Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Last Christmas Cards

Yikes! I can't believe the amount of cards I have made and I don't need one of them...LOL.  I made so many last year, that I have a whole drawer full.  I'm not talking little craft drawer here...I'm talking dresser drawer full, packed, jammed!.  I probably wouldn't have to make another Christmas Card for 5 years, but I love making them.  I will have lots to choose from, thats for sure.  Anyway I made up my mind, after today's cards,  it is time to start working on those stocking stuffer gifts and last minutes things for when unexpected guests stop by, no more Christmas Cards, however I do have plenty that I have not posted yet so if they fit the challenges,...watch out, they'll be posted!  Will also not be crafting as much as I now need to start working on addressing the cards I will be sending, decorating and beginning my baking.  Before  I know it, the big day will be here.  Thankfully most of my shopping is done, but I need to start wrapping and I also have to do my parents shopping yet. 

Here is the last of my Christmas Cards (not all I have made)
This little Nativity is a favorite stamp.  I do love the meaning of Christmas and this portrays it perfectly.
Challenges:
V is for Very Vibrant
Nativity...
Thank you so much for choosing this topic,
since this is the reason for
Christmas.
# 67 Holiday
# 179 Christmas, red + embossing
 # 162 Borders & Flowers
# 183 Sketch
 # 90 Seeing red






Challenges:
# 3 Santa
# 134 Sketch
# 149 Theme recipe of 3's
Use 3 papers, 3 brads or buttons, 3 ribbons
Santa






 Challenges:
# 131 Pennants or bunting
#  83 Maggies Sketch
# 124 Let It Snow






Challenges:
black, silver & bling
# 57 Heat Embossing
# 62 Silver, white and a hint of color (mine is black)
# 76 Masculine holiday card (this is the one I have made for my hubby)








O Christmas Tree






My next project was inspired by this little $1 box of candy that I found in Target in the Hot Spot isle.
I thought these would make great stocking fillers but I didn't want  to just wrap them or pop in the stockings plain, so I made a tall crayon  type box for them to fit into. 
These would be great for the guys in your life because it is so hard to find little things for them.  What do you think?
From This.......
This one looks so masculine!  I forgot I had this pine stamp.  Bought it at a resale a few years back.
Perfect for making something for men.
To This......
Challenges:
# 65 Anything Goes
# 83 Make it Masculine
#140 Anything Goes
# 144 Anything Goes
Tis The Season
Anything Christmas or Winter Related
# 101 Anything Goes







These little critters just make my day!  How can you not smile when you see them?
don't know why my kraft  card base  looks so dark.  In real life it is
normal kraft color:?? The second picture shows the gate fold.  I used natural 
color jute to dress up the sides.   
Challenges:
Warm & Fuzzy
(this was the closest image I had of something that resembled warm and fuzzy)
Christmas Card...Use kraft base
RCC31 Color Our World With Stephanie
Kraft, Red, Brown
Gatefold Card
Christmas Card

Monday, November 28, 2011

Snowmen Friends

Of all the Christmas stamps, my first love is the Nativity and that is followed by snowmen and penguins.  I just love these little characters. 
I only have one card today...I must be ill...LOL
Not really just no time for crafting.  Sorry for the poor quality photo.  Have you ever had one of those days, that you spend 45 minutes taking a picture of the same image and it doesn't look any better than the first one you took?  Well that is definitely what happened to this one.
Challenges:
# 129-33 sketch
# 34 Sentiments
#110 Snowmen
# 21 Friends
 # 34 Buttons or bows
# 6 pastel Christmas
# 61 Any Stamped image & sentiment

Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Designer For Raise The Bar

Whoop, Whoop, Whoop....I have been chosen as a Guest Designer for Raise The Bar.  It has been a long time since I did any design team work and I am very excited to do so.  Hope you enjoy my creations.  Their theme this week is Thank You/ Gratitute, etc.  You get the idea.  Please pop on over and join us in this Challenge .  As I wasn't quite sure of the challenge, I sent these two cards.
Challenges:
Receipe (use at least 3)
ribbon, images, patterned paper, layers, rhinstones, brads, buttons, etc

I Would also like to enter this in the following challenges:
Thanks
Thanksgiving/thanks
Ribbons & Bows

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

It doesn't matter if you live in the USA or somewhere else in the world.   I'd like to wish you ALL a very
Happy Thanksgiving

It doesn't have to be just a tradition here in the USA, everyone can take the time to reflect on things they are thankful for. 
I have so many things to be thankful for, but first I am thankful for a loving, God, whom I strive daily to serve, I am thankful for my husband and for my family.  I am thankful for the blessings I receive each day from sun rising to air we breathe.  Sometimes the wonder of these blessings just overwhelm me. Simple things that I take for granted like those I just mentioned are truly things to be thankful for.    I am thankful for the wonderful memories of times past with my family, the memories we are currently making and those we will make in the future. 
So this thanksgiving, no matter where you are or what your traditions might be, please take the time to reflect on things you are thankful for.  Give your hubby/wife, kids, parents, family and friends an extra kind word or if you are close enough, a big  hug.  Tell a military person or their family thanks for their sacrifices.

Thanksgiving Blessings To All

It's All Blue

I must be ill... I have nothing to talk about this evening.  Just my cards... Maybe that is a good thing, especially since my last few posts have been extra long.  I have only created two today since we were so busy celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Way too much food... I'm stuffed.  I think I feel like the turkey....Totally stuffed.



Challenges:
Monochromatic
(my cardstock is the blue, blue/gray family)
#139 winter colors, blue, grey and white
#82 Sam's Sketch



Found this little reindeer in the $1.00 bin at Michaels a couple years ago.  Don't know why I haven't used it before now.  It is perfect for tags... Too cute.
Challenges:
Woodland Creatures
Make a tag
If my baker's twine doesn't count...just delete my entry.  Thanks

Music And Festivities = Gifts

All of my creations today project music and gifts... As we celebrate birthdays we sing and we give gifts....as we celebrate Christmas...we sing and we give gifts... At least my Miss V is hoping we give lots of gifts, especially since we will be celebrating her birthday on Thanksgiving.  She has asked that we not have Thanksgiving dinner at home again this year, but at the local restaurant so the Wait Staff will come and sing happy birthday to her.  That seems to be one of the highlights of her birthday.  Anyway all of my family....All 11 of us will making the trip to the local restaurant for our Thanksgiving festivities.  Since they are very family oriented it will be no problem to also celebrate our Miss V's birthday.  She has been reminding me that in 1 month after her birthday.....IT WILL BE CHRISTMAS...Don't you just love little ones?   I adore her... Can you tell?


My Miss V's favorite image is Tilda.  She loves everything about her.  I don't have very many stamps, so each year I am using the same stamps over and over again.  Thankfully she never seems to tire of the same images. 
Challenges:
# 123 Debby's Sketch
Birthday
#100 Happy Birthday
Ribbons


It has been awhile since I did decoupage.  Actually I did this card last year, (but didn't post it), eventhough I love decoupage, I decided not to make anymore because here in the States these cards are very costly to mail.  Are they as costly elsewhere?  When I mailed my first one I thought it was an additional .20 because of bulk, plus the cost of postage.  I quickly found out that was an additional .20 per ounce plus postage.  OUCH!  It cost me almost 2.00 to mail a small 5.50 x 4.25 inch card. 

Challenges:
music
Red & Green-gold or silver
I have used red, green and there is gold in the edges of my ribbon.



This card I made using Glimmer Mists and resist stamping for the star. 
Not sure I like the results, but it's growing on me. 
Yep, even the Wisemen were bringing gifts to the Christ Child! 
Challenges:
one layer card



OMGosh!  Don't ya just love these stinkin little gift purses?  I am so hooked on these.  One 6x6 sheet of paper plus a few scraps makes them.... Way too cute.
I "borrowed" this idea from my dear friend Rita .  She also has the link for the tutorial.  Just the perfect size for a gift card with a couple small pieces of candy... Money fits well too... Big denominations take up very little space:) hint, hint.....
I have added a very small bottle of hand sanitizer and lip balm to mine as this is the season for those items.
You can easily fancy them up or dress them down as I have done.  If you want to see really, really
cute ones, be sure to visit Rita's Blog.  Don't forget to leave her a little love and check out her blog.  She has some fabulous inspiration... 
How cool are these?

Challenges:
Create a project using this week's theme that features the use of Kraft cardstock
or products purchased from Kraft Outlet
(Since I just found them, I have not had time to shop,
but I do have Kraft paper so I used it to make my little purse)
(If I didn't read this right, just delete my entry:)
Paper Crafting Journey
Anything Goes At PCJ



Inside

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

When You Wish Upon A Star......

Sorry this is another looooooong post.  I  do  have lots of pictures of the pop up ornament  I am not good at picture taking, but I tried to show how this works.  I am so impressed with myself for putting this together, but then why wouldn't it be easy... I found this excellant tutorial over at.... Stamp With Tami Tami made it easy-peasy to follow.  I just love , love, love it... Can you tell?  Not only does it make an excellant Christmas decoration, but just think, if you were having a December wedding.. you could use these as favors with the name of the Happy couple on each end along with the date of the wedding... Shower favors or what about favors for each person at a Christmas Church Banquet?  What about given as a little gift, when meeting friends for lunch during the holidays?  Or add them to a package?  Oh my mind is spinning with the possibilities....LOL  I think I will decorate my tree with them this year!  LOL...!  I have stamped on mine, but you could use some of that pretty double-sided double sided paper.  Oh...now I think I have to go make another!

Doesn't look like much does it?
 Pull the bead away from the card and watch it unfold.

 Now that it is unfolded, pull the bead back against the card and.....
 You now have a beautiful star ornament!

 Side View

Now wasn't that easy??? LOL
Challenges:
One Stop Craft
The Color Blue
Top Tip Tuesday
More Than One Fold
Make It Monday
Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday
Snow Us What You Got.
(lots of snowflakes on this creation!)
Ribbon Carousel 
Holiday Hoopla With Lindsey
Paper Take Weekly
Christmas Crackers .  Can be a Christmas Favor... I am using these for favors.
One Stitch At A Time
Anything Goes





Love this little Christmas tree punch.  I had forgotten that I had it.  I have really, really been into this vintage, kraft paper look this year.... Am  Loving it!
Challenges:
Sketch
Christmas Card



Don't Ya just love these little acrylic ATC cards?  They make wonderful
picture gifts for Granparents!  Guess you know what my Miss V is making for her:)
 Challenges:
Fussy N Fancy
Gifts
Lil Red Wagon
Christmas Theme


I made This Take Gender Neutral
at a 'make n take' at Archivers
Challenges:
Raise The Bar
# 84 Feast...food on your creation. 
In my book CANDY is one of the 4
Basic Food groups...
It is a necessity.  I need it to keep my sanity!
Sweet Stamp blog
Tag
Bows N Berries
Make a Tag...You don't have to use their stamps but if you do
you get 2 chances to win.
Sentimental Sunday
Masculine Gift Tags




Below:  this card was a new idea to me.  I embossed it using a cuddle bug folder
then went over the top with Champaigne Mist from SU.  Love the effect
 Challenges:
Speedy The Cat
black, white + 1 color  (I chose Kraft)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bunches...Bunches...Of Cards

Pull up your chair... Get a cup of coffee.  She's been at it again.  I don't know how I have found the time to do any crafting this week.  Actually I have made the cards/projects, but have not had time to post them and time's runnin' out...if I plan to enter them into any challenges.
First of all I want to apologize for my awful photos... Two reasons, my camera battery is going dead.  I forgot to buy one when I was out yesterday and my hands were shaking this morning. 

Challenges:
sketch





 Challenges:
sketch
Thanks/Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving/thanks








 Challenges:
#60 Tag
Use craft card stock




This card below was really a challeng with these colors.  I thought they were unique and not a color comb that I would ever choose...WRONG...When I was putting away my summer clothes this past week..Lo and Behold... I found a blouse with these exact colors.  Too funny!
 Challenges:
Baby It's Cold Outside
# 125 Let It Snow
Maroon, copper, tumeric
Awwww What a Cutie
#109 Snowflakes
Water, water everywhere (frozen water)
Let It Sparkle




I'm thinking Paper Piecing is not my thing.  Although I like my color combination
I'm not sure what I was trying to do with this???
 Challenges:
#107 Paper Piecing... Not sure this is my thing
# 128 sketch





This Christmas Stamp is my all time favorite this year!
Challenges:
# 70 Pearls/Vintage




FROM THIS.....
TO THIS!
I am now using this for my rulers.  Just the perfect height
and it looks so nice in my craftroom
Challenges:
#56  Recycle
Recycled Item





Challenges:
Something with Wings

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Eureka Moment = Over Abundance of Creations

Did you ever sit and worry about..."what if I mess it up card/creation"?  I was sitting here worrying about that, and suddenly I had a eureka moment....What does it matter if I mess it up?  It's mine and it's only paper, ink, and time.  I felt so much better after I came to that conclusion that I created a whole plethora of stuff:)  After reading this long post you might wish that I had never had a eureka moment. 
My Miss V will be celebrating her birthday soon, so that is the reason
there is no photo.  I scrap all my pages to have them ready so when she has her party all I have to do
is print out my photos, crop and add them to my layouts.  This is done in very purple merri paper.  It looks pink in the photo....Honest it's purple!
Challenges:
Birthday Party






Challenges
Sketch
#177 Gold & Presents
Bears




 Challenges:
Sketch
A Christmas Mouse
It's nearly Christmas
(I made this card for a little boy)






 Challenges:
When is a card not a....





 Challenges:
black n white
Thanksgiving/Thank you/Thankes, etc
Sketch
Sketch




Challenges:
#129  black, white + one color
(I chose to leave my image mainly black and white, my added color is gold)
Punch It.
 (I've used leaf and snowflake punches)




I totally loved making this secret box.  I found a great tutorial on Split Coast Stampers (sorry I don't have the link).  Once you sign in you can find it under resources, by typing in "secret box"
My Miss V's birthday is fast approaching.  Not knowing what to get her this year, I have decided to make this box and fill each drawer full of folded money.  That way she can have a shopping trip to they toy store to buy what she wants...:)


Challenges:
Anything Goes
Little Present
# 75  lots of circles