Saturday, December 31, 2011

Artist's Trading Cards

This is my DT Card for The Book Month Challenge at Outlawz.  It is inspired by Maya Anegelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings!  It is also my entry at Unstampabelles.  It is nice to see more sites that don't require stamping. So glad I found these ladies!  When you enter their challenges, just remember they are on Australian time!

 I really enjoy making these little cards!  I hope to create some ATCs using some of my old metal stencils, I think I might be able to produce a pretty cool image.  I purchased a set of Artist Cards, and I used one of  those for my bird cage ATC.  I put the cards away and could not find them today, but I realized I had a ton of medium weight chipboard so I used that for the next two ATCs.  For those of you not familiar with Artists Trading Cards, they are an off shoot of Artists Cards which many famous artist use to make and sell for extroadinary amounts of money.  Artist Trading Cards are not intended to be sold.  The only rule is that the card must be 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".  You can paint them, etch, stencil, whatever you desire.  Hope you enjoy looking!  C-YA!

These ATCs were created for the Creative Freebies Challenge at The Outlawz.  The digis were created by my Teammies, Sandi Huggett (Angel) and Anne E. Fenton (Cupcakes).  This week Anne and Sandi were very generous and gave us four wonderful Digis for our creations.  I was only able to complete projects using these two.  If you are just starting to use digital images/stamps, the CFC Challenge at The Outlawz might be a good place for you to start.  Twice a month, you will receive two-four free digis and it is only necessary to use one in a project in order to get the next set of free images.
While you are at The Outlawz, check out the other seven great weekly challenges: CAS, Greetings, Sketch, Copics, Twisted Thursday, Color, Paper Ala Mode.

Supplies:  Art Parts, 7 gypsies ATC Tray Kit, Prima Lace, Ribbon, Pearls and Copics.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Here is a quick card I made for the CAS Challenge at the Outlawz!  I am so glad to be done (almost) with holiday cards.  So I chose an image that is as far removed from the holidays as possible!  The Challenge was to create a  BABY CARD!   I had to force myself to go into my studio, which is highly unusual for me.  When I was in there, all I did was stare at my drafting table.  I made a simple card for my DT card this week.  I hope my Mojo comes back.  I'm blaming it on a lot of DRAMA at work and the drain of the holidays, although Chanukah is one of the easiest and least stressful of all Jewish Holidays!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thinking of You - Outlawz DT Card

Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge 12-19-11 -Bling It!
I wish my camera (of course it is the camera) had captured the glitter on this card.  In real life it is so pretty.  I am not a big glitter fan and use it infrequently, but I must say I like how this card tured out.  The crystal bead chain that I laced through the bottom is hard to see on the picture but is really stunning in person. Well enough bragging on my own card.  Hop over to OutLawz and enter one of our challenges.  
  The Flourish is  from Cheery Lynn (Made in the USA!!!)

Supplies: Neenah Solar White Linen,  pink dp from my stash, brad and pearls from Want2Scrap, crystal beads from my stash.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Creative Freebies Challenge - The Outlawz

Anne E. Fenton

Sandi Huggett (Baby In The Box)

Leave a comment here between 01/15/12 - 01/21/12
Two lucky people will win 6 Copic Markers.
Over at The Outlawz, we have a challenge known as the Creative Freebies Challenge!  Two of our DT members, Sandi Huggett and Anne Fenton, Provide 2 free Digis every two weeks to members of the CFC group.  The members have to submit at least one of the Digis to the challenge in order to receive the digis for the next challenge period.  Anne and Sandi are both wonderful artist and their digis are great.  I finally managed to complete a card using both Digis and I am sharing them with you!  The current challenge period ends on December 17th.  Join us at The Outlawz!  We have eight great challenges:
Sunday:  Clean and Simple   CAS
Monday:  Greeting Card Challenge
Tuesday:  Color Challenge
Wednesday:  Sketch Challenge
**Thursday:  Twisted Thursday **
Friday: Copics/Prisma
Saturday :  Paper Ala Mode
Biweekly:  Creative Freebies Challenge
We'd love to see your creations!
**In this challenge you can use prisma pencils and/or other mediums of your choice including alcohol ink markers such as Copics and Promarker. However there is a twist, you are only allowed to have 50 percent alcohol inks on your images. Other mediums can be anything from dye inks, distress inks, chalks, heat embossing, water colored pencils, crayons, etc. Prisma's can be ANY colored pencil, it doesn't have to be the Prisma color brand.**

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas 1836

I created this card for my Guest Designer Challenge at Friendship's Garden!  In January, I will start my term as a member of the Design Team!  Drop in and participate in our current challenge!  Its Anything Goes (Winter or Holiday Theme)!!  I'll be on the lookout for your creations!!
Remember, Friendship's Garden is a "Paper Crafting Challenge " so the only stamping allowed is your sentiment.  Pre-colored digis are allowed!  This would be the perfect place to display your paper piecing skills. 

Supplies: Neenah Baronial Ivory, Mauve and August Green Cardstock, B; Prima Lace, Sizzix Texure Plate, DCW designer paper pad,

Monday, December 12, 2011


This is my DT card for the Greetings Challenge at The Outlawz!  You have until Midnight, Monday, December 19th to post you entry.  There are wonderful prizes!  Check it out!  I would love to see you there!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Silent Night!

Super fun CAS challenge at The Outlawz!  Challenge Twist = Card had to be on White CS, and must use pop dots (Marshmallows)  The DT cards are awesome and the member submissions show a lot of ingenuity!  I decided to "pop" my village and it's negative, and also my Ornament!  Pop over and check out the marvelous creations!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Neenah Solar White CS, Popourri Cobalt Blue CS, Memory Box Die Cuts,  Echo Park 6x6 Paper Pad - Winter Park!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Friendship's Garden - Challenge 5

Check out this inspirational challenge at Friendship's Garden.  Remember, there is no stamping at this site.  Great way to challenge yourself in the fine art of mixing and matching design papers.  I am always impressed by those ladies who can put 20 pieces of dp on one card and end up with a simply breathtaking design  Obviously, I'm not at the breathtaking stage..not yet!  This dp was the closet I could come to the colors.  I also entered this card in the Outlawz CAS challenge.  But since I'm a DT member, I was only playing for fun!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Blessings - Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Here is my DT card for the Outlawz Greeting Challenge.  The "Theme" this week, hosted by, "Yours Truly" was "A TALL Card!  My card is 3 3/4" x 9".  The tree is detachable and can be hung on the tree as a handmade ornament.

I absolutely fell in love with this "Memory Box" Die the moment I saw it!  Actually, this card has two Memory Box dies.  I am posting this while at work, so I don't have the deets.  I will come back and post those this evening!  Be well, Chana

Saturday, December 3, 2011



Well, my first official blog hop is over and it was great!   I appreciate all the well wishes.  I can live on those for a long time!  I'm looking forward to getting to know my new team members and the crafters who follow our challenge blog.   Now down to business!  Here are my winners:

Carla S. -   $10.00 Gift Certificate - Guylou's Inimitability
Theresa -       2.00 Gift Certificate - Sundae and Her Bone Digi

The folllowing players will receive $5.00 Gift Certificates: from Guylou's Inimitability

Paper Crafting Princess

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who made my first blog hop so much fun!

Be well,


Merry Christmas!    Happy Chanukah!  A JoyousNew Year!
Don't you just love Sundae?  She reminds me of  AWOL, my beloved (now deceased) toy poodle.  Awol, would always have a "Wonder what I'm supposed to do with this thing " look on his face whenever we put bows on his chew toy gifts.

Supplies: Cardstock: Neenah Solar White and Epic Black Linen, Bazzill Basics Grey,  Warehouse Metallic Black ; Image: "Sundae and Her Bone" Gulou's Inimitability; Inks: Momento Rich Cocoa; Ribbon: Offray's Man's Best Friend Single-Face Satin; Brads: S.E.I. "Windsor" Collection.  Sundae was colored with Chalk pencils!

I am very pleased to annouonce that  I have joined the Design Team of
  Guylou's Inimitability

It is a Delight To  Join Such A Talented Group Of Ladies!

If you came from  Guylou’s Inimitability , you are on the right path. If not, then please start at Guylou’s Inimitability or refer to the blog hop list at the end of this post to get you on the right track. The hop will open today at 9:00am EST and end at 9:00pm EST tonight.

This is my chance to thank Guylou, and my new teammates, for giving me this wonderful opportunity to create with such fabulous digis!

My Prizes:
Please take a moment to leave a comment. I will draw two winners, one will win a $10 gift certificate from Guylou's Inimitability Online Store ; another will win a GI digistamp called "Sundae and Her Bone" which I used for the card displayed in the frame above.

Blog Hop prizes:
My secret word is "Wish" Don't forget to enter the secret phrase the InLinkz on Guylou's Inimitability once you have figured it out. By entering, you will have a chance to win one of the two grand prizes: a $25 gift certificate and a $15 gift certificate from Guylou's Inimitability Online Store.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed it! Your next stop is Gina's.
Free Digistamps:

To thank you for your support, Guylou is offering you the Wreath with and without bow digistamps for free during the blog hop. Please visit Guylou's Inimitability Online Store, for details on how these lovely digital image can be yours!

Blog Hop Order:
Guylou's Inimitability 
Chana - You Are Here!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

From Our Patch

The color challenge at Outlawz last week included a twist, your design had to include a pumpkin.  I had this wonderful dp and since I didn't use it in any of my Thanksgiving projects, I thought it was perfect for this challenge!

Supplies: Cardstock=Neenah Classic Crest Natural White,  American Crafts "Botanique Loretta (solid color side), Bazzill - Marmalade; Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Spellbinders Grand Rectangles, Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa

Monday, November 28, 2011

Alyssa's Stocking - Outlawz CFC Challenge

This adorable Digi was drawn by Sandi Huggett, my Teamie, over at The Outlawz! The name of her drawing is Holiday Alyssa!  Alyssa's Stocking is just how I titled my post.   We have eight challenges, one for each day of the week and Creative Freebie Challenges.  Twice a month, Sandi and Anne Fenton, another DT member provide 2 free digital images to be used during that challenge period.  In order to receive the next 2 free digis, the member must use one of the images in a project.  It can be a card, a scrapbook layout or an altered item.  If you love working with digis and you want to join a fun group, head on over to the outlawz and join in!!

Supplies:  Cardstock: Neenah Solar White Linen, Bazzill Basics "Blueberry"; Punch: Martha Stewart Swirl Lace; Copics: B24, B23, B41, B45, B91; BG93, BG72; E33,E53,E00,E34,E11;C2,C1,C4; Y02, RV29, YG21; Glitter glue and Ultra fine glitter.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Case Study Challenge #67-Kryssi Ng

This is my entry into the Case Study Challenge!  I fell in love with this DP the moment I saw it. I wanted to stay as true to the original sketch as possible, but make my own footprint (so to speak).  This dp was great in this case because allowed me to take the boarder stamping of Kryssi's card  and case it as a background..  This dp is so nice, I have started two other cards using it!  I really enjoy the CS Challenges and I am a big fan of Amy Wanford and Andrea Ewing.  Amy's CAS cards are to die for and Andrea does the most amazing things with die cuts.

Supplies:  Neenah Solar White Linen Cardstock, Paper Trey Inks Clear Card Stock, Recollections All Seasons Paper Pad, Stamped Image: Choyce Stamps; Momento Ink: Rich Cocoa; Card Size: 5 1/4 x 6 3/4

Here is the original Kryssi Ng creation.

Seeds of Kindness

I designed this card using a Digi From Guylou's Inimitability!  I love the image and it went perfectly with the sentiment I wanted to use.  This was an entry in The Outlawz Sketch Challenge.  You can see the sketch here.

Supplies:  Neenah Classic Crest Natural White; Neenah Classic Haviland Blue; Spellbinders Standard Oval, Spellbinders Standard Rectangle; Image: Guylou's Inimitability; Flower Banner and Sentiment: Just Rite Stamps "Garden Fairy Seeds"; Pearls: Zva Creations, DP:Bo Bunny; Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black; Copics

**********Counting Down The Days***********

On December 3rd, Guylou's Inimitability is sponsoring a blog hop to welcome "Yours Truly" as the newest member of  her design team.  There will be opportunites for prizes if you participate the blog hop!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So Thankful

Party Time Tuesdays -Sketchy Tuesdays #42
Really great sketch!  I have been trying to play here for a while.  The challenge is closed, but this might be an nice sketch to try on your own

Supplies:  Neenah Solar White Linen CS; Neenah Augusta Green CS, Recollections "Bright and Basic" Designer Paper Pad, Sentiment and Image: Gina K's "Falling For You" Collection; Die Cut: Memory Box "Loop Border"; Ribbon, Leaves, Zva Pearls

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The Thanksgiving Challenge at Friendship's Garden is a Recipe my ingredients are listed
1 Die Cut: Memory Box Whimsy Circle
2 Patterned Papers: Recollections All Seasons Paper Pad & K&Company Designer Paper
3 Trims: Prima Lace; American Crafts Ribbon, Loops & Thread Craft Thread
I added: Basic Grey Stitched Brad and Thanks Sentiment ( PTI - Modern Basics)

Friendship's Garden is a brand new paper crafting challenge blog with a special twist! Stamped images are not allowed! You can use stamped sentiments or accents like borders, but no stamped images. There are all kinds of alternatives to stamped images! Die cuts, vintage images found online on places like Flickr, you can even buy (inexpensively, too) digital collages in EVERY style in shops on Etsy, etc. Digital images ARE allowed, as long as they are pre-colored!

This description came from the Friendship's Garden Blog


Outlawz Color Challenge: Purple, Green, White
Well, this is the time of year when everyone is running around trying to find that perfect gift!  Something to top the perfect gift of last year!  It seems to me that the person who this day was created to honor, was never harried or rushed.  Never concerned so much about the material things in life, but more the spiritual.  Personally, I think he would like my card!

Supplies: Neenah Solar White Linen CS; Bazzill Basics Purple CS, Astro-Brights Lime Green Text Paper; Image: GinaK Stamps "Falling for You" collection; Sentiment: Kraftin Kimmie Stamps; Die Cut: Memory Box "Meridian Border", Pearls: Zva Creative, Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics: YG07, V17

Just For You

This is my non-traditional X-mas tree.  I don't normally do X-mas themed projects, however, This week's Greetings Challenge at Outlawz was "Gift Wrapped" and I wanted to stick with the theme. I could have done a Chanukah card, but I don't believe it giving gifts at Chanukah...makes it seem like X-mas. But I didn't believe in giving gifts at X-mas either.  I don't like the commericialization of  religious holidays.
Supplies:  Neenah Classic Crest - Ivory CS; Lost&Found Two - Sunshine DP, Recollections Printed Scrapbook Papers; Spellbinders Nesties; cArt-Us Embossing Folders; Momento Rich Cocoa Ink; Ribbons, Pearls, Stickles.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Birthday...Almost!

I did not make this card,  my darling husband made it for me, for my birthday!  The card comes with a story, of course!  When we were dating, my husband would pick the most outrageous spots to ask me if he had told me that he loved me.  The dialog would go something like this: (We were in Arizona)

DH:  Have I told you standing here admiring the beauty of the Grand Canyon, while I was holding your hand in one hand and my expensive Nikon Camera in the other, praying that I continue to hold onto and not drop either one.  Have I told you under these circumstances that I love you?
ME: (Once I stopped laughing) No, you have not.
DH:  Well, I love you!
ME:  How Much?
DH:  More than all the money in the world...ALMOST!!

I know, compared to the fantasy loves of Sex In The City, Gray's Anatomy (which I thought was supposed to be about medicine) and Desperate Housewives (I've never watched  a single episode of any of these shows) our story sounds kind of corny.  But when I think back to those days, 42 years ago, it still brings a smile to my lips and tears to my eyes; just like it did when he handed me this card!   I guess I love him as much as he loves me....ALMOST!   


My grandson, Joshua, made this card for my birthday!  I promised him I would post it on my blog.  Thanks, Joshua, Bubby loves you,too!
Mark December 3rd on your craft calendar! 
Something good this way comes!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I am making cards to give to my staff.  If I don't fall behind, I should have them all done by Wednesday.  I posted this card in the Outlawz CAS challenge!

Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory CS, Neenah Augusta Green Linen CS; DP: Graphics45 "Once Upon A Springtime Collection";  Ink:  Momento Bamboo Leaves; Sentiment: Just Right Stampers;  Ribbon, Slide, flower, leaves, tape and foam mounts!


Thursday, November 17, 2011


If I had to pick a card design type that drives me crazy (after CAS, which will always be #1 in my book) I would have to say masculine cards.  This week at The Outlawz, the Monday Greetings Challenge was to create a Masculine Card.  This was my DT Card.  Sometimes, I just like to make cards with nothing but paper and this was one of those times.  As I was preparing for this challenge, I remembered that about six months ago I had purchased a scrapbook "scrap pak" at big lots for $5.00.  There were 24 sheets of dp, cutouts, stickers, tags, the whole nine.  It only took twenty minutes to totally destroy my studio, but I finally remembered where I put the pak.  The most difficult part of the card was building up the top frame and lining up the recessed square so that all the words lined up.  It is a really cool looking card in real life!  You still have time to enter the challenge since it does not close until Midnight on Sunday!  Good Luck!!

Supplies:  Neenah Solar White CS, Colorplan Chocolate CS; Paper Crush - Scrap Pak, scor-tape; brand and mounting foam!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

May You Be Comforted

Unfortunately, in the past week I have had to design two sympathy cards.  Since I only have one stamp collection with sympathetic sentiments, I had to use design paper to enhance each design.  I rarely repeat cards.  The first card was designed for a co-worker who lost his mother-in-law.
Because this card was designed for a male, I tried to use a masculine dp and a simple sentiment.

This card was designed for my daughter to give to her manager.  Because this card is being addressed to both the manager and his wife, and also because of their relative positions in the company, (He is the company President, my daughter is the Corporate Controller and VP of Finance and Accounting) I wanted a card that would be elegant and yet maintain the appropriate professional distance.

DEETS: Card 1- Neenah Solar White Linen CS, Recollections Printed Scrapbook paper; Image: Stampendous "Encouraging Words" collection; Sentiment: Heartfelt Creations' "Classic Message" set;  Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa, Pearls: Want 2 Scrap

Card 2 - Colorplan Bagdad Brown CS, Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory; Martha Stewart  Designer Paper Pad, Recollections' "Fashionably Chic" Paper Pad; Image and Sentiment: Stampendous "Encouraging Words" collection; Momento Rich Cocoa Ink; Pearls: Want 2 Scrap


Outlawz Color Challenge - Deadline 11/15
Supplies: Bazzill Berry Connection, Neenah Solar White Linen, Neenah Epic Black Linen,  6 by 6 Designer Paper Pad - Vanity Fair; Spellbinders  Fancy Tags Two; Spellbinders Standard Circles, Large, Heidi Snapp Clear stamps; Momento Tuxedo Black ink.

One of the things I love about The Outlawz Challenge Site, is the variety of challenges each week.  When I first returned to stamping and card making last year, The Outlawz was the first, and for a while, the only site I visited.  I was able to learn about the new trends in stamping, construction, and colors.  I discovered all the new tools,etc., simply by participating in all of their challenges: Copics (even though I don't color well) Greetings (forced to to use sentiments, which I usually tried to avoid) CAS (helped me learn to develop better focals for my designs) Sketch (helped me understand construction and focals).  Almost one year to the day that I joined Outlawz, I was invited to join their design team.  It was something I wanted, but never dared to hope for.  If you are a new card designer...Outlawz is the perfect place to learn and grow in an environment of encourgement and fun...You'll love it!! 

Here is the Inspiration and the color swatch - give it a try!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

May You Be Blessed!

Here is my first card for the exciting new creative challenge over at The Outlawz ChallengesTwo of my Teamies, Sandi Huggett and Anne Fenton, just happen to be fantastic digi artists and they have created a new challenge that provides four (4) free digis for members to use in their cards or altered projects.  The challenge runs for two weeks and all those who enter, using the digis, are eligible to receive four more free digis for the next challenge. Hop over to Outlawz and get the're going to love it!  C-Ya!

Supplies:  Bazzill Basics Premium CS; Neenah Solar White Linen CS; Image: Ornament by Sandi Huggett; Spellbinders Labels Seventeen;  Cuttlebug Oriental Weave Embossing Folder; Sentiment:  Just Rite Stamps "Nature's Nested Sentiment Collection"; Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Festive Berry; Momenta Tuxedo Black; copics, glitter, ribbon

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanksgiving @ Guylou's

Hello, there,

My Teamies over at Guyloy's Inimitability have come up with terrific inspiration for this coming holiday season.  I had to bring over the quote from Guylou's blog.  It is wonderful and so perfect for this time!

As America's Thanksgiving is approaching, it is time to think about all the reasons to be thankful. Melody Beattie could have not said it better:

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
This week Sara is challenging us to make Thanksgiving or Thank you project which must have a turkey somewhere on it

To inspire you, here's Sara's project:

Carmen used Leah cooks a Turkey for her beautiful card.
What great choice of paper and embellies!
To see all of the DT's creations and to get the digi's used in this project, go to Guylou's Inimitability Blog !
I will have my own creation for this challenge up the meantime HAVE TONS OF FUN!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Give Thanks!

This week was my time to post a challenge as a new member of the Outlawz Design Team.  To say I was nervous would be the understatement of the century!  But I did it...with a little help from my friends.  My Team Leader Angela and one of my Outlawz sistahs, Cindy, were on open chat, so it was "all good."  My DH found this amazing turket and I just had to use it on my card. 

I will probably do a few more turkey cards before Thanksgiving!  We'll C-Ya!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Power of Art

I love this Picasso quote and was quite delighted to find it on a stamp at Michaels.  I plan to submit this card to the Case Study Challenge blog and also post it in the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz.

Supplies:  Neenah Whit Linen CS; Recollections Fashionably Chic Paper Pad; Spellbinders' Labels Twenty-One; Inkadinkado Stamp; Momento Rich Cocoa Ink; Chic Boutique, Self Adhesive Pearls.

Thanks, for stopping by!  C-YA

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


November is my self-declared "Stash and Trash" month.  My goals is to use all of my left over paper, ribbons, embellies, etc., on a second project BEFORE they are consigned to Stash Oblivion.  This is my first project for the month!

The "Dream" Label holder was the original project.  I created it for StampTV's Mix It Up Monday Challenge, but I did not have enough time to make the challenge.  I decided to make the holder anyway as a gift for the Physician Asssistant-Student who's Pediatric rotation in my office is ending this week  a closer look below

This project is very easy for tutorial click here!

It took a minute for me to decide what to put on my labels.  Most of the holders in the challenge had  a X-mas theme, but my PA-S is Jewish, so I decided to create all occassion tags.
The tags were made using Quikkutz Dies

This card served two purposes for me; it is a companion piece to the tag holder and it is also my submission to the Outlawz Sketch Challenge.

Monday, October 31, 2011


The Greeting Card Challenge at Outlawz this week is "Recycle Plus A Sentiment"  I made a Trio of Cards.  I always welcome a chance to get rid of Stash and Trash.

The two cards above  were used with scraps from Mauve Sprockets a submission to Mojo Monday!

This card was made from stash and trash remains of Golden Collage.  The background paper is remnant of a large sheet that I stamped to create my collage.  The Ribbon Embellishment is actually a bookmark that can be detached by the receipient!

Thanks for stopping by!  C-YA!