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Monday, November 28, 2011

Saturated Canary #5 - Anything Goes

It's only Monday, and I'm already completely exhausted! That is never a good sign! lol I have more cards to sit down and make, but first I wanted to quickly share with you my first ever Saturated Canary creation! These images are fabulous - a little whimsical and a LOT adorable!!! I am thrilled to have found them and even more excited to finally get to play with one of the first four I purchased. (I made my 2nd purchase today, and I'm eagerly waiting for those to arrive in my in-box!)

I decided that I was going to play along with the Saturated Canary Challenge this week as well. It's an easy one - Anything Goes! The only requirement is that you use a Saturated Canary digi or a Simply Sassy rubber stamp for the challenge.
This is "Suzie Stockings" that I have chosen for my card. She was SO much fun to color, and I couldn't resist adding some sparkle to her gloves and stockings with my Sakura Clear Star glitter gel pen! I also thought she needed a crown so I used a Jolee's sticker to finish off her outfit. I kept my color palette simple - black, cream, and a touch of red with her dress and lips, the rose, and the border on the Tim Holtz adage ticket. A bit of bling adds some more sparkle and a fabulous sketch from Sketch Saturday (SS-183) brings it all together!

If you haven't checked out these amazing Saturated Canary images or the challenge blog, you should be sure to do so immediately! Artist Krista is extremely talented, and her design team is inspiring!

Thanks for visiting, and have a beautiful evening!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #138 - CASE a Design Team Member

Things are still a bit hectic here as the holiday weekend winds down, and I attempt to get back on track. It seems that everything is due all at once and how I didn't realize this before now if beyond me! So I have combined two design team projects to create one card.

First, The Corrosive Challenge begins anew, and this fortnight we want to see you "CASE a Design Team Member". Yup, that's right... We want you to Copy And Share Everything. In other words, use one of our sample projects as inspiration to create your own. Be sure to tell us which DT member you selected, why, and what elements you used from their card. Our wonderful sponsor, Inktegrity, has offered up a $20 gift voucher as November's prize.

Next, Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges is looking for Handwritten Sentiments in Challenge #47. I have used Lil Victorian Christmas Damon as my image and added the "bah hum bug" to the panel in my own writing as the sentiment. The obligatory flowers and bling adorn my card as well as some metal gears from Tim Holtz. I think the result is a vintage, masculine holiday card. Remember, you MUST use a TPS image for this challenge, and you could win another digital image of your choice just for playing along!

And lastly, my sketch is courtesy of The Sweet Stop (SSS136). I really do enjoy sketches and this one was no different! It was simple one which is wonderful as you can dress it up or down as suits your needs and tastes.

I have a To Do List a mile long (crafty and otherwise). Not only are there cards to be made, but Christmas decorations remain to be put up. Despite having to work, I did get some shopping done this weekend, including a fabulous dress for my company holiday party! I also took in a movie - The Muppets (Mah Na Mah Na! lol) - with my best friend. Busy, busy! Today I will start out by meeting my dad for breakfast. He and my small man are best buds so he enjoys showing him off in public. Then it's time to get down to it and get some things taken care of. Though I'm sure what I'll really want to do is nap! I mean, if I put it on the To Do List then it's okay, right? Haha!

Thanks for visiting and please stop by The Corrosive Challenge and Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges to check out all the details as well as the amazing work of my fellow DT members'. You will not be disappointed you did!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs Fabulous Freebie Friday

Good morning and welcome to the official start of the holiday season! Some of you are out shopping already, but I am here to tell you about a new freebie over on Sassy Studio Designs' Paper Craft Planet group. She is called "Baby It's Cold Outside". Isn't she gorgeous?! She is free for 24 hours on PCP if you are a member of the group so be sure to snag her while you can! There is also a new challenge starting over there today. This fortnight the theme is "Tis the Season" - create a holiday card for someone special. You have two weeks to play along. You MUST use a Sassy Studio Designs image to play along, and you can find all challenge details here.

I selected the current challenge, sketch 182, from Sketch Saturday as the layout for my card. Designer papers are from my stash as are all the embellishments! I used two Nesties, one for my image panel and one for my sentiment banner. I outlined the edge of my image panel with my Stardust gelly roll pen for a bit of sparkle. I also used it on her eye make-up and lips. The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.

Well, not to post and run, but I have things to do and place to go! I am off to get ready to go to work for half a day. Then I will be headed to the mall to partake in an annual tradition of Day After Thanksgiving shopping and dinner with my best friend! I love this time of year, and I am even more excited than usual - I suspect because of my small man! It is amazing the amount of holiday magic and spirit having a young child will bring! Thanks for checking out my card, and I hope you will visit us on Paper Craft Planet! A few of my design teammates have made projects as well and you won't want to miss their gorgeous work, or the FREE SSD image!

Have a fabulous day!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful For....

SKECHES!!! lol While I do love a good sketch (like the three above despite the issues they are giving me uploading their photos to this post) the real things I am thankful for are too many to enumerate here! Every day I am grateful to have been blessed with my happy, healthy, sweet, and adorable small man! He brings such joy to my life, and he has no idea how very much I love him! I also must mention my wonderful family and friends, for without them the material things I am grateful for would mean little.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it! I am watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my son and when it is over we will head out to be with family for a delicious meal and that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you get to spend time with the ones you love.

But first, I have a few cards I'd like to share with you! (I am also thankful that I discovered the fabulous world of paper crafting! I have made so many wonderful friends since I began my crafty journe
y, and I want to recognize all of you as well!) Here is a trio of Thanksgiving cards featuring Luka from La-La-Land Crafts. He is just the cutest, and as I've said before he reminds me so much of my little guy. You can purchase him, and his sweet counterpart Marci, here in the La-La-Land Crafts online store or visit their customer gallery for inspiration. I have made cards for his father, his day care provider, and my parents for Turkey Day.

I have used sketches from Sketches by Carly (#44), The Deconstructed Sketch (DS28), and The Sweet Sunday Sketch (SSSC144) to create my cards. Designer papers are Tim Holtz and DCWV. Card stock is Stampin' Up. All other goodies are from my stash.

I am going to keep this post brief so that we can all go spend time with family and friends. Oh, and lets not forget all that amazing food! Enjoy your dinner with all the fixings (and maybe a nap and some football too!).

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Pinkettes in Review - Coraline

Hello, blogland! I'm sorry I've been so quiet this week! I have no excuse except to say that I caught up on some housework, spent quality snuggle time with my small man, and have started on Christmas preparations! A few presents have been purchased, the tree is up (though not decorated yet), and last night my son had his pictures taken with Santa! Okay, so I had to bribe him with a new Hot Wheels car to get him to cooperate, but a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do, right?! lol I am officially in the spirit and ready to tackle Thanksgiving next week! Except now I have projects piling up and deadlines looming so I'd better start sitting my crafty a$$ down at my scrap desk every night! lol And that is just what I did to finish this fun, festive holiday card to show you!

Tickled Pink Stamps has some fabulous images, as you know, and one of their collections is the Lil Pinkettes! With a new year, and new releases, fast approaching we wanted to take some time to do a {PINK} review with you! We want to make sure you didn't miss an image you love so the Pinkette design team members each selected their favorite to show you this month. For November we were to chose from August, Coraline, or Pippa! I think these are my three favorites so it was hard to decide, but when it came down to it I selected Lil Haunting Pinkette Fairy Coraline. And would you look what I did with her? I made her a Christmas fairy! Just to illustrate how versatile these adorable images are!

I love sketches! So how could I resist Kellie's beaut that she created for this week's Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge?! It wasn't my team's week to post a creation so I decided to use it for this project instead. Papers are from a retired Stampin' Up collection called Holiday Treasures. A little dry embossing, a few of my usual embellies (flowers, pearls, and a snowflake charm) plus some Stickles on her wings make this fairy deck the halls ready!

Be sure to head over to the Tickled Pink Stamps blog to see what gorgeous things my immensely talented and awe-inspiring team mates have shared with us!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous weekend planned!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #137 - Give Thanks

Welcome to another Corrosive Challenge! It's a new month so we have a new sponsor and a new prize! Our November sponsor is Inktegrity! Owner Joni Wilson has generously offered a $20 voucher to her on-line shop for our winner!

This fortnight the theme is "Give Thanks". In the US, this time of year our thoughts turn toward turkey, football, and family with Thanksgiving right around the corner. So for this challenge we'd like you to create a Thanksgiving project or simply a thank you card to show the recipient some appreciation.

My card uses an image from our sponsor called Fall Tractor. It is a set that includes the tractor, different carts, and an assortment of sentiments. Here I've used the tractor with a cart full of pumpkins. I sponged the image panel and embossed the More Mustard card stock behind the ribbon treatment to add some texture for interest. The sentiment is Stampin' Up and the paper is from a pad I bought on clearance at Joann's. Martha Stewart punches, flowers, Fall leaves plus some gingham ribbon and jute finish off the card.

I chose Sketch SSS134 from The Sweet Stop for my layout. I haven't joined in over there in a while and thought it was time to play along again. As you all know, I do love sketch challenges!

I hope you enjoyed my card and that you'll play along with The Corrosive Challenge!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs Holiday New Release

Welcome to the Holiday Honey Blog Hop! I know, I know... I have one of the only two non-Honey images to share with you, but this Sassy Holiday Victorian is every bit as sweet as those Disney Princesses! If you've come from Julie's blog you are on the right track. If not, you may want to head back to the Sassy Studio Designs blog and start from the beginning!

We have some festive fun for you today, of course! We're celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with a little trivia game. Each member of the design team has a question on her blog. You will need to collect all the answers and post them as a comment on the Sassy Studio Designs blog when you have completed the hop. A winner will be selected at random from among the correct answers to win 3 of the new holiday images of their choice. Also, be sure to leave some love for the DT as you go because two random winners will be chosen from among those comments to receive one new holiday image of their choice.

My trivia question is:
What do the 11 pipers piping symbolize?

I must admit that I chose this image for a reason. I had visions of a pretty Victorian Christmas card floating in my head like the proverbial sugarplum. However, the finished design turned out nothing like I had imagined it. The decision to use the Tim Holtz Book Cover stamps at the last minute was what took me in a different direction, but I have to say that I'm quite pleased with the outcome. The various sentiments were cut from a piece of Recollections designer paper. Flowers, pearls and a bit of hardware complete the look. I hope you like what you've seen so far! It's nice to win, but it's fun to shop too... All images are now available in the Sassy Studio Designs online store!

Next you are off to visit our guest designer for the month of November: Ellis (aka Elenor).
She has another image and the last trivia question to share with you!

I'd also like to mention that we have an extra special guest joining us for this release! It's stempeltigger who won our Sassy Steampunk Relay! Though she is not part of the hop, it would be fabulous if you could pop by her blog to say "hi" and see what she has created with her prize.

Thanks for stopping in and hope you can join us later tonight for a chat with the SSD design team on the Sassy Party blog beginning at 7pm PST (10pm for those of us on the East coast). The link can be found on the right-hand side of the Sassy Studio Designs blog.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs Holiday Release Sneak Peek

As I hinted yesterday, I am back with a Sassy Sneak Peek! Sassy Studio Designs will be releasing seven new holiday images on Saturday, November 12th. A collection of old favorites are back dressed for the holidays and ready to sparkle and shine! I am here to show you a preview of Holiday Ariel Honey! And I'm super excited as she is one of my favorite princesses! It's all that red hair, I think! lol She was so much fun to color with my Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers! I kept everything pretty simple so that she was the center of attention at this holiday gala! Designer paper is SEI - Glitzmas. Punches are Martha Stewart. I used two of my embossing folders to give the card some additional texture and couldn't resist my usual flowers and Tim Holtz embellishment plus a touch of pearls.

My layout is the optional sketch part of the current Christmas Card Challenge #49. I hope you have enjoyed the week of sneak peeks on the Sassy Studio Designs blog! We'd love for you to join us for our holiday new release blog hop and party chat on Saturday. All the details will be on the SSD blog Saturday at midnight PST. And it wouldn't be a release without fun and games and prizes so be sure to stop by tomorrow!

Thanks for the visit and have a fabulous Friday!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges #45 - Vintage

I'm late, I'm late! But what else is new, right? lol Time seems to keep getting away from me these days! Yesterday, after an all day off site meeting for work, we celebrated my dad's 60th birthday. It was so sweet to see my 2 year old son sing his version of "happy birthday" to his Papa. I have been distracted with birthday card (my youngest brother recently celebrated his as well) and orders and as a result I find myself remiss with my design team duties. I hate to let anyone down so I was up early today to get crafty. The card got completed, but there was no time for a personal blog post before we had to get ready to head out the door to day care and work.

Now that my small man is quietly watching Finding Nemo and the laundry is in I can finally sit down to do my post. Tonight I'm here to tell you about the new Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge. This week the theme is "Vintage". This is one of my favorite styles with these images! They just lend themselves to it so well! Remember, to play along you MUST use a Tickled Pink Stamps image. These include Lil Lolitas and Lil Lads, Lil Pinkettes, Pink Pets, and Cherrie. All can be purchased here in the Tickled Pink Stamps store.

I have used one of the new Lil Victorian Christmas images for my card. This is Ivy and doesn't she look darling in her winter wear? I have colored her with a combination of Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers. I used some Snow Writer on her trim and added glitter to it. Card stock is from Stampin' Up and the designer paper is from a holiday Tim Holtz stack. I distressed some of the edges with my small scissors. I then embossed the die cut green panel with my ornaments folder and layered it on top of a ink distressed doily. The border punch is from Martha Stewart. A few flowers, punched branches, and some pearls finish it all off. The layout is courtesy of Cards and More Challenge Blog - #40 Sketch. Now that Halloween is over I can focus on the next big holiday looming - Christmas! With Thanksgiving only two weeks away it's time to start thinking about all those holiday things like presents, decorations, and of course, cards! I already have a head start this year, with a stash from the various holiday challenges, but I'll keep working on them now until December 24th.

And speaking of Christmas, I will be back tomorrow with my sneak peek of an image from the first Sassy Studio Designs holiday release, which launches on Saturday, November 12th! Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll be back to see what else I have for you this week!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #97 - Falling Leaves

I have been neglectful of my crafting this week. I would think about going to sit at my desk and work on one of the many pending projects and then I would snuggle under the afghan on the couch and watch TV. I guess sometimes you just need days like that. I did take the time to cook a fabulous dinner on Tuesday after work, though - my homemade hot Italian sausage and cheese stuffed shells! And Monday was Halloween so even though there was no trick or treating we hung out with my parents for the evening. Today and Friday are back to back TOT events for us. It seems odd to be doing this a few days into November, but there are people still without power so I guess I understand the reason behind the postponement. Odder still is the fact that it's supposed to be 60 degrees out today. Mother Nature is definitely a fickle woman! lol

I did manage to get off the couch tonight to make my Sassy Studio Designs card for the new Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge. Challenge #97 is "Falling Leaves" and we want to see leaves somewhere on your project. I used some autumn hued mulberry paper leaves I've had since last Fall. Also the silver brads have an embossed leaf pattern on them. My image is Scarecrow Honey from the Wizard of Oz Little Honey collection. I simply used her for a harvest themed card. The layout is courtesy of a wonderful sketch (#118) over at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I did a little "deconstructed doodling" and added a few flowers and some gingham ribbon.

Head on over to the Sassy Studio Designs blog to see what some of my design team mates have created for this challenge and to play along for your chance to win two SSD images of your choice. You don't have to use a Sassy image to participate, but we sure love it when you do! Don't forget that a new Sassy Christmas Challenge has just started too! That one does require use of a Sassy Studio Designs image and the theme is "Christmas Carols". You can check out all the details here. And hopefully I'll see you all over on Paper Craft Planet for Fabulous Freebie Friday this week as well!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!