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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pine & Holly Berry Basket



This was one of the hardest cards to photograph. There was no way I could get the colors and glittery affect to show up correctly. So, all I can say is, "This card looks so much better in person."


I used Sketch #7 from Friday Sketchers for the design of this card.

This card fits with the Corrosive Challenge Blog for Red and Green. I just love those colors for Christmas.

This card also fits the challenge over at Rosie-Dee's  Challenge Blog to use Red, Green and a bit of BLING!!! Well, there's lots of Bling here. Wish you could see it better.

The papers I used are from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses. I pulled the light blue from the background to use for the card base, matting of image, and the basket.

The image is a Digi image called Pine Cones & Holly from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. If you've never tried Digi stamps, they are so fun and easy to print. My first love is to stamps, BUT, Sweet 'n Sassy has some of the greatest Digi's as well as stamps. I colored the image with Copic Markers and then topped it off with Stickles glitter.

I also used the Holly Sprigs from Sweet 'n Sassy clear stamp set called Christmas Owl Add-ons. I combined them with a few punched blue pine sprigs, and a red flower. This was also topped off with Stickles glitter. Glittered images are very hard to photograph and see the beauty of it.

I colored white pearls with my Copic Markers to match and also used matching embroidery floss for the Hand Stitching around the card.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Let It Snow - SNSS Sneak Peak



I have an addiction to cute snowmen and honestly, don't have enough of them. So, when I got my hands on this cute guy, I just had to make a card for a sneak peak to this coming Digi Release Thursday over at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I love Digi's because you can re-size them to fit what ever size card you want to make.

I used sketch 24 from Sketch & Stash Challenge Blog for the design of this card. I thought this layout was perfect for the stash (buttons) I've accumulated but seldom use. As a matter of fact, the buttons are all an off white color, so I used my Copic Markers to color them to match the card.  The image itself was also colored with Copic Markers. They're another thing I'm addicted to. They may be very expensive, but well worth the cost.

I also couldn't resist submitting this to the "All Sorts Challenge Blog" for Today's challenge, which is to use Buttons. This is a great blog that I just stumbled upon.

The snow in the background is just tiny dots of liquid applique with some diamond dust sprinkled on to give it some sparkle. I also used it under the snowman. His face and body also has ultra fine crystal glitter on it. Oh, I also added some fine glitter to the pine sprigs in the upper right corner. It's not winter without glitter.

I went with unusual colors for this card. The DP is from Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey. I pulled some CTMH heavenly blue cardstock to match the blue dots in the DP. Then just followed through with the pinks and reds also in the paper.

The Hand stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Winter At Home - Porch - SSS31



Can you believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow already.  Where did the year go. I can't believe that Saturday I will be getting my Christmas tree already. I'm not looking forward to that because it takes me three days to decorate it. One of these years I'm going to get a pre-lit fake tree. The card I made today brings me back to the reason I still go out and get a real tree. This image reminds me so much of my childhood home, except, my skates weren't pink! *Ü*

I used the Sweet Stop Sketch 31 for the design of this card.This is such a beautiful sketch.
The stamp set is from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps and is called Winter at home. This is one of three different image scenes in this set. If you check older posts, you will find cards made with the other two.

The papers are Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses. The colors are deep red and green with a splash of pink!!!

The hand stitching was done around the card with matching embroidery floss.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Noses 4 Sale



I started this card last Wednesday for the SCS Sketch challenge 225 but got sidetracked with too many other obstacles. Thanksgiving is only 3 days away and life has been crazy.
This card also cover the "Color It" challenge at Caardvarks Blog

I used a Digi stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Noses 4 Sale. This image was designed by the ever talented Deedee Anderson. Isn't she just too cute!!!
I also used the holly branch from a SNSS stamp set called  Christmas Owl add-ons.

The papers are mostly the Evensong Creative Basics from Close to my Heart, with a little touch of Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses.

The image was colored with Copic Markers. Liquid applique and Diamond Dust was added for the snow affects. Red Stickles was added to the berries on the holly.

The Hand stitching was done with matching embroidery floss.

Friday, November 20, 2009

SNSS - Winter at Home




Here is a card I threw together very quickly for a Challenge over at Paper Craft Planet - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps group. You can tell it was quick.....No stitching anywhere on the card!   Go on over and play along BEFORE Thursday (Thanksgiving) and you could pick up on a FREE Digi stamp. The theme is: Cuddle Up :use anything cuddly, fluffy, soft and warm. You may use any stamps or Digi's you have on hand. They do not have to be Sweet 'n Sassy stamps.

For this challenge, I used a fantastic sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
I used a great set from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps called Winter At Home, designed by our ever talented Chris Dickinson.  This set has three scenes and several wordings. But for the warm part, the fireplace gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. The Holly is also a set from SNSS called Christmas Owl Add-ons
  

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

SNSS - Forget-Me-Not - Mojo 113




I LOVE the sketch this week over at Mojo Monday.

It just worked so well with this stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy called "Forget-Me-Not".

I wanted to take a non-traditional Christmas stamp and make it into a Christmas Card. But, then I changed my mind about adding Merry Christmas to the card because I wanted to make it usable through out the winter as an any occasion card.

I just love the yummy winter colors in the Wassil Paper from Basic Grey
I used matching embroidery floss for the hand stitching around the card..

Sunday, November 15, 2009

SNSS Winter Chickadee - TESC91




Here is a card I made using a great sketch from Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #91. I knew as soon as I saw it what stamp set I wanted to use with it.  This is the "My Little Chickadee" stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I just love this stamp but most of the cards I've made with it have been using flowers. I wanted to change it around a bit and make a Winter Scene with it and I think it worked out quite well. Of course I think most of the credit goes to the Basic Grey Wassil Paper that I used. I've been trying to find this paper for so long now and finally found a few sheets at my local craft store. It it just so gorgeous. They are definitely my colors.
I actually seem to be using this color scheme so much lately that I'm running short of the matching green embroidery floss that I use for the hand stitching around the card and the inside.
I used a little Liquid Applique and glitter on the tree branch.
Half pearls were used in the lower corners.
The ribbon is just something I had on hand which matched it perfectly.

Friday, November 13, 2009

SNSS - Self Conscious Paulie




Well, today I finally found time to play with a New Digi Image, from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Isn't he so precious.
This is Self Conscious Paulie, designed by the ever so talented Korin Sutherland.

I used this Great sketch from Sketch & Stash Challenge 23. I have a terrible addiction to sketches. *Ü*  My Stash, for this challenge,  is the Embroidery Floss that I've had sitting around my house for the past 15 years from when I used to have time to do cross stitch. Now I use it to do Hand Stitching on my cards.

The DP is Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey
The Cranberry & New England Ivy Cardstock is from Close to my Heart.
I used my snowflake Cuttle Bug Folder for the dry embossing. And colored white half pearls with a matching red Copic marker.
I used white liquid applique and glitter for snow on the ground around Paulie.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

SNSS- Oh Christmas Tree - MMSC27




My card today is made using the Gorgeous Digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Oh Christmas Tree designed by the ever so talented Leah Cornelius.   Isn't it just the cutest thing!  Too bad you can't see all of the sparkle from the glitter.  The little birdie is putting the star on the top and the bunny is putting the balls on. You can pick up this image along with another tree and two sayings for the fantastic price of only $3.75.

This weeks sketch from Midnight Madness  is just perfect for this image 

This card is also a Cute Card Thursday "Glitter Me Silly" Challenge 86.

The DP I used is Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey.
The image was printed on my computer and colored with Copic Markers.
The sky was chalked with Blue.
Yellow Glitter was applied to the star in the Bird's mouth and Red Stickles was used on the balls.

Matching green embroidery floss was used for the hand stitching around the card.
White Liquid applique was used for the snow on the ground and Diamond Dust glitter was applied before heating.
White Liquid applique was used on the tree and Prisma Glitter added after heating.

The snowflake is a Spellbinders Die and Prisma Glitter was added to it.
White Half pearls used in the corners and center of snowflake.
Red Grosgrain ribbon runs across the middle of the card.
The white corner pieces is a Spellbinders Medallion square that I cut in half.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SNSS - Winter Wishes - SCS Sketch Challenge



I'm obsessed with sketch challenges and I LOVE the one from SplitcoastStampers this week.

I'm also obsessed with the FREE Digi I got from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps first Challenge over at SNR.  Go here for details because you have until tomorrow, November 12th,  to join the challenge and get this fantastic Digi too. You can use any stamps or images you want for this challenge, as long as there is Holly somewhere on your card.

Papers are from Close to my Heart and Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses.
Hand stitching around card is with matching embroidery floss.

As a matter of fact, check out the post below this one for another card using the same image. 

Friday, November 6, 2009

Winter Wishes - SNSS NEW Digi



Boy do I hate when I have to use my scanner for a picture of my cards. This isn't really this dark in person. I even lightened it up. YIKES!!!   Maybe it's my monitor.


Here is a card I created for the Sweet 'N Sassy sponsored sketch challenge over at the Paper Craft Planet. If you play along with this sketch, be sure to use the keyword SNSS1 when loading your creation to on line galleries. 


For this card, I used a NEW Digi stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy called Winter Wishes. How would you like to get this image absolutely FREE. Just go to SNR, Card Universe,  with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and play along with the challenge there. All information is given there. You have until next Thursday to submit your card.

Anyway, back to this sketch challenge. I used Basic Grey Paper pack called Eskimo Kisses, CTMH Vineyard Berry & Olive CS.
The image was colored in using Copic Markers.
Liquid Applique and glitter was used for the snow.
White Embroidery Floss was used for the hand stitching around the card.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Digi Day at SNR - Christmas Candle


I am such a DORK!!! I used a sketch from Stampavie for my card and when I went to enter it in their sketch contest, I realized that you must use one of their images. But, I loved the sketch and didn't read the rules. Well, I hope you enjoy it anyway!!!

Today is Digi Thursday over at SNR The Card Universe with Sweet 'n Sassy.  It was also Challenge #1. Which was to make a card with Holly somewhere on the card. You have until next Thursday to participate and get the cute bird in mailbox digi FREE. Go here to see the free digi and get the instructiions for entering.  You might also want to check out the precious digi deer and sayings that are on sale over at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.


Ok, so here is my card for this Challenge.  I used a piece of retired paper with Holly on it from Close to my Heart..
I then printed out four of the Christmas Candle Digis from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Then I made one smaller and printed three of them out. I used one big one for the image, and the other two, I cut out just the poinsettias and holly. I pop-dotted one on top of the colored image and used the other in the bottom right corner.
The three smaller images I colored and cut out and mounted them in the upper right corner.
The ovals were cut using Nesties and the decorative top and bottom to the oval was a part of the Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant Die.

All images were colored with Copic Markers and on parts of the candle, I also used the Copic Spica Glitter pens. Although you can't see the slight shimmer in the photo.

I used Yellow Glitter in the centers of the Poinsettias.
The edge of the card was hand stitched with matching embroidery floss.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SNSS - Winter at Home

Well, I was making this card for a sketch challenge but so much was going on in my life for the past week that I missed posting it on time.
So, I found these other great challenge blogs that fit right in with my card.
The links are listed below. Be sure to check out each of them and participate. They are so much fun!!!.

The first one is Sew Many Cards, Challenge 11, which requires SEWING on their cards. Well, this is my trade mark so I had to participate.

The next is Digital Tuesday, Challenge 31, which required flowers on the card.

The next was The Creative Card Crew, Challenge 35, which required Ribbon and Gems.

Now, onto the card.
 The stamp set I used for this card is called Winter At Home, from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and designed by Chris Dickinson.
This is just one of the images in the set and also comes with 4 word sayings. To see the complete set, just click on Winter at Home above.
The image was colored with Copic Markers, red stickles used on the red stockings, liquid applique and clear glitter used on the green stockings, and yellow glitter used on the fire and candle flame.

I used a retired paper pack from Close to my Heart. Colors are Vineyard Berry and Ponderosa Pine.

The ribbon is Vineyard Berry Grosgrain and the Embroidery floss I used for stitching around the card matches the Vineyard Berry. 
The pine sprigs are a punch and the flowers were white and I colored with Copic Markers. 
The Half pearls were colored with Copic markers to match the paper.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sweet 'n Sassy New Release Blog Hop - SASSC38


Come along and meet the sunbeams!
The Sunbeams were named after the song, "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam."

Sweet 'n Sassy is offering the whole set as a preorder starting today through November 15th. The cost is $20 for the Birthday Party Bundle. Once the preorders ship mid-November, we will sell the images individually, however when they are gone, they are gone! So get them while you can!! Besides, it's less expensive to by the whole set!!!



If you came here from Lorie's Blog, you're on the right track. If not, you may want to start from the very beginning so you don't miss and of the DT's fabulous artwork. If you get lost or find a missing link, the list of names is in my sidebar.

For my card today, I used Caitlyn.
The paper pack is called Animal Cookies from Close to my Heart..


I'm addicted to sketch challenges, so this card is made from the Fresh Batch weekly challenge.

OK, now hop on over to Sandy's Blog for more fantastic Artowork with the Sunbeams. 

This card fits right in with the Cute Card Thursday Challenge to use Primary Colors.

It also goes with the Pixie Cottage "Celebrate" Challenge