“Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself.” - Anawanitia


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Taking a temporary absence....

Hello Friends!

First & foremost, I wish HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all!

I am travelling until the second week of January 2011, and will not be able to create or post until after then.
I hope that you will re-join me at that time!  Until then, MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #88

Hello again, my crafty friends!

Please join me this week for another fun
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge

This week's theme is "Blue, Blue Christmas"

This week's fabulous prizes donated by:

PRIZE: $10 Gift Certificate

and

PRIZE: Winner’s CHOICE of FOUR Digis!


Here is my card for this week...

I do hope you'll join us this week. My team mates & I look forward to seeing your Christmas card or project using only colors of BLUE…Oh, and don’t forget to STAMP! Afterall, we don’t call this STAMPtacular Sunday for nothing!


Thanks for visiting today - please leave me a comment to let me know that you stopped by!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Christmas Birthday

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Please join me my crafty friends, for another fun challenge at the CRAFT Challenge blog - week #79.

This week's challenge theme:  "Christmas Birthday"
Our challenge is sponsored by TOUCAN STAMPS


I happen to have two December babies! 
Here is one of their birthday cards, also my DT project for this week....
 

Thanks for visiting today. Please show me some love by leaving me a comment! 


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I made TOP 3 at Die cut Dreams!

 
My thanks to the uber talented ladies over at Die cut Dreams Challenge blog, for selecting my project for
their "Anything But A Card" TOP 3.

Here's what caught their eye....

 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #87

Happy Sunday, Friends! 
Please join me for another fun  
This week's challenge theme is
“FALL”ing For You!

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project all about LOVE, but using only FALL COLORS! Don’t forget to include a STAMP on your finished work! Afterall, we're not called STAMPtacular Sunday for nothing!

We have two wonderful sponsors this week:

The lovely Barb, former Stamptacular DT Member,
has donated this fabulous prize!
-AND -

CraftBrule

Here's my DT card for this week...
Clean & simple....that's my approach to this week's card.  Can you believe it?  Me, who takes forever to finish a single card?! Oh my!  lol! 

I had this beautiful paper from Basic Gray in my stash (for like, forever) & I didn't want to cover up the beautiful print.  In this case, less is definitely better! I stitched around the page, added a sheer green ribbon & topped it with a ribbon jewel.  TA-DA! 

Please join us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. My DT Sisters can't wait to see your beautiful creations!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #78

Hello my crafty friends!  It's Thursday, time for another fun challenge at The C.R.A.F.T. Challenge

This week's challenge theme is
"Christmas Present"

For this challenge, you will create a GIFT.  Something that you would give to someone special.

This week's challenge is sponsored by The Crafty Pad


The lucky winner will receive this lovely polymer snowglobe stamp

Here's a little something I made for a special young man...
Sshhhh! He doen't know it yet!

I'm gonna have to add a little more to this (lol!)
But this is all I had at the time of this picture...so this is just for the effect ;)

There's an enclosed gift card too...

I used magnets for the closure
Project materials:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Real Red;
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Vintage Christmas, Impression Obsession background stamp
Ink: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip; Adondrinak Lake Mist; Versamark, Clear & copper embossing powders
Tools: Square Nestabilities, Stampin' Up! Tab & Label Punches
Embellishments: Poinsettas, Stickles Stardust


Please join us at The C.R.A.F.T. Challenge! My team mates & I can't wait to see your gorgeous Christmas gift creations!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:


Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Time for Giving

I know we still have yet to get past Thanksgiving, but think of it, Christmas is fast approaching too!
I actually started making my homemade gifts, and our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday has provided a perfect opportunity to get everyone inspired and in the mood for the holidays.

Please join me for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #86: "A Time for Giving"

For this week's challenge you will create a gift for someone for a special occasion. NO CARDS ALLOWED! …However, don’t forget to STAMP! Afterall, we are the STAMPtacular Sunday Challenge!

This week's fabulous prize donated by:

PRIZE: This lovely Magnolia Stamp 
 
Here's a special gift I created - all festive
and twinkley, and loaded with lots of sweets!
Check out the twinkling lights wrapped around the roof trim!  Ooooh!  It's actually a necklace, which I was lucky enough to find at a Hallmark shop...
I saw the necklace & knew that it would be perfect on this little lantern!

The stamp on this side is "Mistletoe Mouse" from Impression Obsession.

 
The stamp on this side is "Merry Mouse" from Impression Obsession.

I hope you'll play along with us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - my DT Sisters & I look forward to seeing your awesome gift creations!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
OSAT #40: Choose a season or Event
Crafty Cardmakers: Anything but a Card
A Spoonful of Sugar: Anything Goes

Thursday, November 18, 2010

CRAFT Challenge #77

It's Thursday again, and that means it's time for another C.R.A.F.T Challenge

Please join us for C.R.A.F.T Challenge #77:  Use Vellum on your card or project.  Layer it, emboss it....time to get creative with Vellum!

Our fabulous prize is provided by
http://shop.sewmanycards.com
Prize for the winner is their choice of 5 stamps from the shop.
 
Here is my vellum creation.......
A Christmas Luminaria
For easier access to the votive, I made a door on hinges. 

I really love these lanterns, and have made several of them for various occasions other than just Christmas.  This lantern based on a Lantern Gift Box which I found HERE

Basically, I followed the template, except that I attached the roof to the lantern base (it's glued, so the roof top does not open.)  Then to access the votive, I made a door which is attached by small hinges. 
Project matierials:
Stamps:  All images are from Di's Digi Downloads
* Images were printed on X-Press It Blending Card & coloured with Copics
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Real Red, My Mind's Eye DP
Tools:  Spellbinders Labels #8, Martha Stewart large & small Snowflake punches
Embellishments:  Door hinges, hardware by Tim Holtz

Please join us this week at the CRAFT Challenge - my DT mates & I can't wait to see your wonderful creations!

I've also entered this project in the Paper Cubed Challenge: Votive Holder


Monday, November 15, 2010

Something gorgeous, something blue....

I had been working on this piece & wasn't it just my luck that is qualifies for the Wild Orchid Challenge #10 - "Blue Christmas"

So I quick finished this project so I can enter this week's contest, and TA-DA!


I was really happy with the final outcome of this piece... I had been working on it on and off since August!  I often do that - start on something then I hit a HUGE creative block so I let it sit, while I "mull things over" then return to that project as the thoughts come to me.  So you see, this took 3 months in the making!  LOL!  (But only because I'm my own worst critic!)

Look at these yummy, luscious flowers from Wild Orchid
...ooooh! aaah! WOW!

I am also entering this project in the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes Challenge #44: "Pick Your Sundae Toppings" - Two toppings for me please: PUNCHES, RIBBON and BLUE