Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Very Vintage Christmas

Good morning friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Are you still full?
I am!

How many of you went out for Black Friday shopping...
or Thanksgiving night shopping?

Did you find all the wonderful things you needed, 
to help Santa out, 
at great bargains?

I have to admit...
as much as I've always ran in the opposite direction on 
Black Friday,
the last couple of years I have been out there!

I grab what I'm looking for,
as fast as I can find it,
and run to the checkout!
Don't like being in that craziness for too long!

Not this year though...
I did a little online shopping and a LOT of relaxing at home!

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Here comes Christmas!

I have been sharing,
during November, 
some of my Christmas cards.....

some of them started out as a little tag.....

today I'm going to share another one.....

This one may be one of my favorites! 


I cut the tag out of a white sheet of card stock,
I used a corner punch for the top corners
and my corner rounder chomper for the bottom.

The star background is a paper from 

On top of that I matted that cute little jar
with shimmery green paper from my scrap stash, 
then added a little bow.

The darling little girl is also from
Gecko Gals...
She is part of the Christmas Cuties collage sheet.
I added liquid glue dots and a coral glitter to her roses,
then I glued the feather behind her
and finished by mounting her with pop dots.

The snowflake trim is a scrap
 and the poinsettia & leaf are from my 
"Geez I've had these forever, I should use them"
stash!
(I know you all have one of these stashes!)
LOL

The red snowflake paper is from the 
Saint Nick paper pk by Fancy Pants Designs.

The inside was stamped with a Christmas sentiment 
and 
I used up the scraps from the background paper on the front, 
for a bit of embellishing.


Below you can see the tag removed from the card.....


I had cut little slits in the two opposite corners to tuck the tag in and keep it removable.

The diecut is another piece from my 
"Geez I've had these forever, I should use them"
stash.....(it's a big stash)!
LOL
I backed it with another piece of the white card stock
and 
stamped with the Joy sentiment.

Another look at the finished card/tag.....


Oh,
 just a reminder...

Don't forget to check out Gecko Galz blog everyday in December!
(Dec 1st - 24th)
We are having our annual
24 Tags of Christmas!
Everyone in the DT has a tag to share and a tutorial on how they put it together!


Thank you for visiting me on this wonderful holiday weekend!
Comments are welcome and appreciated



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Boot Card

Good morning everyone! 

Hope you're all keeping warm! 

I want to share a Christmas card I made using an image from a collage sheet by 
Heather Hudson at My Artistic Adventures Etsy.

I also used an image I designed a while ago.

Here is my card...


The background paper is from the 
Saint Nick paper pkg by Fancy Pants Designs.

Pop dotted on top of that is a piece of green textured card stock that I ran through my Cuddlebug with a snowflake embossing folder, 
then I gave the snowflakes some shimmer with some perfect pearls powder.

Next is a doily I cut on my Cameo.

More pop dots to mount the image I designed.

I found the original images at Graphics Fairy.....
you can also find the "Christmas Exhibition" image on our 
Christmas Icons collage sheet over at Gecko Galz!

I altered them in GIMP.
I matted it with a shiny green cardstock.

You can see my image below...


Using more pop dots I took Heather's Boot and added that beside my image.
I used glossy accents on the little box in the boot to highlight the 
"Merry Christmas" sentiment
and 
bisque liquid pearl drops on the buttons.

A close up of the boot is below...


I finished the card with the bow I made with my bow-it-all.
The ribbon was a lucky find at the Dollar Tree!

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(Click on the image above to go directly to the purchase page a My Artistic Adventures)

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Our challenge over at
My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog
 is going on now,
if you haven't had the chance to join us you still have time!
The challenge is...
Christmas/Winter/Thanksgiving
For more info go HERE
The challenge runs until Nov 30th

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I also want to let you know if you go HERE you'll find information on how to win
 a $50 gift certificate to My Artistic Adventures Etsy!

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I've linked up with
Mema's Crafts - November Anything Goes challenge

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Links...

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Thank you for stopping by!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate!



Monday, November 24, 2014

Pine Cone Cheers...

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a quick card to share!

I had this package of Christmas die cuts for a while now. 
I would like to tell you who made them but it seems that after I pulled out what I wanted I put the rest of the bag in that 
"I'll put it over here where it's safe" black hole......
you know the one!

Anyway.....

Every once in a while I pull it out and find one or two pieces that calls to me and that is what happened with these pine cones! 

My goal was a bit of a rustic look,
what do you think?


The background red paper & the striped scallop punch paper is from 
Saint Nick paper pkg by Fancy Pants Designs

The doily was cut on my Cameo.

The little bit of paper under my sticky back ribbon is from 
the Kitchy Kool paper pack at Gecko Galz Etsy

All my papers and the sticky back ribbon had a little 
vintage photo distress ink rubbed on them.

The star is a chip board piece I had laying on my desk for who know's how long!
I added barn door distress ink on it,
I think it matched the background paper wonderfully.

On the pine cone diecut I added some glossy accents to the Cheers tag to make it stand out a little more. 

And finally my bow that I made with my Bow-it-All!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Snowball Babe Christmas card...

Good morning friends!

One more week until Thanksgiving! 
Woohoo, I can't wait to eat all that good food!
Of course I have to cook it first.....
so worth it though! 

Until then.....

I have a Christmas card to show you! 

I'm absolutely loving the 
Snow Babies collage sheet from Gecko Galz! 
I knew when I saw this sheet that I would be making a bunch of my Christmas cards using these little cuties! 
Every one of them has not failed to make me smile!

Here is my card.....


Isn't she adorable?

I used vintage photo distress ink on all my papers.

I started with a card bland and added a piece of paper on top
 from

Using a scrap piece of white cardstock 
and a Martha Stewart border punch,
I added a border to the left side of the card.
I topped that with a little piece of ribbon.

Before adding the little girls image to the card with pop dots,
 I added the ribbon across the front, 
then the little button that I thread with blue & white twine.
and then the blue pearly trim. 

To finish off I added a bunch of little liquid glue dots & white glitter for a snowy look,
 then a pretty bow that I made using my Bow-it-All.


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and join us for our Christmas Joy Challenge!

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Thanks for stopping by!




Monday, November 17, 2014

Girl with Sled Christmas card...

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another one of my Christmas cards to show you!

This is another one of the 5 that I made recently 
starting with a tag that I had made with another idea in mind!

You can see the first one here
and the second here.

Here she is.....


The sweet little girl image is from 
Gecko Galz Snow Babies collage sheets.
I added a little bit of flower trim to her hat
and 
shimmering dots of diamond stickles all over for the snow flakes falling around her!

I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the image, 
added a button and 
pop dotted the image to the tag.

The blue/print background is from the
Saint Nick paper pkg by Fancy Pants Designs.

The green snowflake paper on the tag is from my scrap box.

I used a corner punch on the top corners of the tag.

Below is a peek of the inside.....


I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the scrap strip of the Saint Nick paper. 

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We'd love for you to join our 
Christmas Joy Challenge at Gecko Galz 

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We'd also love to see you join our Design Team but you have to hurry the DT Call ends in a couple of days!

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I will be linking up with
Creative Corner Challenges - Let it sparkle

Thanks for the visit!

Comments always welcome and appreciated!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Challenge # 13 at My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog

Good morning everyone!

Time for a new challenge from 
My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog!

With this challenge we are going with 
Thanksgiving/Christmas

Your choice!

Make any tangible project...
card, tag, atc, layout, banner, altered item, etc...
(sorry no digital entries please)
You must use one of the images from Heather's,
My Artistic Adventures,
 digital collage sheets to win the free collage sheet 
and 
Designers Choice (chance to be a guest designer and receive free images)

Now I'd like to show you the inspiration piece from me.....


I made this cute little ornament using this collage sheet set below
(click on the image to go to the Etsy page to purchase this)


I added liquid glue and glitters on the holly leaves & berries
as well as on the frame around the image where the snow is!

On the image of of the girls I added glossy accents
I wanted a glassy/snow globey look.


The red/pink flower was on my desk...I sprayed it ages ago with a shimmery spray.
I added a couple of rose buds and tucked a bow underneath.


Easy Peasy.....
now I have to get my tree up! 

Sigh.....

Must wait til after Thanksgiving!

Here's another look at the finished piece....
I did a little different editing to try to brighten the picture...
not sure if it's better but it's brighter! 


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I hope you will join us for our challenge!
Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Please remember you can use other images to play along & win the "Top three badge" 
but in order to win the Random Draw (a free collage sheet) and 
Designer's Choice (chance to Guest Design and receive free images) you must use one of Heather's images. 

For more challenge info.....


And for Heather's digital collage sets....,


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Just a reminder

Heather still has a
"$50 Digital collage sheet Giveaway"
details for that are HERE

and

Time is winding down to get your application in to join
My Artistic Adventures Design Team!!!
You have until Nov 30th
For more info about that go HERE


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Stay warm!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kid's with Basket Christmas card & tag...

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card that has a little tag tucked in the cover,
 for hanging on a tree if the recipient desires!

Here it is.....


I started with the tag.....

I cut the tag shape with a plain piece of white card stock.
The checked paper is from the Kitchy Kool paper pkg at Gecko Galz.
I added a bit of modeling paste to 2 opposite corners. 

The postcard that the chipboard deer is on is from 
Gecko Galz Christmas Icons collage sheet.
The deer was inked with vintage photo and topped with 
vintage photo distress powder and I gave him a little Christmas twine scarf.
I tucked a little lace trim under the postcard and under the "Merry Christmas" sentiment that I typed up on my computer.

I used pop dots to add the sweet little girl, her brother, their Christmas tree and basket of Christmas goodies.


For the card...
I started with a card blank &
topped that with a piece of paper,
 from the
Saint Nick by Fancy Pants Designs paper pk,
that I cut a slit in to fit the tag in.

A peek inside.....


And when the tag is removed.....


I cut the doily on my Cameo 
and
 the postcard is one I designed a couple years back.....
I added some platinum stickles to the edges.

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Gecko Galz November Challenge
Christmas Joy! 


One rule.....
You must use at least one Gecko Galz product!
A $25 shopping spree at Gecko Galz is the prize for the winner!

For more info go HERE

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I hope you like my card!

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I'm linking up with
Creative Corner Challenge - Let it Sparkle

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Thanks for stopping by 
and 
for your wonderful comments!



Monday, November 10, 2014

Little Red Christmas card...

Hey Friends!

I'm in Christmas card making mode! 
I shocked myself the other day by making 5 fairly quickly!
Don't know if that's ever happened before and
 I'm pretty sure it won't happen again too often! 
LOL

How are you doing in the Christmas card making department?
Are you quick?
Do you make several in one sitting?

Ok, so there's a little secret as to how I was able to make 5 so fast and
 I'll tell you how I did it..... 

I made a few little tags a little while ago 
(not 5 in one day)

I thought some would go on the tree or maybe as package tags but once done I thought.....
 "They might look good on a card!"

I set them on my desk,
collecting them as they were made,
until I was ready to assemble some cards!

The first one I'll show you today is the one I call 
Little Red
because in her cute little red outfit she reminds me of 
Little Red Riding Hood!

Here it is.....


This little cutie is part of the Snow Babies collage set at 
Gecko Galz!
Isn't she cute?

I used platinum stickles around Red's image, 
as well as on the oval diecut and 
on the image itself for a snowflake affect!

The background, polka dot, paper is from 
Saint Nick paper by Fancy Pant's Designs

The holly paper and the shimmery red card stock are from my old scrap box.

I used a corner punch for the white card stock piece of my tag. 

I layered my image, 
with pop dots, 
on top of the oval doily/diecut I did with my Cameo, 
laying that on top of a piece of scrap ribbon.

Once I had my tag on my card I punched a couple of scalloped circles,
 (out of a few pieces of scrap sheets of the Saint Nick papers that I used on another card)
cut them and tucked them under the tag.

Below is a peek at the inside...


Wishing you a quick card making season!

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Don't forget to hop over to Gecko Galz Blog for our 
Christmas Joy Challenge!
All you need to do is use one of Gecko Galz images to enter!
For more Challenge & prize info go HERE

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Oh.....
 if you are looking for a place to join 
a great Design Team
and 
play with an amazing selection of products,
check out the Design Team Call at Gecko Galz!
Go HERE for more info
HURRY though the call will be ending November 20th
Can't wait to see who will be joining us!

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Thanks for visiting!

Have a great week!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Thanksgiving place cards...

Hello everyone!

Make sure you read down to the end of this post to find out about the 
New Challenge,
DT Call,
and 
GIVEAWAY!

I want to show you these cute little place cards I made using a couple of images from 


There are few times that my daughter and I decide to get fancy with our dining room table setting and Thanksgiving is one of those times! 

When I saw these little pumpkins at My Artistic Adventures I knew right away what I was going to do with them!

I added a diecut from my Cameo that I cut in half and stamped with a little pumpkin then added our name with the text boxes.
I glittered the name tags, 
inked everything with vintage photo distress ink 
and added pop dots under the little pumpkins on top.
A little bit of twine that I unwound, for the tag, finished the front.

To make it stand I just took a piece of scrap card stock and folded a bit of it 
then glued it to the back. 



Here's a look at the collage sets I used...

you can click on the images and it will bring you to ...
My Artistic Adventures Etsy Store .

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For those of you who may have missed it 
My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog's new challenge is up and running!

This one is 

I hope you will join us and play along!

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I also want to let you know that we are looking for a few 
new Design Team members over at 
My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog!
For more info on that go HERE!

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GIVEAWAY!!!

Last but not least
it's giveaway time at 
My Artistic Adventures!

Heather is giving away a $50 gift certificate to her Etsy store!

You'll need to follow her personal blog through email
as well as the challenge blog,
Like her Facebook page
and 
Subscribe to her YouTube channel

For more info go HERE!

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Thank you for stopping by!

As always comments are happily welcome!

Have a great weekend!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous/My Artistic Adventures Blog Hop

Hello Friends!!

Today the 
"My Artistic Adventures Challenge Design Team"
 is Blog Hopping with 
Gloria's Craft Hoarders Design Team!!


Challenge #19 For all that You do, Thank You!

Create a "thank you" gift for this challenge. It can be a Thanksgiving hostess gift or a simple thank you card. It can be a "thanks for helping me out of a jam" present, or a "thanks for being you" scrapbook layout. As long as your project says, "THANKS," enter the challenge! We want to see you de-hoard some of your stash and say thanks to someone! (Your project does not have to be Thanksgiving-themed!)

One Talented Participant that Links up their "Thanks" project to the
will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the


My inspiration pieces below...

I made this card with a hidden tag
My hoarded pieces are the flowers 
and Tim Holtz seam binding, that has been in my stash for ever!
The background card stock is from my 
leftover paper bits stash.
Most of this card and tag was made using the digi images from two of the
My Artistic Adventures Etsy 
Thanksgiving collage collections
(pictured & linked below)

My next inspiration piece is this altered bottle
(Links to the banner, text boxes and pumpkins are pictured below)

 I colored the inside of the bottle with 
Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink (haven't used that in ages!).
I dripped it in and swirled around. 
I also used my heat gun to try to dry it 
(not easy but it worked eventually).

Here's a close up of the banner, text boxes and pumpkin images...
The other side of the bottle...
I used a tag and sentiment from the collections below.

The jute & crochet flower were made by me.

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I added a link to each collage sheet below so you can simply click on the image and go straight to it's Etsy page.




Here is the link directly to...
so you can see all the wonderful digi collage sets for you to play with!

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We will be starting the Hop at the
You can see her Design Teams Inspiration Pieces there and on
their individual blogs.
Here is a list below.



My Artistic Adventures Design Team
Carol (me)
Heather

How would you like a SECOND chance to win a 


Hop on over to the 
My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog
to get all the details!!

We'd be so pleased if you would like us on Facebook as well!
My Artistic Adventures Facebook

Thank you for Hopping with Us!!
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Gecko Galz Blog Hop


Hello Everyone!

I want to welcome everyone to the 18th destination of
Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop
If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  
We have 21 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to down load, The one here is
"MAISON DES FLUERS".
Also make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our drawing for a wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!


We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:

First is the Kit Club for each month for an entire year. This is exclusive sets for club members which include a paper set, stamp set, and collage images in each set! That is 12 different sets! This is a $144 value!
·        Second prize is the monthly collage sets for an entire year! Each month you will receive all 4 sets absolutely FREE! This is a $96 value.
·        Third prize is all of the individual collage sheets each month for a year, this includes the jewel it sheets! This is a $90 value!
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! That will Kit Club Set, 4 individual collage sheets, Jewel it set and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $330!

Read on to learn how you can win!

First of all, you will need to visit all 21 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 20 words (one on each blog site except the home site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz. This enters you in the contest. On November 3rd we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 


 

Your Secret Word is;
YOUR

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet
“Maison Des Fluers”
 as well as the samples I have made using the images!

(click on the picture for link to full size sheet)








If You missed checking out one of the blogs or want to go through them again here is the rotation

Here is the Blog Hop Rotation