Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favorite 2014 Projects

I hope your Christmas or Hanukkah celebrations were everything you wanted them to be. Our Christmas was lovely, filled with family, a beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church, a bit of chaos, great food, adult beverages, movies and laughter. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Unfortunately there hasn't been much crafting going on around here. Everything you have seen on my blog since around the first week in December was completed and set up for automatic blog posting. I craft out of my dining room so everything had to be stored away for the holidays. I say every year that I am going to store in a more organized manner but as per usual I stuck it anywhere I could find a place, a closet, attic, cabinet, under the bed, etc. It will take me the entire month of January to get it all back where I need it!

Before I look ahead to 2015, I would like to share fourteen of my favorite 2014 projects with you.

First up are my favorite Design Team projects featuring The Cat's PajamasPurple Onion Designs, Sugar Nellie and a former one, C.C. Designs stamps. 






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And here are a few from some of favorite stamp companies, VervePaper Smooches, Reverse Confetti and CAS-ual Fridays, two of which I had the opportunity to do some guest designing (Verve and Paper Smooches).


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I hope that some of these are your favorites too. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2015!

Happy New Year! I hope the year ahead brings you good health and happiness. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sugar Nellie Time for Walkies

Today's card features a Sugar Nellie digital image from the All Dressed Up collection. I printed Time for Walkies onto Copic X-Press It cardstock and then cut out with a Lil Inker Designs stitched mat die. After coloring with Copic Markers, I combined this little beauty with patterned papers from the American Crafts Soho Gardens pad. I cut two pieces from white card stock using the Reverse Confetti Circles 'n Scallops dies and than stamped the sentiment from the Reverse Confetti Roundabout Additions onto the smaller circle using Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight ink. I offset the the two pieces and then added a button and several enamel dots.


Products: Sugar Nellie digital stamp, American Crafts dp, Doodlebug enamel dots, Reverse Confetti, MFT and Lil Inker Designs dies, Copic Markers
Copics: Skin-E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20; Hair-E21, E23, E25, E27, E29; Coat/Boots-E40, E41, E42, E44; Leggings-B32, B34, B39; Scarf/Hat-YR30, Y11, Y15, Y26, W00, E81; Dog-E30, E31, E33, E35; Ground-C00, C1, C3; Shadows-B0000, B000

I am throwing my hat into the ring for another four month term with the Sugar Bowl Design Team since I enjoyed my first term. Good luck to all who enter.



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Friday, December 26, 2014

The Cat's Pajamas Year End Clearance



Do you love a sale? Of course you do! Everything at The Cat's Pajamas site is 30% off which includes the sale items AND Kitty Kat Pack and Poochie Pack that are already discounted.

AND, Alma has graciously consented to allow us to share code mews14 to receive an extra 10% off the discounted prices. 

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas! 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Sugar Bowl "Anything Goes" January Challenge

Today's card is for The Sugar Bowl January "Anything Goes" challenge.

I printed the Sugar Nellie Furry Friends Gift Wrapped digital stamp onto Copics X-Press It cardstock and then cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced die. After coloring with Copic Markers, I combined with patterned papers from an older Echo Park Yours Truly pad. I wrapped black Hemptique cord twice around the background panel and tied with a button, then slipped a small heart partially underneath the button for a sweet Valentine's Day card.


Products: Sugar Nellie digital stamp, Echo Park dp, PTI button, Hemptique twine, MFT Die-namics, Reverse Confetti die, Copic Markers
Dog-C00, C1, C3, C5, C7; Gift-W00, E81, R22, R24, R27, R59

It's easy enough to join the challenge. You must use a Sugar Nellie image for your anything goes challenge and link The Sugar Bowl blog to your post. There is a fabulous prize involved so pop on over to The Sugar Bowl blog to get all the details.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Monday, December 22, 2014

All I Want for Christmas is.....

I have one last Christmas card that I made for a family member who is a huge University of Alabama fan. Actually we all are! If you are a college football fan you know (and probably hate) that Alabama is often right in the mix to win the National Championship. And despite this year supposedly being a rebuilding year, Bama is in the first college playoff. This may not be the most talented team they have ever had but their perseverance and heart have made up for it.

I specifically bought this Wild Rose Studio Bella on Bauble stamp because I thought it would be perfect for a Bama fan. I cut the image out with a MFT pierced die and then colored with Copic Markers. I combined it with patterned papers from my old 12x12 stash - the houndstooth pattern figures prominently in the Alabama Crimson Tide apparel.


For the inside of the card, I found the houndstooth stocking image from the internet, stamping the Dear Santa sentiment from a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp and computer generated the rest of it.


Products: Wild Rose Studio stamp, Stampin' Up cs, PTI cs and button, MFT Die-namics, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, C5, R0000, R81, R22, R24, R27, R46, R59

Are you ready for Christmas? I still have some cleaning to do but other than that I am good to go.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #14

Welcome to tag #14 which is also the last one of Christmas Tags and Footprints series.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I cut two tags and a tag topper from white and chartreuse cardstock using the Wplus9 Timeless Tags 2 Die. I stamped the various images from the WPlus9 Silver Bells stamps set onto the matching pieces cut with the Wplus9 Silver Bells Die set using silver ink (bells), red (bow) and green (greenery). I grouped together the images on the tag attaching with dimensional dots and glue. The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped in purple and I tied the two tags together with a ribbon bow.


And here it is attached to the socks:


Other Products:
PTI Stamper's Select White  and Simply Chartreuse cs
May Arts Ribbon
Delicata Silver Shimmer ink
MFT Sour Apple ink
Ranger Vermillion Archival ink
Studio Calico Purple Rain ink


I've had several emails about this series and although I have already responded to them I thought I would answer the most common ones here.

First of all, although the socks were different colors (the girls anyway) I wanted to keep some continuity to all of them. I made the tag colors the same (chartruese and white) and also included the color red on all of them even it it was small amount like the sentiment. I also used the same ribbon when I attached them to the sock.

As for the socks and gifts inside, I purchased the cozy socks at T.J. Maxx. They were in packs of two for $6 and were infused with a lavender scent. The men's were less expensive and I bought one pack for all of them. All of the men got a miniature (liquor) except one and all the females got a Burt's Bees tube of lip balm. For my six year old, I added some cute Disney Frozen adjustable rings and another pair of socks. For the baby, I just placed more socks inside. It was necessary to keep costs down because 12 of the recipients would be getting a "big" gift also.

I hope you have enjoyed the tag series! Thank you for hanging in there with me!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #13

I hope it isn't unlucky but I have tag #13 of the Christmas Tags and Footprints series to show you today.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I cut the two tags from chartreuse and white card stock using the Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #9 die set. I stamped Purple Onion Designs Winterberry onto the white tag and then colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment was stamped with red ink and came from the Purple Onion Designs Sweetest Season Sentiment Set. I added a trio of buttons on the side of the tag to emulate the buttons on the snowgirl. I tied the two tags together with ribbon that came from the sock set and a button with twine.


And here it is attached to the socks:


Other Products:
Neenah cs
PTI Simply Chartreuse cs
PTI buttons
Hemptique Twine
Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink
Copic Markers: W00, E81, W1, W2, YR0000, YR01, YR12, RV00, R81, R83

I hope you will come back tomorrow for the final tag in this series.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #12

Welcome to tag #12 of the Christmas Tags and Footprints series.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I cut the two tags from chartreuse and white card stock using the Paper Smooches Tag Stitched Die. I stamped the santa sleigh image from the PTI City Scene Mini Christmas Sentiment Set in black ink and the small sentiment from the Purple Onion Designs Winter Wishes Sentiment Set in red ink directly onto the white tag. I cut and stamped the house image using  an image from The Cat's Pajamas Home for All Seasons set and the matching die from the Village CutUps set. After adding a few highlights to the house image, I attached to the tag with dimensional dots and tied the two tags together with ribbon.


And  here it is attached to a man's work sock:


Other Products:
PTI Stamper's Select White and Simply Chartreuse cs
American Crafts ribbon
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink
Simon Says Black ink
Ranger Vermillion Archival ink
Copic Markers: C00, C1, C3

I hope to see you back tomorrow. Only two more tags to go!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #11

Welcome to tag #11 of the Christmas Tags and Footprints series.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I cut the two tags from chartreuse and white card stock using the Paper Smooches Tag Stitched Die. I stamped the snowman from the C.C. Designs Meoples Dress Up Snowman onto a piece cut with the matching C.C. Designs Snowman Outline Cutters. I also stamped the ribbon image from the same set and then colored both images with Copic Markers. I attached to the tag with dimensional dots and then added a paper ribbon on the corner cut with the Mama Elephant Dainty Bow die set. The sentiment from the Papertrey Ink Tag Its #8 set was stamped directly onto the tag and the two tags were tied together with burlap string.


And here it is attached to the socks:


Other Products:
PTI Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy and Simply Chartreuse cs
May Arts Burlap String
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Simon Says Black ink
Copic Markers: BG70, BG0000, W00, W1, YR12, YR14, YG0000, YG01, YG13,  R22, R24, R27

I'll be back tomorrow with another tag. Thanks for stopping by.


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #10

Welcome to tag #10 of the Christmas Tags and Footprints series.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I used the Reverse Confetti Tag Me Die set to cut two tags from chartreuse and white card stock, making the white one longer. After coloring Purple Onion Designs Snowy with Copic Markers, I fussy cut it out and then attached with dimensional dots to a circle cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities. The sentiment from the  Purple Onion Designs Holidoodle Greeting set was stamped directly onto the tag and also colored with Copics. A ribbon/button/twine treatment at the top tied the two tags together.


And here it is attached to the socks:


Other Products:
PTI Stamper's Select White and Simply Chartreuse cs
MFT Red Hot cs
PTI Simply Chartreuse buttons
The Twinery Twine
Hemptique Twine
MFT Black Licorice ink
Copic Markers
Copics: W00, W1, W2, W5, E81, YG0000, YG01, YG13, YR30, YR31, R22, R24, R27

Have a great Sunday. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another tag.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #9

Welcome to tag #9 of the Christmas Tags and Footprints series.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I cut two tags from white and chartreuse cardstock using the Wplus9 Timeless Tags 2 Die. After stamping the image from the My Favorite Things Jingle All the Way set onto the white tag, I colored with Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment from the same set in green ink. A trio of clear sequins was added as an embellishment and I tied the two tags together with a ribbon bow.


And here it is attached to the socks:


Other Products:
Copics X-Press It cs
PTI Simply Chartreuse cs
PTI ribbon
Verve Shine Bright Sequin Mix
MFT Sour Apple ink
Copics: Skin-E000, E00, E11, R20; Beard and Hat-W00, E81; Clothing-W00, E81, R22, R24, R27, R59, N1, N3, N5, N7



Have a great weekend!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #8

Welcome to tag #8 of the Christmas Tags and Footprints series.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I cut a tag from chartreuse card stock using The Cat's Pajamas Luggage Tags CutUps and then another from white card stock making the second one longer. I used The Cat's Pajamas Double Snowflake Cutups to cut snowflakes from red and white card stock. I left the cut outs inside the red snowflake and then layered it with the white snowflake. I stamped the sentiment from the Simply Holiday set using Sour Apple ink onto a circle. The sentiment was then layered on top of the snowflake. I added a single sequin and a button/twine/twill combo in the tag hole.



And here it is attached to the socks:


Other Products:
PTI Simply Chartreuse button
May Arts Twill
Paper Source Silver Twine
MFT Red Hot cs
MFT Sour Apple ink

Happy a great day! 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Tags and Footprints #7

Welcome to tag #7 of the Christmas Tags and Footprints series.

This year I thought it would be fun to give cozy socks for the females and warm work socks for the guys in the family who will be celebrating Christmas with us in addition to their big gift. Each set will have a handmade tag along with a small inexpensive gift (under $5) inside one of the socks. 

I cut the two tags from chartreuse and white card stock using the Mama Elephant Embellished Tag die set. I stamped the deer and antlers from the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland set onto the white tag using black and gray inks. The sentiment from the Papetrey Ink Sparkle and Shine:Holiday Additions mini set and was stamped with red ink.  I embellished with a wooden veneer star and sequins. A combo of ribbon and twine tied the two tags together.


And here it is attached to the socks:


Other Products:
PTI Stamper's Select White and Simply Chartreuse cs
American Crafts ribbon
Hemptique twine
Holiday Sequin Mix
Studio Calico Wood Veneer 
Simons Says Black ink
Ranger Pumice Stone Distress ink
Ranger Vermillion Archival ink

Today's tag represents the half way point of this series. Thank you for stopping by.