Sunday, November 22, 2015

the challenge #52

Challenge #52 photo is loaded with inspiration!  My mind went in a kazillion different directions (four other cards sitting on my craft desk are proof of that!). Quite obvious that I focused on the Ho-Ho-Ho and the red & green colors!

A clean, simple and quick card to make thanks to a Silhouette cut file! The letters are inlaid, matted with a softly vibrant green mat (looks amazing in real life), popped up with some foam tape and done like dinner!

I hope that you will find some time this week to join us at 'the challenge'! Check out the past challenges - they boast an incredible display of creativity and be prepared to have your holiday card making mojo roaring into gear!

Happy crafting!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

the challenge #51, SSS Wednesday Challenge, Holiday Style

Hey there crafters! Today's card is doing double duty as my Guest Designer card for the challenge #51 and my homework project for the current Holiday Style Online Card Class - Cute Christmas cards.

Take a peek at this "sweet" inspiration photo. Hot Chocolate & marshmallows....yummy!
Look really, REALLY, REALLY close in the bottom right hand corner and you will see a 'corrugated' looking piece of something (table linen perhaps ?)  I dug out my nine million year old paper crimp-er (Darnell...I found it in the box with the brass stencils) and crimped the center panel. The mittens are a MFT die, the snowflakes from a MS punch (also nine million years old).

Tons of inspiration to be had over at the challenge. See you in the gallery!

I'm also linking up to SSS Wednesday Challenge. Christmas!

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Happy crafting!

BTW...our old cat Kiwi is responsible  for the stray cat hair in the top right corner of the photo!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

THE CHALLENGE #50 & Holiday Style Student Gallery

For your inspiration:

Welcome back for another round of fun and another awesome inspiration photo at The Challenge! It was a pleasure visiting your blogs and seeing all your crafty creations. I can hardly wait to see how you've been inspired by this week's color combo!

I must admit, the silver had me stumped. Hence, the single silver dot in the center of the snowflake! I used the new SU shimmer paper, which is gorgeous in real life but DOES NOT play nicely with the camera. I will try an outside photo tomorrow with the hope of capturing a nice, uniform color. "Joy" is a Silhouette cut file, SU Crumb Cake (Kraft) and a MFT (?) snowflake die.

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery at The Challenge.

I'm also BEYOND thrilled to have won (thanks Laurie) a spot in the Holiday Style on line card classes hosted by the amazingly talented Julie Ebersole and Kristina Werner. Click on the link if you would like to join in the fun! From what I see, it's going to be amazing!

Happy crafting!

Monday, November 2, 2015


Happy Monday crafters! I'm thrilled to bits to have been asked to guest design at The Challenge for the month of October!  Kim  & Leslie - thank you so much for this fun opportunity! 
So now, let's get crafting with this week's delightful inspiration photo:

Yep...layers! This definitely has the 'challenge' part happening for me and my usual CAS style! I created the chevron background using a chevron die, a hand cut banner and a Silhouette sentiment. 

"YO!" seemed to fit with this bold design/color combo and will work for several occasions...birthday, hello, feel better soon....
I can hardly wait to see all the amazing creations that the DT and the players will be sharing during the next few weeks!
See you in the gallery :)

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


 Check it out!


"Purple is the color of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. 
1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. 
Let that sink in - 33% of all the women you meet. 

And women aren't the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender - gender doesn't matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.

 And yet, it's something that is rarely talked about in very public ways. It's something that's hidden and hushed. And since papercrafters are some of the most amazing people out there, some of you have agreed to make a card (or cards) to raise awareness for this issue."  - Becca Crugar

Please pay a visit to one of blogland`s most charismatic and talented ladies...the incredible Becca Crugar. You can find all the details about the hop at Becca's blog. 

Card details: A delightful diecut (colored with Copics & winked with Stella) and some luxurious textured cardstock from my dear sweet friend across the ocean, Miss Anita from  My Papercraft World

Friday, September 18, 2015

NBUS #5 and CAS(E) this Sketch #141


Darnell will be closing the door in a matter of minutes so I will be back shortly with all the info......

.....Okay, I'm back with the card details! My card was entry #499!   WHOOO HOOO - way to go Darnell!

NBUS (stamps just arrived today) from CTMH. I love the soft, graphic look of this stamp set (So Many Smiles).  Change up the colors and add some bling to create a softer feminine look. Truly a versatile set.  CTMH stamps and Versafine ink are THE perfect match!

I was instantly inspired by the whimsical sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! Might be pushing the sketch a bit, but I sure did have fun with it! There is still plenty of time for you to play along (closes Sept. 24th).

Thanks for stopping by :)    Happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


 Hip Hip Hooray! 
Guess who is celebrating a birthday today?

It's our sweet, kind, talented, delightful, dear friend Bev from Happy Dance !!!

There's a birthday today
A reason to smile
Happy wishes to send
Across many miles

Although we all live
Quite far apart
We know we all hold
A special place in her heart

For our dear friend Bev
And her Happy Dance site
A plethora of talent
Guaranteed to delight!

Click on over 
For a pleasant hello
And marvel at creations
That will make your heart glow!

So let's raise up our ink pads
And give a great cheer
A rousing happy birthday
I'm sure she will hear!

From miles away,
and also close by
Birthday wishes we'll send
to Bev our dear friend!

Don't you all just love this sweet lady to bits? She entertains us with her witty posts and fabulous blogland birthday parties, delights us with her sense of humor, dazzles us with her mad card making skills and warms our hearts with her kind and caring soul. 

AND...she navigates ca-razy busy freeways with the ease of a race car driver (ask me how I know!)

Wishing you a happy, happy day filled with lots of cake & ice cream and uninterrupted craft room time!

Card details: 
I colored the CB  butterfly with Copics, winked it up with Stella and popped it up with some dimensional squares. I love how the 'swirly' parts of the SU sentiment mimic the swirls of the butterfly's antennae! The photo below shows a bit of the real life glimmer and dimension:

My card is headed to Darnell's NBUS #5 Challenge as it debuts the Clearly Besotted Everything Changes stamps and dies...

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Thanks and for stopping by. Happy crafting!