Friday, November 29, 2013

Ho Ho Holidays!

Wow, how'd it get to be Friday already? It's amazing how quickly that week passes by with a holiday right in the middle of it! Did you go any Black Friday shopping today? I did not. Instead, I spent the morning continuing to clean and reorganize my craft room. I'm planning on reaping the benefits of a tidy crafting space this afternoon!

It's fitting that today's challenge at Totally Papercrafts is Ho Ho Holidays. With Christmas less than one week away, it's best to get hopping on those holiday cards! We're sponsored this week by the always adorable DigiStamp Boutique. I used one of the November releases, Christmas Windows. Isn't it pretty?

Here's a close up, so you can see the sparkle from the microfine glitter that I used on the snow along the windowpanes, as well as on the star garland.

Head on over to see the other festive holiday projects from the rest of the Totally Papercrafts team. Then get going on your own holiday cards and projects! If you play along with this week's challenge, you could win a great prize from DigiStamp Boutique!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Another Jess Card

My Thanksgiving break started tonight and I am having so much fun coloring and making cards! I just had to make another Jess Coffee Time card for the Jess College Fund challenge!

Isn't she so pretty? I having fun using up my scraps and I never need much of an excuse to use some pink in my cards. :)

I'm entering this Jess into the Sister Act Card Challenge, as well.

Jess College Fund Challenge

When I first heard of the new digi company, Jess College Fund, on Facebook, I did a double take. I have a daughter named Jess who is in college (and who often uses Facebook to help fundraise for various school trips). So, when I saw they were having a challenge *and* that they had a stamp named Jess, well, I just had to join in the challenge!

I love this Jess Coffee Time stamp. I have a lot of little girl and teen images, and it was nice to find an image that covers the older teen / young woman timespan. She is so pretty, too! Since I've cleaned out my craft room, I'm dedicated to using my stash (since I can find everything now!), so I used papers from my scrap stash and colored her hair and shirt to coordinate.

I'm also entering her into the following challenges:
CMC Copic Challenge - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Technique Showcase with SP and Company

This week's SP and Company challenge will give you lots of inspiration for your own card making! This week the DT is showcasing various stamping and card making techniques. For my card, I chose to show off different ways to add texture your card. I used this adorable Santa Claus Stamp Set by Tina Wenke.

Here's a close up to show off some of my texture adding techniques:

I added texture with flocking powder, Glossy Accents, Stickles, layers, distressed edges on one of my layers, stitching and ribbon. You could also try embossing - either the embossing folder kind and/or the embossing powder kind. It's a fun way to play with all of those cool crafting products that we all like to collect!

Check out the other SP and Company girls' cards on the blog. They used a wide range of really cool techniques! Then try your hand at a new technique and link up for your chance to win a prize from the SP and Company store!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bailey, the Christmas Reindeer

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? There are lots of cuties on special in the DigiStamp Boutique shop, including this adorable reindeer, Bailey.

Supplies: Bailey (DSB), sentiment (TCP), Jillibeans 6X6 Christmas pad, 
Scarlet cs (TAC-retired), Glossy Accents (Ranger), 
silver Stickles (Ranger), rhinestones (Michaels), ribbon and Copics.

Holly Jolly Christmas - Christmas with Warmth
Flourishes - Winter Scene
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

As always, you can find lots of great card inspiration over at the DSB blog!

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Penny Black Christmas

The Designed to Color Rainbow Crew is back with another challenge - Christmas/Winter - and we are being sponsored by the fabulous Penny Black. Yay! I was so excited to get to make a card with their adorable Christmas Joy set, which is full of cute and cuddly Christmas critters.

Supplies: Christmas Joy stamp set (Penny Black),  Reflections Christmas 6x6 Paper Pad (Echo Park)
organza ribbon (Bags and Bows), sepia cardstock (The Angel Company-discontinued), 
microfine glitter, white flocking (Recollections), pop dots and silver gel pen (SP and Co), 

The girls have really outdone themselves with this challenge! Stop by the Designed to Color blog to see all the gorgeous Christmas cards made by my fellow Rainbow Crew team mates. And play along for your chance to win a great prize from Penny Black!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Winter Hues

Ah, not the red and green kind! The cool, icy blue kind! That's our theme this week at SP and Company.

Supplies: Penguins Sledding (SP and Company), Aqua Lagoon pearlescent cs (Paper and More), 
rhinestones (Paper Studio), and microfine glitter.

I just love this Penguins Sledding stamp by Gill Roberts. They look like they are having so much fun!

Hop on over to the SP blog to see the other cool and winter projects from my team mates. Play along with this week's challenge for a chance at a prize from SP and Company!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Clean and Simple!

(NOTE: If you're looking for the Yumi vs Fumi blog hop, please scroll down below.)

This week's challenge at Totally Papercrafts is one of my favorites - clean and simple. I am not a frou-frou person and my favorite parts of cardmaking are coloring and picking patterned papers. I like the focus to be on the image, whether it's scrapbooking or cardmaking. This new Tweet Heart image from DigiStamp Boutique is perfect for a CAS layout:

Aren't they sweet? This image would be perfect for Valentines Day or an anniversary card. I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Head on over to the Totally Papercrafts blog to see the beautiful CAS from the rest of my Totally Papercrafts teamies. Then join us for a chance to win some digis from our sponsor this week, Dragon Doodle Studios.

Yumis vs. Fumis - Game On!

Good morning everyone!!

You're in for a real treat today. We've got a battle brewing between Team Yumi & Team Fumi and you're invited to a front row seat of the feud. No we're not really fighting, we're just having a bit of fun between teammates and what better way than to show off with a crafty style blog hop? We're going to give the teams a theme to create with and you will be the judges. Now it wouldn't be a blog hop without prizes yes? Well you're absolutely right! As you hop along make sure you leave comments on each blog post because each team member is giving away something on their blog. Yep your eyes do not deceive you, so there are lots of chances to win.

There will be 4 types of winners:

1. Overall Design Team winners
2. Individual DT winner
3. Overall Blog hop winner will receive a stamp of our choice, plus similar items each DT member shares in their picture on their projects (it could be you)
4. DT will choose a winner from their own blogs to receive something as well (it could be you)

Battle #1 - Embellishments
Team Yumi Yummies vs. Team Fumi Faves
Starts: 11/15/13, Midnight pst
Ends: 11/18/13, 11pm pst.

Each DT member will:
1. Share their project
2. List their embellishments
3. Share a picture of what they are giving away on their blog

Here's what you need to do:
1. Go through the blog hop and leave a comment on everyone's blog post
2. When you come back to the Y&FH blog you will vote 1 time by leaving a comment with your favorite designer who you think used the theme the best. We'd also love to hear what you liked about their project so please include that in your comment.
3. Link up below

Now let's get ready to rumbbbbbbbbllllllllllllle I mean to the hop order (LOL):

Rosemary (TY)
Denice (TF)
Lisa (TY) - you are here
Melissa (TF) -
Cebelica (TY)
Sheena (TF)
Rinne (TY) 

Kathy (TF) 
Olivia (TY)
Leanne (TF)
Renate' (TY)
Y&FH -> come back to vote and link up!

First up, here's my card, which features two of my favorite embellishments - ribbon and rhinestones. And Winter Yumi, another favorite, of course. :)

I am giving away this pack of clear rhinestones and various red ribbons - perfect for those holiday cards!

Go, Team Yumi!

Hope you enjoy the hop!
Yumi & Fumi Handmade DT

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Winter Birds

It's a new release week at SP and Company! I just love this new set, "Three Winter Birds". They are so cute and can be colored in a variety of ways. Just check out some of my fellow DT members cards on the SP and Co blog and you'll see that the birds also work as bluebirds or cardinals!

SP and Co supplies:
Three Winter Birds (Tina Wenke Collection)
Echo Park - Reflections Christmas 6x6 Paper Pad

Here's a closeup of the birds. Hopefully you can see the snow that I added to my card - it's a mixture of white flocking powder and ultrafine glitter. (It's so hard to capture the sparkle!)

Next, head on over to the SP and Co blog to participate in this week's challenge. You could win a gift certificate to the SP and Co store!

So Thankful!

Hi there! Welcome to another fun Yumi & Fumi Handmade challenge. This week's theme is "So Thankful". How appropriate for those of us in the U.S., with Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away. The theme made me think of Thanksgiving, which in turn inspired me to use an autumn all color palette. I have a ton of autumn paper scraps, so I had a ton of fun coloring and paper piecing Winter Yumi.

Supplies: Winter Yumi (Y&FH), orange Twinkle Goosebumps (Queen and Co),
ribbon (Michaels), paper scraps from stash and Copics.

Stop by the Yumi & Fumi Handmade blog to see what thankfully themed projects the rest of my teamies have created for this challenge. Create your own paper project (using any stamp!) for a chance to win a GC to the Y&FH store!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Balloon Ride

I love the monthly stamp of the month challenge at From the Heart Stamps! Last month, I played along with the challenge using the Harvest Medley stamp, which I purchased from the shop. The great thing about the stamp of the month challenge is, if you participate in the challenge, you get the next month's image free! I really love this month's image - it's so cute! It was also perfect timing for me. I wanted to make a celebration card for a coworker who just completed her cancer treatment. This happy little stamp was perfect!

Supplies: Balloon Ride (FTHS), Lime Twist 6X6 paper pad (My Minds Eye), Copics and pop-dots.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Animal Magic
Sister Act Card Challenges - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Animals with Character
Simon Says Challenges - CAS
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

I am so glad tomorrow is Friday. Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be back on Sunday to show off a new release from SP and Co.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Cebelica!

Today is the birthday of my Yumi and Fumi Handmade team mate, Cebelica. I made her this birthday card using the sweet little Fumi with Messenger Bag.

A little birdie told me that Maya's favorite colors are pink, brown and blue, so I tried to use all of those colors in my card. Happy Birthday, Maya! I hope you enjoy your card and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tag, You're It!

Happy Sunday! I'd like to say that Daylight Savings Time gave me an extra hour of sleep, but we are fostering two puppies right now and let's just say that puppies' inner clocks do not account for Daylight Savings Time. :) Oh well, an extra hour of wakefulness is giving me an extra hour of craft related activities. Right now, I am in the midst of a major craft room cleanout - NOT fun! What is fun, however, is this new tag challenge from SP and Company. I also have some fun news to share - I am one of the new members of the SP and Company design team! I am SO excited to be on the team! I can't wait to finish my craft room clean out so I can get back to crafting!

Here's my tag, which using the absolutely adorable Season of Giving stamp set. Not only is the image adorable, but it comes with lots of great sayings.

Stop by the SP and Company blog to see all the other awesome tags. Join us in the challenge for a chance to win a $15 gift card to the SP and Company store.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Button It Up!

Welcome to a brand new Totally Papercrafts challenge! This week the team's challenge is "Button It Up" - use a button (or a few!) to jazz up your papercrafting project. Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Kenny K. I chose this fashionable Phoebe image from Kenny K's shop. She reminded me a bit of the singer Pink, so I gave her some pink tips to her hair.

Supplies: Phoebe (Kenny K), grey cs (DCWV matt stack),
 floral dp (Basic Grey), buttons, Copic markers.

For my layout, I used an old Sketch from Taylored Expressions.

Be sure to stop by the Totally Papercrafts blog and see what other buttoned up projects the girls have made this week. Then play along for a chance to win some great digis from Kenny K!