Friday, December 28, 2012

Jellypark Friends - Old and New

You've survived the Christmas festivities, now it's time for the next big holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  If you celebrate the Eve you may not be in any shape to celebrate the day but that doesn't exempt you from making a Resolution.  I've come to the point that the lose weight resolution never gets made, if I lose weight that's great but I don't want to feel like a failure if I gain a pound.  I make crafting resolutions and I'm so much happier about the results that I'm suggesting you might want to make that kind too.

Over the last couple years I have resolved to make more masculine cards and to finish the inside of my cards.  I've been very good with keeping those resolutions.  This year I want to make more clean and simple cards.  There's a couple challenges that use CAS as the theme so I will be checking them out and hopefully participating in one of them per week. 

This week at Jellypark Friends the challenge is "Old and New" and we're introducing two new images, the teens.  Isn't this the perfect representation of a teenage boy, there you go, another masculine card.  Yeah!  Visit the Jellypark Friends blog to see the cute teenage girl.   For the challenge I used an old cutting system from Creative Memories, they can be used on larger images, my dies are too small for this one.  The image is the new item.  Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Just use something old and something new, don't forget to tell us which is which in your post and then link it up on the Jellypark Friends challenge blog.  You could be the winner!

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark "Teenage Boy Gaming"
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "So Saffron"; October Afternoon "Sasparilla" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; Creative Memories Cutting System; the Cat's Pajamas "Stars" die and "Topper" die;

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Old and New
Splitcoast Stampers - Ways to Use It, Use those Resolutions
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Charisma #51 - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday #191 - Layers

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  Believe it or not I made this card today.  It's a pretty laid back day this year so I actually had time to put this together.   It went together pretty quickly because the image was already colored with the thought of using these papers.  All I had to do was come up with a layout, cut it out and put it together.  Easy Peasy and fun. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Expecting the Big Guy"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and "Teal Zeal"
paper - Stampin' Up "Elegant Eggplant" and "Bermuda Bay" card stock; Bo Bunny
Winter Joy "Brrr" and "Dot"

miscellaneous - copics; pleated ribbon; bling; Spellbinder's "Oval" dies

Here's the challenges:
Paper Playtime #91 - Winter Fun
Dream Valley #47 - Christmas
Kaboodle Doodles #151 - Christmas, Holidays or New Year
The Squirel and the Fox #33 - Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon #62 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #51 - December Celebrations
Just Add Ink JAI 178 - Just Add Christmas
Card Makin' Mamas - It's the Holidays, Christmas or New Year

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy New Year, Chinese Style

This is one of those cards that loses everything in the photo.  Granted, it may not be my best work but it looks a lot better in real life.  This paper is such a fun and vibrant print but the colors look dull in the photo.  Enough complaining from me.  I'm grateful that you've taken the time to visit.  I know this is a crazy time of year for most people, so thanks for spending some of your precious time with me.
Here's the deets:
stamp - Stampin' Up "Kimono Kids"
ink - Stampin' Up "Basic Black"; Memento "Teal Zeal" for sentiment
paper - Stampin' Up "Island Indigo" and "Lucky Limeade" card stock; My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade" card stock; Graphic 45 "Bird Song Collection - Cherry Blossom and Enlightenment" dsp
miscellaneous - Stampin' Up markers; Spellbinders "Oval" dies; Stampin' Up "Modern Label" punch; ribbon roses; mini brads
Here's the challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon #62- Anything Goes with Ribbon
Polka Doodles week 51- Happy New Year
Card Makin' Mamas - It's the Holidays
Creative Card Crew #26 - Chinese New Year
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again. 
Wishing everyone a blessed and happy holiday, whatever holiday it is that you celebrate.

Friday, December 21, 2012

SFTW24 Anything Goes

It's the weekend!  Yeah!  It's the last weekend before Christmas.  Yikes!  Are you one of those folks who has everything done weeks in advance or are you like me, trying to figure out who and what you forgot.  Well, if you're one of those people who's ready why not sit down and make a card for the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge #24 "Anything Goes".  How much easier can it get?  And this week there's two prizes up for grabs, so don't forget to link your masterpiece up with the linky thingy on our blog, here. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo "JJ Tequila and Shoes - Instant Fun"
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Bermuda Bay" and "Melon Mambo" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist, Life of the Party" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; Martha Stewart border punch; Glossy Accents; Versa Mark pen; gold embossing powder; buttons; hemp twine;bling

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend #24 - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles week 51 - Happy New Year
Friday Mash Up #89 - Clean and Simple and/or Heat Embossing
Card Makin' Mamas - It's the Holidays (Christmas or New Years)
Milk, Coffee -Christmas or Winter Holiday
Cute Card Thursday #248 - Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Oldie But a Goodie - Use a Sponsor's Image (I think everything on this card is over 6 months old, the image was recently colored but I've had for awhile)

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tis the Season

This stamp and the snowflake doily are new and I just wanted to play with them, I think I've got enough Christmas cards but what the heck.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "WTG Snowman" and sentiment from "Inspired By Christmas"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Versamagic "Aegean Blue"
paper - MFT "Sno-Cone" card stock and My Mind's Eye "Wonderful Winter" dp 

miscellaneous - copics; MFT "Fishtail Banners Stax", "Snowflake Doily" and "Circle Stax" die-namics; Martha Stewart snowflake punch; Viva glitter writer "Holo Iridescent"; machine stitching; snowflake button; ribbon

Here's the challenges:
The Squirrel and the Fox #33 - Christmas
Paper Players #126 - CAS featuring Snowflakes
Come and Get It - Anything Christmas
Speedy the Fox and Friends #138 - snow
Really Reasonable Ribbon #62- Anything Goes and Ribbon
Crafty Creations #200 - Wise Words, Use a quote or saying
Crafty Sentiments - Snow Flakes

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PIO - Midway

This month there's only one challenge at Pile It On and it's running all month so you can still play along.  The theme is Pile On the Embellishments.  How Fun!!!!  I love to add bling to my cards so I put a couple on it.  This time I used some gold glitter on my stars. That's unusual for me, I've got this idiotic fear of getting glitter in my eye so even though I like the way it looks I don't use it often.  There's twine and die cuts and borders on this one too.  You can use whatever embellishments you have, flowers, ribbons, charms, brads and eyelets.  Go for it, now your chance to pile it on.  Oh, and don't forget for this challenge you have to enter your card into at least one more challenge.  The more the merrier.  So go get inky and make a card to enter into our challenge.  The DT loves to see what you've created and you can see what they've been up to at the Pile It On challenge blog, same place you'll find the linky thingy.
Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Bird and Bird House" digi
ink - hp printer
paper - Recollections Kraft card base; Stampin' Up "So Saffron" card stock; all other papers from Close To My Heart "Pear and Partridge"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags Stax" and "Oval Stax" die-namics; The Cat's Pajamas "Holiday Topper"; Cotton Candy Divine Twine; Viva Gold Glitter Pen Liner; bling
Pile It On - Pile on the Embellishments
Crazy for Challenges C4C166 - Use Your Favorite Holiday Stamps (closed)
Raise the Bar #124 - Let It Snow
Just Add Ink JAI148 - Just Add Christmas
Simon Says - What's Your Favorite Tool, Stamp or Product (die cuts)
Charisma #49 - Christmas Makes
CRAFT #185 - Winter
Crimbo Crackers #30 - Wooden
Paper Play week 50 - You're a Star
Creative Card Crew #25 - Star
Ladybug Crafts Ink  - Sparklicious
Tuesday Trigger - Shimmer and Shine
Crafts and Me #114 - Why So Blue, No Blues Allowed
Fresh Brewed - Christmas
Ruby's Rainbow #43 - Christmas with Non-Traditional Colors

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CIC191 - Paper Shelter

If I didn't know any better I would have thought that these cupcakes were actually Christmas ornaments but no, this is the photo for this weeks Cupcake Inspirations challenge.  They look so realistic, it's uncanny.   The sponsor this week is the Paper Shelter.  They have such adorable images, they're hard to resist.  If you don't like to color images there are pre-colored images available.  I envy this week's winner.  Some one's going to have fun shopping there, it could be you, so get inky and make a card inspired by this photo.  The Sweeties look forward to seeing your creations.
Here's the deets:
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler", "Barely Banana" card stock and "JollHoliday" dsp; Recollections red card base
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics; Taylored Expressions "Snowflake Border" die; Martha Stewart Snowflake punch; Viva glitter liner Ruby and Holo Iridescent; pearls; machine stitching
Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC191 - photo
Fairy Tale #156 - Oh Christmas Tree
Allsorts week 185 - Oh Christmas Tree
The Paper Shelter - Two of Anything (the snowflake border, one is below the green dotted panel)
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Tag, You're It

Tags, ugh!  That's the challenge this week at Jellypark Friends

If you visit here regularly you know that "tags" are the challenge that I like least and that's because I stink at making tags.  For my presents I either use a card or a store bought tag (horrors, don't tell anyone, it's my deep dark secret).  So "tags" is really a challenge for me and it's good to stretch and do things that are not comfortable.  AND when you work with the cute Jellypark images it becomes a lot more fun. 

So here's what I did.  I made a card out of the tag.  Ta Da!  That's the beauty of digital images.  You can make them really small or really large, it's up to your printer how large you can go.  I hadn't planned on making a card, I just wanted to make a big tag, one that would be good on a big present but at some point the idea of the card struck me. 

This tag and the idea of the card/tag could be used for any occasion, and for anybody.  Just pick your colors and images according to what how you want to use it.  I wanted to make it a Christmas card and I love non-traditional colors on Christmas cards so I used one of my favorite palettes, pink and green.   It's hard to tell from the photo but in real life the snowman image is popped up on dimensionals.  It's also hard to see that there's glitter on all the hearts and circles and ornaments.  It looks really cute IRL.  The sentiment from the snowman image is on the inside along with a circle for writing a message. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark "Tag with Ribbon" and Jellypark "Snowman with Birds"
ink - hp printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade" and "Sour Apple" card stock
miscellaneous - copics, Viva glitter pen

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Tag It
Totally Gorjuss  #161 - Oh No Snow!
No Matter Which #5- Christmas
Come and Get It - Tag You're It
L'il Red Wagon - We Wish You a Pink Christmas
Ruby's Rainbow #43 - Christmas with non-traditional colors
Cutie Pie #33 - Cute Christmas
Dream Valley #47 - Christmas
City Crafter week 139 - Snowman Fun (non-traditional colors)

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Catching Up

I got behind on the My Favorite Things sketches.  This card is made with #98.  When it was posted I just couldn't come up with anything.  I just couldn't come up with anything.  Now that it's done I really love it. 

One of the things that you might not see is that there is lots of stamping on the Rounded Banner die.  There's a sentiment in toffee ink and over that there's bells and ribbons in Walnut Stain.  Even in real life it's not that easy to see, it's very subtle but it adds something to the overall look.  Ranger Walnut Stain is what's sponged all over the edges.  It's a very dark ink and I usually don't like the way it looks but on this card it works for me.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Tickets" stamp and die-namics set, Inspired by Christmas for the "noel" on ticket, the sentiment and bells stamped on the banner
ink - Versafine "Toffee"; Colorbox "Chianti" and Ranger "Walnut Stain"
paper - Graphic 45 "Botanicabella collection Love Letters"; Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler", "Sage Shadow" and "Barely Banana" card stock; My Favorite Things "Kraft" card stock
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things "Poinsettia", "Dizzy Border", "Dizzy Doily", and "Rounded Banner" die-namics; brass pearls; Candy Cane Divine Twine; candlestick charm

Here's the challenges
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC98 - sketch (closed)
DYSU #102 - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday #247 - So Charming
CRAFT #185 - Winter
Charisma #49 - Christmas Makes
Simon Says - What's Your Favorite Tool, Stamp, Product (my favorite thing is charms)
Fab 'N Funky #151 - Vintage Christmas
Crafts and Me #114 - Why So Blue - No Blues Allowed
Dream Valley #47 Christmas

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

CIC190 DRS Designs

I am so glad that the inspiration is just a photo and not real cupcakes sitting in my house, because they look like something I would eat all up.  I am a sucker for butter cream icing and coconut.  I'm sure they would be yummy to eat but since I can't eat them I am just as happy to have them as my inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge CIC190.  Also happy to say we have DRS Designs returning as our sponsor.  They provided the cute snowman image I used for my card.  They've got tons of images so go check it out and then get busy making a card for our challenges, who knows, this could be your lucky week.

Here's the deets:
stamp - DRS Designs "Heart Swag Snowman" digi
ink - hp printer
paper - Nicole "Cloud" card stock for base; My Favorite Things "Sno-Cone" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Wonderful Winter";
miscellaneous - copics; Martha Stewart snowflake punch; pearls; "Candy Cane" divine twine; snowman charm; The Cat's Pajamas "Snowflake" border Cut Ups

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC190 - photo
Totally Gorjuss #161 - Oh No Snow!
Sweet Stampin' - Dies and Punches
2 Sisters - #121 Snowflakes
Craft Your Passion #139 - Snow
Critter Sketch #144 - Christmas Anything

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Friday, December 7, 2012

SFTW - Let It Snow

I'd forget my head if ... I'm late with my post for the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge which is "Let It Snow" .  We've got Simon Says for our sponsor so there isn't a one of you reading this that couldn't use that prize.  At least I never have a problem filling my card when I shop there, so get your ink and stamps out and make a card.  When you're finished stop over at SFTW and link it up.  We're looking forward to see what you create.  If you've got a few minutes stop over there now.  I've taken a peek at the design team's work, and it is fabulous, maybe you have time to leave some love.

Here's the deets:
image - Jellypark Friends "Jolly Polar Bears" digi
ink - hp printer; Ranger "Tea Dye"
paper - Recollections kraft card base; My Favorite Things "Sno-Cone" card stock; all other patterned paper and card stock Close To My Heart "Avonlea"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics; Taylored Expressions "Make a Snowflake" die; Stampin' Up Crocheted Lace ribbon; cord; snowflake charm; bling; brads

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend #23 - Let It Snow
Play Date Café PDCC#160 - Icy Blue, Snowflake, and Mountaintop
Paper Play week 49- Christmas is Coming
Moving Along With the Times - Clean and Simple
Delightful - All About Christmas
CRAFT #184 - Christmas
Charisma #48 - Christmas
Crafty Creations #199 - Winter Scene
Simon Says - Snowflakes
Oldie But a Goodie - Let It Snow (the bling, brads, and crocheted ribbon are all over 6 mos)

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Verve Prize

If you visited my blog at all during the month of October you probably saw that I was participating in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.  There was a challenge a day for most of the month, and on a couple days there were two or three challenges.  As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

These challenges are based on raising awareness and they have themes that go with it.  Part of the challenge was a request that the cards be sent to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center where they will be available to the patients and their visitors.  When the challenges closed prizes were awarded.  And boy of boy were there great prizes.  If you entered one and only one challenge you could win a prize and then there were larger prizes which if you finished all the challenges you could win.  I won a prize package from Verve Stamps with a value over $50. How cool is that!!! I know I was very excited to have won a prize and couldn't believe that I was picked. I hoped I might win something but I never expected that I would.
During the time the prizes were being awarded I followed the prize post thread and met some fun ladies.  As Lydia tortured us by dragging out the awards over several days we had lots of fun chatting and waiting for the funny animal photos to be posted.  The photos were hysterical and there would be a winner posted with it.  Then after that Lee would have a funny smiley face to go with it.  It may not sound very exciting or even fun here but it was.  We were having so much fun that we decided to continue the fun but posting what we made with out winnings.  So as soon as I could I took my goodies out and made this card.  Even though I had already made a card for the Mojo Monday challenge I made another card with the sketch because that challenge is sponsored by Verve.  Makes sense, right?

Now, I don't want to take anything away from this Verve prize because I think it is fantastic and I think it's fantastic that Verve and so many other vendors donated prizes.  However the grand prize is a Pazzle package valued at $599.   I didn't anything about Pazzles before and don't know much about them yet but come Friday I'm going to know a whole lot more because my dear friends I won the grand prize.  You could have pushed me over with a feather when I found out.  I'm still a little in shock.  I never imagined that I would win that prize.  I participated in the challenges because I love to make cards and I have a deep hatred of cancer.  I'm sick of it getting my friends and relatives and I firmly believe that everything you do to fight it, even making a card, is a dent in its armor.  If we all keep chipping away eventually we will be able to say, "I can't remember the last time I heard of someone having cancer".  From these pages to God's ear...

Here's the deets:
stamp - Verve "Brighter Days"
ink - Memento "Gray Flannel" and Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Stampin' Up "Basic Gray" and "So Saffron" card stock; Teresa Collins "Carolina Breeze" patterned paper
miscellaneous - Spellbinder's "Labels Eighteen" die; ribbon; bling; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Mojo Monday 270 - sketch

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Mo Mojo

One of the challenges I visit regularly is Mojo Monday.  It's a sketch challenge and the design team always has great samples.  While I was visiting the blogs I found a card request for a young girl who is ill and will be undergoing treatments for two years.  That reminded me of something that occurred when my daughter was that age.  She was covered in large black and blue marks.  There were so many of them that I was scared and called her doctor.  The doctor sent us for blood work which was a horrible experience made better by the very caring and patient nurses.  It took about 45 minutes of coaxing and cajoling and chasing around the room.  In the end it took 3 nurses and me to hold her down and still while they drew the blood.  After a couple days of anguish awaiting the test results we found out that she did not have leukemia, but she did have something else that I've since forgotten, maybe Fifth disease, that was easily treated.  We were lucky.  But that fear, has left an indelible mark in my memory.  Anytime I hear of a sick child I remember that experience and I say a prayer for the family for health and strength and a prayer of thanks that we were spared. 
I thought I knew where that request was posted but when I went back to put a link here I couldn't find it.  Hopefully the slip of paper I noted the address on is still on my desk.  I used the Mojo sketch to make a card for the girl.  This image was a freebie from Whimsie Doodles, there's usually a few there and they're all cute like this one.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Whimsie Doodles "Mailed My Heart" digi
ink - hp printer
paper -Stampin' Up "Bermuda Bay", "Melon Mambo" "Pretty in Pink" and "Blushing Bride" card stock;  October Afternoon "Midway" dp
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Chevron Stripes", "Hearts", "Jumbo Scallop" and "Scallopy Scallops" die-namics; bling

Here's the challenges:
Mojo Monday 270 - sketch
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time #142 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pile It On December Challenge

Pile it On, this time it's the name of the challenge and the theme of the challenge.  For this challenge we want you to "Pile on the Embellishments".  This will be the only challenge for December so you'll have plenty of time to pile it on for your chance to win the prize from Simon Says - there's always something I want at Simon Says.

The BIG rule at Pile It On
 is that you pile on the challenges, you've got to enter at least one other challenge, but the more the merrier.
Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Inspired By Christmas" and "Daring Dots"
ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa" and Ranger "Tea Dye"
paper - Recollections Kraft card base; K & Co "TC Fall Script" My Favorite Things "Kraft" , "Hot Fudge" and "Natural" card stock; Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler" card stock
miscellaneous - Recollections  Crafting Tape; Baker's twine; snowflake charm; Taylored Tiny Twinkles; My Favorite Things "Ticket Tab" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On - Pile on the embellishments
Sugar Creek Hollow #40 - Distressing
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Allsorts week 183- Advent
2 Sisters #120 - Christmas Sparkle
Fussy and Fancy #77 - I Love Christmas
Crimbo Crackers #29 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #245 - Snowflakes (the charm)
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter #92 - Christmas is Coming
Crafts and Me #112 - Ribbon or Trim
Creative Card Crew #24 - Anything Goes
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Merry Christmas
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Snowflakes (the charm)
Partytime Tuesday PTT#96 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #125 - Lots of Layers
Creatalicious #40 - Winter
Stamp with Fun #189 - Winter
Oh La La #119 - Seeing Spots and Dots
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC199 - sketch

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CIC189 - The Twinery

These are fun and yummy looking cupcakes.  It's the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge for this week with a new sponsor, The Twinery.   When I first saw baker's twine used as an embellishment, I had to have it .  I brought four colors right away.  I use it on most of my cards and I've picked up a few more colors. 

At the Twinery there are  over 20 colors available.  It comes on spools or in 15 yd. cuts.  Check it out, you just might have to get some.  I'll be going there when my supply runs low.  

Baker's twine looks great by itself or with charms or tags hanging from it.  It can be used in some interesting and different ways.  I saw it wrapped in circles to look like an all day sucker, one of those really big lollipops, cute and clever.  

I wanted to keep my card suitable for a boy so I've gone easy on the embellishments, just wrapping the twine around one of the elements and tying it off with a bow.  The papers were picked because there's a snowman on one of them that reminded me of the paper that's wrapping the cupcakes, and the colors are similar.  The little boy in the penguin costume has been ice fishing to go along with the winter theme.  Now it's your turn to make a card inspired by the cupcakes.  the sweeties can't wait to see what you create.
Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Penguin Costume" digi
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Island Indigo" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Wonderful Winter"
miscellaneous - copics; The Cat's Pajamas "Toppers" and "Holiday Toppers"; My Favorite Things "Oval" die-namics; brads; twine
Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC189 - photo
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C165 - Snowman What's New
One Stop Craft #207 - Christmas for the Boys
Crimbo Crackers #29 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #245 Snowflakes
Oldie But a Goodie - Let It Snow (the patterned paper and twine is more than 6 months old)
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sunny Christmas

I spotted a color challenge that appealed to me on the Create with Connie and Mary blog.  It's a color challenge.  By adding a Christmas sentiment it became a non-traditional Christmas card.  The sketch is from Splitcoast Stampers. 

Here's the deets:
stamps - Stampin' Up - "Seaside" and "Short and Sweet"
ink - Versamark
paper - Stampin Up "Confetti White", "Wisteria Wonder", "Pool Party" card stock and "Notebook" Designer Series Paper; Silver card stock
miscellaneous - silver embossing powder; Divine Twine; Seashell charm; SU Crochet Lace ribbon; Cuttlebug dots embossing folder

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers SC413 - sketch
Create with Connie and Mary CCMC228 - Wisteria Wonder, Baja Breeze, Silver Gllimmer
Chocolate, Coffe and Cards - CAS
Charisma #47 - Christmas with a Twist, no gold, green or red
Mash Up FM87 - White and Silver gifts photo/gift project
Pause, Dream Enjoy #48 - Forgotten Stash (the dp, the embossing folder and twine are all very old)

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Jellypark Friends - Add a Star

Hey Jellypark Friends, it's time for our new  "Stars are Brightly Shining"  challenge.  All you have to do is add a star to your card or project and you can enter it into the gallery.  Who knows, maybe you'll be the lucky winner. 

My card features one of the digi images being released today.  It's "Little Star" and is not only perfect for this challenge but also good for greeting newborns or congratulating your little one for a job well done. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Little Star" digi image
ink - hp printer
paper - Bazzill "Turquoise Mist" card stock; Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist - Out of the Blue" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up "Framelits - Labels Collection" and "Festive Paper Piercing Pack"; My Favorite Things "Western Star Border" die-namics; star brads; floss; star charm

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Stars are Brightly Shining (add a star)
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #24 - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesdays PTT#96 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #125 - Lots of Layers
Whoopsi Daisy - Use a Digi

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Believe in the Magic

For this week's My Favorite Things sketch challenge I tried something a little different for me.  There's no patterned paper on the card, just stamped and embossed panels.  I took some liberties with the sketch but it's pretty close.

Here's the deets:
stamps - My Favorite Things "Daring Dots", "Journal It Calendar Basics" "Seasonal Sentiments" and "Ticket Die-Namics" set
Ink - VersaFine "Toffee" and VersaMagic "Sea Breeze"
paper - My Favorite Things "Kraft", "Whipped Cream" and "Sno-Cone" card stock
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags Stax" and "Ticket" die-namics; the Cat's Pajamas "Button" Cut Up; Divine Twine; bling; Making Memories "Cheeky Shimmer Stickers"; Cuttlebug "Snowflake" Embossing folder; staples

Here's the challenges:
My Favortie Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC100 - sketch
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - Time to Embrace Embossing
Going Grey - Merry Christmas
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Snowflakes
Oldie But a Goodie - Let It Snow (the numbers, the twine, the button die, the Sno-Cone card stock, the "Ticket" stamp and die set,  and embossing folder are all over 6 months old)
Tuesday Throwdown #125 - Lots of Layers
Drunken Stampers #107 - Not Too Shabby
Sugar Creek Hollow #39 - Vintage Christmas
One Stop Craft #206 - Vintage Christmas
2 Sisters #119 Winter Wonderland

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Cat's Pajamas Blog Hop

I can't believe the sneaky peeks are over.  It's been like a blur, it was so much fun playing along with the TCP design team.  I can't thank Alma enough for this and for all the goodies she so generously gave me.  Alma, you're a dear.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

There's still a little bit of fun left.  Today there's the blog hop and release party. The real fun will be when you get your inky little fingers on your very own set of stamps and start playing with them.

If you're hopping along you should have gotten here from Amy Rohl's blog.  I know there was something fantastic there.  There always is.  When you leave here you're going to go to Carol Burrage's blog, I bet she'll have you laughing and marvelling at her talent.  I can't believe I'm sandwiched in between two such fantastic crafters.  If you lose your place along the way just go back to the beginning stop, Lori Tecler's blog (yeah, there's more great stuff there) where you'll find a list of participants in hop order, easy peasy.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "the New Nice"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Color Box "Chianti"
paper - Bazzill "Patch" card stock; Stampin' Up "Soft Suede" card stock; Martha Stewart "Cottage Christmas" patterned paper pad
miscellaneous - copics;the Cat's Pajamas "Toppers" Cut Up;  Divine Twine; buttons; Stampin' Up "Modern Label" punch; Spellbinder's "Oval" dies; bling

Here's the visuals:

"The New Nice"
Cool "Toppers"
Divine Twine
Here's the challenges:
Stamp with Fun #189 - Winter
Paper Playtime #89 - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox #31 - Anything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - Vintage Christmas
2 Sisters - Winter Wonderland
Allsorts week 182 - Bring on the Bling

Thanks for stopping by, come back again. 

If you're hopping your next stop is Carol's blog.  If you're not hopping, why not?  There's so much eye candy to be seen.  You really have to hop, it's the fun thing to do.  Besides your boss isn't looking.  Have fun and see you over at Splitcoast Stampers for the release party.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Cat's Pajamas - Sneaky Peeks Day 7

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  The white wreath that is.  I guess I didn't think about the fact that all my doors are white. LOL.  And it's kind of funny that I while I was at the craft store I stopped in the stamp section and there was a stamp with the "it seemed like ..." sentiment, but they changed one or two of the words and I didn't like the change, believe me, if it had been my opening sentence exactly, I would have picked that sucker right up.  That is one of my favorite sayings...  Now let's get back to our regularly scheduled program of sneaky peeks, it's the last one before the blog hop and release on Tuesday. 
Let's review -

The Cat's Pajamas is now 10 years old! Alma started making rubber stamps at her dining room table, hand cutting rubber and cushion and attaching them to wood blocks to sell to the local stamp stores where she was teaching.

So much has happened to stamping in 10 years. But our love of stamping is still going strong. So this release, we are excited to celebrate the way we started. With rubber stamps. Not just any rubber stamps. Cling Stamp sets for easy storage and positioning. Perfect for those who love rubber, but also love the convenience and ease of clear. Limited Edition because these stamps are extra special. Lovingly assembled at Alma's dining room table. Just like she did 10 years ago. So snap them up, because only a small number will be made. Her table is only so big.

There are Five Cut Ups Dies in this release. Along with some "classics" that belong in every die collection, we are so excited to introduce our "Toppers" line. They are shapes that you can use the positive and negatives of to create borders and panels. They are open-ended so that you can create panels of any size using the toppers. You can place them individually or use them together. Endless possibilities!

To decorate the wreath I made a few gingerbread people with the "Homemade for the Holidays" stamp set and the "Man" Cut Up.  I've got a couple other ideas of things to do with this die.  I'd like to make some felt ornaments and some gift tags.   If you have kids it would be fun to punch or stamp out a bunch and let your kids decorate them and use them on the teacher gifts.  I can't wait to see what the design team and the other swanky stampers have made.
Here's the deets:
stamp - The Cat's Pajamas "Homemade for the Holiday"
ink - Color Box "Frost White" and "Chianti"
paper - Bazzil "Tawny Medium" card stock
miscellaneous - the Cat's Pajamas "Man" Cut Up; Gunmetal stickles, wreath,  ornaments; bow
Here's the visuals:

Here's the challenges:
Crafty Creations #197 - Christmas is Coming
Crimbo Crackers #29 - Anything Goes
2 Sisters #119- Winter Wonderland
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C164 = Put a Bow on It
Really Reasonable Ribbon #60 - Anything But a Card with a Ribbon
Creatalicious #40 - Winter
Just Keep On Creating - Christmas Is Just Around the Corner
Paper Playtime #89 - Anything Goes
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peeks Day 6

It's day 6 of the sneaky peeks of the Cat's Pajamas new release.  I hope you got a chance to shop for it during the Black Friday and Saturday sale.   I went shopping and I can't wait to get my goodies in the mail.  It's so exciting to get those boxes because you get to open them it's like getting a present.  To make it seem more like a present and a surprise I try to forget what I ordered.  It comes as no surprise that the older I get the easier this is to do.
Are you following the peeks on Splitcoast Stampers?  There's been a thread for each day of the release.  The Cat Pack and Swanky Stampers have been posting their cards and projects there giving you lots of inspiration and of course fun chatting.  Alma's been picking a winner for each of the sets from the comments.  There's still time to win today and tomorrow's sets so pop over and say "hey!" or anything that comes to mind.
Here's the deets:
stamp - "Tree-Mendous" and "Snow Kisses" for snowflakes around the sentiment
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and "Teal Zeal"
paper - My Favorite Things "Sno-Cone" card stock; Cosmo Cricket "Joy Ride" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Glitzy Glitter; Divine Twine; snowflake charm; the Cat's Pajamas "Star", "Snowflake" and "Buttons" Cut Ups; felt
Here's a visual of the Cat's Pajamas products used on this card:

the rosette was used on a previous card, I saved some of the
stars that were punched out and used them to decorate the
tree and corners of the card

Here's the challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C164 - Put a Bow on It
2 Sisters #119 - Winter Wonderland
Daring Cardmakers - Twinkle, Twinkle (at least one star)
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