Friday, December 30, 2022

Favorite Cards For 2022

 Hello and welcome to our hop where a group of us are sharing
our favorite cards for 2022!  Won't you come and join us for
some fun blog hopping and a whole lot of inspiration?

I couldn't stop at just one on some of the months
but I did narrow it down to these favorites:








(I couldn't decide)






Here is a list of the hoppers, please visit each one and leave some love!

  1. Bonnie from Stamping in the Light
  2. Brenda from Floral Fantasies
  3. Debbie from Secrets to Stamping
  4. Diane from Nellies Nest
  5. Ellie from Ellibelle’s Corner
  6. Helene from Mummylade
  7. Hilary from Fiddling About
  8. Joanne from My Slices of Life
  9. Melissa from The Stamping Ninja
  10. Rachel from Slow Down, Enjoy and Create
  11. Sara from Sassy’s Cards and Gifts
  12. Sue from Just Peachy Stamping

    Once you have left a comment here and along the hop,
    you will be entered in a random draw
    US only due to high shipping costs)
    on MY blog to win this prize:
  13. Edited to add, the winner is posted HERE!

So get hoppin!! 

Monday, December 26, 2022

Exciting News

 I have some exciting news to share!
 A NEW challenge blog is starting January 15th
and it is BEAUTIFUL BLOSSOMS a challenge blog that is all about flowers!

Well, you all know me, I LOVE flowers, real and otherwise!
I am excited to announce I one  of the newest members of the Design Team
and what an exciting team it can read all about it HERE!

For the announcement of the opening of the blog I created a card using 
the Cosmo's layered stencil from The Ton.  Isn't it gorgeous??

So, mark your calendars for January 15th and join in with all our
Beautiful Blossoms fun!!

Entering the following challenges:

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Freezin' Season

At Can You Handle The Pressure its all about SNOW as our 
'optional' theme!  You can create anything you want as long as you have used
an embossing folder!

I had three snowflake embossing folders and  chose this one with
the larger snowflakes from Tim Holtz Alterations 'Snow Flurries!

I die  cut an oval and placed a never been used before
penguin, his fish and iceberg inside  using an Xcut die.
The sentiment is from a Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set Eskimo Kisses.

We would love to see your snowy embossed folder creations at
Can You Handle The Pressure and take a peek at all the snowy goodness
from the design teams while there!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Candy Cane

Our last challenge of the year at Double D and it is all about


(Red & White)

I made a nice and cozy candy cane sweater using a die from Elizabeth Crafts
that was gifted to me by a friend.
The cute paper is Doodlebug Design Milk and Cookies (2017).
I added a die cut candy cane to the front of my white sweater.

I hope you have a minute to spare during this busy holiday season and can 
join us for our last Double D Challenge for 2022!!
Make sure and take a peek at all the beautiful designs from the team as well,
I am betting after seeing all the candy canes you will wish you had one yourself!!

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Holiday Blessings

This is our last challenge at Peace On Earth for 2022 
and we hope you will join us  in celebrating our 
Anything Goes 
Christmas Challenge!

As in all the POE challenges we have a fun inspiration board
for just that INSPIRATUION!

Anything Christmas 

I let the top left corner inspire me today with the gold and gray colors
and the cute little houses and trees!

The trees are a tiny die from QuicKutz, the houses are Yvonne Creations and the
bigger tree is from  Cottage Cutz.  The Snowbanks are from Lawn Fawn!
The sentiments is an oldie from Stampin Up.

Head on over to Peace On Earth and take  peek at all the
beautiful creations from the design teams, they are downright gorgeous!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Stitched Ornament

 I am the hostess for the new challenge theme at
The Sisterhood of Crafters and I have chosen the theme of
 Christmas  with traditional colors of red and green!

This year I have gotten a little hooked on some of the new
stitching dies from Spellbinders and this one is my latest!
Knowing I had this challenge coming up, I stitched it in red and green floss.
I have a few others I've done as well, including some in metallic floss!
If you haven't tried it you should as it is super easy and
quite rewarding when finished!  Even ME with my bad eyesight
can do it, so I know YOU can too!!

The greenery shown is part of the die set, the word joy is
a Cottage Cutz and the quilted background is one of my
favorite embossing folders from WeR Memory Keepers!
I also used some new Nuvo drops I had just purchased 
Malted Milk, sounds good enough to eat right, but I wouldn't suggest it...hah!

Make sure to pop on over to The Sisterhood to see some really beautiful
red and green Christmas creations by my 'sistahs'!!

Two Old Bats December Halloween Challenge Mid Month Reminder

We are half way through our challenge at 
Two Old Bats 
and I am sure being December we won't have a lot of players
but take a break from those other holiday cards and join in with us!!

As always we have a fun inspiration/mood board for you
but it can be anything as long as it is Halloween!!

 Inspiration Board

I had purchased some fun and cute ephemera and a paper pad from Memory-Place
Halloween in Dreamland and created this fun card
with that letting the bottom left corner of the board inspire me!

We would love to have you join us at Two Old Bats
and see all the fun and spooky inspiration there!!

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Another Santa Gift Card Holder

 Today I'm showing another gift card holder using the Art Impressions
Santa Card Holder Set  and the envelope gift card holder set
as I wanted to enter their challenge
which is That's A Wrap.
This is one of the TEN Santa  ones I made.




I just love making these, so cute and you feel like you have accomplished
something when done, especially when you make 10 Santa's and 10 snowmen!!

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Merry Christmas Poinsettia

At Can You Handle The Pressure I think everyone knows by now
that we are an embossing FOLDER challenge and have an 'optional'
theme which is CHRISTMAS this challenge!

I purchased this Lisa Horton gorgeous 3D Poinsettia embossing folder
earlier this year after watching a youtube video of it.
It also comes with a matching die to cut out the  center Poinsettia
which is what I did with card.  Actually cut out 4 die cut pieces,
one for the underneath glitter piece, one for the entire flower and two other
pieces that I cut apart to do all the layering.
I learned watching the video to die cut the outline pieces first,
then to put them in the embossing folder to emboss,
doing it this way ensures that the embossing doesn't get squished
during the embossing process.
Look at all that gorgeous embossed detail!

Here is a better picture of the embossed piece at the bottom.

The beautiful detail of the embossed poinsettia.

This Lisa Horton EB folder makes me want to shop for more!!

Get those embossing folders out and join us at
Can You Handle The Pressure and check out the beautiful designs by
the design team while there, they are gorgeous!!

Entering the following FUN challenges:
The Flower Challenge .... Christmas
Most Magical Time of the Year .... Most Magical Florals

Simon Says Wednesday .... Add Some Sparkle
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Jingle Bells .... 
Winter Wonderland .... Christmas

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Christmas Stockings

We are into our first week of December and it's time for a new
challenge theme at Double D and it fits right in the season as it is 
Christmas Stockings!

We have a fun mood board for you
just for that bit more of inspiration!!



I used a never before used die by Sizzix for my stocking,
in fact I had forgotten I even had it!
The candy cane and the bow came with the die, the other small pieces in the stocking are from a Cottage Cutz set and a bit of greenery from my 'green' bag stash!
The background die is a Tutti Designs and the banner die is
Cheery Lynn Designs!

I used paper from a few older pads of my 6 x 6 paper
trying to use some up, funny thing is by doing that
then before I know it my newer papers will be 'old' as well,
seems it doesn't matter one way or the other
just use it!!

Take a visit to the Double D blog for
plenty of fabulous inspiration!!

Entering the following fun challenges:
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday .... ATG
NBUS .... Never Before Used Schtuff
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
The Paper Funday .... ATG or Holiday Time
The Crafters Cafe .... Use Dies or Punches
Inspiration Station.... Holiday (Inspired By the Stockings of course)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Stenciled Holiday Cards

 Our December Stencil Fun challenge begins today with an
optional theme of HOLIDAY
meaning you can make any holiday themed card you want,
but keep in mind we are an anything goes challenge so
you can create anything as long as a stencil has been used!

I have 4 various 'holiday' cards I created for my last years
Christmas cards, I think I made over thirty of these in various colors
and designs that I sent out and never featured on my blog until today!

The stencil set is from The Greetery 'Snowflake Soiree' and they put the entire bundle
on sale last year and well it just jumped happily in my cart!!
Though it is not sale right now, I added the link so you
can check it out if interested!!

I also used The Greetery Written in Ribbons stamp and die set for my sentiments.

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Card #4

I also have another card to share with you for our 'Anything Goes' part of our challenge.
I used a Sweet Poppy Bauble stencil for this one and a stamped scene from Nellie Snellen inside.
This was intended to be my last years Christmas card but it
was flooded all over the net so much I opted for the snowflake
cards instead.
So this is MY debut with it using non-traditional colors!

I hope you will join us at our Stencil Fun challenge
we sure would LOVE to see YOUR stencil creations!!

Entering the following challenges:
A Place To Start .... Happy Holidays or ATG
Crafting Happiness .... Christmas
Double Trouble ... Thing 1 
Simon Says Monday .... Holiday Cheer
The Holly and Ivy .... Anything Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday ....ATG
Sparkles Forum Christmas  .... Non Traditional Christmas Colors

Sunday, December 4, 2022

The True Meaning of Christmas

We are into December at Peace On Earth
and as always our challenge theme is Anything Goes
with an inspiration board to get your creativeness going! 

I let the top left photo inspire me with the Wisemen!
I used an old but never been used before stamp I
purchased eons ago from Heartfelt Creations!
I used my stamp platform to stamp many times to get a complete
ink coverage using Memento Dew Drop Paris Dusk ink.
I fussy cut (why I don't know as I have a scan and cut) the ornament
and placed it on two popped up layers of scrap designer papers
for dimension..
The stamp has a nice sentiment that comes with it I had
intended to use 'Wisemen Still Seek Him' but it wasn't in the
stamp bag where it should of been so that was out!

A view of the dimension!

Take a visit to Peace On Earth to see all the beautiful
creations from the design teams, join in with us too!!

Entering the following challenges:
Jingle Belles ....ATG
Stamping Sensations .... Anything Stamped
All Sorts .... It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Winter Wonderland .... ATG Christmas

Friday, December 2, 2022

White On White Color Challenge

It's the last challenge of 2022 at Colorful Options and the color is

WE have a pretty mood board for inspiration!
Not into white?  Then no worries as all the challenges also have
an optional rainbow color. 

For my first card I did the color option of white on white using a
Nellie Snellen 'Snowy Village' embossing folder.
After embossing I added a bit of diamond stickles for some sparkle.

I also created a second card for the rainbow option.
I used my penguin stencil and stenciled them in various rainbow colors.
I added a sentiment and an array of rainbow colored sequins.
This stencil makes the perfect slimline card!

We would love to have you join our challenge at Colorful Options
and while there take a peek at what the DT has for inspiration,
we might be a small DT, but we are mighty!!

Entering the following challenges:
Double Trouble ... Kaleidoscope of colors (Rainbow of Colors)

Two Old Bats Halloween December Halloween Challenge

It might be December but we still have our year round
Two Old Bats Halloween challenge going
giving you plenty of opportunity to use those Halloween
goodies from you stash!  I, myself totally enjoy getting to put 
my Halloween dies and stamps to work! 

We do have a fun inspiration board just for that
inspiration but you can create anything as long as it is 
Halloween themed!


For my inspiration I went with the bottom right corner
and let that fun spider web influence me!
It is a new stamp for me this year from
Nellie Snellen Fairy Tale Spider and Web.
I stamped in Versamark and used an embossing powder with glitter
from Sparkle N Sprinkles Midnight Madness.
The die cut sentiment is one I received during a DT gig from Tonic!

Hey there, yes YOU, take a peek at
Two Old Bats and see the fun creations from the team
and join in with us too, you know you want to!!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Winter Season December at Four Seasons

We are into our first WINTER season at Four Seasons
and Dar has created this mood board for inspiration! 
You can create anything as long as it is winter themed
but I think the mood boards give a great starting point to create!

I let the bottom left corner inspire me!
When going through my dies to see what I wanted to use
I came across a layered die set that I had totally forgotten about.
FIVE layers to be exact if you count the deer!
It took me a bit to figure out each layer but once I did it was super easy!
Each layer is popped up one the one below it!
I made two of these cards (the other one is shown below)
but the first card I made I didn't add stickles to the trees,
that was thought of after I had it completed
so I decided to make a second card and add Diamond Stickles
to give it a snowy/icy effect!

Here is a look at the multiple layers.

This is the first card I made without the Diamond Stickles.

We would love to have YOU join us in our WINTER challenge at 
Four Seasons
and make sure to see all the beautiful inspiration from the design team!

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday .... Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts ... Winter Wonderland
Time Out .... Winter or Holiday Season
ABC Christmas Challenge .... W is for white X for Xtra Special
Fab 'n' Funky .... Die cuts/or Embossing