Friday, November 30, 2012

Crafters of Faith ~ November Challenge

Today is the last day of the month and I am here to welcome you to my Crafters of Faith card! I am blessed to have you stop by and celebrate an early Thanksgiving with all of us! The Crafters of Faith blogging group is a joyous blending of Christian friends ~ joined together to fellowship, share our faith, build friendships and craft together! If you want to see all of the creations, there is a blog list on the left side--please check out all of the cards.

Mary Rose provided us with our November Challenge:

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Hello, Crafty sisters! Can you believe the holidays are here? I LOVE this time of year! Peppermint Mocha Lattes, twinkling lights, Hallmark Christmas movies...every good and perfect gift pointing to our Savior. My favorite part of the season? Christmas carols. I LOVE Christmas music, and I have so many CDs that I have to start listening to them in October just to fit them all in! LOL I have a few favorites that make it into heavy rotation (Amy Grant, Kathy Mattea, Point of Grace, Sara Groves), and others that are strictly instrumental and fill the house with the ambient sounds of the season (Jim Brickman, Windham Hill's Celtic Christmas, and more). This month's challenge: Make a card based on one of your favorite Christmas songs or carols. (The Bible verse I chose is often associated with Handel's Messiah, another favorite!) Make sure your card has a little twinkle to represent the light of the world. Bonus points to anyone who includes kraft and gingham in their design (just because I LOVE kraft and gingham!)

So there's your challenge! Plug in that Christmas music and get inspired! I'm even learning some Christmas carols to play on my dulcimer.

Here is the card I created for you:

I love pretty much all Christmas music, but O Holy Night is one of my favorites.  I also love when the lights are lowered, individual candles are lit and we sing Silent Night on Christmas Eve—that brings shivers even as I think about it now.   I have some colors of kraft in the background paper on my card and I do have twinkle in the embossing of the sentiment.  Hope you like it Mary Rose.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you do check out the other Christmas Creations from the wonderful ladies in the Crafters of Faith group!

Image/Sentiment—Stampabilities O Holy Night

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Cranberry Crisp and Brushed Gold; Déjà Views Open Windows Holiday Joy—Peace & Joy, Red Swirl Designer Paper

Ink—Versamark Dazzle Frost

Accessories—Gold Star Brad; Gold Shiny Ribbon; Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Calendar Girls ~ November Challenge

It is the 28th, so I am here to welcome you to another round with the Calendar Girls!

Who are the Calendar Girls? We are a group of bloggers who want to have a place where friendships blossom, creativity abounds, and encouragement prevails! In keeping with that dream, this blog group has been created so we will have a place to interact and enjoy being fellow bloggers. 

Jeanette is our hostess this month and she is well known on SCS for posting each day the bizarre or less-known holidays that are “observed that day.  So—her challenge was to choose a holiday in November (not Thanksgiving, but a little-known holiday) and create a card/project with that holiday in mind. She posted a link to Bizarre November Holidays and there sure were some unique ones.  I chose “National Button Day-observed two weeks ago on November 16th.  What did you do that day to honor the button?  I am sure that Kelly spent that day admiring her stash and maybe even took a few of her favorites along for a ‘bux!

I thought this was a great challenge—other options were Dear Santa Week, the 7-13th, National American teddy Bear Day on the 14th, Saxophone day on the 6th (I played alto sax for 7 years!) and Historic Bridge Awareness Month!  Who knew such days were this month…………………………

Here is the inside of my card.

Image/Sentiment—PTI Holiday Button bits

Cardstock—Gina K White; Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, Sponged-Wild Wasabi and Bashful Blue; We R Memory Keepers Love to Craft-Buttons Designer Paper

Ink—SU Early Espresso

Accessories—Buttons; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Kiwi Ribbon, White Twine in buttons, Brown Brads

Please check out the blogs of all of the Calendar Girls—there are 10 of us, so it might take you a bit.   I am sure you will enjoy all of the interesting creations in celebration of Bizarre November Holidays! All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar. Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Let It Snow

A local stamp and scrapbook stores hosts an every other month swap with various themes.  It is fun to get cards from area ladies and see all of the different styles!  This month we are making cards for winter.  This card is very similar to a card we made at a recent stamp camp at my demo Sarah’s studio.  I also made a set of these for my monthly swap on SCS in shades of blues which will be posted later this month.

I have also entered this card in  the following challenges:
ABC Challenges-Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges--Non-traditional Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu--Celebrate with Sparkle
Hiding In My Craft Room--Christmas

Image/Sentiment—Unknown Sentiment—I have had this stamp for a long time and cannot read the handwritten note on the stamp.  There are two sentiments—on horizontal and then other with the words vertical.

Stampin’ Up Raspberry Ripple, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper

Ink—SU Raspberry Ripple

Accessories—SU Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Raspberry Ripple Satin Stitched Ribbon, ½ inch round punch, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder

Saturday, November 24, 2012

PTI Scattered Showers

Here is the second card I made for LJ’s recent swap on SCS.  This swap was for PTI cards and I took one spot in three different categories.  This card is for the fancy fold category.  It is called a Double Dutch fold and I think it came out pretty cute.  I did not add a sentiment as it could be used for a baby shower or a general card. 

Image/Sentiment—PTI Scattered Showers

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, White; Cloud 9 Designs Brittany Castlee Collection-Royal Dots-Pink Designer Papers

InkSU Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip

Accessories—Pink Satin Ribbon; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

Thursday, November 22, 2012

May the Simple Joys of Life be Yours

Happy Thanksgiving!
Here is a card I made for LJ’s recent swap on SCS.  This swap was for PTI cards and I took one spot in three different categories.  This card is for the regular category—can you tell I like gardening images……………...

Image/Sentiment—PTI Green Thumb

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Bashful Blue;  Echo Park Paper Hello Summer Borders, Dollies Designer Papers

InkSU Lucky Limeade

Accessories—Green Brads; So Saffron Ribbon; Yellow Button with Bakers Twine; Punches

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monthly Swap ~ Thanksgiving

Here I go again…………………  using a Paper Inspirations Calligraphy stamp—and for another Thanksgiving card.  If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you will know that this is one of my favorite lines of stamps. I have about 8 or 9 of them and love to ink all of them up. 

This card is for a new swap that I joined.  It is a monthly swap, hosted by Pam and we all send in 10 cards each month.  No specific theme—though I think I will try to make a seasonal or holiday card.

Image/Sentiment—Paper Inspirations Thanksgiving Calligraphy

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake; Simple Stories Harvest Faire Homemade Happiness Designer Paper

InkSU Cajun Craze

Accessories— Crumb Cake Brads; Brown Satin Ribbon, Sizzix Diamond Embossing Folder

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mystery Swap--Holiday Hugs Snowman

This card is for a Mystery Swap on SCS.  A group of us are doing a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess.  This swap was created by Forest Ranger—Jeanette.  These images were sent to us by Terry, who will swap the cards and send us the next image, provided by Jeanette!  That means we are going to be starting another round!   I can't wait to get the swap cards back to see how everyone else used the same image. 

The image the Terry sent was so cute and I had recently purchased a 6x6 pack of winter paper.  I loved the pastel colors in the papers and used that as the theme.

I think this card turned out cute—and I hope Terry as well as the others in the swap like it also. 

Image/Sentiment—My Favorite Things-MFT—Holiday Hugs Snowman/Sentiment from Stampin’ Up Snow Much Fun

Cardstock— Stampin’ Up Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirquette; My Mind’s Eye Be Merry Designer Series Paper

Ink—SU Baja Breeze; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—Blue Brads
; White Snowflake Brad; Copic Markers; Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles; White Satin Ribbon; SU Modern Label Punch

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings-Planes, Trains & Automobiles

It is the 15th of the month and that means another Dueling Darlings challenge.  Our hostess this month for the Divas is Carol.   The theme this month is Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

November is Aviation History month and National Model Railroad Day.  With those things in mind, the theme of Planes, Trains and Automobiles was hatched.  It is based on the movie by the same name, which has the characters trying to get home for Thanksgiving.

So—here is the card with one of the images that Carol sent.  She also sent loads of cute papers and embellishments.

Here is the inside of my card.

Also--we are welcoming a new member to our Dueling Darling--and she is a Diva!  Please be sure to welcome Kadie and check out her blog!

Image/Sentiment—Studio 112 Plane

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper—Stampin’ Up Basic Black and Basic Gray; Graphic 45 patterned papers and flash cards

Accessories—Nestabilities labels 14; Black Ric Rac; Black Button with Ivory button on top and Cranberry Bakers Twine; White Gel Pen;

Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month.  All of the blogs are on the left sidebar of my blog.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the creations for our journey of trying to get home for Thanksgiving, via Planes, Trains or Automobiles! Thanks for joining us!!!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Script Christmas Tree

This is the final card I made for Kat’s recent swap.  Enjoy the Christmas Card.

I bought this stamp and matching Shapeabilities by Spellbinders last year and had not used them yet.  This is a pretty simple card as I think the words of the stamp are pretty powerful.

Image/Sentiment—Heartfelt Creations Script Christmas Tree

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Cherry Cobber, Garden Green; K & Company Hannah Small Striped Designer Paper

InkSU Garden Green

Accessories— Holiday Tree Shapeabilities; Rhinestone Square Brad; Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon

Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter Wonderful for You

This is number three of the cards I made for Kat’s recent swap.  There were four categories—Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter and Christmas—of course I took a spot in each!

Here is the Winter Card:

Image/Sentiment—Unity Itty Bitty-Snow Wonderful

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist; Snow Designer Paper

InkSU Night of Navy

Accessories— Blue Snowflake Brad; White Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


This is the second of the four cards that I made for Kat’s recent swap.  There were four categories—Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter and Christmas—of course I took a spot in each!

This is the Thanksgiving card.

If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you will know that this is one of my favorite lines of stamps.  I have about 8 or 9 of them and love to ink all of them up.

Image/Sentiment—Paper Inspirations Thanksgiving Calligraphy

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake; Simple Stories Homemade Happiness Designer Paper

InkSU Cajun Craze

Accessories— Bronze Brads; Crumb Cake (Kraft) Ribbon

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Blessing for the Crafty Gals

It is the 5th of the month, so I am back with another challenge of the Crafty Gals!  We are a group of bloggers who have monthly challenges, caring comments & fun chit chat on SCS—our favorite stamping site to visit.

This month, the challenge was posted by Jackie.  Here are the details of her challenge:

"Fall Blessings"

November is for Thanksgiving & we all have so many things to be thankful for so my challenge for you this month is to create a project to showcase our Blessings. It can be a card, shadowbox, picture frame, scrapbook layout, mini album, etc. Please make whatever your heart desires as long as it features what you are thankful for & I also want you to use a Fall theme for your creations. I can't wait to see all of your wonderful works of art! Have Fun & Happy Stamping!!!!!

I love fall as the colors are outstanding in Wisconsin.  This year was one of the best for the colorful leaves and our 2 maple trees did not disappoint.  I am thankful for nature—and fall is a time that nature is headed for a deep sleep in order to pop out in the spring.  I love to spend time outdoors and enjoy all of the seasons—planting flowers in the spring, enjoying walks, hikes and biking in the summer, planting tulips (I planted over 200 bulbs this year) and enjoying the colors in the fall, followed by snowshoeing in the winter—hope the snow comes this year!

I had fun making this fall card and I hope Jackie I met the challenge!

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Serene Silhouettes

Cardstock—SU Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Chocolate and Whisper Very Vanilla; Echo Park Paper Fall Fever

Ink—SU More Mustard

Accessories—Thanksgiving Ribbon; Orange Felt Oak Leaf; Brown Pearl

Please check out the blogs of all of the Crafty Gals.   All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar and I hope you will enjoy all of our creations. Thanks for joining us!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Nature Turns to Gold

This is the one of the four cards that I made for Kat’s recent swap.  There were four categories—Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter and Christmas—of course I took a spot in each!

This is the Fall card:

Did you see the gold brad in the corner?

Image/Sentiment—Inkadinkado Fall Gold

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, So Saffron, Soft Suede; Echo Park Fall Fever Designer Paper

InkKaleidacolor Autumn Leaves

Accessories— Gold Leaf Brad; Brown Satin Ribbon; Brown Button with Brown Bakers Twine