


I don't know about you, but sometimes I get so wrapped up in all I have want 
to do that I forget to look around me and take in all my blessings.

Today I want to say thank you to all my crafty friends.
I'm so blessed to have a lot of crafty friends that I get to create with in person.
And I'm extra blessed to have so many Cyber friends who read my blog, 
and encourage me with their comments 
and constantly inspire me with their creativity!


I'm thankful to be able to join in some challenges too.

A Game of Thanks.


ANYTHING GOES
Addicted to Stamps and More!



Wants some ribbon or twine.
CAS on Sunday


"Clean and Simple Thank You" 


Pixies Crafty Workshop
The sentiment piece was in a snippet in my "UFO" box and so was the embossed piece.


That's enough for now.

Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Seasonal Sayings (retired)
Ink:  SU Markers (Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard)
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other: Vine Street EF (retired), Old Olive grosgrain ribbon

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Masculine Christmas Tag

Here's another Mixed Media* Christmas Tag for 


* For this event, Mixed Media is defined as stamps + ink, plus two other elements which add texture and/or dimension.


I stamped my French Script stamp on Very Vanilla with Sahara Sand ink
and sponged lightly with some more Sahara Sand.

The forest was stamped with Always Artichoke 
with a little stamp from Inkadinkado.

Then I die cut the design with an Anytime Stitched Tag Die.

The background was made by cutting a piece of Crumb Cake 1/4" larger than the tag.
I slipped the top of the rectangle behind a circle die and cut the arc for the top.
(LOL, Don't ask me to demonstrate this. I'm not sure I could ever do it again.)

The little deer was cut from a piece of backed burlap that Loll gifted me with.
Thank you, Loll!
The die is a NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) from Sizzix.

A piece of jute ties it all off.

So I stamped, sponged, die cut/embossed and used burlap and jute for texture.

Hope you'll be inspired to make a tag and join in Loll's challenge.

There's a lot of inspiration from Loll, her Guests Designers
and the participants.
What a wonderful gallery.
So much inspiration!

So glad you stopped by.

Enjoy!
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Tag Recipe
Stamps:  French Script, Trees (Indadinkado)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Other:  Anytime Stitched Tags (Lil' Inker), Circle Framelits, Mini Reindeer Movers and Shapers Die (Sizzix), Jute (Michaels)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted



Monday, November 10, 2014

Blue Christmas Bauble

It's Merry Monday time again.

This week wonderful Wendy has chosen our challenge.

Come see what she chose.


How elegant!

Here's what I did.


I inked and embossed the bauble with silver
then colored with the Night of Navy Blendabilities.

To give the ornament the look of glass, I smacked it with VersaMark
and heat embossed with some clear embossing powder.

Then I used a silver Signo Gel Pen to color the top and holly 
to add some extra shine.

The embossed back panel was waiting in the UFO pile for a home.

I added lots of itty, bitty rhinestones and a little bow
to finish it all off.

With all the metallic, I'm going to share this at

Let's see what gorgeous blue and silver/gray ornaments you can create this week. 

Don't forget to share them with us at Merry Monday.

I'm so glad you could stop by!

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Bauble
Ink: Encore Silver, VersaMark
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White
Other:  Silver EP, Clear EP, Ornate Frames EF (Sizzix), Silver Gel Pen (uni-ball Signo), Rhinestones, Silver covered wire (Michael's)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Snowflakes Tag for Twelve Days of Christmas

Have you been over to Loll's 


I was so honored that she asked me to be a Guest Designer.

Loll is such an inspiration to all of us.


She's asking for Mixed Media Tags for this challenge.
Here is her definition of Mixed Media

* For this event, Mixed Media is defined as stamps + ink, plus two other elements which add texture and/or dimension.

I sponged white cardstock with Soft Sky, marina Mist and Not Quite Navy
then stamped some snowflakes with water.
It makes very subtle snowflakes, but maybe you can see some in this photo.


I stamped some more snowflakes and a sentiment in silver and heat embossed them.


A snippet of Silver Glimmer Paper cut with the MB Frosty Border
made an easy finish for the design.

I hope you'll check out all the beautiful tags for this event.
Every day Loll posts a tag and has a Guest Designer post too.

Then there's the gallery.

Enter a card and you could win a $40.00 Gift Certificate to STAMPlorations.

Oh, and you have until Nov. 16th to enter.

You can enter lots of times between now and then.

Thanks for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Endless Wishes, To You and Yours (retired)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Marina mist, Not Quite Navy, Encore Silver
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist, Silver Glimmer
Other: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Corner Rounder Pundh, Silver EP, Perfect Polka Dot EF, Frosty Border Die (Memory Box), Silver Ribbon & Cord (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Snowflake Tag

Another tag for Loll's Tag Event


I love snowflakes and the white embossed snowflakes 
are so pretty on the Lost Lagoon cardstock.


I've stamped and embossed the snowflakes and sentiment in white,
daubed a little Whisper White across the background, die cut and dry embossed.

Addicted to CAS is asking for tags too.


Many of you know that I've been a full time Nana to Luke and Jack for 5 years.
They moved to a town a little further away last Spring and bringing them to us became
more difficult.  And DH and I don't move fast enough to get over there by 7:30 in the morning!

Luke is in 1st grade now.



And Jack started in Daycare on Monday.

I sure do miss him.



We talked on the phone last night and he blew me lots of kisses.

He's also left me with the virus he had a couple of weeks ago.

I've had a raging fever since last night.

I'm really glad I didn't have to keep him today.

But I'm hoping for some more phone kisses tonight.

I'm glad you stopped by.

Hope you're feeling well.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Endless Wishes
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Lost Lagoon, Vellum, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Other: Anytime Tag Dies (Lil' Inker), Snowflake Dies (Impression Obsession), White Organdy Ribbon, Silver Wire (Michael's)