Monday, December 31, 2012

My Fave Mo's Card for 2012

I know it's late, but I decided to play over at Mo's Digital  Challenge this week.  They want us to show our favorite 2012 card created using a Mo's image.  This one is called Tom and Tilly and you can get it here.  I loved this very special couple, because they remind me of my sweet husband and myself.  (\If any of you guessed the backsides were the reason, you would only be partially right.)

In July Jimmy and I celebrated another wedding anniversary.  We were very young when we got married, but so in love and headstrong.  Here it is 46 years later and I still feel so safe and protected when he puts his arm around my shoulders and I rest my head on his shoulder.  This image kinda says it all for me.

I'll take this time to wish you all a very Happy New Year.  I hope it is a healthy, happy and creative one for all of you.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Flower Soft Class

Flower Vase Card
DP-Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection; Ribbon form my stash; SU Ornament Punch , Gold Edging- Elizabeth Crafts;  Flower Soft - Christmas Green, Strawberry, Sweat Pea, Summer;  sentiment stamp-SU, Edge punch - MS, pearls from my stash

Tree Card
Materials Used:  Friskars Cloud Punch; Sizzllix Embosslits Beautiful Wings;  SU Pendant Park Tree Stamp and Hello Stamp; Heather and Shamrock Flower Soft; DP Heidi Grace-Forever Love//Happily Ever After  

Tea Cup Card
DP - Creative Imaginations, Samantha Walker Collection, Blue Pansies, Bo Bunny Dot paper, Doily, pearls and ribbon from my stash; Quilled flower made with Quilled Creations Wildflowers Quilling Die,  Medium Teacup Stamp from Sweet Impressions Stamps; Flower Soft is Ocean, scalloped circle is SpellbindersLarge Scalloped Circle Die.

Inside View of Tea Cup Card
Sentiment is a stamp I have had for ages and do not know the manufacturer; DP is Bo Bunny and the tea bag is from Lipton.                                                                       

Raeann the owner of our LSS, Scrapbooks By the Sea asked me to teach a class using Flower Soft.  I have to admit that my favorite use for Flower Soft is using it for snow scenes and white fur on winter coats but I was in the mood to make a Spring card.   I tried to show some of the many uses for Flower Soft so I have created three entirely different scenes.  Flower Soft is very versatile and easy to use.  It really adds dimension and interest to your cards or scrapbook pages.

So if you are not doing anything on January 24, 2013 come on over and join us.  Pish Posh if you are worrying about the distance, just hop on that plane and come on down for some warm beach weather.  If you need assistance with hotel accommodations, just give me a call.

Hugs, my crafty friends,


Challenges I will be entering this in are:

Sassy Cheryls Show Me Thursdays
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Crafty Card Makers - Inspired By A Song
The Pink Elephant Challenge - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Snowman Tags

They are loving Snowmen over at Sassy Cheryl Challenge this week.  Well, could that be because she draws some of the most spectacular snowmen around?  Yep, she sure does.

I was finished with my cards for this year but needed to make some gift tags.  So I printed out this darling little snowman called "Merry Winter Snowman Bulb Stamp".  I cut them out and glued them to a large scalloped circle (SpellBinders) cut out of pink glitter paper.  The paper is thicker so it is perfect for a tag.  I used Copics to color them all in pastels.  One is blue, one pink and one violet.  The pink one came out pretty pale, (naughty camera) so you can't really tell but it shows up beautifully IRL.  I used a bit of Stickles on the hangar for a bit more bling.  You know you just can't get too much bling at Christmas.  Red and green ribbons will be tied in bows to decorate the gifts perfectly.

I am just about ready for Christmas.  All the children and grans will be here to celebrate with the Kahuna, Momma and me this year.  My daughter and I have been baking up a storm so looks like elastic waist pants again this Christmas.  Tomorrow I will finish up the deserts with Cherry Yum Yum and Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding and some Snowball Ice Cream treats.  The Kahuna takes over the kitchen on Christmas Day.  He will be cooking our feast and I will be handing him things, wiping up and washing the dishes.  Sounds like I got the worst end on the deal.  NO WAY,  You should taste his meals.  MMMMMM, he was a chef IRL you know.

Have a Safe, Happy and Blessed Holiday!    Muwah!

Challenges I will post to:

Sassy Cheryls' Loving Snowmen
Make It Monday- Anything Goes

Monday, December 10, 2012

Always Always Believe

Hey Ho, look at me.  I made a card with no foam tape, no buttons and no ribbon.  It is incredibly flat and easy to mail!  This has to be a first with me.  What I liked about it, is that it is still layered enough to be interesting and has lots of dimension.

The precious digi is from my incredibly talented friend Kimberly Hecker of Oak Pond Creations.  She named this guy, "Say What Snowman".  You can get him here.  While you are over there pop in and see all the other wonderful drawings Kim has done.

I printed the snowman once on white paper and once on the green checked paper. I then fussy cut the snowman out of the white and the trees out of the plaid.  I colored the snowman with Copics and had the card almost finished when my darling little snowman developed a nose bleed.  Tragedy struck.  I grabbed the  tissues and tried to clean up the mess but was a fatal bleed and the poor guy didn't make it through my surgery.  Well I printed him again, colored him up and this is his twin brother Harvey.  Harvey wanted to remember his departed brother so I cut the hat off and plopped it jauntily on Harvey's head.

The sentiment is a clear dollar stamp from Michaels or AC Moore, the snowflakes are a punch from Recollections, Green Plaid Paper is from Authentique and the Red DP is from the Dear Santa collection from My Minds Eye.  Finished up with some Stickles and wahlah it is complete.  Fast and Easy (minus the surgery time) but I still think he is kinda cute.  How about you?

Entering this in:

Make It Monday - Anything Goes
PaperPlay Challenges - Christmas is Coming
Deep Ocean Challenges - So This Is Christmas
Charismacardz Challenges - Christmas
Kaboodledoodles Challenge-Use-Color-Red

Saturday, December 8, 2012

What A Mess!!!!

My husband, the Kahuna, gave me a lecture today about making a mess in the kitchen when I cook.  It started out something like this: " When you cook you lay everything down instead of putting it away immediately.  You butter toast and get crumbs on the counter.  You do the same thing when you scrap.  You make a big mess and then have to spend all that time cleaning it up.  Linda, I know you are a good cleaner, but I just hate to see you put yourself through all that.  Why can't you be more like me.  I never make a mess".

Well I apologized and said I would try to do better in the future.  Just like an obedient little girl should.  But under my breath I was saying something else.  Then I looked at the picture of my workspace yesterday when I was making my White Christmas card.

Hmmmmm, I hate it when he is right.

Entering this in the Sassy Cheryl SMT Challenge.  Come on chicken, show me what your space looks like.  I have to make cookies tonight and I do have a problem with flour.  I feel another "talking to" coming on.

Friday, December 7, 2012

White Christmas

Sassy Jackie is the hostess over at Sassy Cheryl's this week and she is "Dreaming of a White Christmas".  I love a white challenge, because it really is a challenge for me.  I have studied all the inspirational cards those Sassy ladies provided and decided that it is layers and texture that make a white card so spectacular.  This is my third attempt at a white card and I really think I like it.

I had a different image in my mind, but I have misplaced my Cricut cutting pad so I had to rethink my layout.   (I cleaned up and reorganized my work space and it has magically disappeared..)  Originally I planned to use a Christmas tree to give the elf something to hang his ornaments on.   I used Spellbinders. embossing folders, Sissix dies, a crimper and punches to achieve this look.  Lots of pop-up tape too.  Look closely and you will see some Glossy Accents, Stickles and Flower Soft too.

I hope you are at least in the middle of your Christmas To-Do list at the time of this post.  I wish people would rest a bit more and not let alll the "nice" things you do this Christmas  cause you stress and a poo-pooey mood.  It kinda takes the fun out of the season for you and those around you.  Sit back, have a cup of cocoa and let the elves take over for you.  After all, they have the magic.

Entering this in Sassy Cheryl's 144th Challenge - Dreaming of a White Cristmas.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Away In The Manger

Boy did I have fun with this one.  I made it for the 4 year old granddaughter of my bestie friend Jeri.  She wanted something whimsical with a religious theme for her Christmas card.  Now little girls and whimsy are just too fun for me.

The stamps are from Recollections and they are a clear cling stamp.  I received them from my Inky Digit pal Betty Podel for Christmas last year and I had never inked them.  Out came the stamps, Copics, Stickles and gems and this is the result.  Quick and oh so fun.

Gotta keep this quick. I am on my way to my Inky Digits Christmas party.  It is a covered dish and I am bringing Acorn Squash Soup and Sausage Balls.  If I don't hurry up and get this food out of the house, I won't have any left to take.  The Kahuna is in his hunger mode.  LOL

Take care, thanks for stopping in and happy crafting.

Tis the season, you know!

Challenges I am entering this in:

Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday Challenge