Dec 19, 2011

another blog candy winner!

Thank you for joining in the fun on the Craft Your Passion Blog Hop this weekend!

Just in time for Christmas, the winner of my blog candy is:

Emily Leiphart said...
Great card, Sarah! I love that little snowman with the birds.

Congratulations Emily!  Please e-mail ( me your address and I'll be happy to mail this out before Christmas!

Happy Stamping!

Blog Candy Winner!

Just in time for Christmas!

Thank you all for following my blog and posting such wonderful comments.  It means the world to me!  Congratulations to:

Jenn Zeeb said...

Funny, I like you. I tend to buy things to use to organize with, then I send them out to the garage for Hubby. I started with CD cases for clear stamps and I had to hide them in the attic because I changed my mind and I KNEW hubby would LOOSE IT!! We call then the DOA's (Dead on Arrival, or soon after)

I am a new follower and am posting a link on my blog. Thanks for making my night

Jenn Zeeb

Please e-mail me your address Jenn and I'll get your package sent before Christmas (!  Enjoy - and Happy Crafting with your treasures from the "DOA"!

Dec 17, 2011

CYP Holiday Havoc Blog Hop (BLOG CANDY)!

Welcome to Craft Your Passion Challenges "Holiday Havoc 2011" Blog Hop!!

We are very excited about holidays and wanted to add to the chaos and havoc.   What better way to do that, than to have a BLOG HOP!!!

If you have hopped over from Zahreen, then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by and would like to join our hop from the beginning, please go to Craft Your Passion Challenges and follow along for a chance to win some AMAZING blog candy along the way and PRIZES at the end.

All Craft Your Passion DT members are going to be playing along in the hop with some very special guest designers.  Each designer along the way is featuring a project that showcases a digital image from at least one of our amazing Blog Hop Sponsors.

 What’s more exciting is you can participate too by creating a project and linking it up over at Craft Your Passion Challenges for a chance to win one of several prizes.  But, there’s a twist. Be sure to visit all the stops and leave a comment (we will be checking).

Once you have finished the hop, we would like you to create a HOLIDAY project using at least one digital stamp and enter it with our Linky tool.

While you are hopping, be sure to check out the blog candy the designer's have to offer you. You don't want to miss out on any of it!

Here is my creation for this super fun hop today!  This cute little digi snowman is from Stretch n Bubbles!


He's printed on Copic XPress It paper and coloured with Copics.  He's framed with a Spellbinders Nestabilities and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Iced Spruce" (Winter 2011 set - I LOVE it!).  I've used one of my fave 6x6 paper pads from this season by Jillibean Soup along with SU! cardstock.  I used an MFT die to cut the sentiment and an SU! stamp to ink up the background.

I have some delicious blog candy to give away!  Just leave a comment on this post and become a follower!  I'll draw the winner on Dec. 19!

Next go stop by Sue's blog to see what she has in store for you today.

 Remember, once you have hopped to all the stops and left your comments (we will be checking), it's your turn to show us your "Holiday Havoc" project.

 Make sure to include a digital stamp somewhere on your project, and link up your project over at Craft Your Passion Challenges by Midnight CST December 23 to be eligible for the prizes.

Winners will be announced on our Monday, December 26th Challenge post.

 In case you lose your way - go back to the beginning at:

Craft Your Passion Challenges

Dec 16, 2011

Nellie Snellen stamp

This stamp is from Nellie Snellen, and I thought it was a refreshing break from Christmas images!  I've also been having lots of fun with some new dies.  This flourish is by Cheery Lynn dies.

I've coloured this little cutie with Copics and distressed the frame with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

CLP Challenge Blog
Simon Says Stamp
Heartsong Inspirations
Fairy Fun Fridays
Frosted Designs

Happy Stamping!

Stamp:    Nellie Snellen
Card:       Stampin’ Up Kraft
Paper:     Copic Xpress It & My Mind’s Eye Vanity Fair
Ribbon:    Scrappin’ Great Deals
Flourish:  Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die
Frame:    Spellbinders Nestabilities – Petite Scalloped Ovals Large
Flowers:                  Prima “Avon Rose Londenerry”
Jewels:    Prima
Ink:          Memento Tuxedo Black and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Copics:    YG25, YG03, YG00, YG0000; G82, G24, G21, G20; C1, C0; YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20; E31; E01, E00, E000; R20; BG000

Dec 13, 2011

Guest Designer at CMC Challenge Group!

Hello Stampers!

I am THRILLED this month to be chosen as a guest designer for Suzanne Dean's CMC Challenge Group!  I am equally a fan of my Copics and of Suzanne's classes.  She's taught me what little I know after all!

And what a month it is! 

NEW CHALLENGE #33 will run until January 5th!

Your challenge this time is all about

Show your holiday joy with sparkling colors of GOLD, CREAM & WHITE!
(yes you can use some other colors like hair/skin/etc but the majority of colors should be Gold, Cream & Whites)
We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, COPIC REFILLS OR COPIC AIRBRUSH SYSTEM (Or ProMarkers if you have them)

Use Inspiration Pictures Below as well!


-Use any image you want BUT MAKE SURE YOU LINK BACK TO THE CMC CHALLENGE in your blog post!!
-Image MUST be colored with Copics or ProMarkers or Colored Pencils!
For this Challenge we have LOTS OF PRIZES!!


-1 person will win a NEW Provocraft CRICUT MINI machine
-1 person will win a NEW KINDLE E-READER
-1 person will win a $50 Gift Cert. to SCACD
-1 person will win a $25 Gift Cert. to the Paper Temptress
-1 person will win 5 digis from Tiffany Doodles and a $15 Gift Cert to 7 Kids College Fund and a Gilli Gift Bag

4 different ways to enter
-Enter up to (2) TWO projects into the link system below by Jan. 5th
-Enter (1) one project into the BookEndz Challenge
-Donate a $3-5 donation to the Charity below for 1 entry
-Donate anything over $10 to the Charity and get 2 entries

Happy Stamping!

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
Pink Sketch Challenge
Magnolia Down Under Challenge (I lost the other half of the doily?  tee hee!)
Just Magnolia
Simply Magnolia

Dec 12, 2011

Chubby Chums!

My stamping BFF Andrea introduced me to these Paper Smooches stamps and I am in LOVE with them!  I think these little "Chubby Chums" are hysterical.  And they happen to be fun to colour too! Always a bonus for a Copic fanatic like myself.

I thought these whimsical little characters deserved a CAS card for background.

I'm entering them into:

Happy Stamping!

Dec 10, 2011


Sarah's blog candy

1.  Comment on my original post
2.  Share my photo and link on your blog
3.  Help me get to 100 followers!

Thank you!

Dec 9, 2011

Multi-coloured hair

Hello stampers!

This card is certainly different to my usual style, but I had so much fun making it!  I've used a Simply Betty digi called Romance Grace.  Simply Betty is sponsoring this month's challenge at CMC Copic Classroom.  The challenge is multi-coloured hair.

My real crafting passion is for Copics, and I've never done multi-coloured or non-traditional hair colours, so this was a lot of fun for me!  And it was a pretty challenging image too, so I enjoyed it.  She seemed an appropriate choice for kind of "goth" looking hair!

This was also a nice break from Christmas images!

Happy stamping!


Dec 7, 2011

Tag #5

Here is my tag for Day 5.  I'm not super thrilled with how it turned out.  I think my gluing ruined the background.  I thought the inking technique was cool, but I definitely need better plastic than the packaging I used.  The wreath was SO messy, but it turned out ok I think?

Happy stamping!

Tag #4

Here is my version of Tag #4.  It took me a while with all the periods of drying.  I quite like how it turned out - even if it's a little "imperfect" and crooked.  I think I still have blue stain under my nails!

I really liked the tulle tying technique for the buttons.

Dec 5, 2011

When crafting goes bad - part three

Hello stampers!

Yes, I do know that it is DAY FIVE on the wonderful journey that is an homage to all things Lord Holtz... and yes, I do know that is only my third (and pitiful) tag.  But I do feel a certain pride that I am amongst the women around the world who are dedicated to this task of creating a beautiful item each and every single day!  Take a look at the entries - they are from countless countries!  I've seen some from Russia, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands.  It is amazing.  And inspiring!

So, despite the fact that I'm behind a few, I will continue!  I'm also amazed at how much I've learned along the way!  Half of these products I had laying in various drawers of my craft room, completely frustrated after being unable to figure them out.  Now onto my third creation, I'm actually half pleased with what I've turned out!  I really DID need those "limited edition" inks after all!  And that die I bought two years ago actually DOES produce a beautiful flower!  Who knew?  I think it does help that I finally found the special paper, after all it must be very special if it is so hard to find!  I think the stores purposely hide it to keep it's goodness all to themselves.  That must be it, right?  And the sanding block (sorry Lord Holtz - Sanding GRIP, goodness, I haven't been raised right.  That would be like calling a "Texture Fade" an "Embossing Folder", what was I thinking??).  I never knew I would so desperately desire one of these!  And no, silly husband, the sanding paper you have in the basement is NOT AT ALL the same and will definitely not reproduce the lovely flower I need!!

So I must share a little of the adventures along the way - that led to the creation of this lovely (or semi-lovely tag 3).  My dear friend Andrea, who is in my opinion, MUCH more addicted/ obsessed/ enamoured than I (don't tell her I said that, she might withold my share of the fabulous miniature flowers we just ordered from England - you can't tell the real size online - and now we might have to start a specialty business of creating greeting cards for leprechauns).

The day started with me showing up at Andrea's in my pyjama's, which is quite normal as she lives down the street, to have coffee (and maybe watch an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories, shhhh).  The fact that I had two Michaels coupons tucked in my purse was PURELY coincidental and had nothing at all to do with the dozens of Tim Holtz videos I'd been watching on YouTube on my iPad in bed, when supposedly "resting".

Well, yadda yadda yadda, we're in the truck, en route to Michael's, in a mad panic for some crafting parephenalia.  And yes, I do think that my $400 Coach purse matches my $10 Old Navy pyjama pants perfectly - after all, they are colour coordinated.  And the pink Uggs add just the right touch of colour. 

So, in our moment of (glory) shame we discover they do NOT have the magical product we so desperately require in order to make the tag we have not even looked at yet, but know we want to make it...  But we had to use the coupon, and found some close substitutes.


So here we are in all our  (glory) shame, only to discover the longest lineup in Michael's history (of course) with the most stylish ladies in high-heeled boots behind us.  Of course.

Well, back to it....

Happy Stamping!

When crafting goes bad, part two

Hello stampers!

Here is my attempt at a submission for Tag #2.  No, I did not have the beautiful reindeer die that was called for, but I was pretty pleased with my substitution of three trees from Tim's Movers and Shapers line (phew... I had one of the things at least!)

Please do not dwell on the fact that my designer paper is upside down, because by that point, I had an hour and three layers of splodge and die and resin and other goodies invested in this blessed tag and was not about to go back to the drawing board!  Oh no, I think it adds a certain "aloofness" don't you think?  A certain "je ne sais quoi".  Ooooh where is my beret and jaunty scarf?

So I at least had the design ruler (which I NEVER knew had a metal edge, or a zero point) although I still think my brads are crooked.  But I never knew that I NEEDED/ LUSTED/ desperately required the Tim Holtz hammer until now!  And (horror-of-horrors) it is DISCONTINUED!  Can you believe it?  That is like sacriledge to a crafter!  Especially after having watched the strangely transfixing video showing it's magical properties!  I may have the sweats until I can find one.  Although, I did just pay the lovely postman (please read my previous post for further details on the postman) $16 in duties after importing some beautiful rubber stamps from England, so I'm not sure what the duties would be on the magical hammer, even if I could find one!

I did discover how I can transform the grunge paper (previously at the bottom of my "drawer-of-good-intentions") into something pretty cool.  And I now definitely love my "Picket Fences" stain (which I previously hated and couldn't figure out).

Happy stamping!

When crafting goes bad...

Hello stampers!
- or rather - Happy Day Five!  If you do not know what this refers to, clearly you do not suffer from the same condition as I do - henceforth known as Love of all things Holtz (or addiction - but not in polite company).

The above is my pitiful attempt at Tag #1.  After watching the fabulous video multiple times, I managed a sad little pinecone.  This was after my frantic hunt for the right paper, which of course I did not have.  And if you can't sand the edges - it just doesn't look right.  Nor did I have the right Noel die, which of course is now sold out everywhere.  But I did improvise and manage something at least in the same realm.

Along the way, I absolutely fell in love with the Rock Candy!  Who knew of this marvalous product?  Certainly not me, despite the two jars sitting in my craft room.  Well, they are very decorative aren't they?  And I've owned the grunge paper for well over a year, and never managed anything decent with it.  But NOW!  I'm in love!  And I need more!  This stuff is genius!

I am really enjoying watching all of the videos - but seriously having to curb my desire to run out and buy (not like I could find them anyway) every single magical die and ink that Lord Tim demonstrates! 

The sad note today was when the mailman actually brought a package to my door, and said "oh!  you're not usually home!"  (so this is concerning in a few ways really - first of all, does he really come that frequently?  and if so, he actually takes note that I'm not home?)  Hmmm..  And then he says "don't worry, I've put all EIGHT of your other parcels in one box so you just have one key this time"  (note the comment "this time" because "last time" I had two - ok three - keys).  And before he left, he mentioned AGAIN "I've never caught you at home before!" (again, concerning in so many ways...)  And OF COURSE, he came right as I was crawling out of bed, pj's, bed head, and no bra.  OF COURSE.  And of course my cat chooses this moment to make a run for it, so I'm out (remember, pj's and bra-less) chasing my stupid cat down the road IN THE RAIN no less - in front of the mailman - who appears to already know me far too well.  Good times.

So, yes, I know, this is my tag #1 - and it is indeed DAY FIVE.  Point taken.  Back to the dungeon (otherwise known as the gluey, glittery mess that was once my craftroom)


Nov 28, 2011

High Hopes Numbers Challenge!

Hello all!

Welcome to the last High Hopes stamp challenge of the year!  I've had such a great time this fall as Guest Designer for High Hopes.  What an awesome group of ladies - and beautiful stamps!

This is my creation for the "Numbers Challenge"

I've used this adorable little baby monkey (love her diaper and soother!) to create a 1st birthday card for a little girl!

I've chosen this pretty Prima paper "Jack and Jill" and coloured the little monkey in coordinating colours.  I've used MFT oval lace doily and lace edge dies as well as the number die and stamp set.

I hope you come over and join us in this super fun challenge - for a chance to win some AMAZING High Hopes stamps!  FABULOUS prizes!

High Hopes Stamps

Happy Stamping!


Stamps:  High Hopes, MFT
Paper:  Copic XPress It, Prima Jack & Jill, SU! cardstock
Dies:  MFT
Punch:  SU! oval
E37, E35, E33, E31, E0
E55, E53, E50
E15, E13, E11
R22, R20
R01, R000, R0000
R85, R83, R81
G29, G24, G21, G20
C5, C2, C1, C0
E43, E41, E40

Parisian Winter Magnolia

Hello stampers!

I have to confess to a slight obsession/ addiction/ LOVE of all things Magnolia lately!  And along with this I'm trying to develop my style a little and make it more European with the flourishes, muted tones, dimensional flowers, lace, etc.  My friend Andrea and I have been researching this for a while!

I've coloured Tilda for the first time with Prismacolors on top of my Copics - and I am loving this technique!

This is one of the new Christmas Magnolias I ordered and I think she is absolutely gorgeous and a JOY to colour.  And I think she just calls out to be made vintage.  We've discovered these fabulous Cheery Lynn dies - which are so detailed - and stunning!  So the butterflies just had to go on this card.  The beautiful pink roses are from Wild Orchid crafts - who offer such a gorgeous selection.  We found the pearl swirls and the spray at Michaels.

Tilda here has just been waiting for the right moment to appear online - and of course today was released the TOMIC Vintage and Lace challenge!  How perfect!

These STUNNING papers are from Websters Pages by the way - that Andrea gave me (THANK YOU) and fit the theme perfectly.

Happy Stamping!

Paper:  Webster's Pages, Copic XPress It
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress ink in Antique Linen
C7, C5, C3, C1, C0, C00
E79, E77, E74, E71
R89, R85, R83, R81
E37, E35, E31, YR20
E11, E01, E00, E000, R20
Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stub
Accessories:  Self-adhesive pearls, lace
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Butterfly dies:  Cheery Lynn Dies
Spellbinders Nestabilities

Nov 27, 2011

Sugar Nellie and some snow

Hello Stampers,

Here is my latest Sugar Nellie card I've created for the Sugar Bowl challenge.  I've had this little cutie in my pile for quite some time and she needed some ink!  I've used some gorgeous new Bo Bunny paper I just got.  Don't know about you, but I've been loving this year's holiday collections.  So many blues and browns.  My favourites!

I've stamped her on Copic XPress It with Memento ink and coloured with Copics.  I've accented with Tim Holtz snowflake die, clock die, snowflake embossing folder, and tag.  I've used an MFT edge die and added some twine from The Twinery.  I ran the snowflakes through my Xyron and added some flocking to them, and then used my Viva Decor pearl pen to add a centre.  I've accented the embossed snowflakes with Tim Holtz picket fence die, and I've sprayed the tag with Goosebumps spray.  I used several colours of Smooch pen to add accents here and there, and give the illusion of snow on the little girl and dog.  I've also added Platinum Stickles to the edge.

Have a great weekend!  Happy Stamping!

Paper:  Bo Bunny Flurries, Copic XPress It, SU! Cardstock
E49, E29, E25, E31
E11, E01, E00, R20
E79, E77, E74, E71, E70
C7, C5, C3
B99, B97, B95, B93, B91
E37, E35, E33, E31

Also entering the following challenges: