Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hello Everyone,

I'm wishing the warmest of Christmas wishes to you and your family. May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas! Smiley from

Merry Christmas and may the New Year begin on a joyful note. Smiley from

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All That Scraps Wednesday....Inspired By A Song

* I typed up both ATS and The Pixie Cottages challenges last night before I started baking. I thought that I had scheduled both post but apparently I didn't. At any rate, I'm glad that I followed "my mine" and checked everything out.

Hello Again!
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This weeks All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge is to make a card that is inspired by a song. The song that came to my mind was "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", I think the song is by Dean Martin but I'm not 100% certain.

I gave Sugarplums Polar Bear some dimension with layering and for a little color, I lightly airbrushed B00 around Polar Bears outer edges. I embossed the white background with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder. At one point, I was going to emboss Polar Bear but decided not to at the last minute. (I was afraid that I was going to mess up and didn't have the time to start over again). My design paper, by Imaginisce, is titled "Let it Snow" and I simply punched out the words and applied it to my card.
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For more Inspired By A Song cards, please be sure to stop by the All That Scraps Blog for inspiration. The girls had a lot of fun with this challenge and I'm sure that you will too!
We hope that you are inspired by a song and that you participate in this week challenge. Please link your challenge cards to the All That Scraps blog before 9:00 p.m. est next Tuesday.

card details...
stamp C.C. Designs Sugarplums Polar Bear rubber stamp, sentiment taken from my design paper.....Imaginisce, c/s Bazzill and PTI, design paper Imaginisce....inks Copic Markers and Memento Tuxedo SU's window punch, Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder and air brush compressor ....embellishments ribbon, Prima Flowers, Black Stickles and Kaiser half back pearls.

Take care, have a beautiful day and thanks so much for stopping by! Smiley from


My card also qualifies for the following blog challenges...

Pixie Cottage #50 Team Sketch/Party Theme

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Are most of you ready for Christmas yet? Or are you still running around in a mad rush decorating the house and planning your dinner? As usual, I'm still running around with last minute details for gifts, dinner and baking obligations. Smiley from millan.netEach year I promise myself that the next year will be different but so far, I'm in the same rut, I think that I was more organized when I was working a full time job...seriously!
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Enough gabbing on my end, this weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge is a team sketch and the theme is "Party/Celebration"! As with all of our challenges, you can choose either the team sketch or the theme for our challenges. Please note that our "Party/Celebration Challenge" will last two weeks! Yes...we are giving everyone a lil vacation and we will resume January 5th, 2011.

I'm kicking off the challenge with Playful Penguins, designed by Eileen Gutierrez. I totally adore this stamp, the penguins are too cute!!! At this time, Playful Penguins are not available, but if you are interested, please contact Michelle here. Animation from

card details.....
stamp The Pixie Cottage's (Playful Penguins), sentiment Papertrey Ink...c/s Bazzill and Paper My Minds Eye (Colorful Christmas)....inks Copic SU's corner rounder punch, snow flake punch and eyelet setter....embellishments ribbon, Kaiser half back pearls, glaze pen on candy cane and Sparkles

In between baking pies and fulfilling cookie orders, I plan to "pop in" from time to time and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Have a beautiful day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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My card also meets the following blog challenge requirements

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Pixie Cottage #49..Guest Sketch/Family Friends Theme

This is my second post for today, please scroll down for All That Scraps Winter Flower Challenge.

Hello Again and Happy Wednesday!

I'm back with a sample for today's Pixie Cottage Challenge. This weeks challenge is a guest sketch and the theme is family and friends.

I had a little trouble trying to incorporate the entire sketch onto my card but I made sure to include as much of the sketch as possible. My image, April with Hearts is fairly large and adjustments were necessary. Once again, I've combined the traditional Christmas colors of red,white and green with lovely holiday design papers, flowers, buttons and ribbon. In my mind, April with Hearts is giving a loved one her heart and wishing them love,peace and joy for the holiday season.

We only have a one more challenges left and you really want to make sure to get in on all of the challenge fun. Be sure to stop by the Pixie Cottage Blog and check out the design teams Family and Friends creations for inspiration and the challenge rules. We hope that you have lots of fun with this weeks challenge as we look forward to viewing your creations! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and for your wonderful and kind comments. Take care and have a beautiful and blessed day!


card details.....
stamp...April with Hearts...sentiment SU.....c/s Bazzill and paper..American Craft's Dear Lizzy...inks Memento Tuxedo Black, SU's Olive Green and Copic Markers....embellishments ...Kaiser half back pearls, ribbon, Stickles, flowers and buttons

My card also qualifies for the following blog challenges...
Creative Belli Blog....Any embellishment that is related to Christmas
Stamp With Fun - Christmas
Allsorts - Christmas
Pear Tree Designs - Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday - Christmas
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes Christmas
AI Factory - Happy Holidays
Hanna and Friends - Christmas in Red
Paper Cupcakes - Christmas with Red and Green
Crafty Ho's - Red and Green
CRAFT - Color Combo "Festivia"
Thrilling Thursday - Celebrate
Cute Card Thursday - Flowers
Sew Many Challenges - Flower Power
Creative Cowgirls - Anything Goes
Mad For Markers - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed...Merry Christmas

All That Scraps Wednesday....Christmas Flowers

Hello Everyone,
This weeks All That Scraps Challenge is right on time for the season.....Christmas Flowers! I had ordered a couple of poinsettia's but once they arrived, they were way too big for a card and I was very disappointed with my purchase. Needless to say, I guess that whenever I get around to making a Christmas layout, my huge poinsettia's should workout well! *lol*

While deciding on a image, I decided to use Sweet November's Stamp designed by Amy Young (Nixie). Nixie looks like a snowflake flower and I thought that she would be perfect for this weeks challenge. I love the expression of her face, it looks like she is welcoming the winter snow with such joy and glee.

I colored in Nixie's face,arm ,torso and legs with my Copic Markers. To give a hint of color to her snowflake body, I used the markers B00 (Frost Blue*), RV00 (Water Lily) and 0 (Colorless Blender*). Then I used my colorless blender and swiped the tip against the tip of the RV00 until I obtained just enough color on the tip of my colorless blender. Next step, I took my colorless blender and ran the tip over the outer areas of Nixie's snowflake body and repeated this process until I was finished. I repeated these same steps for the inner areas of Nixie's snowflake body but used B00 and my colorless blender. I also repeated this same process on Nixie's fur, I used my colorless blender and B00. To me, this method is perfect when you only want a hint of color. I applied the ultra fine glitter by generously going over the snowflake with my quickie glue pen and then drizzled the ultra fine glitter onto the snowflake and carefully tapped off the excess glitter. I finished my card by embellishing it with ribbon, flowers and half pearls.

For more All That Scraps DT inspiration, click here to check out the teams lovely creations. Should you decide to accept out Christmas Flowers Challenge, you have a week to finish your project. Please upload your card/project to the ATS Blog with the Mr. Linky feature. You have until Tuesday night at 9:00 PM EST to submit your entry. Each week Christine gives away a lovely prize and the winner of our Christmas Flowers Challenge will receive Imaginisce X-mas flowers! I can't wait to see your creations....have fun and shower us with your flower creations! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a beautiful day!

card details...... image SNS by Amy Young (Nixie), sentiment Whimsy Stamps (Winter Seals) ...c/s Bazzil and PTI....inks Copic Markers and Memento Tuxedo used Cuttlebug's 5X7 Polka Dot embossing folder, quickie glue pen* and Nesties square and square scalloped die....embellishments....ribbon, Kaiser half back pearls(Pearl) , Palette ultra fine glitter and Petal-Loo flowers.........
*.....sold out at this time....*

My card also meets the following blog challenge requirements....

Allsorts - Last Minute Christmas
Ellephantastic - Christmas/Winter
Our Daily Bread - Christmas
Lil Red Wagon - Use a Diecut (Nesties)
Stampin' Royalty - Winter Holidays
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes
AIFactory - Christmas/Winter Holidays
Dutch Dare - Christmas Tag/Card/Ornament
Doodles - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps...Holiday card minus the colors red and green
ABC DT Challenge....Non-traditional holiday colors

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sparkle and Shine!

Hello Everyone,
Today I'm back with card that is basically a non-traditional styled holiday card that is full of shine and sparkle. My image, Pirate Princess is dressed up in pink and lots of sparkle and to tell you the truth.... I had a lot of fun with this card.

I paired together stripes,solids and polka dots along with pink snowflakes and lots of glitter for a fun and whimsical card. My image is by My Cute Stamps and I think Pirate Princess is adorable on both land and sea!

card details.....
Stamp...My Cute Stamps (Pirate Princess), sentiment by Impress Rubber Stamps....c/s Bazzill and papers My Minds Eye (Madison Ave.) the polka dot paper is from my scrap stash....inks Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic EK Success open scallop border edge punch, various snow flake punches and SU's window tag punch.....embellishments Glitz Stickles on scarf,bodice and shoes...regular Stardust Stickles on dress hem and snowflakes, ribbon half back pearls

Card Challenges.....
Simon Says Challenge......Christmas card without any reds or greens
Bunny Zoe's Crafts.....Sparkle & Shine
The Crazy Challenge......Use at least 3 design papers
Cupcake Craft.....Non-Traditional holiday card
Alphabet Challenge Blog...Glitter
The Character Cafe.....Glitter!!!

Have a beautiful day and if you have to be on the road, drive safely.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Purple Celebration

Hello Everyone,

I'm starting off the week with some fabulous news...I'm a new designer for My Cute Stamps! I was thrilled to bits when I received the news and could not wait to receive my DT starter kit. I tell you, the stamps are super cute, the images stamp like a dream and most of all, you get a lot of stamps for one reasonable price!

My image is from My Cute Stamps Royal Celebration stamp set and would you believe that a total of 13 stamps are in this kit? I see myself having tons of fun making note cards for special and everyday events, the possibilities are endless!

I also want to mention that here in Michigan, we received our first snowfall for the winter season and it came in with a bang! Smiley from We have a mixture of snow and ice and school has already been canceled for today. I'm not saying that having a snow day so early is unusual but normally, most snow days take effect in the months of January and February. If this snow storm is any indication of what our winter is going to be like, all I can say is "we are in for an good old fashioned winter"! Smiley from

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by! Smiley from

card details....
stamp and sentiment by My Cute Stamps...c/s Bazzill and PTI...inks Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Nesties petite circle die and decorative elements eyelet circle die, SU's window tab punch,MS fancy scallop border edge punch and Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder...embellishments ribbon,mini roses and extra fine glitter

card challenges.....
Catered Crop...Use any ingredients from the recipe chart (my ingredients....Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Bazzill c/s, Cuttlebug embossing folder (Swiss Dots) and glitter)
My Sheri CRAFTS....Parties/Celebrations
Fresh Brewed Challenges...Sparkle & Bling
Paper Pretties....Punches


Friday, December 10, 2010

Claudia & Co. .....December "Spotlighting" Challenge

Hello and Happy Friday!

This month's Claudia & Company's challenge theme is "Spotlighting"! We want you to spotlight a particular area of your card and you can apply this technique in various ways. You can either color in your image and spotlight a particular area of your image by omitting color in that area or you can stamp your image and only color in a particular area of interest. The choice is yours to make and we would love to see your take on our spotlighting challenge.

I'm not 100% pleased with the results of my spotlighting but after viewing the Claudia & Co. DT cards, I have an idea for future cards using this technique. Winter Hannah's colors are almost monochrome and I simply spotlighted an area of Winter Hannah's skirt and jacket. Other features are the embossed snowflake background,tiny snowflakes and ribbon.

Be sure to stop by and check out the Claudia & Company Blog and check out the DT cards. I love each DT members take on the challenge and I hope that you are inspired as well. You have a month to complete your card and all cards are to be uploaded to the Claudia & Company Blog. The only are required to use Claudia & Company Stamps. Have a great weekend and have fun with the challenge!
card details.... stamp and sentiment....Claudia & Company (Winter Hannah)...c/s Bazzill & PTI...inks Copic Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and EK Succes wavey scallop border edge punch and snowflake punch...embellishments Stickles,half back Pearls and ribbon
card challenges.....
Frosted Designs....Ribbon
If The Shoe Fits....Texture
Paper Cutz....Must have something relating to snow flakes....(I used my snowflake punch and my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder)
Studio 313...Sparkle & Bling
AiFactory......Holiday or Christmas
Glitterbabe's....Christmas...No Green or Red

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

All That Scraps Wednesday.....Holiday Gift Ideas

Note* This is my second post for today, please scroll down for The Pixie Cottages Sparkle & Shine Challenge.

Hello Again!

This weeks All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge is to make gifts for the holiday season. I made a trio of gifts that range from a cocoa treat holder, a nugget treat box and a mini decorated tin.

I found the inspiration for my cocoa treat holder here and the instructions are super easy to follow. Perched on top of the cocoa treat holder is the adorable new C.C. Designs Sugarplum "Brr Emma". I settled for traditional holiday colors and added gold embellishments for sparkle.
A few months ago, I brought a die-cut from my local scrap store. The scalloped die cut was a mini treat holder that had enough room for a single nugget candy. I made a template from the die cut and after several attempts, I came up with a version similar to the one I brought from my LSS.
My treat bag was made with Spellbinder dies and this is what the inside of my treat holder looks like. There is just enough room for a single nugget or in my case, two Hershey's Bliss Chocolates. I also decorated a mini round tin with design papers, ribbon, a flower, gold cord and a tiny gold bell.
The inside of the tin is filled with a few York mini Peppermint Patties.

Be sure to stop by All That Scraps Blog for more holiday gift ideas. The DT did a fabulous job and their creations will surely inspire you! Should you decide to take on this weeks challenge, keep in mind that you can use any stamp that is sold at the All That Scraps On-line Store. Link your creations to the All That Scraps Blog , you have until next Tuesday and the deadline is 9:00 est. The winner of our gift idea challenge will win a $15.00 gift certificate from the All That Scraps Store. Have fun with this weeks challenge and I'm hoping that you "knock our socks off" with your creativity!

stamp C.C. Designs Sugarplums "Brr Emma", sentiment Whimsy Stamps, c/s Bazzill, DP Imaginisce...inks Copic Markers, SU's Olive and Memento Tuxedo Spellbinders Sm. Big Scallop die,Scor- Pal, dbl. sided tape, corner rounder punch and small edged scallop scissors...embellishments ribbon, half back pearls, gold cord, Stickles, clear treat bag and mini gold bells.

Blog Challenges......
Really Reasonable Ribbon.....Anything but card and must include ribbon
Saturday Challenge....Christmas
Mark's Finest Papers...Red & Green
* Pile it on - it's all in the wrapping

* A crafty little place - anything goes
* scrap-creations - anything goes
* sugar sweet paper treats - anything goes
* top tip tuesday - anything goes
* There's magic in the air with paper cupcake - anything goes
* totally stampalicious - anything goes
* Bugaboo stamps - anything goes
* Creative inspirations - christmas gifts
* little red wagon - christmas tag or bag

Paper Sundaes.....Gift It!

Pixie Cottage #48...Guest Sketch/Sparkle & Shine Theme

Hello Everyone and Happy Wednesday!

Today I am saying "Happy Wednesday" and I'm finally feeling it for a change. It feels so great to feel healthy again!

Getting on with this weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge, this weeks challenge theme is "Sparkle & Shine" and our sketch was designed by the talented Pam Limmerick. Thanks for the inspiration and lovely sketch Pam!

My card features the adorable Hannah with Candle and I made sure to add lots of sparkle. I combined the traditional Christmas colors of red,white and green with lovely holiday design papers and fun holiday ribbon.

We only have a couple of challenges left and you really want to make sure to get in on all of the challenge fun. Be sure to stop by the Pixie Cottage Blog and check out the design teams Sparkle and Shine creations for inspiration and the challenge rules. We hope that you have lots of fun with this weeks challenge as we look forward to viewing your creations!

card details.... stamp The Pixie Cottage's Hannah with Candle and sentiment by Papertrey Ink, c/s Bazzill and PTI, dp Papertrey used Nesties oval scallop die and EK Success open border scallop edge punch...embellishments machine stitching, button, Stickles, Martha Stewart glitter cut tinsel for snow and ribbon from Michael's...inks Copic Markers

I hope that your day is off to a great start and that all is well! Take care and thanks so much for stopping by!

My card also qualifies for the following blog challenges......
Bugaboo - Anything Goes
Card Making Mama's - Anything Goes
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas
The Paper Players - Christmas
Little Paper Shop - Funky Edge
Paper Issues - Holiday Hookup
Diva Stamper - Photo Inspiration
Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas or Advent
The Secret Crafter - Christmas
Papercutz - Christmas with 2 patterned papers
Stamp Something - Christmas Colors
Speedy the Cat's Friends - Red and Green