Phantom of the Opera

The challenge this week at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner is #43 to make a step center card.  Our sponsors this week are Sassy Studios and Paper Makeup Stamps.  I used Phantom of the Opera by Sassy Studios. 
The paper I got as a freebie online.  The tickets are by Jim Holtz.  The brad is from Stampin' Up and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I made the masks with FIMO.  I am pleased with how the phantom's mask turned out.  I do not like the ladies mask.  I tried to do the edges with Stickles and they would not go on smoothly.  they were either too thin or clumped.  Even the Liquid Pearls I used for embellishment on the mask did not adhere correctly.  Oh well.

 I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Craftymess Show Some Sparkle/Bling (on mask)
Drunken Stampers All that Glitters (on mask)
Stamp Your Life Anything Goes
Card Crafter's Circle Anything Goes
Pause, Drean, Enjoy Anything Goes
Wags n' Whiskers Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz  Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey Anything Goes
Divas by Design Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Stamp-n-Doodle Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu Anything Goes
Opus Gluei  Free for All
Pile It On Embellishments
Hiding In My Craftroom Freestyle
Artistic Inspiration Celebration/Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show Anything Goes

Favorite Five of 2012

There is a wonderful challenge running over at A Scrapjourney to pick your five favorite cards of 2012.  I enjoy doing this every year.  It's fun to look back at my work.  Although, I usually do see a lot more that I'm not fond of.  Some are very special to me for different reasons.

 This was my favorite card this year.  The image is from Digi Doodle Shop.  Unfortunately, it is now closed, but I was on their design team for quite a while so I have a good stock of images.  I especially loved their animal images.  It's hard to find lifelike animal images elsewhere.  Here is the link to the original post, Barnyard Rooster

This image is from Elizabeth Bell.  I love the pink, blue and yellow combo.  Here is a link to my post,  

This image is from Kenny K.  I must admit, this card was very out of character for me to do.  I was unsure if I was going to post it or not.  I did so enjoy making it, though.  I'm really looking forward to more Kenny K cards this year.  Here is a link to my post, Layer Upon Layer

This is my favorite image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I have used it so many times so far.  This card was requested by a coworker.  Here is a link to my post, For Makela

This image is from Kenny K.  It was a birthday card for my son Tim, who is a film major.  He used to dress like this all the time.  I just love the black, white and red combo.  Here is a link to the original post, Birthday Card for Tim.

Stella - I.R.S.

Come join us for another great week for Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Challenge #42, BINGO.
This week’s challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo.  I used this humorous image called "Stella/IRS."
Boy, do I understand how she feels.  The good old IRS gets us every year.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Lucas at Almost Four Months

I am so thrilled with this little guy.  
Who would have thought?  
I thought I didn't like babies.
He proved me wrong!

Final Christmas Cards This Year

Every year I make a few, what we call, "naughty cards" for the ladies at work to give to their husbands.  I try to color them to match their hair and eye color.  These are some of this year's cards.  I realized after I colored them that the bow just blends in with her outfit.  I should have made it green.  Oh well, next time.  I already have next year's image picked out.  I should start them soon so I'm not last minute again.

Last Minute Cards

I needed a few extra cards so I whipped these up really quickly. 
I tried to keep them a little less decorated so they're easier to mail. 

Image from Mo's Digital Pencil,

Image from Mo's Digital Pencil.

Image from Whimsy Stamps.

I think I'm done with Christmas cards now!  Next year I'm doing the Splitcoast Christmas Card Challenge again.  I should have done it this year.  That will keep me from having to rush last minute to get them done.  I'll be making one a week throughout the year.

Snowflake Blessings

This is my favorite image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I usually color her with aquas, but decided to go for pink this time.  The snowflakes are actually the leftovers from the Martha Stewart snowflake border punch.  I love the effect they give and their tiny size.

I found the sentiment on one of my Hallmark card programs.  I thought it would be perfect with this card.  In fact, the sentiment is what gave me the idea for the snowflakes.

Copics:  BG0000, BG000, C0, E000, EO2, BV000, 
R000, R01, R20, R21, R22,   Y000, YR21, YR23, YR24

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges

Come and Get It Challenges Anything Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Use a Digi
Card Mania Snowflakes
Eureka Stamps Christmas Spirit

Three Kings

This card is for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #41, Anything Goes, Any Artist.  I used this really lovely  image from Eureka called Three Kings.  You should stop and visit their shop, if you get a chance.  

This was one of those card making days where I felt like nothing went right.  I finally had to decide just to let the image be.  I couldn't get what was in my mind out the end of the markers.  That's it, I'll blame the markers!

I used quite a few Martha Stewart Glitter Pens on this.  Unfortunately, it doesn't show in the photo.   The pearls are from Zva.  The paper is from my stash.

Someone's on Santa's Naughty List

It's time for Challenge #40 at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner, Shaped Cards.  I used several really cute images from QKR.  Christmas Kitty reminds me of a cat I had not too many years ago.  His name was Jingle Bells because our neighbor gave him to us as a tiny kitten on Christmas morning.  They had found him in the engine compartment of their car.  We had him for eighteen wonderful years before he passed. It makes me realize how much I miss him.  The other two images  from QKR are Decorated Tree and Christmas Border.  The stack of presents is from Bugaboo.  I printed two of the image, one reversed, and in different sizes, for interest.  I photographed this card with and without the sentiment.  I just can't decide which way I like it better.

Here's the version without the sentiment.

I colored the images with Copic markers.  B02, B04, BG02, C2, C5, E34, E24, E37, G21, G24, G28, G29, R21, R22, R24, R27, V05, Y11, Y35, Y38, YR04, YR12, YR14

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Shaped Card
Fairy Tale Challenge O Christmas Tree
Fussy and Fancy I Love Christmas
Pattie's Creations Christmas Card
QKR Stampede Holiday Cheer
Wags .n Whiskers Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Christmas
Charisma Cardz Christmas
Stamp Your Life Anything Goes

Splendiferous Creations  Make or Create a Scene
Card Crafter's Circle December Celebrations
Dilly Beans Traditional Christmas Colors
Jingle Belles December to Remember
Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Christmas
Craft Us Crazy It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
Delightful Challenges All About Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey  Any Christmas Project
Sweet Stampin' Christmas Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Christmas
Penny's Paper-Crafty Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Dream Valley Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu  Jolly & Bright
One Stitch at a Time More Than One Fold
Totally Stampalicious Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge Cutie Christmas
The Crazy Challenge Christmas Time
Artistic Impressions Anything Goes

Baby Paint Meets Snowman

This card is for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #39, Anything Christmas.  I chose this cute image by Digi Darla.  I decided to go with feathers again for the embellishment just to do something unusual.  The paper is Mirabelle from the Paper Studio.  I colored it with Copics.  The bit of green on the center of the feathers are holly leaves, although it's hard to tell in the photograph. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps Christmas Time
Corrosive Challenge Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu Santa Paws or Snowflakes
One Stitch at a Time Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights Non Traditional Xmas
Sentimental Sundays Non Traditional Christmas
The Paper Players  Snowmen
Color Me Creative Non Traditional Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges  Featuring a Snowman
My Time to Craft Snowmen
One stop Craft Christmas for the Boys

Crafty Ann's Birds and/or Animals
Guylou's Inimitability Twisted Christmas
Jingle Belles Anything Goes
QKR Stampede  It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
Stampin' for the Weekend Use Some Texture
Wags 'n Whiskers Christmas
Cards Galore Christmas
Creatilicious Challenge  Winter
Digi Galore Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Christmas
Mema's Crafts Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy's Challenge Winter Wishes
Eureka Stamps  Winter Wonderland
Artistic Impressions  Anything Goes
Critter Sketch Christmas-Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs Non Traditional Christmas Colors
Love to Create Holiday Cheer
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Winter
Craft Your Passion Snow
My Craft Spot Merry Christmas
My Grafico Anything Goes

For Makaela

 This is the first commissioned card I've made in quite a while.  Although, the Christmas requests are coming in now.  This is for a friend who's daughter is doing a year of college in Australia.  She wanted a special card to send.  I looked through my images and thought this would be ideal.  I had so much fun making this card.  She needed it in one night so I had to work pretty quickly.

The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and is called "Winter Fairy Haila."  The digital papers are from Echo Park.  I, of course, colored her with Copics.
I added lots and lots of glitter on this one.

Copics:  B01, BG0000, BG000, BG10, C0, C1, E00, E02, R20, Y00, YR20, YR21, YR24

I am entering this card in the following challenges:    
Christmas Stampin'  Winter Blues
Wags 'n Whiskers Christmas
2 Sisters Winter Wonderland
Crafty Hazelnut's For Someone Special
Crazy 4 Challenges Put a Bow on It
Hiding in my Craftroom Christmas
Kraftyhands Christmas in November
Paper Creator's Crafts Christmas
Addicted to Stamps Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges Non Traditional Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu Celebration with Sparkle
Stamptacular Sunday   Winter Bliss
The Crafty Pad Add Some Glitter
Perfect Sentiments Recognize Someone
Artistic Inspirations Anything goes
Crafty Boots Anything goes
Paper Makeup Stamps Christmas
Hooked on Craft Christmas
Lexi's Creations Christmas
Love to Create Non Traditional Holiday Colors
Paper Playtime Anything Goes
The Paper Girls Christmas/Winter
Victorine Originals Blue and white
Divas by Design Glitter & Sparkle
Flutter by Wednesday's Punch It
For Fun Challenges Sparkle
Paper Shelter Christmas
7 Kids College Fund Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp  Anything Goes                      

Snow Angel

It's time for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #38, "Let It Snow."  I chose this darling image from QKR Stampede called "Making Snow Angels."  I have become quite fond of their images.  The paper is Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey. 

I must admit that this was quite a rushed card.  My work area happens to be my dining room table.  Since my last company left yesterday, I haven't had time to reassemble everything the way it was so I didn't have my area set up for photographing or anything else for that matter. Therefore, the lighting was pretty bad.  I did the photography over and it's a little better.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Snowflakes
Craft Room Challenge Punches and Die Cuts
Ladybug Crafts Snowflakes
Crafty Creations Christmas is Coming
Creative Moments Anything goes
Paper Play Sweet Angel
Splendiferous Creations Countdown to Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges Winter
2 Sisters Winter Wonderland
Challenge Up Your Life Snow
Hiding in my Craftroom Christmas
Kraftyhands Christmas
Paper Creator Crafts Christmas
My Sheri Crafts 'Tis the Season
The Crafty Pad Add Some Glitter
ABC Challenges  Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Anything Goes
CMC Copic Challenge Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
Paper Makeup Stamps Christmas/Holiday
Eureka Let the Holiday Fun Begin
Hooked on Craft Challenges Christmas
Love to Create Non Traditional Holiday Colors
Paper Cipcakes Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle
Paper Playtime Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations Christmas
Stamp With Fun Winter
The Paper Girls Winter

Fruit Basket

 This is my final Thanksgiving card for this year.  I created this for Challenge #37 at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner:  Anything Thanksgiving or Fall.  This image, Flower Basket,  is from Floppy Latte and is available at Stitchy Bear.

I just ran to the store to pick up cardstock before starting this card.  I had absolutely no brown cardstock left.  If you notice, I didn't even use the brown cardstock in this card, but it was a fun trip anyways.  I found this delightful paper.  It's called Autumn Harvest Dotted Spice by The Paper Company.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  The lace is from JoAnn's.

For "Use it Tuesday," my hoarded supply is the gold cardstock.

This was another card that used quite a variety of Copics.
BV11, BV13, BV17, E21, E23, E27, G14, G20, G21, G24, R22, R24, R27, R29, R39, Y13, Y15,  Y17, Y38, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR00, YR04, YR12, YR14, YR15

 I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Scrap Creations Give Thanks
Papertake Weekly Flower Power
Ribbon Carosel Giving Thanks/Fall
Use it Tuesday  Be Thankful
Creative Belli Harvest/Fruit
Divas by Design Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers Fall or Thanksgiving
Papercrafting Journey Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Challenge Thanksgiving
Card Makin' Mamas Thanksgiving
Jellypark Friends I'm Hungry
Di's Digi Design Use Fall colors
A Gem of a Challenge Ribbon and Lace
Gingerloft Challenge A Touch of Gold
Catered Crop Lace
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes
Dream Valley challenges Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Use a Digi
Love to Create  Give Thanks
Digi Makeover Challenge Food
Digi Darla's Thanksgiving
Artistic Impressions Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles Thanksgiving
Paper Playtime Anything Goes
Squigglefly I'm So Thankful
Lexi's Creations Thanksgiving
My Craft Spot Thanksgiving
The Pink Elephant Give Thanks
385 Cards  Ravishing Ribbon
Guy Lou's Inimitability 

A New Baby Boy!

This is my Design Team entry for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #37-Anything Goes.  I chose this adorable image from Eureka entitled Baby Animals.  I really enjoyed coloring this image.  Before I joined this design team I had not heard of Eureka.  I'm glad I discovered them.  I really adore their images. 

I colored the image with Copics.
B1, BG0000, BG000, BG10, C00, Co, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, R20, R21, R22, YR14, YR20, YR21, YR24

The striped paper is from Stampin' Up.  The dotted paper was purchased at JoAnn's.  The buttons are from my stash.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CMC Copic Challenge All About Kids
One Stop Craft Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Stripes
Clearly Inspired Critters
Crafty Catz Anything Goes
Simply create Too Use Your Stash
Charisma Cardz Feeling Blue
Forever Friends Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Anything Cute
Paper Crafting Journey Anything Goes
Simply Create Linky Party-Anything Goes
Stamp N Doodle Use a Digi

Also entering in:
Can You Digi It Favorite Animal
Scrap Creations Do It Digi
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights Anything Goes

Bountiful Harvest

I am so enjoying design team work again!  I didn't realize how much I had missed it.  It's time for a new challenge at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner.  This week is challenge #35, Anything Fall.  .I used this gorgeous image "Bountiful Harvest" from A Day for Daisies.  The paper is from Graphic 45.  I really love this particular paper so I bought lots. 

I used quite a lot of Copic markers on this one:

BG05, BG09, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, C9, E11, E13, E15, E17, E18, E21, E31, E33, E35, E40, E42, E43, E55, R17, Y17, YG03, YG05, YG06, YR68

The sentiment was found on a blog that I just discovered:
 I came across her on Etsy and then visited her blog.  Her work is absolutely amazing.  I am in awe.  Anyways, she had this sentiment as a freebie on her blog and I thought it would be ideal for this card.  

I decided to add the feathers and brads as a final touch.  I didn't have brads in the correct shade of turquoise so I colored them with a marker.  The feathers I have had in my stash for a while just waiting for the right card to come along.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Broken Box Stock Thanksgiving
Card Makin' Mamas  Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Add Texture
Jellypark Back to Nature
Poodles Parlour Thanksgiving
QKR Stampede Giving Thanks
Raise the Bar Anything Goes
Forever Friends Anything Goes
Digi Galore Thanksgiving
Heck of a Challenge 50 Shades of Autumn
Lia Stampz  Autumn Colors
Mema's Crafts Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts Fall
Great Impressions Stamps  Celebrating the Season
One Stitch at a Time Anything Goes
Opus Gluei It Figures
The Crafty Pad Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps Thanksgiving
Incy Wincy Designs Giving Thanks
Kaboodle Doodles Anything Goes
Love to Create Shades of Autumn
Paper Playtime Autumn Colors
Pink Elephant Favorite Coloring Medium

Which Way to the Candy ?

This is my first post for Tammy's Scrappin' Corner.  This week's challenge (#34) is Anything Goes/Any Artist.  I am so excited to be working on cards again.  We're still working on my husband's health issues, but at least we found out he doesn't have stomach cancer.  We're still not quite sure what his problem is, but he's definitely improving.  Our grand baby is now two months old and my daughter and he are healthy and doing well.  He's a cutie!  My other daughter, who had a difficult time transitioning to a new job and moving away from home, is doing well and has settled in.  I can finally get back to business. Now I get to enjoy the occasional babysitting!

This image is "Trick or Treat" by OKR Stampede.  Isn't he just adorable.  My fist idea was to color the bandages gray and the bear brown, but I felt like changing it up a bit so I reversed the plan.  I think that's going to be a new goal, to do what I normally wouldn't do.  Experiment!

The digital papers are from Bearly Mine Designs.  The buttons are from JoAnn's.

I, of course, colored him with Copics. 

C00, C0, C1, C2, E30, E31, E33, R20, YR15, YR16, YR18, W00, W0, W1, W3, W5, 100

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge Spiders and Anything Spooky
Craftymess  Halloween
Totally Papercrafts  Spooky Halloween
4 Crafty Chicks Halloween
Creative Belli  Halloween
The Paper Shelter Halloween
Sisterhood of Crafters  Halloween
Delicious Doodles  Fright Night 
2 Sisters  Halloween or Fall Colours
Di's Digis  Anything Halloween
My Time to Craft  Halloween
One Stop Craft   Halloween
Opus Gluei  Halloween
Scrappy Frogs Halloween
Creative Inspirations Paint  Happy Halloween
Daisy Doodles  Halloween
Love to Create Lots of Layers
My Craft Spot Cute Halloween
Stamps & Fun = Creativity Stitching
Cutiepie Challenge Distress Your Card
Totally Stampalicious Anything Goes

Birthday Card for Joyce

This is a birthday card I made for the new principal at our elementary school.  She is an absolutely wonderful woman. We are lucky to have her.

 The paper is from my stash.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  This is the first card I have made in a very long time.  I was just accepted on another design team so I will have a card ready to post on Monday morning.  I'm so excited to have DT work again!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Inspire Me Fridays Anything Goes
Poodles Parlour Anything Goes

Antiqued Bride

 I finally found some time to finish a card that I had started weeks ago.  It's been so long since I worked on one.  This image is from Saturated Canary.  I had found the lace at JoAnn's and really wanted to use it for a wedding card.  I thought this image would be ideal. 

It's been so long since I colored this image, I have no idea what colors I used.  It wasn't very many, though.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Polkadoodle Flowers
Stampin' for the Weekend Pearls & Swirls
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Adding to my Stash of Birthday Cards

The lighthouse cards were "quickies."  I found the images on Etsy.  Since I absolutely love lighthouses and stained glass  the com...