Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Favorite posts of 2011- a HOP

  In keeping with the spirit of the season, Karin of With an "i" For Paper! blog fame has started a year in review blog hop to look back and high some of your favorite projects from the past year.  I had to join in- it was fun to review the past years creating...!  Thanks Karin!

Here are my favorite posts of 2011

Jan- My parents 12x12 50th Anniversary scrapbook page:

 I do not scrapbook much, but this is my favorite SB page ever- don't you love the picture??? The floral digi is by McMahon Five Designs.

Feb- I love the background on this card- I used Creative Inspirations paint- so it is really shimmery..... 

(Digi Doodles image)

March- I am Irish, so had to go with this fun card (image and papers McMahon Five Designs)


The image is McMahon Five and the DSP is Prima

  Image by McMahan Five Designs

 Image by McMahon Five Designs and more Prima DSP


 A McMahon Five SVG file and Brayering- I learned the How to's from Michelle Zindorf : )

 My first Gothic Arch card. Image McMahon Five Designs- cardstock Paper Temptress.

Seems to be baby month- and it's a tie........both McMahon Five Designs images.......

  Technique Junkies technique- image by Inkadinkado

 Image by McMahon Five Designs- I do not make alot of 3-D projects, but loved this when it was put together.  I found the instructions on the Technique Junkies 3-D and Fun Folds CD.

My sewing ATC- the image is from Sum of All Crafts.

And- I made this card with a digi from Create with TLC:

Blessings to you for a very Happy and Healthy New Year- I hope to be posting at least once before New Year- but we will see.......

Steph at Ingenious Inking also has a Year in Review of cards- stop by and check out her fun too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge #133-Merry Christmas

December 21st - January 3rd
Challenge #133 - Merry Christmas!
(you must have the word "Christmas" on your card)

 What is more special at Christmas time than Jesus in the manger???  I found this great digital image at Create with TLC.  I used a CAS design so the focus would be on the image. I used My Mind's Eye DSP from a 2009 stack.......but I love the blue shimmery paper to emulate the night sky. I hand wrote the sentiment, as I am away from home and have no access to any sentiments.....  I added paper piercing to the border of the image. The star is 'layered up'- which is a Technique Junkies technique.

The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments!The DSP is  'old' and the gold ribbon under the sentiment is from a reel I purchased for last year's cards- and was not used.
 Be sure to stop by the Creative Belli Blog to see what the Belli Girls made for you today.....  If/when  you upload a card to Splitcoast, PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC133 in the keywords section.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

There are three winners for my Blog Candy Tonight.  Drum roll........

Candy #1 Technique Junkies Stampbooking CD # 16
16 Juliet A said...
I have won so much stuff from you already I should be ashamed to put my name in the hat, but those prizes are just too awesome to pass up! You are a sweetie to share the wealth like this!

Candy #2  3D and fun folds CD  #27
27 Sandi said...
Well I found you at Lotsa Scrap! New follower and yes I am a scrapper..:) Great give aways!

Candy #3 One Year Subscription to the Technique Junkies # 17
17 Marjie Kemper said...
What a load of beautiful blog candy! I'm a scrapper and a stamper. Thanks for the chance!

Congrats and a HUGE Thanks to all who played along.

*****I do not have access to e-mail until Thursday- I can read it but cannot reply at all.......  If you are a winner and want to contact me, please leave a reply to a post, and I will read and not publish it.   ********
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bloggers Challenge-Tie it Up

My Blog Candy (three winners) HERE thru 12/19

I interpreted this challenge .....loosely......  Tying up loose ends........

 One of my daughter's dear friends did not have a grad I made her a card...more than once,
but my daughter would need a card and would use it.....  Well, it got so late, the kids all went off to college and I still had not sent a card (blushing....).  So........I decided to wait and send the card before Christmas- what college student would not love $$$ at Christmas time???
 So- tying up my list of kids that needed cards from June graduation......  I have to admit- this card fits her better than the other cards- the image with the long hair is perfect and I added more purple.....I hope she likes it!
 I used a digi from Bugaboo and colored it with Copic Markers.........The background paper and sentiment are digi's from Create with TLC. The digi paper is printed on the text weight Cryogen White cardstock, so it has sparkle in it....and purple is for Northwestern where she attends college. The ribbon is from the Target $ spot : ) . I used Wisped Frames technique I learned from the Technique Junkies- what did we do before that technique???  I added the ribbon and the punched edge to balance out the card.

 To play along with bloggers challenge, add your card to Mr Linky below.  And, stop by and visit our challenge 'Mom's Blog'  HERE.  We play JFF (Just for Fun) and there is a lways a challenge theme to inspire your stamping.

Have a great day!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Blog Candy x's 3

I have Blog candy for three lucky bloggers- I will draw winners next Monday Dec. 19th in the evening.

*** For one lucky blogger- Stampbooking CD by the Technique Junkies- The art of using Rubber Stamps in your Scrapbooks.  Here is the link for more info.

***For one more lucky Blogger- 3D and Fun Folds CD by the Technique Junkies. HERE is more info about this fun CD.

***For a third lucky Blogger- a one year subscription to the Technique Junkies Newsletter- already a member- add a year to your subscription. HERE is the link for the Technique Junkies Home Page***

How to win:
-Leave a comment below
-For a second chance to win, post about my giveaway or post it on your sidebar and leave a SEPERATE comment below.
-Leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win
-and, do you scrapbook???
Finally, I will ship outside of the USA

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings- awesome news!!!

I have been feeling very Blessed lately- I am thankful for so much- God has been good to me and my family...!   I happened to open my e-mail one day last week and found I was the Grand Prize winner of the Technique Junkies 5 day blog hop with multiple Sponsors and a LIFETIME Membership to the Technique Junkies- seriously!!!  LIFETIME!!!!!

 Here is the rest of MY Grand Prize....Grand it is!!!
All of the CD's I do not already own... plus a few to give away...!

 Wow- a HUGE Thanks to the Technique Junkies and all of the wonderful Sponsors!!!

Thanks to Pat Huntoon-owner of the Technique Junkies and Chrissy D who helped coordinate the 5 day Blog Hop.

Thanks to all of the Sponsors of the Blog Hop:
Classy Cards and Such- gift certificate (already arrived- see the Cheery Lynn dies?)
Paper Temptress-gift certificate

Stamp sets from: 
Innovative Stamp Creations stamp with butterfly and circle  and a background : )
Mark’s Finest Papers- A Trip to Lancaster stamp set
Rogue Redhead Designs-Snow Hugs (I had all but 2 of their sets- and I rec'd one I do not own- wahoo!!!)
Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- Funny Farm clear stamps
Firecracker Designs by Pamela- can you believe I do not have any of the three sets I won from FCD???
Rubber Stamp Avenue- fabulous  red rubber- Asian images
Artistic Outpost - Hero stamp sheet (Yeah)

 Blessed- Yes!  And a little lucky as well!!!

Thanks for sharing in my excitement!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

No Paper ATC

  I joined in a No Paper or cardboard ATC swap at The Sum of All Crafts Yahoo group last month- (the link to join this group is HERE before I forget...... )we exchanged 3 ATC's and recieved 3 ATC's back.
          I made sewn fabric ATC's- here they are:

    I have never done anything like this before- and I am always up for trying something new! I saw THIS post and This post, and WOW- can I try to sew an ATC- if Lynn can, I can...try.....LOL
  I took a piece of eyelet fabric and measured out my dimensions- now a finished ATC measures         2 1/2" x 3 1/2- so I added 1/4" on all sides for the seam- except in the middle- as I simply folded the fabric in half at the middle.

 By the way- the purple pen I am using is from the fabric store- it disappears after a while......there are also blue pens at the fabric store- the ink disappears with a little dab of H2O.......

Once I have all of the measuring done, sew on lace, trims, etc....I also used collage pictures from The Sum of all Crafts for my ATC's.  I do put right sides together and sew three sides, and 1/2 of the final side- then turn in the seam allowance of the final edge and finish it off....I finished mine by top stitching- I went all of the way around....mine are not perfectly straight- but that is what makes them unique, right???

 Here are the ATC's I received in the Swap:
 This is a heavy acetate- I am going to guess Alcohol Inks were used- fabulous IRL. I took the picture up against a window- love this! This is by Mags. (The little dark spot in the center of the leaf is her name on the back side.....).

How creative is this idea???  This is needlepoint canvas.....  The fiber is adhered around the edges. Very cool!  This is by the Swap Hostess Claudine.

 And finally, a fabric ATC-straighter than mine turned out too.....with an image stamped onto the fabric. You cannot see too well, but the belt has mini beltloops-with tiny stitching on both sides....too cool! This is made by Amy aka Stamp Tramp.

I hope you enjoyed my ATC post- I have a few more ideas for making future ATC's now!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bloggers Challenge-Frosty and Friends

 It is hard to pick just one cute snowman from my stash....  I went with this cute digi from Bugaboo:
  I colored the image with Copics. For the Sketch, I went with Midnight Madness. The fun sentiment is by Create with TLC. The bling is colored gold with Copic Y26. I used My Mind's Eye paper for the card with some stitching and distressing.
 I added stickles to the top of the card and added a punched gold glimmery snowflake and an antique Gold button from my Mom's button box : )

 Blogger's Challenge 'Mom' Lisa's Blog is HERE  You can link up with those of us who are able to play along this week by clicking on Mr Linky below.  Have some fun and hop on through the list and see what each players interpretation of the challenge is- there is alotsa inspiration to be had!

Challenges for my card:
Sketch- Midnight Madness -MMSC133
Paper Play challenges-snowmen
ABC Christmas Challenge- Y is for Yipee- Christmas is almost here!
I Brake for Challenges- Vintage
Catch the Bug- anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

WInner Winner Chicken Dinner

Drumroll!!!!!!!    I used to pick my winner tonight

 #48 is
48 Jennifer Scull said...
well my copics scare me to death, so perhaps a book like this one will help me to overcome that fear and actually use them! :) what a wonderful blog candy!

jenscull @
Congrats Jennifer !

Thanks to all that played along to win....... I am feeling very Blessed this year- there is more candy to come- not like this one, but still fun candy none the less!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Shelly

I love Blog Candy!

***This CANDY post will remain on top until 12/8 ***
 ***Winner will be drawn Thursday evening and posted no later than 10PM CST***

***12/8 McMahon Five Designs post- is down one post

12/7 Belli challenge post is HERE

I have been caught........ is HERE

McMahon Five Designs New Release 12/1 HERE  and HERE

Michael Strong Stamps Tag Blog Hop HERE

My Art Journal Page 1- Bloggers Challenge- HERE 

Sewing ATC's - HERE

I have recently taken the Copic Intermediate certification- I love the shading book- so...bought an extra to share- it is fabulous!
****  I am also offering four COPIC markers of your choice to the winner ****

You do not have to be a follower, but if you are, I'll throw in 10 sheets of Cryogen White cardstock.

If you post on your sidebar- come back and make a separate comment with the link.

Leave an e-mail so I can contact you.

If you are my follower, I will ship it to you- where ever you are (worldwide).

I do not do this to get new followers, BUT.....If my followers increase over 400, I will add in more goodies!

I will draw the winner December 8th at 8PM CST

Thanks for stopping by!


New Release at McMahon Five Designs

The entire New Release at McMahon Five Designs is below this post.  I choose to work with Peppermint- a release by Solocosmo.

 At my recent ATC exchange Christmas party at Mary Warner's home, I found this petal fold card- Mary has the Accu cut die for it- and she had a sale in progress, so I picked this up (not the die- the card was cut and ready to go)..... 

 I printed Peppermint on Cryogen White card stock and shaped it to the inside of the card.  (I copied the back of the card for my template).  I held the template behind the card stock up to the window to center it and lightly traced around the inside.  I cut off an extra 1/16th of an inch so the image would fit inside the folded card. 

 Next, I colored the image and pierced the edges for a little dimension.
 Here is the open card:

  The way Mary's template cut out, the outside is 'Peppermint' and the inside is plain Red.

And here is a close up view of the image:

I googled Petal card on the internet, and found THIS template. If you make something with it, I'd love to see it!  I have one more that has snowflakes on it.....for another day!

The ribbon is from Michael's and the tags were a freebie I picked up last year- unfortunately- unlabeled- if you know the source, please drop me a line!

I hope you have a great day- My Blog Candy ends tonight- I will draw a winner once I arrive home from work.......we are super busy, so there is no telling what time that will be- but I will be bold and say I will draw by 9:00PM CST.

Thanks for Stopping By and Have a Blessed Day!

McMahon Five Designs New Releases 12/8/11

Here are the 12/8 New Releases at McMahon Five Designs

Peppermint JPG and PNG

Card by: Sue 

Close Up by: Sue

Card by: Kristine

Close Up by: Kristine

Card by: Shelly

Open Card by: Shelly

Close Up by: Shelly

2012 JPG and PNG

Card by: Shawne

A New Years Rhyme JPG and PNG

Card by: Shawne


Delivering Roses JPG and PNG

Card by: Sue

I Will Sing JPG and PNG

Card by: Maxine

Close Up by: Maxine

Card by:  Sue

Card by: Sue

Card by: Michelle A


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