Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Christmas Story - Guest Elf for Christmas Kickstart

Hi, Friends......

I am excited and honored to be Jo's Guest Elf for this fortnight's Christmas Kickstart Challenge. The theme this time is "The Christmas Story" which is what I love most of all to include in my Christmas cards. Even the cards I make with snowmen or reindeer on the fronts have a small nativity stamped on the inside or some reference to Christmas being a celebration of Jesus' birth. 

I usually try to use neglected supplies in my stash for Jo's challenge. But when she asked me way back near the beginning of the year to do this theme, I knew the die set I wanted to buy esp for this card.....which you will see in a moment. I heat embossed all the edges in sparkling gold and spattered with white gesso for a starry sky.

My card is a gatefold style with a velcro fastener under the gold backing of the sentiment panel.

For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11
Here is a shot of it as it is opening. You can see the white velcro fastener on the right. These Tombow velcro fasteners (sadly retired) REALLY stick, so I patted a dry Swiffer sheet over it. Some of the fibers pulled out of the sheet and made the Velcro not quite so grabby. :) It still holds the card closed securely, but doesn't try to tear the card apart when you open it!

Here we are all opened up. I left the bottom part of the center panel white so a greeting can be written. Sorry about the angle of the left-hand panel.....it made a bright white glare on the gold foil shepherd and sheep. (Hey....at least you can't see a reflection of me in my pink fuzzy bathrobe!! Ha. Yes...that really HAS happened!!) You can see the other side of the velcro pad on the backside of the sentiment panel.

Supplies used include:
STAMPlorations - A Child is Born - Typografia Christmas
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Darice - Manger Accessories die set
Darice - Manger die
DCWV Foiled cardstock in Gold
White cardstock scraps
Simon Says Stamp - Soft Navy 100# Cardstock
Tombow Hook and Loop Tabs (retired)

Hope you enjoyed my card! Thank you to the wonderful Jo for inviting me to be her Guest Elf. I hope you all will join in "The Christmas Story" Christmas Kickstart Challenge. I can't wait to see your Christmas Story cards!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Add Sparkle (I have sparkling stars and sparkling gold embossing)
2. Addicted-To-Stamps Challenge #179 - Anything Goes Stamp Focal (I have a focal stamped sentiment on the card front)
3. Allsorts Week #548 - Christmas Gifts (The 3 Wise Men on the inside have gifts)
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #466 - AG Christmas
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
6. Word Art Wednesday #414-415 - AG
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #103
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #198 - Animals + Christmas

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Glory to God in the Highest - November Rudolph Days

Hi, Friends......

Squeaking in here with a November Rudolph Days card just under the wire. I used one of my new STAMPlorations stamps, heat embossed on a Distress Ink background. Added a few clear sparkly sequins to finish it off. Super-easy, but I LOVE the effect. I made four of them. :)

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
STAMPlorations - Glory to God - Typografia in Faith stamp
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany for background
Canson - Mixed Media Paper
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I can be a little more active on my blog in December....but with Christmas, who knows? lol... Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 
1. November Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's
2. Addicted-To-Stamps Challenge #179 - Anything Goes Stamp Focal
3. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #103
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #466 - AG Christmas
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
6. Word Art Wednesday #414-415 - AG

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

From Australia....Right to my Door!!

Hi, Friends.......

Look what arrived at my house today straight from Australia!!! Our dear Cat Hopper friend, the lovely Alex at Pink Crafty Mama, kindly sent me this wonderful thank you gift after the Hop and it arrived today!! It's a beautiful tea towel which shows all sorts of fun and interesting sights to see around the Melbourne area.

To be honest, I had to do a Google map search to see exactly where Melbourne is located in Australia. [Okay...I don't really feel too super-bad about not knowing that. She prob doesn't know where Idaho is in the USA, either!! :) ] I figured that Alex prob lived near Melbourne, but didn't know for sure. So I looked up her city and state and found that indeed she lives near there. I LOVE the internet and having friends all over the globe!!! 🖤🖤🖤

Here's a pic of the souvenir towel all spread out. I WANT TO GO THERE!!! Who's with me????!!!!  [Hope you have room for us all, Alex!!!  :) ]

THANK YOU, Alex, for this lovely gift. You are so sweet!! I am thrilled to have this. I am going to find a special place to hang it for display!!

And to all our fabulous Hoppers:  I am finally being able to breathe again after the blizzard of prize correspondence. Now that most of the prizes have arrived at their destinations, I really am looking forward to the next Hop!!! I must be totally crazy. Ha.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Shout Out to The Gray Muse

Hi, Friends......

Quick post here to show you the fun prize that my crafty pal D.Ann at D.Ann's Crafting Whims sent me from the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop.  (THANKS, D.Ann!!!)  As the Hop hostess, I don't usually get any prizes, although some of our generous sponsors send me digital images to play with and occasionally I get some stamps from other sponsors. Every once in awhile, one our Hoppers will send me a little thank you gift....totally not expected and not necessary, but soooooo sweet and much appreciated!!

What a lovely assortment of little kitty items in addition to the pin from The Gray Muse!!!  Thank you, D.Ann!!!  🖤

D. Ann really goes the extra mile and finds a sponsor or two for prizes on her Hop posts during the week. This year she introduced the Hoppers to the wonderful enamel pins that the lovely Rubeena at The Gray Muse sells. She very kindly sponsored D.Ann by providing a number of different crafting-themed pins for giveaways! WOW! I was a lucky winner and I got the Clear Stamps pin. LOVE!!

A huge thank you to D.Ann for this lovely prize and to Rubeena at The Gray Muse for this sweet pin!!


Monday, November 11, 2019

So Grateful in Funky Autumn Prints

Hi, Friends.....

Thank you for the well wishes you expressed to me at my last post. I am feeling so much better now. That was a nasty, terrible, awful stomach bug I had, but I am fine now.... (If I can keep this sore throat at bay that seems to be trying to sneak up on me now!!! Whaaat? Can't I have a little time to just feel good???? Ugh.)

I am here to share a couple of funky cards I made with some wacky patterned paper I picked up at an out-of-town thrift store for 25 cents!! Hahahaha....some of you will say "I can see why they were only asking 25 cents!!" They had an entire wall of different patterns!! I loved the crazy prints and the bright colors of this one. I am still a 60s/70s gal at heart. :)

I used the current MFT Wednesday Sketch:

Here are my cards......kinda crazy, right? :)

Supplies used include:
Thrift store 6x6 paper pad and coordinating die cuts
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
A Creative Journey with Melissa - Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set
Versafine Ink in Vintage Sepia
Darice/Core'dinations cardstock
Adhesive Gems

Hope you got a smile from this mish-mash of different colors and patterns. Thank you for stopping by today!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card (top one) in the following challenges:
1. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #462
2. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
3. Dare2BArtzy November Challenge - Thankful
4. Crafty Hazelnut's November Patterned Paper Challenge
5. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #102

Friday, November 8, 2019

Autumn Roses Thanks - Winnie & Walter

Hi, Friends.....

Super-quick post today to get my card in under the wire at Winnie & Walter's October Color Combo Challenge. I have been sick all week and am still really light-headed. Ugh.. It took me all week to muster up the energy to make this card, and I didn't manage to make a thing for the coffee hop.  Oh, well... (sigh)

Here is the inspiration photo for the W&W challenge:

Here's my card:

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses stamp
Versafine ink in Toffee
Clear embossing powder
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: The Leaf Effect Creative Screenings
Distress Markers and Inks
Winnie &Walter - In a Word: Thanks Cutaway die

That's all I can do for now. Thank you for stopping by.

CAT HOPPERS: Thank you to those of you who have emailed me to tell me your prizes arrived. Yay! I haven't been up to replying to you yet, but I got your notes.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenge(s):
1. Winnie & Walter October Color Combo Challenge
More later maybe, if I have the energy.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Autumn 80th Birthday Card

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a quick post to share an 80th birthday card for my husband's aunt. I used some American Crafts items: frame, glittery Thickers, and washi. I added glitter glue (smooshed around with my fingers...fun!!) to some Dollar Store leaves. My background is from scraps of autumn themed DCWV papers.

Supplies used include:
American Crafts products
DCWV scraps
Dollar Store leaves
Gold glitter glue
Distress Ink in Fired Brick

This is the last day to get in on STAMPlorations fun Belated Birthday Celebration, but you still have time to get a quick card made or to enter the comment contests.

One of their fun games is to share our STAMPlorations wishlist in a blog post for a chance to win $40 worth of items on the list! WOW. I totally love their Typografia stamps! So my WISHLIST is filled with a bunch of them. YAY!! You've got time to shop around their store and get a wishlist linked up and get a chance to win, also!!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are having a lovely week.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party
2. STAMPlorations 6th Birthday Linky Party
3. Crafty Hazelnut's November Patterned Paper Challenge
4. SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #410-411 - Anything Goes
6. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #364 - Use Snippets

7. AAA Birthday Challenge Game #7 - Include a Number