Sunday, January 15, 2017

Christmas Angel

Christmas card #2 done!  This angel is Angelic Wishes from Tiddly Inks. I kept the card simple so that it can be mailed more easily.  I have my master Christmas card list created so I know which cards will need to be mailed and which cards will be hand delivered.  Since it is just too expensive to mail lots of cards with bulky embellishments, I need to plan accordingly.  Even though this one is flat, I love the way the embossing enamel and stickles added to the card.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

College Graduation

My oldest son graduated from college last month.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Bacheleors of Arts in Environmental Science.  He will be doing a 10 month internship with the National Fish and Wildlife before he starts his masters degree.
I wanted his card to be simple, yet fun so I made this twist and pop card for him. The grad hat and numbers are from Cricut cartridges and the arrows are sizzix dies.

Love Is A Gift

I spent today crafting instead of cleaning.  I'll regret that later when I am scrambling to clean house Sunday evening. Anyway, I decided to get started on Valentine cards. Those are always fun to make because the more frills, glitter and flowers you use, the better the card...right?  The best thing about this card is I had everything in my stash.  The heart with the arrow is a magnolia doohickey die that came with one of the kits and I never used it before today.  Almost like getting something new!  The card shape I created using the Storybook Cricut cartridge. I welded the shapes together to form the card. My husband bought me lots of new flowers for Christmas so I am finally getting a change to use some of them. I just love those tiny little rosebuds!

Card Details:
Stamp: Magnolia Stamps
Cricut Storybook cartridge
Spellbinders scalloped hearts die
Heart with Arrow: Magnolia Doohickey die
Heart doily: Magnolia Doohickey die
Heart swirl: Magnolia doohickey die
Stickles on hair bow and shirt
Sentiment Stamp: CTMH

Entered in following challenges:
Simply Magnolia: Something Old/Something new (old are stamps and dies New are the flowers)
All About Magnolia Challenge: Anything Goes
Magnolia-licious: Anything goes with option of Lace
Midweek Magnolia: New Crafty Stash (flowers)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

We Believe In Santa Paws

Our dog groomer held a fundraiser in December for the local animal shelter. 
We could bring our pets to visit Santa Paws and have pictures taken all for a donation to the shelter.  We were dog sitting for my parents at the time so their dog, Teddy joined us for pictures.
It was so much fun and such a great cause.
This is my DT project for Aud Sentiments.  Our first challenge of 2017 is Anything Goes + A Sentiment.  Since my boys are all grown up and I don't have grandchildren yet, Izzy gets to be the focus of most of my pictures and scrapbook layouts.
Project Details:
Stocking: Magnolia dies
Reindeer: Cottage Cutz dies
Christmas tree: Spellbinders dies
Martha Stewart branch punch
Dog bones: Paper Pups Cricut cartridge
Gift: Cricut cartridge
Lettering: Base Camp Cricut cartridge
Dog Paws: die
Snowflake border: Magnolia die

Entered in following contests:
Crafty Creations: Anything Goes
Bitten By The Bug 2: Elvis' birthday (Santa Claus Is Back In Town)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Christmas Card of 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope 2017 brings you many blessings.

This is the first challenge of the year for Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra!
I spent some time after Christmas organizing my Christmas card list. I wrote down all the Christmas cards, gift tags, gift card holders, thank you cards etc I need to make and organized by family. I also made sure I updated addresses. I keep all of this written on index tabs I made for a storage box. Each recipient has their own divider. As I make my projects, I will put them in the box along with the addressed envelope. This makes it so much easier in December when I am ready to take cards to post office. This also helps me know whose card can have extra big embellishments and won't need to be mailed and which cards need to be more post office friendly. I have even purchased my wrapping paper at the after Christmas sales. Now I can make my gift tags ahead of time so they match. 

So if you want to be more organized and get your Christmas cards done earlier this year, then participating in the monthly challenges at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Card Challenge Extra is the perfect way to do so. All the challenges are anything Christmas goes so lets see what you can do!
Card details:
Image from Bugaboo stamps
Spellbinders dies
Extreme glitter paint

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Warm Winter Wishes

I just love how this card turned out.  I colored up this little cutie back at the end of summer when the temperatures were in the 90's.  It was hard to imagine at that time that it would ever be cold again.
Again for this card I used my spellbinders dies to create the card shape.  I love the red and grey colors together.  The greenery is actually a small bit cut from a floral spray I bought at Michael's. It works just perfectly with an added bow as an embellishment on my cards. I used some white embossing enamel to look like falling snow and added a bit of cheese cloth between a couple layers of paper.
It's mid month so you still have time to enter the Crafty Hazel Nuts Christmas Extra Challenge. It's our last challenge of 2016.

Card Details:
Stamp: Magnolia Stamps
Spellbinders dies

Entered in following challenges:
Midweek Magnolias: Christmas
A Snowflake Promise: Christmas with winter option

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mistletoe Kisses

This is my DT card for Aud Sentiments. The theme is Christmas for Your Love + A Sentiment.
It's our last challenge of 2016.

Santa and his reindeer look like they are giving Eskimo kisses so this image is just perfect to send to someone you love.  I'll probably give to my husband or one of my sons so they can say, "mooom!"
The sentiment actually says "Snowflake wishes and eskimo kisses" but I just inked up the mistletoe kisses.

Card Details:
Image: The Paper Shelter
Spellbinders scalloped hearts die
Spellbinders lacy circle die

Entered in following challenges:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reindeer Games

Today starts the last challenge of 2016 at Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas Extra Challenge.
Are you ready for Christmas? 
I'm not.  Despite starting in January with my Christmas cards, I still have much to do.
I used my spellbinders dies to create this card shape.  I think I got into a rut with square cards so I am trying to mix it up a bit.
This cute little reindeer is from Bugaboo Stamps and they are sponsoring the challenge.

Inside of card:

Card Details:
Image: Chibi Reindeer from Bugaboo Stamps
Spellbinders dies
La La Land banner die
cottage Cutz tree and reindeer dies

Entered in the following challenges: