Monday, December 31, 2012

Last Post for 2012

I can’t believe we are at the end of 2012.    I hope that 2013 is a little smoother than this past year has been.      I have one last project to share with you.


2012-12-31 Mikes bday pheasant WM

I made this card for my hubby’s birthday last week.   I had to look at a lot of image on google in to color this guy.   He looks like the one that sometimes visits my yard.   He is missing the light colored speckles from his back but, to be honest, I was afraid of messing him up if I tried to add them.


Thank you for stopping by!   Have a Happy New Year!  


While you are here, don't forget to check out my blog candy!  (click on photo below for details)

Blog Candy from Cheryl



  • Stamps:  Fall Pheasant (digital stamp) from Digi Doodle Shop, Background Basics & Tiny Tags II from Papertrey
  • Ink:  Close To My Heart Chocolate & Autumn Terracotta ink, Papertrey kraft ink, Distress Ink antique linen
  • Papers:  Neenah crest solar white, Papertrey kraft CS, Memory Box Valise paper pack
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Sweet n Sassy leaf die, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Copic markers, Papertrey linen/canvas texture plate
  • Embellishments:  May arts twine, misc. burlap ribbon & button



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Let It Snow!

Are you digging out from Thursday’s blizzard?  We have barely a dusting of snow.  Just an hour away they have over 10 inches of the white stuff.    Now we have the cold!  Brrrrrr…  I was happy with the warm weather we had last week.

Anyhow, I have one final set of Christmas cards to share with you today.   I love Heather Ellis’ snowmen.   I printed and colored these guys before Thanksgiving and they were just sitting on my desk.  I finally had a chance to put them on some cards.   I have already sent all my cards out for the year so I will tuck these away for next year.  (I kept them pretty flat and easy to mail so I can send these to OWH)


  2012-12-22 snowman wm


Merry Christmas!   Thank you for stopping by!


While you are here, don’t forget to check out my Winter Blog Candy!


Blog Candy from Cheryl



  • Stamps:  Snowman 001 (digital stamp) from Heather Ellis DigiStampCharacters
  • Ink:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey white CS, Paper Studio black CS,  Echo Park Winter Park DP pad
  • Tools:  Copic markers, Big Shot, Papertrey edgers die, Die-Namics snowflake die
  • Embellishments:  Ribbon (stampin’up?), misc. button



Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Blog Candy!

I have some exciting paper-crafty things going on in January.   To celebrate, I thought I would share a little blog candy with my followers.


The blog candy contains

  • My Mind’s Eye Kraft Funday Every day Fun 6x6 paper pad
  • Cosmo Cricket UPcycle 6x6 paper pad
  • Autumn Leaves Scribbles Hearts and Stars clear stamps
  • Spool of Farmer’s Market lime twist baker’s twine


So what do you have to do to win these goodies?

  • Be a follower of my blog
  • Post my blog candy in your side bar with a link back here .  (There is a blog button below to make this step easier.  Just copy and paste the code in a new “Configure HTML/Java” gadget in your sidebar.)

That’s it.  I’m trying to keep it simple.


Entries will end on January 18, 2013.  I will use to pick a winner and post the winner’s name with in a week.   The winner will need to email me with their mailing info in 10 days or I will pick a new winner.


Thank you for being my followers!  I hope you will enjoy some of the things coming up in January!





Button for you to copy and paste if you would like.

Blog Candy from Cheryl

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Santa’s Puppy Helper

Yes, another Christmas card.  I’m running out of time to share them with you before the big day.   I made this card for the vets and staff at the veterinary clinic we take our pets to.  They are always so kind and compassionate.  I thought they might enjoy this mischievous pup from Meljen’s Designs.


2012-12-20 MJD Santa Pup WM


Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Meljen’s Designs Santa’s Puppy Helper (rubber stamp) available at Whimsy Stamps, Signature Christmas from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Olive Ink
  • Paper:  Neenah crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics red CS, BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses paper pad
  • Tools:  Copic markers, Big Shot, Papertrey Holly & Journal Tabs dies
  • Embellishments:  May Arts burlap twine, Paper Studio gemstones, misc. button, Glossy Accents


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pet Sympathy

My sister in-law recently lost 2 of her cats so I made her a sympathy card using Meljen’s Designs “Kitty Angel”. 


2012-12-19 MJD Kitty sympathy WM


I experimented with coloring on kraft paper for this card.  I’m not sure if I love the results but it was a learning experience.

Last week was also a hard week for my family.  We lost Allie who was a member of our family for over 14 years.    It was such a sad day.    Below are a few photos of my girl.  We miss her.


Allie Pics-001SMALL


Thank you for stopping by!



P.S.   Stop by Annette’s blog and help her celebrate meeting her crafting goals this year and her many blessings.   See her blog  HERE for a chance to link up and win.



  • Stamps:   Kitty Angel (digital stamp) from Meljen’s Designs,  With Sympathy: Loss of Pet from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Paper Studio black CS, Memory Box Valise paper pack
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Tiny Tags die & Linen texture plate, Fiskars edge punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug black seam binding, Vintage Baker’s Twine, button, Spica gold and clear pens, Sakura white pen


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snow Wonderful

Christmas is just a week away!   I feel more ready than I usually do at this point.   For once I am not running around like a stressed out maniac!  Woo hoo!

This is my last Whimsy & Stars Studio Christmas card to share for the year.   I thought I was done with Christmas cards but I just couldn’t resist coloring one last Whimsy & Stars Studio image, especially because I love this snowman.


2012-12-18 WSS Snow Wonderful WM

Mark your calendar for the next Whimsy & Stars blog hop coming up on January 8th to see the new images for January and for your chance to win prizes.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a a wonderful day!



  • Stamps:  Snowman and Girl (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Snow Wonderful from Verve Stamps
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Cranberry
  • Papers:  Neenah crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, October Afternoon Holiday Style paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Journal Tabs die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Venetian Red Hug Snug seam binding,  the Twinery  Carribean baker’s twine, Paper Studio pearls, misc green and snowflak button


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Exciting News!

In January I will be joining the PumpkinSpice Design Team!    You can see the announcement on the PumpkinSpice blog here
If you are not familiar with PumpkinSpice, go check out the store.   I was a customer before I applied for the DT.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

One Little Christmas Tree

The entire time I was working on my card, the song “One Little Christmas Tree” was going through my head.   Do you remember that one?  (If not, you can hear it here.)  “One little Christmas tree can light up a home….”  Isn’t it perfect with this cute image?

Speaking of this cute image, did you get a chance to download this from the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog a couple of weeks ago?   If not, it’s too late now but make sure you sign up as a follower so that you don’t miss out on any future freebies.   (You can also keep in touch in the Whimsy & Stars Studio group on Facebook HERE.)


2012-12-11 WSS Merry Bright WM


I tried something different (for me) again.  This card fits in a business sized envelope.  I also wanted to use the negative space from the die cut letters.    The only difficulty that I had was running the PTI card stock through my printer.  Although I love their paper, my printer is not a fan and doesn’t want to run it through with out jamming.

I hope you have a fabulous week!  Thank you for stopping by.



  • Stamp:  Xmas tree (digital stamp) limited time freebie from Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks: Distress Inks Antique Linen
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft CS, Authentique Wonder paper pad, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Copic makers, Big Shot, Papertrey alphabet dies, Stampin’ Up photo corner punch (to create the fishtail in the pennant), Die-Namics Stacking Stars die
  • Embellishments: Inkssentials Glossy Accents, Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk paint dabber, Gold Spica pen, Crinkled Vanilla Bean seam binding, Timeless Twine baker’s twine, misc. button & jingle bell



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Did you win?



Don’t forget to stop by the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog to see if you are a lucky winner from the blog hop.     There is one Grand Prize winner of 3 digi stamps and 7 surprise winners of 1 digi stamp!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I Tried To Be Good!

*** If you are looking for my Whimsy & Stars Studio blog hop post, you can find it HERE.  Don’t forget to hop along with us for your chance to win 3 Whimsy & Stars Studio digi stamps!***


Hello!   I have another birthday card to share with you today.  I made this for a friend’s birthday.  She is an animal lover so  I thought this cute pup would be perfect.  


2012-11 WD Tried to be good WM


Thank you for stopping by!   Have a great weekend!


  • Stamps:  I Tried (digital stamp) from Whimsie Doodles
  • Inks:  none
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey kraft CS, October Afternoon Cakewalk DP
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Die-namics Simply Scallops Large, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  misc. button & twine


Monday, December 3, 2012

Whimsy & Stars Studio Blog Hop



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! To get ready for the season, the Whimsy and Stars Studio team is having a blog hop to show off all the Christmas and winter themed images available from Whimsy and Stars Studio and to introduce the new Winter 2013 design team members!

If you just arrived from Whimsy & Stars Studio blog, you are on the right track! If not, please start at the beginning of the hop at the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog to make sure you don't miss out on anything. Hop along and leave a comment for each member of design team.  The hop will end on Friday, December 7th at midnight EST.  One random winner, to be announced on the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog on December 8th, will be picked from all the comments received to win the Grand Prize of THREE DIGI STAMPS. 

2012-12-04 WSS Blog Hop Tag card B WM


I am really feeling in the Christmas spirit this year. That is really saying a lot since my brother nicknamed me Scroogie McGrinch the last few years. I know, I know… on my blog I would still post Christmas cards but I really wasn’t feeling it. But, I am a strong believer in “fake it until you make it”. Act happy and energized (or in the mood for Christmas) and the next thing you know, you are starting to feel it. (Any of my Jazzercise friends want to give me a “Woo!”?) Any how, this year it is the real deal. I am feeling it my friends!   I have been playing Christmas songs since mid-November and am really enjoying making holiday projects.  I especially like how this one turned out.


2012-12-04 WSS Blog Hop Tag card WM


For my project, I used the image the image “Xmas Tag” which is currently the image you can receive as a special gift with purchase.    In fact, for the duration of the hop, Mabelle is offering a special gift with purchase. With any order from the Whimsy and Stars Studio Etsy store, you can select one of two special images, Stocking Ted or Xmas Tag as your free gift.   Here is a look at both of the digis.




Since we are showing off Mabelle’s adorable Christmas and Winter digital stamps, I thought I would show you some of my favorite projects that I have created with them in the past.  Her images are just the sweetest and so fun to work with.


WSS Christmas



Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop on the hop is the talented  Christine's blog.


Don't forget to leave a comment at each stop on the hop to increase your chance of winning the Grand Prize!


Here is the entire blog hop list in case you get lost along the way:

Whimsy & Stars Studio

Cheryl (you are here!)











Thank you for hopping by!




  • Stamps:  Xmas Tag (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio  (currently free gift with purchase)
  • Inks:  Distress Inks Antique Linen
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS,  Paper Studio black CS, Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas paper pad, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Victorian Lace border die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Spica gold glitter pen, American Crafts white ink pen, doily, Tattered Angels Snow Queen glimmer mist, Hug Snug black seam binding, Papertrey button twine, Paper Studio gold metal stickers, Jenni Bowlin button, Jenni Bowlin malted milk paint dabber, misc. button & jingle bell