Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dancing the Night Away

Do you all have plans for the New Year?  My hubby and I will be celebrating at home, as my hubby has been busy working with no end in sight.  Which is ok with me because I have been studying studying and even more studying this past week.  I take my next CPA exam on Jan. 3rd....eeek!  Hoping to pass this one!  Yesterday I took a couple hours away from my book and decided to color for a bit.
This is my entry for the Color Me Creative - Holiday Color Challenge which was to use Gold, White & Cream!  I had so much fun making this card.....and can you believe I used NO dp?!  I was in awe myself!  I was searching high and low for the perfect gold/cream/white dp and couldn't find what I wanted so I decided to make my own!  The glittlery cream cardstock is from DCWV, and then I found some metallic gold cardstock and finally I made my own dp!  My dp was made using Brilliance Gold Ink, a Sizzix embossing folder and some white cardstock.  And I love how it turned out!  My dp was decorated using my SB Edgeabilities (Classic Ric Rac and Classic Scallops) and finished off with some May Arts Lacey Ribbon.  Sentiment is from PTI Mega Mixed Messages and was embossed using TH Gold Embossing powder.
This cutie is Happy Days by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD and she is a part of the Odds & Ends Sampler.  I love this collection to pieces!  Miss. Happy Days was colored with Copics and accented with my pastel pencils.  Her shoes, sweater cuffs, hair ties, and shirt got a gorgeous coat of Diamond Stickles.  Her belt buckle was accented using my Gold Spica Pen.

Copic Colors Used: skirt/shirt/shoes/belt: YR20, YR24, Y15, Y26, Y28, Jacket: Y21, Y26, Y32, Hair: E33, E53, E57, E59, skin: E000, E00, E11, R11, R20.
Wild Orchid Crafts arrangement was made using a 35mm Trellis Rose, 25mm Wild Rose, 15mm Roses, 10mm Rose, 8mm Semi-opened Roses, Gold Glitter Holly Berries, Gypsophilas, Gold Heart Pin, and Decorative Crown pin.  Flowers were glittered with Diamond Stickles because I love the gold sparkle that this leaves.  And finally the arrangements was finished with some Zva Creative Gold Rhinestone Swirls.
And one more angled view so you can see all the shimmer, glitter, sparkle, and dimension!  I hope you have enjoyed my creation!

Wishing you and your family 
a Very Happy New Years!

Challenges I would like to enter:

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My Artsy Year in Review!

WOW...can you believe we are on the eve of 2012?!  I am amazed at how fast this past year has gone by!  I know how easy it is to focus on all of the things we didn't do in the past year...but I find it's more important to look forward to what is to come!  In 2012 my husband and I are looking forward to building our house and hopefully by the end of the year I will have my CPA license!  What is fun is to go back and look at what has been accomplished in the past year.....so I'm joining in the others in blogland who have been posting a review of my favorite creations from 2011!  Sit back, relax and enjoy my artsy walk down memory lane!  I hope you enjoy....

My Artsy Year in Review:

January:
Featuring the Magnolia Santa's Helper Tilda from the 2009 So Jolly collection.

February:
Featuring the beautiful  Cameo Rose by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD
she's from the Spring Sampler 2011 Set

March:

April:
Featuring  Day Dreaming Peeker who is part of The Peekers Collection at SCACD 

May:

June:
Featuring the Love Story Collection by Verve.

July:
Featuring Mama's Purse Peeker who is a part of 
The Peekers 2 Collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD.

August:
Featuring Friendship Rose who is one of the a part of The Fall Flora Fairies at SCACD. 

September:
Featuring the ultra cute Precious Present who is a part of 
The Adventures of Poppy and Her Friends by Sylvia Zet for SCACD.

October:
Featuring Santa from a Stampendous stamp set.

November:
Featuring the gorgeous Masquerade who is a part of the 
Reflections Fantasy Collection by Carmen Medlin for SCACD.

December:

Wishing you all a wonderful, successful, healthy, and happy 2012!

Challenge to enter:
Debby's Scrapjourney - Pick your Top 5 (I couldn't just pick 5 though :)

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my online blogger friends!  May your day be filled with family, friends, love, happiness, and health.  For those who are missing someone during this day may you find the peace and comfort from those around you!  To all our soldiers who are away from your loved ones....may you stay safe and we pray for your safety and return home.

Today I'd like to share a picture of the Holiday sign that I helped my hubby put together in November.  This is displayed in our hometown in the Holiday of Lights in our local park!  I absolutely love to drive past at night and see all the beautiful lights!

Again, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

WOC #39 ~ Christmas for a Friend

**Winners of My Christmas Candy can be found below**

WOW can you believe we are only days away from Christmas?!  Are you all ready for the holiday season?  I only have one more present to buy and that is for my hubby!  My sister and I ventured out shopping on Saturday...wowsers was it busy....note to self.....do NOT wait until the weekend before Christmas to do your shopping next year! LOL!  The people were crazy!!!  However, my sister and I did have a very fun day!

Today marks the last Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge for 2011!  WOW where has this year gone?  We have loads of fun cooked up for you for 2012 and can't wait to see what you all create!  This week's challenge is to create a Christmas Creation for a Friend!
I've made a very special card for a dear friend of mine who has gone through some trying times this year.  I hope that this card brings a little bit of sunshine and love to her during the holiday season! xoxo!  I haven't inked up a lot of my Maggie stamps recently so I though I would use Starlight Tilda from the Merry Christmas 2010 collection for this card.  Papers are from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas Collection and edges have been accented with 80 grit Gold German Glass Glitter!  I absolutely LOVE the added sparkle that this gives!  Corners have been decorated with Decorative Metal Corners in Gold.
Tilda was colored with Copics and pastel pencils!  Her wings were glitzed with Star Dust Stickles and her star was blinged with Gold Diamond Range Ultra Fine Flower Soft.  She has been popped up onto a SB Blossom from the Blossom Tags & Accents Set.

Copic Colors Used: Hair: E34, E57, E59, E79, Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, Dress: E31, E50, E53, E55, RV34, RV69, RV39, Socks: RV34, RV69, RV39, Wand: Y21, Y26, Y28, E31, E49, E74.
Wild Orchid Crafts flower arrangement consists of: 25mm Rose, Cherry Blossom, 15mm Rose, 10mm Roses, Gold Glitter Holly Berries, Hip Rose, and Stamens.  There's also branches made with my MS branch punch that were coated in Frosted Lace Stickles to make them appear like they just got a fresh coat of snow!  25mm Bown Gingham Ribbon and the gorgeous Pearl String Trim is also from WOC!
More WOC Flowers....mini upper arrangement has been accented with a gorgeous gold Snowflake Charm.  Sentiment is from PTI and was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.
One more angled view for you!  I wish you all a blessed Holiday Season!

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Pile It On Challenge ~ Bling it Up
Little Darlings ~ Christmas


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Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Christmas Candy WINNERS

Thank you to everyone who entered My Christmas Candy Give-away!
I won't keep you in suspense.....the winner of the above goodies is.......
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Congratulations Hun!

And now for the winner of the Surprise Box of Goodies:
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If the winners could please click on My Profile in the my sidebar you will find the link to Email Me!  Please forward me your mailing address so I can get your goodies in the mail to you! :)

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

FUNDRAISER for a Brandon's Family!

**Don't Forget to Enter My Merry Christmas Blog Candy going on -->HERE<--!**

My friend Claudia, of Pretty Pressings, has a fabulous FUNDRAISER going on right now!  There is a family in her community with 4 little boys.  The children have lost their mother to cancer and are currently living with their Grandmother, who also has cancer and isn't doing very well. To read more about the family, click -->HERE<--.

Claudia is such an angel here on Earth...she has put together a fundraiser to raise money to help this family out!  Today KICKS-OFF of the Fundraiser!  There are many crafters and craft companies who have sponsored handmade cards as well has stamps and craft supplies which Claudia has listed on Ebay.  Each auction starts at only $.99 and 100% of the funds are being donated to the family in need!  I have donated this card to the auction!

Please go and have a look at all of the fabulous items being donated and place your bid to help this family out!

Click -->HERE<-- to go to the Ebay page to place your bid!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

WOC #38 - Easel Cards

Wow it's already another Monday!  Time is really flying by this year..I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner....and I only have one Christmas present that is bought...eeekkk!  I better get a move on it, LOL!  

Today is Wild Orchid Challenge Day!  Woo-Hoo....this challenge is to make an EASEL CARD!  Oh how I love easel cards...I really wish I took the time to make more of them because they really are works of art that can be displayed!
I had lots of fun making this beauty!  Seeing how I didn't get a chance to play along with the SCACD Stocking Stuffer Release Blog Hop on Friday I couldn't wait to play with my Stocking Stuffer Release stamps!  I've used A Cuppa from the Odds & Ends Sampler by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD.  Isn't she a darling drinking her hot cocoa....or in my world it's Chai!  This is what I look like EVERY MORNING drinking my chai...well I don't think I look that cute when I get out of bed though! LOL!
Little Miss A Cuppa was cut out using a SB Labels 10 die.  I then took my Marianne Designs LR0116 and cut two of the frames and layered them to make the elegant border around this cutie pie...I love the look this creates!  While my image was still in the SB die I took my TH Weathered Wood and sponged around the edges.  Papers are from the Bo Bunny Snowfall Collection....ooooo do I LOVE me this paper pad!!! 
 A Cuppa was colored with Copics and then accented with my pastel pencils.  Her cup was coated with Diamond Glaze and her hair bow was glitzed with Star Dust Stickles.

Copic Colors Used: Hair: E34, E51, E57, E59, Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, Dress: E0000, E30, E53, E55, Bows: BG000, BG15, BG45, BG49, Mug: B000, B02, B04, B16.
The fabulous Wild Orchid Crafts Flower Arrangement consists of a 40mm Trellis Rose, 25mm Roses, 15mm Roses, Aster Daisy, Gypsophilas, 4mm Rosebuds, and finished off with the swirls from my Marianne Designs LR0112.  The white flowers were accented with Frosted Lace Stickles.
I LOVE this cotton lace and making this bow was so easy.  Added a mini flower arrangement with an Aster Daisy, and two 4mm Rosebuds again coated with Frosted Lace Stickles.  And what do you think of my snowflake charm?  I used my Epiphany Solid Round 14 Tool (which happens to be 15% off at the SCACD Store) & Round 14 Bubble Cap to create the customized bobble and then placed it into one of the NEW Silver Charm Settings....and viola you have your VERY own customized charm to match your creation!  How fun is that?  I absolutely LOVE the Epiphany Tools because you can make customized items for your cards!  If you are a matchy-match person these tools are definitely for you!!! 
The bottom of my easel card features some more Wild Orchid goodness!   The Tag was made using my Verve Glad Tidings stamp set and matching die.  The snowflake on the tag was accented with Frosted Lace Stickles and the middle of the snowflake was glam'd up with a Large Blue Moonstone Brad.  Mini flower arrangement is made with an Aster Daisy, 4mm Rosebuds, and Silver Padded Snowflakes. 
And one more view for you!  I hope you have enjoyed my easel card!  I can't wait to see your creations!!

Don't Forget:  My Christmas Candy give away is in full force! Click -->HERE<-- to go and read the details and enter for your chance to win some calorie-free Christmas Candy!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Merry Christmas Candy

Happy December! 
Tis the season for giving....

I would like to thank all of my blog readers for such a wonderful and amazing year.  Your friendship and words have truly made this year great!  You all have put a smile on my face, and I want to thank you all for taking the time to stop by from time to time to check out my creations and to leave some love.  The friends that I have made in blogland are so wonderful and again I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.

To celebrate this Holiday Season I would like to offer some fun Christmas Candy!  In order to be in the chance to win all you need to do is:
1. Place a picture of my candy on your blog (side bar is fine); AND
2. Place your blog link in the In Linkz Blue Frog below!
If you wish to become a follower, you are more than welcome but this is not a requirement to win the candy :)

Candy Contents Includes:
* Angel of Hope Stamp by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD
* Little Anki Stamp by Victoria Case for SCACD
* Wild Orchid Craft Flowers - Gardenias & Curly Wild Roses
* 6x6 Kaisercraft Chanteuse Paper Pad 
* 6x6 Melissa Frances Deck the Halls Paper Pad -
* 2 Zva Creative Flowers Package in Red & Brown
* Faber Castell Gelato in blue
* 4x6 Cropper Hopper Photo Case
* Nana Love Chipboard Set by Jennifer Ellory
* 4 Packages of Queen & Co. Felt Fusions (Pink, Purple, Black & Blue)
* Doodle Bug Paper Frills in Pink
* Christmas Chipboard Glitter Snowflakes, Trees & Holly Leaves
* Snowflake and Present Jewels
* Rosebuds in White & Pink
* Pearl Stamens

Make sure you sign up by Saturday, December 17th at midnight CST for your chance to win these goodies!

And because I am in the giving spirit.....I will be picking a SECOND WINNER to win a SURPRISE Box of Goodies!!!



♥ Thanks for stopping by &
Happy Holidays! ♥
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Stocking Stuffer RELEASE

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you are ready for some fun this weekend. I'm going to do some Christmas shopping with my sister! I soooo need a study break!

Today there is LOTS of Christmas fun over at SCACD which includes NEW stamps! Woo-hoo!

Make sure you head over to the SCACD Store Blog today....the DT has an amazing Blog Hop going on. Unfortunately I'm out of town for some work training so I didn't have time to play along this time....I can tell you the new stamps are absolutely AMAZING!

Head -->HERE<-- to go and purchase your very own cuties!

Happy Shopping and have a great weekend!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Beauty Lies Within

Happy Cyber Monday Friends!  I hope your weekend was fun and that your week is off to a great start!  Today I am taking another CPA Exam....eeekkk!  Any extra prayers that you can squeeze in for me today are greatly appreciated!  I am so ready for this part of my life to be done...hopefully after today there are only 3 more exams that I need to take!  Onto some crafty fun.....today I have some vintage fun to shre with you:

This card was made using LOTS of Wild Orchid Crafts and SCACD goodness!  Papers are from the Prima Madeline Collection.  I love the vintage look of this Guipure Lace, it adds such elegance to any card.
Tall Perfume Bottle by Victoria Case for SCACD was colored with Copics and accented with my pastel pencils. I love the timelessness of this beauty!  Image leaves have been accented with 100 grit Kelly Green German Glass Glitter!  I absolutely LOVE the sparkle and glitz this glitter adds, it's definitely the best glitter on the market!  I can see using this glitter to accent Christmas Trees for Christmas Cards.  3mm Self Adhesive Pearls from the Green Collection were added to the Magnolia DooHickey dragonflies.
The bow was made using some fabulous Chocolate Brown Raffia Ribbon and then topped off with a 15mm Rose.  Scalloped Sentiment is actually a part of the Paper Collection that I hand cut out!  I thought this sentiment worked wonderfully with the stamp!
Wild Orchid Crafts flower arrangement was using a 35mm Trellis Rose30mm Wild Rose25mm Rose15mm Roses, and Gypsophilas in white and pink.
I hope you have enjoyed my vintage fun!  Susana has some amazing deals going on through today on at the SCACD Store!  Click -->HERE<-- which will take you to the store and then scroll down to see all the amazing deals!  Here are just a few of the deals:

* Prima Grab Bags with almost 40 flowers for ONLY $11.99 (that's a steal!!!)
* 15% OFF 6x6 Paper Pads
* 25% OFF Embossing Folders
* 25% OFF TonerTex (you NEED To get this...it's AWESOME and EASY TO USE!)
* 15% OFF Select Spellbinders
* 15% OFF Epiphany Tools (I {heart} these to pieces)!
* 20% OFF Flower Soft (including Silver & Gold colors!)

These deals are ONLY GOOD through TODAY!  SO hurry and get over to the SCACD Store to get your goodies at GREAT Prices!!!

Have a wonderful week & Happy Cyber Monday Shopping!


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holly Craft Faire TODAY!

For all my local friends and family....TODAY is the:


East De Pere Holly Craft Faire 
at the East De Pere High School 
from 9am - 3pm

I got to see a bunch of the items for sale and all I can say is WOW this is one Craft Show that you DO NOT want to miss!  There definitely is a lot of unique hand crafted items for sale!  I hope that you stop by and make sure you stop by to say hello!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Black Friday!

I hope that you all survived the Thanksgiving festivities with full tummies and lots of love of family and friends!  I was able to go to my in-laws for a late lunch and then to my parents' for dinner!  It was truly a day of fun!

Today my Mom and I are headed to set up our booth for tomorrow's largest craft show in our area!  For those in northeast Wisconsin make sure you come check out the:

East De Pere Holly Craft Faire 
at the East De Pere High School 
Saturday, Nov. 26th from
9am - 3pm

This is one amazing craft show with lots of unique hand crafted items for sale!  I am so excited that I get to be a part of this show!  So stop by Saturday to say hello!

For those of you braving the odds and venturing out to "get the deals" during Black Friday shopping...have lots of fun and GOOD LUCK!  I don't know how you do it as I think I would go insane with all the people!  I'm more of an online shopper!  LOL!

For those of you like me who shop online....make sure you check out these deals:


Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design:


All quantities limited to stock on hand:
All NEW 6" x 6" paper pads on sale 15% OFF
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/products.php?cat=161
All Embossing Folders 25% OFF 
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/categories.php?cat=207
All Tonertex 25% OFF
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/products_tonertex.php
Selected 2011 Spellbinders 15% OFF
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/products.php?cat=141

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