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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Everyone Loves a Freebie

Who doesn't like FREEBIES, right? For a very limited time, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles has a game on her BLOG, The 12 Days of Christmas. Each day, you are asked to complete a quest. If you do, you will receive a free digital paper. Above is the watermarked copy of Day One's prize. All you have to do is complete the quest (it took me less than five minutes).

So what are you waiting for?! FREE DIGITAL PAPERS!! Got five minutes for the net few days? 
Merry crafting, y'all!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Year in Review at Scribbles Designs

Wow, can you believe how fast 2018 flew by? I don't know about you, but I think my year went quickly because I was so busy with school, traveling, crafting and setting myself up to sell my art and teach craft workshops. All in all, it was a successful year, although overshadowed by the loss of my husband. A bittersweet year of grief, growth, self-realization and exploration.

At Scribbles  Designs Challenge Blog, the theme is Year in Review. Check out all the themes offered in 2018, choose one and create a project for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Scribbles Store. My card was inspired by Challenge #68, Year of the Dog. The image I used is 441 Santa Puppy Hat . Isn't he cute? Of course, my Silkie Terrier, Wilson, is just as cute!
While trying (once again) to organize my craft room, I re-discovered my crimper. I think the crimped paper gives the card a little extra dimension. I also used a sentient from the Scribbles Store called Happy Howl-idays! I think my Christmas card turned out well, don't you?

You have until January 14th to link up your project for the Scribbles Challenge. Don't be late, like I am (my DT make should have been posted yesterday, YIKES!). Hope to see your art at the main blog. Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - AG w/a critter
Animal  Friends - AG w/a critter
Crafty Animals - AG w/an animal

Monday, December 10, 2018

It's Day 10 at Scribbles Designs' Raise the Hoof 12 Days of Christmas

You may have heard of Olive the Reindeer. There has even been a boo written about her. Well, this is NOT about that Olive. This Olive is a real diva. She blew into Santa's reindeer village a long time ago. Her dream was to meet the one and only Rudolph, have him fall madly in love with her beauty and charm, and they would lead Santa's sleigh together (which would ultimately lead to a few Christmas movies with her name in lights).

Poor Olive! She strutted around, teasing all the other reindeer. She even had her nails polished a bright red to match Rudolph's nose! She was a true coquette, very popular with the bucks. She didn't have any doe friends, but she was so busy trying to get close to Rudolph that she didn't notice.

Of course, Rudolph was in love with Clarice, and nothing could pull them apart. Try as she might, she got nowhere with Rudolph, and only got Clarice angry with her. And when Clarice is upset, Rudolph is upset. And when Rudolph is upset, Santa is upset. Olive's attitude and actions produced a domino effect, with her being the domino, or reindeer, to topple the hardest.

Olive knew she had to change, or at least set her sights on another buck. She's still on Santa's turf. She hasn't made up her mind yet, but loves to flirt and have "fun with the boys." The does are okay with her, as long as she stays away from the bucks that are already committed to other does. That's fine with Olive. After all, there were plenty of bucks on the tundra, and there was plenty of time before she had to settle down...

Welcome to Scribbles Designs' Raise the Hoof 12 Days of Christmas holiday celebration! Today is Day 10 and Olive is today's new release! Each day from December 1 - 12, Scribbles is releasing a Christmas digital image. For more information on the celebration, click HERE to go to the main blog.

My card is a hybrid, a mix of digital and hand-colored images and embellishments. Here's what went into it:
Image: Olive from Scribbles Designs
Papers: Marta Van Eck Winter Scene Paper 9; Eena's Creations Winter Overlay 17; Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Black paper from Naturally Cool Paper Kit.
Elements: Digi Dewy Christmas Day Holly Sticker 2; Santa's Reindeer free clipart from Wilson Info
Wordart: Mandy's Lovable Designs Classic Christmas Red & Green Banner

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Shadow Boxing, Holiday Style

Getting ready for a Holiday craft workshop at the end of this week. Here's my Christmas Shadow Box, to be used as a sample. My craft bag is packed and I'm lucky the store supplies the scissors and glue guns. I had fun shopping antique and thrift stores for holiday tchotchke and figurines. I got some great deals as you can see from my box above.
The pocket backgrounds are from leftover patterned papers. I first used Ranger Inks Stain to give my natural wood box some holiday color. The white "dots" you see on the joints of my box's pockets are from the felt ribbon I used to go around the outside of my box.
I love how the altered shadow box turned out and look forward to  Christmas day when my guests will come for dinner and see it. You can check out my Facebook page for all the unique creations made at the workshop:

Challenges I am Entering:
Love2Create -Anything Mixed Media Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
A Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Altered Eclectics -Anything Mixed Media/Altered Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything w/patterned paper Goe
Eclectic Elapu - Anything Festive Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - ANything Altered Art Goes

Friday, December 7, 2018

It's Day 7 of the Reindeer Games at Scribbles Designs

A long time ago, when Norse gods ruled the universe, Thor, god of sky and thunder, was said to ride a chariot pulled by two giant magical goats. But few people know that before he had goats there was just one magical beast - a mighty reindeer, named after his master. At that time, Thor was called Donar by the Germanic people. Thor and his namesake would thunder across the skies, lighting up the night and bringing order throughout the universe.
One winter night, Thor and Donar came upon a man resting beside a fire in the woods, a large cumbersome sack at his side. The man seemed to have no fear of the god and his beast and welcomed them to join him. He told them he took frequent stops on his travels, bringing gifts to children throughout the land. As he and Thor talked, Donar lay his head down on the man's lap. 
Thor was astounded,as Donar was friendly to no normal being. Recognizing this man as an equal, he decided to gift him with his longtime friend. The gentleman laughed deeply and thanked Thor for such a mighty gift. It would shorten his work very much.
The man drew a bright red cloak over him and hitched the reindeer up to a sled he had parked behind an outcropping. Renaming him Donner, Santa took hold of the reins and waved farewell to Thor. That night his journey went so smoothly that he looked for more flying reindeer to pull his sled, and so Christmas has gone smoothly ever since thanks to the Norse god and Donner.

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas celebration, where we at Scribbles Designs are Raising the Hoof with a new release every day from December 1 through the 12th. I was lucky to play with the infamous Donner, which can be found HERE. The celebration includes holiday inspiration, games and prizes. To find out how you can be a part of this, point your sled to Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog and get ready for the ride of your life!!
Challenges I am Entering:
Animal Friends - Anything w/an animal Goes
Crafty ANimals - Anything w/an animal Goes

Happy crafting!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Time at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Nowadays we say Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas, but I bet in Victorian times, it wasn't all that merry. Look at poor Mr.Poe, wearing a stiff collar and heavy clothing, all dressed up with nowhere to go. His writings certainly don't paint him as a jolly fellow.

And yet even with his somber expression, he does look pretty dapper on my Christmas card. I think the greeting "Silent Night" is perfectly fitted for him, whether he spends his night in his cups, or stays up til all hours writing lost love and tell-tale hearts.I have a couple friends who love r.Poe's writings and would appreciate this card. One of them will get a nice little surprise in the mail this holiday.

Poe with Candle is the name of this Ike's Art digi image.I colored him in traditional Christmas colors to jolly him up. Speaking of jolly, the theme at Ike's World Challenge Blog is CHRISTMAS TIME. Any project qualifies for a chance to win free digis from Ike's Shop.Just remember to link up before the end of the month.

Now wouldn't that be a great way to end the year?  Free digis from Ike's Art!! My kind of Christmas present!! Good luck, and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Alphabet challenges - S is for Season's Greetings
Pattie's Creations - Winter/Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything w/patterned paper goes
The Holly & Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes

Monday, December 3, 2018

Silver & Gold & Metallics Line the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

Finishing this year's theme collection of COLORS, the Path of Positivity challenge blog asks for projects using any kind of METALLICS - gold, silver, copper, aluminum, metallic gel gen, glitter, charms - whatever media your Muse inspires you to create with. It's an optional theme, but if your project follows this theme with a healthy amount of metal featured, your entry will be eligible for the Most Inspirational prize from Sparkle n Sprinkle, the guest sponsor this month.
I used a digi image from Sparkle n Sprinkle called Flower Silhouette with a gold and silver color combo. This combo runs through my background papers as well as in my flower blossoms. Then I spritzed on some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for an overall shimmer.
I dug into my jewelry and metal stash and was able to embellish each flower as well as a few butterflies and even the Happy Birthday greeting. To enhance the jewelry bits, I adhered a little fine crystal glitter from Stampin Up.

As I draw near to the end of the year, I am seeing a difference in my crafting stash. My paper has been reduced by about 20%, and my holiday stash is half what it used to be! This has been an ongoing goal, one which has kept me from having the time of my life in stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby. Sigh! But I am seeing a light at the end of the paper crafting tunnel.

I really like the way my birthday card turned out. The inside's sentiment reads: "May your birthday bloom with wonderful surprises" I know so many people whose birthdays fall in December, this card is completed just in time for a special friend.

Back to the challenge at the Path of Positivity. while the theme is optional, ALL projects must be positive, encouraging or affirming in some way. Lord knows we need all the support from each other that we can get - am I right? So you have until the end of the year (boy, that sounds so weird to write out) to create and get your projects linked up to the Path of Positivity challenge blog for your chance to win some awesome prizes from Sparkle n Sprinkle. I can't wait to see what you come up with!! See you on the Path!!

Challenges I am Entering:
CAS-ual Fridays - Shades of Gold
Classic Design Team - Anything Goes
Oddball Art - AG w/optional Holiday Haunts & Silly Stripes
Sparkle n Sprinkle - AG w/loose glitter, emb powder, etc
World Wide Open Design Team - AG/must be on DT

Christmas Cheers

We're down to the wire, crafters. For those of you who are still working on holiday cards, just 23 days to go; and for those of you who have your card needs covered, brava, and why not use the extra time to start building next year's stash?
Today I created a card for my granddaughter, Bella. She's in middle school now, and made the cheerleading squad. She should get a kick out of this one. I used a Bugaboo digi image called "BB Cheerleader Girl." I like using images in unusual ways, like a cheerleader for a holiday card.
Once again, my stash has supplied everything I needed for my card. I even re-discovered my Fiskars roller. It really gives my patterned paper added dimension. My card turned out so well, I think I'll use it at my next card-making workshop later this month.
Challenges I am Entering:
Bugaboo Holiday Chaos Day 2 - Sketch Challenge
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - AG w/patterned paper
Sheepski Designs - Celebrations

Don't forget to check out Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Raise the Hoof celebration at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. The game question is the easiest of them all, as Santa's reindeer only have ONE job to do on ONE day of the year. Now hoof on over there to answer the question for your chance to win Day 2's digi release!!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

All I Want for Christmas...


So many friends, so many Christmas cards needed. Here's another card, this one destined for my letter carrier. I had to use Stella from Bugaboo Designs with the sentiment inside reading:
" Santa's naughty Boy list"
I am still diligently using up my stash, although the temptation to run to Michael's is almost irresistible. However, I need to use up before I buy up. That's what keeps a craft room from becoming a crap room...

You can find "Stella Christmas - Boy List" digi at the Bugaboo Store HERE.   Now to get back to my Christmas card making. Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
International Art & Soul - Funny Christmas
Card Mania - Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - AG (Christmas)

*Don't forget Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog's 12 Days of Christmas Raise the Hoof celebration. Here's a clue to Day 1's question:

Shhh! It's our secret! See you there!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Kitty Bee Sponsors Your Scrapbook Place

Can you believe that Christmas is just 24 days away?! Thankfully I have mailed all my cards, but am still working on those I need to hand deliver. Which brings me to my card today, featuring a digi image from Kitty Bee, the guest sponsor over at Your Scrapbook Place challenge blog.
I've been pulling papers out of my dwindling holiday stash (yay, me). Coloring my image with Copics, I doodled olive green dots around the image and framed him with a paper doily. I embellished simply with a line of adhesive jewels, a hand-tied bow, a coupe tiny snowflake stickers and one lonely little die-cut tree. It was a simple design, so I created another Christmas card with the leftovers from this project and a different image (I'm sure it will pop up on my blog later this week).

The theme at Your Scrapbook Place challenge blog is always ANYTHING GOES, so no excuses, crafters. Get out your inks and adhesives and papers and link your projects up for your chance to win the random draw prize from Kitty Bee Designs!! Happy crafting!

Challenges I am Entering:
Crafty Catz - AG w/optional TOO CUTE
Kitty Bee Designs - All Wrapped Up
Mod Squad - Happy Howl-a-days
Cards 4 Guys - Christmas Critters
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Animal Friends - AG w/an animal

It's Reindeer Games at Scribbles Designs challenge blog

Rudolph and his buddies aren't very happy this year. Due to budget cuts, Santa had to sell the stable and now Rudy has to share a cramped trailer with the other 8 reindeer who pull Santa's sleigh. It was getting downright dangerous with all those antlers moving about. Somebody could get his eye poked out! Let's hope Santa has a better year in 2019. For now, Rudolph and the others will just have to tough it out.
My digital card uses a few images from Scribbles Designs: #F57 Rudy (a freebie), #F152 North Pole (another freebie) and #953 Emily's Trailer. To showcase these images, I used Reindeer patterned paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Cartoony Christmas patterned paper kit, as well as Square Frame 2 from the Holiday Frames Kit and a few red Snowflakes from the Snow Much Fun Mini  Kit. The background paper is from Mischief Circus' Holliewood Dramatic Scenic Papers. I finished off my card using a Christmas Poinsettia from DigiDewy's Winter Wonderland Kit.
The challenge at Scribbles Designs runs through the 14th of the month, so don't forget to link up your project for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles Store!

We've got something special planned from Dec. 1st to Dec. 12th to help celebrate the Holiday season. Be sure to join us later tonight at 7:00 p.m. PST over on the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to find out all the details for participating. Join us for your chance to win adorable new images!

Challenges I am Entering:
Alphabet Challenges - R is for Reindeer
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Mod Squad - Happy Howl-a-days (use a critter)