Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Sugar Bowl turns TWO!!

Hi sweeties!! Can you believe it...the Sugar Bowl Challenge Blog is celebrating its SECOND birthday!! YIKES!! Well, I can tell you that, since I've discovered Sugar Nellie and the Sugar Bowl not quite a year ago, I've had the best time shopping for and crafting with the many, many fabby Sugar Nellie images!! My faves? Hmmm...hard to say...I really do love 'em all!! Here's one of my fave Sugar Nellie images, tho...she's called "Fairy Tale"...and she's the brainchild of Krista Smith...and just one of the Simply Sassy Collection available at Funky Kits HERE! I love, love, LOVE this little lady's big beautiful GREEN eyes...and that nose and those lips...too dang cute, don'tcha think!!

So our challenge this time is to make a card that is NOT Christmas-related...incorporates some embossing...and follows this fabby sketch by our very own DT Sweetie, Marlene.

Well...I decided to turn Marlene's sketch on its side...and here's what I came up with...

Here are a couple of side views...

And a peek at the inside...

Here's a close-up of the sentiment...

And here are the Copics I used to color this sassy little darlin'...'s the best part...birthday celebrations should include birthday presents...and a SECOND birthday celebration should have TWO birthday presents!! Yes...that's right!! There will be not one, but TWO winners chosen at random...each prize contains Nestabilities and Sugar Nellie stamps valued at more than 50 pounds (which is a whole bunch of US dollars!!!) Whoooohoooo!

OK...whatcha waitin' for? Pop on over to to the Sugar Bowl Challenge Blog HERE and take a look at the beautiful cards made by my fellow DT Sweeties...then get busy! You've got TWO weeks to submit your works of art for "Challenge 50". Remember to use at least one of your fave Sugar Nellie images...follow Marlene's clever sketch...and, if the spirit moves ya, incorporate some kind of embossed component! Now, sweet friends, let the crafting begin!!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Maggie Mae...

Hi again...just when you thought I was done posting Christmas Cards!!! WRONG!! hehehe!! Here's the card I made for my sister, Dee. You remember her...she's the "peeker"...therefore I had to wait until she received the card before I could post it on my blog. bwahahahaha!! This is actually one of Mo Manning's images...and when I spotted it in her online store, I snagged it immediately...because Dee's puppy, Maggie Mae is a tiny little Lhasa Apso...who looks just like this little puppy!! I believe she even has a pink sweater and probably a pink hat to match!

So, here it absolute, final, very last Christmas Card of 2010!! I may have to start making cards for Christmas 2011 after the first of the year...we'll see!

An "artsy" view...

And a peek at the inside...

That's it for me today...3 posts...why, that's practically obscene!! LOL!! I'm heading to bed to catch up on some zzzzzzzzz's so I can be all perky tomorrow at work! Thanks so much for visiting...see you sooooooooon.

Cuppa tea?

Hi sweet friends...I'm gearing up to go back to work tomorrow so I wanted to get a couple of cards posted before I head back to the office!! I've had a productive day...I shoveled and swept the sidewalk & driveway...and then sprinkled salt stuff all over the place to keep ice from forming. I sure don't need to be wiping out when I wander out to get the mail, now, do I?!! hehehe!'s a little card I made this afternoon while DH was watching TV. You may recognize this's from Lili of the Valley...and I must say, their images are some of my faves!!

Here are a couple of side views...

As you can see, I'm back to my fave pink & green...with cardstock from Stampin Up (Certainly Celery & Pretty in Pink). DPs are from GCD studios. I used round and round scallop nestabilities...and Magnolia punches (label & edge). Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps...and flowers, ribbon, pearls, and charm are all from my stash!!

I used Copic Sketch markers: E21, 00, 000, 0000 (skin) & R20 (cheeks). Below are the rest of the Copics I used...I nearly lost track, markers were flying fast and furious!! LOL!! Oh...I also used At You Spica "Clear"...and spritzed some Frost Sheer Shimmerz on the flowers!!

I quite like the end result...and I hope you do too. I'm going to enter this little card into the Thursday Challenge #77 at LOTV HERE. Dena has given us a fun sketch to follow...and follow it I did!! I'm good like that...sometimes! LOL!

Thank you so much for stopping by for a peek...and for all of your sweet comments that truly make my day!! Take care, friends...see you soon.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Baby girls are such fun!!

Hello case you haven't heard, Richmond,VA had a White did much of the eastern part of the United States!! Now, it's not at all uncommon for my sister in Minnesota to have a White Christmas...but c'mon, we live in Richmond, VA...which is considered by some to be the SOUTH!! LOL! I must say, though, it's beautiful!!! I didn't even mind donning hat, gloves, parka, & boots to go out and shovel!!

I've taken a little time to read and relax this weekend...and even did a wee bit of crafting and online craft supply shopping!! A friend asked if I'd make a baby girl card for her to give to another response, "no problemo!!!" hehe! I love making little girl cards. For this one I chose to go a little non-traditional, though...instead of pink or pastels, I chose red!! The DPs are from DCWV - Nana's Nursery collection. I think they're just yummy, don't you?!! The image is from Belles 'n Whistles...I love her pouting mouth and chubby cheeks!!

And a close-up...

Here are a couple of side views...

And one of the inside.

The rest of my card recipe goes something like this:
Cardstock: Real Red (SU)
Ink: Real Red (SU) & Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Sentiment: LOTV
Punches: Doohickey Tag (Magnolia)and Martha Stewart border punch
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls: ZVA Creatives
Ribbon & charm: my stash
Copics: E0000, 000, 00, 21 (skin); R20 (cheeks); E99, 35, 33, 31, Y23 & 21 (hair); R29, 24, 22, 02, 01, 00 (outfit); W00, 0, 1 (shadows).

I've decided to enter this little darlin' into Challenge #144 at Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog HERE. Lisa has submitted a clever sketch...I took the liberty of making my card with circles rather than squares...but if you look closely, you'll see that I did, indeed, follow Lisa's sketch!! :-) So that's my story...I hope my friend likes this little card...and thank you all for stopping by for a visit. Have a safe and warm week. {{{hugs}}}....

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I believe in fairies...

Hi friends...yep, it's me again!! hehehe! Here's a little card that I just love!! I used one of Mo Manning's uber-adorable digi images called "Baby Fairy Flora". Isn't she just too, too darling?!! I swear, why did it take me sooooooo long to overcome my fear of digi images?!! Well, kiddos, ain't no going back for me now!! hahaha! Fabulous images and instant gratification too...what could be better than that?! So, here's little Flora...I'm entering her in Mos DP2 Challenge HERE. This week's theme: Fantasies and Fairies!

A couple of side views...You can really appreciate the Pixie Dust in the second pic!

A close-up of the flowers...

A peek at the inside...

My Copics...

Oh...the rest of the "recipe" goes something like this...
Cardstock: Baja Breeze (SU)
DPs: Fairy Flora (Prima)
Pearls: Zva Creative
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment: LOTV
Scroll: Sizzix
Punches & Dies: Nestabilities and MS edge punch (don't know the name, sorry)
Charm & Ribbon: my stash
AND lots and lots of Pixie Dust (a.k.a. Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz!)

So, that's it for me for today...maybe I'll do some more online craft shopping! hehehe!! Have a beautiful holiday, friends. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit...I'll see you soon!

My LAST Christmas Cards for 2010!

Hi friends...just a quick, quick post this morning to share the "mini" cards I made for our grandkids using the Magnolia "minis"!! I have to race out to the Post Office this morning...yes, just 3 days before mail all of our Christmas Cards!!! Yikes!! Soon I'll be able to post the card I made for the "peeker"...yes, that means YOU, Dee! bwahahaha!!

So...I'm off and running. Thank you so much for stopping by for a peek...hope you have a beautiful and safe holiday!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Friday!!

YIKES!!! many of you, I suspect, I'm frantically trying to play "catch up" with my cardmaking. Fortunately, I have just a few left to make...including 5 mini-cards for our 5 grandkids...using Mini Maggies available in North America only at Magnolia-licious!! Ohhhh...can't wait...these little darlin's are just such fun to color!! I also have to finish making a card for my sister, Dee, and her DH...but that won't get posted here until she receives it because SHE PEEKS!!!!!!! LOL!'s my latest holiday creation...featuring Tilda w/a Christmas Tree...she can be found at Magnolia-licious HERE. And inside you'll find one of the darling "Mini-Maggies" called "Sparkling Tilda"...also available at Magnolia-licious HERE.

Here's a fun, semi-artsy, side-view...

And a peek at the inside...

My card recipe:
Cardstock: Blushing Bride & Baja Breeze (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) & Baja Breeze (SU)
DPs: From the SU 2010 Christmas Collection
Flowers, rhinestones, gem, & ribbon: my stash
Sentiment: Holiday Ticket Sentiments (Whimsy)
Dies: Doohickey tag & lace edge (Magnolia), Spellbinders Labels 10
Spica pens, stickles, & a spritz of "Frosted Sparkle" Sheer Shimmer Spritz

I'm entering this little cutie into 7 Kids College Fund Challenge HERE. The theme is Winter Wonderland...and I think the DP and shimmerz remind me of snow!! So, there ya go! LOL! I'm also entering the Cute Card Thursday Challenge HERE. Wish me luck!

So, that's it for now, kids! Thanks so much for stopping by for a little peek. See you sooner than later...Holiday hugs for all of you!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Wonderland...

Hi sweet friends!! Thank you sooooooo much for stopping by for a visit!! I can't believe it's time for another challenge at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog!! It seems like just last week that we had the "pink, blue, & green" challenge!! Oh WAS just last week!! Whew! I feel better now that I figured that out. I know time flies as we get older, but I really was afraid I'd fallen asleep and lost an entire week!!'s the deal...we're having this challenge a week early (Dec. 14th)...and it ends on Jan. 10th! That'll give us all a little extra time to craft AND celebrate the holidays with family and friends!!

This challenge is an "Inspiration Challenge". We have a beautiful photo submitted by Chrissy Le for our inspiration. Here it is...

Be creative and see what comes! I was struck by the serenity and peace of the falling that's what I went with. Tilda sitting on her sled...with glittery snow and snowflakes here, there, and everywhere!!

Here are a couple of side-views...

And, of course, an "artsy" shot...

Here's what the inside looks like...

And...if you're's the "recipe" for this little card:
Cardstock & ink: Handsome Hunter (SU)
DPs: My Mind's Eye - "Holly Jolly"
Fun flock for the fur trim on Tilda's jacket"
Coarse Glitter (MS) mixed w/Flower Soft (Polar White) for snow
Snowflake punch: MS
Snowflake edge punch: EK Success
Trees: inked w/Boss Gloss then spinkled w/white embossing powder & heated
Magnolia images: Sled (you can find this image at Magnolia-licious HERE), "Out of the Snow" sentiment (from the So Jolly 2009 Collection), "Winter Forest" (from the Santa 2008 Collection), & Cozy & Warm Tilda (minus the wings!)

So, that's it for me hop on over to Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog HERE and take a peek at the gorgeous projects by my DT sisters...and then start thinking about your own challenge entry! Oops...almost forgot...the oh so generous prize for this challenge is a $25.00 "Magnolia-licious" gift certificate provided by our very own Diana Crick, owner of Magnolia-licious, home of all things Magnolia...including the new, uber darling Magnolia Minis!!! Gotta run...still have about 8 Christmas cards to make so I can send them out before THIS Christmas! hehehe! Take care, stay warm, be safe...and don't forget to hug your loved ones...often!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thanks so much...

Hi friends...just a quick post because I have to head off to work momentarily! I am so ready for the after tomorrow...YAY!! As some of you know, my DH tore his achilles tendon and had to have it surgically repaired last week. So, needless to say, he's not able to go back to work quite yet. Anyway...his boss and colleagues had an entire dinner from "Heavenly Ham" delivered to us on Monday...sooooooo yummy!! So I made this little card for him to send them just to say "thanks".

It's probably the simplest card I've made frill or frou frous! Just "masculine" and all business...sort of!! I used a delightful little Mo Manning image...this little guy doesn't have his leg in a cast, but he's looking pretty sad to be feeling under the I thought it would work.

I'm actually entering this card in Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge HERE. The theme is "Winter Wonderland"...but, seriously, this seems to be my "Winter Wonderland" reality these days. No snow in Richmond, VA yet...we won't be doing much holiday decorating this year...and thank goodness there's online shopping! hehehe!! Oh, wait...I did buy a 19" PINK Christmas I'll have to take a pic of that to show you this weekend! LOL!! See? I'm getting into the holiday spirit!!

Uh oh...gotta run. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit...and for your very sweet comments. They really DO make my day!! Take care...stay warm...and be safe!!