There will be another great sketch for you over on the Seems a Little Sketchy blog on Monday, December 1st.  That’s when our challenge starts (12:00 a.m. Central Time).  Our sponsor is  The Robin’s Nest & Crafty Sentiments Designs.  I picked the Snowman Candy & Holly image from Crafty Sentiments Designs for my card.  I decided to use a die to create a window as one of my elements of the sketch and put the snowman behind the window.  I love how this card turned out.

Creation Details:

  • Digi Image – Snowman Candy & Holly by Crafty Sentiments Designs
  • Copic Markers – W4, W6, W7, YG63, GY 67, R37, YR12 and E33
  • Designer Paper – 6×6 “Joyous” by Authentique
  • Cardstock – Brown, Green and Red
  • Dies – Window and Greenery
  • Red Flat Gem Embellishments
  • Gold Canvas Cord
  • Stickles – Icicle & Crystal
  • Glitter – Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen
  • Sentiment – Papertrey Ink Acrylic Stamp “Signature Christmas” Collection
  • Ink – Stampin’ Up! Real Red
  • Punches – Stampin’ Up! 1″ and 1.25″ Circles
The frosty look for the window and snowman was done with the stickles and a brush to get a thin layer.  The Wink of Stella brush pen and Stickles was used on the greenery.
Here’s the sketch from Seems a Little Sketchy.
I hope you’ll join us for this challenge.  This is a great sketch for a Christmas card PLUS we will have two separate prizes for two winners that are randomly chosen at the close of the challenge.  The Robin’ Nest is giving a $10 gift voucher and Crafty Sentiment Designs is giving 3 digi images of your choice!
Happy Crafting,
Thanksgiving (here in the USA) has come and gone.  I failed to do a Thanksgiving post so here’s my belated “Happy Thanksgiving” greeting to all of you.  I hope you had a wonderful, blessed day with loved ones and lots of yummy food.  In the week since my last post, I have been busy working on projects, cleaning house and cooking for our Thanksgiving feast here at home.  It was a small group–hubby and I, our daughter Brandy and her husband Brandon and my father-in-law.  After an afternoon meal, we just relaxed and watched movies.  Yesterday I started decorating for Christmas! But first, the above photo is of my December Graphic 45 Calendar page that I display in my craft room in an 8×8 easel stand that I bought at Michael’s. I’ve been sharing my pages each month so if you missed any of the earlier ones, just scroll down to Post Archives on the right and click on the month you’d like to see.  I usually posted them around the first of the month unless I forgot.
Each year when it comes time to decorate for Christmas, I tell myself I’m only going to put up one tree in the living room.  And then I start taking out my ornaments and before I know it, I’ve put up a tree in not only the living room but also in the dining room, the kitchen, the upstairs hallway and in my craft room.  Now, my home is not that big.  Just an average 1980s two story home but you’d be surprised where you can squeeze one in–skinny trees helps a lot.  The photo below is of the tree in my craft room.  I bought it last year at Miss B’s Antique mall.  I love, love, love it!  Underneath it I have my little blue Jack and Jill piano that I got for Christmas when I was three years old!

I have vintage glass ornaments on the tree.  I bought those at Miss B’s too.  On my tree downstairs in the living room, I have lots of vintage ornaments.  Some were my Mom’s, some were gifts from friends and some I’ve collected and bought new years ago and they are now vintage.  Ha. ha.

Today, I created a couple of Christmas cards for two upcoming challenges that I design for so of course I listened to Christmas music on my iPhone.  I listen to the Jingle Bell channel on Pandora.

I’ve also been uploading tutorial videos for my Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas album to Vimeo between decorating.  I’ve added 8 videos so far with quite a few more to go before I can type up the tutorial and put it in my shop.  If you took my class in November, you should have already received a link and password to the “album” so you can start on your second album if you like.  I’m also working on a second, smaller version of that album.  Below is one of the pages I’ve finished. I’m using a snowflake border punch on some of the flaps and pockets.

And last, here’s another project I’m working on–it’s a paper bag mini album using papers from Pebbles.  I hope to get it finished this week.

And that’s all I’ve got today–it is enough I think.  Check back tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday for my cards that I’ve uploaded for my design team challenges.  Both are Christmas cards.

Happy Crafting,

Yeah, I’ve been quiet here on the blog this week.  Have been busy for some reason in the office. Lots of construction jobs coming in which is a good thing but means less time for me in the crafty room. But it’s finally Friday so that’s about to change! Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the pages from the Twas the Night Before Christmas album that I taught at Rayline’s Retreat house in Springtown on Sunday.  It’s hard to take photos of all the pages with the many flaps, fold-outs and pockets so I think a video is in order.  Hope to do that this afternoon or evening.  Above is page one inside the album.  It’s a bit plain but I do love that gorgeous striped paper from Graphic 45!  The little mouse on the tag is a magnetic closure and the page opens up to what you see below!

 I could not get it all in the photo so you’ll have to wait for that video t see it better.  There are two matching pockets on each outer flap with tags.  I so love this pretty green snowflake paper. Well, I love ALL the papers from this Graphic 45 collection!

This is one of the simple horizontal pocket pages with some fussy cutting done on the little mouse, holly and stamp.  I used 3D Lacquer on the holly leaves and Stickles on the berries.  The tag on the right is made from some of the kraft cardstock that I used for the pages and a cut-out from the paper. The red and white envelope on the left is from Michael’s and it works perfectly with this collection. A nice little place for maybe your Christmas wishlist!  The striped tag in the background comes out of the pocket so you can put photos on the front and back side as well as on the page.

Across from the one horizontal pocket is this matching pocket on the next page.  It has a special hidden pocket flap with an adorable Santa chipboard piece that is also from Graphic 45.  If I get the video done on this album, I will share it in another blog post.  Those who took the class are anxiously waiting for it so they can see where to put the many pre-cut papers they got with their kits. We were able to make the album complete with all the pages and pockets and flaps during the class but ran out of time (a possible wintry mix was on it’s way that day) so they are having to finish it all up on their own at home.
Yesterday I drove our daughter to Cleburne to catch the train for a weekend trip to take Christmas photos of our son and his family. Since I was only 7 miles from Joshua, I drove on over to Flossie’s Scrapbook store as I needed a new glue bottle writing tip. Don’t even ask what happened to mine.  I messed it up somehow and that’s all I have to say about that. Ha, ha.  It looks like I found a few more things beside that writing tip to purchase–a die or two for my Big Shot, some Graphic 45 tags, a cute Christmas stamp set, Christmas Washi tape and glitter.  Hopefully I’ll find time to play with some of it tomorrow.  It is supposed to be a rainy day and a good time to stay indoors!

And that’s all I’ve got for this Friday afternoon—heading upstairs to make that video!

Happy Crafting,

This post is for two card challenges–Cards in Envy and Seems a Little Sketchy!  Thank you for stopping by!


Thankful card for the Cards in Envy Thankful for You Challenge


The above card is for the Cards in Envy challenge–“Thankful for You.”  I created it using Authentiques 6×6 “Gathering” collection, Tim Holtz Sizzix Tatter Florals Die, American Crafts Blue Twine, a Notebook Edge Punch and Papertrey Ink’s Signature Greetings II Acrylic stamp.  I love how it turned out!  Please check out our challenge this week over on Cards in Envy and join us by making an A2 (flat for mailing) Thank  You card!


Christmas card for the Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch 78 Challenge


And this 6×6 Christmas card is for the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge that starts today.  Our sponsor is Delicious Doodles and I chose to use their “Christmas Lantern” digi stamp.  This time I colored it with my seldom used Inktense pencils.  It went perfect with the 6×6 papers from Authentique’s “Festive” collection.  The sentiment is another by Papertrey Ink from their Signature Christmas set which I stamped with Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade ink.  I also added three rhinestones and followed the sketch below.

Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch 78

The challenge runs for two weeks and one randomly chosen participant will win 4 Digi Images from Delicous Doodles.

Here’s to another fun, busy but COLD week!

Happy Crafting,

Christmas-in-July-Candy
You’ve heard of Throw Back Thursday, right?  Especially on Facebook and probably on other social medias as well–people look in their archives and share old photos.  I thought I’d do a Throwback Thursday post.  This is from a July 8, 2012 post (yes, it was for Christmas in July).  Here’s the original post text:

Today I have a video tutorial that I made showing how I created my Snowman or Snow Buddy Candy Bar Cover. This makes a wonderful little Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. And now is a great time to get started on these! Here’s a great tip: You only need to buy ONE candy bar for now to use to create as many candy bar covers as you need or want for the holidays. Then when it’s closer to Christmas you can buy fresh candy and most likely by then you will have eaten the one. Ha, ha.


The snowman face is a FREEBIE digital from Whimsie Doodles.  The size of the image that you download would probably work for a small Hershey’s candy bar.  If you want to use an extra large candy bar as I did in my video, you will need to use a computer program such as Words with Windows, turn the image into a landscape document or flip it to a horizontal and then drag it to re-size the label portion to about 9″ long by 4 1/2 inches wide.

I’m not sure if the digital snowman face is still free on Whimsie Doodles or not. But it would be really easy to draw your own snowman face and maybe even use googly eyes.  These make adorable stocking stuffers or small gifts and since Christmas will soon be here…..well, you know.

Happy Crafting,