Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Guest Design Spot For Me????!!!

A few months ago, I was contacted by Steph from The Christmas Card Challenge Blog. She asked me if I would be willing to do a Guest Design Spot on their blog. My first thought was "no way, me??? I can't do that!". Well, I was more than willing to, I was just amazed that they would ask me! Of course I said yes, not even knowing what the exact details were. Steph then told me that the challenge for Week #51 was a color challenge - dark grey, light pink, white and pumpkin/orange. Keeping in mind that it's a Christmas challenge blog, I was completely stumped.

Earlier this week, Steph contacted me again with a "friendly reminder" about the deadline. Not that I had forgotten, I just forgot that it was THIS WEEK!! EEK!!! So, I had been brewing an idea for all of these months and I sat down to put the idea to paper. EWE - it did not turn out well. My dear boyfriend even told me it was "ugly". Soooooooooo, back to the drawing board I went. What was I going to do? I was running out of time and definately out of ideas. As tend to do when these things happen, I browsed my collection of digital images. I found the perfect image - Phindy's "Smooch". I love this image because it reminds me of my daughter and son. Then, it all began to click for me!

So, to make a very long story short, here is my card. I really hope you'll head on over to the Christmas Card Challenge Blog and challenge yourself to enter this week's color challenge - if I can do it, so can you!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another Poll from Phindy!

Hello, just a quick note to tell you that Phindy is having another poll on her blog. All you have to do is click on your favorite type of image to work with and enter your name. You'll be in the running to win this amazing new image "Peace and Cheer"! Easy Peasy - go enter - what are you waiting for??

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Trying to Beat the Rush!

Every year I try to beat the Christmas rush and have all of my shopping done before Thanksgiving.....didn't happen this year. I do, however, have presents for all of the kids at the sitter's. This weekend, I made gift tags for each of the girls.

These tags work for a few different challenges:

1.) Digital Tuesday - "never used stash" - I paper pieced the star at the top of Miss Chrissy Tree with gold foil paper that my friend Sue gave me. I didn't know what I was going to use it for but I had to give that paper a home - glad I did!

2.) Creative Inspirations - Anything Christmassy/Winter

3.) Delightful Challenges - Glitter it Up! - I glittered the ornaments on the "tree" and added a glitter brad.

4.) Phindy's Place Challenge Blog - Christmas Is Coming

5.) Stamp Something - November Digi Day - I love DigiDay because I almost ALWAYS use digis!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

'Tis the season - almost

Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas! I really do!! However, I refuse to start listening to Christmas music on the radio - I cannot believe they are playing it already! That's nuts!! On the other hand, I am fine with starting my Christmas Cards - come on, let's be practical here, a 3 year old and a 3 month old, I can't crank out 20 or 30 cards in a week or two after Thanksgiving....sooooooooooooo, I'll make my Christmas cards without listening to the Christmas Music Stations.

Enough of my rant.....

This card is for a few different challenges:

Phindy's Place Challenge Blog - 3, 2, 1 Go - recipe challenge

Allsorts - "Twas the Night Before Christmas" - okay, this is amazing, I didn't know I had this paper until I went looking for something that went with this theme....the paper actually has the words to the poem, how wild is that? It totally threw off the color scheme that I had in my mind but that's okay, the paper is PERFECT!! I tried to get a close up of the words but they just got blurry so you'll have to trust me on this one!

Christmas Card Challenge - This challenge is always great for me because the challenges are optional as long as you use a Christmas Card - you're in! This week's challenge is a photo inspiration challenge. The tree in the picture goes along with my "pine" branches that I used as filler around the flowers.

Another try with an easel card

Well, my last easel card was so successful (thanks to Cec's wonderful instructions) that I decided to try it again! I'm quite pleased with this one as well. I decided to make it pretty simple for a couple of reasons (1) I wanted to focus on trying to work out the easel part and (2) the image was a larger and more detailed one than I usually use so I wanted that to be the focal point.

Speaking of the image. I got this amazing digi FREE from Phindy for joining in on all of the 1000 member celebration challenges on her PCP page! How cool is that??!!

So this card is for Phindy's Place Challenge - 3, 2, 1 Go! Recipe challenge. I used 3 brads, 2 papers, and 1 image. The card is also for Creative Inspirations Challenge - Glitter, Glamour, Girlie. Poor Mr. Brown isn't feeling too comfortable on this pink and purple card but he'll suffer through it to make Mrs. Comfy happy! She wanted him to wear a pink shirt and purple tie to match her girly and glitzy outfit but that's where he drew the line!! (oh, the stories I make up while I color!!)

Well, I should go get in bed now and enjoy my extra hour of sleep (thanks to Day Light Savings) but instead I think I might use my extra hour for crafting :)!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I only want snow on my cards!

Hello all,

I have decided that this winter, I only want to see snow on the cards I make - none of that yucky white stuff on the roads or my driveway!

Anyway, I made this card using Phindy's Adorable Image - "Tasty Flakes" - I just love her!

This card is for 3 different challenges:

Phindy's Place Challenge Blog - your favorite color - dark green

Fussy and Fancy Friday - Winter Wonderland

Christmas Card Challenges - include candy canes - this is an optional theme, as long as it's a Christmas Card it works!