Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pile It On Challenge #1

It's a brand New Year and a brand new DT job - I'm very excited to present my first post for Pile It On! This will be an easy challenge for everyone - Anything Goes!

I wanted to celebrate for the new year, but didn't want to do a New Year's card. (I really only give out Christmas and Birthday cards) I dug out a fun stamp from my stash that I hadn't used in awhile and my fave papers and went to town on a colourful birthday card.

I apologize though, as the colours seem a little dull - however the card is a 4 hour dive from my MIL and I have to make do with the photo I've got!

So let's see what you've got - pull out all the stops for the first Pile It On challenge! And don't forget to visit the other DT and see what they've been up to!

Challenges for Emma:
4 Crafty Chicks - Something New (New Year, new challenge, new DT!)
Splendiferous Creations - Celebrate (Bloggers Challenge celebration challenge)
Card Crafters Circle - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Spots and Stripes
If the Shoe Fits...Scrap It - Use It Up! (must use this lovely paper...)
Fussy And Fancy - Animal Print or Happy Birthday
Stamping For the Weekend - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Time to party
Do You Stack Up - Inspiration picture (rainbow!)
Charisma Cards - Anything Goes

Craft Your Passion Bloghop Winner

Hi, Happy New Year! It's been a nice week off, filled with food and presents and Lego. (2 boys at my place) I have totally been ignoring my poor blog, but I'm back now. A slight oversight, I have yet to draw for the candy I offered during the CYP blog hop. So without further ado:

Please email me with your address and I will get your stamp set out to you!

Also stay tuned for my first Pile It On Post and a new Craft Your Passion post for the New Year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Late, late, so very late!

Yup, this should've been up Monday - remember I told you I was cutting short the 12 Days of Craftiness? Hee, hee, apparently everything else got cut short too! So this is a catch up post - Craft Your Passion's Things with Wings Challenge and a new challenge at Craft Your Passion kids - winter.

So the top card is mine, and the two wintery cards belong to my boys Warren and Graham. Cute, huh?

Challenges (my card with the bird cage):
Sketch - Sketchbook Saturday (love these sketches!)
Anything Goes - Scrapbook Sisters
Brown and Blue - Allsorts

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Crafitness

Looking for the Craft Your Passion Holiday Havoc bloghop? Go here!

Ok, with that out of the way, I have a small confession to make. I may or may not get to the end of my 12 days of craftiness. Don't all cry at once now! I just came to the stunning realization that Christmas is a freakin' week away and I am totally not ready! I need to plan menus, grocery shop, wrap presents, finish buying presents and wrap those too, clean my house (yes, my Mum is coming over), prep for my DT jobs in the new year and try and sleep at some point. So I regret to say that there may not be a day 12.

I have truly enjoyed just posting random stuff though, so that is my goal for the next year - just publish stuff, not DT related, just for fun. We shall see how it goes...

For now, here's Day 7 - I'm pretty sure there will be an 8, but 9? We'll see...
These cuties are an outright lift - not something I do too much of, but I couldn't resist. Darlene does beautiful work, be sure to check out her blog! I changed mine up a bit - added legs and different antlers (a snowflake Nestie, very creative if I do say so myself!) but they're the same animal. Too cute, my table's gonna rock!

Christmas - Dream Valley Challenges
Christmas - the Squirrel and the Fox
Cold and Frosty - Crafty Calender (I think reindeer are frosty enough!)
Anything Goes for Christmas - Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge

Friday, December 16, 2011

Craft Your Passion Holiday Havoc Bloghop!

Welcome to the Craft Your Passion Challenges "Holiday Havoc 2011" Blog Hop!!

We are very excited about the holidays and wanted to add to the chaos and havoc. What better way to do that, than to have a BLOG HOP!!!

If you have hopped over from Melissa's blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by and would like to join our hop from the beginning, please go to Craft Your Passion Challenges and follow along for a chance to win some AMAZING blog candy along the way and PRIZES at the end.

All the Craft Your Passion DT members are going to be playing along in the hop with some very special guest designers. Each designer along the way is featuring a project that showcases a digital image from at least one of our amazing Blog Hop Sponsors.

What’s more exciting is you can participate too by creating a project and linking it up over at Craft Your Passion Challenges for a chance to win one of several prizes.

But there’s a twist. Be sure to visit all the stops and leave a comment (we will be checking). Once you have finished the hop, we would like you to create a HOLIDAY project using at least one digital stamp and enter it with our Linky tool.

While you are hopping, be sure to check out the blog candy the designer's have to offer you. You don't want to miss out on any of it! Here's my Holiday project, a sweet and simple Christmas card:

I choose an image from Stretch and Bubbles, isn't this rustic snowman just adorable? And I love all the little birds! Because it's Christmas, I dug into my CTMH stash and found this cute stamp set to offer you - just leave a comment! (Normally, this comes in a bigger envelope, but I don't want to pay too much for shipping!)

Next stop by Joanne's blog, to see what she has in store for you today.

Remember, once you have hopped to all the stops and left your comments (we will be checking), it's your turn to show us your "Holiday Havoc" project.

Make sure to include a digital stamp somewhere on your project, and link up your project over at Craft Your Passion Challenges by Midnight CST December 23 to be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be announced on our Monday, December 26th Challenge post.

Day 6 of the 12 Days of Craftiness

Hi all, how's December treating you? It's ridiculous where I am, it was 11 degrees Celsius here yesterday and nary a snowflake in sight. Our Canadian winter is a bit of a joke so far this year!

I have been crafting away though, no matter the weather and I have finished up a few more things. Today's is a cute gift card holder. I had a hard time here, as the sheep stamp was much smaller than I thought, it really wasn't working as a focal point. So then I started playing around with my new postage stamp Nesties and thought, 'hey, that looks like a stamp' and that's how it ended up.

I used a template for the pop up bit - check out Paper Punch Addiction here, she has a ton of tutorials for you to use. (Although looking at her site agin, maybe I should have decorated the inside a bit more!)

Colour Scheme - Colour Create (blue, white and silver)
Inspiration Photo - For Your Inspiration
Celebrations - Card Crafters Circle (new challenge!)
Christmas Creations - Inkspirations
Beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Raise the Bar
Christmas - Stamping for the Weekend (this may be a second entry, can't remember!)
Christmas - 4 Crafty Chicks
Christmas Card with removable item - C.R.A.F.T challenge

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 5 of the 12 Days of Craftiness

Day 5 and I'm back with something different, at least for me. I've done some 'manly' cards before, but never a teen card, so I'm hoping I hit the mark with this one. I don't have any teens I can poll, so what do you think? Hee hee, I still think I'm cool and then I overhear a bunch of kids talking at the mall and realize I'm hopelessly out of it. Sigh...
I got this Mo stamp on sale, and was wondering what to do with it when I saw the Mojo Monday sketch and an idea was born. I added a few text strips to the front, although I'm still wondering how you say Happy Birthday in text!

Sketch - Mojo Monday
Anything Goes - Cooking it up with Katie (second entry I think!)
Two Colours - Scrapbook Sisters (brown/black)
Anything Goes - Paper Variety

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 4 of the 12 Days of Craftiness

It's Day 4 of the 12 days of Craftiness and I'm right on track. My poor blog is spinning with all the activity, I don't think I've posted this much in forever! Went off on a bit of a tangent here with a lovely, summery layout. This is my DH with my 2 boys (in hats) and my sister in laws 2 kids - we had them over for a week this summer. Love this cheerful photo with all the beautiful sunflowers, although if you look closely, they're squinting a bit from the sun! (oh, and sorry about the magnets - this is hanging on my cubicle right now, and I took the photo without thinking, magnets and all!)

This is being added to Lisa Stenz' Art Philosophy blog hop - this is the only artwork I have using the CTMH cartridge as I don't have a Cricut. My upline Nat cut me a bunch of flowers so I could spiff up my layout. Maybe someday I will own one...

Other challenges:
Linky Party - Make It Monday
Whew, slim pickings for non-Christmas challenges today!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tag, you're it!

Back to the regularly scheduled stuff for a bit, it's a new week and a new challenge at Craft Your Passion. This week, we want to see:
Boy, I had to do some digging to find this fun CM punch I bought a while back. It turned out really cute though and I'm happy with the finished result. Of course, you don't have to make a card, you can show off some gift tags or use a tag on a layout - it's up to you!

PS - you might be able to tell by the fancy new flashing blinky, but I've been offered a spot on the DT for Pile It On! Woo hoo! Have not told DH yet, as I swore up and down I would only do 2 DT's at a time, but it is bi-weekly....hee hee, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, isn't it!

Sketch - Sketchbook Saturday
Birthday cards, past and present - Catered crop
Anything But Christmas - Corrosive Challenge
Birthday - Stamping Sisters in Christ
Anything but Christmas - Totally Papercrafts

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Craftiness!

Meant to get this up last night, but I forgot we had a Christmas dinner to go to, one that included the kids. Ugh, should've got a sitter - it was in a scuzzy sports bar and it was past 8:30 by the time we got our food. (and the boys are normally in bed at 8:00!) However, DH had a nice time and that's whats important.

So on to Day 3 of my 12 Days of Craftiness - can't believe I'm so organized, I've got 2 projects already photographed and a couple more in the works! I saw a bunch of 'non-traditional colour' challenges and I thought I'd give that a go. I pulled out an older CTMH stamp set and went to town. In my opinion, this may be one of the most popular CTMH stamps ever - these little snowmen are so cute!

Sketch - Mojo Monday
Christmas - 2 Sisters
Snowmen - Paperplay
Non -traditional colours - The Stamping Boutique
Non-traditional colours - Sassy Studio Designs
Snowmen - Craft Your Days Away
Cold and Frosty - Crafty Calender
Super Scrap Saturday - Hiding in my Craftroom (many of my cards are made from the scrap bin!)
Christmas - Card Makin' Mamas
Let It Snow - Glitter Geeks

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Craftiness

Woo hoo, Day 2 of my 12 Days of Craftiness is here! I wasn't going to post tonight, but then I realized I have a Parent Council meeting tomorrow night so I needed to get my butt in gear. (Given a choice between parent Council and being a Beaver Leader, I chose council as the lesser of 2 evils!)
So Voila, here are my Christmas Cards - this is what I'm sending out to everyone on my list this year. I'm deeply indebted to Vicky Wizniuk, an amazing talented CTMH consultant, she put together a great card work shop which I have shamelessly stolen and adapted! I really like these cards - they're clean and simple, flat (easy to mail) with just a touch of glitter. Which totally doesn't show up in the photos - Santa sparkles, really!
See you on Friday for Day 3!

Anything Goes - ABC Christmas
Winter and Christmas - Creative Belli
Traditional Christmas - My Mum's Craft Shop (red, green and Santa, it doesn't get much more traditional!)
Christmas - Penny's Challenges
Inspired by song - The Paper Variety (Here comes Santa Claus!)
Tis the Season - Creative Card Crew
It's all about the big guy - Try It On Tuesday
Celebrate the Season - Tuesday Throwdown

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Days of Crafting...

What do you think about the blog decor? Nice, huh? It's funny, cause I'm really kind of a bah humbug Christmas person (I know, I know, I can't help it, it's so in your face) but my tree is up, the lights are on and the presents are bought. (well, some of them) My sister is horrified, she thinks there should be no decorating before December 15, but she doesn't have kids to contend with!

To further my festive spirit, I'm making my own 12 days challenge - a crafty 12 days! There will be some Christmas in there, but not all. To start off with on Day 1, let's have something completely non Christmas - this cute bunny from the Cat's Pajama's!

I absolutely love these bunnies, their ears just crack me up. This card is for a co-worker who has been off sick for 3 weeks now with pneumonia - I wanted something fun and cheerful for when she finally makes it back! Join me again tomorrow (or the next day, luckily I have more than 12 days left!) for more of the 12 Days of Craftiness!

Sketch - Sketch Saturday
Anything Goes - Papertake weekly
Linky Party - Make It Monday

Monday, December 5, 2011

All that glitters...

That's the challenge this week at Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes + Glitter! Easy huh? You'll have to look closely at my card though, as my glitter has not shown up well in the photo. I used a couple of colours of Stickles to decorate my tree and snow, plus I embossed my Merry Christmas for shiny finish!
(yep, it's a quick post, my little guy has Beavers and I'm on call to drive him...)

Heat embossing - Crafty Cardmakers (There's not a lot of embossing, but it's there!)
Seasonal + Glitter - Make My Monday
Bling It Up - Paper Creations Ink
Emboss It - Stamps R Us
Anything Goes - The Crazy Challenge
Christmas Images and Colours - Truly, Madly, Crafty Challenges
Anything Christmas - Come and Get It Challenges
Sparkle - Dream Valley
Sketch - Unscripted Sketches