Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vintage Christmas

I loved this Waltzing Mouse image when it came out as a Freebie last year!
When Wild Orchid Challenges posted their card challenge  "Old Fashioned Christmas", I immediately knew what I wanted to do!  I wanted to make something just a bit different, so I went with a softer oval shaped card.

Paper, Bo Bunny; Copics markers; poinsettias from Making Memories; card shape cut with Creative Memories Cutting System.
The "ermine" cuffs and collar were made by applying TINY little black marks to the white background to resemble the fur. Those would definately be my "spots"!

Isn't she adorable? 
Also entered in:
Shabby Tea Room (Get in Shape)
In Style Stamps (Color Challenge)
KraftinKimmie's Stamps (Spots!)
Robyns Fetish Challenge (Surprise ME!)
Scrap Creations (Anything Goes)

Ho Ho Ho!

When my grandson gets a gift of money or a gift card his reaction is always, "oh, yeah....!" Even at the age of 5, he has figured out that this means he can get something he picks out himself!  Pretty fantastic.
So when I saw the challenge at Crafty Creations was a Gift Card Holder and over at There She Goes the challenge was "KIDS", I knew I could easily combine the challenges!

I used, yes, once again, SEI Glitzmas paper. The two-sided heavy patterned paper worked perfectly for this project.  I tri-folded it and cut the pocket for the inside card holder. I ran ribbon through and around the front of the pocket to hold the metal buckle.
Ont he outside, I used an old image I had of the snowman (sorry, no idea where it came from) and colored it with Copics markers. Added a bit of dimension with white fluffy paint, and gave him a star cookie button.
My grandson will understand the sentiment, for sure! 

This card also entered on these challenges:
Crafty Ho's
Paper Romances
Digi Doodle Shop's Best

WOW! A KRAFT blog site and sale!

I just happened to be blog hopping this week and found out that Kraft Papers has a blog challenge site!  Yep! One more way to enable my "addiction"! Sure some of you are saying you've known about this for ages!  Well, new to me!
Go to
http://www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/ and check it out! 
They are having a great Holiday Challenge right now!

Click here for the full Challenge Details!

Challenge SUMMARY:
To enter to win one of the two (2) $20.00 vouchers create a holiday inspired project, card, tag, layout or altered art featuring the use of Kraft cardstock. Enter your projects using the Inlinkz below between now and December 18, 2010 at 6:00 AM Eastern Time. Enter as many times as you like with as many projects as you wish, just make sure they feature Kraft cardstock (the cardstock doesn't have to be purchased from Kraft Outlet, but we'd love it if you did!). Every project you enter gives you more chances to win! (We'll accept projects that you've made new or any time within the last month too, just make sure you link to the post on your blog so people can see your entry to vote for their favorite).



Don't have any Kraft cardstock in your stash? No problem! Just go shopping at the Kraft Outlet online store and enter this promo code, HOLIDAY10 to receive 10 percent off your entire purchase from now until December 31, 2010.

My Little Christmas Star!

Christmas is so much about children, that it's hard NOT to include them in your holiday cards!  Just Magnolia lends itself perfectly to the dreams and desires of children around Christmas. I thought abot all the kids out there who are wishing for a better Christmas than the past year they have seen.
This is my "Wishing On A Christmas Star" card.
It's hard to see in the photo, but I popped up the girl and had her stockings dangling out underneath!

For the sketch, I went to Waltzing Mouse, and found this perfect card challenge, which matched nicely with Just Magnolia's this week also! And I was fortunate enough to be scanning through Kerri's blog who is on the DT for Your Next Stamp, and lifted her "Tis The Season" card with the images extending over the edge of the card!  Loved it!
Paper:  Basic Grey "Figgy" Star sticker and cardstock;  Copics markers; and stock ribbon. A bit of white fluffy fabric paint on her hat!

Contests also entered:  PaperTakeWeekly

Visions of Sugar Plums!

I really enjoyed playing with this challenge over at Polka Doodles (Twas the Night Before Christmas). It opened the challenge for any number of directions! I chose "While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads..."  Of course, we, today, do not eat plums dipped in sugar, but CANDY is always a big part of Christmas. At least around our house! 
For the sketch, both Simon Says and Pixie Cottage had sketches so similiar, I decided to go with BOTH! Kinda tilted and mixed the elements of each.

Great minds think alike, right?
Now, here is my card:
These "sugar plums" from MYGRAFICO were painstakingly fussy cut and glued together. One of my first "paper piecing" projects in years!  I am happy with the results, but will choose a much larger image next time!  LOL! The fantastic prize of a beautiful stamp set from BlackLeaf Stamps was enough to convince me check out the Grafico images. How adorable!
I used papers form my long-time stash of Daisyd's and Provocraft. The little gingerbread guy is a button from "Dress It Up" (JoAnn's)

SEI and Skipping Stones

This card I made with my SEI favorite collection, Glitzmas (Gaby Abby is having a SEI Challenge and giveaway!) and for the Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge using their dragonfly stamp from Skipping Stones Designs. I love the beauty and quality you get from their clear stamp sets. It matched up perfectly with the challenge this week at Stamps R Us, create a HOLIDAY CARD.


Paper used was SEI, Glitzmas; punched with Fiskars Lace punch; journaling box cut with Nestabilities Label 4; and the very gorgeous dragonfly stamped with Staz-On ink onto the glittery white Glitzmas paper! I added just a touch of Gunmetal Stickles to the body to add extra sparkle!
I received the SEI pack around last Christmas from my dear friend Liz, and have been using it on EVERYTHING!  I love that paper! (Don't worry Liz, you won't see a lot more.  I've almost exhausted it!)