Monday, December 30, 2013

Early Valentine

 
 
Am I the only one who can't remember what day of the week it is?
 
Monday!
 
Ok, now that we have that straight.....here's a card I made yesterday:
 
 
Very simple, very sweet...
I made it to honor the Featured Stamper over on Splitcoaststampers
She is Cary aka  Miss Minx
I chose this card of hers to CASE:
 

 
The CAS quality about this card in her gallery quickly captured my eye.
I changed the thank you panel to I love you.
I changed the apple to a heart
and I added a stick pin.
Here are two other cards I worked on for the December sketch challenges for Viva La Verve.

 
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.
till next time,
Doni

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December Birthday

 
 
This week on Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge the
challenge is to "Bling it Up".
 
I needed a birthday card , so this is what I came up with.....
notice the lime green sparkly superfine glitter....I spilled the jar...!
I think my craft room and I shall sparkle till the new year!!!!!
 
 
Here's a closer look:
 
 
 
Christmas is less than a week away, so I'm trying to get some
presents wrapped. I made this tag for my granddaughter's package.
 
 OK you guys....I have no idea where this snow is coming from!
I must be doing something but I have no idea what...it is pretty cool though!
 
Any how, todays challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to make a tag!
Yea! Done!
 
Thanks for visiting....if you know anything about the snow, leave me a comment.
I really should figure this out before next summer!
 
till next time,
Doni
 
 


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Warm Wishes

 
It's STILL snowing - so I'm sending you all Warm Wishes!
So glad to be staying in my craft room where its warm and toasty today.
 
 
I made this card  for the Featured Stamper Challenge over on Splitcoaststapers.
The featured stamper is" sistersandie"  and here is her card that I cased:
 
 
Thanks for stopping by
till next time,
Doni


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Vintage Christmas

 
Last Saturday's Challenge on Kraftin' Kimmie's Blog
was to make a card with a  "Vintage Christmas" theme
using a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp.
I chose to use the stamp set "You're So Cool" by Cheryl Alger.
I tried my best to get the vintage look...what do you think?
some how I associate vintage with lace and flowers,
 but that wasn't working with my little boy image.
I used patterned paper from my stash (don't remember who makes it).
Die cut the oval with nestabilities.The lacy edge is an oval die from My Favorite Things.
Added some ribbon and a small scallop edge (another die from MFT)
and wa-la the card was done!
Oh, yea...I forgot the best part ... coloring the little guy with my copics!
Guess what I have on my wish list for Christmas...yep ...more copics!
Thanks for stopping by.
 
till next time,
Doni


Monday, December 9, 2013

Mojo Monday

 
 
The start of a brand new week... and time for a Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.
 
 
I'm still doing Christmas cards so, here's my take on the sketch:
 
 
It has lots of silver sparkle which the camera refuses to capture.
 
Have a good day.
till next time,
Doni
 


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Cards

 
 
Still need to make a lot more Christmas cards... this year everyone gets a different card.
 
Well, hopefully...!
 
Today on Splitcoaststampers, I made these two cards
playing along with the Featured Stamper Challenge.
 

 

 
You can check out Anita's (today's featured stamper)
gallery HERE
 
Thanks for stopping by.
till next time,
Doni

Friday, December 6, 2013

You make my heart melt

 
Hi!
 
I'm playing along with the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge.
 
You can check out the sketch HERE
 
I started out to make a Christmas card....because I'm no where near done yet...
But somewhere along the way it turned into a Valentine's Day card!
Hey, no worries....I'll need one of them soon.
Here it is:
 
I don't know the source of the little snowman stamp but he sure is a cutie!
(Belongs to my friend Nancy, who let me borrow him)
The heart  is a Quikutz Revolution die.
The papers came from doodlebug.
The three little hearts are there because I needed one to cover up an ink smudge!
I was just to lazy to restamp the sentiment ...which by the way is from papersmooches.
 
till next time,
Doni
 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Papertrey Christmas Houses

 
I'm totally in the Christmas mood!
 
Making these cute little Christmas Houses did the trick.
 
and here's a green one:
 
 
They're  4 1/2"long x  3 1/2"wide x 5 1/2"high,
just the right size to lift off the roof and tuck in a
treat bag full of special Christmas cookies!
 
Hats off to my friend Denna, who first introduced me to these houses.
And Hats off to Kittie Caracciolo from whose blog I totally tried to copy
the wonderful houses she made a few years ago.
You can check out one of  her houses HERE
 
If you want to make your own Houses look HERE
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
till next time,
Doni

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Red & White Mojo Monday

 
 
Happy Monday, everyone!
 
Short & sweet today....here's the mojo Monday sketch:

 
I'm also playing along with the Clean & simple Monday challenge
 over on Splitcoaststampers, which is to use only red & white.
 
Here's my card:
 
 
 
Thanks for looking!
 
till next time,
Doni

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Ornament

 
It's Black Friday!
No Shopping....I thought crafting would be much more fun!
 
This morning on Splitcoaststampers the mixed media challenge
was to make a chipboard ornament.
You can check out Dina's cool video HERE
 
This is the ornament I made.
 
These are the supplies I used:

The challenge suggested  using the cardboard from cereal boxes, however
in my stash I found some white glossy one side  plain on the other side really thick cardstock.
Perfect for this, I only needed to cut two.
I used the new verve stamp set I just got called  "Unto Us".
and I used some dimensional embellishments from a company called Little B.
I love these little winter cardinals!
The bakers twine matched the Stampin' Up ink (cherry cobbler) I used to stamp the border image...
how lucky was that?!
These were so fun and easy, I think I'll have to do some more.
 
Thanks for stopping by.
till next time,
Doni

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday House

 
Hi!
 
Welcome to my November 2013 Papertrey Blog Hop post.
 
The theme is Holiday Houses. I went the gingerbread route.
 
Here's my creation:
 
This was so much fun....here's a close up of my hand drawn window ...
Love the icicles...They're a die from My Favorite Things.
Here's some of the supplies I used:
glitter...of course! The loop border is a die from The Cat's Pajamas.
The only candy canes I could find that were small enough were on designer paper.
I wanted to put little candies all around the door and window....couldn't find any....
so I made them from white cardstock and my trusty 'ole paper punch! A couple layers
of glossy accents took them from flat and dull to rounded and glossy.
 
I think I'll use some nylon thread and make a loop from the roof so I can
hang it on my Christmas tree this year.
 
Thanks to Papertrey for having such a fun challenge!
Oh, by the way, if you'd like to make a house of your own
you can find the pattern here:
 
till next time,
Doni


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Viva La Verve - Nov. sketch # 4

 
Hello!
I'm playing along with the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenges.
This is the sketch for the fourth week in November:
 
And this is my card:
This cute tree stamp is one of those little " Snag  'em Stamps"
from Imaginise.
 
To tie a tiny bow is a real challenge.
 Awhile back I saw this really cute wooden bow maker on
Pinterest and I showed it to my husband
and asked if he could make me one.
He did.... this is it:
I have to laugh every time I use it....the thing weighs a ton
and is made totally out of scraps!
I guess I should have mentioned cute and portable!
But hey, it works great!
 
Hope you're enjoying your Sunday.
 
till next time,
Doni
 


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Less is More

 
 
Since it's Saturday it's time for the Less is more Challenge.
This week it's to use a Bird.
 
 
I made a bunch of these cardinals from the Stampin' Up Bird Punch a while back.
So all I had to do today was use the Memory box corner snow die , add a few pine sprigs
punched from the Martha Stewarts punch and put the cardinal on top then stamp the greeting.
Yea! Another Christmas Card done!
 
Thanks for looking!
 
till next time,
Doni


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Viva La Verve Happy Turkey Day

 
This is my entry for the Viva La Verve Challenge- November week three.
We had a sketch and an inspiration photo to work with.
Sometimes a card comes together easy and other times it's a struggle.
Well, this one was a struggle ...Here's the sketch & inspiration photo:
 


And the inspiration photo:

 
 
 
On the other hand, the card I made for SplitCoastStampers '
Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge went together very easy!
 
 
Go figure!
 
till next time,
Doni


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Less is More

 
Saturday means it's time for a Less is More Challenge.
Today the challenge is to use designer paper.
 
Here's the card I made:
 
 
I used a couple of the trees from the paper smooches Warm Hearts stamp set.
There are four trees together on the stamp, but because I was going to paper piece
them by stamping on designer paper and then cutting them out there was no problem...
however... the little tree was in the front of the bigger tree
and I wanted them to be the other way around.
So , I put tape on the edge of the little tree that I didn't want to show....inked the stamp
removed the tape and then stamped on the plaid paper. 
Then all I had to do was fill in the blank spot with a black marker.
 
Oh yea, a word to the wise... don't forget to remove the tape after you ink up the stamp!
Duh...first time I forgot !
 
To finish the card I stamped the trees again on the red candy cane stripe paper
 so I could cut out the heart and paper piece it on the big tree.
Then added a strip of the candy cane stripe paper and stamped the sentiment above.
I use that teeny tiny wishes stamp set from Stampin'Up all the time.
It needed some shine , so I put Glossy Accents on the heart.
 
It took longer to tell you about it than it did to make it! ....lol
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
till next time,
Doni


Friday, November 15, 2013

Dragons love to Party!

On SplitCoastStampers today the Free For all Challenge is to take
a break from making Christmas cards and make a Birthday card.
I had downloaded this cute digi stamp from Whimsy Stamps and was
trying to color it like Chrissy Armstrong ...the artist who drew it...
did on her card HERE. so , having an image colored and ready to go was a plus!
Funny that it just happened to use the Christmas colors red and green.
 
I printed another copy , just colored the balloons and cut them out to use on the inside.
I drew the strings on with a black micron pen.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
 
till next time,
Doni
 
 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Mojo Monday - Happy Birthday

 
 
 
This uses the Mojo Monday 319 sketch.
It's a pretty straight forward , nice and flat, easy to mail card.
 
 
However, the other two cards I did today are not so flat!....
This one is for the Viva La Verve Sketch challenge for November:

 
 
And the Gold & Silver Christmas Wreath  was made for today's CAS challenge on SplitcostStampers
 
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Thanks for stopping by today.
 
Before I go, I have one more
picture to share with you.
...........I wondered why my craft room was getting chilly.....
Hey, at least the cat  is warm!  :)
 
till next time,
Doni

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A cup of cozy wishes

 
 
 
This is the card I made for the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge Blog.
This week the challenge is to create a card with a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp that feels warm and cozy!!! 
This cup of cozy wishes that this cute snowman is holding reminds me of the fantastic hot chocolate we make in the crock pot  for our scrapbooking weekend in January.
Hot chocolate, French Vanilla liqueur and Butterscotch schnapps! YUM! Now that is warm and cozy!
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Till next time,
Doni
 


White Christmas Branches

 
 
For today's Inspiration Challenge we looked at a pinterest board called Christmas Ideas by Laurel Seabrook.
Here's the pin that inspired this card:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/1407443604715551/

I'm happy with the way this card turned out....but believe me photographing it was a nightmare!
You can't see the soft shimmer of the background cardstock or the crystal glitter on the pine branches which make this look so much better in real life. :)

I use white corrugated paper for the vase, a really great branch die from Memory Box and the McGill punch called designer pine......also  found out this will only punch through thin paper!!!!
 
Thanks for looking!
 
till next time,
Doni

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cat in Christmas Box

 
 
Check out this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.....
 
You can find it here:http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
 
 
The challenge is to make it clean and simple, which if I'm not following a sketch is my favorite way of making a card.
 
 
I paper pieced this cute little cat....he's a stamp from
Simon Says Stamp....and anchored him on a striped paper banner.
then to finish the card I used a paper smooches sentiment.
Easy peasy.....gota love it!
 
till next time,
Doni


Sunday, November 3, 2013

snazzy golfer

 
and the inside:
 
I know I should be making Christmas cards....
but, this golfer guy from Art Impressions was
calling out to me today! :)
 
In addition to the ai -Gordon golfer set stamp, I used
Nestibilities-reverse wonky rectangles die,
Darice embossing folder, and cute little cloud dies from impression obsessions.
I colored him with copic markers , paperpieced his pants and fussy cut him out.
 
I posted this card on my SplitCoastStamper Gallery.
I was in a hurry and forgot to add shadows ....so he looks like he's flying!
Just a little bit of neutral grey really makes a difference, I used Copic N0 and Copic N2
around his left side and under his feet to ground him.
 
Thanks for looking!
 
till next time,
Doni


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Less is More

 This is my second post for today.
I know there is a million and one things I should be doing around the house,
however...playing in my craft room has way more appeal!
 
The Less is More blog challenges us to use a dark background with a splash of color.
Here's what I came up with:
 
 
Thanks for looking!
 
till next time,
Doni

Kraftin' Kimmie and Verve

 
Hi! Hope you're having a good Saturday.
 
 I had fun this morning making a Christmas Card  (yea! one more done!)
that works for two challenges.
 
 
To start I used the verve sketch and turned it on its side. Here's the original sketch:
 
Then, the Saturday challenge on the Kraftin' Kimmie Saturday Challenge Blog is to
Pick a Holiday and use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp.
I love this elf tangled up in  Christmas lights....used him last year to make all my Christmas Cards!
Good thing I love to color with my copics.... this image takes awhile to do.
You can't tell from the picture, but the little gold lights have a glitter -glow to them because I colored them with gold Smooch....Love that stuff!
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
 
till next time,
Doni
 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Viva La Verve

 
It's week 5 for the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge for October.
 
 
 
Here's my card:
 
 
Wish me luck!
 for all the details on how to be entered to win a $100 Verve gift voucher by playing along with all of our sketches for the month!
 
I also had time to play along with the Mojo Monday Sketch.....can you tell I love working from sketches???....
 

I chose to do a square card:

 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hope you have sunshine!
 
till next time,
Doni