Warm Winter Wishes – PPA #277 & #GDP013

Wow…the last day of November already!  I guess we can say that the Holiday Season is in full swing.  I haven’t started my decorating or shopping but I am full steam ahead on the crafting.

I was a little late in creating my card for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge this week but as luck would have it, the new Global Design Project color challenge came out today and the colors are exactly what I used for the Pals sketch.  So I guess you can say, I hit a 2 for 1 sale!  Here are both challenges.


GDP013 Colour Challenge

When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of the sled in the Winter Wishes stamp set.

Watermarked Photo 1 (2015-11-30-1511)

In order to fit the sentiment into the sketch, I had to separate the words on the stamp and then stack them on my clear block.  I was a little worried about cutting apart the stamp but this does give it a little more versatility.  I was able to then put them back side by side for the front of the envelope…another 2 for 1!

Watermarked Photo 2 (2015-11-30-1512)         Watermarked Photo 3 (2015-11-30-1512)

The inside sentiment is from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set.

I am really beginning to get hooked on these challenges.  However, the real challenge for me is to organize my time so that I can enter them in time.  I am working on that!

Thanks for looking in on my project today and please stop back again soon.

Have a wonderful day,




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The Stockings are Hung – SIP #24

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend.  Mine was spent enjoying some uninterrupted time in my craft room.  I am participating in a color challenge at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge.  Here is the very seasonal color combination.


I wasn’t completely sure how to incorporate black into this while still trying to make a holiday card.  But I think the little bit of black that I did use was just enough to really bring out the other two colors.

Watermarked Photo 1 (2015-11-29-1038)

While I am a true fan of Stampin’ Up! sometimes I like to reach into my other stamps for a little change.  This time I thought this adorable House Mouse stamp would be fun to work with.  I love these mice and have quite a collection of stamps featuring them…so stay tuned for more.  All the cardstock and DSP is from Stampin’ Up!  The stockings were paper pieced to create the pattern on them.  The sentiment is from SU’s Peaceful Wreath set and is stamped in Cucumber Crush ink.  And until I invest in some stitched dies, I created my own stitches around the image with Watermelon Wonder marker.

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I embellished the inside of the card with some DSP and Cardstock for a little added interest along with the envelope flap.  This card is ready to go into my stash of Christmas cards to send out in the next week or two.  I do love having a variety of cards to send depending on the recipient.

Thanks very much for stopping by and looking in on my project today.  It is such a cold and dreary day here in Southeastern PA which makes it a perfect day to continue my weekend of crafting.  I hope you, too have a wonderful day!



A Winter Bunny – #GDP012

Playing along with the Global Design Project once again this week.  This week’s challenge was a CASE the Designer.  Brian King’s cute winter card was our inspiration.

GDP012 Case the Designer

I decided to follow along with Brian’s snow theme.

Watermarked Photo 1 (2015-11-26-0906)

This card uses a combination of products from several stamp companies.  The adorable sledding  bunny is Lawn Fawn’s Winter Bunny stamp and coordinating die.  I paper pierced the scarf with a piece of DSP.  The hills were made with a landscaping framelit from W plus 9 and the Cardstock and DSP is Stampin’ Up!  I embossed my snowy hills with SU’s Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

Watermarked Photo 2 (2015-11-26-0906)

I just followed my fun winter theme to the inside of the card using a retired SU sentiment.  The snowflakes are from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.  This inspiration came from another Brian King card.

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I also gave the envelope a little attention with some snowflakes and DSP.

Thanks so much for looking in on my card today and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving today!



PPA #276 – Merry Santas

Playing along today with the Pals Paper Arts challenge and getting another one in under the wire.  Here is the sketch for this week:


When I first looked at this sketch, I thought it would be a cinch.  Maybe I was over-thinking it, but when it came time to make a card, I was stumped!  That’s why this card is just going to make it in the challenge on time.  It was stuck in my head too long!

Watermarked Photo 3 (2015-11-24-1018)

WARNING:  No stamps were inked in the making of this card!

I simply turned the sketch and made the card a non-standard size to accommodate the three Santas.  The card is 4 1/4″ x 7″.  I used the heavy stock Whisper White cardstock for the base and a piece of DSP from the Brights Designer Series Stack in Old Olive.

I really dug into my “tool” box for this card.  I used the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies for the Merry sentiment and cut it out with the Red Foil paper.  Then used the 1 3/4″ Scallop Punch along with the 1 3/8″ circle punch to frame the little Santas, which were cut from the super cute Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Each of the circles were popped with dimensionals.

Not sure why this sketch gave me so much trouble, as this card came together super fast.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.