Sunday, December 4, 2016

Jingle Bells

Happy Sunday and a new challenge over at The Outlawz CAS challenge. You've heard the song Silver Bells. "Silver Bells, silver bells. It's Christmas time in the city." This week we want you to use silver and/or bells.

This card didn't photograph very well. The silver background paper made it difficult. Even my hands reflected in the paper. The image and sentiment are from Create with TLC. I colored the image with Bic markers and die cut the image with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles.  I inked the edges with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink. The card base is red card stock.
I hope you'll join us at The Outlawz CAS challenge this week. Show us your silver and/or bells. It doesn't have to be Christmas.
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Thanks for stopping by today. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

All that Sparkles

For the next week Catch the Bug is having Holiday Chaos! I love doing challenges at Catch the Bug. I love Bugaboo images too.

Today's challenge was All That Sparkles. So I went looking for my sparkle paper. And here's what I came up with.


My image is Bugaboo Kidz Reindeer. I colored the image with Copic markers and die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. I dyed the edge with MFT Cherry Crisp ink. I added Crystal Stickles as the snow on the image. The ticket sentiment is from GTC Crafty Corner. I dyed the edge of the ticket with MFT Elf Green ink. I added a mesh ribbon. Of course my background is sparkle paper. I really like this card. 
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I'm hoping to participate all week for Bugaboo but I guess the twins will determine whether that happens or not. LOL! They've been lots of fun lately. They have their 2 month doctor check up this week. Thanks for stopping by.

Donna

Joys of the Season

Welcome to the Imagine That! Creative Playground monthly challenge. This month is so easy! Are you making Christmas cards to send? Here's your chance to win a prize and you don't need to use an Imagine That! digital image to win. Come join us. Here's some inspiration to use for your card.


For my card I chose the color scheme of the picture.


This is one of the Christmas thank yous I will send for Christmas presents received this year. The sweet Jars of Cheer from Imagine That! Digis by Kris is so cute. I colored it with Copic markers. I paper pieced the bow on the jar and used the same paper to die cut the "thanks" from MFT Many Thanks dies. I used black card stock for the backing so the colors would pop. The designer paper in the background is from Lorie's Peppermint Mocha stamp set. Perfect for the candy jar. I die cut the jar with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. The base is kraft card stock.
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I hope you'll join us this month over at Imagine That! Creative Playground and share your joy of the season with us. Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Fun

I can hardly believe that it's December already. At this point any other year I wouldn't have much done for Christmas. But this year since I have retired, I have a few Christmas presents bought, some decorating done and Christmas cards mostly created. I need to finish off the notes inside and send them out. How are your Christmas cards coming? If you are one of those people who are already started on next year's cards I think that's great but I am never that far along. LOL!
Today begins the new challenge over at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Our theme is North Pole this month. Your don't have to use the theme to link up. Any Christmas card will give you a chance to win some of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Digi Papers, but if you do use the them we have a special prize from Limited Runs this month. Here's the details:
Welcome to the North Pole. On the left is the road that will take you to Santa's Workshop. Follow to the right and you'll find the Penguin Pavilion. Unfortunately, its Santa's busy season and with just 24 days until the big event, the elves are just too busy to take you on a tour. However, you are more than welcome to take a look around by yourself. Just be sure not to touch anything or you will end up on Santa's naughty list. Oh, and be sure to grab a cup of cocoa and a candy cane from Mrs. Claus before you head back home.
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month,be sure to include an element that might be found in the North Pole (fantasy version of course)Examples include: elf type images, Santa, Mrs Claus, presents, toys, images that have a sign for the North Pole in them, penguins, reindeer, polar bears, etc. If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $10.00 gift certificate from Limited Runs.

Lisa whipped up and awesome set of digital papers this month and it was such a hard decision as to which paper to use.



So after all the preliminaries, how about a card!


The Limited Runs image is Penguin Cupcake (love the North Pole sign!). I colored it with Copics and tried to make the icing look like a frozen lake that the penguin could skate on amid all those lovely snowflakes from DDD North Pole paper. I added Crystal Stickles to the image for the snow. The Merry Christmas banner is from Create with TLC. I fussy cut that and popped it and the image up with foam tape. The card base is white and I used a black mat background. I do hope you will join the challenge this month at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up as you finish off your Christmas cards. 
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Before I go, 12 Months of Christmas Link Up is looking for some new design team members. If you might be interested check out the details.


Thanks for stopping by today. Good luck with getting all things ready for the holidays. I have a babysitting marathon with the twins tonight from 4-10pm so I'll be busy, busy busy!



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

End of November

Can you believe that November is coming to an end. Before the clock ticks into December I wanted to get one last card done for Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards challenge. I found most of this card laying on my desk.

The image was an extra that I had already colored. The green/blue circle frame was already cut. I decided it needed the red mat so I used Spellbinder's Inverted Circles, added some Stickles and then die cut a Spellbinder's conversation bubble. The sentiment is handwritten into the bubble. I couldn't find a stamp small enough to fit. I popped up and extended the bubble off the card. So this card was mostly bits and pieces that I had lying around. Really glad to use up bits like that because I have so many.
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Quick and simple today. Hope your week is off to a great start. Tomorrow my daughter returns to work so my hours will change for watching the twins. Probably more hours of watching them but that's okay. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Saturday, November 26, 2016

White on White with a Pop of Red

Happy weekend! It's been a really nice weekend for us. Both of our boys are visiting for the holiday. They may not be back for Christmas so we are soaking up as much time as we can with them. Today the twins came to our house for the first time. They aren't allowed in public but their parents came for a meal and they visited with the family while they were in town. The uncles (our sons) got to meet their niece and nephew for the first time. It was a really nice day with lots of hands around to help with the babies. Tomorrow both of the boys will be heading home. I will be sad to see them go but they have a life elsewhere and we just try to spend as much time as we can with them when the opportunity to be together presents itself. It's been awesome. I'll miss them again.
We have a new challenge beginning at The Outlaw CAS challenge. The challenge this week is quite interesting. I made two cards for this one; hated the first card I made so I found a little time to make another one this afternoon. This is what I came up with.


I won a blog candy on Kittie Caracciolo of KitteKraft. The candy arrived in the mail today and it included this Sizzix embossing folder of a door. So I decided to use that embossing folder and add the pop of red as the Poppy Stamps wreath die. The added banner, die cut with MFT Pierced Banner Flags is embossed on vellum and extends across the wreath. It certainly is better than my first idea so I am thankful to Kittie and the postal worker who delivered it today. 
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I hope you'll join our white with a pop of red challenge at The Outlawz CAS. It was a real challenge for me. Hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend, my US friends. Tricia will go back to work this week so I'm not sure yet how that will affect my schedule. I would think I will be spending more time with the twins but we'll see. She still didn't have her schedule yet for work. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully crafty Sunday!

Donna


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Twins Christmas

HappyWednesday! Yesterday I showed a pic of the twin sand today I have their Christmas card that I will send them.


The image is from Bugaboo called Baby Christmas. I flipped the image so I would have twins. Instead of coloring the outfits I used stripes and polka dots (thank you 30 days of Coloring challenge). Everything is colored with Copic markers. I added Crystal Stickles to the hats and sleeves. Stamped a sentiment from a retired Stampin' Up ! stamp set and added two heart brads. The image panel is die cut with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. Also used a red card stock base with a background of green card stock.

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That's it for me today. I'll be watching the twins later today and then traveling for Thanksgiving and back again on Friday. At that point all my kids will be home and we'll have the weekend together. And they'll get to meet the twins for the first time. So I'll probably be missing for a while but see you back soon. Wishing all my US friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are truly blessed with all good things throughout the holiday season and throughout life!

Donna

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Another 2 Fer Day

Can you believe we are only a few days away from Thanksgiving? This year has moved so fast. I can hardly believe we are nearing the end of November. Tomorrow our little Alexander would have been one year old. He is loved and missed very much. I'd like to visit his grave site tomorrow and hope I can squeeze that visit into our very busy day! I have two cards for you today. Two of my former co-workers have birthdays on November 26th so I needed a couple of birthday cards. So tonight I will show you one of those and a Christmas card that I made today.


I used the new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this card. The image is by Karen Hill colored with Copic markers. I used a scrap piece of plaid for the background and a dark gray card base. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Squares and backed with a blue green scrap. I added some extra stars, grass and bow tie (on the hippo) from a W PLUS 9 stamp set using distress ink. To finish it off I used a white gel pen to add some stitching to the dark gray card base.


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My second card tonight was another easy card:


I won the goose image last year from Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards called Christmas Goose and printed it with a sentiment from Create with TLC. The image is pre-colored and the card looked rather bare so I added some elements from a 2002 Stampin' Up! set called Two-Step Stampin Border Builders (retired). The lights at the bottom and the stars are from that set. The ink is Momento black and various colors of distress inks. 
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I'm going to leave you tonight with a picture of my favorite things these last few weeks. After loosing Alex last year at this time we are so thankful to have these two little ones with us for this Thanksgiving. Pictured with the twins are my husband Tom and I, blessed and thankful that we have these two little ones in our lives. I hope God blesses you as abundantly this holiday season.


Donna


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Merry Christmas Snowman

Happy Sunday! Our weather has changed drastically. Friday it was sunny and 70 degrees. Yesterday it turned very windy and the high was 40 degrees. Our wood burning stove is keeping us toasty warm. We haven't gotten snow yet although a lot of our northern neighbors did so my card today is for them. And I am thankful that it isn't us just yet. I know our day will come though, sometime soon.


Our new CAS challenge at the Outlawz today is celebrating Go for a Ride Day. We'd like to see what you would ride for fun. I chose a sled. That was my favorite pastime as a kid. We lived near a golf course and had the best time sledding down hills and sometimes into creeks. We'd be soaking wet when we came home but we had such a great time. I embossed the background with a snowflake embossing folder. The image is from Oak Pond Creations and the sentiment from Birds Cards. I put them together in Photoshop. The image is colored with Copic markers and I added Crystal Stickles for some added sparkle. I hope you'll join us this week and show us what a fun ride would be for you at The Outlawz CAS challenge.
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That's it for me today. My son arrived from Florida last night and he is my baker so let the baking begin. He's waiting on me to go with him to the grocery store right now so I have to scoot. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Donna

Friday, November 18, 2016

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Happy Friday morning! I had hoped to get this posted last night before I went to bed but alas some fitsy twins and a long evening had me falling into bed as soon as I darkened my door last night. Little Miss Valerie loves to just walk up and down the hallway and always be on the move. And we couldn't fill her up last night. She wanted to eat all the time. Mr. Arthur has the biggest eyes for a baby and he rarely blinks. But he's very curious, always looking around to see what's going on. They are beautiful and I am one biased grammy. At any rate, back to my card....


I had a couple of challenges in mind when I made this card. First I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for inspiration. I really love the fun design although I changed it a bit and used twine instead of the banner and just printed my sentiment on the background. The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and colored with Copics. I die cut the image with MFT Stitched Circles and inked the edges with Fire brick distress ink. The backing for the image was die cut with Spellbinder's Classic Scalloped Circles. And I was thinking of the Catch the Bug challenge again which is "going in circles" and I remembered this great stamp from Great Impressions that has these circle images on it. So I created my own background with the stamp and some MFT pigment inks. The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

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That's it for this morning. I think my next week will be hopping busy. Our youngest is driving from Florida tomorrow. He is taking a new job in Boston so at some point in December/January he'll be moving to Boston where my other son lives. So we'll be vacationing in Boston next year. Steve will be with us all next week. His brother Dan will be flying in next Wednesday for a few days. And they will get to meet the twins. So we are excited and thankful to have the whole family together for Thanksgiving. They probably won't be returning for Christmas so we will enjoy it while we can. Have a wonderful weekend! Our Indian summer is coming to a close today and tomorrow our high should only be in the 40s. I was so enjoying those 60-70 degree temperatures. Hugs to you all!

Donna

Monday, November 14, 2016

Happy Thanksgivig

I had a lot of errands today and Tricia didn't need help with the twins so I got a bunch of stuff done. Not a lot of crafting although I did manage one card today. I don;t send a lot of Thanksgiving cards but I do need a few. So here's one I whipped up today.

I used the Stella Sketch as inspiration for this card. I used a Bugaboo image called Brat - Turkey Thanksgiving. I colored her with Copics and Bic markers. And then I hot my scrap box for fall colored papers. The image is cut with Gina Marie Deesigns Cross Stitch Rectangles. I heat embossed the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment with gold embossing powder. I added three gold enamel dots for embellishment. The base is white cards stock with a darker brown background paper.


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I hope your week is off to a great start. Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly. It's hard to believe it's next week already. One of my sons is flying home for a visit and we aren't sure about the other one yet.But we are excited to at least have some of the family home. They are looking forward to meeting the twins. Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your schedule allows you time to craft!

Donna

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Experimenting

Ha, ha! This evening I looked at a list of challenges that I had written down and decided to experiment with a few of them. So don;t laugh just yet at this card. It definitely is not my typical Christmas card but it didn't turn out too bad.


First, I usually don't use black for Christmas card base but I thought it would show off all the colors. The image is from Imagine That! Digis by Kris called Santa Penguin. I had him printed and sitting on my desk so I could color him up quickly. The sentiment is from the same set. Catch the Bug challenge asks you to use circles (going in circles) so I decided to use the MFT Stitched circle dies to cut out scraps of paper to fill my background. Crafty Hazelnut Christmas challenge is to use the color coral on your card so I colored his scarf in coral (as close as I had). And Hiding in my Craft Room is Super Scraps Saturday so I used a bunch of scraps from my scrap box. And last but not least is day 13 at Beccy's Place A Month of Holiday Cards to go over the edge (my sentiment). So there you have it. My experiment for the evening. What do you think? I like all the color but I don;t think I will mass produce this one. LOL! See you soon.

Donna

Christmas Flowers

Poinsettias are my favorite this time of year. So I wanted to do a card with mt favorite Christmas flower on it. This set is from Beccy's Place called Poinsettia set.


This on was very easy. I did a little manipulating of the pre-colored image to turn it to lay the way I wanted it to. I added the sentiment which also comes with that set and printed it off. I then chose colors for the matting and added some sequins for embellishments. Oh so easy!
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Just a quick card this morning. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Donna

Aviation and Railroad Month

Welcome to a new challenge at The Outlaw CAS challenge. November is both Aviation History Month and National Model Railroad Month. So we are looking for planes and trains this week. My SIL is a pilot and has her own plane so I have made cards for her with planes on them. But this card is for my BIL who has a birthday this week.


This is a one layer card. I printed the sentiment and the pre-colored image from the Airplane set from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. And to finish it off I inked the background using a scalloped punched out circle. So easy and truly CAS! I took a picture of the inside too just to prove it was a birthday card.

I computer generated the first part of the inside sentiment and the second part and the paper airplane is also from the Airplane stamp set from Imagine That!
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I hope you will join us this week and show us your planes and trains. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Donna

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Christmas Post

Happy Saturday! A very crisp fall day here in Indiana. The sun is shining but there is a definite chill in the air. We had a frost last night. Most of the leaves are down except our front two maple trees. They are always the last to shed their brilliant red leaves.
Another Christmas card today. This card has so many layers it's a bit front heavy. I had a hard time photographing it. It didn't want to stay upright.


The image is from Di's digis and is the progressive digi for November at The Outlawz. I colored the digi with Copic markers and used some ideas that I saw on the 30 Day of Coloring challenge. I die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares.  The sentiment is from When the Scrap Hits the Fun and die cut with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles and inked with Mowed Lawn distress ink. The polka dot paper is from Recollections Home Basics Collections. I added some Sharpie white poster paint to create some white snowflakes falling. Difficult to see in the photo. The other pieces are scraps from my scrap box. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch as inspiration.


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That's it for me today. We have dinner and an evening out tonight so I'm looking forward to some down time. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Donna


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