Thursday, December 27, 2018

Gnome birthday card

So sorry I haven't posted anything for a few weeks.  
Here's a card I made rather quickly using a cute colored digi from Beccy's Place.
This fellow is supposed to be holding a lantern, but I replaced it with a little sign.  His hat and nose and the sign are popped but the photo didn't capture that.
Challenges:
Beccy's Place December Challenge - Use a Beccy's Place image; option flowers and plants
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Winter Fun or AG 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Close to My Heart December Blog Hop




Welcome to the December


Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.
 
 Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.

This month I've made a belated birthday card using some bits and pieces from the Oh What Fun Paper Packet.  It's not just fun and cheery for Christmas Cards. 

Inside reads: I'm just extending the celebration.
Now, since this is a blog hop,

you might have arrived here from  Andrea Sherman's blog.
Your next stop is Marie Flayer's blog.  



The hop is circular.  

If you are just starting here, 

simply continue hopping until you find your way back,

making the full circle.

 

Challenges:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas birthdays

Yesterday I posted a baby shower card because there will be 3 new babies in the family right around the holidays.  Today I'm posting a birthday card because there are an awful lot of family birthdays around the holidays, too.  This seems to be poor planning.  I know because my son was born on January 12th and I looked and felt like a beached whale for the entire holiday season. 

I envisioned this as a 1 layer card.  It's only 5 if you count the snowflakes.

inside
 This fun stamped image is from Whimsy Stamps.
After stamping, I masked the image and the area and sponged it in the sea glass blue. The image was colored with markers, with dots of Liquid Pearls and Sparkles.  Then I added the die cut frame around it.  
Challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge #110 - Snowflakes 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas babies

Our extended family is expecting 3 new babies early in January.
I've been busy working on a little crocheted blanket for the only boy in the bunch.  I finally finished it last evening and made the card today.  Good thing, because the baby shower is only days away.

The quilted horse is a digi image from Beccy's Place.  It was pre-colored, so all I had to do was fussy cut it. 

Challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - "B" is for .... blue, baby, buttons, blanket
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #432 - Ribbon (in tag) and Bows (in button)

One of the little girls, expected January 3rd, will be my second great-granddaughter.  
I'll share a photo when she arrives.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #420 with Sweet n Sassy

It's been a month since I've posted a design team card for Tuesday Throwdown Challenge, having had a little break for Thanksgiving.  To make up for it, I'm using two cute digital images from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, our wonderful sponsor this week, and sharing two cards with you.  The Tuesday Throwdown Challenge theme is Anything Goes, so please come join the fun.

digital stamp
  and
using Winter Friends Digital Stamp
I hope you'll join us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge this week with something, anything, it's all up to you. My wonderful teamies all have creations of their own to show you and would be so happy if you would take the time to visit their blogs and leave them a some love.

And, in case you aren't familiar with our sponsor...  

 
  Sweet'n Sassy Stamps is a small, family-owned, Christian company offering exclusive images,designs and sentiments in both clear and digital stamps. They also carry a small number of exclusive die designs, some of which coordinate with their stamps. A wonderful Bible Journaling line of stamps is also available.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Day 30

This is my final card for the 6th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place.
Yesterday, I bought the postage stamps to mail all my cards.


The final theme is Do What You Love
I love using digi images, fussy cutting, embossing and ribbons.

Congratulations, Beccy!  You have exceeded last year's entries by over 100 cards.  
Thank You, Beccy! You have faithfully visited my blog and left kind comments about each and every card I entered and, I imagine, everyone else's cards, too.

Merry Christmas, Beccy! 
and may you have a Happy New Year!


 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Day 29

My apologies for my lack of creativity today, Day 29 of Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge, "Z" day.   I could have made a red and green striped zebra, or a zebra background in festive colors.
Last year I made a zipper card.  
This year I've made a simple z-fold card. 
 

That's a digital image from the Beccy's Place Shop,
colored with markers and pencils.
The inside sentiment is another of Beccy's digis. 

Tomorrow is the last day for this fun challenge.
We are out of letters.
I can't wait to see what the theme will be.

Challenges:

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Day 28

There are only 3 more days in
and 2 remaining letters of the alphabet.  
For today I've made a "Y" card.

"Y" is for yellow, yule, and yarn.
The snowman with ornament is another of Beccy's digital images. 
That leaves a "Z" card challenge and a mystery challenge.  
 
Challenges:
Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge - Day 28 : "Y"
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 492- Make your own embellishment (I used my bowmaker to make the little pompom for on the snowman's hat.)
Make My Monday Challenge #85 - Non-traditional Christmas Colors
Cutie Pie Challenge #129 - Winter Layers (Hats and Scarfs are winter necessities!)

A Thank You + some

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge has really been keeping me busy.  In between making Christmas cards for that challenge, I've forgotten to post some other items, 
that's the "+some" part of this post.

First, I made this Thank You card yesterday.  I'm not going to mail it.  It will go in the box for the veterans to use.  But, I'm certain the person who I had in mind when I made it will know the thought is very much for her.



Challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge #284 - Gratitude, Kindness, Thankfulness
Dies R Us Challenge #109 - Giving Thanks
SYUP Cat Lovers Challenge #36 - Furrything Goes *
* There is some blog candy available at SYUP Blog.  You can find the info here.
 CAT LOVERS CANDY
 
Here comes the "+some" part of the post.....
For those of you who follow my blog, you may remember that I was searching everywhere for a certain embossing folder.
I finally found it at CraftStash.
(Apple Blossom All Occasion Embossing Folder Dotty Floral EFOB0056)
I used it on the card above, but here is a better picture of what it looks like.
 It's a 6x6 folder, fits easily through my Cuttlebug, but allows me to use it for either a vertical or horizontal card.


I promised my Red Hat gals a Christmas card class before the holidays.  Getting that ready was also keeping me from some normal blog posting.  The class was yesterday and I thought I'd show you what we made.

Now, I still have a few things to put away from yesterday's class before I head over to Joyce's to make some CTMH cards.
I have also been remiss in photographing and sharing the cards I've made with my gal pals around Joyce's craft table.
Bear with me, I'll try to catch up another day.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards - Day 27

For this Christmas card I've made my own quilted background, placing the strips so that they form an 
"X"
the letter prompt for today's


The poinsettia swag, which was colored with pencils, fussy cut, and placed over the banner, is an image from the Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set from Beccy's Store.

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #413 - Make Your Own Background 
As You Like It Challenge - Do you prefer Rubber or Digi?   I prefer rubber.  You can make them bigger or smaller, fat or thin, turn them left or right, and store them in a file on your computer.
 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards - Day 26

has reached the letter "W" today.
I've used one of Beccy's pretty digital wreaths for this card. 
Sure was fun fussy cutting it!
Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #217 - Christmas or Winter Sentiment
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #168 - AG option use ribbon  (Wreath was an uncolored digi; I used markers to color it; center stamp is by CTMH.)

 
 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 25

It's hard to believe that it is already Day 25 of 
The prompt for today is the letter "V".

I've used a Vase of Holly Branches from Beccy's 
Blessings of the Season Digital Set for my card today.

 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 24

Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge has reached the letter "u".  An appropriate letter since my computer is currently being very uncooperative.

Here are two cards I've made using some of Beccy's images from the Tied Up With Strings digital set.

The first card features 3 of the images, wooden spoon and spatula or kitchen utensils, mistletoe and candy canes from the set.  I random stamped the snowflakes on the background to make it a bit more Christmasy.
 My second card just uses the utensils image.
 The cookie paper and washi tape are of unknown origin
and the panels are of unequal lengths. 
Challenges:
Double Trouble Challenge #15 - Sweet Treats for the Holiday  (Cookies with Sprinkles and an entry to Use Your Stuff)
 
Jingle Bells Challenge - Christmas Feast
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Gingerbread (washi tape)
Crafting By Designs Challenge - Something Sweet

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 23

After the curve ball challenge that Beccy threw at us yesterday, we are now back to alphabet challenges at Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge, specifically the letter "t".  Today I am posting a card with a tall snowman digi, next to a tree with tinsel, on tree covered background paper and lots of teal.
Challenges:
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge - Day 23: "T" 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Let It Snow 
Digi Choosday Challenge Week 47 - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Wishes and X is for Xmas
bastel-traum Challenge # 71 - Winter/Christmas
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #98 - Wintertime
Crafty Hazelnut's November Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #217 - Christmas or Winter Sentiment
As You Like It Challenge - Do you prefer Rubber or Digi Stamps?  I prefer digi stamps.  They are easy to store; you can change the size; you can erase or print just part of an image; pre-colored digis save a lot of time and no messy ink clean up.

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 22



I thought I was all set for today's card for Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.  Following the alphabet, I had a "T" card made and ready to post.  After all, it is Thanksgiving and my crafty stuff has been tucked away so we have a place to eat.  And then Beccy pulled out a little bonus challenge for today instead.  
She wants us to CASE an old card.

Here is the card I just made for  Day # 22, 2018.

 
I made this card for Day #20 of Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge back in 2014.
Challenges:
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge- Day 22 : CASE an old card 
Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge #95 - Embossing
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #225 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #412 - Anything Goes with an option of something beginning with the letter "h" (Holly)
Crafty Friends Challenge #97 - Gems and/or Pearls
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge week of November 20th - Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge # 41 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #217 - Christmas or Winter Sentiment
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge # 107- photo inspired me to make an all white card with some bling. 

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 21

This Smiling Snow angel sitting in the Snow is my entry for Day #21 of Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge, where the prompt today is "S".  I've also added a few Snowflakes and a Sentiment and the Snow angel is wearing a Striped Scarf.
Both the digital image and sentiment are found in the Snow Angels digital set in Beccy's Store.

Challenges:

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 20

Today's card features the Baby Robin digital image from Beccy's Place, as well as, a sentiment from the same set.
The Challenge prompt for today is the letter "R", 
as in Robin and Red.

Challenges:
 
 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 19

We are arriving at some of the more difficult letters of the alphabet at Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.  
For example, the letter "Q".
Beccy's Quilted Deer digital image is perfect for this challenge.
For my first card, I paired the precolored image with a quilted embossing folder for a quick and easy card.




For my second card, I paired the same image with a quilted die. 

  
 This second card was inspired by one I saw on the
I have never been quite sure what to do with pieced quilts.  They are usually square and if you are not making a square card you have that empty space....  But I liked the way the Farmhouse Memories card had a collection of instruments in one corner, just partially covering the quilt.

Challenges:
SheepSki Designs Challenge #20 - Anything Christmas
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Anything Goes 4 Kids


 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 18

Today Beccy has prompted us to post a project using something beginning with the letter "p".
And so, my crafty friends, I give you a card featuring Beccy's digi image of Dancer pulling a sled of presents, packages, or parcels.  A few are even wrapped in purple paper.   The image has been colored with pencils and promarkers.
Challenges:
Di's Digi Challenge - Include a Sentiment 
Fab n Funky Challenge #416 - With an Animal 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #412 - Anything Christmas Goes (optional: something beginning with an "h".  hoofs, harness) 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 17

Sometimes things don't turn out the way you planned, but that's not always a bad thing.  For today's "O" theme at Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge, I colored one of Beccy's beautiful digital Christmas ornaments a nice bright red.  Then I added a piece of glitter foil and it became a gorgeous, glittery orange ornament.  But orange starts with "o", so I'm good with it.


Challenges I am entering:
 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 16

Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge is featuring the letter "N" today.
I've used the precolored digi image from her Nativity Set and a CTMH stamp for Noel.

I am also entering the Digi Choosday Challenge Challenge Wk 46 - Anything Goes
and the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 491 - Christmas. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 15

Today is Wednesday.  It is also the fifteenth day of the 6th annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place.  
The challenge for today is to use something beginning with the letter "M". 
 I used markers to color the mistletoe, a Beccy's Place digital image.
The banner, sentiment and bird are CTMH stamps.

Challenges:
I Love ProMarkers Challenge #372 - Anything Goes (I didn't have a green that I liked so I used an Emerald marker and then went over it with Gold.)
The Paper Shelter Challenge #362 - Christmas is Coming
Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes


I hope you're enjoying all the alphabet cards.
It's a fun challenge to play. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 14

In Australia it is already November 14th and at Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards the challenge letter  is "L". 

This Christmas Lantern was a free digital image from Beccy over 7 years ago.  There are four paper layers to this card, but I drew red lines to make it appear as though there were six.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
It's always nice to get company!

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 13

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge is already up to the letter "k".  I am using kraft paper, a kraft border and the Three Kings precolored digital image from Beccy's Nativity set today.



 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Double Trouble Challenge #14 Card 3

This is my third card* for the Challenge #14 at Double Trouble.  
Trouble Maker wants to see a Winter or Christmas card; for Twisted Sister there are 3 gems hanging from the moose's antlers; and to make Double Dare happy, I am using the color green, lots of trees and a portion of a recycled Christmas card to fulfill the plaid portion of the Tic Tac Tuesday Challenge at Try Stamping on Tuesday.   


The little moose is a CTMH stamp, stamped on kraft paper and fussy cut.  The dies for the trees are from MFT.
*If you are wondering where my second card for the Double Trouble Challenge is, it is in the previous post.

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 12

After throwing in a Bingo Challenge yesterday, Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge is back to the alphabet and the letter "J".  Today I'm using one of Beccy's sentiment digis for my card, a string of lights die cut and some retired CTMH paper and cardboard elements.
Challenges:
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge: Day 12 - "J"
Double Trouble Challenge # 14 - Christmas, Light bulbs hanging, entry in TSOT Tic Tac Tuesday Challenge 
Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge #6 - circles(on paper and tree), trees, red
 







Sunday, November 11, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 11

 My card for today's challenge at Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards has a digital stamp, was colored with promarkers, and has 3 layers of snowy white lace.
BINGO!

Challenges:
 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #20 - Anything Goes with a Critter
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Happy Holidays or Anything Goes 4 Kids
 

**For the CTMH November Joyful Stars Blog Hop Click Here**

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 10

"I" is an interesting letter with which to inspire a Christmas card for Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.  Luckily I have one of Beccy's digital images which features an ice skate.  
I had to do some intricate cutting in order to slip that gold strip partially under the image.  

Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge #231 - Anything Goes 
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Winter Flowers/Foliage
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #411 - Anything Christmas Goes with option of buttons


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon.


**For the CTMH November Joyful Stars Blog Hop Click Here**
 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Close to My Heart November Blog Hop

Welcome to the November

Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.

 

Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.
 
I've made a simple card today.
 
 
Now, since this is a blog hop,
you might have arrived here from  Andrea Sherman's blog.
Your next stop is Marie Flayer's blog.  


The hop is circular.  
If you are just starting here, 
simply continue hopping until you find your way back,
making the full circle.
 
Challenges:
Little Red Wagon Challenge #471 - Just a sentiment 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving 
Unicorn Challenge #38 - Use a sentiment