Monthly Archives: December 2016

Sandra and Deb Challenge

This was supposed to be two cards for the Papertrey Ink Bloghop Challenge.  What I forgot though is that this is a one day challenge with that day being yesterday!  Oh well, it is now just a Sandra and I Challenge.

Here is the inspiration photo:


Here is my card:


It is fairly obvious that I was inspired by the colour scheme and the bottle brush trees.  I have to tell you that originally I had the penguin placed between the bear and the fox, but Sandra told me that it looked like the fox was farting on the penguin.  Well of course, I had to change things up a bit.

Now here is Sandra’s card using the same inspiration photo.  You will note that no one is farting on anyone else, BUT there is a giant icicle about to fall down and kill the bear!  Just saying!


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Joyful Christmas and Warmest Wishes stamp set, Impression Obsession icicle.  Sandra’s card is coloured with Copic Markers while mine is coloured with my super sized set of Prismacolor pencils that I got for Christmas and Gamsol.

Papertrey Ink- Make it Monday #270

The theme this week was to make a photo card.  I had already used the backer piece from the mailbox in the Post & Parcel kit to make several large tags, so I already knew it would work well for a photocard as well.

I decided to use a wacky pose that occurred when my camera’s self timer went berserk and starting taking picture after picture blinding us all with the flash.  I think the various expressions on everyone’s faces is more fun than the formal pose that eventually was captured.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Post & Parcel Kit, Ellen Hutson woodgrain cardstock, Recollections ribbon


Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 8 too!

This is probaably my final card for the winter bloghop, otherwise no one will be getting either Christmas cards or gifts from me this year.

This card was a last minute thought, and it turned out to be one of my favorites.  I will use it together with a gift basket of coffee related items for a coffee loving friend.


Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 8

Here is another Christmas card/coffee card combo.  If I had more time, this one probably deserves a do over.   I like the separate elements but this is a case where the sum of the parts did not quite add up to the whole.  It is a bit boring but OK enough not to be put in the shredder.



Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 7

I was falling a bit behind both in posting coffee cards for this blog hop and in making my Christmas cards, so I decided to combine tasks for a few cards.

Here is the first one.  It is a card for a friend whose friendship was built up mostly by  the occasional coffee  in a local coffee shop.  This will be her Christmas Card.



Coffee Lover’s Bloghop Day 6

Today I combined four different stamp sets to create this little “Coffee Mirage” scene.  I am always happy when I pull out one of my first stamp sets and use it again.  Justifies, why I just grow my huge collection and never de-stash.  Anyway,  I know that we are to combine coffee with winter as the theme for the bloghop.  So it is winter in my desert scene, but how do I show it?  By making the coffee cup look like the new Starbucks Winter Cup, that is how.

Take a look:



Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 5

Sometimes the best ideas come when you think you have no idea at all.  Such was the case today.

I had a new little stamp set from Waffle Flower that was comprised of a number of tiny little drinks. I think it is meant for planners, and the only planning I ever do is to try and get dressed by noon. Nevertheless, it caught my eye, and I wanted to make a card for the blog with it.

Anyway, I think the result is cute and I also got to use one of the new mini sized Action Wobblers behind the Octopus.



Create with Us – Papertrey Ink

In this challenge, the instructions are to take inspiration from all of the wonderful sneak peeks from the December Release.  You can’t use the exact stamps , of course, as they haven’t been released yet.  The inspiration can come from theme, colour, style or similar stamps and dies.  I chose to use one of Nicole’s projects as my inspiration.  I was struck by the simplicity, the colour scheme and most importantly the idea of creating movement.  Here is the inspiration from Nicole:



And here is what I made with the inspiration:



Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 4

Is it possible that I am ahead of schedule in making coffee cards for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop?  I actually have two cards in the wings almost ready to be posted.  Mind you, I haven’t made all of my Christmas Cards yet.  That is how it goes.  Sometimes I have trouble thinking of what card to make, but in the process of making that first one, ten more ideas pop into my head and then I can’t stop making more coffee cards even though I need to be making Christmas Cards.

This card comes compliments of Simon Says Stamp……………………no really it was complimentary with my recent purchase from them.  How nice is that?  Actually I already used the coffee beans from this set on the Bean Hunting? card so I really getting my “no money’s worth” from this set.


Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day 3

I was so excited a while back, to see a Tim Horton’s coffee stamp at Viva Las Vegas stamps of all places.  I ordered it right away and of course had to find some other great stamps to justify the expensive shipping to Canada.  I did find some awesome unique stamps that will shortly end up on some scrapbook layouts but for now it is all about coffee cards.

The inspiration for this card came from this picture that circulates on Facebook every time we have a cold snap.  It is currently  about 5 degrees Farenheit and has been that and worse for about 10 days.


Here is my card: