Monday, December 31, 2012

Crafters Of Faith Monthly Challenge

Crafters of Faith is a group of Christian bloggers that met and bonded on SplitCoast Stampers.   Every month, on the last day of the month, we post a card with a theme chosen by a member of our group.  This month’s theme was chosen by Kelly and here’s what she had to say:

For our December challenge, we wish to "SNOW" you our winter inspired Crafter of Faith cards!  Create a card/project using a snowy-winter theme and "ring in the new year with glitter and bling!" Your winter/snow card creation should reflect the beauty of the gift of the season - snow, winter, snowflakes, etc and include bling and glitter to ring in the joy of what will be!

When I picked my image, I decided that I would do a spin on the wording “ring in the new year” so I switched it up a little.

Ok, so you might not think it’s as funny and clever as I thought it was but I tried, lol.

My image is a freebie from Dearie Dolls … I just love her digi’s.  I colored it with my Bic Mark-It’s and used my B04 copic for the sky.  The paper is Michael’s Recollections cardstock in red with a green snowflake matt also by Recollections.




Although you can’t really see the glitter very well, it IS there in the snowflakes.  Here’s a closer look at the sentiment as well.





The red bow in the corner is made using Michael’s ribbon that I found on sale one day.




I added the snowflake brad in the corner to represent the bling.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside but it’s finished off with some white cardstock and a red and white striped glittery ribbon that I adhered just above the bottom of the white cardstock..

That’s it!   Not much to it but it’s all I got, lol.  If you want to check out what the rest of the group made, there is a list of the Crafter’s Of Faith ladies on the right side of my blog.

I’ll be posting more of my Christmas Bonanza cards tomorrow so pop back by and check them out!


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Bonanza Day 3



I’m going to start out today with a card that I wasn’t actually very fond of to start with.  That’s because when I first created this card, it consisted of the house, plaid paper and sentiment and that’s it.  It looked really blah to me and I set it aside.  A few days later I decided to dress it up a little and added the ribbon and puffy snowflakes that I had in my stash.  It is still not one of my favorites but at least it was more presentable.



This card was a little tedious to make because the hanging ornaments were so small and hard to color.  I added one of my featured freebie sentiments offered in the month of December, and a little ribbon to finish it off.



Although you have seen this little snowman on a card before, I’ve presented him in a different way on this card.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut him out then adhered him to the front of the card with pop dots.  The snowflakes were printed and cut with the Silhouette and attached to the card with Scotch Quick Dry glue.  The snowman was colored with a mix of copics and Bic Mark-Its.  .  SAM_0252



I had the “noel” sentiment already cut out and sitting in my stash so I colored it in with a light blue copic marker and added a black matt to it.

Well, that’s it for another day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Bonanza Day 2

A few more cards to share with you today…



Don’t look too close at this one … the hand printing is horrid, lol.    The little snowman is cute, though, isn’t he.






This next card is one of my favorites.  I just love the little angel girl so much.  Coloring her was fun.  You’ll be seeing more of her on another card later. SAM_0269


I colored her wings and crown with a silver metalic marker.  Her dress, hair and the Christmas ornament were coloured with copics.

The entire image was created using my Silhouette Cameo  machine.  First I printed the image and then had the cameo cut it, leaving a medium border around it.




Don’t look too closely at this next one, either.  SAM_0250You probably can’t tell but the green flag in the middle is upside down, lol.  I cut it out and then realized that I cut the triangular tip off on the wrong end.  Nothing I could do about it since I didn’t realize it until it was already glued down on the card.  Oh well…win some, lose some, lol.





The baker’s twine is homemade using my copics and some white twine.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love this trick.  It’s easy to do and much cheaper as well!

The “joy” embellishment is a die-cut that I had in my stash.

So that’s it for now but stay tuned for more a little later on.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Start Of My Christmas Bonanza

This is a long time coming and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to share my Christmas cards with you.  Every year I make and personally hand out all my Christmas cards.  This is just the start of the many, many cards I made.  In total, I made 75 cards!  Just to give you a little idea of what it took to do that, I started making these in September.   I really had to step it up in December to get them all done which is part of the reason I was not posting often.  I duplicated some of the styles but never more than 6 of one type – I tried to keep it to 4.  In this post, I will share just a few of the many I’ve made.  Stay posted for more.


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The “Merry Christmas” in the above photo was hand printed by me.  I’ve still got a lot to learn but thought this was a half decent first attempt at adding my own hand printed sentiment to a card.


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The sentiment in the above photo is one of my featured freebies offered in December.

Stay posted to see more of my Christmas Bonanza cards.

No Friday Freebie Today…

I am the proud owner of a brand new laptop which is great for me.  However, this means that I’m not able to produce a Friday Freebie for this week due to the fact that I’m still getting it all set up and haven’t had a chance to download the software I need to create my freebies.  I’m a little concerned that my graphic programs won’t work on this Windows 8 version but I guess I’ll eventually find out, won’t I. So I hope you will forgive me … if all goes well, I will be releasing a new freebie next Friday!

Thanks for understanding :-)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Well, Christmas is over and it’s time for things to get back to some sense of normalcy – whatever that is, lol.    I woke up this morning to a virtual winter wonderland outside my front door. Now some might think this is an “aw” moment – these would be the people who think that snow is a beautiful sight -- but for me it’s more of a “ew” moment.  I could exist without snow, I really could.  I just don’t like it.  And when I woke up and saw that the plow had come down the street and blocked me into my driveway I was not a happy camper!  The only way out was to shovel my way through it.  So off I went, shovel in hand, and started removing that horrible white stuff from my path.  This wouldn’t be such a chore (okay, I’m kidding myself, it’s definitely a chore!) if the 6 other people I saw on my street weren’t happily removing their snow with snow blowers.  To be fair they have every right to do so – I mean, they did pay the $$ to have that privilege, lol, -- BUT it would be nice if, when they had finished their task, they turned to help another … namely ME, lol.   There I was, struggling to get the job done, and not one snow blowing savior came to my rescue.  But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, and, in order to get my daughter to work this morning, I had to finish the job.  And finish it I did … 2 hours later! 

Later on this afternoon, before my husband came home from work, my oldest daughter went out to shovel out a spot on the street for her dad to park in when he came home.  She’s a tiny, little thing – probably weighs about 100 lbs wet -- but she did a great job!  And I’m sure my husband will think so, too!  What a nice surprise for him to come home to!  Here are a few pictures from this oh so lovely (NOT) snowfall.




The pile of snow in the above picture was twice as high by the time she finished!


Notice the guy in the background of the above pic who came home while my daughter was shovelling.  See his nice, snow-free driveway and the can of gasoline by the garage door? He was out earlier blowing his snow and I guess he wanted to make sure that he had enough gas for next time so he went out and got some, filled up the snow blower and …. offered to help my daughter? … NO, he finished unloading his van and went in the house, lol.  Sheesh, I would have offered to pay for the gas in exchange for his help, lol.  Ce la vie.

Stay tuned for some pics of my Christmas card bonanza!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Clear It Out Challenge Continues

Week 2 of our fabulous month-long Christmas challenge continues. For all the details and TONS of prizes check it out here.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Clear It Out Blog Christmas Challenge…

The Clear It Out Blog is having a month-long challenge for the month of December.  It’s an Anything Goes Christmas challenge and below is my first card for this challenge.  The image used is by Saturated Canary who just happens to be one of the sponsors for this challenge.  She’s giving away 2 digis to the winner of this challenge.


The sentiment was made using stick on alpha letters as well as my own handwriting (which needs major improvement). 


The above image was colored with my favorite tool of choice … copics.  I used the following colors:

Skin Tones:  E000, E00 & E11
Hair: E34, E47, E57
Top & Socks: YG62, Y64, V06, V09
Tree, Buttons & Bag:  G03, G05, G07
Boots:  W0
Skirt:  B91, B93, B95
Candy Canes:  Bic Mark It –Rambunctious Red
Eyes & Lips:  B06, R29


I added a bow to finish it off and some snowflake brads to finish it off.

Hope to see you at the Clear It Out Challenge Blog where you can join us for this challenge.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Few More Christmas Cards…

I just thought I’d share another version of the First Noel card as well as a couple of other cards I’ve made this season.  500-SAM_0163

This one below was made by cutting the shape out with my Silhouette Cameo. 




Thanks for looking.