I Challenge You to...Make It Yourself!

Glad you could join me today!
I have an extremely busy week this week.  I have several projects I'm needing to complete and I also have the annual "Christmas Craft Sale" in our community this Saturday!  My hubby has been busy building my display unit and I need to get the last bits of things organized for my table!  I'm excited...it's been many years since I've had a table in a craft sale!  I hope some of my cards go home with people!  LOL

Well, onto todays challenge!  Over at Crafty Creations Challenges we are asking you to "Make it Yourself"! Whether it be a flower you've made, a gift card holder, a background paper to a card or layout or a gift box...the sky and your imagination is the limit!

This week our challenge is sponsored by ...

...be sure to check out the prize they are offering at Crafty Creations Challenges blog for one lucky random winner!

Unfortunately I was unable to prepare something with a sponsor image this go round as life got in the way as it often does.  What I would like to share with you today is a card box that I created to place a matching retro assortment of cards in for my craft sale.  I used a box maker to create both the top and bottom.  I then adhered the designer paper and image to the front. Both the designer paper and image have been an Etsy purchase.  The paper came from a store entitled blossompaperart, and the images for the set were a purchase from Lollipopisland.  I've added some Glitter Ritz to the image so there is some sparkle.  Once the cards are place inside, I will shrink wrap the bundle.  I was very pleased to see how great it looked once all sealed up!

Here's a look at the box I made myself...

and these are the matching retro cards that will be inside...just waiting for someone to use them!

Now I hope you're going to put your thinking cap on and see what kind of creation you can make yourself and showcase along with us at Crafty Creations Challenges!  And don't forget to check out the other DT creations for even more great ideas and inspiration! 

Until next time...


"...even though the sound of it is really quite atrocious!"

I bet I have your attention with my post title!  LOL
I also imagine I have you singing that little ditty now as well!
Do you remember which movie this little song came from?  Of course you do...it's Mary Poppins!
Do you recall watching this Disney classic as a child?  I certainly do, and I've watched it many times with my children as well.  It's one of their favorites, and it's among mine as well!

Well, you're probably wondering where I'm going with this...so let me fill you in!  
Today is a new challenge over at {Pin}spirational Challenges.  Remember how it works?  There is a photo taken from Pinterest and you get to create around that photo!  Whether it be colors, images that relate to the photo, etc. it's all up to your creativity!  When I saw the picture for this week I must admit I thought I'd have to take "a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down!"  

Take a peek...

I'm more of a "cutesy" designer and I'll admit I panicked when I saw this photo which someone obviously used a lot of imagination to create!  I wasn't sure when to start, so I headed over our sponsor Sassy Studio to see what I could scout out for this interesting photo.

I browsed for awhile and then came across the image that I knew I had to use!  That's right...it's Sassy Studio's digi "Mary Poppins"!  
Now, take time to scroll back up to that inspiration picture...do you see it?  Mary Poppins was a movie with quite a bit of creativity for it's time.  The nanny was able to fly, and pull things out of her carpet bag!  She was always taking the children on outlandish adventures.  See the book in the inspiration photo?  She didn't have the children jump into a book...but remember they jumped into sidewalk chalk drawings and proceeded to have fun in the drawing they jumped in to!  Remember when they landed up at the Uncle's house for an emergency...and he was floating on the ceiling because he couldn't stop laughing?  It didn't take  long before all of them were laughing, floating and having tea on the ceiling!  The entire movie is just as imaginative as this photo we have challenged you to use!

And without further adieu...

The digi has been colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  The rest of the card has been cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I decided to add a sentiment to the card that I had in one of my Stamp 'n Up collections.  
It reads...
"When it's dark enough, you can see the stars"  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mary Poppins may not have said it, but when I read it I just thought it sounded so practical yet somewhat magical...it wasn't a far stretch that she might just have!  LOL

Here's a closer look at Mary and the sentiment...

Well, the little kiddos came bouncing out of bed this morning knowing that I had been working on this creation last night when I went to bed...they loved it!  They just thought it was so cool to have made a card based on a movie character!  I hope you think this creation is cool too!  I have to admit I went from panicked to having so much fun working on it!  I hope you will find some inspiration in the challenge photo as well and link up with us at {Pin}spirational Challenges.  I really can't wait to see how other people interpret it, and where their creativity leads them!  And don't forget to check out the {Pin}spirational Challenges blog for the other DT creations and the prize announcement!
As for me, that's pretty much it for today!  I would suggest
"let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height,
let's go fly a kite and send it soaring,
up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear....
oh let's go fly a kite"...
but there is snow in the air here and it just doesn't sound like an appropriate activity as old man winter is approaching!  LOL
Think maybe we'll snuggle up as a family instead and watch "Mary Poppins"!

Until next time...

This card has been entered in the following challenges...
Ladybug Crafts..."Halloween or Die Cuts"
Make it Monday..."Anything Goes"
My Craft Creations..."Anything Goes"
Sparkle N Sprinkle..."Embossing Powder, Glitter or Flocking"
Tammy's Scrappin Corner..."Anything Goes"
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge..."Anything Goes"
Challenges 4 Everybody..."Anything Goes"
Eclectic Ellapu..."Inspired by a Film"
Quirky Crafts Challenges..."Make Us Laugh"
Creative Fingers Challenges..."Anything Goes/Inspired by the Movies
Digitally Sweet Challenges..."Anything Goes"
4 Krafty Girlz..."Anything Goes"
Dream It Up..."Mystical and Magical"
Scrap it with Song..."Celebrate Halloween/Movie Inspiration"
Sassy Studio Designs..."Make It Yours" 
Crafty Sentiments Designs..."Anything Goes"
Die Cuttin' Divas..."Anything Goes"
LEJ Designs Challenge Blog..."Anything Goes"
Party Time Tuesdays..."Anything Goes"
Twisted Tuesday Challenges..."Free for All/Anything Goes"
Southern Girls Challenge..."Shine On"


Please Mr. Postman...

"...Look and See,
If there's a Letter in your Bag for Me..."

Do you remember the days before email and texting?  Can you remember looking through the mail to see if there was a letter or card for you?  Didn't receiving that snail mail always make you feel so very special?  Our postal service recently removed delivery to our end of the driveway mailbox and I cannot tell you how sad the kids and I were to see that go.  It was always such a treat to walk to the end of the driveway and wonder if there was something special waiting for you in that box.  It was just another action that took the personal relationship out of the equation.  Part of the treat was when we would meet our mailman at the box and make small talk with him before he was on his way.  The kids loved leaving him special treats such as baked goods to brighten his job and his day!  Now that the mailbox is several miles away, we no longer get to visit with our "everyday Santa" and we rarely think about leaving him anything.  It seems as we go more and more digital and want to try to simplify our lives and make them run more fluidly and seamless,  that we forget about some of the finer traditions of days gone by!  When is the last time someone came over for coffee to your house...or do you mainly meet together in coffee shops?  When is the last time you took time out of your day to call someone on the phone to touch base with them...or do you just send an email or text?  And dare I even ask about the last time you hand wrote a letter?  LOL  Now don't get me wrong, I'm guilty of much of this myself.  It's easy to get caught up in the quick things in life rather than take time to nurture a relationship face to face.  I believe God intended us and designed us to be in relationships.  The Bible talks about where "one or two are gathered in His name" and He didn't have just one disciple. 

 Well today over at Twist of Faith we have a neat challenge that may just inspire you to make a card and even put a hand written message in it...and throw it into that thing they call a mailbox.  Remember?  Our challenge is to make a Postcard/Card and Envelope/Packet!  We are looking for a matching set of  a one layer postcard or a regular card with a packet (ex. seed packet idea) or an envelope without the traditional triangular flap at the back!  Not your typical challenge...time to get that creativity flowing!

Our generous sponsor this week is...

who will be awarding one lucky winner 4 digis of their choice!  How awesome!

I was just tickled pink to be able to work with this gorgeous digi entitled "Alannah".  I set out to coloring her with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and then started work on the creation I had taking form in my head.  I hunted through my collection of stamps knowing that I had a Christmas Postcard set from Stamp 'n Up somewhere.  Once that had been located, I set out on a hunt for the postcard/script paper I knew I had in my paper collection somewhere as well.  (Craft room needs a good cleaning and rearranging again!  LOL)  And the last elements I needed were some bakers twine and my Glitter Ritz.  I used the script paper for the front part of my postcard.  I stamped the corner of the card with my Christmas postage stamp and stamped the Post Card image along the side all in black.  I then stamped some brown snowflakes on the paper to give it a winter theme.  Of course the paper has been inked with a brown color to give it the aged look. Lastly I adhered my colored digi.

Here's a look...

 I then cut the back portion of the card...just some plain cream colored card stock which I aged with some brown ink.  I added the stamped elements to the back portion so that it can be filled out just as a real postcard would be. 

Take a peek...

And then came the envelope!  Now when I make postcards, I always send them in a clear cellophane envelope...why hide all the creativity and nostalgia I figure.  So...I needed to get a little creative with sprucing this up.  Then it came to me!  I had some washi tape that sorta looked like a postage marking.  I applied it to the cellophane bag and then proceeded to stamp over it with my postage stamp inked with StazOn ink.  I then decided to add a whole bunch of sentiments under the postmark like you would see on a parcel.  I think it turned out looking pretty neat as I tried to keep it on the area where the card itself was more plain. 

Here's a closer look...

And a peek at what the whole package will look like when mailed...

I hope this little package will bring joy to whoever lands up receiving it in their mailbox.  I also hope that I've inspired you to play along in our challenge!  Remember that our twist is that there needs to be an encouraging, uplifting, healing sentiment or scripture verse somewhere on your creation! (Mine are the sentiments on the cellophane envelope.)  I can hardly wait to see what you come up with!  And I'm sure there is someone somewhere who will look forward to receiving your little package in the mail!  

Until next time...

This card has been entered in the following challenges...
Crafty Sentiments Designs..."Anything Goes"
Challenges and Candies..."I'm Writing You a Letter"

Give Thanks

 I'm back from my scrapbooking/card making weekend and it was great!  Lots of visiting, a great make and take project and of course lots of stocking up on new crafty "must haves"!  LOL
This scrapbooking weekend happens twice a year...once in fall and again in spring!  I'm always thankful for this weekend because it's a time to refresh my creative side!  It's a weekend to slow down, focus on a passion I enjoy and just relax and breath!  I always feel rejuvenated and more refreshed and ready to take on what the world holds in store for me after I've had some "me" time.  I find there is so much time spent focusing on the negatives in life that it's nice to slow down and regroup! I find that by "counting my blessings" I have a much more grounded attitude in life.  I believe God has created us to be thankful and not to always dwell on the negative.

This weeks challenge over at Twist of Faith is "Harvest".
 What does that bring to your mind?  Giving thanks for the yield the fields and gardens have provided us with?  Maybe it's the Thanksgiving Holiday?  What kind of image will you create with to celebrate the harvest?  We are certainly looking forward to seeing your interpretation in what you create!

Now, I was on a run of retro/vintage Christmas cards this weekend, and Sunday morning decided I better get working on my Twist of Faith card for this weeks challenge...that's what I'm here to share with you today!  Before I do that though, it's confession time...I had a hard time creating this card!  Christmas was so engrained in my brain that I had a hard time changing pace.  I chose my papers from my stash, colored my digi and set out to make the card...and I have to confess I've recreated, pulled apart this card 3 times!  I am very thankful that I finally managed to get something done that I felt was presentable!  I hope you will find some inspiration in it somewhere!  

Here's a glimpse at the the final product...

The papers were given to me as a gift and were from a Recollections Collection Fall Theme.  I cut the circle wreath with my Fanala Memory Box Die and then used the new Cranberry Stickles to add some shimmer to it.  The flowers were part of a bouquet I purchased at the weekend crop dollar store...we could actually shop for a bunch of products that were priced at a dollar.  It was so much fun!  Lastly, the sentiment is from
 Stamp 'n Up. 

The digi I used in this project is courtesy of this weeks sponsor over at Twist of Faith...

...and they have generously offered our lucky winner a prize!  Be sure to check out all the details at
Twist of Faith!

That's all for me today!  I hope that you'll find some things in your life to be thankful about each day this week!  God has blessed us in so many ways, and sometimes we forget to look for them or take them for granted!  I am thankful that you have stopped in today!  I hope I can come for a visit to your place when you link up with Twist of Faith this week!

Until next time...

Vintage Eye Candy

Welcome Back!
As you are reading this I will be having a blast at our local scrapbooking crop! It is hosted by our local craft store owner...and she goes all out!  We are always treated to fine food, fantastic gifts, awesome demonstrations and lots of visiting with friends!  It's gonna be a great weekend!  And, it's my last kick at the cat to add to my craft sale card stash as the sale is quickly approaching!

For this blog post I would like to share with you a card that was created using the following inspirational photo over at {The Lollipop Ladies}!

One of my absolute favorites....yummy, yummy JuJubes!  And our twist for this challenge is "Vintage"!  Oh, two of my favorite things combined!

Let's take a look at how I combined both these passions of mine...

The majority of the colors in the JuJubes photo have been represented in this card...with the exception of the black or purple (But I don't eat those and always pick them out and try to pawn them off on someone else...so it makes sense they weren't included, right?  LOL)  The colors are just slightly more muted and delicate...which to me represents vintage.  The gorgeous roses and tea cup just remind me of days gone by.  This entire card has actually been created with one piece of designer paper from the Prima Delight collection!  If you're looking for beautiful vintage paper to work with...this is it!  I've fussy cut some of the elements from the paper collection and adhered them to the corner of the card.  As a last little detail, I've added Glitter Ritz to the large rose in the tea cup...just like sugar on a JuJube!  And of course, all paper has been inked around the edges with a brown ink to give it that aged effect!  Nothing too complicated!

I hope I've inspired you to play along with us for this challenge!  We are once again sponsored by


who are offering our winner their choice of 3 of her M4M digi stamps!  (Thanks Sammi!)
Prize will only be offered if 7 or more entries partake in the challenge.
And don't forget about the Guest Design Team positions that will be awarded!
So grab the photo...maybe some real jubes to taste the inspiration...and get creating!  Then, don't forget to link up on the sidebar so our team can come for a visit at your blog!

Sparkle & Shine!

Hello!  It's great to have you stop by again! 
 Today I have a treat for you that just sparkles and shines!
It's a design I created for our current challenge over at Crafty Creation Challenges...
"Let's See You Sparkle & Shine"

Our current sponsor for this challenge is none other than...

who has generously offered our random prize winner 5 digis of their choice...but wait...it doesn't end there!  They have also decided to award a second prize of 2 digis to one lucky random winner should we have more than 50 entries for this challenge!  How awesome!

I chose to work with the "2013 Build Your Own Christmas Set".  I loved the versatility of the images.  It included a candy cane, fir branch, bow, holly and berries, jingle belles and some tree ornaments.  You can print them out and use the single elements or cluster them in a variety of designs.  Just limitless possibilities!
For this creation I opted to use the fir branch, candy cane, holly and berries as well as the bow! I added some snowflake swirls I cut with my Silhouette Cameo...and then broke out the Glitter Ritz and the Stickles!  After all, the goal was to make it sparkle and shine!
Here's how it came out...

And a closer look at the image grouping I created...

I've used a smokey brown paper which actually shimmers as the card background.  I assembled the grouping of the images and then decided to make part of the grouping more 3D like to give the card some dimension.  I curled the bow, as well as the holly leaves so that they lift up off the page.  Once everything had been adhered to the card, I went to town with the Glitter Ritz and Stickles.  I'm hoping the picture shows sparkle and shine!  Lastly I added some tiny dots on the card with Liquid Pearls and when it was almost dry I put a small amount of the Diamond Stickles on top so the dots would shimmer.
And there you have it...that's my glittery, shiny, sparkly creation!

Will you accept our challenge this week?  Are you brave enough to break out the glitter, Stickles, shiny papers, ribbons, etc.?  I know all too well the mess it can be...but the mess usually leads to great creativity and fun!  So link up with us over at Crafty Creations...we wanna see how you sparkle and shine!

A Blue Christmas

(If you're here visiting looking for my Twist of Faith Card Challenges post, please scroll down!)

Hello Again!  Two posts in one day...something must be up, right?  
I've had this huge secret I've been keeping under my hat, and I'm finally able to tell someone...and I choose you!
Guess what...I am so happy to announce that I am now a Design Team Member over at
{Pinspirational} Challenges!  Yay!  And today is my first showcasing for their current challenge! 
Here's how it works...each week there will be a new {Pinspirational} photo put up on the blog.  This photo which has been pulled from Pinterest is where you will draw your inspiration from for the current challenge...whether it be colors, objects, textures, etc.  If it isn't obvious, just be sure to write somewhere in your blog post how you were inspired!

And now here's the {Pinspirational} picture for this week...

Don't you just love the colors...blues, whites, browns and reds!

But wait...there's more!  We are so excited to have two sponsors this week...

Fresh Brewed Designs

who is offering one lucky winner 3 digis of their choice


My Heart Pieces

who is offering one lucky winner _________.

For this challenge I chose to work with a Fresh Brewed Designs image..."Wonky Christmas Tree".  I wanted to try a new technique to celebrate being part of a new design team and decided to give paper piecing a try!  I had never tried this technique because it seemed a little daunting...but I dug in one morning and had so much fun putting this together. The minute I saw the inspiration photo, I knew that I wanted to make a blue themed Christmas card.  I don't know why, but blues are always my choice for non traditional Christmas cards!  So I have paper pieced the tree with 3 different shades of blue patterned papers...and I think it came out pretty good!  Take a peek and let me know what you think...

For this card I've used a navy colored background paper, and have put a snowflake patterned overlay I've cut with Silhouette Cameo on top of it.  I've also used some snowflake swirls in the bottom left corner behind the sentiment which have also both been cut with the Cameo.  The sentiment is a print and cut file which I ran through the Cameo as well.  I've used some red Stickles on the wonky tree to bring out the red in the photo and the sentiment. I have mounted the tree image on a die cut I've created using my Spellbinders Nestabilities and BigShot.  I cut two of the die cuts in different papers, and trimmed the light blue one to include just the centre portion of the die cut which I then embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  I then layered that piece over the darker die cut so just the ornate edging frames the lighter piece. I've also used Diamond Stickles on the snowflake swirls, baubles on the tree and a portion of the sentiment.  And lastly, I cut a 3D bow on the Silhouette, assembled it and then placed it on top of the boxed sentiment to make is appear as a present. I then applied Stickles to the perimeter of the bow and added a red button to the centre and glittered it as well.

Here's a closer look at some of the details...

I hope you can see how the {Pinspirational} Photo has inspired my card this week!  I also hope that I have been able to inspire you to play along with us at {Pinspirational} Challenges!  Be sure to stop by the blog to see some other awesome creations the rest of the DT have come up with, and then link up your own creation!  I can't wait to stop by your place to see what you've created!

Until next time...

This card has entered in the following challenges...
365 Cards..."Day 278 Fussy Cut & Paper Pieced"
Great Impressions..."Button and a Bow"
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge..."Make it Square"
Digitally Sweet..."Favorite Colors" (Blue & White for Christmas)
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog..."Bingo"  (Blue/White, Wintertime, Christmas)
Southern Girls Challenges..."Sing a Song, Sing Out Loud"  (O Christmas Tree/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas)


Bugs & Kisses

Today I'd like to share with you a fun and brightly colored card which I prepared for our current challenge over at Twist of Faith Card Challenges!

Our challenge this week is "Things with Wings" and we are so excited to have a new sponsor joining us!  Please help us welcome....


who has graciously agreed to award one lucky random winner an excellent prize!  

I had the awesome opportunity to work with her collection called "Bugs & Blooms"!  It was just too cute to resist!  Included were several bugs, a bunch of sentiments and background paper!  You can see the whole fabulous collections of Deedee's work here.

Well, since these came as pre-colored images I decided to get my Silhouette Cameo humming.  I printed and cut the images I was wanting to use and printed out the background paper as well.  I also took out my BigShot and started cutting out a flower from one of my Stamp 'n Up dies.  I rummaged through my mulberry paper flowers and found some that would work with the color scheme as well.  
Here's what I came up with...

All of the background papers on this card have been supplied by Deedee's Digis.  And doesn't that ladybug look so cute peeking out from behind those flowers?  Tod add some sparkle I used some Stickles on the edges of the petals of the paper flower as well as a small dot on the ladybugs nose as though he had been smelling it! The floral buttons made the perfect centres for the flowers!  I think this cute little creation would be perfect to send to someone as a "just because" card.

Now it's your turn to pick one of your favorite things with wings and create a masterpiece with it!  Didn't God create such an awesome variety of things with wings...brightly colored butterflies, multicolored birds, pesky flies and mosquitoes.  They are all beautiful masterpieces!  And while you're creating, don't forget to put on your encouraging, healing, uplifting sentiment or scripture.  Then, link up with us at Twist of Faith!  We can't wait to see where your creativity will take you!

Until next time...

This card has been entered in the following challenges...
Glitter n Sparkle..."Add some Orange"
Charisma Card Challenges..."Animals"

Autumn Colors

Well, the chill is in the air and I must admit we've turned on the furnace already here in Manitoba, Canada.  The leaves have all turned to those beautiful autumn colors and have started falling.  It's time to pull out those heavy sweaters, fit on the kids winter gear from last year and enjoy the last few days of wearing light jackets.  When I look around at God's creation at the beginning of each new season I have to admit that I am amazed.  Each season brings such beauty!  The new growth in spring, the summer warmth and fun in the sun, the smells and colors of fall, and the sparkling first snowfall...God was pretty creative when he made each season!  

And this week at Twist of Faith Card Challenges we have a seasonal challenge for you...


We are happy to welcome back our sponsor for this challenge...

...who will be awarding our prize winner 5 digis!  Woo Hoo!

I had the treat of working with the digi entitled "Soya Blowing Dandelion".  
Here's what I came up with...

Here's a little closer look at the awesome digi...notice the diamond stickles on her wings!

And here' a closer look at the floral grouping and the sentiment!

I spotted a piece of brighter colored patterned paper which I then chose to tone down with some brown ink.  I just loved the flower on it and thought that the digi cut out in a circle for the centre would look nice. I cut out a border from the same piece of patterned paper, inked it to tone down the bright colors again, and adhered it to the bottom of the base card.  I applied a bling swirl along with some paper flowers I cut out with my BigShot and layered them together. I added a rhinestone to each of these flowers after I built them and inked the petals.  I've also added some Recollections and Prima flowers in various orange/peach colors.  I wasn't sure how it was going to look putting mulberry paper flowers and card stock flowers in the same grouping, but I think it came out okay!  Lastly I added a sentiment from a Stamp 'n Up stamp set on an orange colored piece of cardstock and cut out the end to make a banner edge.  The digi itself has been colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers, and I've added Diamond Stickles to her wings!  The other night our family was cleaning out the pumpkin patch and I knew that this card with it's autumn colors would look fabulous photographed with some pumpkins in the background...so that's exactly how I photographed it!

So, now it's your turn!  Grab those fall colored papers you have in your craft area and set to work!  Maybe you want to think outside the box and make a fall colored Christmas card...or maybe a beautiful fall colored Sympathy Card.  Whatever you feel inspired to create, be sure to link up with us at Twist of Faith!  Remember that our twist is to add a healing, uplifting, encouraging sentiment or scripture!  I can't wait to stop by and see what you've come up with!

Until next time...

This card has been entered in the following challenges...
2 Sisters Challenge Blog..."Fall Fun"
Allsorts..."Autumn Colors"
Digitally Sweet..."Anything with Wings"
QKR Stampede:  "Fall Colors"
Stampin' for the Weekend..."Fairies and Fantasy"
4 Crafty Chicks..."Fall/Autumn"
Happy Campers..."Show us your Flowers"
Shelly's Images..."Fall Photo Inspiration"
Perfect Sentiments..."Autumn Birthday"
Ruby's Rainbow..."Autumnal Colors"
Craftin Desert Divas..."Anything with a Sentiment"
The Crafty Bloggers Network..."Anything Goes"
House of Gilli..."Anything Goes Fall"
Parade Your Crafts..."Fall"

Christmas Ribbon

Oh c'mon don't groan....another Christmas card! 
 I almost heard you from here when you read the post title!  LOL

Let me share with you today the holiday card I created based on this photo from our current challenge over at {The Lollipop Ladies}!

TLL #77 Macarons 

Aren't those just mouth watering colors?  And remember we always have a little added twist and this challenge is no exception...it's ribbon!  Who doesn't like to add a little ribbon?

Here's a peek of the project I created being inspired by the colors and the textures of these yummy macaroons!

The paper has been taken from a seasonal paper pack my kids gave me for Christmas many years ago!  I've fussy cut the various square blocks behind the snowman from a patterned paper and then inked them with blue around the edges.  They have been adhered to a background paper which is blue with small circles that look like blurred snowflakes.  The snowman die cut is actually from a Christmas sticker die cut set I purchased at our local Dollarama last year after Christmas.  I've used green vintage style ribbon to mimic the square pieces around the circle to give the card some texture and to fit in with our ribbon twist.  I've then popped up the snowman die cut with 3D pop up dots so it has some dimension.  The "Let it Snow" sentiment in the left hand corner has also been fussy cut from the same package the snowman die cut came in.  Nothing too fancy, quite simple but fun!

Now remember that we are offering a prize over at {The Lollipop Ladies} for this challenge should we have 7 or more entries!  Our generous sponsor for this challenge is...


....and they are offering our winner a $10 voucher!  How exciting!

Now our linky on the side bar has not been working and we are experiencing technical difficulties.  I'm hoping by the time this post goes live it will have been repaired.  However, should it not be working correctly, please leave a link in the comment section over at {The Lollipop Ladies}blog.  We'll be sure to check for them there! 

Now it's your turn...get creating!  Haul out those spools of ribbon, find some colorful paper that inspires you and wipe that drool away from the corners of your lips as you let the inspirational picture of macaroon work it's creative magic on you!

Until next time...

Things With Wings

So glad you could join me today!  It's another Wednesday, and time to post another DT project for Crafty Creations Challenges!  

This challenge we are asking you to create a project around "Things with Wings"!  How easy is that?  There's bugs, birds, angels, fairies, airplanes...your imagination is the limit this time round!

Our awesome sponsor for this challenge is non other than...

...check out the Crafty Creations Challenges website for the awesome prize being offered!

Today's little treat for your viewing pleasure is another Christmas card...I know, I know...you're probably ready to see something that isn't Christmas themed already!  LOL  Please bear with me!

Here's my "winged" themed creation...

The awesome image is once again one I have purchased from EphemerasGarden!  Aren't those birds stunning!  I know it's not your usual Christmas card...but I tend to like things that are somewhat different!  I haven't done to much with this card as I feel the image is beautiful all on it's own.  I've added some matting behind it from some random scraps I had floating around my room.  I've added the die cut I cut with my BigShot and a MemoryBox flourish die, as well as some flowers.  Lastly, I've added some stickles to the flowers and have added Glitter Ritz to the snowflakes printed on the image itself.  I'm not sure the photo will show you those too well...here's a closer look at some of the details.

Now it's your turn!  Get out those digis, die cuts, etc. that are sporting wings and get creating!  Then make sure to link up with us over at Crafty Creations Challenges.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Until next time...

This card has been entered in the following challenges...

Away In A Manger

Hello!  Welcome!
I can't believe that today is the first day of October!  Where is the time going?  I've been busy in my craft room making cards for the quickly approaching craft sale in November...and have been really focusing on Christmas cards lately.  I must confess that I have even stooped to playing Christmas carols to get myself into the Christmasy mood!  LOL

However I find that playing these Christmas carols (while no one else is at home to hear them) has totally tied in with our current challenge over at Twist of Faith!  Our challenge this week is...


and our sponsor for this awesome challenge is the fantastic 


who will award our random prize winner with 5 digi images of their choice!  
Now due to time commitments and some communication troubles, I have not been able to play with an Eureka Stamp image this week!  However, I've decided to share with you a card I created for my craft sale.   This card was inspired by one of my favorite Christmas carols..."Away in a Manger".  This was one of the first Christmas carols I learned as a child and has remained one of my favorites ever since.  

Here's a peek...

The image and sentiment have both been purchase from an Etsy store...Masterpiece Designs.  Be sure to check out their awesome downloadable images!  The background paper is from a seasonal paper pack by Tim Holtz.  I've stamped some soft snowflakes on the background and matted the image and sentiment on a shiny copper paper. I've also added Glitter Ritz for some sparkle on the glow behind Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus' heads, but unfortunately it does not show up on the photo.  (I chose to scan this week as I was in a hurry, thus the color is a bit off on the card...the bright copper paper I used for matting appears much too red...Sorry!)

Well, that's it for me this challenge round...just a CAS card this time!  I hope I've still inspired you to make a card that matches the tune running through your head this very moment. Then be sure to link it up with us over at Twist of Faith!  Just remember that our only twist is to make sure it follows our theme and has an uplifting scripture or sentiment!  Easy!

Until next time...

This card has been entered in the following challenges...

Tammy's Scrappin Corner..."Monochromatic"
365 Cards...Keep it Simple (Only three things on card...stamp, photo and paper)
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog..."Photo Inspiration - Nativity"
Word Art Wednesday..."Anything Goes"

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