Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Vibrant Christmas

Good Morning, today marks the start of another ABC Christmas Challenge. Before I tell you all about it, I want to thank you all for joining us for our Up to You challenge. I think it was a record, we had nearly 500 entries and we really enjoyed seeing all your beautiful Christmas cards and creations, so inspiring.

Our challenge this week is being hosted by Miria and she has chosen the theme
V is for Vibrant Colours
so dig out your brightest papers from your stash and lets see what you can do with them.

We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge who are generously offering some wonderful prizes for two of our lucky participants.

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winner can choose 2 stamps.
For my card, I have chosen to work with some of the brightest, most vibrant reds and greens in my stash. These great papers are from MME and I have coloured this sweet elf from Kraftin' Kimmie to match.  For the layout I have followed a wonderful sketch from the Sketch Challenges blog and as the papers are so bold I have opted to keep it simple and just added a simple sentiment to finish it off.
I do hope that you will join us again this time around.
Happy Crafting and I hope you will visit again soon.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Could it be Magic - GDT Songbird Challenge

Good Morning, I hope that you are all safe and dry this morning. The winds were something else last night and we are not anywhere near the worst of the storm which hit New York and New Jersey.
I am excited to tell you that I was asked to be a guest designer for the Songbird Challenge this time around. Their theme is Could It Be Magic?
For my card, I opted to use this sweet, magical little fairy Whispy from Saturated Canary. She has been in my collection of digital images for a while now but this was the first time that I have coloured her up and I just love her. the hair was a challenge but I think that I have done okay with it. I still need more practice but it does look better IRL than it does in the photo.
I've used some MME papers from a pad that I liked so much I recently bought it again and kept the embellishments rather simple as I have a tendency to go to dimensional on a Birthday card and then I never have any ready for the mail.
I hope that I have given you a little bit of inspiration. Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and see the beautiful creations from the DT. There is also a wonderful prize up being offered from

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Too Cute To Spook

Good morning! It looks like another miserable day weather wise which means it will be perfect for doing some crafting later. First I have to spend some time on a project for work. How I do hate working on the weekend even if I can do it from the comfort of my couch! Before I start that though, I thought that I would take a few minutes to enjoy my coffee and share with you a card that I have made just for the fun of it. 

I don't tend to make many Hallowe'en cards but when I saw this adorable Teddy Bo image I knew that I wanted to colour him up. I love the bright orange pop of the pumpkin against the darker spooky papers from Basic Grey. He is all set for a night of Trick or Treat and candy. The candy stickers that I had in my stash were the perfect accent.
 Some friends have a little one that they plan to dress as a pumpkin for her first All Hallow's Eve so I think that I will give this card to them.

Happy Halloween!

I will enter my card in the following challenges:

Tip Top Tuesday - Hallowe'en
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Halloween
Love to Create - Pumpkins
Creatalicious - Halloween
Always Something Creative - Halloween
Divas by Design - Use Some Orange
Hanna and Friends - Halloween
Moving Along with the Times - Too Cute to Spook
Cute Card Thursday - Something Scary
Basic Grey - Anything Goes


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Don't Be Square

Good morning! Today is supposed to be a beautiful sunny day. Unfortunately I have to go to work so I will basically miss it unless I go for a walk at lunch and they are calling for a chilly wet weekend.
Before I head to the office, I have a card to share with you for the new challenge at Charisma Cardz. This week our theme is Don't Be Square so I have opted to make a round card. I have heat embossed the large poinsettia image from Hero Arts on cardstock and then did some fussy cutting around it to create the image. I have then further accented the flower with glitter and gemstones for some sparkle. A quick little sentiment finished it all off. Nice and simple and perfectly flat for the mail too.
Our fabulous sponsors for the challenge this week are...
Buy our digi stamps here...
who are offering one lucky participant their Choice of SIX Digi's from Digistamp Boutique!
Our second sponsor this week is our very own Team Gem DT member Jenni from..
Card Mad Fairy's Creations

Cardmadfairy's Creations

Jenni is offering one lucky winner the choice of 5 Digi's!!
I do hope that you will join us and share your own shaped creations.
Have fun and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

U for Up to You - Midway Reminder

Good Morning, I am back from my trip to New York City. I had a lot of fun and even managed to get a head start on some of my Christmas shopping. I will have some pictures to share soon.
For now, I am here to remind you that you still have one more week to participate in the current challenge on the ABC Christmas Challenge.
The current theme is
U for Up to You
and this challenge is proving to be popular, we are already up to almost 300 entries.

For my card, I have used another wonderful image from Teddy Bo. I have coloured this little cutie to match my new Basic Grey papers which I just love, they remind me of some of their older classic collections which are still some of my favorites.
The image has been mounted using foam tape to allow me to tuck a holiday snowflake ornament in behind as an accent and I have layered the flower on top to boost the holiday feel.
Our fabulous sponsors again are...
Hope to see you join us. Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and see the gorgeous creations that the rest of the DT have made to inspire you.
Happy Crafting!
I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

U for Up To You

Good Morning, I hope that you are all well.
We are at the middle of the week so just a few more days to go until the weekend. This weekend I will be finding myself in the Big Apple, I have not been to New York City before so I am looking forward to it. We have concert tickets for Sunday night and I am hoping to be able to take in a show on Broadway as well.
Back to today. We have a new challenge starting over on the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog and I think that you are going to like this one. Our theme this time around is
U for Up To You
That's right a nice easy one! You can do whatever you want as long as it is Christmas.
We have some great sponsors for this challenge too

Meljen's Designs
Prize 4 images of winners choice
For my card today,  I have chosen to use a favorite teddy stamp from LOTV. I have coloured this little guy with Copics and accented with tinsel glitter and glossy accents for some sparkle and shine. The papers that I have used are a mix from 4 different holiday pads. I was trying for a monochromatic holiday feeling of red and white but if you look closely a tiny touch of green still managed to sneak in there.
I do hope that you will join us for the challenge as I am looking forward to seeing all of your holiday creations. Before you head off to your crafting tables, be sure to stop by the ABC Christmas blog to see the rest of the gorgeous DT creations.
Happy Crafting!
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bringing the Presents

Good Morning, just a quick post today. I was not around over the weekend as I had the opportunity to attend Scrapfest which was being held at the local university.  I spent Friday night shopping and I Saturday I had been lucky enough to purchase tickets for my mom and I to take a class with Vicki Boutin where we made a beautiful little mini album. I will share more when I have it all finished off with pictures.
In the meantime I have a card to share with you. This one features one of the new LOTV Christmas stamps that I purchased earlier this year. It has been coloured to match these fun papers from MME and accented with liquid applique to give it a fun touch of dimension. The image is a fair size so I have kept the layout rather simple and have accented with some diecuts and a simple flower.
I hope that you all have a great day, be sure to come back tomorrow as a new ABC Christmas Challenge will be starting and I will have another card to share.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Good Morning, this post is running a day behind but better late than not at all right.
Yesterday marked the start of a new challenge at Charisma Cardz. This week we have a sketch for you so be sure to head over to the blog to get the sketch.
Our fabulous sponsors this week are...


The Stamping Boutique
The Stamping Boutique

The Stamping Boutique are offering 5 digis of the winners choice from their online boutique store Full of wonderful images!


Redonkulous Designs are offering one lucky winner a free Digi from their store!!


A Mystery Crafty Surprise from Carly!
We also have 3 brandnew teammates joining us this week so please be sure to stop by and say hello to them.

For my card this week I opted to use this great image from Teddy Bo thinking he would be perfect for a masculine card. I coloured him with Copics starting with the fur so that I could add some texture to it by usingg some of the Copic blending solution on a piece of old towel and holding it to the coloured image. The finished result is hard to see but if you zoom in you will notice that it really adds a wonderful touch.
The papers are from the recent PB&J collection from Basic Grey which is sure to become a favorite of mine. I loved the clean lines of this sketch and did not want to go to town with the embellishments so I opted to raise the image on foam tape and added a little sentiment tag which can be tucked behind the image.

Here is an extra peek so that you can see the tag.
I hope that you will join us in the challenge, I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations.
Happy Crafting!
I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kraftin Kimmie for World Card Making Day

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends. I am sure by now you are all full of turkey and ready for a nap.
In honor of World Card Making Day, Kraftin Kimmie has been holding some extra challenges with a chance to win a guest DT spot for the month of December which is something that I would love to do so I have made up a couple of cards today so that I might throw my hat in the ring so to speak.
This first card I have to show you I will be entering in challenge #1 for which the theme is Pink.

I have used Anntoinette, (the first Kimmie stamp that I ever bought and still one of my favorites) and coloured her up to match some older papers from Basic Grey. Her dress has been accented using liquid applique to give the fur trim some extra dimension. As this card is sweet and feminine I have accented with lots of flowers and added a seet little sentiment to finish it off.
My second card is for challenge number 5, for which the them was circles. I have coloured this wonderful little elf from last years Holiday stamps in fun bright colours and paired it with some of the new Basic Grey papers. I have kepte the layout for this one really simple as the image really stand on its own which means that this one will be perfect for popping in the mail.
I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend, see you again soon!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Partrige in a Pear Tree

Good Morning, I've not been around much as things are a little hectic at work but today is the start of a new ABC Christmas Challenge and I have a card to share with you.
Our host this week is Lacey and she has chosen the theme of
T is for Twelve Days of Christmas
That's right, we want you to make a card based on the lyrics from the song. If you are not familiar with it head on over to the challege blog where we have it all listed out for you.
Our Fabby sponsors this challenge are:
And the lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp are offering one lucky entrant
A $15 voucher to spend in her store
Simon Says Stamp
Now to share my card with you...I took my inspiration for this one from the first day of Christmas.
Now you are probably thinking that I have lost it, that is not a partridge but your are going to have to use your imagination a bit. Truth be told, I would need to Google what a partridge actually looks like but I know it is a bird and this bird from Bugaboo is sitting all by his lonesome ready for the holiday.
I've opted to keep this card simple as I do need to start working on some that will actually go in the mail. Afterall, I won't be seeing everyone face to face.