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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Emma the Caroling Angel


My card for today was inspired by a sketch challenge at The Pink Elephant. I loveds this sketch and had been planning all week to play along but life just seemed to get in the way.
I forgot to add the ribbon and bow. I've added it but there's no daylight to take a good picture, so maybe I'll change out the picture tomorrow.

The image I used is Emma the Caroling Angel from  Fred She Said. It comes as  digi that you can color with your favorite medium or the pre-colored images that come in 8 different colors. Click on the link to check out these gorgeous images.

The papers I used are retired papers from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching was done with  matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Wee Memories - A little PInk
Die cut Dreams Christmas Club - Christmas Anything Goes

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Country Snowman & Oh Christmas Tree - SSS83

Oh My, we're in the home stretch for Thanksgiving. I'm not ready for this. I always have my house cleaning done and my house sparkles for the holidays. I only have today and tomorrow to get it all done so I may have to sprinkle glitter all over if I want it to sparkle. *Ü*
As a matter of fact, I was so engrossed in washing curtains that I forgot it was Friday and I needed to make this card.

My card today uses two Digi images from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Country Snowman and Oh Christmas Tree. They were colored with Copic Markers.

Korin is having a Black Friday Sale going on from now until the end of the month for a whopping 20% off. So, you may want to check out all the fabulous clear stamps and Digi images she has in her store.

I was pressed for time and kept messing up the coloring on my tree that I finally decided to see what it looked like with Faux Flower Soft on it. I then added red pearls where the ornaments are on the tree.

The papers and the Poinsettia flower are from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching was done with White Embroidery Floss.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another Smiley Snowman - SC307



There's just something about this image that I can't get away from. He just makes me smile.

I played along with the Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge from yesterday.

The Digi Image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called Smiley Snowman. There is also a Clear Stamp version of this also and comes with sentiments.

I love using the chunky Diamond Dust on my snowmen. This product is so sparkly but yet doesn't cover up all of the linework.
The snow is a combination of liquid Applique, faux flower Soft and Fine glitter. I sponged blue chalk on the background, then dotted it with white liquid applique and heated it.

I used som old Basic Grey papers.
The snowflakes are die cuts from A Spellbinders Die mand then I coated them with glitter. You can never have too much glitter for wintere of Christmas cards.

The Hand Stitching was done with White Embroidery Floss in my snowflake pattern.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Speedy the Cat's Friends - Snowflakes
ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for Christmas

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winner of the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog Hop

Hi Ladies,
Sorry for the delay on this but I've been having some major computer problems.

The winner from comments left on my blog for the sweet 'n Sassy Birthday Blog hop is #19 Auntie Lisa. This was picked at Random out of 60 comments.

If this is you, please email me for your prise.

Congratulations to all of the winners. If you won a free Digi, Id love to see you use it for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge on Saturdays!  Our Sketch Challenge DT Love to see your artwork and really love seeing you use your SNSS images.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

FSS - Emma The Hugger

I've been so busy with an upcoming Christmas Card Workshop that I totally forgot to post this card this morning. 

This is my week to host the Fred She Said blog for the Digi of the week special. I chose Emma the Hugger. The Digi image or the pre-colored sheets are all on sale at 30% off until Monday Midnight, Novemebr 22nd. You really need to check out the incredible discounted price on this.
Which ever you choose, it's such an adorable image. It's hard to see in the pictures of the many layers on the image by using the decopage All Sorts Challenge Blog.sheet.

The design for this card came from a fabulous sketch challenge over at
I added Chunky Diamond Dust to the snowman and liquid applique, heated and then added Fine glitter for snow. The backgrounds were done using two different embossing folders. I lightly sanded the embossed snowflakes to make them pop.

I used an extra row of my Hand Stitching to make the stitches resemble snowflakes.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Anything Goes - Emboss it!
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Christmas
Delightful Challenges - Glitter It Up!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Winter Basket - SSS82

Have your bodies adjusted to the end of Daylight Savings Time yet? Mine hasn't and that's a good thing. Now I'm awake by 6:30 and able to get some exercise in before the grandkids get here at 7:45.  Now, if I could only go to bed before Midnight!!!

My card today was inspired by a card at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog. They have a beautiful sketch to work with this week so why not hop on over there and play along. You have until next Friday evening.  
Did you ever notice how you start out with such pretty papers and then end up covering it up. That's what happened to me on this card. So, I made the small strip smaller then on the sketch so you could see more of the pretty flowers underneath. I was almost tempted to eliminate it all together.

The Digi Image I used is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called "Winter Basket".  I love Digi Stamps because you can make them any size you need. It was printed then colored with Copic Markers.
The Ribbon is some old Hostess rewards ribbon from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
A Crafty Little Place - Red, White & Green
Anything Goes - Emboss It!
Caardvark - Holiday card & Die Cuts
Digital Tuesday - Never Used Stash + Digi
Charater Cafe - Embossing
Christmas Stampin' All Year - Stripes
Digi's with Attitude - Sparkle, Ribbon, & two DP's
Stamp Something - Use a Digi

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Wreath - Fred She Said Blog Hop

Good Morning and welcome to our Christmas Blog Hop with Fred She Said.
There have been lots of new images released lately and our Design Team is here to show you some wonderful artwork with all of these fabulous images.

If you came here from Sonya's blog, then you are on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, please go back to Tracey Lynn's blog so you start from the beginning. You want to follow in order and collect a word from each of our blogs to make a sentence. You will get instruction on the last blog as to what to do with your sentence and be entered into a random drawing to win a $25 FSS GC and $25 CropStop GC and we're  going to switch it up and choose 2 winners... one for each prize!
This will close on the following Friday, November 19th at Midnight EST.

We love to hear from you so please leave a comment on each blog before moving to the next. Your input is greatly appreciated.

My card today uses the new image called Christmas Wreath as well as the cardinal from Christmas Cardinal. Both come in Digital format to color yourself or pre-colored for you. I love coloring with Copic Markers, but this time I used both pre-colored versions.
Now hop on over to Marlena's Blog and see what fabulous eye candy she has for you.

But, before you go, my secret word is "the"

Enjoy your Hop!

Other challenge blogs this card was made for:
The Character Cafe - Embossing
Just Add Ink - Just Add Christmas
No Time To Stamp - Non Traditional Christmas Colorsa
Caardvarks - Holiday Card + bdie cuts
Stamp Something - Use a Digi
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life - Blue & Green
Crazy for Challenges - Christmas

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Winter Basket - SC306

This card was to be posted yesterday but because of computer problems, did go on until now. I Hate computers!!!

The inspiration for this card came from this weeks sketch aqt Splitcoast Stampers.

The Digi Image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called Winter Basket. I colored it with Copic Markers.

The background paper is actually made with the Holly Ribbon Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sweet 'n Sassy Birthday Blog Hop



HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET 'N SASSY Stamps!

Thanks for hopping along with the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Blog Hop today!

If you cam here from Chupa's blog, you're on the right track.

If you didn't start at the beginning, you'll want to hop back to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog and continue from there.  We have over 30 amazingly talented ladies participating in today's hop plus a prize at every stop so you really don't want to miss a single blog!"  BUT, you must leave a sweet comment in each of our blogs for a chance to win your prize. And what is this prize here, you ask.  Well, it's none other then the Poinsettia Digi Stamp that I used for my card.

The inspiration for this card came from a sketch over at The Sweet Stop Challenge Blog. Come on over and play with us! You have until Friday night!

The papers, bling and ribbon are all from Close to my Heart.
The Hand stitching isa done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Now, enjoy the rest of the Hop and the gorgeous Eye Candy along the way!

Now Hop on over to Claudia's Blog and see what fabulous artwork she has for you.

Monday, November 8, 2010

FSS - Holly Wreath

Well, here it is, Monday already. Where did the weekend go.


My card today was inspired by a sketch from The Pixie Cottage Challenge Blog. The additional element needed for this challenge was to use recycled items. Well, I had lots of little punched out elements sitting in a baggie for ages. This challenge forced me to figure out how to use them in the sketch. It actually worked perfectly. They are the little green swirleys and the center strip. I also had a sheet of these little flowers printed and never use. The Flowers are from the Red Christmas Flower with Swirly Border from Fred She Said. I originally intended to use this entire set for this card, BUT, When the new Holly Wreath was released, I had to switch plans.

The Fred She Said Christmas Wreath comes in Digi format or pre-colored, all in the same set for the same price. How's that for value. Oh, I almost forgot about the three sentiments that are also included. Can you say, "Holy Cow"!

The papers, ribbon and pearls are from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching is done with Matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas + Inspiration Picture

Sunday, November 7, 2010

FSS English Robins - MMSC78

I am having so much fum making Christmas and Winter cards right now. I think I'm going to have a really hard time when this card making season is over, which will be very soon. I guess I need to switch to snowmen then since I really have a passion for them.

This card was made for the Top Tip Challenge Blog where Fred She Said is the sponsor this week. The theme over there is Christmas. So, why not play along and you could possibly win a $20 voucher to purchase some FABULOUS images.

Anyway, this card was inspired by a sketch from Priscilla's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Blog.

I used a newly released Image from Fred She Said, called English Robins. This is one of three in the Christmas Birds Series.  This comes in Digi format fopr those of you that love to color or pre colored for those of you that hate it. I love them both. I enjoy coloring since I discovered Copic Markers. But I love the ease of just printing out the image too.
I printed the image three times, cut out everything on one and just the holly on another. Then mounted everything with foam tape for dimension.

The background was made using a new Holly Cuttlebug Folder. I love using glitter on my cards at Christmas but I chose not to add glitter to this one because I thought it would take away from the beauty of the card.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
CCEE1044 - Winter Theme
C.R.A.F.T. - Dry Embossing
Crafty Catz - Spots and Stripes
Charisma Cardz - With Love at Christmas
Raise The Bar - Show us those Curves

Friday, November 5, 2010

FSS Christmas Cardinal


Oh My, the Holidays are coming around so quickly. So many fabulous images to use and so little time. The Hand Stitching prevents me from making as many cards as I'd like, however, the stitiching is my signature look and I LOVE doing it.

My card today is 6" x 6" and was made using the fabulous image from Fred She Said called Christmas Cardinal and comes as a Digi and pre-colored, all in the same purchase. This is one of three in the series called Christmas Bird Series. You'll be seeing the other two very shortly. AND all three come in the purchase also. What a deal!!!

This week Fred She Said is a Sponsor over at Top Tip Tuesday. Play along with the Challenge, which is "Christmas Inspired", and you could win a $20 Voucher for any Fred She said image.

I printed my image twice and cut one set out to layer from dimension. I then cropped down the digi so I printed only the Holly LKeaves and printed that out twice and cute them out for the holly corners.
I added red stickles to the berries and liquid Applique and heated it for snow. Then added fine prisma glitter to the snow.
I used a great MS Punch to frame the cardinal and then wove white with a gold edge ribbon through it.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Red Embroidery Floss.

I always finish the inside of my cards but never post it on my blog, only in My Etsy Stop. But, I thought the inside was too pretty not to post.

Challenges I also made this card for:
Digital Tuesday - I've been Framed + a Digi
ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Winter Wonderland
ABC Challenge - G is for Glitter
Little Red Wagon - Use Red
Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge - Paper Piercing
Fun at Fairy Knoll - Glitter and Glue
Pattie's Creations - Christmas Card
CCEE Stampers - Winter Scene
Charisma Cardz - Christmas