Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Greatest Gift

These are three cards I am sending that were not made from Digis.  I saw these beautiful rub-ons and just had to use them.  There is no way I could color something as beautiful as they are.  They are a vinyl rub on and they were in the glass ornament section at Michaels.  They are beautifully glittered and when I took a picture of them, they reflected the flash from the camera and the glitter looks a little grainy. But actually they are gorgeous.

I made all three of them in one hour and at this time of year, that is important.  I wanted the card to look like a present to represent the gift of the Christ Child.  The paper was from my stash that I had bought some time ago from Artful Legacy.  It is a shiny pearlescent paper.  Very soft looking.  The Ribbon was from Michaels and is a metallic mesh in light olive and gold.  To give it more color and pop, I lined the ribbon on the card with some Forest Green Cardstock.  I cut the gold and Ivory paper with my Marvy scalloped circle punches.  The stars were rub-ons from the same package.  I tied the bow and the outside was finished.  The bow is big,fluffy and wired, so the recipient will easily be able to reshape after taking it out of the envelope.  The inside sentiment is a sentiment  from PaperCraftsMagazine (Nov./Dec. 2010).  It says "May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through".

Fast with the Wow Factor.  That is what I need right now, trying to finish all my cards. I think these cards have it - do you?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Simplest of Gifts

I just had to have this stamp when I saw it.  Doesn't it just about say it all?  This card just fell into place when I first started on it.  I think it was just meant to be.  I colored it with my copics, made a pom pom for her hat out of embroidery floss and added some MS snow glitter. 

I am entering it in Sassy Cheryl's Thankful Challenge this week.  Sassy Jeni was in the thankful mood and this little image just fit right in.  If you would like to see what the Sassy girls have to offer this week and what the other entries look like, just click here.  Sassy Cheryl has some great images in her store to choose from and entering the challenges gives you the opportunity to win some.  I will warn you though, they are like potato chips, you can't get just one, you will have to have more and more.  Click here and check them out.

Thanksgiving Day 2010

I am really late in posting this week, but with good cause.  These two beautiful ladies were with us all during the holidays and I just didn't get any postings done.  What was on my workdesk on Thursday was a whole lot of yummy food and a whole lot of dirty dishes.  I think  it may be next week before all the dishes will be put back in their place.  Ha Ha

Many of the blogs I follow are talking about gettting that pretty white stuff, so I thought I would show my pretty white stuff too.   Mine is called sand and it is here year round.  My son took his daughters down to the beach while I was preparing our Thanksgiving feast and they love to take pictures, so these are a few they brought back.

Arent' they a beautiful family? God has blessed me with these girls I promise you!  But they are on their way home now, my house is empty and quiet, except for the dishwasher and the washer and dryer.  I already miss them, but Christmas is coming and they will be back!   I cannot wait.  There is nothing better than a house full of children at Christmas time, and yes even if those children have grown into those dreaded things called teenagers.

I am off now to snoop at everyone else's workspaces.  If you would like to snoop too, click here and it will take you to Sassy Cheryls' Show Me Thursday spot.  Lots of interesting stuff to be found there. 

If you are viewing this post from Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday link and want to see more pictures of my grans please click on  the three previous posts.  For some reason Blogger wouldn'tlet me post more that one picuture per post.  Sorry.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cappucciono Anyone Snowman Gift Card Holder

There is a special little lady in my life that I made this for.  It is a giftcard holder made from a Starbucks coffee hugger.  I am going to buy a Starbucks gift card and put in it for Christmas for her.  This image is one of two images that we can buy, color and enter into the challenge for the 2nd Sassy Cheryl Color Me Challenge. If we win, we will get another gift certificate to Sassy Cheryl's store.  I don't know about you, but I couldn't ever win enough gift cards to cover my "I Wants" from her shop.  Cheryl puts out two new images every Tuesday and now she is giving us two more just for the Color Me Challenge.

This gift card holder is simple and quick to make.  I colored my image, cut it out with an oval  Nestibilities.  Cut out a lavender piece of cardstock with the same Nesti, ran it through my CB using the snowflake embossing folder.  I backed the colored image with the snowflake cardstock oval.  I covered the coffee hugger with DP from the Traditions Collection by Michelle Coleman.  Punched a scalloped border and straight strip from the same lavender cardstock and glued it to the covered hugger.  I wrapped some turquoise tulle around it and tied a small bow.  Embellished with a lavender button threaded a snowflake brad through the button holes and attached it to the tulle bow.  I stamped and punched the tag and tied to the button.  The stamps are Tiny Tags and the punch is the jewelers tag punch.  Both are from Stampin UP.  Sprinkled some MS snow glitter around the snowman and I was done. 

Wanna try one for yourself ?  You can pick up this image for only $2.00 if you act by Tuesday here.  If you have any questions on covering the coffee huggers, you can email me a linjimco@sc.rr.com.  See you in the challenge.

Totally Papercrafts is having a snow challenge this week, so I entered this card in their challenge too.  Check it out here.  You can make one card and enter into two challenges.  Now how great is that?

Here is another Challenge to enter this in.  One Stop Craft Challenge this week is Snow People.  He is definelty a Snow People.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Oh Yeah

Sassy Cheryl's Digi Dance Partners looks like a little girl dancing while dreaming of something wonderful.  What could be more wonderful this time a year for a little girl than dreaming of Santa's visit and anticipating all the presents he will bring

I used my Copics to color the girl and dress.  She has her shiny tap shoes on courtesy of Glossy Accents.  I freehanded (and I am not an artist) a Christmas tree in her background using my Prisma Color Pencils and some sparkly chalk for accents and blending.  The DP is Traditions by Michelle and the card stock is SU.  I had a piece of blue foil paper in my stash that I punched out the presents and used for the accent strips.  I typed the sentiment on my computer onto white paper which I ran through the CB using the Allegro embossing folder to make it look like sheet music.  I used the circle and large scallop circle from Nestibilities.  The little green trees were punched from a very old punch which I could not identify.  Of course you see the tulle bow and a MS snowflake.  Tulle must go with Christmas, because I have used it on my last 3 projects.

The colors on the card are so much prettier in person.  I have been told I need a new camera, but I think I am going to try and build a light box like Shirley has in Tazmania.  Looks kinda easy and maybe it will give truer images for my blog.

Hope you enjoy.  If you want to play along click here, pick up a digi make a Christmas card and enter it here, and you may win a Gift Certificate from Sassy Cheryl.,  So get busy you only have until Monday night and you know you have a bunch of Christmas cards to make anyway.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday #2

Here it is Thursday again and I have a little treat for you, my nosey little peeps!  Eye Candy, yes it is.  It is my new wall paper and his name is Damon Salvatore.  Doesn't he have the absolute sexiest look?  If you have missed him, you can catch him on the CW Channel at 8:00p.m. It is my favorite show "Vampire Diaries"!  OMG, Be still my heart!

Sorry, back to the Show Me Challenge.  Damon does tend to make the mind drift.  I have been coloring lately.  I have an idea bouncing around in my head using the Sassy Cheryl Dance Partners Stamp. I have colored it in two color pallettes (one is under the other) and I am working on it for a Christmas card.  Tonight I bought the Cappuccino Anyone Snowman and I am going to make it into a Christmas card for the Color Me Challenge on Sassy Cheryl's blog.  My husband swears that I just like to sit and color.  Now tell me people, what is wrong with that?

There are my precious dear Copics, my bestest friends.  lol.  That ring of papers is Stampin Up paper swatches that a group of us got together and made.  It is the handiest tool and always at my fingertips.  We cut out rectangles of each of the SU card stocks made label stickers, punched holes and put them on a ring. 
Whenever I need to match or coordinate card stock with I just pull out that ring and it keeps me from digging in all my stash.  A real time saver.  Now I just have to update all the new colors SU introduced this year.  Sounds like an excuse for us all to get together again.  Yeah, fun time!

Well I am off to work.  I'll be back tonight to peek in on every one's craft spaces.  If you want to see what all this is about, just click here and you will be directed to Sassy Cheryl's Blog.  Grab your camera, snap a picture of whatever you are working on right now and post it.  Then do the Blog Hop thingee and see what everyone else is up to.  Lots of inspiration and Lots of Fun too.

PS You can win a gift certificate to the Sassy Cheryl Shop too!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Sassy Merry Christmas to All

Poor ole' Santa he is just pooped after delivering all those presents last night.  He was so tired, he fell asleep against this Christmas Tree ornament.   Looks like he is about to drop his magic bell onto the Polar Express.  Wonder who will be the lucky child to get the bell this year?  Hope it is me because I definitely do not want to grow up and I sure do believe!

If you like this image, it is one of Sassy Cheryl's.  It is called a Lounging Santa.  Click here and take a peek at all the digis she has to offer.  You can get this darling for $3.00 and color yourself or Cheryl can color it for you for $4.00.  Now that is a bargain you won't want to miss.  I just love her digis, because they always tell a story or bring back a memory to me.  I bet you will find a couple you just "have to have" too!

I picked up my paper at Aww Shucks scrapbook store.  It is from the I Believe collection by My Mind's Eye.  I used my copics and silver gel pen.  Santa's fur is Pearl Stickles sprinkled with a little MS glitter.  The train border and snow flake  is from Martha Stewart . I used Labels 10 Spellbinder and the calendar is one I made on my computer using Microsoft Word. I punched with an EK Success border punch to make it look like it was just torn out of a calendar. Sentiment is something I typed up on my computer and the inside sentiment says "And To All A Good Night".

I think I will send this to my Grandson Jonathan aka Fin or Finny. I am about half way finished with my Christmas Cards.  I still need to get out the recipe file and choose which recipe I will enclose this year.   Last year I put my Banana Cake recipe with some of my cards and Boy did I get yelled at for not putting it in all of them.  I won't do that again this year. 

So come on, pull out your tulle and ribbon and join Sassy Jennifer's challenge over at Sassy Cheryl.  Just click the title above and it will link you right up!  You' get a chance to win a Gift Certificate from the Sassy Cheryl store. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday #1

Congratulations to Sassy Cheryl on her new Show Me Thursday.  These snooping sessions are so much fun and I absolutely love SC images so I couldn't miss her first posting.  She even gives us a sneak peek at what she is working on for her Tuesday releases.  This one looks real yummy.  I just may have to add it to my collection.
Cheryl has a very neat desk with all these computers (I would absolutely die for). Here is my messy desk with my S-L-O-W 2003 laptop!  I am working on one of my Christmas card designs and I have an assembly line going on with them.  I will have to point out my new pride and joy.  An enabler friend of mine, I won't mention her name to protect the guilty, talked me into buying this new ATG.  Isn't it the prettiest pink baby you have ever seen?  It sure made the gluing part go a lot faster!  Besides that,  part of the money went to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer research and we should all support worthwhile charities - right?

Ahh there is my spool of green tulle waiting for my Challenge Blog entry this week.  I haven't printed the digi yet so you'll have to check back this weekend to see my card.  Oh lookeee there, an AC Moore coupon.  You see I keep it in a very safe place.  Those little darlins are VERY valuable!

I hoped you enjoyed your peek today and I am off to do some peeking of my own.  Come on and join in the fun, just click the title above and it will pop you to the right place.  Just think, you have the opportunity to be in on the very first session of Cheryl's Show Me Thursday!

Hugs,  Linda

Monday, November 8, 2010


I had been fascinated by some of the paper flowers I saw on Blogs that I visited.  Even with th 40% off coupon at Michaels and AC Moore the price was prohibitive.  It seemed like every color I saw was not the color I was working with that week.  So when I found the directions in the Winter issue of Paper Creations magazine, I was thrilled.  I went home that night and made this flower.  It was so easy and so fast too.

I cut three circles of graduating sizes, ran my Stampin UP Very Vintage roller over the card stock, spritzed it with Glimmer Mist and then I modged podged them.  I distressed and rolled the edges inward with my craft knife, glued them together and sewed a button on it.  Awesome don't you think?  The card stock is actually the red color that mats the card.  It was so much fun and really economical because you can make a flower in the exact color of cardstock you want.  (You don't have to modge podge it, but that is my current new love.

The brown line going across the card is actually grosgrain ribbon.  I liked the way it came to a point when it attached it to the card stock.  The leaves are from the SU Bird punch.  All paper is SU.

Quick and fun card to make.  Let me know what you think or any suggestions on improving.  Have a great day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I made this card for Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #36.  Jeni is the Sassy leader this week and she challenged us to use fall colors.  Little Sassy Cheryl is having a ball playing in this tub of leaves.  She is just throwing them up in the air with abandonment!  Hope she is still smiling when her Dad finds out what she did with the leaves he spent the whole morning raking up!

I cut the leaves and the basket out with my Cricut, inked them and wrinkled the leaves up then I modge podged them . I have been modge podging everything lately.  My poor Bonnie almost got it the other night when she jumped up in my lap when my fingers were full of the sticky goo.

Click on the title bar above and hop on over to Sassy Cheryls Blog Challenge and see what everyone else is doing.  You might even want to pop into Cheryl's store and pick yourself up one of her cuties and play along.  We do it every Tuesday.  You will fall in love with them, I promise!

Supplies:  Cricut Cartridge-DoodleCharms, Cuddlebug Embossing folder, Stampin UP Punch, ribbon, bow  and gems from my stash.
Paper:  Cardstock Stampin UP, DP is Earth Love by Cosmo Cricket
Inks:  Gold, Bronze inks were from Encore and Soft Suede by Stampin UP, coloring was with Copic Markers

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Good morning WOYWW friends. It is snooping time again and I am into  making those very special Christmas cards (which you can't do without singing all those wonderful Christmas Carols).  My singing is a family joke (a painful one for them) but at least my music is now on my IPOD. 

You can see some new papers I bought at Awww Shucks scrapbook store.  The stamps in the cases are some SU stamps I have been playing with.  In the background is the Inky Digits project Lisa Murphy taught us last night.  It is a set of wooden blocks inked and decorated for Christmas.  Won't these look cute on my shelf?  There's some magazines I have been memorizing, and that is about it.  I actually cleaned up the table after my weekend crafting marathon.  Check back I will post a couple of pictures of the cards I made.

If you are reading this post and think, "Linda has really lost it this time," click the title above and it will pop you onto Julia's blog.  There you will find a lot of people who are so addicted to crafting that they have to post pictures of their workspaces every week just to "feed their habit".  Come on, join in the fun.   It is an International craze.