Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Magical TIOT

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving!! Our challenge this week was to use buttons. We could just use one or however many we wanted.

Atlantia is such a pretty stamp, I feel like I didn't do her justice. My granddaughter's birthday is in a couple of weeks. She will be 5 years old and we all know how little girls like fairies and princesses. As other 5 year olds she likes lots of glitz. I stamped and embossed the image and colored her with Copics. Her hair was highligted with Gold Inspiration. I also used the inspiration on her belt. Atlantia's wings and pearls were painted with frost white Shimmerz. I used stickles on her wings and the flowers in her hair, added little gems on the edge of her gown and painted around the entire image with twinkling H2O. I just happen to have a green heart button for the challenge and went with the CTMH dp just perfectly.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Friday Sketchers - Sketch
Kaboodle Doodles - Use buttons, bow and bling
Creative Inspirations Wednesday - Sparkle
Creative Card Crew - Favorite things - for me that would be sparkle

The inside is pretty basic and simple. I used nestabilities for the scallop circles and outlined each one with a gem. The sentiment is a Pink Cat Studio - Fairy Friends. Susana has this stamp set on sale right now at a 20% discount.

Please go to the store blog and check out the other DT samples. They are super fabulous.

Thank you for stopping by. I wish all of you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


This image is from the Victoria Case for SCACD Winter Wonderland - it is called SNOW FUN
Good Morning,

Our challenge this week was "I've Got the Blues". This DP is from CTMH. I love this image and this was a good time for me to use it. Doesn't it make you want to go and play in the snow? We don't really get snow in Central Texas, but I wouldn't mind getting just one really nice one to make a snowman. The image is heat embossed and colored with Copics. The snow on the snowman is Polar White Flower Soft with Doodlebug glitter added. I have made a lot of cards using the FS and this stuff goes a long way. For the accent on her boots, her hat, the heart on the stick, and the holly on the snowman's hat I used a Spica pen. I made the snowflakes with MS punches, added stickles and a rhinestone and popped them up. There is also stickles on the snowman's scarf and trim on his hat. To finish it off I added the ribbon. I have never made a
monochromatic card so this is another first for me.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Secret Crafter Saturday = 4 seasons - the card I made is winter
Charisma Cardz - Merry and Bright
Cute Card Thursday - Glitter Me Silly - you all know how I like glitz and glitter
Frosted Designs - Bling it On
Crafty Creations - Snow
Colour Create - Blue, silver and white
Creative Inspirations Wednesday - Sparkle
Three Clovers Designs - Christmas Card - no red, green or white

The inside again is pretty simple. If you have the right DP, it makes it easier. I love the trees against the navy background. Again, I punched out the snowflakes, added stickles and a rhinestone to carry the theme to the inside. I sponged two different blue inks from SU around the edges of the white writing area. If I leave it just white, it seems to plain to me.

Please visit the other DT blogs here and check out their projects. They are super terrific.

Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


This image is "Daisy" from the new Sampler Edition #2 designed by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD.

Hope you will join in the fun blog hop today. You should have arrived here from Jennifer's blog and you will continue to Suzanne's blog. Please visit all the DT blogs. They have some really awesome projects that I am sure you will enjoy.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Card for a Child
My Grafico Challenge - Stitching

You know how much I love coloring these little girls. While I was coloring Daisy with Copics, I realized she can be used for so many different occasions - Teacher, Get Well, Thank You, Just For you, etc. She is just so darn cute. After coloring her I accented the dress a little with Stickles. Her hairbows and the daisies also has Stickles. The apple and her shoes are glossed with Crystal Effects. If you notice, on the book pages I used a Spica pen. The tissue paper holding the daisies is painted with Shimmerz - Pixie Dust. Then I finished off with pearls and flowers.

The inside is pretty simple. I used the Nestabilities for the cutouts (lattice). With the DP being so pretty, I really didn't have to do much.

From here go to Suzanne's blog. Don't forget to visit all the DT blogs. You won't be disappointed.

Thank you for stopping by, it is very much appreciated.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Hi Ya'll !!

Today is another TIOT challenge. Suzanne challenged us this week to create a scene. I love this image - it is the Santa and Friends image from the Victoria Case "Winter Wonderland Collection" for SCACD. Santa has been so busy, he decided to take a small break to play with his friends. You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge so you can see all the snow, etc.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

ABC - G is for Green
Allsorts - Bring Out Your Bling
One Stop Craft Challenge - Cards for Kids
Secret Crafter - Easel Cards
Stamp With Us - Christmas
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Snow Much Fun
Saturday Spotlight Challenge - Repeatedly Useful
Creative Craft Challenge - Christmas Fun

I have been wanting to make an Easel card for a long time. Finally, I decided this would be a perfect challenge for one. This is what I ended with. The background is just white cardstock and then I sponged several colors of blue using SU ink for the sky. The red cardstock is SU. I stamped the snowflakes in white, heat embossed with white and glitter. I stamped the trees, heat embossed and colored with copics. All the images are heat embossed and colored with Copics. I cut an extra deer, squirrel and presents and paper pieced for added for dimension. After the coloring, I added snow on the ground and trees with Polar White Flower Soft with a little Doodlebug glitter. Santa's beard is painted with 3D iridescent paint. Santa's suit and the little hats also have the Flower Soft. If you haven't figured it out, I love lots of glitz. To add more of a scene, I cut out a deer, squirrel, and presents , using the same stamp, and popped them up for more dimension. The branches were cut from my MS branch punch.
This is a side view. This card was a lot of fun to make. You may see more of these cards coming, I think I may be hooked.

Please visit the other DT blogs and their samples. You can view them here


Thank you for stopping by. If you have time, please leave a comment.

Monday, November 9, 2009


There is going to be a NEW ELISABETH BELL RELEASE this Friday, the 12th. This release is so cool, it has all kinds of different images - something totally different. You will be surprised when you see the images.

Susana has yummy yummy blog candy on the store blog now to celebrate the release. The winner will receive:

One sheet of the Sampler Edition #2 Stamps
One stack of the 6 x 6 Indian Summer by Basic Grey
3 styles of Prima Flowers

Hurry over there and sign up for the drawing. You have to sign up at the store blog.

Friday, November 6, 2009


Good Morning Ya'll. This week we were challenged with a Sketch. I love doing sketches. This one was fun and challenging. This image is Cocoa Puff from the Victoria Case "Winter Wonderland Collection". Every stamp in this set is fabulous.

I heat embossed and colored the image with Copics. I used Polar White Flower Soft with Doodlebug glitter for the snow and the trim around her hat. The leaves and the coffee cup are glossed with SU Crystal Effects. I used a spica pen on the emblems on her clothes. Of course, there is stickles on the poinisettas and her hat. The snowflakes are also glitzy and I added a rhinestone to each one. The blue background is SU cardstock with a blue mesh with 3D little white snowballs.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Stamp With Us - Christmas - must have at least one SU item (I have 3)
My Time to Craft - Scallops

The inside is also glitzy with the snowflakes and rhinestones.

Please check out the other DT samples here or go to their blogs and leave a comment. Their work is truly amazing and inspiring.

Only a few days left until my candy drawing, be sure and spread the word.

As always, thank you for viewing and for your support.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Thank you for joining us today in this special blog hop. This hop started at Katharina's and you should have arrived here from Shannon's . After you leave my blog you should continue to Linda's

Reading the story of Jaimie reminded me of what happened to my neighbors last year. They are in their 80's. They hired workers to do a few repairs on their house. The next week, one of these workers broke into their house. He was able to enter the house by reaching through a dog door and unlocking the door. He stabbed both of them. The woman was able to run outside and scream so the intruder fled. Her husband, however, was stabbed so many times he was not expected to live. He lived, but still suffers mentally and physically from this attack. We live in a v very nice neighborhood where there has not been any crime, but this random act changed their lives and many others in the neighborhood. I cannot even imagine what Jaimie and her Dad must be going through.

"On October 4th, four teenagers armed with knives broke into a home in a small town in New Hampshire. Alone and sleeping inside were a mother and her 11 year old daughter. These four boys broke into this home with the intent to rob and kill anyone inside. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings." Our hope is that everyone hopping around today will stop for a moment and think about Jaimie and her father and what life must be like for them now. One moment in time has changed their lives forever. We are asking that everyone reading this message please take a moment to make a card and send it off to Jaimie. You can make something very simple or much more involved, but please share some words of hope and love and let her know that people do care and want the best for her.

Please send your card to the address below:
Jaimie Cates
c/o Mont Vernon Fire Station
Main Street
Mont Vernon, NH 03057

You can go here for more information.

I have been wanting to make a circle card. Well, here is the final result. Jaimie likes snowboarding and I had a Penguin set from CTMH and thought this little guy would cheer her up. The image is heat embossed, colored with copics and a little stickles added to his hat. The feet and snowboard are glossed with SU Crystal Effects. The snow was made by running the mirror cardstock through my Cuttlebug swirls folder. I added a little SU Dazzlin Diamond glitter to make the snow glisten. The card is finished off with snowflakes and I added red rhinestones. The red background paper also has a mirrow finish so it was a little difficult to get the true effect of this card because of the reflection.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Stamp With Us - Christmas
Stamp With Fun - Scene
Creative Card Crew - Snowflakes
Paper Blooms - Circle Card
Simon Says - All That Sparkles
Creative Inspirations Wednesday - Red and Black

The inside has the same white mirror finish cardstock on the top that I used on the front of the card.

Thank you for stopping by and if you have time, please send Jaimie a card. I am sure she and her Dad would enjoy looking at them to help them through this time.