Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge ~ Christmas Theme
Deconstructed Sketch Challenge #62
Card Makin’ Mamas Challenge #50 ~ 1, 2, 3

Yep, “Warm Winter Wishes”…in July. Ha, ha.  But tomorrow it’s August which means Christmas is getting a lot closer no matter how hot it is outside.

Love the final results of this non-traditional Christmas card I made this afternoon.  It was almost destined for the trash can as I had a major “accident” on the crafty work table.  It certainly would have been a good one for an episode of “Can this Card be Saved” if there were such a craft show.  I can hear each of you thinking…what happened!!???!!  I had colored an adorable snowman trio digi from Pixie Dust Studios with my Copics and had laid out the lovely papers and embellishments I wanted to use.  Everything was tentatively placed where I wanted it all to be on the card.  While I was coloring I noticed that my R 83 Rose Mist Copic pen was running out of ink and I have no clue as to why I felt that I needed to refill it right then and there, but I did.  I carefully took the nib out of the pen and laid it aside and holding the pen over the trash can I refilled it, replaced the nib and capped it all.  I have no clue how it happened but some of that ink dripped onto the little crochet doily that I used in this card and stained the center of it a darker pink BUT not only that but some of the ink in the doily leaked down onto the little snowman on the left!  Ack!  The white snowman now sported a bright dime size blotch of pink.  This is where the magic of Copics came into play. The totally awesome “0” blending pen is a life saver! If you don’t have one, you need to get one!  I started blending the pink ink off the snowman and ended up with about 95% of the pink color gone and that’s when I decided to make that snowman a light pink color which of course led to the making of the one snowman on the right a light blue.  The crochet doily was also saved with a bit of dabbing with the blender pen and the placement of the large pink button. Whew! A card saved!!

So, this card is for this week’s Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge–Christmas Theme.  I know it doesn’t say “Christmas” anywhere on the card, but I still consider it a Christmas holiday type card.  Also, if I send this in for Operation Write Home and it arrives to a hero after Christmas, he or she can still use the card to send home to a loved one even in January.  I also made this card for the current Deconstructed Sketch challenge and I’m entering it for the Card Makin’ Mamas Challenge #50-1, 2, 3.  Which means use 1 image (Snowman Trio from Pixie Dust Studios), 2 designer papers and 3 embellishments (doily, button, snowflake trim).

The Sketch:

Creation Details:

  • Deconstructed Sketch #62
  • Pixie Dust Studio Digi ~ T is for Trio
  • Printed Papers from Echo Park’s “Season’s Greetings” Collection, 6×6 pack
  • Recollection Mini Crochet Doily
  • Large Pink Button
  • Thread
  • Copic Markers as shown below 
  • Felt Snowflake Trim
  • “Warm Winter Wishes” sentiment with  Stampin’ Up “The More The Merrier” Rubber Stamp set
  • Stampin’ Up Scallop Punch
  • Bazzill Sander

I want to thank Pixe Dust Studio for the fun Pixie Flix blog hop last week in which I participated by hopping to each blog, leaving comments and guessing correctly the title of the movie and was randomly chosen as the winner of the DVD of the movie!  Thank you Pixie Dust for the movie! Hubby and I really enjoyed watching “Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows” over the weekend.

I have a few more cards I’d like to get designed today for a couple of design teams I’m on AND I want to sew one quilt block–just one.

My blog hop candy contest is still going on!  You have until August 12th to become a follower and leave a comment on the Giveaway Post.   CLICK HERE to be eligible for a chance to win a Mix & Match set of Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and a Hero Art’s Cling Stamp!  There’s also a way to earn bonus entries too!  If you comment on any or all of my blog posts between July 25th and August 12th (in addition to the comment on my original blog candy post)  you’ll earn a bonus entry for EACH comment you post!

Have a great day!

Well, my crafting this weekend was repeatedly interrupted by the Olympics!  I got a late start on Friday afternoon on my project that I wanted to finish and ended up with only about an hour or two to work on it before the opening ceremony aired which I love to watch and thought this year’s was great again and especially loved the Queen’s entry via helicopter and parachute! Ha, ha.  Anyway, I continued working on this project which was initially 90% complete from the NSD class and retreat crop that I attended back in May.  But with stopping and watching Olympic events, it took me until late last night to finish it.  I’ve put all the pages that I did in a slideshow on Youtube which I will share in this post.

I didn’t really need a baby book album as I have my original baby book pages in another album along with photos of me and my family but these Graphic 45 “Little Darling” papers were so darn awesome plus the incredible and talented Nanci from Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks was teaching the class so how could I not have another!

In the class we covered all the pre-cut album pages with the Graphic 45 “Little Darling” papers  and created pockets, fold out pages for photos with soild card stock and/or chipboard.  We decorated the cover of the album in the class by cutting out certain pieces from the “Little Darling” paper such as the banner and the bird. We then applied glossy accent to the bird to make him more dimensional and to stand out and added all the lovely little flowers.
Once the pages were all covered in the class, the front cover completed and the pages assembled, we were sent on our way to decorate the album in our own artistic way.  While at the retreat, I took one of the “Little Darling” papers and cut out this bird nest scene and colored it with my Copics to create a pocket.  Later, at home, I color copied a page from my original baby book and folded it to fit in the pocket so that the baby image is peeking out from behind the leaves and nest.  You can slip the page out and unfold it to read it.

I used a lot of Stickles on this project (paint brush method) and pretty ribbons.  Since I don’t have that many baby photos of myself, I also added verses and quotes from my baby book that I wrote out by hand to give them a more vintage look.  I used Distress Old Paper ink to distress everything in the book including flowers, ribbon and the photos (which are copies of the originals).

And now for the slideshow of my completed “Little Darling” baby book.  It feels pretty good to finish a project!  I now have this in my vintage, chic sewing room on an antique chair.  It looks perfect in there!

Have a great Monday!  I have plans to work on some design team cards this afternoon and hope to have time to work on a Christmas card for this weeks Pixie Dust Studio challenge too.  Except there are more Olympic events to watch! May have to watch and craft at the same time!!

And remember that my blog hop candy contest is still going on!  You have until August 12th to become a follower and leave a comment on the Giveaway Post.   CLICK HERE to be eligible for a chance to win a Mix & Match set of Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and a Hero Art’s Cling Stamp!  There’s also a way to earn bonus entries too!  If you comment on any or all of my blog posts between July 25th and August 12th (in addition to the comment on my original blog candy post)  you’ll earn a bonus entry for EACH comment you post!

Happy Crafting,

Digi Haven Freebie Digi Challenge ~ It’s a Dog’s World
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge ~ Animal Card

Hello and welcome to another post for the  Digi Haven challenge! This week I designed a card featuring a lovable FREE Pup digi that I found at Little Scraps of Heaven  Designs.  And since kids love puppies, I thought this card would also be great  for the current Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge – Make an Animal Card 4 a Kid!  

Creation Details:

  • Sitting Dog Digi by Little Scraps of Heaven Designs
  • Teal Card Stock for the card base background
  • Printed Papers from Imagine That “Cats & Dogs” 12×12 paper pack
  • Bo Bunny Pink Tu Tu Dots 12×12 paper
  • Bazzill Sander
  • Celebrate 360 Teal Satin Ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (stapler)
  • Bone sticker
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Copic Markers shown in photo below
  • Fine tip black marker

I made a “dog tag” out of scraps of paper with my circle cutter and added the bone sticker and twine.  The ends of the paper strips have been “roughed” up and the ribbon attached on one end with the Tiny Attacher.

Be sure to click over to the Digi Haven blog and join in on the fun.  All you have to do is find a free digi online  that goes with “It’s a Dog’s World” theme, create a card and post it on your blog or online gallery and then link it to the Digi Haven challenge blog post.  Just make sure your digi is a forever freebie or free for the 1 week duration of the challenge.  And since it’s a dog theme, you could also make your card “kid friendly” for the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge.

AND… my blog hop candy contest is still going on!  You have until August 12th to become a follower and leave a comment on the Giveaway Post.   CLICK HERE to be eligible for a chance to win a Mix & Match set of Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and a Hero Art’s Cling Stamp!  There’s also a way to earn bonus entries too!  If you comment on any or all of my blog posts between July 25th and August 12th (in addition to the comment on my original blog candy post)  you’ll earn a bonus entry for EACH comment you post!

Have an awesome weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Operation Write Home Midweek Throw Down Encouraging Challenge
Our Daily Bread Designs July  Challenge for OWH ~ Cool Colors

Good Morning Crafty Friends!  It’s going to be another hot summer day here in Texas but we did have a small weather surprise  this morning–clouds and thunder. No rain for us but maybe someone did get a bit of water for their flowers and trees.

Last night I decided to do a bit of playing around with different stamps and create a card using nothing but solid card stock paper.  It’s a simple card but I like how it turned out.  I used the colors blue, purple and green so that it would qualify for the July Our Daily Bread Challenge for Operation Write Home.  For every 25 cards entered in the challenge (and each participant can only enter once) ODBD will pay for the shipping of a box of cards to our heroes for Operation Write Home!   I also thought this card would work for the Operation Write Home Midweek Throw Down Challenge–make an encouraging card.  So I added the sentiment:  “Peace within makes beauty without.” ~ English Proverb.

Creation Details:

  • White Card Stock for card base and stamped background
  • Medium Icy Indigo Color Mates Card Stock for image mat
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the background and the images
  • Distress Ink “Broken China” to ink the white card stock for the card base background
  • Unity Stamp Background Rubber Stamp
  • Stampin’ Up Echoes of Kindness Rubber Stamps for the flowers
  • Stampin’ Up Peace Within Sentiment Stamp
  • Copic Markers as shown in photo below
  • Purple Hug Snug Ribbon
  • Fine Tip Black pen to draw lines around the sentiment

I think a card with lovely flowers and a sentiment reminding one to seek peace within would be nice to receive and very encouraging for lots of situations.

I’m a bit bummed because Thursdays always require more work in our business office. Which affords me less crafty time. Ha, ha.  But if I really get busy, I might find a few hours at the end of the day.   Tomorrow’s post will be for a card I created for Digi Haven as a member of their design team.  It’s a fun challenge.  You create a card with a free digi image you find online that goes with the current theme.  I think you’ll really like tomorrow’s theme, so check it out bright and early in the morning.  Also tomorrow I have high hopes on working on a special album that I “almost” finished at a National Scrapbook Day class back in May.

I’m  trying to post here on my blog EVERY DAY through August 12th so as to give you, my followers a chance to earn extra bonus entries in my Blog Candy Giveaway.  CLICK HERE for more info, but in a nutshell–for a chance to win a Faber-Castell Mix & Match pen set with a Hero Art’s Cling Rubber Stamp, you need to become a follower of my blog and post a comment on my ORIGINAL BLOG CANDY POST to be in the running THEN for every post of mine that you leave a comment on from July 26th through August 12th, you’ll earn a bonus entry for EACH comment!!  It’s such fun reading the comments and very encouraging!

May you find “Peace Within”

Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks ~ W.O.W. Wednesday
ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Open it Up
Christmas Card Challenges Week  # 34 ~ Window Card

Sometimes I really love Wednesday afternoons especially when work is slow in the office where I work (home office) and I can forward the phones and sneak up to my crafty room. Today I was able to finish up a card I started on last night.  Initially I began creating it for the current Christmas Card Challenge which asked for a Window Card and then I saw this morning that the ABC Christmas Challenge is for the letter “O” and “Open it Up” which means the card needs to be decorated on the inside as well as the outside.  And since it is Wednesday, I’m sharing this for W.O.W. (Work of Our Wonderful Customers) for my LSS Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog hop  as this is what I worked on today.  Oh yes, Cat’s W.O.W. Wednesday blog hop is giving away blog candy to a random participant and a random commenter. 

This is the front outside of my window card.  The snow “couple” can be seen through the windows and the first line of the card sentiment or verse.   I took a silver snowflake brad and cut off one prong and then bent the other prong to make a clip type closure for the card.  It just slides off when you want to open it up.

When you open up the front of the card, you see the second window and the full verse of the card underneath the second window.

When you open up the next part of the card, you see the snow “couple” and the “love” tag attached with another silver snowflake brad.   The card measures 4″ square.

Creation Details:

  • Reminisce “Snow Globe” paper, 12×12 size cut to 4″ x 12″ and scored at 4″ from each end to make the tri-fold card
  • Distress Ink in “Broken China” to ink the back of the “Snow Globe” paper which becomes the inside of the card
  • Two different sizes of Spellbinder dies to cut the windows.  I used two different type edges in a square shape
  • Dark Chocolate Malt World Win Color Mates Card Stock for the mat behind the snow couple
  • Acrylic Snow Couple Stamp
  • Assorted acrylic Snow Flake Stamps
  • Powder Puff Chalking Ink in “Amaretto” to stamp the snowflakes
  • Memento “Tuxedo Black” Ink to stamp the Snow Couple
  • Twinklets Diamond Dust and Glossy Accents on the Snow Couple and Snow 
  • “Icicle” Stickles for some of the Snow Flakes
  • Silver Snow Flake Brads
  • “Lyric Rose” Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Love Tag
  • Stampin’ Up Rubber Stamp for the Sentiment
  • Copic Markers shown in photo below to color the image and to ink the inside edges of the windows

This type of window card is fun to make. The only thing is there’s no place to sign your name except for on the back I guess.  I created this after seeing a tutorial for a smaller 3″ square Halloween version by Lisa Spangler.

My blog candy giveaway is still going on (last day is August 12th). CLICK HERE for more info. Those who are followers of my blog and leave a comment on the giveaway post are eligible for a chance to win a Mix & Match set of Faber-Castell Stamper’s pens and a Cling rubber stamp. However, starting with this post, I’m adding bonus chances too!  If you are a follower of my blog, comment on the original blog giveaway post AND comment on this post and the rest of my posts between now and August 12th, you’ll receive an extra entry for EACH post you comment on!!  Just make sure you are a follower by signing up to follow my blog (on the upper, right side) and leave a comment on the giveaway post too.

Have a wonderful, crafty afternoon and evening!