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

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 -


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
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

A Classic Christmas TOP 3

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!

My thanks to the Creative ladies at the Wild Orchid Challenge, for choosing my card for their TOP 3 for Challenge #9 "Classic Christmas".

You can see my original post for this card HERE

Lovely Lavendar & Lace is a Winner!

My creation won the Week #35 Challenge: "Lavendar & Lace" at The Shabby Tea Room!

I'd like to express my thanks to Debbie Marcinkiewicz and the super talented Shabby Girls at The Shabby Tea Room, for this honor!

I love, love the challenge themes at The Shabby Tea Room!  And let me just say, that the design team creations are nothing less than AMAZING and truly INSPIRING!

Here is what caught their eye.....

You can view my original post HERE

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Good googy-moogly!

My bad!  I'm a little late with this post... I should've known, because I did not have a good start this morning.  And it all began with making my first cup of coffee!  But before I start my whinning...
Happy Sunday, Dear Friends!  Come join me and my uber-talented DT Sisters for another fun challenge at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

This week we have a SKETCH challenge for you:
Please feel free to flip it, flop it, twist it or turn it BUT please make sure the original sketch is visible in your finished work.  Oh, and don’t forget to STAMP! Afterall, we are the STAMPtacular Sunday Challenge blog! >wink!<

This week's prize is donated by our fabulous sponsor
PRIZE: $25.00 Gift Certificate

Here is my DT card for this challenge,
using a digi image from My Favorite Things

I kinda feel like I need a visit from that friendly nurse.  Not for medication, but a HUGE cup of strong coffee & a GI-NORMOUS chocolate bar!  Oh you thought I'd get through this post without whinning? Oh heck no! (lol)  Here's my "Wah!".... I have a fancy-schmancy Kuerig coffee brewer - you know the type that has little "K-cups" which you just drop in for an individual cup of coffee.  Well, me being the coffee snob that I am, decided to forego the "K-cup" to grind my own coffee.... Mmmm! Yeah well, I guess I was not quite awake as I began to prepare my coffee. I forgot to add the filter. Duh! Water & coffee grind everywhere! What a mess! OK, so I try again...bleh! Huge iceberg like blobs of grind in my new cup of coffee! Then finally, after a 3rd try I get my mandatory & long awaited cup of coffee.  Geez....it took me a good 20 minutes just to make a single cup of coffee! Was it worth it? Oh yes!

OK that was my "Wah!" for the day. I'm sure things will brighten up after this cup of coffee...thanks for lending me an ear & thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!