Friday, November 26, 2010

Something Metal


The challenge this week at Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog is to create a card with metal on it.  It could include a charm, brads or eyelets or anything else that is metal that you can come up with.  Your card must include a Phindy image but there are so many wonderful images in her store, you shouldn't have a problem finding one that you can create with.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Freshly Brewed - Winter/Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for Xmas
Crafty Creations - Christmas
Creative Cottage - Untraditional Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Let it Snow
Inktegrity - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - Let it Snow with Digi
Incy Wincy - Blue & White
Pollycraft - Blue

Image: Let's Play (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: White (Staples), Blue (Recollections)
Papers: Snowflake (My Stash), Silver Waffle Paper (Stampin Up)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Chalk (Mungyo), Labels 1 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Charm (Arton Bead Supply), Ribbon (Michaels), Glitter Snowflake & Snowflake Gem & Mini Gems (Michaels)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Flower Power


The challenge this week at Delightful Challenges is called Flower Power so we want to see your paper crafting project with lots of flowers.  Our sponsor this week is our own Digital Delights.  While you don't have to use one of the Digital Delights digi images, if you do make sure you follow the instructions and enter it twice.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Artful Inkables - Die Cuts and Punches
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Anything Goes

Image: Gnome and Toadstool (Digital Delights)
Sentiment: Create with TLC
Card Stock: White (Staples), Purple & Green (Recollections)
Paper: Floral (Basic Grey)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Flower Punch (EK Paper Shapers), Chalk (Mungyo), Labels 1 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Flower Beads (My Stash), Ribbon (Michaels), Pearl Stickers (Recollections)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Cards at WhoopsiDaisy


The challenge this week at WhoopsiDaisy is to make Holiday Cards.  I decided to use this sweet image of two little ones fast asleep in front of the fireplace.  I can't help but wondering if they are standing guard to get a glimpse of Santa or if he has come and gone and they are tuckered out from the activities and excitement of the day.

I decided to make this card in traditional colours and while I didn't put a sentiment on the outside, there is a Christmas greeting on the inside.  I have made so many cards for the holidays lately but I still need to take an inventory so I know just how many more I have to do.  It is hard to believe how soon Christmas will be upon  us.

Make sure you check out the work of the other designers and enter your card for a chance to win some digis from WhoopsiDaisy.  You don't have to use an image from WhoopsiDaisy to enter the challenge but do check out the fabulous images in the store because they are so sweet and I bet you find some that you will just have to have.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad - Red & Green
Our Daily Bread Designs - Holiday Cards
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes
Hodge Podge Shop - Anything Goes
Pals Paper Arts - Ribbon or Fabric

Image:  Sleeping Children from Sheet 146 (WhoopsiDaisy)
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Greens (Recollections)
Papers:  Red & Green Striped (Provo Craft), Red with Snowflakes (My Stash)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Ribbon (Fabricland), Branch Punch (Martha Stewart), Gems (Michaels)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Victorian Sleigh Ride

This week the challenge on Sensational Saturdays at Sugar Creek Hollow is to use a winter stamp.  This Season's Greetings sentiment from Sugar Creek Hollow made me think Victorian Christmas and since I hadn't used it before I really wanted to work with it.

After I had finished this card, we were given the opportunity to use a very special new image called Baby Jesus with a lovely sentiment scroll to go with it.  Regrettably I didn't have time to make a card with these fantastic images but most of the other designers did use Baby Jesus on their cards so have a look at their work and be prepared to be blown away.  These two new images are available today in the Sugar Creek Hollow store.

Now a bit about my card - I found the vintage postcard online and inked the edges of it and the edges of the stamp with Vintage Photo distress ink.  The light standard has been coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons.  The Poinsettia was made from two different sized Creatables dies from Marianne Designs using my Cuttlebug.  The embossed veins were brushed with gold and copper ink from Martha Stewart and then I added some large copper seed beads leftover from the days when I was decorating bathing suits for my daughter to wear in her synchronized swimming competitions.  A bit of crocheted lace, some pearl stickers and some pleated satin ribbon finished it off.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Dig Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes
Pals Paper Arts - Ribbon or Fabric
Hodge Podge Shop - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - H is for Holidays
Flourishes - Christmas

Image:  Season's Greeting (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  Cream (Wassau)
Paper:  Vintage Tee (Basic Grey)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Lace (Dollarama), Small & Large Poinsettia Dies (Marianne Designs), Cuttlebug, Seed Beads (My Stash), Vintage Postacard (Oops, I can't find the source now), Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)

Friday, November 19, 2010

A New Sketch for Phindy's Place


Our challenge to you this week at Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog is to take one of your Phindy images and create a card based on this sketch.  Every week there is a randomly chosen winner along with one card chosen by the design team as card of the week.  The creator of that card is in the running for a chance to be a Guest Designer.


If the baby's sleeper didn't have ruffles it could have been a boy and then these two little cuties would have looked like my grandchildren.  The only difference is that my little guy won't sit long enough for his sister to tell him a story (she is just learning to read).  If they are in that close proximity they are usually poking at one another and then giggling like crazy.  Thankfully he does sit calmly when he is read to at night before bed.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Stampin Royalty  - Patterned Paper
Little Paper Shop - Die Cuts
Stamp with Fun - Square (the card itself)

Image:  Big Sister at Work (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  My Design
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Pink (Recollections), Green (My Stash)
Papers:  Striped (Provo Craft), Green (My Stash), Blue Dot (My Stash)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Cotton Candy & Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Petite Scalloped Circle Die (Spellbinders), Cricut, Circle Punches (EK Paper Shapers)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside


This week the challenge at Delightful Challenges is called Baby It's Cold Outside, so we want you make paper craft projects with a WINTER theme.  I think snowflakes are pretty indicative of winter so that is why Jingles the Snowman has snowflakes falling around him.  If you live in certain parts of Canada and the US, you have already got many of these nasty flakes on the ground.

This week our challenge is sponsored by our own Wendy Hall, who is providing a $10 gift certificates to the Digital Delights by Louby Loo store for one winner chosen at random.


In addition three cards will be chosen as top picks for the week with the creator of the top card being given an opportunity to serve as a guest designer at Digital Delights.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Flourishes - Christmas
Pollycraft - Glittery Christmas
Wild Orchid- Blue Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Sparkle
2 Sisters - Christmas
Mark's Finest Papers - Snowflake
Sweet Stampin - Snowflakes
Stamp Something - Use a Digi

Image: Jingles the Snowman (Digital Delights by Louby Lou)
Card Stock: White (Staples), Blue (Recollections)
Papers: Snowflake (My Design), Blue Snow (Sandylion Sticker Designs)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Chalk (Mungyo), Aspen Snowflake Edge Punch & Arctic Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Turquoise & Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Silver Cord (My Stash), Snowflake Charm (Arton Bead Supply), Ribbon (Michaels)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Anytime Easel Card


The challenge this week at WhoopsiDaisy Challenges is to make Anytime Easel cards.  I love making easel cards because of all the fancy fold cards they are one of the easiest.  If you haven't made one just Google a tutorial and loads of them will pop up.  You might have to put a little note with the card to let people know how to display it because it appears that they have no idea, which surprises me because it looks pretty obvious to me.

I love all the sweet images from the WhoopsiDaisy digi shop so it didn't take long to find something that would suit this birthday card.  I hope you will check out the wonderful work of the other design team members and then show us your creations.  Each week a random winner will receive 2 sheets of digis and the creators of the top three picks will receive a badge to proudly display on their blogs.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Sassy Studio Designs - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - Two or More Patterned Papers
The Sisterhood of Crafters  - Birthday Cards
My Time to Craft - Rhapsody of Roses

Image:  Girl at Wishing Well from Sheet 29 (WhoopsiDaisy)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  Cream (Wassau), Green (Bazzill)
Papers:  Pink, Pink Floral and Cream Floral (Sandylion Sticker Designs)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Pearl Sprays and Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Pearl Stickers (Recollections)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Colour Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow

Welcome to Sensational Saturdays at Sugar Creek Hollow.  This week we have a colour challenge for you over at the challenge blog and we want you to use these colours in a shabby chic card. 


The colours don't have names but have been interpreted as Light Blue, Kraft, Chocolate and Light Pink.  Make sure you check the work of the other design team members and then show us your interpretation of this colour challenge.  One winner will be chosen to receive a free digi stamp from the Sugar Creek Hollow store.

I had already decided I wanted to use this image from Sugar Creek Hollow called Christ is Born so this is really a Christmas card in non-traditional colours but I am sure at least one of my friends will appreciate that I have gone out of the box.


I have cut the image using my Label 1 Nestabilities die and then I used the same die in the next two sizes to cut a mottled blue piece and a kraft piece.  The kraft piece has been embossed and then sponged with Pearlescent Orchid ink and the same ink was applied to a paper flower that I picked up at a flower and craft wholesale supply house when I was in England on vacation.  The branches have been cut using my Cricut and Make the Cut software.  I have done a bit of distressing, added some crochet lace, a loopy bow and a button with a gem along with three more gems in the corner to finish it off.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

AI Factory - Die Cuts or Punches
Paper Play - Ribbons, Lace & Flowers
Sassy Studio Designs - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - H is for Holidays
Caardvarks - Holiday Card with Die Cuts

Image:  Christ is Born (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  Pink (Bazzill), Krat (Recollections)
Paper:  Mottled blue and Background Paper (DCWV)
Tools & Embellishments:  Button (Dollar Store), Gems (Michaels), Ribbon (Fabricland), Lace (Dollar Store), Chalk (Mungyo), Branches (.svg file cut with MTC software and Cricut), Flower (Excelsior Wholesale), Pearlescent Orchid Ink (Tsukineko), Victoria Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas is Coming


OK, so I am not telling you anything you don't already know but Christmas is only 43 days away.  I don't know about you but I still have quite a few cards to make and of course all my shopping as well as getting the house decorated.  Oh my, where will I find the time.  Much to my husband's dismay, I don't think I will be doing any cookie baking this year so that should help.  He still hasn't finished all of last year's cookies that I froze and my waistline doesn't need them so once the old ones (which are still good, by the way) are gone, I will consider making a single batch of something really ordinary from time to time.  I bet he complains when he only has oatmeal raisin and not the variety I usually do.

To help all of you with the Christmas card part, our challenge to you this week at Phindy's Place is called Christmas is Coming.  We want you to take a Phindy image (that is a must), make one of your fabulous creations and share it with us at Phindy's Friday Challege Blog.  There will be one random winner as well as one card that is picked by the design team for a chance to become a guest designer.  I decided to go pretty simple with this card so I can get it in an envelope.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

A Crafty Little Place - Red, White & Green
Craft Your Passion - Two of Anything (two flowers & two papers)
Wild Orchid Challenges - Classic Christmas
Bee Crafty - Christmas
ABC Challenge  - H is for Holiday Cards
Scrapbook Sisters - Christmas Colours

Image:  It's All Downhill From Here (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Green (Bazzill)
Papers:  Green Stripe (Bo Bunny Press), Bird (Memory Box)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Eyelets (Making Memories, Poinsettias (Crafty Emma's)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Glitter Fairy


This week the challenge at Delightful Challenges is called Glitter it Up.  It is a bit difficult to see but I have gone a bit over the top with the glitter - the flowers, her halo, her wand, the butterfly and the paper edges are all glittered.

Our challenge this week is generously sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  Make a paper craft project with lots of glitter and enter for a chance to be the random winner or one of the top three picks.  If you use an image by Digital Delights by Louby Loo, make sure you follow the instructions and enter it twice.  And don't forget to check the work of the other designers because they are fabulous.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Anything Goes - Embossing
Flourishes - Glitter
Crafty Cardmakers - Dry Embossing
Crazy Challenge - Things with Wings
Fairy Fun Fridays  - Make Your Own Flowers

Image: Fairy (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Card Stock: Pale Lime (Bazzill), Lime Sparkle (My Stash), Blue (Recollections)
Papers: Lime Polka Dot (My Stash), Blue (Provo Craft), White Out (We R Memory Keepers)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Stardust, Silver & Turquoise Stickles (Ranger), Charm (Arton Bead Supply), Seed Beads (My Stash), Chalk (Mungyo), Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbimders), Dots Texture Plate (Fiskars), Cuttlebug, Gems (Michaels)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fall Shorts


I used to work with a fellow who started wearing his shorts in May and would not give them up until late November no matter what the weather was like.  When I saw the challenge to make fall cards at Sassy Cheryl's, I decided this image would make a great card and then the sentiment popped into my so I just had to make it.  I haven't seen my former co-worker in a couple of years but I bet if I sent the card to him, he would get a chuckle out of it.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's - Think Fall
Creative Inspirations Paint - Leaves
Crafty Emma's - Autumn
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Fall
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Fall/Autumn

Image:  Butterfly Bunny (Sassy Cheryl's)
Sentiment:  My Design
Card Stock:  Bazzill
Papers:  Sprouting Seeds Studio
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Leaves (Sprouting Seeds Studio)

News From Digital Delights

There is lots happening this week at Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  On Wednesday, there will be two new mini releases.  Here is a sneak peak at both of them.  One set is called Gingerbread Holiday and the other is Musical Angels.  Both are absolutely perfect for making your holiday cards so check the store on Wednesday and pick them up.



Also, Thursday is digi day at the Digital Delights by Louby Loo group at SNR and this freebie stamp will be available there for one day only.  After midnight Friday it will be available for purchase in the store.  We hope you will join us, pick up your stamp and enter a card in the digi day challenge.  One overall winner will receive a $10 store gift certificate.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

WhoopsiDaisy Blog Hop Winner

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog and left comments during the WhoopsiDaisy blog hop last week.  The random generator has chosen the winner of the sheet of digis that included the stamp I used on my card for the blog hop.

Congratulations to:


Please contact me by email at cwcardcreations@rogers.com and I will arrange to send your prize to you.

Christmas for WhoopsiDaisy


This week at WhoopsiDaisy Challenge Blog we are challenging you to show us Christmas cards.  My card doesn't have classical Christmas colours because I decided to pick up the colour of the berries on the paper, which was a rusty red but I still think it will be well received by the person I send it to.  These sweet images from WhoopsiDaisy lend themselves beautifully to vintage styles so that is the direction I have taken.  Please check out the work of my talented team mates and be prepared to be inspired.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges.

All Sorts - Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges  - Square Cards
No Time to Stamp  - Tags
Totally Papercrafts - Tags
Charisma Cardz - Christmas

Image:  Girl with Basket from Sheet 109 (WhoopsiDaisy)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  Buff (Recollections), Gold (Bazzill), Gold Metallic (DCWV)
Paper:  Holly (Provo Craft)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) and OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Doily (Wilton), Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Tag (.svg cut file from Bird's Cards), Victoria Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Chalk (Mungyo), Holly Branch (Joys of the Season Cartridge & Cricut), Copper Beads (My Stash), Ribbon (Fabricland)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

November Sketch for Sugar Creek Hollow & Fun Blog Hop


This week we have a sketch challenge for you over at Sugar Creek Hollow.  While I have followed the sketch, I have chosen to make a square card.  I have heard that it is more expensive to mail a square card in the US but not here in Canada.  We are fortunate because our restrictions are based on weight, size and thickness although the base price is higher than in the US.


I was fortunate to receive the lovely crinkly ribbon from the owner of Sugar Creek Hollow (she sells gorgeous colours in her store) and I was so happy that I could use it for this card.  I also changed the colour of the image to match the background paper.  I think I am going to have include some tools for taking my photos that will help with the colour on my Christmas wish list because that gem in the middle is an iridescent turquoise but the way my light caught it you would think it is almost royal blue.  While these may not be traditional Christmas colours, I have included a Christmas message inside and am sending it to one of my friends.

There are lots of fabulous Christmas and Winter sentiments and images available now at Sugar Creek Hollow along with some freebies so hop over, pick something up and enter your creation at the challenge blog.  And while we are talking about hopping, we are going to have a little blog hop today - no contests, no prizes, just an fun opportunity to have a look at the wonderful creations by the rest of the design team and pick up some inspiration.


I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Paper Play Challenges - Circles
Stamp Insanity - Punches
Creative Cottage - Embossing
Creative Card Crew - Punches
Everybody Art Challenge - Non-traditional Christmas

Image:  Winter Wonderland II (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Aqua (My Stash)
Paper:  Summertime Designs
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Turquoise Stickles (Ranger), Snowflake Gem (Michaels), Snowflake Corner Punch (Martha Stewart), Snowflake Punch (Marvy Uchida), Crinkly Ribbon (Sugar Creek Hollow), Snow flake Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Recipe for Phindy


Today we have a simple recipe challenge for you at Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog called 3-2-1.  The best part of this recipe is that you get to decide what you will use for each ingredient.  For my card, I used three brads, two ribbons and one patterned paper.  I also made a really simple card this week because I didn't think this image needed a pile of embellishments.

Don't forget you must use a Phindy image on your project but Phindy is always adding wonderful new images to the store so you should be able to find one or even more that you like.  Make sure you check the work of the other ladies on the design team because they will inspire you.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Dutch Dare  - Clean & Simple
Creative Cottage - Embossing
Freshly Brewed - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - For Boys/Men
Craft Your Passion  - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes  - For Boys/Men

Image:  Little Squirt (Phindy's Place)
Card Stock:  Red (Wassau), Blue (Recollections)
Paper:  We R Memory Keepers
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Dots Texture Plate (Fiskars), Cuttlebug), Chalk (Mungyo), Ribbon (Michaels), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christmas Morning


It is Thursday and we have another challenge for you at Delightful Challenges.  This week we would like to see stitching on your card - real or faux.  I have to admit that I had the card all glued down and then realized I hadn't done any stitching (first the hearing, then the memory and now the eyesight - lol) so this time I have gone with faux stitching.  I must admit I like the look of my hand stitching but this was certainly less time consuming.   I decided to create a simpler card this time and give it a bit of a country look so the faux stitching tied right in.  This cute little guy is one of the new release stamps for November.  Check out the store for more new stamps.

Our lovely sponsor this week is our very own Digital Delights by Louby Lou with all 3 DVD collections filled with digital stamps for all occasions (prize value $34.99).  You don't have to use one of the Digital Delights images to win this prize but if you do, please follow the instructions to enter your project twice.


I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Freshly Brewed - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion  - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Buttons
The Crafty Pad - Stitching, Real or Faux
One Stitch at a Time - Christmas
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Buttons
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Marks Finest Papers - Holiday Cards

Images:  Christmas Morning Pippin, Tis the Season Sentiment (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Card Stock:  Tan (Recollections), Green (Bazzill)
Papers:  Tree (Sandylion Sticker Designs), Polka Dot (Summertime Designs), Red (Provo Craft)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Buttons (My Stash), Embroidery Floss (My Stash), Faux Stitching