Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year

PLEASE NOTE: I have two blog posts today... please check them both out! Thank you!!!

December 30 - January 12

My card:

using this sketch:

Image & Sentiment: Chi Chi Memories
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black, Brocade Blue, and Green Galore
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon and Brads
and Star Dust Stickles Glitter Glue

What's New, Teddy Bear?

It's time for a new

December 30 - January 5

Theme: NEW - anything that is NEW - new products, new techniques, try something new, New Year's card.

Here's my card:

What's new? I used a new Stamp-n-Doodle image for the first time. I used a new layout, letting the awesome image shine. I used a new color scheme that I'm really loving! And perhaps the most unusual for me (though not totally unheard of) - I DIDN'T USE ANY DESIGNER PAPER!

What will you create with the NEW theme???

Image: Stamp-n-Doodle
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black and White and a piece of scrap linen paper
Embellishments: brads and Stickles glitter glue

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fresh Brewed Designs is Celebrating a New Year!

WOW! Can you believe it? Christmas is now history! It sure was fun! I enjoyed a wee small break from blogging during the holiday, too. Did you miss me? I missed all of you... and am deligted to be back posting to my blog again!

Soon - very VERY soon - we will be wishing each other a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Therefore, this weeks Freshed Brewed Designs Challenge is a very fitting one.

Fresh Brewed Challenge

December 29 - January 4

Theme: Celebrate - Happy New Year!!!

Here's my card:

FBD - Caution Contents Are Hot

This image originally was a Fresh Brewed Designs digital image, but is now available as a Fresh Brewed Designs rubber stamp. And it's currently on sale!

Image: Fresh Brewed Designs Caution Contents Are Hot
Sentiment: Stampin' UP!
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler, Gable Green, and Peach Parfait
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishment: organdy ribbon (vendor unknown)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Choo! Choo!

Choo! Choo!

Many of us are traveling this holiday weekend, on our way to visit family and friends. Therefore I think it is fitting to post this travel-themed card that I created for the Sisterhood Swap on SCS (it's all about one of my favoirite color schemes - black, tan, and blue).

The sentiment inside reads
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Wherever you go, whatever you do this holiday season, may it be a HAPPY one for you!
Hugs and Merry Christmas!

Image & Sentiment: Stampin' UP! Happiness Is a Journey
Special Technique: Torn Masking tape inked with Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black and Creamy Caramel
Designer Paper: Denim (vendor unknown)
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Black Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Snowmen Carolers

Stamp-n-Doodle Challenges usually last one week, but due to Christmas, the current challenge actually continues for this week, too. That means you still have time to participate!

Theme: Winter and Sparkle

December 16 - 30

Here's my card:

Image: Stamp-n-Doodle
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Brocade Blue and Night of Navy
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: sparkly snowflake brad and Stickles glitter glue

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thank You, Tanja!

I do not have a creation for you today, since I've been so busy lately... something about Christmas getting in the way of my crafting time. LOL!

Instead I'd like to share with you some pictures of a very special gift I received. The Sisterhood group on SCS did a Secret Santa exchange again this year and we had our opening on Monday. My package actually arrived about a week before, all the way from GERMANY!!! I knew what that meant... it meant Tanja was my Secret Santa. But I didn't peek early; in fact, I was late to the opening of the gifts party so kept my sistahs waiting to see what I'd received.

WOW! Look at all the goodies Tanja sent me......... even some CHOCOLATE!!! (European chocolate is the BEST chocolate, too.)

Such fun!

More fun!


Thank you, Tanja!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Mystery Continues

I have many online friends - many who are part of the forest swaps that I host on Splitcoast Stampers. Out of that group, an idea was formed to create a challenge swap. Every two months there is a new round. The hostess for the round sends images and/or an extra something to the other participants. This means that everyone creates with the same image/item, but uses her own papers, embellishments, and creativity to come up with a standard sized card.

April was the hostess for this round and she gifted us with the cutest image. Easily recognizable as a TGF image, the cutie is Anya in the Spotlight. April also sent each participant a small roll of decorative tape to use on our cards.

Here's my card:

I wasn't sure how much tape was on that roll, and since I had to make four cards (it's a 3 + 1 swap), I went with a minimal amound of the tape ont he block of Crumb Cake paper that is directly behind the image.

I added lots of bling - rhinestones - and prima flowers as well as a Verve sentiment. Another forest friend, Kelly, actually gave me the sentiment stamp. I absolutely love it!

Thank you, April, for a fun round! I am so excited because soon these cards will be swapped... and we'll receive the image from Gael who will serve as our February hostess.

Image: TGF Anya in the Spotlight
Sentiment: Verve
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Crumb Cake and Early Espresso
Designer Papers: Cloud 9 Designs Sparkle Travel Floral Dots and Leisure Arts Casual Stripe Blue Embellishments: K & Co. Rhinestone brad, Prima flowers, Stampin' UP! Taupe Grosgrain ribbon, and Studio 18 rhinestones

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Gifts

I always look forward to the Sunday before Christmas with great anticipation. This year was no exception.

It actually begins day, weeks, sometimes even months before that Sunday. The planning, the shopping for supplies, the creating. Perhaps I should tell you my story.

The first year my husband and I were married, I had no idea what to expect. We met while attending seminary and married a few months later. The Sunday following our brief honeymoon, my husband (who was still a full-time seminary student) took a new pastorate (his second, but my first as a pastor's wife) of a small church in northern Missouri. Our congregation accepted us and nurtured us, for which we are both grateful. The Sunday before Christmas the families in our congregation showered us with many gifts. We were overwhelmed by their love and generosity.

We knew there was no way we could ever repay all they did for us, but we agreed that from that year on, we would also give to our church family at Christmas time. Therefore every year since then, on the Sunday before Christmas we have given a handmade gift to every family attending our church. (We have long since left that little church in northern Missouri, having been in five churches since those early years.)

I vividly remember the first year's gifts... I canned a variety of pickles and each family got to select a jar to take home with them. More times than not, though, the gift is a Christmas ornament that I've made, usually an angel.

We have been in our current church for eleven Christmases now and every year they have received an angel ornament. I think if I tried venturing from that tradition at this point, some of them might question my decision. LOL!

Here is this year's gift:

This year's angel is actually quite special, though it really isn't much to look at. (My husband calls it a "kangaroo angel" because it has a pouch in the back.)

Here's the back, that shows the pouch:

It isn't an ordinary pouch, though. It holds something very special. My husband has learned that he loves writing poetry and telling stories. He's actually part of a storytelling group. He has even been known to write a poem for funerals and other events. Our church members love it when he does that. In fact, one lady has even told him when she dies he HAS to write a poem for her funeral. LOL! So I asked him to write a poem to be included in this year's angel. He readily agreed to do so.
With my husband's permission, I'm sharing his poem with you, too.

What is Christmas Really About© 2010 C. Brent Cloyd

Quickly is coming Christmas day,
Perhaps you ponder with dismay
Amidst the shopping and the shouts,
What is Christmas really about?

Is it about reindeer and elves,
The gifts we wish for ourselves?
Is it about wrapping paper and bows,
Stockings stuffed with goodies clear to the toes?

Is it about family, friends, and feast,
The smell of bread baking rising with yeast?
About trees, lights, and cute decorations,
Parties, eggnog, and celebrations?

These commodities make the holiday bright,
But something else is required to make it right;
For Christmas is not about programs and costumes worn,
But about a miraculous baby that was born.

About Mary and Joseph, man and wife,
Who came to Bethlehem pregnant with life.
No room was left for them in the inn,
Shelter was found in a cattle pen.

The time of her delivery would not waiver,
In that stable she experienced labor.
Born into a place smelling of manure,
Christ arrived our salvation to assure.

Nearby shepherds tending flocks by night
Were startled by a glorious light.
Angels while seeking to calm their fear
Came proclaiming this event of cheer.

Told of a birth of a baby boy,
A king, a savior, who would bring joy.
His mission was one of peace,
From our sins to bring release.

Then with haste they went with glee,
Marveled at what they did see;
Found him in a manger yet filled with glory
Then left with excitement to tell his story.

So as we gather this December
May this jingle help us remember,
Christmas is not about dear old Santa Claus
But about the Christ who saves us from our flaws.
♥ ♥ ♥

Merry Christmas! May the season hold many great joys for each and every one of you!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hockey Nut

Sunday's are special - for many reasons.

1. I have the opportunity to go to church for worship!

2. It is a relaxing day in which I do very little work.

3. The Crafty Ho Challenge begins.

This week's Crafty Ho Challenge is a sketch challenge.

December 19-25

Here is my card:

This is the sketch:

Those of you who know me may wonder at the image I used. After all, there isn't an athletic bone in my body, nor do I watch sports. Have I gone nuts?!?!? No, not really. I actually purchased this image from Bugaboo Stamps some time ago to create a card for my chemo buddy at that time. She was a big hockey fan. And I think it's such a fun image. Besides, I thought maybe it would be refreshing to step away from snowmen and Christmas images for a change of scenery.

Enjoy your Sunday! And be sure to stop back by tomorrow to see something rather unusual here on my blog.

Image & Sentiment: Bugaboo Stamps NAS Hockey
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black
Double-Sided Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishment: Stampin' UP! black Grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bundle Up

This is the week for Chi Chi Memories new challenge... which means I was supposed to post a card based on the challenge sketch to my blog on Thursday. However, Thursday was a challenge, in and of itself. I didn't have Internet! UGH! In fact, our internet server was down for three days this week. DOUBLE UGH!

I now have a new best friend! He's the internet repairman! I ♥ him!!!

Soooooooooo... here's my card for the new Chi Chi Memories Challenge

This is a really fun sketch! And WOW! You really do need to see the two cards created by my fellow design team members. They are incredible!!! (go to the challenge blog to see both of them)

The challenge doesn't end until December 29 to play along! And remember, you can use any stamps to play along, but you MUST use CHI CHI MEMORIES images to be eligible for the PRIZE.

Let me also remind you that Chi Chi Memories is having a DT Call! Sooooooooooo... apply!

Image: Chi Chi Memories
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black, Pear Pizzazz, and Pink Pirouette
Designer Paper: Daisy Bucket Wrapped Wishes Mistletoe Kisses (double sided)
Embellishments: ribbonFX

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Pug

This is a bittersweet post for me. It is the last time I will be posting a card as a member of the Digi's With Attitude! design team. The time has gone by so quickly. It only seems like yesterday that Cindy-Lynn emailed me, inviting me to be one of her design team members. And now here it is! The very last week. THANK YOU, Cindy-Lynn!!! It has been such a pleasure creating with so many cute and sometimes sassy images! I appreciate the honor of being on your very first design team!

Now on to this week's
Digi's With Attitude! Challenge

December 17 - 23

Theme: Anything Christmas

The design team was given the Pugly Santa image to create with this week.
Here's my card:

You will want to check out the Digi's With Attitude! newest family of images, too.... TWEENS WITH ATTITUDE! These are going to be a lot of fun!

Here's one of them:

Rock on!

Image: Digi's With Attitude! Pugly Santa
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler and Handsome Hunter
Designer Paper: Karen Foster Christmas Argyle
Embellishments: buttons, brads, ribbon, and Stickles

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Favorite Things, Dueling Darlings Style

NOTE: I have two blog posts today, so be sure to check out the one that follows this one, too. It's a Fresh Brewed Challenge and tells you how to get a free image!

This is December 15.... which means it is time for another DUEL! The Dueling Darlings were hosted this month by Terry and Laura Jean. They chose the theme "My Favorite Things" and challenged us to not only create a card with their marvelous kits, but also to post a few things that make us happy. Before I show you my card, I'll tell you just a few - a very few - of my favorite things.

I ♥ My computer - and the Internet (when it works!) hmph! Our internet was down the past two days so I'm really glad it's back! That's why this post is so late today. I'm sorry! I hate letting the Dueling Darlings down!

I ♥ Christmas trees/decorations - lots and lots of them!

I ♥ My Hideout - because that's where all my "toys" are!

I ♥ Designer Papers!

I ♥ My car - because I love to go places!

And I ♥ the Kit Terry sent to all the Dazzlers this month! You should see it! WOW!!! Such fun!

Here's the card I created
(and I just used some of the goodies she sent)

Now let's go see what the other Dazzlers created with the kit:


And we don't want to miss seeing the Diva's creations with the kit LJ sent them:



Image: Stampin' UP! The More the Merrier
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and Copic Spica pens
Designer Paper: Three Bugs in a Rug (double sided)
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue and Early Espresso
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Northern Frost Decorative Strip, Michael's ribbon, and JoAnn's buttons and white metal dots

Fresh Brewed Designs Celebrates Christmas

Happy Holidays!

Fresh Brewed Designs is having a 2-week long challenge to celebrate the Season

December 15-28

Theme: Merry Christmas

I used a paper-piecing technique to create my card by simply printing the Fresh Brewed Designs Gingerbread Boy image on white, brown, and red cardstock and cutting the appropriate elements for the finished image. I used Liquid Applique for the frosting elements on the Gingerbread Boy image because I like the way it puffs when heated with a heat gun.

I hope you'll participate in the challenge! Be sure to check out the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog soon because Heather's giving everyone a really cute FREE digi image, but the offer is ends at midnight on Friday (December 17). You won't want to miss it.

Image: Fresh Brewed Designs Gingerbread Boy
Cardstock: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Liquid Applique, Metallic Dots, and Hobby Lobby Make It Christmas ribbon

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Building a Snowman

brrrrr!!! It's mighty cold!

I guess it's time to bundle up and build a cute snowman!

Image: Whiff of Joy Charlie Building Snowman
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Ballet Blue, Basic Black, and Pumpkin Pie
Designer Paper: Colorbok Blue Frost, Masterpiece Studios Winter Flakes, and Target glitter paper
Embellishments: Kaiser pearls and sparkle brads (vendor unknown)

Monday, December 13, 2010

We have a WINNER!

The Digi's With Attitude! Office Party Blog Hop was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who commented on my Office Party post. I utilized a Random Integer tool and the winner is:

Lisa Lynn

who said Love the colors and the festive attitude.

Congratulations, Lisa! Please send an email to Cindy-Lynn (the owner of Digi's With Attitude!) and she'll get you your prize.

Also... Don't forget to get your applications in for the Digi's With Attitude Design Team. The deadline is December 27.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crafty Ho Red and Green

Ho! Ho! Ho!

This week's Crafty Ho Challenge is RED and GREEN!

December 12 - 18

Merry Christmas from dear ol' Saint Nick

Image: I wish I could remember! (That's the downfall to unmounted stamps)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and Copic Spica pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cranberry Crisp, Marigold Morning, and True Thyme
Designer Paper: Debbie Mumm Creative Imaginations (double sided)
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! True Thyme ribbon and button (vendor unknown)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

I love a good challenge... and Chi Chi Memories has some good challenges!

Theme: Winter Anything Goes

I used one of the December images from Chi Chi Memories, a cute little snowman! Looks like he's ready to go skiing!

brrrrr!!! It's sure cold outside!

Look at those huge snowflakes!

Don't you just love Chi Chi Memories images? I know I do!

Speaking of Chi Chi Memories... did you know they are having a DT Call? There's still a little bit of time to apply, so rush to the blog to get all the details... and send in your application!

You might also like to know that Chi Chi Memories is on Paper Craft Planet. Check it out!

If you're on Facebook, be sure to check out the Chi Chi Memories page there, too. There are lots of awesome pictures!!!

Chi Chi Memories is on FlickR, too. WOW! They can be found everywhere!!!

Okay, scoot... you know you want to get out of here and check out all of these awesome sites! Have fun!

Image: Chi Chi Memories
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black and Marina Mist
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Stickles glitter blue and diecut snowflakes (vendor unknown)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Feeling Crabby?

Theme: Use a digi image

December 10 - 16

This week's Digi's With Attitude! Challenge is going to be so much fun! After all, digital images are certainly gaining popularity. Who doesn't have a few of these saved somewhere on their computer. So certainly there will be a lot of activity in the challenge. If you haven't yet tried a digi, let me suggest that you do so ......... soon!

For my card, I used the Digi's With Attitude! Clipper image
and a computer generated sentiment to go along with it

Oops! I guess I need to have an attitude adjustment! (Especially since Santa Claus is watching to see who's been naughty and who's been nice.)

Image: Digi's With Attitude! Clipper
Sentiment: computer generated
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Green Galore, Marina Mist, and Real Red
Designer Paper: from the Target dolllar aisle
Embellishments: Recollections flip flop brad and Stickles glitter glue

Thursday, December 9, 2010

If the Shoe Fits

December 9 - 15

This week's Stamp-n-Doodle Challenge is a unique one! Instead of making cards this week, participants are asked to make a Christmas gift, box, or bag.

To get things started, the design team made elf shoes.

My elf shoe was made with a piece of golden cardstock. After cutting and assembling it, I wasn't very happy with the color, so I sponged some Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler ink all over it. Then I sponged Early Espresso ink onto the edges to give it some dimension. For embellishment, I added a piece of Christmas fabric ribbon and two large buttons. To complete the look, I filled it with sprigs of artificial greenery.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It Sparkles! It Shines!

I love things that sparkle and shine, don't you?

Diamonds are a girl's best friend!!!

Fresh Brewed Designs is having a SPARKLE and SHINE Challenge this week!

How fun!!!

My card features the Fresh Brewed Designs' Jesus Is the Light image

It has lots of sparkle and shine, thanks to Stickles glitter glue, faceted rhinestones, and dazzling ribbon.

Won't you play along?

Theme: Sparkle and Shine

December 8 - 14

Image: Fresh Brewed Designs Jesus Is the Light
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler, Handsome Hunter, and Sage Shadow
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Micheal's rhinestones, Stickles glitter glue, and Walmart Holiday Time ribbon

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Shop 'Til You Drop

It's that time of year.... shopping, Shopping, SHOPPING!

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.

(Bernard Manning)

Image: Penny Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and Copic Spica pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Taken with Teal
Designer Paper: Basic Gray Fiiggy Pudding and a stripe from an unknown source
Embellishments: Michael's rhinestones and Stampin' UP! Old Olive organdy ribbon

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sandy Claws Is Coming to Town!

I have great news to share with you today!

First, I want to tell you about a great new challenge blog that's going to be starting after the first of the year. Jeri, an online friend of mine, has taken the plunge and is opening this challenge blog. She's awesome!!! You will definitely want to become a follower, and you will want to participate often! Who knows, you might even like to apply for her DT!

I know I'm going to apply... wish me luck!

Now, if that isn't enough exciting news, I have more... Santa Claus is coming to town!

or, in the words of my card, Sandy Claws is coming to town!

Have you been naughty of nice???

I made this card for Barb's Santa Claus swap. She is such an incredible hostess! Thanks, Barb!!!

Image: Gina K Sandy Claws Is Coming to Town
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler, and Rose Red
Designer Papers: All My Memories Occasion Alls Christmas Design # 2 and #3
Embellishments: Star Dust Stickles and googly eyes

Sunday, December 5, 2010

KitCats Get Creative!

Note: I have two posts today... this one and a Crafty Ho Challenge card that can be found in the next post.

This is KitCat Sunday!!!

The first Sunday of each month, the five of us kittens create something special for you. Kelly was our hostess this month and me-oh-my! I wish you could have seen the kit she sent us. It was over-the-top creative, fun, and brimming with goodies!!!

She challenged us to think creatively - no cards this month. No! We are making gift tins with an ornament inside. How fun is that?!?!?!?

Now, before you look at my pictures, let me make this disclaimer... this is the FIRST time I've ever tried doing anything like this before. It was not easy and I really did try my best. I'm sure the other kittens will wonder about that... and I'm sure their's are much more creative than mine... but I had SO MUCH FUN with this project, even if it isn't as creative as it should be.

Here goes... here is my altered tin:

and here is the ornament (well, one side of it anyway):

Here is the other side of the ornament:

I didn't quite know what to do with the inside of my tin, so I went with very simple:

Be sure to check out the wonderful creations posted by the other kittens:

Merry Christmas!

Here are just some of the supplies Kelly sent our way (which were used in this presentation): designer papers (My Mind's Eye, DCWV, etc), Stampin' UP! buttons, glitter glue, rhinestones, glitter brads, felt snowflakes, poinsettia flowers, and of course the tin container and wooden star ornament. I added a little bit of cardstock (Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz) and used a sentiment of Merry Christmas, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

Crafty Ho

The Crafty Ho's are having a Theme Challenge this week

December 5 - 11

(It doesn't have to be Christmas! But that's the religious holiday I chose.)

Merry Christmas!

Image: Stampendous Drummer Boy
Sentiment: DOTS O Holy Night
Ink: Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black, and Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler, Peach Parfait, and Wild Wasabi
Designer Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's rhinestones, Morex Corp. White Organdy ribbon, and a star button (vendor unknown)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Away in a Manger

Did you know? Have you heard? Fresh Brewed Designs hosts a challenge every Friday on Paper Craft Planet! Isn't that great?!?!? This is the third week and oh my! There's even a prize to be won by one lucky crafter! So rush on over and check out the details here! Play along! It's going to be fun!!!

Theme: Bling It On!

All you have to do is create a new card this week using a Fresh Brewed Designs and BLING. As much or as little as YOUR HEART desires.

This time of year, BLING is easy and oh-so seasonal!!!

Here's my card (with BLING - glittery stars and straw, and sparkly designer paper):

Seeing this Fresh Brewed Designs image makes me want to sing... or at least hum a tune!

♪♫♫♪ Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay ♫♪♫♪♪

Jesus IS the reason for this wonderful Season we are enjoying!

Let's celebrate the birth of our Lord and King!

Image: Fresh Brewed Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Metallic Gold and Orchid Opulence
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Scattered Straw Distressed Stickles, Yellow Stickles, and Studio Basics Glitter Star Brads

Thanks to Heather's gentle nudge, I've now entered this card in the Reason for the Season Challenge on Catherine's blog. (Thank you, Heather! I ♥ you!)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Office Party Blog Hop

Welcome to the very first Combined Design Team Office Party Blog Hop! If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived here from Tazza's blog. If you just happened to get here (because you love my blog) then go back to the beginning and hop along. You'll be glad you did.

We all worked really hard this year and wanted to have some fun, so time for a truly unique Blog Hop!

Our theme is Office Party and oh what fun this will be! We Teamed up with Digi's with Attitude / Drunken Stampers to give you a wonderful time.. with so many chances to win and so much inspiration to see your sure to have a good time!

All Prizes have Attitude that much is for sure, see what you could win at the Digi's with Attitude! Store Total Prizes worth a whopping $115.00!!!! Who needs more??

Now to find out all the details... so you too can score!

As we're mingling at the office party (blog hopping) with the fabulous gals from Digi’s with Attitude & Drunken’ Stampers be sure to leave comments along the way!! Each designer will draw from the comments left on their blog and one winner will receive the digi that was used on that designer's blog post as well as a $5 gift certificate to the Digi's with Attitude store! How cool is that???!

Be creative & Play along in the challenge For a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate from each challenge blog !! Make a new card with Office Party as your theme or for someone at your Office! (Digi’s with Attitude stamps are not required But The DWA December freebie is available for download from the Digi's With Attitude! Store. Post it on your blog and enter the link to your card on the The Digi's With Attitude! Challenge Blog or the Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog by Thursday, December 9th at 11:59pm EST

You can enter more than once with a new card but no duplicates, your post must be a new as of December 3, 2010... Non-eligible entries will be removed.

The Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge Blog / Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog will draw one winner each for a $20 Gift Certificate to the Digi's with Attitude Store too!! All winners will be posted on December 13, 2010 . Winners from each designer’s blog will be posted on their blogs, the 2 main winners will be posted on the Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge Blog and Drunken Stampers Challenge blog respectively. So be sure to retrace your steps to see if you are a winner!

We hope to see you at the Office Party!

Here is my Office Party card:

I used the Digi's With Attitude! Grumpy Gretchen Salsa image for my card and generated my own sentiment on my computer.

Below is a list of the designers in the hop in case you get lost along the way!

1) Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog <---- add="" br="" challenge="" entry="" here="" your="">2) Mari
3) Peg
4) Viv
5) Spike
6) Tracy J.
7) Cindy-Lynn
8) Bettina
9) Tazza
10) Jeanette (that's me!)
11) Linda
12) Jenny
13) Louise
14) Tracy
15) Juanita
16) Tammylee
17) Digi's With Attitude! Challenge Blog <---- add="" br="" challenge="" entry="" here="" other="" too="" your="">

Important Links:

I hope you're enjoying yourself at the Office Party! I'm glad you've been here. It's now time to hop on over to Linda's blog to see what she has in store for you!

Image: Digi's With Attitude! Grumpy Gretchen Salsa
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Basic Black, Certainly Celery, and Rose Red
Designer Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: rhinestones (vendor unknown)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Winter is "Snow" Much Fun!

Please NOTE: I have two blog posts today. This one features this week's Chi Chi Memories Challenge. The next post features the ANYTHING GOES challenge at Stamp-n-Doodle.

A Brand New Chi Chi Memories Challenge begins today!

THEME: Winter

I used one of Chi Chi Memories adorable (just-released) Winter images to make my card:

Isn't that snowman darling?!?!?!?

You really need to check out the Chi Chi Memories Winter Fun set... there are so many adorable images in it that it was difficult to choose just one to use.

This picture shows you some of the dimension of my card:

Here are two more pictures, just because I like this snowman "snow" much!

Have fun! And remember, the Chi Chi Memories challenge is all about winter!

Image: Chi Chi Memories Winter Fun Snowman
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Blue Bayou and Gray
Designer Paper: Paper Studios Country Snowflakes
Embellishments: Diecut Snowflake (vendor unknown), Crystal Stickers rhinestones, and Stampin' UP! Blue Bayou ribbon

Stand Out In the Crowd!

December 2 - 8

Anything Goes!!!

Because I'm now in the Christmas mood - did I mention I have most of my Christmas shopping done and all but one of my 33 Christmas trees up and decorated??? - I wnt with a Christmas-y card!

featuring Stamp-n-Doodle Caroling Reindeer

I created the sentiment in a Word document on my computer.

Have fun with this ANYTHING GOES challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing your creation!

Image: Stamp-n-Doodle Caroling Reindeer
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Basic Black, Certainly Celery, and Cherry Cobbler
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishment: Stampin' UP! Black grosgrain ribbon