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Hello!  I hope all of my blog visitors have had a wonderful, joyous holiday season, no matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or something else.

I took a little hiatus from crafting over the holidays, and now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things.  I used the mirror image of the latest Freshly Made Sketch for the layout, although I didn’t get the card finished in time for me to enter it into the challenge.  Oh well.  I decided to go with a brown color scheme for the bunny image.  The current OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge is calling for “miss you” cards, so that helped determine the sentiment I chose.

Here’s wishing you all the best in 2013!  Thanks for visiting with me throughout the year.

Supplies for today’s card:
Digital Image: Contemplative Bunny (Amber Ink)
Sentiment Stamp: Year Round Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); designer papers from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: petite oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Browns twine (Queen & Co.)

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for another Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge! This time the challenge is Favorite Colors. We encourage you to make a project using a digital image and your favorite colors. Share your project with us at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge site by midnight eastern time Thursday, January 3. (Yes – because of the Christmas holiday season, this challenge will run for two weeks!) You’re not required to use a Sweet ‘n Sassy digital image for your project, but we do love when you use those (and you get the chance for perks if you do – see the Digi Challenge site for more details).

At Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenges, today we’re celebrating the new release of two digital images and a sentiment set! There are two sweet girls dressed up to keep warm – Bundled Autumn and Bundled Ava. The Winter Wishes sentiments work perfectly with either of these images, or with most any other winter images.  Best of all with this new release – one participant in this fortnight’s challenge will be randomly chosen to win the entire release!  Wow!

I’ve used Bundled Ava for today’s card. I’ve always liked the color blue, in most any shade, but bright cobalt blue is probably my most favorite shade. I also love the richness of deep red. So I’ve used those colors for my color scheme. The layout for this card is the current weekly sketch challenge sketch. The blue panel has some embossed snowflakes to help carry out the wintery theme. Liquid Applique gives Ava’s earmuffs and the trim on her coat and boots a fluffy, furry look.  This sentiment seems to me like a particularly good one for Operation Write Home cards; I chose to color in the heart.  The color scheme works for this week’s OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge, too.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to visit the other SNSDC Design Team members’ blogs and give them some love on their projects, too!

Digital Images: Bundled Ava, Winter Wishes (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Cherry Cobbler, Brilliant Blue (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); Liquid Applique (Marvy); petite oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Snowflakes embossing folder (Sizzix); dimensionals (SU)

I hadn’t planned to make more Christmas cards this year, but this week’s Dynamic Duos challenge led me in that direction.  I’d been wondering over the last few days what to make with gold and black.  I have some Christmas ornaments that belonged to my maternal grandmother, and as I was hanging the gold bell-shaped one on our tree, I decided I’d make a clean and simple card with gold bells.  When I was making the card, I dug out my gold embossing powder and heat embossed the stamped bells.  I think the embossing powder might be getting old – it didn’t melt as nicely and smoothly as I hoped it would.  I have had it for several years.  Oh well.  I used some black accents too.  And even though it’s a bit of a stretch, I think the bells could count as fitting in the challenge’s “dessert option” of a music theme.  Although it isn’t as obvious as having musical notes on the card, the bells theoretically could play music, yes?  😉

And on the bright side, I have one Christmas card to put away for now and send to Operation Write Home next summer!  🙂

Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Brushed Gold (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Gold (ColorBox)
Other: detail gold embossing powder (SU)

I decided to take a little break this morning from Christmas preparations, and I made a quick card for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge that’s about to end.  I turned the sketch on its side for my card.  It had been a while since I’d used any of my Lizzie Anne Designs things, so I pulled out a couple stamp sets and some designer paper and put it all to use here.  (Although Lizzie Anne Designs no longer is in business itself, their stamps are still available through the online dealer Gourmet Rubber Stamps.) The ribbon glared a little bit in the photo; in real life it’s the same shade as the yellow cardstock. I popped up the flower with dimensional adhesive so it wouldn’t seem “lumpy” over the ribbon.

And now I have another card for my Operation Write Home stash.  🙂  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Le Jardin, So Much Love (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from French Floral Pretty Papers (LAD)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals (SU)

Hello! Happy Friday! Are you ready for another Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge?

This week’s challenge is Tag, You’re It! Use a tag on your project – or make your project a tag, such as a gift tag. Just be sure you use at least one digital image for the focal point of your project. You’re not required to use a Sweet ‘n Sassy digital image, but we do love it when our participants use them (and you get the chance for extra perks if you do – see the SNSS Digi Challenge site for more details!).

A recent Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps sketch featured a tag as the focal point of the card layout.  I’ve used the mirror image of that sketch for today’s card.  I’m still trying to get some Valentines and love-themed cards made to send to OWH by the end of December, so I decided to use one of the images and some of the sentiments from the You & Me digital stamp set.  The colors one would typically imagine for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches aren’t usually perceived as Valentine colors, but luckily I had this retired Basic Grey paper with hearts on it and it seemed pretty near perfect.  The tag is adhered with dimensional adhesive, so I kept the embellishments pretty simple in order to keep the card from becoming too bulky and difficult to mail.

So, now it’s your turn to show us what you can do with a tag (or two or even more)! Link your project at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge site by midnight eastern time Thursday, December 20. Remember that for every project you submit throughout December, you will get one entry to be eligible for winning 3 digital images of your choice from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps store! If you use a Sweet ‘n Sassy image on your challenge submission, it will earn you an additional entry for the prize. Be sure to play along every week, and to go visit the rest of the design teams’ blogs for more inspiration. Thanks for stopping by today!

Digital Image and Sentiments: You & Me (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Fusion collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals, Eggplant grosgrain ribbon (SU); mini heart brad (Making Memories)

No, you’re not exactly seeing double.  Yes, today’s card is very similar to yesterday’s.  I used the same stamps and the same sketch for the layout.  However, I’ve changed up the color scheme to fit this week’s Dynamic Duos monochromatic pinks color challenge.  Instead of using patterned paper for the panel along the bottom of the card, I embossed a strip of cardstock.  I decided to keep the bunny white this time.  I originally planned to use a white card base, but it seemed too stark.  So I used the other half of the sheet of kraft cardstock that I’d cut for the base of yesterday’s card.

And now I have another love-themed card to send to Operation Write Home before the end of the month!

Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Pretty in Pink marker (SU); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); D’Vine Swirls embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Hello!  Just a quick post tonight to share a quick card I made.  It combines three challenges.  I used Stars & Stamps sketch #149 for the layout, and the colors are from the current Lawnscaping challenge.  The love theme works for the current OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge.  I added some Liquid Applique to the bunny’s tail to give it a little fluffy look.  I think this bunny and sentiment are great to send to just about anyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Blush collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Liquid Applique (Marvy)

We’ve made it through another week, and now it’s Friday again, which means it’s time for another Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge! This week’s challenge should be pretty easy: Create a Christmas project using a digital image. Share your creation over at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge website before midnight eastern time Thursday, December 13. We’d love to see what you create! Although we especially enjoy seeing what our challenge participants make with Sweet ‘n Sassy digital images, you can use a digi from any stamp company.

Today I have a clean and simple card I created for Operation Write Home.  The sentiment is something I came up with on my own and printed using Microsoft Word.  I thought since the image is from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, I’d put a little sass into the sentiment.  The Santa Owl image was printed several times on different patterned papers so I could paper piece it.  I added some white flocking to the hat.  I received this fluffy stuff in a Secret Santa swap 9 or 10 years ago, and I have no idea what company makes (made?) it.  Honestly, I think this is the first time I’ve used it.  😳

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the rest of the Design Team has created and give them some comment love.  Links to their blogs are in the left sidebar.  Then join us in our challenge this week!

Digital Image: Santa Owl (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Ambrosia, Blitzen, and Fusion collections (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink
Other: flocking (source unknown)

Here’s a quick and easy CAS card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches and Dynamic Duos challenges.  Since it’s Valentine season at Operation Write Home, I chose to use a love theme for my card.  I mixed stamp companies here – the frog, heart and grass images are from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is from Stampin’ Up.  I don’t often do that, but the images in the SU set were a bit too large for this card layout.  I considered using ribbon for the banner-like strips behind the focal point.  But I had so many narrow scraps of Certainly Celery cardstock that I felt I should put them to use instead.  So I dusted off my crimper to give the cardstock strips some visual and textural interest.

Stamps: Critters Ever After, Critters in the ‘Burbs (Lawn Fawn); Unfrogetable (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Certainly Celery (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: crimper (Fiskars); markers (Copic); hexagon Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); dimensionals (SU)

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