Friday, December 9, 2016

Travel Music

 How is it possible that at the start of the Coffee Lovers Bloghop (LOVE these hops!) that I'm traveling for work -- for the next four days?!!  Well, I thought I'd just make the best of it by humming a Christmas tune with a travel mug of coffee in hand -- AND having a card ready to mark the occasion!

For my card, I used STAMPlorations Anywhere There's Coffee stamps and die which I stamped/cut from pattern paper.  Then, I decorated the cup stamping the little snowflakes on the bottom and adding this cute deer and sentiment (tag) from the Christmas Deer.  To finish, I made the bow from Paper Sweeties Frosty Seam Binding and added these adorable Paper Sweeties Rusty Bells.

I'm joining the fun at these challenges:


Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Sponsor Prize!

 Yay, it's Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop time!!  

I'm excited to be one of the MANY Sponsors for this bloghop and am offering this fun Stampin Up acrylic stamp set: Berry Merry and a roll of Stampin Up ribbon!

For a chance to win, all you need to do is link a winter coffee/tea/cocoa themed card to the bloghop.  Winners will be announced at the end of the hop.  Good luck!

Visit my Stampin Up On-Line Shop HERE and be sure to check out the Year-end Closeout Sale!

Extra Special Day!

 Today is an EXTRA special day filled with tons of goodness!

First, today is my very Design Team Member post for Drive By Crafts!!  AND, it's the first day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop!  How full of awesomeness is that!!

I just couldn't wait to use this adorable Neat & Tangled stamp and die set:  Beary Merry!  This darling bear can 'hold' any of the Christmas/Winter images and I chose to have him enjoy a cup of cocoa :)  For the background I used Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Christmas Petite Paper Pack -- gotta love those pretty plaids -- and stamped the sentiment from the Beary Merry set!  Finally, Beary's got lots of fun popping out of his Christmas gift which was made with Neat & Tangled's: Box Nice & Neat die (LOVE this die!)

Thanks to these challenge for letting me join in their fun...


Monday, December 5, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #225 - Candy Canes

 Is it really December?!  Christmas will be here in just a few more weeks so there's never been a better time for a brand new Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge!!  Linda has a sweet challenge for us this week:  Create a Christmas card with candy canes!

  I made some of my own background (and wrapping) paper using these adorable images from Paper Sweeties Jingle All The Way set.  The frame is from Paper Smooches and sentiment from STAMPlorations.

     You're going to love the wonderful projects created by the Design Team this week -- be sure to stop by...

Thanks to these challenges for letting me share in their fun:

Cards in Envy - Sweet

Friday, December 2, 2016

STAMPlorations December Sketch/Theme Challenge!

 The fact that it's December just got's time for STAMPlorations December Sketch/Theme Challenge!

I chose to use the Sketch.  For my card I used the Nordic Knit Tag set -- love this set! It's available for only a limited time! 


  I white embossed the bottom on watercolor paper and then used Color Burst.  Then, I stamped and fussy cut those darling stockings adding a gold brad, snowflake image and sentiment.  The sentiment is from Holiday Expressions: Yuletime Cheer.

Please keep in mind our simple guidelines:
  • Link up any type of project(s) based on the theme, the sketch, or both.
  • You must use stamps in your project(s) -- rubber, clear, or digi from any company. Non-STAMPlorations stamps are OK (although please don't link up a project you've created for the sole purpose of promoting another company; those projects will be deleted or will not be considered in the running for winner or top pick.)
  • Link up to 6 entries and link up to as many other challenges as you want.
  • Link directly to your blog post, not to your main blog. (This makes it easy for us to find and comment on your entry.)
  • If you have word verification turned on, our design team may not be able to leave a comment, so please consider turning it off.
  • Link back to this challenge post (not just our main blog) to encourage others to play too. Entries not linking back to our challenge will be deleted.
  • Link up by December 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time.
  • Have fun creating your project(s)!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Paper Sweeties December Inspiration Challenge

 Did December come fast or what?!   But that's ok because I actually am excited about December...Christmas will be here soon, I'll start vacation in a couple weeks (which I'll need since I leave for a 10 day business trip starting 1/1!) and it's time for a brand new Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge

Beginning this month, you can now participate in our monthly inspiration challenges by adding a photo of your projects to EITHER our BLOG or FACEBOOK GROUP!  You asked and we listened ... many people who do not have blogs contacted us with interest in participating in the challenges.  You always had the option to add a link to our blog gallery from any on-line gallery of your choosing, but now you can participate by uploading your projects to either our blog or our Facebook group!  Look for each month's new challenge ALBUM in our Facebook group to upload there OR add your projects to the inLinkz gallery on our blog - your choice!  Play as many times as you wish throughout the month!

The December Holiday Challenge WINNER will receive a $100 gift certificate for a shopping spree in our boutique, so get all of your projects uploaded for our ANYTHING GOES December challenge!


For my card I started with sweet Abigail then dressed her (aka paper pieced) in her darling Let It Snow winter outfit.  Of course, she needed a cup of hot cocoa, too (from the Planner Series Happy Icons).  To finish, I added Marshmallow Sequins and Bubblegum Seam Binding!

Need a little inspiration?  Then be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has to show you!  Oh, and did I mention that one random winner will receive a $100 Paper Sweeties gift certificate?!  How's that for inspiration?!

Beth Luetschwager  
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Nancy Salkeld
December Guest Designer:  Karen Letchworth