Monday, November 24, 2014

Stella's Letter to Santa....


Welcome back!!

Our theme this week over at The Pink Elephant guessed it - ANYTHING GOES! It's the last Monday of the month and that means it's time for us design team members to let loose and create with whatever sketch/colors/stamps we wish! YIPEEE!

This week, I decided to color up one of Bugaboo's Stella images....she cracks me up this girl...

That seems about right doesn't it?!? hahahha....

Ella and the rest of the girls sure hope you get some time to get crafty with us during our Anything Goes challenge! Be sure to link up your project HERE! Thanks again for stopping in.....I'm off to start making my own Christmas cards ;)

Merry Monday #136 {Red, White & Green}


A very happy "Merry Monday" to everyone!

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? Some of you may be totally done and have them signed and addressed, ready to go in the post - but not I. Being a part of this wonderful Design Team (creating a Christmas card a week) has sure been helpful now that the season has come! I don't have near as many that I need to pump out  - I have my design figured out, card stock cut, and my assembly line almost ready to start ;) Hoping for this week!

If you are in need of some Christmas card inspiration, why not come on over to the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog and see what everyone has in store for you....

This week, Bonnie is looking for RED, GREEN and WHITE on our cards:

My card is made up of strictly DIE CUTS! As I was browsing at my local scrapbook store, I came across a package of Christmas die cuts from My Mind's Eye called Sleigh Bells Ring (I also bought the Washi that goes with it - SCORE!) These were all a part of that package:

Come on over to the Merry Monday blog and see what the rest of the Merry Makers have for you to drool over ....amazing cards this week PEEPS!

Stay tuned for my next installment from The Pink Elephant - there's a message for Santa! ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

4 CC #221 {Make it Sparkle!}


Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday!

The temperatures have gotten a wee bit better this week here in central Alberta...I'll take 'em! Sure beats the near -30C temps we were experiencing last week. I cannot believe that Christmas is just over a month away and I haven't done one lick of shopping yet and cards are not started - ACK! I am trying to make a lot of gifts this year so hopefully that goes as planned ;)

Miss Tamie is our challenge hostess and she wants us to:


A few weeks ago, I took a couple evenings and just sat and colored up images to have in my stash and this is one of the cuties in the folder - she's from Bugaboo Stamps - colored with my Copics:

just wanted to give you a close up of her sparkly  hat ;) I also added glitter to her collar, and coat and the snow ;)

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Card Mania - Use a Digi
Get Creative - Anything Goes w/Glitter
Love to Create - Make it for Christmas
Make my Monday - Glitter
Creative Knockouts - Bling!
AUD Sentiments - Holiday sentiment
Delightful Challenges - You're a Gem (add bling!)
Creative Moments - Make it Sparkle

Thanks for stopping in today - be sure to hop on over to The 4 Crafty Chicks blog HERE and see what "blingy" creations the other CHICKS have for you! Cheers!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Anything But a Card at The Pink Elephant!


Welcome back to my blog! It's "THEME" week over at The Pink Elephant this week and Ella is looking for ANYTHING BUT A CARD!

I decided to dig out my Treat Tent die and tag dies from Reverse Confetti and get to work....

The treat tent is perfect for adding a small cellophane bag full of treats inside and they make awesome stocking stuffers!

Be sure to come check out what the rest of Ella's girls have made for this challenge - click HERE!

Thanks for stopping in to see what I've been up to the past few days (I have other projects on the go as well, but I cannot share those quite yet as they are Christmas pressies! But let me just say my crochet hooks have been getting some much needed attention!) *wink* Cheers!

Merry Monday #135 {Christmas Bells}


Happy "Merry Monday!"

This week, Sue is looking for CHRISTMAS BELLS on our cards! I had to really think about this one - I do not have any images with bells on them (time to rectify that!) so I had to resort to my jingle bells. Hope that is OK, Sue!


I did this one very CAS by embossing my white front panel with my large dots embossing folder, added a bow with some jingle bells in the center and printed out my sentiment on my computer! Ten minutes, DONE! lol...

Thanks for stopping in - be sure to head on over to the Merry Monday blog to see what the rest of the Merry Makers have for you to admire. This DT never ceases to amaze me!

Stay tuned for my next installment from The Pink Elephant! Cheers!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

4 CC #220 {Fairies}


Happy 4 Crafty Chicks Thursday PEEPS!!

Miss Tina is our challenge hostess for this week and she is looking to see "FAIRIES" on our projects this week! I went and dug through my stash and came across this cutie from Bugaboo Stamps:

The rest of the Chicks have made some GORGEOUS cards for you to drool over - come on over to the challenge BLOG and check them out! We would love to see your creations using Fairies so link up your project for us while you are there!

We are experiencing winter here in central Alberta these days with temps near -20C brrrrr! So I am off to light some candles, brew some delicious coffee and hiding out in my craft room! Cheers!

Monday, November 10, 2014

CAS at The Pink Elephant


Welcome back to another "Technique Week" over at The Pink Elephant! This week, Ella is looking for CLEAN AND SIMPLE! OOOOHHH...ya!

I am learning to embrace the CAS design....I used to really struggle with having to put stuff everywhere on my cards - now I'm loving the simplicity!

This cutie is from Bugaboo Stamps - I have fallen in love...aren't they ADORABLE?!?

I printed out my image and colored him with Copics, added my sentiment from Paper Smooches and cut him out with my stitched rectangle die. Easy peesy!

Be sure to come check out what the rest of Ella's girls have created for you! Click HERE to hop on over to to the blog and we cannot wait to see what you create for us this week xoxoxo

Monday, November 3, 2014

Taking a Week or so off...House Renovations are Underway!

Happy Monday everyone! I am popping in quick to just let everyone know that I will be taking this week off of my DT duties as we re-side our house and do some major landscaping dirt work around the house. The snow has been holding off for us and we're desperately trying to get everything done before it graces our presence...well, it usually just SLAMS us but ya know what I meant ;)

This week at Merry Monday, miss Nina is our creative hostess and here's her challenge:


We are also welcoming Nance Leedy as our Featured Designer for November! Welcome, Nance! Be sure to hop on over to her blog and check out all her wonderful creations :) Now, click HERE to take you to the challenge blog for all the juicy details on this week's challenge!!


This week over at The Pink Elephant, Ella has given you this uber GORGEOUS inspiration pic to serve as your creative "jump off point:"


Ella's girls have created SUCH stunning creations this week using this pic as their starting sure to click HERE to head on over to the TPE blog for more details and to link up your project!

Here are a couple pics of the progress being made on our place....BEFORE:


South end of the house - you can still see some of the yellow siding up in the peak ;):

It's coming along nicely but still so much to get done! I will take better pics of it all completed - hoping soon! Huge thanks to all my fellow DT members and managers for understanding my leave for the week...hoping to be back next week! I will be back Thursday to let you know what the Chicks have for you over at 4 Crafty Chicks....cheers!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crazy Egg/Anything Goes @ 4 Crafty Chicks!


Happy 4 Crafty Chicks Thursday....we have 5 Thursdays in October, so that means this week is an Anything Goes challenge and we issue our Crazy Egg prize badge for our winner....

I really like Anything Goes challenges as then it's our freedom to pick and choose what we want to show off! I had these pillow boxes made up already in my Halloween stash and thought it was perfect for this week!

I used the Stampin' Up! pillow box die and I'm Batty for You stamp set to create these little gems....hope you like 'em!

Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog HERE and see what Tenia (our Guest Designer) and the rest of the Chicks have for you. I'd like to take this time to sincerely thank Tenia for spending the month with us! It's been such fun having you girl - don't be a stranger! xoxoxo

Have a spooktacular Halloween weekend xoxoxo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{Chevrons} at Top Tip Tuesday!


Happy Tuesday....

The challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday is "CHEVRONS" and who doesn't love those?? I had a few embellishments left over from some milk carton Halloween projects, so I wanted to incorporate those on my card this week! Our sponsor is:

Prize - a $10.00 Gift Certificate for Sweet Stamp Store manufactures artistic rubber stamps on cling cushion for use with acrylic blocks. We carry a variety of stamping and paper crafting goodies like our own Shades dye inks, metal embossing plates, embossing folders, cutting & embossing dies (Our very own SweetCuts Dies, Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Joy! and Nellie's), fine detail embossing powders, specialty cardstock and vellum along with supplies for parchment crafting.

Here is my card:

I would like to just let everyone know that I will be taking a bit of a HIATUS from TTT as I sort through some things in my life and get back into the work force! I can't wait to return - these girls are absolutely DARLING and CARING and an AWESOME Design Team to work with! I will be back girls - HUGS!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

TPE #274 and The Challenge #17


Happy Monday :)

It's the last Monday of the month and so over at The Pink Elephant, our theme this week is ANYTHING GOES! I love these as you can do whatever you want! I had this cute Saturated Canary image colored up already from a coloring session with my peep, Tamie, so I decided to go in search of a sketch.

I found this PERFECT one over at The Challenge that my good friend, Lesley Croghan hosts.

You can use both parts of the challenge (sketch and color combo) or just one or the other. I chose to just use the sketch part.

Be sure to come check out what absolutely STUNNING creations the rest of Ella's girls created just for you over at the challenge BLOG. We are so excited to see what you create for our Anything Goes challenge :) Happy crafting!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Anything But a Card and a Sad Goodbye at Sweet Stampin'!

Hello fellow crafters!

This week over at Sweet Stampin' the challenge is "ANYTHING BUT A CARD."

I made up these Halloween test tube treats a week or more ago and I knew this was the perfect challenge for them :) The test tubes contain Skittles and I stamped the images from my Stampin' Up! set called Batty For You! I cannot wait to send them to my nieces and nephew for "trick or treat" day!

Today it is with a heavy heart that I inform you this is my last post with Sweet Stampin' for a while. I am currently starting the process of heading back into the work force (after being at home with my kids for 17+ years - YIKES!) and I will need to downsize the crafting commitments I have for a while until I get myself into a routine and see how much free time I'm going to have. Sweet Stampin' has been SUCH a wonderful DT to be a part of and I'm looking forward to the day when I can return and play along with them all again - thank you ladies!!! xoxoxo

Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog and check out what the rest of the super talented Design Team has for you - the creations are mind-blowing! Happy crafting! xoxoxo

Thursday, October 23, 2014

4 CC #217 Color Challenge

Happy 4 Crafty Chicks Thursday everyone...a week has flown by! I finished up the last of the garden this afternoon - all the potatoes are in the root cellar and it's all done for another year. The temperatures have been absolutely wonderful here in central Alberta...hope it keeps up for a while longer!

This week at 4 Crafty Chicks, it is my turn to play challenge hostess and I'm issuing a color challenge for everyone...CALYPSO CORAL, BLACK and WHITE!

I had Halloween in mind, so I went in search of some images and came across a Bugaboo - Stella has always cracked me up!

Be sure to hop on over to the HEN HOUSE (click HERE) and see what the other Chicks have made for you using my colors! You will NOT be disappointed! You have until Tuesday at midnight to link up your creation for us to admire - ready? GO!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trick or Treat'n at The Pink Elephant!

 This week at The Pink Elephant, Ella's theme is "Trick or Treat" and she is looking for some containers and/or treat holders! FUN!!!

Our daughter was in the city all day on Saturday taking her first session of classes for Driver's Education, so I had the opportunity to browse Michael's for hours! I came across this kit of 9 milk cartons and an extra bonus - they were ON SALE! Cha-ching! So, I snooped around a bit more and found the cute clothespins and spiders and thought they would be perfect for extra decorations....I think they are super cute and I can't wait to fill them with candy corn or skittles etc.

The rest of Ella's girls have made OUTSTANDING treat holders - be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog and check them all out! We would really love to see what you come up with for this challenge - we all like the extra ideas and all the wonderful creations are oh so inspiring! Happy crafting!

Non-Traditional Christmas at Merry Monday!

Happy "Merry Monday!"

This week, I get to play challenge hostess and I'm looking for some non-traditional Christmas colors on your projects...I typically love reds, greens, gold and silver at Christmas but more and more I'm really loving all these trees that people decorate with funky colors.

I had so much fun coloring up this cute little scene last week while visiting my good friend, Tamie. We got a good girls day in and a few images colored for upcoming challenges. Thanks again, girl! xoxoxo

Be sure to come play along with us this week - you can never start too early making those Christmas cards for your stash! The big day is coming faster than we think ;)

Click HERE to take you over to the Merry Monday blog! Stay tuned for my project for The Pink Elephant - coming up real soon! It's a real "treat!" ;)