Wednesday, December 29, 2010

{use your noodle}

I found the funnest challenge ever!  Check it out.  Eileen Hull is having a fun Noodle Challenge on her blog!  Seriously.  A noodle challenge.  :)  Check out her blog for the story behind this great challenge, it involves one of my favorite places to eat, Noodles & Co and the winner gets a $10 GC! 

I made 2 cards, because that's where my noodles took me.  *laugh*  I was very proud of myself, I didn't run out and buy any fancy noodles, although the thought did cross my mind, instead I used my noodle stash!

Noodle Card #1:  Peace
I soaked a mini farfalle noodle in some Glimmer Mist and then added just a touch of silver ink to the edges when it was dry.  Perfect for this dove's wing!

Noodle Card #2: Winter
I spray painted some elbows white, but at 25 degrees here in Michigan spray painting was a bit tricky!  I wanted them really white, but this is as good as it gets people.  *laugh*  I layered some light molding paste on the bottom of my card and stuck my noodles on it. Added a little glitter and called it swirly noodle snow!

Thanks for an outrageously fun challenge, Eileen! 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

{goodbye} ptt

This is my final card post for the Party Time Tuesday challenge blog.  I have had a terrific time working for Kristie and Di-both wonderful & talented gals!  I've loved seeing the cards my fellow DT members create each week.  And most of all, I've loved visiting the blogs of the card makers who take the time each week to make a birthday card!  Thank you one and all for a fabulous time!

The challenge is the ever popular "Anything Goes", just as long as it is a birthday card with a birthday sentiment on the front!  I cant wait to see what you all come up with!

Here's my card:

Some old Scenic Route paper (I miss them, don't you?) and a little Hambly with a giant felt snowflake I bought at Michaels last year.  I just found some pink ones I tucked away.  :)

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

{merry christmas}

From my family to yours:

Hope you all have the merriest of merry and the brightest of bright!

Tinsel & twig Tag #9: The Night Before

Tinsel & Twig Tag #10: The Best Gifts

Merry Christmas, friends!

Friday, December 24, 2010

{tag #8} tinsel & twig

Busy day today.  For all of you too, I'm sure.  I will keep it short & sweet.

Tinsel & Twig Tag #8:  Patchwork Stocking

May your day be merry & bright!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

{tag #7} tinsel & twig

It is the day before the day before Christmas!  How does that happen?  Seriously. 2010, I hardly knew ya.
What a blur this year has been.  Christmas will be here in 2 days and I still have much to do.  But, I'm enjoying time spent laughing and playing with my boys.  We are going to bake cookies tonight.  And if I'm lucky, I might be able to talk them into a good game of UNO.  UNO is one of those games we can all play and enjoy.  Those kinds of games are hard to find when your oldest is 16 and your youngest is 7.  

I did find a little scrappy time today to finish my tag.  Let's see, 2 days till Christmas and 3 tags left.  Tomorrow will have to be a two-fer!  :)   But for now, I give you this.

Tinsel & Twig Tag #7: Merry Christmas

I hope you are enjoying your holiday festivities!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

{tag #6} tinsel & twig

I have very exciting news to share!  I made it on The Paper Variety DT!!  What a wonderful Christmas present, and it came early too-just the way I like them!  *laugh*  If you haven't heard of them, here is a little bit about how it all works!  Scrappers, card makers, paper crafters-
all are welcome!!

We are a weekly challenge blog, that offers a little bit of everything for crafters who share our same passion for paper! We hope to inspire you with a wide variety of...

prompts - varying from cards, layouts, and altered projects to embellishment, technique and color challenges, too!

projects - our talented design team brings a mix of different experience, medias, and styles; something for everyone

products - it is amazing how generous the scrapbooking community is! we have a fabulous line up of sponsors for each of our challenges

Here's the lineup..

Wednesdays - a new challenge will be announced, along with design team projects, when you return to enter your project, use the tab at the top of TPV for a direct link back to this post

Fridays - sponsor feature! read about the fabulous prize offered and support their company by browsing other great merchandise they offer

Sundays - submission spotlights; Abby and I are always inspired by what others post and create, we will each feature one of the projects entered in the challenge

Tuesdays - project submissions are due by noon est and will choose a winner for the weekly challenge and prize!
If paper and glue is your thing, then come and join us!  A new challenge will be posted January 5, 2011!
I also have another tag to share with you.
Tinsel & Twig Tag #6: Wishing You Joy 

Sorry about the title repeat,  not sure what I was thinking.  ;)  I'm not sure how I feel about this tag.  It looks a little "thrown together" to me.  But I digress, it was.  *laugh*  I will try to make tomorrow's tag more worth your while!  :)  I hope you are enjoying the business of the holiday without being overwhelmed by it.

Happy Wednesday, friends and thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

{party} in color

Today's challenge over at Party Time Tuesdays is to make a birthday card using the colors red, white and green.  Easy peasy for a holiday week challenge!  Remember to add a birthday sentiment to the front of your card.  Post it by 8:00 Monday, December 27th to be eligible for the Top 3!

Here is my card:

Hope to be back with Tag #6 later!
Happy Tuesday, friends!

Monday, December 20, 2010

{tag #5} tinsel & twig

5 days till Christmas?  Are you ready?  I will be honest, I'm not.  I still have much to do.
Much of it doesn't involve my scrap room, yet I still find myself at my chair playing with paper!
Today's tag is very simple.  Very.  The hardest thing I did was punch the border! 

Tinsel & Tag #4:  Wishing You Joy

Sorry about the lighting, I waited too long to take the photo in my favorite spot.
Happy Monday, friends and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

{tag #4} tinsel & twig

I love our Christmas tree.  It holds ornaments made my tiny hands long ago.  It holds ornaments that were gifts that I hold dear.  I love the slow shift in light, from beautiful colors to glorious white.  There is nothing I like more than to sit in our darkened family room and watch the beautiful lights of our tree.  In honor of the magic of Christmas trees everywhere, from Charlie Brown's most humble tree to the beautiful tree at Rockefeller Center in NYC,  I bring you this.

Tinsel & Twig Tag #4: The Magic of Christmas

To make the tree, cut 8 Christmas tree shapes out of 2 different shades of green cardstock.  Fold all but one down the middle using a bone folder.  Position the tree you didn't fold where you like it on the tag.  Apply adhesive to one side of a folded tree and adhere to one side of the tree on the tag.  Adhere one side of the next tree to the one you just placed on your tag.  Continue to do this until you need to glue both sides of the last tree you add.  Add pearls or bling.  I used an old typewriter key as my base.

May the holiday season be full of magic for you, friends!

Friday, December 17, 2010

{tag#3} tinsel & twig

While Christmas shopping earlier this week I popped into the Pottery Barn store. Oh, the inspiration! I love the mix of vintage and modern in their holiday decor. I found an ornament that I adored. It was a loopy snowflake made out of vintage music sheets. It had a glittery center and just exuded vintage loveliness! It must only be available in stores because I cant find a photo of it online.  I was inspired enough by it that I made my version of it for my third Tinsel & Twig tag!

Tinsel & Twig Tag #3: Be Merry

A few close-ups:

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Friday, friends!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

{tag #2} tinsel & twig

It has been cold here in Michigan this week.  C O L D.  So cold that I'm wearing a coat when I go outside! Wearing a coat is something I rarely do.  If I'm going out to play in the snow, of course I wear a coat.  But on my average run of the mill day I usually can get away without wearing one most of the winter.  Of course, I don't give up my flip flops till the snow makes an appearance.  Yes, I run a little on the warm side. :)

Anyway, the cold and snow inspired Tinsel & Twig Tag #2!  I punched 3 big snowflakes and then layered 2 smaller ones for the centers with a tiny pearl in the middle. I love the spiral sequins. (bought here: Paper Valise, check them out, really good stuff!) Ive had them forever and I really like the texture they provide on this tag.  A simple sentiment from my Dymo, a snowflake button & ribbon and some machine stitching.  

Tinsel & Twig Tag #2: Warm Winter Wishes

Happy Wednesday, friends and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

{tag #1} tinsel & twig

I'm a big fan of Margie Romney-Aslett and her Girls' Paperie.  :)  The first time I saw her papers in my LSS I squealed.  Out loud.  Seriously.  Maybe it's because I'm the mom of 3 boys and am surrounded by Legos, Hot Wheels and bouncing balls 24/7.  Maybe I dont have enough pink in my life.  Whatever the reason, I get my girl fix with her lovely collections.  All of them.  Love them.  Her newest line, Tinsel & Twig is no exception!  The colors! The patterns!  Those snowflake embellies!  Be still my heart! So much love.

I bought many sheets of the Tinsel & Twig paper.  Many. I do my best work on a smaller scale, cards specifically.  So I thought I would try 10 tags of Tinsel & Twig for a little blog project!  I want to work with this paper, but with the business of the holidays time is short and layouts are few.  The tags will be a good way to get my girl fix and use the product before Christmas 2011.  :) 

My first tag was featured yesterday in the Scrapbook News and Review 12 Days of Christmas newsletter. I am a new staffer there and am thrilled to have my first projects in this month's online Holiday Sampler. 

Tinsel & Twig Tag #1

I actually used scraps from a layout that I did for SNR.  I inked up a very white doily with some Antique Linen Distress Ink with a technique I picked up on Tim's Blog.

First, stamp your ink pad on the craft mat a few times:

Spritz some water over the ink:

Swipe the doily across the mat a couple times:

So easy.

The plan is to have 9 more tags between now and Christmas, all made primarily with Tinsel & Twig paper.
I hope you will enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!  Thanks for stopping by! 

{party sketch}

Sorry about the amount of dead space on my blog last week.  I had to wrap a few projects up, but this week I'm hoping to have more to share with you!  Today is Tuesday and if you have been visiting my blog for any length of time you know that there is all sorts of fun going on at Party Time Tuesdays today!  This week's challenge  involves a terrific sketch by Dianna, who happens to co-own PTT with Kristie!!  Head over to the PTT blog and check out all the different ways the DT managed to use this sketch! 

Here is the sketch Di created for us:

Here is my card:

The perfect card for a Christmas birthday!
Happy Tuesday, friends!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

{up} up & away

We have a fun challenge this week over at Party Time Tuesdays!  Make a birthday card using some sort of balloon on the front!  Be sure to add a birthday sentiment on the front too.  And don't forget to send it to someone you care about, that really is the most important part of making cards!  :)

Be sure to check out the DT's cards, everyone has their own wonderful take on this challenge!  Link your card to PTT by 8:00 Monday, December 13th to be eligible for the Top 3 and a chance at a random pick in the monthly draw.  Here is my card.  I used the ends of the balloon to make a cool center for my card:

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Friday, December 3, 2010

{december} card sketch

It's December!  The temperatures have dropped and the snow has been falling, true signs that Christmas is fast approaching!  With the snow comes a new card sketch at My Sketch World!  The DT has some marvelous examples, so be sure to check them out! 

Here is Lucy's wonderful card sketch:

I went way simple, even for me!

The winner of my Ribbon & Button RAK is Val!  Thanks so much for playing along with my challenge last month!  Hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!