Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sugar Bowl Challenge 25

I can't believe tomorrow is New Year's Eve already... almost time for the kids to head back to school!  Their vacation seemed to fly by this year.  It's a mixed blessing having them home, isn't it?!  It's great being able to do stuff we don't normally have time for, but when they get bored, watch out!  lol

Today I have a card using Lillian's fantastic sketch challenge over at the Sugar Bowl.  I used a super cute Sugar Nellie Gorjuss girls stamp called Bear Hug.  Lately I am loving Crate Paper DP's, and I thought they were a great match to this image.  The Please Include option this week is to use your favorite colour, and I just love this shade of blue!

Here is my card:



I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve!  Stay safe!

Christine

Monday, December 28, 2009

A bunch of firsts!

Today I have a card made with my new Distress re-inkers that my dh gave me for Christmas!  I've never water-colored before, so this was a totally new experience!  I also used my new Magnolia Winter Kit images for the first time and made a bottle tag for the first time.  Here it is, be kind!  :)



And here is a close-up:



I am entering this into a bunch of challenges:
ISB challenge-  Bottle pendant
Creative Inspirations Challenge- Christmas gift- anything but a card
Creative Card Crew- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge- Party
Paper Play Challenges- New Beginnings
Everybody Art Challenge- Happy New Year
Corrosive Challenge- New Year's Resolution- This year I'm going to have more fun!  :)
Stamp with Fun- Happy New Year

Materials used:
Stamps-  Magnolia Winter Kit
Paper- My Mind's Eye
Ink- Memento
Medium- Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

Christine

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and Gingerbread houses

I just wanted to wish a very merry Christmas to everyone, and to those who don't celebrate Christmas, a happy holidays!  Whether you are a follower or just dropped in for a quick visit, I appreciate you stopping in!

It's been too busy to get any cards made the last 2 days, but I did get a gingerbread house made with my kids!  Thank goodness for kits with the gingerbread pre-made, what a blessing!  Here are some 'after' photos.  All the sides are different, since the kids couldn't agree on the style house they wanted :)





The most important thing is that we all had fun!  :D

See you all after Christmas!

hugs,
Christine

Monday, December 21, 2009

CAS baby card

For me, I consider this a clean and simple card :D  Only one patterned paper?  Shocking!


In my opinion, this card looks better in real life!  It didn't seem to photograph well, maybe because one of my 2 bulbs for my photograph lights is burnt out.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant- sketch challenge
Etsy Inspired- Kindly noted (baby and little girl inspiration)
Charisma Cardz- Anything but Christmas
Cupcake Craft Challenges- A time for Celebration (this card can be either a new baby or girl's first birthday card)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Birthday Surprise

5 days until Christmas, how did that happen?  The last of my cards went into the mail today, I guess they will most likely be late!  I saved the closest ones for last, so I'll cross my fingers that they arrive in time.  I have had a bad mail week, I accidently sent an Express package to myself!  LOL...  So Friday I got to head back to the post office to resend it, and of course the post offices are all crazy busy!  Ah well, hopefully I won't have to be back in one again any time soon!  Have you all gotten your cards mailed?  Or do you procrastinate like me?


Today I have a card for the current sketch challenge at Motivet.





The alternating stripes on the box and lid are done in Stickles.  The lace I picked up at a local bridal fabric store.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Motivet- sketch challenge
Colour Create- Pink, Burgundy and Ivory
Charisma Cardz- Anything but Christmas
Cupcake Craft Challenges- 5x5 Birthday card
Crafty Ann's Challenge- No red or Green (Those really are burgundy/fuschia!  Definitely not red IRL)
Creative Card Crew- Anything Goes

Materials used:
Stamp:  Motivet- Doraline Surprise
Papers: Basic Grey
Medium:  Prismacolors, Koh-i-Noor, OMS


I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gift of the Season

Can you believe that we're one week away from Christmas Eve?  I'm in denial.  I don't think that strategy is going to work, though!

Today I have a card for a friend of mine.  I guess she'll really be shocked when she gets it, right?!



Here is a close up of her sparkly wrapping paper :)




I am entering this into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday- sketch challenge
Just Magnolia- It's Christmas
Roses on Paper- Cranberry, Hunter Green, and or Gold
Quixotic Paperie- lace
Magnolia Down Under- Bedazzled
Creative Card Crew- Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge:  Merry Christmas
Shirley's 2 Girls:  Holiday
The Crafty Pad:  Christmas
My Grafico:  Green & Red

Materials used:
Stamp: Magnolia- Jolly Tilda, sentiment- CC Designs
Paper:  Crate Paper, Bazzill
Accessories:  Lace- unknown from stash, Flower- Prima, Punch- Martha Stewart
Medium:  Prismacolors, Koh-i-Noor & OMS

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Magnolia winter kit

I received my Magnolia Winter & Christmas kit today, but as I was cutting it, I noticed that there was a big difference in the rubber thickness from one end of the other.  Here's a picture:



(Those aren't my fingers!  lol)

That can't be normal to have one side really thin, can it?  Did anyone else's come like this?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry and Bright!

I just love this digital snowman stamp!  It was a freebie during the summer.  I had forgotten where I'd snagged it from and had hunted high and low to try to figure out where I'd gotten it from.  Earlier tonight I noticed (while getting ready to post this card!), that someone else had used the exact same image, and for the same sketch!  Isn't that ironic?  I posted on her blog, asking who it was by, and she was kind enough to pop by my blog right away and let me know.  So I wanted to give a big thank you to Iwona for making the effort to help me out!  You should check out her card with the same image, it is so cute!!

So here is my card:



I used the current sketch challenge at Card Positioning Systems.  The snowman was a digital freebie from Dustin Pike, I think he is so adorable!  Papers are My Mind's Eye, PTI and Bazzill.

I am entering this card into the CPS challenge as well as the following:

Ildi Co Challenge- Black and Bright
Simon Says Stamp- Let it Snow
Crazy 4 Challenges- snowmen
The Pink Elephant- Winter or Christmas
Corrosive Challenge- Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Stamp Something- Winter Wonderland
Secret Saturday Challenge- Snow
If the Shoe Fits, Scrap it!- Snow

I hope everyone is staying warm, it sure is cold here!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Comment verification is now off

I just wanted to mention that I turned off my comment verification a few days ago, after a general card blog movement to save us all time, which is so precious at this time of year.  I haven't had a single 'spam' message since then, either!  So if you haven't yet, maybe you might want to consider removing your comment verification for a few days, and see how it goes!  You can always delete specific comments if you needed to.  Simon Says Challenge made an appeal, you can read about it here.

Wonderful Winter!

It doesn't look like I'll get a card done today, but I just had to share this with you!

EDMONTON — It was colder in Edmonton Sunday than anywhere else in North America.

Environment Canada recorded a bone-chilling -46.1 C — or -58.4 with wind chill — at the Edmonton International Airport at 5 a.m., said Environment Canada meteorologist Pierre Lessard.

The temperature shattered the northern Alberta city’s previous Dec. 13 cold record of -36.1 C, which was set last year.
You can read the full story here, and laugh at us! 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

card positioning systems

Wow, another Saturday is over, Christmas is getting so close!  We tried to start our Christmas shopping today, but the mall was so so busy!  We did get a few things.  I think we are going to keep it small this year.  Honestly, I just feel like we don't need more 'stuff' just for the sake of having a full Christmas tree. If anything, we need less stuff!  Less clutter, less noise, less debt :)  Anyone feeling the same way?

Today's card is for the current challenge at Card Positioning Systems.



It is actually a gift card holder.  Here is the inside:




And a close-up of the inside:



The gift card can go on either side.

I am entering this into the following challenges, including CPS mentioned above, plus:
Cupcake Craft Challenges:  Song inspiration- Here comes Santa Claus
Artful Inkables- Clean and Simple- while there isn't much white space, I definitely consider this CAS

Materials used:  Portrait Santa- High Hopes, Sentiment- CC designs
Paper- Crate paper. Bazzill CS
Medium- Koh-i-Noors & OMS, warm grey copic marker

Motivet challenge week 50

Today I did something I never, ever do... I used the same image on back to back posts!    As soon as I saw Motivet's current challenge though, I knew exactly what image and paper I wanted to use, and unfortunately, it's the one I used last!  Oh well, life will go on, right?

So today's card uses Motivet's Children Riding Kick-sled, and also their snowflake accessory stamp.  The snowflake was stamped with PTI's ocean breeze ink and embossed with Ranger embossing powder.  The lace is from a local bridal store.  The paper is Bo Bunny.  The layout is from Friday Sketchers.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Motivet- Monochrome
Friday Sketchers- layout
Crazy for Challenges- Snow
Cupcake Crafts Challenge- song inspiration:  Let it Snow
Simon Says- Let it Snow
A Spoon Full of Sugar- monochrome
Secret Crafter Saturday challenge- Snow

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

(Edited to fix the week #, shouldn't post at 1 AM apparently!)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Motivet challenge week 50


With 10 minutes to spare, here is my Motivet card!  Yay!

What a crazy time of year to try to make challenge deadlines, isn't it?  I snuck out for some Christmas shopping and just got back 30 minutes ago.

I am entering this into the Motivet sketch challenge linked above, plus the following challenges:
Die Cuts R Us- Project with a Holiday Feel
Stamp with Sarah Kay- Red & Green
Charisma Cardz- Red, Green & White
Everybody-Art challenge- red & green
Cupcake Craft Challenges- song inspiration- Wonderful Christmas Time (they're definitely having a wonderful Christmas time!)
Pink Elephant- my favorite Christmas color combo- red & Green!

Materials:
Stamp- Motivet- children riding kicksled, CC Designs- Sentiment
Paper- MME, PTI cardstock
Medium:  Prismacolors & OMS

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Feeling Under the Weather?

I'm so ready for spring, can you tell?  Today I have a monochromatic Tilda card for you.



On the inside it says "Sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather!"  I used the current Sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, SC257.  Her umbrella and pocket are paper pieced.  You can see it a bit better in the close-up.



I am entering this card into the following challenge:
A Spoon Full of Sugar:  Monochrome

Materials:
Stamp:  Magnolia- Tilda holding umbrella
Paper:  Little Bicycle, MME, PTI, Core'dinations
Medium:  Prismacolors with OMS

Monday, December 7, 2009

Limited time to craft!

Unfortunately there hasn't been much time to craft this week.  Today I have a card using a cute Gorjuss girl by Sugar Nellie, for the current sketch challenge at Totally Gorjuss.


I am entering this into the Totally Gorjuss challenge mentioned above, plus the following challenges:
Crafty Ann's Challenge:  Texture- lace, satin rosebud, and stickles
Cute Card Thursday:  Swirly Girly
Dutch Dare:  Color Challenge
Charisma Cardz:  Dreaming of Summertime- I wish it was warm enough to wear sleeveless!

Materials:
Stamp:  Sugar Nellie- Little Goth Girl
Paper:  SEI
misc:  rosebud- Offray, Lace (unknown), stickles
Ink:  Memento
Medium:  Prismacolors, Koh-i-Noor & OMS

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Motivet week 48 challenge

Today I have a card using one of my favorite lines of stamps- Motivet.  If you haven't checked them out, you really should.

This card is for their current sketch challenge (ending in 10 minutes!)



I used my favorite Christmas papers by Crate papers.  I need to stock up on these while I can!

Here's a close-up:



I'm going to add the rest of the details in a minute.

Hope everyone is having a great night!

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Motivet:  sketch
Stamp with fun:  Christmas
Pollycraft Challenge:  Christmas
Corrosive Challenge:  Green & Red
2 Red Bananas:  Christmas
Cupcake Craft Challenges:  Red & Green
Playdate Cafe:  Green, White and Red
Pink Elephant:  Colour me wonderful- Prismacolors & Koh-i-Noors with OMS

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sugar Bowl challenge 24

I wasn't sure I would get this card done in time, but here it is with hours to spare :)

Over at the Sugar Bowl, there is a sketch challenge with the twist to use something zig zag.  I decided to take a break from Christmas cards (since working on them only reminds me how far behind I am this year! LOL) and made a 'Spring'-ish card.



I just love this image, it is so sweet!  I am also entering this into the current colour challenge over at Caardvarks!

Materials used:
Stamp:  Sugar Nellie- Peek a Bunny
Paper: My Minds Eye, Bazzill CS, Core'dination paper
Misc.:  Offrey rosebud, Bazzill flower, Cuttlebug embossing folder
Medium:  Prismacolors with OMS, Copic

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bake sale project

Tonight I have a treat box that I made for my son's bake sale.  Since I made a bunch of them, and time was very limited, I kept it really, really simple!  If I had more time, I know exactly what I would have done, but unfortunately at this time of year, sometimes you just have to make concessions :( and this week, that concession is craft time and perfectionism.

For this project I used the template and tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers.



I also took baked goods, but I thought this would be a good option for those families with allergy issues.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Just Us Girls- Template challenge
ColourCreate- Green, Red & White
Charisma Cardz-  Anything Christmas
Corrosive Challenge-  Red & Green
Pollycraft Challenge- Christmas
Cupcake Crafts Challenge- Red & Green

Materials used:
Stamp:  Pink Cat Studios- Lily & Billy Winter
CS- Bazzill

Hope everyone is having a great week, thanks for stopping by!!
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