Hello, yes it is still April but today I’m sharing a Gingerbread Christmas card I designed for Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round. Tomorrow, May 1st, a new monthly challenge goes live for Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round and the theme is Gingerbread Man (Or Woman) AND Ribbon PLUS at least Three Buttons.

I will admit that I had a hard time getting in the Christmas card making frame of mind this time around.  I just could not think of what or how to do a Gingerbread Man card.  Then I remembered that I had some Graphic 45 Nutcracker papers and that I thought I had seen a Gingerbread Man or two on one of the sheets of paper.  Yes! I found them on the back of the purple candy stripe paper.  But then I wanted something bigger for the Gingerbread Man, so I dug out my “rarely” used Cricut and the “From My Kitchen” cartridge and cut out the Gingerbread Boy for the front of my card.  I then decorated him to sort of match the Gingerbread Boys on the Graphic 45 paper.  This is a special fold card and it stays closed with a hidden magnet between the papers and ribbons.  I fussy cut out some of the candy and one of the Gingerbread Boys from the paper and added Glossy Accent to them to make them stand out and added them to the inside of the card.

Card Creation Supply List:

  • Cricut Cartridge – “From My Kitchen”  Gingerbread Boy
  • Papers – 12×12 Graphic 45, Nutcracker Collection
  • Cardstock – Light Green & Kraft
  • Glossy Accents
  • White Signo Pen – Broad (To Decorate the Gingerbread Boy)
  • Diamond Stickles
  • Green Dot Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Boy Bunny Doily
  • (3) Small Red Buttons from my stash
  • Purple Hug Snug Ribbon
  • Sentiment – Papertrey Ink “Signature Christmas”
The Christmas Cards All Year “Round challenge  for the month of May starts tomorrow, May 1st and runs for a month.  Let’s see what you can create using a Gingerbread Man or Woman, Ribbon and at least three buttons.

Happy Crafting,

Hello, it’s Monday! And time for a new sketch challenge with Seems A Little Sketchy!  This time our sponsor is Kenny K and the prize for a random winner from those who do the challenge is 3 digi images.  I used this super cute digi by Kenny K called “Freshman”.  I  love her eyes! So fun and easy to color!

Copic Coloring List:

  • Skin E0000+E00+E11
  • Blush & Lips RV11
  • Eyes G24
  • Eye Shadow G21
  • Top R81+R83+R85
  • Skirt BG000, BG11, BG13
  • Socks & Shoes R81
  • Hair Y00+Y21+Y26
  • Shadows C00+C1
Sketch #38 by Tess, one of our Designers with Seems A Little Sketchy, was perfect for this image.  I paired her up with some My Mind’s Eye Unforgettable 6×6 papers.  The banner and the sentiment “Dream” is from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Fern & Forest (Girl) Paper Crafting Kit.  The pretty yellow flower is from Petaloo.
Here’s the sketch:

This week will zoom by fast!  On Thursday I get to leave and spend FOUR days at a National Scrapbook Day retreat!  Any blog posts that go live during that time are pre-scheduled, so I hope they go live okay as I may not be able to check on them.  So, if you notice silence or weird things here  on my blog–that will be why.

Have a great week and be sure to join in on this Seems A Little Sketchy challenge.  It runs for two weeks.

Happy Crafting,

Okay.  So I said on Wednesday that I would share this on Thursday but, um, well…uh…work and other things got in the way. I’m so sorry if you came looking for it.  Anyway. Here it is today.   This is just a quick sneak peak to show you what I’ve been crafting on between design card creations.  I’ve made two of these mini All Occasion Albums following a printed tutorial I bought from Paper Phenomenon.  The entire album is made with black Bazzill cardstock (the pages inside) and chipboard that I’ve covered with papers from Pink Paislee called “London Market.”   These are the same papers that Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon used on her album but I don’t have enough papers from that collection to do all the pages, so I’ve been putting together a “kit” with papers from other manufacturers that I think will work well in this album.  This is what my friend Barbara and I will be working on during the four day National Scrapbook Retreat we’ll be at starting Thursday.  Of course, this is not ALL that we will be working on.  I have a couple of projects that I plan to take and I’m sure Barb has some too,  plus we will be doing classes and make and takes at the retreat so it will be a busy weekend!  The two albums that I made are identical on the outside and the pages are made the same BUT each album should turn out a bit different as we will each decide what papers to use to decorate the pages and also we’ll add more decor to the cover as well.  The rose trim and the pearl braid trim on the cover were bought at Walmart.  Yes, Walmart.  If your store has a sewing department, always check out their trim and ribbon selection.  They also have some fabulous fancy buttons and I love to get charms at Walmart in their jewelry craft department.

So, that’s the sneak peek photo of this album.  I’ll share more of it after the retreat when I get it all finished.  I’ve got a lot to get done in the next few days–office work, household stuff and a few more cards to design AND packing!!   Got to make sure I take everything I might need to craft with!  It’s rather funny to see my van loaded with several cases and totes of craft stuff and one small case with clothes and toiletries.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

For-My-Friend
We are challenged this time by Digi Haven to create something (a card, mini album etc.) using buttons.  Our sponsor is Dilly Beans Stamps.  Dilly Beans has some really cute images for cards.  I chose this one called “For My Friend.”  What’s great about this image is the sentiment comes with it and both can be printed together.  I colored the image with my Copics as listed below.

Copic Coloring List:

  • Skin on both girls E0000+E00+E11+R20
  • Hair (on the left) W5+W7
  • Hair (on the right) YR21+YR24
  • Flower in hair (on the left), Shirt (on the right) and Hair Band (on the right) R81+R83+R85
  • Center of Flower Y18
  • Leaves of Flower G21+G24+YG63
  • Shirt (on the left) BG10+BG11+BG13
  • Background BG0000+BG000
I used some new papers that I bought at the LSS last weekend for this card–Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Fern & Forest” (Girl) 6×6 paper pack.  The paper flowers are also from the same collection and are available in a Paper Crafting Kit. (See Project Shopping Links below my signature for clickable links.)  I added buttons from my stash for the centers of the flowers and tied a bow with natural button twine.
Remember, Digi Haven now awards a prize to a random winner from those who participate in the challenge. The prize for this challenge is 3 digi images from Dilly Beans Stamps!  The challenge lasts for two weeks and you must use a DIGI image along with BUTTONS for the current challenge.
Hope to see you there!

I got to go crop on Saturday at Cat’s Creations Scrapbook Store in Mineral Wells, Texas.  My project for the day was to create a mini album from a 6×6 paper pack.  I decided to use the beautiful new Hope Chest collection from Pink Paislee that I bought at Cat’s.  My intention was to use just ONE 6×6 paper pack but I ended up using one and a half as I made photo tag mats for each pocket with tabs.
Here is a close of up the flowers on the front cover.  The gorgeous ribbon trim can also be bought at Cat’s as well as the flowers.  The key hanging on the spine is one of the MANY keys I got at a ridiculous low price from an online auction site.  I added a bit of peacock feather that I had in my stash at home and a couple of pearl corsage pins.  The beautiful burlap butterfly is also from the Hope Chest collection.

This album measures exactly 6×6 as the pages for the album are made from the 6×6 papers in the Hope Chest paper pack.  This album is made entirely from the 6×6 paper pack plus two sheets of solid kraft cardstock.  The spine, front cover and back cover are cardstock covered with printed papers.  The hidden hinge is made from the kraft cardstock and Tyvek envelope material to make it more durable.
On the inside front cover, I made a pocket for some tags and a mini, mini journaling booklet.  On a couple of the pages, I used the Hope Chest butterfly paper clips to hold tags.  Isn’t the paper from this collection  just gorgeous?!!

The next set of pages has a mini pocket page in the middle.  I think I added three of these types of pockets in the album.  They are also attached to the hidden hinge and add some fun dimension to the pages.  Each one holds a little tag for journaling and there is enough space between the pages to add flowers, bows and other embellishments.

The next set of pages have pockets for more tags or photos matted to tags.  The tabs you see on the right are also photo mats that slide into the side pocket of each page.

Here’s another one of the mini pages between two other pages in the album.

For the page on the right in this next set of pages, I used some of my kraft cardstock to make one page so I could stamp it with the new chicken wire stamp I bought at the crop. There was a “Cat’s away, the Mice will play” sale going on while Cat was at the Collin Show with EVERYTHING in the store 40% off!! I got some great buys and this stamp was one of them!   On the left of that page is a pocket I made by cutting out part of a 6×6 page and adding flowers and ribbon. The chicken image is on a tag from the Hope Chest collection.

Another page with tags attached with a beautiful Hope Chest Butterfly paper clip.
This is  last page of the album and inside the back cover.   

So that’s one of many things you can create with the Hope Chest collection  from Pink Paislee.  If you haven’t bought any for yourself yet, you might want to do it soon as I’ve learned that these beautiful collections can become quite rare and hard to find.

Today is Wow! Wednesday over on Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog where you can share something you’ve created with products from Cat’s store.  Wow! Wednesday runs for two weeks, giving you plenty of time to share something and to visit everyone’s blogs and leave comments for a chance to win a prize.

Tomorrow I hope to share a sneak peek on an album I’ve assembled to take to the retreat to decorate as an extra project for the four day weekend.  I will be adding photos to  my Route 66 album at the retreat but wanted another project too.  On Friday I will post a card I created for the Digi Haven challenge that goes live on Friday, so be sure to check back.

Have a crafty day!