Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I was Caught..........

I just stopped at a TJ blog hop with Rogue Redhead Designs (and you can win some stamps) and popped over to Rogue Redhead and saw I was spotlighted today!  How fun.

”Rogue I wanted to share the Rogue Redhead Blog Hop link - they are hopping with the Technique Junkies thru 12/2 and you can win stamps- plus see some really cool 3-D cards too!

Start HERE

Have fun!

Come back and tell me which stop is your favorite!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.......

 Thanks to everyone that stopped by for my Blog Candy!  I really appreciate it! 
I will be posting another candy in the next couple of days : )

There are three winners-chosen by and here they are:

*****100 pieces of DSP and stamps:

 Mary Strauser said...
I would love to win this candy. Such neat paper to create with.
I am a follower.

*****50+ pieces of DSP and ribbons- two winners:

Blogger Sunshine HoneyBee said...
I've been a follower for awhile. Wonderful blog candy. Thanks for giveaway chance.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Blogger alethea said...
I have linked it on my diebar!
Thanks again for a chance to win some yummy candy!! Hugsxx
November 20, 2011 3:16 PM

 Please send me a snail mail with your address and I will get the candy out in the mail
Shellymc2 at
Thanks again,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Blog Candy x's 3

Please scroll down for new posts- Belli challenge is HERE-this will stay on top thru 11/28-Thanks

I started cleaning my craft room today- and am overwhelmed........ So, I thought I'd put together some blog candy and share a bit of my collection!
 - I have over 100 6x6 (approx) pieces of DSP from DCWV
- A set of unopened Martha Stewart Gingerbread men and Gingerbread house(s) stamps
-ribbon- 3 colors- 1 yard each

And, I decided for the second candy to split it and 2 people will win!  This is more pastel and soft vintage colors of DCWV DSP and some Pearlescent DSP from Colorbox for angel and snowflake cards:
50 + 6x6 DSP
Top Die Note and snowflake cut-outs
1 length of seam binding in Antique White
5 yards of white organdy ribbon
1 1/2 yards of blue 5/8 in picot ribbon

To win:
-leave a comment
-if you post this candy on your sidebar- come back and leave a seperate comment
-you do NOT need to be a follower to win, but if you are, I will throw in some suprise goodies

I will ship anywhere. Please leave me an e-mail to contact you!

I will pick a winner Saturday PM 11/27 and post the winners Sunday- I will get the packages in the mail ASAP since this is all Christmas themed DSP.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge 131- Anything related to Thanksgiving

Want to be a Belli Girl? That's right, we're having a DESIGN TEAM CALL! We're looking for some fabulous paper crafters to join our team! Please check out our DT Call Post HERE!
 The Belli Challenge for the next two weeks is Anything related to Thanksgiving.

 I used a digi image and sentiment from McMahon Five Designs called Bountiful Harvest. I colored the image with Copics. I used an 'older' paper pad from KC&Co. for the background designer paper- I ran it through the cuttlebug twice and highlighted with Real Rust ink.  I recycled a flower from a card from a fellow TJ member and added rhinestones to the sentiment panel to mirror the flowers on the flower.
The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments! Everyone is welcome to play along! Challenge a stamping friend!

If you upload to a gallery, please use keyword CBC131
***We are so excited to bring back the "Belle of the Belli"! For each challenge, we will choose the one card that WOW'd us and closely followed the theme! If you are chosen as a Belle, you will be asked to be a Guest Designer for one of our challenges and have a badge to proudly post on your blog!***
Be sure to stop by the Creative Belli Blog to see what the other Belli Girls made for your inspiration today. If you upload a card to Splitcoast, PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC131 in the keywords section.

Take a look at what the Creative Belli Designers have done with the challenge!!

Karen Wallace 

Now, I have to play along in a few challenges myself:
Creative Card Crew- Monochromatic
Outlawz 11/22 color challenge
Pink Elephant- Give Thanks
Craft Your Passion- Inspiration photo
Shabby Tea Room- Photo Inspiration
Pile it on- Anything with a P -Pumpkin
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle- embossing

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Make some snow- Gingersnaps tutorial

 Those who know me know I cannot resist trying new, when I saw this tutorial on Gingersnaps- it called out my name....not to mention I had a 40% off coupon for Blicks......

 So, I printed out the Vintage Santa and the digi cardstock by Create with TLC on Cryogen White cardstock- there is a subtle shimmer in the cardstock- so pretty!  Next, I followed the tutorial and added Glossy accents in a thin layer to Santa's image and adhered that to the acetate.  Then I applied Glass Bead Gel (which was $6.95 at Blicks and I had 40% off.....).  I took a skewer and drew in the snowflakes and waited for it to dry.

I stitched in a Zig Zag around the edges of the CS and added a sentiment and a raffia bow.  The sentiment is sitting on a Spellbinders snowflake that is colored in C1 Copic marker and Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  The sentiment is also Create with TLC. Let me add- I used red line tape to adhere the picture to the background so it would stay securely.

I discovered there all many different textures available in this I may be playing more in the future.....for now, one less Christmas card off of my list to complete!

Gingersnaps- Supplies- use Raffia
Karen's Doodles- Santa
Make it Monday- anything goes
Make My Monday-Foilage, snowflakes
Paper Creations Ink- Christmas
Pile it on-anything with a P- Pine sprigs
Sparkles forum- Vintage Christmas
One Stop Craft- Blue

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas is a coming.......

  I sat and colored a sheet of the free images from Outlawz- they are gorgeous and remind me a bit of my Mother's china painted ornaments.
 I added Glimmer Mist to the embossed poinsettia panel (white background). Then added paper piercing to the image panel.    All of the sentiments used are by Create with TLC.

    I am focusing on shading and using darker the Copic class we were challenged to use more 7-9 colors......  OK......

This card is a little busy- but someone will enjoy receiving it. The image is beautiful and I am going to try it again and CASE it from Anne's original using pencils or watercolors and make the card a little simpler.......

Have a great Day!

McMahon Five Designs release 11/17/11

 I went to town using this new set from McMahon Five Designs- a little under the weather, so did not get it all done....this set is perfect for cards, tags, you name it!  Here are the cards I did finish:

Inspired by Kitty on SCS and her use of the evergreen punch.....
 I used the Sketch from Midnight Madness for this card- my mantle is pure wood cardstock from M5D and I used silk ribbon for the mantle and the bow.  I cut a Prima flower in half for the two side flowers. The fireplace is made using a technique from the TJ's that makes the CS look like wood- I cut mine up to look like a fireplace. I added Gelly roll pen for some shimmer on the stockings:

  All of the images come as digi's black and white and in color as well- as do the sentiments.
Card #2:

 I printed out the three trees on text weight Cryogen white - it is sparkly to start out with. I used TJ Whisped Frames and added MS 'snow' glitter. I used another TJ technique for the red punched strip behind the trees called Glitter Roll with the same glitter. Next, I took metallic tape and rubbed it over a star 'wheel' so there are stars on the middle silver layer. I also punched out stars for the trees.

 Challenges for my cards:
Midnight Madness #130- Sketch for stocking card
365 Cards-#261- color challenge
CRAFT- Stars- tree card- on trees and silver metallic strip
Crimbo Crackers- Make it Sparkly- tree card w/MS snow glitter
Digital Tuesday- Christmas

Thanks for stopping by!

McMahon Five Designs New Release 11/17/11

Cultivate JPG and PNG

*Note - This is a 56 file set!  
If you have trouble downloading this file after purchase,
please email us through our Contact Us form with your order number
and we will email you the files.



Meowy Christmas Kitty JPG and PNG

Holiday Puppy JPG and PNG

 Michelle B
Michelle B

Royal Gathering JPG and PNG


For more details on the projects above, visit the Design Team blogs!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Design Diva's November Oldie Blog Hop

The Design Divas challenges us to use an "Oldie" meaning it is more than 6 months old (and I hate to admit...never used until today) for the Design Diva's Blog Hop. I am working on Christmas cards......

  I made this card using a SU set Delicate Doilies. I was inspired by a card I saw HERE. This card uses a Technique Junkies Technique called Faux Designer Paper Too.  The cardstock is SU Whisper White, and  Red Pepper Columns and Gold. 


 The Design Diva's are a group of stampers on Facebook and we have a monthly Blog Hop using images that are greater than 6 months old. Our Title Acronym stands for: Divine, Inspirational, Virtuous, Artistic (or annointed) sistahs! Our group originated at SCS  and has recently branched out to the new FB group.What a great challenge to use stamps that have taken a back seat......

 The Blog Hop starts with Chrissy D and I am stop 9 of 11.  The stop before me is  Michelle and the NEXT stop is Sue.

 I hope you are inspired to pull out a stamp or a digi image that is over 6 months old.

Thanks for stopping by!

Outlawz Progressive Digi Challenge

  I do not have to cook or clean for Thanksgiving, so I am focusing on my Christmas cards....only 41 days left until Christmas. ..........Yikes!!!

I used a digital image- from the progressive challenge at The Outlawz. Sandi Huggett and Anne Fenton drew such gorgeous images, well I could not resist using them for my holiday cards. I used Neenah white cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers and highlights with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. Copics used: R24, R29, R39, R59, Y18, Y23, YG06, YG17, YG67 and C1.  I used the gorgeous  Rosso Incandescent cardstock - not only is it red- can you see the gold shimmer???

 I added a Zig Zag stitch around the edge of the image panel and around the edge of the card.  The clear Rhinestones have been colored Gold with a Y23 Copic Marker.
 I have more of the images colored for the challenge and look forward to finishing all of the cards.

Digital Tuesday- Christmas
My Partner in crafting crime- use a freebie
Christmas Card Challenges- Holly
Dream Valley-Stitching
Pile it on- Traditional Christmas

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

McMahon Five Designs- More Holiday Projects

 I have all of the Fall cards I need, so have started on some Christmas Projects......   I used new releases from McMahon Five Designs for my projects today.
 I just got my new Cd from the Technique Junkies- The 3D and Fun Folds Paper Crafts- and I found a number of projects that I want to try......this is the first one- it is called a feestanding pop-up.  It was quick and easy to put together.  I used an image and sentiment from the Funny Little Christmas set. I colored the image with Copic Markers- I sponged on a sky (using Soft Sky and an oval scalloped punched out scrap), and stitched around the edge in a Zig-Zag stitch.  There are Versamark Dazzle stars stamped on the Pop-up base.  HERE is the link for more info about the CD- Oh- say hi to Pat for me if you decide to order a CD!

 Here is a close up of the image and sentiment:

 I could not resist the Vintage Santa image, 'Santa's Song' - and had to give coloring him a go- Copics and Reds can be a touch challenging to me, but I was happy with how the card came out......

  The background paper is My Minds Eye and the rest is from Joann Fabric stacks.  I used Technique Junkies Out of the box and Wisped Frames for the image. I colored with Copics and added liquid applique to Santa's fur and beard. I used Ranger Antique Linen distress ink for sponging around the Nestability frame. There are also Sakura Gelly Roll Pen accents on the card- which was printed on Cryogen White cardstock- so it is very shimmery to start out with.  I added a letter to Santa...and a sentiment from Create with TLC

 Have you started making your Christmas cards yet???

Thanks for stopping by!

McMahon Five Designs New Releases Nov 10

Another fun week of releases at McMahon Five Designs and the DT has so much creativity- it is so fun to be part of this great team! Here is what we came up with this week:

Hanging Out For The Holidays JPG and PNG

Michelle A


Funny Little Christmas JPG and PNG

Hello My Friend JPG and PNG


Purrfect Stocking JPG and PNG


Santa's Song JPG and PNG



For more details on the projects above, visit the Design Team blogs!