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Chubby Snowman

Happy Friday!
I hope everyone has had a lovely week!  We are off on our Christmas vacation to Michigan!  Going to be a busy week, but it will be nice to be with family for the holiday.

We have yet another amazing release from Sami Stamps today!  They just keep getting better and better!  This week is all about our favorite winter friend-Snowmen!!

I chose to use the Chubby Frost image for my card:
He's just so cute and round, I couldn't help but snag him up.  I went with traditional Christmas colors for my card.  Seems I haven't done many of those yet...been using a lot of blue for my Christmas cards...so it felt nice to put these colors together again.

The whole card is very simple...I've been running around like a mad woman trying to get everything ready for us to leave, and had a trillion other cards to get done as well...but I still love how it turned out!  I added a few vellum snowflakes around the top with a sequin and gem in the center for some sparkle.

This chubby guy looked like he needed to be holding a banner.  So I stamped out a sentiment on vellum again, cuz I didn't want to cover him up, and glued it across the span of his twig arms.  Finished it all off with some glitter on his hat and glossy accents on his buttons and eyes!!

Be sure to visit Sami Stamps to check out this adorable release and to see the other Amazing DT creations!  I'll have another scheduled post next Friday to show another one of the images from this release, so don't forgot to stop by!!

Merry Christmas! <3

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Merry Christmas!!

Happy Tuesday!
I hope everyone has had a lovely week so far! I am frantically scrambling around the apartment trying to get everything finished that I need to before we head out to Michigan for Christmas.  It's crazy!  Always feels like I should have more time...and then it's all gone!

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  I will have a few scheduled posts pop up over the next few weeks, so don't forgot to visit!  But do take some time to step away from the computer and enjoy your families during the holidays!! <3

Today we start our final challenge of the year at Tuesday Throwdown!  We will be on a 2 week break after this challenge for Christmas, but we'll be back January 6!
Our challenge this week is Anything Christmas!
We're excited to have our very own CraftyGirl sponsoring this weeks challenge!  Be sure to check out her CraftyGirl Creations shop!

For my card, I have used the lovely Merry Christmas Holly 1 image.  It's been colored in with my markers very simply.  I tried to do a little shading on the letters.  Once the image was colored, I covered everything in a couple layers of clear glitter brush and a generous amount of glossy accents!  Getting the glossy accents on was a lot of work...but I found if I put a big glob through the middle of the letter and then pushed it around with a pin, it worked out pretty well.

Once that was completely dry, I added in some distress ink around the edges for some fun depth.  Because the image was covered with the glossy accents, it resisted all the distress ink, leaving my image still nice and crisp!  I also went over all the swirls with a black Wink of Stella glitter brush for a little more sparkle.

The rest of the card came together really smooth.  I wanted the image to take center stage so I only added a little bit of twine and some scallop edges to pop it up from the green background.

I hope you will join us this week!  Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Happy Howl-idays: Take 2

Happy Friday!!!
One more week and we will be on the nice long drive to Michigan to spend Christmas with our families!  It's coming so much faster than I'm ready for it to...so got to keep myself moving!  Lots to do over the next week :)

Last week we had a fabulously cute release over at Sami Stamps.  Totally adorable puppies and kitties, just perfect for Christmas.  I chose to use the Present Pups image for the release.  Those 3 little cuties just called my name.  But unfortunately, I didn't make a card that really showcased them well enough.  I just didn't like it, and I knew I needed to redo it to give my best work to Sami...she deserves that from me.

So I tried again :)
Ah, much better :)  It's not perfect...I know.  It feels a little empty, but at the same time, I knew that I couldn't put anything else on it.

I decided to keep the coloring of the puppies the same.  They turned out so cute on the first card, that I just wanted to stick with the same colors.  I did darken up the present box they are in though to try and work it a little better with the darker papers I've used.  I kept the sentiment the same as well, and tried my best to heat emboss it...but it dried too quickly for me to get the powder to stick.  So I went over the whole thing with a Wink of Stella glitter brush which added just enough moisture to the top so I could quickly sprinkle the powder on letter by letter.  It worked, and I'm happy with it :)

Since our challenge this month at Sami Stamps is Christmas Embellishments, and I used jingle bells on the last card, I opted for something different.  These creamish colored snowflakes worked really well and matched the color scheme.  And that's it for the details!  Still a pretty simple card, but I love it so much more.  It just flows a lot better :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Chocolate Coffee Cards #80-Christmas
    Crafts 4 Eternity #206-Christmas
    Crafty Catz #259-Last Minute Christmas
    Creative Fingers #60-Anything Goes/Traditional Christmas
    Divas by Design-Seeing Red
    Fab n Funky #241-Christmas
    The Corrosive Challenge #214-Anything Goes
    The Crazy Challenge #186-Christmas

Thanks for stopping by!  <3

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I Miss You

Happy Wednesday!!
It's my DT day over at Meljen's Designs!!  I had a ton of fun putting this card together!  It felt nice to step away from Christmas cards for a little bit, even though I'm right back at them today :)
I laid out most of the details on this card in my post at Meljen's Designs, so I'll just touch on a few points here.  I've really been digging my watercolors!  Can't get enough of them!  So of course I snagged them for the background on this card.  I love the soft watery blue, it's just so pretty!

The adorable image is Heart Strings Parasol from Meljen's Designs.  I've colored it in lightly with my ShinHan markers before adding some glitter brush to the edges and a few liquid pearls for detail.  The hearts were die cut from some glitter paper and glued down with glossy accents.

I drew a lot of inspiration for this card from the Time Out Challenge this week.  One part that I totally loved about the inspiration card was the sentiment and how one word really stood out.  I don't have many sentiments like that, so decided to try and miss-match a few.  I ended up using a stamp from the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals, and the "You" from the Simon Says Stamp You Are Pawesome set to create my sentiment.  And I love it!  They aren't a perfect match to coordinate together, but they are both fancy and I just love them together!

And of course, no card these days is complete without glitter.  So I bordered the whole panel with some sparkly blue glitter paper :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Card Mania #61-Favorite Color Combo (right now it's blue and silver...can't get enough of it!)
    Penny's Paper Crafty #207-Anything Other Than Christmas
    Sassy Studio #258-All That Glitters
    Time Out #20-CASE Amy Wanford
    Word Art Wednesday #162-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I truly appreciate that you took a little time from your day to visit <3

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Happy Howl-idays!!

Happy Friday!!!
It is time for another fabulous release from Sami Stamps!  Woot Woot!!  I can never get enough of her releases and they are always so perfect!  This release is no different.  It's a Christmas Mix release and definitely one you want to go check out!

I decided to use Present Pups for my release card.
To be honest...this card doesn't sit right with me.  Something is just off with it and I'm not sure what...maybe the checker background...the colors?  I'm not sure.  I still like it, but feel I could have done something different to make it much better.

To start, I took a couple shades of red distress ink and blended out the background before spritzing it with some shimmer mist.  I had the checkerboard panel cut out from a different card idea and grabbed that to place over top of the reds.  Maybe white wasn't the right color?...I don't know.

The image was the most fun to work with!  Since I don't have puppies, I had to sift around for some coloring inspiration and settled on a rescue organization out in Washington called Panda Paws Rescue.  I've been following them on Facebook for awhile now and my heart goes out to them for all the work they do with the pups that they rescue.  Amazing people there!!

They have a few dogs that I just adore-Duncan Lou "Dubs", Effie, and Maggie Simpson.  I did my best to color in my pups to represent these 3 adorable cuties :)

The card was finished off with a button strung with some red twine and a couple of jingle bells, and a perfectly fitting sentiment from Create with TLC.  I printed the sentiment onto vellum so I could heat emboss it with some black sparkle powder.

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps today!  We are starting a new challenge and we want to see your Christmas Embellishments!!  I've been using snowflakes a lot lately, so I opted for the jingle bells this time around.  But you can use anything you feel represents a Christmas embellishment!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    DigiStamps4Joy #105-Christmas
    Pattie's Creations #105-Christmas Cards
    Simon Says-Christmas/Holidays
    Sweet Sunday Sketch #247
    Totally Gorjuss #264-Christmas Animals

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Happy Thursday!
We are starting a new challenge at Meljen's Designs.  We want to see you Holiday cards!  I've really been trying to push myself to make Christmas cards these last few weeks.  It's been tough this year, but I'm working on it :)

Meljen's Designs has so many fabulous images, it's always so hard to decided which one I want to use.  But this sweet little Woodland Christmas Tree was just calling to me when I browsed through my images.
I really wanted to do something fun for this card.  So decided to pull out my watercolors and work on creating some sort of Northern Lights type sky.  My first attempt went horribly wrong, but thankfully I learned from it and was able to create something that I really love!  I should have added a few more darker spots in some areas, but overall it's exactly what I set out to create.

Of course, right in the middle of working on this card, our computer crashed and I wasn't able to print off my image until Matthew got home to fix the computer.  Thank goodness he is a computer wiz!  I love my geeky husband <3

So the image ended up being colored in a super rush so I could get my card finished in time to send it off to my team leader...so it isn't colored all that great.  But it sparkles, so that makes it pretty and helps distract from the sub-par coloring :)

To finish it all off, I die cut a couple layers of vellum and a dark blue to mimic some rolling snow hills and layered them together around the tree.  Then tied a simple little twine bow.  The sentiment was an after thought...like always.  I got really lucky that the stamping of it came out crisp since that whole panel was already mounted up on foam tape.  But it worked!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards #29-Blue Christmas
    Curtain Call-Clearly Christmas

    Mojo Monday #374
    Simon Says Stamp-Christmas/Holidays

Be sure to stop by Meljen's Designs to join in this awesome challenge.  And remember, we no longer require the use of a Meljen's Designs image to enter, but if you do use one, you get a double entry!!

Thanks for visiting!! <3

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Glory to God

Hey everyone!
I totally forgot it was Tuesday and that we are starting a new challenge today over at Tuesday Throwdown!!  Whoops :)

With the holidays in full swing, it seems every card I make or project I think up involves glitter or sparkle of some sort.  I try to clean up my desk and put everything away, and all the glitter bottles seem to just creep back out and stare at me.  But it's okay!  Christmas projects are meant to sparkle!

Which is perfect for our "Bling It On" challenge!!
Our sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish and they have provided some awesome images for the team to use!  I chose the Angel Chorus image and printed it on vellum.  I did that because I wanted to heat emboss the image with some sparkly powder and it wouldn't work on regular paper, but the printer ink stays nice and wet on vellum and gives me plenty of time to sprinkle the embossing powder on.  All that sparkle is so perfect for this image.

I used my new Mama Elephant Borderlines Trio set again for this card.  This scroll type die cut was the whole reason I chose to purchase this set, I just love it!  Since the image is on vellum, I needed to add something behind it.  So I chose some soft patterned paper that matched the elegance of this image perfectly and die cut them together.  Then layered some burgundy cardstock behind it and die cut that as well so it gave a nice border.

The rest of the card was left really simple.  I printed off a fitting sentiment from Doodle Pantry's Holiday Greetings set and layered that onto some ribbon.  To finish it off, I added just a few clear gems around the sentiment.  Not sure I'm sold on having those on the card yet, but they look nice anyhow.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafting When We Can #83-Clean and Simple
    Creative Inspirations #291-Christmas
    Fussy and Fancy #128-Holiday
    Time Out #19-Embossing with Sparkle
    Word Art Wednesday #160-Anything Goes

So be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown and join in the fun!!!
Thanks for visiting <3
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Mischievous Little Kitty

Hey everyone!!  Happy Monday!
Are you all recovered from the holiday last week?  I really miss having big Thanksgiving get togethers with the family...or even friends.
We tend to end up spending holidays alone now since we don't live near family and friends are scarce.  But it allows us to focus on our relationship and grow closer together.

With all this holiday stuff going on, it's slowly been getting me more and more into the Christmas mood.  I'm still struggling a little with it, not sure why...maybe I'm just not ready for the year to be over already.  But it's growing on me...and after getting our Christmas decorations up this weekend, I feel a little bit more giddy for Christmas.

I recently won a gift certificate to Newton's Nook.  That is a stamp company that totally speaks to my heart.  I can't get enough of all the adorable little kitty stamps they have!  Narrowing down my selection was incredibly difficult, but in the end I decided on the Newton's Antics set because it offered a little more versatility in being able to stretch those images for multiple occasions.  Today's card shows exactly that:
I know that Newton's Nook has a stamp set with an image included like this one, with the lights wrapped around the kitty.  But since I don't have that set, I used what I did have to create the image.  And I totally love it!  I colored the little kitty up like our darling Ezio because he is just the kind of cat that would get himself wound up in the Christmas lights :)

After coloring in all the little bulbs, I covered each one with a little bit of shimmer and a good coating of glossy accents.  It turned out exactly as I wanted it to!  Love it!

The rest of the card was just layered together with some coordinating papers.  I used a border die from the Mama Elephant  Borderlines Trio set for the bottom border, and heat embossed my sentiment in white to help it pop.

To help carry out the red, I coated some white enamel dots with a few layers of red stickles and let them dry before adding them to my project.  The cream background was stenciled over with a matching vanilla color in a checker pattern...I didn't want it to be just a plain color and the subtle pattern works really well, though you can't hardly see it in the picture.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
On a side note, I've added some new cards to my Etsy shop!  You can click "Here" to go straight there, or click on the My Etsy Shop tab up at the top to get a quick peak at the thumbnails of the cards. <3

I'd like to enter this mischievous kitty card into the following challenges:
    2 Cute Ink #120-Pet Theme
    Addicted to Stamps and More #123-Holiday
    Deconstructed Sketch #178
    Fab n Funky #239-Anything Goes w/Die Cuts
    Newton's Nook Inky Paws #16-Christmas
    Ooh La La #170-Christmas
    Sentimental Sundays #235-Lots of Layers
    Simon Says-Anything Goes
    Totally Gorjuss #264-Christmas Animal
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Christmas Lights

Happy day after Thanksgiving!!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful family day yesterday.

I'm stopping in real quick with a little reminder card for Sami Stamps!
 This image is Christmas Lights Mermaid from the fabulous release last week!  I decided to try and do a deep ocean type look for my background.  It's kind of hard to see in this pic, but there is a subtle gradient to the blues so she looks like she's deep down in the ocean.  It's really pretty, and I misted it with some glimmer spray so it's super sparkly.

Since she's wrapped in Christmas lights, I tried to give them a little halo in the water.  I tried several things to get the look I wanted and ended up liking the chalk the best, but it's still really soft and a bit hard to see as well.

I went with a fun color scheme for all my papers since they matched the watery background the best and added some large sparkly snowflakes to finish it all off!

Our Anything Goes challenge is still open for a few more days, so run on over to Sami Stamps and join in!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image!!

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Mistletoe Kisses - Sami Stamps Release!!!

Hi everyone and Happy Friday!!!!
It is time once again for a new Sami Stamps release!!  You're going to totally love this one, it's all about Christmas Mermaids!!  Eek!!  So fun!

For my card this week, I've used the lovely Mistletoe Kisses Mermaid.
I just love this image so much!  This card took me several attempts though...I had this really fun idea in my head to have some sort of watery swirled looking background behind the kissing mermaid and fish.  After a couple practices, I felt ready to put it on the card.  Well...first round I messed up big time and had to scrap it.  Second round, I sprayed the background too many times and it smeared quite a bit...but I went with it anyhow hoping to salvage it...and failed again.  I had tried to turn it into a shaker card and ended up loading so much stuff into the shaker that the image ended up covered completely...so scraped that.

And tried again.  This time, I went slow with my swirls and I carefully misted the background, checking after each spritz to make sure it wasn't too saturated.  And it turned out perfect!  To do the watery background, I just cut a couple of masks with a border die and swiped my ink blending tool away from it to get a faded line.

I printed off the image twice so I could get more of a 3D look by layering them together with foam tape in between.  To add a little more excitement to the present, I took some silver thread and wound it around in loops behind the bow.  I also stuffed a couple bows in the lower right corner to get a fun shoot of string there as well.

To finish it all off, I just scattered some pearls around the image and heat embossed my sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas Elegant Christmas stamp set (appears to be sold out since I can't find the link to it..)!!  That sentiment just seemed perfect for this lovey image! Fun fun!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    613 Avenue Create #98-Anything Goes/Hello
    Catered Crop-Anything Goes
    Crafty Catz #256-Winter Theme
    Delightful Challenge-Add Bling
    Sweet Sunday Sketch #245
    The Cat's Pajamas #279-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #159-Anything Goes

So be sure to visit Sami Stamps today and check out all the awesome DT creations!!  And don't forget about our Anything Goes challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Thanks For All You Do

Hey everyone!
Time for a new challenge at Meljen's Designs!  This weeks theme is Thank You.  Since I opened the gates on the Christmas cards yesterday, I figured I should keep with that theme a bit.  The Christmas type supplies have been sitting on my desk for weeks now, and my little pile of completed Christmas cards grows a little more each day, but I held off sharing them just because I wasn't ready for that season to be here yet.

But with the snow on the ground and the wind so cold your blood freezes...I figured it was time.  So for my card this week, I kept with the feeling of the holidays.
I used this super adorable image from Meljen's Designs called Cozy Little Chickadees.  I just adore this image.  They are so cute and snug together...and who can resist Chickadees!  The image has been colored in with my ShinHan markers and cut out with an oval die.  For the little snow piles on the branch, I "painted" on some embossing paste and covered it with some sparkly embossing powder before heat setting it so that it bubbled just a little.  It adds some fun texture and shine to the whole image.

Overall, this card is pretty simple.  The poinsettia came together super quick.  I just had to sit around and wait for it to completely dry before I could add it to my card.  I coated the strands of twine with some star dust stickles as well...so more waiting for that to dry.  Took quite a while, but in the end was totally worth it all!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps and More #122-Make Your Mark
    Crafting When We Can #82-Use Your Markers
    Divas by Design-Let it Snow
    Fussy and Fancy #127-Pairs or Two of a Kind
    Penny's Paper Crafty #204-Anything Goes

Be sure to swing by Meljen's Designs and join in our fun challenge!  Remember you don't have to use a Meljen's image, but you get a double entry if you do!!  Oh and don't forget about their sale!  You can read all about it in my post here.

Thanks for visiting! <3

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First Official Christmas Card!

Hey Everyone!  Happy Tuesday!
Well, it's finally happening.  I am posting my first Christmas card of the year!  I've avoided it for so long, but now it must happen.  But I don't think there is a better card to start the season with than this one.
We start a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown and the challenge is Christmas Tags.  So I decided to add my tag to a fun card.  Our awesome sponsor this week is MyGrafico and they have provided the most adorable images for my team to use!  This sweet image that I've used on my card is from the Christmas Santa set!

I started off by using a couple of new Winnie & Walter products that I won from their most recent release.  I used the Scenery: Big Band Sci-Fi Star Creative Screenings and laid down a thin layer of embossing paste over it.  Once I removed the stencil, I covered all that embossing paste with some sparkly clear glitter.  I also added a few red splatters for extra interest.

For the tag, I took the new Peppermint Zone stamp and misted it with some perfect pearl/water mist.  Then set it right down on top of my festive berries inked piece of paper and "stamped" with the water.  Since distress inks react with water, this resulted in a faded look where the stamp was, but left behind all that shimmer from my pearl mist.  It's so awesome!  I know I'm going to have loads of fun with that stamp!

To finish off the tag before adding it to my card, I strung some twine through the top and then coated it with some multi medium matte, then wrapped it around a pencil so that it would curl.  I set that aside to dry while I worked on the images and sentiment.

The sentiment was cut with my silhouette about 4 times, layered together and then coated in glossy accents and glitter.  I colored up my images with my Shin Han markers and then fussy cut around them and adhered them onto my tag, adding just a little touch of red stickles to the holly berries.  Put everything together, and it was done!

I totally adore this card!  It was the perfect creation to pull me out of my multi-week lull of having nothing creative run through my mind.  And this card sparkles so much, I can't help but smile when I look at it!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafty Catz #255-Christmas is Coming
    Delightful Challenge-Happy Holidays
    Inky Impressions #185-Animals
    Simon Says Stamp-Stars
    Winnie & Walter-Join in to win

So be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown and join in our Tags challenge!! Thanks for visiting! <3

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A Couple of Special Offers!!

Hey everyone!
I don't have a card to share today..don't worry I have LOTS of ideas swirling in my head!  Just been busy with other projects, which I will share with you next week. (They're pretty cool!!!)

But! I wanted to share a couple of awesome offers from some of my favorite companies!  Just so happens, I'm also on their design teams :)  Lucky me!!

First up is Sami Stamps!
What an awesome deal!  Why wouldn't you enter for the chance to win 15% off every purchase!?  Sami always has the best images in her release (believe me...I've seen next weeks..and wowzers!!)  If you're anything like me, browsing amazing images AND having a discount is like the perfect recipe to empty my bank account :) 

So YES!  Go spend some money so you're entered to win this awesome prize!!  Here are her shop links:
Sami Stamps Blog/Shop
Sami Stamp Etsy Shop

And to help further convince you...here are a few of my favorite Sami Stamps cards that I've made:

And for my second enabler message!

A 50% off sale!!??  Woot!  Meljen's Designs is another all time favorite stamp company of mine!  Again, you can never go wrong with having a nice large collection of Meljen's Designs images!  Plus, I have never not found an image to go with whatever design or theme I'm trying to work with.

I honestly don't know how you will choose what images you want!  Heck, buy them all!  They're 50% off!

Here, let me know show you some of their awesome images too:

Ok!  Long post, I know.  But I couldn't just let the days go by without telling you of these sweet deals!  Have to make sure you're well supplied on images :)

Oh!  And on a side note-not related to cards/images at all-my hubby's next game comes out on Tuesday!!!  The reviews have started to come in and they are amazing!  This game is going to totally rock!  So if you know a gamer, be sure to tell them about Far Cry 4!!!

Thanks for visiting and have an absolutely fabulous weekend!!!!  <3
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Sweet Little Tags Over at Meljen's Designs!

I just wanted to let you know that it's my day to share a fun project with you over at Meljen's Designs!!

Here's a little peak!
You can see the full project and post over at the Meljen's Designs Challenge Blog!!! 

Have a fabulous day!  <3

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