Friday, December 15, 2017

CWS Mid Month Inspiration & TGIF; Thankful Friday #22

Reindeer, reindeer, reindeer! I have reindeer on my mind! The challenge the month at the Creative With Stamps (CWS) site is reindeer. Coincidence...I think not.

The reindeer line up stamp is an old Stampin Up stamp. I love this set. I used watercolor pencils to add light colors to the stamp. The rest was using some scrap papers, twine and a poinsettia flower I just purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Click on over to join the challenge for your chance to win a prize. I made my first reindeer card HERE but decided to make another reindeer inspired card for a MID MONTH inspiration.

I hope you join the challenge this month (and future months). I do find that when I join challenges, I use products that I either forgot I had or don't get to use very often. Hey, better yet, an excuse to purchase new items! Whichever makes you happier. LOL

Today is Friday so it's also TGIF; Thankful Friday #22.
This week I'm thankful for tiny Christmas lights. I love how those little tiny things can come together and make everything festive. I love seeing Christmas decorations on houses, in stores, businesses, and homes.

This is a scheduled post since I'm spending most of the day at the hospital. Time for another surgery for DS1. These are a regular part of his life since he's been a toddler but they are still a little worrisome and definitely tiring for all. We are in a new hospital today...long story...but it's all good.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WOYWW #445

My desk is a mess! I just cleaned it after I completed the wedding album and it was so clean and lots of room to work and then the next project happened! We're having a cubicle decorating contest at work again this year and everyone is getting into it! To see posts from last year, click HERE.

Here's mine:

I had one large piece of cardboard left over from when I made the Eiffel Tower (HERE) so I thought I'd make this cute car. I normally cannot draw a thing, but this car was super easy. The driver & passengers are cut with my Circuit using the Doodlecharms cartridge.

Most of the items on my desk are either scraps from those cuts or items I used to weigh the cuts down. Instead of using my expensive scrapbooking paper, I used some inexpensive white papers and painted the colors in before layering them together.

Click on over to the Stamping Ground to read more about WOYWW and to check out the other desks.  Join in and show us a picture of your work desk too.

I'll post photos of my coworker's designs later. There are some people who are still working on theirs.

Happy Week!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Treats for Christmas

I made these super cute tootsie pop holders to give the kiddos in my family this Christmas. These pop covers are so easy to make. Click here to see my earlier post with measurements on these.

Bitten By The Bug II (BBTB2) site is hosting a gift boxes, treat bags and gift embellishment challenge this week so I thought it was a good time to make these.

The images are all from the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge. Still one of my favorites!

I used patterned paper for Santa and the snowman but added a piece of patterned paper on the reindeer pops. 

You don't have to, but I placed mine in cellophane bags before tying the bows to the sticks. They seem more "gift ready" when done that way.

Even though I know the kids will just rip out the tootsie pops, I still think they are worth doing.

Don't forget to join the challenge at BBTB2 this week.

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 WINNER

The 2017 12 Days of Christmas Tags is over and I hope you had a chance to comment each day for your chance to win a set of one each of the twelve tags. There were 21 names entered in the random name selector and the winner is...Sharon Madson!

CONGRATULATIONS Sharon! Email your mailing address to me at

I'm so excited to send them!

Thanks to everyone who took time to comment. I really do appreciate any and all comments.

I used the to select the winner.

Monday, December 11, 2017

DS3 Wedding Album Flip Through

I am done with DS3's wedding album and I LOVE how it turned out! I had so much fun putting this together and used all kinds of flip flaps, pocket pages & standard 12x12 layouts. I entered some sketch challenges to get this album completed too. This album is so interactive and fun.

I was going to wait and give it to the newlyweds for Christmas but I was too excited and gave it to them this past weekend. It was awesome to watch them go through it.

Here's my flip through...enjoy!

Sorry for my horrible video skills. I don't do them often enough to justify a tripod, but I probably should look into one. smile

Flip Flaps: Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Cricut Cartridges Used: Indie Art, Storybook, Artbooking, Groovy Times, Tie the Knot and I also took advantage of some free cuts on Design Space

Challenges Entered throughout:
Sketch in Thyme Project Life (won)
Stick It Down (won)
Stuck Sketches

Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Twelve and TGIF #21

The final tag of the series is here! I actually got a request for these tags (before I made them) so I figured, since I'm making some for my customer, I may as well use these as my last tag of this series.
I love the Create-a-Critter (1 & 2) cartridges. They are full of super cute images. This reindeer is from the first cartridge. I cut him at 3 1/2" tall. I used an embossing folder to create the little dots on them - just a little extra texture.

This is your last chance to leave a comment on this post and the previous eleven tag posts. For each comment, that will earn an entry into my giveaway. The giveaway will be tomorrow afternoon using a random name selector. Be sure to become a follower, leave lots of comments and stay tuned for the winner announcement.

Since today is Friday, I also want to post my TGIF; Thankful Friday #21.
This week I am thankful for my sisters. I'm sure I mentioned it before, but I am blessed with amazing sisters. Each of us are so different, yet the same. Believe me, it's a thin line between love and hate sometimes, but love always wins in the end. My sister hurt herself very badly and we all rallied to go help her. I know she appreciated the support and it's just something we do. So this week, I'm thankful for my sisters - my forever friends!

Stick It Down Guest Designer

I'm so excited to be the Guest Designer on the Stick It Down (SID) sketch site. Click on over to see the current sketches and join the fun.
Here is the 2-page sketch for December:
Gosh, isn't it just beautiful? I love those flowers under & around the photos. I knew I wasn't going to be able to match that with paper. I just happened to watch a YouTube video on watercolor roses (great timing) and I thought I'm going to give it a try.

Here's my layout:

After selecting & trimming the photos, I placed pencil marks on the white cardstock so I would know where to concentrate on embellishing. Then I went to town on creating a background. I love mixed media but never tried it on a scrapbooking layout. I love the way it turned out! That's why I love sketches & challenges. It sure is a way to work outside your comfort zone and push you to do things you wouldn't normally do.

I started with the water colored roses - hated it - so I added more water to my brush and & tried to blend them more.! I pulled out my mixed media supplies and added marks all over the pages. Items used: stamps, ink pads (red, gold, black & white), black glimmer mist, gold color silk, pencil, ink pen and water color paint. I wrote the title (eh, don't love or hate) with a Crayola paint brush.

Click on over to the SID site to see the write up, sketches and DT inspiration. I hope you join in too. An earlier post on their site indicated that they don't get many 2-page layout entries...won't you join me this month?

Grunge Set by Stampin' Up
Elements 3 by Bloom Art Stamps (these are designed by me!)
Color Silk by Fun Stampers Journey

Thursday, December 7, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Eleven

This is a simple tag using a 1.75 x 3.5 base then adding a piece of patterned paper. I stamped images and punched with 1.25" circle punch. Then punched a layered circle & scalloped circle to complete the embellishment. I also stamped the "To/From" stamp & cut the rectangle. Basically layered everything and added the string at the top.
Pretty simple and pretty cute!

Don't forget to become a follower and leave a comment to earn an entry for the 12 tag giveaway at the end of this series. Each day you comment, you earn another entry. Go back to the previous post before the 12th tag post. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Ten & WOYWW #444

Happy, happy WOYWW! Can you believe we only have two more WOYWW until Christmas? I love peeking into craft rooms and work desk from all over. If you want to learn more about WOYWW, click on over to the Stamping Ground and visit Julia.

I'm cranking out Christmas tags for my 12 Days of Christmas Tags series. These might be my favorite tags so far! I saw these on Pinterest and since I have tons of these coffee sleeves & love upcycling things, I had to make them. They are amazing in person and are so quick & easy to make.

Wouldn't these be great for a coffee loving friend?

To make these, open up the coffee sleeve and remove the "ends" at the perforation. Cut off the "STARBUCKS" name and cut slits through the mermaid according to the photo. I inked up the edges in green ink before adhering them to a painted cardboard trunk. The trunk was cut from a heavier scrap of cardboard. I cut the stars with leftover pieces of the coffee sleeves and then glued glitter all over them. I punched a hole & attached the baker's twine before gluing the strips to the trunk. I added a little Sparkle Silk all over for additional shine (glitter mist or glitter will give you the same effect).

GIVEAWAY become a follower of my blog and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. At the end of the 12 days, I will draw a random winner. Winner will receive one set of all twelve gift tags. Comment each day to increase your chances. Each comment gets one entry.  Good luck!

And don't forget to click on over to the Stamping Ground blog for more WOYWW fun.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Nine

Have I told you how much I love Design Space by Cricut? I found these deer head images and uploaded them into my account on Design Space. No need to purchase an entire wilderness themed cartridge when I only want one image. It's so much cheaper in the long run. LOVE IT!

So, here are my tags for Day Nine!

Adorable, right?

Here's a close up:

With the exception of the deer heads, these tags were made from scraps. I found a 4x12 piece of tan cardstock and cut them into 2x4 strips. Then I cut & adhered paper scraps from a 6x6 pad I used last year for Christmas. The December 25 embellishments were stamped on a white piece of cardstock & the circles were punched from a Starbucks coffee sleeve.

Be sure to become a follower of my blog, comment to my post (go back and comment from Day One forward) for an entry in the tags GIVEAWAY. At the end of the 12 days series, one random commenter will win one of each 12 tags! Each comment will earn you an entry. Good luck!

Monday, December 4, 2017

SID December Sketch

I love this sketch so much that I did a second layout! Click on over to Stick It Down for awesome sketches for 2-page, single page and cards. Be sure to visit their site again on Friday, December 8th to see my Guest Designer layout too.

The first layout I did as Guest Designer, I actually painted some florals & other mixed media pretties on white cardstock. I wanted the same feel so I brought out some gelli prints I made specifically for items for DS3's wedding. Well, I did this and I did that but I just couldn't get it to look right. Then I decided to cut the sheets into strips & banners.

I knew if I started putting things down, I'd eventually work with it until I liked it and that's what happened! I love the final layout!

The photo placement, hand drawn heart & title placement were inspired by the sketch.

My layout:
The photos & everything else are placed on a vellum sheet and then adhered to white cardstock. I added washi tape, gold thread and black sequins on each upper corner. Other than that, not much more except of course those gorgeous strips of gelli print papers & gold scraps.

Very cool!

There's plenty of time to join the sketch challenge so be sure to click on over to the Stick It Down site and join the fun.

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Eight

Day Eight of the Christmas Tag Series and I'm loving all these wonderful gift tags! I'm really trying hard to use all my wonderful Christmas stamps and here's another example of a set that I purchased but haven't used. This stamp set coordinates with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart (CTMH). Although I didn't cut out the shape of the poinsettia from the cartridge, I did cut out the ornament shape.

I stamped them in two different colors, honey & cranberry, both inks from CTMH. The silver ornament tops were done by brushing on the Silver Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey.  They come in a nail polish look with the brush & everything. It's so easy to splatter it or swipe it on all my projects.

I added some enamel dots from Queen & Company. 

Don't forget to comment for an entry into my gift tag GIVEAWAY.  One random commenter will win a pack of one of each 12 tags made. Go back and comment on previous entries for an additional entry.  Good luck!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Seven

Day Seven and the ideas are still coming! This tag started off as an idea that I was going to embellish a polaroid. I've done this plenty of times in my scrapbooking layouts and thought I'd do the same thing but with a Christmas theme. Then I glanced over at my cute elf stamp and thought "SELFIE". So I stamped and masked some elves as if they were taking a selfie.  LOVE how they turned out!

I added some things on the corner along with a small tag on a string.

So cute!
These might be my favorite so far!

I used the Crayola paint brushes (brushes full of paint) that I just purchased for the elves hats & coats. Water color for the blue sky, Tombow flesh marker for faces & ears and added sparkle using the Sparkle Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey - my fav!

I also added a layer of patterned paper to the backs for more support.

Products used:
Artbooking Cricut cartridge to make the polaroids
Crayola Paint Pens 
Sparkle Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey

GIVEAWAY: Don't forget to add a comment to be entered into my 12 tags giveaway at the end of this series.  Become a follower and leave a comment. If you comment each day, you get an entry for each comment. The more you comment, the more chances you have to winning the prize!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Six

More tags...more fun!

At the end of the 12 days series, I will be giving away a tag set that includes one of each tag from the series. In order to qualify for the giveaway, you must be a follower of my blog and leave at least one comment. You can get an entry for each day you comment. Go back and comment on the previous five posts if you haven't already.  Good luck!

Ok, I will admit, I was being a little lazy with these tags, but look at this paper! Isn't it perfect to make gift tags with??!!

I used my Storybook Cricut cartridge to cut the shapes and then added these cute little charms on them. I found these charms in my Christmas stamps drawer and only remembered I had them because I dumped all my stamps out. This paper is cardstock weight so it didn't need much more than this AND bonus...there's already a "to & from" on them.

Don't forget to become a follower & leave a comment.

Friday, December 1, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #20; 12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day 5

Happy Friday! This week I'm thankful for working close to my home. DS3 needed to use one of our cars this week (his is in the shop) and we are able to let him use it since I only work one mile from home AND most of my coworkers drive past my home to get to work. They are always willing to pick me up!
We're also on Day Five of the 12 Days of Christmas Tags. For these tags, I cut the tag base on my Cricut using the Art Philosophy cartridge. I've had these stamps for a long time and can't remember the last time I used them. It helped to jog my memory when I dumped all my stamps out and took a mental inventory. I pulled out my Electric Lime ink pad from Fun Stampers Journey and my Real Red from Stampin' Up and just stamped them on the white background. I used a thin journaling pen to draw the faux stitch lines. I love the bright colors of these ink pads!

Don't forget about the GIVEAWAY. At the end of the 12 days, I'll select one winner to receive a set of one of each of the 12 tags. If you're not already, you must become a follower of my blog and then you will be entered into the drawing for every comment left during the 12 day period. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win. Good luck!

You can click on the "12 Days of Christmas Tags" label on the right to see the previous tags & the ones I did last year.

Creative With Stamps; Reindeer

It's a new month and time for a new challenge at Creative With Stamps. December's challenge is reindeer. Be sure to link your card to the site to be eligible for the prize!


3 images 

(for Random Winner)

Can you believe it's already December?! Christmas is right around the corner and I'm so behind in all things Christmas. I haven't sent out homemade Christmas cards in years...In fact, I haven't sent any Christmas cards in years! I do, however like to make a couple for my mom and sisters.

I made this card by offsetting a piece of patterned paper on the card base. Then I matted the stamped piece with black cardstock. I splattered some gold color silk from Fun Stampers Journey; added the sentiment and some gold thread and the card is finished.

Now it's your turn, make a card using a reindeer stamp and link it over at the CWS blog. How do you like the look of the site?  Pretty cool, eh?

Don't forget to come back to my blog for the 12 Days of Christmas Tags giveaway going on NOW.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Four

Keep reading to learn more about the giveaway.

I am cranking out these tags and having so much fun! Day Four...I pulled out the trustworthy Cricut again and cut these ornament shapes. Sadly, I admit these are not my favorite. I wanted to use a different color scheme (lavender and periwinkle) but after cutting and putting them together, I feel like those snowflakes look more like flowers and they feel very "Springy".

I added the holiday ribbons to make them look like they belong during this time of the year. I still need to add string to them. It's hard to tell, but I swiped some Sparkle Color Silk in the center of each snowflake to give them sparkle.

If you haven't heard or used the Sparkle Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey, you must get yourself some! I recently signed up to be a consultant (click HERE to get to my page) and I love their artsy products. I have ordered stamps & paper from them before so I already know how awesome those are...but I'm having fun experimenting with other products.

In case you forgot...leave a comment for an entry into my GIVEAWAY. At the end of the 12 days, I will randomly pick a name to win a set of 12 tags (one of each of them). Be sure to become a follower of my blog then go back and leave a comment for the first three days and be sure to follow along & leave comments for the remaining days.

Cricut Cartridge Used:
Family Memories 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Three & WOYWW #443

Happy Wednesday and happy WOYWW! Click on over to the Stamping Ground to visit the other deskers and join the linkage.

I've been busy making Christmas gift tags for my 12 Days of Christmas Tags giveaway. Yes, I said giveaway! Enter to win one of each 12 tags at the end of this series. To enter, you must be a follower of my blog and comment on any or all of my 12 posts of tags. Each comment will earn an entry in the drawing.

Although this is not a photo of my desk, it is a photo of my floor covered with my Christmas stamps. I have a drawer full and I don't even remember what's in there. So...I dumped it! I tried to organize by type, snowman, holly, etc. Then I chose my stamps from there. I was so excited to see the postage stamp Santa set that I honestly never used before. In fact, I think the reason I bought them was only for the postage cancellation from the North Pole.

I used those stamp stamps (hee hee) to create my background. I randomly stamped them in white and tan on kraft paper. Once I was done, I cut the sheet into 2x4 tags and then used my MISTI to stamp Santa. Santa stamps are from CTMH. Then added 1/2" circles to the top before I punched using a 1/4" punch.

I love how these turned out!

Don't forget to leave a comment to earn an entry into my drawing. Go back to Days 1 & 2 posts to comment on those and be sure to follow along the next nine days for the rest.

Happy WOYWW!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Two

Day Two:
I use the Cricut for these tags. The trees came from the Family Memories scrapbook layout cartridge that was the freebie last week. I didn't use the layouts, but loved the tree!

I splattered some Sparkle Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey on the base tree before adding the top layer. Added a 1" circle for the "to & from".

Quick and easy today!

It really doesn't take much time or supplies to make your own gift tags. I did use two full sheets of cardstock for these tags because I wanted to make a lot of them but you can easily use scrap papers for these. I cut them at 3 1/2".

GIVEAWAY: A set of all twelve tags will be given away at the end of the 12 days. First sign on to be a follower of my blog and then I will include one entry for every comment made. If you leave a comment each day, your chances of winning the 12 tag set will increase. Good luck!

Monday, November 27, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day One

Giveaway. Did someone say giveaway? Read at the end for more info...

It's a new holiday season and time for tag making! This is Day One of the 2017 Twelve Days of Christmas Tags! Are you ready? Here we go...

This tag was made by using a sketch on Sketches in Thyme Project Life. Even though this is not a project life card, I still used the sketch to help get started.

The stamp is an old Stampin' Up stamp that came with a line up of reindeers, snowmen and elves. So cute! I may end up making a similar tag with the other two.

I was going to color in the reindeers, but then decided not to. I like how they look with the patterned paper, glitter washi tape and little embellishments on the corner. Except for the washi tape, all embellishments were made from scraps. I stapled the smaller circle cluster to the tag as another embellishment (it wasn't really necessary since I glued them on first).

GIVEAWAY: A set of the twelve tags will be given away at the end of the 12 days. I will include one entry for every person who becomes a follower of my blog and leaves a comment. If you leave a comment each day, your chances of winning the 12 tag set will increase. Good luck!

FCCB #315 Winter

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!

Challenge #315-Winter
Make a project about the winter (sports, snow, etc)!

This Weeks Sponsor

Dreaming Tree SVG's

The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here is my project-

I made these candy/money holders and decorated with ice skates cut from the Family Album cartridge free cuts on Cricut Access this week. I cut the circles using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge. Fun!

Be sure to link your project to the FCCB website to qualify for the prize.