Friday, December 29, 2017

Cut It Up Challenge #138 ~ Calendars

Hi Crafty Friends,

This is Cut It Up Challenges final challenge for 2017!
What better way to get ready for a new year than with a Calendar challenge.

I love using my Webster's Pages Planner.  I have always used a planner (guess it's all those years of lesson plan books!), but don't always take the time to decorate the pages.  Well, this challenge gave me the opportunity to not only decorate the January pages but to also use up a lot of my extra die cuts.  Most of the cuts are from LaLa Land Crafts.

I hope you'll join our Calendar challenge - don't forget to use a die cut.

This challenge is being sponsored by

Cut it Up Challenge Blog will begin 2018 challenges on January 12.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Guest Designer for Jaded Blossom

Hi Crafty Friends,
 I was thrilled to be asked to be a Jaded Blossom guest designer today. 
 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
 Santa has always left blank Thank You notes in my daughters' stockings.  Since they were little, we felt it was important that the first thing they did after Christmas was to write notes to the people who remembered them with gifts.  This tradition has carried into their adult lives as well.
I designed two Thank You cards to share with you today.
I used Card Layer Dies 1, Border Dies, and Supersized Thank You for this card.
Along with Card Layer Dies 1, I used Card Mat Dies, Word Dies, and Cardinal Kisses.
I added twine and Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles to both cards.  The patterned papers are from Authentique.  I colored with Copics and added some Frosted Lace Stickles for the snow.
Thanks so much  Michelle and Candace for allowing me to share with you today.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DT Spotlight for Kitty Bee Designs

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm back to share another Kitty Bee Designs Spotlight project.
This month I'm using this cute Good Luck Panda image.

I colored using Copic Markers. The image and patterned paper mats were cut using Jaded Blossom's Postage Stamps Dies and Stitched Rectangle Dies. The sentiment is from JB's new Bubbly stamp set.  The patterned papers are Echo Park Dots and Stripes 6x6 pad.  After coloring, I added some sequins and twine to complete the card.

There's a new Spotlight project featuring Kitty Bee Designs' images everyday.

You'll find them HERE.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #48

Hi Crafty Friends,

This is the final post of 2017 for the Holly and Ivy Team at The Merry Christmas Challenge.
We'll be back on January 3 with Challenge #1 of 2018!

I made this fun shaker card for my final Christmas card of 2017.  The detail dies are from La-La Land Crafts and the stitched and scallop circles are from Jaded blossom.

It's difficult to tell, but I used gold linen card stock for the die cuts.  

Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!

I'll see you in the new year.  We can keep our Christmas going LOL.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Always Fun Challenges #37 ~ A Christmas Carol

Hi Crafty Friends,

This will be the final challenge of 2017 for Always Fun Challenges.
We'll be back on January 1, 2018 - eegads, where did the year go??

Our final challenge is to create something inspired by a Christmas Carol.

I went back to my monochromatic style using classic white linen pearl and some great 
La-La Land Crafts dies.

My Christmas Carol inspiration is "Joy to the World

I hope you'll join us for our final 2017 challenge.  Just follow the link above.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Cut It Up Challenge #137 ~ Boxing Up the Holidays

Hi Crafty Friends,
Once again our Cut It Up challenge is sponsored by Ink on 3 (Fluerette Bloom).  We were able to select an SVG from the store to create our project for this challenge -  gift box or bag for holiday giving.  I chose the luminary box from the Holly Days One Piece boxes set.
This was so easy to cut on the Silhouette.  I placed clear acetate behind each tree, added a star to each side and then added the bow that is part of the other set in the file.  Just snap on the votive and you've got a really cute little decoration OR a gift box without the votive - so versatile, so easy.  
I hope you'll join in our challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate from

My Bestie International ~ You still have time!

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's December 15 and I'm back to remind you that you still have time to enter
My Besties International Challenge for December.

The OPTIONAL theme is Winter Wonderland.

I've used Image 906 which can be found HERE.

Remember that you may use any image from any artist.  There are prizes for both DT entries and NON DT so don't hesitate to enter.  Just follow the link near the top of the post.

I hope your Christmas Holiday will be wonderful.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Always Fun Challenges #36 ~ Santa

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm having so much fun working on Christmas cards especially when I don't feel rushed.
I can just take the time to look through my dies and papers and watch them come together on my card bases.
Always Fun Challenge #36 is Santa.

I love this Santa/Sleigh die from La-La Land Crafts.  

I used classic linen white pearl card stock for most of the the die cuts which are from La-La Land Crafts and Jaded Blossom.  The background and sentiment is from the Mercury Glass stack that I bought at Hobby Lobby - LOVE it!!!

I hope you'll follow the link about and share your Santa projects with us.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Aloha Friday Challenge #109

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for the Mid Inspiration post for the
Aloha Friday Challenge at Kitty Bee Designs.

Challenge #109 is an Anything Goes challenge with a Christmas twist.
My sponsor image is Christmas Deer from All Dressed Up.

I think this is such a sweet image.  I colored with Copic markers.  I made a frame using Jaded Blossom Stitched Rectangles and added a sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Hello Deer stamp set.
I added some gems and a snowflake from my stash.

Mid Inspiration means you still have time to join our challenge.
You'll find the link above.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #46

Hi Crafty Friends,

Well, we're in the final stretch for this year's Christmas cards!  I always tell myself that I'll keep making them even after the holiday and this year I'll be able to do just that since TMCC will continue throughout the new year!!!

For this card, I've chosen a gold linen background and for the die cuts, classic white linen pearl and Mercury Glass.  The detailed dies are from La-La Land Crafts and the stitched mat die is from Jaded Blossom.  

Come on over and join our challenge.  If you've already mailed your cards, you'll be getting a start on next year!  Remember, you can share ANY Christmas project.  It doesn't have to be a card.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #35 ~ Snowman

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to Always Fun Challenges #35.

I love snowmen so you'd think this would have been an easy challenge for me but it wasn't.
Maybe it's because I had too many choices!!!

I just received my November release package from Jaded Blossom and one of the stamp sets
is "Yeti to Party."  It included this adorable Yeti and lots of sentiments so it can be used for many occasions.  I just love it.  So, here's my take on the snowman challenge.

Isn't he adorable?  I also used dies from JB's winter dies, border dies, and panel dies.  I colored using Copic markers.

So pick your favorite snowman and come join our challenge.  Just follow the link above.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Cut It Up Challenge #136 ~ Inspired by a Christmas Song

Hi Crafty Friends,

For Cut it Up Challenge Blog's challenge #1136 we were inspired by a Christmas song.

I choose "Oh Christmas Tree" as my inspiration for this card.

I love the way this shaker card turned out using dies from La-La Land Crafts and Jaded Blossom.
The sequin mixture is from Craftin Desert Divas - Tara creates the most amazing mixes - and the flower centers are glitter sprinkles from Doodlebug Designs.  
I used both my Cuttlebug and Gemini to cut all the dies

Our challenge sponsor is
Heartfelt Creations.

So, pick your favorite Christmas song and join in the fun.  Don't forget to use a die cut.

My Besties International Challenge Blog ~ December Challenge / Winter Wonderland

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to December!!!  Whoo hoo, it's almost Christmas.

My Besties International Challenge optional theme is
Winter Wonderland.

I've used this cute Besties image called Lil Rosie Hot Cocoa.  

Rosie was colored with Copic Markers.  Even though my home decorations are very traditional, I enjoy using some non traditional colors for my cards.  Everything on this card is from my craft stash.  I just used bits and pieces of this and that LOL.

Remember that our challenge is open to everyone.  You may used any image, any medium, any artist.

Please link your December challenge project to the link above.
You'll want to visit the Challenge blog to see the design team's amazing projects.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kitty Bee DT Spotlight

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to share my Kitty Bee November Spotlight project using
Kitty Bee Designs Pleasantly Surprised Bear.

This is such a fun image to use.  You can use it for a birthday card but I decided to add to my Christmas card collection.  
The papers and embellishments are from Carta Bella's Christmas Delivery set (last year's).  I just love the plaid papers!

Be sure to visit our Kitty Bee Spotlight blog where the designers feature different images from
 Kitty Bee Designs every day. 
Don't forget to join our weekly challenges on the


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Always Fun Challenges #34 ~ Anything Goes

Hi Crafty Friends,

This week's Always Fun Challenge #34 is ANYTHING GOES.

I love Anything Goes challenges.  It helps me get projects for special friends completed while meeting my design team obligations.

In my determination to have all of my Christmas cards completed before December, I chose to make yet another holiday card.

I love using La-La Land Craft dies. Irina introduced me to using the white on white style using classic linen pearl card stock.  I spent an evening pulling out a lot of my Christmas dies and just cutting, cutting, cutting.  Then, with all of them laid out, I started creating cards - so much fun!!!

Here's one of the results of just playing with dies and paper.

Follow the link above to join in our weekly challenge.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #44

Hi Crafty Friends,

I hope you've been finding lots of Christmas inspiration from the weekly posts on
The Merry Christmas Challenge blog.

For my team post, I'm sharing a wine tag I made for my daughter's holiday gift giving.
Actually, I made her and entire set but this one is for Christmas.

This is a great project to use your scraps on!  The wine tag base is from the
Silhouette Design Store.  I think it's the Balloons tag - I just left off the balloons and added a Sizzix branch from a thinlits set.  I also added some Nuvo Chrystal Drops "berries", a sentiment tag and jute bow.  I think it will be a great addition to her wine gifts.

I hope you're sharing your holiday ideas.  Just follow the link above to join in the fun.


Paper Crafting World Design Team post

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my last post of 2017 at Paper Crafting World.

I'm taking December off from this team so that I can complete the Christmas projects I have on my list and to simply enjoy my family.

I hope you are able to do the same.

Here's my card using Tag Lattice V4 Cut file.

All the card components were cut on my Silhouette.  The sentiment is from a die cut set I have.
I used Authentique papers and added a base so that it's a card rather than a tag.

Paper Crafting World has some amazing cut files for cards, tags, and page layouts. 
I hope you'll visit - just follow the link above.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #33 ~ Thanksgiving

Hi Crafty Friends,

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  
We're having a very small celebration this year since our daughters will be together at Aly's (oldest daughter) home in Louisiana.

Our Always Fun Challenge this week is THANKSGIVING.

For my challenge project I made this simple card using some of the banners from Jaded Blossom's Fall Banner Dies - such a cute set!

OK, I have to admit, the sentiment tag was in my stash left over from some favors I made years ago.  I'm not even sure of the cut file - it may have been a Pazzles file (a machine I no longer have).
But, I'm using my stash and that's a good thing, right?

I hope you'll join our challenge by following the link above.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Cut it Up Challenge #135 ~ Shape Card

Hi Crafty Friends,
We're making shape cards on the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.
I got an adorable file from our challenge sponsor, Fleurette Bloom called "Cutie Bugs."  I think they make adorable shape cards especially for the kiddos.
 I just duplicated the bottom petal and then welded the two to create an actual card that opens.
Everything was done on the Silhouette.
Here's a peek at the entire set.
Shape cards are so much fun.  I look forward to seeing yours.  Just follow the link above to enter our challenge.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Besties International Challenge ~ Reminder

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I'm posting a My Besties International Challenge reminder.

You still have time to enter our FALL COLORS challenge.
You may use any image from any artist.  Prizes will be given to NON DT entries and DT entries.

Here's my project using image 426.

I used patterned papers from Carta Bella's Hello Fall line.  The image mats are Jaded Blossom Stitched and Scallop Ovals dies.  The fence and fall leaves are La-La Land Crafts dies.  I colored the image using Copic markers.

Follow the link above to join in our challenge.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #32 ~ Pumpkins

Hi Crafty Friends,

For Always Fun Challenge #32 we'd like to see your pumpkins! 

Here's my project.

I LOVE this patterned paper set, Happy Fall by Carta Bella.  I decided to frame the pumpkins using Jaded Blossom Stitched Rectangle dies.  The sentiment is from JB's Fall Signs.  
The pumpkins are from La-La Land Crafts (the set also comes with faces).  I added some Nuvo Chrystal Drops around the frame and a jute bow.

Follow the link above to join in this week's challenge.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Aloha Friday Challenge #107 ~ Color Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's week 2 of Aloha Friday Challenge #107 ~ Color Challenge. 
 This means you still have time to enter!!

I'm using a cute image from one of our sponsors, My Besties.  This is image 830.

Along with Copic Markers, I also used dies from Jaded Blossom and La-La Land Crafts.

Here's our color inspiration.  You must use at least two of the colors.

You'll find more inspiration on the Challenge blog.  Just follow the link above.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #42

Hi Crafty Friends,

I just love being on TMCC team.  
For once, I may have most of my Christmas cards finished ahead of the rush.

I purchased an amazing  snowflake stamp from CAS-ual Fridays and used it to create this card.

I stamped the snowflakes on classic linen - gold pearl card stock and then heat embossed using silver sparkle.  The dies are from La-La-Land Crafts.  Once again is used some Mercury Glass card stock for the mat and added a few sequins to complete the card.

Remember that there is a new challenge EVERY week.  Next week Team Tinsel will share their projects.

You can join our challenge HERE.

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