Saturday, December 25, 2010

Celebrate

Hello all and Welcome to the latest challenge at Catch the Bug. This week's theme is:

New Year/Celebration
using
Ribbon/Twine/Trim/Etc.

The sponsor this week is Digi's With Attitude, and I am pleased to be using one of their ladies on my card:

DP is DCWV and it has LOTS of sparkle, Digi's With Attitude stamp colored with Copics and Prismas, sewing, and ribbon. Layout is Splitcoaststampers SC16.

Here's a close up so you can fully appreciate her smirk :)

I hope you will visit the rest of the Bugaboo Design Team for more inspiration and that you find time to join our challenge this week.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Snowman with Heart

Hello and happy Christmas Eve! Tonight I will be flying back home, just in time to bake cookies to deliver tomorrow to relatives.

One last Christmas card...well, actually, I have a new plan: make 2 Christmas cards a month starting in January! Wish me luck on my endeavor.


I'm using an older Designed2Delight image colored with Copics and added glitter glue. DP is DCWV, sewing, and pop-dots. Fairly CAS. Please also check out the D2D Card Ideas blog for a special Christmas review! The layout is Splitcoaststampers SC50, and will also be entered in Digi's With Attitude challenge #11: Anything Christmas!

Have a wonderful CHRISTMAS EVE!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Peace Earring Cards

Hello. Just about Christmas Eve. Tonight we will be enjoying a Cirque du Soleil show and hopefully a nice dinner. I hope you all have a great day planned as well. I know for some, it's still a work day, but a smile goes a LONG way! So smile!


I wanted to share one of the gifts I made for each of my nieces for Christmas. I used the Peace Trees and Tag Set from Designed2Delight, colored with Copics and Ranger Inks. I added glaze, glitter glue, and white pen. I glued my tag to some upcycled cardboard and punched holes with my Cropadile.


Here's a side view of how the holder can be displayed. My earrings are handmade and hopefully the girls will like them.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Get Your Shine On

Hello and welcome to Friday with The Character Cafe. The challenge this week is:

SHINY/FOIL/GLITTER PAPER
That's right folks, make your creation shine. I'm using the Bang Boom image which features different sentiments as well as no sentiment.

DP by Me&My Big Ideas, and glitter matstack. Sewing and ribbon.

NEWS: the ladies of TCC currently have all images at the Shop for just $1 each! I don't know how long this will last, so get them while you can!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! We got snow last night, so the city is just about shut down. We tend to panic when the white stuff comes, but it's so beautiful!

This meets the following challenges:

Birthday Presents

Hello all and welcome to Freebie Friday at Bugaboo Stamps! Now who doesn't love free stamps? Especially this little lady who is quite versatile!

I dusted off my Pink Armadillo DP by Paper Studio, used my new nesties (thanks for the 50% off HL!!), Stella colored with Copics and Prismas, ribbon, sewing, Peeled Paint Ranger Ink.

I also added plenty of glaze to her curls and boots! I thought boots like this should be shiny. So once you get to the Bugaboo site, click on "Freebies" on top!
This card meets the following challenges:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Toilet Paper Roll Tag Book

Hello all and Happy Thursday. We woke up to lots of rain...and no umbrella, and old windshield wipers. Well, it doesn't get wet here much, so we're basically unprepared!

I've got a few pics to share today, so I'm going to try to keep the text to a minimum.

I've seen these toilet paper roll tag books around for awhile and thought I'd give it a go. Well, I've been making most of my Christmas gifts this year, and I thought this would be perfect for a special someone:

All DP is Cosmo Cricket. The letter is from Cindy Loo Cricut cart at 1 3/4". Fiskars border punch.

First turn has "love" from Opposites Attract at 1 1/2", butterflies and flower from punch, Quote box is from a set I've had for forever.

Second turn has Stampin' Up's Trendy Trees on one side and ruffled ribbon sewn on.

Final turn features Martha Stewarts button punch, threaded. Another journaling area.

The tags are made from upcycled manila folders, and ribbon is stapled in place. I didn't embellish the tags, so that plenty of pictures and journaling can be added.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a GREAT day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's Your Birthday

Hello all and Welcome to a special Designed2Delight DT occasion:

Happy Birthday Faith!
I have made this card just for you, using one of my favorite D2D images.

DP is Pink Armadillo, D2D image colored with Copics and Prismas, glaze, sewing, Stampin' Up sentiment. Super simple, somewhat CAS card.

I really wanted this adorable bear to be the main focus. Like all the glaze-y goodness?

So Faith, thanks for being so great to "work" with! Happy Birthday!!!

This card meets the following challenges:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Bear

Hello all. Quick share today. I meant to post this earlier this morning, but my eyes were dilated and boy did that give me a headache!

This weeks freebie over at Designed2Delight is this awesome little bear:


I saw another card using this image with the sentiment: Free To Be Me! I thought it was PERFECT! BTW, the free image was sent to those who participated in last weeks challenge, so you can pick this up at the Store. Play this week and you get the next image free.

I will enter this in the following challenges:

Card details: Me & My Big Ideas and glitter matstack. D2D image colored with Prismacolors, fiskars punch, Cuttlebug snowflakes, nesties, Ranger's Lipstick ink, ribbon and sewing.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Poppi's Winter Wonderland

Hello and happy Saturday! Today begins the Winter Wonderland Challenge over at Bugaboo - so pull out your glitter, stickles, and other bling!

Yes, Poppi is one of my favorites. I colored them with Copics and PrismaPremiers, added lots of Studio G glitter glue (which you can't see AT ALL!), sewing, Cuttlebug snowflakes (also glittered up), DP is K&Co Wild Saffron AND an upcycled manila file folder! BTW, just about all paper products these days are acid free, and folders have excellent weight to them, so don't throw them out!

Layout is the current Splitcoaststampers SC310. These cards actually look really soft IRL and non-traditional colors yet again - which meets the Papertrey Paperdolls end of year challenge. I fished out a few leftover cards from last year and I think I'm ready to start posting my cards!

So join us at Bugaboo for a chance at free digistamps. You do not have to use a Bugaboo image to win - but I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Crabby Cathy

Hello and happy Friday! I have made it to the end of the week!

On Fridays over at Bugaboo, a new freebie is up for grabs, and this weeks freebie is: Crabby Cathy!


Can you read the sentiment? It reads: Santa just called, you ain't getting s@#! Needless to say, this is going to my brother :) I used a rather CAS layout from Splitcoaststampers SC05, and Wild Asparagus DP. Sewing, gold heat embossed ornaments, and glaze. This also fits this weeks Color Dare (#88 Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Neutral).

So make sure to pick up your freebie and have a GREAT Friday!! As always, thank you for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Adore Him

Hello all. I want to share a new digistamp set with you from Designed2Delight called The Way In A Manger. I went completely non-traditional with my colors, so hopefully it still conveys Christmas!


Also, if you're a fan of D2D digis, we (the DT) have a new blog to show off our creations: Card Ideas. So if you get a chance, stop by.

This card meets the following challenges:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Candycane Penguin

Hello all and hope you're having a great day! Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?

I'm still catching up on MAKING Christmas cards, when I should be MAILING them out!

For these two cards, I'm using the Poppi Candycane Penguin from Bugaboo. I LOVE the penguins (you can get an adorable FREEBIE here). The DP is a digipaper freebie (I love giving credit where credit is due, but I can't remember where I got this great paper!). The rest is from my scrap pile!

I thought the ribbon was a nice touch since it matches the penguin but nothing else. LOL! Does it work? The layout is Card Patterns #93 and I'm also entering this in Digital Tuesdays Baby it's Cold Outside challenge #88.

*****NOT A CARD*****
We finally got the tree up...OK, my DH put it up since I've been sick, but I directed ;)

Here's Bean putting on ornaments. The tree was getting a little "bottom heavy" so once she retired for the evening, I went back and evened things out a bit. And believe me, she won't take that hat off for months!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sparkle Santa

Hello and welcome to New Release Tuesday over at Bugaboo!

I saw a blue and red card not too long ago that inspired this card (if I find it again, I will add the direct link). So my Santa is colored with Copics, added glaze and fuzzy stuff, sewing, Ranger Ink, and glitter CS for the snowflake (Cuttlebug).


You can see the rest of the new releases over at the Bugaboo shop! Layout is Splitcoaststampers SC309.

Also, the monthly digital stamp club is up for sale! $20.00 gets you 20 holiday-themed images here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snow Friends

Hello and welcome to this months Blog Hop With The Character Cafe. Each month TCC has a blog hop to feature new release images. If you came from Chelsea's Blog, then you're in the right place. If you just happened upon my blog, feel free to start at the Beginning so you don't miss any of the fun!

Let me present to you, Snow Friendly:


Yes, super cute and goes perfectly with my Christmas cards this year - featuring lots of snow people and penguins. DP is Free Digital Scrapbooking, image is TCC colored with Copics and Prismas, glitter CS diecut with Cuttlebug dies, sewing, and fuzzy ribbon. Layout is Creative Sketches (flipped).

Your next stop is the talented Jessica!

I hope you will continue your hop for a chance at fun and prizes!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Birthday Bear

Hello all and hope everyone is having a great Wednesday. The weather isn't so cold today and the sun is shining!

Got a quick card to share with you today:


DP is something I found at Michael's on the clearance rack, covered some chipboard photo corners, added ribbon and sewing, nesties, $1 acrylic sentiment stamp.


Digistamp is Pollycraft colored with Copics and Prismapremiers, and added glaze. I think this would make a great guy's card.

Hope you all have a great day, keep warm, and make time for something fun!

This card meets the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bobblehead Snowman

Hello all and Happy Tuesday! I'm late as usual, still making my Christmas cards when I should be mailing them out! I have several images already stamped and colored, just need to put the card together. I hope to make some progress this week!

This is Bobblehead Snowman. I got a couple of these cuties from Bugaboo during the 50% off sale - that I think is still running. I went with "regular" DP since I'm on a non-traditional kick right now. A little sewing and ribbon, glaze, and pop dots. The sentiment is Recollections.

Trying to show off the glaze here :) Bean saw me coloring these and said "awwww, these are adorable. Wait, they look different...they have big heads!" Yup, my little 3 year old is quick! Hope to make a few more tonight! I've GOT to catch up!! But first, on my way to catch up on some of my blog friends who inspire me.

This card meets the following challenges:

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bugaboo Design Team

Hello all and Happy Monday! Boy I had a busy weekend, but it was great. Got to visit with my brother who lives in Colorado and his boy. I've only seen my nephew a couple times (and he's already 11 years old....long story), so it was great getting to know him a bit. Plus, they got to visit with my Bean, so that was very special to me.

Now, I have an announcement:

I made the Bugaboo Design Team!

I adore the images and have quite a collection already (they have GREAT sales!). When the call came up, my DH said I had to put in my application (he LOVES the SASSY Gals). Part of the application was to use Stella...so I've been holding onto this card for a couple weeks now. Isn't she great?

And here's the sentiment that goes along with her.

So I hope you will stick with me through my journey with Bugaboo. I know you'll LOVE the stamps as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day....it's freezing here so I hope to get some baking done tonight and get my craft on for a bit too. BTW...saw Harry Potter this weekend - it was da bomb!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gift Giving Magnets

Hello all and welcome to Designed2Delight's Gift Giving From the Heart.

The DT has come up with some GREAT and inexpensive gift ideas for this season. We all know how expensive it can be to buy something for friends, family, co-workers, the paper delivery lady, etc., but this year I will be making the majority of the gifts I give because not only do I save money, but it allows me to put thought and warmth into the gifts I will be giving.
One of my gifts this year are super personalizable (is that even a word?). For example, I have made this set of magnets using the Dollar Delight digital stamp Cocoa. This is going to a coffee lover in the family. I have a set of Owls and Roosters planned as well for other family members.

These measure approximately 1" by 3/4" each. I printed out 4 cups (fairly small), 2 regular and 2 flipped so the handles are in different directions. I chose 4 bright Copics and colored the cups as well as the background area.

Once my images were dry, I placed a good amount of Glossy Accents on the image and placed a Fragment on top. I squished the Fragment down a bit until I could see the image clearly - a cloudy image means there's a little too much Glossy Accents. Let dry - remove excess from sides if you'd like while it's still a little wet.

Cut around the image with scissors or Xacto knife. Clean up with an emery board, place magnets on back with a good adhesive (I used E-6000).

Here's one on the fridge doing it's job ;)

Don't forget the presentation:

I was going to upcycle a cigar tin, but it was way too big, so I made a "matchbook" style card. The staple on the bottom is covered by the bow. I used a much larger cup on the front to coordinate with the magnets.

Here's the inside...I used rubber cement to keep the magnets in place since it rubs off easily. Whatcha think?
Want to know the total cost of my gift?

We, the Designed2Delight DT, really love what we do and hope to inspire you. So I hope you will continue your "blog hop" with Gift Giving From the Heart. Here are a few additional Details:
  • There will be random drawings for commenting on each blog listed at Card-Ideas (and don't forget to comment at Card-Ideas too!)

  • Visit Card-Ideas for all the prize details

  • Contest will close at the end of day Cyber Monday

Thank you SO much for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Friendly Fredrik

Hello all and welcome to Friday with The Character Cafe! First, I hope you all had a GREAT and safe Thanksgiving.

Now, this week's challenge at The Character Cafe is:
Natural Color and Glitter/Sprakles

First, I'm using one of my favorite images: Froggin' Fredrik


The "kraft" is recycled cardboard from a fat-quarter (pre-packed material) that has great color and texture - so I HAD to save it and put it to good use. The scalloped square is DCWV Glitter Cardstock, the flourish is from the same matstack cut at 1 3/4" from Cindy Loo Cricut cart, sewing, copics, and Ranger Inks. SUPER CAS! I like this one...but I think I'll add glaze to the water ;)

So show us your sparkle at the Challenge Blog and don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for more inspiration (blogs to the right---->>).

Good luck out there if you're participating in any Black Friday activities!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Skating Penguin

Hello all and Happy Tuesday!! Thursday is just around the corner and my brother is on his way into town to have Thanksgiving with us. My house will be full and crowded, but hey, it's all good fun.


So here's another card I made this weekend. I've been into penguins lately and LOVE them for Christmas cards. The image is the freebie this week at Designed2Delight (free for those who played last week), but is available in the shop if you want to play this week (and you'll get next weeks image free). DP is MME Magnolia and the layout is Eat Sleep Stamp #109. I used my Cuttlebug for the snowflakes for the Double Delight challenge, added glaze and Ranger Ink for shading.

OK, hope to get more cleaning done today and make a couple more Christmas gifts...I'll share those soon!

Monday, November 22, 2010

3 Posts in 1

Hello and happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. I was able to clean the living room carpet, sew, embroider, and make a few more Christmas cards. I was very productive!

Today is Squigglefly Monday, and that means a new challenge:

THANK YOU/GIVE THANKS

I used Lettering Delights for he papers, the Journal Blocks are by Ashley Summers, and sentiment uses Ballpark font. Except for the sewing, this is an all digi card!

This card meets the following challenges:
There's a lot going on at Squigglefly right now. This weekend, there was a big release and THREE new artists were introduced. One of the new artists is none other than fellow design team member Marlene! Squigglegly is also welcoming Brian Lock and Suzanne Urban.

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Here is another card for this years mail out:

The image is Maisy Dressing Snowman by Diane Carubia, colored with Copics and Prismas. The DP is from Me & My Big Ideas (from 2 years ago I think). The sentiment is Stampin' Up's Small Script, sewing, and a little chalk ink.

This card will be entered in the following challenges:

************Not A Card****************

I found these beanies at Target this weekend for only $1 and thought "what a deal!" So later that night I put my machine to work and embroidered the snowflakes and Beanie's name. She loved it! I'm going to put it in the wash to see (and hope) that it shrinks a bit.

I think these would make GREAT gifts! Oh, and Bean is into self-expression lately, so excuse the pic.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

O Holy Night

Hello all and welcome to Friday with The Character Cafe. This weeks challenge is:

Handmade Flower

I'm not on the challenge team this week but I'm still here to show off a lovely TCC image:

She's one of my favorites and I think perfect for Christmas. Also, I'm using my favorite song for the computer generated sentiment. I used Lettering Delights for the digipaper, TCC image colored with Copics and Prismas, sewing, and glaze.

Oh how I love this image! I haven't made nearly enough Christmas cards, so I'm doubling up and made two of these. I think this is a pretty good shot of her wings. The layout is 2Sketches4You #66.

So show off your handmade flowers at The Character Cafe challenge blog!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

HB2U

Hello all and happy Wednesday. This month my little cousins both celebrate their birthdays. Of course one is in his mid 20's and the other in her early 30's, but they are still "little" to me.

Here is the card I made for Sarah. I really enjoyed coloring all these cupcakes and I added lots of glaze.


The DP is DCWV Nana's Kids, image is Bugaboo (I got lots of goodies with the 50% off sale they're having), sewing, and Opposites Attract Cricut cart for the sentiment (1" for HBU and 1.5" for the 2).


Can you see the shiny goodness? The layout is Splitcoaststampers SC306. It's a great sketch that I'm thinking of using for some Christmas cards. I have so much to catch up on! I'm also entering this in Cute Card Thursday's Anything Goes challenge #138 and Tuesday Morning Sketches Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Cupcakes challenge #68.

Well, thank you for stopping by and have a great day. Stay warm!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pink Princess

Hello all and happy Tuesday! I'm sharing a card I made last week but was unable to post.
Faith at Designed2Delight just created a couple super adorable birthday sets. I'm using the Princess set for my niece's birthday...I hope she likes pink!
Here is the inside. Both front and inside have sewing, colored with Copics and Prismas, the papers are unknown, added glaze and sparkle, and Fiskars border punch. This was initially made with a few challenges in mind, but they are already over :( Oh well. Next time.

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