Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Passionately Artistic

Passionately Artistic and Want 2 Scrap are coming together for a 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. There will be lots of fabulous creations to give you some Christmas gift ideas and much much more. You will need to visit both blogs, join as a follower and leave a daily comment to be in the drawing for one of the $25.00 prizes.

MY project is Christmas cards and a matching gift box. This is one of the cards~~~ For a change I decided to make big ovals with some non traditional colors. I love this beautiful paper covered in lots of pretty ornaments and vintage colors. I thought it would be fun to pair it with the aqua dots. The edges are distressed and then stickles added for some glitz. The center is cut out with a nestie then framed. Used another nestie to cut out the sentiment and stickled. Some hand dyed seam binding made a small bow. I cut slivers for the pine and made a pine cone for the center. Some snow flakes and a fan fold medallion finish the cards. For my gift box I first covered a box I got from work. I used one of the card ovals and decorated it. I used a punch to make a bias to cover the joints on the box. Made a big bow with some pine and pinecones added. Lots of snowflakes, glitter and buttons finish it off. A close up of the fun pinecones and the gift box to hold the cards.

Supplies: Basic Grey Jovial Christmas Tree, Webser's Pages Your Life Beautiful, Bazzill and SU,
Stickles, Holtz antique ink, buttons, hand dyed seam binding, MS loop and artic punches, Spellbinders Label 10. inverted scallop circle and 16

For Challenges:
Mark's Finest papers:Bows
Kreative Stemplefreunde: Package
The Shabby Tea Room: Get in shape
The Character Cafe: Neutral color I sparkle
Fairy Fun Friday: Buttons and Bows


Good Morning I hope my US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Are you all ready for a new challenge today?? Embellish it is our theme and the skys the limit! To show us your creations be sure to link to Tuesday Throwdown. Don't you love this fun image, just perfect for the Christmas projects!! Surprise Surprise it is called Three Gingerbread Men by Tina Akonom. Okay I know I should have done a gingerbread recipe with the cute gingerbread men BUT my girls loved to make snowflake cookies when they were young so this is it. :)
Our sponsor for this week is The Pixie Cottage. Michelle has rubber and digital stamps plus all the crafting supplies you need for all your creations. Be sure to go to Michelle's Scrapbooking & More to pick up some fun Christmas stamps and more. You will want to stop by to see my teammates great inspirational creations and leave them some love.
I am making paperbag recipes albums for my daughters. Filling them will recipes they grew up with. A fun keepsake plus the recipes in writing. Since embellish was the theme I used lots of snowflakes, button, stitching, layering, embossing and glitter. As you can see from the pic below I paper piece the cute little gingerbread men and the holly. Dimensional paint was used for the white "frosting" and buttons. The Merry Christmas is popped up with foam dots. I printed the recipe, stamped with misc. snowflake stamps and then ran thru the snowflake embossing folder and added the tab with the sewn on button. If you look closely you can see the Merry Christmas, holly berries snowflakes and cup are all glittered.

Supplies: Bazzill, Remembrance and SU papers, CB snowflake embossing folder, MS Snowflake punches, Spellbinders Label #10 , stickles & the good ole button box buttons.

For challenges:
The Pink Elephant: Green red & blue
Crafty Calendar: Snowflakes
Easy Craft Project: Snow
Fun with Shapes: Anything but a card
Stampin ' for the Weekend: Winter
Aly's Sunday: Gingerbread
Creative Card Crew:Not a card
Everybody-Art: Gingerbread time

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bee Crafty//Something Hidden

Bee Crafty is looking for hidden things. I made placecards for our Thanksgiving dinner with a bit of
a twist. There is a little hidden tag and on the tag is a name. Before dinner we will go around and

tell that person why we are thankful for them.
Using the Spellbinder #16 nestie I cut
several sizes for the base, the body, pocket and tag. Distressed the edges and faux stitched them.

Cut a bunch of leaves and a DeeDee's digi tur
key. Fun & Simple way to dress up each plate a bit.

This is a view of the back with the pocket and the little tag with
the name of the one we are to share why we are thankful for them
and the attached leaf to pull it out with.

From the front side it just looks like another leaf.

Spellbinders Scalloped oval and Label 16 Nestibilities, SU, mulberry and Colorbok paper, Holtz distressed ink, DeeDee's digi.

For Challenges:
Bee Crafty
: Something Hidden
Stamp Somethings: Thankful Somethings
Everybody Art: Shapes
My Time to Craft: A tag
Papertake Weekly: Cut it Out
Paper Playtime: Thank You
Whoopsi Daisy: Holidays
Deedee'sDigis:A tag


Are you ready for the new Pixie Cottage Challenge?? Since many places are getting snow our new theme is quite appropriate. We are looking for" Let it Snow". I chose to use The Winter Mailbox by S Hammer. This stamp has lots of possibilities but I chose to use it alone today. Very simple card with lots of shimmer which doesnt seem to show up. All the embossed flakes are covered with irridecent stickles as is the three layers of the snowflake. Our team has some wonderful cards to inspire you so be sure and stop by. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder, SU paper, Spellbinders Scalloped rectangle,MS snowflake punch and stickles.

For Challenges:
Daring Cardmakers: 3 of something...layers on snowflake
Paper Cutz: Christmas with bling
Totally Paper Crafts: Snow & Snowflakes
Scrappy Frogs: Christmas
Stampin' B's: Snowflakes
2 Sisters:Snowflakes
Fresh Brewed:Winter/Christmas
The Treehouse: Glitter
Simon Says : Let it Snow

Passionately Artistic

I am very excited to have been invited to be a part of the Passionately Artistic team. For my first post I have made a little Christmasy hot chocolate holder/ ornament. I made a little trifold card and used the scalloped oval nestie to cut the top then distressed all the edges. To add a little pizazz I punched the edge of some red plaid for the inside pocket and used scalloped ovals to mount the gingerbread men on. I cut out several gingerbread men and decorated them with dimensional paint. I used a wheel for the little strip of gingerbread men and watercolored them, stitched onto a piece of recycled paper to form the slide off closure. I am one of pre teens teachers at our Church and I have about 2o-25 kids. Over half of these precious kids live in very disfunctional homes. I am making one for each of them. Its a little fun something I can do that wont be too costly and I'm hopefully they can hang them up and have for Christmas morning.
I used Mona's Cupcakes's Creations Color Inspiration for my project

Supplies: Spellbinders Scalloped oval nestie, SU paper and gingerbread man wheel, dimensional paint, watercolors and hot chocolate pkg.

For Challenges:
Lollipop Crafts: Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy: Holidays
City Crafter: My Cuppa...cups, mugs, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
Creative Card Crew: Not Another Card
Everbody Art: Shapes
Papertake Weekly: Cut it Out
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything goes

Monday, November 22, 2010

Today is my birthday, don't have a post but just had to show one of the gifts from my mom. It is a nested set so just showing the largest and smallest. The BIG bowl is huge! Are these just way toooo fun with those big dots!! I am also very excited to announce that Maggie Lamarre has invited me to be a part of the Passionately Artistic team. I will have a post on Wednesday. We will be having a 12 Days of Christmas beginning on December 1st. You will want to check back to see Lots of fun gift ideas, packaging, tags etc.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Our theme at The Pixie Cottage is ribbons & bows. You can use the theme and or the sketch.I stitched a ribbon down the front along side the snowflake strips, wrapped and tied my gate card shut with ribbons and used ribbon to dangle the buttons. My image is one of the fun new stamps, Here Comes Winter by Artish. It is available at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.
I made my snowflake embellie by building layers glittering and a jewel. Stitched all around the card. I added glittered snowflakes to the ribbon and bow. The image is water colored and another punched glittered snowflake added. My sentiment is from DeeDee's Digis. Now the team has lots of fun inspiration for you so be sure to check them out then come play with us

SU & Colorbok Paper
Silver and Iridescent Stickles
Four different MS snowflake punches
Misc buttons and jewel

Entering challenges:
Just Us Girls: Gate Card
Delightful Challenges: Winter Weather
Mark's Finest Papers: Snowflakes
Ellephantastic: Butterfly/Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges: Christmas
Crafty Calender: Snowflakes
If the Shoe fits...Scrap it: Handmade snowflake
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Christmas
Creative Inspirations: Christmassy wintery
Drunken Stampers: Stitching
Sew Many Cards: Blue & White
Stamp Man: Christmas
Stamp and Create: Christmas
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: Christmas Card
ABC Christmas: Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


At Tuesday Throwdown we want you to get out all your buttons and bows and show them off. Our sponsor is DeeDee's Digis. I just love this new Christmas set, Beauty of the Season. You will have to go take a look. The three small poinsettias are actually a corner that I cut apart. I decided to do a non traditional Christmas color. Actually Purple is such a royal color I think it should be our color for Christmas. After all the whole reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ and He is our soon and coming King.
My camera doesn't have enough zoom power so I took a couple closer up pics. I decided I would do a fun gift pocket. I cut two triangle pieces to form the pocket and punched the top. The white was embossed, antiqued with purple chalk and then stitched on the front. Next the Basic Grey print was pleated and stitched on. After I gathered the lace I sandwiched it between back and front and stitched together. I wove ribbon thru my buttons and then attached. I reinforced the holes and attached the white ribbon to hang it by. I cut a couple layers and attached one of the small poinsettias for the tag. The poinsettias were all water colored, glittered and then cut out and layered. Lastly I attached some beads to the bottom.
You can see the flowers are layered and glittered in this photo
Embossing folder
MS looped punch & Fiskers eyelet punch
Basic Grey print & Misc paper
Purple & gold Stickles
Hand dyed seam binding & Ofray satin
Misc lace, beads and buttons

Entering Challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs: Anything but a card
Cupcake's Creations Color: Beautiful Photo inspiration...purples
Lollipop Crafts: Girly
Simon Says Stamp & Show: What makes you happy...FLOWERS!!
Pollycraft Monday: Glittery Christmas
Cute Card Thursday: Anything goes
Shelly's Images: Christmasy
PaperPlay: Ribbon, lace and flowers
Fun With Shapes: A hanger
No Time to Stamp: Non Christmas colors
The Secret Crafter: Sparkle & Shine
Bee Crafty: A digi and Christmas
Character Cafe: Embossing
Fresh Brewed: Show off your style.. flowers & more is better
Crafty Ann's: Non traditional Christmas colours
Stamp Something: Use a digi
Tip Top Tuesday: Buttons Galore

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Crazy Challenge/ Thank You or Thanksgiving

Since Thanksgiving is quickly approaching I thought I would get a few cards done for family. I'm usually a more is better person but thought I would give C&S a try. I thought this was a perfect image to use full of life giving fruit. The image of bounty was water colored and cut out. I don't know the name of it. Cut and embossed the black to mount it on. I cut the front more narrow and added a thin black strip.
Stampin Up paper
Dotted Swiss Folder
Spellbinders # 10 Nestie

For Challenges:
The Crazy Challenge: Thanksgiving
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: John3:30 That He may increase and I might decrease
ABC: Holidays
The Shabby Tea Room: Thankful for??
Ann's Creative Nook: Theme of Thankfulness
Character Cafe: Embossing
Fun at Fairy Knoll: Falling Leaves...Look closely to see fall leaves in my image
Aud Sentiment: Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cupcakes' Creations Color Challenge/Color Inspiration

This post is the card I have made for my Sweet sisters birthday. Today is her birthday and her anniversary. I am so blessed to have a sister who is and has always been one my greatest supporter. Shannon has always encouraged my in every endeavor of my life. She is one of the those selfless giving people always putting others ahead of herself. Hope you are also blessed to have one of those awesome sisters!!

I made the fan flower put a center and a button, gathered the lace and attached together. Stitched around the whole card. The flourish was run thru dotted swiss folder and then the dots were covered with stickles. Cut out my sentiment with the nestie 16 and stickled it also.Supplies:
SU & DC Designs paper
Maya Rd Flourish
Hand dyed ribbon
Fiskers punch
Spellbinders Label #16 nestie
Misc buttons, punches & lace

Fits Challenges:
Cupcakes's Creations Color Challenge:
Paper Play: Ribbon, lace & flowers
Crafty Purple Frog: Sparkle
Delightful Challenges: Glitter it up
Fab N' Funky: Going in Circles
Passionately Artistic: Toot your horn
Paper Issues: Scallops
Fresh Brewed: Two or more design papers
Crafts and Me: Glitter
Sisterhood of Crafters: Birthday

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pixie Cottage Challenge~~~Two Colors

Good Morning I hope your week is going well. The challenge today is 2 colors and I must say it was a real challenge for me. As you may have noticed I'm a color gal so limiting it to two was a stretch :) I debated on several combos and finally settled on the traditional B&W. This beautiful Pixie Cottage flower has lots of pretty detail so thought it was a perfect choice. It is one of those images that is beautiful colored or not. You will find it at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More plus many others. The name is Greetings and it is by our talented ARTish.

I stamped then went over it again with a dark marker so it would stand out. I cut it out and foam dotted it onto the scalloped oval back gound. Next is the oval I cut out with the scalloped nestie and using tiny pieces of foam to lift it up to create a frame for the flower. After I cut out two of the butterfly I ran them thru the dotted folder and then added stickles to the dots and put the layers together. Stitched, layered, punched and added the sentiment. Now be sure to stop by
The Pixie Cottage and check out all of the teams beautiful creations!

SU paper
Spellbinders Scalloped oval Nestabilites
Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss folder
MS arched punch
Pixie Cottage Stamp
Black Stickles

Fits Challenges:
The Crazy Challenge: Things with Wings
Fairy tale: Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers: Dry embossing
Dutch Dare Card: Clean & Simple
Paper Pretties: Embossing
Lexi's Creations: Anything goes
Made by Momo: Embossing

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Today I'm using some seasonal fall colors. Our challenge here at Tuesday Throwdown is to use inchies. Our sponsor this week is Catherine Pooler, a Stampin' Up Demonstrator. She sent each of us a great pkg of goodies to use. Many possibilities with the inchies but I took the easy way out and used it for a background. I cut my white paper into squares and went around each one with chalks. I used the little flower Catherine sent to stamp some of the inches. I then attached them to another sheet of paper and trimmed, stitched around and mounted on the darker base. I used a scalloped nestie to cut out the matching dp and then a smaller white one. I drew the fall wreath and water colored. With Thanksgiving just around the corner I decided used this sentiment. I have a roof over my head and food on the table so I really do have much to be thankful for!

Lastly I stamped and cut out three leaves and an acorn to hang off the hand dyed ribbon.
Stop by and join the fun this week. :)

Supplies used:
Stampin' UP papers
Spellbinder scalloped circle nestie
Generic Leaf stamp
Hand dyed seam binding

Fits Challenges:
Lots to Do : Autumnal
Sew Many Cards: Fall
Top Tip Tuesday: Image & sentiment

Raise the Bar: Curves
S2G: Thanks
Stamptacular Sunday: DT inspire...Annette~Scalloped Circle & Colors
The Order of Opus Gluei: Attitude of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Inky Impressions / Add Flowers

This is one before is was strung on the ribbons.
Last weekend some ladies from the tri state area met for a Prayer Summit. I decorated and made favors. Purple and creme were the primary colors and I made pennants to hang. Just squished some of them together for quick pics before I left. Although you cant really see them you get the idea. They were spaced when they were hung up there. They are scriptures concerning prayer. Edges were distressed, ran thru the dotted folder and stitched. I then added buttons,bows, embossed butterflies and flourishes. There is a close up below.

I made a variety of flowers using dies, punches and just cutting some to nest in the bows and some to sprinkle around.

For each lady I made a bookmark with Psalm 91:1, a goodie bag with some nuts raisins, gum and lipbalm and a little single pennant to hang.
This is a closer look at another one before they were strung on the ribbons.

Fits following Challenges:
Our Daily Bread: Texture, punches & dies
Inky Impressions: Flowers
Delightful Challenges: Stitching
Spoon Full of Sugar:Relish to Embellish
Scrap Creations: A Technique...embossing
Lollipop Crafts: Embossing

Pixie Cottage/ Recycle Elements & Cupcake's Creations Color Challenge

It is Recycled Elements day at the Pixie Cottage. My recycled item is the textured packing paper I snagged from work. My flourish and jewels were a gift from my friend Martha. I sprayed my white paper with aqua shimmer mist and then stitched onto the teal.Punched flowers and border.

I was trying to stick to the color theme at Mona's new Cupcake's Creations Color Blog so decided not to color my cardinal. It is one of the beautiful new bird stamps at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More by ARTish. Our team has lots of great "recycled" creations so stop by to see them and while you are there show us what you have created.

Pixie Cottage Stamp
Stampin' Up paper & recycled paper
MS checkerboard punch
no name flower punch
Scalloped punch
Hand dyed ribbon
misc jewel and flourish

Fits challenges:
Kreative Stempelfreunde: Your favorite stamp
Incy Wincy Designs: Anything goes
Stamp with fun: All that fly
Creative Card Crew: Lets punch it
Pary Time Tuesdays: Birthday
2 Sisters: No design paper

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


With Thanksgiving just around the corner we want to see a "Giving Thanks" creation at Tuesday Throwdown. Our Sponsor this week is Sweet & Sassy. Don't you love this cute little digital pumpkin image! Be sure to stop by and see all of the great stamps and digis they have. I made my image in a several sizes, water colored them and cut some of them out.I used the great Waltzingmouse Sketch for my card. I cut one of the pumpkin images apart and put it on the tag and added a larger one to the pocket. I did some decorative stitching around the orange print and the faux stitching on the tag and pocket.

Some more stitching and another pocket on the inside. Since Holidays are a special time of getting together for our family we have lots of traditions. On Thanksgiving we all write down what we are thankful for and share that when we get together. I filled my pocket with little tags for everyone to write on. I will send one to each family. Does your family have any traditions for Thanksgiving??

Stampin' Up paper and ribbon
Fiskers fleur de lis punch
Stampin'Up flower stamp and Versamark
Spellbinders Label # 11 for the pockets and pumpkin image

Fits Challenges:
There She Goes Clear Stamps: Something gifty
Crafty Cardmakers: Stitching
Lexi's Creations: Anything goes
Paper Playtime : Clock, Ticket or Tag
Easy Craft Projects: Autumn
Speedy the Cat: Punches or dies
Stamping Vacation: Thanksgiving
City Crafter: Get your digi on
Karens Doodles: Give thanks
Auds Sentiments: Thanks
Stampin B's Design: Thanksgiving with Pumpkin