Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winners of the Paper Shelter's Birthday Celebration Blog Hop!

Please head on over to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to see the winners from the Blog Hop Birthday Celebration!

My winner was chosen by picking a number out of our old hamster ball I found in the garage. And the winner on my blog is number 2 and that is:

Carole Pollard

Carole, congratulations and please go over to the link above to claim your prize.
Thank you all who joined in for the blog hop and for those who left a comment on my TPS blog hop card, thanks so very much! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays!

The next challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is for 3 weeks long and is ANYTHING GOES.  The image I used for this challenge is from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter and it's named Santa Cute Helper

My image is colored with Copics and I've used my Viva Pearl White pen to make snowflakes and then I sprinkled White Glitter Ritz and did the same for the white fur on her outfit. The snow on the ground was made using Viva Clear pen and sprinkling White Glitter Ritz on it.  The tree die cut is by Magnolia (and I used my Cuttlebug) and I added white paint and then sprinkled Stampin' Up iridescent glitter on the painted areas. The buttons, red pearls and holly button in the middle of my bow are from my stash. I used a Stampin' Up punch to cut out my sentiment.

This is the last challenge for the year at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.  To give both Teams the chance to enjoy some extra time with family and friends, there will be no comments left on the entries. The winner, along with a new challenge, will be posted at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog on January 7, 2015.
The prize for this challenge is a gift certificate from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter. I hope you'll join us and we all wish you Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter fun!

There's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and the topic is WINTER SPORTS. I used this Lili of the Valley image which stole my heart as soon as I saw it. This stamp depicts what I did as a kid in the winter in Connecticut, USA. Did you ever skate out in the snow? As kids, the only thing that kept us inside in the winter was when we ran out of dry gloves or mittens and had to come in, put them on the radiator to dry, eat something and then head back outside. I know my mom and dad must have thought us kids insane to want to be outside with temperatures so cold! The color blue is my favorite to use for winter cards because it's a 'cool' color.

This adorable paper is by Doodlebug. I sewed each layer of my paper which is something I love to do but am not very good at. I slid my ribbon through two incisions I made on the image layer and ran it around the card between the initial white cardstock and first layer of aqua. And then there is the perfect bow. Yep, this is one of the best bows I've made in my lifetime! The snowflake corner diecut is by Memory Box and cut out of white pearl cardstock with my Cuttlebug. The sentiment tags are by LOTV.  

I used my lightest blue marker for the water and then applied Glossy Accents. While the Glossy Accents were still wet, I sprinkled Cool Diamond Microfine glitter by Elizabeth Craft Designs on it. I think it gives that icy look from what I remember as a child. The snow is Pearl Pen and then a dot of Star Dust Stickles on each flake. And yes, we did skate as it flurried and skated until the snow on the ice stopped our skates!

Did you ever ice skate on a pond as a kid? Our dad would burn down the cattails right before it got real cold and then after the pond froze, he'd scrape off the snow and try to smooth the ice for us and pile it around the area we would be skating. And I even remember him putting heavy plastic down on top of our grass supported with 2x4 wood, filing the plastic with water from the hose, letting it freeze, and then out we'd go to skate.  We loved outdoor activities, no matter what the weather was, and never stayed inside if we didn't have to! Does anyone have an image, by any company, of a child in a round saucer (ours were silver metal) headed down a snowy hill?  That's another thing we did and I'd love to find an image of it.

I tried to do that with my pearl pen and glitter...give the feeling the girls are skating on a pond with the snow piled around the ice. Do you remember the skates like this where your shoe was separate from the skate and held on with a buckle around the ankle and leather that you tied as tight as you needed it to be around the front of your foot? I had roller skates that were like this, too. I used my Wink of Stella pen on the skate blades (although they look just plain gray in the photo--in person they're more metallic looking).

Most of the people who read this are probably in my age group. And after seeing this card, and if you read any of the post, don't you think the kids nowadays miss out on so much due to technology? We learned science by being outside and exploring whether it was in the woods are in the washes of the deserts...and now science is learned in a classroom out of a book. The memories and what I learned are priceless.

The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created a few items to get your creative juices flowing and think about what you would like to do for our WINTER SPORTS theme this month. Our challenges are a month long (the second Wednesday of each month) so there's lots of time to make your card or project. We're sponsored by Iva Nova Chest this month, click on the link and take a look at this fabulous store! I'm hoping to see your art work in the challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T., Brown Sugar, Delicious Doodles, Fussy and Fancy, Sister Act, Crafts 4 Eternity, Robyn's Fetish, Treasured Times, Addicted to Stamps, Ribbon Girls, 613 Avenue Create (Image, Sentiment, Embossing, Button, Ribbon), Get Creative, Card Mania, Dream Valley, Incy Wincy, Dies R Us, Artistic Inspirations, Eureka Stamps, Clear It Out, Scrappers Delights, Creative Moments, Paradise of Stamps, Craft Your Passion, Aud Sentiments (Stitching, Rubber Stamp, Pattern Paper), Art by Miran, Pattie's Creations, Aloha Friday, Milk Coffee, Fairytale Stamper, Digi Sketch, The Paper Nest Dolls, A Creative Romance, Crazy Challenge, That Craft Place, Monday Morning Challenge, Mema's Crafts, One Crazy Stamper, Seemacrafts, The Sisters of Craft, Stamp and Create, Fresh Brewed Designs, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, The Artistic Stamper, Craft for the Craic, Jelly Park, Pink Gems, Come and Get It, Pile it On, Stamping Sensations, Countryview Challenges, Ooh La La Creations, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Whoopsi Daisy, Whimsy Inspires, Cuttlebugmania, Die Cuttin' Divas, Loves Rubber Stamps, Party Time Tuesdays, Melon Headz Friends

Monday, December 8, 2014

Having Fun in the Snow!

What kids don't have fun out in the snow!  I loved this stamp when I saw it. For one thing, I don't have many little boy stamps or images since I prefer to make girly type cards. But even I saw the cuteness in this little boy and snowman! The other reason I loved this stamp and had to have it was because it reminded me of the traditional song Frosty the Snowman, which I consider a 'happy' song. I love the bucket on his head instead of a top hat and I made his buttons, eyes and mouth black to represent coal. Blue Christmas cards remind me of winter and have a 'cool' feeling to them, which makes the blues my favorite winter color.

The stamp is from Crafty Sentiments Designs and the name of this stamp is Having Fun. The Design Team at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog have created some wonderful cards for this challenge topic of CHRISTMAS.

I used a snowflake border die across the top by Memory Box and the two separate snowflakes are a Whimsy die and that's a clear snowflake button with the back cut off glued in the middle of the snowflake. The snowman in the middle of my satin bow is a button from Dress It Up which I cut off the back and glued it on. I used chunky white embossing powder for the snowflakes falling and Cool Glitter Ritz all over my snowman using a glue pen. The snow at the base of the snowman was done with clear 3-D paint and then I sprinkled White Glitter Ritz over it. The fur and pom-pom on my image's hat is done with white 3-D paint. My sentiment is from CardZ TV and I used a Stampin' Up punch on it.

The prize this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is this gift voucher from our sponsor, Crafty Sentiments Designs.

Please stop by the Challenge Blog and see the great creations made to inspire you to join this challenge. I'm sure we're going to have a lot of entries this week since the topic is CHRISTMAS!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Delightful Sketches, C.R.A.F.T., Brown Sugar, Crafts 4 Eternity, Crafty Catz, Fussy and Fancy, Sister Act, Treasured Times, Addicted to Stamps, Robyn's Fetish, 613 Avenue Create (image, die cut, embossing, button, ribbon), Ribbon Girls, Get Creative, Dies R Us, Dream Valley, Creative Moments, Paradise of Stamps, Sentimental Sundays, Stamp with Sarah Kay, Art by Miran, Pattie's Creations, As You Like It, Aloha Friday, Milk Coffee, A Creative Romance, That Craft Place, The Sisters of Craft, Mema's Crafts, One Crazy Stamper, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Crafts Galore Encore, Fresh Brewed Designs, Seemacrafts, Craft for the Craic, The Artistic Stamper, Jelly Park, Pink Gem, Come And Get It, Pile It On, Whimsy Inspires, Ladybug Crafts, Artistic Inspirations, Bunny Zoe's, Card Mania, Digi Sketch, Eureka, Incy Wincy Designs, Monday Morning Challenge, Ooh La La, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Crazy Challenge

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's the Paper Shelter Blog Hop 4th Birthday Celebration!

Hello fellow crafters and welcome to The Paper Shelter Blog Hop for the celebration of our 4th Birthday on December 8!  This will be a two week challenge and both Design Teams are taking part.

We're inviting you to hop with us using the theme/topic of "A SPECIAL CELEBRATION", which I know is extremely popular!  If you have landed here from Lena's blog, then you're heading in the right direction--if not, then you'll want to head back to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to start again, as you'll not want to miss out on this one! Our Design Teams have worked very hard and are showcasing the gorgeous images available from The Paper Shelter website and each blog on the hop is offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice as well as the main prize, details of which are on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. I used the image named Fair Day for my birthday card

From here you will need to hop on over to Colette's blog. Don't forget to leave your comment here for a chance of winning your choice of one of the fabulous digital images available in the store. Hop hop hop. Hope you're enjoying it so far!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Shopping

The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week is USE METAL SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW.  Please note that you must MAKE IT CLEAR WHAT AND WHERE IT IS.  I used this image from The Paper Shelter named Holiday Shopping.

I used dies by Spellbinders and Cheery Lynn. The rhinestone swirls are from Michael's and the poinsettia, berries, and holly leaves are from an assortment of shops. I used Glossy accents to make the snow falling and snow on the ground and then sprinkled loose White Glitter Ritz while still wet, to get 3-D snow. I loved coloring this image because of the many color options for the packages and her coat and scarf. I used Copics to color her. I like lots of detail on my cards...and probably need to challenge myself with more CAS cards. But this style fits me and gives me a chance to be creative with my embellishments.

I used a metal snowflake in the middle of this truly outstanding and awesome bow (hehehe) and a metal clothes hanger with the metal charms and beads. There also metal beads in the middle of my silver poinsettia in the bottom corner of this card.  In the post of your card, you must make it clear where and what your metal items are. And here's a close-up of this adorable coat hanger and charms. I purchased the coat hangers from Live and Love Crafts. I had a lot of fun making the card for this challenge.

Now, remember where I the desert of Arizona so that when I say the next sentence, you'll understand better...I love shopping at the holidays with the hustle, bustle, crowds and the malls decorated with garland and giant ornaments hanging from the ceilings...little kids waiting to sit on Santa's lap while he's sitting in the middle of a beautiful chair. I love Christmas, but it's hard to get into the holiday season until December here in the desert since it doesn't cool down until then!

Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, is offering this great prize below to the winner of the drawing. Note: if you use an image from The Paper Shelter the prize is larger than if you make a card/project using an image from another company.

Please stop by the Challenge Blog and see the creations made by the Team this week to inspire you. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for the challenge this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog of USE METAL SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW. 


This card is entered in the following challenges:
The EastWind, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, Treasured Times, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper, Crafts Galore Encore, Craft Your Passion, Dream Valley, Mema's Crafts, Creative Moments, As You Like It, Art by Miran, A Crafty Mess, Milk Coffee, My Craft Creations, The Paper Nest Dolls, Digi Choosday, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Aurora Wings, Scrappers Delights, My Creative Moments, Craftin' Desert Divas, Ooh La La Creations, Whoopsi Daisy, Hiding in My Craft Room, 613 Avenue Create, Come and Get It, Dies R Us, Robyn's Fetish, That Craft Place, Party Time Tuesdays

Monday, November 24, 2014

Skating Fun!

I love to ice skate...well, I did when I lived where it was cold enough to have ice! My favorite season has always been winter and I miss the cold weather living here in Phoenix, Arizona. The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is USE DIE CUTS.  I used this adorable stamp by Crafty Sentiments Designs named New Winter Skates.

I used a Spellbinders die for my image and the sentiment die is by Whimsy. The double layer snowflake is a combination of Spellbinders and Whimsy. The ornament paper and the green striped paper (the layer under the lace) are from a 6"x6" Wild Rose paper pack. I think this is one of my favorite paper packs this winter since I love the color combination of pink and green.

She's colored with Copics and to get the look of dimensional white fur on her outfit, I applied Glossy Accents first and then sprinkled White Glitter Ritz on the wet Glossy Accents.  I used white dimensional paint for the snowflakes and ran Star Dust Stickles around the oval. The ice is colored with a light aqua Copic and then covered in Glossy Accents which I think gives it a great ice look. The aqua pearls, two kinds of lace and the pompom strip are from my stash of supplies. I think this is my favorite style card. I wouldn't call it 'modern' but it's not really 'old fashioned', either. If I could name my personal style, I guess I'd call it cute and pretty.
The prize this week is a gift voucher!
The Design Team has taken out their dies and made some great cards to inspire you to join us for this awesome challenge of USE DIE CUTS. I hope you'll join us in this very easy challenge!
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop Day 3!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Crafty Sentiments Designs Valentine blog hop! We're happy that you've joined us today. There are four new Valentine stamps in our release this month!

At each stop of the hop, we hope you will be inspired by the creativity of the Design Team from Crafty Sentiments Designs. You're sure to find many wonderful Valentine projects that will be at the top of your crafting lists. If you happened across this post out of order, please head to the Crafty Sentiments Designs blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here's the card I made for today's hop. I used the new Valentine image named You Got My Heart.

My card is a 5.5" x 5.5" square. The heart die in the top right corner is by Cheery Lynn and the corner heart die on the image is by La-La Land and I used a metal heart brad in the largest heart. The sentiment (stamped in brown) and punch I used on it are both by Stampin' Up. The rhinestone swirl is by Michael's and I added the red rhinestones for a touch more color. The sugared heart in the bottom right corner is by Queen & Co. Here's a close-up of this adorable image. The flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and the brown kraft bow is by Michael's. I used Star Dust Stickles wherever I could...I have a thing for shiny and sparkly.


Now how about some blog hop prizes? Three of the new rubber stamps release will go to three different hoppers. In order to win you will need to leave a comment each day on all of the blogs.

What do you need to be eligible for these amazing prizes?

1.  Become a Follower on each blog in the hop, if you aren't already for the four days "Blog Hop New Releases".

2.  Leave a comment at each stop for the four days "Blog Hop New Releases".

3.  If you do both of the above, check back at the Crafty Sentiments blog for the winners on November 28. I will not be posting the winners on my blog.

Today's blog hop line-up goes like this:

Gail (that's me!)
I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far. Be sure to head on over to the other stops for more inspiration, comment and become a Follower of each blog to be eligible for the prizes!  Good luck!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Snow People

There's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and the topic is SNOW PEOPLE. I love this rubber stamp by Stampendous. Snowmen are my favorite winter image (penguins are closing in, though), and having three snowmen that all need a hat and scarf colored, well, I'm in my happy place! I've always loved 'cool' colors for winter and the purples and blues are a favorite combination for me.

I used dies by Spellbinders (around the image), Whimsy (the large snowflake), Magnolia (trees), Quickutz and Sizzix (small snowflakes) and Memory Box (pine branch border). Here's the image close-up colored with Copics. The snowflakes are Star Dust Stickles and I used some Martha Stewart glitter and Sakura glue pen for the snow on the ground. I've learned to not use Star Dust Stickles in large areas since it makes my paper wavy...don't know if any of you have experienced that. The Sakura glue pen is great for large areas and then using loose glitter.

The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some adorable projects with SNOW PEOPLE to get you motivated to pull out your stamps, or print off a digi to color, and join the challenge this month. Our challenges begin on the second Wednesday of every month so there's plenty of time to get your creation made and entered into the challenge! This month we're sponsored by our own Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and the prize is a goody bag including stamps, ribbons and papers! Thanks for stopping by!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times, QKR Stampede, Winter Wonderland, Sister Act Card Challenge, Fairytale Stamper (new items: large Whimsy snowflake die and this Stampendous snowman stamp), Dream Valley, TimbroScrapMania, Creative Card Crew, Scrap-Creations, Milk Coffee, Craft Your Passion (b=blue, branches, buttons), My Craft Creations, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Crafting by Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Art by Miran, The Artistic Stamper, One Crazy Stamper, Penny Black And More, Stamping Sensations, Jelly Park, Challenge Up Your Life, Party Time Tuesdays, Through The Class Room Door


Here's a fabulous challenge right now and I can't imagine who doesn't have what it takes to enter it.  The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is SNOWFLAKES. I've used what I think is one of the cutest images for winter that I've seen at The Paper Shelter. Her name is Snow Angel. Please tell me that her name doesn't surprise you. Hahaha!

I chose non-traditional colors because I had this awesome paper from Doodlebug. I adore their papers...the colors, the designs and the fact that you can get them in 6x6 or 12x12 sizes. The Christmas tree ribbon is from my stash of Christmas ribbons and it's on a roll and I added a little rhinestone as the star on the trees.

The pink ribbon in the corner is from Michael's. The snowflake in the center of the awesome pink bow (did you read my post from 11/11/14 about bows?) is a snowflake brad that I dabbed in my Versamark pad and then used Sparkle n Sprinkle's Madagascar Green Embossing Powder and then while it was still hot, I dabbed it in some Rubber Cafe white glitter. I did the same technique on the snowflake brads across the bottom, minus the glitter and adding a turquoise rhinestone in the center instead.The white snowflakes were dabbed with Versamark and then I used puffy white embossing powder on them and dabbed them in the white glitter, too...and then I added some Glossy Accents in the center of them.

The snow around my image is done with Glossy Accents and the Rubber Cafe white glitter, too. (Lots of loose glitter on this card, on the carpet, on the table, on my feet and through the house.) I did put a dab of that Glossy Accents on her coat buttons and heart pocket buttons for the fun of it. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

The lace is from my collection and I have neglected to mark any of my pieces of lace so all lace is from my stash. The jewels in the corner of the image are actually crystals...I had them in my stash for years now, holding back from using them because they're so clear and beautifully glittery and then scolded myself for not using them and broke open the packages. Why do we do that? Save stuff because it's so pretty but it's in a container so it's not like we're enjoying looking at them? Can you see how pretty and clear crystals are? They photographed well, too. This card is 6x6, in case anyone cares and is reading this. :)

Do you know who sponsors The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog?'s The Paper Shelter! The prize is below and I encourage you to use an image from The Paper Shelter to reap the highest reward possible for winning this challenge. Have you ever looked at their site and see what you get for $3.00?  No postage, no handling, no tax, and you get the image within minutes. Buy one image, win $30 worth. Another brand of stamp gets you 3 stamps of your choice. But there are so many that you won't want just 3. So just buy a $3 stamp, use it, and then get to pick 10 or more images if you win.

You know we have a great Design Team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Of course it's you think they didn't pick great cardmakers in the last DT call?  So, take a look by clicking here and get inspired, get out the SNOWFLAKE stamps, dies, brads...whatever, and go get busy. Winner is announced next Wednesday so you don't have time to do the housework until the card is done and posted. I'm happy to tell your hubby/significant other that if you pass me his/her e-mail address.

Thanks for stopping by and it would be nice if you leave a comment so I can visit your blog.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times, Creative Corner Challenges, QKR Stampede, A Creative Romance, Whoopsi Daisy, My Besties UK, Incy Wincy Designs, Love to Scrap, Scrap-Creations, Milk Coffee, Jingle Belles, Craft Your Passion (B=bling, bow, boots), Art by Miran, Reasonable Ribbon, Ppinky Dolls, My Craft Creations, the Paper Nest Dolls, Melon Headz Friends, Crazy Challenge (fav technique: coloring with Copics), Completely Christmas, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Jelly Park, The Sisters of Craft, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Emerald Faeries, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Bearly Mine, Stamp and Create, Crafting by Designs, A Crafty Mess, Crafty Calendar, Mema's Crafts, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Papertake Weekly, Party Time Tuesdays, Through The Class Room Door, Faery Ink Designs (all challenge badges and links are listed in tab above), Crafty Catz

Monday, November 10, 2014

Come On Teddy!

There's a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog and it's your favorite...ANYTHING GOES.  Feel free to do anything you want, but I encourage you to use a Crafty Sentiments image!  I chose this adorable image from Crafty Sentiments named Come On Teddy.

My image is colored with Copics and I used white Viva Pearl Pen and then sprinkled White Glitter Ritz for my snow, snowflakes and teddy's hat. I used a Sizzix square scallop die around my image, a Martha Stewart branch punch and my set of 3 sizes of Nellie Snellen poinsettia punches/embossers. The mittens die is by Memory Box and I applied clear glue and then white flocking on them and also a little snowflake that is a punch on the mittens. In the middle of my red bow is a brad that I glue in the middle. Awesome bow, heh?  I'm practicing...see the post prior to this to be in on the latest and greatest news.

Here's a close-up of my image.

The prize this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is a gift voucher from Crafty Sentiments Designs.
The gals at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog love this challenge of ANYTHING GOES and know that you do, too. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations this week!
This card is entered in the following challenges: