Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Raymond's Reindeer Friend

As promised, here's the second of my new release cards for Imagine That! Digis by Kris. This new set is called Raymond's Reindeer Friend. I think the images are just so cute in this set!


I made this treat container with a tag that features Raymond's Reindeer Friend. I used the pre-colored image and then created the sky around it for the tag. The sentiment is from a retired Gina K stamp set. The octagon basket is from Waltzing Mouse. I used the Merry & Bright Digital Paper from Imagine That! Digis by Kris to cover the basket template. I added a star brad to attach the tag to the basket handle. I filled the basket with a special holiday treat. Here's a closer picture of the tag.





Check out the new designs from all the design team over at Imagine That! Creative Playground.
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Thanks for stopping by to check out the new release. Don't forget that all new release stamps sets are 50% off until December 9th. Talk to you tomorrow!






Holiday Chaos Day 5

Just a quick post this afternoon as I am on my way over to watch Valerie and Arthur this afternoon. I wanted to post my Day 5 card for the Holiday Chaos at Catch the Bug. I love humorous cards and today there is a photo inspiration and it's all about the humor. So here's the photo I had to work with.


I took my inspiration from Santa and from his wine glass and this is my card.


The image is Tropical Santa - drink, colored with Copic markers and embellished with Crystal Stickles (which has been used on almost everything lately!). I die cut him with MFT Pierced Ovals. The red and white check paper reminds me of a tablecloth in an Italian cafe which would serve wine. I added the "Cheers" randomly on the background paper. That stamp is from a retired Gina K stamp set. The sentiment is a hybrid that I put together in Photoshop. "Love the wine your with" is from Create with TLC and the Ho! Ho! Ho! is from Crafty Nomad. This is perfect for the couple that we play bridge with. I love how it turned out. I die cut the sentiment with Spellbinder's Conversation Bubbles 2. I added black card stock to make the red pop.
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That's my quick one for this afternoon. I'm off to cuddle the twins! My favorite pastime. Have a wonderful day!

Donna


Dachshund Party

Over at Imagine That! Digis by Kris we have several new releases. They will be showcasing them over at the Imagine That! Creative Playground blog. Two sets were previewed yesterday: Llama Love and Dachshund Christmas. Today I have two posts for two more new digi stamp sets. They are so cute, you just have to check them out. My first stamp set this morning is Dachshund Party. It's just a darling set for birthdays. And I love the sentiments. My favorite is the one I used on my card.


I used the pre-colored image of the dachshund on this card and the background designer paper is from a digi paper pack called My Dog is Paw-some. If you've been around my blog for a while you know how much I love plaid and I just couldn't resist those adorable paw prints. I made the sentiment the centerpiece of the card because I thought it was so cute and clever. I colored the sentiment with Bic markers and inked the edges with Orange Marmalade distress ink. I added a little ribbon to divide the two designer papers. The little dachshund is fussy cut and popped up over the top edge of the sentiment.



Don't forget to check out all the new sets being introduced. They are all on sale for 50% off until Friday December 9th.
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I hope you'll come back this evening when I'll have another new release sample. That one will feature Raymond's Reindeer Friend. Talk to you soon. Have an awesome day! I almost forgot I promised an update on the twins. December 6th (yesterday) they turned 2 months old and for being 5 weeks premature they are making up for lost time. They did get their 2 month shots at the doctor so I hope they aren't too fussy for Mom and Dad. Arthur is now 8 lbs 4 oz (he hasn't quite doubled his birth weight yet) and Valerie is 7lbs 15 oz (and she has more than doubled her birth weight). And I'll leave you with a picture of our precious grandbabies on their 2 month birthday.




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

More Holiday Chaos

You know I do think that's an apt phrase for my house this time of year: Holiday Chaos. I've been fighting a double ear infection for the past few weeks. The doctor just gave me another new antibiotic yesterday. This one is making me sick. There seem to be lots of side effects to this one.
So Day 4 of Holiday Chaos is Clean as Snow (keep it simple - no patterned paper). I can do that!


This is Bugaboo's Scene It Christmas Sheep colored with Bic and Copic markers. The sentiment comes with the image so this one was easy peasy. I added Crystal Stickles for some sparkle in several places but that's the only embellishment. The image and sentiment are backed with red card stock on a green card base.
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I am off to help take the twins to the doctor's office today. They won;t be happy campers to get their first shots. It's hard to believe they are two month olds already. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Donna

Monday, December 5, 2016

Santa Meets Snowmen

Time is just rolling by and before you know it Christmas will be here. I'm finishing up my cards this week (or I hope to) so I have two cards today. I am working on challenges for the Holiday Chaos at Catch the Bug. This card is for day 2 which was a sketch challenge:



The Bugaboo image that I used is Snow Friends Window. I colored the majority with Bic markers but I used some Copic markers also. The snowflake designer paper is Merry & Bright digital paper from Imagine That! Designs by Kris. The border is Magnolia Berry Lace and I backed it with scraps of colored card stock to give it some color. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set/\.
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My second project is for Day 3 of Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos. The challenge was to make a tag with red and white stripes/


The image is Stocking Santa HoHoHo and is currently free at Bugaboo Stamps. Go pick that one up while you can. I colored the image with Copics and used Diamond Stickles to make him sparkle. The red and white striped background is washi tape. I die cut the image with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles and popped it up with foam tape. The tag is die cut from MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. I added some red ribbon (recycled from one of my Christmas packages last year). I thought it turned out adorable. By the way the ceramic tree behind the tag was another crafty project that I made years ago. It's always one of the first Christmas decorations that I put up each year.
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I started with post with time rolling by and believe it or not tomorrow the twins will be 2 months old. I am going to the doctor with them tomorrow and they get their first shots (sad face). But I'll share some updated pictures of them tomorrow. It's amazing how fast they are growing. So stayed tuned for that. Thanks for dropping by today. 
Hugs,
Donna




Sunday, December 4, 2016

Jingle Bells

Happy Sunday and a new challenge over at The Outlawz CAS challenge. You've heard the song Silver Bells. "Silver Bells, silver bells. It's Christmas time in the city." This week we want you to use silver and/or bells.

This card didn't photograph very well. The silver background paper made it difficult. Even my hands reflected in the paper. The image and sentiment are from Create with TLC. I colored the image with Bic markers and die cut the image with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles.  I inked the edges with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink. The card base is red card stock.
I hope you'll join us at The Outlawz CAS challenge this week. Show us your silver and/or bells. It doesn't have to be Christmas.
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Thanks for stopping by today. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

All that Sparkles

For the next week Catch the Bug is having Holiday Chaos! I love doing challenges at Catch the Bug. I love Bugaboo images too.

Today's challenge was All That Sparkles. So I went looking for my sparkle paper. And here's what I came up with.


My image is Bugaboo Kidz Reindeer. I colored the image with Copic markers and die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. I dyed the edge with MFT Cherry Crisp ink. I added Crystal Stickles as the snow on the image. The ticket sentiment is from GTC Crafty Corner. I dyed the edge of the ticket with MFT Elf Green ink. I added a mesh ribbon. Of course my background is sparkle paper. I really like this card. 
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I'm hoping to participate all week for Bugaboo but I guess the twins will determine whether that happens or not. LOL! They've been lots of fun lately. They have their 2 month doctor check up this week. Thanks for stopping by.

Donna

Joys of the Season

Welcome to the Imagine That! Creative Playground monthly challenge. This month is so easy! Are you making Christmas cards to send? Here's your chance to win a prize and you don't need to use an Imagine That! digital image to win. Come join us. Here's some inspiration to use for your card.


For my card I chose the color scheme of the picture.


This is one of the Christmas thank yous I will send for Christmas presents received this year. The sweet Jars of Cheer from Imagine That! Digis by Kris is so cute. I colored it with Copic markers. I paper pieced the bow on the jar and used the same paper to die cut the "thanks" from MFT Many Thanks dies. I used black card stock for the backing so the colors would pop. The designer paper in the background is from Lorie's Peppermint Mocha stamp set. Perfect for the candy jar. I die cut the jar with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. The base is kraft card stock.
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I hope you'll join us this month over at Imagine That! Creative Playground and share your joy of the season with us. Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Fun

I can hardly believe that it's December already. At this point any other year I wouldn't have much done for Christmas. But this year since I have retired, I have a few Christmas presents bought, some decorating done and Christmas cards mostly created. I need to finish off the notes inside and send them out. How are your Christmas cards coming? If you are one of those people who are already started on next year's cards I think that's great but I am never that far along. LOL!
Today begins the new challenge over at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Our theme is North Pole this month. Your don't have to use the theme to link up. Any Christmas card will give you a chance to win some of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Digi Papers, but if you do use the them we have a special prize from Limited Runs this month. Here's the details:
Welcome to the North Pole. On the left is the road that will take you to Santa's Workshop. Follow to the right and you'll find the Penguin Pavilion. Unfortunately, its Santa's busy season and with just 24 days until the big event, the elves are just too busy to take you on a tour. However, you are more than welcome to take a look around by yourself. Just be sure not to touch anything or you will end up on Santa's naughty list. Oh, and be sure to grab a cup of cocoa and a candy cane from Mrs. Claus before you head back home.
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month,be sure to include an element that might be found in the North Pole (fantasy version of course)Examples include: elf type images, Santa, Mrs Claus, presents, toys, images that have a sign for the North Pole in them, penguins, reindeer, polar bears, etc. If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $10.00 gift certificate from Limited Runs.

Lisa whipped up and awesome set of digital papers this month and it was such a hard decision as to which paper to use.



So after all the preliminaries, how about a card!


The Limited Runs image is Penguin Cupcake (love the North Pole sign!). I colored it with Copics and tried to make the icing look like a frozen lake that the penguin could skate on amid all those lovely snowflakes from DDD North Pole paper. I added Crystal Stickles to the image for the snow. The Merry Christmas banner is from Create with TLC. I fussy cut that and popped it and the image up with foam tape. The card base is white and I used a black mat background. I do hope you will join the challenge this month at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up as you finish off your Christmas cards. 
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Before I go, 12 Months of Christmas Link Up is looking for some new design team members. If you might be interested check out the details.


Thanks for stopping by today. Good luck with getting all things ready for the holidays. I have a babysitting marathon with the twins tonight from 4-10pm so I'll be busy, busy busy!



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

End of November

Can you believe that November is coming to an end. Before the clock ticks into December I wanted to get one last card done for Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards challenge. I found most of this card laying on my desk.

The image was an extra that I had already colored. The green/blue circle frame was already cut. I decided it needed the red mat so I used Spellbinder's Inverted Circles, added some Stickles and then die cut a Spellbinder's conversation bubble. The sentiment is handwritten into the bubble. I couldn't find a stamp small enough to fit. I popped up and extended the bubble off the card. So this card was mostly bits and pieces that I had lying around. Really glad to use up bits like that because I have so many.
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Quick and simple today. Hope your week is off to a great start. Tomorrow my daughter returns to work so my hours will change for watching the twins. Probably more hours of watching them but that's okay. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Saturday, November 26, 2016

White on White with a Pop of Red

Happy weekend! It's been a really nice weekend for us. Both of our boys are visiting for the holiday. They may not be back for Christmas so we are soaking up as much time as we can with them. Today the twins came to our house for the first time. They aren't allowed in public but their parents came for a meal and they visited with the family while they were in town. The uncles (our sons) got to meet their niece and nephew for the first time. It was a really nice day with lots of hands around to help with the babies. Tomorrow both of the boys will be heading home. I will be sad to see them go but they have a life elsewhere and we just try to spend as much time as we can with them when the opportunity to be together presents itself. It's been awesome. I'll miss them again.
We have a new challenge beginning at The Outlaw CAS challenge. The challenge this week is quite interesting. I made two cards for this one; hated the first card I made so I found a little time to make another one this afternoon. This is what I came up with.


I won a blog candy on Kittie Caracciolo of KitteKraft. The candy arrived in the mail today and it included this Sizzix embossing folder of a door. So I decided to use that embossing folder and add the pop of red as the Poppy Stamps wreath die. The added banner, die cut with MFT Pierced Banner Flags is embossed on vellum and extends across the wreath. It certainly is better than my first idea so I am thankful to Kittie and the postal worker who delivered it today. 
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I hope you'll join our white with a pop of red challenge at The Outlawz CAS. It was a real challenge for me. Hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend, my US friends. Tricia will go back to work this week so I'm not sure yet how that will affect my schedule. I would think I will be spending more time with the twins but we'll see. She still didn't have her schedule yet for work. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully crafty Sunday!

Donna


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Twins Christmas

HappyWednesday! Yesterday I showed a pic of the twin sand today I have their Christmas card that I will send them.


The image is from Bugaboo called Baby Christmas. I flipped the image so I would have twins. Instead of coloring the outfits I used stripes and polka dots (thank you 30 days of Coloring challenge). Everything is colored with Copic markers. I added Crystal Stickles to the hats and sleeves. Stamped a sentiment from a retired Stampin' Up ! stamp set and added two heart brads. The image panel is die cut with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. Also used a red card stock base with a background of green card stock.

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That's it for me today. I'll be watching the twins later today and then traveling for Thanksgiving and back again on Friday. At that point all my kids will be home and we'll have the weekend together. And they'll get to meet the twins for the first time. So I'll probably be missing for a while but see you back soon. Wishing all my US friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are truly blessed with all good things throughout the holiday season and throughout life!

Donna

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Another 2 Fer Day

Can you believe we are only a few days away from Thanksgiving? This year has moved so fast. I can hardly believe we are nearing the end of November. Tomorrow our little Alexander would have been one year old. He is loved and missed very much. I'd like to visit his grave site tomorrow and hope I can squeeze that visit into our very busy day! I have two cards for you today. Two of my former co-workers have birthdays on November 26th so I needed a couple of birthday cards. So tonight I will show you one of those and a Christmas card that I made today.


I used the new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this card. The image is by Karen Hill colored with Copic markers. I used a scrap piece of plaid for the background and a dark gray card base. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Squares and backed with a blue green scrap. I added some extra stars, grass and bow tie (on the hippo) from a W PLUS 9 stamp set using distress ink. To finish it off I used a white gel pen to add some stitching to the dark gray card base.


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My second card tonight was another easy card:


I won the goose image last year from Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards called Christmas Goose and printed it with a sentiment from Create with TLC. The image is pre-colored and the card looked rather bare so I added some elements from a 2002 Stampin' Up! set called Two-Step Stampin Border Builders (retired). The lights at the bottom and the stars are from that set. The ink is Momento black and various colors of distress inks. 
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I'm going to leave you tonight with a picture of my favorite things these last few weeks. After loosing Alex last year at this time we are so thankful to have these two little ones with us for this Thanksgiving. Pictured with the twins are my husband Tom and I, blessed and thankful that we have these two little ones in our lives. I hope God blesses you as abundantly this holiday season.


Donna


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Merry Christmas Snowman

Happy Sunday! Our weather has changed drastically. Friday it was sunny and 70 degrees. Yesterday it turned very windy and the high was 40 degrees. Our wood burning stove is keeping us toasty warm. We haven't gotten snow yet although a lot of our northern neighbors did so my card today is for them. And I am thankful that it isn't us just yet. I know our day will come though, sometime soon.


Our new CAS challenge at the Outlawz today is celebrating Go for a Ride Day. We'd like to see what you would ride for fun. I chose a sled. That was my favorite pastime as a kid. We lived near a golf course and had the best time sledding down hills and sometimes into creeks. We'd be soaking wet when we came home but we had such a great time. I embossed the background with a snowflake embossing folder. The image is from Oak Pond Creations and the sentiment from Birds Cards. I put them together in Photoshop. The image is colored with Copic markers and I added Crystal Stickles for some added sparkle. I hope you'll join us this week and show us what a fun ride would be for you at The Outlawz CAS challenge.
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That's it for me today. My son arrived from Florida last night and he is my baker so let the baking begin. He's waiting on me to go with him to the grocery store right now so I have to scoot. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Donna

Friday, November 18, 2016

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Happy Friday morning! I had hoped to get this posted last night before I went to bed but alas some fitsy twins and a long evening had me falling into bed as soon as I darkened my door last night. Little Miss Valerie loves to just walk up and down the hallway and always be on the move. And we couldn't fill her up last night. She wanted to eat all the time. Mr. Arthur has the biggest eyes for a baby and he rarely blinks. But he's very curious, always looking around to see what's going on. They are beautiful and I am one biased grammy. At any rate, back to my card....


I had a couple of challenges in mind when I made this card. First I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for inspiration. I really love the fun design although I changed it a bit and used twine instead of the banner and just printed my sentiment on the background. The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and colored with Copics. I die cut the image with MFT Stitched Circles and inked the edges with Fire brick distress ink. The backing for the image was die cut with Spellbinder's Classic Scalloped Circles. And I was thinking of the Catch the Bug challenge again which is "going in circles" and I remembered this great stamp from Great Impressions that has these circle images on it. So I created my own background with the stamp and some MFT pigment inks. The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

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That's it for this morning. I think my next week will be hopping busy. Our youngest is driving from Florida tomorrow. He is taking a new job in Boston so at some point in December/January he'll be moving to Boston where my other son lives. So we'll be vacationing in Boston next year. Steve will be with us all next week. His brother Dan will be flying in next Wednesday for a few days. And they will get to meet the twins. So we are excited and thankful to have the whole family together for Thanksgiving. They probably won't be returning for Christmas so we will enjoy it while we can. Have a wonderful weekend! Our Indian summer is coming to a close today and tomorrow our high should only be in the 40s. I was so enjoying those 60-70 degree temperatures. Hugs to you all!

Donna
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