Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Guest Designing at V's Sweet Ideas

I'm SO excited to have been selected as a Guest Designer at V's Sweet Ideas.  I was sent some lovely new products from V's Sweet Ideas to use on my project.  The stamp set I used is called Christmas Cheer, and it's ADORABLE!  I also used some trims, sequins and baker's twine from the shop.  They have SO MANY cute things, and I hope you will take time to check out the AMAZING shop for yourself.
Isn't this cute?  That sweet wide red and white trim is from V's Sweet Ideas, and you can see that I stamped the Christmas Cheer stamp set in a few places - the sentiment on the tag, and the designs on the wooden pieces.  It's a little bit hard to see, but there are some really sweet sequins on the card as well - they're cute little snowflakes.
I will be participating in their upcoming Blog Hop as well.  You can learn more about the Blog Hop, the current challenge, and all the great products they carry, by stopping by the V's Sweet Ideas Blog for more details.
Have a great week!

Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - #163 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says ANYTHING GOES


Monday, December 29, 2014

Strutin' My Feathers

This card is a little bit different for me.  I usually do the "cutesy" stuff, but I was drawn to the peacock feathers, and decided to use them along with a chalkboard stamp to create something a little different.  I like how it turned out, and it's fun to do something a little out of the ordinary now and then.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!
The patterned paper is from October Afternoon's Woodland Park collection, the chipboard frame, peacock stamp and feather are Crate Paper.  The stamped sentiment is from My Craft Spot by Kimberly (I won that set).  There's some gems, machine stitching, lace, and a paper flower.
Here are the challenges I've found where I can share my peacock card:
Word Art Wednesdays - #163 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Classy Cards-n-Such Blog - Challenge #65 - Happy New Year - I used several new products and a new stamp set.  I added some "BLING" (the gems) which can be found here at CCNS Blue/Green Gems

The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog - #204 - Happy New Year - I wanted to "try something new" for the new year, and this card is a NEW STYLE and it uses NEW PRODUCTS.  I also used Black Chalkboard Paper from The Kraft Outlet to stamp my chalkboard sentiment.
Thanks for visiting me.  Come back soon, an invite your friends........I need followers!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Keeping Warm and Toasty

While I was browsing some of my favorite blogs this week,  I saw some crafters who had created some lovely winter mittens.  It reminded me that I also had this die-cut from Papertrey Ink, so I pulled it out and decided to create a mitten of my own.  Since I live in Minnesota, gloves and mittens are all too familiar for me.  I've also been having a lot of fun taking my photos outside where I can use the snow-frosted trees as a background, and my snow-dusted deck railing in the foreground.  It has made for some really cute photos.
I used a combination of Crate Paper an October Afternoon patterned papers, some burlap trim, lace, pom-pom trim, and velvet.  I also used a wooden stamped snowflake, a resin candy cane, an October Afternoon journaling card for the sentient, and a Crate Paper Santa chipboard piece.  I thought that the word believe went nicely with the Santa image.
I'm entering my mitten in these challenges I found where it will fit.  I'm always on the hunt for more challenges where I can enter my projects:
Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge - #26 - Happy Holidays With Photo Inspiration
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge - #163 - Anything Goes
Inspired By Stamping - #89 - Color Inspiration (the blue is very subtle - it's on the snowflake)

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes
I appreciate your visit today.  Keep warm - put on your mittens!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Treat Bags

I had to think of a quick and easy little treat for all my nieces and nephews.  So, late Christmas Eve I started whipping up these bags.  I had to keep them fairly simple because I have 11 nieces and nephews in total, and very little time to whip up my treat bags.  I picked up these bags on clearance at Target.  I added some patterned paper to the top/opening of each bag, then added some laces and trims, a bow, a chipboard element, and then tucked lots of candy into each one.  They were a big hit since my nieces and nephews take after me - they all LOVE candy!
Oh, and then I found all the bags in the garbage, and the candy stuffed in their pockets.....and mouths!  No, I wasn't offended.  They're just kids after all.  But I did remove the chipboard pieces and saved them to use again in the future.  Knowing what they cost, I just couldn't let them be thrown away....LOL!
I'm going to enter my treat bags in the following challenges:
My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #162 - Bags & Boxes Challenge for Gift-Giving
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says Anything Goes
Inspired By Stamping Inspirational Challenge #89 - I followed the GORGEOUS Color Inspiration
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - Challenge #163 - Anything Goes
V's Sweet Ideas Challenge Blog - Challenge #129 - Holiday Theme
That's all for now.  Wishing you all a warm and happy week!

Friday, December 26, 2014

If You Have Faith

Yesterday, I created a very similar card to this one.  I got the idea for the stamped border from Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog.  I love this technique they shared in their weekly tutorial because it makes an easy background for your card.  I decided to create another card much like the one I created yesterday; knowing that I could use it for a friend who needs a little pick-me-up.
This card was created using my Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here Holiday Stamp Set (old version) for the stamped background border.  I took an additional layer of cream cardstock to stamp my sentiment, and then I added some jute and a mini hanging tag with another Papertrey Ink stamp (xoxo) from their Tiny Tags Set.
It's a very similar card to yesterday's card, and was very easy to create.  I am really crossing my fingers that I might win a challenge with one of my cards.  I don't get many chances to enter because of my job demands, so needless to say.....I never really win.  It would be AMAZING to win something; but regardless, it's super fun to play along.  I really love this idea.
These are the challenges I found where I can share this card:
Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday Challenge #192 - Stamped Borders and Sympathy or Thinking Of You - That's exactly what this card is!  I used Papertrey Ink's Love Lives Here Holiday Stamp Set for the hearts (three different heart stamps) on my border.  I also used the Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags Stamp Set for the tiny tag (xoxo), as well as their jute.
Inspired By Stamping Challenge #89 - I was totally inspired by the Color Inspiration.  I really like this combination of colors as well as the sweet gingham.  Super cute!
Our Daily Bread #220 - Sketch Challenge - My card follows the sketch, and it uses a sweet ODBD scripture stamp for the focal sentiment.
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge #163 - Anything Goes (Using Scripture or Encouraging/Uplifting Sentiment)
I thank you for stopping by today.  I look forward to visiting YOUR blog as well.
Have a great day!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Stamped Borders

When I saw this tutorial on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog, I knew I just HAD to give it a try.  I used an older Papertrey Ink Christmas stamp set and die-cut set.  They remain among my all-time favorites from PTI; but then again, I ADORE all their products.   I also enjoy their tutorials each week even though I don't often get the time to play along in the challenges.
I stamped the background onto cream cardstock and then stamped the sentiment on another piece of cream cardstock and adhered that with double-sided sticky tape to raise it up and make it stand out.  I inked the edges of the sentiment piece, ad then added some red and white jute, and a felt holly ad berries PTI die-cut.
I will be entering my card in these challenges I found:
Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Challenge #194 - Make It Monday Challenge - Create a stamped border and create a sympathy or thinking of you card.  I used PTI stamps for my border, and a PTI holly and berry die-cut as well as jute.  My sentiment is being used as a sympathy/thinking of you sentiment for a friend who is getting over the loss of her sister at this time of year.  (I can sure relate to that!!)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread - Sketch Challenge - My sentiment is an ODBD stamp
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge #163 - Anything Goes (With Scripture or Uplifting/Encouraging)
Those are all the challenges I could find to fit my card.  I wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A May Arts RIbbons Christmas Card Challenge

Woo Hoo!  I can't even describe in mere words how PUMPED I was when I learned that May Arts Ribbons had accepted my application for participating as a chosen contestant in their annual Christmas Card Challenge.  I don't get to apply for Design Teams because I just don't have a lot of free time, but I sure was grateful to be able to participate in this awesome challenge.  Here's a picture of what we were given to work with (one yard of each of these):
My idea was to create more than one card and to use the ribbon as the focus of the cards in different ways on each.  So, I got my thinking cap on and these are the cards I came up with.
For my first card, I used some Crate Paper and October Afternoon supplies, I machine stitched the edges of my card, added some sequins for the "snow", and then I gathered the May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon and machine stitched it down to create a bed of snow for my chipboard snowman.  This Wrinkle Ribbon comes in a variety of brilliant colors, and is SO fun and easy to work with.

OK, so for my second card I cut a Christmas tree out of chipboard, painted it, and then wrapped it in the May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon.  I absolutely LOVE how shiny this ribbon is, and even though my photograph isn't amazing, it does show you how much these ribbons shimmer and catch the light SO beautifully.  I also used the gold Wrinkle Ribbon to create a "star" bow at the top of my tree.  There is absolutely NO END to the creative ways you could use this amazing May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon.
I'm truly grateful for being chosen to be a part of this challenge, and I'd like to say thanks to May Arts Ribbons for accepting my application.  By the way, I wanted to let you all know that May Arts Ribbons recently opened an on-line store where you can shop for ALL the amazing May Arts Ribbons.  You can find their shop at The Ribbon Resource.
Thanks for visiting me today,

P.S.  I'm linking my cards to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Bling It On - I used sequins to bling up my first card as snowflakes, and the gold star and accent on the tree on the second card.

Inspired By Stamping Challenge #58 - My second card was inspired by the color challenge.  Thanks for a really fun challenge, IBS!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Wrappings

I was recently chosen to play along in the upcoming May Arts Ribbon Christmas Card Challenge and I couldn't be more excited.  May Arts Ribbons sent me 10 yards of their gorgeous 1/2" Solid Wrinkle Ribbon to work with.  I finished my cards for the challenge yesterday, and still had ribbon left over.  What a HUGE blessing!  So, I got creative with it and made this card.
I like the way my ribbons look like I wrapped the hanging ornaments with ribbon.  I also used some sequins which seem to be very popular right now.   The white jute I used to tie on my bells is also from May Arts.  They have the nicest ribbons!
These are the challenges I've found where I can share my card this week:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Christmas and Holiday Cards
Classy Cards n Such Challenge #62 - Wrappings - I like how my bow looks like I wrapped up the hanging ornaments.  I love using ribbon on all my Christmas "wrappings", and Classy Cards n Such has lots of great ribbon including seam binding like I used.  I also used ultra-fine glitter.
Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Linky Party
I hope you will stop by on December 12 to see the cards I created and entered into the May Arts Ribbons Christmas Card Challenge.  I'm really excited about it, and very grateful to my BFF for helping me figure out all the "technical" parts of signing up, linking, etc.  I'm still a work in progress and need help with this whole blogging thing.  LOL
Merry Christmas,

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Christmas Tag

I'm bound and determined to get my Christmas cards done SOON.  I've been working hard on the days I can to create cards for my friends and co-workers.  I also made a few tags for placing on gifts for people.  That way, maybe they won't notice my AWFUL gift-wrapping skills if it has a pretty tag on it. HA-HA!!
I used some older pattern papers, a cute cardboard button, a tag from a super old set, a button, some jute. seam binding and ribbon.  It's all placed on a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag.  Since I don't often get to make blog posts (not as much as I wish I could), I'm entering it in the challenges I've found where it fits this week.
Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Color Challenge - Challenge #88 - I used a stamp for my sentiment
The Kraft Journal - Christmas Gift Tags - Challenge #200 - I used a Grungy Prim Tag
Classy Cards n Such - Christmas Tags - Challenge #61 - I used Chalk White Seam Binding for my bow
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas and Holiday Challenge
I am happy you visited me today.  I would really love to have you follow my blog, and I would be happy to follow yours.  Have a wonderful time making your Christmas cards and tags.