Thursday, November 26, 2015

I'll have a Blue Christmas....

First!  Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US!  I am thankful for all of YOU, local and abroad!  This crafting community is wonderful, thank you for making it so!

Onto the Challenge!

You know the words to the song Blue Christmas right?  Well I know the song is about being lonely and sad but I prefer to think a blue Christmas can be beautiful!  Looky here and see what I mean.

Wow eh?!  Yeah, it makes me happy and if I have a Blue Christmas it will be...without ...WITH YOU!  :)  

Here is my creation for the week, using both the image and the sketch.  I started with the idea of the blue embossed snowflakes (Simon Says Stamp) on white.  I was going to put them directly on the turquoise paper (SU!) but decided I needed a layer in between.  I went and found this thin and glitterific silver paper (American Crafts) and cut it to size then used the snowflake punch (Martha Stewart) to make it a bit more fancy.  Next I stamped the banner on the blue using white embossing powder and included the sentiment (Hero Arts).  Once I cut and mounted it I decided to add the silver embossed dove (Mama Elephant).  So much sparkle!

Please do stop by the Fusion blog and check out the AMAZING creations over there.  They are simply fabulous!  BUT...before you go... Two questions for you: #1  What are you grateful for?  #2- if you had to chose one single color to decorate for the holidays with, which color would it be?  

That's all today.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Guest Designing over at Top Dog Dies

I am guest designing over at Top Dog Dies today.  Please head on over and visit me!  Here is a sneak peak of one of the three projects I am sharing!

Please come and visit me!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

SSC114- Yetiiiiiiiiii

EEK!  I love this week's challenge for Sunday Stamps.  The sketch is super clean and simple with so much opportunity for amazing creations. Check it out:

For my creation this week I used a combo of stamps and elements.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I am not sure if it is all the stripes and the simple colors, or the cutie pie stamps, but I am happy with it.  :) What I used was a combo of stamps, mostly Lawn Fawn, using the Yeti, Set, Go and Ready, Set, Snow  (match made in heaven much?!).  The north pole stamp is from Amuse and perfect for this. The DP behind the globe is also Lawn Fawn and the other is American Crafts.  I finished it off with a little holiday colored twine.  

The team has created a huge variety of fun and fabulous cards.  I hope you will head over to the Sunday Stamps blog to check them out and get inspired to play!

Happy Sunday to all!

Entering this into:

Friday Mashup- Winter Theme
CASology- Give

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fusion- Welcome

Fusion is here.  Check out this week's challenge. 

You've probably heard the saying, "home is where the heart is."  So true, so true.  I have a co-worker who just bought her first house.  So excited for her.  So the "welcome" and flowers above made me think of her.

I went for a true Fusion this round, picking up bits and pieces of both the image and the sketch.  I used a some Freckled Fawn washi, a Top Dog Dies die for the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.  I colored in the heart and added Crystal effects.  You can also spot a few little woodchip stars (also Freckled Fawn) acattered around the edges.  The jar and flowers are both Impression Obessesion dies.  I particularly love the paper used for the blooms, the colors are all breathtaking. 

Head on over to Fusion and check out all the DT projects.  

Thanks for joining us today!

Entering this into:

CASology- Give

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Happy Birthday Little Bean!

I am such a lucky mom and my darling daughter turned 8 this week!  I can't tell you how much I love her. This year she is obsessed with Pokemon and Pikachu.  Case in point- here is her Halloween costume.

This costume was made by our dear neighbor.  You can't see the stripes on the back and the zig-zag tail, but it is there.  Pretty cute eh?!

So....since her birthday is 3 days post-Halloween, we are having a Pokemon Party.  I made her a card for her actual birthday and some party favors for the kids party. 

The card is made from Lawn Fawn circle dies and circle and oval punches.  I used my Copics to add the mouth, nose and color to the ears and tail.  She loved it.  

For her party, I made a variety of things.  First a Pokemon ball tag, simply colored half red and used washi across the middle.  I used circle punches for the middle and put each kids initial on each tag.  In the background you can see the Pokemon trainer certificate, one for each kid with their name printed from my computer.  Next a Pokemon ball decoration or ornament.  This is a clear plastic holiday ornament.  I put tape down the middle and painted the inside of each half with white and red. It took several coats of paint.  Once dry I closed them up and used electric tape around the outside to hold it together and provide the black stripe.  More circle punches add the center mounted on dimensionals and a finishing touch of twine. I'll also be adding a few Pokemon cards and some appropriate colored starburst.  Come back later to see more decor and the party treats!

So..... I think you can tell I love my little Bean Bag (as we like to call her) and this is one of the ways I show it.  I hope she has an amazing birthday party because she is an amazing girl!

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Hello Friends.  Happy day to you!  I hope you are enjoying this Sunday. 
It is Sunday Stamps Day to share another fun challenge with you.  I love, LOVE this image and the colors. 
Blue, that's my color, my fave, fave color.
This big bold image from Impress and I did some rock and roll stamping using a combo of Neon Blue from Hero Arts and old and retired Ballet Blue from Stampin Up!.  I used leaves from Walter and Winnie, I used Burnt Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip to stamp there.  The base CS is also from SU!, Kraft and Marina Mist.  I accented this with a combo of twine and gold tied in a bow on this clip.  Then added the Freckled Fawn wood chips and MME gold enamel dots. 
Always love playing with the fun challenges at Sunday Stamps and hope you will come and join us!
Thanks for stopping!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fusion Poppies

Hello Fusion Fans!  Happy Thursday to you and Happy ALMOST Halloween!  

Meanwhile, this round of Fusion feels more springy than fall. 

For my creation this week I was channeling my friend and fellow Fusion teamie Kimberly Wiener.  She does the most amazing things with stencils, I am always in awe.  

For this card, I obviously used a stencil on white cardstock.  The stencil Dylusions and I used my Ranger Stormy Sky Distress ink to add color.  I die cut the notebook paper shape from Paper Smooches on actual notebook paper.  I stamped the image from Woodware Craft Collection on White and used more distress inks to add color (Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey), applying the yellow in the middle with a sponge dauber.   I cut them out and mounted them up and added the sentiment.  

Head on over to Fusion and check out all the amazing DT creations. You will leave feeling inspired!

Since it is almost Halloween, I need to know... are you dressing up?  Do you know what you are gonna be?