Saturday, December 20, 2014

Time is RUNNING OUT . . .

Happy Saturday Friends!

Just wanted to share some of the holiday cards I worked on feverishly the other day in order to have enough to send to friends and family.  I've been blessed with a very good craft show year and although I'm thrilled with that fact, it left me empty handed for my own holiday cards ... so I buckled down and just GOT BUSY!!

I found this beautiful tree image over on Pinterest and thought by adding a touch of Stickles sparkle and a holiday sentiment it would make a beautiful card and I was right!  These were really quick and easy!  These next  cards were images and papers I had laying on the table that didn't get used on my original card ideas ... so now they have been turned into a card that I'm sure family & friends will appreciate!

 Okay now I'd better get them in the mailbox ... time is running out!
I actually made another 12 cards but won't bore you with them ... lol!
Have a great day and I hope you're ready for Santa's arrival!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Reindeer Time of Year!

Well the count down is on!
Hello Friends!

This is the LAST SHOPPING WEEKEND before Christmas and I'm STILL trying to get my cards made and in the mail ... yikes!  I'm so far behind!  But that's okay, Christmas will come whether I have my cards done or not!  LOL!

This year Crafty Secrets is certainly my GO TO for holiday card images.  Sandy just came out with a couple wonderful new collections.  DEER CHRISTMAS and CHRISTMAS TREE ... do check them out!  You get SO MUCH for so few $$$.

 How much fun is this image!
I'm having great fun creating with the DEER CHRISTMAS set and this is only 1 of the 37 images available on this amazing set!  I've used my alcohol markers for the coloring and created the icicles with an old Martha Stewart punch.  The beautiful garland & ornaments are from the CHRISTMAS TREE set.  Two images (the garland and the ornament) that I've put together to create one garland strand.  Colored with alcohol markers and did a little fussy cutting before adding to the bottom of my image.  The background paper is from our Vintage Christmas CD.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the black and white images available on this DEER CHRISTMAS set!  For my background paper I've printed out the green/white paper from our Vintage Christmas CD but switched it to black & white before printing.
My main image, post cards and 2 lower portion deer are from the set.  My only additional embellishments are the Impression Obsession Fir Trees and my Cheery Lynn Designs Poinsettia.  I'm really happy with how this card came together!

A few challenges to share in:
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Animal Friends
Crafty Creations Challenge - To 'die' for
Hambo Hoedown Challenge - Winter
The Male Room Challenge - Christmas
The Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps - Winter Inspiration

Please be sure to visit out STORE for some GREAT DEALS then come join in our Monthly Linky Party the 1st Monday of each month on our BLOG.  Very easy to play along ... you just need to use something from Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage on your card/creation to qualify for a PRIZE!!  And, if by chance you are new to Crafty Secrets, we have FREEBIES offered at the store that you can grab, create and join in with.

I hope you'll come play along ... our next Linky Party will be Jan 5th and run for 2 weeks!  And if you're mojo is lacking (as mine is at the present time) you can find FABULOUS inspiration from our design team!  SUCH TALENTED LADIES!!!!!  WOW!

Okay ... I'd better get busy ... times running out!  
As always ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

613 Avenue Creates 2nd Annual Block Party!

Whoo hoo!  Save the date people!  I can't believe our challenge blog 613 Avenue Create will be 2 in January!  Anyone who has played in our Anything Goes Challenge knows we always have an optional twist.  And we have some creative options (if I do say so myself  LOL!)  that make us unique, like the Create Your Own Challenge chart and the Create Your Own Color Challenge!  Well, we have yet another new optional twist and for those who like a challenge I think you may just like it  :)   I can't tell you yet because it's one of the surprises we have for you!  We have many prizes to be won so make sure you mark your calendars for this fun event!   
Come check us out!
As always . . .

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Neighborhood Holiday Party 2014

WOW!  Only 8 more days till Christmas and I am NOT ready!!

Well I think I've finally recovered from our Annual Neighborhood Holiday Get Together and thought I'd share just a few (too busy talking being a good hostess to take photos) peeks at the good time we had!  I'm THRILLED to say that ALL those invited came!  Some just had time to POP in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, some stayed for a short while, some stayed even longer and so happy to say that our friends from the Toledo, Ohio area made the trip and spent the night with us!  

Of course Mark went CRAZY with the menu again this year!  So we had lots of left overs and shared with whomever wanted to take some home with them.

The menu this year included:
Bar-B-Q Meatballs & Cocktail Weiners
Mark's Personal Best Mac & Cheese
Fried Chicken (purchased)
Cold Cut Sliders (purchased)
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Crab Dip
Artichoke & Spinach Dip
Shrimp Coctail
Pinwheels (Ham, Turkey, Salami & Roast Beef)
Meat & Cheese Tray
Mark's Personal Best Cheese Ball
Mark's Personal Best Mushroom Salad
Christmas Deviled Eggs (colored Red & Green)
Fresh Fruit Salad

 Peanut Butter Fudge
Brownie Bites
Varies Oatmeal Cookies
Varies Chocolate Chip Cookies

and dishes brought in from a few of our friends/neighbors!

Greens, Meat & Cheese SALAD
Homemade Hummus
Pepperoni Rolls
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pumpkin Cheese Cake

LIKE I SAID ... we had a TON OF FOOD and it was all  SO GOOD!!!

 By the time EVERYONE got here we had people in every room and I LOVED IT!!!  

Everyone was thrilled to meet our newest member of the neighborhood ... little Miss Lily Shamp.  It was at our party last year that Travis & Christy announced that they were FINALLY pregnant and we are all so over joyed with their news!  Fast Forward to this years party and little Lily had everyone's attention!  She was so good ... and SO CUTE!!!

We all had our turn holding and playing with Lily!  As you can see in the photo one of the favorite spots was on our livingroom floor where Lily was with her Mom & Dad!

I was lucky enough to snap this fabulous photo of little Lily and neighbor Christine (who has 2 beautiful daughters of her own ... you've met them here on my blog ... Miss Olivia and Miss Emily).

We are certainly blessed with friends, family and a fabulous neighborhood! 

Now that I've caught my second wind, I think I'd better concentrate on Christmas shopping and getting my cards in the mail!

NOPE I don't have them done YET ... another blessing ... I've sold so many of my holiday cards this year I don't have enough for myself!  LOL! 
 I fear they may be a tad LATE being mailed this year!  Eeeks!  LOL!

Okay so there you have it!  

Our Christmas Party was a huge success and I am truly looking forward to next years.  But I do have to talk to hubby about this menu ... I think it might be just A LITTLE out of control!  LOL! 

Have a fabulous week everyone and thanks for stopping by!
As always and until next time . . .

I recently purchased a stamp set from 'My Craft Spot' called Christmas Friends & Neighbors and used this stamp to make a quick treat for each of my guests this year.  Yep, you guessed it!  Inside was a full size Snicker's bar! 

Dashing through the Snow!

Hello my friends!
How are you today??
It's time once again for me to share a creation using dies purchased from our Dies R Us Store and shared over on our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!  If you are anything like me, you are still working on those holiday cards for family & friends.  I must admit this card came together quite quickly by using only my die cuts to create a scene.  No 'coloring' involved ... well, maybe a little touch of Stickles sparkle but that's all!

The dies I have used today are:
Spellbinder S6-015 - Snowflake View

Like I mentioned earlier, I used Stickles to adorn the sleigh as well as create the reins to the deer.  Of course I had to pick up a bottle that wasn't full so it came out not as smoothly as I would have liked, but you get the idea!

 I actually used the NEGATIVE portion of the middle size Snowflake View die set for the background on the front of my card ... and the actual cut out portion for the sentiment on the inside of the card.  LOVE when you can utilize both portions of a die cut.

I hope you have found inspiration in today's card and please be sure to come back each day for new inspiration from my team mates!  We each have our 'own style' and I'm sure you'll find something that catches your attention.

A few challenges I'd like to share with today:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes/Merry Christmas
Card Mania #62 - Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - Christmas

Remember our CHALLENGE BLOG ... new challenges on the 1st & 15th of each month.  Why not come join in the fun.  Use your die cuts and YOU could be our LUCKY WINNER!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a fabulous week ...
As always ...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge Time

Hello my friends!
It's time once again for a fun challenge at Squigglefly!

Today's theme is:


I have used a sweet image by artist Cheryl Alger Grant called 'A Christmas Fairy'.  I have used non-traditional colors on this cute fairy and although my camera shows the background as red w/pink ... it is really more of a pink w/pink.  Oh well ... I tried!  LOL!

After printing her out twice the same size, I colored one image completely then coloring only the parts on the other image that I wanted to cut out for paper piecing and popping up (primarily her body/wings).  Oh and I also did the blue/pink holly in her hair.  All coloring was done with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

The snow was created by simply tearing an off cut of white card stock.  So quick and easy and perfect for any snow scene/holiday cards.

I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Squigglefly.  And be sure to check out the inspiration samples created by my team mates ... such a talented bunch!!! 

I'm sorry to say but this will be my last creation as a DT member for Squigglefly.  
I have been with the team for a long time and have enjoyed every moment ... but I think the time has come for me to step down and let someone else enjoy this fabulous group of ladies!  Thanks SO MUCH to Holley & Holly for their kindness and support.  Best of luck to these two ladies and all my team mates at Squigglefly ... I will miss you!

Till next time ...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

One for the 'guys' . . . Crafty Secrets Style!

Hello my friends!
WOW!  Are you as crazy busy as I am right now?  LOL!
We are hosting our Annual Neighborhood Holiday Get Together tomorrow and between doing more craft shows than normal this fall and redoing the kitchen ... I am SO FAR BEHIND on everything it seems!  BUT ... I'm 'almost' ready for tomorrow's party ... then I can breathe and hopefully get caught up on my crafting a bit too before Christmas actually comes!  OH DEAR!  I just remembered I don't have my holiday cards in the mail yet!  YIKES!!!

 So ........... before I jump back into 'crazy mode' ... I wanted to share a quick card I made using some of the new items available at Crafty Secrets.  Sandy has just finished and added new sets to the store ... you really MUST stop over and check them out!  Wonderful collections at very reasonable prices!

OH!  And do check out our BLOG ... you still have a little time left to join in our December Linky Party (EVERYONE'S A WINNER!  TELL YOUR FRIENDS!)

These are GREAT and work wonderfully for the 'guys' in our lives!  Here's my card using one of the images & sentiment from the new 'Deer Christmas Digital Stamp Set'.  

Isn't this cool!
The background paper is from our Vintage Christmas CD.  It comes in green/white but I decided to print it in black/white to coordinate with my deer image.  The red matting is also one of the beautiful digital papers from this CD.
A couple springs of green branch punched from my Martha Stewart branch punch and red berries created with red Stickles is all that was needed to accent this fabulous image! 

Well I'm afraid that's all I have time for today!
Still have a bit of cleaning & decorating to do before tomorrow's party!  Thank goodness hubby is in charge of the menu/cooking!  He has come up with a huge menu (no surprise there) and he's quite good at 'staging' everything so I'll just continue to do 'my part' and stay out of the kitchen unless he calls me for assistance! LOL!

I'll hopefully be back with more creations to share & inspire with next week!
Until then ... 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sisterhood - Christmas Music 'Name That Tune'

Hello friends!
Christmas is right around the corner!  So, The Sisterhood of Crafters will only be having ONE challenge this month, allowing the Sisters and Step Sisters ample time to get all the cookies baked, presents bought & wrapped and most of all, spend happy time with their families.

With that being said, our MONTH LONG challenge is:

(based on Christmas Music)

The Sisters will each be making TWO cards to share with you today.  Giving you LOTS of inspiration and hopefully you'll come join in on the fun!  We've created our cards with a holiday song in mind.  We look forward to seeing what YOU come up with!!

Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's house we go ...

What fun I had making this card.  Torn white paper for the snow is so easy and so effective.  Of course, I had to add a little 'glisten' to the snow which made this card very festive.  I love how this little 'scene' came together. 

Papers:  White card stock, Goldenrod card stock
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs #B477 (Snowflake portion of die set), Memory Box #98536 Cottage in the Woods, Impression Obsession #DIE 108 Sled, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Stickles, Large sponge dauber, Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink

White Christmas

Nothing is more beautiful that an fresh snowfall on Christmas morning!  That is what I had in mind when creating my second card.  This is strictly a DIE CUT creation.  No ink, stamps, ribbon ... I didn't even add any sparkle to this one!  (yet that is!)

Papers:  White card stock
Accessories:  Impression Obsession #DIE211 Snowflake Background, Simple Oval die cut using one of the dies in the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Australian Collection' #CED2204 set, Cheery Lynn Designs #B186 Merry Christmas, Cheery Lynn Designs #B326 Santa's Sleigh and Reindeer

We hope you'll come join in our Christmas 'Name That Tune' Challenge and please be sure to pop over to see what my loving 'sistah's' have created for your inspiration!

Here are a few challenges to share in today:
City Crafter Challenge - Glittery Snowflakes
Crafty Sentiments Design - Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas
Try It On Tuesday - Winter Whites

LOTS to do in the next two weeks starting with our Annual Neighborhood Holiday Get Together that hubby & I have hosted since we moved into the neighborhood over 10 years ago.  It will be this Sunday starting at 3:00  (all food/beverage/fun is provided) and I'm really looking forward to 'catching up' with everyone!  Enough said ... I'd better get busy!
As always ...
Thanks for stopping by today and ...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Decorating the Tree!

Good Day My Friends!
It's once again time for me to share a card that I hope will inspire you and help you get going on those personal Christmas cards for friends and family!  If you're running me ... you need all the inspiration you can gather!  

When you are a card maker, for some reason friends & family just don't understand receiving a store bought card anymore and rightfully so!  Especially when there are so many beautiful dies and embossing folders available to make your own (more personal) creations for them!

That is why today I decided to create with both, die cuts and an embossing folder!

 Have you seen all the fabulous Darice embossing folders available at our Dies R Us store?  Unfortunately I believe this Darice #1215-56 'Christmas Tree' folder is sold out but please check into all the others Darice embossing folders available.  So many that you're sure to want available in your stash for creating in the new year!

I just love making these poinsettia's using the Cheery Lynn Designs #B324 'Poinsettia Strip'.   It's designed that you can either stack them to create one full & luscious flower ... or as I did, create two flowers out of one cut.  These are the three most commonly seen colors of poinsettias at holiday time so I decided to combine all three to accent today's creation.  For the leaves I have used the leaf dies in the Sweet Dixie SDD019 'Daisy Set'.  A little touch of Stickles sparkle for the flower centers and tree bulbs was all the extra I thought this creation needed.

I hope you have found inspiration in today's creation and I truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to stop by my blog.  It means so much to me!

A few challenges I'd like to share in today are:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Red and Green
A Crafty Mess Challenge - Anything Goes/Traditional Christmas Colors
Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge - Christmas Colors
Come and Get It Challenge - Merry Christmas
Craft Hoarders Challenge - Celebrate the Season (rik rak is 2+ yrs old)
Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge - Christmas

Have a fabulous day everyone!
As always . . .

Papers - Red cs, White cs, Moss Green cs, Garden Green cs
Dies Cheery Lynn Designs #B324 'Poinsettia Strip', Sweet Dixie SDD019 'Daisy Set',
Accessories - Darice #1215-56 'Christmas Tree' embossing folder, Stickles various colors, holiday rik-rak, Punch Bunch flower making kit, black floral forming mat

Monday, December 8, 2014

Is it Snowing at Your house?

Hello Dear Friends! 
  With Christmas drawing closer and closer, I'm in great need of more holiday cards for my own friends and family.  What better way to create a quick & easy card than using your die cuts.  That's exactly what I've done today!

Plus, I wanted to participate in the current Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge which is to use Red & Green.  I have several Christmas sentiment dies from Cheery Lynn Designs in my stash, but I keep coming back to my all time favorite holiday sentiment die which I've used today: 

I'm still in the process of trying to use up some of my scraps so I must confess this entire card was created from my scrap pile ... how great is that!  Whew!  Even the 'snow' is simply torn white card stock from the pile.  My background piece is actually 'two' pieces which I've put together then 'camouflaged' by using the Frosty Border piece.

The dies used today are:
Memory Box - 98171 - Frosty Border

The little 'snowflakes' floating around are the extra pieces that came out of the Spellbinder S6-015 Snowflakes View die set and were laying on my work table!  Nothing goes to waste around here! LOL!

Here are a few other challenges I'd like to share in today!
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Christmas
Di's Digi Challenge - Christmas
Hiding in My Craft Room - Christmas Colors

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!
As always . . .

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Create Your Own Challenge

Hello my friends!
It's time to play 'Create Your Own Challenge' at 613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog!
You must use at least ONE item from every column in this board ... WHAT FUN!!!

I have chosen the following to create my CHALLENGE!
Column #1 - Digital Image and Stickles
Column #2 - Die Cut
Column #3 - Solid color paper and Dry Embossing
Column #4 - Flowers and Faux Stitching
Column #5 - Bakers Twine

Today we have two fabulous sponsors:
Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Prize: $5 Gift Certificate to the Digital Delights Shop


 I'm thrilled to be creating with a digital image from Fitztown called Cameo 3.
I loved coloring this image and creating the design was SO EASY using the categories above!
I hope you enjoyed today's creation and I also hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
Remember, the 613 Avenue Create challenge blog is an ANYTHING GOES challenge with a TWIST!  You will gather extra attention if you use the twist but you can also join in the ATG portion of our challenges!  Can't wait to see what you enter to inspire us!!

A few challenges I'd like to share in today are:
Sister Act Challenge #86 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Going to be a busy week ahead ... our annual Neighborhood Christmas Get Together is next weekend and I have a TON of things to get done before then!  (imagine that! lol)
As always . . .

Papers - SU Melon Mambo cs, Lavender cs, white cs
Accessories - Creative Expressions 'Sue Wilson' Austrian Collection CED2204 die set, Provo Craft 'swirls' embossing folder, Tim Holtz fine tip black marker for faux stitching, Baker's Twine, Darice flower, Stickles 'diamond', Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for coloring