Friday, December 8, 2017

Tube-a Santa

I managed to get a card made today and you will very likely think this is an unusual card. I made it to join in the Holiday Chaos at Bugaboo for one last time. Didn't make the entire week but I did what I could. So in our town we have a group of people who call themselves The Tuba Santas and during Christmas time they dress up like Santa Claus and play their tubas throughout town. So the Day 5 challenge was to make a humorous card using this picture as inspiration.

So Bugaboo has a line of Santa images that are tropical oriented and I went to look at which ones I had of the Tropical Santas. I ran across Tropical Santa Tubing. Then I got to thinking about how I could make it funny. So I created the sentiment on my computer and I'll send it to one of our Tuba Santas in town because no one else will get the joke. At least I don't think so.

The sun is a stamp from Spellbinder's called Sunny Days. I stamped it with Squeezed Lemonade and then Mustard Seed distress ink. I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I picked orange for his hat, swim suit and the base card because that's a summer color for me. Since I made his nose pink (for a bit of sunburn) I inked the sentiment with Picked Raspberry distress ink. I added some Crystal Stickles on Santa's hat. I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me today and probably into next week. I have a busy weekend. Twins coming tomorrow and I'm having dinner for some friends on Sunday. I'd love to get my Christmas cards out by next week so that's a goal for the weekend too. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my unusual Christmas card. Snow also predicted for tomorrow and the weather has turned blustery cold here. Hope you are toasty warm wherever you are! Have an awesome weekend!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

60th Birthday

As much as I love to participate in the Bugbaoo Holiday Chaos challenge, I had to concede today that I'm not going to be able to finish this year's challenge. It's okay. I don't need the extra Christmas cards (I don't think). And other things are pressing my time right now. I have a week and a half before my sons come home for the holidays. They will start arriving on the 19th so I really need to step it up and get things done. The card I have tonight was for a friend's birthday. Enjoy!

The sentiment is from Create with TLC. The cupcake image is a freebie from Beccy's Place. I colored the image with a variety of markers. Then I went through my scrap box looking for masculine scraps that would work. I added the ric rac as a little embellishment. I thought I would share the inside too.

The inside sentiment is also from Create with TLC. I added some of the same patterned paper as the front. I am entering these challenges. I am entering these challenges:

Well, thanks for stopping by. I am off to write out my Christmas cards. I sure hope you've had a great day and hold on cause the weekend is almost here. . My weekends are usually busier than my week days. Take care!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Chaos Day 4

I was able to finish another card for the Holiday Chaos challenge this evening. Day 4's challenge was a bingo board.
I used the middle column: traditional Christmas colors/ free (embossing)/ Bugaboo image.

This is little Arthur's Christmas card. This little elf reminded me of him. He really doesn't sit that long for anything but maybe at some point in his life he will look like this. This is Christmas Brat Boy Elf Sitter. I used the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.

I wasn't able to get a very good picture tonight. That red background is actually polka dot patterned paper. It really doesn't show in the photo. The patterned papers are from American Craft. The sentiment is from Altenew Halftone Holidays and stamped in MFT Elf Green pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I backed the layers with black card stock to make the colors pop. I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me tonight. I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on tomorrow but hope to get at least one card done and maybe even catch up with the holiday chaos challenge. We'll see how it all goes. Thanks for stopping by.


Holiday Chaos Day 3

I was able to get another challenge finished last night for the Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos challenges. Day 3 is all about gifting.

We give gift cards to several family members each year so I made a gift card holder.

This is the clasped side of the gift card holder. I decorated this side with Rudolph Presents digi stamp. I colored him with Copic markers. The designer paper is from American Craft.

This is the opposite side of the gift card holder. The die cut Merry Christmas is from Paper Smooches. And last, the inside of the gift card holder.

The sentiment on the inside is from Imagine That Reindeer Carols. This was very easy to make. I followed a tutorial from the Scor-Pal site. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. I had a great time this morning with the twins at Head Start. Valerie took several steps while pushing a toy for the first time. They also got to finger paint with hummus. Most of the kids had a blast moving the hummus around and feeling the stickiness. Not the twins. Give them something and it's being eaten. They had a great time eating it down. It was so funny! They've never met a food they didn't like! Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Chaos Day 2

Happy Tuesday! I've been bustling around the house doing a few jobs this morning. After seeing the doctor late yesterday afternoon and getting a prescription for an antibiotic for my sinus infection, I am hoping things are looking up. But Mother Nature is sending us a drastic blast of cold air so when the temps go up and down like that I always have a tough time. I've been sneezing a lot more today but maybe that's a good thing. I managed to get a sketch challenge done last night for the Bugaboo Holiday Chaos challenge but I am falling further behind so maybe I won't be able to complete this one. I was so tired last night that I just fell into bed when I had the card finished. Asleep before 9:30 pm is not usually a normal day for me. But here's my card.

This one is for Valerie, my little Christmas fairy. I used the Bugaboo sketch and the Bugaboo image called Ava Mistletoe Fairy. The sentiment is from Altenew Halftone Holidays. The patterned paper is from American Craft. The image and frame were cut with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. The little gems are from a wrap that I bought at Michael's. I am entering these challenges:

I am feeling a bit better today. I have more housework to do and then I have to take the twins to the library story hour this evening so I doubt I get to craft much today. I'll probably be ready for bed again tonight. If you are in the line of nasty storms rolling through please take care!



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Chaos Day 1

I am starting the Bugaboo Holiday Chaos challenge a little behind since I was sick yesterday but I hope to catch up. For the first day for Holiday Chaos the theme was Merry & Bright.

I used the Outlawz Wednesday sketch as inspiration for this card.


The image is Bugaboo's Christmas Glass. I colored it with a variety of markers. And added Yellow Stickles to all the stars. All the designer paper is from American Crafts. The leaf garland at the top is from Poppy Stamps Breezy Wreath and the stars are from Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles. The red background paper was cut with the Stitched background die from MFT Blueprints 13. I fussy cut the image. The sentiment is from Altenew Halftone Holidays. I am entering these challenges:
My hubby is off having fun with the twins. I didn't want to infect them with anything so I stayed home. So maybe I'll get some more crafting done. Probably not too much more. I am wearing out fast. Have a wonderful start to your week!


A First Birthday

Happy weekend! I spent yesterday mostly in bed. Came down with some bug that I've just not been able to handle very well. I am up today but taking Tylenol more than I'd like just to keep going. I managed to get a quick card done that I need to get in the mail for my sister's granddaughter. She was born 2 months after the twins.

This is one of the sets that I won during the Beccy's Place A Month of Holiday cards challenge. It's called Quilted Numbers and has little critters and numbers on each stamp 1 - 9. I just knew that I would be able to use this for lots of different kids' birthdays. It is also on clearance right now so get it before it's gone because it's adorable! I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for the second time this week and the background paper is just scraps from my scrap box. The sentiment is from Hero Arts It's Your Day and the border is MFT Dainty Lace border die. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your weekend has been fun and relaxing. I miss the twins since they couldn't come over this weekend. Hopefully this bug will go away so they can come and play with Grammy! Have a wonderful week.


Friday, December 1, 2017

A Cupcake Christmas

Oh my December 1st is here already. 24 days to Christmas, oh my! My cards are just about finished but they aren't addressed yet. That's on my list for this weekend. Today begins a new Christmas challenge over at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Oh what a fun one this is. Use a cupcake on your card. Or if you prefer you can always do anything goes, as long as it's Christmas.

When I was doing the Month of Holiday Cards challenge at Beccy's Place last month, I tried out several new folds that I hadn't tried before. So this one is a double Z-fold card. I liked it so much I decided to try it again.

Our sponsor this month is Limited Runs digital stamps. They provided each of the design team the adorable cupcake images. I used the Trees on a Cupcake image. The image is colored with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers and embellished with Diamond Stickles. The papers are new from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and part of the Sweet Confections 1 set. 

One more picture of my Z-fold card. 

I hope you'll join us this month as we all get ready for Christmas. Use a cupcake or share an anything goes card at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Don't forget to check out the other DT cards. They are all fabulous! Looking forward to commenting on your card! I am entering these challenges:
Have a wonderful weekend! Weekends are usually busy with the twins although Valerie was sick today so we'll see how she's doing tomorrow. Take care!


The Nativity

Each year I make my FIL the Christmas cards that he sends out. This year he asked for 35 of them. I try to keep them simple since it takes a while to mass produce 35 cards. This is what I came up with this year.

The die cut of the Nativity is from Penny Black. The sentiment is from AlteNew Halftone Holidays. Half the cards were red and half were green. Very CAS! I am entering these challenges:

Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here. Errands to run today. Christmas gifts to work on. And pick up the twins from Head Start this afternoon. Dinner and cards tonight with some friends. Busy day! Hope your day is productive too. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fa La La La La

Now that I am in the groove of making Christmas cards I can't seem to stop. LOL! so here's another one. Tis the season!

I love these cute little Caroling Bunnies from Eureka Stamps. And the new paper pad that I got from American Crafts had this adorable Falalalala paper in it that seemed perfect for this image. I die cut the bunnies with Spellbinder's Lacy Squares and then inked the die cut with Salty ocean distress ink. The background piece was punched with Martha Stewart Swirling Lace border punch and then I added some very glitzy ribbon. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for visiting. Hope your day is going well! 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Day 30 - Do What You Love

Today is the end of the month-long challenge at Beccy's Place. Since we finished the alphabet, the challenge for today was to do what we love. Pretty easy for me since I love making cards! But I thought about for a while and after reading some of the comments left on my Z card, one comment stuck in my head. It was something about starting over at A. So I went back to my A card and decided to end the way I started (with Beccy's Aussie Wreath) but with a twist.

My mother sent cards to everyone. I was always at the store buying cards for her when she could no longer go out to pick them up herself. Shortly after she passed away in 2006, a friend introduced me to stamping and making cards. The rest is history. But one of the things that my Mom drummed into us was to say "thank you" when someone did something nice or gave us something. So to finish of this challenge I wanted to say thanks! This first card was my first iteration. I printed the wreath, die cut the thanks and then die cut a second from fun foam. That way I could pop up the sentiment and not lose any of the wreath. I added Wink of Stella to the bow and then some sequins to the card. And as I studied my finished card I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like if I kept the basic design but changed some things up. So here's iteration #2.

I kept the thanks die the same but decided to add "Christmas" from the Altenew Halftone Holidays stamp set and matching die. since I had intended these to be my Christmas thank you cards. I also added a retired corner punch from Stampin' Up! I downsized the wreath size from the original card too. But I still had another idea, so card #3 was made.

So on this one you can see that I just left the Thanks die cut blank. On all the cards I added Wink of Stella to the bow but on this card I also added it in the outline of the word Thanks! I am pretty happy with all of them but one of the last two would be my favorite. I'd love to know which one you like the best. I thought it appropriate that this last challenge card was a Thank You card. Thank you Beccy for the fun, inspiration, and generous prizes throughout the month. It's been an honor to play along. I love Beccy's stamps and will continue to play in her challenges. Here's looking forward to next November when we can do it again! Congrats to Beccy on the more than 700 card entries this year. We surpassed any other year! I am entering these challenges:

The twins were a little under the weather today. Lots of runny noses (tis the season!) and Arthur was very tired. Tricia said he's been getting up a lot the last few nights. I think he's cutting more teeth. Hopefully when I see him on Friday again he'll be a little better. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful last day of November! Now to get these Christmas cards in the mail!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Day 29 - Z

Well, we've come to the end of the alphabet! One more surprise challenge day to go. I have so enjoyed playing along with this challenge. If it hadn't been the alphabet and being able to work ahead I may not have been able to participate every day. But it's been such fun and thanks to Beccy for the inspiration, the fun, and the stash of Christmas cards that I now have on hand. For my Z card I made a double Z-fold card.

I followed the tutorial at Beccy's Place to make the double z-fold card. It was pretty easy to make and I've been loving making these different kinds of folds that I've never tried before. The image is another freebie from Beccy's Place called Penguin. He's trying to stay warm with his scarf and checking out that star (MFT Pierced Star Stax). I colored the penguin with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers and fussy cut him, then popped him up with foam tape. The designer paper is American Craft. The sentiment is from a retired Gina K set. The snowflakes on the sentiment panel, snowflakes on a panel not visible and the inside sentiment are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Snow Swirled.  The sentiment is die cut with MFT Cross Stitched Ovals. I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me tonight. Tomorrow is my day to volunteer at Head Start with the twins. My favorite time of the week. And speaking of the twins, I haven't shown a pic of them in a while so here's a recent one of them playing with pots and spoons in my kitchen. Okay they are really checking the spoons to see if they have any food on them. Those two LOVE to eat! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Wednesday.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Day 28 - Y

So I had several ideas for the letter Y but I finally went with "yellow." Not terribly innovative but I liked how it turned out.

I used Beccy's Place Christmas Lantern, which is a freebie on her blog. I colored it with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers and then inked the background with Mustard Seed distress ink. The image is die cut with MFT Cross Stitch Ovals. The sentiment is from a retired Gina K stamp set called Blessed is the Season. I added Wink of Stella to the bow and the flowers. I am entering these challenges:
I am off to make my Z card this evening and then we'll have to figure out what the last day might bring. Hope your Monday was great! Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Day 27 - the letter X

Well, the day has finally arrived for the letter X. I thought a lot about this one. The obvious would be Xmas but I was never a fan of using it. Since I started my research on X I found that the X in Greek stands for Christ so it's a perfect legitimate substitution for Christmas. But I still wasn't satisfied with that so I started looking around. I found that one of my Christmas stamps from Simon Says Stamps had Xs and Os as the theme so that's the direction I took for X.

This is a retired stamp set (Big Holiday Wishes) from Simon Says Stamps. It was one of their kit stamp sets. The Xs and Os and the sentiment are from that set. I was going to leave it really CAS and maybe add some sequins but then I got this bright idea to maybe add a stencil in the background. So I chose the MFT One Way Chevron stencil and when I started to ink it up with Tumbled Glass distress Ink it reminded me of a Christmas tree. And then I thought I should decorate the tree, so I pulled out the MFT Happy Pawlidays set and stamped and colored a bunch of ornaments. The star is die cut from Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles, die cut 4 times and stacked on top of each other. The sentiment is die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. The star is coated with Dimensional Magic and the ornaments have Wink if Stella. So Xs and Os to you all! I am entering these challenges"

Thanks for stopping by to check out my X day card. Hoping for some crafty time this evening after dinner. Hope the start to your new week is awesome!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Day 26 - W

One more for today. I had this card finished before I left for Thanksgiving. It was the last card I had done so now I have to get ahead again. The end of the month is very close! But I have ideas for the rest of the alphabet. I just have to play with designs. For my W card I went back to the obvious: wreath. But I used a Beccy's Place wreath that isn't listed under the Christmas Freebies but I thought it would work.

The wreath is the Berry Wreath and it's a freebie at Beccy's Place. I paired it with a Create with TLC sentiment inside the wreath. The designer papers are from American Craft. and I used the Martha Stewart Swirling Lace border punch. I used a Spellbinder's Scalloped Heart to back drop the wreath and added gold glitter glue on each scallop. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for inspiration. I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me tonight. I am beat! Tomorrow is another day. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful Sunday!


Beautiful Winter Bird

Happy weekend! I am a little late getting my weekend going or my weekend has been very long. We were away over Thanksgiving and got back very late last night. This morning the twins came to spend the day. I wasn't expecting them for lunch and dinner but that's how it panned out. And I think they are returning tomorrow for the day. So my time has been limited and I am really tired this evening. In fact when I finish my posts I just may collapse into bed.
Day 25 was another departure from the alphabet at Beccy's Place. The challenge for yesterday was to use any freebie that Beccy offers. If you've never checked out the freebies at Beccy's Place you are missing out. She has a ton of freebies and they are so wonderfully organized. Evert time I go there I find one that I have missed. You need to stop by and check them out then use them in a fun challenge over at Beccy's Place. If you check out Day 25 she has another cute freebie posted. So I used one of the Christmas Freebies called Cardinal and Holly.

Cardinals are one of the few birds that stay around our area for the winter. And given their beautiful bright color they are very noticeable in our barren landscape. So I couldn't resist using this beautiful digital freebie on my card. The image is colored with Copic markers and die cut with Spellbinder's Lattice Rectangles. The sentiment is from a retired Gina K set called Winter Foliage. The designer paper is from American Craft. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. I will be posting my W card very shortly! Have a wonderful Sunday!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

V is for Vintage

Happy Thanksgiving! I am headed out the door for Thanksgiving dinner. My brussel sprouts and squash casserole is ready to go. I wanted to quickly post my V card.

This card was a real thought process. I started thinking days ago about my V card. I was having a tough time coming up with anything. In talking with my DH he suggested vino. And I had a design in mind with wine. But in the middle of the night I woke up and into my mind popped Virgin Mary. So as I was perusing my files, I ran into several images that had vintage Santas. So I changed my mind again and this card was born. Several days ago Beccy posted a tutorial for coloring on pre-colored images, so I tried that with this image and I really liked the way it turned out. The image is from Create with TLC. The sentiment is from Bird's Cards. The kraft card stock is embossed with the Holly Swirls embossing folder. The plaid paper is my favorite from American Craft. The border punch is from Martha Stewart. The embellishment is from Beccy's Place called Holly Branch. I inked the edges of the image with tea dye distress ink for a more vintage look. I am entering these challenges:
Time to go. Dinner calls. Hope you have a wonderful celebration and a relaxing weekend.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

U is for U-fold Card

So a couple of days ago I was browsing through a fancy fold blog hop and up came a cute called that was named a U-fold card. Bingo! Lights went off behind my eyes and I knew what I was going to do for my "U" card. This was a fairly easy card to make and lays flat for easy mailing.

I used Beccy's Place image from the Snowman Digital Stamp set. I colored the image with Copic markers. The papers are from my scrap box. The tutorial I followed can be found here. She calls it a Bridge card but every other tutorial I saw called it a U-fold card. The dimensions are easy to follow and it's fun to do. The sentiment is from AlteNew Halftone Holidays. I embellished with some three dimensional snowflakes. I am entering these challenges:

We are away from home for the next few days for the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm looking forward to some time with family. Our trip in took a bit longer than usual because of construction, accidents and heavy traffic. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Teddy Trims the Tree

So it's "T" day at Beccy's Place and I chose an image from Bugaboo Stamps. The image is called Christmas Teddy Tree.

I used a variety of different markers to color the image but mostly Copics I think. The die cut is Spellbinder's Tear Drop Circles. All the  printed designer paper is from American Craft. Each of the layers is backed with black card stock. The border die is Spellbinder's Triple Scallop Border. The sentiment is from AlteNew Halftone Holidays. I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on the main die cut. To finish off I used three red self-adhesive gems.
I am entering these challenges:

This morning I spent 4 hours doing my pricing for Opportunity House so I am ready to do some crafting. Hope to get some in this evening. Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow morning is my fun day with the twins at Head Start. Since my hubby is in vacation this week for the holiday he's going to join in the fun. Have a super day!

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