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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Happy Saturday!!! It is time for another Saturday Spotlight challenge. I so enjoy visiting all the blogs and SC to see your creations with these challenges!!

This weeks' theme and challenge is really quite open and easy!!!! The theme is hats!! Create a hat shaped card or use an image with a hat on it for your creation.

Card Recipe

Stamps: Inky Impressions Ice Skatng Rachel

Paper: Creative Imaginations-Winter Woodland, Gold Metallic Foil Paper from AC Specialty, Bazill Bitter Chocolate

Accessories- Memory box snowflake stickers, sewing machine, glitter, Cuttlebug Snowflake folder


For my creation, I used Ice Skating Rachel from Inky Impressions for my image. I colored her with prisma color pencils and gamsol. I used paper tole to give her dimension and also added some glitter for sparkle. The image panel is dry embossed with the snowflake cuttlebug folder an distressed with brown distress inks. The dp is from Creative Imaginations
Winter Woodland.



I hope you enjoyed my creation!! For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
*Vicki (creator/coordinator)
Boni
Crystal
Darlene
Dawn
Debbie
Erin
Jessica
Maria
Susan
Jodi
I hope you will join us for this challenge for this week, if you do, please place the DIRECT link to your creation in Mister Linky here. If you upload your creation to an on-line gallery, please be sure to label it with the keywords SSHP09. Have your creation uploaded in Mister Linky below by Friday Evening, 7:00 PM CST in order to qualify for any prizes awarded for this sponsor week. Link your creation back to the Saturday Spotlight Challenge blog.
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!!!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Happy Friday Everyone!!! For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I hope you enjoyed your turkey, ham or whatever festivities you endulged in! I am in Virginia right now visiting with family.


I am still here, however, to share with you today's Wags N Whiskers challenge. Our own dt sister, Jeanette challenged us to use Christmas colors on our creations this week. The only rule is you must use a Wags n' Whiskers image on your card to qualify for the prize drawing. If you don't have a Wags n Whiskers image, you can purchase them here

Here is my card:



I colored my image Sweet Danni and Bella from Wags n Whiskers with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The sentiment is from SU Riveting which is retired. I added liquid applique and glitter to the stocking.

Be sure to stop by the Wags n' Whiskers blog, the Design Team has some amazing creations to share with you. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and thanks so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate all your comments. Have a GREAT WEEKEND!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving to all in the USA!! I hope everyone is well. I am in Virginia right now and this post was prescheduled.



I saw the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge to create a Thanksgiving or a card expressing thanks and new I had to use this ODBD sneak Peek His Gift sentiment : "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Cor. 9:15. The poinsettias are from the Blessed Christmas stampset that I stamped on Ski Slope dp from Stampin UP (all the dp is from this package). The sentiment tag on the card front and the overstamped snowflakes are from the upcoming release: Peace and Joy from Our Daily Bread Designs. The sentiment on the bottom panel with the verse is from the ODBD upcoming December release: His Gift.

card recipe:

Stampsets: Our Daily Bread Designs: Blessed Christmas, HIs Gift (upcoming Dec. release sneak peek) Peae and Joy (upcoming Dec. release sneak peek)

Paper: Baja Breeze SU, Bitter Chocolate, Ski Slope (SU Retired)

Accessories: Silver Baubles, American Crafts ribbon, hodgepodge hardware, Labels 4 Spellbinders, sewing machine, k&co. Glitter Paper (brown)

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you have a great day and turkey day for those in the USA! I will be back tomorrow!! I hope that I can surf your blogs since my sister in law has a working computer!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Happy Hump Day!!! It is almost the weekend for everyone but tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA. I hope you all are ready for the upcoming holiday weekend in the USA!! I know I am so ready for my visit with my sister and brother in law!!! It will be an 11 hour trip but oh so worth it. We always have such a great time together!!


Anywho.... on today's Flutter By Wednesday and Inky Impressions Challenge. I again combined the two challenges on one project. The Inky Impressions Challenge was to create a gift bag (you do not need to use an Inky Impressions stamp, but if you have one we would love to see it!!). The Flutter By Wednesday Challenge was to use circles and incorporate a butterfly, angel or fairy on your creation. My snowflakes I considered to be my circles.


I created a scene using the Angelica's snowman and Angelica's Sled from Inky Impressions. I colored them with gamsol magic and made them 3D. The snow along the bottom is created with paper and liquid applique. Stickles was added for some shimmer on the already glistening bag I created. The border on the top of the bag is created with the Martha Stewart Snowflake punch.


For more inspiration for the Inky Impressions Challenge (to create a giftbag) please visit my dt sisters:








Please leave adirect link to Mr. Linky here on the Inky Impression's Challenge blog.


For more inspiration for today's Flutterby Wednesday challenge (incorporate circles in your design with a fairy, angel or butterfly, please visit my dt sisters:




Please leave a direct link on Mr. Linky here. If you upload your creation to SC or PCP, please use the keyword FBW.


Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the USA! I hope everyone elsewhere has a great day and ending to the week. I do have another post scheduled for Friday. I look forward to surfing blogs while at my sister in laws. I am seriously going through computer withdrawal. I never realized how much I rely on it to stay in touch with the outside world. LOL


Blessings,

Chris

Tuesday, November 24, 2009



Happy Tuesday!!! Today is another Midnight Madness Challenge!!! I hope everyone is doing well!! My computer is still at the computer doctor and is on its way to being repaired I hope!! This is a prescheduled post. I apologize for any info. that I am missing for today's Midnight Madness Post. You may really want to check out the Midnight Madness blog for the winners and bonus prizes etc. this week.


Our Weekly Bonus Sponsor for MMSC29 is...

Your Next Stamp is the place to be if you’re looking for super cute fun and whimsical rubber stamps!

They just had a new release and we are so lucky, because Karen is giveaway Christmas stamps to our lucky MMSC29 Bonus Winner this week. Woo Hoo, just in time for Christmas :) Thank you Karen.










Here is this week's sketch:







Here is my take on the sketch:






I used the stamps Ansley's Surprise from Wags n Whiskers for this weeks card. I paper pieced the gifts and ribbon and colored the rest with Prisma color pencils and gamsol. The background of the image panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder. The paper is from My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland pack. The Snowflakes are stickers I had in my stash.


I hope this card inspires you to create with this sketch. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:













Thanks for visiting today!! I hope you get a chance to play with this week's sketch!! If so, please leave a direct link to the MM blog here. We would love to see what you create!! If you upload to SC or PCP, please use the keyword MMSC27 so we can see all these creations in one place.


As always thanks for your wonderful comments!!!! You make my day. Tomorrow I leave for Virginia to visit my sister and brother in law for the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. I do have another post schedule for tomorrow for Flutter By Wednesday and the Inky Impressions challenge. I look forward to borrowing my sister in laws computer to go blog surfing!!! I so miss you all and all the inspiration.

blessings,
Chris
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Happy Saturday!!! I am so thankful to Joanne for allowing me the opportunity to use her computer to post. It looks like my computer has a severe virus and had to go to the computer doctor. I took it to Best Buy and they estimate that I won't get it back until after Thanksgiving weekend (November 30). EEEEK!!!


Anywho... enough about my woes.....on to today's Saturday Spotlight Challenge. This week's challenge is to create an ornament or a card with an ornament on it. It is indeed a fun challenge!!!!


While the Cutting Cafe, supplied the design team with digis for this challenge, I was unable to access them without a computer. Instead I used an adorable image from Inky Impressions called Angelica's Lantern.
I colored her with water color distress inks. The snowflake background is actually a plain metallic snowflake ornament I purchased from Target for $.50. I also used my Spellbinders pendant on metallic silver paper for one of the layers. While it is hard to see in the photo, I added some white yarn for texture as well as silver baubles.
I hope you enjoyed my creation!! For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
I hope you will join us for this challenge for this week, if you do, please place the DIRECT link to your creation in Mister Linky here. If you upload your creation to an on-line gallery, please be sure to label it with the keywords SSHP08. Have your creation uploaded in Mister Linky below by Friday Evening, 7:00 PM CST in order to qualify for any prizes awarded for this sponsor week. Link your creation back to the Saturday Spotlight Challenge blog.
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!!!
Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Friday!! Today is the new Challenge for Wags n Whiskers. Today's challenge is to create a card using buttons. My card is using the Ride Em Ryan image from Wags N Whiskers. I saw several posts about a little boy named Noah who is suffering with an illness and has only a few weeks to live. His family is celebrating Christmas now and Noah's wish is to receive several Christmas cards. I hope he likes this easel card. I colored it with Prisma color pencils and gamsol. The dp is from SU Ski Slope (retired from last year) and the Parisian Breeze Testured Dp from SU (also retired). The background of the image is dry embossed using the Distressed stripes folder.




If you would like to join us in this Wags N Whiskers Challenge, just add buttons to a creation with a Wags n Whiskers stamp. If you don't have a Wags n Whiskers stamp yet, then click here and click the link at the top right corner on the sidebar. The images really are too cute for words!!!!

Should you create a card or project for this challenge, please leave a direct link here. For more inspiration, see the my other dt sisters for some REAL inspiration here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!!!!

blessings,
Chris
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Good Morning!! I am back for a very brief post for the divine diva challenge.

Lori sent us each this image as our inspiration from the Pottery Barn. I was inspired by the colors, bowl of apples and the paneled wall.







I used the Fruit of the Spirit stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs. I watercolored the image, made it 3d, embossed, and glittered it. The background is scored vertically to match the wall. I used a spellbinders for the ribbon treatment on the bottom.

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:


The Divine Divas

I hope this creation inspires you to create a card or project for this challenge or just to create. If you do create something using this challenge, please leave a direect link in the comments on Lori's blog here. If you upload your creation, to SC or PCP, please use the keyword DDIC16.

Sorry about posting later than normal again, My computer is completely shutdown from a horrid virus and needs to go to Best Buy for repair. I was told I would not have it back for a week to 10 days. Ughhhhhhhh!!!! I am relying using a friend's computer for my posts and need to work around her schedule or thank goodness for my friend Grace who has been helping me with my posts. Grace, I do not know what I would do without you my friend.

I am trying to post as I am able and blog surf when friend's time allows. It is hard to work on someone elses schedule as well as my own. Thanks for your patience!!! I will be back tomorrow with the Wags n Whiskers Challenge.

Blessings,

Chris



Hello friends!
Just wanted to let you know that Danni's Flutter By Wednesday Challenge is still on... I am just posting a quick card that includes an angel for today's challenge.

This weeks challenge is open and you only need to make a card with a fairy, butterfly or angel. Should you create a card or project for this challenge, please leave a direct link on my linky here. The stampsets used are the Angel and Blessed Christmas sets from Our Daily Bread Designs.



The paper is also from Our Daily Breads SEI paper.

I made this shadow box for this week's Sisters in Christ Challenge which was to create a shadow box.

Thanks for stopping by. Sorry for my absence. I am so missing my computer. Right now it is deader than a doornail. I hope to get someone to look at it soon. Have had no success thus far. I guess it is a blessing in disguise though since my girls are sick with the H1N1 virus and it forces me to spend all my time with my girls.
Prayerfully I can get my computer fixed today and my girls feel better as well.

For more inspiration for today's Flutter By Wednesday Challenge, please visit my dt sisters on my sidebar.

Have a great day!!

blessings,
Chris
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The BIG News


From this week's sketch challenge, each of the Design Team members will be choosing a card from this week's entries to be featured on their blog during the Blog Hop. So along with doing the regular sketch challenge, we are asking you to make a "CHRISTMAS CARD" this week. If your card is selected and you will be featured, one of our lovely Design Team members will be contacting you after the close of the challenge to let you know that your card has been chosen to be featured on their blog for our Christmas Blog Hop. You will need to participate in the Blog Hop to have your name put in a drawing for a special prize at the end of the Hop. Please let your Design Team Hostess know that you will be able to attend the Blog Hop to be eligible to win the prize.

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Our Gold Star Award this week goes to -
#36 Sassy
Our Remarkable Awards this week go to -
#19 Carolyn, #26 Teri Sherman, #37 Crafty Pagan

Thank you for playing this week everyone and we would be honored if our award winners would pick up their badges on the side bar and please display them proudly.

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Thanks again to Michelle's Scrapbooking & More for being our Monthly sponsor.

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And don't forget about Carolyn's Challenge blog Candy this month HERE

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NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY BONUS PRIZEFran from the Frantic Stamper Inc. is the sponsor of our Weekly Bonus Prize Winner. You can visit Fran at her store at the Frantic Stamper Inc, your #1 source for rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies. Friendly one-on-one service since 1996!! You can read about their store upgrading to a 6000 square feet warehouse with many new products at Frantic Stamper Happenings. Fran is offering this sticker package worth $20 to this weeks Bonus Winner.




Here is MMSC 28

***Don't forget we want to see those Christmas Cards***

Now here is my card for this week. Please note that I have flipped the sketch.






Recipe:
Stamps: Inky Impressions : Angelica's Sled
BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses
Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky: SU!
Nestabilities
ZVA Creative flourishes (pearl)
Snow Flakes SU! (retired)
Sentiment: Riveting (SU! Retired)

Please note: My computer is completely down and is not working at all! My friend Grace is posting this for me. Any real important correspondence can be done through her email me section on her blog. I apologize if I miss some posts this week. I'm hoping someone can fix my computer up soon! My girls and hubby are all sick besides so we'd appreciate your prayers!

Also... a winner has been selected from the Inky Impressions Blog Hop and that winner is chercroppin

chercroppin said :Oh my, you have been a very busy girl! I wasn't around much yesterday and see I missed most of your posts from yesterday....they're ALL awesome hun!
Sweet image on that shaker card, which is perfect for a skating scene!
Love the papers on the second one, your borders, yummy ribbon and that image is just too cute!


Since my computer is down Cheryl could you please email Crystal @ crystalkbk30@gmail.com your mailing deets and she will get that info to me so you can get your Angelica Snowman.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Good Morning!!! I hope you are all having a great beginning to your weekend!!!

Lucky me, I have not had a wink of sleep due to two sick little girls. While they have symptoms of a cold, they also have a fever making them sick to their stomachs. I have decided to not even attempt to go back to bed until my husband is up for the day. I don't know about you but I get bad headaches and it gives me nausea when I am woken up from a sound sleep. Hopefully they get over being sick quickly and I don't get it. This came on rather suddenly.

Well today is Saturday and it is time for another Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential Challenge. We as a team had such a good time looking at all the creations submitted for the "repeatedly useful" challenge.

Now on to this week's Challenge:

This week's challenge is to use your own stamps to make a "masterboard" or your own designer paper to create several cards/projects at once (you only need to show us one creation that displays part of your masterboard). This is a great opportunity to make headway on your Christmas cards, completing several at once with one masterboard.

Each of the design team members was provided digi's by Digital Ink Co.
I, this weeks sponsor. The random winner this week will have the chance to choose three digital stamp sets from their store. I chose to use this penguin for a get well easel card. My Masterboard was created using the Snow Swirled Stamp set from SU. The snowflakes by the penguin are created using the Martha Stewart Border punch. The sentiment says: "Sorry you are feeling under the Weather." and "Feel Better Soon!" Their is no designer paper on this card. The cardstock is Pacific point dry embossed with the snowflakes folder. The snowflakes scattered are snowflake stickers from K and Co.



I hope you have enjoyed today's creation and that it inspires you to create a master board of your own for this challenge. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Should you create a card or project with a master board, please:

Be sure to place the DIRECT link to your creation in Mister Linky below in order to qualify to win the prize from our sponsors or voting for the top 3 creations.
If you upload your creation to an on-line gallery, please be sure to label it with the keywords SSHP07. Please Link your creation back to the Saturday Spotlight Challenge blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments!! I so enjoy reading them all!!! Have a great weekend!!!
Friday, November 13, 2009


Are you ready for another challenge?
It's a new challenge at the Wags 'n Whiskers blog today.
This week Tina is our hostess and she has challenged us to Stitch 'em Up! You can use machine sewing, hand sewing, faux sewing, or even just piercing!
The only rule... you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamp as your main image to be entered into the prize drawing.


If you don't have any Wags 'n Whiskers, then you are just going to want to go shopping here.

Since I love sewing with my machine and use it many of my creations, this was very easy for me. I decided to color this adorable image Angel Whispers with Tim Holtz Distress Inks cute it out use paper tole for dimension. I also added stickles to the angel wings and the butterflies but it is hard to see in the picture. The paper is from the Basic Grey Nook and Pantry pad. I just love this paper and can't wait to use it again soon!!! I also used the Martha Stewart fence punch and the Moracca Lace punch from EK Success. I distressed by paper with ink on the edges to give it an antiquated look. The is my second easel card!! They are so fun to make and I just love seeing the inside and outside at once. The sentiment says "Thanks for being my "furever" friend."

Here are the list of other challenges I worked on for this card as well:
My Grafico Challenge: stitching
Secret Crafter Challenge: create an Easel Card
Sophisticat Challenge #10- Wings
Inspiration Card Sketches Challenge- sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges: Easel Card
Kraftin Kimmie stamps: stitch it up
Flutter By Wednesday Challenge- to use a butterfly, fairy or angel on your card and show you are thankful
Cute Card Thursday- Glitter Me Silly- I did use glitter on the angel wings and butterflies but the photo sure does not show it.
Wags n Whiskers Challenge: Stitch It Up


For more inspiration for the Wags N Whiskers Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

Inge Groot,
Jacqui Dennis
Jeanette Comerford
Karen Goguen
Kristine Moldenhauer Biseth
Lacey Stephen - Co-Owner
Nikki Fairbairn - Co-Owner
Tina46

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I hope you enjoyed today's post. If you do stop by, please leave a comment so I can in turn visit your blog! I will be back tomorrow with the Saturday Spotlight Challenge. Have a great weekend!!

blessings,
Chris

Card Recipe:
stamps: Wags N Whiskers- Angel Whispers
Paper: Basic Grey Nook and Pantry, Bitter Chocolate Bazill
Accessories: MS Fence Punch, EK Success Morracco Lace Punch, Memory box ribbon/lace, sewing machine, Hero Arts Pearls, prima flowers, Tim Holtz distress inks, buttons from my stash, diamond stickles
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I made this card for yesterday's sketch SC254 and Tuesday's CC244 Very Bravo Kraft. Since yesterday was Veteran's Day I wanted to make a card to send to a friend's son who is in Iraq, thanking him for serving our country. I saw the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge on Sunday with a challenge to say thanks and send a card to the troops but wanted to wait until Veteran's Day since I felt it was appropriate and fitting.

Candace shared this verse:

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

The challenge for this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ is to make a patriotic-themed card for a soldier and as a bonus, donate it to Operation Write Home, so that a soldier may be encouraged by your words of thanks.

Here is my creation:



stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- In God We Trust, One Nation Under God, Doodles 3 Friendship
Paper: very vanilla CS, Basic Grey dp, craft, Bitter Chocolate
Accessories: ribbon, paper piercer, sewing machine, distressed stripes embossing folder

Sorry for the quick and late post. It has been an incredibly busy day and I would really love to take the time to visit your blogs. Hope you are having a great day!!

blessings,
Chris
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Before I begin my post, I would to just like to take a moment to remember Veterans Day and all the guys who fought and who are fighting for our country. We would not be who we are today without our troops. Thank you! Thanks also to all the families for the hardships they endure because their loved ones are in the service.



Good Morning and Happy Hump Day to you all!!! Today is Wednesday which means it is a Flutter By Day and a new Inky Impressions Challenge!!! Woohoo!! Inky Impressions is also having another dt call!

DT Call



It is that time again. Inky Impressions is having our Design Team call. We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly and talented stampers to help promote our products and to provide inspiration to the stamping community, through your personal blog and online galleries.

This call is open to everyone!! If you applied before please feel free to reapply!!

To enter the Inky Impressions DT call Please do the following......

1. Follow Today's Ornament Challenge at Inky Impressions Design Team Challenges.
2. Link your challenge card or project to Mr. Linky.

3. Post on your blog that there is a Design Team Call here at Inky Impressions.

4. Email Crystal @ www.inkyimpressionsdt@gmail.com and CC the email to Nicole at inkyimpressions@hotmail.com and in the subject line please put your name, Mr linky number, and dt call. Please include (1) one other card and (1) 3-d item that shows your coloring ability.


Please include the following in your email:
  1. Name:
  2. Address:
  3. Email:
  4. Blog Address:
  5. Links to any online galleries you have:
  6. A list of related forums/message boards that you participate in:
  7. Please tell us if you are on any other design teams: (No prior experience necessary)
Please let us know about yourself, what you like about stamping, what you would contribute to the Inky Impressions Design Team, and why you would like to be a design team member.

For more details on the requirements and the perks of being on the dt, please click here.

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Now on for my take on today's challenges.....

Today's challenges were so much fun. I challenged myself to combine the Flutter By Wednesday and Inky Impressions challenges and create one project. I love how it turned out but my photo doesn't show what it looks like IRL!! I took 30 photos and still could not get the picture I wanted. Hate when that happens!!!

Today's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday is to create a card or project which shows thankfulness AND HAS A BUTTERFLY, ANGEL, or FAIRY on it.

This weeks challenge at Inky Impressions is to create an ornament or add an ornament to your card or project. Using Inky Impressions Stamp/Images is not required for this challenge but if you got them why not use them. This challenge is also part of a design team call they are having (more details to follow at the end of the post. If you are applying for the dt call this challenge must be completed by November 24th at Midnight Eastern Time.

Here is my take on both challenges:




I created a shaker ornament box that can be hung in the tree if you would like or just used as a gift. It does hang, although, I could not hang it for the purpose of this photo. I used the new release Angelica's Sled and Angelica's Pretty Gifts from Inky Impressions. The ornament hangs inside the box. It is a really glittery purple ornament that has a round pinecone type shape. In front of the ornament is my shaker snow to create my scene. I colored the image with prisma color pencils and gamsol and used paper tole for dimension. I also added Liquid Applique for snow and green/gold cording for the sled string. The dp is sewn in the background as well for some added elegance and detail. In case you are unable to spot my angel, it is a charm hanging from the snowflake.

On the tag coming off of the gifts, I created a tag that says thank you. this ornament is just one of many that I am creating for gifts at Christmas. I am Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School and I have 12 of these to create to give to the teacher's for Christmas as a way of saying thanks. I better get busy. One down and 11 to go. Ugh!

I hope this creation inspires you to create a card or project for either Inky Impressions or Flutter by Wednesday. Since this is a long post, here is a recap.

For Flutter by Wednesday, the challenge is to create a card or project with a fairy, butterfly or Angel on it that shows "thankfulness". If you should create for this challenge, leave a direct link here on Mr. Linky. If you upload your creation to Splitcoast or PCP, please use the keyword FBW. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Ann, Cassie, Christine, Danni,Harriet, Heather, Jodi, Kristie, Lelia, Michelle, Nancy, Stef, Taylor, Nicola


This weeks challenge at Inky Impressions is to create an ornament or add an ornament to your card or project. Using Inky Impressions Stamp/Images is not required for this challenge but if you got them why not use them. Please leave a direct link to your creation here. If you are applying for the dt call this challenge must be completed by November 24th at Midnight Eastern Time and linked to Mr. Linky here.

For more inspiration for the Inky Impressions challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Kristine, Michele, Pam, and Jenn.

Ornament Recipe:
Stamps: Angelica's sled and Angellica's pretty gifts

Paper: Pink Pirouette, American Crafts Silver Metallic Paper, Sky Blue CS, Eskimo Kisses dp from Basic Grey, transparency film (2 small pieces)

Accessories: Angel charm, Felt snowflakes from SU, Inky drops, Spellbinders, pink satin ribbon, velcro for closure. liquid Applique, clear beads


Challenges: Flutter By Wednesday- use an angel fairy or butterfly and show thankfulness
Inky Impressions- to create an ornament or use an ornament on your creation
Pollycraft challenge- not a card
Kraftin Kimmie- Stitch it Up
Sophisticat Challenge- wings
By the Cute and Girly - Winter Wonderland
Sassy Designs- Christmas

oh,....just a reminder for those who may have missed it.....The Inky Impressions Inky Drop hop is still going on until the weekend. I am offering The Angelica's snowman to one lucky winner who leaves a comment on this post here (please click to go to the appropriate link).

Thanks for stopping by again today!! I so appreciate all your comments!! If you do stop by please leave a comment, so I can in turn visit your blog.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I can't believe it is Tuesday again so quickly, but am so glad it is because that means it is time for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!! Wahoo!! I love a good Sketch Challenge that gives you a good starting point and you can be sure to find it at MMSC each week!
MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE AWARD


This weeks “MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE” Gold Star Award goes to.....
#1 Grace MMM
Congrats Grace!!

The MM REMARKABLES AWARD
The Midnight Madness Team has created a very special award called The “Midnight Madness Remarkables” Award !! We would like to acknowledge those entries that are just exceptionally Remarkable!! Conratulations!

#9 SuperNan MMR
#16 Connie MMR

Thanks again to Michelle's Scrapbooking & More for being our Monthly sponsor..check out what they are giving away this month HERE





NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY BONUS PRIZES
We have a very special treat
for the Bonus Winner of MMSC27. Our weekly sponsor is once again, the very talented Michelle Perkett. Michelle Perkett is an artist who believes that the world can always use more happiness, innocence, color and inspiration. You can see her amazing work here.





Here is this week's sketch!





....And here is my take on the sketch!



I used Michelle's fabulous Summer image on my card. I made it more of a Christmas type image using the Winter Wonderland paper from K & Co. I paper pieced her dress and colored the rest of the image with copics. Parts of the background are dry embossed with the soft swirls embossing folder. The triangle corner pieces are embossed with gold. The pearls are from ZVA Creative. I did lots of sewing. This image is truly different than my usual style and I struggled with how I wanted to use it but I think it turned out o.k. What do you think?


It is a busy time of year for us all and we at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge are no exception, Priscilla will be out of town for a couple of weeks and the Design Team is going to take over.We hope you have a restful vacation Priscilla.



In addition to all the normal monthly and weekly giveaways, we have our blog hop to look forward to, so don’t forget to put the “Holiday Blog Hop” logo on your side bar for a chance to win a weekly gift till our hop launches. We will let you know if you are one of the winners!

Thanks for visiting today!! I hope you get a chance to play with this week's sketch!! If so, please leave a direct link to the MM blog here. We would love to see what you create!! If you upload to SC or PCP, please use the keyword MMSC27 so we can see all these creations in one place.

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

Carol-Chocolate, Crafts, & Bears!
Carolyn - Creative Card Corner
Charlotte - Designs From Within
Denise - kc242 Designs by Denise
Jane - The Paper Affair
Jeni - Jeni's Custom Cards
Linda - Craft Central!!
Michelle - Daydreams by Michelle
Phyllis - SparklePlenty1000
Priscilla - "priscillastyles"
Sue - McMahon Five Designs
Sandee -Simply Southern

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!! I will be back tomorrow with the Flutter By Wednesday and Inky Impressions C
hallenge.

Oh..... this past weekend was the beginning of the Inky Impressions Inky Drop Hop! The team is showing all the new Winter releases. Boy are you in for a real treat. You don't want to miss it!! I also have blog candy for this hop. You have a chance to win this Stamp!!!
Angelica's Snowman
Click here for a chance to win Angelica's Snowman! You have until Saturday Nov. 14 to leave a comment on this post.
If you do stop by, please leave me a comment so I know you were here and I can in turn visit your blog.

blessings,
Chris


Monday, November 9, 2009
Happy Monday all!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! This weekend was catch up for me. I completed all my homeschooling reports for the quarter. What a job! So glad that is no longer looming over my head. I also did such much needed catching up on housecleaning.....stamping is just so much more fun. I like order and cleanliness so I just had to dig in!!

We also found out why our basement has been flooding. Woohoo!! It can be easily corrected!!! No more flooding in my craft or laundry areas. Scott and I just could not figure out why after 11 years it was flooding. Yes we had access rain this year beyond belief but we sit up on a small nole and none of the neighbors had any issues. To make a long story short.....we discovered a root of a mulberry tree had grown 25 feet into our footing drain plugging up the entire pipe. All the water from the footing drain backed up the pipe, sat around our house and caused so much pressure that it came into the basement. Needless to say, we now have removed part of the footing drain, have a huge trench, and the mulberry tree will be cut down!! Glad it is a pretty inexpensive fix and there will be no more fuss over flooding!!

Yesterday I had hoped to stamp but came down with a migraine on Saturday night. Oh well...
I am feeling a tad bit better this morning. The card I am going to share with you is one I made last week using the WT242 Purple Pretties Challenge and SC252. I used the Luke 2:11 and Blessed Christmas from Our Daily Bread Designs which was released on November 1. The poinsettia is embossed in gold on Very vanilla paper and then painted with pearl glimmermist. The ribbon treatment is created with the lattice Spellbinders. The dp is one of my faves from BG-Wisteria.



Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- Luke 2:11, Blessed Christmas
Paper: Purple Glitter Paper from K&Co., BG Wisteria Paper, Vanilla
Accessories: ZVA Creative pearls, gold embossing powder, American Crafts Gold Ribbon, Lattice Border Spellbinders, Hero Arts Pearls


Over The Top
Woo hoo! Another award!! Last week I received this sweet award from Cheryl at CherCroppin. Thanks Cheryl!! You are so sweet and I so appreciate you thinking of me. If you have not visited Cheryl's blog your really should. Her designs and talent is incredible. She inpires me with her awesome creations each and every visit.












The rules
:

Pass this award onto 5 people, post on their blog to let them know they won, and then answer the following questions in ONE word:

1. Where is your cell phone? believe it or not I don't have one!!!
2. Your hair? long, straight and blonde
3. Your mother? Tina
4. Your father? Arie
5. Your favorite food? Chocolate
6. Your dream last night? what I would create this morning
7. Your favorite drink? tea
8. Your dream/goal? To get back into teaching when the kids are older
9. What room are you in? den
10. Your hobby? stamping and altered crafts
11. Your fear? losing loved ones
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? rich! no just able to keep up with bills
13. Where were you last night? my father in laws
14. Something that you aren't? rich
15. Muffins? Chocolate Chip
16. Wish list item? Copics
17. Where did you grow up? New Jersey
18. Last thing you did? Blog hop
19. What are you wearing? sweats
20. Your TV? off
21. Your Pets? only tropical fish in a 100 gallon tank
22. Friends? caring
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? excited to begin a new day, motivated
25. Missing Someone? my mother in law who passed away
26. vehicle? Impala
27. Something you're not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Michael's
29. Your favorite color? sage or baja breeze
30. When was the last time you laughed? yesterday
31. Last time you cried? don't remember
32. Your best friend? Scott my hubby
33. One place that I go to over and over? Walmart and Hannaford for groceries
34. Facebook? heck no!! On the computer too much already!
35. Favorite place to eat? Red Lobster although we have not been there in 2 years!!


Now to pass this award on to five others who I visit daily and who inspire me with each and every post. This is so hard since there are so many who inspire me in so many different ways and some of the choices I would like to have picked have already received this award from Cheryl or others. Here they are in no particular order:

Kathy-Inspired to Stamp

Crystal- Crystal's Crafty Creations
Grace- Th-ink-ing of You
Sandee- Simply Southern Sandee
Christine-
Dolcreations
Kristine- Ink Something


I wish I could pass this award on to so many others since you all inspire me!! This post could go on for miles!! I know I posted six here but I happen to know that some of these gals are away or unable to see this post so I posted 6.

I just came back to edit this post since I just was blog hopping and visited my friend Kathy's (Inspired to stamp) blog. She left me a similar award to the one I just passed on to her with the exact same questions, so in order to not be redundant, I am posting a picture of the award and passing it on to 5 more bloggers. Thanks so much for the award Kathy!! Too funny that we would think of each other. You always put a smile on my face with your kindness and your exceptional creations and talent!! If you have not visited Kathy or Cheryl's blog you really should!!


I've also been honoured this week by my dear friend Kathy who bestowed this award on me!!!! Thanks for thinking of me Kathy - YOU ROCK!!!! :)

These are the rules to play along:

Pass this award on to 5 people, post on their blog to let them know they won, and then answer the questions above in ONE word. O.k. so I broke the rules a little bit and answered some of the questions in more than one word and I can't count either LOL!...send out the blog award police.

I pass this award on to (please note these are in no particular order:
Vicki-Stamped Smiles
Stef- Glitterbabe Greetings
Danni-Danni's Dream Crafts
Ann- Create with me- Ann
Dawn- Stamping Thyme

Angie- Body Mind Spirit and Stamps


Have a great day!! Thanks so much for all your uplifting comments and your inspiring posts!!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Happy Saturday everyone!!! If you are here for my Inky Impression Inky Drop Hop, please scroll down to the next post. The hop will continue for the entire week. I will announce the winner of the Angelica's Snowman next Sunday, November 15.
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I hope everyone has a wonderful start to their weekend!!
Today is the day for yet another Saturday Spotlight Challenge!!! Woo hoo!! We have another fun challenge for you this week. Thanks to all who joined us last week!! We had so much fun looking at your entries. Congrats to our 3 spotlighted winners:
Holly
Wanda

Kim Dellow


Thank you so much to everyone for playing along with us!

For this week's challenge.....
The Spotlight Divas would like to challenge you to make your creation "Repeatedly Useful"....meaning you will need to use an image MORE THAN ONCE on your creation.

For our special Spotlight sponsor this week we have...




Please CLICK HERE to go to their website!

Cheryl has generously donated a $15.00 gift certificate in shopping bucks to spend on-line to our lucky challenge winner for this week!! So start getting "Repeatedly Useful" today!


Now, are you ready to see my take on the Spotlight Diva Challenge?
I used my newest release stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs: Luke 2:11 , Creative Card Crew Challenge to use ribbons and gems, Mojo 111 sketch! I stamped and restamped the poinsettia image 9 times, twice for the gold and ivory 3d flower and 7 times to create the border around my sentiment. I embossed the 3d flower with gold embossing powder and painted it with pearl glimmermist for added shimmer.

(Which reminds me to remind you as well about the "November Our Daily Bread Design Team Challenge... "Show Us the Shimmer that is going on until November 15! You don't have to use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps to play, although we would love to see you use them if you have them...and you have a chance to win a $30 credit to the store. So what are you waiting for...let us see the shimmer. Tee hee! Leave a direct link to your creation Here.)

The paper I used was from Basic Grey's Boxer line! I never realized how much I would like the olive green, ivory and gold together. I will definitely use that color combo again! Part of the background is embossed with the Fleur De Lis embossing folder. My card was sewn in spots with ivory thread.




Card Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Design: Luke 2:11
Paper: BG Boxer, Olive Bazzill, Very Vanilla, K&Co. Glitter Paper
Accessories: Ivory lace trim, Hero Arts Pearls, American Crafts Ribbon
And now that you've seen my creation, let's see how YOU can be repeatedly useful!!


Be sure to place the DIRECT link to your NEW creation in Mister Linky in order to qualify to win the prize from our sponsors or voting for the top 3 creations. (If you do NOT post a direct link, you will have to be removed from Mister Linky.) We would also appreciate if you would leave a link on your post to the Saturday Spotlight Challenge along with your creation.

If you upload your creation to an on-line gallery, please be sure to label it with the keywords SSHP06.

Have your creation uploaded in Mister Linky below by Friday Evening, 7:00 PM CST in order to qualify for any prizes awarded for that sponsor week. Winners are announced at 7:30 PM (CST) on the Sat. Spolight Challenge Blog.

For more Inspiration for this challenge, please visit my talented dt sisters and leave them some love while you are there:

Susan is in the process of moving and will be returning to join us in the challenge next week. We miss your creation Susan.


Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I hope you have a great weekend!!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Happy Friday! If you are here for the first Challenge for Wags N Whiskers, please scroll down to the next post since this is my second post for today. If you are here for the Inky Impressions Inky Drop Hop, then you are in the right place.



The weekend is upon us and Inky Impressions is adding a little more excitement and kicking off the weekend with a New Release of 5 CUTE stamps and a Blog Hop!!
If you came here from Jenn's Blog, then you are at the right place, if not, you may want to start back at the Inky Impressions Blog (Nicole's blog) for a chance to win. Somewhere on one of the stops along the way there is a prize hidden and none of us knows where it is so you will want to leave a comment on each stop along the way.

Today I would like to share 2 adorable images with you!!

The first card is a shaker card I created using the new Angelica's Snowman stamp. Isn't it such a sweet image? I colored the image with Prisma Color pencils and gamsol. The Inky drops you see on the snowflakes is a new item available at the store as is that gorgeous snowflake ribbon!! The dp is from the Eskimo Kisses pack from Basic Grey. I did sew on this card but it is difficult to see in the photo with the dry embossing I used to create texture. The snowflakes were made using the Spellbinders Create a Flake 1 die.

Card 2 is made using Ice Skating Rachel. The fun layout I used is from Mercy's Sketch Challenge this week. I water colored and paper toled Rachel with Distress Inks. Her fur was created with Liquid Applique. The dp is from Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses. (Can't you tell, I just love the patterns in this pad.) Again I used the Inky Drops in the Corners available at the store. The sentiment says: "When I think of you... I get the warm fuzzies." The panel behind the image is dry embossed with the Textile Embossing Folder. My panels each have sewing on them except for the image and sentiment panel which have been distressed with ink.


I have decided to offer this stamp to one lucky person. All you need to do is leave a comment here and I will randomly choose a winner on Sunday, November 15 (after the blog hop has ended).





Thanks for stopping here on the hop. I hope you have enjoyed my creations. Your next step is the oh so talented and sweet Kristine!! Enjoy the hop and your day. Don't forget that somewhere along the way a prize is hidden so you will want to make a comment on each blog for a chance to win.



blessings,
Chris

If you have a moment, please scroll down to the next post for my first creation as a designer for Wags n Whiskers.

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