Random.org has chosen the winner for my December 2012 Blog Candy Giveaway. I entered the numbers 1 through 42 which included those who commented in the original blog candy post and told me their favorite Christmas or Winter song and from those who left comments on my blog posts December 15 – December 30th.  And now for the winner…..

Congrats to Entry #32 Karen (Karey 2005).  Whoo Hoo! Karen has 10 days to contact me to claim her prize!  Please contact me by email:  strefger at gmail dot com

I want to thank everyone that participated in my blog candy giveaways for 2012.  Tomorrow, January 1st I will start my monthly challenge here on my blog instead of doing the blog candy.  I hope all of you will create something for the challenge and share it with me and my followers!

As I said yesterday, I just can’t do a post with no photo. LOL, so here is another sneak peek photo of my second card that I’ve created for my Challenge post that goes live tonight at midnight (Central Time).

Can you guess what the challenge theme might be?

I want to take this time to thank each of you for following my blog and to wish you a Very Happy New Year, and please stay safe! See you in 2013!!

Call me CRAZY!! I have another blog challenge in the works, even before the monthly challenge here on my blog goes live!!!

Insane I tell you! But I was approached by a blogland friend, Denise  (she heads up the Digi Haven challenge that I design for) and she asked me  to go in partners with her on a new challenge (her brain child). And I said “Yes!!”

So here’s the scoop….we are calling it “Cards in Envy” which means….cards that actually fit in an envy or envelope.  You know, the kind with no lumpy, bumpy.  Layers are okay and embellishments too, but no thicker than a shirt button.  So that’s the main gist of our challenge…make cards that actually fit in an envelope (A2 or Square Cards that only require regular first-class postage).  This challenge will run twice a month on the first Monday and third Monday.  There will be no sponsors and no prizes.  We just want to have FUN making cards that we can mail out (or give to Operation Write Home!)   I think that at this time, we’ve decided to have a sketch for one of the challenges and a themed challenge for the others.  There is a separate blog address for this challenge and you can find it  at:  http://cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/  and you can go check it out right now, become a follower and oh yes, we are looking for a DESIGN TEAM!  Yep.  If you’ve ever thought of being on a team AND you love to make “flatter” cards,  but not necessarily “boring” cards then you might want to apply.  All the info you need to apply is at Cards in Envy.  The challenges will start on the First Monday in February–don’t have my calendar handy, so can’t give you the date.

Okay, I think that sums it up.  Except that I can’t bring myself to hit post without adding a photo, so I’m sharing a sneaky peek…a bit of a card that I made today for my blog challenge that starts Tuesday, January 1st!

This is from one of the inspiration cards I made using a digi from the shop that I will be buying a gift certificate from as a prize for one lucky person that participates in my month long challenge.  Maybe it will be you! 

Oh,yes, a couple of more things.  Tomorrow, December 31st after 10 a.m. Central time, I will be drawing a random winner for my December Blog Candy Giveaway.  There’s still time for you to enter–just click on the Blog Candy Badge in the sidebar AND you can earn bonus entries by leaving a comment on each of my posts since December 15th.   Lastly, I have also joined the Design Team for Christmas Cards All Year Round to inspire me (and maybe you) to make Christmas cards throughout the year.  This weekend I made my first card which will debut on January 9th here on my blog and on CCAYR.  Let me just say…this card evolved and took on a life of it’s own!  In the end, it is still a card but much more than that. So much so, that I had to make a gift box for it.  So be sure to check back on January 9th and see what I created!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.  Maybe some of you have a FOUR day weekend and will find time to craft!  Tomorrow I will have a post to announce my blog candy winner which will be my last post for 2012.  Wow! Where as the year gone??!!

Have a great evening,

Well, Christmas is over though I do leave all my decorations up and keep turning on the Christmas lights until after New Year’s Day.  It’s always hard for me to let those go.  Hubby says I should just leave them up year round but I think that would be a bit much, so I will be packing it all up the weekend after New Year’s.  I’m a bit sad to not be making lots of Christmas cards BUT I will be making one or two a month as I’ve been invited to be on the Design Team for Christmas Cards All Year Round!  It’s a monthly challenge and my first one will be in January.  But for today I’m sharing LOVE cards that I made for Operation Write Home and have  packed them up to send them on their way for the December 31st deadline.

A few weeks ago, I attended a crop at my LSS and made a good collection of LOVE cards.  Instead of specific Valentine’s Day cards, I make “generic” LOVE cards so that our heroes overseas can use them for Valentine’s Day or after if they need to.  These photos show a few of my favorites.  I grouped them together so as to not clog up the blog post with a ton of pictures!  But I had to take an individual photo of my favorite one and it was so EASY to make!

I penciled in a large heart on the front of the card and then started filling it in with pink and white flowers.  I have a TON of these in my stash and wanted to use some of them up.  After they were dry, I added rhinestone centers by applying a dot of glue to each center and placing the rhinestones with my tweezers.  Then I added a piece of sheer pink ribbon.

Here are some more of my favorite LOVE cards that I made for OWH.

That’s my share for today.  Do you make Valentine’s cards for your family and loved ones?  Last year I altered a heart shaped candy box for my hubby and after he ate all the candy I kept the box so I think I’ll refill it for him this year. Ha, ha.

As a reminder, be sure to check back on January 1st as I will be starting a blog challenge instead of blog candy.  For now, my December blog candy is still going on and if you want details on that and for a chance to win, just click on the blog candy badge in the upper right sidebar!

I’m off to the post office to get these all in the mail to my OWH shipper!

Happy Crafting,

Well, it’s almost here! Today is Christmas Eve and I’ll go ahead and say to you….”Christmas Eve Gift.”  This is something my mother always said to me.  Not sure what it meant but I sure do miss hearing it each year.

I know you are all super busy as am I so you may not see this post for a few days, but I want to remind you that a new sketch challenge starts today at Seems a Little Sketchy and it runs for two weeks.  The sponsor is Whimsy Stamps so I used this precious digital stamp that I had purchased from them to make this last Christmas card for 2012.

I do not have a coloring list for this image.  I’m so busy that I’m just happy to get the card made much less list all the different colors I used.   I did use my Copic Markers and I will share that I first colored the shepherd, donkey and sheep in normal colors and then I used several different warm grays to color the ground and town scene.  The night sky is colored with various cool grays which I then used the C1 and C0 to go over the shepherd and animals to make then less bright and appear to be in night shadow yet lit up a bit by the bright star.

Here’s a close up of my coloring on the image, this will help you see where I added the darker cool gray shading with the C1 and then colored over all of the image with the C0.

To get you started on the challenge, here’s the Seems A Little Sketchy sketch.  It’s an easy one but makes a wonderful card for any occasion.  I made mine a 5.5″ x5.5″ card.

As I said earlier, I know you are all busy and I am too.  In fact I’m so busy with Christmasy stuff that I have not had time to clean my work table in my crafty room.  This is what it looked like after I finished this card.  I only had about 6 inches of work space! I’m hoping to get it cleaned and re-organized after Christmas and before starting any new projects!

I’m not sure if I’ll have a post on Christmas Day or not.  So, in case I don’t, I want to wish each of you a very Merry and Happy Christmas and invite you to check back on January 1st as I will be starting a blog challenge instead of blog candy.  For now, my December blog candy is still going on and if you want details on that and for a chance to win, just click on the blog candy badge in the upper right sidebar!

Creation Details {The Supply List}:

  • Image from Whimsy Stamps
  • Sketch # 29, Seems A Little Sketchy
  • Copic Markers
  • Papertrey Ink White Cardstock for Card Base
  • X-press It White Cardstock for the Image
  • Printed Paper, Bazzill Basics “Believe” collection, 6×6 mini prints
  • Light Blue Card Stock for matting image
  • Assorted Christmas Washi Tapes for the stripes on the background
  • Rhinestones
  • Light Blue Tulle
  •  Sentiment is from Christmas Washi Tape
Blessings to you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

In this tutorial, I’m showing you a quick last minute Christmas or Holiday card you can whip up and drop in the mail today or add it with a gift.  I used the adorable Elf Digital stamp that you can buy from The Stamping Shack store and colored him up with my Copic Markers.  You can use any coloring medium of your choice.

I apologize that I do not have step-by-step photos of creating this card.  I totally forgot! But it is really easy to create and I’ll provide the basic steps for you:

  1. Color your image and cut into an oval shape.
  2. Cut an oval mat out of light blue card stock.  I used Spellbinder’s Oval dies to cut mine.
  3. Cut a large snowflake with a darker blue card stock with your Cricut or other dies. I used a new My Favorite Things Die-namics Snowflake die.
  4. Cut snowflake paper to fit your card base, attach the snowflake and your Elf image that has been matted to an oval.  Do NOT attach the printed paper to the card base until you’ve attached the ribbon.  I used paper from the We R Memory Keepers Winter Frost 6×6 Paper Pad.
  5. Wrap a piece of pretty ribbon around the bottom of your card and tie in a bow.  I used sheer white ribbon with a white scroll pattern.
  6. Attach the card front to your card base with a strong tape runner adhesive.
  7. Stamp your sentiment on a scrap of white card stock and cut out with a die shape.  I used a Hero Arts Frame Cut die and then trimmed and rounded the end of the tag with my 1/2″ We Are Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.
  8. Attach a rhinestone to the tag.  Mine is a Prima “Say It In Crystal” rhinestone.  
  9. Hang the tag on the bow with a small white safety pin.

Assembly is quick and easy!  Except for the coloring of your image, which you can do while you watch your favorite holiday movie, I say you could put this card together in 30 minutes or less.  The coloring time for me was about 20 minutes so total…a cute card in less than an hour!

For those who use Copic Markers, I’ve created a video showing how I colored this adorable Elf image from The Stamping Shack: 



Happy Crafting,