Friday, November 30, 2012

Crafting by Designs Blog Skip - Your Favorite Season

Hello blogland! 
At long last, we've kicked off our new home for Crafting by Designs and are doing a little blog skip to share our favorite seasons with you.  You should have come here from the super talented Cindy Leek's blog Paper Pads and Pictures - don't you just love her work?

Spring is my favorite season - everything is waking up and turning green again, flowers, birds, warm breezes thru the here's a few of my favorite cards for spring:

This CAS card was made using a Unity Stamp butterfly and StampersBest sentiment, white embossing powder and some Distress Ink blocking.

I just love when my strawberries start blooming - this little card was made using a StampersBest stamp and colored with some Copic markers.

Spring flowers...I can almost smell them!  These were made using white embossing powder then coloring them with some copics.

And last but not least, little Tilda and some spring butterflies colored with Copics.
I hope you enjoyed a few of my projects from my favorite season of spring.  Your next stop on the hop is Julia Vasquez over at Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia.  In case you get lost along the way, here's the whole line up - be sure to stop by and see everyone's creations from their favorite season.
Crafting by Designs

Beth Pollock at Mossberry Cottage

Chrissie Tobas at Harvest Moon Paperie

Cindy Leek at Papers Pads and Pictures

Doris T at Mom's Been Scrappin  (you're here)

Julia Vazquez at Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia

Rene vanWyk at Life in the Craft Lane

Tammy Smith at Cuttin' and Stampin

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Almost done with Christmas cards!

Hello blogland!
Whew - I think I'm just about finished with my pile of Christmas cards for this year :)  Over at Crafting by Designs, we've had a year long monthly feature called "Get Ready for Christmas" which helped us get our stash ready throughout the year instead of scrambling to get enough made.  I've been trying to keep up and have made several versions of all these cards I'd like to share with you:

I loved making this card!  I used a Martha Stewart branch punch on some scraps of green cardstock and layered them on top of a Sizzix die cut then added a few diamond stickles and a Unity sentiment stamp.  It's so dimensional and looks adorable :)

 This year I was determined to NOT buy anything and to use up all the scraps and left overs from last years Christmas cards, and I did just that.  These two cards were made using cardstock scraps and leftover dimensional stickers, and this one has a little bakers twine.

One two three and they were done!  I was really itching to buy some new Christmas cardstock but I resisted and used up my stash!!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a little blog skip as we debut the new home of Crafting by Designs.  Head over there now and take a peek :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Snowmen Snacks

Hello blogland!  Last year my daughter did a big fund raising project for The Wounded Warriors and I had made several great crafty items that helped her meet her goal and raised a lot of money.  I hadn't planned to do it again this year, but earlier this week I decided to make them again and donate the profits the local Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Since I live down the Jersey shore, it's just one of the ways I can help my neighbors.

Check out these cute little snowpeople:

These cute little snowpeople are wrapped around a Hershey chocolate bar, a bag of microwave popcorn and a box of movie candy, and topped off with a pair of soft gloves.  I planned to make just a few but it's snowballed (no pun intended) and the order list is growing and growing.  Just my little way to help :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stacks of Christmas cards

Hello blogland!  The stack of completed Christmas cards is getting higher and that's good news to me.  Here's a few I have to share with you today:

I just love the simplicity of this Unity itty bitty stamp.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of an old Cosmo Cricket paper line and added some stickles - done. 

I've got a thing for House Mouse stamps - they're just too darn cute, and this one is no exception.  Cookies?  What cookies?  I didn't eat any cookies!  All made with pieces of scrap DCWV paper and colored with some markers, finished with a little Stickles and some bakers twine - viola!

Back to the desk to finish up a few more cards.  Hope you're enjoying your day! 

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Favorite Veteran

Hello blogland!  Another Veteran's Day to thank all the men and women who serve and protect us.  My Dad always told me to remember that freedom isn't free, so please remember to thank a veteran for all the freedoms we enjoy.

And here's a picture of my favorite veteran - I still get goose bumps when I look at this picture of my Dad.....still miss him bunches :)  Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shakin' the dust bunnies of my little blog :)

Hello blogland!  I'm shakin' the dust bunnies that have collected on my little neglected blog and am ready to get back into the swing of things :)  The move is over, the new craft room is all set up and organized, and I'm in full holiday card mode.  Over at Crafting By Designs, we've been trying to build up our card stash with two monthly features all year: A Year in Cards and Get Ready for Christmas.  But today I've got two quick little cards I finished for Thanksgiving to share with you:

This first card was made using some scrap paper for the background, some and a Unity Itty Bitty stamp on some kraft cardstock, then colored with a few copics, and tied with a little raffia ribbon.  Love this new stamp!
This second little card was made by cutting out an image and sentiment from an old piece of a mat stack and just popping up the sentiment - took about 60 seconds, but isn't he cute?

Now one quick Christmas card I finished today:

This was based on one of the cards from the Holiday Card Workshop Online Class and was sooo simple.  I used some washi tape to mask off a section in the middle where the greeting would eventually go, and used some Martha Stewart snowflake stamps and ink, then added the sentiment and two small scrap strips of DCWV patterned paper, and a few little dabs of Ice Stickles for some sparkle.  Two dozen cards done, two dozen more to go.  Thanks for stopping by!