Thursday, January 29, 2015

Anything Goes and Crazy Egg @ 4 Crafty Chicks

Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday! It is that time again....there are 5 Thursdays this month, and when there are 5 Thursdays, we have "CRAZY EGG" week over at 4 Crafty Chicks. It's also ANYTHING GOES week! WAHOOO! My fav....


I had originally set my mind on making this card for our son, Calvin, who turned the big "18" on January 17th...but I settled on another card for him, which you will see in the near future ;) I found the image at Bugaboo Stamps and just HAD to have it - I know a few gamers in our life so it's gonna get used A LOT! The words I found in the "Good Point" set from The Alley Way Stamps - worked like a charm!

Come on over and play with our Anything Goes challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks! We can't wait to see what you link up with us....cheers!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greetings from The Funny Farm!


 Hello, hello and welcome back to my blog! If you are looking for my Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge post, please scroll down :)

Since it's the last Monday of the month, it's ANYTHING GOES over at The Pink Elephant! Yay!! I absolutely love ATG's time for us designers to just let loose and do whatever we want! LOL...

This card was SO FUN to create! I used the stamp and die set from Your Next Stamp called "The Funny Farm Crew." Too. Much. Fun!!!!

Thanks for stopping in today - be sure to hop over to the challenge blog HERE and submit your Anything Goes project for us! We'd love to have you!! Happy crafting! 

Merry Monday #143 {Carolers}


This week over at Merry Monday, it is my turn to play hostess challenge. While I was growing up, Christmas carolers used to come around the country and sing carols. You do not hear of that much anymore - at least not that I'm aware of. When I came across this pic, it brought back such warm memories of being little and hearing people singing outside our that's this week's challenge:

MM #143 {Use a Caroler/Carolers on your card}

I am not sure where this super cute image is from, unfortunately. I have it in my stash of digi's but I do not have a name of the company it's from. If anyone knows could you please let me know so that I can edit this post and give credit where due?! Please and thanks....

I colored these cuties with my Copics, added a sky blue layer bordered with the scallop trim punch and added some pearls and a ribbon w/slider. I was trying very hard to put a sentiment on there, but there wasn't much room left and that image is just too dang cute to cover up!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Come on over to the MM Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the super talented DT has for you to drool over! They have totally rocked my challenge this week! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

4 CC #230 {Friendship Warms the Heart}

Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday everyone!

It is my turn to play challenge hostess this week and the Chicks and I are wanting to see projects relating to BEST FRIENDS....

4 CC #230 {Best Friends}

Now, this doesn't necessarily mean it has to be "human" best friends...I dug out a new-to-me stamp from Sugar Pea Designs and my daughter, Kim, who is our home's *cat lover,* was dying to color this one up for me! Didn't she do a fantastic job?! I think I have some pretty stiff competition in the coloring department LOL....thanks Kim!!

Come take a peek at the rest of the creations made by the girls HERE - you won't be disappointed! Link up your BEST FRIENDS project for us and we'll stop by and leave you some love!! Happy crafting!

Monday, January 19, 2015

TPE #282 {LOVE}


It is "THEME" week over at The Pink Elephant and LOVE is in the air....

TPE #282 {LOVE}

I colored up this adorable Bugaboo Stamps "Bugaboo Brats" image with Copics, cut them out with my stitched rectangle die, added some stitched die cut hearts and that was a wrap! I wanted this image to POP and I feel I accomplished just that - they are so adorable!

I am entering this cute card into Bugaboo's birthday celebration for Monday - with all the bright colors and celebrating LOVE...cheers!!

The rest of Ella's girls have created some amazing projects using this week's LOVE sure to hop on over to the Challenge Blog HERE and check them all out. While you are there, how about leaving some "love" for them as well ;) We are super excited to see what you create with us this week! Cheers!

Merry Monday #142 {Houses!}


Wishing a "Merry Monday" to all my crafty PEEPS! Are you looking for an idea for a Christmas card? Yes, we are all about Christmas cards (all year-round) over at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge! That way, we are all prepared and READY for mailing out Christmas cards by the end of November!! WAHOO!

This week, miss Kristie is our challenge hostess and she wants you to use a house or houses on your Christmas card!

 Use a house/houses on your Christmas card!

The only house I could think of using (or that was in my stash) was this one from the Stampin' Up! set, Christmas Lodge....I decided to stamp it on Crumb Cake and leave it very CAS. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The outside base layer was embossed and inked with espresso ink...added a ribbon and slider and done. I hope you get some time to come and get crafty with us this week! Come see what the rest of the Merry Makers have for you! Cheers!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

4 CC #229 {Flowers}


Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday everyone!!

This week our challenge hostess is miss Tamie and she has a very popular theme for us to use this week:

4 CC #229 {Flowers}

Isn't this card the most gorgeous thing you've evah seen?!? I really wish I could take credit for this beauty, but, however, I cannot. My wonderful crafting friend and running buddy, Diane, made this card and gave it to me to showcase on our FLOWERS challenge this week! She stamped on vellum and colored the flower petals and leaves then cut them out, popped them up and BAM!! When I saw this card, I just couldn't find the muscles in my jaw to LIFT the bottom part back up - it was hitting the floor! So, so, so pretty, Diane!! Thanks for letting me show it off! xoxoxo

It was made with the stamp set called Joyful Christmas from Stampin' Up! and since I fell in love so much with this card, guess what Diane gave me for Christmas?!? Yep, this set! I was squealing with excitement - now I can make my OWN gorgeous creations with it! Again, thanks, Diane!! xoxoxo

Hop on over to the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge blog and see what the other Chicks have in store for ya....every one of us LOVES flowers (some more than others *wink*) so you can be guaranteed some knockout creations! Cheers!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Shakin' It at The Pink Elephant!

Welcome back to my blog! If you are looking for my Merry Monday post, please scroll down ...

It's the 2nd week in the month so that means it's Technique Week over at The Pink Elephant

Can ya guess what the technique is yet?!? Yep, you got 'er.....

TPE #281 {Shakers!}

My card consists of some new designer paper I received for Christmas from a wonderful lady I call "mom" (thanks, Bonnie!), Lil' Inker Designs stitched circle and stars dies, sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I threw in various colors of sequins! SO FUN!!! :)

I would like to enter my shaker card into the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Punches and Dies

I cannot wait to see other ideas and designs for this challenge - I believe this is only my 2nd (maybe 3rd) shaker card I've ever created - so I'm looking forward to seeing what other designs and ideas are out there! 

Be sure to come over to TPE Challenge Blog and see what Ella's girls have made. They will make you "shake, shake, shake" with excitement! so funny?! Ha!! Cheers!

Merry Monday #141 {Christmas Critters!}

This week the challenge hostess at Merry Monday is our wonderful Katie....and she has a super fun one this week!! There are endless possibilities with this one:

Merry Monday #141 - Christmas Critters

I colored up this uber cute bear from Bugaboo Stamps. She is part of a set of 3 called "Winter Bears" I won a schwack-load of free stamps in their challenge last month and this was one of my winnings! Thanks again, Bugaboo!!♥ The sentiment and snowflake stamps are from Paper Smooches!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS on Sunday - Christmas
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Katie, this challenge was so fun! I had so many choices to choose from when trying to decide on what critter to color up ;) Thanks! Hop on over to see what the other Merry Makers have created - they are gonna knock your socks off! Cheers!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

4 CC #228 {Anniversary}


Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday!

No, you are not seeing double LOL....yes, I did a card almost identical to this one on Monday for The Pink could I *not* use this set again for this challenge?! Tina is our challenge hostess this week and she's throwing out an ANNIVERSARY challenge - this set was PERFECT!!

4 CC #228 {Anniversary!}

I told you that you would see this stamp/die set from Your Next Stamp quite a bit over the next little while ;) I am loving the CAS design with this set and I love how the glasses POP off the card! I added light blue and silver sequins and done!! The ribbon and sparklers are colored in with a silver Wink of Stella pen for added bling-a-licious-ness! :)

I am also entering this card into The Card Concept's challenge this week in the CAS section...celebrating their 1st Anniversary! Congrats CC!

Come on over to the challenge blog and see what the other 3 chicks have created for you ... they rocked this one!! Cheers!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Challenge Blog in Town!!!

I stayed up wayyyy too late last night scopin' out blogs and I came across this very intriguing challenge blog at about 1 a.m. It's new in town...just started will be very challenging each week but I am excited to give it a try!

It's called One Layer Christmas Card Challenge! My fellow DT member over at Merry Monday, Susan Joyce, is one of the Design Team members and I am so very excited for her! I have also designed with Vicki Dutcher and Vickie Yeakley - they have a very talented team at this blog....WTG ladies!


The whole time I was reading over the blog rules, admiring all the wonderful CAS designs the DT made, I was thinking "well...this is gonna be so awesome! hard could that be?! One layer - easy, peesy...stamp, stamp done!" hahahaa!! It wasn't so easy. I wrecked about 3 different cards trying to get a decent card out of it! LOL Yep...this is gonna be a challenge - and that's PERFECT!

I finally settled with this design and I love it! The twist to this challenge this week is RED so I started with my base of Cherry Cobbler and then heat embossed some white snowflakes (TAWS) and a clear embossed sentiment (Papertrey Ink). I love the WOW factor this card turned out to have!

I tried over and over to get a decent picture of this card (I am thinking it's time to set up a DECENT light station!) and I think this is the best one out of the bunch. I find that Cherry Cobbler is extremely hard to capture in it's true color always turns to a different color of red when I take it's picture ....

Well, thank you for stopping in today! I am so happy that I got to make a card "just cause" and share it with you today. Think you got what it takes to whip up a "one layer Christmas beauty?" That's my challenge to you - come on over and support this new blog! Cheers!

Monday, January 5, 2015

"Black and Gold" at The Pink Elephant....


Welcome back!! If you are looking for my Merry Monday post, please scroll down ;)

Once again, Happy New Year! from all of us girls over at The Pink Elephant! I am looking forward to sharing more exciting challenges with you on this wonderful DT! Thanks for the past year and here's to a new one ahead!!

This week, Ella has a color combination for y'all to try:

Yep, GOLD and BLACK....I added a bit of white in there also using the Your Next Stamp stamp/die set called "Clink:"

Here is the full card:

I kept this one very CAS to show off this wonderful stamp/die set! The sentiments that come with this set are so awesome ... for many different occasions and celebrations. I colored in the champagne and ribbons with a gold Wink of Stella pen and added some gold gumdrops from YNS and wa-laaa! Done! You will be seeing this set A LOT from me in the weeks to come!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Less is More - Black/Metallic and One more (white or grey)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's - Anything Goes (CAS design)
AAA Cards - Use a Little Gold

Please take some time to hop on over to our challenge blog HERE and link up your BLACK/GOLD creation for us! We'd love to have you play along! CHEERS!

Merry Monday #140 {Snowflakes!}


This is the first challenge of the New Year for us Merry Makers at the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. Haven't heard of it, you say?!? Well, it just became YOUR LUCKY DAY!! We make a Christmas card every week for the entire year so that we are READY and not stressed about Christmas cards come November ;) Sa-weet hey!?! Come on over and check us out! 

This week, our wonderful Kathy is our challenge hostess and she's issuing the following challenge:

Photo credit HERE

Use a SNOWFLAKE(s) on your card! 

I found a HUGE snowflake punch at Michael's right before Christmas, so I used my 40% off coupon and snagged it!! I have been wanting to make a card with it ever since and this was THE perfect challenge to do so! Thanks, Kathy!!

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the main espresso panel was cut out using my favorite rectangle stitched dies from 'Lil Inker Designs. I dug through my stash of designer papers and came across this red plaid pattern - love it! LOVE THIS CARD - hope you enjoy it as well.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
CAS on Sunday - Christmas
The Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Come on over to the challenge blog and see what other inspirational creations our super talented design team has in store for you .... link up your card and share the love with us so we can return the favor ;) Happy crafting!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

4 CC #227 {Celebration} and Guest DT Call!

Happy New Year to all my crafty friends!

As we ring in 2015, I would just like to thank the 3 other amazing CHICKS that I get to *work* with each week...Tamie, Leanne and Tina - it's been an amazing year and I cannot wait to see what awaits us in 2015!

Thank you to each and every one of you who joined us Chicks in challenges last year ...we sure appreciate you and your crafty projects...may 2015 bring you much crafty joy!!

Now...onto this week's challenge:

Miss Leanne is our challenge hostess this week and she's looking for projects centered around CELEBRATION!

4 CC #227 {Celebration}

This was the card I sent our wonderful Leanne on her birthday December 21st! I had a lot of fun creating this CAS card - embossed the main panel, colored in the HAPPY with a Wink of Stella silver pen, layered on black, added the bow/button and stamped the sentiment (from PTI) DONE!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes!

This week we are also having our Guest Design Team call - if you'd like to join us for February, March or April, please remember to add GDT behind your name on your entry at the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge blog - HERE. Happy celebrating! Cheers!