Sunday, November 29, 2009

Digital-Ink Co's 1st Holiday Challenge

Hi! This is my first challenge post as part of the DT for Digital-Ink Co. Today I am sharing with you 2 projects that I have made using this cute digital stamp called "Reindeer Games". This stamp was created by Stamp'en with CJ and is available for purchase at the Digital-Ink Co. Store for just $1.50.When I saw this image for the first time I immediately thought of the song "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". I wanted to somehow incorporate this song into my projects, so I typed the song lyrics over and over and printed it out to use as my background paper. I added glitter to the snow to get the look as if it was a bright sunny day out. You know how the sun hits the new fallen snow and it just seems to sparkle.
Here is another view of the box that I made. This was my first attempt at making a box.
Inside my box is a puzzle that I made using the digital stamp. I thought that the phrase "Reindeer Games" was perfect to add to the front of the box. I had planned to put this set under the Christmas tree for my daughter to find on Christmas morning but she discovered it earlier (poor hiding on my part) and she has been playing with it quite a bit over the past couple of days.
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Christmas traditions that we have at our house. On Christmas eve we have a special family movie night. We pull out all the classic Christmas cartoons and sit and watch each one of them as a family before the kids head off to bed for the night. So using this image for this challenge was extra special for me because it reminded me of all those wonderful memories.
Now It's your turn to show us what you can do. Head on over to the DICo Challenge blog and get the details on how to enter this holiday challenge. There will be 3 winners plus blog candy sponsored by Cosmo Cricket!!! Don't have a DICo image? Don't worry. I've been told that there will be an opportunity for players to get a freebie image so everyone can participate in the challenge.

Please also check out the other DT member blogs to see the gorgeous creations that they have made for this challenge. There is a list of DT members in my blog's sidebar.

There's just one more thing before you go!!! DICo is having a holiday special. During the month of December the entire store is 50% off. Also for the entire month of December , make any purchase of $5.00 or more and receive a Christmas gift from one of your favorite creators. Here's how it works. Upon checkout, fill out the special notes area letting us know what stamp you would like & the creators name. That's it! You will receive your Christmas gift within 24 hours of your purchase!!

Have a great day & happy crafting!

Supplies: Reindeer Games Digital Stamp (Stamp'en with CJ) ~ Digital Ink Co, Red Cardstock, White Cardstock, EK Success Snowflake Stamp, Red Gemstones, Offray Kendra White/Opal Ribbon & Frosted Lace Stickles

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Everytime I look at this Elizabeth Bell image I think about my daughter. Every winter she loves to go out in the snow and play for an hour or two and come back in to a cup of hot cocoa. So I have to keep plenty of cocoa on hand. It is usually the first thing she asks me for when she gets off the school bus each night. Explaining to me how she played so hard outside today in the snow and they didn't have cocoa for them at school so could she pleeeaaaase have a cup of cocoa. And of course I can't deny her that cup of cocoa. So when I saw this image, called "Hug in a Mug" I knew that I had to make a Christmas card with it. In honor of my little girl.

This card is made by using 4 challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge: Challenge #19 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew Challenge: Challenge #38 ~ Favorite Things
Creatalicious Challenge: Challenge #4 ~ Christmas with Snowflakes & Sparkle
Paper Play Challenge: Week 43 ~ Sketch
Supplies: Elizabeth Bell Hug In A Mug Stamp, Offray Kendra White/Opal Ribbon, Martha Stewart Leaf Punch, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, EK Success Snowflake Punch, Pink Gems, Studio G Stamp (sentiment), Teal Cardstock, White Cardstock & Raspberry Cardstock.

Christmas Thanks

This is the first Christmas themed thank you card that I have made. I thought it would be great to make a few thank you cards to have on hand this year for my kids to give out after opening their Christmas gifts. The image that I used is from The Greeting Farm Miss Anya Dressy stamp set. I created the poinsetta in her hair by using a small flower punch from EK Success and folding down the center of each petal and then snippin the ends into a point. I then glued 2 of them together and colored the flower that is in her hair green for the leaves of the poinsetta flower and added the poinsetta on top of it and added a red gemstone to the center.

I created this card using 4 challenges:

Crafting Life's Pieces Sketch Challenge: Challenge #11 ~ Sketch

Creative Card Crew Challenge: Challenge #38 ~ Favorite Things

Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge: Challenge #14 ~ Thanksgiving card or a card expressing thanks

Winter Wonderland: Challenge #26 ~ Create a card using no Christmas paper or Christmas Stamp.

Supplies: The Greeting Farm Miss Anya Dressy Stamp Set, EK Success Flower Punch, Red Gem, Fiskars Texture Plate ~ Dots, Studio G Stamp (sentiment), Red Card Stock, Green Cardstock & White Cardstock.

Belated Happy Thanksgiving Wishes and A Christmas Card

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. I had a great time this week with my family. My kids have been off from school on Thanksgiving Vacation since Wednesday. And with my hubby home I got to sneak off to my craft area for a little while. But we spent most of the day together. On Thursday we had Thanksgiving at my parent's house. Yesterday I spent a couple hours making cards with my mom. Still haven't been able to get her to start the whole blogging thing to show off some of the cards she makes. Maybe someday. And I spent today with my kiddos. Tonight they got a chance to watch the movie Annie for the first time. My 6 year old loves musicals so she was glued to the movie. So all in all I had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I have 3 cards to show you tonight. The first one uses the Whiff of Joy Henry Mouse with Lantern stamp.

I created this card for 4 challenges:

Stamps & Smiles Sketch Challenge: SASSC42 ~ Sketch

Whiff of Joy Challenge: Challenge #57 ~ Christmas Card with a Whiff of Joy stamp

Creative Card Crew: Challenge #38 ~ Favorite Things (One of my "favorite things" things is Christmas)

Creatalicious: Challenge #4 ~ Christmas with Snowflakes & Sparkle

Supplies: Henry Mouse with Lantern Whiff of Joy Stamp, EK Success Snowflake Punch, Burgundy Ribbon, Pink Gems, Burgundy Cardstock, White Cardstock & Teal Cardstock.

Coming In December from Digital-Ink Co

It all starts December 1st

We will be having a storewide sale throughout the month of December, and there's more!! Just keep reading!

For the entire month of December, make any purchase for $5.00 or more, and receive a Christmas gift from one of your favorite creators. Here's how it works. Upon checkout, fill out the special notes area letting us know what stamp you would like, and the creator's name. That's it! You'll receive your Christmas gift within 24 hours of your purchase.

Also don't forget our big challenge November 30th to have 3 winners, plus blog candy sponsored by Cosmo Cricut.

See you there!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


My card to share with you all this morning is a thank you card. The image that I used is called " Maid Charlotte" and was created by Alison Acton and is available from Whiff of Joy Stamps.

The sketch that I used is this weeks challenge sketch at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog.
The challenge is this sketch with a spin. The spin is that you need to add sewing to your card. This can be actual sewing or faux sewing. This is actually the second card that I have made with this sketch. The first card which can be seen here I forgot to add the stitching to and was unable to enter it into the challenge. But it is such a great sketch and I'm sure that I will use it again.
I also created this card using the challenge theme at Stamp Something Challenge Blog, which is Thank You. I need to build up my supply of thank you cards. So this card is a great start at doing just that.
Supplies: Maid Charlotte Stamp by Alison Acton, Offray Kendra Ribbon ~ blue/opal, white flower, blue brad, Studio G Sentiment Stamp, Fiskars Texture Plate ~ Dots & Steel Blue and White cardstock.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Blue Christmas

I have one more card to show you tonight. I made this one for 3 challenges (origianally 4). The sketch I used is the one that was provided for this weeks Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. But what I failed to do was the added twist to the challenge. Which was to add stitching of some kind to your project. I didn't realize this until just a few minutes ago when I was uploading it to blogger. Oh well, that will give me an excuse to use this great sketch again this week.

Now for the 3 challenges that I am entering this card into.

Wags 'n Whiskers Stamps ~ Buttons & a Wags 'n Whiskers stamp

Creatalicious ~ Make something for Christmas & include a snowflake & sparkle/glitter

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps ~ Merry Christmas/Happy Winter

This is what the inside of this card looks like. I wanted to add a little more of the design paper that I used in the strip on the front of the card. I left the inside blank so that I can add a personal message to my card when I give it out at Christmas.
Image: Wags 'n Whiskers Zoe & Gemma's Snow Fun stamp
DP: Paper Pizazz Snowflakes
Buttons: Blue
Embossing: Fiskars Texture Plate Dots
Punches: MS Snowflake Punch & EK Success Snowflake Punch
Glitter: Frosted Lace Stickles
Ribbon: Offray Kendra White/Opal
CS: White & Blue

Sandy In Pink

Here is my second card for you tonight. The image that I used was created by Instyle Stamps and is called Sandy. I created the background by using a snowflake stamp from Inkadinkado and stamping a random pattern onto the white card with seashell pink ink.
This card is for 4 challenges:
Creatalicious ~ Something for Christmas with a Snowflake & Sparkle/Glitter
Susies Sassy Challenge ~ Pink & Sparkly
Supplies: Instyle Stamps ~ Sandy Digital Stamp, EK Success Snowflake Punch, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Gemstones ~ Pink, Offray Ribbon ~ Pink, Cotton Candy Stickles, Inkadinkado Filigree Snowman Stamp Set, Pink Cardstock & White Cardstock

M&M Designz - Santa Baby & Tree

Well, I'm ready to share my 2nd M&M Designz DT card with you. I spent a couple days on this one getting the lights just the way that I had pictured them in my head. It's really hard to see it in the picture but the lights have a "raised" effect. To achieve this I used a clear glaze pen and in the end had put on a total of 5 thick coats. I really wish I could get a good picture to show you what I mean. But no matter how I took the picture it just would not come out right. I wanted to keep a simple design for my card so I found design paper in my stash that had different Christmas sayings on it and used that as the background for my card. Then I simply added 3 red gems and green ribbon to dress it up just the tiniest bit.
The image that I used is called Santa Baby & Tree and was created by M&M Designz. Judy and her mom make some really amazing digital stamps. This one is available for purchase at Digital-Ink Co for just $2.25.

I also have some very exciting news to share with you. I am now a DT member for Digital-Ink Co!!! The next challenge will take place on November 30th. So please stop by that day to meet the new DT and to find out what the challenge will be.

For A Good Cause

Check out this new digi stamp created by M&M Designz. It is available at the Digital-Ink Co. store for just $3.00 and all proceeds from this stamp go to the support of our troops at

Friday, November 20, 2009

Purple Christmas

Hi! The card I have to share with you this morning is another Christmas card that I made last night. The image is a digital download from Wendy's Digital Doodling and is called "Mrs. Tilly Claus".
I made this card by combining 3 challenges.

Midnight Madness ~ Sketch MMSC28
Doodle Palace ~ Create a card/project for winter/Christmas using the color purple. Embellish with fuzzy ribbon if you have it, buttons & snowflakes.
Creatalicious ~ Make something for Christmas and include snowflakes & sparkle/glitter.
Supplies: Wendy's Digital Doodling digi image ~ Mrs. Tilly Claus, Offray Nice & Narow lavender ribbon, EK Success snowflake punch, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, frosted lace Stickles, Nicole Rhinestones ~ purple & lt. purple buttons.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Peas" on Earth

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great Thursday! The card I have to share with you this morning uses this cute digi image from Whimsie Doodles. It is called "Peas On Earth" and is available for free for members of the Paper Craft Planet Group. So if your not already a member of this group head on over to PCP and join. There are some really great incentives for being part of the group.

Here is my finished card:

This card is for 2 challenges.

Creatalicious Challenges ~ Make something for Christmas & Include snowflakes and lots of sparkle/glitter.

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge ~ Sketch SSS30

To create the snowflakes on my card I used 2 different snowflake punches. One from EK Success and the other from Martha Stewart. For each snowflake I punched 1 out of each color, white(MS), pink & blue (EK Success). Then stacked them on top of each other so that they are not completely overlapping each other. Then I added glitter to the finished snowflake. There is a slight difference in the two snowflakes. The difference being that pink is the top color in one and blue is the top color in the other. I finished out the snowflakes by adding either a pink or a blue gem to the center of the snowflake. The blue was added to the snowflake with the pink on top and the pink was added to the one with the blue on top. It's hard to tell in this picture but I colored blue around the inside edge of the word EARTH. Even though you can't see it in the picture you are able to see it quite well on the card itself. The original image did not have the "and goodwill toward men" on it. I added it to it for this card.

Supplies: "Peas On Earth" -Whimsie Doodle Stamps, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, EK Success Snowflake Punch, Frosted Lace Stickles, Nicole Rhinestones -Pink & Blue, Cardstock - White, Lt. Blue, Pink & Pale Blue, Colored Pencils.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My 1st Henry Mouse Card

I created this card for the challenge this week at Stamp Something Challenges. This image was created by Alison Acton for Whiff of Joy Stamps and is called "Henry Mouse with Lantern".

For the embellishments I used 2 different sized EK Success snowflake punches. The larger snowflakes are actually two snowflakes together. I then added green & red gems to the centers of each.


Image: Whiff of Joy ~ Henry Mouse with Lantern Stamp

Punches: EK Success Snowflake punch & EK Success small Snowflake punch

Gems: Nicole Rhinestones ~ Red & Green

Ribbon: Offray Kendra ~ White/Opal & Green Satin

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Becca Lee!

My youngest, Rebecca, turned 6 years old today!

We had her birthday party this past Saturday so she could invite a few friends from school.

The girls all decided to play dress up so we had a few princesses, a 50's chick and a ballerina.

This is definately not my best cake. But this is what Becca requested.
Chocolate cake with strawberry frosting and chocolate jimmies.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Bronson & Beaker Christmas

This cute image is called "Bronson & Beaker Star" from Pollycraft Designs. This is part of range of images that will be released next week. But Paula is offering it free this week only on her blog. If you want this adorable image you will need to grab it by Friday. After that he will no longer be free and Paula will have a new free digi image up for grabs.

The challenge at Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential was to create a "masterboard" or your own designer paper. I created my paper by using 2 different snowflake stamps from Inkadinkado. The larger stamp has 3 snowflakes and swirls that make up the stamp. It's really hard to see in this picture, because I used an ink that was just a shade darker than the paper I stamped it on. What you can see is the second stamp that I used. Which is this single snowflake stamp. I used a teal inkpad to stamp this one. To go along with the challenge at Creatalicious Challenges, which is to make something for Christmas and to add a snowflake & lots of sparkle/glitter to it. To do this I added 2 snowflakes covered in glitter with a blue gemstone in the center of each one. Then I added glitter to the snow on the image and on the pompom on his hat and on the cuff of his mittens. Then I added 3 more blue gemstones at the bottom of the card. The sketch that I used is from the Stamps & Smiles Sketch Challenge.

Here's the sketch:
Image: Polly Craft Designs ~ Bronson & Beaker Star Digi Image
Punch: EK Success Snowflake Punch
Stamps for Background: Inkadinkado Filigree Snowman Stamp Set
Glitter: Frosted Lace Stickles
Gems: Blue

Patriotic Christmas

Here is another card made with "Zoe & Gemma Snow Fun" from Wags 'N Whiskers Stamps. This time I decided to make this a "patriotic Christmas card" by using the colors red,white & blue as my focal colors.

Wags 'N Whiskers Stamps: Stitch 'Em Up ~ Create a card/project using stitching of some kind (machine sewing, hand sewing, faux sewing or even just piercing.)

Creatalicious Challenge: Make something for Christmas & include snowflakes & lots of sparkle/glitter.

Crafting Life's Pieces: Sketch
Image: Wags 'N Whiskers ~ Zoe & Gemma Snow Fun
Punch: EK Success Snowflake Punch
Ribbon: Offray Kendra ~ white/opal
Gems: red
Glitter: Frosted Lace Stickles

An Angel

I made this card with 3 challenges in mind:
Cupcake Craft Challenge: DIGITAL IMAGES
The digital image is from Fairy Land Dreams Digi Stamps Design Studio and is a special thank you gift for members of their Paper Craft Planet Group.
Design Paper: Hot Off The Press
Gems: Purple
Glitter: Frosted Lace Stickles
Punch: EK Success Snowflake Punch
Ribbon: Offray Kendra ~ White/Opal & Little Black Dress Funny Fiber ~ Funky Purple

Snowman Laundry Line

This cute image that I used on my card is a digi image called "Snowman Laundry Line" and is available for purchase at The Stamping Boutique.

This card is for 2 challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenge: Digi & Sparkle

Cute Card Thursday: Glitter Me Silly

Image: The Stamping Boutique ~ Snowman Laundry Line Digi
Punch: EK Success small snowflake punch
Sentiment: Holiday stamp set from Walmart
Glitter: Cotton Candy Stickles & Ultrifine Glitter (Glitterex Corp)
Embossing: Fiskars Snowflake Texture plate

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up." Ecc. 4:9-10a

If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here. First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps, and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today's blog hop.

Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today's event.

To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review magazine, take note of the staff member's name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at listing each of the staff members who participated in today's hop. It's that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.

What are the prizes?

One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One set of digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let's get to the Hop!

I made this card for a member of my church family who has been feeling a little down the past few weeks. I hope it will help to cheer her up. The image that I used is called Maid Charlotte - created by Alison Acton and is available for purchase at Whiff of Joy Stamps. The sentiment is from Sweet Pea Stamps. The designer paper I used is from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy paper pack.

The next stop on this blog hop is: Lisa. Enjoy the rest of your journey on this blog hop.



Thursday, November 12, 2009

M&M Designz - Santa's Arrival

Thursday, November 12, 2009

This is my first creation with a M&M Designz image....this gorgeous digi stamp is called Santa's Arrival and was created by M&M Designz and is available for purchase at Digital Ink Co for just $3. I just love this image and was very excited to be creating a card with it. And was glad that I decided to use it on my first DT card. I'm sure that this is what my daughter would be doing on Christmas Eve if we had a fireplace in our home. I love the detail of this image. From the apples in the basket to the items on top of the fireplace.

I used the sketch for this weeks challenge at Just Christmas & Birthday Cards. I loved that it was a simple design that would allow the image to stay as the focal point of the card. Please check out M&M Designz and see the gorgeous images that Judy and her mom have created.

Santa Girl (aka Sandy)

This week Loz , aka Laura - My Free Time Filler, is the Guest Designer at Doodle Palace. Her challenge is to create a Christmas card using a digi image and the color combination of red & white. The digi image that I used is called Sandy and is available as a digi download at Instyle Stamps.
Here is an close up look at the digi image I used. I added glitter to all the white areas of her outfit.

When you get a chance head on over to Doodle Palace to see the gorgeous card that Laura created this week and to find out a little more about her too.


Image: Instyle Stamps ~ Sandy

Punch: EK Success Snowflake Punch

Ribbon: Offray Kendra ~ White/Opal

Glitter: Frosted Lace Stickles

Gems: Red

An Award

Earlier today I discovered that Loz (My Free Time Filler) had awarded me this fantastic award. Thank you so much Loz! When you get a chance, please visit her blog to see her gorgeous creations!

Part of this award is to answer the following questions with one word responses:
1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your Hair? Brown
3. Your Mother? Creative
4. Your Father? Dependable
5. Your favorite food? Italian
6. Your dream last night? Ummm....
7. Your favorite drink? Diet Pepsi
8. Your dream/goal? Photographer
9. What room are you in? Kitchen
10. Your hobby? Cardmaking
11. Your fear? Snakes
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something you aren't? Talkative
15. Muffins? Blueberry
16. Wish list item? Stamps
17. Where did you grow up? Maine
18. Last thing you did? Supper
19. What are you wearing? PJ's
20. Your tv? Off
21. Your pets? Cat
22. Friends? Wonderful
23. Your life? Awesome
24. Your mood? Happy
25. Missing someone? Always
26. Vehicle? Ford
27. Something you are not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Craft
29. Your favorite color? Pink (& Sage Green)
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31.Last time you cried? Monday
32. Your best friend? Hubby
33. One place that I go over and over? Church
34. Facebook? Yes
35. Favorite place to eat? Out ;)
So now I get to pass this onto 5 deserving bloggers. And those lovely ladies are:
Sorry this was all smushed together. I tried 4 times to add spaces in between some of what I wrote and it kept going back to this once I posted. I hope everyone has a great evening and I'll be back in a little bit to post some cards that I made today.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

1 Christmas Card for 3 Challenges

I made this Christmas card with the following 3 challenges in mind.

Cupcake Craft Challenges ~ Challenge #65: SNOW MUCH FUN

All Sorts Challenge Blog: BRING OUT YOUR BLING

Crafting Life's Pieces ~ CLP 9: SKETCH

I love this image. It is so cute! It is called Zoe & Gemma's Snow Fun from Wags 'N Whiskers stamps. I used different shades of blue and lavender as the main colors, when coloring in the image. I added glitter to both hats, the snow, the snowflakes and the purple strip of paper that is peeking out from behind the image. I started to add white snowflakes but it just didn't look the way I wanted to. So I tried something a little different and punched out purple snowflakes and liked the look much better. After adding the glitter to the snowflakes I decided that it needed just a little bit more so I added blue gems to the center of each snowflake.


Image: Wags 'N Whiskers Stamp ~ Zoe & Gemma's Snow Fun
Punch: EK Success Snowflake Punch
Ribbon: Offray Kendra ~ White/Opal
Glitter: Frosted Lace Stickles

Gems: blue