Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snowman Inspired

November 28 - December 4

This week's challenge is an Inspiration Challenge

Here is my card:

This is the photo that was used for the Inspiration for my card:

To participate in this challenge all you have to do is look at the picture and start creating in whatever way the picture inspires you. Perhaps it's a snowman. Perhaps it's the colors. Perhaps it is the season of winer. Perhaps it's a little evergreen tree. You decide!

Image: Whipper Snapper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, and Lovely Lilac
Designer Paper: Target glitter paper and other unknown vendors
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Eggplant grosgrain ribbon and Stickles glitter glue

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas

The Chi Chi Memories Sketch Challenge continues (they last for two weeks) so I've made another card.

Here it is:

I love Christmas - you can see some of my Christmas decorations in the background of the pictures - so I love this cute little image which is part of Chi Chi Memories Christmas set.

Image: Chi Chi Memories
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler and Glorious Green
Designer Paper: Target dollar aisle Christmas collection
Embellishment: Stickles Star Dust

Friday, November 26, 2010

What's Pink Black and Silver???

Are you ready for another Challenge?

This is a Digi's With Attitude! Challenge

Colors to use: Pink Black Silver

What a beautiful color combination!

My card features the Digi's With Attitude! Tabatha and Tony image

Isn't it darling???

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Image: Digi's With Attitude! Tabatha and Tony
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Basic Black, Metallic Silver, and Pixie Pink
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Tye-Dyed Gypsies Handmade Flowers

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Let It Snow

First, let me wish each and every one of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

It's time for another Stamp-n-Doodle Challenge

November 25 - December 1

Theme: The color choices for this Christmas theme are either White, Green, and one other color (not red) OR White, Red, and one other color (not green).

The design team was given this adorable Stamp-n-Doodle Let It Snow image to create our cards for the challenge. Isn't he just the cutest?!?!?

I used Red, Pink and White as my color combination, very Christmasy colors.
What colors will you use?

Image: Stamp-n-Doodle Let It Snow
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Blushing Bride and Riding Hood Red
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Riding Hood Red ribbon and Stickles Star Dust glitter glue

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I know it's still November. I know tomorrow is Thanksgiving. But at my house...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Therefore I am very excited about the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge this week!!!

Theme: Winter/Christmas
November 24-30

To me, this theme calls for something warm (like a nice cup of coffee and warm/rich colors). It also reminds me of the real reason for the season - Jesus! Our family has a tradition that began when our children were just toddlers. Every Christmas season, we read the Christmas story from the Bible and remember the babe that was born long, long ago. Therefore, in keeping with our tradition, I used a not-so-Christmas type of image for my card.

Here it is:

The designer paper is a rich Christmas paper with pinecones, berries, and lush red/gold ribbon.

... the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6b-7)

Image: Fresh Brewed Designs
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso
Designer Paper: Brother Sister Design Studio VBC Vine
Embellishments: Shades of Elegance Organza red ribbon and Studio 18 rhinestones

Sunday, November 21, 2010


November 21 - 27

This week's challenge is a Sketch Challenge

Here is my card:

This is the sketch:

And here is the inside of my card:

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to catch some Zzzzzzzzzz's. I'm kind of tired.

Images & Sentiments: Sweet 'n Sassy Sweet Dreams
Inks: Dew Drop Brilliance Sunflower Yellow, Memento Tuxedo Black and Cottage Ivy, Versafine Onyx Black, and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip
Designer Papers: from my scrap file (I think they are Stampin' UP!)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Angels We Have Heard on High

It's not too late... the challenge has been extended for a second week!

November 11-24

Theme: Use mostly white, sparkle, and lace

The design team actually created cards at the beginning of the challenge, but due to my travels, I was unable to do so at that time. Sooooooooooo I created one today!

Here it is:

Image: Stamp n Doodle Christmas Angels

I'd love to see your creation, too!

Image: Stamp n Doodle Christmas Angels
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Gina K White and Stampin' UP! Metallic Gold
Embellishments: lace, gold ribbon, gold brads, and plastic medallion

Friday, November 19, 2010

Play Ball!

Give me a D

Give me an I

Give me a G

Give me an I

What's it spell?

DIGI - Digi's With Attitude, that is!


This week's Digi's With Attitude Challenge is all about your Favorite Sports Team. Participants are asked to make a card for your favorite sports team or someone who loves sports.


Here's my card:

Do you recognize those team colors?

To be quite honest, we aren't the sportsy type in our family. The last time I watched a game was over 5 years ago, when my daughter was in High School. (I went to the home football games then - to see her perform with the band at halftime.) Soooooooooooo my favorite sports team is pretty non-existent. Therefore I had to make a tough choice when it came to creating a card for this challenge.
I decided to do what my daughter did when her school (she's a teacher) encouraged everyone to wear the colors of their favorite teams during Spirit Week... she wore her Virginia Tech sweatshirt. Now, I don't want to mislead you, so I must tell you that my daughter did not attend Virginia Tech. She attended Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. Are you confused yet? She has a Virginia Tech sweatshirt because that's where her cousin - my niece - attended college. Tragically, she was one of the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting, so when we see red/orange, we remember a lovely young woman who is loved and missed by those who love her. My card is made in Austin's memory/honor.

Image: Digi's With Attitude! Grumpy Gretchen Cheerleader
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie
All Other Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Recollections brads and ribbon

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Let It Snow!

Winter will be here sooner than we think so for this week's Chi Chi Memories Challenge creation (based on the sketch which can be found on the Chi Chi Challenge Blog), I chose a snowy scene.

Truthfully, I found this sketch a wee bit challenging.......hmmmmmmmm... I guess that's why they call this a challenge! I couldn't quite figure out how to make the image work with all those circles (there are 9 of them in the sketch). Sooooooooooo... I'm going to be checking out your creations and learning from you! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Image: Chi Chi Memories Christmas Collection
Ink: Copic Spica Pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Ballet Blue and Black
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: diecut snowflakes with rhinestones and Stickles glitter glue

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Show Off Your Style

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be a Fresh Brewed Designs team member. I love Heather, the owner of FBD! She really is the sweetest, most gracious, kind, and generous person!!! I also love her images. They are amazing!

Did you know that Fresh Brewed Designs, which began as a digital company, now has rubber stamps, too? Isn't that awesome? Check it out here!

Wednesdays always bring a new Fresh Brewed Challenge; today is no exception. This week's challenge is a creative, yet easy one - SHOW OFF YOUR STYLE!

Here's my card:

I added just a touch of designer paper to the inside of my card, too.

The Show Off Your Style FBD Challenge - November 17-23
I hope you'll join the creative fun!

Image: Fresh Brewed Designs Debbie
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, and So Saffron
Designer Paper: DCWV Nana's Kitchen Collection and Paper Pizzazz Yummy Coffee Beans
Embellishments: Karren Foser brads, Stampin' UP! brads, Stickles, Target rhinestones, and grosgrain ribbon

Monday, November 15, 2010


Today is the 15th of November! YAY! That means it's the day when the Dueling Darlings are posting this month's creations.

This month the hostess of the Dazzlers is Michelle. She sent us the most awesome kits of paper-crafting fun! And a bit of a twist to the challenge, too. As we created our cards, we were asked to think about someone you are thankful for. In this season of Thanksgiving (we're just a little over a week away from the holiday) it is easy - and enjoyable - to think of those individuals for whom we are thankful. I'm not sure I can name just one!

1. My husband - He's my rock! He's the love of my life! He's my friend!

2. My children - They bring such joy to my life as well as laughter (and a few tears over the years, too). They are the icing on the cake! Life just wouldn't be the same without them!

3. My parents and my sister - They have helped me so often in my life and have always loved me (unconditionally)!

4. My friends - There are so many of them! Some in real life, some online friends! They bring so much joy to my life!

I could go on and on, but will stop there, before I get all teary-eyed and can't complete this post.

Now, on to the card I created:

Isn't Michelle's kit awesome!?!?!

Here are a couple of pictures to show some of the dimensional aspects of my card:

Be sure to check out the Dueling Darlings creations!

My fellow Dazzlers (all using Michelle's Kit) are:







The Diva's (using kits provided by Barb) are:







Laura Jean

Image: DRS Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Neenah Solar Crest White and Stampin' UP! Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Summer Sun
Designer Paper: Graphic 45 pumpkin and vine and Making Memories stripe and polka dot
Embellishments: Creatology buttons, Michael's hemp and ribbon, and Recollections Boutique Fleur Mulberry paper leaves

Friday, November 12, 2010

I'm Mechanically Challenged

November 12 - 18

The challenge is to use Sparkle, ribbon, and two pieces of patterned paper.

My card features Grumpy Gretchen Mechanic

I love the Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip satin ribbon!

Image: Digi's With Attitude
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Wild Wasabi
Designer Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Paper Studio buttons and Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon

Sunday, November 7, 2010

KitCats are Magical

The first Sunday of every month is very special to me. It's the day that the KitCats have committed to posting a project made with identical items. Susan was our hostess this month and WOWzer! You should see all the marvelous items she sent us in our packets. There were tons and tons of embellishments (I only used a few of them), luscious papers, and even a pocket calendar to alter, if we so chose.

Due to my traveling schedule, I didn't have as much time to work on this project as I wanted to, so I chose to do a card instead, since it's familiar territory and would take less time than the calendar. I'm sorry, Susan, because I really would have loved to WOW you.

The theme this month is Fantsasy, Whimsical, Magical, and Susan allowed us to choose our own images to use. I don't have many images in this category, so choosing an image was simple. I went with sn Inkadinkado fairy image from the Beautiful Fairies set.

To add some magical charm to this post, I took my photos outside... at a park in Kansas, where my daughter lives. Isn't it a gorgeous setting?

These two photos give you a closer look at some of the embellishments, pearls, ribbon, charms, crystal droplets, flowers... did I say WOWzer?

The pictures don't really show the sparkle of the image. I colored a lot of it with Copic Spica pens to make it shine/sparkle.

Be sure to check out what the other KitCats have created, too. I'm sure each one is amazing!

Image: Inkadinkado Beautiful Fairies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and Copic Spica pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cbbler, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, and Peach Parfait
Designer Papers: K & Co. Que Sera Sera Collection
Embellishments: Blue Moon Beads charm, Plaid faceted teardrop charm, Victoria Lynn pearl and crystal pick, Prima paper flower, Recollections pearls, Darice ribbon and pearl strand, and Kreinik silver filament

Crafty Ho Nov 7

This week the Crafty Ho Challenge is celebrating

Aviation Month

November 7 - 13

I created an aviation scene with my card:

What will you create?

Images and Sentiment: Dee Dee Digi's and Phooka
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Poppy Red and Soft Sky
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: brads

Friday, November 5, 2010

Yeehaw!!! It's a Cowgirl!

Digi's With Attitude!


November 5 - 12
Here's my card:

Grumpy Gretchen Cowgirl

Image: Digi's With Attitude
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Night of Navy
Designer Paper: EK Success Patriotic, K & Co. Denim, and Paper Studio Gingham
Embellishments: Stampin UP! hemp, a horse charm (vendor unknown) and gold brads (vendor unknown)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Special Chi Chi Memories Happenings

There are some awesome things going on at Chi Chi Memories!

Chi Chi Memories was invited to participate in the Sugar Crash Crop Blog Hop at Card Maker Magazine! How awesome is that!?!?!?

The dates of the Sugar Crash Crop Blog Hop are November 4 - 6.

Here's the card I created for the blog hop:

It features one of Chi Chi Memories newest images, just in time for Christmas creating!

Today is also the beginning of a new

Here is the sketch for the challenge:

Here's my card:

This is another of the newest images from Chi Chi memories... he's too cute!

Image: Chi Chi Memories
Ink: Copic markers and Copic Spica pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Soft Sky and scraps from my scrap file
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Sugar and Spice Collection and scraps from my scrap file
Embellishments: Craft Essentials Snow White Extra File Glitter Glue, K & Co. Christmas Cheer Glittered Medallions Chipboard, and Michael's Sheer Creations Organdy ribbon

Image: Chi Chi Memories
Ink: Copic markers and Ink Starlightz gel pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Certainly Celery
All Other Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Deco Art Snow Writer and Michael's Celebrate It ribbon

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Whoo's Ready for a Treasure Hunt

Today I have a Treasure Hunt creation to share with you.

Here's the treasure I found at a recent yard sale:

Does anyone have an idea what it is?
It's a roll of veneer scraps, yep, real wood!
Cost - 50 cents

I used my Stampin' UP! Top Note die to cut a piece of wood for my card.

Although I love using designer papers, I chose not to use any on this card, allowing the wooden piece to be the main background for the owl image.

What a hoot!

Image: The Greeting Farm
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Cardstock: Archiver's Green and Stampin' UP! Summer Sun
Treasure: wood veneer
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Grosgrain ribbon and Studio 18 rhinestones