Monday, November 28, 2011

Hello Rudolph

Hey everyone,

Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend full of visiting with family and friends.  Today is my day to post over at Crafter's Companion USA and I decided to make a Christmas card.

Now that the Thanksgiving weekend is over, It's time for me to go into overdrive trying to prepare for Christmas.  That means Christmas cards need to be made and sent out.  This year I find myself using Humphrey the Elephant Christmas Collection for most of my cards.  The images are not only gorgeous, but I find them very easy to color.  As I've only been using alcohol markers for less than a year, this is important to me.  I've found that grey colors are incredibly easy to blend together.  I used Humphrey's Hello Rudolph stamp set and Sheena Douglass'  Paint Fusion Christmas Tree stamp set to set up a snowy Christmas scene.  I love this Christmas tree.  I bought it as soon as it was available at Crafter's Companion online store.  

This is the first card that I have made using Crafter's Companion brand new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  These blendable markers are now available for pre-order and you will be thrilled with budget-friendly they are.  One side of the markers is a fine tipped nib, while the other side features a thicker chisel shaped nib.

To create the "snow", I covered the area at the bottom of the card with Glossy Accents and then poured white iridescent glitter all over the clear glue.  I then shook off the excess and pour it back into my bottle of glitter.  (We never want to waste anything, right)?  This quick and easy snow creates an amazing effect on your card that you will want to replicate over and over.

Have a wonderful day everyone :)


Monday, November 21, 2011

On Strike

It's a short week this week!  Nicholas actually wanted to go to school early so he could get the two days of school this week over with.   Lara was in heaven today because her school is having a huge Thanksgiving lunch today.  And since she goes to school 4 days a week, she gets another one tomorrow! I made a Thanksgiving card this morning.  It seemed appropriate.  Both the turkey and the flag he's waving are from the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.  The Paper is from Cosmo Cricket.

I'm entering it into the following challenges.  Looks like we all have food on the brain ;)

Die Cutting Divas - It's Turkey time
Paper Cutz challenge - Let's talk Turkey
Simon says stamps challenge - Thanksgiving/Thanks
One stitch at a time challenge - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes

Enjoy your day!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Friday!

I am so looking forward to this weekend.  Nicholas is starting Cub Scouts and he has a den meeting and a Pack meeting.  And we have heat again!  Hurray :)

I made a quick birthday card today.

The paper is from K&Company and I used double sided adhesive tape to pop out my stamped image, Popcorn the Bear Party Time.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and added a quick bow and sentiment.

Nicholas had crazy hair day at school.  His hair was blue, orange, white, and green!  What a face!

Have a great weekend everyone :)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Meeting Santa

Hey everyone,

Today I get to show my very favorite stamp of the new Humphrey Christmas CollectionMeeting Santa.  I think the best part of Christmas is watching my kids tell Santa what they'd like for Christmas, talking about Santa on Christmas eve, and watching their excitement on Christmas morning as they see the presents under the tree.  Though my son is nine already, he still believes Santa comes to our house!  After telling him that Santa only comes to houses where kids believe in him, he doesn't dare not to!  Happily I'll have a lot more years left of Santa Claus fun, as my daughter is only four.

 I colored this precious image with Copic markers.  To create the snow, I covered the area at the bottom of the stamp with Glossy Accents and then poured white irredescent glitter all over the glue.  For the smaller snowflakes falling around Santa, I used a tiny dab of Crystal Stickles.  For Santa's outfit, I applied white liquid applique and let it dry.  Once liquid applique dries, you can heat the area with your heating tool and the applique will puff up and create a unique three dimensional effect.  

I created the box using the The Ultimate Tool and The Boxer board in just a couple minutes and decorated the rest of the box with Echo Park's new Collection Holly Jolly Christmas paper and stickers, a little sparkling ribbon, and a flower by Prima.  Making gift boxes with the Boxer board is so quick and easy, but the really wonderful thing about making gift boxes is the reaction that I get from the people who receive them.  A handmade gift or decoration is always so appreciated.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I managed to see 2 movies!  I took Nick to see Puss in Boots 3D and saw Tower Heist with one of my best friends.  I was surprised that Tower Heist wasn't actually that funny.  I expected it to be more of a comedy with a cast like Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.  Not that I didn't enjoy it, it just wasn't what I expected.  Puss in Boots was really cute and I definitely recommend seeing it.  The weather was so incredible here on Sunday.  Nick went to a friend's house, so Chris, Lara and I drove to Ventura Harbor and ate fresh fish and chips and scallops.  It was awesome sitting outside and watching all the boats while we ate.  We had to take off our sweatshirts it was so sunny and warm.  We also stopped in Oxnard at one of the farms along the road and bought some fresh strawberries.  They were sooo yummy!

I'll be sticking close to home today.  I'm crossing my fingers that the company fixing our heater will can and fix the darn thing.  After coming by last Friday, it turns out he misdiagnosed the problem so we are still without heat.  Thank goodness we don't live where it's snowing!  

Have a fabulous day!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Hey Everyone, today I have a fun layout using a photo taken at Knotts Berry Farm.  I love buying those photos that are taken while you are on rides.  They always crack me up because everyone's expression is so candid and funny; especially when you are going down a ride.  

I used a frame from my Sentamentals cricut cartridge to frame the picture.  The swirls were brown chipboard that I painted purple and then covered in purple glitter.  I'm very sparkly today as a result ;)  All the flowers are from Prima. The paper is from Quick Quotes, as is the vellum sentiment.  I added rub-on stitching around it.

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:
Once Upon a Sketch - sketch challenge
Creative Inspirations - lashings of sparkle
Shopping our Stash - Stickers, rub-ons, or chipboard
Lil Red Wagon - Monsters or purple (or purple monsters)
Frosted Designs - Family
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Swirls

Also, we are having a week of sneak peaks of our soon to be released Humphrey the Elephant Christmas collection over at Crafter's Companion USA News blog.   These stamps are sooo cute.  You will definitely want to check them out.

Have a wonderful day :)


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Crafter's Companion November Holiday challenge

Hi everyone,

Did everyone have a great Halloween?  I know I did!  All that candy to pilfer while the kids are at school!!!  Chocolate and coffee anyone?  It's the breakfast of champions :)

It's November 1st and that means a brand new challenge over at Crafter's Companion USA challenge blog.  This month our challenge is to use a Crafter's Companion and make a project celebrating a holiday. It can be any holiday, not just Christmas.  But since Christmas is around the corner, I used the opportunity to get a Christmas card done.

I absolutely adore this Popcorn the Bear Stamp, Just for you. It was one of the first stamp sets I saw at Crafter's Companion and I had to buy it.  I love the sweet image and the main stamp in the set is huge! I stamp it in Momento Black Tuxedo Ink and colored it with Copic Markers.

To make the puffed up Santa hats I used a "Snow Marker Paper and Fabric Embellishing pen" from Marvy.  I think they just repackaged the regular Marvy's liquid applique and called it this to sell more during the holidays.  Basically you paint with the pen and once it dried, heat up the paint with your heat gun and it will puff up the paint.  The more you put on, the puffier it gets.  It's actually really cool.

For the snow, I covered the area with Ranger's Glossy Accents and then sprinkled Joann's Craft Essential Crystal diamond glitter.

I hope you'll join us for our Holiday challenge.  One lucky random winner will get all six of the latest Humphrey the Elephant stamp sets.   These stamps are adorable and perfect for all kinds of occasions.

Have a great day!