Happy New Year and an Announcement

Happy New Year!  I hope you are all planning a fun, safe New Years Eve tonight...Even though we plan to stay in, I am still going to be celebrating the new year and some very exciting news for me.  Not only is the Fusion Card Challenge resuming, but I am so happy to be joining the design team along with 14 other very talented designers!  Pretty sweet way to start 2014, isn't it?
The Fusion Card Challenge's first challenge will be posted in just two days on January 2nd.  It will run for two weeks and players can choose to focus on the Sketch...the Inspiration Photo...or mix them together and create Fusion!  It is going to be one of the best card challenges out there!  If you aren't familiar with the Fusion Challenge, here's a link to the fabulous cards that were made during December when the challenge resumed.  

Ready to meet the whole Fusion Design Team?  


Why not stop by and congratulate everyone on the new Design Team and I hope you all will join us on January 2nd for our first challenge.  
Happy New Year!


12 Kits of Occasions - December with Jessica


As I write this up, Christmas is officially over at my house.  All the decorations are down and stored away for next year and there are just a little bit of sweets leftover that we have all been nibbling on the past week.  Weight Watchers is expecting me to show up the day after New Years and I am actually looking forward to some healthy eating for a switch.  Did you all over-indulge during the holidays like I did?
One thing I did do that didn't add one single pound to my waist was open up the fabulous kit that Jessica of The Paper Parade sent everyone in the 12 Kits of Occasions for our December challenge.  It's the 30th of the month and time for December's edition of The 12 Kits of Occasions.  You can find us on our blogFacebook and our Pinterest page (I especially love seeing all the cards made this year grouped together all in one place). I made the mistake of opening it just to peek and then when I tried to put it back, I could not stuff all of the papers, die cuts, embellishments and stamped images back in.  I had to find a box I could fit it all back into.  Here is a picture of everything that Jessica sent us:


See what I mean?  A ton of goodies to create last minute Christmas cards or else a start to next years stash.  Here are the four cards I made with Jessica's great kit.

This is my favorite card...love that cute Santa's workshop and the sweet Santa image all glittery and sparkly.

This card uses the sweet Rudolph image, the woodgrain kraft card stock and the little sentiment "Be Merry" strip.  I added a punched pine bough border, a Lil Inker Stitched Circle and a little red pom pom for his nose.
Jessica sent us this pre-stamped panel with the sweet deer and birch tree images.  There was an open space just perfect to put a poinsettia, pearl flourishes and the Cheer die cut that came from our kit.  Love those cute deer!
My last card was a lot of fun to make.  Those cute Christmas trees were just begging for a little bling!

Thank you Jessica for sending us a fabulous kit...I spent a lot of time just shuffling the different papers and elements around deciding which one would go where...and... on which card!

*The drawing winner of the Guest Designer position for January is... #7, Michelle (Pretty Periwinkles). *

Congratulation Michelle...I can't wait to see what you make with Sharron's kit!



Want to Be a 12 Kits Guest Designer?

Want to be a guest designer for The 12 Kits Of Occasions?
Sharron is the hostess who is putting together and sending out the kits for January.
She has put together one extra kit that could be for you!
She would send you the kit for you to create projects to share along with us on the last day of January.
Sound like fun?
Head over to the 12 Kits blog to enter. 
The winner will be announced on this month's reveal, December 31st!
 
LOL...I got this from Marybeth, who got it from Kara.  I wonder how far this little casing train will go?

Merry Monday Challenge #88 - Use An Animal On Your Holiday Card

Merry Monday Challenge #88...use an animal on your holiday card.  How about using an animal FOR your holiday card?  LOL.  That is what I did today.  I love shaped cards...they are always so different and a little unexpected for the person who opens up the envelope.  The Merry Monday Challenge for this week is to use an animal and since I didn't have too many cute little animal stamps...I decided to use a reindeer cut file from the Silhouette store and convert it to a shaped card.  First though, here's the inspiration photo for Merry Monday #88:
I sure wish I had some cute owl stamps to use...(Joyce, this one is right up your alley!).  Since I didn't have any owl stamps, I looked through the Silhouette store and found a very cute reindeer file I could use instead (Reindeer Face, Silhouette Store, ID #14808 by Sarah Bailey).  
It was very easy to make a shaped card by inverting the shape and welding the top together slightly. I cut all the pieces from patterned papers...embossed the reindeer face with an embossing folder...added a lot of tea dye stain to the edges.  I drew a Santa Hat freehand, cut it out and cut little holes for the antlers to peek out from under the hat.  The cute sentiment is from PTI Santa Stationery.  The last touch were those little jingle bells so everyone can tell just when this little guy has arrived.  

I have already mailed out my cards for this year, so this little guy is going in the Christmas 2014 box.  Wow...only 374 days until next Christmas!  I better get going.  Check out all the sweet animal Christmas cards at the Merry Monday Challenge Blog.

Fusion Card Challenge

 Every December it's a great day when you are finally done with your Christmas cards...have them addressed and ready to take to the post office.  That's the kind of day I had today.  Yay!  It did help that I have been making holiday cards since last January, and I made so many...it was fun choosing which one to send to everyone on my card list.  Today I finished the last card I plan to send this season, and it was a very fun card to make.  I used both the inspiration photo and the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge.  Did you know they have started up their challenges again due to the many requests they received?  They even have a Design Team call out...here are the details.
I used Lil Inker stamps and dies for this card.  Do you recognize that poinsettia?  I used the leaf image from the Modern Mehndi Stamp Set, clear embossed and layered onto a Stitched Mat Circle to create my poinsettia.  I used a small circle for the top layer (worked easiest if you make the smaller top layer first) and a larger circle for the bottom layer.  Those glittery poinsettia berries are from Holly Jolly Die Set and those branches...they are the Christmas tree from Christmas Bits Die Set.  I think it totally looks like pine branch greenery...don't you?  
I have my good friend Kim Heggins to thank for the beautiful red Cover Up Christmas die cut...she was nice enough to send me a few cuts, SOS style.  What a great friend to help me out with a die I don't yet own myself.  Thank you Kim!
It's not too late to join in the fun over at the Fusion Card Challenge...this one is running for the entire month of December.  Why not play along?

Merry Monday Mittens



Less than two weeks from now, the Christmas season will officially be over...too soon for me as Christmas cards are my very favorite cards to make.  Luckily, there is a card challenge that will allow me my Christmas "fix" all year long.  I have just discovered the Merry Monday Challenge where this week's challenge (Merry Monday #87)  is to use a mitten somewhere in your card design.  I am also playing along with ColourQ 219.  The colors this week are perfect for Christmas...I had so many pieces of patterned paper in my Christmas stash, I didn't need to search too long to find just the right combination.  Here is this week's ColourQ palette.
When I think of mittens, I always think of my the sweet stitched mittens from Waltzingmouse Stamps, Sewing Box Christmas.  I love the sweet stitching and how many different looks you can achieve when stamping them on patterned papers.  

 I told you this weeks ColourQ palette was a good one...didn't I?  I used some Recollections patterned paper (Sugar Plums) and some red hand stitching to bring out the red colors in the patterned paper.  The stamps and sentiments are from Waltzingmouse Sewing Box Christmas which I stamped and embossed in a deep, rich brown.  The cute little stitched sentiment flags, stitched mat circle and square are from Lil Inker Designs.  My final touch were the cute little jingle bells tied with brown twine.

Are you still working on your Christmas cards?  If so, here's a link to the Merry Monday Challenge and if you are all done for this year...it's never too soon to get started on cards for Christmas, 2014!

A Gingerbread House...minus the mess

A favorite yearly Christmas tradition that I shared with my daughter was making a gingerbread house. Her two brothers were older and I never had the courage to undertake a gingerbread house with them, but I did bring out the gingerbread, the frosting and all the trimmings for Carly until she turned 14 and decided she was too old to be making candy houses.  After making at least 10 gingerbread houses, a rational person would think I would have a ton of pictures to look back on that time...but you would be wrong!  I swear I took some, can even picture some of those frosting covered houses in my head, but I could not find one single picture of the actual houses themselves.  Bad mother.  I must have been too busy cleaning up after the sticky event to bring out the camera...at least that is the excuse I am going with.

Carly is 22 now, way beyond making a gingerbread house with me, but it wouldn't be Christmas without at least attempting a gingerbread house, so I got to work with my papers, embossing folders, die and stamps to create a mess-free gingerbread house.
                                                               The outside of the house.
                                                      Opening up the doors of the house.
The inside of the house with the sentiment.

This project is made with all Lil Inker Designs.  I laid out all of my Lil Inker dies and started picking and choosing any one that could even remotely be used to make my house.  Here's a list of the dies and stamps I used:

House Base: Stitched Mat Square and Stitched Mat Rectangles (the square is turned on its side to create the roof.
The icing on the roof:  Stitched Scallop Border Die
Bow on top of house:  Christmas Bits Die Set
Heart Window:  Of the Heart Die Set
Window Curtains:  Stitched Sentiment  Flag Die
Holly/Berry Trim: Holly Jolly Die Set
Christmas Trees: Holly Jolly Die Set
Stars on Christmas Trees:  Balloon Dies
Gingerbread Men:  Christmas Bits Die Set
Gumdrops on the inside of the card: Holly Jolly Die Set
Jolly Sentiment:  JollyWord Die
Stamped Sentiments:  Jolly and Joyful Sentiments; Instant Camera Christmas Stamp Set

I am entering my little house into 4, yes, FOUR different challenges...three of them new to me.  First, Craft a Scene where the challenge is to create a Winter scene with an option to make it a tri-fold card.  The second is Winter Wonderland Challenge  where the challenge is to use any kind of embossing.  The roof of my gingerbread house is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The third is for Christmas Card Challenges where all you have to do is make a Christmas card...how easy is that? The last is ColourQ#219 and a challenge that was a lucky surprise for me, all my gingerbread colors matched with this weeks challenge.


Thanks for taking a look at my house...I would love to see some pictures of any gingerbread houses you may have made with your kids, I am certain at least a few people managed to get some pictures!


Fusion Card Challenge and Monday Mood Board #24

It's a cool and rainy day here and the perfect kind of weather to stay inside and use some of those stamps and dies I have bought, but not used yet.  I am playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge which may just become my favorite card challenge.  Have you ever played along?  If not, you should!  You can use any stamps or dies you want and also have three choices of how to play along.  You can use either the sketch, the inspiration photo or both to create "Fusion".  Here are the sketch and inspiration photo for this month long challenge (lots of time to make more than one if you want to!)

Since we have a month to play along this time, I decided to use just the inspiration photo for this card.  I'm going to create a little Fusion by using both the sketch and photo later this month.  
I am also playing along with WPlus9 Monday Mood Board #24 which also had an inspiration photo that included lots of red and white, very similar to the Fusion photo.
In both challenge photos, red and white just jumped right out at me and in the MMB#24, I was also inspired the by berries, greenery and beautiful pattern on the silk ribbon.  Here is my card based on both photos:
I used WPlus9 Silver Bells Stamp set for my focal point.  The beautiful bells are colored with a glittery pen and the sprigs are colored with copics.  I thought the red/white patterned paper ( Martha Stewart Cottage Christmas) really reminded me of both the ribbon and the cozy scene in the Fusion photo.  The frame is from Impression Obsession (Circle Shaker Frame Die) as is the Pine Branch greenery.  I cut the holly berries from a Silhouette Cut File.  Can you see the berries are all glittered up with stickles?

I was cutting it pretty close with the Monday Mood Board challenge, but there is still plenty of time to play along with the  Fusion Challenge...you have one whole month to make something fabulous!  

25 Days of Christmas Tags



I feel so lucky.  You have probably seen that Tracey McNeely is doing her third annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags countdown and I was so excited she asked me to join her this year.  There was lots of pressure on me...have you seen all the fabulous tags that Tracey and her crafty friends have been making?  I spent a good day and a half just trying to decide what stamps and dies to use for mine and I hope you like what I have come up with.
I made a button card tag using Lil Inker Christmas Bit Dies attached to a PTI Button Boutique card.  Wouldn't those be sweet buttons?  My favorite is that sweet gingerbread man...now, which one of my crafty friends will I send this one to?

Thank you Tracey for including me in your 25 Days of Christmas Tags this year...if you've missed any of Tracey's tags...here's a link to her blog so you can catch up.

Christmas in California

When you think of Christmas, most people will be thinking of snowmen, icicles and wearing warm, cozy boots...but here in Southern California, we are more likely still wearing our shorts and flip-flops.  Today I have made a card for Case Study Challenge #168 and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and it is all about the flip flops us Californians might wear while we do our Christmas shopping.

This week's case study challenge is the last one by this month's muse, Keisha Campbell and I was inspired by the cut out circles, the polka dot embossing and the stamping through the window.  Here's the inspiration photo for this week:

At Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge there was another great photo and the theme is

The two challenges were perfect to combine so here is my card:
I was going for 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Christmas for my countdown.  I used my Lil Inker Flip Flop Dies to make five pairs of Christmas flip flops.  This was one of the most fun cards I have ever made...so much fun coming up with the different combination of flip flops using the dies I had on hand.  My favorite...the Santa thongs, complete with a little gold belt buckle.

I also stamped my own plaid pattern on flip flops #4...and yes, I used Lil Inker stamps to do it.  The strips are from Mom and Dad Sentiments.  They make a very cute plaid pattern and they were topped off with a little red flower from Flip Flop Dies.  The holly leaves and berries are from Holly Jolly Dies.  The cute Merry Christmas Wishes sentiment and countdown numbers are from Instant Camera Christmas Stamp Set.  I also used the cute hanging bow from Jolly and Joyful Sentiments.

I was doing a little Christmas shopping yesterday and I sure do wish I had been wearing a pair of these cute flip-flops.    Make sure to check out the cards at Case Study Challenge #168 and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge as there are lots of holiday cards brimming with inspiration.


12 Kits of Occasions - November with Kelly


***There's a prize up for grabs - Read about it on The 12 Kits of Occasions blog***

It's the 30th of the month and time for November's edition of The 12 Kits of Occasions.  You can find us on our blog, Facebook and our Pinterest page (I especially love seeing all the cards made this year grouped together all in one place).  This month our hostess is Kelly of Gingham Girl and wow did she come up with a great kit for us this month!  In true Kelly style, our kit was packaged in a gingham bag...I won't be surprised if I see that bag or pieces of it included in someone's project this month.  Here a peek at the cute kit we all received from Kelly.


Can't you just imagine all the fun we had with this one?  I love the color combinations Kelly sent us...red and black as well as the traditional red and green.

My first card is my favorite.  I love the little dog and matching sweater.  I also added a little bell and red sparkly collar to go with the cute sentiment.

My second card uses some of the beautiful patterned papers and one of the PTI One-Liner die sentiments.



My third card took advantage of the snowflake embossed panel that Kelly sent us and I added some Lil Inker glittery snowflakes.


This fourth card has one of my favorite Christmas sentiments all stamped in white with the chalkboard look.


My last card also uses some of the beautiful patterned papers and bright red Waltzingmouse ornament.  I used my Lil Inker Stitched Mat Circles for the base and I'm loving the gray, white and red combination.

Didn't Kelly send us a great kit?  You are going to be amazed at all the creations the other girls in our 12 Kits of Occasions group have made.  In fact, I heard Joyce made 15!  Can you believe that?  15 cards and who knows how many more she made before she was finished! 

Thank you Kelly for a great kit this month!

More details on this kit are located on the 12 Kits of Occasion Blog.

Comfort & Joy

A very quick post today...as this is what I was doing while I should have been cleaning my bathrooms and brining a turkey, not necessarily in that order.  I have been wanting to try my new On the Diagonal die from Lil Inker.  There were so many cute cards used with it during the release week...if you missed them, here's a link to their recap with all of the cards displayed all in one place.

What a fun die and it fits perfectly with Lil Inker's Connected Circles Die.  I stamped one of the new Modern Mehndi flower images in the centers and colored them with copics and a few dots of stickles for some sparkle. The cute rows of sentiments are from Instant Camera Christmas Stamp Set.

I have put my stamps away and am now probably scrubbing away at something in my home...I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am so thankful for all of my crafty friends.


Modern Mehndi...and a little guilt

As mothers, we spend so much of our lives feeling guilty.  Guilty we didn't spend more quality time with our husbands and kids.  Guilty our house isn't as clean as we would like, guilty we ordered a pizza instead of making a home cooked meal, on and on and on.  Guilty all the time. Today I felt a little guilty...actually a lot guilty.  I always visit my mom every Sunday.  I know she looks forward to my visit and no matter what I say, to her it is the most interesting thing she has ever heard.  Today though, instead of paying attention to my mom, all I could think about was the brand new set of stamps and dies I had waiting for me when I got home.  My new Lil Inker order arrived and was neatly spread out on the desk in my craft room just waiting for me to get home.  I watched the clock,  just waiting for an acceptable time for me to say goodbye and get on home.  The more I thought about my stamps, the guiltier I felt.  I honestly forced myself to put them out of my head and come up with some kind of witty things to talk to my mom about.  Now that my kids are grown, not that much funny stuff happens to me and then of course, I feel guilty about that!  Mom didn't seem to notice my distraction and I have vowed to never open a new package of stamps right before I go for my weekly visit.  That ought to handle the guilt for a while, at least until the next package of stamps arrives.

So, home again and very excited to try out my new stamps.  I have very few flower sets...big mistake on my part as they are very fun to use.  Here is what I made with Lil Inker's Modern Mehndi Stamp and matching die set (Modern Mehndi Die Set).
Taking a break from holiday colors, I chose pinks and browns for my card today.  In addition to the pretty flowers, I used Lil Inker's new Stitched Mat Ovals.  The sentiment is also from Modern Mehndi and I love that it can be used for any special occasion.  Did you see I even stitched on this one?  Big day for me when I break out the sewing machine...and a stickpin!

My guilt has subsided...the new stamps and dies have officially been broken in and I now have my New Years Resolution picked out.  Here's hoping you all had a "guilt-free" weekend and carved out a little bit of time to get crafty!

Happy Birthday Jeanne!


Today we are getting together to wish our dear friend Jeanne Jachna of A Kept Life a very happy birthday.  Jeanne is truly one of the nicest people I know and not only makes beautiful cards, but is such a generous and supportive friend.  I can not count how many times my husband has gone out to get the mail and returned with a little package of goodies from Jeanne.  Ribbon, twine, patterned paper, stamps and fabulous cards, all sent for no other reason than she thought I would like them.  Best friend...ever!  A special thank you to Joyce Mehrberg of Cards by the Sea for once again organizing this little party.
First I will show you my card for Jeanne and then give a very brief explanation as to why I made this particular card for Jeanne.
See those cheery colors...I bet if you look back at Jeanne's blog you would find pink, orange, yellow and green over and over on her cards.  I know she also loves purple, but when I think of Jeanne...these are the colors I remember.  The leaves?  Not exactly Fall colors, but once again, there is a reason behind why I chose them.  I loaned Jeanne the Leaf Print stamps and dies from PTI and when I did, she warned me that she was very "tough" on dies.  I laughed that off and got the package in the mail to her.  A few weeks later Jeanne wrote me to say my stamps were on their way back to me, but the dies...didn't make it.  Apparently they were mangled and bent from Jeanne's less than gentle touch with her die cutting machine and replacement dies were being ordered.  We have laughed about that more than once lately, and I knew I had to use my newly replaced dies on Jeanne's card.  
The sentiment on my card is from Lil Inkers, Snarky Sentiments and is my very favorite from that set.  So true, don't you think?  

I am hoping Jeanne has a great birthday...I will be thinking of her today and so will a whole bunch of other blog friends.  Here is a link to the other people attending Jeanne's birthday party:


VickiePlease stop in and wish Jeanne a very happy birthday!

Ho! Ho! Ho! (and a little card surgery)

Have you ever done this?  Made a card which you liked, but something about it just nagged at you and you couldn't get past it?  That happened to me yesterday with a card I liked, but couldn't get it to photograph well.  I posted it and as I watched television last night I couldn't stop thinking about what was bothering me about that card.  Here's the card:
First Version of Ho Ho Ho
I loved so many of the elements on this card, but the black just looked washed out and the glittery back panel did not look glittery.  
So...this morning I got up and did a little bit of card surgery.  I carefully took the card apart and reconstructed it a little differently, but I am finally satisfied with the look.  

As you can see, I used the same products, Lil Inker jingle bells (Christmas Bits Die Set)  made to look like Santa's suit, a woodgrain texture frame (Texture Plate Collection Frame One), also from Lil Inker as well as their Stitched Mat rectangles.  I went with white instead of black and left off the twine.  I changed the "H" font and added an exclamation point.  The glitter is still tough to photograph, but overall the quality of the picture is better.  If anyone knows how to photograph glitter...please let me know!  There must be some trick to it that I have not figured out yet.

This card is much more CAS and I feel much better submitting it to this weeks CASology challenge where the cue word is Bell.


As I sign off here today, the patient is doing fine, not so much for the original card though!

Case Study #166 - Pinwheel Turkey

I have one last Thanksgiving card to share today before the big turkey day...this year it's at my house and I am already starting to arrange and re-arrange my furniture to seat all my family.  This week's Case Study Challenge #166 project started out as one thing and by accident, turned into another.  Before I show you my card, check out the inspiration photo by this month's very creative muse, Keisha Campbell.
There it is, my inspiration, right there front and center...the pinwheel.  I love, love, love pinwheels and they are super simple to make in any color you want using Lil Inker Pinwheel dies.  I started out making a pinwheel tag.  I found some Fall color patterned papers and die cut my pinwheels.  After I put them together, and before I fanned them in a circle to make the 6 part pinwheel, a little lightbulb went off in my head and I saw the tail feathers of a great, big Thanksgiving turkey.  Can you picture it?  Here's my version of a pinwheel turkey.

It kind of looks like a turkey, don't you think?  I started my card off by embossing cream cardstock with Lil Inker Circles and Diamonds Stitched Pattern Die.  I stamped my fall colors with the Darling Diamonds Stamp Set. I cut a frame using Stitched Mat Squares and popped the whole panel up with dimensional foam.  My turkey is made using a Lil Inker Original Pinwheel die, and two Stitched Mat Circles.  That red thing on the turkey...turns out the technical name for it is a Wattle (news to me), but I just call it the gobbler, is made from a holly leaf from Holly Jolly Dies.  A little orange beak and some black stickles for the eyes and this turkey is done!
Here's a link to Case Study Challenge #166...I doubt you will see a "turkey" in the bunch.  LOL

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  The theme this week is Thanks/Thankful and is to be a Thanksgiving themed card.  I think my little turkey fits right in.

Snowy Gingerbread Couple

Happy Veteran's Day to all this beautiful Monday morning.  Veteran's Day is very special at our house and we typically do nearly the same thing every year.  My husband hangs a gigantic American flag across the front of our house.  It is 15' long and was his father's flag who served in World War II and was displayed in the front of his home for more than 40 years.  He passed away 10 years ago and my husband has held up the tradition of sharing his Dad's love for our country.  We always visit the cemetery where he is buried in the section with other WWII servicemen.  We made sure to bury him near other Marines from WWII and always imagine him swapping war stories with the other soldiers just like he did when he was alive.  

I guess I should be sharing a patriotic card today, but since I don't have one of those made, what I do have to share is a project I really love.  Think Gingerbread.  Think snow and snow globe.  Put those three together and you have a gingerbread couple and a snow globe to go along with it.

First the card:

I dare you to not break into a great big smile when you see this cute gingerbread couple standing in front of their Christmas tree.  I don't think it's possible, because I smiled the whole time I was making it.  First I made a frame using two Stitched Mat Circle Dies.  The gingerbread cuties and the sweet Christmas tree are from Lil Inker's latest release (Christmas Bits Die Set).  I dressed them up with a white gel pen and a bow tie for the boy and a cute little bow for the girl.  That bow is from Lil Inkers (Flip Flop Dies).  I just trimmed it down a bit so that the scale fit the little gingerbread girls head.  
The sentiment is stamped on a Gift Bow Topper die cut using a sentiment from Jolly and Joyful Sentiments.  That beautiful script sentiment die is from the latest release too, Joy Word Die.   I also used a couple of little stars left over from using the Lil Inker jingle bells from Jingle Bell Die Set.  With such cute dies, I stamped up some matching patterned paper with the snowflake from Jolly and Joyful Sentiments and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Whew!  Are you still with me?  

As I was wandering though Michael's the other day, I saw a Do It Yourself Snow globe.  It's made from plastic, not glass and it reminded me of something my sweet 4 year old niece would love to shake up and carry around with her.  Since it's plastic, I am hoping it will be a little more difficult for her to break, so I have made a matching snow globe to go along with my card.
 This is the girl's side of the globe with the daytime background.

On the reverse side, I made a night time version with the little boy gingerbread man.

I think my little niece will love this one and hopefully I won't make her mother mad if it breaks and spills snow all over their house!  I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Veteran's Day.

I am entering this card in the Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge whose theme this month is Winter Wonderland.

Happy Birthday Christina!

Today we are celebrating the birthday of one of the sweetest people I know...Christina MacLaren of SeaGlass Papercrafts.  I have come to know Christina through our 12 Kits of Christmas and then 12 Kits of Occasions group.  Christina is not only a fabulous card maker, but she always leaves the most heartfelt and sincere comments on my blog, the kind of comments that make you feel good all day!  Joyce of Cards by the Sea has once again organized a birthday blog hop for Christina and I am hoping she will enjoy all of the cards her friends have made for her today.
I have been wanting to make a card using my new Serendipity Owl die with a Fall birthday theme.  Christina's special day was all the incentive I needed.  Isn't that the most detailed owl die cut?  I perched him on the Impression Obsession Bare Branch with leaves cut from Fall patterned papers.  The sentiment is also from Serendipity (Everyday Words, large) and the background layer is a Spellbinder die.

Make sure to stop by Christina's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday...here's a link to all of other crafters who have made cards to wish Christina happiness on her special day.



Jingle Bell Intervention

I think I need an intervention.  A jingle bell intervention.  I am sure my blog friends are saying, "Step away from the Jingle Bells Cathy!"  Like a true addict...I thought I had my jingle bell obsession under control.  I could stop any time I wanted to, in fact I had packed them up and put them away in my craft closet so I could play with some of my other stamps and dies.  Then, I took a little shopping trip to Target and saw all the cute Christmas decorations and lots of them were using jingle bells.   I told myself, just one more time and then I will stop.  Really.  I will stop.  LOL, but since I did break those bells out one last time, here is the tag I made using all three sizes of Lil Inker Jingle Bell dies:

My tag uses lots of Lil Inker products and also one of their new stamp sets.  First...the tag is the Folding Tag die (original).  I cut it twice, once in red and once in white.   Both tags are stamped with the cute snowflake from Jolly and Joyful Sentiments in red or embossed with white embossing powder creating a quick and easy set of patterned papers.  I also used the Stitched Scallop Border along the inner edge of the tag.  Now for my favorite part of this tag.  I am sure you guessed it, the jingle bells.
I used all three sizes of jingle bells from Christmas Bits Die Set and the Jingle Bell Die Set to make a miniature snowman.  I cut the jingle bells from white glittered paper and stacked them one on top of the other.  Aren't they the perfect scale for a snowman?
See those little arms?  Those are part of the arrow from Of the Heart Dies.  Real snowmen are made with bits and pieces of things that were once used for something else...right?   I drew and cut a miniature hat for my snowman and added the holly leaves from Holly Jolly Dies and a little red stickles for the holly berries along with some black pearls for the eyes,  mouth and buttons.  A little sliver of orange for the carrot nose finishes off my little snowman.  
I promise this is it with the jingle bells, at least for a few days.  Thanks for being a part of my jingle bell intervention.  Let's see how long my resolve lasts!

Holly Jolly with a Jingle

The weekend is over and I have one final card to share made this weekend using my Lil Inker's October release.  Once again,  I laid out all of my Lil Inker stamps and dies and picked one here and one there to make my card.  I have been in a holiday kind of mood lately, so this one is another Christmas card.
I started the card off with the Texture Plate Collection (Frame One).  Both sides of this die are fun to use, but I am partial to the woodgrain.  I cut out the center of the frame using a Stitched Mat Rectangle die which is the exact perfect size for this frame.  I embossed the green panel with the Circles & Diamonds Stitched Pattern Die to give a nice, crisp background to highlight the largest jingle bell in the Jingle Bell Die Set.  I suspended the bell from some silver rope trim and added a Bow Die (Small) topped with a sparkly silver gem.  The sentiment is from Holly Jolly Sentiment stamp set and that cute set of holly leaves are from the Holly Jolly Die set.  If you look closely you can tell that those cute holly berries have a nice coat of diamond glaze on them and really do pop out and shine.  This might just be a record for me...I used seven different Lil Inker stamps or dies on this one.  I wonder if the Guinness Record Book people will be calling me soon?

Happy Birthday Tracey!

Happy Birthday Tracey!  Today is all about celebrating one of the sweetest people I know, Tracey McNeeley of In My Creative Opinion. You probably had an inkling that your friends were planning to celebrate your special day with lots and lots of Happy Birthday cards, but I am pretty sure you will be surprised by the "number" of people who wanted to participate.  So many that Joyce of Cards by the Sea, our official birthday blog hop planner had to install a linky tool on her blog as the list would be way to long for everyone to copy and paste.  Thank you Joyce for spreading the word and organizing the hop.


For your special day Tracey, I tried to channel you.  You are the expert in CAS cards and although I am sure this card is no where close to being as good as yours, here is my attempt at a true, CAS card...practically.  Only one tiny little layer and a little bit of glitter, but pretty close to CAS.  I used PTI Quilled Elegance stamp set and colored the images with copics.  To see all of Tracey's cards or to share a birthday card for Tracey yourself, just hop over to Joyce's blog and enjoy some birthday inspiration.

Here's hoping you have a fabulous birthday Tracey and enjoy your blog hop!

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