Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

 
Hi everyone, Happy Christmas Eve to you all. As you can see I am having major blog issues and since the Holidays are upon us I won't be resolving this problem right away. I'm sure you understand. Anyway, I just would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you so much for all of your kind words of encouragement.
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Let's See Some Red and Green!

The holidays are upon us so at Meljen's Designs this week we would like to see some Red and Green on your projects for our "Holly Berries Challenge". 
For my card I decided to work with another one of Meljen's great pre-colored images. This one is called "Christmas Cocoa" and you can find it right here.
 
 
The DP is by Studio Calico, from their "Wonderland Collection". The pretty brads are by the Paper Studio. The wired ribbon I've had for quite some time, but I think I bought it at Walmart. I added some faux stitching to finish this quick and easy card up! A perfect card for this busy time of the year!
I am sure the rest of the MD team have some beautiful projects over on the Meljen's blog for you check out and get inspired by, to get you creating a great project of your own to share with us. Check it out right here.
hugs,
Nancy
 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Own Little Elf

I've been seeing so much about the cute little Elf on a Shelf. He just keeps showing up everywhere! I love the idea but hadn't been able to find one while out shopping, so I decided to make my own version! This little guy is bigger than the original Shelf Elf, but I think he is so cute. I have had the pattern for years [from an old McCall's magazine], and have made at least 100 of these little guys. [I used to be involved in a lot of Craft Shows]. I've always made them in the traditional Christmas colours of red & green. I even adapted the pattern to make it into a Santa. But believe it or not I never made one for myself! Well, it was time for that to change, he,he,he.
 
 
I purchased all of the fabrics used to make my Elf from Thrift Stores. Mostly men's shirts! The body fabric was a remnant I found at Value Village! His elfie shoes are from a pair of old brown jeans that had shrunk in the wash and were now too short.
 
 
 
While at the thrift store, I found 2 pretty wreaths filled with these Christmas berries to use on his hat and the antique jingle bell was a gift from my daughter...thanks Jazz! I added a bit of real blush to give him rosy cheeks, round button eyes and I found a piece of leather cord, on my husband's work bench, to tie around his waist. [Shh, don't tell Dan, he'll never miss it]. It took me the entire morning to make this little Elf, but I'm happy with the results and am sure this little guy has found a home at my house!
 
 
I didn't give him a mouth, wasn't sure about that part. Maybe he needs a cute little line smile. What do you think? Let me know.
Remember the new challenge is up at Meljen's Designs... it's Christmas Tags!
Blessings on your day and thank you so much for stopping by.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenges:

CRAFT - Christmas
DLART - Elf Antics [just came to life & already dancing on the dining room table!]
Crafting with Dragonflies - Christmas D├ęcor
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a Card
Love To Create - Holiday Gift/3D Project
Anything But A Card - Create Anything You Dream Up
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

***Quick and Easy Gift Tags

 
 
Good morning everyone. Did you get any of your Christmas shopping done over the weekend? If you did and you are now wondering how you will ever get all the wrapping done here are a few quick and easy tags you can whip up.
 
 
 
Here is a close up of each one:








 
To do these all you need to do is start with a tag shape. I die cut mine with a Spellbinder die but you can purchase pre- cut tags at  Staples or any stationary stores. Then I hand cut the Designer Paper,[leftover overs from my scrap box], to fit inside the tag, leaving a little border from the original tag showing around the edge. I punched a doily and a flower using another couple of dies, but you could use pre-cut ones from the dollar store if you wanted to. The sentiments are from the Meljen's Shop. You can find them right here. All I did was used Ultra Fine Tipped Sharpie Markers and a Gold Paint Pen to colour in the letters & little stars, bells, holly leaves, Christmas tree and Snowman!  I punched a hole, added a eyelet and a piece of twine in the top. You could just punch a hole and put a pretty reinforcement around it to give it a bit of added strength. {I did add a bit of ink to all the edges for distressing}.
See, told  you it was easy!
Hope this is a fun project you will try.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Bearly Mine - Christmas Sentiment
Clear It Out - Anything Goes
Songbird - Use one or more Dies

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks Challenge

 
Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful day. since it is Thursday it's time for a new challenge over at Meljen's Designs. Today we would love to see your projects depicting "Giving Thanks". When you think about it we really have so much to be thankful for. I know bad/sad things happen and try to steal away our joy continuously, but try to think on the good; family, friends, food, a place to live, clean water, clothing, health, etc., I think you will find that we do have so much to be Thankful for.
 
For my card I used one of Meljen's pre-colored images "Harvest Cornucopia" . It made this a quick and easy card. The DPs are from my scrap box. The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Michael's. The maple leaves are buttons that I cut the back off of before adhering. Some ink distressing and stitching helped to  pull this card together.
check out the great projects by the rest of the MD team right here. Hope to see you project in the link up gallery over there as well.
Blessings on you and your family.
hugs,
Nancy

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Reason for the Season


Looking forward to the weekend? I am! Even though I have to work tomorrow morning, it will be good to get a bit of time to relax later in the day and on Sunday.
Today I have a card to share with you that I made using one of the images I recently one in a challenge. I don't often work with silhouettes, but I fell in love with this one and was anxious to  use it.
The DPs are a mix from my scrap box. I added a plaid strip of Washi Tape bordered with a bit of lace. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment [in the bottom corner] is actually a piece of printed ribbon. Ink distressed all of the edges and added a simple gem stone for the star. The sketch I used is the one that is this week's challenge over at Simon Says.
Well, that's it for today. Off to a crazy night at work. It's quite interesting being a school janitor during their annual Bazaa!
Be blessed and sending you a hug,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Simon Says - Sketch
Creative Moments - Anything Goes

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wishes For A... Merry Christmas

Sorry I have been kind of AWOL lately, but I have been very busy baking lots of fun sweet treats for my granddaughter, Alanna's Annual Hot Chocolate Stand. [Alanna is 11 years old and has been fund raising for about 5 years now]. This past Saturday she was able to raise over $800 dollars for our local Out Reach For Hunger. I am so proud of her! Hope you don't mind if I share a few photos of the day's events.
Balloons & hand written sign to draw attention of passerby's

Alanna waiting on one of her many customers.

A photo of the Prize Packs.

Some of the Goodies

More Goodies!
The weather was perfect, the hot chocolate and goodies delicious and her customers extremely generous. An absolutely wonderful day!
 
So, now on to my card. A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed with a gift certificate to Eureka Stamps and this is the first card I've made with one of their adorable images.
 
 


This photo shows the removable tag on the front that has the rest of the sentiment on it.
 

 
For this card I printed out the image 5 times; once on plain white cardstock; the other 4 times on an assortment of pretty printed papers. I then coloured the Angel's face with Copic markers and fussy cut her out. Then I cut out the different parts I wanted from each of the printed ones, shaded them with ink and layered them with silicon [for dimension]. This way I was able to get the pretty print on her wings, and robes.
I used a couple of different Spellbinders' dies, a Tim Holtz's die and a Whimsy die to cut out the background, the holly leaves, flowers, the snowflake edge and the Merry Christmas sentiment on the tag.
I added some pretty lace, cording, antique pearl buttons, gross grain ribbon and lots of glitter to dress up my card. I also folder embossed the flowers before rolling up.
Loved working with this Eureka image and looking forward to working with the other ones I got!
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
Card and Scrap - Christmas Tag
A & T Emerald Faeries - Ribbon/ Lace and Bling
Time 4 Scrap - Use A Die
Sweet Stampin' - Use a Tag
Crafty Calendar - All Things Christmas
Addicted to Stamps - Dies and Punches

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New challenge at Meljen's Designs



The challenge this week over at Meljen's Designs is "In A Word", [use a 1 word sentiment]. I decided to use this Meljen's word digital image as the sentiment and focus of my circle card. For my card base I cut out the [attached at the top] circles from plain white card stock, just a touch smaller, then this pre cut DP by Little Yellow Bicycle. The sentiment image was cut out using a Spellbinder die. The flourishes and layered flower were cut using  Tim Holtz's dies. Lots of distress inking and some faux stitching too. I added a few pearls to the sentiment corners and to the flower center as well.
I have so much to be grateful for: I live in a wonderful country; I have a loving family; I serve an awesome God, who showers his blessings upon me continuously. I hope that you will take some time to reflect on the good things in your life. Maybe then you can draw a one word sentiment out of those reflections and make a project of your own to share with us on the Meljen's blog.
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenges:
Inky Chicks - Pearls and Swirls
Creative Card Crew - Pearls
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Blues
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - Embossing [dry embossing on flowers]
Simon says Stamp - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Sentiment
Crafting for All Seasons - Stitching
Delightful Challenge - Thankful
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

*** A Little Steam Punk Girl

Hi there! So glad you were able to get a few minutes to stop by and check out my blog. Today is my DT Day over at Meljen's Designs and here is the card I made to share with you. Melissa is always adding new images to the store... it amazes me how she comes up with all these cute characters! Please take a few minutes to check them out right here in the shop...you'll be so glad you did!
The image I choose to work with this month is called "Steam Punk Girl"  . She has been in the shop for a while now but I hadn't had a chance to colour her up until recently. [ My grand daughter was a Steam Punk Girl for Halloween and we used this image to create her costume!] Here is the card I came up with:
 
 
I coloured her with Copic Markers, cut her out with a Spellbinder's die and mounted her on several layers of assorted Designer papers. I used a few different dies to cut out and make the flowers, leaves, flourishes and decorative edges. Added a bit of detailing using a gold paint pen, faux stitching, ink distressing, a shimmery bow and an antique button.
Well, I hope this project was an inspiration for you to get creating and please share your work with us over at the Meljen's Design Challenge Blog, we really love seeing it!
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenge:
Digi Makeover - Lots of Layers
* Crafting When We Can - Make Your Own Flowers

Saturday, November 2, 2013

*** Merry Merry

Well, here we are into November so that means it's time to get started on making Christmas Cards. Here is one I made for my Guest Designer spot over at the Scrapping Turtle.
 


This cute little snowman die cut I have had for forever! I saw a package of them a few years ago and fell in love with them. {I am a Snowman Collector, I have over 200 of them!} Anyway, in all honesty I didn't want to use these cute snowmen on a cards because then I'd have to give them away! Yes, I was being selfish and greedy, but I have since repented {he,he,he} and am now willing to share this little guy to brighten someone else's day.
This card came together very quickly...the MME papers, doily, wooden snowflakes, pearls and stamped sentiment all worked together so nicely. I added a bit of faux black stitching which helped to tie in the snowman's black hat.
That's it for me for today. Hope I've been a bit of an inspiration to get you started on your Christmas projects.
Thanks for stopping bye.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Scrapping 4 Fun - Christmas/Holiday
Polkadoodles - Anything Christmas
* 365 Cards - Starting with an "S" -{snowman/snowflakes, stitching}
Aud Sentiment - Christmas Sentiment
Inky Impressions - Traditional Christmas
Crafting Musketeers - Pretty Pastels


Thursday, October 31, 2013

*** Scaredy Pants - Make A Halloween Card!

Happy Halloween to you. Hope all of the little ones have a fun and safe time collecting all their goodies. I really don't celebrate this holiday much more than buying some candy for my grandkids and the 3 neighbour girls...that's just part of the life of being a school custodian...gotta' work when everyone else is gone.
Anyway , here is my card for the "Scaredy Pants Challenge" at Meljen's. I think this one will go to my grand daughter, Alanna, along with a "Treat" gift card to her favourite store "Michael's"!
 
 
 
I used Meljen's cute image "Little Witch Hazel". she coloured up real quick with my Copic  markers. The DP is by MME. I added 3 of these cute little pumpkin buttons [I just cut the backs off before adhering], a couple of gem stones  and a hand written sentiment. Oh and a lot of faux stitching.
Be sure to check out the yummy "Treats" the rest of the Team has come up with right here and then share your own project with us on the Meljen's blog.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks -  Halloween
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
DRS Designs - Happy Halloween
Happy Campers - Halloween
Creative Belli - Halloween
*Creative Moments - Anything Goes - Halloween
Little Red Wagon - Halloween
Penny's Paper Crafty - Black or Bling
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Trick or Treat

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

*** Happy Halloween!

I know that Halloween is actually tomorrow but I have my post for the new Meljen's Designs' challenge ready for then and I wanted to share this Halloween card with you. Plus I didn't want to post 2 cards on the same day.  Anyway, here it is...
 
 
I decided to do a circle card and used one of Sherri Baldy's cute Besties as the focus on it. I coloured her up with my Copic Markers; notice the purple eye shadow and ponytail high-lights and glitter on her crinoline. I used an assortment of Spellbinder's dies to cut out the card base [the orange cardstock is a piece I've had forever in my leftover box!], mats, background designer papers, rick rack trim, sentiment, leaves and flowers.

 
 I actually did real stitching on this card and added lots of layers. I also used a bit of distress inking to the edges of the flowers and sentiment.
 
 
I used several gemstones, a couple of acrylic stick pin stars, black tulle [which I have had for what seems like forever!] and antique buttons as embellishments.
Well that's it for today. Hope you get a chance to stop by tomorrow and check out my card for the new challenge over at Meljen's Designs.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Bearly-Mine - Orange, Purple and Black
Clear It Out -  Halloween & Stash/ Orange
Timeless Tuesday - Plaid or Hounds tooth
Shopping Our Stash - Stitching - Real or Faux
Try It On Tuesday - Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown - Candy or Witches
2 Creative Chicks - Halloween
Lady Bug Crafts - Halloween and Die Cuts
*Scribbles Designs - Shades of Orange
Besties Challenge - Anything Goes {with a Besties}
Craft Your Passion - Halloween
The Cutie Pie Challenge - BINGO - Glitter/ Die Cut/ Card
2 Sisters - Cute and Spooky
Card Makin' Mamas - Trick or Treat
 


Sunday, October 27, 2013

*** Harvest Blessings

Hope you've enjoyed a wonderful weekend. I had a long one - 2 extra days - because of a Teacher's Convention. Enjoyed some special time with my grandkids, SIL, daughter and my husband. It's so nice to have family living close! I think being thankful is what inspired this card. 
 
 
The digital image is a wonderful freebie that I acquired from somewhere. [My filing system for digital images was non-existent. I thought I'd always remember who the generous artist was who gave the freebie; but I am finding that after you accumulate a few thousand of them, you kind of forget! But I am "working" on putting each artist's work into their own file. The key word in that statement is "working", lol]. Anyway, I coloured the image with Copic Markers, added some faux stitching around the outside, matted it with paper cut from a Spellbinder's die and adhered it with pop foam dots. I used several different DPs and some burlap to create the card base. Again I added some faux stitching. A bit of distress ink on the edges, a pretty gross grain ribbon and a digital sentiment all help to finish this card up.
Well, that it for now.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
Brown Sugar - Autumn
* Card Crafter's Circle - Autumn Splendor
QKR Stampede - Seeing Orange
Sister Act Card - Anything Goes
Craftin' Boutique - Anything Goes
DRS Designs - Plenty Of Pumpkins
Inspired By Stamping - Embossed Edges
365 Cards - Harvest
 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Give Thanks

 
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by today. I've got a card to share with you that I made as Guest Designer over at The Scrapping Turtle. This card was brought together by using one of the fun sketches Bev provided for us. I loved doing this card because I was able to use up a lot of bits and pieces of scrap paper! I used my Creative Memories Circle cutting system and a Spellbinder's Die to cut out the shapes. The sentiment is a rubber stamp that I bought at Michael's. Lots of ink distressing and a bit of twine finished this card off quite nicely I think. What do you think?
Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind, encouraging comments.
Hugs and blessings on your day,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Fashionable Stamping - Make a Card
Sunday Stamps - Bright Fall
Totally Gorjuss - Use String
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Autumn - not Halloween

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Trick or Treat

Hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday evening. We had a fun afternoon celebrating our eldest grandson's 10th birthday. My, he is growing up so fast! 
I'd like to share a card with you that I made featuring a Tiddly Inks digital image. I printed her off fairly big and then cropped her off close to focus on her face.
 
 
 
I coloured her with my Copic Markers. The DP's are left over pieces from other projects. I think most of them are by MME. I cut the image and matt out using a Spellbinders' Die, Added lots of faux stitching, a stamped sentiment and 2 gem stone spiders. 


[Gem stone Spiders]
 
This was a fun and easy card to make up.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
2 Sisters - Halloween Colors
Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Di's Digi Designs - Colors of Halloween
Tiddly Inks - Creepy Cute
Card Makin' Mamas - Trick or Treat
Delicious Doodles - Non Spooky Halloween
Digi Haven - Halloween
QKR Stampede - Halloween Fun
Simply Create Too - Halloween
Totally Papercrafts - Too Cute To Spook


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Peek-A-Boo Challenge

 
When I saw that this week's challenge over at Meljen's Designs was "Peek-A-Boo" I didn't even associate it with Halloween and went off on my merry way and made this card. Now, I'm thinking maybe I should have gone with a Trick or Treat theme but, oh well, I didn't and that's just the way it goes. So here is my card:
 
 
I have lots of birthdays to make cards for so I went with that theme. Here is a picture of the hidden message on the pull out tag.

 
The image is called " Party Time Cat" and it was pre-colored, which made this a quick card to make. The tag was a pre-cut shape from Staples that I just stamped with a sentiment, matted a couple of times and added an eyelet to. A couple of pretty buttons and lots of stitching are the only embellishments I used. The DP is by MME.
I am sure the rest of the MD Team have lots more great inspiration for you over on the MD blog, so head on over and check them out. I'll be looking for your take on this challenge in the linked up projects over there as well!
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Ruby's Rainbow - Button It
Card and Scrap - Anniversaries/Birthdays/Weddings, etc
Card Mania - Pastel colours
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute and Tagtastic
 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Hope

Yesterday, here in Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving Day. I have to say that I am so thankful that I have Hope. Hope, that even when everything around me seems out of control and hopeless, I know without a shadow of a doubt that in the end all things will work out right for me. How can I have this Hope you ask; because I truly believe the words of this beautiful hymn: "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus'  blood and righteousness". I believe that Jesus is the Creator, Author, Sustainer, Redeemer and Lord of not only me but all that exists, and even though we can mess things up sometimes [ big time], I trust that because I have put my hope in Him, He will see me through. That's not saying everything in my life is a "bed of roses', but that I don't have to get down [and stay down and go deeper down] when unpleasant things happen  that affect me and those around me. I have to admit I don't see how anyone can survive in this world without hope. [I don't think I last a day]. I pray that you have/will find this same hope.
Let me share this simple card with you.
 
 
The DP was gift from my daughter, Jasmine. I used some musical Washi Tape to divide up the card. The layered flowers were cut using a Spellbinders' die, distress inked and given a pearl center. The circle and butterfly were cut using Memory Box dies. The lyrics sentiment was simply computer generated. Here are a couple of close up shots:


 
Thanks so much for stopping by and may you find yourself truly blessed today.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
ooh-la-la Creations- Things with Wings
Totally Gorjuss - Things with Wings
Cards Galore - Flowers


Sunday, October 13, 2013

*** A Stationary Set

Hi there! Hope your weekend has been wonderful. Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving Day tomorrow so we get an extra day off from work. I love long weekends!
I'd like to share with you a Stationary Set I made using this tutorial from SCS , it took a bit of time [an afternoon] but I think it was well worth it and I think I will attempt another, maybe using some Christmas Papers.
 
 
The box has a removable top that allows the front of the box to fall open.

 
Inside the box holds 3 cards with matching envelopes, 3 - 3x3 gift cards, 3 tags, an address book, a place for stamps and a pen. I think this would make a lovely birthday gift.  

 
I used only 2 full pieces of paper [12x12], {1 cardstock & 1 DP}. The rest are just scraps from the leftover box. Heavy paper is a must. I used an assortment of dies, ribbon, buttons, punches and rubber stamps to embellish and decorate the box. The cards feature a free digital image by A Day For Daisies.
I know it probably looks like this was hard to do but in all actuality it was quite easy, just a lot of pieces to cut, score and adhere. Like I said I will definitely be making a few more of these because I am so pleased with the outcome.
Well that's it for today.
Hugs to all,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
*Crafting With Dragonflies - Make a box and 3 cards
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Dream Valley -Buttons
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Paper Creator's Crafts - Punches and Dies


Another Attempt At CAS [clean and simple]

Happy Sunday morning to you. Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful day. I am! I'm in charge of childcare at Church today and we are going to make a fun Thanksgiving Day craft and have a special treat during snack time. I love hanging out with our little ones...they are such a great group of kids!
Since it is Sunday, that also means there is a new challenge up at the Scrapping Turtle and here is my Guest Designer project for the CAS challenge.
 
 
I think I like this one better that the one I did a few weeks back. It just seems cheerier and brighter. I think it helps that I used a striped piece of DP [ from my leftover scrap box] as the card base. The flowers were cut by using a Spellbinder Die. I used these pretty little floral printed buttons for their centers. The decorative edge was cut using a Memory Box Die. { I own an pre owned original red Sizzix, a Grand Caliber  and {won} a Big Shot, and I use all three all the time! All three are so great for die cutting and folder embossing. If you don't have one I recommend you get one...you won't regret it]. The sentiment is a rubber stamp. Again I did a bit of faux stitching to tie this card together and finish it up. Sure do hope you will play along with us. Check it out right here.
 
If you are a fellow Canadian I'd like to wish you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. Hope get to enjoy the day with family and friends and have lots of turkey and pumpkin pie. For the rest of you non Canadians be blessed anyway!
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
CAS on Sunday - Get Well Soon
That Craft Place - Think Pink
Dream Valley - Buttons
Hiding In My Craft Room - Super Scraps
CAS-ual Fridays - Stitches


Friday, October 11, 2013

*** Christmas Joy

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by. Today I would like to share with you an easel card I made featuring a Tiddly Inks digital image that I just bought; Winter Wryn.  I coloured her with my Copics and then fussy cut her out and attached her with a triple layer of foam squares to make this winter scene.
 
 
I used a Spellbinder's die to cut out the main white parts and used them as the base for this rectangle easel card. I matted them and formed the easel back with a cranberry coloured cardstock. I then traced the inside of the same die on to first a red printed DP [the wall] and a wood look DP [the floor] and adhered them to the center. I used a different die to cut the scalloped baseboard. Another die was used to cut out the window. I adhered a piece of snowflake DP the back of the window and then attached it to the easel front with foam squares. I used a Sizzix die to cut out the Christmas tree and another Spellbinders to cut out the pine bough branches. The big snowflakes were made using a Martha Stewart punch. I added a twine bow and button to the center of the pine boughs, lots of glitter to the snowflakes and a wooden star, some faux snow, "gem bulbs" and a hand cut pot to the Christmas tree.
 
 
I added a couple more die cuts to the base of the card and then mounted a free digital sentiment which I punched out with a circle punch to the center with more foam squares.

 
This card was a lot of fun to make, especially watching as all the pieces came together.
Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
* Craftitude - Anything Goes plus something beginning with S [snowflakes]
Crafts Too Challenge You - A Christmas Scene
Fairytale - Bingo [snowflakes/winter/gemstones]
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Stampi' For The Weekend - Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stampers - Sparkle and Shine
Tiddly Inks - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's - Anything Christmas



Thursday, October 10, 2013

*** Whoop, Whoop! I'm Guest Designer over at Color Dare!

A few weeks back my  CAS card won the challenge over at Color Dare and my prize was a "Guest Designer" spot for their challenge this week. What a great honour! Thank you Marie and the rest of the Color Dare Team for granting me this privilege. I hope you like my project.
So, this week, over at Color Dare, the DT's would like to see you use "Cranberry plus One Other Color" on your project. [neutrals are also allowed]. Here is the card I came up with: 
 


Since here in Canada we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day this weekend I decided to do a card using that as some of my inspiration. Along with the Cranberry coloured card stock I used a Hunter Green, an Ivory and a piece of DP [ the poppies], all from my scrapbox! [love when that happens!]. As you can tell I used a few different dies; some Memory Box, some Spellbinder, and some Sizzix. I also used 2 different folder embossers. I hand stitched [using 3 strands of cranberry coloured embroidery floss] around the center die cut. I used the same floss to attached the sentiment label. The sentiment is a clear stamp by Inkadinkadoo, which I stamped using a cranberry coloured ink.
I'd like to thank you for stopping by today and hopefully you will take a minute or two to check out what the Color Dare Challenge Team have come up with over at their site. Hopefully you will even be encouraged and inspired to play along with us.
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenges:

C.R.A.F.T. - Autumn/Halloween/ Thanksgiving
Happy Campers - Show Us Your Flowers
Divas By Designs - 3 or more Layers
Little Red Wagon - Thanksgiving
* Perfect Sentiment - Layered Thanksgiving
Simon Says Stamp - No Digi - must Stamp

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

For You, With Love

 
 
Good Tuesday afternoon to you all. It's turned out to be a beautiful sunny day here in SW Ontario! I love sunny days, they just make even hard days that much easier to get thru.
Today I'd like to share a card I made featuring one of the adorable Tiddly Ink digital images. I love these images...they are all just so cute! I used Copics to colour her up  with. The DPs used are leftover pieces from other projects. I've used 5 different dies on this card. Most are by Spellbinder, thought the fancy edge is a Memory Box die.  I am trying to use up the ribbon, flowers and buttons in my leftover jars so this card has a modge podge of them for embellishments. Here is a close up:
 
 
The sentiment is by Stampin' Up.  I added some ink distressing and faux stitching to finish this card up.
Hope you have a blessed day. Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Tiddly Inks - Anything Goes
Anyone for Anya - Monochromatic
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Buttons

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Keep It Square at the Scrapping Turtle

 
Hi there. This month I have the pleasure of being Guest Designer over at the Scrapping Turtle. Today I'd like to share with you a card I made for the "Keep It Square" challenge going on over there. [Hope you'll join in and play along.]
The digital image is by A Day For Daisies. I coloured it with my Copic Markers. The DPs are all "oldies but goodies"from my scrap box. I used several different Spellbinder Dies to cut out the corner flourish, the leaves and the layered flower.  Lots of faux stitching and a bit of line work on the leaves. I also used some Washi Tape to create the flat ribbon ends along the bottom of the image.A single button  for the flower center helped to finish this card up. 
Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you will take a minute or two and head over to the
Scrapping Turtle to check out what their talented DTs came up with.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:

A Day For Daisies - Flowers
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Flower
365 Cards - Square Card plus at least 2 more squares on project
Sister Act Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting By Design - Anything Goes
The Stamping Chef - Stitching
Just Inspirational - Bingo [square/3DPs/flowers}
Oldie But A Goodie - Bingo [stitching/flowers/die cuts]
The Scrapbooking Queen - Anything Goes
 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

*** So Glad You Stopped By.

Today is my DT Day over at Meljen's Designs and so I'd like to share with you a Halloween card I made for my Mom. My Mom is 80 years old, but she is a "Young Girl in a Great Grandma Body"! Mom loves to be around people and looks forward to any opportunity to have some fun. Halloween has always been one of her favourite holidays...she has always dressed up in a costume just to hand out candy and she loves seeing all the little children in their costumes; she even buys a disposable camera to take their pictures! This past year Mom has moved into an apartment building that doesn't allow "Trick or Treaters" and that has made her a little sad. So to brighten her day I thought I send her this card along with a box of her favourite chocolates.
 
 
 
Here is a close up shot to show how I raised up the Pumpkins using foam squares.

 
 
What do you think? I'm thinking this will bring a smile to her lovely face.
The DPs are by Bo Bunny and the sentiment is a rubber stamp I got at Michael's [in the $ Bin]. I added some faux stitching and some distress inking to the edges. The 3 small pumpkins are actually buttons. The digital pumpkin images are of coarse by our talented Melissa and you can find them right here in the shop. The frighten one is called "Surprized Pumpkin" and the other one is a new image called "Top Hat Pumpkin". Both of these images were fun and easy to colour up. I also used a Tim Holtz's die [along the bottom edge] and a Whimsy Stamp die [around the sentiment]. A pretty orange gingham bow helps to tie this card all together.
Well, that's it for me for today. I hope you have a blessed week and don't forget about our Meljen's "Sketch Challenge" going on right now...we'd love to see your take on it.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
2 Creative Chicks - Halloween
Imagination Crafts - Halloween
Bearly Mine - Halloween
Sarah Hurley - Halloween
My Heart Pieces - Halloween
Cute Card Challenge - Signs of Distress
Crafty Ribbon - Anything plus Ribbon
* Craftin' Boutique - Halloween
 

Time For A Sketch Challenge!

 
Hope you are doing great today and that you are feeling up to a great challenge! Starting today, Meljen's Designs would like you to create something featuring this sketch:
 
Fun huh! I love all the layers! Here is what I came up with:
 
 
I decided to make a "Thanksgiving Day" card because I live in Canada and we celebrate this wonderful holiday in October. For the image I picked "Teddy Pilgrims" and coloured them with my Copics. I don't own a really big pretty die [and I didn't trust my shaky hand to cut out a nice shape], so I used this pretty "pre-cut" shaped DP by Little Yellow Bicycle, which I have had for at least a year! I did use a couple of Spellbinder Dies to cut out the image and it's matting and the flowers,[again using papers that I've had forever!]. It's kinda hard to tell from the picture but I folder embossed the cardstock base of the card. I added a few gem stones to the flower centers and some silver paint pen to the buckles on the bear's hat and shoe. I cut a strip of glittery paper and adhered it along the bottom.
For more inspiration and to enter your card in the challenge head on over to the Meljen's Blog.
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenges:
Crafting By Design - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Blue as main color
The Stamping Chef - Stitching
Turtle Soup -  Crash Your Stash [use 2 papers that are at least 1year old]
Creative Craft Challenge 2 - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Use 2 different Die Cuts
Oldie But A Goodie - Bingo [ flowers/ stitching /die cuts ]
Just Inspirational - Bingo [flowers/gems/vintage]