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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day!  Today, and every day, I have so much to be thankful for!  My handsome small man, a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, good health, loving family, wonderful friends...  I am grateful for all that I have and feel so fortunate that I am able to indulge in this fabulous hobby of mine on top of it all!  I've made some cards for the holiday and wanted to share them.  The first is for the current Simply B Stamps Facebook group challenge (November Challenge).  This is Little Indian Betty and she was free for those who wanted to play along with the challenge.  She is now available in the SBS shop (as is her counterpart Pilgrim Corinne).  The theme for Betty was to use feathers.  That was easy enough.  I am cutting it really close to the deadline, but what else is new?  lol

Papers are The Pumpkin Patch by DCWV.  I actually used this stack on all cards I'm showing off today.  It was just the perfect go to paper for all my Fall creations!  I matted the image on a Floral Ovals Nestabilities die cut (Spellbinders) and added my feather, flowers, and pearls.  Sketch is the current Sweet Sketch Wednesday (#234).

The next three cards all feature images from Saturated Canary: Scratch, Princess Harvest, and Cornelia.

This is Scratch.  Isn't he adorable?  The sketch is last week's Sweet Sketch Wednesday (#233).  I kept this one pretty simple.  I used a border die from My Favorite Things and a maple leaf punch.  The sentiment is from a Clear Dollar Stamps set.

Next up is Princess Harvest.  

The sketch for this one is the very last one from Crafting Life's Pieces (#64).  I LOVE these sketches and I was very sad to hear they were closing the challenge blog!  It looks like I heaped on the embellishments on this one but it's really just flowers, pearl clusters, and flower trim from Tim Holtz.  I used Labels Eight Nestabiliies (Spellbinders) to cut out the image.

And lastly, here is Cornelia.

She's sweet and simple with a couple of pearls, some flowers, and a Tim Holtz muse token.  The sketch is Papertake Weekly (#85).

I am looking forward to spending quality snuggle time on the couch with Kayne while we watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on TV in the morning.  Then we will head to my parents' for a delicious turkey family dinner!  And of course, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a little Black Friday shopping!  I won't venture out until after noon (no crazy doorbusting for me!) but it's a yearly tradition with my best friend that we love!  The rest of the weekend will be spent in a decorating frenzy!

To all my US readers: a happy and safe Thanksgiving!  Thanks for stopping by to see me today!  I am grateful for all my followers and for the lovely comments you leave!

Markers used: Copics


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thumbs Up

I have another card to share with you today as a guest designer for KennyK's Krafty Krew.  This fortnight their challenge is "Anything Goes" (#160) and they released some awesome new KIDS images last week!  I decided to play with Thumbs Up Kid.  He is colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The sketch is last week's Mojo Monday (#319).  I seldom feature sentiments prominently on the front of my cards, but this one was just begging to be used!  It's a cling stamp from 7Gypsies (Hampton Art).  Papers are Comic Heroes from Recollections.  To keep the focus on the image, sentiment, and papers I opted to not add a lot of embellishments.  A few black pearls and a Martha Stewart punched star border were just the thing it needed.

There's still one week to play along for the terrific prizes that are up for grabs:

KennyK, offering 5 digis of choice


Flonz, offering a $20 gift certificate

I hope you'll check out the gorgeous design team creations and join in the Anything Goes fun!  KennyK is also currently having a design team call so if you are interested check out all the details for that on the blog as well!

Almost time to start that Thanksgiving baking and crafting.  I can't believe the holidays are here!  At least I have a head start on my shopping this year...  Have I turned over a new proactive leaf?  Nah.

Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for stopping by!

Markers used: Copics (E00, E11, E21, E37, E39, B37, R20, R32, YG91, YG93, N0, N2, N4, N6, N8).

- Inkspirational: #44-Anything Goes 
- Brown Sugar Challenge: #69-Anything Goes
- Sister Act Card Challenge: #34-Anything Goes 
- 4 Crafty Chicks: Anything Goes
- 4 Crafty Girlz: #6-Anything Goes
- Auds Sentiments Challenge Blog: #94-Any Sentiment
- Southern Girls Challenge: Round Round Baby Right Round 
- Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Anything Goes
- Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge: #154-Anything Goes


The Corrosive Challenge #188 - Happy Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year (besides Halloween, of course) and I'm full of good cheer and holiday spirit!  Thanksgiving is only days away now and with it the official start of the Christmas season!  We're feeling festive over at The Corrosive Challenge this fortnight too!  Our theme is "Happy Holidays" as we welcome back fabulous sponsor C.C. Designs (formerly All That Scraps).  Any winter holiday qualifies, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Festivus! 

Christine generously provided each team member with an image to use and I selected Swiss Pixies Snowy Wall for mine.  I've paired it with Lil Lolita Victorian Christmas Ivy to create a wintry caroling scene.  Both images are colored with Copics and fussy cut.  I added Snow Writer to the snow on the wall and the trim on her clothes to give it some texture.  The postmark stamp is from Hampton Art.  Papers are Authentique - Festive.  I added a few flowers, a couple of punched Martha Stewart snowflakes, and some bling.

Do you want a chance to win 3 digis of your choice from C.C. Designs?  Then visit The Corrosive Challenge blog to join the fun!  The design team has some gorgeous holiday inspiration for you!

I need to start my Turkey Day baking today and I'm hoping to get some crafting in too.  It's going to be COLD here so I think it's a good day for the small man and I to cozy up with some projects.

Markers used: Copics (E00, E11, E21, E34, E37, E39, R25, R27, R29, R32, Y23, Y38, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, N0, N2, N4, N6, N8).

- Allsorts Challenge: #234-Bring on the Bling
- Stampin' for the Weekend: Feeling Festive
- Creative Knockouts: #12-Snowflakes
- Papercrafting Journey: Bling It Up
- Addicted to Stamps: #72-Make Your Mark
- Crafty Creations: #249-Ready for the Holidays-American Thanksgiving or Christmas
- Cards and More: #94-Baby, It's Cold Outside
- Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: #247-Winter Scenes


Friday, November 22, 2013

Kenny K Design Team Call

I've been laying low this month, relaxing and recharging before the hectic holiday season, but when I saw that Kenny K was having a design team call I just had to get up off the couch for that!  They are looking for 6 new designers (as well as 4 guest designers) and all of the details for the call can be found HERE on the KennyK Krafty Krew challenge blog.  You have until November 30th if you would like to apply.

I have long admired this talented team and having been lucky enough to guest design for them this year, I knew immediately that I wanted to put my name in the running!  The requirements don't call for a new creation, but I've been wanting to play anyway so I colored up Cozy Cocoa with my Copics and went from there.  The sketch is #197 from Sweet Sunday Sketch.  I fussy cut the image and double mounted it- first on a Dizzy Doily Die-namics die cut (My Favorite Things) and then on an actual Wilton's doily.  I used several punches from Martha Stewart (icicle border and snowflake) as well as a couple of other dies (Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics also by MFT, and a Sizzix corner die).  The pretty papers are from My Mind's Eye - Merry Little Christmas.  Some pearls keep it classic and classy for the finishing touch.

Kenny K is one of my favorite digital stamp companies and here are a few of my favorite creations from this past year:

Good luck to all the entrants!  It's always amazing to see how much talent is out there in blogland!  Thanks for taking a peek at my work and hope to see you back here on Sunday when I share not one, but two, new cards!

Happy Friday!

Markers used: Copics (E00, E11, E21, E23, E31, E37, E79, R32, R37, R39, R81, R85, R89, YR15, YR18, Y35, Y38, BG10, BG72, YG95, N0, N2, N4)


Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Corrosive Challenge #187 - Fur or Feathers

Have you noticed that Christmas is everywhere already?  We've barely said good-bye to Halloween and haven't yet enjoyed the bounty of Thanksgiving yet at every turn there is holiday stuff.  Including my own craft room!  Welcome to a new Corrosive Challenge.  This fortnight we welcome sponsor Rick St. Dennis!  Rick has an eclectic mix of images available in his shop (HERE) and they are all amazing, rich in character and detail!  It was that detail that we decided to focus on for our theme, specifically "Fur or Feathers".  Incorporate either (or both) into your creation for a chance at the prize!  They can be part of your image or the real thing added to the project.

Rick generously provided an image of choice to each team member.  I selected one I had been eying for some time - 1935 Hat - and decided to use her for a Christmas card.  She is colored with Copics and cut using Classic Ovals Nestabilities by Spellbinders.  She is then matted on the Lacy Ovals.  I covered the requirement with her fur collar and a couple of added feathers.  A few flowers and some pearls provide finishing touches.  The layout is courtesy of Tuesday Morning Sketches (#223).

Thanks for the visit!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend... And that if you get any crafting time that maybe you'll play along!  Head over to The Corrosive Challenge to see the team's exquisite projects if you need more inspiration!

Markers used: Copics (E00, E11, E21, E23, E31, E79, R24, R27, R29, R32, N0, N2, N4, N6, N8).

- Crafty Calendar Challenge: November-All Things Christmas
- Sugar Creek Hollow: #73-Anything Goes Vintage
- Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Christmas is Coming 
- Brown Sugar Challenge: #67-Anything Goes 
- Crafty Hands Challenge: #2-Vintage 
- C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #232-Christmas 
- Crafty Little Fairies: Christmas in November 
- Divas by Design: Use a Digi
- Inky Impressions: #133-Dies and/or Punches
- Bearly Mine Challenges: #111-Anything Goes
- Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
- Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
- Card Mania: #33-Anything Goes 
- Love To Scrap: #17-Anything Goes


Saturday, November 9, 2013

They Do

Hello!  Yes, I'm still alive!  After a (almost) month long blogging blitz I needed to take some time off to recover!  I am sad to say that I did not meet my goal of blogging every day in October nor did I finish the SBS 13 Days of Halloween.  I totally blew both of them at the 11th hour, and I'm disappointed in myself for that.  I had a lot of fun creating, but it wore me out and the final late night prior to Halloween just did me in.  The final nail in the coffin so to speak.  Kayne and I spent last weekend relaxing.  Sunday was a jammie day.  All week after work I have come home and, after the chores were done, planted my butt on the couch to read or watch TV.  I haven't picked up a Copic since I completed this card last Friday.  I never even had the energy to blog it. I have to find my mojo and get back to the craft desk since I have a project due tomorrow and another next weekend.  I thought I'd start with a little blogging and ease back into it...

I needed a wedding card for a special request.  I was given the wedding colors and told to have at it.  This is the result.  I colored I Do from A Day For Daisies.  I printed a second image and fussy cut just the veil then embossed it with the Swiss Dots folder.  Papers are from Michaels' Recollections - Midnight Magic.  I added an organdy bow, bling swirls, and flowers.  The sketch is last week's The Deconstructed Sketch (DS125). 

I feel a bit guilty for indulging in a week's worth of laziness, but I figured it was probably a good idea to do it now before the hectic holiday season set in!  

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you'll come back tomorrow for a new Corrosive Challenge.

Markers used: Copics (E00, E11, E21, E70, E74, E79, V17, V20, N0, N2, N4, N6, N8).