Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Year in Review Blog Hop & Whimsy & Stars Studio Blog Candy

My crafty friend Karin is hosting a Year in Review blog hop so that we can show off our favorite creations of 2011. I jumped at the chance to stroll down memory lane and share a few projects from the year with you. If you just came across the blog hop on my blog, you might want to start at Karin’s blog so that you can see all the crafty goodness and qualify for all the blog candy. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST TO SEE HOW TO QUALIFY FOR $6.00 GC FOR DIGI STAMPS AT WHIMSY & STARS STUDIO!

To make it even more exciting, Mabelle of Whimsy & Stars Studio graciously agreed to sponsor some most yummy blog candy. You can read how to win $6.00 in digital images of your choice from the Whimsy & Stars Studio store at the bottom of my post.

So here we go! These are some of my favorite projects from 2011. ( You can click on the photo of my project to go to my original post.)

January - Stamps: Happy Things Pennants digi stamp set by Raindrop Echo Designs on Whimsy Stamps

February – Stamps: Cutie Pie: Little Things by AmberInk

March - Benny & Joon Have Cake by Crissy Armstrong available on Whimsy Stamps

April - Bunny Pail digital stamp by Wax Fruit Company

May - Stitched Lotus and Round Leaf by Meljen’s Designs, Flowers in Bloom Sentiments by Raindrop Echo Designs

June - Majestic Eagle Head by StampArt Designs available on Whimsy Stamps, Freebie Sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs

July - Birthday Bumps from Lili of the Valley, Party Mini Letter Seals by Raindrop Echo Designs on Whimsy Stamps

August - Hen by Shelly’s Images

September - Halloween Girl (digital stamp) from Whimsy and Stars Studio, Halloween Ticket Sentiments (digital stamp) from Raindrop Echo Designs on Whimsy Stamps

October - Farmer Crow (digital stamp) by Meljen’s Designs

November - Winter Friends (digital stamp) by Whimsy and Stars Studio, Holiday Treats by Papertrey

December - Santa (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Signature Christmas & Just the Ticket from Papertrey

Now for the blog candy! Mabelle gave me a gift certificate for $6.00 which you can use to purchase the digi images of your choice from the Whimsy & Stars Studio store. Wouldn’t some new Whimsy & Stars Studio digis be a great start to the New Year?

To qualify for the drawing, all you need to do is go to the Whimsy & Stars Studio store (HERE) and pick out the image that is your favorite. Scroll down to the linky tool below and type in your info as usual but when you enter your name ADD THE NAME OF YOUR FAVORITE WHIMSY & STARS STUDIO image. [For example: Cheryl (Coffee Girl)] You do not need to participate in the hop to join the blog candy draw. Entries close at midnight CST on 12-31-11. I will use to pick the lucky winner and will post the name on my blog on New Years day. (In the event that the winner does not claim their prize with in 10 days, I will pick a new winner.)

I would also love it if you left me a comment so I can come visit you and become a follower of my blog but it is not necessary to qualify for the blog candy.

**Edited to add - Melissa of Meljen’s Designs is jumping in on the fun. Be sure to stop by the Meljen’s Designs blog to get the details on a 25% sale for New Years!

I am also linking up my post to the Tatertots & Jello Weekend Wrap Up Party – Link up your favorite projects from 2011.

Happy New Year to you! I wish you a year of health, wealth and creativity for 2012.

Now I’m off to check out all the blogs on the hop!

If the linky tool is not working, please leave your information in comments.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Favorite Five Christmas Cards of 2011

Although I planned on taking a little blogging break this week, when I saw this post on my crafty friend Anita’s blog, I had to join in the fun. Debby is hosting a little linky party with some blog candy where we can share our favorite Christmas cards of 2011.

1. I love the snowflakes and the sweet little chickadees on this card. You can see my original post here.

Image: Cozy Little Chickadees (digital image) by Meljen’s Designs

2. I love this jolly Santa image from Whimsy & Stars Studio. I had fun using paint and a recycled Starbucks coffee sleeve to add some texture. My original post is here.

Image: Santa (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio

3. I think it is well documented that I am a sucker for snowmen. This one in particular makes me smile and had to be included on my list. You can see my original post here.

Stamps: Stampendous Woody Snowman, Papertrey Holiday Treats

4. I have to admit, I love the colors on this one and had to include it on my list. My original post is here.

Image: Winter Friends (digital stamp) by Whimsy and Stars Studio

5. Okay, this little guy is just plan cute. (Again, my weakness for snowmen is showing.) I love his paper pieced hat. My original post is here.

Image: Cup of Cocoa (digital stamp) by Whimsie Doodles

Before I go, another crafty friend is hosting a Year in Review Blog Hop (with a prize)! Doesn’t that sound fun? I think I might have to scrape together another post. Smile You can click on the picture below to go to Karin’s blog and get all the details. I hope you will join in the fun.

Thank you for stopping by! Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sentimental Sundays New Years Party


Mark your calendars!  The Sentimental Sundays team is going to kick off the New Year with a party!  They are going to announce some new changes, faces and of course a new year filled with amazing challenges and sponsors!

To celebrate this exciting moment, they are having a NEW YEAR's PARTY blog hop style with fantastic giveaways.  For all the details, stop by the Sentimental Sundays blog  on January 1st, 2012. 

The Sentimental Sundays team is asking that you help them spread the news about our
New Year's Day Party.  Here’s how you can help:

1) Create a post, include the picture above and invite all your friends


2) Link back to your blog post

That's it!!  Easy right?

The winner will get a $20 Gift Certificate to their favorite online store!  For every 100, entries there will be another $20 Gift Certificate added!!

So what are you waiting for....Let's start sharing the LOVE!!  You can see all the details on the Sentimental Sundays blog.





Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quick Christmas projects

If you need to make some quick, last minute Christmas tags or cards, don’t forget Meljen’s Designs offers colored digis. I printed off these cute, colored snowmen and using scraps I already had on my desk, made this cute tag in about 15 minutes. You can see Meljen’s entire collection of colored images HERE.

I also need a few quick, little gifts for a few people so I made some Hot Cocoa Customization Kits. I got my idea from this post. (Be sure to check out the post on Kirtsy – Megan’s kits are much cuter.)

I used a pre-colored Meljen’s Designs image to make a little tag. Included in my kit are some mini-chocolate chips to make the cocoa richer, crushed candy canes, malted milk powder, and mini marshmallows.

Just a reminder that the challenge last week, No Rectangle Cards, is still going on this week so you have plenty of time to link up your creations on the Meljen’s Designs blog.

Also, I wanted to share a picture of an early gift that Santa dropped off for me. He knows of my love of snowman and bird watching so he “gave” this to my hubby to give to me. That’s right, it’s a snowman bird feeder. It looks like it was an early gift for the finches too.

Since I am not sure I will have another post before the weekend, I’ll take this chance to wish each of you Happy & Safe Holidays.

Supplies for tag:

  • Images: Caroling Snowman – COLOR (digital image) by Meljen’s Designs
  • Inks: Distress Inks Antique Linen
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, Echo Park Holly Jolly DP pad, Georgia Pacific white CS
  • Tools: Color printer, Big Shot, Papertrey Journal Tabs die and Doily Details die, Cropodile, Stampin’ Up small circle punch, Sizzix tag die, Creative Memories corner punch
  • Embellishments: Paperstudios metals, Clear Spica marker, misc. rick rack, twine, & bells

Supplies for Cocoa Kit:

  • Stamps: Christmas Cocoa – COLOR digital image) by Meljen’s Designs
  • Inks: None
  • Papers: All scraps
  • Tools: Big Shot, Sizzix oval tags die
  • Embellishments: Misc. ribbon, twine, button
  • Other: Food quality test tubes, misc. fillings


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Medallion Christmas Card

This is another Christmas card that I made for easy mailing. It is my attempt at a single layer card. (Check out all the beautiful single layer cards by my blogging friend Kathy at The Lucky Stamper.)

I kind of think these medallions look like fancy snowflakes. Kind of… My DH said that this is his favorite out of all my Christmas cards.

Thank you for stopping by!



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Girl with Kitty

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This week I have another birthday card to share. This adorable image is “Girl with Kitty” from Whimsy and Stars Studio.

I hope your holiday preparations are going smooth. I am pretty much on schedule (for a change). I usually am not so prepared so I am sure I am forgetting something big. Oh well, I’m sure it will all turn out just fine.

Have a great week! Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Girl with Kitty (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks: None
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, My Mind’s Eye Six by Six Vanity Fair paper pad, Neenah Crest solar white
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Papertrey Journal tabs collection die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Paper Studio pearls, Pink Aster Hug Snug seam binding, The Twinery Honeydew baker’s twine, misc button, epoxy flower and rick rack
  • Techniques: Paper piecing, computer generated sentiment

Challenges :

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Card & Blog Candy Winner

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I have another Christmas card to share today. This is another card that I made to be easily mailed. The white snow flake is made from a coffee filter spritzed with glimmer mist.

Thank you to every one that entered my blog candy drawing.

The winner of the 2 My Mind’s Eye Six by Six pads (Darling Dear & All Spice) is….

Lucky number 13 – Annette A. of My Clever Creations!

Annette, please email me at shestamps11-blogs(at)yahoo(dot)com with your snail mail address and I will get these in the mail to you.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you have a fabulous week end!


  • Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio from Papertrey
  • Inks: Stampin’ Up Real Red & Whisper White
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft CS, Stampin’ Up Real Red
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Provocraft embossing folder, Papertrey Damask snowflakes & edgers collection die
  • Embellishments: Tattered Angels Glimmer mist, misc button & twine, coffee filters


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas–Hawaiian Style

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I love the new images that Melissa from Meljen’s Designs is release this week. Check out this guy! He is so ready to catch a wave. I love his swim shorts.

New new Meljen’s Designs challenge is “No RECTANGLE Cards”. So that the DT can take some time off to celebrate the holiday season with their families, the challenge is going to run for 2 weeks. You can link up your project and get some more inspiration from the DT at the Meljen’s Designs blog.

I used the “no rectangle cards” challenge as an opportunity to make this reindeer into a fun gift tag. Here is a look at the back.

I know you want to want to take a peek at all the digis being released to the Meljen’s Designs store today. Aren’t they fun?

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous day and week end. We are heading to Chicago for a day for another fencing tournament. Since we will be in the city, we’re planning to take the opportunity to check out all the Christmas lights and decorations on Michigan Ave. I’m looking forward to it.


  • Stamps: Summer Time Reindeer (digital stamps) available in the Meljen’s Designs Store
  • Inks: None
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft CS, Neenah crest solar white CS, Crate Paper Snow Day paper pad
  • Tools: Big Shot, Papertrey Damask Snowflake die, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic markers, Cropadile
  • Embellishments: The Twinery bakers twine, Gloss Accents


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

He’s Makin’ A List

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I have another Christmas card using a Whimsy & Stars Studio digital image to share with you. I love this jolly looking Santa. He looks like he is pretty happy with all the names on the “Nice” list this year.

I only used part of the image for my card, so here is a look at the full image. (Of course when you purchase this image you will receive a high resolution image with out the watermark.)

If you are looking a head to Valentine’s Day, Mabelle will be putting Valentine themed digis into the store later this week. I got to take an early look at them and I warn you, they are cute!

Before I go, I thought I would share a picture of one of the glitter ornaments my daughter and I made. They were so easy and look gorgeous. It was fun making these and my daughter wants to make some more.

If you would like to give these a try, HERE is the tutorial from Greenbean’s Craftrole that we used.

I hope all your holiday preparations are progressing smoothly. I’m happy to say that my checklist of “Things To Do” is getting shorter. (Although I think I will still have the last minute rush to finish things up before Christmas.)

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!


  • Stamps: Santa (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Signature Christmas & Just the Ticket from Papertrey
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Cranberry & Olive, Distress Inks Antique Linen
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft and poppy CS, Neenah Crest solar white CS, Authentique Wonder paper pad, misc green scrap CS
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Papertrey Edgers collection #4 die, Just the Ticket die & pine boughs die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin Ranger Malted Milk paint dabber, Inkssentials Glossy Accents, Hug Snug ivory seam binding, misc. bakers twine & button, Stampendous Fun Flock, Starbucks coffee sleeve

Challenges for Card:

Challenges for Ornament:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Cardinal

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Oh my goodness! 12 more days until Christmas! Thankfully my checklist of things to get done before Christmas is getting shorter.

This is one of the Christmas cards that I made especially for easy mailing. I am having issues with the colors in my photos again. The bakers twine in the photo looks pink but IRL it is red. The cardinal is embossed on a shimmery background.

I am trying to use up this old Stampin’ Up DP. I used up all the papers that I really loved out the collection and now want to use up the next. I think this I the 4th year using it. The stamp set is also pretty old and had never been used. I am so glad I finally inked it up.

I was inspired by 2 gorgeous cards by Lucy’s Cards. I CASE’d the design from this card and, although it doesn’t show up well in this photo, I CASE’d the shimmer background from this card.

Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Inkadinkado Winter Trails, Papertrey Tree Trimming Trio
  • Inks: Versa Mark, Stampin’ Up Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft CS, Stampin’ Up Real Red CS, Stampin’ Up….. DP
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Heat tool,
  • Embellishments: xxx Shimmer Mist, Embossing powder, The Twinery baker’s twine, misc. vintage button


They Say It’s Your Bee-Day!

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Today I am still on a break from Christmas and have another birthday card to show to you using Meljen’s Designs Birthday Bee. As I mentioned before I have sooooo many December birthdays so I am trying to get some cards ready to mail.

Are you ready for some serious cuteness? Check out the new digis Melissa is releasing to the store. I love them so!

The new Meljen’s Designs challenge is Use Green! You can use any shade and as much as you want as long as you use green on your project. You can see the challenge rules, the DT projects, and the linky tool on the Meljen’s Designs blog.

Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Birthday Bee (digital stamp) from Meljen’s Designs
  • Inks: None
  • Papers: Papertrey white CS, misc. gray CS, October Afternoon Farmhouse paper pad
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Copic markers, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Stampin’ Up edge punch
  • Embellishments: Twinery Bakers twine, misc. ribbon & button, tag template from Alenka’s printables
  • Techniques: Paper piecing, computer generated sentiment using Cutie Pop free font


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

We Interrupt Our Christmas Programming….

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To bring you a birthday card. I went to my card stash and found that I am almost out of birthday cards. How did that happen? So I will be popping in some birthday cards as much as I can over the next few weeks because my have lots of friends and family members with December birthdays.

For this card I used Balloon Girl from Whimsy & Stars Studio. The colors in the photo are off a bit. In real life her dress closely matches the pink sheet music paper on the card. I tried messing around in Photoshop but I don’t know what I am doing. Why does this happen with some photos?

I’m going to keep this short. I had meeting in Chicago today (Monday) and I am tired. I’m going to go prop up my foot and chill out.

Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Balloon Girl (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks: Copic ink refill
  • Papers: Papertrey white CS, Neenah Crest solar white, misc. prawn CS, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Market Street paper pad
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Ivory Hug Snug seam binding, The Twinery bakers twine, misc. lace & button, tag template from Alenka’s printables, Close To My Heart Stardust glitz, Marvy Twinklette gold glitter pen, white Sakura Gellyroll pen, Paperstudio pearls, Epoxy flower from Pick Your Plum
  • Sentiment computer generated


Monday, December 5, 2011

Amber Ink Blog Hop–There’s An Elf On The Shelf

Amber and Pam asked all the previous Amber Ink gals if they would like to participate in the 2nd annual holiday blog hop. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. This year the hop is all about the Elf on the Shelf. What a crazy phenomenon! I swear I see this little guy every where I go - online, in the stores, TV, friend’s homes. I almost wish my daughter was younger so we could join in the fun.

Doesn’t he look worried that he is on the naughty list? Or maybe he is worried about having to give Santa a bad report?

For my projects I made a card and a matching pencil topper. My daughter can’t wait to use her new pencil to do homework. (Okay, maybe the homework part isn’t true, but she is begging me to hand him over.) Do you think he will help her with her math facts?

Amber’s new Elf on the Shelf images are adorable. You can see them all here. There are even pre-colored images to make your crafting quicker.

Here is a complete list of the blog hop stops. If there are any problems with the links, you can see the entire list on the Amber Ink blog.

**Edit: I'm sorry but I have tried every which way to get the link list for the blog hop to work and I continue to have technical difficulties. For the complete blog hop list, please see the Amber Ink blog.

Since this is a hop and you have lots of other stops, I let you get on your way. Be sure to stop be each blog and leave a comment. Each stop on the hop is giving away one Amber Ink digi image. The hop is open 12-5-11 through 12-6-11. On 12-8, the GRAND PRIZE winner of an Elf on the Shelf gift pack (from will be announced on the Amber Ink blog.

I will be giving away the Elf on the Shelf image that I used for my projects. To qualify, just leave a comment and I will pick a winner on 12-7-11.

Thank you for hopping by!

P.S. While you are here, don’t forget to check out my blog candy.


  • Stamps: Elf on the Shelf – Actually on the Shelf (digital image) by Amber Ink
  • Inks: none
  • Papers: Neenah Crest solar white, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics red CS, October Afternoon Holiday Style DP pad
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Damask snowflake die, My Favorite Things Scallop die, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Misc. twine & button, pencil


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hand Warmers for the Amber Ink Pinny Party

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I’m coming in just under the wire for this week’s Amber Ink Pinny party. Every week, Amber is hosting a Pinny Party (you could also call it a challenge) to make something inspired by a photo you saw on Pinterest. Since I am a Pinterest addict and see lots of things I would like to try, this weekly party is perfect to give me the kick that I need to actually make some of the stuff I pin.

I decided to try my hand at making these cute pocket hand warmers. The photo shows 2 ivory hand warmers and how I packaged them up.

With my fleece hand warmers, I include these instructions. You can just see the corner under the hearts. I think I might print the rest on kraft.

Pocket Hand Warmers

Microwave for up to 25 seconds.

Slip into pockets, gloves or socks

for gentle warmth for up to an hour.


This was a stretch for me. I can sew on card stock but NEVER on fabric of any kind. It took me a few trials to get a new needle install properly and work out the correct stitch length and tension.

Based on some internet research that I did, I read that brown rice retains the heat longer than white rice. Since all I had had my house was brown rice, it worked out perfectly. If you would like them to be scented, I read that you could add a few drops of an essential oil to the rice too. Since I didn’t have any on hand, mine have the plain ol’ rice scent.

I was inspired by this pin.

Once again, I am keeping this post short so that I can get it posted before the end of the party and get started putting up the Christmas tree.

If you are still looking for a Christmas gift for some one, check out Purse Bling. For a discount click on the icon in my right hand tool bar.

Have a great week!

P.S. Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for the Amber Ink 2nd Annual Holiday blog hop. There are LOTS of prizes to win.


Hand Warmers

  • Fleece, heart template (used at 80%), card board (to make template), brown rice (supposed to keep the heat longer), Sewing machine

Gift Tags:

  • Stamps: None (printed using MS Word)
  • Inks: None
  • Tools: Big Shot, Papertrey Doily Details die & Holly Jolly die, Spellbinders Nestabilties
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft CS all the rest is misc. from my scrap bin
  • Embellishments: Misc bakers twine & button & Tuskineko Psst Shimmer spray


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