Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gingerbread Hugs

Gingerbread hugs to you all today. As the holiday season begins for 2015, I realize I still have a few Christmas cards to do. Here's a quick one I put together using things from my stash.

This is a pretty simple card. I cut the Doodle Pantry image called Gingerbread Ants die cut with Spellbinders Circles and backed with black card stock. The ribbon was a scrap from my scrap ribbon bag. I cut the sentiment from Spellbinders Ribbon Tags. The background paper is a scrap of wall paper backed with more black card stock. I wanted to use up some of the things in my stash.
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As the new week begins and we bring November to a close, remember to hug your kids and grandkids. Family is all important. Make it an awesome week!


Surprise Sweetie

Happy Sunday! It's a gray day here although we haven't had any rain today. We had 2 inches of rain over the last 2 days. It's chilly but not enough to freeze. Today I have the pleasure of being the Surprise Sweetie over at {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge. This week's challenge is a color challenge: gold, midnight and aquamarine.

Here's my card:
No stamps on this card. These are all dies from Paper Smooches. Snowflakes and a Merry Christmas die. The background is a gold lame film paper. It was difficult to work with. The blue is left over scraps from my daughter's wedding. Some of the snowflakes and the Merry Christmas is popped up with fun foam (a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire). A pretty simple card but a tough card to work with. It took me a lot of time to get everything lined up perfectly. Thank you to the design team over at {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge for picking me as this week's Surprise Sweetie!
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Hope your Sunday is relaxing and crafty. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week will get off to a great start. 


Saturday, November 28, 2015

How are you Traveling for the Holidays?

Sunday is upon us again and we have another Outawz CAS challenge going live. This week we are showing how we would travel for the holidays.

The sentiment is from DeeDee's Classics stamp set. The background paper is from the Paper Studio Safari paper pack. I added a wooden car embellishment. To finish I added some faux stitching around the card and the sentiment. A real CAS card!You should check out the other team's cards. Lots of interesting ways to travel.
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Thanks for stopping by. Hope your weekend has been relaxing and crafty!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Our Little Angel

Many of you knew and were praying for my daughter and son-in-law and the baby that they were expecting in February. Last night, Tricia's water broke unexpectedly and she was rushed to the hospital. The LifeLine helicopter came down from Indianapolis to fly her to another hospital but little Alexander had other ideas. He was born at Bloomington Hospital shortly after the helicopter arrived. They called a second helicopter with a pediatric team on board for Alex. Alex made his arrival at 9:39 p.m. weighing in at 3 lbs and 6oz. and 16 1/2 inches long. But unfortunately he didn't have a left lung and his right lung wasn't strong enough to sustain him. After a valiant effort on his part and the part of the pediatric team, Alex went to heaven at 1:37 a.m. this morning. I had hoped that I wouldn't have to make this card, but here is my card for Alex.

I was trying to find a little boy angel and I didn't have one. This bear angel looks very similar to the bear they gave Alex at the hospital so I used this Dearie Dolls image for Alex's card. I couldn't get a very good photo of the card. Behind the scalloped border is more of the star designer paper from DeeDee's Digis from the Wish Big stamp set. I used Spellbinder's Scalloped Rectangles to die cut the image and then inked the edges with Salty Ocean distress ink. The sentiment is computer generated and cut with Spellbinder's Heart die.
No challenges tonight. This one is for Alex alone. Rest in peace our little angel.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Raggedy Happy Birthday

Happy Sunday and onward to Thanksgiving Day! Can you believe we are headed for the end of November. Where is the time going? Today DeeDee's digis is sponsoring a blog hop at Through the Craft Room Door. There are three other great prizes too. So check it out. In honor of the blog hop I made a card with several of DeeDee's digi sets.

I really love this card and have several little nieces who will probably go gaga  over this one. The next birthday girl will get this one. This is actually three of DeeDee's stamp set that I merged together in Word. The speech bubble is from Lots of Thoughts. The Raggedy Ann and friend are from the set called Raggedy Sisters. The gifts are from a set called Wish Big. All the images are pre-colred ut I just love the colors and fun ways that DeeDee colors them. The starred paper in the background is from the Wish Big set. Used some twine and a button and some self-adhesive rhinestones and a corner punch.
I am entering this card into these challenges:

Before I sign off for now I wanted to tell you about an amazing sale at DeeDee's Digis! Everything in the sotre has been marked down to 75% off until December 31st. Pick up those amazing sets for a steal.

Thanks for stopping by today. I am on vacation this week but we'll be traveling for Thanksgiving so I won't have much crafting time. Our youngest will be driving in today for a short visit so I'll want to spend as much time as I can with him. Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Another Thank You

Happy weekend! And welcome to another CAS challenge at The Outlawz. This week we are making a card to show something you are thankful for.

Our sponsor this month is DeeDee's Digis. So I used DeeDee's Otter-ly Thankful stamp set for this card. The sentiment is a bit small but it's from the set also. It reads "I'm otter-ly thankful for you." The printed designer paper is also from the set. I embossed some plain light brown card stock with Tom Holtz Bubble Wrap embossing folder. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge as inspiration.

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I hope you can carve out some time this Thanksgiving week to show us what you are thankful for at The Outlawz CAS challenge. We'd love for you to play along. Thanks for stopping by today. Have an awesome Thanksgiving week!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Give Thanks

This is a busy week for me. Today I spent a lot of time getting errands and jobs done at home. Tomorrow I'm taking a trip to Indianapolis to take my daughter and son-in-law to Riley Hospital. My unborn grandson has lots of medical complications. Tomorrow we tour the neonatal unit and meet the surgeons who will perform emergency surgery on our little Alexander. If you can keep good thoughts or prayers for Alex, we would so appreciate it. I am back to work on Wednesday. I did have a little time to play today

The sketch I used is from I {heart}Card Sketches with a Twist. This week the twist is lots of white and add color with your embellishments. I think I tried to do the sketch and the twist.

The image is From the Heart Stamps called Cornucopia. I colored the image with Copic markers and die cut the image with Spellbinder's Splendid Rectangles. I inked the edge with Spiced Marmalade Disttress Ink. The sentiment I embossed weeks ago and it was sitting on my desk so I decided to use that and pop it up from the card. I embellished with some brown self-adhesive rhinestones. I am entering these challenges:

I hope your week is off to a great start. Thank you for stopping by. If you can send up a special prayer for my little grandson Alex, I would so appreciate it!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ornamental Christmas

Happy Sunday and welcome to my posting for The Outlawz CAS challenge. This week we are adding to our Christmas card stash but I have a little twist. No red or green allowed. Let's see those non-traditional colors on those Christmas cards. I REALLY love the way my card turned out.

If I am short cards this year, this just might be my go to for additional cards. Quick and easy and I love the sparkles! I used a DeeDee's Digital stamp set called Ornamental Icy. I printed off the pre-colored image and cut a small slit right near the ornament hanger. I threaded some silver thread through and taped it at the back of the card stock at both ends. I added some silver glitter to the ornament. The sentiment was printed at the same time as the image. Easy peasy! But so pretty. I would love to see what colors you would use on your non-traditional Christmas card. I hope you'll come play with The Outlawz CAS challenge.
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Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your Sunday sparkles! 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Dashing Through

Welcome to the weekend! I am so glad that it's here. Sunny today but a little chilly and rather windy. I had lunch out with some friends that I haven't seen in quite a while. Did some grocery shopping on my way home from work and then hubby and I went out to dinner. Tomorrow both of us are working a Girl Scout event. We'll be doing Brownie Math & Science Day. Tom is working in the Electricity room and I am working registration, break room and training the adults with activities to take back to their troop settings. Always a fun and busy day.
Tonight I have another Christmas card.

The image and sentiment are from Dashing Through from DeeDee's Digis. I think it's such a fun image. My daughter-in-law loves penguins so this just may be heading to Florida for her. I cute the image with MFT Cross Stitched Ovals and backed with black card stock. I created the background with Copics and distress ink. The designer paper in the background is a scrap from my scrap box. I used Simon Says Stitched Slopes & Hills and colored them with Copic markers. The sentiment is punched from an e k Success punch and the snowflake is also punched from silver paper. Diamond Stickles to decorate the Santa hat and create snowflakes on the background. I used the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches for inspiration.
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I am off to get ready for tomorrow big event. Hoping that you see some crafty, relaxing time this weekend. I need to work on my FIL's Christmas cards and get started on a baby blanket. Never a dull moment around here. Happy weekend!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Snowman Hello

Happy Thursday! We are approaching the weekend once again. Looking forward to some crafty time. I think most of my time will be working on my FIL's Christmas cards but I need to get them done. But tonight I have a Christmas card for my stash.

The image and "Hi there!" sentiment are from Hello Snowman at From the Heart Stamps. The image is colored with Copics. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Gina K's Very Merry Christmas set and embossed with Winter Wonderland embossing powder. The red strips are washi tape. The background paper is from Echo Park 6x6 pad called Season's Greetings. In several places on the card I used Stickles to give it a little sparkle: on the balls of the snowman's hat (Diamond Stickles) and next to the sentiment and in the corners (Burgundy Stickles). I rounded the corners at the top. The sketch I used is from i {heart}card sketches with a twist #126. I didn't use the twist.
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I hope your week has gone smoothly. Make Friday an awesome day and hope you enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by today.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day

Today is a very special day for many Americans. I want to wish all active duty and veterans a very happy Veterans Day! I so appreciate the sacrifices you and your families have made to keep our country and all of us safe. I salute you!

The image and sentiment are from DeeDee's digis called Stitchy Stars. This set is so versatile. There are lots of wonderful stars and sentiments in this set. I fussy cut the pre-colored star and added the sentiment. I embellished the card with the eagle sticker. I am entering these challenges:

I hope you take the time to thank a vet today. All the Veteran's Day cards that I showed over the past few weeks were sent to Veterans to say thank you. Thank you for stopping by today. Make it an awesome Wednesday!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Pawsitively Happy

Happy Monday! Our day here was bright and sunny until after lunch and then the clouds moved in. It was raining by dinner time. It was a good thing I did my walking right after lunch. This afternoon I got a chance to work on a card. Each Christmas I make a card and send it to a dog that we dog sat for every once in a while. Margo is such a sweet dog. But she went blind this year and they can't take her out of her every day environment anymore. She just can't adapt to a new environment. So I made her card today. Her "parents" get such a kick out of these cards.

I made an easel card and used a circular shape. The image is from Beccy's Place and called Bassett. I used the pre-colored image. The sentiment was a free image from Crafty Paws. As an embelishment I added a butterfly die cut from a scrap of Christmas designer paper and added three self adhesive gem stones.
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I hope Margo likes her card. I always enjoy making this card for her. I'll have to start thinking about her Valentine's day card. LOL! Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Back to work tomorrow. Bummer!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Reason for the Season

I got a chance to make two cards today. Both the same. I've been dabbling with a Christmas card for my Father-in-law. I knew it had to be religious in nature because he prefers that. So I've made several iterations using a stamp that I can't remember where I got it and wasn't satisfied with any of them. So today when I say the Sweet Sunday Sketch the card just kind of fell into place. Here's the sketch that I started with.

I really love how this card turned out.

The background paper is from Authentique. I embossed the nativity scene with black embossing powder. The ribbon is from my stash. It has lots of sparkle. The sentiment is from my files but I forgot to write down where it came from. If you know please let me know. I like to credit the source. I die cut the sentiment with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax.
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Now I only have 28 more cards to go. LOL! I can go into assembly line mode. Thanks for stopping by. Make Monday a wonderful day!


An Udder Birthday

Happy Sunday! And welcome to The Outlawz CAS challenge. This week we have a really fun challenge. The challenge this week is to "shop your stash" in preparation for Black Friday. Use some item(s) on your CAS card that you haven't used in a long time or at all. Here's the card that I made from shopping my stash.

About three years ago I bought a paper pack from the Paper Studio called Safari. I bought it to use at Girl Scout Day camp when our theme was animals. So when I found what was leftover I thought it was perfect for the shop your stash challenge. The image and sentiment are from DeeDee's Digis, who is our sponsor this week for the challenge. The stamp set is called Cow Are You? So then I shopped my stash for a die that I hadn't used in quite a while. I found this Spellbinder's Edge Frame die. I colored the edge of the frame to match the cows with a Copic marker. To finish off the card I added a few enamel hearts that I didn't even know I had. LOL! Amazing what you can find in your stash. See what you can find and join us for this fun challenge.
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I am heading for some cooking, some exercise and then crafting. I hope your Sunday is awesome! Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Deck the Halls

Happy weekend! Are you ready for it? Hope you get some crafty time in. I was able to fit a card in today between the laundry and dishes. It's another Christmas card.

The image and sentiment are from the Digi of the Month at From the Heart Stamps called Deck the Hall Birdbrain. I used the sketch at i {heart} sketches with a twist.

The twist this week is monochromatic and I didn't use the twist this week. Everything is from my scrap box. Even the black background card stock. I used my MFT stitched inside and outside rounded squares to die cut the image and sentiment. The ornaments are colored with Wink of Stella so they have a very nice glitter to them. Lots of layers. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. Happy weekend once again. I'll be back tomorrow with a new challenge from the Outlawz CAS challenge. Hope you'll come back and check it out.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

An Attitude of Gratitude

It's almost the weekend! Are you excited for it? I have some work to do but I am hoping for some crafty time. I need to work on my FIL's Christmas cards and a couple other projects that I have in mind. Our weather this weekend is supposed to be colder. We have some rain coming in tonight and tomorrow but the weekend is supposed to be sunny but cool. My card tonight is for Thanksgiving.

The image and sentiment are from the Digi of the Month from Imagine That! called Harvest Basket. I used the pre-colored basket image die cut with Spellbinder's Circles and backed with Spellbinder's Splendid Circles. The layered background designer paper was from my scrap box as is the green card stock. For the scallops I used Spellbinder's Scallop Trio. I cut the sentiment from Clear Dollar Stamp (no longer in business) Tags and inked with Spiced Marmalade distress ink. I finished it off with three self-adhesive  brown rhinestones. I used the Tuesday Morning sketch for inspiration.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget about the handmade kindness challenge. Make someone's day by sharing one of your gorgeous cards with them. Happy Friday!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Christmas Wreath

We've made it half way through the week. This weekend I am helping at a Girl Scout Science Day. The girls come to Indiana University to work with scientist and women students to learn about math & science. Besides helping with registration and the snack room, I do a training for additional math & science ideas that the leaders can do with their girls after they leave the event. I am working on my handouts and getting ready for the day. But it cuts into my crafting time. LOL!
Tonight I have another Christmas themed card. Beccy challenged us to use a wreath on out card so I went looking for a die cut wreath. It turns out that I have two wreath dies. I wouldn't have guessed that. So I used one of these to start my Christmas thank you cards. We always send thank yous after Christmas.

Most of this card is done with die cuts. Not my typical card but I really like this one. I cut 3 Poppy Stamps Breezy Wreaths in 3 different colors of green. The red card stock is cut from Spellbinder's Heart Pendant. The plaid background paper is from Authentique. The "thanks" is from My Favorite Things Many Thanks dies. I made 5 copies if the Thanks word and then glued them together to pop it up off the card. The word Christmas was stamped and embossed in black and cut with Quickcutz Tags.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope the rest of your week is awesome.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Embossed Ornaments

When you don't work on Monday, Tuesday becomes Monday. LOL! It seems to take me all of Tuesday to get back into the swing at work and remember what I was doing on Friday. I have CRS (Can't Remember Stuff) so Tuesday can be a challenge.
Another nice day weather-wise. I walked with a co-worker at lunch today. Let me tell you, she can move fast. I was sweaty and tired by the time I got back to the office. So I must have been thinking of cooler weather when I made tonight's card: Christmas!

All month long Beccy, from Beccy's Place is showcasing a Christmas card each day and challenging us to make a card using the same technique or color or whatever the challenge might be that day. I made this card for the embossing challenge. Her card used both dry embossing and and embossing folder. So I wanted to try that also. So this is my ornament embossing folder that I inked up with VersaMark ink and then embossed with gold embossing powder. I need a little more practice but I am not unhappy with the result. I added an embossed sentiment on vellum attached with two gold brads. I added a layer of black card stock on a red card base. The sentiment is from Gina K stamps.
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Thank you for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to check out Beccy's Place this month. She always has some amazing inspiration. I'm not a design team member. I just enjoy her digital stamps and I love her blog. Make it an awesome Wednesday!


Monday, November 2, 2015

It's a Twofer Day

Happy Monday again! I am enjoying my Monday off today and it's a beautiful day outside, so as soon as I finish this post I am going to write some cards to send and walk to the post office with them. Most of the trees have lost their leaves but we still have some maples that have gorgeous leaves on them. So the walk will still be pretty and the sunshine, I am sure, will be heavenly.
I wanted to point you to a new challenge for the month of November. Jennifer McGuire is challenging everyone to spread some handemade kindness. That can be in whatever form of handmade that you'd like: cooking, cards, gifts, etc. You can find out about the project by visiting Jennifer McGuire's blog.

So on with my cards.

First up, a Christmas card with lots of sparkle. I used a Bugaboo image called 3 Square Tree. I colored the tree and the star with colored pencils. I sparkled everything up with Stickles. I used both Diamond Stickles and Red Stickles. The papers are from my scrap box and I added three gold enamel dots. I used the Stella sketch for my inspiration.

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My twofer is a card for one of my siblings for Veterans Day. I usually send them an email to thank them for their service to our family and country but this year I am sending homemade cards. I showed one of the cards on Sunday. This is my second Veterans Day card.

This is a stamp and sentiment from Doodle Pantry called Salute Bunny. Perfect for Veteran's Day. I used the pre-colored image die cut with Spellbinder's rectangles. The red, white and blue paper is from Paper Studio, a scrap from my scrap box and backed with plain red card stock. The sentiment is cut with Spellbinder ribbon tag die and finished off with a red ribbon. Very easy!
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I got my laundry, shopping and dishes done this morning. I am off for a walk outside since it's so nice. Then back to get dinner ready and some other odds and ends and hopefully more time to craft later tonight. Wishing you an amazing week. Some time this week, share some kindness with others.


Polar Peace

Introducing DeeDee's Digi of the Month: Polar Peace. And my very first post for DeeDee's design team.

I am so thrilled to be part of DeeDee's team and I am so excited about using this new set. The images are adorable. So here is the card that I made with this awesome new set.

I used the pre-colored image and found paper that matched the light blue color in the image. So I layered each piece with black and then the blue paper. The snowflake card stock is from Create with TLC. I die cut the image with Spellbinders Squares and the sentiment with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax. For the embellishment, I copied the star 5 times and fussy cut them, glued them together and then coated it with glossy accents to give it a shine. I just love how this turned out. If you play along with the Digi if the Month, you'll get next month's digital set for free. What a deal!
I am entering this card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. Please check out DeeDee's Digi of the Month. She also added 3 more new Christmas sets to the shop. They are wonderful too. Check those out too. Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fun News and CAS Challenge

Happy Sunday! What a wonderful day it is. We had some rain last night but after the fog burned off the sunshine is lovely. And I have some exciting news that I've been keeping for the last few weeks. Today I begin on the design team for DeeDee's Digital Stamps. I'm very happy about making this team. I have admired and used many of DeeDee's images especially over the past year. They are always fun and the sets usually include images, sentiments and papers that all make it easy to match for the perfect card! Tomorrow I'll showcase my first card for DeeDee. You can see who else made the team by visiting DeeDee's blog.
Today I have a card for the new  CAS challenge at The Outalwz.

This week we are honoring our Veterans and First Responders but making and sending them a thank you card. I made a card for a Veteran. I have two brothers and a sister, as well as a brother- and sister-in-law who served in the military (Air Force). So I am making cards for them all this year. Stay tuned, you'll see a few more very soon. The USA Heart is from Designed to Delight (now From the Heart Stamps) but the image is no longer available. The sentiment is from Create with TLC. I used Spellbinder's Picot Edge Circles to die cut the sentiment. And to finish off the card I got out my Sew Easy that I haven't used in forever and added the hearts at the top of the card. I was really happy with this one. I hope you'll make a thank you and send it to someone who has given of themselves to keep us safe. Play along with the CAS challenge at The Outlawz
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Thanks for stopping by today. Stop by again tomorrow to see my first card for DeeDee's Digital Stamps. Can't wait to share it! 

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