December 28, 2011

A sweet Angel

This Angel image is from the Graphics Fairy blog and I just couldn't wait to create a card with her sweet face. Simon Says is having a "Anything Goes" challenge this week and I was excited to make a card for this challenge using my imagination. Here is my Anything Goes: "Angels are all around us"

December 26, 2011

Brown paper packages tied up with strings....

..these are a few of my favorite things. I just love this song, Mary Poppins, one the the most wonderful, classic movies of all time (Yes, Virginia, the movie is the Sound of Music, thanks :) The challenge this week over at CAS-ual Fridays has taken me to create this kraft based card with twine. The sentiment is from a new Hero Arts background stamp, added a few goldtone gems some pretty DP and viola, a pretty card for the challenge. Thanks for visiting today :)

PDCC 112

I made this card for the last challenge 2011 over at the Play Date Cafe. Another year comes to a close and leads the way for a new year full of possiblilites! I thought I could get in one more Christmas card using the colors for this challenge and here it is: Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year 2012!

December 18, 2011

Party Dress

It's another splash of color challenge over at the Play Date Cafe this week and the splash is one of my favorite colors "teal". Here's the inspiration photo: and here's my card: This party dress is one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps and I have used it many times. This will be a birthday card for one of my co-workers who happens to be a stunning dresser. Items used: Hero Arts dress stamp, ribbon, Basic Grey DP, pearls and gems.

December 11, 2011

New stamps.......Yeah......!!!!

Hero Arts has their new 2012 catalogue and stamps out!! All I can say is wow, please let the trees in our yard start growing money :) I went to Archiver's yesterday for the HA release party and bought 3 new HA stamps. Of course I wanted to buy more, but I had to reign myself in. Here's a card made with one of my favorite new stamps, Flower Border, just love it. I like to put brown and turquoise together, kinda a classic, cool look.

December 3, 2011

a Wedding shower

I made this pocket card for Jessica, she is marrying James in April 2012. Jessica is one of my closest friends, Therese, daughter. I have known Jess since she was a kiddo and of couse I still see her as a little girl. Jess has grown into a beautiful young woman and I am very happy for her. Happy Wedding Shower day Jessica :) Items used: LaBlanche straw hat stamp, watercolor pencils, Graphics 45 DP, twine and a heart button.

November 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Poppies

I was straightening out my craft room today and came across this piece of Graphics 45 poppy paper. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers and this paper is one of my favorite Graphics 45 papers. I just played around with some doilies I had sponged with antique linen distree ink a while back and came up with this little number. I like it, hope you do too. Apologies for the dark photo, it's evening now. Items used: Graphics 45 DP, gems, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, doilies, distress ink.

November 26, 2011

Case Study Challenge #67

Check out the beautiful card by Kryssi Ng we are to case this week over at Case Study. The minute I saw this pretty card, my take on it popped into my mind. I love this big flower cling stamp from Hero Arts and paired it with the HA friendship background stamp on both the background border and flower. Other items used: twine and pearls.

November 25, 2011

A Bird Tree

I printed this 1870's children's school book image on my card from The Graphics Fairy blog. If you have never visited Karen's blog, please do yourself a favor and check it out.

The 2 week challenge at the Play Date Cafe is the use the colors maroon, copper and tumeric on your card (or craft). I have been waiting to use this wonderful bird tree and thought the colors for the challenge gave this pretty tree just the life it needed.
I weathered the edges and scuffed the image with antique linen distress ink, added some jute and brown twine and a pretty little flower button and done. TY for taking a peek :)

Sketch challenge at Lily Pad Cards

I can't believe how many Christmas cards I have already made. Usually I lag behind and scramble at the last minute to get our cards made; this year I'm right on schedule.

I made this card for the sketch challenge over at Lily Pad Cards, check it out :) Items used: Stampendous sentiment stamp, 2 different twines, DP, MS snowflake punch, gems, stickles.

November 20, 2011

Casual Fridays Sketch Challenge

I made the card in this post using this week's challenge sketch over at Casual Fridays When presented with a nice, simple, clean sketch it's easy to come up with creative ideas, I chose to make a Christmas card for the challenge: There was a time I would not use brown on a Christmas card, I'm happy that time has passed. I like adding brown, it give's the card a more earthy feel. Items used: Stampin Up Christmas tree stamp, Basic Grey DP, gold gems and ribbon.

Another Starbucks Christmas card

I continue to make Starbucks Christmas cards. I have been so inspired by the images on Starbucks to-go cups. Fortunately the people I work with drink a lot of this coffee ($3:00 plus a cup). I love this ice skating image. I grew up ice skating in the winter, we skated outside at Grover Cleveland Park. There was a little house next to the pond where we could go inside to get warm and put our skates on. The park staff (or volunteers, not really sure about this) always gave us free hot chocolate while we skated. I loved doing the whip and flying into the snow on the side of the pond, what fun and fond memories I have of winter :)

Gift tag with a little deer

I continue to make gift cards, Christmas is coming, geez it will be Thanksgiving this week (YUMMMMM!!!!). Anyway, here's a gift card I made today with a cute little deer on it :) Items used: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey paper, gems, ribbon, snowflake punch, stickles and watercolor pencils.

November 13, 2011

Splash of Orange

I love this week's challenge over at the Play Date Cafe which is to use black, white and a splash of orange. My first thought was Halloween, but that fav holiday has passed until next year. So, I put my thinking cap on and came up with this card: I had forgotten all about my little piercing pad from Stampin' Up and came across it today; I think it added that little something extra this card needed. Items used: Memory Box flower bundle stamp, Nestabilities and gems.

November 12, 2011

Let it Snow.......and it is here in Colorado :)

This week's challenge over at the Case Study challenge blog is to case this fun card by Krisi Ng: I chose to case this card with a Christmas theme as I need to get in gear with my Christmas card making. I chose to turn the card upside and use a snowman and mitten, here you go: Items used: Stampendous stamps, twine, Basic Grey DP, watercolor pencils, bubble border punch and distress inks.

November 11, 2011

Lily Pad Cards - Nov/Dec CCC

This will be my first time participating in the Lily Pad Cards Card Chain Challenge. I chose to use the sketch provided for my card, she's a cutie don't you think? The card chain challenge is a card exchange between card makers from all over the world. I'm always excited to receive a card from another card making friend and just can't wait to see which card I receive :) Items used: The Greeting Farm Dahlia stamp, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, gems, ribbon, Nestabilities, watercolor pencils and lace.

November 6, 2011

Framed flowers

This pretty card by Kryssi Ng is the inspiration for this week's challenge over at Case Study My card uses bolder colors; hope you like it: Items used: Hero Arts stamps, Nestabilitie die, SU inks, pop dots and pearls.

Over the edge and recycled

Starbucks has some cute cup images this Christmas season and I just had to find a way to recycle them; what better way than Christmas cards :) This week's challenge at Casual Friday's is "Over The Edge", here's my card for the challenge using the cute Starbucks sledding image: Items used: Northwoods sentiment stamp, Starbucks cup image, Hero Arts felt snowflake, stickles, gems, cuttlebug folder, Basic Grey DP.

November 2, 2011

Gift tags

I've started making Christmas gift tags, here are 2 made with Hero Arts stamps. Love that little snowman :)

Happy Thanksgiving 1

I just love Autumn, don't you? The beautiful tree leaves and the delicious Autumn squash, pumpkin carving, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I could go on and on. This week's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room asks us to use this pretty photo for inspiration: Here is my card inspired by this Autumn photo: Items used: Memory Box wreath stamp, Hero Arts Friend background cling stamp, DP, gems, SU brad, gathered ribbon and raffia ribbon.

November 1, 2011

Don't waste those crumbs....

When I saw these 2 inspiration photos for this week's challenges over at the Play Date Cafe and Case Study I first thought of a nice cold, tall glass of chocolate milk with chocolate chip cookies, and then I thought the card by Nikki Estes provided the perfect sketch for a card that came into my mind.
Well, it just so happens I have these cute chocolate chip cookie digi stamps from Tiddly Inks and made this card. I will be entering this card into both challenges, now off to have some chocolate milk and cookies, YUMMMMM!!! Items used: Tiddly Inks digi stamps, watercolor pencils, Nestabilities, ribbon and gems.

October 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Bicycle

Nina B Designs is presenting a sketch challenge over at the Lily Pad Cards blog. (I'm sorry I have not attached the links, for some reason I cannot copy the shortcuts). The prize for this challenge is fabulous, $50 of Nina B Designs stamps, you must check it out and get a card in for a chance to win. Here's the sketch for the challenge: And here's my card: The bicycle stamp with the little bird on the side is made by a stamp company in Washington state (cannot read the company name). I have also used Basic Grey paper, handmade checked paper, rickrack ribbon, watercolor pencils, twine and pearls.

Halloween Pup

This week's "clean and simple" challenge #25 at Casual Fridays is to "add color" to your card. Well, we all know Halloween is a colorful Holiday, so it was easy to make this cute pup card with lots of color for the challenge: Items used: Penny Black Pup and Pumpkin stamp, G Halloween stamp and watercolor pencils.

October 22, 2011

Is that a Devil Dog????

Angus tried on his Halloween costume today, yes, that's him the Devil Dog. I tried to get a photo of Angus and Pearl (she has a costume too) but Pearl was not in the mood. I'll try again tomorrow.

You make me smile...

This week's challenge at Case Study is another lovely card by Niki Estes; here it is:
I liked this card and the colors so much, I cased it closely; here's my card: All of the stamps are from Hero Arts, added a button and a tiny gem and my card is done.

October 19, 2011

Just call me Ms. Witchy girl

I love this little owl witch from Hero Arts; I make Halloween cards with her every year. Here's another Halloween card (did I ever mention that Halloween is one of my fav Holidays?). I love to dress up, I have a good one planned this year, I'll take a pic and post it, stay tuned :)


Thanksgiving is such a nice holiday. Not only for the get together with friends and family and the wonderful Turkey, stuffing and "oh just pull up to the trough" but for the meaning of the holiday Giving Thanks. I made this card for my cousin who I will not see this year for Thanksgiving, but I give thanks every day for her.

Lily Pad - Kathy's Color Palette

I made this card for the Tiffany Doodles Kathy's color palatte challenge over at the Lily Pad blog. If you have never checked this blog out, you must head over there right now, it's one of my favs :) The challenge is to use this color palette to make your project: I made this card with one of my fav Tim Holtze stamps:
Items used: Tim Holtze stamp, Hero Arts stamp, twine, button, Graphics 45 paper, lace and a punch.

Stella Rose

Blog challenge 28 over at My Mind's Eye is to make a card using this sketch:
I used My Mind's eye wonderful Stella Rose papers for my card. The stamps are from Memory Box and Hero Arts, there's a little twine, some brads and Viola!

October 8, 2011

Case Study 60

The challenge this week over at Case Study is to case this lovely card by Niki Estes: I took my inspiration from the card design and colors, here's my card:
Items used: Inky Antics bird, sentiment and cherry stamps, DP, lace, ribbon, watercolor pencils, diamond glaze and Nesties.

A Big Smile :)

As mentioned in my previous post, both the Play Date Cafe and Casual Fridays are sponsoring a huge blog hop for "Operation Julie's Smile", check it out. I made this card for the Casual Fridays' challenge this week, this pretty victorian lady could use a little smile, don't you think :) I used one of the many wonderful images from the Graphics Fairy blog. Items used: Graphics Fairy image, gems, stickles, watercolor pencils, ribbon, punch and DP.

PDCC #`102

The challenge at the Play Date Cafe this week uses such wonderful, Halloween colors, see: and I broke out one of my favorite Halloween stamps, witchy shoes. I break this stamp out every year and make a birthday card for my friend, Therese, who just happens to have her birthday on Halloween. Isn't this card fun :) Items used: Stampendous witch shoes stamp, gems, DP, sparkly gems, stickles, ribbon, tule and watercolor pencils.

On another note, there is a huge blog hop going on this week-end "Operation Julie's Smile"; both the Play Date Cafe and Casual Fridays are sponsoring the blog hop, check it out.

I will also have a card on the Casual Fridays blog if you'd like to check it out. Lucille :)

October 5, 2011

Bird of Autumn

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air and the beautiful changing of the leaves. The colors of Autumn are among my favorites and I find it easy to make a card with the warm, earth tones of Autumn. You get the picture :) Here's one of my Autumn birthday cards: The bird image on this card is from Debrina Pratt's wonderful blog
Here Items also used on this card: DP, pearls, ribbons, punch and a happy birthday stamp (sorry don't know the vendor).

October 1, 2011

Dream, dream, and dream some more....

The colors for this week's challenge over at the Play Date Cafe are wine, leather, smudge and parchment. I'm not too sure what color "smudge" is, but I took it to be black; here's what I came up with: I love the 2 design papers used for this card, the poppies are from Graphic's 45 and the parchment is from Imaginise. Other items used are twine, gems and a little gold leaf. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp.

September 25, 2011

Autumn Colors

This week's challenge over at Mo Bronte & Bella's challenge blog is Autumn colors. Mo's digital images are among my favorites. Bronte the sweet dog on this card is so adorable and reminds me of my dog Pearl. Here's the card I'm submitting to the challenge: Items used: Mo Manning digi image, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Stella Rose DP, twine and buttons.

September 22, 2011

Let's make music

I love the challenge this week at the City Crafters challenge blog, Let's face the music! I chose one of my favorite Mo Manning digi stamps for the card I'm submitting to this challenge and here it is: Items used: Mo Manning digi stamp, Stampabilities music stamp, twine, button and watercolor pencils.

September 18, 2011

Case Study Challenge 57

This lovely card is the inspiration for challenge 57 over at the Case Study challenge blog this week:
I took my inspiration from the sketch design of the card and made a baby card for one of my co-workers:
This cute image is a Tiddly Inks digital image called sleeptight and I just think it's adorable, don't you? Items used: Tiddly Inks digital stamp, glitter gems, watercolor pencils, ribbon and lace.