Monday, November 30, 2015


Can you believe it is December already!?  Oh, my, where has this year gone?  Well, since it is a new month, it's time for a new challenge from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, you can enter anything as long as it is Christmas related.  The challenge last for the the whole month, so if you haven't finished your Christmas cards, here's your chance.   Our sponsor is THE fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will get to choose 7 images!  Here is my card using "Christmas Words--Jesus";
The Bugaboo images are always so cute, and this one combines cuteness with the real reason for Christmas.  Can't beat that!  Oh, yeah, I threw in some sparkly snowflakes, too.  Another winning combo in my book.

One Stitch At A Time #251--winter
Christmas Card Challenge #52--anything goes
Sweet Stampin--Sparkle & Shine
Hiding in My Craft Room #227--any holiday
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge #128--use a die cut
Wags 'n Whiskers #167--ribbons and/or pearls
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #237--use die cuts/punches
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #153--words
Winter Wonderland--add sparkle and &bling
Crafty Ribbons #137--frosty Christmas
Time Out Challenge #45--snowflakes are winter's butterflies
DRS Designs #202--Let the Holidays begin
C.R.A.F.T. #339--winter
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #61--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #47--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #229--Christmas card
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch

Fab n' Funky Challenge #283--Christmas
Crafting By Designs--Christmas
Creative Craft Cottage--Christmas
Clear It Out Challenge--theme: holiday: Christmas stash: glitter
Our Daily Bread Designs #269--religious Christmas
Craftin' Desert Divas--Christmas
Lacy Sunshine #78--Sweet Dreams of Christmas
A Gem of a Challenge #158--inspired by a Christmas song or carol (Away in a Manger)

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Christmas Words--Jesus" digi
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Circles, large" and "Scalloped Circles, large"; Sweet N Sassy snowflake die

It's a Scramble Blog Hop

Some parts of the world are experiencing cold weather and some are experiencing warm weather. Kinda scrambled, wouldn't you say?! The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog is excited to bring you our "It's A Scramble" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by the awesome River City Rubber Works! Come hop with us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to their online store!

As you hop, collect letters at each stop and be sure to leave each designer some love. Once you have collected all the letters, unscramble them and email your guess to - then all the correct guesses will be entered into the drawing for the River City Rubber Works gift certificate!

All of the LTSCB designers are creating Anything Goes inspiration projects. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up an Anything Goes project for an EXTRA entry into the drawing! **Be sure to use the same email address to email your guess and to link up your project so we can make sure you're given two entries into the drawing!**

Please note that even though this is an Anything Goes challenge, our normal rules apply. :)

Here is my card using "Direct the Wind" by River City Rubber Works:
Such a good reminder, isn't it?  We can't control what happens to us, but we can control how we react and how we deal with it.

My letter is T.

Here are your blog hop stops:
Heather--You are Here!

We hope you are enjoying the hop! If you get lost along the way or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun, head on over to the Love To Scrap!Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning!

Happy Hopping!

Stamps: River City Rubber Works "Direct the Wind"; Verve "Text Objects" boat, "Strong Anchor" and "Better Together" chevrons
MFT "Blueprints #13"
PTI Pure Poppy card stock

Addicted To CAS--dimension (my boat is popped up on dimensional squares and the button adds dimension)
Crafty Catz #303--masculine
Penny's Paper Challenge #255--use something from your stash (the button and the twine which was actually two short pieces in my bits and pieces stash that were just perfect for tying on to the button)
Addicted To Stamps #172--make your mark (I used ink and markers)
Word Art Wednesday #211--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rustic Christmas

I've been wanting to play along with Verve's Rustic Winter challenge and I've had this card idea in mind for a week or so and it turned out pretty much how I thought it would, which isn't always the case. : )
It's hard to see in the photo, but I created a plank look with my scorpal and then swiped some white and tan inks on to give it a rustic look.  The finishing touch, which unfortunately doesn't show up well are the little "nails" I added to each side of the horizontal plank joins.  So cute in real life!  I used glue and red flock to create the "berries".
I was inspired by this card made by Amy Kolling, who is on the Verve DT:
Diva Hop
Wags n' Whiskers #167--ribbons and/or pearls
As You See It #114--real red, moss meadow, bermuda bay (or at least as close as I could match)
Brown Sugar #174--use pearls
DRS Designs #202--Let the Holidays begin
Penny's Paper Challenge #255--use something from your stash (one of the die cut wreaths was in my bits and pieces stash and I've had the metal word for probably 10 years at least)
The Paper Shelter #229--Christmas Card
Shopping Our Stash #229--no Stamping (boy was that a hard one!!)
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #59--Christmas Decorations
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Emerald Creek Dare--Bringing Bits of Cheer

Dies: PTI rustic wreath die
DCWV metal plaque

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Birthday

Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th birthday this month!  Happy Birthday!!  I decided to play along with their birthday challenge/blog hop as I have a couple winter birthdays that always sneak up on me.

Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps "Celebrating Milestones" and "Special"
Dies: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps Snowflake dies

Sweet n' Sassy Stamps--Birthday Hop
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #61--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #47--anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge #255--use something from your stash (the twine came wrapped around a package of stamps I received recently and all the papers except the largest blue piece were scraps and all the white pieces were scraps)
Word Art Wednesday #211--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Viva La Verve November week 3--sketch
Viva la Verve November 2015 Week 3 Sketch designed by Charmaine Ikach |
Southern Girls--Patterned Paper Mix Up
Crafty Cardmakers #152--winter birthday

Give thanks

It's time for another What If? Wednesday Challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a sketch for you.  I love a good sketch, it's such a great starting point for a card.  And this one is a good one; so fun!
Here is my card:
The banners in the sketch reminded me of ribbon and I had a couple pieces sitting in my "bits and pieces" stash that were perfect fall colors: yellow and dark brown (every piece used on this card was a scrap; I just cut some of them into smaller pieces).  But then I was faced with the dilemma of where to go from there?  Those ribbons would be lost against any patterned paper and most card stock.  Then I remembered that I had this mini chicken wire die and thought paired with the ribbons that it would add to the autumn look.  I hope you'll join in this week and play along; I can't wait to see your take on this sketch.  
Right now, Repeat Impressions is having a sale; you don't want to miss it.

Simon Says Stamp Monday--thanks/thanksgiving
Creative Fingers #98--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #145--anything goes + sentiment
As You Like It--Favorite Season and why (While I absolutely love summer and all the warm weather, Fall is my favorite season.  I love the colors and the cool crisp air, the smells and the yummy desserts)
Little Miss Muffet #125--Thanks or Support
Raisin Boat #38--thankful
One Sweet Challenge --thank you/thanksgiving
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Prize Pumpkin" and "Let Us . . . "
Dies: MFT "Mini Chicken Wire"; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"

Monday, November 23, 2015

Noel Gift Bag

It's my turn to show a Project of the Week over on The House That Stamps Built blog and I'm going to show you how to decorate a plain gift bag.  We held my twins' birthday party this weekend and their uncle gave them gifts in these cute little plain kraft bags.  I snagged one as it was perfect for my project.  Here are the supplies you'll need to create your own:
-Gift bag (whatever size you want)
-card stock and coordinating papers
-dies and white card stock for your focal panel
-stamps (I used Repeat Impressions' "Noel", "Pointsettia" "Hello" and "Thanks" I am also showing "Christmas" but didn't end up using it."

I started by creating my paper layers.  I NEVER measure, so I thought I show you how I make my cuts.  I lay my piece of card stock on top of my gift bag and make sure I have the border I wanted showing around the outside.
 Then I use a pencil to make a mark on the two sides that need to be cut.  You can see my pencil line just above the bottom of the gift bag.  Then I use my paper trimmer to cut along those two lines.  It leaves you with the perfect size paper and no measuring needed!
 I did the same thing with my patterned paper: lay it on the already cut piece of card stock and mark where I want to cut with a pencil.
 After all my layers were cut and adhered together, I moved on to stamping.  I die cut my label,  stamped "Noel" and colored in the poinsettia.
 I also cut a small label to use for my tag, stamped "Poinsettia" and colored it in.  I added gold paint pen to the center to make it pop.
 On the back, I stamped the 'for' from "Thanks" and 'you' from "Hello".
 And here is my gift bag all assembled.  I used pop dots to pop up my sentiment panel and tied on my tag with a scrap piece of ribbon and some twine.
I hop I've inspired you to create your own gift bags.  Thanks for checking out my Project of the Week.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--Christmas
Inspiration Destination #60--anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #46--use scraps (my ribbon is a scrap and all the patterned paper as well as the white card stock are off cuts)
Penny's Paper Challenge #234--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #171--anything goes
Sugar Pea Designs #22--Home for the Holidays
Crafting by Designs--Times 3 (I used 3 patterned papers and 3 colors: red, white, and green)
Creative Inspiration #336--festive fun
Sweet Stamps--Anything but a card
Aurora Wings #20--anything but cards
YNS #27--sketch
East Wind #45--Layer it on me, baby!
Dis Digis--bingo (I used the flowers, ribbon and sentiment column)
Vintage Stamping Challenge #38--traditional Christmas
CAS-ual Chic--precious metals (I used a metal eyelet on my tag and my gold paint pen to color the centers of both poinsettias)
Sweet Stamps--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #338--Christmas present
Brown Sugar #173--anything goes

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Noel", "Poinsettia", "Thanks" and "Hello"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" fishtail banner and "Designer Labels 4 STAX"
Papers: DCWV Christmas Pack

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Warm Hello

It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
Isn't it gorgeous?!  Here's how I interpreted it:
If you hopped along with our Blog Hop last weekend, you'll recognize that I am using one of the newest released stamp sets from Repeat Impressions.  I heat embossed the "thanks" before inking up the scene and adding the smaller sentiment.  The bold font made a perfect stand in for the silhouetted reeds in the photo.  It was totally unplanned, but the "a warm" part of the sentiment is perfect for the warmth of the colors I used.  Head on over to The House blog to see the full details and how the rest of the DT used this photo.  I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this photo.

Crafting Musketeers #31--anything but a square
Sweet Stamps--anything goes
Time Out Challenge #44--CASE

Creative Knockout's #115--something to say
Brown Sugar #172--no patterned paper
Jo's Scrap Shack #114--anything goes
Wags n Whiskers #141--embossing
Eureka Stamps #167--anything goes

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Hello"