Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snowy Hugs for Tilda

Wow, it's almost December!  Where does November go every year?  I haven't been around much lately, I have a few big projects in the works, and my house... well, we shouldn't go there!

This week at Paper Sundaes we are challenging you to 'Adorn Those Corners!'  Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp.  I hope you'll come and join us!

I am so in love with this winter's Magnolia Christmas release!  My card today uses Snowy Hugs, one of my favorites.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I *had* to have it!


I had to add some puffy paint on their fur trim, of course!  For the snow, I added some tinsel glitter from Martha Stewart.  You can see it a bit better in the closeup:

The snowflake paper is new this year from Echo Park, called Everybody Loves Christmas.  The aqua paper with the diamond pattern is from last year, by Kaisercraft.

Copic colour list:  Skin- E000, 00.  Pants, mitt, hat- BG10, 11, 13, 15, 9.  Coat- RV00, R81, 83.  Broom top- Y22, YR24, E34.  Broom handle- E40, E41.  Shoes, hair- E30, 34, 35.  Buttons- C3, 5, 7.  Shading on snowman- W0, 1, and chalk for cheek blush.

Challenges:
Priscilla Styles Midnight Madness- sketch 81
Simon Says Stamp- Let it Snow
7 Kids Challenge Blog- Non-traditional Christmas Colours
Totally Papercrafts- untraditional Christmas
Craft Your Days Away- texture
ABC Christmas Challenge- x is for xmas
All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge- something Christmas!
Cupcake Inspirations- photo inspiration

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon :)

**~~Christine~~**

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Double Pocket Gift Card Holder

Brr!  It's so cold here, I'm hibernating inside.  On the upside, I'm getting lots of baking done!  (Gingerbread x 2 yesterday, Banana Bread x 2 tonight).  On the downside, all that baking is not good for the waistline :)

In the spirit of yesterday's Gingerbread, I made a double pocket gift card holder today using Gingerbread Tilda!


I broke away from my Copic habit today and used my distress inks for Tilda.  It's been a while, so please excuse my colouring!  LOL

Here is a photo of my tags:


Challenges:
ATS Wednesday Challenge:  Gift Card Holder
The Crafty Pad:  Red & Green
ATS Magnolia Challenge #4:  Something Christmas
Bunny Zoe's Challenge:  Anything But a Card- Gift Card Holder and Tags
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  Distress Inks
Stamp and Create Challenge #7:  Tis the Season

Thanks for stopping by!

Don't forget to check out the Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale at Paper Jewels, on right now!

**~~Christine~~**

Monday, November 22, 2010

My New Stamp Storage

I just wanted to share my new stamp storage.  I know it's nothing revolutionary, but it's something that has been bugging me for a while.  I have all of my stamps mounted on EZ Mount Storage Panels in binders.  Anyone that's used these sheets though, knows that the stamps are not 100% secure.  Since I like to take my stamps with me to different locations sometimes, I was always living in fear that one might fall off and get lost!  Yesterday I finally gave in and went to our local office supply store.

I came away with a plastic file box, and 25 hanging files, for around $28 CDN.  If you're in the States, I'm sure you could get the exact same thing for much cheaper!  All I need to do now, is attach labels for the brand divisions.


 This is 13 of the file folders, I will easily be able to fit in all 25, with room to spare.


I am planning on having one EZ Mount Storage Panel in each folder, with stamps on both sides.  Love those hAnglars!  :)


Oh, and if you think you're seeing blurry today, no; apparently my daughter got a bit too close to the dog when she was taking closeups of them snuggling.  There is a gigantic smudge in the middle of my lens, which I didn't notice until I was posting this!  Nice!  LOL

I figure I will be able to store close to 1000 stamps in one bin, and the bins are stackable.  Have stamps, will travel!  Just let me know when to be there!  :)

Just wanted to share the wonderful weather here, while I'm posting :)  At 2:30 we were at a balmy -24C.  (-34 with windchill).  I should have included the photo I took of my dog, staring out the window.  She's trying to see how long she can hold it!  LOL

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Sketch by Shana

Good morning!  This week at Paper Sundaes, we have a sketch challenge for you, sponsored by Paper Jewels!  Right now at Paper Jewels, Jenny has a huge sale on.
Buy 2 - Get 1 FREE Stamp of equal or lesser value
Buy 4 - Get 2 FREE Stamps of equal or lesser value
Buy 6 - Get 3 FREE Stamps of equal or lesser value 
and so on....


Feel free to pair up your more expensive stamps and your lesser priced stamps together. For example, if you buy 2 priced at $9.95 and 2 priced and $5.25, you may choose 1 free stamp with a value up to $9.95 and another with a value up to $5.25. 
And like that's not good enough, Jenny also has all of her Spesch stamps priced to clear for $6.50 each!  Combined with the sale, that works out to $13 per 3 Spesch.  Jenny also carries CC Designs, Sweet Pea Stamps, and Bildmalarna.

Enough chit chat, on to my card!  LOL...  I used this gorgeous Penny stamp from Spesch, and made her into a 'fall' thank you card!  I just love Penny's ponytails!


The sentiment is by Sgt. Stamper!  I just love tickets!

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to join us at Paper Sundaes for your chance to win this week's prize of 3 stamps from Paper Jewels!

Challenges:
Stamp Something:  Thanks
Shabby Tea Room:  Colour and theme inspiration
Tellen's Place:  Give Thanks

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thank you!

One thing I can never get enough of is Thank You cards.  I can't think of a better way to show someone how much you appreciate their kindness.  This Pink Tilda with Rose was calling my name, to colour her up, and I thought she would be perfect for a Thank You card!


Materials used:  Pink Tilda with Rose, Papermania DP, Copics (RV00, R81, R83, E000, E00, E02, E30, E34, Y000, Y00, Y13, YG03, YG17, BV000; SU chalk for blush

The sentiment is from a set from Mark's Finest Papers.  And speaking of thanking people, I'd like to thank each and every one of you who take the time to stop by my blog, it's greatly appreciated!

Challenges:
Magnolia-licious Challenge:  Pink and Yellow
Stampin' For the Weekend: Sketch
7 Kids Challenge Blog:  Thank you
Creative Card Crew:  Give Thanks

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Two days in a row? It must be Christmas!

Yes, that's right, another card!  I figure that it's time to panic now!  LOL... just 37 days until Christmas, and 10 of those are a total write-off for me, with 7 away from home!  This card is almost a total opposite of yesterday's Shopping Tilda non-traditional Christmas card! :)

I just love Christmas, and couldn't resist the newest release from Magnolia!  This card will probably be the first of many from this release!  I used the adorable Tilda with Fir here.  The sentiment is also from Magnolia.


I've added Dazzling Diamonds as snow on the tree, some copper glitter on her buttons, and puff paint on her fur trim.  I really wanted her coat to be burgundy, and I was decently happy with how it turned out, considering how fun red copics are to work with!  If you have a favorite burgundy colour combo, pretty please share it with me in my comments!  I'd love any suggestions :)

Challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday:  Sketch
All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge:  Christmas
Simon Says Stamp:  Sparkle and Heat embossing (heat embossed the puff paints)
ABC Christmas: X is for xmas
Going Grey with Scrap Creations:  Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  Whatever makes you happy (Magnolia, and Christmas!!)
Mark's Finest Papers / Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge:  Snowflakes
Sweet Stampin' Challenge:  Snowflakes
Totally Gorjuss:  Traditional Christmas Colours
Cute Card Thursday:  Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges:  Glitter it Up
Lili of the Valley:  Anything Goes
Pollycraft Challenge:  Glittery Winter
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge:  Just do it!

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friends are the true gifts

Isn't Christmas a crazy time of year?  All that running around, trying to find the perfect gifts?  I really should get mine done now, while it's not too busy!


I think this Tilda is so adorable!  I know she's not a traditional Christmas image, but I couldn't resist her!


I used some wool with colorless blender to add a bit of texture to her pants!

Challenges:
Mercy's Sketch (Lord Have Mercy)
Mad For Markers:  Copics + Christmas + non-traditional colours
Aly's Sunday Challenge: music (All I want for Christmas)
Going Grey With Scrap Creations: song inspiration (All I want for Christmas)
Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge:  Anything Goes
Flourishes:  Just get your holiday cards done
ABC Challenge:  H is for Holidays
Stamp & Create Challenge #7:  Tis the Season

I wish Tilda would go do my shopping for me!

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Sundae bar is now open!

This week over at Paper Sundaes, we've opened up a Sundae toppings buffet and have asked that you pick at least two of our toppings to use in your creations this week.  You can pick from the colour blue, ribbon, punches, or embossing.

For my card today, I've picked the colour blue plus a punch, with some ribbon on the inside :)


I've kept the embellishments very simple and flat, since this card is going in the mail!  This little kitty sure is curious, he just had to see what I was doing to the inside!  I apologize in advance for the photo quality of this shot, you can tell that I took it at night!


I hope that you will come play along with us at Paper Sundaes this week!

Challenges:
Papertake Weekly - sketch
Etsy Inspired - this necklace from Happy Day Designs
Lili of the Valley - anything goes

**~~Christine~~**

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Snowy Wishes

One thing I like about having Thanksgiving in early October here in Canada, is that as soon as Halloween is over, I can move straight into Christmas mode!  I need all the time to prepare that I can get!  Our challenge at Paper Sundaes this week fits that perfectly, since it is 'Let it Snow'!  I'm pretty sure that is going to come true in more ways than one, this week!


For my card today, I used Snowy and Rudolph, one of the new Stampavie releases.  These are on sale right now at our sponsor, Stamp and Create, along with all of their other Christmas stamps!!

I'm including a close-up, since in my full shot, you can't see his shiny nose!  :)

If you're like me and you're way behind in your Christmas or Holiday cards, this is a great time to come and join us at Paper Sundaes!

Challenges:
ABC DT Challenge -  Sew Special
Quixotic Challenge -  Christmas is Coming
Charisma Cardz - With Love At Christmas
ABC Challenge Blog - G is For Glitter
Critter Sketch Challenge blog - Christmas
Aly's Sunday Sketch Challenge - music (Frosty the Snowman!)
Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching
Stamp & Create Challenge - Tis the Season
Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall is disappearing so fast!

Pretty soon, winter will be here!  I need to get a serious move on, to get some Christmas cards done!  But first, I really needed to play with some of the Magnolia fall collection!  I think this is one of the cutest releases yet!

It took me since last Friday to get this card finished... I need to start working faster!  I need to find more hours in my day!  (I had a little 'oops' that didn't help things along!  LOL... I ended up having to cut her out from my initial cardstock, thus the shadow behind her hair!)


The sentiment is a freebie that I snagged from Sentimental Sundays a while back!

I did a subtle halo around her, I'm hoping it will show up better in the close-up!

I kept this fairly simple, since I will be mailing it!  I didn't want to make the inside too 'thick'.

I've also decorated the inside top portion, but the photos didn't turn out well, I took these last night and it was pretty dark.  I may try to retake them later and add them in.

Edited to add:  The bench is by CC Designs, I picked it up from Paper Jewels on Jenny's last B2G1F sale, which is on again right now!

Materials used:  Cherry Tilda, Sentiment from Sentimental Sundays, Copic markers, My Mind's Eye DP's, PTI cardstock, Wild Orchid Flowers.

Challenges:
Just Magnolia - Sketch
Stamping Scrapping - Ribbon (and my Copic Markers)
Allsorts Challenge - Gold & Cream with a hint of red
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Copic Creations - Browns or Make a Scene
All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge - Fall with a Fold
Scrap-Creations- favorite technique (2 images together)

Thanks for stopping by!

**~~Christine~~**

Paper Jewels Sale!

I just noticed on the Paper Jewels DT inspiration blog, Jenny has her Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale back on!  Oh, I cleaned up last time on CC Designs!!  :D  Buy 4, get 2... buy 6, get 3... you get the picture!  Don't ask how many I did last time!  LOL  Jenny carries Spesch, CC Designs, Bildmalarna and Sweet Pea.

You can check out the details on the blog, or in her store, Paper Jewels!
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