November Progressive Challenge


Kris @ Imagine That Digistamp started the Progressive Challenge back up. What that means is she posted an image this month and if you make a project with it and link it to the challenge then you will get December’s Image FREE!

The image we got this month is “Marleen’s Christmas Stocking“. I used Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #395 as my inspiration.

1) Imagine That Digistamp Progressive Challenge – make a project with the image provided.
2) Beccy’s Place – Month of Holiday Card Challenge – Use “W” as your inspiration. I let the Wave in the sentiment paper be the starting point for this card.

3) November Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Bonus – for a child or child on it.

Digital Stamp: Marleen’s Christmas Stocking @ Imagine That Digistamp
Cardstock: Bazzill (Ruby Slipper, Rain, Intense Kiwi, Classic Yellow Green)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug (Milk & Cookies)
Accent/Tools: Cricut, Basic George Circut Cartridge, Elegant Edges Circut Cartridge, Eyelet Outlet (white enamel dots), Darice Embossing Folder (Stripe)

Rockin around the Christmas Tree

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Rockin Around Christmas Tree

I had a request for a guitar themed Christmas card. I found this SVG/digital stamp file. The original has the “as” partial on the guitar. Any way the way the guitar was in my cutting program there were way to many little pieces. So I asked my husband to separate guitar so I could just print it as one piece and add it to the cut out letters. Since all those letters were cut on the cricut I only made one card. If I can figure out how to do differently I make more!

Digital Stamp/SVG file: Rockin Around the Christmas Tree from Scarlett Rose Designs
Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, Classic Yellowgreen, Bazzill Red)
Accents/Tools: Xyron X, EK Success 1/16 pop dots


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So Tuesday after my root canal I decided to clean up a pile on my craft room floor. In doing so I made this card. When trying to come up with ideals last month if I saw a sketch that sparked an ideal I set it aside with the product that I thought would work with it. This was one of those so I made it instead of putting the stuff away. The JOY was actually on a journaling card that came with the paper pack but the patterned paper it was on was not clicking for me. So I cut the JOY out and put it on solid paper and liked it a lot better. The sketch that inspired this card was Try Stampin’ on Tuesday #289.
I turned the sketch on it’s side.

1) Jan Inspirational Card Challenge @ – theme category – any holiday.

Cardstock: Bazzill (Cranapple dark, Rain Forest, Ruby Slipper)
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories (Handmade Holiday Paper Pad)
Accents/Tools: EK Success 1/16 pop dots, cutter bee scissors

Hanging Stockings

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Hanging Christmas Stockings.JPG

Wasn’t sure if a regular was going to get cards this year but on the 13th he called and needed 20 cards by the 16th. So I had about 10 on hand that I didn’t think he got last year so I plugged away for 2 days and got 10 more cards made. This is one of them…I made 2 with different stockings hanging…that is all I could make with the scrap that the stockings came from. The red polka dot and gray cardstock are also scraps. Trying to use them up but still can’t tell by looking at my overflowing scrap drawers! White rick rack and tiny brads from Paper Studio (didn’t think I would use the super mini ones but they are coming in handy).

1) December Inspirational Card Challenge @  – Color Challenge – use the colors provided. My shades are not exact but in the family.
2) December Card Sketch Challenge @ – Sketch #5. I felt something needed to hang in that space and what better than stockings!!  Original sketch is from MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #307 (MFTWSC307)

Patterned Paper: Stockings – Photo Play Paper Dear Santa Collection (Fa La La), Red Polka Dot – unknown
Cardstock: Bazzill (gray very old, White)
Accents/Tools: Paper Studio brads, white rick rack, 1/16 EK Success pop dots, Cutter bee scissors

Angel – Silent Night



So here is the 2nd card using the “Away in a Manager” paper pack from The Paper Studio. I used sketch #1 in the September Card Challenge as my inspiration…just flipped so the circle was on top of the card instead of on the bottom.

I have enough paper I think I will get about 12 of these cards made.

1) September Card Sketch Challenge @ – sketch #1. Original sketch found here
2) Christmas in September @ – make a Christmas card.

3) Sparkles Christmas Challenge Challenge #68 – Christmas Fairies or Angels.

Cardstock: Bazzill (Nelly),
Gold Paper: The Paper Studio (Antique Gold Metallic)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio (Away in a Manger)
Accents/Tools: Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge (2″ and 2 1/4″ circles), Cuttlebug embossing folder, 1/16 EK Success pop dots


So in trying to figure out what I liked best I made this one too. I think I would rather have the angel facing to the right but I think for one card this works too!



Snowman with Cocoa


snowman with cocoa

Okay here is the finished product without any errors (well at least noticeable to me!)

So of course this was done at the last minute for the monthly challenge at From the Heart Stamps…not planned. I was actually not going to worry about it and just buy next months image but I saw a sketch on a challenge at and thought it would work perfect and could be done quickly. Well, nothing goes quickly or smoothly when you are tired and have an hour before a challenge ends! I do like the finished product though and plan on making it in several different colors and patterned paper. I’m going through my scraps and if it would look cute paper pieced I’m making it. Need to use up supplies this year!!


  1. Cardmakers Card Challenge @ – sketch #5 – (original is Sweet Sunday Sketch #293)
  2. Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #270 – Use a Sentiment
  3. Christmas Card Challenges #13 – inspirational photo –  I went with all purple and white.
  4. Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #66 – Getting Sentiment – al
  5. Stamp of the Month @ From the Heart Stamps – use the image provided to get next months image free!


Digital Image: Snowman and Cocoa @ From the Heart Stamps (currently only $1.00)

Cardstock: Dark Purple – The Paper Studio, White and light purple – Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Recollections at Michael’s

Accents/Tools: Darci embossing folder, xyron “x” sticker maker, Cricut, Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge (snowflake), gem, white flock on hat

Technique: embossing, paper piecing

Christmas Words


Christmas Words w Tree

I used Sugar Sketch Challenge #41 as my inspiration.

1) March Inspirational Card Challenge – product category – paper (or stamp) with words on it.

2) Sugar Pea Designs – Sugar Sketch #41 – make a project based off the sketch.

3) Christmas Card Challenge #13 – use the photo as your inspiration. I went with the tree and the sparkle.

4) Crimbo Crackers Challenge #101 – Die Cuts. The tree is a Sizzix die and the snowflakes were cut from a cricut cartridge.

Image: Sizzix Christmas Tree #2 original die
Patterned Paper: MME 6 x 6 paper pad – Christmas
Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, Pomegranate, Rain Forest)
Accents/Tools: Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge (snowflakes), gems, star gem, stickles (frosted lace)

Oh Merry Merry


Oh Merry Merry

I’m trying to make a couple Christmas cards each month so I got out one of my super OLD Christmas paper packs to see if anything would work. I was hoping to use one of the sketches I wanted to play along with. Well this round sticker popped out at me and then there was a matching sticker border too. I thought it would work for the original Pagemaps sketch that is our inspiration this week at Cardmakers Card Challenge. So the card came together pretty easily. The green tag was a new Tim Holtz tag set I got for Christmas and it leaves an impressed spot where writing goes. Since I wasn’t going to write on the tag I cut out a piece I had embossed and glued it on.

1) Cardmakers Card Challenge – Feb 7th sketch.
2) Feb Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category – used a Pagemaps sketch

3) Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #65 – Emboss it. I embossed on the tag.

4) C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #351 – Christmas

5) Christmas Card Challenge #11 – Color challenge. Or you can make any card as long as it is a Christmas card. I did not do the optional color challenge.

Round sentiment, sticker border and paper – The Paper Studio (Happy Hootin’ Holidays)
Accents/Tools: Tim Holtz tags, ribbon, Taylored Expressions swiss hearts embossing folder, EK Success 1/16 pop dots

NOEL Snowman


Noel Snowman

When I saw Vivian Lake’s card that is for the “lift” category in the Feb Inspirational Card Challenge I figured I had a digital stamp or SVG that I could use. But then I thought I bet I have 3- dimensional stickers that would work. I didn’t even get to the sticker binders before I found these in the cabinet laying next to the binders. While looking for paper I remember the challenge at Jingle Belles Christmas Challenge is to you lots lot of text. Well I know it is the same word over and over but when I saw it I thought it looked good and worked for the challenge. I embossed snowflakes on the white piece that look just like the ones on the blue piece.

1) Feb Inspirational Card Challenge – Lift Category – lift Vivian Lake’s card that is posted.
2) Jingles Belles Feb 12th Challenge – Text Me – use fonts…focus on the text/words of the card.  Hopefully this is enough text on the card.
3) Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #268 – use the color blue

4) Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #65 – Emboss it

Stickers: I believe they were at Hobby Lobby a few years ago
Cardstock: Bazzill (yellowgreen, Red Devil, white)
Patterned Paper: Recollections (Bright & Jolly)
Accents/Tools: Darci embossing folder, Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge

Warm Winter Wishes


Warm Winter Wishes.JPG

This is the Jan Digi of the Month at From the Heart Stamps. If you make a card with this image you get a free image next month…and they are cute images!! I thought this image would be perfect to use with the colors in the Jan Card Challenge- Color Category so I sent my husband the image and the colors and he colored this in photoshop for me!! I’m so spoiled! Then I couldn’t decide what kind of card I wanted to make with this image. I saw the sketch on the Cardmakers Card Challenge and the ideal of snowflakes came to mind so I went with a Christmas card which is good because my goal is to make 1-3 Christmas cards a month.

I promise that is Berrylicious (pink family) and not a red on there!

1) Jan Card Challenge @ – color category – use the all the colors provided.
2) Cardmakers Card Challenge @ – 01/11/2015 Sketch – the original sketch is a Pagemaps Card Sketch Jan 2014.
3) From the Heart Stamps Digi of the Month Challenge – use the image provided to get next months image free.
4) Crimbo Crackers Christmas Challenge #98 – Anything Goes
5) Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #63 – Use Designer Paper. I’m guessing that means patterned paper.
6) Christmas Card Challenge #7 – Any Christmas Card or use the optional theme (which was an inspirational photo). I did not do the optional theme.
7) Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #264 – Cute Christmas/Winter or Anything Goes. I went with cute!

Digital Image: Cozy Kittens @ Crafting From the Heart Digital Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill ( Ash, Berrylicious, Kachina)
Patterned Paper: Recollections (Aqua Dot)
Inks: colored in photoshop by my wonderful husband and printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: Cricut, Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge, Xyron “X” sticker maker, Xyron 510 Sticker maker

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