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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Christmas cards year round!

We're doing something new at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for 2017 and each monthly challenge will be ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS. We're hoping it will encourage everyone to make their Christmas cards all year long to avoid the crunch at the end of the year.

I made a card using all diecuts and one stamp (the sentiment). I liked the elegance of this card and the way it is on the flat side for mailing purposes. I'm finding that mailing my 'fancy' cards is just too darn expensive, yet I want to send handmade cards to my friends!

I used metallic silver paper as my bottom layer, metallic gold for the ornament, metallic green for the spray of greenery attached as part of the ornament die and green glitter paper for the evergreen border across the top. I used a pretty white paper with a gold pearlescent finish and stamped my sentiment in black.

The Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created some beautiful cards to start off this year and I hope you'll take a look at them and join us this month for our ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS challenge.

                                                                                    Gail

Monday, January 9, 2017

I love winter images!

There's a new challenge beginning today at Cutie Pie Challenge Blog.  The challenge is WINTER WARMERS. I used this adorable penguin image from Bugaboo named Little Penguin Winter Skate.


I colored this little penguin with Copics and my only embellishments are the 3 sequins with 3 little pearls glued in the center. I wanted to show off this cute image and the sentiment is a digi from Miss Daisy Stamps.

The sponsors for this month are:


three digi stamps of the winners choice

The team has made some adorable cards for this challenge and since we are the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog, please make sure your card is always CUTE!  Hope you'll join us for our WINTER WARMERS challenge this month!

                                                                            Gail

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Pink Christmas

My best friend, Lillian, loves the color pink. I try to make her cards that have some pink on them...and sometimes that 'some' pink turns into 'alota' pink. Hahhahaa!  This year her Christmas card was truly pink. I used this beautiful image from Elisabeth Bell named Candy's Christmas Candle.
I don't know where to start to describe this card and the die cuts I used. If you have a question about anything, please e-mail me at the address to the right of this post. I colored her with Copics. I love sequins and don't use them very often, but they went perfect on this card.
and I used my Craft-Dee BowZ maker to make this double looped bow. This ribbon is so pretty, don't you think! I couldn't resist adding a sweet bow to this card. I added a snowflake brad covered with glitter in the center of the bow.
I know Lillian received the card so I can post it now, and she even reminded me to enter it in a challenge or two!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

                                                                                   Gail
I've entered this card in the following challenges:
In The Pink
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge
Little Miss Muffet
Crafty Ribbons





Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!!

It's here...the new year and let's see how long it takes me to remember it's 2017 whenever I have to write the date.  The new challenge is ready to start at Craft-Dee BowZ.  We have a new sponsor this month, Fred She Said, and each of us have used one of their wonderful images for our project. I used a flower image named Poppies.



I used chalk to color the background of these pretty poppies. The die cut around them is by Sue Wilson, the sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and the butterfly die cut is by Frantic Stamper. Thank you Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for the beautiful ribbon and netting!

Here's a close up of my image which I colored with Copics


And here's my double looped bow. What fabulous ribbon and the color is such a pretty turquoise. Making a bow like this is so easy with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.


Our sponsor this month is Fred She Said and you can see their wonderful images here. Fred She Said Designs offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files. Have some fun with Fred!  
Winners Prize - $10 GC to winner

Our challenge for you this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. My teammates, Barbara, Tracey and Marty at Craft-Dee BowZ have created cute cards using the images from Fred She Said and would love for you to take a look HERE and please leave a comment! We love hearing from those to look and admire our art, just like you do!

I hope you'll join us this month and don't forget your handmade bow!

                                                                                Gail


Monday, December 26, 2016

Gift bags

It's my Tuesday to post at Craft-Dee BowZ, and I'm thankful for the 'scheduling' feature on Blogger since I'm out of town at this time, having a white Christmas in Flagstaff, Arizona with my husband, daughter and our beagles. The challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. The team, however, likes a bit more of a challenge since we use bows all the time anyway, so our challenge was to decorate a box or bag and use the colors burgundy, evergreen and tulle. Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More and I used this wonderful image called Cabin in the Woods. The name is a bit fitting, isn't it?!


I even made a gift tag for my gift bag. Thank you, Donna, for the base tag which I decorated!



The ribbon we had to use was awesome again this month. I used this dark red checkered ribbon for my bow. I made multi-sized loops using my bow tool and couldn't have done this with just 2 hands, so this bow tool was invaluable to me!
 

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More is proud to sponsor this challenge. Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by  Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion. Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice to the winner of this challenge.
 

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends.

                                                                                                Hugs,
                                                                  Gail
 



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Carolers

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin.  Our challenge for you is INSPIRED BY SONG OR "SINGING" IMAGE.  I used this very cute image by All Dressed Up.




The images are 3 little girls and I chose 2 out of the 3 for my card.




Here's my floral and berry embellishment.



I hope you'll join us for this challenge where the topic is: INSPIRED BY SONG OR 'SINGING' IMAGE. 


Our sponsor this month is All Dressed Up.


Since this is my last post for Christmas at Sweet Stampin' before Christmas, let me with each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


                                                                                                Hugs,
                                                                  Gail

Monday, December 12, 2016

A candy cane Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog. Our challenge this month is A DAY IN THE SNOW.  We have three wonderful sponsors this month and two that gave us images! I chose to do 2 cards since the images were just too cute to not use them!  This card uses an adorable image by Bugaboo.




As you can see, I went with "less is more" for this card. The image was so cute and I had this awesome ribbon and I decided to make the most out of both items. I used 3D paint and sprinkled white glitter over it for the snow and there's a bit of glitter on my image.




This ribbon was perfect for this card and I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool to make this perfect double looped bow.




We have a total of three sponsors this month: Bunny Zoe's, Bugaboo & Paper Nest Dolls.





$15 to spend in online store


I hope you'll join us at the Cutie Pie Challenge this month where the challenge is A DAY IN THE SNOW.


Since this is the last post I'll be making for the Cutie Pie Challenge before Christmas, let me with you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


                                                                                             Hugs,
                                                              Gail






Snowflakes

It's time for a new challenge at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog. Our challenge this month is A DAY IN THE SNOW.  We have three wonderful sponsors this month and two that gave us images! I chose to do 2 cards since the images were just too cute to not use them!  This card uses an adorable image by Paper Nest Dolls.




Here's a close-up of this cute little image.




Here's the tag embellishment I made.




We have a total of three sponsors this month: Bunny Zoe's, Bugaboo & Paper Nest Dolls.





$15 to spend in online store


I hope you'll join us at the Cutie Pie Challenge this month where the challenge is A DAY IN THE SNOW.


Since this is the last post I'll be making for the Cutie Pie Challenge before Christmas, let me with you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


                                                                                             Hugs,
                                                              Gail

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Decorating the tree

It's already December 1 and that means a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ. The months have flown by again this year and I have a feeling it's not going to go any slower next year. My wish for each of you is a happy and safe holiday season. The challenge for you this month at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.


 
I chose to do a very non-traditional card for me...no image to color!  I've had this great ornament die cut for years and die cut  it twice, once in red metallic paper and once in silver metallic paper. Then I pieced the red pieces into the silver outline. You might be able to see it better in the picture below due to glare. My green pine boughs are a die by Sizzix and I love DecoArt Snow-Tex and applied it with my finger and then sprinkled white glitter over it while it was still wet. The background of my paper is an embossing folder that reminded me of a Nordic sweater pattern.
 
 
I love this ornament and the top of it is a double swirl, so one swirl is tucked around the green pine bough.



And now what you've all been waiting for. The bow. This is white satin with white stamped snowflakes all over the front side. With my little bow tool I was able to make this triple looped bow, keeping the patterned side of the ribbon facing forward. I couldn't have done this in my hands and love my little bow tool. Have you gotten one yet and used it?


The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ has some gorgeous creations to share with you today and I know you'll enjoy looking at all 4 of our projects. Remember, we're a small team so it doesn't take a lot of time to take a peek at Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and leave each of us a comment! 

This will be my last post before Christmas for Craft-Dee BowZ since my next post is on December 26 and I'll be showing you a gift bag I made and using a beautiful image from Robyn's Fetish who is our sponsor this month! Each gal on the Team has a Tuesday to share a wonderful project to share with you, so please stop by every week to see the latest and greatest. And remember that the challenge for you this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.

Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Time to decorate the tree!

I love making Christmas cards. I make them year round and since our weather has finally cooled down below 100 degrees here in Arizona, it's a little easier to be making winter cards. The challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ has been ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW for all of you.  The Design Team, however, got a bit more of a specific challenge and we were to use red, gold and silver for our colors and an ornament(s).  So, I dug out my dies and had this set of ornaments by Elizabeth Dies and some new greenery die by Sizzix and the row of trees on the bottom is a die by Marianne Design. The sentiment is by Whimsy.

Perhaps the side angle below will be more helpful. I found it difficult to photograph metallic papers, so maybe you can see that my far right ornament is gold in the below picture. The background paper is white pearl and it's giving off a bit of glare. My apologies for not being a great photographer and for making it difficult to see my red, silver and gold ornaments very clearly. I used chunky white embossing powder on my greenery and trees and 3-D white paint for my falling snowflakes.

I love the way my three bows came out. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool and whipped out these three double looped bows super quick. By using my bow tool, I also got 3 exactly the same size bows, which was a small detail that mattered to me. Thank you to Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for the great ribbons!


Do you own a bow tool?  Do you want to own a bow tool?  If you don't have one and order one in the month of November or December, let me know and I'll send you a large number of ribbons as a bonus for getting one! I'm addicted to ribbons and have more than what I can use and happy to share with a new bow tool owner! My e-mail is on the side of my blog.


Have you seen Vicki's and Tracey's projects yet? If you're on my blog page, click here to see them.  Such beautiful creations to encourage you to get your project submitted to Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW!

Monday, November 14, 2016

No designer paper!

It's the second Monday of the month already, and time for a new challenge at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog. Our challenge for you this month is NO DESIGNER PAPERS.  I used this adorable image by 2 Cute Ink named Little Reindeer.
I colored my image with Copics and used 3 dimension white paint for the snow under his feet. My background paper is kraft and I made my snowflakes with a stencil and white paste. Here's a close-up of this really cute little reindeer.
Our sponsors this month are:
 2 Cute Ink and the prize is 2 digital images of the winner's choice!
AND
Sweet Stamps and a $10 gift certificate to their store!
http://www.sweetstamps.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

The team has made some adorable cards to inspire you this month and we hope you'll join us at The Cutie Pie Challenge for our November challenge of NO DESIGNER PAPERS!
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It's almost here...

Christmas is almost here. It's already November and I've got 3 more paychecks before Christmas. Is that how you look at it, too?!  Time flies at this time of year and I often find myself not enjoying the holidays as much because I've waited too long to get certain tasks done and then feeling rushed at the last minute. On that note I hope you've joined us each month and so now you'll have a minimum of 11 Christmas cards done! If you haven't been making cards all year for Christmas, please consider joining us here at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for our monthly challenge in 2017!! This month our challenge is ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS.


I used an older Magnolia image for my card this month. I had never colored her and had her in my "Magnolia" notebook of stamps. If I remember correctly, my friend Julie in Australia, sent me this stamp years ago as a gift. I have an abundance of stamps that have never been colored up and it's scary to go into the closet and look at the number of notebooks full of stamps. I really need to start making more cards! Notice I'm not saying a word about my library of digitals. Let's focus on coloring rubber stamped images for now.




Here's a close-up of Tilda. I colored her with Copics and used 3-D white paint for the snow. These beautiful papers are from Wild Rose and I loved using the vibrant red and purple. My flowers are from an assortment of places, including Wild Orchid Crafts. I added some 3-D white paint at her feet and sprinkled glitter over it while it was wet.



This month, our sponsor at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is Marianne Designs.


The team has created some adorable cards for our challenge and you can't get an easier topic than ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS for this month. I hope you'll join us!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Mid-Week Magnolias, Chall 151, Winter
Lovely Haenglar or Sweet Magnolia, Chall 140, Snow/Glitter

Monday, October 31, 2016

Big Hugs

It's November 1...which brings all new monthly challenges!  The challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!  For my card today I used a Wild Rose image that reminds me of my daughter, Stephanie. Stephanie recently had spine surgery and recuperated at my house. Each day when she awoke, there was a card and a little 'something' waiting for her so she'd have something to look forward to each morning.  This is one of the cards I made for her. She has a kitty that looks like the one in the card, too, that she brought with her to my house!

Here's a close-up of this very cute image. And yes, Stephanie has red hair.
I took a picture of my flowers and the ivy, too. Stephanie loves ivy and all kinds of plants so I knew she'd like these flowers and greenery.
And here's my bow. I used my handy dandy bow tool and couldn't have done this thin ribbon multi-looped bow without it! I added a tiny dew drop in the middle of it!
The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ consists of 4 gals. Please take a moment to look at their cards/projects and if you have a chance, please leave a little comment for them on the blog site of Craft-Dee BowZ.  We'd love you to join us this month where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                          Gail

Monday, October 24, 2016

Boo to you!

Hello, it's my Tuesday morning to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog with my card for this month's inspiration!  The team had the challenge of using lime green, orange and black. I realized, while pulling paper and picking out an image, that I love this color combination! The challenge for YOU is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. The team got to use their own images and I used this image named Magical Day by All Dressed Up. Isn't this one cute little witch and the perfect time to make this card with Halloween one week away!




She's colored with Copics and I added glitter to her wings, hair barrette and stars. The black border pumpkin is a punch and I punched the border in black and then orange and then glued the orange pieces into the spaces. Yes, I realized afterwards I could have just lightly glued the black punched border down on solid orange and used my scissors to cut around the top punch. But, it was something I didn't think about until AFTER I finished findings those tiny oranges pieces and getting them in the spaces. Oh, sometimes I just wonder about my patience level...it's so high for stuff like this and then it's zero when I'm driving home from work in traffic.




Okay, everyone go "oooohhhh" and "aaaaahhhhhh" at my bow. I used two different orange ribbons and used my hand dandy Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool to make this double looped, double ribbon bow. If we ever have a bow contest, I'm going to win. Yep, me...with my little bow tool. I adore this bow. I think it might be one of my Top 5 best bows on my blog. I had the perfect ribbons (thank you, Donna, at Craft-Dee BowZ) and with the bow tool, I couldn't go wrong. So, what do you think of this orange bow?!




Being that it's the fourth Tuesday of the month, and if you follow our challenge blog, you know I'm the last to post each month and I like that! The challenge is about to end, you're feeling rushed and want to enter, and then I post my cute little card that inspires you. Right?


Take a look at the gorgeous cards and projects posted before mine this month and I hope you'll pull out an image, die cuts, pretty paper, or whatever...and make yourself a handmade bow for that project since there's a few more days before the challenge closes at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW.


                                                                          Gail


I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons, Chall 172, Ribbon or Lace
DRS Designs, Chall 249, Color Chall
Crafting With Friends, Chall 30, AG
The Paper Girls, Chall 114, Halloween
Crafting From The Heart, Chall 133, AG
Scrapper's Delights, Chall 60, AG
Crafty Calendar, Chall Oct, Halloween
Love to Scrap, Chall 88, AG
Little Miss Muffet, Chall 149, AG
Crafting With An Attitude, Chall 20, AG
Crafty Girls Creations, Chall 28, AG
Perfectly Created Chaos, Chall 4, AG
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge, Chall Oct, Autumn/Harvest/Halloween
Really Reasonable Ribbon, Chall 151, Orange You Glad It’s Autumn
Crafty Friends, Chall 43, AG
Simply Create Too, Chall 120, Halloween
My Time To Craft, Chall 32, Autumn or Halloween
Aurora Wings, Chall 38, AG
Melonheadz Friends, Chall All About Pumpkins
Whoopsi Daisy, Chall Die cuts and/or Punches
All Dressed Up, Chall 62, AG
Crafty Sentiments, Chall AG
Create and Makes Chall 5, AG Opt Ribbon/Lace
Digi Choosday Chall 43, AG
Inky Chicks, Chall 74, Too Cute To Spook
Lemon Shortbread, Chall 27, AG
Unicorn Challenge, Chall 14, Pretty Pinks OR Halloween