Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MMSC82 -Fred She Said Emma with Chickadee

The Midnight Madness Sketch challenges has combined three sketches in this post that will last the WHOLE MONTH of December. We have supplied both the FANCY and CAS sketches for you. In the true celebration of crafting, you are more than welcome to enter as many cards as you like this month.

This Months sketches...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.


Enter one style or both all month long.

Just have fun and come play with us

For my Midnight Madness Card this week I did MMSC82 with Emma the Chickadee from the Fred She Said Store that you can find here. I absolutely love this image. I cut her out and mounted her on this square spellbinders die cut. The bottom border is the grand lace bordability from spellbinders. The round doily was made with Martha Stewart's corner Deco Shells. The flourish is a sizzx die cut. Everything was glittered with stickles...my favorite embellishment!

This is the inside of my card. I made the small and medium blue poinsettia with the medium and small marvy flower punch and mounted them on the medium and large Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake punch.

Sadly this is my last card with the Midnight Madness Design team. I will truly miss all my Design Team Sisters and the fun I had as a member of the team. I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Here is my card with the envelope I made to go with it.

Challenges Entered
Incy Wincy - Recipe (3 flowers, 2 Papers, 1 image)
Kaber Weekly - Digi Stamp and Sparkle
Little Paper Shop - Let's Get Funky (Funky Edge)
Ooh La La Creations - Christmas Song (Winter Wonderland)
Paper Playtime - Christmas Carol Inspired (Winter Wonderland)
The Crafty Pad - Snowflakes
Gingerloft - Bows
Scrappy Frog - Christmas

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Paper Angel Ornament Tutorial

This is a Angel Ornament that I have created from paper. The image you see on this Angel is from the Fred She Said Winter Bird Series Digital Collection that can be found here. The Chickadee image was used for this Angel, but any of the birds would look absolutely lovely on this ornament. This is a lovely gift or hostess thank you item for all those special people in your life. Why not make up a bunch of these for your Christmas tree or display on a stand as a table centerpiece. So many uses for these beautiful Angels.

The base is half of  a 7-3/4 inch circle and the arms are half of a 4 inch  circle. The half circles are curled into a  cone shape and glued.  That's it-easy peasy.

Here is another Angel in a different configuration. This is actually the first one I made. I cut out my pieces, ran it through the cuttlebug with the swiss dot folder. I punched the border with the Martha Stewart Corner Gothic Arches punch. Stickles were applied to the bottom of the skirt and the bottom of the sleeves. I glued on a small Christmas bulb for the head, used a pipe cleaner for the halo, and tied a bow and attached at the neck.

This is the snowflake Angel. The spellbinders snowflake die was used for the wings and the Martha Stewart Arctic snowflake punch was for the decoration. I sprayed glimmer mist on the snowflake embossed angel. I glittered all the snowflakes with Martha Stewart glitter.

This one was my attempt at making an Angel that would look antique or vintage. After cutting out my pieces, I used my decorative scissors to cut a fancy edge (yes, those scissors still come in handy even after all the punches and die cuts!), I ran it through the cuttlebug with the Textile Texture embossing folder then sponged on some Rangers Tea Dye ink. I used mica flakes for the glitter around the borders. Martha Stewart Branch and Snowflake punches were used for the decorative treatment at the neck.
This angel is called my "Woodland" Angel-Supplies for this are Martha Stewart Branch Punch and Sizzx Leaves die, Cuttlebug Leafy Branch embossing folder. This was sponged with Rangers tea dye distress ink. The leaves and branches were sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink and diamond stickles applied.
For this Angel, I cut out my pieces, punched the edges with the Martha Stewart Corner Gothic Arches Punch. I used white feathers on my wings and stickles and pearls for the borders.

Challenges Entered
Allsorts - Monochrome
Craft Your Days Away - Texture (On White and Antique Angel)
CES Challenges - Vintage
Mark's Finest Papers - Add a Bow
One Stop Craft Challenge - Christmas Cuties
Our Daily Bread Designs - Snowflakes
Alphabet Challenge - E is for Embossing
The Character Cafe - Neutral Color with Glitter/Sparkle
Christmas Stampin' - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Christmas
Fairy Tale - White
Mami Doodles - Gift Items
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Hodge Podge - Anything Goes
Stampinsanity - Challenge Yourself
Crafty Creations - Christmas
Freshly Brewed - Winter/Christmas
Inktegrity - Anything Goes
Creative Belli - R's (Ribbon)
Fab 'n' Funky - Go with the Flow
Gingersnap Creations - Vintage Hue
Anything Goes - Animals
Tuesday Taggers - A decoration
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Christmas Not a Card
Stamps R Us - Sparkle and Scallops
Die Cut Dreams - Anything But a Card
Flutter By Wednesday - Thank You (Can be a Thank you Gift)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Eddie the Elf Table Decoration

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I want to wish you and your family a blessed and happy day. Today is Digital Delights day and I have a cute project for you today that you might want to think about making for your Christmas dinner table. I used Eddie the Elf from Digital Delights that you can find here. This would look just as adorable with Caroling Penny and Santa Bryce as well. In fact, there are many images at Digital Delights that would be perfect on this tree that would make a beautiful addition to your holiday dinner table. You could make a different tree for each place setting.

One of the ideas that I had was to either place it on your dinner plate, bread plate, or wine/water glass. Here is a picture of the tree on the wine glass and it is just adorable. It fits perfectly and looks marvelous as a table decoration.This is a side view to show the 4 layers of the tree. The template for this tree was taken from here. I just used paper instead of fabric. The lace was created with a Martha Stewart border punch. The little light bulbs were strung on a piece of gold embossing thread. I used some stickles to sparkle up the tree. Also, the presents are stickers from the Recollection collection found at Micheal's.So let me know what you think about this project. I would love your input. If you make this for your own holiday decor, please leave me a comment, I would love to see what you made and come to comment on your project. Thanks so much for stopping by!Challenges Entered
Bunny Zoe's - Christmas but not a Card
Everybody Art Challenge - Shapes
Die Cut Dreams - Anything-but no Card
Crazy 4 Challenges - Circles
Mark's Finest Papers - Circles

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Deedee's Digi's Just Chillin'

Happy Thanksgiving Bloggers! This is my last post as the November Guest Designer for Deedee's Digis. Are you busy making your preparation for tomorrow? The festivities are in full swing at my house. I just put my turkey in a brine, baked a pumpkin roll, and a graham cracker crust for my pumpkin chiffon pie....are you drooling yet? lol

Today's card was made with "Just Chillin" which you can find here. Just wanted to show you that you don't have to use this image for Christmas only. I needed a thank-you card for someone very special who helped me put up my Christmas decorations this past weekend. She will get a kick out of this card after seeing all the bears I have for Christmas. I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation as what would have taken me a week to do, only took me two days. We even dusted and washed windows!!

Card Recipe
Pink and Green Gingham paper that has been in my stash forever
Copic markers for coloring the bear
Spellbinders Lotus Die
Martha Stewart Deep Double Loop Punch
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
Sizzx leaf die
Prima Flower

I made the sentiment piece by taking some extra pieces of paper and folding them like a fan and gluing them together. Then I stamped the sentiment and placed it on top. Thanks you so much for having me as the November Guest Designer. I had a great time and appreciated being with you.

Challenges Entered
Double Dutch - Sketch It Christmas Style
Anything Goes - Animals
Artful INKables - Punches and Diecuts
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - Let it Snow plus a digi
Papertake Weekly - Cut It Out
Stamp Something - Something with Thanks

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MMSC81-Santa Was Here

Greetings to you. It's Midnight Madness Time again. What a fun sketch this week. We know you will be busy preparing for your Holiday Festivities and hopefully you will get to play with us. In-between stuffing the turkey and making pumpkin pie, pull out your stamps and coloring tools and have some fun....you can't have all work and not play!!! lol

This weeks sketch...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.


Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More" is proud to sponsor this challenge.
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is
owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to offer the winner of this challenge 4 digital stamps of the winner's choice and the tangible prize pictured here.

*Our Nov Monthly sponsor is....

Click here to see the monthly prize
Thank you Patricia, we just love your products.

My image this week is from our sponsor Robyn's Fetish. He is called "Santa Was Here". He reminds me of the fabric Santa Clauses I used to make about 11 years ago. I have been longing to pull out some fabric and whip up a couple of dolls....to tell you the truth. I just had to paper piece him and give him a down home country feeling with the paper and the buttons.
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page
Spellbinders -Snowflake #1 die
Buttons for the dollar bin at Micheal's-tied with crochet thread
Prima Glitter on the Snowflakes
Stickles on Santa
Paper DCWV Country Christmas

Challenges Entered
Lexi's Creations - Traditional Christmas Colors
Stamps R Us - Sparkle and Scallops
The Crafty Pad - Red and Green
One Stitch At a Time - Choose a Season or Theme
Scrappy Frogs - Christmas

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gingerbread Holidays Matchbook Candy Holder

If you are like me....you give to everyone for Christmas. You just can't help yourself, you just love to spread the Christmas joy and spirit to everyone you know. So, with that in mind, you need some little gifts that are adorable and yet inexpensive. So here is something I worked up for inspiration this week. I worked this up for Deedee's Digi's as I am this months Guest Designer.

The Gingerbread house is from the collection called Gingerbread Holidays. This set even has an awesome sentiment perfect for the inside of this little matchbook candy holder. So, you are saying WOW I want to make some of these. Well you can-just go here at Splitcoast stampers and make yourself of batch of these fun candy holders.

These would make great little party favors for your holiday open house. You could print your family name on the front even Make up a bunch and keep them in a bowl ready to hand out to your holiday guest as they leave. Keep some in your purse to hand to your favorite check-out person at the grocery store or Walmart, the librarian, or your favorite teller. How about tucking in a tip inside for your favorite waitress or hairdresser. It's the perfect little gift to show appreciation at an unexpected moment and they are so easy to make.
Here is that cute sentiment that I was talking about that is include in the Gingerbread Holidays Set. So what are you waiting for. Get out some pretty Christmas paper (WOW-I guarantee you will use up some scraps you have been meaning to put away!!! lol) and make some of these to keep on hand for an unexpected surprise for some very deserving soul to spread some Christmas cheer!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MMSC80 "Bear"

This weeks sketch...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.

Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us
*Our MMSC80 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....
The MMSC80 Bonus winner will win a
a Christmas Digi package from the New "priscillastyles" Christmas Digi Line.
**Our Nov Monthly sponsor is....

Click here to see the monthly prize
Thank you Patricia, we just love your products.

This week I used the "priscillastyles" bear digital image that you can purchase here. I really love the folded frame technique and used it with this fun little bear. You can find this great tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers here. My gold papers are from our monthly sponsor The Paper Temptress. I used the Martha Stewart deep double loop punch and the holly punch. Red Rhinestones were used for the berries. I am trying to make smaller cards for a more postal friendly sending of holiday spirit. This one will be at least 80 cents...lol Thanks for visiting. Love your encouraging comments!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fred She Said Blog Hop-Christmas Wreath

Welcome to the FRED SHE SAID BLOG HOP! If you got here by way of Anne you are on the right track. If you just happen by my blog, please start at the beginning at Tracy Lynn-Fred She Said Blog. You are to collect a word along the way to be eligible for the prizes. There will be TWO random winners for this blog hop. One will receive a $25 CAD (Canadian Dollars) from FSS Store AND one winner will receive a $25 GC for CropStop. We would love if you would leave a comment on our blogs so we know that you were here!!!

If your lose you place along the way, this is the line up for the blog hop.

This card was made with the Fred She Said Wreath Collection. I learned how to put the sentiment in the middle of the wreath...I am so proud of myself. If you can learn at least one thing a day you life will be enriched! I used the new Martha Steward Deep Edge Double Loop for accent and a green glittered fern from Micheal's fro accent. The image was cut with my Spellbinders Large Scalloped Nestiablities. You can't see it in the photo, cut I did cut out the holly on the wreath and made it 3 dimensional. I smooched the berries, and stickled the leave.

This is the inside of my card. I repeated the embellishments and images. The tag at the top is removable. Thank you for stopping by to view my card. Here is the rest of the important information:

My word for the blog hop is - WEATHER

Make sure to gather your words from each blog and follow the directions at the end of this blog hop to be eligible for the prize and email Tracey with the phrase.

Your next stop is Danielle- just click HERE
Thanks for join us for the Fred She Said Blog Hop. Good Luck in winning the fabulous prizes!!!

This is a picture of my card with the custom envelope.

Challenges Entered
Fairy Tale Challenge - Everything Goes
Stamp Something - Use Something Digi
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Use Stripes (my loopy punched strips)
Digi's With Attitutde - Recipe (Sparkle, Ribbon, and 2 Pieces Patterned Paper)
AiFactory Challenge - Die Cut or Punch

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Digital Delights Pickles the Penguin

Thursday is Digital Delight Day here at Chocolate Crafts and Bears, Oh My! It is a pleasure to work with Wendy's Digital Images. They are fun to color and a joy to create with. This image is called Pickles the Penguin and you can get this image here.

Punches: EK Success Morocco Lace, Martha Stewart Snowflake
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Snowflake 2
Accessories: All edges of paper distressed with Tim Holtz Distressing Tool then edged with black ink and silver stickles. Rhinestones, Crystal Stickles on Igloo, ribbon, pearls, Martha Stewart Glitters

This is the inside of my card. I repeated the images again and applied lots of silver glitter on the distressed edges. The Double Loop Punch Around the Page Punch by Martha Stewart for this.

Here is the card with the envelope that I created to match. I love the colors in this card as it glistens with an icy blue feel perfect of the North Pole!

Challenges Enter
Tailored Expressions - Sketch Challenge
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Some Odd Girl - Dimension (at least 2 things that stand tall)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Deedee's Digis - Warm Wishes Cocoa Bear

Today I am the Guest Designer at Deedee's Digi's. I have something fun to show you. This card has been created with a fun loving little bear holding her little cup of Cocoa. You can purchase this Digital image here. I decided to use some fun papers that would have different colors of brown for the color of Hot Chocolate! Yummy!!! I only wanted bright color on the bear. You can't see it in my pictures, but I glimmer misted the paper and it looks awesome.

The front of this card is as follows:
Paper-DCWV Natural Stack
Punches - Martha Stewart Deep Edge Double Loop, Martha Stewart Hot Cocoa embossing punch, Martha Stewart Branch punch
Spellbinders Nestibilities-Large Scalloped Squares, Large Scalloped Ovals, Large Ovals, Fancy Tags
Accessories-Prima Roses, Ribbon, Stickles, Glimmer Mist

Now this is where the fun part comes in. See that pocket on the inside of this card. Well, it is a cup of Cocoa. Yes, that's right - it slips right out of the pocket and here it is!

Isn't this cute. It is holding a packet of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix. If you would like to make this cup to hold your Cocoa packet, I have a tutorial on my blog here with directions qne how to make your template. Just for a reference, I used the Sizzx Fancy Flourish die cuts on the inside of the card and on this cup.

And one last picture. This is the card with the envelope box I made. My card is 6 x 6. I tried my card inside a regular 6 x 6 envelop that I make with my "Enveloper" and it will fit with the Cup of Cocoa in the card. I did have to make the envelope box for this card because my flowers are what made this card to chunky for a regular envelope.

Thanks for stopping by today. Just wanted to show you a fun way to use this cute image. What a wonderful way to share a small gift for someone special in your life. Let me know what you think!

Challenges Entered
Caardvarks - Holiday Die Cuts
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Square Cards
Stamp Insanity - Punches