Friday, December 30, 2011

Tag You're It

I usually don't make a lot of tags, and honestly, I don't know why.  After making this one to go around a bag of goodies for my girl's bus driver for Christmas, I fell in love with tags.  It was quick and fun; and such an incredible way to use up those scraps I have in my draw  :)

For my tag, I used this new, adorable set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Snowman Wishes.

Isn't he adorable?  And, he's got a few more buddies in the set as well some wintry sentiments to match.  Love him!

Next time I post, it will be 2012!!  I can't believe how fast this year went!  I truly hope that 2012 proves to be your best year yet - many blessings of health and happiness to each and every one of you!  Have fun and be safe!

Copic Markers (YG 63, R24, R29, YR04, YR09, CO)
Image & Sentiment:  Snowman Wishes Digital Set by Clear Dollar Stamps
Papers:  Wassau cs and Wassau Kraft
Digi Papers:  Shabby Princess Holiday 2006 Paper Pack
Studio G Chalk Ink 
Crystal Stickles
Martha Stewart Craft Seam Binding
Hemp Twine in stash

AUD Sentiments Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Cookin' It Up With Katie - Anything Goes
Little Darlings Challenge Blog - Cold
The Paper Shelter - Tied Bow
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

Hello all my crafty friends - Happy Tuesday after Christmas!!  Are you recovering from all your celebrating, too?? ;)  We had a wonderful weekend and fabulous first Christmas in our new home with our children and family - lots of good eating and lots of laughter :)  We declared today as "Pajama Day" and spent most of the day getting the house back in order and eating leftovers! :))

And since it IS Tuesday, it is time for another Color Challenge at The Outlawz!!  I am excited because it was my turn to choose the color palette :)  Take a look at what I chose for you guys to play with this week -  Heartthrob Red, White and Sweet Taffy Pink!

Oooh those cupcakes and colors look so yummy !!  So can you guess what our December Decadence twist is this week?  Well if you guessed polka dots then you're right !  I just LOVE polka dots!!

For my creation, I was lucky enough to play with this totally adorable image called Pinky Pudding from our Sponsor this month, Tiddly Inks - yay!!

One lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Tiddly Inks online store! Such an awesome prize worth playing for!

So what are you waiting for?!  Come on over to The Outlawz and show us what you got!!  :)

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Pinky Pudding by Tiddly Inks
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  Wassau cs and DCWV The Shimmer Stack
Digi Paper:  Shabby Princess Holiday 2006 Pack
Crystal & Red Stickles
K&Company Peppermint Twist Die Cut 
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder

Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Punch It
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Use A Sentiment
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes 
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sweet Treats for Christmas

Wow, 3 days left until Christmas!  I feel like I've become one of those new Hallmark Christmas Countdown ornaments, lol.

In a race to get some goodies to my daughter's teachers, I got a recipe off a blog to make filled candy cane hearts which looked simple enough so I thought I'd give it a try!!

Here they are cooling on the waxed paper-lined tray.  This was so much fun for the girls to help Mommy with - especially the sprinkles part!

After they cooled in the fridge for about 10 minutes, I put a few in a Christmas chinese take-out container which I snagged for 69 cents at The Christmas Tree store!!!


Then to finish it all off, I created a cute little tag with one of the tag images included in the Totally Tags digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps!!!

And this is what each daughter went to school with this morning!  What teacher wouldn't love that?!

Hope you are all staying calm and collected amidst the holiday hustle and bustle.  This very well be my last post until after Christmas, so to each and every friend of mine that celebrates - a very Merry Christmas to you and your families and many blessings in 2012!

Circular Tag Sentiment:  Totally Tags by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper:  DCWV The Textured Adhesive Cardstock Matstack Brights
Bo Bunny bling
Ribbon by Disney Mickey Embellishment Kit 

4CraftyChicks - Anything but a rectangle or square
AUD Sentiments - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Christmas & New Years
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Anything Goes
MMCS - Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Color Challenge at The Outlawz!!

So it's the very last Tuesday before Christmas!! Only 5 more days until go-time!  Can you believe it?!  Are you panicking yet?!  

Well since it's Tuesday,  it's time for another Color Challenge over at The Outlawz!!  My teamie Guylou has chosen the beautiful color combo for this week's challenge:  Frosted Pomegranate, Rose Blush and Peacock Plume!

Our December Decadence twist is for you to add some pearls to your projects!!  I don't know about you, but that's one embellie I never seem to run out of ;)

So for my card today, I went this adorable image from Bugaboo Stamps and paired it with a sentiment so perfect for it from TLC!

Our Sponsor for this month is none other than the awesome Tiddly Inks!!!

And what a fabulous prize they are giving away!!!  The winner will get a $10 gift certificate to their store!!

So come on over to The Outlawz and show us what you got!!

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image: Christmas Brat Girl Presents by Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment:  TLC
Paper:  Wassau cs, DCWV The Brights Mat Stack Textured
Queen & Co. self-adhesive pearls
Diamond Stickles (hat and outfit/boot trim)

Catch The Bug - Baby Its Cold Outside
The Pixie Cottage - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge - Non-trad Christmas colors 
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas
KennyK Krafty Girlz Challenges - Anything Goes
OSAAT - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Celebrate

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Releases at Clear Dollar Stamps!!

Hey, hey, hey!!!

Guess what today is?!  Besides 10 days til Christmas ;)  It's new release day over at Clear Dollar Stamps!! 

I was lucky enough to play with two of the new fabulous sets:  Windowbox Wishes and Antique Ornaments, and I just love them both to pieces. 

So for my first creation, I used one of the ornaments (there are three in the set) from the new Antique Ornaments digital set. 

Sooo gorgeous and vintage - just love it!!  I had so much fun dressing it up in all those pearls!!

And then there is my creation using an image and sentiment from the new, whimsical and sweet, Windowbox Wishes digital set. 

So cute!!!  I paper pieced the curtains in the image to match one of the background papers and love how that looks - what do you think?  :)  The set has some other windowboxes and sentiments that are just adorable !  To check out the set, click here.

Have an awesome day and thanks for stopping by :)

Recipe for Antique Ornaments card:
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Antique Ornaments by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper:  Wassau cs, DCWV The Luxury Stack
Queen & Co. self-adhesive pearls
Trim in stash

4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas
CCEE Stampers - Ornaments 
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes 
Meljen's -  No rectangles (Square, Circle, Shaped Cards Only)
Paper Play - Christmas

Recipe for Windowbox Wishes card:
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image & Sentiment:  Windowbox Wishes by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper:  Wassau cs/Digi Paper:  Shabby Princess Holiday 2006 digi pack
Diamond & Xmas Red Stickles
Studio G Chalk Ink (sky)
Bling in stash

AUD Sentiments - Any Winter Holiday Sentiment 
Charisma Cardz - Last Minute Xmas Makes 
Crafty Purple Frog - It's Cold Outside 
Cute Card Thursday - Stripes 
DYSU - Winter 
ABC Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

Happy Tuesday my dear crafty friends!!  It's time again for a new Color Challenge over at The Outlawz!

Our color combo this week is just fabulous and I'm sure you'll agree!  Let's hear it for Winter Amethyst, White and Wondrous Blue!

Our December Decadence Twist is for you to add some sparkle to your projects!! 

Now for today's creation, I took a little break from all the Christmas cards I've been pumping out and used a new Tilda image I've been wanting to color up and paired it with the perfect sentiment from TLC

We have an awesome Sponsor this month! 

This month's winner will win a generous $10 gift certificate to the Tiddly Inks store!  What a fabulous prize totally worth playing for!!

So come on over to The Outlawz and show us what you've got!! 

Image:  Flying Tilda
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  Wassau cs and Making Memories Fresh Anthology Eliza 12x12 paper pad
Colorbox Pigment Ink in Sky Blue
Making Memories Crystal Brad Circle Lights
Diamond Stickles
Crocheted flower and heart paper clips in stash

Cupcake Craft - Don't Look at The Light (#2)
StampsRUs - Angels
Card Cupids- Cards With Hearts
The Corrosive - Anything Except Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Send Someone A Smile (no Christmas or Birthday)
Hybrid Chick Caravan - Two (have two heart brads on card and two flourishes)
Sweet Stampin' - Things with Wings

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Crunch

Happy Monday friends :)  What an awesome weekend I had -my hubby and I finally finished shopping for our three girls - phew!  Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend as well!

I have another quickie Christmas card for all of you today and an even shorter post.  I've been wanting to use this sentiment from TLC since the beginning of the holiday season, and an adorable image from Bugaboo and some digi papers from Basic Grey helped me pull it off in a jiffy!

Hope you all have a fantastic day ahead of you!!

Medium:  Copics 
Image:  Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  Wassau Crinkles cs in Olive, American Crafts red cs
Digi Paper:  Blitzen by Basic Grey
Green Hemp Twine and diamond gems in stash
Diamond Stickles

Cupcake Craft Challenges - Don't Look At The Light (sparkle)
Bugaboo Stamps - Santa, Baby!
The Pixie Cottage - Last Minute Gifts and Cards 
Hooked on Craft Challenges - Christmas
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun 
Truly Madly Crafty - Christmas Images & Colors
Paper Sundaes - Anything Christmas
Stamptacular Sunday - Christmas Glitz
The Squirrel and The Fox - Christmas 
Basic Grey - Anything Goes
Crazy4Challenges - It's Santa

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A little over 2 weeks?!

Uh oh Spaghetti-O!!!

I seriously cannot believe how fast December is whizzing by - with a little over 2 weeks until the big day, I'm floundering to finish cards, shopping, wrapping and baking!!  Yikes!  The whole entire house being sick for the past month non-stop has NOT helped, lol....but there was a little time to get one more card in thank goodness!

Which brings me to my creation for today! Using the Christmas Cuties digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps made this card easy to whip up and fun, too!

Isn't he just adorable?!  This little guy comes in a pre-colored digital set  that includes the digi paper I used today for the background, as well as an black & white outlined set that I used for the actual image which I colored with my trusty Copics.  The sentiment, along with a few others, can be found in both the pre-colored and b/w sets mentioned!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Medium:  Copic Markers (E31, E57, R24, R29, R02, YG63)
Image, Sentiment and Digi Paper:  Christmas Cuties sets by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper:  Wassau cs in Astrobrights Re-Entry Red
Stardust Stickles
Colorbox Pigment Ink in Cranberry 
Martha Stewart Craft Seam Binding
Button & Twine in stash

AUD Sentiments Challenge Blog - Any Winter Holiday Sentiment
Color Create - Red, White and Green/optional snowflakes
Crafty Ribbons - Traditional Christmas Colors
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet - Buttons & Ribbons
Meljen's Designs - Use Green
Moving Along With The Times - Last Minute Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
Southern Girls - Ribbon Madness 
Just Inspirational Challenges - Inspiration photo

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

Happy Tuesday friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge over at The Outlawz.

I'm really lovin' this new color palette chosen by my fabulous teamie Roxann this week!!  It's absolutely GORJUSS!!  Let's hear it for Silver, White and Celestial Blue!!

This week our December Decadence twist is for you to add some Stickles or Glitter to your project!!  Come on gals - I know you love all that sparkly stuff as much as I do!!

For my creation today, I wanted to do something different and something I haven't done in a very long time since my addiction with digi's has grown:  stamping!  I used some old Christmas clear stamps from Inkadinkado for this one and it felt so good bringing them out (well after dusting them off a bit, hehe).

Our Sponsor for this month's challenge is the ever-fabulous Tiddly Inks!!

I hope you'll stop on by The Outlawz and play along with us this week!!  See you there!

Winter Tree, Sentiment and Snowflake clear stamps by Inkadinkadoo
Paper:  DCWV The Shimmer Stack
Studio G Chalk Ink
Queen & Co. Self-Adhesive Pearls
Stardust Stickles
Felt snowflake trim in stash

Creative Card Crew - Tis The Season
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes 
Top Tip Tuesday - Snow or snowflakes
Tuesday Throwdown - Celebrate the Season 
Bearly Mine - Un-tradtional Christmas (no red or green) 
Crafty Sentiments:  Snowflakes
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenges - Snowflakes and Sparkle
Sweet Stamps - Christmas Bling
House That Stamps Built - Sketch

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Quirky Crafts SNOW Challenge

**This is my 3rd post for today.  If you are looking for the GI Christmas Blog Hop winner of the free Gabrielle image and/or the Clear Dollar Stamp creation, please scroll down**

I am so excited because I recently won a challenge over at Quirky Crafts Challenges and was asked to Guest Design for the upcoming challenge which starts today!

The current challenge over at QCC is SNOW and I was lucky enough to play with this adorable image from Paper Pretties called Sophia Snow Angel!!

Isn't she just precious?!  And lovin' that snow, too!!  I used up quite a bit of scrap Christmas papers from two seasons ago (trying to make room for those new pads, hehe) and some red flat back pearls I've had in my stash for quite awhile as well.  She has a hint of Stardust Stickles on her hat and her snow boots for a little sparkle.

So all you have to do to enter this fortnight's challenge is have some snow on your project - easy peasy right?!

There are two fabulous Sponsors for their SNOW challenge - Paper Pretties

And Limited Runs Digis!! 

Be sure to check out the QCC Challenge Blog for all the details!!  Can't wait to see you there!!

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Sophia Snow Angel by Paper Pretties
Papers:  K& Company Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist 12x12 paper pad, DCWV The Shimmer Stack (snowflake), DCWV Self-adhesive mat stack brights, and cs in stash
Stardust Stickles
Red flat back pearls in stash
Colorbox Sky Blue Pigment Ink 

Gingerloft - Winter or Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges - Sparkle
The Crafty Pad - Give it a Punch
One Stop Crafts - Let It Snow
Send A Smile For Kids - Winter Fun for Kids 
Sweet Stampin - Snow
Sketch Saturday - Sketch (Week #184)
Meljen's Designs - Inspired by a Holiday song (Let It Snow)

Sweet & Spicy

Hello friends!!  Happy Sunday to each and every one of you!!  Hoping that you are enjoying your family and friends or better yet, some crafty time!!

I made this card a little while back and am finally getting to post it.  I made it using one of the sets from Clear Dollar Stamps called Sweet & Spicy which I absolutely LOVE.  Probably because I love apples and I just can't live without my cinnamon!!  In fact, I always put a tsp. or two in my coffee for that little extra sweetness (makes me feel like I'm drinking a special latte).

Both the image and the fab matching sentiment are from the set but the set also contains a couple more images and sentiments that are absolutely adorable! To check out the set, click here!

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image & Sentiment: Sweet & Spicy from Clear Dollar Stamps
Papers:  DCWV Self-Adhesive Mat Stack Brights, K&Company Pumpkin Pie paper pad, red cs in stash
Hemp Twine in stash

Sundays with Chrissy - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Hey ladies!!  Just a quick note to thank you all for hopping with us at the Guylou's Inimitability Christmas Blog Hop!! What fun and inspiration it was!!!

As promised, one lucky winner from all the comments would be chosen to win the Gabrielle image that I used on my hop creation and that lucky gal is:


Congratulations Pastor!!!  If you would email me at, I will send you the coupon voucher to claim your fabby free image!!

As a quick side note, I recently won a challenge over at Quirky Crafts Challenges and was asked to be a Guest Designer for their upcoming challenge which will be posted tonite, so don't forget to come on by and check out it all out!!  

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Guylou's Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to Guylou's Inimitability Christmas Blog Hop!  

If you've come from my fabulous friend  Gina's blog, then you're headed in the right direction.  If not, then you'll want to go to the Guylou's Inimitability blog where all the fun begins!!  Hopefully you are enjoying all the inspiration from our DT!

Here's a list of all our blog stops just in case you get lost along the way!!

We have a new DT member joining us today!!!  Welcome aboard Chana - we're so happy to have you with us!
And now to our blog hop....
Word Game with prizes:
There are nine words to collect on the eight DT blogs. The nine words are presented randomly and you will need to reorder them to discover the secret phrase. Once you have discovered the phrase, you will need to email Guylous at with the secret phrase!
Two random winners will be selected that provided the secret phrase correctly and left comments on all the DT member blogs in order to win one of the following prizes:
First prize
A Guylou's Inimitability $25 gift certificate
Second prize
A Guylou's Inimitability $15 gift certificate
Free Digistamps:
To thank you for your support, Guylou is also offering you the Wreath with and without bow digistamps for free during the blog hop. Please visit the challenge blog for the coupon code and all the info on how to get your free images!!

For my creation today, I used Guylou's image called Gabrielle.  I love her because she can be used for so many different occasions...this time of course, I used her for a Christmas card!

In addition to all the fab prizes Guylou is giving away today during our hop, I was allowed to give you a chance to win another little gift!!  One lucky person that leaves me a comment will be chosen randomly to win Gabrielle!   So don't forget to leave those comments down below for your chance to win her!!

My secret word for the Word Game is "You" and your next stop on our hop is my sweet pal  Tracy.  Wait til you see what she has in store for you today!! 

Happy Hopping and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Gabrielle by GI
Sentiment:  TLC
Paper:  DCWV The Shimmer Stack and TPC Studio Winter Blues Snowstorm
Stardust Stickles
Queen & Co. Pearls
Colorbox  Pigment Ink in Sky Blue 

ColorQ - ColorQ Challenge #113

2Sisters - Punches and/or Dies
Mami Doodles - Make It Shine 
Raise the Bar - Its Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Simply Create Too - All About Christmas 
Wags n Whiskers - Angels or Fairy