Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Welcome to the first Some Odd Girl Hol-ODD-day Blog Hop! We're having this hop to not only show some love for all our Oddies this holiday season but to have a hop that includes them! So take a hop thru our list and make sure to leave comments at every stop because the Odd Girls have some prizes to give away to celebrate, but you have to complete the list to be entered.

We started at the Some Odd Girl Blog and are ending up at Kristy's blog and I am SURE along the way you'll see some amazing projects!
You should have arrived here from Diana's blog. If not, start at the beginning to complete the hop.

Now, here is my project! It was just recently that I discovered Some Odd Girls, and immediately felt I had stumbled upon kindred spirits! These gals come up with the cutest and most adorable digi images! I used the "Tiny Tia" image that was a freebie some while back. She is so adorable, I couldn't resist pairing her with a sentiment "letter" to Santa!  Sorry for the colors in the photo! Apparently, the red dress is looking pink. It IS the same red as the bows...  It was so much fun, I hope to add to my SOG images!

The DP is from the SEI, Glitzmas collection, with the stamp frame being Hero Arts. I used my Copics to color Tia and then cut her and the stamp letter out and popped them both up to give it dimension. The holly berries are Zva bling. You can't tell in the photos, but the bottom mat is a dark hunter green pattern paper from Bo Bunny.


I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday and are ready for Christmas!
Yes, I said it, ready for Christmas! 
Your next stop in the hop is Cassie's blog. Thanks for hoppin by!

This card is also entered in:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge
Cards For Men

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Some Happy Birthday Blog Candy!

Go to http://creationsofasparetimestamper.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-birthday-blog-candy.html and wish Crystal a Happy Birthday. You could win a very nice collection of scrap goodies!  And check out her cards! She does a great job with the Magnolia kiddos! CHECK IT OUT!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hey, Join the fun!

Some Odd Girl, one of my favorite card challenge and image sites, is hosting a Blog Hop on November 30th at 9am, through December 1st at 6pm!


Besides hopping along with their fav peeps, they will be debuting their E-Cards and new digis, having giveaways (open to hoppers too), announcing the Guest Oddie for December and have a lil contest to debut. Who knows what other fun we might have?

Come see why I love them so much!
Post a reminder to check it out! And maybe win a prize! See ya there!

Friday, November 26, 2010

DCWV Give-away!

Quick,  Go to the DCWV blog and see the wonderful Give-Away that Erin has during the great Triple Play Hop! If you love the papers from Die Cuts With A View as much as I do, you won't want to miss a chance to win some!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Different Twist on Turkey Day!

When I make cards for the Doodle Dragon's card challenge, I usually keep it on the very light side. Dustin's images don't really make for serious messages! I love them! And let's face it, aren't we all a bit weary by now of the "What we are thankful for" theme? (No, I am NOT a grinch!)
This card addresses what more Americans are thinking about on that day than we want to admit! I, myself, feel watching a football game on TV is the perfect setting for a good nap. But I know a lot of guys who will be crashed in front of the tube this Thursday!

The image I used  is one of Dustin's, of course. The paper is DCWV from the Fall Stack, and the "Turkey" University monogram is hand cut from Bazzill cardstock and white felt.
PLAY card is one of Jenni Bowlin's Bingo cards, Mini Sports.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanks to my BFF's everywhere and It's a Magnolia Christmas!

This week's challenge at Shirleys2girls is all about being "thankful" for whatever makes you happy in your life!
And note there are little leaves in the paper.
(the second requirement of the card challenge!) 
I used the S2G stamps from "BFF Mazie" and the chipboard peace sign is Little Yellow Bicycle. To provide the background paper, I went for the DCWV, Citrus.
Also, I had so much fun with this Magnolia image and my Copics! This challenge over at Just Magnolia is "White and One Other". I chose blue because I wanted to work outside my comfort zone and Scrap Creations is having a "Blue For You" challenge and Totally Paper Crafts is all about "Non-Traditional" colors for Christmas ! Normally, I would have automatically reached for the reds for Christmas. I like her in blue, and the little striped socks are always adorable!
The paper I used was the SEI "Glitzmas" (I'm really getting a lot of use out of this line!). I used their sparkly white cardstock AGAIN, and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Snowflake embossing folder. She appears to be sitting on the ribbon! Which worked out wonderfully for the challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbons this week!
I'm having waaaay too much fun for someone who needs to be unpacking yet more moving boxes!
This card is also entered in a newly found blogsite for me, and with a new store, Karber Christmas Challenge! They have the cutest images, which I'm hoping to win some! Check out their stuff here http://karberchristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/p/shop-here.html
Posted on Digital Tuesday Challenge for their "let it snow" challenge.
AND last, but definately not least, the Incy Wincy Designs Challenge! (BLUE) This is the best blog idea ever! Profits from their store sales go to charity! How cool is that?  I intend to visit this blog often!

Blog Candy!

Paper, Ink, Color is hosting another blog candy giveaway! Be sure to check out Chrissy's blog page and send her some good thoughts. Sounds like she could use some love!   She has the Magnolia "Twins" stamp this week to give to some lucky individual!

Also, her November giveaway is the entire set of these adorable stamps!
Here's what you'll receive.  Stamps from Lili of the Valley!  Love those images!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Many Thanks!

I recently "celebrated" my 55th birthday (as much as you can celebrate being over 50!) and recieved some lovely gifts. It was just at the right time I found the challenge on Polka Doodles blog for "Give Thanks" as I was sitting down to make some Thank You cards.
I used the beautiful flocked paper from DCWV, called La Creme; and it was my first opportunity to use doilies like so many folks have been doing. The little bird stamp is Inkadinkado. I like the way it turned out! I owe a big thank you to my friend Del, who made helpful suggestions along the way!  It's always mroe fun to scrap with a buddy!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

True Gifts of the Holiday

When you take away all the commercialism of Christmas, and the ham, and the cookies, what you can really concentrate on are the true gifts that we all share at Christmas. That's the feeling I wanted to relate on this gift box for this week's challenge at Polka Doodles.  I partnered it with the sketch over at Sassy 'Lil Sketches and the "What makes you happy" challenge at Simon Says!  Sharing the feeling of Christams is what really makes me happy!

I plan to make a mini-album of all the members of my family for my parents, who are in their later years. I hope it holds memories they can enjoy often over the next years.

Paper used was Glitzmas, from SEI.  Red layer was cut from SEI glitter cardstock with the Nestabilities "Dalia" folder.

Blog Candy !

Tracy's Stamping Corner is having a blog candy giveaway to celebrate her 100th Follower! I can relate in that I don't have so many followers myself! I commend her on reaching the magic 100!  So if you want a chance at winning some really amazing products, check out her blog and definately become a follower! You won't be disappointed!

More Card Challenges!

I am now addicted to card challenges!  I have been without internet all day, and it about drove me nuts! Turned out it was only a 7 year old ethernet router that was installed in this house 6 years ago! It finally crashed during the night!
Well, all is well again, so here are my two most recent cards.

The first is for Waltzing Mouse this week.   The sketch is simple and sweet. 

The second is for I(heart)To Stamp. I love this sketch and the blog!
Enough for one day!  I'm just thrilled to be back online! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sassy Lil Sketches Challenge!

Boy, they've really outdone themselves this time!  This week's challenge consists of a Recipe Hop (5-ingredients) layout that you have to put together and post on their blogs! Along with that, is the Blog Hop itself where you get so many ideas for the challenge and an additonal little surprise "Hop within a hop"!  So many chances to win a prize! So go to Sassy Lil Sketches and see what all the fuss is about!

All I can say is included in this card are lots of ink, lace, embossing with my Cuttlebug ("Textile" folder), and "da bears" .
Check it out!

Christmas challenges have begun!

It's hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner!  Fall is so short, especially here in Arizona, and the holiday decorations and goodies start showing up about now.

For the Digital Delights challenge, Glitter It Up!, they provided the cutest Nutcracker for the project!  I had so much fun coloring him with my Copics and glitzing him up.
"Waiting For Christmas Morning"

The popped up images really make it more 3-Dimensional.

I used the "Glitzmas" paper, stickers,  and glittered cardstock from SEI, along with stock Christmas bead trim and gold ribbon purchased at Michaels several years ago. The shapes are Nestabilities "Labels Four".  It's hard to see in the picture, but I have Stickles glitter on his buttons, hat and plume, along with the ornaments!
I am still scrapping out of boxes, but thank goodness my Christmas stuff was all together!

This card also qualified for the challenges over at:
 Some Odd Girl Early Bird Challenge, where they were requesting layouts with "stand-up" or popped up embellies/images. Love their images, but this I just finished today and it just fits!
A Crafty Little Place has a great Red, White and Green Challenge.
The Crafty Purple Frog!  I just love thename of that blog and their images are breathtaking! Would love to win some!  The challenge there was to "add some sparkle"!
Whoopsie Daisy has a challenge that requires only that it be a "Christmas" theme!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall is FINALLY here!

Phoenix has finally cooled down, somewhat, and Fall has officially arrived! Now, for those of you in other parts of the country, that means that our days highs will be less than 90. Yes, 90.  For months all we saw were highs in the three digits, so this is a welcome change. Will we see changing color on the leaves, crisp cold nights, layered sweaters....?  No, but I can finally unpack my long sleeve blouses for the evenings. Yep, that's about the best we can hope for until winter.

This is the first card in quite a while that I made in numbers. I kept telling myself that I would make seasonal/holiday cards for friends and family, but have been very bad about it. I usually make my Send Love Today weekly cards and hit a few challenges along the way. THIS TIME I made Fall cards, and lots of them!  I may even get Thanksgiving cards made, too!  But I think this one says it all. (Just in case)
                 Inside reads,  "Give Thanks for Fall!"    If you're here in Arizona, you get it.
I figured I may as well follow a sketch challenge, and found a particularly nice one at Cardibilities.  Also, entered it into the Shirley's2Girls card challenge that was all about using "Thanks" on/in your card!  At this time, I can't think of too much that I am a whole lot MORE grateful for! (wink, wink)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cosmo Cricket Giveaway!

Leah Killian is having a Birthday Bash Giveaway over on her blog that is being sponsored by
COSMO CRICKET!  Yep, that's right!  One of MY favorite paper lines, too! Check it out and see how you could win $100 worth of CC Goodies!!!

Included in the prize package are:

1 Material Girl Kit

1 Togetherness Kit

1 Joyride Kit

1 Pixieliscious Kit

1 Garden Variety Kit

1 Circa 1934 Kit
(Did you know all these kits come with the stickers and the borders and the elements? Its true!)


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cocoa Power!

Anyone who loves chocolate understands why a hot steaming cup of cocoa, especially with marshmallows, gives a person renewed energy and whole new outlook on life!  YUMMM!
I took my love of the beverage and made this card for the DragonDoodles and the Waltzing Mouse challenges.  Dustin made it easy this week, and the theme was "Anything Goes!" while over at Waltzing Mouse it was a sketch challenge with a tag pocket!
Well, that was enough for today! Think I'll go have a nice relaxing cup of cocoa!

Love is in the air!

For the challenge over at Phindy's Place, I made this card using MY favorite color, RED! No particular event or holiday in mind, just because. My PP images are few, so perhaps this will help me win a few more!  Love their digis!
I had the scrap Sandylion paper and Bazzill flowers within reach, so this is what they turned into! Thank goodness my Copics are never out of my sight!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Autumn's Around the Corner!

Despite the warm temperatures we are experiencing here in Arizona, Fall really is coming!  You can see it in the shopping malls and on the houses! Now that Halloween is past, we can start looking forward to Thanksgiving and cooler weather! (I hope!)

I sat down and made this card today from the few materials I'm able to get access to. My scrap room is still in disarray, with boxes everywhere.  It will be entered in several card challenges just to get my mojo back! It's been horrible not having access to my computer and my scrappin' goodies!  Maybe I'll win something to get me back in the mood again!

The sketch is from Sassy Lil Sketch's website, and the colors fit well into PolkaDoodles' "Autumn Colors" challenge.  Note: I couldn't help flipping the sketch upside down for this challenge!
It's not fancy, but whatcha gonna do when you have one box of scraps and some adhesive?

Halloween Night

I would love to say I had a wonderful time, but I felt so bad, it was difficult to enjoy the festivities. My daughter prepared a delicious tofu meal (I'll HAVE to get the recipe) and watching the grandson run from house to house was great. But this is one Halloween that I will have to rely on pictures for the memories. Thanks, Nyquil!


Just moved into the new house, and the first day I have to myself, I'm sick!


I woke up Saturday morning feeling congested and feverish, and spent most of that day laying on the sofa and throwing in an occasional load of laundry.
Convinced myself I was feeling better yesterday (Halloween) and insisted on going to the DD's house and taking my grandson out Trick-or-Treating.  Between the cool night air, and the running around, I woke up again this morning feeling terrible!  Sinuses, Allergies, Cold, who knows....  I know I'm sitting here looking at 20-30 more boxes that need unpacking and couldn't care less.