Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Color Dare 49

Like 99% of blogland I'm on autopost for the Christmas break. We're somewhere in New Brunswick right now celebrating with family. I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and is gearing up for a rip-roaring new year!







Ok...I know I've said this before...but I think I've found a new favorite color combo! And that right there is why I love being part of the Color Dare team. Riley's combos push us to try new and sometimes challenging color combos. This week we're using Soft Suede, Cameo Coral and Bashful Blue. This MFT image is great for mixing up color combos and I just happened to have a piece of this fabulous SU Raspberry Tart dp leftover (ok...actually I'm still hoarding some of it LOL). I'm sure the other Color Dare divas have come up with some fabulous creations with the combo...so be sure to head over to their blogs and leave them some love too. We would love for you to play along with us this week...just be sure to link up on the blog so we can find your creations.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Corrosive Challenge Day


The challenge this week at Corrosive Challenges is New Year's Resolutions. I don't generally make resolutions because I can't stick to them LOL. However, I think I can handle this one... to read more! I know of at least two books coming out in soft cover this year that I'll be buying... the next books in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series "Echo in the Bone", and the next one in the Sara Donati Into the Wilderness Series. Plus, I have a feeling I'll get pulled into another vampire series along the way somewhere (notice that this cute little Inktegrity raccoon is reading New Moon LOL)

What's your New Year's Resolution? Come play along at Corrosive Challenges this week and show us!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas



And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, Which shall be to all people. "For unto you is born this day in the city of David A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, Lying in a manger." - Luke 2:10-12

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Color Dare Sneaky Peek


When I got my pre-order of Stampin Up! goodies from the new Occasions mini-catalogue that is coming out in January, I just about had a coronary! OMGosh this new stuff is soooo nice! I'm loving the clear mounted stamps (I ordered almost every new set they offered LOL) But, the one thing I haven't stopped playing with is the new bird punch. You might have noticed it on my Club Anya blog hop post a couple of weeks ago and here it is again. It punches like a hot knife through butter and it's just so darn cute in any color!

Ok, ok...enough raving...This week's Color Dare was Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Soft Suede. We'd love to see what you come up with this week. Please link up to Mr. Linky on the blog to be in the running for Riley's pick of top 3 each week.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A little Bling Bling for a Corrosive Challenge



This week's Corrosive Challenge is BLING! One of my favorite uses of bling is on the Scallop Oval punch from Stampin Up! I added some purple rhinestones on each of the scallops  and then two more on either end of the white tag.

Now...can you tell me what TGIO stands for? He. He. I saw this in a Cardmaker magazine a couple of years ago and have been waiting for the chance to make one... It stands for Thank Goodness It's Over! LOL... get it? Christmas shopping? LOL...I think this is a super card to send out around January 1...or wait...maybe the  end of January when all the "returns" are finished LOL

What do you like to do with your Blingity Bling? We'd love to see your blingilicious creations linked up with Mr. Linky on the Corrosive Challenge blog.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Moody MOJO Makeup


Since I have all my Christmas shopping done *YAY ME* I found myself with a little time to play today...and I decided to play with one of my new Moody Girls that I hadn't inked up yet. This week's Makeup for the Weekend Challenge at PMS is Red, Green & White...but I'm over-Christmased in the card department...so I went with the coffee image instead. The sketch is from MOJO Monday by Julee Tilman.

I recently watched THIS VIDEO about bow tying...if you need someone to show you how to tie a bow, this is a great resource. Joanne does it the same way that I have been doing, so I don't feel like I need to do my own video LOL...I'll just direct you to hers! However, after getting a nice bow, she adds a button...thus calling it the "buttony bow". I just loved how her bow looked, so I decided to try it myself on this card. I love it...you will be seeing more of these buttony bows.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gift Packages

Just a quick post to show everyone what I gave to my DD's bus driver and bus attendant today for Christmas (she rides on the special needs bus). I just love how they turned out...there are also some hand amde gift tags inside, but I didn't show them because they didn't match the rest LOL


I am really loving the blue & purple combo this Christmas....it's just so cool & cheerful. Anyhow, I hope they liked it. Oh yes, and there was a box of cards inside each bag too. Now...tomorrow the teachers get their gifts and WHOO HOOOO! I've cleaned out a whole drawer of stuff that I was hoarding for Christmas LOL

I've had a couple of people ask me about these gorgeous tags I've started using...so if you're wondering, this tag is part of the Fancy Labels set from Spellbinders.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Color Dare 47

Sigh...I'm just not functioning properly these days...too many things on the go and too little time! Last Friday I was working on some DT assignments...including this week's Color Dare...trying to get ahead a bit so I could relax. I put together a really nice card for the Color Dare: Real Red, Glorious Green and Chocolate Chip. Oh...wait a minute...that's the wrong green LOL Hmmmm.... I'm supposed to use Green Galore this week, not Glorious Green. Man...I hate Glorious Green. It's the only SU color that I really do not like...I didn't even have a piece of GG cardstock in my scrap bin! But, I managed to come up with a card that I actually really liked... except when I went to check on what number it was, I realized I'd used the wrong green...sigh...all that work to get ahead and now I needed to do another card. So, here is the right one.


I am actually quite happy with this too... It's kind of funky. And I made a few of them as "gifts" for some customers that have orders to be delivered this week.

Now if YOU want to play along, and YOU happen to use the wrong color, that's ok :) Just use what you have that's close to the colors Riley has dared us to use. Please make sure you link up to Mr. Linky on the blog so we can see all your fabulous creations!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Club Anya Blog Hop



Welcome to my space on the Club Anya Holiday Blog Hop!

My sincerest apologies to Marie...but I am NEVER EVER EVER going to alter an Anya again...wait...maybe she likes that LOL. I got the idea for this little Anya tree angle in my head, but making it a reality just about put me in the grave! I have the utmost respect for those designers that are combining several Anyas into those amazing rockstars we've seen...crap...this was hard! LOL


Ok...so I started with Angel Anya, of course...but... her wings needed to be cut out to go on the back of the cone. When I did that, it left a big hole in her hair! Sigh... ok... I only seemed to have one Anya with long "uninterupted hair" lol...and that was Princess Anya... so I had to ink her up with a marker, only the parts around the crown and wand...and then I did my best to draw in the missing pieces. I also added some dimension by adding a layer with her bangs.

The whole project didn't turn out quite like I envisioned... I couldn't figure out how to decorate the tree! The cardinals are made with the soon-to-be-released bird punch from Stampin Up! I added a string of flowers and some bling to make it sparkle.

Next time I am sticking to an un-altered Anya LOL. Thanks for looking! See you at PCP for some chattin'!

Your next stop is: Kris (sorry I was so late updating with your info Kris!)

ETA: Please remember to comment at the TOP of the post :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Brrrr....it's a bit CHILLY for Corrosive day!



Oh the weather outside is frightful...LOL... this week's challenge at Corrosive Challenges by Janet is "Winter Wonderland". I am just in love with these Moody Girls from Paper Makeup Stamps, so I had to ink up Moody for Winter again for this challenge....that and...would you believe I don't own a rubber snowman??? I have some digis but my printer is still out of commission.

I used Melissa's Tuesday Morning Sketch for this week...but with a twist...there were some fancy fold challenges happening this week, so I decided to convert her sketch into a "Joy Fold" card. I rather like how it turned out.


I also choose this paper for my colors this week because I love purple...and especially purple and blue for wintery/Christmas cards... and the challenge at The Pink Elephant this week was to use your favorite Christmas color combo...so I hope this fits :)

I hope every one is more ready for Christmas than I am at this point! We still have a lot of shopping to do...well...the shopping part would be easy if we just knew what to buy! Sigh...some people are just difficult to buy for. At least I don't have to do a lot of baking...we go to one of our parents' houses every year, so I just take a few cookies (and mostly because I don't like their favorites LOL).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Color Dare 46 - Something a little different

I have two cards for this week's Color Dare Challenge: Taken with Teal, Rich Razzleberry and Sahara Sand. While this sounded like a great combo for some flowers...I went WAY out of my box on this first card... I won this fabulous Doodlefactory stamp set last month and wanted to play with it, so I decided that aliens could be Teal & Razzleberry :)


Not sure if you can tell, but the black paper is VERY sparkly...no...it's  not a special paper...it's plain ol SU Basic Black...with some of that fabulous new shimmer paint in the mini catalogue spritzed all over it....I thought it made for a really cool "space scape".



This card features the fabulous coffee cup from PaperMakeup Stamps again, and uses an old CPS sketch.

How's that for two VERY different cards with the same colors? The Color Dare team would love to see what you can do with this combo... and did you know that Riley picks her favs to feature each week now? If you don't have the exact SU colors, just use what you have on hand... but be sure to link up with Mr. Linky so we can find you!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mojo Monday


Whoo Hooo! I'm on a roll! I did another Mojo Monday ON Monday! I love it when that happens. It took me ALL morning to do this card...getting those two back circles to look right was really hard for me it seems. I used the Color Q combo from last week again because it was just too awesome.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Corrosive Challenge

WHOO HOO! I am soooo happy to finally tell you that Janet has asked me to be on the Corrosive Challenge Blog's DT for this term. I've been doing the Corrosive Challenges for a while now and I am really looking forward to working on this team. So here is my first official creation for Corrosive Challenges as a DT member. It was based on this sketch by Janet.




And here is my take on the sketch...I just notice now that I moved the sentiment up on the band...oops...Please don't fire me already Janet!


I also squeezed the Color Throwdown combo into this card: Olive, Red, Pink & Chocolate. Why not join us this week at the Corrosive Challenge? There are prizes every week! Just link up your creation with Mr. Linky so we can check you out.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

ColorQ 4You


Oops...put on your sunglasses...I may have over-brightened this one LOL. I find it very hard to judge on my laptop. This card was done for the following challenges:
1. ColorQ: Gable Green, Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink, Bermuda Bay & Neutral (I used Kraft)...the green is there, in the mats and the holly leaves
2. Cuttlebug Challenge: Glitter/bling (besides the bling, I used stickles on Holly's fur)
4. Flutterby Wednesdays: Open challenge...anything with wings
5. Creative Card Crew: Christmas

You'll notice that I am branching out and trying some new-to-me challenges...now that I don't have my Inktegrity & Digiments images that I'm required to work with, I'm looking for ways to use up all my neglected stamps LOL.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Color Dare 45


This week's Color Dare is a great one for masculine cards: Very Vanilla, Dusty Durango and Kraft. I instantly thought of my new Totally Tool set from Stampin Up! Why don't you play along with us this week? If you don't have these colors, just use what you have that's close...but don't forget to link up using Mr. Linky so we can see all your creations and pick the top three to feature next week!