Friday, December 30, 2016

Just Saying Hello...and Goodbye

I couldn't resist creating with these cutie ants from Doodle Pantry...oh how they make me smile! Now what makes me sad is Doodle Pantry will be closing their doors at the end of the year (sniff, sniff!!). There is a huge sale going on until 11pm eastern time tomorrow, December 31 -- read all about it on the Doodle Pantry Blog. Take advantage of the 75% off savings for all your favorite Doodle Pantry images. My image and papers actually are from a freebie set called Viola Ants (look for it HERE). I've been so consumed with holiday cards it was nice to make something springy!! Don't miss out on the final days of Doodle Pantry and stock up!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Thanks Snow Much

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Because it's such a busy time of year, our CAS challenge over at The Outlawz is Anything Goes. Sometimes that's more difficult because the sky's the limit!!! I wanted to try some foiling so I pulled out a sheet of these snowflake foil-mates from Gina K Designs and went to it! I had four different colors of foil so 4 cards it is!! Yes, they are VERY simple, but I've been running on empty where my mojo is concerned so these ended up being just perfect. Now I have some holiday thank you cards. The fun sentiment is from the Snow Birdie set by Doodle Pantry. If you find yourself with a little free time this week, I hope you can join us at The Outlawz for a CAS challenge of Anything Goes.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

I'm Late...So What Else is New!!

Yep, it's Thursday, and I'm just now posting for Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2!!! The crazies of the holiday have gotten to me!! Our challenge is a "you pick it!" You can choose any sketch from 2016 (sketch #80 on) to use. And, you have until January 18th for this challenge too because the DT is taking a little break for the holidays...believe me, I need it!!!

Our sponsor for this challenge is A Day for Daisies. Take some time and browse the store, I know you're gonna love what you see!

Here's my card, using sketch #85 and the adorable Christmas Tree Time image from A Day for Daisies. Yes, I had to keep it quick and simple. Like everyone else, free time is not to be had at this time of year!! I sure hope you can join us for our challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Holly Jolly Christmas - Christmas card
Tuesday Morning Sketches - Anything Goes
Christmas With the Cuties - Anything Cute and Christmasy
Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute and A Day in the Snow

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wishing You Joy

Welcome to our latest sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. We know everyone is overwhelmed with Christmas preparations (believe me, I'm right there with ya!!), but if you get a bit of spare time, I sure hope you can join us.  

I'm still in holiday card mode so I decided to pull out a brand new stamp and die set I just got from Taylored Expressions called Holiday Florals. I colored the centers of the flowers in with gold pen. The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter, The Big, The Bold and the Merry. Be sure and join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.

Challenges I'm entering my card into include:
Cards in Envy - Celebrate the Season
Stamping Sensations - Floral Fancies
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick a previous challenge (theme challenge #49 - Christmas foliage)
Crafting With Dragonflies - Get your Christmas on

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Santa Mickey

This week at The Outlawz our Clean & Simple challenge is to create a card showcasing our perfect holiday destination. Since hubby and I just came back from there, I think Disney World is the perfect holiday destination. The parks and resorts are all decorated so beautifully. It is definitely a magical (and warm) place to be!! I cheated and printed off this image because I was running out of time to get my project done!! So quick and easy! Now we look forward to seeing what you create for our destination CAS challenge over at The Outlawz.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Celebrate the Season

Thursdays over at Catch the Bug mean seeing cards using Oldie Bug Goodie Bugaboo images. Yes, I'm still working on Christmas all I need to do is get them in the mail too!!! My Bugaboo image is Christmas Sunbonnet Candy Cane. I cut her out using my Scan N Cut with every intention to use her on a different project. Well obviously that didn't happen so I put her to work here!! My background was created using the Stitched Whirl Background die from Simon Says Stamp and the stitched rectangle die found in the Blueprints 13 by My Favorite Things. The sentiment is from the Holiday Tree stamp set by Paper Trey Ink. And yes, I pulled out some washi tape to use, something I don't do often enough!!

Puppy Wishes

Would you just look at this cutie!!!!! He is part of several newly released sets from Imagine That Digistamp. This is Dachshund Christmas and definitely a must have for all animal lovers! There's even a birthday version that you can find HERE. I pulled out some scraps and kept this very simple...just the way I like it!! Be sure and head over to the Creative Playground to see what other DT members have created for inspiration.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wishing You Joy

We have a fun new CAS challenge over at The Outlawz - create a card with music or a musical instrument on it. I am so far behind on everything Christmas that I knew I had to make a holiday card. I printed up several of these French Horn images from Doodle Pantry so I can assembly line create a few more cards. The background is the Stitched Whirl Background die cut from Simon Says Stamp. I just got it and couldn't wait to use it. Now just a few more to create then I'm on to addressing them! I may get all my Christmas stuff done before the holidays this year!!!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Oldie But Goodie

I just want to forewarn you, I'm really tired as I'm typing this so please excuse any and all errors as I'm sure there will be many!! Today for our Holiday Chaos challenge at Catch the Bug, we want to see you use old paper from your stash as well as an older image you may have. May I suggest using the current Freebie Friday Bugaboo image, Stocking Santa Ho Ho Ho. Hurry though as a new freebie will be available tomorrow. As for old paper from my stash, no problem there, I've got lots!!! Can't wait to see what you create for our Holiday Chaos challenges from Catch the Bug.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

Yes, I'm late...very, very late! Being away last week has put me behind this week! Anyway, here's our latest sketch for you at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Give it a try!! 

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Lacy Sunshine. The winner will receive 3 images of their choice from Lacy Sunshine!! 

Here's my card, using Patchy Penny's Snowflake. I had a pattern paper pack right on my desk which gave me the inspiration for this color combination. This one seems to be a trend for me lately!! Be sure and join us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 over the next two weeks for a great sketch and fun prize.

New Release at Imagine That Digistamps

Imagine That Digistamps is having a new release of some really sweet sets. Be sure and check 'em out along with DT samples over at the Creative Playground. I couldn't resist using this adorable penguin from the new set Kimmie's Reindeer Friend. And just so you know, from now until Friday, this and the other newly released sets are 50% off!!! Great time to stock up and save.

Day 5 - Funny Photo Inspiration

It's day 5 of our Holiday Chaos over at Catch the Bug and today we are going with a photo inspiration to create a holiday card. 

For my card I used JJ Christmas Cheer - 'Tis the Season from Bugaboo. She is my kind of lady!! Now show us your humor as inspired by the photo above and join us for Day 5 of our Holiday Chaos over at Catch the Bug.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Chaos Day 4

Yep, it's Day 4 of our Holiday Chaos celebration at Catch the Bug. Today the challenge is to keep it simple and no pattern paper...WAIT, NO PATTERN PAPER???!!! How am I ever going to make a card without pattern paper?!!! Hahahaha!! I do love my pattern papers! I did manage though and used this newly released Bugaboo image, Ornament Elf, too. When I started colored this adorable elf, I really thought I was going to keep the whole color scheme green and red, but then I added a pop of pink and aqua and so glad I did. There's still the traditional red/greed but with a little of the non-traditional colors I so enjoy. Now it's your turn to share your clean and simple with no pattern paper creation with us at Catch the Bug.

Monday, December 5, 2016


Welcome back to our latest challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Another fabulous sketch that I hope you can join us for. I had way too many ideas for this one that it was hard to narrow it down to just one!! 

So here it is, using a Paper Trey Ink set called Take Three Winter. Initially I wanted to keep it blue, white and silver but it seemed so blah. Then I added a few pops of red and that's when I began to feel the joy!! Play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for fun, especially if you love sketches as much as I do!!

Holiday Chaos Day 3 - Anything but a Card

Welcome back to day 3 of our Holiday Chaos celebration at Catch the Bug. Monday means anything but a card day so we want to see you create a gift tag AND include red & white stripes.  My Bugaboo image is Christmas Brat Girl Candy Cane which I cut out with my Scan N Cut. Her hat and candy cane are all sparkle, but, unfortunately, I couldn't pick it up in the picture. I used the scrap piece of red & white striped pattern paper to ground my cute little sitting girl. My tag was die cut using the set Tag Buddies by CAS-ual Fridays. I didn't have much room for the to/from so I put it on the back of the tag. Then, when I think I'm all done, I see a spot of something on the front of the the "joy" sentiment circle was a necessary cover-up!! Problem solved.

Now let's see your gift tags with some red & white stripes for our Holiday Chaos celebration over at Catch the Bug

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Chaos Day 2 - Sketch

It's day 2 of the Holiday Chaos celebration at Catch the Bug. We have a sketch for you to try, and you know how much I love sketches!!!

My card made use of the adorable Snowman 001 from Bugaboo. The blue and red really popped out at me so a patriotic Christmas card it became!! Now it's your turn to share your creation using the sketch for our day 2 Holiday Chaos celebration over at Catch the Bug.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Holiday Chaos - Day 1 - All That Sparkles

Welcome to day 1 of our Holiday Chaos celebration at Catch the Bug! How perfect to get those final Christmas cards done. Our theme today is All That Sparkles - create something that sparkles. Now as you know, I am not much of a glitter girl (GASP, I know), but I was still able to get some sparkle with Stickles on the ornaments and glitter paper. My Bugaboo image is the adorable Clyde's Christmas (color version). Now be sure to come back tomorrow for a sketch challenge, a true favorite of mine.

Joys of the Season

We have a new challenge starting this month at the Creative Playground -- and it's a photo inspiration challenge. So much to draw inspiration from with this one!! 

I was immediately drawn to the big Christmas tree so I used the Tree With Presents image from Imagine That Digistamp. The ornament paper is also from Imagine That Digistamp, Merry & Bright. This paper pack I use A LOT so it comes highly recommended!! My plan was to include 3 gold brads along the bottom right but I put my card together and realized I totally forgot 'em!! Three little gold stickers to the rescue!! I hope you can join us this month at the Creative Playground for some photo inspiration fun. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Warmest Wishes

How amazing, it's December 1st already!!! And that means a new Ants in my Pantry Digital Challenge over at the Doodle Pantry Blog. For my card I used the Doodle Pantry set called Bitty Christmas. Actually, I had this image printed off and in my Doodle Pantry folder for a previous project that never got done!! I seem to do that often! The background is the stamp set Simply Snowflakes from My Favorite Things white heat embossed then cut out with a stitched rectangle die. Quick, easy, and fun to make. Now it's your turn to join us for our Ants in my Pantry Digital Challenge at the Doodle Pantry Blog.

Meowy Mousemas

I am really on a roll making Christmas cards!! Maybe I'll have enough done to send to all my family and friends!!! This one makes use of the adorable Imagine That Digistamp set called Meowy Mousemas. So sweet!!  I hit up my scrap pile yet again and found just the right papers. Now head on over to the Creative Playground to see what other members of the Imagine That design team have whipped up to share with you today! You won't be disappointed.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Joyful Greetings

It's Sunday and time for a new Clean & Simple challenge at The Outlawz. With Christmas fast approaching, we are looking for yes, holiday cards but with a twist - all white and with 1 and only 1 red embellishment. I think I've pushed the envelope a little bit with this one as my red embellishment is red glitter paper! I did the die inlay technique using the Winter Trees die from Simon Says Stamp. I actually cut it out a third time from white glitter paper for the insides of the trees - made me think of snow. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, the Joyful Greetings stamp set to be exact. Now it's your turn to join us for a fun CAS challenge over at The Outlawz.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hello Hello

Saturday means a new challenge at Catch the Bug, and this week we have a photo to pull your inspiration from. Gorgeous in all the oranges of fall!!!!

Here's my card using AKV Fall Wheelbarrow Kids. Yes, this was Bugaboo's freebie Friday last week. I had it printed but ran out of time to create with it last week so I ended up putting it to good use this challenge!! I can't get enough of the Perfectly Plaid Fall papers from Lawn Fawn, they work so wonderfully together! Now it's your turn to share with us what inspires you with the photo over at Catch the Bug.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Freebie Friday

Time for a darling Freebie Friday image from Bugaboo. I can't believe what few wedding images I've got!! That and new baby ones...YIKES!! I started with two papers in my scrap bin to inspire the color palette. I've definitely been using lots more aqua/teal these days too. The heart, after it was colored with Copic markers, got a bit of sparkle thanks to my wink of Stella pen. Head on over to Bugaboo to scoop up your Freebie Friday image!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am so thankful today because my family is all together for a few days of togetherness! We picked Phillip up yesterday from college along with all his laundry!! Oh well, it's just good to have him home (I don't think little brother feels the same way though!!).

Here's my card to say Happy Turkey Day to all my friends. The adorable image is from Imagine That Digistamp and is called Lucky Turkey. He is such a sweetie, don't you think?!! Used several scraps on my card, something else I'm thankful for!!!  For more inspiration, check out Creative Playground to see what other design team members have created.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks Snow Much

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the "Things With Wings" challenge over at Fab 'n' Funky. Doodle Pantry has so many fabulous winged creatures, it was difficult to narrow it down to just one!! I ended up using the adorable Snow Birdie for my card. Join in with some things with wings of your very own over at Fab 'n' Funky and maybe you'll be the winner of some Doodle Pantry goodness.



Welcome back to a new sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Another beaut that's for sure!!

Our sponsor for this two week challenge is Sami Stamps. Be sure and grab a cup of coffee or tea and have fun shopping. There's sure to be and image or two that you absolutely must have!!! 

Like this one, Rockin' My Christmas Sweater. And can you believe I added purple to my card?!!! I was inspired by the color combo of the Warm Heart paper pad by Reverse Confetti.  Yes, I flipped the sketch too plus added this sentiment from the set Candy Cane Ants by Doodle Pantry. Now it's your turn to create using our latest sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

Monday, November 21, 2016

Festive Holiday Wishes

We have a new sketch for your to try your hand at from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  

Now for some reason I really struggled with my card...and I'm still not happy with it. I used the kit from My Favorite Things (for the first time, GASP!!) Snowflake Sparkle.  I know the kit is sold out but you can still purchase the stamp sets and dies featured in it. I arranged a variety of the snowflakes onto watercolor paper and heat embossed in white. Then I sponged some ink for an embossed resist. Always a fun technique. Now it's your turn to try out this latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Can't wait to see what you create!!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Flying By to Say Hi

Well just like that, I'm finding myself behind once again with all my design team obligations!! I get over a broken thumb from last month and now battling pneumonia and flu!!! I'm desperate to get ahead of the game because we leave in a little over a week for a trip to Disney!!!!!

Okay, enough whining, time to reveal the latest  CAS challenge at The Outlawz --  "This week we celebrate Go for a Ride Day. To relieve the stress of the holidays, show us what vehicle your fun ride will be in."

I love flying so I decided on an airplane for my "vehicle." This is a pre-colored Doodle Pantry digi from the set Flying Hi. I know, I know, I have quite a few layers on this card but I'm still calling this clean and simple. What do you think?!!

Sure hope you can join us at The Outlawz this week for our latest CAS challenge.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Just Add Ink - just choose two (I used die cut and designer paper)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - anything that flies 


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Jingle all the Way

Instead of a horse drawing this sleigh, it's a cute pup!! This image, sentiment and paper comes from Imagine That Digistamp in a set called Christmas Sled. This might be the card going to our one bachelor friend, or a friend who has a sweet beagle pup...I can always make a second one and problem will be solved!! Check out the Creative Playground blog to see more inspiration from the other members of the Imagine That design team.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Troll

Bugaboo has a new release today!! And the newly released images are 50% off this week too so be sure and check 'em out! Today's image is Christmas that not adorable?!!! And perfect for the new trolls movie out (which I heard is fabulous!). What's great about trolls is you can make them any color you want...that's why mine is turquoise. Head on over to Catch the Bug to see what else other members of the Bugaboo design team created with this cutie!! Then head over to Bugaboo and pick up one of your very own.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Planes and Trains

Here's my card for the new CAS challenge over at The OutlawzNovember is both Aviation History Month and National Model Railroad Month so the challenge is a CAS project with either a plane or train on it. I was running short on time (and energy. This pneumonia is wearing me out!!!) so I went with the color version of a Doodle Pantry image, Railroad Memories. The strip of pattern paper is also from this set. I hope you can let your inner Clean & Simple goddess out and join us over at The Outlawz.

Challenges for my card include:
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS  
Stampin' Royalty - Masculine 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Live Laugh Love

Looks like I've taken a break from making Christmas cards!! We have a new challenge at Catch the Bug -- Going in Circles. I've had these 3 butterflies (Butterfly Live Laugh Love Trio by Bugaboo) printed off for some time now and this was the perfect challenge to use them on!! Kept it very simple, using a piece of pattern paper from the Perfectly Plaid pack by Lawn Fawn. Just added some stitching and black brads for a quick and easy card. Now it's your turn to share your creation with us at Catch the Bug, following the theme Going in Circles.

Let's Be Jolly

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge this week and it's a color challenge -- use coral on your Christmas project. I used from Doodle Pantry the digi set Antique Ornament, both the color version of the image and some digi paper. The sketch I found on Pinterest, a board I'm following with over 9,000 sketches!!!!!!! I think I'll be good for awhile when it comes to sketches!! Hope you can join the color challenge this week at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Angel With Birds

Today I want to share with you my card using the newly released Angel With Birds from Imagine That Digistamp. She is beautiful!! And I love that included in the set is a Thanksgiving angel as well. The dotted pattern paper is from scrap but the trees is from the Merry & Bright digi paper pack also from Imagine That Digistamp. Head on over to the Imagine That blog, Creative Playground to see more inspiration from the Design Team. When you're done there, head back to the Imagine That Digistamp store, this set and others newly released are on sale but only for a limited hurry!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sweet Merry Christmas

Here it is, a new sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Yep, you guessed it, I love it because I can use up some of my pattern paper scraps! 

And a reason I know YOU will want to play along is Bugaboo is our sponsor! There are so many fun images at Bugaboo, and you'll want to add to your collection!!

Like maybe this adorable Chimney Santa that I used on my card! I am such a fan of non-traditional holiday colors red, brown and black it is!!! Sure hope you can join us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for our two week challenge.