12 Kits of Christmas {November} & A Giveaway

Friday, November 30, 2012

Welcome to the November edition of the 12 Kits of Christmas.
This beautiful kit was sent to us by Jeanne.
I love the unexpected turquoise mixed in with this kit!


I loved working with this kit.  Once I sat down to work with it I made all 5 of these cards in one sitting, right, Jeanne?  I eamiled her a pic and told her how much I loved her kit!

Make sure you visit the other kit member's blogs. 
They have really made some beautiful things with this kit!
A few special things happening with this month's 12 Kits. 
First, Jeanne is offering some blog candy. Visit her blog for more details.   
One lucky commenter will be randomly selected from all 12 blogs to receive an ornament stamp and die set from Serendipity Stamps
 So leave a comment to be entered!!
Serendipity Stamps is also offering a One Day Sale today, 11/30,  in honor of this month's 12 Kits post!  Everything Christmas is 20% off!
Check them out!
Second, we have a special guest this month....... Kelly S.! 
 Jeanne has supplied her with a kit and I can't wait to see what she has made!

Friday Inspiration File #94

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Saturday is December first, the beginning of another photo a day challenge!
I'm playing, are you?
I'm posting this week's Friday Inspiration File early because tomorrow is a big day.  It's the last day of the month and I look forward to it all month because that is when I get the first look at what everyone has created with their 12 Kits of Christmas Kit!  I also get to share what I have made.  This month is extra special because we have a special guest and a GIVEAWAY!!  So be sure to stop by tomorrow!
In the meantime, check out all of the lovely inspiration from this week......#94!

ColourQ #165

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We have a new ColourQ challenge for you now that the dinner table is cleared, the house guests have gone home, and you have a little more craft time.
Here are some colors I can really sink my teeth into! I love aqua and red together first of all, and with the addition of the pink and green this combination is just so bright and fun!


I decided to cut a section out using the simple circles boarder die and pop it up.  I'm not sure why I wanted to do it, but I like the subtle effect it gives.  Just makes the front not seem so.....flat!

I hope you'll join us this week.
These colors could make amazing Christmas cards if you still need to make some before the holiday arrives!

Can't wait to see your cards!

Cardstock: WP9 Lake House, PTI White
Paper: PTI Pure Poppy Bitty Dot
Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, Half and Half, Polka Dot Basics I
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Simple Circles Border Die
Other: Copic Markers

Chalkboard Craze {I love it}

Monday, November 26, 2012

This chalkboard look is everywhere now, like here, here, here, and here
 {and I love it}!
It's such a fun look and I thought it would be perfect
 for my nephew's upcoming birthday!
Leave it to Betsy to work her magic on paper and come up with this technique here.

Then during the recent blog hop I saw this card by Colleen and loved it!
I'm sure I'll try this technique again.  It's a lot of fun and easy to do!

Thanks for coming by today!

Cardstock: WP9 Lake House, PTI White and Black
Stamps: WP9 Iconic Christmas, PTI Sweet as Can Be, Movers and Shakers, Faux Ribbon, Christmas Tags
Ink: Versamark Ink, ColorBox Frost White, PTI Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse
Dies: PTI Little Labels
Other: White Embossing Powder, Summer Sunrise Ribbon, Simply Chartreuse Button, MS Twine, Kaiser Kraft Rhinestone

Waltzingmouse Sketch #125

Sunday, November 25, 2012


I was chosen, a few weeks ago, from sketch challenge participants to select a stamp set of my choice from WMS!!  This was a difficult decision, but in the end I chose Spring Baskets because I didn't have anything like it in my stamp collection, I new I would be able to use it in upcoming months, and I was able to put it to use now!

While I don't need anymore Christmas cards I can certainly use some 'Thank You' cards around this time.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardstock: WP9 Cupid's Bow , PTI Vintage Cream
Paper: K&Co. {I think}
Stamps: WMS Spring Baskets, WP9 Iconic Christmas, PTI Home For The Holidays and Faux Ribbon
Ink: Memento Brown
Dies: PTI Mat Stack3
Other: Copic Markers, Red Rhinestones

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Today is the 25th.  On the 25th of every month PTI has a blog hop.  This month's hop is centered on book cover art as inspiration.  PTI provided some inspiration or you could find your own.  I did a google image search for book cover design and found this book cover.

To make sure my design came out straight, I drew one vertical pencil line and one horizontal.  Starting on those lines made sure my first stamped images were straight and that those lined up after would also be straight.

It's difficult to see  in the photo, but like the book cover I stamped some white text underneath the main title or sentiment.

I can't wait to see your cards and what book covers inspired you!

Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Fine Linen
Stamps: PTI Happy Harlequin, Big Birthday Wishes
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Fine Linen, Kraft, Berry Sorbet, ColorBox Frost White

Happy Thanksgiving {FIF #93}

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate!

I'm posting the Friday Inspiration File early this week since I will most likely be in a food coma for the rest of the week;)  Enjoy the inspiration!

ColourQ #164

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's time for a new ColourQ Challenge!
This is a very unique color combination and I hope you challenge yourself to make it work for you.
I did and I'm happy with the result.

You won't be seeing too many more Christmas cards here.  Except for the last two 12 Kits of Christmas posts, I'm done for this year.  At this point I have more Christmas cards than friends. lol!!
OK, not really...but I have A LOT!! :)

Hop on over to the ColourQ blog to see how the other DT members used these colors and then give them a try!

Cardstock: WP9 Lake House, PTI White
Stamps: PTI Herringbone, Congrats All Ways
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Terractta Tile, Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise
Dies: PTI Half and Half

Friday Inspiration File

Friday, November 16, 2012

Have you seen this?  I have been playing along with this photo a day challenge on instagram.  It's a lot of fun.  Best of all, no rules! Read more about it here!
Make sure you check out all of the great projects from this week!
Have an awesome weekend!

White Pumpkin Topiary

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I had so much fun working with my mom and dad on this project. Last year we got together to work on decorating my chandelier for Christmas. I guess that's where I get my desire to craft and create things. When I was growing up my mom and her best friend used to make all kinds of things to sell at craft fairs. I would see them working hard on their projects and displays, but also having so much fun.
  My mom isn't the only creative parent I have; my dad is just as talented. He was a hairdresser for more than 40 years and now works arranging flowers. He just has that eye. He also likes to paint and draw. He used to help me anytime I had the chance to do a creative project in school.
So this year's project is this pumpkin topiary for my Thanksgiving dinner table. It's another Pinterest project that I just loved. Then the other day, at Michael's, I found these pumpkins at 90% off!! I knew just what I'd do with them. All of the other bits and pieces I had left over from a fall wreath I made with my mom a few years ago.
Lady came to check out what we were doing!

Looking forward to having this table full of family next week!
Thanks for stopping by!
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