Friday, December 31, 2010


Verve's week two was a little harder for me to get my head around so I made it last!
The same card kit that I used here with a strip of a different scrap.
The white card base has a lined texture that I couldn't capture with the camera.

Verve is having a new year of more inspiration!
Just follow the sketches for all you inspiration needs!

Happy New Year to all who grace this blog with your presence!
Thank you for coming by and leaving comments.
It just makes my day to see that someone has left a little love behind to warm my heart.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank you

Delightful Inspiration is due Thursday if I want the last image of the month for free!
Yes, I had to chop the legs off with the die as this was a Verve challenge, too!
that die you have seen me use several times. I love it!
i love the Whimsical Cardinals, too!
the two birds came in pairs and singularly and are so perfect for this cold weather that we are having in the Tampa Bay area.
Thanks for coming by!
Keeping it short and keeping it FUN!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Valentine snowman

Delightful Inspiration's newest addition is Valentine Snowman.....
and mittens!
Isn't this snowman cute?
I printed out the mittens across the page, colored and cut to fit the card.
I found a plastic baggie with some card kits in this card took such little time.
The snowflake was already punched, I just had to color and run the VS through the Cuttlebug
and called it almost done!!!
Got out my tiny bottle of paint and covered the VS and the snowflake using a paint brush.
Keeping it simple as there are a few more packages to wrap and company coming in 3 hours!!!!!
Thanks for coming by!
Merry and safe Christmas!

ePrinter from HP

My favorite cook--Pioneer Woman, Ree,  is giving away this fabulous HP printer. Head on over there for a chance to win one. She's giving away for you and one for me!!!!
today is AD day for me...but wait there could be more!!!!!

TC Blog Candy

Taylored Concepts has a HUGE assortment of blog candy!
There are pics galore of all the goodness she is giving away to celebrate her
blogaversary. The drawing is the week of Jan 10th.
This is just one picture of the many Erika has posted!
Head on over there and become a follower and post her candy on your blog for a chance to win.
I have a link  at the top of my side bar.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mini albums

I had taken some pictures of our girls day out at Busch Gardens and decided to use Joan's (Paperlicious)
take on a mini album. We got together last night for dinner and I had two of them for prizes!
This is the smaller one. I wish you could see it IRL - upon completion of the tag I sprayed it with a home made sparkly silver mist. the tag is the top of the belly band that holds the album closed.
 The girls just loved both the albums and I am sure to be making more.
I did not go to the store and purchase coin envelopes or tags---I made my own.
Details will be at the end of this LONG post!
Now for the bigger one--just wait more pics as you scroll down!
OK, so the Wild Things are not US -- it's all the animals that we saw that day!!!!

This is Frank one of the chimpanzees. He is fifteen years old!
There was a female in there also, Patsy, she was forty-eight years old!
We saw hippos, ostriches, zebras, water buffalo, alligators, elephants,  kangaroos, wallabies, an albino kangaroo, flamingos, rhinos, chimps, an ice show (skating), and a Cirque de Soliel
like performance that was awesome!
Back to the albums!!!!!!
On the smaller book I used No. 10 envelopes and cut them to 3 1/4 x 4" and sewed the side openings closed. You should get three 'pockets' from each envelope.
This smaller mini measures 3 1/2 x 4 1/2" with 1/4" deep ends.
I did not have any coin envelopes and made my own little pockets. The book covers were also stitched, obviously before I adhered the pockets into them.
For a complete tutorial Joan sent me to a video from Paper Wishes...HERE.
I used some green ric rac that was literally laying around (on my desk).
My tags were made from SU Natural Ivory---2 3/8 x 4 1/2, then stamped with some WMS stamps,
and a reinforced ring to make them look like a real tags!
On the larger book--
I used regular envelopes No. 6 3/4 that measure 6 1/2 x 3 5/8", sealed them and cut the one end off to measure 4 x 3 5/8" and sponged all edges on both sides with Weathered Wood.
This album measures 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" with 1/4" deep on both ends for room for the envelopes and tags.
Both albums took 11" belly bands to hold them closed.
I made sour cream containers and inserted a ticket into each one. My friends picked their own container and then one of them picked and a winner was born...second album...ditto the first...and two winners!!
They each kept the containers to hang on their trees! I left them simple for two three (or four five good) reasons. One: I never dreamed they'd keep them and why personalize them if the tickets were in there. Two: I simply ran out of time.
My DSK had come over and I grabbed the opportunity to have him help me get some Christmas storage containers down and that led to cleaning out the garage which took time away from the party planning treats!
My friends loved them in the end and that was all that mattered!
I made chocolate covered Oreos for one of our desserts and quite honestly that took longer than I had planned, too!
A big thank you to my friends that support my joyful paper crafting habit  by simply loving the things that I make them.
Thanks for coming by and
I hope that every one is having a very safe and happy holiday!

STAMPS: WMS, Verve, Inkadinkado, SU French Script
INK: Distress Ink refills for the MC label, gold, Cajun Craze, Sage Shadow, True Thyme, Soft Suede
          Handsome Hunter, Pallette Noir, shimmery mist in silver, Black Soot, Ant. Linen, Tea Dye
TOOLS: Verve's Cut Above Scalloped Tag, sewing machine,  1/4" and 1/2" hole punches, Cuttlebug for the 
           dies, SU Embosslit 'Stem", stapler, craft mat, 1" hole punch, Tim Holtz foam applicators
INCIDENTALS: ribbon, brads, mesh for the gold dots, tickets, silver heart charm, floral wire, ric rac,
          envelopes, cotton off two Q-tips, assorted eyelets
We had great fun at Busch Gardens and a marvelous time at our Christmas party!

Monday, December 20, 2010


The challenge at Daisy Doodles
this fortnight is all about SPARKLE.. GLITTER..and SHINE.
You must use a Daisy Doodles image and the sponsor this week is Pixie Cottage.
Pixie Cottage offers many different elements to paper crafting from adhesives and Spellbinders,
to paper and images.
The image I chose for this challenge is ANGEL from the Daisy Doodles Store.
Every thing is half off til Christmas right now at the store.
The sketch that I chose is from Verve, December week one.
Yes, I am just getting started on those four cards for this month!
The sentiment and snowflakes in Pacific Point are from Verve.
The silver shimmery paper is scored cs that I got as a gift from my SIL a few years back.
I cut it back to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 for this Angel and sketch.
Glitter pen and three bling finish off the glitter, sparkle and shine!
Thanks for coming by!

There's one day remaining to make Jules a birthday card...
see details here. The prize is Daisy Doodles images!!!

Tip Top Tuesday - Christmas 12/20
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes 12/20
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes 01/07
Gingerloft - any kind of distressing 01/08
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes 12/25
One Stitch at A Time - Anything Goes 01/14
Quirky Crafts - OOPS, I MISSED the deadline
Sentimental Sundays - Inspired by Song
2 Sisters - Christmas 12/24
All Sorts - Anything Goes
Drunken Stampers- Christmas- drunken style 12.31
Ellephantastic - Christmas/Winter/Wish Upon a Star
My Sheri Crafts - Christmas 12/24
Our Daily Bread - We Three Kings (silver, snowflakes, blue) 12/26W
Sweet Stampin - Celebrate--Christmas 12/24
Wee Memories - Colors of the Season 12/31
Crafty Catz weekly - #60 Christmas
Digi's With Attitude - anything Christmas 01/06
Fun At Fairy Knoll - Christmas or winter 12/23
Fussy and Fancy Fridays - Show us some snow--snowflakes 12/30
Copic Creations #41 - Sparkle 01/15
Really Reasonable ribbon- photo inspiration-- shimmery silver 12/30
Sew Many - Winter 12/23

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Prairie Fairie

If you haven't seen the blog candy HUGE give away over at Prairie Fairy....
YOU better get over there now.
The more ppl that sign up...the more candy goes in the bin...more winners to hoot and holler!
Yes, Virginia, you will have to leave a comment and post a bit
about Roberta's blog candy, and put it on your side bar. but heck, that's easy for 
a chance to win that awesome prize/prizes! For an extra chance you can become a follower
of the PF blog. Prairie Fairy has come back to Blogger and is celebrating her
return by offering such great prizes.
There's another CTMH stamp set and more goodies offered for every 100 followers that are added.
the draw is scheduled for December 24th.
Merry Christmas.
Thanks for reading this Prairie Fairy AD and go get signed up NOW!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Praise

Another Daisy Doodles image, 'Christmas Praise', sharing the Verve limelight!
My card is for week three today, and week two will be up as soon as I get 'er dun!!
This was a simple Verve sketch by Any Sheffer this week here.
Tons of Dazzling Diamonds sparkling back atcha! The roof is covered with Flower Soft, a gift from my cyber sister, Cheryl. I used my SU water color pencils and blender pen for the coloring. That musical paper is one of Jules designs and it's included in the Ebony Christmas papers at the store.
The sentiment and die that it is on is from Verve's Glad Tidings, my newest stamp set!
The holly is from a wreathe in the same collection from Verve, too!
Thanks for coming by!

Fussy and Fancy Friday - Show us some Snow
Ellephantastic -  Christmas/Winter 12/31
My Sheri Crafts - Christmas
If The Shoe Fits...- Kraft, my card base is Kraft from SU
 Copic Creations #41 - Sparkle 01/15
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Photo--Sparkly silver 12/30
Sew Many - Winter 12/23

Thursday, December 16, 2010


There's a happy polar bear for you!
Delightful Inspiration's creator Faith created this wonder bear.
I covered him and the snow with Glossy Accents after coloring his scarf and face,
then sponged Bashful Blue on top and Cool Carribean beneath him.
There's a Sizzix snowflake die with the big button, Verve die cut holding the  Verve sentiment,
and a very old tiny snowflake punch was used as a mask to make the white snowflakes above
the winter bear.
The Snowflake paper was printed out using Daisy Doodles newest papers...they come in four colors,and fade out in one corner...very coooool!! (not in the store yet!!)
Tim Holtz's embossing folder was used on the bottom in white cs.
Thanks for coming by!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Birthday wishes-365

Happy Birthday to YOU!
Jules' bday is next week, exactly one week from today!
It's rude to ask a lady her don't!
AND I won't either!
I made her a card for her challenge request!
Tim Holtz taught me a new trick.

First things first....Happy birthday, Jules!
Have a happy birthday 365 days a year, you deserve it!
Head over to Jules blog and get the details, from her blog make her a card, and win some fabulous digital images from her STORE...$10.00 worth!

the wait is over......
Tim had his annual 12 Tags of Christmas  and one of the techniques he used is...
taking the plastic packaging and run it through with an embossing folder!
I used a Cuttlebug Snowflakes ef for this card!
Jules is freezing her tail off in the brilliant snow, and how better to wish her a HB than
with a happy snowman to brighten her days!
I'll be back with more details, but for now my DH wants to take me to breakfast.
AND there's nothing worse than keeping your man waiting when he is HUNGRY!
Love this spring card fold from SCS.
I'll be back when my tummy is full of .....let's see eggs benedict sounds good this Sunday morning!

An hour later.....
Breakfast was great! I hate half and brought home the rest.
Guess when you get old the tummy just doesn't hold as much!!!!
enough of that...on to the card.
I saw this spring card first at Vickie Yeakley's blog!
She does some beautiful creating!
The directions were on the resource page at SCS under 'spring card'....duh!!!
Very simple fold with a very different look! Try it...You'll like it!!
For Tim's idea take a plastic package...a flat piece and cut it, then
run it through your machine with your ef of choice!
I used brads to secure my embossed plastic, use your
imagination for yours. My plastic was from a Sizzix  Christmas bundle that
had two folders and a die with holly leaves and berries.
Happy creating.
Happy Birthday to Jules, again...365!!!!!!!
thanks for coming by!

Saturday, December 11, 2010


well I'll be...a sale over at Daisy Doodles
all images and stamp sets are on sale!!!!
Have you made Jules bday card yet?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gift tags...AGAIN!!!

Here's a quick and easy way to get nine tags for a one time price of $1.00!
Just click to buy
click to print

**(see note below before attempting your printing)
Nine not enough? Just that same old dollar for all your tag needs.
All nine printed out on a full sheet of cs, but only took up 5" x 7 1/4''!
I just hit color, thick paper, and

No adjustments were made in printing out these tags!
Each tag is 2 1/4" x 1 1/2'' and perfect for the last minute gifts on your list!
You can run them through your Xyron or just use double stick tape!
either way you have the quickest easiest tags ever!
Do not color, do not alter...
Just add your names!!!!!
They print out beautifully! My only complaint is the word 'Xmas'.
I just don't prefer to leave Christ out of the season.
I think that I will punch out a blue star and cover the 'shortage'!
Or put it on one of the kids packages then it won't be noticed!!
OR place the blue/silver bow right over the xmas with a big glue dot!!
My tags were printed out on the same sheet with another image at the top, paper when you can!!!
All tags are sold as a set at Daisy Doodles Store under the Christmas label and are called Printable gift tags. The link should take you right to the tags!
Gotta go put some 'signage' on my new tags...then make a few more sets for some friends of mine!!!
Thanks for coming by!
Hope your shopping is done and your gifts are ready for their tags!!!!

** I almost forgot to mention...I did have to reduce the size of the image before I printed. when I checked the size, as I always do it was huge like 2800 by 1943 pixels. In Paint I always reduce to 600 pixels, so I must correct myself and say that I did make an adjustment before I clicked on print.

Birthday Party Time

Make a birthday card and
Use a Daisy Doodles image, make a card and
Jules', of Daisy Doodles, big birthday is December 19th
and she would like some cards sent to her blog
Daisy Doodles Stamps for a chance to win a GC for $10.
There's's a message from Jules herself!
The challenge is:
To make me a birthday card....using one of my images, then post to your blog, link it to my blog 
and leave a comment...that's it...easy peasy and would make my year 
to have a couple of digital cards :D

There will be different pressies for those that do make me a card, they will go like this:

The main prize will go to the winner of my fave card, and will be announced on the 20th December.
The other prizes will be drawn randomly and announced asap after the required amount of entries is reached.

If there are 10 entries the pressie will be $10 worth of stamps from store
If there are 20 entries - $20 worth of stamps, and so on in increments of $10, the more entries the bigger the pressie.
There will also be a $5 pressie for a random winner from the first 10 entries and, if I'm lucky enough to receive more, then a winner from the next 10 and so on.
Make my day special...send me a birthday card!
Here's a link to the Daisy Doodles Store if you don't already have an image!
There are freebies at the Forum and at CDAC!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Prairie Fairy is coming back

Prairie Fairy missed blogger so much, she's coming back and wants every one to know it by giving this great blog candy!!!
check Prairie Fairy for all the deets and YOUR chance to win!
Thanks for coming by!

another PSA for a great company to have such awesome candy!
Welcome PF back to the folds!!!!

Gift tags

Nothing like a home made gift tag to say Merry Christmas!
Delightful Inspirations image this week, the poinsettia, is perfect for a few gift tags.
I used Word to position the images and add the text boxes.
No two are the exact same, which made the actual tags minutely different is size, too!
Here's a shot before I cut them out and added the glitter pen to them.
You can see here how different they are in size. I need to work on that a bit!!!! MAYBE!!!!
Thanks for coming by!
I'll be making more tags for the gifts that need to be wrapped!
then make a few for a really good friend of mine that loves every thing that I create!!!
No names, she knows who she is!!!!
One more photo of a close up.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

more pink and a wee bit of GREEN

Last but not least, week five of Verve's challenge at SCS.
I'lll be happy to give you more info on this card, if I come back to it ...that is!!!!
Thanks for coming by!
The battle rages with the cold and I think that I am beginning to lose the war!!!!
(This post and the last two Verve was developed Saturday evening while the cold was beginning to take hold. Posted all three in the same time frame.)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Puppy

Daisy Doodles
It's Daisy Doodles time again.
The weeks just fly by!
The challenge this time is Festive Colors of Christmas!
Remember, you must use a Daisy Doodles image.
I made a rather simple card using the cutest pup ever to come from the digi world.
I need a few cards for family members, children included. I think one of the 
grandkids will love this pup. Simple dimple!
White snow stuff (compliments from my friend Cheryl) on the hat and a pom-pom for the tip of this guys hat!
I say guy cuz it's going to a young man on my list with a gift card tucked inside.
This puppy by Jules can be purchased at the Daisy Doodles store.
Be sure to check out the other design team member's creations at the Daisy Doodles Challenge blog.
Thanks for coming by!

Ellaphantastic - red and green 12/10
Challenge Up Your Life - Advent or Christmas 12/17
Lots To Do - Words 12/11
Secret Crafter Saturday - Christmas 12/11
The Stamp Man - Christmas, but limited to three colors 12/16
they didn't count white so I won't either!!!
Stamp Something - Christmas Color Combo 12/09
Creative Belli - "R" ribbon 12/08
Digital Tuesday - Animals and Christmas 12./06
Dutch Dare - Christmas 12/15
Scrap Creations - anything Goes 12/06
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes 12/06
Rainbow Lady - Christmas Animals

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Verve, Toffee, Triple Play

 What could Verve, toffee, and Triple Play have in common?
Grab a cup of tea or coffee and something for your sweet tooth.
You are going to need it!!!!
Verve is having a project parade for the winter release 2010.
The DT have all designed triple plays. You should see some of their creations!
I decided to have a play after finally coming up with a plan.
It all started with me not having a plan and reading and drooling over Mercy's creation and the fact that she said she had a hard time, too, coming up with something for the Triple Play.
About 7 minutes later it hit me...Make something simple for a treat to be held...then it hit me, again....make something to display my SIL's toffee candy. I called Bec and she gave me permission to use her candy...YUMMMMM....and the idea was born. 11 1/2 x 4 1/4 cardstock in Kraft and Wild Wasabi.
Die cut the fronts to view the candy using my brand new Verve die cuts and Glad Tidings stamp set.
Here they are...all three of them so I can enter the Triple Play.
I took a 'slew' of pics at my SIL's home after placing her candy in the clear candy envelopes.
Here's a pic of her huge slab of toffee before she breaks it into bite size pieces.
That slab of candy measures about 30" x 24". The tin box in front is MY pound!
Becky makes the best toffee in the whole wide world!
Here are some individual shots of the candy favors!
This is kraft paper from SU and the Craft White ink is also clear embossed on the snowflakes and the sentiment. the bird and leaves are from the SU punch. The tag and die cut window is from VERVE'S new die, the scalloped tag, that was first stamped with Glad Tidings.
The Purely Pomegranate tag at the top is the other VERVE die, Vintage Oval frame.
This candy holder is made from Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate with the window die cut twice with the scalloped tag. the snowflakes are once again stamped and embossed just like the first one.
Had to dye the elastic band with the jingle bells in Purely Pomegranate about three separate times to get it the color I wanted and then it could have been a bit darker! Silver circles are in the center of the snowflakes.
While the above was not the best pic it certainly showed the kraft paper much better.
Becky had lots of lights in her kitchen and this one was taken with the lights off in the dining room.
The center cut was done using the Vintage frame twice to get a bigger opening to show off
that luscious candy. Glass beads were glued in the center of the snowflakes, two different sizes...big and tiny!!
I stamped the Wild Wasabi onto glossy paper from Club Scrap and cut them out, connected then with jump rings and the one on top got an extra cut out from the PP on the glossy paper. The sentiment
is from Glad tidings and once again I used the Verve die cut for that on glossy paper!!!

A close up or two......
 Better run, there are only two days remaining for this challenge.
Thanks for coming by!

Red Hues

This one is Week Four  of Verv'e Viva la Verve challenge at SCS.
Added a bit of green...the inspiration was colors of ribbon, crinkly ribbon!
Fighting a cold and need some rest, thanks for coming by!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pinks and Reds

The last three challenges for Verve in November saw  plenty of pink and red hues from me.
Here's week three.....
My inspiration had a touch of black and blue, the scarf was the third one in the row at the challenge at SCS.
Sunday will bring week four and Tuesday you can see my week five.saving Monday for the Daisy Doodles challenge!!!!
Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Cocoa

Delightful Inspiration's last image for  November is Christmas Cocoa and I decided to match it up
with a sketch from Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge as Double Delight has taken this week off.
This card was simple and so very quick! AND I like that!
I have made three more cards for Verve and will get them up here over the weekend!
So stay tuned. have a great weekend and 
thanks for coming by!!

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