Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween??

Hmm, I guess it's a sign that I made a Christmas card today instead of a Halloween card!  My family has been anxiously awaiting Halloween so we can start decorating for Christmas!  LOL... let the festivities begin!  We already have our eggnog in the fridge, and all we need is a clean house. {Snort!  Like that's going to happen!}

Today at Paper Sundaes, our challenge is 'For a boy or man'.  I decided to make a man's Christmas card.  Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp, and they are providing our winner this week with a $15 gift certificate!  Yum!


I've used Edwin with Package and Merry Christmas text, both from the Magnolia's Merry Little Christmas 2010, on pre-order right now at Simon Says Stamp!

I think you'll be seeing a lot of these Christmas papers from me this year... the second I saw them, I fell in love!  They are Echo Park's Merry Christmas line.

Copics: Hair- E30, 33, 35, 37; skin- E000, 00, 02, chalk (blush); pants- E34, 35, 37; top- E40, 41, present & socks- YG03, 17, 67

Challenges:
Tickled Pink Stamps Monthly Challenge: sketch
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Die Cuts or Punches (I used both)
Simon Says Stamp:  Punch Em
One Stitch at a Time:  Modern Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks:  Punches or Dies
ABC Challenge:  G is for Glitter (his sparkly gift ribbon)
Speedy the Cat's Challenge:  A Holiday Card

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Halloween!

**~~Christine~~**

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Last Minute Treat Holder

This afternoon I whipped together a quick treat holder!   I'm hoping I don't get a last minute request from my daughter to whip up 30 of these for tomorrow!  LOL


I've used the Goth Girl digi by CC Designs, with some new to me Harmonie papers.  They are a Quebec based company that I first saw a few years back at a local scrapbook show, but none of their papers were available at my local stores until recently.

Inside I've tucked a bag of Rockets candy... a family favorite!  :)

Now we're off to try to pick up some odds and ends for our kids Halloween costumes for school tomorrow, then I need to finish sewing them!  Yikes, busy night!

Challenges:
All That Scraps Wednesday's Challenge:  Last Minute Halloween Packaging
Magical Monday:  Halloween
Cupcake Craft Challenge:  Sweet Treats with a twist!
The Wildflower Patch:  Ghouls, Ghosts & Goblins
PaperPlay Challenges:  A Haunting We Will Go
Dutch Dare:  Halloween
Simon Says Stamps Challenge:  Punch it!  (Spellbinders die cut)
Mark's Finest Papers:  Die Cuts
Fairy Fun Fridays:  Candy Wrappers
Mad For Markers:  Anything but a Card

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Too much to do, too little time!

Anyone have any great costume ideas for teenagers?  lol

Today I have a very clean and simple card for the new Paper Sundaes challenge, sponsored by Wags 'n Whiskers.  You should never set a challenge after listening to old music, right?  That might explain this week's challenge, set by yours truly!  LOL... our theme this week is 'A Natural Woman' :D  And no, this does not mean that you can skip shaving this week and blame me!!  LOL...  I do not want any hate mail from your hubbies!



For my card today, I used Rosalie, from the recent Wags 'n Whiskers release.  I used some papers out of my stash, and I couldn't resist adding a few Wild Orchid cherry blossoms, of course!

I hope you will come play along with us this week at Paper Sundaes!  There is still 2 days left to enter our DT call by either linking through inlinkz, or sending me an email!  Hope you're having a great weekend!

**~~Christine~~**

Friday, October 22, 2010

Baby Girl in Blue??

Last night I needed to make a baby card for a family member who is expecting a little girl.  I didn't really want to use typical girl colours, so I decided to use blue!  Yes, blue!  Am I crazy?  What do you think?  Hopefully they will like it!


I decided to use the super cute Spesch stamp called Bonnie.  Right now at Paper Jewels, Jenny has all of her Spesch stamps on clearance, so if you want them, this is the time to get them!  She also has free world wide shipping on orders over $50!!  I can't think of any other online stamp store that offers that!  Jenny also carries CC Designs, Bildmalarna and Sweet Pea Stamps, so it shouldn't be a problem hitting $50!

Here's a close up:


Challenges:

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge MMSC76- sketch
Wild Orchid - Pastel colours
Wee Memories - Celebrate Good Times

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Halloween Break! & Recipe of the week!

Is anyone else getting a bit tired of halloween already?  LOL

Well, I survived my long day of work... 13 hours with only 2 - 5 minute breaks!  I ended up eating a bunch of junk while I was working, since I couldn't get away to eat anything decent!  Then I came home, tucked my munchkins in bed, and went to bed myself.  I managed to read at least one page in my book before falling asleep mid-paragraph, lights on and all!  :)

This morning I have a card I finally finished from on the weekend.  Something was bothering me with it, and I just couldn't get it done.  Yesterday I gave in and hit the scrapbook store, changed out one of the papers, and now I'm much happier!  Here is Traveling Tilda in pinks:


Here is a close-up:


Materials used:  Traveling Tilda by Magnolia, Copic Markers, My Mind's Eye papers, Charm from Bunny Zoe's multipack, Wild Orchid Flowers, Martha Stewart punch, Basic Grey pearls, Making Memories pins, Misc. lace and ribbon from stash.

And now for my (almost weekly lol) Family Favorite Recipe of the Week!  Please remember that this is not MY recipe, just a favorite recipe from the internet from my 12 years of torturing my family with new recipes!

This week's recipe is Basil Chicken with Pasta!  Please note that in our house, we add peas to the boiling pasta water a couple of minutes before the pasta is done.  It's wonderful with the peas in it!

Challenges:
Just Magnolia - sketch
7 Kids Challenge Blog -  Flowers + layers (Traveling Tilda)
Mark's Finest Papers - stitching
Charisma Cardz - Vintage
ABC Challenge - F is for Flowers
One Stitch at a Time Challenge - Embellish it (flowers, lace, ribbon, pearls, charm, pins, flowers)
Stampin' Royalty - ribbons
Stamp & Create - pink for BCA month!

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Monday, October 18, 2010

DT call and off to work!

Tomorrow I head off to work for the first time in a very long time... hmm, what was I thinking?  Ack!  Perhaps I should go to bed?  I'm pretty sure I'm not going to sleep either way.   I have been such a bad blogger... I've kind of been feeling like I was run over a truck... did anyone catch the license plate number??  I did manage to sit and get a bunch of images coloured.  Maybe I'll get them made into cards this week.  Too bad I can't just post the coloured images!  LOL

If you haven't been over to Paper Sundaes in the last day or so, you might have missed our DT call!  We are looking for someone who loves to colour!  Maybe someone who is trying to grow their blog, or someone who is just looking to make some new friends :)  This might be someone new, or someone who's been around for a long time!  If you're interested, pop your name up over on Paper Sundaes, or send me an email!  :)  Just don't expect a response tomorrow (today?) :p because I'll be at work for 12 hours!

This week at Paper Sundaes we are challenging you to make a card for a little one!  I never have boy birthday cards in my stash, so I decided to use this adorable Robot Boy from our sponsor, Meljen's Designs.  I tried to keep it pretty clean and simple... I know my boy sure doesn't appreciate a bunch of embellishments!


The paper is by Kaisercraft.  The circles were actually punched out of a second piece of patterned paper from the same line as the grey.

Challenges:
Card Positioning Systems - sketch
Simon Says Stamp - recipe:  3 embellishments (brads, buttons, ribbon) 2 patterned papers (grey, circles) and one image
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Birthdays
Crafty Emma's - Male Birthday

Thanks for stopping by!  If I survive, maybe I'll see you on Wednesday with a card and another family favorite recipe of the week!  :)

**~~Christine~~**

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trick or Treat! & Recipe of the week

It's almost time for Halloween costumes... my second least thing to shop for, after kids shoes!  :)  My daughter wants me to make her costume, eek!  If I get it done, I'll have to post pictures.  I'd love to hear what you're doing for halloween!

This week, Tilda is dressed up as a pirate and ready to sail the seas... or hit the streets for candy more likely!


For this card I've used my distress inks to watercolor Pirate Tilda and the Barrel, Skull & Anchor images from the Magnolia Fairy Tale collection.  I actually cut the Barrel, Skull & Anchor image into two pieces so that I could lay the barrel on it's side.

And now onto one of my favorite topics, food!  :)

This week's family favorite 'Recipe of the Week':  Mimi's Sticky Chicken!  This roasted chicken is amazing!  Perfect to cook on a cool fall or cold winter day!

Please note that our family favorite recipes are NOT my personal recipes, just amazing recipes I've found over the last 15 years of torturing my family with internet experiments :D  To see all of our Family Favorites posted so far, click here.

Challenges:
7 Kids Challenge Blog -  Sketch + Halloween + 2 images they carry (check, check, check!)
Simon Says Stamp - Halloween
Mark's Finest Papers Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - Stripes
Fussy and Fancy - Halloween
Just Magnolia - 2 by 2's (2 patterned papers, 2 cardstocks, 2 Magnolia images, 2 buttons)
Totally Tilda - Halloween

Be sure to check out yesterday's post for details on our current Paper Sundaes challenge!  And keep your eye out here, blog candy is coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I'm gonna love you...

like nobody's loved you, come rain or come shine....

Sunday again, where do the weeks go?  Today marks the start of another challenge at Paper Sundaes!  This week, our sponsor is Jenny, from Paper Jewels.  In honour of the current sale at Paper Jewels on Spesch Stamps (only $6.50 each right now, and free shipping on orders over $50!) I decided to use this Spesch cutie named Samantha.


Paper Jewels also carries CC Designs, Bildmalarna and Sweetpea stamps as well as bling and pearls, check it out!

Challenges:
Sketch & Stash Challenge:  sketch plus something from stash- the lattice ribbon!  And those papers, they're my favorite and I've been hoarding them... never cut into them before.  That first cut was hard!  LOL
Papertake Weekly:  Third Birthday past challenge - Seeing Spots Challenge
Basic Grey Challenges:  Sparkle (Basic Grey bling!)
A Spoon Full of Sugar:  Sparkle and Shine
Paper Playtime:  Ribbons and Rhinestones
Sweet Stampin':  Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend
Stamp & Create Challenge:  Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a wonderful long weekend!

**~~Christine~~**

Friday, October 8, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie's First Bday celebration card

Hi everyone!  If you're having problems with your blogger dashboard, please read my post from earlier today.  It's a catch 22, if you're having the problem, then you can only see a few posts in your dashboard, so any solution posts will quickly fall off your dashboard page and you'll miss it!

My card today is for Kraftin' Kimmie's first birthday celebration!  I thought this sentiment was perfect for a card to celebrate Kraftin' Kimmie's bday!  They have a celebration challenge on their blog right now, you should check it out!


Mark's Finest Papers is also having an anniversary celebration, and their challenge right now is to use a button and bow on your card.  I decided it would be perfect to combine the two celebrations in one card!  :)

Materials used:  Chester by Kraftin' Kimmie, sentiment from the Steampunk sentiment set by  Kraftin' Kimmie

Other challenges:
Papertake Weekly's 3rd bday celebration! - I chose their one for the fellows challenge
Oh Alice - Nonsense text (on the background paper)
Card Positioning Systems - sketch
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - punch it out
Etsy Inspired -  This week's featured shop is Two Eggplants, for this piano keyboard, since he reminds me of an oldfashioned piano player, plus the black and white colour combo.
All That Scraps Wednesdays Challenge - Manly Cards (Chester)

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Having Trouble with your dashboard? Read this!

If you're having trouble reading the blogs you're following, in your blogger dashboard, I can give you a temporary solution.  When you want to check them, temporarily change your language (top right of your dashboard screen) to something other than english.  Scroll down to where the posts are.  They will still show up in the language they are written in!  When you're done reading, switch your language back, it's as easy as the click of a button.  Just need to know how to say English, in the language you switch to.  If you don't know any, use french, and the english option is Anglais - English.

Hope that helps someone!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

If the broom fits...

My hubby cracked up at how appropriate the sentiment was on my ATC card I made today... I think I should be insulted!  :D

Today I tackled my first ATC... and I loved it!  It was so much fun!  The broom was handmade by unwinding some SU cord, and then dipping the threads into a water and glue solution to stiffen them.  I then tied them around a wheat stalk (grabbed off the side of a country road nearby!) with a bit of metal wire.  The background cardstock got a solid coating of Tim Holtz distress crackle paint.  Here it is!


That gorgeous girl is from Tiddly Inks, and her name is Betty Belfrey.  I nabbed her at last week's sale, and I'm kicking myself for not getting tons more... I only got 8!  I did trim off a bit of her dress, and the rim of her hat, just for the sake of this ATC.  If I hadn't been gluing on my handmade broom in the spot where she holds her actual broom, I definitely wouldn't have cut off the brim.  The background is a freebie from Tiddly Inks, printed on Kraft cardstock.  Betty is coloured with Copics, with some shading done with Prismacolor pencils.

Now I want to make some more!  :)

Challenges:
Tiddly Inks Challenge:  ATC
Mad for Markers:  Digi plus markers
Simon Says Stamp:  Halloween
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central:  Halloween plus Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
The Crafty Pad:  Halloween
Cute Card Thursday:  Make your own Embellishment

Thanks for stopping by!  2 more days until the weekend!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gorgeous Gossmere

Right now at Splitcoast Stampers, they are celebrating their 300th sketch challenge.  The other day I bought a bunch of digi images from Tiddly Inks, and decided this was a great time to ink up Gossmere.


After seeing the gorgeous job that Mary Giezma did coloring her in orange here, I decided to use up some of the orange paper scraps from yesterday's card, and give it a shot!

Materials used:  Gossmere by Tiddly Inks, sentiment from Whiff of Joy. Paper by Teresa Collins, PTI card stock.  Misc- copics, chalks

Challenges:
Copic Creations - orange
Mad for Markers - Digi
Sentimental Sundays - Autumn or Fall
The Crafty Pad - Spooky
Papertake Weekly - Favorite Challenge challenge- I picked Frightful but Delightful, from 2008

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dreams of Dazzling Diamonds Dance Through My Head!

It seems like I've been using my Dazzling Diamonds quite a bit lately, and it's everywhere!  Who needs salt on their food, sparkles taste just as good, right?

Today I finished off the first of two 'orange' cards I have on the go.  Orange is not a colour I use much, but it's so perfect for this time of year.

Last month I won 2 stamps of my choice over at Pixie Cottage, and I couldn't wait to ink them up!  They are beautiful red rubber, and so nicely etched.  They stamp wonderfully!  This little fairy called to me to piece her wing so that the top one arches out of the card.


You can see the dimension better from an angle, so here's a close-up:


I used my Diamond Glaze on her rubber boots to make them nice and glossy.  The sentiment is from a set by Whiff of Joy called Magical Wishes.

Materials used:  Stamp- Pumpkin Fairy Hannah by Pixie Cottage, Sentiment from Whiff of Joy.  Papers:  Leaves DP and Brown DP by Bella Blvd, Orange DP by Teresa Collins.  Misc:  Copic Markers, Diamond Glaze, Dazzling Diamonds, leaf charm from Stamp & Create, Misc. Ribbon, Pearls by Basic Grey

Challenges:
Pixie Cottage:  Sketch plus Orange
Copic Creations : copics + orange
Simon Says Stamp:  Photo Inspiration
Sentimental Sundays:  Sentiment + Autumn
Stampin' Sisters in Christ:  nature
Craftalicious Challenges:  Autumn
Wild Orchid Challenge:  Stitching
Basic Grey Challenges:  Sparkle (Ivy pearls by Basic Grey)
Magical Mondays:  Back to Nature
Crazy 4 Challenges:  Color combo here-





Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christmas card panic??

Is it time to panic yet?  Well, maybe not yet, but I think I need to get a move on, very soon!

This week at Paper Sundaes, our sponsor is Karen's Doodles!  Karen generously provided each design team member with an image of their choice to play with, and I picked this cute Emma and Snow Scene!  As soon as I had this card three quarters of the way done, my daughter announced that this has to be her Christmas card, so I guess I'm no farther ahead on my cards!  LOL


I used dazzling diamonds on the snow hills, and some white puff paint on the jacket and boot trims.  You can see them a bit better in the close-up:


Our challenge this week at Paper Sundaes is to use something from your stash.  Everything for my card except for my new image, came from supplies from years past.  The papers are by American Crafts, from last year's Merry Mint collection.  The charm was from Stamp and Create.  The sentiment is by Whiff of Joy, from their Magical Wishes sentiment collection.  I hope you will dig through your stash and find something old to play with, and join us for this week's challenge!  The gems are also from my stash, and they are by Basic Grey.

Challenges:
Sweet Stop:  Sketch
Basic Grey Challenge:  Sparkles plus at least one BG product (Basic Grey bling in corners!)
Mad For Markers:  Copics + digi image
Creative Inspirations:  Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks: "Chick" challenge
Color Me Copic:  Elaine's Teddy Bear colouring technique
Diecut Dreams Christmas Club:  Glitter, ribbons & gems
Stamptacular Sunday:  Layer it on (10 layers!)

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**
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