Thursday, December 30, 2010
"God saw u getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered come with me. With tearful eyes, we watched and saw you pass away. Although we love you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest...God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes...the BEST"
Thank you for your inspiration Aunt Ruth. I love you and I miss you.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It is time for another Pixie Cottage "Once Upon A Wednesday Challenge. Challenge #50 will run for two weeks, making it the last one for 2010. Where has the time gone? The sketch for this week is one that I put together for the team. Thank you Katie for using it. The theme for the next 2 weeks is PARTY!
I took out my Basic Grey Jovial paper pad and my two Pixie Cottage Stamps (Winter Mailbox and Hannah With Candle) and got started. Everything you see on this card, right down to the Copic Markers, were purchased at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. She has such pretty products in her store, be sure to drop in and take a peek.
To add a bit of sparkle and shimmer, I placed some Tim Holtz Rock Candy over the snow bits on the tree, and beneath Hannah's feet. I then cut out and popped up the star placing a rhinestone in the center. I played around with the ribbon, and finally decided on this half-loop, sticking some pins in it to finish off the card.
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas. I have little ones coming over today to decorate a home made Gingerbread house, and then I must wrap up a storm. Both girls are trying to get me to let them open up a gift, but I keep telling them they have to wait, much to their dismay. Last night the Tooth Fairy visited Karlye for the first time, boy was she happy!
Happy Krafting ladies, I look forward to seeing your take on the sketch, and/or the theme.
Challenges this qualifies for are:
Paper Sundaes: Cut It Out (I glued the square buttons on the dp, and cut them out by hand, I also cut out the star and popped it up)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: Treemendous
All Sorts: Anything Goes
Copic Creations Challenge: Sparkle (Tim Holtz Rock Candy and rhinestone)
Bunny Zoe: Sparkle and Shine
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Welcome to Tuesday Takes Challenge #5 @ Sketches in Thyme. Our sketch is another fabulous one by Cardabilities. We are sponsored this month by Charlene's Button Box . You really want to try to win these fabulous hand made clay buttons, they are absolutely gorgeous.
My image is "A Sweet Ice Skater" by Jessica Grundy, a digital Image found at McMahon Five Designs. She is pretty and very vintage! I thought she would look fabulous left uncolored with black and creme design paper in the background, what do you think? I opted to use a bow instead of the flowers because this was a winter scene, and I wanted to be able to display the beautiful clay skate buttons so that your eyes would focus on them. Be sure to check out the other buttons in Charlene's shop, they are just so original.
I know Christmas is just around the corner, but I do hope you get a chance to use this sketch. I look forward to seeing your creations ladies.
Challenges this qualifies for are:
Stamps R Us: Anything Goes
Sew Many Challenges: Winter Project
Monday, December 20, 2010
Family photos have gone out, teacher's gifts were all delivered. Now I HAVE to get the Christmas cards out. This year I got my girls into making their own Christmas cards. I used Christmas Tree Ruby as their image, and got them to color it in. I then headed over to Staples and photocopied the image. Once I got home, I simply designed an easy layout, and mass produced their cards. Each one wrote their names on the image that they colored, so when they hand them out to their friends and family they can be proud. Karlye is 6, and Jayme is 4, I am truly proud of the effort they took to color in their images. Way to go girls!
Another Mother who I absolutely cherish is Sunghee, you have to take a look HERE. The Play-Doh Santa Sleigh's she made with her son have me saying WOW!
Have a wonderful day today. I am on holidays now and plan to make the most of the time I have with my family.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
It's time for another Once Upon A Wednesday Challenge over at The Pixie Cottage. This week we have a super sketch for you to try and the theme is Family and Friends. As always you can use the sketch and/or the theme, it is left up to you.
I had fun playing with this new Pixie Cottage stamp called "The Stockings Were Hung" by ArTish. Available at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. When I was younger, my Mom would drive down to Mississauga for Christmas Eve in order to have Christmas Celebrations at my Oma's house in the basement. She had a real fireplace, and thus the reason I used this image. It reminds me of my Family. I sometimes wish life were that simple again, and I am trying to make memories like that for my children. Hopefully I succeed.
Hope to see you all participate this week. Please note: You do not have to use a Pixie Cottage stamp to enter, but it is always very nice to see you use them.
Challenges this Qualifies for are:
One Stitch at A Time: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: Christmas Inspired
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Last Minute Christmas
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Christmas Card
Mad for Markers: Anything Goes
Sew Many Cards: Flower Power
Cute Card Thursday: Floral Frenzy
Craft Your Days Away: Punch it Out
All That Scraps: Christmas Flowers
2 Sisters Challenge: Twas The Night Before Christmas (the stockings were hung by the chimney with care)
I managed to fit in a Sugar Bowl Challenge, they provide the sketch, and the theme "snowflakes". I did some paper piecing and some coloring for this one. I have mentioned before, but have to repeat myself, these little Manga's are amongst my favorites to color.. I am going to head over and enter this into The Sugar Bowl Challenge 49. Sleep well, I hope to do just that.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Team B has created some lovely cards with this weeks Tuesday Takes @ Skethces In Thyme. The above is this weeks sketch. Another fab sketch from Cardabilities.
Be sure to give this one a shot, the prize this week is a fabby one. Handmade Clay Buttons from Charlene's Button Box.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
White on White, that was the requirements for Sugar Nellie's WOW competition. The only color was to be on the image itself. This Simply Sassy Fairy Tale stamp reminds me of my daughter, so I colored her as such. To jazz up the white cardstock I simply dry embossed it, even the image. A clean looking White on White card for Sugar Nellie.
By entering this challenge you have a shot at winning a Spellbinder Grand Caliber. Now I am up for that. This challenge is judged, not a random org. I believe the last round is voted upon by you. The rules are HERE, I believe you have one more day to get your entries in. Good Luck to all. I only have the one Simply Sassy stamp for the time being. With Christmas around the corner, I have had to be good. But be sure to check out the Funky Kits shop, the new Simply Sassy line is just amazing!
Enjoy your evening ladies,
It's time for another Once Upon A Wednesday Pixie Cottage Challenge. This week we have a super sketch for you to try and the theme is Sparkle and Shine! As always you can use the sketch and/or the theme, it is left up to you. Please note: You do not have to use a Pixie Cottage stamp to enter, but it is always very nice to see you use them, it actually brings a smile to my face when you do!
You will probably notice that I used this delicious paper in previous posts, but I just love the earthiness of it. This wonderful new Winter Mailbox Pixie Cottage stamp is a perfect match. You can find it and other Winter stamps at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.
I chose to use Sparkly glitter paper to mount the layers of my card. A little sparkle and shine can go a long way! The image was colored with my copics, and then I embossed it with enameled embossing powder to make it look like it was snowing. This ended up adding a bit of shine too. I wanted this card to be a bit rustic, and thus left the barcode on the paper instead of cutting it out. I mention this because my husbands first question was "Is that suppose to be showing?". I like doing little odd things like that, I find it adds character to my creations.
I look forward to seeing your creations this week ladies,
Crafty Pad: Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge: F is for Foliage
2 Sisters Challenge Blog: Sparkly Christmas
The Kraft Journal: Holiday Card etc. using Kraft paper
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Welcome to the new Tuesday Takes Challenge #3 @ Sketches in Thyme. Our sketch is another fabulous one by Cardabilities. We are sponsored this week by Charlene's Button Box . You really want to try to win these fabulous buttons, when I got mine in the mail I was in awe! They are absolutely gorgeous, and I am left wanting more.
This was a sweet sketch to work with. I took out my Basic Grey paper, and mounted it with a touch of Kraft paper. I proceeded to use my scallop punch on Kraft cardstock, and continued with the Kraft theme using it with my stamped Sugar Nellie image. I just love coloring on it with my Prisma pencils. I tried this out a couple of week ago, and now I hooked. It is so much fun playing, you never know what you will come up with.
We all need Christmas Cards right about now, so why not try this sketch out, get a card done, and enter it into this weeks challenge. You end up crossing another one off your list, and will also be entered to win the fabulous handmade clay buttons you see above.
Happy Krafting! I hope to see your kreations this week.
Challenges this qualifies for are:
Speedy The Cat's Friend: Red and Green
The Secret Crafter: Christmas
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Christmas
Monday, December 6, 2010
This was such a busy weekend! Karlye had a birthday party to attend, and so I went on-line and downloaded a free coloring page. We were allowed to print it out, and we were not selling these so it complies with their usage rules.
She colored the image, and if you look at my close up, she drew her own version of the mushrooms that chase these guys around! I just love her imagination, so much so that I had to do this little post. I put the rest of the card together with her, and she wanted to personalize it with his name. I added the mushroom charm to keep with the theme.
When it came to taking a photograph, I watched her set it up and turn on the lamp in the exact manner that I do. Boy do our children watch us!
Karlye is having a rough time lately, trying to understand and comply with all the new rules in grade 1. She is graduating from little girl, to girl. Which means she has so many people expecting so much from her. I can't wait for vacation time this year, I really need some family down time. We are all feeling it. Hopefully when I show her this post she will beam with pride.
Happy Monday ladies,
Friday, December 3, 2010
I was reading the Paper Craft Planet newsletter, and they were asking for Holiday Craft submisions. I had time to play last week, and the above card is what came out of that time. So I submitted it.
Be sure to check out the other Holiday Showcase projects. There are some fun crafty ideas that can be done with the whole family.
Happy Friday ladies,
Thursday, December 2, 2010
December is proving to be very busy indeed! I have 12 Birthday invitations that just got completed. They have been delivered, and now we just wait for the RSVP's. Karlye is turning 6 and is having a Cooking birthday party this year, and when I saw this darling Baker Kaylee Digital Stamp from Some Odd Girl, I knew she would be perfect for the invitations. Funny how her name is so close to my daughters too.
Karlye loves to craft almost as much as I do, every morning while I shower and get ready for work, you can find her at my craft table coloring something. I got Karlye to color Baker Kaylee, and then I went to the local Staples store and got them to photocopy it. I picked out the papers and the brads, and went to town putting these invitations together. I hope she has fun, she really needs to be able to let loose, grade 1 has proven to be a big switch for her, all these new rules and expectations. She is doing well, but now she deserves to celebrate too. The kids will be making their own pizza and fruit salad, and will then decorate their own cupcakes to bring home. All that is left to do on my end is to pick out the cake,and put the loot bags together.
One more thing off my to-do list. Now I must go and tackle some other items on that list.
Have a great evening,
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
It is time again for The Pixie Cottage "Once Upon A Wednesday" sketch and/or theme challenge. The theme this week is Paper Piecing, and the sketch above is the one we are using for this weeks challenge #47.
I reversed the sketch this week, and between you and me, it was because creating that angled piece of plaid paper was such a challenge for me. When I finally got it looking right, I realized it was backwards, and thus adapted the rest of the sketch to make it a mirror image. My darling stamp,is none other than The Pixie Cottage South End Girl. She is one of my absolute favorite PC stamps, and I more often than not paper piece her dress to match the design paper I am using, as I did with this card.
I took my snowflake embossing folder and embossed the creme oval behind my girl, and then once all the pieces were matted in co-ordinating paper, I wrapped some gold cord around the card and tied a bow. The snowflake embellishment was a last minute edition. Silver is usually my choice, but with this plaid paper, the gold just pops out.
This Basic Grey Jovial paper, from Michelle's Scrapbooking and More, is getting alot of use lately. I am trying to work my way through the 6x6 pad by the time Christmas comes about. What is not to like about Basic Grey paper! Be sure to check out Michelle's Store, she carries alot of their paper lines.
Good luck this week ladies, I can not wait to see what you come up with. Remember, you can choose to tackle the sketch and/or the theme. You can also use any image you wish, it is always nice to see you use The Pixie Cottage stamps though.
Challenges this qualifies for are:
Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge: Have a Bow on your card
Crafty Catz: Christmas
Sew Many Cards: Red and Green
Alphabet Challenge Blog: E for Embossing (dry embossed snowflake on the oval)
Stamps R Us: Holiday Cards
Crafty Pad: Snowflakes (dry embossed snowflakes and snowflake charm)
Top Tip Tuesday: Anything Goes
All That Scraps: Snowflakes