Friday, December 15, 2017

CWS Mid Month Inspiration & TGIF; Thankful Friday #22

Reindeer, reindeer, reindeer! I have reindeer on my mind! The challenge the month at the Creative With Stamps (CWS) site is reindeer. Coincidence...I think not.

The reindeer line up stamp is an old Stampin Up stamp. I love this set. I used watercolor pencils to add light colors to the stamp. The rest was using some scrap papers, twine and a poinsettia flower I just purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Click on over to join the challenge for your chance to win a prize. I made my first reindeer card HERE but decided to make another reindeer inspired card for a MID MONTH inspiration.

I hope you join the challenge this month (and future months). I do find that when I join challenges, I use products that I either forgot I had or don't get to use very often. Hey, better yet, an excuse to purchase new items! Whichever makes you happier. LOL

Today is Friday so it's also TGIF; Thankful Friday #22.
This week I'm thankful for tiny Christmas lights. I love how those little tiny things can come together and make everything festive. I love seeing Christmas decorations on houses, in stores, businesses, and homes.

This is a scheduled post since I'm spending most of the day at the hospital. Time for another surgery for DS1. These are a regular part of his life since he's been a toddler but they are still a little worrisome and definitely tiring for all. We are in a new hospital today...long story...but it's all good.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WOYWW #445

My desk is a mess! I just cleaned it after I completed the wedding album and it was so clean and lots of room to work and then the next project happened! We're having a cubicle decorating contest at work again this year and everyone is getting into it! To see posts from last year, click HERE.

Here's mine:

I had one large piece of cardboard left over from when I made the Eiffel Tower (HERE) so I thought I'd make this cute car. I normally cannot draw a thing, but this car was super easy. The driver & passengers are cut with my Circuit using the Doodlecharms cartridge.

Most of the items on my desk are either scraps from those cuts or items I used to weigh the cuts down. Instead of using my expensive scrapbooking paper, I used some inexpensive white papers and painted the colors in before layering them together.

Click on over to the Stamping Ground to read more about WOYWW and to check out the other desks.  Join in and show us a picture of your work desk too.

I'll post photos of my coworker's designs later. There are some people who are still working on theirs.

Happy Week!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Treats for Christmas

I made these super cute tootsie pop holders to give the kiddos in my family this Christmas. These pop covers are so easy to make. Click here to see my earlier post with measurements on these.

Bitten By The Bug II (BBTB2) site is hosting a gift boxes, treat bags and gift embellishment challenge this week so I thought it was a good time to make these.

The images are all from the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge. Still one of my favorites!

I used patterned paper for Santa and the snowman but added a piece of patterned paper on the reindeer pops. 

You don't have to, but I placed mine in cellophane bags before tying the bows to the sticks. They seem more "gift ready" when done that way.

Even though I know the kids will just rip out the tootsie pops, I still think they are worth doing.

Don't forget to join the challenge at BBTB2 this week.

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 WINNER

The 2017 12 Days of Christmas Tags is over and I hope you had a chance to comment each day for your chance to win a set of one each of the twelve tags. There were 21 names entered in the random name selector and the winner is...Sharon Madson!

CONGRATULATIONS Sharon! Email your mailing address to me at

I'm so excited to send them!

Thanks to everyone who took time to comment. I really do appreciate any and all comments.

I used the to select the winner.

Monday, December 11, 2017

DS3 Wedding Album Flip Through

I am done with DS3's wedding album and I LOVE how it turned out! I had so much fun putting this together and used all kinds of flip flaps, pocket pages & standard 12x12 layouts. I entered some sketch challenges to get this album completed too. This album is so interactive and fun.

I was going to wait and give it to the newlyweds for Christmas but I was too excited and gave it to them this past weekend. It was awesome to watch them go through it.

Here's my flip through...enjoy!

Sorry for my horrible video skills. I don't do them often enough to justify a tripod, but I probably should look into one. smile

Flip Flaps: Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Cricut Cartridges Used: Indie Art, Storybook, Artbooking, Groovy Times, Tie the Knot and I also took advantage of some free cuts on Design Space

Challenges Entered throughout:
Sketch in Thyme Project Life (won)
Stick It Down (won)
Stuck Sketches

Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Twelve and TGIF #21

The final tag of the series is here! I actually got a request for these tags (before I made them) so I figured, since I'm making some for my customer, I may as well use these as my last tag of this series.
I love the Create-a-Critter (1 & 2) cartridges. They are full of super cute images. This reindeer is from the first cartridge. I cut him at 3 1/2" tall. I used an embossing folder to create the little dots on them - just a little extra texture.

This is your last chance to leave a comment on this post and the previous eleven tag posts. For each comment, that will earn an entry into my giveaway. The giveaway will be tomorrow afternoon using a random name selector. Be sure to become a follower, leave lots of comments and stay tuned for the winner announcement.

Since today is Friday, I also want to post my TGIF; Thankful Friday #21.
This week I am thankful for my sisters. I'm sure I mentioned it before, but I am blessed with amazing sisters. Each of us are so different, yet the same. Believe me, it's a thin line between love and hate sometimes, but love always wins in the end. My sister hurt herself very badly and we all rallied to go help her. I know she appreciated the support and it's just something we do. So this week, I'm thankful for my sisters - my forever friends!

Stick It Down Guest Designer

I'm so excited to be the Guest Designer on the Stick It Down (SID) sketch site. Click on over to see the current sketches and join the fun.
Here is the 2-page sketch for December:
Gosh, isn't it just beautiful? I love those flowers under & around the photos. I knew I wasn't going to be able to match that with paper. I just happened to watch a YouTube video on watercolor roses (great timing) and I thought I'm going to give it a try.

Here's my layout:

After selecting & trimming the photos, I placed pencil marks on the white cardstock so I would know where to concentrate on embellishing. Then I went to town on creating a background. I love mixed media but never tried it on a scrapbooking layout. I love the way it turned out! That's why I love sketches & challenges. It sure is a way to work outside your comfort zone and push you to do things you wouldn't normally do.

I started with the water colored roses - hated it - so I added more water to my brush and & tried to blend them more.! I pulled out my mixed media supplies and added marks all over the pages. Items used: stamps, ink pads (red, gold, black & white), black glimmer mist, gold color silk, pencil, ink pen and water color paint. I wrote the title (eh, don't love or hate) with a Crayola paint brush.

Click on over to the SID site to see the write up, sketches and DT inspiration. I hope you join in too. An earlier post on their site indicated that they don't get many 2-page layout entries...won't you join me this month?

Grunge Set by Stampin' Up
Elements 3 by Bloom Art Stamps (these are designed by me!)
Color Silk by Fun Stampers Journey