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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas 2017 12-12

I have settled on using this image for several more cards - getting down to the wire.  It is an image I saw on Pinterest, and an old freebie from the blog Beyond the Fringe.  I have not had much time to check - I did see a long list of freebies, but I don't think she is doing many currently.  I used this dp with dots, and a strip of ribbon.  The background uses a cuttlebug snowflake folder.
Sketch:   Sketch-Tanten
Dots:  CCC Digi Creations
Christmas:     Aloha Friday 
                        Cards Galore

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas - 12-11-17

When I bought this die I thought I had a great item for this year's Christmas cards, but I find it difficult to find a design that works well.  But I do keep trying!  It does not seem to show in the photo but there is shiny gold paper behind the star at the top of the stable.  I used a snow flake embossing folder, and the distressed stripes as well.  There is a bit of DP, some burlap looking ribbon, a glittery star, and an unnamed sentiment stamp.
Sketch:   VLV Sketches
Christmas:   Pink Gem Challenge 
                      Christmas Blog
                      Simon Says Stamp Monday  
                      Christmas cards all Year Round
Snowflakes:    Allsorts
                        Mod Squad
Red and white with a pop of green:   Dar and Diane

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Guest DT card for Scribbles Designs

Find the sentiment here: 
Freebie ~

I will be needing some anniversary cards this month, and this cute birdhouse with the cute couple will work well.  I chose a freebie, the postage stamp heart, to go with it.  This image also gave me a chance to use the Paper Studio embossing folder featuring a number of different birds. The mats are a dark olive green.
Check out the Scribbles Designs blog for current challenge and Design team opportunities.
Challenge #59, A tree-mendous Time of Year, runs until Dec. 14 at 9 p.m PST. Scribbles images are offered as prizes.
A design team call is open until midnight PST on Dec. 15.
Sketch:   Cheerful Sketches
Colored image:   My Creative Scoop
 Use a critter:   2craftycrittercrazies 
Any:    Crafting by Designs
             Through the Craft Room Door
             Classic Design Team
             A Bit More Time to Craft
             Morgans Art World
             Digi choosday
              Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
             Word Art Wednesday 
              A Perfect Time to Craft         

Recycled Christmas card 2017 - 12/9

All the cream colored pieces are cut or punched from an old card.  The sentiment stamp is Studio G.  The gold strips are both metallic ribbon.  The embossed images are shiny IRL.  The circles are cut from dies.
Note:  it is so sad to see a few more challenges closing at the end of the year.  All the best - but the challenges will be missed.
Sketch (reversed):  Verve sketches
Christmas:   Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
                      Aloha Friday Challenges
Christmas Scene:  Tuesday Throwdown
Carol - O Holy Night:   Dies R Us
Any:    Come and Get It

Friday, December 8, 2017

Starry Bethlehem - QKR Stampede challenge #272 ~ option: Non-traditional Christmas colors

The weekly challenge at QKR Stampede is always anything goes.  This week, the optional twist is to use non-traditional Christmas colors.  I used black, white and gold rather than the traditional red and green.  The image from Eureka/QKR Stampede is called Bethlehem, and the sentiment is also Eureka.  I added the starry embossed background (folder by Cuttlebug), some glittery gold cs, gold metallic ribbon, and gold gems.  The stars are colored with a metallic gold marker.
Sketch:   Catch the Bug
It's Christmas:    Crafty Calendar
Non-traditional Christmas colors:   Pile it on
                                                             Delicious Doodles Challenge 2
Spirit of the Season:   Dare 2b Artzy
 Any:   Cards Galore
            Crafting Circle  
            A Bit More Time to Craft
            Crafty Gals Corner
            Through the Craft Room Door
            Classic Design Team
            Morgans Artworld
            Crafting by Designs
            Word Art Wednesday
            Perfect Time to Craft


Monday, December 4, 2017

For Terry

I am sending this to our son-in-law who faces a long recuperation/rehab to recover from a major stroke.  He has a great sense of humor and I think he will appreciate this image by QKR Stampede.
Sketch:   The House that Stamps Built
Monochrome:   Addicted-to- Stamps
Any:    Crafty Gals Corner

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Scribbles Designs ` Guest DT card for Christmas Carol Celebration Dec. 1-5

This uses the lovely image The Tolling of the Bells, available here.

The Scribbles Design team is holding a special 5 day challenge.  Note the specifics:
Christmas is on its way and this time of year, everywhere you go or every radio you turn on, you can hear the dulcet tones of beautiful Christmas carols emanating from the speakers around you. As such, this year we want to celebrate the coming of Christmas with the theme of Christmas Carols.

Each day for the next five days at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, you'll be given a task to do related to a Christmas Carol. Complete the task of the day and have a chance to win a special prize.This event is an extra event in addition to our challenges which will still be taking place during their regular time slots.

Day 2: The Tolling of the Bells

The word 'bell' or 'bells' is part of several Christmas carols. Many people are familiar with the song Jingle Bells, A definite classic during the holidays. However, there are some other carols both popular and more obscure where bells are featured. For your chance to win today's image, email us a list of FIVE Christmas Carols other than Jingle Bells, with the word 'bell' or 'bells' as part of the title.

Please email Lisa (DT Coordinator) at 

All entries that contain a list of five carols with the word bell or bells will be entered into a random draw. One winner will win the image pictured above.

Back to my card.  I colored with Twinkling H2o's.  Since I started printing digis I have avoided using water based coloring due to the smearing of the ink.  I decided to try this, and - no smearing!  Has the ink formula changed?  At any rate, I like the shiny look for the bell.  The bg paper looks brown on my screen, but is actually more of a deep burgundy.   I added shiny gold ribbon and a computer generated image.  
Sketch challenge:   Incy Wincy
Christmas:   Aud Sentiments
Any:   Classic Design Team
             World Wide Open Design Team

Friday, December 1, 2017

QKR Stampede challenge #272 ~ Anything Goes / Option - Christmas Tag

This week, the Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede has the option of creating a Christmas tag. You may enter up to 3 times before 3 p.m,. EST on Thursday for a chance to win some QKR images.  There is also a winner for some one using QKR/Eureka images.
I must admit that hubby and I need more gift card holders than tags, but this was fun to make.  I used the Spellbinder Labels 1 die. The DP is double sided - great for a tag.  I used the Holly image (from the QKR Stampede store) which I colored and fussy cut.  Now cutting is not really my thing, but I am pleased with the result - including leaving a bit of white to provide contrast.  The sentiment is also from the QKR - Stamp On It store.  I added metallic cord for the tie.
Tag:     Tag You're It
Tag for a present:    C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
Spots/stripes:    Creative Craft Cottage
Red & Green - Christmas:   Christmas blog Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Any:    House That Stamps Built

Crafters Cafe DT card for Challenge #186 - Embossing

The theme for the current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe is Embossing - wet or dry.  Easy Peasy for me - I could use an embossing folder for almost any card I make!  This time I selected the swirls (Cuttlebug) to echo one of the designs on the teacups.  The best wishes is from a Spellbinders die - and is kind of generic, when I do not know how the card will be used.  I added a crinkly embossed ribbon.  I kind of decided on red and white as the main colors thinking it could be used around Valentine's Day.  You may find details of the Crafter's Cafe challenge here, and the image is available here.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Colors:   Your Next Stamp
Any:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas 2017 - Isaiah 9:6

Hubby and I send cards celebrating the birth of Christ.  I just found this image on Pinterest - It came from this blog.  I think I will use it several times.  I already have about 3 dozen cards made but I need more, and will donate some to  our church Quilter's group who are having a craft sale this week.  The stars embossing folder is by Cuttlebug; the tree punch is from the Paper Studio and the ribbon is Offray.  I used bits of gold sequins to trim the little trees.  This verse evokes for me a portion of Handel's Messiah - included in my list of favorite Christmas music.
Sketch (part of a month of Christmas challenges):   Beccy's Place
Christmas carol:  Allsorts 
Red and Green:   Christmas Blog Challenge
Large sentiment:   Pile it On
Christmas:    Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
                       Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge2
Any:    Word Art Wednesday
            Corrosive Challenges

Saturday, November 25, 2017

M is for Music - Christmas 2017

At one time I hoped to do most of  the "month of Christmas" alphabet challenge at Beccy's Place.  Well, more visitors than usual, then an unexpected hospital stay by hubby put an end to that idea.  (Hubby is back to normal now - they think he had a reaction to medication that caused disorientation.)  So, rather than do the A, B, C's in order I will just try to do a few more - here, M is for Music.   Inspired by Christmas Carol:  Angels we have Heard on High.

Image - Christmas Carol Angel by Lemon Shortbread; Snowflake embossing folder by Cuttlebug; Misc. DP; metallic silver ribbon (WalMart).
Sketch:   VLV Sketches
M ~ Music:  Beccys Challenges 
Christmas:   Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
Christmas Carol:   Allsorts 
Any:   Lemon Shortbread
            Scrappers- Delights
           Word Art Wednesday

Scribbles Designs Nov. 25 Inspiration

#A 17 Leaf Doodle 4
This is my end of the month inspiration card for Scribbles.  Check out their blog for details.  The current theme is "A tree-mendous time of the year:, and you may enter up to 3 times before 9 pm PST, Dec. 14.  This doodle leaf design is such a great one for so many situations.  I chose to use it for a sympathy card.  Unfortunately, my stash needs to be replenished.
I colored the image with Prisma pencils.  The DP I used has more of a green color IRL.    The sentiment is found here.
Challenges entered:  
Sketch:  Incy Wincy Designs
2 or more stamps:  Addicted-to-Stamps
Colored image:  My Creative Scoop
Any:    Pammies Inky Pinkies
             Lemon Shortbread 
             Word Art Wednesday 
             Through the Craft Room Door 
             Crafty Catz 
              Morgans Artworld

Scribbles Designs will be turning FIVE in January and we are looking to expand our team. If this is something you might be interested in, you can head HERE to find out all the info you need to know in order to apply.

Whether you have previous experience or have never been on a team, it doesn't matter. We'd love to hear from people with all levels of experience.

DT Call ends December 15, 2017. 
We look forward to meeting you!