Monday, November 29, 2010

Cute Card Thursday challenge - Blast from the Past - I used Challenge #138

Hello - I know I don't post for a whole week and than all of sudden I post twice in one day - my life is kind of like that right now - and especially since we were away again. After we got back yesterday and I cleaned up my house a bit I really just wanted to be in my craft room and make a card - it relaxes me to do that - so that is why I ended up with a couple of cards for today. Who knows when I will get a chance to be in my craft room again - hopefully soon though! This card is made with an older Magnolia stamp - I think I have had this one for a couple of years but I really like this Tilda. I decided I wanted to make a card using traditional Christmas colors so I just went through my Christmas paper stash and found all these different colorful papers. I colored the image with copics and layered everything together. I added a new magnolia swirl die (I love this die - first time I used it). I also added some ribbon, did some faux stitching and added some white gel pen highlights. That pretty much does it - thank you for stopping by to visit - Have a great week! I might be back again sooner than later - hoping to get back in my craft room this evening - maybe. I love making Christmas cards at this time of year!! Oh I have entered this card in Cute Card Thursday Challenge - Blast from the Past - I am using Challenge 138 - Anything Goes - I figure this card will work for that.

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Anything Goes - Magical Monday at Paper Cupcakes Challenge

Hello - we should just be getting back from our weekend away when this card is posted. We were away to watch our son play hockey on the coast. Well it is again Magical Monday at Paper Cupcakes and the challenge this week is "Anything Goes" which means we are pretty much open to do anything we want with any image. I choose this adorable Owls on Candy Cane illustrated by the talented Nina May at Paper Cupcakes. I have used this image before when the challenge was Tags and I really wanted to also make a card with this image and so here it is. I printed the image on white cs and colored in with copic markers. I added Tim Holtz antique linen to around the edges. I added a bit of red ric-rac ribbon and used my sizzix holly leaves die cut. The Merry Christmas ticket is also from Paper Cupcakes digi-stamps - there is a whole sheet of Christmas tickets which is new to the site as well as some other non-Christmas tickets - you might want to check them out. I finished off the card by layering with some more of my favorite BG Jovial line and some other DP from my paper stash. I added a couple of flowers and some brads and that pretty much does it. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and hopefully you will get a chance to stop by There's Magic in the Air to check out the rest of the DT cards and maybe join in yourself - Have a wonderful Monday and where-ever you may be - I hope you are keeping warm!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Monday, November 22, 2010

Magical Monday - Paper Cupcakes challenge - Cream and Red

Hello everyone - just when I thought I would get a bit of time off of work and more time in my craftroom - one of our main guys at work broke his foot on Friday and is off for at least 6 weeks - what that means for me is more time at the office. I am not very happy about it - but on the other hand I do feel awful for the guy that broke his foot. My getting more time in my craft room will most likely not happen until mid to end of January. It also means now that I must be more organized - I used to be so good at that but not so much anymore. Well it is Monday once again (and now almost the end of November - Yikes!! - where did the time go?!!). The challenge at Paper Cupcakes blog - There's Magic in the Air is to make a card (it doesn't have to be a Christmas card) and use the colors red and cream. This card that I created used the digi-stamp "Christmas Bulbs" which was illustrated by the talented Nina May at Paper Cupcakes - I used mostly Basic Grey "Jovial" line of paper (I absolutely love this paper!). This was a very detailed card - I printed out the digi-stamp on white CS and then I added fine red glitter to the bulbs - I colored in the strings in gold and added a gold star sticker to the one bulb (there is actually a star on the design). I then cut out the entire image - that was crazy hard - I had to use my x-acto knife for this one. I then did some paper layering and used some lace and ribbon for accents. The sentiment I am not sure where it is from but I thought it was the perfect saying for this card. I wanted to make it a vintage type of card and I think I succeeded with that goal - this card is much prettier in real life as the Christmas bulbs really do sparkle with all that glitter. Hopefully you will get a moment to stop over at the challenge blog to check out all the other cards made by the Design Team and maybe even get a chance to play along yourself for a chance at winning a great prize. Thank you for taking time from your busy day to stop by for a visit - I hope that you are all keeping warm and cozy - we are heading for some very chilly weather in the next few days - so I know that I will be bundling up everywhere I go. Have a great day!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Santa Stocking

Hello - I decided tonight to make another Christmas card and to use a Whiff of Joy stamp that I purchased last year but never got around to using. I love this Willow with Santa Stocking stamp and she was perfect to paper piece and I knew as soon as I had decided to use her that I was going to use my Basic Grey Jovial paper once again. I love this paper - it has a bit of a vintage feel to it yet it is still very Christmasy. I stamped this image on white CS. I then paper pieced her coat, hat and stocking. I cut out the holly leaves from green paper and added a few red jewels for the berries. I colored the rest of the image with my copics - mostly E40, E41, E42, E43 and E44, G85 and G99, E11, E33. I used my sizzix die cut to cut out the scalloped frame and I added little red brads to each scallop. I then used the sentiment from the same stamp set and framed it with SU brass. I added some Christmas prima flowers and did lots of paper layering in the background as well as a couple of border punches and a piece of ribbon. I used Tim Holtz frayed burlap distress ink around the image and did a bit of faux stitching and that does it. Thanks for stopping by for a visit - it is snowing and cold!! Just got back from taking my dog for his "before bed" walk. As we were walking my dog became a bit agitated and started pulling on his leash and then all of a sudden a deer appeared and it was only a few feet from us - my dog barked and the deer stopped and the two of them stared each other down - meanwhile I was taking in the beauty of the scene - you have to picture this - it is lightly snowing, it is night-time, there is big beautiful trees in the background, a full moon and a street light shining down on the deer highlighting it to perfection - it really was a gorgeous site!! Well I am off to bed - tomorrow is back to work for me - I have a super busy week!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Monday, November 15, 2010

Penny Black Challenge - All my Favorite Things

Hello everyone - today I decided to join in the challenge over at Penny Black - I actually have 2 favorite things at Christmas - snowmen and angels. I decided I could not combine the 2 on one card so I choose angels this time. The adorable angel is from Penny Black - Mimi's Christmas set (the entire set is so cute!!). I inked her with versamark ink and embossed her in gold. I then only colored in her face (E01,E02,E11) and her hair (YR21, YR23, YR24). Her dress and wings I paper pieced with some embossed vellum paper (the same paper I used in the background of the window frame). The window frame was cut with my Cricut Christmas/Noel cartridge as were the gold candles. The big star in the background is a Sizzix die cut which I masked with dark brown paper and added some gold string. The sentiment is cut from the gold DP which is also used in one of the layers. I embossed a gold frame around the ivory background piece - this piece was also run through my cuttlebug and then I softly added TH Vintage Photo distress ink to highlight the embossed swirls. I added a brown star brad in the angel's hair and attached her to a SU oval punch so she has something to stand on. That about does it for this card. Thank you for stopping by for a visit - this is actually my 2nd post today - not a common occurence for me that is for sure but with Christmas approaching very quickly - I am spending quite a bit of time in my craft room. I hope you have a wonderful Monday and the rest of your week. Happy Crafting!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Paper Cupcakes Challenge - Who's Candy?

Hello everyone - it is once again Magical Monday over at Paper Cupcakes Challenge Blog - There's Magic in the Air. Today we are all given this digi-image called "Who's Candy?" illustrated by the talented Nina May over at Paper Cupcakes. I colored the image with my copics (colors listed below). I added some sparkles to the gummy candies on the snow and also added some sticker snowflakes and a candy cane embellishment. I used my quickutz for the 2 brown corners. I did a bit of layering with various papers from my stash pile. I paper pierced on the white matt and added a ribbon to the bottom. I also added the word Joy which is cut from a sizzix die cut. I did a bit of faux black stitching around the main image as well. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and hopefully you will get a chance to check out the rest of the DT's entries for this week over at There's Magic in the Air. Have a super day!!

Copics Used: W00,W3,R24,R35,R37,C3,C5,C7,E40,E43,E44,E49,G14,G17,B91,BG72

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Friday, November 12, 2010

7 Kids College Fund Challenge - Thank You

Hello everyone - Yeah!! The weekend is upon us once again and I couldn't be happier. I really cannot wait until I retire (I know it is still at least 10 years away - one can dream though). I will be spending so much more time in my craft room. Work really does get in the way - oh well - I guess I need to work to support this obsession. I am grateful and blessed to be able to have a beautiful area to craft in and for the time I do get to spend in there. Over at 7 Kids College Fund there is a fantastic challenge - all you have to do is use one of the images that 7 Kids College Fund sells (that in itself is easy to do) and it must be a thank you card. Since I am really well into the Christmas card making mood - I decided to use a Christmas image for a thank you card. I used my new Stampavie stamp and colored in this adorable image with my copic markers (E49, E35, E33 and E31). I then cut the entire image out (that was not easy). I paper pieced the bow and ribbon. The paper is from the Basic Grey Jovial paper pack. The sentiment is computer generated. I used Tim Holtz distress inks on most edges. The leave in the background is a Magnolia die cut. I added some SU corners around the sentiment and some green ribbon on the bottom. I glued some gold dew drops around the nesty circle and that pretty much does it. Oh I forgot to mention this challenge at 7 Kids - well you have a chance at winning a $75.00 gift certificate (maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that - the less people that know the better my chance is - lol!!) darn - I just can't be that nasty - I hope you get a chance to play along and wish you good luck in the draw. I am off to bed - I hope you have a great weekend - I don't have any plans other than doing some house work and hopefully getting some more Christmas cards done. Bye for now

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Monday, November 8, 2010

Merry Moose-Mas with more traditional colors

Hello everyone - this is my first creation that I made for yesterday's Paper Cupcake Magical Monday challenge. I am not sure what I was thinking - I made this card and thought - this will work perfectly for the non-traditional Christmas color challenge. I showed my hubby as I do with most of my cards - I need someone's approval and he is always happy to oblige and usually has some positive remark - although this time he said to me "isn't this challenge supposed to use non-traditional Christmas colors?" and I said "yes - and doesn't this card work so well" and then he replied "I thought green was a traditional Christmas color" - well I don't know what I was thinking - of course green is a traditional Christmas color - so at first I hated that he was right - so I said "yeah but there is not much green on it - I think it will be ok" - after I thought about it for a bit - I knew he was right (boy do I hate when that happens - lol!!) I had no choice but to redo the card - which is what I posted earlier this morning. This card uses the same adorable Merry Moose-Mas from Paper Cupcakes digi stamps. Again I used an older SU sentiment and some SU copper hardware. I used the same circut die cut for the tree and the same Cuttlebug embossing folders. I used the same copic colors for the Moose as well. The CS and DP was all from my stash. I hope you enjoy seeing the variation. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and have a great Tuesday - we have another holiday on Thursday - here in Canada it is Remembrance Day. I am looking forward to relaxing and spending some more time in my craft room - I have lots of Christmas cards to get done and the time is passing quickly. Bye for now.

Your stamping friend - Debbie

Magical Monday at Paper Cupcakes - Christmas Card - Non-traditional colors

Hello everyone - I know just how fast time goes as each Monday comes along way too quickly - Monday is not one of my favorite days - thankfully that is Paper Cupcakes challenge day so I do look forward to that part of Mondays. Today the challenge was actually choosen by myself and my challenge to the DT and whomever else wants to play along over at There's Magic in the Air is to make a Christmas card using non-tradional Christmas colors. I will have to admit - I messed up on this challenge - the first card I made had some green in it and I didn't really even think of it until my hubby looked at my card and he said "I thought you weren't supposed to use any Christmas colors" and then he went on to say "isn't green a Christmas color?" I could not argue that fact with him so I quickly remade my card and this time I made sure there were no Christmas colors - no Christmas colors to me means no red, green, gold or silver although it was not made that clear in the challenge request. I will post my other version (with the green in it tomorrow for you to see). I acquired the the Merry Moose-Mas image from Paper Cupcakes digital images. The very talented Nina May is the illustrator and I must say this Moose has got to be one of my favorites! I actually did not mind making 2 cards using this image as he was a lot of fun to use. I colored him with my copic markers (E49,E44,E43,E41). I then used my cricut to cut out the 2 white Christmas trees. I then put the trees through my cuttlebug to emboss. I also embossed the background dark blue CS. I ran a strip of brown CS through my krimper and layered a piece of gingham ribbon on top. The sentiment is from SU and I used my SU scallop punch to cut out the sentiment. I added a border on the bottom using my MS star border punch. I then added some blue jewels, some star brads and a prima flower to finish off the card. I layered the entire card on a piece of new Bo Bunny paper that I had just purchased. I must say I love this time of year when all the Christmas decorations are starting to surface all over town and this is the time of year when I love to sit and make Christmas cards - they are my favorite cards to make. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend - we had a great weekend - Saturday we celebrated my cousin's 25th wedding anniversay and today the weather was spectacular for this time of year - beautiful blue sky and lots of sun! My husband, myself and our adorable dog Toby went for a really nice long walk - going for long walks with my dog are another one of my favorite past-times so when I get the chance to go - it makes me very happy!! I hope you get a chance to check out some of the other DT entries and maybe even join the challenge yourself. Have a great Monday! Thank you for stopping by to visit and for your ever so kind comments!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Anniversary Card

Hello everyone - another busy work week - so glad it is finally the weekend - this will be a quick post as it is almost midnight and we just came back from my cousin's 25th wedding anniversary party. It was a lot of fun and nice to see some relatives I have not seen in quite some time. I made this card this morning - I thought with all the cards I have made in the past something would work for an anniversary card but nothing I had was appropriate so I made this card. I am pretty sure this is a Sarah Kay stamp - I am too lazy to go downstairs right now to check. It is a pretty simple card - colored with my copics and layered a couple of times on DP and CS. I added a C.C. Design sentiment and a few brads together with a couple of prima flowers. I also used Tim Holtz Pumice Stone distress ink around the edges. Well off to bed for me - I am so thankful it is daylight savings weekend and we gain an extra hour of sleep tonight - I need it!! Thanks for stopping by to visit and have a wonderful Sunday!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Monday, November 1, 2010

Paper Cupcakes Magical Monday Challenge - Be Thankful

Hello everyone - It is Monday once again! It always amazes me how quickly the weekend goes and how much slower the weekdays go! This Monday the Paper Cupcake Magical Monday challenge is "Be Thankful" or "Thanksgiving Card". As a Canadian we have just had our thanksgiving but I know in the USA thanksgiving is near the end of November. This card was made with the beautiful "creamandsugarwithflowers" image illustrated by the very talented Nina May of Paper Cupcakes digital stamps. If you get a chance to stop by to visit her website you will be surprised at how many wonderful images she has to offer. This image is colored in with my copic markers and then cut out and layered on design paper from my paper stash. The sentiment is from an older SU set that I have. I added a couple of prima flowers, some polko dot ribbon and few brown brads. I used Tim Holtz walnut stain distress ink to some of the edges. I hope you get a chance to stop by There's Magic in the Air blog to see some of the other cards made by the very talented design team and maybe you might get a chance to play along for a great prize! Have a wonderful Monday - back to work for me. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit - just to let you know your comments mean so much to me!

Your stamping friend