"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Cards Finally DONE!

Hello friends!
Whew!  I was at "crunch time" here trying to get all of my Christmas cards made up, so I had these last few that I made up VERY quickly as to get done so I can get all of these mailed out!
And yes...they are all mailed out thanks to the help of the Christmas card kits I got from Simon Says Stamp this year! :)

So here's my last "pile" of cards...
I think I've made up 8 of one kind and another 6 of another in there!
Talk about "Run, Run Rudolph!"  LOL!

Here are some closer views of each type:
So these set of cards were put together with everything in the Simon Says Stamp November card kit.  I don't think other than a few baubles, design paper and the stamp set itself are the only things left over from this kit!! LOL!!  So yes, I could still possibly make more cards, but this is plenty! LOL!

And here's the other set of cards I made:
So these six cards are all exactly the same and I assembled them all together at once using the Simon Says Stamp "extra Christmas card kit" that is no longer available.  This kit was pretty large and there is still MANY papers and elements left to do all sort of things, but really didn't want to go there!! LOL!!  Maybe I'll play around with it next year, but I think I've got 'er done for now! :)

It's hard to tell in the photo, but the circle behind the sentiment is gold card stock.
The two candy dots on the edges are enamel dots from the kit.  I thought it was such a fun set to play with!  I love the candy cane look!

I am running out of time and I must get my packaging done, cookies baked and presents wrapped!
So I hope you've enjoyed all of my Christmas card-making this month! :)
I will be back Friday with my last "Flashback Friday" posting of the year.
Thanks so much for stopping in today!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter the "candy cane" Christmas card for:
C.A.S. Colours & Sketches - past sketch

Here is the sketch that I've chosen from challenge #51 - November 14, 2013


Crafty Catz - Last Minute Christmas

Curtain Call - Candy Cane Christmas

Shopping Our Stash - Red Alert (use mostly red)

Papertake Weekly - LAST Christmas card of the year...yay!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anything Goes Christmas at Tuesday Throwdown!

Hello friends!
Are you still working on your Christmas projects, getting them done or barely done...or forget it?! LOL!  Well if you are still working on them or getting a head start for next year, there is the perfect challenge for you to enter your "anything goes" Christmas projects this week at:

Tuesday Throwdown


Here is the card that I made for the challenge:
I've used this beautiful Christmas Ornaments 2 digital stamp by "Crafty Girl Creations" sold from the Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet store.  They are the sponsor for our challenge this week and are providing a lovely prize to a lucky winner!  So be sure to enter your Christmas creations for your chance to win!

I've printed out the image to make it large enough in size to cover the entire front of an A-2 sized card.  The sentiment at the top is from an older stamp I had in my stash.  I embossed it with black embossing powder over the image.
I have used my Copic markers to color in this image and I've also used lots of different media to embellish my ornaments.  I've used a white gel pen, a gold metallic gel pen, glitter and glossy accents.  Unfortunately, you can't see all of these details in the photo.
This one has already been sent out to someone! :)

I've also taken some gold cord and tied a bow at the top of each ornament to give a bit of dimension detail to the card.  The panel was also sponged around the edges with ink and then layered onto a piece of gold card stock and then over top of a red card base.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation and please be sure to hop on over to the
Tuesday Throwdown challenge blog to see all of the gorgeous Christmas projects from the rest of the design team.  I know they will inspire you with their Christmas ideas!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today!  Looking forward to seeing your creation in the challenge and I'll see you again tomorrow for more Christmas festivities!  LOL!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card in:
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes:  Traditional Christmas
Sentimental Sundays - anything goes + sentiment

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pretty Pink Snowflakes

Hello friends and happy Monday to ya!
Did you enjoy your weekend?  I feel like I got LOTS done...but of course there's always lots more left to do before I feel comfortable with Christmas coming! :)

So I had a play with some pretty snowflakes, this is what I did:
Wow...the colors look really BRIGHT in the photo, but it's not quite this bright in person...it's a bit softer on the eyes.  There are some things going on here that I'll tell you about!
So I took my TAWS Holiday Sparkles set and embossed some white snowflakes on a piece of glossy card stock.  (This stuff is really slick similar to photo paper, but thicker.)
After embossing the white snowflakes, I took my distress inks and sponged together some pink colors.  The embossing "resists" the snowflakes and doesn't absorb the color into the embossed images.  After I got the colors the way I wanted, I embossed some more snowflakes with some "enchanted gold" sparkle embossing powder.  I then took the same color of distress inks that I used to sponged the background and stamped some more various snowflakes to give it all some depth.

*Now, you must "seal" the ink onto the glossy card stock or it will rub off!  So I took some clear embossing powder over the distress inks to "set" the images onto the glossy card stock.*

I embossed my sentiment with gold embossing powder onto the matching pink card stock and made a banner to place towards the bottom of my card.  I attached a bow with my gold cord next to the sentiment on the banner and then I used some gold enamel dots to place in the center of some of the snowflakes.

I love how this turned out!  It's so sparkly and shinny!  I really need to do a video of this technique so you can see how awesome and easy it is!  So let me know if you're interested in seeing that!
Thanks so much for dropping in with me today!  I really appreciate your visits! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this for:
BE Inspired - photo inspiration 
(I took inspiration from the snowflakes and pink colors!)

City Crafter - Glittering Snowflakes
Little Red Wagon - So Flaky! (snowflakes)

Just Us Girls - Mixed Media
(I used heat embossing, distress inks-blending, glossy card stock)

Open-Minded Crafting Fun - Unusual Christmas (pink colors/feminine)
Come & Get It - Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

So Silver!

Hello friends!
Here I am again today to share yet some more cards with you!
I wanted to be sure to make up these cards before a couple of challenges ended and I missed them!
I must have had silver and blue on my mind when I made these!
Check it out...
I really wanted to pull out my Simon Says Kits and get them out to have a play with them!  I have a couple of the last month's kit sitting there that are wanting me to pull them out for a play!
So this card is a simple one, but boy do I love that silver embossing! :)

This isn't necessarily a Christmas card...or even a New Year's card, but I thought it would make for a nice neutral birthday card, which I needed some to send out...so this is what I did!
The card base is silver card stock and I embossed the sentiments with silver embossing powder.  I found some silver thread from my cross-stitch days and made a "nest" to tuck behind the embossed sentiment and just added some silver sequins to it.  The blue panel was die cut with my LF stitched rectangle.

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter the above card for:
CAS-ology - silver

Clear It Out - Theme:  Blue colors / Stash: ribbon/twine (I hope my silver thread counts!)

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And I have also made a second card so I don't miss out on a challenge:
For this card, the deer circle panel was cut from my Cricut Explore machine.  I added some silver dots on his collar with my silver metallic gel pen.  I die cut a stitched circle with silver card stock and also the "Believe" word die was cut with the same card stock.

I then die cut a banner with chocolate card stock to place behind the circle deer panel.  I had an old pine leaf punch and punched some out with white card stock to add behind the silver circle.
I used the same silver lustre patterned paper that I used for the deer panel and die cut another piece out with my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die cut and then took the Lawn Fawn Let it Snow stamp set and embossed the tree with silver embossing powder for the background.

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
House of Cards - inspirational photo and blog hop:

Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping in today and all of the days that I have been posting so much!
Now I need to get a good start on my cookie baking! :)

P.S.  If the word verification box is showing when you leave a comment, just ignore it and hit publish.  Your comment will post anyway.  Thanks!
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, December 12, 2014

Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop

Hello friends!
I feel like I'm on a continuation of blog posts here! LOL!
'Tis the Season to share! :)  I also wanted to join along in the fun here before it came to an end which is only a few hours away!  So...since I AM a lover of coffee...it only makes sense to join!
If you have not heard of this, there is a "coffee lover's blog hop" hosted by Amy on her blog.  I had participated in one earlier this year and thought it to be fun.  Besides there is a HUGE list of sponsors that kindly give away fabulous prizes!  Lover of coffee..here I am! :)
And here's the card I made for this blog hop:
And since I'm still on my Christmas card making kick, I made one with a Christmas theme of course!
I actually have put together a couple of my Simon Says Stamp kits to make this along with a few other miscellaneous items lurking in my stash.
It's also hard to tell in the photo, but the heart on the coffee cup was brushed with my Wink of Stella glitter pen and then I added some glossy accents over top of that.
The tag is a Lawn Fawn die cut.  The rest are old SU! stash! :)

I wanted to make this short and sweet!  I wish you all a fabulous weekend and I thank you for stopping in a my blog!  I love hearing from you all!!

P.S.  If you see a word verification box when you go to leave me a comment, ignore it and just hit "publish" comment.  You don't need to type anything in the verification box.
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the some challenges I'd like to enter this for:
CAS on Sunday - sketch


Crazy for CAS - Something Old (old stash - I used old SU! paper, ribbon & punch)

{Cupcake Inspirations} - yummy colors!


Simon Says Stamp - "Bling it On!"

Brown Sugar - Red, White & Green

Flashback Friday - Going Digital

Hello friends!  We are at the end of another week already! WOW!
Are you getting your Christmas plans/to-do list finished up?  I think no matter how much I try and prepare ahead of time, I always have something else left to do!  LOL!

So today's "Flashback Friday" is about digital!
Although I remember when digital images started becoming more popular, it still has been several years ago!  I have also gone through some MAJOR computer issues during that time and have went through several computers as well!  (As I'm sure many of us have!)  So some of the digital stamps I used to have may have gotten lost in computer space somewhere, I have been able to keep some of them on my computer and I do enjoy printing them out sometimes and doing some coloring.

Today's card is a VERY special card and the reason behind it has really touched my heart especially during this busy Holiday time.
If you haven't heard about this special little girl, here is the link to the story CLICK HERE
and I would like to encourage you to join along in sending her a Christmas card. It sort of puts into perspective about what Christmas is all about.

So here is my Christmas shaker card for little Addie:
I have used this darling Little Christmas Angel digital stamp designed by Crissy Armstrong from Whimsy Stamps.  If you belong to the Whismy Stamps Facebook Group, they had given this image for free to help those create a card to send to Addie.  But I have had this sweet image already sitting in a folder on my computer and I've had it since the last time I was on their design team which was a few years back now...I'm thinking 2010ish?  So....don't forget those cute and fun digital stamps lurking around in your computer waiting to be printed out once again! :)

I have also used the Clearly Whimsy stamp set called Christmas Greetings for the background.

P.S.  Also, in case you didn't know, Whimsy Stamps will no longer be carrying any digital stamps to sell due to some sort of tax law changes regarding digital stamps.  So starting in the New Year, they will be gone!  Right now they are having a major good sell on them though.  So if you are a digital stamp lover, now is a great time to stock up on your favorites from their store!

Here is another angle of my shaker card:
I have it laying down so you can see all of the shaker stuff inside.  I've used various sequins and beads from my stash.  I have tied a bow with some red metallic ribbon and made some curls to drape along the edges of my card.  I also took some linen thread and made a bow with the silver bells to add on top of that as well.  (The layers were all die cut using my Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle dies.)  And then of course I used a double layer of double sided foam mounting tape to keep the shaker elements inside.

Here's a brief video of me shaking the card! LOL


 So since Addie is collecting Christmas cards, I thought this would be a fun one for her to shake around to see all of the sequins, snowflakes and beads bobbling around in there. :)  I do hope that she gets a TON of Christmas cards to enjoy!

If you have any digital stamps that have been sitting around in your computer too, then print one out and join along with me this Flashback Friday!
I thank you so much for stopping in today and I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:
Whimsy Stamps - anything goes
Come & Get It - Merry Christmas
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
Shopping Our Stash - Favorite Technique (shaker card) stash: sequins/beads
The Crafter's Cafe - Christmas/Holiday Season
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Bells and Bows
Aud Sentiments - Holiday Bingo (I used:  ribbon, bling and trinkets (bells)

Creative Knockouts - 'Tis the Season
Sweet Stamps - sparkle
Daring Cardmakers - Shake it Off! (shaker cards)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Silver Bugaboo Bells & A Pile of Christmas!

Hello friends!  I have been trying to rev up my Christmas card making and I thought that perhaps by joining in some fun challenges that this would help to complete my task!
So hopefully I can REALLY work hard on getting my Christmas cards finished up so that I can mail them all out this weekend!  Let's HOPE anyway! :)

Since I've missed the last several days of the fun
Bugaboo Christmas Chaos event...I think I'm going to be ONE and DONE! LOL!
If I hadn't caught this on the third or fourth day, maybe I could have had a chance.  Oh well, there's always next year, right?! LOL!  So for the first day, they wanted to see some
Sparkle & Shine. Simply create a card that has glitter, sparkle, gems, pearls etc.

So here's the card that I made for that:
So I wasn't sure what I was going for here other than a "silver bell" card.
I printed out the Winter Circle Sentiments - Jingle Bells image and punched it out with my mega circle punch and then punched out a piece of metallic silver card stock with my scallop circle punch to go behind it.

I stamped the smokey slate colored card base with white dots and embossed a greeting with silver embossing powder.  After embossing it, I didn't think that it stood out very well against the gray colored card stock, so I rubbed some white chalk over it.  Not sure that helped either! LOL!  I also added some silver metallic ribbon to the top of the circle image and rounded the bottom corners with my corner chomper.

Here are the details of the main image:
So now that you can see a closer view of the card, you can see the details more clearly.  This is what I hate about photos on the blog...they don't show everything you want.
I have colored the holly and ribbons on the bells with my Copic markers and colored in the bells with my silver metallic gel pen...so shimmery!  I also used a soft blue Copic to add shadows around the snowflakes and outer portion of the circle.  On top of that, I added some Stickles Glitter glue and I also coated the holly berries with glossy accents.
The circle panel was popped up with foam squares.

So just a quick and simple post for me today...wasn't expecting to post anything, but in the spirit of Christmas, what's another Christmas card sharing, right?!
And when I say "another card to add to the pile"....here's what I mean:
So I know you've probably seen most of these cards on my blog.  There are a few of them that I inadvertently sneaked in behind the others because I haven't posted them yet, or for some other "snoopy people" that frequent my blog at times!  Not naming names! *wink
I am also working on an assembly line of them in the next few days so that I can get them all finished!  Perhaps I can share some of them as I go along this month which would make my posting MUCH easier finishing out the year!! LOL!!  Yeah, I know...cheater!


Thanks so much for dropping by and I'll see you tomorrow!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:
Bugaboo 2nd annual Christmas Chaos Event - Sparkle and Shine
Jingle Belles Rock - Card Pile and/or Anything Goes (This challenge really does ROCK!  I'm going to be going there first thing New Year's Day! LOL!!)
Just Us Girls - Word Week:  "Sparkle"
Sentimental Sundays - embossing (wet or dry) + sentiment
Holly Jolly - Anything Goes Christmas

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