Monday, January 25, 2010

Olympic Downhill Skiing!!!

It is really rainy and warm here in New England today. I am hoping it washes away a lot of the old snow that is on the ground before the next batch comes maybe on Saturday!
I love this High Hopes stamp. I was lucky enough to be given it by Crissy Armstrong. I didn't realize how cute it was until I inked it up and fell in love with it. There is so many adds for the Olympics lately I decided to make a card with the Winter Games in mind. It was also screaming out for lots of sparkle so I glittered a lot of the card! I wanted to make the image look like it was on the snow so I cut out the top half and "popped" it up only on the upper part to pull it away from the sky. I used my cloud maker to give the look of puffy clouds. Just something different to try for a change.

These are the challenges that it fits
ABC Challenge-M is for Masking. I masked the clouds in the back round with my cloud maker.
Little Red Wagon Challenge #12-Snowflakes, I made the large snowflake in the corner with felt, paper and iridescent flakes then covered with glitter and a Dew Drop.
Stamp Something-This challenge is to stamp something funny. I thought the idea of a polar bear participating in the Olympics was funny.
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 2-The challenge this week is winter. I would say this fits. This is my first time playing along with this challenge and I have to say it is a great challenge.
Double Dutch Challenge DDC 35-Baby It's Cold Outside, make something that is cold or frosty!
I love this challenge because I would rather have the frosty on a card not outside! Fantastic theme.
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #7-This is a color challenge, blue, green and white. I love these three colors together!
Challenge Up Your Life #12-Another new challenge that looks like fun,the challenge is snow and ice. It always makes me think, pull out the glitter to make everything look icy on a card!
Raise the Bar Challenge #2-This challenge was really fun, The Gift That Keeps On Giving. You are to use something on the card that someone gave you. My daughter gave both myself and my sister some felt snowflakes as part of a gift. Also the stamp was given to me by Crissy Armstrong, I just love her stamps.
Charisma Cardz Challenge #3-The challenge this week is fruity colors! It was so much fun to think "fruity", my green is for grapes and blue for blueberries. This challenge was really a lot of fun!
Totally Gorjuss Challenge-This challenge was a bit different. You need to add dimension to your card. I cut out the top half of the image and then popped up just the top half to give the illusion that he was on top of the snow. I hope it looks that way.
Hand Full of Stamps Challenge #13-Swirls, Swirls, Swirls. I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder to creat swirls on my card. This is one of my favorite embossing folders! This was a fantastic challenge!


Stamps: High Hopes

Paper: SU Pacific Point and Glorious Green CS, Papertrey white CS, DP unknown

Inks: Copics, Su Bashful blue

Accessories: Nesties, Cloud Maker, Paper Shaper Snowflake Punch, Dew Drops, Felt Snowflakes, SU Glitter, Michaels Ribbon and misc. brads, snowflake charm

Thanks for stopping by to see what I created. These were all fabulous challenges and you should definitely check them out and try a few of them. If you could take a minute and let me know what you think of my card I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valentine Love Potion

I decided I needed a break from wintry cards for a bit so I decided to make a Valentine's Day card. I just got this new DP when my sister, daughter and I took a road trip up to NH on Saturday to by some new Copics at a great store in Dover, NH. I seem to have lots of Valentine things that I bought and haven't used yet. This is one of the cute stamps from Kraftin' Kimmies that I got for Christmas, I just love the idea of the love potion. I just got the Spellbinder heart nesties and couldn't wait to use them. Everything just seemed to fall into place when making this card!

There was lots of challenges that would fit this card so here they are

Crazy For Challenges C4C20-This challenge had the great sketch that I used for this card, it was great because it left a lot of room for my own interpretation.
Allsorts Challenge Week 35-The challenge this week is to use the colors brown and pink, I love these colors together!
One Stop Craft Challenge 63-They asked us to use fancy edges or corners. I used both on my card and both with a heart theme to them.
Polka Doodles week 2-This challenge is all about love and what says love better that a love potion like this one in the image!
Crafty Creations Challenge 51-The challenge this week is Valentines or love. I think this cute image makes a great Valentine and will also put a smile on a face. Who wouldn't like a bottle of love potion.
Quixotic Challenge #10-My old stamp is the Be Mine I used on the heart. I have had this stamp for many, many years. It is part of a Rubber Stamp Tapestry set. It is the perfect size and saying for a Valentine card so I use it often on my Valentine cards.
Creative Card Crew Challenge 43-The challenge is punch it. I love punches so this was an easy challenge. I used a Paper Shaper corner punch and a MS heart border punch.
Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 87-This challenge this week is to use lots of layers. I love using layers on my card the more the better! Fun challenge to do.
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp Challenge #13-A color combo,pink, red, and chocolate with hearts! This combination makes a great challenge. I used the colors pink and chocolate when I colored then added red hearts for shine on the card. This stamp was so much fun to play with.
Papertake Weekly Challenge-This challenge Pretty Pink Papertake, is to use mostly pink on your card. I have lots of different shades of pink on this card. Didn't really plan it when I started working on it just kind of evolved into it. I really like pinks so all is good!

These are all fantastic challenges, take a minute to check them out and play along with the ones you like!


Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Rubber Stamp Tapestry

Paper: SU Choc. Chip , CS, Papertrey White CS, DP

Inks: Copics, SU

Accessories: MS Border Punch, Heart Nesties, Paper Shaper Corner Punch, MS Heart Jewel Stickers, and Michaels Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been working on. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave about my creations.

Happy Crafting,


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Snow Much Fun!

We are expecting quite a bit of heavy, wet snow tonight and tomorrow here in our part of New England. I am so sick of it unless it is on a card, like this one. Don't you just love this digi from Mo's Digital Pencil. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, I think its that cute face.

I also wanted to do the card in blue but couldn't find any DP in the right shades I colored the image so I stamped the back round instead with my Rubber Stamp Tapestry snowflake set. It is definitely one of my favorite sets. Also you can't tell from the pic but the whole back round was dabbed with Stickles and Dazzling Diamonds on the pompoms, snowflakes, and Flower Soft snow on the image.

These are the challenges that this card works for
Mo's Pigital Pencil Challenge #14-this challenge was a really fun sketch to do, it worked perfectly with the image!
Digital Tuesday Challenge #41-This challenge was Emboss it! I embossed the bottom panel on the card with snowflakes.
Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC12-This challenge was a color, 3 different shades of blue. Between the image and the back round I think I came close to all 3 shades in their challenge.
Crafty Creations Challenge #50-This challenge is to use 3 different textures. I used Flower Soft, dry embossing, glitter, and ribbon.
Charisma Cardz Challenge #2-This challenge is Anything New. How is easy that. I used my new digi from Mo's Digital Pencil, new iridescent snowflakes from JoAnns, and new light blue Recollection sticker pearls from Michaels.
Stamp Something Challenge-This challenge was to use two colors blue and white. My most favorite colors for anything! What fun I had.
3 Clovers Thursday Challenge #47-Baby, Its cold outside is the challenge this week. I am definitely trying to play with all my new winter stamps and images before it isn't cold out anymore.
Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential SSHP14-This challenge is to go wild with snowflakes!!
I went wild by stamping my whole back round with snowflakes instead of using a DP. I do love snowflakes.
Crafty Ann's Challenge #6-Embossing! I love using my Cuttlebug embossing folders when I emboss, can't imagine what I did before I had them. The one I used, snowflakes, is one of my favorites.

These were a lot of fun to do this week. I want to thank all these lovely ladies for coming up with new, fun and sometimes challenging challenges for us to play along with.

Stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil, Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Paper: SU Ballet Blue CS, Papertrey White CS
Inks: Copics, Asst. SU shades of blue inks, Memento Black
accessories: Coluzzle Cutting System, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Flower Soft, Stickles, SU Glitter, Michaels Ribbon, Recollection Sticker Pearls, Iridescent snowflakes from JoAnns

Thank you for stopping by today. It really means a lot to me to have you see what I made and let me know what you think of it.

Have a wonderful week,

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Don't you just love this stamp from Whimsy stamps! When I saw this stamp it brought back a wonderful memory of a dog we used to have that loved the snow when it was falling and would chase snowflakes and try to bite at them as they fell. This is another stamp that I got in my stocking this Christmas. My daughter went all out to make sure I got lots of stamping toys this year.
I used lots of sparkle on this card and I even used Crystal Effects on the tongue to make it seem wet from the snowflakes.

Once again I found some great challenges to fit this card. I am really liking all the great challenges that are out there to participate in!

Stamp with Fun Challenge 41-Snowflakes is the challenge this week. The image has snowflakes and I also made a snowflake with felt and different punched snowflakes then covered it with Twinklets.
Lots To Do Challenge-I thought this card fit this challenge perfectly, it reminds me of a wonderland I'd like to visit!
Crafty Catz Challenge #14-This challenge is bright and sparkly, I have glitter, jewel snowflakes, a sparkly snowflake and an embossed glittery back round paper. No pastel colors on this card!
Creative Inspirations Challenge 43- This challenge is New Year, New Products. I used new jewel snowflakes and felt snowflakes I just got from my LSS.
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 121-I loved this sketch, simple but lots of fun to play with!
Crafty Ann's Challenge #5- This challenge is New Year, New Inspiration, My inspiration was to use my new stamp to show my family how much I love them for wanting to give me new stamping things that I loved.
Everybody Art Challenge #73-The challenge this week is snowflakes. I love making them to match the card!

Check out these fantastic challenges. It is wonderful that they let us play with them so show them some love by visiting their blogs!

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps
Paper: SU Bliss Blue CS, Papertrey White CS and DP SEI
Ink: Copics
Accessories: MS Icicle and Snowflake Punch, Paper Shaper Corner Punch, Su Glitter, Memory Box Jewel Snowflakes, Maya Road Felt Snowflakes, SU Jewel Brad, Twinklets

Thanks for stopping by today to see my creation. I really appreciate all your wonderful comments you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Chasing The Chill Away!

It has been awhile since I have found the time to post. This is a new stamp that I bought for myself right before Christmas. I actually got a few more of the Kraftin' Kimmie stamps and then my daughter bought me some for Christmas as part of my present from her and my son. It definitely was a crafty Christmas for me!

I love the colors blue, brown and silver together so as soon as I picked out a sketch to use I knew what DP was perfect for it and then I had my colors. Usually I just sit and color the image whatever colors I want to use then worry about it matching anything else. Right now I have quite a few colored and am not very inspired to dig through my stash to find matching DP and embellishments. I guess I 'll have to pick first and color last for a bit.

I was able to match this card to some challenges though. I am finding it lots of fun to push myself to do the challenges. There are lots of very talented people that do them so I strive to be as creative as possible. Here are the challenges that go with this card

Crafty Calendar Challenge #4- January's challenge is keeping warm. She is all bundled up in her winter best and is drinking hot cocoa. I also think this color combo has a very warm feeling to it!
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #12- What's New is the challenge. I used a brand new stamp on this card and the part of the glittered snowflakes were made with my new Spellbinders Snowflakes die set. I love using new things when I play!
Quixotic Challenge #8-Hot Chocolate is the challenge. I interpreted it as using the color brown and Piper is holding a cup of cocoa so it worked perfectly for this challenge.
Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge #12- Heavy Metal is the challenge so I dug out my favorite shiny snowflake to use and then used shiny silver brads to match it! I love shiny anything on a card!
ABC Challenge-L is for Layering, I don't think I ever do a card without a layer on it. The more layers the better, KWIM.
365 Cards- This challenge is Metal Mania so the snowflake and the brads work perfectly for it. This is the first time I have played along with this challenge and they have some really fun ones so I can see that I will be playing with them again very soon!
Paperplay Challenge week 1- Precious Metals, I do love to use metal embellishments on a lot of my cards and this snowflake is my favorite. I don't know what I'll do when I run out of them!
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 94- This challenge is All New! My new is my Kraftin' Kimmie stamp and my Spellbinders snowflake dies. I love to ink up new Rubber!
Polka Doodles Challenge week 1-Song title, this card immediately made me think of the song, Baby It's Cold Outside. This was a fun challenge this week I have songs running through my head for some of my other cards!
Allsorts Challenge 34- The challenge this week is a great sketch. It was easy so it gave a lot of room for your own personal touch to it! I love using sketches.

This card seemed to fit a lot of the wonderful challenges that were out in blogland this week. If you get a chance why not play along or at least check out all the fantastic creations that other ladies are making. Challenges help to keep you push yourself to try new things in a fun way.

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, CTMH (saying)
Paper: SU Close to Cocoa, Bordering Blue CS, Papertrey White CS and Bo Bunny DP
Ink: Copics, Memento Black and Cocoa
Accessories: Spellbinders Nesties and Snowflake Dies, Bow Easy, Recollections Silver Pearls, Michaels Ribbon, Hero Arts Blue Crystal and Silver Snowflake Charm(unknown)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave about my creations. It is so nice to share a craft with so many that love it as much as I do!

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Warm Hands, Warm Heart

It is back to school tomorrow, vacation is over for me. This time seems to go so fast because of the holidays I suppose. I started this card on Friday for the Sugar Nellie challenge, Sugar Bowl Challenge 26 Lilians Sketch. The added part is to include "something new" along with the sketch.
The new on my card is this cute Sugar Nellie stamp (first time it has been inked) and the DP which I just bought a short time ago and just opened it now to use it.

This should have been an easy card for me but the colors in the DP are definitely not colors I use at all. Coloring with my Copics colors that I might not even have used yet was hard to figure what would work together, none of these colors that I own had colors close to each other to use for shading and blending. It took me days of walking away and coming back before everything matched and looked good. Next card I am going back to my comfort colors!

I do have to say that these new 6x6 packs called petite papers from Webster's Papers are beautiful. I used the holiday paper pack this time but I also have another of the floral packs also. Their papers are very shabby chic with a touch of old world I guess I would call it. Our LSS started carrying the line and these packs fly out of the store.

Stamps:Sugar Nellie, Impression Obsession (saying)
Papers: CTMH Textured CS, Papertrey White CS, DP Webster's Pages
Inks: Copics, Memento Black
Accessories:Nesties, Making Memories Distressing Tool, Paper Shaper Whale Tail Punch and Snowflake, MS Snowflake Punch, Stickles Chunky Glitter, Recollections Sticker Pearls, LSS Ribbon, Gold Charm Unknown

Thank you so much for stopping by today to see what I created. I really do appreciate everyone who stops by my blog and especially those who leave a comment about my cards. It means so much to me.

Have a wonderful start to the week,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2010. I hope it brings everyone lots of better times than the previous year. Of course it is starting off with a snowstorm here in the North East. When we went to bed it was starting to spit snow and now it is snowing like mad and is expected to do it off and on all day, tonight and tomorrow. I guess that it means that I am staying in and making cards, hehe. Good time to pull out all my Christmas crafting gifts and try them out.

This cutie is a digi stamp from The Greeting Farm and they were nice enough to give it to us for free (thanks Kristen for letting us know about it). It made a great New Years Day Card that I am giving to a friend that I didn't see over the holidays.

This card also fits quite a few challenges going on right now, so here they are

Crazy For Challenges, C4C18- Create a card using Polka Dots, I love polka dots so the hardest part was what color polka dot DP to use!
3 Clovers Thursday Challenge #45- Celebrations is the theme this week and I love New Years so it was a fun card for me to create!
Carisma Cardz Challenge Celebrations-It is their 1ST birthday and they are celebrating with lots of fun including a great challenge to make a card of a celebration, I did a New Years Celebration, a blog hop and great presents to win! Check them out!!!!!
Frosted Designs A New Years Challenge-I love New Years Day so making a card to celebrate a great new year ahead was lots of fun.
Copic Creations Challenge #19 - This was fun to do because I love to color animals and this image was a challenge with all the stamped fur around the image.
Daring Cardmakers-The challenge this week is new beginnings, so my card was a perfect fit for the challenge!
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 82-They have a wonderful sketch this challenge and I loved using for this card. It gave me the opportunity for lots of different kinds of papers on the card!
Stamp with Fun Challenge #39-A New Years Challenge. Everyone is looking to get creative for the new year so there are lots of creative eye candy to check out here!
Cupcake Craft Challenge #71-A time for celebration, they have lots of great challenges every week and this one is no exception, there is lots of room to be creative.
Pile It On Challenge 29-This challenge was to use anything digital plus do their challenge and at least one other challenge. That was easy this week lots of great challenges out there and I love digi stamps so it wasn't hard to use one of those on the card.

These are all really wonderful challenges that all these creative ladies come up with and let anyone play along with them. Please check them out to see what others have worked hard on creating and sharing. Better yet why not play along!!!!

Stamps: Digi from The Greeting Farm
Paper: SU Lovely Lilac CS, Papertrey White CS, Origami Paper, Paper Co White Shimmer Paper, Bo Bunny DP and Magenta DP
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Paper Shaper Star Punch, Dew Drops, Michaels Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today and seeing what I created. I would like everyone to know that I really appreciate you taking the time to come by and see what I have been working on and especially all of you that leave you wonderful comments, it really makes my day a happy one! So thank you once again from the bottom of my heart.

Happy Creating,