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.