Monday, November 28, 2011

Exciting news & a DT card

Notice my new badge? Yippee Skippee!!! I'm so honored to now be a part of Crissy Armstrong's design team aka Crissy's Crew on the Sundays with Crissy challenge blog.

This is my very first DT card to go along with challenge #23 "Christmas cards using non-traditional colours". Go HERE to see all the details about joining in the challenge.

I've chosen to create a fun card using the most adorable "Zoe and Gemma's Snow Fun" created by Crissy which is available at Wags 'n Whiskers. They look like they're having so much fun playing in the snow & creating this cute, cute, cute snowman. This card will be going to my oldest son & his cute little wife who are still in New York. They'll probably see lots of snow this season.

I've used my new Christmas K&Co DP again. I just love the pretty papers in this pad. The image was colored with these Copics: E000, E00, E41, 50 / YR 21, YR24 / R11, R20 / W00, W0, W1, W3, W5 / BG0000, BG10 / B21.

Other card deets:
Nesties Labels One & Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles small
Distress Ink 'Frayed Burlap'
Various glitters
"JOY" from Walmart Christmas ornie section
Pearl Snowflake buttons, Jolee glittery snowflake stickers, seam binding are all from my stash.

Thanks so much for visiting me today & sharing my exciting news!

Challenges I'm entering:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best: #84 Animals (kitty)
Paper Crafting Journey: anything goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: #18 ~ Anything Christmas with Pearls (pearl snowflakes)
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Winter Wardrobe (girl's outerwear)
Paper Sundaes: #97 Winter Wonderland
Dream Valley Challenges: #21 Sparkle (& boy does this card sparkle)
Lollipop Crafts: #59 B is for Bling, Buttons & Bows
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: #110 Snowmen
Stampin' for the Weekend: #21 Friends
Totally Paper Crafts: #94 Christmas
The Poodles Parlour: Christmas
2 Sisters Challenge Blog: #67 Holiday (Christmas)
Craft Your Days Away: #34 Buttons or Bows
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog: Punches and/or Dies

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US friends & family! On this day we take the time to thank the good Lord for all of our many blessings. I have so much to be grateful for..........a loving family who supports me in everything...........friends who have my back..........good health & so much more.

As we gather around our Thanksgiving feast our family takes the time to go around the table & each person says what they are thankful for. It's sometimes silly & funny and other times serious & thoughtful. But we all "get" each other & for that I'm thankful.

Sooooo.......have a wonderful time celebrating with your loved ones & enjoying that amazing food (love that turkey & stuffing) & remember to give thanks to the Lord for His many blessings.

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Monday, November 21, 2011

PCI Guest Designer card

After entering a challenge recently at Paper Creations Ink they chose me to be a Guest Designer. How cool is that! They gave this darling image by Sassy Studio Designs called "Santa's Helper" from their "Sassy Holiday Collection". (Thanks a bunch Sassy Studio Designs!) Doesn't she look pretty sitting on top of that huge prezzie. Wonder what's in it. Do you think she should shake it? LOL Uh...better not just in case it's breakable. LOL This is challenge #13 at PCI with a "Christmas Theme". Can you believe we're only about a month away from Christmas. Yikes! Where has this year gone?

The DP I used is from K&Co's new Christmas paper pad called "Elizabeth Brownd's Visions of Christmas". I loved the pretty blue paper with snowflakes & musical notes. The "Santa's Helper" digital image was colored with my Copics E0000, E000, E00, E31, E41, E50, E51, E53 / R11, R20 / BG0000, BG10, BG11. Then cut out with my oval & scalloped oval Nesties. The bling button, gold doily, gold ribbon & glitter snowflake are all from my stash. I distressed the edges of the DP with Ranger's Distress Ink 'Frayed Burlap'.

This was my first time adding sequins to a card. I purchased a bunch of cupped sequins from Cartwright. They have such a huge selection at such a good price so I got a big variety. These gold sequins came from an assortment pack with a mix of different Metallic colors. They are 6mm Metallic slightly cupped sequins. The 'cupped' center makes a great nesting place for the bead. What pretty little flowers they make. I'll definitely be using this technique again. The opaque ones are really pretty too.

Just in case anyone wants to know how I attached the sequins to my card:

I used some thin 34 gauge gold wire (I think it's called beading's old & the label fell to "sew" the gold beads & sequins onto the top of the card. I cut a piece of wire about 4" long. Then strung the bead onto the wire & moved it to the middle of the wire. While holding the bead super straight & making sure it was centered between the bead holes so the holes wouldn't show......I twisted the wire close to the bead. Then I pierced a hole in the DP & threaded the wire through to the back, secured the ends with tape & cut off any excess wire. Easy peasy!

I'm entering the following challenges:
DYSU Challenge: #46 blue
One Stop Craft Challenge: #158 blue
Paper Pretties: Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas colors
Pollycraft Monday Challenge: #120 Christmas fun
The Craft Garden: Christmas without red or green
Wags' n Whiskers: Christmas themed
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges: #47 Christmas must use digi
Hooked on Craft Challenges: #12 use punch or die cut
Paper Sundaes: #96 Beautiful bow
Pile It On: #47 Anything with a "P" (prezzie aka present)
2 Sisters Challenge Blog: #66 Let It Sparkle
Just Some Lines: Tic Tac Toe (glitter, digi, die cut)
Outlawz challenge: Pam111911 Christmas or winter celebration
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days: #21 texture & must use digi
Crafts 4 Eternity: R#46 Embellishment recipe (snowflake, bling, doily)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: #109 Snowflakes
Frosted Designs: Fabulous Friday Challenge ~ Die Cuts!
Creatalicious Challenges: #28 Christmas & sparkle
The Paper Shelter: #40 Snowflakes

Thanks so much for visiting me & please pop on over to PCI to enter their Challenge. They would love to have you join them. This card will be traveling to Mass. to my dear friend Mary.

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Friday, November 11, 2011


Thank you to all of our US veterans who have proudly served & our US troops who are now serving to keep America free. My father & father-in-law both served our country in WWII. I honor them today for their bravery & sacrifice to our great nation.

***Please note: Many restaurants are giving free meals or entrees to our veterans this day. The ones I personally know of are Applebee's & Chili's. Go to THIS SITE to see more. Most of these are only good for today.

Thank you again & God bless the USA!!!

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~