Sunday, November 30, 2008

Advent Calendar

katharina from Advent Calendar is having a lovely idea for an advent calendar. Just stop by her blog and check out all the details.

Black Friday Challenge

Again, I haven't a clue what I did or how I did it, but I stamped the skirt part of the image x2. LOL.. The more I looked at it the more I decided that I liked how it looked so I colored it with prisma color pencils. As I didn't want it to be Christmas I added flowers where the holly bits on the stamp were. While I was blog hopping I saw a challenge for Black Friday Something Challenge/ just needed to be something black in the layout so I thought this fit pretty well.
Supplies Used: Paper DCWV- All dressed up, pearls - Mark Richards, Flower from my stash box, Ribbon from stash.

New Stamps/ 5 Challenges

I was so excited this past week because my new Whiff of Joy stamps came. I couldn't wait to start stamping, but alas there is something about this stamp that doesn't like me. I stamped it 3 times and all 3 times it went into the circular file! Yep even after it was colored. I don't know what I was doing wrong, but....You get the idea. I colored the image with copic markers E 51, R46, R 59. Prisma pencils and very inexpensive Darice Glitter, crystal.

Finally I was pleased with how this one turned out so I thought it would make a lovely aperture card and found that it fit the challenge for Basic Grey Challenge 13. The requirement there was to have one Basic Grey element and an aperture. Also it fit Lili Of The Valley/ for sprinkle and sparke because of the glittered snowflakes and the spica glitter pens. ABC Challenge, S is for snow, Our Creative Corner snowflakes, Everybody Art Challenge winter. I can't believe that it fit so many challenges. I have never done this many challenges with one card before.

Supplies used:

Whiff of Joy Stamp, Copic Markers, Spica glitter pens, Basic Grey - Boxer, snowflakes - Martha Stewart punch, Darice glitter and flower from stash box. Flower center from my blog candy prize from All the Things I love blog

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WOJ Bookmark Challenge

Talk about being on the same wave-length as WOJ! I have needed to make 3 bookmarkers and have just been putting it off. I wasn't motivated, but this has given me the motivation I needed to get them finished. One down and two to go! I chose for this one to do a basic book marker. I colored my image with a mixture of copics, distress inks and prisma watercolor pencils. I wanted it to match my background paper as closely as possible. I almost succeeded! LOL Maybe next time.
Supplies Used: ribbon and embellishments from my stash box. Paper K&co. Martha Stewart Doily border punch. Flowers, Michaels bridal table confetti. Verse?? I have no idea where I got it. Just thought it was fitting to use.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Basic Gray Challenge

I love Basic Grey paper and have been playing with the idea of using this Boxer Series on something. Then I came across a Basic Grey Challenge Blog and decided to enter my card there. The challenge this week is to use at least one item of Basic Grey and to use embossing. I embossed the center strip using the cuddle bug , then inked the raised embossing with black soot ink to give it more definition. The tag was just cut out of white card stock, antiqued with Color box, chalk, creamy brown, then edged in black soot.
The image was sent to me by a friend in an image swap. Truly love this image. I colored it using prisma color pencils and copic markers. Some of the areas I blended, but some I left unblended and love the affect it made.
Supplies used: Basic Grey - Boxer, charm, cord and sliver dots from my stash box.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Finally! An Update On My Hubby

I say finally, because I can't believe how slowly the doctors have moved on trying to help my husband since his TIA/stroke in August. He went for a sleep study in September, then to several different doctors. Finally last week he saw a doctor who the minute my hubby left the office must have started calling to get things rolling, because the minute he walked in the door the phone started ringing off the hook, with people setting up appointments for him. We found out my husband stops breathing over 200 times in one hour. I know he stopped breathing a lot, but not in my wildest dream did I ever think it was that much. There are four levels of severity in a sleep study and obviously my hubby falls in the worst category. These episodes can cause strokes, so not to be taken lightly. Also if the carotid sensors ever stop sending a message to the brain telling you to breathe then....well you can guess the outcome of that. This evening they delivered is C-pap machine. It came with live full instructions. The gentleman who delivered it was so nice and answered our every question and told us they were their to answer any questions 24/7! Not a recording but a real live person. I am so relieved to know that finally my husband may be getting the help he needs.

I am so thankful for this wonderful news and my prayer of Thanksgiving cannot be said enough.
God truly watches over us and protects us more than we ever imagine. Can you believe that over 200 times each hour every night that God has time to watch over my husband and keep him safe? Mind boggling isn't it? When I think about this I am so reminded of what a merciful God I serve.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Received My Blog Candy From Bev

Talk about a surprise! It was like Christmas. I just couldn't believe all the things Bev From All The Things I Love included. I can't wait to start creating. I am going to have sooooooo much fun. Thank you so much Bev.

Whiff of Joy - Challenge 9

Wow, I can't believe how slow I am in posting my cards lately, in fact so slow that some of them didn't get posted in time for the challenges. I really don't know where the time goes. This is my challenge entry this week for WOJ . What another fun sketch to work with. I colored the image with distress inks by Tim Holtz, then highlighted with Spica at you markers and of course added my glitter. I am on one of those kicks this year. I just can't seem to get enough glitter! LOL
Supplies Used;
Background Papers: K&Co, Me & My Big Ideas
ribbon: from my stash
flowers: prima
flower centers: from my stash
Gold center dots: Mark Richards

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blog Candy You Won't Want To Miss

You really must take a few minutes to stop by and see the fantastic blog candy up for some very lucky winner. (Hopefully Me!) Not a bit selfish am I? You won't believe all the goodies..

ABC Challenge R is for.....

This is my first ever ABC Challenge. I have to admit I made this card a few weeks ago for another challenge but never got around to posting it, so with the ribbon that I used it would fit this challenge.

I used background paper from Me and My Big Ideas. Flowers from Prima and Michaels Bridal Confetti. Ribbon, pearl and spacer from my stash box. Also used Martha Stewart snowflake border punch. Image was colored using my prisma pencils. ined edges of paper using Brilliance ivy ink.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Stamping Line

Why not stop over at and congratulate Denise on her new business venture and her new line of stamps, Whimsy Stamps. They are truly delightful. While your at it, be sure to sign up for a chance to win a free Whimsey Stamp!

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Saturday Sketchers 25

Great sketch this week from Sketch Saturday # 25 so I just had to try it. This little guy just begged to be put on a card. I have used Basic Gray - Figgy Pudding papers as the background. Colored the image with Prisma Watercolor pencils and Twinkling h20. Snowflakes are Martha Stewart that I used a glue pen and crystal glitter from Stampendous. I wish you could really see the effects of all the glitter and just how adorable this card turned out. I am just not a good photographer. LOL

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday Sketchers # 28 Challenge Mumur

I colored this image some time ago and wondered why I chose these particular colors. I didn't have a clue how I was going to turn it into a card, but then this week with the launch of the new Cd's from Making Handmade Cards, I finally had the most wonderful papers for the background. This was a tough challenge from Mumur's Sketch as there were so many elements, but once I got started it wasn't too bad.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Whiff of Joy Challenge 8 NO BLUE

Love this image so thought I would enter it in the challeng from WOJ No Blue this week. I colored it using prisma color pencils and a dove blender. Snow flakes punched with Punch Bunch punches. I then used a glue pen and glittered them with crystal glitter from Stampendous. Card stock is Basic Grey Wassil (love that paper). Merry Christmas is a rub on by Imaginisce.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

I would like to thank all the Veterans for serving our Country so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms that we have. A special thank you to my husband for his service to our Country.

Blog Candy From Chrissy

Be sure to stop by Creating with Chrissy to veiw her fantistic blog and check out her blog candy that is up for grabs. You have only until November 16th. Hurry on over!

PTW Dawney's Sketch 2

Woo Hoo I'm on a roll. 2 challenges so far this week. This lovely sketch came from PTW.
I colored the lovely little Tilda with prisma color pencils. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey all the rest is from my stash box.

Sketch Saturday - Sketch 24

Finally am finding a little more time to craft. I have been making Christmas cards for the past 2 days eventhough I really have no need for them. I just love making them.. I thought I would try my hand at the challenge from Sketchsaturday. I love working with sketches.

Supplies used
Paper - Debbie Mumm
Ribbon - from my stash
Buttons - from my stash
Snowflake Brad - Recollections
Colored the stamped image with "at you spica glitter pens and prisma color pencils. Highlighted with crystal snow glitter from stampendous.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Whiff of Joy

This is my first attempt at a challenge from WOJ . I had so much fun coloring it and putting it together with their fantastic sketch.
Supplies Used
WOJ stamp
Distress Ink - Ranger- Fired Brick
Distress Ink- Ranger - Black Soot
Flowers - Michael's Bridal Table Confetti
Flower Centers - Swarovski Crystals, multiple colors
Perfect Pearls
Spica Glitter Markers
Paper - Imaginise - Go For Baroque, More Than Mistletoe
Rubber Stamp - Print Works (sentiment, Peace, joy, Love)
Findings from my stash box

The Delinquent Blogger

It is about time that I have returned to blogging. I certainly have been missing it, hopefully things are going to settle down for awhile and I am on the mend after almost a month long illness. Still have a way to go before I can say I am 100% (My family would say I've never been 100%) LOL.

Anyway I sat down last night and started coloring and this was the card I ended up with using Trina's sketch from A Spoon Full of Sugar. Hopefully as the days go by my cards will get better.

Supplies Used
Whiff of Joy Stamp
Spica Glitter pens
Flowers Michaels Bridal Confetti
Dots - Jelly Tots
Paper - Paper Pazazz - Vintage

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bev's Fantastic Blog Candy

Why not stop over at Bev's Blog and see the most FANTASTIC candy up for grabs. She has Whiff of Joy stamps, paper, ribbon. Rather than me tell you.. just pop over and check it out.

A Reason to Live By T. K. Chapin

Being awakened at three in the morning by his sister-in-law, Shawna Gillshock and her two-year-old daughter, Rose was not expect...