Adelina Fairy from Digi Doodle Studios Celebrating Peace & Happiness for 2021🎉

Hello friends!  It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m so excited to kick this year to the curb…how about you?!  Whatever your plans are to ring in the New Year, please stay safe and enjoy sharing with those you love for hope of peace and happiness in the New Year for 2021!❤🎉

Today, I have a card that I’ve made for a challenge deadline and needed to have it in by today, so I wanted to be sure to share it with you all:

This was actually a “Digital freebie” from the Kit and Clowder Group Advent Calendar of Events they do every year.  Digi Doodle Studios gave away this darling image called Adelina-Fairy. (If you like the fairy/angel type images, check out these gorgeous images HERE as well!)

I made this card and colored up this sweet image as the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group was holding a special “coloring challenge” using this specific image and I wanted to make sure that it met the deadline for getting it in and so I actually posted it in there yesterday, but I’m posting on my blog today along with more photos and details.

The image is beautiful with her poinsettia flowers and so I wanted to be sure to color it up with red and green colors in mind…although I think she would be great for ANY occasion as well as coloring the flowers differently.  I used some die cut circles for cutting her out with and then layering her over a die cut piece of gold mirror cardstock.

I’ve used some poinsettia decorative papers from my stash for the background and layered some red poinsettia embossed strips layered with gold mirror cardstock over the background before adding the layered circle image on top.  The embossed strips also had white ink rubbed over top lightly to emphasize the textures.  I white heat embossed a sentiment and cut it out with a banner die to place on the bottom corner with craft foam which is what I also added behind the image circle panel too.

Before attaching the bottom strip to the card, I also added some gold cord and a bow.  I finished off the card with three poinsettia flowers from my stash.  The entire card measures 5″ square.

Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve got her colored up.  I added some really subtle shading with my Copics underneath her legs for shadows.  I did my usual white gel pen for checks and hightlights and then I used a gold gel pen for coloring in the dots on her wings and in her hair.

Really enjoyed coloring this gorgeous image and it’s awesome that I now have another Christmas card ready for next year as well!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Hope that you’ve enjoyed my final card and post for the year…

Speaking of which…I thought it would be fun to share this photo with you of my top nine posts on Instagram for 2020

I want to thank each and everyone of you for the wonderful support, kindness and friendship you have given to me this past year.  It really means so much to me and it’s been quite a year of creativity too!  I see that so many of my favorite companies are represented as my top photos which tickles me so much!

Here’s to wishing us ALL a happy, healthy and prosperous life in 2021!!🎉

See you in the New Year friends!

Challenges:

  1. Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group – coloring challenge using this image
  2. Double D – Poinsettia
  3. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  4. Creative Moments – #205 Anything Goes
  5. Die Cut Divas – Anything Goes December

Christmas Chaos Finish Line…

Hello friends!!  I sure hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas! I am sure looking forward to starting a New Year as well!  Moving on to positive things for sure!😀

**Needed to apologize for anyone who subscribes to my blog via e-mail and couldn’t get the link to work from my last post.  I don’t know what happened, but it got “wonky” when I scheduled it.  CLICK HERE for the link to that post if you didn’t get a chance to view it.**  THANK YOU!

Although I’m finished with sending out my Christmas cards, I still enjoy creating for Christmas and can ALWAYS get a good start on Christmas cards for the next year too, so that’s what this fun “Bugaboo Holiday Chaos” challenge event has alotted me to do and have some fun!  So this post will finish up the last of my projects for that event before the deadline is up! (To see the first 3 challenge projects I made CLICK HERE for that post.)

Here are my projects to finish up the challenges:

This card was made for the Holiday Chaos Bingo Challenge on Day 4.  There was also this really adorable freebie up that day, so I wanted to be sure to grab it while it was available.  This is the Kidz Reindeer image and I enjoyed coloring him up for my card here. For the Bingo, I used the middle row across, but could also have used the first row down or first square diagnol too. (See photo below)

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I happened to have some Christmas Lights pattern paper with some of the green lightbulbs foiled on it.  I thought the green shimmer ribbon would go well with that and break up the “busy-ness” of it!  I took a Christmas Lights die from Lawn Fawn to attach across the the card and image panel and then white heat embossed a sentiment at the bottom.  I’ve used some glitter for the snow around the image and then I’ve covered all the Christmas Lights with glossy accents. 

If you know Bugaboo Stamps, then you gotta love Stella!😂  This was made for Day 5 Holiday Chaos with the theme “Make Us Laugh”.  So of course my mind went to Stella and I thought this Stella Calendar November was a good one for a laugh about now as we were just hit with a winter storm with snow and ice.

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Found some snowflake papers and paired her with some purple colors along with just adding some silver glitter snowflakes to the design.  I added a button in the center of one of them and attached a sliver bow over top.

Stella’s glasses were colored in with a gel pen for the shine. 

This card was created for Day 6 Photo Inspired Challenge. (See photo below)  I thought it was such a darling photo and I noticed that the deer in the photo was so large compared to that little girl and so I was trying to capture that detail about with the photo by making the Bugaboo Ornament Element and this cute moose that was actually part of a tag image that I fussy cut out and attached him to the ornament. (I can’t find the moose I used in the store.)  I die cut a snowflake and the “believe” word to attach over top of the ornament.  I then took the sweet Bugaboo Ava Mistletoe Fairy that I’ve colored and fussy cut out in a smaller size to place on my scene.

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The scene was created with some white Glitterstock that was die cut with a hillside border die with some die cut pines behind it.  I also used an embossing folder for the snowfall in the background.  I colored the snow with a Copic marker under the images before I attached them to the scene.

And this card was made for the final Day 7 color combo challenge.  Plus, there was this really fun and cute freebie during the event that I grabbed up again before it expired, but it’s the Bugaboo AKV Reindeer Skate image.  I colored him up and even created an “ice rink” for him with a pen and then used a Copic marker to make a “skating trail” inside the rink and then I covered the entire area with a glitter pen for shimmer.  I also stamped some snowflakes above him and dotted the centers with a gold gel pen which was also used to color part of his scarf with.

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I added some papers to the opposite side of the image panel and lined the center between with gold foil paper.  I also gold heat embossed a sentiment over a red banner at the bottom and attached three gold accents at the top too.  The base of the card is kraft. Hopefully I have met all the challenges.😉

Thank you SO MUCH for joining me here today friends!  I will be back with just one more project for tomorrow as I need to meet another deadline for a challenge…so I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1. Catch the Bug – Holiday Chaos Day 4 BINGO!
  2. Catch the Bug – Holiday Chaos Day 5 “Make Us Laugh!”
  3. Catch the Bug – Holiday Chaos Day 6 Photo Inspiration
  4. Catch the Bug – Holiday Chaos Day 7 Color Combo
  5. Papercraft – #65 Snowflakes (second card)
  6. CRAFT – #581 Christmas the Last Stretch
  7. Alphabet Challenge – ‘S’ is for Snow Scene (third card)
  8. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #148 Anything Goes
  9. Christmas Kickstart – #45 Christmassy

Christmas Cards, Projects and Cookies…ready for Santa!🎅

Hello friends!  We’re here!  We made it to Christmas Eve!😀  My cards have been sent out, my cookies are done and delivered as well as my other little gifts.  This is quite a long post, so grab your hot cocoa or whatever your favorite beverage is and a Christmas cookie or treat and let’s see what I’ve been doing this past week:

So starting with my Christmas cards, I usually make around 40ish cards each year give-or-take and I only like to make a handful of them at a time for not only boredom of the same design, but for product depletion as well.

So back in July, I purchased this really adorable card kit from Taylored Expressions (included was the Frosty Background Cling and Clear Combo set + more.) that came with coordinated colored envelopes as well as the seals.  So I made a set of four different colored designs in two of each one.  The snowmen were popped up with foam squares over the backgrounds and I added some fun Snowflake bits that were included with the kit as well.

Next up is another set of cards I made using some more gorgeous products from Taylored Expressions.  I’ve used the Seasonal Sprig stamp and die combo along with the stencil to color them in with.  Some of these I ink blended the backgrounds, so I just used cardstock with a watermark effect and a white heat embossed sentiment.  I used the die to cut an extra frame behind the stamped one for added stability.  I made 4 of each design shown here for a total of 16.

I then made another set of four using the same products, but for these I gold heat embossed the image and sentiment and then used some watercolor for coloring it in with.  I also got some of these coordinating envelope seals to use on about 10 of the 16 cards.  (No longer available in store.)  I’ve also partially ink blended the background behind the frame on these as well.

Here are some cards that I’ve actually made a total of 8 similar designs using the large wording background dies from My Favorite Things.  I’ve used the “Sending Christmas Joy” and “I Really Miss You” dies for all eight of these, but only after I stamped the backgrounds.  I used the MFT Knitted Sweater BG stamp and the Brutus Monroe Alley Cat BG stamp for a couple of backgrounds before I die cut them.  Then I used the die cut letters to place into the other backgrounds on the cards to get that look.  So it was like creating 2 cards with one cut and filling it all in.  (For the BRM background stamp, I ink blended the background and stamped it as a watermark effect over it and then took the “left over” ink from that to stamp it again to create an additional BG.) I then cut out each of the panels with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and placed over a white A2 sized side folding card base.  The penguin image is from the MFT Holiday Penguins set and the bird on the other one is from the MFT “Tweet Holidays” (Not found in store.)

And then of course you don’t want to waste any backgrounds you’ve made, so you make more cards!  I’ve used a couple more images to personalize the design for people too.  I combined the sets Newton’s Nook Whispering Pines and the Lawn Fawn Winter Skies.  I think I took a set from them to create a sentiment to fit my cards as well. (not sure from which set.)

For the other card, I took this cute image from the Whimsy Stamps Gnome for Christmas stamp set, colored him up with my copics and cut him out with the coordinating die to pop him up over my card. (affiliate links for Whimsy Stamps)

And then for these set of 4 cards, I’ve just die cut a snowflake from some glitter paper and glued in the center of the “O” on each design and popped up a sentiment over that with foam tape stamped and die cut from the Taylored Expressions Mini Strips – Holiday and Mini Strips die.

And as you remember in a previous post those “recycled Crystal Light containers” that I make, I made another set of three of them here.  This time, I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Stamp of the Month (SOTM) along with the Stencil of the month for December for my designs here.  I just used my scissors to fussy cut those cute snowmen out as they were pretty simple to do and then I popped them up over an ink blended tag using the stencil over them.  I used coordinating cardstock and silver heat embossed the sentiment strip at the bottom and of course added my “snowman soup” poem on the back of the containers.  I’ve also added a layer of the BRM Sterling Elegant Essentials cardstock behind the tags.

And I made a couple of these darling ornaments from a fairly “new to me” company that I was actually introduced to with product during my time as a {Cupcake Inspirations} sweetie DT when they sponsored a challenge a while back.  P.S.  There are a few more days left to enter their current challenge of “SNOWFLAKES” if you want to pop on over to join us too!!

But I was so taken with this darling image and kit from Inky Stampers from this Snow Much Fun Kit.  You get the snowflake ornament (with string), the stamp set and die, papers, wobbler, along with glitter to complete it too!  Well I wanted to make more than one, so I grabbed another set of Snowflake Ornaments from the store and just added my own papers and glitter from my stash to make it.  

And of course, last, but certainly not least, here’s all of the Christmas treats that I’ve made to give out to family and of course for hubby to eat up as we went along too!😋  I have made from top left on down:  Homemade caramel corn, white chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter fudge, molasses cookies, chocolate covered caramel pecan clusters, scottish peanut butter cereal cookies, chocolate fudge, snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkles.  Of course each family member has a favorite they like me to make and there are a couple of old recipes passed down from grandparents/parents that I like to add in as well.  They’re all delicious and I enjoyed making them.

Whew!  I’m ready for that “Looong winter’s nap” now!!🥱  I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today and it has brought you some inspiration and/or a smile somehow!  I have received some beautiful Christmas cards and I so appreciate them and have them all displayed by being pinned around my garland in our pass-through in the living room/dining area.  I think after a bit of rest, I need to finish up my projects for the “Bugaboo Christmas Chaos” that I haulted in the middle for to finish up Christmas projects….so I’ll be back soon with that.

In the meantime, I wish a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!!🎅

“tis the Season for Holiday Chaos and Update on Christmas Cards for Danny🎅

Hello friends!  This is my second post for today, so please scroll down to see it or CLICK HERE for the {Cupcake Inspirations} Reminder post.

I have several creations to share with you today because while I’m working on trying to get some last minute Christmas projects finished, I thought that I would join in the fun week long “Holiday Chaos” challenges over at the Catch the Bug Blog for Bugaboo Stamps.  I’ve caught up with all of the challenges up to today and then hopefully later this week I’ll be able to post the remainder of them:

This card is for the Day 1 challenge of “Reindeer Games”, so I had this really cute Bugaboo image called Little Penguin Reindeer and colored him up for my card.  I had these fun reindeer papers in my stash to pair with him and then found this fun sentiment strip to add with it as well.😂

I’ve used some gold glitter paper and added some gold glitter enamel dots in the corner.  The bells on the penguin’s waist was covered with a gold glitter pen and then I added some faux snowflakes along the circle image border too.

This next card was created for Day 2 Challenge of a sketch.  I’ve colored up this adorable Bugaboo image called Christmas Teddy 2 Ornaments all in blue colors!  Hard to tell in the photo, but I’ve used glitter gel pens to color in the stripe of the ornament and the silver tops.

I have been itching to pull out my Martha Stewart papers that have been lurking in my stash and I really love the colors in them along with the silver foil!  I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Brutus Monroe “Holiday Essentials” stamp set and cut it out as a banner with my scissors and popped it up over the card with foam tape.  I finished the design with some Drip Drops from Taylored Expressions.

And of course here’s my project for today’s challenge Day 3 ABC/Anything But a Card.  I make these little “snowman soup” containers every year for my family and sometimes sneek in an extra “surprise” or 2 inside!  You may have recalled these on my blog before, but they’re just recyled Crystal Light containers and they fit the hot cocoa, candy cane, marshmallows and a few chocolate kisses all in there perfectly together.  I’ve decorated them in many different ways.  CLICK HERE to see a previous post that shows another way I’ve made them in the past.  This time, I just made tags to attach around the containers.  I have made another set of 3 of these containers (different images) that I will show in a future post too!

I’ve used these adorable snowmen from Bugaboo Stamps called “Snowman Snowflakes” (right) and “Snowman Snowballs” (left).  I colored them up with Copics and added a sentiment that was stamped at the bottom from Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments stamp set.

I’ve had this “snowman soup” poem for years and years and just printed it out on my computer and attached it to the back of the containers.  The top of the lids are also covered with pattern papers.  P.S.  If you haven’t tried the “Hot Cocoa Hershey Kisses”…oh my goodness they’re so good!😋

UPDATE:

I also wanted to share an update on the “Christmas Cards for Danny” post you may remember that I posted about a few weeks back.  I’ve actually seen an update in my own hometown newspaper about all the cards he’s received and as of December 10th, he’s received 2,544 Christmas cards from ALL OVER THE WORLD! How cool is that?!  Please CLICK HERE to read the newspaper article about the overwhelming support and heartfelt Christmas wishes people have sent him!  This really touches my heart and uplifts me about the kindess in the human spirit.  Thank you to those that took the time to send a Christmas card his way!  It’s really what Christmas is all about.

Challenges:

  1. Catch the Bug – Holiday Chaos Day 1: Reindeer Games (card 1)
  2. Catch the Bug – Holiday Chaos Day 2: Sketch (card 2)
  3. Catch the Bug – Holiday Chaos Day 3: ABC Anything But a Card (snowmen soup)
  4. Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round – December Gifts/Containers (snowmen soup)
  5. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #45 Anything Goes + critter (card 2)
  6. Crafty Animals – #45 Anything Goes + animal (card 2)
  7. Daring Cardmakers – Animal Antics at Christmas (card 1)
  8. The Sisterhood of Crafters – Anything Christmas/Winter (snowmen soup)
  9. Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C565 past sketch from 2020 (I used sketch C4C553 for card 1)

Crafty Chefs Gnome Joy & FINALLY Finished Projects from Whimsy Retreat!🎉

Hello my friends!  Are you getting all of your Holiday errands finished up?  I’ve still got some cards to send out and get going on my cookies!  I always feel behind every year…are you this way too?

So while I was “making merry” literally, I thought I’d join in the December Crafty Chefs Group Challenge and see what I could come up with for it.  This cute little gnome has been wanting to jump on my craft table for a while…

Isn’t he adorable?!  He came from the Brutus Monroe Gnome Place Like Home stamp set that I had actually got last year around this time and just never had the time to pull it to play with before Christmas rush finished up.  Note to self…I have TONS of those items this year, so plan EARLIER! LOL!  It seems I always get closer to a deadline and then want to come up with all kinds of things I want to try…is it the pressure or what?!

Anyway, I’ve got him all colored up with Copics and then I used the coordinating dies to cut him out with that I’ve attached with foam tape over my “Joy Fold Card“.  (This was part of the challenge for the Crafty Chefs this months and I followed along with a tutorial to a link *see link above* that was given, but I changed it up slightly by making it an A2 size.)  For the card design, I’ve used these awesome Brutus Monroe Sweater Weather Paper Pad.  I’ve added some shimmer metallic ribbon and also stamped some green snowflakes from the gnome stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies as well.  I also found some green colored pearls to add to the centers of each one too!  The ribbon, pearls/gems and color green were a requirement for the Crafty Chefs challenge.

The snowflake on the left side of the gnome is popped up and actually helping to hold the top flap down, so you have to pull it out to open the card.

So when you pull open the flap, open the inside flap, this is what you’ll see inside.  I heat embossed the sentiment along with a couple of snowflakes from the gnome stamp set with BRM Alabaster EP and colored up a gift package, cut it out with the coordinating dies and attached it to the green panel.  I also took the BRM Alabaster Ink Pad and rubbed it along the edges of the green panel before attaching.

Here’s this month’s requirements for the December Crafty Chef Challenge.  I used them all except for the very last one.  It’s been a long time since I’ve made a Joy Fold card, so this was really fun!

I’m also VERY excited to announce that I have FINALLY finished all of those projects from the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Retreat that I took over a weekend back in October!  Yep, I guess I’m pretty slow!  In my defense, I took extra time so that I could enjoy each minute of it all and go back to revisit posts and tutorials!  There were 23 projects total and I made a few extras along the way.  Here are my last ones:

This was for kit 19 and a wonderful coloring tutorial from the one and only Crissy who also illustrated the image of course! The sentiment I added myself is from Lawn Fawn.
This was for kit 20 and I was so thrilled to finally be able to get to these adorable gnomes! Love this fun shaker design! I put my own spin on it with the embossing folder background, stitches, twine and snowflakes.
Last, but certainly not least is this fun mixed media project by Iris for the final project. We even got to make a customized envelope to house the slimline card. She had Christmas greeting on her design, but I wanted to make it a winter birthday card. Love how it turned out!

So that’s all I have to share for now, but I know I’ll be back again on Monday to share a reminder challenge post for you!  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by to see what I’m doing friends!  Hope you are staying healthy and happy!  Enjoy your weekend!

Challenges (ONLY for Joy Fold Gnome Card):

  1. A Perfect Time to Craft – #12 Anything Goes
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – #129 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #82 December Anything Goes
  4. Love to Craft – LTCCB53 December Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #409 Anything Goes
  6. Arty Divas – #32 Anything Goes
  7. Crafty Creations – #416 December Anything Goes
  8. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring

Shades of Blue at {Cupcake Inspirations}

Hello friends!  Hope that you’ve had a great first weekend of December and are ready to roll on with the spirit of the Season!  I know the world is a bit different, but it’s been great to get out the Holiday decorations and try to keep things as “normal” as we can be.  We went out and drove through our local park filled with Christmas lights while sipping some Starbuks coffee and the baking of cookies always gets me in the spirit.  What do you like to do around the Holidays?

Today, I have a new challenge to share with you over at {Cupcake Inspirations}:

The new challenge for the next two weeks is a color challenge in “Shades of Blue“!  You need to be sure to use at least three different shades of blue when making your project.  So any theme or occasion you can think of just use these colors!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge!  Here’s my project:

I think my favorite colors to decorate with for Christmas are blue and silver!  So I knew I wanted to pull out this GORGEOUS stamp set from Whimsy Stamps called Elegant Ornaments and have a play with it!

I started with a Bristol Smooth Watercolor panel and took the Whimsy Stamps Beaded Curtain Stencil and went over the top with some Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Oxide Distress Inks.  I ended with the lightest color and faded it into the white.  I took the lightest color and also went over the top of the panel too.  I then cut the panel out with the Whimsy Stamps Zig-Zag Stitched Rectangle die.

I then took a couple of the ornaments along with the sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed them where I wanted to place them with Ranger Liquid Platinum EP.  I took my Zig CC Real Brush Markers and colored in the heat embossed ornaments and blended them together with a watercolor brush.  I then stamped the “curved beads” images in navy colored ink and then heat embossed the strings to the ornaments so that it all looked layered.

This image panel was layered over a piece of silver mirror cardstock and then layered over an A2 sized side folding navy cardbase.  Lastly, I added some blue sequins and filled the centers with some Nuvo Dazzling Blue Glitter Drops.

Here’s a closer look at the ornaments and how that pretty embossing powder looks.  I noticed that the navy beads caught some of the EP when I heat embossed the strings to the ornaments, but I don’t mind that as I think it gives a bit of shimmer over them and gives more depth to it.  The card looks very pretty and sparkly and I’m happy with how it turned out.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my “shades of blue” creation today and it has inspired you to pull out your blue colored goodies to play along with us!  Please be sure to check out the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog to have a look at the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT to help inspire you more!

Thanks so much for joining me here today and I’ll be seeing you soon!😉

Challenges:

  1. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes
  2. Dream Valley – #238 Christmas
  3. Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – Pick a Precious 2020 Challenge – February 52CCT6-20 3 shades of blue
  5. Through the Purple Haze – #174 Holiday – Make it Blue
  6. Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C564 Elvis “A Blue Christmas”
  7. Merry Little Christmas – MLCCB29 December Anything Goes Christmas
  8. The Paper Funday – #24 December Anything Goes optional: Christmas/Holiday
  9. Crafty Calendar – December Christmas theme

Guest Design Post for Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

Hello friends!  Really excited to share my post today as a guest designer for the new challenge over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  One of the cards I had previously entered had been chosen as a top pick and I was also invited as a guest to participate for this challenge.  The new challenge is this beautiful photo which is just perfect for this time of the year:

**Please remember that when you enter your creation for this challenge blog that you MUST include a stamp that is at least one year or older on your creation**

I was so inspired by the warm and cozy feeling of this image with the candle, so my thoughts turned to an older stamp set that I’ve had in my collection for several years:

Both the candle and sentiment came from a rubber stamp set by Whimsy Stamps called “Peace on Earth“.  It is no longer available and I’m thinking it was circa 2010.  There is ONE digital image available that derived from this set called “Peace Angel“.  (If you were familiar with Whimsy Stamps as far back as I was, you may remember the whole set and that this candle image was included with it.)  I obviously still love the set and won’t part with it!😉

I’ve got it stamped and colored with Copics over the white panel along with the sentiment from the same stamp set in red ink.  The ribbon on the candle was paper pieced with some old pattern paper in my stash.  I also used the same paper to die cut a couple of stars for the corner.

The image panel was cut out with the Whimsy Stamps Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle die, layered with red cardstock and then popped up with foam tape over a grey woodgrain embossed panel that was also cut out with the same die set.  I ran some white ink over the grey woodgrain piece to bring out the texture in it a bit more.  I layered these panels over a red top folding A2 sized top folding card base.

I’ve also used the “Stampin’ Up! Pretty Pines Thinlit dies” for the accents along the edges of the image panel.  I die cut the pine cone pieces as well as the pine branches and arranged them over my design.  I took some Gina K Glitter Glitz Gel and added it over those die pieces as well as around the edges of the grey woodgrain panel and the top of the stars.  Lastly, I’ve added a double twine bow in the center of the stacked stars.

Here’s a closer look at that candle image and how I’ve got it colored up and paper pieced on my design.  I’ve also taken some Ranger Stickles icicle and added some in the center of the flame in the candle.

You can also see the “snowy glitter” effect from the Gina K Glitter Glitz Gel.  It dries hard and doesn’t come off!  I like how it has sort of an icy look about it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and have been inspired in some way!  Please be sure to stop on over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog to take a peek at the inspiration from the design team and how they were inspired by the beautiful photo as well!  Hope you will be able to join along in the fun too!

Thanks for stopping in friends and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Crafty Catz – #529 Anything Goes optional “Baby it’s cold outside”
  2. Cut It Up – #214 Christmas + die cut
  3. Allsorts – #600 Christmas flowers, Wreaths and Trees (hope my pines count)
  4. Sunday Stamps – SSC245 Winter Warmth color challenge 

HOliday Sweets Challenge Reminder for {Cupcake Inspirations}🥧

Hello friends!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I first would like to say a huge thank you to those that have mentioned they were going to send out a Christmas card for Danny (mentioned in previous post below) and also sharing the newspaper article.  I think it will be so exciting to see how many cards he receives and from where around the world!🎅❤  I think this will help bring him much needed cheer!

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Today I have a fun creation with more inspiration for our “Holiday Sweets” challenge over at the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog!  So I hope that you will drop on over, check out the inspirations from the rest of the sweeties and come share your delicious Holiday Sweets creations with us!

I’m still in a “cookie” mode and looking forward to making some traditional Christmas cookies in my own kitchen soon…so I’ve played around with a recent card kit I’ve received:

I’ve created a cozy and festive table scene full of delicious Christmas cookie treats using several products from the Brutus Monroe Holiday Traditions Limited Edition Creative Kit and a few other items.  First of all, the cookies from that kit were super fun to put together!  It comes with all the dies and stamps you need to decorate a (craft) cookie with!

I started my card with an A2 sized top folding Brutus Monroe Lunch Bag cardstock piece and used some of the Brutus Monroe Winter Cabin Paper Pad to create my scene for the “table” and background. The cookies were all created with the stamps, dies and some paper from the kit, but I added some Alabaster White EP for the frosting and some red Nuvo Crystal Drops for decoration.  There was a felt circle cut in the kit that I cut off to attach over my “table” to place the cookies on.  I also heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set in the kit with Raven Sparkle EP and die cut with a banner from my stash.  I went around the edges of it with some Alabaster Ink.

The hot cocoa mug came from a previous card kit with the Brutus Monroe S’More Coffee stamp set that I stamped, colored and cut out to place on my table scene.  I took the whole scene and layered it over a black piece of cardstock included in the kit and added it to my card base.

Here’s a closer look at those cookies!  You can see that the die cuts have cut the images out right up next to the image line.  I also took a glue pen and added some chunky style glitter from my stash to make some of the cookies look like they’re sugar coated.  You can also see the sparkle from the EP in my sentiment. 

Probably hard to see the bit of shimmer inside the cocoa mug and on the candy cane that I covered with my glitter brush pen, but it’s all shimmery and sparkly in person.  I colored up the mug with my Copic markers and fussy cut out the image.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my cozy Christmas cookie scene here and are inspired to pull out your favorite Holiday sweets to play along with us too!  Please be sure to stop by the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog to see more inspiration from the DT Sweeties!  Looking forward to seeing your creations there!

Thanks for popping in today friends!  I’ll be back very soon with a special post!

Challenges:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Food and/or Drink
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  3. Aud Sentiments – #265 Anything Goes + sentiment
  4. Creative Knockouts – #378 Christmas Delight
  5. Creative Fingers – #198 Anything Goes
  6. Christmas Kickstart – #43 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (cookies for Santa!)
  7. Merry Little Christmas – MLCCB28 Anything Christmas Goes

Card for Santa’s Friend and Christmas Projects from Whimsy Retreat!🎅

Hello there friends!  I hope that you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day for those of you that celebrate.  It’s difficult not being able to celebrate the holiday in the usual way with sitting at the table with family and I really miss them all so much and look forward to being able to hug them tightly in the future.  I did have a nice dinner with hubby and we stuffed ourselves, also enjoyed spending time with each other.

After Thanksgiving comes the “Black Friday” shopping which I don’t go out and do in the department stores anyway let alone during this time, but I do enjoy taking advantage of deals online!  Did you shop any sales or plan to this weekend?

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Today I have a Christmas card that I’ve made for a very special individual with Down Syndrome.  He has a very weakened immune system and is unable to go out and visit Santa like he usually does (6 times at least each year)!  Santa is his friend and he doesn’t understand why he can’t see him and thinks he’s been “bad” this year.😥  Although he is an adult in age, he doesn’t understand with his mental handicap and his mother has asked if people would help in sending a Christmas card to him.  Of course THIS is the reason I love making cards!  CLICK HERE to read about the article in the newspaper if you’d like to send one to him too.  Here’s the card I made for Danny:

**Edited to add Danny’s mailing address as I’ve been contacted about some not being able to access the link to the newspaper article:

  • Danny Moreland
  • 2701 N. Prospect Road
  • Peoria, IL  61603
  • USA

I was trying to go through all of my stamps that had a Santa and the first one that came to my mind was this older Stampin’ Up! stamp set called “Jolly Old Saint Nick” and it’s one of my favorite images for a Santa!  I love how he’s got that “wink” going!

I colored him up with Copic markers and cut it out with a stitched round rectangle die and then layered it over a piece of red mirror cardstock that was cut with a rounder punch.  For the design of this card, I’ve used a current sketch challenge (see below this post).  I found some festive papers in my stash and cut the strips that I rounded the corners on with the punch as well.  For the middle strip, I used some more of the red mirror cardstock and ran it through a brick embossing folder before attaching it to the other pieces.  I layered them over a white A2 sized side folding card base that I also rounded the corners on as well.

For the sentiment, which also came from the same stamp set, I heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Christmas Eve EP over a piece of white cardstock and cut it out with a banner die and cut off the edge of the card.

Here’s a closer look at Santa and how I’ve colored him in.  I couldn’t resist giving him white highlights on his cheeks with a gel pen.  You can see the beautiful mirror effect with that embossed middle strip as well as the pretty sparkle in the sentiment from that EP I mentioned above.

And of course I wanted to make the outside envelope that it’s getting mailed in just as fun!  I took a diagonal striped stencil and inked it up with red ink along the bottom on both sides.  I also had a fun “Postal Christmas” stamp set (unknown) and stamped a few of those all over the envelope in red and green inks.  I sure hope that he enjoys this card and helps to bring a smile to let him know that Santa KNOWS he’s been good!😉


I had also told you in a previous post that I was still working on projects from the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Workshop that I participated in during October…well I’ve just been slowly enjoying completing them as I go and I saved the Christmas projects for last for this reason! LOL!  I’m getting closer to finishing up all of those projects!  (Only 3-4 left to do I think!)  For now…here’s some Christmas projects from the retreat:

This was for kit 8. What’s fun about this card is that there is an action wobbler behind the pile of treats she’s holding! I had fun coloring her up and I couldn’t stop playing with the wobbler! LOL! PS: This is a good reminder for the {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge too!😋😉
This was for kit 13. I slightly changed up the card, but not much. I actually made a shaker with the jar and put some acetate behind it and then I also added a tag and silver ribbon at the top of the jar. I paper pieced the fairy’s gift box instead of coloring the strips too. I love the colors in this one!
This slimline card was for kit 17. All of the dies were actually really fun to color and arrange to create a scene with. I didn’t change things up too much with this one other than covering the bottom snow with glitter and then adding a sentiment onto the bottom of the frame. I splattered the sky with white paint instead of using a white gel pen.
And this fun bookmark was for kit 18. The ink blended colors were similar to the above card, but I colored in the letters with a white pencil and then used a gel pen to trace around the letters. I white heat embossed some snowflakes and added doodles with gel pens as well as pearl drops. I also added some tinsel ribbon to go along with the twine given. I might use this as a tag…not sure yet.

That was a rather long post!  I’m a bit behind and trying to catch up with my projects, posting right now.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my projects today and have been inspired to get some festive projects going!  I’ll be back very soon with another project and challenge reminder soon!

Challenges for Santa card only:

  1.  Try Stampin’ On Tuesday – Sketch
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2047 Anything Goes
  4. Always Fun – #190 Inspired On a Movie (“The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen)
  5. Sweet Stampers – #50 Christmas
  6. The House That Stamps Built – N2520 Anything Goes
  7. Sweet Stampin’ – Spots or Stripes
  8. Christmas 24 – #22 Santa Claus 

Holiday Sweets for {Cupcake Inspirations}!🥧

Hello friends!  Hope that you’ve enjoyed your weekend!  Thanksgiving is coming up this week and the full Holiday Season has begun and one of the things that most people are thinking about (at least my family anyway!) are those wonderful “Holiday Sweets“!  Yum!😋

This is also our new challenge for the next 2 weeks over at {Cupcake Inspirations}!  So I hope that you are able to start (if you haven’t already) thinking about creating something crafty with those “Holiday Sweets” in mind and join along in the fun with us!  Here’s what I’ve come up with for this challenge:

I remember times with my kids when we did the “milk and cookies” you leave for Santa along with your nice letter about some things you wish for him to bring you. We always wrote the letters to Santa and made sure that we put out the cookies…and usually hot cocoa on Christmas Eve.  There were always candy canes on the tree to pluck off to stir your hot cocoa with as well!

I remembered this fun little Simon Says Stamp Christmas card kit (Christmas Squad) that I hardly made a dent in to use at all, so it was really great to pull out these adorable Doodlebug items with a “milk and cookies” theme in the papers and images! I had unopened packages of cut out images which is the table with the lamp, Santa letter and mug on it.  I took the doggie image from the stamp set, stamped, colored and used the coordinating dies to cut it out with and popped it over the table image panel with foam tape. This panel was cut with a Wonky Stitch Rectangle die as well as the background papers.  I layered everything over an A2 sized top folding red card base.  The image panel was also layered over some of this red cardstock as well after sponging around the edges with some light blue ink.

Lastly, I took a sentiment from the same stamp set and white heat embossed it over another piece of red cardstock that was cut out with a banner die and popped up underneath the image panel with foam tape. (I thought it was the perfect sentiment to add especially for this year to someone you miss!)

Here’s a closer view of the images that I’ve put together onto this panel.  The pup was colored with my usual Copic markers and I’ve used a silver gel pen to color in his collar tag with.

I also had some Doodlebug stickers with the kit and added the bitten cookie with a smile face next to the other cookie on the table.  I also added a candy cane enamel sticker to the table as well as the heart enamel stickers above the table.

The strip of papers in the center of the card came from the backside left over piece that was cut out from the milk and cookies panel in the background.  The colors matched up nicely with the images.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my “Holiday Sweets” card today and it has brought you a smile, a special memory or inspiration.  If you need more inspiration for this challenge, please be sure to check out the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog to see the rest of the DT sweeties and what they came up with!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping in and I’ll be seeing you soon!

**WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING**

Challenges:

  1. Simons Says Stamp Wednesday – Christmas
  2. CRAFT – Christmas
  3. Cardz 4 Galz – Cute Christmas
  4. Cute Card Thursday – Sentimental
  5. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes optional Christmas