Monday, December 27, 2010

Stirring Up Some Bubbles

Where have the days gone?'s been weeks since I've had any ME time... I know the holidays are all about family - but this is ridiculous!!!! I NEED my Bubble time!

Wednesday is the Big Day over at Do You Stack Up. Challenge #1! Be sure to check it out on Thursday - as there are EIGHT Sponsors for the top EIGHT winners! How coolio is THAT????

Stirrin' Up a Good Time
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink white cardstock
~Layer of Daisy D's Sugar Plum Paisley Peppermint
~Oval Spellbinder die cut and Cuttlebug - edges smudged with Stampabilities Red and Color Box Chalk Blue Lagoon
~Free digital image and sentiment by Wendymade colored with Copics coated with Inkssentials Glossy Accents
~Circular doily folded to create oval
~Velvet lace edged ribbon
~Three white metal brads
~Green stitched sheer ribbon

OLLCB - A Toast to 2011
Woodware USA - Anything goes
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Pad - Anything goes

Bonne année!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Toasty Stacks

I can't believe it! I was actually selected to be a design team member for Do You Stack Up! I'm both nervous and excited. The best part is I now have a perfect excuse to state, "I NEED bubble time!"

Alison who manages the fabulous Free Digital Stamps blog, and sells digital images at Stretch 'n' Bubbles, created a new card challenge, has the design team in place, and has a calendar chock full of fun prizes!

Hop on over and sign up to follow - you don't want to miss the inaugural challenge on the January 6!

I've added the links to my DYSU Design Teammates to my sidebar so you can check them out too.

I've been preparing for the first few weeks of the challenges but in the meantime - here is a card I finished in time for Christmas.

Toasty Warm Wishes
~Base card Papertrey Ink white
~Daisy D's design papers
~Scallop punch circles using Spellbinders and Cuttlebug
~Toaster - Stampin' Up Furnished with Love - colored with Copics
~Warm Winter Wishes - freebie digial by Bird's Cards - colored with Copics and topped with Stickles Frosted Lace
~Word toasty - freehand

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Trio of Grommets

Like most folks I can't believe it is almost Christmas. Who has time to shop when there are cards to be made and card making joy to be had? I hear a bit of Ol' Scrooge in my keyboarding (before his Tiny Tim transformation)...Bahh Humbug!


What's in Your Stocking?
~Base card Paper Trey Ink Soft Stone
~Layer of Daisy d's design paper by Moda Snowflakes Stripe
~Striped ribbon
~Large metal grommets attached using Crop A Dial II Big Bit Punch (gift from sister Gail)
~Free digital image from Sugar Creek Hollow printed on laserjet, stocking colored using Copics, distressing using Tim Holtz Old Paper, floral printed corner embellished with Sharpie Poster Paint Gold Metallic

The Pink Elephant - blue, green red
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Karber - Christmas
I Did It Creations - vintage feel
Dutch Dare - Christmas card
All good wishes,

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Merry and Bright

Only taking time to post a card...

Bright Greetings
~Base card - Paper Trey Ink white
~Snowflake design paper - Stampin' Up
~Image stamped using Memenoto Tuxedo Black, highlighted with turquoise Sharpie, edges punched with Martha Stewart edger and smudged with Color Box Fluid Chalk Blue Lagoon; star topped with Stickles Yellow
~Faux rhinestones

Card Patterns - Sketch
Prairie Fairy Fridays - Use a star
Cute Card Thursdays - Blues

All good wishes,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Cool to be Square

I've been thinking about making some square cards but didn't really want to purchase square envelopes and far be it from me to MAKE my own envelopes (that just sounds like too much work and has the potential to involve MATH or WORSE - geometry). Well, that AND I can just hear my sisters in full course harmony "square envelopes need extra postage!"

Saturday I was clicking through Splitcoaststampers and read a tutorial on using A2 envelopes (of which I have an ample supply).

Daughter Amy's closest friend Jennie sent me a text message asking if I would make her 5 Christmas cards. I texted her (just what is the past tense of text??? why am I using a noun as a verb????) back in the affirmative. I decided to try out the square card in a rectangle envelope on Jennie. I used pretty much the same layout on all of the cards. Here is the result.

Side by Side
~Base card Paper Trey Ink Soft Stone
~Layer of red cardstock
~Layer of Paper Studio design paper
~Another fabulous and free digital image from rural dwelling designer Wendymade & All Things Crafty (I had to look up the word culchie which she uses to describe herself - I read that word every time I clicked into her blog and finally gave up my obtusity  and decided to educated myself). Image printed on Paper Temptress Cryogen White (the coolest cardstock EVER for printing and stamping). Copics used to color, edge of cardstock smudged with Stampabilities Kelly Green ink, red ornament topped with Ranger Inkssentials Crackle Accents, green ornament coated with Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
~Crafty Catz - Christmas
~Sew Many Cards - red and green
~Clean and Simple - sketch

Tinsel on the Tree
~Base card - Paper Trey Ink Pure Poppy
~Layer of design paper - I added a few dots of red Stickles
~Freebie digital image from Limited Runs, colored with Copics, gold metallic floss threaded through for garland, dots of red Stickles
Clean and Simple - sketch
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Freshly Brewed Designs - Winter/Christmas theme

Merry Christmas
~Base card Paper Trey Ink white
~Layer of Stampin' Up design paper run thru the Cuttlebug with Swiss Dot embossing folder
~Freebie digital image from Addii, scallop die cut using Nesties and Cuttlebug - outer edges dotted with black ink, image colored with Copics and topped flower soft
~Sentiment die cut using Stampin' Up Word Window punch
Clean and Simple - sketch

Santa Scallops
~Base card Paper Trey Ink Confetti cardstock
~Layer of BasicGrey Boxer/Fedora
~Layer of red felt ribbon with white stitches
~Layers of red and green cardstock circle scallop die cut using Cuttlebug and embossing folder Swiss Dots
~Digital image from Digis with Attitude printed on Paper Temptress Cryogen White colored using Copics, pom pom on hat coated with Sharpie Poster Paint Gold Metallic. Hat fur embellished with Liquid Appliqué , berries dotted with Copics and Stampin' Up Crystal Effects
Clean and Simple Stamping - sketch
Craft Your Days Away - use texture (embossing dots/felt ribbon)
Little Red Wagon - use BasicGrey
Crazy 4 Challenges - use embossing folder
Alphabet - e is for embossing
The Taggers - Santa Claus

Warm Winter Wishes
~Base card - Paper Trey Ink Pure Poppy
~Layer of navy blue cardstock embossed using Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and dots highlighted with white ink pad
~Snowflake ribbon
~Free digital sentiment from Bird's Cards, colored with Copics and topped with Stickles Icicles
~Snowflake embellishment is a repurposed earring
Lexi's Creations - blue and silver
Karber Weekly - use digi and sparkle
Corrosive - things that move (the dangling snowflake)
The Pink Elephant - blue, green, red
Simon Says - let it snow
Crafty Pad - snowflakes

Ho's to the 3rd Power
~Base card Paper Trey Ink Soft Stone
~Layer of black paper
~Layer of Daisy D's Winter Fun Pad
~Die cut scallop circles printed using free digital sentiment from Bird's Cards
~Three cuts of black satin ribbon threaded through a vintage slider (transfer of crap from sister-in-law Jayne)
Just Us Girls - 3 D to a Christmas card
Creative Belli - R embellishment (Ribbon)
Clean and Simple - sketch

Now I wonder if daughter Amy is going to want some cards....
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