Otterly Missing You!

Hello friends!  I wanted to say thank you for adding your comments from my last post about the card kits! LOL!  I see that I’m not alone!  You’ve all actually really inspired me to get them pulled out and use them despite how old/new they are!  Loved the idea about making several cards and sending them along to charities too!  Always love reading your feedback! 🙂

Today I wanted to share with you another card I made with the oh so adorable Digi Doodle Studios “Otterly Love” Pairables set that you may remember my card from last week that I’ve posted HERE.  I’ve used it again for my card below:

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His sweet little face gets me every time! 🙂   As in the previous card I made with this set, I’ve arranged the digital images from the set how I wanted them to look on my design and then just printed it out.  (Check out the set in the store or see photo below this post for all the images included with this set!)

After coloring up my image panel, I die cut it out with a cross-stitch rectangle die and set it aside.  I cut a white A2 sized top folding card base and then layered a white heart embossed (folder from Stampin’ Up!) card front panel that was also cut with the cross-stich rectangle die.  I used some watered down ink (Strawberry Slush from Stampin’ Up!) and a fan brush to splatter some color over it.  I also CAREFULLY took the image panel and splattered some more over that panel as well.

I then arranged the rectangle layers including the gray colored cardstock (Smokey Slate from Stampin’ Up!)  panel and attached them to the embossed card front panel.  I tied some of that triple stitched ribbon (from Stampin’ Up!) around all of these layers and added a bow with it before attaching it all to the card base.  Lastly, I’ve added some clear sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the Copic coloring I’ve done on this cute critter posing on his little rock.  (I thought he needed a bit of ‘water’ around him.)

You can see the hearts and along the bottom of his feet where I’ve added some shimmer with a clear glitter brush pen.  I’ve also used a white gel pen for his cheeks and eyes.

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It’s a super simple card, but oh so much fun to color him up!  I thought it was a nice card to send for a ‘miss you’ to someone you love!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using this cute digital set!  Please be sure to stop on over at the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group and join us to share your DDS projects and grab some inspiration.  You can also join several of the on-going challenges as well!

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

Here’s the “Otterly Love” Pairables set I’ve used on my card today.  (Click on the photo below to purchase/view in the store!):

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes #177
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #380
  3. Not Just Cards – Jan. Anything Goes
  4. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes (Happy 5th!)
  5. The Cutie Pie– Cute, Clean and Simple
  6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes PIP2002
  7. Crafty Cardmakers – Anything Goes #248

 

I’m Otterly In Love

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  Do have any plans for the weekend?  I have plans to probably stay in and color since there’s snow predicted for us! Brr!

I wanted to share a card I’ve made with this “OTTERLY” adorable brand new Pairables digital set that has come out today from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Isn’t that the sweetest little face?!  This entire scene was digitally created on my computer using the *NEW* Otterly Love Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios!  If you’d like to take a look at what’s in the entire set, then check it out in the store link or see the bottom of this post!  I will have another card coming with this same set soon, so stay tuned!

*Tip*  The “thing” I love about creating scenes digitally as apposed to regular stamping is that there’s no masking involved!  Just create on the computer and you can resize and arrange/bring forward/bring back, etc all you want without the hassle and it’s easy to start over as it’s on your computer!  It’s easier than you think if you’ve never done it!

So as I mentioned, I arranged each image on my computer how I wanted the images to be and printed it out, colored it in and sponged in some distress ink along the edges so the whole panel has color over it.

I die cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and used the same die set to cut a larger piece in the brown cardstock that was layered over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I used my Cricut to cut out the cattails along the right side.  I popped it up with some thin pieces of foam tape to add to my design.  Lastly, I finished out the card with some gold heart sequins around the sentiment.  (This is a nice flat design so it’s easily mailable too!)

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cutie!  I’ve used my Copic markers to color most of the panel including all of the grass blades.

I took a white gel pen to give him extra highlight on his eyeballs and cheeks.  I also covered the pond water with a glitter brush pen for some shimmer.  Not sure you can see it, but of course it’s nice and glittery in person!

I’ve also used a sponge to lightly cover the cattails with white ink.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using this darling new Pairables set from DDS!  I’m seriously looking forward to sharing more with it soon as I think this has easily become my favorite!!  🙂

Please be sure to check out not only the store, but grab some inspiration by joining us on our Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group as well as join in some challenges!  You can check out several ways to enter for a chance to win by CLICKING HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and I’ll see you soon!

Here is the Digi Doodle Studios product(s) used on my card today:  (Click on the photo to view/purchase in the store.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Country View – Love
  2. The Paper Funday – Anything Goes with optional Friendship
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes #71
  4. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  5. Let’s Craft and Create – Anything Goes with optional:  Love is in the Air
  6. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies– PIP2001 Anything Goes

Let’s Celebrate at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!!!

*I wanted to take a moment to first wish all of my friends and blog readers here an extremely Happy New Year and best wishes for the most amazing 2020 you can have!  I have REALLY appreciated each and every one of you for your friendship, support and comments throughout this last year…it really means so much to me!  I hope to continue to inspire and spread smiles with you in the comng year as well!  HUGS*

Today is obviously the first which means it’s time to start a brand new challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  So remember that you have the entire month to play along and It’s ALWAYS an “Anything Goes + a critter” on your crafty project!  Easy peasy!

Here’s the creation I made for this month:

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He’s such a cutie and I think he would be a fun little guy to celebrate with especially since it looks like he’s handing out cupcakes! LOL!!

The sponsor for our challenge this month is Bugaboo Stamps and the team were given some images to play with, so I have used this adorble Birthday Hedgie 02 digital stamp on my card today!

After coloring him up with Copic markers, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut him out with and then layered him onto a blue layer of cardstock along with another yellow layer that was cut from a stitched scallop rectangle die.  I used some craft foam to pop him up over the card front design.

For the card base, I took a top folding A2 sized kraft card base and found some fun birthday papers in similar colors slightly cut down to go over top.  I also found a matching blue dotted strip of paper to place from top to bottom of the card base design.  the sentiment was stamped in black ink at the bottom of the image panel.  This is a new set I got from Simon Says Stamp called Tiny Words.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cute little guy!  His “hair” actually got a bit more “fuzzy” than what I was going for, but I didn’t want to keep going over him or he might look like he partied a bit too much! LOL!

Of course it’s very hard to see unless you see it person, but I’ve added some shimmer with my glitter brush pen over the cupcakes and little hearts.  I also used some colored gel pens to go over some of the confetti pieces around him.  I also used a white gel pen for his cheeks and I thought he needed some eyeballs and I made those too!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that you’ll swing on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog to catch the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this month too!  We can’t wait to see your critter creations!

P.S.  Just for fun, please share with me if you have any crafty or non-crafty “New Year’s resolutions/goals” for this year!  My goal is to COMPLETELY finish each card I make this year with sentiment/decorated inside, with the envelope and signed on back!  I hope it holds up!  I started with this card!! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Make My Monday – Female Birthday (Thought it could be used for anyone!)
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday – “Party Time”
  3. Creative Knockouts – Celebrations
  4. QKR Stampede– #378 Anything goes

Christmas for a Cleaning Lady

Hello friends!  As I continue on here with my “Countdown to Christmas” sharing, I’ve also received a request for a Christmas card that I needed to work on along with my own Christmas cards! LOL!  The request was from someone that wanted me to make something special for their “cleaning lady” and here’s what I came up with:

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I actually didn’t realize how hard it was to find  a variety of this type of occupation in a digital stamp.  (I didn’t have time to purchase anything and wait for it to get here, so I had to look up something in digital format.)  This person was requesting this type of image specifically and so I sent photos of different images I found and this is the one that was picked out for me to color.

I’ve not heard of this company before, but in searching for this type of image and the one that was ultimately picked is called Spring Cleaning-Version 1 from Cute As A Button Stamps and Design.  (There’s actually some really cute images in there I might go back and take a look at in the store again!)

Because it needed to be a Christmas card, I needed to make it more “Christmas” than “Spring”…so I just tried using more traditional Christmas colors with it.  Found a nice plaid background paper with a pretty die cut to go along the edge that was cut from some silver mirror cardstock and then added the Christmas sentiment with a bow from some seam binding and then a twine bow with a glossy dot in the center.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  The eyes were requested to be brown, but I just took the image and again, added in the red and green colors for a Christmas themed look to it.

For the vaccum wheel, I added a silver brad in the center and the handle was colored with a gel pen as well as the “grommets” on her shoes. I used a white gel pen to create the “dots” on the bottom of her apron.  I covered the pail and the liquid in her spray bottle with a glitter brush pen.  You can also see the “foam” from her pail that was made with some liquid applique.  I just heat set it to make it “puffy”.

I used a stitched rectangle die to cut her out with and then sponged on some light green around the edges.  I did the same for the sentiment that was cut from a stitched circle die and then layered with a green piece cut from a scallop circle die.

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I think the colors and the silver accents really helped pull this together for a fun Christmas card taylor fit for a “Cleaning Lady”!  🙂

The person who commissioned the card has received it and was very pleased with it and even gave me an extra tip for it!  That was not necessary, but very appreciated of course!  I’m happy that it was well received and I enjoy the coloring too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my share today and I’ll be back again tomorrow with some more Crafty Christmas sharing!  Thanks so much for stopping in!!

Challenges:

  1.  Cute As A Button Challenge – Anything Goes #51
  2. Not Just Cards – December Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #376
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes #106
  5. The Creatie Crafters – Anything Goes #23
  6. Createful Heart Design – Anything Goes #15
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes #120
  8. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1950 Anything Goes

 

Christmas Makes Countdown!

Hey friends!  I hope you’re having a great start to your week!  I have been in the Christmas making card mode the last few days and just finished sending out over twenty cards I believe.  I had previously made a few and already had those sent out over seas too.  I actually still have just a couple more to make for a few people close to me and I’ll be finished.

So I thought since I’ve been doing Christmas makings, I’d share some things that I’ve been working on with you!

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Here’s a fun “Snow Globe” shaped card that I had actually made for the Kit And Clowder Christmas card swap.  I made it in November and had actually sent it out the last week of November.  I just wanted to make sure she received it before I posted it anywhere and she did!

I have used this really sweet digital image from Whimsy Stamps called Snowman and Snowflakes by Crissy Armstrong.  I had to make it a certain size so that it would fit with my “Snow Globe” design.  So I’ve used a stitched die cut circle to cut it out with so that it could be placed on the inside of the card design.

If you would like to see how to put one of these shaped cards together for yourself, then you can check it out HERE on Splitcoast Stampers for the tutorial.

I’ve used some fun papers for the bottom and die cut a stitched scallop circle frame from some gold mirror cardstock and then used my MS “goo border punch” for the snow drip edge at the top.  I even took some white Staz On ink and stamped a few snowflakes over top of the acetate piece on the front of the card.  I added some gold ribbon and a holly sprig from Prima around the bottom.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve got him all colored up with Copic markers.  I’ve also taken a glue pen and added some extra glitter to the snowflakes around the image as well.

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And when you open the inside of the “Snow Globe” card, this is what it looks like with the sentiment.  I have used a retired Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set called “Christmas Greetings” to stamp both the “happy” sentiment in red ink as well as the snowflakes on the piece of acetate with White Staz On ink.

I then took the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Large Word die and cut it out with a piece of gold mirror cardstock and glued that to the inside bottom of the card.  I also took some white ink and sponged around the edges of this entire inside.

I haven’t made one of these Snow Globe cards for quite a while, so that was fun to do!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed it too!  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I’ll see you again soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links used on my card today:

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Challenges: 

  1.  Make My Monday – Anything Christmas
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Christmas
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas – Anything Christmas
  4. Papercraft – Christmas
  5. Sweet Stampers – Anything Goes
  6. Try it On Tuesday – Christmas is Coming!
  7. Crafty Creations – #404 Anything Goes
  8. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes

DDS and PND Collaboration Blog Hop is Here!

Hello friends!  Today is the “special day” of our really fun and festive Collaboration Blog Hop!  Hope you will be joining along with us for lots of inspiration and prizes!  Woohoo!

This blog hop starts TODAY and ends December 18th!  Winners announced Dec 20th!

**If you came from Maria’s Blog Post, you’re in the right place!  If you are starting from here or somewhere else, please go to the MAIN BLOG page to begin!**

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If you need some ‘Happy Holiday’ inspiration, then this blog hop is for you!  Let us help you with some wonderful Christmas themed inspiration from two amazing companies! The digital stamps at Paper Nest Dolls and Digi Doodle Studios are PERFECT for those last minute projects and gifts because there’s NO shipping involved! – order, download, print and create!

Digi Doodle Studios and Paper Nest Dolls have teamed up for the FIRST time to present to you a fabulous Holiday Hop!  Please be sure to stop by each blog and subscribe!

Collaborations are a great way to see incredible projects from two different design teams and get your creativity mojo going. Hop along for new ideas on how to combine our two companies’ darling stamps. There are GIVEAWAYS, SALES, and a CHALLENGE too!

BLOG HOP & GIVEAWAYS:

Hop to each blog and see how our Design Teams combined Digi Doodle Studios and Paper Nest Dolls digital stamps on their cards. Be sure to make a UNIQUE comment on each stop along the hop for your chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize Winner will recieve: $50 Prize Pack that includes $25 worth of Stamps, Paper Pads and Goodies from Paper Nest Dolls & a $25 Gift Certificate to Digi Doodle Studios
  • TWO Blog Hop Winners will receive: 2 Digi Doodle Studios digital Stamps & 2 Paper Nest Dolls digital Stamps of choice

Commenting will be open from December 10th- December 18th. Winners announced on December 20th.

HUGE SALES:

  • Digi Doodle Studios is offering 25% off the ENTIRE Store!  (December 10th-18th Use Code: DDSHLDYHOP19)

CHALLENGE:

We want to see how you COMBINE the Digi Doodle Studios and Paper Nest Dolls images too!  So please be sure to join and share your projects with us here:

Enter your card into the “DDS PND Crafty Friends” Albums in each group page. You can enter your cards in both albums so you will have two chances to win! Each Company Facebook Group will have a WINNER!  So twice the chance to win!

Challenge Winner Prizes: 1 DDS and 1 PND Digital Stamp of your choice.

Entries will be accepted through December 18th and winner will be announced on December 20th.

MY HOLIDAY HOP PROJECT:

I am on the Digi Doodle Studios Design team and here is my interpretation of combining each companies’ images together to come up with this fun snow scene for the Holidays:

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For my card here I have taken the Digi Doodle Studios Penguin Wobbles Special Delivery digital stamp along with the Paper Nest Dolls Holiday Friends digital stamp and printed them out over a piece of Copic Blending Card.  I’ve colored them up and fussy cut them out for my scene here.

To create the scene, I’ve used some blue cardstock for the background and splattered some watered down gesso over it and then used a die cut to create the fun frame within it.  I layered it over a piece of gold cardstock so it shows through.  I also die cut some snowy hills with white glitter cardstock and some pine trees with green cardstock.

I arranged them over my blue cardstock panel  and created the scene.  I popped up the front layer of snow hill along with the penguin image with foam tape.  I covered this snow hill layer with some texture snow paste…it’s so glittery!!  I also added some more glittery details here and there on the images too.

I white heat embossed the sentiment and placed a peppermint candy embellishment next to it and attached the strip over the blue background.  I then mounted this entire scene layer over some fun and festive foiled striped papers and then onto another blue piece which was then mounted over a top folding white 5.5″ square card base.

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Here’s a bit of a closer look at the images and how I’ve colored them up with Copic markers.  You can see that I’ve used my white gel pen for details on the bow in the present along with the shinny look on the candy cane and the cheeks of all the images.  I’ve added a few dots on the deer’s back tail too.

I’ve used a gold gel pen to color in the sleigh runner, the band around the gift sack, the “lettering and dots” on the penguin’s sign as well as the bells the little girl is holding.  I used a red gel pen to color in the little deer’s nose.  I’ve used a green gel pen to create “dots” on the penguin’s present and the deer’s bow.

I’ve also added some glitter to the heart candies and the girl’s outfit trim.

You can also see just how puffy and dimensional that snow is too!  I got it from Brutus Monroe.  It’s really glittery and was so fun to add to the scene!  It looks like they’re gearing up to deliver some presents and the cute little Mr. Penguin Wobbles is all loaded and ready to go! LOL!

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I really hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and have been inspired with it in some way to get you into the festive Holiday spirit!  I hope to be seeing your projects in one of the groups on Facebook too!

*I also hope that you’ve enjoyed this blog hop with us as well because this is the very last stop on the blog hop for you to complete!  If you have just came to my blog or somewhere in the middle, please be sure to go back to the MAIN BLOG POST PAGE to ensure that you didn’t miss any blog stops along the way!  You don’t want to miss out on a prize!

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  I look forward to seeing you soon!  (I will be back soon to share another Digi Doodle Studios post with you!!)

Challenges:

  1.  Stamping Sensations– Dec Anything Goes
  2. Love to Craft – LTCCB41 – Dec Anything Goes
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  4. Shopping Our Stash– Happy Holidays!
  5. Crafting By Designs – Dec Anything goes
  6. The Paper Funday – Dec Anything Goes with optional twist:  Christmas Holiday
  7. Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes

(There are lots more challenges, but I don’t want to enter too many at once! LOL!)

 

 

Tidings of Joy with Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  It’s December and that means Whimsy Stamps has fun things coming out!  Have you checked out December’s release at Whimsy Stamps yet?  There are lots of really cute digital stamps in the store!  CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

I have this really sweet card just perfect for this time of the year….

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Today I’m sharing this really sweet image called “Christmas Manger” by Crissy Armstrong.  Isn’t this just as precious as can be!  You may remember a card I did last year IN THIS POST with a penguin style manger.  Really love Crissy’s sweet images and I’m thinking I may have to start collecting her mangers she comes out with each year now! LOL!

After coloring up this image, I’ve fussy cut it out while I worked on the background design.  I started by ripping a piece of masking paper and covered the bottom portion of a square 4″ piece of cardstock.  I took a “Light Ray” stencil and ink blended some Chipped Saphire distress ink over it.  While the stencil was still on it, I took some white watered down paint and splattered over the background.  After removing the stencil, I let that dry while cleaning up my stencil and work area.  After it was dry, I took some Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed distress inks and blended over top.  I then took a glitter brush pen and went over each of the yellow strips in the background.  (I also covered the tops portions of the images too.  You can see this all better in the photos below.)  Lastly, I’ve used the other side of the masking paper that I ripped to cover up the sponged rays and ink blended with Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso.  I used a marker to add some shading around the image and glued it down.

For the card, I’ve used a navy 5.25″ square card base and I’ve also used it as part of a layer behind the image panel along with a piece of gold mirror cardstock.  It’s hard to completely see this, but I’ve printed out some digital papers from the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Red, Gold and Green collection as well as the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick Collection.  The background was sponged with the same colors that I’ve used for the bottom of the image panel.  I’ve used some twine for the center strip area and tied a bow along the side with it.  The image panel layered with the Gold Mirror cardstock was popped up with some craft foam over that.

I’ve used a wooden star that I’ve heat embossed several times with some Gold Sparkle EP which is what I’ve used to heat emboss the sentiment at the bottom of the image panel from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments.  To finish it off I’ve decided to add some Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals.

Whew!  Yeah, it took a bit to create! LOL!

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Here you can better see the sparkle and shimmer on the yellow “light rays” as well as the tops of the images where the light might be shining on them.  I’ve got the image colored up with my go-to Copic markers.

You can also see the sparkle and shine on the wooden star and sentiment from the gold sparkle embossing powder.  Plus of course the shine from the gold mirror cardstock.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  I sure had fun putting it together and I know someone special that this needs to get sent to as soon as I can!  Time is running out for it to make it on time!  Oh yes…that dreaded time running out is near isn’t it?! LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate you being here!  I will be seeing you again soon my friends!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today with affilate links:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative Knockouts – Winter/Holidays
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Anything Crafty with theme Shining Lights
  3. Crafty Friends– Anything Goes
  4. Merry Little Christmas – December Anything Christmas Goes
  5. Country Views– Stars
  6. Crafty Animals – #33 Anything Goes