Monday, November 29, 2010


Good evening PEEPS! I'm sure you've all be sitting on the edge of your chairs, biting your nails, waiting, waiting for us to be announcing who wins all the wonderful goodies from the Blog Hop :) Well, tonight it's someone's lucky night! I just want to say "thank you" to everyone who participated in this wonderful event. I can't believe all the wonderful comments I got on my card and I want you all to know that I sure do appreciate them and love to read each and every one of them :) xoxoxoxo

I used and put in numbers 1-103 and came up with's the screen shot
so...that means you, Josie! Congratulations girlie! I will email you right away and get your mailing address so that Samantha can get your Gingerbread Man stamp set out to you ASAP! Congrats again!

SPCC #76 - Birthday Wishes

Welcome back! I really enjoyed making my card with this weeks colors from Scrapmaster's Paradise...they are calm, relaxing colors and I decided to ink up one of Samantha's flourishes from one of her new sets,'s such a gorgeous stamp set.

I was in need of a sketch and my good friend, Melissa, mentioned that Pals Paper Arts had a super dooper fun sketch this week...I went and checked it out and ya, she was so right - awesome sketch this week ladies!
...and here is my card:

Stamps: Flourishee, Ultimate Sentiments I; Paper: Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Wild Wasabi DP, Greenhouse Garden DP; Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Black; Accessories: nestabilities, pearls, dimensionals, square punch, acrylic block
Be sure to check out all the other Color Diva's blogs for more yummy inspiration with this week's color combo - links are on the right-hand sidebar. Thanks for poppin' back in this morning and be sure to take some time for you today and STAMP! :) Ciao!

Picture Perfect Creations Challenge #40

Good morning crafty PEEPS! Are you ready for a bright, cheery color combo this week from Megan over at Picture Perfect Creations? I found a great sketch over at Stampin' Royalty and went right to work finding the perfect image for my card:

Isn't Riley just the cutest?!? I've had this cutie patootie stamp for a long time and thought it was time he came out of hiding LOL...
Stamps: Happy Moments, Riley; Paper: Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Basic Black; Accessories: clear embossing powder, acrylic blocks, heat gun, embossing folder, markers, paper piercer, star punches, daffodil brad, dimensionals, scallop trip punch
Be sure to visit the other DT's blogs for more awesome inspiration! Their links are on the right-hand sidebar. Thanks for stopping in this morning - stay tuned for Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Challenge....see you in a few.....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Midnight Madness with a Colour Q

Happy Friday PEEPS! Did you realize that one month from today, all the excitement and stress of Christmas will be all OVER?! Yep, it will be Boxing Day - crazy! I have to get my shopping finished :)

I decided to get a card in for fun this week and Colour Q had such an awesome color combo this week, I *knew* I had to do this one. I found the right sketch for my image with the Midnight Madness Tuesday Sketch over at Priscilla Styles....

....and here is my card using a new set from Totally Stampalicious!! Stella is *so* funny - I just can't get enough of her....enjoy!

Stamps: Pimp My Ride Stella; Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler DP, Cherry Cobbler; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Espresso; Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun, acrylic blocks, soft suede, early espresso, cherry cobbler, more mustard and copic markers, nestabilities, circle punches, scallop circle punches, paper piercer, dimensionals, early espresso ribbon, pearls, glue pen, dazzling diamonds, sponge dauber
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you have a fantastic weekend - mine is busy and full with kids events but I hope to be back on Sunday with another card :) Have a good one!

Inspirational Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

Good morning everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to my friends south of the border...enjoy an awesome day/weekend with family and friends sharing gratitude and great food! :)

Are you ready for another fun-filled day with us 4 Crafty Chicks? We've got an inspiration challenge for you this week and it's also the last Thursday of the month and our lovely Tamie is offering up a super great prize, so be sure to click HERE to participate!

I am the hostess this month and I went in search of "just the right" photo for my inspiration. I scoured a lot of websites before coming back to this beauty from Better Homes and Gardens. I took the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green colors from the photo and ran with those....

I found this wonderful sketch over at The Paper Players and decided it was "perfect" for what I wanted to do....

...and here is my card using Lovely as a Tree as my "boughs" to hang the decorations from:

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Delightful Decorations, Come to Bethlehem; Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; Accessories: modern label punch, large oval punch, perfect dots embossing folder, decoration punch, dimensionals, scallop trim border punch, gems, silver thread

My card also qualifies in the following challenges:

Fresh Brewed - "Christmas"
A Spoon Full of Sugar - "anything goes"
Paper Cutz Challenge - Christmas with bling
Stamp and Create - "tis the season"
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - "Christmas Anything Goes"
Stamps R Us - "scallops and sparkles"

Be sure to check out the other 3 Crafty Chicks blogs for more gorgussss inspiration:

Leanne Elliott - Banking on Crafts
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Thanks for poppin' in this morning! Hope you find some time to sit and craft with this challenge this week - happy craftin! :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kickin' Off Christmas Blog Hop!!!

Good morning blog hoppin' PEEPS! Welcome to the Kickin' Off Christmas Blog Hop! If you just arrived from Dana's wonderful blog, you are on the right track. If you didn't come from Dana, please see the blog list below to start at the beginning of the hop...and trust me, you do *not* want to miss out on any of the stops along the way :)

Amy Chomas from Chomas Creations along with Samantha Peyton from Scrapmaster's Paradise (home of the Daringly Delightful Stamps), have teamed up to bring you some awesome creations and some awesome prizes up for grabs! Please note that Amy and Samantha BOTH are having Pre-Black Friday sales starting today at the SP and Company store and at Chomas Creations. CHECK 'EM OUT!

Being on Samantha's Design Team as a "Color Diva" has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience for me! And it's just getting better and better! I now get to play with new lines of STAMPS! How lucky am I?!? I decided to whip up a card using not one, not two, but THREE (3) sets! I got my color combination from The Play Date Cafe for this beauty:

Stamps: Ultimate Sentiments I, Mini Card Creations II, and Falling Snow; Paper: Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White; Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Momento Black; Accessories: acrylic blocks, Old Olive ribbon, bling gems, snowflake embossing folder

Would you like to win a stamp set from SP & Company?? How about this cutie set:

For your chance at this stamp set (donated by SP & Company), please be sure to do the following:

1. Become a Follower on my blog, if you aren't already.
2. Be sure to leave a comment on this post to be eligible for the prize.

For added bonuses on this hop, be sure to go through the WHOLE list of participants as Amy is going to draw a random winner from all comments....AND...the caboose of the hop, Samantha, has a wonderful giveaway as well!

Now you need to hop on over to dear Samantha's blog for some yummy goodness!!!

If you happen to lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of hoppers:

Amy Chomas:
Amber Holden:
Donna Mundinger:
Maria McGuire:
Penny Duncan:
Susan Edwards:
Jin Yong:
Dana Ansell:
Samantha :

Monday, November 22, 2010

PPC #39 meets Sketch Saturday

Welcome back...are you ready for another challenge this morning? Megan over at Picture Perfect Creations has given us another "doozie" combo :) I actually didn't have too much trouble with this one. I struggled a bit with the red, that's about it...I combined my color combo with Sketch Saturday's wonderful sketch this week:

...and here's my square card using both challenges:

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, More Mustard, Soft Suede, More Mustard DSP; Ink: Soft Suede, Real Red; Accessories: scallop trim punch, pearls, dimensionals, red ribbon, scallop oval punch, oval punches, perfect dots embossing folder

Be sure to hop on over to the other PPC Design Team blogs and check out their wonderfully inspiring creations using these colors. Then be sure to get inky and create something for *us* to comment on for you! I can't wait to see what you come up with! CHEERS and STAY WARM!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

SPCC # 75- Falling Snow

Good morning from a very wintery central Alberta...the thermometer is reading -22C right now and I'm so thankful for my warm, cozy house, coffee and candles this morning! :)

This morning is sort of extra special for me because I get to show off some new goodies! As some of you might be aware, our lovely Samantha from Scrapmaster's Paradise, is trying her hand at creating her own line of stamps....and, since I'm a Design Team member, figured I had better get my hands on some of those and start creating with them. Well, I placed my order online, and they were here in my mailbox on Thursday (it was a very impatient wait for me LOL). They are amazingly gorgeous stamps to work with! I have had such a busy weekend, I finally got to sit down and get inky with a set on Saturday night...I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!

This week's color combo was a real fun one! I loved making this card using these colors and I cannot wait to see what creations come of this one this week:

Stamps: Falling Snow; Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red; Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: scissors, clear embossing powder, heat gun, acrylic blocks, markers, bling, glue pen, dazzling diamonds

Be sure to sit this week and create something FUN with this wonderfully, bright color combo. For more inspiration, please see the rest of the Color Diva's blogs on my righthand sidebar. Stay warm, happy crafting and have fun! Thanks for stopping in...stay tuned for another Picture Perfect Creations combo....

Nov and Dec pocket calendar pages

Today is going to be our last and final "official club" gathering for 2010. This day is always so bittersweet for me...I am always looking forward to the break at the end of the year, but it's been so much fun, I don't want to see it end either. It's been such an amazing year again with my ladies. I always think at the end of the year, "Wow, such an awesome year - how am I gonna beat it next year?!" But, it always seems to work out super dooper! I am excited about next year's adventure to see what fun and creative journeys it will take us all...I love being a demonstrator :)

Thanks to all my wonderful 9 ladies in my Usona Stamping Group this year: Melissa, Nancy, Sharon, Diana, Loretta, Bonnie (aka Bon-Bon), Tamie, Anita, Donna - you all made it an amazing time for me! I am excited for things to come!

Ok...enough of that mushy stuff...onto some GOODIES! lol....These are the last 2 "pocket" calendar pages we will be making today. I had some help from my PEEP, Melissa, on these ones. Thanks again girlie!



I know the ladies are going to enjoy making these today! Thanks for stopping in today and be sure to come back tomorrow for more wonderful color challenges from Picture Perfect Creations and Scrapmaster's Paradise! See you then....stay warm!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #12 - Anything but a Card

Good morning crafting PEEPS! It's a winter wonderland outside my house here in central Alberta right now...we have a few inches of snow so far (enough to get the shovels and brooms
out of hiding!) and colder temps are on their way apparently. Great time to hunker down, light some candles and CRAFT! And our challenge this week will allow you to do just THAT! :)

Our hostess this week is our lovely Tamie, and she is asking you to create something other than a card. I have been wanting to make these cute tealight holders ever since I saw them on Julie Beltramo's blog...I emailed her and she was nice enough to pass on the instructions to me. Thanks again, Julie! I am going to make some of these with my stamping group the night of our Christmas party - they will LOVE them!

Stamps: Tags Til Christmas, Season of Joy; Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, retired DP; Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories: Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler marker, decorative label punch, dimensionals, Cherry seam binding, tealights, tissue paper, 1/8" hole punch, copy paper, heat gun

Thanks for stopping in this morning! Be sure to stop in at the other CHICKS blogs - you will NOT be disappointed! They created some FABULOUS works of art.

Leanne Elliott - Banking on Crafts
Tamie Camp - Paper Infusions and More
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession

Have a super fabby Thursday - stay warm, grab a cup of cocoa, coffee or tea and sit and CREATE! I can't wait to see what you come up with! Cheers!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


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Monday, November 15, 2010

*NEW* Challenge at Picture Perfect Creations!

Good morning fellow crafters! How was everyone's weekend? Mine was good - busy, but good. I held my 2nd Stamp-A-Stack on Saturday, and it turned out that only 3 ladies could come, so we all sat around my kitchen table instead of going to the community hall. It was so nice and cozy to be able to stay home and stamp with friends with candles lit, fresh coffee, goodies and awesome friendship! Then yesterday, my daughter had 4H and we brought home her new 2 floppy bunnies and a new cage to house them in :) Thanks to the Mantai family for the cage!!!

And now...onto BIZNIZ....Today is Monday and so you know what that means, right?! It's PPC time...Picture Perfect Creations is throwing something new at ya! This week is NOT a color combo - it's a sketch..and Megan came up with a cute one! I found an awesome color combo over at The Color Throwdown to use with my new cutsie image....check it out:

and here's the card I made using both challenges and some new CC Designs stamps:

Stamps: CC Designs, Contempo Christmas; Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Crumb Cake DP; Ink: Soft Suede; Accessories: acrylic blocks, markers, scissors, dimensionals, nestabilities, embossing folders, northern flurries die, gem

My card is also being entered into the following challenges:
Die Cut Dreams - "snowflakes"
2 Sisters - Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas card or item
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Snow/snowflakes
Anything Goes - Emboss it!
Just Add Ink - Just Add Christmas
Paper Sundaes - Pick your sundae toppings (punches/embossing I did)
Be sure to hop on over to the rest of the PPC Design Team's blogs for more inspiration using this week's sketch! Thanks for stopping in - enjoy your Monday!

SPCC and Sweet Sunday Christmas!

Happy Monday folks! We're back with another awesome color combo from Samantha over at Scrapmaster's Paradise....can you believe we are on challenge #74 already?! Wowzas....

I found an awesome sketch for the image I wanted to use over at Sweet Sunday....

Stamps: Patterned Pines, Season of Joy; Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose; Ink: Real Red; Accessories: Real Red, Regal Rose and Bravo Burgundy markers, glue pen, dazzling diamonds, embossing folders, dimensionals, scallop circle punch, circle punches, pearls

My card is also being entered in the following challenges:

Anything Goes - emboss it!
A Spoonfull of Sugar - snow/snowflakes (the glitter/ripped part is snow)
2 Sisters - Christmas
Secret Crafter - sparkle and shine
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas card or item
Flourishes - Glitter
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Pick your own toppings (punches/embossing I did)
Just Add Ink - Just add Christmas

Be sure to check out all the other SP Color Diva's creations (links are on my right-hand sidebar) for more amazing inspiration using these colors! Hop on over to the SPCC blog and link up your project - I can't wait to see what you come up with..See you shortly with another Picture Perfect Creations "special" challenge! Stay tuned.....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wintery Season's Greetings Stamp-A-Stack card

Hey everyone! Happy Friday :) I got another card prepared for my 3rd and final Holiday Stamp-A-Stack, scheduled for November 20th, and I thought I would give y'all a sneak peek:

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Welcome Christmas, Four the Holidays; Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories: acrylic block, scallop edge punch, espresso satin ribbon, glue pen, dazzling diamonds

Thanks for stopping in this morning and I hope you enjoy your Friday! I am off to meet a great friend for a visit and do a little shopping at a sports store! Yay! Maybe I'll get a new pair of outside runners for my new venture of jogging/running! :) TTYL!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Remembrance.....

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Please take some time today to remember our soldiers, veterans and friends/families who have lost their loved ones - fighting to protect us and our country. We are truly blessed.

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #11 - Sympathy

Happy Thursday! Welcome back to another 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge :) Our hostess this week is none other than, Melissa, and she has chosen "Sympathy" as our theme this week. This type of card seems to be the most difficult for me to make, even though they are the cards I should have on hand for those times of sorrow. Here's my creation this week:

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Teeny Tiny Messages; Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze; Ink: Early Espresso; Accessories: scallop oval punch, oval punches, martha stewart border punch, perfect dots embossing folder, pearls, dimensionals

I know the other CHICKS have gorgeous creations waiting for you to see, so be sure to hop on over to each of their blogs to check it out!

Melissa - My Paper Obsession

Tamie - Paper Infusions and More

Leanne - Banking on Crafts

And then be sure to link YOUR sympathy card or project back at the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge blog for your chance at a GOLDEN EGG badge! Happy stamping!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Winter Wonderland SAS Card

Good evening! I thought I would share another card I finished preparing this past weekend. It's for my 3rd and final Stamp-A-Stack that is being held on Nov. 20. I have admired this tree set for a while now, and decided to order it and emboss it with white embossing powder and put glitter on the snow....I think it turned out FABULOUS!

My card also qualifies for the following wonderful challenges:

Totally Stampalicious has a challenge this week of using "Blue" on your card/project. I know I didn't use a TS stamp, but I *think* it qualifies - it's got A LOT of blue! :)
One Stop Craft Challenge - "embossing"
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog - "dry embossing"
Pattie's Creations Design Challenge - "Christmas"
Charisma Cardz - "With Love @ Christmas"
CCEE Stampers - "Make a Winter Scene"
ABC Christmas Challenge - "Winter Wonderland"
A Spoon Full of Sugar - "snow &/or snowflakes" (trees are covered in snow :)

Stamps: Scenic Season, Many Merry Messages; Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Marina Mist; Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark; Accessories: winter white embossing powder, perfect dots embossing folder, white taffeta ribbon, glue pen, dazzling diamonds, big shot, top note bigz die

Thanks for stoppin' in :) Have a great night....

Monday, November 8, 2010

Picture Perfect Creations #38

Welcome back crafty PEEPS! Megan has given us another beautiful, elegant color combo this week with Bravo Burgundy, Baja Breeze and Concord Crush...I decided to do a more soft, simple card. I dug out my Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and went to work:

Stamps: Verve; Paper: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Baja Breeze, Bravo Burgundy; Ink: Bravo Burgundy; Accessories: spiral tab punch, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, white organza ribbon, button, linen thread, dimensionals

Please take some time to hop on over to the other PPC Creators' blogs - their links are in my righthand sidebar...then, create something SCRUMPTIOUS with these colors and link your project on the PPC Challenge site. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Happy stamping!

SPCC #73 - Warm Winter Wishes

Happy Monday everyone!

How was your weekend? Mine was very relaxing, yet productive at the same time. Is that *really* possible?! Yep, it is. My DD had a swim meet in Edmonton and my DS had 4-H so each one went different directions. After I got DS dropped off, I had the whole house ALL TO MYSELF for 5 whole hours! ACK! Can you believe that! So, I got busy and got inky...REAL inky! I got all my DT work done for the upcoming week, I got my 3rd Stamp-A-Stack finalized and almost done preparing for, I finished up some stamping packages that 2 ladies wanted to buy from me from previous Stamp-A-Stacks, AND...I even got to make a card for fun :) It was a real good weekend for me!

Now, onto today's color combo from Scrapmaster's Paradise! No matter how ya look at this one, it's screamin' *CHRISTMAS* all over it! So...that's what I set out to do...I inked up a cute new snowman set that I got at our LSS a while back. Hope you enjoy him as much as I did creating it!

I got the wonderful sketch from Sketch Saturday:

Stamps: Stampendous; Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Real Red DP; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Certainly Celery,Real Red, Basic Black, Peach Parfait markers, glue pen, dazzling diamond glitter, dimensionals, snowflake punch, snowflake embossing folder, pearls

My card also qualifies in the following challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges - "make a square card"
Paper Players - "snowmen"

I cannot *wait* to see what cool projects come out of this cool color combo! Be sure to link your creation to the SPCC website and please go check out all the other SP Color Diva's projects - their links are on my righthand sidebar. See you soon!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Afternoon FUN!

Happy Saturday! We woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow and it sure made everything pretty! I haven't had much time to just sit and create for fun (other than DT goodies) and today I had the house to myself...yep, can you believe THAT?! I had so much housework, baking and laundry to do, but ya know...I decided to get my priorities straight and do what *I* needed! HEE HEE...I sat and created :)

It's been a while since I played at The Play Date Cafe, so off I went with their colors in mind in search for a sketch .... and let me just say - there are sketches EVERYWHERE right now in blogland! I decided on the simple, cute layout over at CardPatterns for my card:

and here is my card using both challenges:

Stamps: Funky Four, Thank You Kindly; Paper: Whisper White, Peach Parfait, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery DP; Ink: Basic Black; Accessories: markers, circle punches, scallop edge punch, embossing folder, dimensionals
My card also qualifies at The Creative Cottage - "embossing"
Thanks for popping in today - I hope you are enjoying your weekend! :) I'm off to cut more paper for my upcoming Stamp-A-Stack classes. Happy crafting...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

4 Crafty Chicks meet Sweet Sunday

Good Thursday morning! I'm so glad you popped in to see what this week's challenge is at 4 Crafty Chicks!! Leanne, our wonderful "hostess-with-the-mostess," has given us a wonderful 5-color palette to work it is:

I decided I wanted to use a Christmas/winter image, so I had to go in search of THE RIGHT sketch to do my card with...I came across this beauty from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge blog:

...and here is what I came up with:

Stamps: Cute Christmas; Paper: Old Olive, River Rock, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Old Olive DP; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: nestabilities, pink pirouette ribbon, markers, clear embossing powder, heat gun, perfect dots embossing folder, snowflake embossing folder, paper piercer, dimensionals

My card also qualifies in the following challenges:
Mark's Finest Papers - Holiday cards

The other CHICKS have done some scrumptious projects using these colors! Be sure to check out their blogs:
Leanne Elliott - Banking on Crafts
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Thanks again for poppin' in - have a super dooper Thursday :) Happy stamping!