Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year with Old Friends

Last week, Paulette had this freebie at TLC which I just loved as a sentiment.  The patterned paper is also from TLC from last years' club.  I thought it would be perfect for one friend that I didn't get a chance to get a Christmas card out to.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed New Year! Celebrate safely.  We are predicted to get 2-4 inches of snow tonight so I'm hoping the roads will be safe.


Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create - Celebrate 2013 Papers
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Stampin' Up; Recollections
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - New Year with Old Friends
Spellbinder:  Label #4; Pennant
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Michael's
Brads:  American Crafts
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug

Challenges
Mojo - Sketch 326
Paper Pretties - PWC290 - Ring in the New Year
Tuesday Morning Sketches - Ch. 130 Annual Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - Ch. 221
Craft Your Passion - Ch. 194 Something New
CRAFT - Ch. 239 New Year/New Beginnings/New Baby
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 301 Anything Goes
Card Mania - Ch. 37 Happy New Year
Delicious Doodles - Ch. 68 Let's Party

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Child of God

I just had to sneak downstairs to my craft area to make a card that I wanted to make since I have felt so pressured to get my Christmas cards out and I didn't get as many done as I needed.  Paulette at TLC has a wonderful club going on and this is one of the sentiments that she just had.  I thought it was perfect with this weeks Mojo sketch. 




Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe - What you bring to it; Measured in love
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Child of God
Spellbinders:  Heart; Scalloped Heart
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Washi Tape:  Up and up

Challenges
Mojo - Sketch 325
Twist of Faith - Ch. 69 Your Favorite
Wild Orchid Crafts - Ch. 93 Anything Goes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dog kiss Merry Merry Christmas

I made this card for my step-son who got a German Shephard this past year.  He loves his new dog so I thought this was the perfect image for him.  He lives in South Carolina so he can wear shorts for Christmas whereas here in WI we are getting eight inches of snow right now.  The sentiment is a freebie from TLC.





Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Crafty Moments - Puppy love 4
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Merry Merry Christmas
Embellishments:  Dress it Up
Divine Twine

Challenges
Sketch 'n Stash - Ch. 128
Inky Impressions - Ch. 139 Merry Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 300 Celebrations
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute cards
CHNC Extra - December

Fir tree Merry Christmas

For this card the background paper and the image are both from TLC.  I distressed the outside of my image with copper ink which my husband liked the look of.  He like the monochromatic green card.


Patterned Paper:  Last Minute Santa Paper 4
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  TLC, Create - Tree Merry Christmas
Ink:  Color Box - copper
Flower & Ribbon:  Michael's
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Die Cut:  Lifestyle Crafts Doily Cirlce

Challenges
CRAFT - Sketch
Bearly Mine - Ch. 117 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap - Ch. 8 Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Ch. 139 Merry Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 300 Celebrations
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute cards
CHNC Extra - December

Jingle bells - NOEL

For this CAS card, I used a gorgeous sentiment from TLC that comes from a set of five phrases.  I added two bell die cuts that punched from QuicKuts.


Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Paper Cuts; Core-dinations
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Die cut:  QuicKuts - Jingle Bell

Challenges
Case this Sketch - Ch. 58
Creative Corner - Clean and Simple
Squirrel and the Fox - Ch. 59 Christmas
QKR - Ch. 69 Happy Holidays
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute cards
CHNC Extra - December

Skates - cozy little Christmas

I made another card with the skates from TLC, along with a sentiment.  Again this another card with non-traditional colors using pink and brown.




Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  TLC, Create - Skate 6
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)

Challenges
Cupcake Inspirations - Ch. 241
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute cards
CHNC Extra - December
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 64 Non-traditional Christmas colors
Creative Knockout - Ch. 16 Winter Wonderland

Skate Love this holiday season

Many of the piece from this card are from TLC.  The paper and skate were part of a previous club and the sentiment is available in the store.  I used non-traditional colors for this card just for a little fun.  On Thursday evening we had some freezing rain, and a co-worker and myself felt like we were ice skating down a LONG path to a door of an apartment building to go do a home visit for a patient.  Luckily neither of us fell!


Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create - Christmas mist papers pastel
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Stamp: TLC, Create - Skate 7
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Ribbon:  Michael's
Spellbinder:  Large Circles

Challenges
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute cards
CHNC Extra - December
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 64 Non-traditional Christmas colors
Creative Knockout - Ch. 16 Winter Wonderland


Holidays are a hoot

My step-daughter is into "owls" right now so I used this freebie digital download that I had as my Christmas image for her card.  The sentiment is from a great set at TLC that comes with five phrases.  I made it a simple card so that I could mail it without any problems to her.  My husband loves the base color which I used for the cards for both of his kids.


Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  free digital download
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Spellbinders:  Small and large circles; Grand Circle
Ribbon:  Hobby Lobby
Embossing Folder:  Lifestyle Crafts

Challenges
From the Heart - Sketch 47
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute cards
CHNC Extra - December
Creative Corner - Clean and Simple
Cute Card Thursday - Ch 300 Celebrations
Brown Sugar - Ch. 73 Anything Goes

A Savior is Born

Last week Paulette at TLC had a promo and this was one of the sets that was available.  I just love the image.  It was a simple design, but that is what I liked about it.

Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  TLC, Create - Silhouette Savior is Born
Divine Twine
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart

Challenges
Tuesday Morning Sketch - Ch. 229
Twist of Faith - Ch. 68 Nativty
Dynamic Duos - Ch. 84
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute cards
CHNC Extra - December

Snowman Merry Christmas

I haven't had a chance to get all my Christmas cards completed since I have been working now and taking care of my husband.  I have had things started or planned so I finally spent the day working on a bunch.  This is a card that uses a cute image from Graphic Fairy and gorgeous paper from TLC.

Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Paper Studio
Image:  Graphic Fairy
Washi Tape:  Bella Blvd
Border Punch:  Fiskars

Challenges
Viva la Sketch - December 2013 wk 4
Make it Monday - Ch. 171
Scribble and Scrap - Ch. 8 Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Clean and Simple
CHNC - Ch. 156 Last minute card
CHNC Extra - December
Just Inspirational - Snow

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Birthday wishes for Jim

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, my step son's birthday is on December 30th.  He will be 28 years old.  I'm still trying to get all my holiday cards done and mailed out, but wanted to make his birthday card.  This year he got a German Shepherd pup and now he is getting to be a rather LARGE dog.  I thought this was a cute image from Paper Shelter.  I used the already colored image and put another image on top for a 3-D effect on the dog.  The sentiment is from a wonderful set from TLC with 10 phrases.  I distressed the paper and inked the edges with Memento ink to give a roughed up look to go with the sassy pup.





Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe
Cardstock:  TPC, Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Stamp:  Paper Shelter - My Cute Rottweiler
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Spellbinder:  Small and large circle, Fleur de Lis Square
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Bling:  Recollections
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Pop Dots

Challenges
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Ch. 187 Any past sketch
Make it Monday - Ch. 171
Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Ch. 173 - Distressing
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 300 Celebrations (Birthday)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Adding a little twist

Here is one image that I finally found some time to color! I added some liquid applique to the hat, dress and boots.  The wonderful sentiment is from TLC.



Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine
Cardstock:  Paper Crafts; Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  From My Heart - Candy Cane Anneke
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - A little holiday twist
Liquid Applique - white
Divine Twine
Spellbinder:  Small and large circle; Label twenty three
Ribbon:  TWC
Bling:  Mark Richards
Candy Cane:  Dress It Up

Challenges
From the Heart -  Stamp of the month
Crafty Ribbon - Ch.74 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Ch. 72 Christmas
Totally Papercrafts - Ch. 197 non-Traditional Christmas
Dream Valley - Ch. 72 Christmas
Sentimental Sunday - Ch. 185 non-Traditional Christmas colors
Eureka - Ch. 70 Anything Christmas
CHNC - Ch. 155 Whatever is urgent to make
CHNC Extra - December



Season of joy

I actually colored this image some time ago, but finally put together this card.  I used Bearly Mine papers and sketch.  Since it had the bird, I used the Prima flower that had feathers along with a Wild Orchid Rose.  The sentiment is from TLC




Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Stamp:  Whimsy - Little Christmas Angel
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see direct link above)
Spellbinders:  Small and large circles; Picot circle
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Flowers:  Prima & Wild Orchid Crafts

Challenges
Bearly Mine - Ch. 116 Sketch
Brown Sugar - Ch. 72 Christmas
Totally Papercrafts - Ch. 197 non-Traditional Christmas
Dream Valley - Ch. 72 Christmas
Sentimental Sunday - Ch. 185 non-Traditional Christmas colors
Eureka - Ch. 70 Anything Christmas
CHNC - Ch. 155 Whatever is urgent to make
CHNC Extra - December

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Learned from Santa

I just love this sentiment from TLC.  I used an image from Graphic Fairy that I thought was perfect with a roly poly Santa.  I kept it monochromatic for the "Santa" theme.  I added a snowball bling to the hat and since it has been so cold around here I added some mittens to the bottom.  I just wish I was as flexible as Santa, LOL.



Patterned Paper:  Echo Park
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Graphic Fairy - Christmas retro Santas
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Ribbon:  JoAnn Basics
Spellbinder:  Large Circle, Small and large petite ovals
Mittens:  Dress it Up
Bling:  Mark Richards

Challenges
Friday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 58
Merry Monday -  Ch. 87 Make it with Mittens
Paper Crafting Journey - It's Christmas Time
Creative Corner Challenge - Traditional Christmas
Card Crafter's Circle - Ch. 104 Celebrations (Christmas)
Digi Haven - Christmas
Digi Darlas - Ch. 92 Use Santa or Snowman
CHNC Extra - December
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Design - Christmas
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch. 176 What Christmas Means to You
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 299 Christmas Catch Up
Crafty Ribbons - Ch. 74 Anything Goes

O Holy Night

Today we had a high of 2 degrees it was freezing cold.  My hair stylist came to the house and cut my husband's hair and trimmed his beard so he looks a lot more presentable.  I was sending pictures to my daughter on my phone and she responded that she was at the hospital with her Grandmother who had a stroke and was being evaluated.  My -ex mother-in-law had a stroke, but has some left arm numbness otherwise is doing alright.  It was nice of my daughter to be with them since her Grandfather was quite upset.
I haven't had a chance to color an image in a while so finally did one using this adorable Sassy Cheryl image.  The sentiment is from TLC.    I outlined the wings and halo with Sakuro glitter pen.  I'm planning for this card to be for my daughter for Christmas.

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey - 25th and Pine
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Sassy Cheryl - Sassy Angel Stamp
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Merry and Bright (see above for direct link)
Flowers:  Recollection
Ribbon:  Michael's
Spellbinder:  Opulent Oval
Ink:  Color Box - copper
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories
Sakura Glitter Pen

Challenges
Sketch Saturday - Sketch 288
Sassy Cheryl - Ch. 195 Ribbons and/or Bows with a Sassy Cheryl image
Basic Grey - Ch. 109 Happy Christmas (25th and Pine)
Paper Crafting Journey - It's Christmas Time
Cupcake Inspirations - Ch. 240
Card Crafter's Circle - Ch. 104 Celebrations (Christmas)
Delicious Doodle - Ch. 65 Christmas/ New Year
Digi Haven - Christmas
CHNC - Ch. 154 For someone special (for my daughter)
CHNC Extra - December
Lacy Sunshine - Ch. 23 Celebrations
Crafty Sentiments Design - Christmas
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch. 176 What Christmas Means to You
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 299 Christmas Catch Up
Crafty Ribbons - Ch. 74 Anything Goes



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Let it snow

Well this is how I felt the other day dealing with the snow, except i don't think I had a smile. :)  The wonderful sentiment is from TLC.  My friend told me,  "I don't know how you do the snow blowing and shoveling?"  Well, with my husband having cancer and being bed bound - like I have a choice.  I can't hire someone to do all the work that needs to be done.  Luckily, I do know how to do such things.  My Mom and daughter are princesses, but my Dad did teach me how to be independent not because he wanted to but on my persistence.  Now, I feel glad that he did!!!






Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe - Bright Christmas
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Stamp:  Mo Manning - Snow shovel
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Let It Snow, Let it Snow
Spellbinder:  Label One
Corner:  Momenta
Snowflakes:  Paper Studio
Ribbon:  May Arts

Challenges
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Ch. 186
Fab 'n Funky - Ch. 197 Snowflakes
Creative Corner Challenge - Traditional Christmas
Craft Your Passion - Ch. 192 Let it Snow
Inky Impressions - Ch. 138 Christmas Ornaments
A Gem of a Challenge - Ch. 109 Anything goes

Monday, December 9, 2013

Learned from a snowflake

Well, yesterday we got 4.3 inches of snow. I am so lucky to have a wonderful snow blower. The roads were a mess today so I was lucky to be inside most of the day.  The problem was the winds and the blowing and that is rather cold with a high of 14.  On the news, they were talking about it being snuggling weather.  I did sneak away to make a quick card using a wonderful sentiment from TLC.




Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Die Cut:  My Favorite Things
Punches:  EK Success
Bling:  Michael's & Recollections
Diviene Twine

Challenges
Mojo - Sketch 323
Fab 'n Funky - Ch. 196 A Touch of Frost
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 62 Show us some blue
Digital Delight - You're a Gem
Inky Impressions - Ch. 137 Snow or Winter
Craft your passion - Ch. 192 Let it snow

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Santa called

I just love this sentiment and image from TLC.  Since it was a vintage image I distressed the edge of the patterned paper with my scissors and then inked the cardstock.  I kept it CAS to stay in line with the vintage look.





Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine - Christmas Tradition
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  TLC, Create - Santa called vintage
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Santa called
Border punch:  Fiskars
Spellbinder:  Floral Oval
Ink;  Tuxedo Black

Challenges
Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch 115
Bearly Mine - Ch. 115 Christmas Sentiment
Paper Pretties - PWC287 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey - It's Christmas Time
CRAFT - Ch. 236 Christmas
Sentimental Sundays - Ch. 183 Traditional Christmas Colors
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Holly Jolly Christmas

I finally got a chance to do a couple of quick Christmas cards.  I can't believe has fast this month is going.  I just pulled out a few decorations FINALLY!!!  My 17 year old son was complaining that I didn't have out our advent calendar - which is funny since my BIG boy still likes to move the Santa on our Christmas tree advent calendar.  For my card I used a wonderful sentiment from TLC.




Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe - Eskimo Kisses
Cardstock:  Bazzil
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Die cut:  Sizzix
Bling:  Paper Studio
Jute:  May Arts

Challenges
Sketch Saturday - Sketch 287
Color Throwdown - Ch 271

Bearly Mine - Ch. 115 Christmas sentiment
CRAFT - Ch. 236 Christmas
Paper Pretties - PWC287 It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas
Crafty Ribbons - Ch. 73 Spots or Stripes