Wednesday, December 31, 2008

PSA- Injury Prevention

Last tip of the year: When trying to unclog the tip of a dried up glue bottle, do NOT hold the glue with one hand and attempt to quickly jab your paper piercing tool into the tiny hole---Bad things can happen!

Exhibit A: My thumb
But, I am happy because:
1. It could have been way worse. Because of the way I was holding the bottle, the piercing tool did not go into my finger deeply (You can see the path right through my thumb--so it was pretty superficial!)
2. It took me until the last day of 2008 to get a craft related injury this year! Can I hear a "whoot!"

Stamping is a dangerous job--but someone's got to do it!


Monday, December 29, 2008


Whew! A whirlwind trip---we returned from PA late last night and today we spent most of the day unpacking. Ben (6) and Lauren (3.5) got to spend some time playing with the gifts they received from Santa (before we went on our trip!)

My parents come to visit at the end of the week and bring back my oldest daughter, Cara (12), and then spend a week visiting here!!

This week I will be getting ready for the My Favorite Things release next week as well as taking care of some pub work that I owe!

Here is a card I created before I left using the Gina K Designs set illustrated by Asela Hopkins called Framed Friends:


I used the little owl to create a fun valentine. I love that this set has coordinating smaller images of the large ones--I used the mini owl to create a fun envelope for the card.

The designer paper is from Cosmo Cricket-Chemistry line.

Materials used: Stamps- Framed Friends (Gina K Designs); cardstock-Pure Luxury (Gina K Designs); Designer paper-Chemistry (Cosmo Cricket); slit punch (SU!); Memento black ink; Copic markers; Cropadile; hemp (Hobby Lobby); paper piercing tool; Marvy scalloped circle punch; rhinestones; eyelets; dimensinals (SU!).

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Stamps: Tree Silhouettes (Gina K Designs); ink-Memento black, red, basic grey, grey (SU!); liquid applique; heat tool; ribbon-Pure Luxury (Gina K Designs); cardstock-white (Gina K Designs), black, grey (SU!); sponge; dimensionals.

I am enjoying time with family--be back soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

True *GIFTS* of the Season...

Since I am getting ready for my kiddos class Christmas parties, my son's actual birthday (Thursday!) and trying to get some last minute things done before we travel for the holidays...this will be my last post until I return.

Before I go, I wanted to share a story with you that just touched my heart. A fellow blogger, Andrea, contacted me today to see if I could post a link to some blog candy she is having in honor of her friend who just had a baby who is very sick and needs lots of prayers. I clicked on her post and saw a baby looking very similar to the one below.....needless to say, it struck a cord....

This is not baby Francesca---this is my son a few hours after he was born - getting baptized.

Similar tubes....similar stories. (Although my son Joey's condition was dire from the start and he only lived 9 hours). I had to share this picture so you could understand why this story touched my heart so deeply...

Andrea is asking for prayers for sweet baby Francesca...she is also entering anyone who sends a card to her friends into a drawing to win some great blog candy. You can check it out HERE!

So in this hectic season, if you can take a few minutes to send out a card---I know it will mean so much to them knowing that so many are praying for them.

And I am adding a few things to the blog candy so when Andrea selects a winner, I will be sending the following to him/her as well:
Papertrey Ink - Holiday Treats stamp set
A Signed Whimsical Autumn stamp set
Tinkering Ink- Haberdasher Petite Patterned paper pad

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....

(Stamps-Snowflake Serenade (Papertrey); red embossing powder (Ranger); dp-Basic Grey, DCVW)

Woohooo---It's a SALE: All of the holiday stamps, Christmas cuttlebug folders and fall and Christmas Fancy Pants paper at Stamper's Dream are discounted! No coupon needed!

Special Sara for giving me the "Your Blog is Fabulous" award! Thanks girl--you made my day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gardening Girlfriend Gift Set

I am so excited. I just received my February issue of Crafts n Things in the mail! I have a few things in this issue and one of my favorite projects (ever!) is this one:

You can find full step by step instructions on how to create this on Page 105. If it isn't in stores yet---it should be soon!

I really love the HUGE variety of projects this publication offers. There is something for everyone and even if you do not create altered projects and are not into jewelry making--there are fun little things you can pick up from one section and apply it to the area you are most interested in. It really gets the creative juices flowing! I love the fun feature on fabric charms in this issue--I am so trying that!

Thanks for letting me share! Hope you are all getting everything done so you can sit back and enjoy the holidays! lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Locked Out of the Bird House

Happy Monday! Boy oh boy--it is cold here today. Yesterday it was in the high 70s and today the temperature plummeted to a frigid 45 degree high! YIPES!

Gonna get this posted, get some laundry folded and grab a cup of hot chocolate!

I created this whimsical tag using the new set by Rupa for Gina K Designs called Home Tweet Home!
I stamped the image twice (so I could cut off a few of the fence posts to make the fence long enough for the tag!) and colored them with Copic markers and cut them out. I assembled them over the tag that I had sponged with caramel and cocoa inks (Stampin' Up!) and stamped Weathered (SU!) background over it with Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger).
I painted the Bazzill cardstock key with ivory ink and stamped over it with the weathered bg too. After getting the look I wanted on the tag itself, I added the birdhouse and fence. I added some black crystal stickers under the roof of the birdhouse and a dew drop on the house opening. Finally, I stamped a bird image from the set and colored it pretty brightly and popped it up on a dimensional. (I doubt if there is a bird that actually looks like this--but I just like to create whatever I feel like rather than being factual!) I definitely wanted to get that pop of red in there. After adding the images, the key and the top tag loop, I added a little gingham ribbon to the bird house as a final touch!

When the card was complete, I asked my husband what he thought---he said "Do birds need a key to get into their houses?" DOH!

Hope you are doing well in the hectic-ocity of the season! We are getting ready to travel for the holidays and I am so excited to see all my sisters and my brother (oh, and my parents too *giggle--Hi MOM!)

Have a wonderful day--stay warm!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Flopsey Valentine

Boy was I tired last night..after chaperoning a dance at my dd's school Friday night and then having 8 kids at our house for my son's 6th birthday party yesterday---yipes! My husband thought it would be a good idea to unwind with a nice movie--so he purchased DARK KNIGHT. Well, for those of you who have seen it, you know that it is not a relaxing movie at all. After the moview was over--my hands were clammy from being so anxious! Oh well--at least he let me sleep in today!

Here is a little card I squeezed in during my daughter's nap. Seems like crafting time is very limited these days but -- 'tis the season!

This card features the new Snow Bunny Flopsey image from My Favorite Things--CUTENESS!

I stamped the image and then cut it out and colored the bunny part. I then cut out a section where the hot chocolate mug was so that I could turn this into a cute Valentine. I punched a heart and slid it right into his arms. I popped the top half of his body up over his legs to make it a bit more realistic.

My favorite part of this card is the Flower Soft that I used on his hat, scarf and gloves. At first, I was hesitant to use it on this image because I didn't know if I could get it to adhere to such a small area. But it worked and it was simple. I love the texture it adds.

The sentiment is from the MFT set called Hearts Galore.

Materials used: Stamps- Snow Bunny Flopsey, Hearts Galore (My Favorite Things); cardstock- Pure Luxury white (Gina K Designs); riding hood red, bordering blue (SU!); Memento tuxedo black ink; real red stamp pad (SU!); Copic markers; heart punch (SU!); Sizzix heart die; Flower soft (blue); Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval nestabilities; Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Snowflake embossing folder (Provocraft); lace ribbon; button (Making Memories); liquid applique (Marvy); dimensionals (SU!)

Did you know that TOMORROW is the 15th of the month??? You know what that means---a new dirty dozen gallery on Splitcoaststampers. Woohoo! This month Splitcoaststampers is giving everyone a holiday gift---the dirty dozen gallery will be open to EVERYONE! If you've ever wanted to know what the big, fantastic, creative deal was with the dirty dozen, don't forget to check it out. It's a great way to support this site and get some top notch inspiration too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Dreamy Challenge

Happy Friday! Today, I wanted to share a Dreamy Challenge with you---play along HERE and enter to win a great prize!

Tosh issued the Stamper's Dream design team a challenge--to make a gray card with a splash of color and some bling. Hmmmm.....this was a tough one for me as I usually do not use that much gray in one card! (I know a certain someone who will be receiving this as her Christmas card as a punishment for dreaming up such a wonky challenge!)
I used the snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder on the grey background. I highlighted some of the flakes with a stardust pen. I stamped the elegant design around the edges of the card (stamp is from Inkadinkadoo-Sketches Scrollwork set ). I colored a bit of red throughout the design. The large snowflakes--die cut from Snowflake Wonder (Spellbinders) are added on top of the embossed area.

The top of the circle card features the sentiment from Hero Arts set Frames & Messages (love this set!) and I added some color with May Arts ribbon. I used the Spellbinders double ended tag dies to create the white top and just trimmed off the one side so that there was only one opening for ribbon.

There you have it. Pretty simple....added a bit of red bling to go with the splash of red here and there.

Check out all the other cards the design team has created: Michelle, Tosh, Laurie, Kim, Denise, Charmaine and Cindy!

Don't forget to play along! See Michelle's blog here for all the dreamy details! And if you are looking for some last minute holiday gifts--why not get a Stamper's Dream gift certificate? I KNOW that it is what every stamper dreams of!

Have a wonderful weekend--I am busy getting ready for my son's 6th birthday party tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gina K Final Preview - Take Flight

This is the last day of previews for the new Gina K Designs release! All of the sets (and the great new storage system) will be released tonight-THURSDAY! Woohooo!

Today I am previewing the new FREE WITH THREE set called Take Flight! Wowza--I love this set and cannot believe you can get it free (with the purchase of three other sets)--what a sweet deal! The large butterfly on this card is one of two butterflies in the set:

I had purchased the jolee's boutique butterfly stickers awhile ago but have never known what to do with them. Well, I do now--I stamped the large Gina K butterfly in brilliance ink and sprinkled black embossing powder on it and heat set. Then I watercolored with SU! reinkers to match the shades of blue on the card. I added lots of piercing detail, the sentiment and stickers and was done.

I have been waiting for awhile to get some new butterfly images that I just love--I know I will be using these LOTS!

Materials used: Stamps-Take Flight (Gina K Designs); cardstock- Gina K Pure Luxury 80lb, 120 lb; blue bayau, gold (SU!); Designer paper- Out & About (My Mind's Eye); SU reinkers (blue bayau, soft sky); paint brush; paper piercing tool and mat pack; Spellbinders pierceabilities template; Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Circle and scallop circle nestabilities (Spellbinders); stickers-Jolee's Boutique; glue dots (SU!); gold brads (SU!); lace-thrift shop; oval punches (SU!); Dimensionals (SU!).

Check out these amazing blogs for other samples using this set:

Donna Baker

Emily Giovanni

Erika Martin

Jessica Fick

Joanne Basile

Kurtis Amundson

Melanie Muenchinger

Theresa Momber

Carolina Buchting - December In The Spotlight Designer

and, of course, Gina K.

*****Be sure to stop by the Gina K release party TONIGHT---Thursday, December 11 from 7-10 p.m. CST! There will be more peeks, contests, challenges and chatting!!! Hope to see you there!*****

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gina K PREVIEW day 3

Today I am previewing the newest set by Melanie for Gina K Designs called Hand in Hand.

This set includes many sets of hands and sentiments that you can use for TONS of occasions--new baby, wedding, friendship, love, etc.

I chose my favorite image/sentiment for my preview:

I LOVE this quote "Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven."

Although this card is pretty self-explanatory, I will mention that I stamped the image and colored it with Copic markers and then stamped the sentiment on translucent paper and created an overlay. It looks very pretty irl...kind of lost a bit of the softness in the photo (oh well!)

Materials used: Stamps-Hand in Hand (Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs); Memento tuxedo black; cardstock- Gina K Pure Luxury-80 lb; gold, black (SU!); Designer paper-Rhonda, Faith (Melissa Frances); ribbon- organza (Offray); ribbon (May Arts); gold brads (SU!); Copic markers; Rectangle and scalloped rectangle Nestability dies (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug (Provocraft); dimensional (SU!).

Wanna win this set??? Check out Melanie's contest on PaperCraft Planet!

You can see more peeks of this set on these amazing blogs:
Donna Baker
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Melanie Muenchinger
Theresa Momber
Carolina Buchting - December In The Spotlight Designer
and, of course, Gina K.

Be sure to stop by the Gina K release party on Thursday, December 11 from 7-10 p.m. CST! There will be more peeks, contests, challenges and chatting!!! Hope to see you there!


Special Thanks to KellyRae for giving me the PROXIMIDADIE! award. This is a particularly poignant award in that it defines the impetus of the awarded blog as relationships rather than self-promotion. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
Although it asks you to pass this along---there are WAY too may people out there who are wonderful stampers AND people. So, I pass it along to all of you---take a minute to find a blog on my blogroll that you haven't visited before and ENJOY! It really touched my heart that you thought of me for this KellyRae! THANK YOU!

See you tomorrow with the last Preview!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gina K PREVIEW day 2

Hello! Today is day two of the sneak peeks for the new Gina K release (on Thursday!). The design team is showing samples of two new sets today: the new set by Rupa called Home Tweet Home and a set by Gina called Tropical Flowers.

I am previewing Tropical Flowers. With the name of this set, I automatically thought of creating a tropical card, but I wanted to use this set in a more romantic way (thinking that someone would likely show you this set with a tropical feel.) So, I created a tag using these silhouetted flowers:
This was simple to create. I started with a purchased tag (Paper reflections) and I sponged the whole tag with barely banana (SU!) ink. I purposefully left it quite blotchy and because it is a light color--it looked mottled but still nice. Then I inked the edges of the tag with more mustard (SU!) ink, using a sponge and brushing the sides so that the ink overlapped onto the tag too. I sponged a bit around the outside edges of the tag as well.
TIP: When sponging darker colors, dip the sponge in the ink pad and then blot it off once or twice on a scrap page before sponging on your project. You will be less likely to get yucky blotches of color that way.

After I was happy with the sponging, I inked French Script (SU!) backgrounder with frayed burlap (Ranger) distress ink pad and stamped on the tag. I inked the flowers from Tropical Flowers in Vintage Photo (Ranger) distress ink and stamped over the tag. I used the little flower clusters to line the bottom and I stamped this part twice to create more depth. I stamped the smaller flower (that matches the larger one) on scrap paper and outlined it with Chocolate Chip SU marker. I cut it out, added the brad and adhered it over the first flower for some depth.

Finally I stamped the sentiment (from Christmas Blessings set) and added the hardware. I looped the key charm around some hemp and let it dangle and then added the ribbon tie. Very simple!

Materials used: Tropical Flowers, Christmas Blessings (Gina K Designs), French Script (SU!); inks-barely banana, more mustard, Choc chip marker (Stampin' Up), Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo (Ranger); tag-Paper Reflections; cardstock- choc chip (SU!); brad-American Traditional; sponge (SU!); oval punch (SU!); key charm-Sensational Beads-Oriental Trading Co.; hemp- Hobby Lobby; hardware-Stampin' Up!); ribbon- May Arts; dimensional (SU!).

Check out these amazing blogs for other samples using these sets:
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Kurtis Amundson
Melanie Muenchinger
Theresa Momber
Carolina Buchting - December In The Spotlight Designer
and, of course, Gina K.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Gina K PREVIEW day 1

Gina K Designs has a new release on Thursday, DECEMBER 11th!!! Until then, the design team will have lots of fun samples to show you each day.

Today we are previewing the newest set from Asela called Framed Friends. What a cute set! It is filled with the cutest whimsical images that also have a smaller matching image (perfect for stamping on the envelope!) Gotta love that!

Here is my card---I was in a bright mood!
I stamped the little fella on two pieces of designer paper and on Gina K's 80lb Pure Luxury cardstock. I paper pieced the image and colored the cute ladybug with Prismacolor pencils. I popped a rain dot heart in his hands because it fit perfectly over the drawn heart. I used a strip punched with the Threading Water punch across the center...
Finally, I added the cute "XOXOXO" along the bottom.
This would be perfect for Valentine's day or a card when you want to let someone know you xoxo them!

Materials used: Stamps-Framed Friends (Gina K Designs, illustrated by Asela Hopkins); Memento tuxedo black ink; Designer paper- Sunshine Lollipops (Sassafras); Prismacolor pencil; Odorless mineral spirits; white cardstock (Gina K Pure Luxury- 80lb); ribbon (SU!); Threading water punch (Fiskars); heart punch (SU!); rain dot heart (Gina K Designs); dimensionals (SU!).

You can check out more samples on these amazing blogs:
Asela Hopkins
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Kurtis Amundson
Melanie Muenchinger
Theresa Momber
Carolina Buchting - December In The Spotlight Designer
and, of course, Gina K.

***Gina K will also be releasing an FABULOUS new storage system for all those unmounted stamps--check it out HERE! ***

SEE ya tomorrow for another PEEK!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Heart to Heart Spotlight #8- Taylored Expressions

I think Taylor had JUST launched her new line of stamps when I asked her if she would be willing to donate to the Heart to Heart Blog Candy. I would have totally understood if she said no---after all, she was just starting out....But she didn't......

It was because of her (and all of the other sponsors) that we were able to send out hundreds of cards to caretakers of Alzheimer's patients.

Today, I want to say a special THANK YOU to Taylor. Here is my Taylored Expressions spotlight--I used the adorable holiday set called Home Sweet Home.

The first card features the gingerbread house. I decorate one every year with my kids so this set was a "must have." I decorated it so that it looks like candy pieces, lining up the dew drops over the colored dots and adding liquid applique and sparkly glitter all over.
Next is my cupcake card. Isn't this fella cute? What a fun image!
THANK YOU SO MUCH TAYLOR! You are such an inspiration in so many ways. (((Taylor)))
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I LOVE me some Cosmo Cricket!!

'Tis the Season for Giving...

And speaking of giving--I was floored when the doorbell rang during our dinner last night. I figured it was just something I had ordered for the holidays but nooooo....I was so excited to see the big white COSMO box---Inside: two paper packs (Be Good and Chemistry), ribbon, two chalkboard albums, chalkboard accents, buck naked ornaments, three holiday metallic rub on packs, two alpha rub on packs, and Sweet Mix rub-ons!

WOWZA! This was the blog candy I had won last week. The blog candy said that the winner would receive their choice of two paper packs and they would throw in some other coordinating embellishments. They went a bit above and beyond.....I felt like Christmas came early.

I have long loved Cosmo Cricket---my first love (and probably my favorite designer paper of ALL time) is Dutch Girl! So, when my my dh saw me come into the kitchen dancing around---he realized I was a bit excited and granted me a few minutes to play!!!

Here is a card I created with the Buck Naked Ornaments (Gotta LOVE a company who refers to a product as "Buck Naked"!), Be Good Paper Pack and the Jolly Rub-A-Dub-Dub Rub ons!

I covered the adorable mittens with the dp and added a little bit of ribbon trim. The sentiment is from the paper pack--I just trimmed around the shape and attached it...adding some button accents. I applied some rub-ons under the mittens and added the hemp tie and was done.

Beautiful was never so easy! This paper is GORGEOUS!


Check out the Cosmo Cricket blog ---it is full of inspiring projects, funny stories, travels and giveaways! Right now they have a great blog series they are doing called Thrifty Gifty! They have some great ideas for some creative holiday gift giving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Got 10 minutes???

.....then you have time to make a card!

During this hectic season, sometimes all we can find is a few minutes here or there. This is a card for one of those days!

A simple holiday card that takes less than 10 minutes to complete!

I used my JustRite Christmas Ensemble to create the focal point of this. I added a bit of October Afternoon dp and some lace, embossed the snowflakes on the background and used my Spellbinders circle and label one dies. Whola! Fast, easy...

Materials used: Stamps-Christmas Ensemble (JustRite Stampers); ink-cranberry (SU!); cardstock- vanilla (SU!); Spellbinders circle dies and Labels One Nestabilities; Cuttlebug (Provocraft); metal adhesive dots (Mark Richards); lace (thrift shop); Designer paper-Tinsel-October Afternoon; snowflakes embossing folder (Provocraft); dimensionals (SU!).

You can find lots of JustRite products at Stamper's Dream. Check out Michelle's awesome selection and while you are there---check out all the new stamps she just got in--Sarah Kay, Stampendous and Northwoods!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Remember Paper Dolls??

My Favorite Things is releasing three new stamp sets tomorrow (Wednesday) and the team is creating some fabulous things to share with you on a blog hop that will begin tomorrow morning. Just start at Kim's blog on Wednesday and hop along to see lots of awesome teasers.

Kim gave the regular team the month of December off but I HAD to make a little project with one of the new sets called Isabelle Paperdolls.

When I was little, I can remember spending hours playing with little paper dolls, dressing them up and then redressing them.

This set is adorable---you can use it to make cards, scrapbook pages, gifts etc. You can back the doll with a magnetic strip and then embed magnets in the outfits to make them stick OR you can do it the old fashioned way as I did below:

Meet Belle----with a nice wardrobe. I added some little tabs on the sides of the outfits so that you could fold the outfit onto the paper doll. The next pictures show you how the outfits attach to the paper doll (you cannot even see the tabs and they stay put!)
I stamped the main image and then colored her with Copic markers and cut her out. I embossed her with a layer of clear embossing powder. (The embossing powder strengthens the doll and also enables you to use a sticky adhesive on the back of the hair bows and then they will peel off with ease!)

Here is Belle all dressed up like a Mermaid. I stuck the little starfish in her hair (because I thought it was cute!) and I used stickles and Shimmerz to color her fin/tail. This is really sparkly in real life.

Here is Belle dressed up in her bear costume. Isn't she cute?

Here is Belle the ballerina. Every girl dreams of being a ballerina and any little girl would love to play with this doll. I added the little flower to her hair and the dress is covered with crystal stickles for extra sparkle!

This set has so many possibilities and I am sure you will see lots more fun ideas from the rest of the team. Don't forget to hop on the blog tour tomorrow! There just might be a prize at the end *giggle*.

My Favorite Things is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, December 3rd from 9-10 p.m. Eastern time. This month there are THREE new sets being released including a TOTE-ally awesome Who's that Girl set! Head over to the MFT forum on Splitcoaststampers to find out all the details and to find out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer. We hope to see you there on Wednesday night.

Special Thanks:

Thanks so much to Michelle and Sara for honoring me with this award. I want to pass it along to all of my readers---how could I possibly chose just 10? Thanks for all of YOUR inspiration and for taking time to visit my blog. (((HUGS)))

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Have no Shame

Hi everyone! It is nice to be back. It was a hectic few days traveling for the Thanksgiving holidays but we are all settled back at home again and school resumes again today (woohoo!)

Seems like Christmas is just around the corner and there are so many things to do so I cannot promise how good I will be at blogging but I will certainly pop in with things when I can.

Today, I wanted to share a card I did for our weekly CCEE challenge. We originally were going to take the month of December off but then a few decided to create a few challenges for whoever wants to play. Since I had a little bit of time today, I was able to play along. The easy challenge this week was to create a card with blue on it and you also must use brads.

Here is mine:
I used the Gina K Designs set Warm and Cozy Christmas. I adore this fella. I colored the image with Copic markers and matted it on a scalloped red circle. The designer paper is from October Afternoon and I thought it was perfect for this challenge. To accent the snowflakes on the dp, I added some Spellbinders snowflakes on top of a few of them and accented each of them with a red crystal sticker.

I also used the Pure Luxury cardstock and ribbon (Gina K Designs) on this card. Crystal stickles were added to the snow by the boy's feet so it has a nice sparkle. The final detail is the little mini candy cane. Honestly, I added this so that my kids would tell me that they loved the card. I am a bit rusty since I took a few days off so I went for the easy "Hooray" from the judges! What can I say---I have no shame!! It worked!

Materials used: Stamps- Warm and Cozy Christmas (Gina K Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink; cardstock-very vanilla, real red (Stampin' Up!); Pure Luxury 80 lb cs (Gina K Designs); Designer paper - Tinsel-October Afternoon; ribbon- Pure Luxury holiday assortment (Gina K Designs); Copic markers; Crystal stickers (Mark Richards); brads (The Paper Studio); Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder dies; Circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Crystal stickles; corner rounder punch (Creative Memories); dimensionals (SU!); paper piercing tool and mat pack (SU!); candy cane.

You can see all the cards by the other CCEE gals HERE!
Thanks for stopping by!