Saturday, November 30, 2013

Feeling Sketchy Challenge # 75

It's time for another challenge at Feeling Sketchy :-)

Here it the sketch for this challenge:
Here is the card that I made:

I used various papers from Close To My Heart...the Sparkle & Shine paper pack.
I used bakers twine for the tops of the ornaments...stamped on Merry Christmas and attached it with a 3D foam dot.

There will not be a sponsor or a major prize give away this month, instead the winner (chosen at random) will be offered a guest designer spot with our Design Team girls for February next year.
The winner will be announced early January and you will be advised of the sketch's for February then also, so you will have plenty of time to prepare you project's.

Come on over and play along with us at Feeling Sketchy

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank You card using Vellum

Made this thank you card by embossing this "Thank You" on to Vellum...and then coloring it in with a green watercolor pencil.  I then added stick on butterflies around all the edges.
This is the first time I have ever embossed on vellum.
I need a lot of practice :(   But it was a fun challenge for me.

I am entering this into the UnstampaBelles Challenge #29 - Vellum 
(no stamps)

Merry Christmas

Made this Merry Christmas card using this adorable image from Lacy Sunshine Stamps called Emily Winter Wonderland.    I really wanted to use the super cute Eleanor Holiday Shopping which is the current "Challenge Digi" - but, when I went to print it out my printer had other plans :(   It made a really strange noise and that was it....printer was no longer working.
So - until we get a new printer (we are in the process of comparing printers, prices and what the cost of refill inks will be) I am without a printer.
I had printed this Emily Winter Wonderland out quite a long time ago and had colored her in with Promarkers.   But I had never put it to use on a card.   Until now........
I used a 5x7 white card and embossed it with a snowflake pattern.  I attached my image with 3D foam dots to add a little pop to her.   I stamped on Merry Christmas in red ink onto a white cardstock and then sponged red ink around the edges, also attaching this with 3D foam dots.
I added a couple of small stick on felted Holly Flowers, a couple of little heart hearts along with a white ribbon with a red heart on it.   I also added a little red heart to her hand mitt.

I am entering this into the Lacy Sunshine Challenge #22 - Anything Goes

Every good and perfect gift

I found this beautiful, peaceful scenery stamp at Goodwill.  
It is a Stampendous stamp.
I sponged on a blue background...and colored it all in with Promarkers, using colors blue, green & brown.
I stamped on the Scripture, which is a SU stamp...in brown.

I am entering this into the Twist Of  Faith Challenge #65 - 3 Color Combo 
(use 3 colors, which I did - blue, green & brown)

And also: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #108 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Lord Blesses

Made this card using Our Daily Bread Designs stamp Rocking Chair, & the Scripture stamp is also a Our Daily Bread stamp from Bless This Home stamp set
I colored in the rocking chair image with watercolor pencils.
I made the background to hopefully resemble a quilt :-)   I distressed all the edges of the four squares...then added a sheer pink ribbon/bow.

I am entering this into the ODBD Challenge #180 - Circle or Square It 
(three or more circles or squares, not layered)

Monday, November 25, 2013

frosty fun

Made this "frosty fun" card using CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge, and also the CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge.  The snowman and the frosty fun is cut out using a silver glitter cardstock.  The black decoration on the snowman is cut on glitter cardstock also.  I used red sparkle gems for the eyes, nose and mouth...and I also added one red sparkle gem to each of the corners.

Faith Shines Bright

Made this Faith Shines Bright card using several different shades of CTMH Exclusive Inkpads for the background, sponged on...and two different CTMH stamp sets, Illuminate & Always Grateful.
The two trees are from the Always Grateful stamp set - and the lightpole, light and words are from the Illuminate stamp set.
Supplies Used:
CTMH Exclusive Inkpads in colors of Sunset, Goldrush, Cotton Candy, Sweet Leaf, Topiary & Black
November's Stamp Of The Month stamp set Illuminate
Always Grateful stamp set 
My background is sponged on with colors: Sunset, Goldrush, Cotton Candy & Sweet Leaf

Friday, November 22, 2013

Happy Birthday To You

Made this birthday card using this sweet image that I won in a blog hop from "From The Heart Stamps"
and it's called Ladybug Liftoff.   I colored it in with watercolor pencils.  I used some cupcakes paper from my stash for the base of my card.  Also used some pink and green cardstock.  I added a cute little bee to it and also a balloon and party hat.

This is the sketch I used from From The Heart Stamps:

I am entering this into the: From The Heart Stamps Challenge Sketch # 43

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Easel Card

Made this easel card using this adorable girl called "Jenna" which I purchased from The Stamping Chef Store.     I cut the easel card on my Cricut using one of the photo mats in the CTMH Artbooking Cartridge.
I used a lavender color cardstock.  Added some flowers and stamped on the Hello.
I colored Jenna in with Promarkers.

I am entering this into TSC Challenge #7 - Easel Cards

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Merry Christmas

Made this Christmas card using Our Daily Bread Designs - Cardinal Ornament Stamp Set.
I embossed the card using a Darice Snowflake pattern.
I colored in the cardinals and branches/pinecones with watercolor pencils.  I stamped on Noel to it.
I then cut out the ornament with ODBD Circle Ornament Dies.
I added twine to the ornament and tied a bow.
Then stamped on the Merry Christmas stamp onto a white cardstock, distressed the edges and then sponged on red ink around the edges.


The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart is called "Game On"
(show us a project inspired by one of your favorite games!)

My all time favorite game has always been Checkers.
So I made this card using the CTMH Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack, along with CTMH Demin Blue cardstock.  I cut out my little checker board using one of the overlays in the CTMH Cricut Cartridge Artbooking.  I also cut out the little "checkers" with my Cricut.
I hand wrote the title/saying on it.

I am entering this into the Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Game On  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Give Thanks

Everything is cut out using my Cricut machine.
The Turkey is cut out using the CCR Autumn Celebrations cartridge...and the pink background overlay and the words "Give Thanks" I used the CTMH Cricut Cartridge Artbooking.
The base cut of the Turkey is a background that I made with shaving cream and colored ink drops.
The top layer of the Turkey is a cream color printed cardstock....the eye is also from the same background cardstock that I made.

I am entering this into:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Owl Are You

Made this "Owl Are You" card using Everyday Pop-Up Cards Cricut Cartridge to cut out the owl and eyes, nose & feet.   I then added a bow to it and 4 little pearls to to each other.
I used pink and green cardstock for the owl and also the base of my card.

Create a project using an animal

Saturday, November 16, 2013

happy fall

I made this "happy fall" card using CTMH Huntington Paper Pack and also CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.
I used the letter #B and the letter #N on the cricut cuts.
(I actually cut out a picture frame for the "fall" letters.)

I am entering this into:
and also

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Feeling Sketchy Challenge # 74

It's time for a new challenge over at Feeling Sketchy!

Here is the sketch:
Here is mine:

I am using this months sponsor Sans Designs image Sweetheart.
I have colored her in with Promarkers...added some bling up on the top corners, some rick rack and a bow, then stamped on "Hello"

So come on over and play along with us at Feeling Sketchy!

Our sponsor for November is San's Designs who is kindly offering 5 digital stamps to our winner.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My little children

Made this card featuring 1 John 3:18
I used three different patterned papers (CTMH Babycakes Paper)...stamped on the little kids image using a stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs that I bought at the craft store.
I colored in the image with Promarkers.  Added some clouds, stars, a twine bow and the Scripture which I got from Word Art Wednesday.

I am entering this into:
and also

God is our Refuge

Made this card as an encouragement card to send to a friend.
The Lighthouse is from Our Daily Bread Designs...and is called "Lighthouse"
The Scripture is Psalms 46:1 - God is Our Refuge 
& it is a stamp from Close To My Heart 
stamp set called "Look To The Light".
I colored the lighthouse in with watercolor pencils.  Cut out the frame that is around the lighthouse with my Cricut Artbooking Cartridge. 

The sketch used is from ODBD Challenge for this week.
Here is the sketch:

I am entering this into:
and also:

Monday, November 11, 2013

Celebrate the Season

I made this Celebrate the Season card using the Close To My Heart "Sparkle & Shine" Paper Pack from the Holidays From The Heart Catalog.
I did not use any images (stamps) on it...just the papers.
The Celebrate the Season border is one of the borders on the top of one of the paper patterns.

The sketch I used is From The Heart Challenge Blog
Here is the sketch:

I am entering this into:
and also
My "Seeing Double" are the paper patterns.  The two back circles have the same pattern - and then the front circle and the heart have the same pattern.

Peanut Brittle

Made this Peanut Brittle card using this adorable image from Lacy Sunshine called Lil Peanut Brittle.
If you used a Lacy Sunshine image in their last challenge, you qualify for the “Loyalty Program” and receive the digi that she has listed in this current challenge blog.  If you would like to start the “loyalty program”, use an LS image in this challenge or purchase the challenge digi for the discounted price of only $2. Just go to the Lacy Sunshine Store and you will see the image on the main page.

I colored her in with Promarkers and added little glitter gems to her hair bow and also for the antennaes.
For the base of my card I used a patterned paper from my stash.  I printed out the ingredients for Peanut Brittle and added that, along with Lil Peanut Brittle with 3D foam stickers to add some "pop" to them.
I then added a bunch more glitter gems on the ingredients card along with in various places on the card.

Flower Pot

I am going to visit an elderly lady in a nursing home...and wanted to bring her something.
So I made this flower pot using Cricut's Everyday Pop-Up Cards Cartridge.
The flower and pot is all one piece.  I then cut out the flower in a couple of different colors and layered them on top, and then added a yellow button for the center of the flower.
I cut another pot piece in a reddish cardstock and layered that on top of the pot part.
I added a layer of pink lace across the top part of the pot, and then added a shimmery pink ribbon bow.

 I really love my Cricut and all the different things you can make with it.
I use it a lot!

I am entering this into the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog  #186 Ribbons and Buttons 
(another Cricut Challenge Blog that I just found.)

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Made this card using the adorable images from Diane's Daydream Designs called Blessings of the Harvest.
The base of my card is a patterned paper from Close To My Heart.
I colored the images in with Promarkers and attached them with 3D foam dots to give them all a little "pop".
I used the Scripture from this week's challenge at  Twist Of Faith.

I am entering this into:
Twist Of Faith Challenge #62 - In Rememberance
and also
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #105 - Anything Goes

Friday, November 8, 2013

Polly Poinsettia Christmas Card

Made this Christmas card using this adorable image from Lacy Sunshine called Polly Poinsettia Flower Pot Pretties.
I colored her in with Promarkers....for the base of my card I used light green cardstock and embossed it with a snowflake pattern and attached Polly with 3D foam stickers so she pops out some.   I then stamped the Merry Christmas on a white cardstock and then distressed the edges and sponged it all with red ink and also attached this with 3D foam stickers.  I then added a white ribbon the right hand side at the top.

I am entering this into the Lacy Sunshine Challenge #20 - Anything Goes

Wedding Card

Next week we have some friends who are getting married.
They are already a family - they are just making it official.
We are very happy for them!

This is my wedding card to them.  I printed out a picture of them that was taken last month at a pumpkin patch...hand wrote the date of their marriage on the pumpkin...then layered a piece of vellum over it and added a red heart sticker to each of the corners.

I am entering this into the UnstampaBelles Challenge #29 - Vellum

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Decisions Decisions

Made this "Decisions Decisions" card using this cute image from The Stamping Chef 
called "All Girl".
I colored it in with Promarkers...used my Sizzix Bigshot to cut out the frame that is around the image, added little red heart stickers to each corner, and then added a printed ribbon that I made into a bow at the top.
I also added some Liquid Glass to the diamond.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Feeling Sketchy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Feeling Sketchy Design Team Christmas blog hop!

If you are starting here then you might want to start back at Feeling Sketchy .
 I'm so excited to share my projects.

For my first project I made a card using our current sketch at Feeling Sketchy (sketch #73)
I used a light green cardstock that I embossed with a snowflake pattern.
I then stamped on Christmas Trees and Stars using a stamp set from Close To My Heart.
I added sparkles around the stars and the trees.
I distressed the edges and sponged on red ink...and I also sponged the red ink around the edges of the base of the card.
I cut out Merry Christmas using my Cricut machine....added more star sparkles around the main tree image.  Then added a green bow up the right edge of my image.

For my next two projects I made a gift card holder and a little gift box.
We have friends that live about 75 miles away from us and every year we always include a gift card to each other...either for a place to eat, or for Caribou Coffee.
I used Christmas cardstock, added a snowman sticker on it, and then stamped on Merry Christmas, then I added a white border around it.

For my little gift box...I cut it out using my Cricut machine again.
I used Christmas cardstock, added a name card to it using the same cardstock, then I used some twirly ribbon to cover up the gifts in the box (earrings and a necklace.)

For my last project (it does not look like Christmas - but it is something we do every year and go through it on Christmas Day.)
 Every year on New Year's Day we start this...
then the following Christmas Day we open it and go through it.
I used a 12x12 heavy cardstock for my base.
Then used another 12x12 cardstock folded in half to form the bottom "pocket".
I glued the edges really good to the main base...added the year on top, then on the bottom added "notes, memories & on this day.   I also added a strip to the top of the bottom pocket.
Every New Year's Eve before we go to bed, I fold the top of this over and tie it up and stick it in the drawer.
Then on Christmas Day the following year we take it out and "re-live" the previous year.
On New Year's morning we start again for the year.
During the year we use this to add events that happen, notes to each other, special occasions & even sad occasions.
I keep this on a table in our dinning room along with a box of note paper and a pen...and we add things to it all year long.

The fun doesn't stop here, the next blog to hop to is Margaret's.

When all is done, be sure and check back with Feeling Sketchy at 
for a wonderful giveaway on their blog.

I will be doing a drawing from the list of those who leave a comment here.
I will be giving away a bag of embellishments.

Thank you for joining our blog hop!
I put all the names in a bowl with a cover, and shook it up really good.
The name I drew is:
 Congratulations Libby! 
Could you please email me at:  jdmfreed@gmail.com
With your name and address so I can mail it out to you.
Thanks Libby,

Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments!
I really appreciated them all :-) 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thank You Sew Much

I stumbled upon a new blog for Cricut - called Exploring Cricut.
I was so happy to find this challenge blog!
I love my Cricut and love using it :-)

The challenge there is to use 1 patterned paper, 2 cricut cuts & 3 different colors.
I used the Cricut Everyday Pop Up Cards Cartridge.
I used CTMH patterned paper called Chantilly.  I cut out the Sewing Machine and the Thank You Sew Much (which was altogether so it was one cut.)
I cut it in a teal cardstock...and since it was one cut - I colored the "You" & "Sew" in with white ink.
The sewing machine is a tan cardstock.
I used the white ink to make it look like thread and then added some little pieces of the patterned paper to highlight the sewing machine more.

Thanks A Bunch

Made this "Thanks A Bunch" card using CTMH Babycakes Paper Packet...and CTMH stamp sets A Flowering Bunch and Remarkable Wreath.  I stamped the wreath with CTMH Chocolate Exclusive Inkpad and then stamped the designs on the wreath with CTMH Autumn Terracotta Exclusive Inkpad...as with the Thanks A Bunch.
I then made a gray bow using the ribbon from the CTMH For Always Cardmaking Kit.

I am entering this into the Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Grateful For YOU

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Image That...Digi's by Kris Progressive Challenge #14

It's time for a new Progressive Freebie Challenge over at Imagine That...Digi's by Kris
Her adorable image this month is this cute seahorse.
I colored it in with Promarkers and then added some cute shiny sea creature stickers to it.

Happy Happy Happy

This adorable image is from "From The Heart"
Their free image of the month for November.
They are celebrating their 4th anniversary!
I have colored the mice and balloons in with Promarkers...then sponged on a light blue for sky, and green for grass.  I used a gel type pen on the grass to give it a different look.
I then added the "hip, hip, hooray" to it.

Thankful For My Family

Made this scrapbook layout using Close To My Heart "Huntington" papers/cardstock.
I sponged on CTMH Honey ink onto the base of my layout.
I cut out the leaves and the pumpkin, along with the words "Give Thanks" and "Thankful For My Family" using my Cricut CTMH Artbooking Cartridge.
I added a picture of my family, distressing the edges of the layers...and also distressed the edges of the base of my layout.
I then added a pumpkin brad at the top.

I am entering this into:

(Bonus Option to use Artbooking "B" key -or- "N" key)
which I used

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Keep Calm & Craft

The Stamping Chef is celebrating their 1 year anniversary!
And as part of the celebration they are holding a big "party"

For the image (which they provided) I colored it in with Promarkers and then cut it out and attached it to the base of my card with 3D dots to give it a little pop. The background is a picture of a lap quilt that I made years ago.
I added trim around the edges to give it more of a quilt look.

Am entering it into the Happy Birthday TSC!!