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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A New Challenge over at


Now I have to say I thought this challenge was going to be difficult for me, but once I saw the adorable images I was given to work with, I had a great deal of fun with it.

Our theme for this challenge is  Fairies.

We have two wonderful Sponsors for this challenge,

The first card I created, I used the adorable image,




My next card was created using, Sheet #199 from Whoopsi Daisy.


As always, there will be prizes!

The Stamping Boutique has donated to one lucky winner either 3 digital stamps or 1 digital paper pack of winner's choice.
AND
Whoopsi Daisy has donated to one lucky winner 2 sheets of digital images.

Remember to check out Crafting for All Seasons Challenge Blog to see all the amazing work from our design team.

Have fun creating!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Eleven more days till it is

Christmas !

 I know you have been busy creating & making all those Christmas cards, tags, gifts, ornaments, etc.  Why don't you enter our challenge at
Crafting for All Seasons Blog with the theme of  Christmas! 

The Stamping Boutique and Meljen's Designs have both generously provided the design team with some fantastic digital images to work with.

And both donated prizes for our two winners from this Christmas Challenge!

The first is a card I created using Jingle Bells from Meljen's Designs -



Printed Papers -- Close to My Heart
Various Stickles
Pearl Pen
Copics
Ribbon from my own stash

The second is a gift card holder I made using Santa & Audrey from The Stamping Boutique -


 
An inside view of the gift card holder -


Printed Papers -- Close to My Heart
Sparkle Brads -- Close to My Heart
Quickutz Dies
Copics
Pearl Pen

Now for the prizes!

The Stamping Boutique winner will receive either 3 digital images or
 1 digital paper pack of your choice.
Meljen's Designs winner will receive 4 digital images.

Please head on over to Crafting for All Seasons Challenge Blog to see all the amazing creations from the design team.   And do not forget to enter the challenge.

Good Luck!

Friday, December 9, 2011

My absolute favorite

card I made for Christmas!

As soon as I saw these two digital images, Rodney Reindeer and Sledding Noah at Digital Delights I knew I had to have them.  They are both just adorable!


So I thought it would be cute to make them into a Santa's sled being pulled by reindeer.  And of course the front reindeer had to be Rudolph - ish with his nose all red.

A couple of close up pictures . . .


Now off Noah & the Rodney(s) go in the mail to my nieces & nephew, who I know will just love this as much as I loved making it for them.

Challenges entered -




     


Friday, December 2, 2011

23 Days till Christmas!

And another Christmas card for the sharing.


The image from Whimsy Stars was a freebie & I could not resist her.

I thought a QK Ornament diecut would be perfect to cut out this image to keep with the theme.

Enjoy today!  It is Friday!


Challenges entered -


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our newest challenge begins


And our theme is time is
White on White

I have to admit this was a really tough one for me.  I love color & the more vivid the better.   I am hoping that if you have never done any White on White creations, you will try & step out of the box like I did.

We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge who were so kind to give me a chance to create with their wonderful images,


My first creation using Bu'Fly Tia from Some Odd Girl -


I decided to color the image with PrismaColor Pencils.  I thought this would be more subtle than using my Copics as usual.
I used  Nestabilities, Embossing Folder & die cuts for all the different shapes & textures.
And of course a bit of Stickles.

My next creation I used Sheet #28 from Whoopsie Daisy -



Again, I thought coloring with the PrismaColor Pencils would be best. 
Used  CTMH stamp D1453 with Vanilla Cream Ink to stamp the four courners.
Used ribbon & pearls from my stash and a Nestabilitie to cut out the image.

Both sponsors have also so generously offered prizes,
Some Odd Girl - 3 digital images
and
Whoopsie Daisy - 2 sheets of digital images

Now head on over to Crafting for All Seasons Challenge Blog to see all the wonderful creations by our design team. 

And don't forget to enter your own creation!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

begins my favorite holiday . . . .  Christmas!

No I didn't go out this year to shop at those crazy hours.  But I did grab some great deals online sitting on my couch in my pjs with my laptop on my lap.  Not quite the same, but definitely more relaxing for me. 

So, to start off the Christmas season, I've posted one of many Christmas cards I have made this year.


I decided to attempt a card without using the traditional red & green colors. 
I have to say I do like how this came out with the blues & browns, a bit nontraditional but just as nice.

So, happy shopping to all who have decided to take advantage of all those deals today! 

Happy Shopping!



Friday, November 18, 2011

Gratitude . . . .

is what it is all about this time of year. 

With that in mind, I wanted to share a Thanksgiving/Thank you card I made.



Just my way of saying Happy Thanksgiving & Thank you to all of  my blog followers. 

Enjoy your holiday with family & friends!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving . . . . .

is coming upon us very soon.  
So what a perfect time to start creating those Thanksgiving cards & creations to have them finished in time to say an extra special Thank You to family & friends.

Today starts a new challenge at Crafting for All Seasons and of course the theme is Thanksgiving.

We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge,
 Bugaboo Stamps  and The Stamping Boutique !

First I will share with you the card I made using


The Stamping Boutique has generously offered one winner of this challenge a prize of 3 digis or 1 digital paper pack of winner's choice.

Next, I used the digital,

I thought since I did a card already, I would try something different.  So, I dusted off my Silhouette & found this adorable Happy Thanksgiving box to cut out & assemble.  Then colored the Bugaboo Stamp image, Bobblehead Thanksgiving Scarecrow with copics & used some 3D tape to make it pop! 





Side View
                   









Front View



Side View

Bugaboo Stamps  will also generously award one winner with 7 Digital Designs.


Don't forget to check out all the creations the amazing design team has posted at


Challenges entered -

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Is it too early

to even think about Christmas, snow or the possibility of both?! 

After the freak early snowstorm we just experienced the end of October, I think not!

With that in mind, I decided to start working with my winter/Christmas digital designs.


Now I am hoping the only snow I see for a while is just what I see on my creations. 


Challenges entered --






Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sorry!

It may look like I abandoned you for a bit. 

I had gone away for a 4 day scrapbook weekend with some of my wonderful friends.  
While away we had a snow storm in New England, which destroyed a lot of trees because of all the leaves still on the branches.  And of course, this in turn took down a lot of electrical wires/poles, etc.

I returned home on Sunday night to find we had lost electricity & have just recently within the past few hours found out it has been restored.

I am hoping as soon as I get my house straightened out, I will be able to create again.

Treasure the simple things -  lights, heat, hot water, ELECTRICITY!

Enjoy your day.  Now go create.





Saturday, October 22, 2011

Just for You

to share a card I made for the Soldiers thru Operation Write Home.   
 If you have never checked out this nonprofit organization, please do!

Another reason I wanted to share this card is because this is my very own
 one of a kind digital design!



This Card was made using a digital design that I was able to
create myself at  Pink Cat Studio.   
 
Here is where you can find the Pink Cat Studio Digi Stamp Designer tool.  It is FREE to download and very easy to navigate.  Just a little warning, this wonderful opportunity to design your very own one of a kind digi stamp can become very addictive. 

 I had so much fun & loved my creations! 

Challenge entered --



Friday, October 21, 2011

Interested in spreading

Holiday Cheer?

I just found out about this & thought I would pass it along to other card makers.

A wonderful opportunity to make some Christmas/Holiday cards that could spread cheer to others.

Cards that Care is a card drive to collect Holiday/Christmas cards for the elderly in nursing homes.

Link to the BLOG that has all the information & details to participate.


Go Create!





Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween is coming!

And what a perfect incentive to start getting those Halloween cards & projects made especially since the next challenge at Crafting for All Seasons Blog is Halloween!

The design team was given the opportunity to work with two wonderful companies who are sponsoring this challenge, Just Some Lines and Pink Cat Studio .

The first card I want to share is using the image,
Getting Ready for Halloween, from Just Some Lines.



Image, Getting Ready for Halloween, colored with Copics
Papers - Memory Box, Blackbird
Sentiment, happy halloween - Close to My Heart
Hemp - Close to My Heart
Mini Clothes Pin - from my stash

My second card was made using a digital design that I was able to create myself at Pink Cat Studio.   If you haven't head about this awesome new tool over at Pink Cat Studio, you definitely need to head over there & try it out. 
Here is where you can find the Pink Cat Studio Digi Stamp Designer tool.  It is FREE to download and very easy to navigate.  Just a little warning, this wonderful opportunity to design your very own one of a kind digi stamp can become very addictive.  I had so much fun & loved my creations.    Not to delay any longer, here is MY Pink Cat one of a kind creation -




These two sponsors have also generously each offered prizes!
Pink Cat Studio - 5 Digital Stamps
and
Just Some Lines - $15 Gift Certificate



Monday, October 17, 2011

Just A Note . . .

Happy Monday!

A beautiful fall day w/ blue skies, white puffy clouds and some beautiful fall leaves in vibrant colors. 

Go enjoy!



Challenges entered --





Friday, October 7, 2011

Have A Beautiful Day!

Yup!  That is it.  Just wanted to wish all of you  a
 Beautiful Day & Weekend!

I know we will here in New England.  It is going to be in the 80s.  AND it is a 4 day weekend for us here at home. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall is all about

Fall Flowers and Pumpkins

AND that is what it is all about over at

We have started our new challenge & it is all about

Fall Flowers & Pumpkins

Fred She Said Designs is sponsoring this challenge. 
 I had the pleasure of picking out one of their digital designs to create with. 
I picked the digital Wheelbarrow.


Now since this digital didn't actually have a pumpkin for the challenge, I decided to do one of two things.  First, I finally dusted off my Silhouette & found a wonderful pumpkin card I could cut out & use as the actual card.  Then I decided to use a pumpkin button from my stash to add to my creation.

Tag & Sentiment, just for you, stamps are from my stash.  Along with the Leaves.

I colored the Wheelbarrow digital with Copics. 
Then added various Stickles to really make the fall flowers stand out. 




The winner from this challenge will win a $20 Gift Certificate to

Enjoy all the creations from the design team & don't forget to share/enter your creation.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A quick & simple

post to share a recent creation of mine. 

Relax & Enjoy your weekend!



Monday, September 26, 2011

Humid & Muggy

is not what one would expect at this time of year in New England. 
So I thought I would make my own crisp Fall day in my scrapbook room.


The digital design Blessed is from Whimsy & Stars Studio
I colored the pumpkins & acorn with PrismaPencils. 
And used a bit of Stickles on the stems.

The rubber stamp, Twig Heart Wreath is from Memory Box.

The sentiment, Happy Thanksgiving is from my stash.

Now let's hope Mother Nature listens & cools us down a bit here.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Things I love about Fall

include the beautiful leaves that are vibrant in colors, the joy of hand picking my own crisp apples at my local apple orchard then returning home to make apple crisp or a pie. 

All this leads me to the next challenge starting today at
And if you haven't guessed it, the theme for this challenge is

Sunset/Fall Colors

This challenge is being sponsored by TWO wonderful digital providers


I was given the pleasure to work with an image from each of these sponsors.

The first image I created with was from Whimsy Stamps
The image was Meljen's Design  Acorn Mouse.


I decided to pull out my PrismaColor Pens & give a try using them to color this image. 
I liked the more subtle look of the colored image.
The Brown Embossed Cardstock is from Coordinations.  I sanded the texture for the inner color to show thru.  If you haven't tried there papers, I would definitely give it a try.
Bakers Twine
The Embellishment - Give Thanks - is from my stash.

The next image I created with was Bethany Baking from Sweet n Sassy Stamps


Since I loved the subtle color using the PrismaColor Pencils, I used them again, but this time along with Copics.
Orange Leave Ribbon is from my stash.
The Leaf I used as an embellishment near the sentiment was a button. 
 Which I then just removed the shank to be able to adhere it to the card with no extra bulk.
Sentiment, Happy Thanksgiving, from my stash.

With this card, I decided to try something different & made what I call a Tri-Fold Card. 
It gives the sender quite a bit of space to write a personal letter/note.



Each of our sponsors this month have been very generous in providing us with some wonderful prizes!

Whimsy Stamps will provide a winner with 5 digital images.


AND

Sweet n Sassy Stamps will provide a winner with 3 digital images.

Now, head over to Crafting for all Seasons to enjoy all the wonderful creations from our design team.






Friday, September 16, 2011

Creativity is flowing!

Do you find once you get past the creativity block & have finished creating that first or second card that the creativity just flows after that.  Well, that is what has happened to me even though I'm also trying to beat a deadline to get a bunch of fall/Thanksgiving and winter/Christmas cards done to send to the wonderful organization, Operation Write Home.




I've been playing with my PrismaColor Pencils a bit this week & thought it would be a nice change to have a more subtle look to this.

-- Christine

This card has been entered into the following challenge -



Thursday, September 15, 2011

Finally it is feeling like . . . .

FALL !

And with that in mind since the official start of fall will be here soon, I have been making a lot of fall/Thanksgiving and winter/Christmas cards. 

My reason for jumping so far ahead is because the deadline for cards to be sent to Operation Write Home in time to be sent to our soldiers overseas is coming up quickly.

If you have never heard about this wonderful organization, you should definitely head over to their website & check out the great work they do.



So, if your are lucky to head outside & enjoy the crisp fall weather, take the time to enjoy it.

-- Christine

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Gabriella!

My niece's birthday was this past week.  She turned 9!


While I created this card, I thought of how she is a girly girl, so I used lots of  bling, flowers, rhinestones, glitter, etc. 


Found out yesterday that she has not received her special card yet.
  So with great sadness I think the postal service kept it for themselves. 

Either way, the birthday wishes are the same

Happy 9th Birthday, Gabriella!






Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy Bee-Day!

Today starts a new challenge with Crafting for All Seasons.

And you guessed it, the theme for this challenge is -
Birthday

The Design Team & I were given a variety of digital designs to create with from Meljens Designs.

My digital design, Birthday Bee was so much fun to work with since I knew I had the perfect papers & sentiment to go with it.


I used Copics & Spicas to color in the design, Birthday Bee .

Along with the following supplies -
Basic Grey Urban Prairie Printed Papers - Wild Flowers, Straw & Bluebird
Basic Grey Urban Prairie Element Stickers
Basic Grey Urban Prairie Brads

And the best part is I had this sentiment, Wishing you a very Happy Bee-Day, rubber stamp from Memory Box & could not resist.  Also included with this sentiment, on the end of the wooden block is a "bonus" stamp of the little bee, which I used to stamp a bit on the background paper.

NOW  the best part,  the winner of this challenge wins,
 4 images from Meljens Designs.

Head on over to Crafting for All Seasons to check out all the wonderful creations from the rest of the design team. 

And if it is your birthday today, Happy Bee-Day!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Swingin' Summer




Isn't she just adorable!
I loved this digital design, Swingin'Summer by Prairie Fairy Designs as soon as I saw her. 

And since I'm feeling free since the kids returned to school for their 1st day.   I had to create with her since she looks like she is free of all worries & stress.  And is just enjoying that feeling of flying higher & higher in the sky.

I used Copics & Spicas to color her in.
I thought to make her lenses look more like glass, so I used CTMH Liquid Glass on them.


 Had to use some CTMH Bling as earrings.  What girl doesn't like a bit of bling?!  

For the sentiment, I used a metal diecut/acrylic stamp set from My Favorite Things.  Also with that stamp set came a few different stamps to make a line, which I used to make the border around the card.

Now off I go to enjoy my freedom to create while the kids are in school. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer Time = Vacation!


I love the summer months.  It is when we find the time to go away with family & enjoy a vacation!

  And what better theme for Paper Playtime's latests Stamping Monday Challenge,
  but Vacation!




This adorable little lady riding on her bicycle is from Prairie Fairy Designs.

She looks how I feel while on vacation . . . so peaceful!

My Embossed Paper & Printed Paper came from the same 8x8 paper pack from DCWV called Linen Closet.

Ribbon used is from Close to My Heart

I colored the digital Design, Gilly's Bike by Prairie Fairy Designs
 with Copics and Spica Pens

Then cut it out using a Spellbinders Nestabilities & "popped" it to add dimension.

Now head on over to Paper Playtime  to see all the wonderful creations the design team has posted.   To enter to to win some amazing PRIZES from our sponsors make a project with the theme of VACATION using a Stamped or Digi Image/Sentiment.

So, so if you are a Cricut or other Die Cutting Machine lover, you can still play along by adding a STAMPED sentiment. And for all you DIGI lovers out there – use any Digi image or sentiment on your project.

You can enter as many times as you like, as long as all your entries are NEW projects.  AND NO backlinks to previous blog posts. 

Have fun with it! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Time to play B - I - N - G - O

Today starts a new challange at  Crafting for All Seasons!

The theme for this challenge is BINGO 
 Below is the Bingo Chart you will need to use in deciding what 3 elements you will use on your creation.  Pick 3 in a row.  They can be diagonally, up, down, or across.


Our sponsor for this challenge is

Sliekje's Blog is a wondering spot to find lots of free digital stamps & inspiration!

And

The Stamping Boutique is providing the winner of this challenge either
 3 digis or 1 digital paper pack of Winner's choice!

The Stamping Boutique gave me the pleasure of working with their digital Scarecrow -



I decided to use the Bingo elements - Buttons, Embossing, Ribbons

The paper I used from my stash was embossed in areas.  So I considered that my Embossing part.
The Ribbon I used was from Close to My Heart.
And the Button was from my stash.  It is a pumpkin button I placed over the Copic colored small pumpkin in the Scarecrow image.



As mentioned I used Copics to color the image along w/ Spica & Glaze Pens.
And some Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart on the larger pumpkin of the Scarecrow image.

At first I thought it was too early to even think about Fall since it is still August.  But I woke to beautiful crisp fall-like weather today, which made my Scarecrow feel very welcome.

Now head on over to Crafting for All Seasons to check out all the wonderful creations from our design team.. 




Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yes! TAG is a childhood game.

But it is also the theme  for the challenge at

Now this was a bit out of my comfort zone.  
 I have never made a tag, so I was a bit nervous & excited about this challenge.

But I think the idea I had & being able to work with this adorable digital design,
helped me create my vision.    I have to say I am quite pleased with the final result.


Which brings me to the prize for one lucky winner who enters this challenge -
 A $10 Gift Certificate  to Tiddly Inks!!


A little secret, I did use a large manila tag as my base to make this a bit more sturdy.

Printed Papers by Cosmo Crickets
Black Silk Ribbon - Creative Impressions
Brad - Chatter Box
Sheer Calendar Month - Maya Road
Red Mini Paperclips - 7 Gypsies
"Enjoy" Sentiment - Lockhart Stamp Co.

And of course, the digital design Schoolboy & Extras by Tiddly Inks, which was colored with Copics.

Now head on over to Crafting for All Seasons to check out all the other creative work by our wonderful design team.  And don't forget to welcome our new design team members!