December 31, 2011

{cQc #117} I Love You Tons!

Hello & Happy New Year's Eve!

Where did the last few weeks go?  Did you have a nice Christmas?  We sure did!  (see photos below)Time flies when you're busy and it's been a very busy holiday season!  I've missed stamping and blogging, but I do have a few goodies to share with you in the coming days!  : )

Today, I'm sharing a  5 x 5" square card I've created especially for this week's Colour Q Challenge.  The cute little (or should I say BIG?) image is from a new stamp set I got from my sweet kids for Christmas.  It's an itty bitty set by UNITY and titled Love You Tons.   Let me tell you, these are *awesome* stamps!  They are thick red rubber mounted on cling foam that sticks really well to acrylic blocks.  They gave me 4 different sets that are going to be such FUN to play with.  Stay tuned! 

Here's the terrific colors for the challenge... 

I've got a large assortment of black and white designer papers, so went to my stash for inspiration.  With the sweet little hearts above the elephant, I naturally chose RED as my extra color of choice.  Wouldn't this make a perfect Valentine

The elephant was stamped with onyx black Versafine and clear embossed.  The hearts are part of the stamp, so I taped over them and stamped them separately with real red ink.  I tried coloring the image with a grey copic marker and decided I liked the black/white best...for this card anyway!

As you can see, I did a little stitching all around the layers, embossed the red layer and tied it up with some all purpose black and white baker's twine!   (Note:  I still have a lifetime supply of this awesome twine available.  If you need any, please email me or check it out in my Etsy Shop.)


I'm so happy you stopped by because I want to wish you all a very Happy Healthy New Year 2012! ♥   I don't often find time to comment on all your blogs, but please know that you are an inspiration to me!  I'm so grateful for your friendship and appreciate each and every one of you! ♥ 

In closing, here are a few photos of my family at Christmas . . .

My sweet daughter in law Jami holding her niece...
our precious grandbaby Emery.

There's nothing better than a BABY in the house! ♥

 My mother meets her first great-grandchild...  ♥

 My son in law, daughter & precious granddaughter. ♥

I sure wish we would have thought to take a group photo when everyone arrived for the evening! Next time!  

Thanks again for stopping by!  
New Year Hugs ~   

Quote for Today ~
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

December 10, 2011

{cQc#114} a very Merry Christmas to YOU!

There is a little twist on the Colour Q Challenge this week and it is to create anything BUT a card!   Hmmm,  how about a cute little gift box?   This "five in one box" design is so easy to make and oh so versatile!  It's been around awhile, but if it's new to you and you're wondering how to create one yourself, Beate Johns has an excellent picture tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.  Here is the link

Look at these FUN colors for this week's challenge!  I really wanted to make a snowman card as cute as this little guy in the photo below . . .

I used the Stampin' Up! snowflake wheel and white craft ink to give the cool caribbean and poppy parade cardstock a little design. 

Wouldn't this be the perfect way to wrap up a little gift for someone special?  And depending on what cardstock and designer paper you choose to use, each one will be unique and perfectly festive!  These are colors I would never think to put together, but I like them, don't you?  ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Holiday JOY to you and yours!  ♥

Quote for Today ~
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith

December 03, 2011

{cQc #113} Believe!

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas here in Nebraska today!  Yes, the fluffy white stuff is coming down and blanketing the ground in beauty.   I say that only because I'm able to stay indoors and view it from the warmth of my craft room. ;)

Look at this beautiful color palette and inspiration photo for the Colour Q Challenge this week!  And the cards and scrapbook layouts by Arielle's cQc Royal Court Design Team are incredible!  I really love the color blue and shades that blend such as these.  Pretty Pretty!

My card is a 5-1/4" square using sahara sand as the base.  The nativity stamp is one I purchased last year at Archivers and never used.  Imagine that!  ;)   It's a cling rubber set by Stampendous and comes with a large "Believe" in script letters. I used that stamp on the back of the envelope as it just didn't fit on the card with this layout.   (Cling Sacred Believe Set CRS2037) 

You probably can't tell by the photo, but the nativity has been stamped in night of navy and clear embossed for texture and shine.  Then I added little teeny tiny rhinestones to the star and larger ones in upper right corner.   The little believe tag was printed on the computer and punched out with an oval punch.  I tied it to the big shimmery bow with some silver thread.

The inside sentiment is one of my favorites.  Jesus is the Reason for the Season!  Yes, He is~!

This is a stamp by The Stamp Pad Co, Inc. Big Lake, MN.  Have you ever heard of them?  I think I bought it second hand several years ago or it may be one I got in a swap with my friends from the Stamp Shack.  

Well, hubby is home now and we're going to have homemade vegetable beef soup for dinner.  So easy to make and soooo delicious on a day like this!   After dinner we need to go over our Christmas shopping list.  He's been buying for our son and son-in-law and I've been shopping for the girls and my precious grandbaby.  So, it's time we do an inventory and see if we're done or not.  Probably not!  ;)  I'm trying to be frugal this year, but it's easy to get caught up in the shopping madness and forget the real meaning of the Season.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Wishing you JOY * PEACE * LOVE today and always!  ♥

Quote for Today ~
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale