Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Something to Be Thankful For

Hello friends!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  I have been thinking about the pecan pie that I'm making and looking forward to eating I'll have to save my stomach some room!! LOL!!
I hope that whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving, you are surrounded by those you love!  This is what I think makes Thanksgiving special! :)

Wanted to share my creation with you today for my guest design spot over at
(Click on photo to be taken to the challenge blog!)

This challenge couldn't be more perfect given the timing!  For this next challenge, we would like to see your "Thanksgiving or Thanks" creations!

Every year this is something that I enjoy doing with my family which is to say one thing that we are thankful for as we go around the room taking turns to hear from each person.  When my boys were younger, they would always say that they didn't know.  My answer was "There is always SOMETHING to be thankful for."  Then I would explain and give a few examples.  Of course after time they would come up with their own imaginative details! :)

Of course another one of our "family traditions" is to watch the "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" movie with Steve Martin and John Candy in it.  Although this is quite a humorous movie, the ending always really touches me when Steve Martin learns something about the other individual he was so rude to the entire time.  He then realized how "thankful" he really was after all.  :)
It's an older movie, but it's one that I've watched every year for as long as I can remember.

Anyway, this actually does lead me to the creation I made today:
I sometimes wonder if adding a bow is something that is just not a "masculine" thing to do, but I showed my hubby this card and he approved and actually called it "pretty"!!  :)

So for this card, I've pulled out some of my older Stampin' Up! stamps to make it.
The tag with the taffeta bow on it comes from the SAB "You Brighten My Day" stamp set in which I embossed it on Soft Suede card stock with white EP and then punched it out with the coordinating Tag Punch.  I also punched out an additional tag in vellum to layer behind it.

The background was stamped with the SU "Hardwood" background stamp with Whisper White ink on a Smoky Slate card stock piece.  The card base is another piece of Soft Suede card stock.  The leaves and acorn were stamped in various coordinating neutral colors with the SU "WonderFall" stamp set.  I ended up fussy cutting out the images and then sponging some ink around the edges to soften up the lines a bit.

One of the leaves as well as the acorn was popped up with some foam squares and then I added a few gold sequins to finish it off.

Hope you've enjoyed my design today and I hope you will take the time to join in the challenge with us!  We'd love to see your masculine style creations!! :)
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your Holiday Weekend friends!!


613 Avenue - Anything Goes or Create Your Own Challenge Chart
(I used A2, Thank you & Gold and White)

Everybody Art - Branch or Leaf

Retro Rubber - Anything Goes (Use old stamps)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Making My Mark with Watercolor

Good evening friends!
Stopping by to share a creation with you for
Addicted to Stamps & More

For this week's challenge, we are focusing on "Make Your Mark"!
So as the name implies, use anything on your creation that would be considered "marking" like coloring media such as Copic markers, pencils, chalks, paint, watercolor, stenciling, etc.

We also have a wonderful sponsor joining us for this challenge as well:
(Click badge to be taken to the store!)
One lucky winner from this challenge will receive a $10 gift certificate to their store!
Certainly worth playing along for!!

For my card, I have chosen to do some watercolor:
I have taken Christmas to another realm with a non-traditional color palette!
I had some fun stamps from our sponsor this week and used them and have used the Joyful stamp set for my design here.  I have stamped the gift box and ornament image with Archival black ink on some Britol watercolor paper and colored it in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I also used my gold gel pen to color in parts of the ornament with.  It is fussy cut and popped up over the design with foam squares.

For the white front panel of my card, I played around with my Zig Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolor and brushed on some watercolor splotches including the pretty gold.  I also used some of the gold to make additional splatters in the background by tapping my brush.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with the Archival black ink and then added some black sequins to the design where I've also added a dot of gold Stickles in the center of each one.

Before attaching the popped up image, I've added a strip of black card stock which I thought brought out the other black accents on the design and then I also took my corner chomper and rounded off two opposite corners before attaching it to my white A2 sized card base.

Hope you've enjoyed my creation today!
Please be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the inspiration and join in the fun with us!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

I'll be back soon!


Stamplorations - Anything Goes

CRAFT - Christmas Present

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes

The 25th Dimension in One Layer

Hello friends!
Hope you are having a great week so far!
Pretty soon it will be time for "Talking Turkey" here in the U.S. (Thanksgiving that is!)  I always look forward to spending time with family and I'm sure it will be great fun!

Today, I have a fun lone layer Christmas card to share with you:
I thought I'd have a little "play on numbers" here with my Christmas design today!
I have actually used two different stamp sets from Lawn Fawn.  They are both older sets, but I think one of them has even been "retired".  (Of course this is the first time that I've used it too!)  LOL!

So the embossed gold snowflakes on my design come from the Critters in Snow.  The "December" sentiment comes from a retired set from Lawn Fawn called "Say Cheese, Too".  I have that stamped in some Gumball Green ink.  I've also added a drop of gold stickles to the center of each gold embossed snowflake.

For the side of my design, I have used some really old (Stampin' 'Up!) Sizzix dies for the numbers.  I cut several of the numbers out with white card stock and then I took some of the Lawn Fawn (retired) "Snow Day" designer papers to cut out the red colored numbers on my design.  All of the white numbers were glued down to my card base and the red numbers were popped up for dimension over top of the strip of white numbers with foam tape pieces.

Lastly, I took some glue dots and rolled them to attach to the back of the snowflake sequins on my design which gave them extra dimension as well.  I think the only thing that doesn't have any sort of dimension on it would be the "December" word!

This concept is simple and fun.  I really enjoyed putting it together too!
Thanks so much for popping in today!  I hope you've enjoyed my one layer CAS Christmas card of the 25th dimension!! :)  See you soon!



1.  Addicted to CAS - (3rd birthday & DT call)

2.  Lawnscaping Challenge: (I've used old sets, papers and dies)

3.  Less is More - NUMBERS

4.  Just Us Girls - Color week

5.  AAA Cards - Anything Goes

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Calling All Bears

Hello friends! :)
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far!

Just popping in to share the new challenge with you over at
{Cupcake Inspirations}

For this challenge, we would like to see some "Bears"!
How cute are those cupcake bears?!  :)  Be sure to hop on over to the challenge and check out the rest of the "bear inspired" projects from the design team and enter your creation to play along with us!
We cant' wait to see what you all come up with!

We also have a sponsor joining us for this challenge:
Crafty Sentiments Designs
They will be giving 3 digital images of the winner's choice!  So come play along for your chance to win or become part of the "Sweet Six" picks! :)

Our sponsor was kind enough to provide the team with some images to work with so here's what I've come up with for the challenge:
I have taken this sweet image from the Couples digital image and colored in just the teddy bear portions of the image.  I fussy cut out the bears and attached them over top of some stitched snow slopes that I die cut out with some stitched border dies.  I've used the MFT Stitched Basic Edges to cut out all of the "snow slopes".

For the blue sky background, I've used some Distress Inks and my foam blending tool with the darkest color at the top.  I then used my white gel pen to add a few stars...or even falling snow if you want to look at it in that way! :)  The single silver star was cut out using MFT Lucky Stars die set with some MFT silver foil card stock which I've glued above the bears in the sky.

The sentiment below the bears comes from an older Stampin' Up! set called Home For Christmas that I have embossed with white EP on a Navy piece of card stock strip.
I have also layered the bear panel with the silver foil card stock and another piece of Navy card stock.  I then took some craft foam and mounted it on the back before I attached it to the card base which was assembled the same way as the bear panel.

Hope you've enjoyed my "Christmas Bears" creation today!
Thanks for joining me!!


Freshly Made Sketches: (FMS213)

City Crafter - Color Inspiration

Simon Says Stamp - Christmas

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + Sentiment

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Just Add a Sentiment

Hello friends!  Hope you're enjoying your week so far, we are almost there...just a few more days left before the weekend! Yay!

I have a card to share with you today for the
This challenge is nice and simple.  All you have to do is Add a Sentiment!
I hope you will join along in the fun and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team creations to see what they have come up with for this challenge as well!

I have made a fun CAS style design for it:
After I put this together, I noticed at first glance it looks like Christmas.  But then I thought, that's OK because it's a great idea for making up "thank you" cards for Christmas time!  That is NOT what this card was intended for, but it's another idea!

Today is actually my last post as DT for this challenge blog and I thought it was a great message for Lisa, the owner of the challenge blog to let her know that I have appreciated my time on the team and to thank her for having me be apart of her adventure.  :)  I will still join in with the challenge as often as I can and send best wishes for all of the wonderful ladies there!

So for my card, I have used an exclusive set that was only available for a limited time for the STAMPtember event collaborated with My Favorite Things.  The set is called "Thanks for Being There." which I have used to stamp the sentiment and heart.  I have used the MFT Steel Gray ink for that as well as the card base.

The reason for my color scheme here actually came from the MFT Color Challenge which you can see below under the challenges I've entered this for.  For the die cuts, I have used the MFT Falling Leaves and for the white stitched panel, I have used the MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX .  The banner I cut myself and made the "fish tail" in it.  Before I attached the white panel to the card base, I used a sponge dauber and rubbed some white ink behind it to soften the look a bit.

I've also taken my corner chomper to round two corners of my card and finished it off with some sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today!
I hope you will join in the challenge with us!  See you soon!


MFT Sketch Challenge (MFTWSC255)

MFT Color Challenge

Simply Create Too - Give Thanks

Shopping Our Stash - Thank you or Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Home Decor with a Video!

Hello friends!
Here we are in the middle of the week once again!
You may have noticed that I've slightly changed up the look of my blog including my profile photo.
I thought it was time to update everything and "lighten and brighten" up the look around here! :)
(I still have my splash of purple in there too, so it's good, right?!)

Welcome to another Whimsy Stamps Wednesday Video!!  :)
On today's post, I have something really fun and different to share...
So with the Holidays really close and the kids start their Holiday vacations and you are spending more time with family, here is a fun project you can all participate can just keep all of the fun to yourself!! ;) - In my case, my family (mainly older males) do not care to participate in such "girly" or "childish" things even-though I try to tell them it's OK to do "child-like" things once in a while!  :)  Us crafters know this is "serious" business!!  LOL!

I thought it would be fun to pull out some more stash items left over from my Whimsy Stamps November Card Kit and use them on this paper wreath with 3-D stars.  I've used some left over papers from the kit along with several embellishments.  I've also used the Whimsy Stamps Cozy Little Snowman rubber stamp peeking out from behind the stars.  (More details below.)
The stars were all cut out using the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Stars die set along with the Pierced Stacking Star die.  I have used every size of star from those dies.  The largest ribbon bow has been in my stash for a while and the purple ribbon was from the card kit.

After looking at it, I thought it would be "SNOW" fun to add some snow around the snowman with glittery snow or felt or icicle type of stuff.  There are just so many different ways you can decorate a wreath just by changing the colors, shapes, etc.  You could do one with stars for pretty much every season I think!  It would be fun to do a Halloween one, or even one for 4th of July!

There are so much fun to make, easy to put together if you don't mind taking the time with it.

If you'd like to see how to make a wreath like this for yourself, check out my video below!
(CLICK HERE to see it on You Tube.)

This is so easy and fun!  You certainly don't have to go out and purchase a wreath to decorate when you may have some extra pieces laying around your house to use for a project like this!

These would make some really fun Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors, co-workers or a nice thought I had would be take some to a nursing home to help decorate the doors on the residents rooms or something.  I always enjoy seeing a smile on someone's face when I share something I've made with them! :)  It's just good for the soul.

Here's a closer look at the details with the snowman:
I thought he was just the perfect little accent to add to my wreath!  :)
I've used the Cozy Little Snowman rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps and
I have colored him with my Copic markers to match the colors in the wreath and added some glitter to his mittens along with a snowflake rhinestone that was left over from my November card kit.
He was fussy cut out and attached with some hot glue to the back of the wreath.

Be sure to subscribe to My You Tube Channel so you don't miss the next video that I will be sharing which is another item to get you in gear for the Holiday Season!  :)  - After that, I will be starting a "series" on don't miss out on the fun with me!!

You can also subscribe to the Whimsy Stamps You Tube Channel if you'd like to see lots of inspiration from various designers using Whimsy Stamps products!

Hope you've enjoyed my inspiration today!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon!!


Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Come & Get It - Winter Holiday
Creative Inspirations - Festive Fun
Penny's Paper - Anything Goes

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tag Inspiration with Whimsy Stamps Card Kit - Winner Announced!

Hello friends!
Welcome to the start of a brand new week! I hope your weekend was a great one!
I have some more inspiration to share with you  using more products from the
Whimsy Stamps November Card Kit
**The winner of a Whimsy Stamps card kit is at the end of this post!**

I still have some more products left from the card kit that I had fun playing with!  :)
And I still have some more inspiration to share with you using additional contents from this BE SURE to stay tuned into this blog for up-coming inspiration to help you get your handmade smiles made up just in time to celebrate the Holidays!
*I'm excited to be sharing an upcoming handmade item using things you already have on hand in your craft room including using more contents from this kit - with a video!*

But for today, I'd like to share with you this fun little tag that I made with some left over items from this card kit I had:
Check out those cute little dangling mittens!!  I love how this tag turned out!
I have a photo below from the inspiration that I took to make this tag today.

I have used the blue card stock, the acetate sheet, the "mittens" die cut, the silver cord, the grosgrain ribbon, the snowflake button and the blue sequins on the tag are all from the Whimsy Stamps November card kit!  A little bit can go such a long way in your craft making!  :)

Of course some other Whimsy Stamps items were pulled out to help me assemble this whole idea together.  First, I pulled out the Whimsy Stamps Stitched Tag dies to cut out the blue tag as well as the smaller tag in the set to cut out the acetate tag that's attached to it.

I have used the Clearly Whimsy Stamps set Basic Christmas Backgrounds and stamped a border with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white EP across the blue tag.  I also used some white ink along with my sponge dauber to lightly sponge around the snowflakes to soften them up a bit.  For the sentiment I have used the Clearly Whimsy Stamps set Penguins Winter Adventure and stamped the sentiment from the set with Graphite Black Brilliance ink.  I also took a snowflake and the "ho! ho! ho!" from the same set and stamped them on the piece of acetate tag using some black Staz On ink.  I've also sponged around the acetate tag with white Staz On ink.

The die cut mittens were attached together and then I punched a small hole at the top and thread some linen thread though to attach them to the tag.  I used the linen thread to also tie a bow in the snowflake button.  The silver cord was tied through both of these tags and knotted at the end.

All that was left was to add the blue sequins to the light blue tag with some glue.
If you'd like to see more details and inspiration for up-coming card kits, then please subscribe to the Whimsy Stamps You Tube Channel, My You Tube Channel or get updates to my blog here!
I noticed that the October card kit has already sold out!  So if you missed that one, be sure to get updates so that you know when the next one will be coming out and you can get your chance at it before it is gone.  Once they sell out, they will not be restocked!  So go grab a card kit now!

And now for the winner of a Whimsy Stamps Card Kit of Choice is......

picked via
#30 - Sandra Schroeder
Congratulations on your win!!

The winner has already been contacted and has already responded!  :)

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and joined with us for the November New Release!
If you didn't win here, but participated in the other portions of the New Release, then be sure to stop on over at the Whimsy Inspirations Blog to see if you won a prize over there!!
If you sadly missed out on all of the festivities, then be sure to either subscribe here to my blog or the Whimsy Inspirations Blog so that you don't miss out on the next fun event!!  (I already know of one that will be coming up next don't miss out!)

Thank you SO MUCH for joining me here today!!
I do hope you've enjoyed my tag inspiration!!  Happy crafting friends!


1.  Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags - Create a tag inspired by one of the tags on her blog
I was inspired by this tag from Melissa Bove:
(I love how she attached the small tag and acetate!)

2.  Alphabet Challenge - 'T' for " 'Tis the Season!"

3.  Allsorts - Anything but a Card

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