Monday, December 17, 2012


Yes, it's that time already.  Time for another Paper Secrets CYAO challenge.  For this week's challenge there was a sketch by Decontructing Jen plus we had to include three of the following:

 *transparency *chevrons  *corrugated paper/cardboard  
*washi tape  *hand/machine stitch your edges  *Thickers

I started by putting a layer of silver patterned paper, then I cut some red glitter paper in the shape of a tag.  I topped that off with a doily, a piece of transparency stained with alcohol inks, a circle of corrugated, a strip of washi tape and a sentiment.

And here it is:

Thanks for stopping by!


so I was thrilled when I was asked to be the guest designer this week on the Love to Create Challenge Blog.   

The sponsor of the challenge this week is QKR Stampede.  They have a great selection of stamps which come as digital or unmounted red rubber.  I chose this adorable sledding bear to go along with this week's theme of Winter Fun.  I colored the image with some glitter gel pens and alcohol markers.  I cut around the image with a Creative Memories oval cutter and mounted it on an oval cardstock.  I used the same cardstock for the base of the card and topped it with a layer of SEI patterned paper.  

Isn't he adorable?  Please stop by the Love to Create Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations from their Design Team as well as to enter a creation of your own.  Don't forget to check out the fun stamps at QKR Stampede.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Friday, December 14, 2012


Welcome to the Colorful Creations Jingle Bell Blog Hop!  If you have come here from Janet's blog then welcome! If you have stumbled across this by chance and want to play along then please go back to COLORFUL CREATIONS and start from the beginning.      There is a challenge there that you don't want to miss out on as there is a wonderful prize for one lucky randomly selected winner.  There will also be some great games and other prizes.

I know that we ALL have someone on our holiday list that has just about everything and we aren't sure what the best gift for them will be so we decide upon a gift card.  I found this great simple tutorial for a cute little gift card holder that I want to share with you.  It's all done with one piece of paper and some easy folds.  

Here's the link:

Now hop on over to Tabitha's blog to see what she has in store for you.  Below is our lineup list in case you get lost along the way.  Have fun and don't forget to search for the clues on each team member's blogs, they will be in BOLD.

Line up:

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope that you will have a chance to use that simple gift card holder this season.  I know I will!  Have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Here we are again - time for another week of Paper Secrets CYAO challenge.  

This week's challenge was to use this sketch:

plus three of the following:

*heat embossing *transparency  *pearls
*grungeboard/grungepaper  *washi tape  *machine stitching

For my card this week I used hunter green paper.  I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment onto this.  On top I used some gold cardstock with more of the green for the smaller boxes. I stamped and heat embossed my dove on white paper and fussy cut it. The swirl is grungeboard which I painted with a gold dauber.  I added three metallic pearls and a bunch of stickles.  And that was all three!

Here's the outcome:

Thanks for stopping by.  I should have more Christmas cards coming during the week!


Welcome to the Christmas Blog Hop. 
Today you will get to see more than 15 wonderful Christmas projects - cards, layouts, mixed media pieces. 

You should have arrived here from Teresa at  

If by chance you just came by to see me please be sure to go back and start with our Hostess, Ashley at to get the skinny on blog candy and sponsor prizes.

For my project today I opted to make a simple card. I used a sketch from Always Playing with Paper, Merry Monday #1 and some chipboard for the Creative Card Challege over on Colorful Creations.

Here's the sketch I used:

and here is my card:

Now it's time for you to hop on over to visit An'Jenic at

In case you get lost anywhere along the way here is the complete lineup:

Ashley - 

Hope that you find all the inspiration you need to get your Christmas projects rocking! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 3, 2012


Well, the challenges are certainly getting harder on Paper Secrets CYAO!  For this week we had this great sketch:

on which we needed to do 3 from the following list:
*music sheet pattern/pages *epoxy stickers  *velvet 
*dry embossing  *paint  *hand/machine stitching

I struggled with deciding which 3 to do and finally ended up with music sheet patterned paper, velvet patterned paper and dry embossing.

and now it's nearly time for bed so I will wish you all sweet dreams.  See you again soon!

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Brought to you by the Krazy Crafting Crew, our last hop of the year saying goodbye to the old and in with the new.  Next year will get even better with more specific projects and themes, to share with you!
What a beautiful time of year it is for most of us, and a great time to craft! 
Today we will be hopping through many different winter projects!
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Don’t forget to check out the blog candy throughout the hop to and read the rules for each one as every blog has different requirements.  Your host Lissa Marie is giving out a mini calendar to those who are followers of her blog (confirmation is required or she won’t see that you have signed up if you are new) She will make it just for you to help you schedule your appointments or if you are a blogger you can schedule all your hops all right next to your monitor!  All you have to do is tell her your favorite colors!
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For my projects today I decided to create two winter cards.  

The first was using a sketch from Always Playing with Paper Merry Monday challenge.

The sketch:

My card:

My next card was done using a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

The sketch:

My card:

Thank you for taking the time out to check out my projects, you are encouraged to keep clicking for more Winter Wonderland.
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