Saturday, December 5, 2009

Weave It!

The challenge at Stamptacular-Sunday Challenge this week was to weave something. I had been going to just weave a background plain and simple, but then thought, I wonder if there is some way to weave a snowflake ornament? I googled and found awesome instructions for weaving a paper snowflakes (see directions at HGTV). I used the Baby It's Cold Outside image from Sassy Studio Designs. I stitched around the edges with my sister's sewing machine, so I am using it for Everybody Art Challenge and Pixie Cottage Challenge. I think she turned out really cute!

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Christmas Wish Blog Hop

I am really excited to be participating in the first blog hop for the fabulous Michelle Perkett Studios! I am also very honored to have been named a member of her design team! This hop features the gorgeous Wishing Star Angel and also each designer will have the Christmas wish that they would make for someone else listed on their posting. You should have arrived from Tammy's blog, and after me you will head to Ellen's blog. Be sure to visit all of the blogs and leave a little love. when you are finished go to the Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge Blog, follow the directions and get a little gift! If you get lost, head back to the beginning at the Michelle Perkett Studio page at Paper Craft Planet (and if you don't belong to her group, sign up!)

My Christmas wish is for my sweet nephew Will-Will. Will is 8 years old and is a very special little boy. When he was 5 months old, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare neurological disorder called liscencephaly. Children with this disease are profoundly retarded and usually don't survive past 2 years old. He can't walk or talk, and has severe seizures. But he brings so much joy to me and my family with his sweet spirit. I was talking to a friend last week, and she said she believes babies are born not able to talk, because they've been in heaven with God - and we could not even comprehend the Glory of God that they would be able to share. That's what I always think about Will- that he smiles because he has a direct link to Jesus. So my wish and prayer would be for Will's seizures to stop and for him to be able to do things that he's never done, and some things that he just hasn't done in a long time. I also would wish peace and joy for my sister Lori. She is such a strong and amazing woman, and often people don't realize all that she has on her plate, but I love her and admire her.

Now, that I have tears streaming down my face, I can tell you that this card is not only my card for the hop, but for a ton of other challenges as well.
Papertake Weekly- sketch
Colour Create - Purple, aqua, black, white
Scrap, Stamp and Doodle - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Swirly Girly
Stamp With Fun- Christmas
Stamp Something- Glitz
Pollycraft- Christmas
Creative Card Crew- Christmas
Pink Elephant - color something
Spoon Full of Sugar - Non-traditional Christmas colors
SophistiCat - Snowflakes and Sparkle
Kaboodle Doodles - Snowflake
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Winter Sparkle
2 red Bananas- Christmas
All that Scraps- Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - non-traditional Christmas colors
Paper Cutz Challenge- Christmas image

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Special Challenge from Sassy Studio Designs

Can you tell I am feelin' a little Sassy? SSD has just been giving some great challenges, and with their awesome images, you just can't go wrong. Disney has a new animated movie being released - The Princess and the Frog. The challenge is to make a card inspired by the movie. I made a tri-fold shutter card. You can see the Prince and Princess frogs on the front (with Swarovski crystal crowns, no less.) When you open the card, the ballroom scene is revealed with the Prince and Princess kissing. On the left side the sentiment reads: Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince Charming. The right side reads: Happily Ever After. For a regal feel, I used SEI velvet papers, embossed in the cuttlebug, colored the chandeliers with Copic Spicas for sparkle, and added more green swarovski crystals on the inside. I think this card inspires magical romance! There is still time to play this challenge, if you want to have a go at it!

Candy The Elf

Don't you just love candy? And since I announced the winner of my candy today, I thought it was only appropriate to share Candy the Elf with everyone. Isn't she just the cutest? She is one of my favorite Christmas images from Sassy Studio Designs. I started out making her for their recipe challenge (3 pattern papers, decorative edge, brads and of course, a SSD image!) But, I soon realized she would be perfect for a ton of challenges this week! (I love multi-tasking!)

Let me tell you about some of the details on this card that really make it fun - then we'll get on with the other challenges. I used my faithful copics to color her, but used a Martha Stewart silver glitter pen to color her dress. I love cutting out my images and popping them up from a background. I used Core'dinations card stock, run through my cuttlebug with the snowflake folder. Did you notice I ran through the black side and the pink side and lined them up so that the image continued from one color to the next? Her candy cane is nice and shiny due to a wonderful layer of Liquid Glass. My white DP had the sentiment Merry Christmas on it, but I wanted it to stand out a little more, so I framed it with a slide frame, that I hung a little white mother of pearl star charm off of (Charmed from Simon Says Stamp Challenge). The brads I used were supposed to be little white flowers, but I think they make great snow flakes. No card of mine would be finished without distressing the edges of my papers.

So, I guess I was in a rather chatty mood, but I just love all of the details on this one!

Here are my other challenges:
Sketch Saturday - sketch
The Pink Elephant - color something
Creative Card Crew - Christmas
Spoon Full of Sugar - Non-traditional Christmas colors
Cuttlebug Spot - Winter/snow
Cuttlebug Challenge - glitter
Peachy Keen - polka dots, stripes, border, stamped image
Stampavie - Christmas
SophistiCat - Snowflakes and Sparkle
Quixotic Challenges - Charmed

Whew! That's a ton of challenges!

Drum Roll Please.....

The winner for my blog candy by Random.Org is ........Number 14...TANYA! You go girl. I'll be in touch with details on getting you your goodies. I'm so happy to have everyone participate in my fun and look forward to doing it again in the future. Keep checking my blog and telling all your friends.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Take Time to Reflect with Sassy Cassie

I'm working on some cards to try to get on the Sassy Studio Designs DT - and one of the requirements is to make a card using this Sassy Cassie design. I love the results of this card! I wanted to make it look like she was looking at herself in a lake. I experimented with the reflection coloring, and ended up using less saturated colors, and going over the whole reflection with BG0000. I think it worked! I used the colors from the Copic Colour challenge (burnt umber, apricot and olive). Cassie is wearing a very stylish hat, so I am entering her in the Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential challenge this week too!

Romance Tilda

I almost didn't make it for my Simon Says challenge this week - but here she is! The theme was Winter romance - so here is Tilda waiting under the mistletoe for a sweet little kiss. I used the sketch from 2 sketches 4 you. It is also my Christmas card for Magnolia Down Under challenges.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I've been busy decorating!

I haven't gotten to post as much the past few days cause I've been decorating for Christmas! I've only gotten my living room finished, but thought you might like to have a peek!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blueberry Tilda

Don't you think this Tilda is just so sweet? That's why she was perfect for the challenge at Roses on Paper - for something sweet or romantic. I used the layout from Magnolia-licious monthly challenge. and the recipe from LaLa Land ( which was to use 2 colors of cardstock, 3 patterned papers, and one type of embellishment). Finally, the color challenge was from ABC challenges - for indigo. I do like how the distressed dark blue cardstock looked like frayed jeans.