Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pixie Cottage Challenge #50

Wow!! Busy Busy Busy! This post is schededuled, I have my sister that came in on Sunday, I have cousins coming in on Wednesday, presents still to wrap, cookies and pies to bake....I'm so behind this year!!! Good thing I am on vacation!

And with that said this will probably be my last post until the New Year! Pixie Cottage is celebrating! Well that is the theme for this weeks challenge along with a fabulous sketch. Stop by and join us, you'll have plenty of time since this one will run until the New Year too!

Here's my cutie, I have lots of birthdays coming up at the turn of the New Year, so my celebration is just that, Happy Birthday. This is Baby Maisy, she is very sweet and you can find her here. I've been playing with my Copics more, hoping to give them some playtime. Love to hear what you think!

Well my bloggy friends, Merry Christmas! I will do my best to visit you all during my vacation since I can't be without all your beautiful inspirations! I hope you have a Blessed Holiday and a safe and Happy New Year! Looking back at this year...all I can say is WOW! When I started my blog I never would have guessed all the amazing people I would come across and though many of you are MILES and COUNTRIES away, I feel like you are in my backyard.

Cyber Hugs!!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Birthday Wishes

I love Christmas! It's is truly the best time of year, but I couldn't bring myself to make another Christmas card this week. I have images colored for Christmas but my brain is working past the holiday and on to other events. I have a Valentine card waiting just for you to see, crazy huh?!!

I have 3 wonderful sisters. I don't tell them that often but they are. Each of them have completely different personalities. Well one of them had a birthday a few days ago. I won't get to see her til Christmas so I don't feel bad that I don't have her card for her yet. OH and this card isn't it. THIS one is for my other sister, her birthday is in January. This one fits my little sister. I still have to make my older one hers...I will post soon. You'll see by the cards how different my sisters are...LOL!

I have quite a collection of Copics now. So I have no excuse in not playing with them. It does take a little retraining since I have always colored with distress inks. I don't think I did too bad. My friend Tracy gave me a few new pointers and I think that really made a difference. She works from light to dark. Thanks Tracy!! I always love our play time when we get the chance!

This card sparkles! I wish there was really a way to get all the sparkle. The pink and blue cardstock is glittered paper. I made the pink rose of the same paper. The DP has silver mirror writing and Tilda's gift bow is stickled. I would love to hear what you think?

Creatalicious Challenge: Sketch
Magnolia-licious Challenge: Pink, Blue, Green
One Stitch at Time: Anything Goes

Thanks for Stopping by,


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Sparkles and Shines!

I have two post to share with you today. Truly Scrumptious is just below this one, here. Please stop by too!

The Pixie Cottage has another fabulous challenge this week. We have a fantastic sketch and/ or Sparkle and Shine. I decided to sparkle and shine this week. Isn't this the one of the sweetest Hannah stamps you have ever seen! She is available here and a must have!

Martha Stewart has a great holly punch and I was able to punch some really fun holly to go with glitzy gold star and mats. I colored my lace with distress inks and a spritzer. I actually did it a few months ago and don't recall what color I used, but it was a perfect color for this card!

This season I had alot of fun creating Christmas cards and now it's time to mail them off. It's so hard parting with them.

Hope you like and come and join us to Sparkle and Shine or our sketch challenge. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Challenges I want to join:

A Spoonful of Sugar: Christmas Card
Dutch Dare Challenge: Christmas
Stamp Insanity: Lace
The Stamp Man: Red, Green, Gold, 3 colors for Christmas
Stamp Something: Christmas Colors
Paper Cutz: Christmas Paper
The Secret Crafter: Christmas
Challenge Up Your Life: Christmas
2 Sisters Challenge: Sparkly Christmas
Let's Ink it Up: Christmas with Sparkle
The Paper Players: Christmas

Thanks for stopping by,


Truly Scrumptious Frame it!

Well I took that literally! We have a fabulous and final sketch for 2010 over at Truly Scrumptious this week and the optional challenge is to frame it. I love this frame! Not for any obivious reason like my favorite sweet maggies but for a whole lot of other reasons.

To start, Blowing Bubbles Magnolia was colored about 6 or more months ago. I have a lot of images that I just love to color. I hope you can see but her wings are all glitter and sparkle and so is her trumpet?, not sure what to call it.

The paper just arrived at our new local craft store. It's by Bo Bunny and it's GORGEOUS! I need to get more! I used my Slice Machine to cut the word JOY out. I have had this little machine for a year now and just never really take it out. I need to change that.

Oh and finally another favorite I embossed the edges of my paper for the appearance of frost. I got that nifty technique from Magnolia Ink. I flipped/mirrored out sketch, I hope you can see it.

Well what to do think? I took this over to my local scrapbook shoppe and she held on to it for display. When I returned on Tuesday so that I can take it home and photograph it, she locked the door on me!!!

Come join us this for our last challenge this year. AND don't forget to return back in January for a New Year of fun!!


StampingScrapping: Winter Wonderland

Paper Playtime:Snowflakes

Top Tip Tuesday: Ribbon

Creative Card Crew: Anything Goes

Cute Card Thurdsay: Blues

Just Magnolia: Anything Goes with Sparkle

Just Cute Bears: Anything but a Card

Magnolia-licious highlites: Letter or Word Project

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Watercoloring class

I was invited to teach a class at our new local scrapbook store, A Scrapbook Store and More! (website coming soon!) Since leaving SU I haven't taught a class or workshop for at least 6months and last night I realized that I missed it. I had so much fun with a group of wonderful ladies that didn't give themselves enough credit. They picked up on distress watercoloring like old pros!!

Here are the cards we worked on. I kept it the cards simple so we can focus on the coloring. I really enjoyed watching them all get the hang of my favorite medium. I bought some of my favorite Magnolia cards for samples and I know I have at least the Paula (owner) and Karen hooked! LOL!!!

These stamps are from Heartfelt Creations and wow they have gorgeous stamps! Just another addiction....

Thanks again for a great time, ladies!

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tissue Box Fun!

Here is a quick little post. I have been wanting to make this cute little tissue box for quite sometime now. I just returned to work on Monday from vacation and we have alot of people with the sniffles!

It was finally time to make it! LOL! I think these boxes would look great on the corner of a teachers desk too. I hope to send some to school too.

I left my list of challenges at work. I will have to update tommorrow.

As always I would love to hear what you think.

UPDATE: Challenges I want to enter:

StampingScrapping: Christmas

Stamp Insanity: Try Something New

The Stamp Man: Anything Goes Christmas theme with Tim

Papercutz: Anything Goes

Crafty Catz: Christmas

Challenge Up Your Life: St Nicolas

Crazy4 Challenges: Paper w/ Script

All that Scraps: Christmas with Magnolias

Bunny Zoes: Christmas, no cards

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Pink Christmas

Today over at Truly Scrumptious we have another great sketch challenge and we want you to Think Pink! I'm happy to think pink when these last few days I was feeling really blue with the flu and finally started feeling normal again yesterday. I even ventured out to my local Scrapbook store. I took a handful of Tildas and sat in Paula's shoppe chatting and enjoying my time off this week while they kids were in school for thier last day before Thanksgiving break. I hope you can see in the photos all the shimmer in this card. The base card and the trim around Tilda was already a shimmery pink and Tilda was sprayed with my homemade shimmer mist. I added additional glitter to her fur.

Don't forget to stop over to Truly Scrumptious and join us these next two weeks for some fun!


A Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything Goes

TopTip Tuesday: Layer on Layer

Magnolia Stamp Lovers: Punches

Crafts and Me: Snowflakes

Thanks for Stopping By,


Monday, November 22, 2010

Fussy and Fancy DT Call

Hello Everyone! Fussy and Fancy challenge blog is having a DT call. I love playing in thier challenges and would love the honor to be on thier team. I have to show 3 of my best work and I was hoping to post something new but currently the whole house has the flu! So I hope my post makes sense since I am a total medicine head right now! The bummer of it all is I am vacation too!

Anyway here are my favorites, cross my fingers, and wish me luck!

I hope to shake this awful cold! I miss coloring!
Thanks as always for stopping by,

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Christmas Letter

We have a new sketch challenge over at the Pixie Cottage this week and as always the design team has come up with some beautiful inspirations for you. I LOVE this image, it's Hannah's Letter stamp set and it can be found here.

WOW! I put a Christmas ticker up on my blog and everytime I come over I panic! Christmas is so close and I haven't even started on my Christmas cards! I am looking forward to Black Friday though. Yes, I am one of those crazy people that goes out as early as 5:00am with my sister and we find the most amazing gifts for family and friends. We are home by 10:30am with at least half of our Christmas shopping done! It's tradition!

Well back to Hannah, she is colored in Distress Inks. Papers are from CTMH, courtesy of playtime at Tracy's again and we traded DP this time. We would love for you to join us over at The Pixie Cottage. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!


Stamp with Fun: Square

Pollycraft: A Glittery Xmas

A Spoon Full of Sugar: Distressing

Creative Cottage: Some Special at Christmas

Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes

The Crafty Purple Frog: Sparkle

The Stampman: Anything Goes Christmas

The Beary Scrap: Anything Goes

The Secret Crafter: Sparkle and Shine

Crazy for Challenges: Christmas

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pixie Cottage Fall Fun Blog Hop

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Pixie Cottage's Fall Blog Hop!! If you arrived here from Sharon you are right on track. If you want to start from the beginning head on over the The Pixie Cottage and start from the top! Our team came up with some beautiful inspirations you shoudn't miss!! We also have 3 great prizes to be given away! Stop by each of our DT's blogs and leave them a comment as well as sign up to follow their blog and you will be put in a drawing for our prize.

What are we giving away?? Well, digital images of course!

1st Place--Pick any 5 digital images from The Pixie Cottage
2nd Place Pick any 3 digital images from The Pixie Cottage
3rd Place Pick any 1 digital image from The Pixie Cottage

Cool Huh!! Well let me tell you about this little cutie, his name is Puddle Jumper and he can be found here. The sentiment is computer generated, it was what was running through my mind when creating this card. This card is SUPER Sparkly with glitter. I wish it could show off more. I think I have it in my hair too! Can't wait it to here what you think?

Now head on over to your final stop Sadilla and share some love with her too!

ABC Challenge: Glitter
C.R.A.F.T: Monotone Blue
Tip Top Tuesday: Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog: Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge: Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew: Punches
Craft Your Passion: Glitter and Sparkle

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, October 29, 2010

Autumn Love and Friends!

A quick little Happy Friday post. I'm looking forward to the weekend, besides Halloween, I'm going furniture shopping. Actually nothing major but some new lamps and entertainment center.

I've had this little pair sitting on my craft table all week. I didn't have ribbon to match and last night was my first chance out to get some. I love this sweet Magnolia image from the Cozy Autumn collection. I colored them in distress inks and followed a new to me challenge blog sketch, Stempeleinmaliens. Hope you enjoy! Have a safe Halloween!
Also challenges:
Bunny Zoes's: Autumn Love
2 Sisters: Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog: Anything Goes
Thanks or Stopping by,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Double DT Fun! Truly Scrumptious and The Pixie Cottage!

This week I have Double DT fun to share! Truly Scrumptious has a great Sketch and option of Petals Pearls and Pins. I made my last Halloween card for the season and Jolly Rodger Tilda is dressed for some Trick or Treating. My girls just told me that they want to dress just like her. Hmmm....something for Magnolia to think about...Halloween costumes! LOL!!

Tilda is colored in Distress Inks. My flower is actually from a bunch of silk flowers from Michael's for under a $1 , I love little treasure finds.

Challenges for Halloween Fun:

Paper Playtime: Halloween

C.R.A.F.T.: Spooky

Crazy for Challenges: Halloween

Stamptacular Sunday: Orange, Green, White, Dk Purple

Totally Tilda: Halloween

Dutch Dare: Halloween

Sentimental Sundays: Distress

Then hop over to The Pixie Cottage Challenge for another great Sketch with the option of metal. This was a really fun card to create, first because isn't that the cutest bear you have ever seen?! He looks like he is having a ball! Second because I made this an acetate card. I think it adds a great touch to this since it's almost ice like. Here comes Winter can be found here.

Challenges for my Winter Wonderland:

A Spoonfull of Sugar: Let's Get Punchy(MS Punches, Spellbinders)

Papertake Weekly: Sparkly and Bright (Ribbon and Bling)

Color Create: Purple, Aqua and White

Stamp Something: Use a Digi (Sentiment by Rainbow Echo Digital at Whimsy Stamps)

Fussy and Fancy: Winter Wonderland

Simon Says Stamps: Punch'em

I hope you enjoyed my double DT fun!! I hope you join us at The Pixie Cottage and Truly Scrumptious for some fun. Drop by and see what wonderful creations the teams have come up for you! And join me on Sunday October 31st for a Pixie Cottage Blog Hop! Thanks for sticking it out to the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pixie Cottage Challenge #41

This week The Pixie Cottage has a fantastic sketch and the option of something sweet. Instead of food, because it's diet time. I decided on the sweet smell of roses. This was my first time I ever colored a Rose, I was pleased with the outcome. I hope you are too.

Isn't it a beautiful rose. It's Simply the Best, and you can find her here. She is colored in Copic markers which I am still a novice in too. BUT I am always up for a challenge...LOL!

This card will be going in the mail to my sister, Emely. Last Monday she went for Quad bypass Surgery and I am happy to say she did great! She's home and already on the phone being the big sister that she is telling me to eat right! I hope she will be allowed to travel in December and we will be together for the holidays. Until then, the girls and I miss her.


Tuesday Throwdown: Anything Goes
Paper Cutz: Anything Goes
Stamping Vacation: Clear as Mud- No Spiders
Craftalicious: Anything goes

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Tilda

I LOVE this card! I love the rich colors, the cool flower, the snazzy stitching! LOL!!! I colored Tilda in Distress inks and I was inspired by a challenge that came and went but the colors are to gorgeous! This little Tilda is one of the older ones and I can't remember her name to save my life but when I saw her during blog hopping I knew I had to have her.

OFF many of you have a cat that wants to love on you when you a trying to post pictures and blog?!! I'm typing through fur!

Okay well I just love this weeks Just Magnolia Sketch and I tried my hand again at stitching AND in a circle for all things! See my cool flower...I didn't make it. I was over my friend Tracy's and she had one done that matched perfectly. Thanks Tracy! She also has a quick and easy tutorial on how to make it here.

Hope you like!

Bunches of Challenges:
All that Scraps: Fall
7Kids College: Flowers and Layers
ABC Challenge: F-Flowers
Stampin for the Weekend: Autumn
Just Magnolia: Sketch
Challenge Up Your life:Autumn

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #42

It's Wednesday and here we are again with another fun sketch with the option of creating an easel card. I love easel cards, well I guess you can see that since my last few have been!

This week we are being sponsored by Robin's Fetish and the digital I used is called "In the Cold". SO...rumor has it the Red is a hard color to play with in Copics and me with so much experience in Copics (NOT!!!) decided to take on the challenge. I'm happy with the way it turned out. It was a little scary though.

Please stop by and join us at Truly Scrumptious in these next two weeks. Our DT has some beautiful inspiration and I would love to see yours!

EDIT: Oops forgot to add my challenges

Paper Sundaes: Change of Season
Craftalicious: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Getting Ready for Christmas

Wow! Can you believe how close we are to Christmas? I don't even want to count the days. It seems like right after Halloween it just comes so fast.

I love Christmas though, I love the looks on my daughters faces when I start pulling out all the decoration for inside and outside. We have little traditions in our home, making cookies, family tree decorating and driving the neighborhood looking at other homes beautifully decorated. Oooo...I'm all excited now! How long til Christmas? I can't wait! LOL!

I follow some amazing blogs and the cutest easel card was posted here. Iris' card was a Halloween card but I have to give this unique easel a try. It's a little tricky but worth it! I've had Sneaky Tilda and Tilda with gifts colored for about two weeks. I wanted so much to put them together on a card and had already matched them to the new Bo Bunny paper. I LOVE Bo Bunny paper. We finally have a new Scrapbook shoppe in town and she's carrying it! I'm so excited to have someone local now. Anyway back to Tilda, they remind me of my girls so I colored them with my daughters in mind. My oldest Bianca has dark brown hair and Lexy is a my crazy red head. I love the way this turned out! I hope you do too!

Challenges I'm entering:
Pollycraft Challenge: Anything Goes
Stamp Something: Punches,Dies
The Secret Crafter: Distress used to color images
Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Introducing my first Pixie Cottage DT post!! I'm very excited to be a part of the design team, they are a group of amazing talent. Come on by and join us for this week's challenge. Its a sketch challenge with the added option of embossing. I was so excited in putting this card together that I forgot the embossing part, oops!

Isn't this little bear the cutest bear you have ever seen? He is so loving that cupcake! He was one of many gorgeous stamps that arrived in my package and I had to ink him up. You can find him here.

I was thinking a my dearest stamping friend Tracy when I colored him. First because she is an amazing with her Copics and second because she loves cupcakes! I have a rusty hand with my Copics and I ask her for tons of advice all the time.

Thanks for joining me on my first DT post, now head on over and join our challenge and let me see all your amazing work! I'm looking forward to it.

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pumpkin Easel and Exciting News!!!

Have you ever own something in your craft stash that you got it because you know an idea for it will come to you eventually. AND you hold on to it for YEARS spring cleaning after spring cleaning ...then boom! Finally! The idea!

Well that is my pumpkin. It's a blank wooden paintable shape. I believe I purchase it when my girls were 3 and 4 because I was going to let them paint it. We painted ghosts instead...and I just held on to the pumpkin.

And now here comes along this adorable Tilda. Her name is debatable. I believe she may be called Witch Tilda but certainly looks like a Pilgrim to me. Well finally my pumpkin feels the love after 5 years and becomes my template for the easel card.

I cut some oval out and embossed them to create more of a pumkin with texture. Tilda is colored in distress inks.

NOW for my exciting news...besides the new look to my blog. Anyone notice my sidebar??? I was chosen as a Junior Designer for THE PIXIE COTTAGE!!! I am over the top excited. They have a wonderful challenge blog and Michelle the owner of it all, has a great store, featuring many stamp companies and Pixie Cottage digital and rubber stamps. I have a HUGE wishlist!!
I certainly hope you will join me in thier challenges and stop by and take a look at all the goodies. I can't wait to get started!!
Until then, I hope you enjoy my pumpkin...
Totally Tilda: Glitter and Sparkle
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Let it snow...

Snowflakes are part of the theme over at Truly Scrumptious. This week we have a fabulous sketch to go along with it. Come on over and play with us!!

Over the weekend my friends and I got together for a play date. We stamped,colored and gabbed and we did a little image swapping too. This little cutie was one I came home with. It's from Gillian Roberts and now its in my future cart for purchase. Did I mention that my dear friends are also enablers!!

I colored this little bear in my favorite distress inks and I hope you can tell that I flocked the hat and snow. This card really sparkles and the paper is pearlized. Not sure this one will make it in the mail come Holiday season...

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