Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Year's Cheer

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends yesterday.  We had a terrific day - it was nice to relax and enjoy every one's surprise and delight with their gifts and to reflect together on the true meaning of the day - the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Today starts a new challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and my focus changes to the New Year with this fun digi from Bugaboo, our sponsor of the challenge this week.

Here's the sketch - it goes together quickly and has room for some fun embellishments and shows off your pretty papers.

Bugaboo Stamps is our sponsor of the challenge this week.  Our Grand Prize winner will receive 7 free digi stamps of their choice from Bugaboo - a very generous prize package.  Thanks to Jodi for sponsoring us with such a terrific prize.

I chose this fun digi from Bugaboo called JJ Christmas Cheers thinking it would make a perfect New Year's card.  She was colored with Copics and I used crystal lacquer on the glass to make it appear she was really in a martini glass.

You just have to see the fabulous cards the design team created this week and some of the fun embellishments they chose to dress up their cards.  Stop on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and take a peek and of course we'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week so give it a go!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year to all of you.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Little Christmas

To all my friends, family, followers and fans I wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas.

I thought you might get a chuckle out of this light-hearted, punny card I created for my wacky brother who loves a good play on words.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Mac

Happy Wednesday friends! Only less than week until Christmas and it's getting exciting now. I'm almost done with my Christmas list and so happy to have found bargains out there that extend my budget a little further!  Of course so I can get more card making supplies - right?!  Today we have a terrific sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and our monthly sponsor, Digi Stamp Boutique, with some fun images we're highlighting.

This week's sketch is another blast from the past sketch - one we've used before and a favorite of ours. This one is a quicky to put together and looks so fun for Christmas cards - kind of like packages down the side there.

Just for fun, here's my card from Challenge 141 where we originally used this sketch.  How ironic that the sponsor then was also Digi Stamp Boutique and the image I used also one of Mac the Dog!

And here's why I love Mac the Dog - because it reminds me of our own Matilda (Tillie) Mae!

Each month Digi Stamp Boutique sponsors our challenge and we're so grateful for the generous support of Sally Ann the owner.  This week the Grand Prize winner of the challenge will receive six free images from Digi Stamp Boutique!  Such an awesome prize!

Here's Mac again in his Christmas suit - he knows which Christmas stocking is his!  It's called Christmas Mac and he's adorable with the touches of sparkle. The papers used are Winter Wonderland from My Mind's Eye.

Now stop on by Sweet Sketch Wednesday and check out all the fun Digi Stamp Boutique images the design team used to create cards for your inspiration this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vintage Boa

Happy Wednesday friends! I'm officially on the vacation countdown - only three more days and I'm off until the new year begins. My Christmas shopping will go into high gear and hopefully a little more of that holiday spirit will fall upon me.  I'm a bit overwhelmed today after having college night at the high school yesterday - learning the timelines and processes of prepping my son for those college applications and decisions - yikes. Never thought it would start this early in his junior year!  But for now, I'm glad to have Sweet Sketch Wednesday divert my attention to what I love - a new challenge there today with one of our favorite sponsors - A Day For Daisies.

Here's our fabulous sketch for this week's Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge.  It's a dandy and goes together easily.  I love the layers and the circle panel for the image. I hope you'll give it a try - it's a good one for those still finishing up their Christmas cards like myself!

Our sponsor of the challenge this week is A Day For Daisies and I know that you love Tammy's beautiful images as much as the SSW design team and I do.  You'll find more than 1000 fun and whimsical images at A Day For Daisies, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!  The Grand Prize winner of our challenge will receive a $12 gift certificate to the A Day For Daisies Shop - a wonderful and generous prize!

This stunning A Day For Daisies image is called Vintage Boa and I've been longing to create with this beauty for some time - waiting for the perfect sketch to show her off.  She was colored with Copics and the gorgeous boa was brought to life with Frosted Lace Stickles.  I think it looks so fluffy and elegant with the Stickles treatment here. Some sparkly organza ribbon woven through the Nestie scallop circle and a simple glittered snowflake from an MS punch to embellish the card finish it off well.  These gorgeous snowflake papers are from Bo Bunny.

The cards created this week for your inspiration by the SSW design team really show off the breadth of image styles at A Day For Daisies. Pop on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Little Snowboy

Happy Wednesday folks! The days are just flying by right now and I'm starting to get that anxiety when my holiday shopping list isn't getting any shorter but the number of days left til Christmas is! Sigh! I know there are plenty others out there like me!  Maybe it's the lack of snow or feeling of winter.  Ironically, this snowman here on my card is the most snow I've seen yet!  This is one of those adorable images from Meljen's Designs who is the sponsor of the new challenge starting today at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Here's the sketch we're working with this week.  This one goes together quickly and has a nicely layered look when complete.  It's also a good one for those wider images.

Meljen's Designs is our sponsor of the challenge this week. We all love the sweet, dear images Melissa Jenkins creates. The Grand Prize winner will receive four non-colored digi stamps from Meljen's Designs.  You have to be in-it-to-win-it so I hope you'll join us and play along.

This Bundled Little Snowboy from Meljen's was colored with Copics and glittered up with Frosted Lace Stickles. I used Icicles Stickles (say that three times fast) for the sparkle on his hat and mitten fur along with the snow on the ground. I like non-traditional holiday colors so I used Bo Bunny Snow Day collection papers here. The snowflake strreamer across the top and the embellishment are both MS punches.

Now hop on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday for more inspiration from my design team friends and their cards created with Meljen's Design images. And please join us in the challenge fun this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Trumpet Vine

Isn't this Trumpet Vine a gorgeous image?  It's a new digi collection released today at Doodle Pantry along with several other sets.  Laurie Wilson always does a beautiful job illustrating flowers and they make such stunning cards.  This set comes with four digi papers, two pre-colored versions of the image and several sentiments.

For my card, I colored the Trumpet Vine image with Copic markers and cut out with a circle diecut with a few of the flowers and leaves overlapping. The colors match the gorgeous sparkly papers I selected from Best Creations' Fairy collection.  I added some glitter to the colored flowers to continue the sparkle onto the image.  The organza bow continues that as well.

Today's release at Doodle Pantry includes four other new digi collections plus three colorized versions of previously released digis and you can find them all at the Doodle Pantry Shop.  And for you holiday shoppers, everything in the Doodle Pantry Shop is 35% off through January 1 along with a freebie with purchase offer so don't miss this chance to stock up on your favorites and save!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Tree Toodles

Welcome back to another Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge! We have a terrific sketch and a new sponsor this week that I know you'll enjoy so let's get started...

This is a great layout that I hope you'll try this week.  Nice layering, terrific placement for the embellishment and pretty easy to put together using those pretty Christmas papers you have in your stash!

We're so excited to announce a new sponsor of our challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  That sponsor is Broken Box Stock and you're just going to love what you see there. Broken Box Stock is a fun, imaginative and unique clipart shop featuring hand-drawn illustrations and digital stamps by Wendy Sefcik.  All you cardmakers, scrapbookers and crafters of all kinds will find something you love at Broken Box Stock!

And this is what the Grand Prize winner of the challenge will receive from Broken Box Stock! The Holiday Toodles Set Printable Page that you'll enjoy all year long! I hope you'll play along with us this week for a chance to win this generous prize!

You'll find this image in the grand prize winner package.  It's called Christmas Tree Toodles and is also sold separately. I think it's darling and makes a fun Christmas card. This Toodle was colored with Copics and I applied crystal effects on the tree ornaments and star. Stickles were used for the sparkle on the tree and her outfit fluff.  The papers match her whimsical tree hat and are from Bo Bunny.

Now you just have to see all the other fun Broken Box Stock images that my Sweet Sketch Wednesday team mates created cards with to inspire you. Hop on over to SSW and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends and followers!  Today we reflect on all our blessings and give thanks for the riches the Lord has provided us. I am particularly thankful to all my followers and friends that visit me here on my blog. Here's wishing you a wonderful day!

I love this image from Sassy Cheryl's! He's called "What's Up Turkey - Noah" and he's so darn cute. I colored him with Copics and used papers from Creative Imaginations.  I'm entering this card in the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge this week #142 with a theme of Thankfulness.

And my layout was inspired by this terrific sketch from The Sketchy Challenges so I'm entering my card in that challenge as well.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the day with family and friends.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas Winston

Happy Wednesday friends! It's the end of a short week and I am truly thankful for that. I'm looking forward to a few relaxing and restful days and gatherings with family.

We're kicking off a new challenge today at Sweet Sketch Wednesday with Digi Stamp Boutique as the sponsor and this is the card I created to inspire you to join us!

First of all let's start with the sketch! This one goes together quickly and yields a wonderful look don't you think?

We welcome back Digi Stamp Boutique as our sponsor this week.  We all love the fun, whimsical images that Sally Ann offers in her shop. The Grand Prize Winner of the challenge this week will receive a generous prize of six free digi images from Digi Stamp Boutique.

I chose Christmas Winston from Digi Stamp Boutique to create my card this week. Isn't this owl hysterical! I think he makes such a fun Christmas card! I colored him with Copic markers, added crystal lacquer for dimension on the ornaments and some glitter on his hat to bring him to life. The papers are Yuletide from We R Memory Keepers and I love the Christmas color hounds-tooth pattern.

The SSW design team has some really creative card samples using Digi Stamp Boutique images. Hop on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by!