My Challenge and Sketch Blog

Here is where I can use any products and just do my own thing. I started out with just one sketch challenge and now I'm hooked. I wish there were more hours in the day.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Melonie Mouse


Good Morning and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!!!

I can't tell you how strange it is to be making Christmas Cards last week and a Valentine today.

My term with the Sweet 'n Sassy DT is coming to an end today after 21 months. I find it hard to believe that it's been that long. As my final DT card, I used a soon-to-be released Pre-colored Digi called Melanie Mouse. 
The papers are all from a Close to my Heart paper pack called That's Amore.

The hand stitching was done with Ecru Embroidery Floss.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow Friends - SSS87

Well, here we are just one week until Christmas! 
I'm not wishing my life away, BUT, I hop the winter goes as fast as the rest of this year went. I hate this cold weather.I guess if I never had to leave the house until Spring, I'd be fine.

My card today is a combination of a special swap card I had to make and the Sketch challenge over at The Sweet Stop Sketch Blog. I LOVE the sketches that Korin has each week. So, if you've never played along and you need some inspiration to get your mojo going, I suggest you play along sometime.

This time of year, I really need to kill two birds with one stone and this worked out perfectly. It should have been finished last night, but I did a really stupid thing. I tried to scan the card when I thought all of the liquid applique, that I used for the snow, was dry. Well, it wasn't completely dry and when I took it from the scanner, I had quite a mess on the card and the scanner. So, I had to make another image and try again. This time I left the LA dry before heating. I like this appearance much better. It doesn't get as bumpy and has a smoother appearance. However, I didn't make it in time to post on the challenge blog along with the other DT cards.

The papers I used are from the Magnifique Paper Collection from Close to my Heart. The image is called Snow Friends, also from CTMH. 

One of the requirements of the swap is to use two embellishments togeher. So, I took a clear button, punched a small circle in white and a snowflake in blue and glued them to the back of the clear button (also from CTMH), then I added a blue sparkle to the center.  Lots of sparkle on this card.

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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

FSS - Winter Chickadee - SSS86

Well, here it is Saturday already and only two more weeks until Christmas. I've been having an issue with tendonitis in my thumb for the past week so I don't even have my Christmas cards made yet.  I'm hoping it feels better by Monday and then I'm spending the whole week making them. But I guarantee you one thing, they won't have hand stitching on them! *Ü*

My card today was inspired by a sketch at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. Korin always has the greatest sketches so if you need some inspiration too, hope on over and play along with us this week.

The papers and Ribbon are all from the Mistletoe collection from Close to my Heart.

The Chickadee is from the Christmas Birds Series from Fred She Said. This image is one of three birds that comes in digi or pre-colored format.
The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Digi's With Attitude - Anything Goes

Thursday, December 9, 2010

FSS - Wreath &Christmas Rose


I love playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. For this card, I used the Fred She Said Christmas Wreath and the Christmas Rose. Both come in Digi or pre-colored. As much as I love coloring with Copic Markers, I chose the pre-colored images for my card just to get it done faster.

I love this wreath and I love the candles and roses so I decided to combine the two. This is the beauty of Digi's. You can make them what ever size you need. I think I may have to make a similar card in a 5.5 x 5.5 card so I can make the wreath bigger. Christmas card making may be coming to an end, but I think these images would make beautiful Winter Birthday Cards too.

I used Red Embroidery Floss for the Hand Stitching.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was mae for:
A Spoonful of Sugar - A Christmas Card
Tuesday Taggers - Deck the Halls
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jeffrey with Santa

I don't have a card to share today so I thought I would post a picture of my Grandson on his first visit with Santa. He's almost 17 months old and didn't like sitting on a strangers lap. This picture makes me smile!!!
His sister wasn't along that day so I hope we can get a picture of her with Santa too. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Paperwhites - MMSC82

I thought I'd never get this card finished. I kept changing it because there was always something I didn't like about it. I have to tell you though that it looks so much better in person. It's night time and I had to scan it rather then take a picture of it.

I made this card for Two of the Flourishes Challenges. The first is the Timeless Tuesday Challenge to make a Christmas card with a flower other than a Poinsettia.  However, I must have missed the deadline for my submission to this one. But, I used the Flourishes Paperwhites Stamp set.  Their second challenge was The Winter White Challenge.
It's hard to tell from the photo but the image was stamped with Detail Gold Embossing Powder as was  some of the paper panel edges. The Ribbon is gold and the matting behind the image is gold.

The card was inspired also by a Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #82 I usually go with the fancy sketch but this time it just didn't work with my stamped image.

The Hand Stitching around the card was done with Gold Metalic Embroidery Floss. This was one of the thing that was giving me a problem. It is very hard to work with. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Winter Basket - SSS85


Here is one of my favorite Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Images. It's called Winter Basket.  I printed it the size I needed and colored it with Copic Markers.

The inspiration for this card came from this weeks sketch over at The Sweet Stop. If you need some weekly inspiration, try the sketches there. They are some of the best.

The papers I used are some retired Christmas papers from Close to my Heart.
I also used one of my new Nesties called Beaded Ovals.
The Hand Stitching was done with Red Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
ABC Christmas Challenge - "Y" is for Yuletide
AI FActory - Winter
Glitterbabes - Buttons
Twisted Thursday - Holidays with Buttons and Bow

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FSS Ornament #2

This week Fred She Said Store if sponsoring the Betty Bee’s Buzz Challenge Blog. You can pick up a freebie from Fred, so, why not play along and get a chance at winning a $20 gift certificate for the Fred She Said Store. You will be amazed at how much you can get for so little money.

My card today was inspired by this weeks sketch over at The Critter Sketch Challenge Blog. But the main inspiration came from this gorgeous Christmas Ornament #2. The image comes with or without the Holly.

I printed the ornament twice, colored them with Copic Markers then cut the ornament out of the one, used foam tape and layered it for more dimension. I added some red stickles to the red part of the ornament so it looks like little red beads.

My papers are all from Close to my Heart. I used lots of punches, Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder and Nesties.

The Hand Stitching was done with Red Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Cards for Men - Christmas
Wild Orchid - Victorian Christmas
There's Magic in the Air - Anything Goes
Totally Stamalicious - Anything Goes
Woodware USA - Anything Goes
Everything But the Kitchen Sink - Textures
My Time to Craft - Vintage Cards
Tuesday Throwdown - Embellish It
Stamp It Crazy - Christmas
Kraftin' Kimmie's - Seeing Spots
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Use a Die Cut

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cocoa's Stocking - SC309

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I actually can't believe that it's December 1st already. The time is just flying by and I hardly have any Christmas cards made. I think I'm going to have to concentrate on them for the next two weeks.

I was so excited to get this card made today to try out my new camera that Santa brought me early. Don't you just love Black Friday specials!!! I've been wanting a Digital SLR camera for years now. And of course I have to learn how to use all the bells and whistles before Christmas, right!!! My old camera was only 6 years old but very obsolete. It only had 3.1 MP and hasn’t been taking very good pictures of my cards lately. My new baby has 18 MP. Woo Hoo!!! Anyway, enough about my camera. Onto my card.

I played along with the Splitcoast Stampers Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

The Digi Image I used is called Cocoa’s Stocking. This is a new release today from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. You may want to head on over and check out all the new digi releases for this month. I printed him out and colored him with Copic Markers.

I punched out several pine sprigs in white, glittered them, and used them as embellishments to finish off the focal point.

I used some Basic Grey paper for the base and then used my cuttlebug embossing folders for the next two layers. I thought the brick wall looked cute behind Cocoa.
I also used my new Labels 15 Nesties

I added liquid appliqué and glitter to the top of the stocking and yellow glitter to the star.

The hand stitching was done with red Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Digital Tuesday - Animals at Christmas
A Crafty Little Place - Anything Goes
Cards For Men - Christmas

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Emma the Caroling Angel


My card for today was inspired by a sketch challenge at The Pink Elephant. I loveds this sketch and had been planning all week to play along but life just seemed to get in the way.
I forgot to add the ribbon and bow. I've added it but there's no daylight to take a good picture, so maybe I'll change out the picture tomorrow.

The image I used is Emma the Caroling Angel from  Fred She Said. It comes as  digi that you can color with your favorite medium or the pre-colored images that come in 8 different colors. Click on the link to check out these gorgeous images.

The papers I used are retired papers from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching was done with  matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Wee Memories - A little PInk
Die cut Dreams Christmas Club - Christmas Anything Goes

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Country Snowman & Oh Christmas Tree - SSS83

Oh My, we're in the home stretch for Thanksgiving. I'm not ready for this. I always have my house cleaning done and my house sparkles for the holidays. I only have today and tomorrow to get it all done so I may have to sprinkle glitter all over if I want it to sparkle. *Ü*
As a matter of fact, I was so engrossed in washing curtains that I forgot it was Friday and I needed to make this card.

My card today uses two Digi images from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Country Snowman and Oh Christmas Tree. They were colored with Copic Markers.

Korin is having a Black Friday Sale going on from now until the end of the month for a whopping 20% off. So, you may want to check out all the fabulous clear stamps and Digi images she has in her store.

I was pressed for time and kept messing up the coloring on my tree that I finally decided to see what it looked like with Faux Flower Soft on it. I then added red pearls where the ornaments are on the tree.

The papers and the Poinsettia flower are from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching was done with White Embroidery Floss.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another Smiley Snowman - SC307



There's just something about this image that I can't get away from. He just makes me smile.

I played along with the Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge from yesterday.

The Digi Image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called Smiley Snowman. There is also a Clear Stamp version of this also and comes with sentiments.

I love using the chunky Diamond Dust on my snowmen. This product is so sparkly but yet doesn't cover up all of the linework.
The snow is a combination of liquid Applique, faux flower Soft and Fine glitter. I sponged blue chalk on the background, then dotted it with white liquid applique and heated it.

I used som old Basic Grey papers.
The snowflakes are die cuts from A Spellbinders Die mand then I coated them with glitter. You can never have too much glitter for wintere of Christmas cards.

The Hand Stitching was done with White Embroidery Floss in my snowflake pattern.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Speedy the Cat's Friends - Snowflakes
ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for Christmas

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winner of the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog Hop

Hi Ladies,
Sorry for the delay on this but I've been having some major computer problems.

The winner from comments left on my blog for the sweet 'n Sassy Birthday Blog hop is #19 Auntie Lisa. This was picked at Random out of 60 comments.

If this is you, please email me for your prise.

Congratulations to all of the winners. If you won a free Digi, Id love to see you use it for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge on Saturdays!  Our Sketch Challenge DT Love to see your artwork and really love seeing you use your SNSS images.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

FSS - Emma The Hugger

I've been so busy with an upcoming Christmas Card Workshop that I totally forgot to post this card this morning. 

This is my week to host the Fred She Said blog for the Digi of the week special. I chose Emma the Hugger. The Digi image or the pre-colored sheets are all on sale at 30% off until Monday Midnight, Novemebr 22nd. You really need to check out the incredible discounted price on this.
Which ever you choose, it's such an adorable image. It's hard to see in the pictures of the many layers on the image by using the decopage All Sorts Challenge Blog.sheet.

The design for this card came from a fabulous sketch challenge over at
I added Chunky Diamond Dust to the snowman and liquid applique, heated and then added Fine glitter for snow. The backgrounds were done using two different embossing folders. I lightly sanded the embossed snowflakes to make them pop.

I used an extra row of my Hand Stitching to make the stitches resemble snowflakes.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Anything Goes - Emboss it!
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Christmas
Delightful Challenges - Glitter It Up!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Winter Basket - SSS82

Have your bodies adjusted to the end of Daylight Savings Time yet? Mine hasn't and that's a good thing. Now I'm awake by 6:30 and able to get some exercise in before the grandkids get here at 7:45.  Now, if I could only go to bed before Midnight!!!

My card today was inspired by a card at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog. They have a beautiful sketch to work with this week so why not hop on over there and play along. You have until next Friday evening.  
Did you ever notice how you start out with such pretty papers and then end up covering it up. That's what happened to me on this card. So, I made the small strip smaller then on the sketch so you could see more of the pretty flowers underneath. I was almost tempted to eliminate it all together.

The Digi Image I used is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called "Winter Basket".  I love Digi Stamps because you can make them any size you need. It was printed then colored with Copic Markers.
The Ribbon is some old Hostess rewards ribbon from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
A Crafty Little Place - Red, White & Green
Anything Goes - Emboss It!
Caardvark - Holiday card & Die Cuts
Digital Tuesday - Never Used Stash + Digi
Charater Cafe - Embossing
Christmas Stampin' All Year - Stripes
Digi's with Attitude - Sparkle, Ribbon, & two DP's
Stamp Something - Use a Digi

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Wreath - Fred She Said Blog Hop

Good Morning and welcome to our Christmas Blog Hop with Fred She Said.
There have been lots of new images released lately and our Design Team is here to show you some wonderful artwork with all of these fabulous images.

If you came here from Sonya's blog, then you are on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, please go back to Tracey Lynn's blog so you start from the beginning. You want to follow in order and collect a word from each of our blogs to make a sentence. You will get instruction on the last blog as to what to do with your sentence and be entered into a random drawing to win a $25 FSS GC and $25 CropStop GC and we're  going to switch it up and choose 2 winners... one for each prize!
This will close on the following Friday, November 19th at Midnight EST.

We love to hear from you so please leave a comment on each blog before moving to the next. Your input is greatly appreciated.

My card today uses the new image called Christmas Wreath as well as the cardinal from Christmas Cardinal. Both come in Digital format to color yourself or pre-colored for you. I love coloring with Copic Markers, but this time I used both pre-colored versions.
Now hop on over to Marlena's Blog and see what fabulous eye candy she has for you.

But, before you go, my secret word is "the"

Enjoy your Hop!

Other challenge blogs this card was made for:
The Character Cafe - Embossing
Just Add Ink - Just Add Christmas
No Time To Stamp - Non Traditional Christmas Colorsa
Caardvarks - Holiday Card + bdie cuts
Stamp Something - Use a Digi
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life - Blue & Green
Crazy for Challenges - Christmas

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Winter Basket - SC306

This card was to be posted yesterday but because of computer problems, did go on until now. I Hate computers!!!

The inspiration for this card came from this weeks sketch aqt Splitcoast Stampers.

The Digi Image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called Winter Basket. I colored it with Copic Markers.

The background paper is actually made with the Holly Ribbon Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sweet 'n Sassy Birthday Blog Hop



HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET 'N SASSY Stamps!

Thanks for hopping along with the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Blog Hop today!

If you cam here from Chupa's blog, you're on the right track.

If you didn't start at the beginning, you'll want to hop back to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog and continue from there.  We have over 30 amazingly talented ladies participating in today's hop plus a prize at every stop so you really don't want to miss a single blog!"  BUT, you must leave a sweet comment in each of our blogs for a chance to win your prize. And what is this prize here, you ask.  Well, it's none other then the Poinsettia Digi Stamp that I used for my card.

The inspiration for this card came from a sketch over at The Sweet Stop Challenge Blog. Come on over and play with us! You have until Friday night!

The papers, bling and ribbon are all from Close to my Heart.
The Hand stitching isa done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Now, enjoy the rest of the Hop and the gorgeous Eye Candy along the way!

Now Hop on over to Claudia's Blog and see what fabulous artwork she has for you.

Monday, November 8, 2010

FSS - Holly Wreath

Well, here it is, Monday already. Where did the weekend go.


My card today was inspired by a sketch from The Pixie Cottage Challenge Blog. The additional element needed for this challenge was to use recycled items. Well, I had lots of little punched out elements sitting in a baggie for ages. This challenge forced me to figure out how to use them in the sketch. It actually worked perfectly. They are the little green swirleys and the center strip. I also had a sheet of these little flowers printed and never use. The Flowers are from the Red Christmas Flower with Swirly Border from Fred She Said. I originally intended to use this entire set for this card, BUT, When the new Holly Wreath was released, I had to switch plans.

The Fred She Said Christmas Wreath comes in Digi format or pre-colored, all in the same set for the same price. How's that for value. Oh, I almost forgot about the three sentiments that are also included. Can you say, "Holy Cow"!

The papers, ribbon and pearls are from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching is done with Matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas + Inspiration Picture

Sunday, November 7, 2010

FSS English Robins - MMSC78

I am having so much fum making Christmas and Winter cards right now. I think I'm going to have a really hard time when this card making season is over, which will be very soon. I guess I need to switch to snowmen then since I really have a passion for them.

This card was made for the Top Tip Challenge Blog where Fred She Said is the sponsor this week. The theme over there is Christmas. So, why not play along and you could possibly win a $20 voucher to purchase some FABULOUS images.

Anyway, this card was inspired by a sketch from Priscilla's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Blog.

I used a newly released Image from Fred She Said, called English Robins. This is one of three in the Christmas Birds Series.  This comes in Digi format fopr those of you that love to color or pre colored for those of you that hate it. I love them both. I enjoy coloring since I discovered Copic Markers. But I love the ease of just printing out the image too.
I printed the image three times, cut out everything on one and just the holly on another. Then mounted everything with foam tape for dimension.

The background was made using a new Holly Cuttlebug Folder. I love using glitter on my cards at Christmas but I chose not to add glitter to this one because I thought it would take away from the beauty of the card.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
CCEE1044 - Winter Theme
C.R.A.F.T. - Dry Embossing
Crafty Catz - Spots and Stripes
Charisma Cardz - With Love at Christmas
Raise The Bar - Show us those Curves

Friday, November 5, 2010

FSS Christmas Cardinal


Oh My, the Holidays are coming around so quickly. So many fabulous images to use and so little time. The Hand Stitching prevents me from making as many cards as I'd like, however, the stitiching is my signature look and I LOVE doing it.

My card today is 6" x 6" and was made using the fabulous image from Fred She Said called Christmas Cardinal and comes as a Digi and pre-colored, all in the same purchase. This is one of three in the series called Christmas Bird Series. You'll be seeing the other two very shortly. AND all three come in the purchase also. What a deal!!!

This week Fred She Said is a Sponsor over at Top Tip Tuesday. Play along with the Challenge, which is "Christmas Inspired", and you could win a $20 Voucher for any Fred She said image.

I printed my image twice and cut one set out to layer from dimension. I then cropped down the digi so I printed only the Holly LKeaves and printed that out twice and cute them out for the holly corners.
I added red stickles to the berries and liquid Applique and heated it for snow. Then added fine prisma glitter to the snow.
I used a great MS Punch to frame the cardinal and then wove white with a gold edge ribbon through it.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Red Embroidery Floss.

I always finish the inside of my cards but never post it on my blog, only in My Etsy Stop. But, I thought the inside was too pretty not to post.

Challenges I also made this card for:
Digital Tuesday - I've been Framed + a Digi
ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Winter Wonderland
ABC Challenge - G is for Glitter
Little Red Wagon - Use Red
Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge - Paper Piercing
Fun at Fairy Knoll - Glitter and Glue
Pattie's Creations - Christmas Card
CCEE Stampers - Winter Scene
Charisma Cardz - Christmas

Sunday, October 31, 2010

FSS Ornament


Happy Halloween to all you Ghosts and Gobblins!

Here is todays post with another Christmas Card. I jusy LOVE making Christmas cards and this year I have so many gorgeous images to use. This is a new Digi Image from Fred She Said called Christm,as Ornament

I just got this new Cuttlebug embossing folder hat is actuallu a frame. I then printed the ornament twice the size to fit the Spellbinder oval scallop and colored them with Copic Markers. I cut out one of the ornaments and the holly and layered it with foam tape for added dimension.

I then printed Season's Greetings to fit another spellbinder die. The sentiment came from the Christmas Rose Digi Set, which actually has many different sentiments. And, this set can be purchased as a Digi or pre-colored images. They are absolutely Gorgeous.

I sometimes have a hard time just stopping. So I cropped out all of the image except for some of the Holly, then printed four sets of holly, colored them with copics, cut them out and mounted them on all four colors.

The Hand Stitching was done with Red Embroidery Floss.
I've had several people ask me how I do the stitching. I plan it out on paper the size I need and just play with a design then pierce the holes before stitching. This was a new pattern I worked out and it seemed to take forever to get everything even. BUT, I love doing it so it's well worth my time.

The cardstock and the background paper is from the Mistletoe paper pack from Close to my Heart.


Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge - Holiday Card
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Use a Christmas Digi
Wee Memories - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch It Out

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Merry Pursuits - SSS80


Happy Halloween Weekend!

Today we have another fantastic sketch challenge over at The Sweet Stop. Come on over and play along with us this week.

This sketch stumped me. I have no idea why because I have thousands of stamps so how hard could it be. Maybe that was the problem. Too many to remember what I have and was overwhelmed. Then I remembered these cuties. Now, I'm not usually into cutsie. It's just not my style. However, this is one exception. I just think they are so cute. These three little elves are from a Clear stamp set from Close to my Heart called Merry Pursuits.

The papers used are from the Mistletoe collection from Close to my Heart. If you've been following my blog, I guess you've come to realize that I LOVE this paper. I think the last few cards were all made with the pack.

The red grosgrain ribbon is also from CTMH.
The snow is a combination of Liquid Applique and Glitter.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Friday, October 29, 2010

FSS Christmas Peony - Stamp with Fun Sketch Challenge


So, you say you've never heard of a Christmas Peony!!! Well, I had these GOEGEOUS Red Peonies from Fred She Said, printed out and thought how great they would look with this sketch from Stamp with Fun Sketech Challenge. I had to tweek it slightly.
I was almost tempted to put Happy Birthday on it, but I have this very pretty Merry Christmas Digi, also from Fred She Said, and I thought it looked very elegant. The card is very similar to the Christmas Rose card I posted yesterday, but has it's own beauty.


The background of the card is DP from the Mistletoe PAper Pack from Close to my Heart, but I used a NEW Cuttlebug embossing folder on it. I think you're going to see many cards of mine with this embossed background.


I finished it off with some red Grosgrain Ribbon and white pearls that I colored red with my Copic Markers and  Hand Stitching with Red Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs for this card:
C.R.A.F.T. - Monotone
Shelly's Images - Flowers, Ribbon, Embossing

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FSS Christmas Roses - Midnight Madness #77

I have a fabulous sketch and image to share with you today.
I started with one of the Pre Colored images in this set from "Fred She Said", called Christmas Rose. This is ONE of my favorite sets and there are many. There is also a candle with the rose which you may see tomorrow.

The sketch is from #77 from Midnight Madness. Priscilla gives us two sketchs to work with. A plain and a fancy. Well, mine is in between the two.

The papers are from the Mistletoe paper pack from Close to my Heart. I then Hand Stitched it with red Embroidery Floss.

I just started building my card from there. The rose portion was actually printed twice and one set cut out and layered for more dimension.

I used a pine sprig punch for two of the corners and colored some white pearls with a copic marker to match the card for the other two corners. I then added tiny white pearls on either side of the Merry Christmas.
Red Stickles was dotted on the red berries in the image.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch It!
Tuesday Throwdown - Sentiment as the main focus
Flourishes - No Buttons or Bows
Christmas Card Challenge - Use Flowers
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Theme

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Christmas Candle - Critter Sketch Challenge

This is my second post for today but I'm trying to play catch up this week with my DT obligations..
Here is another Christmas Card for you.


The inspiration for this card came from a sketch at Critter Sketch Challenge and this beautiful digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Christmas Candle.
The image was colored with Copic Markers. I added six red sparkles to it.
The papers are from the Mistletoe collection from Close to my Heart.


The sketch challenge also required Buttons.
I hand stitched with Red Embroidery Floss to bring out the red in other parts of the card.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Distressed
Christmas Card Challenge - Flowers

Smiley Snowman SC304

Happy Hump Day!

Well, it's Wednesday and Korin is hosting the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

As you can see by my card, it is a really easy sketch to follow. So why not grab your favorite Sweet 'n Sassy image and surprise Korin by playing along with us this week.

My card uses the Clear Stamp Set called Welcome Jesus, which includes the words, but the snowman by itself comes as a Digi called Smiley Snowman. I love how you have the best of both worlds with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

I started my card with Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP and matched it up with Close to my Hearty Cardstock.
I embossed the blue panel with a cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.

I printed the image three times, colored it with Copic Markers, cut them out and layered for a 3D affect.
I coated him with Liquid Glass from CTMH and then chunky Diamond Dust for added sparkle.

The Hand stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Punches or Die Cuts
Papertake Weekly - Sparkly and Bright
Craft Your Passion - Add Glitter and Sparkle
There's Magic in the Air - Die Cuts
ABC Challenge - G is for Glitter

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Let It Snow - SSS79

This week, over at The Sweet Stop Challenge Blog, we have another fabulous sketch for you to play with. If you love sketch challenges as much as I do, you'll want to check these out every Saturday because they are some of the best.

My card today used a great Digi Stamp called "Let it Snow", from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
The papers are from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery floss. I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to use red or green, so I used a combination of them both. I thought it turned out pretty cool.

Other Challenge Blogs for this card:
All Sorts - Spots and Stripes
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pumpkin Bouquet - CDAC Color Challenge with Fred She Said

Happy Fall Y'all!!!

Yes, I know it's been Fall for a few weeks, but I haven't been creating in a while. Too much on my plate. So, this card is the beginning of a creation frenzy. *Ü*

If you're looking for a fantastic FREE Digi stamp, then head on over to Crafter's Digital Art Center (CDAC). There are so many challenges going on right now and all with a FREE Digi to play with. The one I used in my card is from Fred She Said. What a beauty!!! The FSS Challenge is a color challenge of Orange, Green & Purple. You have until November 3rd to grab your freebie and play along.

The inspiration for this card came from Critter Sketch Challenge. With a theme of "It's Hip To Be Square".

The image was printed three times, colored with Copic Markers and then sections cut out and mounted with foam tape for a 3D affect.

The papers are "Olivia", from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenges for this card:
Stampin For The Weedend - Fall

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tee Time - Flourishes Sketch Challenge

So much to do and so little time. That has been my life this week. I had four Birthday cards to make this week and since they were all for family, they took longet to make. I posted my Daughter-in-law's yesterday  and my two grandson's on my CTMG Blog. So this is the last one. It's for my Son-in-law. It's really hard making a card for him. Actually, making masculine cards is something I don't enjoy doing. By he and my husband wend out golfing today so I relied on an old CTNG stamp set called Tee Time4 to make his card.
The inspiration for this card came from a sketch at Flourishes. I love the sketch and wanted to play along with flourishes stamps, but had to make this card so I used the sketch for it. Maybe I'll get a chance next week to make another.

I stamped the golf bag twice and cut out the secong one to layer with foam tape for more dimension. I used an image of a golf ball on place of the bow in the sketch. There was also an image of a small golf ball so I used two of them next to the Happy Birthday. I used Liquid Glass on all three Gold Balls.

The papers are form the Cherry-O Creative Basics pack from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for.
Crazy 4 Challenges - Birthday
Cards For Men - Birthday

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Merry Monsters - Saturday Sketch

Today I have a card to share that makes me smile. My daughter-in-law turns 40 on Saturday so I made this card for her.
The inspiration for the card came from a sketch at Sketch Saturday.

The stamp set is from Close to my Heart and is called Merry Monsters.  I stamped it twice, colored with Copic Markers and cut the second one out. I rounded it slightly and layered it with foam tape to give it dimension.
The papers are also from CTMH and new. It's called Hooligans. Even though these are in the Halloween section of the catalog, I thought they would be ideal for  her Birthday Card!!!

I added lots of BLING. I had some clear bling laying around for ages and never used it. One was in the shape of a rectangle. So, I cut it apart and added individual stones to the 40 and what was left I put in the upper right corner. I then added CTMH's NEW Colored Sparkles in two of the corners.I used the dark purple from the pack.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Scrap, Stamp & Doodle - Anything Goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle & Shine
Incy Wincy - Sparkly Glittery
Ooh La La Creations - Nothing Floral
Paper Sundaes - Something from your stash
The Crafty Pad - Spooky
Belli Challenge - Numbers
The Creative Cottage - Bling it On!
Creative Inspirations - Birthday Theme
For Fun Challenges - Use something never used before