Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Top 10 Favorite Projects of 2014

I noticed that many of my fellow crafty bloggers are posting their Top 10 Favorite Projects of 2014. I thought that sounded like fun, so here are my Top 10 for 2014. I'm hoping to be more crafty in 2015 and I'm wishing that you and yours have a very Happy New Year. I think 2015 will be the best year yet!!

My favorite She Art Girl. I loved taking Christy Tomlinson's She Art Class.
A very Tim Holtz 4th of July tag, covered in Sparkle Mod Podge.
The journal page I made for the 1st Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
An altered box I made for a challenge at the MMMC.
A card I made for the MMMC using lots of textures and Copic Markers.
A tag I made for a Prima Doll Halloween Tag Swap-
I love how the spider web background turned out.
My favorite card of the year. This card was originally a PaperCrafts reject,
but I entered it into the World Card Making Day Contest and it was a winner!!!
I love this image and sentiment by My Favorite Things.
I had so much fun watercoloring this card.  
Just a bright and cheery card made using DCWV stamps and papers.
One of the first I made in my new craft room.
I worked a long time practicing my Copic coloring on this Unity image.
I just think it's pretty.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges #4

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week is everyone's favorite, Anything Goes. I created a CAS card using a stamp set from Paper Artsy called Egg & Nog 4. I colored the Poinsettia with Copic Markers and added a glittery gold pearl in the center. I'm excited to see what you come up with this week for this fun challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

 Here's my card.



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dylusions Christmas Art Journal Page

I'm sharing an art journal page I made using Dylusion spray inks and stencils. I colors in the stencils using Pan Pastels and Gelatos. I was inspired to make this for a challenge on the Dylusions Facebook Challenge Page. This month the challenge is to use the Dylusions star and non-traditional holiday colors. I find it so relaxing to work in my art journal. This one was really fun to make. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you and yours have very Happy Holidays!



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges #3

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our inspiration photo is a penguin. I used a new stamps set by Papertrey Ink called PomPom Pals to create my card. I colored the penguin with Copic Markers and added a pom pom from Hobby Lobby. The papers and dies I used for the sentiment are also from Papertrey Ink. I'm excited to see what you come up with this week for this fun challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card.


Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Day 12


Welcome to Day 12 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  I can't believe it's Day 12 already. It's been super fun and I'm so glad so many of you have joined me for this event. 

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing a mixed media reindeer canvas I made from a Christy Tomlinson class called A Winter Whimsy Workshop. I used acrylic paints, stencils, spray inks, patterned papers, Faber Castell Artist Pens and rub-ons to make this canvas. I loved this workshop and all the super cute things we made. I am not a drawer or a painter so I followed Christy's lead closely and he looks very similar to her reindeer. I hope one day to make my own characters. 

have loved all the mixed media workshops I have taken from her and I suggest you take the Winter Whimsy sometime if you like cute mixed media holiday projects. And, I love to take these workshops in the spring and summer when I'm not so busy with other Holiday things and I'm not in the Christmas rush. She puts her workshops on sale several times a year, so be sure to keep close tabs if you are interested in taking one of her classes. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for my winner post!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Day 11


Welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing an almost one layer card using Tim Holtz new half tone Christmas stamp sets. It was so fun to use. I'm so glad I picked it up on Black Thursday at a great price. I stamped the snowman 3 times. Once with white, then twice with two blue Ranger Archival Inks. The label and the sentiment came from Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp set. I cut out the label and adhered it with foam tape. I also inked the edges with the dark blue ink. Finally, I had some clear stars and I colored one yellow with a Copic marker and put it on top of the halftone tree. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 12!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Day 10


Welcome to Day 10 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing a set of glittery light bulb ornaments. I got some of these wooden lights at Michaels. I covered them with Gesso and then I added Tim Holtz Distress Glitter. I painted the tops of them Silver with Tim Holtz Pewter Distress Paint. The area between the glitter and the silver paint was a little rough so I added some Silver Liquid Pearls where the bulb meets the top of the ornament to make it look a little smoother. Therese area so cute and glitter and they look great on the tree!!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 11!





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Day 9


Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing a set of bright and shiny Christmas tress. I bought these wooden trees at Michaels and I had a hard time deciding how to decorate them. In the process, I created a really cool look. I painted each one with a different color of acrylic paint and then I painted over them with acrylic glitter paint in the same or similar color. The glitter paints are mainly just a clear paint with colored glitter. It made a really cool shiny almost metallic effect. I love it so much I decided to just leave them painted and not to add anything else to them. 

You could paint these to match your holiday decor and use them for great decorations almost anywhere. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 10!




Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Day 8


Welcome to Day 8 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing cards I made using the pictures on large 12 x 12 sheets of patterned paper. I make cards and rarely scrapbook, so I never use those big pages that have the large areas of graphics on them. I decided to cut a 5x5 area around the images that I like and adhere the 5x5 panel to a card base. Then, I wrap washi tape or Tim Holtz paper tape to the edges of the card. These papers are all from Tim Holtz. 

I added sentiments to a  couple of the cards, but many times the graphics are so strong they don't need a sentiment. This is just an easy way to use your decorative papers and washi tape, two things I need to use more Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 9!










Sunday, December 7, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Day

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. Our challenge this week is a color challenge. I'm excited to see what you come up with this week's challenge. Keep reading for info on the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration.




Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made using a Neat & Tangled Stamps and watercolors. I embossed the street sing with Silver Zing Embossing Powder. The papers are from BoBunny Candy Cane Lane.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 8!




Saturday, December 6, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration - Day 6


Welcome to Day 6 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing an ornament I made for a Prima Doll Christmas Ornament Swap. I love participating in swaps and I love Prima Doll Stamps so it's a win win. The challenge was to make an ornament from die cuts and wings. I used papers from the Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection. To make the ornament I die cut a Tim Holtz Ornament using grunge paper and then cut an oval out of the top of the ornament. 

I covered the back of the ornament opening with a newsprint paper and painted the ornament with Tim Holtz Crackle Glaze in Pine Needles. Then I covered it with Sparkle Mod Podge. I added a red glitter brad from Stampin' Up to the bottom and used some small stickers to make the "holly" in her hair. I painted the top of the ornament with Pewter Distress Paint. I love how it turned out. The fun die cut technique could be used for lots of things. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 7!




Friday, December 5, 2014

12 Days of Holiday Inspiration - Day 5


Welcome to Day 5 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made items found in the December 2014 Maya Road Sparkle & Shine Kit. I really love this kit and I've made tons of different things from it. This one uses paper from Fancy Pants the exclusive Maya Road Christmas Stamp, twine and glitter tape. It's a simple, but pretty card that was really fun to make. I adhered the circle with foam dots and the twine bow with a dot of hot glue. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 6!





Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 World Card Making Day Winners Blog Hop

For Day 4 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Day 4 click HERE.

Welcome to the World Card Making Day Winners Blog Hop!


The people at Paper Crafts Magazine who awarded us this amazing honor were kind enough to set up a blog hop for us before they officially close business tomorrow. It's a bittersweet time. We will all miss Paper Craft Magazine as it was a leading force in the Card Making industry and helped us all keep up with trends and it also helped set trends. But, those of us who were lucky enough to be named winners in the 2014 World Card Making Day Contest are thrilled and honored. 

Here are the winners. Links to all our blogs are listed below. Be sure to check out the rest of the amazing cards in the is Hop. I am sure you will not be disappointed. 



We each received an amazing prize box filled with tons of crafty items. Here's what my box looked like when I opened it. So much crafty goodness!!


Since, we won't be able to be published in the March issue, we are sharing our winning cards today. My card was a winner in the Love Category. All my supplies were from Papertrey Ink except one Copic Marker that I used to  accent the stamped images. The papers are Limeade Ice and Enchanted Evening. The stamps and the flower die are from a set called Doodlie-do. I used Enchanted Evening Ink. I loved making this card and using the PTI products. They make it easy to create beautiful things. 


12 Days of Holiday Inspiration 2014 - Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty blog friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

I'm offering a prize box, check back each day. I'll have picture of my prize posted soon!! I'll announce the winner of my blog candy on Saturday, December 13. To qualify for my prize make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

Below is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun, prizes, and Holiday craft ideas.

Today, I'm sharing a set of CAS Christmas cards I made using one of my favorite JOFY stamp sets from Paper Artsy. These images are so fun to stamp and create little scenes. I colored them using Watercolor Crayons. These are fast and easy to create in multiples. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 5!




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Swan Song Blog Hop

To go to Day 3 of the 12 Days of Holday Inspirations click HERE.


Today I'm part of a blog hop to honor Paper Crafts Magazine. If you haven't heard, Paper Crafts will be going out of business as of Friday, December 5. Paper Crafts has been such an important part of the Card Making and Scrapbooking world for many years now and we will all miss their publications. They provided us with inspiration and chances to be published. They reported on and set design trends. I think most importantly they provided ways for us to get together and meet each other through their contest and the Moxie Fab World Blog. We are all going to miss Paper Crafts immensely.

I'm sharing a card I made for the last Call for Submissions that I entered. Instead of having a happy mail party the day we were hoping for one, we got an e-mail saying they were going out of business. Such a sad day for Paper Crafts fans.

To make the background I colored with Gelatos, then I blended it all with a water brush. The stamps are from Unity Stamp Company.



I'm sure that everything happens for a reason and the nice people who worked so hard to create this amazing magazine will be moving on to bigger and better things. So, I thought this card was appropriate for this occasion.


Thanks for the memories Paper Crafts!!

You should have come here from Laura Sterckz Blog. Now you should move on the to Rachel Kleinman's Blog.

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