Wednesday, December 18, 2013

PWC289 - Let It Snow

"Let It Snow!"  That's this week's challenge PWC289 at Paper Pretties.  I guess that's a good one for those of you dreaming of a white Christmas.  It looks like a lot of you just might get that wish.  Personally, that has never been my wish, not even as a child.  I just never liked being out in that cold wet stuff.  For me, I dream of a pink Christmas.  That's when you go out by the pool and forget to put on your sun block and get a little sunburn.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties  "Frosty - Clear"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - Bazzill "Ruby Slipper" and "Snow White" card stock
miscellaneous - Sizzex Tim Holtz Snow Flurries embossing folder; twine; buttons

Here's the challenges'
Paper Pretties PWC289 - Let It Snow
Crafty Cardmakers #106 Winter Fun but not Christmas/New Year
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Keep It Clean and Simple
Top Tip Tuesday #116 - Snowflakes

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

CIC241 - Jellypark Friends

Look at those gorgeous cupcakes!  They're perfect for an unconventional Christmas Colors at the Cupcake Inspirations challenge.  This week we're being sponsored by one of my favorite companies - Jellypark Friends.  You're thinking that I have to say something nice about the sponsor, well, that's sort of true.  I don't have to say anything at all, but I happen to love Jellypark Friends and I also happen to be on Jellypark Friends design team too, so you see, I really do love them.  If you take a stroll around my blog you can see more of my work with Jellypark images - or you can go to the lower left sidebar and use the label feature to see all the Jellypark posts.

Now I have to make a sad announcement.  This will be my last post as a member of the Cupcake Inspirations Design Team.  It's been quite a wonderful sweet and fun time for me.  I've been on the team since February 13, 2011 and this is my 126th post, that's a lot of sweetness.  I've had the pleasure of working with many wonderful teamies and we've been sponsored by many generous companies.  I've been so lucky to get to work with the images they provided.  My life has become a bit busier these days and keeping up with all the duties of a design team member has started to become difficult so it's time to step down and let someone else have some fun with the job.  

don't you just hate it when you can't get the colors to come out just right on your photo?  Most of it looks OK but the background colors on the patterned paper and the blue card stocks just aren't reading right.  It makes me crazy but what's a girl to do?  

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Jack Frost"
ink - printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Berrylicious", "Steel blue", "Razzleberry", "Pink Lemonade" and "Nighshift blue" card stock; Stampin' Up "whisper White" card stock; patterned paper unmarked
miscellaneous - copics; bling; Stampin' Up circle and scalloped circle punch; ek success circle punch; Jolees' snowflakes stickers

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC241 - photo
Freshly Made Sketches #116 - sketch
Friday Mash Up FM139 - Winter not Christmas
Simon Says - Let It Snow

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Jellypark - Midway Christmas Challenge

At Jellypark Friends we are half through our December challenge. We're taking it a little easy this month by only having one challenge.  So if you still haven't finished up all your crafting projects or cards and have to get one more Christmas thing done then when you're finished take a photo and submit it into our challenge.  Who knows maybe all your hard work will be rewarded.

My project uses Jellypark Friends Gingerbread Women digi image.  If you love gingerbread people there's a few of them loose at the Jellypark Friends shop and they are just too cute for words, but then everything at the Jellypark store is cute.  I wanted to make the "perfect" gift for a chocolate loving, gingerbread collecting, person.  It's so hard to find gingerbread women so when I found this cookie cutter, and Jellypark had a gingerwoman image, well the whole thing just came together in my head.  -I haven't met this gingerbread collector yet, but when I do I'll have the perfect gift ready, unless I get the munchies first.

If you need a quick little gift give this a try.  It's pretty quick, easy and inexpensive.  Of course there's ways to make it a little "richer".    All you need is a cookie cutter, wax paper, a cookie sheet, chocolate bits.  Cover your cookie sheet with waxed paper, set the cookie cutter on top of the waxed paper.  Melt enough chocolate to fill the cookie cutter, pour it in.  You can get it looking smoother if you take your time and  work with a spatula or you can sprinkle some sanding sugar on it, or other decoration on it.  Then put it in the fridge to set.  When it's firm, it's time to crack off the pieces that are sticking over the edges.  You decide what you want to do with them, I'm not telling what I did with mine.  Take a paper towel to wipe off the chocolate that got stuck of the edges of the cutter.  Then place it in a clear plastic bag, wrap it up and you've got a cute little gift that's good to go.  NOW, here's where you can make your gift a little bit "richer" depending on who you're giving this too.  Besides the cookie cutter you can stuff all kinds of other things inside the bag.  You can use the typical slivered crunchy paper or tissue to hold your cutter but if you have a crafty friend you could use a variety of ribbons like the ones I choose that match the colors of my tag.  A nice gift card to the local craft store tucked in with the ribbon a nice finishing touch.  Just think of all the fun things you can put in that bag...

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends Gingerbread Woman
ink - printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Rich Razzleberry" and "Whip Cream" card stock; S.E.I. "Shimmery Call" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; Taylored Expressions "Curly Swirlies" die; Stampin' Up corner punch; Martha Stewart snowflake punch; Stampin' Up  ribbon; gingham ribbon; twine; charm; bling; stickles

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Christmas
Top Tip #116 - Snow Flakes
Crafting for All Seasons #67 - Anything for Christmas but a Card
Creative Belli #184 - Candy
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
An Inky Situation #21 - Stripes
Crafty Ribbons #73 - Anything Goes with Ribbon

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PWC288 - White on White

White on White!  That's the challenge PWC288 this week at Paper Pretties. I love the look of white on white cards, they are so pretty, elegant and often very delicate BUT I do not like to make them so this really was a challenge for me and I have to say that I am glad that I am on the design team because it pushes me to do these challenges that I normally would just skip past.  I hope that if this isn't your cup of tea you might be inspired to sit down and make a card too.

Winter is the perfect inspiration for a white on white card.  I went hunting through my stash of Paper Pretties stamps looking for snowflakes.  I pulled out the "O Christmas Tree, Clear" stamp set which has a couple snowflakes but I ended up just using the sentiment and some other embellies which are all listed in "the deets".  I'm not sure if it's considered cheating to use silver embossing powder for the sentiment but I think that if you use white embossing powder or ink even in real life it would be virtually impossible to see, so I think you get to use a color for the sentiment.  

I'm sorry my photography skills are not that great, or it just isn't that easy for anyone to make all white show that well, or both.  I played around with this photo for a long time and finally decided that this was going to be the best I can do for you so unless you're the person who receives this card this is the best version you will see of it.
Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "O Christmas Tree - clear"
ink - Versamagic
paper - My Favorite Things "Smooth White" card stock
miscellaneous - Silver embossing powder; Sizzex Tim Holtz "Snow Flurries" embossing Folder; pearls; Stampin' Up slotted punch; ribbon; Martha Stewart snowflake punch; Viva glitter liner Holo Iridescent; the Cat's Pajamas snowflake topper die

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC288 - White on White
Top Tip Tuesday #116 - Snowflakes
Ribbon Carousel RCC88 - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesday PTT#150 - Winter Wonderland
Oldie But Goodie -Winter

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

CIC240 - Robyn's Fetish

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, well at the Cupcake Inspirations challenge blog. Here in sunny Florida Santa and his elves are still sunny themselves in shorts and tee shirts in 85 degree plus weather so without these little cupcakes and the visual cues I see on the Internet I keep forgetting that Christmas really is on its way.  So for this week Cupcakes Inspirations Challenge CIC240  we'd like to see some sweet Christmasy looking designs and we've got Robyn's Fetish for our sponsor. If you play along you could be the lucky winner of 5 digi images!  Wohoo!  That's a great prize.  I'm particularly partial to the primitive designs but that's not all you can find there, go check out the store and then come back, my blog will wait. 

For my card I chose the adorable "bella da snowlady" image.  I won't get to see too many snow people in my neck of the woods, which is quite all right with me.  I'll admire them in photos and drawings like this one which I just adore.  It was a lot of fun to color, and by the way, this week if you aren't inspired by our cupcakes you can use our colors, red, green and gold for inspiration.  That's a pretty easy peasy challenge at this time of year.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - Robyns' Fetish "bella da snowlady"
ink - printer
paper - Bazzill "Maraschino" card stock; My Favorite Things "Timber Green" Card Stock; October Afternoon "Make It Merry" patterned paper
miscellaneous- copics; ribbon; green cord; snowman charm; pearls; corner punch

Here's the challenges:
Cupcakes Inspirations CIC240 - photo 
Mojo Monday 322 - sketch
Sweet Stampin' - Ribbons
Sister Act #36 - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy #103 - Hearts
Creative Corner - Traditional Christmas

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Friday, December 6, 2013

SFTW - Use Some Red

Let's get this weekend started!  At Stampin' for the Weekend our new challenge is "Use Some Red".  We've got Saturated Canary as our sponsor so I'm sure you're going to want to play along for a chance to win a little shopping spree.  I know I would.

Non-traditional colors for Christmas cards is my favorite way to go but this fortnight's challenge is to "use some red" so I ended up using just about every color on my card.  I used lots of my favorite color pink and a little of another favorite aqua.  Too bad, I couldn't figure out a way to get some purple in there.  Oh well...

Here's the deets:
stamp - Saturated Canary "Nikki"
ink - printer; Ranger "Worn Lipstick", "Peeled Paint" (on flower edges)
paper - Bazzill "Ruby Slippers", "Parakeet"; My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade";  Basic Grey "Eskimo Kisses"; My Mind's Eye "Wonderful Winter"; Stampin' Up "So Saffron"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Winter Rose", "Oval Stax", "Royal Leaves" die-namics; ribbon; Close To My Hearts "Pretty Pins"; Jolee snowflakes stickers; gel pen; stickles; SU rhinestone brad; bling

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Use Some Red
Fab 'N' Funky #196 - A Touch of Frost
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #236 - Christmas
Crafty Ribbons #73 - Spots or Stripes
Saturated Canary #58 - Untraditional Christmas Colors

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PWC287 - Holidays

At Paper Pretties PWC287 the Holidays challenge is Beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  For any holiday you can think of, well at least for any holiday I can think of (not that crazy holiday that George on Seinfield made up) I can find a "Sophia" stamp to make a card for my friends and family.  Of course if you're not a fan of Sophia (is that possible?) there's other characters and fun images to choose from for any holiday or theme or just because.  There's rubber stamps,clear stamps and there's digi images so go on over there and get a list started and get it to your friends and family so they can do some Christmas shopping while there's still plenty of time.  In the meantime, you can make a holiday card or project that will prove useful for your use, enter it up on our blog and be in the running to win your choice of 5 digis.  You don't even have to use Paper Pretties products but if you have them we'd sure like to see them use them.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Gliding By Sophia"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper -My Favorite Things "Natural" and" "Blu Raspberry" card stock; Imaginisce "Polar Express - So Beary Merry" dsp'; Close To My Heart Silver Glitter Paper
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; twine; ice skate charm; Taylored Expresseions die cut; Gelly Roll pen; dew drop

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC 287 - Holidays "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Kaboodle Doodles #200 Winter
The Squirrel and The Fox #58 - Summer or Winter
Totally Gorguss #212 - Snows the Way To Go
Creative Craft Challenge #24- Non Traditional Christmas Colors

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

CIC239 - Digi Darla Designs

Talk about cute!  There's rarely a cupcake that I wouldn't eat.  Well, these are the exception to my rule, I just couldn't eat these cuties, which just happen to be the inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge CIC239.  The only thing cuter than these toppings are the images from our sponsor,  Digi Darla Designs .  You have to go visit Digi Darla, there are so many adorable images there you could just lose your mind trying to pick one.   By the way, if you're in a rush and don't have time to color or you aren't very good at coloring there are some pre-colored images available too.  There's something for everyone.

 I love cats and dogs, my house has been a zoo for years.   So I had to pick "Digi Darla's Snowtime Scottie 9" an image that features both a cat and a dog for my card.  

For the notch at the top right of the card I used circle dies placed over the edge of the paper.  A larger circle was used on the patterned paper so that card stock mat would show.  I took my time placing this die and used a tiny piece of scotch tape to hold it in place as even a slight move would be critical on this cut.

Currently the kitty that owns me is an orange tabby that's a lot tougher looking than this guy and our dog is a darker grey terrier mix (that's code for very lovable mutt).  Neither of my animals own fancy hats and scarves but when my daughter was young she used to dress the cat up.  He was quite a good sport about it.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Digi Darla Designs "Digi Darla's Snowtime Scottie 9"
ink - printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Sno-cone", and "Pink Lemonade" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Wonderful Winter" patterned paper pad
miscellaneous - copics; Gelly Roll Clear Star pen; My Favorite Things "Circle Stax" die-namics; burlap twine; Scottie dog charm; Jolee's snowflake sticker; Liquid Pearls; Stampin' Up corner punch; grosgrain ribbon; stapler

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC239 - photo
Sweet Sunday Sketch #198 - sketch
Totally Gorjuss #212 - Snows the Way to Go
A Gem of a Challenge #108 - Winter Wonderland
CRAFT - Use Metal/Add a Charm
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon #213 - Off the Edge

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Pile It On #48 - P is For...

It's time to Pile It On.  Do you know what that means?  Pile It On is the challenge blog that asks when you enter our challenge that you kick it up a notch and find as many other challenges to enter your card or project into as possible.  This week have some fun with us and our sponsor Jellypark Friends with the challenge "P is for ... "

I sure do love Jellypark Friends, I can't say enough nice things about them, and if you look around my blog you'll see that I'm on the Jellypark Design Team.  You can go to the labels on the left sidebar and click on "Jellypark".  That will bring up all of the Jellypark Friends posts that I've made and remembered to label.  If you look at the cards I think my love of Jellypark is evident.  The images are just too dang cute.

For this card I used the "Princess for a Day" digital image.  The bow is obscuring the sentiment.  If I were paying more attention I would have moved it so you could see that I took a marker and crossed out "the day" and wrote "life" over it.  That's right, I created a monster, my daughter is a princess for life and none of us had better not try to forget that.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Princess for a Day"
ink - printer; Ranger "Tattered Rose"
paper - My Favorite Things "Rich Razzleberry" and "Blu Raspberry" card stock; October Afternoon "Sidewalk" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Ovals" and "Blueprints 5" die-namics; bling; pearls; cord; flower charm; Stampin' Up corner punch; brad

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #48 - P is for ...
Freshly Made Sketches FMS114 - Sketch
Love To Create #93 - 3 of Your Favorite Embellishments (Charm, Pearls, Bling)
Ooh La La #44 - Birthday
Paper Playtime #24 - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesday PTT#148 - Anything Goes
Crafting for All Seasons #66 - Birthdays
Little Red Wagon #213 - Off the Edge
Ruby's Rainbow #68 - A Recipe of Flowers, Pearls and a Charm
Simon Says - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #235 - Use Metal/Add a Charm
Crafty Ribbons #72 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #297 - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Favorite Things (Charm, Bling and Pearls)
Southern Girls - Embrace Your Lumps and Bumps
Fussy and Fancy - Hearts (decorations on the dress)
Sister Act #35 - Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend - Feeling Festive (DT no draw)
2 Sisters #172 - Anything Goes

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