Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CIO challenge continues & a sneaky peeky

We are in the midst of our "ugly sweater" challenge right now at Clear It Out challenges. We're asking you to use up those "ugly" papers that you have been ignoring all year. Our sponsor Digi Darla Designs is giving one lucky winner 5 digis of their choice. How great is that!!!  You still have one week to enter so pop on by.

I'm sooooo excited to give you a little sneaky peeky at our very special December challenge Sponsor. Can you guess who it is from the itsy bitsy teeny weeny hint I'm giving you?  LOL  I haven't given you much to go on but...................you're going to love it!!!!  

Hope you didn't get injured or trampled on Black Friday!!! Did you see those grown men at Victoria Secret getting into a huge fight over women's underwear? Ridiculous!!!  LOL  They're calling it "Black Eye Friday"  (you can google the YouTube video)  We women would never ever do that........right?  LOL Cyber Monday is more my style of shopping. I've done most of my shopping online & am almost finished & it's not even December yet. YAY for me! LOL I think this is the earliest I've ever done it. YAY again! :)

Now my Christmas cards are another story. I was hoping to have tons made up by now but I only have 2.  sigh.......  I'm hoping to get lots more finished using our December sponsors adorably cute images. Have you guessed who it is yet? LOL Mum's the word! Don't give it away if you know. LOL I'll do a big reveal next week. Have a wonderfully blessed week. And I hope your Christmas shopping is almost finished too. :)

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings ♥

I want to wish a most blessed Thanksgiving to those of us who celebrate.

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs! 

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Sunday, November 18, 2012

To light the way

It's challenge time at Clear It Out challenges.  Okay.......I must admit........I had a real struggle with this one.  Our theme for this challenge is "ugly sweater time". We want you to use your ugly, unused papers. Well.......I don't "do" ugly very well. It just goes against my nature.  I like pretty things........duh. LOL  But...........since I HAD to come up with something.............this is what I did.  I went through my Christmas paper pads to find one that reminded me of an ugly Christmas sweater so I came up with this reindeer.  Now reindeer aren't ugly by any means but I seem to remember seeing one on an ugly Christmas sweater.  LOL  That may be a real streeeeetch but that's my story & I'm stickin' to it.  LOL  If you look real close you'll see that my reindeer has flocking.  He must have gotten caught in a snow storm.  :)
Our sponsor for this challenge is Digi Darla Designs .  The winner of our challenge will receive 5 digis of their choice.  How sweet is that!!!  This pretty image is called Cardinal on Lamp Post and it's already colored for you.  Isn't that cool!  (Sure saved me some time.)  I knew I wanted to use my Cryogen cardstock for this snowy image because of the pretty sparkles in the paper. Can you see it? (You can click on the pic to see it closer.) I got a bit carried away with the glitter & mica flakes for the snow. It really doesn't look "dirty" in person. LOL  I had a hard time getting a good picture of it plus I was fighting a migraine but you came to see some pretties not to hear about the perils of Pauline.....right?  LOL  Anywho.......you get the idea.
***And let's hear a big WOOT WOOT!!!  I'm also so very honored to be chosen as the Guest Designer on the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog.  So this card serves a dual purpose.  The Fussy and Fancy challenge is "Feeling Blue".  They want to see your blue creations.  So pop on over to see the lovely DT creations & enter their challenge.  Thank you, Fussy and Fancy & Sazzle!!!!!

To all of you celebrating Thanksgiving this coming Thursday.....Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving with those you love & hold close to your heart!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
LEJ Designs Challenge Blog:  #29 Season's Greetings
Christmas Challenges:  #50 Sketch w/twist ~ use faux or real stitching
Tammy's Scrapin Corner:  #36 Anything Goes any artist (Digi Darla)
Totally Stampalicious:  Bling
4 Crafty Chicks:  Winter Wonderland
Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge:  Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges:  #84 Winter Wonderland
Crafts and Me:  #110 Untraditional Christmas colours
The Pink Elephant:  #174 Dies
Divas by Design:  #61 Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog:  #102 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs:  Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey:  Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy:  #30 Favorite Theme (Christmas)
QKR Stampede Challenge:  #14 Winter Wonderland
Crafty Catz Challenge Blog:  #159 Let's have Sparkle
Craftyhazelnuts's Christmas Challenge:  #99 Use something more than 6 months old (the mica flakes & snowflakes)
Joanna Sheen Challenge:  Cold and Frosty
Dream Valley Challenges:  #45 Anything Goes
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog:  November Bingo ("B" for "bird" ~ Jewel (snowflakes) ~ Die Cut)
Sketchy Colors:  #140 (White, Green & Turqouise blue)
The Crafty Pad:  #197 It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
One Stitch at a Time:  #140 Use a Digi
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog:  #7 Lots of Layers
Gingerloft Challenge:  #52 A touch of Gold (lantern's light)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge:  #190 Recipe (ribbon/twine, gems, dies)
My Grafico Challenges:  #140 Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox:  #31 Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge Blog:  #80 Stitching (faux or real)
The Crafty Bloggers Network:  #5 Christmas Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts:  Monthly Challenge ~ Winter

Supplies used:
  • Tools: 'Bow Easy' (for bow tying)
  •  Dies: Nesties 'Labels One'
  • Digital Stamp:  Digi Darla Designs 'Cardinal on Lamp Post'
  • Inks:  Distress Ink 'Tumbled Glass'
  • Martha Stewart 'Cottage Christmas Stocking' sticker, Recollections 'Merry Christmas' sticker
  • Melissa Frances "mica flakes"  
  • Misc. Stash:  lace doily, baker's twine, ribbon, bells, glitter, snowflake bling

~♥~As always...........I thank you for your sweet comments & I truly thank you for visiting me once again. It means so very much to me when you take the time to leave a bit of love.~♥~

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Monday, November 12, 2012


Hi Everyone!  We're in the midst of our Anything Goes challenge at Clear It Out challenges.  Plus we want to help you use up those RED supplies.  I used these red Christmas papers that I bought last year.    They were on a huge paper pad that will take me forever to use.  Unfortunately I have a lot of those unused papers that feel so neglected.  But I'm working on it.  :)

Our sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs.  This pretty girlie is called 'Reindeer Games'.  Can you see her little bells?  Well the rest of her is va va voom with long legs & more bells.  LOL  You can check her out HERE. I colored her with my Copic markers.  You can see the numbers below in my supplies list.

I had a bit of a tough time with this one cuz I got new carpeting & flooring this past week.  Remember my flood from my washer?  Well this was the big blessing we got as a result of that mishap.  But it was a lot of work packing everything up to get ready for carpet throughout my house (I felt like I was moving).  Oh my goodness.........the things we accumulate & just 'have to have'.  LOL  It convinced me that I need to start purging & getting rid of STUFF I don't really need so I've already been to the Goodwill once.  Many more trips are in my future.  LOL  But it feels good to downsize & know where everything is...........especially my craft supplies.  Most of which are still hiding in my walk-in closet.  UGH  That's why this card was difficult.  I had to search for my Christmas embellies & ribbon.  LOL  That will teach me.  Anywho........back to my card........

I used this wonderful sketch from Sketch Saturday.  They are one of my FAVorite go-to places for sketches.
I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafts and Me Challenges:  #108 Reds
Little Red Wagon:  #158 Coloring
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog:  #15 Bingo (Twine - Glitter - Buttons)
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long:  #36 Oops Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey:  Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend:  #21 All Stitched Up (faux or real stitching)
Craft Us Crazy:  #30 Holiday theme (Christmas)
Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog:  #53 Use Traditional Christmas colors
Anything Goes Challenge Blog:  #80 Stitching (faux or real)
Crafty Sentiments Designs:  Christmas
LEJ Designs Challenge Blog:  #29 Season's Greetings
Papelitos Challenges:  #19 Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Challenges:  Anything Goes
The Crafty Bloggers Network:  #5 Christmas Anything Goes
My Grafico Challenges:  #140 Anything Goes
OLLCB:  #118 Someone Special (this is going to a special someone for Christmas)
Tammy's Scrapin Corner:  #36 Anything Goes with any artist (Sassy Studios)
The Pink Elephant:  #174 Use punches or dies (my Nesties)
Totally Stampalicious:  Bling
Dream Valley Challenges:  #45 Anything Goes
Gingerloft Challenge:  #52 A touch of Gold
Robin's Fetish:  #133 Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Blog:  Add Sparkle (must also use ribbon)

Supplies used:
  • Copics: Skin: E000, E00, R11 ~ Hair: E31, E41, E50 ~ Blouse/Bow/Bells: YR20, YR21
  • DP: Red cardstock, K&Co. 'EB Visions of Christmas' paper pad
  • Dies: Nesties 'heart circles' & 'standard circles small'
  • Tools: Tim Holtz idea-ology ruler for piercing holes uniformly, Making Memories paper piercer, Sakura Gelly Roll white pen med. for faux white 'stitching' lines
  • Digital Stamp:  Sassy Studio Designs "Reindeer Games"
  • Inks:  Distress Ink marker "frayed burlap"
  • Buttons:  Christmas tree, red bell
  • Misc. Stash:  Ivory ribbon, bling, 'Joy', Baker's Twine, Recollections snowflake

Thank you so much for visiting with me today.  I love to read your lovely comments.   Ya'll are just tooo sweet!

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Challenge time

The Clear It Out new challenge is now open.  It's everyone's absolute FAVorite.........ANYTHING GOES........plus we would like to see your RED supplies.   Our sponsor is the FABulous Sassy Studio Designs.
It's the ' A' Design Team's turn to share their creations so please check out their great designs.  Since I'm on the 'B' team I'll be sharing mine next week so watch for it.  Plus you need to pop over to see who our lucky winner is from our last challenge & check out our wonderful Top 3 winners.

Remember my flood a few weeks ago?  Well this is the week we're getting new flooring & carpeting.  WooHoo!  So exciting but TONS of work (I feel like I'm moving with all this packing I have to do) plus I've been sick with IBS.  UGH  Not fun.......at all.  Then my stooopid back keeps going out on me.  BUT...I am making a card.  LOL  Have to fit in crafting somewhere....somehow.....someway......right?  LOL

I hope you're all having a blessed week.  See you again soon.

Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~♥♥♥~