Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simple Joy

It was after 1am this morning when I finished my card and it hit me, boy is this a simple one! Then I started reflecting on this holiday season and the true meaning of it. I so often allow myself to get caught up is all the stress of it all that I lose the joy that is Christmas. I don't have many gifts bought, but that's okay. I still need to mail out cards and bake a few more cookies, but if it doesn't get done, that's okay. I have my boys (yes, hubby is one of the boys!) and that's all that matters to me. Thank you Lord for entrusting them to me, I sure hope I don't mess up!!!!!

My card uses a Fresh Brewed Designs image, Pretty Little Christmas Tree. It happens to be today's featured image too and on sale for only $1!!! Be sure and get yours today! This card is also a reminder of the Anything Goes Christmas challenge going on over at the Fresh Brewed Blog this month. Be sure and check out all the details HERE.

I followed the sketch, or at least my interpretation of it, from The House That Stamps Built.
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sweet Merry Christmas

Shouting out a happy "HELLO" because it's hump day and time to check out what's new at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Yep, it's another fabulous sketch...sure hope you can join us amidst all the holiday happenings! 

We have a wonderful sponsor this week, it's Sally Ann from Digi Stamp Boutique. She has quite the array of adorable images. Be sure and head over to Digi Stamp Boutique and check 'em all out!  

Here's my card, using an image from the sweet Christmas Florence set. This was a must have for me because of that darling little snowman next to adorable Florence!! I was able to pull out some scraps from my pile of pattern papers...always a good thing!! Looking forward to all your wonderful creations.

I'd like to submit my card to the Digi Stamp Boutqiue Blog customer competition - use a DSB image. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Marble Technique

My list of things to do does not leave me much time to stamp!! I snuck a few minutes in last night, playing along with the 12 Days of Christmas challenge over at Stamp TV. Day 1 wanted us to use the marble technique. I forgot how fun this is!!! Here's a quick video that made it so easy. I used red and olive re-inkers and found some marbles in a game the boys used to play with. While I was at it, I made a second background but with teal and turquoise ink. It was hard to decide which one to use!! The snowflakes and sentiment came from the stamp sets included in the Winter Cheer Stamp TV Kit as did the gold shimmer ribbon and wood snowflake. Of course I'm behind on the challenges, but I have until the 31st to get them done. Fingers crossed.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's Doodle Time

We're doing a little doodling over at The Outlawz this week. That's right, our clean and simple challenge is to show some doodles on your project. Now I'm not much of a doodler, in fact it stresses me out a bit to know there are no exact rules to follow!! I started by stamping this Inspiration Mosaic by Gina K Designs in black ink. Then I came in with a black pen and started just drawing whatever came to mind. I stamped the sentiment in one block then, feeling stressed to the max doodling, added the piece of pattern paper, embellishing with sewing and gold brads. Silly I know to be stressed with simply playing with pen and paper but that's how my world operates!!!!!! Hope you can join us for some stress-free doodling fun at The Outlawz.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Holidays

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the sketch challenge over at Operation Write Home. I love their sketches! They're the only ones that post dimensions which helps take the guess work out.


Here's my card using the newly released Holiday Partridge. This is one beautiful set and a definite must have. I used the color version along with some of the digital papers included in the set. I love the golds, greens and burgundies in this image. I had to add a little something into the upper right corner, it just looked too empty, so gold brads it was. A great sketch and an even greater sponsor. Play along for your chance at some Doodle Pantry goodies.
 

Friday, December 12, 2014

CAS Christmas

The final challenge for the Christmas Chaos event happenin' over at Catch the Bug is Clean & Simple!! Hooray, that's right up my alley!! I made this card late last night (or was it early this morning, not sure!!). Now it hit me that it's freebie Friday at Bugaboo so I'm not sure if I HAD to use the freebie or not. I'm gonna take the chance and post this one!! I love snowmen (I know I've said that like a hundred times!!) so I had to make at least one card for these challenges with a snowman on it! This guy is Snowman Bells and can be found HERE. To me, CAS also means quick and easy, and that's exactly what this card was!!

Noel Birdies

Day 6 of the Christmas Chaos challenge over at Catch the Bug was Christmas Critters. I recently got this sweet image from Bugaboo, Noel Birds, and simply had to put it to use. This paper was actually in a holiday themed paper pack but it certainly doesn't scream Christmas...love it! I added a hint of sparkle to the lights with my Wink of Stella pen as well as the glitter brads. One more to go!!