Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meant To Be

Become who you were meant to be.  It's such a great sentiment, so full of promise. I like sentences.  As soon as I saw that the amazing Wendy Vecchi had started a monthly challenge blog, I thought of that quote and the stamp set it came from (which of course, is Wendy's).  This month's challenge was to use embossing paste, so I just dove in and started creating.

Trying out a new red background for my photos today.  Currently undecided.

The flowers are my favorite part.  I stamped on homemade shimmer paper (which of course doesn't show up in the photo), fussy cut them, and voila.  I really love the way the centers look especially.

I'm of course entering some challenges:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

**BINGO** New Challenge with Get Creative Challenges!!

Happy Monday!!  It's a new challenge at Get Creative Challenge and we've got a crazy fun BINGO theme this fortnight!  Here's the board we're playing with.

I played the first vertical row: Ribbon, Red, Bling, Die Cut and 2 Plain Papers.  Our lovely sponsor this challenge is Rick St. Dennis and I chose to work with Jacosta Jazz Valentine Girl. Here's what I created:

IDK why the glitter looks green in the photo, but it's actually silver.

Of course I'm entering some challenges:

Don't forget to stop by the blog and see what the rest of the DT have created.  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting!  Laters!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

**Romance** New Challenge with Crafts2Celebrate!!

Happy Sunday!!  I'm a crafting maniac today, but I took a minute out to share with you all the new challenge at Crafts2Celebrate!  Our theme is Romance!  Perfect for this time of year!  Our lovely sponsor is PPinkydolls and I've chosen to work with Moongirl and Bird.

I'm of course entering some challenges:

Be sure to stop by the blog and see what the rest of the DT created.  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The 12 Crafts of Christmas, Day Eight

Today's a quickie but a cutie!!  I actually had a belated gift to give and had NO idea where the tag I'd made for it had gone, so I threw this one together in minutes!!

Isn't it so cute??  I love the reindeer especially.

Just a few challenges for this one:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

**SKETCH** New Challenge with Creative Moments!!!!

Happy Hump Day!  Time for a new challenge at Creative Moments and this time it's  a SKETCH challenge!  It's an easy one too so be sure and play along with us:

It's cute, right??? Our lovely sponsor is a favorite of mine, Sassy Studio Designs!  They gave us two amazing images to work with and I chose Steampunk Josephine.

**SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW** New Challenge with Crafty Creations!!

Happy hump day!  A quick break from my 12 Crafts of Christmas to share a new DT project with you.  It's a new challenge at Crafty Creations and our theme is Something Old, Something New!  That can mean you use both new and old projects, or that you make a card for a new baby or a new job, the interpretation is open and we can't wait to see what you come up with.  Our lovely sponsor is Fresh Brewed Designs, and I've chosen to work with Memory - Mermaid.  The minute I saw this digi, I thought of "Closing Time" and knew I had to use the lyrics.

(Side note: Has anyone seen Friends with Benefits?  Now I need to see that movie 'cause that song plays at the end.  I love that movie.)

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The 12 Crafts of Christmas, Day Seven

Today's project was actually inspired by the challenge at Tis The Season Stamping.  They have an unusual color challenge right now, that really made me stop and say, wait.  Do those colors work for Christmas?  And that's how I got here.  I mean see for yourself.

SUCH a hard palette. But I'm nothing if not determined!!

I'm also super proud of myself 'cause I resisted the urge to use glitter and kept it shiny instead, for OWH.  My goal is to make all my challenge-specific Christmas cards in 2015 safe for donation to OWH.  Fingers crossed.  I'm 1/1 right now....

And a few challenges of course:
Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping.  Laters!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The 12 Crafts of Christmas, Day Five

I'm running behind today!!  I usually get the post done much earlier than this but today was a tired, lazy day.  It happens.

The Fifth Day of Christmas has always been my favorite.  Not just because of the five golden rings but because of the way Miss Piggy sings in it on the Muppets Christmas CD.  That was a standby growing up and I still play it every season.  So obviously for today I wanted a sparkly, glittery card of goodness!

Of course I'm entering a few challenges:
Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

The 12 Crafts of Christmas, Day Four

I hear Mariah Carey in my head when I look at this stamp, this card.  I see her twirling around in a Santa dress and singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You", which is IMO one of the best Christmas songs EVER.  (Although did you hear Meghan Trainor's new one this year?  It was pretty sweet.)

I made this for my brother's girlfriend, 'cause she loves all things sparkly!  The chevron background and the snow on the Santa outfit are all glittery but it's so hard to photograph!

Of course I'm entering this in some challenges!!

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 12 Crafts of Christmas, Day Three

Believe it or not, I made three versions of this card, and this is the one I like the best.

I didn't entirely think this card out, didn't plan it through like I normally would've.  I think maybe that was good though.  Usually I buy something and I know exactly what I wanna do, but this card had a mind of its own.  It was never supposed to have a green base, but I couldn't get any other cardstock in the right weight and quantity.  I wanted to only go silver but the gold helped tie in the green card.  It was just a series of ideas versus one general idea.  But I love it.

I'm of course entering some challenges:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Art by Miran DT Call Submission

I"m so excited to apply to be on the Art By Miran Design Team!  I love her art so much, and being able to work with it on a regular basis would just be amazing.  I've always had a flair for Asian-inspired art, and her digis are perfect for that!

I was lucky enough to get to create with one of MiRan's digis last year on one of my other teams, and this is the card that I made:

It's actually one of my favorite things I've ever made.  I just love how it turned out.

The image lends itself so well to coloring, her eyes just pop right off the page.

Thank you SO much for this opportunity, I'm thrilled to have the chance to work on your team!

The 12 Crafts of Christmas, Day Two

No turtle doves today!  I'm all about tags and today I'm sharing one of the Christmas ones I made.  I am LOVING those Distress Spray Stains, they're so fabulous!!

I'm thinking about getting or making a hanging holder, 'cause tags aren't the easiest to photograph!  It's really hard to see it in the photos but there's a stamped and embossed background on this card first, before the Spray Stains.

I'm of course entering some challenges:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The 12 Crafts of Christmas, Day One

I'm starting a new tradition this year of making my "just for fun" Christmas projects after Christmas, when all the crazy is over and I'm not so tired and rushed and worn out all the time.

Today's projects are actually ones I made before Christmas--I made them Christmas Eve morning!!--and they were for my brother who's reignited his obsession with Zelda this year.  He wanted a Triforce ornament, and I thought, why stop there?  I decided to make him a card as well and put his present inside it.

Here's the card--I taped the gift card inside with removeable tape.  I have no idea if you even play Zelda on the Playstation, but he seemed to like it!!

Here's the ornament.  I was so so happy with how it turned out!  My bro liked it so much, he asked me to make one for a gift for a friend.

I love how it looks hanging, reflecting the colors off the lights.

Of course I'm entering a few challenges:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happily Ever After

Happy FWF!!!  I'm in a happy mood today. There was great (GREAT!!  It had been so long!!!) music on Glee tonight, I get a new Kelly Clarkson song on Monday and LONGER TWILIGHT MOVIES on Tuesday!  Awesomeness abounds!!  I'm also in a good mood 'cause it's Friday and that means Unity Friends with Flair!  I've created a wedding card tonight for a friend.  I only used one stamp on the card and it was UNITY!!!

I'm of COURSE entering some challenges:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

**Something New** New Challenge with Creative Moments!!

It's time for the first challenge of 2015 at Creative Moments and we have the fabulous theme of Something New!  It can be a New Years project, New Baby, New Job, etc.  I went with New Baby since I'm going to be making a bunch of shower cards in the next few weeks, lots of spring babies this year!  Our lovely sponsor is Zap Pow Designs.

Of course I'm entering a few challenges:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting. Laters!!

**BRRRRR** New Challenge with Crafty Creations!!

BRRRRR there's snow on the ground and it's like three degrees out!  So it's so fitting that BRRRRR is the challenge this week at Crafty Creations!  That means not only something snowy but ANYTHING that begins with the letter B: Birds, butterflies, blue, bling, bow, etc.  Our lovely sponsor this time is Craft Classes Online!  They are offering a free class to our winner valued at $25 or less.  Wonderful!!  Here's what I created:

I'm really excited about how it turned out!

I'm of course entering some challenges:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Not Done With The Sparkle!!!

Seriously, HOW is Christmas over?!??!  I mean was that the fastest couple of weeks or WHAT?!?  I am so still in the Christmas spirit over here, and the challenge at Tis The Season Stamping was perfect for me to showcase it!  They've got an inspiration challenge this week, using this photo:

I looooove all things that BLING, so here's what I made:

I felt like the snowflakes would reflect and be blue so I went with a blue color palette.  I'm seeing myself make more and more blue-themed projects.

I'm entering just a few challenges with this card:

Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

**ANYTHING GOES** New Challenge With Creating From The Heart!!!

We're BACK!!!  After a couple months off to refresh, Crafting From The Heart is back and bette than ever!  Our theme is always ANYTHING GOES and our lovely sponsor this week is Scribble and Scrap.  I'm in a vintagey mood after all the awesome Tim Holtzy goodness I got for Christmas, and I've just seen Wicked on the stage, so I've got inspiration coming at me from all these different places.  Here's what I've created:

Don't forget to visit the blog and see what the rest of the DT has created.  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Featured On The Craft Star

I was online shopping (Christmas gift cards burning a hole in my pocket!!) today and I went to The Craft Star to see what new might catch my eye and featured on the front page was a collection, Music, The Other Passion In My Life.  I was thrilled to see one of my cards, Just A Note, featured as the first item!

I'll be updating the shop a lot over the next week so be sure you check it out and see what's new.  Laters!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

**Design Inspiration** New Challenge with The Craft Garden!!

Happy 2015!!  It's another new challenge at The Craft Garden and this time around we've got a great inspiration photo to jumpstart your creativity!

I immediately wanted to build a snowman, heehee!

Of course I found a few challenges to enter:

Be sure to visit the blog to see what the rest of the DT have created.  Thanks so much for looking and  happy crafting!  Laters!!

2015 Goals and Accomplishments

To see how I fared in 2014, click here.

This list includes a lot of missed stuff from 2014.  It was a slanky year. I'll admit it.

  1. Watch Glee S1 (started 1/1/15)
  2. Watch Glee S2
  3. Watch Glee S3
  4. Watch Glee S4 (UGH)
  5. Watch Glee S5 (UGH x 2)
  6. Watch all five Twilight movies over no more than five nights
  7. Watch Veronica Mars S1
  8. Watch Veronica Mars S2
  9. Watch Veronica Mars S3
  10. Watch VM movie AFTER finishing S3
  11. Watch both versions of BD1 in the same night
  12. Watch BD1 and BD2 in the same night
  13. Organize SU stuff by season/theme
  14. Organize punches--toss bad ones
  15. Use an ENTIRE 12x12 paper pad
  16. Use an entire 6x6 pad
  17. Use at least two 8x8 paper pads
  18. Hang all your posters/prints
  19. Rewatch all of Roswell
  20. Rewatch all of Charmed (started 12/25/14)
  21. Finish one of your scrapbooks--ANY of them!
  22. Canvas for bathroom bought one instead
  23. Christmas canvas for bathroom bought one instead
  24. Watch the following movies:
  • Begin Again 5/23/15 - B I really loved the music
  • Friends With Kids
  • No Strings Attached
  • People Like Us
  • The Romantics
  • The Runaways
  • Struck By Lighting
  • The Other Woman 10/31/15 - C- SOOO cheesy!!!
  • The Switch
  • When In Rome
  • You Again

Movies Watched Per Week

  1. Princess Diaries 2, You've Got Mail
  2. Twilight x2, 
  3. Twilight extended x 2

  5.  Fifty Shades of Grey (FINALLY!!) A - I loved it!!
  6.  Fifty Shades AGAIN!
  7.  SATC
  8.  13 Going on Thirty, Clueless
  9.  Twilight extended, Pitch Perfect, The Last Five Years (C)
  13.  The Longest Ride (I'll give it a B- for all the things they did wrong, and the questionable casting, though I DID love it, in my way)
  15.   SATC, Pitch Perfect
  16.   The Avengers: Age of Ultron (I guess C), 13 Going on Thirty
  17.   Pitch Perfect 2 (C I was disappointed it's NOT the first one :( ), SATC, Fifty Shades, Begin Again (B)
  18.   Ada (OLD movie, C), 13 Going on Thirty, some HOKEY ASS old movie, SATC
  19.   Notting Hill, Pitch Perfect, 13 Going on Thirty, Jurassic Park 1 & 3
  20.   Pitch Perfect, Jurassic Park 2 & 3, Jurassic World (C-)
  21.   Only You, You've Got Mail, Inside Out (A I LOVED IT!!), Frequency, Pretty In Pink
  22.   SATC, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4
  23.   Magic Mike XXL (B+ LOVED IT), Scream 2, 3 & 4, Benny & Joon, Can't Hardly Wait
  24.   Frequency
  25.   BD2, 13 Going on Thirty, Clueless
  26.  13 Going on Thirty, Empire Records
  27.  Mystic Pizza
  28.  Can't Buy Me Love, Mystic Pizza, Mona Lisa Smile, 13 Going on 30, SCREAM
  29.  Grease, SCREAM, Clueless
  30.  Friends with Benefits
  31.  Can't Buy Me Love, Say Anything, Clueless, 27 Dresses
  32.  The Notebook, The Lucky One, Sleepless in Seattle, Something To Talk About
  33.  Sleepless in Seattle, 27 Dresses, Sleeping Beauty
  34.  Mermaids, Hotel Transylvania (UGH!)
  35.  Can't Buy Me Love, Picture Perfect, Sleepless in Seattle
  36.  Grease, Dirty Dancing, Sleepless in Seattle, The Notebook
  37.  Sleepless In Seattle, Notting Hill
  38.  Sleepless In Seattle, In Her Shoes, Picture This (HBO, lame as hell, C), Can't Hardly Wait, Serendipity, Whatever It Takes
  39.  SATC, Serendipity, Bounce, 
  40.  The Intern (C, it was cute), Serendipity, Sleepless in Seattle, Get Over It, Halloween, Halloween 2, The Other Woman (C-, done CORNY)
  41.  Center Stage (x2), 
  42.  One Fine Day, The Gift (D-awful)
  43.  Love The Coopers (C, Cute), While You Were Sleeping, SATC, FSOG
  44.  Can't Hardly Wait, SATC, 
  45. Roman Holiday, The Santa Clause, The Grinch, 10 Things I Hate About You
  46. The Duff (D SO disappointed!!!!), Elf, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Center Stage
  47. Funny Girl (B - hated the end), White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf
  48. SATC
  49. Santa Clause, Elf, Miracle, White Christmas, The Muppets, Batman, Surviving Christmas
  50. Miracle on 34th Street (IN THE THEATRE!!!), Elf, White Christmas, The Santa Clause, Santa Clause 2, Man From UNCLE (B, thought Henry was HOT), SATC, Dirty Dancing
  51. Endless Love, Something To Talk About, 

Creative Goals:

1) Ten Design Teams Made (1 high profile--currently on 8 teams as of 9/1/15)
2) 500 Challenges Entered
3) 50 Linky Parties Entered 
4) 350 Cards Made
5) At least six swaps joined (2)
6) Finish craft room decor
7) Create canvases for bedroom
8) Make red, black and clear bracelet for yourself
9) Twilight photos matted and hung

Cards Completed By Month:

Jan: 25
Feb: 20 (45)
Mar: 23 (68)
Apr: 34 (102)
May: 21 (123)
Jun: 28 (151)
Jul: 51 (202)
Aug: 17 (219)
Sep: 30 (249)
Oct: 53 (302)
Nov: 16 (318)
Dec: 14 (332)

Year Goal: 350
Year Actual: 332 (I won't fault myself because I was sick A LOT in 2015!!)

INK UP All Those Unused Stamps

Year Goal: 250
Year Actual: 254

Swagbucks Year Goal: $600 ($50 per month)

By Month:

Jan: $150
Feb: $75
Mar: $60
Apr: $75
May: $100
Jun: $75
Jul: $75
Aug: $100
Sep: $75
Oct: $100
Nov: $125
Dec: $200

**ANYTHING GOES** New Challenge with Mema's Crafts!!

Happy New Year!!!  It's a new month and a new challenge at Mema's Crafts, and our theme this month is ANYTHING GOES!!  We have a lovely new sponsor this month in Blue Moon Scrapbooking, and they're giving one lucky winner a $15 gift certificate to their shop!!!  I got a great package from Lesia today, and I used the paper pad, ribbon and flowers inside to make this fun card.

Be sure to visit the blog and see what the rest of the DT have created.  Thanks so much and happy crafting.  Laters!!