Friday, December 31, 2010

Mini- Candy

To show my appreciation to Bec @ Bizzy Becs for allowing me to showcase her wonderful new stamp line;
Blue Butterfly Stamps; I am having a celebratory candy.
One winner will recieve everything you see here plus a rubber Victorian Sweetheart (pictured below).
Yes, I said rubber.

This candy will stay on top until December 31.
All you have to  do enter your name into Mr. Linky.

PS- Bizzy Becs also has a DT call on for 2 more Blue Butterfly Designers. Hop over if you are interested!

Fairy Fun Friday DT- New Beginnings!

Click HERE (or scroll down) for my last Fussy & Fancy creation for our First Birthday Celebration challenge that started today
(with TONS of prizes to be had)


How appropriate a challenge for the Eve of a New Year!
What are your plans for tonight?!
Hanging out with friends?
Going to the bar?
Getting out the Wii Rock Band or Dance games (we got the new Micheal Jackson Wii game at our place, you bet your booty we will be boogy-ing it up with that tonight!)
Or perhaps you are hitting the big social in town?
Dinner & Dancing perhaps?
Whatever your fancy, pls ensure you have fun & be safe!
Onto the task at hand........ 
is the name of the game at Fairy Fun Friday for the next 2 weeks.
And just when I thought I was done with the Christmas theme, I decided to crack out one more card for a Christmas baby arrival!
Meet "Elfy Gillian" from Prairie Fairy Designs.

Sentiment is from Sentiments 4 You.
Image is colored with watercolor pencils, blending stumps & baby oil!
Doily is actually a long rectangular shaped doily I chopped up to fit into 1 little square shape.

Curious about my sparkly snowflake?
Let me show you what I've done.
I got these cute little clear snowflake ornaments from my friend Trisha & when I placed it on my card, it disappeared into the papers, so I covered it with glue & added some blingy glitter to make it pop.

Then I attached it to my card with glue dots.
Now whoever gets it can take the ornament off & put it on their tree.

Now get on with it, come on down to Fairy Fun Friday with your New Beginnings creation!


A new challenge called DO IT WITH DIGI'S starts on January 6th & today is the last day to get your link into the blog candy to launch!


Challenges for my card:
Digital Tuesdays- anything goes
Corrosive Challenge- bling it on
MoJo Monday- sketch
Dutch Dare Challenge- new beginnings
Anything goes- letter C (Christmas)
Stamp Something- glitter

Fussy & Fancy DT- Any Celebration challenge & a sweet goodbye!

OOhhhhh have we got a kicker of a final challenge for 2010 for you at Fussy & Fancy! Why? Cuz it's THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!!
But before I get to those details, I must tell you this is also my final challenge with the Fussy & Fancy galz!
It has been a pleasure to have worked along side this talented group of ladies! 
I have enjoyed my time here thouroughly & wish the new DT all the best in the coming year.
I can't wait to actually start participating in their challenges!
**Take Care Girlz**

Now the challenge for the next two weeks is
with a catch!!
It can be any celebration but you must create a card & matching gift!
oooooooooooo I know, hey.....moan, groan.......but once you hear of all the things you could possibly win, you are gonna wanna get crafting immediately!! I promise!!
Our sponsors for this challenge are:
Bugaboo stamps- 7 digis
Digis' With Attitude! - $10.00 gift cert
Di's Digi Downloads- 5 digis
 Digi Doodle Shop- $10.00 gift cert
Meljen's Designs- 4 digis
Michelle's Scrapbooking & more- $15.00 gift cert
Paper Pretties- Ahoy Matey and Everyday Picnic Stamp sets

Paper Shelter- $15.00 gift cert
Prairie Fairy Designs- 5 digis
Really Reasonable Ribbons- $10.00 gift cert
Robin's Fetish- special prize pkg
Simply Betty Stamps- 6 digis
Stamp Fairy- $15.00 gift cert
Sweet'n'Sassy- $10.00 gift cert

I have made a couple of 4X4 mini cards with matching paper bows! The tutorial for the bows I found HERE at Splitcoaststampers! They are so easy & the perfect touch for my sons pre-school teachers gifts!!
The images on the cards are from Prairie Fairy Designs.
The tree image is part of the "Holiday Gilly Set" & comes with 2 other images.
The candy cane is part of the "Candy Cane Fairy Set" & comes with 1 other image & 8 co-ordinating sentiments.
I covered the ornaments & star on the tree with crystal effects, as I did with the candy cane.

A nice quick & easy, heartfelt & warming card & gift set X2 completed!!

Now we want to see your cards & gift sets over at Fussy & Fancy!!

Challenges for my creations:
All Sorts- free & easy- anything goes
Pile It On- it's in the wrapping
ABC Challenge- K for keep it simple
Fab'n'Funky- quick & easy

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Papertake Weekly GDT spot! "Thank You"

So a few weeks back, the Papertake Weekly Challenge was lookin' for some crafters to be GDT's for their final challenge of the year in order to give the regular DT some much needed & much deserved time off! I e-mailed Dawny, offering my services & she accepted my offer!
I'm so excited to be here to make this special card for their



This week they are being sponsored by SIMON SAYS STAMP with a $25.00 gift voucher!!
Woo HOO!!

I have used an image from Prairie Fairy Designs called The Lighthouse.
This is my first time attempting this image & boy does it speak volumes.
And since I have been experimenting with watercolor painting using reinkers, I thought I'd use this method to color my image! Turned out darker than I had anticipated, but overall I am pleased with it. I paired it with some darker papers as well.
All the ribbons you see here are from Really Reasonable Ribbons. The button is from our local fabric store. Pins are homemade, the creamy peach one by my BFF the Prairie Fairy & the darker one by moi! A closer look of these can be seen on the bottom pic.
I also took a few closer shots of the image & it seemed the closer I got, the more I wanted to knock on the door to this little mansion! Country Cozy I call it! lol

Now head on over to the Papertake Weekly Challenge and show us your Thankful creation!

Perhaps I'll give this to my hubby for spoilig all of us 'rotten' this Christmas.
Perhaps I'll keep it & be reminded of all the things I am thankful for....


MY PETS (the other dog was too busy chewing stuff up to show off her new Christmas outfit)


MY FAMILY & the great dinner we had with them.

Challenges for my card:

 Sketch & Stash- use a prev. sketch (I chose challenge #42) (see below- I flipped it) {new pins & image)
Sew Many Challenges- anything goes
Digital Tuesdays- anything goes
Gingerloft- distressing
Bee Crafty- digi stamp & rough around the edges
Craft Your Days Away- Punch it out
Digistamps 4 Joy- anything goes
Cupcake Craft- thank you

Monday, December 27, 2010

Totally Tilda DT- Midway reminder- EASLE CARDS!!!

Woot, Woot...................boy was Santa good to me!!
You'll never guess what I got?!?!?!
(woot, woot)
Guess I was a good girl afterall.
O, I also got a breadmaker & a deepfryer to name a couple other things!

At Totally Tilda, the challenge going on is Easle cards!!
Be sure to get your creations in for a chance a wonderful prize from Bunny Zoes'!!!

I just love this little Tilda stamp & I've been dying to use my pirate wheel accessory that I bought at Dollarama a while back. I also have an accessory hook (same color as the wheel) and was going to replace the one she is sitting on with the embellie, but lost my MOJO during the whole process, so maybe I'll do that next time.

The 'journey' circle charm is Tim Holtz and the blue & white ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbons.
The white ric-rak is from Mrs. Sugar.....I won this from her a LONG LONG time ago (at the DCD Christmas Club Challenge) & still have tons of it left!
My little seashell embllies are from Hobby Lobby! I couldn't resist buying them!

C'mon get busy! Make some Tilda easles & get your entries into the Totally Tilda Challenge!
PS- Hope you are all having a Happy Holiday Season!
PSS- Mini-Candy at the top of my blog until Dec 31~~

Challenges for my card:
The Stamping Vacation- Name that Card Challenge- "be on the way to where you need to be"
Incy Wincy- distressing
Sir Stampalot- Travel the World
Stamp Something- something with a tag or pocket
Crafty Emma - anything goes

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas................everyone!

Merry Christmas to all my blogging & DT friends/fellow members!
I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas Day.
A quick post for today.
A freebie that the Prairie Fairy is giving out to all her e-mail subscribers today.
She gives freebies out quite often to her subscribers and just finished sending them Christmas Tags.
This little image is called "Santa & the Deer".
I wanted to show him off with my new & highly addictive watercoloring technique on the sketch from Friday's Sketchers (where they are having a gift/candy giving blog hop).
Don't forget about the Fairy Fun Fridays Challenge still on  for one more week (use Kraft).

The large snowflake is from my friend Lori & the pins I made myself.
The sentiment is from Sentiments for you!
I was inspired to do all this stitching from Jeanette, as I made my way thru the Friday's Sketchers Blog Hop!
For more awesome images go visit the Prairie Fairy Designs Store.

Oh & this is what we were left with when Santa was done with the cookies & milk.
What a messy guy!
Tomorrow I'll tell you what he left for me!!

One last reminder!

Do It With Digis' Challenge blog starts January 6th with candy to launch, so head on over and get your name in for the chance to win some great prizes!!!

Challenges for my card:
Whoopsie Daisy- lace & pins
Aud Sentiments- anything goes
Simon Says Stamp- anyhing goes
Charismas Cardz- pearls & lace

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I'm Tickled Pink

Woo HOO!! How exciting!
Another exciting thing is that it is my 3 yr old son's first Christmas concert today at 10 am
I'm so excited to see him perform!!
It's the last day of school for Christmas Holidayz!!
Whatever will I do with my children at my heels 24/7 !!


Before I get going to that though, I must share a card with you I made with a stamp from The Tickled Pink Stamps Store. I bought 2 digital images about ooooo.....1 month ago or so and have been ACHING to get at them, but wasn't sure how to present them, until I started experimenting with reinker watercoloring (known as distress ink coloring -if I had any!! lol) as stated, my alternative is SU reinkers & my aquapainter.
I must say, I am totally, totally addicted to coloring this way!
Anywho, I am very pleased with the way Lil Christmas Willow turned out & I chose to display her on the Tickled Pink Stamps Monthly Challenge Sketch!

On the left hand side, horizontally, you will see I have 3 layers of ribbon. Raffia on the base, a fabric brown trim (I bought at our local fabric store) & the brown ginghamy looking ribbon from my Really Reasonable Ribbons monthly ribbon club assortment. Gawd I {love} their ribbons!

I added liquid applique & glitter to parts of Willows' outfit!
The bling you see below is from a pack I bought at Hobby Lobby. Very vintage. And the organza ribbon is from CTMH.

The frame you see below is from Dollarama & although I wanted to put a sentiment in it, I thought it better just to be an image, so I stamped a wee snowflake.
Could this be considered a holiday birthday card?
The Paper pack is also a purchase from Hobby Lobby along with my newly aquired Tim Holtz distress/vintage papers; which is where this little sheet of music panel came from.

And the completed inside

While I am at it I am also going to throw my name into the NEW Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge , which is looking for a GDT for 3 months. What a pleasure it would be to work with such talented women. I think I'll put my name in & see how the cookie crumbles.
And Yes I said it was a NEW challenge blog that starts January 7 with BLOG CANDY  to launch. The catch........the challenge is only for the Tickled Pink Stamps ranges. For these ranges, check out the store HERE.

Challenges for my card:
The Shabby Tea Room- Scandanavian Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday- get embellishing
Digital Tuesdays- Let's celebrate
Papertake Weekly- anything goes
Stampin for the wknd- Christmas
Stamptacular Sundays- TREE-mendous
Aly's Sunday Challenge- anything goes
Creative Belli-blog- Christmas Themed embellies & papers
Simon Says Stamp- anything goes
Creative Card Crew- birthdays at Christmas

Monday, December 20, 2010

A new technique (for me) & TOPS!

Well, not really a new technique for many of you, but for me it is!
Based on my admiration for many people who color with distress inks, I have been practicing watercoloring with re-inkers trying to figure out if purchasing a set of Tim Holtz distress inks is worth it?
What I've learned......
1. The paper I bought maybe too thick & bumpy (140 lb & I;ll have to experiment with the other side of the paper before I give up on it completely- the other side is smoother)
2. If you stamp your image with Staz-On ink, you can't use copics to color (which is my only face colors)
3.. If you stamp with Memento black ink, let it dry first, before coloring
4.. (from Chelsea) you can lighten an area of coloring with applying more water & dabbing with a papertowel
5.. You don't need million dollar brushes (although they may help)...I use my aquamarkers to color
6. Tim Holtz distress ink PADS (I only have one) aren't the best way to get your color, so in that regard, yes reinkers would be best.
7. CTMH reinkers don't blend as nicely as SU reinkers.

OVERALL. I am having a blast coloring this way!
What have I made you ask.......

The light shades of blue are from my CTMH distress ink mini-pad & the darker blue are from a Twilight CTMH inkpad. Hair & skin are copics.

This is my first door hanger creation & I made it for my daughter Hannah (see her name on there) for Christmas. She's always putting one thing or another on her door!  
Door hanger & star & swirl blings are compliments of Susie Sugar & her Die Cut Dreams Store!
These are sooooooooooo fun to make.
I am headed over to post this at our Steel Magnolia's blog now!
See you there.

Onto other news.
Look what I did........

How exciting!!
Thanks for the tops girlz!!


Challenges for my doorhanger:
DCD Challenge- girlie 
Meljens  DT & Challenge- sweet as candy/cookies
Simon Says Stamp- silver, blue & white
Cute Card Thursday- one for the kids
PaperPlay- anything but a card

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Totally Tilda DT- Easle Card

At Totally Tilda for the next two weeks, we want to see Tilda on an


I have chosen NOT to go with the Christmas theme!
OOOooooooooooo crazy I know!
I walk on the wild side (sometimes) lol

I don't know about you but I LOVE making Easle cards. It is such a nice way to have a card standing upright for the recipient to display!

Complete with movie ticket stub and all!
We are being sponsored by Bunny you definitely wanna get in on that action!
Mrs. Sugar is giving the DT time off from commenting in order to prepare for Christmas and spend time with de famille! What a sweetheart! MWAH!!
(although I'll probly still be poking my nose in, just to get my fix) haha

So head on over to Totally Tilda today with your fabulous Tilda Easle creation!

Challenges for my card: to follow
The Crafty Pad- anything goes
Paper Sundaes- cut it out
Stamp Something- something with a tag or pocket
Crafty Catz- previous challenge (#51 stitching)
Card Making Mammas- anything goes
Timeless Flourishes- food or drink

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