Monday, November 26, 2012


  Hello everyone! I  hope you are having a good Monday so far :)
Our challenge started today over at MEFY. This week the challenge was to make a shaped card.

I have to confess shaped cards are something that I RARELY do. I can't quite get them to look the way I want. But, I decided to go with a simple one and since Christmas is coming. I thought I would make it a Christmas theme. I was inspired by a pillow box that I saw on the Silhouette site.

This is what I came up with:
I got the mug from the gypsy wanderings and I made the belt buckle in my gypsy using a square and rectangle and then welded them together.  Then I threaded a piece of black cardstock throught the buckle:)
I cut the white part of santa's shirt with my shaped scissors and  used a stamp set from Getting Cricky.
Our sponser for this week is :
                              The winner will recieve 4 non-colored images of their choice.

Okay folks get your cardmaking supplies out and come on over and join us! hehe
We would love to see your entries, we only have a few more left before the end of the year and that will be the last challenge for MEFY :(  So let's go out with a bang and have tons of entries :D
Have a great day!!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

The christmas beagle :)

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day!!
I ended up having to work yesterday, so now I am trying to recoup from the work week lol :)

We have  a layout challenge going on over at Red Carpet Studios and  it is about
Famous movie pets - All you have to do is create a layout about a pet or other animal, super easy.
I have a few pets...more than I care to have, but thanks to my kids I ended up with extra ;) It's a good thing I have a big fenced in yard hehe.

So for this challenge needless to say I have plenty of inspiration! This picture is one that my daughter took last year right before Christmas.
Doesn't my little guy look precious ;)
I got this paper last week from Joann's and have been itching to use it. It is DCWV Arctic wishes stack and it is sooo pretty. I love all the blues and greys in it! When I saw this cute little beagle cut from Paper Piecings by Nikki. I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for and to make it even better this was one of her free files woo hoo ..score!!
I am still getting used to using my cameo, so when I can get free files to play around with, I think it is awesome :) 
The font is also a freebie... I got it from da It is a great place to get fonts and they have a ton!!
I put a bow on some doggie bones (not really sure if you can see them in the corner) but I figured what better present for a dog on Christmas than some bones hehe.

 Our sponser for this week's layout challenge is  Stamp-n-Doodle -
and they are giving away 2 digital stamps of the winner's choice

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your day with me!! I do love everyone's comments and I appreciate it soo much:)
Come on over and join in on all the fun!! We would love to see your layouts at RCS.
Have a great day my friends!


Monday, November 12, 2012


Hi everyone :)   I have a card to share with you today.

It's challenge time over at Made Especially forYou, and it's a  sketch challenge!!  I love sketch challenges because it takes some of the guess work out of my cards :D

I usually take forever  when I am trying to put my cards and layouts together..... okay maybe forever is too strong a word hehe. It does take me quite a bit longer than all of those quick and easy cards that I see everyone doing.

So on to my semi quick and easy card....
I colored this cute little digi image  with my Spectrum Noir markers. I am still trying to get the hang of the coloring and shading  techniques down.
I added a Getting Cricky stamp for the sentiment and some buttons with twine. I wanted to add some burlap to it, but forgot to pick it up while I was out :(
Our sponser for this week is
Which happens to be the place that I got my super cute digi image :)
They are offering
 7 images of the winner's choice
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Come on over to MEFY and join us for the fun and submit your fantastic creations :) 
Have a great day!!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Turkey Toe Blog Hop

Welcome to the Turkey Toe Blog Hop, brought to you by the design teams of Made Especially For You and Red Carpet Studio!

Today the design teams of Made Especially For You and Red Carpet Studio have teamed up to share with you all sorts of turkey-themed projects to help you get ready for Thanksgiving!

 If you've come from  Ashley's blog, you're in the right place.

For today's hop, I made... a Thanksgiving Layout :)
I cut out the turkey from Create a Critter, the leaves are from Pooh and friends , the pumpkin is from Paper doll dress up and the Title is from Designer's calendar. I added some tags behind the top photo mat.  The cute little faces are from Peachy Keen Stamps :)
We also have some wonderful sponsors giving away prizes to those who comment on every stop of the hop!
Paper Piecings by Nikki
$15 Gift Certificate

$15 Gift Certificate

$10 Gift Certificate

Prize Package from Scrappin' Fab Pam

Participants have through Sunday evening to hop. The winners of the blog candy will be announced on Made Especially For You on Tuesday November 13th. Please make sure to leave your contact information when commenting to be eligible to win!

Your next stop is Chas' blog. Here's the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Happy Hopping!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Blessings

 Hi, I'm so glad you stopped by today. I have a card to share with you :)

Our challenge this week at MEFY was to make a Thanksgiving card using kraft cardstock, and this is what I came up with.

I decided to make an easel card and use this cute Stamping Boutique image.  I used the kraft cardstock for my base and then used this pretty plaid pattern that was in my MS halloween stack that I got last year. I also used my spectrum noir markers to color this image in. It's my first attempt  using alcohol markers, so it's not really that great. Hopefully I will get better with practice hehe.  I printed out my image and then cut the border around it from my silhouette.

The sentiment is from the Getting Cricky Fall-O-Ween stamp set.  The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, and I used a Martha Stewart punch (cathedral lace..hope I spelled that right hehe) to keep the top portion of the card from sliding down.

Our fabulous sponser for this week is ..
  The Stamping Boutique -
 and they are generously offering  3 images of the winner's choice
As you can tell by the image I used, she has some super cute digis in her shop :)
So get your crafty mojo going and come on over to Made Especially for You and enter your card into our challenge. I would love to see your entry. It always amazes me at how much talent there is out there!

Have a great and crafty day!!



Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Independent" layout

          Hello everyone and a good Sunday morning to you :)

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day, and that everyone on the East coast is getting the help that they need. My heart goes out to all those that have had to endure the path of Sandy.  I live in the Eastern part of the U.S. and feel very fortunate to live far enough away that we only had high winds and rain.

I have a layout to share with you today.

It is the layout teams turn this week at Red Carpet Studios, and our challenge was to make a CAS layout...Clean And Simple. Now, I'm not one to go over the top with embellishments, but I do like to add several things to my layouts or I feel like they are missing something :)  

So I decided to go with a big picture...what better way to keep me from adding all those little extras, than to fill the page up with a picture hehe. This is a picture of my little boy when he was about 3 as you can tell by the side of the layout :D I tried to go very simple with this , so I only added 2 thing to this layout.  The 3's  border on the left side of the layout and the memories title on the bottom. (Both of these cutouts came from the Graphically speaking cartridge:)

I added a double border to them but it isn't showing up very well in this photo. If you have any tips on taking photos of 12x12 layouts, or anything else...I am an awful photographer... please share with me :)

Now on to the goodies ..... Our sponser this week is
The Paper Parade -
and they are giving away a  $25 gift certificate
to the lucky winner this week
The only rules are  to Create a layout CAS (clean and simple) style, meaning not a lot of details, embellishments, etc.
What better way to get some of those pictures you have stashed away ( and you know you have them hehe especially if your like me :D) done quick and simple. You don't have to worry about what embellishments you are going to add or all of that other stuff . Just pick out a picture or two add a couple of embellishments or none at all and voila! your done.
I hope to see your entry over at RCS. I always look forward to seeing all the amazing talent that is out here in blogland :)
Have a great day my friends