Monday, December 26, 2016

My Favorite Things, Color Challenge #60

Today's card features the new Cooler With You stamps and die-namics by My Favorite Things. I love the simple color palette of this challenge. My bear's scarf is more coral-ish in real life than in the pics and closer to the peach in the challenge colors. Anyway.... here's my card.

I didn't bring the glacier dies with me so I cut these by hand. Also, the glaciers and fishing hole both have sparkle pen on them. Sorry I wasn't able to get a better pic, but it does look pretty cool irl. ;)

My Favorite Things
Card Challenges

Products list:
My Favorite Things, Cooler With You stamps
My Favorite Things, Cooler With You, die-namics
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #1 die-namics
My Favorite Things, Basic Stitch Lines die-namics
Copic markers, foam tape, enamel dots, sparkle pen

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone

It's time for my annual thankful post. I love this story and hope every year that someone new gets to read it. Thank you to those who still request that I post it. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, my wonderful friends.

Every year I share the following letter that I sent to the local newspaper in 1997. It's my favorite Christmas memory; a memory that means so much to me and reminds me every year to be grateful and count my many blessings. (I don't live in the same area now and I'm a "little" older too. LOL) I will never forget that Christmas. It was truly the best Christmas ever. Please enjoy.

"The Key Peninsula/Gig Harbor area has been home to me and my family for 34 of my 43 years. During those years, I have donated clothing, household items, and food to local food banks as much as I can throughout the year, never expecting, of course, that I would one day be in need myself.

Several years ago, my daughters and I fell on hard times and the holidays seemed bleak. By Thanksgiving, I still had not found employment. The girls had just entered high school, and though they had never asked much for Christmas even in good times, I felt despair in knowing I would not be able to give them much of anything that year. We did our best while I continued looking for work, but finally had to seek help from a local food bank to make ends meet. A short while later, we received a call from the food bank telling us a local family wished to “adopt” us for Christmas. About that same time, my job search finally paid off and my first day of work was to be December 20. That day, we woke to several inches of snow on the ground and no power. I had no way to get to my new job and no number to call them. We were not the only ones snowed in, however. The food bank was unable to deliver Christmas to many adopted families. Though the families and the adoptees generally remain anonymous to each other, our “family” decided that if it meant the difference between our having or not having a Christmas, they would make the delivery personally. Not only did our family bring gifts in abundance, they also delivered a van full of groceries, including laundry and cleaning supplies, and everything imaginable for Christmas dinner. As if that wasn’t enough, this wonderful man drove me to my new job and later called to find out what time I finished so he could drive me back home!

This true story of the spirit of Christmas always brings tears to my eyes. We never heard from our adoptive family again. We understand they left the area some time ago, but their gift of love and generosity will never be forgotten. That Christmas, which looked so dismal, remains one of our most cherished and treasured holiday memories.

Merry Christmas. May you be as blessed as I am!
Isaiah 58:7a ...Share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless into your house."

My Favorite Things Sketch 312

Merry Christmas Eve, crafty friends. I hope you are well and warm and with people you love!

Well, we made it to San Diego and we are happy to be here for the winter. It is much warmer than our snowy high desert country, needless to say, but it has been raining a LOT since we got here. I keep reminding hubsy it IS winter, after all. Still, it's very nice and we are enjoying it a lot. Not to mention, having a blast with my sister!

There isn't a lot of room in the condo for all my craft stuff, so I brought only a couple of bags with crafty goodies so I can still play. I don't know what I'd do without crafty time (well, other than probably be a tense, stressed mess Haha!!) So, I put together a little crafty area in our winter digs so I can get back to paper crafting a little bit. Seems like no matter what you bring in your craft bag it is never enough, or the right things you want to work with, or something, right?!. Haha! Nonetheless, I did get a couple of cards made last night including this one for Sketch 312.

The snowman is on a mini wobble (should've got a pic of him wiggling).

My Favorite Things
Card Challenges, Sketch 312

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Cooler With You stamp set
My Favorite Things, Cooler With You coordinating dies set
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #1 Die-namics
Crate Paper, Snow and Cocoa 6x6 paper pad
Enamel dots, Copic markers, Mini Action Wobble, foam tape

Monday, December 19, 2016

Melonheadz Challenge: Time for Christmas

New challenge on the blog today....Christmas, of course! :) Please join us on the Melonheadz Friends blog for this challenge and win a digi set of your choice. I used the Christmas Bobbleheadz set for the cute little peeking elf, and for the list, Christmas Stuff digi set. Check them out in the store here.

The sentiment on the "list" is by My Favorite Things from the Merry Everything stamp set. And look at the elf in a box...he wobbles!

Come and play with us. Hope to see your project in the gallery!

Product list:
Melonheadz Christmas Stuff
Melonheadz Christmas Bobbleheads
My Favorite Things, Merry Everything
My Favorite Things, Action Wobble spring
Pattern papers by Basic Grey

Monday, December 05, 2016

Melonheadz, Winter Challenge

New challenge this week for Melonheadz is "winter"!! Are you ready for the cold weather? Maybe my card this week will remind you to dig out your warm cap and mittens. :)

For my card this week, I used the Season Winter set. I just love these cozy mittens and hat. (And now that I see my card, I realize I used the same images last winter! Guess that confirms my love for this sweet set! LOL)

I love the soft colors of this background paper and wanted to mimic them on my hat and mittens. The vellum behind them helps mute them even more so the cute hat and mittens stand out. The sentiment is by My Favorite Things from the Warm and Fuzzy Friends stamp set.

We hope you'll join us for this challenge, and you might even win a digi stamp set for your next challenge entry!! See details on the Melonheadz Friends blog here.

Products list:
Melonheadz, Season Winter digi set
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #1, mini fringe die, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set
My Creative Time, Bunch of Fun Circles dies
My Mind's Eye, Sugar Plum 6x6 paper pad and coordinating enamel dots
Other: copic markers, ink, vellum,

Monday, November 21, 2016

Melonheadz, Harvest Blessings Challenge

Welcome to new challenge week with Melonheadz Friends. This week's challenge is Harvest Blessings. I chose a few different sets to complete my Thanksgiving/harvest design. The pumpkins are from the Happy Fall set, apples from Season Fall, and the ears of corn from Very Veggie.

The sentiment and leaves are from Fall Friends stamp set by My Creative Time (not to be confused with My Favorite Things, which also has a stamp set of this same name).

Join us please for this challenge and you could win a digital set by Melonheadz! See details on the blog here.

Melonheadz Etsy Shop, Happy Fall, Season Fall, Very Veggie
My Creative Time, Fall Friends
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #1, #20, #29
Simple Stories, Hello Fall 6x6 paper pad; coordinating enamel dots; coordinating washi tape
Other: Copics, foam tape

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Favorite Things, Color Challenge

My card today was also for the Sketch Challenge but that one ended yesterday...oops! Anyway, it goes with the color challenge as well, so all is good. I hope you like it!

The sparkle on the trees doesn't show up at all in the first photo, unfortunately. But here you can see it. I love how it looks like sparkling snow on the trees. :)

Card Challenges

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Tag Builder Blueprints #4
My Favorite Things, Oh Christmas Trees dienamics
My Favorite Things, Hand lettered Christmas sentiment stamps
Carta Bella, Snow Fun 6x6 paper pad
Spectrum noir sparkle pen, clear
Foam tape, copic markers

Monday, November 07, 2016

My Favorite Things, Color Challenge #56

We should be having much cooler temperatures and preparing for snow where I live by this time of year, but it has been so warm and sunny, I don't know if Mother Nature is going to catch up. No matter, though, I'm enjoying this unseasonably warm stuff immensely! 

This little penguin, though, is having the time of his life snowboarding in the cold. Isn't he cute? My Favorite Things has done it again with these cute little frozen friends. 

aaaaaand down he goes!

My Favorite Things Card Challenges

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Chill Wishes stamps and coordinating dies
My Favorite Things, Downhill Slope dies
My Favorite Things, Vertical Snowfall die
Copic markers, foam tape

My Favorite Things, Sketch Challenge #305

Sketches are my favorite challenges. Here is this week's challenge for the MFT Card Challenges blog. Can you stand the total cuteness of the new sloths set?! I died! And then I ordered them. Hahaha! 

Super cute sloth set includes the cute, whimsical clouds as well as the sentiment. So much love!!

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Sweet Sloths stamps and coordinating dies
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #4, Tag Builder (sentiment block)
My Favorite Things, Sno Cone cardstock
Lawn Fawn, polka dot pattern paper scrap
Spellbinders, oval die
My Creative Time, stitched rectangle die
Copic markers, foam tape, fine point Sharpie

Melonheadz, Add a sentiment

Happy Monday! It's time once again for the Melonheadz Challenge. This week we are adding a sentiment. Super simple. :) Here is my card using the Season Fall set.

I knew I wanted to make a wreath of the pretty maple leaves from the Happy Fall set, but as I was designing my card, I decided I wanted to have it "hanging". This awesome sign is part of the Gone Fishing set - works great for my wreath, don't you think.

Join us at Melonheadz Friends blog for this week's challenge and you could win a digi set of your choice. Thanks for coming by!

Products List:
Melonheadz Etsy Shop, Gone Fishing, Happy Fall digi sets
My Favorite Things, sentiment from Fall Friends stamp set
My Creative Time, flag banner for sentiment from Chocolate Greetings stamp and die set
Simple Stories, Hello Fall 6x6 paper pad
Other: copics, brads, twine, jewel leaf button

Monday, October 24, 2016

Melonheadz Challenge - All About Pumpkins!

Yes!!! Put pumpkin in all the things.....even the challenges!!! Hahaha!!! We are well into that time of year, after all. :) Enjoy.....

In addition to the awesome Melonheadz Happy Fall digi set, I used stamps, dies and papers from my stash. I love combining what I have in my supplies, and as you most likely know, I have a LOT--or should I say a LATTE!!!!-- of supplies. LOL 

Product List:
Melonheadz, Happy Fall pumpkins
My Creative Time, Piles of Smiles, All You Need is Coffee, and Family is Everything stamp sets
My Favorite Things, Recipe for Happiness stamp set, Blueprints #1 dies, and plaid paper

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Favorite Things, Sketch 302

Sketch #302 Challenge with My Favorite Things. Adorable Happy Hedgehogs by Birdie Brown for My Favorite Things. Love these cutie patooties!

The sentiment, mushrooms, and small acorn are part of this sweet set. The larger acorn and leaves are from the MFT Fall Friends set.

Sketch 302, My Favorite Things Card Challenges

My Favorite Things, BB Happy Hedgehogs stamps
My Favorite Things, Happy Hedgehogs dies
My Favorite Things, Fall Friends stamps
My Favorite Things, Fall Friends dies
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #1 dies
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #9 dies
Copic markers, foam tape, clear embossing powder

Monday, October 10, 2016

Melonheadz - Halloween

For this week's Melonheadz challenge, you can choose 1) Halloween or 2) use green, orange, black and purple colors or 3) both! I did two cards for this challenge, because I really love making Halloween projects. Hope you like!

First is a spinner/slider card. Super fun and easier than it looks.

Up next is a Halloween party invitation. I used the Witches Clothesline set for this one.

If you look closely you can see I added sparkle pen to the dress.

Hope you'll join us! See you in the gallery.