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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #105 - Shaped Card

I'm here with a quick post for the new Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge over at Sassy Studio Designs. I know I've been quiet, and I apologize but I have been taking a much needed hiatus from my busy, busy life to relax and recharge this week. I have actually watched 3 movies and started reading a book (Something I haven't done since before my son was born over 2 years ago! And I used to be an avid reader, even working part-time at a book store.) But I did need to do a little crafting. As much as I've been enjoying the couch time, time at my desk is good for the soul too.

This card is for DTBST #105 - Shaped Card. No square or rectangle cards allowed.
We want to see you get creative here! I have used one of my Nestabilities dies (Labels Seventeen) to achieve this fabulous shape! The image is French Maid from the Sassy Studio Designs Halloween collection. I thought she'd also be perfect for a Valentine's Day card. She is colored with Copics and fussy cut. I've kept it pretty simple, just adding a few flowers and a feather. The sentiment is from a My Favorite Things Who's That Girl set called Maid for You and was too perfect to resist!

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you'll play along! You don't have to use a SSD image to enter, but we love it when you do! In case I don't get back on here this week, I want to wish everyone a safe, happy, wonderful new year!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Graphicat Sketches December Challenge

Aaaannnd, I'm back! Here is another Christmas card I made this week, featuring Spritz from Saturated Canary! Isn't he adorable?!?! I recently discovered his fabulous creator, Krista Smith, and have already amassed a lovely little collection of her whimsical digital images! This card went to my son's day care provider along with an itunes gift card and a handmade ornament.

I am entering it for the December challenge over at Graphicat Sketches. We were challenged to pick any of their past sketches to work with this month. And get this: The prize is a guest designer spot! How fabulous is that? This is my second entry as I would love to have a go at that! The sketch I used is shown above. I couldn't figure out what month it was from and it's just labeled Sketch 2 so we'll go with that. I have a thing for doilies and muse tickets this week! All items are from my stash. Designer paper is once again from a retired Stampin' Up holiday pack. I've added some Stickles to Spritz's wings and my Clear Star pen gives the icicle border punch a little sparkle too.

Before it gets any later I must go get started on this holiday To Do List. I am running on only 3 hours of sleep and I have another long night ahead of me. Wrapping, baking, and crafting all need to get accomplished before I can close these eyes. I hope you are done with your holiday preparations and can relax and enjoy, but if you are like me and are in panic mode, take a minute, breathe, grab an egg nog or a peppermint hot chocolate, put on some Christmas music and have at it! And good luck getting everything done!

Wishing you all the magic that Christmas brings!


The Sweet Stop - Sketch #139

Hello and Merry Christmas! I know I've been scarce this month and I apologize. It's that most wonderful time of the year where we are all busy, busy, busy! I have been crafting, baking, shopping, and wrapping like a mad woman all month! And now it's crunch time! There is going to be a marathon baking and crafting session going on tonight! But before I dive head first into the holiday madness, I wanted to share a card I made today. It was a request from a co-worker for his wife, and I have to say I was pleased with the end result. Some days you've got mojo, others not so much! lol Today was a mojo day!

I used the sketch #139 from The Sweet Stop, but apparently they already picked their featured cards for the challenge. I'm not sure why they would do so before the challenge closes, but it's the holidays so I'll cut them some slack! :) I rotated the sketch to accommodate my image and added a few extra embellishments to give it my own personal character. My image is from a set by My Favorite Things, called Santa Baby. I love their Who's That Girl line! I paper pieced the clothes on Santa and his holiday honey. I also used bits of cotton ball on Santa's beard and "fur" trim. The rest is colored with Copics. Paper are from an old retired Stampin' Up pack. The rest of the goodies are from my stash. I've been infatuated with these Tim Holtz muse tokens lately!

Despite being over-tired I am really looking forward to this weekend! IF I can get through the next 20 hours of holiday prep first, that is! lol Thanks for stopping by! I did make two other cards this week so I'll try to get those posted shortly as well.

May your merry be very!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

i{heart}2stamp December 2011 Sketch

Hello and happy holidays! In the midst of all this festive craziness I received an order for a special card. The request was for a "Happy You're Here" card to celebrate the anniversary of a sibling's adoption. I thought it was the coolest thing! I was told he liked vintage VW Bugs so I searched for some clip art, a fun sketch - i{heart}2stamp's December 2011 layout - and added those awesome miniature tires I got from Michaels for a buck as part of a model car kit. The punch buggy is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers. A white gel pen adds some highlights on the hood. I also added some clear glaze to the window and used my Sakura CLear Star Gelly Roll glitter pen on the rims and bumper. Papers are from the Dots, Spots, and Stripes stack by DCWV. I did rotate the sketch to accommodate my image and added the computer generated sentiment.

With Christmas now only 10 days away I have SO much to do! I still have not mailed my holiday cards and not a single present is wrapped! However, I've been having a wonderful time at night cuddling and watching Christmas specials with my small man so I figure a little stress is a small price to pay.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your holiday preparations are shaping up nicely!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #139 - Anything EXCEPT Christmas and a Design Team Call

Welcome to the last Corrosive Challenge of the year! And since it falls on the Sunday after my company holiday party, this post is going to be brief. I am scheduling it ahead of time since I do not believe I will be functional come tomorrow morning! lol And since I am running late and haven't even begun to get ready for a party that starts in less than an hour, I'd best get moving!

So on to the challenge.... We are giving you a free pass from making holiday stuff. We want to see Anything EXCEPT Christmas! No holiday cheer here, thank you! We're also looking to expand our design team for 2012. If you are interested all you have to do is add "DT" after your name when you link your project. Candidates who are selected will be contacted via e-mail after the 1st of the year. I hope you'll play along with our fa-la-la-free challenge!

We have a new sponsor since it is a new month, and we'd like to welcome Krista Smith of Saturated Canary! Check out her shop for all her adorable and whimsical images! I have selected Whispy, a Fairy for my card. I'm a fan of Krsita's work anyway, but this image she was kind enough to provide specifically for this challenge. I made a "Thinking of You" card. She is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers. Papers are from My Mind's Eye, a darling little pad called So Sophie - Graceful. Only cost me $2 for the 24 sheet 6x6 pad! How could I resist? Flowers and pearls are from my stash and I used my Martha Stewart punch to add some white branches.

My sketch is an old one from Graphicat Designs, but this month's challenge is to select any of their previous sketches. I went with July. The prize is a spot on their design team. I love Cheri's layouts, wicked sense of humor, and fabulous digi and clear stamps so I have to participate! For all the details, visit her challenge blog here.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation! I appreciate you stopping by and love hearing from my visitors! And please visit The Corrosive Challenge blog to see what delights my design team mates have to share with you, too! Enjoy your Sunday and have a crafty day!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges #49 - Shabby Chic

Another Thursday already? Before we know it Christmas will be here! But right now it's time for another Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge. This week the theme is SHABBY CHIC. I love this style, though I don't often create it. But I had fun today with Tickled Winter Snowflake Fairy Nadine! I went white on white with lots of texture and bling. Nadine was colored with Copics. (I've asked Santa for some new colors, and I've been a very good girl this year!) And not even a scrap of designer paper was used! That's almost unheard of for me! lol I used three different Cuttlebug embossing folders instead. The bling is all Recollections from Michaels and the hardware is Tim Holtz.

If you want some photo inspiration head over to the Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges blog where you will also find gorgeous creations from my fellow design team mates. If you'd like to play along for your chance to win one TPS digital image of your choice, simply use a Tickled Pink Stamps image (including Lil Lolitas and Lads, Lil Pinkettes, Pink Pets, and Cherrie all found here in the TPS online store) and link up your creation using the InLinks tool you'll find there.

My layout is courtesy of this week's The Deconstructed Sketch (#30). I just love this sketch challenge blog, though sadly I don't always have time to play along. But check out this fun blog! Not only are Jen's sketches fabulous, but so are her creations! It's well worth the visit!

Besides being crafty and making this card, I also made a batch of my peppermint candy cane sugar cookies last night for work today. It's National Cookie Exchange Week, and of course all the gals felt that was worth observing! This weekend will be filled with more holiday festivities, including shopping, wrapping, and my work holiday party. It's a big, fancy deal with loads of amazing food! And adult beverages too! lol So look for my Corrosive Challenge post on Sunday, but know it will have been pre-scheduled and I'll most likely still be in bed!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fun, festive weekend planned as well!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs Sponsorship: Frosted Designs

Sassy Studio Designs is sponsoring a fabulous sketch challenge (#7) over at Frosted Designs! If you would like a chance to win 4 SSD images of your choice head on over to check out their design team's inspiration (many using Sassy images) and link up your creation before December 18th.

I chose to use Glowing Gwen for my project. I missed a baby shower for my cousin's wife so my mom and I will send her a little something inside this card. This was a fun sketch to work with! I love the circle elements! The image is colored with a combination of Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers. Card stock is Stampin' Up and the cute designer paper is from a DCWV stack called Nana's Kids. Most of my embellishments are courtesy of Michaels' Recollections line. Though I think the "Love" charm is Making Memories. I can't be positive as I found it loose in my stash. The sentiment is from a My Favorite Things set called Baby Bump, and I altered it slightly so it would fit inside the size circle die I wanted to use.

I have more crafting to do this week and hope I can get it all in with everything else that is going on! It's National Cookie Exchange Week and I instigated a cookie a day swap at work. My turn is Thursday and I will be whipping up my Candy Cane Sugar Cookies. I have the butter out to soften now so I can make the dough when I get up. On top of it all I have to pick up the lay-a-way from the toy store, do some other shopping, and my company holiday party is on Saturday so there will be some primping required for that, of course! I'm sure I'll manage to squeeze it all in somehow, but I'm going to be very tired come Sunday! lol

I hope your holidays are shaping up to be fabulous so far! Thanks for stopping by and please check out the challenge at Frosted Designs when you can!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #101 - Christmas Sparkle

December has finally arrived and holiday preparations are in full swing here! I can't believe the countdown to Christmas has begun... I'm in good shape with cards as not everyone gets a hand-made one. I do photo cards of the small man as well, of course! We had them taken at Target again this year, with Santa, and despite having a less than cooperative child, I was pleased with the end result. I really like their work there, and with a coupon the prices aren't all that bad. Plus I earned $50 off a future purchase! Woo hoo! Their customer service is excellent - without hesitation they re-ordered my cards TWICE due to typos and then gave me free photos when I came in to pick them up! Impressive! And I work in customer service so I should know!

But anyway, enough about THOSE cards and on to this one! It's time for another Dare To Be Sassy Thursday over at Sassy Studio Designs and this week the theme is Holiday Sparkle! We want to see your creations sparkle, shimmer, and shine! It could be glitter, jewels, foil.... whatever pretty, shiny things you have in your crafty stash is okay by us! I opted for glittered designer paper and adhesive rhinestones. The image is a sweet one from last year's holiday collection simply called "The Nutcracker". She is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers and the highlights on her dress are a white gel pen. I embossed one panel with snowflakes and added a few flowers and punched branches for texture. The layout is courtesy of MMSC132 over on the priscillastyles blog. The Midnight Madness sketches always have two versions to choose from, and I selected the fancy one here.

Please stop by the Sassy Studio Designs blog for all the challenge details on how you can play along to win 2 Sassy Studio Designs images of your choice. You don't have to use a SSD image to play along, but we love it when you do! Also, you'll want to check out the lovely creations of my fellow design team mates while you're there! Plus don't forget to check out the December Sassy Christmas Challenge, which started today!

I hope you are all having a fabulous week so far! Thanks for taking the time to visit! I love hearing from you so please feel free to leave a comment! I {heart} them! lol Enjoy your day and happy crafting!

I'd also like to enter my card into the following challenges: