Thursday, December 29, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with family and friends.  Of course I missed my angel daughter but I know she was with us... just in a different way.  Spending time with family and friends is such a comfort when missing a loved one who has passed away.  I'm so thankful to have a large loving family both blood related and through my church.  

Now onto my card for this week's MTME Pretty Patterns challenge.  I love the Mrs. Candy Claus pattern paper so I had to make one more Christmas card for you using this luscious paper.  

I used Tim Holtz carved Ornaments die cut from Sizzix to cut out the ornament.  The paper is glittered and from Sugar and Plums pattern paper by Recollections (at Michaels). 

I hope you can see the glitter a little better in the photo below.

I used some shiny white paper from my stash for the snowflake on the ornament.

I typed the words "Merry Christmas" onto cardstock and then trimmed it for the tag.  I carefully bent the strip with my fingers to give it the 3-D effect.  

The sheer white ribbon also has glitter on it.  Here's a close-up of it. 

I hope you stop by the MTME Pretty Patterns blog and see what the rest of the design team have in store for you.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I appreciate each and every visit and comment.  I hope you have a fabulous New Year!

Other Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp:  Anything goes! 
Our Creative Corner: inspiration from home & glimmer/sparkle (I have pink, green and white shiny ornaments on my Christmas tree!) 


Monday, December 19, 2011

Wrapped Up Tilda Holiday Challenge

I made this cute ornament for the Wrapped Up Tilda Holiday Challenge.  The contest is now closed and I barely made it in time.  Silly me, I've been down with a major fibromyalgia flare so I haven't been doing much of anything, really, so it was a miracle that I was able to finish this project on time!

I bought both the Wrapped Tilda and Unwrapped Tilda at the Magnolia-licious store where Diana has these two stamps sold together for one low price of &8.99.  

The ornament was stamped with Waltzingmouse Stamp set Vintage Ornmanet.  Here's a close-up for this Tilda.

I used Sulkey thread and adhered it in between two circles to make a suspension ornament.  The inner circle can turn on it's own.  (sorry that the picture is so blurry)

This is the other side of the ornament.  

Blow is a close-up of the Tilda image.

I used Spellbinders layered poinsettia dies for the poinsettias on each side of the ornament and a Martha Stewart punch for the white leaves.

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate each visit and comment!

Other Challenges:
Waltzingmouse Makes - Christmas tag

Friday, December 16, 2011

Season's Greetings!

Today I'm sharing a set of Christmas cards that was so fast and easy to make!  I made these for my monthly card making group which is a Stampin' Up! club.

I used Stampin' Up's embossing folder Northern Flurry for the front of the card.  I don't usually make one layer cards so I was a little leery to try this but I think it worked out well - and it was so fast!  

For the sentiment I used "Season's Greetings" from Festive Frames - from Gina K Designs store.

I added a bow and red "bling" and there you have it!  A quick, easy Christmas card!  

Joan's Garden - make a quick Christmas card
Creative Inspirations - all-white card
Cupcake Inspirations - image - I used the colors red, white and gold found in the image and snow to reflect the snowman.
Simply Create Too - embossing
Paper Players: color challenge - cherry cobler, gold and very vanilla

Thank you for stopping by.  Each visit and comment are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

I can't believe that Christmas is just about a week away!  I sure wish I was ready... but I'll get there.   

Today I have a Christmas card for you using MTME's Beautiful Baubles.  I love how the "O" in "Jolly" is an ornament.  Instead of using circles like the sketch has, I used a snowflake and two ornaments.

For the background paper I used MTME's Mrs Candy Claus and the solid paper is DCWV's Shimmers and Recollections' Holiday Shimmer that I found at my local Michaels.

I cut out the ornaments using Creative Memories 'Tis the Season cricut cartridge and I cut out the snowflakes using cricut's Winter Lace cartridge.

I hope you will play along with us this week as we are taking next week off to enjoy Christmas with our families.  Trust me, I need all the time I can get to get ready for the most wonderful time of the year!  :)

Please stop by the Pretty Patterns sketch blog and see what the rest of the designers have in store for you.  And as always, I truly appreciate your visits and comments.   I hope you each have a HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS!  

Other challenges:
Joan's Garden - create a quick Christmas card
For Fun Challenge: Christmas card - anything goes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter Penguin

I have a treat for you today.  I have two cards in one!  Well... sort of...  

You see, I started out by using Perky Lil' Penguin and then re-sizing one of the hats from Winter Knits.  After coloring it I adhered it to the penguin.

Isn't he cute?  I embossed the white paper to make it look like snow.  I then cut out the frame in red and added x-mas stickles to it.   I used the yellow and green patterned paper from Farmhouse Fresh.  I popped the penguin up on pop-dots and added the hat.  

I had also printed up another hat from Winter Knits the right size for the penguin and wanted to see how this little guy would look with a different hat on.  So viola'! A second card making it two cards in one!  *wink*

I think I like this hat... I added Polar White Flower Soft to the hat making it look fresh and fun!

The hat was also popped up on pop-dots.  Below is a 3-D look.  

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Thank you so much for coming, I appreciate each and every visit and comment.  

I hope you will join us this week and make a card using our MTME Pretty Patterns sketch.  You can link up here as well as see what the other designers have to share with you.  Have a great day!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

MTME Pretty Palette #38 - Daffodil, Green and Cherry

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Santa with Cookies!

It's December 1st and the Christmas season is officially upon us!  I LOVE Christmas!  I couldn't wait to use the digi stamp Mr. Claus.  The background paper is Candy Claus.  I love using fun embellishments and I used plenty on this card.  hehe!  

As you probably know by now that I love my layers and pop-dots and this card is no exception!  The picture below shows how even the layers on the tree flip up a little.

The red frame was cut out with Spellbinders and popped up on pop dots too.  I smeared a little Xmas Red Stickles on top of it to add some pretty shine.

I colored dear Santa with copics and then added a mini bell to his hat and Polar White Flower Soft to all the "fluffy" trip.  I also used it for snow on the ground.  I used Buttercup Liquid Pearls for his buttons.

 The tree is made from Taylored Expression's Trim the Tree die set.  I used White Opal Liquid Pearls and Xmas Red Stickles for ornaments. 

I used beautiful snowflake-looking buttons for both the top of the tree and the center of the bow. 

I hope you will stop by the MTME Blog and see what the other design team members have made for you today.  This week is another review so hop on over to see what the 6 sketches are that you can choose from.  

Lastly, since today is the first day of the month, MTME has a new release for you!  I'm so excited about the new product which can be seen right here: New Products  You may want to sign up for My Time Made Easy's email updates  found on this page so you never miss out on a new release or any important news.

Thank you for visiting!  I truly appreciate all comments.   

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of you who celebrate, I hope you are having a marvelous Thanksgiving!  I wanted to make a Thanksgiving card and I LOVE the new baking digi stamp sets so these cute characters are cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. I used What's Cooking and Baked With Love.

I used copics to color the image.

Aren't these cooking supplies cute?  They are also colored with copics.

Here is a 3-d view.  The designer paper is Autumn Leaves.

I hope you get a chance to play along with our sketch this week.  Don't forget to stop by MTME's blog and check out what the rest of the Pretty Pattern team has for you.  

anything Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."  ~Henry Ward Beecher

What a great quote especially during this time of year that we remember what we are grateful for.  I printed this quote from MTME's digi stamp set: Bold Botanicals.

I used Autumn Leaves collection 2 for the pattern paper.  

I used Spellbinders "Twisted Metal Tags and Accents" to frame the sentiment.  The flourish is from Magnolias and the leaves are Spellbinders "Nested Maple Leaves".

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate every visit and each comment.  I hope you will join us in this week's MTME's Pretty Pattern Sketch shown below:


TE's Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Welcome to Taylored Expression's Blast from the Past Blog Hop!  I had fun making this card... here in Southern AZ we don't get a lot of leaves changing color so of course I had to put some on this card.  This month our theme is "Thankful".  I used TE's "Much Appreciated" for the sentiment which I inked up in "Brilliance" cosmic copper and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then framed with in shinny green paper with QuicKutz "frame" (REV-0090).    

I had a hard time getting a good picture of this card because some of the paper had glitter, some was embossed with fuzzies, other paper was shiny while some of it was just plain 'ol pretty paper.  Also, my lamp that I normally use broke so it was just hard to show all the different textures.  Below is a slightly different angle to show some more textures.

 I used a lot of different dies for this card, most of which are Spellbinders.  The swirls is from Magnolias.  I added a burgundy seam binding bow and there ya have it.  A lovely Thank You card. 

I am thankful for my family, friends, the freedoms I enjoy and for a loving Father in Heaven.  I am thankful to have been the mother of a very special daughter named Jessica who went "home" to heaven last year and who taught me to "Never give up!"... never give up hope, never give up faith and to never give up on myself or my family.  I miss my beautiful girl but I'm also thankful that she is in a better place and free from pain.  I'm so thankful for my dear friends and family members who have helped me through each day... one of which is going to receive this Thank You card.  I think I need to make several hundred if I were to just begin to give out Thank You cards to everyone who has helped me throughout my daughter's 22 years on earth and the one since she left.  I'm blessed beyond measure.   

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to stop by the rest of the blogs and see what everyone else has made for us today.  :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

MTME Pretty Patterns sketch #35

I can't believe how many of you out there already have SNOW this year!  I'm glad I'm not one of them but we don't get much of that white stuff here in Southern Arizona.  So I have to come up with my own creative ways to get some of that snow for myself.  Today I decided to use the cute little boy elf from MTME's Holly Jolly digi stamp set.  Isn't he adorable?

I used some paper I had on hand this time for the background... I could just see the little elf in a forest of Christmas trees.  I had some shimmery blue paper on hand also and used Lifestyle Crafts' snowflake dies to cut out the snowflakes.  I also cut two out in white and layered them behind the blue snowflakes.  

I used some pearls for the centers of the snowflakes and also for buttons on the little elf.  You can see the buttons better in the photo shown above.  But what is that on his hat?  It looks like white fluffy stuff... could it be???

No, it's not snow but it is Polar White flower soft.  LOVE that fluffy stuff!  It's the next best thing to real snow... or maybe it's better since it's not freezing cold and it won't melt and make a muddy mess.  Yeah... I think I'll stick with my own kind of snow.  :)

I hope you will head on over to My Time Made Easy's blog and play along.  
Here's this week's sketch:

I moved the bottom circle to the top and turned them into snowflakes!  I also didn't think that the three dots went along with the snowflakes so I put one in the center of each snowflake.  See how you can mix it up a little?  Just make sure we can see the sketch in your card. - but most of all HAVE FUN!  

Thank you for visiting - I appreciate each and every visit and comment.  

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Gift For You

I'm so excited about this month's new products release at My Time Made Easy.  

The image in today's card is from the Holly Jolly set.  There are several cute elves and a reindeer in this set.  I can't wait to use them all!  

I used copics to color the image and Spellbinders die to cut it out.  I used SU's  Pink Pirouette to sponge around the edge.

The designer paper is fabulous!  I used Mrs Candy Claus paper from last month's release.  I punched out the top and bottom of the striped strip of paper with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and then added some pearls for a little feminine touch.. not that it needed it, I think it brings out the snowflakes a little better.  

The flower die is from MFT and the leaves are a MS punch.  I thought it was a little fun to make the flower from a green dp and the leaves from the striped dp.  It was a another fun little touch.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today - I truly appreciate it!  Don't forget to hop on over to MTME's Blog and play along with our Pretty Pattern sketch shown below.