Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's Almost Here!

Well, I'm in the home stretch - how about you?  The decorating is done, the cards are mailed, the gifts are wrapped.  I think all that's left is the grocery list!  Whew - it takes so much time to get it all done and then, poof, it's over!  Awww, but I love every minute of it.

I love sending handmade cards but my stash of Copic colored cards ran out so I my Cameo came to the rescue.  Here are cards I made using files from Silhouette and Pazzles (I love that we can get Pazzles files in SVG format now).
 For this one I just used the offset feature to create the shadow mat and then colored with Copics.

 I think embossing the craft paper gave it a little more finish.

 Sometimes clean and simple is the way to go.

And for my friends having fun with their Elves on the Shelf, I thought this was perfect.

Finally, my daughter found some wonderful candy canes in which part of the purchase price goes to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  I decided to use the Christmas Moose from the Holiday set 1 at to dress up the candy cane.  The sentiment is the Merry Chris Moose clip art file from Digi My World.  The Cameo sure made this an easy peasy project.
I also plan on using the Penguins and Gingerbread man that are included in the set.

Thanks for stopping in.  I'm sure you're super busy and I appreciate that you took the time to visit.

My design teams are on break until the first week in January.  Then I'll be back with posts for Delightful Challenges and Digi My World.  Paper Crafting World is taking a little longer break but we are planning a fun blog hop on January 25 which will reunite some of our past team members.

And, on January 4 a brand new challenge blog will debut.  I'll be designing for Open-Minded Crafting Fun.  We'll be featuring digital images from lots of different artists (4 different ones each post) - many you are familiar with and some that are quite new.  I hope you'll join me for our debut challenge.  The blog is up now featuring each of our sponsors and introducing the design team.
Open-Minded Crafting Fun

Until later, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Our final theme for 2013 at Delightful Challenges is Celebrate!
I've chosen Little Dumpling New Years Girl  from Digital Delights by Louby Loo for my card.  After all the Christmas projects, it was fun to create something a little different.

for this project I've used:
Image:  Little Dumpling New Years Girl - Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Cardstock:  Celebrate! - America Crafts
Twine:  Doodlebug
Markers:  Copics
EK Success border punch, Wink of Stella brush glitter, VersaMagic Chalk Ink

You're invited to join in our final challenge of 2013.  Post your Celebrate! project to our challenge blog HERE.  Your project can "celebrate" anything of your choosing.
This week's sponsor is


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Got Snow?

Hello Everyone!  Happy Week before Christmas!!!
Today I'm bringing you a sneak peek of Digi My World's new Winter Time Boys set that will be in the store on Friday.

I love, love, love coloring DMW digi stamps - they are always so much fun!  You'll find information on how you could win the complete set  (four adorable mages) at the bottom of the post.

Here's the front of the card.  It's hard to see, but I used Glossy Accents on the goggles and skis.

And here's a side view to see a little of the dimension.

Supplies used for this project:
Digital image:  Digi My World - Winter Time Boys
Paper:  Echo Park - Winter Park
Embossing:  Cuttlebug Snowflakes and Dotted Swiss folders
Sentiment:  Bug Bites - Mistletoe set
Birch die cuts (given to me), Marvy Uchida snowflake punch, Wink of Stella Brush Glitter, Copic Markers

You could win the entire Winter Time Boys set.  Just leave a comment on the Design Team Blog every day.  One lucky comment will be selected.  The more you comment, the better your chances.


Warm Wishes

Good Morning Crafty Friends,
Today I'm sharing my final Paper Crafting World Design Team post for 2013!  
For my final project, I'm using the Kitties in Winter Attire digital stamp from Paper Crafting World.
The patterned papers are from the Recollections Frosty Cabin Stack.  The twine is America Crafts.  I also accented with Stickles, Wink of Stella glitter brush, and at You Spica glitter pen.  The kitties were colored with Copic markers.

Don't forget to visit My Paper Crafting.  Melin is continuing with the 25 Days of Christmas and Year Round Crafting Event.  She has shared so many wonderful projects and there are opportunities to win PCW gift certificates along with free downloads throughout.

I'll have at least two more posts this week.  I've been busy with my final design team projects for this year and also finishing up some fun Christmas projects which I hope to share with you soon.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fun with my Cameo

I've been in a card making marathon when I realized I didn't have nearly enough Christmas cards.  
What a great reason to let my new Silhouette Cameo get to work!!!
I'll have lots of card to share in the next few days, but I want to start with a card that I'm going to enter in the SOUS Die Cut Challenge - Ornament.
This ornament file is from the Silhouette Online Store.
I used paper from the Recollections Home for the Holidays stack.

 Here's the same file using a little less formal paper.
This paper is from the DCWV Christmas Combo Stack.

Be sure to visit soon as I'll be sharing even more of my "Cameo" cards.
My machine has been humming LOL!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Red and Green

It's a color challenge today at Delightful Challenges.  The design team and anyone who'd like to enter the challenge is asked to use RED and GREEN on their project.
I'm using the Winter Barn digi stamp from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

Supplies used for this card:
Digital image:  Digital Delights by Louby Loo - Winter Barn
Markers:  Copics
Cardstock:  American Crafts - Hollydays
Stickles, Liquid Applique, Glossy Accents, Hero Arts Prisma glitter, Candies, May Arts ribbon, Silhouette Cameo

You're invited to join in our challenge by linking your RED and GREEN project HERE.
This week's sponsor is

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Moments:  Anything Goes/Winter Wonderland
Ruby's Rainbow: It's Christmas
Scrapper's Delights:  Christmas Time
Scrap-Creations:  Holiday

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mistletoe Kisses

Hi Crafty Friends,
  I'm still making Christmas cards (and I'm not working ahead for next year - eeeek!), so I'll keep sharing them with you as long as I have more to make.

Today I used a set from Digi My World called Mistletoe Kisses

Aren't these little guys so cute?

Supplies used for this card:
Digital image:  Digi My World - Mistletoe Kisses
Markers: Copics
Cardstock:  American Crafts - Hollydays
Punches:  Fiskars picket fence, Marvy Uchida snowflake, EK Success corner punch
Gems, Signo white gel pen, atYou Spica glitter pen, The Twinery - maraschino

Next week will be an exciting week on the Digi My World Blog.   You'll be seeing daily sneak peeks of Annie's new winter release which will be in the store on Friday December 20th.  You're going to LOVE it!!!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps:  Simple Christmas
Get Inky: Christmas
MarkerPOP: #36 Happy Holidays

Back to card making!  See you tomorrow.

The Stockings Were Hung

Hello Crafty Friends,
How are you doing with your countdown 'til Christmas?   Just when I think I'm catching up, I find a few more things I want to do around the house or in the craft room.  But, I love this time of year and doing holiday projects makes me happy.

For my design team project at Paper Crafting World,  I'm sharing a card I made using the PCW image Stockings Hung by the Chimney.

I think this image has a primitive feel to it so I didn't do a lot of blending and kept the Copic coloring slightly muted.  The papers are from my stash, not sure of the paper company, but I know it's been one of my favorites - love that little pop of purple in the pattern.  I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the stocking tops and Glossy Accents to the hangers.  Finally, a little inking with Distressed Ink gave a some "age" to the paper.

Have you visited Paper Crafting World lately?  Melin has added quite a few new digi stamps to help you with your holiday projects.  I know I still have several cards to get made this week and new digis always inspire me.

And don't forget My Paper Crafting's 25 Days of Christmas & Year Round Crafting.  Melin is sharing some fantastic projects and offering free files along the way.

So glad you stopped in today!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Pals

Aren't these two characters just adorable.  They are a part of the new release at 
Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
My card was made to introduce you to Donnie and Slippy - two holiday friends stopping in to say Merry Christmas.  You'll can see all the new images being shared by the Delightful Challenges design team by clicking HERE.
Supplies used for this card:
Digital Image:  Digital Delights by Louby Loo - Donnie and Slippy
Markers:  Copics
Cardstock:  Recollections - Home for the Holidays Stack
Gems:  Recollections
Punch: Marvy Uchida small snowflake
Liquid Applique, heat gun, Hero Arts Prisma glitter, Silhouette Cameo
This week's sponsor for Delightful Challenges is 
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: Out of the Box (no squares)
Paper Pretties: PWC297 - It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Penguin Kisses

Hi Crafty Friends,
 Today is my design team day at Digi My World and I want to share this card with you.   I'm on the downhill slide towards completing my Christmas cards.  I try to send as  many hand-colored ones as possible but I must admit that my Cameo and some SVG Cutting Files may bail me out in the end LOL.

For this card I chose one of the adorable penguins from the Chibi Penquins set.  
You can find the entire set HERE.

Supplies used for this project:
Sentiment stamp:  Jaded Blossom - Merry & Bright
Cardstock:  from my scrap stash 
Markers:  Copics
Technique:  Marbleized background using Copic markers
Twine:  The Twinery - maraschino stripe
Punch:  Martha Stewart snowflake

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Challenges: #115 Christmas Sentiment
Shopping Our Stash: #129 Holiday or Winter (paper, gems, and snowflake)
Lexi's Creations:  #104 Christmas
Crafting by Designs: Anything Goes - twist: Penquins

Thanks for stopping in today.  The design team will be posting all week so be sure to check the


Cardinal and Holly

Good Morning Friends,
I hope your December is off to a wonderful start.  It's a busy time but I love every minute of it.  The house is decorated but I still have cards to make and a few last minute gifts.  Today's PCW Design Team project is another that I'll add to my Christmas card inventory.  I've used the Cardinal on Branch digital stamp from Paper Crafting World.

All of the supplies used on this card are from my stash.  I colored the image with Copic markers and then added a marbleized background using B0000, B000, G000 and the blender pen.  I'm taking an online class from Marie Gamber at Color Me Creative.  It's all background techniques and this is the first in the series.  I love the way adding a background brings even more attention to the focal image.

Our PCW leader, Melin is one again presenting her 25 Days of Christmas and Year Round Crafting.
She's sharing some amazing projects along with freebies throughout the event.  Be sure to visit her at

I'd like to enter this card in the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Christmas challenge.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Favorite Things

Happy Thanksgiving!
Today at Delightful Challenges we are celebrating our FAVORITE THINGS - in a crafty sense that is.  We are challenging you to use your favorite embellishments or techniques.

For my card I've used the Snowball Sarah image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

Some of my favorite crafty things (indicated with a *) used in the creation of this card are:
*Spellbinders die cuts - Labels 8
*Stickles - Frosted Lace
Martha Stewart Punches - Holly leaves
*Wink of Stella Brush glitter pen
*Fun fold card base - Ornate Fold Over from SVGCuttingfiles
VersaMagic Chalk Ink, DCWV Christmas Combo Stack, Copic Markers, Pearls

Please join us in this week's challenge by linking your project HERE.
You'll be entered to win a prize provided by

I'm entering this card in
Shopping Our Stash - #129 Holiday or Winter (had the paper stack for 3 years)
Sweet Stamps - #145 The Holidays

Have a wonderful day!!


Snow Kisses

Hello Crafty Friends,
  Today I wanted to share another image from the Chibi Snowmen release at Digi My World.  I love snowmen and having both the Traditional and Chibi sets just gives me so many possibilities.

I also love having a complete set of card bases close at hand.  It sure makes it easy to create fun fold cards.  This is the Center Step Open Circle card base from SVG Cutting Files.

Supplies used to create this card:
Digital image:  Chibi Snowmen - Digi My World
Cardstock:  Reflections - Frosty Cabin
Sentiment:  K Andrew Designs
Markers:  Copics
Scrapper's Spools, buttons, Liquid Applique, glitter, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella brush glitter pen, Gill snowflake punch

If you're celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, may you and yours have a happy and blessed day.  If you're celebrating Hanukkah, best wishes for the start of a beautiful holiday season.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Wine Bottle Tag

Hello Crafty Friends,
Today I'd like to share a large tag I made to place on a bottle being taken as a host gift for Thanksgiving.  For this design team project I used the Tag Ornamental cut file from Paper Crafting World.

I cut the tag on my Cameo without resizing the file.  The tag is 4 x 7.5 which is a great size to place on a wine bottle.  I think it will be a "stand-alone" decoration.  The tag has 3 mat layers then the ornamental design.

I also used the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge to cut out these flowers.  I cut them from white paper and used my VersaMagic Chalk ink to color them.  Then I burnished them on a soft mat so they would have some dimension before layering each one.  The leaves were punched with the Martha Stewart double leaf punch.  The ribbon is hand-died crinkle ribbon.    Finally, I made a quick banner tag to add to the top using a stamp from Bug Bites Autumn Splendor set.

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope your holiday season is off to a great start and that you and yours will have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

To Warm You Up

Hi Friends,
We're challenging you to create Anything BUT a Card at Delightful Challenges.
I decided on this hot chocolate folder although it could be used to send pictures, a gift card, or money.  I love this image of Snowie Lola from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

Here's the folder opened:

This is what it looks like closed:

Supplies used for this project:
Digital Image:  Snowie Lola - Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Cardstock: Frosty Cabin - DCWV
Markers: Copics
Punches: Snowflakes - Martha Stewart, EK Success, Marvy Uchida, McGill
Punches: Scalloped Circles - EK Success
Sentiment: Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Ribbon, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pens, Signo White Gel pen (fine)

You can enter your project for a chance to win 3 sets from

Just visit the Delightful Challenges Blog.

I'm entering this card in
Clear it Out Challenge - Anything Goes with a Snowflake  (punches and papers are stash items)
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Make it Fancy (must be a square)
Scrap-Creations - Make it Sparkle


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Santa's Helper

Hi Crafty Friends!
Are you ready for another fabulous new release at Digi My World?  Ann is releasing 3 new sets in the store on Friday and all three are "must haves."  The sets are Chibi Snowmen, Chibi Penguins and Santa's Helpers.  Today I'm sharing one of the darling girls from the Santa's Helpers set.  This is Farah - love, love, love her!!
I decided it would be fun to join in the mixed media doll craze using this image.  The tag is 3 x 6" and I sized the image to 4" and cut her out using my Silhouette Cameo (so excited to use the print and cut feature!!)
Supplies used for this project:
Digital Stamp:  Digi My World - Santa's Helpers/Farah
Tag:  hand cut then stamped with Brilliance gold ink and script background stamp
Snowflakes: Martha Stewart and Marvy Ucheda
Markers: Copics
Scrapper's Spools, gems, Webster's Pages flower, tule, rickrack
Be sure to visit the DMW design team blog and leave a comment on each post this week.  You'll be entered to win one of the new sets being released on Friday - Woohoo!
Also, follow our Facebook Fan page for more chances to win and to see even more sneak peeks.

I'm entering this tag in
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Gobble til you Wobble!

Hi Crafty Friends,
So glad you stopped by.  I'd like to share a cute image from Paper Crafting World.  I think this Turkey Stuffed shows exactly how I feel after our family dinner LOL!

Supplies used for this card:
Digital image:  Paper Crafting World - Turkey Stuffed
Cardstock:  Imaginisce
Markers:  Copics
Punch:  Martha Stewart Double Leaf
Stamps: Bug Bites Autumn Splendor
VersaMagic Chalk Ink, Scrapper's Spools, Doodlebug button, Pearl Pen, brown

Here's the image from PCW

I'm entering this card in
Created with Love Challenges - #67 Anything Goes with Paper
Eureka Stamps - Thanksgiving Theme
Marker POP - #35 Turkey Time

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