Christmas CRAZY Swap

Welcome to a new post on my blog. I joined a Christmas Crazy group over at SplitCoast Stampers. Every odd month, we send a couple sheets of Christmas paper and a Christmas image to someone we’re matched with. Every even month, we create with what was sent. It’s a way to play with some new images, plus get a head start on our Christmas cards (because I totally need that!).

Gael was my partner this time and here is what I created with her envelope.

Cute, right??

I had a spare image, so I asked Claire if she wanted to play along too. She decided to make a gift for her brother. The image on the left is what she colored for him and then on the reverse side of the paper, she glued a piece of the patterned paper and practiced her writing. I can’t believe that my little girl will be five next week!

Creating with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

Welcome back to my blog, everyone! Today is Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps day! There’s plenty of great inspiration up on the Prickley Pear blog, plus I have three cards for you today!

You’ll find this first card featured on the blog this week. It uses the Coffee Cup clear set and matching die set, which is one of my favorite to play with. This week, I stamped the sentiment directly on my background and then stenciled around it. I then added the yellow border using a straight cut piece of paper with some punched circles. The ribbon cleverly hides where they join. Add my coffee cup and some java beans and…ta da!

My stash of birthday cards is growing slim and I need a restock. So, I pulled out my various Prickley Pear sets tonight to come up with some ideas. Steampunk isn’t normally my thing, but this Steampunk Gears 3 set really caught my attention. Today, I layered it up a bit, using different inks to stamp the images directly onto my background paper. Then, I used the Steampunk Gears Die and Gears 2 set to add some embellishments.

This sketch is from this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge (#199). Thanks for the inspiration!

And, I also got my mojo on with the Mojo Monday sketch. This one uses the sentiment from the clear Build an Ice Cream set and the flowers come from the Flowers 2 set. The dies used on this one were the Mini Hibiscus and Flowers die set.

As mentioned, this card comes from the Mojo Monday sketch (#484). I’m also entering this one over at Crafting When We Can (Flowers, #137).

If you’re in need of birthday cards, these are great, quick options for you. Check out these fabulous sets and much more in the Prickley Pear store. And, don’t forget to follow us over at the Facebook page for more great inspiration!

TCCCB – No Red or Pink

Hello, welcome to the mid-month challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge this fortnight is No Red or Pink. You can use any other color.

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Tory Tale and they’ve provided this cute elephant, called “A Good Mood” to work with. As you can see, I managed to stay away from the red/pink options.

The sketch on this card was from Cheerful Sketches Challenges.

Come on and play in this great challenge! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the end of the month. Come and check us out!

Dueling Darlings Feb 2017

Hello, hello! I’m back with another post with the Dueling Darlings, Team Diva!

This months kit was sent to me by Suzy and it was a great Valentine kit. The image in my kit this month is a Stampin’ Up image from the “Have a Heart” set.

I decided to do a funky fold on this one. Not exactly sure what it’s called, but it was difficult to photo!! You get the idea, though.

And, might as well pop this pretty into a few challenges.

Now I’m off to see what my other Divas have created and then to check out the Darling’s image and creations. See you next month!

Create with Riley & Company

Hello, Everyone! A Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers. What do I love? Well, the stamps at Riley & Company, of course!

It is my monthly post day over at Riley and Company and, once again, I have two amazing creations for you. And, if you’re not amazed then I will refund your admission and try again next month. 😉

Last month we had a brand new release at Riley & Company and this stamp, Nap Time, was includes. This is definitely a truth at my house! With a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, the cookies sometimes find their way into my mouth once those two beautiful heads hit the pillow. The sentiment has been paired with Couch Riley.

And, my other card today features a little old, a little new. This is Smiling Burt with accessories from the new Dress Up Riley Accessories (with matching dies!).  The sentiment is called Fine Line and has been framed with one of the brand new Word Bubble Square Dies. These dies are the perfect size for the Funny Bones and are great quality with great stitching detail around the edges.

I hope you enjoyed my projects this week! There are so many great stamps in the Riley & Company store, so stop by and check them out! For more inspiration, head on over to the Facebook page or Blog for more inspiration.

TCCCB – Recycle Something

Hello! 2017 marches onward and now we’re ready to commence the 2nd month of the year. That means, of course, that it’s time for a new challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge this fortnight is Recycle Something. Anything at all, so get on your thinking caps. If you need ideas, check out the challenge blog, because the Design Team has made some awesome projects for this challenge!

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Dr. Digi. This is a new sponsor for me, so I had fun checking out their inventory of great digital stamps. I settled on “Green Fingers and Thumbs”. Now, what to make with it?

I saw a project posted online a couple weeks ago where someone used an empty Valentine chocolate box to put seeds in. What a cool idea! So, Green Fingers and Thumbs and my empty chocolate box set to work making a unique valentine gift.

Isn’t this image adorable? Here is the inside of the box. I realized at the last minute that I didn’t have a stash of seeds on hand, so I occupied my kids for 10 minutes by making them sort bean soup. They had fun, I have a “model” for my box.

What do you think of my sentiment?

I hope you liked today’s project, because it was quite a bit of fun to make it for you. If you have time, come play along with us! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the 15th of the month. Come and check us out!

Craft Your Stash! January

Hey everyone! Yup, I’m at it again. Another SplitCoast group of fun!! There is such a great community of crafters and sometimes someone starts something new and you just can’t WAIT to be a part of it! It also gives me reason to craft something every month.

So what am I up to now? Well, Barb has created a Craft Your Stash challenge group. Each month, someone different hosts the challenge and we create a card and post it on the designated day.

Barb’s challenge for our first round was to make something black, white and silver. I came up with this card. It looks a tad yellow, but it’s not. My winter light isn’t always good. Anyway, I created a pocket with the overlapping circles and then stuck the tag in.

Here’s a close up of the tag:

The stamps are all from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I love these Butterfly Sentiments. I added stickles to the flowers, either on the edge or in the centre, depending on the flower type.

I can’t wait to find out what we’re making next month! See you again soon.