Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Polar Bears

I have another Tim Holtz inspired Christmas Card (door hangers) to share. You can see the first one I made on this post. I made this one for my dad. When I first saw the special White Coke-a-Cola Polar Bear cans, I had to get creative with them! Some of my favourite holiday commercials in the past have featured the Coke Polar Bears.  Click here to see one of the many that were released.

You can find just about any Tim Holtz Product you need at Inspiration Emporium
When I received my order, I got an awesome mini tag to inspire my inner Tim Holtz! I tucked it into one of my many storage boxes(black) so I can see it while I get creative! You can see one of the tags I made towards the top of the picture

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ABC Z is for Zingy Colours

 The final ABC Christmas Challenge of 2011is:
'Z is for Zingy Colours!'
Helen found this funny photo for some inspiration:
Lol...rainbow coloured turkeys!

We have two wonderful sposors for this challenge...firstly our lovely Lacey & her store, Stamp & Create:
The prize from Lacey is a $20 voucher to spend at Stamp & Create!
Our other sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps:
The prize from Bugaboo Stamps is 7 of their fabulous digis!

Here is my creation!

I used the Bugaboo image
The paper is Santa's Workshop by Doodlebug Design
The Ribbon is all from Michaels

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

High Hopes Chris the Mouse meets Tim Holtz...sort of

Happy Christmas - almost - to those who celebrate this festive yearly event!  Today I am sharing the Christmas card I made for my brother. I decided insead of making an actual card, I would make a decoration that could be used year after tradition alert! 

I have been getting crafty Tim Holtz style. I couldnt resist using one of my favourite High Hopes Stamps, Large Chris Mouse

The hanging ribbon in May Arts Silk Ribbon inked up with Fired Brink Distress ink and  SU Taken with Teal ink then dried with my heat tool. You can hardly see it, but I stamped a Hero Arts background Christmas Stamped with VersaMark, covered and heated clear embossing powder, then sponged with Fired Brink Ink. The light bulb paper is from Echo Park. All of the Teal Cardstock you see is SU Taken with Teal. 

I cut some Grunge paper using theTim Holtz Pine Tree Die, covered it with distress ink, then crackle paint. I added some craft plastic Christmas lights I found in my stash using my hot glue gun.  

The teal and red ornaments on the left side and the Noel on the Rosette were created by die cutting shrink plastic with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. After heat shrinking, I coloured them with copic markers (you can use Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks) and then covered them with clear crystal effects. The light bulbs hanging on the top right were created the same way with an old sizzix die.

I embossed Ranger Self Adhesive silver foil with a Holly and Ivy embossing folder

I sanded a Tim Holtz Christmas Muse Token added it to a trinket pin and attached it to the Red garland.

The Happy Christmas are Tim Holtz Ransom Alphabet pieces covered with Silver Acrylic paint. I love the shrink plastic Christmas lights.

My brother really loves his new decoration!

Stay Tuned for the one I am creating for my dad using the 2011 Winter Special Release Artic Home White Coke-a-Cola Polar Bear cans.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stamp and Create Christmas Product Spotlight

Over at Stamp and Create!
The candy this week is:

**In order to enter the candy, you must post the Stamp and Create Store's banner in the sidebar of your blog and link it to
The candy ends Sunday, Dec 18th at 7pmEST
(you may still enter the candy if you don't have a blog)
This week's Product Spotlight Sale is:
All stamps in the Christmas Category are on sale up to 25% off.
The sale runs through Sunday, Dec 18th at midnight EST
This is our last Product Spotlight Sale of the year.
However, instead of a PS sale, all orders placed for $25 or more at Stamp and Create each week will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate the following Monday.
There will be a drawing on Monday, Dec 19, Dec 26, and Jan 2nd.

Supplies used:

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Magical Monday Christmas Theme Using Pink and Silver

Now onto our last Magical Monday challenge of 2011 which has a theme of Pink and Silver. You can interpret this as you like as long as you use a Magical Image on your creation.
Jayne is offering the prize for this challenge which is a Christmas Stamp Set from Daisy and Dandelion called Santa's Little Helpers, co-ordinating paper, embossed glitter transfers - Festive Borders and Festive Decorations

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ABC Y is for Yippee!

Over at the ABC Christmas Challenge we have the have the penultimate challenge of the alphabet !! Only one more left after this !! IF you had been joining us for all the challenges then you will have at least 24 cards ready to post !! Woo Hoo !! :-)
The challenge for the next 2 weeks is ,,,,
Y for YIPPEE !!! :-)
Christmas is just a few days away and we know that everyone is very busy with preparations,, trimming the tree, baking cakes and pies etc etc ,,, so this time we have made it very easy for you to join in,, Anything Christmassy Goes ! We have a few FABULOUS sponsors this week !!
The lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp is offering one lucky entrant A $15 voucher to spend in her store (excludes shipping)

who will give one lucky entrant a choice of 3 digi images

has a fantastic selection of designs, Digital and Rubber stamps Our winner will receive 3 digi stamps of their choice.

I decided to go Tim Holtz Tag Wild! I took a whole lot of time die cutting, glittering, inking, stamping to create various elements. Then I took a lot of time, matching, mismatching, moving to figure out what elements to put on various coloured tags. One truly does need to be in the creative zone to produce these massive tags. I still have loads of elements left over for many more tags. When all the work is done and I have an afternoon free, I will get my messy clothes on again and go wild!

You can get just about everything I used at Simon says Stamp. You are welsome to ask questions about any of the tags. 

Elements used on all three Tags
Tag Die
Limited Edition Christmas Colors Distress Inks
American Craft Pearl Brads
Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy
Superfine Jewel Glitter Ritz Glitter in Stardust
Versamark Ink
SU Clear Embossing Powder

Iced Spruce Reindeer Tag
Grunge Snowflakes
Reindeer Flight Die
Pine Tree Die
Tim Holtz Mini Snowflakes Die
Sizzix Snowflakes #3 Die

Evergreen Bough Bright Green Tag
Mini Holidays 2 Stamp Set
Holiday Lamp post
Carved Ornaments #1
Peace Die
Black Soot Distress Ink

Festive Berries Red Tag
Impression Obsession Background Music Stamp
Vintage Noel Die
Pine Trees from the Core'dinations distress color cardstock pack
Holly Branch Die
Mini Rossettes Die
Bundled Sage Distress Ink
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

I am also going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Photomontage Inspiration Challenge.
So now it's your turn !! Get out your glitter and glue, papers and crayons and join in :-) Happy Crafting !!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stamp and Create Vintage Christmas

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Now the following is not going to make a whole lot of sense to my international followers, instead just insert your favourite sports team in the year end matches/ralley. My Virginia Tech Hokies lost to Clemson, but somehow ended up in the Sugar Bowl! WOW! All I can say is that Virginia Tech Fans are the BEST! The fact that the fans travel so well to supports our Hokies has a lot to do with getting selected for one of the top Bowl games!

Now onto the fun stuff. Over at Stamp and Create, this months challenge is Vintage. Going Vintage is very trendy at the moment, so it should be easy for you to jump in and make something creative!

This weeks product spotlight is the ever popular Bow Easy. You can buy 3 at the slae price. They would make a perfect gift for any ribbon loving person!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High Hopes Challenge # 123

The next High Hopes challenge is going to be our last challenge of the year!
This challenge is being hosted by Sarah:
Add numbers to your card or make a card for a specific date.
If you don't have a number on your card, please state what "date" the card is for.
Just remember that you MUST use a High Hopes Stamp on your card to enter the challenge.
If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
Amy Wegener - Stampin' Stuff based out of Australia

In the Spirit of December 25th, here is my card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Mudzie's Gift, Sentiments by Whimsy Stamps
Echo Park Paper
Accessories: Christmas Lights from Michaels Crafts, PTI Vintage Ornament and Tree Die, Tim Holtz Numbers die, SU Embossing folder, Martha Stewart border punch

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Magical Mondays Sketch Challenge

We have a new Magical Mondays challenge which is an easy one - follow the lovely sketch that jusr happens to have been created by me!.  You can interpret it any way you like as long as we can see the main elements of the sketch and you also use a magical image. 
We are being sponsored by Delicious Doodles who are offering to our lucky winner.
Here is the lovely sketch to follow
Here is what the fantastic DT have created
Supplies Used
 Stamps: Lili of the Valley  Festive Fairy , Papertrey Ink Sentiment
Authentique paper, American Craft Pearl Brads, Lace from my stash

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SC Sweet Pea Product Spotlight

You can Click here for our Current Challenge.
The new Weekly Candy is:
A Victorian Winter by the Laurence Collection for Stampavie

**In order to enter the candy, you must post the Stamp and Create Store's banner in the sidebar of your blog and link it to
The candy ends Sunday, Dec 4th at 7pmEST
The Product Spotlight Sale of the week this week is:
All Sweet Pea Stamps are on sale 25% off through Sunday.
Please note that some of these designs will NOT be restocked so grab them while you can!
Here are some quick links to some of the newest products available through Stamp and Create:
Plus lots of designs on Clearance...

I used Sweet Pea Dragon Hug by Lisa Victoria. The sentiment is Whimsy Everyday Sentiments Mini Postage stamps cut out with the Whimsy Shapeology Mini Postage Stamp Die. The paper is Echo Park Victoria Garden. I also used C.C. Designs Teardrop Lace  Die, Basic Grey Eva Fibres, Prima Fairytale Roses in Buttercup and Orchid,  Prima Mini Roses in Green

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Sale

From the papercrafting shopping Oasis Stamp and Create!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers!
As is the tradition of Thanksgiving in the USA, it's time for a sale!!
The best thing about our sale is that you don't have to fight the crowds
or even leave the comfort of your home!
From Thursday - Sunday,
receive 15% off your total order when you use discount code thanksgiving (all one word/all lowercase).

 Have you checked out all of the New Wild Rose Studio Images Lacey has for sale?   Here are two easel cards to get you in the Christmas Card Creating mood! Speaking of easel cards. Have you participated in this months Stamp and Create Monthly Challenge? If you have never made an easel or step card, they are so fun (and addicting). The challenge ends December 4, so there is still plenty of time to enter your creation.  
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For those of you who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ABC Christmas - X is for.....

Dorte is hosting this weeks ABC Christmas challenge. X for Xerox  and it Not as hard as it sounds we promise
Xerox one of our team's cards... In other words CASE CASE a card by an ABC Christmas challenge Design team member from one of our Challenges from this Challenge or a challenge in 2011. Take inspiration from their layout...or use the same technique...or colours...or papers...or the same image if you want too!... Dorte has pulled our Challenge links for 2011 to the top of the challenge side bar so you can find it quickly HERE So all you have to do is visit the link find a DT card to case and that's it! When writing you oosts add a link to the card you case so we can see where/who your inspiration came from... and give them the right credit too!
Digital Delights has an awesome selection of digital stamps, papers & more,
and our Winner will receive 3 digital stamps of their choice.
Here is the card Lacey did for N is for No Nonsense
Here is the Card I stitching isn't as good and I used Old Olive instead of Kiwi Kiss!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Over at Stamp and Create!!
Today is Lacey's birthday!!
She's the big 4-0!!
Which means...She thinks she is officially OLD!
So, to celebrate her "oldness", we're having a...
Get 15% off your total order when you used discount code old (all lowercase).
The sale runs through midnight EST tonight.
It's the half way reminder for the ABC Christmas Challegne W = Winter Sports.
Lately, I have been totally obsessed with making easal cards. They make the cutest decorations.

This is the card I made for Lacey for her Birthday. I wanted to make her a card from a stamp that she doesn't carry in her store!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

High Hopes Snowflakes

This weeks High Hopes Challenge is to use Snowflakes. I went overboard! I love using snowflakes as embellishments. First, I love finding new snowflake Dies/Punches/Templates. I love how the basic snowflake has evolved over the past few years.  This one uses some very basic Martha Stewart snowflake punches. Oh My Gosh....I used Martha Stewart and basic in the same sentance! I cut out the big snowflake using my Cricut and the When It's Cold Outside Cartridge. It's one of the few cartridges I still have. Most of the time I use the Sure Cuts A Lot Software with my cricut.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Snowy with Flake PTI Sentiment
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Retired SU Vintage Violet
Paper: Webster Pages
Accessories: Snowflake Button and Brown Suede Ribbon from my Stash, Star Dust Stickles

Thanks for visiting! I hope you get a chance to participate in this weeks challenge! I know you have lots of Holidays cards to create!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Stamp and Create Birthday Category

Over at Stamp and Create!!
This week's new Candy is:

The candy ends Sunday, Nov 20th at 7pmEST
**In order to enter the candy, you must post the Stamp and Create Store's banner in the sidebar of your blog and link it to
Now it's time for a new Product Spotlight Sale!!
In honor of Lacey's 40th birthday on Wednesday, November 16th,
all stamps in the Birthday Category are on sale 25% off!!

I also created an easel card using Wild Rose Studio Motorbike. The paper is Echo Park Dots and Stripes 6"x6" Paper Pad. I also used Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears and Metal Corners.

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