Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's time for the next Color Throwdown challenge- #270!!

Happy Wednesday my friends!! Tomorrow is Turkey day in the US and I am in the throes of making all the traditional foods and everyone's favorites!! My oldest, Lauren, is contributing too... we will have scrumptious food {and no cooking} for 4 days... WHOO HOO!!

Enough of my celebrating 2 days of furious cooking and 3 days of stamping and eating :-)

To business...

Wanda picked the colors this week... LOVE the inspiration pic { I have a bunch of old ornaments I have collected that get displayed in a large glass jar... gorgeous}!! I was a "titch" intimidated by the colors.... ohh, turns out I was wrong!! Well, it's certainly not the first time! These colors are fun!!

 
And...  I got a little bling on... makes me happy!! I used WPlus(s Silver Bells and matching dies. Created my own background, added some silver embossed berries, silver twine, and a sentiment from the same set on an MFT Flag Stax die!!
 
For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented November guestie - Cindy Lawrence at  One Happy Stamper!! Thanks Cindy for joining us this month!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD268.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.   
 
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

I've had some time to make some cards recently and that's good as we're getting ready to do the US Thanksgiving celebration and the grocery list is long and the favorite foods wish list is long!! Will be busy the next few days!!

Here's a card for the Viva la Verve challenge on SCS.... week 3... Anya's sketch!!


Did some paper piecing with these adorable Verve Trees... Holiday Greetings! The little stars are from the same set... added a little bling for good measure!! Stamped the sentiment on a couple of Verve dies... Mini Classy label and Charming Oval! Ohhh. and Julee is having some sales!!

Anya's sketch...

I've had a fun WE... stamping... cleaning blinds {not sure why I would add that as fun but, dang they were dirty and look so lovely now!}

Entering this in the Curtain Call Challenge...I see Christmas trees... not traditional colors but, love how they played out together and this is pretty CAS for me, LOL!!


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Happy Birthday Ms. Jeanne!!

It's a Happy Birthday Celebration for one of my blogging buddies....

Jeanne Jachna at A Kept Life....

I got to know Jeanne through our mutual love for Waltztingmouse stamps and bows!! She is one of the sweetest peeps on this earth....in celebration of her love for color...


Yes, I know... it's nothing like Jeanne's blend and I am missing some die cuts... but, I do have a lot of color and some Waltzingmouse Stamps going on!!

And my Birthday Cake in celebration....


Read somewhere that this girl has an executive post with the Boy Scouts and dang, she deserves it!! Congrats my friend!!

A few other friends joining in the Celebration!!

Thanks to Joyce  the blog party planner extradorinnaire!!

Cathy
Christina
Darnell
Jill
Kara
Kim
Marybeth
Tracey 

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

WMS Pajama Party- One last card!!

I'm back with another card for the Christmas card challenge for the Waltzingmouse monthly PJ party!! Click on the link for all the info.
 
Clare has released some dies that coordinate with previous sets.... one of those is Festive Foliage!! I had gold embossed the Pinstripe Backgrounder onto white last weekend and it was just sitting there wanting some love!! Went all glittery on this one!!


All of the images and sentiment are from Festive Foilage along with the new dies.... check them out here. For the embossing on the holly leaves- I mixed some clear and white which gives this imperfect embossing pattern but, I like it. Now, the sentiment may not seem Christmassy but, it is part of this set and it is my message regarding these new dies. Thanks Clare- LOVE them!!

PS... thinking Camellia dies, Funky Flowers dies, Two Step Sprig dies..... :-)

I started out using Chupa's sketchbook Saturday challenge but, kinda' changed it a little.


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WMS Pajama Party- Challenge 3

I'm back for the third challenge for the Waltzingmouse monthly PJ party and this month is all about Christmas!! Click on the link for all the info.

 This challenge is all about tags. I used an image from Seasonal Remedies to make my tag. A big ole striped bow with some black jingle bells tied with twine to top it off.


I added the tag to a belly band for a little gift packaging. The kraft box was stamped with WMS Zig Zag backgrounder.

Gotta go- I'm working on another card using the new Festive Foilage dies :-)

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WMS Pajama Party- Challenge 4

 
Waltzingmouse is having their monthly PJ party and this month is all about Christmas!! Click on the link for all the info.
 


The fourth challenge was to make a 3D item-decoration/home décor. Well, I was not very imaginative but, I have been dying to make a 3D ornament using Clare's spellbinder compatible Christmas images soo....


And.... I have been singing this song for a couple days!! One of my fav Christmas songs!! Isn't the image gorgeous- it is from Ornate Ornaments- has several spellbinder compatible images and some fabulous sentiments. I chose the sentiment from Compliments of the Season.

I'll be back shortly with my tag - decided it needed black jingle bells too so hubs is spraying them :-)

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Friday, November 22, 2013

WMS PJ Party- Traditional Christmas!

PJ PARTY at WMS... challenge #2...

Off the subject... I have a ladybug crawling around my keyboard... this time of year... never expected... thinking she's needs to go outside..

I'm back...


 Challenge number 2... Traditional Christmas...


Better pic...


Non-traditional colors but, traditional images :-) One of the new sets at WMS-Alpine Christmas and matching dies... YES. matching dies!! Clare has definitely taken the leap into the die business {new dies arrived at my house today that compliment older sets--- Festive Foilage--- can you say HAPPY!

The mountains and chalet were stamped in versamark and heat embossed with seafoam embossing powder, die cut with the coordinating dies... added a little color/depth to the chalet with copics to outline the image and adhered with foam dots. Snowflakes are from Alpine Christmas and added some gold pearls for a little bling. Sentiment from the same set.... are the fonts not fabulous!!

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PS... tomorrow I get to play with the Festive Foilage dies... WHOO HOO!!

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WMS PJ Party-With Gratitude!!

Waltzingmouse Stamps {click on the link for the deets} is now having a monthly....

 There are themes... and four challenges... well, I could be wrong 4 themes and a sketch...and prizes!!

The first challenge is Thanks....

Here's my card...


"Kay it's one or maybe two... well if we are counting "three" layers... but, CAS for me!! In total disclosure... I tried ribbon/ twine/enamel dots... but, kept coming back to the basics. SAT ON MY HANDS! Hope you like it!!

I pulled out WMS Peace & Plenty... and the Crackle Background ... perfect for this sweet shaker basket of apples!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CTD #269- So Thankful!!

Happy Wednesday morn'!! I'm the hostest with the mostest over on the Color Throwdown challenge this week. We're starting the US Thanksgiving off a little early!! I'm ready for a little holiday- good food {will be busy cooking everyone's favorites} AND a 4 day WE!!

Here's the colors I chose along with an early celebration pic!!



The layout is the Cardabilities sketch this week. I die cut several banners from my trusty MFT Flag Stax dies and proceeded to stamp tone on tone with various images.... MFT LJD Darling Dots, Verve chevrons from Borderline, and the argyle from PTI Argyle. The sprigs were die cut with Verve's Leafy Sprigs and stamped with the matching image. As well, the flowers were die cut with Verve's Floral Circles and stamped with a flower image from Bloom & Grow. Added some twine and a Verve sentiment stamped on one of the dies from Verve's Banner Bundle.

Cardabilities sketch...


For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented November guestie - Cindy Lawrence at  One Happy Stamper!! Thanks Cindy for joining us this month!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD268.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.   
 
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SSCB#24 - Gift or Gift Tag!!

This time the Serendipity Stamps challenge is to make a gift or gift tag using a stamp or die!! So many choices!!

I have certainly been in a tag making mood lately!!


Well, I ended up decorating a gift bag and making a tag... just having too much fun!! I stamped the Holly from the Holly with Frame cling set onto XPress It cardstock and colored with copics. After I fussy cut the images they were popped up onto a black background and I added some crystal effects to the berries. The little gift bags were stamped with a Serendipity Snowflake Flourish, tone on tone. If you click on the pic below- you can see them- perfect little touch IRL.


For the tag, I die cut a spellbinder die with chipboard and covered with patterned paper on both sides. If you add a little tag with "To and From", it can be removed and the resulting tag becomes an ornament or other decoration for the holidays!!

Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and link it below. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier
Jenny Gropp 
Julie Warner 
Karen Amidon
 Anya Schrier
Pauline Pollington

This go round the special is 40% Off the highest priced item in your card.   Use coupon code “40fromhigh1113”.   Good through 11/27. 
 
Here's the link to Serendipity Stamps since you may feel the need to go looking and shopping :-)

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

OMG- love!

Just had a blast making this little tag... it was an anything goes kinda' thing!!

Inspiration came from this week's CASE study challenge and the Verve Diva Dare challenge to use shapes. Keisha combines so many different elements/shapes and that was my focus.
 
I did make two tags but, they are totally different-will post the other one another day!! Started out with that little Smash book clip and went from there!! Added some new and old Verve... that makes my heart happy!!
 
Keisha's tags....

Have had a great WE.... hubs and I went to see the Eagles.... the "old" band on Friday!! Had a blast!! Yes, I'm showing my age a little but, this is the music I grew up with. Lots of laughs and giggles... and singing out loud- sorry!!

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Stuff and Things
Stamps- Chevron Love, Wings of Love, Stronger Love {Verve}
Dies- Jotted Heart Die, Wavy Hearts die, Banner Bundle dies {Verve}
Ink- Basic Black, Poppy Parade {SU}
Papers- Park Bench {MME}, Basic black, Poppy Parade, Pink {SU}, patterned paper {stash}
Accessories- Tag die {MFT]. dots {MME}, twine and ribbon {stash}
 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CTD268- glad tidings!!

Happy Happy Wednesday... I always say that don't I!! Love the colors/image that is being brought to us by Tammy this week. Fun colors and sooooo many possibilities!!


 Okay I saw a bunch of color and viney twines!?!


Started with barnwood paper (I think from MME) and sponged pool party over the gray. Then I die cut a Memory Box die but, only parts of it all the way through the die. So there are some areas popped out and some that are embossed. Rounded the corners and sponged with SU basic gray all around. To add the colors I sponged them on some of the "popped up" pieces and added rhinestones all over. Added a sentiment from Verve and a seam binding bow.

Here's a close up to see all those rhinestones....


For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented November guestie - Cindy Lawrence at  One Happy Stamper!! Thanks Cindy for joining us this month!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD268.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.   
 
Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

happy!

Yes, I had a chance to stamp a little this WE.... in btwn. running around for the grandkids-one is a JV cheerleader and went to the game--- FROZE, the other had a ROTC meet -had a little sun as it was during the day- not as cold thank goodness and, then, Sunday spent shopping/planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas!!

My happy card for this week's ColorQ challenge....


And the colors....

Started with the sketch from Cardabilities... tweaked it a little:-)


Tomorrow is Devin's Birthday so, out to dinner we go!!

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

sending ooddles of...

love and hugs.... this sentiment makes me happy (courtesy of Claire at Waltzingmouse Stamps)

 
and... the triangles (Kelly Purkey at Simon Says Stamp) and the Glitz Wild and Free papers... aren't those horses adorable... add a little twine and stitching... a metallic arrow in the corner... perfect... happy!! OH... there's a "titch" of color in there too :-)
 
Fun card! Made this for the Simon Says Stamp CAS challenge.
 
I spent the day Saturday at Devin's JROTC competition... his troop came in 3rd... tied for second but, the 5K was the decision maker. Events included a 1K and 5K run, rappelling on a rope between two trees, pulling a Humvee with a rope (physical force/ boys/girls), and carrying someone on a stretcher down the field and back... Carrying flags and rooting for each other... definite team spirit!! Definite good kids!!


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