Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanks for Shovelling

This is a quick card made to thank a mystery shoveller who has helped dig me out of the last two big snowfalls. The thing is I'm not really sure who he is, as I go out to shovel and it is done, how marvelous is that! However I'm pretty sure I have it solved  as a certain young lad was spotted doing something similar before!It also helped to observe only his house and mine were shovelled ! Pretty clever deducing eh !  He is a neighbourhood boy and lives just across the street (they are just the nicest family, the older son is a very close friend of my son , and I think his mother  is just  the most lovely lady). I am going to drop this off in their mailbox with a little gift! If you think the younger generation has gone to the dogs just think of this young man and know there are good ones out there! 

Stamp: Snowmuch by Scarp Happy Paper Crafter - the stamp was pre coloured and I just touched it up a bit  
Sentiment : Stampin' Up 
Dies:  Memory Box's Frosty Border; Spellbinders Create a Flake
Punch:  Marvey
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug 'Spots & Dots'

Anything Goes Challenge Blog: #81 Tags - hope my tiny tag counts:)
Celebrate the Occasion: #90 Thanksgiving,  Give Thanks, Thanks
Creative Card Crew: #24 Anything Goes
Die Cutting Divas: #93 Thank You - I am so thankful this time of year for the Spellbinders Snowflake die and the new to me  Memory Box - Frosty border die!
LadyBug Crafts Ink: Snowflakes
Sweet Stamps Blog: #93 Cold & Snowy
Crafty Boots: Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts: #94 We are Thankful
Tammy's Scrapin Corner: #39 Let it Snow

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Favourite Technique - LEJ Designs

This is my  card for LEJ Designs Digi Shop and the theme this week for the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog  is 'Favourite Technique'. The challenge runs from Nov 27th   thru  Dec.2nd 2012.
The Digi Jackpot for using a LEJ Designs Digis is nine!

Sponsors :  The first randomly drawn number will win four digi stamps of their choice from 

The second randomly drawn number will win a $12.00 voucher from


Favourite technique: I have so many favourites I wasn't sure which to use but decided to display several! I've used heat/ dry embossing  and distressing (which I love but not so good at) on the above card :O)
Dry embossing:  used the Cuttlebug Embossing folder 'Snowflakes' on the paper below the tag.  The paper cracked and gave a beautiful worn look to it. This only works on some papers. I have often had to sand the ridges to get the same effect.

Heat embossing:: I heat embossed the Kraft paper by stamping the paper with a Versamark inked  Stampin' Up  background stamp called 'Fine Lace', added the embossing power to the stamped paper and blow dried the paper with my heat embossing tool.

Distressing: using a Tim Holtz  tool I scraped the edges of the heat embossed paper for the distressed look, which went well with the sanded effect of the dry embossing.

Stamp: LEJ Designs 'Out for a Stroll;; Stampin Up's 'Merry Christmas' 
Colour Medium: Prismacolor Markers
Die Cuts: Martha Stewart border die, Crealies 'Creative Flowers, Marianne Designs tag die cut
Sketch: Christmas Challenges sketch
1. Addicted to Stamps: #44 Christmastime
2. The Corrosive Challenge #163 Anything Goe
3. Dream Valley Challenges: #46 Non-Traditional Christmas
4. Great Impressions: Celebrate the season
5. That Craft Place: No Squares Allowed - I have only Rectangles
6. Little Clair's Designs Monthly Challenge:#27 Christmas
7.One Stop Craft Challenge: #206 Vintage Christmas
8.Paper Creators Crafts:#1 All About Christmas
9. Totally Gorjuss #159 Don't be Square- I have only rectangles

Monday, November 26, 2012

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge # 79 - Christmas

It's a new challenge over at Lexi's Creations and this fortnight  the challenge  is 'Christmas'   Your creation can be anything (card, tag,bookmark, 3D object) as long as it has a Christmas theme to it!

The challenge will run Nov 26th - Dec 8th, 2012.   I'm so looking forward to seeing your creations so please head on over to Lexi's Creations for all the details and some awesome inspiration  from my most talented teamies!

The Sponsor for this challenge is 'My Heart Pieces

Card details:
 Stamp: Fairy Dust Crafts 'Sammy Snowman'
 Die Cuts :  Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Create a Flake Two' and 'Foliage';Marianne Designs  for the flourish;  
Punch: Martha Stewart snowflake and branch punches  
Paper: Stampin' Up  Cherry Cobbler and  whisper white cardstock, Designer Series paper 'Be of Good Cheer' 
Colour Medium: Prismacolor Markers 
Other: Stickles for the glitter
Sketch: Hanna & Friends 158 Challenge

1. Addicted to Stamps: #44 Christmas Time
2.The Corrisive Challenge: #163 Anything Goes
3.Great Impressions: Celebrate the Season
4.Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: Winter Bliss I only added the clouds and glitter the snowman and sign was one image
5.The Crafty Pad designs:#198 Add some Glitter
6.The Squirrel and the Fox: #31 Anything Goes
7. 2 Sisters Challenge: #119 Winter Wonderland
8.Creative Inspirations Paint: Anything Goes
9.Challenge Up Your  LIfe: #83 1ST Snow
10. Little Clair's Designs Monthly Challenge: #27 Christmas

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mini Bethlehem

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge and the theme this week  is 'Christmas'!   Challenge start date is Nov 25th, 2012. I used a Doodle Pantry  digital stamp set  called ' Mini Bethlehem'!   The  set contains coloured and outline images, digital papers and sentiments.   For the above cards I used the pre-coloured image. 

I had printed out  the mini Bethlehem image (2 on the page) and found it too big so I printed out another page with a smaller images,   and I ended up with  four images so decided to use as many as I could., hence the three Christmas cards (which I need anyway) :O)! Three simple cards  and they won't cost extra to mail as each one is 4 1/4 x 51/2 yay!! I used the left over copy  to make the last card dimensional!

Card Details for all three: 
Stamp:  Doodle Pantry's 'Mini Bethlehem'
Colour medium:  Stampin Up ink -'creamy caramel'
Paper: Card stock  Stampin' Up 's    whisper white and left over white piecrs from my stash

Card Details for Card One:
 Die Cuts:   Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Fancy Tags';Memory Box 's Honeysuckle Vine (pretending to be a poinsettia)
Sentiment:   Doodle Pantry's 'Mini Bethlehem
Punch:  Stampin Up's 'modern label'
Other: pearls, embossing folder 'Cuttlebugs  Distressed Stripes'

Card Details for Card Two:
Sentiment:Doodle Pantry's 'Mini Bethlehem'
 Die Cuts:   Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Fancy Tags'; Memory Box's Macarena Corner,, the tree 'a Cut Above Dee's Distinctively'
Punch:  Stampin Up's corner punch, designer label large
Other: pearls, embossing folder 'Cuttlebugs  Textile'

Card Details for Card Three:
Sentiment: Stampin' Up
 Die Cuts:   Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Label Twenty'; Spellbinders corner die & Create a Flake Two;
Punch:  Martha Stewart's  star punch & Christmas branches
Other: pearls, embossing folder 'Cuttlebugs  Victoria'

1. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Nov. Embellishment -Pearls
2. Hiding in My Craftroom: HIMCR#73 Christmas
3.Little Clairs Monthly Challenge #27 Christmas
4.My Sheri Crafts: #99 'Tis the Season
5. Paper Creators Crafts: #1 All About Christmas
6. Oozak: #8 Winter Vibes
7.Sparkles Monthly Challenge:#38 Christmas is Coming
8.Christmas Stampin All Year Long: #37 to Die 4 -use lots of die's
9.Emergency Crafters: Week1 Anything Goes
10. Wag 'n Whiskers: #93 Christmas

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanks Maddie

My husband has often hunted with friends up north and every time he goes  there their daughter gives up her bedroom for 'old man Gerry' as she has called him affectionately for years.  He asked me today to make up a thank-you card  and he would send her a little gift.She is now   in her teens and loves to hunt so I dressed the hunter image in pink when in actuality she wears regular hunting clothes, This weeks Bugaboo freebie was perfect for my card.. It was the least I could do as I love the meat and accept it gladly but I am no hunter!
Card Details:
Stamp: Bugaboo 'Nuts About  Hunting'
Sentiment: Stampin Up's thank you from their 'Because I care ' stamp set, the name hand printed
Colour Medium: Prismacolor Markers - got the idea to use pink on my hunter from a card on the Bugaboo site by Min Kwiatkowsli, see her card here,
Paper: Stampin' Up's 'Always Artichoke' Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette& whisper white' cardstock; DP Dollarama & DCWV 'The Pretty Princess' Stack; the 'hot pink' from a local card/paper store
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities standard ovals & scalloped ovals, deckled rectangles. inverted scallops and Spellbinders Shapeabilities  'Foliage' for the large leaf -which I used because it reminded me of a tree.
Punches:Martha Stewart for the flower strip, Marianna Designs for the flourish
Other: buttons from stash

Challenges :
1. Craft Room Challenges: Punches and Die Cuts
2. Crafty Sentiments Design: Thanks
3. Oldie but a Goodie: Anything but Christmas My pink background paper, my buttons and my die cuts are all over six months old
4. Papelitos Challenges: #20 Anything Goes
5.Sweet Stamps Blog: #92 Thanks
6.The Stamping Boutique: #59 Giving Thanks
7.Through the Craftroom Door: #45 Anything Goes
8.Crafty CardMakers:  #79 More than one Punch and/or Die Cut I used 5 die cuts and two punches
9:House of Gill: #46 Die Cuts
10. Incy Wincy designs: Hip to be Square

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lively Leaves Bear

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Fab 'n' Funky challenge and the theme this week  is 'must have a bear image'!   Challenge start date is Nov 14th, 2012. I used a Doodle Pantry  digital stamp set from the Nov. 1st Release  called 'Lively Leaves' and an older Doodle Pantry digital stamp set called 'Cuddly Bear'!   The Lively Leaves set contains coloured and outline images, digital papers and sentiments.   For this card I used the outline image.

Card Details:
Sketch: 4 Crafty Chicks
Stamp:  Doodle Pantry's 'Lively Leaves' & 'Cuddly Bear'
Sentiment:  katie & co
Colour medium, Prismacolor markers and some copics , Stampin Up ink -'pumpkin pie'
Paper: Card stock  Stampin' Up 's  early espresso,   pumpkin pie and whisper white;  Designer paper - Recollections 'Fall leaves'
 Die Cuts:   Spellbinders Nestabilities for the deckled rectangle; Spellbinders 'Foliage';  Memory Box 's 'Woodland Branch'
Punch: EKSuccess retro 1/2' flower
Other: pearls, embossing folder

  1. merged the two digital images together  placing  the leaves around the bear
  2. printed the completed image and coloured the  image  with markers
  3. printed and coloured and cut out one one lone leaf &placed in upper left corner\
  4. chalked the paper around the image and added sentiment
  5. embossed background orange paper
  6. assembled card as displayed in photo following a 4 Crafty Chicks sketch
  7. added two bare branches with a punched little flower and two brown punched leaves in the lower part of card
Oldie But A Goodie: Anything But Christmas- items more than 6 months old are the digital image of the bear, the Happy Fall sentiment stamp,  the pearls
Papelitos Challenges: #19 Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: #44 Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy Challenge: #40 Anything Goes
Card mania Challenge: CMC#7 Embossing  (see orange frame- dry embossed)
Paper Playtime:#88 Autumn Colours
Tammy's Scrapin Corner: #36 Anything Goes Any Artist
The Pink Elephant Challenge: TPE174 Punches/Dies
Can You Digiit: #22 Favorite Animal

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Season's Greeting - LEJ Designs

This is my  card for LEJ Designs and the theme this week for the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog  is       'Seasons Greetings'. The challenge runs from Nov.13  thru Nov 26th, 2012.

Sponsor Information: 
The first randomly drawn name will win 4 digi's of their choice from LEJ Designs  
The second randomly drawn name will win this set of Promarkers from Ewe  2 can Craft: 

The image I choose is from LEJ Designs and is called 'Dear Santa'!  
If you use an LEJ DESIGNS digi you could win a prize of 7 LEJ images!!

Card Details:
Kraft paper Bag
Digital Stamp: Dear Santa by LEJ Designs 
Paper: Recollections Cardstock Paper (beige flecked), Designer paper -Recollections 'Red dots' and DCWV 'Four Seasons'
Colour Medium: Prismalcolor Markers
Die Cuts & Punches: Marianne DesignsCreatablesLR0154 tag; Spellbinders deckled rectangles;Dee's Distinctively 'Christmas tree No.1;
Other: lace from stash, , Snowflake from Holiday Traditions Dimensional Stickers,Merry Christmas Sentiment  from CTG Brands INC  Gift Stickers; Bow made from ribbon found in my stash
Sketch- loosely  based on a Tiddly Inks  inspirational card

Lady Anne's Challenges: Monday Anything Goes (ends Dec10th)
The Crafty Bloggers Network: #5 Christmas Anything Goes (ends Nov30)
Creative Stamp Friends: #64 Your Favorite Colours (Nov 25) for the Christmas season I truly love the traditional colours or red and green
Forever Friends: Monthly Challenge for November  Anything Goes (Dec 5)
My Grafico Challenge: #140 Anything Goes: (Nov. 25)
Stamp & Create November Challenge: Lace (Dec 2)
Tammy's Scrappin Corner: #36 Weekly Challenge Anything Goes Any Artist (Nov18)
Dream Valley Challenges: #45 Anything Goes (Nov 23)
One Stop Craft Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: #158 Anything Goes

Monday, November 12, 2012

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #78 Thanks/Thanksgiving

My DT Card for Lexi's Creations    Challenge #78 - Thanks/Thanksgiving
The challenge will run  Nov.12th - Nov.25,2012. .Please join us at Lexi's  I'm so looking forward to seeing your creations  and while visiting us be sure to check out the work by my team mates, they are a very talented group!!  The theme can be an  autumn card or a card of thanksgiving or a thank-you card for a friend or family member (see Lexi's Creations for all the details) I choose to make a card of thanks  for a special friend! I added dimension to the image by cutting out the three  roses  and popping them up with dimensional tape.  

We are sponsored this fortnight by Fairy Dust Crafts Your one stop shop for Lexi's Digi & rubber  images and a growing choice of delicious crafting goodies. 

                                             My New Store :D

Project details:
Stamp:  Sentiment digital stamp called 'Special Friend'  from Fairy Dust Crafts  ; digital image  from Beccy's Place called 'Roses and Pears
Die Cuts: Spellbinders  -  Standard Circle  and scalloped circles;   Memory Box 'Macarena Corner
Punch: Martha Stewart butterfly
Paper:  Stampin' Ribbon from Michaels "Celebrate It, large cream coloured flower from stash, Up   card stock 'Whisper White, old Olive  and red stash leftovers ; Stampin' Up's  Designer Paper 'International Bazaar'
Colour Medium:   Prismacolor markers; INK Stampin Up's 'old Olive' 

1. Dream Valley Challenges: #45 Anything Goes
2.One Stitch at a Time: #139 With Thanks
3.Beccy's Place November Challenge: use a Beccy's Place imgae
4.Sentimental Sundays: #128 Thanks or Thanksgiving
5. My Sheri CRAFTS: #098 Give Thanks
6.Sweet Stampin Challenge: Anything Goes
7.Card Makin Mama's: Thanksgiving or Thank You
8.The Poodles Parlour: Thank You
9.Wags n' Whiskers: #92 Be Thankful
10. Paper Pretties Wed. Challenge :PWC231 Thank You Cards

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Winter Star

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Sentimental Sundays challenge and the theme this week  is 'Dimensions'!   Challenge start date is Nov 4th, 2012. I used a Doodle Pantry  digital stamp set  called 'Winter Star'  This set contains coloured and outline images, digital papers and sentiments.   For this card I used the coloured image (printed the image twice and cut the second layer of the star out and 'popped' it up over-top of the first star).  Punched holes for the ribbon to go through it matching the ones punched in the box  and it becomes an overlap.The idea for this treat box came from my friend Dawn and was obtained  from the Splitcoast Stampers site and is called a 2-5-7-10 box.. Here is her beautiful treat box!

Card Details:Winter Star'.
Paper: Card stock  Stampin' Up 's  whisper white;  Designer paper ' Little Yellow Bicycle ' - the Sharon Ann Christmas Magic collection
 Die Cuts:   Spellbinders Nestabilities standard  and scalloped circle
Other: ribbon

1. Catch the Bug: November Challenge Anything Goes
2.Crazy4Challenges: C4C161 Anything but a Card
3.Card Crafters Circle: #47 Paterned paper
4.Christmas Stampin All Year Long: Anything Goes or Your FAV Color Combo
5. Crafty Ann's #77 Christmas in October
6. Sweet & Sassy #78 Anything but a Card
7.Totally Paper Crafts"Friday Challenge #141 Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star
8. Forever Friends: Nov. Monthly Challenge: Anything Goes
9.My Heart Pieces: As Beautiful as a Ribbon
10. Paper crafting Journey: Ribbon or Twine

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Quirky Polar Bear

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Send a Smile for Kids challenge and the theme this week  is 'Happy Holidays'!   Challenge start date is Nov 3rd, 2012. I used a Doodle Pantry  digital stamp set  called 'Quirky Polar Bear' and I think he just so cute!   This set contains coloured and outline images, digital papers and sentiments.   For this card I used the outline image. The sentiment is from Stampin Up  and the frame is from Whimsy Stamps ticket set.

Card Details:
Stamp:  Doodle Pantry's 'Quirky Polar Bear',
Sentiment:   Stampin Up & Whimsy Stamps
Colour medium, Prismacolor markers and Stampin Up ink (Clouds)
Paper: Card stock  Stampin' Up 's poppy red,  whisper white;  Designer paper 'Recollections  Black and White Plaid and the DCWV backing paper from 'The Glitter  Stack'
 Die Cuts:   Spellbinders Nestabilities for the deckled rectangle, Marianne designs for the black doily, and the flower  from  Crealies Creative Flowers; sentiment frame from Whimsy Stamps Tickets
Other: tiny buttons,  Stickles

Avadares Challenge Blog: #5 Christmas or Hanakkah
Card Crafters Circle: #47 Patterned Paper
Card Makin Mamas: Anything Goes
Christmas Stamping All Year Long: #35 Anything Goes
Clearly Inspired Challenges #63 Critters
Crafty AnnsChallengeBlog: #77 Christmas
Crafty Ribbons: #31 Christmas
Southern Girls: #56 Animal crackers
Live & Love Crafts: Christmas
Oozak: #48 Winter Vibes

Thursday, November 1, 2012


New release, New Challenge 

RELEASE DATE - Nov 1st ,2012  It is November release  time at Doodle Pantry   and Laurie has some wonderful new  digital stamp sets for sale  plus  precoloured versions of some  older stamp sets! Please go to the 'Latest Release' section to view them all!

CHALLENGE  DATE: Nov 1st  1200 Noon EST- Nov 24th 9:00 PM .   The featured  image will be available from Nov 1st to 24th only and can then be purchased online at the Doodle Pantry Shop. DPDC29 featured image is the  Holiday Cactus stamp set  and will be emailed to all who participate in the challenge!)

The stamp Set  which is this months 'free with purchase" is 'Winter Star'. see November Specials   

See Here for :Challenge  DPDC#29

Card details:
Stamp: Doodle Pantry Digital 'Poinsettia' stamp set  
Sentiment: from same stamp set as image
 Colour medium: Prismacolor Markers  
Cardstock:   Stampin' Up's whisper white, dusty rose and scrap white paper from stash
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Scalloped Circle;  Memory Box 'Madera Corner' tucked under the poinsettia; Marianne Designs  Creatables - flourish, 
Punches: large round scalloped circle
embossing folders: Cuttlebug  -Swiss Dots;  Stampin Up's Petals-a-Plentsy
Other: lace

Challenges entered:
1.  Divas by Design: #59 Feeling Festive
2.  Fab n' Funky: #145 Die Cut/Punches
3. Inky Impressions: # 83 Lots of layers
4. Paper Pretties Wed. Challenge: PWC 230  Use Favourite Stamp Set -  Poinsettia is my fav stamp set for our Nov 1st release
5. The Perfect Sentiment: PSC54 Think Pink for Christmas
6. Creative Craft Challenge: Special Occasion NOT Birthday
7.Scrap Creations: Pop it UP - my poinsettia is a popped up three times,  the whole image including the green leaves, topped  by  just the poinsettia's coloured leaves and that is topped up by the  first top layer of just the coloured leaves .
8.Jackson's Digital Express: #29 Ink and Such  - I used prismacolour markers
9. Paper make Up Stamps Digi makeover Challenge: #60 Layers
10. House of Gill: #44 Emboss it