Friday, December 28, 2012
Got snow? Well, we don't here in Livermore but I'll bet a bunch of you do. I miss the white stuff but am glad I don't have to drive in it. At the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog, we're celebrating Winter so bring out your flakes, and snowmen and warm winter woolies. I made a tag because the gift giving isn't over at our house yet. Megan's #316 Sitting Snowman reminds me of those plush draft catchers you put across the bottom of your door to keep you warm and cozy inside. He's guarding the front door against the winter chill. See, it's snowing outside. The door was cut with my Cricut Christmas (Noel) Cartridge, the tag, with my paper cutter and corner rounder.
The sentiment is computer generated and I've popped some layers to jazz it up a bit. Pop by the Challenge Blog (maybe a little later) for more inspiration from my DT sisters and the Store to check out the sale.
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Well, it's Christmas Eve and I still have lots to do. I haven't exactly been crafty the past few months but I couldn't let the day go by without a card for my love. It's a simple one, done in Cricut Craftroom. It's all I could manage, but the thought is there and I think he'll like it.
Pretty much says it all. Merry Christmas to you! xxD
Friday, December 21, 2012
This week at the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog we're making ornaments. OOOh, fun! I grabbed my trusty Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament Die again and went to work. Now which digi should I choose?
Couldn't resist #305 Christmas Owl all bundled up for the cold. He's colored with Copics with an addition of some Stickles and red Pearl Pen and cut out with my Spellbinders Crown Ovals. It's popped atop some Christmas trim from M's and the flakes are epoxy stickers.
It actually is a 3D ornament. I cut it 7 times and folded, stapled and fanned out the layers. They really didn't want to stay even, so I cut very thin strips of green adhisive foam that I'd made using transfer tape and stuck each strip at the fold which seemed to do the trick.
I trimmed it out with gingham ribbon and some Prima holly leaves and here it is hanging on the tree. Please be sure to visit the Challenge Blog later today and grab inspiration from the fab projects by my DT sisters and come play along. And don't forget the SALE at the Dilly Beans Shop as well as your last chance for discontinued stamps. Some of my faves are there, so don't miss out!
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Christmassy Challenge.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I love the whole idea of fairies and elves, don't you? I lived across the street from my grade school and the property included a little woodsy area beyond the playground. I'd peek in the hollows and under the leaves, imagining the magical folks that lived there. I was especially fond of jack-in-the-pulpit plants and even dug some up to replant in my secret garden behind my playhouse, knowing for sure that someone special was bound to move in. I was very excited that the Wicked Wednesday Challenge this week was Fairy Houses. I couldn't find a jack-in-the-pulpit digi, so I used the next best thing. Seems mushrooms are all the rage in the fairy community and this adorable one is the Fairy Fae House from Tiddly Inks. It's colored with Copics and gel pens and popped atop sweet DP from Heidi Grace. I've only recently begun to eat mushrooms, never liking them as a child. Wonder if that's because I didn't want to leave anyone homeless back then. LOL The little fairy on the flower is a rub-on, also from Heidi Grace and I've used adhesive epoxy letters to call it home.
I'm also entering this in the Anything Goes Challenge at ATC'S and Cards with Attitude.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Here's a fun one (at least I think so) for a bunch of challenges. Ever wonder why your kitties are sooo interested in your Christmas balls? Pehaps they know something you don't. I'm thinkin' they can hear the little creatures that live inside and can't wait to break them out. A crash sends them scurrying to parts unknown, but not before they've grabbed their shades. They're not used to the bright lights of Christmas. My first inspiration was the Stampotique Designer's Non-Traditional Christmas Challenge where you use a non Christmas stamp to make a Christmas card. I've used the Stampotique 3 in a Round, one of my faves! They're peeking out of a shaped card I've made with Spellinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments Die (sorry, still no Cricut). Making shaped cards is my all time favorite things and it's even easier using Nesties dies to do so I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Favorites Challenge.
I used another Nestie and embossed the circle on my ornament and then cut it with a craft knife after taping the back with foil tape to look like it was broken. The pieces are all triangles so I'm entering this in the Octopode Factory Shape Challenge (Use Triangles). (Hope it counts. I really would love to do another with the new Octopode Factory stamps I just got but I don't even have my tree up yet.) YIKES! How do you spell proscrastinate? D O N N A! (However, I've always been told I work best under pressure)
I've used #'s 1, 2, 3, and 10 in the Desert Islands Crafter's Itinerary. Winter holiday (Christmas, silver (the foil tape) and gold (the ornament hanger), magical creatures (they look pretty magical to me living in an ornament and all) and a non craft item (the foil tape which really isn't meant for crafting and the ornament hanger).
The sentiment is computer generated the I've colored acetate with my Bic Markers and glued them to an eyeglass brad to make the shades. Personally, the whole thing makes me giggle so I'm also entering this in the Christmas Crackers Challenge at Moving Along with the Times. Phew! that oughtta do it.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Well, last week we pulled out the red and green, but this week at Dilly Beans were asking for non-traditional Christmas colors. Let's see those pinks and aquas and limes, eh. You know every year I say I'm gonna get a jump on the holidays but I never do. As usual I'm feeling the stress BIG TIME so I couldn't help but choose #162 Zombie Christmas Elf (scroll down the page to find her and her buddy) because although I should be feeling jolly...well... Don't worry, I'll rally, I always do, but in the meantime this is as jolly as I get. LOL The whole card looks a little chaotic, imagine that! Still pretty fun to make with the flower soft fur trim, teeny buttons and glossy accent eyes. The sentiment is a combo of chipboard stickers from K&Co with a Cuttlebug snowflake. My teamies have a fabulous collection of Christmas joy so be sure and stop by the Challenge Blog later today and have a look. Ruby's Rainbow also has a Christmas with non Trad Colors as does the challenge at Pink by Design, so I'm entering it there as well. Ho, Ho, Ho!
Monday, December 10, 2012
See, I told ya I'd be back with another ATC for this week's Wicked Wednesday Wing It Challenge. This one uses a Stampotique stamp from Daniel Torrente called Oh My Dear. I did some masking and added some wings from one of the Mini Flying Ladies from Lost Coast Designs. The song lyrics were computer generated and I used Distress Inks on the background and even flicked some watered down reinker with a toothbrush because I'm too chicken to mist like my sweet friend Jenn so successfully does. Left the rubber stamps uncolored 'cause I like them that way. I'm also entering this in the Atc's and Cards with Attitude Anything Goes Challenge, the SDC #77 Let's Get Sentimental challenge and the Stampotique Guest Designer Challenge.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Don't faint, I'm WAY ahead for this week's Wicked Wednesday's Wing It Challenge. Should be decorating but I couldn't resist coloring this sweet little angel, Euro Girl Hazel, from Rick St. Dennis (see, I told you they weren't all creepy). Don'tcha just want to pinch her cheeks? And she's such a bargain at only $2.00, don'tcha think? Anyway, she's colored with Copics and metallic gel pens, fussy cut and popped atop some fab specialty paper that looks like clouds to me. Wan't sure how I was gonna attach it to the iridescent card stock but found this peelie border that did the trick and echoes the lovely trim on her dress. The large stars are Spellbinders dies with a Recollections epoxy sentiment. Teeny adhesive stars are also scattered across the sky. The fab WWDT is joined by some of the Stampotique DT this week and wait 'til you see the inspiration. WOW! Fab prize from Stampotique, too. Hope to make another entry using Stampotique stamps as well and keep my fingers crossed.
I'm also entering this isn the ATC's and Cards with Attitude Anything Goes Challenge, Jellypark Friends Stars are Brightly Shining, and Created With Love Christmas Blues Challenge.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Here's an easy one for you at Dilly Beans this week. We're using Traditional Christmas Colors. I've used the lovely #452 Holly Girl Framed, colored her with Copics and added some Stickles to her white roses and red Pearl Pen to the berries. The oval is Spellbinders and the greenery a Martha Stewart punch. the corners are peel offs with again, some Pearl Pen and I just had to throw in some Alpha Beads. There are gorgeous examples at the Challenge Blog so please go take a look. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Leave it to me to be just under the wire for the Twisted Holidaze challenge at the Sparkle and Glitter RSD Challenge blog. Honestly, it's not like I don't have a bazillion Creepmas images or ideas to go with them but... Soooo many choices, Sooo little time! Due to a recent bout of insomnia, I was lucky enough to WIN some of Rick's (St. Dennis) fabulous new Creepmas images, (Creepmas ANgel BUTCH being one of them) during the Creepmas Blog Hop going on now HERE. I had several ideas for him, but when I mentioned this particular sentiment to hubby and he actually laughed out loud, I knew this was the one. I cropped the images closely in Printmaster Platinum and layered them together to get the flock. (This really isn't all that hard as I pretty much stink at any digital work) They're colored with Copics with a bit of metallic gel pen accents and I sponged the background to give it a celestial vibe. Computer generated sentiment and a few adhesive stars and there ya go! Just in case you think Rick only has Creepy images, I've got news for you. I'm also working on a totally non creepy project with one of the sweet Euro line and I've a whole bunch of his beautiful detailed traditional images too. Check out his Etsy SHOP, You'll be glad you did, there's something for everyone. Rick's one talented dude and a pretty damn nice guy, too.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
No, that's not me! I know who doles out the gifties. LOL A quickie post for WW ATC Fame it Challenge inspired by one of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas 2009. The little pix in the film strip frames are a serious hoot. All that trauma for a frickin' candy cane? Yikes, I'm late for my Hair appt. gotta go!