Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Sweet Spook

Happy Wednesday and welcome to our latest challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. It's always fun sharing our latest sketches, they are always so wonderful.

Speaking of wonderful, our sponsor this week is the wonderful Stamp Fairy. Our winner will receive a $10 gift certificate for the Stamp Fairy store.

 "Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010.  Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats.  You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters.   Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images.  We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity."

I wanted to squeeze in one my Halloween card so I went with this sweetie from Halloween Kids 1. He reminds me of Robin Hood, stealing candy from the rich to give to the poor!! Hahaha!!! Anyway, I sure hope you can join us for our fabulous challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Holly Wreath Snowman

I'm slowly working on more holiday cards, and I couldn't resist using a snowman for today. This Fresh Brewed Designs cutie is called Holly Wreath Snowman and can be found HERE. He is very special to me - he's the one I used on a card I submitted to Heather's design team call way back when. And how thrilled I was to be accepted onto the Fresh Brewed Designs team!!! I have this snowman to thank for that!! The papers are from my scraps, a task I am forever trying to complete to use 'em up. I've come to the conclusion that it will never happen!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope it's a wonderful day for you.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Merry Christmas

Ever have one of those cards that you make that simply makes you happy? This one did because I so enjoy using non-traditional colors on Christmas cards. Brown and teal, on a Christmas card?? Whoever heard of such a thing?!!! Well it all started with this Doodle Pantry image, Antique Ornament. Even the digital papers included in this set don't scream Christmas...and I love it!!!! I have several challenges that I'd like to submit my card to:

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges - Christmas card
Aud Sentiments - Christmas sentiment
My Heart Pieces - Anything Christmas
Digi Sketch Challenge - Sketch
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Use everyday pattern paper

Sunday, October 27, 2013

OWH Sketch & Doodle Pantry

This is my second post today. It's all about showing off some of my Doodle Pantry cards! Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the sketch this week over at Operation Write Home. And what a fabulous sketch it is!!! I think they are the only sketch challenge blog that also give dimensions...I LOVE IT!!!

I actually ended up making two cards, both using digital paper from the Holiday Joy paper pack set and sentiments from Holiday Greetings. Now Halloween is the last day to get holiday cards sent in to Operation Write Home so I have no time to waste!!

Just Treats Please

Oh my goodness, it's the last week of October!!! Halloween is creeping up on us all, but don't be scared!! Halloween is our theme this week over at The Outlawz for our Clean & Simple challenge. I couldn't resist these sweet little ants all ready for some spooky fun!! These guys are from Doodle Pantry, Candy Corn Ants to be exact. Yep, that's the color version, making this a lickety split quick card. What too me the longest was lining up my sentiment into the talk bubble die by Simon Says Stamp. I hope you can play along with us this week for a clean & simple Halloween challenge at The Outlawz.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Just a Note

I've been busy, busy at work. Next week my schedule changes so things should calm down a bit...fingers crossed. I wanted to share with you my card for this week's photo inspiration challenge over at Catch the Bug - go check it out. I went with the fruit theme, using three adorable images from Cute Fruit Blocks Mini Set. A quick & easy, clean & simple card, that's for sure. I hope you get a chance to play along, there's Bugaboo images on the line after all!!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sweet Autumn Blessings

It's Wednesday and time for a new challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Ain't it a beauty?!!! So fun creating with help from a sketch.

Our lovely sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digi Stamps. The prize is 7 free digis of the winner's choice, a $21 value. I love Bugaboo, especially this month because I was chosen as their Biggest Fan!! Check it out on their blog, Catch the Bug.

Here's my card using the sketch and the adorable Bugaboo Brats Autumn Leaves Girl. I was excited to use more of Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods paper. I really like these papers, the colors and designs are right up my alley. Now I hope you can join us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday for a great sketch and chance to win some fabulous images from Bugaboo Stamps.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Stella Says Sketch

Stella has a new sketch to try and you can find it HERE at Catch the Bug. I've been having a blast being their Biggest Fan this month, being able to play along in their challenges. Being the ding-a-ling that I can sometimes be, I thought this sketch started next week so my card never got made until late last night!!! Oh bother!

And here it is, using the super sweet Bugaboo Brats Sean Dog. I've had this image colored for quite sometime and finally decided to turn it into a card! I'll be adding this to my growing stack of cards I'll be sending off to Operation Write Home. Thanks for stopping by and thanks Bugaboo for having me as one of your biggest fans...because I truly am!!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Ooops, I fell asleep last night on the couch and completely forgot to post!!! It's Saturday and that means it's time for a new challenge at Catch the Bug. This week it's time for Bingo! So many fun options.

I went with ribbon, orange and player's choice. The Bugaboo image is AKV Fall Pumpkin Boy. What a perfect sweetie to show off my new Lawn Fawn Into the Woods paper. The sequins are also from Lawn Fawn. So much fun, sure hope you can play along. After all, there's some free Bugaboo images up for grabs if you're a winner!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Merry & Bright

Welcome to our latest and greatest challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Sketch challenges are my absolute favorite, and I feel so blessed to be on the design team at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, talk about a great group of ladies.

This week our sponsor is Digi Stamp Boutique. Every time I check out this shop, I always find something new and even more adorable!!! Our winner this week will receive a £10 voucher for Digi Stamp Boutique.

 "All images/designs are created and copyright owned by Sally-Ann Hancock. My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too - often the inspiration for my designs. Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating."

I decided to go Christmas with this one. I used the sweet Cute Polar Bear image. Something this adorable will definitely have to be used over and over again!!! Now I sure hope you can join us this week and have fun at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

I am submitting this card to the month long challenge at the Digi Stamp Boutique blog.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Autumn Blessings

I finally got this card done! Sometimes there are so many interruptions in a day nothing gets accomplished!! This is a sweet and on sale image from Fresh Brewed Designs called Welcome Pumpkin House. Other categories of digis on sale include fall/Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Monsters. And when you make a purchase you will receive absolutely free Candy Corn Trick or Treat. But hurry up, this 40% off sale only goes until the 19th.

What's All the Buzz?

The buzz is that Doodle Pantry is sponsoring Tuesday Morning Sketches this week. I couldn't wait to use this adorable image, Bee Birdie. That is one honey sweet birdie!!! And the digital paper (I used two of 'em here) is just so darn cute too! What a great sketch. Play along so you could be a winner of some Doodle Pantry images! How fun that would be!!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Missing You

This week for our CAS challenge at The Outlawz we're making "Miss You" cards. I'm feeling sentimental with my son away at college and thought this would make a nice theme. The ironic part is Phillip was home this weekend for, as he put it, to get some sleep and home cooked meals. Talk about putting the pressure on to come up with some meals he would love!

For my card, I used a die from Simon Says Stamp called, your guessed it, Absolutely. The heart is also a die, Mini Hearts Set. I covered it with glossy accents for a fun look. The sentiment is the only thing stamped here and is from the Circle of Honor set by Paper Smooches. I simply had to add the faux stitching lines, it was too plain without 'em.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Think Pink

October is the month to show off your pink, and the challenge this week at Catch the Bug is asking us to do just that, Think Pink. So of course I went the Christmas card route! I used the Bugaboo image called Christmas Words Joy. I had a few strips of this pink paper in my scrap pile and decided to put it to good use. A fun card and perfect for the upcoming holiday. Hope you can join the gang at Catch the Bug this week for their Think Pink challenge.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Sweet Fall!

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the fall themed challenge over at Creative Knockouts. Check out the Doodle Pantry Blog to see what the rest of the DT created. I used the adorable Quirky Scarecrow, color version of course!!! I was able to find plenty of scrap paper to complete my fall themed card.

Challenges I would like to submit my card to include:
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Autumn
Craftitude - Anything goes or Things beginning with the letter S (scarecrow, scraps)
C.R.A.F.T - Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving
Sweet Sunday Sketch - sketch

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!! Isn't this a spooky monster?!! Actually, I think he's adorable!! He's a Fresh Brewed Designs image called FrankenCorn. And lucky you, you can get him along with fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and monster digital images at 40% off at Fresh Brewed Designs. There's no code, no limits, but you only have until October 19th to take advantage of this deal.

Some challenges I'd like to submit my card to include:
Unscripted Sketches - sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges - Halloween
The Paper Players - Halloween
City Crafter Challenge Blog - Trick or Treat
Paper Pretties - Halloween

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sweet & Sassy

Welcome to our latest challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Yes, I'm late with my post. If only life could stop interfering with my stampin' & blogin' I'd be ok!! Anyway, what a fun sketch, sure hope you can give it a try and join us. We have a wonderful sponsor...

Yep, it's Sassy Cheryl's who is sponsoring us this week!! I couldn't be more thrilled. A $5 gift certificate for Sassy Cheryl's is up for grabs for one lucky winner.

 "Hi everyone! Sassy Cheryl here and I’m so happy to be sponsoring the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge this week.
I have been creating graphics and have licensed my work to companies such as Kohl's, Hobby Lobby and Shopko, among others, for over eight years. I started creating digital images about twelve years ago. I absolutely LOVE to draw and always carry a small sketchbook for those times when a bit of inspiration hits.  It's been a lifelong dream to become a working artist, and besides deadlines, I LOVE everything about what I do!  It really helps that I have a very supportive husband and son (they also can be my biggest critics!)
Through the digis I create, I’ve met so many wonderful, talented ladies. The projects they make using my images makes it all worth it. ‘Can’t wait to see what you will create with my Sassy images."
Here's my card, using the super sweet Autumn Swing image. Sally is so adorable, getting one last swing in before the snow starts falling instead of the leaves. I found an old card kit that needed to be used up and the colors worked wonderfully. Be sure and check out what the rest of the SSW team did, you'll definitely be inspired.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Boo Who?

I've been busy working on "stuff" around the house and lost total track of time. My card for today wasn't even completely done either so off to my stamp room I went and got to work. I'm using a Fresh Brewed Designs image called Boo Who Owl. I like that the sentiment is included. I added a little touch of purple with the scallop oval and brads (hidden behind my watermark) to break up all the black and orange. I like that pop of color. This card is a reminder of our month long challenge at the Fresh Brewed Blog, PUMPKINS. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Falling Leaves...and Ants!!

Yes, the leaves are falling and it has cooled down significantly today. Autumn is in the air...and I love it. If only we could skip winter and go right into spring!!! Looks like these Doodle Pantry ants are lovin' fall too. I used a set called Falling Ants, the color version of course!! A little sewing for embellishment along with some linen thread. I frayed the ends of the thread that I used to tie the button on with...such a fun look.

Some challenges I'd like to submit my card to include:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Dream Vally Challenges - Buttons
Stamping Sensations - All Creatures Great and Small
Polkadoodles and Studio 12 - Autumn
QKR Stampede - Fall Colors

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stella Says Sketch

Stella has a new sketch for you to try over the next 2 weeks. Check it out at Catch the Bug. I'm so happy to have been chosen as Bugaboo's Biggest Fan for October and couldn't wait to show you my card. I used the witch's feet image from the Halloween Blocks mini set. I have all this washi tape and trying to find ways to put it to use. Love the fun brightness of it. The ghost paper was a scrap piece...hooray for using up scraps! And hooray for Bugaboo! Hope you can join us.


Trees and CAS

This week over at The Outlawz, our Clean and Simple challenge theme is TREES. I decided to finally ink up a sweet set from PaperTrey Ink called Merry Little Christmas. The entire time I was working on the card (which wasn't a lot of time at all!!) I wanted to put light blue snowflakes on it. No, you don't see any snowflakes on it because I forgot!!!! Since it didn't take long to make, maybe I'll make another one and add the snowflakes that I wanted! Join us at The Outlawz for some clean and simple fun. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Anything Goes at Bugaboo

Scroll down for my OWH blog hop card, after you've checked out this cutie first of course!! 

I couldn't wait to share with you my exciting news...I was chosen Bugaboo's Biggest Fan for October!!! And they got that right, I am a big fan!!! The challenge starting today over at Catch the Bug is Anything Goes. Well, it's time for Halloween and some sweet spooky cards! Mine makes use of the adorable Halloween Brat Pumpkin image. What a sweetie! My card wasn't originally supposed to look like this but my plans had to change when I realized my first design just wasn't gonna cut it!

Have a wonderful weekend. I'm working extra hours today then will come home exhausted. Looks like a nap is in my afternoon plans!!

OWH Blog Hop

Welcome to the Operation Write Home blog hop full of so much inspiration. Be sure and start at the beginning HERE so you don't miss out on one glorious creation.

The blog hop theme was to make a thank you card based on one of the OWH sketches found HERE. For my card I used the kit from Gina K. Designs called Grateful Heart. I love autumn with its cooler weather and beautiful colors. This card shares all those colors that I adore.

And this is the sketch I followed on my all the layers!! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Just Wear Pink

I wanted to share with you a new set released today at Doodle Pantry called Just Wear Pink. Now for today only, IT'S FREE!!!!! Read how you can get yours free HERE on the Doodle Pantry Blog. If you don't pick it up today, you will find it for sale starting tomorrow, Oct. 5th. I kept with the pink, mostly, needed to add a simple pop of black with the sentiment and brads. A quick and easy card to make. Now go get yours for free...HURRY!!!

Challenges I'd like to submit my card to include:
Link Up for Pink - A touch of pink
Live & Love Crafts - Pink
Shopping Our Stash - Pink or Cancer Awareness

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pumpkin Challenge

Work is definitely interfering in my card making!!! But I need those extra hours to pay for my addiction! What is a girl to do?!! I'm a day late with this card and sharing with you the month long prize challenge over at the Fresh Brewed Blog. Our theme is pumpkins - either feature a pumpkin on your card or use the colors orange, green and brown. I used a rubber stamp by Fresh Brewed Designs called Spicy Pumpkin Latte. Speaking of pumpkin lattes, I can't believe I haven't had one yet this season...what is up with that?!! Anyway, I kept my card somewhat simple, adding both brads and rhinestones for a bit of embellishment. Now I sure hope you can join us this month at the Fresh Brewed Blog for some pumpkin yumminess.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sweet Huge Hugs

Good morning and welcome to another installment for our fabulous Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Yes, I know I'm very late posting. Yesterday was "one of those days," they even got my drink order wrong at Starbucks! It's a day I definitely don't want to repeat ever again, but because I came home late from work and promptly fell asleep on the couch, now I have to play catch up. Here's our wonderful sketch for this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Sure hope you can play along.

Our sponsor this week is Saturated Canary. 2 free digis from Krista's shop are up for grabs for our winner.

 My name is Krista Smith. I am the artist behind the Etsy shop, Saturated Canary Digis. I began working in the stamping world about a year ago when I was hired to create rubber designs for the sweet Scottish company, Sugar Nellie. They launched my artwork under the name 'Simply Sassy.' I moved into the digital world just this past month (it's been a super busy month, indeed!). And-- I love it!! There is a little more freedom here, as I can create anything that pops into my head:)! I am so humbled by the artistic talent of the girls coloring in my designs-- it is truly an inspiration! Likewise, I am so thankful for the friendships I've made in this wonderful and lovely crafty community! It's been a true delight! I'd love for you to stop by my challenge/inspiration blog, Saturated Canary Challenge and join in the fun...And, while you're there, click over to my personal blog (Saturated Canary) and introduce yourself! I am a bit eclectic and touch on everything from family (I've got me a great one!) to fashion (obsessed!)...Please say 'hi!'...I'd love to be friends!:)

 Here's my card, using the sweet image Jelly Bug. I just thought she was adorable, and I love that smiley jelly fish. I'm getting so into using my linen thread and adding a bow held together with a button...couldn't be because the spools are sitting right on my desk could it?!! Anyway, I sure hope you can join us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Doodle Pantry Release

It's October 1st and that means it's time to show off two cards I've created for the new release at Doodle Pantry. You'll see that it's a large release, featuring some of the sets illustrated by Laurie and sold at Clearly Digi Stamps. There's quite a wonderful array so be sure and grab a cup of coffee and take a look! My first card makes use of the sweet set Stocking Ants. Of course I used the color version (are you surprised?!!) as well as the digital papers from this set. This set is FREE with purchase for a limited time so be sure not to miss out on this deal.

And here is Deer Wishes, previously sold at Clearly Digi Stamps. A color version has been created for this good news for me!!!! I haven't done any sewing on my cards lately so I figured it was time to start up that sewing machine again.

Don't forget about the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge that begins at 12noon today at the Doodle Pantry Blog. The requirements to participate have changed, now any image can be used to be eligible for the prize. However, if you use a Doodle Pantry image, you will receive via email the featured set, Angel Birdie.


Fall Flower Fairy

Yes, fall is in the air. The nights are cool and fabulous for sleeping. I love cracking open a window and cuddling under a big warm blanket. Today I'm showing off a card I made using one of the newly released digis at Fresh Brewed Designs called Fall Flower Fairy. It's one of three images released this month. Heather has a bundle deal going on now until Saturday night, October 5th - all three digis for only $6. So get yours and get your craft on!!