Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Favorites July- December

Back to finish up the post of my favorite cards for this year :)

I hope you all have a wonderful night and please, be safe and smart. If you are drinking DO NOT DRIVE. It's not worth it.

 I wish everyone all the best for 2013!


Ok, I couldn't pick just one. These 2 are my favorites. I love the images and the colors!


It was between this card and a Christmas one and I decided to choose this card. I like how simple it is, yet it also looks elegant at the same time. I don't do a lot of wedding or anniversary cards so I was happy this one came out nice.


On this card I tried the starburst technique for the first time and had a fun time with it. I also used the last of my stash of Spice Cake DSP. Why oh why couldn't SU have put this in the catalog!


Moose. My favorite thing ever. Of course I would love a card with a moose on it LOL



I love the yellow and black and just how CAS this card is.

And finally, December:

I just love this card I recently made. It's not something I would normally make but I am just so proud of how it came out!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My 2012 Favorites January- June

At the end of Dec. of 2011 my friend Rita over at Rita's Creation made a post about her favorite cards that she had made that year. I loved the idea and followed suit. Tonight I was checking Blogger and lo and behold, who is posting about her favorite cards again but Miss Rita and I went ohhhh yeahhh, lets do that again! So tonight I'll post Jan-June, the cards I made that really made me happy.


Yep, it's got a moose on it AND it's a Christmas card, my two favorite things. I just love the paper I used and the texture. I am definitely going to make a similar card to this in 2013 for my Christmas card stash!

This card was created using a color challenge from The Paper Players and a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and I just loved the color combo. This was a great sketch to let the DSP and simple sentiment take center stage.


Ohhhh this was a tough one for me to choose, as there were a couple cards for March that I was really pleased with. I finally decided to go with this one. I love the colors, how the quilted technique came out, etc. My SIL ended up buying this card and sending it to her mom shortly after they lost their grandma/mom, as butterflies were loved by her. Made me feel good that in a small way I could help bring some comfort to them during a time of loss.


This was another tough choice for me, it was another month of cards I was really happy with, but I decided to choose this one. I like the colors and papers I used and I like how CAS it is.

Another CAS choice for the month of May. I love the black and yellow together and the simple sketch lets the image take center stage.
I'm going with a Christmas card for June. I love the colors, the layout...just everything about how this card come together.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wonderful You

I recently received an order for 5 cards. I posted one of the cards the other day, and here is another one I made for the set. My friend wanted a specific "thinking of you card"(which was the moose one I created) and anything after that was my choice. I decided to go with a general "wonderful you" card and this is what I came up with.

I normally dont do vintage very well but I think this card came out pretty vintage looking and I must say, I really love how this card came out! I just know my friend is really going to love it also.

The main image panel is popped up with dimensionals as is the sentiment section. The edges of all the paper has been sponged with Soft Suede except for the main image panel, I sponged that with Pool Party.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Apothecary Art, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla, Attic Boutique DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacey Brocade EF, Framelits Labels, Aquapainter, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snowflakes for Friday Mashup

Did everyone have a good holiday? We had a great time opening gifts Christmas morning, and then we went as a family and volunteered at a big dinner held in Wasilla called the Friendship Dinner. It was our first time volunteering at the dinner and we had a blast! We met a bunch of new people and I was wished "Merry Christmas" more times that day then in my whole life, and I loved it! We agreed as a family that we'll definitely be doing it again next yr.

I'm still on vacation so I've been lounging around the house since Christmas Day and got today's Friday Mashup card all done. I have to say that the challenge....using snowflakes and the colors provided....had me using a few not-so-family friendly words. Not because its a bad challenge but because we have almost NO snow here! We were supposed to get snow on Christmas Day but had high winds instead, and that causes a drying effect in this area. Last winter we had the snowiest winter on record and I guess we're being punished for that this year :/

The challenge comes from Amanda and like I mentioned above, we are to use snowflakes and the following colors: Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Whisper White and Basic Black. I had a bit of a time incorporating the black and then decided to use it in the form on ribbon on my sentiment piece. The sentiment panel is popped up with dimensionals and in person stands out quite nicely, it doesn't look blended with the paper like it does in the picture.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup and check out all the other great projects from the rest of the design team and then play along with us!

  1. Make a project using "Snowflakes".
  2. Or Make a project with the colors Whisper White, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, and Basic Black
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Snowflake Project with the colors Whisper White, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, and Basic Black".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Snowflake Soiree, Lighthearted
Paper: Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse, Pool Party
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Apothecary Accents, Basic Black Ribbon, sponge, dimensionals

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Moose Love

I had a some free time on Christmas Eve to get some stamping in and decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. A friend of mine asked me to make a set of cards for her, with one of the cards going to a friend of hers who is having a bit of a rough time. She said an Alaska themed card would be nice, and the friend likes pink and girly designs, so I decided to use a moose image with some Regal Rose and Early Espresso. I sure hope my friend likes it, and that the card will  bring some comfort to her friend when she receives it.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Moose You(retired), Small Sayings (retired)
Paper: Early Espresso, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Regal Rose DSP, Early Espresso DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Early Espresso
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circles, Swiss Dots EF,  SU Itty Bitty Banners dies, rhinestones, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to all of my blogging friends, I wish you all a day of love and peace!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

School Colors for Thank You

It seems like forever since I blogged on here about a card! 'Tis the season for constant motion and little stamping time I guess.

My daughter recently took part in a fundraiser at school to help raise money for the senior prom. Although she graduated early on Dec.20th, she will still be attending prom at the school and taking part in student govt activities throughout the remainder of the school yr.  Anyway, for the fundraiser she had to sell Krispy Kreme donuts, 15.00 for a box of a dozen. We have no Krispy Kreme in Alaska, they were shipped up same day from Seattle. Her and I took to our Facebooks and thanks to very generous friends and family she sold $555.00 worth of donuts for the fundraiser! She sold more than any other student and won a pair of prom tickets and 2 free yearbooks!

When we delivered the donuts to folks on Friday we gave them these thank you cards that I created to represent her school....the school colors are black and red and they are the Houston Hawks. They were a big hit and my daughters student government advisor actually ordered some for the school to use, so that made me feel pretty good.

Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Silent Night for Merry Monday

I created another card for the Merry Monday Year in Review Challenge. This time  I used the very first sketch, as I didn't start participating in the challenge until the 3rd or 4th sketch I think. I am also going to link this up over at the Jingle Belles blog.

I cant stress how much I love the Evergreen set, and this tree formed with the lyrics to 'Silent Night' is just SO pretty, I love using it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Evergreen
Paper: Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Candlelight Christmas DSP
Ink: Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Oval and Scalloped Oval, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Lacy Brocade EF

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Going Back for Merry Monday

Even though the Merry Monday blog is on hiatus until the New Year they've left a link open so we can go back and use any past Merry Monday sketch. I decided to use a fairly recent one that I remember thinking might be a bit challenging for me.

Banners seem to be all the rage right now but I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of them. That's why when I first saw this sketch I thought uh-oh, I don't know if I can do this LOL For this card I used some retired DSP I had called Ski Slope, I really like the colors in it. I did some paper piercing along the bottom decorative edge and to help keep the white from looking so plain I embossed it with the Swiss Dots EF.

I'm also going to link this up at the Jingle Belles blog. They are also on hiatus but are leaving a link up for any Christmas or winter projects.

Thanks for stopping by, hope everyone is having a great day! It's supposed to snow here later day, finally!!

Supplies used (all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Welcome Christmas, Jolly Bingo Bits, More Merry Messages (inside sentiment, not pictured)
Paper: Naurals White, Old Olive, Ski Slope DSP
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Evergreen Sketch for Friday Mashup

It's time for another Friday Mashup! This week Erica is bringing us a fun sketch, and she is also asking for us to include some bling on our project.

I went with another Christmas card, using the Evergreen set. I just love the images in that set! For the bling I went small and just added a small star in some of the red shimmer paper.

Make sure you head over to the Friday Mashup blog to check out the other great projects from the rest of the design team, and play along with us!

(It's really late here, I'll get details for the card added tomorrow!)

  1. Make a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Or Make a project with some "Bling".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "project with the Sketch showing some Bling"!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Snowmen

I've got another busy week ahead so I tried to squeeze in a few challenges today. For this card I played along with The Paper Players, Dynamic Duos and Jingle Belles.

The Paper Players have a theme challenge going on, and its snowmen. I love snowmen and I am hoping that making snowmen cards right now will help Mother Nature actually bring snow to my area! It's southcentral Alaska....and we're under a red flag(fire) warning! We've had more grass fires the last 4 days then we had all summer, its pretty scary. So here you go Mother Nature, how can you resist these happy snowmen? I know I sure cant!

The colors come from the Dynamic Duos, which is to use Certainly Celery and Real Red. In the image I used a very small touch of orange for the noses but other than that the images uses only CC and RR, with a touch of neutral(Crumb Cake). I also added some Dazzling Details to help the scene stand out a little more.

Last but not least....over at the Jingle Belles blog the challenges are done until Jan.1st but they still wan us to link up any Christmas cards or winter cards in the meantime!

(if the sketch looks familiar it was recently a challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches and I just love it, very versatile!)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Frosty Friends, More Merry Messages
Paper: Certainly Celery, Real Red, Whisper White, Wintergreen DSP (retired)
Ink: Black StazOn, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Only Orange (retired)
Accessories: Certainly Celery ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Oval Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gifts for Friday Mashup

Hello Friday Mashup fans! Lisa here with this weeks challenge for you. This time of year I'm knee deep in 3 kids have birthdays in Nov, Dec and Jan, plus my husband and MIL have December birthdays, and then add Christmas to the mix. Since I'm so busy giving gifts I thought we could make that our challenge. You can choose to make a project using this gorgeous photo of winter gifts or you can create a gift project. What does that mean exactly? Create tags that could go on a gift, or maybe a gift card holder...anything that can be used on or for a gift! Of course you can also mash it up and create a gift project that uses this fantastic photo for inspiration!
For my project I made a gift tag holder. Unfortunately I didn't get any tags made and I havent had time to upload pics of the inside. I hope to do that in a little bit. I also spaced the photo inspiration part of the challenge. Pretty good for my own challenge huh? ROFL

As always, thanks for playing along with us and I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! Make sure to head over to the Friday Mashup blog!
  1. Make a project using "the inspiration photo".
  2. Or Make a"Gift project".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "project for a gift using the inspiration photo above".


Monday, November 26, 2012

Gingerbread and Hot Chocolate Dreams

I had 4 days off for the Thanksgiving holiday and I didn't get ANY stamping done that entire time, can you believe it? Time to start making up for that, and I started with this card...

Today's card combines my 2 favorite Christmas challenges, Jingle Belles and Merry Monday. This is the last prompt of the year for BOTH of these blogs. How am I supposed to wait until the New Year for more Christmas challenges ((cries)).

Jingle Belles wants us to create a card with food on it. I went with these gingerbread men and the cup of hot chocolate from the Scentsational Season set. I love sitting down with cookies and a mug of hot chocolate, a Christmas movie on the TV. The sketch is from Merry Monday and I stayed pretty true to it, just omitting one of the background circles. The cookies and cup are all popped up with dimensionals and I added dazzling details to all of them....Cherry Cobbler and clear on the gingerbread men, and just clear on the cup. I know when my daughter gets home from school she'll love that. She tells me every card should have glitter LOL

Make sure you head over to both these blogs and play along one last time for 2012. I know I'll probably go back and use some of their former prompts to keep me going for December :)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Scentsational Season, More Merry Messages
Paper: Crumb Cake, Confetti Cream(retired), Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Festival of Prints DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Holiday Collection, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Square Lattice EF, Dazzling Details- Clear and Cherry Cobbler, dimensionals

Thursday, November 22, 2012

You're My Type...of Christmas

It's time for another Friday Mashup! How many US folks are still in a turkey coma?? ((raises hand)) I know I am stuffed! Such a great day, I am so lucky. I am also very thankful for all of YOU. All of the inspiration from my stamping friends just amazes me everyday and I am thankful that stamping and card making has enabled me to know so many great people. So thank you for stopping by my blog, leaving comments, chatting with me by email, etc!

Ok, enough mushy stuff, back to the challenge :) This week Heidi is bringing it to us and it's a fun one! She wants us to create a Christmas card using a NON holiday stamp or image. That's right, gotta think out of the box on this one! You can also create a project that uses a messy technique like spritzing, smooching, shimmer paint, splattering with an aquapainter...anything like that. Of course you can mash it up and do both things on one project.

I was going to use my Aviary set but I've used that as a Christmas card before so I really went out of the box and used the You're My Type set. I added some papers from the Festival of Prints paper pack and I ended up with a masculine looking Christmas card. I have to say, I really like how this came out! Unfortunately I was so busy concentrating on the non holiday image part that I forgot to mash it up...sorry Heidi!

Make sure you head over to the Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the design team came up, there are some VERY creative cards!!

  1. Make a holiday project using "Non-Holiday Image(s)".
  2. Or Make a project with a "Messy Technique", such as spritzing, smooching, shimmer painting, or splattering with an aquapainter.
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Holiday Project from Non-Holiday Stamps and a Messy Technique".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: You're My Type, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo
Accessories: Very Vanilla Brads, Early Espresso Ribbon, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mr. Twigster for Dynamic Duos

Happy Monday! Hope the week is starting off well for far so good here in southcentral Alaska!.

I saw this weeks challenge over at Dynamic Duos and just had to make time to play along....Marina Mist and Basic Black with an option of making your project snowman themed. Love the colors and I just adore snowmen!!

I've seen projects with these window dies popping up all over the place and I just LOVE the windows so I took a little jaunt over to Ebay and picked myself up both the small and large window die, plus the shutters and flower box, wooohooo! For this card I used the small window die along with the SU Mr.Twigster set. I tried to make it like you were looking out the window and saw Mr.Twigster smiling and peeking in on you (ever see the movie Jack Frost with Michael Keaton? There is a scene like that and that was what I had in my mind while making this).

Thanks for stopping by and to all my crafting friends, I am behind on leaving comments(again) but I plan on going on a commenting spree when I get home from work tonight so beware :0)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Mr. Twigster, sentiment from Bright Christmas
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Marina Mist DSP
Ink: Marina Mist, Black StazOn
Accessories: Dazzling Details, Orange Stickles, Cuttlebig, Swiss Dots EF, Poppystamps Small Madison Window, Basic Black Brads, sponge, dimensionals

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Skates and Snow for Merry Monday

I am scrambling to get this post up! I made this card a few days ago but haven't had any time to get a picture taken or a post done. I'm squeezing in some time while my daughter is working, my husband is birthday shopping for our youngest(who will be 14 on Tuesday...14! oy vey!), my youngest is at his school preparing for the schools annual community holiday dinner and my oldest is occupying himself so shhhhh, I jumped on here really quick.

For this weeks Merry Monday sketch I pulled out the Jolly Bingo Bits set, which I had never inked up before. We've had lots of cold temps (it was 6 degrees when I woke up today!) and very little snow which has made conditions for ice skating pretty perfect around here, so I grabbed the ice skate stamp and the snowflake stamp to create this card. I used just a touch of Real Red for an accent.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope everyone has a great weekend! As soon as my hubby gets home we're headed out to put Christmas lights on the house :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Leaves

Once again the week has flown by and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, holy cow! I just need to lock myself in my room for a day of stamping therapy!

Today's Friday Mashup is brought to us by the lovely Rita, and I am sad to say that this is our last Mashup with her, as she is stepping down from the design team. I wish her all the best and I've loved working with her. Make sure you come by the Friday Mashup and join us for her last challenge which is.......create a project that gives thanks, create a project with leaves OR mash it up and create a project with both of those elements. I went ahead and mashed it up. This card will get mailed out to my step mom tomorrow!

My world is all white now, covered with a blanket of snow, so for my leaves I went with some bold colors. The DSP I used...I was actually going to use the other side of it, which is all Cajun Craze, but I just happened to turn it over while working on the card and decided I liked the way this side of the DSP looked.

My inspiration for the sketch came from this weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I just love the big area across the top that can be used to highlight a sentiment, an image, paper...anything! I know I'll use this sketch again and again!
  1. Make a project with "Leaves".
  2. Or Make a project saying "Thank You".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Thank You project with Leaves".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Wonderfall, Hand- Penned Holidays
Paper: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Round Corner Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Early Espresso Ribbon, Paper Piercer, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Embossed Yellow, Gray and Black for Friday Mashup

Wow, its Friday, where the heck did the week go? I don't know about everyone else but it flew by for me! I am definitely ready for the weekend!

Today at the Friday Mashup we have a great challenge for you, brought to us by Holly. I just love the photo she chose for the graphic, isn't it stunning? For the challenge she wants us to use dry embossing, make a project that uses the colors Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray and Basic Black OR mash it up and create a project with embossing and those colors. I love to dry emboss and I love those colors so I mashed it up this week.

Hold on to your seat because ((gasp)) I didn't make a Christmas card! I seriously thought about it, because these colors would definitely be interesting and out of the box but in the end I brought out a set from the holiday catalog I hadn't used yet, Friendship Preserves.

The main image is stamped in Basic Gray and matted on Daffodil Delight and Basic Black. The panel behind it is Basic Gray embossed with the square lattice folder and layered on more Basic Black card stock. I did paper piercing around the labels to draw the eye in some more.

Head on over to the Friday Mashup blog to check out all the great projects from the rest of the design team, and I hope you play along with us!
  1. Make a project with "Dry Embossing".
  2. Or Make a project using the colors " Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey & Basic Black".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with "Dry Embossing & The Color Combo".