Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges: Anything Goes

This is the last challenge of the "fiscal year" at Christmas Card Challenges. I think that means my Christmas Cards should be done and ready for the mail . . . which they're not.

But with an Anything Goes challenge this week, I have one more card completed. I hope you have most of your cards done. If not, join along with us this week. The clock is ticking . . .

The Christmas Tree is from the Tiny Tree set and the sentiment is from the Birdie Christmas set. Both sets are from Doodle Pantry.

The tree, popped up via dimensionals, peaks out through the hole on the front of the card.

To keep the layers to a minimum on the inside, I punched a circle out of the white cardstock and laid that on top of the red glitter cardstock ~ I know you probably can't see the glittery look to the red cardstock, but it's there . . . in person.  It might have been easier to just punch a red circle and lay that on top of the white cardstock, but I thought that would add extra bulk to this card.

Stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the other Design Team members created this week. 

If you'd like either of the Doodle Pantry sets I used this week~or any other sets~now would be a great time to stock up.  There's a terrific sale (30% off) that ends today (November 30). Check out all the digis available at the Doodle Pantry store

Tiny Tree  Christmas Birdie COLOR plus

Saturday, November 29, 2014

So Thankful

This has been a tough week. Hubby had outpatient surgery, but then wound up back in the hospital overnight due to some complications with the medication he was given.  All is better, or at least getting better. He has a lot of restrictions for at least 6 weeks; which means I get to do everything around the house. I'm not complaining, but it does cut into my "crafting" time a bit {smile}

I received a surprise in the mail a couple weeks ago from Alanna. Check out her blog here~she creates the most awesome cards and she also happens to be the DT Coordinator for Christmas Card Challenges.

I couldn't wait to use this die.  I knew it would be the focal point of the thank you cards I was making for those who helped organize our community's Annual Art & Craft Fair.

This die, called "You Mean the World to Me" (of course LOL), is from Die-namics. I have a lot of Die-namics Dies, but I luckily didn't have this one.  I punched a green circle to place behind the "world" which allowed the yellow to show behind the words.

The Committee Members really do mean the world to me because without their help and support, the Art & Craft Fair would not happen.

Thank you Alanna for a beautiful die. I love it and "You Mean the World to Me!!"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gift Tags ~ Deedee's Digis

Deedee's Digis has a Monthly Progressive Challenge.  Play along one month using the specified digital image/set, and receive a set for free to use the next month. Keep playing . . . keep receiving new images every month.

To join in the monthly challenges, you have to buy the first set (although Deedee gives a huge discount--only $1.25 for November's pre-colored and line art set, "Mix It Up"). But, I had a plan for one of the digis and sentiments  {smile}.

My mother loves to bake . . . in fact she bakes hundreds of cookies every month for the children at her church. She also gives plates of cookies to friends, relatives and neighbors every holiday. So, I thought adding a tag like this to one of her "baked gifts" would be the "icing on the cake" ~ so to speak.

Since all of my mom's baking is done with love, this sentiment . . . and pre-colored image . . . is just perfect.  I have several completed and hopefully they'll get in the mail in time for her to use this Christmas.

Stop by Deedee's Digis ~ there's still time to play along in November's Digi of the Month Challenge.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank You

I think I've finally recovered from our community's annual Art & Craft Fair. I'm just about done with all the Thank You notes that need to be sent out (something I like to do).  So, I thought I'd share one with you today (I did 3 different designs . . . one for the Exhibitors, one for the Workers and one for the Team Coordinators).  I'll share the other two in a couple days.

I used Doodle Pantry's Autumn Song Birdies pre-colored digi stamp.

I thought the digi went great with the sentiment.

The die cut "Thanks" and stamped sentiment are from Simon Says.

Stop by the Doodle Pantry store to see Autumn Song Birdies or any of the other terrific digital sets.

Autumn Song Birdies

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crafty Creations #276: Recipe Challenge

The new challenge at Crafty Creations is a Recipe Challenge:
Use at least 3 layers, 2 designer papers and 1 image
We're sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs

I wanted to make a "Happy" card (I won't go into details). When I look at this card . . . well, I can't help but smile. I hope it puts a smile on your face also.

The image is from Doodle Pantry's Cute Critter set. I used the pre-colored image, but went over it with Copics to highlight the colors.

The inside sentiment is my own creation. I couldn't resist using the word "Quack" in the sentiment and it just seemed to fit the image SO well, don't you think?

Stop by Crafty Creations to see what the other DT members created this week. Then grab your supplies and make a card . . . it's as easy as 1 ... 2 ... 3.

Cute Critters

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges #50

The Challenge theme this week at Christmas Card Challenges is:
Faith Based

This is one of my favorite digital images. I just love coloring it (yes, it's b&w line art that I actually colored myself using Copics).

Please stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the other DT members created this week.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Complete Cardmaking: Issue 53

Several months ago I was asked by the Doodle Pantry owner/creator to make a card for their feature spread in the Complete Cardmaking magazine.  Can you believe I didn't tell anyone about it? But, since the magazine is available as of today, I can finally share the news with you . . . one of my cards is in a national publication !
Edited Note: As of 11/14/14 the magazine is now available.

I chose to use Doodle Pantry's Mini Bethlehem set. I love everything about this set: the images (I used a pre-colored image), the papers and the sentiments.

Close-up of the pre-colored image and sentiment

I used a second sentiment from the set for the inside. I also included a mini, reversed pre-colored image at the bottom to tie it all together.

Pre-colored digital images and digital papers really do take card making to a whole new "easy" level.

If you purchase the magazine (click here for more information), you'll also receive a FREE CD with lots of digital items including the Doodle Pantry Mini Bethlehem set !

Mini Bethlehem

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges #49

This week the challenge at Christmas Card Challenges is 
No Embellishments

Once again, I have to thank my good friend Gerry for helping me with my card for this week. I love the blues, the embossing (is that considered an embellishment?) and the simple layout of this card.  

I love getting together with my "Card Friends" because they all have such wonderful ideas when it comes to making cards.  And it sure has helped me, since I'm still trying to organize my Office/Craft Studio.

Stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the other DT members created this week.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Doodle Pantry - Part 2

I did a second card for November's New Releases over at Doodle Pantry using Circle Somethings 2.  So I had this vision in my head of what I wanted to do . . . and somehow the card doesn't exactly match the vision, but I love it anyway.

I bought this new product call "True Snow" (by Aleene) and couldn't wait to use it. So I created snow paths.  I was having so much fun that I also "snowed" the oval sentiment as well.

I printed 2 sets of the three trees. I should have sized the tree so I could use my 1" or 1-1/4" punch . . . but nnnooo . . . the tree circle had to be right in between. So I fussy cut the three tree rounds and added some dimensionals to give them a bit of character. 

Circle Somethings 2

Circle Somethings 2 is on sale right now.  Stop by the Doodle Pantry Store to see this set and the other 11 new releases for November.

New Releases at Doodle Pantry

The first of the month means new releases at the Doodle Pantry Store.  

Today I'm featuring a pre-colored image, digital paper and sentiment from the White Owl Color Plus set.  I printed two owl images ~ fussy cut the owl and branch out of one and cut just the wing out of the second.  I added some white gel pen to the feathers (they show up so much better in person).

White Owl Color plus

Stop by the store to snag some special deals on November's 12 new sets. As a bonus, buy any digital image before November 24 and receive the Fancy Pie set for free.

Fancy Pie - Nov 1-24 Limited Time FREE w/purchase

Stop by the Doodle Pantry Blog anytime after 12 noon (Eastern Time) today to enter the Monthly Digital Challenge. If you use a Doodle Pantry image, you'll receive a Digital Set for free.