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Monday, November 29, 2010

Let's Hear A Christmas Song




WoW! The Christmas spirit has really been out in force, now that Black Friday is done and over! The city has their Christmas lights and decorations up, and Santa's house has arrived in town, for the kiddies to make their visits. The stores have their Christmas decorations out.


We're in the Christmas Spirit at Ooh La La, too, with a new challenge! For my card, I chose the song, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." It's always been one of my favorite Christmas Songs. The image, as well as the weaved DP are both from the Christmas Presence CD, from Ooh La La Creations. The pearls and ribbon used on my card are from my stash.

You can get the Christmas Presence CD for your very own at the Ooh La La Creations shop.)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Cut It Out at Papertake Weekly
Challenge #118 Use Shapes at Everybody Art
FBC24 Winter or Christmas Theme at Fresh Brewed Designs
Challenge #42 Anything Goes (Sparkle optional) at I Love Promarkers
Challenge #34 Punches and Die Cuts at Artful Inkables
Challenge #11 Layer Upon Layer at Tip Top Tuesday
Challenge #131 Anything Goes at A Spoon Full of Sugar
Challenge #43 Be Inspired (The color Burgandy, in the photo) at Penny's Paper Crafty
Flower Power (Flowers on angel's back) at Delightful Sketches
Challenge #50 Going With The Flow at Fab 'n' Funky
Challenge #95 Christmas Is Coming at Crafty Creations
Clean & Simple at Paper Pretties
Challenge #105 Anything R (Ribbon) at Creative Belli Blog
Challenge #24 Anything Goes at Inktegrity
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp & Create
Challenge #15 Christmas Treasures at Stamp It Crazy
Challenge #47 Celebrate Christmas at Alota Rubber Stamps
Let Your Creativity Blossom (Flowers on Angel's back) at Crafty Purple Frog
Challenge #45 Christmas at Crafty Sentiments
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at Hodge Podge Shop
Untraditional Christmas at Totally Papercrafts
Color Inspiration at The Town Scrapper
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #69 Anything Goes at Paper Cutz
Challenge #31 Surprise Me at I Did It Creations
Challenge #10 Holidays at Card Makin Mamas
Challenge #31 Use A Bow at Speedy The Cat's Friends
Challenge #33 Bowtiful Ribbon at Wee Memories
Challenge #15 Nontraditional Christmas Colors at 2 Sisters
Challenge #9 Texture (Pearls) at Craft Your Days Away
Challenge #41 Bling It Up (ribbon with metallic thread and pearls)at One Stitch At A Time
Merry Christmas at Scrappy Frogs
Anything Goes at Totally Stampalicious
Anything Goes at Paper Cupcakes
Challenge #47 Feathers & Fur at Pile It On
GL7 Bows at Gingerloft
Challenge #11 Winter/Holidays at Iris' Spot
CCH#43 On The Go (Angel Flying) at The Crazy Challenge
Challenge #11 Old Fashioned Christmas at Wild Orchid Challenges
Challenge #10 Wings at Magical Monday
Challenge #10 Holiday Cards at Stamps R Us

Let's Go Monochrome




Happy Monday, everyone! You know what Monday means, right?! Monday means a new challenge at Craft Your Passion. We have a fun theme for you this week--Monochrome! I love making Monochrome cards, so I was thrilled to see this as our theme for the week.

Come on over and play along with us at Craft Your Passion and link up your project with the wonderful Mr Linky! Just a reminder of the standard rules--No backlinking of projects, please. Your creation must be new, created on or after the challenge date, and before the challenge ends. Any backlinked projects will not be in the prize drawing. You don't want to miss out on your chance to win images of your choice from CocoDingo and Lauretta's Digital Stamps, so please please please don't backlink. We really don't like to have to exclude anyone from winning.

I have to admit, my card for this theme is quite busy, with lots going on. I'm not quite sure what possessed me to add so many embellishments to it! LOL Part of me thinks it's a bit over the top... Then another part of me thinks it looks nice the way it is. But, I'll let you all decide for yourselves.

I went with all pink, again. I'm not much for wearing pink, but I love creating with this color. The image is from Lauretta's Digital Stamps and colored with Promarkers. I punched the circle and scalloped circle with punches by EK Success. I found this yummy scrummy pink velvet ribbon in the sewing section of Walmart and before I know it, it jumped into my cart and followed me home! The pink sparkly trim with the dangling crystals is actually mini Christmas tree trim from Hobby Lobby. I finished the card off with some gemstone flourishes and adhesive gemstones in two corners of the image.

And there you have it -- Monochrome with lots and lots of bling!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Cut It Out at Papertake Weekly
Challenge #118 Use Shapes at Everybody Art
Challenge #42 Anything Goes (Sparkle optional) at I Love Promarkers
Challenge #34 Punches and Die Cuts at Artful Inkables
Challenge #11 Layer Upon Layer at Tip Top Tuesday
Challenge #131 Anything Goes at A Spoon Full of Sugar
Challenge #50 Going With The Flow at Fab 'n' Funky
Challenge #97 Old & New (Old paper, New xmas tree trim) at Passion For Promarkers
Clean & Simple at Paper Pretties
Challenge #105 Anything R (Ribbon) at Creative Belli Blog
Challenge #24 Anything Goes at Inktegrity
Challenge #47 One For The Girls at Charisma Cardz
Thoughtful Thursday 0036 M Is For (Monochrome) at Other Lovelies
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at Hodge Podge Shop
Color Inspiration at The Town Scrapper
Challenge #69 Anything Goes at Paper Cutz
Challenge #31 Surprise Me at I Did It Creations
Week #80 Monochrome at All Sorts
Challenge #9 Texture (Crystals and Rhinestones) at Craft Your Days Away
Challenge #41 Bling It Up at One Stitch At A Time
Anything Goes at Totally Stampalicious
Let's Get All Girly at Whoopsi Daisy
Anything Goes at Paper Cupcakes
Challenge #16 Sparkle & Digi at Karber Weekly Challenge

Christmas Eve at Shelly's Images




Whooo Hooo! Time for another Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images. This week, the featured stamp is called, Christmas Eve. And since it is the featured stamp this week, this awesome image is on sale in the Shelly's Images store, for today only! I love this little boy and girl, they are such cuties! It reminds me when I was a little girl, How I'd sneak downstairs in the middle of the night, trying to catch Santa bringing the gifts!

Ohhhh and while I have you here, I wanted to mention a fun event we are having at Shelly's Images! We're having a big 12 Days of Christmas event, and we're inviting all of you to join us! Lots of fun and games, and even a virtual Christmas dinner! I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the big event!




And now, back to today's project:

For my card, I decided to try making a shaped card, for the front panel. I printed the image larger than usual, to show the detail, and colored it with Promarkers. I've used a clearstar gelly roll pen to add glitter and sparkle to the light bulbs on the Christmas garland. I added the spotted DP to the front panel, then covered the inside of the card with a second DP. Next, I attached the image, and cut away part of the front panel around the image, to give that die cut effect to the front panel, allowing you to see part of the Inside of the card. I really liked how this turned out as a shaped card, so I decided not to add a lot of elements to the card, to take away from the look. The final touch is the silver and white ribbon, from my stash. My card fits the sketch at Create 4 Fun.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

FBC24 Winter or Christmas Theme at Fresh Brewed Designs
Challenge #131 Anything Goes at A Spoon Full of Sugar
Challenge #50 Going With The Flow at Fab 'n' Funky
Challenge #95 Christmas Is Coming at Crafty Creations
Challenge #97 Old & New (Old paper, New digi) at Passion For Promarkers
Clean & Simple at Paper Pretties
Challenge #105 Anything R (Ribbon) at Creative Belli Blog
Challenge #24 Anything Goes at Inktegrity
Challenge #26 Family at Fairy Knoll
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp & Create
Challenge #15 Christmas Treasures at Stamp It Crazy
Challenge #34 Red & Green at Sew Many Cards
Challenge #35 Red & Green at Digi Doodle Shop's Best
Challenge #60 Christmas at Crafty Catz
A Friendly Challenge (Siblings should be friends, right?) at AI Factory
Challenge Yourself-Try Something New (cutting away part of front panel) at Stamp Insanity
Challenge #47 Celebrate Christmas at Alota Rubber Stamps
Challenge #45 Christmas at Crafty Sentiments
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at Hodge Podge Shop
Shape Up (Front panel is shaped around image) at Winter Wonderland
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #69 Anything Goes at Paper Cutz
Challenge #31 Surprise Me at I Did It Creations
Challenge #48 Sketch at Create 4 Fun
Challenge #10 Holidays at Card Makin Mamas
Challenge #108 Christmas Cuties
Challenge #31 Use A Bow at Speedy The Cat's Friends
Challenge #33 Bowtiful Ribbon at Wee Memories
Challenge #20 Red & Green at Ellephantastic
Merry Christmas at Scrappy Frogs
Anything Goes at Totally Stampalicious
Anything Goes at Paper Cupcakes
GL7 Bows at Gingerloft
TPE #89 Blue, Green & Red at The Pink Elephant
Challenge #119 Light It Up at Cupcake Crafts
Challenge #24 Christmas Cards at Cards For Men
Challenge #11 Winter/Holidays at Iris' Spot
Challenge #10 Holiday Cards at Stamps R Us

Friday, November 26, 2010

OMG!!! Kenny K Is Having A DT Call!!!!

Anyone who knows me knows that Kenny K is one of my most favorite Digi companies! His images are so "me" in style! When I found out Kenny K is having a DT call, my first thought was, "OMG, I have to apply!" But then I got to thinking about how many people would be applying and figured I wouldn't really have a chance. So I thought about it and tossed the idea around in my head...

Around, and around, and around...

I tossed the idea around so much, that I felt like I was tossing a salad!

You know what they say though, we're our own worst critics! And mama always said, "You will never know, if you don't try." And mama was right. I have to try, or I'll always wonder, "What if I had..."

So, here I am Kenny K!


My first example is one of my new favorites. This is my first attempt at doing an altered clock. My friend, Dan, loves Mystical, Magical and Fantasy themed items, so I wanted to give him something different, this year for Christmas. The image is from Rick St Dennis. I apologize that the image in the photo isn't super clear to show off the coloring, but It took me several attempts to get a decent picture of it. All the sparkle on the image, plus the glare on the glass made it difficult to get a perfect photo of the clock.






This next one is one of the most favorite cards I have ever made. My first attempt at a side step card! This one was so much fun to make, and plus I love Halloween! I even incorporated acetate into this card, to be different. I made another of these that I love, also, but I don't want to bore anyone with posting two types of the same card. The images on the card are from Stamping Dragon Designs.





And, since this post is for the Kenny K DT call, and Christmas is fast approaching, it's only fitting that I show you my Christmas cards for this year. Sometimes I think simple is the way to go. Some images and papers go so great together, that you just don't need or want to add a lot of "extras." I love Kenny K's new Santa image and found this awesome glittered cardstock that I knew would look great with Santa. The layout, I felt, was perfect for Santa and the papers, so all I really needed was a little extra "bling" from the silver Christmas tree trim.





Now, the waiting begins. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get to be one of Kenny K's Krafty Girlz!

Thank you, Kenny K, for the opportunity to apply!

Rick St Dennis Is In The House!

It's challenge time, again, at Stamping With The Dragon. and we have a special sponsor, with a special prize, this time!

We're being sponsored by none other than Rick St Dennis, and he's giving the winner an awesome prize! There will only be ONE LUCKY WINNER for this week's challenge. That winner will receive a Once in a Lifetime Digital Sheet of the 3 dragons images used by the Design Team, as well as several other images that fit the theme.





For those of you not familiar with Rick St Dennis, here is his bio:

Now a much collected pen and ink artist brings his art to DIGI-Stamps!
Designer of over 100 theatrical productions, Rick St Dennis is also the author of 4 books on decorative painting and contributor to at least a dozen national magazines on crafts and art. He has taught design at the college level as well as seminars and classes across the USA and Canada. He is one of a handful of designers to have designed TWO productions of AIDA, Verdi's massive Egyptian opera spectacle. Currently living in the quiet beach community of Seal Beach, California he writes restaurant reviews and theater reviews between assignments for web designs, logos and creating art for local shows. Rick has appeared on such TV shows as Home Matters with Susan Powell, Aileen's Crafts and others. He was Crafts editor for Country Folk Art Magazine and sells his artwork nationally through galleries and shows. Among numerous awards he has won a presidential commendation in 1976 for his contributions to the bicentennial year including the design of the west coast premier of William Grant Still's opera BAYOU LEGEND. His drawings and paintings are in the collections of Diana Ross, Sandy Duncan, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jacqueline Onnasis amongst others.


Our challenge theme is fantasy. Rick St Dennis gave the DT three awesome dragon images to work with, for our fantasy theme. I was soooo excited, too, because I've always loved fantasy themed things, so this was right up my alley!

For my DT project, I decided to try something new, and alter a clock. This is my first attempt, so I was a little nervous about it, but I'm very happy with how it turned out.


My friend, Dan, loves fantasy themed things as much, if not more, than I do. So I thought this clock would make a perfect Christmas gift for him!






I used this awesome dragon image called, "Late Knight Snack," by Rick St Dennis, and colored him with my Promarkers. Glitter and sparkle were adding to the image with a Clearstar Gelly Roll pen. The blue DP is embossed with silver stars and seems to fit perfect with the image and theme. The silver numbers are cut out and then matted on green cardstock.

This was such a fun project to make, and I love how it turned out!

I am entering this christmas gift in the following challenges:

Challenge #110 Handmade Christmas Gifts at The Secret Crafter
Gearing Up For Christmas at Catch The Bug (Bugaboo)
C4C64 Circles at Crazy 4 Challenges
Challenge #30 Circles at Speedy The Cat's Friends
Challenge #86 A Time For Giving at Stamptacular Sunday
Evergreen at Keep It Simple
Challenge #19 Wait "Time" at Scrappekammeret
Jungle Jungle at By The Cute And Girly
TD06 Anything But A Card At Tiffany's Doodles
Challenge #41 Food (Dragon is Holding a sandwhich) at Critter Challenge
Challenge #71 Feeling Blue at Pollycraft
Cut It Out at Papertake Weekly
Decoration at Tuesday Taggers
Challenge #118 Shapes at Everybody Art
Challenge #42 Anything Goes at I Love Promarkers
Tip Top #11 Layer Upon Layer at Tip Top Tuesday
Challenge #131 Anything Goes at A Spoon Full of Sugar
Challenge #50 Go With The Flow at Fab N Funky
Challenge #97 Old & New (Old paper, New digi) at Passion For Promarkers
Challenge #24 Clean & Simple at Paper Pretties
Hump Day Inspiration #24 Anything Goes at Inktegrity
Challenge #78 Christmas Gift at C.R.A.F.T
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at Hodge Podge Shop
Challenge #30 Anything With Wings at I Did It Creations
E is for Embossing (embossed stars on DP) at Alphabet Challenge
Challenge #115 Gift Items at Mami Doodles
Challenge #41 Wrap It Up at Wags 'n Whiskers
Challenge #47 Stars at Paper Play
Challenge Yourself-Try Something New (altered clock) at Stamp Insanity
Challenge #28 Photo Inpsiration (colors) at Crafty Ann's

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Follow The Blog Contest





Have you heard?! Bombshell Stamps is having a "Follow This Blog" Contest! Hop on over there and become a follower for your chance to win some awesome stamps!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Come and Get Your Sketch On!

Are ya feeling Sketchy? Are ya? Are ya? If you are, then come on over and play! It's sketch time at Craft Your Passion, this week!! You could win an image of your choice from CocoDingo and Lauretta's Digital Stamps.


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We now interrupt this challenge post, with important new information!

Okay, now that I have your attention, I wanted to remind all of you that Craft Your Passion will be having tons of awesome sponsors, starting in 2011! And, our anything goes challenges (The first week of the month) will have multiple prizes and multiple sponsors! This means multiple chances for you to win! Whoo Hoo!!! You are definitely going to want to become a follower and play along so you don't miss out! There are big things coming to Craft Your Passion in 2011!

The first week of December, we will be having one sponsor join us, just to give you a taste of what 2011 will bring!

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We now return you to our regularly scheduled challenge post, already in progress:


Here is this week's sketch, at Craft Your Passion:




What a fun and simple sketch! You really should jump on over to Craft Your Passion and play along with us!


Here is my DT card for this week's sketch challenge.





The sketch was so much fun to work with, and I love this image! My card also fits the sketches at The Pixie Cottage, Sparkle Dreams, Fairy Moon Crafts, and Truly Scrumptious. I used this fun new snowman image from CocoDingo. The image is colored with Promarkers. All three papers are from my stash. The ornament paper behind the snowman is glittered and embossed, for sparkle and texture. I also used a clearstar gelly roll pen on the snow and snowman, to give extra sparkle. This gorgeous new metallic gold ribbon trim is from the craft department at Walmart. I've printed and cut out this fantastic digi Christmas ticket by Miss Cutie Pie, punched a hole in it with my Big Bite and mounted it to the card with foam mounting tape, for dimension. The scalloped circle is punched using a 3" punch from EK Success. This card is for my favorite aunt, Judy, for Christmas.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:


Challenge #6 Inspired By Christmas at Digistamps4Joy
Challenge #41 Snowmen at I Love ProMarkers
Sparkle at Simon Says Stamp
H Is For Holidays at The ABC Challenge
Challenge #76 Glitter at The Treehouse
Challenge #87 Winter Woodland at Creative Inspirations
Challenge #23 Show Off Your Style at Fresh Brewed Designs
Challenge #17 Glitter at Crafts And Me
Challenge #45 Sketch at Truly Scrumptious
Challenge #34 Sparkle & Shine at Meljen's Designs
Challenge #45 Sketch at The Pixie Cottage
Challenge #27 Someone Special at Christmas at The Creative Cottage
Challenge #47 Christmas Colors at Alota Rubber Stamps
Challenge #58 Let It Snow at Whimsie Doodles
Challenge #34 Anything Goes at Digi Doodle Shop's Best
Week #46 Let It Snow at Paper Play
Challenge #18 Embossing (Ornament DP) at Sarah Hurley
Challenge #6 Your Favorite Color at Southern Girls
Challenge #25 Favorite Things (tickets & glitter) at Paper Romance
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at The Hodge Podge Shop
Challenge #12 Christmas at Really reasonable Ribbon
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp and Create
Thoughtful Thursday 0035 Starts With L (Lantern) at Other Lovelies
Challenge #43 Snow & Snowflakes at Totally Papercrafts
FF#55 Tickle Me With Tinsel at If The Shoe Fits
Challenge #51 Winter at Stampin' For The Weekend
Challene #14 Winter Snowflakes at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #26 Snow at Easy Craft Projects
Challenge #2 Sketch at Sparkle Dreams
Challenge #10 Holidays at Card Makin Mamas
C4C64 Circle at Crazy 4 Challenges
Challenge #30 Circles at Speedy The Cat's Friends
Challenge #40 Season at One Stich At A Time
Merry Christmas at Scrappy Frogs
Challenge #46 Winter Means at Pile It On
Challenge #6 The Great Outdoors at Gingerloft
Challenge #98 Red & Green at The Crafty Pad
Challenge #27 Traditional Christmas Colors at Lexi's Creations
SISC36 Sketch at Stamp Insanity
Challenge #27 Colorful at Pear Tree Designs
Challenge #24 Christmas Cards at Cards For Men
Week #32 Winter Wonderland at Scrap It With A Song
Challenge #37 Sketch at Fairymoon Crafts
Challenge #15 Two or More PP + Digi at Karber Weekly Challenges
Challenge #9 Sparkles & Scallops at Stamps R Us
Holidays at Whoopsi Daisy

Let's Take A Sleigh Ride




Once, again, It's Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images!

This week's featured image is Sleigh Ride. This image makes a wonderful Christmas card. I love the detail Shelly put into the image when she created it. (You can have it for your very own! Get it here, at Shelly's Images!) While you're there, check out Shelly's other great images.I colored the image with Promarkers. Sparkle was added using a Clearstar gelly roll pen. The paper is from my stash, from an old DCWV Christmas stack. The ribbon is from my stash as well. The poinsetta flower is actually a flower brad, from Spare Parts. The Christmas ticket is a digi. I can't remember the name of the company where I got it now, but will look in my files and update the post if I can find the name of the creator. (Gotta hate when you print out an image and then forget to label it!) My card fits the sketch at Truly Scrumptious, at Sparkle Dreams,and at Create4Fun. This card is for my awesome friend, Dan.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenge #23 Show Off Your Style at Fresh Brewed Designs
Challenge #6 Inspired By Christmas at Digistamps4Joy
Challenge #17 Glitter (bells on horse and center of flower) at Crafts And Me
Challenge #87 Winter Woodland at Creative Inspirations
Sparkle (Bells on horse & center of flower) at Simon Says Stamp
Challenge #34 Sparkle & Shine (Bells on horse and center of flower) at Meljen's Designs
Animal Applause (animal that could have black & white) at Stamping Vacation
Challenge #45 Sketch at Truly Scrumptious
Challenge #27 Someone Special at Christmas at The Creative Cottage
Challenge #104 Something Old, New (flower brad), Borrowed And/Or Blue at Creative Belli Blog
Challenge #11 Christmas Tree at Scrapbook Sisters
Challenge #34 Anything Goes at Digi Doodle Shop's Best
Jungle, Jungle at By The Cute And Girly
Bring On The Bling at AI Factory
Challenge #76 Glitter (bells on horse and flower center) at The Treehouse
Challenge #47 Christmas Colors at Alota Rubber Stamps
Challenge #25 Favorite Things (tickets & flowers) at Paper Romance
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at The Hodge Podge Shop
Challenge #8 Christmas Trees at Craft Your Days Away
Challenge #10 Christmas Critters at Making It With Meslyn
Challenge #12 Christmas at Really reasonable Ribbon
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp and Create
Thoughtful Thursday 0035 Starts With L (Lines-striped DP) at Other Lovelies
Let Your Creativity Blossom at The Crafty Purple Frog
Challenges #82 Ribbon, Brads (Flower is a brad) and points (Petals of the poinsetta) at Cutie Stampers
FF#55 Tickle Me With Tinsel (Glitter on the bells on horse) at If The Shoe Fits
Challene #14 Winter Snowflakes at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #14 Fuzzy (Flower) at Mami Doodles
Challenge #47 Sketch at Create 4 Fun
Challenge #2 Sketch at Sparkle Dreams
Challenge #10 Holidays at Card Makin Mamas
Challenge #40 Season at One Stich At A Time
Merry Christmas at Scrappy Frogs
Challenge #46 Winter Means at Pile It On
Challenge #6 The Great Outdoors at Gingerloft
Challenge #98 Red & Green at The Crafty Pad
Blog Hop Challenge at Wild Rose Studio
Challenge #27 Traditional Christmas Colors at Lexi's Creations
SISC36 Sketch at Stamp Insanity
Challenge #27 Colorful at Pear Tree Designs
Evergreen at Keep It Simple
Challenge #24 Christmas Cards at Cards For Men
Holidays at Whoopsi Daisy

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stamping Dragon Designs Has Blog Candy!

Stamping Dragon Designs has a CDAC group and we need YOU to come over and join us, there! We have some cool new events starting in December, and we'd love to have you participate with us, and stop by for a chat.

To promote our Stamping Dragon CDAC group, Janette, of Stamping Dragon Designs, is giving away blog candy! Hope on over to The Dragon's Den and check out details on how you can win!

Friday, November 19, 2010

SDD Christmas, Christmas is Drawing Near




Don't Miss out! Stamping With The Dragon has a huge Christmas celebration and challenge going on and you still have time to play!! We want to see your projects that are "Inspired By A Holiday Song." Hurry over and play along with us! You wont want to miss these fantastic prizes that are up for grabs!

You can view my post with all the challenge and prize info, here.

There are some great prizes, and two fabulous Grand Prizes, for those of you that use an image from Stamping Dragon and Dragons Lair Designs! You really really are going to want to play along for your chance to win!

Now that I have the big challenge reminder out of the way, I have a new card to show you. I wanted to go simple and show you what a pretty card you can make sometimes, just by using a sentiment and acetate. The sentiment is from Christmas Sentiment pack 1 from Stamping Dragon Designs.


I used white cardstock from my stash, and used Vellum tape to attach a pretty piece of pre printed Christmas acetate, to the front of the card. Then matted and attached the sentiment. Very simple, but pretty!

I hope this has given the beginning card makers out there some ideas and a little encouragement. IF you've always wanted to try card making but felt like you might not have the knack for it, please do jump in and try, with something simple like this. Everyone has to start somewhere!

I'm sending this card to my cousin and her fiance, for Christmas.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenge #42 Christmas at Bee Crafty
Challenge #13 Christmas at 2 Sisters
Challenge #47 Christmas at Creative Inspirations
Merry Christmas at Scrappy Frogs
Challenge #85 Photo Inspiration at Cupcake Inspiration
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp and Create
Challenge #34 Anything Goes at Digi Doodle Shop's Best
H is for Holidays at abc-challenges
Challenge #27 Someone Special for Christmas at The Creative Cottage
Challenge #47 Christmas at Alota Rubber Stamps
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at Hodge Podge Shop
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #23 Show Off Your Style at Fresh Brewed Designs
Embellish-It (Corner adornements) at Stamping Vacation
Let Your Creativity Blossom at The Crafty Purple Frog
Challenge #10 Holidays at Card Makin Mamas

Monday, November 15, 2010

Show Off Your Diamonds



It is challenge day over at Craft Your Passion. This week, we want to see your diamond fold card. I know it sounds hard, but it really isn't! There are several variations of the diamond fold card. And they are simple to make, trust me. If you've never made one before, this is your chance to try something new.Play along with us, for your chance to win an image of your choice from Lauretta's Digital Stamps and CocoDingo. They have some cute images to choose from!

I decided to keep my diamond fold card simple, with no embellishements, to showcase the card style. The fancy folding makes this card so unique, and it was fun to make. The DP and cardstock are from my stash. I had never used this DP before, till now. The Santa image is from Lauretta's Digital Stamps and is colored with Promarkers. I added white flocking to his beard, to make it soft and fuzzy.

I am entering Mr Santa in the following challenges:

Challenge #84 Never Before used Stash + Digi at Digital Tuesday
Challenge #9 Use A Digi at Tip Top Tuesday
Challenge #6 Inspired by Christmas at Digistamps4Joy
H is for Holidays at The ABC Challenge
Challenge #44 Two Colors Only (Red & Black) at The Pixie Cottage
November Digi Day at Stamp Something
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #25 Red at Easy Craft Projects
Everything Goes at Fairy Tale Challenge
Challenge #19 Christmas at 2 Sisters
Challenge #47 Christmas at Creative Inspirations
Challenge #14 Fuzzy (Flocking on Santa's Beard at Mami Doodles
Challenge #39 Color My World at One Stitch At A Time
Merry Christmas at Scrappy Frogs
Challenge #85 Photo Inspiration at Cupcake Inspirations
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp and Create
Challenge #40 Texture (flocking on beard) at Critter Challenge

Rudolph WIth Your Nose So Bright




Rudolph With Your Nose So Bright.. It's time for a new challenge, tonight!

Today is challenge day at Ooh La La. We have a fun theme for you today! The theme this fortnight is Rudloph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

My card uses digi paper and a cute reindeer image, from the Joyeux Noel CD. You can get this fantastic CD in Ooh La La Creations' shop.

I added red stickles to the reindeer's nose, and used green ribbon from my stash to make a ribbon puff in the center.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenge #9 Use A Digi at Tip Top Tuesday
Challenge #6 Inspired by Christmas at Digistamps4Joy
Challenge #17 Glitter (on Rudolph's nose) at Crafts And Me
H is for Holidays at The ABC Challenge
November Digi Day at Stamp Something
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #25 Red at Easy Craft Projects
Challenge #44 Rudolph Reindeer at Bah! Humbug!
Everything Goes at Fairy Tale Challenge
Challenge #56 Traditional Christmas Colors at Totally Gorjuss
Challenge #109 Sparkle & Shine (Rudolph's Nose) at The Secret Crafter
Challenge #19 Christmas at 2 Sisters
Challenge #47 Christmas at Creative Inspirations
ASC29 Music (Song- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer) at Aly's Sunday Challenge
Challenge #29 Traditional Christmas Colors at I Did It Creations
Snowball Fight-Add Glitter (on Rudolph's Nose) at Stamp It Crazy
Challenge #56 Traditional Christmas Colors at Totally Gorjuss
Challenge #39 Color My World at One Stitch At A Time
Merry Christmas at Scrappy Frogs
Challenge #85 Photo Inspiration at Cupcake Inspirations
Challenge #97 Christmas Sparkle at The Crafty Pad
Start Here (Red Glitter on Rudolph's Nose) at Stamping Vacation
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp and Create
Christmas Critters at Making It With Meslyn
Challenge #70 A Glittery Christmas (Rudolph's Nose) at Pollycraft
Challenge #68 Music Inspired (Song-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer) at Incy Wincy
RRR Challenge #12 Christmas at Really Reasonable Ribbon
Challenge #27 Traditional Christmas Colors at Lexi's Creations

Here Comes Santa Clause




Wow, can you believe how fast time is flying by?! The radio stations here are already playing Christmas music, and the stores are putting out their Christmas decorations.

I'm already in the Christmas spirit and have been working on Christmas projects. Today, I have a cute little ornament to show you. The image is Santa Clause and he is from Shelly's Images. You can pick up Santa in store today only for a special sale price! Check out her other fabulous images, too, while you're there!

I made this ornament from an empty ribbon spool. I punched two scalloped circles and attached one to each side of the spool. Santa is colored with Promarkers, with glittery sparkle added to his cap and beard with a Clearstar gelly roll pen. I used some fancy red beaded ribbon trim from my stash (never used before now), and attached it under the edges of the ribbon roll, with glue dots. Santa was punched using a smaller circle, to fit inside the scallop. I found this awesome red, green & white braided trim at Hobby Lobby and thought it would be perfect to trim around the outside of the ornament. I used red plastic beaded christmas tree trim tied around the inside of the spool, to make the loop for hanging. I tried to fit this to the sketch at Card Positionin Systems, except mine is round instead of square.

I am entering this ornament in the following challenges:

Challenge #84 Never Before used Stash + Digi at Digital Tuesday
ICS90 Sketch at Inspirational Cards
Challenge #9 Use A Digi at Tip Top Tuesday
Challenge #6 Inspired by Christmas at Digistamps4Joy
Challenge #42 Alter it (Empty Ribbon spool) at Penny's Paper Crafty
Challenge #17 Glitter at Crafts And Me
H is for Holidays at The ABC Challenge
Glitter it Up at Delightful Sketches
Challenge #44 Two Colors Only (Red & Green) at The Pixie Cottage
November Digi Day at Stamp Something
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #25 Red at Easy Craft Projects
Challenge #29 Traditional Christmas Colors at I Did It Creations
Everything Goes at Fairy Tale Challenge
Challenge #56 Traditional Christmas Colors at Totally Gorjuss
Challenge #109 Sparkle & Shine at The Secret Crafter
Challenge #19 Butterfly or Christmas at Ellephantastic
Challenge #19 Christmas at 2 Sisters
Challenge #47 Christmas at Creative Inspirations
ASC29 Music (song-Here Comes Santa Clause) at Aly's Sunday Challenge
Challenge #97 Christmas Sparkle at The Crafty Pad
Snowball Fight-Add Glitter (Santa's Suit and Fur Trim) at Stamp It Crazy
Challenge #56 Traditional Christmas Colors at Totally Gorjuss
Challenge #39 Color My World at One Stitch At A Time
Challenge #85 Photo Inspiration at Cupcake Inspirations
Sketch #93 at Card Positioning Systems
Challenge #6 Christmas But Not A Card at Bunny Zoe's Crafts
TD06 Anything But A Card at Tiffany's Doodles
Challenge #40 Texture at Critter Challenge
Challenge #70 A Glittery Christmas at Pollycraft
Challenge #14 Anything Goes at The Beary Scrap
Challenge #68 Music Inspired (Song-Here Comes Santa Clause) at Incy Wincy
RRR Challenge #12 Christmas at Really Reasonable Ribbon
Challenge #9 Sparkles & Scallops (Scalloped beaded ribbon trim) at Stamps R Us
Challenge #27 Traditional Christmas Colors at Lexi's Creations

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm Naming The Kittenz!



Kenny K has an upcoming release of these sexy Krash Kittenz girls, and they need names!

I just couldn't let the poor girls go without names, so I decided to help Kenny out with name suggestions.

Here are the names I chose for the girls:

A. Pitstop Polly
B. Bootyful Brandie
C. Racin' Rhonda
D. Giddyup Gidget
E. Start My Engine
F. Legalicious
G. Quickdraw Kelly
H. Bikin' Betty
I. Softail Sally
J. Highway Hottie
K. Bust E. Chaps

I'm entering this in the Name the Krash Kittens Contest at Bearly Mine Crafts blog.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Don't Forget To Join Us For Our Big Chrismas Celebration at Stamping With The Dragon!

Just a reminder to all of you that Stamping With The Dragon has a huge Christmas celebration and challenge going on for the next two weeks! The challenge theme is, "Inspired By A Holiday Song"

You can view my post with all the challenge and prize info, here.

There are some great prizes, and two fabulous Grand Prizes, for those of you that use an image from Stamping Dragon and Dragons Lair Designs! You don't want to miss your chance at these, trust me!

Now, I want to show you yet another new release from Stamping Dragon Designs.





This cutie is called Christmas Elf Cutie. I fell in love with her when I first seen her and just had to play with her. She is colored with promarkers. I added sparkle to the fur of her suit, using a clearstar gelly roll pen. My card fits the sketch at MyGrafico. I used pointsetta DP from my stash. (My first time using this paper and I love it!) The flowers are die cut flowers from the wedding department at Michael's. I used a white gel pen by Inksentials to add some detail to the flowers. The sentiment stamp is by Stampin Up and punched with oval and scalloped oval punches. The flowers and the sentiment are pop dotted for added dimension.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:


Challenge #9 Anything Goes at Iris' Spot
Challenge #9 Classic Christmas at Wild Orchid Crafts
Challenge #10 Winter Bouquet at Pocket Full of Posies
Challenge #26 Anything Goes at Lexi's Creations
It's Christmas at Whoopsi Daisy
Challenge #38 Winter Wonderland at One Stitch At A Time
Glitter, Glamour & Girlie at Creative Inspirations
Shape Up at Keep It Simple
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp and Create
Challenge #42 Christmas 2 at Bee Crafty
Challenge #84 Use Your Never Used Stash at Digital Tuesday
Challenge #64 Red, White & Green at A Crafty Little Place
Tip #9 Use An Image at Tip Top Tuesday
Sketch at MyGrafico
Challenge #6 Inspired By Christmas at Digistamps 4 Joy
Challenge #17 Glitter at Crafts and Me
H Is For Holidays at The ABC Challenge
Glitter It Up at Delightful Challenges
Challenge #27 Someone Special at Christmas at The Creative Cottage
SDC #19 GIrly Girl at The Stampotique
Challenge #27 Flower Power at Short O Mania
Challenge #104 Something Old (Flower Die Cuts), New, Borrowed or Blue at Creative Belli Blog
Challenge #10 Christmas Colors at Scrapbook Sisters
Thoughtful Thursday 0034 Starts with K (Kiddie Elf) at Other Lovelies
Challenge #2 Sparkle at The Crafty Purple Frog
Challenge #56 Die Cut or Punch at AI Factory
November Digi Day at Stamp Something
Challenge #25 Red at Easy Craft Projects
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Snowball Fight-Add Glitter at Stamp It Crazy
Everything Goes at Fairy Tale Challenge
Embellish-It (Corner adornements) at Stamping Vacation

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Here! Huge Christmas Celebration & Challenge at Stamping With The Dragon!

It's here! The big day! A big challenge with lots of cool prizes, and the release of the new Christmas images from Stamping Dragon Designs! The DT has been quietly working on some awesome eye candy to show you, featuring the new releases. It's been sooo hard to keep this info about the challenge and special prizes a secret! Thank goodness the waiting is over! I think we were all about to explode with the news!

First, let's talk about the challenge we have for you! You are going to want to make sure you play in this one, folks! There are some awesome prizes! Please make sure you ready the challenge info carefully, since there's a variation to the rules, this round. There are two separate prize categories. One set of prizes for all participants, and one set for ONLY THOSE PARTICIPANTS THAT USE IMAGES FROM STAMPING DRAGON DESIGNS! Please, Please be sure you are aware that you must use our images to be in the draw for one of the two Grand Prizes!

To play along, you will need to link your card with the wonderful Mr Linky,on our challenge blog, Stamping With The Dragon. Please be sure to follow the theme, if you want a chance to win!

Okay, here are the challenge details:

Sponsor: Designs

Theme: Inspired by a Holiday Song


Challenge Blog: Stamping With The Dragon. (This is where you go to link your entries)

Prizes for any image:

1st Prize: Some yummy ribbons from May Arts
2nd Prize: Magnolia Magazine and 2 Stamps
3rd Prize: Dragon Stamp from Whiff of Joy Stamps



****Grand Prizes*****

1ST: Wacom CTH461 Bamboo Craft Pen & Touch Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: $10 gift cert. for Your Next Stamp.

***Only those who use an image from Stamping Dragon Designs are eligible to win the Grand Prizes! No Exceptions***


Please remember to link your entries on our Challenge Blog, Stamping With The Dragon, for your chance to win!

Now that we have all of the details out of the way, let me show you one my card, featuring one of the awesome new release images, by Stamping Dragon Designs. This image, as well as the other new Christmas releases are available for purchase, now, in the store.




This gorgeous image is called, "Winter Beauty." She's been colored with Promarkers, and glitter added to her the holly and flowers in her hair. I've used this yummy Christmas Green glittered cardstock as my card base, as well as the matting for the image. There are two patterned papers, though one doesn't show much. The holly DP is from Hobby Lobby and bought specifically to do this card. The center panel of DP, beneath the image, is silver metallic paper embossed with white Swirls. (This paper is absolutely gorgeous, I wish you could see it better. Shame on me for covering so much of it up!) I used Metallic green rick rack trim (or ribbon, whatever you prefer to call it). The center pointsetta is by Prima. (I bought these on clearance last year after Clearance and stashed them away. I've never used them, till now!) I added a small metal snowflake to the flower, to make a decorative center. My card layout fits the sketch at Cupcake Crafts, at MyGrafico">, at Fussy and Fancy and at 2 Sketches 4 You.

How's that, for tons of sparkle, glitter and bling?!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenge #42 Christmas 2 at Bee Crafty
Challenge #105 Embossing (on the silver metallic paper) at One Stop Craft Challenge
C4C62 Square Cards at Crazy 4 Challenges
Anything Goes at Catch The Bug (Bugaboo)
Challenge #38 Winter Wonderland at One Stitch At A Time
Glitter, Glamour & Girlie at Creative Inspirations
Shape Up at Keep It Simple
Challenge #7 Tis The Season at Stamp and Create
Challenge #116 Sketch at Cupcake Crafts
Laura's Sketch #65 at 2 Sketches 4 You
Spotlight Challenge Dry Embossing at Crafty Cardmakers
Challenge #9 Anything Goes at Iris' Spot
Challenge #9 Classic Christmas at Wild Orchid Crafts
Challenge #10 Winter Bouquet at Pocket Full of Posies
Challenge #26 Anything Goes at Lexi's Creations
It's Christmas at Whoopsi Daisy
Challenge #84 Use Your Never Used Stash at Digital Tuesday
FBC #22 Two or More patterned Papers (One is under the image and can't be seen very well) at Fresh Brewed Designs
Challenge #64 Red, White & Green at A Crafty Little Place
Tip #9 Use An Image at Tip Top Tuesday
Sketch at MyGrafico
Challenge #6 Inspired By Christmas at Digistamps 4 Joy
Challenge #17 Glitter at Crafts and Me
H Is For Holidays at The ABC Challenge
Glitter It Up at Delightful Challenges
Challenge #27 Someone Special at Christmas at The Creative Cottage
SDC #19 GIrly Girl at The Stampotique
Challenge #27 Flower Power at Short O Mania
Challenge #104 Something Old (Flowers), New, Borrowed or Blue at Creative Belli Blog
Challenge #10 Christmas Colors at Scrapbook Sisters
Challenge #22 Ribbon (Rick Rack) and Flowers at Inktegrity
Challenge #9 Christmas at The Stamp Man
Challenge #2 Sparkle at The Crafty Purple Frog
November Digi Day at Stamp Something
Challenge #25 Red at Easy Craft Projects
Challenge #6 Recipe at Digi's With Attitude
Week #23 Sketch at Fussy and Fancy
Challenge #14 Winter at Crafty Calendar
Challenge #14 Fuzzy (flower) at Mami Doodles
Embossing (one DP in center panel-its hard to see, sorry) at Character Cafe
Snowball Fight-Add Glitter at Stamp It Crazy
Everything Goes at Fairy Tale Challenge
ASC29 Music (music staffs on DP) at Aly's Sunday Challenge

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sponsor and Be Sponsored at Craft Your Passion Challenge




Have you heard?! There are some exciting changes coming to Craft Your Passion!

First, we are thrilled to announce that we will be accepting sponsors for 2011!

Next, we are also going to be sponsoring many more challenges for other blogs, in 2011. We are currently scheduling sponsorship for other challenges for the new year, so if your challenge blog is looking for sponsors, please contact me. CocoDingo and Lauretta's Digital Stamps would love to sponsor you!

Also, we will be doing an "anything goes" theme one week a month, with multiple sponsors and multiple prizes! How cool is that?! There will be multiple chances to win some fantastic goodies!

We are currently scheduling sponsors for 2011 and still have several openings. As well as scheduling ourselves to sponsor other challenge blogs. If you would like to sponsor Craft Your Passion or have your blog sponsored by Lauretta's Digital Stamps and CocoDingo, Please contact me at sponsorcyp@yahoo.com to be scheduled on our 2011 calendar.

Our team is excited to work with you and your images! And to give you some of our images to create with!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Let's Double Up at Craft Your Passion



First off, I want to thank everyone who played in our Anything Goes challenge, last week, at Craft Your Passion. We had a record number of entries! It's so awesome to see so many of you joining us, and getting to hop over to your blogs and see your creations. be sure you check out the winner's announcement, to see if you're the lucky winner of last week's challenge. I hope you all will play with us, again, this week.

Now, let's talk about this week's challenge theme!

This week, we are calling, "Double Anything." We want to see double on your project. It could be two patterned papers, two of the same embellishment, two images. The possibilities are endless! Come on over and join us at Craft Your Passion, and show us your doubles! You could win an image of your choice from CocoDingo and Lauretta's Digital Stamps. While you're there, check out the creative inspiration of the rest of the design team. They're all talented ladies and they have some beautiful creations to show you!

Here is my take on "Double Anything." I'm using the sketches from Simpley Betty, Paper Pretties and Hanna and Friends as my card layout. The image is by CocoDingo and is colored with Promarkers. I've used three patterned papers, all from my stash. The holes are punched using a double hole punch by Stampin Up. I threaded some brown jute through the holes and tied on two purple buttons.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sketch at Paper Pretties
Challenge #26 Anything Goes at Lexi's Creations
Let's Punch It (holes for string) at Creative Card Crew
Challenge #83 I've Been Framed at Digital Tuesday
Challenge #5 You Spin Me Right Round at Digistamps4Joy
CCCB29 Get Your Digi On at City Crafter
Anything Goes at Fresh Brewed Designs
Challenge #43 Let's See Those Curves at Raise The Bar
Week #44 Circles at Paper Play
Challenge #69 Sketch at Hanna and Friends
PRC30 Everything But The Kitchen Sink at Paper Romance
Challenge #9 Anything Goes at Iris' Spot
It's A Garden Party at AI Factory
SISC34 Punch Drunk Love (holes for string) at Stamp Insanity
Challenge #0033 Starts With J (Jute) at Other Lovelies
Anything Goes at Catch The Bug
DDCC #90 at Clean & Simple at Dutch Dare
Challenge #5 Sketch at Simply Betty
Everything Goes at Fairy Tale Challenge
C4C62 Square Cards at Crazy 4 Challenges
Challenge #84 Design Team Inspiration (Danielle-Shades of Purple)at Stamptacular Sunday
Shape up at Keep it Simple
Challenge #5 Buttons at Gingerloft
Challenge #8 Buttons & Bows at Stamps R Us
Challenge #27 Flower Power at Short O Mania