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Sunday, February 28, 2010


Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great weekend!!! Today I am so excited to be sharing a new release of templates from Leigh Ann Baird at Perfect Presentations!! The template I am sharing with you today is called Gift to Go! It reminds me of a Chinese take out box and it is SO cute and easy to make.
The image is from Wags n Whiskers and it is called: Let's Do Lunch. I colored her with distress inks.
The paper is from Basic Grey Nook And Pantry which I dry embossed with swirls. The cardstock is Old Olive from CS. The ribbon for the handle is also from SU.

Challenges:
Wags N whiskers: Freestyle
Crafty Creations- -Pop it Up
Incy Wincy Challenge: Add Texture to your creation- embossing
Practical Scrappers: Stamps
Sophistacates - Embossing
Spoonful of Sugar- Distress Inks
CCEE Stampers Challenge- Sweet treats

This second template is called the Perfect Presentations Treat Box and it is also using a template from Leigh Ann Baird. The sentiment and image is a sneak peak from Our Daily Bread Designs Easter Blessings. I embossed the entire box with the soft swirls folder before putting it together. The daffodils are watercolored. The oval is the oval punches from SU. The dp is from SU Bonjour (retired three years ago).

stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- Easter Blessings
template: Treat box from Leigh Ann Baird from Perfect Presentations
paper: SU Bonjour, Bitter Chocolate, So Saffron
Accessories: Memory Box ribbon, MS Butterfly Punch, SU Oval punches, Soft Swirls embossing folder from Provocraft

Don't forget to check out all the other samples being displayed on my dt sister's blogs!

Leigh Ann Baird~Owner-will display all the new templates
Rebecca Jensen- Cute Carton
Alyssa Scritchfield- Squared
Harriet Hensley-It's a keeper
Kerri Michaud - Hey Cupcake

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments. Your visits are greatly appreciated. I hope you will make it back tomorrow for the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Hop. There will be three new releases.

blessings,
Chris
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!! After 3 feet of snow, high winds, and no electric for the past couple of days, I am back!!!!! You should see what it looks like here! Yikes!! Unfortunately we are not out of the woods yet since we have a storm warning with another possible six inches before 6 p.m. tonight. We were suppose to go to a wedding today an hour and a half away today but it looks like we may not be able to make it since a state of emergency has been declared and no one is allowed on the roads except for an emergency. Our electric is going in and out even after our power did come back during the night last night. I sure hope we don't lose power again...we have a generator but it is to run our heat, not the luxuries of lights, stove, and etc....Hopefully I will have a chance to visit you all this weekend and catch up on the blogging I have missed while the power was out...
Anywho...... Today it is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs and Saturday Spotlight Challenge!! I hope everyone has been having a good start to their weekend!! I am hoping for a weekend with out snow!! after all the inches of snow we have received thus far this week!!! So in keeping with my snowless theme, I created some springy or bright colored cards for you.



This week's challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light is....


to think outside of the box....Create any card or project that is not an A2, A6, or A7 rectangular card. It can be a different fold (diamond fold, joy fold, easel, accordion, step, sidestep etc.) or a different shape. If you are stumped or want to try something new, the resources section at Splitcoaststampers has many awesome tutorials for you to use.


To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, March 4. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.

As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by March 4 at 8 p.m. EST.

If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC4. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge:


I created an easel card for the Out of the Box challenge using the sneak peak of Happy Easter and Easter Blessings from Our Daily Bread Designs!! My image is colored with copics, cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The die behind the image is a Labels Thirteen die from Spellbinders that I just received!! I framed it with the Fleur De Lis Spellbinders. The dp is from Basic Grey Wisteria. The ribbon treatment is threaded through a Lattice Border from Spellbinders. I dry embossed my image panel with the Script folder from Provocraft. I plan to give this to my Mom and Dad for Easter.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Sneak peaks Easter Blessings and Happy Easter
Paper: Basic Grey Wisteria, Violet cs, white cs
Accessories: Provocraft Script Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug Vintage Corners, Silver Baubles, pearl heart button
Spellbinders: Fleur De Lis, Labels 13 and Lattice Borders

other challenges:

Die Cut Dreams: Easter

Kaboodle Doodles~fancy folds.
Everybody-Art-Challenge~easel card.

Stamp Something Challenge- a recipe of ribbon, buttons and dp
CRAFT......sparkle and ribbons
Cute Card Thursday...ribbon

Crafty Creations- -Pop it Up
Incy Wincy Challenge: Add Texture to your creation

Practical Scrappers: Stamps
Onestitchatatime-stitching

Totally Gorgeous - For Mom
Inky Impressions - Think Spring
Sophistacats - Embossing

Lexi's Creations - anything goes

For more inspiration for this Our Daily bread Designs Shining the Light challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

Thanks for stopping by today and for your comments!! We would love to see you join the challenge!!

blessings,
Chris

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For this week's challenge at Saturday Spotlight,

the Spotlight Divas would like to challenge you to go the opposite from last week's challenge and clean things up a bit on your creations! What does that mean? You can make a nice CAS style card (meaning 'clean and simple' style), or make sure you have clean edges and paper for your creation. Please interpret this how you'd like!


For our Spotlight sponsor this week we have...

(click HERE to go to store.)


**One lucky winner from the challenge this week drawn from random.org will receive a special code for a $10.00 shopping spree at Whimsie Doodles Stamps!** (Now that is worth putting a card in for!)



Since this week's sponsor is Whimsy Doodles, I used one of their digital images for my creation this week called Leah Bunny. I colored her with copics. As I was coloring, I sure was wishing I had a greater variety of copics too use. Oh well...can't have everything.... Since I had to get a lot of things done quickly for fear of losing power with the horrendous storm we were having, this card is very CAS. Very appropriate challenge for me this week. The shape of the card is created with the Spellbinders Blossom Die. I think the colors look very much like Easter. Don't you think? It isn't perfect but the image and shape, I hope make up for the imperfections.


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are inspired by my creation to join this week's challenge. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

*Vicki (creator/coordinator)
Boni
Crystal
Darlene
Dawn
Erin
Jessica
Maria
Jodi

REMINDERS For The Saturday Spotlight:
Be sure to place the DIRECT link to your creation in Mister Linky in order to qualify to win the prize from our sponsors or voting for the top 3 creations before Friday at 3 p.m.

If you upload your creation to an on-line gallery, please be sure to label it with the keywords SSHP19

EXCITING NEWS ... Would you like to be on this list of talented Diva's??? Well put your best foot forward and check out the DT Call our leader has in place until March 19th. You can see all the details on the Saturday Spotlight Blog.


Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you enjoyed all my creations. I sure enjoyed creating them!! I hope you are having a great weekend!

blessings,
Chris
Friday, February 26, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!! I am back just in time for the weekend, another Wags n Whiskers challenge and to come visit you!!!!I had a great time away but missed you all. I must admit the time away was good for me and was a refreshing time away. Thanks so much for your sweet comments while I was away! I so enjoyed reading them!! I have so much blog hopping and catching up to do.

Anywho...It is time for another Wags n Whiskers challenge!!! This week my wonderfully talented dt sister, Inge is asking you to do freestyle....now is that easy or what!!

To play our challenges 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 can go shopping here!!!.
Once again, one lovely participant will win a Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamp of their choice.

Now for my creation:

The image used for my card is Bedtime Story from Wags n Whiskers. I used the Sketch Saturday challenge for my layout. The dp is one of my faves from K & Co. called: Amy Butler. I colored my image in with distress inks. The image is cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The background is embossed with a script embossing folder. I used a fancy Labels die from Spellbinders for my sentiment.







I also incorporated the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge which was to make a card or project using a time piece or in some way denoting time or the passage of time. Let imagination be your guide! There are no rules! My sentiment includes the time element.
This image actually reminds me of my seven year old daughter while she is reading her Bible.
The only difference is she usually is leaning up against her big stuffed Yogi bear instead of a pillow.

challenges:
Wags N whiskers: Freestyle
Sketch Saturday
Stampin Sisters in Christ: a card or project with "Time"
Crafty Creations- -Pop it Up
Incy Wincy Challenge: Add Texture to your creation- distressing
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Friends
Practical Scrappers: Stamps
Onestitchatatime-stitching
Gingersnap Color Challenge - Use 3 colors you love (yellow, green, and Baja Breeze)
Totally Gorgeous - Flower power
Inky Impressions - Think Spring
Sophistacates - Embossing
Spoonful of Sugar- Distress Inks

I hope you enjoyed my creation. For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Sharon, Nikki, Lacey, Jacqui, Michele, Karen, Inge, Tina, Jeanette

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!!!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Happy Thursday everyone!! Today I am so excited to share with you a creation I made for Digital Delights. I am so honored to have been invited by Wendy and her team to be a guest designer!! Thanks for this honor girls!!!

For my creation, I used the image Claudia Cow from Digital Delights since it reminded of when I was growing up. Our family ran a dairy farm when I was living home. I colored my image with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The flowers and cow are popped up on dimensionals. The edges of my card are distressed. I used the sketch from the Stampin for the Weekend Challenge. The flower is layered with a handmade crocheted flower and a prima. The buttons are SU Corduroy buttons. The dp is from some scraps in my bin and from the K & Co. Tim Coffey Pad.


Stamps: Digital from Digital Delights called Claudia Cow
Paper: K & Co Tim Coffey, Bitter Chocolate, tan
Accessories: distressor, prisma color pencils, gamsol, Labels 8 die, SU crocheted buttons, Memory Box Ribbon
Challenges:
Saturday Spotlight: Make it Messy- distressing
Stampin for the Weekend Sketch
Spoonful of Sugar Challenge-distress inks for distressing edges
Corrosive Challenge Blog -Wings - My butterfly has wings
Incy Wincy Challenge: Add Texture to your creation- distressing
Onestitchatatime-stitching
Crafty Creations- Cut it out and pop it up
Stamp Something - A touch of spring
Totally Gorgeous - Flower power
Inky Impressions - Think Spring
Flutter By Wednesday- to use a butterfly, angel or fairy on your creation

I hope you enjoyed my creation!! I have scheduled this post since it was beginning at 1 a.m. and hopefully it is not snowing to beat the band like they have predicted. I am so worried that we may lose electric with the heavy snow. Many in the area have already lost power and we are suppose to get another 12-18 inches of heavy snow starting after midnight. I am so praying. Just in case....I have schedule several posts.

I edited my post to share with you the snow we are getting here in NY. Yikes! The flakes are huge and boy is it coming down!!! It started at 6 a.m. this morning instead of midnight but five hours later we have 6 more inches. They are predicting another 2 FEET!!! The 50 mph winds start this p.m. The state has issued a state of emergency for the roads and said if you have not lost power already you will. It is not a matter of will you lose power but of when. YUCK!






Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! I love reading them!!

Blessings,
Chris
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Can you believe this is the last Wednesday of February? Wow! That went by fast!!I am so looking forward to Spring though!!!! This morning I woke up to another 10 inches of snow!!! The worst part...it isn't over yet. They expect more heavy snow today and another big storm tomorrow which may produce another foot!! Yikes!


Onto the Flutter by Wednesdays challenge for the week~~ it's an open week!! Just be sure to have those butterflies, fairies, or angels on your creations!


Leave a direct link to your creation in Mister Linky here, If you upload to SCS or PCP, please use the keyword, FBW.We can't wait to see what YOU create!!

Now on to my creation....Yesterday I was getting the winter blues and feeling sorry for myself so I decided to bring a little bit of Spring to me by using yesterday's color Challenge at SC using the Olympic symbol for my color palette and a spring image from Inky Impressions.

This Happy Spring Lili from Inky Impressions image is watercolored and distressed with distress inks and SU markers. The sketch is from Friday Sketchers and the distressing is part of the Saturday Spotlight Mess it Up challenge and Spoonful of Sugar Challenge. The papers are from Basic Grey Origins.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Happy Spring from Inky Impressions
Paper: Basic Grey: Origins, Lemon, Bitter Chocolate
Accessories: Flower punches from SU, Poinsettia Die from Spellbinders, MS Butterfly punch, MS shell border punch, ribbon, silver baubles, SU Markers, Distress Inks

Challenges:
Splitcoasts Color Challenge using the Olympic symbol (yellow, green, red , blue, and neutrals grey and brown)
Spoonful of Sugar Challenge-distress inks
Saturday Spotlight -distressing or tearing "Mess it Up"
Friday Sketchers
Corrosive Challenge Blog -Sew it Up
Incy Wincy Challenge: Add Texture to your creation- distressing
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Friends
Practical Scrappers: Stamps
Onestitchatatime-stitching
Gingersnap Color Challenge - Use 3 colors you love ( love the yellow green and brown como)
Cute Card Thursday- metal mania
Crafty Creations- Stitching
Stamp Something - A touch of spring
Totally Gorgeous - Flower power
Inky Impressions - Think Spring
Belli - Butterflies


For more inspiration for the Flutter By Wednesday challenge, please visit:
Ann,
Cassie
Christine
Danni
Debby
Harriet
Heather
Jeanette
Jodi
Karen
Kimberly
Kris
Kristie
Lelia
Michelle-
Nancy
Nicola
Pam
Shana
Guest Designers:

Alex, Brandi and Randi

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! As always I enjoy reading your comments and treasure your visits.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I hope everyone has had a good beginning to their week. Mine has started out busy (but good) and with more snow!! I am so ready for sunshine and spring. LOL!

Since it is Tuesday it is time for another Midnight Madness Sketch.

Guest Designer and Sponsor Info.:
Congratulations...Sue Drees
We are just thrilled to have Sue joining us for the whole month of March as a guest designer. Welcome Sue!
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CONGRATULATIONS to our Gold Star and Remarkables Winners!!!
Our MMSC41 Gold Star Award goes to...
103. Sonya Appel
Our Remarkables Award this week goes to...
8. Darlene
25. Gry- Beate

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Our MMSC42 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....




is our sponsor this week....
owned by Teresa Sherman, aka – Teri.
You can find all her fantastic images at http://deliciousdoodles.blogspot.com/

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Our Feb. Monthly Sponsor is....


**Cornish Heritage Farms
Click HERE to see the Awesome Prize!
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Here is this weeks Sketch (Your choice of the more elaborate or CAS sketch again this week)


Here is my take on the sketch using The Waiter from our Monthly Sponsor Cornish Heritage Farms. The image is colored with prisma color pencils and copics. Stickles is added to give the ice sparkle but it does not show up in the picture. My trim is pom pom ribbon.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms- The Waiter
Paper: Memory Box Sassafras, SU Bella Rose, Black and White
Accessories: spellbinders, beads, black pom pom ribbon, silver baubles, Victoria Embossing folder, silver Baubles

challenges:
Midnight Madness sketch 42~
Gingersnap Color Challenge - Use 3 colors you love ( love red black and white together)
Cute Card Thursday- metal mania
Crafty Creations- Stitching
Fussy & Fancy- Dazzle Us (although it does not show in the photo- the ice it gobbed with glitter- go figure)
Papertake Weekly - Check This Out (one of my red panels is Gingham paper)
Corrosive Challenge Blog -Sew it Up
Sophisticats - Embossing
Incy Wincy Challenge: Add Texture to your creation- I added pom pom ribbon and beads.
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Friends

Please visit the rest of the Design Team Divas to see their take on this week's sketch!

Jeni - Jeni's Custom Cards
Linda - Craft Central!!
Michelle - Daydreams by Michelle
Phyllis - SparklePlenty1000
Priscilla - "priscillastyles"
Sue - McMahon Five Designs
Cheryl -CherCroppin's Stamp Pad

I hope you enjoyed my creation and you too are able to participate in the sketch. If you do create a card or project using the sketch, please leave a direct link to your creation here. If you upload to PCP or SC please use the keyword MMSC42.

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!

Monday, February 22, 2010
Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all have had a great weekend!! It has been crazy busy here hence the late post...Sorry!! I created a CAS card this afternoon using the sneak peaks for Our Daily Bread Designs called Happy Easter and The Lord is Risen. I love flower stamps and woohoo all the sets include flowers this month for the new release!!!! The flowers I am using on today's creation are actually starting to sprout through the snow at my house. Too funny!! I can't wait for the daffodils to really bloom!!


The CAS 55 challenge at Splitcoast was to do a makeover of a card. I chose to make over this past creation of mine. I changed the colors, image, and the sentiment. This card is for CAS for me. LOL!

Stamps: Our Daily bread Designs sneak peak: The Lord Has Risen, Happy Easter
Paper: Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Victoria Embossing folder, Swiss dots embossing folder, pearls, rhinestone, velvet ribbon, hodgepodge hardware

Challenges:
A Spoon full of Sugar ~ Spring
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Keep it simple
Little red wagon Challenge ribbon
Die Cuts R Us - No designer papers
Crafty Angels Challenge Flowers
Cute Card Thursday- metal mania
Practical Scrappers- Flowers
Stamp Something: think spring (colors, flowers, butterflies)

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments! I so appreciate you all! Enjoy your evening!! I will be back tomorrow with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!! The weekend is here!!!! Our Daily Bread Designs and Saturday Spotlight are kicking off the weekend with a challenge!


This week's challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs- Shining the Light Challenge:

Since it is February and we are acknowledging national hero’s (President’s day) or people who are special to us (Valentine’s Day) in the U.S. , the challenge team is challenging you to acknowledge and case a crafter you admire or a creation you admire changing just two elements to make it our own.


To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!
Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, February 25. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.

As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our
Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by February 25 at 8 p.m. EST.

If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC3. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.


Now on to my take on the challenge!!....
I am always in awe of many bloggers and their creations that this was indeed a challenge for me. I finally decided that I just loved the elegance of this creation by my dear friend and dt sister Angie Crockett, at Body Mind Spirit and Stamps. Angie has so many jaw dropping creations and you really should pop by her blog. I chose to case this card. ( This is not nearly as gorgeous as the original by Angie so you really should check out that link) I changed my colors from pink to green, added pearls around the edge of the scallops, changed the punch I used to a MS flower vine punch, and added the hummingbird charm. I also incorporated the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge which was to make a card or project for someone you love letting them know how much God loves them. I think this sentiment says it all.


card recipe:
Stamps: Sing for Joy from Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: Basic Grey Origins, Gable Green, White
Accessories: hummingbird charm, pearls, Martha Stewart Flower Vine punch, Victoria Embossing folder, paper piercer, May Arts Light Green Ribbon

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

I hope you get a chance to create for this challenge. We so enjoy seeing everyone's creations.

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Now on to today's Saturday Spotlight Challenge....

For this week's challenge.....
The Spotlight Divas would like to challenge you to do the Mess Around. Make your creation "messy" by distressing with ink, tearing edges, wrinkling car d stock, etc.

For our Spotlight sponsor this week we have...

Denise from




One Lucky winner will be randomly chosen to win a $15 gift Certific ate to be used at the Whimsy Stamps store....You could even use it for purchasing an image from their new Mythical Fairies and sentiment release on Feb 17 (4 fa iries and new sentiments)!! I know I love these stamps and I will be placing an order soon!!



Here is my take on the challenge:


For my creation, I used a special limited edition carousel horse digital image called Wing of Hope selling for $4 at Whimsy Stamps here. All proceeds (minus any Pay Pal fees) from the sale of this image will be sent to the American Red Cross disaster relief for Haiti.

This digital image will only be available to purchase, in digital format, from now until February 28th, 2010.

I had fun coloring this digi with my prisma color pencils and gamsol. The wings I gave a distressed look in keeping with the "Messy" challenge. Al the edges of my cardstock and dp is distressed as well with a distressing tool. I just recently purchased the dp from Michael's. I just love the colors and the patterns of this Tim Coffey (k&co. paper).

I used the sketch from the Everybody Art Challenge.

I also incorporated the challenges:
Stamp Something: think spring (colors, flowers, butterflies)
Everybody Art Challenge.- sketch
Little paper shop challenge Distressing
SophistiCat challenge Stitching
Crafty creations challenge Stitching
The pink elephant challenge Ribbon
Little red wagon Challenge ribbon
Pile it on challenge/ Flowers
Crafty Angels Challenge Flowers
Flutterby Wednesday- butterflies
Sketches by Tamara- recipe-staple, stamp and stitching
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge- digital coloring
Cute Card Thursday- metal mania
Fussy and Fancy- Dazzle Us- my flower is sparkly
Practical Scrappers- Flowers
Cuttlebug Challenge- Stitching
Creative Belli Challenge- butterflies or dragon flies

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

*Vicki (creator/coordinator)
Boni
Crystal
Darlene
Dawn
Erin
Jessica
Maria
Jodi

REMINDERS For The Saturday Spotlight:
Be sure to place the DIRECT link to your creation in Mister Linky in order to qualify to win the prize from our sponsors or voting for the top 3 creations before Friday at 3 p.m.

If you upload your creation to an on-line gallery, please be sure to label it with the keywords SSHP19

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you enjoyed all my creations. I sure enjoyed creating them!! I hope you are having a great weekend!
Friday, February 19, 2010


Happy Friday Everyone!! I am back just in time for the weekend, another Wags n Whiskers challenge and to come visit you!!!!I had a great time away but missed you all. I must admit the time away was good for me and was a refreshing time away. Thanks so much for your sweet comments while I was away! I so enjoyed reading them!! I have so much blog hopping and catching up to do.

Anywho...It is time for another Wags n Whiskers challenge!!! This week my wonderfully talented dt sister, Jacqui is asking you to use your favourite things - this could be favourite colours, embellishments, charms etc...

To play our challenges 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 can go shopping here!!!.
Once again, one lovely participant will win a Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamp of their choice.

Here is my take for this week's challenge using some of my fave papers, color combo, color medium, spellbinders die and embellishments. The image is called "Say a Prayer" and is colored with distress inks. The wings sparkle even though it is hard to see in the photo. The layout uses the sketch from the Sketch Saturday from this past week. After I completed my card, I noticed I used a flower instead of a sentiment. Oops!


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Wags n Whiskers- Say a Prayer from Wags n Whiskers
Paper: My Mind's Eye Home,Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, SU retired Holiday Treasures
Accessories: double heart charm,Fleur De Lis Spellbinders Die
ZVA Creative Pearls, Prima flowers mini roses, Prima glittered flowers, textile dry embossing folder, Heart Border Punch from Martha Stewart
Challenges:
Wags n Whiskers- favorites and a Wags n whiskers image
sassy designs by Susie- hearts and flowers
Crafty Angels Challenge What's your color-pink
Corrosive challenge Sew it up
SophistiCat challenge Stitching
Fussy and Fancy- Dazzle Us- my flower is sparkly
Allsorts- 1, 2,3 mine is 1 image, 2 mini roses, and three eyelet strips on each side
Our Creative Corner- Something old from your stash-mine is the gingham ribbon which I have never used and had in my stash forever
Pile it on- Flowers
Spoonful of sugar- springtime
Sketch Saturday
Cute Card Thursday- Metal Mania
Practical Scrappers- Flowers
My Time To Craft Challenge Green plus one (green and Pink)
Incy wincy Challenge Punch it
Sketchy colour challenge colour combo
The pink elephant challenge Ribbon
Little red wagon Challenge ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!! I so enjoy reading all your comments!! I can't wait to receive inspiration from all the blogs I missed this week.

hugs,
Chris
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy Thursday everyone!! Today is another Divine Diva Challenge and Lori sent this inspiration:


Yes..this is in the tropics. This is a picture of a hotel that Lori will be staying at. Lucky girl!! I am away but not there. Boo hoo. I am upstate New York visiting my parents in the boonies where it is even colder than home. Now what's up with that? Should have rethought my time away....just kidding...it is great spending time with family and I have been looking forward to this!

Anywho....here is my take on the challenge:

When I was looking through my stamps and papers, I did not see any palm trees or pools or chairs, or stucco....so I was inspired by the bright blue tile in the pool and the leaves. I decided to make a "keeper box" using the template from Leigh Ann Baird and little 3x3 note cards.





stamps: Sketch an event, Forest Friends, God's Beauty all from SU
Paper: White and SU Pacific Point DP
Accessories: Ribbon, silver baubles, piercer, victoria embossing folder, script embossing folder, little leaves sizzix die, button
Template for Keeper Box from Leigh Ann Baird

Challenges:
Our Creative Corner- Something old from your stash- Sketch an event stampset- I don't think I have used in 3 years
Totally Papercrafts Challenge- buttons and bows
Allsorts Challenge: 1,2,3- 1 button on my box, 2 colors, 3 papers (Pacific Point, white , Pacific point dp)

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

Anne
Lori
Donna
Julie
Kerri


Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC22. Have fun!!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments!! Have a great day!

blessings,
Chris
Wednesday, February 17, 2010




Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I can't believe it is Wednesday already!! It is time for another Flutter By Wednesday and Inky Impression Challenge!!

Our challenge this week at Flutter By Wednesday is to use hearts with a butterfly, fairy or angel on your creations! If you create a card or project using this challenge please leave a direct link to your creation in Mister Linky here. If you upload to SCS or PCP, please use the keyword, FBW.We can't wait to see what YOU create!!

Since today is also an Inky Impressions challenge, to think spring and use pastel or bright colors and an Inky Impressions Stamp, I combined the two and came up with this card using Lili's Egg Hunt from Inky Impressions:


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Inky Impressions- Lili's Egg Hunt
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Bitter Chocolate Bazzill
Accessories: Scrap lace, Pink grosgrain, Stitched teal ribbon, SU Corduroy Buttons, SU Felt leaves, Prima Flowers
Challenges:
Friday Sketchers Sketch
Totally Papercrafts Challenge- buttons and bows
Stamp something- something cute
Flutter by Wednesday- butterfly, angel or fairy and hearts
Inky Impressions- pastel or bright colors and an Inky impressions image
Fussy and Fancy- Dazzle Us- my flower is sparkly
Allsorts- 1, 2,3 mine is 1 Lili, 2 corduroy buttons and 3 daffodils
Our Creative Corner- Something old from your stash-mine is the last scrap of lace I found
Daring Card makers challenge Have a heart
Pile it on- Flowers
Spoonful of sugar- springtime
Creative Belli Challenge- butterflies or dragonflies
polka doodles- hearts and flowers
sassy designs by Susie- hearts and flowers
Crafty Angels Challenge Flowers
Corrosive challenge Sew it up
SophistiCat challenge Stitching

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and you too are inspired to join us at Inky Impressions to create a card or project with bright or pastel colors and an Inky Impressions Image (If so leave a direct link here before March 2, this challenge is for two weeks.)

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

or If you decide to play in the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge (to create a card or project with a butterfly, fairy, or angel and hearts), please leave a direct link here at the Flutter By Wednesday Blog. If you upload your creation to an online gallery please use the keyword FBW. This week there is blog candy from our sponsor: Susana's Custom Art and Card Design.
In order to be eligible for the blog candy, you must participate in the challenge and have your creation linked before February 22 at Midnight.

For more inspiration for the Flutter By Wednesday challenge, please visit:
Ann,
Cassie
Christine
Danni
Debby
Harriet
Heather
Jeanette
Jodi
Karen
Kimberly
Kris
Kristie
Lelia
Michelle-
Nancy
Nicola
Pam
Shana
Guest Designers:
Suzie
Alex, Brandi and Randi

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! As always I enjoy reading your comments and treasure your visits.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I hope everyone is enjoying their week and had a good beginning so far! By the time you view this post, I will be away for the week with my daughters to visit my parents and getting together with my sister who I don't often see. I have been looking forward to the time we will be spending together. I have scheduled posts through out the week for all the different dt's and challenges, etc. I won't have access to a computer so I sure will be missing all your inspiration!! I will for sure catch up with you when I return!

Well anywho, since today is Tuesday, it is time for the Midnight Madness Sketch! This is just one of the sketches. For the CAS sketch, winners, and sponsor details, please visit the MMSC blog.

Here is my take on the sketch!!

This past weekend, Wags n Whiskers had a new release of several sweet images. The card I created today uses one of them illustrated by Cris de Lara. She has such a fun and whimsical style to her creations. This image is called Let's do Lunch. The papers are from Basic Grey Nook and Pantry. The buttons are from my stash including the sugar pot which was in my Christmas buttons. The image is water colored with distress inks.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Wags n Whiskers: Let's Do Lunch
Paper: BG Nook and Pantry, old olive, bitter chocolate
Accessories: spellbinders, buttons, ribbon, sewing machine, distress inks

challenges:
Midnight Madness sketch 41~
Stamp Something~ Something cute
Totally Papercrafts Challenge: buttons and bows

Please visit the rest of the Design Team Divas to see their take on this week's sketch!

Jeni - Jeni's Custom Cards
Linda - Craft Central!!
Michelle - Daydreams by Michelle
Phyllis - SparklePlenty1000
Priscilla - "priscillastyles"
Sue - McMahon Five Designs
Cheryl -CherCroppin's Stamp Pad

I hope you enjoyed my creation and you too are able to participate in the sketch. If you do create a card or project using the sketch, please leave a direct link to your creation here. If you upload to PCP or SC please use the keyword MMSC41.

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments! I feel like this is my shortest MMSC post ever. Please do check out the MMSC blog here if you want more info. about last week's challenge winners or the sponsors.

blessings,
Chris
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!! I hope everyone has been enjoying their day. I was hoping to post this much earlier today, however I have not been feeling well and spent a lot of the day in bed. Later in the afternoon, my inlaws came to visit, hence....my later post. Sorry!

I wanted to share with you a Valentine Cupcake holder I created for my girls and husband. Just a fun little Valentine treat. I used the Hey Cupcake template from Leigh Ann Baird at Perfect Presentations.

Isn't it so cute!! Just a fun easy project. I cut mine out by hand using the templates but Leigh Ann also has them available so you can use your Cricut.
I used the colors from the Color Throwdown challenge and Crazy 4 Challenges (red):


Stamps: SU Love You Much
Paper: My Mind's Eye Be Loved
Accessories: Spellbinders Flourish Accents, Spellbinders label 9, Scalloped punch from SU

Challenges:

By the Cute & Girly challenge Love
My Time To Craft Challenge Hearts & Kisses
Tuesday taggers challengeLove is all around us
Penny‘s challenge Valentine/Love
Simon says challenge Love
Cute card Thursday challenge In the name of love
Double Dutch challenge Valentines
Ooh La La Challenge Love
The Pink Elephant challenge Valentines
Creative card crew challenge Valentines
Die Cuts R Us Challenge Love
Everybody-Art Valentines
Daring Card makers challenge Have a heart
Lots to do Challenge Love is in the air
Color Throwdown: sage, riding hood red, blush blossom
Crazy 4 challenges: red
Totally Papercrafts Challenge- buttons and bows
Stamp something- something cute

Thanks for stopping by!! Enjoy the rest of your Valentine's Day!

blessings,
Chris
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Happy Saturday everyone!! Today it is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs - Shining the Light Challenge and Saturday Spotlight Challenge.

For this week's challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge, the team would like to challenge you to use red or pink and bling on your creation since tomorrow is Valentine's Day. It need not be a Valentine's Day creation.


To make the challenge even more fun, there will be a prize of a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store for participant randomly chosen!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, February 18. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.


Now on to my creation:


For this card I used the stamp set You Will Find Refuge from Our Daily Bread Designs. Chickadees are one of my fave birds and I find this verse so comforting. I used some Imaginesce paper and some scraps from my scrap bin for the dp. I love bling but believe it or not I struggled with how much to put on it to not take away from the beautiful bird. The little pearls and silver baubles seemed subtle but yet elegant. What do you think?

Stamps: You Will Find Refuge-Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: Imaginesce, Bitter Chocolate, Pink Pirouette, Bitter Chocolate
Accessories: Spellbinders Lattice Pendant, Spellbinders Lattice Border, MS pearls, ZVA Creative Pearls, Silver Baubles, May Arts Pink Ribbon, Cuttlebug Vintage Corner die

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
We hope you can join us for the challenge! If you do, please leave a direct link here to Mr. Linky. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC2. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.


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Today is a new Saturday Spotlight Challenge!! I love this challenge. It really challenges you to think outside the box.

For this week's challenge.....
The Spotlight Divas would like to challenge you to use a household item on your creation...but NOT a craft item! Use safety pins, dryer sheets, household cleaners, paper clips for doing a technique or using as an embellishment.

This week's Saturday Spotlight is

Victoria Case Art Designs

(click HERE to go to her store)



One Lucky participant of the challenge this week will be randomly chosen to win four digital images of their choice from Victoria's store.

Here is my take on the challenge:

Stamps: Matthew from Susanna Custom Arts and Card Designs
Paper: Nook & Pantry- Basic Grey, Chocolate chip, dusty durango, white, water color paper
Accessories: paper clip, board clip, twine


This image is Matthew illustrated by Victoria Case and sold at Susanna's Custom Arts and Card Designs. I colored him in with water colors. The layout uses this week's Mojo Monday sketch. The colors uses the color challenge at SC this week which is Shadow Chocolate Durango (sage shadow, Choc. chip, and dusty durango). The household items I used on my creation are paperclips, twine and a board clip. I distressed my creation with sand paper (another household item) I plan on using this card for my nephews upcoming birthday. He calls his sister "sissy". I was going to add a big smooch from sissy but thought that I might be pushing it there so I went with the hug. LOL!




Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are inspired by my creation to join this week's challenge. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

*Vicki (creator/coordinator)
Boni
Crystal
Darlene
Dawn
Erin
Jessica
Maria
Jodi

REMINDERS For The Saturday Spotlight:
Be sure to place the DIRECT link to your creation in Mister Linky in order to qualify to win the prize from our sponsors or voting for the top 3 creations before Friday at 3 p.m.

If you upload your creation to an on-line gallery, please be sure to label it with the keywords SSHP18

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you enjoyed all my creations. I sure enjoyed creating them!! I hope you are having a great weekend!

blessings,
Chris

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