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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Limited Runs Sponsors Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog

This month Limited Runs is guest sponsor at Your Scrapbook Place, and it's always ANYTHING GOES. I used this sweet digi called Birdhouses. I colored it with Copics and fussy-cut it, popping it onto some leftover Christmas paper. A diecut snowflake and bird and a few jewels for some bling and mt card is complete. Oh, the sentiment was part of another piece of Christmas paper.

I have to make lots of cards quickly, as the year is coming to an end. I resolved to deplete my paper stash as much as I could this year. I think I've done a fair job. My pile o' paper is just over a half of what I started with this year, which was easier to do once I stopped buying new papers! LOL

Crafters around the world have until the end of the month to create your cards and projects for a chance to win November's prize from Limited Runs. Just don't forget to link up at Your Scrapbook Place!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We're ALL TIED UP at the 12 Months of Christmas

I just realized my post did not publish on the 1st as it should have, so I offer apologies and roll out my DT make with little to no fanfare. This month the optional theme at the 12 Months of Christmas is All Tied Up. Your card must have some form of wrapping ribbon, raffia, twine or bows - something that would keep presents from unwrapping themselves! LOL

My card sports a bow with a digi image from Limited Runs called Girl with Bunny Slippers.
Another way to incorporate the theme in your card is to use it in your embellishments or paper, like I did with the scenic paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles paper from her "North Pole" Patterned Paper mini kit.
I hand-colored my image, then popped it onto my digital paper with sentiment. My bow and other embellishments are from my stash of Christmas supplies leftover from last year.
However you interpret the theme, if you do so, your card will be in the draw for a $10 gift certificate to the Limited Runs Store.

The theme is optional, so if you don't want to create with the theme in mind, you still win one free digital paper as long as you link up a minimum of two cards to the challenge.

So what are you waiting for?! Christmas is right around the corner!! Let's get those cards done, and DON"T forget to link them to the 12 Months of Christmas Blog.

Happy Crafting!

Challenges I  am Entering:
Cutie Pie - Winter Layers
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes w/a Critter
Animal Friends - Winter (must have animal)
Crafty Animals - Anything w/Animals Goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Christmas/Winter
Fabrika Fantasy - Christmas/Winter
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Goes
Papercraft Business - Christmas Animal
Sheepski Designs - Anything Christmas

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Photo Inspiration from Ike's World Challenge Blog

This month's challenge theme at Ike's World Challenge Blog is a photo inspiration, pictured below. Now how open is that?! It took me forever to choose the image I wanted to play with, but I decided on "Shhhh" It is probably one of my favorite images to play with from Ike's Store (her colored hair alone pulls in most of the colors in the inspiration photo LOL).

If you can't read the sentiment, the first speech bubble says: "Bad News - I forgot your Birthday" The second bubble reads: "Good News - I forgot how old you are"

I always have fun coloring her hair, and finding just the right words to put with her look. I think I got it spot on for my birthday card. So for November, the optional challenge theme is to pull whatever inspiration you get from the photo offered. Hopefully your Muse will be abuzz with creative energy. And hopefully, you will link up your project or card with Ike's World Challenge Bog for your chance to win a gift certificate to Ike's Store.

Good luck and happy crafting!

Challenges I am Entering:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Explosion of Colour
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Papers - Anything using Patterned Paper Goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - AG w/optional ribbon or lace

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Path of Positivity Looking for Shades of Green

Good evening crafters! I hope the day has been kind to you. This month, the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog invites you to create in Shades of Green. There are two sponsors that offer gift certificates to their stores as prizes:
Scribbles Designs is offering a $10 gift certificate 
for one random-draw winner. Remember, all entries must be positive,
uplifting or encouraging in some way.

Ike's Art is offering a $15 gift certificate 
for the project deemed MOST INSPIRING
by the DT

My card offers a fun view of Christmas with Ike's Art digi "Frosty's Christmas Trees". What could be more GREEN than trees at a Christmas tree lot? (unless everything's covered in snow) Luckily, Frosty has a clear day with just a dusting of snow on the ground. But he better sell fast, as there are blizzard warnings out!

Do you buy a real tree for Christmas? We used to, but my nose can't take the fresh heavenly scent of pine or spruce or whatever the lots have for us in Chicago. So I try to get a good, natural-looking artificial tree that will last for years to come.

Your card or project doesn't have to be related to Christmas, as you can see at the Path of Positivity blog. Of course, whatever you create, have fun, and don't forget to link up for a chance to win those terrific gift certificates!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

It's Winter at Scribbles Challenge Blog

Here is my DT make for the November 1 challenge at Scribbles Designs. The theme is Winter is Coming, and you have until the 14th to create and link up your projects for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Scribbles Store.
My card uses a sweet digi called "Frosty's Christmas Trees." Do you buy a real tree or have an artificial one? I had to buy an artificial one due to allergies. I suffered for a long time as a kid, one year having problems sleeping so took the couch and ended up with a serious sinus infection over the holidays!
However you interpret Winter Is Coming, create with love, and don't forget to link up with Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win some goodies!!

Challenges I am Entering:
Die Cut Divas - Anything with a die-cut Goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Winter/Christmas
Fabrika Fantasy- Winter/Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Sheepski Designs - Anything Christmas

Monday, October 15, 2018

Gearing Up for Winter at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up

Autumn is finally here, although Mother Nature has thrown in a few days in the 80s (F) just to keep us on our toes here in Chicago. So who's to say she won't surprise us with a blizzard next week?!
Whether she does it next week or in a couple months, it's time to head to the back of your closet and dig out your long underwear and other winter gear. So I think you get the connection between that last sentence and this month's optional theme at the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge Blog, "Gear Up for Winter".

The guest sponsor is Pattie's Creations, and the image I used from her shop is called Penguin Igloo. I have the perfect sentiment on the inside of my card: May your home be warm with Christmas cheer, and Peace be yours the whole year through"  That is a rubber stamp from Stampin Up. I decided to lighten up my card by using alight pink/coral coloring and pretty much kept it monochromatic. I also played around with the placement of my image, finally deciding to keep it off-center of the frame layers I built up. For shimmer, I added Stickles to my penguin's hat and the cuffs of the mittens on my background paper; Liquid Pearls to the snowflakes and the snow on the ground; and Liquid Glass to my penguin's beak and feet. AND I am keeping my promise to make two cards instead of one each time so that I have a double stash going!

So, in order to have a chance at the prize from Pattie's Creations, you need to create a card that features warm winter clothing or other winter accessories (hats, mitts, muffs, scarves, sweaters, boots, etc.). The items MUST be attached to a person's body, like skates, skis, snowshoes, etc. AND  it must If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for 3 images from the Pattie's Creations store.

Of course, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards at the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge Blog and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win the featured paper set from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. Just if you want to try your chance at the 3 free images from Pattie's Creations.

Challenges I am Entering:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything w/a Critter Goes
Classic Design Team - Anything DT Make Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything w/an Animal Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything w/patterned Paper Goes
Creations in  Pink - Anything Mainly Pink Goes
Love to Craft- Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Mix It Up - Anything Goes w/optional Monochrome
Monochrome Magic - Monochrome or Monochrome w/a Ribbon
Sparkles Christmas - Christmas is for Kids
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes

Shades of Purple Dominate the Path of Positivity

The challenge at the Path of Positivity is midway through its theme on SHADES OF PURPLE. This optional theme asks that most of the overall color scheme is some form of  purple. If you do follow this theme, you will have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, a $12 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, one of the guest sponsors this month.
I got to play with a lovely digi image from A Day for Daisies called Hepburn Dress.I adore this image. It whispered to me, "Keep it simple. Let me speak for myself."
So I did my best to make this card as "CAS" as possible. I have a problem with CAS cards. I tend to keep adding more and more onto the cards. But this one stayed my hand, and I love what I created. All supplies are from my leftovers stash

You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $10 gift certificate from Limited Runs. However, all projects must be positive or affirming in some way. In this crazy world we live in, we need all the support and encouragement we can get, and the Path of Positivity is "a unique challenge blog designed to inspire, nurture and provide support for the soul by creating a positive path to follow, one project or post at a time!"
I can't wait to see what you create!

Challenges I am Entering