Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Warm Wish...

Can you believe it's the last day of the year??  Where has the year gone?

Today I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy & Healthy New Year!!
And share a quick little Joy Fold Card I whipped up with an adorable Whimsie Doodles December Release.
 A little unfolded
Image - Whimsie DoodlesSnowman Cocoa
Papers - Crate Paper & Kraft
Coloring - BG13 BG15 BG18 C0 C1 E30 E31 E33 R13 R14 YR14 YR15
Tools - Cuttlebug & Nesties
Extra STUFF - Custom Candi, Googley Eyes, Dimensionals & Stickles

This card is made with all kinds of scraps I had in my OVERFLOWING scrap box!  I kind of love creating these Joy Fold Cards because they're an awesome way to use up all those EXTRA little scraps of paper.  =)

Hugs & a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy 20-12 from Shelly's Images

We've got a fantastic new image - PERFECT for the new year AND for an anniversary at Shelly's Images Blog.

To add to that, we've got a fun challenge to go with these new fabulous images - 
Black, Silver +1 other color and BLING!

You know how I love BLING!!!

Papers - Coredinations & Miscellaneous Swirly Metallic paper
Coloring - Copics - E21 E50 R37 R39 Y21
Extra STUFF - Glossy Accents, Burgandy Stickles, Studio G Sentiment Stamp, Stazon Jet Black Ink, BLING & Dimensionals

Come on over and join us at Shelly's Images and play along for your chance to win!!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
This happy 20-12 card has been entered into the following challenges - 
C.R.A.F.T. - 5E - New Year
Charisma Cardz - 3E, C10 - Anything Goes (ends 4th Jan 2012)
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - SIO - Anything Goes (ends 4th Jan 2012)
Cute Card Thursday - C5 - "Happy New Year"

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A New "Kids View" Release at Bugaboo

How was your Holiday?  Did Santa visit your house?
Well, if you didn't get EVERYTHING that was on your list (Bugaboo Stamps digis), you can visit the store and do some After Christmas shopping for yourself, and at 50% off!!!

AND, even better yet, it's a new release day today!!!   =)

 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "A Kids View - Ninja"
Paper - Miscellaneous Print, Bazzill & Coredinations
Coloring - Copics - R37 R39 R59, E50
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Bling, Stickles, Dimenstionals & Computer Generated Sentiment
I made this card for a friend of mine that needs some Kick @$$ Ninja powers lately - so only fitting.
The Inside says "Some Days it’s Worth Breakin’ out Your Stealth-like Ninja Moves!! HI-YUH!"

Pop on over to The Bug Blog and check out the rest of the ninja clan and then head over to The store and get your ninja collection!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Snow Stuck On YOU from Whimsie Doodles

When I see this cute little image it makes me think of the "Triple Double Dog Dare" from A Christmas Story.  Remember that part of the movie??  If not, it's a great time to watch A Christmas Story - one of my FAVORITES (other than the Griswald Family Christmas =)

So, with that introduction, I wanted to introduce you to another of the Whimsie Doodles December New Releases - It's called Snow Stuck and from the little project below, I think you'll be able to see why!
Image - Whimsie Doodles "Snow Stuck"
Papers - Doodlebug Design, Kraft & Bazzill
Coloring - Copics - C0 BG13 BG49 RV23 RV25 RV29 YG23 YG25
Tools - EK Success Punch, Cuttlebug & Sizzix Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Candi, Miscellaneous BUTTONS, Diamond Stickles, Turquoise Stickles & Dimensionals

Be sure to check out the December New Releases in the Whimsie Doodles Store - you'll just LOVE 'em!!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Did you Ever???

Think you could be SICK of chocolate???
Well, I think I'm JUST about there!!  =)  Believe it or not!
This year I've been selling homemade chocolates and have made about 30 pounds of chocolate for clients, businesses, church groups and more.  My mom's store too has been an awesome source of clients as well as some of the folks I work with!!  WOW!  Who would have thought it would take off this year like it did!

This year my new creation was the White Peppermint Chocolate Covered Pretzels - can you say FABULOUS?!?!
Definitely my hottest seller!

I thought I'd share with you one of the last orders I had to finish up (before I started making chocolate for family and friends.  My brother in law was VERY happy to see "A Bunch of Everything" in his large metal tin).
These were for one of my Co-workers for her kids teachers gifts - cute huh?? 

The tags were created using MS Publisher, The Bells & Bow Digi image from Bugaboo Stamps, Cuttlebug, Nesties and Stickles.  The bows were created using a terrific metallic gold/silver mesh ribbon I picked up at M's (must pick up more of this after Christmas!!!)

Last weekend my hubby and I whipped up Chocolate Covered Cherries & Turtle and watched hours of Christmas movies!

Maybe next year I'll get a head start and sell them at my Etsy store too!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Red, Blue & Pink Challenge

And to add a bit to the challenge?  In addition to these three challenge, we want you to use either Flower Soft, Fun Flock, Sparkle Fluff, or Glitter (stickles count).
So, here's my take on the challenge - 
Paper - Coredinations, Kraft & Miscellaneous Print from a Xmas Paper Stack
Coloring - Copics B24 B32 YG 06 YG07 R37 R39 R81 R83 R85
Tools - MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Stickles, BLING, Dimensionals and Ribbon

Head on over to The Bug Blog and play along with us!
And, I'd also like to take a quick second to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
This Fancy Umbrella has been entered into the following challenges
Catch The Bug Blog - Red, Blue & Pink + Flower Soft, Fun Flock, Sparkle Fluff, or glitter

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Oldie But Goodie

At Bugaboo today! 
Happy Thursday and thanks for stoppin' by!!  
We celebrated my favorite cuz' birthday last week and it was only fitting that Gus grace the front of his card!  =)
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Gus Birthday" Collection "Recount"
Paper - Kraft, Bazzill & Basic Grey
Coloring - Copics C0 C1 R27 R29 B21 B24 E50 E21 Y17 Y19
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Dew Drops, Doodling, Dimensionals, Stazon Jet Black Ink & Miscellaneous "Party like a Rock Star" stamp

Visit The Bug Blog and see what other Oldies the team dusted off.  There's 'new' ones I find every Thursday that I add to my WISH LIST.

Speaking of Wish Lists, don't forget, Jodie has her 50% off Christmas Sale going on at The Bugaboo Store, so get your favorites!! AND if you need some last minute Christmas images - there's the great new 12 Days of Christmas Bundle that is PERFECT for this time of year and quite frankly, some that will work THROUGHOUT the year!!!!!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Roly Poly Chef for you!

Happy New Release Tuesday from Bugaboo!! =)

Today we've got an ADORABLE Roly Poly Chef Collection that is just perfect when it comes to FOOD!! =)

Paper - Kraft, Coredinations & Daisy Bucket
Coloring - Copics 100 Co C1 C3 C9 e30 E31 E33 E50 R27 R29 YR16 YR18 Y15 Y17
Tools - Cuttlebug & Provo Craft Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Doodling, Kraft Ribbon, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Studio G Sentiment & Dimensionals

Visit The Bug Blog and see all the wonderful projects the rest of the team whipped up.  Even if you're not inspired to cook, or don't like to cook, you can't help but want to put this cute little Chef on SOMETHING paper!!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Flakey Friends from Whimsie Doodles

Well, as we get closer to Christmas, my crafty time seems to get shorter and shorter, but between candy and cookie making this weekend, I did get to spend a WEE BIT of time in my studio.

And I whipped up this little cutie that I just LOVE!
The image is the "Flaky Snowman" from Whimsie Doodles December New Release Collection.
Image - Whimsie Doodles - Flakey Snowman
Papers - Bazzill & Doodlebug Designs
Coloring - Copics BG15 BG18 BG49 C0 R29 R46 YR14 YR15 V01 V04
Tools - Computer for sentiment & image, EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Doodling, Bakers Twine, Custom Bling, Buttons from my "Button Box", Dimensionals & Stickles

The sentiment says "Some of my Best Friends are Flakes!"  
This is being sent do a friend that is very dear to me!!

Visit the Whimsie Doodles Store and pick up your very own Flaky Snowman - you never know when you'll need a "Flaky Friend" to share the love! =)

Hugs & Happy Holidays!
This card has been entered into the following challenges - 
Crafty Boots - 2W, SIO - (2nd week) Christmas (ends 25th Dec)
Creative Stamp Friends - 2W - (2nd week) Christmas (ends 25th Dec)
Critter Sketch -  "Let It Snow"
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - SIO - Anything Goes
Stampalot Challenge - M, C6, 1E/craft type - (December) BINGO* (ends 27th Dec)

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Whimsie Doodle Sleigh Ride!

I just love this Santa's Ride digi from Whimsie Doodles - it's part of the December New Releases and, like I said, I just LOVE IT!!!  I mean, who doesn't LOVE these little reindeer??

I thought I'd make the card 'serious' but the sentiments FUNNY!  The inside of this one says "It's all FUN & REINDEER GAMES till Santa Crashes the Sleigh!"
Papers - Coredinations, Bazzill, Kraft & Recollection Paper Stack
Coloring - Copics 100 B000 E50 E31 E33 E35 E37 G94 G99 R35 R37 R39 R59 YR23
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - BLING, Stickles, Doodling, Ribbon from my stash & Dimensionals

Grab this little cutie at the Whimsie Store and check out the rest of the New Releases for this month!  There are some pretty CUTE snowmen and a really cute little Christmas Furbaby!!

Thanks for stoppin' by today!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
This card has been entered into the following challenges - 
Christmas Crafting - M, 3E,  P1 (must be Christmas) - Santa Claus is coming to Town
Bling It On - M, 3E, C10, P1 Christmas
Tando Creative Challenges - M, C5 , P1 - Winter Festivals
4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas Card
AiFactory - 1E, SIO - Christmas (ends 28th Dec)
Crafty Purple Frog - 2W, SIO - (2nd week) "It`s Cold Outside" (ends 21st Dec)
Shelly's Images - SIO - Anything Goes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's Oldie But Goodie Day

WOW, can you believe 10 Days till Christmas???
Are you ready yet???
Well, if you need a little break today from the holidays, here's a little OBG card to make you smile.

I just LOVE the Flower Vases from Bugaboo and thought I'd see how they worked for a sympathy card we needed.  Wow, talk about versitile!!

I'm so pleased with how this worked out.
It might even be a nice simple design for thank you or thinking of you cards too!
Paper - Kraft & DCWV Prints
Coloring - Copics E31 E33 Y21 BG10 BG11 G20 W1
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Dew Drops Ink, Fiskars "With Sympathy" Stamp for sentiment & Dimensionals

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and see what Oldies the rest of the team dusted off.
Don't forget, this Oldie and all the others you see can all be purchased at The Bugaboo Stamps Store.

On and before I forget - HAVE YOU FINISHED YOUR 12 days of Christmas Challenges at The Bug Blog????  You've got till tomorrow to get your entries in and be one of our winners!!  =)
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


If you've been following the Bugaboo Stamps/Catch The Bug 12 Days of Christmas Celebration, you've seen some SUPER CUTE 12 days of Christmas Images.

My favorite??  The 7 Swans a Swimming. . . .or maybe the 3 French Hens, no, wait, maybe the 10 Lords a Leapin', maybe.....well, I'm not sure I can really pick a favorite because they're all too freakin' cute!!
Guess what??  On this 13th Day of Christmas, Bugaboo Stamps is giving you the chance to get this ADORABLE 12 Days of Christmas set!!  ALL 12 Images AND titles in both Jpegs and Png files!
Dash on over to The Bugaboo Stamps Store and add this fabulous set to you collection!!  Don't forget, Jodie's got her 50% off Christmas Sale goin' on right now too - all the better reason to pick up this set! =)
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa was Here!

The Design Team at Shelly's Images had a Secret Santa Sock swap and what fun and exciting Santa Packages we received.

I'm excited to say, my Santa Sock Swapper was my Design Sista' Stephanie!

THANK YOU Stephanie for a really awesome package and some FABULOUS socks!!!  I've already worn the red fuzzy ones (they were in the wash at the time of this photo).
Thank you Santa Stephanie!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

On The Twelfth Day of Christmas

My True Love Gave to me....
11 Pipers Piping, 10 Lords a Leaping, 
9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Maids a Milking, 7 Swans a Swimming, 
6 Geese a Laying,
5 Golden Rings!
4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves & a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Today's 12th Day of Christmas Challenge -
Use a Christmas Song for Inspiration -  
Be sure to tell us what song it is!  =)

And if I wasn't spending the 12 day of Christmas recovering from our FABULOUS Cookie Exchange, I would have made a super cute card made with the JOY digi from the Bugaboo Christmas Word Collection

Don't forget, you've got until midnight on December 16 to join us and be eligible for the 12 days of Christmas Prizes!!!  We can't wait to see what you create!! =)
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
PS - Don't forget, Jodie has a 50% off Christmas sale going on right now - so, STOCK UP (plus, tomorrow there's an AWESOME SET that you're not gonna wanna miss!)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas....

My True Love Gave to me....
 10 Lords a Leaping, 9 Ladies Dancing,
8 Maids a Milking, 7 Swans a Swimming, 6 Geese a Laying,
5 Golden Rings!
4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves & a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Today's 11th Day of Christmas Challenge - Get out that Plaid and let's use it!
Paper - Doodlebug Design, Coredinations & Bazzill
Coloring - Copics C9 100 C0 C1 R24
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, Bakers Twine, Doodling, Custom BLING, Plastic Glitter Snowflake Ornament

I've wanted to use this sentiment FOREVER =)  Guess I can check it off my crafty bucket list now!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!
This card has been entered into the following challenges -

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Whimsie Doodles December Challenge!

Happy Whimsie Doodles December Challenge!!!! =)

I don't know about you, but even with as crazy busy as the holiday season gets, I always have time to 'reward' myself a bit with a little crafting - since the time between Christmas and New Years will be spend CLEANING and ORGANIZING my studio!

This month we've got a Sketch Challenge with you - I just LOVE sketch challenges!!
So, here's the terrific Sketch we're using for this month's Challenge -
And here's the little card I whipped up using the newly released Snowmies - I just LOVE these guys!!!
Paper - Doodlebug Designs, Kraft & Bazzill - I'm LOVIN' the Non-Tradiational Christmas colors!!!
Coloring - Copics C0 BG10 BG11 BG13 R24 R27 R29 V04 V06 YG23 YG25 100
Tools - Cuttlebug, Sizzix Snowflake Die & CM Corner Rounder
Extra STUFF - Candi (custom colored), Stickles, Lime Twist Twine, Ruffly Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and Dimensionals

Come join the Whimsie Doodles team for the December Sketch Challenge - we'd love to have you AND if you want, you have the chance to become a Whimsie Doodles Guest Designer (HOW FUN WOULD THAT BE??)  Check out the Whimsie Doodles Blog for all the deets on how to enter and be considered to be a Guest Designer!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
This trio has been entered into the following challenges - 
Crafty Calendar - M, 1E -  December Cold and Frosty
Totally Gorjuss -  #110 Let it Snow

On the Tenth Day of Christmas....

My True Love Gave to me....
9 Ladies Dancing,
8 Maids a Milking, 7 Swans a Swimming, 6 Geese a Laying,
5 Golden Rings!
4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves & a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Today's 10th Day of Christmas Challenge at The Bug Blog is  - Lords A Leaping - Let's make a Masculine Project

Here's mine - and I have to say, even though it has a scantaly clad woman on the front, this is DEFINITELY a Man Card - I can't say I'd want a card with a Scantaly Clad Woman on the front - KWIM?
Image - Bugaboo Stamps  "JJ Christmas - Wrapped Up"
Paper - Recollections Christmas Stack, Bazzill, Coredinations & Kraft
Coloring - Copics E21 E50 E23 E25 E27 E29 G94 G99 R59 R89 W1
Extra STUFF - Custom Colored Bling, Stickles, Doodling & Dimensionals

Day 10 - just a few more days left - but you have until December 16 to complete all the challenge and be a winner!!! =)  Come on over to The Bug Blog and join the fun - You DESERVE a crafty break!!!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
This 1/2 wrapped Christmas Gift has been entered into the following challenges -

Santa Baby....

Don't worry, I won't start singing the Santa Baby song that is lodged in my head as I type this post - I'd hate to have all the dogs in the neighborhood howling!!!  =)

Today over at The Bug Blog - not only are we celebrating 12 Days of Christmas with a challenge a day (stay turned for that challenge project) & lots of great prizes, but we're also giving you another Challenge and chance to WIN today since it's Saturday!!
What does that mean? 
Maybe it's a Santa card, or a little Sassy card for your honey - whatever "Santa Baby" inspires, whip it up and show us your project!!

Of course, this one is a little sassy for my hubby =) 
Just Gotta love the Christmas JJ's! =)
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "JJ Christmas - Cheers"
Paper - Bella Design, Coredinations & Bazzill
Coloring - Copics E50 E21 E23 E25 E27 E29 YG63 YG67 BG07 BG09 R35 R37 R39 R000 YR23 YR24
Tools - EK Success Punch, CM Square Punch & EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Ribbon from my stash, Dimensionals, Stickles and Bling

Skid on over to The Bug Blog and see where the rest of the Design Team had their minds (most are rated G instead of this NC17 or R) with this challenge and then JOIN US!!!

You can't WIN if you don't play along!  Plus, wouldn't you rather have paper cuts from crafty projects instead of wrapping paper??? 
My idea of wrapping?  GIFT BAGS!!!
'Nuff Said!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
This tipsy chic has been entered into the following challenges -
Catch The Bug - Santa Baby Challenge

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bugaboo & Poodles Doodles!!

What fun we had today getting to PLAY along with the Poodles Parlour design team!
Wonderfully FUN images and a terrific challenge.

You can NEVER have too many cards that say THANKS and if this one doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what will!!
So today I whipped up this super cute "Thanks" card in pink & orange using the Poodles Doodles "Immie" image
Image - Poodles Doodles I  Immie
Challenge - "THANKS"
Papers - Miscellaneous prints from my stash, Kraft & Bazzill
Coloring - Copics YR02 YR04 YR07 BG13 BG15 W1 RV11 RV13 RV14 E25 E27 E29
Tools - EK Success Punch, Cuttlebug & Nesties
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, Bakers Twine, Miscellaneous Sentiment Stamp, Custom Bling, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Yo Yo & Button from my Button Box

Come on and join the Poodles Doodles challenge - you know you can never have too many cards to say THANKS! =)
Hugs & Happy Days!
This cutie has been entered into the following challenges - 
Poodles Doodles - Thanks

On the Ninth Day of Christmas....

My True Love Gave to me....

8 Maids a Milking, 7 Swans a Swimming, 
6 Geese a Laying,
5 Golden Rings!
4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves & a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Today's 9th Day of Christmas Challenge - Ladies Dancing - so let's make something that is Feminine & Girly!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Fancy SB Collection - Fancy SB Christmas"
Paper - Bazzill, Kraft & Miscellaneous Print
Coloring - Copics G94 G99 R81 R83 R85 R29 R46 Y38 W3
Extra STUFF - Ribbon from my stash, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Studio G Sentiment, Dimensionals & Stickles

Visit The Bug Blog and see the ribbon and bling the rest of the design team used for this Feminine 12 Days of Christmas Challenge.
Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the Eighth Day of Christmas....

My True Love Gave to me....
7 Swans a Swimming, 6 Geese a Laying,
5 Golden Rings!
4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves & a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Today's 8th Day of Christmas Challenge at The Bug Blog is  - Maids a Milking?
How about some Milk & Cookies!
I did a lot of image combining & merging & cropping for this one and what fun I had!!!
Paper - 12 Days of Christmas Paper Stack, Bazzill & Kraft
Coloring - Copics E31 E33 E35 G06 G07 R00 R24 R27 R29
Tools - EK Success Punch, Die Cut Machine (Square Boxes & Snowflakes) & Cuttlebug
Extra STUFF - Stickles, Candi, Dimensionals and BLING

So, we're already to Day Eight - have you had a chance to play along with us yet??
If not, I think after all the hard work you've put in already this December, getting ready for the holidays, you DESERVE a time out!!! =)
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
This creation has been entered into the following challenges -